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Lose the Freshman 15: Back to breakfast

So the past few days I’ve been getting into a few bad habits. I didn’t want to suffer through a strictly healthy 21st birthday, but don’t worry, I’ll get my act together now. And my first order of business will be eating breakfast every day.

I usually eat breakfast on a regular basis, but this week I’ve skipped my morning meal more often than not. I hear it’s the most important meal of the day and that it’s crucial for getting your metabolism working early. This morning, skipping breakfast was more of a personal victory, though, since my normal morning hangover cure comes from McDonalds, but I digress.

I’ve been checking out some of the breakfasts at the hotel I’ll be staying at this week and they all look delicious. Some look legitimately healthy too. One is even called the Jump Start!


– Steel cut oats, cinnamon, brown sugar and dried currants (hold the sugar, please)

– Cholesterol-free omelet, mushroom, basil, tomato compote and berries (a.k.a. The Jumpstart)

– California fruit plate, low-fat cottage cheese or honey yogurt

– Egg white frittata with pesto, asparagus, tomato peppers and tomato relish

– Vegetarian hash with spinach, tomato and poached eggs or tofu


And if all else fails, I can always find these meals at a nearby Starbucks or Subway. I love the fact that Jillian included a few restaurant meals in the meal plan, because sometimes that’s all a busy girl (or vacationing girl) can get her hands on


– Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal with Nut Medley Topping, 12 oz nonfat latte

– Subway One Egg White and Cheese Muffin Melt, 1 medium banana


I fully plan on using Spring Break as a time to catch up on life. I’ve spent the last year working about 30 hours a week as the Features editor of the Daily Illini (on top of school and everything else I do), so, needless to say, I’m a little behind. Starting my morning with a healthy breakfast will be a great way to start my day right and provide myself with the energy I need to accomplish everything on my to-do list — while also relaxing by the pool.


21 and ready to take on Las Vegas,


I am a junior studying News-Editorial Journalism at the University of Illinois. When I'm not writing and editing for HC Illinois, I work as the Features Editor of the Daily Illini. I am also the vice president of the Society of Professional Journalists on the UI campus as well as the computer chair for the Iota chapter of Delta Gamma. Writing is my passion and I hope to one day move to New York City and work for a magazine, writing feature stories and investigative pieces. I love HC Illinois because I have so much fun writing stories for collegiettes™and reading stories by my amazing peers.