Don’t go bacon my heart, I couldn’t if I fried: The great breakfast debate

by Shannon McSweeney

pancake colorPancakes? Sign me up. Breakfast is the fan favorite, the star, those other two meals are just placeholders between breakfasts. It’s literally called “The Most Important Meal of the Day.” From syrupy chocolate chip waffles to classic scrambled eggs and toast, breakfast is appealing to all kinds of tastes.

Cereal is my personal favorite, because it’s delicious, has so many options and, maybe this is just my sweet tooth talking, it is also good to eat at anytime of day (fact: Frosted Flakes taste best as a midnight snack). In fact, I love cereal so much that my homecoming date asked me to the dance with a box of Lucky Charms.

Breakfast is even good on the go, just grab a cinnamon Pop-Tart or a banana and be on your way. In my years of schooling, I have perfected the classic “grab n’ go” for a quick fix of food.

Whether you’re a fruit fanatic or a pancake person, there’s a breakfast food for everyone. So, tomorrow morning, “donut” be sad, be “egg-cited”, because there’s a world of breakfast for you to discover.

In Parks and Recreation, my spirit animal and life coach Leslie Knope said,“‘Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?” and Ron Swanson responded, “People are idiots, Leslie.’”

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I have a confession: I put a whole slab of unsalted butter in my coffee every morning, along with a big ol’ spoonful of medium chain triglycerides (MCT Oil). MCT are healthy fats that promote optimal brain function and kick hunger in the tush.unnamed

The mornings are busy, and my solution to this momentous waste of time was to enjoy butter coffee as my morning sustenance instead of a large breakfast. I do not consume any type of food in the morning; yet I am still capable of functioning and performing everyday tasks without the inconvenience of a large breakfast weighing me down.

This butter coffee idea is from a mad scientist, Dave Asprey, who created and designed something called the Bulletproof Diet. The science behind this fatty coffee breakfast is based on your body’s state of ketosis. Ketosis is your body’s optimal state of fat burning. Your body reaches this state through intermittent fasting, e.g., eating butter coffee in the morning and then proceeding to eat a lunch full of meat and vegetables.

While the act of enjoying butter coffee may seem rather odd, I have experienced increased energy, a clearer mind and better yet, I have not had to deal with the inconvenience that is breakfast.

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Breakfast gets you moving and starts your day the right way. Multiple studies suggest that breakfast can benefit your day, and your life overall.

First, eating a meal two hours after you wake up makes you metabolize glucose from food differently throughout the day. Glucose is taken from your pancreas to your cells to produce energy. When people have breakfast, their blood glucose levels are more even throughout the day. Without eating breakfast glucose levels spike and lower hourly.

unnamed-3Second, breakfast eaters tend to eat healthier throughout the day. They consume more fruits, veggies and whole grains. Skipping breakfast can cause higher “hunger hormones” influencing a person to overeat during their next meal.

Eating breakfast can also help with learning! There is a direct relationship between breakfast and school performance. It can enhance memory, attention span, cognition and even creativity.

Some schools even participate in before school breakfast plans, like USDA’s Breakfast Program. These programs make breakfast available to all students. As a result, it can keep kids on track to perform at their grade level of education. Try something new and sit down for breakfast tomorrow. See how it changes your day!

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I. HATE. BREAKFAST. Many people have tried to tell me that breakfast is the best meal of the day, but I am not convinced.egga color

Being on the dance team and arriving at school long before the sun rises does not allow time for breakfast. It is a major inconvenience, and I am not a fan. Eating so early in the morning leads to a painful stomach-ache all day.

Yes, breakfast gives you energy early in the morning, but I do not need the energy boost when I’m already up and active. When I get up for the day, I am wide awake.

Now, moving on to the food itself: Besides bacon, breakfast food is nasty.

The taste is not appealing, and I seriously hate anything sticky. Pancakes and waffles are way too doughy. Cereal is weird and soggy. Fruit is okay, but it is sort of bland. Sausages might be the grossest food ever; they are squishy, chewy and icky. I strongly dislike cinnamon rolls mostly because Shannon McSweeney enjoys them.

Do not even get me started on eggs. Eggs are disgusting in every way, they should not be so floppy. I’m not here for that.

I respect people who like breakfast, but I will never be one of them.

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