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Does it have to be a typical breakfast to be healthy?

I had leftover fajitas w/o the tortilla, just some rice and chicken with the salsa I made and a dab of sour cream (which could have been yogurt I know)... but I usually have granola/fruit/tea/pb and toast.

Was that a bad choice?


Tue. Mar 28, 10:34am

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They say you can have anything in the morning really. Its the first food to go in and the first thing to be burned off.. I dont think it was a bad choice at all, you got some good protien and fats in there, you should have energy to work out and thrive today~!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 10:38 AM

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One of my group members always has "lunch" for breakfast (turkey sandwiches and the like) and she's losing just fine! So I'd say it works.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 10:47 AM

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I've heard that you are better off waiting to eat protein until later in the day - youre system is better prepared to digest it later on. Has anyone else heard this?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 11:04 AM

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I don't think it's bad every now and then but your usall breakfast is really what you should be eating

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 11:14 AM

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Does it have to be a typical breakfast to be healthy?

As a Holistic Nutrition/Lifestyle coach I have found that as long as you are not feeding your body empty sugar calories it adjusts well to all meals in the morning. Many of my teachers ate fish/brown rice/veggies or chicken/grain/veggies for breakfast and they were some of the forerunners of the "health movement". And sour cream in moderation isn't going to ruin a healthy eating plan.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 11:26 AM

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I have not heard that you are better off waiting to eat protein until later in the day, and in fact, from personal experience, that is very much not true (for me, at least). I notice immediately if I fail to eat protein for breakfast: I am way more snacky, crave more carbs, and am more likely to binge or otherwise have a bad eating day. For me, getting protein in first thing is crucial.

Pay attention to how you feel today - see if this works for you.

Personally, I think what foods are acceptable/typical at breakfast is a social construct - so if something is healthy later in the day (like your fajitas), it is healthy at breakfast, too. For example, on a trip to Costa Rica several months ago, I ate gallo pinto (what all the guide books said was the typical breakfast meal) with eggs every day. It's rice and beans cooked with spices and onions - something I would normally have eaten more at lunch or dinner than at breakfast, but it's the norm at breakfast there. I think you can find lots of other examples of this world wide - things that westerners would never consider eating for breakfast are normal other places. See link below for other examples...the entry on Korea is especially interesting to me.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 11:40 AM

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I agree--I think it's a matter of eating good vs. empty calorie, vs. what foods.

In China, the usual breakfast is a bowl of rice "congee" (porridge) with some veggies, maybe a little tofu or soy beans or peanuts or a fried dough strip (not a sugary donut like the ones we have here.)

The thing is that you SHOULD eat something to get your body revved up for the day...As long as you are not eating a bag of jelly beans and a bottle of pop (soda) Or something else like that at breakfast, I'm sure that you're okay.



Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 11:46 AM

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i eat what ever im hugry for at each meal and as long as its a healthy choice i think thats good..for me anyway!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 11:53 AM

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Somewhat by accident, breakfast for me has become my main meal of the day. I normally consume about 50% of my total caloric intake, or approximately 1300+ calories, at breakfast. This includes oatmeal, pinto beans, peanuts, sunflower kernels, walnuts, milk and lots of fruit.

This is not a "normal" breakfast by any standard definition, but it works well for me. I have dropped some 35-40 pounds and kept it off for the past 4+ years now using this system.

Digby

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 6:29 PM

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protein helps

I want to second the poster who said protein at breakfast cuts down snacking. I try to always have at least an egg, usually two -- if I have cereal I get hungry a few hours later. Look through your logs and you may see if this is true for you too. Going to protein at breakfast was crucial for me to break the sugar roller coaster.
Incidentally, anyone have good ideas for breakfast protein besides eggs? Bacon etc. isn't healthy, but tofu is a little weird...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 9:47 PM

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