Ive recently come to think that a great deal of the west's dietary woes are due in large part to breakfast. Not whether to eat it or not ala IF, but merely that breakfast has come to equal sugar. Breakfast looks more like dessert.
I know the US has a lot of fat sick people but I kind of think that if the fakefood masquerading as breakfast had never come to be that even the crappy lunches and dinners wouldn't have such an adverse effect on the population.
Do you agree that perhaps breakfast, and it's nearly complete association with sugary sweet things, is the major factor in our failing health?
Totally agree. I get weird looks when I tell people I often eat leftovers when and if I have breakfast, (which is usually some kind of meat). Food is food no matter what time of day we serve it up and eat it.
I actually don't think the problem is breakfast per se. It is just that when people are in a rush, they eat foods that are easily made and fast... which leads to pop tarts or cereal or other quickly made foods. But quickly made foods are garbage regardless of what meal they are for; its just that people are in more of a rush in the morning.
When spending the time to eat breakfast, or eating breakfast out, I actually think breakfast is typically the healthiest meal. When people are on vacation and eat breakfast out, or if people take the time on the weekends to make a legit breakfast, it is often eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit.. Sure there are pancakes and waffles, but many of the traditional common breakfast foods are actually quite paleo.
Convience food killed our diet in my opinion and that certainly started with breakfast! Everyone got to busy to cook eggs and bacon in the morning so of course they needed to find something that's takes less than 3 minutes to prepare or that they could eat in the car. As you mention, when you start off with junk in the morning then you want more junk in the afternoon and of course don't forget convience! The funny thing is i could breakfast for my entire family every morning and it takes me leas than 20 minutes and if we are rushed for some reason, hard boiled egss are made the night before with some fruit or bacon strips!
I have found that the biggest issue with any diet is a search for quick and easy. The solution to that is simple: always be prepared!
I was all set to disagree and say "what's wrong with breakfast" but you're absolutely right. I get so many strange looks when people see what I eat for breakfast- typically sweet potato and maybe some leftover meat, tuna, or eggs, plus black coffee. Even before paleo I didn't eat sweets, though. Most people I know say they can only face eating fruit, pastries, or sweet yogurt or cereal in the morning...I'm almost inclined to say that if you're ONLY hungry for sugar perhaps you're not genuinely hungry. And if you are hungry I don't see why breakfast should be treated so differently than other meals. As for your question, I would add that breakfast seems to be the meal when people like to have their ridiculous 800-calorie sugary starbucks "coffee" (more like milkshakes really) and I think that's definitely another part of it.
Well, I haven't eaten any of that rubbish in many, many years, (not paleo that whole time, but not SAD, either) but I still had health problems rear their ugly heads over the last year or so, right as I was turning 40.
I swear I get sick just looking at people's carts in the grocery store when they're full of nothing but sugary cereals, sugary snack bars (often labeled suggesting they're nutritious), snack cakes, pop (soda) full of HFCS and big amounts of artificial colors, ice cream, Hamburger Helper and a bunch of other processed crap. It really makes me cringe in horror and at the same time, feel bad for the person doing it, and also somewhat disdainful when I figure they are probably wondering why all of their children have behavioral issues, are getting bad grades, etc., and why they themselves are tired, foggy, cranky, sad, etc.
My sister is one of those people. She's over weight, but refuses to see that it's the sugary rubbish she eats all day, starting with breakfast and supplemented with candy and ice cream bars through out the day. She refuses to take responsibility for the way she feels, and instead just thinks she is unlucky...
I think the sugary breakfasts are a problem, but I think they go hand-in-hand with late night crapfests, which lead to no true hunger in the morning, which lead to those 'healthy' breakfasts which are really dessert in disguise. Really, what's the difference between a bowl of instant cinnamon oatmeal and an oatmeal cookie or three?
Finishing breakfast in a rush only to go sit completely still for 8 hours, all the while eating like we're farming in the fields doesn't help, either...
If people can choke down cereal or a pastry they can choke down a single egg, right? Just think how much better their insulin numbers would look.
I've never been much of a breakfast eater, but since I've started eating eggs and meat for breakfast, with an occasional peach or plum, I've not had one episode of "the shakes" that I used to get (low blood sugar).
However, I have to wonder....what about the French, who, through my own observations, have a quick espresso and a croissant on their way to work? Whenever I'm in France, I always marvel and wonder at their breakfast. Do they get the shakes from a caffeine/carb breakfast? One of these days, I hope to speak enough French to find out... :-)
You are absolutely right. I've never eaten it, but SO OFTEN when staying with friends or relatives, all I'mm offered for breakfast is "cereals" (popped rice with sugar, cornflakes with sugar etc) drenched in skimmed milk, then toast, "spread" and jam or marmalade.
I always ask if there is an egg in the house, or I go without.
But I had never even considered what a dreadful start to the day this is for so many people.
And when I am asked by people who know I don't eat grains what I eat for breakfast, the response to "liver, broccoli and fried potato" or "omelette, spinach and mushrooms" etc is usually - "but that's an EVENING meal"!!!!
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