We’ve all heard the old saying: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. This statement was true… a few generations ago. Back in the days when Americans woke up at 4am to work the farms, breakfast served a very different purpose. After four hours in the fields, already exhausted from hard labor and in need of energetic replenishment, we came in from the farm and sat down to a big, satisfying meal sometime around 10am. Then we went back out to work.
Of course, the vast majority of us are no longer out on the farm. But somehow, we’re still told it’s healthy – and wise – to stuff ourselves full first thing in the morning. Breakfast, after all, is “the most important meal of the day”! But is that true any longer? Do you really need to stockpile calories to sit in front of a computer all day?
The word breakfast can be broken down into two words – break and fast – and biology alone tells us you don’t break a fast with a massive meal. When you rise in the morning, having fasted for eight hours (longer if you don’t eat right up until bedtime), your bio-rhythms are low. What you really need is a pick me up – as in caffeine with some sugar! Add a simple carb with a health fat, and you’re in good shape. That’s right, coffee and a croissant. Tea with toast and jam. Humans are an adaptable species… why should breakfast be an exception?