The most important meal of the day

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    Jun 25, 2007 5:28 PM GMT
    What do I eat for breakfast? I work out first thing in the morning. I have roughly 30 - 45 minutes to workout at the gym (about 30 minutes after waking up), weight lifting, before I have to shower and be ready to leave for work by 7am.

    My options are thus:

    a) A protein shake bought from the Gym. Not sure all that is in it, I’ll ask. But included is a fat burner, protein powder, and a banana (I think).
    b) My own Muscle Milk Protein Shake. No blender.
    c) Hotel Breakfast with the options of Scrambled whole eggs (probably powdered), sausage, biscuit, grits, potatoes (with ketchup).
    d) Cook my own food. Egg whites/Liquid eggs, spinach, salsa, feta cheese and precooked frozen turkey sausage, wheat english muffin, peanut butter, juice/skim milk.

    What’s the best I can do for my body? I’m torn between eating a large breakfast, as the most important meal, and eating right and consuming all the proper nutrition to keep me going.

    I’m working on eating right during the day as well. Lunch is usually Tuna snack packs (I only use half the Mayo in the package), Salad, or a Turkey Wrap. And I’m trying to find a good, chewy snack bar to snack on mid-meal. I like Kashi’s TLC Honey Almond Flax. And sometimes I eat an apple or two.
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    Jun 25, 2007 8:06 PM GMT
    You'll need to eat something that will give you enough energy to get through your workout so that you can use that for energy instead of eating away the muscle fibers, and light enough so that it doesn't feel like a solid brick in your stomach.

    Hmmmmm.....On the occasion that I workout about an hour after I get up, I usually eat either some cereal with either skim milk or soy milk, and a piece of whole grain bread with some peanut butter. Gives me the carbs, the protein and the fat to jump start my system, but again, that's what works for me.

    Sounds like the best option is to cook your own food or your own protein shake. This will give your body enough time to digest the food.
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    Jun 25, 2007 8:25 PM GMT
    One of the most effective changes I made in the last year was to start cooking a decent breakfast most days. When I kept track of my intake for a few days, I found 1) My total calorie intake was rather low but I was still kinda "skinny fat" and 2) I wasn't getting any where near enough protein, and it was all coming at the end of the day.

    Lots of people have trouble eating much breakfast, so it's probably important to find something that's palatable to you.

    I tend to have a one-egg denver omelette with a slice of toast and a scoop of guacamole, plus a pot of tea and glass of milk. On rushed days, I'll have a small bowl of cereal with a piece of fruit and either a protein smoothie or bar in the car.

    Also, some days I split the breakfast into two snacks. E.g. during harvest season on the farm, I grab a hand meal on the way to start up the crew at 0400, then sit down for a little more at 0630, when I get a chance. Seems to keep me going.
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    Jun 25, 2007 9:40 PM GMT
    Since I'm not a morning person, my goals with breakfast involve time efficiency. The shake I've been drinking lately takes about 2 minutes to make and completely clean up after.

    Do peeled, hard-boiled eggs keep well in the fridge? I like the idea of having an egg with breakfast, but no way am I making myself an omelet every day. I'd be fired for showing up even later than I already do.
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    Jun 25, 2007 9:48 PM GMT
    Hard boiled eggs will keep about a week in the fridge and they may pick up flavours from other things stored nearby; be sure to mark them so you don't confuse them with uncooked eggs...
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    Jun 26, 2007 1:51 PM GMT
    My trainer recommended to me a pre-workout of two scoops of protein with a tablespoon of sugar (yes, strangely enough, sugar) and a post-workout meal of the same shake, one egg and three egg whites, a small bowl of oatmeal, and some nuts and raisins. Then a mid-morning snack (200 calories), lunch (300 calories), mid-afternoon snack (200 calories), no-carb dinner (400 calories), and some leeway for a glass of wine or a martini. I'm supposed to aim for 2300-2500 a day. I don't know if that helps, but ...
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    Jun 27, 2007 6:49 PM GMT
    I go to the gym in the morning and so eat at home afterwards.

    Usually I will cook myself the following:

    baked beans on toast with a boiled egg. Followed by a low fat, high fibre cereal such as Shreddies or weetabix with chopped apples/grapes/pears/berries

    porridge with raisins
    Two scrambled eggs on toast

    baked beans on toast with mushrooms
    cereal with fruit

    I think this provides me with plenty of fibre, protein, carbs etc and keeps me going til i need a snack, around 11am. Usually an apple.

    If you can cook for yourself it's much easier and you know exactly what you're consuming.