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January 12, 2012

Does eating oatmeal next to a 200 year old desk make one wiser?

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I wouldn’t know because I took my bowl to the couch to enjoy : )

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This simpleton bowl contained just the basics – I even left out the chia seeds and was amazed at the difference in texture. It was much more liquidy and soupy than with the seeds.

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  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • A few raisins
  • Pinch salt
  • Half banana
  • Spoonful Sunbutter

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I haven’t exercised in 3 days because of my illness, so I’m hoping to get in something energizing this morning. It’s kind of a catch 22: you don’t want to exercise because you don’t feel well but not exercising makes you feel worse. Thankfully I feel up to it today – still going to take it easy.

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1 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio January 12, 2012 at 9:14 am

Are all of these green kitchen items new? I’m loving them! Happy Thursday!

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2 KathEats January 12, 2012 at 9:15 am

Towel yes, bowl no : )

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3 Nikki T January 12, 2012 at 10:06 am

Love the towel! Where is it from??

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4 KathEats January 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Target!

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5 Krissy @ Shiawase Life January 12, 2012 at 9:15 am

Feel better, Kath! :)

I know what you mean about the sickness/exercise catch-22! Endorphins are so amazing.

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6 Khushboo January 12, 2012 at 9:16 am

Perhaps a gentle walk will do just the trick? Hope so!

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7 Daniel January 12, 2012 at 9:23 am

I know exactly how it is when you wanna work out but you can´t and then you feel even worse. I had 2 surgeries in a row and my body felt so weak after it. I wanted to go back to my normal working out schedule asap, but if you push too hard and your body is not ready, you gonna make it even worse. So my tip, enjoy your delicious food and cure the symptoms of your sickness completely. And when you feel like 100% again, just run a mile more for a week ;) …. Happy Thursday and greetings from Germany

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8 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 12, 2012 at 9:23 am

Feel better!! :)

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9 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

Wow, love the colour coordination this morning Kath! I hope you’re feeling well again soon!

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10 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

I’ve only exercised 1 of the past 5 days and I haven’t been sick. Oops. Making it a point to get back on track today too :)

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11 kathleen @ the daily crumb January 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

your oatmeal does look totally different today! amazing what some chias will do.

feel better :)

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12 Allie@LiveLaughEat January 12, 2012 at 9:31 am

Exercise always ALWAYS makes me feel better, even when I’m in the middle stages of my sickness. Not sure why, but it’s always been like that. I hope it works for you too! Get well soon.

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13 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious January 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

Sounds like you are really listening to your body. Healing is so much easier and faster when we take the time to actually let our bodies talk and we listen.

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14 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

I exercise if I’m sick from the neck up, but not if I am from the neck down. It’s hard to take a break sometimes when exercise is just part of your daily routine, but I guess it’s nature’s way of telling you to rest! Hopefully you’ll be back to your old (Younger) self by the weekend. ;)

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15 Jen January 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

Love those green walls – and bowl! Simple bowls are the best. My grandmother used to make a thick, soupy bowl of oats with a little butter and salt. That’s all that was needed. Take it easy with working out. I rolled my ankle a week ago and it’s rough not doing anything but not having much choice either.

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16 Emily @LivingLongfellow January 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

Ease into the workout today, walk or indoor bike. Its surprising how hard it is after you have been sick.

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17 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat January 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

That’s an amazing desk – I’d love to know all the places/homes old classic pieces have been.

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18 Catherine January 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

OMG – tried the crunchy Barney’s Butter that I bought on Open Sky. I have to figure out how to keep myself from eating the whole jar at work today. Absolutely delicious! I do hope you get the Wild Squirrel brand back on Open Sky sometime soon, as that is on my wishlist.

Have a great day!

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19 KathEats January 12, 2012 at 9:35 am
20 Angela January 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I also bought the Barney Butters! I find myself looking for every fruit/vegetable that could be dipped just to justify it as “healthy” but I dont think eating that much almond butter is healthy!!

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21 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

i LOVE that green bowl! (my favorite color) i know what you mean about exercising when sick – it sure is a catch 22. hope you enjoy your workout today!

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22 Catherine January 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

p.s. – the picture on my email is of my cat…certainly a distant relative of El Tigre!

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23 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

Okay, I must be the only freak who exercises when they’re sick. It’s the only time I feel better and can actually breathe.

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24 Hillary January 12, 2012 at 9:43 am

I felt the same way on Monday: didn’t want to exercise because my cold left me feeling so nasty; didn’t want to NOT exercise because I knew I would just feel sluggish. I went to the gym for a light workout and, as my dad always tells me, something is better than nothing!

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25 Judith January 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

Jum Jum Jum :)
Hope you feel better (beterschap!)
Love your blog!!!

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26 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

Your oatmeal always looks so fluffy! Mine always looks like it would be called gruel haha. Yay for feeling better before the weekend!

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27 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot January 12, 2012 at 9:58 am

Desk=awesome photo background!

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28 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

Hope you feel better! I like to wait until I’m not absolutely miserable and then try to get an easy workout in to sweat out some of the “ick.”

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29 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 12, 2012 at 10:11 am

Snow…snow…snow. Big fluffy flakes were falling on my run today…beautiful! Dog walking today is going to be a bit messy. I love the green edging on the tea towel…the detail really makes it stand out. I usually opt for a nice brisk walk when I am a little under the weather…getting outside in the fresh air and getting the endorphines going helps to boost my spirits and energy level.

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30 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 12, 2012 at 10:14 am

I always add chia seeds because it bumps up the volume!

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31 Bee Goes Bananas January 12, 2012 at 10:31 am

Isn’t it funny how we have to take our photos in the places with the best lighting, but then take them to another spot to eat? The best lighting in my apartment is on the floor in front of our balcony doors…so moving after photos is a good idea! Unless you enjoy eating on the floor.

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32 Hannah @ eat, drink, and save money January 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

Glad you are feeling better!

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33 Em (WIne and Butter) January 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

Defo take it easy lady!!

I get SO bored when sick, but I think forcing myself on all sorts of dumb hikes over xmas made my illness linger for SO much longer. I could NOT shift it – and I hardly ever get sick… Do what I did in the end and stay in bed, harnessing your inner OCD by planning your workouts for the next 5 months.

Much better long term and you get to feel productive! :)

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34 Alex January 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

Those chairs are so great! Did you paint them yourself?

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35 KathEats January 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Thanks!! My grandmother did – they are Shakespeare and Dickens :)

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36 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

Awesome bowl! Feel better :)

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37 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy January 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

I am now addicted to overnight oats with chia seeds! I can see why everyone is crazy over them! But I have missed my warm oats, maybe that will have to be tomorrows breakfast!

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38 Emily January 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

Ugh. Definitely a catch 22. I don’t understand people who don’t feel like working out makes them feel good!

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39 Cait's Plate January 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

I had the same struggle when I was feeling under the weather…to exercise or not to exercise. I’ve tried to just do little things to slowly get back into it and that seems to have been okay. Hopefully it helps you to feel better!

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40 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings January 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Good luck with the exercise today — you’re right, you’ve gotta move some to get things moving, but balance is key. Sounds like you’ve got a good balance in mind. Here’s to hoping you feel better soon!!! :)

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41 Ellie@Fit for the Soul January 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I hope and pray you get better super fast! I know what you mean by the irony. So I guess even though you shouldn’t go all out, you should still do something, right? :) And chia seeds/flax are the best for velvety oatmeal <3

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42 Heather H @ Run Eat Play January 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I still hav tried chia seeds – are they crunchy? Weird tasting? Hope you feel better soon!

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43 KathEats January 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

They aren’t crunchy (unless you eat them raw). They get all gelled like bubble tea and provide nutrition and volume to all kinds of things

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44 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

that’s very true – when I’m not feeling great, not exercising actually makes me feel worse!

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45 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach January 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm

yoga always makes me feel better. seems like the perfect gentle work-out to help you kick the funk! get well soon!

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46 emily January 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Hope you feel all the way better soon!

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47 Lindsay @ Salt, Sun & Sanity January 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Rest up! You’re body needs it’s energy to fight off whatever you have. Feel better soon!

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48 Chris January 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Feel better soon darlin!Did no one else notice the adorable painted bentwood chairs next to the “aged” desk? Is that Shakespeare? ps – I had my leftover butternut/kale salad for lunch with a hard boiled egg thrown on top. Nothing stands up to a leftover salad like kale :-)

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49 KathEats January 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Yes, Shakespeare!!

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50 Jill January 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Glad you’re feeling better.

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51 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Loving the green lately. I must be hoping for spring!

Sometimes a bare bones bowl of oats is what the body needs and it tastes fabulous!

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52 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I love easy, basic b-fast meals. Looks yumm!

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53 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

The chairs in the first photo with the faces on the seats….very cute! You find such unique one-of-a-kind pieces and I love that you have unique gems scattered throughout your house.

And that you’re not afraid to use a bold color like green! I confess, I am more white, beige, brown, tan, gray, etc..no bold colors here. Not yet anyway :)

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54 mari January 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I’m totally in the same boat as you..ive had a head cold since Monday but I’m itching.to workout. I did an easy 3 mile walk yesterday but I really want to do my weight training today. Think I’m gonna go.for it, just wash my handsalot and use lots of anti-bacterial hand stuff!

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55 Dee January 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Hope you feel better soon!

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56 Angel7 January 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Do chia seeds soak up the liquid?

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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57 KathEats January 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Yes, they do – and they make it creamier instead of liquidier

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58 Kelly @ Vegolosophy January 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm

That is a beautiful desk! And love all the matching colors! Feel better soon :)

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59 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Hope you feel better! I always forget to make my oatmeal with chia seeds, so I’ve gotten used to that more “watery” texture.

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60 Kathy W. January 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm

comforting old skool oats :)

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61 Logan January 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I think your grandmother is cool! What neat things she has given to you to carry on her name! I have a lot of things from both of my grandmothers and I treasure them, but nothing like what you have. Those chairs are great!

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62 Rebecca January 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Wooow. I want to pin your breakfast spot. Really, I love the vintage desk and the color of your walls!! And I’m with you on the sickness-exercise dilemma. After a week and a half of a bad cold, I was SO ready to MOVE!

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63 [New Balance] Nicole January 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Cute desk! And that oatmeal looks delicious, I think I will make it for breakfast tomorrow!

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