I am a snacker! I am a 5-meal-a-day person. That means I eat breakfast. Usually starting the day eating a bowl of cereal as I catch up on the morning news before I leave for the start of the work day. Then I am still typically a little hungry. That means I head to the small cafeteria we have on the premises. Anything from a biscuit and gravy to tater tots and juice, etc. The snacking continues throughout the day.
When I say “I am a 5 -meal-a day person” that means I have 3 regular meals consisting of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The other 2 to 3 meals are really small snacks. These consist of anything from fruit to crackers, sweets to chips. I need that in order to curb my overall hunger and to also stay under my overall goal of not becoming obese. I can say obese because it is an actually term used in health, wellness and in open enrollment health plans!
It’s funny when I say obese or fat around the people I know to be obese, friends who have weight to lose, or those who just think I am an idiot for saying it. I am not trying to make fun to get a reaction. It is just interesting to see their reactions. They think I am referring to them when I am actually referring to them.
They take offense. They shouldn’t. I am not referring to them. I am not referring to you. Nor am I stating that I want to be “unlike you.” I am simply saying that I do not want to be obese. This means paying attention to nutrition. It mean focusing at times on your health. It also means not just focusing on what you do or do not eat but what you do in the form of activity as well. I am also active. I play golf. My son helps a lot. I also work out 3 to 5 times a week. Now I could use more cardio… always.
Maybe I am being ignorant (and please tell me if I am) but it amazes me how many people don’t eat breakfast in the morning. How they go through their day with more soda then they do water. How they are so routinely taking the elevators versus one flight of steps. Those who are able don’t have as much of an excuse. There are many people I am close to that have health issues that do not allow them to do the type of exercise that many of us can. Hereditary issues that keep them from losing weight. I do not chastise these individuals. But I do chastise the people who are able, but through the process of routine, and lack of self-empathy they just do nothing. That are pretty much couch potatoes.
Breakfast is important for Brain Function. Nutrition is important in schools! So why should work be any different?
While nutrition is important many experts and reports say that it doesn’t matter what you eat, as long as you eat something for breakfast. I just say eat. Don’t skip meals. Especially breakfast.