Why Lunch is the Most Important Meal of the Day
It is commonly said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But where is the love for lunch? Lunch actually has a lot more to offer children and adults alike in terms of nutrition. In this blog, we will discuss why lunch is the most important meal of the day, and how you can make this meal convenient for your family.
What’s so good about breakfast anyway?
The real question is, “what’s so good about breakfast anyway?” Breakfast is nothing more than soggy cereal and toast, right? Breakfast doesn’t provide any real nutrition.This statement is only partly true, depending on what you are eating for breakfast. If you eat proteins and fats for breakfast, such as the protein from eggs and the fats from bacon, then yes, that is a nutritious breakfast. But, in most cases, breakfast isn’t as nutritious as it lets on. For instance, most breakfast cereals are chock-full of sugars and carbohydrates, both of which are terrible for your body. And, fried or cheesy breakfast foods aren’t good for you either, such as hash browns and cheesy grits. But, despite all of this seemingly unhealthy eating options, breakfast is still crowned as the most important meal of the day. Why? The idea behind this claim is that breakfast is the first meal of the day, and thus, kick-starts your metabolism and energy for the day. Without breakfast, your body and brain are still running off the fumes of your last meal. Eating breakfast — any kind of breakfast — has some benefit to it, even if the items you are eating aren’t necessarily nutritious. But, when does your body actually get the nutrition it needs? Lunch!
Lunch and Your Metabolism
Lunch is an important meal for multiple reasons. Once your breakfast has fully digested, your stomach may grumble. This will happen around mid-day, which means it is time for another meal. If you did not eat breakfast that morning, your stomach is probably already starving and aching for sustenance. Lunch is a perfect time to fill your belly and give yourself the nutrition you need to carry on with your day. Without a mid-day meal, your body can become weak, and your brain can slow down cognitive function. If you are a hard worker, you cannot afford afternoon lags, which is why lunch can be such a vital meal to your daily digestion. Though your breakfast initially kick-starts your metabolism for the day, lunch is what continues to give you energy throughout your day. If you skip lunch, you generally feel tired, cranky, and empty in the afternoon. Of course, you can always eat an early dinner to fill up, but then that means that you might feel pangs of hunger in the middle of the night.
Lunch Increases Blood Sugar Level
After a long morning of sitting at a desk, children and adults alike need to raise their blood sugar level
. Lunch is an ideal time to eat a meal that will replenish you with energy. Not only that, but when you are hungry or your blood sugar is low, you are less active, enthusiastic, and cognitively sharp. Students, specifically, need lunch to help them regain their brain function and allow them to get their needed exercise.
Lunch Also Means Recess
It isn’t healthy for children to be cooped up in their classrooms all day. Exercise and proper nutrition are vital for a child’s health. Lunch is often a midday break for children and offers them some time away from their desks. The same can be said for adults as well. At work, you can get lost in the daily grind. But, lunch provides a moment that you can step away from your desk, breathe, and replenish your body. For children, lunch can mean two things: eating food and recess. Adults may not remember what recess is, but it is a time where children can play and enjoy being a kid. Of course, recess is only after lunch is completed. Breakfast, as well as dinner, does not have recess breaks after it. Only lunch offers children and adults time to take a break and recoup. Best of all, lunch replenishes the body and prepares it for the rest of the day. Breakfast, is burned off too quickly and doesn’t offer the same satisfaction as lunch does.
Meeting New Friends
Lunch also offers children and adults a time to relax and enjoy their time with their friends. Children need a lunch break to not only fill their bellies, but to interact with other children their age. These interactions are essential for the development of a child because it teaches them how to communicate, share, and listen to others. Also, these interactions can lead to friendships that can teach your child other lessons, such as the importance of relationships and compassion. Much of what you learn throughout your life are lessons that occur when you are a child is at recess and lunch. Because of this, lunch can be easily considered the most important meal of the day.
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