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Why and how you should eat breakfast

MANY people skip breakfast because of their busy lives and a lack of time in the mornings, says naturopath Narelle Plapp.

However, breakfast is integral for both mental and physical health. Plapp, who is founder of leading muesli brand Food for Health, believes that skipping breakfast results in weight gain and an increased risk of diabetes.

Research shows people who eat breakfast actually eat fewer kilojoules throughout the entire day. However, this does depend on what is eaten and how healthy it really is.

Drinking water

Drink a glass of warm water with a squeeze of lemon or lime 30 minutes before you eat. It will get your gut enzymes active, says Plapp.

Breaking the fast

A larger breakfast takes time to prepare, but remember that breakfast is "breaking the fast" so you should give your body the fuel it deserves and yourself the time to prepare.

Eat protein

Protein keeps you fuller for longer, says Plapp. "Foods that are high in protein and great with breakfast are eggs, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, bacon, salmon, nuts and some grains including quinoa, to name a few."

Add vegies

Breakfast is a perfect time to boost your vegetable intake. Add grated carrot or zucchini to your fried egg; or what about some spinach or fresh herbs?

Preparation is the key

Always have a fridge full of healthy options such as eggs, smoked salmon, avocado, milk, full fat yogurt and berries. Make sure your cupboard contains a low-sugar breakfast cereal as well as healthy seeds and nuts.

Helen Hawkes is a life and wellness coach. Contact her through

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