Gary ate breakfast this morning before leaving for work! Okay, not worthy of the six o’clock news, but something his wife has been trying to get him to do for years. His varying work shifts make it almost impossible for him to do anything on a regular schedule, but I’ve often remarked to him that people who eat breakfast are generally healthier and happier than those who don’t. He eats breakfast on days when he works the late shift and on his days off, so it’s not as though he is opposed to the concept. And in the past he has eaten breakfast during his “break” when he is on the early shift. That, however, means being at work for at least three hours without any food. Not a good thing for a body that has already fasted for seven or eight hours during sleep. So I was quite pleased when he consumed a packet of instant oatmeal this morning.
I was raised in a family that always ate breakfast. In fact, I once had a friend spend the night and when mom started making biscuits the next morning our houseguest remarked, “I never eat breakfast.” To which my father replied, “You will this morning.” And she did!
My grandmother often made a huge breakfast buffet when several of us visited. It was not uncommon for her to cook bacon, sausage, pancakes, biscuits, gravy, eggs, and oatmeal. And she made her own butter and jelly! No one left her table hungry.
When we worked sunrise shifts in the fields we were sometimes forced to eat biscuits and boiled eggs in the car, but we ate, knowing it would be a long time before we were allowed to leave the field for lunch.
Most of our students eat breakfast at school, even if some of them bring a bag of doughnuts purchased in route. I don’t always approve of what they eat, (huge cinnamon rolls, chocolate-frosted doughnuts) but at least they are not going hungry. Studies show that classroom performance is improved when students eat a healthy breakfast. Some schools are so adamant about the benefits of early morning nutrition that they allow students to eat in their classrooms.
My own breakfast usually consists of eggs scrambled with spinach or kale and toast with apple butter, or a bowl of oatmeal with a tablespoon of almond or peanut butter, or on weekends, a whole wheat pancake with a little honey. Studies show that eggs are not bad for a person who does not consume a lot of cholesterol from other sources. In fact, people who eat eggs are generally more satisfied throughout the morning and consume fewer calories at lunch.
I know…you are considering whether you should take advice from a fat woman. But I would remind you that I am healthy and happy, seldom sick, and I am fat because I consume more calories than I use, not because I have an unhealthy diet. So if you do not normally eat breakfast I urge you to consider changing your habits and giving your brain and body a good start each day!
Other food notes for the week: almond butter is better for you than peanut butter; kale has more nutritional benefits than spinach, and Greek yogurt is worth trying if you want twice the protein and half the sugar of your regular yogurt. I’m also partial to Gouda cheese because it tastes so good and melts so well, but we were discussing nutrition weren’t we…
Have a great day!