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Why are so many paleo breakfasts unhealthy?

Answered on February 03, 2014
Created January 30, 2014 at 6:36 PM

I am new to this lifestyle, and I my main concern was what the f I was going to eat for breakfast. When I searched breakfasts online, many of them was muffins, pancakes, or something alike. Now, I'm not overweight, but it wouldn't hurt me to lose a little. Is paleo really so healthy that you can eat muffins everyday for breakfast?

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on February 02, 2014
at 06:49 PM

Don't worry about the bacon, you can still eat fat/bacon and still lose weight. Or, you could always try turkey bacon (that's what I use)

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on February 01, 2014
at 09:03 AM

Thanks you for the links and clarification :)

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on February 01, 2014
at 09:02 AM

Just because we have to cook it, doesn't mean it's not paleo. He didn't find sausages on trees either, but we can eat them. I'm pretty sure he didn't have a slow cooker or a food processor or a fridge either. I was concerned about eating bacon everyday because I'm trying to lose weight (not much, but little) and leftovers typically contains meat which I'm not very fond of eating in the morning (I may just have to get over it). Eggs only make me full if accompanied by fruit, which you shouldn't get too much of, If I didn't misunderstand anything. But thanks for the answer.

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on January 31, 2014
at 05:52 PM

We really like "dining" on IF for breakfast. If not IF then we are having coffee with heavy cream and maybe a little cocoa powder or cinnamon. Of course, there are times when we go have bacon and eggs or omlets too, but we're very taken with IF!

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on January 31, 2014
at 05:38 PM

Muffins and pancakes on Paleo? Yeah, you're doing it wrong.

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on January 31, 2014
at 05:23 PM

Indeed :)

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on January 31, 2014
at 05:21 PM

some might say eating cheese is a "bastardization" of Paleo

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on January 31, 2014
at 03:31 PM

Honey is sugar, regardless of the harmless sounding name and the image it conjures of pretty little bees pollinating flowers in a meadow, so no it's not healthy to eat everyday or ever for that matter, period.

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on January 31, 2014
at 03:07 PM

how so? I know that I can mostly only eat fruit, vegetables, and meat. It's just a question, so I can eat paleo healthy.

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on January 31, 2014
at 03:05 PM

Yes, I meant paleo mufffins. I was just concerned if I could eat them everyday. They don't contain sugar and such, but they do contain baking powder, honey, and such. I was doubting if that was healthy to eat every day.

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on January 30, 2014
at 08:42 PM

(The exceptions to these are, of course, things like "pasta" made by julienning zucchini/yellow squash/some other squash into thin strips, then cooking. This, of course, because the ingredients (squashes or starchy vegetables, and potentially a Paleo oil and real sea salt) are obviously simple, whole, and unharmful. Knowledge and judgement is key! :) )

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on February 03, 2014
at 04:18 AM

i usually just drink coffee for breakfast, but when i do eat something, it's pretty much the same as what i'd eat for any other meal. the whole idea of different foods for different meals kind of lost its meaning for me once i started following the paleo diet. it seems to serve no purpose other than as a marketing tool for the manufacturers of cereals and other forms of processed grain. people would have a hard time justifying these foods as being a suitable "dinner," but for breakfast it has become acceptable. of course, this can also lead to a dependence upon glucose for morning energy.

once having started the paleo diet, i personally think it's best to get away from a reliance on "paleo" nut flour pancakes and such as quickly as possible. i feel like i have a much healthier relationship to food now. i go to it for nourishment, not an endorphin rush.

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on February 01, 2014
at 02:21 PM

Thank you for your answers everyone. I'm just trying to figure all this out, so I can do it right. I think I will stick to eggs and a piece of fruit, because that is all I can see! And to those of you who said I'm doing it wrong - I haven't done anything yet, I'm asking so I can be sure I will do it right! So pipe down! But thanks anyways. I didn't get much answer, but I know what to do (I think).

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on January 31, 2014
at 07:54 PM

Muffins on the Paleo diet? Did Grok the Caveman find muffin trees growing in his wilderness? Didn't think so! Sure, there are almond meal and coconut flour muffins and pancakes, but they're really more of an occasoinal treat than everyday fare. Instead, focus on nutrient dense breakfasts. Eggs and bacon is a classic and 100 percent paleo (just be sure they're both pastured) and eggs are one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, and dietary cholesterol has nothing to do with blood cholesterol, so omlettes or any sort of egg dishes are a good idea, fruit with nuts/nut butters is another good idea for breakfast and are real and healthy (in moderation, of course, difficult though it may be), and even last night's leftovers for breakfast is a possibility! Food is food regardless of the time of day you eat it.

A5168a67bd5f61cf590cc309c72268fb

on February 01, 2014
at 09:02 AM

Just because we have to cook it, doesn't mean it's not paleo. He didn't find sausages on trees either, but we can eat them. I'm pretty sure he didn't have a slow cooker or a food processor or a fridge either. I was concerned about eating bacon everyday because I'm trying to lose weight (not much, but little) and leftovers typically contains meat which I'm not very fond of eating in the morning (I may just have to get over it). Eggs only make me full if accompanied by fruit, which you shouldn't get too much of, If I didn't misunderstand anything. But thanks for the answer.

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on January 31, 2014
at 05:51 AM

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on January 31, 2014
at 05:21 PM

some might say eating cheese is a "bastardization" of Paleo

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on February 01, 2014
at 09:03 AM

Thanks you for the links and clarification :)

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on January 31, 2014
at 02:20 AM

People who are trying to recreate sad breakfasts come up with these concoctions, but YOU can choose to eat a healthy breakfast that fits within the Paleo template. Just because there are recipes for them doesn't mean you have to make and eat that stuff.

Eggs are always a good choice. Bone broth with meat and veggies works. Leftovers from the day before are great. Coffee with coconut oil or skipping breakfast and calling it fasting are also options.

Paleo is what you make it for YOU.

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on January 30, 2014
at 11:49 PM

a veggie scramble or bacon and eggs cooked in a healthy fat is the way to go, in my humble opinion. i'm not a morning person, so i scramble up 6 or more eggs at a time, add crumbled up bacon or veggies (to add convenience, a frozen medley works), and pop it in the fridge. breakfast is done for a few days, and this way i can dish, nuke, and eat without having to get up extra early. i agree that the paleo-friendly muffins and other baked goodies are more of a treat, really, and not intended to be eaten everyday. keep it simple.

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on January 30, 2014
at 11:30 PM

If you IF you don't have to worry about those evil breakfast substitutes. 3 eggs and some sardines - potatoes, spinach/kale/chard for brunch works fine for me.

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on January 31, 2014
at 05:52 PM

We really like "dining" on IF for breakfast. If not IF then we are having coffee with heavy cream and maybe a little cocoa powder or cinnamon. Of course, there are times when we go have bacon and eggs or omlets too, but we're very taken with IF!

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on January 30, 2014
at 11:07 PM

I think you may be just a touch confused about paleo... perhaps a little more research is in order?

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on January 31, 2014
at 03:07 PM

how so? I know that I can mostly only eat fruit, vegetables, and meat. It's just a question, so I can eat paleo healthy.

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on January 30, 2014
at 10:53 PM

I think the reason that you see a lot of unhealthy breakfast recipes is that they're treat recipes. I imagine most people eating paleo for real aren't eating like that normally, and are instead eating things that don't require recipes like eggs or heated up leftovers. I eat grass-fed ground beef, sometimes with a couple of eggs, sometimes with blueberries. That's not a very interesting recipe for a blog.

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on January 30, 2014
at 08:27 PM

There has been research done regarding purified or powdered ingredients (e.g. flours) causing obesity as compared to their whole-food ingredients (e.g. rice vs. rice flour; almonds vs. almond flour), so there's some indication that they may not be healthy to consume with any degree of regularity, if at all.

Apart from that, there's the problem of overconsuming nuts and consuming too much (>4-6%) of total calories as polyunsaturated fatty acids, or consuming too much omega 6, which nuts are generally abundant in.

Very likely best to eat whole foods for meals, including breakfast. :)

There's some research showing that protein and fat are better consumed in the earlier parts of the day (such as for breakfast), and carbohydrates later on in the day. Avocados, grass-fed steak, leftover meat and vegetables tossed together with a Paleo fat, all sound like likely possibilities. Or, really, anything you enjoy eating that's protein/fat can be eaten as the first meal. Variety is also very good - Paleolithic peoples ate a huge variety of foods compared to modern peoples. With variety, if there are specific toxins present in specific foods/plants, they're being consumed in very small quantities, rather than the large quantities that could potentially build up through consuming very little variety and the same foods most of the time.

"Paleo" breakfasts which include muffins, cakes, biscuits, and the like are an attempt to recreate a Neolithic (after the advent of farming) diet and look "safe" or "familiar" to various peoples. On the whole, they are probably quite a bit unhealthier than real, whole foods for breakfast. There are many recipes for "Paleo" desserts, treats, etc. which would really be best not consumed regularly at all, though are potentially fine as a once-per-month or less "treat".

Often, these recipes (for sweet, or bread-like "Paleo-fied" foods) are also posted to try to attract readers. Readers and page views on blogs and sites often translate to more potential profit for whatever e-book/advice book is being sold by that writer. It is much like "gluten-free" junk foods which are made with soybean oil and lots of various sugars, chemicals, and flavorings advertising "healthy".

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on January 30, 2014
at 08:42 PM

(The exceptions to these are, of course, things like "pasta" made by julienning zucchini/yellow squash/some other squash into thin strips, then cooking. This, of course, because the ingredients (squashes or starchy vegetables, and potentially a Paleo oil and real sea salt) are obviously simple, whole, and unharmful. Knowledge and judgement is key! :) )

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on January 30, 2014
at 07:11 PM

Muffins for breakfast on a paleo diet? WFT? I would guess a typical paleo breakfast would consist of eggs, bacon or sausage, or some kind of fruit. Unless you are referring to paleo muffins or pancakes. These kind of deviate from the paleo concept but if the ingredients are healthy (eggs, butter, coconut oil, nuts, fruit or veggies) and there's no added sugars or junk, I don't see what the problem would be.

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on January 31, 2014
at 03:05 PM

Yes, I meant paleo mufffins. I was just concerned if I could eat them everyday. They don't contain sugar and such, but they do contain baking powder, honey, and such. I was doubting if that was healthy to eat every day.

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on January 30, 2014
at 06:55 PM

I usually do a burger patty and a handful of nuts (cashews or almonds). The only reason "breakfast foods" are "breakfast foods" is due to convenience, yet people feel they have to stick with the classic refined carbohydrate breakfast. Make 7 burgers on Sunday and you have prep-free breakfast for the week.

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