Breakfast is overrated
So in my opinion breakfast is NOT the most important meal of the day, especially as we know it.
The worst thing you could do is force down breakfast if you aren’t hungry. The worst thing you could do is start your morning with simple sugars, a ton of carbs and gluten.
Am I saying you should skip breakfast? Yea if you want.
I’m just saying breakfast isn’t the be all and end all of meals especially as we are advised to eat by conventional wisdom.
So should you skip breakfast? And if you do eat it, what should you eat?
So I skip breakfast except on the weekends. I mostly skip it because I’m not usually hungry until about lunch time. I also skip it because it feels super unnatural to force down food at 4:30 a.m. Also, I feel too lazy most of the time to prepare breakfast food for the next day.
AND I’ve also never been a big fan of breakfast food. I love the occasional pancake binge, but other than that I’ve never LOVED breakfast.
So I only eat it on the weekends. And then I make omelets or scrambles or even some almond butter protein pancakes. I eat breakfast when I can actually sit down and enjoy it.
BUT if you are a breakfast fan or just feel like you don’t function as well if you don’t eat something in the morning, you do have options (even if none of them are cereal!).
You can make hard-boiled eggs, omelets, scrambles, hashes, protein (no gluten) pancakes. You can make steak and eggs, bacon and eggs, veggies and eggs. You can have nuts, and smoothies (delicious with frozen berries, protein and kefir!).
There is so much out there you can eat so STOP FOCUSING ON THE FOODS YOU CAN’T EAT! Shoot you can even have steak and bacon and some potatoes (if you eat them) for breakfast! Breakfast doesn’t have to be traditional breakfast food! It can be anything you love!
So once I’ve told clients they don’t HAVE to eat breakfast. And once I’ve told them all the good things they can eat that AREN’T carb-laden, they usually come back with, “But nothing is as easy to grab and go as cereal!”
Yes cereal is easy to grab and go, BUT if you make hard-boiled eggs (aka stick eggs in a pot of water for about 10ish minutes) on Sunday, you have breakfast for a few days! You can also make individual egg scrambles in the oven using a muffin tin (they can have veggies and bacon or anything else you want!). Or you can make the protein pancakes and store them in the refrigerator for breakfast or snack all week! Shoot you can even grab some macadamia nuts, fruits and some leftover meat that you made for another meal if you want! That is definitely an easy grab and go meal!
Yes most of these things do take some prep time, but they are easy to take with you once they are made and you can make enough for the entire week. PLUS THEY ARE GOOD FOR YOU!
Do you eat breakfast? And if so, what is your favorite dish!?!
Posted on June 25, 2012, in Conventional Wisdom - How I hate you, Diet, Uhm? and tagged almonds, bacon and eggs, Breakfast, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, eggs, fruit, hard boiled eggs, Importance of Breakfast, Nuts, pancakes, simple sugars, steak and eggs. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
I’ve been doing eggs for breakfast for awhile now… One whole plus one white, with cheese (current favorite parmesan). Quick & easy in the microwave, and easy to mix it up by adding veggies (spinach, yum!). Another favorite is plain greek yogurt (2%, because we’re not afraid of a little fat) with fruit, agave, or fig butter mixed in.
I am not a Primal eater, nor do I want to make that lifestyle change. But I read your blog with an open mind because I do feel strongly about heavy lifting. Breakfast is my favorite meal and probably my biggest meal every day. I usually eat 2 eggs, a vegetable, a fruit, and another fiber-rich carb. Definitely against what you believe in, but it works for me and keeps me full and feeling good until lunch on most days.
Hey I never say DON’T eat breakfast. I just say you don’t have to! 🙂 AND you prove my point about the fact that you CAN make a healthy nutritious breakfast and don’t need to cram down crap!
And my big thing is self-experimentation. If you’ve found something that works, stick with it! Primal works for me. Portion control works for my mom. Heck I’m sure vegetarianism even works for someone…ICK! haha (sorry if you are vegetarian!)