[BLOG] Breakfast, is it really important?

Hi lovelies!
Hope you are having a good week, behold, spring is coming!

I am pretty excited today because I am writing the first ever blog on Nutrition!
And it is about one of my favourite subjects: breakfast.

One of the Mac-Nutrition Uni* (MNU) homework tasks was to pick a myth that I believed in for a long time and find evidences that debunk the myth.

I admit, I was a “breakfast worshiper”. I blindly followed all the anecdotes that glorify breakfast, making it sound like the most important meal of the day.

Did I ever question those anecdotal advices? NO. I just believed that it was healthy to eat breakfast no matter what. I would even compromise my sleep hours to eat breakfast, so I can be a healthy person(?!).

Some of you may be confused right now, as I am talking like breakfast isn’t important.
“What? Isn’t it healthy to eat breakfast?” “Doesn’t it help weight loss?”

Let me tell you, NO. NOT NECESSARILY.

 
 
breakfast myth - the muscle tailor
 
 
 

Breakfast doesn’t make you healthy?!

 

“But, lots of breakfast eaters are healthier than non-breakfast eaters!”
Hence, eating breakfast makes you healthy…?

There’s something called “correlation. This means there’s a link between A & B, which is different from “causation”. Causation means A causes B to happen.

In case of Breakfast, I have to say it’s a correlation.

Imagine a person who eats breakfast everyday, 6AM in the morning before work. They have to be pretty determined to get up half an hour earlier to have breakfast at 6am… or however early that is. Why are they so determined? Perhaps, they are health seekers.

Health seekers tend to eat breakfast because of the anecdotal advice in media that “eating breakfast makes you healthy”. What else do they do? They tend to eat less junk food, do regular exercises and to be “conscious” about their diet and lifestyle.

Do you see some co-relational link here between breakfast and health?

How about non-breakfast eaters? Apart from those who may seek health whilst skipping breakfast, most breakfast skippers may not be so keen to become healthy. Or they perhaps are shift workers who usually have a worse lifestyle! (not enough sleep, irregular routine etc)

So it seems more of the lifestyle that has stronger link to health, instead of just breakfast(1).

It maybe healthier than snacking on chocolate bars and crisps… if you eat fish, meat, loads of veg etc for breakfast. Some Asian countries like Korea and Japan traditionally have breakfast including veg, rice and fish/meat for breakfast so perhaps you can find positive association between breakfast and health.

However, eating bowl of sugary cereals along with fruit juice and jammy toast doesn’t seem to create that positive association to me.

breakfast question - the muscle tailor
 

Should I eat breakfast or not?

 

It’s totally up to you, if you like eating breakfast, go ahead!

BUT if you don’t have a habit of eating breakfast in the morning, you don’t have to make an effort to wake up earlier than the usual hour to give yourself a bowl of cereal(2).

What I am trying to tell you, is that eating sugary cereals for breakfast doesn’t make you healthy nor lose weight(3). As long as you have a relatively healthy snack ready instead of chocolate bars or biscuits, you are OK not to have breakfast!

How about eating a big lunch after skipping breakfast? As long as you choose a healthy option, that’s fine too.

In terms of weight loss, it is all about energy balance. If you eat more than what you burn, whether you have breakfast or not, you will gain weight. I will write another blog on this sometime soon. 😃

Let me be clear here, I am not an anti-breakfast person.

I personally love it. It fuels me to get things done in the morning. However, I am planning to try Intermittent Fasting(IF)** over this Lent to see if I can cope without breakfast, and it suits me rather better. I will post a blog about IF for those who don’t know about it, including my IF  journey here. 🙂

 

Thanks for reading,
and I will see you in my next blog.

Bye!

 

H xx

 
*Mac-Nutrition Uni is one of the best online nutrition course you can take.
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[REVIEW] Mac-Nutrition Uni LIVE 3 2016

Hi lovely peeps! I hope your day is wonderful. 🙂

In September, I attended one of Mac-Nutrition Uni (MNU) Live lectures and made it into a vlog- but I thought I would write up a review on here too.

You could attend these live lectures for FREE if you are either a FULL ONLINE student or a FULL ONLINE with HONOURS student*.

MNU LIVE 3 was held in Loughborough, which was about 2 hours away from where I was based at that time. So I got up much earlier than usual (6am was very early to me… No judgement please haha) and set off!

The venue, Burleigh Court, was great for the event, endless teas and coffees and nice snacks in the lecture room as well as in the foyer! It’s good to know that most of live lectures and the upcoming conference are held in this venue as well.

The Mac-Nutrition team was very welcoming and helpful during the whole day of the event, working their socks off behind the scene while Martin was teaching us.

MNU LIVE 3 Lecture Room

The live lectures were on Optimal Health, including “Is There An Optimal Diet for Human Health”, IBS and PCOS. Most lectures were pitched at an advanced level for later in the course; but it was still very interesting to learn about new concepts in Nutrition, and having a better understanding of IBS etc. 🙂

One thing that I really loved about these lectures was Mac-Nutrition team’s evidence-based approach to each subject. For example, on Optimal Diet(s) for Human Health, Martin presented a case study on Kitavan diet in South Asia. The diet contains high level of carbohydrates(~69%), but the obesity & heart attack rate in the region is lower than the Western society**! Martin also provided either complementary or contradictory case studies on different diets like Gluten-free and Fasting.

Another thing I loved about the day was the group of people that I got to mingle with. We all were from different backgrounds but gathered altogether for the same reason- learning more about Nutrition to help others. Now I am a member of this amazing MNU Mentoring Group where people constantly supporting each other! Please let me know on comments if you want to know more about this group, I will write a little blog 🙂

MNU LIVE 3 Interview with Martin

I was able to interview Martin on a few questions including how he pursued Integrity in Nutrition/Fitness industry, which was a great advice to me if not us all 🙂

All in all it was an amazing day, I really enjoyed every minute of it.

Thank you for reading, and I will see you in my next post.

Bye! xx

*Click here for more information on the MNU course
**Low serum insulin in traditional Pacific Islanders—the Kitava Study (Lindeberg et al., 1999 Metabolism)

A New Chapter

Hi guys this is Haz, and I really welcome you to my Blog.
This is really exciting for me, as I have been wanting to share my fitness and life journey with lots and lots of people for a while!

So, finally, I am very happy to announce that I will write blogs focusing on NUTRITION, FITNESS & LIFESTYLE.

NUTRITION:
I’ve started an amazing nutrition course called Mac-Nutrition Uni(MNU) this month to become a qualified Nutritionist, which is very exciting. As I learn about Nutrition on this course, I will share the evidence-based, scientific and up-to-date knowledge in Nutrition with you too! Obviously all credit goes to MNU 😉 You can have a sneak peek of what the course is like on my Instagram & Youtube as well as MNU Instagram & Facebook.

FITNESS:
Don’t get me wrong, I am no fitness expert. However, because I am not one I am going to share my journey to become one with you. It will include some physical challenges like Plank challenge and gym training. Hopefully this time next year I will be taking a Personal Training course too, so I can share evidence-based information on physical training with you!

LIFESTYLE:
There are so many other things that I love doing apart from nutrition and fitness, so I am going to share those with you too. It will include Rock Climbing, Eating, Travelling and trying new things!

I will primarily do vlogs on these, but for those who prefer reading I will write blogs too!

Thank you for reading and see you all in my next blog.

Bye!