Some days it feels like you need six more hours in the day just to get sh*t done. The last thing you want to do is waste time cooking and eating a leisurely morning meal. And, if you’re not a “morning person” – forget about it. That extra 30 minutes sleep seems like a much better trade-off. I get it.
I am most definitely not a morning person myself! Frankly, I’d prefer to not even speak until noon. So, for all the folks who would rather sleep an extra thirty minutes and skip breakfast – I’m with you! In spirit that is. Because, much as I’d rather hit the snooze button and bury my face back into the pillow, I still get up and make breakfast. Every. Single. Day. And here’s why I think you should too:
1. EATING BREAKFAST WILL MAKE YOU SMARTER
Well, at least it will make you SEEM smarter. Multiple studies have shown that eating breakfast has a positive effect on cognitive functions. Eating breakfast can help improve your short-term memory, simple math skills and boost your ability to concentrate throughout the day. Imagine how much more you can get done during the early day when you’ve set your brain up for success.
2. SKIPPING BREAKFAST CAN TRIGGER ANXIETY ATTACKS
Eating breakfast containing a little protein will help keep blood sugar steady instead of plunging by midday. A steady blood sugar means being less prone to the symptoms of a sugar/insulin imbalance that can trigger anxiety attacks. If you’re already working on reducing your anxiety by following the guidelines in HOW TO REDUCE ANXIETY, adding a healthy breakfast is one more tool to add to your kit.
3. BREAKFAST SETS THE TONE FOR THE DAY
When you start the day with a positive, mindful and healthy action, it’s like drawing a mental roadmap for the direction you want to travel the rest of the day. Having a routine is an essential part of stress management – and setting aside time for breakfast should be a key part of that routine. One of the most important parts of stress management is actually preventing undue stress through mindful actions. Eating a healthy breakfast is the first mindful action of the day.
4. SKIPPING BREAKFAST MAY MAKE YOU FAT
In a year-long study, with 5000 male and female participants ranging in age from 20 to 70, “skipping breakfast was associated with a significantly higher risk of obesity“. Several other studies have shown similar findings. There has long been a theory that habitually skipping breakfast leads to lower metabolism but recent studies have cast doubt on that. So, while the jury is still out on exactly why, the consensus is that regular breakfast eaters do tend to weigh less than the breakfast skippers. Part of the reason may lie in the fact that a breakfast containing high protein foods such as eggs help burn belly fat.
5. EATING BREAKFAST CAN HELP YOU STICK TO YOUR DIET PLAN
Another reason breakfast skippers tend to weigh more might be as simple as overeating the rest of the day. We may think we are winning the diet war by eliminating breakfast, but the reality is that people who don’t eat breakfast often simply end up eating MORE calories to make up for it. Conversely, people who eat a small, nutrient and fiber dense breakfast are more likely to take in fewer calories in subsequent meals because they are simply not as hungry as their breakfast skipping friends.
6. SKIPPING BREAKFAST TURNS YOU INTO A CRANKY TODDLER
Even if weight loss is not on the agenda – nobody likes being around a grumpy partner or co-worker. Most of us are familiar with the fussy crankiness of a toddler past his or her mealtime. In some respects we’re all big children – we get just as irritable when we’re hungry. And skipping breakfast is a good way to make sure that we end up as cranky as any two year old.