Good morning friends! Happy Monday! I have to say I couldn't be more excited to announce that I am finally having my first week of summer at home, without company, just me and my girls and (fingers crossed) and opportunity to get sh*t done! Between chasing toddlers, feeding them, changing them, rescuing them, and keeping them entertained that is... but nonetheless, we are back to our version of normal. It's refreshing. It's invigorating.
And as I take time to refocus myself on the goals I have set for the year, I'm reminded of one of the first promises I ever made to myself when I entered this business: to be completely and unapologetically ME and to share my truth with the world. And in the spirit of truth telling, I'm about to share something really key with you all. In fact, it might be considered shocking and a bit taboo to all you health minded people out there, but like I said, above all, I am sharing MY truth. So take it for what it's worth.
Over the past year, as I've dabbled further and further into this fit biz (ok I guess it's more like a dive at this point), it's really caused me to evaluate my eating styles. What have I been doing all these years? Why is it working? Am I honestly that healthy most of the time? Am I just blessed by good genes that are eventually going to catch up with me?
I guess I won't know the answer to the latter question until later in life, but after fully recovering from a twin pregnancy and returning to pretty darn decent shape, I figure I must be doing something right. I'm feeling a little more confident in my methods, and therefore willing to share them with everyone interested, judgers included. And you know what I've realized? I rarely eat breakfast. In fact, very very rarely do I eat anything at all before 11 am. Sometimes 12... or 1. It depends what time I got up.
And no, I am not sleeping in until then either. I have 1 year old twins for Christ sake and no my husband does not wake up with them. It's an unspoken agreement in our marriage that we are both very pleased with. I am a morning person. I like to get up early and start the day.
But what the heck, Michelle?? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Surely you can not be healthy and skip breakfast. How dare you post something like this on a health site. Yea, I know. I've lived with this secret for a long time. I've probably even told people to eat breakfast a time or two, or tried to force myself to in an effort to do what's "right". But like I said, I'm on a mission. And it's not to force feed advice that you've read on every other health site. It's to share MY truth in an effort to help others, validate others, connect with others. And that, my friends, is what works for ME.
Now before you think I'm telling you to go skip breakfast, let me clarify something realllllly important. My theory on why this works for me is because I am listening to my body, and in all honesty, I am just not hungry when I wake up. It takes me a while to get the day going, to accomplish a few things, to feed my little ones, before my body actually reminds me "hey, I'm kinda getting hungry here". And by all means, when I am hungry, I eat. If you wake up in the morning starving, by all means, eat breakfast. A healthy one. Your body is telling you what you need. But if you don't, there is no need to force food down your throat that you're not really ready for. At least that's my opinion. Take it or leave it.
In fact, since I've made this realization that I just don't eat breakfast usually, I've done a little bit of research. It turns out that intermittent fasting is actually a thing that I guess I've been doing my whole life without realizing it. And you know what else I notice about lifelong, naturally lean people? Many of them do the same thing! If you want to learn more, I've found these articles pretty interesting.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
5 Intermittent Fasting Methods: Which is Right for You?
Intermittent Fasting according to Chalene Johnson
How about you? Are you a breakfast eater or do you wait it out until lunch?