At this point in 2023, we can all agree that therapy is a thing; an important thing that over the years has (thankfully) lost its stigma, supports our mental health and helps create a safe environment to navigate our relationships with others, and our relationship with ourselves. But what about our relationship with food? Enter Shira Barlow MS, RD, otherwise known as “The Food Therapist” and host of the daily podcast Good Instincts. She’s devoted her career to the subject, which is why we turned to her to answer some of your biggest questions about eating healthy—and having a healthy mindset toward food. Here’s what she had to say.
PureWow: OK, we have to ask, once and for all— is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?
Shira Barlow: The thing about breakfast is that it is an important meal of the day. The most important? Not so much. If you’re doing it well with proteins and healthy fats, it can be a great way to stabilize blood sugar early. That being said, it really is a personal preference. There are some people who are not into breakfast, or don’t wake up hungry in the morning.