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Why It’s OK To Skip Breakfast June 22, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Mindfulness.
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3D-CowMom proffered the standard (for then) advice:

* “Drink your milk.”
* “Eat your meat.”
* “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”

Turns out that milk and meat aren’t good for us, and not everyone needs breakfast.

The three meal a day concept stems from our largely agrarian past, when families lived and worked on farms.  People who got up and did hours of chores every morning needed breakfast.

Even today, those who live on family farms work long hours. Just ask Cecilia.  Physical labor requires lots of fuel to keep our bodies going.

Most farmers NEED three hearty meals a day.

So do ditch-diggers, linemen, linebackers, street-walkers, and other manual laborers.

Donald-DirectorBut many of us sit on our butts to do our jobs.  We don’t walk to work, school, or to do the shopping.  We don’t haul water for miles or hunt bison on foot.

We are sedentary.

If, like me, the only manual labor you perform in the morn is pressing keys on a computer keyboard, you don’t need to belly up to a big breakfast.

Unless . . . you are HUNGRY.

People are different.  Some people wake up hungry.  Like BFF.  These folks should listen to their tummies and eat breakfast soon after they get up.  If not, tummy rumbles are apt to be distracting . . . to them and to us.

Listening to our bodies is key.  Our bodies know what we need.

If you aren’t hungry first thing in the morning, feel free to ignore mom’s well-meaning advice.  Wait until your body signals that it needs re-fueling before filling your gas tank.

Dollar-BillsIf I had a dollar for every time mom intoned, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” I could afford to eat out for a full year . . . breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

But I’d still skip breakfast.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Eat when hungry.  Sleep when tired.

Related posts:  Breakfast Myths * 7 Reasons You Should NOT Eat Breakfast