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Brain food: Is eating breakfast really that smart?

Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but you can argue that it also might be the most skipped.
Whether you make time to actually eat breakfast above and beyond just a cup of coffee is a hit or miss proposition. Plenty of people make it a point to get as much sleep as possible and spend most of their morning showering, toweling off, watching the weather or updating their Twitter feed, rather than feeding their body appropriately.
Skipping breakfast often is considered a huge misstep for a variety of reasons, whether you're talking about struggling with your weight or hitting that proverbial two o'clock crash that typically has you searching out an energy drink or caffeine of some kind.
Truthfully, breakfast earns the "most important meal" moniker if for no other reason than eating it speeds up your metabolism and helps you lose weight. That is true only if you're choosing the right foods that are up to the task.
Eating breakfast deserves better than a cookie, muffin, doughnut or foods that are high in fat and sugar. That means stacking pancakes five or 10 high and topping them with syrup and butter might bring you to a grinding stop just as much as not eating breakfast at all. You might want to go for lean proteins, but that doesn't mean you should be eating sausage and bacon until you have trouble breathing. Instead, turkey sausage or Canadian bacon would be a nice alternative but eggs truly are your best bet for protein.

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The key to making breakfast truly worthwhile is the selection, and that always will translate into something everyone wants throughout their day: energy. The general public often mistakes their fatigue for work or lack of sleep but a lot of times it has to do with completely skipping breakfast. Instead of altering their morning routine, they'll tend to reach for caffeinated beverages and chalk up how they feel to needing more exercise or to simply eat better.
But starting with breakfast could solve a lot of your problems.
And breakfast doesn't just help adults, either. Kids who chomp on Cheerios or eat a breakfast that can be dubbed nutritious tend to do better in school and have more focus in the classroom. The same rules apply to kids as much as it does their parents. That means Pop Tarts or a handful of hard candy doesn't qualify as breakfast and shouldn't be included in your morning plans.
Of course, it is up to the parents to take the onus when it comes to breakfast. And while they're pouring a little cereal for the children, why not take a few seconds and eat something yourself.
You'll be pleasantly surprised by the results and most important how you'll feel.

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