Gladstone ladies gather to participate in a hands on Healthy Eating Cooking Class.
Gladstone ladies gather to participate in a hands on Healthy Eating Cooking Class. Ebony Battersby

Skip breakfast and risk being in a bad mood all day

SKIPPING breakfast may be the reason for your bad mood.

If you aren't a morning person, studies suggest you need to look no further than the first meal of the day.

Gladstone nutritionist Jacqui Smith says altering the diet of a patient dealing with mental health issues can be greatly beneficial.

"If you apply the same concept to someone who isn't battling depression, it's going to have the same effect," she said.

"What you eat definitely affects your mood."

More than half of all Australian adults and one in seven Australian children start their day with no breakfast at all, according to studies by the Cancer Council Queensland.

Overall mental and physical well-being is compromised when your metabolism is not activated in the morning.

Particularly of concern to nutritionists are the figures suggesting that children are not receiving a healthy, balanced diet.

"It is a huge concern that children are not eating breakfast," Ms Smith said.

"Receiving the appropriate nutrients in the morning ensures kids have fuel for their brains and are able to maintain concentration levels throughout the day."

This week's WIN meeting was a healthy eating cooking class, where participants prepared a range of culinary treats from salads to cookies.

A healthy, balanced diet is crucial for long-term health and helping to reduce your risk of a range of chronic diseases, including up to one-third of all cancers.

"Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and chronic diseases can be combated by a healthy eating plan," Ms Smith said.

To do

  • Plan your meals a week in advance to avoid impulse food shopping.
  • Make an effort to use cooking and meal times as an opportunity for quality time with your family.

Do you always start the day with breakfast?

This poll ended on 25 August 2014.

Current Results

Yes, I just can't function without it

48%

Yes, I try my best not to miss it

15%

No, I often forget or just rely on coffee

25%

No, who has time for breakfast any more?

11%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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