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Chow Down Like Your Doc -- What Our Physicians Eat for Breakfast

Telling you not to skip breakfast is old news, we get it. Most of us know that eating a meal first thing in the morning not only satiates you to prevent that ravenous feeling later, but it also can lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

The real mystery is what to eat for breakfast. Your daily routine and exercise level probably helps determine your morning munch. So just what is the optimal breakfast? March is National Nutrition Month, an observance to encourage us to make more informed food choices and activity habits. To sweeten the observance – naturally of course – we took that very question to our doctors.

Just what do the physicians of OrthoCarolina eat for breakfast?

Here’s what they told us:

Most days, a banana, a high fiber granola bar, a glass of orange/mango juice, and a large travel mug of coffee with a little cream and a packet of Splenda.  If I was on call the previous night, I may have a second mug of coffee.  Occasionally, I will stop at Stick Boy and get a chocolate chip scone or a cinnamon roll.  Rarely, I will eat a slice of Key Lime pie and perhaps once or twice a month, I will splurge and eat a Bojangles sausage and egg biscuit or eggs benedict if we go out for brunch.  Even worse, perhaps 3-4 times/year I will eat a couple of Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts. 

Dr. Christopher Bensen

Yogurt with fiber one cereal, banana and coffee, and almond milk

Dr. James Califf

Coffee and an occasional Pop-tart

Dr. Patrick Connor

Starbucks, yogurt, protein bar

Dr. William Craig

Usually runny scrambled eggs with hot sauce, really crispy dried out potatoes with ketchup, a piece of sausage or bacon, and a fruit smoothie for the Vitamin C.  Bagel or cereal on the weekends.  

Dr. Brian Curtin

Oatmeal with blueberries

Dr. Harlan Daubert

Oatmeal, with berries or raisins, and 8oz. almond milk

Dr. Mike Dockery

Oatmeal with blueberries in it and quinoa added for protein and one hardboiled egg, white only

Dr. Thomas Fehring

Greek yogurt

Dr. James Fleischli

Cereal several mornings a week, but I eat doughnuts at Local Lion one day a week, and I eat a cinnamon roll another day a week from Stick Boy. Occasionally I have eggs or toast or a sausage/egg fast food biscuit.

Dr. Stephen Fleming

Breakfast of champions: Diet Dr. Pepper and raisin bread toast

Dr. William Griffin

Coffee with cream and sugar

Dr. Patrick Hayes

Small cup of plain nonfat yogurt mixed with small amounts of bran flakes, oats, raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped almonds-cashews-walnuts, flaxseed, boiled (yes!) prunes and a drizzle of honey

Dr. Eric Laxer

Zone bar and coffee

Dr. Bryan Loeffler

2% fat Greek yogurt (20 grams protein and only 220 cal) with a small handful of walnuts or almonds 

Dr. Bo Mason

Banana, protein bar, coffee

Dr. John Masonis

Small bowl of Ezekiel 4:9 whole grain cereal with few pieces of fruit (usually raspberries) topped with 3 tablespoons Anutra (a chia seed product), Califia vanilla almond milk, a half glass of orange juice and 2 cups of coffee

Dr. Robert McBride

Trader Joe's Almond Clusters cereal with organic 2% milk. Nice mix of nuts and whole grain flakes. 

Dr. Alden Milam

Whole-wheat bagel, cream cheese, orange juice and coffee

Dr. John Newell

I drink a diet Monster energy drink for breakfast and sometimes eat a couple eggs.

Dr. David O’Brien


Dr. William Satterfield

Granola bar or fruit smoothie

Dr. Rodney Stanley

Coffee and sometimes fruit

Dr. William Stucky


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