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The 7 Psychological Benefits of Students Eating Breakfast

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The 7 Psychological Benefits of Students Eating Breakfast

According to research, breakfast consumption yields not only one but a range of benefits for young, developing brains. It particularly improves cognitive learning and academic performance, which in turn positively influences several other domains of life.

Here in this post, we shall uncover the top seven psychological benefits for students who consume quality breakfast consistently.

What is Quality Breakfast?

Before we hop onto the benefits, let us acquaint ourselves with the bone of contention, i.e., quality breakfast. So, what exactly qualifies as a quality breakfast?

Quality and healthy breakfast should comprise a balanced amount of nutrients. Some of the essentials include:

  • Whole grains
  • Low-fat dairy
  • Lean protein
  • Vitamins and minerals

Whole grains can be acquired from foodstuffs like cereal, muffins, bread, and bagels. Nuts, legumes, eggs, and lean meat are excellent sources of protein. Meanwhile, milk, cottage cheese, low-sugar yogurt, and natural cheeses are good sources of low-fat dairy. Vegetables and fruits can help acquire an ample supply of vitamins and minerals.

Note that when we list the above, we do not mean consuming one foodstuff per day or breakfast. An ideal breakfast for a college or school-going breakfast should be a combination of all the nutrients listed above. Or at least a combination of most.

For students, preparing such demanding breakfast meals can be hectic and so we recommend opting for readily available healthy foods. For example, you can rely on the Kosher bread basket for your whole grain supply and organic Greek yogurt for your low-fat dairy supply.

#1. It improves physical performance.

When we skip on the first meal of the day, we train our bodies to utilize the reserves of energy. Although this scenario may appear to be nice for some for a few days, it is bound to go downhill. That’s because this is an unhealthy approach.

According to a study skipping your first meal of the day may make you obese and lethargic. It may even make you prone to lifelong health problems like cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Hence, breakfast consumption is necessary to maintain overall good physical health and performance. About how this is psychologically beneficial, read on to figure out.

#2. It improves mental health.

No breakfast means reduced energy levels. And reduced energy levels mean fatigue and irritability. Consistency in both these domains means constant distress and damaged mental health. Do you see how this chain only leads to the worst?

For that very reason, consuming breakfast is an absolute must for learning minds. With increased energy levels and lessen fatigue, students will not feel burdened when faced with a new challenging concept. Instead, they will have the right state of mind and stability to cater to their curiosity.

#3. It improves emotional health.

A study found that students who regularly consumed breakfast were likely to be less emotionally disturbed and distressed. It tends to reduce stress as your mind feels energized enough to tackle what life throws at it.

Moreover, beginning the day with a satisfying and fulfilling breakfast also helps lower mood swings. With a happy stomach and energized cells, you can take on the day positively and happily.

#4. It increases retention rates & enhances focus.

A healthy breakfast is known for improvising short-term retention. With the right nutrients supplied to the brain, it does a better job at both absorbing and retaining newly learned information. Plus, the surge of energy brings clarity, and you can focus properly.

#5. It improvises eating habits.

As mentioned earlier, skipping breakfast can mean unhealthy weight gain or weight loss. That’s because when we deprive our body of the energy refuel that it needs right when we wake up, it asks for more food later in the day. So, you may lose some weight in the first few days. But if it becomes a habit, you will gain weight too quickly and in unhealthy ways.

Hence, it’s essential to consume a healthy breakfast. It will keep you fulfilled and satisfied until lunchtime (particularly if it includes a good supply of fiber) and consequently, ensure good intervals between each meal.

#6. It helps with stress levels.

Be it a primary level student or a Ph.D. level student. Stress is a common aspect of life. And it is often leading and dominating life. A healthy breakfast can help tackle this well. It improves mental health and emotional health. Thus, bringing about stability in our behavior and focus. It improves overall performance. And using this, when students can keep up with their schedules and due tasks, it reduces the stress.

#7. It assists with brain development.

Along with enhancing moods, breakfast also helps with brain development. Roxanne Sukol MD says that when we supply our brain with the nutrients it requires, it uses them to build blocks of life, i.e., necessary proteins, enzymes, brain tissue, and any neurotransmitters. Hence, a good breakfast can practically help you develop your brain and achieve your maximum potential.

Final Words

Summing up, a healthy breakfast can improve the overall health status of a student and help improve their performance in academics and life in general. It could be a real game-changer for those who feel arrested by lethargy.

Trendy Boomers and How to Improve by Tom Matt

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Trendy Boomers and How to Improve by Tom Matt

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I have this thought on a series of articles about the thought and actions of “Looking Forward or Back”.

I talk about this on the talk show, and in my book, “Maximize Your Quality of Life”, so I thought what a great idea, a series of quick hitters.

So many of our quality of life issues revolve around a myriad of topics, so in building on how to look forward with positive energy let’s talk about different issues, today I want to cover some issues that can help our eating plans and taking back our future, here you go.

Think about these for a second:

Do you think people over-eat junk food because they didn’t get the letter about sugar?

Or we continue to eat foods that pack on the belly fat not because we don’t know how bad those foods are, but because we can’t resist them – and that’s by design.

Nobody smokes cigarettes because they didn’t get the note about lung cancer.

You see, there are powerful forces that are seemingly outside of our control that conspire to not just make us fat, but also to make us sick, tired and even depressed.

I call these forces “Life’s Small Troublemakers” and they inflict havoc on our ability to control our cravings, combat urges and avoid temptation and result in stretched waistlines, failed diets and drained energy.

But there is a series of simple steps you can take to send life’ small troublemakers scampering, take back control of your life and your waistline.

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Let me explain.
Life’s small troublemakers #1: Addictive Food

Big Food has learned how to layer their products with just the right, scientifically determined amounts of salt, fat and sugar to produce what they call “super-palatable” food – or what you and I would simple call “addictive”.

Brain studies have shown that these foods are just as addictive as drugs, alcohol and gambling are. It’s no accident that “you can’t eat just one”.

For example, your brain remembers the sensation of eating fresh baked bread; I know I love the smell, our neurons secrete a brain chemical called dopamine which virtually insures that when the basket at the restaurant is put in front of you magically in empties and the server is smiling and asking “need more bread”?

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“Uhm sure!”

The next time you feel yourself being hypnotically pulled to eat a particular food, just know that there is some mad food scientist smiling somewhere, eager to line his pockets at your expense, so turn the other way and don’t give him the contentment!

Life’s small troublemakers #2: Food Labeling Tricks

Manufacturers have to list ingredients used in greatest amounts listed first.

So when manufacturers don’t want you to know that the main ingredient is sugar, they deceive you by using a dozen different forms of sugar so they can list each one further down.

Underhanded, well what do you think?

For example, all of the following are sugar in disguise: agave nectar, barley malt syrup, dehydrated cane juice, dextrose, corn syrup, brown rice syrup, raw sugar, turbinado sugar, sucrose, maltodextrin.

You can avoid succumbing to food labeling tricks by, well, avoiding foods that have labels in the first place!

Shop around the perimeter of your grocery story and eat fresh, whole, real foods focusing on leafy green vegetables and grass-fed, pasture-raised or organic meats.

Life’s small troublemakers #3: The Gremlin in your Brain

The reward pathways in our brains are powerful motivators, and they will trick your conscious mind every single time. Personally I believe that my dopamine is the cause of my personal problems with being semi-OCD, it is ok to be differant, we all are. Frankly my children think I am a freak, so I am used to the feeling.

Whenever you hear yourself saying, “Aw, just one won’t kill me”, “I just don’t have time to cook” or “I can start my diet tomorrow”, you can be sure that’s the big fat ugly “gremlin” in your brain, doing the bidding of your dopamine reward system.

These voices can sabotage your willpower, but there is a way to turn the table: next time you hear this voice, think of it as coming from someone – or something else, like a gremlin.

By externalizing this voice, you’ll then realize something “else” is trying to manipulate you and you can train yourself to ignore these voices.

Life’s small troublemakers #4: Chronic Stress

Chronic stress may begin in your brain—but it ends up packing on packing on fat, especially around your belly.

When you’re stressed, one way body responds is by churning out a big dose of cortisol.

Cortisol “instructs” the body to preserve fat around the middle, stimulates insulin – the primary hormone responsible for storing the food you eat as fat – and it also breaks down muscle, slowing your metabolic rate and making fat storage certain.

And cortisol sends a signal to the brain to “refuel” for an emergency, usually with foods highest in fat, salt and sugar. The result? You walk around stressed and starving and you’ll eat anything in sight, particularly the stuff that makes you fat and sick.

Because it’s so hard to resist temptation when you are stressed, the #1 way to combat the effects of stress you can do is to take an inventory of your life, and figure out how to minimize stress as much as possible. Also consider doing some form of active relaxation, whether meditation, yoga, deep breathing or something similar.

Life’s small troublemakers #5: Cheap Food Available 24×7

The previous 4 life’s small troublemakers wouldn’t make much of a difference if the food that makes us fat and sick weren’t available.

But it is. Everywhere. And that’s little demon #5.

Hunting and gathering? Forget that noise!

Just go to the nearest drive through or pick up the phone.

Make that a double-double with extra double please.

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The easiest way to combat this toxic food environment is to remove temptation from your immediate environment so it’s NOT convenient.

For example, at home, get rid of all the sugary junk food that will tempt you when your defenses are
down. If an urge comes, you’ll have created a practical barrier that’s large enough to give you enough time for that urge to pass.

What to Do Next…

These 5 of Life’s small troublemakers conspire to make us sick and fat – but that does NOT mean we are all doomed.

Simply by reading this article and becoming aware of these life’s small troublemakers that silently influence you to get fat, you’ve taken the first step toward building a mental defense to withstand their assault.

More next time, looking forward as usual to your comments 🙂

Peace,
T

Try these thoughts, in your own way, and like I said if in one month you don’t see a change, you don’t feel a little bit better about things, send me an email to
Tom@boomersrock.us or see much more content at Boomers Rock

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Tom Matt is the host of the weekly talk show “Boomers Rock”, heard on WGHN 1370 AM Saturday mornings at 9:00 in Grand Haven, Michigan, and syndicated on the Internet here at VoiceAmerica. His show is also heard on the Spartan Sports network SSN/247. This is where he brings experts in to discuss all issues that enhance our quality of life.

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