When you were growing up, did you hear your mother tell you that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” Well, she was right! Fueling your body with food in the morning is vitally important to both mental and physical function. Just as your car runs on gas, the human brain and body run on glucose. Glucose is the energy source that is created when food is broken down. It is transported by the blood to all the cells of the body, where it is metabolized to form the main source of chemical energy for cellular processes.
During my tenure as a middle school foods and nutrition teacher I would frequently ask my students this question – “Would you pull your car out of the garage and head to St. George with an empty tank of gas and expect to make it all the way there successfully?” Of course every student would realize the impossibility of driving from Utah County to St. George on an empty gas tank. Yet they would inevitably expect to make it through the school day with optimal performance both in the classroom and on the sports field without providing their bodies any food for fuel!
There are varied reasons that people skip breakfast. Some of the most common are:
Lack of time
No readily available food
Don’t want to get up any earlier
It’s too difficult or time-consuming to prepare
Don’t like breakfast food
Believe skipping breakfast is a good way to lose weight
Breakfast need not be difficult or time-consuming to prepare. Nor does it need to be limited to typical breakfast foods. While you may not feel a gnawing hunger in the morning, your body needs food to create energy after going the typical 12-15 hours between the prior day’s evening meal and breakfast. Additionally, skipping breakfast is contradictory to successful weight management.
People who eat breakfast enjoy increased energy, improved mood, lower stress levels, better mental focus and problem-solving ability, decreased school or work absence, better likelihood to have adequate daily nutrient intake and lower incidence of obesity.
You can learn more, including ideas for making freezer breakfasts and making breakfast out of leftovers at Reams Cooking School class entitled “SHAKE UP YOUR WAKE UP." This breakfast class will be held on Thursday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. You can enroll in Reams Cooking School classes any time at the Customer Service Desk at your Springville Reams Market.
Nancy Hintze, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, began her career as a Foods and Nutrition teacher in Lehi, Utah in 2003. At the time she began teaching middle school students about nutrition, she weighed 286 pounds. She quickly became aware that if she expected her students to believe her, she had to be an example of what she taught. Over the course of the next several years, as she eliminated 125 pounds by changing what she ate and how she cooked, Nancy became passionate about sharing her healthy lifestyle keys with her students and their families. Along the journey of her transformation, she also became an avid chef with a zest for good old fashioned food preparation with a modern twist – healthy ingredients and ease of preparation.
Nancy is a licensed Family and Consumer Sciences teacher as well as a certified L.E.A.N Health Coach. She has developed and produced Community Nutrition Fairs, mentored students in the Fuel Up to Play program and accompanied one of her students to represent Utah in the National Fuel Up to Play summit in Washington, D. C. In addition, she has coached individual clients to achieve greater levels of personal wellness. And now we have the privilege of announcing Nancy as our very own Culinary Nutritionist here at Reams.
When she’s not sharing her passion for great eating with others, you can find her in her vegetable garden, or knitting or sewing, reading a great novel, hanging out with one of her 21 grandchildren or on the road in the RV that she and her husband love to travel in.