An average Jane on health and nutrition

On breakfast

Recently, I’ve been hungry. In the morning. Soon after waking up.

So *this* is why breakfast exists! Gotcha.

I always thought that maybe there were breakfast people and non-breakfast people. Non-breakfast people (like yours truly) just aren’t hungry when they get up. It’s cool, I’ll eat later when I’m hungry, probably a few hours into the workday. I’d heard for years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, etc. etc. but if you’re not hungry? I mean.. you shouldn’t eat just for the heck of it.. maybe I’m not a breakfast person. (Like how I’m not a “morning person” even though I’ll enjoy being up in the morning if I make myself.)

Then I decided to pay more serious attention to losing weight. I’d read several articles espousing the benefits of breakfast, and some questionable but often-repeated stats about breakfast-eaters weighing less, and finally I figured you know.. let’s give this whole breakfast thing a try.

I’d seen suggested breakfasts in any number of nutrition-related articles. Lean proteins, some veggies, carbs, juice. Hahaha.. yeah, right.

a) there’s no way in hell I’m getting up earlier to make myself that breakfast (see: not a morning person) and

b) there’s no way I even want to eat that much food in the morning.

So I started small. Oatmeal, maybe. A banana. I recently started making a batch of bran-related muffins on Sundays to grab throughout the workweek.

I would get up, get ready for work, and make myself eat something. “Kickstarting my metabolism”  is the phrase from the nutrition articles. This fit in nicely with not eating much. Well, I’m not hungry, but I’m kickstarting my metabolism. So just a bit of food. For the betterment of my health and rest of the day. Cuz it’s for my METABOLISM.

So for awhile I kickstarted my metabolism every morning, usually with a relatively plain and always easy-to-grab food item. It fit in okay with my better eating at lunch and dinner, so okay. Sure.

Some days, I literally didn’t want to eat anything. I’d take a bite of the banana and it didn’t feel like finishing it.. there was nothing wrong with the banana, I just wasn’t hungry and therefore the banana didn’t taste good. Usually in this instance, I’d take a few more bites in rapid succession and be done. Metabolism kickstarted.

And then, somewhere in there.. I started actually being hungry. I would wake up and start to get dressed, and my stomach would say, “umhi…having some food soon, right?”

Huh. Interesting.

This is undoubtedly the result of numerous factors, including ones biological that I am not properly educated in.. but the ones I’m sure of include the fact that I’m eating consistent, healthy dinners with an appropriate quantity and variety of food, that I’m working out regularly, and that I’m being pretty consistent with all meals and snacks. (Dinner was notated separately only because it’s the last meal before sleep, and if there’s too much of it, I think it spills over into not being hungry in the morning.)

So being a “breakfast person” can be a learned behavior? Seems like it. I literally can’t imagine not having something for breakfast now. I’ve moved up slightly from the single-item breakfast, but usually only by adding a handful of nuts or a glass of juice. I don’t think I’ll ever be the breakfast person who wakes up during the week and makes an egg-white and veggie scramble with ham, toast, and coffee before work. But I have recently been the person who’ll do an omelet on the weekend.  

Because apparently I’m a breakfast person.

– Julia



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