Kitchen: Why Breakfast is Essential for Health & Wellbeing
Do you wake up in the morning, not hungry & skip breakfast?
Do you then proceed to have your morning coffee on an empty stomach?
You might not know this, but this common misunderstanding can lead to spikes in our blood sugar levels. In the short term, this can cause lethargy and lead to hunger. Especially increasing our cravings for sugar & processed foods. The long term effects can cause a dysregulation with our metabolic system resulting in an array of negative health outcomes.
When our bodies are under stress like this, our cortisol levels increase. Cortisol is a steroid hormone and plays an important role in our metabolism. Cortisol controls blood sugar levels, regulates metabolism, acts as an anti-inflammatory, controls electrolyte balance, influences blood pressure and maintains immune system function.
If you have noticed sleep disturbances, insomnia, weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, stress, energy slumps, cravings for refined carbohydrates and sugar and a feeling of lethargy and lack of motivation. Then it's time to make some simple changes.
So, how can we ensure our blood sugars stay stable throughout the day?
- Eating a high protein meal for breakfast - think eggs, beans, tofu scramble, nuts, seeds, protein powders etc.
- Eat regular meals and don't skip meals
- Having a coffee 1 - 2 hours after breakfast
- Staying hydrated and drinking 2-3L of water daily
- Exercising regularly