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Monday, January 21, 2008

Food and Mood

What happens when a 9-year old eats a bowl of cereal, runs around for 2 hours in the snow, and then tries to tackle a science fair project? Sudden negativity. Ready to quit the science fair. Convinced that her hypothesis is stupid. Resistant to looking at the graphs we have just made in EXCEL. Refusing to paste the data into her science fair notebook. Contrary and combative. Angry and nearly in tears.

We slogged on like this for an hour before I said to myself "Blood sugar," and declared it to be lunch time. "It is not lunch time, and I am not hungry," she said, so I boiled her an egg, which, predictably, she complained about. But she ate it, with a little orange marmalade, and was soon all smiles and ready to finish her lunch. Afterwards, she had a good attitude, was able to draw some conclusions about the data, and made much better progress on her project.

No surprise, really. Food for thought, though. We've been in the habit of starting the day with grains. Cold cereal or oatmeal with 8 ounces of milk and perhaps a fruit or 6 ounces of orange juice. But, after running around for two hours in the cold, my daughter had run out of energy.

So this morning, I decided to change the balance a little. Add a boiled egg, reduce the oats a little, don't forget the fruit, lose some sugar. First thing in the morning, though, it seems a child's blood sugar is low. No honey? No marmalade? Contrary, combative, angry, and nearly in tears. Eventually, she ate the experimental breakfast, and had the energy to run errands all the way until lunch time, without even stopping for a snack, though she did say she was hungry. Not the same as running around for two hours in the snow and then tackling a science project, but worth thinking about, all the same. Tonight, She boiled 4 eggs, and intends to have one in the morning. With a little orange marmalade.

Of course, I never get grumpy when my blood sugar runs low. Never.














Oatmeal BreakfastOatmeal and Egg Breakfast

1/2 cup Quick oats, prepared with water


1/4 cup raisins


1 cup skim milk


1/4 cup Quick oats, prepared with water


1/4 cup Raisins


1 cup Skim milk


1 hard-boiled egg


Each 435g serving contains:

Cals: 329, FatCals: 22, TotFat: 2g

SatFat: 1g, PolyFat: 1g, MonoFat: 2g

Chol: 5mg, Na: 156mg, K: 856mg

TotCarbs: 65g, Fiber: 5g, Sugars: 25g

NetCarbs: 60g, Protein: 15g

Each 426g serving contains:

Cals: 302, FatCals: 18, TotFat: 2g

SatFat: 1g, PolyFat: 1g, MonoFat: 2g

Chol: 5mg, Na: 154mg, K: 828mg

TotCarbs: 60g, Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 25g

NetCarbs: 56g, Protein: 14g

Food Group Serving(s)

DASH: Vegetables: 0.0: Fruits/Juices: 1.0: Dairy: 1.0: Grains: 1.0: Meat/Fish: 0.0: Seeds: 0.0: Fats: 0.0: Sweets: 0.0

USDA: Vegetables: 0.0: Fruits/Juices: 0.5: Dairy: 1.0: Grains: 1.0: Meat/Fish/Seeds: 0.0: Fats: 0.0: Sweets: 0.0

Food Group Serving(s)

DASH: Vegetables: 0.0: Fruits/Juices: 1.0: Dairy: 1.0: Grains: 0.8: Meat/Fish: 0.3: Seeds: 0.0: Fats: 0.0: Sweets: 0.0

USDA: Vegetables: 0.0: Fruits/Juices: 0.5: Dairy: 1.0: Grains: 0.8: Meat/Fish/Seeds: 1.0: Fats: 0.0: Sweets: 0.0


Nutritional information in this posting calculated using bigoven. Food Group Servings calculated in EXCEL using http://www.mypyramid.gov/ and DASH diet references.

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