Have you woken up in the morning without actually feeling hungry? If you give it a good thought, or pay attention to it in the next few days, you will realize that you never really wake up hungry. That is puzzling, isn’t it?
When you are asleep, you are fasting. So ideally you should be hungry the minute you wake up. But that doesn’t happen, and we will tell you why. The answer is because our body’s metabolism already feeds us in the morning. While sleeping, we are fasting; and fasting is a high-fat meal of our own adipose tissues. Fasting leads to weight-loss, which is because you are burning your own fat. Surprised?! There is more!
Fat-burning is most intense in the morning, because we haven’t eaten all night. So when we wake up, we’re already eating a steady diet…of fat. Furthermore, our bodies give us a shot of cortisol in the morning as we wake up. Cortisol increases gluconeogenesis (the process by which our liver creates glucose), so that we can maintain normal blood sugar when we’re not eating anything.
The morning cortisol explains why we’re not hungry immediately upon waking: not only are we already burning our own fat for energy, our liver has already gone to work making glucose for us! Hence, when you wake up, you’re not really fasting, but feasting on your fat!
This explains why we feel so stuffed even after a small bowl of cereal or fruit or toast bread. All said and done, breakfast still remains the most important meal of the day. Studies have proven that:
-People who skip breakfast are more likely to be obese than the ones who don’t.
-Breakfast reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
-Those that eat breakfast tend to consume fewer calories during the rest of the day.
-High-energy foods in breakfast improve memory and concentration.
-If you have breakfast less often, your body starts picking more fats and fewer nutrients.
So how to you get yourself to eat a healthy breakfast while you are in a rush to begin your day, and when you are not even that hungry? You need something that doesn’t have lot of preparation time, something that you can even take with you on the go and something that doesn’t bore you with the same taste over and over again.
Switch to breakfast cereals. Cereals don’t just mean Corn Flakes. There are various kinds of cereals and if you don’t have a sweet-tooth, there are many savory options that you can try out too. Here is a list of health foods that not just tastes good but is extremely good for your body too:
Pristine Organics Organic Breakfast Cereal: Beginnings Mixed Millet – This cereal is extremely rich in dietary fibers. Make a tasty snack with Beginnings by mixing chaat masala, amchur and little oil or just add honey for a sweet and healthy snack. You can also have Beginnings with milk and sugar to taste or with chopped Fruits or fruit juice. You can buy it from Natural Mantra: http://bit.ly/151LNCC
Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Plus Granola: High in Omega acids and no trans-fats, this granola cereal is the perfect marriage between the whole grain goodness of flax granola, healthy pumpkin seeds, and delicious rolled oats with a cinnamon flavor. Eat it with hot or cold milk. It is made of healthy whole grains and is 100% organic. Order it from Natural Mantra: http://bit.ly/147lbQB
Nature’s Path Optimum Slim, Low Fat Vanilla: If you’re on a diet, breakfast is even more important for you. Believe it or not, the right kind of breakfast will help you in losing weight! Try the Optimum Slim cereal that is packed with fiber, protein and whole grains to fill you up and keep you going. This balanced diet based on natural whole foods gives you everything you need and little you don’t. Ensure that you don’t reach out for an unhealthy snack by 11 am by having Optimum Slim in breakfast with hot or cold milk. Buy it from Natural Mantra: http://bit.ly/17iKLGk
Corn Flakes: The Vitamin E in corn flakes is equal to 4 almonds, taking care of 6.5% of your RDA. Corn has the ability to improve overall nourishment. Corn being rich in carbohydrates keeps you energized for the day yet makes a light breakfast. It is only wise to take corn as corn flakes for one of your meals to break away from the monotony of rice or wheat. So why not order organic corn flakes from Natural Mantra: http://bit.ly/19M4Yop
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Fresh Fruits were and always remain a healthy breakfast choice. But fruits get digested very easily and they may leave you hungry after a while, hence just eating fruits isn’t enough. You could also include dry-fruits in your breakfast, though they are also not a full meal in themselves.
You can whip up a smoothie using yogurt or milk and fresh fruits as well and pack it up if you’re not hungry while preparing it. You can also make it at night and store it in the refrigerator.
While we discussed foods that we know are healthy eats for breakfast, let’s look at some breakfast items that are a strict no-no:
-A healthy serving of orange juice is about as much as you can squeeze out of one orange. So say no to canned juices.
-Avoid anything that is deep-fried, processed or too greasy.
-Cereals with lots of sugar.
-Pastries…they are loaded with everything that will make you put on weight.
-Too much cheese.
They say well begun is half done. Similarly, a good morning breakfast will keep your day good too. No matter how much the rush, don’t miss out on this meal of the day. And as clichéd as it may sound, remember to Eat Your Breakfast Like a King!
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