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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 July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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