Do you make a dash for the train, a leap frog into the car or a skid onto the pavement every morning before work? Breakfast is a meal apart. Do you manage to eat yours or are you a breakfast skipper?
If you forgo breakfast this could change your metabolism so it’s important to have breakfast within two hours of waking up, because if we miss breakfast, we might be more likely to eat considerably more food in the next meal.
Having a healthy breakfast restores those all-important glucose levels in the body and lowers stress levels. Here are some other interesting reasons why you should not skip breakfast and why it is so vital. (For some local breakfast recommends, check out the end of this post.)
#1 Memory Boosting
Those colleagues who eat breakfast are usually mentally more alert compared to those who don’t. Plus, there are particular foods have been proven to give your brain boost, improve your short-term memory and make you stronger and sharper. Try eating a healthy breakfast mixing various fruits and vegetables, low-fat and protein food to increase concentration levels.
#2 Healthier Heart
People who skip their morning meal are more likely to have clogged arteries. Missing breakfast is also linked to other harmful habits that can lead to hypertension, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which in turn increase the risk of heart attacks, and strokes by 27%.
#3 Changes Your Rhythms
Regardless of whether you do intermittent fasting, our body has a natural fasting rhythm that kicks in after we’ve finished dinner. It works through the night until you wake up the next morning. However, if you skip breakfast, you’re depriving your body of nutrients it needs to get up and go. Your muscles and brain need blood sugar to work effectively. Also, your metabolism moves much quicker at the start of the day and you also run the risk of denying yourself nourishment.
#4 Boosts Energy
Starting your day with the right kinds of foods in the morning can help keep you feeling energized throughout the day. Foods rich in whole grains, protein, fibre, and good fats can help provide your body with energy that helps keep your body and brain energy levels sustained for the rest of the day.
#5 Maintains a Healthy Weight
If you are looking to lose weight, don’t skip breakfast. Eating a big, healthy breakfast can help you curb hunger throughout the day and ultimately reduce the risk of overeating and consuming more calories than needed. Starting the day with a nutritious breakfast can stimulate and motivate healthy choices throughout the day’s entirety. Skipping breakfast should be strictly avoided if you’re trying to lose weight.
Top 3 Breakfast Spots Near Piccadilly
Here are some of our favourite nearby breakfast spots in Piccadilly.
Best for… an indulgence
London’s best breakfast doughnuts? It’s a dough-brainer. Great coffee, even better artisan doughnuts. From the Tim Tam to Chai Custard and everything in between, and, just a few doors away. Oh the temptation.
35 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0DW
Best for… impressing clients
In his book, ‘Breakfast at The Wolseley’, the much-missed restaurant critic, A.A. Gill observed, “Wherever, whenever breakfast comes, it is a mouthful of stoic optimism”.
The Wolseley’s breakfast includes its homemade Viennoiserie, classic egg dishes, kedgeree, full English breakfast as well as fruit, yoghurts, cereals and more. Opens from 7am on weekdays.
160 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EB
The Lebanese Bakery
Best for… something a bit different
Three words. All. Day. Breakfast. That’s exactly what this Covent Garden bakery and café offer, just in flatbread form. Try their manousheh: baked eggs, spicy beef sausage, and lamb confit. Or consider adding hummus and banana and honey flatbread to your order.
Drury House, Russell St, Holborn, WC2B 5HA