This blog was written for the Bell Institute for Heath and Nutrition. You can read the original post here.
The most common reason I hear from my clients for not eating breakfast is that they aren’t hungry in the morning. Upon further questioning, I usually find this applies on mornings when they have to be up early and out the door for school or work and eating breakfast on weekends and other days off is no problem.
When people say they aren’t hungry in the morning, what they are often feeling is anxiety about being late. Anyone rushing frantically to catch a bus or punch a time clock cannot fathom eating – let alone sitting down to a simple meal.
A solution to this issue is better planning. Here are some “time-tested” steps you can share that help make breakfast a regular part the day. Feel free to use these handy abbreviations to get the message across!
- GTB = Go To Bed. The best way to avoid the morning rush is to wake up earlier, but that requires going to bed earlier to ensure enough sleep. Turn off the phone, TV, computer and lights at least 15 minutes sooner than usual to gradually work towards an earlier bedtime.
- WUH = Wake Up Hungry. If you stop eating 10-12 hours before breakfast, you’ll wake up looking forward to that next meal. Make a point to brush and floss two hours before bedtime to prevent late-night eating and you’ll be sure to wake up with an appetite.
- RTG = Ready To Go. When you organize everything you’ll need to take with you in the morning the night before, you won’t have a knot in your stomach trying to find things at the last minute. This includes the clothes you’ll wear, school assignments, sports equipment, special reports, and anything needed for those after-work errands.
- PYM = Plan Your Meal. Check to see what’s available for breakfast and decide what you’re going to eat before you go to bed to avoid having to make a decision in the morning. If there’s some leftover pizza, wrap a slice in foil so it’s ready to slip into the toaster oven. Or, set the table with a bowl, spoon, juice glass and your favorite cereal so all you have to do is pour and eat to save precious time.
- MIP = Make It Portable. Sometimes the best plan is to have something ready to take with you. Combining cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a plastic bag is easy to eat when in transit. Or, bring a granola bar, piece of fruit and a yogurt to eat when you arrive. Whatever travels well will do!