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The importance of breakfast and my favourite mixed cereal

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016

The importance of breakfast and my favourite mixed cereal

I’m sure everyone has heard that breakfast is important for health. Ensuring that your children eat a good breakfast may help them to be happier, better able to cope with frustrations, and better able to learn at school. As a parent, I know I am happier, more patient, and more productive if I eat breakfast. And being a good role model for my kids is an added motivation.

Benefits of breakfast

Breakfast improves cognitive development and ability to concentrate. It can help children to learn and remember better in school.

People who eat breakfast are more likely to have a higher quality diet overall.

Breakfast results in higher energy levels. This can lead to improved productivity and increased physical activity.

shutterstock_128854429-720x540Breakfast eaters have been shown to have lower stress levels and are less likely to have accidents.

Breakfast helps to regulate blood sugar and prevent highs and lows. It does so by replenishing glucose stores (your energy source) that decrease after an overnight fast, and providing a steady source of energy over the course of several hours.

Often people who don’t eat breakfast get really hungry later in the day and then overeat on fast, convenient foods that tend to be high in sugar, fat, or salt. This is not healthy for anyone, but is especially frustrating of you are trying to manage your weight.

Breakfast makes my household happier

Breakfast definitely improves my mood, and also makes my kids happier. If I wait a little too long to give them breakfast, they are whinier, and they cry and fight a lot more. As soon as they have eaten, their moods are noticeably improved and they are able to play independently and happily. I don’t actually know what they would be like if they didn’t have breakfast at all, since I have never tried that experiment. Based on how grumpy they get when they haven’t eaten in a while, I imagine it would not be fun for any of us!

My favourite mixed cereal

I have been making my own type of mixed cereal for several years now: I credit my brother-in-law for first introducing it to me (his own recipe: my version is slightly modified). The basic recipe can be altered to suit your tastes and what’s available in stores. I have moved several times since I started making it, and I had to modify it every time to fit what I could find in stores.

cerealBasic recipe

Large flake oatmeal (not the quick-cooking oats)

Bran flakes or raisin bran cereal

All-bran or other high-bran cereal

Granola (bought or homemade)

Shreddies TM

Cheerios TM

Dried cranberries


Any other cereal, dried fruit, or nut that you like.

Put them all together in a large plastic container, and mix well. I love that this cereal is so easy to make. In the morning, just pour it in a bowl and have some milk with it, and it’s a complete breakfast, including grains, fruit, nuts, and milk.

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Benefits of Getting at Least 30 Minutes Daily Activity and Movement

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016

Benefits of Getting at Least 30 Minutes Daily Activity and Movement

You may think getting only 30 minutes of physical activity a day can’t benefit you so why bother, right?  Wrong!  Even if you just do a little bit of light exercise each day you are helping your body immensely!  Taking a half hour walk during your lunch break at work rather than sitting in the lunchroom or jumping on an exercise bike while watching TV instead of sitting on the couch can really impact your fitness level. Many people don’t pay a lot of attention to it and many think otherwise, but in this article, we will show you how 30 minutes of daily activity can mean the difference.

Personal Health

Probably the number one reason to stay in shape, being healthy is what keeps you alive!  A little bit of exercise can go a long way in keeping your heart, lungs, and the rest of your muscles in good working order. Eating healthy and staying active can prevent so many diseases and will improve your quality of life. Some people think that you  need to change your diet since you start exercising. Yes, but not completely – you can still eat your favorite food but in the way that does not harm your body

Body Image

Your reason for getting into shape doesn’t need to be so you can look like a super model, but achieving a higher level of physical fitness will not only give you the extra tone you may want in certain areas, it will make you feel more attractive.  b5a2874f195d633305deda6c174b4f7aA regular exercise program can help your self-esteem in multiple ways; the sense of accomplishment you can get from seeing what you’re capable of is invaluable and can make you feel like a superstar.  On a purely chemical level, the endorphins released when exercising can give you a sense of euphoria.  This may be why many people find exercise so addictive!

Mood and Maintaining Stress

For the same reasons your self esteem will be affected, your mood and stress levels will be more manageable as well.  Exercise can be any kind of stress eliminating technique – a simple track of 2 miles where you can run and clear out your head.  A regular exercise program is sure to leave you more relaxed and at ease with yourself.


There are three aspects to a good fitness routine: cardio, weight training, and flexibility.  Incorporating all three of these into your lifestyle will undoubtedly improve how you feel while walking around, doing household chores, or playing with your kids.

If you feel that being able to walk up a few flights of stairs with ease is something worth 30 minutes of your day then figure out the right exercise plan for yourself and give it a try.  There’s no handbook to physical fitness, so if you aren’t enjoying a particular activity try something else.  All you need to do if move your body a little bit every day and you’ll learn what works for you and what doesn’t.

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