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Breakfast Cereal

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Created September 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Hi

I'm new and need a bit of help.

I've been nearly a week on Paleo and loving it! I wasn't far off before to be honest.

This week for breakfast I've loved having mushrooms, spinach, eggs, tomatoes, bacon for breakfast - its been amazing!

However, before going paleo I ate a ton of cereal; I'd have a (large) bowl of sugary cereal followed by a bowl of porridge (I used the remaining cereal milk to sweeten the porridge) with a handful of nuts and coldmilled flax. This was great as it gave me a lot of energy for work and my daily fitness routines.

I'm feeling like I miss this early morning carb burst and I'm struggling to get over it. Also, it can be a pain cooking up eggs or meat with veg every morning. Any ideas please? (My breakfasts need to be big - I eat a lot!)

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on January 07, 2013
at 01:34 PM

there are some nut-based granolas that don't include any grains. aside from that, though, probably the best you can do is a gluten free nuts- and oats-based cereal/granola.

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on January 07, 2013
at 04:20 AM

No, they are all made of grains. Grains, along with sugars, are a no no on the Paleo diet, though puffed rice cereal with no other ingredients than rice (not brand-name Rice Krispies) are acceptable by some Perfect Health Diet-type standards. They are still a processed food, though, and the Rice Chex type cereals are even more processed than that. It's not optimal, though if that's the worst thing you were eating and you were eating it in moderation, or only once in a while, it could be a lot worse.

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on September 21, 2012
at 04:17 AM

There are alot of positives about nuts worth remembering, there high level of vitamin E, and high amounts of minerals for example. They bring enough to the table in positives IMO, that they are worth consuming. I wouldnt have nut cereal every breakfast though. You dont want to overconsume single type of food IMO (nutrient imbalances etc)

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on September 21, 2012
at 04:13 AM

Yes walnuts, the omega 6 is quite high, the omega 6:3 ratio is about 4.5:1 which is around the right range (slightly high). The omega 3 is not as bioavailable as fish correct, but neither is plant omega 6. If you metabolise them both well, or poorly tho, youll still get a 4.5:1 ratio, which isnt bad. I wouldnt eat them every day, but mixed with macadamias (low pufas), a few days a week seems fine to me, especially if you eat salmon etc. I guess if you were more obsessive than me about omega 6, youd stick to just the macadamias or perhaps use almonds or hazelnuts instead of the walnuts.

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on September 21, 2012
at 02:49 AM

I like your post, but for whatever reason feel compelled to query re wanuts. Isn't omega 6 still pretty high and in a high ratio to the omega 3 (which isn't as useful as that those acids in fish anyway)?

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on September 21, 2012
at 12:10 AM

Interesting. I checked the cereal isle today and they say gluten free. Would barley malt not count?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 20, 2012
at 10:48 PM

Oh, and grits are an option if you are good with corn. Good with either a little cream and honey or with butter and sun dried tomatoes. I can't eat the stuff but some can.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 20, 2012
at 10:47 PM

Pretty sure that both regular and sugar free use barley malt which is out if you are at all gluten sensitive.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 20, 2012
at 01:22 PM

Yes. They also offer a "no sugar added" version. I'm not sure if it's the name brand or a puffed rice imitator, but I read it is less than 1g of sugar per serving (so less than fruit). I don't eat them, so I cannot substantiate just offering up an option.

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on September 20, 2012
at 12:58 PM

Short ingredient list on Rice Krispies, but the second ingredient is sugar.

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Good advice, but you wont find many cereals, even rice ones, without lotsa crazy non-paleo stuff in there..

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on September 20, 2012
at 11:45 AM

Since you've only been eating Paleo for a week, I would recommend allowing more time for your body, gut microbes, enzymes, etc. to adjust to the new food. Your energy levels will likely get better over the next several weeks as you adjust. Your current breakfast sounds wonderful.

If you're going to eat a cold cereal, puffed rice or rice Chex are sorta OK. White rice is generally regarded by Paleo folks to be the most innocuous commonly eaten grain.

Better carb options are fruit or tubers. In my opinion, a cold sweet potato is good any time of day.

Again though, I would stick with what you're doing for at least a month, then re-evaluate. If you still feel like you're lacking energy, try adding and some carbs and reasses.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on September 20, 2012
at 11:55 AM

Good advice, but you wont find many cereals, even rice ones, without lotsa crazy non-paleo stuff in there..

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on September 20, 2012
at 11:46 AM

That craving will go away sooner or later. Add some variety to your breakfast,use the search box for some good ideas. If you tolerate dairy or if you have a source where you can get raw milk, you could make a breakfast smoothie. Experiment for the perfect concoction.

And one more thing, breakfast doesn't have to be breakfast. By that I mean, don't be afraid to eat a steak or dinner foods in the morning.

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on March 22, 2013
at 03:17 AM

I love having roasted butternut squash as a carb for breakfast. It's delicious. It's sweet. And it's full of healthy carbohydrates and fiber, to keep you nice and full. Paired with chicken, turkey or eggs - it's delicious! Reminds me a bit of Thanksgiving dinner, lol! :) Roast enough for the week and then all you need to do is dish it out and warm it up, very easy!

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on March 22, 2013
at 03:08 AM

You really feel like you need it, you could put together a "cereal" of shredded unsweetened coconut, some seeds, and nuts. You could eat it with coconut milk or heavy cream if you use dairy and maybe a dash of honey. I wouldn't recommend it as a daily meal though, just an occasional treat when you really crave cereal.

Honestly, when I first started changing my diet, I NEEDED breakfast but as my body became more efficient at burning fat and I became more in tune with it the need passed. Most days I skip breakfast because I'm simply not hungry. If I am, I make a quick omelet with whatever veggies I put my hands on first and I always cook a package of bacon on Sunday to use throughout the week. It's usually done in less than 10 minutes.

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on March 22, 2013
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Edit: I read your rules on posting, and the only thing I saw for having my post deleted is perhaps you thought I was self promoting or spamming. I am sorry if it can off that way, but I genuinely thought this guys site (which I will not post again unless you want to undelete my post) had some really awesome stuff available. I would really like to be able to use this site in the future, so it would be nice if there was some way to communicate with you do I can better understand how this site works. Thank you.

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on March 22, 2013
at 02:13 AM

Just discovered this place, lots of paleo goodies in the store, but the web address for the cereal is http://stevesoriginal.com/cart/paleokrunch_cereal

Edit: I know this response is way after when you originally asked, but this guys site looks like it would be helpful at in stage in your new diet.

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on January 07, 2013
at 04:15 AM

Any name brand cereals that you can eat while on the paleo diet?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on January 07, 2013
at 04:20 AM

No, they are all made of grains. Grains, along with sugars, are a no no on the Paleo diet, though puffed rice cereal with no other ingredients than rice (not brand-name Rice Krispies) are acceptable by some Perfect Health Diet-type standards. They are still a processed food, though, and the Rice Chex type cereals are even more processed than that. It's not optimal, though if that's the worst thing you were eating and you were eating it in moderation, or only once in a while, it could be a lot worse.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on January 07, 2013
at 01:34 PM

there are some nut-based granolas that don't include any grains. aside from that, though, probably the best you can do is a gluten free nuts- and oats-based cereal/granola.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 20, 2012
at 10:45 PM

4-6lbs of yams, peeled, boiled and mashed/whipped.

1-2 cans of coconut milk

cocoa powder to taste

splash of vanilla.

Store, eat cold as pudding or reheat with a splash of water in the AM.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 20, 2012
at 10:48 PM

Oh, and grits are an option if you are good with corn. Good with either a little cream and honey or with butter and sun dried tomatoes. I can't eat the stuff but some can.

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on September 20, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Here's a link to a great grain-free breakfast cereal using almond and coconut flours. I haven't tried it but it looks delicious. http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/homemade-cold-breakfast-cereal-grain-free/

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on September 20, 2012
at 12:25 PM

Bananas are a great source of morning carbs for me. Here's another recent post which make give you some ideas. http://paleohacks.com/questions/150575/not-what-you-eat-for-breakfast-but-why-you-eat-such-and-such-for-breakfast#axzz26sOyELnH

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Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on September 20, 2012
at 11:52 AM

If you want something thats like cereal, taste/ease wise, nuts and berries with either almond milk or raw milk works (nuts like walnuts, macadamias with a small amount of honey).

As for carbs, the only safe carbs on paleo are tubers, and perhaps white rice. I guess you could fry some thinly sliced potatoes, or just have some fruit.

Thing is with either fruit, honey as you dont want to go too mad on them or youll get too much fructose.

Similar with nuts, and omega ratio, although the nuts I mentioned are pretty good for that (walnuts have plant o-3, and macadamias are mostly just MUFAs, very little o-6).

For a while I was in the habit of almond milk, blueberries, walnuts and macadamias a few days a week. Plenty of energy in that, although more fat than carbs.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on September 21, 2012
at 04:17 AM

There are alot of positives about nuts worth remembering, there high level of vitamin E, and high amounts of minerals for example. They bring enough to the table in positives IMO, that they are worth consuming. I wouldnt have nut cereal every breakfast though. You dont want to overconsume single type of food IMO (nutrient imbalances etc)

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on September 21, 2012
at 04:13 AM

Yes walnuts, the omega 6 is quite high, the omega 6:3 ratio is about 4.5:1 which is around the right range (slightly high). The omega 3 is not as bioavailable as fish correct, but neither is plant omega 6. If you metabolise them both well, or poorly tho, youll still get a 4.5:1 ratio, which isnt bad. I wouldnt eat them every day, but mixed with macadamias (low pufas), a few days a week seems fine to me, especially if you eat salmon etc. I guess if you were more obsessive than me about omega 6, youd stick to just the macadamias or perhaps use almonds or hazelnuts instead of the walnuts.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on September 21, 2012
at 02:49 AM

I like your post, but for whatever reason feel compelled to query re wanuts. Isn't omega 6 still pretty high and in a high ratio to the omega 3 (which isn't as useful as that those acids in fish anyway)?

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 20, 2012
at 11:46 AM

If you eat rice, then a lot of the Paleo 2.0 and "Perfect Health Diet" folks eat rice cereal (like Rice Krispies).

Also, Congee is a rice porridge that is made in many asian countries. My old rice cooker had a congee setting so you just set it and let it cook over night. I would add raisins and cinnamon to it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 20, 2012
at 10:47 PM

Pretty sure that both regular and sugar free use barley malt which is out if you are at all gluten sensitive.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on September 20, 2012
at 12:58 PM

Short ingredient list on Rice Krispies, but the second ingredient is sugar.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 20, 2012
at 01:22 PM

Yes. They also offer a "no sugar added" version. I'm not sure if it's the name brand or a puffed rice imitator, but I read it is less than 1g of sugar per serving (so less than fruit). I don't eat them, so I cannot substantiate just offering up an option.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 21, 2012
at 12:10 AM

Interesting. I checked the cereal isle today and they say gluten free. Would barley malt not count?

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