Say something once, why say it again?

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Because it’s important! Naturally, I’m talking about breakfast. And yes, I may have just referenced the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” Why not?

one of my favorite breakfasts—oatmeal in an almost-empty peanut butter jar

As a dietitian-in-training, it’s basically my (unpaid) job to tell people to eat some f***ing breakfast, but it’s for good reason. Studies have repeatedly shown that eating a morning meal helps rev the metabolism and boost work and school performance. It’s also been shown that eating breakfast can help prevent overeating later in the day.

A new study using MRI brain scans showed that when participants skipped breakfast, they had a variation in the pattern of activity in their orbitofrontal cortex, an area of the brain linked to the reward value and pleasantness of food. Pictures of high-calorie foods were shown to trigger that area, suggesting that those who wait until later in the day to eat may be more susceptible to cravings for unhealthy items.

Nothing new, but still interesting, no?

Do you eat breakfast? Why or why not? If you do, what are some of your favorite breakfast foods? 

4 thoughts on “Say something once, why say it again?

    raechel @the rebel grrrl kitchen said:
    October 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    First, may I say that I sort of love that your taste in music would make it seem like you’re a wee bit older than you are? Wise beyond your musical years!

    As for breakfast, I have a weird relationship to it. I’m a total AM workout person (usually some sort of circuit training followed by hot vinyasa yoga), and the thought of eating right before that stuff sounds horrible to me! I’ve tried and I just feel awful, even if it’s something light. So I end up having breakfast-like food but much later….like 1130 or 12. : / I know that’s terrible, so I’ve attempted to at least sip some green juice before my workout. It’s something I know I need to work on!

      Jess responded:
      October 20, 2012 at 1:28 am

      I’ve never thought of it that way! I may have to steal that—being wise beyond one’s musical years sounds better than just “I’m a music nerd.”

      I totally hear you about eating before a morning workout. I usually grab a few grapes or something to give me a quick hit of sugar (aka fructose) and then eat a real breakfast after I’ve showered.

      Some folks also just aren’t hungry in the morning. I usually plead with them to at least consider trading their red bull & cigarette for, like, an apple and coffee.

    Emily said:
    October 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    “As a dietitian-in-training, it’s basically my (unpaid) job to tell people to eat some f***ing breakfast” hahaha now ain’t that the truth 🙂

      Jess responded:
      October 20, 2012 at 1:29 am

      seriously!

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