Feel Like Skipping Breakfast? Find Out Why

by lydia on March 18, 2014

Do you find yourself with no appetite in the morning and feel like skipping breakfast? Do you often skip breakfast, yet drink a few cups of coffee to get yourself going? Believe it or not, skipping breakfast is very common and something I deal with all the time with clients. I’ve even dealt with this issue myself in the past. I’d like to discuss why people feel like skipping breakfast and how to combat this issue.

Skipping breakfast is a terrible habit to get into that creates a vicious cycle and is terrible for blood sugar. When blood sugar is out of whack all the other hormones fall out of whack too. There could be several possible physiological reasons why you find yourself wanting to skip breakfast. In some cases, it’s just a matter of lack of planning or being too busy. Let’s discuss the possible health implications a bit further.


4 Reasons You May Feel Like Skipping Breakfast

  1. Digestive Issues
  2. Eating Too Late At Night
  3. Hypoglycemia
  4. Adrenal Fatigue/Low Cortisol

Digestive Issues

This can be a sign of the need for hydrochloric acid or pancreatic enzymes. For example;  someone who is used to eating a large dinner at night – maybe didn’t chew properly or eat in a relaxed state or even ate at a later hour – this pattern causes the food to stay in the digestive system for a longer period of time. In the morning the food is still digesting in the gut which causes the lack of hunger.

Ideally you want to eat within an 8 hour window daily. Finish your last meal 2 hours before sunset. Remember to eat a BIG breakfast, medium lunch and not so heavy of a dinner. Most of us have it all backwards. We barely eat breakfast, we’re too busy for lunch so it’s usually light and then by dinner we are famished -so what happens? We eat a huge meal, and we eat it fast because we are so hungry and likely our blood sugar is dipping. This is a vicious cycle for most people.

Eating Too Late At Night

This is another issue -some people eat late night snacks, or maybe they go out for drinks and eat munchies or watch TV until late and want popcorn. This plays into the problem as well. Eating too close to bed time raises body temperature, increases blood sugar and insulin and prevents the release of melatonin. It also cuts down on growth hormone release. All of this interferes with your sleep quality. And if it deprives you of sleep that will only lead to more cravings the next day. Stop eating late at night and eat more satiating meals/snacks during the day that include good fats

Go back to the very basics of what supports good digestion – remember to eat slowly, be relaxed and chew your food well. If you are still finding you aren’t hungry for breakfast after adapting your eating habits and eating times – then  perhaps your lack of appetite is due to blood sugar imbalances.


Hypoglycemia with a glycogen storage problem can cause one to not be hungry but need several cups of coffee to get their blood sugar up. This is from a lack of, or abnormal functioning of, one of the enzymes involved in the conversion of glucose to glycogen or the breakdown of glycogen back into glucose. So, if you are someone who still experience hypoglycemia even on a blood sugar friendly diet and have worked to get your sleep in order and heal your adrenals – you could have a glycogen storage issue.  In this case, eating will be critical and not only that but eating on a schedule along with making sure to get protein/fat and some amount of low-glycemic carbs. Read More: How Does Your Blood Sugar Work?

Often people with hypoglycemia also have adrenal fatigue and low cortisol.

Adrenal Fatigue/Low Cortisol

Healthy levels of cortisol actually increase our appetite. Folks with adrenal fatigue often find they have low morning cortisol levels. This makes it difficult to have an appetite at all. Often these same people have a night time cortisol that is high making their evening appetite bigger thus causing the problems I mentioned above. If you have adrenal fatigue or hypoglycemia and find you do not have an appetite for breakfast – you may have to MAKE yourself eat anyway. Then seek help and work with a practitioner to get your cortisol levels back on track.

There are times when one can fast for breakfast and it is okay to do so. But as a rule, skipping breakfast on a regular basis is not a good idea for most everyone. I personally think once your blood sugar is regulated, and your cortisol/DHEA ratios are repaired and functioning properly that eating breakfast a bit later in the day is okay. It gives your body a chance to do a little bit of intermittant fasting (but not everyone can tolerate intermittent fasting). Eating within an 8 hour window daily is a good way to help balance your body’s natural circadian rhythm and get your blood sugar/cortisol on track. However, if you have deeper adrenal fatigue paired with hypoglycemia, you will need to eat something within one hour of waking (no later than 2 hours) until you recover your circadian rhythm and cortisol/DHEA ratios and are able to maintain them.

Healthy Breakfasts

Fried eggs with bacon and vegetables

Here are several wonderful breakfast recipes and ideas you can use to ensure you start your day off nourished, as well as keep your blood sugar and adrenals happy. Please don’t allow yourself to skip breakfast, even if you don’t want to eat. Those with adrenal fatigue/low cortisol/hypoglycemia really MUST not skip breakfast. At first it may feel uncomfortable and seem difficult, but once you establish a routine breakfast you will start to feel so much better.





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marg blickenderfer March 19, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Thank you for this post. Very informative and might inspire me to allow enough time for breakfast in the morning!

Ashley March 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

This is contradictive to intermittent fasting which proves to be very beneficial however you often skip breakfast.

lydia March 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm

It’s not contradictive at all -if you read the post I talk about intermittent fasting. I think it ‘can’ be good -but only for those who do not have blood sugar imbalances and adrenal issues. Once that is corrected -eating within an 8 hour window is enough of a way to intermittently fast for most. We do not have the same health as our primitive ancestors did – most modern day humans have some level of metabolic syndrome that does not make it conducive to intermittent fasting.

Read more:http://chriskresser.com/intermittent-fasting-cortisol-and-blood-sugar

Kelly @ The Nourishing Home March 24, 2014 at 2:30 pm

What a helpful post. Will definitely be sharing this. And love all your delicious healthy breakfast ideas. Thanks, Lydia!

lydia March 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Sure thing -glad you found it helpful Kelly!

Carole Coats May 10, 2014 at 6:44 pm

I have never been a fan of breakfasts from age 8-68, but after reading your article on the subject, will incorporate this habit into my body repertoire.
It makes sense to do this to keep healthy. Thank you.

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