Scheduling Time for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
What kind of an eating schedule are you on? Do you make time in your day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; or do you run on empty until dinner and then pig out from starvation? Everyone has his own eating regimen—some better than others. You should be fueling your body throughout the day when you need the energy.
Breakfast with a Bang
Food for Thought
Numerous studies have proven that breakfast easters are more likely to be productive and attentive in the morning than non-breakfast eaters.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.
You've heard it a million times: Breakfast is important!
Think of your body as a car: it needs fuel to run properly. When you wake up from a good night's sleep, your body has been fasting for about eight hours (if you're lucky enough to get that much sleep). “Break-fast” in the morning helps kick your body into gear by supplying it with energy. Eating a smart breakfast can also help regulate your appetite throughout the day so you don't overdo it at lunch and dinner.
Fueling Your Body All Day
Remember, breakfast alone just won't cut it. Your body needs to be constantly energized throughout the day to help keep you going. You don't necessarily have to eat the standard three square meals. In fact, some prefer six mini-meals. Do whatever works best for your schedule and eating style, but be sure that your daily food intake resembles the Dietary Guidelines.
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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Total Nutrition © 2005 by Joy Bauer. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
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