“Did you eat anything today?” – Mom
Good morning! I’m Annie and I almost never eat breakfast. I know, I know “it’s the most important meal of the day” and all that. I understand that it is important to eat breakfast every day for a number of reasons. Nevertheless, I’m the kind of person who just isn’t hungry in the morning. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I wake up for my 9 a.m. class at around 8:15 a.m., and I sit in Campion for a few minutes with a cup or two of coffee. And that’s it. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, my first class is at 2 p.m. so I usually don’t even wake up in time for breakfast. So, this past week, I decided to see how my morning changed when I ate a decent breakfast (not just my usual attempt at a meal consisting of a single banana) for three days straight: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I’m going to use Monday as my control for Wednesday and Friday because I have the same classes on those days, but I didn’t eat breakfast on Monday; the same applies to Thursday, using Tuesday as my control.
Wednesday, Oct. 3
8:15 a.m. – I walked into Campion this morning, looked at all the options for breakfast, sighed deeply, and thought, “do I actually have to do this?” Like every morning, I wasn’t hungry at all and any thought of food made me want to eat even less. Luckily, I had planned my breakfast the day before so I wouldn’t be walking around aimlessly looking at all the food. My Wednesday breakfast was half a bagel with peanut butter and a few slices of a banana. And, of course, coffee.
10 a.m. – My first class went really fast today. I don’t know if breakfast had anything to do with it, or if I just enjoy my philosophy class. Either way, I felt much more awake than I did on Monday in the same class.
1:30 p.m. – In my last class of the day (12:20-1:10 p.m.), I felt hungry around the same time I normally do, but I didn’t eat as much for lunch. I can’t tell if this is because I had breakfast or not, so I guess I’ll see what happens tomorrow.
Thursday, Oct. 4
9:30 a.m. – This morning I was actually hungry – probably because I woke up later. I had two bowls of cereal today because, well, I love cereal, and I had a cup of coffee. I don’t have any classes until 2 p.m. today, but I have to study for a writing in class so I’ll update on how that goes. I’m in a great mood today, and I can’t figure out if its the weather, breakfast, or both.
1 p.m. – Again, I wasn’t as hungry for lunch today as I usually am. Since this is the second day in a row that this has happened, I think I can assume that it’s because of my breakfast. I’ve heard that eating breakfast can help you snack less, so maybe that’s part of it. Studying for my timed writing was very productive. I sat outside and grinded away at Julius Caesar. Benefits of the cereal? Perhaps.
Friday, Oct. 5
8:25 a.m. – Today I had french toast for breakfast. Only two pieces because, like I said, I’m almost never hungry in the morning. I had planned to have an omelet, but I slept a bit past my alarm and I was worried I wouldn’t have had time. Honestly, I’m glad because I don’t think I would have eaten it all.
10 a.m. – Again today my philosophy class went faster than normal. I was tired, but not in a “get this over with” way, just in a “I went to bed late” way. I think it’s safe to say that eating breakfast does make me more ready for my 9 a.m. class.
What I’ve learned in the past three days is that I probably should be eating breakfast every day. I know everyone tells me to anyway, but seeing the effects first hand have sort of changed my outlook on breakfast. I already give myself time in the morning to sit down and enjoy my coffee, so my morning didn’t change too much when I added breakfast in. I realized most of all, though, that I feel more awake and alert in my earlier classes and I’m not starving at lunchtime. I have definitely learned that eating breakfast has a lot of positive effects on my day. Maybe on the days when I have my 9 a.m., you’ll see me in Campion with a bowl of cereal along with my usual coffee, taking the “most important meal of the day” advice to heart.