Before I filled in the kitchen calendar on Sunday evening, my life seemed pretty quiet and under control.
BUT after filling in extra murals, PTA, Parent/Teacher meetings, birthday parties (my little one is turning 3! and his friends are all having parties) and a couple of socials for me (thank goodness for Moms Night Out!!!) and for us as a family, my life is hectic.
So more than ever I need to remember my words - "Calm" and "Deserving".
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I have started repeating this sentence that I found in a book by Louise Hay when I find that I am feeling anxious -
"I calm my thoughts and I am serene."
I just keep repeating it over and over while I drive or go for my walk or making sandwiches for the boys.
And now, – Why It’s Important Not to Skip Breakfast Even When You're Madly Busy!
The alarm goes off and you are spinning your wheels preparing for a busy day ahead.
It doesn't matter whether
* you have children to get ready for school, or
* papers to read for a morning meeting,
by the time you’ve watched the news or caught up on social media, brushed your teeth and put your war paint on and got your car keys ready to go, you are already exhausted – sound familiar?
It’s no wonder so many of us end up skipping breakfast and just grab a coffee which we drink in the car on the way to school or work
did you down it, luke warm in the kitchen before you headed out the door because you didn't get round to drinking it hot because you were reffing an argument between your kids?!!!
But there are many reasons why this habit is bad for our health,
Breakfast Provides Many Benefits to Our Health and Wellbeing
If you think about it properly, when you wake up in the morning, your body has had no fuel since your evening meal the night before –
potentially 12 hours beforehand – so your body is in starvation.
Think about the words – “break” “fast” – literally this is THE meal which
breaks the fast you have been on while sleeping.
You need the energy to kick-start your system and get your body ready for the day ahead.
You wouldn't head out on a road-trip with your car's fuel gauge sitting on empty, would you?
So why do we do that to our bodies?
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According to nutritionists, a healthy breakfast should give you around 30% of your daily calorie requirements.
Breakfast provides us with energy, protein, calcium, iron, fibre and B vitamins
which are all needed to get you through the day.
If your body doesn’t receive these nutrients first thing, studies have shown your body is less effective at taking them on during the rest of the day.
How Eating Breakfast Helps You Lose Weight
If you skip breakfast you are not providing your body with what it needs for energy and you will soon get hungry and are more likely to then reach for high sugar, high fat snacks, to compensate.
People who skip breakfast tend to end up reaching for the snacks around 10am which doesn’t help if you are trying to lose weight.
In terms of time, breakfast really needs to be eaten between 45 minutes and two hours of waking up.
So even if you are one of those people who says,
"I just can't eat first thing in the morning"
You don't have to.
Just eat within 2 hours.
Can you do that?
This timing gives you the chance to put the needed fuel into your body to make sure your metabolism is balanced throughout the day.
It is also the premium time for your body to absorb any of the carbohydrates you consume, which helps balance out your insulin levels.
All of these aspects mean breakfast really sets your body up for the day and can help curb those mid-morning sugar cravings.
In a study it was revealed that people who not only ate breakfast, but made it their largest meal, lost almost 8 kgs over a three month period.
The other people, who took part in the study, eating the same calories during the day but most of these for their evening meal, lost only around 3.5 kgs.
This study was published in Obesity.
Other Health Benefits Beyond Weight Loss
Breakfast brings a large number of health benefits, besides weight loss – providing more reasons why it really is important not to skip this particular meal.
1. Brain Function
Studies have proven that children who eat breakfast do better at school because they are better able to concentrate and behave well.
If it has this benefit for our children, then it will do the same for us, right?!
Breakfast helps to restore the levels of glucose which help with our
This helps to improve memory, concentration and mood and also lowers stress levels.
Have you ever felt that feeling of anger that rises up through being hungry?
Breakfast can help us avoid this.
2. Energy Supply
Breakfast is the first supply of energy your body receives when you wake up, making it part of your daily required calorie intake.
A good nutritious breakfast will give you all the energy you need to take you through to lunchtime, and should be around 300 calories as a general rule.
If you think about the energy you burn, you need the most in the morning and you need the least in the evening, when you are more likely to be siting on the sofa relaxing.
Make breakfast your energy priority.
In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a published study revealed that not eating breakfast could actually increase the risk of diabetes for women.
The study showed that women who ate breakfast between none and six times a week, were at far higher risk of developing the disease than those who ate it daily.
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