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Top 10 Reasons to Eat Breakfast

May 5, 2011 BY Joy McCarthy

Good day beauties,

I did a corporate wellness seminar today on what to eat for breakfast, what NOT to eat for breakfast and I realized that there is a lot of confusion around what is healthy and what is not.

I have a feeling you most likely want your food to be as nourishing as it is delicious or perhaps the other way around, which is really the same thing (okay I'm babbling), point being, these recipes are nutritionist and foodie-approved breakfast ideas. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Here are the top 10 reasons why breakfast is so gosh darn important

1. Increases metabolic rate

Your body has been in starvation mode all night. Wake it up with something nourishing and this will help keep your waistline trim by increasing your body's metabolic rate (fat-burning potential).

2. Balances blood sugar

Provided you are not eating a white bagel or a muffin, your mood and energy will be good and you will reduce the risk of diabetes, heart

3. Gets you on track to make healthy choices all day

People who eat breakfast tend to eat a healthier diet overall. Makes sense right? I know this to be true for every client I consult, as soon as they get on the right track with their breakie, they are so inspired and motivated for the rest of the day to make better choices.

4. Gives you energy (not just physical), increases your mental & creative power

Think about the fact that you are literally FEEDING YOUR BRAIN when you eat breakfast.

5. Promotes detoxification

Gets things moving in your gut after being in “starvation mode” all night. After you eat, food is pushed through and should be pushed out, making room for another meal to be digested.

6. You will eat LESS later on in the day if you eat breakfast.

Fuel up in the morning to avoid mindless snacking later in the day!

7. Skipping breakfast increase your body's insulin response

This, in turn, increases fat storage (muffin-top).

8. Skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity

Less activity, less energy (weight gain), increased risk of depression.

9. Breakfast skippers tend to eat more junk later in the day

Chips, candy, you name it! People who don't eat breakfast will likely nosh down on this stuff later in the day than those who eat a healthy breakfast.

10. Many people tell me they don't have for breakfast.

Sorry, but this is no excuse. Would your car perform efficiently if you decided you didn't have time to fill it with gas? Would your bicycle work if you decided you didn't have time to fill the tires with air? Make time for yourself. YOU are the best person to take care of you. Taking just 10 minutes of mindful time in the morning for fueling your body with goodness is an affirmation to yourself that you are 100% worth it.

Here are some of my favourite breakfast ideas. I do hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

What are some of your favourite breakfasts?

May 5, 2011 BY Joy McCarthy
7 Comments
VeggieGirl   •   May 6, 2011

Wow, Mexico?? How exciting!! Great tips, articles, and recipes! I'm checking out the spring detox article first :)

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 6, 2011

Yes, you could come miss Liz! ;) Beach, water, whales swimming by, amazing food, yoga 2x per day = sheer bliss!


Lentil Quinoa Loaf Recipe, Gluten-free, High in Protein & Fibre! | joyoushealth.ca   •   September 2, 2011

[...] red pepper finely chopped 2 tbsp organic coconut oil 1/2 cup pecans or almonds, roughly chopped 2 eggs slightly beaten (vegan option: 2 tbsp of plain chia, soaked for a couple of minutes with 2 tbsp of [...]

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sophie   •   February 13, 2012

The "thatsfit" links don't work anywhere on your site! :(

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Joy McCarthy   •   February 13, 2012

Which ones are you trying to access? I'm in the process of updating all the links from my recipes section.

Joy McCarthy   •   February 13, 2012

ps. When Aol Canada bought Huffington Post they shut down thatsfit.ca and hundreds of recipes... but most of them can now be found here: http://www.joyoushealth.ca/holistic-recipes/


Julia   •   June 15, 2015

great post... thank you.

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