Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wakey, wakey! Rise and shine...

Most of us are rushed off our feet in the morning - trying to get the kids off to school and ourselves to the office on time, but, and I know you've heard it before, I'm going to say it again: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I mean it. I fought against it for years, but it's true.                             

I was never a great fan of breakfast. It was a meal I could quite happily go without - except for the gargantuan-I'm-on-holiday-after-10am-buffet variety: fruit, cereal, yoghurt, eggs, bacon, toast, marmalade etc, etc. But breakfast every day? No thanks. At least, not until I learned about cortisol.
After fasting all night, cortisol levels in the blood are raised. High cortisol levels encourage fat formation and storage. To balance and reduce cortisol levels, you need insulin. You can encourage the production of insulin by eating.
Now I am a big fan of breakfast. Wouldn't miss it. Most days it is something small; cereal or toast, with fruit or yoghurt, sometimes a piece of cheese.
Wholewheat bread and wholegrain cereals are best, as they are usually low GI - they will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Introduce some protein - milk, yoghurt, cheese - and breakfast will see you through to lunch without a problem.
So, have some breakfast tomorrow morning. For the sake of your waistline. Promise?


juliea.joules said...

also, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are a yummy addition to breakfast; enhancing cereals, uplifting porridge and contributing fibre and protein

Sphinx said...

thamks for your comment, juliea.joules, and of course you are quite right about those seeds. i tend to think of nuts and seeds as snacky things - but i do use them in dinner recipes. and they are in muesli and seed bread.
keep coming back. you're always welcome.