I’m experimenting with a new blog series called, “Just For Today.” I’m going to use it to suggest one small change you can make, just for one day, that can be a little health boost for you.
I talk a lot about big changes you might make in your lifestyle, or significant changes you can make to help your relationships, and all sorts of other things that might require a bit of commitment. But there’s also something to be said for one small change, even if it’s just for one day. I think it’ll be fun, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!
Today I’m going to suggest that, Just For Today, you eat a balanced breakfast.
You’ve undoubtedly heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here’s why:
Energy – Think about it…you haven’t eaten since dinner last night. A healthy breakfast refuels your body, allowing you to increase your physical activity during the day.
Focus – Studies have shown that regular breakfast increases concentration, attention span, and mental focus.
Mood – Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps you maintain a positive mental state. Skipped meals can cause your serotonin levels to drop, making your mood a little less predictable. If you’re like me and you’ve ever felt grouchy when you were hungry, you know what I mean!
Balancing Your Breakfast
It’s not enough to just grab anything for breakfast, though.
Protein helps you maintain and replace the body’s tissues, and also helps you stay full longer.
Whole grain carbohydrates are a great source of fiber and also provide you with energy.
Fruits and vegetables deliver antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
So when you balance your breakfast (even if it’s Just For Today), here’s what I would suggest:
If you usually just have cereal and milk for breakfast, add some fruit on top.
If you tend to opt for toast and coffee on the run, add a hard-boiled egg for some protein.
If you sometimes just grab a banana, try slicing it instead and putting it on some whole grain toast with a little peanut butter or almond butter.
You get the idea! Just for today, eat a balanced breakfast that includes protein, whole grain carbohydrates, and fruits (or vegetables if you’re making an omelet). And if you’ve already had breakfast today…do it tomorrow!