About a week ago, I was flying in on a redeye to London on a Sunday morning. As the plane was approaching London, the crew came around offering breakfast. Due to what I can only assume was a mind-distorting lack of sleep, I found my resolve melt away, and I went off the healthy breakfast reservation. I had eggs. And some meat. I may have even had some toast with butter and jam. The horrors of it all!!! Given recent events around the world, this does not really seem to qualify as a source of national tragedy or even worth a tear-filled confession. Yet, I still felt more than a little guilty and down on myself afterwards.
I have been on a breakfast roll for almost four years. I am the self-proclaimed king of breakfast discipline. I worship at the altar of regular oatmeal with fruit, 0-fat greek yogurt with grapes, and coffee. While I have loudly touted my breakfast awesomeness for the past few years, I now have a confession to make. I do once-a-weekend cereal splurge.
I grew up a big cereal eater. When I say a big cereal eater, perhaps I should say a big bowl cereal eater. As a kid, I used to hide the largest bowl in the kitchen (think small mixing bowl) so I could have it for myself to fill to the brim with cereal. By the time I filled it with milk, my Oats of Cheery (see previous post on my use of generics food stuffs) would be spilling over the top. Of course, I would compensate for the tastelessness of my fine generic cereal by using heaps of sugar. It became my huge bowl of fake Captain Crunch. And I loved it so.
Once a cereal eater, always a cereal eater I suppose. Like all good Weight Watchers people, I discovered much later in life that a third of a box of cereal actually contains a great deal calories and that a third of a box should not be confused with what the manufacturers refer to as "serving size." [As a side point, for whom is this serving size appropriate? I'm guessing fasting Leprechauns.] Like many dutiful Weight Watchers people, I made the shift to Oatmeal, and I've been very happy and satisfied with the change.
|It doesn't look like such a terrible vice...|
- two cups Special K Red Berries cereal: 6 PointsPlus values
- 1/2 cup Cracklin Oat Bran: 3 PointsPlus values
- one cup of 1% milk: 3 PointsPlus values
- Total damage = 12 PointsPlus values
- Breakfast burritos. My all time favorite early morning indulgence.
- Omelets with meat & cheese served with breakfast potatoes and toast. I haven't tried to calculate the PointsPlus values on this and frankly I'm afraid to.
- Muffins and pastry of all sorts. This was a big change for me when I got serious on Weight Watchers. I used to knock back muffins the size of Brontosaurus eggs. I was once a completely unrepentant coffee cake trollop, until I discovered that the crunchy top effect was achieved by infusing gelatinized butter with a gravel made of sugar. Scones were another big favorite that I later learned were about 500 calories a pop.
- Toast. Childhood favorite recipe: spread butter on bread, coat with sugar-cinnamon mix and bake in the toaster oven. It was my very excellent poor man's pastry. These days, toast sort of feels like empty calories without enough taste (outside of the jelly) to justify.
- Granola. This one made me sad. I freaking loved granola. But. It. Just. Had. Too. Many. Calories. And no, I cannot be happy eating 1/4 cup of it and calling that a meal.
- Don't be a baby when it comes to calculating PointsPlus values for known indulgences. Knowledge is power, and hiding my head under a blanket won't make the bad numbers go away.
- Openly acknowledge and incorporate my indulgences. I recognize that if I ate my responsible breakfast seven days a week, I might run the risk of throwing the whole bit away.