We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we’ve all done an eye roll to that comment, whether it was said by a friend, parent, colleague, sibling or teacher. Most of us have probably heard it hundreds of times. It’s not said to annoy us, or tell us something we don’t already know, but to remind us that it is, in fact, important!
And what is our reaction?
1. I don’t have enough time to make breakfast.
2. I’m not hungry in the morning right when I wake up.
3. That’s just not true, show me the evidence.
4. Finding healthy breakfast options is hard.
Ring a bell? I used to think the same thing, and therefore, I rarely ate breakfast. When I was in college, unless I didn’t have class that morning, or it was the weekend and brunch was being served at the dining hall, the closest I came to breakfast was grabbing a bagel, loaded with cream cheese, at the college cafe, while sprinting to class.
When I graduated college in 2014, and started focusing more on my health, I began chipping away at the common reactions.
#1 Tip: MAKE TIME. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate, extravagant breakfast. It can be as simple as a banana and a piece of whole wheat toast, or pre-made egg cups you can heat up in the office when you get to work, or an apple and a yogurt. Time shouldn’t prevent you from helping to fuel your body. We make time for the things we prioritize as important, and our health should be one of those things.
I’m not hungry first thing in the morning.
If you do not put any food in your body until 11 or 12 o’clock, your body will remain in the ‘resting state’ it is in when you’re sleeping. You don’t have to eat something right as you pop out of bed, but it’s good to eat something within the first hour of waking up, so that your body literally wakes up and knows it’s time to get moving, especially your metabolism! If you’re not eating until lunchtime, your body will think it’s still resting, and won’t process and digest food as effectively.
Breakfast doesn’t have to include a big meal, it can be something small and simple. On days when I’m not feeling as hungry when I wake up (don’t get me wrong, I’m usually always hungry), I will grab a banana on my way out the door and that will be just the right amount to get my day going on a good foot!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
All of the food we put into our body plays an important roll in our overall health, but breakfast is what gets the ball rolling. Breakfast helps give our body the energy to keep on moving; to say to the rest of our body that it’s time to work! Similar to what I talked about when it comes to being hungry in the morning, breakfast sets the tone for the day. If we don’t have breakfast, our body’s whole routine gets thrown off. Our metabolism isn’t working as efficiently, our mind may be less focused and when we do end up eating, the body is more likely to store some of that food as fat because of the resting state it has been in for so long.
Finding healthy breakfast options.
The good news is, restaurants and breakfast spots are beginning to add healthier options to their menus. So if you’re a person that likes to stop for a cup of coffee in the morning, chances are you can find a healthy option. For example, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts both offer an egg white sandwich with turkey bacon or spinach. Those are good options when you are looking to grab something quick on the way to work or when you’re in the airport traveling.
Other options can be prepping some things ahead of time like breakfast egg cups that you can heat up at work, or homemade breakfast bars. Pinterest is my go to for easy breakfast options you can make at home with simple, inexpensive ingredients. You can also pop a whole wheat English muffin in the toaster while you’re drying your hair and grab it on your way out the door.
We can find just about anything if we are determined to. We can also give an excuse. Think about and evaluate what you prioritize on a daily basis. If breakfast is not one of those priorities, let’s talk about it, because your health deserves to be your #1 priority, and a healthy breakfast is one of the best things you can do for your health.