My New Go-To Breakfast
My New Go-To Breakfast.
I came upon a realization that eggs don’t make me feel well. I feel nauseous when I eat them and my stomach gurgles all day, but I always attributed it to something else. I also used to get persistent cystic acne breakouts, but I suffered from bad acne since junior year of high school, and I just thought that this was just my lot in life. After numerous dermatologist appointments, a round of Accutane and a carousel of other drugs and creams, my acne never really went away.
I started eliminating things from my diet starting with the food groups that I suspected were causing my breakouts: bread, pasta, pizza, ice cream. I don’t eat junk food often to begin with, but eliminating those foods did not make me feel any better and adding them back in didn’t make me break out. Meanwhile, I was eating two eggs every morning for breakfast.
I love eggs! I used to go to Costco and get the two and a half dozen egg trays because I would go through them so quickly. They are such a quick and easy way to get protein, Vitamin D and good fats, and I always mixed in yummy spinach and mushrooms for an extra boost of veggie power. Objectively, that was an amazing breakfast, but personally, it wasn’t doing me any good.
I cut out my breakfast eggs and over the course of a month, my skin was clearing up. I accidentally had some scrambled egg in some Chinese take-out noodles, and within two days, I had a giant cystic breakout. It has been a good month since that accident, and my skin is healing very well with no new breakouts. I was not formally tested for this allergy/sensitivity at the doctor’s office and I am not suggesting that if you break out like I do, that it is definitely a food sensitivity, but if something that you are eating does not make you feel okay, try cutting it out and see if you feel better. If you want to learn more about an elimination diet, check out this article from Mind Body Green written by a functional medicine doctor: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12540/the-simple-elimination-diet-that-could-change-your-life-forever.html
So what do I do now that I don’t eat eggs every morning? I get my protein from nut butters, which for me is Almond Butter and Peanut Butter. I haven’t tried Cashew Butter, but I am sure that is also very tasty.
I spread a nut butter on a piece of whole grain toast or a whole grain english muffin, and sprinkle some fruit on top, like blueberries.
I am not as excited that I am missing out on my token serving of vegetables in the morning, but I am still getting adjusted to this change. I will post a recipe in the coming months to show you how I get my serving of veggies in the morning. Stay tuned!