Take the time to nurture yourself. Make eating a nutritious and healthy breakfast a commitment. Many studies confirm that doing so helps one to prepare for the challenges and activities that life brings. Coupled with a good night’s sleep, breakfast is the perfect opportunity to get the energy boost you need to take on the challenges of the day.
Over the past several decades, many scientific studies have been published confirming that children who eat breakfast on a regular basis generally perform better in school than children who forego that first meal. Studies confirm that not eating a healthy breakfast results in becoming more easily tired, distracted and stressed. Even more, there are a number of studies that suggest running low on fuel can have negative effects on your mood, impair your perceptions, and your ability to solve problems effectively.
A compilation of scientific data from the Breakfast and Dietary Balance: the enKid Study points to the effect of breakfast consumption on energy availability and brain function. Skipping breakfast, which prolongs the body’s fasting state, had negative effects on visual perception and work memory capacity for middle-school children aged 9-11, who were the focus of the study.
The same has been shown for adults too. Those who take the time to regularly eat a balanced, healthy breakfast are more equipped to handle tasks, perform better at various hand-eye motor functions and report feeling less stress as they deal with parenting, job responsibilities, and other challenges.
People who skip breakfast also tend not to get their daily quota of vitamins, minerals and fiber; important nutrients that help with literally all bodily functions.
Nutrients gained from a healthy breakfast help set the stage for optimum performance throughout the day. Interestingly, when you skip breakfast, it makes it harder for your body to process subsequent meals as well as to capture and use many nutrients.
A proper, nutritionally-balanced breakfast is also an excellent first meal for those targeting weight loss goals. It may not be clear at first, especially to those with an urgent desire to shed pounds quickly, but making breakfast the heaviest meal of the day in terms of calories can aid in weight loss. According to Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz, MD, author of the book The Big Breakfast Diet, big breakfasts help by making people feel fuller, thus reducing the chances of indulging in unhealthy cravings later in the day. And since breakfasting occurs at the start of your day, you have the opportunity to burn away excess calories as you go about your daily activities. When you skip breakfast, there is a marked tendency to overeat during subsequent meals due to a pronounced increase in appetite. This leads to eating too much near bedtime, which causes a number of challenges for weight loss, sleeping, etc.
When you make eating breakfast a habit, you definitely become more productive, more uplifted and best of all, more healthy.