Thursday, August 20, 2009

Breakfast poop

Yet another new goal...to try and limit the kinds of crappy foods I eat.

I have been trying for about 2 years now to slowly but surely make lifestyle changes towards what I eat. And I have slowly but surely made some changes. But they have been little tiny baby changes. I feel like perhaps now is the time to at least try to start making some larger steps. I read an article in a magazine about only eating things that have a few ingredients. I think the article suggested 4 ingredients. I don't so much care about the actual number but I care a lot about the concept. I know that I should eat more natural foods. We all know that. I want to change my diet habits to encourage myself to eat mainly foods that only have a few ingredients. If only the crappy, high fat, high sugar stuff was instead the natural foods. Poop. Instead, the natural foods taste like poop. Ok, not really. Really, I need to learn how to properly cook the natural foods so that they do taste good. I have a friend who is so good at this she made toast, tomato and basil taste good. See, my friend is my example. Every time she suggests something healthy, I cringe. But every single time she produces this amazingly wonderful food, natural plus all sorts of tasty. Soooo.....

Starting this morning I made myself good old crappy tasting oatmeal. Plain old rolled oats oatmeal. Tastes like poop. Ok, I have never actually tasted poop, but I think that my breakfast this morning would have been a good example. My first and biggest problem with oatmeal (and I am embarrassed to admit) is I can't cook oatmeal. It is always crunchy. So not only does my breakfast taste like poop, it tastes like crunchy poop. Sick on so many levels. I have tried cooking it on the stove and in the microwave. I follow the recipe to the letter. Stupid crunchy healthy one ingredient oatmeal. This morning I added fresh blueberries, which I hate; fresh cherries, which I hate; and fresh peaches, which I hate. It was a hard morning. It took me so long to eat that I was late for my lunch meeting. Eeewww. But everything for breakfast was one lousy ingredient. Lunch and dinner was not so good. But tomorrow, back to the oatmeal. And I have plans for all sorts of few ingredient meals for lunch and dinner tomorrow. Tonight I received oatmeal cooking tips. I will implement them in the morning. As for the cherries, blueberries and peaches, I will prevail. I am a firm believer that you can train yourself to like anything, including oatmeal that tastes like crunchy poop.

6 comments:

Heidi said...

I hate oatmeal too, and I'm not sure you can train yourself to like it. I tried! We found steel cut oats to be very yummy; it has a better texture and it's still oatmeal, just cut instead of rolled. I usually add brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, milk, and walnuts. I can handle it without the sugar if there are enough raisins in it.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the raisins and cinnamon. That usually adds enough sweetness so it's not just a bowl of blah goop. I hope it works out better for you next time!
One small thing that I do to eat a little healthier is read the labels when I'm shopping. I don't buy anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup or any Partially (or completely) Hydrogenated Oil in it. It can take extra time, but once you know which items are ok it goes quicker. Just a thought!

Nat said...

You know, you COULD just have the fruit without the oatmeal. I've bought the little oatmeal packets that are the one serving, like apples and cinnamon, or what have you, where you zap it for a minute with some milk and you're good to go. They're pretty good-I haven't bought them in a while, though.

EricaNoel said...

Autumn, how is it possible to not like blueberries, cherries, or peaches???!!! YUM!!! Even people who don't like healthy foods usually like fruit! You are cracking me up!

Alexandra said...

Try unsweetened applesauce in your oatmeal, with cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. It's like a cobbler!

tara said...

I always put a packet of oatmeal in my cold cereal in addition to raisins. For some reason that makes me think that its a bit healthier?