Product Reviews and Below The Surface- Fear Food: Cereal

Good morning readers!

I got in a nice run this morning, it was about 6.3 miles at a 7:45 pace, which seems to be my usual pace for runs these days. It used to be around 8:30 so diligence towards the sport really shows how much it is possible to improve. I ended the run at the Rec Center where I took a core class for 35 minutes. I am definitely feeling the effects of the routine now, I really need to work on my core strength, which has been proven to make you faster and more efficient while running. Fit Sugar explains this idea really well, check it out!

After I got back I showered and had a quick breakfast before my first class at 11:15. I had a big bowl of cereal:

  • 1/2 cup Blueberry Muffin Mini Wheats= one of my all time favorite cereals. This is a new-ish discovery and it tastes like a delicious blueberry muffin in a crunchy, wheaty, sweet form…yum πŸ™‚
  • 1/2 cup Quaker Oat Squares (Cinnamon)= also amazing! I first saw these from Allie’s Blog, and have seen them appear more and more across the Blog world. Another example of its crazy influence!
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • Trader Joe’s Berry Greek Yogurt= this was really tasty! I have tried several different types of Greek Yogurt and this has been deemed one of my new favorites. It was pretty think, not too sweet, with a subtle fruit taste, and not too much $$, always something to consider, as I am a bit poor at the moment.
  • A sprinkle of slivered almonds
  • Apple

After finishing this breakfast, it made me realize how much my eating and refueling has improved on my road to recovery, but also reminds me of foods I once truly feared and am working to incorporate them on daily basis.

There are several I can think of, today I will talk about cereal.

I used to be a cereal FANATIC. I literally loved every kind of sugary, fake kinds you could think of; Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Golden Grahams, Cap’n Crunch, Crunch Berries, oh my I could go on. I would have 2-3 bowls (not measured) every morning before school and then 1-2 when I got home and perhaps one for dinner πŸ™‚

When I started Weight Watchers however, the point system helped to teach portion sizes and made me realize I was using about half of my daily points on cereal in the morning. Although portions are good to learn, WW once again made me obsessed with this and led to habit changes. I found healthier cereals, such as Fiber One, Kashi, and other Organic cereals, that I could have for much less points and were more satisfying. I eventually cut down to one, pre-measured bowl of cereal in the morning and none for the rest of the day.

As my obsession around WW, food and weight became more intense, I took a look at my breakfast and irrationality reared its ugly head. This small bowl of cereal was not satisfying me at all, leaving me hungry almost immediately after I had finished it. Instead of adding more cereal, healthy fats, or protein, I thought this food was just going to make me fat because it made me hungry. I then started to consume fruit for breakfast instead, as a way to fill me up for the lower calories (in my mind). Eventually I stopped having breakfast all together, but that’s for another post πŸ™‚

I had this idea that the Carbs from cereal were the ones that caused people to gain weight, and fruit would prevent this. What I didn’t understand at the time that I was simply not eating enough and a balance of nutrients in the morning to sustain me.

Cereal is not the enemy and never has been, and it’s now once again, it is among my favorite foods! Any kind still: though I try to pick the ones with ingredients I can actually pronounce and that have a good amount of fiber and protein. Also, coupling cereal with fruit and a healthy fat, such as a bowl with a sliced banana, skim milk, and nuts sprinkled on top, will really help to keep me full.

I have so many other fear foods I am overcoming, including pasta, FATS, pizza, sweet treats, pastries, cakes, okay so alot. I will discuss these soon as well!

Has anyone experienced fears around certain foods? What have you done to overcome this?

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10 responses to “Product Reviews and Below The Surface- Fear Food: Cereal

  1. Wow- I used to be the SAME way with cereal. Growing up I could down about 3 bowls of Lucky Charms, no problem. But then when all of the food fears started to come up – cereal was a big no no. It’s kind of crazy, but I just started incorporating cereal back into my diet. And the best part is, that if I want two bowls, or even three, then I will have them πŸ™‚

    • Mmmm Lucky Charms= amazing! It’s funny though, these are actually a new favorite of mine, this used to be one of the few I didn’t like! For some reason I decided I didn’t like marshmellows and never tried them.
      Now however, I sift through the cereal for MORE marshmallows (aka sugary goodness) and eat them just like that, without the other part of the cereal hehe
      I go for 2-3 bowls at a time now too! oh how far we have come πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks so much for emailing me so I could find your great blog! I love it.

    I too am a cereal fiend and love finding ways to bulk it up for a satisfying meal. I used to fear cereal or go overboard with it in the past too. So nice to find a balance with it.

    Awesome workout today too!

    • Aww thank you so so much for reading my blog!
      Cereal fiend= a great phrase, describes us perfectly!
      Yes, finding a balance is great, I sometimes also do a bit of “healthier” cereal coupled with a more sugary one, so I can satisfy my cravings as well

  3. Ruski

    Frosted Mini Wheats, while delicious, will guarantee that I spend an hour in the bathroom in the morning. I had to cut those out because my work would get mad if I spent so much time away from my desk.

    And as far as Fiber One goes, Christine bought that for us a year or so ago. I ate an entire bowl of it (which I don’t think you’re supposed to do… I think it’s meant to supplement other cereals). Welllll I had to use a sick day that day. Basically incapacitated me for several hours. Pretty amazing stuff that Fiber One, I will never eat it again.

  4. I am totally afraid of cereal which is so funny because I used to love it too. It is perhaps my next challenge. I wake up daily thinking I’m going to try it but…no.
    I was going to go on a pizza challenge!!

  5. Good idea!! You’re not going to believe it but I have NEVER gone there! I have thought about it, even seriously considered, but then refrained from enjoying a piece of (what I assume to be) amazing pizza. It’s on my to do list FO SHO

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