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Bad Breakfast Habits for Your Health

By Sara Butler

Breakfast can be made better. Chances are, you're not getting what you should from your morning meal that can help to keep you going all day. The problem is, people often fall into a rut when it comes to breakfast, grabbing what is convenient or what they're simply used to. Here are some bad breakfast habits you need to change if you want to up the nutritional profile of the most important meal of the day.

You're Not Hungry

The idea that you must shove something down your throat at breakfast to get the day started is a bit of a trap. First of all, you shouldn't train yourself to eat when you're not really hungry. Your body knows what it needs and sends you signals that tell you when it's time to eat. If you roll out of bed and you're not hungry, then try to come up with a plan for a nutritious meal when you actually are hungry. Making a smoothie on your way out the door and saving it until you're ready is a great plan that can make your morning meal easier to swallow -- and doesn't keep bad habits going.

You Eat Too Much Fat

If you're a big fan of a breakfast full of sausage and bacon, then you need a reality check. Starting off your morning with high fat, high sodium foods will only leave you feeling sluggish and maybe even a little bloated. After all, your body has to work really hard to digest all that, which can leave you feeling far from your best as the morning goes on.

Instead of a fatty breakfast, try something that's a bit easier to digest and won't leave you feeling as if nap time needs to be right around the corner.

You Eat Too Much Fiber

OK, so it's been pounded into your head that fiber is an important part of the diet. That is absolutely true, as fiber helps you to feel fuller for longer and is great for your digestive system. But too much fiber can definitely be a bad thing. If you have too much in one sitting, then you can feel the unpleasant gastrointestinal side effects all morning long.

Remember, it's all about balance, so eat fiber in the morning but make sure it's not too much!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Katy, Tex.

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