Reader Profile: The Empty Stomach Warrior

“The big meal in my house was dinner, and that’s how my body was conditioned.” - June Ferestien: Age 47, Business Consultant, Newton, Mass.

Cooking Light Reader: June Ferestien

June Ferestien: The Empty Stomach Warrior


June Ferestien is an athlete and has been since the age of 10, when she started competing in tennis. During the week, she often headed to school without breakfast. On weekends, June competed, but although she needed energy, her morning meal was light—Raisin Bran, a banana, and maybe a bit of bacon. June retired from pro tennis in her early 20s, and 20 years later, the eating habits remain. She’s now a working mom with two daughters who exercises daily—but heads to yoga on an empty stomach. During the day she grazes. When dinner comes, game on. “I’m a warrior eater, busy all day and saving up my calories for dinner. I know it’s not ideal but I kind of work, work, work, and save up for my reward.” Despite not putting on weight, June understands the need to better balance her day.


June is a performer, mentally and physically—two dimensions that would benefit from a healthy morning meal. If she would eat a light breakfast shortly after waking up, by the time she got to yoga, she’d feel fueled, not full—and that’s important for maximizing the benefits of exercise. But she’s not fond of a lot of traditional breakfast foods, like pancakes, so some new ideas are needed to inspire her to the breakfast table.

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