If what they say is true about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, then I fail terribly (except on weekends). I am usually so busy first thing in the morning during the school week, hurriedly helping with breakfast and lunches for my three children that I forget about myself. Plus, doesn’t my before bedtime snack of either a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or ice cream still count? Let me share with you what usually happens. I do eat a little bit in the morning, but it’s not the typical breakfast. I end up having a taste of peanut butter while making sandwiches, a few chips, a strawberry or two, maybe some grapes. But I never sit down and have a full meal to start my day. I guess what I’m doing is working out alright because after the kids are at school, I am able to run three miles. And I can make it to 11:00 before I am hungry for lunch.
These quirky early morning habits all began when I started having babies. I nursed all of my children and usually got into a hazy fog around week four of the sleepless nights. So what did I do for a quick energy boost? I would eat something sweet right when I turned on the kitchen light in the morning. Most of the time my sweet treat would be a cookie of some kind. Nicholas, bless his heart, got to the point of grabbing for a cookie, too. This was normal to him! I knew I had to stop the bad habit I was teaching my child, and I did…somewhat.