The Nutrition Guru, Tina Lond-Caulk’s goal is to help shape the health, wellbeing and self-esteem of current and future generations, through motivational workshops and talks in schools nationwide.
Tina explains why breakfast is such a necessary meal for our teens.
? The results of Leeds University meta-analysis of breakfast consumption showed consistent positive benefits on adolescent cognitive function, learning, concentration and academic outcomes.
? Children and teens often have a longer overnight fast, leaving them with low glucose stores on waking. Learning on empty stomach reduces their readiness to learn and academic outcome as most of the heavy academic curriculum is taught in the mornings, so having breakfast is critical.
? We know that over the course of the morning teenagers’ cognitive performance does decline in line with their blood sugar levels, so ideally a low GI nutrient rich breakfast including all food groups (protein, fats and complex carbohydrates) is ideal.
? Iron deficiency is common amongst teenagers (up to 40-50%) due to their period of rapid growth and development, this is the time in their lives with their highest need for nutrients. Breakfast provides an important source of iron and can help with cognition, brain function and memory.
? Evidence shows that breakfast consumption also leads to more physical activity, without breakfast studies show teenagers’ report feeling sluggish and an inability to concentrate. Breakfast eaters report improved mood, cheeriness and an improved ability to concentrate.
Simple breakfast ideas include;
* Eggs, wholegrain toast
* Wholegrain toast with nut butter
* Wholegrain low sugar cereal e.g. porridge with fresh fruit
* Overnight oats with fruit
* Full fat greek yoghurt (sugar free) with low sugar granola and fruit
* Smoothies with oats, nut butter and fruits (frozen works well too)
* Wherever possible encourage consumption of a handful of unsalted nuts and seeds with breakfast. These are a great source of essential fats, fibre and a powerhouse of slow-release nutrients.
Tina has now placed all her experience and feed back from working with students into her new book. This self-help manual will improve the wellbeing of teenagers and young adults, setting them up with improved health for the rest of their lives.
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15% of any royalties will be donated to Fare Share – the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger by tackling food waste. They save good food from going to waste and redistribute it to frontline charities.
Tina has worked as a qualified nutritionist for over 20 years, working with a number of high-profile medical practices in Harley Street and the world renowned Lanserhof Medical Clinic. She’s works with over 20,000 students a year and their feedback assures her they love the Food for Life workshops. Alongside her clinical work, she is the founder of the nationwide Food for Life programme; an education programme for schools.