So I’ve come to the realization that I definitely feel better, eat better, and am less hungry on days that I have my massive protein-stuffed breakfast.
Well, you might be saying. No shit, Seventhe.
But it’s funny because I’ve been protein-packing my breakfast for a while now (at least 6 months; probably closer to a year) and I haven’t really noticed the difference until now. I guess there’s some dietary / nutritional adjustment that goes slowly, and maybe now some of it is in my head?
I’ve always been a breakfast person – I’m hypoglycemic, and I realized really early that eating minimal or nothing until lunchtime basically ends in a horrible crash and headaches and sometimes passing out, so for years I’ve made sure I had something in the mornings. Thing is, it was often cereal, or a bagel sandwich — carb-heavy. And that was fine if I had another snack at 10, and lunch, and snacks all afternoon.
Now my breakfast in the morning is 1 real egg and 2 eggs’-worth of Giant Eagle’s version of eggbeaters plus fat-free ricotta cheese, which is protein-packed already, and then I add a slice of cheese and salsa and some days refried beans, and then I have a half scoop of protein powder in milk. According to MyFitnessPal, that’s 50g of protein with only 11g fat and 29g carbs (which becomes 21g carbs without the beans), for 435 calories.
(I’ve got long extensive thoughts on protein that I’ll save for another post.)
Anyway, I’ve realized that while I am nice and hungry by lunchtime, I don’t really “need” my morning snack anymore. And I don’t need as much in the afternoons — I’m used to packing tons of fruit and snacks and peanut butter on a banana and a bag of almonds and all kinds of stuff to eat all afternoon, and now I’ll have maybe one snack? Sometimes I still make myself eat a Greek yogurt in the mornings, and I’m definitely hungry for a snack by 3-4, but my eating patterns have definitely changed. And it isn’t just me being more/less busy at work — it’s a trend I’ve been slow to notice but has been going on for quite a while.
So. Something others can try if they’re looking for a change that might help regulate blood sugar and hunger and be healthy. :)