A PSA from me and my ketchup-stained shirts
Of all the things that bother me (and there are a lot), eating breakfast on the go is one I’m forced to face more regularly than I would like. I’m not saying I need a table and a spare hour to tenderly slice into a stack of pancakes every morning. In fact, I eat most of my breakfasts at my work desk by the light of the computer screen. It’s eating a meal in transit that I just can’t get behind.
I know that a lot of people don’t have the luxury to eat breakfast at their places of work. I also suspect that lot of
monsters folks may truly relish eating their egg on a roll as they run from the train to the office, spilling ketchup on anyone who dares get in their way. Maybe you find joy in spooning up your yogurt parfait from the car cup holder as you weave through traffic (though that sounds like a bit of a driving hazard). I’m not trying to yuck your yum; I simply do not enjoy feeding myself while commuting.
Perhaps my disdain for eating on the run has to do with the fact that I don’t see food as fuel. I’ve never “forgotten” about a meal and then crammed a bagel into my mouth just to put gas in the tank. To me, meals matter, and breakfast can be the factor that decides whether I start the day feeling satisfied and happy, or rushed and slightly nauseated from the 32 grams of sugar in that power bar I ate. Breakfast is the type of thing that shouldn’t have to happen with one hand on the subway pole.
Breakfast on the go is just downright messy. Even if you’re extremely careful, some other hurried person is bound to bump into you right at the moment you spoon up the blueberry part of your fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt cup, staining your favorite white shirt. You then find yourself racing through a pharmacy at 8 a.m. looking for a stain-remover pen—all because of breakfast.
If, like me, you don’t actually enjoy breakfast on the go, but have had to make a habit of it because mornings are hard, here’s an alternative: Wake up just 15 minutes earlier (trust me, you can do it). Take those 15 minutes to eat breakfast at home, on a park bench near your office, even in your car in the work parking lot. Listen to the morning news or a quick podcast, or just be alone with your thoughts and your BEC. Take a deep breath. Isn’t that so much better?