HELP BREAKFAST HAS ME IN A HEADLOCK,

petals
By petals Latest Reply 2010-06-03 13:56:37 -0500
Started 2010-05-20 20:57:35 -0500

ok, not really! I know that I need to eat breakfast, but I don't know what to eat. Any suggestions? I don't know what to do.


77 replies

Gramto3
Gramto3 2010-06-02 08:15:03 -0500 Report

I try to keep hardboiled eggs in the refrig all the time. Sometimes I'll make egg salad for breakfast on bread or I have the Glucerna cereals which really fill me up. For a change I'll have English muffins (2) which fill me and keep me under my 60 grams for meals. I also buy the already roasted whole chickens and sometimes have hard boiled eggs and chicken for breakfast. Doesn't have to be strictly "breakfast food".

Emma2412
Emma2412 2010-06-02 08:25:41 -0500 Report

I know the Glucerna meals are supposed to be good for diabetics, but I've found that they remind me too much of candy and stuff that is not exactly good for us.

PaulieB
PaulieB 2010-05-28 11:30:39 -0500 Report

I LOVE my breakfast but I find that I only have time on the weekends to really sit down and enjoy a real meal.

I stick to the basic egg-beaters, non-fat milk, maybe some toast because I HATE being hungry again or have that empty feeling in my stomach.

Another thing I try to do is snack and I have been searching & searching for something that tasted good but was not full garbage.

My Aunt is diabetic and she turned me onto this product called Quest Bar. She was so excited to have me try this bar that she even scheduled me into her calendar..Gotta love family

I was a little skeptical at first, I mean we all see thousand of these bars in the store, but decided to order a couple of bars…WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!

I carry these bars with me all the time and it is a great in between snack or even works as a replacement for my long road trips.

petals
petals 2010-05-28 15:23:37 -0500 Report

I have not heard of the Quest Bars. Are they sold in stores? Thanks for telling me about them.

Thomas508
Thomas508 2010-05-27 12:36:05 -0500 Report

I'm still new at this but I have found that any kind of bread spikes me hard, especially in the mornings so I am having eggs, sausage, bacon etc… looking into some good omelet recipes.

petals
petals 2010-05-27 12:42:25 -0500 Report

Eggs are always a good thing. Cereals are what spikes my blood sugar, even the healthy ones. For my omelets I use low fat cheese, onions, any vegie will do, and garlic. Watch what you cook them in, I use olive oil and just a small amount, don't need the added fat. I guess you could use fat free cheese but I don't like it, I assume that is what rubber would taste like if you cooked it, Yuck!

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-05-27 20:35:56 -0500 Report

I bought an omelet maker from Walgreens last year… was like $9 on sale. It works really well. We just toss in the egg beater thingies and whatever fillings (canned crab, shrimp, veggies, etc) and it's ready in a few minutes. In reality we have every "maker" you can have in a kitchen except for a money maker. We've got the bread maker, snow cone maker, quesadilla maker, and a cotton candy maker. For Sale: slightly used cotton candy maker.

petals
petals 2010-05-27 20:57:29 -0500 Report

I didn't even know there was an omelet maker! Cool! Thanks for telling me. I learn something everyday on this site.

Lakeland
Lakeland 2010-05-26 22:22:48 -0500 Report

I love breakfast & it's so easy for the diabetic, Most foods are protien, the eggs, meats that go along with it. I eat light small sausage links & even with 2 eggs & sausage, my cholesterol has dropped, but I do take flax seed oil gel caps too. I also like the arnolds thins as my bread they are high fiber and lower calorie than 2 pieces of toast, personally fruit makes my sugars go up so I will only do 1/2 a banana, & I also like the light cranberry juice.

Oatmeal for me spikes my sugars & cerials do to. So I do cook every morning & microwaves help me thaw the sausage links & I quick brown them in the pan after my eggs are out.

good luck
Diane

petals
petals 2010-05-27 08:26:21 -0500 Report

Thank you for you advice. But I don't like pork, so the sausage would be out. I have tried the arnolds thins and I love those. I use those to have an egg sandwich for breakfast. Have a great day.

Lakeland
Lakeland 2010-05-27 11:28:00 -0500 Report

the eggs have enough protein, I never thought about making a sandwich out of it. Thanks, when I toast the thins its like having a thin bagel.

petals
petals 2010-05-27 12:29:43 -0500 Report

You are welcome!! I will try them toasted, I love bagels, and I haven't had one in a long time, thanks.

Emma2412
Emma2412 2010-05-27 22:44:12 -0500 Report

I loved bagels one time, but it doesn't pay to have one anymore because it raised my BS reading about 150 points. It's the type of flour they use, I'm sure.

petals
petals 2010-05-28 06:31:35 -0500 Report

That's exactly why I haven't had a bagel in ages , just not worth it.!!So I hope the thins taste great!!

Lakeland
Lakeland 2010-05-29 17:46:59 -0500 Report

Try toasing the Arnolds sandwich thins, I can't do bagels either but I can do the thins. They crisp up like the top of a bagel & I use the light cream cheese & a little diet jelly.

petals
petals 2010-05-29 20:27:00 -0500 Report

I am going to do that for breakfast in the morning, thanks again for telling me about that.

Emma2412
Emma2412 2010-05-27 22:43:22 -0500 Report

Hi, Diane
I, too, have that problem with oatmeal. It does spike a lot of other people, too, I think. I think the first day I joined this site, however, I found out about a super grain called quinoa (pronouned keen-wah). Quinoa is very versatile. You can eat it at breakfast like a cereal, or make it with different seasonings for a side dish at either lunch or dinner. It only raises my BS readings a small, teeny, tiny 2 points!

petals
petals 2010-05-28 06:29:59 -0500 Report

I have not been able to find quinoa around here, even went to a health food store, I have two more stores to check. Do you know if you can order it on line some where?

Diane987
Diane987 2010-06-03 10:38:35 -0500 Report

I love having oatmeal in the morning. I keep it from spiking my blood sugar by adding in chopped walnuts, wheatgerm, and cinnamon. One egg equivalent of eggbeaters however I like it and a glass of skim milk and I am good to go. I use a 1/4 cup of quick oats and a 1/2 cup of water. Put it in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. I always pour some of my milk in the oatmeal after I have added the walnuts and wheat germ. I use stevia as a sweetener.

theladyiscrazy
theladyiscrazy 2010-05-23 19:26:27 -0500 Report

I do a variety of things:

Breakfast Pizza (using english muffin)
turkey bacon/eggs/toast (will even do BLTs)
protein bars (like snicker marathon nutrition or luna)

sometimes left overs

even did steak one morning

petals
petals 2010-05-24 01:01:52 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advice. I have really been hearing alot about protein bars , so I am going to check out some of them.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2010-05-23 08:10:53 -0500 Report

I like egg beaters (got used to it) but i still have maybe a couple of regular eggs per week. I like to have whole wheat toast with low sugar jelly. I like to eat healthy whole grain cereals with fiber, such as some of the Kashi cereals, though some of them I did not like, and Smart Start ones are good. I like to eat instant oatmeal (though I have heard instant is not the best) but the LOW sugar kind that Quaker has. Seems to keep my BS numbers even. I like Smart Balance margarine and I put that on something everyday. Sometime when I want pancakes, I use Bisquick Heart Smart with whole wheat flour. If I have a banana I cut it up and put it in my cereal but can't have much of it. so anyway that is what I eat. Maybe I will find some good 'new' things on here

Janet Webster
Janet Webster 2010-05-23 02:37:30 -0500 Report

I have the same problem, I am not hungry when I wake up so I usually grab a banana while going out the door and after I get to the office I will eat a handful or so of dry cherios cereal at my desk. I keep a box at work incase I get low blood sugar after taking my Metformin and other meds. It gets me through the morning and is easy.

Momma Day's Girl
Momma Day's Girl 2010-05-22 18:21:09 -0500 Report

Oatmeal is wonderful and good for you. If you dont want to cook, look for the healthy little packs and just add hot water.

petals
petals 2010-05-22 22:00:09 -0500 Report

I do like the old fashion kind of oatmeal, not the quick cooking one. I have eaten so much of it that I need a break from it right now. But I will go back to it again in the futrue I always do. Thanks for the advice.

Leslie1954
Leslie1954 2010-05-27 16:27:30 -0500 Report

Oatmeal (the old fashioned kind) is my usual breakfast. I was really tired of it, and tried adding some (about 2 tbsp) dried fruit to the dry oatmeal before cooking. It sparkles up the flavor! I have used minced prunes, dried cherries, cranberries, raisins, dried apricots. Fresh fruit is good too. Chopped apple or peaches added to the pot while cooking, or sliced banana stirred in after is good, and helps sweeten the oats.
You might try stirring in some cinnamon too.

You can also cook oats in part milk / part water to help the flavor. I stir in about 1 tsp honey for sweetening after it is cooked.

After reading the other posts, I realize I haven't checked my bg after eating… guess I need to do that too.

petals
petals 2010-05-28 06:34:02 -0500 Report

Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, you should check you blood sugars after eating to see what a certain food does to you, but wait 2 hours, at least that's what my doc says any way.

Elrond
Elrond 2010-05-22 00:45:09 -0500 Report

On another note, the food police won't put you on their 'ten most wanted' list if you eat a salad for breakfast. I'm personally not that fond of raw veggies but if you like em and it covers your nutritional needs, go for it. All's fair in love, war, and diabetes. Don't be afraid to think outside the (cereal) box.

petals
petals 2010-05-22 11:23:07 -0500 Report

I love vegies and eggs, so I might combine the two and have an omlet. Yuck to cereal!! Thanks for the advice!

Elrond
Elrond 2010-05-22 19:09:55 -0500 Report

Eggs are rather low in carbs. Just watch the cholesterol and the fats you use in cooking. A trick I like to use for omlettes is to put 3 eggs in a ziploc bag with a small splash of milk. Add any other ingredients you like, (peppers, onions, cheese, etc), and 'smoosh' it all up well. Immerse the bag in boiling water for 12 minutes. Voila, ziploc omlette! This avoids the added fat from frying and has the added advantage of not dirtying a skillet.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-05-22 19:17:10 -0500 Report

This is an old camping trick, it works great. BUT make sure you use a freezer bag because a regular bag, specially a generic brand, can melt if you are not careful. Then you have egg drop soup! LOL

Emma2412
Emma2412 2010-05-21 20:45:42 -0500 Report

I hate eating breakfast when I first get up in the morning. It's only coffee for me until about 2, 3 hours after I get up. I've never been a breakfast person because I tend to get sleepy after breakfast if I have any kind of grain. Of course, my doctor says, naughty, naughty, you've got to eat breakfast. Since I've found since developing Type 2 that grains also spike my readings (and, of course, that's what makes me sleepy), I'm happy to say that someone here on this site resolved that issue for me and recommended a wonderful grain called quinoa. I understand it's pronounced "keen-wah." It looks almost like a rice once it's cooked but I find that I can eat it as a cereal, combine it at lunch with meat, fish or poultry and veggies; really do anything with it, such as make a meatloaf using it instead of bread. PLUS, and this is the wonderful part, I don't get sleepy and my readings only go up 2 incredibly small points! I'm in heaven and actually have been having breakfast since I was clued in about quinoa. If you buy it, just be sure you buy the kind that you don't have to soak for hours and hours. However, you will need to rinse it very well before you cook it. Of course, if you're an egg person, you can have that, or cottage cheese and fruit (be careful of fruits, though, if you're sensitive. Bananas, for instance, contain a huge amount of sugar. Hope this helps you get started.

petals
petals 2010-05-22 11:25:12 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advice. Where is quinoa located in the store, with the rice or cereal ? I will be trying this.

Miminv
Miminv 2010-05-21 17:39:45 -0500 Report

Cottage cheese with fruit like a banana or strawberries. Cheese, sausage and crackers. A fried egg with toast. I don't do cereal and never have, didn't like how I felt after even as a child. Think of a variety of things, like on the go or able to take a few minutes to cook. Keep a open mind and good luck.

theladyiscrazy
theladyiscrazy 2010-05-23 19:27:58 -0500 Report

I was told no bananas or raisins. Maybe that is for right now since I am newly diagnosed.

petals
petals 2010-05-24 01:00:33 -0500 Report

I was told from the get go that I could have half a banana and raisins really raise my b.s. readings so I don't eat them.

bace
bace 2010-05-21 15:49:29 -0500 Report

I never used to eat breakfast before I was diagnosed. Then they tell me I 'have' to eat my meals/snacks throughout the whole day…with my schedule, that's hard, too, to eat at certain 'timed' intervals. It was very frustrating at first, almost 3 yrs. later..I'm getting better at figuring out to take a piece of fruit with me, or crackers witha little peanut butter or something. All it takes are a few. I still get up in the morning, though, not really hungry, but make myself get something to eat. Usually a piece of rye toast, maybe a yogurt. small, quick, and not too filling when not real hungry…or even those glucerna drinks..

petals
petals 2010-05-21 19:57:13 -0500 Report

Great that you understand about not being hungry. Some great suggestions,, thanks. Are the glucerns drinks good?

mlmeyers
mlmeyers 2010-05-21 21:01:43 -0500 Report

I drink the atkins shakes they are surprisingly good and only 1g sugar each and the vanilla & strawberry are only 2g carbs, chocolate is 4g carbs, and the mocha latte is 5g carbs and made with real coffee so it's really good in the morning! Also they all have 15g of protein.

petals
petals 2010-05-22 11:27:02 -0500 Report

Great ! I will look for those when I go shopping in the morning. They sound good. Thank you.

Elrond
Elrond 2010-05-21 02:39:46 -0500 Report

I, of course, have my own solution to the breakfast dilemma: don't get up til lunch time. hehehe. Certainly, people with jobs or other committments can't do that but it works great for me. I usually worked the 'hoot owl' shift when I had a job and now that I'm retired, I'm just more comfortable doing my writing in the wee small hours. I generally work on my book until around 5:00 AM and make it to bed around 6:00 AM. That way, I get up just in time for lunch. I actually get less sleep than many people but I do it at strange times. My 'lunch' usually consists of traditional breakfast foods such as a pancake & turkey sausage. Because I'm on insulin, I actually need a certain amount of carbs so I'll have something to 'burn' during the day. While my test 2 hours after eating is usually high, my sugar drops throughout the day and is invariably low by dinnertime.

petals
petals 2010-05-21 10:19:57 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advice. I generally don't get hungry until around 11:00 am. So I think that is to late for breakfast foods, but I was wrong. What type of book are you working on?

Elrond
Elrond 2010-05-21 19:45:42 -0500 Report

I'm currently writing a science fiction series. The first three in the series are published and available on Amazon.com while the 4th is complete but I've hit a 'snag' with the cover art. My usual artist is very ill and may never be able to work again. I haven't been able to locate anyone else who can actually draw anything and who shares my visions.

petals
petals 2010-05-21 20:01:38 -0500 Report

That's awesome that you are a published author!! I will look for your books the next time that I am on Amazon.com. Hope that you can find another artist. Keep up the good work.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-05-21 00:29:14 -0500 Report

for me as long as its low carb I can have it any time I like
One of the things I like best is a low carb flat bread toasted with cheese then add 2 eggs and a slice of ham the way it works out is 39 gm carbs LOL I can have thet lol
its so good lol
Best wishes
Harlen

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-05-20 21:31:32 -0500 Report

I think your frustration is a common one. Check out the archives here with the search box. I'd think the word "breakfast" will reactivate several awesome questions and replies.

I usually do Atkins bars or light and fit yogurt in the mornings because I need to grab and go. Granted I must look like I'm homeless because I am usually eating in car but I've got a pretty active lifestyle. How I wish I had time to make egg beaters, healthy pancakes, lean meats, etc. I'm lucky to pop my blood pressure meds and handful of vitamins each day.

The key thing to know is that breakfast simply means breaking the fast. There is no breakfast police (and no furniture tag police either…you can remove those labels) so eat what you like as long as you like what you eat.

Live on the edge… substitute the transfat, sugar and other "bad" things for healthier options. There are so many awesome recipes around. What you eat isn't quite as important as the fact that you eat… sensibly.

Start a food journal and you'll soon add 10, then 20, then 30 things that you really enjoy and that keep your bg at bay. So long as you eat to live and don't live to eat, you'll make friends with your body and your body will make friends with you.

Hmmm… sounds like a Hallmark card, doesn't it?

petals
petals 2010-05-21 10:23:14 -0500 Report

Yes, it does sound like a Hallmark card, but I happen to like Hallmark cards!! I will start a journal, and I really need to make friends with my body and eat to live. You are awsome Ray.

monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-05-20 21:27:36 -0500 Report

I am on a spin off of the Special K diet. During the week I eat either a Special K cereal bar or a bowl of Special K Cereal Plus Protein with yogurt. My weekends I eat a low carb sensible breakfast. Usually eggs (or egg substitute) or a breakfast bowl with fresh fruit.

petals
petals 2010-05-21 10:24:27 -0500 Report

Where did you get the spin off special K diet?

monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-05-21 13:58:22 -0500 Report

you go to www.specialk.com I have tweeked the plan to meet my needs. My lunches by the way are a Protein meal bar or shake during the week and a sensible lunch during the weekend.

petals
petals 2010-05-21 20:05:27 -0500 Report

Thanks for the link, I will be looking at it later on tonight. Have you lost any weight? Hope that you don't mind me asking you that.

SkipT
SkipT 2010-05-20 21:10:40 -0500 Report

Don't get locked into the idea that breakfast has to be certain foods. Nothing says that you can't have lunch or dinner instead of "breakfast". I keep my "breakfast" under 6 grams of carbs. Here is a fantastic low carb recipe site to get some Ideas:

http://genaw.com/lowcarb/index.html

monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-05-20 21:23:43 -0500 Report

This is a amazing web site. I will definitely have to start using this and bring this up to my new team. Thank you so much.

petals
petals 2010-05-21 10:50:59 -0500 Report

I don't like many '" breakfast " foods, and I never thought about eating other stuff! Thanks, this web site is great. How many carbs should you have per meal?

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-05-20 21:01:10 -0500 Report

My breakfast is rather unorthodox, but eating a bunch of carbs for breakfast messes me up for the rest of the day. I usually have sauteed veggies or an egg and spinach low carb wrap. I don't like doing toast and cereals. But that is just me.

Emma2412
Emma2412 2010-05-23 12:51:12 -0500 Report

Yeah, I agree. I can't do anything but quinoa or eggs in the morning. Can't do cereals. BS's are too high from them. The quinoa doesn't do anything to me — just boosts it 2 beautiful small, tiny, teeny points.

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