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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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18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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