Why you should eat break­fast

New Zealand’s favourite well­be­ing ex­pert an­swers read­ers’ ques­tions about their health.

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR HEALTH -

Ques­tion: I’mlook­ing for dif­fer­ent op­tions for break­fast, as I’ma bit bored with the muesli I have­most morn­ings. What are some nu­tri­tious break­fast op­tions?

There is one piece of ad­vice that most nu­tri­tion­ists reach unan­i­mous agree­ment with and that is the im­por­tance of eat­ing break­fast. Start­ing your day with the right nu­tri­tion is as es­sen­tial as keep­ing the petrol tank in your car topped up with the right fuel.

Ev­i­dence sug­gests eat­ing a nour­ish­ing break­fast is one of the best habits you can adopt to im­prove your health and well­ness. Its many ben­e­fits in­clude ev­ery­thing from im­proved men­tal func­tion to weight loss, weight man­age­ment and im­proved mood.

Turn con­ven­tion on its head and opt for a break­fast high in plant foods. Try lightly steamed or stir-fried veg­eta­bles with a fist­sized serv­ing of pro­tein or start the day with a green smoothie. Higher pro­tein break­fasts de­crease ghre­lin lev­els (the hunger hor­mone) while high-carb break­fasts can do the op­po­site. Hav­ing said that, you know your body bet­ter than any­one else does and what fu­els you may dif­fer. Many peo­ple enjoy bircher mues­lis or home­made nut-based mues­lis and feel en­er­gised by th­ese choices.

Pay­ing at­ten­tion to what gives you en­ergy and vi­tal­ity is crit­i­cal in help­ing you bet­ter understand the needs of your in­di­vid­ual body. Nour­ish­ing break­fast ideas: Omelette filled with greens and herbs.

Bircher muesli made with oats (if tol­er­ated), nuts and seeds and a small amount of fruit, prefer­ably fresh.

For a quick break­fast on the run try av­o­cado and lemon juice or nut but­ter on good qual­ity toast.

Poached eggs with greens with/ with­out good qual­ity toast.

Break­fast smoothie with berries, ba­nana, nuts or seeds or av­o­cado and greens.

Ques­tion: I’man of­fice snacker, I find my­self eat­ing things I wouldn’t nor­mally eat at home just be­cause it’s in front of me at work, do you have any tips to avoid this mind­less snack­ing?

Many peo­ple find them­selves reach­ing for food when they’re not truly hun­gry whether that is at work, home or while study­ing. Overeat­ing or mind­less eat­ing

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