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Tiny Tummy Tips, Issue #13--Is Breakfast REALLY the Most Important Meal of the Day?
August 17, 2022

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day?

Tiny Tummy Tips, Issue #13 -- The Importance of Breakfast

In This Issue

1) Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day?
2) History of Breakfast
3) What Happens if You Skip Breakfast?
4) Bariatric Breakfast Ideas

The Importance of Breakfast

The saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” was originally made up as a marketing slogan…

….and a really good one at that…

to sell newly invented Kellogg’s cereal in the late 1800s! They understood the importance of a good marketing campaign even way back then.

History of Breakfast

It wasn’t always “a thing” to eat breakfast. History of the breakfast meal is actually quite interesting!

In medieval days, eating early in the day was only a necessity for those who worked so early that they HAD to eat early.

There’s a historic suggestion that “the Tudors invented modern breakfasts in the 16th century as a side-effect of inventing the concept of employment. As people increasingly came to work for an employer, rather than working for themselves on their own land, they lost control of their time, and had to work long, uninterrupted hours without sustenance. A big breakfast allowed them to work longer days.

The Industrial Revolution and the move from farms to factories formalized the idea of breakfast further, and now it's normal for everyone to eat breakfast before going to work. If we hadn't invented the 9-to-5, we might never have invented breakfast!”

What Happens if You Skip Breakfast?

Under-eating and overeating are part of the same cycle. If you under-eat early on, you inevitably overeat later on.

That’s a good argument for starting the day with breakfast!

I often have patients tell me they skip breakfast in an attempt to “save calories,” or "because there's not enough time to eat." But it always backfires.

You may be busy and distracted during the workday, but once you leave and realize how (overly) hungry you are if you skipped breakfast (and/or lunch) …

…it’s difficult maintain control. Ever feel like you could eat the whole kitchen when you get home at the end of the day?!

You’ve likely heard me say this before: Your ability to make a good decision about what to eat and how much to eat at any given moment, has EVERYTHING to do with how hungry you are (or aren’t).

Eating regular meals...that means breakfast, lunch, and dinner...helps keep your appetite under control. Which ultimately helps keep your calories under control.

Plus, starting the day with a PROTEIN RICH breakfast is an opportunity to get a leg up on meeting your daily protein goal.

Early Post Op

It’s common to lose your feelings of hunger, especially early on after bariatric surgery due to the hormonal changes that occur.

In this case, eating a planned breakfast...whether you’re hungry or not..and again a PROTEIN RICH breakfast...will help assure you meet your protein goal.

Did You Know?

According to the American Heart Association:

Regularly skipping breakfast can make you more susceptible to weight gain and increase your risk for heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.


...breakfast is probably a good idea. Just sayin’


Bariatric Breakfast Ideas

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In Health,

Suzette Kroll, RDN

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