Symposium Session: The Breakfast Controversy

Theses courses are exclusive to Spring 2017 Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken as regular courses by those who did not attend.

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 4040, 5370, 6000, 8100
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.1.2, 8.1.4, 8.3.6, 9.4.1

Breakfast is a hot-button topic in the media, with conflicting information published on a daily basis. Is it really the most important meal of the day, and what is the true definition of breakfast? Some say it’s critical to a healthy eating pattern; others say eating in the morning if you are not hungry contradicts the principles of mindfulness. Some studies conclude that breakfast helps with weight management; others say it makes no difference. Does it matter what type of breakfast you eat if looking to manage weight or blood sugar, and are there implications for skipping breakfast when looking at healthy aging? After all of that, how do we help patients and clients make healthy breakfast choices that don’t resemble desserts when challenged with time and budgetary constraints? When presented with clients who think their morning meal should be coffee, a bagel, or a muffin, what tools can we use to assist resistant individuals? This presentation will answer all of the above questions and raise debate as to the importance or lack thereof of breakfast for the population as a whole vs subgroups of patients. It will also include perspectives from a variety of dietitians to share their experiences and opinions on the topic of breakfast.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutritional professionals should be able to:

  1. Discuss the pros and cons of breakfast as demonstrated by peer-reviewed research.
  2. Define the term “breakfast.”
  3. Identify circumstances where there may be a downside to consuming breakfast.
  4. Gain skills to problem solve with patients when they struggle with time and resources to consume an appropriate breakfast, including recipe suggestions and macronutrient recommendations.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 CDR
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Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, is founder of Nutrition Starring YOU, LLC, nutrition communications consultant, and private practice dietitian based in New Jersey. She’s also author of the forthcoming cookbook The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club.

The presenter has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CDR


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