The Older Brother gets breakfast deja vu all over again…

Hey there, Fat Heads!

Long time. Tom asked last week if I’d like to man The Big Chair while he and Jimmy have their Thanksgiving Disc Golf Death Match, to which I replied “About time! …um, I mean, sure, I could probably do that.”

It just so happened that last Friday, The Wife and I got to do our annual “Grandparents’ Breakfast” at The Granddaughters’ school.

[Previously known as The Grandkids, they’ve been assigned a new moniker as The Wife and I have been blessed with THREE grandsons since the last time I filled in here.

Grandson number one came as part of a package deal when The Middle Son got married on Dauphin Island this last May.

Yeah, I ended up back on Dauphin Island again. I’ve stopped saying I’m never going back, because Karma just loves a good practical joke. A co-worker suggested I just go ahead and buy a burial plot down there since that seems to be where I‘m going to end up!

Grandson number two was born in August to The Youngest Son and his fiancée, and numero tres showed up in September a week ahead of schedule for The Middle Son and his new bride.]

We were down to one grandkid as the older sister was home sick, but it was still a good time. Despite all of the changes we’re seeing as the Wisdom of Crowds starts to seep in to the culture regarding nutrition, I’m sorry to report that not much seems to have changed on the school menu front compared to the first time we did this a couple of years ago (see here). Bottom line is carbs are still cheap when you’re feeding a village.

I didn’t see the MyPlate poster this year, but this one was still on the wall:

Yep, remember when we were kids and constantly had to be watching out for our schoolmates keeling over from hypoglycemia?

Yeah, me neither. We didn’t really have to deal with it back in the day because one of the main causes, as stated on the poster, is from “too much insulin or diabetes medicine,” and kids didn’t have really have Type II diabetes back in the day. It was called “Adult Onset” because that’s when you got it.

So the Granddaughter picked out her breakfast, and we sat down to visit. We passed on the food offerings and just went for the coffee. Here she is with her plate:

So, a donut (obviously known not to be health food), a healthy box of orange juice, a healthy zero fat carton of chocolate milk, and a healthy wrapper of apple slices.

After leaving (and getting a McMuffin sans muffin top for breakfast), I went ahead and did a little research on the nutritional breakdown of our darling’s meal (sorry about the spacing!):

Calories            Carbs (g)             Fat (g)          Protein (g)
Donut                          260                       31                     14                          3
Choc Milk                    110                       20                      0                          8
OJ                                  60                       14                       0                          1
Apple Slices                  35                         9                       0                         0
TOTAL                         465                       74                     14                        12
est calories                                             296                    126                       48
% of total cal                                         64%                      27%                    11%

So WOW. Two things — the donut could just be the healthiest thing on The Granddaughter’s plate(!) as it’s at least got some fat for her brain. But not the good kind, I’m guessing. The other thing is that the composition of carbs, fat, and protein are pretty much right in line with the SAD nutritional guidelines. WINNING! Or, to put it in perspective, the public schools think this much sugar is about the right amount for a grade school kid’s breakfast:

(74 grams of sugar)

Sure, she could’ve skipped the donut, but the alternative would’ve been a bowl of cereal. No bacon and eggs on the menu.

I’m hoping maybe with the seismic political upheaval we’ve had that maybe we can start getting the Michelle Obama/The Anointed effect out of school menus. I don’t expect the kids are going to start getting meals like the Obama’s kids did at Sidwell, but it’s kind of sad to think that if we went back to when the Reagan administration got blasted for counting ketchup as a vegetable, it would be a yuuge improvement! I’m not hopeful, but after November 9th, who knows what the heck can happen, no?

Good to be back — see you in the comments.


The Older Brother


19 thoughts on “The Older Brother gets breakfast deja vu all over again…

  1. Dianne

    Welcome back, and congratulations, Grandpa! Here’s hoping that by the time the new arrivals arrive at school age, school lunches will consist of real food and there will be posters on the cafeteria walls showing sugar and starch to be the poisons they are. Alas, for that to happen we’d probably need for the federal government to be coping with a subsidized surplus of bacon and eggs, which sounds pretty unlikely at this point.

    Tell me, is eating breakfast at school optional these days? Can parents feed their offspring bacon and eggs before sending them off to be educated? I’m trying to imagine what being a teacher would be like with a classroom full of kids hyped up on sugar.

    BTW, it was food choices like those on that beautiful little girl’s tray that took me from being five one and a half, 106 lbs. to five one, 218 lbs. at one point. Now I’m trying to cope with a diagnosis of pre-diabetes, and getting lots of help from this blog, Jason Fung and Dr. Richard Bernstein.

    1. The Older Brother Post author

      Thanks — good to be back. I think The Granddaughters still pack lunches most days, but they’re not as paloe-centric as I am.

      Given market trends and the record grain crops, surplus bacon and eggs may not be out of the question! Commodity farmers seem to have an uncanny ability to overproduce when there’s an abundance and liquidate during shortages. The Wife told me today the local megamart was selling a dozen eggs for around a buck, and pork, beef, and poultry prices have all been dipping.

      You’ve hit the mother-lode when it comes to good advice — just finished JAson Fung’s (with Jimmy Moore) Complete Guide to Fasting, and I’m working it in to my lifestyle. Best of luck.

      — The Older Brother

  2. Orvan Taurus

    Yeah, the Reagan administration got blasted for that one, but it actually started out deep in the bureaucracy during the Carter years. It just surfaced in Reagan’s time. Meanwhile, a friend of the family is 93 or so and has no issue with bacon and eggs. And his doctor’s advice? “Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.”

  3. Stephen T

    What a terrible breakfast for a school to serve a child. No wonder so many children are overweight and heading rapidly for diabetes. I’m glad your granddaughter will get some good advice.

    This breakfast shows that the dietary guidelines do matter. I recently saw an example in a UK hospital where a sixty-two-year old diabetic man was waiting to have his foot amputated. They offered him cereals or toast for breakfast. As a doctor commented, “Why not just give him a bowl of sugar and have done with it?” The NHS carries out 138 diabetes-related amputations a week. That would be at least 650 a week in the US? Tragic and completely unnecessary.

    1. The Older Brother Post author

      Yes, I believe “having a bad hair day” was recently added to the list of things that cause PTSD.

      Certainly the hysteria following the recent election results indicate a severe psychological fragility that makes satire impossible.

      The Older Brother

  4. Don in Arkansas

    Since you brought it up, what kind of breakfasts DID the O’bummer girls get at Hopewell? That’s an interesting thought.

    1. The Older Brother Post author

      Actually, Sidwell doesn’t have a breakfast menu. The Annointed know that’s best done at home.


  5. Linda

    It’s really nice to see you again, older brother! I’m grandmother who raised a granddaughter. I remember going to a lunch with mine and it just appalled me! Pizza, biscuits, macaroni casserole, cookies! At the time my granddaughter was in first grade, I knew nothing about LCHF. But I knew that all that sugar, etc. that the school lunches provided wasn’t good, so I packed a lunch for my child. I remember one event when we were there to meet and talk with teachers and Gabby’s teacher said she was sometimes jealous of Gabby’s lunches. Even back then, I would roll turkey or beef with cheese, and put veggie slices in her lunch and maybe a bit of peach or orange. Now, that granddaughter is 25 and healthy- just not interested in all that high sugar crap that the schools put out.

    1. The Older Brother Post author

      Good job!

      The Wife always packed lunches for The Sons when they were in (parochial) grade school; they were always getting offers to trade by their schoolmates (we weren’t really on the LCHF bandwagon yet, either, but it was a least real food). Except after Thanksgiving — The Oldest Son had to stop bringing his favorite turkey salad sandwiches because the smell was a little off-putting if you didn’t know it was turkey!

      The Older Brother

  6. Desmond

    I was a kid when the whole “Reagan declares ketchup a vegetable” thing came out. Was criticized for weeks in the papers. It is odd, however, that when Obama declared pizza a vegetable, it never made the news.

    1. The Older Brother Post author

      Depends how on your definition of food. Accordingly to the official nutritional guidelines, this was just about perfect.

      The Older Brother

  7. Andrea

    I’m just still reeling from the fact that the donut was the best thing she ate. Setting aside the fat, because it’s the wrong kind, that donut was the ONLY source of protein!
    I know it shouldn’t surprise me anymore, but wow. Just wow.

    1. Matt

      Even nonfat milk isn’t all carbohydrate. The formatting makes it difficult to read at a glance, but by my reading, the donut had 3g of protein and the milk had 8g. (typical for 1 cup of milk)


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