Low Carb People - what do you eat for breakfast?

(111 Posts)
Earlybird Sun 12-Feb-12 16:33:37

Need some ideas to get me started please.

3mum Sun 12-Feb-12 17:17:34

Two boiled eggs and a rasher of grilled bacon. Yummy!

Earlybird Sun 12-Feb-12 17:41:52

Can you really eat bacon when low-carbing? I love bacon....

BIWI Sun 12-Feb-12 17:47:25

You can eat any protein when you're low carbing, although processed meat (which includes bacon) isn't advised for every meal.

I usually have eggs - boiled, poached, scrambled. Sometimes I have bacon/sausage and egg. Sometimes I make hard boiled eggs and have them mashed up with mayo, occasionally with a bit of bacon in them as well.

joanofarchitrave Sun 12-Feb-12 17:48:47

when I was lowcarbing initially I ate mostly eggs. When I thought I would throw up if I ever had eggs again, I ate avocado slices with some mozzarella cheese.

ednurse Sun 12-Feb-12 17:49:50

If I do Dukan then I eat quorn sausages with poached or scrambled eggs.

drywhiteplease Sun 12-Feb-12 17:55:38

Omelette

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Sun 12-Feb-12 17:57:17

I'm a veggie low carber. I sometimes do veggie sausages/mushrooms/eggs at the weekends; but usually I just have a protein shake as it's fast and doesn't involve any effort. I've been using Holland and Barratt's strawberry flavour whey protein, but just got a new tub ('improved flavour!') and the carb content has increased A LOT.
I've also just found a Rose Elliott recipe that's lovely - a low carb version of porridge - mix 2 tbsp ground flaxseed (I use the one with chopped nuts in), 1 tbsp soy protein isolate, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Add a small knob of butter, and mix with boiling water to a porridge-like consistency. I then add a glug of double cream on top. It's v nice to have something hot and stodgy on a winter's morning.

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Sun 12-Feb-12 17:58:33

Forgot - you add stevia/splenda 'to taste' as well

foreverondiet Sun 12-Feb-12 20:46:46

I have omelette. My DH has protein shakes.

JaxTellerIsMyFriend Sun 12-Feb-12 21:40:07

I have eggs usually - sometimes with mushrooms, tomato, grilled bacon/sausage.

It depends how much time I have and how hungry I am. Sometimes do sliced cucumber, tomato and mozzarella cheese, sometimes avodaco and a piece of cheese.

DH has started having a small bowl of All Bran in the morning, he needs breakfast in the morning and it needs to be quick. He looked into carb content of lots of cereal and this seemed lowest, but dont be fooled by bran flakes etc the carb content is huge compared to all bran.

Might give the recipe above a try. I cant stand protein shakes, my DN has them when training and I tasted one, yuk. too sweet for me. Dont like Spenda either would rather do without.

nenevomito Sun 12-Feb-12 21:47:13

Omlette (various)

Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs

Turkey bacon, mushrooms and grilled tomatoes.

Poached eggs on spinach.

Quorn sausages, poached egg and turkey bacon.

And some days if I just don't have time, i grab a bag of quorn bites.

Earlybird Sun 12-Feb-12 22:20:58

Did you find it hard to give up bread (toast, croissant, etc)?

And am I right to think fruit and/or fruit juice is not allowed?

Yoghurt? Milk in coffee/tea?

Sorry to ask dim questions. All those things feature regularly in my breakfasts, so would be a major shift in habit and in craving to forego.

BIWI Sun 12-Feb-12 22:25:22

Fruit and fruit juice is not allowed.

You can have full-fat yoghurt - some milk in tea/coffee is alright

Not difficult to give up bread etc when you see the results!

RattyPatty Sun 12-Feb-12 22:44:00

ooooooooooooooh interesting.

So, I'd be having scrambled eggs n bacon etc for breakfast with a brew milk no sugar.

Are tomatoes allowed?

What about the rest of the day? Lots of salads/chicken/seafood etc? Is full fat mayo OK?

Sorry to butt in OP blush just really intrigued by the low carb thing. I'm crap at diets (also a bit pregnant so not ready to start yet obv) and thinking about how to change my ways without a 'diet' iyswim?

Disclaimer: I know that trying to loose weight whilst pregnant is silly and v unhealthy. I just want to make some (not all) better choices for now and to take notes for after I deliver.

<all ears>

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Sun 12-Feb-12 23:17:54

Is this kind of diet just a quick fix kind of thing? I take it you don't carry on eating like this for life.

Salad/seafood/chicken for lunch and dinner sounds good, but the breakfasts sound really depressing/unhealthy! All that processed/high saturated fat meat!

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Sun 12-Feb-12 23:43:38

Earlybird As BIWI says - once the weight starts falling off, bread is not so attractive (especially after a few weeks - when it just tastes like sweet, pappy stodge). As for milk, I have lactofree, which tastes like normal milk but has a much lower carb content. Yoghurt - Lidl's big (1kg?) buckets of full fat greek yog are fab (and cheap (~£1.59)). Make sure you don't get the low fat one by mistake.
Ratty Tomatoes in moderation! I have at least a couple of cherry ones most days, but depends what 'phase' you are in/how strict you are being. And yes, make sure you only have full fat mayo - if something has been processed to become 'low fat', the fat has usually been replaced by sugar or some other carby filler. Hellmans and Delouis Fils (Waitrose) are both good.
MyChild Yes I've been eating this way for nearly 2 years now, and don't plan to change. I lost 5 stone with no effort at all, and can now maintain this with little fuss. I do go off-piste if I fancy a pizza and a glass or 4 of wine at the weekend, but most low-carbers would say that to be sucessful, you don't view this as a short term diet, but rather a long term 'way of eating'. Once you have reached your goal weight, a lot of 'excluded' foods can be re-introduced, so it's not as onerous as it may sound.
Sorry for monster post! grin

kotuku Sun 12-Feb-12 23:50:28

Berry smoothie- small amount of strawberries or rasberries, protein powder, greek yogurt unsweetened soya milk, and Erythritol sweetner.

BIWI Mon 13-Feb-12 08:10:10

Mychild - it's a myth that fat is bad for you. There is nothing unhealthy about a breakfast based on protein and fat. It's also something that will keep you feeling fuller for longer whilst also having the vitally important benefit of keeping your blood sugar levels stable - unlike a carb-based breakfast which will see your blood sugar levels soar, with the resulting crash at around 11am, which will see you reaching for the biscuits!

It's definitely a WOE-way of eating - rather than a quick fix diet.

JaxTellerIsMyFriend Mon 13-Feb-12 09:31:39

IF you have a think about the way cavemen used to eat, there was no bread, potatoes, processed carbs at all. It was meat, green veg.

Definitely a way to eat for life, not a 'quick fix' diet.

As you remove the sugar/carbs from your diet you lose weight. It doesnt mean you can never eat a slice of bread/croissant or whatever you fancy which is very carby again, it means that you make better choices about what you eat.

Earlybird Mon 13-Feb-12 16:39:03

Hmm - all very interesting. Thanks for responses.

Can someone point me to some basic introductory books/blogs/menu plans etc (practical guidelines/advice) so I can learn more?

Low carb might be the way to go for me. I can't face doing Weightwatcher's again....

foreverondiet Mon 13-Feb-12 17:21:13

Depends how low carb you are planning to go. I do eat yoghurt, esp the greek total one (and I do have the fat free one) which is lower in carbs than other yoghurts. Would add some low carb muesli - but I usually have eggs, probably only have yoghurt and muesli once a week.

re: fat. Yes processed meat is not healthy - lots of evidence about cancer risks and it should not be something you eat much, plus its full of salt. But there isn't actually any evidence that saturated fat is actually bad for you providing your calorie intake isn't excessive. Fat keeps you full and blood sugar levels stable. That all being said some fat eg olive oil, omega 3 fish oil, avocado, coconut oil healthier than saturated fat. I eat very little saturated fat because I want room in my diet for the healthier sorts of fats and other foods!

And yes its a WOE for life - although I do lowish carb lowish fat and I don't eat any wheat.

Ifancyanewname Mon 13-Feb-12 17:23:57

Ok, im confused, full fat is ok but semi skimmed isnt? I need to look into this low carbing. And is bread really that bad for you? How much weight did you guys lose once cutting it out? What do you have with curry and bolognese?
I just cant get my head around no carbs!

Ifancyanewname Mon 13-Feb-12 17:24:14

I am intrigued though if someone lost 5 stone smile

Furball Mon 13-Feb-12 17:33:06

ifancy - the idea is you burn fat for fuel

so on a low carb diet - bread etc is bad

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