Now here’s a thing. My time has been all up in the air recently, and the first thing that always suffers in my life is that thing called “breakfast.” It’s that alien word that has spent most of my life being sent to Coventry, as it’s one thing I’ve very rarely had time for in my life. For the past couple of years, I’ve tried to add some sort of brekkie in the morning, but true to type, as things get more busy, breakfast for me, goes out the window.
Now I hear from all sorts of people that breakfast is a must, it’s a metabolism kick-starter, or it stops us being hungry, which by the way, is one of the most silly things I’ve heard. For one, eating breakfast actually makes me hungry later in the day, but no breakfast = no hunger at all for me. Do I want food, yes, but am I hungry – no.
I now also know the difference between hunger and wanting to eat now. That has been alien to me my whole life. I’ve gone day, and I mean days, at some points in my life, eating only an apple or two a day, but didn’t actually experience hunger as such. Some food cravings yes, but no physical discomfort. For me, it was all a mental thing.
Perhaps my metabolism has been out of whack my whole life, and yes, I can lose weight now my diabetes and badly behaved thyroid are behaving themselves, but sometimes, I do actually feel some discomfort when my body needs food nowadays. Note that I didn’t say “wants food,” but rather “needs food.”
The fact I now know what this feels like, and have never, ever felt it before, tells me that my thyroid has probably not worked properly, for the whole of my adult life.
This being said, I only feel that kind of hunger in a day, where I’ve kickstarted eating already. If I haven’t eaten, the discomfort of needing food just doesn’t come quickly at all, but if I eat a bite or two, a couple of hours later, I need some food.
I’ve come to my own conclusions over the last couple of years.
Not Eating Breakfast Doesn’t Stop Weight Loss
To all those naysayers, who are adamant that breakfast is the holy grail of weight loss, with a calorie deficit, you are most certainly completely wrong. Timing of food isn’t that important in my view, as long as we eat balanced meals throughout the day. I’m sure my body doesn’t care if its first meal is 7am, 10am or lunchtime? I prefer to begin my eating day from at least 10am, and lunchtime onwards if possible. I eat fewer calories over a day that way.
It’s all about doing what works for us. For some of you, breakfast could be the biggest meal of your day, and you eat little in the evenings. I like to do things the other way around. I eat little during the day, and most of my calories are consumed from evening meal onwards.
I’m not hungry in the morning, so I don’t want to eat when I don’t need to. I do, however, finally know, at my age, what people mean when they say the world is only three meals away from anarchy, ie empty bellies for the masses will cause devastation for the world. I really didn’t know what that type of hunger felt like for my first few decades of life.
Arguments For Breakfast
Kick-start the day, and get in vitamins and minerals.
I can’t argue with this one. Eating can kick-start the day, and it does give us vitamins and minerals for the day. I just prefer to have them later 🙂
Stops mid morning snacking.
Um, not if you’re anything like me. I eat breakfast, and a couple of hours later, I’m ravenous. I eat more calories in a day when I eat breakfast.
Cereal is a good breakfast.
Have we all actually read the sides of cereal packets? Honestly, I think a chocolate bar would be healthier than some cereal brands. It pays to read the nutritional labels to know what you’re getting, or what your kids are eating. Many are full of sugar and have very little fibre. Take a look at Ricicles and Frosties, or Coco Pops and decide for yourselves. It’s easy to get the kids to eat them, but I doubt they should be a daily thing for anyone.
Bacon and Eggs are a good breakfast.
Once upon a time, I’d have said I disagree with this, but in comparison to cereal, then yes, it’s a great breakfast when bacon is grilled and eggs are poached.
To Breakfast or Not?
As much as the people who’ve tried to convince me over the years are concerned, I’m still ignoring most of you, unless I’m going for a run, or need to concentrate for a long period of time, where I’ll have something to eat earlier than usual. What we eat in a day has more effect that the time we eat it, so sorry to all of those who keep pressing breakfast on me, as it’s just never going to be a 365 days of the year thing.
And just in case you do like breakfast, here’s a recipe for Mango Frozen Yoghurt.