We now live in the age of no breakfast or rather breakfast is no longer considered the most important meal of the day. One thing that you’ll notice in my work and everything I share and stand for is that I don’t dismiss any idea. I know that there are strategies and approaches that work for some people. And it’s only normal because we’re all different. But from my experience, including breakfast in my day has brought about so many benefits that I’m going to share with you.
When I was an adolescent, I did not have breakfast. I was overweight and thought that skipping breakfast would help me lose weight. Back then, the soundest piece of advice for someone looking to lose weight was the old-school quote:
“Eat like a King in the morning, a Prince at noon, and a Pauper at night.”
But I did not pay attention to it so I struggled for years to lose weight. Now, I’m not saying that having breakfast will automatically lead someone to lose weight. However, it can have a tremendous impact.
The first benefit that I noticed when I started having breakfast was that I did not feel excessively hungry throughout the day. That allowed me to manage my caloric intake better.
Then, I noticed I had more energy. It’s also a mindset thing now that I think about it. Fueling my body in the morning ensures that I use my energy to do whatever it is I need to do. Instead of waiting for a meal to nourish my body.
When I don’t eat in the morning, I get hungry and then cranky. This prevents me from focusing on my tasks for the day.
I eat breakfast because I know I’m always prepared no matter what it is that comes up in my schedule. For me, having breakfast means I eat the right amount of food my body needs and I have consistent energy throughout the day.
Another reason for which I eat breakfast is that I love breakfast foods. Sure I could have them later in the day but breakfast has become part of my daily ritual. There’s something rather magical about preparing breakfast. It sets the tone for the day. I use this time to get clear and focused on what I am about to do.
The Power of Simplicity
What do I usually have for breakfast? Simple foods. This is my approach really in life, business, and everything else: it’s about simplicity. When I find something that I like, I stick with it. I try new things out from time to time and see what I want to include in my life.
Simplicity allows me to enjoy the foods that I am eating. And I know exactly how much I need to eat every single day. I learned to appreciate the nutrients in the foods and the taste of whole foods.
If you want to know whether something works for you or not, you need to test it yourself. Always experiment. Even if something is trendy or even if an expert, a medical professional, or anyone you look up to tells you to do something, you should always experiment. And have this mentality, mindset that you’re going to try something out to find out whether it’s the right thing for you. Because if it’s not, you’re going to feel miserable.
How to Experiment
As an approach to simplify things while you experiment, use the 3-day quests. This is the concept I explain in my book Weight Loss Quests. You basically set an intention to have breakfast every day for the next 3 days and see what you notice. The quests are all about experimenting and observing. They’re fun and you can play with them as much as you want.
One idea for a 3-day quest could be to have a different breakfast every day for the next 3 days. Or to have the same breakfast for the next 3 days. To showcase a new ingredient for 3 days and so on. This makes it easier to determine what’s in it for you.
The book also contains lots of breakfast ideas to inspire you. And let me know how the experiment went in the comments.
Until next time, have fun and stay inspired.