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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Try as I might, I just can't do it!!!

I am reading Tosca Reno's, "Eating Clean Diet, Recharged!" She talks about eating oatmeal every morning as part of her routine. I have tried my whole life to 'like' oatmeal. I just can't do it. The consistency absolutely makes me gag. I try at least once a year, and think, "I can get over this!" And I take a couple of bites, my stomach starts to turn, my gag reflex starts kicking in... can't do it.

So now, I have this whole container of old fashioned oats. What do I do with them? Does anyone have any good eating clean ideas? I really want to incorporate the oats into my diet, but I really can't eat them the old fashioned way. I have added raisins and other fruits and the consistency makes me sick. I am sitting here after having just attempted yet again to eat a bowl of oatmeal, and my stomach is in knots. UGH! How can I incorporate the oats into my diet, without making oatmeal? Help!

Other than that, I am absolutely loving this book. It has really opened my eyes to a bunch of different things. I have always understood the general eating clean concept, but never really got into depth with it. I have been eating clean for two days now, and already I can feel a change. I don't feel bloated or tired or even hungry. Good wholesome foods really make such a difference in how you feel. It make me wonder how companies like Weight Watchers can give you this point system, and then tell you to eat whatever, as long as you stay within your point range. Granted, they do have healthy guidelines, but it is so hard for so many people to stay on track when they are tempted with anything they want. I don't get the concept. I did WW before, and always stuck to the Core plan, which was following JUST the healthy guidelines alone, and some extra points for extra treats during the week. I did well on it, but couldn't see the point in paying for the meetings when I have all the support I need right here. I don't know, maybe I'm just weird! But, like I said, I am enjoying this new lifestyle, and I am praying that I can stick with it. It is going to be tough for a while, but if I keep my will power going, and motivation, I think I can do it. Wish me luck!!! emoticon
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  • AIMS130
    I'm reading this a little late, but I've made pancakes with rolled oats. There are some easy recipes out there. The pancake isn't a smooth as a traditional one, so I'm not sure if you'd agree with the texture, but it's another option! :)
    2422 days ago
    Why do you want to torture yourself with oatmeal? Have you tried Fiber One. We use Fiber One and I put two tablespoons of Chia Seed on top with banana and strawberries and we find it to be delicious - high in fiber and high in nutrition. Give it a try.
    2429 days ago
  • E11TEENA
    Thank you everyone for the suggestions!!! I am going to be making chicken tonight that I am going to coat in blended fiber one cereal and oatmeal :) I will definitely try some of these!
    2431 days ago
    Does it have to be old fashion oatmeal? I found a 7 grain hot cereal that's got flax seed in it. I like it a lot better than oatmeal. When I decide I have to eat oatmeal, I will put anything in it to change the texture. Peanut butter that's chunky gives it a chunk oatmeal peanut butter cookie texture. Or I'll add berries that are frozen to change up the texture...sometimes it's smashed bananas with a bit of cinnamon and some instant coffee with some cocoa powder...that makes it taste like a banana split with granola.

    Hope that helps.

    2432 days ago
  • MAY1787
    You can make desserts with less flour by adding partial oats.
    2432 days ago
    Try adding 1 1/2 cups oatmeal to your meatloaf instead of or with whole-wheat bread crumbs. The meatloaf tastes great and you can't taste the oatmeal. emoticon
    2432 days ago
    I have a recipe for baked oatmeal and it is delish! I can send it to you if you want - not sure what all is on the clean diet etc - this has brown suger, oats, butter/margarine, skim milk or low fat milk, pecans, raisins, I have tweaked the recipe and add apples and craisins - YUMMY!!!

    BUT I have to confess I LOVE OATMEAL ANY DAY ANY WAY emoticon
    2432 days ago
    I'm so glad to see you mention WW (Jenny Craig, NutriSystem, etc. for me...they're all in the same boat). I went to my doctor and asked him for recommendations (I have a disability and wanted to know what he thought I could do for exercise without exacerbating the problem...he misunderstood and offered me nutritional advice). He told me that his wife had great luck with Jenny Craig. I stopped short of telling him that I wasn't going to go that route, thanks.

    I'm glad that it works for some, but it's just not for me.
    2433 days ago
    Try putting them in the blender and making a 'dust' out of them - makes a smooth cereal or flour for rolling stuff in like chicken or fish for baking......might help!
    2433 days ago
    I read that book too and really liked it. I think Eating Clean is a great, although i'm not as disciplined as I should be.

    I feel your pain about the oatmeal. I can usually deal with that, but for me it's egg whites. Ack! I just find other protein options. My favorite clean meal is an apple with natural peanut butter.

    Good luck on your journey! I'm right here with ya! emoticon
    2433 days ago
    make granola... Find a recipe to turn them into a snack instead of cooking them in water... Just a thought.
    2433 days ago
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