Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Back to Genesis 002 Nutrition (Breakfast)

**please bare with me I'm trying to keep this as short as possible and yet include resourceful information** :0)

Good day every one I am so excited to share another health nugget this morning I'm posting on my favorite meal of the day and also the one that is neglected the most...Breakfast.

Did you know:

-Children perform better on standardized achievement tests and have less behavior problems in school. When they have breakfast. (Pediatrics, January, 1998; Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, February, 1998)

-Helps our mental capability more efficient problem solving, improved memory, increased verbal fluency, improved attention span and better attitudes. Just by adding a good wholesome breakfast. (Bonnie Spring, Ph.D. , University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School, Proof Positive Neil Nedley, M.D.).

-Break the fast that's what breakfast is all about. As we know, fasting is the act of not eating over a period of time. Most people do not eat for up to 12 hours between the time of their evening meal and breakfast on the following day – during this time their energy levels fall. The first meal of the day is the most important because it supplies the body and brain with the necessary nutrients after a night’s sleep.The act of eating breakfast is literally breaking the fast!

-Keeps you thin. You'll eat less calories during the day because a great percentage of our nutritional needs are met at breakfast plus you won't be tempted to eat anything that comes your way :)

-A longevity factor Eating breakfast is one of the 7 listed most important longevity factores according to the Alameda County study.

So what are we to eat for breakfast. Choose the best of the best. Quality health depends on every cell of our body getting the proper nutrients to perform its task. The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. Breakfast should provide at least one third to one half of the days calories. It should be high in fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals. Jump start your day with whole grain cereal, whole grain bread, a couple of pieces of fresh fruit and you'll notice the difference.

Select a diet of whole plant foods- fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds. Complex carbohydrates should make up 65-75% of our caloric intake, fat, 15-20% and protein, 10-12%. Prepare food simply, using it in its most natural state, for optimum nutrition. Avoid processed and refined foods. Chew food thoroughly.

Go here for my yummy Tofu Scramble Brunch recipe (image above)

A final word:
All the Lord desires is for us to prosper in everything even in health and this has been His intentions since it all began, Back in Genesis :)
hope you have a great day!!

Blessings,
Jessica

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