Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but for some people, it is the hardest to prepare and consume.
There are many reasons why people find it hard to eat breakfast. Some people just don’t have the appetite to eat in the morning, while some would just rather use the minutes supposedly allotted for breakfast to sleeping. Meanwhile others are in a rush and don’t have time to whip up something before heading out the door. And for some folks, eating breakfast is simply a habit that they didn’t get accustomed to.
While skipping breakfast is common these days, especially with lifestyles becoming more fast-paced, it’s still an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and diet. If you’re stuck in the habit of not eating breakfast, here are easy and effective tricks that can help break that pattern.
1. Ease into the habit.
Getting into the habit of eating breakfast is not an overnight thing, but you can start small and light so that you can gradually wean into it.
Choose dishes or meals that are easy to make and light on the tummy. Hard-boiled egg along with fruit can be a good start. Start small and just increase your portions as you go along.
2. Break the meal down.
If you can’t consume the whole meal in one sitting, you can break it into small chunks. For instance, you can eat the hard-boiled egg first then the fruit an hour later.
3. Get up a few minutes earlier.
Wake up a quarter before the time that you usually get out of bed. This way, you’ll have a few minutes to whip something up and allow your system to jump start.
4. Eat less before going to bed.
A hefty meal before bed can make you less hungry when you wake up and also interfere with the quality of your sleep. So eat dinner at least three hours prior bedtime. If you like having snacks at night, consume them an hour before you hit the sheets, and make sure to go for healthy staples such as cottage cheese and berries.
5. Eat what you love.
That’s not to say that you should go for unhealthy breakfast choices, but you shouldn’t limit your breakfast options to just hard-boiled eggs or cereals. There are tons of quick but healthy and yummy recipes available online and in cookbooks. But if you don’t have time to create something from scratch, you can eat leftovers to make breakfast more enjoyable and appealing to your palate. So go ahead and begin your day with that grilled chicken or stir fry from last night.
6. Go for quick but healthy recipes.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be time consuming, but that doesn’t mean that it should be filled with empty calories either. So instead of going for coffee and pastries on the way to work or school, opt for quick and healthy breakfast meals such as smoothies. You can also prepare ingredients ahead of time (ie. Chopping fruits and vegetables the night before), so that you can easily proceed to making your meal when you wake up and spend less time in the kitchen.
7. Plan ahead.
Sometimes, thinking about what to eat can consume a lot of minutes. If you want to get into the habit of eating breakfast without taking too much of your time for morning preparations, create a meal plan for the week.
Do it straight for 30 days, so that your body would find eating breakfast harder to resist. Building the habit may be challenging, but it’s worth it in the end.
The Importance of Eating Breakfast
Breakfast is an essential meal because it’s the time when you will get to refuel your body after going for long hours without food. Remember that while you’re asleep, your body relies on stored fuel in order to function.
Breakfast is also essential in weight management and better diet. It curbs hunger throughout the day and help you make better food choices. When you skip breakfast, you may tend to feel like you need to compensate for the missed meal during lunch or dinner, which could cause you to eat more than you should. More so, lack of breakfast may also increase your urge to reach for food rich in salt, sugar, and fat.
Getting into the habit of eating breakfast may be tough, but it’s attainable. Follow the eight tips discussed as you strive for a healthier body and begin your day with a good meal.