A.M. animal is a must for me…

16 Mar

yesterday I had whole grain cereal, strawberries and NF milk for breakfast.  I went to Zumba at 10:30 and about 40 minutes into class, I started feeling shakey and left early.  The first thing I wanted to do was eat – and eat big food, fast.

I stopped at Sanchez Taqueria for a chicken burrito (which is a heavy torpedo), came home, dumped the contents out of the shell, and scarfed it down with avocado, salsa, sour cream, and blue corn chips.  THEN, I ate half a bag of Pirate’s Booty.  Of course, I was pretty full before I even finished the burrito.  But, I was still in ‘stop the shakes’ desperation mode.

Today, I had a bigger, more protein-rich breakfast.  It included a turkey patty on 90 calorie high fiber bread, a slice of havarti, 2 small tangerines and a Chobani with chia seeds and a sprinkle of granola. 

I know, it’s a big breakfast.  BUT, I’ve been ‘borrowing’ some advice from my friend’s nutritionist who says one of his hard and fast rules is to ‘eat like a king at breakfast, a queen at lunch and a peasant at dinner.’   Consequently, I had NO shakes during Zumba today and I still feel pretty satisfied now at 12:15 in the afternoon.  I’m not feeling food-desperate, or really craving anything.

Lunch will be a chicken salad, and for dinner we’re having salmon and asparagus.  (Okay, not sure a peasant could afford salmon [unless he caught it himself], but I believe the peasant advice is regarding the amount you eat at dinner).  Apparently, you are also supposed to try and have dinner by 5:00 or 5:30, which will pretty much never happen because it’s WAY too early for us. 

I even get an afternoon snack on this plan – which today I’m thinking will be celery with goat cheese, and some fruit.

So, I reckon my point is, my breakfasts from now on may have to be a little less conventional.  I absolutely LOVE having fruit, yogurt and cereal for breakfast.  And, I guess I can still have that as long as I also include some chicken, turkey, eggs, etc.  My body is telling me that the protein in yogurt alone is not enough if I’m going to be at all active between breakfast and lunch.  I’ve even felt these shakes when walking Tux between breakfast and lunch, which, with the number of stops he ‘needs’ to make is not high-level activity.

And, yes, it was a big breakfast today, but, if it keeps me from downing a huge burrito and salty, crunchy carbs in the middle of the day, in the end I’ll be eating less for the day.

The learning curve seems to go on and on…

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