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LITTLE1DER
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4/5/13 10:46 A

Just a thought...that first meal doesn't have to be what we in the US traditionally think of "breakfast" foods, find something that appeals to you, maybe it's soup or a salad or a sandwich. I have to have protein in the morning so I have a veggie egg scramble because it is easy and easily modified to whatever I have in the fridge, eating carbs at breakfast cause me to be hungry with in an hour, it took me a long time to figure out what keeps me satisfied. I know the old rule of thumb was to have something within that first hour of waking, easy on the week days but weekends are always a trick.



SOOFOO
Posts: 14
4/3/13 12:31 P

I love that idea of adding protein powder to my coffee. That way I can have a healthy meal, but not have to take the time to eat it.

Thanks for the tips!



KARA623
Posts: 727
4/2/13 8:58 A

I get up at 5:15 most mornings, and I'm usually fairly hungry, but I don't like eating a big meal then. Sometimes I'll just have a boiled egg at about 6:15 and then have a good, hearty snack around 9-10.



ERICADURR
Posts: 241
4/1/13 7:18 P

Thanks for the tip! :) I usually put an ice cube in it (because I don't like scaling hot coffee anyways).



SP_COACH_NANCY
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4/1/13 6:08 P

Just make sure your coffee is not piping hot or you will lose some of the protein benefits--my sports RD has me adding in a scoop of whey protein to my oatmeal but only after its cooled considerably.

Coach Nancy



ERICADURR
Posts: 241
4/1/13 6:01 P

I've been adding (mocha cappacino flavored) protein powder to my coffee in lieu of agave and milk, and find it's an easy way to get 12 grams of protein! :) Just thought I'd through that idea out there as well, if you *always* make coffee. :)



SOOFOO
Posts: 14
4/1/13 5:54 P

Thanks, all. I am going to start putting together my "traveling breakfast" the night before, so I can quickly grab it and go in the morning. I certainly make time for myself to get my cup of coffee when I get to work, so I can make time to eat my breakfast then, too.

I like the idea of it not having to be "traditional". If I want to have left over pasta and veggies, so be it.

Thanks again...good ideas all around.



ARCHIMEDESII
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4/1/13 2:20 P

SOOFOO,

I usually eat something just after I get up. What I eat depends on what I'm doing for the morning. If I'm heading to the gym, I'll eat something light before and then something more substantial after.

When is breakfast for me ? If I wake up at 5am, breakfast could be as early at 5:30am. When is lunch ? Lunch is usually around 12-1pm. yeah, that's a long time to go without food. which is why I'll have a snack or something light around 9-10am.

What do I eat ? When it's really cold out, I like having some oatmeal. Other days, I might have a sandwich or even cereal. Some times I'll have a couple of eggs and toast. You could eat whatever you like for breakfast, even a salad.

The reason why breakfast is so important is because it's those calories that provide fuel (energy) for our busy morning. I know there are people who don't like eating breakfast and skip it. Personally, I need to eat something in the morning. otherwise, I do start feeling fatigued later. And when I get fatigued is when I start looking for something quick instead of something healthy. that's why I try to eat breakfast regularly.







COANNIE
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4/1/13 1:07 P

I wake up about 6:30ish and usually eat b-fast somewhere between 8-10 depending on what I have going on. I mark it as b-fast even if it's at 10. I don't feel hungry in the morning, EXCEPT for donuts and crap like that, so I make a shake out of frozen fruit, greek yogurt, chia seeds and stevia. It's delicious, interesting to drink and it takes a while to drink (it's thick), so it works great for me.



SP_COACH_NANCY
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4/1/13 12:56 P

Hi SOOFOO,

For most people breakfast is the first meal of the day after sleeping. It is really the most important meal of the day as it helps us to regulate the hormones that keep our hunger in check. And it doesn't have to be a 'traditional' meal of cereal or eggs--it can be any food you enjoy--including a peanut butter sandwich to a leftover chicken breast. The idea is to get something in your tummy--preferably the sooner of better.

But just like any new habit we are trying to incorporate in our lives, allow yourself some time to make eating breakfast a habit.

Coach Nancy



SOOFOO
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4/1/13 12:47 P

I'm not a morning person; but I'm trying to become one. Breakfast just doesn't factor into my morning routine. So the question is, what is breakfast officially?

Is it the first meal of the day? Must it be eaten by a specific time after rising? Does it need to be a certain kind of food or a specific calorie amount?

If I rise at 5:30 am; and I don't eat my packed breakfast until I'm at my desk at 8:30 am, is it breakfast?

What is your take on breakfast? "The most important meal of the day" according to my elementary school teacher in 1960-whatever. I've heard it all my life. So if it's so dang important you'd think somewhere in my 50-some years I would have figured out exactly what/when it is!

Food for thought....It's a whole lot lower in calories.



 
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