The breakfast experiment is over, after only one week. Maybe, you can not teach an old dog new tricks. For 7 to 9 days, I made a concerted effort to eat breakfast, before I started my day. I will admit, I may have had more energy in the morning, but what I felt were problems, outweighed that perceived benefit. First, when I awake in the morning, no matter what time, I am not hungry. There is nothing I can do about that. Now believe me, I have eaten at other times of the day when I am not hungry. I would have fairly large amounts to eat at breakfast. I would have 2 hard boiled eggs, potatoes, and one sausage. Another morning I had yogurt, with fruit, and two slices of toast, with peanut butter or cream cheese. I would have more non traditional breakfast food, once having a grilled ham and cheese sandwich with pickle. It did not seem to make any difference what I ate, I was always very hungry around lunch time, sometimes even sooner. Though I may have felt I had more energy in the morning, I did not do anything more, than I usually do. I walked about 3.5 miles and did my exercises. Maybe I did not give it long enough, but I felt stupid, eating when I was not hungry, first thing in the morning. I will just have to face the fact, that I am heading for a 20 to 25% more chance of developing coronary artery disease and type II diabetes, by not eating breakfast on a regular basis. Am I really?
The more I think of this breakfast thing the more I feel that my initial instincts were right. I am not feeling this way, because of my failure to continue to eat breakfast. Breakfast being considered the most important meal of the day is not something that is fairly new. We have been hearing this since the late 1950’s and 60’s. Let’s look at the three meals of the day, and I will take them in reverse order beginning with dinner. What foods do you associate with dinner. The list can be very long, ranging from pasta, meats, vegetables, and other carbohydrates. The same thing could be said for lunch, with some narrowing of the list. For lunch, I think most people will think of soup, salad, and sandwiches. Again, there can be a great variety of foods that one thinks about, for a typical lunch. Breakfast has more of a traditional selection of foods. Eggs, bacon sausage, toast, home fries, waffles, and pancakes. Breakfast cereals are at the top of the breakfast list. Yes, some families for something different, may have breakfast for dinner. There have always been more traditional breakfast foods. To say the least it is a major industry. Do you think the makers of breakfast cereals and eggs have anything to do with the thinking, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? The cynical side of me definitely thinks so. Maybe this is the same side of me that is not hungry in the morning.
I will not ague the point, that I did not give the breakfast experiment much of a chance. Eating when you are not hungry, just seems to go against the grain of what makes sense, from a heath and fitness standpoint. One of the newer crazes right now is fasting. I am not an advocate of that either, but you could argue that. this is what people are doing unknowingly, when they skip breakfast. Fasting advocates talk about, that not eating for 16 hours is considered a fast. Even if you eat as late as 8 pm, and then get up the next day, and don’t eat until around noon, you have done a fast. I not saying this is good for you either, but its becoming something, that is suppose to help your health and well being. As they all like to say, more studies and research is needed. I think the bottom line here, is that it just goes back to the fact, that most recommendations fail to consider individual idiosyncrasies. Are these the exceptions that make the rule. I do not believe that, either. I think everybody needs to plan their own form of a diet and health plan. It boils down to one concept. If it makes you feel good do it and if it doesn’t don’t. I am meaning physically good not emotionally good. Try to leave emotion out of it when it comes to health and food. This sounds so simple but as I get older I am finding out that the simpler you make things the better results you will get. If anybody else that skips breakfast wants to do the breakfast experiment let me know after you have done it for three months. I failed miserably. But you know what? I feel much better for this failure.