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HEALTHYJ29 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/19/11 9:30 P

If you enjoy eating out or as a transition I agree with a place like Subway or Starbucks has some lower calories breakfast options. At home if you can have the items ready to go in the morning it will save on time and thought process as well. I think I have heard of some making their own frozen egg sandwiches then they just microwave it at the time.

ANARIE Posts: 13,179
10/19/11 1:06 A

If nothing else, think of the money! If you add up how much you're spending on those fast food breakfasts, it gets scary really fast. You're paying at least $3 for something that would cost 50 cents to make at home. Assuming you're wasting $2.50, three days a week, that's $375 a year. If you're paying $5 for breakfast and doing it every work day, then we're talking over $1100 a year. Think of something that you recently wanted to buy or do, but you couldn't because you didn't have the money. Then think of the $375 (or $1100) you're blowing on fast food that doesn't even taste good. Ouch, right?

10/18/11 10:29 P

You can make just about anything that a fast food place makes almost infanitely better for you at home. That said, a you could do worse than an egg mcmuffin, but not every day.

10/18/11 9:25 P

1. Set yourself up for success by prepping your breakfast the night before. I fill my blender pitcher with the ingredients for my morning smoothie and put it in the fridge overnight. That way, in the morning, I throw it in the base, hit blend, feed the dog while it's blending, throw it in a cup, drink it down, fill the pitcher with water, and walk out the door. The whole process probably takes about 3 minutes.

2. If you must stop somewhere for breakfast, make a good choice. Try the egg white flatbreads at Dunkin Donuts, or the breakfast sandwiches at Subway. They're not perfect, but it's better than a sausage egg McMuffin with hash browns. You will find, if you stop with the junk, that after a while you won't crave it so much anymore.

3. About six years ago I put on 20 pounds in about 2 months because I developed a nasty fast food habit. When I realized how much I was hurting myself with it, I made the resolution to cut fast food out of my life. In the last five years I can count the number of times I have gone to a McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, KFC, Checker's, or other burger joint, on one hand. I'll grab a sandwich at Subway or a coffee and eggwhite flatbread at Dunkin Donuts, but that's it, and I try not to do it too often. Here's what changed my mind for good:
I was reading Morgan Spurlock's book "Don't Eat This Book," which is all about fast food and its effects on America (if you don't know, Spurlock is the creator and star of the film Supersize Me). I found the book pretty fascinating, actually. In one of the accounts in the book, Spurlock prints a letter he received from a fan. In the letter, the man said that he had experienced something pretty disgusting. He was a funeral home worker. He received a call from his boss asking for help - they had been cremating a particularly obese man, and the man had so much fat that it was too much for their cremation furnace - I forget the details, but I think it was overflowing or started a fire or something. He said that when he walked in to the crematorium, he was suddenly struck with hunger - the smell in the place reminded him of something that usually made him hungry. He realized that the smell of the burning fat being cremated smelled just like the inside of a McDonald's.
After reading that story, I never wanted to set foot near a McDonald's ever again. Not only do I NEVER want to be as obese as the poor gentleman who passed away in the story, but now this is all I can think about when I smell that greasy fast food smell. So, I stopped eating it. I have pretty successfully avoided the burger joints for over five years now, and I plan to keep it that way. Since then, on the rare occasions when I do eat it, like if I'm on a road trip and there are no other options, I notice that not only do I feel sick afterwards, but I feel like I smell like grease, like somehow it's coming out of my pores. Not only that, but when I eat it now, I mostly just taste oil and grease, not real, good food. The desire that I couldn't quench six years ago is totally gone.

CRZYQUILTER Posts: 4,680
10/18/11 9:08 P

I haven't read all the replies but knowing Nirerin you have gotten good advice. I just want to add that if you can manage to stay fast food free and fried food free for at least a month you will be fine. I find that whenever I eat fried or fast food now, I feel icky. Kind of heavy and sometimes it will upset my stomach.

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10/18/11 6:43 P

If you're eating fast food because you're pressed for time, you just need to change how you do things. I've been eating pancakes for breakfast almost every day- I make a batch on the weekend and freeze them, then pop them in the microwave each morning. You can do this with egg sandwiches (as noted below). I even like to make "gourmet" egg sandwiches, with ingredients like pesto and roasted vegetables, and because I prep them on the weekend it's just a matter of a minute in the microwave each morning during the week. Same for lunches and dinners. I would NEVER get up in the morning and prep my lunch- I'd rather sleep for an extra fifteen minutes. Knowing that, and knowing myself, I prep my work lunches on the weekend and I bring them ALL to work on Monday. It's easy to bring five servings of soup in Ziplock containers, or a big Greek salad with a container of hummus, or even something more complex like a pasta dish or a quiche. Planning and prepping is all it takes!

NIRERIN Posts: 14,236
10/18/11 5:25 P

1. don't not allow yourself your fast food junky breakfast. i find that anything i put off limits immediately tempting. try choosing not to have it today. and don't start by doing it all the time. in other words, tomorrow, choose to skip it, then have it the day after. and even start by doing it just once this week. no big deal, no big production, just skip it once this week. if that was easy, try two days of choosing not to have it next week. this also gives you time to build up some quick and easy options for breakfast in the morning without being overwhelmed by having to do it all at once, and in a row at that. you can find a few options that don't work, while slowly building up a list that do. and keep sneaking in more days where you can choose an alternative. once you ramp up, work up to going only every other day. once that's easier, try choosing not to have the fast food junk two days in a row and only having it on the third. once this becomes easy, try stretching it out more. can you do three days without it before getting some? after you've gotten yourself out of the instant gratification of the want, you can really start to play with how long you can delay it. because you're not not allowed to have it, you're just choosing to have it later and/or less frequently.

2. find a better option at the greasy spoons/fast food joints. have a fruit and granola parfait or oatmeal [i hear chikfila's is pretty good from people who both enjoy the place and oatmeal] instead of the sausage egg extravaganza. or something else that is still grab and go and from the favorite stop on your route to work, so it's a middle ground choice.

3. make easy breakfasts. muffins are great to batch cook; freeze and thaw well; and pair nicely with nut butter, fruit, yogurt, cheese or any other grab and go with no fuss or muss options. also, don't omit leftovers from dinner. they're easy because all you have to do is heat and eat. i know for me, my default breakfast is half a whole wheat bagel and half an ounce of cheese [i eat a lot of small meals throughout the day, hate breakfast and mornings, and proper cooking of anything more than open bag one, open bag two, place in toaster oven, close and put away bags, take out and eat is too much. ]. if you too are someone who just can't get your stuff together in the mornings, make sure you are making yourself grab and go options and don't beat yourself up if you can't manage to get up and make an egg sandwich of some sort in the morning [technically you can bake little omelettes in muffin cups til almost done, cool and freeze so that all you have to do is reheat, but one big thing with freezing eggs is that they reheat best in the oven -they get a little freaky in the microwave- and it's a bit fussy to reheat the eggs right and get the bread and cheese added at the right times. if you try to, try to make it for dinner or an after work snack until you get the hang of reheating it].

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
10/18/11 5:03 P

I second the idea of making your own breakfast sandwiches. You can use a smaller piece of cheese and make it low-fat or even no-fat American Cheese. Fry the egg over easy. Toast the English muffin (make it the kind with more fiber if you can tolerate a change in the taste). Use some thin sliced ham.

Then, wrap the whole finished product in parchment or wax paper. Then wrap that - again - in saran wrap or something suitably tight for the freezer. You can unwrap one of these in the morning, keep the wax paper on and zap it in the microwave. Test a couple to see what gets hot and not overcooked. Then, once you know how to do it with YOUR product and YOUR microwave, you have some good 'junk food' for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee.

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 10/18/2011 (17:04)
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10/18/11 4:28 P

Thank you!!

I think the challenge is waking up early enough to do something about it... Time to get my butt going :)

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10/18/11 1:19 P

Drive on past the fast food places by splitting your at-home breakfast in half; eat a little at home, and then make yourself an egg-white wrap or english muffin to-go in the car so that when you are passing the chains, you will be eating something to occupy your mind and keep you full. Plus, the little bit of breakfast at home will still be digesting, keeping you satiated.

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10/18/11 12:58 P

I would wake up a little earlier and make a healthier version at home. What do you usually order? Breakfast sandwiches are pretty easy to make at home--toast an english muffin (toast works too!), fry an egg (use nonstick spray on the pan) and maybe a slice or two of deli ham or turkey bacon, top with a sprinkle of low-fat cheese, and you're golden. You still get a nice hot stick-to-your ribs breakfast, but you'll save a ton of extra calories and some money.

If you like the hashbrown patties or tater tots, bake them in an oven or toaster oven--you'll save tons of calories.

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10/18/11 12:37 P

If you're having trouble with fast food *breakfasts*, then I'd focus on new habits that prevent that while you get over the withdrawal hump. ;)

Do you normally eat breakfast at home? Seems like if you fill up on eggs or other good lean protein, with some vegetables to really fill you up, you'll be able to sail right past that drive-through.

White-knuckling it through avoiding something you have been doing regularly seems like a good idea, until it keeps breaking down day after day. But maybe you can change your routine, with a big breakfast and maybe driving a different route to work, and avoid it for a while.

I broke my greasy food urges by being on an incredibly strict diet for a while. Once my body was cleared out, greasy food started smelling (and tasting, although I didn't find that out until later) horrible. But you have to get through a few weeks without it to get the full benefit of the body's natural avoidance of unhealthy food.

Good luck!!!

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10/18/11 12:18 P

Hello, my name is Bridget and I am a fast food breakfast junkie!!!

I don't know what it is, half the time I regret it because it is made wrong or just too greasy... but the next day... I want it! How do you kick your greasy food cravings?

I know much of this is probably more mental and habbit than anything. The hardest part of my weight loss is diet. I love food! I also know everyone is different in how they go about this, but I was curious as to how others deal with it?

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