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7 Benefits of Having a Healthy Breakfast Every Day

7 Benefits of Having a Healthy Breakfast Every Day

What’s your view on breakfast? Are you a breakfast lover, a breakfast skipper, or a grab-and-go as you’re running out the door breakfast rusher? If you’re not a regular breakfast eater, you may want to give it a try. Numerous studies have shown the positive effects of regularly having a healthy breakfast.

1. You’ll lose excess weight.

According to the Mayo Clinic Website, research suggests that consistently eating healthy breakfast may help with losing weight and maintaining weight loss. One possible reason for this is when you eat breakfast, you feel less hungry later in the day, and are therefore less likely to grab a junky snack.

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2. You’ll be inspired to make healthy choices all day.

By eating a healthy breakfast, you’re setting yourself up to feel good choices throughout the day. I’ve found this to be true for me. When I start my days off with a healthy, nutrient-dense breakfast, I feel inspired to continue making good choices for the rest of the day. When I rush through my morning routine and skip breakfast or make unhealthy choices in the morning, I’m much more likely to let good habits slide later in the day.

If you’re crunched for time, here are some ideas for breakfasts during busy mornings. Another helpful article, found here, has recommendations for healthy breakfasts for busy families.

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3. You’ll get important vitamins and minerals.

Skipping breakfast means a missed opportunity to consume your daily requirement for important vitamins and minerals. Breakfast doesn’t need to be fancy or time-consuming. Often a simple, quick, healthy breakfast will provide you with the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function ideally.

4. You’ll have more energy.

Eating a nutritious breakfast fuels your body. The Harvard Health Publications describe that different foods are converted to energy at different rates by our bodies. While some foods cause a quick boost of energy, other foods provide longer lasting reserves you’ll need throughout your day. For helpful advice on choosing healthy foods that will help you feel your best, you can search for a Registered Dietician online at the website for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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5. You’ll possibly decrease your risk of having a heart attack.

2013 Harvard study found that men who regularly skip breakfast had a 27% higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than men who ate breakfast. Men who didn’t eat breakfast were typically hungrier later in the day and ate more food at night, which could be associated with several risk factors for these ailments.

6. You’ll have better problem-solving skills.

According to this article, the American Dietetic Association claims kids who are breakfast eaters have better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination. These are good reasons to make healthy breakfasts a priority for the entire family.

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7. You’ll start your day with a better mindset.

Sitting down and savoring a healthy breakfast can help start your day with a refreshed, calm, collected mindset. Enjoying a healthy breakfast as part of your morning routine can set an excellent tone for the rest of your day. Starting your day with a healthy breakfast has the potential to improve your mood. If you’ve ever felt “hangry” – the hungry/angry combination, you know what I mean. Eating breakfast can decrease your “hangriness.” When you’re not focusing on feeling hungry, your mood is likely to improve.

As with any lifestyle change, developing the habit of consistently eating healthy breakfasts takes time. You will need to do some experimenting to figure out what works best for your family. Trying new recipes to increase your interest in breakfast, planning your breakfasts ahead of time, and stocking your kitchen with healthy choices can help make breakfast time a success.

What is your favorite healthy breakfast?

Featured photo credit: Oatmeal, Part 2/Rachel Hathaway via flickr.com

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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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