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This is when you should eat breakfast, according to a nutritionist

While you should not skip breakfast, it is also important to ensure that you are not unnecessarily delaying the first meal of the day.

By: Lifestyle Desk | Updated: February 25, 2020 12:43:11 pm
breakfast Do not skip breakfast as it is considered to be an important meal of the day. (Source: Pexels)

Breakfast is known to be an important meal of the day because of its health benefits, especially for children, women and people with low immunity, celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar had explained in an Instagram post.

While you should not skip breakfast, it is also important to ensure that you are not unnecessarily delaying the first meal of the day. In another Instagram post, Diwekar recently advised that one should have breakfast typically within two hours of waking up. “So, within 15 minutes of rising, have your fresh fruit/dry fruits, etc., and breakfast afterwards,” she wrote.

For those who work out in the morning, Diwekar suggested having breakfast as a post-workout meal to be well-nourished for the rest of the day. In case you don’t have time to cook a proper meal, you can opt for local breads in regions like Kashmir and Goa, Adai of South India, Amboli of Maharashtra or millet porridge which get cooked quickly.

breakfast, health Eat fruits or dry fruits within 15 minutes of waking up. (Source: Getty Images)

While one should usually cook a breakfast unique to the region, those staying outside India can opt for “multiple local options (hot and fresh) that you can have for some days of the week and the other days have poha, upma, idli, dosa, paratha, ragi porridge, etc,” the nutritionist suggested. She added, “At other places, whole bread with butter/ cheese/ peanut butter/avocado, eggs, millet pancakes, etc., will work.”

“Say no to packaged and processed breakfasts but to skip breakfast is a bad idea. At the end of the day, it isn’t worthwhile to lose out on wholesome health for a perceived benefit of weight loss,” Diwekar emphasised.

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She further explained, “…know that regional breakfasts support local economy, preserve traditional cuisines and help connect the people to their cultural roots. They are an integral part of our identity, they tell us where we come from.”

Take a look at her post below:

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FAQs on Breakfast – Guideline 7 of #12week2020 1. What is the best time to have breakfast? A – That depends on what time you wake up, but typically within 2 hours of rising. So, within 15 minutes of rising, have your fresh fruit/ dry fruits, etc., and breakfast afterwards. 2. If we workout in the morning, how should we manage breakfast and post workout meal? A – You have the option of positioning the breakfast as the post workout meal, so have it right after workout, that way you are well nourished for the rest of the day. 3. I don’t have time to cook breakfast, what can I do? A – Whole heartedly rely on the wholesome and instant meals of your region. Be it the Adai of South India, local breads in regions like Kashmir and Goa or the Amboli of Maharashtra. Also, millet porridges that are pan India and literally get cooked in 5 mins. 4. What about people from one region in India, living or married in another region? A- You can have the local breakfast of the region you are living in for some days of the week and breakfast from your region on the other days. Also, if you are the one who is cooking, then you get to make breakfast which is your favourite. 5. I live outside India, what breakfast should we have? A – That depends on where you are living. If it’s the middle east, Africa or South America then there are multiple local options (hot and fresh) that you can have for some days of the week and the other days have poha, upma, idli, dosa, paratha, ragi porridge, etc. At other places, whole bread with butter/ cheese/ peanut butter/avocado, eggs, millet pancakes, etc., will work. 6. In IF or 2-meals a day, one is supposed to skip breakfast. Is it ok? A – Say no to packaged and processed breakfasts but to skip breakfast is a bad idea. At the end of the day, it isn’t worthwhile to lose out on wholesome health for a perceived benefit of weight loss. Also, know that regional breakfasts support local economy, preserve traditional cuisines and help connect the people to their cultural roots. They are an integral part of our identity, they tell us where we come from. #breakfastismust #eatlocal

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