One morning last fall, I was driving my teenage son and his friends to a sports practice when one of them asked what another had for breakfast. Two out of the four said they’d eaten some kind of sugary cereal. That cookie one was mentioned.
When they asked my son what he’d had, he said eggs and bacon! It just so happened that I’d made uncured, organic bacon that morning because I woke up early. I like to make sure he starts off his day with enough protein and fat so he has energy to last for hours (bacon is a rare treat, though, and I prefer grass fed beef bacon, when it’s available).
I felt bad for the other kids, because they hadn’t eaten something that was going to fuel their best practice, but the last thing my son would have wanted me to do is start a conversation about food.
Having eaten Captain Crunch for breakfast sometimes as a kid, I understand it’s easy and quick to grab a bowl of cereal and head out the door. It wasn’t long ago that I thought whole wheat toast was a healthy option. Now I know better, after empowering my daughter to heal from a serious digestive illness.
Grains were making her sick, and she’s not the only one. So many people are finding relief from a wide variety of chronic symptoms and conditions – even learning and behavioral disorders – by reducing or eliminating them, along with other common food allergens.
People who don’t understand how serious food allergies and intolerances can be tend to think that gluten free and Paleo diets are fads. I wish they were right, but unfortunately, many people have to live a low/no grain lifestyle in order to heal and be healthy. It’s not just a matter of jumping on the next health bandwagon.
Why people have to judge things they don’t understand is beyond me. I guess it’s just human nature. That’s why it’s important to find support from like-minded foodies if you’re living any kind of food restricted lifestyle.
I’ve gotten off track! Let’s go back to the morning meal.
A healthy breakfast contains enough protein and healthy fat (children, especially need fat – more on that in an upcoming post) to energize you throughout the day. Unfortunately, it’s a meal that many of us rush through, and we end up relying on cereal and toast, which don’t have enough of either of those things.
Since I don’t eat gluten, dairy, or egg whites, it’s not easy coming up with breakfast options. I usually end up eating dinner leftovers from the night before. Believe it or not, you get used to it! Plus, you end up getting veggies in before you even get to lunchtime. It’s a nice fringe benefit of the Paleo lifestyle.
Anyway, while I sometimes snack on nuts, I don’t usually eat them for breakfast. Today, though, I felt like having a change of pace. So, I decided to turn the topping of my Blueberry Nut Bars into cereal. Here’s the recipe:
I have to admit that as much as my son loves macadamia nuts, he will not even try this cereal. So, while this post began with an anecdote about him, the recipe itself was not designed for him. He has a lot of other options for breakfast, as he’s not as food sensitive as my daughter and I are. He does not eat boxed cereal of any kind, though, as I do not buy it.
No two family members in my house eat exactly alike, and that’s ok. When it comes to dinner, we usually all share the same meal, but for breakfast and lunch, each of us eats what we enjoy the most.
What do you like to eat for breakfast? If you’ve been following a low fat/high carb nutritional approach, then a breakfast high in fat and protein might not sound very appealing to you right away. If you like to read, I’d be more than happy to email you a book list so you can better understand the research behind cutting edge, low/no grain digestive healing philosophies. All you need to do is send me a note via my contact page.
Don’t worry. You may not have to make significant changes to your diet to improve your digestive health. It’s the slow and steady improvements that will make the most difference.
Most people can’t reverse old habits overnight. Be patient with yourself!
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Have a happy, healthy day!