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NO CATEGORY / 14 December 2016
Breakfast: The Most Important Meal to Increase Productivity
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Tim Elkana

When I was younger, my mom told me “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. She followed that up with a bag of whole grain cereal and an old banana. What a delicious breakfast. Naturally, I passed. I mean, who associates things like productivity and being able to perform in school with fruit? 

When I reached the last year of high school and left for college, breakfast danced its last dance and fell out of my life. Who had time to whip up a bowl of cereal when class started at 8 AM? Famous last words.

I walked into class every day feeling drowsy, fueling my short-lived attentiveness purely through adrenaline.

One morning my body’s adrenaline didn’t kick in. I was driving to class, waiting for the sluggish Honda in front of me to move out of the way. My droopy eyes fluttered for a moment, and in the next 2 seconds, I heard the most awful scraping sound of metal against metal. Congratulations, I just had my first car accident.

My mom was right; breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Not just to prevent car accidents, but also for daily energy and long-term health. I didn’t know it then, but breakfast raised glucose levels, which gave energy, concentration, and a better mood. Skipping out on breakfast made me a zombie. I was moody, easily irritated, and had a severe case of don’t-talk-to-me-itis. Sure, I could stay awake in class, but listening to lectures was different from actually understanding them. 

Late in my freshman year of college, I finally took my mom’s advice and began eating breakfast. Not a brown, boring breakfast though. I cooked 2 eggs over-easy, slapped them between slices of whole wheat bread, and threw in a few leaves of Pinterest’s favorite vegetable: kale. Both healthy and delicious (seriously try it), I was able to go to class fully awake and alive. I lost my usual moodiness and settled back into the best version of myself by just changing ONE small habit. 

I’m not Adam Savage and this isn’t Mythbusters, but the adage “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is NOT a myth. You can be the best you, you can be by eating breakfast, and if that’s a tongue twister, try saying that on an empty stomach. Get up, eat breakfast, and be your best self. 

If you want to learn more about the benefits of breakfast and find some healthy recipes, check out these links

By implementing these healthy habits, you are bettering your chances to put your best foot forward for recruiters and hiring managers alike. So, once you get all that good energy from eating your hearty breakfast, you can make great decisions like registering for a course to learn some in-demand skills (like customer success!) companies are looking for.