The weight started coming off when I stopped eating cereal every morning and switched to a healthy breakfast. I’ve kept it off for about 18 months now.
I figured out that a serious breakfast makes your whole day go better. It eliminates hunger pains and gives you the energy to face the problems that will inevitably hit at the worst possible times.
My personal favorite is unsweetened, natural oatmeal. I promise this is delicious IF it has the right things added to it! Natural oatmeal has a lot more fiber in it than processed â€œinstantâ€ oatmeal and doesnâ€™t have that disgusting mush texture. You can buy it at any health food store or roll your own.
Hereâ€™s the things you can add to natural oatmeal that will take it from being merely healthy to being a real treat:
Raisins-A good source of iron and potassium.
Almonds-A great source of healthy mono-unsaturated fats, which are good for your heart, and Vitamin E. They also lower cholesterol.
Banana-Supplies tryptophan (which converts to the â€œfeel-goodâ€ hormone serotonin), Vitamin B6, potassium and iron.
Blueberries (fresh, frozen or dried)-Loaded with antioxidants that slow the aging process, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Ground flaxseed-One of the â€œmiracle foodsâ€ health advocates talk about in glowing terms. Contains alpha-linolenic acid (reduces heart disease), lowers cholesterol, reduces constipation. (Note-Flaxseed must be ground to be absorbed by your body.)
Hereâ€™s a recipe for a great oatmeal breakfast, if you need it: Start with a half cup of natural oatmeal. Add enough boiling water to submerge the oatmeal. Let set for a minute or so to let the oats soak up the water. Add 12 almonds, 20 raisins or a small banana (sliced) and one tablespoon of ground flaxseed. Add skim milk or yogurt to taste and enjoy!
I promise you wonâ€™t miss the brown sugar!
I like fresh eggs. It makes a big difference in flavor and healthfulness when the eggs were laid yesterday. For years, we raised our own chickens using a Chicken Tractor, but now our Amish neighbor sells eggs so we just buy them fresh.
Eggs have gotten an unfair reputation as being unhealthy. Most scientists believe that high cholesterol is caused by a high fat diet, not by healthy, natural foods (like eggs) that contain cholesterol. Click here for helpful information on this from the Mayo Clinic. Eggs are a great source of protein. And, they wonâ€™t leave you feeling empty by 11:00 am like cereal does.
Weâ€™ve even found that you donâ€™t need salt if theyâ€™re made right!
For us, healthy eggs start by being cooked in a cast iron skillet. Click here to see our USA-made skillets. Thereâ€™s an age old saying that, â€œEverything tastes better when itâ€™s cooked in cast iron.â€
To help reduce sticking, we often use coconut oil. This is a heart-healthy unsaturated fat that doesnâ€™t deteriorate when heated. It tastes good, too!
Then we add half a teaspoon of basil and a sliver of white cheddar cheese. You can add fresh ground pepper to taste.
Here’s the important thing!
Not only did I lose 30 lbs and keep it off. I also lowered by blood pressure from what the doctor told me was “pre-hypertensive” (approaching the danger zone) to a very healthy 110 over 75.
Many things contributed to this, including a diet of more natural, less processed foods and exercise every other day or so. I made a commitment not to make any changes to my diet that weren’t realistic and that I couldn’t live with in the long run. This meant the weight came off slowly. But, it stayed off.
And, it all started with eating a “serious breakfast” every day.