This last week as been a learning experience for sure. If you haven’t been following along I have been taking part in the Kellogg’s Breakfasts for Better Days Challenge. As part of the challenge I skipped breakfast every day for 4 days this week, if you missed them here is the link to day 1, day 2, day 3 and day 4. And boy was this challenge harder then I expected. Everyone hears “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” but this week by not having breakfast my understanding of just how critical breakfast is has gone to a whole new level. Fatigue, nausea, stomach cramps, stomach grumbles, not being able to focus, poor memory, and mood swings are all things I have experienced in the last week. While I may feel these ailments occasionally at other times, the frequency and severity really knocked me on my butt with this challenge. If we look at the facts around childhood hunger in Canada there are many that make me stop and take pause:
- 1 in 7 Canadian children go to school without breakfast
- Children who are hungry are 92% less likely to participate in class, and 60% are frequently disruptive
- Students who are hungry lose 104 minutes of learning each day, that adds up to 3 months of lost education every year
- 97% of teachers working at a school with a Breakfast Club report seeing a positive impact on students
Today was Day 5 of the challenge, and I was able to enjoy breakfast with my boys this morning and it was wonderful. My mood was better, I had more patience and my focus and concentration were a million times better then they had been for the last 4 days. Kellogg’s Canada is partnering with Breakfast Clubs across Canada to give better days to kids that need it. They will be donating a portion of the proceeds of every box of cereal to its partners across the country (up to $100,000). Globally they are working to provide 1 billion servings of cereal and snacks to children around the world by the end of 2016.
So remember this week as we prepare to send our kids back to school, talk to them about the importance of starting the day off right with breakfast. And lead by example, take time to have breakfast in the morning yourself too!
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Kelloggs. All opinions are strictly my own.