I’m glad the girls love eating early

Mo Farrah after missing out on a gold medal
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or so we’re told.

But is this statement really true, or does it fit into the category labelled old wives’ tales?

In today’s fast-paced world it’s so easy to simply grab a tea or coffee in the morning and wait until lunch to put some food in your belly. But in doing this are we creating more bad than good?

Well it seems the answer is yes. I typed into Google ‘why is breakfast important’ and was given so many websites with so many reasons why eating in the morning is beneficial that I’d take up this entire newspaper if I listed them all.

The main reasons are the obvious ones. Breakfast gives you energy and 25 per cent of your daily food intake should be in the morning.

It boosts your brain power and helps improve your concentration and memory.

And breakfast will stop you snacking before lunchtime and therefore is good for your waistline.

Breakfast literally means ‘break the fast’ as most people would not have eaten for around 10 to 12 hours. But for children, who tend to eat their evening meal earlier, this time can be even longer, making breakfast even more important to give them energy and kickstart their day.

But as reported in the newspapers recently, many children are missing breakfast and going to school on an empty stomach.

Research carried out revealed that one in seven children in the UK go to school without having breakfast every single day. There is also a rise in teachers reporting children arriving at school hungry.

When I was a child breakfast was really important, even if it was just a small bowl of cornflakes. If I didn’t start the day with some food there would be consequences.

I would get tired during the school day and remember on several occasions fighting to keep my eyes 
open, particularly during history lessons.

For this reason I make sure my children start the day with a good breakfast.

Not that I have to encourage them, with two-year-old Alyssa requesting porridge from the moment she 
wakes up and four-year-old Caitlin preferring toast and fruit to start her day.

My problem isn’t my children not eating their breakfast but the time in which they do so.

They seem to like to sit back and relax and really enjoy every mouthful.

I’m pleased they don’t take after their fast-eating daddy by gobbling down their breakfast and making it disappear like a magic trick.

But with the clock ticking and having to get Caitlin to school on time, I wish they’d eat a bit faster.