Firstly I just want to say that I’m not a trained Nutritionist. What I write about are my own experiences and my not necessarily help you.
This last week I’ve been listening to lots of the interviews on the Optimum Health Centre’s fatigue Super Conference. The material is quite mind boggling and very diverse but in many of the videos there are a similarities in the practitioners approach and treatment priorities.
One of these priorities is the need to get the blood sugars sorted in anyone who is suffering from fatigue. This reminded me again of how and why I started Breakfast&ME.
My standard breakfast was a bowl of cereal usually branflakes or something similar. Even before I started to get fatigue symptoms by mid morning I’d be hungry and sometimes shaky, hot and bothered and a tad grumpy. Once the fatigue symptoms kicked in and I started to think about what I was eating the first change I made was switching to porridge. This was the breakfast that everyone said was good for you and would fill you up for the morning. But for me it didn’t. I might have lasted a little longer and been a little less ‘hangry’ but that was as far as it went.
When I started with the OHC I had to do a detailed diary of what I ate along with a huge questionnaire about symptoms. The first thing they picked up on was that I wasn’t getting enough protein and that this was impacting on my blood sugars. I’d been a vegetarian for over 25 years so my protein intake for the meals that I ate protein was limited to pulses, cheese and meat substitutes such as quorn. But my breakfast never contained protein.
So I started looking at ways to add protein to my breakfast. My main go to breakfast protein was seeds, nuts and nut butter. I started adding chia seeds to my breakfasts along with almond butter, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Just by doing this my energy levels improved and the low blood sugar symptoms eased. Such a simple change to make but one that had a huge positive impact on me.
When I first started messing around with new breakfast recipes I still didn’t get on well with porridge. Firstly because my energy levels were so low that standing at the stove was too hard. Plus I just never seemed to get it quite right. I tried Baked oats instead which was much easier for me – I could make them sitting at the table plus they lasted me for 2 days. If you check out my Recipes page there are several Baked Oats recipes and I still love them.
All of my Breakfast Recipes contain some sort of protein. More recently as my physical energy levels have improved I had another go at making porridge.I cut down on the ingredients and the cooking time and it all worked much better. The main thing was though I made sure that there was always protein – nuts and chia seeds. My basic porridge recipe with a few protein loaded variations is now on My Recipe page along with lots of other yummy recipes.
If you’re well into your fatigue journey you’ve probably heard all this before but if you’re at the start of your journey and feeling bewildered about what to do to help yourself this might be a good place to start. It’s easy and cheap. It made a huge difference to me. Last week I had to skip lunch one day and didn’t eat from breakfast until about 5pm. This definitely isn’t to be recommended if you have fatigue but I was really happy that I still didn’t develop any of the low blood sugar symptoms that I used to get.