The Most Important Meal


For the UAS Whalesong

By this point in your young adult life, you’ve probably made up your mind which way to feel about the common adage that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Some people live and die by this saying, and will not leave the house in the morning until they’ve consumed food. In fact, these people are often known to get up well before they actually need to leave the house in order to make themselves, and maybe their friend/significant other/roommate, a wholesome breakfast. My old roommate was one of these people; in fact, one year for Christmas, she got an electric griddle to more easily facilitate the breakfast-making process.

Other people, however, tend to find themselves falling squarely into the opposite camp of thinking when it comes to breakfast – which is that yeah, it’s nice, but it’s not a necessity. Breakfast is hard; if you’re not already a morning person, even the extra 15-20 minutes earlier that you have to rise in order to make and consume a bowl of cereal can seem like a Mighty Sacrifice when you could hit snooze for that amount of time instead. I will confess to being one of these people; I will take any opportunity to maximize on my amount of sleep time, and at this point I’m used to rarely (if ever) eating in the morning.

But lately, I have gleaned information about breakfast that I didn’t know before – and considering that I might not be the only person to whom this knowledge was new, I thought I would share it with the masses. For years, the importance of breakfast has been pressed upon me, and for years, I’ve assumed it was a mostly groundless rumor spread by health magazines and misinformed scientists. One day, however, I heard something that justified this claim of importance and struck a chord with me. It made me realize that I had never actually understood, asked, or been told why breakfast was supposed to be the most important meal of the day. Continue reading “The Most Important Meal”