Children growing up in the ’50’s learned that breakfast was important to start the day. Saturday morning cartoons were permeated with messages from cereal companies touting the benefits of a good breakfast integrating cereal. My parents ate breakfast together every morning. We kids would wander to the kitchen before school and consume at least cereal or toast. Skipping breakfast resulted in an agonizing headache for me.
Jump ahead and I marry a man who never eats breakfast. Over the years, my body learned to accommodate a late meal. At one time I tried to diet by eating only when hungry (it worked) and discovered that my body wanted to eat at 10:00 and 3:00. Recently, though, I included breakfast as part of a better fitness plan. Realize, breakfast means yogurt or a piece of toast, not a large hot cooked meal.
Then I come across a study that says that eating breakfast can contribute to difficulty losing weight! What?!!! Okay, so I have been reviewing my breakfast plan. I don’t feel any better eating breakfast when I first get up. In fact, I notice that in spite of eating when I first arise, I still get hungry at 10:00. Why not wait until I get hungry? So I have decided to eat when I am hungry.
The ability to eat only when hungry and discern what the body is hungry for (Susan Powter?) requires a lot of thought. So the current plan is to begin by eating breakfast when hungry. I will get to the rest of the day later.
Do you eat breakfast because you are hungry, to avoid hunger, bored, or from a sense of duty?