“You ate WHAT for breakfast!?”
That’s the reaction I’ve grown accustomed to over the past few years right after I’ve told someone what I had for breakfast.
Today was no exception. My flatmate spotted me carefully chopping up a red pepper at 7.45am and was a little confused.
My morning meal today was a delicious homemade beef chili, accompanied by spinach and rocket leaves, red pepper and half an avocado.
Not your typical breakfast, right?
But to me it’s perfectly normal.
And quite frankly, I don’t understand what all the fuss is about.
When I see ‘normal’ people overfilling a bowl with processed flakes of wheat coated in vast amounts of sugar, and glugging down a entire carton of sweetened orange juice, I wonder who is the mad one really is.
I’ve long since given up caring about what others think of my food choices. As the world continues to get fatter, I’m more than happy to go against the grain (pun intended) if it means I dodge obesity, remain active, and look awesome until I’m old.
It’s not as if your stomach is crying out, “Oh sweet holy hell, why is he eating spinach before 1pm? Hit the alarm, boys. We’ve got a crazy one here!”.
In fact, if your organs could talk, they’d probably be saying exactly that to you every morning you scoff a bowl of cereal (and about what you eat the rest of the day too).
There isn’t a magical cut off point at which the body goes, “OK, the sun is 124 degress high in the sky. You are now at liberty to eat as much beef chili and salad as your heart desires. Oh sorry, Heart, I was speaking on your behalf again. Forgive me.”
So be different. Have beef chili or chicken salad or broccoli soup for breakfast (yes, I do that too).
Food is food. It all ends up as gloop in your stomach before being broken down into nutrients. Who cares what time it is when you eat it.
Eat something healthy for breakfast. Get over the notion or something being a ‘breakfast food’ or a ‘lunchtime’ food. You think caveman out hunting in the morning thought to themselves, “No no guys, don’t eat that fish or pick those nuts. It’s not noon yet. What are you? Some kind of moron?”. Hell no. They ate whatever they could find at whatever time they found it because food was scarce! I’ve got absolutely no evidence for this whatsoever, but I’m guessing the concept of meal timings are a relatively modern invention too.
Don’t follow the crowd or be ashamed to try something different. Follow your own path. Do you see the people around you eating ‘normal’ breakfasts getting leaner or fatter? Exactly.
Let me know what you had for breakfast today, good or bad, in the comments below.