Ever since I lost Sam, my digestive track has been off. One of the many effects of post-traumatic stress, apparently. Painful cramps became part of my every day life and I just didn’t seem to see the end of it. Then a few months ago, I happened to catch this documentary midway, about all the health benefits of oatmeal. Seriously, OATMEAL of all things. I’ll be honest: I never liked it. It’s bland, the texture isn’t my thing, and there’s just nothing appealing about it. But the results of the experiment shown were enough to prompt me to buy a big box of oatmeal and give it a try. I daily ate one bowl of oatmeal mixed with warm milk and a little bit of brown sugar. And sure enough, after 2 weeks, the cramps started to lessen. They were completely gone within a month and I now feel like my old self again. I had to change the recipe though, because the taste was just too gross for me. So here’s what works for me taste-wise:
Vanilla flavored yogurt, whole grain cereal, dark chocolate shavings, and of course: oatmeal. I don’t let it soak. I just eat it right away. It’s so much better this way! Some days, I eat it in the morning as part of my breakfast. While other days I eat it as an afternoon snack. Every once in a while, I add dried banana flakes and golden raisins.
I’m pretty sure this mix will evolve with time. And if I end up with a completely different result from what I eat now, I will make sure to post an updated version later on!
In any case, I definitely recommend eating a portion of oats every day! In case you need more convincing, here are some interesting articles:
And more specifically about the documentary itself: