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4 Reasons to Eat Breakfast

The next time you are tempted to run out the door without eating breakfast, you may want to remember that there are good reasons for stocking up on granola bars and orange juice. 

Better Immune System

People who eat breakfast consume more essential nutrients (including calcium, fiber, protein and vitamins C, B1, B2, and D) than people who do not eat in the morning.  After fasting for 6-8 hours, the digestive system is primed to easily digest the nutrients eaten at breakfast.  Generally speaking, good nutrition means better resistance to infections.  When your immune system is fueled by the morning nutrients and vitamins it is better equipped to handle the job of protecting you from colds, flu, and cancer.

You will live longer

According to the University of California, breakfast eaters may live longer than those who pass on the morning meal.   Those people who were studied show significant difference in blood sugar levels and blood pressure than those who chose not to eat in the morning.  Breakfast lovers may simply be more likely to stay in shape and exercise than their breakfast skipping counterparts.  These factors could contribute to a long life for breakfast eaters.

Brain Booster

Studies have shown that test scores improved in inner city children who ate a healthy breakfast.  According to an article at the National Institutes of Health, “Six months after the start of the free school breakfast programs, students who decreased their nutritional risk showed significantly greater: improvements in attendance and school breakfast participation, decreases in hunger, and improvements in math grades and behavior than children who did not decrease their nutritional risk.” Therefore, it seems that eating breakfast can increase attention span and boost the brain so learning can take place.

Weight Control

Eating breakfast can help maintain weight and even help in weight loss. The idea is that keeping your body fed and fueled will aid in the ability to lose weight. It helps by controlling hunger.  “When you skip breakfast, says Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. at the Mayo Clinic, you later become ravenous and are more likely to overeat.”  This can add up to weight gain.  Experts believe that skipping breakfast can add about 1 pound every seven weeks, which equals about 8 pounds a year, even if the caloric intake remains the same.

Quick Breakfast Ideas

Granola Bar and Orange Juice

Protein Shake, a Banana, and almond Milk

Yogurt, with almonds

Toast with peanut butter

 

Works Cited

A breakfast of meat and eggs or nothing at all linked to extra weight . (2003, 8 1). Retrieved from University of California: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/5630

Katherine Zeratsky, R. L. (2011, 7 23). Weight Loss. Retrieved from Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/AN01119

R.E. Kleinman, a. S.-R. (2012, 2 9). Diet, Breakfast, and Academic Performance in Children. Retrieved from National Institute of Health: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3275817/

 

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What good is living life if you don't share all the experiences, mistakes, and knowledge you have gained? I am a grandmother, a wife, a mother of two grown children, a Jr. High Teacher for almost two decades, an elementary principal and I want to share my experiences.

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  1. 최다해 gongjumonica

    Thank you for sharing this. Most often than not, I don’t take breakfast before going to work. Instead, I have my brunch around 10 AM 🙂

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    • Brunch is good, too. When I was younger, I disliked breakfast foods. Instead of cereal or pancakes for breakfast, I would make myself a bowl of soup. At least it was food, right. LOL! Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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      • 최다해 gongjumonica

        Hahaha I agree. I usually eat brunch and I still feel myself functioning well. Haha! You are welcome 😀

  2. Great advice – I always eat breakfast and try to make it healthy. Sometimes the rest of the day isn’t as healthy but I’m sure it helps to get a good start.

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  3. For several of my working years, I skipped breakfast. After getting very run down (and a little crazy) I made some changes, and making time for breakfast was one of them. It made a BIG difference! 🙂

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  4. There is no reason not to eat breakfast. Thanks!

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  5. Beyond The Green Door

    Great post and reminder of how important breakfast is! A reminder that I OFTEN need since I tend to pass it up, despite understanding the benefits! 🙂

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  6. I nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award! Thank you for inspiring me! You can find the rules at http://ivonprefontaine.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/one-lovely-blog-award-3/. Thank you and all the best, Ivon.

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  7. Great advice that I should follow! Thanks.

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