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Posted by: 16903 (Guest), Thursday, November 17, 2011, 12:39am
Hello!  I'm a brand spanking newbie and just finished reading LR4T.  As an MS patient, I am so inspired at the prospect of feeling better.  Unfortunately for me and my habits, some meals are going to be difficult.  Specifically breakfast.  I have always had egg on good grain toast, often with bacon or sausage, or oatmeal, yogurt & granola, or when in a hurry a Cliff Bar or peanut butter on toast.  All these appear to be nono's for Type O.

I've spent the afternoon searching older posts for ideas and not really found any suggestions for breakfasts for type O.  The thought of beef for breakfast nauseates me to the point I don't even want to eat!

I feel pretty positive about other meals with vegetables and beef, it's just breakfast that is causing me grief.

I'm taking my question to you all in hopes you can offer some ideas!

Thanks  :D
Posted by: Possum, Thursday, November 17, 2011, 12:50am; Reply: 1
Hi there!! I agree the thought of beef first thing in the morning can be a bit much; especially cooking it then ;)
Sometimes leftovers are good as you don't have to smell the raw meat (but personally I just wouldn't re heat in the microwave)
Nothing wrong with eggs, with (turkey) bacon if that is what you are used to...& a bread/toast that is compliant??!!
Waffles made with compliant flour are also handy... Heaps of ideas on those old threads - which other ones didn't you like?
I really like chia seeds (in whatever you like to drink - hot or cold) to give me protein for energy, as well as fibre!! It is something that really keeps me going all morning & is easy to get down (on way to work)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, November 17, 2011, 1:03am; Reply: 2
Realizing that you are a Type O, and that traditional types of breakfast meals are not beneficial for you, means you need to start thinking outside the standard box of a typical american breakfast.

Try starting your morning with steamed or stir-fry beneficial fish and a generous mix of compliant veggies.  I've eaten this way (beef, turkey, fish, lamb, buffalo) for breakfast for so long, any other way is like taking steps backwards.  

With each journey, we are challenged to take steps we've never taken before.  

Sharing with the best of intentions.
Posted by: Jane, Thursday, November 17, 2011, 1:28am; Reply: 3
I often scramble 2 organic eggs in ghee and sprinkle with nutritional yeast. I usually add a Tbsp. of fresh almond better and fruit spread.  Sometimes I add some veggies or 1/2 grapefruit.
Posted by: deblynn3, Thursday, November 17, 2011, 4:50am; Reply: 4
switch your toast with rice cakes. Almond butter for your peanut butter. Eggs are good. look for a good turkey sausage. (this might take some looking)  Our store sales the very thin beef steaks they cook up very fast in a skillet and don't seem like a large beef steak. If you can get ground lamb it makes a good meat for homemade sausage. Oatmeal is fine.  Make our own granola, it's really easy and you can make a large quantity with complaint ingredients.  Do you like cottage cheese?  My husband does and switched readily to it to replace my homemade yogurt. He likes it with dark chocolate by the way.  ::)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, November 17, 2011, 4:58am; Reply: 5
Not all O's can have cottage cheese.  I can't.
Posted by: DenverFoodie, Thursday, November 17, 2011, 5:44am; Reply: 6
Try a Quinoa Quickie for breakfast.
Posted by: Brighid45, Thursday, November 17, 2011, 9:22am; Reply: 7
Hello SDaydreams, nice to meet you :)

Transitioning from a traditional breakfast to an O-friendly one can take a while. There are some excellent suggestions in the posts above this one, I'd say experiment and see what works for you right now.

You can easily make your own patty sausage with ground turkey. I make mine from a 50/50 mix of ground turkey and ground lamb. I add chopped onion and herbs and cook the patties ahead of time, so all I have to do is take one out of the fridge and heat it up in the pan while my egg is frying. I also saute some kale to go with the sausage and egg, it's a filling breakfast that keeps me going right up to lunchtime.

If you're looking for a substitute for the whole grain toast, why not try making your own compliant quickbread? A muffin or tea loaf slice made with rice flour or a blend of compliant flours can be pretty tasty. There are lots of great recipes in the Recipe Center if you're interested.

Experimentation is key. What works for one person for breakfast might not work for another. As you go along you'll find recipes and ideas that suit you.

Have fun checking out new ideas and please come here to ask questions and comment. Many of us started out exactly where you are now and we have lots of experience and pointers to share.

Welcome to the board, I look forward to your posts. :)
Posted by: 16903 (Guest), Thursday, November 17, 2011, 11:48am; Reply: 8
Some wonderful ideas.  Thank you all!! And again, I am sooo looking forward to feeling good again!

Best to you all  :)
Posted by: Patty H, Thursday, November 17, 2011, 12:51pm; Reply: 9
I usually have cooked broccoli on hand from dinner.  I saute the broccoli to reheat and add a couple of eggs.

I also eat supper for dinner.  Like you, I could not fathom eating dinner for breakfast but after a while I tried reheating my leftovers from the night before and found that I could tolerate it better than I originally thought.  Now I eat it all the time.  

One thing that you will find is that in time you will move away from thinking about grain-based foods for breakfast and go for protein power.

By the way, fish is a great source of protein for O's.  Many of us eat more fish than red meat.  Salmon for breakfast is great!
Posted by: 16903 (Guest), Thursday, November 17, 2011, 4:07pm; Reply: 10
Thanks Patty.  I believe you're right, it is a matter of readjusting many years of habit.  Thanks to many posts I found the Recipe section and some great ideas for breakfast, so I think I might just make it!

Thanks again everyone for the suggestions and the warm welcome.  Here's to good health and feeling great!! ;D
Posted by: EquiPro, Thursday, November 17, 2011, 5:27pm; Reply: 11
I usually eat this way, and it really works for me:  I eat "supper" at breakfast time, a really large lunch, and "breakfast" at suppertime.

I find that I'm starving when I wake up in the morning.  For DECADES I tried to find a compliant breakfast that would hold me for a few hours, but it never really worked for me.  Finally, I found that this is my very best breakfast (I usually make most of this in batches, so that I can just throw it together for breakfast...I'm THAT hungry when I wake up..can't wait to cook):

I saute chopped onion in olive oil or ghee and add in curry powder, garlic powder, cumin and cinnamon.  As soon as the onions are soft and the spices are cooked, I throw in ground turkey and saute' it all up until cooked.

I also, separately, saute' onion in olive oil or ghee, add in the same spices, then, when they're ready, I throw in 2 cans of black beans, liquid and all.  I allow that to bubble for a little bit, then I mash everything into my version of re-fried beans.

I put about 1/3-1/2 cup of the refried beans into a bowl, put the ground turkey on top of that (usually about 2-3 oz or 1/2 cup), then I chop up some romaine lettuce and some tomatoes and put them on top.  I finish the entire thing by drizzling on some good olive oil, lime juice and salt.  YUMMMM!!!!!  I might add a piece of fruit with this, if I'm in the mood.

The thing about this is that the not only holds me for 4-5 hours...I'm not hungry at all.  It also gets rid of my starch cravings, as the black beans are a great alternative for me for that.

Lunch is usually a chopped salad of some sort, with some sort of meat with it.  I try to eat piles of veggies at this point in the day, because as the day moves on, I find it harder and harder to get them in.

My snacks are always nuts and fruit.

I work out in the evenings most days and don't get home until 9:30.  I'm usually pretty hungry, but I try to keep it quick and simple so that I don't get caught in the kitchen.  This is the time when I need to stay away from the refrigerator.

A lot of times, this is what I eat as my last meal of the's quick and filling:

I heat a generous amount of ghee in a cast iron pan. While the pan is heating, I chop up 3 or 4 sun-dried tomatoes (the kind in olive oil - I get them at Costco) and put them in the microwave for 20 seconds...this makes them puff up, which I like.  I put 1 or 2 whole eggs + 1 or 2 additional whites into a mixing bowl and add to that the sundried tomatoes and some feta cheese.  If I have some cooked asparagus in the fridge, which I usually do, I add that.  I put those into the pan and scramble it all up.  Add salt and that's my dinner.  If I have nori sheets on hand, sometimes I'll skip the feta and just wrap the eggs up in nori and eat it that way.  I love it.

Sometimes I'll eat some fruit, but more often than not, I skip it.  That would make a good breakfast for you, if you want to try it.

So there's my suggestions!  The one thing that I never, ever eat at breakfast is cereals or breads.  They make me sleepy and leave a funny taste in my mouth now.  Weird, right?   Good Luck!
Posted by: 16903 (Guest), Thursday, November 17, 2011, 5:40pm; Reply: 12
What great ideas Sam, thank you!  I think altering my habits isn't going to be as difficult as I had feared.

Thanks all :)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, November 17, 2011, 7:58pm; Reply: 13
I apparently (per non-BTD peeps--thankfully, I have found a home here where people get my diet) am the weirdest person alive, breakfast choices-wise.  Then again, I think I'm seen that way because I live in America and American culture, imho, is NUTS on the topic of breakfast!  I refer here specifically to the fact that most Americans seem to feel quite adamently that there are certain foods that are breakfast fare and EVERYTHING ELSE IS NOT.  Woe be unto the naive fool such as myself who thinks s/he can eat whatever she wants for breakfast, tell her fellow Americans about it, and not be intstantly baraged with:

"You had that FOR BREAKFAST?!!!"



Like you are the hugest freakazoid on EARTH if you eat anything other than pure SUGAR or the few acceptable "breakfast" items that are not pure sugar, such as bacon, eggs, and sausage, basically...oh, and toast.  That's IT!  NOTHING ELSE IS ALLOWED, NORMAL, ACCEPTABLE OR OKAY!  Everything else renders you a FREAK!

I was telling a dear co-worker what I had for breakfast the other morning, which consisted of the following:

Two pieces of pan-toasted, 100% rye w/flaxseed toast, toasted in olive oil and sprinkled generously with organic garlic granules, then sprinkled with sea salt once off heat.  To that, I spread on a homemade spread of wild Alaskan salmon mixed with organic, non-GMO mayo, lime juice and sea salt.

Well!  Mind you, if I were in Denmark or some European country, this would be fairly typical fare:  fish for breakfast, with a nice, fibery grain, what's the ever-lovin' BIG?  But HERE?  omg, you can get thrown in JAIL for less, apparently!  My co-worker, who knows me and knows my diet is "weird", was somehow still SHOCKED by this, and just could not stop repeating how weird it was and how she can't believe I ate that and blah blah BLAH!  Had I spread a corn-syrup-laden JAM on the toast, no one would say a thing.  But because it was a fish spread for breakfast, omg, ALERT THE MEDIA!

And my point would be, you inquire?  My point would be as follows:  anything you eat for any other meal of the day, guess what:  you can also eat it for breakfast!  That's right, I do not tell a lie!  You can eat steak, fish spread, lamb, tofu (if you swing that way), WHATEVER!

...Just don't tell anyone about it!   ;D
Posted by: deblynn3, Thursday, November 17, 2011, 9:10pm; Reply: 14
yes, fish for breakfast is great. I love catfish and okra, garlic and spices. Tonight is salmon paddies for dinner I'll have on left over for breakfast tomorrow. PP we're not weird they are.  :P
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, November 17, 2011, 9:11pm; Reply: 15
My typical breakfast is sauteed veggies with 2 eggs, cooked in ghee. Typically this includes 2 cups of root veggies (onions plus beets and/or carrots) plus spices and about a cup of greens (beet greens if I have them, some lettuce that got too wilted to eat raw but isn't "bad" yet, or frozen spinach) and then the 2 eggs. It's way more veggies than it is eggs, and far more filling than 2 scrambled eggs alone would be.

Other days I'll have a big salad with a couple of chopped hard boiled eggs or a can of fish mixed in. I'll often eat beef for lunch, and more often for dinner, but I honestly can't remember the last time I had beef for breakfast.

My daughters usually have quiche for breakfast (I bake it with broccolli, eggs, spices, and goat cheese, no milk, and they microwave a slice or two on busy school mornings.) Sometimes DD1 will have oatmeal with nuts and dried fruit mixed in.
Posted by: 16903 (Guest), Thursday, November 17, 2011, 11:56pm; Reply: 16
It is pretty amazing we were raised with certain ideas on what we should and should not have on certain meals.  Fortunately we have the opportunity to grow and change, and guide our children on that path, as well.

No Peppermint Twist, I don't think you're weird for your choice in breakfasts.  My point was I, as someone new to BTD and raised in the US of A to this ripe age of 59, have been accustomed to the traditional American style breakfast.  I didn't mean to imply eating outside this 'norm' was weird, only something I was going to have to adjust to.

And, I'm going to do it with the support I find here, and putting my mind to it!

Thanks again to all for the wonderful ideas and words of support.

To good health!
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Friday, November 18, 2011, 4:00pm; Reply: 17
Quoted from 16903
No Peppermint Twist, I don't think you're weird for your choice in breakfasts.  My point was I, as someone new to BTD and raised in the US of A to this ripe age of 59, have been accustomed to the traditional American style breakfast.  I didn't mean to imply eating outside this 'norm' was weird, only something I was going to have to adjust to.

No worries, I didn't think you were saying that at all.  I was just pointing out that American culture in particular seems to have very rigid ideas about what is acceptable breakfast fare and what is not, and it is helpful to peeps on these diets (and, really, for all peeps) to realize that they can actually eat ANYTHING they would eat at ANY TIME OF DAY for breakfast.  When people realize that, it really expands their breakfast horizon infinitely!  (dance)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Friday, November 18, 2011, 4:02pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from deblynn3
yes, fish for breakfast is great. I love catfish and okra, garlic and spices. Tonight is salmon paddies for dinner I'll have on left over for breakfast tomorrow. PP we're not weird they are.  :P

Well, I appreciate that, and I agree with you when it comes to breakfast.  However, I am rapidly reaching the conclusion that, in MANY other areas of life, I am, in fact, WEIRD.

Oh well.  Whatcha gonna do?  I am what I am.

Posted by: marjorie, Friday, November 18, 2011, 9:33pm; Reply: 19
I usually do eggs with veggies or left over fish/veggies. Be creative!
Posted by: 14442 (Guest), Saturday, November 19, 2011, 1:34am; Reply: 20
Quoted from KimonoKat
Not all O's can have cottage cheese.  I can't.

I can't have cottage cheese either.  Eggs or some kind of meat is good.  I used to eat salmon, when I was still having breakfast.  Beefy jerky might also be good.
Posted by: tessieUK, Monday, November 21, 2011, 12:32am; Reply: 21
Earlier BT diet days, I used to always have 3 eggs for breakfast-either scrambled, fried or boiled-sometimes with buckwheat crackers. I don't eat grains anymore and I got kind of bored of eggs :D so these days I am having the following breakfasts. Hazelnut or almond cream-which I make myself in blender from just the nuts and water (and maybe a sprinkle of ground mixed spice or some cacao nibs and agave)-with chopped fruit. Muffins which I make myself from eggs, walnut oil and chickpea/almond/carob/cocoa flour spread with sugar free fruit jam. Also chocolate mousse :) which sounds unhealthy but actually isn't. I make it with 87% cocoa solids chocolate, agave, and egg whites only-some people would prefer chocolately things for desert but I am sensitive to caffeine so I prefer that kick to get me going with my day-rather than keep me up at night.

Fruit cake made from almond flour is another idea-I've not actually had that for breakfast-normally eat it as a snack-but say if you're going to stay with someone-that would be super easy to do-just take ready made. Breakfast is now my favourite meal, I love having something 'treaty' to get me out of bed :) I think nutritionally red meat and greens is probably optimum O fare to start the day-but tastewise I feel more like something light/sweet. I find that combining the fruit with veg protein and fat avoids any blood sugar crashes and keeps me satisfied for 3/4 hours. If you would like recipes for any of the things I've mentioned SDaydreams-I would be happy to message you them. Hope you manage to find what you enjoy and works for you.      
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