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Not what you eat for breakfast, but why you eat such and such for breakfast.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Hey all! I am wanting to know what the best breakfast is. I am not looking for recipes, but am interested in knowing not just what you eat for breakfast, but more importantly, why you are eating this.

I am 21, 5'4" and 120lbs. I am not looking to gain or lose weight. Just want to stay healthy. Do you have specific breakfast eats that help keep you in good health?

Right now I eat either 3 scrambled eggs with a side of fruit or berries and a coffee. I like to put organic valley half n' half in my coffee, but sometimes just like it black too. Other days I just eat one of those Chiobani Greek yogurts and toss in few berries and nuts on top.

( I am not totally paleo. I cave in and eat toast with Almond butter on it a couple mornings as well, and also am known to splurge on hot cocoa or mocha lattes with whipped cream in the fall and winter time. I drink a protein shake callef Myofusion after weight training too. But I know these things aren'y the best, so please do not give me a lecture about the damage they can do.)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 19, 2012
at 09:27 PM

...I actually meant when you are NOT insulin resistant. Sorry. When you are not insulin resistant, the insulin will help transport the carbs into the muscle cells. That's what I meant. When you're insulin resistant, the insulin from carbs and protein will probably not do anything good.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on September 19, 2012
at 09:18 PM

"Protein releases insulin, which helps drive glucose into the muscle cells when you are insulin resistant." I'm a little confused...does the insulin response from protein have a different effect than that from carbohydrate (other than being slightly *lower,* usually)?

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on September 19, 2012
at 09:05 PM

Rob, is there anything wrong with raw store-bought eggs if they are from good quality chickens, like these eggs: http://www.choosecagefree.ca/news/hope_eco_farm.html

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on September 19, 2012
at 08:52 PM

Yes! Getting up in the morning is so much easier when you can look forward to a deliciously chocolately-almondy mug of steaming caffeine!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 19, 2012
at 08:14 PM

is how hungry I am. If you're not hungry, then don't eat the meat/nuts. Eat some fruit first, wait half an hour to and hour, and then eat the meat and nuts.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 19, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Poliquin suggests for people with nut allergies to eat meat and berries for breakfast, so that will likely be a good option, as the berries contain some glucose and will replenish at least a little glycogen in the muscle and in the liver, without any potential rebound hypoglycemia. So, you might want to try that. But if the workout was just light cardio or something of that nature, you should be fine with the meat/nut breakfast. I usually go for a walk or a swim in the morning, and then often just eat meat/nuts after. Works fine for me. Also, a good guide for me on what to eat after a workout

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I want to know the same thing that Ruth does. Sometimes I workout on the morning and my trainer always tells me to eat carbs when I am done along with protein, so that is what I do. Is the fruit/nut breakfast suitable for days I work out in the morning before I eat breakfast? Thank you again for your advice.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Oh, I see...sorry about that..I inferred where I should not have. Good idea.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:56 PM

I heard intermittent fasting isn't so great for women, so I don't mess with it. I also just like breakfast. P.S. you may be the first man in the history of the world (or at least paleohacks) to use the word "fabulousness." I laughed when I read that lol.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on September 19, 2012
at 07:55 PM

My trainer is also trying to push more protein into me. I take my protein powder and amino acids with me to the gym so that I can take them immediately after my workout.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 19, 2012
at 07:53 PM

That's why I said first meal, and not breakfast. I workout fasted, so I usually scramble everything up, and reheat on my hotplate in my office.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:53 PM

OMG sounds delish. But it is too low in protein for me. I need some or I get hungry and feel weak.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:51 PM

OMG that sounds so good. I love almond butter. I will just omit the goat kefir, because milk and kefir don't like me. d

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:50 PM

That is hard core, and I think just too many calories for me in one sitting. I also don't do milk or raw eggs. Sorry but I am sure others will benefit from your suggestion.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Great. 2 of the same answers (almost). I am def going to try it. I will google this Mr. Charles Poliquin too. I can do cardio work fasted just fine, but it is the kettle bells and weights that is tough to go into without eating for me. Plus, I do not see the benefit of not eating before workouts. My trainer told me to eat protein often throughout the day because we cannot store it like we can carbs and fats, so we must consume it to prevent our bodies from eating away at our muscles. Yes I like my protein both before and after working out...and any other time of day for that matter :)

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Thanks CD. bacon and eggs...duh. My workouts vary from day to day though, but bacon before a workout would make me feel slow. Just a personal thing I guess.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on September 19, 2012
at 07:34 PM

foreveryoung - I work out first thing in the morning & have breakfast after that. how's the meat/nuts thing work as a post-workout meal? does it have the same effect? would you add/remove anything depending on whether it was post-workout or not?

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on September 19, 2012
at 07:30 PM

yum. sounds good.

61c1efcc482019e016c45270b18c7453

(645)

on September 19, 2012
at 07:30 PM

I really hope your raw eggs aren't store bought.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:17 PM

This will definitely be something that I will add to my rotation, along with the forever's meat and nuts. The variations are so endless too for salad, and it is both light and refreshing...just what I would like to have in the morning. Wonderful suggestions and explanations. Thank you

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Thanks Diane. Salad for breakfast is an obvious light and smart way to start the day. I suppose the only reason more people are not doing is because the breakfast industry have been dominated by cereal and yogurt ads. This will definitely be something that I will add to my rotation, along with the forever's meat and nuts. The variations are so endless too for salad.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Those are great foreveryoung! Thank you so much :) I will definitely try implementing your meat and nut breakfast. And rye bread isn't even remotely paleo. Someone's naughty ;)

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Those are great foreveryoung! Thank you so much :) I will definitely try implementing your meat and nut breakfast. And rye bread isn't even remotely paleo. Someon's naughty ;)

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:06 PM

Ditto :) I sometimes have difficulty falling asleep at night because i am looking forward to my morning coffee. So soul-soothing.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on September 19, 2012
at 07:02 PM

Hello, Princess. I eat one of two different breakfasts depending on what my previous day's food intake was. One of the breakfasts is strict paleo, and the other isn't even almost paleo. I do, however, eat everything for a reason, so this should help.

Breakfast Option 1. * 120 grams of meat and and 25-30 grams of nuts: I first read about this from Charles Poliquin a couple years back, and here is the reasoning for it. "The meat allows for a slow and steady rise in blood sugar. The nuts provide a great source of healthy smart fats that allows the blood sugar to remain stable for an extended period of time." Also, protein is high in tyrosine which increases mental focus (among other things). I typically eat this between 3 and 4 days out of the week, typically alongside a coffee.

Breakfast Option 2: * around 70 grams of fish (sardines or salmon) with some cottage cheese (I get Friendhsip 1% no salt added, which has 13 grams of protein and only 4 grams of carbs per 113g serving). I toast 1-2 slices (20-40 grams) of sourdough rye bread to act as a vehicle to get the protein in me, and also to create a good blood sugar response (protein releases insulin, which helps drive glucose into the muscle cells when you are insulin resistant. This is the reason why you often hear the mantra to "eat protein and carbs together"). If I eat this breakfast and it is not a carb ref feed day, I will not eat any other starchy or fruit carbs for the remainder of the day.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I want to know the same thing that Ruth does. Sometimes I workout on the morning and my trainer always tells me to eat carbs when I am done along with protein, so that is what I do. Is the fruit/nut breakfast suitable for days I work out in the morning before I eat breakfast? Thank you again for your advice.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Those are great foreveryoung! Thank you so much :) I will definitely try implementing your meat and nut breakfast. And rye bread isn't even remotely paleo. Someon's naughty ;)

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Those are great foreveryoung! Thank you so much :) I will definitely try implementing your meat and nut breakfast. And rye bread isn't even remotely paleo. Someone's naughty ;)

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on September 19, 2012
at 07:34 PM

foreveryoung - I work out first thing in the morning & have breakfast after that. how's the meat/nuts thing work as a post-workout meal? does it have the same effect? would you add/remove anything depending on whether it was post-workout or not?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 09:27 PM

...I actually meant when you are NOT insulin resistant. Sorry. When you are not insulin resistant, the insulin will help transport the carbs into the muscle cells. That's what I meant. When you're insulin resistant, the insulin from carbs and protein will probably not do anything good.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Poliquin suggests for people with nut allergies to eat meat and berries for breakfast, so that will likely be a good option, as the berries contain some glucose and will replenish at least a little glycogen in the muscle and in the liver, without any potential rebound hypoglycemia. So, you might want to try that. But if the workout was just light cardio or something of that nature, you should be fine with the meat/nut breakfast. I usually go for a walk or a swim in the morning, and then often just eat meat/nuts after. Works fine for me. Also, a good guide for me on what to eat after a workout

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on September 19, 2012
at 09:18 PM

"Protein releases insulin, which helps drive glucose into the muscle cells when you are insulin resistant." I'm a little confused...does the insulin response from protein have a different effect than that from carbohydrate (other than being slightly *lower,* usually)?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 08:14 PM

is how hungry I am. If you're not hungry, then don't eat the meat/nuts. Eat some fruit first, wait half an hour to and hour, and then eat the meat and nuts.

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47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on September 19, 2012
at 07:02 PM

I'm a runner and I literally just eat a cup of black coffee and go work out early in the morning and don't usually eat til lunch and that is a leftover meat from last night or salad and some fruit, nut snack! Ha I just said "nut snack!" I eat pretty late and heavily when I do. I think I may be an intermittent faster. Still a newb, trying to wrap my head around all of this fabulousness.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:56 PM

I heard intermittent fasting isn't so great for women, so I don't mess with it. I also just like breakfast. P.S. you may be the first man in the history of the world (or at least paleohacks) to use the word "fabulousness." I laughed when I read that lol.

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Aa748fb43334ffd2db3934aa00874bbe

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I have coffee for breakfast because without it I would die.

Aa748fb43334ffd2db3934aa00874bbe

(458)

on September 19, 2012
at 08:52 PM

Yes! Getting up in the morning is so much easier when you can look forward to a deliciously chocolately-almondy mug of steaming caffeine!

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:06 PM

Ditto :) I sometimes have difficulty falling asleep at night because i am looking forward to my morning coffee. So soul-soothing.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 19, 2012
at 07:50 PM

WHAT I EAT: 1 ripe sliced banana with 2 kinds of berries, in a bowl, mixed with a giant spoonful of almond butter or almond/hazelnut butter, and sprinkled with toasted pumpkin seeds. A glass of homemade goat kefir on the side. And some weak Earl Grey tea.

WHY I EAT IT: 1. Lack of other options - eggs are too gassy and I eat meat/fish for lunch and dinner so I don't really want it for breakfast too. 2 It's fast, yummy and keeps me full til lunch (about 4 hours later). And it reminds me of the "bowl of oatmeal/cereal" experience which I miss. And the carbs aren't a concern as I am not trying to lose weight.

WHY I WORRY: Maybe it's not high enough in protein.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:53 PM

OMG sounds delish. But it is too low in protein for me. I need some or I get hungry and feel weak.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:51 PM

OMG that sounds so good. I love almond butter. I will just omit the goat kefir, because milk and kefir don't like me. d

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 19, 2012
at 07:33 PM

My first meal is typically 4 eggs scrambled loose with whatever vegetables I have and a side of fatty meat (left overs or bacon/sausage/etc).

I eat that for two reasons. First, I typically workout in the morning, so protein is key in the first meal. Second, The more fat I eat early in the day the less hungry I feel throughout the day.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Thanks CD. bacon and eggs...duh. My workouts vary from day to day though, but bacon before a workout would make me feel slow. Just a personal thing I guess.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Oh, I see...sorry about that..I inferred where I should not have. Good idea.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 19, 2012
at 07:53 PM

That's why I said first meal, and not breakfast. I workout fasted, so I usually scramble everything up, and reheat on my hotplate in my office.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on September 19, 2012
at 07:32 PM

I also eat a meat and nuts breakfast ala Charles Poliquin. Right now I eat a two egg omelette (sometimes with a little goat cheese in it), one chicken sausage and either a small handful of walnuts or macadamias. I used to alternate omelette and sausage days but I found after a while that I just couldn't eat three eggs or two sausages...I just got too full. This current breakfast seems to work out better for me now. I've tried also eating some berries with breakfast, but again, just too much to eat. Then I go to the gym and workout. I have tried going fasted (pre-paleo, but I overslept) and it doesn't work for me.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on September 19, 2012
at 07:55 PM

My trainer is also trying to push more protein into me. I take my protein powder and amino acids with me to the gym so that I can take them immediately after my workout.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Great. 2 of the same answers (almost). I am def going to try it. I will google this Mr. Charles Poliquin too. I can do cardio work fasted just fine, but it is the kettle bells and weights that is tough to go into without eating for me. Plus, I do not see the benefit of not eating before workouts. My trainer told me to eat protein often throughout the day because we cannot store it like we can carbs and fats, so we must consume it to prevent our bodies from eating away at our muscles. Yes I like my protein both before and after working out...and any other time of day for that matter :)

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98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

on September 19, 2012
at 07:25 PM

I workout on a fasted state, so my breakfast is after that. If i don't workout maybe a coffee or i fast till lunch. A smoothie with raw milk, half an avocado, frozen banana,raw egg yolks and a handful of almonds. I know that raw milk with raw egg yolks are good for your health but there's only one reason why i have this because IT TASTES SO GOOD!

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(645)

on September 19, 2012
at 07:30 PM

I really hope your raw eggs aren't store bought.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 19, 2012
at 09:05 PM

Rob, is there anything wrong with raw store-bought eggs if they are from good quality chickens, like these eggs: http://www.choosecagefree.ca/news/hope_eco_farm.html

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:50 PM

That is hard core, and I think just too many calories for me in one sitting. I also don't do milk or raw eggs. Sorry but I am sure others will benefit from your suggestion.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on September 19, 2012
at 07:30 PM

yum. sounds good.

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on September 19, 2012
at 07:08 PM

For a year I ate eggs or meat, with or without vegetables. I did so for the following reasons:

  • A high protein, low carb breakfast kept hunger away for many hours
  • My partner doesn't like this diet so it was the only time I could eat offal

Lately I am eating salads with meat or fish for breakfast. Same reasons as above, plus:

  • I can exercise at lunch easily after a salad, even if I eat my breakfast at 10 or 11AM.
  • Sometimes I save my breakfast for after lunch when I feel more like having a salad.
  • I bring it to work and don't have to worry about it cooling down in my thermos.
  • I've just been in the mood for a salad.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Thanks Diane. Salad for breakfast is an obvious light and smart way to start the day. I suppose the only reason more people are not doing is because the breakfast industry have been dominated by cereal and yogurt ads. This will definitely be something that I will add to my rotation, along with the forever's meat and nuts. The variations are so endless too for salad.

40befdb27ebc5f02993523f3625bc8c5

on September 19, 2012
at 07:17 PM

This will definitely be something that I will add to my rotation, along with the forever's meat and nuts. The variations are so endless too for salad, and it is both light and refreshing...just what I would like to have in the morning. Wonderful suggestions and explanations. Thank you

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06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on September 19, 2012
at 09:39 PM

Bulletproof coffee for me. Upgraded (or low toxin) black coffee + MCT oil + grass fed butter and I'm good till 3 or 4 PM.

-Matt
PhysiqueRescue.com

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on September 19, 2012
at 09:27 PM

i eat a bowl full of lots of fruits, mixed unsalted nuts, pomergranite seeds, chia seeds and almond milk. its very filling and very yummy

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