Breaking Up Is Good For You

by Rachel on March 2, 2010

Oh, breaking up. It just sounds awful. Even if you’re breaking up for a perfectly good reason, it’s still no fun.

Unless we’re talking about food!

A few weeks ago, I was working on a sorority presentation and I was writing my spiel about healthy breakfasts. There are a few things that I consider absolutely crucial to healthy living, and breakfast is #2. (Sleep is #1, in case you were wondering.) So I was preparing to tell the girls they had to eat breakfast, and I knew some sorostitute was going to get all, “But I just never wake up hungryyyyyy.” What I want to say to that is, “Oh, God, stop with your whining already! I’m telling you to eat; why in God’s name are you arguing?!” But what I actually said is…then break it up! (Or break it down, if you’re more into hip-hop analogies than relationship ones.)

When it comes to breakfast, eating a little something first thing is better than nothing. And starting small will help train your body to want to eat in the AM. So split your breakfast up and have something within an hour of waking up…and then you can round it out in terms of nutrition and calories a little later!

Here are some suggestions:

  • 1/3 cup of almonds when your alarm goes off…and a tall skim latte on your way to class. I’m actually a big fan of skim lattes for breakfast or snacks. Provided you don’t fill them with mocha and whipped cream, they are very healthy – protein and calcium from the milk, and a little jolt of caffeine. And if you’re not really hungry, you might prefer to drink your breakfast. (I would drink all my meals if I could…and I’m not talking smoothies.)
  • A cubed pear, topped with ½ cup of plain nonfat yogurt, 1 tsp almond butter, and cinnamon while you check your e-mail….and a packet of Kashi instant oatmeal when you get to your desk. (Or any brand. I just love that Kashi Very Vanilla.)
  • A banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter before you hop in the shower…and a slice of toast topped with a sliced hard-boiled egg on your commute.
  • A cup of mixed fruit as you do your make-up…and a homemade McMuffin with one egg, one slice of bacon, and reduced-fat cheese an hour later.
  • A serving of Honey Nut Cheerios with a half-cup of skim milk as you make eyes at Matt Lauer during the first hour of The Today Show…and a  200-calorie smoothie as you watch Kathy Lee and Hoda Kotb tear it up during the last hour.

Actually I take that back. Do not eat while watching Kathy Lee and Hoda…you will surely lose your appetite.

Now, if you’re really into breaking up/breaking it down/just breaking shit, you can do this at lunch as well. If you’re a soup and sandwich kinda girl, why not have your soup at noon…and your sandwich at 3 PM when the vending machine starts singing you its siren song?

The key with this is to pump up both meals with healthy, low-calorie sides. I think our Value Meal culture makes us desire “sides” with everything, but I have a good list of light sides that might do the trick. Just having a cup of black bean soup at lunch time might make you feel sad…but having it with a glowing pile of orange and red pepper slices and hummus will make you feel a lot better about it. And come mid-afternoon, when everyone else is reaching for Snickers or pitiful 100-Calorie Packs, you can bust out your sandwich and apple.

HEYYYYYY, REAL FOOD!!!!

Breaking up your meals like this is a simple way to keep your blood sugar stable and keep hanger at bay. And if you’re the kind of person who is always thinking about food and your next meal, it’s great to know that you get to eat more frequently.

And if you go back to eating full meals in one sitting again, I think that’s akin to break-up sex, no??

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kaytee March 2, 2010 at 9:33 am

Love this concept. I’m almost always hungry in the morning, I’m just too busy getting ready to sit down and enjoy a full one. Same thing at lunch.

Besides, think of all the variety breaking up allows you to enjoy. :)
.-= Kaytee´s last blog ..All I Want for Christmas… =-.

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2 Alison March 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

Sorostitute — HAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

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3 Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear March 2, 2010 at 10:53 am

It is SO true that our society places an emphasis (brainwash?) on having sides, and desserts too! After every meal I want something sweet. It is the hardest craving not to get into. I was never in a sorority but I can identify with being on the go and needing quick ideas. Once again, great post – thanks!!
.-= Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear´s last blog ..More Than =-.

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4 Heather March 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I tell my clients to do this allll the time! So thank you for reiterating that! Getting something in your system within an hour of waking is VITAL! Glad you broke it down like that for the sorostitutes :-)
.-= Heather´s last blog ..My First Guest Post and March Goals =-.

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5 Sharla March 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I really needed this! I’m not usually hungry in the mornings (stemming I’m sure from a too-big dinner the night before and nearly immediate caffeine consumption upon waking) but I’ve been trying lately. Thank God for Greek yogurt!!
.-= Sharla´s last blog ..running errands, literally =-.

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6 Carla March 3, 2010 at 2:28 am

This is such a coincidence! My man friend ( hahaha) just asked me what my #1 nutrition advice was and I said EAT BREAKFAST! #2 was get good sleep and #3 was eat as many colors as you can in a day. Good to know we all think alike!

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