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treb Jul 31, 2013 05:15 AM

Breakfast is a good start after a long rest, it gets my motor running.

Are you a 'classic breakfast' eater like having cereal, hot oatmeal, some eggs or pancakes and coffee.?

Do you enjoy different food items such as cold pizza, cold pasta or leftover tuna fish and a cold soda?

I usually have fruit and coffee but, I do enjoy a good piece of cold pizza on occasion.

Do tell about your favorites for the most important meal of the day!

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    jpc8015 Jul 31, 2013 06:08 AM

    My favorite breakfast is eggs Benedict but I only get that when I go out to breakfast. At home I will eat any and everything available. If I have ham and eggs, great. Leftover pizza, no problem. Turkey sandwich, okay.

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      sedimental Jul 31, 2013 07:21 AM

      I am a very picky breakfast eater and would rather fast than eat something filled with sugars and starches to start my day. On vacation, I might eat differently, but I always feel crappy and can't wait to get back to healthier eating.

      Eggs or other protein
      Vegetable or miso soups
      Healthy cracker and spread of something like hummus or pesto
      Green smoothie or protein smoothie
      Always a fermented food

      Always coffee, tea, kombucha tea or probiotic drink

      Never fruit, sugar or junk food which includes syrup, starches, hashbrowns, sweetened yogurt, jams or jellies, pastries/breads, granola or processed cereals....in other words, typical American breakfast foods! Makes it harder to eat when away from home.

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        virtualguthrie Aug 1, 2013 10:51 PM

        What kind of fermented food do you eat at breakfast? Nice healthy breakfast selections you've got going there.

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          sedimental Aug 2, 2013 03:05 AM

          I always have a lacto fermented food and multiple drinks going on the counter and many items in the fridge. I lacto ferment my own condiments like home made mayo, ketchup, salsa (it keeps a long time that way) and use those regularly. I am addicted ;)

          Off the top of my head, in the fridge today are:gingered beets and turnips together, a fermented cabbage slaw, ginger beer, fermented bean paste, and preserved lemons.

          As far as eating at breakfast, I eat the veg with eggs or crackers, or make a spread with fermented condiments or drink a fermented beverage.

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            treb Aug 2, 2013 06:28 AM

            Curious, was the fermented slaw like a Kimchee?

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              sedimental Aug 2, 2013 07:52 AM

              No, its cordito, more like a sauerkraut. I make it extra spicy.
              http://trinaholden.com/cordito-sauerk...

      2. Motosport Jul 31, 2013 07:27 AM

        I usually eat traditional breakfast items but I do enjoy leftover Chinese food for breakfast. Go figure?

        1. Perilagu Khan Jul 31, 2013 07:37 AM

          Literally, the only thing I eat for breakfast is bran muffins and OJ. The lone exception is if we're somewhere on vacation, and then I'll sample the local fare. I love ham, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, rye toast, and grapefruit juice. Seldom all at once, however.

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            ohmyyum Jul 31, 2013 07:37 AM

            I love breakfast, it is by far my favorite meal of the day.

            Currently, I'm enjoying cold steel cut oatmeal mixed with a sliced banana and plain Greek yogurt, topped with ground flaxseed, chopped walnuts, and a dollop each of peanut and almond butter.

            Cool and refreshing, and an excellent way to start the day with plenty of protein, fat, and carbohydrates in one bowl.

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              beevod Jul 31, 2013 07:42 AM

              The nonsense that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is a canard started by the Cheerios Council.

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                ohmyyum Jul 31, 2013 08:22 AM

                I don't necessarily believe it's the most important meal. It's just my favorite! I just really like breakfast food.

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                  treb Jul 31, 2013 08:48 AM

                  Same here, although after years of being a 'skipper' it is my favorite meal and my favorite food, especially after my workout!

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                  tim irvine Jul 31, 2013 05:15 PM

                  Oh, I thought it was "Breakfast, the most important meal of the early morning."

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                    virtualguthrie Aug 1, 2013 10:53 PM

                    I wouldn't say it's nonsense, maybe an overstatement but eating breakfast is pretty important if you ask me. I definitely noticed that I felt better when I started eating breakfast and it helped improve my overall eating habits.

                  2. JungMann Jul 31, 2013 07:45 AM

                    I used to enjoy a proper fry up on Saturday mornings: eggs over easy, grilled tomatoes, baked beans, black pudding, bacon and toast fried in bacon fat with a strong cup of Irish breakfast tea. Nowadays I am rarely that hungry in the morning. If I want to indulge, it's usually biscuits and gravy: an irredeemable meal of carbs and fat that is excusable because of how hard it is to find proper white gravy in the NYC area. More often, breakfast is whatever I find in the fridge eaten cold and on the go, be it yogurt and pita or leftovers from the night prior.

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                      treb Jul 31, 2013 08:49 AM

                      Black Pudding, yum!

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                        Harters Jul 31, 2013 09:25 AM

                        I rarely cook the full fry-up - it's something best done by someone with more cooking skill than I have. Now, when I say "full", I mean eggs, bacon, sausage, black pudding, mushrooms, baked beans and fried bread.

                        But I will usually cook some of those items on Sunday mornings.

                        For the rest of the week, it's either toast and marmalade or muesli.

                      2. cookie monster Jul 31, 2013 08:26 AM

                        I make up for all the breakfast skippers by eating 2 - 3 breakfasts. Typical menu when I'm not traveling: I'm not hungry when I wake up but I need something in my stomach before I work out, so I have a piece of flatbread with some peanut butter or cottage cheese around 6:30am. Post-workout, 8:30ish, still not really hungry, half of a protein bar and some tea. 10:30 - 11 when I'm finally actually hungry, either eggs, whole grain toast and fruit, or plain Greek yogurt, Kashi Go lean cereal and fruit. Not very exciting but it works for me.

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                          firecooked Jul 31, 2013 05:36 PM

                          I with you on two breakfasts. I get up and its coffee and yogurt/fruit/granola or oatmeal/nuts/fruit or (rarely these days) cold cereal and fruit. Then about 9 or 10, I'm hungry again and will have cottage cheese and fruit, or peanut butter on toast, or eggs or sometimes just fruit (exact timing and what depends on what I do to work out that day). Then lunch... then I'm good until dinner. It works for me.

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                            hotoynoodle Aug 6, 2013 06:55 AM

                            i don't get the "eating when not hungry" thing and i most often work out fasted.

                            for YEARS, i tried eating kashi/fruit/yogurt in various combos for breakfast because it was supposed to be "healthy". i was always ravenous within 2-3 hours and for most of the day. duh, i finally realized all those carbs were whacking out my glucose and setting me on a ferocious roller coaster for the day.

                            now i eat when hungry, most often around 10-11, and am sure to have lots of protein. most often eggs with bone broth. that keeps me set til dinner time around 5-6.

                        2. Gastronomos Jul 31, 2013 08:41 AM

                          a tiropita and a frappé. φραπές

                          maybe on the weekend i'll have a bougatsa and a frappé.

                          if out for breakfast i'll order a skillet.

                          if on vacation, whatever the local fare is.

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                            treb Jul 31, 2013 08:50 AM

                            I'm curious, please elaborate what you get in a skillet.

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                              Gastronomos Jul 31, 2013 09:11 AM

                              usually a 'special' of the day

                               
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                                treb Jul 31, 2013 11:52 AM

                                Wow, maybe I should have said what isn't in it. That's looks great and it's huge!

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                            klyeoh Jul 31, 2013 08:42 AM

                            Croissant, dunked in coffee.

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                              Motosport Jul 31, 2013 01:02 PM

                              "Croissant, dunked in coffee." Priceless!!!!!!!!!!

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                              mwhitmore Jul 31, 2013 10:32 AM

                              Eggs, sausage, non-iced water.

                              1. Uncle Bob Jul 31, 2013 12:52 PM

                                Summer is mostly cereals and fruit. Toast and eggs. Occasionally grits. Sometimes biscuits and tomatoes.

                                Winter is mostly grits, eggs, toast, biscuits, bacon, smoked sausage. Country ham and red-eye gravy etc, type of fair.

                                At camp it's a Loaf of toast, a pan of biscuits, a pound of bacon, a bucket of grits, a settin of eggs, and a pot of Coffee and chicory.

                                This time of year Biscuits and tomatoes are especially good on Sunday mornings.

                                 
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                                  treb Aug 1, 2013 04:45 AM

                                  How did you get that tomato to look like that?

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                                    Uncle Bob Aug 1, 2013 05:08 AM

                                    It's just the way it looks. It's home grown and vine ripened. Taste good too!!!

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                                    tzurriz Aug 4, 2013 05:38 AM

                                    Great, now I need to go make biscuits.

                                  3. fldhkybnva Jul 31, 2013 02:57 PM

                                    I eat breakfast every day but it definitely doesn't have to be typical "breakfast" food. I will often eat "dinner" food for breakfast. My quick breakfast for when I have to eat on the go is sauteed chicken with veggies. If I have time at home it's usually eggs omelet or poached or fried on steak.

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                                      breakfastfan Jul 31, 2013 06:41 PM

                                      The best breakfast I have is LEFTOVERS!. What was good for supper can be great for breakfast. I eat small portions as I am s/p gastric bypass, so a small serving of supper is easily two meals. Love it and when I get lunch included I feel like I won a small jackpot. Regular breakfast food is a weekend treat, and I love me some breakfast!

                                      1. elainegreen Jul 31, 2013 09:54 PM

                                        anything goes! i love:
                                        - sunny side up egg with sriracha sauce and soy
                                        - baguette with cheese
                                        - congee with toppings (pickled vegetables, bovril, etc)
                                        - pho or instant noodles
                                        - pancakes with berries and whipped cream and maple syrup
                                        - croissant and a cappuccino

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                                          itsmejessica Aug 1, 2013 04:54 AM

                                          Iced coffee every morning this summer. I'm not hungry right away so the coffee is it for couple hours then Greek yogurt and blueberries or cottage cheese and tomatoes. On the weekend maybe egg bacon sandwich or an onion bagel with goat cheese and tomato. I have been loving onion bagels lately.
                                          In winter/fall I might have a bowl of oatmeal once in while. I love oatmeal with blueberries banana and almond butter but It's something I don't eat very often.

                                          1. girloftheworld Aug 1, 2013 06:28 PM

                                            my favourite is leftover fried rice with a poached egg
                                            Itlian breakfast rolls( ok these are really pizza rolls but my mom said " are you eating pizzarolls for breakfast? and I said no they are Itlian breafast rolls)
                                            Pandy- this is a biscut with this mixed berry gastric and clotted cream( i dont know why we call it pandy)
                                            Hoe Cakes with butter and honey

                                            1. mels Aug 2, 2013 07:31 AM

                                              I am also an "I'll eat anything" breakfast person. Leftover pizza, stir fry, tuna sandwich...all of it works. Typical breakfasts on work days are overnight oats (mixed the night before: muesli, plain yogurt, handful of berries) or peanut butter and banana on toasted homemade bread. Lately I have been inundated (in a good way) with tomato and basil from the garden. I have been toasting a slice of bread (the good stuff). Then topping with good EVOO, sliced tomato and some shredded basil. SO good. I will miss this when tomato season is over.

                                              On weekends I tend to do more egg based breakfasts: omeletes with any veg that needs to be used up, over easy eggs with toast for dunking, etc.

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                                                truman Aug 2, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                This morning I had oatmeal with butter and grated Romano cheese - like cheese grits but with all the health power of oats. So, sort of a traditional breakfast food, but not. I think this will stay in my rotation.

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                                                  treb Aug 3, 2013 04:22 AM

                                                  Oatmeal with Romano... interesting combo, I might like the sweet salty thing. My DH has oatmeal every morning, I'll have to pass along the tip.

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                                                    mariars Aug 3, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                    Try olive oil with the cheese in your oatmeal:) very go
                                                    od!!

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                                                      truman Aug 5, 2013 09:18 AM

                                                      To clarify - it was not at all sweet, just savory/salty. It was a nice change from my usual maple syrup and walnuts!

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                                                        treb Aug 6, 2013 04:40 AM

                                                        It's good to try odd pairings, you never know what food combos will work. I like sausage patties with maple syrup.

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                                                          fldhkybnva Aug 6, 2013 05:13 AM

                                                          This is a great combo which I learned as a kid when the syrup misbehaved and crossed into sausage territory. It makes sense as a lot of breakfast sausage does indeed include syrup.

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                                                            Uncle Bob Aug 6, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                            Make that smoked sausage and Cane syrup, and I'll give you a run for the money!! :)

                                                      2. greygarious Aug 2, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                        I love eggs, bacon, pancakes......for dinner. I cannot abide the thought of having a meal soon after waking up. In the morning, I want a mug of coffee (decaf) and *sometimes* a mini-muffin (I also bake brownies and bar cookies in the mini-muffin pan), which I can stretch into 5-6 bites. After that, I do not eat anything until 5-6 hours later. Even then, I am not really hungry. I eat because if I don't I get a headache. If I am at a weekend event, where having breakfast is part of the social aspect, and I have breakfast or brunch, I'll get very hungry 3-4 hours later.

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                                                          treb Aug 3, 2013 04:25 AM

                                                          Oh yes, eggs for dinner often, easy to make. In the early am first thing, I hit the health club, beat and sweat my brains out, then later at home coffee and fruit.

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                                                          Redstickchef Aug 3, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                          I love breakfast!! I will wake up an additional 30 minutes early to ensure that I have a hot breakfast most mornings. I used to eat oatmeal with about two egg whites, but I switched to 3 egg whites and a whole egg, omelette style with spinach and whatever herbs I have on hand. I also have about half a cup of fruit and a little bit of peanut butter to get my motor running in the AM.

                                                          1. mucho gordo Aug 3, 2013 11:53 AM

                                                            If I go off my diet I'll fry up a pound of chorizo and add it to a tub of Country Crock garlic mashed potatoes and a Serrano chili, If I have any leftover tortillas, I'll make a breakfast burrito, otherwise, I'll just eat it from the plate.
                                                            If on my diet, all I eat is a bagel with pb/cream cheese or a bowl of cereal.

                                                            1. Candy Aug 3, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                              Any of the above but most often it is Greek Yogurt and granola or Grape-nuts.

                                                              1. drongo Aug 3, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                I only eat breakfast once or twice a month. But about once a year, I'll go all out and have egg, bacon, chips and beans -- as in the eponymous blog: http://russelldavies.typepad.com/eggb...

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                                                                  foodieX2 Aug 3, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                  Breakfast is usually a spinach omelet. However I was given a nutribullet from a co worker recently and this summer I have been a doing a lot of smoothies. The combo I drink the most is spinach or kale, carrots, ginger, peaches, blueberries and about 1/3 cup of flax seeds or almonds.

                                                                  My son doesn't really like breakfast food so he usually eats leftovers-burgers, steak, pasta, pizza or he will make quesadillas or a turkey sandwich.

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                                                                    INDIANRIVERFL Aug 3, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                    A full English breakfast with a pint of bitter, or a weekday US Army mess hall breakfast. Right after a 2 to 5 mile run.

                                                                    All of which I can no longer do justice to.

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                                                                      pedalfaster Aug 3, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                      I might still be a kid, 'cause I still go for Cheerios first thing in the morning. I eat them with 2% milk and sliced bananas. Washed down with a press of coffee (with real cream).

                                                                      After my morning ride or run, I eat "brunch" (I suppose). That can be left-over cold pizza or last night's rice-n-and-beans. Sometimes salmon or PB smeared on toast if I am really craving protein.

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                                                                        tracytrace Aug 4, 2013 01:18 AM

                                                                        Lately - a nuked sweet potato, with plenty of salt, pepper, roasted garlic paste, butter, and sriracha.
                                                                        Once in a while - Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter cereal, with ice cold milk in a separate bowl and crispy peppered bacon broken into squares to place on each spoonful
                                                                        Best of All Time - my grandma's biscuits and chocolate gravy

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                                                                          treb Aug 4, 2013 05:09 AM

                                                                          Chocolate gravy? Please explain, like say hot fudge?

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                                                                            tracytrace Aug 4, 2013 06:15 AM

                                                                            Just regular gravy procedure, flour, butter (or lard or bacon grease if you're my grandma), sugar, cocoa, lots of whisking, bit of salt, some milk (or cream). Reeally good, especially with salty stuff - bacon, eggs, grits, etc. - onthe side!

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                                                                              treb Aug 6, 2013 04:41 AM

                                                                              Sounds like grandma was very inventive in the kitchen, were you a fussy eater?

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                                                                                lemons Aug 6, 2013 06:14 AM

                                                                                Chocolate gravy has been around for a while - 20 years ago, a woman i worked with talked about her grandmother doing it. My suspicion is it's country food - probably not so much ethnic as it is a socioec. group.

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                                                                                  tracytrace Aug 6, 2013 06:38 AM

                                                                                  Oh, I don't think my grandma invented it at all. She was a country cook who was taught early by her mother and grandmother. Chocolate gravy is pretty common in the southern USA, in my experience.

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                                                                                    lemons Aug 6, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                                                    I'd suspected that. Not sure how I managed to miss it growing up in southern MO

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                                                                                      girloftheworld Aug 12, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                                                      oooooo chocolate gravy!!! my mom learned to make this from her girl scout leader!... she use to make it for us and cut toast with cookie cutters for us to dunk in it...

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                                                                                        treb Aug 13, 2013 05:16 AM

                                                                                        Just what I was thinking dunking it in well.... coffee!

                                                                          2. Kholvaitar Aug 6, 2013 06:01 AM

                                                                            How 'bout a breakfast Beignet?

                                                                             
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                                                                              Perilagu Khan Aug 6, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                              Are you offering?

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                                                                                ohmyyum Aug 6, 2013 12:47 PM

                                                                                Yes, please!!!!

                                                                              2. tcamp Aug 6, 2013 07:10 AM

                                                                                I love breakfast and generally eat it about 2 hours after waking up and visiting the gym.

                                                                                I am not a sweet food lover so breakfast is typically sautéed vegetables with a fried egg, savory oatmeal, or an omelet. Happy to eat leftovers too but more typically I take those to work for lunch.

                                                                                1. viperlush Aug 6, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                                                  During the week it's greek yogurt (0% or 2%) with fresh berries, hemp granola, and honey. With a mug of black coffee.

                                                                                  My favorite breakfast is cheddar cheese, tomato, cucumber, hard boiled egg and crackers. Only possible in the summer when the veggies are at their peak and it's too hot to eat heavy.

                                                                                  I would eat left overs, but I tend to save them for lunch or a late morning snack.

                                                                                  1. bagelman01 Aug 6, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                                    I am an early riser (before 5 am) and breakfast by 6am. I laways have some toasted bread product, coffee or tea and meat (with our without eggs).
                                                                                    This morning I made pastrami and eggs. Yesterday, I had a leftover hot dog from the night before. I might have a piece of chicken breast or any other cooked meat that is in the fridge.
                                                                                    I don't usually eat much lunch, and find that I need the early am protein to jumpstart my day.
                                                                                    I don't care for pancakes or waffles or hot/cold cereal.
                                                                                    In winter I'm happy with a bowl of soup to start my day.

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                                                                                      mucho gordo Aug 6, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                      According to what I've read, a heavy breakfast is the right way to start the day. Dinner should be light. Do you eat a light or heavy dinner?

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                                                                                        bagelman01 Aug 6, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                                                        medium---6oz protein, veg/salad,seldom bread or carbs

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                                                                                          mucho gordo Aug 6, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                          High protein diets are my preferred method for losing weight also, but that brings up another question; 6oz protein?? Do you actually weigh your portions?

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                                                                                            foodieX2 Aug 6, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                                                            Not BM01 but when I am serious about my weight loss I do weigh my portions, especially my proteins. I have a good digital scale in my kitchen and its easy to do. While I am pretty good at eyeballing I also know how easy those extra calories add up.

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                                                                                              mucho gordo Aug 6, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                                              I don't recall the source but, I once read that one can eat as much protein as one wants and still lose weight. That has worked for me in the past. For dinner, I'll eat as much steak as I want, usually at least 1lb, with a small baked potato and/or vegetable.
                                                                                              I seldom eat 3 meals/day; having either a light breakfast or lunch.

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                                                                                                foodieX2 Aug 6, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                                                                For me its all about calories in vs calories out.

                                                                                                While I do tend to eat a higher level of protein vs carbs the bottom line is that I need to eat as lifestyle. Eliminating whole food groups, skipping meals, fasting cleansing or other trends don't work for me in the long run. I am better at eating what I want and watch portions than I am at sticking to a particular "diet".

                                                                                                That said am carrying an extra 40 lbs right now that is due to a few major crisis in my life that sent me into a tail spin. A year of not exercising combined with increase portions (that F**k-it attitude) and way too much vino. Basic depressive scenario. So I am back to portion control and exercise.

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                                                                                                  treb Aug 7, 2013 05:24 AM

                                                                                                  A pound of meat, you're the man! Wow, haven't been able to do that for years.

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                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Aug 7, 2013 05:35 AM

                                                                                                    I'm glad someone else commented as I was holding my tongue. I'm pretty much a meatatarian and a lb of meat (weighed with a scale) is standard for most meals in our house.

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                                                                                                      treb Aug 7, 2013 05:45 AM

                                                                                                      If I ate a that much, it would feel like an anvil in my gut! These days, that would be about three meals of protein for me. Occasionally,when I go out for breakfast, I'll order two eggs and a thin minute steak done on the flat top, yummy!!, and take half home.

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                                                                                                bagelman01 Aug 6, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                                                                I do have a quality kitchen scale. When I cut meats and fish for the freezer I portion in either 3 oz (kids) or 6 oz adult portions. That is not the case with an item such as a rib steak. Even if not weighing, I know that a 3 oz portion is approximately the size of a deck of cards.

                                                                                                Years ago, I was more than 200 lbs heavier tha I am now. portion control is important. There is nothing I can't eat, in moderation. Dieting never worked for me, portion control did. In a restaurant, I typically cut a main course serving in half or even thirds and eat either 1/3 or 1/2. I never eat a hamburger on a bun, and seldom add a starch as a side. That is not to say I don't eat pasta, barley, rice, but they are not automatically put on the plate with the protein.

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                                                                                                  mucho gordo Aug 6, 2013 06:30 PM

                                                                                                  In a sense, I'm using the portion method, too. I make the first portion big enough so I don't have to go back for seconds.

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                                                                                            treb Aug 6, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                                                            I'm also an early riser, I usually avoid carbs in the am and stick to protein. I'm a fan of items like cold bbq'd chicken, cold grilled sausage, meatballs, pizza, sometimes even leftover salad or tuna.

                                                                                          3. linguafood Aug 6, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                                            Never been a morning person. Now that I work from home, I can pretty much get up whenever I want to, but mostly, it's around 10:30 or 11. I need at least 3-4 hours to actually be hungry after I wake up, so it's 2 cuppa joes and nothing else.

                                                                                            "Breakfast" can be as late as 4 pm, when it could be leftovers or a BLT, but I'd say my most 'regular' breakfast is 2 scrambled eggs, a small glass of skim milk, and half a grapefruit.

                                                                                            That tends to last till dinner, which is only another 4 hours away, generally :-)

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                                                                                              kitchengardengal Aug 6, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                                                              Most days, I have an English muffin with runny egg and cheese, or with PB & J, or with melted sharp cheddar. I usually have orange juice cut with water.
                                                                                              In winter, I fix cut or rolled oats with dried fruit, sugar and milk. Or stone ground grits with bacon and cheddar.
                                                                                              I wake up starving, and need food before I do anything else.

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                                                                                                Felila Aug 6, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                                                I eat my breakfast at noon. I'm doing intermittent fasting (eating only noon to 8 PM). I find that having a small eating window helps me stay on my diet.

                                                                                                Usually have a few prunes and a banana, then perhaps some oatmeal with 2% organic milk and raw sugar. Or leftovers.

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                                                                                                  flavrmeistr Aug 7, 2013 11:58 AM

                                                                                                  Coffee and more coffee.

                                                                                                  On the weekend, it might be coffee, a small strip (medium rare), 2 eggs (up), hash browns or grits, rye toast and grapefruit juice or a bloody mary.

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                                                                                                    treb Aug 8, 2013 04:46 AM

                                                                                                    My treat is Saturday when I have some eggs, bacon or sausage. During the week, it's fruit, coffee and possibly cheese or peanut butter.

                                                                                                  2. Dio Seijuro Aug 8, 2013 08:06 AM

                                                                                                    I usually don't eat breakfast, but when I do I prefer meaty, savory Asian dishes, typically with broth but no broth is fine too:

                                                                                                    Most Vietnamese dishes: pho, bun (vermicelli), mi quang, chao long (pork organ porridge). Other Asian dishes: beef noodle soup, seafood noodle soup, Sichuan cold noodles, Japanese cold noodles (hiyashi chuka), dan dan noodles, ramen of all kinds, inari sushi, tamago sushi, all the well known Thai noodles, Cantonese BBQ duck. Not Asian dishes: seafood cocktail or ceviche, fried chicken, gumbo, breakfast burrito, carbonara pasta, brunswick stew.

                                                                                                    Among more typical Western breakfast items, I enjoy good croissants.

                                                                                                    No much interest in stuff like cereal, oatmeal, or muffins. I usually just drink coffee. I get up in the morning at 9:15 and arrive in my office at 10. You can see timing wise it's almost lunch time already so I almost never eat breakfast.

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                                                                                                      flavrmeistr Aug 8, 2013 08:15 AM

                                                                                                      Myself. I prefer coffee in the morning and an early lunch.

                                                                                                    2. RealMenJulienne Aug 8, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                                                                      Here are my breakfast rules:
                                                                                                      1) No cold cereal
                                                                                                      2) No oatmeal
                                                                                                      3) Nothing sweet

                                                                                                      Today I had a rare ribeye with leftover green onion flatbread.

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                                                                                                        treb Aug 9, 2013 04:43 AM

                                                                                                        That sounds great, was it cold or did you warm it up?

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                                                                                                          RealMenJulienne Aug 9, 2013 06:56 AM

                                                                                                          The steak was cooked from raw in a cast iron skillet, and the flatbread was toasted in the steak drippings. Steak is a great breakfast dish because it's fast to prepare and keeps you full without weighing you down like breads do.

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                                                                                                            treb Aug 9, 2013 07:35 AM

                                                                                                            You got me with the flatbread toasted in the steak drippings, yum. I agree, on Saturday's I usually get eggs with a small thin steak done on the flat top, awesome.

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                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Aug 9, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                                                              such a great, idea to toast in the drippings.

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                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Aug 9, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                                                            Steak is my favorite breakfast. Our usual Saturday is steak and eggs, this week either flat iron or flank with fried eggs and mushrooms.

                                                                                                          3. Monica Aug 9, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                                            My husband can probably eat breakfast for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He looks forward to our family breakfast every weekends. The first thing he says in the weekend morning is, what kind of eggs you want today?

                                                                                                            We usually have eggs, thick bacon, hash brown, bread from really good bakeries, French butter, some fruits on the side and lots of freshly brewed coffee. We don't normally drink any juices.(why waste calories on juice when you can eat more bacon)
                                                                                                            And about two or three times a month, we eat waffles made from scratch or pancakes also made from scratch with real maple syrup(B grade only)

                                                                                                            1. hotoynoodle Aug 13, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                                                                              just had pan-seared smelts with sambal sauce and scrambled eggs. should be set til dinner-time!

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                                                                                                                treb Aug 13, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                Love me some smelts, one of my go to seafood delights, I like the small ones. I haven't seen them offered at many places this summer. They're a deal. IMO, in the markets. Did you bread them in corn meal?

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                                                                                                                  hotoynoodle Aug 13, 2013 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                  just a dusting of rice flour.

                                                                                                                  lol, b/f calls them "baitfish" so i eat them when he's not around. :)

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                                                                                                                MattRT Aug 13, 2013 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                My favorite breakfast is biscuits and gravy with a side of home fries and bacon is where it's at. I know it is terrible for you, but it's oh so good. On most days I just grab a banana or some cereal, though. Coffee is always a must for me!

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                                                                                                                  treb Aug 13, 2013 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                  I'm with you on this, I wouldn't eat it every day but, on a Saturday, it could be my reward for being good (coffee and fruit) all the past week.

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                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Aug 13, 2013 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                    Me too, I don't consider coffee food it's just part of me like brushing my teeth or showering.

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