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Tip #3 Substitutions: Ham

August 29, 2009

One of the most important meal items that I have incorporated into my diet has been deli ham or black forest ham for breakfast.  In the morning, I can throw 3 or 4 pieces of ham in a frying pan, cook it up like bacon and it tastes fantastic.  It isn’t bacon, but it is really good.

Almost every easy thing to make in the morning is a carbohydrate.  Cereal, oatmeal, toast, fruit, pretty much everything.  The only non-carb items tend to be bacon, sausages and eggs.  Eggs are great, but bacon and sausages are ridiculously calorie dense and tasty (a deadly combination).

Because you need balance in every meal, refer to the zone diet if you want to know more about balance, you need to get in some serious protein.  You can eat up to 4 oz  (110 grams) of black forest ham, about 4 slices depending on how thick it is cut (you can get your deli ham cut thick or thin in most delis, so experiment.  I like mine cut quite thin).  Eat it with yogurt and all bran buds, or with oatmeal, or worst case scenario with a piece of thin whole wheat bread and a piece of fruit.  Make this your go to breakfast.  I find that I don’t even think of food before noon when I do this.

As well, the oatmeal with ham is my pre-race breakfast.  I eat this 2 to 3 hours before the race and I feel great and have energy to spare.

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