Friday, January 28, 2011

Breakfast Experimentation

Some days I'm hungrier than others. This week I've started to ponder, does what I eat for breakfast effect my hunger level for the day? Am I fuller throughout the day if I eat a protein heavy breakfast or a carb heavy breakfast?

There are some days I believe my oatmeal breakfast will last longer. But then there are days like yesterday where I had eggs and seemed to be not as hungry throughout the day.

These thoughts have gathered and festered for enough. Time to put science to the test! For the next 4 weeks, I am going to run a little test on myself. The test?  Breakfast!

Here's how it's going to go down:
- Each breakfast will have the same number of calories.
- I will eat the carb heavy breakfast (aka oatmeal) for two weeks
- I will eat the protein heavy breakfast (aka eggs) for two weeks
- I will record what time I ate, how I felt (full/not full), and what time I started feeling hungry again, what I ate for snack and how the rest of the day went.

At the end of the 4 weeks, I will give my results. I'm curious to see how it goes.

A couple of loose ends. I usually make my oatmeal on Sunday and portion it out for the week. My oatmeal consists of a mix of steel cut oats, whole groats and quinoa. I also add a bit of chopped nuts and some cut up fruit (usually apples). So there is a mix in there, however, as you can see, it is pretty carb heavy. Eggs? I prefer them scrambled with some lunch meat, peppers, onions and reduced fat cheese. I usually cut up an apple and munch on it while the eggs are cooking. (I like apples, a lot)

Perhaps I am inspired by just wrapping up Jonas' science fair project and tons of episodes of Mythbusters, which is his new favorite TV show, but I have always been curious. I know everyone's body burns food differently. How does mine burn food?

This should be fun!

EDIT: Forgot to mention, I'm starting this off with the protein heavy breakfasts.  Mostly cuz I have a lot of eggs :) Start date? Monday 1/31!


Ann said...

I'm curious to see how your breakfast experiment goes!! Good luck!!

Project180 said...

For me, I find I have so much more energy since switching to a high protein breakfast and rarely get hungry. Will be interesting to see what you think.