That’s a mouthful.
I love eating breakfast. I love eating this breakfast in particular. There used to be a time in my life where I would skip breakfast everyday. I would grab an apple and a piece of bread and walk out the door. That might not sound so bad, right? If you thought an apple and whole grain bread for breakfast was healthy you’d be right , however, that was what I would eat for the entire day.
I would leave to school at 8:00 a.m. and return home after work at 10:00 p.m. having only eaten that apple and bread. I was completely obsessed with weighing a certain weight. I would be happy when I was that weight, finally. It’s funny now when I think back at how happiness was always just around the corner, ‘I’ll be happy when……’
I reached that goal weight and still wasn’t happy. How could I possibly be happy when I was only eating an apple and bread? Duh! I’m sure you can imagine I couldn’t maintain that weight for long. After a few months I gained all the weight I had lost back and then some. In fact, I became the heaviest I had ever been after that.
I waisted five, maybe six years of my life doing this. Not at this extreme level, but restricting calories non the less. My husband would always tell me that I could eat whatever I wanted and still maintain the low weight I was after. What he was saying couldn’t really resonate with me. I had stayed small for fifteen years eating less than I should have, and old habits really die-hard.
It’s been four months since I’ve really changed my eating. I probably eat 5 meals a day with multiple snacks in between. The part that really puts a smile on my face? I weigh what I did when I wasn’t eating. I feel great. I’m not a cranky bitch all the time from being hungry. I look forward to eating when I used to dread it, and I don’t have my husband harping on my eating habits. Win, Win, Win.
I wouldn’t skip breakfast now for anything in the world. It doesn’t matter if I’m running late. I eat this Oatmeal Peanut Butter Banana breakfast everyday. I even look forward to it. It warms me up and keeps me full. It fuels me through a two-hour workout. It reminds me that I love myself now. Something I would never say before. Can your breakfast do that?
Peanut Butter, Banana, Hemp Heart and Maple Oatmeal
1/2 cup whole rolled oats
1.5 cups water
1/2 ripe banana sliced
2 teaspoons hemp hearts
1 teaspoon maple
1 heaping teaspoon peanut butter
In a small saucepan add oats and water. Cook until water is absorbed and oats are soft. About 5 minutes. In a bowl add peanut butter, banana, hemp hearts and maple. Pour warm gooey oatmeal goodness in bowl and mix well. Enjoy!
I eat my oatmeal snuggled up to my love and a warm blanket. You should too!