Breakfast Can Be Sweet Enough Without the Sugar
By Donna Stark
Are you the type of person who grabs a handful of Oreos for breakfast and then stops for one of those fancy coffee drinks on the way to work every morning? Sure, it may be a fast and convenient way to fill your body with food (and it probably tastes really good as well), but you do know that it's not the healthiest way to start your day, right? In fact, if you eat large amounts of sugar first thing in the morning, you will usually crave more sweetness throughout the day, and we all know where that can lead. So do yourself ... and your body ... a favor, and start transitioning to healthier breakfasts! You may be surprised how much it changes with your overall wellness.
Do you think those whole-wheat pancakes are a good idea? Maybe, but not with all of that syrup and powdered sugar on top. And that fruit-flavored yogurt topped with granola? You may want to check the labels to see how much sugar you are really consuming, because a diet high in sugar can lead to mood swings, obesity, diabetes, skin conditions, depression, heart disease, and decreased overall health. One of the main sources of sugar in our diets comes from our breakfast, and although most breakfast foods appear to be on the healthy side, many often have hidden sugars in them, so be careful with what you choose to eat.
In addition to improving your overall health and wellness, a nutritious, low-sugar breakfast is also essential for your days to be successful and productive. Generally, sugars are absorbed into the body's bloodstream very quickly which can cause a spike in our energy and blood sugar levels. But just like our favorite roller coasters from childhood, what goes up must always come down, and if the majority of your breakfast contains refined sugar, then you can expect a pretty significant crash later in the morning. In other words? That spike in your energy levels won't last for long and before you can even start to tackle those unanswered emails that need to be addressed, you are going to be needing another pick-me-up from that vending machine down the hall.
Make the Change
To make the transition from sugary breakfasts to healthier ones, it is recommended that you cut back on your sugar gradually. And if you find yourself struggling, there are some things you can do that may help you reach this goal, such as morning exercise, meditation, and enjoying a cup of plain coffee. The important thing to remember is that all good things take time and the changes that will occur simply by cutting out your sugar will make it all worthwhile.
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