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Plan 2: A Good Breakfast




What did you have for breakfast this morning? If it is a little more than a cup of tea and biscuits or a glass of milk, you need to read this article.


Throughout her school years, all Amita would have for breakfast was a quick glass of milk, which she would gulp down as her mother handed it to her on her way out of the door.

Around 15 years after she left school, had shifted to another city and was driving home from work, she fainted in the car. She regained consciousness a few minutes later, and called her friend from her cell phone, who immediately rushed her home, tucked her in bed and called the doctor.


The reason for her dizzy spell? Insufficient breakfast.

Ever since Amita had left home and started living on her own, she started skipping breakfast. She would have a glass of milk or juice every now and again, or would just not have anything and then have a cup of tea in office at around 11:30.

Her skipping breakfast caused her blood sugar to drop, leading to feelings of weakness and dizzy spells. And one fine day, her body just let go.


Heart Attack

Statistics show that the maximum number of heart attacks occur in the morning, sometime before noon. This is because blood clotting cells in the morning are stickier before breakfast, and the longer you go without breakfast, the higher your chances of having a heart attack. In fact, a study performed by Belloc & Breslow show that people who eat a wholesome breakfast have less than half the risk of early death.

Amita never was in the habit of eating a heavy breakfast, so just skipping a glass of milk didn't really sound like a big deal to her. But naturally, if she skipped lunch she wasn't going to like it.

Everything starts from home. If you are in the habit of ensuring that your children and you eat a wholesome breakfast every morning, chances that they will grow up and start skipping breakfast or not paying much attention to ensure that their children have a wholesome breakfast - are slim.


Memory

Children who wake up at the same time every morning, and eat a healthy breakfast, are more likely to be more physically active, have better reflexes, and have a sharper memory than those who don't have breakfast.


Metabolism

Eating a heavy breakfast increases your metabolism, so you will burn calories at a faster rate.


Fatigue

It also reduces fatigue and gives you renewed energy - which is badly needed by children, to help them cope with school, homework and play, and by parents, to help them handle their busy lifestyle.


Immunity

Breakfast boosts immunity and improves your long-term health.


Bowel Movement

In addition, breakfast helps regulate your bowels, which not only improves your overall health, but it also gives you a flatter stomach!

Fruits, whole wheat bread (no white bread), cereal, juice and egg white omlettes made in olive oil, yogurt, buttermilk, are all healthy breakfast choices. Eating a good amount of all this the first thing in the morning, will help improve your choices later on in the day as well. It sets the tone for a good beginning.

Children learn from their parents, so if you want your children to better their eating habits and to reap the benefits of good health for a lifetime, incorporate a good, wholesome breakfast in your family's daily routine.

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Ayesha.3 years ago
Good Article!
 
 
 
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yonulokshom.5 years ago
Dear Friends, I want some easy and less timer breakfast recepies for my 14 months old kid, please help.
 
 
 
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.7 years ago
MY 3 YEAR SON ONLY HAVE MILK IN THE MORNING FORCEFULLY. HE IS ALWAYSCRRYING WHEN I TRY TO FEED HIM PLS SUGGEST ME SOMETHING 4 HIM.
 
 
 
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Sarika Singha.7 years ago
Breakfast is the most important meal in my house. I recommend bread (always brown) with any fruit jam...combined with a glass of orange juice and then one half-boiled egg. Kids are of course tougher to convince when it comes to breakfast…one thing I’ve tried is actually making breakfast in front of them…imagine layering on scoops of nice, sticky Sil jam on a slab of bread..gets them hungry everytime!
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mukesh jain.7 years ago
my baby boy is one year old. pls suggest me what type of food can i give me for breakfast, afternoon and evening. pls mention me particular fruits and type of food
 
 
 
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Sumedha.8 years ago
my son gets up early in the morning and have only milk, he is nine years old. he says he did'nt like to eat in the morning. can anyone give me some good advice, so that he can start eating breakfast in th morning....
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shanti.8 years ago
why dont you ask him what he wants for breakfast. if you give him something he likes, he will definitely eat it. if you just give him toast, he may not like it. but if you give him something like omlettes, or chutney sandwich - with brown bread of course, or somethign else tasty, he will like it.
 
 
 
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Deepa.8 years ago
very important information. though we have heard and read it before, it always helps to emphasise a very important point. in this mad rush of 2005, what we do not have is time(so we believe) and what we neglect is breakfast for sure. one of the reasons is also that we are in the habbit of having a heavy dinner at night because that is the only moment when you have the time to savour the food. as a result you are not hungry enough that you cannot skip breakfast. but this is very important information and should be followed strictly for a healthy you and healthy family.
 
 
 
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Jincy Jose.8 years ago
m student of nutrition i have seen that everybody gives emphasis in all the meals except breakfast...so i think tht its the most important part in our meal...there are also no programmes even foccusing on this area...mid day meal prgrnms are there for children but as v knw breakfast is more important focuss should be given for that so i have undrtaken project on this aspect so if anyone have any suggetions they can share....?
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