I am a simple “Lazy” creature of “Habit”, and I Like “Easy”
(I don’t want to work harder than I really need to)
I don’t think it’s a secret that I like to practice reasonable Fitness and Nutrition Habits in my advanced Middle-of-Life existence. Let’s face it, my reality has changed and I’m spending more “Quality Time” in front of my computer Generating Content for Customers all over the world; I’ve become a Mole (the kind that lives underground or in “My Cave”).
I’ve spoken about this before and what it means is that I have to be aware of my calorie Input (what I eat — Fuel) since my Energy Output (Activity) is lower than it historically has been since I’m not spending as much time in the gym as I used to.
I Forget to Eat… I Get Lost in Rabbit Holes
Another one of my “Daily” Challenges is that I get so wrapped up in my projects that I often forget to eat; which means I have to scramble for some quick and fast calories when my blood-sugar levels Crash which means I’m often chewing on poor food choices by the mouthful for a satisfying but short-lived Nutrition (fuel/energy) solution.
You might have noticed in the #SakamotoKitchen that I’m often making “Batches” of Calories (Fuel) because I appreciate the ease of Nutritious Leftovers and the power of my “Advanced” Microwave Skills (I know how to use the power settings).
Oatmeal Goop: Power-Fuel for Your Morning That Lasts
So, if I’m not raiding last night’s leftovers in the food containers in my 34°F (Bachelor Temperatures) fridge for Breakfast, then it probably starts with “Real” Oatmeal (not quick oats) or if you lucky enough, grab some of Bob’s Red Mill 5-Grain Cereal, it’s the bomb.
In the Beginning…
I would religiously start my day with a bowl of oatmeal and a piece of peanut butter toast… and then, I started adding things to it like; Walnuts (omega-3), Cinnamon (antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, reduced risk of heart disease, lowering blood sugar), Nutmeg (boosts circulation), Cacao Nibs (cardiovascular health, blood pressure and glucose), Pumpkin Seeds (magnesium, plant-based omega-3 fats, anti-diabetic effects)… the list went on — Whatever I had in my pantry or fridge that would add any bit of Nutrition and PROTEIN — can’t forget the Protein; I would add it to my morning Goop that fueled me all morning and into the afternoon around 2:00p at which time I usually prepared my last meal for the day… I typically don’t eat a big meal past 6:00p. If I do “snack” it’s usually nuts and fruit until later when my sweet tooth kicks in and it becomes “Dessert-Time” and I’ll find myself baking chocolate chip cookies to order.
The addition of Protein and proper Fats in my morning Oatmeal Goop was next; I’ve been adding Coconut Oil (Medium-Chain Triglycerides, MCT), Greek Yogurt (probiotics), Cottage Cheese (protein), Nut Butter (more Protein) and an assortment of Toasted Nuts that I have around stored in my refrigerator. Sliced Almonds and Walnuts are what I have on hand now. Pumpkin Seeds are my favorites.
After my Ride Along with Portland Police Sergeant Richardson a couple of weeks ago, I’m looking forward to adding hemp seeds to this Oatmeal Goop. I’ve found out recently that Nuts, Nut Butters, Legumes (beans) and Hemp Seeds are exceptional sources of Plant Protein; more than the Quinoa hype.
So here’s to healthy Morning Fuel. Enjoy and Study this Protein Food Chart from Vinchay Labs.
Hint: Read from Bottom to Top.
Left: Breakfast #2 — To be continued…