It’s called the most important meal of the day for a reason.
I know skipping breakfast isn’t a good idea.
A healthy and filling breakfast can make the biggest difference to my entire day – but I just don’t have time to make it or to eat it.
So that’s why I recently set myself a challenge. For five days straight, I got up a little earlier and before doing anything for anyone else, I tried to make myself a healthy breakfast, sit down, eat it and enjoy it.
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It was tough, and some days it didn’t go according to plan. But here’s how it went down:
It’s Monday and I packed the school bags and lunches and ironed all the school uniforms last night (yes, I’m feeling pretty smug). I set the alarm for 5.45am instead of 6am to give myself time for breakfast. The house is so quiet at this time of the day, and I feel a bit giddy. What a novelty – having time to myself! I did some shopping yesterday for healthy breakfast foods. Today I’m having cereal with light milk and half a banana.
I sleep in today. I pressed snooze until 6.30am and then jumped out of bed, putting the TV on loudly so the kids would wake up. No time for breakfast before the school drop off, and I’m meeting my sister at a café after. I resolve to just have a coffee and save my healthy breakfast for when I get home instead of pigging out on pastries.
When I do arrive home it’s to a house that looks like it’s been ransacked. I would love to clean it first but that will take one or two hours. Breakfast first. It has to be a priority. I can clean later. I make myself some oats. I’d forgotten how delicious they are.