Why You Need a Balanced Breakfast

It’s the most important meal of the day, or so they say! Today we take a clear and comprehensive look at breakfast and what it does for you and your body.  If you want a natural self and a healthy self, one of the most vital things you can do is make sure you are fuelling your system with what it needs so that you can course through the day with ease and fun and energy.

What do you eat for breakfast?

What do you feed your kids for breakfast?

These are two simple but incredibly important questions i often ask my patients when they come to see me. If someone is communicating they have no energy and are feeling listless and wan, first off I want to know exactly what they are feeding themselves!

We’ve all heard it before. Our bodies are like engines and they need proper fuel. You cannot run your car on air, so why then do so many of us do so with our bodies? A quick cup of coffee in the morning and then we are out the door to face the day. Worse still, we have not even thought about our childrens breakfast! Instead, we tell them to get to the cupboard and munch down a bowl of sugary cereal that has no real and sustaining energy value for the day. Any nutritionist or dietician will inform you that this is definitely NOT the way to go when it comes to early morning energy and fuel for the body.

In fact, it is the fast brekkie version most of us live by. And it is time to put it to rest!

But what is the alternative?

According to the Australian Government’s Dietary Guidelines for Health site, a balanced diet is all important and there’s no better way to start the day than with an excellent breakfast.[1]

For breakfast you can incorporate the following:

Eat plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruits

• Eat plenty of cereals (including breads, rice, pasta and noodles), preferably wholegrain

• Include lean meat, fish, poultry and/or alternatives

• Include milks, yoghurts, cheeses and/or alternatives.

Reduced-fat varieties should be chosen, where possible

• Drink plenty of water

and take care to:

• Limit saturated fat and moderate total fat intake

• Choose foods low in salt

• Limit your alcohol intake if you choose to drink

• Consume only moderate amounts of sugars and foods containing added sugars[2]

Remember to take a bit of time to prepare a decent breakfast and remember your energy levels throughout the day will be markedly improved.

Put an end to the liquid breakfast of coffee and take time to fuel yourself properly. You will be amazed!