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When You Eat Breakfast Every Day, These 8 Amazing Things Will Happen

When You Eat Breakfast Every Day, These 8 Amazing Things Will Happen

Sometimes, life can seem way too busy to try and fit in a morning meal. But, if you’re missing out on breakfast, you’re also missing out on some amazing health benefits and even the opportunity to slim down, improve your energy, and focus better.

Still think breakfast is impossible? Think again. Here we’ll break down the awesome health benefits of eating breakfast and provide some easy ideas so you don’t ever have to skip it again.

1. Helps Prevent Weight Gain

There are countless studies that have proved those who eat breakfast find it easier to maintain a healthy weight. A study done by Tel Aviv University[1] shows that eating a balance of healthy carbohydrates, lean proteins, and even a little dessert can help with healthy choices the rest of the day.

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By eating a hardy breakfast (with dessert), our body feels satisfied and doesn’t have the urge to make up for lost calories throughout the day by binge-eating or unruly cravings. This in turn helps to improve healthy eating habits aiding in maintaining a healthy weight.

2. Increases Focus and Concentration

When we sleep our body goes without fuel for a long time. By skipping breakfast, your body stays in sleep-mode and draws on its reserve tank for extra energy. This causes your body and brain to work harder and create stress hormones,[2] making you feel tired and sluggish.

By breaking your overnight fast, you’re restocking your body with the fuel it needs for optimal performance. Eating a balanced mix of healthy carbs, proteins, and fats helps with the refueling process and gives your body and brain the power it needs to increase your focus and concentration for the rest of the day.

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3. Kick Starts Metabolism

During sleep, our metabolism slows down. However, when we’re awake, the body needs to break out of its fasting metabolic state. Eating a balanced breakfast is the best way to kick start the metabolism[3] and the key to staying fired up for the rest of the day. Maintaining a healthy metabolism is also an important part of maintaining or losing weight.

4. Reinforces a Healthy Diet

Science says people who have breakfast every day have more nutritious diets. Eating a balanced and nutritious breakfast sets the tone[4] for your eating habits the rest of the day. It also helps curb excessive hunger and cravings that we get when we have extreme dips in blood sugar.[5] 

Complex carbohydrates, high protein, and high fat breakfasts all prevent fast falls in blood sugar, helping prevent cravings. This gives you a fighting chance in choosing healthy meal options the rest of the day because your body won’t be screaming for sugar.

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5. Stops Overeating Throughout the Day

People who usually skip breakfast are 50% more likely to become overweight. Skipping breakfast causes our bodies to stay in starvation mode. What happens when you feel starved of anything? You want more of it. Break that vicious cycle by packing in some morning calories. This will help you stay satisfied throughout the rest of your day and prevent you from eating everything in your path.

6. Improves Family Relationships

Eating breakfast with family[6] is a great way to bond and start the day out together. Spending time with the most important people in your life gives everyone the chance to plan, encourage, and laugh about the day ahead. This not only unifies your family but also helps for a smoother day because you’re all starting off on the same foot.

7. Cuts Down on Morning Grouchiness

Ever feel grouchy in the morning? Some people call it “hangry,” but it’s actually your starving brain cells that cause morning moodiness. Prevent crankiness by adding some complex carbs (like oatmeal, whole grain breads, or fruits and veggies) to your morning routine. This helps provide fuel for your brain. When your brain is fueled, it has more time to think about the important day ahead and less time to be grouchy about the lack of food.

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8. Reduces the Risk of Health Problems

Probably one of the biggest benefits of breakfast is the long-term effects it will have on your health. According to one study, insulin resistance and obesity rates were 35 to 50 percent lower for people who ate breakfast every day compared to those who skimped.[7] The study suggests that filling your tummy first thing with healthy food helps prevent obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. These are some of the biggest health epidemics faced by many today. You can prevent these fatal and lifelong diseases by eating more food. It doesn’t get much better than that!

How can you fit breakfast into your daily schedule?

Take time to prepare

Breakfast doesn’t need to be fancy, but having quick and easy breakfast foods in your pantry can make or break your day. Also, having some go-to breakfast ideas in your arsenal is the best way to go. Often times low nutrient, high-calorie breakfast foods are easier to grab but not good for you in the long run. A great tip is taking the time to prepare your breakfast the night before, or to lay everything out for the next morning to decrease your prep work.

Pick easy meal ideas

You don’t need to have a three-course breakfast every morning in order to be successful. Keeping easy-to-prepare items in your kitchen like oatmeal, eggs, yogurt, fruit, and cut up veggies is all you need to succeed. Breakfast smoothies are also an easy and nutritious option that will get you out the door on time.

Learn to love leftovers

Leftovers are probably the easiest thing to grab in the morning. If a freshly cooked breakfast isn’t something you have time for, cook something tasty the night before or even grab last night’s dinner for a quick and healthy morning meal. No one ever said dinner couldn’t make a great breakfast!

If you thought eating a daily breakfast was impossible, think again. With a few minutes of preparation and easy ideas, breakfast can become a part of your daily routine and can start you on the road to a healthier body and life.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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