OATMEAL BEFORE BED FILLS U UP...

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LISAMSV

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Posted: 05 Apr 2014, 21:55
I READ, AND TRIED, EATING OATMEAL BEFORE GOING TO BED, WITH A SMALL CARB (3 SLICES OF MELBA TOAST). IT DOES SATISFY THE TUMMY BEFORE RETIRING TO BED. Smile ONLY PROBLEM, STILL IS PORTION CONTROL. I NEED 2 PACKETS OF OATMEAL, 1 DOESN'T SEEM TO DO THE JOB. Sad LISAMSV
LisaMarieV.
Hoser

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Posted: 05 Apr 2014, 22:29
Oatmeal is a carb, you know.

I have no concept of what a packet of oatmeal is; I buy oatmeal (both rolled oats and steel-cut oats) in bulk. Whatever you do, don't buy flavored oatmeal-- that stuff is full of sugar and who knows what else. Yuck. I often eat steel-cut oats topped with fresh berries for breakfast.

Oh! I just looked up Quaker oatmeal packets, since I assume that's what you were referring to. Here's some info:

One packet of plain instant oatmeal is 100 calories and 0g of sugar. It contains:

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WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, CALCIUM CARBONATE, SALT, GUAR GUM, CARAMEL COLOR, REDUCED IRON, VITAMIN A PALMITATE.


My, that sound tasty, doesn't it? Their maple and brown sugar oatmeal is 160 calories per packet and 12g of sugar, and contains:

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WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, SUGAR, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, GUAR GUM, CARAMEL COLOR, NIACINAMIDE*, REDUCED IRON, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE*, RIBOFLAVIN*, THIAMIN MONONITRATE*, FOLIC ACID*.
*ONE OF THE B VITAMINS


Their apple and cinnamon stuff has 12g of sugar and contains:

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WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, SUGAR, DEHYDRATED APPLES (TREATED WITH SODIUM SULFITE TO PROMOTE COLOR RETENTION), NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SALT, CINNAMON, CALCIUM CARBONATE, CITRIC ACID, GUAR GUM, MALIC ACID, NIACINAMIDE*, REDUCED IRON, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE*, RIBOFLAVIN*, THIAMIN MONONITRATE*, FOLIC ACID*, CARAMEL COLOR


When I make oatmeal, the ingredients are oats, butter, fresh berries. I find this combination tasty and delicious, and I don't have to worry about added sugars and chemicals.
mummydee

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Posted: 06 Apr 2014, 07:21
Why would you carb up before going to bed? Carbs give instant energy.... If I wanted to feel full all night I would Protein up! much longer lasting and healthier and just plain better...

That processed 'crap' is just that, as Hoser explained, if you're going to eat oatmeal, eat the real oatmeal. It at least has nutritional value and no added chemical garbage.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 06 Apr 2014, 09:57
2 packets of oatmeal + "small carb" melba toast = lots of carbs, so not sure why the "small carb" comment.
I'm with the others, not sure why you would want to load up on carbs right before bed - sugar overload for sure. Not sure why you would need to fill up before going to bed either - I mean you are going to be sleeping, so you shouldn't be concerned about being hungry! If you are that hungry right before bed, then maybe you need to look at what you are or are not eating for dinner.

Sorry if it sounds like we are bashing you, but if you are trying to lose weight, this will probably not work - unless you are eating a lot smaller amount during the day.

ETA: okay, so now I read your profile - if you are having breathing problems, you probably need to eat smaller amounts in one sitting. 2 packets of oatmeal, I would think would sit heavily and probably make it more uncomfortable for breathing.
If you are open for suggestions, I would decrease your sodium intake, stay away from simple carbs, maybe even reduce your milk intake. And, I would probably reduce my overall caloric intake. I'm about 10 years younger, workout daily - fairly intense cardio 3-4 times/week and weight training 3-4 x week and I am not eating nearly that amount of calories. Just saying, if you want to lose the weight ASAP, then you probably need to make some changes.
Hoser

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Posted: 06 Apr 2014, 10:56
Oh yeah, I was going to mention that. Loading up with carbs before bed seems like a weird thing to want to do. If you really want an evening snack, how about:

An apple, 70 calories
Two poached eggs, 150 calories
Two cups of popcorn (2T pre-popping), 110 calories
A carton of Greek yogurt, varies but maybe 130 calories
A cup of blueberries topped with a tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt, maybe 100 calories

You seem to be eating lots of stuff like cereal in fairly large portions. You may want to cut most of that stuff out and start eating way more fresh vegetables. You can pretty much stuff yourself with low-calorie vegetable-based dishes and get way fewer calories than what you're eating now. For example, I made a carrot and asparagus stir fry the other night that was absolutely delicious, and came in at around 150 calories per serving. Eat that with a cup of brown rice and you have a nutritious, filling meal that comes in at around 150 calories. To add protein, cook some chicken, shrimp, or tofu in the stir fry.
mummydee

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Posted: 06 Apr 2014, 11:28
I would also be very concerned about the sodium intake, I try for no more than 1200 a day and get that all from natural sources, no processed foods.

Over 7,000 in one day is way too high and can cause so many problems as well as water retention.

Have a look at what contains the high #'s and you'll probably find its the processed foods including the deli meats.



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