Want to know one of the secrets to
my weight loss? Oatmeal!
Most of us (even me) thoroughly
enjoy the idea of indulging in a disgustingly greasy breakfast in
the morning, but what we forget to think about are our bodies 20
years down the road.
Sure, you may be thin and active
now, and can scarf down a McMuffin and frappucino every morning
without gaining a pound of extra weight, but do you think your body
is going to be very happy in the long run? Probably not.
Getting rid of that daily
hash-browns-and-egg habit can be difficult, but not as difficult as
you might think. I know this because I did it myself.
I used to eat the first thing I
could get my hands on in the morning. Whether it be sausage, cold
pizza, donuts, muffins or anything else – If it was food, and I was
hungry, I would eat it. The thing is, that satisfaction only lasted
about an hour and, as soon as I knew it, I was starving again.
Oatmeal is somewhat of a God-given
creation. Well, I think so at least. Not only does it taste
fabulous when prepared properly, but it also played a big role in
helping me lose those 80-something pounds. Even today it is an
important staple in my daily diet and it’s dirt cheap!
I’m probably talking up this ooey
gooey breakfast dish up a bit more than the average person would,
but if it helped you lose a ton of weight wouldn’t you do the
Right now you’re probably thinking,
“Oatmeal? aagah. Gross,” and I only say this because that is the
reaction I have gotten from my friends for the last two years. Once
you take time out of your day to get creative with it, though, you
might find it’s not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.
What I love most about oatmeal is
that it can be dressed up any way I like. My favorite way to dress
it up is with a bit of ground flax, brown sugar, raisins, peanut
butter, cinnamon and almond milk. Sounds like a bit of a mess, when
you’re vegan, food is more about innovation than anything else.
Sometimes I go crazy and even make chocolate oatmeal by adding a
few tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, stevia and a bit of
A container of oatmeal costs under
$3 and usually lasts me about a month if I eat a serving every
I am not talking the Quaker instant
brown sugar or maple syrup oats, either, people! Might as well be
eating a Snickers bar for breakfast. Oatmeal keeps you satisfied
for a long while and, for me, suppresses “sinful” cravings
throughout the day.
Just give it a try and dare yourself
to get used to it because, in the long run, your body will most
certainly thank you.