By Beca Iannone
It’s a crisp morning, dew still resting on blades of grass. The sun just peaking over the horizon. You spring out of bed, give yourself a nice long stretch and hum a merry tune to celebrate the new day and your undying energy to seize every moment possible. That sounds like you, right? Yep, me too, when I am still asleep and dreaming about waking up as a form of procrastination from reality. Mornings are struggle of lifting the weight off sleepy eyes and rising from a warm bed to walk across a cold room. Of course, a good night’s sleep can make all the difference with how the following day may unfold. Regardless of the amount of sleep you have mornings still come with a drag in your step. The best way to deal with this small struggle is to give yourself the time to have a well-paced morning routine. A good routine can ensure you feel good about yourself and the day ahead of you. On the contrary, a rushed morning routine can lead to the feeling of being one step behind throughout the day. Feeling behind leads to cutting corners to catch up, and what is the first corner we always cut? Well, it would be our own wellbeing, often times in the form of sacrificing what we eat and the amount of time we give ourselves to eat.
How long do most people go without eating? Typically not more than a few hours, assuming they give themselves the time to replenish their bodies. The reason we start to feel hunger after a few hours is that your body is asking for a resupply of energy. It is like filling a tank of gas when your car is on empty. Fortunately humans are much more complex and able to adapt than a car may be, so running out of gas for a human would just mean taking the fuel from another source. The negative result of that process is that each time you do eat your body tries to store the food rather than burn it up for fuel. It is an instinctual process our bodies follow to ensure we do not starve. Food storing equals slower metabolism. Slower metabolism equals easier weight gain. Long winded explanation short do not skip breakfast. It is the kick starter for your day. It is the initial fuel that allows your body to focus on its usual functions and your brain to focus on the work you need it to focus on. Breakfast does not have to be a huge ordeal but skimping or eating the wrong foods such as donuts or very sugary cereal is just an insult to your body and deterrence to a smoothly flowing day. Go ahead experiment. Eat a donut in the morning and notice how your body responds. The next day eat a yogurt with fruit, or whole grain cereal, or a smoothie. Then notice how your body responds. I will buy you a donut if the energy of your day was much better kick starting it with a donut rather than a nutritionally sound option.