Friday Confessions: I Hate Breakfast

Breakfast from Bagel Company of Memphis"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." I can't even begin to count how many times I've heard that. I don't care. I hate breakfast.

First of all, I hate eating when I first get up. As much as I am a morning person (I'd rather get up early than sleep in late) I don't exactly get up with vim and vigor. I move slowly and like to start the day of rather quietly. The absolute last thing I want to do when I get up in the morning is eat. I am not awake. I am not going to cook or eat when I get up. It's not happening. The only way I eat when I first get up is to force myself to eat and I hate forcing myself to eat. There is no way I'm doing that on a daily basis. Forcing yourself to eat is a horrible way to start the day.

Secondly, I hate most breakfast foods. Wait, that's not true. I don't hate them. I just don't want to eat them every day. I can get behind an eggs and bacon kind of breakfast but I don't even want to eat that once a week. I don't mind pancakes (and make pretty good ones) but I had a rather scarring experience with a restaurant dish called "The Haystack" as a kid and well I don't particularly enjoy eating a lot of pancakes either. I've never really been a cereal person. I'll go through phases with toast and English muffins. I probably could eat croissants every day and be very happy about it but I can be a croissant snob. Life is too short for bad croissants.

I've been known to rock leftovers for breakfast but really, I don't want to eat the same thing for breakfast that I did for dinner. It's boring and I get sick of whatever that dish is pretty fast. Exceptions are made for leftover pizza or Chinese take-out. Breakfast of champions those are.

I've tried automating breakfast. When I used to go into an office every morning I'd make sure I'd eat something before I left. It was usually yogurt with some berries. I didn't have to chew. I could just shove it in my mouth and be done with it. During this past summer I drank a lot of smoothies, particularly green smoothies. I loved them but it's winter and smoothies are low on my list of things I want to drink first thing in the morning when the house is still a bit chilly.

We get together with former coworkers for breakfast every couple of weeks. I don't go as often as I used to because we live in the opposite direction of where the fake husband works and we only have one car. (It would take me far too long to get home by bus, the transit system in the suburbs is not so great.) It is somewhat amusing that sometimes it's the only meal we eat out in a month and it's one I hate. (The meal that is, not the outing. I like seeing our former coworkers.)

I do try to eat something in the mornings. When I was in university I was one of the few students who actually took full advantage of breakfast. These days I tend to eat a bit later than many people, one of the luxuries afforded thanks to working at home. And sometimes it is something breakfasty, like hot cereal. I really do love hot cereal, though I still wouldn't want to eat it every day.

Yes, I am a picky eater when it comes to breakfast. I'll admit it. I don't like breakfast and I'm ok with it.

Are you a breakfast person? Do you have any advice for someone who hates it?

Photo credit: ilovememphis on Flickr.

Cross-posted at BlogHer