For Your Health: The Most Important Meal of the Day

Morgan Smith, Web Editor

It may look like you’ve hit the last couple of inches of your growth spurt (for some that measurement may be in centimeters), but you are still growing. The frontal lobe of your brain‒ the chunk accountable for everything from foolish decisions, to speech, to your personality‒ isn’t fully developed until around the age of 25. This is why you need to keep your body fueled to make sure you are changing and developing like you’re supposed to. This balanced can be maintained with that extra special meal of the day: breakfast.

As much of a cliche it has come to be, breakfast serves a big role in your every day to day functions. Whether or not you choose the right kind, if any at all, can influence a lot of your school day.

If you try a body with no fuel, that person is not going as they should.”

— Terry Sage

“I see a huge difference. When people don’t eat breakfast, their metabolism is not kicked in and they are lethargic and tired,” said Terry Sage, the health teacher at West Ranch. “If you are trying to drive a car with no gas, it doesn’t work. If you try a body with no fuel, that person is not going as they should.”

There are two major components you should always try to incorporate into your daily routine: fiber and protein. At least five grams of each should be consumed. Fiber is such a great choice because it will fill you up on less calories. It also helps to regulate your cholesterol and blood sugar levels and lowers the risk for diabetes or heart disease. Whole grains, fruit, whole  wheat toast, or the right kind of cereal, like Fiber One or Raisin Bran,  are all great sources of fiber.

In an original study by the University of Missouri, it was found that a high protein breakfast, about 35 grams, is very beneficial for weight loss. Now 35 grams is a lot of protein, but the right combination of foods makes this goal a bit easier. Milk, eggs, lean meats, peanut butter, or Greek yogurt are great places to start. Kids who normally skipped breakfast were able to eat fewer calories without feeling as hungry.

Most people will probably agree that the most difficult part of eating right is cutting out any options with high sugar and/or fat content and white bread.. The best advice I can give is to just not buy it; after all, it is much more difficult to eat a bowl of Captain Crunch when it isn’t conveniently located in your pantry.

…it is much more difficult to eat a bowl of Captain Crunch when it isn’t conveniently located in your pantry.”

The healthy eating habits you set for yourself now are very likely to follow you for the rest of your life, a long and healthy one at that. Start out with small, gradual changes– I’d find it quite difficult to quit white bread cold turkey. The bright side to these changes is that there is a wide range of options to choose from, you just have to find the right one that fits what you actually like to eat. Breakfast, or any meal for the matter, doesn’t have to taste healthy to be healthy, it just takes the right discipline and ingredients.