Health Changes and Steel Cut Oats

A month or so ago I posted about my goal for this year.  You can find it here.  I didn’t mention much other than I want to become a better and healthier me.  I thought I would share how I’m trying to change my eating habits.  At my age I am pretty in tune with my body and I know what works and what doesn’t work.  Here’s a few things I know:

  • I can’t go cold turkey off of Diet Dr. Pepper.
  • I am an evening muncher which is very hard to change for me.
  • I need to make gradual changes.

So, to start this year and become more healthy I am trying to change a few things at a time and not changing everything all at once.  This is what works best for me.  Right now I am pretty much eating like I normally do except:

  • Instead of the usual dessert or snacks I eat after dinner I’m eating fruit, popcorn, or a small salad.  I hope to eventually get to where I don’t eat after 7:00.
  • I am gradually, very gradually, decreasing my Diet Dr. Pepper consumption and increasing my water intake.
  • I am purchasing lighter or fat free options at the store (sour cream, milk, cottage cheese, salad dressing, etc.)
  • I am eating breakfast every day; something I didn’t do before.
  • I am doing a 10 minute cardio workout everyday or walking.

These are my first changes.  I will be doing more here soon.  I wanted to make the above a habit before moving on.  My next steps:

  • Increasing my workouts to 20 minutes.
  • Counting calories.
  • Eat only one dessert a day.

A few months ago, Jessica was telling me about Steel Cut Oats.  Have you heard of these?  It’s whole oats cut in small pieces.  Highly nutritious, high in fiber and low in fat with virtually no sugar or sodium.  I found some in the bulk food section at Winco Foods and got three cups  (12 servings cooked) for less than a dollar so I gave them a try.  I find that it’s more filling and better tasting than rolled oats and it’s got a nutty taste that I really like.   It does take about 20 minutes to cook but it’s worth it.

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To prepare it I bring three cups of water and a 1/4 tsp. of salt to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer and add one cup of oats.  Cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes depending on how soft you like the oats.  This will make four – one cup servings.

I then top the oats with a little light half and half, a tsp. of brown sugar, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and one cup of fresh fruit.  It turns out to be a lot of food but is only about 280 calories depending on the type of fruit you use.

Yummy!

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Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.

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