Breakfast - The First Meal of the Day By Dr. Donna Thomas

Apr 17, 2010
Breakfast - The First Meal of the Day By Dr. Donna Thomas

Get up and go. That is the perfect description for this generation. Our day is filled with so much stuff from the moment we open our eyes until the minute we fall asleep and if you are anything like me, the TV goes on the minute we awake and it is the last thing to be turned off before sleeping. Our awakening is planned. It gives us just enough time to do everything we need to do and barely make it out the door just in time to get to wherever we need to go. This often means missing breakfast or grabbing something on the go.

 Well I don’t know if you have noticed but obesity is prevalent in our society and associated with obesity is a national health crisis. Diseases like Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart disease and failure, Kidney failure and Cancer are on the rise and in many cases diet and lifestyle are the major causes of these diseases. According to Wikipedia approximately 2.5 Trillion dollars was spent on Health care in 2009. This does not include those who needed to see but could not afford to see a physician. We have been bombarded with many studies regarding diet and exercise and millions of dollars are spent every year on diet supplements and exercise DVDs and equipment, but the obesity and the health care crisis still persist.

Our body is a temple (I Corinthians 6:19 says, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”) and it is God’s desire for us to live an abundant life (John 10:10 says, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”). Abundance does not only refer to finances, it also refers to living a healthy, happy and peaceful life. So, where to we start? What is important? And how can you incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your busy life?

Start with breakfast. Breakfast has been reported in many studies to be the most important meal of the day. Studies have shown that incorporating a healthy breakfast in your diet not only increases your body’s ability to burn calories but it also decreases your cravings throughout the day. This is because a healthy meal does not result in a spike in your blood glucose that results in a surge of insulin from your body. A healthy meal does not result in the hormonal changes that results in weight gain and stresses on your body. A healthy meal results in the availability of fuel for metabolism for the body.

Now before we go any further let me define a healthy meal. A healthy meal is a well-balanced meal. Not just in the sense of eating from all the major food groups after all eating fried eggs, bacon, cheese and tomato on white bread or bagel satisfies that criteria but eating this combination on a daily basis would lead to serious health complications. Eating a well-balanced healthy breakfast means choosing healthy choices from each food group which are high fiber, high protein, low cholesterol, good fats with reduced processed foods, no preservatives, no hormones, no antibiotic and no chemicals.

So how do we do that while keeping our cost low and fitting it into our schedule? One word, PLANNING.
Stay tuned for Part II to this article…

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