Fall Back: A Great Time to Make Sure to Start the Day with a Good Breakfast!

By DeDe Hausmann

Since most of us in the US get an extra hour of sleep on November 4, and you know you’ll still wake up at the same time you normally do every other day, how about using that hour to make sure you enjoy a healthy breakfast?

We’ve all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I wanted studies to back it up.  SO I googled  BREAKFAST RESEARCH and got TWENTY  pages worth of studies that go all the way back to 1996.

Let’s highlight some of the most recent studies:

  • Oct/2012: study presented at the Learning Connection Summit showed that brain scans of kids who eat breakfast show more brain activity than scans of kids who don’t eat breakfast.
  • July/2012: a Cornell University study found that those of us who skip breakfast seem to crave more carbohydrates later on in the day than those who eat that meal.
  • July/2012: a Dairy Research Institute study found that people who don’t eat breakfast weigh more and have more unhealthy habits than those who ate breakfast.  Many “breakfast skippers” consume 40% more sweets and 55% more soft drinks, and they eat 45% less veggies AND 30% less fruit than breakfast eaters.
  • June/2012: this is a BIGGIE!!!  A University of Minnesota School of Public Health study found that people who eat breakfast EVERYDAY are 34% less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than their counterparts who don’t eat breakfast.  Note this: they are also 43% less likely to become OBESE and 40% less likely to develop fat in the belly area!!!
  • May/2012: a Harvard 16 year study of almost 30,000 people found that males who skipped breakfast are 20% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who ate breakfast daily.
  • November/2011: the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that ladies who were trying to diet were more successful if they ate a healthy breakfast (and avoided mid-AM snacks).

So what do you eat for breakfast?  I take the time to fix an egg-based dish (as in omelets, fritatas or scrambled eggs) with loads of veggies, lean meats and low-fat cheese on the weekends.  During the week, before heading off to the gym, it’s Old-Fashioned Oatmeal made with milk and yogurt and whatever fruit I have on hand.  I top that off with a glass of OJ or another fruit-packed beverage (read those labels to see % of fruit).

Not a breakfast eater?  Become one and be more healthy.  Plan ahead before heading to the store and try to get at least 3 of the 5 food groups into your breakfast menus. Your body will love you for it!

2 Responses

  1. I agree ; when I used to pass up on breakfast , I would end up eating every little thing around me!

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