Fresh Oats | Around The World

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When I was about fifteen years old, I decided that I wanted to join my high school soccer team.

This wasn’t a light decision for me.

Up until then, I had been a softball and volleyball player – and I was known to be good – at both.

The problems that led to my transitions were not due to the nature of both previous sports – but rather, the social conditions surrounding them.

One of the necessary obstacles to being on the soccer team was to be able to run more than three miles without stopping.   

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So I began to self-train carefully.

One of the first things that I learned from the experience of running – was that running changes your nutritional needs.

All of a sudden, I was in need of extra calories – healthy calories.

One day I went into the kitchen, craving granola bars but having none.

My siblings were known to eat all of the granola and bars that came through the kitchen – sometimes in the first day after shopping unapologetically.

One of my favorite cereals – was a small box of granola-containing contents, and that box wasn’t even possible to last through one breakfast – plus, it was expensive.

I looked in the pantry and decided to make oatmeal cookies instead.

After a while, every week, I would make a huge batch of oatmeal cookies – to carry with me to school and munch on – as I began to run more and more –

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These No-Bake Energy Bites are a lot like the ones I used to make when I was a teenager. Click here for the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

until I could run more than double what we were required  – without stopping.

Many people who live in under-developed nations with a prevalence of hunger – do not have access to healthy grains –

-like oats.

Corn can produce the most food per horizontal foot, but corn does not nourish a body the same as oats and other grains.

Most oat grain is grown in the northen hemispheres, above the global poverty line – and these kinds of cereal grains are not often easy to find in rural villages of the subtropics.

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Oats out-perform many of the local village foods – according to Wikipedia:

In just one serving, “oats provide 389 caloriesand are an excellent source (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV) of protein (34% DV), dietary fiber (44% DV), several B vitamins and numerous dietary minerals, especially manganese (233% DV) (table). Oats are 66% carbohydrates, including 11% dietary fiber and 4% beta-glucans, 7% fatand 17% protein (table).” – Wikipedia

I used to wake up early in the mornings, and sometimes run an hour before school.

Just as a horse needs to be fed in order to work it’s hardest, a body needs to be nourished – and oats are good for that.

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Without proper nutrition, even a spiritual animal like a horse will just break down, and won’t be able to give as much of the same push or pull as it could if it were well-nourished.

Think of consuming wholesome meals as the bodily fuel it takes to cover long distances – even an oatmeal cookie – is healthier than you might imagine.

When the weather is cold outside, warm blankets are an option when you are standing still, but when you are moving along – especially running – or walking long distances, you also need that special nutrition, like a candle burning inside keeping your vital organs functioning and internal chemistry warm.

It is good to cook with oats – often.

Sometimes, when we use too much energy – running on a treadmill – it helps to recooperate with a good oat cereal recipe.

It’s not a good nutritional story – when oats are not around.  

Oats have a lot of good vitamins and nutrients to offer, but lack presence around the world.

Once you are used to the comfort of oats being around, and the feeling of there-ness isn’t always available – you miss them, terribly.

The comfort of proximity then becomes the confusion of where-ness.  

How far do you have to go for your next breakfast-and-coffee session with big bowl of granola cereal?

In the village, your body is required to use it’s strength wisely – so foods like oats really make a difference – especially in places where there are no roads – or enough signs to direct you to where you are going.

When playing sports, and training – your goal is simply to be able to do small things – like run three miles, kick a ball into a net, etc.

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When you are doing those things – like walking 8 miles or more – in addition to work – it’s important to have a direction to point your efforts towards – because your day isn’t defined as successful by merely being able to go a certain distance – it’s distressing to go any distance until you have an idea where you are going to end up.

The longing for there-ness and the comforting feeling of home isn’t far from your aching feet.

Imagine walking ten miles, and not being able to solve a problem.  You’d be in need of some oatmeal cookies – that’s for sure.

And prayerful about knowing what it was that caused you to use so much effort for such meaningless goals.

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When you eat healthy food, and share healthy food, it is confusing to not be able to accomplish healthy goals.

It is easy to walk 8-10 miles in a regular day, sometimes more than that – without having access to a healthy water source – or vehicles.

Having the right nourishment helps people to be able to do better things.

We’d like to share oats with the village someday.

Try some oats – and new recipes today – there are plenty to go around your holiday table.    

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Author: Ada Nicole

A human rights worker in developing nations.

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