I meant to publish this with pictures of food, but I’ve had a hectic – and very enjoyable – weekend and haven’t had a chance! But, I needed to publish it now because it’s related to tomorrow, so…
Just a(nother) Random Thought: Play With Your Food
For those who aren’t familiar with these books/calendars, they’re pretty freakin’ cool. My mom gets one every year and it’s always so fun to look at! But, the point of this is not to promote these products, regardless of how neat they are. The point is to discuss the benefits of playing with your food. As in, trying new things, taking risks, mixing things up, etc.
This week, I read a post from Leah, a post from Heather, and a post from Gena that all got me thinking about switching things up a little bit. In Gena’s post, she talks about eating a lighter, less carb-heavy breakfast. In Heather’s, she talks about eating full-fat foods and how, when she doesn’t start the day with carbs, she has fewer carb-alicious cravings all day. And, in Leah’s, she talks about Heather’s post, and agrees with her that eating full fats keeps her full longer.
These posts all resonated with me because my doctor recommended that I start trying to do a higher-protein, lower-carb breakfast to help with my AM blood sugars. Basically, our blood sugar naturally spikes in the morning and chowing down on a big bowl of carbs does not help to control blood sugar levels. While this is not exactly life-threatening and can be controlled in other ways, this would help. (I want to be really clear here, for both my readers and my mother, that not following this recommendation would not have any serious health implications – I have excellent control in terms of my diabetes and my numbers are pretty fabulous – this would just be the proverbial icing on the cake.)
My doctor has actually recommended this in the past and I’ve promptly ignored it, as life without my oats is not a life I wish to live. However, this time, with the coincidental timing of these posts, I started to give it some thought. What if I started eating a higher-protein, higher-full-fat breakfast and then having oats for lunch when my blood sugar is more stable? I began picturing eggs with black beans, avocado, spinach, tomatoes, cheese, hummus, etc. Big bowls of cottage cheese, fruit, and almond butter. Chia seed pudding. Salads with beans, eggs, avocado. Maybe I’d even hop on the juicing train. Hmmm, those breakfast don’t sound so bad, huh? Then, I thought about bringing oats for lunch – it’d be a little bit tricky, as we all know I enjoy bottomless bowls of oats stuffed with banana, dried fruit, coconut, cottage cheese, chia seeds, almond butter, and anything else I can find. But, I think it would be doable. And we have a kitchen at the office, complete with a stove and a pot (I may need to bring my own wooden spoon!). And, eating oats for lunch might have another benefit – generally, I eat breakfast around 6:30, which normally holds me over until at least 11, if not 11:30 or 12. So, if I was to eat them for lunch around 12, if they have the same staying power, that could get me through the rest of the day, thus eliminating the need to pack lots of snacks (which, incidentally, would be a nice balance, given that packing oats may be slightly labor-intensive!).
Hmmm. This all sounded surprisingly doable AND sensible. Monday is President’s Day, but I am working because I’d rather take the following Monday off when we come back from the east coast. SO, I’ve decided that Monday will be the Play With Your Food Experiment. Nobody else will be at the office, so it makes for the perfect opportunity to make oats at the office without the scrutiny of my coworkers and questions about what the hell I’m doing. It also just dawned on me that if making oats is a pain in the butt, I could always switch it up some days to include breakfast cookies, overnight oats, and breakfast bowls. As for needing a speedy breakfast in the morning – eggs won’t take much longer than oats to make, especially if I use the microwave method, bowls of cottage cheese and fruit are easy, and a salad can be mostly prepared the night before. I think the biggest barrier to this challenge is that I just want my oats in the morning – it’s half the reason I wake up! But, I’ve learned many times before that my mind does not always know more than my body. So, I’m going to push past that mental block and give it a try. We’ll see how it goes ;-)
Have a great night – I’m hanging with my hubby! :-)