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Is greek yogurt and honey a healthy breakfast?

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Hi all

Im already a very healthy eater but iv through a tough time mentally because of a medical condition. Thats now sorted and im back to my happy , normal self however i was weighed yesterday by my gp who said id put on two stone in three months. So im two stone overweight and have gone back to eating healthy again as before i had takeaways eveynight and i binged on chocolate ( my weakness). Anyways i am eating healthy now but was wondering about my breakfast. On sundays and wednesdays im fine as i have fish, spinach and muchrooms. However i was thinking of monday, Tuesday, thursday and friday. I have a bowl of greek yogurt ( fage\Total) with honey and for afters i have an orange and a cup of redbush tea. Im worrying about the sugar. I dont have much sugar after that the only other sugar i have through the day after that is another orange and a glass of milk after i have done a 1hr zumba class. My other meals are low to no sugar. Should i be concered about my breakfast if i dont have much sugar for the rest of the day and i Exersice? Will it halt my weight loss?

Im allergic to eggs so cant have eggs in the morning and im gluten intolerant so can have toast or anything with gluten in

I tried all the gluten free breads but dont like them. And i dont like oats.

I do enjoy greek yogurt

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Activity2004Administrator

Hi BMDmom ,

Greek yogurt for breakfast is okay to have each morning. I have different brands of Greek yogurt and eat the ones with fruit on the bottom so I don't have to add anything to them. Would you be able to get yogurt with fruit on the bottom? As for the honey, you can add that to plain Greek yogurt (if nothing is already in the container with the yogurt). I would also try adding nuts if you don't add the honey in at the time. Depending on what type of nut you use, the nuts have protein and 5-8 grams of carbs.. Do you count carbs.?

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BMDmom in reply to Activity2004

Hi, i dont really count carbs or calories as i eat very healthy the rest of the day and apart from another orange with my lunch i dont snack. I buy plain greek yogurt and put 1 teaspoon of sugar in. I dont like fruit in my yogurt i tried it but i dont like it like that. The only way iv found i like greek yogurt is with honey in.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to BMDmom

That's okay! :-) Fruit on the side is okay if that's better for you. Everyone has their own taste in certain food. I don't use honey in my yogurt because it has too much sugar/carbs. for me personally since I'm a type 1 Diabetic who has to count carbs. for each meal and snack so I don't get hypoglycemic (low blood sugar).

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BMDmom in reply to Activity2004

I only have to watch my salt intake due to a medical condition but luckily dont have to watch my sugar intake but i dont have a lot of sugar only the two oranges and 1 teaspoon of honey.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to BMDmom

I also have to watch the salt/sodium intake since I'm on blood pressure medication. I no longer eat pickles, bananas, grapefruit and regular oranges. I also don't eat goji berries because those can lower the blood sugars too low.

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Freesia3 in reply to BMDmom

Everybody needs to watch their sugar intake, not just people with medical conditions.

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BMDmom in reply to Freesia3

Thanks, this is the honey i get groceries.asda.com/product/... its says per 100g its 79g of carbs ( i know carbs turn to sugar so its 79g of sugar) but i only put 1 teaspoon in which is 4g so not sure how much sugar would be in 4g. My oranges say 12g each on the pack and i have 2 a day. Other than that i dont eat much sugar through the day except the few days a week i have pasta or potatos but thats not everyday.

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Freesia3 in reply to BMDmom

Sounds like your sugar intake is ok. I just meant that nobody should eat too much sugar, regardless of medical conditions. But remember that, when you read a label, sugar goes by many names, including honey, glucose, maltose, dextrose etc. etc. Good luck with the weight loss 😊

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BMDmom in reply to Freesia3

Thanks Freesia3 , i know all about the different names of sugar i did a lot of research years ago when i needed to loose weight then and have kept ot off for years but i low mentally and now i have to loose it again. But back then i learnt a lot as i used to be on a paleo diet and i stay away from almost all processed food and always aim for natural. I only have a few processed foods in my diet, my wraps, the honey,pasta and thats it everything else is fresh real food. I only have other procssed food like chocolate and other sweet stuff ect at christmas. Otherwise if it is not christmas i eat very healthy the other 11 months of the year.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to BMDmom

Do you like sweet potatoes? They have less carbs. than regular potatoes.😀👍

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BMDmom in reply to Activity2004

No i dont like sweet potatoes Activity2004, i have tried but no matter how i cook them i just spit them out i cant stand the taste. I like butternut squash though which i have once a week, i have potatoes two-three times a week and pasta once a week.

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Matt2584 in reply to BMDmom

I agree with what freesia3 was saying about sugar being under many names glucose, fructose, dextrose...

I don’t read into much when it comes to sugar but I try to avoid as much processed foods as I can cos they will always have added sugar to it, mostly refined sugar as it leads to weight gain/obesity, health problems and even death.

I look at all the fast food restaurants and cafés everywhere, these are filled with refined sugar.

I try to opt for more vegan or veggie options when out in cafés or restaurants.

My mum saw a box of cereal in a supermarket once that was supposed to be all natural and healthy as its main ingredient was spelt.

When she looked at the ingredients, sugar popped up under 5 different names!

How in the world would that cereal be healthy?

With processed foods I just see them as lies.

Honey is good with greek yogurt but it really depends on what honey you get.

I see you get your honey from ASDA which is most likely synthetic honey.

Most store-bought honey is fake honey.

Apparently it takes thousands of bees to make a teaspoon of honey.

Try to by locally sourced honey if you can or from a health food shop.

I am lucky that my town has a health food shop that sells locally sourced honey.

I also shop at Holland & Barrett and when they have a penny sale I tend to get Manuka honey and another pot for a penny :).

TK Maxx are pretty good at selling natural foods now. I have bought 2 jars of honey from them now :).

Their natural foods section can be like a charity shop, you don’t what you are going to find.

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StillConcerned

The short answer is yes, but it does depend on your carbohydrate intake for the day, since all carbohydrate is sugar to our body nice.org.uk/guidance/ng28/r... . Most people's body uses between 120g to 160g of carbohydrate per day. Eating less than that creates a deficit that the body tries to make up from other foods, and more than that regularly is the cause of hazardous visceral fat, insulin-resistance, and dyslipidaemia.

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BMDmom in reply to StillConcerned

Hi, thanks for your replie. Apart from the greek yogurt and honey the rest of my day looks like this.

Breakfast: greek yogurt with honey , orange slices after ( not in the yogurt) and a cup of redbush tea.

Lunch: chicken and spinach mayo wrap with a glass of water and an orange.

Dinner: depending on the day i have either meat or fish with veg ( i always have a big portation of veg like broccoli , cauliflower or spring greens with either potatos or cauliflower rice. On mondays i do a tuna pasta bake made with gluten free pasta and its homeade it consists of tuna , pasta , cream , cheese, watercress and i have a side of veg. On saturdays i have beef burgers with chips and veg ( saturday i allow myself a cheat meal) after all these meals i dont have any snack after only water.

Apart from above the only other thing i have is a glass of milk after iv done a 1hr zumba session.

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StillConcerned in reply to BMDmom

It depends largely on your portion sizes of potato, chips and pasta. Follow the link in my reply above and you'll see the equivalent amount of sugar foods break down to for a given portion size. You then need to compare that to how much you eat. Alternatively, count carbs as Activity2004 mentions above. You won't have to do it for long, just so you get an idea of how much you're eating.

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BMDmom in reply to StillConcerned

Thank you , i shall read the link now but i only have 1 potato when i do mash. The chips i have only a small portion the equivalentnt of 1 small cup. Pasta 1 small cup of pasta. I mainly fill up on veg.

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Penel

Sounds like a good breakfast to me. I make my own oat granola which I add to my breakfast yoghurt. I like to add berries, so I don’t add any sugar. You could add anything you like, pumpkin seeds and a few chopped nuts, like almonds, can be a good addition.

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BMDmom in reply to Penel

I have tried seeds and did not like them, nuts for some reason i throw them back up if i eat them which is a shame as i like a lot of nuts walnuts are my favorite so i grate my walnuts to almost a powder and put that in my yogurt with the honey and i dont throw it back up.

Why are you gluten free? Are you celiac? The reality of gluten intolerance is that it is very rare. Have you been tested by your dr? It is very easy to pick up on an intolerance but not get it quite right. For instance I thought I had an intolerance to many nuts. My mouth, throat would swell and I would weeze. But it turns out it is the brown coating on the nuts that is the problem not the nuts themselves. Self diagnosis is a notoriously inacurrate process! Have you tried FODMAP rather than gluten free? If you are not doing it for medically verified reasons eat proper food, it has way more nutrients than the gluten free substitutes. Any carbs break down into sugar for processing by the body. So perhaps add some seeds or nuts to your yogurt and honey to help balance out the processing of the sugars?

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BMDmom in reply to

Hi , im intolarent to wheat , my dr tested me for gluten intolerance and the test was negative but i still was having issues so i was sent to a specialist who did further tests and asked me to cut out only wheat in my diet and my symptoms improved , if i ever eat wheat i become very, very ill. But i used to love pasta so i get gluten gree now as normal pasta has wheat in it. And my wraps are Warburtons gluten free wraps.

in reply to BMDmom

Just don't be tempted by the GF subs that you don't need, eg cakes etc. It is a bit like low-fat is full of sugar. These things are full of nasties. If you want treats bake GF and substitute flour for ground almonds. Way better for you! I tried courgetti last week for the first time - it was actually nice!

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Thanks, i dont have treats like cakes ect , i already bake my own but i only have cakes, chocolate, brownies ect at christmas. I only snack on oranges.

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BMDmom

I have been thinking and i have this in my cupboard hollandandbarrett.com/shop/...

for whenever i get a craving for chocolate i nust put a bit in a glass of milk and it tastes like chocolate milk i used to get on Spain on holiday. I was thinking as its way lower in sugar and carbs maybe this would be better to put in my yogurt?

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alchemilla12

I think you and most people answering are concentrating on the sugar aspect without thinking of the fact that many Greek yoghourts have cream added to make them thick so the calorie content can be pretty high from fat rather than sugar.When you say you have a bowl of yoghourt - how big is it?

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BMDmom in reply to alchemilla12

I have 5 teaspoons of yogurt so 1 portion.

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firedaddyian in reply to alchemilla12

Dietary fat is not the problem. In fact it is the answer. The low calorie diet industry has pushed this myth for decades, yet obesity and diabetes rates have mushroomed exponentially across the world. The issue that is now being realised is sugar and high carb consumption. Fats such as coconut oil, extra virgin, olive oil, avacado oil, grass fed butter and cream are advantageous in a controlled manner. Processed oils like Canola, sunflower and vegetable oils should be avoided. Dietary cholesterol has very little or no effect on cardiac health. This myth was perpetuated from the US in the late 70's and there was dubious research which validated it which has since been debunked.

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alchemilla12 in reply to firedaddyian

Yes I know that fat is not a problem but my answer was related to the fact people seemed to be focussing on calories in sugar.If you are merely focussing on calories counts then Greek yoghourt can have a lot if cream has been added since there are twice as many calories in fat compared to carbs

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BMDmom in reply to firedaddyian

Thank you firedaddyian, im not having greek yogurt anymore , i have found out im not allergic to eggs ( i thought i was) im allergic to sunflowers and sunflower oil. I cooked everything in coconut oil exept eggs which i use to cook in sunflower oil but i have stopped and am now using avocado oil to cook my eggs. I don't like the taste of coconut oil on my egg. Im back to eating a paleo based diet now as i always felt better and more energized eating that way. I have read loads of articals on paleo leap about how fats are not bad. ( i learned a lot about different things from paleo leap)

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BMDmom

That should have said tablespoons not teaspoons.

I have 5 tablespoons

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alchemilla12 in reply to BMDmom

Ha -yes I was going to say 5 tsps is a very small amount !!

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andyswarbs

PhysioGSD, from your comments there seem to be a number of underlying health issues and I am pleased for you that you are aware of them now and trying to do something about them. However I don't think you are on the right pathway yet and have a lot more work to do. For example, the start to your day of honey and greek yoghurt has poor nutritional value for you and as an aside disastrous for the health of bees and cows.

I wish you luck in your journey.

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BMDmom in reply to andyswarbs

Ok im sorry but greek yogurt is nutritional , it has protein to keep me full , has calcium , live cultures among other things. And i dont want this tread to turn into a disscuision about the wellbeing of cows or bees this is just for me to know what others thing about the sugar content of the honey which a few have already said that greek yogurt is a good breakfast. So i cant see how its not nutritional.

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andyswarbs in reply to BMDmom

Are you short of protein? I have not heard of anyone with a protein deficiency on this forum so you would be the first!

As for calcium, societies that consume the most dairy also have the highest incidence of osteoporosis, without exception. Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals on the planet and animals get it from the plants they eat. We can get all we need easily from plants as well. For example seeds are crammed full of calcium as are green leafy vegetables.

I see honey as a refined sugar by another name.

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BMDmom in reply to andyswarbs

I pointed out about the protein and calcium because you said greek yogurt is not nutritional and clearly your wrong as it is nutritional.

And you keep going on about plants so im presuming your a vegan or vegetarian. I have no interest in becoming either and nothing you say will change my mind. If i was ever to follow a "lifestyle" it would be paleo. Eating meat and dairy is not bad no matter how many times someone tells me that i will still eat meat and dairy.

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StillConcerned in reply to andyswarbs

Dr Ron Rosedale argues that osteoporosis results from hormonal miscommunication; high insulin levels interfere with signalling, the calcium being laid down in unwanted places such as arteries, rather than where needed for bone remodelling.

Reduced-fat dairy could be a problem because the insulin stimulated by skimmed milk (insulin index 60) is two and a half times that of whole milk (insulin index 27).

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andyswarbs in reply to StillConcerned

There is a scathing and comprehensive report on Rosedale at sciencebasedmedicine.org/th... arguing that what rosedale is proposing is just not based in science, instead is based in some kind of belief system. The belief that Rosedale is right, by the way.

in reply to andyswarbs

Greek yogurt and honey aren't healthy, explain please?

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Honey is sugar. Sugar is rubbish for our blood sugars levels, leads to insulin resistance, makes us starving hungry unnecessarily. I do eat sugar as an occasional treat myself but it’s a poor breakfast choice as it starts the day with a blood sugar swing. Greek yoghurt is marvellous. I start the day with Greek yoghurt, berries & seeds.

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BMDmom

paleoleap.com/vegetarianism...

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andyswarbs

Another thought about why cows milk is high in certain nutrients. Here's one list of feed additives added to cattle each and every day:

Calcium4.4%, Phosphorus3%, Magnesium15%, Sodium4.5%, Cobalt60 mg/kg, Iodine1,000 mg/kg, Copper2,000 mg/kg, Zinc4,500 mg/kg, Manganese3,000 mg/kg, Selenium40 mg/kg, Vit A192,000 iu/kg, Vit D348,000 iu/kg, Vit E1,000 iu/kg, Vit B121,000 mcg/kg, Cu-TechYes, Triple MagYes, Omega3Yes

Source betterforareason.com/topsto...

I've got to ask if humans are being duped about cows being a good source of nutrition

Instead we can just eat whole foods and get that nutrition direct with minimal supplementation.

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Penel in reply to andyswarbs

Cows require calcium in their diet just as we do. A low calcium intake can cause milk fever in cows. They are not given these supplements in order to pass them on in their milk.

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BMDmom

I'd like to say a big thank you to those who took the time to reply to this thread and who helped with advice regarding the greek yogurt. I have learned a lot like to watch my carb intake, sugar intake and to buy honey locally. I eventually am hoping i can eat the greek yogurt plain and leave the honey but iv only been eating yogurt for breakfast for 1 week so im not use to the plain taste yet. But im hoping my taste buds will get use to it.

in reply to BMDmom

Berries. They are the way ahead. Slow release sugars apparently & do cause the blood sugar to flick up & down like sugar, honey & tropical fruits(including oranges, bananas & mangos). I buy mine frozen in a big bag for cost. Zero sugar strawberry jam (comes in a tall thin jar, french & fancy) would be better than honey - again for the slow release sugar properties. Honey is no better for you than haribo... sorry... natural does not equal healthy

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BMDmom in reply to

I dont eat this breakfast anymore as iv been dignosed with dairy intolerance. I eat coconut yogurt ( the i have is thick and creamy) and as coconut has a nice sweet flavour i dont need honey. I top with strawberries and blackcurrents , walnuts, chia seeds. The only high sugar fruits i eat is watermelon and honeydrew melon i have 1 slice of each after my salad at lunchtime and my sugar levels are fine. I dont use honey anymore, i only use natural vanilla flavouring if i want sweetness in home baked things.

in reply to BMDmom

Sorry behind the curve. Good luck

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firedaddyian

Choose full fat greek yoghurt over low fat and always check the nutritional labels. I put Cacoa powder into my yoghurt. Note that I say Cacoa not Cocoa. This is a natural unsweetened product and tastes far better than your average cocoa and is full of good nutrients and minerals. Fruit intake should be limited as it contains fructose. Tropical fruits like mango, banana, papaya should be avoided. Berries, should be your choice but also consumed in moderation. As a side note; Bitter Gourd is a vegetable used widely in India and apparently is excellent at reducing blood glucose. However, I've never read any studies to validate this.

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firedaddyian

You may also like to read a book by Dr Jason Fung called the Diabetes code. Its quite informative and reader friendly. He also has a publication titled The Obesity Code.

I found some interesting information in there and learned a lot about the physiology of diabetes.

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