September 23, 2014
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?