Why is it important to be nourished?
This page is all about food but there are so many other ways to nourish yourself. Nourishment for your mind, your body and your soul are all equally important and we will look at those later but for now, lets look at your body - two ways. What goes in your body and what goes on your body.
In your body
What you eat and drink ultimately defines who you are and how you feel. Our gut is connected to our brain.
Some people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and in many ways it's a good idea to set yourself up well for the day ahead. But like everything else in life, this doesn't apply to everyone. I don't eat breakfast because I just don't feel like it until about 11 oclock (and no, I don't get up at 10.30). I am learning to listen to my body as I think this is the most influential way to eat and drink. Some people wake up ravenous and need to eat straightaway. Either way, I think is fine. It's not when you eat, it's what you eat.
Cereals are one of the most common way for us to fill up and cereals are especially attractive for children. A lot of cereals are marketed in such a way that would make you believe they are a very nutritious and healthy way to start the day. Some even have the heart foundation tick (which just as an aside is marketing propaganda at its best).
Why are boxed breakfasts not the best way to start your day?
There are two main reasons
They have little nutritional value
They are often full of sugar, additives and fat
They usually require you add milk and sugar
So why is it a problem?
Most breakfast cereals are put through a process called 'extrusion' which you can find out more about here. It is under debate as to just what the consequence of this process is for our food (from just basically eliminating any form of nutrition to actually creating harmful substances that can have a detrimental effect on our nervous system).
I think the main thing to take from this though is that the food is no longer in its 'natural' state as at this stage is has already been processed and its natural state changed.
As a clever marketing ploy by the way, you will often see a range of 'good additives' being put in cereals such as iron, niacin etc.
Often coated in sugar, and often fully loaded with sugar. Which means you are starting your day with a good dose of sugar and little else.
Scientific experiment with rats - cornflakes
Paul stitt fighting the food giants