Skipping breakfast brings aches to your stomach and your head. “Changes in your blood sugar within your body are partly to blame, but there’s also a more complex interaction going on,” says Dr. Lay. Upon waking up, your eyes’ retinas sense daylight, or the brightness of your bedroom’s light bulb. They send a message to your brain telling it to rev up your body’s hunger drive. “People who skip breakfast often start the day feeling sluggish and more headachy,” says Lay.
The fix: “Within the first hour of waking eat a good protein breakfast,” says Dr. Lay. “Breakfast doesn’t mean three hours later when you get to the office. Breakfast means that you ‘break the fast’ of the night.” A nutritious breakfast featuring a balance of protein and carbohydrates will kick-start your body’s energy and help keep headaches at bay.