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Do some Paleo dieters eat oatmeal?

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Created April 01, 2013 at 3:49 PM

I am really interested in the diet but worry that I won't be able to afford having meat every morning. What do you do when you get sick of eggs for breakfast? I'm used to oatmeal and its the only grain I really find it will be hard to give up...

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on May 05, 2013
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Im Fantastic, I've been enjoying life. Anytime something starts to stress me, I simply remove it from my life. I stopped enjoying it here, so I took a break.

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on April 02, 2013
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Where have you been Stephen-Aegis and how are you doing? It is good to see you back.

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on April 02, 2013
at 02:54 AM

I used to make this cookie with chocolate chunks, oatmeal, and bacon crispies.

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on April 01, 2013
at 11:53 PM

I can confirm the spike... A number months ago (~8) when I was starting to geek around with changing my diet, I bought a blood sugar meter on ebay. I played around with testing my blood sugar response to "typical meals". One breakfast I tested was steel cut oats, a plash of milk (~1 to 2 ozs) & 1/2 tsp of brown sugar. I poked my finger every 15 minutes for 1-1/2 hours. Spiked to 180 by ~1 hour & back down in ~1-1/2 to 2hrs. At the time I didn't know about the concept of adding fat to moderate response.

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on April 01, 2013
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Like I tell people who have a hard time getting Google to produce usable results..... "It's all about the search string". Cheers. :)

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on April 01, 2013
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AMAZING! I would only eat oatmeal this way if I was ever going to eat it again. This is flaming brill!

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on April 01, 2013
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My son just said you should win the Noble Prize.

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Well that sounds crazy. Crazy DELICIOUS!!

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I typed in breakfast no eggs and those were some of the top responses. I did not spend time looking at it.

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Search function is great IF you hit the keyword right and are prepared to spend time sifting through hundreds of hits.

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on April 01, 2013
at 04:25 PM

Search function is great IF you hit the keyword right and are prepared to spend time sifting through hundreds of hits.

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on April 01, 2013
at 05:10 PM

I typed in breakfast no eggs and those were some of the top responses. I did not spend time looking at it.

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on April 01, 2013
at 11:38 PM

Like I tell people who have a hard time getting Google to produce usable results..... "It's all about the search string". Cheers. :)

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on April 01, 2013
at 04:34 PM

If you are going to do oatmeal, make sure you get some protein in there to keep you full. If you use protein powder, it's easy and delicious to add. Maybe some almond butter?

Also use steel cut oats or "high quality" oatmeal instead of Quaker crap. I am NOT an advocate of eating oatmeal, but if you do...the above tips might help.

I personally will have ground beef for breakfast (I make a frittata Sunday with eggs, bacon, ground beef). Get beyond the whole "eggs for bfast" ideal and eat whatever sounds good to you! (hopefully minus oatmeal)

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on April 01, 2013
at 08:19 PM

I chop crisp bacon into it and melt dark chocolate into it as well. Sounds like too much right? It isn't.

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on April 01, 2013
at 08:41 PM

Well that sounds crazy. Crazy DELICIOUS!!

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on April 02, 2013
at 02:54 AM

I used to make this cookie with chocolate chunks, oatmeal, and bacon crispies.

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(70)

on April 01, 2013
at 10:58 PM

My son just said you should win the Noble Prize.

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on April 01, 2013
at 11:21 PM

AMAZING! I would only eat oatmeal this way if I was ever going to eat it again. This is flaming brill!

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on April 01, 2013
at 05:34 PM

Should be perfectly fine as long as you add lots of fat to avoid the blood sugar spike as well as prepare it traditionally / WAPF style (i.e. soak in an acidic medium like yogurt/ACV/whey/lemon/etc. overnight).

I dont eat oatmeal anymore, but back when I did I'd boil rolled oats, then pour into a bowl and add sliced banana, cinnamon, almond milk, and heaps of butter. Absolutely delicious. Theres just something special about a good bowl of porridge.

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on April 01, 2013
at 11:53 PM

I can confirm the spike... A number months ago (~8) when I was starting to geek around with changing my diet, I bought a blood sugar meter on ebay. I played around with testing my blood sugar response to "typical meals". One breakfast I tested was steel cut oats, a plash of milk (~1 to 2 ozs) & 1/2 tsp of brown sugar. I poked my finger every 15 minutes for 1-1/2 hours. Spiked to 180 by ~1 hour & back down in ~1-1/2 to 2hrs. At the time I didn't know about the concept of adding fat to moderate response.

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on April 02, 2013
at 03:10 AM

Oatmeal is the grain I miss most and yes, I occasionally eat it. Not often, but maybe once a month as a treat. My boys eat it a lot, however.I'm a Ph.D. student and a single mom of twin four-year-olds, so my food budget is very small! For awhile I tried to transition my boys to a fully Paleo diet, but I found it too hard on my budget and with my work and stress load. I finally settled for a whole foods diet that is heavy on veggies, fruit, and meat, with lots of filling and cheap potatoes and some WASP-prepared grains and beans, especially oatmeal. My boys eat it 3-4 mornings a week along with some bacon or an egg. Maybe not ideal, but doable on my budget and not too bad. I'm happy with the compromise. And my boys are very happy and healthy and energetic.

The only warning I would give is that it is very hard to resist foods that you love like oatmeal if it is in the house. I have tried to remain fully Paleo while feeding my boys differently and it is extremely difficult. If you are really trying to eat mostly Paleo, you might want to get the oatmeal out of the house for awhile until you know that you can turn to it for an occasional treat, but don't feel any need to eat it every week.

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on April 01, 2013
at 09:00 PM

We always have frittata sitting in our fridge, I make one on Sunday and one during the week depending on how much we eat of it. If you're ok with dairy, this recipe will probably be a good substitute when you need breakfast but have a case of the egg blahs:

12 eggs

1 cup cream

1 lb bacon, cooked

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit. Beat the eggs together with cream, and salt and pepper to taste - I swear, you can taste the raw eggs without dying :) Put bacon in the bottom of the pan you're using (I use a pie pan). Pour egg mixture over the bacon and bake for about an hour or until it doesn't jiggle too much when you wiggle it.

Sometimes when we get the egg blahs I'll make avocado deviled eggs, so we're still getting good amounts of fat and protein to keep my hungry man full until lunch.

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on April 01, 2013
at 06:36 PM

Try to just think of it as another meal rather than having to be made of breakfast foods. Anything goes once you lose the 'breakfast' label! It can still be quick and easy if you don't have time to cook properly... For example I often have tuna salad for breakfast - open a tin of tuna, chop a few salad veggies and its good to go in minutes!

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on April 02, 2013
at 04:02 PM

Oatmeal is not Paleo because it's a grain, and there are science and health reasons for this. It's a cornerstone of the diet theory to avoid grains. It isn't arbitrary, oatmeal and all grains are considered to have "anti-nutrients" and cause problems in some individuals. You could eat it anyway and call it a cheat, but it isn't Paleo, sort of like saying, "can I be vegetarian but eat chicken every day". Realistically some people can eat it and never notice any adverse effects, but you won't really know how you do on the Paleo diet until you really do the Paleo diet.

I used to eat oatmeal a lot, and for a while I did the Weston Price diet which allows for fermented grains. So I fermented my oatmeal, which was really yummy. However I couldn't lose an ounce and if I wasn't careful I'd gain weight, and had trouble controlling my appetite.

I switched to low- or zero-carb breakfasts and did much better with weight loss. Having a low-carb breakfast makes it easier to control my hunger during the day. When I had oatmeal, I'd be hungry again by 10am.

After not having oatmeal for a few months I went back and tried it and it was awful. I felt loopy, like on a sugar high but with a headache, and was on an energy roller coaster all day long. Not sure what caused it but I avoid it completely now.

I usually have eggs with something else for breakfast, as others noted they're better with something (such as avocado). Alternate breakfasts are some combination of yogurt, almond butter, seeds, nuts, fresh or dried fruit (based on what's around), leftovers from the previous day or two, or just coffee with heavy cream (i.e. skip breakfast).

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on April 02, 2013
at 09:40 AM

Unless its Fermented, Skip it.

Eat Leftovers.
Make a Protein shake.
Drink some Water and Skip the meal.

Ill eat Potatoes before Ill eat Oatmeal, lots of nutrition and easier to prepare to be safe.(peel them!) Also super easy(and much better) to grow your own.

If youre still transitionary tho, avoid both. Get your body completely in line, blood sugar balanced etc, before you reintroduce carbs.

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on April 02, 2013
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Where have you been Stephen-Aegis and how are you doing? It is good to see you back.

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on May 05, 2013
at 05:58 PM

Im Fantastic, I've been enjoying life. Anytime something starts to stress me, I simply remove it from my life. I stopped enjoying it here, so I took a break.

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on April 02, 2013
at 01:45 AM

I think most people here follow the 80/20 rule. I'd also assume that most of us go way worse than oatmeal with our 20% non-Paleo choices. I know I do... and I've been regularly surprised and pleased with my rate of progress (physically speaking)over the last year

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on April 02, 2013
at 01:40 AM

I think there are some Paleo recipes here for oatmeal.

I know it's not usual to see people on the Paleo eating grains but with all the benefits of the diet, I'm sure they can compensate with something else.

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on April 02, 2013
at 02:11 PM

Oatmeal is one of the few things I don't like about my body, I absolutely love oatmeal, more so then pizza or chocolate, for reason unknown to me. Maybe its the warm full feeling it gives me or just its creamyness itself, but since fixing my gut and trying to re introduce oatmeal it just seems to bloat me and give me gas so unfortunately I give it a pass nowadays :(

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on April 02, 2013
at 02:02 PM

QUESTION; Are you happy with your physique? If yes, I would recommend experimenting with foods and see how your body responds. A strict paleo diet is ideal but by no means do you have to follow it. Your body is amazing and can handle a few grains - especially rolled oats. There is a difference between oats and white bread - although there are better options for both!

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on April 01, 2013
at 07:58 PM

I do oatmeal. Is it "paleo approved"? Nah. But you could certainly do worse.

Please make sure to prepare it properly - it needs to soak or ferment to absorb the nutrients from it.

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on April 01, 2013
at 07:05 PM

Try buckwheat occasionally. Soak or ferment it first. Then cook it up with eggs mixed in for some added protein. It's a pseudo-cereal, in the same family as rhubarb.

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