A cup of coffee?
Big bowl of cereal with milk?
Eggs, bacon and toast?
A mid morning muffin or chocolate bar?
For years and years, my breakfast consisted of a couple cups of coffee and senseless mid morning snacking (a few nuts here, maybe a cookie, a slice of cheese, an apple, oh, a little piece of chocolate). I hated the idea of eating first thing in the morning and I definitely couldn’t fathom cooking anything. However, I was also extremely discouraged by my random mid morning snacking. It felt very out of control for a relatively put together person. The kids would be needy, the house would seem like it had come apart over night, we’d be trying to settle down to do school work and I’d need something to eat right away because, quite frankly, by that point I was over hungry and often nauseous. So off to the pantry I’d go to see what I could find. However, I wouldn’t stop at one thing. Over the course of the next two hours or so, I’d snack on four or five different things – sometimes healthy, sometimes less so.
As a result, I felt unhealthy and out of control. It would sometimes set the mood for eating for the day. I mean, I already ate crap for breakfast, what harm would a little more do. I gained a little weight. I’d have energy drops throughout the afternoon. I often had headaches or brain fog. Nothing major, but a general feeling of unwell.
Then, I was introduced to Whole30 and breakfast changed for me forever. I quickly realized how much better a real breakfast made me feel. Whenever I didn’t eat enough for breakfast I found myself desperate for a snack, but if I ate enough then I would be totally satisfied and I would have no need to snack whatsoever and couldn’t even me tempted by sweets. Fats and proteins was were it was at. I easily lost 15 pounds while feel very satisfied. I also felt healthy – really healthy, and my emotions were stable (which is not something that I can always say as I have pretty significant PMS most times). Cooking was not an issue. I was able to prepare a lot in advance and then just warm everything in one skillet or under the broiler.
After I completed my Whole30, I ended up going back onto a more of a standard american diet again. Not as extreme as some, for sure, as we do, over all eat healthfully, but certainly more so than the clean eating plan of the Whole30. I gained back a fair chunk of the weight I lost, but on top of that I started having old issues (midcycle bleeds and pain) crop up. I started medication to stop the bleeding while waiting for the specialist, but even so it continued so I decided that it certainly couldn’t hurt to go back onto the Whole30 (I wanted to do Paleo, but I’m an all or nothing girl and struggled to follow paleo rules…..Whole30 is completely black and white….there are no grey areas….perfect for me). Within 1 week, I’ve lost significant weight (not the goal), but most importantly the bleeding has completely stopped and I am beginning to come out of the icky, foggy mood I was in.
I encourage everyone to give eating like this a try. A Whole30 would probably be good for just about everyone, but if not, give a proper breakfast a try! It doesn’t take me more that 10 minutes to make any of the following dishes in the morning and if I am warming the meal in oven then it is even easier. My family is incredibly jealous of my healthy breakfasts.
Here are just a few of my favourites.
I often make a big pan of onions, mushrooms and peppers. The keep well in the fridge and can be heated easily in a skillet in the morning. At lease one egg is a must. This meal also includes a sweet potato latke, which I made at the beginning of my Whole30 and just froze and warmed as needed.
Similar dish, but this one includes sweet potato instead and the egg was cracked on top and them cooked in the oven (this takes about 15 minutes, so just throw it in and get ready for the day).
More of a light summer dish of fried eggs on homemade salsa. A dollop of guacamole on the top! Yum.
Supper for breakfast! Chicken in a date sauce, squash roasted in coconut oil and an egg for good measure.
Mike’s, but I had similar minus the sausage and toast. I don’t normally have fruit in tease quantities, but it was a nice change.
Spinach is also a totally yummy breakfast food that often finds itself on my plate these days.
So, what do you eat for breakfast?