From the archives

I have been writing articles on Nutrition and health for a long time now, so I just thought I would bring out my old articles I wrote and attach it here, I still think this is relevant now , especially as we are still in the obesity epidemic, well currently I know we are concentrating on Covid-19 , but every little helps , especially if we can manage our lifestyle better

So here goes, love to hear your thoughts, oh so the **** the four years experience, it's now longer but just wanted to clarify that!!

Breakfast means breaking the fast. Therefore it is very important to eat something in the morning. If you think about it very carefully the body have had over twelve hours without food. So it is important when waking up that we do not leave it too long to not go without a meal. Unfortunately residents in the UK do not consume breakfast.
Studies carried out by a popular breakfast company demonstrated that 57% of parents do not have breakfast. This figure is very worrying as this habit can be influenced to their children, which can affect their concentration, and gain up to a stone in a year in the long-term. Breakfast is an important time for children and adults as it can kick start the metabolism in the morning, especially with the busy time ahead.
According to the Office for National Statistics:
One in five kids currently skips breakfast - that's 3 million kids each day
1 in 4 adults currently skips breakfast - that's 11.25m adults each day
Breakfast is the most rushed and cheapest meal of the day, and it should make up a quarter of your daily nutrient intake. It does not matter what the meal is, as long as the meal is consumed this can vet the body working. Fantastic examples of this are wholemeal cereals i.e weetabix, porridge. They help to promote bowel movement. Only one third of parents are with their kids when they consume breakfast. The worst effects of this is that the children will wean themselves off breakfast, if they notice that their parents are not consuming breakfast either. In the long term the children can have poor concentration, which can lead to poor grades at school, but also cause cravings for the wrong foods i.e sweets, chocolate and other sweet things. This can be a big problem when the child becomes older as this lifestyle is carried on into adulthood.
It is important to be aware that weight gain is more significant when there is no consumption of breakfast. When we do not eat breakfast the body becomes starved, causes insulin levels to become low, causing the person to become moody, irritable and craving for sugary items i.e sweets, chocolate, savoury, and biscuits. All containing high fat, and high sugar.
However this can be reversed by starting to have breakfast again. Start off with a piece of fruit, over a couple of weeks, work the way towards a main breakfast meal, for example grilled English breakfast or a popular cereal. However when there is a steady rise in breakfast consumption concentrate on healthier options at breakfast.
The best sources of this are oats, or anything wholemeal, as they contain fibre, which helps to keep the bowel functioning. This can also help to lower cholesterol and prevent constipation.
Finally consuming fruit in conjunction with the meal is also important to get the day started with vitamins and minerals, to help keep the body functioning properly.
I am a qualified nutritional advisor with 4 years experience ****

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  1. Up until the last week or so, I was always that person who skipped breakfast. I’m on a health journey now and looking for nutritious options. This gave me plenty of ideas. Thank you!


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