Cravings, Be Gone!

Today I had a thought about my food plan…

For a while, I have been skipping my daily sojourn in search of lunch and instead have been eating my first meal of the day later in the day, beginning with home-made oatmeal at lunch.

I’ve also switched to almond milk, instead of dairy on my oatmeal.

I’ve made sure I have fresh fruit to go with the oats, which already has walnuts in it.

When I baked my last batch of the baked oatmeal, I used half the amount of sugar that the recipe calls for, and it’s still sweet with 1/3 cup of raw sugar added to a 9-10 serving batch.

I replace half of the oil called for in the recipe with natural, no-sugar added applesauce.

I usually put blueberries on top before digging in.

It’s all good tasting, good for me, and a slow-acting infusion into my blood stream that results in lower BGLs and its helping me stop the cravings!!!!

What I realized today is that not getting in the car, not searching for lunch when I’m already hungry, and not eating something sugar-laden or factory-made (ie: highly processed foods), is helping me help myself.

Used to be, the time between lunch and dinner was my hardest time with food. It was that time of the day when I craved a snack the most.  I think it was more about boredom than hunger, but nonetheless, in the afternoon was when I wanted to get in trouble with food.

I talked with another compulsive over eater this week, discussing plans for eating boring foods at supper in an effort to quit the mind games we COEs suffer from.  The way this individual sees it, planning a supper that doesn’t include “favorite” foods, even if one can eat them other times, provides for a more tranquil day.  I’m in!!!

Serenity now, instead of in some distant fantasized time!  Sounded good to me!

It made sense, and this afternoon I realized that I had been doing the very same thing, but in my own way.  Ha!  Together, we get better!

Do you have a specific time, day or night, when you want to eat more than you need?  What tactics have you employed in order to fight back against food cravings?

Here is my Baked Oatmeal recipe again…

Lori’s Baked Oatmeal

2/3 cup raw sugar (I cut sugar in half, but recipe calls for this amount)
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup no sugar added applesauce
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla (optional)

2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 tsp non-aluminum baking powder
3 cups old fashioned oats

Raisins and walnut, as desired (I add a handful of nuts and half handful of raisins.
Directions: Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Add the fruit and nuts, mixing well. Spray an 8X8 pan with Pam and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
I take it out when the top is a little brown, but if you want, you can finish at 30 minutes.
Serve warm or pack it for lunch. Its incredibly satisfying and good for you!
Makes 9-12 servings

Light Shows and Cereal

000NEPA sunrise JAN 21

Natural gas well burning off in the early morning light?

Spot light promoting a sale at the local Walmart?

Scotty beaming somebody up?

Nope, just one more fantastic early morning light show in NEPA!

A friend said this morning’s light show reminded her of the fire department her husband belongs to and the many calls they have gone out on this past week.  Winter is notoriously busy for the fire companies ’round here,  as wood-burning stoves light chimneys on fire and cars lacking good winter treads slide off icy roadways.

Me, I prefer to think of this sunrise as my own personal pillar of light leading the way to the promised land.

NOW FOR THE CEREAL PART OF THIS POST

I told my readers I would share my recipe for Baked Oatmeal today.

This recipe, according to my careful, but not professional calculations, has about 276 calories per serving (when the whole batch is divvied into 9 portions).  We say things like divvied in NEPA.  It means divided, for those reading who do not know our PA ways. 😉

I love baked oatmeal! It tastes more like a cookie or cake than a sloppy bowl of cooked mush (which I also happen to like).  It bakes up easy and it lasts a long time.

I love easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    Don’t you?

I like baked oatmeal so much that I actually order it for breakfast when we go out, and when I travel, I always eat it for breakfast at the hotel.  There is a restaurant in my hometown that does it perfectly, and they serve it up with a tiny pitcher of milk, walnut halves and raisins, and brown sugar.  Yum!!!  When I eat there, I take half the portion home with me.  Those folks know how to do cooked oatmeal, baby. I wonder if they do it in the crockpot???

Baked oatmeal is so beloved by me, in part, because it keeps me “moving”.  For that reason alone I would eat it, but really, I love it!  I eat my baked oatmeal with 1% milk and nothing else, but you could easily put some fresh berries on it and still come out with a decent count on your morning calories.  You could also skip the milk, or use skimmed milk–blergh!–and you could substitute maple syrup for the turbino sugar; all options that would lower the calorie count further.  To my way of thinking–and remember, I love oatmeal–the benefits of eating this cereal far outweigh any downside, calorie wise.

So there you have it, my romance with baked oatmeal.  I eat it every day!

Lori’s Baked Oatmeal

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup natural applesauce
2/3 cup turbino (raw) sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder (non aluminum, please)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup milk, 1%
1/2 medium apple, roughly chopped
1/2 cup walnuts pieces
3 cups old fashioned oatmeal

Mix all ingredients, beginning with fats and sugars, and bake in 355° F oven for approximately 35 minutes.

I make this recipe once a week and eat off it all week long.  It is nutritious, delicious, and very filling. I’m never hungry before lunch!  Enjoy!

What is your favorite go-to breakfast food?  Are you a cereal lover, or do you prefer eggs and bacon for breakfast?