14 Jul 2011
During college I practiced what most nutritionists might call “a terribly ugly and horrific eating plan.” My nutrition was garbage. Like a lot of students I’d be out until the wee hours of the morning and by the time I woke up the next day, I barely had enough time to put pants on, let alone enough prepare and eat a healthy breakfast before I had to be to my first class.
The benefits of eating a healthy breakfast are many:
- Breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism
- Breakfast helps curb cravings
- Breakfast will help you focus throughout the day
- Breakfast can be an opportunity to build family relationships
- Breakfast can help you lose weight
- Breakfast makes you more awesome
Most of us understand how eating a healthy breakfast can help us feel better, lose weight, and improve focus, but that doesn’t mean we magically have the time to make breakfast a habit. As much as some of us love our sleep, we almost have to force feed ourselves that first meal of the day. It can be a hassle for sure.
Going back to my college days, I understood all of the benefits of breakfast, but I hadn’t experienced them for myself yet. I wanted to keep my weight in check so I could improve my chances with the ladies, so I started working out in the morning before classes. That meant that I was actually getting even less sleep than before. I’d run straight from the gym, shower, and then grab my things and head to class, never eating a morsel in the process. I’d go to my classes and it was all I could do to stay awake. There were plenty of occasions when Biology became a mandatory AM nap.
Of course the grades started to slip and I knew I had to change something and change it quick. I was talking with a friend about the complete lack of energy even though I was exercising and eating pretty well. During the chat he asked me what I ate for breakfast on any given day. My response was “uhhhhh…”
It finally clicked. I realized that the first small change I needed to make to boost my energy was to simply eat breakfast. I started simple by eating a bowl of cereal every day. Nowadays, even though cereal is still my go-to breakfast, I like cooking new and exciting things. I never spend more than 10 minutes prepping a breakfast because time is still pretty tight, but I like to try new things when I get a chance.
The change it made in me was night and day. I was so much more alert in class. My nutrition at other meals was a lot more on point, and I found that I actually enjoyed the time just sitting and not thinking about anything before I headed to campus to rack my brain for the rest of the day. Even now, nearly ten years later, I still won’t miss the first meal of the day.
Whether you use breakfast to lose weight, boost your energy, spend time with family, or even just get your mind off the hustle and bustle, be sure you know what your purpose is for making breakfast a priority. Understanding your purpose behind eating breakfast will help you make it part of your every day life.
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