Allow me to share a rather embarrassing story with you. We rented a house last summer right up the street from the trailhead that leads to the top of Pike’s Peak. I woke up early one morning and decided to hike half way up (6.8 miles) to Barr Camp and then run back down. Barr Camp is used as a base camp for many hikers, and provides information as well as limited food and beverages to those hoping to climb to the top of the mountain. After some coffee and a small bowl of oatmeal, I shoved $2 in my pocket planning to buy some water once I reached the camp. In a little over 2 hours, I arrived at my destination feeling somewhat loopy. No water + elevation = bad idea! Note to self: purchase Camelbak. Unfortunately, Barr Camp does not sell bottled water. They offered to let me use their filtration system to filter my own water, but I didn’t have any sort of container to use. They looked at me like I was crazy. So, I used my $2 to buy a Diet Coke. I know, I know, what was I thinking? I’ll be the first to admit that a real Coke or a banana would have been a wiser choice in this situation. Anyway, I turned around and ran the 7 miles back to the house. The first thing CD said when he saw me was Eat something…now. Guess I looked a little rough after 14 miles on nothing but a diet soda.
This was in the midst of my Primal Eating phase. After gaining weight on a month or so of mostly raw foods & juice (too much fruit for my bod), I decided to try an entirely different approach to eating. I basically went high protein, low carb and developed a fear of grains. I lost all my weight eating oatmeal almost daily, but all of a sudden, it was my enemy. I missed it so much and was forever in search of a low carb version of my favorite breakfast. One morning, I even tried making my own with cottage cheese and flax seed. Yeah, don’t try that.
Back to my Pike’s Peak adventure…I had eaten a small bowl of oats as I knew I would need some extra energy, and my usual breakfast of coffee and cream wasn’t going to cut it that day. When I arrived home from my hike shaking, CD told me to eat more oatmeal, but instead I started baking some chicken or something. Two bowls of oatmeal in one day? I just couldn’t do it. However, the thought of chicken was making me sick. So, I gave in and made a big bowl of oatmeal with vanilla protein powder and a ripe peach. Oatmeal had never tasted so good, and to this day, that bowl will go down in history as my favorite. For the past few days, I’ve been enjoying it again and again with some fresh Colorado grown peaches.
Shortly after I welcomed oatmeal back into my life, I gave up on Primal Eating. Many aspects of the diet seem completely reasonable, but it was not the eating plan for me. I gained weight on that one too. Again, my body seems to do best on little sugar, plenty of veggies, some protein & fat, and oatmeal…lots of oatmeal. I’m not sure why. Maybe it does come down to calories. Maybe it’s because oatmeal satiates me more than a piece of meat. Whatever the reason, it works for me, and I will never forsake my beloved oatmeal again.