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Breakfast: BREAK-the-FAST

I’m happy to see that slowly, a lot more people are starting to learn that breakfast is defiantly the most important meal of the day, but this article has been written for those of you who either disagree or still want to know why.

The clue is in the word Break-fast. That is exactly what you are doing. Your body needs to break the fast it has just undergone whilst you were sleeping. Your body has reset its counters and it’s now time to fuel up and face the day.

Your body’s metabolic rate slowly decreases during shut down whilst you are asleep, so it is really important that you kick start your metabolism as soon as the fast is over. This will start the calorie burning process and set you up for the day. It also stops those hunger pangs which often occur when one decides to skip breakfast, normally in a bid to lose weight. This only defeats the object of keeping your metabolism ignited, as you are more likely to over eat at your next meal.

If you are you interested in performing better, whether that is at work or in the gym, then skipping breakfast is a bad idea. This is the first meal of the day and will supply you with a slow, steady stream of energy for those first couple of hours. To ensure a power packed breakfast, I would recommend a serving of porridge oats mixed with water and a scoop of protein powder, whichever flavour you prefer. (I recommend Vanilla) Studies show that people who eat breakfast are more vigilant and alert. By skipping breakfast, you run the high risk of easily becoming disinterested and irritable which will put you in a bad mood and a weak frame of mind.

Ok so you’ve come around to the idea that Breakfast is important, but beware of making the mistake of treating breakfast like a desert. If you think a cereal bar with 30 grams of sugar is a good breakfast choice, then think again. Some cereal bars contain nearly as much sugar and fat as a regular chocolate bar. This will cause an immediate blood sugar rise which won’t last very long. You’ll soon be craving something else that’s sweet and loaded with simple sugars. Opt for a high protein, high fibre breakfast such as porridge mentioned before, egg whites or push the boat out and treat yourself to some smoked salmon!

And finally, just a little tip about food labels. If it says, “Nutritious,” it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy. Cereal manufacturers are experts in marketing and use words that send misleading messages of health, but unless you read the labels, eat at your own risk. Both major children and adult cereal brands often have more sugar than sweets. Protect yourself from getting hooked on these cereals and sweeten your breakfast naturally by using alternatives such as a good quality honey or a serving of fruit.

Structure your Breakfast so that it isn’t a meal based on convenience. It is one meal you don’t want to miss so make sure you fill up with the right foods.

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