With your healthy start to the New Year, how about starting the day with a good breakfast. Have a good breakfast and you’ll set yourself up for the whole day. You have to start somewhere, it’s far more productive to focus on the small changes you can make, and what better start than a decent breakfast. Many of us are apt to skip this first meal of the day, whether out of habit or because we’re too busy, but as many studies have shown people who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight, and has also been linked to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, so it makes sense to include this important meal in your new healthy start to the year. Your personal trainer can offer nutritional advice on the advantages of a healthy diet.
When you get up in the morning your body has been fasting probably in excess of about 10 hours, the blood sugar your body needs to make your muscles and brain work their best is usually low, breakfast helps replenish it, so now is the time to go for the slow burn fuel rather than the sugary cereals or skipping breakfast altogether as this can throw off your body’s rhythm of fasting and eating. You need food in your system long before lunchtime and if you don’t eat first thing, you may get so hungry later on that you snack on high-fat, high sugar foods.
Porridge provides that slow burn, gut friendly fibre fix and to bump up the nutritional value add a few chopped nuts and fruit. To provide you with the protein your body needs add a couple of eggs, scrambled or an omelette with some chopped tomato and a handful of spinach. You can add a fruit or veg smoothie to this and you will be adding to your veg/fruit requirements for the day. You’ll definitely feel full until lunchtime and won’t be reaching for that mid morning snack. So resist that pastry or doughnut, your best bet is a mix of foods that have carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, and fibre. Carbs will give you energy right away, and the protein will give you it later on, while the fibre keeps you feeling full. If your body doesn’t get that fuel from food, you may feel you have no energy and you’ll be more likely to overeat later in the day.
Breakfast also gives you a chance to get in some vitamins and nutrients from healthy foods like dairy, grains, and fruits. If you don’t eat it, you aren’t likely to get all of the nutrients your body needs. So start your healthy year with a healthy breakfast.