You may have heard this line before: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” And if you’re anything like me, you’ve heard it a million times and take it for granted, continuously. I am guilty of not eating breakfast almost every single day. When I wake up in the morning, I usually value a bit of extra sleep over starting the day out with a meal. At the time it seems like a good idea… but it’s not.
I’m writing this as I’m eating my breakfast at nearly one in the afternoon. No, I didn’t sleep away the day. I was up bright and early with my son, watched a few cartoons and gave him and the animals their breakfasts. Plus the normal routine of (excuse the expression) shit, shower & shaving.
Yesterday and today, I’ve basically had breakfast for lunch. Eggs Benedict (my personal favourite) yesterday. Today’s is a more traditional Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Toast, Orange Juice kind of breakfast. Both equally delicious and both borderline unhealthy.
“Hey, didn’t you say breakfast was important?” …yes, yes I did. Thank you for getting me back on track.
Consider this; During the day, you’re awake, active, pretending to be a normal human being, and generally you’d be eating several meals and snacks. But come nighttime, when you shut your body down and sleep, you’re basically fasting for however long you sleep. Your body goes anywhere between 6-10 hours without any sustenance whatsoever. If you’re like me, and don’t usually make time or feel like eating breakfast right away in the morning, working until lunchtime hits when you’re suddenly starving, you’re adding several more hours to the length of time your body has gone without its most basic need: Food.
This is the equivalent of trying to start your car when the tank is on empty. Your cognitive functions, social skills, basic brain power and all of your physical energy don’t have any fuel. Your body and mind are basically deprived of the basic requirements to keep you alive. So in a sense, every day that you go without breakfast, and you wonder why you feel like you’re dying in the mornings… Well, you basically are.
I am going to give this a try, and I urge whoever is following this to give it a shot as well. And I’m suggesting we start this on Monday, because we all know where our Sundays go (especially if you are out the night before, as I will be, playing a gig). So Monday morning, to start the day off right, let’s get up 1 hour earlier than we normally do. Set your alarm and put it across the room, so you HAVE to get out of bed even just to hit the snooze button.
Immediately after waking up, drink 2 tall glasses of water. You may not feel like eating right away, but give it a few minutes. The water is restoring you immediately after consuming. You’re going to feel more awake, more full of energy, almost right away. Your body is hydrating after being dehydrated all night.
Now, once the water’s done its thing, give breakfast a try. Start out small at first if you need to. A bowl of oatmeal. A banana, toast and OJ. A couple eggs. It really doesn’t matter what it is, just get some food into you!
Now here’s the tricky part. Let’s do this all week. You’d be surprised at how you feel towards the end of the week. Sleep will come easier. You will feel more energetic. And the crazy part? You may actually even lose a bit of weight! Research shows, people who eat breakfast in the mornings are less likely to be overweight. Because you’re not only jumpstarting your system, you’re jumpstarting your metabolism for the day.
Chyea! That is my “do as I say, not as I do” moment. But I’ll be giving this a try this week as well. In the meantime, let’s give a listen to my song pick of the day: “Safety Pin” by a band called The Mascara Story. They’ve not been a group in quite some time, and I don’t recall how I even stumbled upon them. But I dig the song writing. Here’s the song posted on youtube:
I’d highly suggest also taking a listen to “Conquer You” and “This Is Not a Bruise”.
Happy Weekend Everyone!