Go back to the 1950s to find the start of Better Breakfast Month. As people shifted away from hearty breakfasts of the past, the Cereal Institute hoped to bring it back. Why eat breakfast? There are several reasons this is an important meal for your senior. Here are a few reasons breakfast is vital, and how senior home care can help.
Breakfast Gives Your Brain an Energy Boost
People who eat breakfast do better on tests. It's because the brain is being powered with the nutrients it needs for top performance. It's believed that the brain needs the slow, steady release of natural sugars, healthy fats, protein, and fiber for optimal cognitive function.
Skipping Breakfast Can Lead to Weight Gain
When your mom skips breakfast, it can lead to snacking and overeating at other meals, which puts her at a higher risk of weight gain. When you are overweight, the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer's increase. Even if she's at a healthy weight now, menopause may trigger unexpected weight gain that can quickly get out of control with snacking.
It Readies Your Mom For Physical Activity
When you eat breakfast, your body is charged with the calories it needs for fuel. Think of breakfast as being the fuel for your engine. When you're topped up, you're ready to go. Your mom will have the energy she needs to take a walk or complete her physical therapy exercises.
Breakfast Helps With Blood Sugar Levels
After sleeping all night, your blood sugar levels dip as your stomach empties. If you skip breakfast, those sugar levels remain low. It can lead to an increased risk of developing diabetes. One study found the increased risk of developing type-2 diabetes by skipping one breakfast a week was around 6%. Skipping four or five breakfasts each week increases the risk by as much as 55%.
Fiber Intake Is Optimized
Many older adults don't get enough fiber each day. Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to fuel up on fiber. A bowl of steel-cut oats topped with crushed walnuts, diced apple, cinnamon, chia seeds, and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey is a fiber-packed hearty meal.
If your mom doesn't love oatmeal, make banana-cinnamon oatmeal pancakes instead and top them with syrup, nuts, and apple pieces. You could make a fiber-packed omelet by filling the egg omelet with low-sodium black beans, cooked quinoa, diced red peppers, onion, and cheddar. Top that with diced avocado for heart-healthy fats.
Is your mom struggling with meals and snacks? If she's more likely to skip breakfast and eat a bigger dinner, it's time to help her change those habits. Hire senior home care aides to help her prepare meals and snacks that match her nutritional needs. Call a senior home care specialist to get started.
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