Nutritionist Lucy Hyland

Importance of Eating breakfast

November 2, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 2nd November

I always talk to my clients about the importance of having breakfast. Even if its just a home made smoothie which you can take on the run, of a bowel of porridge or muesli to have at home or in the office, it sets you up for the day.

The key is also variety. If porridge is your chose breakfast - which is a great start to the day - then jazz it up! Here are some examples:

Monday - toasted almonds and berries

Tuesday - hazelnuts and grated apple with a dollop of yogurt

Wednesday- toasted cashews and pumpkin seeds the rasberries (frozen or fresh)

Thursday - walnuts and sunflower seeds and stewed or lightly cooked pear

Friday brazil nuts and sliced banana with a drizzle of maple...

Make up any combination you want but most importantly....have a breakfast!
Skipping breakfast too often can put you at risk of heart disease

Regularly skipping breakfast increases the risk of potentially deadly heart disease, research reveals. It shows that leaving the house on an empty stomach leads to obesity, larger fat stores around the stomach and higher cholesterol levels - all major risk factors for heart disease. It also triggers higher insulin levels in the blood, a warning sign that diabetes could soon set in.

The study showed the greatest risks are among adults who regularly went without breakfast when they were children and carried on the habit when they grew up. Although previous studies have suggested breakfast can be good for the heart, this is the first to track the long-term dangers. The results, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition-show that, by the time they are in their late twenties, those who rarely have breakfast as children or adults are already on the way to developing heart disease. Scientists think one reason is they are more likely to snack on sugary foods and less likely to exercise while having a lower intake of fibre, vitamins and minerals. But there is evidence that skipping breakfast can alter the way the body stores fat.

It can also leave people less likely to eat at typical mealtimes, said researchers at the University of Tasmania, who tracked 2,184 volunteers over 20 years. Leading dietician Catherine Collins said missing breakfast was a 'marker' for an unhealthy or chaotic lifestyle.

If you are interested in finding out how a nutrition consultation could benefit you, contact me on lucy@foodforliving.ie

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