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11/8/13 4:33 P

Thanks guys. And no I don't plan on having tuna, an apple, and oatmeal every day. That was just for today. And as far as the fruits - most of them we buy fresh and not frozen. I personally cannot stand frozen fruits and vegetables. And I know it sounds like a lot of carbs but from what I was told to accompany my daily exercise intake I should be consuming at least 80g of carbs.

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11/8/13 3:30 P

I should have also added, don't be afraid to use a Food Bank. This is what they are there for. I have had food grants many times from our Social Services. Another place to look for food is a Church - they often have supplies, and you don't have to be a member to access that help.

Kris

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11/8/13 3:29 P

Bad? I don't know, people the world over have survived on worse for long periods of time, but it is certainly not ideal to eat nothing but tuna, an apple and (a lot of) oatmeal each day. For a single day -- eh, you do what you gotta do. I understand poor finances, believe me, but it's almost the wrong thing to focus on, you know? Sure, you can lose weight on it, but you can lose weight eating nothing but rice and tomato sauce, too, and nobody advises it. You do what you can.

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,795
11/8/13 3:16 P

Oatmeal in a soup is one of my favorite higher-fiber tweaks. Oatmeal in a soup with some sauteed onion and whatever else you have in the fridge, left over, makes the soup more substantial.

I've been on a super tight budget (broke, essentially) and had to eat one food for quite a while. Today, if I had to do it all over again, I think I'd apply for food stamps. Also, I'd find the food pantry and see if I qualified to use it.

NIRERIN Posts: 12,035
11/8/13 7:15 A

personally i keep my carbs to over 50% of my calories. so the issue for me would be that it's just the same thing over and over again. which would make it boring as well as possibly not as nutritionally balanced as you would want.
if you are going to eat oatmeal three times a day, i would say to make sure that you're not making it the same way every time. try to spend a buck or two to buy a can of pumpkin to mix in for one meal. if you have any dried or frozen fruit try and mix that in at another meal. or nut butter. i don't know if this sounds awful because i hate oatmeal or just because it's a really bad idea. but try to cook up some of the oatmeal with stock or broth and add any vegetables you can to it. i typically do this with grits and it's absolutely fabulous if you can add mushrooms and dark leafy greens of any variety. and you can get a can of mushrooms for under a dollar, a small bunch of kale runs about a dollar or a bag of chopped frozen spinach will run you under 2 dollars. i would also look around for a zucchini oatmeal bread/muffin recipe so that the oatmeal was bulking out something that has a bit of veg in it. try to make an oatcake that you can use to stretch something that was a little more expensive.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,901
11/8/13 6:14 A

Eating oats regularly can help keep your cholesterol in check, oats have lots of fiber, calcium, potassium,magnesium, and B-complex. Eaten regularly, they slow down the digestion process ...help keep you full...so eating oatmeal is a good carb. Eat all you want.

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11/8/13 5:05 A

Oatmeal isn't a bad choice - it is filling. Try to ensure that you get milk or at least some protein with it if you can.

When you say that the finances are bad, have you got any fruit/veges whether they be canned or frozen, in your house at all, apart from the apples? If so, try to incorporate them, too. Are you able to scrounge around and come up with a couple veges that you can turn into soup - even with tuna an oatmeal (don't laugh because I use this in soups to thicken them sometimes) and add some lentils/beans. If you have a variety of spices/herbs you could do chilli one day, curry another, and perhaps mixed herbs or basil another day. Puree them down because it is more filling that way. This at least gives you a variety of flavours. I have done this many times, sometimes having soups for 5 dinners and a couple lunches in the same week.

Is this just a short-term thing for a few days, or will it be ongoing for a while?

Good luck, and hopefully your finances will turn around.

Kris

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 11/8/2013 (05:10)
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11/8/13 4:26 A

Brown rice is a much cheaper grain calorie for calorie. Eggs and whole chickens can also be budget friendly. The chicken bones can be used to make your own broth for soups and the skin is a budget-friendly source of calories.

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 11/8/2013 (04:34)
CERTHIA SparkPoints: (21,734)
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11/8/13 3:23 A

I don't think oatmeal is bad, I actually think it's awesome! But eating it for every meal? That sounds like it would probably not provide you with all the nutrients you need. Are you at least cooking it using milk instead of water?

Sounds like you could use a larger variety in what you are eating. Brown rice and lentils are also ridiculously cheap. Add some canned tomatoes, canned garbanzo beans, garlic, spices and a few veggies and you have a tasty meal a bit higher in protein and more varied in nutrients.

So in short to answer your question, I think it's not optimal, but certainly not "bad". At least you are eating breakfast, lunch and dinner (and fish!)!

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11/8/13 2:26 A

Assuming the tuna sandwich was on two slices of bread...wowsa that is a lot of carbs for one day!

Oatmeal is great, I have it almost every morning...but you can't eat it for every meal and expect to not only lose weight but also put on muscle.

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11/8/13 1:57 A

But aren't 'good' carbs okay if you exercise frequently? I normally exercise an hour and a half each day.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
11/8/13 1:44 A

Well, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do... and there's nothing intrinsically bad about oatmeal - it's cheap, filling, reasonably nutritious...

the problem is, it's so many carbs.... you might want to try having oatmeal for one meal, tuna for another, and beans for the third... a bit more balanced between carbs and protein...

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11/8/13 1:33 A

We're a bit tight on the finances now. So it's back to lots of tuna, beans, and oatmeal. Is a lot of oatmeal bad for you if you're also working out? I know it's not necessarily one of the bad carbs. But I had oatmeal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. I also had a tuna sandwich and an apple - but is that bad that I had about 3 cups of oatmeal?

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