However, most of us do not eat breakfast because there is no time; rushing for time in the morning or cannot stomach food too early in the morning.
Do you know that your body consists of 100 trillion cells that need various types of nutrients each day to function properly?
Most of what you eat everyday consist of 2 major groups of nutrient:
- Protein, carbohydrate and fats supply energy for daily activities when we are awake.
- Protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals supplies building material for repair and recovery when we sleep.
What happen in the morning when you wake up? The 100 trillion cells in your body are begging, “ Hey, give me all the nutrients that are used up yesterday!”
So, what are you feeding your body? The answer is nothing!
Your blood sugar level drops and eventually, you feel hungry and you reach for food with simple carbohydrates( e.g doughnut, biscuits, cookies, toast, coffee with sugar , juices etc ).
As you have eaten simple carbohydrates, it is easily digested into sugar and absorbed into the blood. The blood sugar level increases very quickly beyond the normal range. The body senses this and signals the pancreas to produce insulin.
Insulin removes the blood sugar and turns it into fat. The blood sugar level drops as quickly as it rises and you feel hungry, weak and the brain quickly lose focus.
Again you reach for more of the same food: simple carbohydrate that raises the blood sugar level again.
Each time you eat simple carbohydrate is followed by an insulin surge. The cycle repeats itself many times each day and you develop carbohydrate dependence.
Over time, the pancreas becomes very tired and body does not respond to insulin resulting in too much sugar in the blood. This can lead to other issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and overweight.
And it all begins with improper or no breakfast.
What is a proper breakfast?
Proper breakfast should satisfy the following criteria:
Provides the body with vital nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamin, minerals etc)
- Provides energy throughout the day
- Does not cause a surge in blood sugar and insulin
Here are some food to consider for proper breakfast to kick-start the day:
- Oats, wheat, whole grains, nuts and seeds provide good source of complex carbohydrates
- Soya, beans, nuts provide protein that the body can easily digest and absorb
- Colorful fruits and vegetables give vitamin and minerals to boost immunity
Do you have any breakfast recipes that meet the criteria of a good breakfast?