Written by Katherine Martinko
You may have heard the old saying, “Eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch, and a pauper at supper.” The idea behind it is that your body and brain need nutrients to function, and by literally ‘breaking the fast’ in the morning, you’re fueling your body to take on the day. Various studies have shown that eating breakfast provides many benefits, including the following:
1. Better academic performance:
A study of 6,000 students showed that those who ate breakfast had better grades and were more likely to graduate.
Healthy body weight:
Better food choices:
Healthier all around:
The problem, however, could be that not feeling the need for breakfast is indicative of other lifestyle problems, such as eating large meals late at night or snacking throughout the evening, which would make anyone disinclined to eat a hearty breakfast in the morning. I know I benefited greatly from instituting a regular breakfast habit after years of skipping. It took a lot of discipline to make it part of my daily schedule, but now I depend upon it greatly, not least because I hate feeling hungry by 10 a.m.
The important thing is to find what kind of healthy breakfast works for you. Whether you stick with the traditional whole-grains-and-dairy recommendation, or go ‘Paleo’ with high-fat nuts, eggs, fruit, and meat to avoid the insulin spike that comes from eating bread, or chow down on rice noodles with fried eggs and kimchi (my personal favourite!), it’s a good idea to get something in your belly to start your day off right. Just keep away from that sugar and white bread!
This post was originally published in TreeHugger
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