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BREAKING THE FAST

Let’s get back to basics and revisit the meaning of ‘breakfast’. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and in its truest meaning is ‘breaking the fast’. Our bodies have fasted for a period of anywhere between 10-14 hours depending on meal and waking times so we need to ensure we break the fast and fuel our bodies with essential nutrients to optimise our health and our day.

I hear plenty of reasons why people don’t eat breakfast (not hungry and too busy are the most common) but when breakfast goes astray our bodies respond by breaking down other essential building blocks in our health. This includes the break down of proteins, increased cortisol (stress hormone) levels and releasing sugars from glycogen stores in order to provide the fuel we require.

Without the morning injection of this vital energy, our brain does not function as efficiently, our energy drops and our choices in food are significantly altered. We lean on the quick fix pick me ups – with caffeine and sugar being the most common. When caffeine and sugar are the first things to go into our body not only do we leach nutrients out, we set ourselves up for putting poor nutrition in too. Pretty rotten cycle isn’t it?

So really, the solution is to find a way to enjoy breakfast. I like to encourage people to have a few breakfast options they rotate throughout their week to keep structure, organization and good diversity in their diet (oh and there’s boredom, there’s nothing like waking, doing and eating the same thing – ground hog day!). Here are some go-to breakfasts for you:

  • Overnight oats with chopped pear and five:am Organics Natural Yoghurt
  • Sauteed kale, sweet potato and peas with two fried eggs and five:am Greek
  • Green smoothie bowl with granola and five:am Organics Greek Yoghurt
  • Sweet coconut omelette with strawberries and five:am Organics Vanilla Yoghurt
  • Berry Superfoods Smoothie
  • Baked oats with carrot and apple and five:am Organics Natural Yoghurt
  • Toasted buckwheat seed bread with five:am Organics Honey Cinnamon Yoghurt

The lesson is simple and fundamental to your health. Eat breakfast. Find a way to break the fast with a meal you look forward to. One that is rich in protein, high quality carbohydrates and healthy fats to give your body the nutritional diversity it needs to thrive.

+ This post is written for five:am Organics to whom Jacqueline is partnered in nutrition and health.

 

Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline is an Accredited Nutritional Medicine Practitioner specialising in family and early childhood nutrition and gut health. She writes for several media publications, hosts a regular nutrition segment on Channel 7 and in 2016 published her first book, "Seasons to Share" (Murdoch Books). Jacqueline is passionate about working with corporations and brands to support and educate their community and audience and is currently a media spokesperson and ambassador for Remedy Drinks, Eimele Australia, Woolworths, Kitchenaid and Nutrition Director at Bondi Bubs Wholefoods. She is mum to Jet and outside her working hours you'll find her with her family in the surf, on the beach, or out and about in nature.

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