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February 7, 2012

Today has not been as good as the rest of the days this past week in terms of nausea. I skipped my medicine at lunch (because I was out and went straight to the bakery) and started to feel it coming on by dinnertime. It’s rather remarkable to think about, really.

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Our Great Harvest website was not designed by choice – one of the few franchise rules is that you have to use their website if you want to use Great or Harvest in your URL (to protect the company). I really, really don’t like our website! But the GREAT news is that GH recently switched partnering companies and that means a new site – with a lot more freedom! Not as much as building a site on WordPress would have been, but a big improvement in creativity and usability. So I spent the afternoon working on the new site.

And munching on apples! Also sipping hot tea. I have been so cold today! Matt buys apples for the employees to munch on as a healthy snack. I like that because it means I know I have healthy snacks at the bakery now too! [Nevermind the bite of scuffin that I also consumed..]

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I walked back on home just as it was getting dark and pondered “what’s for dinner.” When I go grocery shopping I always make sure to have enough protein, carbs, veggies and garnishes, but I rarely actually plan the meals. I let my cravings of the day put them together for me. Tonight turned into shrimp + millet = shrimp n grits!

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I made the millet in the rice cooker – BRILLIANT! It worked beautifully on the quick cooking setting. Like even more perfect than my stove-top versions. For flavor, we stirred in PIMENTO CHEESE! Let it melt in there. So good! If only I had some coconut milk and coconut butter – that’s my next millet meal!

On the side we sautéed some frozen/thawed shrimp along with a green pepper and some of the leftover black bean + corn dip from the Super Bowl (BTW, I always write “souper” now! Too many jokes on that!)

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And now, ladies and gentlemen, you know why I have been putting yogurt on everything!! Not that I didn’t do it often before, but a savory meal just doesn’t seem complete without it now.

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Planning a small bowl of ice cream later on. Ice cream is one of those things where I always use a tiny bowl and it really helps with portions. Half a cup in a regular cereal bowl is just not right!

Time for us to get lost!

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1 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I’m sorry you weren’t feeling well! But that shrimp and “grits” looks so good! I’ve been wanting to get some shrimp, but I’ve got to use up the proteins I have now first!

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2 Sana February 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Yogurt on savory food is sooo Indian. I can’t eat any of my meals without it, it just mixes everything together :)

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3 Kel@The Kel Show February 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm

WIth my second pregnancy, I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes at 14 weeks. What can I say. I was morbidly obese, had a 27 week delivery with my first pregnancy, and VERY smart doctors.

I had ice cream EVERY night for 26 weeks. Yes, I said 26 weeks! I needed 2 carbs and 2 proteins every night, so I could either top with peanuts or melt peanut butter and top the ice cream.

Mother Nature knows what she is doing! Dollop the yogurt and enjoy your ice cream!

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4 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm

delicious looking dinner! we had shrimp for dinner too, but in the form of an asian stir fry. SO good! i seem to forget about shrimp sometimes… i need to buy it more often! :)

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5 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm

The shrimp bowl looks amazing :)

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6 Simply Life February 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I agree and love “filling” a tiny bowl- just seems so much more satisfying!

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7 kathleen @ the daily crumb February 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm

apples really are the perfect snack — and a bit of scuffing the perfect compliment :)

hope you’re feeling better, kath!

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8 Becca February 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Love your metal water glasses!

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9 TeenyLittleSuperChef February 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Sorry to hear about the morning (afternoon?) sickness. Unfortunately, sometimes it comes with the territory. At least it seems like you’re still able to stomach enough food to keep up your strength. Yay for shrimp n’ grits– err millet. I’ve never been a huge fan of grits which is unfortunate since I come from the south and it’s like a food group down there. I like the idea of using millet instead. Same color, but totally different texture and flavor.
Have a great night! Enjoy your ice cream :)

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10 Helen February 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

“they” say that morning sickness is from “back in the day” because it protected women from eating bad meat (before refrigeration/preservatives) and other such things. I also definitely understand the dairy. I started having heartburn at bedtime, and got in the habit of a bowl of cereal and milk before bed, which was bad once I carried it over post-partum lol

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11 Megan February 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I still have never tried millet! It looks pretty good!

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12 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs February 7, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I agree, filling up a small bowl just feels more satisfying than a little scoop floundering in a big bowl :)

Hope you’re feeling better!

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13 Cm @ Lazy Healthy February 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm

So much pimento cheese lately, and I like it! I need some in my life.

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14 Jennifer February 7, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I found hot peppermint tea to be very helpful with nausea, even just sniffing peppermint essential oil will often help! We use it for laboring women all the time, and it has even been shown to help chemo patients. Ginger tea is supposed to be helpful too, but I couldn’t stand the taste so that was out for me :/ Seltzer water with lots of lemon also helped me, the combo of fizzies + sour was wonderful. Keep trying until you find what works for you in case you forget the meds again!
Just remember that getting whatever food in that will stay in is more important than a perfectly balanced diet at this point! It will continue to get better and you can add your veggies back in when it does. So excited to keep reading about your pregnancy, and can’t wait for the new blog!

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15 Kristen @ Change of Pace February 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Hopefully that nausea will go away soon! Mine went away around 12 weeks or so.

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16 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles February 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Love, love shrimp! I like how you use what you have to create something tasty! Marinating and bbqing is my favourite…great cold the next day in a salad!

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17 Jennifer February 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

That stinks to feel so nauseous. It will get better and actually feel sick like that is a good thing. :) Something that helped me was to always have something in my stomach whether it was simply a cracker. Just never letting myself get to the point of hunger. Also, sucking on a lemon helped greatly! With all of this sickness, enjoy it. :)

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18 thatShortChick February 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm

first off, CONGRATS!!! (I’m a little late to catching up on the news)

since the beginning of the year, I’ve started having ‘an apple a day’ as my midmorning treat at work. thankfully, it’s one of those accidental resolutions that has happily lasted.

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19 Lyn @ Life Lyn Style February 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I think you need a maternity shirt to wear at the bakery that says “bun in the oven”

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20 KathEats February 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I do! My name tag at convention will say that :)

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21 Alison February 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Sorry you feel nauseaus. It really is the worst feeling. So hard to function around it. What medicine are you on?

So I’m counting down the days until I can POAS. The past two days I’ve gotten really nauseaus at yoga, especially today. Think maybe I’ll just go walking tomorrow. And I’m going to the bathroom constantly – of course that may be because I have a cold and I’m guzzling water non-stop. I’ve had pre-period-like symptoms for 10 days now.

Fingers crossed!

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22 KathEats February 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Unisom + B6. If you are lucky this cycle (GOOD LUCK!), ask your doctor about it the second you start to feel sick.

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23 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio February 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Sorry that today wasn’t as good as the others, nausea wise. Your millet with dinner looks great!

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24 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Nausea, especially in the later afternoon and early evening, omg I remember it so well. I shudder at the memories, actually. Hang in there, Kath!

I have so much Greek yogurt on hand right now; I’ve been making just about everything I can with it from dips to homemade Twinkies :)

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25 Molly @ RDexposed February 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Just have the yogurt substitution tip to my wellness class today! Love picking up pregnancy food tid bits to be more in touch with GDM moms.

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26 Kerry @ Totes My Oats February 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I hope you feel better! Your dinner looks fabulous! I can’t even imagine the addition of pimento cheese.. like that sounds to die for!!!

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27 Carla February 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Several random comments:

1) I love those metal tumblers on your dinner table tonight. So modern!

2) Your shrimp look so perfect and “puffy”. I think may cook mine too long.

3) You MOST DEFINATELY have the “glow”.

4) I’m putting my sneakers on and heading to the grocery store at 9:55 pm to get Bryers ice cream. I’m blaming this on KERF before bed :)

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28 KathEats February 7, 2012 at 10:13 pm

haha – the glow. I guess it’s true if so many of you agree!

And lol. Breyers rules!

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29 Tiffany February 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Have you tried the candied ginger that Trader Joe’s sells? It helps a lot with nausea. Also try hot water with mint leaves steeped in for 3-4 minutes.

If you love greek yogurt…try this combination of flavors.
Slice up an eggplant and brush the pieces with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper then bake. Mash up some of the eggplant and mix it with greek yogurt and eat it with pita chips. (you can add roasted garlic to the mix too) So creamy and delicious! :)

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30 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! February 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Mmm I love millet…I am sure it was so delicious with the addition of some creamy cheese!

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31 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Totally agree with you on the ice cream bowl trick. Half a cup looks so pathetic in a regular bowl it’s easy to triple the serving just because of that!

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32 Sonya February 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Omg! I just moved and haven’t had access to the Internet. Needless to say I’ve been in the stone ages or at every free wi-fi place in a five mile radius. Can’t wait for the new website, congrats and enjoy motherhood.

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33 Sarah February 7, 2012 at 10:32 pm

amazing recipe! so is yogurt a pregnancy craving?

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34 Emily @ The Swallow Flies February 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Mmmmm…ice cream. I think I just might, too!

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35 Christine February 7, 2012 at 11:10 pm

You really do look like you are glowing! I was so sick in the afternoons with my pregnancies. The only thing that got me through was ice cream. Morning (all day) sickness is bad, but it does let you know that your baby is growing!

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36 Angel7 February 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Your rice cooker looks like it is really coming in handy! Think about how handy it will be when you are busy with a lil’ one :)

Have a good night!

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37 Angel7 February 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm

You should get your pumpkin glow on again :) Are you able to eat pumpkin without getting sick, or haven’t you tried yet?

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38 KathEats February 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Not appealing at all :( at least not me cooking at home

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39 Khushboo February 7, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I love yogurt with savory food, especially rice and daal (lentils)!

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40 Julie February 8, 2012 at 12:34 am

Hi Kath! I am a little late in saying CONGRATS but CONGRATS TO YOU AND MATT!
I have been following you for almost 2 years and I have been waiting for this day cause I am so excited to see what your preggo cravings are since you are such a healthy eater. I am pregnant too…due in 4 weeks, and am so happy to be pregnant at the same time as you! I could not stand the sight of sweet potatoes or anything orange for the first trimester, and now mac and cheese and pb and j are just my faves! Enjoy the process. Since you will soon have a little one, you can take advantage of my new company, http://www.nannyintheclouds.com. I just launched it in November, and we match moms traveling with small kids with babysitters already booked on the same flight. So, if you guys have any trips coming up in the next year, remember to check us out! I am sure it would be fun to take baby to BlogHer!!! Excited to see the new blog too! If I can suggest one thing, it would be prenatal yoga. It has helped me so much in so many ways, from meeting other pregnant mommies to be to keeping me feeling good…I just know you would love it! All the best….Julie

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41 KathEats February 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm

What a cool concept!!!

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42 Katherine - Digital Scale, GPS & Me February 8, 2012 at 12:47 am

Just got caught up on your good news!
Congratulations!!!
From one oatmeal loving mom to another,…you have many blessed years ahead of you!

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43 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 8, 2012 at 1:14 am

I LOVE yogurt! I always forget that I can use it to top some of my meals…I’m not sure why I forget that because I ALWAYS have it in my apartment. In fact, it’s on the menu for tomorrow. ;)

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44 Kelly February 8, 2012 at 1:21 am

Congratulations, Kath on the wonderful baby news. I’m so happy for you and Matt.

I recently got the same rice cooker as a Christmas gift. I love it but haven’t quite mastered the grain to liquid ratio. For your millet how much liquid did you use with the 1/2 cup of grains?

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45 Rebekah February 8, 2012 at 1:25 am

Congratulations on your pregnancy!! I had to read back a few posts to find out the scoop. :) I am so happy for you. A child will turn your world upside down, but in a good way!! I can totally relate to the lack of veggies in the first trimester, that happened to me with each of my pregnancies. I made up for it in the magical 2nd trimester – I was known to cook up a huge bowl of baby spinach and garlic for a late-night snack when I was in that zone! (sorry if reading that made you queasy!) Congrats again, and hope you find yourself past that first trimester soon!

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46 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie February 8, 2012 at 1:51 am

I was drooling over shrimp and grits at a restaurant the other day, only to discover that they couldn’t be made with bacon. (I don’t like bacon haha). Yours look wonderful though!

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47 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 8, 2012 at 2:24 am

So sorry you aren’t feeling the best — hugs!

I put yogurt on everything too — perfect YUM!

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48 Christie February 8, 2012 at 2:49 am

What a deliciously healthy dinner – I’ve never tried millet before, but I think I would love it!

Hope you’re feeling better :)

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49 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious February 8, 2012 at 5:52 am

I love millet. That is the best grain for your digestive system. Great choice being considering the nausea. In another week, you are going to say, “what nausea”? It is magic I tell you.

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50 Michaela February 8, 2012 at 6:55 am

you really do look sooo different now that you are pregnant! That is also why I have guessed so early on.
btw, I am very happy that pregnancy was the reason why your blog was a bit “off”, I am definitely checking back in regularly now :)

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51 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 8, 2012 at 7:44 am

Sorry about the nausea! I hope today is better! :)

Coconut millet is my favourite! I love just stirring in coconut butter at the end when I’m too lazy to actually cook it in coconut milk – you still get such a great coconutty flavour!

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52 Margo @ Peanut Butter Trees February 8, 2012 at 7:45 am

Congratulations Kath!!! I am so happy for you, and I can’t wait to read both of your blogs!!

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53 Hannah @ Eat, Drink and Save Money February 8, 2012 at 7:56 am

I am a huge shrimp and grits fan, true to my southern heritage. What a great idea to use millet in the rice cooker. I will have to experiment with mine now!

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54 Sarah@The Flying ONION February 8, 2012 at 8:22 am

I couldn’t agree more about the tiny dishes for ice cream!

I have these little “martini” glasses from Pier One that are perfect for rich desserts. :D

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55 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 8, 2012 at 8:25 am

I’ve never had millet before! Definitely want to try it though.

Ice cream is the perfect dessert. I really like Breyer’s Lactose-Free Vanilla. You can actually see pieces of vanilla bean in the ice cream. It’s yummy :)

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56 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count February 8, 2012 at 8:30 am

Apples are such a good snack. You and Matt are nice employers to supply them for your staff. Glad the website will be better for you. Looking forward to your second one!

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57 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach February 8, 2012 at 9:24 am

I have a bag of millet that I bought a while ago, but I’ve never cooked it. Do you ever toast it in the pan before you cook it? I’ve heard that really brings out its otherwise bland flavor, but I wouldn’t know because I still haven’t tried it!

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58 KathEats February 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I haven’t ever done that, but I’ve heard the same thing

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59 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth February 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

The good news is that the sickness goes. Mine went with both pregnancies during the second trimester. My Mum used to say it was good sign and showed my hormones were working hard to grow the baby and keep it safe. Love the idea of cheese melted in with a grain – must try that one.

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60 Cait's Plate February 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

I do the exact same thing with my ice cream – it really does help so much and once you make the switch you realize how completely satisfied you are with just 1/2 cup!

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61 juliet February 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

That looks amazingly tasty. Will have to see if the dude will get more adventurous in his grain-eating habits. I, too, bought really pretty and smaller-portion appropriate bowls for desserty items. Everything looks so pretty in there, and it feels like even more of a treat in the special dishes. ;-)

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62 ~Christy February 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I totally agree about the ice cream — must be in a small bowl so it looks like a lot! Dinner looks like it was super good. I’m glad to hear about the new GH website flexibility — must let the websites be as unique as the stores, no?? ;)

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63 Gayle Taitt February 10, 2012 at 8:32 am

Hey Kath!! Here’s a blast from your past!! I am soooo happy to hear your good news! Hopefully you are on the cusp of starting to feel better. I am sure your Mom told you but Amanda had a girl, Haylen on 11/11/11. She is the light of my life! She and her husband Allen are great parents.
Well, just wanted to say congradulations and Ron and I are very excited for you. Take care of yourself and I look forward to seeing pictures as you progress!!

Gayle

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64 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 8:46 am

Thanks Gayle!! I keep up with Amanda on Facebook – Haylen is very cute!!! Hope you’re doing well.

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