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Added August 01, 2013

Healthy Breakfast: The Breakfast of Champions

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Break the early morning fast

One of your earliest memories probably recalls being begged to eat a healthy breakfast. Along with chowing down all things green and getting a good night's sleep, chances are that advice just lies there in your consciousness. We figure that could be because it's been a while since you've been reminded exactly why eating breakfast is such a big deal.

 

Without adding to the preaching you're exposed to daily, BeingGirl feels a responsibility to supply you with the facts behind the nagging. If you find it boring, remember it's no more so than feeling tired, unable to concentrate and behaving in the crankiest manner to everyone who crosses your path. Maybe these facts will help explain why every adult you know wants you to have some cereal, low-fat milk and a fruit each morning. 

 

  • The human body uses up a massive 440 calories during eight hours sleep. That's one reason why breaking the morning fast is so important.
  • Teens skip breakfast more than any other meal. Twenty percent of girls surveyed and 12% of boys call lunch the first meal of the day.
  • Overweight teens were more likely to cut out breakfast than teens of normal weight. Missing breakfast can lead to overeating later in the day.
  • The biggest source of fiber is breakfast cereal. Fiber creates a full feeling and tends to be low in calories.
  • You don't have to have what your mom is eating. Half a cheese sandwich or dinner leftovers will do fine.
  • Your body needs to refuel after sleep. It's hungry even if you don't feel like it.
  • Recent research reveals that missing breakfast may cause a drop in your ability to concentrate during those all-important first few periods of the day.
  • Teens who don't eat breakfast are twice as likely to have low levels of iron in their body, a deficiency linked to poorer math scores among adolescent girls. (So that's the reason!)
  • Twice as many girls skip breakfast as boys. Skippers were more likely to be dissatisfied with their body shape and have been on a diet to lose weight than those who ate breakfast. Six out of ten girls feel they have to lose weight, although only 10% were actually overweight.
  • Teens who skip breakfast are more likely to eat high-fat snacks and have higher cholesterol levels than do breakfast consumers.

 

No surprise that hungry kids, report their teachers, are more apathetic, inattentive and disruptive than kids who eat a good breakfast. Other studies have already linked improved memory, grades, school attendance, and punctuality with eating breakfast.

 

The primary reason given for skipping breakfast is lack of time (52%), followed by not being hungry (22%), and not feeling like it (14%). Less common reasons were being on a diet, not feeling good, having no one to prepare food, and not liking the choice of breakfast foods available.

 

During their teenage years, girls need more nutrients in their diets, especially calcium. During their growth spurt between 1013, girls develop 15% of their adult height, 50% of their adult weight, and 45% of their bone structure. Including enough calcium is so very important during those years.

 

The earlier you make eating a healthy breakfast an integral part of your life, the more likely you will continue this habit into adulthood. That's why it's so important to get small children into the habit early.

 

Teenagers who eat breakfast have much higher levels of other vitamins, and minerals such as zinc, calcium, and folic acid as well.

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madisonlol1
madisonlol1
Posted November 04, 2012
I alway have eggs and spam. is the good?
Arthritisisablessing
Arthritisisablessing
Posted July 29, 2012
sjmxoxo, try, the night before, cut or wash an apple (or any other fruit), grab a granola bar, and have a cup of milk ready for the morning. That way, you can quickly drink the milk, and take the rest with you! Also, most schools serve breakfast, check to see if yours does.
VolleyballPlayer1498
VolleyballPlayer1498
Posted July 23, 2012
I hate feeling full... when Im full... I feel fat.
CarolynBreaks
CarolynBreaks
Posted May 30, 2012
I like to eat cereals for breakfes :)
micki mouse roxx8
micki mouse roxx8
Posted June 28, 2012
good thing i eat breakfast! lol
20DawgFan07
20DawgFan07
Posted April 25, 2012
Is it true that eating a good breakfast wakes up your metabolism?
Shaunie11
Shaunie11
Posted January 25, 2012
Sjmxoxo: My father always tell me to bring a small bag of cereal with me. And if you are still hungry after that small bag, bring some snacks to school, like a granola bar.
Shaunie11
Shaunie11
Posted January 22, 2012
First of all, I didn't know that we had a growth spurt between the ages 10 and 13. I am going to be short as an adult. LOL! I do eat breakfast, but my sisters don't eat because they say they're not hungry or they just don't want what I cook. I just want to know what's the best thing for me to eat for breakfast that requires not a lot of cooking besides cereal.
Sjmxoxo
Sjmxoxo
Posted January 22, 2012
I never have time in the morning to make breakfast. I'm already up at 5:30 and I'm out the door by 6:20. Any one have any tips or ideas for quickie, but healthy breakfast foods I could take with me on my way out?
SpunkyQueen23
SpunkyQueen23
Posted March 20, 2012
one of my teachers about 1/2 years ago told me that people who dont eat breakfast like they should would die early
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