My advice is to not worry about getting the completed, balance breakfast to start. That sounds counterintuitive, but seriously, eating something is better than nothing - and you need to get used to eating breakfast and then you can progress to incorporating more items. I never ate breakfast, except for on weekends, and started eating just a Clif Bar each morning - they actually turn out to be pretty good for you, with fiber and protein. Or I will eat an ounce of raw almonds and a piece of string cheese.
You will be surprised that when you DO eat breakfast, you will truly rev up your metabolism and you will be hungry a couple of hours after your first little nibble. This is a good time to add in a piece of fruit or a smoothie.
I have a intestinal problems as well. I am unsure of IBS or celiac disease and I don't have the money to have the testing don't to figure out which. But I can tell you greek yogurt with fruit does AMAZING things. The good bacteria makes a large difference in the pain/discomfort. And if you are having any gas or bloating does wonders for that too. It kills the diarrhea pritty quickly also. might be TMI but i swear it really helps
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I have a family member with IBS. He can eat oatmeal in the morning without problems. He says the cook for 5 min. variety tastes better. He likes it with 2 tsp. of maple syrup. We cook it in batches and put it in 1 serving boxes. He also eats 1/2 of a turkey and white bread sandwich. He follows breakfast up with fruit a little later in the morning. Frozen bananas are his favorite. Dairy products are a challenge for him but Westsoy soy milk is a good substitute. Following this eating plan for more than a year has greatly diminished his symptoms. I wish you well. Keep asking for help and be open to new ideas and you will find what works best for you.
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I, too, have a touch of the acid reflux. GI doc gave me Protonix, which helps, but if you need a food that will help alleviate that burning sensation in the morning I would suggest a more bland approach. A serving of oatmeal with a tablespoon of peanut butter is quite filling for me. Or, maybe some toast with peanut butter or maybe turkey slices or ham slices. Just a few suggestions. Hope you find something that works!
I can understand what you mean. My intestines are fine, but i also feel weird at mornings. I hate big, greasy breakfasts, my stomach likes it simple. I usually have natural unprocessed wholegrains for breakfast, like quinoa, barley, oats... Or brown rice. You throw a few tablespoons of brown rice in a small pot, some nut milk (i'm vegan but i guess you can go with milk), a few banana chunks and/or raisins, plums, figs, nuts, honey, apple, cinammon... anything really) and bring to a slow boil. If your stomach can't handle this, i'd say try having fruits in the morning. Like 1 banana and 2 apples for example. And if you feel good enough, maybe some liquid you can easily digest. You could try nut milks, even if you are not a vegetarian, cause they are easier to digest than animal milk. Or some nuts/ nut butters. If this is still too hard for you to do, then i'd say stop pushing yourself. so you're not a breakfast person. So what? You have a pretty good reason. It may be better for you if you listen to your body and skip breakfast. Drink flavoured water, or water with some lemon drops or plain water in the mornings instead. During your weight loss, it is highly important that you feel good. Are you gonna feel good if you have a breakfast that will irritate your organs?Every day? It doesn't matter. Eat healthy, exercise and breathe peacefully and with content. Breakfast is good, but not necessary. You can lose weight without it. Just listen to you.
Thanks guys, you have some awesome suggestions. I like the idea of trying eggs combined with other things that I like to make the eggs tolerable - basically, training my body to like something I don't like. I've done that before, so maybe I can do it again. Some of the the other foods suggested, like fruit and Special K bars and lunch for breakfast also sound great. It'll definitely be a challenge to find something that works, but the ideas you all have given me are great. Thanks again!
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I used to dislike oatmeal. And yogurt. And bananas. And eggs.
Breakfast foods didn't have any appeal to me, and after years of training myself to go without, I wasn't hungry in the morning.
Then I started SparkPeople, and after a few months committed to eating breakfast every day. I ate instant oatmeal in a mug. It was less than a cup of food, but satisfied me, kick-started my metabolism, and made me less hungry for lunch (more able to eat reasonably portioned foods).
I did that the entire year that I lost 100 pounds.
There are a lot of benefits to eating breakfast. Yoovie's (another Done Girl Sparker) swears by the secret of her "sexy breakfast" - meaning, eating something so wholesome and nutritious for the first meal that it helps inspire her to be fit and make healthy choices the rest of the day.
Find what works for you, and don't be afraid to start a new habit. :) Jocelyn
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Would you like a piece of fruit along with a Special K bar that's only 90 calories? You could add a glass of lowfat milk and have a pretty good breakfast without eggs and have some protein in there anyway. Also, anoher one that I like is a slice of toast with 1 T. pb on it and a whole banana sliced or just half of one and then with a glass of milk. As you can see, I'm not one for big breakfasts either! Good luck to you!
Find something you like for breakfast. We have locked ourself into what we should eat for breakfast. Think outside th box--you can have lunch or dinner for breakfast. You may find you are fuller and eat less for lunch and dunner.
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For as long as I can remember, breakfast has been my least favorite meal. Even when I was as young as 8 and not as heavy (or not heavy at all), breakfast irked me. If I changed my schedule too drastically, breakfast wold upset my stomach. Now, I have IBS and acid reflux, both of which are worse in the morning and make the idea of eating certain things completely undesirable (i have been seeing a doctor for these things, and I've done all i can for now in that sense - my doctor now believes losing weight is the best thing for helping these conditions). I'm also a picky eater - definitely something I need to work on and am WILLING to work on - though it may be slow going. For instance, I hate eggs but wish I didn't.
Does anyone have any suggestions?? This is definitely my biggest challenge and the biggest bump in my attempt to eat healthier - though the picky eating is a close second!
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