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The Breakfast Myth, Part 2: The Art and Science Of Not Eating Breakfast
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March 3, 2014
11:20 pm
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Troy:

"Breakfast" is whenever you wake up, and "dinner" is whenever you fall asleep.  So if you're eating dinner-style foods for "breakfast", you're doing well, and likely much better off than most!

If you're hungry coming off a multi-day fast, it's not really possible to "overeat" unless you're drinking olive oil straight from the bottle.  If you end up binging on junk, that's another issue...do you fast because you're trying to achieve an objective, or simply because your schedule makes it inconvenient to eat?

JS

May 29, 2014
7:57 am
Alice Tesla
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I just wanted to say THANK YOU.

I started reading your site a few days ago after I was googling around about carbs (after reading the article "Always Hungry? Here's Why" that appeared in the NY Times on May 16, 2014). I have hit the "where the hell did this weight come from?" moment in my mid-thirties and so I've been trying to figure out what I need to fix about my eating to stop gaining weight and start losing some.

While I'm a long ways out from going Paleo, reading about bread being sugar (I will NEVER walk past a bakery and not think of Skittles!), and in particular how we often eat that stuff at breakfast, made me realize that the simplest positive change in my diet I could make was to totally change my first meal of the day.

So two days ago I made myself an omelette. Which might not sound like a big deal, except that it was the first omelette I'd ever eaten. This is because, as a child, I used to wretch when I even smelled eggs cooking! So I've always hated them. But I had sensed for a while that my aversion was waning, and so I felt ready to try it out. And indeed, I can manage it!

What I couldn't BELIEVE was that I didn't even think about eating again until 3pm. I just wasn't hungry. Period. Same thing today, after another omelette. Now that I've read this article, I see how badly I was hurting myself by eating low-fat, high-carb in the morning! But no more!! Time to start burning fat for energy again!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
-Alice

June 3, 2014
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Alice:

I'm glad to hear you're having success with such a simple change!

Do note that you don't have to eat "breakfast food" for breakfast.  While omelets are delicious and I encourage their consumption, it's unnecessary to limit oneself to eggs and pork products.  Anything you'd eat for lunch or dinner is fair game.  In fact, most people would be better served eating their evening meal for breakfast and their breakfast for dinner!

If you're in a hurry and don't have time to cook breakfast, it's nice to have some hard-boiled eggs on hand.  Just sprinkle on some seasoning and go!  (I like "creole seasoning" like Zatarain's or Tony Chachere's, but salt and pepper is fine too.)  You can also grill an entire package of sausages all at once, refrigerate them, and heat them up in ones or twos in the morning instead of having to cook them from scratch.  And dinner leftovers are also a perfectly acceptable breakfast.

Stay in touch and let us know how you get on!

JS

July 2, 2014
7:11 pm
Sylwester Smieszek
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I have question, it's been bothering me for a while now , i was wondering if having cold beakfast is healthy or if it's unhealthy and bad for ya , please let me know what you think or simply direct me to some webs where i can find informations about it.

July 2, 2014
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Sylwester:

The temperature of the breakfast isn't important: if you don't have time to prepare a hot meal, hard-boiled eggs or cold leftovers are just fine. What's important is the nutritional content: a meal of complete protein, relatively low in carbohydrates, will keep you satiated for much longer than a meal of juice (sugar) and cereal (sugar).

More articles you might be interested in:
http://www.gnolls.org/2131/the-breakfast-myth-part-1/
http://www.gnolls.org/2052/how-heart-healthy-whole-grains-make-us-fat/
http://www.gnolls.org/3409/the-calorie-paradox-did-four-rice-chex-make-america-fat-part-ii-of-there-is-no-such-thing-as-a-calorie/ (see "calories at dinner vs. breakfast" section)
http://www.gnolls.org/3662/what-is-hunger-and-why-are-we-hungry-j-stantons-ahs-2012-presentation-including-slides/

JS

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