I’ll have some OJ with that

I’m a non-breakfast person. I’m not hungry when I wake up. I drink a single mug of coffee. A glass of orange juice. Then several hours later, I have something to eat.

Turns out I’m on the cutting edge of a trend.

“No clear evidence shows that the skipping of breakfast or lunch (or both) is unhealthy, and animal data suggest quite the opposite,” wrote Mark Mattson, a neuroscientist at the National Institute on Aging — and possibly the ultimate anti-breakfast iconoclast — in the medical journal The Lancet last year. Advice to eat smaller and more frequent meals “is given despite the lack of clear scientific evidence to justify it.”

Mattson hasn’t eaten breakfast in 20 years, since he started running in the mornings. He says he’s healthy and has never felt better.

He admits his studies are still preliminary. But already his findings have attracted a cadre of followers who started to skip breakfast once they heard of his results. Meanwhile, a diet plan that involves breakfast skipping — the Warrior Diet — is attracting followers worldwide.

Being Balanced, the article (from the Toronto Star) later quotes other “experts” listing all the nutrients you miss if you don’t eat that bowl of fortified cereal on the morning, blah blah blah. And experts saying that if you skip breakfast you’ll overeat later and end up fatter than before.

Well, guys, how about this: everybody’s biochemistry is unique. What works for one person might not for another. Layering roof brain chatter over something as fundamental as the signals one’s body sends when its hungry or needs a certain type of food isn’t the answer & never will be . . .

[tags] breakfast, nutrition [/tags]

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4 Responses to I’ll have some OJ with that

  1. Bernita says:

    Yep, I agree. Coffee and I’m good to go. Can’t work on a full stomach.All the energy goes into digesting the bloody food.

  2. Kirsten says:


  3. Kirsten,

    “…everybody’s biochemistry is unique. What works for one person might not for another.”

    Now THAT’s a “cutting edge” concept that seems to have escaped a lot of otherwise intelligent people.

    I compare that to the flawed thinking I find relating to computer models for just about everything. Rarely do the models account for EVERY possible variable (or combinations thereof). Thus they cannot be applied to every situation. The more possible variables, the fewer situations to which they are applicable. Yet we stake lives and fortunes on them. Yeesh!

    (End of rant. Thanks. I feel better.)


  4. Kirsten says:

    Nothing like a nice rant to let off some steam!!!

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