Life in dating limbo can be super horrific or absolutely fabulous depending on your outlook. Dating Limbo meaning: that space where you are refraining from dating either by choice or attrition. If you haven’t figured it out already, I am back in dating limbo myself, my foray into dating someone ended in short order (my therapist says I am being healthfully picky- great! That won’t get me kissed on New Year’s Eve but whatever.) So what to do? It is the holidays and after that I am working full time on a charity event until the end of February so I think it is best I just lay low. But rather than whining about being dateless I have decided to take this time to focus on me. I will have a future blog post talking about that in a bit more detail but as I do that I will be writing about it from time to time.
One thing I am excited about at anytime is food and nutrition. Everyone knows it is important to eat right. Eating right helps to keep one’s body functioning perfectly which in turn helps to prevent icky diseases, keeps one feeling fabulous and looking totally hot – all good things, right?
In general, I eat a pretty good diet of organic and mostly non-processed foods, take zero drugs and drink alcohol only occasionally and then I have a two drink maximum limit. I consider this one of the keys to my excellent health. According to my last physical examination by an MD (which would count as my last physical examination by anyone. Ugh!) I have the health of someone half my age and fairly low body fat levels even though I eat real butter and indulge in sweets on pretty much a daily basis.
So I was thrilled to read an article in the August issue of Oprah magazine (Yeah, I know I am a little behind in my reading) titled, Could the Breakfast of Weight Loss Champions Be…Dessert? that described research demonstrating that eating sweets at breakfast is likely to help one loose weight and keep it off. For many years I have chosen to eat my sweets by 4:00pm and preferably earlier in order to work off the calories before bedtime. I have often enjoyed a piece of pie or a cupcake right after breakfast. Now, in a research study in Israel, agrees with this theory.
Here is a part of Gina Roberts-Grey’s article featuring data from a study by Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz:
In the study, two groups of overweight and obese people were instructed to consume the same number of calories daily (1,400 for women, 1,600 for men); the difference was that one group ate a modest breakfast each morning, while the other went all out with a high-calorie (600), high-carb (60 grams), high-protein (45 grams) meal that included a sugary treat. (Imagine a scramble of cottage cheese and eggs—two with the yolk, one without—on whole grain toast, an eight-ounce container of low-fat yogurt on the side, plus a fudge brownie.)
After eight months, the dessert-at-breakfast group had lost an average of 38 more pounds per person than the traditional dieters. An interesting twist occurred halfway through the study: During the first 16 weeks, both groups dropped about the same amount of weight. But over the next 16 weeks, the big-breakfast eaters continued to slim down (losing another 15 pounds) while the small-breakfast eaters gained back more than 75 percent of the weight they’d lost. Why? They’d started to cheat—which makes sense given that they reported feeling hungrier and had higher levels of the appetite hormone ghrelin.
YEAH!! Permission from Oprah to eat dessert at breakfast! I am all over that! So, I decided to try a recipe for breakfast bars that have chocolate chips in them (YUM!) called No-Bake Chocolate Almond Oat Bars. After all, eating right is part of focusing on me, taking care of myself, doing things that are good for me, right?
OMG! These bars are delicious, very east to make nutrition packed excuse to eat sweets in the AM. Here is the recipe:
Makes 16 bars
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 sunflower seeds
- 1/4 pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 goji berries
- 1 cup rolled oats
Heat honey, coconut oil, almond butter, sea salt, vanilla and cinnamon in a saucepan over low heat.
Combine chopped almonds, chopped walnuts, dark chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries and rolled oats in a bowl.
Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Press into a greased 8″ x 8″ pan and refrigerate until hardened. Cut into 16 bars.
For more sweets in the morning from Oprah Magazine click Here.
Another favorite breakfast (eaten mostly in summer) at my house is what I lovingly call Yogini Breakfast because I learned these recipes while d0ing my yoga teacher training at Clarananda with Valma Brenton in the desert of Baja Mexico. (For more about Valma’s offerings and her company Herizen Adventures for Women click here.) She will be releasing a cook book soon with, I believe, a picture of yours truly on the front cover.
Yogini Breakfast consists of a Banana Chocolate Almond Smoothie and a coated rice cake.
Chocolate Almond Smoothie for 1
1/2 cup of plain yogurt (I use goat’s milk yogurt which I think is better for you than cow’s milk which contains casein)
1 tbls of honey (local organic if possible)
1 +1/2 cups of Chocolate almond milk
1 frozen banana
Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Enjoy! 🙂
1 plain rice cake
nut butter (peanut, sunflower seed butter, cashew or almond butter)
honey (ideally local organic)
Spread nut butter over rice cake and drizzle with honey.
Enjoy your yogini breakfast with green tea. I drink decaf because it suits my dosha (Ayurvedic constitution) and because caffein makes be crazy.
I think I will try the Chocolate Zucchini Bread from the Oprah magazine article next. Wow, I am really enjoying this focusing on me stuff!
PS: If you try these recipes, let me know what you think.