A common question and misconception is in regards to whether brunch can easily replace breakfast? In this post we will outline the difference between brunch and breakfast and whether brunch as the meal that replaces breakfast and lunch is enough for our bodies.
Eating in the morning provides a start to your morning and as your blood sugar levels are normally low when you wake up, eating within about 60 minutes of getting up can avoid a blood sugar crash. If you wait until lunchtime or ‘brunchtime’ which is normally about 2 hours or more after you wake up and completely skip breakfast, your energy levels are low, your hunger levels are high which can result in you overeating for the first meal of the day.
Many university students tend to skip breakfast and wait till they arrive at university for class and eat their first brunch or lunch meal after their classes which not only can lead to diabetes and high cholesterol levels (read here for more information), but for those that want to lose or maintain their weight, it is easy to eat more than necessary. If you had a quick breakfast before you left the house or on the go, you will not eat as much during the day.
What if I’m not hungry when I wake up in the morning or feel unwell eating so early?
It’s understandable that no everyone feels ravenous as soon as they wakeup so shoving something down your throat just for the sake of eating breakfast first thing in the morning will make you feel uncomfortable. That’s why it is fine to wait a bit in the morning before you eat. Take a shower first. Do some exercise first. Get dressed first. Eating breakfast doesn’t have to be the first thing you do each day.
What if I wake up early so if I eat breakfast instead of brunch it will not sustain my hunger until lunchtime?
Then make sure you eat something that has high levels of healthy fat, lean protein and complex carbohydrates such as a whole wheat English muffin or various forms of fruits and eggs. If you really do feel that hunger kicking in before lunchtime, there’s nothing wrong with eating a few healthy snacks such as a handful of nuts or some low fat yoghurt throughout the day!
But brunch sounds fancier…
Yes, brunch does sound more posh and fancier but remember – breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Eat within 60 minutes of waking up! You can save those fancy brunches for the weekends!
So tell us readers, do you often eat brunch to replace breakfast and lunch? Let us know if you have any other questions as well!