Once again, Mom was right….

We’ve all heard it, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.  Well,once again, Mom was right!  You can go online and find conflicting reports and different reasoning – but I’d like to share my thoughts on breakfast and why I’m taking Mom’s side.

Studies show that you need to eat regularly to maintain a healthy weight, this keeps blood sugar stable (if you eat the right foods), helps ensure appropriate vitamin and nutrient intake and gives you energy to keep moving.  For example, if you eat dinner at 6:00 pm, sleep all night and wake at 6:00 am – you’ve gone 12 hours without food.  Our metabolism and bodily functions naturally slow when we sleep – this is why we don’t need to wake up and eat a meal in the middle of the night.  But, when we wake up, our systems are up and at ’em – everything “turns on”, this requires food/calories/energy.  If you skip breakfast and wait until lunch – you’ve possibly gone without food for 18 hours!  What does this do to your metabolism?  It slows it dramatically, putting you into storage mode.  Your body is complex and will acclimate to circumstances.  If you “starve” it, it will begin storing every calorie possible as it doesn’t know when you will feed it again.  The body needs to know you will feed it what it needs regularly and it will operate optimally, ie. falling into a healthy weight and maintaining energy to keep you going all day.

Eating a healthy breakfast also helps reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, which is at it’s highest in the morning or waking hours.  When we go to sleep at night our bodies slow, however they take this time to repair themselves and they still have to provide basic functions.  Our liver stores glycogen, our bodies will use the glycogen and our blood sugar to perform these functions as we sleep.  By the time we are ready to wake up, the glycogen and insulin are depleted and need to be restored.  If we do not consume calories to help restore these energy sources the body will release cortisol.  This stress hormone is notorious for causing belly fat and starts to feed off of muscle proteins in a desperate effort to feed itself.

A healthy breakfast can also prevent “brain fog”.  Studies show, children who eat a healthy breakfast have better concentration at school, it improves overall mental performance and math scores.  According to pediatrician Dr. William Sears, children who eat breakfast also participate more in class discussions, are better able to handle complex problems in class and get better grades.  The same goes for adults, we tend to think more clearly, be more alert and less distracted when we have a morning meal.

Overall, people who eat breakfast are healthier than those who don’t.  Science is hesitant to say that breakfast is the reason for better health or a healthier weight, as they’re not sure if it’s actually breakfast that makes a person healthier or if people who live healthy lives are breakfast eaters.  Either way, it’s the same end result – healthier weight, healthier bodies, healthier brains, win win win!

 

Find your balance

Welcome to Stay Balanced Yoga’s blog!  I have so much to share and no idea where to start –  I guess it’s best to start from the beginning.

The beginning. I’m Jennifer, I’ve been a fitness and health enthusiast for most of my life.  I wanted to be a registered dietitian when I was younger, however I followed my Father’s advice and pursued a business degree.  I graduated from college and found a full time, big girl job at 22 years old.  I had great benefits and could pay the rent, not bad for a young, single girl.  I kept telling myself, next year I will make a shift and pursue career in the healthcare field.  Like everyone else, I had ups and downs, a failed marriage, infertility, the death of a sister and my parents – then one day, I was celebrating my 15 year work anniversary, where had the time gone?  I had lived a healthy life, obtained group exercise certifications, taught fitness classes for the free gym memberships, but never made the “shift” I promised myself I would.

The “shift”.  During the most difficult times of my life I turned to Yoga.  You see, I am not your typical “yogi”,  I am a very “type A’, organized, regimented, everything has a place, everything needs to be in order, stay on schedule type of girl.  I don’t think anyone would have pegged me as a “yogi”, including me, but I really believe it saved me.  When I practiced Yoga it was the only time when my brain would settle down, it was the only time when I felt peace, the only time when I felt like I would be OK.  I was hooked.  I began to expand my wellness knowledge to include a deeper understanding of Yoga and added “Yoga Instructor” to my resume.  Then, I met and married my true soulmate, he couldn’t have been more supportive of me and my desire to help others live longer, healthier lives.

It’s happening!  My husband built me a beautiful yoga studio and “Stay Balanced Yoga” was born.  I continue to deepen my practice and teach several yoga classes a week as well as private and duet sessions.  I teach group fitness classes at two local fitness centers and I obtained my weight management certification from The American Council on Exercise and added a lifestyle program called “Walk the Walk” to my business.

While I still go to the office Monday through Friday, when I come home I’m working on a business I love.  I’ve found my balance and I can help you find yours!

Check in with me daily for articles and information on diet, exercise, health and well-being.  I’ve waited to so long to share what I know, what I’ve studied, what I’ve practiced – here I go, come along for the ride!