Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Breakfast doesn't have to be "breakfast" food

Today I was watching a time management online workshop on Creative Live, and one of the workshop participants was talking about how one of her goals is to eat breakfast everyday. “I don’t really like breakfast food,” she said. “I got a jar of that Nutella - I heard it’s supposed to be good - so hopefully that’ll help me eat breakfast.”
The workshop teacher said, “You don’t have to eat ‘breakfast food’ for breakfast.”
"Then what do I eat?"
After hearing this exchange, I was slightly horrified. And I hope that not everyone thinks that way! You don’t have to eat just “breakfast food” for breakfast! If you don’t like cereal or bacon & eggs or oatmeal for breakfast, then EAT SOMETHING ELSE. Actually, the typical American “breakfast” is probably one of the worst combinations of high-fat, high-calorie, high-cholesterol meals you can imagine: Eggs with cheese, fried hashbrowns, breakfast sausage, sugary cereal, white bread toast slathered with butter, cow’s milk, sugary syrup, greasy bacon… I’d say just avoid all that, period.
The teacher replied to Breakfast Lady, “Eat anything you can tolerate for breakfast.” So true.
Personally, I love oatmeal. Same thing every day. I’m not a huge cereal fan, so I don’t force myself to eat it just because it’s considered “breakfast food.” Yogi Tara Stiles eats salads for breakfast. Why the hell not? If you’re in the mood for greens in the morning, go for it! Salad is a heck of a lot healthier than the typical American Breakfast or even Nutella. (The #1 ingredient in Nutella is sugar. Also not a great start to your morning.)
Breakfast is important. Figure out something healthy that you like, and stick with it. And don’t eat Nutella.

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