I have been told for the majority of my life that ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’. My parents told it me all the time when I was younger and I often didn’t want breakfast – usually to have some more TV time or something. But is it really the most important meal of the day?
Now I’ve been alive for a little over 11,500 days. Now quite a few of those days I was a baby, not eating food for breakfast etc, but we can safely say the vastt majority of those days I have eaten breakfast. I’d say that commenting on how I feel through the morning if I have had or have not had breakfast could make me an expert – just like those of you who are older than me, or those who are younger but are reading this (I doubt kids are reading me drone on about weight and cycling). Now I can’t and will not comment on how other people feel, I can only and will only comment on how I feel.
Breakfast isn’t something I always have. Most of the time I do, sometimes I do not. It all depends on how I feel when I wake up in the morning or if I have woke up with enough time to grab something before going about my business. But it is safe to say the most of the time I have breakfast.
Usually if I go without breakfast my day can go very differently compared to days I do have breakfast. Usually without something in a morning I feel less energetic (obvious you might say), but this goes on all day. I don’t suddenly pick up after lunch when I’ve eaten, it feels for me like the whole day drags. We all know what it’s like for a day to really drag when you’re at work, it’s not nice. Also, when I do get to lunch I can quite often feel the need to binge eat. This is where I eat more than I need to, likely because I feel deprived from missing that most important meal of the day. I then snack throught he afternoon and eat my evening meal later on.
Making sure I eat breakfast turns my day around completely. It doesn’t deel it drags, often it feels it goes too quick and there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that needs doing. I snack a lot less, even in the afternoon when I’ve eaten something early on. I don’t binge at lunch, instead I just eat whatever it is I’ve planned for lunch. I’m also a happier person around others – this is key as I work with a lot of people and lets face it, no one likes a grumpy colleague.
So, breakfast for me is rather important, maybe the most important meal of the day – who knows? But this is why I make sure I have breakfast when I can. I don’t often have breakfast before heading into work though, I often have it at work due to my earlier starts. This isn’t always an issue as we have things at work like microwaves and fridges, so some hot and cold stuff is doable. But we also have a small canteen that serves things like breakfast cobs and cereals (if i fancy paying). Cereals are often a favourite of mine as I can take them to work in a tuppaware bowl and just add milk at work. I have the fortune of being able to eat at my desk – my company isn’t as strict with food/drink in the office as some others may be.
A common discussion at my Slimming World group is people who often miss breakfast and they struggle with ‘on the go’ requirements. Most of the time these people are nurses, or carers or some kind of job that requires you to be on your feet all the time with little chance of a break. Again I’m fortunate as I sit my fat bum behind a desk all day. But I do often feel for thsoe who eally struggle for morning meals. If it was me who was in a job where I couldn’t find it easy enough to eat breakfast most days – I’d be unbareably misserable.
Heading away from Slimming World and into cycling, I read around the Internet of people using a ‘fasting ride’ in a morning to loose that bit more weight. Heading out on the bike for a short, hard ride before having breakfast when they get back. I envy these people if it really does help loose a bit more weight. I could only wish of getting up a hour or so earlier to hit the tarmac, especially around this time of year going into winter. There is nothing I like more than a nice cosy, warm bed in a morning before the kids get me up. Maybe it would be an idea to give it ago, at least a couple of times through right? Surely it can’t be a myth that a few small fasting rides help loose that bit more weight? Some keen cyclinst reading this post may comment and tell me to just get out and ride (if you’re still reading by this point) and feel the benefits of a little exercise to get the metabolism going instead of food.