Last week, when I was in Ohio for the funeral, I slept to 9 or 10am eastern, woke up and did an hour of yoga, and took breakfast/lunch at 11 or 12. Strangely, I did not get RAVENOUSLY hungry as I typically do at home, mid morning.
This week, I've skipped breakfast each week day, beginning work with a simple glass of water. Strangely, the esophagus gripping, stomach knotting, head-ache pounding symptoms I'd typically get have not arrived.
I've gone 40 years believing that if I don't eat breakfast, I'll be hungry, screwed, deprived of essential nutrients, handicapped in my ability to handle the day's challenges, weakened, at-a-loss. Maybe I'm just getting really really old? Maybe the fact I've cut caffeine nearly entirely out of my diet has toned down my appetite? Maybe my tape worm finally died? Maybe the damn bowls of cereal I've had (upwards of 10,000 bowls) in my lifetime have always been priming my insulin pump and revving up my hunger pre-maturely, un-necessarily, caloric-ly.
Whatever the case may be, for adults like myself, who spend our mornings at a computer, talking on the phone, and who are not emaciated - having a healthy percentage of body fat - I no longer see the need to have breakfast in the wee hours of the AM before starting work. We'll see how this works out, going forward into 2009. Getting off caffeine took me 3 months (down from 4 to 8 cans a day). We'll see how long it takes to kick the breakfast habit.
If anyone else has had a similar 'retraction of breakfast' in your morning routine... I would be very interested to hear how it worked for you.
1 year ago