I understand more than anyone how good pushing snooze for the fourth time in one morning feels. Those extra minutes of shuteye? Priceless. What are you giving up when you’re running behind and you can only fit in so much before you have to be out the door to catch a bus or train? If you’re like most people, you’re probably giving up breakfast. And what’s the harm in that? After you rush to work, down a cup (or three) of coffee it’s already lunch time and you’ve saved yourself the calories of that first meal of the day, right? Wrong.
Here are a few reasons that skipping breakfast is not a smart decision:
When you don’t eat for long periods of time your body slows down its metabolic rate. So the time between dinner and lunch the next day? Yeah, that’s a long time. By eating breakfast, you jumpstart your metabolism for the day.
When you eat breakfast you’re not starving by lunch time (as long as you’re eating the RIGHT breakfast). If you skip out on the first meal of the day, chances are you eat more than what you need and on top of that, your metabolism is slowed because of your skipped meal.
Studies show that people who eat breakfast are more alert and focused in the morning. Whether you’re in school or at work, being on your game in the morning could benefit you in some way or another. People who don’t eat breakfast are often irritable in the morning – you know you’re thinking of that less than friendly co-worker. Try feeding them.
Breakfasts foods contain a lot of nutrients we don’t tend to eat throughout the rest of the day. Whole grains and fiber in cereal, calcium in milk, things that are hard to find in other areas of our diet are plentiful in the breakfast food category.
Skip the Sugar
Maybe you’re thinking, okay, I could eat breakfast. I’ll grab a donut on my way into the office. No. Stop that. Now you’re just playing dumb. Sugar and some sustenance first thing in the morning might taste good and wake you up for the time being, but you will experience a crash. Plus, you haven’t done anything yet to deserve a donut. Save something sweet for the end of the day when you can decide if you’ve actually earned it.
Skipping breakfast may increase a woman’s diabetes risk. In a study women who didn’t eat breakfast were at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women who ate breakfast every day. In addition, eating breakfast is associated with a lower instance of heart disease in men. A study found that skipping the morning meal was associated with hypertension, insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar levels. Lastly, A study by the American Dietetic Association found that eating breakfast can actually help improve your memory.
Hopefully we’ve given you a few reasons to reach for a healthy breakfast before dashing out the door. Plus, Chicago is full of some great breakfast spots – what are your favorites? If you haven’t already make sure to check out our blog on Farm-to-Table: Lakeview Edition