I'm a foodie, I LOVE food. However, I also like the idea of taking care of yourself, including your body. Eating bad is easy and fun but that doesn't mean eating healthy has to suck. I did the HCG diet for 30 days and that required a strict diet. I learned that it IS possible to eat healthy without having to eat cardboard. These are some great tips on what's not so great to eat and what you should substitute instead. You might be surprised!
Oatmeal is great for breakfast (especially with bananas and chocolate chips) unless you're talking about INSTANT oatmeal, which tends to have a lot of added sugar and salt. And it's more processed, so you don't get as much fiber. According to the website Eat This Not That, it's actually one of the WORST breakfasts if you're trying to lose weight. Here's some other choices that aren't helpful.
1. Sugary cereal. Even the ones that look healthy can have a lot of sugar. Like a bowl of Cracklin' Oat Bran has 15 grams of sugar, compared to 11 grams in Frosted Flakes.
2. Waffles with syrup. This is a favorite for me BUT It's basically sugar on sugar with almost no fiber. The fat in the butter actually slows down the absorption of sugar in your body. But obviously butter isn't a health food either.
3. A glass of orange juice. It's basically straight sugar. And most brands are processed at a really high temperature, which kills a lot of the nutrients. Try vegetables or vitamins instead!
4. A bagel with cream cheese. The cream cheese is loaded with saturated fat, and one regular bagel is like eating four pieces of bread. So a better choice is HALF of a whole-wheat bagel, with avocado instead of cream cheese.
5. Pop-Tarts. They're basically just sugar. So they might give you a jolt of energy for the moment. But then you'll crash and be hungry again.
6. Flavored yogurt. I thought I was eating healthy having this as a snack. Plain yogurt with some fruit in it is a good choice. But just like instant oatmeal, other kinds of yogurt tend to have a lot of added sugar.
Here are some healthier choices for breakfast:
1. Eggs. They have more than 20 key nutrients. And two eggs have about 12 grams of protein. That's important because it helps control your insulin levels. When your insulin spikes, your body starts storing calories as fat. During my HCG diet I ate two hardboiled eggs for breakfast (with mustard). I still do this for breakfast today, but I add in a turkey sausage patty, as well.
2. Greek yogurt. It's high-protein, low-calories. Just make sure it doesn’t have any added sugar, then mix in some fruit and nuts. Flavored yogurt doesn't have as much protein. And it might taste better, but only because there's a ton of sugar in there. We covered this a bit in the BAD list.
3. Protein smoothies. They're great as long as you use the right ingredients. Some people overdo it and end up turning their "healthy" breakfast into a calorie bomb. I've done that before, HA!
4. Baked beans. People in England have them for breakfast more than we do. But they're good because they give you an almost-perfect mix of carbs and protein. Plus they're quick and easy. You can have them with toast, or even just on their own.
Here's a bonus: One of the biggest things I learned to enjoy through the HCG diet in general include zucchini pasta, cauliflower mashed potatoes, and lettuce-wrapped tacos instead of the usual hard and soft ones.