What are you having for breakfast?

By bettymachete Latest Reply 2011-07-23 23:34:55 -0500
Started 2010-06-22 08:30:48 -0500

I am in such a rut with breakfast and I can't begin a day without a good one. My children are afraid of me in the morning if I haven't had one and I can't take meds with eating. Today I had a couple sunsweet prunes, and a half a sweet potato topped with cinnamon/splenda, plain greek yogurt and a sprinkle of granola. While breakfast today was good, I can't have it everyday…Help.

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lmkilday 2011-07-23 23:34:55 -0500 Report

I was making an omelette for breakfast until we lost power for 2 days following a storm. I had to throw away the Eggbeaters had had in the refrigerator. Everything spoiled. Now I have an open face peanut butter sandwich and an apple.

brendabreeze 2010-07-19 10:55:40 -0500 Report

I too was having trouble choosing my breakfast food. Today I decided to eat a bowl of the lentil soup I made last night. It was wonderful. I have never before thought of eating soup for breakfast. I make soup often and it is my favorite type of food. I find that the volume (veggies, meat and liquid) of a serving is more than just meat & veggies and it takes longer to eat the hot soup. There are hundreds of receipes for different healthy soups - it would be hard to get bored and they are easy to cook and easy to clean up - one pot meals!!!!

Lymy 2010-06-30 21:27:49 -0500 Report

I'm sorry, but I'm no help when it comes to breakfast. I feel weighted down all day if I eat breakfast. I do much better if I make it a brunch of something like Grapefruit segments and a toasted flat bread smoked mozzarella cheese sandwich. But I would say I do even better if I just go with a good well rounded supper with no snacks inbetween. Before I was diagnosed it was a cold day down below for me to eat in-between meals or during the night. Now I know I'm not supposed to have snacks, candy and nightly snacks that is exactly what I want. I am going to have to find myself a muzzle to stop the snacking. At my routine check-up today my MD asked how my BS's were going.I told her they were all over the place. She sent me to the lab to get my routine liver panel and also an A1c. I should have these resukts tomorrow then I will know if she is going to up my meds dosing,

Well I need to make it into town before 11:00PM EDT to take back a piece of sour meat that I bought today.

I am from North Carolina and I am trying to do a member/ state directory to see how many other Tarheels are members. The last time I started to check I got up to 41 other Tarheels.

Well its been nice talking to someone new and if you would like to join my friend group I would like that very much.
Until next time then,

LennyDenny 2010-06-29 13:13:51 -0500 Report

You know for years I never ate breakfast - but for the past 6 years I don't skip a morning. I do tend to get boring. Usually cereal low in carbs and plenty of fruit. Weekends are usually different, wheat toast with sugar free jam. I should try a little variety. Hey what ever works as long as I keep my levels low.


bettymachete 2010-06-29 16:30:29 -0500 Report

I was the same Denny I skipped breakfast for a long time, but as I have gotten..ehm older. I can really feel the difference in my day when I do. Today I had wasa with some cut up avocados and tomato and greek yogurt which doesn't seem to bother me. Not exciting by any means but it's a meal that gets me going.

LennyDenny 2010-07-01 11:11:48 -0500 Report

Hey age is just a number - Part of my problem is I can leave the house at 3 or 4 am depending on where I need to be on any given day. It's really tough to try and put a breaksfast together when your still half asleep. I've been trying to come up with some idea's to keep in the frig. so I can just grap and go.


Kirla 2010-07-01 11:33:03 -0500 Report

I used to use the Atkins low carb shakes and the EAS brand is good also. They sell both at Wal-Mart. Now I mix my own. I buy the EAS Whey low carb protein powder at BJS and mix it with my nut milk. I use to buy the Atkins when it was on sale. But mixing my own is a lot cheaper. Anyway I like the protein drinks because there fast and easy and if you forget to put them in the frig they taste ok warm.

I then have sunflower seeds or peanuts for mid morning snack if I get hungry before lunch. This works great for me and my blood sugar. I bought the little plastic bottles that hold a few ounces and put one once of sunflower seeds or peanuts in them. I bought the plastic bottles at the dollar store. 3 to a pack. There for when you go to the airport.

Good luck

LennyDenny 2010-07-01 12:07:52 -0500 Report

Kevin - Thanks for the idea of shakes, I didn't think of that. Most time when I leave early I get a call and have to leave fast and they would work great. I do try to keep some kind of snack in the car or in the dest drawer at work, I have to watch nuts because they bother me sometimes. I do keep a lot of fruit on hand.
Thanks Again

Kirla 2010-07-01 12:26:10 -0500 Report

I need to watch the fruit. I can’t eat much fruit; it spikes my blood sugar good. I can’t have juice at all. Even a tiny bit and there goes my blood sugar. Just remember to test the foods you eat to see how they affect your blood sugar. Some people claim they can eat berries and such without much trouble with their blood sugar. It’s all a trial and error method of eating. Try it and if it doesn’t spike your blood sugar its ok. If it does I have to either cut back or eliminate it from my diet.


LennyDenny 2010-07-01 13:50:58 -0500 Report

I've found that if I eat Raspberry's, Strawberry's and Blueberry's in moderation they don't spike my sugar to much. I have gone with the trial and error method, if I spike I'm like you I stay away.

Kirla 2010-06-29 12:53:01 -0500 Report

When I get up, I have a protein drink made with homemade nut milk. Lately I added waffles or pancakes made from soy flour. I eat just one pancake with a teaspoon of sugar free jam or half a waffle, with as little sugar free maple syrup as I can put on it. Most of the time with the waffles I eat them with out the jam or syrup. Then about 1 ½ - 2 hours later I have one once of peanuts or sunflower seed with a cup of coffee and fiber supplement.



tabby9146 2010-06-27 15:42:39 -0500 Report

I always eat b'fast. I eat oatmeal, or cereal that is not too high in carbs, with fiber, protein and lower fat with skim milk, and a piece of wheat toast. Other times, I will have a regular egg with something, fruit on the cereal at times but not much, sometimes what flour pancakes and sugar free syrup, if it is on weekends during the school year, I cook for my daughter and I have some of it too. Sometimes I just have some lowfat yogurt with something. I try to eat a decent amount. My sugar can go a little low in the morning but is never dangerously low. I need to eat more in the mornings than in the afternoons.

bettymachete 2010-06-27 22:06:56 -0500 Report

I am insulin resistant so my mornings are high for about 30 mins so I really have to watch it with the milk and cereals. Someone stated, eating like a king at breakfast, like a prince at lunch and like a pauper at dinner. I thought that was perfect.

adokes 2010-06-25 22:57:14 -0500 Report

Breakfast is hard for me as well. I am always running behind so I never eat on schedule.

gregsteele 2010-06-25 03:28:55 -0500 Report

I never used to eat breakfast but now i must as i always wake rather low 45-60 i can eat a pretty good breakfast and still stay under 110 usually oatmeal, toast w /small amount of butter yogurt and juice if i want to cook its usually an omellette baby spinach,onion ant deer sausage (very low fat) and somebaby bell ,and like quite a few have said ill eat dinner leftovers im not stuck on the idea of traditional breakfast if it worked for dinner it will work for breakfast love to all GREG

Diane987 2010-06-24 07:54:02 -0500 Report

Today's breakfast is my Reliv shake, baked flounder, cheese grits and tomato & cucumber salad. The flounder and salad were leftovers from dinner. I love fish and grits for breakfast!

Thomas508 2010-06-24 08:44:29 -0500 Report

Cheese Grits, You must be down here in the south too?

bettymachete 2010-06-24 09:20:01 -0500 Report

I'm a transplant. I always thought grits was a morning cereal until I moved here. Georgians eat grits with every meal. A friend of mine makes shrimp and grits all the time.

Diane987 2010-06-24 10:20:44 -0500 Report

I was visiting my sister-in-law in New Hampshire last summer. We had Maine lobsters, cheese grits and baby spinach for dinner. It was awesome!!

allie4123 2010-06-24 07:17:53 -0500 Report

I really have a hard time eating in the morning. Just can't do it. I have a shake made from instant breakfast (or slimflast or soy) where I add water, yogurt and a bit of milk. To this I add crushed flax seed, barley grass and Geritol. I will also add some fruit. It isn't really a diet meal, but my dietitian is ok with it It keeps me going too.

hollyhock 2010-06-24 00:11:47 -0500 Report

I have been having a glass of instant breakfast, with either some yogurt or toast w/ a little butter. Fills me up until lunch time.

goldyloxnherfamily 2010-06-23 20:36:45 -0500 Report

The sweet potato sounds yummy and good for you!

bettymachete 2010-06-23 23:17:19 -0500 Report

I have become addicted to sweet potato, it's my sweet fix. Plus anyway I can add cinnamon is a big plus for me.

ccritch 2010-06-24 09:26:55 -0500 Report

Ah Yes! Sweet Potato Rocks with Cinnamon! That is what I order as a side instead of french fries! whenever we go out to eat which is seldom but when we do go out I am hyped for the Sweet Potato w/ Cinnamon! I savor every bite!

theladyiscrazy 2010-06-23 18:19:42 -0500 Report

Today I had cooked oatmeal with 1/8 cup 1% milk, 1 tbsp sliced almonds, and 1 1/2 tsp of brown sugar. I also had two lowfat baby bell cheeses.

bettymachete 2010-06-23 23:16:19 -0500 Report

I love baby bell cheese!

bettymachete 2010-06-23 23:22:33 -0500 Report

Love Baby Bell cheese. How does the brown sugar affect you?

theladyiscrazy 2010-06-29 16:19:10 -0500 Report

It actually isn't a problem for me (I do keep it to a low amount). I find mixed fruit affects me more (like take my numbers over 300). As long as I keep protein with it and have high fiber, I am good to go.

I did make this the other day with 1/4 cup almond milk and some walnuts instead. Still very good. Did use the brown sugar and had the lite babybel cheeses. Love them.

RAYT721 2010-06-23 17:41:33 -0500 Report

I had to force myself to eat breakfasts but I now know it's the only way to bring down my morning highs and jump start my metabolism for the day.

Today I had a Light & Fit Yogurt and an Atkins Fruit Crumble protein bar. Other days I will have bran flake cereal (watch the ingredients). Some times I will have an egg with maybe a slice or two of lean lunchmeat (watch the sodium). There are so many low fat, low cholesterol, low calorie, low carb food options. Start making a list as you find things. Soon you'll have a cookbook!!! :)

It doesn't really matter what you eat as long as you enjoy it. I won't report you to the breakfast police!!! (grin)

bettymachete 2010-06-23 23:19:16 -0500 Report

yeah I have started a notebook and I log all the ideas I get and recipes and then later after I have tried them I check my BGL and write that along side it.

Siddhartha 2010-06-26 04:39:48 -0500 Report

glad to hear others doing this. i have started a carb balance meal log of meals that i enjoy, so i can look at it for a quick reference. breakfast was never a strong meal, so it helps with the planning. i find it easier to eat breakfast if i plan for it and make it a routine, rather than an "oh my god its 5am and i dont know what to eat".

sugarfreeDiva 2010-06-23 16:23:38 -0500 Report

I had two small sugar free-high fiber blueberry muffins w/ a poached egg. Also love french toast made w/ lower carb bread and Joseph's Pancake syrup.
I use Blue Diamond almond milk instead of milk as it doens't affect my BGL, when I eat Uncle Sam's cereal.

Markus 2010-06-23 15:51:37 -0500 Report

best cereal I've found is Special K Protein Plus…lots of fiber and only 9 or 10 net carbs…add a few almonds or walnuts and sometimes sliced banana if my BG is on the low side that morning

ccritch 2010-06-24 09:28:34 -0500 Report

Now cereal with fruit is my kind of breakfast especially banana's, strawberries and/or blueberries! yum!

OMG-T2 2010-06-23 11:32:49 -0500 Report

Since I am having the WORST issues after my gallbladder surgery over a month ago, I don't care whether I eat about 99% of the time, however, I always try to have something for breakfast. In an attempt to try and get my digestion back in some semblance of working order I have started having yogurt for breakfast. Plain yogurt with some sugar-free preserves added for flavor. Frankly, I find it kind of yucky but I need something! I used to have a poached egg on multi-grain bread and a few prunes, but lately I just don't want that stuff. Mostly, I just like eating fruit…it doesn't seem to affect my digestion too terribly, but the downside is that it can wreak havoc with my blood sugar if I'm not careful. But as with most things, it's all about moderation!

bettymachete 2010-06-23 23:21:32 -0500 Report

Yes moderation is very important, unfortunately there are things I am finding out is better off my lips totally. Some of those things I really love, It's hard sometimes.

OMG-T2 2010-06-24 09:23:01 -0500 Report

I agree about staying away from some things completely - it's often better to resist the temptation completely than to continually "justify" eating something more than I should because it's either convenient, or because I still want it.

Thankfully, I don't seem to have a huge problem with that though. I can actually go to lunch with a friend and while they suck down something decadent I can ask them for a nibble and be satisfied with a mere taste. Usually, doing so only verifies that I am right in continuing to stay away from such things.

As I continue to educate myself around diabetes, I am finding that through the wonders of the internet as well as modern food technology, it isn't all that hard to modify more classic (possibly "bad") recipes for my own personal consumption. Thank goodness or I'd probably die of starvation!

But even with my efforts in the lab, er, kitchen, I still find that I have to be really careful about portions and ingredients if I want to maintain a good BG level. And yeah, sometimes, it's just better to leave certain things alone!

bettymachete 2010-06-24 09:26:16 -0500 Report

I made a very bad mistake last night and decided to have just a few tater tots, that everyone else were enjoying. Later my vision went fuzzy and I felt ill. I took my BG and I was 444!! I was in a state of shock because I had only had 4 of them. Yikes!

Thomas508 2010-06-24 09:39:54 -0500 Report

I don't see how 4 tater tots could cause numbers that high! Are you sure it wasn't combined with other carbs/sugars?

bettymachete 2010-06-24 14:47:34 -0500 Report

No they are normal size tater tots and I am a carb / sugar nazi nowadays. I carefully log all my intake. I went to my doctor today and she even thought it was very odd given my diet plan. The only thing that it could have been was those tots.

OMG-T2 2010-06-25 10:27:38 -0500 Report

I still can't figure out how these things work sometimes. Yesterday i had to go see my PA for a follow-up. After some pointless blathering about my continued pain, and numerous referrals to specialists strung out over the next few months, I'll admit it - I was bummed after my appointment. So, on the way home I did something HORRIBLE, I stopped at Taco Bell and got 10 tacos. I got home with them and intended to eat only 3 of them, nope, I ATE ALL 10! In one sitting! I raced outside to do a few circuits down my road and then dreaded my post-prandial BS level, but stuck myself after 2 hours. Guess what? That level was 132. I've had worse after eating less, better food! Not that I will ever do something so stupid again, because I have to think that lucking out around this error in judgement was just a fluke, but still, I was amazed!

bettymachete 2010-06-25 11:26:19 -0500 Report

I have thought about backsliding a number of times myself. I don't see really too much trouble with taco bell actually as long as I don't have anything with flour tortillas, rice or potatoes. Taco bell is pretty skimpy on the cheese anyway. I tell them to load it up with lettuce instead they are happy to oblige. I think out of all the fast food's you could have chosen, taco bell was a better choice. Don't beat yourself up about it. :)

Diane987 2010-06-24 10:50:47 -0500 Report

What else did you have to eat yesterday? That seems like a really high number, unless they were massive tater tots.

OMG-T2 2010-06-24 15:03:16 -0500 Report

Not that I would wish a BG of 444 on anyone, but Diane987, your comment about massive tater tots made me totally laugh out loud! Otherwise, I guess bettymachete has proven her point about not indulging in some foods!

Grannycb 2010-06-23 10:26:47 -0500 Report

Fruit flavored lite yogurt mixed with a cup of Cheerios is my favorite breakfast. The yogurt doesn't cause the same type of spike in me that milk does. Besides, the Cheerios and yogurt tastes better.

spiritwalker 2010-06-22 19:15:44 -0500 Report

I think everyone needs to consider that you don't need to
eat a traditional breakfast meal. I worked 2nd and 3rd shift
all my working life. My first meal of the day is often a mixed
vegetable salad or raw veggies with Walden Farms salad dressing or dips ( these are calorie free and sugar free).
I have some low fat cheese or turkey breast on the side.

bettymachete 2010-06-22 21:58:46 -0500 Report

You're right I have had tuna with mustard on a slice of toasted sprouted grain bread for breakfast. It was a bit odd but very good.

monkeymama 2010-06-22 13:58:16 -0500 Report

Monday through Friday I eat either Special K Cereal Bar with 6oz. Yoplait Light Yogurt and 16oz. vitamin water or 3/4 cup Special K Protein Plus Cereal w/ 1/4 cup Smart Balance Skim Milk and a 6oz Yoplait Light yogurt with 16oz. Vitamin Water. On the weekends, I eat either 1 Van's All Natural whole grain Waffle, 2 eggs, 1 - 4in whole grain wheat pancake, 1 omelette, or breakfast bowl. Each one of my weekend options I also enjoy low carb/low glycemic indexed fruit and 16oz. vitamin water. I am trying to do a spin off of the Special K diet.

bettymachete 2010-06-22 16:29:31 -0500 Report

I loved the Special K diet. I literally dropped an incredible amount of weight on it, now I can't have cereal so it's saddening.

petals 2010-06-22 12:05:11 -0500 Report

This morning I had an atkins protein bar peanut butter and chocolate, and a cup of light yogurt. Try different things to see what makes your BS go through the roof and what doesn't. I can't eat any type of cereals or bagels, I love doing omelets.

bettymachete 2010-06-22 13:45:32 -0500 Report

Is the bar you're talking about taste just like a butterfinger?

Diane987 2010-06-22 16:18:08 -0500 Report

Mmmm…Butterfingers used to be one of my most favorite candy bars oh, and Mr Goodbars too. I loved both of them.

bettymachete 2010-06-22 16:25:55 -0500 Report

I was mistaken, Slim Fast peanut crunch time bars are the ones that taste just like a butterfinger. My daughter is a walking Butterfinger commercial, but even she thinks these Slim Fast bars are better than the real thing.

Diane987 2010-06-22 16:45:03 -0500 Report

I'm not sure if that's a good thing to know or bad thing to know. Even a healthy snack is bad when you can't help yourself from eating the whole box. LOL!! Maybe I can find one sold separately and give it a try.

petals 2010-06-23 09:32:00 -0500 Report

No these taste like reese's peanut butter cups, oh I used to love those!! Butterfingers too!!

Crashnot 2010-06-22 11:20:05 -0500 Report

School today so I made the kids pancakes. My own blend of bean flour (low-carb), whey protein (nearly no carb), and rice flour. Not too bad! Keeps the gluten from wheat out of my system and gives them enough energy until lunch… hmm. What to make…

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