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Ok, Vixens, as I mentioned previously, today's the first day of my diet. I feel good mentally, I'm determined, but I'm still struggling over one meal: Breakfast.

What can I eat that's going to fill me up till noon, and not be a million calories?? Please don't say oatmeal, I have trouble choking it down.

And yes, I'm OFF the diet soda (help me) and am on my third bottle of water of the day.

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    Egg white omelet with avocado and green salsa.

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    I hate breakfast, but know I have to eat it. And I have found something that works for me and is ultra easy to prepare.

    I use the Magic Bullet mixer and blend together:
    1 cup soy milk (the protien keeps you from feeling hungry and gives you energy)
    4 large frozen strawberries (buy a bagful for the freezer)
    6 large frozen mango chunks (buy a bagful for the freezer)
    And add one or one-half a fresh banana.

    Zip that up in the Magic Bullet and -Presto! One delicious nutritious breakfast milkshake that fits into your diet - and mine - just lost 22 pounds and going for more - and keeps me to lunch.

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    Bonnie wrote: Egg white omelet with avocado and green salsa.

    I should have said, I'm allergic to eggs. But thanks, Bonnie!

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    Phoenix wrote: I hate breakfast, but know I have to eat it. And I have found something that works for me and is ultra easy to prepare. I use the Magic Bullet mixer and blend together: 1 cup soy milk (the protien keeps you from feeling hungry and gives you energy) 4 large frozen strawberries (buy a bagful for the freezer) 6 large frozen mango chunks (buy a bagful for the freezer) And add one or one-half a fresh banana. Zip that up in the Magic Bullet and -Presto! One delicious nutritious breakfast milkshake that fits into your diet - and mine - just lost 22 pounds and going for more - and keeps me to lunch.

    Fabulous, Phoenix, congrats! I'll have to try that.

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    Seriously, you don't like oatmeal? How are you preparing it? I mash a banana in mine, that way I don't have to add sugar. Sometimes I add Splenda, sometimes cinnamon, blueberries, sometimes vanilla. Oatmeal can be awful if too thick and lumpy, but lovely with a bit of milk or plenty of boiling water.

    If you're still dead set against oatmeal, there's always the egg white omelet with plenty of veggies/tomatoes/salsa/whatever floats your boat.

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    Get yourself some tasty, multi-grain bread and have a piece of toast with a TEENY bit (less than a tablespoon is plenty) of peanut butter schmeared on it, washed down with non-fat milk. The amino acids in the peanut butter and the milk form complete proteins, and the whole-grain bread is a high-fiber, low-glycemic-index, quality carbohydrate. Also, there's something about milk that really carries your energy through to lunch.

    If you're not a fan of toast (or peanut butter), there are lots of good, whole-grain cereals out there (check for sugar content in even the "healthy" cereals, though; high-fructose corn syrup is an insidious ingredient). Add a piece of fruit, and you might not even be all that hungry come lunchtime!

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    ehvwon wrote: I should have said, I'm allergic to eggs. But thanks, Bonnie!

    I sometimes make a tofu scramble:

    Drain and crumble firm tofu, and saute with onion and garlic powder, any other fresh or dried herbs and spices you like, and again, I like to add avocado and green salsa.

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    Oatmeal is your friend.

    May I also suggest cold-milled flax? Awesome for you. Really really.

    It has been 67 hours since my last soda/aspartame.

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    What kind of plan are you following? If it's low carb, I'd suggest making some meat roll-ups-- like turkey, roast beef, corned beef, etc spread with cream cheese and rolled up. Yummy!

    Other ideas:

    A big ole honking salad-- lots of fill, not a lot of calories.

    Boiled eggs (not my fave, at all but...)

    Tuna salad or a can of tuna.

    An omelet with cheese and your fave veggies.


    Good luck on your quest to lose weight. Please keep us posted!

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    Typically, I start the day with a cup of kefir. Around mid-morning I'll add a serving of raw almonds and a few bits of dried fruit. Apple slices and peanut butter prevent me from gnawing off my arm between meals.

    Also, I brake for Food For Life products such as Ezekiel bread which does not contain flour. They make cinnamon raisin bread and english muffins which are lovely with neufchatel or yogurt cheese for breakfast.

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    I'm also on board with the "lunch as breakfast" option, i.e. a salad, like Brandi suggested.

    Other "breakfast-y" options:

    Turkey bacon is yummy, low in calories, and high in protein. My favorite breakfast at the moment is 4 pieces of that (~80 cals...can't remember the protein count, I'll get back to you), a large apple, and some yogurt. The protein in the bacon and fiber from the apple keeps me full a lonnng time and the yogurt is tasty. Though some people are anti-yogurt due to high sugar content, which I understand.

    Also, have you tried Greek yogurt? You can find it at Trader Joe's or a similar natural foods store. 1 cup has 240 cals, 20g of protein, and very little sugar. I sweeten it up with some honey, berries, and a little bit of granola, or just eat it with grapes, no honey needed.

    Cottage cheese, also great. A VERY tasty treat that I often make is cottage cheese pudding. If you blend up cottage cheese it can take on a nice thin consistency (some of my friends hate CC because they feel like they're eating cellulite, lol. CHARMING ladies), thin it out with some milk. Then mix in some sugar free fat free jello instant pudding powder and throw in some strawberries or bananas....feel like you're eating dessert for breakfast!

    Good work on cutting out the diet soda, it actually helps decrease sugar cravings, or so I've found.

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    I second Karla's nomination for Flax! What helps you feel full is fiber, so try and pack some in to your breakfast.

    I have all kinds of wacky dietary restrictions, so breakfast for me can be a challenge... but I've hit upon a fantastic morning treat that keeps me full until it's time to refuel - and sometimes after that!

    Take 5 tbsps of ground flax seed (preferably golden, because it has a nuttier taste), a handful of berries (blue and rasp work best), a handful of nuts (like almonds or walnuts), dump it all in a bowl, and then pour just enough almond or soy milk on it to make it a bit pasty or pudding-y. It'll taste like peanut butter with fruit in it, is low in cals and high in good stuff your body needs, and will keep you running!

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    A good, filling brekkie is 1 cup Fibre One cereal (the ones that look like little brown squiggles, not the flakes) with whole milk, or the cereal with a little container of Dannon Lite & Fit yogurt that is 80 calories. (Try blueberry or blackberry; the other flavors of yogurt aren't as good.)

    I don't know how many calories a day you are restricting yourself to, but you should have a small snack between breakfast and lunch. Something like 8 raw almonds, or a stick of string cheese that is 50 calories each, or someother snack that is 100 calories. If you starve yourself too much, you will be famished and want to eat everything in sight.

    Good luck, mamacita!

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    Theresa,
    breakfast is the worst meal to skip, so kudos to you for figuring this out. Whatever you do, I would load up on protein. My breakfast is a cup or two of black or green tea, half a bagel with smart balance spread and a smoothie containing fat free yoghurt, low-fat milk, juice and frozen fruit--blueberries are great. If you want to add some protein powder to the mix, that works too.

    I usually stay full for about 4 or 5 hours, which is pretty good for me. I love food.

    Also, if you're going to have a large meal during the day, lunch is a good candidate. A small healthy dinner is a good finish to the day.

    You can do it!

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    If you eat only fruit (include banana if you wish) before 12 Noon, you will automatically lose weight, no matter what you eat for the rest of the day, according to the "Fit for Life" diet.

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    I usually have a hard boiled egg and some fresh fruit or cheese. Weekends are always eggs and bacon. Lots of protein :)

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    Check out HungryGirl.com, there are amazing food swaps and breakfast recipes.

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    Coffee. It's a miracle, it totally fills you up when you need filling. but God fobid don't use any sweetner, milk's ok.
    then when you start to get that gnawing hunger eat a power bar very slowly. Try it. I think you'll make it till lunch.

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    Honey, go find a dietitian. What the heck can we possibly know about what will suit your diet, metabolism and conscience best. Don't waste time getting people's daily food tips (they are as varied as there are human beings on this planet!) and go hire yourself a health counselor, it will be well worth your investment in the long run as he/she will work with you to create a regimen that is sustaining and perfectly suited to your needs. You go girl!!!

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    If you like a variety of fruits, mix a large bowl of fruit salad on Sunday nights, this will last for a few days in the fridge. Then, in the mornings, you can eat as much of it as you want-until you're full. You can sprinkle, sparingly, a little powdered sugar over the top. Plus, the added benefit, you have something ready for later at night when you get the munchies.

    I have a hard time with breakfast too- I hate eggs, I like flavored oatmeal, but I don't like to feel full when I go to work, when I'm working.

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    Karla wrote: Oatmeal is your friend. May I also suggest cold-milled flax? Awesome for you. Really really. It has been 67 hours since my last soda/aspartame.

    After 67 hours I'd be at Speedway with my mouth under the fountain Coke dispenser. Congrats!

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    How about yogurt parfait - mix it with granola and berries and lowfat whipped cream. It really is great!

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    Theresa, congratulations on starting your new diet! And great job cutting out the diet soda! What a waste of time that is when you need to be hydrating, so good job drinking all that water. If you do get weak for the diet drinks, just remember that nutrasweet contains aspertame, which can be cancerous in large amounts, so better to stay away from it altogether.

    About the breakfast dilemma, it's actually better to eat more frequent, smaller meals anyway. So maybe start out with a banana and apple with wheat toast and some soy or skim milk. Then in a couple hours, maybe have a cup of yogurt, or some nuts. Maybe next a hardboiled egg minus the yolk would be good, because the protein is great to keep you full. This way of eating builds up your metabolism so you're burning more of it as you eat. Also, if you do fewer big meals, your body gets hungry in between and will store more of the fat than it would if there were food coming in more often. I hope this helps! Keep it up, and remember how much better you'll feel!

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    Hi Theresa,

    Colleen is absolutely right about smaller meals throughout the day. But a great way to avoid consuming extra calories is to spice up the traditional healthy recipes so you're super satisfied and aren't tempted to give into cravings for junk food (if, in fact, that's what you're craving. I don't like to assume things :) )

    A good breakfast is an eggwhite omelet with some spinach, sun dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and some dried herbs if you don't have fresh ones. Serve it over a slice of whole wheat toast. This is so yummy--you won't even realize it's healthy and you'll stay satisfied for hours due to the protein in the eggwhites, the fiber in the bread, and the really intense, savory flavor from the sun dried tomatoes. By packing savory foods into your diet, you may keep yourself feeling satisfied longer!!

    A really great Web site to check for advice is CityGirlBites.com, written by a registered dietician in Manhattan who really knows her stuff!

    Good luck.

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    Big props to you for getting off the soda! I think it's important to eat a little protein and good (monunsaturated) fat in the morning. Avoid the simple carbs. I recommend a few slices of turkey bacon, a piece of fruit and a handful of almonds or walnuts. That should give you plenty of slow-burning energy to get you through the morning.

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    Borba water. It is amazing and heals you from the inside out with vitamins, anti-oxygens and nutrients. They taste like a smoothy and are filling.

    Oatmeal is also good as it is filling. Try dried cherries in it. So......good!

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    Congrats Theresa.
    Feel free to keep us updated on your progess and struggles. I recently lost 12 pounds and feel fantastic. 10 more to go!!!

    OK, i'm not going to hassle you about the oatmeal. You'll definately need something with protein in the morning. A protein shake, a banana, yogurt, almonds, make a smoothie. Any of those are great options. Try maybe a flax cereal if you like that.

    Good Luck!

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    Bonnie wrote: I sometimes make a tofu scramble: Drain and crumble firm tofu, and saute with onion and garlic powder, any other fresh or dried herbs and spices you like, and again, I like to add avocado and green salsa.

    I wanna eat at your house! That sounds awesome! It'd be good with tempeh, too.

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    Anytime you over eat anything it stores as fat in your fat cells. That means if you eat the right amount of food for breakfast, you should be hungry again in 3-4 hours. How many hours do you want your breakfast to last?

    Eating 4-6 mini meals a day will boost your metabolism. How about a mid morning balanced snack?

    If you eat when you are hungry and stop when you are COMFORTABLE (not full) you will be feeding your body and not your fat cells. When you are hungry in 3-4 hours after breakfast, your body has burned off the food and is looking for more energy.

    This eating behavior is a great strategy for losing weigh. Why are you starting a diet today? Why don't you simply make this week's eating plan one step healthier then last weeks? This will help you reach your goals without giving up.

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    Good advice Beth. See my answer below about the importance of eating smaller meals.

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    The classic breakfast of scrambled eggs and whole grain toast is always a nutritious and satisfying option. (Bonus points if you bypass the butter dish.) If you can't be bothered to cook in the morning (you're in good company), a fruit and non-fat yogurt smoothie with a spoonful of ground flaxseed-not sugar-is an easy meal-in-a-glass and a great source of fiber. Or if you don't even want to press "blend" (you're still in good company), try a banana with a little bit of peanut butter. Also, switch to hot water every so often--you'd be surprised what a big difference the temperature change can make in your stomach, and on the scale!

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    Theresa,
    You've gotten a ton of great advice from the Vixens here, some that I'm going to try myself. My breakfast, a bowl of Trader Joe's Protein/Flax seed Fiber cereal with seasonal berries, or melon on the side, with skim milk. It's tasty and filling. But here's a big question? Why do you have to wait until noon? If you're dieting, try eating an apple around 10;30 or 11:00 before your midday meal. It actually curbs your appetite so you're not as hungry when you're forcing down that lunch of greens. Eat happy!

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    Yogurt with strawberries, peaches, granola and 6 almonds crushed

    Shake #1: Strawberries, 6 almonds, milk blended

    Shake #2: Blueberries, bananas and pineapple juice blended

    You could also try those protein shakes from the GNC, but I hate those. I do love "Muscle Milk" in chocolate. A great midday snack.

    I know you said you hate oatmeal, but if you get old fashioned kind of oats - the REAL kind of oatmeal - make that with milk, pop some brown sugar on top (just a little) and some chopped pecans.. delish!!

    A slice of whole grain toast, a slice of provolone (1 ounce) and a slice of genoa... yum!

    I will not tell you my egg breakfasts.

    One of my favorite snacks when I get home from work, or after dinner if I am still hungry is a sweet potato with just some olive oil, salt and pepper.

    I also love an apple with a few slices of parmesan.

    Congrats on the diet! Are you exercising too?

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    Dorothy wrote: If you eat only fruit (include banana if you wish) before 12 Noon, you will automatically lose weight, no matter what you eat for the rest of the day, according to the "Fit for Life" diet.

    Fruit, fruit and more fruit.

    Anything flaxseed will do wonders for your diet.
    I know I've probably posted it a million times, but.. E3Live... it's sort of like taking a shot of wheat grass. It is the best in even supporting you mentally during a major dietary transformation.

    Smoothies galore, juicing fresh fruits and veggies and snacking endlessly on fresh trailmix all day.

    I went vegan years ago and lost 20lbs in a month. I was only 105 to begin with, so I scared a few people and started to eat cheese again. LOL.

    Good love to you.

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    Okay, I know you said no oatmeal--but hear me out.

    Brown Sugar
    Rolled Oats
    Bananas
    Soy Milk

    Eat it cold like cereal. YUM! I SWEAR!

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    Protein Protein Protein!! Choosy moms chose Jif for a reason-because protein satiates hunger (for more than 5 minutes) without skimping on taste. If you spread a tablespoon on any whole wheat cracker, you'll have a delicious snack that will tide you into afternoon hours. If peanut butter isn't in your top choice- other highly delectable, high protein treats in the form of South Beach or Zone Bars (each with 10 grams of protein or more) are underrated, but I find completely satisfying for a healthy breakfast on the go.


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    Theresa/AV1 you can't beat the timeless classic -cereal. There are so many healthy options I'm sure you'd be able to find plenty to your liking. Plus you can add berries for more antioxidants and/or flax seeds for fiber and/or almonds for some omega-3s and/or bee pollen to give your morning a little caffeine-free kick start. And/ no or you can't go wrong! Good luck and happy taste testing.

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    Ever tried those Slim-Fast shakes? They are supposed to curb your appetite for up to four hours. I don't like breakfast either so I drink one of those shakes instead. Its a great meal replacer and they come in a few pretty good flavors. If you want to save some money buy the powered stuff and mix it yourself at home or at work. All you need to add is milk.

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    The egg allergy makes it tough--whole eggs are one of the few things that keep me from getting hungry.
    You might want to experiment to see if you stay satisfied longer if you have a low carb, high protein or protein-only breakfast.
    Try avocado, tomato and a slice of cheese, or maybe forget traditional breakfast foods and try turkey or chicken breast with fruit or salad greens. Whatever you do, don't have simple carbs by themselves.
    Good luck!

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    It's all about optimizing the density of nutrients per calorie. That is to say, eat foods which offer the greatest number of nutrients with the fewest number of calories. Foods which epitomize this optimal ratio are vegetables.

    As far as palatable breakfast recipes which are high in vegetables, your guess is as good as mine.

    On the other hand, you could get a stack of latter day Marlon Brando photos. Keep one on your desk and the rest in the top drawer. In case of emergency, eat the photo on the desk and replace as needed. Works for me!

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    Theresa - there is only one thing that you need...

    VEGEMITE ON TOAST!

    (Stop screwing up your noses!)

    Check out this site and see the varied ways we Aussies enjoy this icon.

    http://www.howdoyoulikeyourvegemite.com.au/

    (It doesn't smell that bad!)

    It can't hurt to try it, right?

    (Shut-up! It won't kill you! Just hold still!)

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    Protein, protein, protein.

    White meat chicken breast with a vegetable.
    Fish.
    Beans. (be careful with this one!)

    Any kind of protein, within reason of course, will do.

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    Theresa,

    I once had a teacher who said "Eat like king for breakfast, a prince for lunch and a pauper for dinner". It took me years to truly understand what she was trying to say. I always thought she was just some ole lady who had a little too much to smoke in the 60's. But her wisdom was profound, as breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Maybe instead of focusing on a diet, you can focus on a gradual lifestyle change. Remember the word "diet", does have "DIE" in it. I assume the purpose of any new lifestyle change is to be the best person you can be. So with that in consideration, remember that you are replacing a lifetime of unhealthy habits with new more sustainable choices. Also with that in mind, focus on getting most of your protein during breakfast. I'm not advocating eating ham, bacon and sausages to your hearts content! NO! Instead try protein rich foods (ezekiel bread is great!!!), protein smoothies made with Superfood is another winner. And if you do go with the old standby of oatmeal, don't forget to add the flaxseed. By the way, try eating more meals, smaller portions. It will jump start your metabolism , while always keeping you satiated. Most of all, be kind with yourself as you progress. Nothing happens overnight, and sometimes the best results take time to manifest.

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    I don't really believe in "diets". By that I mean a set menu diet that goes on for a set amount of time. These invariably fail in the long term. They are also unpleasant and depressing, or take up too much brain space ( who has the time to get all the health food ingredients much less blend them into a smoothie?). Or its too expensive.

    I think we don't enjoy food enough. Eating should be a pleasure. One of the high points of the day. To get to a healthy, happy weight you need to rediscover food. Real, delicious food.

    You need to reeducate your taste buds.

    Here's my method which I developped over four babies, and several times when I stopped smoking and ballooned. I try and keep to it 80% of the time, unless the weight is creeping up again. That means I get to "have a treat" 20% of the time (I hate the word "cheat". It conveys the wrong message about food).
    -Cut out processed food. It's crap. The more real food you eat the more crap processed food tastes.
    -cut out white bread. Replace with rye or brown bread or a pitta or a bagel. I actually don't like white bread anymore, but I might have a piece of toast.
    -Eat as much fruit and nuts and veggies as you want. Have big bags on hand. Reach for nuts and an apple before a candy bar.
    -Cook. A slice of home baked apple pie isn't bad for you.

    I know that most people don't have time to cook,but to me that's like saying I don't have time to love my kids. Food is important. Make time for it.

    Oh yeah- and exercise.

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    Might I suggest eating every few hours to speed up your metabolism this way you won't need a meal to "fill you up" to your next one. Are you a yogurt girl? Greek No Fat Yogurt with Granola and fresh strawberries is great stuff. And then in a few hours after that a piece of fruit or some almonds and an apple, you get my drift. And as for letting go of soda, congrats (it also leeches your bones of calcium.) As for the water, you can flavor your water with Crystal Light, and the like, but I am a big fan of Go Greens Packets or of that ilk - you can find them in the health food store. They are packets of fruits, veggies and trace minerals in a powder form - yes, they turn your water into a conversation piece: "Uh, I think you should take a look at your tap." But it tastes berrylicious - you'll forget you're drinking green water (much less fortified water) Much luck.

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    Protein, protein, protein. You want to avoid carbohydates because they will cause your blood sugar to fluctuate and make you feel more hungry very early in the day. They just don't stay with you. Try some scrambled eggs mixed up with some onion and pepper, broccoli, or whatever veges you like. You could even add a slice of turkey bacon if eggs aren't enough for you. Good luck!

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    Thank you all for the wonderful and inspiring advice, I'm saving this thread!

    Just an update, I found the most tasty, satisfying cereal, it's called Fiber One and it has raisins, which I love, taking it a step up from Wheaties.

    I sort of made it hard for myself yesterday because not only was it my first day in 10+ years without soda (or caffeine), but I clearly didn't bring enough food to work. I was dying between 8-12 and 1-5.

    Oh well, that's how we learn, right? I went to the grocery and got string cheese and carrots and almonds and yogurt, so I'm set!

    Really do appreciate the advice, I'll keep you abreast of my progress. P.S. my husband's doing it too.

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    Phoenix wrote: I hate breakfast, but know I have to eat it. And I have found something that works for me and is ultra easy to prepare. I use the Magic Bullet mixer and blend together: 1 cup soy milk (the protien keeps you from feeling hungry and gives you energy) 4 large frozen strawberries (buy a bagful for the freezer) 6 large frozen mango chunks (buy a bagful for the freezer) And add one or one-half a fresh banana. Zip that up in the Magic Bullet and -Presto! One delicious nutritious breakfast milkshake that fits into your diet - and mine - just lost 22 pounds and going for more - and keeps me to lunch.

    I have a similar breakfast except that first, I grind up 1/3 cup oatmeal (I know you said you hate it) but I make it so fine it's like a protein powder. Then, I add all the stuff that Phoenix mentioned, but also add blueberries.

    I usually drink that around 6:30 or so.

    Around 10, I have celery sticks w/1 Tbsp almond butter. It's really important to snack so you don't get ravenous.

    The Clean Eating Cookbook has lots of great recipes that are easy to make and use totally unprocessed foods.

    Good Luck, let us know how it goes!!

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    ehvwon wrote: Thank you all for the wonderful and inspiring advice, I'm saving this thread! Just an update, I found the most tasty, satisfying cereal, it's called Fiber One and it has raisins, which I love, taking it a step up from Wheaties. I sort of made it hard for myself yesterday because not only was it my first day in 10+ years without soda (or caffeine), but I clearly didn't bring enough food to work. I was dying between 8-12 and 1-5. Oh well, that's how we learn, right? I went to the grocery and got string cheese and carrots and almonds and yogurt, so I'm set! Really do appreciate the advice, I'll keep you abreast of my progress. P.S. my husband's doing it too.

    Congratulations!!!

    And... your husband is the BOMB!!

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    I have the magic antidote for breakfast:) If you combine the right mix of protein, dairy, and complex carbs, you are SET! I usually work with the oatmeal (ick for you...so try a cereal bar or something like that), and then I also have some yogurt (fat free/plain). I finish up with the whoppin' protein mother-of-them-all, the edible egg. The combo of the three keeps me fuller for a longer period of time. Apples and peanut butter rock for snacks, as well as a slice of whole grain toast with avocado and mozzarella. I could never do the light snacking thing at work; I was always growling with hunger! Cutting back on sugar and white carbs makes all the difference, too, but you have to do it slowly over time ..... or you end up roughing someone up in a crazed state of deprivation. :)

    P.S. Kudos on your stance with pop. It is the DEVIL (but sooo yummy). Drinking a lot of water keeps you alert and signals to your tummy-tum that you are fuller. Once I started doing that, I felt a lot better and lost weight naturally and comfortably. I also drink green tea like it's going out of business, and I could swear that it does assist (in whatever small way) with my belly fat! 'Course, I am running back and forth to the bathroom, but that can't be helped:)

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    Kimberly wrote: Protein, protein, protein. You want to avoid carbohydates because they will cause your blood sugar to fluctuate and make you feel more hungry very early in the day. They just don't stay with you. Try some scrambled eggs mixed up with some onion and pepper, broccoli, or whatever veges you like. You could even add a slice of turkey bacon if eggs aren't enough for you. Good luck!

    Definitely! Less carbs ('specially the evil white carb) and less sugar. When I started to eat for energy and not necessarily for weight loss, I found that the weight came off quickly, and I felt a lot better than I used to:O My food selections changed slowly over time as I chose only those things that helped me to feel good, full, and energized. The carbies fell by the wayside.

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    NO diet pop?! Diet cola is my raison d'etre. Sorry, but from the sounds of some of these suggestions, I'd rather not eat and have diet cola instead. lol! Best of luck to you!

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    Juliet wrote: Theresa - there is only one thing that you need... VEGEMITE ON TOAST! (Stop screwing up your noses!) Check out this site and see the varied ways we Aussies enjoy this icon. http://www.howdoyoulikeyourvegemite.com.au/ (It doesn't smell that bad!) It can't hurt to try it, right? (Shut-up! It won't kill you! Just hold still!)

    Juliet you are daring. I lived in Australia for about 6 months and boy do they love their vegemite. I even won a contest on who could eat a spoonful the fastest, because Americans find it soo disgusting. Its basically just yeast in a jar. Keep mentos on hand!

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    with that said, If living in AU again, meant eating vegemite everyday, I most certainly would.

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    M
    eat some yougurt, cottage cheese and fruit. Something wiht Proetein as it fills you up and expands in your stomach to make you 'feel' full and fruit because the water in fruit does the same thing:)

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    Bonnie has the right idea! I found an article that talks about how much more filling an egg breakfast is - it was a research study done on weight management. Apparently the people who had the egg breakfast - which consisted of 2 scrambled eggs, toast with fruit spread, had a lesser desire for a large lunch. Check it out! I love reading up on interesting topics on the internet! pretty good at researching so I thought I'd look around and see what the experts say:

    http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Egg-breakfast-fills-you-up-for-longer

    Either way, it seems the egg breakfast is the way to go! GOOD LUCK!!!! I am happy for you and your life changing journey!

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    Nikki wrote: Bonnie has the right idea! I found an article that talks about how much more filling an egg breakfast is - it was a research study done on weight management. Apparently the people who had the egg breakfast - which consisted of 2 scrambled eggs, toast with fruit spread, had a lesser desire for a large lunch. Check it out! I love reading up on interesting topics on the internet! pretty good at researching so I thought I'd look around and see what the experts say: http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Egg-breakfast-fills-you-up-for-longer Either way, it seems the egg breakfast is the way to go! GOOD LUCK!!!! I am happy for you and your life changing journey!

    I appreciate the advice - but as I stated earlier in this thread, I am allergic to eggs.

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    Farina is great made as a liquid, not cereal-like, mixed with soy milk or nonfat milk..I'm not so scared of diet sugar...as I am of sugar, especially when you're seriously dieting, or noticing sugar issues..,,sometimes I put a little shot of "I can't believe it's not butter in a good heavy piece of dark bread and throw on a little diet sugar", drink a chocolate or strawberry or vanilla protein drink on the side and down a couple of prenatal vitamins to keep me chugging along until five or 6 p.. then I find a good piece of meat, tuna or chicken and make a huge salad.. ( In think I was a rabbit in a past life but last time I looked, I had no furry little tail!!!!).. For a sneaky snack I treat myself with a light beer and a mini candy bar, I MEAN like a witty bitty Kitkat or something..just so I can still feel naughty...YOU CAN'T HAUL ONE OF THOSE POUNDER BARS AROUND AND CHOMP AND EXPECT NOT TO HAVE TO VASOLINE YOUR HIPS TO GIT THRU THE DOOR, punkinesss.....
    ..if you can't deal without lunch, do the salad and protein thing then too and if you know you're keepin' it under 1200- 1500, you can have a little chocolate at lunch too..that's my lazy girl's beer and chocolate diet.. a little bad, a little good ..keeps me smilin'!

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    My mother is a dietician and seriously knows how to feed her body with the good stuff :) Try cottage cheese and toast (sounds gross but its delish) half hour later nuts and dried fruit will tide you over. The fruit quells the immediate hunger, while the nuts give you sustenance until lunch! small meals (6-8) will get you to whatever your target weight might be!

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    I recommend scrambled egg whites, lean turkey ham and organic pancakes. That way, your meal will be balanced, high in protein (great for building muscle) and tasty!

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    Margo wrote: I recommend scrambled egg whites, lean turkey ham and organic pancakes. That way, your meal will be balanced, high in protein (great for building muscle) and tasty!

    I appreciate the advice - but as I stated earlier in this thread, I am allergic to eggs.

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    Fruit parfaits! Plain yogurt with vanilla extract, two of your favorite chopped fruits, and some HEALTHY granola. Remember- not all of it is healthy!

    P.S. I love Kashi brand breakfast foods.

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    ehvwon wrote: I appreciate the advice - but as I stated earlier in this thread, I am allergic to eggs.

    I tested the Slim Fast option- I haven't tried it for a while- the "Ultra Slim-Fast" curbed my appetite for almost 4 hours. (Borrowed a can from my cousin, Chocolate Royale). I would add fruit, maybe lean bacon or turkey bacon, to add more nutrition and protein for the morning hours. I was surprised the shake tasted so much better than it did when it first came out- not bad at all. To be economical, I'd buy the powdered form and skim or 1% milk- my cousin said the 6-pack cans are close to $6 at Wal-Mart-but they do have the Equate brand which is a little less.

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    Bad Beth And Beyond wrote: I tested the Slim Fast option- I haven't tried it for a while- the "Ultra Slim-Fast" curbed my appetite for almost 4 hours. (Borrowed a can from my cousin, Chocolate Royale). I would add fruit, maybe lean bacon or turkey bacon, to add more nutrition and protein for the morning hours. I was surprised the shake tasted so much better than it did when it first came out- not bad at all. To be economical, I'd buy the powdered form and skim or 1% milk- my cousin said the 6-pack cans are close to $6 at Wal-Mart-but they do have the Equate brand which is a little less.

    I had the cereal this morning and one slice of bread folded over with peanut butter, and then about 2 hours later, yogurt. I'll be having lunch in about 1/2 an hour and I feel fine. MUCH better than yesterday.

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    Here's what Eat More, Weigh Less (what a credo!) guru Dr. Dean Ornish has for breakfast, which will help you face the day as well as your bathroom scale: One bowl of whole-grain cereal with skim milk or nonfat yogurt (with a dash of vanilla extract) on top, some multi-grain or whole-wheat toast with a little sugar-free jam or apple butter. Wash all these goodies down with some coffee or herbal tea. Bon appetit!

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    Quote: "Protein, protein, protein. You want to avoid carbohydates because they will cause your blood sugar to fluctuate and make you feel more hungry very early in the day. They just don't stay with you. "

    I completely agree here! Health food stores carry a huge variety of protein shakes. They used to taste really GROSS, but have come a long way in a few years. I buy the strawberry powder and mix it with all kinds of things. My favorite is to add milk, a handful of blueberries, and ice cubes. If I just drink the shake, it can become stagnant very quickly!

    Something to note though: If you try protein powder you will want to check the ingredients. I do believe that SOME powders may contain egg.

    Congrats on your determination~~

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    Theresa, I will confess that my giving advice on dieting is like a Lehman Brothers executive giving advice on how to handle money. But since you asked, I would say you're on the right track by trying to eat a sensible breakfast. Of course oatmeal is about as appetizing as gruel for some like you and I who hate the stuff. Find your oats, not as in sewing them, but in other forms such as brand cereal or a low-calorie muffin. Also, a light helping a fruit gets you off to a good start in the morning. During the day, continue to irrigate internally like you're trying to drown your inner child. And, by all means, have a fruit yogurt or granola bar to break up the monotony of waiting for dinner. Finally, whatever you do, don't think diet. That is the quickest way to add weight rather than take it off. And if you follow my advice, in no time at all you and Kate Moss will be sharing a sandwich.

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    I enjoy a cup of lowfat flavored yogurt (try strawberry banana or black cherry, it helps take the blandness of plain yogurt away) and add granola to it. Then have a banana, it helps with digestion throughout the day and has been known to keep the pounds off! Bon Apetite!

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    Hi Theresa,

    First - Congrats on choosing a healthier lifestyle! And, I hope you have. 'Diets' seem to lead to inevitably bad self esteem in women and are fads that often fade with harmful side effects. Choosing a new eating lifestyle may be a better choice, in my humble opinion. (I quit Diet Soda too! It's hard, but well worth it. I do occasionally have a sip or two, but for the most part, I've nixed them. Definitely find a beverage alternative for those moments when you're jonesing for the caffeine and sting on your tongue!)

    I recently read a great book "How to Eat Like a Hot Chick" that saved me on many meals, occasions and sleepovers. Try that. It's funny and irreverent, which is my B.O.C. Plus, it has recipes. If you're veggie, Skinny Bitch has recipes too. The landmines are the vegan propoganda (not sayin' it's a bad thing) if you aren't vegan yet.

    Believe it or not, salad is a great way to start the day. Don't let my last comment deter you from buying the book. I swear it's good!

    Best of luck!!

    Darrah

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    Egg white omelet and two toast, no butter!
    Trader Joe's has some good breads, lo-cal, no sodium.
    Fruit, yogurt with wheat germ.
    Cereal!!!

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    Have your calories and fat early in the day!

    I love an egg (yolk and all) cooked in some olive oil in my teeny iron skillet. I might throw some spinach in, as well. Yum!

    For lunch I eat beans and rice, and usually by dinner I am not that hungry.

    In some countries, they eat bread and fruit for dinner and call it done. Why not? Who wants to wash dishes after work, anyway?

    I'll take a "big" breakfast over a big dinner anyday!

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    jeannie` wrote: Egg white omelet and two toast, no butter! Trader Joe's has some good breads, lo-cal, no sodium. Fruit, yogurt with wheat germ. Cereal!!!

    #3-I appreciate the advice - but as I stated earlier in this thread, I am allergic to eggs.

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    Leslea wrote: Have your calories and fat early in the day! I love an egg (yolk and all) cooked in some olive oil in my teeny iron skillet. I might throw some spinach in, as well. Yum! For lunch I eat beans and rice, and usually by dinner I am not that hungry. In some countries, they eat bread and fruit for dinner and call it done. Why not? Who wants to wash dishes after work, anyway? I'll take a "big" breakfast over a big dinner anyday!

    #4-I appreciate the advice - but as I stated earlier in this thread, I am allergic to eggs.

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    Flax bread = thick, hearty, healthy toast. Perhaps with some Laughing Cow cheese spread on. Everyone here is saying avocado in egg white omelets, but I recommend putting it in a blender with some ice, soy milk and a peach/mango slices/or strawberries. Fiber One or Flax flakes cereal in soy yogurt is delicious too. Add some nuts and/or fruit and you've got yourself something akin to one of those granola parfaits. A baked (or microwaved) sweet potato with a dollop of non or lowfat Greek yogurt (best sour cream replacement of all time!) works the hunger satisfaction wonders as well. Oh, and try a mug of hot green tea instead of coffee -- I find it's just as filling with a little energy kick but without the jitters. Good luck!

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    What about cereal? Kashi has a great cereal: Strawberry Fields.

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    Sugah wrote: What about cereal? Kashi has a great cereal: Strawberry Fields.

    I do like the Kashi cereals. That's probably what I'll do, cereal with some kind of protein. Thanks!

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    ehvwon wrote: I do like the Kashi cereals. That's probably what I'll do, cereal with some kind of protein. Thanks!

    If you eat the cereal with Soy Milk (which I do) you kill two birds with one stone...did I use that phrase correctly? Whatever, you know what I mean.

    Also, maybe because I weigh 200 lbs, I do the cereal w/Soy Milk and a supplemental bar halfway through breakfast and lunch, that's always good, too. But of course I'm not really sure what kind of diet you are on, but remember, the more frequently you eat (small portions) the more it increases your metabolism.

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    Hyun wrote: If you eat the cereal with Soy Milk (which I do) you kill two birds with one stone...did I use that phrase correctly? Whatever, you know what I mean. Also, maybe because I weigh 200 lbs, I do the cereal w/Soy Milk and a supplemental bar halfway through breakfast and lunch, that's always good, too. But of course I'm not really sure what kind of diet you are on, but remember, the more frequently you eat (small portions) the more it increases your metabolism.

    I'm trying to do that, eat less at one sitting, but eat more frequently. Thanks!

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    Lisa wrote: Juliet you are daring. I lived in Australia for about 6 months and boy do they love their vegemite. I even won a contest on who could eat a spoonful the fastest, because Americans find it soo disgusting. Its basically just yeast in a jar. Keep mentos on hand!

    I'm Australian, I've been eating Vegemite since before I could walk :)

    I used to sneak into the cupboard and eat it out of the jar, now I just smother my toast in it!

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    Juliet wrote: I'm Australian, I've been eating Vegemite since before I could walk :) I used to sneak into the cupboard and eat it out of the jar, now I just smother my toast in it!

    Juliet, it sounds gross. Sorry. Had to share.

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    Any food that's got some protein and carbs will tide you over until lunch or your mid-morning snack. It doesn't necessarily have to a "breakfast food" per se. If you feel like a turkey sandwich, go for it...just use lowfat mayo or mustard.

    Some ideas:
    Egg white omelette w/ veggies. You can even do a whole egg once in a while - they really aren't bad for you if you don't cook them with butter or a ton of oil.

    Cold cereal - just make sure it's high fiber and watch the portion side.

    Low fat or greek yogurt with fruit & a tablespoon of chopped almonds or walnuts, or even a tablespoon of natural peanut butter.


    Back to the egg option, here's a good solution. Make a fritatta with 3 egg whites and 3 egg yolks, chopped veggies, lowfat cheese, maybe some chopped lean deli ham. Cook it on the stove in a pan you can put in the oven. When the egg sets, stick it in the oven until the top is brown. Slice it into 4 or five pieces and freeze what you aren't going to use immediately once it cools. You can then just pop it into themicrowave for a fast breakfast. Or you can just bake it like a quiche in muffin tins for ready made indiviudual servings.

    Happy dieting...try not to obsess. It's more about portion sizes and making the best choices available than anything else.

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    Okay - you've inspired me. I'm not going to 'diet' per se, but your recipes and ideas have got me thinking that making better choices would be better for me.

    Phoenix ... I bought the frozen fruit, some plain yogurt, and I'm going to make a fruit smoothie tomorrow with 1% milk (not sure if I'm ready for Soy yet) or orange juice.

    I also bought some rice cake snacks, carrots and celery.

    I'm bringing my daughters along for the ride.

    I'm going to go through all the posts again and write down other ideas I'd like to try.

    Thanks everyone! This is truly an uplifting community.

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    Otisol wrote: Any food that's got some protein and carbs will tide you over until lunch or your mid-morning snack. It doesn't necessarily have to a "breakfast food" per se. If you feel like a turkey sandwich, go for it...just use lowfat mayo or mustard. Some ideas: Egg white omelette w/ veggies. You can even do a whole egg once in a while - they really aren't bad for you if you don't cook them with butter or a ton of oil. Cold cereal - just make sure it's high fiber and watch the portion side. Low fat or greek yogurt with fruit & a tablespoon of chopped almonds or walnuts, or even a tablespoon of natural peanut butter. Back to the egg option, here's a good solution. Make a fritatta with 3 egg whites and 3 egg yolks, chopped veggies, lowfat cheese, maybe some chopped lean deli ham. Cook it on the stove in a pan you can put in the oven. When the egg sets, stick it in the oven until the top is brown. Slice it into 4 or five pieces and freeze what you aren't going to use immediately once it cools. You can then just pop it into themicrowave for a fast breakfast. Or you can just bake it like a quiche in muffin tins for ready made indiviudual servings. Happy dieting...try not to obsess. It's more about portion sizes and making the best choices available than anything else.

    #5-I appreciate the advice - but as I stated earlier in this thread, I am allergic to eggs.

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    Fruit, deat fruit. If you not a coffee addict like myself (which is too much acid with fruit) they say consume as much fruit as you can for breakfast-any fruit will do.

    Fruit burns calories and gives you a boost to start the day.
    Good luck-the weight should drop right off

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    Since diets and changing habits are complicated enough-keep it simple..Fruit is ideal, it speeds up the metabolism and starts the day off right.

    Watch the coffee though-although bannanas and coffee are ok.
    Have fun and most important of all enjoy the process! No worries!

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    Peanut butter on whole grain toast. With a few banana slices on top. :0)

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    My favorite low cal/ high energy breakfast is a whole wheat english muffin, 2 egg whites and a Morning Star (veggie) Sausage Pattie. Also, I like fruit & yogurt parfaits (non fat yogurt, any fruit that you like and a little granola on top). Both are yummy and low on calories!

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    Jennifer wrote: My favorite low cal/ high energy breakfast is a whole wheat english muffin, 2 egg whites and a Morning Star (veggie) Sausage Pattie. Also, I like fruit & yogurt parfaits (non fat yogurt, any fruit that you like and a little granola on top). Both are yummy and low on calories!

    #6-I appreciate the advice - but as I stated earlier in this thread, I am allergic to eggs.

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    I swear by oatmeal ... but here are a few ideas (b/c I sure as heck don't eat oatmeal all of the time):

    - a banana (or melon) and zucchini bread (or other sweet bread)
    - a banana (or melon) and toast with fruit spread
    - a small portion of meat (e.g. canadian bacon) and toast with fruit spread (or zucchini bread)
    - or any combination of the above
    - yoghurt ... plain with fruit
    - yoghurt smoothie (homemade ... no sugar, I'll give you the recipe if you want it)


    My mom likes melon with cottage cheese. I don't. But it would keep you full ;o)

    ps - cold cereal doesn't fill me up at ALL

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    Theresa, like you I stopped drinking diet pop.. All I drink is water and Crystal Light. If you're ever tired of water I highly recommend crystal. It has no calories and very few carbs... and the raspberry one and the pink lemonade is DELICIOUS!

    As far as breaktfast goes, my mom and I are on weightwatchers and we usually make egg whites and have some fruit.. if you take a small bowl of grapes, cantalope and the green stuff- my mom likes it, I don't- you'll be full until lunch.

    If you get hungry in between.. snack on carrots.


    Maggie, can you send me the recipe for the yogurt smoothie? I'd LOVE to try it.

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    Hey Theresa,

    Did you say you were allergic to eggs? OK just kidding don't put your fist through the monitor... LOL :)

    I'm a big fan of cereal and then an apple for some good ol'fiber. Want to keep those pipes moving... :)

    But it sounds like from you later threads, you're getting the hang of it.

    Keep up the good work!
    Laura

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    Angie wrote: Theresa, like you I stopped drinking diet pop.. All I drink is water and Crystal Light. If you're ever tired of water I highly recommend crystal. It has no calories and very few carbs... and the raspberry one and the pink lemonade is DELICIOUS! As far as breaktfast goes, my mom and I are on weightwatchers and we usually make egg whites and have some fruit.. if you take a small bowl of grapes, cantalope and the green stuff- my mom likes it, I don't- you'll be full until lunch. If you get hungry in between.. snack on carrots. Maggie, can you send me the recipe for the yogurt smoothie? I'd LOVE to try it.

    1/2 c plain yoghurt
    1/2 c skim milk (or whatever it's called these days)
    1 c frozen berries (or other fruit)
    1 banana, sliced

    blend (with bee pollen, if you're me)

    no sugar necessary. actually, sugar sounds disgusting to me. it's really sweet.

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    Hmmm. That is a dilemma.

    I find a steady diet of bagels and soy lattes (with agave) keeps me trim and satisfied, but that doesn't work for everybody. I like bagels, but they are a lot carbs. As long as you exercise, though, you can eat them and you won't put on a pound.

    And if any of your friends tell you that thing about "one bagel is the equivalent of 6000 pieces of bread", just tell them that nobody likes a know-it-all Shamey McShamerson.

    David

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    Dear Theresa,

    Firstly, congrats on going on a diet when most people are looking forward/accepting the dire truth of packing on holiday pounds.

    Your best bet is actually to split up your breakfast into two small meals, since metabolism works best earlier in the day. Grapefruit are supposed to be very nutritious and hunger-supressing. Also, lemon water is supposed to be helpful for increasing your liver's activity, which in turn boosts the metabolism (plus it's lemon water - preferrably warm - you're not gonna be hungry for a while after it thanks to the sour-as-all-things-evil taste).

    In addition, I find that eating lots of greens takes away the hunger, if only for the fact that you have to chew more.

    There is a helpful book, "The 5-Factor Fitness" that might serve as further inspiration.

    Good luck Super-Duper Dedicated Gal!

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    Hi, Theresa ~

    Oh, good luck to you! I've never been real fond of most breakfast foods, but skipping it makes no sense when you're trying to lose weight, so here are some things I have found helpful:

    If you're not doing low-carbs, then keep a Tupperware full of cooked Jasmine rice in the fridge.

    In the morning, spray a non-stick pan with butter-flavored PAM, and toss in about a 1/2 cup of the rice. Add about 1/8 cup of firm tofu cut in cubes -- it's really not gross, I promise. Heat it through and add a handful of berries and some chopped pecans. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top, and maybe a drizzle of honey. If it seems too dry, add a little vanilla soy milk.

    Alternate that with Phoenix's Magic Bullet Shake, or granola with skim milk or soy milk, and you won't get bored.

    Also, since you're allergic to eggs, you can actually take anything you would add to an omelette and put it on top of a little brown rice, or roll it in a tortilla, flat bread, or crepe. You don't need eggs!

    Someone else mentioned cottage cheese -- if you put some on toast made from some really coarse bread like Pritikin or Ezekiel, sprinkle it with cinnamon and drizzle it with honey and run it through a microwave till it's hot, it's like a healthy Danish.

    Good luck with the soda withdrawal! That is such a hard habit to break. If you get tired of plain water (god knows I do) you can take a container with a lid -- I love a big ol' fat pickle jar -- fill it with pure water, drop in a cinnamon stick and some mint leaves and let it sit over night.

    The most important thing I have found to work, though, is to start every day as though it's the first. Reward success with something other than food, forgive your mistakes, keep trying new things, and look to your Vixens for love, support and fabulous ideas!

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    The first thought that came to mind was a packet of apple cinnamon oatmeal...but a breakfast that sticks to your throat is hardly appetizing! Agreed, there!

    I like to eat two scrambled eggs for breakfast with a tiny dash of salt and pepper. It's filling, packed with protein and tastes naughty, even though it's not. Plus, they say eggs have lutein and other important vitamins.

    I also down a small glass of orange juice. If you get the pulpy kind, it's almost like drinking a smoothie. No oatmeal for this girl! =)

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    But, seeing as how you're allergic to eggs, I digress ; )

    I love cream of wheat with a dollop of honey for a filling, yummy breakfast. Another alternative is apple with peanut butter and a little wheat germ or flax sprinkled on top. SO yummy and filling.


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    Anything with fiber will make you feel fuller longer, even if you don't eat a lot of it. So I would suggest something like a bowl of Raisin Bran cereal or a granola/fiber bar. If not fiber, eat something with protein. There are shakes you can get that are really good and have protein as well as a bunch of vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy and maintain a good energy level. Try Spirutein--I love the chocolate and it's easy to mix in your blender and pour into a glass. Kinda like a thick chocolate milk or regular chocolate shake--but good for you!!

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    High-fiber cereal and fruit. I love eggs too -- too bad you can't have those occasionally. Can you have egg substitutes?



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    I'd eat some eggs if I were you.

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    I'll box up the diarrhea and send it to you then.

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    Oatmeal is WAY better with blueberries, or strawberries. Trust me. and flax seed. It WILL keep you full. Anything else with fiber...lots of fruit?

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    ehvwon wrote: I'll box up the diarrhea and send it to you then.

    I never thought I'd see the day when people have stooped to "pushing" eggs. What is this world comming to?

    In some countries... fish and fungi are more acceptable breakfast eating.

    Do you want the next post Theresa has to be about the day she spent in the toilet?
    "Lay" off the eggs already, damn!!!!


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    Eat an apple! Apples are good for you and are considered to be very filling. Its not a whole lot so I would eat it with a granola bar or bowl of cereal or something else little!

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    Isoke wrote: I never thought I'd see the day when people have stooped to "pushing" eggs. What is this world comming to? In some countries... fish and fungi are more acceptable breakfast eating. Do you want the next post Theresa has to be about the day she spent in the toilet? "Lay" off the eggs already, damn!!!!

    I guess sarcasm doesn't read well.


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    There ought to be a law against oatmeal, unless made bearable by being toasted and with fruit. I loathe eggs, can't stand the things, even when not allergic.

    The trouble with breakfast is that you really have to be in the mood for whatever it is. It only feels filling when it's what you like.

    If it's really bugging you, favorite snackish stuff without the calories is usually best. Even a slice or so of decent toast with something nice can be enough.

    You can cheat and eat a good muffin, no preparation required except staggering over to the microwave. It is real food, too, so you won't have to suffer.

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    Wow, lots of comments. Everyone has a good idea, a favorite. That's great. What do you like to eat?
    Sweets?
    If you like the sweet stuff, yogurts give you the protein you need, as well as the fats that you need, which you burn throughout the day.
    Fruits are natural in sugar and high in fiber.

    If you're working on a budget, then bananas are pretty cheap, at least in our area of Bourbonnais in Illinois. Sometimes you can get great sales on natural peanut butter and high-fiber cereals in grocery stores. Best of luck!

    Sincerely, k

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    are you into cottage cheese and slices of fruits mixed in? protein is the way to go, sweetie- also i'm big on bananas!

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    Obviously I'm weighing in late...no bun intended. But you should know that the latest research says you should consume the greatest amount of calories in the morning. That means, yes!—a power breakfast.

    Apparently we need a ton of protein in the morning to avoid bad snacking, overeating, and general hunger throughout the day. So the more protein (and even carbs) you consume in the morning, the better. And the more your body will burn fat throughout the day.

    Another tip, if you're working out: weight training helps your body burn fat throughout the day. Just thought I'd share.

    Congrats on taking good care of your body!

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    Aluminum, aluminum, aluminum. Low in calories, high in healthful metallic content. Of course, if you're human this won't work. Instead, try bran cereal sprinkled with cinnamon. It may seem like caloric overload but, in the end you'll jettison unwanted mass and achieve your desired result.

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    Theresa,
    Way to start your diet! You've a lot of weighty advice to help you forge the path of dieting. These on-line friends are important to keep you focused, but what about a diet buddy. Richard Simmons probably has his short tight shorts on right now, ready to cheer you on. If not the hyper Mr. Simmons, then what about a Weight Watchers meeting. Those meetings exist for a reason—the comraderie and pep talks will help you make it from breakfast until lunch and beyond!

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    Theresa,

    If you actually get to this comment, kudos to you and help me! I can't bear to go on a diet or 'eat healthy'; how do I grocery shop if I don't have a small fortune to spend on yummy fruits and the tasty vegetables. A small package of pecans (admittedly not that healthy) is over $10!!! Are you kidding me?! In Texas we had them by the bucket...for FREE!

    P.S. I heard a nutritionist say she had no idea why flavored yogurt and granola is considered healthy since it's packed with sugar be it real or fake. I like 2% cottage cheese--b/c it's hard to find savory health snacks (that aren't nuts) and pretty easy to find sweet ones. And string cheese is dripping in sat. fat, even the 2% ones--they're a lie!!

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    Protein, protein, protein is NOT the answer.

    We gluttonous Americans eat WAY too much protein. It is interesting to note that Americans also eat more calcium than any other culture as yet we still have WAY more osteoporosis than anyone else. Why? Too much protein. Reason! Eating too much protein causes an acid condition in the blood which the body attempts to neutralize by leaching calcium from the bones.

    Hence, eating a lot of protein is a poor long-term strategy for dietary health.

    So, since I've already exceeded my self-imposed brevity rule, and because it's unlikely that a sound, customized nutritional strategy will come from a place like this, I suggest you find a good book on nutrition and follow it. Some authors that I like are: Gary Null, PhD or Joel Fuhrman, MD.

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    Try seltzer for an alternative to diet soda, you'll still get your water intake and the feel of the bubbles!

    A good breakfast, of course, is key. But another good rule to follow is "eat when you're hungry, eat 'till you're full".

    Try Ezekiel cereal with Kefir and fresh fruit.

    Good luck!

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    Heyo.
    just remember you can eat a fair bit at breakfast because you have all day to use the energy.
    just keep it healthy and sans syrup.

    cheers!

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    Grapefruit! Nobody has said "grapefruit"!

    Grapefruit is healthy, refreshing, and it will really fill you up. (See- you're mocking me. But eat a grapefruit, tomorrow morning, for breakfast... and you'll see I'm right.)

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    Good luck, gorgeous, I know you can do it!
    Remember, though, you don't want to be one of those people who is forever on a "diet." You want your eating habits to be natural. So if you're committed to making that lifestyle change, here's my advice: "Don't think about it too much" That's the #1 rule. People who obsess over dieting usually are not successful in the long term.
    Once you get rid of all of the crap you've been putting into your body, like diet soda (which totally killed my dad's kidneys by the way, to the point where my sister had to give him one of hers - horrible stuff) and you begin to eat a lil better, you'll be SO surprised to hear your body start to "tell" you what it needs. You may wake up one day and crave a tomato for breakfast. That could be your body's way of telling you it needs Vitamin A. It's weird, but it's natural. Our bodies are amazing machines and we crave certain foods for a reason, so go with what your body tells you, whether it is on your diet list or not. Your body won't give up until it gets what it needs. You've gotten it used to NEEDING the diet soda (it's like a drug), so getting back to the basics is th first step and I'm so proud that you trashed that horrible stuff.
    Now, with regard to your breakfast question, this is the meal you should LEAST worry about. You SHOULD pack in your calories here. You have all day to burn this meal up. Get your proteins and higher fat foods in here, for long term energy. I know you said you hate oatmeal, but have you ever tried cream of wheat? It doesn't have that gummy lumpy consistency and you can mix fruit or honey with it. Plus, if you buy the instant kind, it takes like 3 seconds to make.
    Finally, drinks are a huge weight killer. You can diet all you like, but if you're drinking lots of juice (whether it's natural or not) or soda or smoothies, it's not gonna work, because these drinks are like meals on their own. The only stuff I ever drink on a regular basis is tea, coffee and water. The NATURAL caffeine in tea and coffee gives you energy and also, makes you go the bathroom, which is a good thing for weight control and digestive health.

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    Mary wrote: Anytime you over eat anything it stores as fat in your fat cells. That means if you eat the right amount of food for breakfast, you should be hungry again in 3-4 hours. How many hours do you want your breakfast to last? Eating 4-6 mini meals a day will boost your metabolism. How about a mid morning balanced snack? If you eat when you are hungry and stop when you are COMFORTABLE (not full) you will be feeding your body and not your fat cells. When you are hungry in 3-4 hours after breakfast, your body has burned off the food and is looking for more energy. This eating behavior is a great strategy for losing weigh. Why are you starting a diet today? Why don't you simply make this week's eating plan one step healthier then last weeks? This will help you reach your goals without giving up.

    Mary,

    For me, it's all about protein. Complex carbs will disappear from my stomach in an hour or two. Protein will help me sail right through for three or four.

    Galanty,

    Grapefruit is great as a side act, but won't perform solo without screeching complaints from stomach after an hour or so. Protein needs to be the basis for a breakfast that lasts.

    Theresa,

    So what's substantial enough in the protein department and yummy for breakfast for a dieter, and that can also perform solo? For protein, you are likely reduced to yoghurt, cottage cheese, tofu, high-protein bread (there is such a thing), and eggs (as long as you are not eating meat). If you vary each day among these options, you should do beautifully.

    Now back to yoghurt, if you buy the sugary kinds, you will be doing your diet a disservice. Makers remove the fat and tart up the end result with large doses of sugar--ick! Buy plain yoghurt and add in a dollop of fruit jam or jelly that has either reduced sugar or that is sweetened by fruit juice. You will get the flavor without giving yourself a dessert high.

    Jelly is also great added to cottage cheese. So are chunks of fresh or frozen fruit. And if you vary the selection, again, among the high-protein options, and eat something different each morning, you may even start liking breakfast again.

    Let us know how this goes. It’s kind of cool to declare a diet and enact it in public like this. If you keep us posted about your progress, we may all learn something from you.

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    Mr. Mystery wrote: Aluminum, aluminum, aluminum. Low in calories, high in healthful metallic content. Of course, if you're human this won't work. Instead, try bran cereal sprinkled with cinnamon. It may seem like caloric overload but, in the end you'll jettison unwanted mass and achieve your desired result.

    Aluminum is just a trendy fad diet. Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food often says that you shouldn't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food. That means it's best to stick with the simple things: iron ore, non-reactive copper, and lanthanides.

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    1. The cheapest food is always the best. Use oatmeal for breakfast, peanut butter for lunch and rice for dinner. Everything else is collateral.

    2. Make each meal small, repetitive and a non-event. Forget about being creative.

    3. Practice your powers of self-denial. Each time you say 'no' and follow it through, you get stronger until, in a month, you are unbeatable.

    4. Don't tell anyone.

    5. Pls remit $5.

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    Dorothy wrote: If you eat only fruit (include banana if you wish) before 12 Noon, you will automatically lose weight, no matter what you eat for the rest of the day, according to the "Fit for Life" diet.



    Funny, I emailed AV1 on the basis of following the body's natural stages to optimize metabolism, and of course it includes eating ONLY fibers from the morning until noon.

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    Galanty wrote: Grapefruit! Nobody has said "grapefruit"! Grapefruit is healthy, refreshing, and it will really fill you up. (See- you're mocking me. But eat a grapefruit, tomorrow morning, for breakfast... and you'll see I'm right.)

    True dat.

    Grapefruit has an enzyme that, when dropped in the stomach first thing in the morning, has the ability to burn fat a helluvalot faster.

    You can cut it in half and sprinkle some brown sugar in it. Delish! (but be very careful, because grapefruit can dangerously interact with some medicines)

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    Remember dear, you're not dieting, you're changing the way you think about food...(don't you hate that?!?!)
    What did you eat for breakfast as a child? I always ate cereal - Cap'n Crunch, Golden Grahams, Cherrios, whatever you like. Most cereal is very low in calories, low in fat, and just darn good for ya! Have the recommended serving (usually a cup, but check the side of the box), with skim milk, a small glass of juice, and a piece of fruit...piece of cake...er, fruit....

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    T.M. wrote: EGGS!!!

    I need a new best friend, any takers?

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    My ex was allergic to eggs. I almost killed him. So I can't apply.

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    ehvwon wrote: I need a new best friend, any takers?

    Poached eggs???

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    Oh, better yet, GREEN eggs AND ham!

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    Keka wrote: My ex was allergic to eggs. I almost killed him. So I can't apply.

    You'd require me to like eggs?

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    ehvwon wrote: You'd require me to like eggs?

    You can't trade me in, jerkoff!

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    T.M. wrote: Poached eggs???

    Albumin is the grossest stuff ever.

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    ehvwon wrote: You'd require me to like eggs?


    No, no. I just keep forgetting. And much of my cooking takes eggs.

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    Keka wrote: No, no. I just keep forgetting. And much of my cooking takes eggs.

    If it contains eggs, that's more tolerable, but just to eat eggs? No.

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    Don't think anyone mentioned this: 'Think Thin bars. ' They're high in protein, low in carbs, no sugar. I LOVE them. The smooth peanut butter chocolate bar tastes is like a less greasy Reeses Peanut butter cup. Best of all they're fast easy and portable. One caveat--they're best with coffee or some form of liquid. They kinda stick in your throat if you eat them alone.

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    Theresa,
    How's the diet today? I think it's great that you're getting a jump on this before the holiday season starts. There are lots of healthy alternatives to stuffing and potatoes, but it's truly all about portions and control. Stemming your appetite now will help you come Thanksgiving Day. Happy dieting! Dieting can make us cranky, but be happy that you're taking a stand to get yourself in healthy shape.

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    Learn to love your breakfast and know it's okay to store up some calories in the morning. It's the most important meal of the day and helps to literally "break" the "fast."

    Why do the French stay thin? They subscribe to this advice:

    "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper."

    That way you'll have plenty of time to burn off those calories come sleepy time.

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    Don't EVER drink water!!!! Drink wine. Start off with seared Foie Gras, garlic potato and mushroom dumplings, covered with Bearnaise Sauce. Drink the 2006 Scharzhofberger Riseling from the Saar. At lunch, have a Pulled Pork Sandwich with 2005 La Tache, DRC. For dinner, go with Steak Tartar and a bottle of the 1968 BV Georges de Latour. You'll be fine. (P.S. My spelling is handicapped. All you captious spelling police out there...chill!).

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    1.5 cups of Kashi cereal with skim milk. A banana. You're supposed to eat every 4 hours, and that will tide you over. I LOVE my breakfast. It's my favorite meal of the day.

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