Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Breakfast in the morning?

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Breakfast in the morning?

Reply

Old 10-28-04, 09:29 AM
  #1  
slvoid
2-Cyl, 1/2 HP @ 90 RPM
Thread Starter
 
slvoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: NYC
Posts: 15,762

Bikes: 04' Specialized Hardrock Sport, 03' Giant OCR2 (SOLD!), 04' Litespeed Firenze, 04' Giant OCR Touring, 07' Specialized Langster Comp

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Breakfast in the morning?

I wake up at 7:15 and don't really get up and going until 7:30, then breakfast takes me 15-20 minutes and I'm out the door by 8. But in the winter, it's cold in my room and I feel sluggish, don't want to get up, etc, and I have no appetite. I ended up having one slice of toast with some peanut butter and that was it for me this morning.
What do you guys usually have for breakfast? It's not like I can load up on carbs 2 hours before and mash it out on my ride.
slvoid is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 09:32 AM
  #2  
colinm
Minneapolis
 
colinm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Just under Minneapolis
Posts: 873

Bikes: 1998 Stumpjumper Pro, SE Draft, 1984 Bianchi ATB, 1980? Raleigh Comp GS, Civia Loring

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
CoCo Puffs with half and half at 5:30, Coffee at 6, on the bike by 6:55, at work by 7:30. Then a banana pancake at the cafeteria around 9....yum.
colinm is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 09:33 AM
  #3  
Wulfheir
Designated Drinker
 
Wulfheir's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Calgary
Posts: 800

Bikes: '04 Kona Fire Mountain

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a soy protein shake and a slice of toast with peanut butter. get to work and have an apple, coffee and glass of water.
Wulfheir is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 09:44 AM
  #4  
520commuter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Posts: 236
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I usually don't eat breakfast, but I do snack or atleast something when I get to work. For some reason 10 miles on an empty stomach is easy in the morning, but if I don't have food in the afternoon it makes a huge difference on the ride home.
520commuter is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 09:44 AM
  #5  
westman2003
Senior Member
 
westman2003's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Calgary
Posts: 96

Bikes: Norco MTB

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Up at 6:00

Glass of water before I leave to hydrate

Gone by 6:25

At work by 7:10

Cleaned up at desk by 7:30

Drink another glass of water. Drink a protein shake, eat a piece of fruit, + something else. Something else includes granola bars, hardboiled eggs (just the whites), muffin etc. All of these items are "finger food" which I can eat at my desk.

Other reason I don't eat before I go is I read (I don't know where) that when you exercise first thing in the morning on an empty stomach since their is no fuel in your system your body burns more fat in order to obtain fuel.
westman2003 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 09:46 AM
  #6  
MsMittens
Virtulized geek
 
MsMittens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NYC, NY
Posts: 523

Bikes: Modified Davinci (single speed) and custom Gunnar Rock Tour

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oatmeal! Best way to stay warm and fuelled in the wintertime. Quaker even has some for those with a "sweeter" tooth.
MsMittens is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 09:52 AM
  #7  
IronHorse
Senior Member
 
IronHorse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: London, England
Posts: 72

Bikes: On-one Inbred, On-one Il Pompino & Shonky Singlespeed hack

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A pint of fruit juice and a cup of coffee and I'm all set for my 1 hour ride to work.

If it gets really cold in the winter I sometimes have a bowl of porridge with honey to get me going.
IronHorse is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 09:56 AM
  #8  
slvoid
2-Cyl, 1/2 HP @ 90 RPM
Thread Starter
 
slvoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: NYC
Posts: 15,762

Bikes: 04' Specialized Hardrock Sport, 03' Giant OCR2 (SOLD!), 04' Litespeed Firenze, 04' Giant OCR Touring, 07' Specialized Langster Comp

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Originally Posted by westman2003
Other reason I don't eat before I go is I read (I don't know where) that when you exercise first thing in the morning on an empty stomach since their is no fuel in your system your body burns more fat in order to obtain fuel.
Is that true? But I'm low-fat, I'll die..
slvoid is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 10:02 AM
  #9  
MsMittens
Virtulized geek
 
MsMittens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NYC, NY
Posts: 523

Bikes: Modified Davinci (single speed) and custom Gunnar Rock Tour

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Last I heard the theory on working out on an empty stomach wasn't true. But that seems to depend on who you talk to. I did find this article. I personally don't do it (I used to) because I'll be concentrating more on what I'd like to eat than the workout (and with so many bakeries along my route it's rather distracting)
MsMittens is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 10:05 AM
  #10  
jomconra
Fatman on a little bike
 
jomconra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 78
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have read that it does burn fat, but also muscle (Men's Health). Buy some Cliff Bars and have one in the morning before you leave, and pack something to have at work.
jomconra is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 10:05 AM
  #11  
westman2003
Senior Member
 
westman2003's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Calgary
Posts: 96

Bikes: Norco MTB

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have no idea if the empty stomach theory is true. I read it once but there are all kinds of zany theories out there so who knows.
westman2003 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 10:23 AM
  #12  
kgatwork
Senior Member
 
kgatwork's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 250
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm no morning person, so no breakfast for me. I think my first caloric intake is bottle of soda. I guess the first solid food comes at lunch with again a bottle of soda. Come to think about it maybe its the soda that keeps me going.
kgatwork is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 10:48 AM
  #13  
Jessica
cut my gas use in half
 
Jessica's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 324

Bikes: walmart beater, Dahon boardwalk, A bike, schwinn tandem

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
carob soymilk, yogurt with fruit, banana if I have any. then cookies when I get to work. And I am still getting smaller and losing weight...
I read the opposite, if you eat FIRST then exercise, then you burn fat rather than muscle... If you are starving your body breaks down muscle for fuel...
Jessica is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 10:53 AM
  #14  
Capt_Sensible
Capt Sensible
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 79

Bikes: Kona Sutra, Cramerroti 650C

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
The following is from a runner's world article on "fat burning" exercise:

"Once a month, wait 3 hours after eating dinner, then run for 60 minutes at 75 percent of your MHR. The next morning, before breakfast, run another hour at 75 percent of MHR. The morning run will force your carbohydrate-depleted body to burn extra fat."

The complete article can be found at:

http://www.runnersworld.com/article/...5-0-628,00.htm

I'd be interested to hear an opinion from a doctor or sports physiologist on this subject.
Capt_Sensible is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 11:03 AM
  #15  
foehn
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: The Alta Loma area of Rancho Cucamonga. About 45 miles east of Los Angeles, California. Uphill, downhill and across hill riding; not too level!
Posts: 1,329
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Home-made vegetarian Split pea soup this morning. About 1-1/2 cups, not real thick. Stays with me for a long time, low fat. This was probably the best batch of split pea soup I've ever made. . .

Or 1 piece plain toast w/ a poached egg cut up on top of it, with salt and fresh-ground pepper.

1/2 cup rice toasted in a hot pan with a little fat of my choice (olive oil, butter or bacon-fat) then scrambled with an egg. Sometimes I toss in a little chopped green onion just before the egg sets.

Less is more if I am planning on riding real soon after breakfast.
foehn is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 11:08 AM
  #16  
thechrisproject
Guy with bike
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 401
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I usually have some waffles and fake sausage for breakfast. Sometimes a bowl of Kashi GoLean and soymilk instead. Always a glass of water. Then at work I'll drink some more water and much on stuff... trail mix, luna bars (yea, yea, for women, whatever, they're good), yogurt cup, fruit.
thechrisproject is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 11:11 AM
  #17  
repeatx3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
1 cup of Oatmeal.
repeatx3 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 11:51 AM
  #18  
slvoid
2-Cyl, 1/2 HP @ 90 RPM
Thread Starter
 
slvoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: NYC
Posts: 15,762

Bikes: 04' Specialized Hardrock Sport, 03' Giant OCR2 (SOLD!), 04' Litespeed Firenze, 04' Giant OCR Touring, 07' Specialized Langster Comp

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Good god, you people are healthy. The only thing that stirs my appetite in the morning is a cheese burger.
slvoid is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 11:58 AM
  #19  
MsMittens
Virtulized geek
 
MsMittens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NYC, NY
Posts: 523

Bikes: Modified Davinci (single speed) and custom Gunnar Rock Tour

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Good god, you people are healthy. The only thing that stirs my appetite in the morning is a cheese burger.
So have a cheeseburger. I have the oatmeal because it has staying power and is really quick to make (2 mins to make, 5 mins to eat -- it'd be faster if it wasn't so hot). What works for one person doesn't necessarily work for others.
MsMittens is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 12:01 PM
  #20  
timmhaan
more ape than man
 
timmhaan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: nyc
Posts: 8,094
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
i have leftovers from the night before usually. it makes for an odd breakfast sometimes, but i don't mind having chinese food or pizza in the morning. sometimes i have to skip it all together and just grab a bagel on the way to work.
timmhaan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 12:20 PM
  #21  
Paniolo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: N Dallas, TX
Posts: 830
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I used to never eat breakfast. I find eating it makes me feel better after riding. I do it pretty quick, here are some I do. Microwaved Oatmeal with some wheat germ and fruit. Toasted English muffin with cottage cheese and fruit. Granola cerial with wheat germ and some almonds. Bagle with peanut butter and wheat germ or sometimes lowfat veggi cream cheese.
Paniolo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 12:30 PM
  #22  
ajkloss42
The 'net ruined cycling
 
ajkloss42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Minneapolis, MN USA
Posts: 257

Bikes: Steelman Eurocross, Peugeot U08 fixie, Specialized Expidition, Raleigh Sprite 27, Serotta CDA

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I prefer to eat either a small or large bowl of cereal about 25-35 minutes prior to leaving. If I'm out of that, I'll try juice. Some days I'm stuck going hungry with a clif bar in the bag to fall back on. For me it's only a 45 minute ride, so I don't seem to need extra fuel other than what's already in the blood.
ajkloss42 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 12:33 PM
  #23  
Moonshot
Now with racer-boy font!
 
Moonshot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: East Alabama
Posts: 1,272

Bikes: 2004 Litespeed Tuscany, Trek 5500, Breezer Storm, Bianchi road bike (fixed)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by colinm
CoCo Puffs with half and half at 5:30, Coffee at 6, on the bike by 6:55, at work by 7:30. Then a banana pancake at the cafeteria around 9....yum.
Some would disagree, but that sounds yummy. I haven't had half and half since I was a child. My dad would eat cornbread crumbled up in buttermilk for breakfast and sometimes lunch or dinner!

I usually eat a processed breakfast bar and lots of coffee.
__________________

www.eastalabamacycling.org
Moonshot is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 12:45 PM
  #24  
dasein
whatever
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 50
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by slvoid
What do you guys usually have for breakfast? It's not like I can load up on carbs 2 hours before and mash it out on my ride.
Nothing at home. Then, at work, two scrambled eggs, three pieces of bacon, two slices of toast, a pile of hashed browns, and a small cup of tea.

What the **** is carob?!
dasein is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 12:45 PM
  #25  
OhiOH
But I'm saving $ on gas!
 
OhiOH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dayton, OH - USA
Posts: 202

Bikes: LeMond Victoire (pure fun), Trek 1200 (commuter), Trek 930 MTB (winter commuter)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Burbon..Ahh I mean 2.5 cups of coffee and a banana. It's only 14 miles/46 minutes.
OhiOH is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service