If it didn’t hap­pen be­fore 11am, it isn’t worth talk­ing about. Wipe the sleep from your eyes, have a stretch and pull up a stool at the bar – it’s time to choose your break­fast tribe

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS - words JES­SICA SAL­TER pho­tog­ra­phy MITCH PAYNE

What your break­fast of choice says about you

Cast your mind back: you’re sit­ting at your child­hood break­fast ta­ble reach­ing for one of two boxes. The first is em­bla­zoned with the im­age of a cer­tain car­toon tiger, the other has a mon­key in a hat chow­ing down on some­thing choco­latey. Af­ter a bowl – or two – it’s off to school on a blood su­gar spike strong enough to drive your teach­ers to the job cen­tre. Break­fast has al­ways been bloody mag­i­cal, hasn’t it? And it’s en­joy­ing a re­nais­sance, where ev­ery bowl or plate served pre-11am is obliged to de­liver that same ex­cite­ment you had as a kid. While you used to sink a chunk of your wages on din­ner, the salary-shrinker of 2018 is break­fast – the UK spends an es­ti­mated £76 mil­lion a day on it. Show­ing early morn­ing eats some love cer­tainly isn’t bad news for your health, ei­ther. Those who eat break­fast typ­i­cally weigh less than those who skip it, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weight Con­trol Registry. And re­search by the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Car­di­ol­ogy last year found that miss­ing your morn­ing meal could lead to poor heart health, too. You may not re­alise it, but what you eat for break­fast says more about you than your care­fully curated so­cial feeds ever could. Time to find your tribe.

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