by Lee Ann
(Worcester, MA, USA)
All through my teens and early 20s, I never ate breakfast because I never felt hungry in the morning. Not only was I not hungry. Eating breakfast actually made me slightly nauseous, and I would end up throwing up when brushing my teeth. At that time I weighed 110 lbs. at 5'4". However, mid-morning on Sundays, my dad would often cook eggs, bacon, pancakes, toast, etc. I noticed that after eating breakfast on Sundays, I seemed to be hungry all day long.
As I got older I began to eat breakfast, and after having four children, I'd gained weight. In my attempts to lose weight, all the weight loss diets recommended eating breakfast. In following this advice, I often ate breakfast when I wasn't really hungry, and it never seemed to help me lose weight.
I heard some advice a long time ago about 3 things that thin people do in contrast to obese people. Thin people 1) never eat when they're not hungry; 2) they eat whatever they like; 3) and they stop eating when they're full.
It seems that too often we eat, not because we're hungry, but because it's a time of day when we routinely eat, and we eat the type of meal customary for that time of day. From now on, I'm going to try to listen to my body as far as food intake goes, and only eat when I'm hungry, disregarding the breakfast propaganda based on research funded by breakfast food companies.
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