[center]No-Grain Oatmeal [/center]
Coach Charles Poliquin, trainer of more Olympians, pro-athletes, and bodybuilders than you can shake a proverbial stick at, had just dropped a bomb on me.
First he dissed junk food. (No problem there.) Then he dissed bread. (You go, big guy!) Then he dissed oatmeal…
Oh, come on! Oatmeal? It’s a muscle-building, energy-sustaining staple, Coach!
“Only 25% of the world’s population is carbohydrate adapted,” he told me, “and most of them are Asian. Also, oatmeal is the most common food allergen. It comes from the grass family after all. In 2001 I ran blood work on every single one of my clients using six different labs. Oatmeal always came out as the most frequent food allergen. It can raise cortisol and lead to the storage of fat in the abdominal area.”
Well, I thought, that sucks. So much for my usual breakfast of <a href="https://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_store?src=vdiet"target=“new”>Metabolic Drive and oats!
I did some more poking around and learned that grains, even good old-fashioned oatmeal, generally don’t do a body good, probably because our biologies haven’t adapted to them. They’re “new” to humans in the big picture. Anti-nutrients, inflammation, and allergens… interference with fat loss, bloat… even interference with your body’s processing of <a href="http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_nutrition/d_is_for_doping&cr="target=“new”>Vitamin D.
It took me a long time to believe Poliquin, but when I reduced then later omitted the gains, I quickly saw the light.
If you’re struggling, if you just can’t seem to lose the chub or the bloat, then ditch the oats for a while and see what happens. Maybe it’s something that’s been holding back your progress and you didn’t even realize it.
For some folks who struggle with getting lean and staying that way, cutting out oatmeal and other grains may also be the perfect fine-tuning step. If you’ve already removed the obvious body-wreckers (cereal, pasta, beer, bread) and still can’t crack into single-digit body fat, then this final step of going grain-free or 95% grain-free could be just what you need. (Or just do the <a href="http://velocity.tmuscle.com/free_online_program/sports_body_training_diet_velocity/velocity_diet_30#velocity-diet-3-0"target=“new”>V-Diet
and get it over with.)
I’ve found that getting rid of oatmeal has helped me to stay lean. I’d rather “spend” my carbs on peri-workout nutrition, some fruit, the occasional starchy veggie, or a glass of red wine. Still, nothing beats a hot 'n hearty bowl of mush some mornings. For that, I now eat “no-atmeal”, pronounce note-meal.
Yep, it’s no-grain oatmeal. I learned of this recipe through Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, who in turn learned it from one of his readers. Here’s how to make it.
[center] No-Grain Oatmeal [/center]
1 handful of walnuts
1 handful of pecans
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
1 or 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 pinch of ground nutmeg
1 pinch ground ginger
1 tablespoon almond butter (or any nut butter; I used cashew)
1 banana, mashed
3 omega-3 enriched eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or more if you like it runnier)
2 teaspoons pumpkin seeds (optional)
1 handful of berries (optional)
Putting All That Stuff Together
A small food processor really helps here, but you could get by without one. Place walnuts, pecans, spice and flax seed into the food pro and give it a few pulses. Don’t grind it into powder though; leave it coarse. No food pro? Smash the nuts as best as you can in a sandwich baggie, then add flax and spices. Mix well. Set aside.
Add eggs and almond milk to a bowl and whisk until it starts to thicken a little. (A shaker bottle works well here too.)
3. Smash together the banana and the nut butter. Combine well with egg mixture.
Now add the nut/spice blend and mix well. Warm on the stove or in the microwave until it thickens to whatever consistency you like. Stir frequently.
Top with berries, pumpkin seeds or whatever the heck you want. Enjoy.
Yield: Two big bowls of steaming goodness.
Add a scoop of chocolate Metabolic Drive for more protein and a cocoa twist. Strawberry or banana cream MD works well too. Thin with additional almond milk if needed.
Use chocolate or vanilla unsweetened almond milk for additional flavor.
Use different nuts and berries on top. Almond slivers and blueberries should work very well.
Even if you can handle oatmeal just fine, I bet you’ll like this one better. Give it a shot and see. Then, snap a pic and share your variations below. – Chris