I’m going to start writing this as a breakfast blog. Breakfast seems to be the hardest and most critical part of my day, and I still haven’t gotten it down. Part of the issue continues to be quantity/hunger, part is variety (of which there is little since I still fall into the “breakfast foods for breakfast” camp), part is timing. I’ve come to realize that it’s not just about what time I eat – it’s about what time I finish.
I did follow my own advice and tried this morning a “pack & go” type of breakfast. Some hardboiled eggs, a little bit of cold leftover bacon (still delicious!), a handful each of grapes and strawberries, and a ziplock of raw carrots with a little organic sunflower seed butter. PS Organic Sunbutter is not nearly as yummy as the sugared variety. Shock!
The eggs were hard to choke down, probably because they were cold/dry and probably because they were plain hardboiled eggs. Nothing sexy about that. Coffee helped. But after consuming those, the bacon and a few of each types of produce, I was feeling the blargs. I thought it would be valuable to eat more carrots, so over the next hour in the car I basically snacked those until the thought of another made me want to hurl. This is not a sustainable plan. Plus, since that made it 9am before I was finished, my 1pm lunch came too soon again.
So I shift my focus yet again. I think I need to worry less about portion and more about making something I actually want to eat. This is very challenging during a week of early camp, but I know if I haven’t gotten the hang of it by Friday, I should have a bit more time the mornings after that. And rather than worry about being too hungry for lunch (I was abiding hard & fast to the idea of waiting 4-5hrs between meals), I will embrace it. I’ll either be actually HUNGRY which has yet to happen on this nutritional journey (I would welcome it!) or — as if it were so bad! — I’ll add a little snack in there midmorning. Heck, my toddler snacks every 25minutes it seems, so I could just participate in one of those 🙂