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My daughter Rosemary has just moved from her cot into a big girls cotbed meaning she can now get up when she wants to and run straight in to greet me with her cute little “mooorrrning” and then her immediate request for breakfast.

In fact what she does most mornings is ask for Dinner, and do you know what at just 21 months old and with her limited understanding of what a balanced diet is she still might be on to something.

As some of you may know, I have been following the Whole30 approach the last few weeks and this has led me to completely change my view on what constitutes a morning meal. Gone are my carefully measured out bowls of cereal with skimmed milk, or my trusted porridge with berries, and gone too are my wholemeal bagels or toast with a cup of tea…no…these days I have been eating MEAT, well not only meat I have also been eating eggs, avocados, sweet potatoes, fruit and nuts. I have even eaten the left overs from the previous days main evening meal.

I must admit it feels a bit strange to get up in the morning to prepare a plate of food that looks more like a lunch time platter than your typical breakfast but it kinda makes sense once you get your head around it, especially if you are serious about fuelling your body properly for the day ahead.

A survey commissioned by sports nutrition company Bodybuilding Warehouse of over 2,000 people who work out regularly, found that 57% of female gym-goers have ditched cereals and now enhance their diets with specially made protein-filled breakfasts and supplements, such as protein pancakes, shakes and even protein coffee.

I have always been a cereal kinda girl, it’s a quick and easy meal to prepare that doesn’t take much thinking about and is one less meal to stress about in my books, but I had been fooled into thinking this was a healthy option. My much-loved Branflakes and my Wholegrain Cherioos have been leading me up the garden path as I have recently discovered that many of these so-called healthy cereal choices have been proven to have as much sugar in them as a donout causing your blood sugar levels to do crazy things which lead to sugar cravings for the rest of the day.

Cereal brands are now struggling as more and more consumers turn away from traditional sit-down breakfasts of sugary cereals, with new research suggesting they are favouring on-the-go, high-protein alternatives.

Aparently consumers are favouring items such as nutritional bars and shakes that are easy to access and can be consumed as an on-the-go breakfast as they travel to work. But seeing as this research has come direct from a commercial organisation that sells these protein products I say let’s go back to basics and just eat real protein instead, you know the stuff…meat, fish and eggs the food our bodies were designed to eat all those years ago, the stuff without all the added this and added that and packaged up in a wrapper. The cavemen did all right on real food and I’m feeling pretty good on it too.

There is so much talk about convenience foods and grabbing something on the go in the morning when we are all in a rush…let me tell you a boiled egg is the ultimate fast food and it can be eaten on the go. Besides maybe we should all just slow down and actually sit down for breakfast for a change.

So come on ladies tell me…what have you had for breakfast this morning?

  1. September 23, 2014

    First of all, let me just say……………… I AM SO EXCITED THAT I FOUND YOU! I am fat, and REALLY, REALLY, REALLY have always wanted to run. But, I never thought I could. I’ve been doing nothing but reading your blogs for the majority of the day, and I must say…. I am inspired! Thank you!

    I must admit, I am in the same place with trying to add more protein to my nutrition and being more mindful about carbs.

    I am personally DONE with eliminating particular food groups from my food intake. However, I am being more MINDFUL about what I am putting in my mouth, and really trying to work on eating as clean as possible, with little processed food.

    I am a busy working mom with two very active boys, so the drive thru does get my business more than I would like. But, I’m working on that too!

    ANYWAY – back to the original question……… I am eating two eggs, steamed spinach, 1-2 oz. of low salt ham or turkey with about 1 tbsp. of Feta Cheese. I call it my “Turkey Fetish” brekkie! I usually have a side of corn grits or Ezekial Bread that I toast.

    Can’t wait to keep reading more!
    Hugs,
    Katrina

  2. September 23, 2014

    Not the best choice, but I drove through McD’s and got a sausage and cheese muffin. OH and my beloved sugar free french vanilla iced coffee!! I learned long ago while following the South Beach way of eating that protein in the morning equals no sugar cravings the rest of the day! I’m glad to read that others are jumping on this band wagon! Let’s ditch the sugary cereals, ladies and tell the industry we’re not paying their ridiculously high prices for a bowl of SUGAR! Be well!

  3. September 23, 2014

    I’m on the Paleo diet which is pretty similar to the Whole30 – I think. If I’ve got time I cook an omelette with bacon and mushrooms or I grab a cold hard boiled egg! Sometime I just grab and apple.

  4. September 23, 2014

    I had 4 scrambled eggs tomatoes and mushrooms. Also following the whole30 on day 13!

  5. September 23, 2014

    Chia, Quinoa, Amaranth maple clusters in soya milk. Yum!!

  6. September 23, 2014

    Normally I’ll have Greek yogurt for breakfast with almond butter or similar. But if I’m trying to lose weight I don’t eat nuts (they make me too heavy) so I cut them out – instead I have eggs fried in coconut oil. I don’t regard it as paleo because my ancestors were certainly not eating coconuts!

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