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Forgo Breakfast?

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but for some women the decision to forgo the morning meal is created by multiple factors, some of which reign anywhere from vanity to lack of energy.

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As a young child, I remember sitting at my nana’s kitchen table (my mother worked for the first few years of my life so y sister and I would spend the day at my grandparents) and constantly being told to eat something for breakfast. But, on most days, I would turn my nose to the food and refuse to eat. Now, don’t get me wrong, my nana is an AMAZING Italian woman who is the generic “I love you so much I’m going to stuff you silly” type and is without a doubt one of the best cooks I have ever had the honor of eating.  And there were no short supply of variety; she would make toast (cinnamon raisin, whole wheat, and sour dough), pancakes, waffles, French toast, hash browns, eggs any style, cereal, cream of wheat, oatmeal, bagels, bacon, sausages, you name it, she made it.

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But even with all the amazing and delicious food in front of me, I would always refuse to eat it. Of course, my nana would make me sit at the table the entire time, telling me that I need to eat “the most important meal of the day” and I would eventually be lured into a piece of cinnamon toast with peanut butter.

Over the years, the reasons as to why I refused breakfast always changed; there was never a clear-cut answer to just WHY I refused to eat breakfast. When I first started to refuse it was because I didn’t have an appetite in the morning, then it went to rather sleeping in, then it went to the desire to lose weight, before I finally through my hands up in the air and started to force myself to eat at least a piece of toast in the morning.

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            And what would you know; all of the reason as to why I didn’t eat breakfast went away. My upset morning stomach went away because it had something in it to settle the nauseous, the food gave me energy so I didn’t want to sleep in, and I actually lost weight because my metabolism became faster and I no longer had a desire to steal a few scoops of peanut butter before lunch.

The bottom line to this whole story is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason. Yet, even with all the evidence pointing in that direction, women are still making the decision to forgo breakfast.

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According to an article published in Daily Mail, the numbers that women are skipping breakfast are large and for reasons that aren’t really, well, good reasons. They said that about a quarter of all women do not eat breakfast, and just like myself, there are multiple reasons in which they defended their decision. The reasons ranged from silly to just ignorance of common knowledge of the body; which I completely understand, because it’s difficult to have a clear-cut medical answer when there’s a new theory being released every other hour.

Here are some of the most used reasons for not eating breakfast….

(These numbers are provided by various surveys)

  • 29% said that they are to busy in the mornings.
  • 1 in 6 women don’t eat breakfast to try and lose weight.
  • 57% said that they have no appetite in the mornings.
  • Women said that there top three “Must Do’s” in the morning was: take a shower, pick out clothes, do hair. Eating breakfast was not on the list for most of the women.

Women who do not eat breakfast in the morning are shown to binge in the afternoon, feel dizzy, and tired. So why are we still not eating breakfast?

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