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Oats, the many things I could do with you!

I love oats. I grew up eating sweetened oatmeal topped with Nido powder milk. One of my earliest childhood memories in the kitchen was baking oatmeal cookies with my grandma. I eat it raw. I’ve also been known to eat it with asparagus. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I went so far as making it congee-like and topped with my all-time favorite viand, the (Filipino) adobo.

That's not a pond of oil, it just looks like oil from this angle. Whoops.

I’ve turned into a heathen in the world of adobo because its appointed wife is a bowl of steamy white rice (or garlic fried rice). How could I defame such a cult-following of adobo lovers?

The reason, my friends, is that I’m dead serious about improving my health and losing weight. I packed on so much weight even I couldn’t believe it. This is what the 30’s does to you, I guess. I was joking that I got an early 32nd birthday gift. There is just no room for error in food choices and laziness (with regards to physical activities). To remedy that, I run almost every other day (depending on how my body is, if I’m too sore I don’t run) using a modified Couch-to-5K running program (it’s 12 weeks instead of 9), and have gone to Bikram yoga since the beginning of June. I run and do yoga on Sundays. So for all that hard work, I am more careful of what I eat. Since I got back from my carefree vacation, it’s been tough to think of what recipes to post here because you might think I am going nuts with the healthful turn of events. I mainly stick to eating fresh fruits, and just one meal with rice a day. Woe, my beloved rice!

So, anyway, back to oats. It’s like my almost-guilt-free ally in all of this. In the morning, I eat a steel-cut oats porridge, a little sugar, and skim milk powder (gotta have the powder there) for breakfast. Sometimes I would eat it with something savory, such as chicken adobo. [Again, my apologies to my Filipino roots.] It does curb my hunger pangs. Honestly, I can put almost anything in it. I prefer steel-cut oats because it doesn’t turn into complete mush and I still get those solid (rice-like) bits when it’s not overcooked.

The result after a month of proactively living healthy? I lost 10 pounds (!!!), I feel the best I’ve ever felt in a year. It didn’t come without a lot of ‘work’ though–it took 4 months for my metabolism to get back to into gear. Effortless metabolism doesn’t come free anymore in my thirties. Ouch.

So, uhm, how do you keep healthy fellow foodies, food bloggers, and food lovers? Any tips?

8 Responses to “Oats, the many things I could do with you!”

  1. Ken says:

    Oatmeal in savory dishes, how did that slip by me. With chicken adobo, it got to taste good.

  2. I’m a traditional hot oatmeal with a little brown sugar kind of girl.

  3. rebecca says:

    everything in moderation LOL

  4. Kristen says:

    It is crazy how the 30’s come and our bodies and ability to lose weight easily totally change, isn’t it? I’m sure you are still looking fab!
    Will I see you in October at BlogHer food?

  5. Chez Us says:

    Congrats on the healthy lifestyle change! It is pretty amazing how the bod changes, isn’t it. I remember turning 35 and telling a co-worker that I could feel my hips growing wider as we sat at our desk – she thought I was insane. Three years later I am at a doctor’s complaining about the 10 pounds that literally climbed onto my body while I was sleeping. My doctor said that is what happens once we hit our thirties and that is is unexplainable. No matter how hard we work we have to work twice at hard. I am proud of you – 10 pounds is amazing!!!

    ps… a little Seattle bird told me you are heading to IFBC? When?

  6. I’ve just lost about 10 pounds too and I have no idea how! My mom’s getting worried but I’m loving the leaner look =)

  7. Alice says:

    looks good, love to try:)

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