As humans, many of us are creatures of habit. The funny thing is that we often do something just because we always have, and when we stop and think about something logically, it’s easy to laugh at ourselves a bit. I recently thought about this regarding breakfast.
“No, you cannot have ice cream for breakfast.” It’s a good thought and a good idea, right? “Eat these pancakes instead.” Pancakes are, traditionally, something we would view as a food we eat for breakfast. But how much better is it to eat a stack of pancakes, with butter spread on them, topped off with a heaping of syrup? If ice cream is a 1 out of 10 for health, the pancakes are a 2, generously. That even depends on if the pancakes are homemade, artificial, and so on.
I’m definitely not encouraging ice cream for breakfast. I’m not encouraging pancakes either, although I can put away a mighty stack myself. It makes sense that we actually contemplate the points we are trying to make before we enforce them. We’d be better off to put away a container of blueberries instead of either of those things.
Not to mention the word breakfast. It literally means to break fast. Whatever you eat to break your fast (when you wake up) is breakfast. That could be pancakes, ice cream, or a sandwich at 1 pm. And perhaps that’s where the best first meal of the day comes in.
We all know that breakfast “is the most important meal of the day.” We’ve heard it a thousand times. But is it really? Of course, the right foods can set us off on a better path, but fasting can do a host of good for us as well.
Summary: We shouldn’t rule out ice cream in favor of pancakes. Aim for as healthy as we can. Or fast and break fast later. Have some great mornings.