Why Eating Breakfast is Important for Daily Focus
With the fast-paced lives most of us live on a daily basis, it’s easy to neglect the most important things we should do for our own wellness. Skipping breakfast is one of the most common. If you ever watch an old movie or television show, breakfast was like a feast. The mom was calling the family to a breakfast that looked like a holiday spread with eggs, pancakes, juice, bacon or breakfast sausages, pancakes, waffles, fruit, cereal, etc. Why? Because years gone by were not so fast-paced and people took their time to start their day right. This isn’t to say you should start your day with those particular food items, but beginning your day with the right nutrients and proteins is, in fact, important.
Start Your Engine!
Nowadays, food choices are a bit more refined and you can choose something healthy and fulfilling to fuel your body at the start of your busy day. Food is fuel for your body. You can’t drive your car without gas. Equally, your body can’t run at optimum efficiency without fuel. That fuel is in the form of the right foods at the start of the day. When you eat breakfast, it increases your brains sugar levels. This in turn allows for better focus and energy to keep you going throughout the day. Cereals made with whole grains, eggs, fruit, yogurt and, yes, coffee, can help set you up for a productive day where you can accomplish more by being better focused than if you skipped eating.
If you’re not typically a “breakfast person” and don’t’ seem to be hungry in the morning, there are some options that may help. Try a breakfast protein bar or instant breakfast drink that has protein to start your motor going in the morning. If you’re someone who just drinks coffee, try to swap out one cup of your favorite java for one cup of breakfast drink. That way you’ll get some nutrients in your body at the start of your day, rather than waiting until your blood sugar drops and you’re all of a sudden starving, or worse, irritable and don’t feel well. The old adage still holds true, but even if you don’t feel like eating breakfast like a King, try to at least eat lunch like a Prince and dinner like a pauper. This can lead to better sleep at night and functionality during your busy day. Another great grab and go breakfast item which is easy to eat, is a hardboiled egg, which is a whole nutrient food. Keep some in your fridge and then just peel and eat. You can add a little sprinkle of salt or a wedge of cheese and a piece of fruit for a quick and simple, yet effective, breakfast meal.
Experts also suggest eating breakfast will enhance your mood for the day. Blood sugar imbalances can make a person “hangry” – a slang expression, meaning you’re hungry and angry because your system is off balance. By starting the day off on the right foot, so to speak, you will set your system up for a better balance of mood, appetite, nutrient satisfaction and restful sleep at night. After all, lack of sleep can ruin your next day entirely and loading up on caffeine to compensate will not balance that out. You could end up in a worse cycle of drinking too much coffee because you didn’t sleep then not sleeping because you drank too much coffee during the day. So, do yourself a favor, and don’t skip breakfast. If you’re new to the concept, find what works for you and stick to it. You’ll surely feel better and have more concentration to enjoy your day!