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“I dare you!” my brother challenged me with the irresistible words that no younger sister could ignore. “I bet you can’t do it! I’ll give you $5 if you do it!”
There was no longer a choice. The dare was that I couldn’t eat five bowls of Cocoa Krispies for breakfast. While we both loved Cocoa Krispies with an overwhelming passion, my brother couldn’t believe that any person could stomach more than two bowls of it. Especially not his little sister.
Five heaping bowls later, I was triumphant, and a little bit sick. At least I was $5 richer.
I still love breakfast, but I no longer eat Cocoa Krispies. And, I stop at one serving of cereal in the morning.
Like many of my fellow registrants on the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), I cannot start my morning without “breaking the fast”. In fact, researchers Wing and Hill wrote an article for the American Society for Clinical Nutrition in 2005 that indicated that 78% of NWCR registrants report eating breakfast every day of the week. Also, Dr. Mark Hyman is a big proponent of eating breakfast every day, especially one with healthy fats.
I’m sure you’ve heard it all before. “Eat like a prince for breakfast, and a pauper for dinner”. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.
My own family strongly believed in the power of breakfast, and always had milk, cereal, eggs, bread, and potatoes on hand for those purposes. Breakfast for dinner (AKA brinner) was a special treat we would indulge in from time to time. Like many Americans, we are fond of our morning meals.
Once in awhile, though, I encounter that rare anomaly- a person who skips breakfast. How is that even possible? How can a person go without any sort of sustenance from night to afternoon the next day? I might be willing to understand those who prefer to sacrifice eating breakfast for the sake of catching more ZZZs, but it is ludicrous to believe that someone can enjoy their day on an empty stomach! Isn’t it?
I celebrated Thanksgiving this year with my husband’s family in Connecticut. They embody the idea of the breakfast skipper. They wake up in the morning, go about their daily routine, and don’t even consider food until at least noon. They were not even tempted when my husband and I cooked eggs for our breakfast. They might enjoy a cup of tea or a small glass of OJ, but didn’t even bat an eyelash at the wonderful amount of food sitting in their fridge.
Granted, this could be a cultural thing. My husband’s family is from India, where it is normal to eat little for breakfast and eat large amounts of food for both lunch and dinner. In essence, they eat two meals a day, with some eating a small snack in the late afternoon with their tea. Strangely enough, most of them still maintain a healthy size, despite having what I would consider an irregular eating schedule.
I get frustrated with regular breakfast skippers. If I don’t eat within one or two hours of waking up, I’m content to bite the heads off of anyone within range of my temper. If I don’t eat small amounts of food throughout the day, I feel unbalanced and irritated. In a clash of eating cultures, by the time my husband’s family is sitting down to the largest meal of their day at 9pm, I’m done eating for the day.
Here’s what I notice about those who eat less frequently throughout the day.
- They eat large amounts of food, and are more likely to eat several courses throughout the meal.
- They are sluggish afterwards. That’s just fine if you don’t finish your meal until 11pm. But, can you really eat a large lunch at noon, and be productive at work until 5?
- They get hangry. Hangry is a ferocious combination of “hungry” and “angry”. If you’ve ever witnessed a complete toddler meltdown in your local Target, then you know what hangry sounds like.
Can you “save” the bulk of your calories for the end of the day while ignoring the grumbling of your empty stomach? I know I can’t.
In the end, if you don’t want to eat in the morning, you won’t. If you have a weight loss goal, maybe it’s time to try.
You don’t have to eat five bowls of Cocoa Krispies like I did. But, grab a yogurt on the way to work, or add a piece of toast to that cup of coffee. Feel the difference in your energy and your mood. Break the habit of skipping breakfast, and see what you’ve been missing.
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