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Eat Breakfast

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Although you have heard it from you youth, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, breakfast is still the meal that is most likely to be missed. I know that morning can be chaotic, getting dressed and ready for work, motivating the kids out the door for school and trying to impose some type of order on the day at the start.  Eating at that time can just slip away while trying to get everything else in order. Most people agree that having breakfast is important.  People who eat a healthy breakfast are less likely to be overweight or obese (1) and have a more positive outlook and mood (2).  It is amazing to think that if a safe medication were developed that would help you to control your weight and mood, that it would be a billion dollar drug.  However, a simple modification of behavior, eating a good nutritious breakfast, can produce excellent results for you and those in your household. Now there is some debate on whether a good breakfast causes a healthier person, or whether a healthier person is more likely to eat breakfast. I think that is is the former.  A good breakfast, even when you don’t feel hungry, will keep you from feeling hungry before lunch.   People who eat a balanced breakfast are less likely to snack and have a lower caloric intake during the morning.  Skipping breakfast tells your body that you are in an environment where calories are limited, so the food you eat later is more likely to be stored rather than used as fuel for the day.  So what is a balanced breakfast?  A good breakfast should contain protein, good fat and dietary fiber.  An egg and yogurt with fruit is an excellent start.  Of course, the less refined, the better.  The less you eat out of a box the better.  Try some new things that are less refined and see what happens over the next month.

1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17605303

2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10705080

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Written by ecable

April 20, 2009 at 6:32 am

Posted in Diet, Health

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