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Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, December 24, 2007, 5:36pm
All my life, I've been hearing "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day."  For the longest time, I filed that one under the same heading as I filed "eat margarine instead of butter" and "eat 12 servings of whole grains every day".  But, in recent years, I thought I had learned just how true that particular advice from the "experts" actually is.  But I hadn't, in fact, REALLY learned just HOW crucial it is for me personally--and I'm guessing for all O non's--to eat breakfast and eat PROTEIN at breakfast.  Just eating breakfast won't do, it has to be a PROTEIN breakfast.

I think this is a secret weapon for success, a way to shield yourself from being tempted by carby avoids for the rest of the day.  There are other important weapons, too, such as getting enough sleep, etc., but I'm telling youzzzz O nonsters out there in O nonster land:  PROTEIN when you first wake up in the morning.  Do not pass Go.  Do not collect $200.00!

Even if you have scr*wed up and done everything else wrong:  you haven't gotten enough sleep, you're stressed out, you've got PMS, etc., if you will just force yourself to make the time and exert whatever effort needed to eat that protein in the morning, you are putting on your avoid-proof vest for the day.

Just my Christmas Eve advice for you guys.  99.999% of what I say on this board can be ignored, but don't ignore this protein breakfast thing, I'm telling youzzz!

I took my car in for what I thought would be a simple oil change (WRONG) on Saturday, and ended up at Saturn for many hours getting multiple things done to the car.  They have free donuts and coffee for customers at Saturn.  Did they smell good?  YES.  But here I am trying to get back on track and succeeding for a few days, after a really rough two weeks that was documented in tortorous detail on this board.  The last thing I wanted to do was eat a donut!  Yet, I had also been realizing just how crucial eating breakfast is, and since I now found myself trapped at Saturn for hours and hours, I asked a salesperson, "Is there anywhere around here to get a healthy breakfast?"  Saturn is on something called "U.S. 19", an infamous stretch of highway here in Florida, known for gridlock and sprawl.  I was informed that the only place in walking distance was something called "The Egg Platter", that turned out to be this total and utter greasy spoon type of 24-hour place.  I have never been inside before because, before the smoking ban went into effect for Florida restaurants some years back now, it was so singularly smokey in there that it is forever burned in my memory NOT to go in there.  But, I reasoned, since it has been YEARS since the smoking ban took effect, perhaps--just PERHAPS--it is safe to poke my head in there.  So, I braved CROSSING (!) U.S. 19 on foot (unheard of!) and went in there.  GROSSNESS!  omg, hard to describe, but the good thing was it was/is one of those places where you can order anything from the menu all day long, so I ordered a burger with no bun (okay, a cheeseburger, if you must know--d*ng, why can't I tell a lie to you guyzzz!), and instead of the fries, she said I could get green beans.

I must say, it was truly DISGUSTING in every way, with the burger being tepid, gray and chewy, etc.   But at least I ingested some protein and no grain avoids like wheat and corn.  As for the "cheese", I should have said leave that off, too, as it wasn't so much cheese as it was melted orange plastic.  But anyway, TMI (too much information).  All this is by way of telling you:  any port in a storm!  I MUST eat a protein breakfast!!!!  Now, had there been no restaurant in walking distance of Saturn, I would have gone without anything versus having a donut.  However, if you can possibly have something compliant for breakfast, containing protein, DOOOOO IIIIT!

Yay, end of Christmas Eve sermon!   :D ;D :K)

P.S.  I love drive55's recent quote (was it thee, drive55?), which says:

"Dinner:  it's the new breakfast!"  ...Or, was it:  "Dinner:  it's what's for breakfast!"  Either way works!
Posted by: OSuzanna, Monday, December 24, 2007, 5:59pm; Reply: 1
Why couldn't you have told me this before I finished a 2-million-calorie Belgian chocolate bar for brekky?* Now she tells me.  ::) Substitute the BTD lady for the V8 juice lady to come & bonk me in the forehead.(ondrugs)
Hey, it's okay, the tea was decaf white w/brown sugar.(angel)(I'll take a Diet Coke with that large pizza...)
*I know it's ten of one, my "mornings" are strictly from science fiction! 8)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, December 24, 2007, 6:19pm; Reply: 2
Quoted from OSuzanna
Why couldn't you have told me this before I finished a 2-million-calorie Belgian chocolate bar for brekky

Oh no you di-unt!  ...Did you?!  I'm telling ya, some nice, high-quality protein would have made you immune to temptation.  Had I but done that myself a few weeks ago, I think I could have avoided a two-week outta control avoid bender.  All by taking a few minutes to EAT PROTEIN before I exited the premises for work.

And, actually-let's get down to brass tacks--I'm talking about MEAT or EGGS, not even nuts and seeds, although nuts and seeds such as pumpkin seeds are far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far better than nothing.  But to really get the "innoculation effect", to really ENSURE it, I recommend for O nonnies to start out their day with some beneficial MEAT, baby, not to put too fine a point on it.  Again, though, nuts and seeds are far better than nothing in a pinch.  I keep some Eden Organic Pumpkin Seeds in my desk at work and I sure wished I had some at Saturn the other morning.  They would be a smart thing to keep on one's person at all times, basically.  But ideally?  Meat in the morning keeps O nons in fine, avoid avoiding fettle!  Anything from sardines to beef, from turkey to lamb, get 'er in ya upon rising and you will be good to go for that day.

Posted by: OSuzanna, Monday, December 24, 2007, 6:52pm; Reply: 3
Yeah, I did. On the good side, I know from experience that rare steak and parsley works like magic, and I do preach that for Os. In fact there is an open can of wild salmon in the fridge. Going there so as I post this, so's I kin wash down the rhodiola, ginkgo, tyrosine, etc. which I should've had early today. Better late than never...
ah, eating cold salmon. How ironic is it that the canned salmon (whose label says "allergy warning: contains salmon" that is too funny) from sprawlmart and is very inexpensive, is wild, and the good-looking stuff in my grocer's seafood case is farm-fed (gag me) and color-added for umpteen more dollars per pound.... oh, sigh.
gotta go the puppy's wanting out oh wait he wants my salmon....
Posted by: OSuzanna, Monday, December 24, 2007, 6:54pm; Reply: 4
no, he wanted to go out. oh, well, ya win some, ya lose some... ::) at least he heads for the newspaper.
Posted by: Brighid45, Monday, December 24, 2007, 7:22pm; Reply: 5
Protein and greens for breakfast--eggs too if you like them--and you're set for hours. I have to get up a little earlier to have this sort of brekky, but it's well worth it. I'm far less tempted by mid-morning binges and junkfests throughout the day if I have plenty of good stuff first thing.

It took me a long time to switch from cold cereals and bagels and diet Coke to protein etc, but now I love the way I eat in the morning.

In the interest of full disclosure, I did have some little chocolate donuts yesterday--but hey! Breakfast of champions! And anyone who gets that reference wins a cyber-cup of fresh peppermint tea. :)
Posted by: OSuzanna, Monday, December 24, 2007, 7:40pm; Reply: 6
I win a cup of that tea! (woot)I got the reference even before I got to your typing of breakfast of champions!!!!!! (Not saying to keep the fun in it for anybody still puzzling. ;D)

And by the by, nothing, and I mean nothing, effects me with peace and non-craving like rare beef. Dinner! It's what's for breakfast, oh, yeah.(woot)
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, December 24, 2007, 9:36pm; Reply: 7
well tis the season to slip off the wagon.....ok, but you don't have to wallow in it, right? I "let" myself have mexican food at my mexican friends house the other day, all homemade, all noncompliant, but that was just one meal. I am making a big dinner tonite and the only avoid will be the ice cream. Not too bad for Christmas. :D
However, for some reason I am on an oatmeal binge and am having a somall bowl every morning with flaxseed, butter, agave, and allspice.....loving it. But then I am a secretor, although I'm sure I should be eating protein......
Posted by: 521 (Guest), Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 4:49am; Reply: 8
My breakfast actually consists of medium-rare hamburger patties, canned turnip greens, wakame seaweed, and some brown rice, along with some beneficial spices, butter, and walnut oil.

I'm actually considering putting all those things in a blender, and just creating a thick mush that I can just have as my all-purpose, dietary staple from now on.  Like the astronauts eat.
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 4:55am; Reply: 9
don't go there, Ron. That is a worthy and delicious don;t want to mess with it.
Posted by: 521 (Guest), Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 4:59am; Reply: 10

But I really do need to simplify my life as much as possible... and I really can't trust anything that I haven't made myself, in compliance with my diet.  

If I had an all-purpose loaf or paste to take with me everywhere, that would be awesome.  And, no, I'm not one of those who really craves a lot of variety in what I eat, beyond the need to try different things in the cause of finding that one, best combination for me.
Posted by: OSuzanna, Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 5:22am; Reply: 11
Lambas goo. Instead of the Elves' lambas bread.
Posted by: yaeli, Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 3:56pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from Peppermint Twist
I'm talking about MEAT or EGGS ....I recommend for O nonnies to start out their day with some beneficial MEAT, baby, not to put too fine a point on it. .... Meat in the morning keeps O nons in fine, avoid avoiding fettle!  Anything from sardines to beef, from turkey to lamb, get 'er in ya upon rising and you will be good to go for that day.
Good, good. Very good! To be exact, a medium-rare beef steak.
1) Makes you powerful - and slim!!!!!!!!!
2) Doesn't bother your stomach one bit - you immediately forget all about having eaten, as if you swallowed air.
3) Takes your mind off food completely for hours on end.
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 5:07pm; Reply: 13
Ron, a real easy travel food is hard boiled eggs....boil up a dozen of them. (or rather, simmer gently), then add a handful of dried cherries......voila!
Posted by: SquarePeg, Friday, December 28, 2007, 5:38pm; Reply: 14
You are so right!

Lately I've been having Ezekiel English muffins topped with a few roast beef slices.
Posted by: RHTeacher, Wednesday, January 2, 2008, 12:51am; Reply: 15
I have to take my car in for repairs tomorrow morning so I am planning ahead to have a grab and go breakfast - deviled eggs and vegetable juice, and a protein bar in my purse in case it takes longer than planned. Hopefully that will keep me calm and centered and able to not go into shock when I'm told how much this is going to cost. YES, breakfast is the most important meal of the day - especially for nonnies but also for everyone. (I am reminded of a story a psychologist told of prescribing that a family sit down to a breakfast of eggs and bacon each morning.  The clients school behavior improved greatly.  The psychologist thought it was because of family togetherness time but I know differently! It was because the child was finally getting enough protein in the morning rather than just sugary cereal.)
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