I really do love breakfast. In a perfect world, I would have an omelet, fresh fruit and an English muffin with apricot jam. Unfortunately, like most people, I don’t live in that world. I do, however, know the benefits of having something for breakfast. My day gets a kick-start, my system gets its wake up call and my metabolism is ready to work for the day.
Yet despite all my good intentions, sometimes the morning slips away from me and I know I’ve set myself up for failure for the rest of the day. Around 10:00 or so, I need a nap and I’m kind of grumpy. So (since I think I’ve waited too long for breakfast) I just wait for lunchtime to roll around and then make poor choices for my meal. At that point, I want fat and carbohydrates to feed my food cravings and then again…I’m lethargic in the afternoon. My evening meal gets pushed back since I’m still stuffed from lunch and, as a result, I’m not very hungry the next morning. So it’s a catch 22.
I’ve learned that I have a narrow window of opportunity for my first meal of the day (and it’s really true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day). When I first walk into the kitchen, I need to have my meal already planned out. Yogurt, cereal, eggs and whole grain toast, etc. I find I’m hungry the rest of the day but I want smaller meals and make healthier food choices than I would otherwise have made from skipping breakfast.
I’m working to rid myself of the excuses everyone uses to skip breakfast: I can’t eat early in the morning, I don’t have time or that I’m limiting calories by skipping a meal (possibly the worst excuse of all). First of all, I can always have a little something early and then a snack mid-morning. As far as time, seriously, how long does it take to scramble an egg and make toast? And limiting calories…no one ever loses weight by skipping meals unless they’re on a hunger strike!
Breakfast should be at the top of everyone’s to-do list for the day. It’s all about the planning!
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