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Run Down Batteries Without Breakfast

Monday, March 18, 2013

Still not used to the daylights saving time switch, I got up late this morning. I hurriedly threw on a pot of coffee brewing, but still went out the door with frazzled fuzzy hair, no makeup and no breakfast. I sipped my coffee through the drizzling rain on the drive to campus, but I was dragging. Being a regular coffee drinker, I doubt caffeine has a stimulating effect on me anymore anyway.

During my first class at 8am, I copied notes like a zombie as I was not trying to process the information. I was transcribing, but not learning. We had a few in class exercises, and I stared at the problems like they were written in an alien language. I just wanted to crawl back in a warm bed for another hour. I contemplated skipping my next class.

I didn't really feel hungry. Not the way I used to know hunger. There wasn't a growling tummy, or overpowering fixation to eat something. I just felt like a pink Energizer bunny, beating the drum more slowly as my batteries died down. Ultimately, I think this is why calorie in-calorie out didn't work for me; if I ate fewer calories, my metabolism just shut down to operate on fewer calories. I seem to be a high efficiency, economy model rather than a calorie guzzler.

I dragged myself into the campus convenience store to find something to eat. I frowned at the options available: several varieties of potato or corn chips, candy bars, muffins, donuts, and breakfast bars. There was a ham and cheese croissant, but it was an oversized croissant. Even healthy snacks such as nuts were coated in sugar when reading the ingredient list. The only options left were beef jerky and a tuna salad kit with crackers. I didn't particularly enjoy the thought of chewing on leathery, dry jerky, so I opted for the tuna salad kit.

Popping open the can and using the provided spoon to scoop the tuna onto crackers didn't exactly make my mouth water. I was reminded of the movie "District 9" where the Department of Alien Affairs officer becomes a 'prawn', and is appalled to be eating cat food. The aliens loved cat food, but the human turned alien was less than thrilled. I wanted my own healthy, delicious breakfast, which I could have had if I woke up on time.

Even though my late 'breakfast' was less than brunch review worthy, it had the desired effect. I immediately felt revitalized, something my coffee failed to do. I made it to class more awake and alert. Perhaps my professor was dragging from daylights savings and lack of breakfast, too, because he ended class 10 minutes early.

This afternoon I'll be busy preparing my breakfasts in advance for this week: pastry-less quiches and hard boiled eggs. I need to roll out of bed earlier so this doesn't happen again, but if I had any eggs peeled and ready to eat this morning, I could have just popped one in my mouth.

Are you a regular breakfast eater? Do you find your energy drags without breakfast, too?
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    At this point, I can't skip ANY meal or snack without feeling drowsy, light-headed, and sluggish. I haven't gone a day without breakfast in YEARS, not since before college, so I honestly can't even imagine how I would manage to get through a morning without a high-quality meal. I would sooner be late for work than miss out on breakfast.
    1856 days ago
    Ronna: Cravings for sweet would be dangerous in your line of work!
    1857 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/19/2013 3:52:38 PM
    I have to eat breakfast or I won't make it. It is a boring breakfast of muesli with dried fruit and skim milk but it does the trick. Sometimes I have yogurt too once I get to work.

    I find that if I don't eat breakfast it is harder for me to fend of the cravings for sweets once I get my hands in it.
    1857 days ago
    Love my breakfast! Usually some home made granola (1/4 cup) with a cup of plain kefir and berries.
    1857 days ago
    It's only since I went low carb last summer that I have begun emphasizing breakfast. I'll usually have 2 eggs in the morning before heading out the door. On some mornings, when SWMBO has bought a big 3 lb bag of shrimp, I'll have 5 or 6 of them for breakfast....decadent yes, but they're ridiculously cheap here in Ft Walton Beach!

    At work I keep a few cans of tuna and some nuts (almonds & pecans) to eat in case I get so rushed in the AM that I can't eat at home.

    Good luck!
    1858 days ago
    The protein and breakfast bars I've tried aren't very filling for me, unfortunately. For those of you who use them, are there any particular ones you like?
    1858 days ago
  • DEB9021
    If I skip breakfast, I don't just drag. My head buzzes and I might even get a headache or queasy. I do a short exercise session before eating on weekdays, and often lounge for a little on the weekends before I eat, but can't get anything thoughtful or productive done before breakfast. But I don't need a lot, and I keep easy stuff on hand because I have to get moving early. Usually I like oatmeal with fruit or English muffin with peanut butter, but I have yogurt or protein bars on hand for if I'm running late.
    1858 days ago
    I've become a breakfast eater. While I was still working my breakfast consisted of two peach/raspberry bars every morning (like fig newtons but twice the size) and two cups of coffee. They got me started every day and I didn't feel starved at noon. Now it's greek yogurt with protein powder and fruit, 1 slice of whole wheat toast. Pretty boring but I function well on it.
    1858 days ago
    I never skip breakfast anymore!!

    It's like setting up the whole day on the wrong foot! I actually get up 2 hours before I have to be at work!!!
    1858 days ago
    I have to have breakfast too, I usually drink a protein shake with strawberries in it (using whey protein, almond milk and about 3/4 to 1 cup strawberries) That keeps me going until lunch time - with my walk in between. My lunch is probably my largest meal of the day, I eat a very light dinner at night.

    I have to mention though, that when I get up - I do have to have two or three cups of coffee BEFORE breakfast or anything else!! emoticon
    1858 days ago
    I don't know how some folks can skip breakfast. I have to eat breakfast or I would end up deteriorating through the morning. If I'm in a rush, I'll still grab something quick, then I'll eat more substantially once things have settled down.

    Because my day starts really early, some mornings (like the Hobbits) I need a "second breakfast". ;)

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    Comment edited on: 3/18/2013 1:09:36 PM
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