Did you know that September is National Breakfast Month? I didn’t.
I never used to eat breakfast, but now, I can’t live without it. It really is the most important meal of the day for me, it gets my metabolism and brain working, and more important, helps me stay on track throughout the day.
I think it also happens to be the easiest meal of the day because of the endless options, and a lot of them are quick if I’m in a time crunch:
- Uncured meats
- Lara Bars
While it doesn’t appear to be a long list, breakfast is especially easy living the Paleo lifestyle. I eat a banana every morning, and try to pair it with some sort of fat, as it digests better and my body can absorb more nutrients. Lara Bars are quick and easy if you’re running out the door (heck, so is fruit, and eggs, and meat!). What a lot of people don’t realize is that these things are fast foods, quicker than taking an extra 15 minutes to go through a drive through. It doesn’t have to be a gourmet meal, the right something is better than nothing to fuel your body. I set a banana out each night on the island, to take with me in the morning, and typically a Lara Bar. Depending on the exercise I’ve done, I might grab some uncured organic meat that I can eat when I arrive at work, or an avocado I can slice. Easy!
Breakfast takes me maybe 5-8 minutes each morning (or the night before), and then I can function, the rest of my day-so I don’t want to hear, “I don’t have time to make breakfast,” anymore, make a commitment to yourself, and your body. Throw away the pre-packaged oatmeal, granola bars and pop-tarts, and eat real food.
- Researchers at Cornell University found that people who skip breakfast tend to crave more carbohydrates later in the day compared with test subjects who ate breakfast.
- A study from the Dairy Research Institute found that people who skip breakfast weigh more and have more unhealthy habits than those who eat breakfast. Those who skip breakfast consume 40 percent more sweets, 55 percent more soft drinks, 45 percent fewer vegetables and 30 percent less fruit than people who eat breakfast.
- A study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that people who eat breakfast everyday are 34% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who do not eat breakfast. They are also 43% less likely to become obese and 40% less likely to develop fat around the belly.
- A study of 6,000 students from the Toronto Foundation for Student Success found that students who ate breakfast had better grades and were more likely to graduate.
- A new study from the Sussex Innovation Centre, Brighton, UK found that eating breakfast improves people’s mental performance. 61% of test subjects showed improvements in English and mathematics tests after eating breakfast. Hand-eye coordination was also improved. Breakfast eaters also showed a reduction in anxiety levels when faced with stressful situations.