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Should I eat donuts or nothing for breakfast?

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Dear FitSugar, I know you've been talking a lot about how we should eat breakfast to get our metabolism going, but what if my only options are unhealthy donuts? Is it better to eat the donut or skip it altogether? The reason I am asking is because my office orders donuts every Friday morning for our meeting.
-Dunkin' Denise

Leave it to my super fabulous and smart readers to find a loop hole in my breakfast eating plan. Typically, as you know, I would say to eat breakfast no matter what. However, donuts offer a lot in terms of calories and saturated fat, and a little (if any) in terms of nutrition so it may be best to skip it. I know it sucks to be the only person not chowing down on donuts, but try to eat something healthy before the meeting or hold off until after the meeting. Plus, eating one or two (or three) donuts could leave you crashing in about an hour or so.

For next week, ask whoever does the ordering to order some fruit or yogurt too, so you can eat with everyone else — chances are you are not the only one looking for something healthy.


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klandrach klandrach 9 years
I am so guilty of eating a donut whenever they are around. Luckily that is only about once a month or even every other month, but I can't turn them down. Oink.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
So eat breakfast before work, or before the meeting or eat it after the meeting. Dont eat the donut, no matter how hungry you are i have to agree with Fitsugar on that one. I work at a place where krispy kreme boxed are everywhere, and I havent touched one for 5 years, in fact i bring a big bowl of fruit salad to the meetings instead. the doughnut police arent coming fer ya
jaclynloro jaclynloro 9 years
I don't get the whole "I just can't bring myself to eat breakfast" mentality. What's so hard about stocking up on some Clif bars for your desk drawer???
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
And one more thing, I am totally with Fit's advice. The thing you have to remember is things add up! So yes one donut on fridays is not a crime cause that's the only donut you had this week, but then there was that fatty pizza on tuesday, and that hot dog on saturday etc... Then your weekly meal plan end up full of junk! I think you live a better life making healthy choices all the time than being on and off with it. I personnally find it is easier to say no to all junk food than to say yes sometimes, but we are different people, you have to find what works for you. :)
HappyKate HappyKate 9 years
1.) I would ask that the office orders healthier options. 2.) I live in areas where there is Tim Hortons, if I get a donut craving (outside of the office) I order one "tim Bit" they come in many flavors and are a very small sacrifice (calorie and fat wise). 3.) Why not just get breakfast before the office?
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
I'd go for that weekly donut, but only once a month, or once every 2 weeks. On your "off" weeks, bring something else or eat something else earlier. But if you looove donuts...go for it once in a while. Denial will only make you want to binge later on.
aragornrain aragornrain 9 years
Who says you have to eat a donut just because it's there? You can always bring your own food.
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
I can't believe your office makes such an unhealthy choice for breakfast... We don't have breakfast meeting so often but when we do we have lots of healthy food to choose like nice fresh fruits, nuts and such... But well in your situation I would definitely eat breakfast before the meeting or bring something healthy to eat during the meeting. Donuts? No thanks!
gooniette gooniette 9 years
this is funny. i had this dilemna in my office this morning. i opted to have a second cup of coffee instead of the donut. it took A LOT of will power though. :)
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 9 years
I agree with Syako and fleufairy. Nuff said.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
If you're really craving the donut during the meeting, as that they bring in donut holes, too. Then, if you bring an apple/banana/whatever, you can have a pair of donut holes to satisfy your sweet content, but not kick yourself too hard. (Plus, the holes usually don't have all the super sweet pink/chocolate/vanilla frostings on them, which is sure to have an impact on the sugar content.)
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
All in moderation. Having one donut a week certainly won't kill you. I don't believe in severe restrictions. It only sets you up for failure. So have the donut.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
But the donut-lover in me agrees with syako!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Every Sunday we have a 'Coffee and Donuts' breakfast at my residence, and lately I've been really putting off waiting for brunch. I love donuts, but having them every week are like taking weekly fat-pills!
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I hate donuts! But syako's advice is right on. I couldn't have said it better myself.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Donuts give me heart burn, so I avoid them, and I usually 'feel' them in me for about half the day, it's gross. But i LOVE them! haha. Just eat a Kashi bar!
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
i used to have this weird perception of breakfast, like i could have anything i wanted for breakfast and still end up having a healthy diet. My logic was: my dinner should be strictly limited to a small portion of salad or some fruit/veggies, and i should have a relatively healthy but filling lunch, therefore (you following the logic?) i can have a huge and unhealthy breakfast! i know it sounds silly but that conclusion used to come so naturally to me, i never even questioned it!
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
i dunno, i'd rather have a donut than go hungry...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
syako-great advice. Although I don't think I could do a donut for b'fast-too heavy for me.
alikat07 alikat07 9 years
If you need a donut, perhaps eat half of one and eat something healthy as the other part like some fruit or yogurt. Seriously, I can't deal that much sugar that early...
jkat jkat 9 years
Why don't you just bring your own food to the meeting? Are they going to kick you out for eating a kashi bar?
syako syako 9 years
So you're saying you never eat a donut? Personally, I know that one donut has about 200 calories and 12 grams of fat. I definitely wouldn't eat them every day, but every once in a while having a donut will not kill you. Plus, if before the meeting you eat something nutritious like an apple and a glass of milk you'll be getting some fiber and nutrients that will fill you up so you'll only eat one donut. And that would put your morning calorie total at about 340 calories, which isn't a bad start. Just make sure to pass on sweet the rest of the day and make sure your lunch has a lot of fiber and nutrients that you missed on breakfast.
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