It’s time to shake up your wake up…
Monday morning isn’t the best time to start a new routine. Feeling sleepy and not quite ready to let go of the weekend, it can take time to get your brain into gear and your body out of bed. But this Monday is different, because this week is Farmhouse Breakfast Week, where thousands are pledging to shake up their wake up and enjoy a hearty, wholesome breakfast, rather than a quickly snuffled cereal bar – or, indeed, nothing at all.
One in four people forgo brekkie during the week, and one in six adults admits to never eating it. If you recognise yourself in those statistics, you probably find yourself flagging midmorning and reaching for a biscuit or two at about 11 – not the most nutritious start to the day. Aside from making you feel tired and grouchy, skipping breakfast means you’ll miss out on all sorts of health benefits – the NHS says a good breakfast ‘can reduce obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes’, which makes it pretty good in our book. Here are just a few of the reasons you should make time for it, even on the busiest of mornings:
If you skip breakfast, you’re running on empty – your body has had no fuel to get it going, so you’ll start feeling sluggish pretty quickly, especially if you’ve got a busy morning planned. Breakfast tops up your energy stores and regulates your blood sugar levels, so you’ll be able to tackle whatever the morning brings without any distracting hunger pangs.
Going for long periods without eating can result in low blood sugar levels, which can in turn affect your frame of mind. Eating something first thing can help to improve your mood and make you feel less stressed – studies have shown it can improve your memory, concentration and aspects of mental performance too.
If you head to work on an empty stomach, you’ll be denying your body all manner of nutrients, including calcium, iron and B Vitamins, as well as protein and fibre. And if you think denying yourself breakfast is a great way to cut down on calories and lose a few pounds, think again – studies have shown that people who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight than those who don’t.
For the rest of this week the Fed Up & Drunk team will be taking part in Farmhouse Breakfast Week and shaking up their wake up by bringing in a tasty, nutritious and easy-to-make breakfast to enjoy at their desk. Today’s breakfaster, Maddie, layered honey, muesli (oats, hazelnuts, sultanas, wheat and barley flakes, brazil nuts and desiccated coconut) and Greek yoghurt in a glass and topped the wholesome mixture with a sprinkling of sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
A regular breakfast-eater, Maddie usually only tucks into a slice of toast or two, so today’s morning meal was a bit of a treat for her. Her hearty muesli mix made her feel fuller for longer, keeping her hunger pangs at bay until lunchtime. The lesson here? When it comes to breakfast, it seems more is most definitely more.
If you want to get involved, visit the Shake Up Your Wake Up website for tips and recipes.