It’s easy to get into the habit of skipping breakfast. Maybe you’re just trying to grab an extra few minutes under the duvet or maybe you’re so busy feeding the family you forget to eat yourself. The result is often a mid morning slump swiftly followed by a sugary snack and fluctuating energy levels throughout the day.

As part of the process of waking up, your cortisol levels are high first thing in the morning. This releases sugar into the blood stream and then insulin is released to lower your blood sugar.

If you don’t eat breakfast your sugar levels will drop even lower causing more cortisol to be released. This results in a sugar spike, the release of more insulin and hormone imbalance. You become trapped in a vicious circle of sugar spikes, sluggishness and food cravings.

Eating breakfast helps to stabilize your blood sugar levels, which in turn helps to regulate your energy levels. It will also reduce the risk of overeating during the rest of the day to compensate for your lack of energy.

A protein rich breakfast such as eggy breakfast muffins or quinoa with fruit helps regulate your blood sugar level and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Have a drink of hot water with a squeeze of lemon to keep you hydrated in the morning and help flush out any toxins that have been produced over night.

What will you have for breakfast tomorrow?