Breakfast....


MizzRobin
on Jan 11, 2008 @ 03:55 pm

....they say it is the most important meal of the day... well one of my commitments to self in the new year is to make sure I sit down and eat breakfast every morning...so far so good...

Anyway in my quest to make myself something healthy to each morning, I have reading conflicting articles on what is healthy and what is not in terms of breakfast foods. Do any of you know how many eggs are too many to eat in a week? I am curious because i have read to limit the amount of eggs you eat and I have also read that this is a myth and that you can eat eggs daily.

On a side note, what do you typically make yourself when you are trying to make a healthy breakfast. I want to try new things before I get bored of making myself the same ol' omelette or oatmeal every day.
 

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Ali de Bold
cereal and blueberries on Jan 11, 2008 @ 04:09 pm

That's been my thing lately. I like whole grain cereal with no sugar - often organic varieties and then I sweeten it with a handful of Europe's Best frozen blueberries.

Also yummy: cottage cheese with sunflower seeds and a tiny spoonful of raspberry fruitspread Sounds gross but it's yummy! And I like to eat a whole grapefruit and toast with fruit spread (not "jam" as that is loaded with sugar).

As far as eggs go I've heard conflicting things too. I find I can't handle more than 1 egg for breakfast or it feels like cement in my stomach. I think if you have 2-3 eggs per week that's fine but I dont' know if I would have one every day.
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Bubblybunny
breakfast makes me gain weight on Jan 11, 2008 @ 04:41 pm

A few months ago, I decided to improve my lifestyle by starting out the day with a light breakfast, mostly cereal (usually vector or Special K with no additional sugar) or fruits. And I started putting on a few pounds. Then, I got sick of my breakfast food and stopped eating breakfast, I stopped gaining weight and I lost the weight I gained.

Then, in the last month or so, I started eating breakfast again every morning, usually just a small bowl of cereal or a peach or an apple. Once again, I started gaining weight!

Does anyone have the same experience as me? Can anyone explain why a healthy eating habit make me gain weight? Aside from eating breakfast, my rest of my food intake remains the same. I don't like adding sugar to my breakfast and because it's so early in the morning, I really only eat a small bowl of cereal. Also, I have a very active job where I'm always walking around and on my feet all the time.

Oh...and I'd love to hear more breakfast food ideas, especially the low-fat ones. :P

And I think eating 2-3 eggs a week is ok. If you want to eat more eggs, you can omit the yolk from some of your eggs (ie. 7 eggs a week, but only eat 2-3 yokes).
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spotty
famished! on Jan 11, 2008 @ 07:31 pm

I HAVE to eat some breakfast each morning. I always wake up hungry w/ the growlies! W/o fail, I have a bowl of cereal each morning. As some have indicated they don't want to get bored w/ their breakfast routine, so my key to variety is to switch out which cereal I eat. Once I finish a box, I tend to get a different box, and so forth. But sometimes I get on a kick w/ one type of cereal. If I'm slightly bored w/ it I'll jazz it up w/ something. For example, Cheerios and Special K have been my main stays for years and years. Sometimes I enjoy them plain. Other times I jazz them up w/ sugar, honey, banana, blueberries, strawberries, etc ...

Fiance never eats breakfast in the morning and I don't know how he does it. He's a coffee drinker, though (and I'm not), so I think the water and calories he gets from his creamer make him feel full and not want to eat anything until late morning.
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Dairinn
eggs on Jan 12, 2008 @ 03:03 pm

My SIL has a BSc in Nutrition and when I wnated to lose weight for my wedding she calclulated daily caloric intake and food portions for me. This was over four years ago and I still refer to it this day. Anyway an egg was considered 1 "meat" serving based on the amount of protein and fat it contained. It wasn't really refered to a protein serving only because plenty of other foodsa have protein in them which fell in a different category. Anyway without going off on a tangent, even though I was allowed 7 "meat servings" in 1 day (1 serving = 1 oz, before anyone thinks that's a lot. Canada food guide recommends 2-3 meat and meat alternative servings but their serving sizes are bigger than my diet guide), eggs were recommended to be limited to 3 serving per week at 1 egg=1 serving. Reason being that the yolks are high in cholesterol. They are healthy but eat 2 eggs per day on a daily basis and you might regret it in your 50's. I think Bubblybunny said it well, avoid the yolk if you eat a lot. You can buy egg whites only in a carton if you don't want to waste egg yolks. Never tried it so don't know how good it is but personally I think the yolk is the tasty part.
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Dairinn
weight gain from breakfast? on Jan 12, 2008 @ 03:19 pm

The only reason I can think of is that I find when I skip breakfast I can go longer wthout eating. I know it sounds illogical but eating breakfast stimulates your metabolism I think, so I get hungry earlier. Althought I have never linked weight gain to eating breakfast, perhaps that is the reason Bubblybunny. Also, you mentioned that the rest of your food intake doesn't change which simply put means that by adding breakfast, you're adding calories, which could easily explain the weight gain. You may want to cut out caloried elsewhere if you want to eat breakfast, to balance out your daily caloric intake.
I also eat just a bowl of special K but I actually measure it out. You'd be surprised how much extra you eat by eyeballing your portions. I don't know about Vector but Special K has 110 calories per 1 1/4 cup which is less than most cereals. I usually eat 1 cup which is about 90 calories. I use 1% milk, also about a cup. Just to add some variety I allow myself a little extra on the weekends e.g I'll, have toast with P&J or once in a while treat myself to eggs and bacon!
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Bubblybunny
I don't weigh my portions on Jan 12, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

I've never weighed my portions b/c I've never really been serious about dieting. I keep an normal healthy weigh but I don't want to gain more because I think if I weigh anymore than I do now, I'd be unhappy with myself.

I think Dairinn is probably right about adding more calories to my daily intake by eating breakfast. (I also use 1% or skim milk with my cereal.) When I do eat breakfast, I don't actually eat less lunch because I find myself feeling hungrier and I get hungry earlier than non-breakfast days. I guess my metabolism really takes off. Sometimes I just find it's easier not to eat breakfast because it's easier to get through my mornings without feeling hungry by 10am!! Hahah... That's another reason why I go through breakfast/no-breakfast phase.
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Feisty Redhead
smoothies on Jan 13, 2008 @ 06:13 pm

I have to eat breakfast; I wake up soooo hungry in the mornings!

Besides the typical cereal/oatmeal/toast things that have already been mentioned, I like to have smoothies for breakfast. Smoothies are great because they're so quick and easy and the flavor options you have are endless. Being able to use frozen fruit makes things even easier because then you don't even have to chop up any fresh fruit, no worries about fresh fruit not being used up before it goes bad on you etc. I try to always give myself enough time to really sit down and enjoy my breakfast too and not just stuff myself without even really tasting what I'm eating. I find if I take my time eating, and have a nice balanced meal for breakfast (instead of just a big bowl of cereal, a small bowl of cereal, a glass of juice, a little fresh fruit and a cup of yogurt for example) it keeps me full till lunch time rolls around. If I eat faster or don't give myself that little bit of variety by eating more than one thing, I'm hungry again in an hour or two. Though that brings to mind the proven fact that it's all-around better for us to eat several smaller meals during the day instead of the two or three bigger meals everyone seems to eat. Either way, snacking between meals is not really a bad thing if you get hungry; as long as your choice of snack is a healthy one. Fresh fruits and veggies, yogurt, granola bars, a handful of almonds... snacking isn't the bad thing it's made out to be if you're smart about it. =)
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mamaluv
eating habits on Jan 14, 2008 @ 09:57 am

It'd be great if Marc (Dr.Workout) could chime in here... I have been told by many fitness and health fanatics that eating small portions more often is actually better in terms of your health and maintaining your weight. The idea is that if you skimp on breakfast and lunch, you'll gorge at dinner and since that's shortly before bedtime all those calories will be stored, not burned.

I notice that if I skip breakfast, I am generally not really hungry until midafternoon. But then I go on a crazy eating binge and snack very frequently - can't help myself! I have always been a big believer in the importance of breakfast, and my occasional slip-ups reinforce that idea. I like to eat a small but filling 3 meals/day, and one or two small and (usually - lol!) healthy snacks during the day.

For breakfast, I love a sunny-side-up egg on multigrain toast (protein for energy, fibre/carbs to stay full longer), orange juice and coffee. I don't eat this every day of course (i have high cholesterol - runs in the family), so probably only have this 3 times/week. On the other days, I love Special K w/ red berries cereal, coffee and a grapefruit.

I don't lose weight this way, but I have maintained the same weight since high school (give or take 5 pounds... ok, give) despite having had 3 kids. I'm not so arrogant as to think this is all my doing; all the women in my family are naturally thin. But since I've passed my 30th birthday, i notice I can't cheat anymore. you have to work at maintaining the weight or it will catch up with you eventually.
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StephB
not big on breakfast on Jan 14, 2008 @ 01:59 pm

I'm not a big fan of breakfast because I need to wait a few hours after I'm awake to eat. Sounds crazy but if I eat too soon after waking up I feel very sick for the rest of the day.

Aside from that though my brother is a health maniac, haha, and eats a very healthy breakfast everyday. Here are some things that are great to start your day with:

1) Egg whites are great for you
2) Instant Quaker Oatmeal (either plain or with some fruit mixed in)
3) Large fruit smoothie made with skim milk, fruit (fresh or frozen) and a bit of water or ice cubes.
4) Fiber rich cereal



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reeshie19
skinny me... on Jan 15, 2008 @ 05:06 pm

i lose weight extremely quickly when im under stress so during my final exams i was like invisible.anyway...i went to see a my dietician and she mentioned that the quickest way to pick up GOOD weught,is to have a GOOD breakfast:)so yes breakfast does play a role in weight gain,but it depends a lot on what you eat.a bowl of oats isnt going to do any harm:)
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