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Do I really have to have b/fast?

Answered on September 23, 2013
Created September 13, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I have the obligatory half pint of cold water first thing, then walk to buy the paper (a 20 min. round trip). I then have a cup of green tea sweetened with honey, then take my daughter to catch the bus which is a 10 minute walk. I then come home and have another cup of tea before going to collect the dog in the car, when I then take him in the fields for 30-40 minutes. I then go home and start on the housework....no time for b/fast and I don't miss it until about midday when I start preparing our lunch. During the afternoon I will snack on fruit and macadamia nuts, not a lot of either, then have a bit of fish with some tomatoes and a lettuce leaf for supps.. I occasionally have a horlicks but as it is not Paleo, I' thinking of giving it a miss. Do I need to make time for b/fast?

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on September 15, 2013
at 04:47 PM

Here's Jaminet's view on what to take while doing a 16/8 fast - includes bone broth:

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2012/03/food-for-a-fast/

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on September 14, 2013
at 08:32 AM

Good point, thanks.

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on September 14, 2013
at 08:31 AM

Thanks, as i get older, i really don't feel like anything in the am. Then by lunchtime i am ready for a nice lunch with fruit an nuts to follow with something light in the evening, or sometimes i don't bother with that either.

All my early life i was told I MUST EAT, and at school if you sent back a plate with anything on it, you forfeited break time and had to go and pray for the starving millions in the world. Admirable thought, but it has given me an unfortunate relationship with food. When i hit my teens i was told I MUST NOT EAT.

It's a funny old world!

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on September 14, 2013
at 08:22 AM

Thank you, I do find that mid-morning i feel a bit light headed so i make a point of leaving the housework and having a sit down with the paper and a cup of tea and maybe a bit of fruit. I'm not hungry but i have noticed that i am drinking a lot more. It has been observed by people in the know, that quite often thirst is confused with hunger, so I have a drink first and see if i feel better.

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on September 14, 2013
at 08:05 AM

Ditto above, thank you this is quite liberating!

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on September 14, 2013
at 08:04 AM

A bit like the prvious answer, thank you I don't feel like i'm going to get a slap any minute for breaking some elusive rule.

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on September 14, 2013
at 08:02 AM

thanks, the less I feel guilty about food, the more I will be able to accept that as long as I am sensible and live within certain guidelines, it is not a sin to actually enjoy what you're eating and when you choose to eat it....v. encouraging

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on September 13, 2013
at 10:04 PM

Yes. With me, I walk long distances in the morning to classes and whatnot. I'd be hungry after sitting down in the class if I haven't eaten because of the previous walking that, sometimes, requires me to rush like 6 blocks within a limited time frame... I'm working on time management.

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on September 13, 2013
at 12:26 PM

I have had breakfast twice this past week and have gained a couple of pounds. I am not too bothered about the weight gain, as it is the visceral fat that I want rid of. Also I can lose/gain 5 lbs overnight.

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on September 23, 2013
at 12:09 AM

As a non-breakfast eater for most of my life I am so GLAD I finally changed. More energy, less hungry at lunch, more stamina and over all feeling much better all day. Skip the cold water and go for a cup or two of warm water with the juice of about 1/2 lemon if big or a whole one if small, eat a piece of fruit, banana is great for the potassium you need. It does not have to be a big b-fast but you need something.

I dated a girl for a year or so who did as I suggest to your above. Linda had zero problem in keeping her weight down, she was a size 0, had been at it all her life. We moved on but about 10 years later I bumped into her, she looked exactly the same and was very healthy.

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on September 14, 2013
at 01:15 PM

FYI: It's spelled breakfast. No, you can skip it and go straight for lunch instead.

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on September 14, 2013
at 08:33 AM

Thank you all, I am very grateful for your bothering to answer and hope that I continue to feel as good and still lose weight.

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on September 13, 2013
at 08:49 PM

many people advocate intermittent fasting, and if your goal is to build muscle/lose weight i know keifer recommends carb backloading, either will pretty much cut out breakfast. so like others have said do what feels right and works for you, some would argue skipping breakfast is preferable.

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on September 14, 2013
at 08:32 AM

Good point, thanks.

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on September 13, 2013
at 07:57 PM

Do what your body tells you. That's as simple as it can be. Everything else is just this, that and the other. Sometimes I have something in the morning and other times I don't. It's all about what the body is asking for and feeling great.

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on September 14, 2013
at 08:31 AM

Thanks, as i get older, i really don't feel like anything in the am. Then by lunchtime i am ready for a nice lunch with fruit an nuts to follow with something light in the evening, or sometimes i don't bother with that either.

All my early life i was told I MUST EAT, and at school if you sent back a plate with anything on it, you forfeited break time and had to go and pray for the starving millions in the world. Admirable thought, but it has given me an unfortunate relationship with food. When i hit my teens i was told I MUST NOT EAT.

It's a funny old world!

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on September 13, 2013
at 05:33 PM

If you're not having any problems with: headaches, anxiety, craving sweets, late night eating, brain fog, poor focus and concentration and low daily energy doing what you are doing, then great; if you are having any of the above, it made a world of difference to me to start each day with a cup of bone broth (instead of coffee) and a breakfast with at least 25gm of protein, even when I am not at all hungry. Though I seldom am hungry at breakfast time, I find eating the above rountine is more about how I will feel for the rest of the day. Eating the above breakfast (along with strict grain avoidance) has eliminated all the above symptoms for me.

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on September 14, 2013
at 08:22 AM

Thank you, I do find that mid-morning i feel a bit light headed so i make a point of leaving the housework and having a sit down with the paper and a cup of tea and maybe a bit of fruit. I'm not hungry but i have noticed that i am drinking a lot more. It has been observed by people in the know, that quite often thirst is confused with hunger, so I have a drink first and see if i feel better.

736662d9fd6314d426cc6de1896aa045

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on September 15, 2013
at 04:47 PM

Here's Jaminet's view on what to take while doing a 16/8 fast - includes bone broth:

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2012/03/food-for-a-fast/

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on September 13, 2013
at 03:30 PM

Horlicks and other similar drinks contain wheat and sugar and artificial vitamins, so bad!

Morning water should be room temp or warmer, and a lot of fresh lemon juice in it is said to be very good.

I really think fruits and nuts should be used sparingly, if weight loss is your goal. Especially fruits.Your dinners of tomato and lettuce and fish sound very bland, not enough fat, not diverse enough. Do you make bone broth from chicken or beef or anything? Having that to drink as needed is invaluable, and as a base for hearty soups, or some of it reduced down with meat/veg to make tasty sauces.

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on September 13, 2013
at 03:09 PM

Intermittent fasting is generally about skipping one meal a day. It can have many benefits if done in a healthy way. If I'm not feeling hungry in the morning, I skip breakfast, but if I workout in the morning or feel weak, I have a green smoothie or green protein smoothie.

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on September 14, 2013
at 08:05 AM

Ditto above, thank you this is quite liberating!

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on September 13, 2013
at 02:52 PM

Someone along the line said maybe we should get people to eat 3 meals a day and that way we sell more food. Why is it needed? I'm guessing that early Paleo people ate when they had food available and fasted when they had nothing. I do very well on 16 hour fast, 8 hour eating which controls my tendency to overeat, even when not hungry. I wish I had thought to do this when I was much younger. It seems pretty natural for me to wake up, have some coffee and go about my day without having to cook or buy breakfast. A bit of freedom!

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on September 14, 2013
at 08:04 AM

A bit like the prvious answer, thank you I don't feel like i'm going to get a slap any minute for breaking some elusive rule.

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on September 13, 2013
at 12:21 PM

technically, yes you have to have breakfast. Breakfast is the first meal of the day where you "Break" the "fast". But you do not have to have breakfast at a certain time, nor do you have to have any "traditional" type foods for breakfast.

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on September 14, 2013
at 08:02 AM

thanks, the less I feel guilty about food, the more I will be able to accept that as long as I am sensible and live within certain guidelines, it is not a sin to actually enjoy what you're eating and when you choose to eat it....v. encouraging

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on September 13, 2013
at 11:29 AM

It's really all about what's working for you. If you feel good and have enough energy without breakfast, then no need to if it's inconvenient. A high protein breakfast might, however, help with the midday snacking, if you're concerned about that.

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on September 13, 2013
at 12:26 PM

I have had breakfast twice this past week and have gained a couple of pounds. I am not too bothered about the weight gain, as it is the visceral fat that I want rid of. Also I can lose/gain 5 lbs overnight.

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on September 13, 2013
at 10:04 PM

Yes. With me, I walk long distances in the morning to classes and whatnot. I'd be hungry after sitting down in the class if I haven't eaten because of the previous walking that, sometimes, requires me to rush like 6 blocks within a limited time frame... I'm working on time management.

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