Why Breakfast Keeps Me Up At Night
February 9, 2012 26 Comments
Do you spend a lot of your time worrying? I certainly hope you don't worry in the middle of the night like me.
I find myself obsessing about breakfast. Snack Girl has many breakfast recipes - not because I am a breakfast guru - but because I am struggling with the meal.
You see that photo above? Eggs, hash browns, toast, coffee, and bacon - that is the breakfast that I want to eat. I grew up loving this massive meal of meat, carbs, and more carbs - and I have come to accept this isn't the best choice.
My breakfast desires started to shift when I visited China. Guess what people were eating for breakfast? The same foods they ate all day! That's right, they didn't have a breakfast meal versus a lunch or dinner meal. They would cook some veggies and a little meat and add it to rice and eat that all day. This was my experience in rural China.
And in Central America, I noticed that people eat rice and beans all day - there is always a portion of rice and beans somewhere on the plate no matter what meal they are eating.
So, it came into my head that I don't have to differentiate BREAKFAST from lunch or dinner. I can eat a salad for breakfast or leftover dinner from the previous night.
Breakfast can be what I make it. The thing is that I am not comfortable changing my breakfast. The start of my day needs to be without conflict. Easy, simple, relaxing, and above all fast.
My first idea was to try to incorporate something fresh - so I started having fruit instead of hash browns or toast. I found that I had more energy when I grabbed an apple with my breakfast than without it.
I still want the breakfast photographed above - but I am slowly changing my habits. My advice is to:
- Take baby steps toward healthier breakfasts
- Make adding fruits and/or vegetables a priority
- Keep trying different breakfasts until you find your healthy solution
If you try to go from donuts to tofu in just one step - you will relapse back to donuts. What you cannot do is deny yourself the food that you love. You don't want to suffer, right? Breakfast can't be about pain.
and then my husband ate my breakfast grapefruit before I could...argh!
I guess breakfast in my house is still a work in progress. Below is a list I made of healthy breakfast ideas here on Snack Girl - check them out for ideas.
How do you deal with updating the classic American breakfast?
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