I’m no rocket scientist (or nutritionist), but what I know is that if I start the day on track, I have a MUCH better chance of staying on track all day long.
What do I mean by on track?
Well, let’s see. Besides satisfying and low-points, let’s see what “on track” means to me. And while I’m at it, what does “satisfying” mean to me? (Note: I know that what I like does not work for my sister–alike in so many ways, she and I have very different tastes in food.)
On track AND satisfying means to me:
1.) Enough food, always.
It’s not 3 almonds or 1 egg white or nothing at all. Nothing for breakfast is not an option. It’s a recipe for disaster for me.
“Enough food” is something I enjoy eating and enough to fill me up. I won’t feel stuffed, but I’m beginning to understand that’s not a desirable place to be anyway. I now know that’s in the 5-8 points range for me (including cream).
Low points allows me to eat, rev up and eat again in 2 hours. Low points leaves me with lots of options later on in the day.
2.) Coffee, coffee, coffee.
It’s about being fully caffeinated, but also about having the warm fuzzy, fruity, nutty high quality coffee I enjoy. Whether it’s black coffee or with measured amounts of cream, breakfast involves coffee. No question.
3.) Not complicated.
Yes, peeling 4 eggs takes time, but I’m not talking about crafting a veggie frittata in the morning before work. Don’t get me wrong, I can and do love a frittata, but that’s a weekend dish not something you make at 6:05 a.m. when you have to get in the shower by 6:10.
So it’s usually yogurt and fruit or hard boiled egg whites with some delicious flavors, e.g. a scoop of fresh salsa or a few olives. Tasty, filling, but doable.
This sounds so simple. It really is. But I’m writing this to my future self as a reminder.
Future self: when you hit a plateau or start gaining weight, relook at breakfast. Is it sneaking back up? Have you added a few too many things? Has 6-8 points crept up to 10-12 points because you stopped keeping track?
On to breakfast now. It’s exactly what you see in the picture: grapes and yogurt (Fage Greek Yogurt) or hard boiled eggs and a few Kalamata olives, and then, if I’m still hungry, pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) and more fruit. Mmmmmmmm.