I’m sure you can all think of a million excuses for skipping breakfast. Between a demanding career, dependent children, and date night with your partner, sometimes breakfast is the last thing on your mind. But did you know that breakfast is perhaps the most important meal of the day? It jumpstarts your metabolism, keeps hunger at bay, and keeps your weight in check. Today, we’re going to address the top seven excuses for skipping breakfast and what you can do to make breakfast a daily habit.
1. You Hit the Snooze Button
One of the top excuses for skipping breakfast is probably because you hit the snooze button. Like everyone, I love that feeling of a warm and cozy bed in the morning and would do anything to sleep another five minutes. But at some point, we all need to bite the bullet, roll out of bed, and start the day. If you constantly hit the snooze button and sleep in, you miss out on essential time to make and eat breakfast. Try your best to get to bed early on most nights. That way you’ll wake up nice and refreshed, with no need to hit the snooze button.
2. There’s Nothing in Your Fridge
Let’s say you wake up on time and have no problem getting up in the morning. But what if there’s nothing in your fridge for breakfast? It’s much easier to skip breakfast altogether if you think there’s nothing worth eating. Take the time to make a list of some easy and healthy foods to eat in the morning. Some good choices are whole grain cereals, low fat yogurts, instant packets of plain oatmeal, and fresh fruit. Buy these foods at the grocery store over the weekend, and you’ll be stocked up for breakfast all week!
3. You Fail to Plan, and Therefore Plan to Fail
One of the biggest problems people have with breakfast is not having a plan. I always say that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail! So stop making excuses and have a plan for what you’re going to eat every morning. Keep a list of healthy breakfasts on your fridge that are easy to prepare and eat on-the-go. Pick one meal from the list each morning and you’re set! Also consider meals that you can make the night before. I drink a green smoothie almost every morning. On days when I know I’m going to be busy in the morning, I sometimes put my smoothie together the night before. Because after all, who can’t push ‘blend’ in the morning?
4. You’re Disorganized
If you wake up late, scramble to get ready, and still need to put together your kids’ lunches or finish up a last minute assignment before heading into the office, of course you’re not going to eat breakfast! Being organized in the morning is key to making sure you do everything you need to do. So set an alarm, wake up on time, and don’t waste time with mundane tasks! Save painting your nails and cruising Pinterest for another time. If you have a plan in the morning, you’ll get your chores done and be able to head out the door in a timely manner—breakfast included!
5. You Can’t Say ‘No’
Are you the kind of employee that goes the extra mile for tight deadlines? Or always volunteers at your child’s school? Or tries to make it to every social event and family function? Chances are you’re the kind of person that can’t say no, often putting others’ needs before your own. This might work in the corporate world, but it definitely won’t in terms of your health. Instead of looking at breakfast like a chore, look at it as a few minutes to invest in your health and reflect on what you’re going to accomplish that day. Use breakfast as a moving meditation to prepare yourself for a stressful or chaotic day!
6. You’re Not Excited about Breakfast
Do you wake up in the mornings and just can’t get into breakfast? I realize that not everyone is a morning person. But that doesn’t mean you should skip breakfast. If you’re not into standard breakfast foods, try eating a non-conventional breakfast items! Half a turkey and cheese sandwich, tuna salad on crackers, and leftovers from the night before can all make a perfectly healthy breakfast. Think outside the box and eat something you look forward to in the morning!
7. You’re under Too Much Stress
Do you have a huge to-do list every day? When the anxiety and stress of an important day kicks in, mornings can be the worst for you. Often when we’re stressed out we skip meals or forget to eat. Even when you’re stressed, your body needs nourishment! Even if it’s only five or ten minutes, make some time for breakfast each and every day. It might not seem super important in the morning, but you’ll thank yourself later that day.
Breakfast is the number one meal we miss and it seems like everyone has an excuse for why they don’t eat it. Figuring out what your breakfast trap is and fixing it is one of the many things you can do for better health and improved wellbeing. What are some of the top reasons you skip on breakfast? What do you do to make sure you eat breakfast?