Wednesday, December 1, 2010

B is for Breakfast

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times: breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  But, how many of you actually eat anything for breakfast?  Do you dash out the door in the morning with a cup of coffee in your hand and nothing else?  If you eat dinner the night before at 6:00pm and don't eat again until lunchtime around 12:00pm the next day that means you have gone 18 hours without food. 

Eating breakfast will help you make better food choices throughout the day.  Skip breakfast and around 10:00 that candy bar in the vending machine is looking pretty good!  If you don't have anything to eat in the first 60 minutes of being awake, your body will start burning off muscle tissue in order to feed itself. This will set off a cycle that will affect your glucose (blood sugar), causing you to crave more sugars (carbohydrates) throughout the day.

So the bottom line is eat something for breakfast.  It doesn't have to be fancy or hard to put together.  Put it together the night before and grab and go the next morning if you are pressed for time.  Oatmeal is an easy, healthy choice.  Fiber One bars and a banana can be eaten on the way to work.  A whole wheat pita stuffed with scrambled eggs and a little cheese.  A boiled egg and a piece of fruit.  A fruit smoothie.  The choices are unlimited!

So get up a few minutes earlier if necessary and eat breakfast!


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