Breakfast is the first meal of the day, and it’s generally much appreciated for many reasons:
The feeling of starting a day with a nice cup of coffee or tea, recharging personal batteries, or sharing a good moment with family for example.
But on top of that, breakfasts should not be bypassed : not eating enough in the morning causes a decrease of students’ concentration at school and increases the feeling of tiredness during the day (1).
Food rich in carbohydrates, which covers the energy needed in the morning: bread, cereals, biscuits, jam, honey, chocolate. The satiating effect will last if the carbohydrates are having a low glycemic index (2).
This could vary from a country to the other, taking into consideration of habits, preferences and traditions. Quantities vary also according to the age.
First of all you need to find out why. Most of the time lack of appetite in the morning is due to a late or heavy meal the night before. At the awakening, the digestion is not finished yet. As a result you cannot be hungry! It’s better to have a light meal at night.
If so, you may start feeling the hunger around 10:00am. To avoid this, reserve 10 minutes each morning to eat well. And if you do not succeed, take a fruit, almonds, some biscuits and a bottle of water with you!
Drinking a big glass of water upon waking provides a feeling of freshness and well-being. Moreover, it awakens the digestive functions since it’s the first liquid to arrive in the stomach!
Furthermore, the body which is composed on average of 60% water, needs around 1.5 liters of water daily (which is 8 glasses per day : one glass = 200 ml) (3).
Better to start drinking water in the morning because you may be too busy to think about drinking enough later on.
In conclusion, a good start in the day is important: eat well, have fun with who you love by sharing this small family meal… and do not forget your water bottle !
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school children. Physiology & Behaviour ( 6 July 2011) Vol 103, Issue 5, 431 – 435
2. Nilsson A and coll.Effects on cognitive performance of modulating the postprandial blood
glucose profile at breakfast.. Eur J Clin Nutr (2012) Sep; 66(9) :1039-43
3. Jéquier E, Constant F. Water as an essential nutrient: the physiological basis of hydration.
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