I love food. I know this can probably be said of everyone, but I think I actually do consider myself a real foodie. I like eating food, I like cooking food, I like looking at food and I like watching food being made. A couple of people mentioned to me once that my Instagram feed has an intolerable amount of photos food and dogs (obviously, I have no issue with this whatsoever). Anyway, this is exactly what makes it so difficult for me to “eat healthy”. But I’ve been experimenting with my eating habits for the past few weeks since school started and I found out something really odd that happens to me.

On a normal day, I usually don’t eat breakfast. And yes, yes, I can hear people nagging at me now telling me how breakfast is ‘the most important meal of the day’ and that I shouldn’t skip it. Don’t get me wrong, I think breakfast is probably my favorite meal of the day; nothing makes me happier than a good omelet in the morning. It’s just that sometimes, I don’t have time, or I just don’t have an appetite after waking up. What I usually do is, drink a bottle of water and just wait for my appetite to build up while I do other things. I usually start getting hungry at around 11am so I just skip breakfast altogether and have something to eat around that time, which usually lasts till 4pm or so.

I’ve read time and time again how crucial it is to have breakfast, and how it will help me control my appetite for the rest of the day. So I started having things to eat in the morning, but I realized how quickly I get hungry after having breakfast. And of course I’m not having junk food in the morning, I actually eat things that would be considered “healthy”. Here’s what I did; I made some of my friends answer a few questions to find out what other people do and what their habits are.

40 responses later and here we are:

  1. Let’s say you wake up in the morning and don’t have your first meal till noon-ish. What would you call that meal?
    Kudos to the creative person who thinks that it’s called “Brunder”. But I’ll be calling it ‘Brunch’ from now on, since most people seem to think that’s what it should be called.
  2. Do you eat breakfast in the morning?
    Interestingly enough, not many of my friends have a real breakfast in the morning too. Less than a quarter of the people who answered my questions do so. Half of the responses don’t actually eat breakfast, or just eat something light and wait for lunch. So it’s nice to know I’m not alone there.
  3. On a scale of 1-5, how desperate are you for coffee/Starbucks-ish drink in the morning? 
    This surprised me the most. I’m definitely not a coffee-drinker; I like teas, but I can’t do coffee unless it’s like Mocha with 90% chocolate 10% coffee. Considering the fact that most of the people who answered my survey are college students, I am surprised how many of you guys said that you can actually do without coffee in the morning. And I just bet all 10 of you who picked 5 (‘GIVE ME COFFEE OR GO AWAY’) are the same people who said coffee is breakfast.
  4. What do you usually have for breakfast or your morning snack?
    I got a long list of answers from everyone, but it’s nice to see that most people have good wholesome breakfasts/brunches in the morning. Lots of people have cereal, eggs, or bananas but the few that made me laugh the most were ‘bacon’, ‘steak’ and ‘sleep’.
  5. Sometimes when you do miss breakfast, does it make your day different in any way?
    Not many people think missing breakfast makes them more tired and less energized throughout the day, but it does make a few people sad (I would be too!). It just really seems like most people can miss breakfast and have to be a little distracted or restless till they have something to eat, but it’s not really a big deal.

I think it’s likely that most of these things are very much dependent on the person. A few people who mentioned that skipping breakfast made them tired and less energized, were the same people who said that they have to eat breakfast in the morning because it’s the most important meal of the day. Maybe the rest of us just aren’t built that way. I was hoping that everyone else’s answers would make me stick to this “must have breakfast” attitude, but I think I’ll go back to my normal routine of just going right to brunch now.

Thanks for all the recommendations of your favorite breakfast places! I’ll be sure to put each and every one of them on my list, if I can find them. Lastly, I know I missed a new year post, but it’s Chinese New Year now so..

Happy Lunar New Year