That’s right, sometimes we do get hungrier a few hours after we eat breakfast! Ever wonder why? It’s physiology and has to do with our digestion timetable.
When a person gets up in the morning his body, most likely, has been on an eight-hour fast. It’s now raring to go, saying “feed me!”! When a person eats breakfast, that basically starts off their metabolism for the entire day. It’s happy!
When you fail to “break that fast”, your body goes into its protection mode. “Oh my gosh,” it screams, “the crops have failed, we’re gonna starve!!” then it slows your metabolism down to protect you, because it thinks something is wrong, you’re sick or it’s going to die. (At least that’s what your brain is telling your body)
Carbohydrates, contrary to the latest fads, are our friends! Your brain, created by God, feeds primarily on carbohydrates. God didn’t place Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and then say, “Na,na, you can’t eat any of it though, because carbs are bad for you!” Nope:
Genesis 1:29, Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”
Simple carbohydrates begin converting to energy in about 15 minutes. That’s why orange juice is quickly given and so important to diabetics low on insulin. But carbohydrates only last about 2-3 hours in your bloodstream before you are hungry again. (One reason why we get hungry so soon after most Chinese food, lots of vegetables!) The body should consume mini-meals throughout the day so our blood sugar won’t drop and we won’t lunge for that chocolate donut when we lose control.
Keep yourself going with a good complex carbohydrate breakfast – that means a good quality high fiber (5+) cereal like raisin bran, shredded wheat, Great Grains, or any other that doesn’t taste like cardboard! Fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or any other fruit will add flavor as well as fiber. Oatmeal with raisins, walnuts and a little maple syrup is delicious on cold days and provide not only B vitamins but a sense of comfort too. Peanut butter on a whole grain English muffin is fine as well.
Protein lasts approximately 2-4 hours before it’s digested. If you want to cook yourself an Egg McMuffin with an English muffin, Canadian bacon and a slice of light cheese, it isn’t bad for you. But don’t have one every day because there’s not much fiber in it. Why is fiber important you ask? Fiber allows insulin to be released more slowly into your bloodstream and helps keep you feeling satisfied longer without the typical hunger surge.
Fats take 5-7 hours to be digested! Consider this: At 8 am, a typical American who consumes 2 eggs, bacon, fried hash browns and buttered toast will have that fat in their system until 1-3 pm that afternoon. At noon, lunch consists of a hamburger, fries or a cold cut sub sandwich and chips with a cola. That fat lasts until 5-7 pm in their system. Meanwhile at 6 pm, he might delve into his fried chicken or steak dinner, baked potato with butter/sour cream, a garden salad with 2 tablespoons of creamy ranch dressing (180 fat calories in that alone) and glass of beer/wine.
Do you see how the fat calories just seem to stagnate as the day wears on? Unless you run up and down stairs all day or you’re a construction worker, you’ll never burn up all those fat calories in a day!
Eat sensibly – eat for nutrients! Balance your day with approximately 60% complex carbohydrates, 15-20% protein and 20-25% good fats. Actually make it easy on yourself. Have primarily fresh fruits and vegetables and high fiber or whole, with approximately 6 oz of meat all day. Enjoy Eating!
Bottom line; eat breakfast to rev up your metabolism each morning. Use common sense, don’t stress out. Ate a fatty breakfast? Consume more vegetables for lunch! You control your own eating habits. Honor God with that control.