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Breakfast -- Always, Sometimes, or Never?

adroit_minx Jan 6, 2007 11:38 PM

One of my New Year resolutions is to eat breakfast more regularly instead of swigging down a couple cups of coffee and calling it a meal. That got me wondering...what's the morning routine of other 'Hounds? How often is breakfast eaten, and what does it usually include? This might inspire me to stay focused on my goal.

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    BellaDonna Jan 6, 2007 11:39 PM

    I use to never eat breakfast because of time constraints and I just wasn't hungry until about 10:30 am. But on vacations when I did eat breakfast, I found that I ate less the rest of the day.

    Currently, I am eating less in the evenings so I am hungry in the mornings.

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      kelseypoo Jan 9, 2007 04:55 AM

      Same here. I eat like a pig during the afternoon and evening when I don't eat breakfast. When I wake up early enough to count eating as breakfast, I feel more satisfied throughout the day.

    2. marthadumptruck Jan 6, 2007 11:45 PM

      I always have breakfast. I'm a hungry girl.

      *steel cut oats & wheatberries cooked in soy milk with cinnamon vanilla with a 1/2 banana

      *fruit and plain yogurt

      *egg sammiches

      1. rosielucchesini Jan 6, 2007 11:49 PM

        Yes, always. During the week it's oatmeal mixed w/egg whites and on weekends it can be anything as simple as muesli, waffles and PB or more involved like eggs benedict and/or omelets with bacon and toast (if one could call that "involved").

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          Kbee Jan 6, 2007 11:55 PM

          Always! During the week it's usually a whole grain english muffin with peanut butter, on the weekend could be something a bit more decadent like pancakes, eggs or something like that.

          1. BostonZest Jan 7, 2007 12:42 AM

            Always, but I wake up first. I have to start with a cup of good strong coffee. I dump frozen Blueberries in a bowl and go to walk the dog before breakfast.

            My routine breakfast is the blueberries– I prefer fresh wild ones but this time of year frozen will do and they thaw by the time our walk is over.

            I top the fruit with half a container of yogurt. My favorite is Liberte six grain with pear. This is topped with a third of a cup of low sugar granola. My current favorite is Bare Naked Tripe Berry.

            It gets me off to a great start.

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              patz Jan 7, 2007 04:00 AM

              Yes! Blueberries, bare naked, yogurt, and flax seed. It's amazing.

            2. Andiereid Jan 7, 2007 12:44 AM

              Every morning. Up at 5:30 AM and one cup of coffee, then either steel cut oats and a glass of grapefruit juice or a soft-boiled egg and a half a bagel and grapefruit juice. I digest that for about half an hour, then I head to the gym for kickboxing and weight-lifting.

              When I was young, I used to be able to roll out of bed and run for three miles on an empty stomach, but now I'm a teetery geezer and I have to have some sustenance to get me through my workout.

              1. bolivianita Jan 7, 2007 12:51 AM

                Same breakfast every day. Sometimes followed by a second breakfast of eggs or yogurt at around 10 am.
                Toasted bread (sesame, sourdough, multigrain) with butter and a huge cup of hot milk with very strong coffee and one sugar.

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                  Val Jan 7, 2007 01:25 AM

                  Breakfast--always. And I always include some kind of protein, natural peanut butter on 100% whole wheat with extra fiber & fruit or oatmeal with walnuts...occasionally cottage cheese with fruit...if I'm really running late some lightly salted mixed nuts with raisins & lowfat milk while I'm driving. On weekends, soft-boiled egg or omelette.

                  1. mickie44 Jan 7, 2007 02:01 AM

                    What works for me is coffee or green tea while reading in bed for an hour or two (I'm retired!). Then breakfast whenever I get hungry and it hardly ever consists of traditionally accepted breakfast foods. I'm not fond of cereal or eggs. To keep that NY resolution, try eating whatever appeals to you rather than breakfast foods. Sometimes it's the steak I wasn't hungry enough to eat the night before. Usually it's soup. The only thing that hasn't been successful for me as a breakfast food is raw vegs. Too early in the day for the tummy, I guess. The main idea is to eat what appeals to YOU in the morning, not what is a traditional breakfast food.

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                      bryan Jan 7, 2007 04:06 AM

                      I adore soup for breakfast. It's so satisfying. This morning I made garlic soup and poached an egg in it. Topped w/ a piece of stale toasted french bread. I was quite happy.

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                        adroit_minx Jan 7, 2007 05:07 AM

                        That sounds like the bomb. I gotta try that sometime. Soup is quite a common breakfast in many Asian cultures, right? I've read that pho is generally eaten as the morning meal in Vietnam. When I was in Beijing last year, my Mom and I would walk down the street to get this amazing tofu soup-stew thing that's a breakfast staple there and in many other northern Chinese cities. I feel my breakfast motivational juices flowing as I type.

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                          bryan Jan 7, 2007 05:53 AM

                          I understand that it's very common in Asian cultures. It's bracing and warming and a great way to start the day. At least for me it is.

                          In the summer I like gazpacho or vichysoisse for breakfast too. There are endless variations.

                          If you have stock in the freezer, leftover veggies and/or meat in the fridge, you're good to go.

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                            mickie44 Jan 7, 2007 03:44 PM

                            I have a friend from the Czech Republic who always has soup for breakfast too so maybe it's not just an Asian thing. Happy to see I'm not the only one here who considers it the best breakfast food.

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                              madisoneats Jan 8, 2007 11:49 AM

                              My Ukraninian mom always served us soup for breakfast-- tomato, borscht, musroom, whatever. Usually over rice. I still remember the shame of being in first grade and the teacher asking everyone in the class what they'd had for breakfast. (This is in central PA, circa 1978-- everyone else had pancakes, waffles, cereal...) The whole class laughed at me for having tomato soup. The shame of being a young pup!

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                                adroit_minx Jan 9, 2007 12:37 AM

                                I totally understand how you felt.. my mom's from Shanghai and a typical breakfast when I was a kid was a bowl of congee with "pi-dan" (1000 year old egg) and some slivered ginger and scallion. On a "western breakfast" day, we'd have fried eggs, drizzled with soy sauce of course, and some of her homemade green onion pancakes. Whenever asked at school, I'd just lie and say I had cereal or something... I couldn't imagine describing pi-dan to some 5th grader in my class. They'd think I was a freak.

                                But I wouldn't trade my family's culinary background for anything, it's the main reason I'm a CH now. Going through life not trying every last food-thing is, to me, unimaginable.

                    2. NovoCuisine Jan 7, 2007 02:07 AM

                      Occasionally.

                      Weekdays I don't have time to make breakfast before work, but once or twice a week I'll pick up one of my two standbys; mueslix bagel with peanut butter, or a sausage mcmuffin (can't help it.. I love 'em; my craving for them seems to correlate with how much I've been drinking the evening before)

                      On weekends my (current) favorite is bacon on papo seco with a chipotle mayo. Eggs benedict if I'm feeling ambitious. I love to cook, but can't seem to muster any will in the mornings. A couple cups of coffee will usually do me until lunch.

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                        elkgrovestella Jan 7, 2007 02:11 AM

                        Never used to eat breakfast during the week-the thought of it would make me ill. Left it to weekends. However, got over that after having gall bladder removed 6 months ago. While off from work for that deceided I'd give breakfast a try again. Used to just roll out of bed and go to work. Now make a point to get up earlier. Have to shuffle around a bit before I actually eat.
                        Typically its steel cut oatemeal or some yogurt with fruit. Hot tea with milk,or sometimes coffee. Have found it has helped to not be so hungry later in the day, and on the more then one occasion when lunch is missed, I'm hungry when I get home, but not so much that I'm in kill mode. Weekends can be the same as weekdays or something more involved-depends on whats going on.

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                          Jacey Jan 7, 2007 02:16 AM

                          Always--eating breakfast has changed my hunger level and eating habits throughout the day.

                          Weekdays: I make a 3 egg-white omlette, a little bit of low fat cheese, salsa, spices and some bacon bits. Sometimes I'll have a few slices of turkey with it. Ocassionally instead of the eggs, I'll have cottage cheese with cinnamon and splenda or I'll put some strawberry jelly in it.

                          Weekends: I'll make an egg dish and trader joe's turkey bacon (but this is usually more like brunch/lunch)

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                            fara Jan 7, 2007 03:36 AM

                            I always eat breakfast, would go crazy w/hunger otherwise.

                            Usually just a couple slices of Whole Foods ciabatta bread, toasted, w/sliced swiss cheese. Sometimes some plain Erivan yoghurt and fruit/jam.
                            Always french press coffee w/hot milk.

                            1. Non Cognomina Jan 7, 2007 04:10 AM

                              I eat breakfast most days. When I don't I am usually hungry the rest of the day. I've had to change my schedule to accomodate breakfast, as I can't really eat for about an hour after I'm up and I have to get up pretty early for work.

                              On most days I have a smoothie--frozen berries and a banana with milk or soy milk, blend that together with a hand immersion blender, then add in some vanilla yogurt and oats at the end.

                              If I've got more time, I'll also toast a whole wheat english muffin and top with peanut butter.

                              On weekends I like eggs. And since breakfast foods are my favorite foods, I'll sometimes have them for dinner.

                              1. rebs Jan 7, 2007 06:39 AM

                                monday - friday i have oatmeal with either maple sugar or honey, a sprinkle of dried fruit, and sometimes a spoonful of peanut butter.

                                on the weekends, bacon on one of the two days with some sort of egg concoction. i like using up any leftovers in the fridge to make a kick-ass fritatta.

                                my current favorite egg dish is baked eggs sprinkled with rosemary, thyme, garlic, parsley and parmesan. i saw ina garten make it on tv. with a side of toasted baguette to soak up the yolk...yum! i actually had it for dinner tonight :-)

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                                  Missmoo Jan 7, 2007 06:44 AM

                                  Basically an egg with sauteed spinach or some other veggie, toast and double capp. Occasionally throw in some fried spuds or bacon. But I'm married and neither my husband or I have to be to work before 10am.

                                  1. lvmanager Jan 7, 2007 06:52 AM

                                    Never. However, I have the worst eating habits. I usually eat once a day -- a big meal.

                                    Footnote: I don't usually rise out of bed until at least noon on most days, sometimes 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. So, I'm a bit of an exception to the rule.

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                                      Newkie Jan 7, 2007 07:51 PM

                                      I used to never eat breakfast, with the exception of occasional brunch on the weekends or a particularly hungover morning. Just wasn't that hungry and didn't think I needed it. But then I worked in an office that provided packets of instant oatmeal so thought I'd give them a try. I noticed that the days I ate them, I had better concentration in the mornings. Also, when I didn't eat breakfast, I would be so hungry by lunch that I found myself overindulging at lunch, which made me groggy in the afternoon.

                                      Long story short....I never, ever miss breakfast anymore. It helps regulate my mood and energy levels and I've lost a few pounds as well! For me it's oatmeal with ground flaxseed. Easy to prep at the office with a good balance of carbs, fiber and protein.

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                                        HillJ Jan 7, 2007 08:51 PM

                                        Can't imagine beginning the day without breakfast. I switch off on Coffee, tea, broth but I always have fresh fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, vitamin smoothie of some sort before heading to work. If I didn't I wouldn't have the energy to do my job or focus on morning meetings.

                                        1. chica Jan 8, 2007 07:19 AM

                                          I didn't start eating breakfast (meaning, more than a glass of milk) until college. Undergraduate dining halls, with its 10 boxes of cereal choices, blueberry pancakes, and our very own omelette nazi, got me hooked.

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                                            madisoneats Jan 8, 2007 11:51 AM

                                            ALWAYS!
                                            Now, I didnt always used to, but now I have 6 and 7 year old pups, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Scrambled eggs with tofu, oatmeal pancakes, peanut butter toast....any good dose of protein and a fresh fruit.

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                                              KCJ Jan 8, 2007 12:17 PM

                                              Sometimes. When I am on what most folks call a "normal" schedule, I go in streaks of daily breakfast alternating with sometimes breakfast.

                                              At home, preferred breakfast may be:

                                              - Special K with low fat lemon yogurt

                                              - Yogurt fruit smoothie

                                              - Oatmeal or Malt-O-Meal

                                              - Cottage cheese and either fresh or frozen fruit (fresh melon, fresh berries, frozen peaches and frozen blueberries preferred)

                                              - Sometimes leftovers from night before

                                              If I go out to a neighborhood loveable joint for breakfast, I don't even look at a menu. My order is always: "Two eggs, scrambled hard; half a rasher of crispy bacon; rye toast, dry, with strawberry jam; either OJ, grapefruit juice, or tomato juice." But occassionally I'm in the mood for a half-order of biscuits and gravy with extra pepper, but only in certain places where I know the B&G is to my liking.

                                              Omelets, French toast, pancakes, Belgian waffles, and the like are only occasionally when I go out to weekend breakfast or brunch with friends.

                                              All that said, my hours are non-standand unless I am forced into a typical daily routine. If I have no daytime commitments, I am up all night and go to bed around 10 a.m. and get up about 3 or 4 p.m. On those days, my "break fast" is more typically what most folks would call a light lunch. Dinner on those days is generally around midnight unless I'm meeting friends at a restaurant in the early evening.

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                                                swissfoodie Jan 9, 2007 12:22 AM

                                                A bad day is one that starts without my two seven-grain organic toast with peanut butter a few cups of coffee. Offer me the most elaborate breakfast (waffles, pancakes, eggs benedict, whatever you want), even if it's the tastiest thing I've ever eaten, it's never as SATISFYING as my regular breakfast. Just thinking about it now makes me wish it was morning...

                                                1. adroit_minx Jan 9, 2007 12:46 AM

                                                  I'm loving all of these breakfast details, they've really motivated me to stick to my plan. I'm staring out slow... the last few days I've had coffee and a couple slices of toasted "Fred Bread," a really dense whole wheat-sourdough bread loaded with pecans, raisins, and dried cranberries, made by Grace Baking. I like to smear a bit of lowfat ricotta or cream cheese on it as well. I'm planning to advance to maybe egg drop soup with toast next week, and then maybe even to a full-blown veggie frittata that I can make in advance.

                                                  So far so good, and thanks again for all the wonderful responses!

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                                                    dixieday2 Jan 9, 2007 01:48 PM

                                                    Fred Bread! I LOVE Fred Bread, and I miss it very much in NYC. It's so, so good toasted and spread with mild goat cheese (chevre) and apricot jam. Breakfast for me is usually plain yogurt stirred up over fresh fruit, some kind of whole-grain toast with jam, and coffee with milk. If I've got the time, pancakes or waffles. On the weekends, scrambled eggs with lots of veggies mixed in. Smoothies--with juice, yogurt, banana,and fresh or frozen fruit--are good for on-the-go, but I find I really need some kind of bread or toast to balance the acidity of the fruit. Oatmeal with raisins on cold days, and Grape-Nuts with milk, blueberries, bananas, or canned pineapple chunks whenever!

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                                                      adroit_minx Jan 9, 2007 09:22 PM

                                                      Isn't it just the best? If I moved to an area where I couldn't get it, I'd probably try to get people to ship it to me frozen & packed in dry ice or something.

                                                  2. Will Owen Jan 9, 2007 01:19 AM

                                                    I wake up thinking about food, while Mrs. O has to work herself into the mood. On weekdays that's no problem, since I usually have a stack of 2-cup containers in the fridge, each with a meal's worth of steelcut oats ready to zap. So I do that, give myself half of it and put the rest on the hot tray next to the coffee, cut up an orange or an apple and go have my stuff. She gets up later, usually, and has her breakfast when she's good and ready.

                                                    Weekends are more complicated, since I always want eggs and something. If it's just fried or scrambled with toast and fruit I can do mine then and hers later; if it's a frittata or something I'll have some toast to tide me over until she's in the mood for food. Of course, if I get impatient, I can just fry some bacon. That tends to get her out of bed...

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                                                      charmedgirl Jan 9, 2007 02:07 AM

                                                      Heh, I also wake up thinking about breakfast. I eat it every day. I don't have anything particularly special though; in fact, I alternate between the exact same two meals: (1) puffed wheat cereal with skim milk and dried strawberries/blueberries/bananas/raspberries; or, when I have a few extra minutes (2) two egg whites, a piece of toast with smucker's sugar free jam and fat free yogurt. But I pretty much start thinking about which I'm going to have as soon as I finish dinner. Mmmmm... I think tomorrow is an egg and toast day...

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                                                        SarahEats Jan 9, 2007 02:32 AM

                                                        Growing up I never ate breakfast because by the time I was hungry (usually around 10 a.m.) I was already in school and had to just wait for lunch.

                                                        These days I wake up hungry. On weekdays I'll have either an English muffin with peanut butter and a large glass of milk, an egg sandwich (with or without bacon) on an English muffin with a glass of OJ or a bowl of cereal (rarely this since I'm always hungry a few hours later). I always eat breakfast during the week - since I work a slightly abnormal day I don't eat lunch until 1:30 and I'd be famished if I didn't have a hearty breakfast to tide me over.

                                                        On the weekends I usually make something more substantial at least one of the two days - waffles, pancakes, eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, etc.

                                                        1. jenniebnyc Jan 9, 2007 02:32 AM

                                                          Always....

                                                          Fage 2% Yogurt with a splash of vanilla, sprinkle of cinnamon, packet of Splenda, fresh berries and dry roasted nuts.

                                                          or

                                                          Egg whites with turkey bacon and a slice of alpine lace swiss.

                                                          1. spades Jan 9, 2007 02:39 AM

                                                            Never - unless coffee (usually black) counts.

                                                            I just don't like eating too early... makes me feel gross. Also, I'm not a fan of easy breakfasts like cereal, instant oatmeal, or whatever... even bacon and eggs I'm medium about.

                                                            However, on weekends, for lunch I will have scrambled eggs with caramelized onions with fresh baguette and brie.

                                                            1. jbyoga Jan 9, 2007 02:49 AM

                                                              are you kidding? its the most important meal of the day!!!
                                                              I like cereal or toast with Vegemite...picked up that habit in AUS recently...yummm...or Tofu scramble if I have time....

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                                                                spades Jan 9, 2007 04:27 AM

                                                                Well, dinner is the most important meal of the day in my books!

                                                                I dunno... blame my parents I guess and the years of Carnation Instant Breakfast they subjected me to all the way to when I went away to college. Never ate breakfast since. Ugh.

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                                                                finewineserver Jan 9, 2007 10:31 AM

                                                                Always! Up at 5:30 - coffee, check the news, & then Cheerios with fresh fruit (August rules when blueberries are in season!) or Eng. muffin w/peanut butter!

                                                                1. jbyoga Jan 9, 2007 12:07 PM

                                                                  wow - instant breakfast - thats like child abuse!

                                                                  1. julseydesign Jan 9, 2007 02:05 PM

                                                                    I always eat breakfast - i dont think i could make it until lunch time without it. I'm impressed with all of you who take the time to make eggs and other things during the week. I save that for the weekend.

                                                                    For the most part I eat toast or an apple, each slathered with peanut butter or topped with whatever cheese i have around. A granny smith and smoked gouda...mmmm.

                                                                    I do love bacon whenever i have the 15 minutes to spend flipping it.

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                                                                      adroit_minx Jan 9, 2007 05:06 PM

                                                                      Ever try nuking bacon? I do it all the time now, so much less mess and it's done in about 4-5 minutes, depending on your microwave. The trick is to layer several paper towels above and below the bacon on a plate (I usually use a pyrex-type plate as they seem to hold up better than stoneware) and make sure to turn it if your microwave doesn't have a rotating feature. It's not *as* good as fried bacon, but for the time and reduced mess factors, it works pretty well.

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                                                                        Ai Jen Jan 11, 2007 01:35 AM

                                                                        I "fry" my bacon in the oven. About every 2 weeks I cook a pound of bacon, on foil, in a 450 degree oven. It comes out beautifully crispy, not greasy, and unflipped. I store the cooked bacon in a ziplock in the fridge, when I want a piece I nuke it for about 45 seconds on a paper towel.

                                                                      2. gini Jan 9, 2007 02:33 PM

                                                                        Breakfast: Monday - Fridays. But I've usually been awake for 3 hours by the time I actually eat it. It's usually oatmeal or yogurt & honey.

                                                                        1. Scagnetti Jan 9, 2007 02:39 PM

                                                                          Never. I'm fifty something and I've been nervous since high school about starting my day so my stomach has no interest in food until lunch time. All I have in the AM is either coffee or tea.

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                                                                            serpah Jan 9, 2007 04:36 PM

                                                                            Always. Usually some kind of whole-grain cereal with 2% milk. I've started to notice how much of the stuff I eat, and I'm cutting back on how much I eat, and then coupling that with some fresh fruit. I love steel-cut oats, but I haven't taken the time to cook them and store them in the fridge. I also love Red River cereal (it's like wheat berries and flax seeds), especially since it's only 7min in the microwave in the mornings. I'm not much of a toast girl, but I'll have to try that (Almond butter & honey). For a while, I had smoothies, but I never feel that full after one.

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                                                                              swsidejim Jan 9, 2007 04:50 PM

                                                                              Never, except christmas morning, and maybe once or twice a year on a Sunday morning.

                                                                              I eat lunch, and dinner, with maybe a bag of microwave popcorn as a snack watching t.v. at night.

                                                                              I drink 2 cans of pepsi, or coke as my "breakfast", & the 2 meals I eat are usually big, and calorie laden. Meat has to be a part of my lunch and dinner.

                                                                              I find if I eat breakfast I will be hungry all day.

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                                                                                foogly Jan 9, 2007 04:53 PM

                                                                                Always. I work out in the early morning so I'm starving before 9 AM.

                                                                                1. srcusa Jan 9, 2007 05:18 PM

                                                                                  Lost 60 pounds about 8 year ago and find that I have to budget my calories during the week, so I can still enjoy eating. That means portion control for breakfast, which usually translates into a meal replacement bar: Kashi, Cliff or Harvest Powerbar. All of them have about 5 grams of fiber plus protein and in the range of about 220 calories. Not a coffee drinker, so I need the Diet Coke to get me started.

                                                                                  1. ajs228 Jan 9, 2007 05:23 PM

                                                                                    Every day. Either a bowl of cereal, a bagel or frozen waffles are great for work days. If I'm in a hurry I'll grab a packet of Quaker oatmeal (the fruit flavors are the best) and nuke it at work. Eating breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, leading you to eat better throughout the day.
                                                                                    Weekends are less regular, depending on what time I crawl out of bed.

                                                                                    1. litchick Jan 9, 2007 09:06 PM

                                                                                      Now, always.

                                                                                      I spent years not eating bfast, and when I decided to try to be healthier I transitioned into bfast by dedicating myself to zone bars and balance bars. Ok, they weren't good, but they were convenient, and they did all the things bfast was supposed to do: sustain thru the AM, make me have a smaller lunch, and not crash at 3pm. One day, I asked myself why the hell I was eating all those chemicals every morning when instant oats were just as fast and a hella lot less processed.

                                                                                      So now it's instant oats (or steel cut oats done in the rice cooker the night before) with a few spoonfuls of toasted flaxseed, or it's unsweetened shredded wheat with plain yogurt. Recently I had a balance bar when I was trudging through a day of travel with few food options. It was DISGUSTING. I can't believe I ate those things for two years. Gah!

                                                                                      1. IndyGirl Jan 9, 2007 09:09 PM

                                                                                        Usually. If I have coffee and don't eat fairly soon I get a bad headache for some reason. I try to eat some protein or I feel like it doesn't give me enough energy.

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                                                                                          adroit_minx Jan 9, 2007 09:24 PM

                                                                                          That's funny, I seem to have the opposite problem... if I don't get a cup of coffee into me first thing, food optional, I'll have a guaranteed headache in the afternoon. The price of addiction, I guess.

                                                                                        2. foodseek Jan 9, 2007 10:29 PM

                                                                                          For some reason,against all medical fact and reason, when I eat breakfast, I tend to eat far more the entire day. It is as if my body craves food all day long. Although I know it is so important to start the day healthy, I just have coffee.

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                                                                                            mickie44 Jan 9, 2007 11:26 PM

                                                                                            That used to happen with me and I swore off breakfast for years. I found that if I ate protein for breakfast the blood sugar stayed more stable. I think it's the cereal, muffins and carbs in general that give one that reaction.

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                                                                                              Val Jan 10, 2007 06:29 PM

                                                                                              Yep...I've read a number of articles saying that protein is the most important part of breakfast and really any meal; and of course, it can be non-meat protein.

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                                                                                              charmedgirl Jan 11, 2007 01:11 AM

                                                                                              Not against all health and reason, I think it makes sense: eating breakfast kicks your metabolism into gear; once your metabolism starts burning calories and using up energy, your body is going to look for ways to replace it; hence, you get hungry.

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                                                                                                NellyNel Jul 27, 2009 12:45 PM

                                                                                                Yup - me too!
                                                                                                It's like the floodgates open!

                                                                                                So my answer is - sometimes - I will indulge on the weekends

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                                                                                                dmleo Jan 9, 2007 11:49 PM

                                                                                                Everyday. Normally, Irish oatmeal/Arrowhead Mills puffed corn with organic low-fat milk; freshly brewed cup of coffee, and fruit salad (banana, orange, pineapple).

                                                                                                On weekends, I make brunch: organic mixed baby green salad, 2 organic scrambled eggs, whole-wheat pita, Niman ranch ham, a side of fruit salad with coffee.

                                                                                                1. PaulF Jan 9, 2007 11:57 PM

                                                                                                  Always -- from turkey bacon and egg white to a chorizo and egg omelette to shredded wheat. But I eat a lot of different breakfasts, to many to name. I have no routine, though I always have something.

                                                                                                  The only time I don't (which would make the "always" above a bit of an exaggeration) is if I decide to get a few things done on the weekend and breakfast turns into early lunch. I like to take my time on weekends, head over to Tanner's for a coffee and a paper and sometimes I don't get around to eating until noon. But that's really the only exception.

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                                                                                                    cooknKate Jan 11, 2007 02:55 AM

                                                                                                    Always....always.....always

                                                                                                    toast with peanut butter, oatmeal with tons of add-ins, cereal and fruit, egg and toast, grits, bran muffins, scones,

                                                                                                    etc etc etc

                                                                                                    always always always

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                                                                                                      Big Eatin Lil Girl Jan 15, 2007 06:28 PM

                                                                                                      Always - Hypoglycemia requires breakfast!

                                                                                                      I recently got turned on to cottage cheese, pineapple and chopped macadamia nuts all mixed up together, along with espresso and a slice of sprouted wheat toast. mmmm.

                                                                                                      1. amopdx Jan 16, 2007 08:13 PM

                                                                                                        I never eat breakfast on a work day, unless I have a meeting where food is served. I will usually go out for breakfast on the weekends (1 of the 2 days). it's mostly a time thing for me, I like to sleep as long as possible in the weekday mornings

                                                                                                        1. CocoDan Jan 17, 2007 05:50 PM

                                                                                                          I eat breakfast everyday. It's the most important meal of the day, and is sometimes the healthiest. Cereal and fruit is my thing, except for Sunday; then it's eggwhite omelets or no cholestrol pancakes with fresh fruit. I know! I know! It sounds boring, but I do enjoy a variety of fruits, cereals and omelets.
                                                                                                          Eat Your Breakfast,
                                                                                                          CocoDan

                                                                                                          1. thenurse Jan 17, 2007 07:59 PM

                                                                                                            Every day, same choices as CocoDan, except maybe the odd low-fat muffin, or toast with almond butter. I can't get out of bed without the anticipation of breakfast.

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                                                                                                              Linda VH Jan 18, 2007 03:08 PM

                                                                                                              Always - out in the pool (heated) for an hour, shower and them b-fast!!! Either South Beach Southwestern Wrap (opened up and covered with hot salsa), eggbeater & egg with toast or oatmeal with blueberries - sometimes added yogurt. My very favorite meal of the day.

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                                                                                                                BrunchOrBust Jan 18, 2007 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                I'm in the breakfast as a reason to live camp. Every weekday morning for the past 4 months or so it's been oat bran doctored up with canned pumpkin, cream cheese, splenda, and pumpkin pie spice. If I weren't worried about neglecting my basic nutritional needs, I'd probably have it for lunch and dinner too.

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                                                                                                                  BuggySer Jan 18, 2007 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                  I try for always, but with my schedule it's not always possible. I usually am okay because I only have a bowl of cereal (I know not the most awesome breakfast) and it holds me off until around lunch time....but then I run out of milk and i don't buy for a while (due to laziness) so then I skip fairly frequently during that time...when I have milk though I'm pretty regular!

                                                                                                                  1. cuccubear Jul 27, 2009 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                    Usually. I’m never hungry when I first get up, so I’ll pack a little brekkie for work. Usually cold cereal and milk. Sometimes I’ll make sausage-egg-and-cheese English muffins. Cold pizza makes a good starter too.

                                                                                                                    1. bayoucook Jul 27, 2009 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                      Almost always. Peanut-butter toast, yogurt, eggs, cereal, fresh fruit - always something.

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                                                                                                                        jujuthomas Jul 27, 2009 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                        always. i wake up hungry, and it kick starts the metabolism. (according to my weight watchers leader)
                                                                                                                        it varies between an egg-eng muffin sandwich, poached egg and toast, or a scramble with bacon, spinach and cheese on a high fiber tortilla. Sometimes steel cut oats. This week maybe a zuchinni pancake as I have some leftover.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: jujuthomas
                                                                                                                          cuccubear Jul 27, 2009 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                          Zucchini pancakes, eh? What a super idea!

                                                                                                                        2. Peg Jul 27, 2009 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                          I get up at 6, have coffee and head off to work at 6:45 - when I get to the office at 8 I have more coffee. If I am hungry I nibble plain crackers during the morning, with a glass of water. I may eat a piece of fruit at 11. It sounds like a wierd self-punishment diet but it's what I like!
                                                                                                                          Sometimes there's cake and cookies in the office but I really can't deal with that much sugar.
                                                                                                                          At weekends I'm usually up at 7 and eat 'lunch' when I get hungry - any time between 9am and 2pm.

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                                                                                                                            beachmouse Jul 27, 2009 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                            Rarely. For whatever reason, I've just never been able to eat much until my body is vertical for the day. When I wake up in the morning, I frequently feel almost sick to my stomach until 10:00am-ish or later. So 'breakfast' is a can of Coke and occasionally some sort of food like nutella on toast that's also like 85% or more simple, easily digested carbs.

                                                                                                                            I've always been this way. Utterly hated early morning breakfasts as a child, and the only thing my Mom and I could reach an agreement on for food before school was Campbell's soup (usually something in the chicken noodle/chicken & rice/beef noodle family)

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