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Old 08-18-2010, 05:38 AM   #1
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Is oatmeal ever an option?

Just wondering if Oatmeal is ever allowed on a pure Atkins diet. I know not during induction but what about later?
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:12 AM   #2
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Yes when you get to the Grains rung.
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I eat it, but very seldom. I do a South Beach/Atkins type diet and when it's really cold I will make some oatmeal or use it in a LC cookie recipe as a bit of a filler with other flours.

I only eat the steel cut/long cooking kind.
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Yes but only the one you cook. For some reason the "instant" has more carbs/less fiber.
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I believe it's more of an occasional food for maintenance level
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Just a note. Miiiiiii Mimimimimimimimiiiiiiiiii

Oops. Sorry. Wrong note.

Most oats contain gluten, so if you find you might be intolerant to glutens in wheat and other grasses or have a grass allergy, you want to watch the oats. You can find gluten free oats, but they're definitely harder to find.
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Just a note. Miiiiiii Mimimimimimimimiiiiiiiiii

Oops. Sorry. Wrong note.

Most oats contain gluten, so if you find you might be intolerant to glutens in wheat and other grasses or have a grass allergy, you want to watch the oats. You can find gluten free oats, but they're definitely harder to find.
McCann's Irish oats are gluten free. And when you get to the grain rung, you can eat them.
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I consider it a maintenance food, but sometimes if I'm craving something special for breakfast, I'll make some steel-cut oats and mix in a scoop of vanilla protein powder and cinnamon. Delicious!
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Just a note. Miiiiiii Mimimimimimimimiiiiiiiiii

Oops. Sorry. Wrong note.

Most oats contain gluten, so if you find you might be intolerant to glutens in wheat and other grasses or have a grass allergy, you want to watch the oats. You can find gluten free oats, but they're definitely harder to find.
My understanding is that the oats themselves do not contain gluten, but that they are often cross-contaminated unless care is taken to process on equipment that does not also process glutinous grains.

Steel cut and whey soaked overnight yields oatmeal far and above better than anything from "quick" or "instant" oats.
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My understanding is that the oats themselves do not contain gluten, but that they are often cross-contaminated unless care is taken to process on equipment that does not also process glutinous grains.
Prexactly! Or they end up cross contaminated from other crops nearby.
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MY own answer is, sadly, no. If I eat oatmeal, I am starving in an hour. And I'm talking steel-cut, homecooked oatmeal with butter and cream and 2 pieces of bacon on the side.

Grains just do NOT work well for me.
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Steel cut and whey soaked overnight yields oatmeal far and above better than anything from "quick" or "instant" oats.
I would love to hear more about this ^^^ Is there a recipe for this way of preparing oatmeal and what is the whey you are using, Whey Protein Isolate or Powder?

Thanks for the info!!
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I would love to hear more about this ^^^ Is there a recipe for this way of preparing oatmeal and what is the whey you are using, Whey Protein Isolate or Powder?

Thanks for the info!!

There's lots of crockpot recipes for overnight steel cut oats-I'll have to look up a good link but you can Google.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:21 PM   #14
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I would love to hear more about this ^^^ Is there a recipe for this way of preparing oatmeal and what is the whey you are using, Whey Protein Isolate or Powder?

Thanks for the info!!
Not really recipes per se, but it is fairly simple. The whey is the liquid strained from yogurt or kefir (real kefir, not the stuff starting to appear in stores).

In an ovenproof bowl mix appropriate oats and water, replacing a few tablespoons or so of water with whey. Cover (but do not seal airtight) and let soak overnight. In the morning, uncover and bake (a small toaster oven should fit one or two bowls without heating the big oven).

Google 'whey fermented oats' should give a detailed recipe.
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Only if you have rock solid normal blood sugar.

Though beloved by dieticians (who have never tested blood sugar) oatmeal is famous for creating extremely high blood sugar spikes in people with diabetes. It can be as fast as white bread.

I would treat it the same way you treat supermarket white bread and potatoes. If you can handle them, you can handle oatmeal.

I have personally found that the "whole oat" varieties raise my blood sugar very high too despite claims to the contrary.
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I'm tinkering around on the final rung of OWL (grains) and have eaten oatmeal. So far I have had no issues with them, however its definitely not something I eat everyday. I'm being very cautious with this rung.
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What Bloodsugar 101 said! It raises my bloodsugar so drastically it's not worth it!
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My understanding is that the oats themselves do not contain gluten, but that they are often cross-contaminated unless care is taken to process on equipment that does not also process glutinous grains.

Steel cut and whey soaked overnight yields oatmeal far and above better than anything from "quick" or "instant" oats.
Correct. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barely, and rye. Not oats.
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:57 PM   #20
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I do South Beach, so oatmeal is recommend on stage 2. Oats make wonderful pancakes with cottage cheese, cinnamon, and some pure vanilla extract.
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I tried oatmeal but it made me crave sooooo bad I will not eat it again. I'm very happy with my hot flax cereal
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I tried oatmeal but it made me crave sooooo bad I will not eat it again. I'm very happy with my hot flax cereal
do you buy this or make it from scratch?
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I would advise you to make it a part of your meal rather than the whole meal. Be sure to add fat like coconut milk or heavy cream, Faia's idea of soaking the oats in whey does increase the nutritional value with the beneficial acids assisting in digestion.
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I make it myself... 3tbsp flax meal,1tbsp whey protein 2/3c water microwave 2min.I stop it and stir at one min.At the moment I'm hooked on using chocolate whey and adding 1tbsp of natural peanut butter, If your chocolate whey isnt chocolaty enough throw in a little cocoa powder. I eat it with 1/2 and 1/2 with a little vanilla davinci. The original recipe called for 3tbsp of whey,I don't need that much.
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When I had lost 125 pounds on Atkins in the past, I added oatmeal (not the instant) back a couple times a week. It worked best for me in terms of hunger control if I added some protein, such as an egg. Also, I confined anything "carby" to breakfast and lunch only--never supper.
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It might be a better idea to reconsider eating carbs at breakfast, because that is the time of day when most people--including people who doctors consider 100% normal for blood sugar--are at their most insulin resistant. This means that carbs you eat at breakfast will raise either insulin or blood sugar or both much more than any other meal of the day.

Since the point of low carb eating (and weight maintenance) is to keep insulin as low as possible, since insulin is the fat-storing hormone--eating those carbs at dinner is wiser, since less of an insulin and/or blood sugar spike will be produced at that insulin-sensitive time of day.
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Only if you have rock solid normal blood sugar.

Though beloved by dieticians (who have never tested blood sugar) oatmeal is famous for creating extremely high blood sugar spikes in people with diabetes. It can be as fast as white bread.

I would treat it the same way you treat supermarket white bread and potatoes. If you can handle them, you can handle oatmeal.

I have personally found that the "whole oat" varieties raise my blood sugar very high too despite claims to the contrary.
Thank you for that. People look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them that I can't eat oatmeal. But for me, might as well be bread or cake. Now, as far as potatoes go, they don't do it to me. But yes. We who have the sugar problem know for sure since we test.
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I enjoy oatmeal fairly regularly. A bowl of oatmeal has me feeling full and satisfied for hours. It takes away *cranky* and makes everything right with my world.

It is most certainly allowed on Atkins, though not during the 2-week induction. But as you add carbs back in at the increasing 5-carb increments, you will get to this level. Enjoy.
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I eat it, but very seldom. I do a South Beach/Atkins type diet and when it's really cold I will make some oatmeal or use it in a LC cookie recipe as a bit of a filler with other flours.

I only eat the steel cut/long cooking kind.
And NOW on JUDDD I eat it at least 4 times a week. It is now a big part of my JUDDD WOE now and I'm just so that is it!!
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I may be the only one who doesn't miss oatmeal. I forced it down for years because I thought it was healthy and that I "should" eat it.

I was so happy to find out I never had to eat oatmeal again!
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