I know so many people who do not eat breakfast and I can’t fathom how they make it through their day. For me, when I skip breakfast, I am the worst person to be around, that’s any meal actually. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day because it is what starts my day. I always look forward to breakfast, so when people tell me they don’t eat breakfast or they hate breakfast food, my first thought is, “What are you eating?”
I grew up eating pancakes or waffles, buttermilk biscuits, eggs, sausage, bacon and grits for breakfast. I couldn’t wait until Saturday and Sunday mornings when my mom would cook and then when I was old enough to cook, I started making breakfast for the family. After eating this large, greasy, fattening, dead soul breakfast, it left me tired and lazy, many times on the toilet too. But I still continued to eat it.
As I got older, I grew out of the “traditional” breakfast and started eating sugary cereal, pop tarts and toaster strudels, mainly due to being short on time. It wasn’t the best of breakfasts, but I made sure I ate it. What many people don’t know is that skipping breakfast slows your metabolism. If you break the word “breakfast” down, it means “to break fast.” You are fasting when you are sleep and need to break it when you wake up. When your wait until lunch to eat your first meal, you are starving your body.
When skipping breakfast, you may or may not have noticed that when you do finally eat, it is a larger meal than usual and you tend to snack on junk food more. When you skip meals, you tend to add more body fat because you are eating fewer large meals instead of frequent small meals. What’s happening is you are packing in more calories at one time, that you aren’t burning off as quickly as you would when eating smaller meals.
Moving on to types of breakfasts, you should consider stepping away from the sausage, bacon, buttermilk biscuits and other traditional breakfast foods, including the sugary cereals. Breakfast is important to maintaining a healthy body weight and even losing weight depending on what you are eating. Here are a few things to consider eating for breakfast:
2. Oatmeal (plain and then add favorite, healthy toppings)
3. Fresh made orange juice instead of coffee
4. Homemade granola bars
5. Organic low sugar cereal
6. Nondairy yogurt with granola
These are just a few, but you get the idea. Now, as for time, I would suggest going to bed earlier so you can wake up an extra 15-20 minutes early. You should be going to sleep at a decent hour anyway, but I will talk about that in my next post.
Here’s a video on how I turn my oatmeal recipe into a pancake recipe (can also use for waffles).