Confession: I Eat the Same Thing for Breakfast Every Day

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12/27/2011 10:00 AM   :  143 comments   :  23,073 Views

For the past six years I have eaten the same foods for breakfast almost every day of the week. These foods include Quaker Weight Control Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal, one tablespoon chopped walnuts, half a banana (or fresh blueberries in season), four ounces of tart cherry juice (I added this to my breakfast meal in July 2009) with one, maybe two cups of black coffee. This has been my go to breakfast for so long now that I no longer have to think what I will have, I just go the pantry grab the packet of oatmeal, heat the water, add the walnuts and fruit and I am good to go.

While some may find that this is too many calories for breakfast or too many carbohydrates, as a runner, this has become my ideal breakfast as it helps fuel my long runs. The added fiber from the oatmeal and fruit along with the healthy fat from the walnuts provide me with greater satiety so that I stay fuller longer.  

We all know the importance of eating a variety of foods to ensure our bodies receive the proper nutrients to heal, recover, fight off disease and help with our energy levels. But according to studies, too much variety main be responsible for our weight gain.

There have been several studies alluding to the fact that too much variety in our food choices can actually lead to weight gain. The most recent study published earlier this summer in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that "women who ate macaroni and cheese every day for a week were taking in 100 fewer calories each day than normal by the week's end." The reason could be that the lack of variety caused the women to be less interested in the food they were eating so that they ate fewer calories.  

While studies are important in helping us understand the complexity of weight issues, I am cautious to follow guidelines based on studies, which is why I live by the mantra, "We are all an experiment of one." That does not mean that I throw all caution to wind. There are proven principles that have been shown to work for the vast majority of us and those cannot be ignored.

So what  does this mean for me?

Before I started my weight loss journey almost seven years ago, I was not one to eat breakfast on a consistent basis. I found that breakfast was the easiest meal for me to skip. More times than not, I found myself not hungry upon wakening, so I did not feel the need to 'waste those calories.'  So why should I eat something when I was not hungry, especially when time was of the essence to get out of the house in the morning.

But that all changed in February 2005 when I began my final attempt to reclaim my health. I did lots of research on the topic of healthy habits of healthy individuals and one of the common threads I found was skipping meals can actually lead to weight gain. Reading that breakfast is the most important meal of the day spurred me to change my habits. I never skip breakfast, even if that means I only have a banana and a small glass of cherry juice.

I also understand that eating a variety of foods helps to ensure that our bodies receive the needed nutrients to function properly. This is why I try to incorporate veggies, fruit, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats in my other meals and snacks. I try to use foods that are in season, which for now include lots of fresh oranges and apples.

Regardless of what you choose to eat, even if that meal is the same day in and day out, eating breakfast helps provide us with the energy to take on the day. It helps fire up our metabolism while helping with cravings later in the day. Not to mention, breakfast allows us to feel in control of making healthy choices and boost our mood even if those foods are the same foods, day in and day out.  

Do you eat breakfast every day? Do you vary what you eat or do you eat the same foods for breakfast every dat? What have you eaten for breakfast that is not a typical 'breakfast' food?
 


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  • 143
    I have always eaten breakfast - and generally it's before I do anything else, including showering. Hearing people talk about skipping it has always amazed me. I do know my husband is "not hungry" in the morning when we have had a large dinner the night before, but my body just doesn't work that way. Maybe it's just habit, but since they say it's important to eat breakfast I never saw any reason to try and change it.
    - 6/7/2012   4:07:09 PM
  • STRONGERMENOW
    142
    Breakfast has always been a difficult meal for me. I am a get ready and get out the door kinda person. I finally stopped and realized I felt horrible when I didn't eat anything. So now I wake up earlier and have my protein shake with, mixed berries and sometimes I add a banana for something a little different. I found that I am not as tired during the morning as I have been in recent years. As long as I am eating something, it is better then nothing... - 2/1/2012   2:10:10 PM
  • BPIPERNO1
    141
    I have the same breakfast 5, 6 or 7 days a week because I crave it. It's a smoothie made with a banana, 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1 teaspoon of flaxseed meal, 1/2 cup of water, 4 tablespoons of PB2 (powdered peanut butter) and some crushed ice. I use more ice in the summer, but I still crave this smoothie when it's below zero outside! - 2/1/2012   12:57:11 PM
  • 140
    I enjoy breakfast everyday...some days it's yogurt & banana w/coffee or waffles with blueberries, oatmeal with nuts and fruit or pancakes with fruit, egg & cheese sandwich & coffee. I am not a happy camper without breakfast. - 1/31/2012   10:16:52 PM
  • 139
    My weekday breakfast is always about 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt and about 3/4 cup homemade muesli. Weekends, I usually cook a family breakfast--usually turkey sausage, eggs, fruit, and whole grain toast, or pancakes/waffles with some whole grain and topped with fruit with a side of bacon. Definitely not as healthy as weekday breakfasts, but I make sure not to just phone it in. ;) - 1/30/2012   10:03:58 AM
  • 138
    Before joining SparkPeople my breakfast was a Diet Coke, now I eat breakfast but it is the same breakfast everyday and I probably need to be eating a better breakfast. - 1/30/2012   7:33:14 AM
  • 137
    I have always skipped breakfast before joining Sparkpeople, but since joining I eat breakfast, and on most days it is the same thing. I eat sugar free apple oatmeal, or a low carb yogurt with plain oatmeal. I am not always hungry in the morning, but I make myself eat the most important meal of the day. - 1/30/2012   12:44:04 AM
  • 136
    I'm a breakfast person and do need that morning jumpstart to kickoff my day. Usually I eat cereal or an apple and tea. Lunch isn't important so I usually eat a mini-meal, afternoon snack with tea then a hot balanced dinner. - 1/29/2012   11:48:07 PM
  • SAELBELLE
    135
    I eat the same type of foods for breakfast everyday. I found I am better eating 5 small meals a day rather than 3 large meals per day. So I generally have a muesli/oat bar (vary flavour variety once in a while) and some form of fruit that is in season. By having these 5 small meals a day, I don't feel as hungry, my energy levels stay good and I tend not to binge or eat unnecessary snacks - 1/29/2012   11:08:14 PM
  • 134
    I have a bowl of cereal every weekday morning, and a bigger breakfast if possible on the weekends. I usually add a banana or eat cereal with strawberries already in it. :) This has been my go to breakfast for the last year or two and trust me, I can feel the diffference if I skip a couple of mornings. I think this has helped me curb midmorning snacks, too. :) so for those who aren't breakfast eaters, give it a try a couple of times a week, you will notice the difference! - 1/29/2012   9:53:42 PM
  • 133
    I have several items to choose from for breakfast:
    2 Boiled egg
    2 Slices of Turkey Bacon
    Or

    1 Slice of Whole Wheat toast
    3 Slices of Canadian Bacon
    1/2 slice of Laughing Cow Cheese wedge - 1/29/2012   9:21:03 PM
  • TORDINE
    132
    Before I started with Spark People I can't remember the last time I had breakfast. Now it's the same thing every morning, a serving of yogurt. I'm not a morning person so it's one less thing for me to decide in the mornings. - 1/29/2012   3:13:47 PM
  • 131
    I,too, eat the same breakfast every day.
    My goal is to start with a low glycemic meal.
    Breakfast is steel-cut oats with blueberries,1/2
    of a Ezekiel english muffin, a little jam. and tea.
    It is very comforting and holds me until lunch. - 1/29/2012   3:08:11 PM
  • 130
    I have 2 "go to" breakfasts. One for cold weather and one for hot. On the weekends I might change it up but these 2 meals have the fiber and nutrients that start my day out terrific! Since it is winter, I too eat oatmeal, berries in season, walnuts or almonds with a teaspoon of margarine. 1 cup of coffee. I even splurge on 1 tbl of Half n Half. I like having these standard healthful meals because it makes one less decision in the day since I know they are nutritious and I have them grouped in my Nutrition Tracker...and I enjoy them! - 1/29/2012   9:08:43 AM
  • 123ELAINE456
    129
    Yes Strawberry Pop Tarts with Frosting. Im trying to find something that is healthy for you and switch over to that and say goodby to the Pop Tarts.

    - 1/29/2012   7:45:20 AM
  • 128
    Breakfast was always my favourite meal when I was a kid. We had amazing breakfasts at our house because my father, who bordered on the hyperthymic side, was in charge. So I NEED variety in my breakfasts. Otherwise, I'd be longing for those kippers and fried eggs-bacon-tomatoes-and-bread days. On the other hand, I'd love to eat the same thing at lunch every day - hummus and carrot sticks. - 1/29/2012   7:13:05 AM
  • 127
    I do not eat the same breakfast every day because I have a lot of free time during morning hours and I really enjoy having different things to eat each day. I do have some standard options for the days during which I lack inspiration such as oats with 1.5% milk and some honey, yogurt with alpen sugarfree and some honey or whole wheat bread with turkey ham and cheese accompanied by fruit juice. To be honest, I ENVISION MY BREAKFAST MOST DAYS BEFORE I GO TO BED so as to have motivation to wake up early and exercise. Additionally, WHEN I FEEL LIKE MINDLESSLY SNACKING DURING THE EVENING I CONVINCE MYSELF NOT TO DO SO AND PROMISE TO HAVE A LITTLE TREATduring the next day's breakfast as a reward. Oh yeah! it does work for me!!!!! - 1/12/2012   3:42:10 PM
  • 126
    I eat the same thing everyday. I have oatmeal, with skim milk, 3 flavors of Craisins, a little bit of flavored coffee creamer (sugar or fat free preferred but sometimes regular) or sugar free maple syrup, and cut up granny smith apples. It tastes great and it keeps my tummy satisfied for hours. :D - 1/7/2012   3:32:10 PM
  • 125
    Wow I thought I was the only one that had the same thing for breakfast everyday! My breakfast every morning is 2 shredded wheat biscuits, softened with hot water that i drain off, a 1/2 cup of 2% milk and 1/2 tsp of sugar. I start work by 5:45am and usually eat breakfast by 4:30 am, this breakfast is so simple, easy to eat and keeps me going until my 8:30 break. - 1/7/2012   1:42:15 PM
  • SPARKLING4GOD
    124
    I hate making breakfast, so I have found that if I eat the same thing every day, it takes the "have to" out of it. - 1/7/2012   3:11:58 AM
  • 123
    I eat the same thing every day: 1/2 cup of probiotic yogurt, protein bar, and 1/2 cup of fruit. It works, I don't have to think about what to eat, and it gives me a good dose of protein to start my day. - 1/6/2012   8:10:15 PM
  • 122
    I have eaten the same thing for breakfast for 20+ years, with a few modifications. I used to eat a bagle with cream cheese and a hard boiled egg on top, plus a 16 ounce glass of milk. Now I eat a whole wheat bagel with low-fat cream cheese and a hardboiled egg with only half the yolk and 8 ounces only of non-fat milk. This breakfast keeps me filled up until lunch. I am always starving in the morning and would go crazy if I didn't eat breakfast. Things like cereal and oatmeal just don't fill me up. - 1/6/2012   6:55:34 PM
  • 121
    I put a little more variety into my breakfasts, but I always eat breakfast. I am not a coffee drinker, but I have to have my milk. I hate skim milk; my milk of choice is 2%. That does mean more calories, but it is one of the things I won't give up.
    I try and put some fruit in there if possible, too. - 1/6/2012   1:52:16 PM
  • 120
    I too eat oatmeal almost every day. Old-fashioned slow cooked oatmeal with cinnamon plus fruit (and I also have one egg). - 1/6/2012   8:40:25 AM
  • 119
    I eat the same thing for a few days, then something else. I also eat something in the 300+cal range. A few of my favs are: One slice of whole wheat bread with 1 TBSP (and I usually measure it!) of chunky natural peanut butter, 1 TBSP of raw sunflower seeds, and 1-2 tsp. of honey. It really holds me a long time. Another one is one cup of plain yogurt with fruits on the side, sometimes a few nuts or whole wheat toast or 1/2 a whole wheat English muffin if I'm really hungry. I eat all day long - actually - fruits & vegetables, and sometimes cheese. I've found that avoiding three things - butter, sugar (refined), and alcohol - goes a long way to getting rid of unnecessary calories and making room for the nutritious food that my body needs. I do use olive oil, honey, and ODouls non-alcoholic beer if I get the urge to glom on the stuff I'm avoiding. I guess that's far beyond breakfast, but breakfast kind of determines how the rest of the day goes, and the point is, if it's nutritious and satisfying, you will have less trouble resisting the garbage later in the day. - 1/6/2012   8:23:01 AM
  • KHALIA2
    118
    I eat breakfast each morning. I like variety. Cold cereal that contains fiber is my favorite. When I eat hot cereal, it is usually oatmeal. - 1/6/2012   12:39:23 AM
  • NEWLIFE67
    117
    Frankly, that is me, too. When I have a favorite breakfast, I stick with it, it's a comforting routine, I suppose.(read your coffee, your paper, your favorite food.) I've always been someone that has to have 3 meals a day, I get headaches if I skip breakfast. - 1/6/2012   12:23:50 AM
  • RSW7158
    116
    I need variety in everything including breakfast, but I do have four main breakfasts I vary most. I love (1) steel cut oatmeal with a teaspoon of brown sugar and blueberries, (2) Weight Watchers breakfast sandwiches with canadian bacon, (3) my own breakfast sandwich with one slice of whole-grain toast and a hard boiled egg, or (4) one whole egg and one egg white scrambled with veggies and a slice of toast. - 1/5/2012   3:47:05 PM
  • NELLYANGEL
    115
    I also eat the same breakfast every Mon-Fri. Before heading to the gym at 5:30am, i have a cup of mint tea (no sugar) and half cup of dry cereal (special K). Then, when I get back from the gym, I make my own smoothie: 1c Silk coconut milk (only 80 calories), 1c plain greek yogurt, 1c fresh spinach, 1tbs. peanut butter, 1tbs. flax seeds and I add a packet of Truvia sweetner. This smoothie is yummy and it holds me until lunch time; not to mention, it's very nutritious. - 1/5/2012   2:40:22 PM
  • 114
    I eat the same thing every morning too. I find its easy to get ijn a routine and get out the door with two little kids (5 and 1 1/2). I have a whole wheat English muffin, with a wedge of laughing cow cheese, a slice of canadian bacon, with two egg whites. I fry (Pam) up the egg whites on sunday and keep them in a container until I need them for the day and then I microwave one for 30 seconds along with the canadian bacon. Yummy! - 1/5/2012   2:20:08 PM
  • 113
    During the work week, my breakfast is always the same; a whole-grain english muffin with a smear of natural peanut butter and a sliced apple. It's quick, portable, healthy, tasty and filling. Can't ask for much more than that! - 1/5/2012   1:18:38 PM
  • 112
    I eat the same breakfast most mornings also, 2 slices light whole grain toast, 2 tbsp of natural peanut butter and 1 med banana sliced sprinkled with cinnamon. - 1/5/2012   11:36:27 AM
  • 111
    I do eat breakfast almost eveyday. I have to take medication for acid reflux so not eating breakfast is bad business. I've been eating the same breakfast for a few months now because it makes life easier in the morning and that is one less meal I have to struggle with during the day. Lunch and dinner is really a struggle. - 1/4/2012   11:14:13 PM
  • JOJO0909
    110
    I eat breakfast every morning, and most mornings, especially during the week, it is the same thing. Oatmeal (I switched from plain instant to Irish oatmeal), 100 gm yogurt (I switched from fat free flavoured to fat free plain), approx cup of fruit, equal sweetener (I am thinking I might switch to honey once my equal runs out), 1 tbsp ground flax seed, and 10 gms walnuts. I love the taste, almost like dessert. I usually eat around 7am, and it takes me to noon easy. - 1/4/2012   11:09:07 PM
  • 109
    I wondered if I was the only one who eats the same thing every morning. I eat two whole grain waffles with peanut butter. This morning I was feeling really wild, and added a banana. It's the perfect breakfast for me, fills me right up with good energy for a morning workout, and doesn't ever seem to get boring. - 1/4/2012   11:34:03 AM
  • 108
    I used to not eat until 1 or 2 o'clock, but have made breakfast of some sort a priority for the past 3 years. My go to breakfast is usually a full cup of some sort of high fiber cereal. Fiber One cereals are a good choice with 9-11 gram of fiber per serving. Sometimes I mix in some Sam's Extra Raisin Bran to save money, but the fiber content is a little lower. I really like FiberPlus Caramel Pecan Crunch, too. I always use plain soy milk in my cereal. I really like soy milk better; it has fewer calories, so it is a win-win for me.
    When I am on a tighter schedule, I try to keep some high fiber bars (Fiber One or Kellogg's FiberPlus) that I can eat in the car. Some mornings I don't want to eat anything, but I force myself to eat at least a half of a fiber bar, because I do believe that it jumpstarts my metabolism for the day, and it is the right thing to do.
    People ask me what "program" I am on, but as a lot of you know you have to make personal lifestyle changes that are not temporary to have a lasting effect on your life, health, and weight. Eating more fiber and breakfast are two of my "lifestyle" changes that I have made to help me lose 40 pounds over the 3 years. I am slow, but sure!
    - 1/4/2012   11:32:55 AM
  • 107
    I eat oatmeal just about every morning ,keeps me full till snack time. - 1/4/2012   11:17:18 AM
  • KAYECAN
    106
    I never miss breakfast and it's usually the same thing. I like keeping things simple and it works for me. I agree.....we are all an experiment of one. - 1/4/2012   9:32:52 AM
  • ENVIRODAT
    105
    I find the comfort of having the same breakfast everyday when I am home to be its own reward. I work out from 5 to 6:30 AM and when I eat I like the satisfying meal I have. When I travel, it is tough to get the right meal. My go to breakfast is really hearty and it keeps me full until lunch. it is old fashioned oatmeal, craisens and mixed nuts. - 1/4/2012   8:20:03 AM
  • BAROGINGER
    104
    The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that "women who ate macaroni and cheese every day for a week were taking in 100 fewer calories each day than normal by the week's end." The reason could be that the lack of variety caused the women to be less interested in the food they were eating so that they ate fewer calories.
    If this is true, Why are there sooooo many recipes out there.. and why do we DO we make them?? simple is better, I thought that all along - 1/4/2012   7:40:00 AM
  • 103
    Running a small restaurant makes it a bit easier for me to whip up my egg white veggie omlette every day. I load it with spinach, onions, mushrooms , peppers , tomatoes, and fat free cheese. It's been my go too breakfast for a year now and I get a jump on my veggie quota for the day. Along with some fresh berries I'm good till lunch, which usually is a salad topped with a protein. - 1/4/2012   6:56:27 AM
  • 102
    I was not a regular breakfast eater until 8 months ago. I started and the results have been phenomenal. I don't overeat as often and stay full longer. It starts my days off right! - 1/4/2012   1:42:42 AM
  • 101
    I eat breakfast every day. I don't eat the same thing, but I do find that it is the meal that I have made groups for. I have three groups that I probably use 50% of the time, and another group or two that if I remembered to put them together would probably take up 20% more. I enjoy hummus on toast which is a bit non-traditional. But mostly I like a fried egg and toast, cereal and milk, or graham crackers and milk, plus a fruit or a glass of fruit juice. - 1/3/2012   11:40:33 PM
  • 100
    Ever since I got serious about weight loss, I essentially ate the same thing every day, with some variety from time to time. I like my routine... why change something that has worked so far? :) - 1/3/2012   7:48:37 PM
  • 99
    I am beginning to eat this way for all of my meals. For one thing, eating more or less the same thing makes variety easier in that I can eat soup with carrots, sweet potatoes, roasted peppers, etc and know that it's about the same number of calories, only the ingredients changed. I eat the same breakfast daily except on Sunday I make brunch for my husband and myself. I get creative and give myself a break but I look forward to my eggs, kale, and toast 6 days per week! - 1/3/2012   7:29:29 PM
  • 98
    I've eaten the same thing for breakfast just about every day for years now. I like it, it's quick to fix, it's also portable in case I oversleep and end up eating it at work. I find it to be a "comfort" food now-- my day just doesn't seem the same if I don't start out with my breakfast. - 1/3/2012   6:50:54 PM
  • K_RENEE
    97
    I try not to eat the same thing every day because I don't want to get bored with breakfast. - 1/3/2012   5:46:15 PM
  • JLRIV781
    96
    I have 1.5 cups of oatmeal with 1 Tbsp. of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of light plain soy milk, and 2 Tbsp. of Flax every morning. I've found that if I eat anything other than this meal for breakfast, I'm starving literally an hour later. - 1/3/2012   4:52:10 PM
  • 95
    I mostly eat eggs, every day, but sometimes I make a healthy smoothie, with berries, banana, skim milk and a yogurt. - 1/3/2012   3:56:25 PM
  • AJCUNDIFF
    94
    I've been having a 400 cal fruit smoothie everyday for about a year now and I'm never hungry until 1 or 2pm. It has 2 cups canteloupe, 1 kiwi, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 TB ground Flax, 1 TB chia seeds, Garden of Life Green powder and protein powder. - 1/3/2012   3:43:24 PM

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