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September 8, 2011 8:47 PM
I have been eating oatmeal for breakfast the past few mornings with blueberries. I find I get really hungry after only an hour or two. Does anyone else have this problem? Or is it all in my head? I actually noticed it before I even changed my eating habits, so I really don't think it's all in my head.
September 8, 2011 8:49 PM
Not me but i usually have the instant and have 2 packages don't feel hungary for hours. Love it
September 8, 2011 8:50 PM
I too cannot eat oatmeal for breakfat. I actually get shaky and feel yucky if I do, or any carbs for breakfast
September 8, 2011 8:50 PM
It's not in your head. When I ate cereal for breakfast, I was always hungry about an hour later. Now I eat eggs or quiche for brunch (I'm a late riser), and I'm good until my next scheduled meal.
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September 8, 2011 8:51 PM
glad to know I am not alone!! I will try something with protein and see how that goes.
September 8, 2011 8:51 PM
it's likely the insulin spike from the carbs in the oatmeal. what do you put on it? does it come pre-sweetened? is it instant? all of these things come into play and can have a pretty dramatic effect on your insulin levels.
September 8, 2011 8:52 PM
Try steel cut oats. Add a spoon of greek yogurt and some chopped nuts for protein and a bit of fat. This usually holds me over for about 3 hours. Coach's Oats cooks in 5 mins and tastes great.
Edited by PenTool On September 8, 2011 8:53 PM
September 8, 2011 8:52 PM
Mine comes with a 3 egg and 3 whites omelette, and is an hour after my waking up protein shake and fruit. I'm fine until my first snack?
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September 8, 2011 8:53 PM
I usually feel hungry with carb meals, not hungry with protein meals...

I love oatmeal -- so when I do that, I actually mix it with quinoa and add greek yogurt, soy milk and walnuts for extra protein. Then I don't feel hungry.
Edited by MissMaryMac33 On September 8, 2011 8:53 PM
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September 8, 2011 8:54 PM
QUOTE:

I too cannot eat oatmeal for breakfat. I actually get shaky and feel yucky if I do, or any carbs for breakfast


Classic hypoglycemic reaction or insulin spike -- this is exactly why i have to eat low-carb/high protein.
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September 8, 2011 8:55 PM
I guess its all physiological. I feel full with oatmeal.
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September 8, 2011 8:56 PM
Have you tried drinking a glass of skim milk with your oatmeal? That milk will give you protein and more energy! But I have hunger problems too and go over my calorie limit. I have to be careful of my food choices but I have lost weight even tho I don't meet my calorie goals too often.

I used to eat cereal, toast with peanut butter every morning. But after pregnancy, I craved eggs and heavy breakfast food. Now that I reach the 40 age, I still crave eggs but only like egg whites and cheese, no heavy breakfast. Can't stand hash brown potatoes, biscuits and gravy or eating at a "greasy spoon" any more.
September 8, 2011 8:57 PM
I stir in a Tbsp of chia seeds and am perfectly content until lunch.
September 8, 2011 8:58 PM
I eat the steel cut oats (the round cannister stuff that takes a whole six minutes to cook) and have a piece of cheese or an egg with it. Ihave to have carbs because I'm diabetic, but I become so hungry in two hours its not funny. Protein solves that.
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September 8, 2011 8:59 PM
I eat Oatmeal for breakfast several days a week.. Try adding Raspberries instead of blueberries.. (more fiber) I also add 1/2 scoop of Maxpro vanilla protein powder and a little flax oil.. Keeps me full :)
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September 8, 2011 9:00 PM
Oatmeal does the same for me... UNLESS it is the steel cut oatmeal which takes much longer to cook. This kind has a lower glycemic index. Have you tried that?
I don't have time in the am to cook the steel cut oatmeal so I have a greek yogurt with a lot of water and I am good for hours.
September 8, 2011 9:00 PM
Do you have sugar in your oatmeal, or (even worse) use those sugary flavoured sachets? If so, that is probably the cause of the problem. Plain oats are fairly low GI, complex carbs, and even have a reasonable protein content. You can add some chopped nuts to increase the protein/fat hit if you have the calories to spare.
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September 8, 2011 9:02 PM
Same here! I need protein to stay satisfied generally - try eggs/egg whites? Carbohydrates in general aren't very filling to me - even super fibrous ones.
September 8, 2011 9:03 PM
Technically, oatmeal does have protein in it. What type of oatmeal re we talking about - instant, sugared? Steel cut are awesome as someone mentioned, I don't have the time, so most mornings I have:

3/4 cup old fashioned/thick rolled oats, 1/4 apple. 1 date, 1 tbsp walnuts, 1 tbsp hemp seeds. Cover with boiling water. Cover with plate and let sit for about 5 minutes, maybe a bit longer. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

No instant oats, no sweetened oats. I eat this almost every day, at the very least days I have classes. Keeps me full until lunch.
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September 8, 2011 9:06 PM
QUOTE:

When I ate cereal for breakfast, I was always hungry about an hour later. Now I eat eggs or quiche for brunch (I'm a late riser), and I'm good until my next scheduled meal.


Same here. I love oatmeal (the thick rolled oats or steel cut) and I could eat it all the time for every meal! BUT I would get hungry just a couple hours later (400 calories worth of oats, apple and milk). But I too found that when I switched to eating a breakfast of eggs (whole eggs!) with some bacon or some veggies (or both), I can last until lunch without a problem. I now aim to just keep my blood sugar as steady as possible all the time and I find that I can last for a long time without even thinking about food.

Oatmeal might not be as insulin spiking as some foods, but I still think that it does a number on blood sugar in a way that eggs just don't.
September 8, 2011 9:10 PM
Sounds to me like you need more protein and less carbs in the morning. I also get hungry soon after eating oatmeal or any other carb-heavy meal for breakfast. I do much better on eggs, bacon and fruit, or greek yogurt, almonds and fruit.

God bless!
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September 8, 2011 9:13 PM
QUOTE:

Technically, oatmeal does have protein in it. What type of oatmeal re we talking about - instant, sugared?


I'm not the OP, but when I ate oatmeal I would eat steel cut oats from a big ol' tub, unsweetened, cooked with water. I'd be hungry an hour and half later. Frown.
September 8, 2011 9:24 PM
I can't do oatmeal for breakfast even though I love it. I doctor it all up with nuts, chia seeds and have even tried it with plenty of fat hoping to slow down the digestion but I just process it too fast. I have to have protein for breakfast or I'm just ravenous all day. Edited to say that I use whole oat groats or flake them myself so we're not talking processed here.
Edited by knittnponder On September 8, 2011 9:25 PM
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September 8, 2011 9:26 PM
That is what happens with low fat/high carb dieting. You are hungry quickly and not satisfied for long. One of the reasons I do the very opposite, even though I used to like eating oatmeal.
September 8, 2011 10:44 PM
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Technically, oatmeal does have protein in it. What type of oatmeal re we talking about - instant, sugared?


I'm not the OP, but when I ate oatmeal I would eat steel cut oats from a big ol' tub, unsweetened, cooked with water. I'd be hungry an hour and half later. Frown.


Well, honestly, if I ate ONLY oats, I would be hungry, too. But I add several other things to it to boost fats, protein, etc. Tastier and I get a wider variety of nutrients. So, making it more of a meal rather than an item, I guess, makes it filling - for me, anyway.
Edited by veganbaum On September 8, 2011 10:46 PM
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