Before I figured this whole weight loss shit out and lost over 70 pounds, every time I started a “diet” or a lifestyle change, I’d go into a mini panic thinking, “damn, what exactly can I eat now?” So if you’re just starting out and are feeling this way, you are not alone! Before getting too complicated with yourself, start with just eating the things you ate before (in weighed and measured amounts, of course), and add some new things in for variety. If you celebrate Taco Tuesdays, like I do, continue to do it! If you like eating chocolate croissants with chocolate chips melted over the top (*cough, mom, cough*), continue to do so! If you love Dr. Pepper (like the entire state of Texas), continue to drink it! However, eventually you will have to convert some of these things you used to eat daily, into to things you eat weekly, in order to keep within a calorie deficit.
When you eat things you like, you can continue your new way of eating indefinitely. This is how you learn to eventually maintain while you are losing weight.
In one of my earlier unsuccessful attempts at losing weight, while still living with my parents, the whole family joined weight watchers. During the weight-watchers-years, my Dad devoured bananas all the fucking time. He would eat all the bananas before Mom and I got a chance to have even one! It looked like he really really loved bananas for some reason. Ok Dad, if you really like bananas that much, you can have all of them. Fine. A couple years later, after all of us gaining our weight back, he admitted to not really liking bananas at all! He only ate them because they were “free” on the weight watchers points plus plan! WTF Dad? Don’t be like Dad.
Eat things you like! Never waste your calories on something you don’t like!
Let’s look at some options of “what to eat” for breakfast meals. This morning for example, I had a toasted English muffin with butter (real, delicious butter), two scrambled eggs, a sliced Fuji apple, with my earl grey tea (in a cat mug, of course). It was perfect for me. It kept me full and satisfied for several hours and was exactly what I wanted at the time. I usually try to have my breakfasts total up to between 400-500 calories, which leaves me plenty of calories for later meals and snacks.
If you struggle with thinking of new things to try for breakfast, look below for some ideas:
Some of my favorite breakfast beverages:
- I used to drink coffee with hazelnut coffee creamer, but have recently switched to earl grey tea with milk and sugar, purely out of personal preference.
- Grapefruit juice
- Orange juice
Some of my favorite breakfast food:
- Thomas light multigrain English muffin with butter and raspberry jam.
- Scrambled eggs (2) cooked in a few grams of butter.
- 2-egg cheese omelette.
- 2-egg scramble with veggies, and shredded cheese sprinkled on top.
- Applegate chicken and maple breakfast sausages (3).
- Eggo frozen homestyle or blueberry waffles with Aunt Jemima light syrup.
- Fruit: bananas, apples, grapefruit, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries.
- Cereal: frosted mini wheats, oatmeal squares, honey nut Chex. Always two servings at a time. (One serving of cereal looks like a meal for ants!)
- Oatmeal with fruit, nuts, brown sugar, or maple syrup toppings.
What do you eat for breakfast? What new breakfast ideas should I try next? Like, comment, share! 🙂
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