Health experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Your body has been without food (fasting) during the hours you are asleep, so in the morning you are breaking your fast = break-fast.
Want to lose weight? Eat breakfast. Studies show those that do best on their diets eat breakfast every morning.
Want to fire-up your metabolism to burn more calories during the day? Eat breakfast. The way you stoke your body’s engine in the morning determines how it will run all day.
Want to maintain a stable blood sugar level so you don’t get sleepy mid-morning? Eat breakfast. A good breakfast regulates your insulin and blood sugar levels.
Want to learn more? Eat breakfast. Studies show those who eat breakfast regularly have longer attention spans and greater learning capacities.
What you put in your body in the morning determines the course of the rest of your day.
What you put in your mind in the morning determines the course of the rest of your day, too.
Even if you’re not a “morning person” your mind is highly receptive in the hours right after you wake up. So a healthy mental breakfast goes along way toward how you will deal with the situations that face you throughout your day.
Just a few things to consider—
- What’s on your clock radio in the morning? Not-so-cheery headline news? Coarse radio hosts with crude humor? Music with lyrics that are not very uplifting? A harsh buzzer? Perhaps you could rethink your morning mental breakfast.
- How do you speak to yourself when you wake up? “Ugh, I just gotta get through today”? “I need a vacation”? “Grrr, I hate my job”? Try thinking of all of the blessings you have: a roof over your head, a bed of your own, clothes to wear, a family to love and a family that loves you.
- How do you speak to others when you wake up? “Leave me alone”? “<Grunt!>”? Perhaps you could serve them the good mental breakfast they need with some kind, encouraging words.
- What fuel do you put in your mind? Talking heads on the morning TV shows? Your horoscope? Perhaps something more uplifting would help fuel your mind for the challenges you are going to face today.
The psalmist David had a God-diet each morning, “Let me hear of Your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting You. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to You” (Psalm 143:8, Living Bible).
Jesus had a great morning mental breakfast, too: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed” (Mark 1:35).
What’s your morning mental breakfast like? Do you need to make a diet change?