"But I can't/don't eat breakfast. I just have coffee and then get something to eat later on..........."
I suspect that, whilst the majority of us know that breakfast is heralded as the most important meal of the day, that many of us skip it?
I know that getting three kids ready for school each morning, in conjunction with my own early morning exercise routine, alongside getting lunchboxes ready, slapping a load of washing on, as well as trying to remember to get the meat out of the freezer for tea, that breakfast for myself is often the very last thing on my morning "things to do" list.
Plus, I am an ex-smoker. For over 25 years, my "breakfast" was strong coffee and a couple of cigarettes. That was all I needed, and all I wanted.
And before I ever lost any weight, when I was snacking a lot late at night, I was simply never hungry in the mornings for breakfast.
It's habit, pure and simple. Easting breakfast is a habit. One that we have as kids, and insist upon for our children, but often relinquish as adults?
So to all those that struggle with the idea of breakfast, I empathise, I really do.
But......the benefits of breakfast are so positive:
- Eating breakfast makes you feel better. It gives you energy. It makes you feel awake and gives you vitality.
- A healthy breakfast makes your brain work better, no matter how old you are. Simple as that. We all know that kids do better at school if they eat a decent brekky. Same for grown ups.
- Breakfast sets you up for the rest of the day. If you eat well and healthily at breakfast, chances are you will continue a healthy eating pattern for the rest of the day.
- Eating breakfast fires your metabolism. Imagine your metabolism as a fire. Overnight it is dormant embers. In order to relight the fire, you need to give it some fuel, to get it burning again. Breakfast is this fuel. Otherwise your metabolism just is sluggish all day and you will never burn off calories.
I remember how reticent I was to ever start having brekky.
1. I don't have time: Set the alarm 10 minutes earlier. If you are making brekky for kids, just give yourself the exact same brekky. At the very least, grab a piece of fruit and eat it in the car.
2. I am just not hungry at breakfast time: look, I am not suggesting you eat a four course hotel buffet breakfast. A piece of fruit or a yogurt will do. Just try it for a few days, gag it down for a few days if you have to. I am willing to bet your body appreciates and comes to expect it really quickly. And in a few days you will be hungry for brekky and you'll enjoy it.
3. But if I eat brekky I find I get hungry earlier in the day - this means I am ending up eating more calories than if I skipped brekky? Maybe. You will get hungrier earlier. Because your body and its metabolism is firing properly. Your body is efficiently using the energy you're giving it. If you eat a healthy, breakfast, chances are your body will want a healthy morning tea. And then a healthy lunch. Hey. All these healthy meals. How good is that. (But if you had skipped brekky, what are the chances you'd have been so hungry by 10am that you ate high calorie high sugar high fat food like a doughnut? Or an early fast food lunch?)
I could go on and on and on about the need for low GI and protein packed perfect breakfasts.
I am tempted to.
But I won't.
Let's not worry about forcing ourselves to eat a perfect balanced breakfast every day. Let's go easy on ourselves and just eat something healthy for brekky:
A bowl of cereal? Find one you like that is high in fibre and low in sugar and you'll be on the right track. (Goddess knows, there is enough choice in the cereal aisle. Sultana Bran is still the one I come back to, time and time again.)
A yogurt? (I avoid diet ones - I am not a fan of the chemicals used as artificial sweeteners)
A banana? An apple?
A slice of toast? (No butter, with honey or marmalade or peanut butter.)
Cut fruit? (This is how I started persuading my body to eat breakfast. A small amount of cut strawberries or watermelon. It was all I could face. Still love it now.)
A milk shake or a smoothie? I often make up a protein shake. Mine is choc full of fibre (I use psyllium husk) and a banana. This keeps me going all morning, very well.
A small carton of Up and Go? (Or similar?) (I sometimes stop at the servo for one of these if I am desperate.)
A cereal bar?
So now that?
Just eat some nice breakfast every day. Do it, do it for yourself.
Tell me if you are a brekky fan or not?
What are your best and easiest and quickest and healthiest breakfasts?