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9/6/12 12:03 P

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Rhonda,
I agree, it does keep me full longer as well!

Charity,
you're welcome! Have fun creating 'new' oatmeal dishes! emoticon

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9/6/12 8:45 A

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Wow

Thanks so much -- such great idea's -- seriously who wouldn't love carrot or pumpkin Oatmeal.. it sounds amazing... OH yum! I'm excited for my oatmeal tomorrow.. LOL

I really appreciate your input.. you guys rock!!

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Val - I also add the chia and flaxseed. Fills me up!

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9/6/12 1:42 A

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TG,
yes, you shred it as you would for a carrot cake and spice it accordingly!
Oh and yes, with pumpkin (or also yam/sweet potato) it tastes amazing too!!!

There are different blogs out there with that very subject, I just found this one real quick: www.katheats.com/kaths-tribute-to-oa
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I seriously *love* oatmeal!!!

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9/5/12 8:59 P

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Hey that's cool with the oatmeal variations.
What do you do with the carrots? What would you put in there as a spice...maybe nutmeg? And, do you shred them, or chunk them?

Also, as fall is coming up, consider adding pumpkin to your oatmeal. Cinnamon, nutmeg, walnuts, and pumpkin with some brown sugar is delicious and high fiber.

Bring on the oatmeal variations...I love your ideas!
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There are so many variations for oatmeal. Just hit us up!

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9/5/12 10:25 A

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As to the oatmeal, you can make it every day with a different flavor! I often make mine with 1 Tbsp PB and some cocoa powder, the next day with 1/2 banana, some walnuts & maple syrup a la 'Banana Foster', the next day simply with apple sauce (of apple chunks) and cinnamon & some brown sugar. I've had it with some coconut flakes and a shredded carrot... The creations are endless and don't have to be boring! emoticon

I always include 1 Tbsp of chia seeds as well as 1 Tbsp of flax meal (ground flax seeds) to my oatmeal, even though that alone already adds 60 calories, but it's well worth it!

Another 'wonder food' is Kasha/buckwheat! You can cook and eat it just like oatmeal and it's even a little lower in calories yet has great nutritional value!

Eating clean is technically very easy if you stick to nature's food as best as possible! The more it's processed/man made, the less good it is.
I agree on the counting being a hassle! I only got back to it recently as I've put on some pounds after having quit smoking last November and thought I had a good overview of what I ate, but over time just lost a bit track of the portions. Now that I'm back on track I pretty much just keep up with it to see also what my fiber intake is as well as iron etc. (I'm vegan) but don't "freak" out anymore if I've eaten clean and end up 100 or 200 calories higher than my goal is.

As to the almond milk, I didn't mean to say it's an 'issue'! It just certainly adds extra calories (depending on if you use flavored or plain it's ~60-90 calories per cup) and IMO for a shake really not that necessary. If you're willing to 'spend' your calories on that because you just love your shakes being more 'dense' with flavored almond milk (I looove vanilla almond milk!!!), then go for it! emoticon

Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it! emoticon

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9/5/12 9:44 A

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Thanks guys... I was thinking the granola was a bit of a problem too! its a shame - I bought this Lovely healthy organic ancient grain stuff thinking I would switch up between oatmeal and granola -- Last week I ate oatmeal everyday as a kick start to beginning the program full force yesterday, I needed another breakfast option yesterday, wasn't feeling the oatmeal emoticon .. oh well what can you do! Never occured to me the almond milk was an issue though... I'll have to look into that a bit deeper. I noticed too that when I add hemp seed to me daily intake it also throws my fats all out of whack.

I am beginning to see that this healthy eating isn't as easy as the books make it seem... I guess its because its new to me... I'm sure I'll get there though!!

Once I get the hang of this I will quit measuring everything and stop calorie counting too, I'm sure... I'm just using it now as a guide for myself, to make sure I keep my portion size and food options in check. Just to be safe!! emoticon

Thanks again and good luck all!!!

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You know, I don't count calories anymore. Makes me neurotic, and even Tosca Reno frowns on it a bit too.
Paying attention to how my body feels has been the best guage of whethor or not I'm losing weight. Usually, if I'm a little hungry in the evening, it means I'm dropping the pounds.
Also, consider how active you are. 1200 calories is too low for most people, unless you are sitting at a desk all day long and mostly inactive....or just a really small person.

When you throw a higher level of activity in there, it gets to be more okay that you are eating a little more to support that-but again I find that simply paying attention to blood sugar, brain, and hunger cues is huge vs. calories.
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9/5/12 3:28 A

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First of all, I have to respectfully disagree with Benton's statement about keeping your calorie range at 1.200 calories! In that low range many women tend to actually not lose any weight as the body goes into starvation mode! I think the 1.400-1.500 calorie range is a much healthier approach!

To get back to the original question, first thing I would change is your granola for breakfast and replace it by something simple (and lower in calorie) like plain oatmeal! 0.5 c of that cooked in 1 c of water gives you quite a big amount yet low in calories! Granola is usually high in calories as well as in fat!
Also 2 cups of almond milk as a snack are overkill IMHO! If you want to have your shake with it, keep it to 1 c or go completely with water!
Also instead of 2 Tbsp of PB you can have 7 halves of Walnuts for example, which provide you also with healthy fats but only 100 calories not double! (I prefer actually eating whole nuts over nut butter myself -as much as I love PB!!! But whole nuts keep me full longer!)

It's for sure a trial and error but at the same time try to remind yourself that it's OK if you've already reached ~1.000 calories at lunch time! (I do most of the time myself too!) As long as it's all healthy in grains, fiber, protein etc. emoticon

The easiest to be able to eat lots and have lower calories is by eating tons and tons of veggies, obviously! (I often roast several zucchinis and cauliflower in the oven and keep those in the fridge as a snack for the next days. Together with some home made hummus it's a great snack and keeps you really full for a long time!)

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9/4/12 4:56 P

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Yes, trial and error is how it works best. And like you said - gear the portions to you.
Best wishes!!

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Thank u - very much for your replies --- I do use the calorie counter Faithfully (1200 -1550 daily cal count) and I am trying to follow Tosca Reno's books as well. I was just a bit surprised today to see it add up so quickly. I haven't had supper yet and I'm already at 1080ish on HEALTHY food.. yikes... Hopefully I'll figure out by tomorrow!!!... maybe I'll have to cut back on portion sizes anyway... Trial and error I guess.

To note: that peanut butter/honey and cinnamon mixture is heavenly on apples... too bad there are sooo many calories in Nuts emoticon

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Hmmmm.....what is your calorie range? Have you updated your info recently to make sure it is correct?
I have not had that problem - mine is usually the opposite - not getting enough calories.
I would suggest only using PB or honey on the apples - not both.
Maybe cut your afternoon snack to be made with water vice almond milk. Both of those ideas would save some calories.



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Unless you are morbidly obese, you should eat about 1,200 calories per day. If I eat the range that SP suggests for me, 1,200-1,550 cals, I don't lose weight. I need to stick to 1,200 cals. You MUST keep track of everything you put in you mouth, though. One banana or one cup of coffee with skim milk and two teaspoons of sugar can put you over your allowable level, I found out the hard way. Use SP's calorie counter. It is very good.

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I'm very new to clean eating... Honestly, I've only made a few meals and today is my first full day of what I hope is a long future of clean eating... Here is my dilemma .... So far I don't know if I'm doing something wrong.. But my Calorie count seems to be quite high... Is this NORMAL??? or am I going about this ALL wrong? I mean.. all I've eaten is healthy foods, and I don't think I have over done it on portion sizes... I do understand that eating every 3 hours means I'm ingesting more food... and eating whole grains and protein can mean more fat (good fat) and calories... But is my calorie count supposed to reflect that???

so far today

Breakfast - .5 cup whole grain organic granola, 3/4 cup organic Greek plain yogurt, bee pollen, strawberries
Snack - apple with 2 tbsp peanut butter with honey and cinnamon
Lunch - big salad with 3 oz chicken, low fat feta, Greek yogurt instead of dressing!
afternoon snack - 2 cups almond milk - whey protein and strawberries

And I've almost maxed out my calories for the day and I still have to fit supper in there and maybe another snack?????

this seems impossible! Any feedback ??? Anyone??

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