Weighty Wednesday -- To Have or Have NOT, Breakfast, that is

Okay, what I'm about to tell you goes against everything you've heard for years, and what the media is brain-washing you into doing.

It's radical thinking, but I think y'all can handle the concept.

Let's start with the concept that I'm sure we all grew up believing. When we get up, we were told that we must eat a breakfast meal.

First let's break it down. The term breakfast is made from two words, break + fast. To break your fast from your previous meal. I don't know about you, but from the time I last ate until I get up in the morning, there isn't must fasting going on. Oh, there's a lack of eating, but nothing that would indicate a fast.

I'm certainly NOT HUNGRY when I wake up.

And for those of you who haven't had your morning cup o' Joe, I highlighted the key words in the previous sentence.

Now, let's break down the next word in the term breakfast meal. A meal indicates you should have products from all food groups. The last time I saw a commercial that advertised a balanced breakfast, the plate held an egg, bacon, bowl of fresh fruit, two slices of whole wheat toast with a pat of butter, a bowl of cereal AND a glass of orange juice.

Personally, I don't even want to think about how many calories, or Weight Watcher points, in THAT particular combination. I'd be busted for the rest of the day and hungry about three hours later.

Look at the commercial with the lady on the couch with her husband and her two taste 'buds' trying to get her to eat fattening donuts. She picks up a bowl of cereal and then appeases her 'buds'. Okay, fine, it's a commercial trying to get you to buy their cereal . . . but did you really look at the serving size of that bowl?? Easily 2-3 servings.

This is where it pays off knowing correct portions.

For over a century, companies have been trying to get you, the consumer, to buy their products, i. e. breakfast cereals. Yes, even I ate Lucky Charms as recently as last year, but when I started eating the marshmallows out of the box in the middle of the day, I knew it was time to get rid of the boxes!

Companies hire health gurus--not naming any names here, but keyword is 'oatmeal'--to push their products. If so-and-so eats it, it must be good for me.

For years I worried that I could pinch more than an inch, therefore I need to buy this other cereal product . . . for the record, I'm at my healthy weight and I can still pinch more than an inch.

Even farm families don't sit down to a big meal when they first get up. They have chores to do. Besides, if they ate when the first got up, who do you think would have to get up an hour earlier to start the biscuits?? Mom. And I don't think that's fair at all to poor old mom! The animals have to be fed, milked, and stalls mucked out. Once the chores are through, it's time for the humans to eat. By that time they've worked up a hunger because they've been burning calories.

So here's my radical thought:

If you wake up and you aren't hungry, DON'T EAT.

Yeah, crazy-talk I know.

And who says you have to eat breakfast immediately? Oh, yeah, "they" do.

And who says you have to eat oatmeal, yogurt, or a bowl of cereal? Oh, yeah, "they" do.

And who says you have to eat a meal for breakfast, other than your mom because she was brain-washed a long, long time ago? Oh, yeah, "they" tell you.

And who are "they"?

Paid endorsers, manufacturing companies, the government, etc.

All I'm saying is that you need to pay attention to the signals your body is giving you. If you're hungry, eat. But if you aren't hungry, wait to eat until you are hungry.

And just because you grew up eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast, it doesn't mean you have to now. Many times, I'll eat a banana for breakfast and be fine. Sometimes I'll eat a little 0% fat Greek yogurt with a touch of brown sugar Splenda. Or you could make a single egg omelet with veggies and a touch of cheese, or a smoothie made from skim milk and fruit/veg.

And many times my breakfast comes after I finish my morning walk and shower . . . at 9 or 10 o'clock in the morning. And I'm awake between 5:30 and 6:00 every day. Oh, I do have a morning cup of coffee with a touch of artificial sweetener, but I don't eat.

I don't eat because I'm not hungry.

This is one of America's biggest problems. We eat because it's 'time' to eat. We need to start to take cues from our bodies and not the clock on the wall, or the commercial on the TV.

And those are my radical thoughts for the day.

Later, Peeps!


Twisted Sister said...

Portion control is my biggest downfall.
Reading labels has been the best thing I've done...lately.

Marilyn said...

Ditto Twisted Sister. Right now I've stopped logging every bite I eat, but I still weigh and measure things because I've had the super-size portions drummed into me for so long.

Reading labels, too, since I'm trying to give up gluten and watch my sodium intake.

MAGolla said...

Meg--most portions that are served are scary big. Even measuring out your pretzels seems like overkill, but it does help.

Marilyn--I hate tracking all my food, which is why I stopped doing it, but there is a point to it. Weighing and measuring is also an excellent way to keep control of your portions.

Jody Werner said...

And as I'm sure you'll agree, part of the problem is that many people don't understand the difference between really being hungry and just craving food.

MAGolla said...

Jods--I also think many times I'll go trolling for food when I'm dehydrated and don't realize it!