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    Hello,

    I have been trying to eat mostly Primal over the last 4 weeks. Other than catching a cold in the middle, I find I am feeling good, am less hungry and maintain a regular amount of energy. I feel less bloated, and leaner. The main thing that I have not stayed away from is Peanut Butter - organic with no additives. But, I've substituted pure almond butter about half the time. I found the Primal Blueprint to be quite enlightening and have shared the concepts with several people. I was most fired up to learn that I could stop throwing those yolks away!

    The one meal I miss the most is oatmeal. For several years, one of my standard breakfast meals was real Old Fashioned Oats, with flaxseed, protein powder, and berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or pomegranates). I always viewed this as a healthy breakfast.

    How non-primal is oatmeal, as it relates to the no-grains concept. Should I stay away from it completely, or revert to the 80/20 rule? It'd be nice to have it once or twice a week .

    I am also working out with relative high intensity, following a P90X/Insanity Hybrid, so I've been a little concerned about getting enough carbs at the appropriate time. Wondering if my Oatmeal combo could be a post-workout meal?

    Thanks for any thoughts on this.

    Heath

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    Even if they weren't most often times contaminated with gluten (which they are) oats are very very non-primal.
    "You can demonstrate the purpose and limits of human digestion with a simple experiment: eat a steak with some whole corn kernels, and see what comes out the other end. It won’t be the steak."
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    depends. The occasional bowl I guess, but not optimal. Post workout might be the least harmful time to have them.

    I make a porridge (=oatmeal made with less fine oats) with a little bit of rice cereal (about a tablespoon or so), half a banana and some dessicated coconut with milk and cream, and a handful of pecans and blueberries. The cooked banana gives sweetness and the oatmeal-ish texture.

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    I used to adore oatmeal...turns out it was the cause of ten years of bowel trouble for me, so I never, ever cheat. This recipe is a nice substitute for me. You can eat it warm or cold - much to my surprise I prefer it cold. I make a big batch and it lasts a week or so in the fridge.

    1. Meat and liquid from 2 fresh, young coconuts
    2. 2-3 handfuls of soaked almonds
    3. 2 apples, cut into pieces
    4. 5 figs
    5. cinnamon and/or nutmeg to taste

    Blend together until the consistency of oatmeal. It keeps in the fridge for at least a week.

    I might try it with half macadamia nuts, half almonds. Or add a little coconut milk to it. If warm, butter would be good in it.

    I prefer this to oatmeal now.

    Edited: Should be 2-3 handfuls of almonds...not cups!!
    Last edited by jammies; 02-01-2011 at 06:43 PM.

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    SlimIcy is RIGHT ON. The above thread is VERY IMPORTANT. Eating Oatmeal is far worse than a bowl of sugar.

    Grizz

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    where are the sources for that heartscan data?

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    Quote Originally Posted by geekgrrl View Post
    where are the sources for that heartscan data?
    Geekgrrl,
    Source is here: Cardiologist Dr. Wm Davis Blog:
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/

    He is my BIBLE for nutrition & supplements. He was directly responsible for our acceptance of the Paleo Diet and he even promotes "The Paleo Solution" book by Rob Wolf.

    I have a great many of his references in my links below,
    Grizz

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    Just my 2 cents but the 80/20 rule doesn't mean purposely eating non-Primal foods 20% of the time. It's more about aiming for 100% and if slips happen, don't kick yourself over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diana Renata View Post
    Just my 2 cents but the 80/20 rule doesn't mean purposely eating non-Primal foods 20% of the time. It's more about aiming for 100% and if slips happen, don't kick yourself over it.
    I thought it was more like, 80% wholly-primal foods (meat, eggs, fibrous veggies) and 20% semi-primal foods (fruit, sweet potatoes, nuts, full-fat dairy)? As opposed to the 20% being stuff like grains, sugar, shortening, etc.
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