In my life, I work on things slowly (you can see this first hand in the amount of laundry that I have each week!)I like to know all my options, have all the information and then ease into commitment. I'm a little commitment shy. In fact I have multiple items of clothing that still have the tags on them. Oh, I wear these things, I just tuck the tag in. I actually rarely take anything back, I just have this weird thing about wanting the "option" to take it back. Well now that my secret shame is revealed, let's move on. I have had an ongoing quest to find the right diet. Not like, a weight loss diet, (although I do believe that there should be a way to eat well and maintain a healthy weight) but rather a way to eat and feed my family that is nutritious and enjoyable. There is an unfortunate amount of information out there. And for a person like me, who needs to know all this information before I make a decision, it usually leads to frustration and no commitment. I believe God gave us food and I believe in His grace he gave us good food, healthful food that tastes amazing. So what is it? I could go through the array of information that I have found, but instead I'll just talk about what is making sense to me these days. Whole Foods. Organic Foods. Unprocessed Foods. I'm not just talking about fruits and vegetables, I am also talking about meat and dairy and fat. That's right. Good old fashioned saturated fat, found in beef and milk and eggs and BUTTER (isn't it liberating to say? BUTTER!) Now, before you think I'm crazy or decide never to read this blog again, let me clarify a few things. These foods that I am talking about are not the same ones that you may find in your grocery store, instead I am talking about eating grass-fed beef, eggs from free range, organic hens. Drinking low (or no) pasteurized, non-homogenized whole milk, butter, cheese and yogurt. Eliminating foods with preservatives, artificial flavors, hormones, partially hydrogenated oils, processed sugar etc,etc. Now, this post is getting away from me a bit, because I realize there is so much information I could share with you to support what I am writing about, but we don't have that kind of time people! My kids don't nap that long and I have a P90x workout to get to! So I am going to post more information soon, until then go here and read some articles. Also, we are a work in process in my family. I have bought Organic produce, dairy and pantry items for awhile now (HEB is a great place for inexpensive Organic Products, they carry the Whole Foods Brand "Central Market"), we just bought our first gallon of grass-fed, unprocessed whole milk (delicious, by the way!) and are searching for the best organic meat options! Anyway, here's the dang recipe!
Shut Your Mouth Oatmeal!
Soak 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats (not quick oats) in 2 cups water and 2 tablespoons organic (or raw) yogurt (cover and let soak overnight, this is going to help with digestibility)
In the morning bring 1 cup water and 1 cup WHOLE organic *coconut milk to a boil (do yourself a favor and when you open your can of coconut milk spoon off the cream on the top and put it in your coffee. To. Die. For.)
Add your Oatmeal, bring back to boil and then reduce heat for 10-20 minutes until finished
Now add some organic (or raw) butter, fruit, organic honey, Cinnamon, whatever your kids like. You can even add 1-2 **eggs and let them cook in (you won't be able to see them or taste them).
It is the most amazing oatmeal you will ever eat. But better yet, is that it is wholesome, good for you and your beautiful kids! And because they are filled up on a hearty breakfast they won't ask you in 30 minutes for a "snack."
*Coconut Oil and Milk is made up of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT)
MCT are easily digested, absorbed, and put to use nourishing the body. Unlike other fats, they put little strain on the digestive system and provide a quick source of energy necessary to promote healing. (Find more on this subject here)
**Free range, Organic Eggs
Besides providing all eight essential protein building amino acids, a large whole, fresh egg offers about six to seven grams of protein and five grams of fat (with about 1.5 grams of it saturated), which comes in handy to help in the absorption of all the egg’s fat-soluble vitamins. One egg also serves up around 200 milligrams of brain-loving cholesterol and contains the valuable vitamins A, K, E, D, B-complex and minerals iron, phosphorus, potassium and calcium.10 Choline, another egg-nutrient, is a fatty substance found in every living cell and is a major component of our brain. Additionally, choline helps break up cholesterol deposits by preventing fat and cholesterol from sticking to the arteries.10,14 So the bottom line is, don’t be chicken about eating eggs, especially the cholesterol-rich yolks! (Find the article here.http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/1537-eat-eggs-and-have-chicken-too)
I'll post some more stuff soon! Until then...EAT UP!