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1. Skipping Breakfast….It is called the most important meal of the day for a reason. It is. The term breakfast itself lends itself to its importance. You are breaking a fast. You have not eaten in a long time. Probably the longest you go throughout the day without eating. It is important for everyone to east breakfast, but even more so for those of us with diabetes. Skipping breakfast is probably the biggest mistake we can make. There are studies available that even conclude that blood sugar reading will increase through the day without a proper breakfast. I know, you have a tight schedule and you want to get that few more minutes of sleep rather than deal with breakfast. Believe it or not, a good breakfast is more important to your body than that extra time sleeping. Why not go to bed earlier if you require that much sleep?
2. Checking Blood Sugar Levels…this might not seem to be a “mistake” to some for a breakfast list, but a fasting glucose level is something that I feel is necessary to see where you are for the day. That first reading of the day tells you a lot about how you are doing in managing your diabetes. It might also help you determine the type of breakfast you may need for the day. A first morning reading, BEFORE breakfast tells you how your meals are affecting your blood sugar during the day. That is if you take readings before every meal like we all should be doing. Don’t make this common mistake. Before you eat, take a reading, you know it doesn’t take that long and you will have a better understanding of what your body is doing.
3. Forgetting the Regulating Fiber…. Hey, we all need fiber in our diet. But those of use with diabetes might need it a little bit more. We gotta try to stay “regular” and nothing helps that more than a bit of fiber each morning. Fiber also keeps you feeling fuller longer and that will help you from getting those bad hunger pains before lunch. Fiber has no impact on your blood sugar and helps to regulate it actually. Consider a fruit with a peel, like an apple. Or better yet, make a bowl of oats. The fiber in oats is amazing and with a few additions, it’s really pretty good!
4. Leaving Out Protein….You need protein in your diet. And breakfast is the perfect time to get it. Protein actually helps your body slow down the absorption of carbs. Protein also is one of those food items that makes you feel fuller longer. Protein is pretty easy to get at breakfast. How about a couple of eggs and a piece or two of sausage? Eggs and sausage have a GL of zero which means they have no impact whatsoever on your blood sugar and they can give that burst of energy you need in the morning. If you don’t have time for eggs and sausage, a spoon full of peanut butter on your toast is also a great choice.
5. Drinking A Breakfast….Breakfast was never meant to be in liquid form. A “breakfast shake” will never replace what you get from a well balanced sit down breakfast. Breakfast “smoothies” are not going help you make it through morning with enough energy unless they are full of sugar and that is not what we want to start out the day. I did just a quick search and looked for the top 10 instant breakfast drinks either pre-prepared or an add milk variety. The average amount of carbs in those drinks was 74 and the average amount of sugar was 52 grams. I really don’t think that is the best way to start your diabetes day.
6. Parting Without Some Fruit…If you watch our channel much at all you know I am a fan of fresh fruit. You need to incorporate some fruit into your breakfast. Remember those oats we made for the fiber we need? How about throwing some strawberries and/or blueberries in there? That is going to make for a wonderful breakfast. Or how about just ending the breakfast with a nice ripe apple. It will add fiber to your breakfast, some wonderful energy and a nice crispness to start the day.
7. Mistaking Brunch For Breakfast….I don’t really know what time you consider breakfast to be, but it really isn’t 11am in most places. Breakfast is meant to be eaten to get you ready for the day. Eating it late in the morning is really not a good idea. The problem with this is that by the time you do decide to sit down and eat, you tend to be really hungry. Then, it becomes difficult to satisfy the hunger without over eating. It also means that breakfast is now going to be closely followed by the lunchtime meal. A good breakfast should supply you with the nutrients and energy that you need to get through the first part of the day. Many experts recommend having breakfast within one hour after rising.
8. Not Eating Enough….
9. Believing Fat Isn’t Good For Breakfast….
10. I Must Have at Least a Pot of Coffee With Breakfast…breakfast and coffee seem to go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly or Abbot and Costello.