Running on Empty
Maybe you’re rushing to get out the door, maybe you don’t feel hungry, or maybe you’re even trying to save those calories for later on in the day. What you might not realize is that skipping meals can be counter-intuitive to your health.
Your body prefers a steady source of fuel throughout the day to stabilize your blood sugar. When it doesn’t get it, it gets stressed and wonders when the next meal is coming.
What Happens When Your Body is Stressed?
- It holds onto fat stores
- It stops allowing you to build muscle
- It doesn’t absorb and assimilate nutrients properly
- It shuts down digestion (which can cause you to have an upset stomach)
- And, of course, your body keeps searching for that food source, so later in the day, it can create cravings and cause you to overeat.
So, do your body a favor and stop skipping breakfast or lunch, or dinner…
And remember, when you eat a big dinner late in the evening no wonder you’re not hungry in the morning. Set yourself up to feel hunger in the morning. Try and have an earlier and lighter dinner.
Your Body Prefers Rhythm
The rhythm of a steady fuel source throughout the day. This rhythm initiates the parasympathetic response (relaxation). Erratic eating promotes the sympathetic response (stress).
When you wake up in the morning, your body has just finished repairing and rebuilding. It’s worked hard! It needs some nutrition to keep you going throughout the day. And remember that what you eat at breakfast matters too: focus on quality protein and vegetables in place of the typical sugar and refined carbohydrate dense breakfast.
Start the day off by keeping your body calm because the optimal state for your health and digestion is under relaxation. Have a question? Post below!