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Friday, 18 November 2016

Every kid knew this: breakfast is the most important meal of our day.

Hello everybody.

In the middle of the last century, popular nutrition authors advised people to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. Over here, ever since we were kids, we were told to eat our breakfasts ourselves, to share our lunch with our friend, and to give our dinner to someone else (some even said "your enemy")  :)
The recent studies are now telling us such a wide range op opposite opinions, most of people no longer know what is the good choice. Should we "eat like kings"? Is it better to have a light cereal-and-milk (substitutes are much more popular nowadays)? Is breakfast over-rated and should it be skipped all together, to save precious minutes in the morning?! Is drinking lemon-water first thing in the morning a better choice than bacon-and-ham?

 (pretty much my choices for the start of the day)
I was raised this way, and I feel no disadvantages of 
having my first - strong meal, quite early in the day.

As its name implies, the purpose of breakfast is to break the fast between dinner and lunch. As it is, back in middle ages, eating breakfast meant that one was poor, was a low-status farmer or laborer who truly needed the energy to sustain his morning’s labor, or was too weak to make it to the large, midday dinner - it was only allowed to children, the elderly, the sick, and to working men. Anyone else did not speak of having food in the morning.
On these grounds, breakfast was a fuel-meal. You'd have it and then you can go: to the fields, to your work, to school - for some people that was the only "strong" meal in the day. Mothers woke the kids up early, so they could be sure that, quote: "you will have this, and I can be sure you had something" and they could then go. That's how we were raised.
Many years forward, our folks were introduced with breakfast cereal, it was advertised as easy, convenient food for busy people. Faster times needed faster meals, I suppose. Maybe folks can work hard and be productive on this type of morning fuel, but I have not accepted it.

Actually, I follow these guidelines:

Happy and healthy worker here.

There's a explanation of the old-school diet, written in new words; they say you should eat like you're building a pyramid. What?!
When you wake up in the morning, 6-8 hours without food or water is when you would most benefit from a hearty meal, and not when you're getting close to bed time. When planning your meals for the day, visualize them like a pyramid (note here: not the food pyramid!), although knowing more about that certainly helps. Apparently, we should consider our day like building a pyramid of food. Breakfast is the base—large and filling. 

And there we have it.

The circle has been rounded, we went back to "large and filling" - but, I can't promise we're not going to hear about not eating a lot in the morning.. as this circle keeps spinning. What you chose to eat (or not eat - maybe you're one of the "only coffee in the morning" kind of person) is entirely up to you. After all - that's why it's called "gut sense"  :)
Happy Friday

1 comment:

  1. Now winter is here, I have porridge for breakfast. (And tea, of course - can't start the day without a cup of tea!)