The Food Guru
Our columnist Eve Kalinik extols the virtues of the most important meal of the day and shows you how and where to get the best breakfasts in town.
Starting the day with a healthy and balanced breakfast is crucial – it manages the stress hormone cortisol. Research shows this hormone typically peaks first thing in the morning and, without eating, cortisol continues to run high, leaving you with an increased appetite and slumps of energy later in the day. This can mean weight gain in the long run, particularly around the middle area, and is linked to other metabolic conditions. Cortisol also negatively influences satiety hormones, which tell us when we are full. The take out? Eating breakfast helps to manage hunger levels throughout the day.
Replenishing the body with essential nutrients first thing is key. The body has essentially fasted overnight so blood glucose and liver glycogen stores will be low. As glucose is the primary fuel for the brain, eating a nutritious breakfast will help improve cognition, helping you think smarter and have more focus. So there’s a lot of incentive to make yours a good one, whether you take it at home or on the go. Here are my recommendations for both.
BREAKFAST LITTLE BLACK BOOK
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