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MOTHERBOARDER SparkPoints: (292,578)
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3/20/13 11:17 A

most important meal of the day

3/20/13 10:24 A

Can't function without it I wake up hungry.

ROSE-LITE Posts: 1,930
3/20/13 10:16 A

love breakfast

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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3/20/13 9:53 A

most days i don't eat that big of a breakfast. i have something small a few hours after i am up. for me, eating a very big breakfast doesn't make me less hungry for lunch.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
3/20/13 9:03 A

my breakfast consists of a cup of coffee and a cup of milk. I'm just not hungry in the morning. I do have an early lunch though.

JANUT57 SparkPoints: (283,772)
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3/20/13 8:18 A

Love my breakfast, can not function without it

KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,257
3/20/13 7:09 A

I look forward to it because I wake up hungry, LOL. It's my lowest-calorie meal though.

GRANDMABABA SparkPoints: (304,636)
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3/19/13 9:23 P

I don't eat a lot of calories in the morning, but if I don't take time for something I do tend to eat more later than I want.

GLIESE581 Posts: 18
3/19/13 9:11 P

At one point, I bought into the myth that eating in the morning would boost your metabolism, would help you lose weigh, its the most important meal, etc. etc. Soooo, I started forcing myself to eat even though I was almost never hungry in the morning. BIG mistake. I gained weight. The reason I was never hungry is because I was eating so much at night, my stomach was still full in the morning. I have gotten my night time eating under control for the most part and now I let hunger be my guide as to whether I eat breakfast or not. More days than not, I eat a little something in the morning.

DISCDOG Posts: 2,668
3/19/13 6:46 A

You do not NEED to eat upon wakening. That is a myth. It's your total calories for the day that matters, not when you eat them.

I used to follow the hype and eat every 3 hours, but eating that early also kicked up my appetite for the rest of the day. Now I follow IF (intermittent fasting) and besides coffee, eat 80% of my calories in a 4 hour window in the evening. I train fasted, and have something small but high in protein post-training. I am leaner than I have ever been.

LINEBACKER1968 Posts: 394
3/19/13 12:50 A


BARBWMS Posts: 1,396
3/19/13 12:10 A

I think breakfast is my favorite meal.. but I am out the door by 6 a.m. on weekdays.... so I have a series of quick breakfasts that I rely on... omelets in a mug with egg beaters... I put in a few spinach leaves, some bacon bits and a teaspoon of shredded cheddar, then microwave for about a minute and a half... it's filling and tasty. Sometimes I do oatmeal and another favorite is a packet of instant grits with a quickly "fried" egg over it... I find that if I don't have a solid source of protein I'm starving long before I get a chance to eat again (I am a high school teacher, no food allowed in the classrooms and only five minute breaks between classes, so there is no morning snack time!). If I don't get an egg, I fill in with a piece of string cheese. I do keep hard cooked eggs on hand, for when it's absolutely rush out the door with something time!

I always try to have at least one serving of fresh fruit (or frozen if nothing else) with breakfast. Sometimes I eat that on the way to work... but it holds me well till lunch time.

On weekends we have more elaborate breakfasts... sometimes more caloric, so we eat later in the morning and then have an early dinner so the calories balance out.

IRISHFANUH87 Posts: 1,038
3/18/13 3:38 P

I agree with ELENGIL - eat something that is low calorie and nutritious. It is important to give your metabolism a jumpstart when you wake up, but it doesn't have to be a big meal. I have eaten breakfast as long as I can remember, since I was little eating cereal before school, so I have never had a problem with not feeling hungry in the morning. In fact if I don't eat something within an hour or so of waking up I feel like crap.

ELENGIL Posts: 957
3/18/13 1:50 P

Compromise by having a low calorie, high nutrient breakfast. I've recently gotten on a kick of making them for breakfast, blending spinach (or other mild greens) with fruit (banana, grapefruit, strawberries, whatever). Blend it up with a bit of water or milk and you have a great to-go breakfast smoothie.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
3/18/13 1:41 P

When I don't feel like eating soon-after-waking, I pack my breakfast (yogurt with oatmeal and fruit, usually, as it's very pack-able), and take it to work with me. I usually get up around 7 and eat at 7:30 - but sometimes put it off till 8:30 or 9 on "rushing out the door/not hungry" mornings. But I always do eat a meal in the morning, now!

I used to worry that if i used up too many calories on breakfast, I'd never have enough to get me through the day. But I find that if i do eat a bigger breakfast, I'm not as starving at lunch and dinner, so whatever calorie allottment I have left, I have slowly developed a trust that it will "be enough."

JWLROCKS Posts: 1,145
3/18/13 1:01 P

Necessary evil. I don't like eating in the morning at all. I would much rather sleep in for a couple of extra minutes than get up and find something to eat. I don't like traditional breakfast foods: eggs make me gassy; oatmeal is gray and lumpy and gloopy; cold cereal is, well, cold; fried stuff feels like it's sitting in my stomach all day. But I'll grab some fruit on the way out the door and if I'm feeling particularly adventurous, maybe some toast.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
3/18/13 12:49 P

The only thing that I will do first thing in the morning because it has to be done on an empty stomach is my wheatgrass juice. About an hour later i am at work and either have a smoothie or some fruit and nut butter.

MIRANDAFRM2 Posts: 291
3/18/13 12:48 P

My favorite meal of the day. Gives me fuel to get the day started. I also don't like it rushed. Eggs are my favorite.

LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/18/13 12:41 P

If I don't eat protein in the morning, I get a headache. Plus it fills me up til lunch.

SONICB Posts: 4,381
3/18/13 10:20 A

I loooooooove breakfast, mostly because I love the act of eating. But if you're not hungry in the morning, you don't have to eat a large breakfast. As others have said, something small works just fine. Sometimes I'll just have a 6-oz carton of lowfat yogurt topped with some granola and eat a larger lunch.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (82,009)
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3/17/13 1:11 P

Well, your body really does need calories in the morning. If you just google search "benefits of eating breakfast" a whole bunch of articles will pop up. Just have something small like a hardboiled egg, a banana, a yogurt, SOMETHING to get you going. And then have something else mid-morning.

ELAINEANNE1 Posts: 632
3/17/13 12:49 P

I love breakfast but do like to take my time. I usually have overnight oats mixed with yogurt, seeds, cranberries and nuts and it keeps me going to lunch time.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
3/17/13 12:46 P

I usually don't want to eat anything for at least an hour after I wake up.
I do try to eat something within 3 hours of waking up, even if it is not much.

I've never had an issue with feeling like I don't have enough calories to satisfy my hunger for the rest of the day if I eat something for breakfast. About 250-300 calories for breakfast is typical for me... but it makes a difference what I choose to how much food that actually will be.

These articles talk about why breakfast can be important to helping you lose weight-

Edited by: LOUNMOUN at: 3/17/2013 (12:48)
CHLOEAGH SparkPoints: (29,002)
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3/17/13 11:15 A

I always have to eat at least a little something in the morning.

MOTHERBOARDER SparkPoints: (292,578)
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3/17/13 10:56 A

ALWAYS eat a healthy breakfast

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,314
3/17/13 10:55 A

I enjoy my breakfast; but I don't eat it right when I get up. Get up around 5:30 and often don't eat til 8 or 8:30. I usually have around 300 calories at breakfast, making sure to include right around 10 grams of protein. Leaves me plenty of calories for the rest of the day.

LOTUS737 Posts: 4,665
3/17/13 10:49 A

I used to hate eating breakfast- I didn't 'feel' hungry in the morning. I started small- a piece of fruit, toast with pb, etc. It took my body a while to get used to it, but I am definitely hungry in the mornings now :P I usually have between 250-350 cals for breakfast- I like a good bit of protein and some carbs to get me going. I find I eat less at lunch and have a smaller mid morning snack (or sometimes no snack, depending on the breakfast).

ATHENA1966 Posts: 4,006
3/17/13 10:48 A

Breakfast is really important. Your body needs calories to function. I used to be the same way. In fact I think skipping breakfast and saving calories was a major contributor to my weight gain. But I have experienced the same ravenous hunger all day when I eat the wrong kind of breakfast. Oatmeal is great for you, but it makes me want to eat all day. I eat a high protein breakfast and the problem is eliminated. Habits are hard to break. Trust me you need to eat breakfast. A little planning and you will find that you want and need breakfast.

THINKPINK06 Posts: 1,450
3/17/13 10:34 A

love it

CHESAPEAKE60 SparkPoints: (7,814)
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3/17/13 10:11 A

I love breakfast. But I guess I kinda do wait a bit to eat it. I am usually awake by 6:00-6:30. Am retired so able to get up, make coffee, sit in front of the fire in the winter and out on the screened porch in the summer. Slowly drink several cups of coffee. Catch up on the news, etc. then about 8:30- 9:00 I get around to fixing breakfast, and really enjoy it! So I would have said I never skip breakfast but I don't count waiting a couple of hours to eat as skipping it,..

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3/17/13 10:03 A

I'm the same. When I wake up the last thing I want it do is eat. I usually get up around 6, shower, get ready for the day, and then go to work. I take a string cheese stick, some fruit or grape tomaotes, and a fiber bar/trail mix/homemade granola bar with me to munch on when I actually get hungry, which is usually around 9 am.

I know people say that breakfast is important and that we shouldn't skip it, but I also feel like ignoring my body's actual hunger signals is what got me here so, I eat when I'm hungry and not before. It has been working for me and really, as long as whatever you're doing is working for you, that is what is importantl

LOVEMOUSE82 SparkPoints: (3,788)
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3/17/13 9:54 A

So here's the problem. I do love eating breakfast, but a lot of the time I'm just not that hungry for it. I used to skip breakfast since I never really wanted much anyway, but since I've been working out and trying to be healthier I've tried to incorporate breakfast into my routine more. But then I noticed that if I have an exceptionally good breakfast (like eggs, or toast with almond butter, sometimes grilled cheese, etc) it's kind of a bummer because then I don't have as many calories for the rest of the day....when I actually DO feel hungrier.

So does it really matter to eat breakfast or is it more beneficial to save those calories for when I feel I really need them?

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