I eat porridge for breakfast quite regularly and I had it again today. There are many health and weight loss benefits to eating porridge, assuming of course you do not make it with cream and then smother it with sugar!
Oats are a healthy addition to your diet:
- Oats are high in dietary fibre which can help reduce cholesterol.
- They are a low fat and low sugar source of fibre and protein.
- Oats are a good source of minerals (iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese).
- And a useful source of many of the B Vitamins.
Oats are good when you are losing weight because:
- They are low in calories relative to their bulk which means they fill you up but do not contain a high proportion of your daily calorie allowance.
- They have a reasonable glycaemic index (GI) which means they release energy slowly which provides you with energy for a longer period of time. This helps you feel full for longer so you are less likely to head for an unhealthy snack.
- If you eat them with protein they have an even better GI.
This morning I had 50 g Jumbo Oats, 140 ml soya milk, 1 tsp Chia seeds, a banana and a tbsp of hazelnut butter. 11 WW points.
I really like this nut butter and it seems to go with everything. Hazlenuts are a source of healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils, protein and several minerals including magnesium and vitamins including Vitamin E and K. So eating Oats and hazelnuts, with some milk for calcium and fruit for vitamin C and you have a really healthy start to the day 🙂
I had a busy morning so lunch was rather unimaginative. I popped potatoes in the oven so we could have jacket potatoes. Jacket Potatoes always seem like an Autumn and Winter thing to eat because in the summer we tend to eat new potatoes which are not so good for baking. The boys had sausages and although I bought good quality sausages (and I love sausages) I decided to resist them and have something lower fat. I had tuna, with a level tbsp mayonnaise with lettuces, rocket and spinach from the garden and tomatoes. I put 1 tsp butter on one potato half and had about 15 g Salad cream on the side. This was a very high point lunch! The potato and tuna were 8 points each and the meal total was 21 points !!!! Just half a potato next time I think.
It was a bit boring but tasted fine and was very easy to prepare and virtually no clearing away – big bonus. The lettuces and rocket have such a wonderful flavour, I really enjoy them at this time of year. So unfortunately do all the caterpillars, slugs and snails which are busy munching their way through my garden!
By late afternoon I was feeling very “picky” i.e. I wanted to pick at something. I tried resisting for a bit but was too preoccupied with what I could eat to manage to get on with anything else. So I did what I have done before which is to give in to it. Eat what ever the thing is that I want. This afternoon it was a piece of bread and cheese.
So I don’t blow the diet, I track it i.e. weigh what I am eating, calculate the points and write it down. Nothing is banned on Weight Watchers so I can eat whatever I want to. There is no such thing as “naughty” or “bad” food. There is however unhealthy food, which I try to avoid and some food has so many points you can not each much. But by allowing myself to have what I fancied, I felt happier and because I tracked it, I stayed within points.
I had a thin (43 g) slice of Crank’s Wholemeal Bread and 9 g of butter and 46 g of cheese – the Shropshire Blue I had bought the other day. 9 WW points. I really like Crank’s bread and not just because it has a naked man on the wrapper. I had my bread and cheese with a cup of tea and flicked through the paper. It was very enjoyable. Did you really just click the link to check out the naked man?
Bizarely, even though I had my cheese and bread snack at 5 pm, I didn’t feel hungry again so had nothing else to eat. So this strategy of giving in and having what I fancy seems to be working. As long as I only have a little of it. There is an old adage that “a little of what you fancy does you good”. Seems to be working for me, as long as it is a LITTLE and I track it.
I am going to prepare breakfast for tomorrow. I am so excited about tomorrow and will probably have some food treats so I need to start the day well. It will be oats and I am soaking them overnight!