Breakfast – The most important meal of the day

 

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?I’ve heard for years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Before a big test, or job interview, or anything important, people always say to “eat a good breakfast” as part of their tips on preparation. It makes sense. It starts you out in the morning, and even without research to back it up, it just sounds reasonable. I mean, who wants to be in the middle of a job interview and have their stomach start growling, right?

I’m not a breakfast eater. I never have been, so eating breakfast is hard for me.

Don’t get me wrong, I love breakfast food and could eat it for any meal. Unfortunately in our home, that doesn’t happen because according to my husband, “you can’t eat breakfast foods except in the morning.” Yeah, I know, it’s weird. Most people I know love having breakfast food for dinner once in the great while.

But back to the point. Most of my life, I have rarely eaten breakfast. At most I’d do cereal, a bagel, or a shake. But given that research mostly says that it’s an important meal, one of my goals is to start eating it on a more regular basis. The problem is that almost all breakfast food either is unhealthy or has an unhealthy connotation. The obvious ones like donuts and Pop Tarts, but also bagels, sugary cereal, bacon, eggs, sausage, pancakes, syrup, etc…

It’s like, the fat is too high in bacon and sausage, the cholesterol is too high in eggs, and don’t even get me started on the bread-based items. It’s all pretty confusing when try to avoid all the things that the world (or internet) tells you to avoid.

If breakfast is the key to reducing hunger, increasing metabolism, and weight loss though, there has to be a happy medium besides fruit, granola, and yogurt every single morning, right?

This week, my breakfast has looked a lot like the photo above (well, except I like my eggs scrambled). Eating bacon and eggs seems contrary to what I’m trying to do, at least in my mind. But again, my goal here is to start eating healthier. Even if there may be a bit more fat, cholesterol, or calories in my breakfast, it’s coming from natural sources compared to the Pop Tarts I was eating a week and a half ago, and definitely makes me feel better than skipping breakfast, as has been my norm for many, many, years.

Don’t get me wrong, we won’t be having bacon and eggs every morning, but as we’re moving this week and trying to clean out our fridge, it seemed like a good idea to make use of the food we buy and always plan to eat, but end up throwing away. It just seems that if I’m going to get in the habit of eating breakfast, I should just start with something I actually like, and something that feels like I’m cheating the system.

So, what breakfast foods do you go for? Obviously, bacon and eggs are not going to happen every day, even if for practical reasons. But any quick and easy ideas would be appreciated.

Breakfast is the hardest meal of the day for me.

*Note: I am a fan of egg whites, and I’m aware that most of the cholesterol (and calories) is in the yolk. In fact, I prefer the whites to the yolk, but I am trying to look at food different and for its overall nutritional value. So yes, egg whites are an option for me.

 

How much water should I drink?

how much water to lose weight

I’m probably not alone here in my dislike of having to drink water. I’ve never enjoyed drinking water, but it’s one of the things that is pretty much required for good health and for weight loss. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve searched “How much water should I drink?” or “How much water should you drink to lose weight?

The hard part for me is that there isn’t really a clear or go-to answer. We’ve all heard the old adage of “drink 8 glasses of water a day.” That’s 64 ounces of water, and doesn’t seem too unreasonable, unless, like me, you hate drinking water. Then there are people who say it’s not enough, and even people say it’s too much (a small minority).

  • Mayo Clinic says women should drink 2.2 liters (9 glasses for us Americans) and 3 liters for men. They acknowledge it’s different for everyone however, and those numbers are just an average. By the way, 8 glasses a day would be about 1.9 liters, so it’s not too far off their recommendations for women.
  • WebMD doesn’t commit to a number, and again says it varies by the person and their health. They say you know if you’re drinking enough water based on the color of your urine. I can tell you from experience, I don’t drink enough water (sometimes none), and my urine color is what is considered “normal” for someone who drinks enough water.
  • US News says to drink half your body weight the minimum, and even more if you’re exercising.

Given that I should be drinking anywhere from 64 ounces to half my body weight (a lot more than 64 ounces), my goal is going to be somewhere around 100 ounces every day. I doubt I will get there every day, at least in the beginning, but hey, that’s what goals are for, right? To give us something that’s not easy to work toward.

To be honest, the times I’ve been the most successful with weight loss and being overall healthy was when I was drinking more water and less of everything else. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference.

So, how much water do you drink every day? How much do you think we should be drinking? I’d love some feedback here and tips on how to get there without spending all day in the restroom.

My Fitness Pal

myfitnesspal

This is my journey into the unknown and uncomfortable. If this is your first time here, visit this post first: A brand new journey to better health and a better life.

So, I’ve used MyFitnessPal in the past and have begun using it again. I’ve always had my diary settings closed except to people that I approved, however, in keeping with accountability, I’ve set my diary settings to publics.

If you’re on MyFitnessPal, either online, or with the app on your phone, give me a follow if you’d like to do so. It doesn’t mean I have to follow you back, if you prefer to keep yours private, that’s fine with me. But if you want to check in on me, help keep me accountable, or just see what kind of good things (or bad things) I’m putting on my body, you can find me here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/melfelk

Username is melfelk if you’re looking through your mobile app.

If you choose not to, or don’t use MFP, or don’t like MFP, that’s okay. You’re still welcome to follow along. It works for me. It works for some people, but it’s probably not for everyone. This really isn’t an endorsement of whether you should use it. It just happens to be a tool I use.

Welcome: A brand new journey to better health and a better life

keep moving forward martin luther king, jr

I’m going to try something new here. Something that takes me outside of my comfort zone, and something that challenges me, motivates me, and hopefully changes me.

I have huge changes happening in my life right now. We’re in the process of moving from the apartment I’ve lived for the past 7 years. I’m also moving on from where I’ve worked for the past 10 years. Oh, I also live where I work, so you can say I’m heading back out into the real world where I don’t wake up to the sounds of preschool children outside my window every morning. So a new apartment, a new job hopefully soon, and hopefully a new lease on life.

Last week I visited my doctor for a check up. Lab test and things were normal-ish. But there lies the problem. My doctor can look at me and talk to me and know that I’m not in good health. At this point, I don’t have any major (or really even minor) health issues. I’ve dealt with hiccups here and there, and have allowed things like stress to take over my life, but by and large, the numbers on lab reports say I’m a healthy person. So we’ve played this dance the past few years where she would ask questions about how I was eating, how much exercise I was getting, etc… and I would give all the wrong answers with promises to do better. Then results would come back and she’d say, “well, things look okay, but you need need to take better care of yourself.” There was never any real urgency for me because, despite her warnings, things looked good.  [Read more...]

Best Cat Litter Box

best litter box

I decided to do a few posts about some of the random things in my house, or that I use, that I just love. This was the first thing that came to mind. I think that’s a pretty sad statement on my life.

*Disclaimer: This is my own opinion. There is an affiliate link below to Amazon, but this is by far the most favorite cat accessory in my house. One of our best purchases this year (top 3), hands down.

If you are a cat owner, unless you own outdoor cats, you have to deal with litter. I’ll be perfectly honest, I hate cat litter. I’ve never been good at keeping the littler box as clean as it should be either. Before my cat Sam died this spring, I had him pretty well trained to do most of his business outside. He was an indoor/outdoor cat, so it worked fairly well. I kept the litter box in a closet with sliding door. When I was going to be gone long periods of time, I’d open the door for him. But as a general rule, it stayed closed and he’d let me know if he wanted to go outside. Before that, I tried the potty training method. [Read more...]