Do you eat the same dinner every night? Of course not. That would be boring, and you know how important it is to eat as wide a variety of food as possible, so you can access a greater range of vitamins and minerals.
Do you eat the same breakfast every day? Surprisingly, for many people the answer to this question is ‘yes’. In fact, many people will rigidly resist any attempts to change their breakfast. It’s a curious phenomenon, and I often wonder what drives this rigid routine, even when the person I’m discussing this with agrees that the breakfast they’re dearly attached to doesn’t serve them.
I’m not sure what kind of breakfast you enjoyed today; whether you eat the same breakfast every day, or even whether you’d be open to some variety in the meal with which you break your fast. So let’s look at some of the explanations people have produced as their rationalisation for never changing their breakfast menu, and some fresh perspectives you could consider:
“I don’t have to think about what to eat”. That’s true. Strong morning routines are what enables us to get out of bed and get to work on time when there are a huge number of things to get done in a short time and you may still be feeling groggy from sleep: Shower properly and remember to dress with your clothes on the right way out; wake the kids and somehow convince them to get out of bed, dress, and eat, when they don’t have the same understanding of consequences as you do; prepare lunches; remember to feed the dog; the list is immense – why should you have to think creatively about breakfast on top of all this?
The solution here is to have a certain breakfast on a certain day of the week (pasting a menu plan to the fridge door helps). Perhaps baked beans and poached egg on a Monday; Beef stew and toast on a Tuesday; Porridge plus a soft boiled egg on a Wednesday…and so on.
Another popular rationalisation is “that’s what I’ve always eaten for breakfast”. Do you find this convincing as a reason not to change? No, I don’t either. Let’s move on.
“But it’s a healthy breakfast…..isn’t it?” Yes, often it is a healthy breakfast that you’ve chosen. But to get the best possible nutrition, you need to eat a wide variety of food.
“I don’t have time to prepare anything but this” is a popular rationalisation too. The solution here is simple: Have a meal plan, and get out of bed a few minutes earlier so you have time to eat a breakfast that will really set you up for the day. Go to bed a little earlier too. This may mean you have to give up watching TV, or turn off the internet. That’s OK, because a good night’s sleep and a solid breakfast is what’s really important.