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MXandSXracer21  [Member]
1/18/2012 11:48:16 AM
I have a question regarding breakfast for paleo dieters. I am gradually getting into the plan rather than converting over night. Beginning with my breakfast, I would like to optimize what I eat in terms of nutrition and such.

Here is what I eat for breakfast everyday:
2-Hard-boiled eggs
3-Breakfast sausage links
1-Fruit (usually either a banana or an orange)
(1 glass of orange juice)

My main question deals with my second item. I notice a lot of people on the paleo plan eat bacon with their breakfast. I do not like bacon, so I figured substituting sausage links would be ok. So my question is, is this an ok substitution or is it much worse than bacon. Are there any modifications that you would recommend?

Thanks!


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walt_l  [Team Member]
1/18/2012 11:54:09 AM
You're on ARFCOM and don't like bacon?!?!?!? BAN this man!
RolandofGilead  [Team Member]
1/18/2012 11:54:23 AM

Originally Posted By MXandSXracer21:
I have a question regarding breakfast for paleo dieters. I am gradually getting into the plan rather than converting over night. Beginning with my breakfast, I would like to optimize what I eat in terms of nutrition and such.

Here is what I eat for breakfast everyday:
2-Hard-boiled eggs
3-Breakfast sausage links
1-Fruit (usually either a banana or an orange)
(1 glass of orange juice)

My main question deals with my second item. I notice a lot of people on the paleo plan eat bacon with their breakfast. I do not like bacon, so I figured substituting sausage links would be ok. So my question is, is this an ok substitution or is it much worse than bacon. Are there any modifications that you would recommend?

Thanks!




A few minor mods and you'll be ok:

I like the Jimmy Dean all natural sausage- no nitrates or additives. Huge deal? Maybe, maybe not. I tend to err on the side of caution though. Other than that there's no reason to not have sausage if you don't care for bacon.
Fruit and eggs are good, but I'd ditch the juice personally, unless you're making it yourslf. It's not the worst thing ever, but you'd probably be better off with calories from somewhere else.

Also, I'd recommend just going in 100% for 30 days or so. You're NOT going to see much benefit only changing over one meal . Change it all for 30 days, then experiment to see what works best for you. Doing it your way you'll likely end up saying "huh, I don't feel any different" and give up. YMMV.

Good luck.
MrKasab  [Member]
1/18/2012 11:58:58 AM
Regarding nitrates, I err on the side of caution also. But if you are buying nitrate free foods that list celery juice as an ingrediant it isn't really nitrate free. Celery is high in nitrates and it serves as a loop hole because they cant be expected to list every chemical that makes up an ingrediant. I think modern technology has greatly reduced the nessesity of nitrates in food. and I don't use them when I make bacon.
RolandofGilead  [Team Member]
1/18/2012 12:06:34 PM

Originally Posted By MrKasab:
Regarding nitrates, I err on the side of caution also. But if you are buying nitrate free foods that list celery juice as an ingrediant it isn't really nitrate free. Celery is high in nitrates and it serves as a loop hole because they cant be expected to list every chemical that makes up an ingrediant. I think modern technology has greatly reduced the nessesity of nitrates in food. and I don't use them when I make bacon.


I didn't know that, good info. Here's some studies on nitrates, and why I avoid as much as possible:

http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/news/20070417/study-copd-cured-meats-may-be-linked

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15033647?ordinalpos=5&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10074917?ordinalpos=70&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17577615?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=5&log$=relatedreviews&logdbfrom=pubmed
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17093172?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=3&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090705215239.htm
soowah  [Team Member]
1/18/2012 12:08:12 PM
Looks fine to me. I eat tons of sausage, I got tired of making breakfast every morning, most days I'm in a rush.

I make a paleo breakfast casserole. Make it on Saturday night and eat it almost all week.

10 eggs
2# ground sausage
1/2 onion diced
1 green pepper diced
1 med sweet potato diced.

Brown sausage, keep grease. Cook sweet potato in grease until tender, toss in pepper and onion and cook for another 10 min.
toss mixture into a casserole dish pour whisked eggs over mixture and bake in oven @350 for about 30 min.

benweger  [Team Member]
1/18/2012 12:15:29 PM
You should try ham. There is an aweome recipe in the book Paleo Comfort Food . Pretty much everything I have made from there has been awesome. There is a recipe for ham and egg cups with mushrooms and shallots that is AMAZING.
RolandofGilead  [Team Member]
1/18/2012 12:26:41 PM

Originally Posted By benweger:
You should try ham. There is an aweome recipe in the book Paleo Comfort Food . Pretty much everything I have made from there has been awesome. There is a recipe for ham and egg cups with mushrooms and shallots that is AMAZING.


My sister got us that book for Christmas, it's GREAT.
BlackAdder  [Member]
1/18/2012 12:27:24 PM
Skip the orange juice and eat an orange. Way too much sugar drinking the juice.
benweger  [Team Member]
1/18/2012 12:28:46 PM
There is also a Everyday Paleo . There are some good recipes there as well. I made their cabbage rolls on New years. They were awesome.
GUNGUY148  [Team Member]
1/18/2012 12:52:29 PM
Skip the juice and add some veggies.

I like a sliced tomato or maybe some sauted mushrooms, green beans, or broccoli.

I'm sure you are saving the sausage grease to cook with right?
RolandofGilead  [Team Member]
1/18/2012 12:54:57 PM

Originally Posted By GUNGUY148:
Skip the juice and add some veggies.

I like a sliced tomato or maybe some sauted mushrooms, green beans, or broccoli.

I'm sure you are saving the sausage grease to cook with right?


Definitely add veggies...
H46Driver  [Member]
1/18/2012 1:50:00 PM
Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:
I didn't know that, good info. Here's some studies on nitrates, and why I avoid as much as possible:


Yeah - if you want to completely avoid nitrates, stick with ground pork vice sausage.

RolandofGilead  [Team Member]
1/18/2012 1:57:59 PM
Looked it up, no celery in Jimmy Dean Sausage
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