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Dessert for Breakfast??

Sunday, July 08, 2012

The August Oprah magazine has an intriguing article which suggests that the best time of day to indulge a sweet tooth is breakfast.

Two groups of dieters were assigned 1400 cals a day (women) and 1600 (men). One group ate a "modest" breakfast: the other ate a 600 cal big breakfast including 45 gm protein, 60 gm carbs AND a sugary treat. For example, cottage cheese and 2 whole eggs plus 1 white scramble, whole grain toast, 8 oz yogourt AND a brownie. Both groups lost the same amount during the first 16 weeks. But, after 8 months, the big breakfast group lost 38 pounds per person more than the small breakfast group. That seems to have been mostly because the small breakfast group began cheating and gained back 75% of the weight they had lost.

It's a pretty interesting article. Adrenaline and cortisol peak early in the day, so that the dessert calories were better converted into energy. In addition, the breakfast dessert apparently triggered happy chemical serotonin such that satiety levels were higher for the big breakfast group: they were less tempted by fatty and sweet foods for the rest of the day.

The researcher Daniela Jakubowicz concludes that if you're hungry before lunch, you didn't have enough protein at breakfast. And if you're craving a pastry midafternoon, you should have had a cookie for breakfast.

Do you think you'll give this a try? I'm pretty sure that for me . . . dessert at breakfast would be all about slippery slope/trigger foods. If the brownies were in the house, I'd be digging in the bag all day long!!

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DONNACFIT 7/14/2012 11:20PM

    Interesting theory...I just got my Oprah in the mail today and haven't looked at it yet.. I always say my hubby is such a dessert lover that I'm glad you don't have dessert with breakfast..haha..will have to hide my Oprah magazine...

I'm getting caught up with reading some blogs..hope you're having a great summer!

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KIM--POSSIBLE 7/13/2012 8:09AM

    Interesting. I find that, if I have anything high-carb for breakfast, especially something processed, I am craving that kind of thing all day. The only carbs I can have in the morning come in the form of fruits, veggies, or oatmeal.

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ID_VANDAL 7/12/2012 11:46AM

    That is an interesting blog. I always wondered who ever decided there would be no dessert at breakfast?

The points you made seem logical but somehow I just don't see myself having a dessert for breakfast either. If I were really following a planned menu and calories I suppose I could try it but not until I get the habit of planning and tracking down solid.

Thanks for the interesting blog.

Vandal

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IMAGINE_IT 7/11/2012 3:42PM

    I totally agree...i rather stay away (or at least try to stay away!!) from sweets for as long as i can handle it.....in other words..i will not start my day with cookies..brownies...etc..etc....>right now i am experiementing with 'Knaeckebrot' (German/swedish type of bread/Cracker) and cottage cheese on top...plus a dab of strawberry jelly....for breakfast....it fills me up..and has very little calories...

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CRYSTALJEM 7/10/2012 10:50PM

    Maybe not a brownie but maybe I won't feel so guilty if I have a little more sweet on my cereal or toast. Thanks for sharing. This is interesting food for thought.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 7/10/2012 8:27PM

    Having sweets for breakfast? Well done that my whole life because you know you can wear it off all thru the day! But if you have portein with it, your energy will last longer thru the day! Love my sweets at breakfast! If \I ahev them at night they just make me fight being sleepy! Hope your having a nice summer. Hope you see my blog for today! susana

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SLENDERELLA61 7/9/2012 3:09PM

    Interesting article, but looking back I've not done well when I had sweets for breakfast -- like donuts or danish or even pancakes with lots of syrup. Could be I didn't have enough protein with these breakfasts. Maybe next time I really want a sweet treat I'll try it for breakfast along with plenty of protein and see how I do.

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LISALGB 7/9/2012 10:12AM

    I'm with you, I think this would just trigger me to want sweets for the rest of the day. I just don't keep them in the house anymore. I am not a big chocolate eater anyway. I suppose it is an interesting idea and may work for some people. I think I'll just pass on this one.

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KALIGIRL 7/9/2012 8:29AM

    Interesting idea - I have friends who add dark chocolate and peanut butter to their oatmeal - stick to the ribs and sweet...

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_LINDA 7/9/2012 2:03AM

    My breakfast is my biggest meal of the day and can run up to 1,000 calories! Then, of course, it tapers off after that. It really is important to have a good breakfast to get you a good start to the day. Every article I have ever read supports this, but I like the idea of some of the calories being dessert, yes I sure do :)) C'mere chocolate old buddy :)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 7/8/2012 7:35PM

    Protein for breakfast. Period.

Otherwise I start getting hungry. Personal experience agrees with the satiety conclusion.

I haven't tried the other experiment, and like you I don't plan to! LOL

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NANCY- 7/8/2012 7:30PM

    It would be a slippery slope for me too. Just having the stuff in my home ... well let's just say healthy stuff is better than snacks or dessert foods. I will not try it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/8/2012 7:24PM

    I think I have to pass on this one. Sugar only makes me want more sugar. Although I *do* have a sweet with breakfast, nearly every day, it is fruit.

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CMRAND54 7/8/2012 6:29PM

    Interesting idea. I might give it a try.

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2PINE4U 7/8/2012 4:52PM

    Yummmmmmmmm, had watermelon for breakfast this morning.

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AJWALKLEY 7/8/2012 4:22PM

    Very interesting! Too bad I only seem to have an appetite for sweets after lunch!

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PHEBESS 7/8/2012 3:48PM

    A few weeks ago, I made chocolate chip oatmeal whole wheat applesauce muffins - and while they were delicious, they were a bit too sweet for me for breakfast. I'm okay with a fruity muffin, the kind I usually make. But as much as I love chocolate, it just is too sweet first thing in the morning - plus it feels like I get a blood sugar low mid morning.

On the other hand, fruit pie (think blackberry pie) is an excellent breakfast, especially with a big glass of nonfat milk - all the basic food groups in one meal!!!!

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LALMEIDA 7/8/2012 3:45PM

  Thanks for the information. That is interesting. I have seen a lot of dessert like looking breakfast items lately.

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PATTOMMC3 7/8/2012 3:43PM

    I agree....my problem with sweets is I cannot stop eating them!

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Impossible?

Friday, July 06, 2012

Cheesy, I know. But I'm changing the punctuation.

From IMPOSSIBLE to I'M POSSIBLE.

Yes I am.

  
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_LINDA 7/7/2012 11:34PM

    Yes you can and yes you are!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/7/2012 10:16AM

    Yes you are. A little cheesy, but very COOL! and SLIM! and HEALTHY!

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TKADEEPBREATH 7/7/2012 9:20AM

    How cool is that . . . rock on!!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/7/2012 9:09AM

    Cheezy, but EMPOWERING!

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NANCY- 7/7/2012 8:34AM

    Yes you are!!!
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ONEKIDSMOM 7/7/2012 6:19AM

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LISALGB 7/7/2012 12:03AM

    Rock it, girlfriend!!

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ALIHIKES 7/6/2012 11:33PM

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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NEWKAREN43 7/6/2012 11:16PM

    Good Job! I like it!

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Not tracking . . .

Thursday, July 05, 2012

is like "not communicating". Impossible.

A person who thinks she is not communicating is in fact communicating plenty. By not speaking. Or gesturing. Or making eye contact. Body language is (almost) all. Way more powerful than what we say or write is what we do.

And even if "I'm" not tracking, my body is. Every dang calorie. In. And out.

Yeah. Just another form of body language. Inescapable, really. So I might as well track.

  
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CRYSTALJEM 7/10/2012 10:53PM

    Oh how true. The check in tracking is still working for me but not as well as the all out tracking. Strangely when I cut more calories I stopped losing.

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TKADEEPBREATH 7/7/2012 9:18AM

    This is so good . . . you are so right. Every single one counts, and that is just the fact.

Good job!

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ID_VANDAL 7/6/2012 12:31PM

    I think not tracking is exactly as you describe and it's one of my biggest downfalls.

Thank you for the reminder.

Vandal

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NANCY- 7/6/2012 7:54AM

    Great point. Weather we track or not... our body still does. It is like a car low oil... no gas... low tire pressure,,,how can you expect good performance.
You are doing an amazing job of taking care of you!!!!
Keep Sparking!!!
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KALIGIRL 7/6/2012 7:35AM

    Interesting - I haven't tracked food for @ least a year. I have found if I don't exercise I will gain, but I use my clothes as my measure and it seems to work.

Here's for whatever works!
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ONEKIDSMOM 7/6/2012 6:36AM

    Amen. emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 7/6/2012 3:56AM

    I think that is my biggest downfall 'i don't track !!'
I try and keep 'count' in my head..but we all know that doesn't work too well!!
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_LINDA 7/6/2012 12:54AM

    Great analogy :) I for sure need to see those numbers adding up, because they do so quickly :P.
Here is tracking to stay on track!

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ERINMARIE424 7/5/2012 9:21PM

    You're right. I don't think I'll ever be able to not track again, unless I want to put back on several pounds pretty quickly!

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PHEBESS 7/5/2012 9:11PM

    Exactly!

I think of tracking as a way of connecting my mind and body - it makes me intellectually aware of what my body knows is going on. My cells know how many calories I'm taking in, and how many calories I'm burning. Each and every cell knows what's going on. My brain is clueless - unless I track.

Sometimes I think my body is smarter than my intellect!

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Weight Loss Maintenance: low glycemic, moderate fat and protein diet

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-
and-fitness/health/how-to-keep-the-pou
nds-off-with-the-right-diet/article4371808/


Interesting article which confirms what I know about my own adventures in weight loss maintenance: it's not just about the calories, it's about ensuring my carbs are low glycemic and that I get enough protein and some (good) fats within my calorie range.

Last night's dinner after golf: grilled salmon and romaine salad with carrots, tomatoes, and cucumber in a curried pineapple dressing.

A glass of rose wine. Such a beautiful colour in the light from the setting sun!

And, yeah, a couple of DH's french fries! Really: just a couple.

But no dessert from the menu.

Because I remembered that there was some rhubarb in the fridge (prepared with Splenda). And after that, I had a cup of low cal hot chocolate.

Good enough.

I'd hoped for a marsh kayak tonight under the full moon: but it's been cloudy and thundering here. Maybe next month, in August!

  
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DOKEYOKEY 7/5/2012 10:56AM

    I am swooning thinking about the beautiful rose wine in the slanting rays of the setting sun. Gorgeous!

I'm a big fan of healthy fats, too -- avocados and coconut oil are my two mainstays!

Thanks for sharing!
Kathleen

P.S. I worry about the health implications of spelnda. Check it out and see what you think. ...http://www.livestrong.com/articl
e/375548-the-side-effects-and-d
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ID_VANDAL 7/4/2012 2:31PM

    Thanks for the link. That was interesting and confirms what a lot of us suspected if didn't know.

Your dinner sounds great. I love a good glass of Pinot Noir with a salmon dish!

Take care!

Vandal

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DDOORN 7/4/2012 11:57AM

    More thoughts related to your article from Gary Taube's latest:

http://www.nytimes.c
om/2012/07/01/opinion/sunday/wh
at-really-makes-us-fat.html


"the trial suggests that among the bad decisions we can make to maintain our weight is exactly what the government and medical organizations like the American Heart Association have been telling us to do: eat low-fat, carbohydrate-rich diets, even if those diets include whole grains and fruits and vegetables."

Your kayak outing sounds wonderful...! Hoping to "get me some of that" later this summer now that I know my neighbor has some kayaks to share and a lot of experience with them! :-)

Don

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NANCY- 7/4/2012 9:50AM

    Quality is important.
WTG on nourishing your body and your soul. Kayaking by the full moon sounds heavenly.


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KALIGIRL 7/4/2012 9:05AM

    Way good enough!
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TKADEEPBREATH 7/4/2012 8:28AM

    Great, that does it. My DH has blood sugar issues (type 2). I have so many cook books for low glycemic recipe ideas. I'm going to pull them out of the drawer to refresh my routine. I find that I easily get back into a "rut" of eating. I can endure it longer than my DH but he keeps me looking for new things to try. The recipe books have a lot of good ideas.

It's funny, when he was found to have the "sugar" problem, it was almost with pity that the diagnosis was given but in reality, eating like a diabetic is the healthiest way for all of us to eat. . . . SP teaches us that, thanks for reminding us . .. I'm inspired . . !

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TBANMAN 7/3/2012 11:17PM

    Thanks for the article. It does seem quite intuitive, doesn't it?

It also explains why, after losing 30+ pounds, I seem to be way hungrier now than I ever was when I was overweight. My body's tireless efforts to regain a cushion I guess - both literally and figuratively. ;)

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_LINDA 7/3/2012 9:13PM

    Oh my, I am envious!! That dinner sounds fantabulous!!!! I LOVE rhubarb stew, that would be better than any dessert on the menu, if I even had room after that delightful supper.
Sorry about the kayak -that would have been heavenly!!! The weather sure has been wild and whacky right across Canada this year :( Bad weather on Canada Day long weekend has always been a given here though :P
I always try to get my range of nutrients that Spark's tracker recommends -it does work...
Have a good week!!

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PHEBESS 7/3/2012 8:54PM

    I read that too - my current fave dinner (due to hot weather and 4 hours grouting each morning) has been diced cold chicken breast, diced apple, slivered almonds, and just enough salad dressing to hold it together. All for under 400 cals!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/3/2012 8:16PM

    Thanks for the link to this article. Sounds like what I've experienced, too. The whole grains just fill me up better and stay with me longer. Fiber may be part of it, but the glycemic index seems relevant, too. I don't always get enough of those good fats, but I try and am going to try harder.

Hope you get your marsh kayak under the full moon next month! -Marsha

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TRAVELGRRL 7/3/2012 8:14PM

    With that kind of dinner, maintenance seems very possible. YUM.

I'm not a dessert eater; those overly-sweet, ridiculously expensive restaurant desserts don't tempt me in the least!

Thanks for the article.

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I am Canadian!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

It's the July 1 weekend coming right up. Got my big red and white flag flying on the verandah, breaking out my red and white golf outfit!!

Sing it, Canadians!

"I am Canadian",

in English

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcNDR61mxGg

or in French!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwI9vElpdAI&
feature=relmfu


And all Spark Friends so inclined from wherever you live . . . Canada's a state of mind.

So accept your honourary appointment as a Canadian du jour if you choose, and sing along with us!!

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LISALGB 7/1/2012 10:52AM

    Happy Canada Day!!

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DONNACFIT 7/1/2012 12:52AM

    Happy Canada Day...love it!!

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NANCY- 6/30/2012 7:22PM

    Wishing you wonderful weather for a Happy Canada Day!
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SLENDERELLA61 6/30/2012 3:56PM

    Happy Canada Day!! You have a wonderful country. You and your countrymen are good citizens of the world!! -Marsha

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ID_VANDAL 6/30/2012 12:02PM

    Hey thanks for that. I think Canada is simply one of the best countries in the world and I'm glad we're neighbors!

I think I will take advantage of your offer and just be a Canadian for a day!!

Vandal

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    Happy Canada Day, neighbor! emoticon

Kathleen (in Vermont)

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TKADEEPBREATH 6/29/2012 6:47PM

    Happy Canada Day!! I have many Canadian friends as I travel often to Montreal on business. It's an awesome city with great people.

Hope you get to do something really fun for your long holiday weekend.

Cheers!!

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Happy Canada Day!!

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CMRAND54 6/29/2012 12:15PM

    Yeah Canada!

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PHEBESS 6/29/2012 11:01AM

    Oh Canada!!!!!!!!

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CWHEATLEY 6/29/2012 9:03AM

    Happy Canada Day to you too! I'm from PEI. Enjoy the holiday!

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BEATLETOT 6/29/2012 8:53AM

    Days I wish I were Canadian...becoming more and more frequent! =) Happy Canada Day!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/29/2012 7:42AM

    Happy Canada Day!

I'll be celebrating it IN CANADA on the shore of the Madawaska, as the first evening of my week kayaking up there. Woot!

(And yes since I'll be there ALL WEEK, that means I'll be in Canada for Canada Day, but not the US for July 4th. LOL)

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KALIGIRL 6/29/2012 7:38AM

    Honored to be a 'honourary appointment as a Canadian du jour'!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/29/2012 6:42AM

    Nice video... Happy Canada Day to all my Spark-friends to the North! And I'll be honorary for a day, sure. Thinking a few degrees of latitude might help with the heat?

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DDOORN 6/29/2012 6:16AM

    You have MUCH to be proud of up there in Canada...! You are the envy of many an American! :-)

Don

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TRAVELGRRL 6/29/2012 5:08AM

    While I am American my forebears were Quebecois! So I too sing proudly for Canada!



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Its GREAT to be a Canadian!!
Rock your long weekend!!

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CRYSTALJEM 6/28/2012 10:38PM

    Feeling very red and white myself this weekend! Enjoy to the fullest. Happy Canada Day on the 1st!

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 6/28/2012 10:21PM

    That song brought tears to my eyes.
What a wonderful thing that a country can "join hand to hand" in diversity!
I am across the lake in Ohio, but Canada holds a very special place in my heart!
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