Alcohol + Coffee = Groan

June 29, 2008

I do NOT feel well today and I blame it on two things I’m hating right now: alcohol and coffee . I didn’t really have that much wine last night, but I have felt icky since I got up this morning. Coffee sounded appealing so I had a mug – I couldn’t even finish it because I started to feel nauseous and shaky about halfway through. I could barely hold a pencil to do my chemistry! I felt worse WITH coffee than I did going through withdrawal!

Despite the coffee, my bowl of nectarine oatmeal was fantastic! We made it banana oatmeal style but put in a nectarine at the start of cooking. Yum!

I also cooked some Spelt Berries from Bob’s Red Mill yesterday – they’re just like wheatberries but maybe with a very slight different flavor. But the best part is they didn’t have to be soaked. I wonder if I could skip that step with the wheatberries as well, but this package said to just simmer for an hour.


  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 nectarine (for one portion)
  • 1/3 cup milk + water
  • 1/4 cup spelt berries
  • ~1/2 cup blackberries (freshly picked yesterday!)
  • Almonds
  • PB

With coffee 👿

Walk –> Run

Around 12:30 I finished chemistry and before moving on to sports nutrition and lunch, I got a craving to stretch my legs . I was planning to go to an afternoon cycle class, but being in a dark room wasn’t that appealing, so I decided to go walking instead. What started as a brisk walk turned into a 4.5 mile run . Perfect example of one of those times when you say "I’m just going to do 20 minutes" and it turns into a great workout. I felt LOADS better afterwards.


I was craving something light and cool so I assembled a yogurt, berry + granola parfait

And had one of the husband’s freshly baked bagels (!!) with PB & J

And I found this Diet Ginger Ale in our fridge that Karen left – thought it would help my queasy stomach some.

Ahhhhhhh T-3 hours to study for this major test tomorrow!!!! And I hope the weather holds up for the symphony.

I gotta give a big shout out to the best husband in the world ! He has done SO many chores this weekend to help me out while I’ve had to focus on studying – grocery shopping, replacing lightbulbs, cleaning the house, laundry, mowing the grass, cooking oatmeal, making bagels, trip to Costco for oats, etc.

<3 xoxo

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1 Alyssa June 29, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Yay for the awesome husband :) That parfait looks yummy! I hope it doesn’t rain tonight like at the last symphony!


2 Julie June 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm

I love all of your oatmeal concoctions! I read the tribute to oatmeal page, and I wanted to know if you use the quick cooking oats, or the kind that take longer?


3 Claire June 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Hi Kath,

I have been reading your blog for about a week now and I thought I would say hi! I love how fresh all your meals look (and probably taste). I have heard great things about wheatberries but haven’t tried them yet. I will be getting some today @ Whole Foods and will definitely be reading the “Wheatberry Lesson”.

What a great husband you have too! Wow, I hope I can find someone that wonderful some day.

Also, I am a fellow runner so its great to see another athlete’s blog.



4 coco June 29, 2008 at 3:46 pm

thanks Kath! i’ll keep doing the fitday stuff. it’s really useful to keep track. I think i’ll increase a little bit of my fat intake although following your suggetion, good fat! actually after reading your blog, my breakfast consists most of days oatmeal with banana and almond. I really love it! thanks !


5 yadi June 29, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Thanks for introducing me to almond butter. It’s my new best friend. My tummy feels so satisfied after I add it to my yummy oatmeal. I’m in love!


6 Victoria June 29, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Hey Kath.. foods that have ‘vegetable oil’ listed as an ingredient…should they be stayed away from? Is vegetable oil a hydrogenated fat? I’ve been trying to up my knowledge on this topic … do you have any good reading/sites I can get the right info from??

Have fun at the symphony!


7 tiedtogetherwithasmile June 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Good luck on your exam tomorrow!! You’re going to do wonderful!


8 Clara June 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm

mmm what a great lunch! I love eating “breakfast-y” foods at all times of the day – and nothing like a cooling parfait after a good run.

hope your queasiness goes away completely in time for the symphony! :)


9 Chelsea June 29, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Spelt is by far my all time favorite grain. I’ll make a big bunch and just eat it at dinner (as a side) with a splash of Braggs Amino-Yum.


10 nerual June 29, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Kath, I’m sure you’ve mentioned before where you buy your dishes – but in particular where did you buy a) your silverware b) the green bowl you served oatmeal in this morning, and c) the leaf-shaped plate? I’m planning my wedding registry, and I love your taste in tableware :)


11 MizFit June 29, 2008 at 6:19 pm

so you love the spelt berries?!

Ive been meaning to try those for so long…


12 j June 29, 2008 at 7:59 pm

hey kath, i always read your site, but never comment, ive been struggling to lose 15 lbs since december, its just not coming off, im wondering if oral contraceptives are to blame, i know you are not a doctor, but what is your opinion? i work out A LOT- 6 days a week, 1hr of cardio each day and 3 days a week i lift weights, and i eat well- 1200-1500 cals. it’s extremely frustrating! thanks and your site is great!


13 Lauren June 29, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Hope your feeling better!

Do you find the cinannabon cereal to be equally filling as puffins? I am trying to decide which to try first :)

I never knew you could just pick blackberries? You don’t have to get permission? I never see them grow.


14 Sidi June 29, 2008 at 8:30 pm

First time I felt nauseous because of my hubby’s morning coffee, I was not a coffee drinker at that time, was when I was pregnant with my daughter and had no clue about it.


15 KatieTX June 29, 2008 at 8:35 pm

j–I too am on the pill but have not found that it causes me to gain weight. I think you are not eating enough for the amount that you work out. I would see a registered dietitian or a personal trainer with a focus on nutrition to help you find the calorie amount per day that is best for you. Most people need 1200 at the lowest to carry out basic metabolic processes(breathing, heartbeat, etc.) So if you are burning 500 calories or more than that then you may need to be eating a bit more. Just a suggestion! But I would really seek some additional advice!


16 Sweetsandsweats June 29, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Good luck on your exam!

And I need to get my husband making whole wheat bagels. That just sounds like perfection!!


17 Kath June 29, 2008 at 9:17 pm

Julie ,
I use old fashioned rolled oats and occasionally a thick rolled kind. I don’t like the quick oats as much because they don’t get very creamy.

Claire ,
Welcome to KERF!! Enjoy the wheatberries :)

yadi ,
I agree – AB is the best!

Victoria ,
My understanding is that vegetable oil isn’t as good as olive oil and canola oil due to less monounsaturated fats. Some (like Dr. Weil) say that just like LDL and HDL cholesterol, the RATIO of omega-6 to omega-3 in Americans’ diets is way off (we get way too much O-6) and they compete with each other. I belive that vegetable oil is mostly O-6. Now there’s nothing wrong with O-6 other than it can overpower the O-3 if you’re not getting enough. So generally olive and canola oils are preferred but vegetable is OK too.

nerual ,
Glad you like them :) The silverware and leaf plates are both from Pottery Barn, which is where we had our wedding registry. The green bowl is Pier I, a gift from my sister last fall for my birthday.

MizFit ,
Yup! They’re great – just like wheatberries.

j ,
You’re right that I don’t really have the education on OC’s, but my understanding with those is that they don’t’ make you “gain weight” (only more calories than you burn do) but they can make you retain a few pounds long-term, which can feel annoying. I’d talk with your doctor or a nutritionist to get an evaluation of your diet and exercise plan or to rule out any medical conditions too.

Lauren ,
I’d say the Cinnabun is more filling because it’s heftier. The puffins are kind of airy – but sooo good!! I’d pick Cinnabun for a snack though.

Sidi ,
Coffee used to make me nauseous and shaky back before I started drinking it everyday, so I’m just back to my old reaction. Kinda sad, but I didn’t like being addicted either.



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