Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What's For Breakfast?

One of the most rewarding things that I experience as a blogger is hearing how people have made a change in their lives.  People going Primal, going grain-free or even just committing to eating more whole foods and less processed crap.  Any step forward is a great one and is an encouragement to me.

I write because I want to help people - hearing about results is what keeps me going!

I just received a question from a friend tonight via Facebook.  She asks: "I have a wheat belly, and I want to change my ways (slowly).  Do you have any easy to prepare breakfast ideas?"

An excellent question.  The reference is to the book Wheat Belly, by Dr. William Davis.  In it, the author makes the case that wheat is uniquely responsible for much of the health and overweight problems in the developed world, including the large amount of abdominal fat that so many people are carrying around these days.  A fascinating book, and one I plan to do a review on.

The problem is that wheat is extremely abundant in our diets.  Nowhere is this more apparent than with they typical breakfast.  Toast, cereal, pancakes, croissants, muffins, bagels, the list goes on and on for breakfast items that are just plain unhealthy.

My friend is looking to start cutting out wheat slowly.  This is a great idea.  I often recommend people start out with one meal at a time when making a dietary transition.  There's nothing wrong with going all out from the get-go, but it's not for everyone.

It's actually interesting that she asked me about breakfast specifically.  I actually have essentially given up eating breakfast since cutting grains out of my diet.  It's not because I don't know what to eat for breakfast, it's just that I'm not especially hungry most mornings and a cup of coffee is all I need to get me to lunch.  I basically wait until lunchtime to break my overnight fast.

Breakfast isn't hard to do grain-free.  Eggs come in handy here.  Not only are they a traditional breakfast item, but they're also super nutritious.  If frying or scrambling them is too much work in a hurried morning then they can be prepared in advance by hard boiling or by preparing in a recipe like this one.  I approve of adding a side of delicious bacon, of course.

On days when you don't feel like eggs, some fruit is a good option.  Those who are looking to lose weight will want to limit fruit intake to berries and other lower sugar containing fruit.

There's also no rule that the first meal of the day has to be any different in content than the other two.  Why not just have the leftovers from your lunch or dinner of the previous day?

Since I'm not a breakfast eater, I'm probably missing out on dozens of other options.  Can you help me help my friend?  What is your favorite grain-free breakfast?



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3 comments:

  1. Breakfast is unusual for me since I ditched the grains, but on the rare occasion I find myself hungry, coffee, a handful of raw almonds and some cottage cheese with fresh ground pepper, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil does the job. NOM.

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  2. i think the biggest step most people need to do is actually have some breakfast, i hear so many people who don't have anything and even sometimes i don't,I am working on it but breakfast is important as it sets you up for the rest of the day

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