I am such a creature of habit...routines...well-worn ruts. For instance, every morning, Monday through Friday, I wake up around 5am (my body, that is...my mind joins it about a half hour later.) I get the coffee going, turn on the computer, eat breakfast. Always the same thing - coffee, a glass of milk, and a slice of Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Swirl bread, toasted with butter.
Even when I started my health kick a few years ago, paying close attention to portion sizes, colors, cutting back on salt, sugar, fat and all the processed crap, I clung tight to the cinnamon toast routine. I didn't even switch to the whole wheat version. I didn't want to mess with my mornings, hated to have to think or make a decision about ANYTHING, much less food, that early in the morning. I had achieved balance and I liked it.
In the back of my mind, though, that little voice wouldn't shut up about how eating a healthy breakfast is SO important. I finally decided, with 50 REALLY around the corner (on Monday!), that it was time for a change. I would alternate my toast mornings with...cereal mornings! Only healthy cereal, of course. Something with whole grains and low sugar. I took the RealAge test again recently, and even though they say my "real age" is 39, they also say I don't eat enough whole grains.
Of course, making this change wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. Have you looked at the cereal aisle in the grocery store? There are dozens and dozens of different types of cereals, and, SURPRISE! even some of the self-promoted healthy ones are loaded with sugar and things I can't pronounce. After blocking the aisle for at least half an hour, reading and comparing ingredients, I finally decided on Kashi Go Lean. It touts itself as High Protein, High Fiber...crunchy fiber twigs, soy protein grahams and honey puffs. Yum?
This morning I did it - I climbed out of my rut and had a bowl of cereal instead of my toast. It actually wasn't too bad, especially with a handful of fresh blueberries that turned the milk blue. Blue milk. Not quite another routine morning. Next time I think I'm going to add sliced strawberries. You're only young once!