Suicide by Cereal. Murder by Cereal.
If you get up in the morning and eat cereal for breakfast, you are slowly killing yourself.
MOMS … you are killing your kids.
After a night’s sleep your blood glucose levels drop. You wake up in the morning and hungry or not you buy into the hype that breakfast is the all important meal of the day.
It’s actually NOT, but that’s another topic.
So according to all the commercials you watch and the fact that your local grocery has a whole AISLE devoted to cereal, you think that cereal is your best breakfast choice.
Well it’s the best choice, ONLY if you want to shorten your lifespan by a decade or more. It’s your best choice if you want to get heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and more nasty nasty diseases. It’s your best choice if you want hyper active, attention deficit kids.
So, you eat your bowl — and it’s probably a BIG bowl that in no way matches the 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup serving size that is recommended on some packages. Be honest … what is YOUR typical serving size? Twice the amount (1 cup to 1.5 cups) or more?
And what you are eating is pure sugar. … even with the so called “healthy cereals,” like Raisin Bran or Shreddies.
Here’s the nutritional content for Kellog’s Raisin Bran:
The important part of what we are looking at here is the Total Carbohydrates. 46 grams.
To put that in perspective. Most Keto Diets allow you up to 50 grams of carbs A DAY. So eat one cup of Raisin Bran and you are done eating for the day. Most Low Carb diets (for weight loss) allow approximately 150 grams of carbs a day.
And I’ll ask again … would you actually eat ONLY one cup?
I’m not going to get into a science lesson here … the nutshell version is that ALL carbs are converted into sugar in your body.
In the analysis above 18 grams of the carbs is pure sugar. That’s 4 1/2 teaspoons of sugar. Would you actually feed your kid 4 1/2 teaspoons of pure sugar and imagine that it was doing NO harm?
Within minutes of eating the cereal, your blood sugars soar. Your body responds by flooding your system with large doses of insulin which causes your blood sugar to come crashing back down again within a few hours.
So there are are at work and your stomach is growling and the doughnut wagon drives by. How can you resist? You are HUNGRY. And the cycle continues all day. Eating all that “disguised” sugar in the morning ensures that you will be craving more and more throughout the day.
I’m not telling you to skip breakfast, but then again, maybe I will. Read this article on Intermittent Fasting and consider making it your regular eating plan.
If you choose to have breakfast, DON’T have cereal. It takes one minute to fry an egg. Better yet, you can make amazing egg, and egg and bacon dishes ahead of time and microwave them for 30 seconds. Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (porridge) can be made in the microwave in one minute, and a smoothie can be buzzed in the blender in 60 seconds. *** Don’t get instant rolled oats, unfortunately those handy little packets are filled with sugar.
The problem is that cereal is quick and easy, which is one of the reasons people get it. To eat healthy, you need to plan ahead a bit so that your breakfast choices are also quick and easy. Set everything up the night before and you can have a healthy breakfast in less than two minutes the next morning. Microwaving an egg cup or reheating an omelette can take as little as 30 seconds. How crazy is that!
Just don’t have cereal.
Cereal is a KILLER.
Here are nine great tasting, and easy-to-make egg recipes. Many of them can be made ahead and zapped in the microwave.