Back To Bananas

May 14, 2008

Last night I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of getting up at 4:50 a.m. during my last few days of time off before summer school starts, but I asked the husband if he wanted to work out together and he said yes. The sacrifices of marriage! But I was glad to do it so we could spend a little time together, and sitting here at 8:04 a.m. with my workout checked off my to-do list feels GOOD.

I had a piece of focaccia toast with PB before I left. It’s blue tinged because there’s some blue cornmeal in the dough!


Back to bananas for breakfast! Oh how I missed them :) Since we doubled up on bananas, we cut back the oats to 1/3 cup portions – but with less oats to cook, they didn’t turn out as creamy as usual. I don’t think you get a good creamy batch of outs with less than 1 cup (because the less you have, the quicker you lose liquid and they don’t cook as long to get creamy.)

But they were still delicious with some trail mix, flax and almond butter!


With my favorite coffee!


Fast Posting

I am also thrilled to be posting again from my home computer which is fast and sleek. WordPress does NOT do well with Internet Explorer – the photos don’t keep their shape when I resize and there’s weird things that happen with inserting the photos and I lose my automatic spell check! I know I make typos almost every day, but I’m sure there are twice as many on my vacations when I don’t have Firefox. It took me 2-3 times as long to type posts from my parents and grandparents’ computers. So I LOVE Firefox!! If it’s not your default browser, check it out: Firefox.


I read all of your comments and questions while I was gone – thanks for all the sweet messages! If you sent a question and didn’t get a response, please re-post it!


I’ve got a long to-do list of things I’ve been putting off while I was busy throughout the semester. What would I do without!?

I’ve got wheatberries on the stove and a timer going off every 10 minutes to remind me to check them. Laundry in the washer. Grocery shopping to do. Cleaning out my closet of old clothes and a trip to GoodWill. Reorganizing of the spare room. A trip to Sears. And more. All happy chores though!

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1 ... May 14, 2008 at 7:22 am

This post sounds like a product placement….
for Todoist and Firefox.


2 Katie May 14, 2008 at 7:24 am

YAy for bananas! We are out and I haven’t had time to go to the store…DYING without them.


3 Kath May 14, 2008 at 7:28 am

Definitely not – just two products I love. I’m just glad to be home and getting organized again.



4 lexi May 14, 2008 at 7:36 am

i know you love the book superfoods healthstyle, and i had 2 questions….is it another diet book, or a supporter of intuitive eating? and could you also give me a list of some superfoods IF you have time? :)


5 MizFit May 14, 2008 at 7:46 am


I need and have never seen.

and Im a little jealous of your food photos.
yer plates/bowls too.




6 Becky in MD May 14, 2008 at 7:54 am

Hey Kath,
I’m sure its great to be home! I have a random non-food related question. Two of my friends are getting married this summer, and I was looking at their photographer’s websites, and they had pictures of the bride’s shoes with names on the bottom. I’m very curious. Have you(or anyone else) heard of this? Whose names are they? and what is the purpose? Thanks!


7 Laurie May 14, 2008 at 7:55 am

Besides what are some other organization websites you would recommend? I know you’ve mentioned some others in the past on your blog, like Goggle related ones?


8 Cassie May 14, 2008 at 7:56 am

Doesn’t it feel great to be back! I love vacations but I also love getting back home in the swing of things.

I am going to Italy in a few weeks and when I get back I have to jump right back into work and school so I think your will help me out a lot! Thanks!


9 Lindsay May 14, 2008 at 7:57 am

I am a huge fan of Firefox too!

Enjoy your oats & good luck getting all of your ‘chores’ done 😉


10 Kath May 14, 2008 at 8:01 am

lexi ,
SuperFoods HealthStyle is not a diet book at all. It’s a collection of studies and great info on why the 20-30 super foods he lists (along with their many sidekicks) should be the foundation of your diet. It’s not about what you shouldn’t eat, but what you should but filling up on and why. Read some of the reviews at Amazon – they might be helpful.

There is a new book out called the SuperFoods Diet that is more of a diet plan with meals and recipes with info inbetween.

Someone listed these in the comments last night (and each superfoods has sidekicks that are almost as good: apples, avocado, beans, blueberries, broccoli, cinnamon, dark chocolate, dried superfruits, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, honey, kiwi, low-fat/non-fat yogurt, oats, onions, oranges, pomegranates, pumpkin, soy, spinach, tea, tomatoes, turkey (skinless turkey breast,) wild salmon, and walnuts

Hope that helps

MizFit ,
I have all elements of my life color coded on Todoist and Google calendar. And I have both on my iGoogle homepage. Nerd alert!!

Becky in MD,
I’m not really sure what you mean – like signatures? I think the bridesmaids often sign the bottom of the bride’s shoes for good luck, so that’s probably what is is. I’ve also seen the bride put the couple’s monogram in sticky gemstones on the bottom of the shoes.

Laurie ,
I’m a huge Google fan. Like I said above, I love Google calendar and I use iGoogle (just when you’re logged in) and have tools there – bookmarks, blogs, my calendar, to-do list and email – to keep me organized all on one page. I also plan my meals in Google calendar and actually have it shared with the husband so he knows what we’ll be cooking for dinner. Like I said, I’m an organizational nerd :)

In the past I’ve looked at Remember the Milk and some other calendar programs, but I haven’t found any I like more than Google’s. The day when Google integrates a color-coded to-do list with its calendar will be the day!

Cassie ,
The best thing about Todoist (again I’m not being paid a penny to recommend it!) is that you can color-code all of your classes and have a separate list for each one. And you can also have recurring items like “Pack Lunch” that pop up every day. There’s lots of info on the Preferences page on how to do all of this.



11 Allyson May 14, 2008 at 8:02 am

Good for you for getting out of bed so early after traveling so much! I def wouldn’t have been able to do it!

I love (and use) firefox too!


12 Dottie May 14, 2008 at 8:03 am

Hey Kath! I’m Dottie and I just found your blog b/c of I love reading it and am now hooked. So my question is…could you post an average grocery list for you and the hubs? My hubs and I live in Asheville and don’t have a T.J.’s, but we do have Earthfare and Greenlife. Anyway keep up the great blog. Thanks, Dottie


13 Betsy May 14, 2008 at 8:21 am

sometimes i forget to write my posts in firefox and do it in safari instead and lose the spell check!! firefox is great cause i’m such a horrid speller.


14 Romina May 14, 2008 at 8:23 am

Firefox is definitely the way to go! I got it back when it came out (even back when it was just Mozilla). It’s so much more efficient (gotta love the tabs), and looks much better.

Your focaccia looks fabulous! I’ve never thought of having it for breakfast. =)


15 Suzanne May 14, 2008 at 8:24 am

LOVE Firefox! There are so many cute customization options too. LOVE it!

google calendar is awesome too. Can’t live without it. One day there was something wrong with the site and I was SO lost! I guess that’s not good to be so dependent though!

Enjoy your day of errands! I need a WEEK of catching up with errands, unfortunately I have an annoying thing called ‘work’ that gets in the way. :( Bummer!

At least the weather is good here. My two coworkers and I are going to do our company’s Corporate Challenge in June. It’s a run/walk – but we’re training to run it. So I brought my sneaks and hope to burn some calories during lunch.
Anyone else participating in company challenges/runs?

I’m off to a hump day full of meetings. Hope everyone else has a better day! At least it’s sunny!


16 Betsy in Pittsburgh May 14, 2008 at 8:33 am

Does anybody else have the sunflower syndrome as I call it? Instead of a to-do list, you have yellow post-its going all the way around your computer monitor… it’s not a very successful method, but it’s kind of fun when you peel off one that’s a couple of months old. Woops.


17 CourtneyS May 14, 2008 at 8:34 am

Suzanne, those Corporate Challenges are so fun! My dad and I used to run them together. We might do it again this year, but since I’m a grad student I’ll have to get someone corporate to register me. The one in Boston is in June or July, I think. Anyway, have a good run!

Welcome home, Kath. It looked like you had a great time with your family and enjoyed some wonderful meals together.


18 CourtneyS May 14, 2008 at 8:35 am

Haha, Betsy, I used post-its, too. And an old fashioned day planner that I WRITE in and highlight. I’m old fashioned, I guess!


19 healthyceliac May 14, 2008 at 8:46 am

I’ve just started waking up at 4:30am to hit the gym before work. People think I’m crazy, but I feel fantastic for the rest of the day, although I do go to bed at crazy early hours!
And = awesome. Even though they aren’t paying you, it definitely deserves some blog attention :)


20 Kelly L. May 14, 2008 at 9:04 am

Does ANYONE know why the heck I have perma hunger right around and at the beginning of my time of the month? Seriously, I am a bottomless pit. Is it just me?


21 Laura May 14, 2008 at 9:10 am

Hey Kath,

Love the blog. I tend to check it out in the mornings after I’ve eaten my own oatmeal concoction so it makes me smile. This is actually the first time I’m posting. I’m not sure if you know this but the clothes/items you donate to charity are tax deductible. I make one big trip a year to GoodWill/Salvation Army and get a receipt of the items I’ve donated in order to write them off on my taxes. My sister thinks it “defeats the purpose” of giving but I disagree; being 23 and living in NYC, I take the extra help when I can get it. I see it as a “win win” situation… Just thought I’d let you know (and other readers) as an FYI.
Have a great day all!
Laura S.


22 mel May 14, 2008 at 9:22 am

I love love oatmeal but Kath I don’t know how you eat it when it warms up outside! Oatmeal just doesnt sound that appealing to me when it is warmer outside (above 55 ish). Lately, I’ve been obsessed with Kashi go lean cereal, fruit and yogurt for breakfast. Does anyone else have a problem eating warm foods in the summer like oatmeal and soup? Maybe it’s just me!! have a great day Kath and everyone!


23 JennC May 14, 2008 at 9:22 am

someone asked this on cristin’s blog, but what IS the best time of day to take a mulit-vit?


24 Kathryn May 14, 2008 at 9:39 am

Kath – what time do you go to bed in order to get up that early to go to the gym? I’d have to go to sleep at least by 9pm if I got up that early. Thanks!!


25 Becky in MD May 14, 2008 at 9:40 am

Lauren S.,
I work in the non-profit arena, and your sister is very wrong about “defeating” the purpose of giving. For many people, tax benefits are the reason they give! Of course, they give to organizations that they deem worthwhile, and as a result they feel good doing it, but the tax benefits are their main driving force.


26 VeggieGirl May 14, 2008 at 9:43 am

Morning workouts are always energizing :0)

Oooh, focaccia with nut-butter?? Yum! Love that there’s blue cornmeal in the dough.

I can’t live without to-do lists, haha – they help me manage stress and get things done, for sure!

Happy Wednesday!


27 Julie May 14, 2008 at 9:45 am

Hi Kath,
I’m glad you enjoyed your vacation!!

I asked an oatmeal question while you were gone and got some good responses. I wanted to get your opinion also so I thought I’d re-post the question:

I’m sure all you oatmeal lovers can help me with this question :)
I eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast…I’ve been buying Quaker Old Fashioned Oats (in the big round thing). I was at Sam’s today and the only kind of oatmeal I could find (besides the packets) were Quaker Quick Oats. I looked at the nutritional info and it seems the same for 1/2 cup (from what I could remember). I looked online and the only difference I can tell is that the oats are cut smaller so they cook quicker. Is there any other difference? Is the volume the same when cooked? I didn’t buy them because I wasn’t sure….but it really was a good deal and it would save me some money if there’s not really a difference. Help?


28 CourtneyS May 14, 2008 at 10:06 am

The only difference I can tell between quick cooking oats and old fashioned is the taste. I can’t really put my finger on it, but they taste different to me. The quick cooking aren’t really THAT much quicker and I don’t like them as much as old fashioned. Still, they are fine in a pinch. I’m sure some of the oatmeal gurus know more than me!


29 Carrie H May 14, 2008 at 10:06 am

Julie —

I used to buy the quick oats but once bought old fashioned by accident … now I am stuck on old fashioned! The quick are more mushy and globby, I think, and that makes the price difference worth it to me.



30 Jill May 14, 2008 at 10:20 am

Just a comment on last night’s meal. Your eating habits kind of disturbed me–taking foods apart is a classic symptom of eating disordered behavior. Can’t you just enjoy something for once?


31 Heather May 14, 2008 at 10:25 am

Hooray for getting your workout out of the way so early!!

Thanks for the wheatberry idea! I cooked a bunch the other day and have been throwing them on salads and into oatmeal. Have you ever ordered the salmon salad at Panera? I’ve been getting that salad for ages and just realized that there are wheatberries on top. Delicious!


32 Betsy in Pittsburgh May 14, 2008 at 10:31 am

I don’t get how taking food apart is “disturbing” and symptomatic of an eating disorder if you end up eating everything anyway! It’s just a way of making it seem like you’re eating more… I do it all the time.

When I was a kid I used to take a piece of bread, tear it in to bits and roll the bits in to little balls and then eat them individually. Slightly unconventional, but I bet everyone has a weird thing they do with food to eat it in a long, drawn out, satisfying way. Lighten up!


33 Kath May 14, 2008 at 10:33 am

Dottie ,
I will take a photo of the groceries I get today, but our week is kind of off because of my travels and we have a graduation celebration weekend coming up. I’ll try to remember to do next week too!

Kelly L.,
Sometimes when I have perma hunger (cute name!) I 1) Need to drink a lot more water 2) Need a big filling meal. If I snack or eat a lot of smaller meals, sometimes I just need to feel full, so perhaps make your next meal a filling one like pasta or soup?

Laura ,
Thanks for the tip! I never stick around long enough for a receipt, but perhaps it would make sense. I’m giving away some electronics today too, so seems to be an appropriate time to get one!

mel ,
I’ll do a lot of muesli in the summer, but I also like fruit and yogurt and cold cereal (high fiber ones like Heart to Heart and TJ’s brand). I just have to make sure it has enough whole grains and healthy fats or I’ll be hungry soon.

I personally have no idea on the multi time of day.

Julie ,
The biggest difference in the Old Fashioned and Quick is the size and shape. I think the Quick oats taste doughier and are much less creamy when cooked. I haven’t done any volume experiments, but I think they are pretty similar, but the Quick may be slightly less volume due to the smaller size per oat. For the health benefits, eat whichever you prefer, as they are both made of the same thing.

Kathryn ,
When I know I’ll be getting up early I try to be getting ready for bed by 9 and head on pillow by 9:30. It’s early, but I’m not a night owl at all!

Jill ,
That’s ridiculous. I suppose you think people who take apart oreos to eat the icing and then the cookies have an eating disorder? I just chose to savor the bread, and I enjoyed every single bite.

Heather ,
I haven’t had that salad yet, but it sounds great!



34 Carrie H May 14, 2008 at 10:41 am

Betsy in Pittsburgh —

Bread balls! My sisters and I used to make those too … and throw them at each other and then eat them. Yuck! Thanks for the funny memory!



35 Kiala May 14, 2008 at 10:43 am

Kelly L,

I am the same way every month. and then the second my thing starts, BOOM! Appetite gone.

It’s hormonal. Try not to fight it and eat a little more and then take a walk or something.

(See how I said that as if I’m not worrying about all the extra calories I was eating?)


36 JennC May 14, 2008 at 10:45 am

JILL- YEAH- kath summed it up.


37 Tina O. May 14, 2008 at 11:00 am

I used to do the bread thing too! I thought I was the only one.


38 SawSaw May 14, 2008 at 11:20 am


Your response to Jill was awesome. The end.



39 Katharine May 14, 2008 at 11:20 am

Hi Kath,
I have two questions for you: one, what kind of multivitamin do you take? And two, when you grill veggies on the BBQ, do you season them with anything (salt, pepper, olive oil, etc)? I’d like to start grilling veggies now that it’s summer! Thanks so much!


40 Kelly L. May 14, 2008 at 11:25 am

Kath- Thanks for the perma hunger suggestions. You are right, the little snacking doesn’t do anything. I’ve found that to rid myself of that hungry feeling I need a big meal. Last night I was a bottomless pit with Peanut Butter Puffins. I probable ate a 1/4 of the box. No, not straight from the box but I would keep filling my little portioned bowl. NEVER COULD FILL UP. Finally I just said screw it and went to bed.

Also, loved your response about taking food apart! I do it all the time. Food is enjoyable and I love to savor it. What is wrong with taking your time and eating something in pieces? Heck, sometimes I’ll eat a bite of my sandwich and then pull out a chunk of meat, it’s fun. :)


41 angelcubbie May 14, 2008 at 11:44 am

Welcome back Kath! I had a bit of a strange question for you. I quit gum awhile back because it was giving me digestion issues and I recall you saying it did the same for you. I was just wondering, does Splenda also give you the same problem, because it is an artificial sweetener or carbonated drinks w/artificial sweetener or diet soda’s? Or is it just gum for you?


42 flipflops May 14, 2008 at 11:45 am

I’d take a multivitamin at a time when you don’t (if you are on meds) take prescription meds since it can interfere with absorption. Beyond that, I don’t know an optimal time for daily mv. I take my food apart all the time. If you donate clothes/hope to claim on taxes, you need to get a receipt/documentation.


43 Kelly T May 14, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Oh man, you sound like my boyfriend “FireFoz is the best, why don’t you use firefox? etc, etc, etc.” What can I say, Im a creature of habit.


44 JennC May 14, 2008 at 12:34 pm

what did everyone have for lunch today? i need ideas 😀 i just had a slimfast and grapefuit thus far


45 Ashley May 14, 2008 at 12:50 pm


Or anyone else…Do you ever go through periods where you are starving one week and then the next week not hungry at all? I do this and it is so weird. I eat around the same amounts most everyday so it can’t be because I have over or under ate. Maybe hormones I guess. LOL


46 the husband May 14, 2008 at 1:10 pm

When I was a young’n I couldn’t get through more than half a hamburger without taking it apart. I liked to eat the bottom half with beef, bread, ketchup, and cheese, and then the other half with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and bread. I think the reason I did it was because I liked the way the top tasted with the bread and mayo… I can still taste it…


47 Mary Ellen May 14, 2008 at 1:18 pm

what does everybody think about slimfast? i’m not so sure it’s a very healthy option – and i’m not judging JennC, i’m just throwing it out there. i used to have one once in awhile when i was in a huge rush, then took a closer look at the ingredient list and didn’t recognize much stuff!


48 mel May 14, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Jenn I had whole wheat pasta, salad and a breadstick from olive garden! yumm. my girlfriends and I had a girls lunch but usually I pack my lunch everyday to save money! wraps are my all time favorite- turkey or black bean and advacado or hummus or pb and banana..the combinations are endless! Jill I’ve heard that picking food apart is a sign of an ED but I think it means if you pick it apart and play with it to look like you ate it not what Kath was doing! I tear my pizza crust off always and save it for last bc I love it!


49 Allison May 14, 2008 at 1:23 pm


YES! and for some reason, this is a “hungry all the time” week. I don’t know what it is.


50 Kelly T May 14, 2008 at 1:25 pm

betsy and carrie – i was watching tv (i used to do the bread balls thing too0 and they said it tastes better when you roll them up and smash them because it starts to break down the carbs (like in digestions) and releases the sugars- so its actually sweeter.

I take stuff apart, too. I think its a waste sometimes when I know one food or topping will overpower another one.

i think the problem with slim fast as well is that you can eat SO MUCH MORE FOOD for those calories, and get more nutrients, too.


51 D May 14, 2008 at 1:32 pm

I’m a poor and cooking-challenged college student and I was wondering if anyone had ideas for good ways to cook beans? I love black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, etc, but unless it’s really easy, I just don’t bother and end up eating them out the tin! I love chili and all that sort of thing, and I love mexican food so something along those lines would be good. any ideas?!


52 Jill May 14, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Glad you found firefox, IE is the WORST!


53 JennC May 14, 2008 at 1:48 pm

I usually have slimfast and fruit for lunch and trailmix for a afternoon snack… it just tends to hold me really well for only 180 calories. i eat a large breakfast and a good dinner to get my daily servings in.


54 Squanto May 14, 2008 at 1:59 pm

“What would I do without!?”

…use a planner?


55 Rach May 14, 2008 at 2:07 pm

I don’t think there is an optimal time of day to take a mulitvitamin, but you need to take it when you eat and with a meal/snack that has fat in it so that you can absorb the fat-soluble vitamins—vitamins A, D, E, and K.


56 j May 14, 2008 at 2:19 pm

did you happen to have braces growing up? my best friend pointed out she and i started breaking our pizza and sandwiches into components when we had braces in h.s.! now i do it for the same reason, you can taste everything and it lasts longer. i eat too fast and don’t enjoy my sandwiches. i’ll eat about 1/3 normally and then get bored, strip off the crusts and then lick the pb&j off or pull the cheese off! (in private cause it is pretty gross to do in public. haha).


57 RhodeyGirl May 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm

As I was reading your comments I was pulling apart my top and bottom of pita to eat each part separately… tastier that way, and lasts a lot longer. I think it is perfectly normal, and more fun too! The people who DON’T do it are totally missing out ha.

Happy to see you are back, I am sure it was extra special to see the hubby last night.


58 Pearl May 14, 2008 at 2:26 pm

D, you’re right- beans are a cheap, nutritious food- and you can do a million things with them! A few of my favorites; Hummus (basically, garbonzo beans or white beans pureed with garlic, tahini, olive oil and whatever other spices you want). I also love cooking up a basic chana masala with chickpeas, onions, garlic, Indian spices and whatever veggies you want (potatoes, peas, carrots, eggplant, etc.). I like sauteing peppers, onions, garlic and pinto/ kidney/ black beans to make a filling for burritos, or to eat with rice or other grain. YUM! Finally, something to consider to cut down on ffod costs even more is buying dried legumes. They’re not too hard to cook up in large batches with a pressure cooker or crockpot. Hope this helps :)


59 mary May 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Kath, is there a reason why you’ve been using less oatmeal then usual? Just a question because i always use 1/2 cup, it feels me up a lot more, even with double bananas!


60 Ange C. May 14, 2008 at 2:31 pm

JennC- just a Slim Fast and piece of fruit sounds kind of minimal to me. Are you trying to lose weight? If not, I’d say eat a more balanced lunch. Heck, if you are, eat a more balanced lunch! Do you feel satisfied from that? Not judging just giving you advice since you asked about it! For lunch ideas…i say a ww wrap with cheese, onions, black beans and spinach, (a dash of chili powder) with a side of kashi crackers or some veggies. I bring my lunch to work and have a hard time coming up with new ideas.

I’d love to hear some other lunch suggesstions from anyone! (for packable work lunches)


61 angelcubbie May 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm

I typically do salads, wraps, or sandwiches with fruit/chopped carrots and a yogurt or cottage cheese for lunch. Also no sodium added canned veggies are great if you have a microwave in the office and prefer something warm.


62 Amber May 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Slim fast is not healthy at all- have you looked at the ingredients? Gross- I can pronounce half the stuff. Its fake, man-made food- I’ll take real food any day.


63 JennC May 14, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Yeah, slim fast is mad made, i just bring it for lunch from time to time because it, along with the fruit and trail mix really does hold me well. Im trying to lose a little weight, not too much as i am 5’10ish and weigh probably around 145… i usually will bring sandwiches for lunch or a salad, its just hard to get creative and it can also get time consuiming… i do splurge every once in a while on things like buttery popcorn and dream sicles… anymore thoughts on slimfast?


64 Allison K. May 14, 2008 at 2:53 pm

I pack my lunch every day for work. Usually, I “remix” my leftovers from dinner the night before. For example, if I have chicken, then I make a little extra chicken and use it on a sandwich, or in a wrap with some veggies. Depending on what we had for dinner, sometimes it’s just straight leftovers (that is what I had today) I also, always bring about 2 cups of cut up veggies and a yogurt for extra protein if my lunch is lacking.

If you look back in Kath’s archives she used to pack a lunch everyday for work, and often for school..she also has great ideas.


65 SarahF May 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm

I bring my lunch in for work everyday (I’m way too cheap to eat out) and what I love doing is making something Sunday night (this week I made the Black Bean and Corn Lasagna from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan) and then have it for a few lunches throughout the week. Obviously you need a microwave to do this, but it makes everything so much easier in the morning. Otherwise I’ll have a sandwich/wrap, some fruit, yogurt, and a snack in the afternoon that usually consists of nuts or a granola bar. My lunch and snack combined are usually around 700 calories-but it’s my highest for the day because I don’t eat dinner until 8 or 9 so I really need something to hold me over.
Just curious from everyone-and I know this has been asked before-but what are all of your heights and calorie intakes (or goal calorie intakes). Sometimes when I read these blogs I feel like I eat so much more. I’m 5’11 and eat anywhere from 1800-2400 calories in a day.


66 Ally May 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm

I’m always surprised when people don’t use Firefox, it’s amazing!

Definitely download Piclens for Firefox, it’s great for viewing pictures and makes you feel like you’re living in the future!


67 Ashley May 14, 2008 at 3:19 pm


I’m right there with you. I eat anywhere from 1800-2400 and also sometimes feel like I eat a lot when I read some blogs (not Kath’s in particular). I am actually quite small- 5’3.5″, around 109 lbs and only work out 3 days a week 30 min- cardio, 2 days a week 30 min-strength. It is crazy to me how much I can actually eat and not gain weight, especially since I used to have a bit of disordered eating.


68 R. Leigh May 14, 2008 at 3:31 pm

I’m a college student too and I LOVE beans. They’re so easy and cheap! My mom taught me a basic formula that you can make just about anything with:
Oil + onions + spice + beans + whatever else

Here’s some examples:

Curried chickpeas

Oil (just enough to coat the pan)
~1/4 chopped onion
1 generous tbsp curry powder
1 15oz can garbanzo beans
1 15oz can diced tomatoes

Sautee onions in oil until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Add curry powder and continue to sautee for another minute or until very fragrant (some spice will stick to the pan, but don’t worry!). Dump in the beans and tomatoes. Bring up to a boil, and then reduce heat to low and simmer until you reach the thickness you desire. Serve over rice.

It’s also really great to throw in some veggies. Sautee hard raw vegetables (like chopped carrots) with the onions or throw in thawed frozen veggies (like peas or broccoli) with the beans and tomatoes at the end.

Black bean soup

~1/4 chopped onion
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
Bay leaf
1 15oz can black beans
1 15oz can chicken stock

Just like before- sautee onion in oil for a few minutes, add spices, sautee a little bit more, then add bay leaf, beans, and stock. Because it’s a soup, it’s better to simmer it for a long time with the lid on. Great with a dollop of ff sour cream or plain yogurt.

It’s really easy, see! You can mix it up with whatever type of spices (taco seasoning?) and beans (pinto, kidney?) you want.


69 Kath May 14, 2008 at 3:33 pm

angelcubbie ,
Only the gum gave me issues – because it was sugar alcohols and not just artificial sweeteners. I think if I ate other foods with the sugar alcohols a lot (processed bars like Fiber One bars) that it might happen, but I don’t have trouble with the sweeteners alone.

Ashley ,
I don’t go through weeks, but definitely days. See my response to Kelly L above on how I cope!

Mary Ellen,
I think Slim Fast is OK in a pinch or every now and then if you enjoy them, but I wouldn’t want one a day in my diet. I would rather chew my calories!

mary ,
I starting using a little less oatmeal when I was putting in an equal amount of wheatberries. I normally do it just when I have a voluminous replacement, like today’s extra banana. Or on days when I don’t want to feel full after breakfast (like if I’m going running shortly).



70 R. Leigh May 14, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Oh, and as far as calories go, I personally eat a whole lot more than most of the people who have food blogs I’ve seen. I’m 5’3″ and fluctuate between 120-130 lbs. I work out 3-4 days a week (cardio and weight lifting) and if I eat 2000 calories, I lose weight! So typically I eat around 2500.


71 TC May 14, 2008 at 3:55 pm

I’m 5’8″ and work out about 6 days a week. I also lose weight if I eat around 2,000 calories, so I keep it around 2,500 to maintain. Our bodies are smart. Feed them consistently, no starving and/or bingeing, and they’ll let you fuel up this way without “blowing up” size-wise. Instead you’ll have great energy, be healthy inside and out and can enjoy more food!


72 lainb May 14, 2008 at 5:37 pm

What audiobook did you/are you listening to? I’ll be doing quite a bit of driving this summer and plan to get 1-2 audiobooks so I’m looking for recommendations! thanks in advance!


73 LaShonda May 14, 2008 at 5:38 pm

I have been reading your blog for quite sometime and enjoy it greatly! Your recipes are great and easy to follow. I have tried several of your recipes and most recently your Grams hot milk cake recipe and it was exacly as you stated in your post. Everyone loved it!! Take care and happy blogging :)!


74 Suzanne May 14, 2008 at 5:46 pm

CourtneyS –
Aw, how sweet that you ran with your dad!


75 Kath May 14, 2008 at 7:44 pm

It was Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Very interesting, cultural and historical with a good plot line.

LaShonda ,
My grandmother will be thrilled you liked the recipe! Thanks for reading :)



76 Liza May 18, 2008 at 6:55 pm

this is a test


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