Saturday, February 15, 2020

How I Break My Fast



One of the hardest things for people to wrap their heads around when they change to a diet that limits or eliminates sugars and carbs is what to eat for breakfast. After all, in the US we're used to a very sugary carb-based breakfast of cereals, muffins, donuts, waffles and pancakes. That was my mother's first question years ago when I was following the Paleo diet and we visited them because she couldn't imagine a breakfast that wasn't based on the foods I listed above.

Since changing to eating Keto and getting all sugars out of my diet plus doing intermittent fasting (IF) a lot has changed about when and what I eat, even from when I was following the Paleo diet. Then I ate one hardboiled egg and an orange for breakfast, and on weekends we had bacon or sausage with sweet potatoes and fried eggs, and when I was off of it we added in regular potatoes sometimes in place of the sweet potatoes because my husband is the weekend breakfast cook and he wasn't a fan of sweet potatoes for breakfast.

Some things changed with us both going Keto, some didn't. So on weekend mornings we still have the big breakfast with bacon (no more sausage), sweet potatoes with garlic cloves and mushrooms (no more regular potatoes of any color), and he has fried eggs while I have hardboiled ones. I also add seaweed to my breakfast for my thyroid even though I also take supplements for it. 

During the week though, my breakfast now looks like the picture above--a mixed green salad with carrots and onion, seaweed, garlic-stuffed olives and canned salmon. Again, most of this is for my thyroid and the rest of my hormones as well as getting all of the vitamins and nutrients that leafy greens provide. I also have two hardboiled eggs (not pictured) and a cup of tea. 

The other big change is when I eat breakfast because of the IF. I used to eat around 8 or 8:30 am, but now I wait until 10 or 11 am, and then eat dinner around 3 or 4 pm, depending on when my husband gets home. He doesn't eat breakfast until closer to noon, and then eats dinner with me, having a much smaller eating window than I do and sometimes doing OMAD (one meal a day), only eating dinner. I'm still too insulin resistant to do OMAD or a smaller window, and often get hungry around 1 pm, at which time I'll have a handful of nuts and some pepperoni. 

He's losing weight much more rapidly than I am this time, but then as I've said before, this time I have a much longer road to healing than I had before, so I'm not worrying about the scale so much as I am my health. I know that if I keep sugars and junk out of my diet, then eventually the weight will start to melt off like it did before. It is now, but it's slow and since fat is being replaced by muscle as I work out, the scale isn't moving as fast as it did before. But that's okay, for both of us this is about getting healthy for life rather than the short term goal of weight loss. Keeping my eyes on the long goal keeps me from getting frustrated in the short term.

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