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Thinking out loud: breakfasts, nuts, cold water and subscription boxes

Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Breakfast

1. Breakfast is not the most important meal

Breakfast

Love breakfast. A lot. Just not when I first wake up.

For decades I used to force feed myself breakfast as soon as I woke up because I believed that if I didn’t, my metabolism would not kick in and I would overeat during the rest of the day and get fat/fatter. This was all at the time when the world still believed that eating fat made you fat and that eggs and avocados were bad for you and that you should eat margarine instead of butter.

We know better now. And skipping breakfast, or rather – delaying breakfast, is not going to make you fat. It’s especially not going to make you fat if you call it intermittent fasting ;)

I used to eat breakfast as soon as I got into the office at 8-8:30, that is about 2-2.5 hours after waking up, but now I just have my first coffee at that time and have breakfast at 9:30 when I truly feel like I’m hungry.

The reason I’m doing this is trying to shorten the number of hours I eat in any 24 hours. Just because I like to eat a lot and I’d rather eat when I felt like eating and not force feed myself early in the morning. So far it hasn’t made me binge later on in the day and some days I am actually hungry at 8:30 and I will eat then. It’s all part of learning to listen to my body and eat intuitively. Something I really suck at because like I said, I like to eat a lot – not only often but large quantities. I like to feel full but the trouble is that if I stop eating when I feel full then 30 min later I feel STUFFED. Food is such a complicated emotional thing and I’m not sure I’ll fully ever get there and only eat as much as my body needs, but oh well, one day at a time.

And talking about food quantities and calories:

2. Not so nuts about nuts

Yes, nuts have a bazillion good things in them but they are very nutritionally dense. That means they have a bazillion calories as well and I personally cannot just eat 4 cashews. I eat 40 and that’s my muffin top right there. Also, peanuts and peanut butter makes me bloated. They’re legumes so no wonder. I used to chuck nut butters into my shakes and smoothies and chop nuts into yoghurt or granola but I’ve decided that I’m not going to be actively adding nuts to any of my food anymore – my stomach and my muffin top are much happier if I eat a large quantity of greenery instead of 2 almonds. This also means I’m laying off energy balls and bars – I do not need so much energy and again, a bowl of greek yoghurt with honey and banana is much more satisfying than a tiny little energy ball.

3. I hate the cold but the cold might be a little bit miraculous

I spent 30 minutes in 11.5°C water the other day and afterwards my foot/toe that has been niggling me for a while, felt totally fine. Cured.

The next day it felt a tiny bit sensitive again but I iced it after my run and will keep doing it until it’s totally healed. I’ve been a total douche by not icing it before but I always thought that when physios tell you to ice something that they just don’t know what’s wrong with you so they just say something, anything, so you can feel that you’re doing something proactive to fix it.

It’s like when you take kids to the doctor and the doctors never have a diagnoses, only a recommendation to give Calpol.

But lo and behold, there IS something when it comes to icing achy body parts. I must now Google Wim Hof  method and who knows, next week I might be all over Instagram sitting neck deep in a bin filled with ice cubes.

4. I don’t get subscription boxes

I have only tried one Birchbox but I see that there is no end to new subscription boxes popping up all the time – beauty, health, sport, baby, kids, teenagers, you name it. They are not super cheap and considering that many items from the box one would not end up liking, it’s quite a bit of money for stuff that you do like. I get that the aim is to get to try out lots of different things but I personally have enough stuff in my house. I am also very happy with the beauty products that I use and I don’t like having lots of different things.

I wonder whether these schemes are so popular because people like to feel special and it’s like receiving a present every month? I sort of just buy something that I want or want to try. I don’t need “surprise” things in my life.

And – just this morning I was stopped on the street by a guy trying to sell me subscription to have cut flowers sent to my house every week. I don’t have anything against flowers but I can think of a million things I’d rather spend money on.

Mostly food.

And leggings.

But I want to pick my own food and my own leggings ;)


I’ve also been thinking about lots of other things like considering getting hypnotised to get over my cuticle picking habit and my fear of phones, how much (and when) to tell my kids about the state of my mental health, how Crossfit actually does make you ‘bulky’, how to find more coping mechanisms for living with my mother, and so on but I’ll save these for another day ;)

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7 Comments

  • Reply Jem Thursday, 11 May 2017 at 12:40

    I’m with you on subscription boxes, but I think part of that is bitterness. I had this idea for a ‘product’ identical to what we now know as subscriptions boxes about 4-5 years ago before they were really a thing and I never did anything with it – I think if I had I could be raking it in now!

    • Reply MrsB Monday, 15 May 2017 at 15:12

      Doh! Can you take your idea a step further? To slightly different direction? I sometimes think I have business ideas though but I have no idea where to start so I just forget about them :|

  • Reply Lauren (@poweredbypb) Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 13:15

    I have breakfast whenever I’m hungry, sometimes this is as soon as I wake up and sometimes it’s not til after 11ish, I also like to do a lot of my training fasted, so this tends to delay breakfast too. I also like to shorten my eating window, and I tend to not eat later than 6/7pm depending on if I am hungry after this or not. I love nuts, and nut butters, and they make up a big part of my diet, for me as Vegan I think they are really beneficial and I really enjoy them too. I like to have an ice cold bath for 5 mins after very long runs and for me it’s always made a massive difference in recovery and DOMS.

    • Reply MrsB Monday, 15 May 2017 at 15:13

      I wish I could not eat after 7pm. That is my ultimate goal as sometimes I can’t sleep because I’m so stuffed. I love to eat though and my oldest kid goes to be only at 9 and that’s when we crash on the couch and want to have a snack :|

  • Reply Kaie Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 12:46

    I have no problem have breakfast 11am on weekends, but now day I try to eat breakfast before work at home as I try to get out of the habit to munch away all day at my desk. Something about working in the office is really screw up my eating habits :(
    I agree that nuts and nut butters are so calorie tense and I try not to have them at home all the time. I love nuts and can’t stop with just a few. (writing this and eating salted coconut curls – but this not real nut so doesn’t count :) )I’m all confused about treating injuries with ice as some specialists saying now that it will slow down healing process it just easies the pain. There is too much information about everything and it’s really hard to know what is the right thing to do.

  • Reply Anna @AnnaTheApple Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 12:38

    At the weekend I’ll usually have “breakfast” no earlier than 10am. Normally it’s 11-12. I like to have my meals closer together and BIG, like you. I’m a volume eater so need my meals to be big in order to feel satisfied (psychologically). During the week though is different. As I get up at 5am and go to the gym I need breakfast a lot earlier (8am) and then have lunch at 1, a few snacks then dinner at 7ish. It’s not how I prefer but with work and my current routine it’s just how it is.
    Yeah I don’t get subscription boxes either. Once in a while it’s a fun novelty but every month? Nooo.
    YES leggings + food = happiness

  • Reply Emma Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 11:39

    I’ve always thought that lunch is the most important meal for me. I don’t tend to eat much breakfast, but do make sure I eat a decent lunch. If I skimp on my lunch I find myself snacking on junk food before dinner/tea. I have a nut allergy so I’m definitely not so nuts about nuts. It is quite frustrating not being able to eat 95% of energy bars and snacks. I also don’t get subscription boxes. I might treat myself to be occasional box, but couldn’t afford a regular subscription. I reviewed one last year and suspect that the company didn’t survive as their website has vanished. A shame but the subscription box market does seem to be quite saturated.

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