It has been one week since my last confession.
I don't eat breakfast.
Oh, man, *exhale.* I know this is a big confession. Pretty much everything I read tells me that all things wrong with me could be fixed by eating breakfast. By skipping it I'm totally binge eating, and I'm definitely overweight. And I'm dumb and mean. Because I skip breakfast. At least, according to most magazines and blogs and newspapers out there.
But, breakfast doesn't do anything for me.
Now, don't get me wrong, I love savory breakfast foods. Eggs, potatoes, and bacon? Sign me up. At noon. On a Saturday. Cereal and a banana? Not before 11am, no siree bob.
Eating within four hours of waking up makes me feel ill most days. And then tired. And then grumpy. And then STARVING. I am hungrier at lunch time on days when I eat breakfast versus days when I don't.
Essentially, eating in the morning makes me experience all the things sources tell me will happen if I don't eat in the morning.
So, instead of powering through, I don't eat breakfast.
I feel normal hunger pangs between 11am and 1pm. Before that, I rarely feel hungry. Nor do I feel sluggish, stupid, or grumpy, unless I didn't get enough sleep. And that's not something food is going to fix.
From the looks of it I'm not the only one who works this way. Which is a relief. Because it's hard not to read a healthy magazine without having the necessity of breakfast thrown in your face. It sucks to be an outlier. I get told all the time that I should eat breakfast, that it will be "healthier." How? I still eat enough calories. I still make good choices about what fuel I put in my body. I know that eating food too early in the morning will make me feel ill the same way that eating food too late at night will make me ill. This is how I work.
And I work well.
I ate a granola bar before my last marathon. I kind of felt gross for the hour between eating it and starting the marathon. The previous marathon (my first), I tried to choke down a banana while walking from my hotel to the start line. I almost threw up in the street. My best runs? No "fuel" in my "tank." Except, you know, the stuff I ate the day before, which is what directly contributes to my morning performance. Unlike food I just that moment chewed up and swallowed.
Does this mean breakfast is dumb and everyone who eats in the morning is stupid? Of course not. If it didn't work for most people it wouldn't be a thing. And breakfast is a thing. It's just not my thing.
Phew, I'm glad to get that off my chest.
Do you eat breakfast? Does it work for you?