What is the one area of your body that is affected by malnutrition? First, let me explain that someone can be affected by malnutrition even if they are eating three square meals a day. Malnutrition is a lack of nutrients and the body is essentially starving. You can be 400 lbs and be malnourished. They have not lacked in foods, but they are starving their body none the less with less nourishing foods. Foods that have vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, and so forth, your live foods that are unprocessed will keep you from starving your body with empty calorie foods.
For some people we run out of time or get behind because of certain morning routines. My husband likes to wake up to reading the news and emails. This causes him to skip breakfast most mornings. While he is getting ready I am making the kids breakfast and lunches. I have to make my husband's breakfast and lunches for him to take to work. He is someone that cannot eat breakfast that early in the morning. To balance this I send him with a mid-morning breakfast, which he usually has sometime around 10 am. I pack him, egg burritos, yogurt, mixed fruits, cereal bars, smoothies, and protein bars, because I like to change it up through the week. You can have breakfast on the go and it can still be healthful. It takes planning and follow-through to make this happen.
You can be "eating" foods that may be satisfying your craving, but is it nourishing your body. Remember we said that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you have been fasting and you need to fill up. Think of your body as a car and your stomach as the gas tank. What happens when we run out of car? You'll need to put something in it, right? What if you just add enough to get you from point A to B, although you will eventually have up to 15-20 stops through the day. Your gas tank needs to have the right fuel and the right amount. You don't want to have to keep filling up at gas stations all day long that would just be frustrating. It sounds ridicules, but that is what we do when we don't take the time to eat a regular meal and just provide our body with quick energy snacks. Maybe it's a donut, a slice of toast, a granola bar, or a small bowl of cereal , the list can go on with the variety of processed foods we have available for us. We have engrained in our heads that we have so much to do with little time to do it. We have a ton of convenience foods that boast about eating on the go, no more running behind, but are these processed foods or live foods. I think of sugary donuts, candy bars, chips, anything you grab from the vending machines as diesel fuel for your unleaded tank. Your car is eventually going to shut down. It may take you a little ways, but it will stop working. Why add a few dollars of gas instead of filling up the tank? You will eventually need and burn that gas, but we keep only adding just enough to get us to one point or the next. Treat your body like you want it to stay in good condition instead of needing a expensive tune up in a short time. When the car needs to have work done on it, it can be expensive and takes away from time you need in other areas. When we get a cold that knocks us out for a week, or a trip to the doctors off, everything gets off schedule. I like to use the mental vision of a car because most people take better care of their cars than they do themselves.
Precut fruits ready.
Have oatmeal and spices in a container ready to cook.
Make you egg burritos the night before and add some hot sauce.
Make muffins the night before and make enough for a few days that week.
Have veggies cut and ready for an omelet.
The emails and news can wait to read when you're done eating.
Iron you cloths the night before and set out to have ready.
Think of breakfast as family dinner, everyone starting the morning together. If you have children this is the time to help train them to understand the importance of breakfast.
- Scrambled, boiled, or poached eggs and toast
- Mixed fruits, bowl
- Omelet's, when the veggies are cut the night before.
- French toast
- Yogurt and fruits.
- Breakfast wraps or burritos
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