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The Forgotten Meal

You’ve heard it before: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Most people dash off to work or start their caregiving duties without a thought to their body’s dietary needs. Who has time to eat in the morning anyway? The morning rush we all experience makes breakfast an easy meal to forget. But if you are skipping breakfast and find you are tired by midmorning, then it’s time to re-evaluate that eating habit.

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Even if you don’t have time to cook in the morning, a quick “meal-on-the-go” is better than no breakfast at all. Some “grab-and-go” choices for caregivers on the move:

  • Whole grain bagel with cheese
  • Cereal with fruit and yogurt
  • Whole-grain toast with peanut butter and fruit
  • Oatmeal with raisins

Carbohydrates Get A Bad Rap

Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source of energy. Carbohydrates are basically sugars, which, despite their bad rap are essential for good health. In fact, carb energy is very much essential for a human body so that it is able to perform and withstand various tasks. Our bodies are capable of breaking down carbohydrates very quickly and with efficiency.

So why do carbs have such a bad reputation? There are good carbs and bad carbs. The good ones are essential for good health and high energy. Good carbohydrates are the foods which have neither been processed, nor or they altered either by human being or machines.

To make the most of “carb” energy, eat a combination of complex and simple carbohydrates. Most of the carbs you eat should be complex carbohydrates, which are slow burning. Foods such as:

  • Whole grains
  • Starchy vegetables such as potatoes, squash, pumpkin, and carrots
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Grain cereals and grain breads

Refined and processed foods are “bad carbohydrate” foods. Bad carbs are found in processed foods that aren’t in their natural state. Nutrients have already been removed from this kind of food. Generally bad carbohydrates are added with lots of additives. These additives may be in the form of colorings, flavorings and preservatives. Bad carb foods are, unfortunately, the foods most people love the most:

  • White rice
  • White bread
  • Pasta
  • Candy
  • Baked goods
  • Soda

By choosing good carbs over bad, you will see a noticeable increase in your long-term energy and endurance.

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9:54PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

noted.

12:32AM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

thanx

3:41PM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Good jnformation,thank you.

3:12PM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

ty

4:03AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Thank you

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10:43AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

thanks for the info

8:43AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

thanks for sharing.

6:36PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Good information,thank you!

3:14PM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

nice, tx

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