Walter Breuning turned 113 years old last Monday. For the past 35 years, Breuning has eaten only two meals throughout the day. He rises at 6:15 a.m. each morning and has a big breakfast around 7:30 a.m. Breuning then has a lunch and skips dinner. He started skipping dinner in 1978 when he moved to Great Falls, Mont. from Minneapolis.
Breuning lived in the Yellowstone Apartments and would walk down the street to the Johnson Hotel and the Albon Club on the second floor for lunch. He noticed people got into a habit of eating too much at night and he realized he felt better when he didn’t eat the nighttime meal.
When the Albon Club moved in 1980 to the Rainbow Hotel, the owners asked Breuning to be the manager. He was the manager there for the next 15 years.
Breuning contributes his sustained weight over the last 35 years to his consistent diet. He says he drinks a lot of water every day and only has about half a cup of coffee during breakfast. Also, he attributes a lot of his diet to eating a lot of fruit throughout the day. Breuning also takes a single baby aspirin every day. He says it’s the only pill he ever takes. All his life, the man claims to have been healthy and contributes that to his diet.
Breuning says working hard was another aspect of his longevity. He held two jobs until he was 66, one at the Great Northern Railway and he continued the second at the Shriner’s Club until he was 99.