Oh, What Those Oats Can Do!

Oh, What those oats can do!

Did you ever imagine that breakfast and gratitude go together?

December officially kicks off the holiday season! As we enter this festive time of year, many of us move into the frenzy of holiday parties, and the relaxing intervals curled up next to a cozy fire. With Thanksgiving just past, our thoughts are still tuned in to ways of expressing thanks and gratitude as we mill about shopping during "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." We often hear how practicing gratitude has been scientifically studied, and its reported effects in reducing stress and anxiety as well as improving sleep quality, happiness, and increasing motivation. Many studies have shown that gratitude boosts both dopamine and serotonin, the “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain. And we can practice gratitude anytime and anywhere! Do you ever see those people who seem calm and collected while shopping on December 23rd? Maybe that's their secret.

So, what do oats and gratitude have in common? Oatmeal is rich in nutrients such as silicon, manganese, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B1, B2, and E, all nutrients that are vital in reducing stress. Interestingly, research conducted by MIT showed a connection to the consumption of complex carbohydrates and how the body processes serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical that may stimulate feelings of calmness. It is the key hormone that may stabilize our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness while possibly reducing levels of stress hormones. Unfortunately, we are being told to avoid carbohydrates, when in fact complex carbohydrates are responsible for helping our bodies make serotonin. When serotonin is low, this may increase anxiety, so eating comfort foods that aid in the production of this chemical is essential. And what is more comforting than a warm, delicious bowl of Straw Propeller Gluten Free Oatmeal!

So, in the spirit of gratitude…a warm and heartfelt Thank You to you, our customers! The growth we’ve experienced over the years is because of customers like you, who faithfully support our business. We are grateful for your trust and we’ll continue to bring to you the finest products with the excellent service you’ve come to expect!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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