The most important meal of the day
For years we have all listened to our mothers nagging us on the importance of eating breakfast. It is often the meal we skip because of the time restraints of our modern busy lives. Scientifically it has been proven that we shouldn’t.
Breakfast is considered an important meal because it breaks the overnight fasting period, replenishes your supply of glucose and provides other essential nutrients to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Glucose is the body’s energy source.
So what steps can we take to make sure we are giving our body the best start to the day to help us be as effective as we possibly can?
Work place catering has helped. Nowadays there are lots of options to take breakfast once you get to work. This is particularly helpful for those that start work very early. On site catering services within the work place have changed their perspective over recent years and now work hard to offer a healthy range of breakfast options along with the traditional favourites. Dayers is one of these workplace caterers and they have seen a change in the eating habits of their customers over the last 10 years, and generally find that both men and woman are keen to opt for the healthier option of a fruit based breakfast. It is considered that this option does bring them most health and energy benefits.
The Detoxification Phase
Between 7 and 11am, the body is going through the heaviest phase of detoxification. Eating fruit will help contribute healing energy to this detoxification process, instead of hamper it by filling your body with anti-detox foods like fatty animal products that are hard to digest.
Fruit is the best way to help “break the fast” as it is easy to digest and wakes up the metabolism with a steady influx of natural fruit sugars (all without the harsh adrenal-killing coffees and fatty meals).
Eating fruit for breakfast infuses the body with beneficial enzymes, fibre and prebiotics that help stimulate digestive juices in the stomach and push out old waste matter from the day before. Fruit fibre cleans the colon like a broom, leaving you feeling light and refreshed.
Natural fruit sugars are just the thing the body needs upon waking up. Instead of reaching for your coffee, try making a coffee replacement smoothie that will help keep the brain sharp and energized. Remember, the brain runs off glucose, so if you want to stay focused throughout the day, then eat a nice big water-dense fruit meal for breakfast!
Fruit provides the body with quality nutrition and also helps release excess toxins by pushing out old waste matter from the intestines. Eating plenty of fruit in the morning (and throughout the rest of the day) gets rid of excess toxicity and waste storage, which ultimately leads to weight loss in the end. Most people think that if they eat a heavy animal-protein rich meal in the morning that they will eat less later in the day but this has been disproved. People who consume a heavy meal in the morning also tend to eat heavier later in the day too, which contribute to inevitable weight gain.
A smoothie for breakfast compared to bacon and eggs is a lot better for your immune system and overall health. Fruit is high in vitamin C and antioxidants, which strengthen the immune system and ward off any invading bacteria and microbes.
The first thing people think when they eat fruit is that it is too acidic – this is in fact not true. Lemons are actually one of the most alkaline fruits on the planet! They may be acidic in form, but once they reach the stomach, the minerals (like potassium and sodium) disassociate to make it alkaline (via a variety of metabolic processes). All fruit is alkaline, so make sure you eat plenty of it in the morning
Feel Full and Satisfied
You might not think that fruit would make you full, but it really does! There is so much fibre in fruit, plus the vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients that tell the brain it’s satisfied and to shut off the hunger signal to the stomach. Make sure you eat enough fruit to feel full – it might take a bit of practice to fit in a 6-mango breakfast but in the end, you’ll feel full, satisfied, and not bogged down by any excess energy used for digestion.
Strengthen The Heart
Fruit is packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals, crucial phytonutrients and antioxidants that contribute to lower cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure – both of which contribute to a healthier, stronger heart and prevent against cardiovascular disease.
Banish Belly Bloating
The fibre in fruit will push out old waste matter in the digestive tract and get rid of lower-belly bloating. In addition, eating water-dense fruits like watermelon (that also act as a natural diuretic) will help flush out excess sodium from the body by encouraging urination. The faster you get out the salt, the sooner you’ll stop holding onto so much excess water weight!
Dayers specialize in workplace catering. Through their experience they understand what people are looking for as a normal eating pattern through the week, (weekends tend to be treat times). They have a variety of fruit based breakfast options and try to make them more visually appealing and tempting to get their customers set up with a healthy option to start the day. Friday is a different story, bring on the bacon sarnies.