Warning: do not continue to read this post if you are squeamish and/0r are
I am about to reveal the sad sad truth about my oatmeal consumption.
During the first 30 days of my weight loss program, I ate oatmeal pretty
much everyday. I was proud of myself, too. It takes time to prepare,
and somehow I found the time. It’s healthy and it kicked my energy into
gear for the day, which I really loved! I felt great!!
But then something odd started to happen… (squeamish people- I told
you to stop reading…) my bowel movements started to become painful.
Then, I clogged one of our three toilets. Very effectively. It was like I
shoved cement down the pipes. We fixed that toilet, then I clogged
one of the other toilets. And then another. I clogged all the toilets in
our home (thankfully not all at once). And I thought it was just from
breastfeeding and crappy plumbing in this old house (not my own
crappy plumbing- OH, I’m so funny I can’t stand it).
Then our power went out (not my fault!!), and we relocated to my
mother in law’s home. And I clogged her toilet, too. She has good toilets
that work well all of the time. So that took out the crappy plumbing
theory (in our house).
I took a closer look at what I was eating
(mentally!) and came up with the Oatmeal Theory. Oatmeal was
making me poop cement. It hurt and I was breaking down perfectly
good toilets. I had to stop! I quit the oatmeal, and I went to the pharmacy.
Told them the issue, and that I was breast feeding, and asked what I
could take. They said no drugs- drink prune juice.
Have you ever tasted prune juice? It isn’t great. It isn’t terrible, but
it isn’t great. Anyway, it’s been 5 days since I killed my MIL’s toilet,
and things are loosening up a bit. I am at a loss for what to eat for
breakfast. I got some Kashi Autumn Harvest Cereal, and I like it
but it makes me feel bloated and tired. I tried fruit salad with low
fat organic yogurt, and that doesn’t give me any energy either.
Tomorrow, if the child lets me, I will try eggs.
I will say this, I don’t think oatmeal is completely to blame for
the downfall of the toilets. I think it was just too much of a good
thing. So when I get settled into a new breakfast routine over
here I will slowly add the oatmeal back in. It’s still super healthy
and it still gives me energy. But I will consume it NO MORE than
once every other day.
So what’s the moral of the story? It IS possible to get too much of
a good thing. Switch up your food choices for variety and health.
I know this was WAY TMI, so judge me if you will, but I think it
was important to disclose this information since I spent 30 days
encouraging people to follow in my footsteps. Here is where I went
wrong. Learn from my mistake and keep your own plumbing in tiptop
Your Fitness Coach,