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The List: It really is the most important meal

I'm David Giuliani, and I work in the newsroom at Sauk Valley Media. 

I'm no portrait of health, but I follow at least one rule suggested by many: Have breakfast every day. It really is the most important meal.

Many people skip breakfast and are starving by 10 o'clock in the morning. At a former workplace, the burrito guy would make his rounds about that time, and he brought in a tidy sum. Good businessman.

For my entire life, I've had cold cereal for breakfast most days. When I was growing up, my mom would buy two nutritious cereals, Special K and Cheerios. She loosened up in my teen years, but stuck with the health theme.

In my adult years, I continued with cold cereals – at breakfast and, on weekdays, at lunch. This past July, though, I had emergency intestinal surgery at CGH Medical Center. My doctor didn't tell me to change my diet, but I did anyway. I started having oatmeal every morning, which seemed better for my digestive system.

For my list, I'll let you know my top 5 cereals (in later years, I often mixed them):

1. Life

2. Wheat Chex

3. Corn Chex

4. Shredded Wheat

5. Raisin Bran

David Giuliani is a news editor for Sauk Valley Media. You can reach him at or 800-798-4085, ext. 525. Follow him on Twitter: @DGiuliani_SVM.

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