Why It's Okay to Skip Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Maybe not.
Breakfast literally means, “breaking the fast.”
What fast? The 6-8 hours you’ve slept? That’s hardly a fast and certainly not enough time to get rid of all the stuff you put in your body yesterday.
For years I wouldn’t, no, I couldn’t go without breakfast. I really believed I’d fall out from hunger if I missed a meal. And I did. If I went too long between meals I’d get weak and shaky. Downright hangry. (That's hungry and angry, bad combo.)
Many years ago, I ate a “traditional” breakfast; eggs, bacon, sometimes fried potatoes, and toast. I eventually realized I didn’t have a lot of energy after eating those foods and evolved to a breakfast of hot cereal. Namely, oatmeal.
While building this website with my husband, Rick, we uncovered some pretty strange "historical facts." One such fact (plot) was the traditional breakfast. It began in 1920 as a deceptive plan (by the Beech-Nut Packing Company) to convince Americans they needed a 'hearty breakfast' that included pork, or bacon as we know it today. Among other "facts" we hold to be true, it's quite the story...
When I first heard about intermittent fasting or IF; alternating between periods of eating normally and periods of fasting, I rushed to the computer. After hours researching the data and studies behind it, I was a believer.
And amazingly, I adopted the habit without experiencing any side effects that had plagued me for years. I had more energy, mental clarity and more time…
I easily adopted this type of fasting because I believed it was healthy and good for me and my body responded. (We are such powerful beings that we can do virtually anything we believe.)
“If you can see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand (body).”
– Bob Proctor
Our ancestors have been fasting since the beginning of human civilization; experiencing periods of feasting and famine. It’s only logical we'd have fasting in our DNA…
Religious and spiritual traditions practice it. Animals instinctively do it.
Today, many people are experiencing incredible results. Its surge in popularity is partly due to its effectiveness for those wanting to shed extra weight.
Those I know personally are thriving; losing weight, feeling better, more energy, etc.
Choose Your Foods/Calories Wisely
I eat primarily a plant-based, organic diet. Few processed foods such as dairy, junk foods, etc.
In the morning I drink purified water, herbal tea and occasionally black organic coffee.
My window of eating opens around 2 in the afternoon. (I’m an early riser.) I begin with a piece of fruit or some raw or cooked veggies. An avocado with diced tomatoes and garlic is a favorite snack, as is dried fruit & nuts.
I don’t gorge, but eat just enough to feel satisfied, yet energetic. A few hours later I graduate to dinner. Not a full meal deal. I like to bring it on slow. Cup of soup, then some veggies. Or rice and veggies. I've got some of my favorite recipes here. Looking for meals that are healthy and delicious? We've got some of the healthiest cookbooks here.
You know what foods are best for your body
by the way you feel after eating them.
Whatever type of fasting you prefer, all offer the same healing benefits.
Isn't it time you gave your body a break? Fasting may be just what you’ve been needing...
If you want to reset your immune system, heal from pain and many "diseases" consider a water fast.
"Fasting is the strongest appeal to the human being's natural powers of healing and self-rejuvenation, on both a spiritual and corporeal level."
Heinz Fahrner, M.D
The Miracle of Fasting: Proven Throughout History for Physical, Mental, & Spiritual Rejuvenation - From Dr. Paul Bragg - America's Health Food Pioneer
The No-Breakfast Plan and the Fasting Cure: The Original Classic on Intermittent Fasting for Optimal Health by Edward Dewey, M.D.,