Diary Of A Cereal Filler
For some of us, even the thought of eating something in the morning is enough to make us reach for the toilet bowl. Yup, at 7.30am - eating a piece of toast is about as appealing as eating cardboard…hmmm, does this sound familiar?
Apparently 15% of you are skipping "The Most Important Meal Of The Day", either because you can't stand the prospect of eating in the morning or because you just haven't got the time.
To highlight the importance of a good brekkie, the good folks at Kellogg's have announced Monday 25th September to Sunday 1st October as National Breakfast Week - aiming to highlight the nutritional importance of this much-neglected morning meal.
So why exactly, is it so important?
Well, the word breakfast explains it all really - literally meaning "break the fast." If you think about it, when you get up in the morning you probably won't have eaten for about 8-12 hours - so having some breakfast is the first food you'll have had for a very long time.
The body's blood glucose levels will be low when you wake up, so having some brekkie is really important to give them a boost - ever wondered why you feel moody, irritable or lack concentration in the morning? Well, it's because your energy levels are low…and missing out on breakfast will just make it worse!
Ok, I understand that a lot of you just don't have the time to prepare a "proper breakfast," and if you're anything like me, you will have timed your morning routine with all the precision of a S.A.S. commando - getting up, getting dressed and catching the bus in all of five minutes - there just isn't any time for eating!
But it's probably this misconception of what constitutes a "proper breakfast" that puts you guys off in the first place.
Remember, the idea is to boost your energy levels - which doesn't mean you have to prepare a three course meal. Nutritionists reckon that something simple like a piece of fruit, a Nutrigrain bar or some fruit juice will all help in raising those glucose levels - meaning you shouldn't be such a grump in the morning, and should be able to concentrate more in those first couple of lessons at school - very important if you have exams to do!
Skipping breakfast because you want to lose weight is another misconception.
Research suggests that skipping meals, particularly breakfast, can make weight control more difficult. Breakfast skippers may eat more food than usual at the next meal or nibble high-calorie snacks to curb hunger.
Your best bet for a morning munch is still the good old breakfast cereal though, and together with some skimmed milk, health professionals suggest that this option can make a major contribution to a reduced fat intake for the entire day.
Oh yeah, and since most Kellogg’s cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals , you can be sure that you're getting your "recommended daily amount" of all that stuff as well!
So tomorrow morning, instead of just waiting until lunch-time for your first feed of the day, take a few minutes to nibble on something for breakfast- you'll be surprised at how different it makes you feel.
You never know, after a few bowls of Corn Flakes, you might even put a stop to being known as "The Morning Mood Monster."
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- Eddy Vista