“Breakfast is ready!”
Oh the memories of mom (or dad) yelling to you that breakfast is on the table, ready to be quickly scarfed down before heading off the school. I am sure you also remember the groans when you would race down the stairs to find a bowl of… “gross” oatmeal sitting there. And then you would hear… “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day honey, so eat up!” as you haphazardly dip your spoon into the soggy oats and bring it to your frowning mouth.
Mom was right though, breakfast certainly is the most important meal of the day and it even has a month dedicated to it’s importance. That’s right, September is national breakfast month (as well as national chicken month) and for good reason.
Breakfast, also know as “breaking the fast”, is the first chance your body has after 8 to 12 hours of fasting to replenish blood glucose levels. Why this is important is because glucose is the main source of fuel for the body and is required to fuel muscles so they can perform adequately throughout the day.
Please don’t think that since the word glucose was mentioned that eating sugar filled goodies at breakfast is the smart way to recharge. All foods when digested turn to glucose but the sugary filled donuts, muffins and flakes raise glucose levels at a much quicker rate and cause it to drop quickly as well, resulting in energy crashes. Refueling this way is why some believe that breakfast does more harm than good. If you fill up on whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats such as eggs, whole grain bread and nut butter, your blood sugar levels will rise at a much slower rate causing sustained energy for the day. This is where breakfast gets its reputation of being beneficial.
With the slower rise in blood sugar, researchers have found that eating this meal increases attention span, heightening the efficiency at which you will be able to get things accomplished.
When you fail to eat breakfast, you tend to lack alertness and have decreased work productivity; two things that are integral for success in the class room and in the work place.
If you feel that you have no time to eat breakfast before heading off for the day, try making an “on the go” meal the night before or if it doesn’t sound too daunting, try setting your alarm clock thirty minutes earlier. Once you get into the routine of sitting down to a nice balanced breakfast, you will silently thank mom (or dad) when making the big presentation at work or taking the cumulative exam at school because you will feel focused and alert, ready to take on any road block that might come in your way.
If you have time to head out for breakfast in Boulder, stop by these places:
- The Buff
- Boulder Cafe
- Foolish Craig’s Cafe