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Least Important Meal Of the Day?


Updated July 01, 2014

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One day, Cindy Nellis, our awesome  Women's Fashion expert at About.com said something that made me giggle:

"Y'know, you never really hear much about which one is the least important meal of the day..."

Then I thought about it -- and it's true! We're constantly told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - and it probably is because it sets the tone for your day, as far as eating goes.

But... if breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which one is the least important? Maybe lunch -- it's easy to ignore, especially if you have a mid-morning snack. However, it may be good because it gives you a break from work unless you work at your laptop that's on your kitchen table - (what, who me??).

I'd say dinner is important because studies indicate eating dinner together as a family is good for everyone, including the kids. But, if you live alone or work at night, then dinner may not be a big deal.

In the long run, I don't think any meal is more important than the other. As long as you get all the nutrients you need with the right number of calories, you should be just fine. If you love a big breakfast, then go for it -- just watch your intake the rest of the day. Or if you hate breakfast, then fine -- you can eat later.

All in all, it's about the quality and quantity of the foods you eat and the timing isn't all that big a deal.

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