I am not a breakfast fan. Coffee, a piece of toast, maybe a glass of juice or a yogurt and I’m good to go but there is growing evidence that a healthy breakfast is good for all of us. Consider this as a habit for Lent. There is mounting evidence that shows the benefits:
Skipping breakfast may increase a diabetes risk, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Women who ate breakfast an average of zero to six times per week were at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women who ate breakfast every day.
Eating breakfast was associated with a lower incidence of heart disease in men between ages 45 and 82, according to a July study in the journal “Circulation” The study also found that skipping breakfast was associated with hypertension, insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar levels.
A 2005 Journal of the American Dietetic Association review of 47 breakfast-related studies found that eating breakfast is likely to improve cognitive function related to memory and test grades. Translation: Eating breakfast is a smart move!
In one recent study, people who ate breakfast as their largest meal lost an average of 17.8 pounds over three months. The other participants consumed the same number of total calories per day, but ate most of their calories at dinner, according to the study published in July in the journal Obesity. The large-dinner group only lost an average of 7.3 pounds each over the same time period.
Ok – I’m sold. This is an immediate addition to my Lenten discipline.
Let me review the habits I suggest you choose from: 1) Prayerfully prepare: take time to pray and slow down as you eat; 2) Track: Get an app for your smart phone or a journal to write down what you eat; 3) Healthy Breakfast: Take the time to eat a healthy well balance breakfast; 4) Half Your Plate: Fill up half of your lunch and dinner plate with produce; 5) Ditch ‘Em: Ditch the unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks for Lent; 6) Let Go: Let go of processed foods – clean out the pantry; 7) Sugarless: For the truly courageous get rid of as much sugar from your diet as you can. Don’t try to do them all – pick one or two or three for the next six weeks and make it a habit.
Now get your Ash to church tonight or this weekend and find a faith community that will support you in your journey because wellness is primarily a spiritual issue.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31