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GI/GL Breakfasts

S: 11st5lb C: 11st5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 25.7 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
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GOOD CARB GRANOLA (The GoodCarb Food Company)

Portion size: 50g

Calories: 248;

Fat per 100g: 9.4g

Protein per 100g: 5.5g;

Carbohydrate per 100g: 60g

GL: Low

"This looked delicious and tasted excellent. It contains nuts and seeds, so I was surprised by how hungry I was by 11am, when I only had time for an apple. I was hungry again an hour later and devoured a pork pie between house calls."

Dr John Briffa, nutritionist, says: "This has some lovely protein-rich nuts and seeds but probably not enough to keep Dr Haining going until lunch. It's sweetened with fructose, which people think is healthier because it has a low GI and is more natural than white sugar. But studies on animals show the same levels of weight gain and health troubles with fructose as you find with regular sugar."



Portion size: 50g

Calories: 163;

Fat per 100g: 2g;

Protein per 100g: 10g

Carbs per 100g: 67g

GL: Medium

"These tasted processed and like cardboard. A very large bowl was enough to keep me comfortable until midday but I derived no psychological satisfaction from them."

Dr Briffa says: "This is a rather nutritionally inferior breakfast. The fibre may help people keep going for longer but this doesn't automatically mean it's nutritionally rich and healthy. Although Dr Haining didn't mention any digestive problems, we're not adapted to digest bran, which can be an irritant and lead to bloating and fatigue for some."


Go Lower Nut Clusters (Go Lower)

Portion size: 30g

Calories: 120

Fat per 100g: 10g

Protein per 100g: 17.5g

Carbs per 100g: 5g

GL: Low

"This is the breakfast meal provided by a new delivery diet programme, which I ate on the morning of a gruelling all-day conference. I felt cheated when I poured out the minute portion of nut clusters and wondered how on earth I would keep going. But once I'd added lots of milk it looked like a proper meal - I was astonished by how well I functioned all day. Sitting in a dark, warm lecture theatre, I concentrated for hours on end without feeling drowsy. I was so surprised not to feel hungry at elevenses - four hours after my breakfast. Even at lunch I wasn't amazingly hungry."

Dr Briffa says: "This looks like the perfect antidote to pre-packaged cereals. If you haven't the time to make your own protein-rich breakfast that won't flood the bloodstream with sugar, this has more than two-and-a-half times more protein than the muesli and it's a smaller portion, showing that it is not just volume that dictates how filling a meal can be. The nuts are great for holding appetite and people shouldn't worry about the fattening effects of them - a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reviewed 12 studies which found no increase in weight when people added nuts to their diets."



Portion size: 280g

Calories: 350

Fat per 100g: 55g

Protein per 100g: 46g

Carbs per 100g: 17.6g

GL: Low

"I ate this on a Sunday and felt sleepy afterwards but then had plenty of energy to enjoy a six-mile bike ride and there was no need for lunch. Nor did I feel like the tea and cake I ate at 4pm simply because the rest of the family were."

Dr Briffa says: "As an occasional breakfast, this is fine. Adding something like a grilled tomato could blunt the effects of a higher-fat meal like this. It's a bit rich in salt but animal fat has become an over-demonised given the dearth of evidence that it increases the risk of either heart disease or obesity. In fact, a review of four studies by the Cochrane Collaboration, a respected international research body, found that low-fat diets often led to weight gain after 18 months."


Innocent Fruit Smoothie and Vianesse Protein Powder (VIANESSE GFCF Lactalbumin Protein Powder - Body Shape | as recommended by Khush Mark PhD)

Smoothie Portion size: 250ml

Calories: 113

Fat per 100ml: 0.1

Protein per 100ml: 0.6

Carbs per 100ml: 12.6

Scoop of Vianesse Protein Powder Portion size: 9g

Calories: 165

Fat per 100ml: 1g

Protein per 100g: 67.6g

Carbs per 100g: 20.2g

"I was so surprised by this. Smoothies taste great but leave me grumpy within hours. I had a subjective mistrust of the powdered protein but it thickened the smoothie and turned it into a meal, making me sit down and eat with a spoon. It tasted neither synthetic nor chemical and I felt nourished and perfectly comfortable until my lunch at 1.30pm."

Dr Briffa says: "Smoothies are better than fruit juices, which don't have enough whole fruit to give long-term energy, but they're still packed with fruit sugar, producing the energy slump and irritability Dr Haining talks about. The protein powder is a great idea to keep the appetite from returning with a vengeance."


Scottish Porridge Oats and milk and water

Fat per 100g: 8g

Protein per 100g: 11g

Carbohydrate per 100g: 60g

Portion size: 50g

Calories: 185

Fat per 100g: 7.2g

Protein per 100g: 11g

Carbohydrate per 100g: 65.7g

GL: Low

"I usually add plain yoghurt and a handful of pecan nuts to porridge but for the experiment I simply ate porridge. Surgery overran and by midday I was achingly hungry with a headache."

Dr Briffa says: "Oats release sugar slowly and research suggests the soluble fibre in oats can help reduce cholesterol, but some people need more protein than others to keep them going. All Dr Haining's responses tally with someone in need of higher protein. By adding nuts, or a scoop of protein powder and fresh fruit, she'd not only have fared better, she'd have a less one-dimensional meal with three decent foods instead of one."


Dorset cereals - berries and cherries (Dorset Cereals - honest, tasty & real unadulterated breakfast pleasure, muesli, porridge and cereal)

Portion size: 45g

Calories: 156

Fat per 100g: 2.2g

Protein per 100g: 6.5g

Carbs per 100g: 68.8g

GL: Medium

"This was desperately uninteresting and starchy. I finished surgery early and, as a pure extravagance, I ate a banana roll. I ate carbohydrate-heavy meals for the rest of the day and felt blocked and a bit bloated."

Dr Briffa says: "The ingredients list is almost entirely made up of foods that convert to glucose quickly when digested. Protein and fat slow the speed at which sugar is released into the bloodstream, so adding yoghurt or more nuts would probably have reduced the risk of succumbing to the banana roll, which would have tipped the system into a hypoglycaemic state. This can trigger cravings for more starchy foods, just as Dr Haining experienced."


Latte & Blueberry Muffin

Portion size: 85g

Calories: 355 kcal

Fat per 100g: 18.2g

Protein per 100g: 5.1g

Carbohydrate per 100g: 42.7g

GL: High

"This was the most horrific breakfast. I was hungry immediately after I'd finished and an hour later I ate another muffin. I got indigestion, a headache, my concentration levels were below normal and I ate a lot more than usual."

Dr Briffa says: "This is equivalent to eating four teaspoons of sugar. The body reacts by releasing lots of insulin, meaning blood sugar levels then dip too low, which is why Dr Haining would have felt hungry again so quickly."



Portion size: 90g

Calories: 258

Fat per 100g: 1.45g

Protein per 100g: 5.8g

Carbs per 100g: 59g

GL: High

"I had two doorstep wedges of thick white bread because I knew a single slice of no-frills and marmalade wouldn't get me through surgery. Physically, I felt ok, but I was desperate for biscuits by 10:30am."

Dr Briffa says: "Scientists have devised a table ranking foods according to their nutrient density and bread - whether it's white or wholemeal - scores poorly; even tinned pears score better. All bread has a high glycemic index, which will predispose you to hunger not long after eating."


Three slices of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs (two eggs)

Portion Size: 280g

Calories: 463

Fat per 100g: 17.3

Protein per 100g: 16.8

Carbohydrates per 100g: 0.85

GL rating: Low
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S: 11st5lb C: 11st5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 25.7 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)

Three slices of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs (two eggs)

Portion Size: 280g

Calories: 463

Fat per 100g: 17.3

Protein per 100g: 16.8

Carbohydrates per 100g: 0.85

GL rating: Low

"This was as quick as cereal and made me feel comfortably full all day. Even though I didn't have the chance to eat lunch until 3pm, I was only mildly peckish."

Dr Briffa says: "Protein has been found to curb appetite more than carbohydrate or fat. The salmon is a good source of essential fats and eggs are nutritious."

- Dr Rosie Haining
S: 13st11lb C: 10st2lb G: 10st0lb Loss: 3st9lb(26.42%)
Hello, I have just signed up to the go lower plan and really looking forward to the clusters, anyone tried them? Xx
S: 13st11lb C: 10st2lb G: 10st0lb Loss: 3st9lb(26.42%)
Yum yum yum, the clusters are amazing, mix them with plain yogurt and berries and they are so tasty.
Tried a couple of the go lower meals now and quite impressed. Xx

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