Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Problem areas; problem times

I've been trying to identify the areas that are tripping me up. A major one is breakfast. I need ideas from everyone about simple, satisfying and healthy breakfasts. I've got to break my bad habits for this part of the day because it sets the tone for everything to come. This will be my first piece of implementing the plan this time.

So, share your successful breakfast tips here, please!


TECH said...

Well, here's my breakfast. I have one cup (8 ounces) of orange juice (with pulp) and a bowl of cream of wheat sprinkled with blueberries. The cream of wheat is sweetened with one level teaspoon of sugar. I also drink 8 ounces of water. I find the warm cream of wheat is very filling. The blueberries are good for me and add flavor. In Weight Watcher's terms, it's a 7 point breakfast.

I also make it a point to bring a banana or apple or carrots to work for my mid-morning snack. Today it was a banana.

CrystalDiggory said...

I'm afraid I don't have too many great breakfast tips. The last thing I want to do when I wake up is eat something, but I know I should. I find I can tolerate a Slim Fast Shake. Since diabetes runs hard and long in my family, I try to get in a teaspoon of cinnamon every day by putting it on unsweetened applesauce or low fat yogurt in the morning, too. (Cinnamon is supposed to really fight diabetes and stablize blood sugars for those who are already diagnosed with it.)

On the rare times when I wake up hungry, I've found my day goes much better if I eat Kashi cereal. It's high in protein and fiber and really leaves me satsified. I like to put blueberries or strawberries or 1/2 banana on it, too. Regular oatmeal with cinnamon and one of those little boxes of raisins mixed in it is pretty good, too.

What I've found I don't like are things that look like fattening stuff I used to eat, but aren't. For instance, I don't like turkey bacon. I've tried. God knows I've tried to like it, but I just can't. I'd rather indulge in real bacon once in awhile than eat that stuff. And the whole-wheat, low carb frozen waffles you can buy in the freezer section of your local grocery store just don't taste right at all to me and if you top it with sugar-free syrup, well, I'd just as soon eat the Kashi cereal.

Hope that helped a little. :)

Trixie said...

Wow! Thanks for the tip about cinnamon! I'll have to start trying that to see if it helps my blood sugar levels. I think trying some healthy grains like the cream of wheat and kashi cereal would be a huge benefit too. I need to be a bit more diligent about fruit consumtion, too.

FrenziedFeline said...

I eat the same thing just about every day. The benefit of that is I don't have to think about it. If I'm hungry, it's good; if I'm not hungry, it's a no-brainer that I can eat without thinking too much. I also don't want to spend a lot of my points on breakfast when I like lunch and dinner a lot more. :)

I have a small glass of Tropicana Light & Healthy O.J., and a bowl of bran flakes with craisins sprinkled with raw sugar. (I actually like the store brand bran flakes over Kellogg's.)

Weight Watchers points go down as fiber content goes up, so it comes out to a 4-point breakfast--the same as a Slim-Fast shake. Since I started taking the BP med, I've added half a banana for the potassium the med takes with it. That adds, at most, another point, if it's a large banana.

That usually holds me until lunch, I rarely "need" a mid-morning snack. :)

jaime said...

One of my quick cooked breakfasts right now is scrambled eggs with mushrooms and italian seasoning, and canadian bacon. I can have everything made and eaten in about 20 minutes.

If you don't have that kind of time, other things I've been eating are whole wheat/grain toast with a slice of cheese, whole wheat/grain english muffins with no-sugar-added jelly, or fiber one honey clusters, which I find greatly improved by a couple of packets of splenda.

I don't drink fruit juice for breakfast anymore (it raises your blood sugar), just water. If I could stomach vegetable or tomato juice, I'd drink that.