Oh hey, long time no blog post.
Solving this breakfast problem has been ongoing over the past year. The problem started when I began taking the antipsychotic Zeldox and mood stabiliser Topamax which supressed my appetite. I can’t remember what I was doing for breakfast before that – I tended to sleep in until past midday so I probably wasn’t having it, although if I stayed up late enough I would get Macca’s breakfast before I went to bed. Is that breakfast? Or dinner? I don’t know.
Anyway so I’m on this new cocktail of drugs and between the nausea and low appetite, I’m not eating much. When I do eat, it’s usually the wrong kind of food – something fast and easy. And it’s usually in the middle of the day. I never ate breakfast, even though on these meds I developed some more reasonable sleeping habits (mostly.)
So I lost a lot of weight. After about twenty kilos lost my psychiatrist referred me to a dietician to help me develop a healthier diet. And of course when I gave him my first food diary the first thing he noticed was that there was no breakfast anywhere.
His first solution? Drink Up&go.
It’s quick, easy and much easier to stomach than solid food when I first get up. So I started having the up&go in the morning, every day until it became a habit. I bought up on the supersize 12 packs in the strawberry flavour – has to be strawberry, can’t do any of the others – and that became my staple breakfast.
This went on for months. Then recently the dietician tells me that up&go isn’t good enough anymore and I need to start eating ‘real’ food for breakfast. The up&go has too much sugar.
Habits are hard to break for me. I was in the habit of not eating breakfast, then I was in the habit of drinking these up&gos instead of breakfast. It was only meant to be a stepping stone onto something more acceptable but I found that transition difficult. When I get up I just don’t feel like going to the trouble of preparing something.
He had a few suggestions of what I could do instead. Poaching an egg – I’m useless at poaching so that’s out – or some cereal because he wants me to take in some milk, or yoghurt with fruit.
So for a week I tried eating cereal. I ate low sugar cheerios, which aren’t that great but were the best option we had in the house at the time. And I gained weight. I couldn’t believe it! How could cereal affect my weight like that? Did I eat too much? I doubt it because I was eating out of a mug for portion control.
So cereal is out. The next idea I had I got from this blogger, I figure she looks super fit so whatever she eats must be all right. She uses chobani yoghurts to make overnight oats which looked super easy so I thought I’d try it. I liked it, although it took me awhile to eat.
So far the overnight yoghurt oats are a winner. The problem with up&gos is eventually my appetite started to come back and I started getting hungry midmorning but with the oats that doesn’t happen.
I’m still working on myself and working toward eating a proper balanced diet and will continue to pull apart the puzzle one piece at a time. So far breakfast is looking close to solved, and I’m happy with that for now.