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13 Jun, 2012

Nine things for Operation Trim: #5 – Hello breakfast, goodbye bread

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Challenge me, challenge you|Recipes and Food

In the first post of this series I mentioned that my ill-fitting pants were a direct result of the terrible meals I was eating in the month before our move. I just wasn’t making time to feed myself properly. I almost always forgot to eat breakfast, so I’d eat one lunch at 11, and another at 1:00 or so. I’d eat a large dinner with the family at 6:00 and end my day with mindless snacking. Oh, and during the day I’d graze on buttered toast and handfuls of salty snacks. No wonder my pants started to get too tight.

I think healthy eating starts with breakfast. Breakfast is truly the most important meal. A healthy breakfast is a fuel injection and sets the tone for the rest of the day, don’t you think?

I’m trying to be better at planning meals (see post number four), and as part of that I am trying to focus on (1) eating proper breakfasts again and (2) bidding a temporary adieu to bread.

mister breadLet’s talk about breakfast first. I know that if I don’t eat a proper breakfast at the proper time, it messes with my meals for the rest of the day and I end up eating more food. I got off track in regards to breakfast for awhile so I am CLIMBING BACK ON THE BREAKFAST TRAIN.

Eating breakfast is one thing I know I am VERY GOOD AT. I am a breakfast robot and can happily eat the same thing every single day. I don’t even think about that bowl of blueberries and All-Bran Buds and plain yogurt and granola anymore. (Let’s be frank, I’m not doing very much thinking at that time of the day at all.) I also make a latte with lots of milk to fill up my calcium quotient.

I also know that I feel better when I consume a bit more protein in the first half of the day, so I bought myself some unsalted almonds to eat as a mid-morning snack.

Now, bread. It hurts me to eliminate bread from my diet for the next while but it must be done. Whenever I take bread out of the equation the extra jiggles tend to disappear, so it must go for now. Besides, if I’m not eating bread, I’m also not eating butter. This can only be a good thing.

I am sorry bread. I love you. I really do, but we have to break up for awhile. At least until I can straighten things out between us.

My next post for Operation Trim will reveal the four special words that are guaranteed to result in weight loss, so stay tuned. :)


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15 Responses to "Nine things for Operation Trim: #5 – Hello breakfast, goodbye bread"

1 | Maranda

June 13th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

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Goodness I hope those words aren’t “I’m giving up candy” O_o

2 | Fiona

June 13th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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Chia seed and hemp hearts added to some yogourt or almond milk will really boost your daily protein and amino acids. And they get huge bonus points in my book because they do not require cooking, just sprinkle on. That’s my kind of superfood.

3 | andrea

June 13th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

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Maranda: not quite. :)

Fiona: I need to find some chia seeds and try them out. I assume they’re available at bulk stores and places like Rainbow Foods?

4 | Shannon

June 13th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

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I have been going through the same ‘pants don’t fit’ mission. For breakfast, I have a small bowl of oatmeal (raisins and cinnamon) with a smoothie. It does the trick. I used to have a second breakfast at 9AM. Smoothie is with frozen fruit, a scoop of protein powder and ground chia.

I’ve always got my chia at Farm Boy, but yes… Rainbow should have it. Can’t remember ever seeing them at Bulk Barn.

Giving up wine is my struggle.

5 | Erica

June 13th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

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Chia does exist at Bulk Barn. I always confuse it with poppyseeds in my pantry stash.

6 | Heather R

June 13th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

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Hi Andrea: Indeed, Rainbow foods does carry chia, as does all the Kardish locations. Most will have a few varieties! I recently bought one at Kardish called Chia Breakfast Blend that also had dried fruit in it. I soak it in milk for 30 minutes, add vanilla and sweetener and eat like a pudding. Very yummy snack :-)

Good luck with Operation Trim :-)

7 | pat cook

June 13th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

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As I am 8-10 lbs heavier than this time last year, I can only applaud your efforts. But for me the real game-changer is meat, not because I disapprove of it but because drastically reducing meat in my diet was the only thing that taught me to really think about cooking more vegetable dishes, really planning a meal around several different veg rather than meat-plus veggies, and also about fruit(s) for dessert. Then when you are not planning around meat, it becomes easier to think about whole grain dishes etc.
I Look forward to hearing about meal ideas Andrea, especially as the weather heats up. It’s easy to cook in cool weather, but I start to lose interest around this time of year and tend to get store-bought, which can be good for me but not my wallet!

8 | CampingGirl

June 13th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

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Chia seeds can also be found in the gluten free/organic aisle of your local grocery store.

I have been starting my day with a berry smoothie and adding psyllium husk for a little extra fiber… also can’t be a bad thing.

9 | Fiona

June 13th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

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@Andrea – I buy chia seed at Farm Boy at Brittania but I think that the Westboro Pharmasave might carry them in their new “Health Food- Special Diets” section.

10 | Shan @ the fairy blogmother

June 13th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

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I’ve said good bye to bread as well. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be given I love bread! Good luck!

11 | Javamom

June 14th, 2012 at 9:08 am

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Bread (wheat) in general has also been eliminated for at time from my diet (but not forever). Same with dairy, especially cheese. It was a hard start but I got used to it, and frankly, I didn’t miss the bloating I felt when I cut out the dairy :) Now I eat both occasionally and don’t feel the effects the way I used to.

You can do it. It’s not that hard. I do recommend a source of protein, even if it’s a slice of meat from last night’s dinner mixed with some egg, maybe. Protein first thing in the morning (it could be baked beans with egg, chia or hemp heart seeds, something with nuts) has helped me tremendously. And it was recommended to me/us by our naturopath, and frankly, the difference I feel in terms of energy for the remainder of the day has made me a protein lover. Doesn’t have to be meat everytime. You can try salmon (smoked or canned), or a hard boiled egg.

Wish you luck!

12 | andrea

June 14th, 2012 at 9:26 am

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Thanks for your comments everyone!

Javamom: great tip about the boiled egg. And it’s easy to do a bunch at a time and keep them in the fridge. Off to do that now!

13 | Maranda

June 14th, 2012 at 11:47 am

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I get chia seeds at the Bulk Barn, they’re a good price there and you don’t have to commit to a huge package. I throw them in my whey powder and bake with them.

Second the protein with breakfast. Even the kids have to have a protein source with their morning meal. We cook eggs in advance so they can just warm them up, always have hard boiled eggs in the fridge, and have whey powder for fruit smoothies for them.

I also make my granola with half oats and half rolled quinoa for some extra protein.

14 | TatianaDokuchic

June 15th, 2012 at 7:01 am

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No! No! Not the bread!!

I love bread (can’t you tell) so my hat’s off to you for eliminating it even for a little while. For me it was just too much of a sacrifice so I compromised by cutting back on my consumption. Hopefully I’m at a point that I can sustain since I don’t feel like I’m bread deprived.

Thanks to everyone for the tips on increasing protein especially at breakfast!

15 | Breadless sandwiches and riceless sushi >> a peek inside the fishbowl

June 18th, 2012 at 8:12 am

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[...] I was at the grocery store at 11:30 a.m. the other day when I realized I was absolutely starving. My first thought was “I’ll just make a sandwich when I get home” which was immediately followed up by “wait a second, I am not eating bread right now, remember?” [...]

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