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Eat your way to success, starting with a healthy breakfast

By Will Barton

Chemeketa students are advised to eat their way to success by starting with a healthy breakfast every morning.

Sounds easy enough, right?

Marty Limbird, one of the college’s health instructors, recommends that all students eat a nutritious breakfast every morning for a successful day.

“Breakfast is the key for the mind to be successful. It’s what gets the brain active and churning throughout the day for you to be at your best,” he said.

Limbird’s choice for a healthy breakfast?

“Eggs, bacon, a glass of water, and occasionally potatoes are my healthy breakfast,” he said. “Some may still get their minds going by eating Wheaties, like Jordan did.”

Of course, we all can’t perform like Michael Jordan, but you get the idea.

“The protein from the eggs and bacon are what really help your brain get active,” Limbird said. “The eggs, the bacon, and the water are healthy for the brain as well as your body. The body needs good protein. Having a healthy breakfast is extremely good for your brain and self.”

Chemeketa’s breakfast menu currently consists of a single item, the breakfast burrito.

Does that constitute a smart breakfast choice?

The answer depends on who you ask.

Danielle Johnson, a Food Court employee, said, “Breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day, and everyone should have breakfast before coming to school. Without breakfast, it’s like seeing zombies walk around.”

What is Johnson’s idea of a healthy breakfast?

“Eggs, bacon, orange juice, and maybe some waffles,” she said. “Breakfast is important no matter what. However, a healthy breakfast would be best.”

Chemeketa student Jocelynn Plancarte said that breakfast was the most important meal of her day.

“I order the breakfast burrito occasionally when I don’t have time at home to make something,” she said. “It might not be the healthiest choice. But it has eggs, and I know that eggs are a great source for protein.”

At least some students would like to see additional healthy breakfast foods – from eggs and bacon to whole grain wheat bread and gluten-free waffles – added to the menu at the Food Court.

“I would actually eat breakfast every day here if the breakfast food menu looked like that list,” Plancarte said.

Menu aside, students should consider a healthy breakfast as a great way to start the day.

Limbird said, “Chemeketa students need breakfast. It will not only fuel the brain and help your diet, but it will make you successful. Success is what I want Chemeketa students to have.”

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