Trapped in a Breakfast Cliché? Break Free!
By Joan Kent, PhD
Yesterday at the gym, a co-worker eating a turkey sub with lettuce and tomato was laughed at by a gym member, who said, "Breakfast – the most important meal of the day, right?"
Guess the sub was funny because it wasn't eggs and toast. Or oatmeal. Or pancakes. Or some other breakfast cliché.
Recently, a coaching client asked what I eat for breakfast. I described my breakfast that morning, fairly typical for me: egg whites, a kale-and-spinach salad with walnuts, real sauerkraut (for the probiotics), olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
My client thought it was unusual. But I do what I tell my clients to do. I just do it in the morning, too.
Does Your Breakfast Look Like Dinner? Perfect!
It's an unshakable idea that vegetables should be reserved for lunch and dinner. We believe breakfasts should resemble our childhood choices.
Unfortunately, some of us grew up when no one ate healthful breakfasts. I certainly did.
Back then, breakfast meant pancakes, French toast, waffles. Cereal was always available. Not healthy cereal, mind you, but the kind that inspired the comment, "You could get more nutrition from eating the box."
An alternative was eggs and toast, with or without bacon. Compared to the other options, it would have been a wise choice.
As the world's Foremost Recovered Sugar Addict, I preferred waffles or pancakes. Breakfast was my first chance of the day to eat white flour and sugar. Lots of syrup! Those were truly the bad old days.
Contemporary breakfasts still resemble the traditional. They've just morphed a little. But I digress.
Scandinavians, Asians, midwestern U.S. residents eat fish for breakfast. So who says a morning meal can't be spinach salad? Or a turkey sandwich? I used to make a terrific vegetable soup that my husband loved to eat first thing in the morning.
My best clients are bodybuilders. They're focused on results, so they eat whatever I recommend – and certainly don't care what time of day they eat it.
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Brought to you by Dr. Joan Kent, best-selling author of Stronger Than Sugar: 7 Simple Steps to Defeat Sugar Addiction, Lift Your Moods, and Transform Your Health.