Are you a breakfast lover or a breakfast hater?
Breakfast was certainly the most contentious meal of the day last Tuesday, 7th November, when I was live-on-air again with Kaye Adams on BBC Radio Scotland, discussing the importance of breakfast.
You can listen back to our big breakfast debate on the BBC iPlayer.
Fast forward to 2:35:22 to hear my interview with Kaye Adams.
Some radio listeners felt very strongly that skipping breakfast helps them lose weight. Trust me, it really doesn't! Read the science behind what actually happens below. I've also written a few words on how you can lose weight naturally
The breakfast challenge
For me, breakfast is the best meal of the day. There is no greater feeling than waking up hungry and tucking into a hearty breakfast such as pimped up porridge or high protein banana bread. I also get excited by breakfast out on the weekends but I realise not everyone shares my enthusiasm... I'm here to challenge that!
Shake up your wake up!
Try having one week of my favourite healthy breakfasts and see how much more energised you feel!
Here's five negative things that happen when you skip breakfast
1. Low energy
You’ve fasted all night so your blood sugar is low and so is your energy. You will feel fatigued and find it harder to concentrate at work, be prone to headaches and possibly light-headedness. Try a having one week of healthy breakfasts and experience how much more energised you could feel!
Low energy means we may be tempted to turn to stimulants such as tea and coffee for an energy boost to tie us over until lunch. This triggers 'fight or flight' mode (a temporary increase in energy, heart rate, blood pressure and a surge of glucose in the bloodstream). This artificially disrupts blood sugar balance, triggers the release of cortisol (the stress hormone) and creates symptoms of anxiety, stress (when you are probably already stressed) and can even disrupt your sleep later that night.
3. Mood swings
Mood swings due to an imbalance in hormones like adrenalin and cortisol. This increases risk of anxiety and in the long run, can lead to panic attacks
4. Concentration levels
Difficulty concentrating because your brain is not receiving the glucose it needs to function optimally
5. Office Feeders
Ah yes, we are all familiar with the office 'feeder'. The work colleague who feels the need to 'share' their snacks (junk-food) on a daily basis with the team when you really wished they wouldn't bother.
When we skip breakfast, the office sweeties, biscuits, doughnuts and pastries at elevenses become far more inviting when we have fasted all morning and we more easily succumb to ‘filling the gap’ until lunch…
If you are wondering how to lose weight and still eat breakfast, while skilfully boycotting the office feeder, read my blog post: How to lose weight (naturally) without compromising your health and happiness.
Importantly you are skipping an ‘eating opportunity’ to provide your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to function optimally. The focus is far too often on weight loss and not enough on health and wellbeing.
Are you a breakfast lover or a breakfast hater? Let me know your thoughts on this hot topic in the comments below and maybe we can settle this age-old debate, for once and for all?!...
Are you prepared to shake up your wakeup and try by high protein banana bread or pimped up porridge?
Maybe you're just not hungry in the morning in which case read this!
Finally, please join me over on Instagram @stellar_health_mary for more health food inspiration.
Discover how to lose weight (naturally) without compromising your health and happiness here
Interested in getting you or your family involved in growing your own vegetables? It's easier than you think and better tasting than anything you will find in a supermarket.
Read a previous blog post on Growing It Yourself
Create a better food culture for you and your family
If you don't have the space to grow vegetables at home in pots or raised beds, consider joining one of the many amazing community gardens in and around Edinburgh. They are a fantastic resource and good fun too! A quick Google search and you will find many more throughout Scotland and the UK.
Check out the following community gardens in Edinburgh and enjoy the social and foodie rewards:
There are many community gardens in and around Edinburgh. Locate one near you with this handy map
It is also a great place for kids to run around, play games and explore.
Do you know about any other community gardens? Please share in the comments below.
How do you get dinner on the table after a long day at work and how do you make lunches more exciting from Monday to Friday without resorting to convenience foods or take-aways? Stay energised and excited about meal times by learning how to plan your meals more effectively with my top tips.
15 Tips for Better Meal Planning
Seriously, it will soon become second nature to you. Try it and see for yourself!
Do you cook from scratch or are you stuck in a depressing cycle of work and convenience foods? I’d love to hear your thoughts below! What are your fail-safe kitchen hacks?
P.S. Check out my Instagram @Stellar_Health_Mary and like my Facebook page for daily lunchbox inspiration.
Here I am on The Kaye Adams show this morning, on BBC Radio Scotland.
We were talking about children’s food and nutrition education in the midst of Scotland’s obesity crisis. Also joining us in the discussion was Edinburgh based French chef, Fred Berkmiller (L’escargot Bleu and L’escargot Blanc).
Listen back now on the BBC iPlayer
Fast forward to: 2:25:46 (for the full story). I join the conversation at: 2:33:25
Scotland's obesity crisis
Two-thirds of Scottish adults are overweight or obese – the highest in the UK and amongst the highest in the world!!! About one third of children are at risk of becoming overweight or obese...
We’re discussing the possibility of forming healthier habits in children starting from grass-roots in order to make Scotland a 'good-food' nation. Too often, we are being mollycoddled by the food industry and duped into thinking we have no time and that junk food is a convenient answer.
Let me hear your thoughts below once you listen back.
Some of the main points raised during the conversation include:
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