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3 Reasons Why I Stopped Skipping Breakfast

March 22nd, 2018

photos by kristen kilpatrick (unless noted)

You guys know I’m ALL about the healthy morning habits. AM workout, meditation, supplements? Sign me up. But when it came to what many would consider the most important habit of them all (breakfast), I just wasn’t a believer. And I’m not alone: those who promote the health benefits of intermittent fasting frequently advise going for as long a stretch as possible between dinner the night before and the first meal of the day, and to be honest, I’m not really that hungry in the morning. In fact, I typically have a lot of energy during the morning hours when I have nothing but coffee. Occasionally, I’d blend up a smoothie after a workout, but my reasoning for skipping breakfast most days really boiled down to the fact that I figured I could skimp on calories in the morning, “saving” them for later in the day when my body felt much hungrier. And for all of you who are rolling your eyes right now, I HEAR YOU, but this is honestly just the way my mind works, you guys. Anyway, it seemed to be working fine… until it wasn’t anymore.

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  1. […] photos by kristen kilpatrick (unless noted) You guys know I’m ALL about the healthy morning habits. AM workout, meditation, supplements? Sign me up. But when it came to what many would consider the most important habit of them all (breakfast), I just wasn’t a believer. And I’m not alone: those who promote the health benefits of intermittent fasting frequently advise going for as long a stretch as possible between dinner the night before and the first meal of the day, and to be honest, I’m not really that hungry in the morning. In fact, I typically have a lot of energy during the morning hours when I have nothing but coffee. Occasionally, I’d blend up a smoothie after a workout, but my reasoning for skipping breakfast most days really boiled down to the fact that I figured I could skimp on calories in the morning, “saving” them for later in the day …see the slideshow here […]

  2. Olivia says:

    Hey Camille! Great post- I’ve recently discovered your blog and I thoroughly enjoy it!

    I’m currently dealing with this breakfast dilemma. I am not a breakfast person at all, and if I do have breakfast it’s only some apple or bell peppers. (I would even go Japanese style with a bit of fish, rice, and miso soup) I think it’s good to at least eat something to get your metabolism going. I feel very slowed down if I eat more than that for breakfast, and it in turn makes me hungrier throughout the day. Since December I’ve lost 15 solid pounds just by running 3-4 times a week and controlling my portions. Having a light breakfast makes my body not crave food constantly;I’ve kind of trained myself to not want to overeat. My lunches are nicely sized, yet my dinners are much smaller. If I eat a normal portion before bed, I wake up starving with a headache! I also make sure to drink a big glass of water with every meal. All in all, you’re right when you say it’s all about listening to what your body needs. If I do get hungry, I will not deprive myself. (I also ask myself if I am really hungry or just bored!)

    • This is such great feedback. I am totally with you when it comes to feeling more energetic with a breakfast on the lighter side. Last time I ate a big breakfast (waffles with syrup and a side of fruit) it felt like a sugar bomb that spiked me up and then left me wanting to take a nap the rest of the day! I need to get better about not eating when I’m bored… 😉 Thank you for sharing, Olivia – and congrats on your weight loss, that’s amazing!

  3. Emma says:

    I am a breakfast skipper too, for all the reasons you said above. And I find myself starving at around 11 also, so maybe this is something I’ll have to try 🙂

  4. Susanna says:

    I totally see myself reflected in these words! I was not a breakfast person myself, no due to calories or anything, I was just not hungary in the morning and I’d leave the house just with a glass of fresh squeezed OJ or a latte. And that’s it. Some months ago I started feeling tired all the time and felt my body was not responding at all and a nutricionist adviced to start having a nice balanced breakfast to see how my body would respond to that. That meant sitting down and savouring the moment, to start the day full of energy. It has worked wonders and now I wake up and magically I realized I have enough time to sit down with my family to enjoy the first meal of the day. I prepare a veggie & fruit smoothie with bee polen (try to change the fruits and veggies everyday so we get different nutrients and also colors!), then some toasts made with homemade rye bread and here’s where the fun begins, to think of different combinations to put in our toasts. Sometimes is avocado, salmon, cream cheese and fresh fruits, nut butters, baby greens with whatever we find in the fridge, turkey, roasted veggies….. A winner combination these days has been: toasted bread with fresh ricotta cheese and slices of the sweetest papaya fruit ever! I assure you that the combiation is amazing!
    I also like to put a bowl with diffrent nuts on the table so we can munch on the, while we eat. And Coffee, you cannot skip coffee, of course!
    On really cold mornings I’d prepare a nice warm oatmeal with nuts, seeds, home made jam and fresh fruits, but now with warmer days we are back to the toast mood 😉
    I have to say that sitting for breakfast has been a game changer in our house and we are all enjoying it so much!
    My husband would sit down and eat whatever cereal or plain toast wth butter he would grab, and now he also feels sooo much better and energized.
    I totally recommend it!

  5. It wasn’t until I started regularly working out before work that I realized I needed to be eating breakfast. It’s hard because like you said, I don’t feel hungry and think my coffee will sustain me. But it makes a huge difference in how the rest of my day goes!

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