IS IT OKAY TO SKIP BREAKFAST?
Sometimes you skip breakfast simply because you don’t have time to eat. Other times, you skip breakfast because nothing really appeals to you. This is a common occurrence for many people across the country. But when you skip breakfast, you may find that you feel just fine. It begs the question: Is breakfast really that important? Do you need to eat breakfast? It depends. Most people can skip breakfast and be totally fine. They’ll make it to lunch without skipping a beat. It all comes down to how you feel. Some people need breakfast or they’ll have to deal with mood swings — often referred to as being “hangry” — caused by low blood sugar. A healthy breakfast can stabilize your mood, helping you feel more positive, energized, and focused throughout the morning. We can, however, bust the notion that breakfast is the “most important meal of the day.” This phrase was used to market breakfast cereal in the last century. In reality, it doesn’t mean anything. The most important meal of the day is whichever meal you get the most out of, whether it’s nutritional value, enjoyment, or both. Having a healthy, protein-rich breakfast does come with benefits, though. It gives you energy for the day and helps you avoid scrambling to find something to eat a couple hours later when IN HONOR OF THE 49TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY Participate in the Poudre River Trail-Athlon
hunger sets in. All too often, skipping breakfast (or having a carb- heavy breakfast) leads people to raid the vending machine or make unhealthy food choices they wouldn’t ordinarily make. Along these same lines, skipping breakfast may encourage you to eat more later in the day at lunch or dinner. You may think you’re saving calories, but over the course of a day, you can end up consuming more calories than if you had simply eaten breakfast. With so much research on the subject of breakfast, one thing is clear: You should eat when you feel hungry. You don’t have to live by the conventional wisdom of “three squares a day.” When you listen to your body, you’ll feel better for it!
When Ohio’s Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1952, it caused $1.5 million in damage to the city of Cleveland. Due to the city’s industrial revolution, oil and debris clogged the river, which caused it to ignite eight times! When the river went up in flames yet again in 1968, the situation gained national attention. The Cuyahoga became a poster child for early environmentalists. One of the early trailblazers, Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, had a plan to turn the then-grassroots campaign to save the environment into a mainstream movement. In 1969, he announced what would become the kickoff for the movement, an event he called “Earth Day.” Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated every single year, and nearly 40 years later, its purpose remains the same: to educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction
of millions of species, achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species and their habitats, and build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values. While there are several ways you can help preserve our planet in your own life, the city of Greeley, along with several generous sponsors, is hosting the Poudre River Trail- Athlon, a FREE fun-filled, nature-inspired event to help you honor Earth in the best locations throughout Greeley. The Trail-Athlon will take place on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will start at the Poudre Learning Center. There will be 10 outdoor activities for you to choose from, including a fun run, biking, wall climbing, bird-watching, archery, fishing, and several others! There will also
be prizes, booths, music, and refreshments. Go to PoudreTrail.org/news-events/ to register yourself and the kids for this amazing event — those who sign up by April 15 will receive a free T-shirt. When it comes to preserving our great planet and celebrating Earth Day, there is perhaps no better way to spend your day than participating in the Trail-Athlon and enjoying the great outdoors. Hope to see you there!
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