Breakfast is the first meal of the day, typically consumed in the morning. The word is a compound of “break” and “fast”, referring to the conclusion of fasting since the previous day’s last meal.
Breakfast meals vary widely in different cultures around the world but often include a carbohydrate such as cereal or rice, fruit and/or vegetable or a meat protein like egg or sausage. In New Zealand like in many Western countries, breakfast will often include dairy food like milk or yogurt.
Many who understand nutrition have referred to breakfast as the most important meal of the day, and many studies have found that people who skip breakfast are disproportionately likely to have problems with concentration, their metabolism, and maintaining their weight.
Are you carrying a little too much weight? It is important to remember that those who are “bigger” than those who maintain a normal and healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) are more likely to have increased inflammation in their body, and this is bad news for those with psoriasis because psoriasis is considered an inflammatory disease.
The greater the inflammation, the more likely that you will experience those flare-ups you want to avoid.
Remember the saying: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”? Unfortunately, breakfast in many Western developed countries is skipped by a large number of people. Surveys have found that between 25 – 35% of women with children simply don’t eat, or have a rushed meal.
My guess is that almost half the population eat a mediocre if any breakfast at all, and this brings about many problems, particularly later in the day. I have found that those who have one to two cups of coffee before breakfast eat less or no breakfast over those who don’t have their coffee until later in the morning.
As I mentioned earlier, skipping the most important meal of the day can bring about weight problems because you make up for the calories later in the day.
Before you go to bed at night, it is always good to have some sort of a plan for what you’re going to eat the following day – for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Like anything in your life – if you fail to plan – you plan to fail. Get your FREE food guide here
Take A Walk Before Breakfast
I have found that before you have breakfast, it is most beneficial to go for a walk. Talk to somebody who walks daily and they will tell you that they simply don’t feel as good on the days they skip the walk. I suggest that you try to get active in the mornings too – it makes a huge difference and will keep your metabolism going for several hours afterward which is critical if you want to maintain a healthy weight as you age. You’ll be nicer to be around as well, a good level of fitness helps with hormone balance including mood regulation and even a reduction in inflammation. And, you’ll want to make sure you have high-quality protein for breakfast after you’ve exercised. NEVER skip breakfast, and even if you don’t feel like eating – eat a smaller portion.
What Makes A Healthy Breakfast?
It has literally taken me many years to work this out myself, to refine my formula, and I believe many of you would benefit from this information. So exactly do I do for breakfast? I have given you several options, some are from my own personal cookbook.
You can choose from a real quick shake made from an organically sourced protein powder, various cereals, and muesli blends through to something more substantial and cooked. The object is to give yourself plenty of good protein in the morning, after all, you are “breaking the fast” (breakfast) of your overnight rest period and need to top up the tank so to speak.
As long as you’re planning ahead, you too can eat healthy no matter where you are or what’s going on.
It is important to remember that most people are unconsciously exchanging “convenience” for their health. Today’s society is always looking for instant gratification when it comes to nutrition. Takeaway and convenience foods may seem quicker and easier, but believe me, they come at a significant cost to your health, and I’m sure you won’t want to pay that price as you get older. Apply these strategies – some form of exercise in the morning, and then having a healthy, protein-rich breakfast.
These are two great, easy ways for you and your family to take good control of your health.