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Many of us were brought up on the philosophy that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, as our parents insisted we eat a bowl of cereal and milk before school. Now it’s 2019, and we know that most cereals are sugar-filled, nutrient-void rubbish and that we might be better off starting the day with a green smoothie or an omelette. But the question is, if the thought of consuming anything other than coffee before 11am makes you sick to your stomach, do you really have to?

We checked in with Monica Auslander Moreno, founder of Essence Nutrition, a group practice of registered dietitians in Miami, to get the facts: “Breakfast is bae – for me. I practically prance down the stairs and dive into my daily #mushymonicalmeal. However, I know that not everyone is as jazzed about kefir at 7am as I am, and that’s because everyone is different.”

The dietician goes on to say that intuitive eating – the only “diet” she recommends – is all about tapping into your body’s nourishment needs and eating when you’re hungry: “…you don’t have to eat breakfast until you start to feel hunger.”

However, if you’re suppressing natural hunger pangs with coffee or water only to stuff yourself with a large UberEats order at 1pm (we’ve all been there), then that’s a problem that might have been avoided by having breakfast.

“Sometimes, we have to anticipate hunger or use breakfast as a functional way to give us energy and nourishment,” continues Moreno. “This also applies to a morning workout. If the thought of a 6 course breakfast isn’t tantalising, but you know you’re going to hit a wall during or after your barre class, it’s probably a good idea to have half a piece of fruit and functionally address this anticipatory problem. Here’s what is cool about being a healthy human: eventually you WILL get hungry. But you have to pay full, mindful attention and listen to your body, so you know when that precise moment is, or else you’re in intuitive eating trouble.”

Moral of the story? Ask your body, not other people, whether it’s okay for you to skip a meal or not. Just make sure you honour whatever the answer is.




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