Eating breakfast is not something I struggle with. I’m the kinda girl that loves sleep because it’s a time machine to breakfast. Although, I know this isn’t the case for everyone. The more people I speak to people about why they don’t eat breakfast, I’ve realised it’s not due to lack of education. Most people know they should eat breakfast to: kickstart their metabolism; get a large portion of their daily nutrients and increase their glucose intake (the body’s energy source that is absorbed from carbohydrates). There are four primary reasons people don’t eat breakfast and we’ll tackle today (with some yummy breakfast recipes along the way!).
There are generally four reasons why people don’t eat breakfast:
- I can’t be bothered to cook that early in the morning;
- I’m running late/don’t have time;
- I don’t want boring cereal and I don’t have much else available in the house; or
- I don’t feel like breakfast, it makes me feel sick to eat that early.
1. ‘I can’t be bothered to cook that early in the morning’
To me, this suggests that you’re not waking up refreshed and re-energised. There could be a combination of things that are causing this (and worth consulting your doctor about) but the first thing I recommend trying is making your sleep patterns more regular (ie. sleep and wake at the same time each day and for 8-9 hours). Learn to value your precious rest time, both during the day with things like this or by investing in making your room an inviting sanctuary by spicing it up with a new doona cover, I’m loving some of these designs.
2. ‘I’m running late/don’t have time’
Preparation is another necessary investment in your health to ensure you’re as far away from the excuses that lead you to make unhealthy choices. Again, running late suggests not enough time. If you’re oversleeping or taking too long to get ready, go to bed earlier and set a few alarms. It will be hard at first, but be assured your body will adapt to your new ways! See also my top pre-prepared healthy breakfast recipes below.
3. ‘I don’t want boring cereal and I don’t have much else available in the house.’
Again, preparation is key!! Get a shopping list done on a Sunday so you’re fridge is filled with enticing and healthy food for the week. If you’re really keen you can even prep your breakfast the night before. My favourite pre-prepared breakfast recipes are:
Find the yummy recipe here! Just 5 min prep the night before and 2 min in the morning 🙂
Find the full recipe here. Note: you will need a frozen banana.
Find the recipe here. Note, you will need frozen berries.
This one you can pre make the batter but you will need to cook it! But trust me it is worth it and will only take a few minutes.
You can find the full recipe here.
Want more healthy breakfast recipes?
Check out all my healthy breakfast recipes.
4. ‘I don’t feel like breakfast, it makes me feel sick to eat that early.’
Like changing any lifestyle habit, it will be difficult to change at first. However, start small and slow and you’ll soon create a new habit. Here’s my tips:
- Building up to a big breakfast by starting small and making your portion size a little larger each week. For example, you could swap your morning tea for your breakfast and have cheese and crackers or hummus celery and carrots at 7am and have your full breakfast at 10am. Don’t continue this for too long, the idea is not to replace a healthy breakfast but to get you on track to having one.
- Have a back up breakfast plan – there will always be busy days and sometimes your preparation will fail. So have a plan B for those days. Keep in your fridge, handbag, work or car things like Up and Go’s, protein bars/shakes, fruit and yogurt or trial mix.
- Set TWO alarms – one alarm for when you want to eat breakfast and another alarm reminder ten minutes before you leave home, to check you’ve actually listened to the first alarm and eaten breakfast.
- Don’t eat late the night before – avoid meals at least two hours before bed – this will help you wake up hungry.
Do you struggle to eat breakfast in the morning? Do you have a reason that isn’t covered here? Comment below, I would love to help you overcome this and build a healthier lifestyle.