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Why you should never skip breakfast

PUBLISHED: 16:01 24 August 2015

Health & Fitness coach, Colin Ayliffe, at Stockton Heath

Health & Fitness coach, Colin Ayliffe, at Stockton Heath

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If you skip breakfast, then your blood sugar levels will stay at rock bottom and you’ll start the day feeling angry and cranky.

The summer is soon coming to an end and for most of us we’ll be sending the kids off to school.

Are they always going to school well nourished and full of energy or are they just grabbing a slice of toast before rushing out the front door?

Breakfast is without a doubt, the most important meal of the day. Despite this, most people commonly skip it.

‘Break’ and ‘fast’ literally means breaking the fasting period of the night before.

If we eat our evening meal around 8pm and wake up around 7am this means 11 hours of fasting!

That is, if we eat breakfast when we wake up, of course.

The brain has to function 24/7 and consumes huge amounts of blood sugar.

The body also repairs and regenerates while we are asleep requiring lots of blood sugar too.

Therefore, upon awakening, our energy stores are crying out to be replenished.

If you skip breakfast, then your blood sugar levels will stay at rock bottom and you’ll start the day feeling angry and cranky.

This is a primitive reaction as it puts you in the mood to go hunting!

Yet, we go straight into the office or our children have to sit in a classroom all day.

Skipping breakfast also effects our concentration, focus and memory as the brain needs blood sugar to optimally function, which is not great preparation for a busy day.

Those of us, who do eat breakfast, tend to opt for the quickest and most convenient choice, which is cereal.

The problem with cereal is that it more resembles cardboard rather than anything else. It is ‘fortified with vitamins and nutrients’ so it can be classified as a food and loaded with sugar!

So what constitutes a nutritious breakfast?

We should always eat some protein, healthy fats and carbohydrate at breakfast.

Try out the following breakfast ideas and start the day off the right way:

• Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon on Whole Grain Toast

• Oats Porridge with Nuts, Seeds and Berries

• Bacon, Sausages and Poached Eggs

• Cheese, Olives, Yogurt, Lean Meats or Fish.

Visit www.CoconutFitness.com for more information or ring Colin Ayliffe on 07804 920007 for a free phone consultation.

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