Thanks to my CFS/ME I’ve been learning just how important it is to keep our blood sugars balanced.
Feeding our children cereal, toast ( especially white bread) with jam, chocolate spread or marmalade or any other so-called breakfast option is doing them a disservice.
I am tempted to say abusing them. Yes, strong words, but honestly we worry about them crossing roads, encountering drugs, stranger danger while “safe” at home we feed them the white poison of our age.
Thinking that the milk is protein is a salve: we are still giving them sugar, plain and simple, and if the milk’s not organic I’d avoid it, but that’s another story.
There’s virtually nothing good in cereal no matter what the packets might tell you. They only add all those vitamins because they processed it all out in the first place.
Supermarkets and marketeers dream up ever more “ tempting” breakfast options brain-washing us into believing that breakfast is about sugar laden processed carbohydrate, over packaged options upon which they make massive profits.
Sugar for breakfast means big blood sugar spike followed by a slump, producing irritable, tired cranky kids needing another sugar fix to get them through the day. Off they go at at break and lunch eating more fast food processed delights so repeating the cycle.
As the sugar levels spike their poor system has to send out extra insulin to bring the levels down and so it goes on up down up down. This unnatural long-term pattern can lead to diabetes, weight gain, and a host of other health problems. A recently launched film Called Hungry for Change explains all this and much more about what is wrong with our western diets and how to put it right, worth a watch.
AND it’s not just the sugar and sweeteners in cereal that create these reactions it’s any processed white carbohydrates we eat.
I’ve made the bold move of virtually never having cereal packets in our home, If it’s not there they can’t eat it. Occasionally I say yes, after all no point in making it the most alluring sought after thing going by a complete ban. I’m not totally mad, I hope.
I think we parents need to get our heads on straight and take a stand. Say no to feeding this stuff to our kids, stop buying it and PUT OURSELVES OUT a bit by organising better breakfasts.
I’ve made my MUMS CAFE MENU and here’s what we can do for breakfasts instead.
|Sandwiches||fish, cold meat, cheese, if they like a sandwich, why not for breakfast.|
|Sausages||try to get organic, preservative free ones though, and don’t eat too often.|
|Muesli||make it yourself and then you know what’s in there, try: oats, millet, buckwheat or rice flakes, add chopped nuts, seeds, and some dried fruit.|
boiled with soldiers
spanish omelette ( add fried onions and veg)
eggy bread/ french toast ( bread soaked in bread then lightly fried)
|Shakes||milk or/and yogurt with fruit then try slowly introducing ground nuts or seeds, nut butter, tahini, to up the protein levels.|
|Yogurt||plain yogurt with fruit salad, flavoured yogurts often full of sugar and an expensive way to buy it. You can also easily make your own.|
|Porridge||again try adding some protein in the form of ground seeds and nuts or to really pack a protein punch, in my experience though this has to be done very slowly; they know!|
|Pancakes||Our Saturday morning treat, buckwheat flour pancakes, but you can use any type of flour, egg and milk, mix it all together and cook. Add yogurt, fresh fruit, berries are great for toppings or a little lemon juice with honey, maple syrup, or our current find, chocolate tahini.|
|Toast||Baked beans on toastCheese on toast
Toast with nut butters, sardines, hummus and sliced tomato or other favourite protein topping.
For more tips on cooking eggs check out Seana’s blog The Mum’s Diet
AND not to be completely fascist, if accompanied by one of the above protein packed options.
Toast: with jam, marmalade etc
Cereal: err on the side of fibre rich, nutty, muesli types if possible.
Over the years we have had to do all the above gluten and dairy free substituting with gluten-free breads and flours soya, rice or nut milks and yogurt, so I know it’s possible.
Sometimes I also use an organic protein powder to up protein levels. As with ground nuts, seeds and tahini introduce it slowly 1/2 a teaspoon at a time.
ALWAYS THINK PROTEIN FIRST