We are all aware that breakfast in “the most important meal of the day” and there is a good reason for that. The food you put in your body in the morning can have a direct impact on how you feel for the rest of the day. It can even have a long-term effect on your overall health. With that being said, it is important to make sure that whatever you have for breakfast is setting up your day for success. In order to do this, these are a few common breakfast mistakes that you should avoid making.
Many times, after you have hit the snooze button for the third time, you are only left with enough time to get through a quick bite at some point during your commute to your morning destination. This is a very common habit. While eating on the go won’t satisfy your hunger pangs any less than eating at a table because it is more what you eat than how you eat, research has shown that people who focus on their breakfast are more mindful about their portions. In fact, a study in 2015 proved that distracted eaters tend to consume higher calories than those who actually pay attention to their meals. A 2017 study also showed that hurried eating had been linked to an increased risk of obesity and heart disease.
Some of the most popular breakfast foods in the world are very carb-focused such as pancakes, waffles, and bagels. However, the problem is that ingesting too many carbs during breakfast can throw off your body. You want to get your day off to a strong start, so you should seek a meal that is packed with more protein. Foods you will want to consider are eggs, cottage cheese, oatmeal, and yogurt as they will help you feel full and fuel your body with the energy needed for the day ahead.
It is important to eat a balanced meal in the morning as it will put you on the path to make better nutritional decisions throughout the rest of the day. So, don’t be afraid to have yourself a healthy-sized meal for breakfast. A study in 2017 showed that those who had their largest meal early in the day were more likely to have a lower BMI (Body Mass Index) than those who have a larger lunch or dinner.
Many people are very quick to grab a cup of coffee before eating as it is an essential part of waking up in the morning. However, drinking a cup of coffee, even if it is decaf, can increase the production of acid in your stomach and for those who have sensitive digestive systems, this increased acid can cause indigestion, heartburn, or the worsening of IBS symptoms. In addition to this, consuming caffeine before have a single bite of food can heighten anxiety, according to an article on PopSugar.