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Jog, hop or skip for health, but don’t skip breakfast

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I often hear people say that mornings always feel rushed. Even on weekends it seems like there are a million things to get done. For many, one way to save time is to skip breakfast. However, that is not a very wise choice. Even though there might be kids to drop off at school, work to get to on time and other deadlines in the morning, breakfast is important: it helps with attention span, weight control and helps replenish your body with nutrients.

While it is preferable to have a sit-down breakfast, sometimes that’s simply not an option that fits into our schedules. Many people have shared with me their strategies and food items that ensure breakfast is part of their morning routine, no matter how hurried they feel. Below are a few recommendations.

1. Set the breakfast table the night before. Give kids simple but healthy options to choose from and put non-perishable items (breakfast cereals, fruit cups, whole fruit, etc.) out on the table.

2. Pack a breakfast bag and put it in the fridge. Grab it as you walk out the door. Continue Reading »

The benefits of eating a healthy breakfast

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You’ve probably heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” a million times. You may have heard other claims about breakfast in the media, from health experts and others. So is all this hype about breakfast true? Let’s review the facts.

Breakfast gives you energy to start the day. Breakfast helps regulate blood sugar levels by literally breaking the fast and providing your body with the fuel it needs to function properly throughout the day.

Breakfast improves diet quality. Research shows that people who skip breakfast are less likely to meet the recommended intakes for important nutrients like folic acid and calcium. Studies have demonstrated that if you start your day off with fruit, you are more likely to reach the daily recommended servings for it. Continue Reading »

Breaking the Fast

You might hate to admit it, but your mom and grandmother were right – breakfast IS the most important meal of the day.

Breakfast literally breaks the overnight fast, the period of time during sleep when your body is not receiving any nourishment through eating. If your body continues in that fasting state, it will compensate for the lack of energy by slowing down your metabolism as a protective mechanism. A slower metabolism means calories are not burned as quickly or efficiently. Eating breakfast jump starts your metabolism.

Studies have shown that individuals who eat breakfast tend to weigh less than individuals who skip breakfast. Breakfast skippers tend to overeat at other meals. So, aside from jump starting your metabolism, breakfast keeps hunger at bay and helps individuals make better food choices throughout the rest of the day. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of people who have lost weight and successfully maintained their weight loss are breakfast eaters, according to data from the National Weight Control Registry.

The benefits of breakfast extend past the weight issue. Studies have shown that breakfast eaters have better blood glucose control and that it also improves diet quality. Research shows that breakfast skippers are less likely to meet recommended levels for important nutrients like folic acid, calcium, etc. Continue Reading »

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