Skipping Breakfast Could Mean the Difference Between Life & Death

breakfastThe morning rush gets the best of me sometimes. Between trying to squeeze in a quick run, remembering to grab my laundry from the cleaners, and trying to make myself presentable enough to walk into an office -- it's easy to forget one major thing: breakfast. Yeah, you may think "it's no big deal," but the big deal could be the difference between life and death. According to new research published in the journal Circulation, skipping breakfast could increase your risk for heart attack or fatal heart disease.

Seriously. Considering about 10 percent of Americans don't eat breakfast, this isn't some study we should all throw out the window. I'll be the first to admit that sometimes skipping breakfast isn't just about timing, it's about trying to "eat healthier."

Man, am I (and those other 31 million Americans) making a serious mistake.

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Tell me if you can see where I'm coming from: Breakfast is a meal that's generally highly focused on carbs. When you're trying to get your act together and eat right, carbs aren't the first thing on your to-eat list. I think breakfast on-the-go and I think bagels, croissants, donuts, muffins, and coffee cakes. That's why I've been a breakfast skipper, personally. Because the last thing I want to do is kick-start my day with straight carbs.

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The person who doesn't want to grab those heavy carbs rushing to work needs to find time to prepare, sit, and eat. Whereas I'm all for scrambled egg whites, an egg white puff, or a low-calorie yogurt topped with heaping servings of fruit, these things take time to assemble.

So it's all about making that time for the betterment of your health. Lately, my go-to breakfast has been a bowl of Special K topped with a half cup of blueberries and a banana. It's filling, takes about five minutes to make and eat, and after doing so, I feel better knowing I've gotten some solid nutrition in to start my day. Dare I say it, now that I've found something I enjoy eating, I look forward to it. Take that, heart disease!

Do you skip breakfast? If so, why?

 

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