It happened again.
Your alarm went off WAY too soon, you’re scrambling to get out the door, and breakfast is nothing but a quick cup of coffee before you get to class.
You’re a little hungry, but you know lunch is coming up soon, and you push through it until your head starts to ache and you get grumpy. As you eat lunch, the symptoms get better, and you tell yourself you won’t do that again until the alarm goes off WAY too soon the next morning…
Breakfast is heralded as “the most important meal of the day”! And despite what you may hear, this still rings true.
Why is that?
Our bodies burn energy even while we sleep, so the food you ate the day before is burned as energy while your body works to repair, rejuvenate, and ready your body for the next day. So when you wake up, your body has been burning energy for a while, even if you haven’t be conscious enough to notice it.
I remember back when I was in high school, it was always advised to drink a tall cold glass of water before even considering the idea you might be hungry. I would eat minimal breakfasts and then wonder why my head ached a few hours later.
Because you were HUNGRY!
Even if it’s just a piece of toast, fruit, and some peanut butter, that kind of energy can go a long way from avoiding that mid class burnout.
Activities that need your attention and brain power, like work and class, can only be hindered by the brain fog that comes on when you start to get hungry. And if you can’t sneak a snack, that can only make it worse.
So eat your breakfast!
For people like me with ADHD, switching tasks can be difficult. This is, in part, due to executive dysfunction. That difficulty is often due to the overwhelming-ness that comes to moving from one task to another.
A lot of reasons as to why ADHD people have issues switching tasks, here’s an article from Adult ADD Strengths.
How can we apply some of the advice that Pete Quily offers to breakfast?
- Plan ahead! Make your breakfast ahead of time so you can just grab it the next day
- Set alarms for when you need to get up, shower, get dressed, so you have an external motivator for staying on task.
Need some ideas?
Feel free to poke around my Pinterest account for some breakfast ideas, and here are a few I rely on when I’m in a jam!
…Get it, jam?
Overnight oats! 1/2c oatmeal, 1/2c milk (or water), and about 1 Tbsp chia seeds.
Combine these into a bowl or mason jar and add any extras you might want (eg, some cinnamon, vanilla extract, cocoa powder) and stick it in the fridge overnight.
It’s better to add stuff like protein powder, peanut butter, and fruit in the morning just so these things don’t get soggy.
Yogurt Parfait: 1c yogurt, frozen or fresh fruit, nuts. Combine all of these in a container and let it sit in the fridge!
Both of these meals are easily transferable to Tupperware to take with you on the go, so if you are running a little late (and let’s face it, we all are sometimes!) it’s a great way to stay healthy on the go!
I’m planning a round up of some other of my favorite recipes I’ve tried and seen around Pinterest, so stay tuned! I’ll include some vegan recipes too!
What are your favorite recipes? Please give me some new ideas!
Til next time, beans!