Have early morning classes? Start your own breakfast ritual–USA Today


“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” We’ve hear this from parents, teachers, doctors and cereal box-donning Olympians.

All too often, though, I talk to people who tell me they never eat breakfast.

Well, guess what? Our parents & teachers were right—breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Due to a crunch for time, laziness and/or lack of appetite in the wee hours of the morning, we miss out on the MIMOFTD, deeming it unessential.

But breakfast is essential; we get our energy and the nutrients we need from breakfast. If you don’t eat breakfast you’re skipping out on more than just a meal.

Luckily for me, I’m like Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation: I worship breakfast (specifically waffles and pancakes). If I could eat breakfast food for every meal of the day, I totally would (and definitely have in the past…brinner time!).

Because I hold breakfast so dear, I make it a priority & wake up an hour before I have to do anything. I literally roll out of bed each morning and, like a zombie, find my way to the coffee pot, a.k.a. my lifeline.

After access caffeine, I pour myself a glass of orange juice, a bowl of cereal & butter up a piece of toast. I spend the next 20 minutes eating, drinking and watching the sun rise. Yes, this sounds cheesy, but I need this time. I need this morning routine to charge me up for the rest of the day. We all do.

Don’t have 20 minutes? That’s no excuse. Whether you have two minutes or two hours each morning, here are some morning rituals and routines that you can adopt to ensure that you are getting your most important meal every day — no matter your schedule.

0 minutes- Just because you have zero minutes to eat breakfast doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat breakfast. In fact, if your day is starting out this hectic, then you’re definitely going to need that boost of energy. So, make breakfast the night before that you can just grab on your way out the door. Try baking some banana, zucchini or oatmeal muffins or homemade granola bars.

3 minutes- I know being addicted to coffee isn’t the greatest thing. But what if you need an energy fix and have three minutes to get it? There’s no need to wait in the coffee shop drive-thru.  Make yourself a cup of tea to-go. Try Earl Grey (which has a ton of caffeine, but more nutrients than coffee) or yerba mate, which gives you a heightened sense of awareness without the caffeine.

5 minutes– Yogurt. Start your day off great with a little yogurt. Yogurt is a quick, filling snack that boosts your immune system and is a great source of morning protein. Better yet, top it off with some granola or cereal. 

10 minutes- Sit down with a bowl of oatmeal or cereal.

20 minutes- Adopt my morning routine; it’s worked out pretty well for me. If you’re feeling ambitious, make a smoothie instead.

20+ minutes- Treat Yo’ Self to some waffles or pancakes with eggs. If you want something a little more healthy like a breakfast burrito.


Op/Ed: Erasing the Prejudice Against the Mentally Ill


People hate and judge what they don’t understand. Most people don’t try to understand those with mental illnesses, automatically placing them in a category of “crazy” and “retarded.” In reality, they are people too; people with feelings, hopes and dreams. They just have an extra barrier that separates them from what we all take for granted: a potential road to success.

Starting in education, those with a mental illness are sometimes told from the beginning that their lives will never amount to something that a “normal” individual might have. And that’s a tragedy.

In reality, those with mental illnesses deserve every resource and help from others in order to achieve their dreams. Their dreams are just as important as everyone’s and they need to be realized.

The biggest obstacle in life isn’t their illness; it’s other people’s prejudices. It’s not only that people bring them down; it’s that people don’t raise them up.

In order to this, we need a complete makeover on our mindset. For example, the word “retarded” is used daily as an insult to others. It should never be used as an insult, because it’s not a bad thing to be retarded. It just means that someone’s brain is unique. Someone’s uniqueness should never be squandered, only celebrated.

It is our mission to erase “retarded” from people’s common insults. It is our mission to erase the prejudice against the mentally ill.

Maybe this is a scary thought. This prejudice exists because people are afraid of those who are different. They don’t know how to act around the mentally ill. In reality, it’s not different than talking to any other person around you, except that most of the time, their hearts are bigger.

For those with mental illness, having friends is a rarity. Imagine going through life with only your parents and siblings as your best friends. Even just a smile or kind words can make their day. A friendship goes further.

Everyone in the world deserves to be treated with respect and understanding. Unfortunately, those with mental illnesses aren’t. We need to change that. At the end of the day, each person still wants the same thing: to love and be loved.

 from: http://www.uwsp.edu/pointeronline/Pages/articles/Erasing-The-Prejudice-Against-the-Mentally-Ill.aspx