When you’re wondering what’s for breakfast, you should know that it is the most important meal of the day for children (and adults!)
Often times, however, it is one of the most skipped-over meals of the day.
Why Does Low Blood Sugar Matter?
It’s all about the blood glucose!
When the body goes for 10 to 14 hours overnight without eating, then the hypoglycemia effect, commonly known as low blood sugar, can occur if breakfast is skipped.
Blood sugar drops due to fasting, causing the child to experience fatigue and to crave something sweet to give energy to overcome the fatigue.
This effect is called “hypoglycemia” and can cause a variety of issues including gastrointestinal disturbances such as digestive issues and acidosis.
Too much acidosis can create an acidic environment in the blood which encourages overgrowth of:
- Other pathogens
When these pathogens thrive, it can eventually lead to unhealthy and poorly oxygenated cells.
Children who go to school without eating breakfast create the perfect situation for hypoglycemia to take place.
Low blood sugar decreases cognitive ability as well as focus and concentration levels and may cause your child to be irritable and cranky.
The brain requires blood sugar to operate.
If blood sugar is too low, the brain gets top priority for blood sugar, and other systems in the body will begin to shut down, leading to headaches, crankiness, light-headedness, feeling overheated and feeling shaky.
Chronic low blood sugar can lead to adrenal exhaustion, which causes increased fear and anxiety, poor coping skills and negatively affects a child’s sleep patterns.
Children with seizures risk a drop in glucose in the brain when low blood sugar occurs, possibly triggering a seizure.
Low blood sugar also manifests as anger, causing aggressive behaviors in children with neurological conditions such as depression, bipolar, autism and addictions.
Low blood sugar can also trigger mood swings, high anxiety, non compliance, meltdowns, irritability, acid indigestion and uncontrollable anger.
So breakfast is important!
Stopping the Hypoglycemia Effect
The hypoglycemia effect can be stabilized with diet.
Feed the sugar cravings with protein instead of feeding the cravings with sugar and carbohydrates.
Protein stops the vicious cycle of blood sugar dropping.
Sugar and carbohydrates continue the vicious cycle of the low blood sugar that creates a false sugar energy high, which eventually drops when the blood sugar lowers down, causing fatigue with anxiety, fear and irratibility.
The first step is to remove all refined white simple sugars and carbohydrates.
Eliminate all chemical preservatives, dyes, and hidden sugars.
Create breakfast meals preferably with organic complex carbohydrates, fruits, berries, vegetables and lots of protein sources.
Have your child eat more frequent small meals which include plenty of protein sources to help give your children a feeling of strength, well-being, brain power, calmness and stability.
Kids are usually running out the door to catch a bus or having that last minute rush to finish their homework.
Protein shakes are great in the morning for that rushed start.
If your child is sensitive to dairy then try egg-white, pea or vegan protein shakes; otherwise try whey protein shakes.
Make sure the shakes are clean with no chemical preservatives and are sweetened with stevia or xylitol, natural rainforest sweeteners that don’t increase yeast.
Also make sure the carbohydrates are only one to two grams per serving.
Other options are the old-fashion egg nog or your child’s favorite organic fruit smoothie with protein powder.
Add nut and grain milks such as almond, coconut and cashew to make tasty nutritious protein drinks as well.
If your child has very low muscle tone, leaky gut syndrome and other digestive and absorption difficulties try adding predigestive protein (such as Nutricology Arthred Collagen Formula) to your child’s shake to make sure protein is being absorbed by your child.
It’s Complex Carbs, Not Simple
If your morning is not so rushed, eggs, turkey bacon, bean burritos, last night’s leftovers of fish, sausages, chicken or hamburger can all be good in the morning for breakfast.
Choose complex carbohydrates such as quinoa, amaranth, and millet cereals, breads or pasta which are all high in protein.
Ezekiel sprouted grain bread, gluten-free breads, and gluten and casein free waffles all taste great with nut butter spreads such as almond, cashew and even seed butters (avoid peanut butter which is high in yeast and often allergenic).
Spirulina is the seaweed with the highest amount of protein and is very alkalizing.
It can go in fruit or vegetable juices or taken in a capsule to increase protein and brain power.
Don’t Forget the Fats
Good quality fats are extremely important for breakfast.
Flax seeds, hemp seeds, cod liver oil, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts, coconut kefir yogurts and coconut products are all healthy breakfast additions.
Avocados, grass-fed organic butter and ghee for those who are gluten and casein free are all good fats in the morning as well.
Clean protein bars with stevia or xylitol sweeteners and 10 to 20 grams of protein or nuts and seed bars are also a great protein snacks for children mid-morning at school.
So What’s for Breakfast?
High protein foods, good quality fats, complex carbohydrates and fruits and vegetables are all good breakfast foods for the developing brain that keep the hypoglycemic effect in check, calming down anxiety and controlling negative behaviors.
Dietary tips for your child’s breakfast:
- Use Ceylon cinnamon freely in shakes or wherever possible because it helps regulate blood sugar.
- Avoid refined carbohydrates, trans-fatty acids and simple sugars.
- Substitute sugar with xylitol or stevia– no refined sugar, white flour, white rice or white bread.
- Eat protein for breakfast to start the day; eat small meals throughout the day
- Feed the sugar drop with protein, not sugar or carbohydrates, which convert into sugar.
- Make time for breakfast!