Stop Following Directions
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Today's entry is a little silly, but I'm writing it down so I remember to do it!
I have always enjoyed eating oatmeal for breakfast. My mom made a big pot of it and served it with milk and sugar. It was morning comfort food. Although I never much cared for the packets of instant (sugary glue!) I've made and eaten bushels of oats over the years. My latest variation includes adding dried fruit during cooking and sprinkling some nuts on top.
This summer, my craving or happiness for oatmeal has been waning. I wasn't sure why - I know how incredibly healthy it is, and how much I need that. I decided it was just because it was summer, and hot, and nobody likes hot cereal in the heat.
But I realized this morning as I sat eating my oatmeal, it had nothing to do with summer. It was the daunting idea of having the finish this whole bowl! It was too much. One serving was too much. The first few spoonfuls tasted great. But by the time I was halfway through I was done. After that, every spoonful seemed almost sickening. And although I suppose I could put half in the fridge and reheat it later or tomorrow, I'm not sure I would really follow through with that.
Now, I've been making the same amount of oatmeal for years. One cup water and half cup oats. An easy recipe to cut in half. So why don't I? Why did it never occur to me to deviate from the directions? Well, because the box (although I buy in bulk, I still remember what the box says) tells me one half cup is one serving. And since oats are so darned healthy, I should eat a full serving right?
No, not at all. Not if it leaves me feeling too full and a bit queasy. I could easily make a half recipe, and then add something else - a piece of fruit perhaps, and still have a good breakfast.
So I wrote this down to remember - next time make half as much! Offhand, I can't think of anything else I make where one serving is too much, and doesn't keep well. But maybe if I come across another food like that, I'll remember. Make your own rules!