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Volume II
May 5, 2007

What is the Best Time to Eat Breakfast??

When it comes to eating a hearty breakfast, it's interesting to learn from other cultures and even past generations.

While serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Dominican Republic, I discovered that many people in that culture believe it is healthy to drink a glass of water immediately after waking up. They say that it clears out your digestive system and gets things working.

Now let's take a look at our grandparents. A hundred years ago, it wasn't necessary to tell people the health benefits of eating a hearty breakfast. Most people were farmers and a good farmer knew that you had to eat a hearty breakfast if wanted to do your best.

However, the farmer of yesterday didn't eat breakfast immediately after waking up. My understanding is that they woke when the cock crowed to go out and milk the cows, feed the chickens, and do the farming morning routine (whatever that is).

Then, after a couple hours of work, they would come back in for a big breakfast of eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, orange juice, etc. Is that correct? If so, the question I have for you is what is the best time to eat breakfast?

What is the Best Time to Eat Breakfast?
Before Exercise
After Exercise
Doesn't Matter

Before my Achilles Tendon injury, I would wake up at 5:30am every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to play basketball. Sometimes I wondered if I should eat a hearty breakfast BEFORE I left to play or AFTER I got back. Which is best?

On the one hand, if I didn't eat breakfast, I figured that my body would burn fat cells while I played basketball. Whereas, if I ate a big breakfast before I left, I figured my body would digest the food in my stomach to obtain the energy it needed for the activity. Since I wanted to trim up a bit, I figured it would be best to eat AFTER I got back.

On the other hand, I wondered if my body would slow down my metabolism rate and build up more fat cells in order to be prepared for this morning work-out.

After all, for thousands of years our bodies have learned how to fight starvation. That's why many diets don't work well. Our bodies can tell when we lack nourishment. The body slows the metabolism rate and starts storing fat when it detects a lack of nourishment.

Maybe, if I ate breakfast BEFORE my workout, my body would not feel threatened and would kick up the metabolism and the fat burning mechanism.

What do you think? Cast your vote and let your voice be heard!! I'm very curious to hear and learn from you!


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