Women spend an average of 2 1/2 years of adult lives cooking*: Hence, I am a BREAKFAST EXPERT!*

Vol. 1,  No. 10, August 16, 2010


TITLE: Women spend an average of 2 1/2 years of adult lives cooking*: Hence, I am a BREAKFAST EXPERT!*




News flash: “Researchers have found that women spend an average of two-and-a-half years of their adult lives cooking.”  (This contrasts with the average man who cooks for 1.4 years of his life.) Findings included the following:

  • 75%  of family meals are prepared by women;
  • After work, more than eight out of 10 women spend one hour or more preparing food for themselves and their family over this period – the time doubles on weekends;
  • Weekly, this is roughly nine hours of home cooking throughout  an adult life  from the age 18 to 65 – such totalling  2.51 years. (N.B. This is according to the UK survey of cooking habits by kitchen appliance manufacturers Breville.)

Ouch, like many women, I know a lot about being in the kitchen cooking. Furthermore, like most mothers, I know a lot about breakfast. I crunched the numbers. I have made at minimum, 14, 600 breakfasts before my two adult daughters reached the age of 20. (365 x 20 (years)= 7300 x 2 (children)). And this does not include the breakfast meals that I made for them once they were 20.  In addition, it does not include the first meal of the day that I made for myself in later years. I think you’ll agree with me that, along with many other women out there, I am a BREAKFAST EXPERT! Accordingly, I believe:

1. That it is important to provide nourishment.  People need fuel! (It is especially true for children in the morning before they leave for school.) Of course, hungry does not spell learning. It is equally true for adults. Hungry does not usually result in good works and success.

2. That it is also important to take into account food groups, proper nutrition and good calories.

Oh, by the way, did you ever notice that the word “diet” means the totality of a person’s food consumption and also a regime of reduced food intake? It is interesting, don’t you think?

This was my starting point when I considered my subject book of today.



Daniela Jakubowicz, MD, is a specialist in endocrinology and metabolic disease. Originally from Venezuela, she worked at Hospital de Clinicas, Caracas. She has been using this diet, with successful results, for more than 15 years. She is the author of “The Big Breakfast Diet: Eat Big Before 9 A.M. and lose Big for Life”.

Research study

Jakubowicz et als studied the effects of the big breakfast diet on 94 women, all obese and physically inactive. Half the women were placed on a strictly monitored low-carb diet and the other half were assigned the big breakfast diet. If I understood correctly, overweight women lost nearly five times more weight on a large breakfast diet than the control group did on a low-carb diet.

Findings of this study were presented at the 90th annual meeting of The Endocrine Society in San Francisco on June 17 (Source: The Endocrine Society). Thismaterial was published in The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.


An earlier version of Jakubowicz’s  book, “¡Ni Una Dieta Mas!” (Not Another Diet!) was published In Venezuela. It made big waves in South America. It sold 300,000 copies.




My first reaction was from the cover. It had bright colors. There was a VERY slim woman figured prominently. She looks happy amongst many extremely high-in- calorie foods. Most if us desire these dishes. The package was thus appealing – perhaps too appealing, such maybe camouflaging a false message. Now, let us look at this message.

The diet

Jakubowicz gives prospective dieters, in effect, a blank cheque to eat, more-or-less, whatever they wanted for a before 9:00 A.M. meal. This big breakfast diet is BIGGGGGGGGG! it provides about one half of a  day’s calories. Foods are high in carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. The key is eating much whole-grain, complex carbohydrates and lean proteins, (e.g., fat-free milk, yogurt, and eggs). The idea is that one will be sated until lunch without desire for sugared snacks and between-meal carbs. Lunch and supper will be low-fat, high-protein and next-to-nothing carbohydrates. Mounds of fruits and vegetables at all meals are OK.


My personal comments

I got Dr. Jakubowicz’s diet message….but…

According to her, as long as you eat whatever you want before 9:00 a.m., you don’t have to feel guilty about overeating.  This is a 28-day plan.  With plain language – straight speak,  I don’t support anyone, probably women feeling guilty about diet. I also say: “I have doubts about the basic proposition: Eat whatever you want in the morning. To me, this just doesn’t feel right. In contrast, I believe that one should still eat selectively – the right foods at any time of  the day.  But I do think that Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz has a point…eating a good breakfast -read the proper foods in a proper quantity will lead to reasonable food intake the rest of the day. It will also provide the necessary fuel for people at all ages to achieve much.


The point

I am of the opinion that breakfast is the most important meal to properly start one’s day.  Along with a few cups of coffee, it gives you a boost.

My personal poll has established that the favorite big breakfast in the western world is a meal comprising: eggs, bacon , sausage or ham with potatoes, fruit, toast and coffee. In my view, for the working woman, this is difficult to prepare in the morning.

If you have a busy schedule, as I do, breakfast cereal is a good option; and it is much quicker. ( The word cereal originates from Ceres the name of the Roman goddess of harvest and agriculture.) Unfortunately, many cereals are loaded with sugar, but there are some, which are much lower in such.  The key is to select amongst these brands, one. which is high-fiber and fortified with vitamins.

In closing, I also urge a substantial breakfast in the A.M, but such, taking into account food groups, proper nutrition and good calories. This will provide the base, along with a fair portion/low-calorie lunch and supper, to keep food in the right context.  I also believe that cardio work -outs and weight -training compliment a proper life style choice.

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours? *




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