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Happy Nutrition Month to you all   it's your Girl JA Nursing  here, you know it's winter when the porridge starts bubbling in my Kitchen. As your Advocate, I am constantly searching for ways to keep you knowledgeable. Remember Lack of Knowledge Is a Disease 

If you are from a West Indian  background  you know all about #OATs,  Oatmeal the Almighty Stamina ingredient, but check out the other great benefits of eating oatmeal.  As we Move into March lets remember that March is  National Nutrition Month. One of the most  comment questions asked   is  whether  oatmeal is Gluten Free?

Oats do contain some gluten called Avenin, but it is a bit different to the gluten found in wheat.  Some people with Celiac Disease   a disease in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting food.
 can tolerate oats.  Most oats have been cross-contaminated with gluten at the farm where it is produced cited by many sites however   If you  have Celiac disease, you should talk to your doctor first before trying oats. It is very important to always remember to discuss any symptoms that you experience at any time with your Doctor or you can talk to you advocate to help you direct your care.
Oatmeal is a whole grain, and eating whole grains can lower your risk for several diseases, including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Oatmeal also contains lignans, a plant chemical that has been found to prevent heart disease.

Eating oatmeal can lower your cholesterol, especially your LDL, or "bad" cholesterol. If you've been diagnosed with high cholesterol, consider adding oatmeal to your daily menu. If you have a family history of high cholesterol stay on top of it. Family history speaks volumes. I've known many skinny individuals that have been plagued with the ongoing battle of high  cholesterol. Use food as your medicine. Recheck your numbers every 3 months.  Always consult with your Doctor or if yu are not sure contact your Health Care Advocate 

Oatmeal is a source of fiber. That means when you eat oats for breakfast, you're going to feel full for a long time. Breakfast foods high in sugar and fat can make you feel full for a brief period, but then you're hungry again. Sorry McDonald's your Sausage Egg Combo otherwise known as  Combo #2  is off my meal plan.  By the way, we all have guilty pleasures and it is better to recognize  what's your guilty pleasure so you can take action 

I don't know about you but as a child, I had eczema so bad that my Mother used to make me wear Dickies along with all my shirts, LOL But oats also have outstanding benefits for your skin

If you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more benefits of oats, I’ve managed to find some!  Not only are oats great for the inside of your body but they are good for the outside too.  They are hypoallergenic so they are great for people with eczema for soothing the skin.

Simple Oatmeal Scrub

You can make a great exfoliating scrub with oats.  This is very natural, will save you a fortune in expensive facial scrubs, and it is very easy to do. Here is a very simple recipe:
  • Oatmeal 
  • Warm water
  • Put a handful of oatmeal in a bowl and add enough warm water to make up a paste.
  • Apply it to your face avoiding the eye area and gently scrub.
  • Wash it off with warm water.
  • Your skin should feel softer and smoother

Oatmeal Bath Bomb

If you add oatmeal to your bath, it with soothe and soften your skin in a very gentle way and cost you pennies.
  • Small mesh drawstring bag
  • Oatmeal 
  • Add the oatmeal to the mesh bag and close it.
  • Add the bag to the running bath water.
  • Have a lovely relaxing soak in the bath and emerge with very soft skin all over.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about oats.  If you have any other questions or comments about oats, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below. What is your favourite type of oats and how do you use them?

Lastly your not doing yourself any justice without the ultimate  Oatmeal Smoothie A breakfast smoothie, consisting of blended oats, fruit, and ice,  which can satisfy your hunger easily until lunch.
You know the smoothie drill by now but let me refresh your memory. 
Step 1. Grab these Ingredients and lets Go!
  • Oats. I recommend old fashioned rolled oats over instant or quick oats--they're less processed and better for you. But, instant or quick oats will work, if that's what you have on hand. Steel-cut oats aren't recommended for these smoothies because they don't blend and soften well.
  • Yogurt  If you wish - Optional 
  • Milk.  I don't  use milk  -Optional
  • Fruit juice. This is optional. You can use all milk for the smoothie liquid, or a combination of milk and juice. You'll see in my 6 recipes that I did it both ways. Fruit juices can vary a lot in their flavor, nutrition and sweetness. 
  • Blender. 
  •  Mason jars. You can use any 2 cup container, but mason jars are the perfect size for storing, serving, and grab-and-go convenience. They stack and store easily in the fridge and freezer. They can be found at Dollarama
 So what's next? Always Remember to know your numbers  when you  get blood taken or when you take your blood pressure or blood sugar.   Keep moving, Exercise combined  with great eating is a definite recipe  for success.

 This has been  watching out for your health with Michelle Smith. Don't forget to check out my  health and wellness  articles in  The Toronto Caribbean Newspaper,   Toronto's #1  Community focused Newspaper here's a download for  you

I hope you enjoyed learning more about oats.  If you have any other questions or comments about oats, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below. What is your favourite type of oats and how do you use them?

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