You’ve probably heard of my all-time favorite motto-
“Eat Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, and Dinner Like a Pauper”,
but is it true? Yes, I believe it is. If you don’t, let me convince you with a colorful delicious healthy breakfast and facts backed up by science!
Throughout my life, I’ve heard many people saying ” I can’t have breakfast! I am just not hungry. I only have coffee.”, some continue with ” and a cigarette too!”. That it’s a terrible idea and if you are one of those people you need to watch this video immediately. Don’t get me wrong, I love coffee and it has a ton of health benefits but not on an empty stomach!
Why it’s bad to drink coffee on an empty stomach?
- Stomach acid increases
Stimulates the production of more acid in your stomach which can harm your stomach and digestive tract ( heartburn, stomach ulcers);
- Ruins digestion
The consumption of caffeine leads to the secretion of stress hormones ( adrenaline and cortisol) which increases your heart rate and blood pressure. Your body is in flight or fight mode ( survival mode) which is why the digestive system is shut down and therefore digestion is ruined, leading to a bloated feeling, pain, and irregularity.
- Anxiety and depression
It lowers the brain’s power to properly break down serotonin ( the happiness hormone) which causes anxiety and depression. Drinking coffee in the morning on an empty stomach will leave you feeling shaky, nervous and weak.
It raises the amount of fluid that your body passes which causes dehydration.
- Reduces hunger
While this may sound exciting for those who are looking to lose weight, it’s not! Drinking coffee on an empty stomach makes you skip breakfast which can again lower your body’s ability to make serotonin. If you don’t have serotonin, you can’t feel happy or sleep good and when you are not happy and rested you tend to eat more which will lead to weight gain – reverse causation.
A lot of people don’t feel hungry for breakfast because they’re eating too much at night or because they have formed this bad habit through years and years of skipping breakfast. But skipping breakfast can lead to heart disease as a recent study posted in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows.
The team studied ‘ The Importance of Breakfast in Atherosclerosis Disease’ from which it turned out that people who skipped breakfast and those who ate a light breakfast were more likely to have atherosclerosis than those who ate a full breakfast. Also, they are more likely to have certain risk factors for heart disease, like greater waist circumference, blood pressure, fasting glucose and triglycerides.
Alice G. Walton who has a Ph.D. in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience and is a contributor at Forbes writes “People who skipped breakfast also had significantly less healthy lifestyles in other ways. As mentioned, they were more likely to be overweight, which suggests they may have skipped breakfast in order to lose weight—a case of reverse causation. But they were also more likely to have a poor diet, smoke and drink more alcohol, which are all serious heart-risk factors. In fact, the researchers say many of the participants who skipped breakfast fall into what they call the “social-business eating pattern,” which includes a busy schedule and a lot of meals out. So again, skipping breakfast may be more a marker of an overall lifestyle than anything else. ”
In conclusion, skipping breakfast is a choice that has an impact on your overall lifestyle and health. On the other side, having breakfast is part of a self-care routine and it’s definitely an act of self-love to me which can lead to the implementation of other healthy behaviors.
If you do decide to have breakfast every day remember that it is your first meal of the day, it’s how you start your day, it’s what gives your body the energy to walk you around all day, it’s what forms your blood, cells, organs, thoughts, actions, life so make sure it’s a healthy colorful nourishing one. I personally like having eggs in the morning, this recipe with poached eggs is one of my favorites or these delicious omelette wraps but here is a sweet breakfast as well ‘ fluffy flourless pancakes’ or these apple toasts with almond butter.