Friday morning I ate pie for breakfast. I was given a hard time, “Pie for breakfast?” My husband even teasingly asked if I planned to post it on my blog. So, here it is, here is my post about why I ate pie for breakfast. And, here is one step further, my confession that I ate pie for breakfast not just once, but twice in a week.
It was Thanksgiving week after all. And perhaps pie for breakfast doesn’t seem like much of a Real Food Breakfast on first impression (which I talk about in my guide that you can get for free below!)
However, I beg to differ. Let me explain a few reasons why I felt completely okay and still “in balance” to eat pie for breakfast.
- It was homemade pie and I knew every ingredient. My husband and I (Ok, it was basically him. I was exhausted and played the pregnancy card) made the pie completely from scratch. Homemade whole wheat crust, pure pumpkin my Mom had pureed and frozen, and only honey to sweeten. Honestly, this was a much better breakfast than tons of cereals, granola bars, and the instant oatmeal packets filled with sugar!
- Its my tradition. I love to eat a piece of homemade pumpkin pie on the Friday after Thanksgiving. And because of that it’s part of my own personal balance with food. I know that other sweeter pies may not sit well for breakfast so I wouldn’t feel as balanced choosing to do that. But the pumpkin pie is a treat that brings some food-joy to my morning without a stomach ache!
- Every meal isn’t perfect. Honestly, the pie didn’t fill me up for long. Sure, maybe there were better choices. After all, I am more satisfied when I eat more protein at breakfast than what my pie offered. However, a snack with some extra protein mid morning helped to curb my appetite. I didn’t let the “pie for breakfast” mentality derail my day.
I think that sums it up. The pie left me feeling fine, so I had it again one last morning (and counted it for my dessert for the day.)
In the end, even if my pie was of a more decadent, sweeter variety, would it have been “okay?” Honestly, that’s a decision you would have to make.
If we remove the guilt from eating it simply becomes decisions and pros and cons. You could weigh how much you would actually truly enjoy the pie (and any other benefits to eating the pie) against the cons. The biggest con for me is it would leave me feeling much less than my best the rest of the morning. There are plenty of sweets around, especially during the holiday season, and working to practice moderation (which probably doesn’t involve decadent pie for breakfast) will help you not only keep your waistline slim, but also keep you feeling your best!
I hope you took some time to reflect this Thanksgiving and count your blessings. It’s so easy to get caught up in day-to-day life and the holidays are no different. In fact, often times it’s almost easier to forget the purpose of the holiday and be even busier than normal life allows. When you think about your thanksgivings, I challenge you to dig a little deeper. Think beyond those initial thoughts of “I’m thankful for my family and a warm bed each night.” What other blessings are there in your life? It’s amazing how once you start thinking of them gratitude comes so much easier.
Baby boy has been kicking and enjoying my holiday treats this Thanksgiving, including pie for breakfast. It’s such a funny thing to spend so much time preparing for someone that comes in a huge event yet you have no idea exactly when their arrival is going to be. I told Casey it’s sort of like planning for a wedding except you have no idea when the wedding will be, how long it will take, or the exact details! My bag is (almost) packed and if the baby furniture would ever arrive (I’m looking at you, Buy Buy Baby) I would feel more organized. Regardless, Baby has a safe place to sleep, plenty of warm clothes, diapers, and lots of love, so I know it’ll work out.