Have you ever heard this saying: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”?
Of course, you have.
It’s one of those things that gets banded around without anyone taking the time to question it or to look at exactly where it came from.
A fella named John Harvey Kellogg popularized it way back in 1917.
And in case you’re wondering…
…Yep, it’s THAT Kellogg.
So he might have been a teeny weeny bit biased when he said it.
And not just that. Ol’ John Harvey Kellogg was also kind of a turd.
For example, he hosted the 1914 Race Betterment Conference, which was EXACTLY as sketchy as it sounds.
He was a eugenicist and looked down on everyone, from African Americans to Eastern Europeans.
And he created Corn Flakes to encourage people not to masturbate.
He believed that many of the world’s problems spawned from people wanking their time away. And that, by eating bland food, the urge to bash the bishop would dissipate.
And people would thus be more inclined towards activities like prayer and racism.
Of course, it was an epic fail.
People ate their cornflakes and kept on waxing their carrots just the same.
And he was also way wrong about breakfast.
16/8 Fasting is one of the most ubiquitous forms of Intermittent Fasting (I.F).
This where you fast for 16 hours of your day consuming zero Calories. And then eat all your meals within the remaining 8 hour window.
For various reasons, it’s usually more manageable for you to start your fast 2 or 3 hours before bedtime. And then wait until lunchtime the next day before eating.
Using myself as an example, I start my fast at 8.00 pm and break it at noon the next day.
You can drink coffee, water (still or sparkling), tea, or zero-calorie sodas during your fast.
Once your body adapts to this new way of eating, you’ll be surprised by how much energy and mental focus you have.
Fasting increases levels of Dopamine, Epinephrine, Norepinephrine, and Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF).
These are potent neurochemicals that have a profound influence on your mood and mental function.
Harvard Neuropsychiatrist and author of “Spark, The Revolutionary Science of Exercise and the Brain,” Dr. John J Ratey, refers to BDNF as “Miracle-Gro for the brain.”
And evidence suggests that higher levels protect against dementia and age-related cognitive decline.
So try skipping the cereal, bagels, and bacon; instead, try fasting until lunchtime.
You might find the best breakfast is no breakfast at all.