What should I be eating for breakfast? I need more energy in the morning!

Discussion in 'Nutrition and Supplements' started by AndrewTheAndroid, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. AndrewTheAndroid

    AndrewTheAndroid A hero for fun.

    My new job requires my to get up at 4:30 am so I can be there by 7am. I was okay for the first 2 hours but the last 2 hours I slowed down. I need a steady supply of energy! No coffee I crash to hard on that.
     
  2. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    Prepare everything the night before so you can just get up, wash, eat and leave.

    Porridge is great for long lasting carbs,
    Coffee helps too.

    If you crash too hard, make it weaker.
     
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  3. AndrewTheAndroid

    AndrewTheAndroid A hero for fun.

    I'll prepare some porridge tonight. Today I am having an egg with my toast and drinking lots of water. Also a cup of tea for good measure.
     
  4. Mitch

    Mitch Lord Mitch of MAP Admin

    Slow release carbs, some protein and maybe something like fruit. So egg on wholemeal toast with an apple or some berries might be good.

    Can you snack at work? Maybe take some buts and dried fruit?
     
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  5. Mushroom

    Mushroom De-powered to come back better than before.

    Im the same. I wake at 5am to start work by 7am.

    Altho Im not much of a breakfast person. And porridge tends to....er...go right through me. But also its kinda dense so Im dozing off around noon if I have anything too heavy.

    Coffee (mines usually a mocha) and either couple of buttered toasts or a muffin, around 9am (so its been 4hrs since Ive woken)

    Lunch - whatever Ive prepped the night before, or in a pinch, leftover dinner or even a quick trip to the local supermarché.
    This is about 1pm ish.

    And then I would graze on snacks. Sometimes its chocolate, other times its more chocolate, and sometimes....a chocolate biscuit with nuts in (cos good fats n whatnot)
     
  6. axelb

    axelb Master of Office Chair Fu Supporter

    I am the same with caffiene, it hits me hard and drops off hard.

    Porridge is my go to, definitely keeps me going, usually with berries, banana, seeds - but also goes through me, so I know I have a normal time that I have to be ready by the toilet, fortunately the timing is predictable.

    I prefer tea (English breakfast or Assam) as my caffeine source as it usually stimulates me enough without the big drop.
     
  7. David Harrison

    David Harrison MAPper without portfolio

    Wholemeal bread is about the same GI as white bread.

    Glycemic index for 60+ foods - Harvard Health

    For those who find porridge goes through them, how runny is your porridge? You might be better off having oats in natural yoghurt with fruit instead of porridge if you don't like it lumpy. Oats are magic for the colon because of their mix of soluble and insoluble fibre, but if they're already saturated then they you're reducing the effect of the soluble fibre on your colon.
     
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  8. axelb

    axelb Master of Office Chair Fu Supporter

    I have my porridge with semi skimmed milk, by the time it's cooked the porridge not very wet. On occasion I have it in natural yogurt, or the oats in a smoothie - thats usually very wet :D
     
  9. Mitch

    Mitch Lord Mitch of MAP Admin

    Good point, something I'd forgotten about.

    My own experiences have been that wholemeal filled me up for longer, though I'm largely gluten free these days.
     
  10. David Harrison

    David Harrison MAPper without portfolio

    Could be due to more nutrients in wholemeal.
     
  11. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

  12. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    That'll be the extra fibre, I've found wholegrain bread is the best, keeps me really full for hours, but is generally much more expensive.
     
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  13. Mitch

    Mitch Lord Mitch of MAP Admin

    My daughter has celiac disease so we eat gluten free at home to avoid issues of cross-contamination, and also so she doesn't feel stigmatised or different. She's young enough for that still to be an issue.

    Celiac disease is, of course, hereditary.

    For many years I've avoided eating sandwiches at lunchtime, because they would invariably give me horrific indigestion, and later in the day I'd be scoffing antacids for hours. Without consciously thinking about it, I'd been removing gluten from my diet long before we had her diagnosis.

    I haven't seen my GP to get a formal diagnosis yet, and I don't completely avoid gluten, but from eating gf at home for her I tend to consume very little, and it has certainly had a positive effect in terms of eliminating the indigestion I used to get.
     
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  14. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    That is some Excellent dadding!
     
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