I had always taken my well-being for granted until I got pregnant, that too in the last trimester as I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. My whole outlook towards food changed during that time as it was the first time I understood the importance of eating right. Yes, eating right and not eating less.
The most important meal of the day is when we break our 8-10 hour fast, this meal is breakfast. Yes, having breakfast is important, but what’s more important is having a healthy one. Regular breakfast consumption has proved to have plenty of benefits especially for children. It includes improved attention, problem-solving skills and better comprehension during reading & listening. In adults it may help in reducing risk of hypertension and diabetes. Eating breakfast regularly keeps our weight in control, and prevents us from binging on high calorie foods when we have started our day in full josh and a satisfied tummy.
So now you’re probably wondering, “What should one have for breakfast?” I and many other trusted sources say that a high fibre, high protein breakfast is the right way to go. High-protein meals release ghrelin, a hunger hormone that increases your feelings of satiety and fullness, which means that there are less chances of you gorging on that doughnut or go lusting after some unhealthy snack. I learnt this during the phase of gestational diabetes, that if I don’t eat breakfast, I risk becoming resistant to insulin. Insulin is needed to help your body use glucose to provide energy for basic activities. Eating a high fibre breakfast improves colon health and helps you feel full. Unimaginable, isn’t it? Well, go for it, because there is no room for regret (literally).
Now you might be wondering what’s the best way to get the best of both worlds – taste and nourishment in your breakfast. Easy- Kellogg’s Special K! They offer three variants Original, Multigrain & Honey and Protein & Fibre. I love the Protein & Fibre available in Cranberry flavour. It is rich in protein and fibre and adds a zing to my mornings ever since I’ve made it a part of my meal plan. I have Special K Protein & Fibre with curd, chia seeds, hemp seeds and fresh fruits! A 30 gram serving with 120ml skimmed milk will ensure you 6.3 gm of protein. Start your day with this burst of flavor and energy!
So this might be the magic portion we have been waiting for, but along with a balanced diet, it is essential to have some form of exercise incorporated into your routine if you want to maintain your weight. Eating LESS and not exercising isn’t the solution, but rather eating RIGHT and exercising is. If you’re looking to lose weight, a combination of eating healthy and exercising regularly can help you lose weight safely and keep it off. Healthy foods are usually lower in calories and higher in nutrients than other foods, and regular physical activity helps burn off the extra calories to help you maintain a healthy physique.
You can do this, eat right and stay fit- it’s that simple if you’ve taken the first step and are consistent. Like they say, you can’t live a full life on an empty stomach. Just make sure you are aware of what goes in it.