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Getting to the Source of Skipping Breakfast

By Stephen R. Farris

Back before the invention of vending machines that distributed food items, along with the ever popular fast food restaurants that seem to rule the world these days, folks usually stayed home and cooked their meals or opted for their favorite local cafe when affordable.

It's no wonder folks woke up hungry in the mornings, especially those living in rural areas. Before breakfast was served there were chores to keep up with like milking cows, gathering eggs from the hen house, and feeding the farm animals.

City folks usually slept in a little later, but still got up at sunrise to get ready for labor jobs, or if you were lucky, an office job. Times were different back then, including the work performed. Most of which was backbreaking to say the least. 

Some of us may remember watching television shows that featured a family waking up to start the day by eating a big breakfast. That was the normal trend up until we - as a society - became more health conscious in our eating habits.

Breakfast is still an important start to the day, however, we may not always be hungry when we wake up in the mornings. For many folks, skipping breakfast has become the normal routine in both adults and kids.

So why do so many folks choose to skip breakfast? There are several answers that could shed some light on the subject.

Late Night Meals or Snacks

Working 9-to-5 has become something of a thing of the past. However, it's not totally gone, so there are many who spend more time commuting but also working longer hours. So this often puts folks getting home at a later hour. The 5 or 6 o'clock suppertime is almost a thing of the past as the last meal of the day is usually consumed about 7 p.m. or later. To top things off, most people have a late night snack before going to bed. It's no wonder when we wake up in the morning we're not hungry.

Anxiety and Depression

Due to our fast-paced society and other factors making our stress levels much higher, anxiety and depression can play their role in our hunger. Maybe you're stressing out about your mortgage or finances. That can be enough to cause your hunger to be suppressed.

Getting to the Source

If you're feeling sluggish in the mornings due to the fact you're not eating like you should, maybe it's time to get to the source of the cause. Besides the aforementioned, there could be underlying health conditions. If you're ready to make a few changes, you might talk with your local chiropractor to find out some of the tips and suggestions they may have concerning your nutrition and overall health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Apopka, Fla.

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