Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is documented in research and elderly people will tell you that breakfast is too important to be wasted on junk foods. If you are trying to lose weight, the first meal of the day determines if you make or break your diet.To break your fast daily, it is best to have something that is nutritious as your body is most receptive to nutrients after resting for hours.
Coffee is a popular choice, but it is not a good choice. Fresh milk and fresh fruit is recommended as better choices for breakfast. In Asia, a meal of rice congee with vegetables is the common way to begin a day. There are many variety of foods that can be eaten to start your day, depending on your level of activity, it is best to start your day healthy. If you are living in a place that offers a large selection of foods, you can change your breakfast menu regularly.
In Japan, breakfast is the main meal of the day with families gathering together to have the most important meal together. A traditional breakfast menu includes rice, soup and side dishes such as omelette, grilled fish and fermented seaweed. Breakfast is usually prepared carefully and enjoyed together as a unit. The larger the selection, the easier it is to look forward to breakfast as a meal.
For children, studies have shown that children who have proper breakfast at home perform better during classes. The brain has the necessary food to function, but over eating for breakfast can have the opposite effect. Most people feel sleepy after a heavy meal as the brain urges the body to rest to digestion can happen smoothly. Recommended children’s breakfast food are milk and fruit.
Unhealthy breakfast options are cakes, cereals with high sugar content and artificial colouring and junk foods. Children who have foods high in sugar tend to be inattentive in class as they are too hyped up to concentrate. Similarly if you are trying to lose weight go for food that have low glycaemic index, or hard to digest such as protein, rather than the usual orange juice and sugar.
Should you exercise before breakfast or after? It is a hard question to answer, while the body needs nutrient to work optimally, eating a big breakfast before a workout is not a comfortable practice. It is advised that the space between a big meal and exercise is three to four hours, having a small breakfast one to two hours before exercising is also recommended. You can use protein shakes to start of your day when you exercise and then supplement with a healthy choice for breakfast after a good workout.
For the most important meal of the day, the choice of food should be important as it affects the progress of the day. People who have healthy breakfast are usually less likely to snack on unhealthy foods before lunch. It is significant when you want to lose weight.