I put together a pretty simple breakfast for Brent and myself yesterday and thought you would all love it too. This is dairy free and incredibly filling. It can also be made gluten free if you find those fancy pants gluten free oats 😉 The reason I like to add steel cut oats into the mix is that steel cut oats do not seem to spike my blood sugar as much as your regular quick cooking oats do. Therefore I mix the two when I can. This is the perfect start to your day, especially with the colder weather creeping back in.
Cozy Autumn Oats
Ingredients – what you will need
1 cup Quick cooking oats
1 cup Steel cut oats
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 cups water
1 Large apple or 2 smaller apples
1 heaping tbsp cinnamon
half heaping tbsp nut meg
pinch of cinnamon/nutmeg in the oats while cooking
pinch of pink salt
1-2 tbsp pure/high quality maple syrup
Start by cutting up your fruit into bite sized pieces and add to a sauce pan along with the cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup. Cook on low/medium and allow it to simmer while stirring occassionally. The longer you cook this the more it will reduce down – so feel free to do this for as long as you like. I enjoyed it chunky on top of and throughout my oats.
Meanwhile add your oats, almond milk, pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, water and salt to a sauce pan and stir continuously on low/medium heat until super thick and creamy
Serve your oats in two bowls, top with the warm fruit and a little more maple syrup and cinnamon on top if you wish! Yum! This actually was divided into 3 meals as Brent could not finish all of his! Yep…that’s how filling it was.
I have had a few messages recently asking me how I have been losing the weight. This journey has been a long one. My 98098098th attempt to lose weight began (again) back in September of 2018 (265 lbs) but the bulk of the pounds have came off between June of 2019 and today.
While weightloss is not always so hard and fast and every body will be different in what works for them – I have compiled a list of things that have worked for me thus far.
How have I lost 40 pounds and still counting?
How did I battle and overcome a chronic binge eating and restriction disorder?
How have I flipped the switch on my previously slow as molasses metabolism?
💖 How have I been lowering and stabilizing my wacky blood glucose levels without medication??
Starvation diet? No….. daily boot camps and sweat sessions? No…. Mega calorie restriction? No….
It’s doing the following 90 percent of the time or more
I will tell you how in the simplest way I know..
Change your mindset 🤯 Probably the most complicated thing for me but the most beneficial in terms of overall health, wellness and vitality.
Challenge yourself – if you read back throughout my blog I have kept things fresh and interesting by putting myself through a series of challenges which taught me more about nutrition, the benefits of raw fruits and veggies and more. It kept things fun and interesting for me and I will continue to try out different challenges while my weight loss journey continues.
EAT CARBS…nourish yourself…. All fruits, all vegetables including the starchy kind!!! – Lots of potatos, oats, beans, rice, legumes some nuts… Load up on what we were born to eat!! It’s the most satisfying way to live.
Cook at home, from scratch. Try new recipes.
Limit fats but still get enough to support healthy hormones. Healthy fats have a place at the table, especially when you are dealing with hormonal issues. You have to find the ones and the amount that work best for your body. Nobody can tell you that except for your body!
Walk every day
Get outside every day
Consistency. Try and try again every day
Trust your gut. Also known as your intuition. Do what feels right and good.
By doing everything above I have gained self esteem, self confidence, new perspective, developed new interests and passions and overall I feel like a lighter more free version of myself.
I look forward to continuing on this journey of self discovery.
“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.“ – Andy Warhol
Time to play catch up. I apologize but time has just flown by and I let some things slip by the way side (aka posting!) lately.
We left off at October 29 of my Medical Medium October Recipe Challenge.
It was a busy day and I also had an hour long doctors appointment with my naturopath (more on that to come in the next few days!)
SO I turned to something simple – which is great about the Medical Medium. He has all sorts of recipes. Simple ones and ones that take a bit longer and are a little more in depth.
Lemon Ginger Honey Water
Ingredients: Ginger, water, honey, lemon
10 out of 10 for simplicity, taste, and health benefits!
Ginger: According to Medical Medium ” Ginger’s antispasmodic properties come from its more than 60 trace minerals, well over 30 amino acids (many of them undiscovered), and more than 500 enzymes and coenzymes all working together to calm reactivity. And as an antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, ginger deserves all the accolades it gets for promoting a healthy immune system. Ginger is also ideal for stress assistance, DNA reconstruction, enhancement of your body’s production of B12, and so much more. It will be 100 years before research uncovers how much ginger truly holds. “
Honey: Anti viral, anti fungal, antibacterial, promotes digestive health, boosts immunity, anti inflammatory, potent medicinal properties.
Lemon: Lemons are a powerful healing fruit containing anti septic, antibiotic and anti-cancer properties. They are rich in vitamin C and B complex minerals. They can help cleanse and detoxify your entire body! It’s a good idea to start your day with a tall glass of fresh lemon juice.
This is a beautiful way to start or end your day <3
It’s always a good time to get hydrated and I have lots of fresh Thyme on hand so I chose thyme Water for today.
Just fill up a pitcher, jug or tall glass with filtered water, add your thyme and let steep for a few hours or over night. It then needs to be strained and you may add some fresh squeezed lemon and/or raw honey.
This is great for naturally killing/lowering unproductive bacteria in the body.
Ingredients: Water, thyme
Thyme: According to Medical Medium “Thyme has a powerful ability to kill off bacteria and viruses and should be taken at first signs of a cold or illness. It is a rich source of several essential vitamins such as vitamins A, E, C, K, B-complex and folate and it is also one of the best sources of calcium, iron, manganese, selenium, and potassium. Thyme contains antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, carminative, diaphoretic, and expectorant properties which supports healing throughout the entire body.
Thyme is vital to help stimulate memory, prevent nightmares and melancholy, ease headache and muscle tension, soothe coughs, relieve fevers, and fight colds and infections. It also contains a compound called carvacrol which is an excellent natural tranquilizer and has a tonic effect on the entire nervous system. Thyme is a good source of pyridoxine which is known to play an important role in manufacturing GABA levels in the brain, aid in regulating sleep patterns, and benefit neurotransmitter function in the brain. GABA is also one of the best natural defenses against stress damage.
Thyme is a great purifying herb for the digestive tract and has been found to destroy certain intestinal hookworms and roundworms and aid in the digestion of rich or fatty foods. Thyme has some of the highest antioxidant levels among herbs. It is packed with bioflavonoids such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and naringenin which have all been shown to have powerful effects on eliminating free-radicals and other disease producing substances from the body.
Thyme oil has been used as a local antiseptic and antimicrobial since ancient times and is highly beneficial in supporting the immune system and for easing fatigue and weakness after illness. Thyme oil can also help to stop hair loss by improving blood flow to the scalp and feeding the roots of the hair. Consider using more fresh thyme in your food by adding it to soups, salads, guacamole, vegetables, potatoes, rice, etc… Fresh thyme also makes a powerful and very healing tea. Steep a handful of fresh sprigs in hot water for at least 10 minutes or it can be soaked overnight in a pitcher of water and sipped throughout the day. Add honey or lemon, if desired.
Three cheers for good health! 10 out of 10 for simplicity.
Yesterday was a tired day in our house. The night before my husbands work had called him several times between 10 pm and midnight and so he decided to go in at that time. I could not get back to sleep and was dragging for the rest of the day. This smoothie was just what the doctor ordered!!! I felt exhausted but was good to go after a hot shower, walk outside and this creamsicle smoothie.
Oranges: According to the medical medium “oranges have been called a “perfect food” and contain an amazing array of healing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. They are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, folate, beta carotene, lutein, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium.
Oranges have been known to help prevent cancer, lower high blood pressure, fight off viral infections, relieve constipation, keep bones and teeth strong, prevent kidney stones and macular degeneration. Oranges are rich in lime and alkaline salts that help to counteract and prevent acidosis in the body. They are also excellent for the digestive tract and help to remove toxic debris from the colon through enhanced peristaltic action.
Oranges contain a significant amount of glutathione which is critical for healthy eye and lung function. Oranges are very good for respiratory problems such as asthma or bronchitis and cardiovascular issues such as hypertension and COPD. Oranges act as an internal antiseptic to the body and have the ability to purify and strengthen all the organs in the body.
Oranges contain anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties which are particularly beneficial for those suffering with a cold or flu or an auto-immune disorder such as shingles, arthritis, IBS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and raynaud’s disease. Fresh squeezed orange juice is a predigested food and allows for immediate absorption of all it’s abundant healing properties.
However, be aware that orange juice will lose the majority of its vitamin C content within 30 minutes of being squeezed, so for optimum results drink immediately. Whole oranges, peeled or cut in slices, are the best option as the fiber and pith is where so many of the phytonutrients and healing properties are contained.
Oranges are an excellent weight loss food due to their high pectin content which also helps to reduce blood cholesterol. Oranges are an ideal “fast food”, easy to transport, delicious to eat, and provide a steady form of energy throughout the day.”
Banana: One of the most nutritional and healing fruits readily available today. They are 76 percent water and full of vitamin C, B6, potassium, copper and manganese. They are a great electrolyte food and good for busy people on the run. They are anti viral and anti fungal . They are a great food choice for those suffering from chronic illness. They are a great food for lowering blood pressure. According to the medical medium ” Bananas should be ripe when eaten which means the peel should be lightly speckled and the fruit has a sweet, creamy taste. Unripe bananas can cause constipation and other adverse reactions”
Coconut water: Coconut water is a good source of nutrients, may have antioxidant properties, may have benefits against diabetes, may help prevent kidney stones, may support heart health, may reduce blood pressure, and is a delicious source of hydration!
10 out of 10 again! It’s like sunshine in a cup and would be the perfect hydrating treat on a warm Summers day. Will definitely be enjoying again.