Since we were little we have always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I for one, certainly didn't believe that. You couldn't have chocolate or chips for breakfast after-all and I was very much of the view that if it wasn't absolutely delicious then it wasn't very important at all.
But then at the end of 2014 I found out that I had a gluten intollerance and an allergy to dairy and that really made me look at my diet and think more about food.
I did a lot of research and had some help from a nutritionist and learnt that actually breakfast really was the most important meal of the day.
Here's what I now know about it that y'all really need to know too:
1) It kickstarts your metabolism and will actually help you lose weight.
Providing that you are eating the right thing for breakfast, eggs, porridge etc. then you are starting your day right. If you only eat lunch and dinner it means that your body is having to hold on tightly to the only two meals it's getting to ensure that you'll make it through the day. This means that it'll hold onto the fat rather than helping you to continually burn it throughout the day. By eating more (of the right stuff) it will help your metabolism and aid a healthier life.
2) It will stop you snacking on everything.
Despite the fact that I now live for breakfast, I have always been a terrible grazer. I love to snack, mostly because I can never really be bothered to cook anything. The best thing about breakfast is that it doesn't actually take much cooking at all. It's easy enough to make and really does stop me being hungry until lunch time and even then the afternoon hunger pangs are minimal. Before I started eating breakfast I think my body used to think that lunch was actually breakfast and that I would need to have something else resembling lunch before I sat down for dinner.
3) It'll make you want to get out of bed.
It's no secret that a lot of us will sacrifice breakie if it means another 20 minutes in bed, but after forcing myself into the routine I now look forward to breakfast and get myself into a panic if I haven't eaten it. Sometimes, because I'm really sad, I start thinking about breakfast before I go to bed the night before, which sounds daft but it's proving to be a really good way of structuring my day.
4) It gives you energy that your body desperately needs.
We hear all sorts of stuff about how a lot of us are getting up too early and going to bed too late and are basically just walking zombies. It's sort of true, a lot of us do spend a lot of time feeling really really tired and so it makes loads of sense to give yourself energy in a way that doesn't include a redbull on the way to work. You'd be amazed how chipper you can be on a Monday morning with the right nutrition.
5) It gives you time to mentally get your shit together.
Without breakfast there is nothing that ensures routine in the morning. Normally we're really rushed and we've got the whole shower/teeth/hair/clothes/make-up on auto-pilot thing down. Before we know it it's 9AM and we're at our desks without really knowing how we've got there. If you force yourself to sit down for breakfast, you've got time to gather your thoughts, plan your day and maybe even read the papers or, I don't know, have a conversation with a partner or flatmate before you fall back into the ground-hog day which is our job.
Every single morning, for as long as I can remember, I have had two boiled eggs and six oatcakes for breakfast and, boring as it may sound, I LIVE for it.
It may not be the most delicious thing you eat that day and it certainly won't be the most exicitng but it really is the most important so please jump aboard the breakfast bus!