The Do’s and Don’ts to a Good Breakfast

For a healthy breakfast, most people will do best eating a combination of protein and good fats first thing in the morning. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
For a healthy breakfast, most people will do best eating a combination of protein and good fats first thing in the morning. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Many ailments are related to your eating habits, such as over-eating, irregular dining schedules, late night snacks, cold meals mixed with hot ones, eating in a hurry, skipping breakfast, or drinking unhealthy beverages. Here are some recommendations regarding breakfast and the type of foods and drinks that make health sense in the morning.

Do not skip breakfast

Breakfast is quite literally the meal meant to “break the fast” from all the hours you spend sleeping, and skipping it is known to cause a slew of bad chain reactions throughout the body.

For a healthy breakfast, most people will do best eating a combination of protein and good fats first thing in the morning — like eggs and avocado, both of which keep you satisfied for longer and help prevent low blood sugar fluctuations.

Most experts suggest eating between 300-500 calories for breakfast, ideally within an hour or two after waking up. Avoid the drive-through, though — homemade breakfasts tend to be healthier.

Avoid cold beverages while eating breakfast

Due to the high liquid content of most Asian breakfast dishes, people tend to skip beverages altogether at breakfast time. Cold beverages are especially avoided as there is a real belief that cold drinks make the gastric wall and mucosa stiff when the stomach is empty.

One may not have an uncomfortable feeling while consuming a cold beverage in the morning on an empty stomach; however, its long-term consumption may lead to stomach ailments.

Chinese herbal teas can help regulate high blood pressure. (Image: condesign via Pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Hot Chinese herbal teas have many health benefits. (Image: condesign via Pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Eat a hot breakfast

The first meal when you wake up in the morning should be one that gently welcomes your body awake, providing it with nutrients and stamina to tackle the day. Eating a warm breakfast, such as porridge, eggs, warm beans, etc. — will do exactly this.

Starting your day with cold, sugary cereal, or fruit and yogurt – is much like throwing some water on your face when trying to sleep; it is a total shock to the system. For most, eating a cold meal for breakfast will slow down your digestive system for the rest of the day.

In addition, the extra energy your body uses to digest the cold meal means less energy for your body to perform everyday tasks. So go on, try it out for a week or so and see how you feel!

Translated by Audrey Wang.

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