Last week, I accidentally ate breakfast. Yes, that’s right – I didn’t intend to eat breakfast, but I did… and it was the best thing I’ve accidentally done in a long time.
But how did this happen? How does one eat a meal by accident?
Well, in my case, it had something to do with my alarm going off an hour earlier than I intended it to. Already awake and having lots of time to kill, I decided to go down to the cafeteria to grab myself a cup of tea. This in itself was very different from my normal routine as I usually wake up just in time to perform my morning ablutions, pack my backpack, and power walk (emphasis on the power!) to class. But that day, I actually had time to get myself a cup of tea and drink it before I had to leave residence. While in the cafeteria, I saw some friends sitting at a table and decided to go by and chat quickly with them. The next thing I know, not only do I have a piping hot cup of green tea in front of me, but a bowl of cereal and fresh fruit as well!
Okay, so maybe “accidental” is not quite accurate. But I definitely didn’t have any plans to have breakfast that day or ever. This is because I’m one of those people that never eats breakfast. I know all about how breakfast is “the most important meal of the day”. And yet, I’ve always prioritized an extra 20 minutes of sleep over breakfast.
But I have to say, that day that I ate breakfast was one of the most productive days I’ve had in a while. I wasn’t starving by 11AM and I was paying total attention in morning lectures because I wasn’t groggy. I was hooked on this amazing feeling of being energized and ready to take on the day. As a result, I’ve tried to readjust my schedule so that I can get those extra 20 minutes to eat a healthy breakfast.
That being said, I do have a word of caution for all those non-breakfast eaters that have been inspired by my own tale to jump right in to eating a full breakfast every morning: what you eat is just as important as when you eat! One day, I had a full breakfast of bacon, French toast and scrambled eggs. Sounds like a super yummy meal and it was. The only problem was that I felt so greasy and full by the end of it, that it actually had the reverse effect — I wanted to throw my pajamas back on and just crawl back into bed.
After that, I learned that I should stick to cereal, yogurt, and fruits for my breakfast on the days when I really need to be alert and concentrate; anything heavier and it makes me too full to move.
So, if you don’t normally eat breakfast, I encourage you to try it out. Just make sure not to overdo it; fried bacon and waffles loaded with whipped cream might be better saved for the weekends when we can better afford to take a nap afterwards.
How do you try to fit breakfast into your morning schedule?