Time for Breakfast

It’s Tuesday, so  I talk about healthy, green living. I’m going to be focusing on the healthy part today, namely eating a good breakfast.

I used to be an every day, no matter what, breakfast eater.  I didn’t eat a big breakfast, usually cold cereal and orange juice, but I ate it.  Then I had three kids.  And I had to get them fed, dressed, hair brushed, teeth brushed, pottied, and to school in the morning.   There just wasn’t time for me to eat breakfast. I was hungry, but not starving, so I stopped and just ate something around ten during snack time.

Then I read Skinny Bitch.  It’s a book that does promote a vegan lifestyle, but also talks about healthy eating in general (like avoiding sugar and soda).  One of the things they talk about is breakfast.  They’re advice is to just eat fruit in the morning, a veggie filled lunch (like salad), and a big dinner.  The theory is that when your GI tract is empty in the morning, it absorbs nutrients more easily.  So you should give your body high nutrient, easily digestible foods, like fruit, first thing in the morning and hit it with harder to digest foods, like protein, at the end of the day.  They said to give it a few weeks for your body to adjust.

That made sense to me, plus I could easily grab a banana or an apple in the morning while I ran around like a crazy woman.  So I tried it, and I thought it seemed to be working.  I wasn’t hungry, I seemed to have energy, and I was getting something for breakfast.  So I was happy.

Until last week. Sammy had me make oatmeal in the morning, but then decided she didn’t want it.  That happens often.  What doesn’t happen often is she told me before I poured milk in it.  That meant, I could eat it.  Also, I was really hungry and had a few extra minutes somehow. I added some cinnamon and hemp seeds and ate it.

Wow! I’m not a huge oatmeal fan, but I am a huge fan of all the energy it gave me.  I noticed right away I wasn’t at all hungry, I had tons of energy, and I was in a better mood all day. All from a bowl of oatmeal. I kept eating oatmeal all week long, and I felt so much better.

So, lesson learned.  Breakfast, and a hearty one, is the most important meal of the day, at least for me.

Do you eat breakfast? Do you notice a difference in your energy or mood if you skip it?


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  1. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    Twitter: kristinglas
    says:

    I knew about breakfast and it’s energy giving properties. I didn’t go with muesli for nothing. ;)
    That said, I have been really lazy about getting enough to eat at breakfast.

    • Jessica Anne says:

      I thought you’d agree with this post. :) I have to admit, I kind of thought anything was better than nothing. Not true. I will be making sure to get my museli in from now on.

  2. Moomser
    Twitter: moomser
    says:

    Breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day! Though starting this week I’m giving up wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, sugar and two more things I never remember (have the list on my fridge as a reminder) for a minimum of two weeks, and ideally I’ll be able to keep this up for two months (but starting out with baby steps!) so I’m really going to miss my breakfasts!!! It’s actually the hardest meal for me to figure out now that I took away all my breakfast staples, that and my before bed snacking, I already really miss that!
    Will actually go back now and read all your old vegan posts, looking for inspiration!

  3. AZLB
    Twitter: azlb
    says:

    I love breakfast….and I find that when I have it then it usually lighter eating for the rest of the day…but I must admit during the week sometimes I just get coffee in the morning and that has to last me to lunch :(

    • Jessica Anne says:

      I definitely am eating lighter the rest of the day and my energy isn’t gone at 4 pm. I definitely understand not having time for breakfast.