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Is breakfast necessary or just a ploy by the cereal companies...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 05, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I wake up every morning at 4 am so that I have enough time to get my a$$ in gear, get my son to daycare, and get to work. At this time of the day I am NEVER hungry and if I do try to eat anything, it almost makes me queasy (and I have tried everything for breakfast). I usually get hungry around 10 am and eat my 'breakfast' then.

My question is: is breakfast TRULY the most important meal of the day or is that just a ploy by the evil cereal companies to get you to consume their food? If an early breakfast is necessary, does anyone have suggestions on how I might adapt to eating?

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on July 07, 2012
at 01:45 AM

Right on! Eat what you like, when you like. Paleo is a positive attitude, not a witch hunt for conspiracies.

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on July 07, 2012
at 01:38 AM

I quit eating it for a long time. I try to spend as much time moving now and can't do without it. I was a sedentary slave of mechanized transportation, and shank's mare now demands fuel the same way a car does. I did some calculations and I get about 200 miles to the gallon of oil.

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on July 07, 2012
at 01:30 AM

If I don't eat breakfast my stomach sends loud messages.

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on July 07, 2012
at 01:29 AM

+1 for calling out paranoia. Sad that orthorexia is CW with some paleos.

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on July 07, 2012
at 01:26 AM

Hunger wakes me up. I eat something, then walk 5 miles.

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on July 05, 2012
at 02:58 PM

for sure. if all the things pushed by the drug companies are so beneficial and fantastic, why are pharmaceutical co's the largest group of lobbyists?

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on July 05, 2012
at 12:14 PM

It's unnecessary, push your 'breakfast' out longer and you'll reap more benefits from your fasting period...or so they say.

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on July 05, 2012
at 12:41 PM

Breakfast - "Breaking a fast." Simply eating after a prolonged period of fasting. Doesn't matter if it's 8:00 AM, or 3:00 PM. I look at it as breaking that whatever timed period of fasting.

If you aren't hungry, don't forcefully eat. Listen to your body, stay hydrated, and you'll known when you break the fast. For me? Usually 2-3 hours after waking up.

I wouldn't go as far to say there are proofs and reason to show breakfast can be detrimental... Seeming as there are MANY folk who eat breakfast upon waking and do just fine like that. Everyone is different when it comes to eating. You have to find what works best for you.

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on July 07, 2012
at 01:26 AM

Hunger wakes me up. I eat something, then walk 5 miles.

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on July 05, 2012
at 02:21 PM

All this is good advice, but what some people are failing to consider is what your needs are. It's not simple enough to just say "yes it's a ploy by cereal companies".

There are several questions to ask before saying that breakfast isn't necessary.

What do YOU feel like when you wake up? Do YOU workout in the morning? What do YOU feel like if you workout fasted? How are YOUR hunger levels after working out if you work out fasted?

Trying to generalize the answer to this question into a one size fits all response is probably not the best way to go about this.

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on July 07, 2012
at 01:29 AM

+1 for calling out paranoia. Sad that orthorexia is CW with some paleos.

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on July 05, 2012
at 12:25 PM

Breakfast is evolutionary not needed. Eating when your cortisol levels are at their max causes twice the insulin response as waiting until later causing hunger and blood sugar swings. Read the latest article on leangains for scientific sources/proof.

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on July 05, 2012
at 11:21 AM

I think a light breakfast of bits from the previous night's meal would be a "Paleo" style breakfast. Certainly not the sit-down, large-spread meal that Denny's likes to portray as an ideal breakfast! And no, breakfast is not something that the cereal companies invented. They just inserted themselves into the picture by making kids want sugary stuff for their first meal of the day instead of something more substantial. And since it's easy to prep with minimal clean-up, parents happily go with the flow.

If you're not hungry, you're not hungry. My hunger doesn't kick in until around 10 am either. If I try to force myself to eat earlier than that, I don't feel good.

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on July 05, 2012
at 01:47 PM

Breakfast is mandatory for me; all the protein from eggs and sausage propels me into my day w energy.

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on July 07, 2012
at 01:45 AM

Right on! Eat what you like, when you like. Paleo is a positive attitude, not a witch hunt for conspiracies.

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on July 05, 2012
at 01:42 PM

If I don't eat breakfast I get anxiety

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on July 07, 2012
at 01:30 AM

If I don't eat breakfast my stomach sends loud messages.

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on July 05, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Most mornings I have a dog's breakfast: a stretch, a piss & a look around then I am off. I listen to my body and it rarely needs food in the morning I will naturally get truly hungry 12-2 pm then I eat. Supper is my big meal of the day. I always have plenty of energy (I do work at a physically demanding job) and work circle around all the young guys half my age.

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on July 05, 2012
at 02:04 PM

I have a different point of view about breakfast.... Most days, I don't feel hungry in the same way I did before going paleo/primal. Before, I would base my hunger on cravings. Now, it's just more necessary for me to eat so I have enough energy (and not get grumpy!).

When I eat a lot of red meat, I get a ton of energy. I realized this the other night right before bed and thought "I don't need all this energy now. I need it in the morning!"

I usually feel hungry in the mornings but I would say I trained my body to be that way because I knew I needed fuel for my morning routine.

For me, it makes sense to make breakfast the biggest meal of your day. A light dinner is probably easier for your stomach to digest as you wind down to rest. I'm going to try doing this and see how it works out :)

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on July 05, 2012
at 11:36 AM

agree with the above- if it is working for you don't worry about it.everybody has a different schedule/preference/needs. one size never fits all.

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on July 06, 2012
at 08:13 PM

Breakfast, including the "three squares" concept are a function of agricultural civilization. When you eat grains or lots of carbs you'll be hungry more often. In caveman times, the men would likely go hunting during the day and eat when they returned at night. That was on days when they found food. We are programmed to eat infrequently, and eating mostly protein and fat is what makes that possible. That said, eat when you are hungry, not when someone tells you to.

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on July 05, 2012
at 01:06 PM

I agree with breakfast being conditioned, not needed. From ages 8-18 I had to get up at 6.30am to get the train to school (I know that probably doesn't sound early to those in the US, but school starts later here in the UK). I could never eat at that time, and it became a big issue in my house, and I remember miserable, cold winter mornings trying to force down toast or rice krispies first thing. Over the years I trained myself to eat upon waking, no matter how early. Now I generally am always hungry and eat as soon as I wake up (unless I'm working out, which I can do fasted). I wonder, if I'd been allowed to eat when naturally hungry as a child (i.e. once I'd got to school or at morning break) whether that would have made a difference to my adult patterns of morning hunger.

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on July 07, 2012
at 01:38 AM

I quit eating it for a long time. I try to spend as much time moving now and can't do without it. I was a sedentary slave of mechanized transportation, and shank's mare now demands fuel the same way a car does. I did some calculations and I get about 200 miles to the gallon of oil.

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on July 05, 2012
at 12:57 PM

Good call on an evil ploy by the Cereal companies. You will appreciate this article. It provides a good history of how processed cereal became a morning staple.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/nov/23/food-book-extract-felicity-lawrence

"One of the earliest convenience foods, processed cereals represents a triumph of marketing, packaging and US economic and foreign policy."

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on July 05, 2012
at 11:48 AM

I'm in the same boat as the OP. I never feel like eating before I have to be at work at 7:00, and I either eat around 9 or 10 or bulletproof fast until lunch. Dallas & Melissa of Whole 9 Life, however, say in It Starts With Food that lack of hunger is a sign of hormonal imbalance or disruption; they recommend eating within an hour of waking, at least during a Whole30.

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on July 05, 2012
at 11:19 AM

Since discovering Paleo I have come to decide that the Govt know how bad grains etc are. What with Govt funded agriculture fuelling bad health, the pharmaceuticals profit, meaning the economy (read tax bill and therefore Govt) benefit. It all seems to be one big circle of greedy fat cats feeding off the ignorance and resulting poor health of the masses.

I try not to talk about it as I get a bit "soap-boxy" and angry.

Anything advertised isn't good for our health. If we needed it, we'd already have it.

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on July 05, 2012
at 02:58 PM

for sure. if all the things pushed by the drug companies are so beneficial and fantastic, why are pharmaceutical co's the largest group of lobbyists?

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