I have never been a breakfast person, even as a kid. I would get sick even thinking of food. I started off by making small smoothies w/ frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries and almond milk. I found after doing this for a month and than adding a slice of sprouted grain bread w/ a teaspoon of p-nut butter helped transition me. Now, I have to have breakfast or my tummy protests LOUDLY.Try a smoothie, they don't seem as revolting as "real food".
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6,153 11/26/12 2:59 P
I take thyroid medicine that must be taken on empty stomach. But, instructions are only to wait 30 minutes before eating. I have several other meds I must also take at about that 30 minute mark, no sooner. They upset my stomach a bit so it is hard to eat at that time. I do try to eat before a second hour has passed. Steel cut oats with mixed berries from the freezer is my favorite, but it does take awhile to prepare. I'mthinking of cooking the night before and just reheating in the morning. I like the idea of the hot water. I need a full glass of water with thyroid meds and think this woul help my system wake up before heading for something to eat. Some great ideas here.
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10 11/26/12 2:54 P
Unless I wake up hungry (which usually is not the case) eating in the morning is a no go for me. I did try way back to retrain my body to eat something small when first getting up, but it did more harm to my already messed up relationship with food than good.
I am usually up by 6am and I typically don't eat something until around 8:30-9am at work. I eat again around noon for lunch. Sometimes, I have a snack around 3pm (just finished some grapes now actually) and my largest meal is dinner. I don't always follow this pattern, but that's pretty typical and it works for me.
cuz of meds I have to wait at least an hour and it does get in the way sometimes :)
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1,822 11/26/12 12:29 P
I don't think it's about when you eat, but what's important is what you eat and how much. I used to not eat breakfast and start my days with an early lunch, but I found it difficult to get all the fruits & veggies in per day that is recommended. So I changed my morning style and now eat a small banana & V8 to kick start my fruit & veggie count for the day.
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1,474 11/26/12 12:28 P
While eating breakfast is important, the time is not necessarily a big deal. I used to never eat breakfast, and I was not really hungry either, and I was fat. I certainly wasn't eating less calories by skipping breakfast. I knew that eating breakfast was something I needed to do, but early morning eating just made me ill to think about it.
I started with cereal at work in the mornings. And that was OK. But it would still take me a long time to get around to eating it, and often it would be lunch time before I would eat it. Now I make smoothies the night before, refrigerate overnight, pop it in the freezer in the morning and take it with me to work - I typically have it gone by 8:30am. It's good, it doesn't FEEL like eating, and it works for me.
Be careful with smoothies though - if you're not making it yourself, odds are there is a LOT of crap in it. The ones you can buy at drive-throughs are not healthy for the most part.
I still don't eat first thing in the morning. I get up at 4:30 to work out, and I'm at work for 7:30. So I eat about 3-4 hours after getting up. But this is still working a lot better for me than eating at noon.
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94 11/26/12 12:17 P
Eating within an hour of waking up and eating every 3-4 hours to lose weight is a myth. Your body had no idea what time it is...only that it is being fueled. I don't see why you can't wait to eat later. It's really all about what works for you.
I enjoy a nice 750 calorie breakfast right when I wake up. My brother heads to school with some fruit, and has a larger lunch, and dinner.
We both are losing weight, so I don't think it has an effect weight loss wise, but he is still on diabetes meds, while I have been off for 30 months. I think eating a breakfast, and spacing out my meals more helps. However, if you are not diabetic, meal times probably matter a lot less, than overall calories. Not sure if the low blood sugar of no food, and then 2-3 big meals ( high blood sugars ) will affect your health in decades to come.
Eat when you are hungry, don't when you're not. If you really want to have something in the morning you could try a smoothie or a glass of real fruit juice.
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3,702 11/25/12 11:01 P
There is no law that says you have to eat within an hour after waking up. So don't get all bent out of shape because that doesn't work for you. I take medicine (thyroid medication) that requires that I NOT eat within the first 2 hours after waking up. And it's OK.
We each need to find what works for us -- and apparently, eating immediately upon waking up in the morning is not something that suits you. So, try another eating schedule. Eat a little something after you get to work and go from there. There is also nothing wrong with eating dinner after 7 pm. People all over the world do it all the time.
If necessary, sit down with a paper and pencil and write in the breakfast time that works for you ... then the dinner time that works for you. Then plan a lunch and/or some snacks at reasonable intervals in between that will fit your schedule and lifestyle. It's a mistake to believe you have to conform exactly to some schedule that you read somewhere. That kind of fthinking can drive you crazy if you let it.
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822 11/25/12 8:11 P
Perhaps you could try having a larger lunch and afternoon snack and a very light dinner. I was never a breakfast eater and since I started eating my main meal at noon and a lighter and, if possible, earlier dinner, I wake up craving breakfast and have really grown to enjoy it.
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1,031 11/25/12 8:08 P
There are good ideas here but you asked for specific help so here goes. I would try to first drink a full cup of water when you arise. Hot water would be ideal as it would help empty your system but a good herbal or caffeine-free green tea would also be fine. Then get bathed and dressed. (you didn't state but be sure you are not drinking coffee in the AM - it will squelch your appetite.) Next I would suggest a smoothie. What are you having trouble getting into your diet? Maybe this is the time to drink veggie juice - carrot, celery and beet or apple. Generally something sweet will rev up your metabolism and get it moving; you might then find yourself rather hungry in a couple hours when you can then nibble on something else like a hard boiled egg or string cheese and whole grain cracker. If veggie juice isn't for you then soy or coconut milk blended with a banana might be better. That has protein, carbs as well as lots minerals. You can change it up by adding peanut butter or a different fruit like blueberries instead.
What is really important is to eat earlier in the day and watch what you eat. A raw salad, homemade soups, whole grain breads and cereals. Don't eat a heavy dinner just before bedtime. It you are hungry then eat something light that you can digest readily like a bowl of cereal or lettuce wrapped turkey slices.
You may need to do this for several days up to 3 - 4 weeks to get in the mood but eventually you wll train your stomach and body to want that fuel earlier especially if you count everything you eat and consume on the low end of your range.
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580 11/25/12 7:30 P
I run in the morning on an empty stomach. shower, go to work, grab a cup of coffee. one hour after that, i head to the kitchenette and have a mug of oatmeal/fruit or some other breakfast depending what i feel like. i was never a breakfast person but have learned for myself that eating breakfast is important. so no, i don't eat first thing but i don't wait until lunch to eat. i make sure i have a breakfast.
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2,171 11/25/12 12:58 P
I am the same way. So, I basically eat 2 large meals (lunch/dinner) with smaller snacks in the morning and another snack in the afternoon. I really am not hungry when I wake up around 7am, nor am I hungry throughout my hour long commute. I've found what works for me is just gradually eating small snacks throughout the morning before having a bigger lunch. Like, I'll have a fiber granola bar at 9am when I get to work, then at 11 I'll have an apple, then at 12 a piece of cheese, then my bigger lunch at 1pm. I also then have another snack (usually yogurt since I find it to be filling) if I'm hungry at around 4, and never eat dinner before 8pm, usually closer to 9pm. Since I eat dinner late I don't have to work in an evening snack into my calories.
You have to find what works for you versus what articles tell you to do. Many articles say that the way I eat is all wrong (no real breakfast, eating dinner late at night) but I've found it is what works best for me and it hasn't had any negative effect on my weight loss as you can see from my ticker.
you need to make yourself eat. and by make yourself eat, i'm not talking stopping in at denny's for a grand slam. i'm talking, have an ounce or two of yogurt [ie a spoonful or two]. have an ounce of nuts. have an ounce of sunflower seeds. have two bites of a granola bar. a hardboiled egg. being disinclined to eat first thing in the morning, i would say you need to start by sticking to something very small [you're not going to suddenly want breakfast, you have to train yourself, and there is no sense suffering any more than you have to]. 50 cals is fine. you probably also want to pick something fairly bland and not something that's not going to leave a taste in your mouth. i find that the leftover taste can be worse than actually eating the stuff. my default breakfast is half a whole wheat bagel and a half ounce of cheese. it's about 150 cals, it tastes a bit like a superpretzel, it requires about 30 seconds to make, i can wolf it down in under 2 minutes [even when not hungry] and my mouth goes back to tasting just like my mouth pretty much as soon as a i swallow. it's nothing fancy or exciting, but it gets the job done til my first snack. one thing i can do to pique my hunger a little earlier is to have tea with a bit of sugar in it. and if you really don't want to eat, try making smoothies. frozen fruit plus yogurt plus milk/juice/water equals smoothie. if you drink it on your commute, it counts as both breakfast and actual food, even though you are drinking it. and drinking things like that tends to be less offputting than actually eating food.
I also have trouble eating when I first get up and the thought of food for for at least an hour will make me feel slightly ill. I find it easier to eat a very small amount for my first meal or drink something. I do make myself have something for breakfast even if it is not much. We have dinner at 7 PM or so because of my dh's work schedule. I don't really worry so much about the exact timing of my meals and snacks.
Have you thought of sipping on a smoothie for breakfast?
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38 11/25/12 10:06 A
Hi everyone, new here and just introduced myself in the "Introduce yourself" thread. I do believe in eating every 4-5 hours and I am having a big problem breakfast. Which is also wreaking havoc on my meal time plans. I work a 12 hour day (its not all that bad, I'm a nanny and have a VERY leisurely and long break when the kids go down for nap). I leave at 5:50am everyday and won't be eating before I hit the road, its just impossible. I am one of those people that feels sick just thinking about food as soon as I wake up. The commute is 1/2 hour and still by the time I get to work I am not hungry and get sick just thinking about food. I have read many times that you should eat within an hour of getting up. So by the time I feel actual hunger it is usually around 8am (almost 3 hours since arising!) This then pushes all my meals back and closer together and also I can not eat dinner before 7:30-8pm because I do not get home until 7:15. Can someone help me figure out a game plan here? Thanks!
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