Don’t worry; I’m not going to say it. I won’t tell you about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. After all, you’ve heard it hundreds of time before. So, I won’t say it. Besides, in our rapidly-changing world, many people no longer start their days at traditional times. Is it really breakfast at noon? However, I am going to tell you about the importance of your first meal of the day! More than that, we will give you some suggestions to start you off.
You would think that the message of starting your day with a good meal would have stuck with us, but most of the Canadians have not been eating breakfast on a regular basis. That’s almost half of everyone reading this. Clearly, people are not getting why the first meal of the day is so important. So, let’s break it down: You don’t eat while you sleep, but your body does consume calories. Maintaining your vitals, regulating your body temperature and ongoing brain activity burns up energy even while you are sleeping. So after 7-8 hours, your body is going to require a charge-up. Also consider that most of us usually eat dinner between 6:00-7:00 pm. If you wait until lunch the next day to eat, you are looking at over 12 hours without food! You wouldn’t get into an airplane that wasn’t fully fueled, so why would you do the same to your body? The first meal is also good for the keeping your weight down. Eating a full breakfast in the morning means that you are less likely to snack during the morning. Those chocolate chip muffins in the staff room look less enticing if you have a stomach full of healthy food. Eating as soon as you wake will also refill depleted glucose levels, which are important for the brain to function. It will keep you sharp and ready for school or work. The first meal is important because it is the ideal time to feed our bodies with the essential vitamins and nutrients that we need to thrive; if this opportunity is missed early in our day, we are unlikely to make it up later.
What To Eat for the First Meal?
It completely depends on personal taste; some people love a big, heavy breakfast while others are content with simple yoghurt and fruit. Listen to your body and you will figure it out. In the meantime, here are some suggestions:
Eggs– A classic. Eggs are full of protein, antioxidants, and other important nutrients. Eggs make you feel full which cuts down on snacking. Another great thing about eggs is that they can be prepared in many different ways. Even if you are in a hurry, boil an egg and eat it on the go!
Oatmeal– Another favourite. Rich with fibre (good for cholesterol), antioxidants, and protein, oatmeal will fill you up and make you feel warm on a cold winter day. Up the ante and mix in fruit and low-fat milk to maximize the nutrients.
Nuts and Fruit– Inexpensive, healthy, full of fibre, and ready to eat on the go, fruits and nuts are a fantastic way to eat a natural first meal. Be warned, you will need to consume larger amounts if you want that full feeling.
Eating a first meal and tracking your health and nutrition is important; but many people don’t have the time. That’s why you need the LOMI App. Available through both Apple and Android, the LOMI App strives to bring health experts to your fingertips. Through the app, you will be connected to qualified and certified personal nutritionist who will help guide you with your nutrition and exercise. Download it today and work to improve your health!