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The importance of eating breakfast when you’re a busy parent/mom
As a mother of three, I get how easy it is to skip breakfast. Running out of time or energy to get that important meal in first thing of your day. You’re always scattered with cleaning up, kids to school or trying to get your child to get dressed on time. You barely have time to enjoy your coffee unless you’re an early riser. Not all us are and that’s OK.
We all know and hear all too well that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We hear it lots but does it always change everyone’s priorities to make it happen? No, because by the time you remember or think of eating or choosing something fast to have something in your stomach…
So Why Should I Even Eat Breakfast?
Some reasons to eat breakfast include:
- Cognitive function
- Fuller for longer
- Long term health
- High blood pressure reducer
- A more complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
- Improved concentration and performance for physical activity (if you work out or not.)
(Editors note: The health information in the following section is the opinion of the author. Click this affiliate link for Dr Jason Fung’s The Complete Guide to Fasting for an alternate view on fasting and health. Check with your doctor before making your health decisions.)
Breakfast is important because a few reasons:
First, I get how being a mom leaves hardly any time at all to even get this meal in. It is very important if you want to keep your metabolism in great standing. Also if you are looking for energy or to lose weight this meal can affect those as well. Between getting kids ready for school or going to work and even getting into routine is not easy. I will tell you it is worth it in the long run. You will thank yourself for getting into a routine for your health by eating breakfast.
You fast when you sleep. Leading to higher cortisol levels leaving you tired in the mornings. To get your energy back up with coffee or not…
It is good to eat a breakfast containing a complex carbohydrate and protein source (with or without coffee.) When you delay or skip breakfast, you actually lengthen your fast. This increases the time you are not producing enzymes needed to metabolize fat. This means you are limiting the hours in the day that your metabolism is running and burning fat. If you are not eating breakfast now, adding breakfast to your day helps you burn more fat in your day. It also is great for giving you that extra boost of energy that is much needed with motherhood.
If you are only drinking coffee or caffeine for breakfast? I myself am guilty of this as well. But you need the energy so it makes sense right? Having coffee is not good to have alone for breakfast if you want to control your metabolism. The energy you need and your body depends on is what you use to fuel your body. When you eat breakfast, you’re replenishing glycogen stores. They supply your mind and body with immediate energy. I mean does to a point if your adrenal glands are not worn down.
One reason I would always skip breakfast was; I wasn’t hungry. It’s true; you won’t always be hungry in the mornings. That is because of your metabolism wearing down. While you are sleeping your metabolism slows way down. That’s why it’s important to break that “fast” by eating breakfast, when your metabolism is up you feels hungry. That’s a good sign.
What are some tips to get the right nutrients in even when you’re trying to rush or don’t have time to cook?
- Prep the night before
- Plan out your meals so you know what you are making beforehand and not scrambling around and end up only drinking coffee again.
- Drinking a high quality protein shake will give you enough vitamins. You will be able to stay fuller for longer. (Although, I try to also eat an egg or healthy muffin of some sort.) remember short on time here…
Now if you do skip breakfast…Some factors…
- It’s easier to feel tired and grouchy more than if you were to fuel your body right from the start
- You won’t have the leveled out metabolism you need to keep burning fat or keep it steady
- It will be easier to eat more than you should part control wise because by time you do eat you are even hungrier.
Using a protein shake can help with making breakfast a convenience.
Remember; take care of you so you can better take care of those around you.
What protein would you suggest?
I use and love 1st Phorm’s Level-1 protein shakes. They taste good, no chalk taste as some others can have and they are high quality.
Level-1 Protein Shakes are:
- ultra bio available sustained assimilating protein
- mimics a whole food
- delivers amino acid flow for a longer period of time.
You need to base it off a basic isolate protein-level 1 for the amino acid flow. To digest the fastest and get to an anabolic state the fastest. It has carbs and fats. Made up of 80% protein 20% carbs n fats. Designed to be a breakfast shake or snack.
Delivers amino acids over a several hour period of time.
1st Phorm always uses the cross flow micro filtration method. When you introduce anything to high heat or high process of the product: it denatures the quality of the protein.
DENATURING THE PROTEIN:
You’re destroying the molecular characteristics, while turning it into what your body cannot use. Your body won’t use it because it’s not recognizable as protein. It’s important for the muscle growth and high quality protein source. If you denature, or cook chicken too fast, higher heat. Your body sees it as a waste and won’t recognize, be able to use the protein in it because it’s so denatured. Low processed protein is less denatured… (The better)
Those are some reasons why high quality protein shakes are important and why Level-1.
I am an approved distributor for 1st Phorm products and you can learn more and buy here.
To wrap up what this post was about:
- Skipping breakfast can harm your long term health
- Only having coffee won’t always give you the boost you need to have full amount of energy
- How to start with a protein shakes to make getting nutrients can be convenient for you.
- Why high quality protein and the processing affects what results it can give you.