Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Diet Dilemma #1

DILEMMA:  You need to grab a quick breakfast!
The Devil says:  "Look...there's Tim Hortons!  It's fast and it tastes great, and the sugar will give you an energy burst."
The Angel says:  "Keep driving, you can do it!  Swing by a store for fruit and low-fat yogurt.  The calcium and the vitamins will help start your day off right."
The Voice of Reason says: "A doughnut would taste delicious, but you will regret it an hour from now when your blood sugar takes a dive and you crash face-first into the keyboard."
The Solution:  Have the fruit and yogurt, but make it feel more indulgent by sprinkling on a few chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts.  Breakfast is supposed to jump-start your energy and keep it going for a few hours, and a load of fried, sugary dough isn't up to the job.  A bite that combines energizing carbs with satisfying protein, such as low-fat dairy with fruit, is an ideal choice.  Other filling options include 1 or 2 slices of whole-wheat toast with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or skim milk poured over a heaped cup of cereal (look for one with fewer than 150 calories per cup - or use low-fat granolas that have similar calories per 1/2 cup, less than 6 grams of sugar and at least 4 grams of fibre per serving).

“Rather go to bed supperless, than run in debt for a Breakfast.”

   -Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Poor Richard's Almanac

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