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Suitable substitute for Cheerios?

Commented on October 05, 2013
Created October 02, 2013 at 8:43 PM

So, here's the thing. My transition to Paleo over the last few months has been remarkably easy. Way easier than I ever could have thought. Except for one thing: Cheerios. I grew up eating cereal every day, and it's been REALLY hard to make changes to a breakfast that has been ingrained in me so deeply. Swapping out dairy milk for coconut milk was no big deal, but the cereal part is much tougher. I've moved to the "Simple Truth Organic Toasted Oats" because they at least don't have cornstarch, but I know I'm just dancing around the real problem. My ultimate goal is to get to a point where I have a solid, protein-ful breakfast every morning and I'm happy with it. On the weekends, it's a lot easier to wait until I get really hungry and then make a full plate of eggs and bacon or a gorgeous omelette. During the week, though, I want something quick and easy before work, and that means I need a cereal sub to help me wean myself in the meantime.

Has anyone attempted to make dry Paleo cereal? I've found a few recipes for mock Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Reese Puffs, but no Paleo Cheerios knockoffs. I'm open to other cereal recipes if you've got 'em. Any ideas/help is much appreciated!

Sincerely,

Cheerio Lover

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on October 05, 2013
at 01:30 AM

Agreed...IF is a great way to overcome those bad habits.

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on October 05, 2013
at 12:49 AM

I wanna live in your house.

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on October 04, 2013
at 03:04 PM

They have it down, subtly salted crunchy nuggets of oats. It is alluring and I used to eat them voraciously. If you really must have Oats, steel cut pre soaked and then heated with some butter would be a better choice.

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on October 04, 2013
at 02:13 PM

Yeah the article states pretty plainly that "If you can -skip it" Obviously not everyone is capable. Just because you don't agree with Nystrom doesn't mean my post is bad - works great for me and no disgusting phony oat circles in my meals.

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on October 04, 2013
at 11:57 AM

Horse droppings. Ever hear of intermittent fasting?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on October 04, 2013
at 11:57 AM

That's what digestive enzymes such as Now Super Enzymes, or any other containing betaine HCL and oxbile are for. Duh.

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on October 04, 2013
at 11:56 AM

+1, well said. Whoever downvoted you is a fool.

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on October 03, 2013
at 05:48 AM

What if you haven't got a gall bladder? Do we skip meals and eat full fat constantly?

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on October 02, 2013
at 10:45 PM

Don't skip breakfast try to get like 30g of protein, it will help your body level your hormones out

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on October 04, 2013
at 02:55 PM

Even though I gave the constructive answer, I do agree with the IF crowd. Being a serious breakfast guy (even scolding people for skipping it most of my life) it took a while to get used to the idea of not waking up and eating, then snacking, then eating lunch, then snacking more... then dinner and more snacks!

Eating paleo 3-6 times a day I completely lost appetite. The food still tasted great (duh it's paleo) so I wasn't exactly force feeding myself but I just didn't ever feel hunger - and I missed it. That's when I finally dipped into IF cycling. I'm gradually eliminating breakfast and late night snacks - been at this about a week so not completely IF yet. Right now it's just some coconut stuff (butter, cream, oil, or coconut chips), sometimes macadamia nuts, and/or buttery-creamy coffee, and nothing solid 'till my lunch break.

I'm not trying to lose weight; it just comes naturally after the body gets fat adapted. I feel much better and being someone who always enjoyed the sensation of hunger I'm much happier to sit down to my meals with a rumble in my tummy. Trouble is, I've only been at it a week and I feel like I could go way past lunch time (but can't on week days). I'm usually not hungry yet. Still looking for that satisfaction of feeling truly hungry then eating a big meal. I guess if I wanted to lose weight I wouldn't be so sad not to feel hungry.

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on October 04, 2013
at 11:55 AM

Here you go: Have 8 strips of pastured bacon, with 16oz of grassfed steak topped with grassfed butter and two egg yolks on a bed of lightly sauteed kale in coconut milk, and 1oz of liver pate.

Have this breakfast every day.

F$*!& cheerios, there's nothing cheery about the heart disease, leaky gut, etc. it causes while claiming the opposite.

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on October 05, 2013
at 12:49 AM

I wanna live in your house.

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on October 02, 2013
at 10:19 PM

I solved that problem easily - from the dietdoctor.com website

Professor Fredrik Nyström

But what about breakfast?

- If you can – skip it! This is a habitual behavior, the body has no need for nourishment the minute you get out of bed if you’ve eaten a high-fat dinner the day before. We make our own glucose from stored protein, and it probably costs a few calories to produce this glucose, which can be one reason why a low-carb diet provides great weight loss. Also skip snacks and any low-fat products. If we were meant to nibble on low-fat foods all day we wouldn’t have been equipped with a gall bladder. If you eat two meals daily, with few carbohydrates and plenty of good fats, you’ll do just fine. Do like the Mediterranean people. Let a cup of coffee be your breakfast in the morning.

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

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on October 02, 2013
at 10:45 PM

Don't skip breakfast try to get like 30g of protein, it will help your body level your hormones out

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on October 04, 2013
at 11:56 AM

+1, well said. Whoever downvoted you is a fool.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on October 05, 2013
at 01:30 AM

Agreed...IF is a great way to overcome those bad habits.

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on October 03, 2013
at 05:48 AM

What if you haven't got a gall bladder? Do we skip meals and eat full fat constantly?

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on October 02, 2013
at 09:24 PM

I had this same problem BIG TIME - though not specifically with cheerios. I have been a wake-up-and-eat-cereal guy for most of my life and thought it to be a healthy habit (and it probably was on a high carb diet).

If you really need the cereal to wean yourself off the cereal, try getting some half-and-half (or even heavy cream - but not UHT pasteurized), some fresh or dried fruits of your choice, and have that with your cereal, gradually reducing the cereal portion until you're eating fruit-and-cream. This is just an untested suggestion...

My solution was to just eat fruit some days at first, but then I learned to make some awesome breakfast smoothies that made me completely forget my cereal habit. The basic ingredients are coconut cream/milk (the stuff in a can with lots of fat - not the overpriced milk substitute) with some fresh or frozen banana. I've never left it at that though. You can throw in anything from carrots to frozen blueberries to greens or even honey to mix it up. I sometimes make it with raw eggs but the raw whites can cause issues. Also full fat yogurt or kefir are great additions. I often include cinnamon and/or vanilla. I'll refrain from giving you any specific recipes because I find some of the most satisfying mixes come together at whim based on "what I like" or "what I'm in the mood for" - of course some times they come out sub-par but I've never made a gross one. You could also look up paleo smoothies for inspiration.

One more thing on smoothies - a good blender pays off. I finally gave in and got a vitamix and while my bank account is still screaming in pain, I LOVE the ease and convenience of making smoothies with that puppy in the morning.

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