Now that I have your attention and you are waiting to hear what you can eat daily for one month that will help you lose 10 pounds. Eat oatmeal for breakfast daily. I can hear some of you balking at that already. In fact it brings to mind a conversation I had with a friend recently and a conversation I have had with many of my clients repeatedly. They all state that they do not like oatmeal for one reason or another. Luckily I have had plenty of practice because every day my children have one excuse or another as to why they can’t eat their broccoli, their beans or their yogurt. Here is what I tell them and what I tell my clients: “Work it out”.
Here are some tips on how you can learn to eat oatmeal or any other food you know you should be eating but just can’t seem to eat.
1. Mix it up
It is possible that the way you are making your oatmeal makes it hard for you to eat. Unless you are a true soldier, it is going to be hard to eat plain oatmeal made with water. Here are some ways you can make oatmeal interesting and delicious:
· Add ½ a chopped apple, 2 tablespoons of raisins and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon.
· Add 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter and a packet of stevia or other natural sweetener
· Add 2 tablespoons of dried cherries, 1 tablespoon of chopped almonds and 1 tablespoon of
· Add ½ a banana and 2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts
· Add ½ cup of blueberries and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
· Add ½ cup of chopped strawberries and ½ cup of almond milk
· Add ½ chopped apple and 1 tablespoon of honey or agave nectar
There you have it. Seven different ways to make oatmeal, try one fun and interesting way for each day. Surely you can find a few combinations that you like.
2. Gagging is all in your head
Some people say oatmeal makes them gag. There are many things that make people gag and the sooner you realize that gagging is a physical response to a mental thought the faster you’ll get over it. What are you saying to yourself as you take a bite of the oatmeal? Change the dialogue in your head, tell yourself “This is great”, “This is healthy”, “This is fun”, I’m about to be super FINE” and soon enough you’ll find that the gag reflex has gone.
3. One bite at a time.
Commit to taking one bite on day one, two bites on day two, three bites on day three and so on. This makes it less daunting and easier to manage. If you only have to eat one bite on the first day it takes the pressure off and allows your mind to relax and your body more receptive to eating it.
I’m challenging each of you to try this for 30 days. If by the end of 30 days you haven’t seen some amazing results in terms of your energy levels, better focus, more self-control, curbed cravings and a jump start in your weight loss give me a call and I will work with you personally to figure out how we can make breakfast work for you. You gotta email me and let me know that you are going to try it and we can track your progress together.
Enjoy your breakfast!