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JUDSTERF Posts: 3,888
7/8/14 5:01 P

SWAMPSPARROW - Great ideas!! Never thought of that !! Thanks much!


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7/8/14 4:51 P

Do not have this problem as breakfast is one meal do eat at home during the week and on weekend make it a brunch meal after church at a sit down and eat restaurant
Thinking of you as you drive by that fast food place and not turn the car into the lot
One day at a time

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7/8/14 4:48 P

Regarding foods that are handy or easy to prepare or tasty, but possibly too dense with calories, sugar, or salt, one solution, other than totally eliminating them completely is to extend or dilute them. Examples: Mix 1/4 cup of a favorite too sugary cereal (Frosted Flakes) with 3/4 cup of a healthy, non-sugary cereal, or use it to top oatmeal. Take any canned soup or chili (all terribly high in sodium) and add a cup or so of unsalted beans or unsalted vegetables. Canned fruit, lite to begin with hopefully, can be extended by adding a chopped apple or other fresh fruit. A can of unsalted nuts can be mixed with a can of lightly salted or regularly salted nuts.

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7/8/14 2:31 P

Used to do that when I had early a.m. OB appts. - did end up getting the weight off though.

I'd suggest "moderation."

PITTER6 Posts: 4,524
7/8/14 1:09 P

emoticon if you need a wakeup call stop at Arby's. Their roast beef with horseradish and an order of curley fries will set you up for over 1000 calories and 54 WW points,.

MOMALDERMAN1 Posts: 2,652
7/8/14 12:25 P

I was shocked when I tracked the burger and fries I ate. Being out of town we were heading to get a quick breakfast the following day. remembering my burger experience I tracked the egg burrito I was about to order and found it was just as loaded with calories as the burger. All tortillas are not alike. We chose to go buy our own eggs and turkey bacon and enjoy breakfast in the corporate apartment. Much better choice. I do appreciate the Spark Tracker. I feel I am on the right track now.

FLPALM Posts: 4,597
7/8/14 12:14 P

STARRD616, I love all your hints to make "fast food stops" a another reason to think it through a bit more! Great!!!

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7/8/14 11:59 A

I, too, am a fast food addict. I have had a few ideas to curb their appeal
#1 do not drive through -- if you really want that food, park, get out of your car and go in. I find that a big deterent.
#2 put your purse (or wallet) into the back seat so you don't have money available to drive through. If you are going for just a tea, just have that much cash with you.
#3 make your own and save money and calories -- a slice of canadian bacon, and egg, and some low fat cheese (or laughing cow spread) on a low carb whole grain english muffin tastes great (spray some butter spray on the muffin and put in skillet for a minute to "toast" it.
#4 enter the foods in your daily nutrition tracker before you go get them (then when you see the calories and fat, you will change your mind).

Not that I have succeeded 100%, but I am better than I was.

ROSSJENN08 SparkPoints: (20,633)
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7/8/14 11:30 A

I do the same thing. I live near "fast food corner" and I make sure I drive right home. I also have an oatmeal bar in the car with me incase I'm really hungry.

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7/8/14 10:48 A

Just read some of the blogs by Dr. Perlmutter, Dr. Davis, among others...they did an experiment and left fast food on the counter for over a year and it did not mold or do you really want to put that garbage in your mouth? Healthy breakfasts that are easy: smoothies, hard boiled eggs and string cheese, apple with nut butter, or if you have time to cook your own breakfast sandwich on a grain free sesame seed bun. I batch make those on a Sunday, tightly wrap in plastic and have them in the freezer for anytime I get a craving for a healthy breakfast sandwich. My favorite breakfast these days are two eggs over easy served over a bed of arugula, whatever protein I have on hand (leftover steak, taco meat, prosciutto) topped with Royitos hot sauce...YUMMY and so much better for you.

ATZIONCH Posts: 3,162
7/8/14 10:10 A

If I feel suspect to fast food (you know, long day, bad traffic, tired) I make sure to drive in the left lane to avoid turning into a fast food place :-)

Edited by: ATZIONCH at: 7/8/2014 (10:11)
STARMONICA SparkPoints: (214,703)
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7/8/14 9:49 A

I heard about 5:2 fasting, I wonder if it works

7/8/14 8:29 A

If you're a fan of dark chocolate, I add a Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder to the mix (it's only 15 calories). It tastes more like dark chocolate than milk chocolate but I think it tastes so good with the sweet in the PB and banana. :)

7/8/14 7:44 A

Love, Love, Love my Greek yogurt (plain) with blueberries and a sprinkle of Bear Naked granola. Comes in under 250 calories (yippee). And my other go to for breakfast is a Peanut butter banana smoothie. I take a Banana slice it, freeze it. The next day that, 1 TBLS Peanut butter, and 12 oz almond milk in a blender it goes, thick, creamy, and again, 230 calories and keeps me full and satisfied for hours!!

LEANMEAN2 Posts: 20,020
7/8/14 6:07 A

There are so many good suggestions here. Great ideas.

About once a week, I cook steel cut oats in slow cooker with dried fruit, berries, raisins, cinnamon, a wee bit of brown sugar blend, and water.
After cooking (6 hours) cool down and store in the refrigerator in Tupperware. To eat, I get out a small portion and warm it in microwave.
My husband gets a larger spoonful, warms it in microwave, then puts ice cream over it. This is his evening snack. He likes a dry (non sugary) cereal for breakfast.

DUSTYPRAIRIE Posts: 11,125
7/7/14 9:55 A

I hope I'm not repeating someone's suggestion. My thought was If you do make your breakfast at home and eat it on the way, wait until you have passed your fast food place before allowing yourself to eat it.

I like the idea of saving what you would have spent for something special.

7/5/14 8:32 P

I read through this thread, becasue it has very good ideas for behavior change. I need to stop " starting over." I have a great plan, but at some point in the day, I will miss step and then have to start over the next day. I think it's a mental thing. I am looking for ideas to keep the path for the whole day, not sabotage it with missteps.

JANETL1 Posts: 390
7/3/14 7:53 P

I find it helpful to set some boundaries, one is that I won't get food from out more than two times a week...then I track that goal in the SP "Other Goals" section. I make one decision and then try to make day-by-day choices that line up with that. If I get food out on Sunday and Monday, I know I'm done for that week.

My most common breakfast choice these days is yogurt (Fage, Yoplait Greek, several I like) and tea.

Here are a couple of SparkPeople links for breakfast ideas:

Do a SparkPeople search on "Healthy Breakfast"--there are a ton of good links...maybe reading some of those will give you fresh ideas. Have fun experimenting!

Edited by: JANETL1 at: 7/3/2014 (20:11)
7/2/14 5:29 P

These are all great comments and ideas! Thanks everyone!
I started making 2 scrambled eggs with a piece of thin sliced deli meat torn up and thrown in it... add a piece of fruit and I am good to go! Already down a few pounds! Woo!!

7/2/14 3:51 P

I made little signs & taped them all around the house:
(Be sure to make your letters tall and thin, rather than short & fat!)

Where I didn't want others to know what I was reminding myself of (like on my work computer) I simply wrote "TT" in tall, skinny letters & taped it to the edge of my computer & phone. It was a constant reminder!

Edited by: SUNNYCAKE at: 7/2/2014 (15:52)
SOON2BSMALL1313 Posts: 857
7/2/14 11:11 A

I am trying to look around for new ideas on healthy alternatives. I was doing really well and fell off the fast food wagon... It was becoming a daily thing again especially since I am dealing with empty nest. My roommates moved out and my son is at his dad's for summer. So I am starting to plan one person meals that are much healthier.

MARYJOANNA Posts: 5,028
7/2/14 5:11 A

A piece of toast with light laughing cow cheese spread on the toast and a glass of orange juice is very tasty.

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6/28/14 9:31 P

1) Throw out the Frosted Flakes. It's hard to eat food that's not in your house.

2) Plan an alternative breakfast habit. In fact, look up several healthy breakfast options, go buy whatever you need (fruit, eggs, etc.) and go from there.

COOKIEMON13 Posts: 162
6/28/14 9:12 P

I'm having problems breaking my breakfast habits. For as long as I can remember I've always had a huge bowl of Kellog's Frosted Flakes for breakfast. I'm trying to curb that, the cereal is full of sugars and carbs that I knew and ignored through out the years but even though I know it and acknowledging it now, I still go for my favorite bowl and the flakes.
How do I stop!?

PAM_COOPER Posts: 389
6/28/14 8:07 P

I work between a McDonald's and s Captn D's and seldom patronize either unless it is for a tea. Too many unhealthy fried temptations, too many calories for the quantity and too much money. (I can eat more, better and cheaper if I manage the ingredients.)

Just eat before you go to work or fix it and bring it with you (it really doesn't take any more time) ----- you can control your calories so much better. I love eggs and bread and a simple cooked egg on toast is usually enough to get me started, then I might grab some fruit and nuts to eat later in the morning when I start feeling the urge to nibble.

Mix it up and try different things.

STDWYNWEN SparkPoints: (11,748)
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6/28/14 7:25 P


What helped for me is going to the websites and tally up the calorie/sodium count.

I used to be someone who stopped at McD's every morning for breakfast back when I started with my weight loss. Seeing the numbers made it easier to realize I needed to stop. All it takes is giving yourself other options and telling yourself there is nothing there you can't live without.

Stop characterizing it as an addiction and think of it more as a habit you need to break instead. The latter puts all the power right in your hands.

Good luck and know this habit can be broken. Here's to one day looking back, smiling and wondering why you though you needed it so much.

SWAMPSPARROW SparkPoints: (4,092)
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6/28/14 6:43 P

Cottage cheese makes a very easy to go breakfast. You can add various things to it, fruit or precooked meats. I have a small wide mouthed stainless steel thermos dedicated for this purpose, but also for grab and go steel cut oatmeal "cooked" in the thermos overnight.

FITNESS_ELLE Posts: 1,619
6/28/14 8:37 A

I've recently started preparing omelet ingredients ahead of time. I chop onion and turkey ham, cooked broccoli and keep it in a tupperware in the fridge. It speeds up my mornings for sure! I use cooking spray and liquid egg whites - no need to break eggs!

GENIE72 SparkPoints: (1,874)
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6/26/14 1:47 P

My favorite breakfast is:

1/4 cup liquid egg white
1 laughing cow wedge

break up the laughing cow wedge and drop into the egg white, microwave 1 minute, grab and go.

6/26/14 1:09 P

You might try the book Eat to Live and after reading it, you may never WANT to have a fast food meal again! emoticon
Seriously, it's a very interesting book that offers a lot of good information - and it's not expensive. It changed how I eat for good even though I do not follow the advice in it to a T.
There's a good team for this book at SP, as well.

SNOWBECH SparkPoints: (27,071)
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6/26/14 12:10 P

You need to quit stopping, use it as a treat if you have to. I had the same issue. I didn't quit cold turkey, but slowly, cutting stopping days down by 1 day a week until I stopped altogether. I realized how less stressed and rushed I was when I didn't stop. Good luck.

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6/21/14 6:56 A

This thread is interesting as I am not an early riser so never have time for breakfast at a fast food place. I either make a smoothie at home and drink it while getting dressed in the AM or take something to work and eat it there. For me scrambled eggs or a veggie omelet are good to take along, so is hot cereal. I pack something for AM break too.

I'm not a coffee addict but it is certainly much easier to set up a pot the night before, and turn on in the morning. If you don't drink it black, then add some coconut milk or whatever you like.

Making your own food at home is so much cheaper but it does take planning. Shop for the food itself and the to go containers, prepare or cook daily or make up ahead and freeze. There are lots of options. Soon you won't miss it, and if you do then treat yourself once in a while.
Last time I ate breakfast out - at a fast food place - was on a trip out of state a couple yrs ago.

6/19/14 2:11 P

I think people gave amazing suggestions. I would try all of them.

1- Banning fast food is probably going to be the place to start. I grew up on it and ate it 3-5 times a week. I started to get really sick from eating it and decided to stop. If you need motivation to break your habit then watch this video
U. It's "The Smoking Fry" from "Supersize Me". It wasn't in the actually documentary, but was in the bonus features. This seriously scared me from eating fast food. Now I only eat it when I HAVE to. Like on a road trip where my blood sugar is crashing and there is nothing else in sight.

2- Making breakfast at home is a wonderful option, but some days there just isn't time. I would recommend either coming up with a grab and go option. Someone mentioned that Jimmy Dean has some lower calorie breakfast sandwich options. They are really tasty and perfect for days when you just don't have time to cook. I wouldn't recommend eating them everyday, but they are perfect when you have less than 2 minutes to make breakfast.

3- Trying new breakfast options that aren't your regular thing is another great idea. I stopped drinking soda by going to unsweetened Iced Tea. It took me a while to get used to the taste, but now I don't miss soda. Once and a while when I think of drinking it, I automatically think how bloated it makes me feel and the sugar on my teeth, not worth it! :)

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6/19/14 1:36 P

Make your own "fast food favorite" at home and eat it on the go just as you would your purchased option. You can even wrap it in similar parchment/wax paper if you're trying to make it as authentic as possible.
What I also would do, is reward yourself with $1 or $0.50 the first day you succeed, and then factorial that amount every consecutive day following ($1 the 1st day, $2 the 2nd, $3 the 3rd, etc). This will give you incentive to continue fighting the addiction cycle; plus it takes about 30 days to get over a habit. After, you can buy yourself a new shirt or a spa day with the reward money.

ANARIE Posts: 13,175
6/19/14 11:37 A

Clean your car until it's spotless, deodorize it, vacuum all the upholstery, and then get really anal about keeping it that way. Allow no food, because no matter how careful you are, some crumbs will spill and it will start to smell. If you never eat inside your vehicle, it won't get that "old car" smell-- and if it does start to smell different, you'll know that there's a problem with the exhaust or heater/air conditioner.

Also, if fast food is really a problem for you and you are truly committed to stopping, you can do what problem gamblers have to do at casinos-- ban yourself. Make up a little flyer with your photo and the words, "Please do not serve this person," and give one to the manager of every fast food joint in your area. Even if the manager doesn't actually put it up, it will still work because you'll be afraid of the embarrassment if they did.

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6/19/14 11:25 A

Hi: Your breakfast suggestions were great. Thank you.
Habits are hard to break, but if you replace them with other ones, it's easier.

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6/19/14 11:20 A

I know just how you feel 90BYFEB. For years and years I went thru the BK drive thru across the street from my office every morning for a rich and gooey croissanwich, it was soooo hard to give up the convenience as well as something I love.

When I first started making breakfasts at home, I had to plan ahead, I had to get up earlier, and I had more kitchen clean up...where's the reward in that???

It takes time to establish a new routine, but in a couple of weeks you'll have it down pat and making breakfast for yourself won't take any time at all. It also takes time to clear your system of all the grease and additives they include in your breakfast sandwich, but the reward will come when you realize how much better you feel! It is truly trans-formative. I have discovered that eating for health is not just about the calories in your food, but about the quality of your food.

Some of my favorite go-to breakfasts are:
- Egg scrambles with zucchini, spinach and tomatoes, a toasted whole grain english-muffin and a side of fruit (goes together in a snap, especially since I keep bowls of washed and chopped vegetable in the fridge at all times now)
- Breakfast sandwich and fruit - I toast a whole grain english-muffin while an egg and a slice of canadian bacon are frying up in a non-stick takes about 5 minutes.
- Oatmeal with fruit and nuts, there are really good instant oatmeals without added sugars
- Yogurt with berries and sliced almonds is another great throw together quick breakfast
- Peanut butter on whole grain toast (YUMMY) with a glass of milk and some fruit
Don't be afraid of calories in the morning, you want to eat as many, or more, calories for breakfast as for any other meal in the day. Eating well in the morning really helps to tame your hunger for the rest of the day.

It was hard at first, replacing my beloved drive-thru habit with a new healthier one, but now I can't imagine going back.


Edited by: COLLEENBOB at: 6/19/2014 (11:23)
MIAMOJO Posts: 72
6/18/14 5:29 P

The suggestions here about what to make at home are good, but there's something else to be aware of.

Please read "Fast Food's Tasty Tricks Keep You Eating" I've included the link below. This article is fascinating. Drive-through breakfast meals and other fast and junk foods are created by food scientists in laboratories who concoct "food-like substances" that are "hyper-palatable," that hit your "bliss point" by producing the right "mouth feel," among other things. They do not care if it wrecks your health -- all they care about is money.

"...Dr Kessler says that repeatedly eating hyper-palatable products effectively can rewire your brain. Your brain becomes more sensitive, to the point of thinking constantly about eating these rewarding hyper-palatable foods..."

Please don't let these unscrupulous people manipulate you out of your health and well being. Have your breakfast ready like others suggest here, and try to find a route that doesn't take you past your favorite breakfast places. It'll probably take a few weeks to stop craving the hyper-palatable stuff and start appreciating simple, honest food again, but you will be relieved when you do.

Good luck to you! emoticon

6/18/14 4:23 P

OOOh, thats a good idea! Thanks!!

JOSIEBON Posts: 244
6/18/14 4:21 P

I was super addicted to getting a sugary coffee and a bagel with cream cheese every day.I was addicted to that little rush of energy that I got with the caffeine and the truckload of sugar. I tried to go back to back coffee like I had drunk for years, but it was just not working. I decided to go off all coffee for a while and get tea instead. I only drink my tea black so I don't have the same sugar problem. Maybe if you started eating something totally different from what you had been getting at the drive-thru your taste buds would "let go" of the craving.

6/18/14 1:26 P

These are all wonderfully helpful!! Thanks everyone for your support!!
I will see if I can whip up some stuff tonight to fight the urge tomorrow!

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
6/18/14 1:21 P

Eat before you leave the house - or make your own to eat on the way.

Don't take money with you, or debit card - if you must, put purse in your trunk (you'd have to pull over, get out, get purse out, get back in...)

Take a different route.

What begs the question, it the food its self you are addicted to, or is it the convenience that you need so badly?

ALM0226 Posts: 158
6/18/14 1:13 P

Just order healthy. McD's sells a fantastic Oatmeal w/apples,cran berries.....I believe a 1.50? I enjoy eating at home, but when I am in a rush this is a go to breakfast for me.

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,750
6/18/14 12:59 P

I make my breakfasts for the week, preportion and toss in the microwave for a minute at work. You can make breakfast sandwiches by cooking eggs in muffin tins, adding meat and cheese on bread with side of fruit which you can preportion as well.You could even roast some breakfast potatoes, do zucchini patties, etc. to get a hash brown type fix if that is what you go for. A sensible portion will save you calories and fat. Coffee can be fixed at home and brought with you or made at work. Breakfast burritos can be homemade, too. Easy and you don't have to get up the extra minutes to sit in the drive thru.

I personally like baked oatmeal, so I take that with fruit, and I've been exploring breakfast quinoa possibilities. I've also done egg scrambles, green smoothies and all sorts of things.

Change your route to make it harder to stop. Make a reward system to do something with the saved funds. Working out in the morning also makes it easier for me to make good choices.

KASTRA Posts: 369
6/18/14 12:42 P

What do you typically order?

What is it about the stop that fills a need for you? Is it time savings over making yourself, or flavoring?

If it is time savings, I've tested the theory and making a breakfast at home tends to be faster unless you get something particularly complicated. As others mentioned, a breakfast sandwich at home takes two minutes to prepare. Unless your drive-thru is vacant when you stop, I feel certain you spend at least two minutes in line to order, pay, and receive your food and then at least another minute and change merging back into traffic. In fact, I'd wager you spend closer to 10-15 minutes making that quick stop. I used to work in a bagel shop, and here is how we made the "easy" breakfast sandwiches.

Let's say a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel.

Toss bagel in toaster. (1 minute)
While that toasts, get microwave-safe bowl where outside diameter is about the same as the bagel (purchased cheap at Dollar store since they were used and washed so frequently). Pour 3/4 to 1 cup of Egg Beater-equivalent product in. Take two pieces of microwavable bacon, cut in half, drop into the liquid egg roughly in the position you want it to be when cooked so it mostly floats on top. Put in microwave for 1 minute (add additional time in 20 second intervals until egg is cooked through). Bagel was generally done about the same time as the egg/bacon. Put bottom half of bagel on top of the egg, flip bowl to release egg. Drop a slice of cheese on top of the hot egg, and top with the bagel top. Wrap securely in a papertowel (tuck cheese edges under bagel to avoid that melty loss stuck to paper) and put in a Tupperware if not eating right away.

You can start a pot of coffee just before toasting and nuking the bagel and egg, and have that ready to pour by the time you're done.

The entire breakfast can be made in less than five minutes. That's a time savings. Calorie-wise, you probably won't save much over what you're buying, but it can start your habit of changing your breakfast routine.

Once you're used to making breakfast at home, then you can make another small change to swapping out the breakfast option for something that will reap calorie savings.

Basically, if you've got a concrete routine and want to change, the easiest way to do that is making minor incremental changes until you reach the ultimate goal of what you want to do. So, start by making a similar meal to what you buy, then once you're used to an adjusted morning routine, change that food.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 25,328
6/18/14 11:23 A

" Any tips helping me stop making that quick stop at the drive thru in the morning??"

Make breakfast at home.
Don't drive past the restaurant.

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6/18/14 11:12 A

At one particular job I drove past a McDonald's every morning and got into the habit of stopping for a breakfast sandwich every morning.....for 8 years! Then I switched jobs and did not go past any fast food restaurants on the way. I started preparing breakfast at home, and I did not lose as much as 1 lb. Apparently what I was preparing was equal to what I was ordering at McDonalds. So, unless what you prepare on your own is significantly lower fat and calorie, you probably won't notice a difference. I will say that the McDonald's breakfast didn't make me feel stuffed and held my hunger very well until lunch time.

If you like that particular type of breakfast, Jimmy Dean makes some low fat/lower calorie breakfast sandwiches that you can prepare at home. They are called Delites, or something like that. You can leave them in the refrigerator overnight and they will defrost, then you just heat them up in the morning.

6/18/14 9:42 A

Why are they so important? Is it the food that you like? Is it the convenience? Do you go for coffee and just happen to get breakfast while there? The only thing that is going to help is if you plan ahead, the right or the weekend ahead. Get some quick breakfast foods ready the night before so you can grab and go. Don't stop at the drive through for anything else. If you like the style of food then breakfast sandwiches are things that you can make and freeze, then just microwave to reheat.

RUBYREDSTAR19 Posts: 6,204
6/18/14 9:37 A

Make up your own ahead of time. With the time that you spend in line waiting, you can already have it done at home. Egg Mcmuffin? Spray a bowl with cooking spray, put a few eggs in the bowl, microwave for a couple of minutes (cover it because they may burst a bit), add meat if you want, toast up the "bread product", boom sandwhich done. Muffins? bake them over the weekend.

6/18/14 9:34 A

I am super addicted to drive thru breakfasts... cant seem to get going in the morning without one. Any tips helping me stop making that quick stop at the drive thru in the morning??

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