So everyone says that eating breakfast can make a world of difference. While I do believe that eating something can influence your energy and outlook for the day, I'm not entirely convinced that WHAT you eat makes that big of a difference. As someone who enjoys eating a wide variety of foods, I decided to take it upon myself to answer that question
What Am I Going to Do?
I'm not a huge fan of long, drawn-out projects, but at the same time, I feel like consistency over time would make a big difference in results. At the same time, I cannot afford to be spending too much time analyzing the results. My plan is to spend one week eating an unhealthy breakfast of McDonald's biscuits and hash browns. After that, I'll spend a week eating exclusively healthy foods like fruits and eggs. As I go through each day, I'll take note of how I feel energy-wise and any other notable changes. I don't expect much the first week, but the healthy week should be interesting.
Results from McD's
Honestly, I don't eat very healthy breakfasts to begin with. My days usually begin with a Pop-Tart, so McD's was actually kind of a treat for me. All the same, every day I did feel pretty "American" and kind of off. Maybe it was the constant Cokes or the greasy biscuits or maybe the hash browns, but I didn't feel too great around Thursday. Not sick, but just drained around mid-day.
Results from Healthy Foods
It may sound stereotypical, but I actually could feel the difference right off the bat. Even on the first day after eating some assorted fruits, eggs, and orange juice I felt phenomenally better and more alive than when I was only eating the McDonald's. As the week went on, I was more alert and prepared for the day than I was even before the McDonald's week.
While Core may not be the healthiest option, it did the trick. I used to get a lot of Chick-Fil-A biscuits in the mornings, but my healthy week actually might have been good enough to get me eating that way for the rest of the semester, and maybe afterwards as well. As a cynical person, I used to laugh to myself whenever someone tried to push me towards a certain diet, but I have to admit, it really affected me more than I thought it would. I knew eating some kind of breakfast gave energy needed to get through the day, but now I'm convinced that WHAT you eat makes even more of a difference.