I love me some "happy light" and flax chips in the mornin'!

I am not on a diet. This is not a diet blog. I’m not anti-diet when a diet is based on real food and balanced nutrition, they’ve worked for me in the past. But, if you spend a little time reading my stories here on this blog, you should learn that I’m not a woe-is-me-I-wish-I-was-thinner type person. I’m 45 now. I’m done with that phase.

Sure, I wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds, but I know it takes lots of weight training and cutting out all alcohol and most sugar and wheat (and I don’t eat much sugar to begin with) for a few months for me to get back into my skinny jeans, and sometimes I’m just not in the mood. I am interested in good food and good exercise, however.

So, now that I’m running more to get ready for the ridiculous inspiring Eugene Half Marathon, I’m suddenly hungrier. Which is good, since it means I’m turning up my dormant slow-burning furnace, but I’m fully aware that eating French fries and pizza at night in a fit of exercise-induced hunger instead of stir-fry veggies and chicken will add extra pounds and fat, no matter how much I pretend the extra mile or two of running will cancel it out  (oh,  still no kitchen in this rental house, by the way, did I mention it’s been 3 weeks?)

Seriously. No kitchen. Raw wood floor. 3 weeks and counting. No end in sight. There was a kitchen when we signed the lease.

I’ve always done better in life if I eat balanced, reasonable portion of protein, carbs and fat every three or four hours and drink lots of water. It’s just how my body works. But I get tired of the same old stuff. And I always want something fairly quick, especially in the mornings when I’m getting kids off to school and checking work email and my social media’s buzzing.

The meal pictured here is a pretty typical breakfast for me: a handful of raw trail mix (12g fat, 5g protein, 10g carb), and a handful of Soy Flax seed chips (8g fat, 6g protein, 13g carb) both from Trader Joe’s. This is a bit more fat than I need, and I limit my trail mix habit to about one week out of the month. I LOVE trail mix. I always have. A handful of raw nuts or seeds is what I eat if I’m out of trail mix.

When I get a kitchen again (she says wistfully) I’ll try cooking more eggish things. I also like oatmeal with egg white and a bit of flax seeds, and Robin over at IronMom told me about a great little baked custard thingy she makes with steelcut oats and eggs and maple syrup that’s a great pre-marathon fuel up option. I’ll get the recipe and post it here.

So, what do you all eat for breakfast? I really want to know!