• What To Eat For Breakfast

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Jan 15th, 2015

Recently I was listening to a health podcast. The hosts of the show start out each of their podcasts talking about what they have for breakfast. And there’s a point here. When you decide to eliminate grains from your diet and maybe also dairy, it’s hard to figure out what to have for breakfast.

Most of us are OK with salad plus protein for lunch and meat, fish or chicken with vegetables for dinner, but breakfast is the tough one. There may be a variety of reasons, you are eating grain free. Perhaps you have pre-diabetes and are lowering your carbohydrate intake. Or maybe you have problems digesting gluten and similar proteins found in grains. Dairy may be a problem because of the proteins (whey and casein) or the sugar (lactose). You may be someone with an autoimmune disease who is eliminating grains (wheat, corn, rice, spelt, barley, oats, rye) as well as dairy to reduce their immune reactivity.

Eliminating grain and dairy isn’t easy but may bring you significant health benefits. How to know if this is right for you? For two weeks, try going without any grain or any foods made with milk and milk products. See if symptoms like heartburn, bloating and abdominal pain are reduced. Observe your energy, mood, and thinking abilities. That will give you a good idea if it’s right for you.

Since I eat grain free and mostly dairy free, I thought I would give you some suggestions that I use myself.

GRAIN FREE GRANOLA: Make a grain free granola to eat with almond milk or coconut milk. Check out this recipe for grain free granola made with nuts from PaleoCupboard: http://www.paleocupboard.com/granola.html

EGGS: This next suggestion involves changing your way of thinking about fat in your diet. Eggs are a healthy food. Eating cholesterol is good for your brain function and actually good for your blood cholesterol. We have been brainwashed to think eggs are the enemy because they contain fat and especially cholesterol. It’s not the cholesterol in your diet that causes heart disease—it’s the carbs that do it. So don’t be afraid to eat eggs. You can even add bacon or other breakfast meats if they are chemical free. Check your local farmer’s market for healthy eggs and breakfast meat made from grass fed animals.

LEFTOVERS: Another tip for breakfast is to eat leftovers. This is another tip that is a little hard to get used to. We have very definite ideas about what constitutes breakfast food. So you need to stretch your mind and think about eating dinner for breakfast. Make things easier by planning to make enough for dinner so that you have leftovers for the following morning. For me it’s not unusual to have salad and some leftover chicken or fish from dinner the evening before.

HAVE A GREEN SHAKE: You can put almost anything you like in a breakfast shake–spinach, kale, lettuce as well as fruit. Add some apple or orange. You can put avocado in for a wonderful smooth texture. Add protein powder or extra fiber and some coconut oil to get enough essential nutrients. It’s quick and easy!

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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