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Oat Bran in a Ray Peat Inspired Diet?

Ray Peat mentioned that he is trying a bit of Oat Bran recently and feeling better for it. I personally feel better minimising starches and grains. I still have 25% of my carbs as starch because I find just sugar/fruit alone doesn’t feel quite right, especially in winter.

So I bought some Oat Bran this Australian winter just to try it.

Read on to see what conclusions I’ve drawn.

Ok so first up the benefits of Oat Bran I’ve read over plain Rolled Oats is supposed to be less starch and more protein. But is this actually true?

Oat Bran

 

A quick look via cronometer.com shows the true picture. While what they’ve said IS true, really the difference is minimal.

There’s a trade off too, Oat Bran has more fibre, which we’ve learned isn’t necessarily a good thing. AND it has more fat! Being a grain it’s likely that this is polyunsaturated fat, so not exactly desirable.

However it’s barely worth the distinction between the two. Also I personally wouldn’t be eating a 1/2 cup of dry Oats or Oat Bran in one sitting because when you cook them up, it blows up to be a giant bowl of starch which creates endotoxin in the gut, and generally causes all the other issues associated with too much starch.

This page is a great read on Ray Peat quotes around starch and why we tip toe around starches.

There is supposed to be a whole pile of minerals in Oats and Oat Bran as well, but do we absorb them at all?

Ray Peat has previously said:

The phytic acid in the oats block absorption of much of the calcium; cooking the oats much longer than usual might improve its nutritional value.”

The emphasis is on “might” as in may not either, because apparently RAW OATS contain the phytate enzyme which helps break down phytic acid in oats when you just soak them in water. However all packaged oats are cooked/steam treated before they are packaged and sold. So soaking no longer works.

The  phytic acid impairs the absorption of iron, zinc, calcium, and more, and blocks the production of digestive enzymes.

So not exactly totally nutrition and digestion friendly.

This is how I made it to test it out for myself:

Measured a 1/4 cup of Oat Bran and cooked it in about 1.5 cups of water for about 10 minutes until it became thick and porridge-like. Oat Bran has a finer texture much like semolina, which was nice.

I added a pinch of salt, a few raisins and a big tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk.

Macros for this were:

Calories: 170 cal

Protein: 7g

Carbs: 36g

Fat: 2g

Fibre: 4g

Now while it tasted amazing, it’s not a good way to have it for the following reasons:

  1. Not at ALL macro balanced—it was super carb charged!
  2. If you are someone coming off Keto or are pre diabetic or diabetic, my add-ons shot a medium range GI of the Oat Bran which is a GI of 50 and continued sky high as Raisins are GI 66 and sweetened condensed milk is GI 80!

(Not that raising blood sugar is an issue for a healthy person whose carb processing systems kick in and shuttles that glucose into the cells where it’s supposed to go within 2 hours. It’s only an issue if it stays high in the blood stream for longer than 2 hours, in the case of diabetes.)

Now that I am Keto and Pre Diabetes recovered and all my carbohydrate processing systems work really well again, I felt nothing but good after this experimental meal. I had mental clarity, I wasn’t hungry again for a good few hours. When I started to feel a little hungry a few hours later, I had my super sweet coffee and then protein after that. And I felt really good.

Later though…

When it went though my system there was definitely a bit of bloating and gas going on. But the great benefit was regularity for at least 3 days afterwards.

In regard to constipation though, I think what happens in winter is that I struggle to eat as much fruit as I would like. When I eat the amount of fruit I should be eating, I have no trouble at all.

Here in Brisbane, Australia great fruit is available all the time, so that’s not the issue. The problem is that when it is a bit cooler, I don’t feel like eating cold fruit. So making hot fruit dishes like compote, apple sauce, baked fruit etc takes a bit more effort. All the peeling, cutting, cooking and making time to do it.

I’m lazy I know, but it is what it is.

Canned fruit or preserved fruit in jars is always an option, as long as it has only water and sugar and no other nasties in it. Then it can be warmed up.

The fibre content

I just wanted to touch on fruit, fibre and it’s relationship to constipation because often this is a reason that people are turning to oats or wheat bran or even beans! (See my run down of the Bean Protocol.)

Fibre is not the ONLY answer when it comes to healthy bowel movements but it certainly is part of it. The mainstream recommended daily amount is approx. 25g for women and 30g for men of fibre a day.

So if you eat 6 cups of fruit a day (as we do in the ZEN Beach Diet) then you would be getting your 30g of fibre a day. But some people just leave it out. Or have two apples and that’s it.

So you are leaving out one of the most CRITICAL parts of what makes this diet work – the vitamins, the minerals, the water, the fibre. We are supposed to be eating fruit instead of most vegetables because the veges have too much of a downside. See this article to see what these are.

Fruit then becomes the most important part of the whole diet, and we need to work out how to easily incorporate fruit into our meals. Or if where you live fruit is not readily available, then really consider the next best thing to replace it with the least downside. (I.E Fruit-like vegetables.)

For a run down on what else to consider when it comes to constipation, here is another article.

Moving forward

When you ponder all the nutritional facts around Oat Bran, it most definitely has some benefits and a downside as well. All food does actually, when you look into it. This is why Ray Peat singles out fruit and dairy as the least objectionable – you’re getting the most benefits with the least downside.

Is Oat Bran good or not?

All things considered, Oat Bran CAN be beneficial under the following circumstances:

  • The person is already reasonably healthy
  • With a good metabolic rate
  • They have a good balanced diet overall
  • A good balance of sugar-carbs (Fruit) to starch-carbs in their diet already

In this case, then an occasional plate of Oat Bran may be a beneficial addition.

For me, over the winter months, I might have it say once a week now, but with more fruity additions…

This is how I would make it to balance out macros a bit better if I had a blood sugar balance problem:

Fruity Oat Bran Breakfast

1 heaped TBS Oat Bran

1 cup of water

Pinch salt

1 cup of fruit compote (or canned fruit chopped up ,or frozen blueberries, or any frozen fruit)

1/2 cup low fat Greek Yogurt

1 TBS Skim Sweetened condensed milk (Can be honey or sugar)

Method

Boil the Oat Bran and salt in the water for 10 minutes.

Stir though the fruit compote to heat up a bit.

Spoon into a bowl, add the yogurt and drizzle the sweetened condensed milk on top.

Macros for this:

Calories: 320 cal

Protein:  15g

Carbs: 57g

Fat: 1g

(Some people might suggest adding butter to it to increase the fat macro. If you’re perfectly healthy this would be fine, and in fact Ray always suggests adding fat to starch to minimise it’s negative effects. But with diabetes, fat impairing glucose processing is the issue. So balancing the blood sugar with protein is a better choice for long term repair of the glucose processing function, in this particular case. )

Keep experimenting!

As always, consider the information, maybe try it and see how it feels to you. You may start incorporating it in, and then find a few months down the track your temperature starts going down. At least now we know what to watch out for in terms of health markers.

One thing is for sure, there is no one right answer and even Ray Peat changes his mind when he learns something new!

Always learning and adapting.

Kristy x

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Bean Protocol discussion from a Ray Peat Inspired perspective

Interesting topic raised in our private facebook group about the Bean Protocol by Karen Hurd. A member asked if anyone had tried it and discussion ensued about whether they had or hadn’t, and what they thought of it.

Now bottom line, this “diet” is completely contradictory to everything Ray Peat says.

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Lower Protein – Ray Peat Inspired

Ray Peat has shocked his followers by declaring on some recent podcasts that he has been experimenting with lower protein. (Date for reference July 2022.)

The amount he mentioned was 50g being the minimum for health and he was at about 60g at the moment. He found that if he reduced his protein to this amount, he was able to use less of his thyroid supplement and stay in good health.

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The Sun, Health & Weight Loss

A person online was asking about the ZEN Beach Diet and said “does it involve laying on the beach in the sun?” I think they were trying to be funny but it may have shocked them a little when I replied, “absolutely it does!!”

Many people are really not aware of the importance of sunlight and light generally, when it comes to their health. It is actually critical for both physical and mental health and should be a regular part of your lifestyle. That is, if your health is important to you.

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Constipation Help – Ray Peat Inspired

We recently conducted a survey in our private Facebook group and 60% of respondents said they experienced constipation some of the time with 40% of those advising it was quite frequent.

I usually write about issues that I have personally and how I overcame it, and this one is no exception. A weird thing happened a few weeks back where out of the blue, I felt like I was no longer having any urge to poop.

At all.

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Ray Peat Diet Beginner Issues

When people first start on a Ray Peat diet, most find it confusing, overwhelming and contradictory to everything else they’ve ever learned about health.

Then some negative effects start to kick in. They start to wonder if this approach is any good at all. Isn’t a Ray Peat diet supposed to be great for your health? Why do I feel like crap?

At this point, most give it away.

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Ray Peat Carrot Salad

Ray Peat Carrot Salad

 

One of the first things you hear about when starting to follow a Ray Peat way of eating is the Ray Peat Carrot Salad.

I have included it in the meal plans of both my ZEN Beach Diet book and my 3 Day Summer RESTART books, because it’s a pretty important part of a daily routine.

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Index

After writing for over 7 years now, I often forget about articles I’ve previously written. Also the search function on this blog isn’t the best. So to help everyone out, I’ve create an index page to list and link all the articles in alphabetical order. Now we can all find them!

Happy reading.

10 ways to help your weight loss resolutions stick
3 Day Juicing Cleanse
At first I was losing weight, now it’s coming back!
Bad personal trainers
Best diet for weight loss
Best exercise for losing weight – One Ten Toned
Best exercise to lose weight
Best way to lose weight long term
Body temperature affects weight loss
Caffeine in Coffee
Cardio Workout at Home – Fast Metabolism
Cheeses Protein vs Fat
Coconut water and why it’s awesome.
Coffee Alternative
Dairy is good for you, or is it?
Dairy, Big Boobs and Belly Fat
Dangerous Grains – A book that blew my mind
Dieting, weight loss and health
Do you weigh yourself every day?
Don’t stress about eating
Dr Ray Peat – fast metabolism & healthy hormones.
Easy Desserts Sweet Treats Book
Exercise for weight loss? Not quite the remedy we’ve been led to believe.
EzySafe solves can opener problems
Fast metabolism snacks
Fasting Diet – is it the best solution?
Fat Burner HIIT
Five weight loss mistakes
Free Course Sign Up
From a Keto Diet to Pro Metabolic eating
From a Low Carb Diet to Pro Metabolic Part 2 – The OUT list.
Good-bye Jessica Ainscough The Wellness Warrior
Holiday eating and carb loading
Home Workout for a Fast Metabolism – One Ten Toned
How high cortisol causes belly fat
How much caffeine in a cup of coffee
How much protein do I need.
How to drink coffee for a fast metabolism
How to lose weight fast
How to stop emotional eating.
How to tighten loose skin
Intense exercise is not the key to weight loss
Intermittent Fasting – The 5:2 Diet
Is dietary advice causing food stress?
Kayla Itsines Thinning Hair and Stretch Marks
Keto hair loss
Ketogenic Diet Dangers
Lite as a Feather
Loose Skin Solution
Lose weight – Summer Diet RESTART
Lose weight fast and other bad advice.
Low Fat Diet – A Health Perspective
Low polyunsaturated fat skincare
Macros. Are all macros necessary at all meals?
Metabolic rate and burning calories; Metabolism Boosting Foods – Coffee
Muscles burn calories faster – apparently
Natural Deodorant Review
New year goals
Oatmeal – healthy or not?
Polyunsaturated fats cause weight gain
Potato Diet
Raw cacao chocolate may not be such a super food.
Ray Peat beginners guide to eating for a fast metabolism; Ray Peat Diet; Ray Peat Diet Beginner Issues
Ray Peat Inspired Diet;  Ray Peat Carrot Salad
Ray Peat Recipes
Ray Peat Weight Loss
Running for weight loss
Skim Milk is good for you
Stevia causes Belly Fat
Sugar Sucrose Fructose
Sweet Treats Dessert Recipes
The Zen Beach Diet
The Zen Beach Diet – How to lose weight
Thyroid blood tests – the easy way.
Undoing Keto Diet Damage
Weight loss goals part 2
Weight Loss Journey
Weight loss mindset
Weight loss resolutions
Weight Watchers Wendy
What I eat in a day – Ray Peat Inspired
What is Psyllium Husk
What’s up with curbing cravings?
Why grains are unhealthy
Worlds First Selfie Wedding

 

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Ray Peat Diet

Ray Peat Diet

Ray Peat style diet made easy.

Do you frantically try and lose weight every year just before Summer?

With a Ray Peat inspired diet, THIS year is the LAST time you’ll need to do this.

You’ll also have:-

  • More energy
  • Better sleep
  • Better moods
  • Balanced hormones
  • Fast metabolism
  • No starvation
  • No intensive exercise (some exercise yes, but nothing horrid)
  • You get to have coffee, delicious fruit, ice cream and many of the things you love to eat, because they’re actually good for your thyroid and metabolism.

 

You will feel amazing!

 

Prepare to un-learn everything you thought you knew about health.

Others are charging hundreds, even thousands of dollars, for the same information.

You even get access to a Facebook support group to keep learning and asking questions!

 

Start today and feel the best you have in years!

 

For a  tiny price of only US$7.70 the ZEN Beach Diet ebook includes:

  • Run down of main points of Ray Peat diet information
  • A 7-day meal plan
  • Delicious recipes
  • Tips and hints for weight loss with this diet
  • A unique portion system to avoid calorie counting
  • Beautifully photographed and a delight to read
  • A Facebook support group

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Join hundreds of women who are already enjoying this unique eating style and feeling better than ever.

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It’s the only book of it’s kind anywhere in the world, that gives you the precise information you need, for the tiny price.

Start your Ray Peat inspired journey the right way from the beginning.

 

Available today for immediate download worldwide.

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Note: if you’d like a little more information first, head to the Ray Peat Beginners Guide.

3 Day Summer Diet restart

Lose weight – Summer Diet RESTART

 

Hands up who’s eating has been a little all over the place lately and needs to lose weight and get back on track with a Summer Diet Restart that’s Dr Ray Peat Inspired?

The good news is that I’ve just created the new Zen Beach Diet 3 Day Summer RESTART book and double bonus – you can even get it for FREE! Read on to find out how.

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