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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,194
2/17/13 9:08 A

Yes the packets are loaded with sugar and preservatives.

STEEL CUT OATS are more dense and the other option is Old Fashioned oats. Adding 4 chopped walnuts and blueberries for fiber might help you feel more satiated. I also add flaxseeds...maybe even a chopped apple at times.

I have swirled in a tablesppon of peanut butter...added a soft boiled egg to my oatmeal, flavored it with cinnamon, swirled in unsweetened applesauce, skim milk, you name it I have tried it.....there are no rules...experiment if you desire.

A huge box of Quaker Old Fashioned oats can be purchased at Walmart for around $2.50...not only is it healthier on your wallet but oatmeal is known to reduce high blood pressure.....Enjoy!

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
2/15/13 12:23 P

not going to necessarily comment on what you ate but focus on something else instead.

1. how long did it take you to eat it?
2. Did you chew it? I know that oatmeal doesn't necessarily have to be chewed, but i always chew my food-- even smoothies and juices.
3. Did you eat it mindfully or were you just shoveling in spoonfuls?
4. Did you make it a special experience? I find when I make it special, I eat a little longer and the hunger goes away.

CARLY241 Posts: 189
2/15/13 12:17 P

That does not sound like a lot of food. You may want to add a little protein and fat to your meal. Or have a small snack 2 hours after.

Edited by: CARLY241 at: 2/15/2013 (12:36)
JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,939)
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2/14/13 4:39 P

Instant oats are refined oats and usually contain a lot of sugar. You'll get much more fibre from rolled (old fashioned oats) or steel cut oats. I personally prefer rolled because steel is quite grainy. Make sure you add more than just fruit. You can add nuts or nut butters or seeds for healthy fats, complex carbs and more protein. You can add a little bit of wheat bran for added fibre. You can add egg whites or plain Greek yogurt for more protein. Add your own spices (like nutmeg or cinnamon).

There are plenty of great oatmeal recipes on the web.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,210
2/14/13 4:29 P

some foods just don't fill some people up. you will have to go by trial and error to figure out what those are for you.
but do be aware of what and how much you are eating. 100 cals can only keep a person full for so long. to some degree, the lower the cal amount the shorter the time that you are going to feel full from it.

2/14/13 3:08 P

You're hungry because you are not eating a nutritionally balanced meal that contains all the macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water.

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,758
2/14/13 2:52 P

Eat more. And the instant stuff has sugar that just sets off a hungry cycle.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (236,743)
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2/14/13 2:46 P

I use to wonder the same thing...then I did what BunnyKicks did. Why would I expect 200 calories to hold me for more than an hour or so???

I don't like instant oatmeal, but I'm fine with the 'quick cook' varieties. I'll cook one serving and stir in some Greek yogurt and cinnamon. That gives me fiber & protein. Holds me longer than plain oatmeal or just adding some fruit.

PINKIRIS1 Posts: 6
2/14/13 2:39 P

hmmm, I thought I was doing good with eating oatmeal thinking it had lots of fiber and fiber is soppose to make you feel fuller longer.

Yes, I should get some protien in there.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/14/13 2:34 P

Well.. I just looked up the nutritional information for a typical packet of instant oatmeal ("Quaker Apples & Cinnamon") and it has only 130 calories, over 1/3 of which are coming from "sugars" (refined carbs that tend to digest quickly).

So, unless you were adding a pretty significant amount of additional fruit (like at *least* one whole piece of fruit), that's a pretty small lunch... I think i would be hungry 5 minutes after eating it!

I definitely agree with the previous suggestion that you add in a little protein. Some milk, some egg, some peanut butter....

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,917)
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2/14/13 2:29 P

Where's your protein?

What's your current daily calorie range, and how much are you eating each day? If you will share your nutrition and fitness trackers, we can take a look at your daily intake and see if we can suggest improvements. It's often not about a single meal, but your intake over the whole day at fault. IF you're getting inadequate nutrition, even healthy meals aren't enough.

MOSSROSE4 Posts: 716
2/14/13 2:28 P

Hi, I was wondering if you had milk with that to get some protein in. How about some nuts added for a healthy fat to help keep you satisfied longer? You might try the quick cooking oatmeal instead of the instant? (it cooks fast in the microwave) Hope that helps. I know others will also come along with good ideas.

CLRWILLIAMS25 SparkPoints: (34,625)
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2/14/13 2:25 P

I used to have the same hungry feelings when ate oatmeal and fruit as my breakfast (hungry again before lunchtime!) I added some egg whites (protein) to my breakfast and that seems to have solved my problem. I would suggest eating more food for lunch to help with the hunger soon afterwards. I would also try to include more protein to help keep you full for longer or include something with lower calories but a lot of volume like a salad. Conversely, you could plan to have an afternoon snack around this time. Hope this helps :)

PINKIRIS1 Posts: 6
2/14/13 2:19 P

I just had lunch (2 hours ago) it was a packet of instant oatmeal and some fruit added in and now I'm starving again already. This happens quiet often where I'll have just eaten and be starving shortly after. Is this normal? emoticon

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