Time is always the issue, right? You're running out the door to get to work or take your kids to school, and you want to give yourself a high five for actually brushing your teeth and getting out on time, much less with a cup of coffee in hand. But ooh, wait...you're hungry. By the time you get to work or drop off the kids, you're turning into The Hulk, and nothing anyone says is right. It's not you, it's them. Everyone is stupid, inconsiderate, and needs to hurry the hell up. (Or maybe it IS you.)
When we get hungry and wait too long before we eat, we don't think clearly and we become less than a civil human being (most of us). The term "hangry" is a real struggle for people. I know you've seen kids falling apart while waiting for food at a restaurant, and I want to remind you that this is how we all FEEL, it's just not socially acceptable to act this way as an adult. The poor nugget's blood sugar has crashed, they feel crazy, and that may surface as anger or frustration. My husband is one adult who totally gets it. Real talk.
You may be one of those people who doesn't get hungry right after you wake up, but the reality is you haven't eaten anything for probably close to 12 hours and you'll need something before lunch. Sidenote: you want to have at least 12 hours between dinner and breakfast to give your body enough time to completely digest and go into "reset" mode with this "mini fast" each night while you sleep. It helps improve overall digestion when you adopt this practice.
Even if you don't get hungry early in the morning, it's important to grab something small if you are leaving your house, so you don't get in a pinch when you suddenly get hungry at 9:30am. I suggest this for one reason only: to prevent you from putting yourself in a situation where you are ravenous, and you go on a search for anything in sight to satisfy that hunger before lunch rolls around. Fruit is always a great option on the go because it's portable and has good fiber to fill your belly. An apple or banana with peanut or almond butter are always good ideas.
If you are someone who can and likes to eat breakfast in the morning, I have 5 quick, easy, and healthy breakfasts that will help you start your day on the right foot! Habit change tip: try one or two of these recipes this week and one or two next week. Choose the ones you like, and make those a regular habit!