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Consumption of a cereal bar in the morning resulted in increased alertness happier mood and less anxiety (and less irritability for the grumpy among us!) when compared to those who did not have any breakfast. Breakfast eaters were also more sociable compared to others. Similar effects were seen in those who had mid-morning snacks substantiating the fact that breakfast can have positive effects on the mood. (1) Another similar study conducted in Germany measured the effects of breakfast on the mood in high school children. It was noted that alertness was increased in all the children who had breakfast in comparison to those who did not. Additionally it was noted that boys who consumed breakfast felt more positive than those who did not. (2) The research focused on providing quick healthy breakfast ideas so that convenience was kept high.
Not only will your body burn calories more efficiently and you will have more energy by eating a good breakfast but it will boost your brainpower as well. After a long nights sleep the body has used up most of the glucose and glycogen stores that is converted to energy so these need to be replenished through the consumption of food. If you don t eat breakfast the body slows down calorie burning to conserve energy. When your metabolism slows so does the rest of your bodies functioning. You may feel tired sleepy fatigued experience headaches mental fuzziness and the inability to concentrate. By eating breakfast your energy stores will be restored and you will feed your brain the glucose it needs to fire neurons and synapses to make clear conscious decisions.
Make your children active in choosing and preparing their breakfast. Giving a personal example from parents and explaining about the importance significantly increase the chance of this important habit to be instilled in your children. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And it really is! Eating breakfast kick starts your metabolism provides your body with essential nutrients helps maintain a healthy weight and protects you from disease. Even with the facts about how important breakfast is 30% of Americans still skip breakfast. Why? Because many people feel they don t have the time for breakfast or they don t like breakfast foods or they think that by skipping breakfast they can avoid adding extra calories to their diet and lose weight. However none of these reasons are good enough or factual enough to actually skip breakfast altogether.