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Getting back on the horse

john-wayneIt’s funny that in one of my first posts here, since re-focusing on myself, my journey, and my health, I mentioned how my doctor reminded me of how life always had the potential to get in the way of our health decisions.

…life is always going to have things that challenge us to make good decisions, particularly with what we eat. We have to learn to adapt to those things that affect our eating and exercise habits, just like we adapt them to the rest of our lives.

That was on June 11th. The next day, life happened in a big way. My grandmother passed away the following evening, which put me on a few week tour to Kentucky, living out of a suitcase, helping my grandfather sort through things and get moved (they were already in the process when this happened). It led to being in a situation where my options for making healthy choices were not ideal. So, yes, life happened and I got off track, and even since I’ve returned home, to my new apartment, and new working situation, I’ve struggled to adapt to all the changes that life has thrown at me.

However, what I’m finding is that the more I make healthy decisions a lifestyle, the easier it becomes to get back on that horse, and the easier it is to not even consider some of the “bad” options anymore. Things that I once considered normal, don’t even seem enjoyable anymore even when I’m not closely monitoring myself and what I’m eating.

I’ve not done what I planned by any means, but I did better than I was doing, and I’ve made some progress. I’m schedule to see my doctor in a little over a month and she asked me to lose 5 lbs in that time. It was a very small goal, that I figured I’d knock out of the park. I didn’t knock it out of the park because, you know, life, but I have met the goal and still have a little over a month to go. Again, it was a small goal, but at least it’s moving in the right direction.

So here we are, with just a quick update, and the goal to keep going and keeping using this place as accountability and openness.

 

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.