What happens after eating a healthy breakfast

We often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, do you know what happens to your body after eating a healthy breakfast? Aside from improving your overall heath, eating a healthy morning meal helps you to focus, to make smart decisions and satisfies your appetite to help you avoid overeating later in the day.

“The literal meaning of breakfast is really breaking the fasting period of the night before. The span of time between your dinner and your next meal is long, perhaps 7 to 8 hours. That’s why it’s important to eat breakfast within 2 hours of waking up. In addition to starvation and low-energy levels, skipping breakfast can also make you binge and snack excessively later in the day, which can lead to other serious health problems like obesity, ” said Dr. Nicky Montoya, president and CEO of MediCard.

Here are more reasons why you shouldn’t skip breakfast:

It improves memory and concentration. Eating a healthy breakfast boosts your memory and concentration, especially at work and at school. According to research, eating breakfast leads to better cognitive performance, helping you concentrate more. It also restores glucose levels. Glucose is an important carbohydrate that is needed for the brain to function properly. “A healthy breakfast helps you have better coordination and problem-solving skills,” says Dr. Montoya.

It keeps you energized. Breakfast is the perfect time to fuel your body with vitamins and nutrients to keep you energized through the day. Keeping your energy levels high will help you accomplish all your responsibilities efficiently and eating a nutritious breakfast is essential for this. Try having eggs, yogurt, cereal or fruits in the morning.

It helps lower cholesterol levels. Studies show that people who skip breakfast are more likely to have worse cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity than breakfast eaters. This is because eating nutritious foods for breakfast helps you eat smaller meals and avoid fatty food throughout the day.

It boosts metabolism and controls weight. While you sleep, your metabolism slows down and burns less calories. A great way to kick start your metabolism is by having a healthy breakfast to allow your body to start burning calories as soon as you start your day. In addition to faster metabolism, eating breakfast also helps you control your weight. When you consume high-protein meals during breakfast, you will feel fuller, hence, avoiding overeating later in the day. Just make sure that your breakfast is loaded with nutrients and not with fat and empty calories.

It puts you in a positive mood. Sleeping for 8 hours or so usually mean that you’re starving when you wake up. Starvation can really put you in a bad mood. That can be easily dealt with by eating a healthy breakfast. Dr. Montoya recommends having mood-boosting food for breakfast like berries (e.g. blueberries or strawberries), whole wheat pancakes and a banana smoothie with nuts and flaxseed.

For more nutrition advice, make an appointment with your doctor or nutritionist. MediCard has numerous free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer consultations. Visit a MediCard clinic near you or check out their website at www.medicardphils.com for more information.

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Chronicles of a Young Wife: Fresh and Fun Baon Ideas for School Year 2015

It’s the last week of summer and once again, moms are getting ready to prepare scrumptious yet easy to prepare meals for their kids.  Preparation time doesn’t need to be long, but if you’re short on ideas, here are fast, fresh, and fun packed lunch ideas that will surely delight your children.[1]

Peanut butter fun pack. Make it an exciting recess for your children by creating a peanut butter fun pack. Simply put two to three tablespoons of peanut butter in a container and accompany it with raw vegetables like celery, zucchini or even crackers and cookies. This will definitely be a fun treat to share with your kids and their classmates. To make sure that the sweetness doesn’t overwhelm your child, make sure to pack a bottle of Summit Natural Drinking Water or Absolute Distilled Drinking Water.

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BBQ sandwich. Grilled sandwiches will be a hit for your child’s lunch break, with endless varieties to choose from. Grilled skinless breast or gently marinated tapa slices, and yes, even left over pork barbecue can be used. Introduce the taste of exciting vegetables and condiments as well by including lettuce, tomato, or even olives and avocadoes. It’s the zing your child needs to be energetic the whole day long. Pair it with the sweet taste of Sunkist Carbonated Juice Drink that will definitely make this meal even more exciting.

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Fun fried rice. Rice is a staple in every Filipino’s diet; more so the classic fried rice or sinangag. Make it more nutritious and flavorful for your child by adding chopped tofu, lean meat, and even vegetables Partner it withPinoy Si-log favorites like tapa, tocino, and hotdog, and this could be your child’s next favorite lunch treat. Take the plunge and make it even sweeter with Nestea in a Bottle. Its sweet taste will definitely compliment the salty taste of the fun fried rice.

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Top off these meals with Vitamilk, that’s nutrition and great taste in a bottle that your children will definitely enjoy.With these meals, school year 2015 will definitely be a great one.

Chronicles of a Young Wife: Eat, Train, Sleep, and Drink Up: The Real Secrets of Fitness Success

When it comes to fitness, we always thirst for more, especially in the current health-conscious culture. Where we once were satisfied with quick fix diets, we now thirst for different health regimens, workouts, and fitness routines. However, no matter how many times we switch from one workout to another, we only want one thing at the end of the day and that’s to see the results of all of our hard work.

Believe it or not, many fitness enthusiasts still do not see the results they work so hard for. From the last five pounds to lose to the extra weights to lift, some fitness buffs still don’t see much progress. The truth is, there are many aspects to getting the body we desire, and our workout is just one part of it. Our activities comprise only ¼ of the regimen we need to get the results we want. Read on for tips on finally achieving the body of your dreams.[1]

Eat. When we want to lose weight, the first thing we cut off is food. Not only is this unhealthy, but it also gets in the way of achieving our fitness goals by messing up with our metabolism. Our body needs fuel to work its best. And not just any fuel, we need ‘good’ fuel to function properly. Choose real food based not only on their calorie count, but more for their nutritional value.

Train. It goes without saying that a good fitness regimen will help you lose unwanted pounds. It’s fun to discover a routine that works just for you. It helps when you switch up your workout regimens in order to avoid boredom and plateauing. The more you move, the more you lose, so get on your way.

Sleep. Recovery is an important part of any routine. Exercise is a stressor on the body, and it’s important to recover to achieve the core benefits of any workout. Results are more visible when we’re rested. Recovery is not limited to sleep; it can include a light Yoga or Pilates class, and even stretching. Don’t overtire yourself and learn to recover and rest.

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Drink Up. One of the best-kept secrets of fitness enthusiasts is hydration. When the body is properly hydrated, all our functions work properly, thus maximizing each and every workout. This also keeps us fueled all day long, ready for just about any workout.

Gym buffs and the country’s premiere athletes have long trusted Summit Natural Drinking Water as their fitness partner of choice. Encouraging them to always thirst for more, Summit even makes it easier to keep track of one’s water intake through their 2 Liter easy to carry bottle unique to Summit. With this four-step process, and Summit, reaching your fitness goals has never been this easy.

Chronicles of a Young Wife: Tips to Healthy Snacking

Who can resist snacking? In the office when you’re drowning in paper work and you just can’t function anymore or in school when you’re trying to cram that last-minute requirement, breathing in and out can only get you so far. Sometimes the only way to collect yourself is step out and grab a snack. Snacking can be sinful but when done right, it can be just the solution to your stressful problems.

Choose wisely.When you’re about to grab a snack, always choose wisely. Junk food maybe an attractive option but would you really consume that amount of sodium and calories for a few minutes and regret it all throughout the day?

Mix and match. Healthy snacks shouldn’t be boring. They just need a little creativity and to transport you to snack heaven. A good example is to mix your favorite fruits with yogurt. Making this easy for you is Creamy Delight Yogurt, which has a line of plain, flavored, light, and kids’ yogurt, that will make you come back for more.

Be consistent.You can easily fall off the wagon and start snacking unhealthily just like before. The key is to pick yourself up and develop a healthy snacking habit that will give you a better result in the long run. Your cheat day may come once a week or once a month, but your consistency in snacking healthy should still be the priority if you want to stay healthy and brimming with energy to get through your day.

And if choosing wisely, mixing and matching, and being consistent is difficult for you, look no further than at the varieties available with Creamy Delight. Each wonder-in-a-cup contains calcium with low-fat and low sodium for better absorption. It’s also high with vitamins A and D with Zinc so every spoonful is guaranteed to be your health warranty. So get a cup or a pack of six in your favorite groceries to snack alone or better yet, share with your friends and family. Get everyone on the healthy snacking bandwagon.