Blarg.

February 5, 2008

dsc05743.JPGI don’t know what happened last night, but after dinner I just felt so full and sick. Like I’d just eaten 1,000 pounds of fiber. I think all the veggies at lunch and another round at dinner was just too much in one day. I took an Epsom Salt bath last night to help me relax – I’ve been feeling kind of overwhelmed with all that’s on my plate these days. The bath was great, but it didn’t help my stomach fullness. I woke up about 3-4 times during the night with my gut making tons of noise and feeling like I had a fever. This was not a good day to get up at 5:00 and work out! I’ve been taking it easy with Chemistry this morning and am feeling a little bit better after breakfast. Hopefully as yesterday digests I’ll feel back to normal – I just hope I’m not coming down with the flu or something!

I make smoothies for breakfast a lot in the summer, but never past Fall because I’m always so cold. But this morning I was craving one, so smoothie it was! (I drank it by our space heater :) )

Ingredients (for 2 smoothies – I made the husband one too)

  • 8 oz plain yogurt
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tbsp flax

Each smoothie comes out to about 200 kcal.

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While I made the smoothies, Matt was hard at work on this delicious French toast with his oat, walnut, flax bread. It was fabulous! I had some maple syrup (the real stuff) on the side. I’ve found if you pour it on it just kind of disappears into the bread, but if you keep it on the side for dipping you get a little with every bite.

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This breakfast was about 375 kcal.

I’m off to shower, study and head to class. I might try to get some fresh air with a walk this afternoon – it’s going to be 70*!

My lunch post will be up around 4:00 when I get home from class. See you then!

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1 K February 5, 2008 at 9:34 am

Good morning Kath! I wonder if your stomach distress was at least partly due to all the veggies (fiber) you ate yesterday. I LOVE all things vegetable, and my eyes are always bigger than my stomach. :-) I’ve gone wild on veggies before and felt uncomfortably BLOATED afterward! And this is coming from a girl who averages almost 50 grams of fiber a day (well over the recommended amount)! Anyone else experience this? Anyway, hope you are feeling better soon and you’re not coming down with anything!

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2 Tina February 5, 2008 at 9:36 am

That French toast looks delicious! I love your dipping idea!

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3 Amy February 5, 2008 at 9:43 am

Hope you feel better Kath!

Just curious (new to making my own smoothies), but why do you add milk instead of all yogurt or some orange juice?

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4 Amy February 5, 2008 at 9:46 am

Sorry to sound naive, but everyone talks about hummus and all these new foods on these websites what is the difference between Mediterranean and Middle eastern food? Is Greek food Med.?

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5 Anne February 5, 2008 at 9:51 am

Aww, feel better Kath! I was sick a couple weeks ago… seems like it’s been going around :(

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6 neimanmarxist steph February 5, 2008 at 10:04 am

husband, would you please be so kind as to explain the process of your delicious looking french toast? being less ambitious i will probably just use ezekiel bread but i would love to have some this weekend perhaps!!!

kath what a good idea to dip in maple syrup like one does in dressing. very clever.

i hope you feel better soon!

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7 Patricia February 5, 2008 at 10:05 am

I hope you feel better Kath!
I was feeling sick last night too. Get some rest and take it easy with the fiber!

Happy Mardi Gras!

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8 Beth Q February 5, 2008 at 10:05 am

Not to get too gross, but when I started changing my diet, and eating more whole grains and my five servings of fruits and vegatables a day I often get very bloated in the afternoon and would sometimes have evenings like you had last night Kath. Traditionally I’m not a big fan of taking pills unless I really need to, but I’m pretty sure that GasX saved me from a few embaressing afternoons. I think I saw VeggieGirl suggest BeanO a while back (VeggieGirl, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). Also, I’ve found that as I’ve continued to eat this way, my body is getting used to it’s new digestion.

I did try Activia, but after the 14 days, I really couldn’t tell the difference.

I hope you feel better Kath! Also, if you have one, a hot water botel on the belly might be soothing.

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9 kelly February 5, 2008 at 10:07 am

Amy – From personal experience I think if you added all yogurt it would be a little too thick. It can also be a taste-peference as milk is less tangy than yogurt. As far as the fruit juice goes, I know when I’m making smoothies I don’t use it a lot because while you get vitamins, you’re missing out on the fiber from fruit so I’d rather pack in as much whole fruit as I can.

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10 Tina February 5, 2008 at 10:07 am

Your photos always look so great. What type of camera do you have?

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11 Beth Q February 5, 2008 at 10:10 am

oh and as a sidenote, niemanmarxist, that is a GREAT username. Love it.

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12 chandra February 5, 2008 at 10:10 am

Quick question for Kath or Matt – I think I remember a week or so ago, Matt listing some cookbooks he enjoyed using somewhere in the comments, but I can’t for the life of me remember when it was. I believe he mentioned a book that was seperated more by ways to cook instead of what you are cooking (like grilling, broiling, etc…) Sorry if I’m off on this, but I swear I read it here. :) Basically I’m looking for a good book to teach me some of the basics so I can learn my way around the kitchen a little better and be comfortable with it like you guys are. Any suggestions?

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13 Kath February 5, 2008 at 10:11 am

Thanks for the well wishes :) I usually eat between 35 and 45 grams of fiber a day (a big advantage of keeping an online food journal!) and yesterday was about 40 grams. I guess it was the lack of other food groups more than anything. (Or that I’m getting sick since i’m still not feeling 100%! Yikes!) One day I had 60 grams of fiber and let’s just say I could feel it for the next 24 hours. (I had a ton of root veggies and lentils that day).

Amy,
I’ve found that all yogurt is sometimes too thick – the milk helps thin it out. We don’t ever have OJ in our house but if I had some on hand it would be a fun addition. And I agree with Kelly on the whole fruit thing!

Tina,
Sony Cybershot – I love it!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W50-Digital-Camera/dp/B000EMQPGW

Kath

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14 the husband February 5, 2008 at 10:11 am

This is the old “family recipe” for french toast:

1 egg
1/4C milk (estimated)
dash of cinnamon

Combine all in bowl, beat together. Dip bread in for about 5 seconds per side, then cook on medium heat for 3 minutes a side until GBD. This amount was perfect for our two pieces (which were pretty thick and absorbent). If you used Ezekial bread you could probably get 3 pieces out of it, and I’d recommend soaking for a little longer.

Oh, and the ratio of egg-milk is the same whether you’re making this tiny amount or a whole loaf for the family. If you substitute egg whites, I’d use a little less milk. Yum!

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15 Kath February 5, 2008 at 10:12 am

Chandra,
Here they are:

http://astore.amazon.com/husbandstore-20

Enjoy!

Kath

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16 Amy H February 5, 2008 at 10:13 am

Those fish packets looked great last night! I’m going to try them this week.

Thanks so much for all your hard work on the blog. It really is inspiring!

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17 eliza February 5, 2008 at 10:14 am

So did you go to the gym or not Kath?

Just wondering.

I am having body aches today and feel quite dizzy. I cant tell if I should go to the gym..
Any advice?

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18 Maria February 5, 2008 at 10:14 am

Beth – I thought the same thing about niemanmarxist’s username – brilliant! :)

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19 rhodeygirl February 5, 2008 at 10:19 am

regarding going to the gym or not when sick…. when i used to go to the trainer she would tell me that if you are sick from the neck up (i.e. head cold etc) it is perfectly fine to exercise as long as you feel up to it, but if you are sick from the neck down (i.e. congestion in the lungs) you should not work out. hope this helps eliza

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20 Kath February 5, 2008 at 10:31 am

Eliza,
No, I didn’t go the gym. I just feel kind of funky. But I have heard the same thing Rhodeygirl said about above the neck/below. I still think you should just go for a brisk walk – not a full-blown workout! That’s what I hope to do if I’m feeling better this afternoon since it’s so nice out.

Kath

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21 katie February 5, 2008 at 10:35 am

Based on her reduction in breakfast calories she probably didn’t go to the gym. Regardless of what she says, she reduces calories based on her activity not her hunger cues. Her past comments verify this.

Kath – None of Jenna’s readers want to hear from you on her blog. This is obviously your way of making yourself feel better, as if you are blessed by someone like Jenna who is genuinely adored and respected. You are a shameless self promoter. Why don’t you communicate with Jenna privately? What is your point? Most of us are just rolling our eyes at your dramatics.

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22 Allison February 5, 2008 at 10:40 am

Kath,
I hope you feel better. I know that you’ve had tons of supportive comments in the past couple of days, but i just wanted to add mine, you’ve really been helpful for me to see what “Real Food” looks like.
Thanks, and you do a great job!

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23 Beth Q February 5, 2008 at 10:45 am

Ok I’m totally avoiding work by continuing to comment here. I just wanted to say that I think it’s nice that you, jenna, veggie girl and a few other bloggers have created this healthy living community. I certainly find each of your differing approaches useful for different aspects of my own approach to healthy living.

Okay, now I’ve deffinitely got to get back to work!

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24 Karen Downing February 5, 2008 at 10:59 am

I hope you feel better soon.

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25 VeggieGirl February 5, 2008 at 11:06 am

Kath, I do hope that you feel better – maybe try to eat less RAW vegetables at once, and go for a mixture of cooked and raw? the cooked vegetables would definitely take up less space in your stomach and in your digestive tract. Raw vegetables tend to be “harsher” than raw fruits on one’s digestive tract (at least, that’s the case with me – I follow a 75%-80% high-raw vegan diet, and I tend to eat cruciferous vegetables as part of my 15%-20% cooked food; and as someone with Crohn’s Disease, it’s easier on me to eat more vegetables lightly cooked/steamed than raw). Sorry for writing so much about this, I just hope you feel better, haha :0)

The smoothie is so vibrant!! Looks lovely!! As does the French Toast – wonderful start to your Tuesday morning, for sure!!

**Beth Q:

I wasn’t the one who suggested Bean-O or Gas-X (since I don’t use those products), but I’m sure they would help alleviate the problem :0)

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26 CPik321 February 5, 2008 at 11:53 am

Kath,

I have been struggling with how to make the perfect smoothie. Do you add ice? If so how much. Do you blend it using a blender? If so what kind? For how long?

Thanks.

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27 Emma February 5, 2008 at 11:56 am

I think it’s so cute you put a straw in your smoothie cup. Smoothies always do taste better sipped from a straw! looks delish! I’ve always been curious to try the banana & peanut butter smoothie mixture that Cristin has sometimes. I guess I’d probably need a blender first!!

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28 goalie30 February 5, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Eliza,
I wouldn’t recommend anyone goes to the gym if they are having dizziness…that sounds like a disaster waiting to happen…a few rest days sounds like what you need. I haven’t worked out much since last Friday for the same reason, don’t be afraid to listen to your body when you’re ill, if you’re feeling really tired and run down and having other symptoms, working out will only delay the healing process and might make you even feel worse…

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29 RT February 5, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Warning: The unemployable celebrity husband is censoring all posts that don’t praise Kath! Careful what you say!

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30 Kelly February 5, 2008 at 12:10 pm

HUSBAND- We need a “Matt makes french toast video” :)

Also, do you grill a lot when the weather is nice? My husband is starting to get his barings on the grill and it would be great to see you do some posts and videos on grilling. What are your favorite things to grill?

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31 Betsy in Pittsburgh February 5, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Oh that french toast looks good! I don’t make it very often, but usually if I have leftovers of a baguette, I’ll make it berry-stuffed. I cut it into 4 inch “squares,” cut a hole in it the top, dig out some of the “flesh,” stuff berries inside, replace the bread, and then go back to making french toast as usual. The only drawback is that since it’s so thick, you have to cook it for a long time, and it’s like eating a baseball or something! But amazing none the less.

I often get stomach pains as well when I’ve eaten a particularly fiber filled day. It’s like this intense pressure on my lower stomach, and I can’t seem to relieve it with anything but a good nights sleep. I welcome any other suggestions – but no pills!

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32 CKMeg February 5, 2008 at 12:19 pm

I love smoothies, too! If you don’t have a blender, consider purchasing a Magic Bullet…it works GREAT for smoothies-for-one and results in easy clean up! (No I’m not being paid to endorse this product…I just honestly love it for smoothies! :-) )

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33 TrishT February 5, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Amy C,
re: FLAX
I keep frozen ground flax in the freezer and just add it directly into oatmeal and smoothies. I have not noticed a difference in taste texture and it lasts twice as long.

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34 Lola February 5, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Wow, the husband really is censoring…

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35 Susie February 5, 2008 at 12:41 pm

This blog has become sort of boring.

To the husband, who is apparently censoring any comment not praising Kath:
When Kath becomes and RD will you be going to work with her? You will need to be there to defend anyone that doesn’t agree with her right?

Hopefully you’re answer is NO! I can’t believe Kath lets you sit here and censor comments! As a woman, it’s a little embarassing that she can’t seem to take care of herself. I’m glad my husband doesn’t think he has to ‘protect’ me from everyone. I’m strong enough to handle criticism!

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36 SawSaw February 5, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Lola,

I kindly disagree. I think the husband is attentive and I also think it is super sweet that he and Kath work on their lifestyle together.

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37 K February 5, 2008 at 12:51 pm

CKMeg – I have a Magic Bullet as well and love it. I also use mine to make guacamole, alcoholic drinks (hey, you gotta live a little!) and grind coffee beans. I had heard it was awesome before I got it, and now that I have one, I can agree!

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38 BethT February 5, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Too bad he’s not also censoring posts with bad grammar and punctuation…

Who cares? It’s their blog. They can do what they want. And personally, I’m glad.

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39 Leng February 5, 2008 at 12:54 pm

I LOVE smoothies and shakes!!

Although I never thought about putting flax into my smoothies. I have put it into my oatmeal (after seeing it on your blog ;).

How is the texture? I mean are the ground flax sort of crunchy?

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40 RT February 5, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Yeah, apparently the husband needs a job and has nothing better to do with his time than censor posts that don’t praise his egomaniac wife.

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41 tina February 5, 2008 at 12:59 pm

These two really are snippy brats! Grow up!

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42 katherine February 5, 2008 at 1:03 pm

He’s attentive and sweet because he is a loser.

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43 jenna February 5, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Oh no, Kath! I’m sorry you feel sick….that’s the worst to be up all night and know you have a long day ahead of you. Take it easy today! You deserve it! :)

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44 Hello February 5, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Okay Kath and husband,

If you are bothered by people making comments about you being egomaniacs, bratty, etc, let me help you. Most people have jobs. Most women have jobs, and their husbands have jobs. Most people have a budget. Many people have children, house payments, car payments, etc. It is very difficult to read the comments, then have your unemployed husband commenting and censoring comments made by people that probably have a much more realistic life than you do.

And just an observation… the fact that husband looooves Alton Brown is just funny. AB is about the most arrogant cook on Food Network.

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45 cattledog1 February 5, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Wow…it really sucks that they put up the time and effort to post a video of dinner, and people respond with such ungrateful, rude comments. If you really feel that this blog is run by “snippy brats” or “losers,” then why are you bothering to comment? It’s just kind of sad…

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46 KC February 5, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Whoa. Where is all this coming from? It seems like all these comments are out of nowhere?

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47 sue February 5, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Hysterical post, Susie. So true!

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48 Josefina February 5, 2008 at 1:22 pm

BETH T!

There are 3 of us who post from this computer and ALLLLLL of us agree that we are SO glad you mentioned grammar and punctuation!

hahahahahha
We’d like to add spelling to the list. :)

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49 ppp February 5, 2008 at 1:25 pm

i’m really saddened by all these negative comments, because i am a new reader of this blog and I REALLY enjoy it and appreciate all the effort that goes into it. Hopefully we can ignore those who disagree and continue to appreciate this blog!

Anyway, the original reason i decided to leave a comment was simply to tell you, Kath, that i have always been curious about these oatmeal pancakes you seem to make often, and today i made them for the first time — i think i’m in love! what a great breakfast! thanks for the inspiration!

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50 Susie February 5, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Sorry about the spelling and grammar! I really hate errors like that (the ones that I made). I was in a hurry!

That ‘you’re’ really sticks out like a sore thumb. I’m sure you all are enjoying it, but I really am not an idiot!

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51 Christin February 5, 2008 at 1:26 pm

good morning Kath and all, wow that breakfast looks sooo delicious!!! I am going to have to try it out with Ezekiel bread like one commenter was saying…I hope you feel better, kath, I know I get an upset stomach if i overdo it on the veggies sometimes, but I’d rather eat them if I can than not! :)

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52 Josefina February 5, 2008 at 1:40 pm

are comments disappearing?

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53 Kath February 5, 2008 at 1:41 pm

All,
Actually I am moderating the comments. See, all they do is make assumptions! It seems there are a group of women who are doing this together. I’m going to do my best to keep this blog focused on food, recipes and health. Thanks for all the good comments!

(And I’m sorry if the flow of the comments is a little weird as nice people respond before I can get to them).

CPik,
I’ve always hated ice in smoothies. I think my ingredient proportions this morning were great, although I don’t add any sweetener so it’s a little tart. We have a Cuisinart blender, but I’m dying to try the Magic Bullet some day.

Leng,
The flax do add a grainier texture – kind of like blackberry seeds? I LOVE that kind of thing.

PPP,
So glad you like the pancakes!!

Kath

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54 BethT February 5, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Well, if people continue to be nasty for absolutely no reason, they deserve some nastiness in return.

SO THERE. I am joining the junior high bandwagon.

(evil snicker)

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55 Kelly T February 5, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Im curious how this whole thing works for you and your husband. I dunno if I am just laziest person on earth or if I am wierdly private, but what possessed you to open your life up like this for no compensation? I had to laugh at the idea of me asking my husband to video tape me making dinner and talking to the camera to show people how to stick a pouch in the oven. I cant even imagine how much time you put into this…what do you get out of it? Just curious. This isnt an attack, I would just like to know your motivation. I couldnt do this day in and day out, especially when i dont have anything super unique to offer (new way of eating, some sort of alternative lifestyle or food allergy)

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56 KellyA February 5, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Hey Kath-

Just want to say that I hope you feel better. I admire your intuitiveness when it comes to your body. It seems like you really listen to yourself and I think that’s really inspirational. You should give yourself a pat on the back and realize that you deserve to have a little downtime…sometimes we need our bodies to tell us that in their own way! I wish you the best of luck with your career aspirations and look forward to gaining even more knowledge from you through your blog.

PS, I think you and your husband are so cute! I love how you make all of your meals together and how he supports your healthy lifestyle :)

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57 Christin February 5, 2008 at 1:49 pm

good for you, censoring the attacking comments! I fully support that decision…I visit your blog while at work, and I like that I can read up on and discuss healthy meal ideas and share/recieve advice. What a great blog you have going, kath! Keep up the good work!

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58 Aimee C. February 5, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Kath!

It’s Aimee, one of the other girls from the 3 who enjoy proper English. HA

Anyway, my two cohorts have gotten me started on this blog. I have always eaten pretty healthy but now with them around I have HUGE problems not eating mindlessly while I’m ate work!

Any tips? I’m really active, and I must have a pretty high metabolism, b/c I decided to keep a food journal and (no lie) I’ve been eating almost 3000 calories a day in all fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc. (y mom is crazy about organics, and I’m not allowed to eat anything “fake” except splenda and a flintstone vitamin…Yep I’m 22 and still take a flintstone…) and I’ve maintained my weight, even lost about 3 pounds in the last month!!!

But grazing bothers me b/c I get cravings later in the day since I’m full but not satisfied.
Sorry for the long post.

Keep up the great work!

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59 Beckysue27 February 5, 2008 at 1:50 pm

I have been a reader for months now, adn very much enjoy Kath, her husband and this blog. It has given me so many ideas, and I appreciate the energy and devotion Kath puts into this. I have kept quiet for a long time, but I just couldn’t any longer when I saw the comment from “hello” above. If you don’t like Kath and her husband, their economic situation, the way she runs her blog (which, sadly, she has changed to make the readers happy), or anything else about it here, go elsewhere for your reading.
The comments about her being “obsessed” frankly make me laugh, since if all of us weren’t “obsessed” with what we put in our mouths then why in the world are you reading about what someone else eats!
And finally, I equate it to this- if you walk into KMart for the first time in your life, and you dont like their displays, and you dont like the merchandise, do you moan, complain, and be mean and rude to the management? NO! You simply leave the store and go across town to Walmart or Target or CVS, or whatever is more pleasing to you. No point in being mean, catty, hyper-critical, etc. of Kath. Be an adult! Search the internet for another blog that fits you better. You can choose what is right for you without being mean/rude about it.
Just.move.on.

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60 Kelly February 5, 2008 at 1:55 pm

SMILE KATH! You are a doll!

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61 KellyA February 5, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Excuse me, “Hello”…your comment above is so rude and unnecessary. What business is it of yours what Kath and her husband’s financial situation is like? Are you jealous? I think so! It’s not like they sit around and do nothing all day!!! They are both is school so honestly, shut up. I hate to sound mean and add fuel to the fire, but you’re a loser who is obviously not happy with her own life and financial security. Kath and her husband are adorable and seem like genuinely kind people who would be tons of fun to have a meal and a glass of wine with! Try and chillax a little and enjoy your life and little without bringing others down.

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62 Kelly T February 5, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Awww maaaan…i love Alton Brown. I enjoy the science behind his cooking. I guess that gives everyone the right to attack my character also.

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63 Holly February 5, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Here’s a hint that can cut down majorly on the comments (aside from not ragging on kath and her hubby) If you can easily type your question into google and get a million answers, dont ask it here. It will help you because you dont have to wait for Kath to answer and also we dont have to wade through them to find some that actually help. Just a thought.

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64 Megpie February 5, 2008 at 2:44 pm

I lovvvvvveee Alton Brown! I have a crush on him!! Hahaha I think my boyfriend is jealous. Take care Kath!

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65 Julie February 5, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Just curious- what are other reader’s favorite cooking shows to watch? maybe we could get a fun little discussion going!

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66 Kelly T February 5, 2008 at 2:58 pm

i looove Good Eats and i like Semi Home cooking with Sandra Lee. i know its not the most glamorous but its ususally things i have around the kitchen. Also, on PBS they do about 4 hour long cooking shows where veiwers submit recipes and come in and cook to sell the cookbook they made from compiling those recipes. i usually work out in front of the TV and watch those on pledge drive on saturdays

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67 Another Kelly February 5, 2008 at 3:03 pm

I love Good Eats, Take Home Chef (TLC), Barefoot Contessa, and Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger. Ellie’s new cookbook just came out and it is fantastic. I love it because her recipes are healthy but still indulgent. I think she strikes a good balance between eating for health and eating for enjoyment.

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68 Kelly T February 5, 2008 at 3:07 pm

I find it hard to watch a lot of cooking shows because sometimes they are just sooo unhealthy. if you put a million styicks of butter in something, of course its going to taste good!

I also love Iron Chef. The master ingredient makes it really interesting. i frind myself cheering when mario Batalli (sp?) losses. He rubs me the wrong way, im not sure why.

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69 the husband February 5, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Haha, yeah I can definitely see how AB (and I) can come off as arrogant. It’s hard not to come off as a know-it-all when you love something and love talking about every little detail!

We saw AB speak at Charlotte Shout (a cooking festival) this summer and he was a little annoying. Most specifically he got us a little riled up because he was recommending not buying organic because “nowadays it means nothing.” I can see where he’s coming from, though, because there are some pretty shady companies trying to take advantage of being able to put organic/all natural, etc on labels, and there’s also pretty shady laws that ALLOW those companies to do that (like a classic example: if a chicken in a cage has access to outside its cage for 15 minutes a day, it can be considered “free range.” – don’t quote me on that, though – the point is you can imagine all the loopholes like that).

So it was kinda annoying that AB didn’t explain why he said that, but what he did say that definitely rings true is to buy local. I think his exact words were “pick a radius from your house, say 50 miles, 100 miles, even just the state you live in – then only buy from there.”

Now this is the kind of discussion I could get into here! I’d love to hear some opinions.

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70 the husband February 5, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Oops, Kelly,

I didn’t see your post earlier. I love grilling and can’t wait til it gets a little warmer. I could definitely see some grilling videos in the future.

Besides the classic grilling things – burgers, chops, etc – I love grilling all sorts of veggies: eggplant, portobello, zucchini, asparagus, bell peppers to name some frequent ones. Also some fruits are great for grilling (ones with high sugar and water content) like pineapple and peaches. I’d like to try grilling some bread too – haven’t thought that one through yet.

Man talking about all this makes me forget that it’s cold outside. Sigh.

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71 Kelly T February 5, 2008 at 3:16 pm

of course you sound like a know it all when you are talking about something you know a lot about. I am a certified personal trainer and friends get bored with me when they ask me a simple question about protien and launch into a speech. but i like for people to know why.

anyhoo, ive never really jumped on the organic bandwagon. its too expensive for me and i havent ever been to concerned with pesticides and whatnot. we do have a nice farmer’s market near me that i shop at sometimes but thats because the man that grew everything is right there and i like seeing the face of someone i am helping keep afloat.

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72 Nadia February 5, 2008 at 3:23 pm

I’m a little obsessed with the food network lol which is strange because I’ve never tried a recipe on it. Just enjoy watching the shows. I like Rachel Ray, Giada, Iron Chef, Alton Brown, Tyler’s Ultimate and Paula Deen (her recipes I will probably only try for a special occasion because it seems like she never makes a meal or dessert that doesn’t require a couple sticks of butter). I also like the “road shows” like Diner Drive-ins etc. lol

Love this blog btw. One small observation…it seems that the rude and baseless comments come mostly if not always from usernames that never come back to post again. Honestly, I think it’s just a couple of immature, jealous women who have nothing better to do with their lives than make mean-spirited comments on a food blog. Honestly, I laugh everytime I read these comments because they have no relevance whatsoever. Please grow up.

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73 hk February 5, 2008 at 3:25 pm

love the food network! At age 19, my friends don’t exactly understand my interest in watching Jamie Oliver and Giada, but I LOVE learning about. Despite the frequent overdose of butter, oil…etc, I have learned a ton about technique, pairing foods…etc. Im’ also really into the SuperFoods HealthStyle book, its a must read!

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74 Amy February 5, 2008 at 3:33 pm

I see AB’s point about buying from your area. The thing most people never think about is that some of us live in very small towns (myself included). I don’t have access to a local market. The closest I have is a fruit stand in the summer! So while many of you have access to these markets in larger cities, I just have Walmart :(

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75 SawSaw February 5, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Kath and Husband,

You guys should totally pitch a cooking show to Food Network about spouses and healthy cooking/lifestyle.. that is a niche that has not yet been filled on that channel! I mean there is the Hearty Boys show and they are partners, but their show is about cooking for a party, they don’t have the healthful twist!! I think you could easily adapt your five minute instructional videos into a 30 minute session that covers a whole meal or a few ideas :)

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76 SawSaw February 5, 2008 at 3:36 pm

PS Did anyone ever see that episode of AB making ravioli on an ironing board? Not exactly realistic but I got a real kick out of that!

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77 Amy February 5, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Oh and the other thing is that in my area there is really zero selection as far as organic. So it can get kind of annoying hearing people say “you should only eat organic.” If that were the case, I would starve haha.

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78 Marissa February 5, 2008 at 3:45 pm

I love the food network but I haven’t made any recipes from it either yet. I’ll pretty much watch anything that’s on with only a few exceptions. I agree with SawSaw, I’d totally watch a Kath and Husband cooking show. You guys make some great recipes!

And thank you for moderating the comments. All that negativity was bringing me down and it didn’t even have anything to do with me! I visit this blog to take a break from my work day and to get new food and nutrition ideas, not to see people fighting. I love the blog and the positive, supportive readers!

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79 TP February 5, 2008 at 3:48 pm

I agree with Saw Saw, you should do a pitch to food network. While watching your video this morning, I said to my husband, “Gosh, I am surprised food network hasn’t picked them up, they’re good on camera.”

Husband,
Have you checked out Bobby Flay’s Grilling for Life? His grilled apricot recipe is WONDERFUL.

Oh, and it would be neat to know you guys’ top cooking shows, if you have time!

This is such a great blog, I am glad I heard about it!

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80 the husband February 5, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Yeah I saw that one, very exciting and I’d love to try it but I don’t think I’ll be buying a pasta-guy. I tried making my own ravioli once and it was a pretty fun experiment but it took awhile, and they were very high in calorie. Guess I’ll need some more practice there.

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81 Another Kelly February 5, 2008 at 3:53 pm

I personally find food labeling and the like to be really facinating. Marion Nestle has a great book called “What to Eat” which dives into things like why it’s so hard to find organic beef and imbiguities in meat egg labeling as well as the whole history of margarine. What is especially shocking is how little scientific evidence is needed to make health claims on food. Reading this book was honestly so eye opening because there is so much slant and marketingeze out there and if you don’t educate yourself it’s easy to get confused.

I’ve really wanted to be more of a locovore, but unfortunately haven’t had the foresight to plan ahead. If you’re looking for a great resource to learn more about local farms in your area the following website is fantastic:

http://www.localharvest.org/

Many farms actually sell ‘shares’ of their crops for a particular period of time, which means you can pick up regular lots of fruits and veggies. When I did the math I realized it can actually be VERY cost effective, especially if you’re currently buying organic, but many farms have LONG waiting lists so you have to sign up and commit months in advance.

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82 the husband February 5, 2008 at 3:54 pm

In terms of favorite cooking shows, it’s pretty obvious which is mine… that’s really the only one I really care about.

Kath has been back and forth on a lot of them – she used to love Barefoot Contessa, now she really likes Robin Miller (which shouldn’t be a big surprise because her meals are pretty similar to ours).

I would love to have a show but I don’t know how it could be done – if I could do it by myself, my show would be exactly like Good Eats, and Kath’s would be exactly like Robin Miller. You may be on to something with the couple thing! But that’s dreaming…

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83 NCCarter February 5, 2008 at 4:07 pm

I set our cable to automatically come onto Food Network whenever we turn the TV on. Sometimes my husband likes to change that auto-on to ESPN. It’s an ongoing battle, unless Giada is on, and then he’s glued. :-) My favorites are Ina, Giada, Paula Deen (I’m a Southern girl and love to see that yummy stuff being cooked, even if I rarely eat that way), and of course, Tyler Florence, my crush.

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84 Becky February 5, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I love Take Home Chef (TLC) and Iron Chef!

Take Home Chef is my guilty pleasure actually- haha!

Has anyone seen Oprah with Dr OZ today?? Its GREAT- talking about the superfoods and how to stay young. LOVE HIM! I have all his books.

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85 Kath February 5, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Aimee,
As for mindless eating, you should read the book! My best advice would be to keep the food out of your desk, don’t have cash on your for the vending machine, and find ways to physically keep yourself out of the kitchen! Willpower is overrated, so search for ways you can prevent yourself from being tempted. But it sounds like the grazing isn’t making you gain weight, so maybe your body just wants the fuel? To prevent the unsatisfied feeling, perhaps you could plan more fulfilling snacks instead of a bunch of little things.

Re. Cooking Show,
Thanks for the suggestion! I guess that would be a lifelong dream for both of us. It would be nice to be able to film our videos in a real set kitchen instead of having to shoot down the galley with our lamps as spotlights!

Another Kelly,
We’re hoping to join a CSA this summer that we found through LocalHarvest.org! We’re waiting for our application to be approved, and I’ll share the details if it is. It’s pretty competitive to get into but I emailed the head 2 years ago so somehow I’m higher on the waiting list than others. If it works out, we’ll have all kinds of fresh organic veggies each week – and it’s not too expensive either. Otherwise the Charlotte Farmer’s Market isn’t anything special (the people just bring food from California and sell it a little cheaper) so the grocery stores are the best option around here – they do have some local produce.

Re. Food Network,
Yes, I LOVE Robin Miller!! I want to be just like her :) And I think she always adds a gourmet touch to simple meals which is one of my goals with recipe building. I love Barefoot Contessa too, mostly for her house and lifestyle, but I stopped watching her because of all the butter :( But her meals do always look SO good! I’ve never watched Ellie’s show so I need to DVR that. Giada gets on my nerves with her accent, but I think her food always looks great. We made her Lentil Loaf though and it turned out horrible.

Becky,
I want to watch that Dr. Oz while I recuperate tonight! I LOVE him!!! (and Oprah :) )

Kath

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86 Courty February 5, 2008 at 4:58 pm

I don’t know if anyone will see it all the way down here, but for those having tummy troubles, I sometimes find some hot peppermint tea to be helpful. Hope you feel better, Kath!

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87 TP February 5, 2008 at 4:59 pm

I emailed Bobby Flay just now saying to check ya guys out!!! And he checks his email frequently!

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88 rivermomx3 February 5, 2008 at 5:09 pm

I always have the Food network on in the background and I am pushing hard for a small t.v. in the kitchen! Ellie Krieger is my new hero, I just bought her book and can’t wait to try some recipes out.

As for organic, I have pretty much unlimited access to organic, all-natural, etc. (I live in a suburb outside of Cleveland, Ohio.) It makes me very happy that the availability has increased so much in such a short time. I also have 2 great farmers markets, and many roadside stands right by my house that sell fruit and veggies. I know that I am very lucky to have these options. It makes me sad about all the loopholes and big companies that are fraudulent! I try really hard to make sure my family is healthy and they just don’t care. It’s all about the $$$. As soon as spring hits, I will be hitting all of the stands and markets, and try to depend a little less on big company organics. When it comes down to it, I will still choose organic over conventional every time, it just gives me peace of mind!

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89 Ashley February 5, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Has anyone read the book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”? I thought it was a great book and really inspired me to eat more locally! I live in Charlotte, NC and we are very lucky to have a year-round farmer’s market. It’s a great climate because except for one or two months, there is always some local produce available!

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90 sarah February 5, 2008 at 5:17 pm

husband,
i had a dessert the other day at this great restaurant (that makes EVERYTHING from scratch, and from local, AND donates to charity!) of grilled pound cake–YUMM!! i think it had a little brown sugar that carmelized PERFECTLY and was topped with freshly whipped cream, and some fruit. perfect for a special night indulgence (valentines day maybe?!), def. not for more than twice a year, but SOOOOOO good :)

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91 Ashley February 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm

Kath, I was initially disappointed by the Charlotte farmer’s market, but towards the end there are several local farmers who sell some great stuff. We buy eggs from Laughing Owl farms all the time and in January we bought some great brussels sprouts and collard greens. But you have to get on their email list to find out what’s available and reserve it because they sell out fast!

Thanks for the great blog, I love reading it and getting new ideas!

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92 Amy February 5, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Kath,

We made one of Giada’s recipes too…and it was awful! It was this arugula (sp?) garlic sauce…so icky strong. Hmm….I wonder if her other recipes are good?

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93 goalie30 February 5, 2008 at 6:48 pm

I don’t really get to watch any of the Food Network since I work long hours every day of the week, but I do have a few of Rachel Ray’s cookbooks, and I do love some of her recipes! Of course, I think it’s because she loves noodles as much or more than I do, and probably because we’re both Italian ;)

I have not read the “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” book but it’s definitely on my to read list, thanks for the review!

Hope all the ill people, including Kath, are feeling better. I’ve been having stomach troubles myself, so it’s going around.

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94 Ange February 5, 2008 at 6:49 pm

I buy high risk produce in organic and low risk produce in regular….it is a nice balance and not too too pricey. :)

high risk = thin skinned produce…think tomatoes, berries, apples, peppers, lettuce, etc.

low risk- hard skinned….squash, cukes, poatatoes, oranges etc.

Pesticides have a much harder time seeping into thick skinned produce.

Its a good rule of thumb and has helped me tons when grocery shopping. :)

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95 Kath February 5, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Ashley,
We found the “real” Farmer’s market at that end too, but unfortunately we had already bought lots of veggies from the fake farmers! We got some great bread and goat’s cheese. I hear that Davidson is getting a market comparable in size to the one on Tyvola – it would be quite a drive up there, but fun since I went to school there and always love a visit. If you ever want to do lunch, just shoot me an email!

Kath

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96 alice February 5, 2008 at 10:04 pm

Totally procrastinating while writing but just wanted to “me too”…love the ideas I get from the Blog. My effort du jour has been to use up all the stuff I have in the fridge and freezer, definitely fits with some of the stuff I see on the blog. Oh—and to the people having jobs comment—I’m a second year grad student, it IS a job, I’m on a budget but totally eating healthy, as is seen on this blog, you just have to KNOW what to do with the ingredients. Eating good food IS financially workable! (I’m an MBA ;)…

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