Most mornings when we wake up there’s a routine. For many people it involves getting up, getting dressed and hurrying to work or running errands. There is such a great hurry that breakfast gets rushed, ignored or totally forgotten. Are you guilty of committing this crime (Yes it is a crime in 49 states. We are still working on New Hampshire)? If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone tell me they didn’t eat breakfast I would be a wealthy woman!
I’ve heard all kinds of excuses for not eating breakfast such as, “I don’t have time,” ” I’m not hungry in the morning,” and, “I skip breakfast and start eating at lunch so it will help me lose weight.” No big deal right? Wrong! Eating breakfast helps you start off your day in the right way. It helps you increase your energy by refueling your body, increasing your concentration, and boosting your mood. Most importantly it is the base of a healthy diet. The meaning of the word breakfast is a break from the fast your body had since the last time you ate. Normally we go a period of 8-12 hours between our dinner and morning meal. It’s essential to eat breakfast because it helps give our body the food it needs to replenish our energy level which fuels our brain and overall body. Eating breakfast helps us function better and avoid fatigue throughout the day.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE TIME?
I stated earlier the most common excuse for not eating breakfast is not having enough time. It’s understood that we all live busy lives but as we have discussed earlier in the meal planning article we must make time to make sure were getting the proper nutrients. It doesn’t mean you have to cook a five course meal for breakfast. You can have something simple and fast. The main thing is you want to make sure you are getting enough nutrients and calories met for your morning meal.
Some examples of quick meals are healthy cereal (such as Cheerios), oatmeal, protein or granola bars, meal replacement shakes (which we will discuss later this month), fruits and eggs, different fruit juices like orange juice and apple juice are great sources of vitamins C and D, calcium, iron and fiber. So if you don’t eat breakfast you are missing out on supplying your body with some of the necessary nutrients we need on a daily basis.
Skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight. It will do exactly the opposite. Also you want to make sure you’re making healthy selections for breakfast which does not include just drinking coffee, eating donuts or McDonald’s breakfast. It will also help to plan your breakfast the night before that way you don’t have to spend extra unnecessary time figuring out what you’ll eat in the morning. Don’t let your time management stop you from leading a healthy life. Eat Breakfast!
FIGHTER PHOTO SHOOT
A few weeks ago I worked with a photographer by the name of Josh Davis who helped me step out of my comfort zone and try new looks. I did both fitness and fashion looks. For the fitness shots we did a boxer theme. I loved the theme because I have done some boxing workouts which I truly enjoyed. Let me know what you think.
WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO
I hope everyone has a great Good Friday and Easter weekend. Don’t forget about our ab challenge that’s going on. Look forward to more ab exercises, a new class fitness trend and nutrition coming up next week.
Yours In Fitness,