Sunday, February 21, 2010

You should know this - but whether you do or not here it is, as written by the pros.
After eight to 12 hours overnight without food, your body needs to refuel its glucose levels. Without breakfast, your brain and your muscles will not have the energy they need to sustain activity throughout the day.
Research has found people who skip breakfast often feel more tired, irritable and restless in the morning. On the other hand, those who do eat breakfast have a better attitude toward work, higher productivity and better ability to handle tasks that require memory.
Breakfast eaters also have more strength and endurance and better concentration and problem-solving ability. Plus, breakfast helps you reach your recommended calories and nutrients.
You can make a healthy breakfast in as little as one minute: a bran muffin with yogurt topped with berries, for example. Other suggestions include:
Whole-grain cereal with fruit and milk
• Whole-grain cereal with a cup of yogurt
• Toasted waffles topped with peanut butter
• Instant oatmeal with milk and dried fruit
• A whole-wheat pita stuffed with sliced hard-cooked eggs.

If your taste buds just don't crave breakfast foods, enjoy a sandwich or leftovers like pizza, pasta or rice in the morning. Just make sure to start your day the healthy way - with breakfast. 1.
How can we talk about breakfast and not include coffee?
According to several studies, coffee drinkers have a lower rate of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. A recent study from Harvard University included data from more than 120,000 people and found that drinking one to 3 cups of coffee per day dropped risk of diabetes by single digits but drinking 6 cups or more dropped risk by 30% in women and 54% in men. Other studies have shown a reduced risk of Parkinson's disease, cirrhosis, gallstones and colon cancer in those who drink coffee on a regular basis. 2.
On the other hand, it is clear that coffee is not for everyone. In excessive amounts - meaning more than whatever an individual's body can tolerate - coffee can cause nervousness, jitters, and rapid heartbeat.
Studies indicate that in some people, drinking excessive amounts of coffee might cause elevated cholesterol levels.
Most recent large studies show no significant adverse affects on most healthy people, although pregnant women, heart patients, and those at risk for osteoporosis may still be advised to limit or avoid coffee. 3.

Jay says: KNOCK YOURSELF OUT! This is your chance to eat.
Stay clear of bagels, sugary (most) cereals and donuts.
    There’s plenty to eat. MIX IT UP!
      Coffee – NO more than 2 cups a day.



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