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Breakfast with Daniel: Big Flavor…No flares!

If you are anything like me, you are afraid of clowns and eat breakfast less than three times a week. We are not alone in our fears, nor are we in our eating habits. More than 20 percent of Americans just do not eat breakfast, which we all know is the most important meal of the day - especially if you have Interstitial Cystitis. Whether you eat a large dinner, or you just do not enjoy eating breakfast, there are many reasons why millions sabotage their morning fuel intake. If you're one who does not like eating breakfast, you can easily split it up into two smaller meals. Eat blueberries or a hard boiled egg at home (minus the yolk), and an hour or two later, sneak a pear and a handful of healthy nuts like almonds or walnuts.

On average, it takes the body 8 hours to digest a meal, in those 8 hours the body will extract up to 90% of the nutrients. These nutrients may carry you through the night and they may even provide you enough energy to convince you that you are not hungry by breakfast time. However, it is important to remember this is the best way to ensure your getting the vitamins and minerals you need to make it through the day.

When I skip breakfast, I will usually hit a wall that leads to extreme hunger, which then leads to a lack of discipline and ultimately leads me to stuffing my face as if I were the hot dog eating champion of the world. Okay, I do confess that sometimes it is salty food and sometimes it is sweet…nevertheless, it creates a craving for things that just are not good for me.

Not eating breakfast is as serious a problem as wearing socks with sandals. You may have your reasons for avoiding breakfast AND ignoring good fashion sense, but there is no reason to deprive yourself of a healthy morning meal that will not irritate your bladder. This is quick and simple! A healthy breakfast would consist of protein and fiber. You can get your protein from low fat meats, eggs, beans or dairy and the fiber can be found in vegetables, whole grains, and fruits. So throw away your excuses, suppress your fears (especially of clowns) and talk your kids into trying some breakfast before you rush them off to school.

What is Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. The symptoms vary from case to case....

What causes IC?

Some of the symptoms of IC/PBS resemble those of bacterial infection, but medical tests reveal no organisms in the urine of people with IC/PBS...

How is IC diagnosed?

Because symptoms are similar to those of other disorders of the bladder and there is no definitive test to identify IC/PBS, doctors must rule out other treatable conditions before considering a diagnosis of IC/PBS...

What are treatments for IC?

Scientists have not yet found a cure for IC/PBS, nor can they predict who will respond best to which treatment. Symptoms may disappear with a change in diet or treatments or without explanation...

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