Drop In The Bucket

December 3, 2008

Man, I was a bottomless pit this afternoon! I’m wondering if it has to do with the insoluble fiber boost at breakfast? I don’t normally eat products pumped (I just wrote pumpkin!!) with fiber taken from its natural source like Fiber One and all in that big of quantity. Hard to tell.

Probably didn’t help that I went back for more around 4pm! A few handfuls –

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I left for EarthFare at 4:30 and got there just in time to catch the husband doing a shrimp + pineapple tasting!

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I had two of these guys!!

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Then on to the goods –

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Oh gosh, the recap:

  • Romaine
  • A tiny bit of purple cabbage and carrots (I stayed away from more veggie fiber!)
  • Sprouts
  • Broccoli salad (2 florets)
  • Curried chicken salad (LOVE that one)
  • Some roasted veggies
  • Some butternut salad (the best!)
  • A grape leaf
  • 4 tofu cubes
  • 2 pieces parmesan chicken
  • A few beans
  • 2 pita chips
  • Wheatberry salad
  • Blue cheese
  • Wasabi peas
  • Blackberries picked out of the fruit salad!

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Then I had some free crackers

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And a sample of Beef & Barley Stew the husband brought over – (very rich and buttery!)

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Luckily they weren’t sampling pies this time!

I felt full and satisfied for my Micro test (which was HARD but I think I did OK). I’m still quite full now too, so no snack is needed. Guess I just needed a big ol’ meal. I am awfully thirsty though.

The stove is arriving tomorrow between 8 and 10am!! Now the question is, do I wait until it’s installed to make oatmeal or have some made in the microwave before 8 OR have something else for breakfast??! Guess I’ll just have to see how I feel. I’m definitely planning a late morning workout to give myself a day off of 5am alarm clocks.

Bath time!? I should study Organic, but meh to that – I’ve had a long day!

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1 zestycook December 3, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Hey Kath, Glad to hear you think you did OK on the Micro test! The food looks amazing. I wish we had an Earth Fare. I was hungry all day as well. Have a relaxing night.

zesty

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2 VeggieGirl December 3, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Oooh, what a big bowl of goodness!!

I’m sure you aced that test, no worries!!

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3 Megan December 3, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Love your dinner!

I would make oatmeal in the microwave, just in case the stove delivery is late.

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4 Courtney December 3, 2008 at 8:39 pm

MMmmm. Yum! I always love to see your salad creations. I always look forward to your posts. Thanks!

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5 Christina December 3, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Another way to cook oatmeal is to heat the water up, then pour it over the oats and cover the bowl for 10 minutes. The texture is between raw soaked oats and fully cooked oats.

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6 Oh She Glows December 3, 2008 at 8:41 pm

mmmm your dinner looked so filling :)

It is possible that cereal isn’t as filling because it is insoluble fibre (like you said), whereas oats are a soluble fibre and soluble fibres are known to control blood sugar.

Have a relaxing rest of your night!

Angela
http://www.ohsheglows.com

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7 Victoria December 3, 2008 at 8:42 pm

I love those sesame ak-mak crackers. Such a great combo with hummus. I notice I’m always I’m much hungrier on days when I ate cereal but maybe that’s just me.

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8 Shelby December 3, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Great salad!!! It’s so big and has so many different delicious ingredients. I’m sure you enjoyed that.

I bet you did amazingly on the test, don’t sweat it!

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9 Maggie December 3, 2008 at 8:44 pm

Getting a stove is so exciting! Your dinner looks lovely :) I love big salady concoctions like that. And those shrimp and pineapple apps – YUM!

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10 Nellie December 3, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Glad your test went well!

That salad looks fantastic! I’m very impressed that you remembered all of the toppings!

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11 ashley (sweet & natural) December 3, 2008 at 8:45 pm

How about make a fun omelette tomorrow?

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12 K December 3, 2008 at 8:45 pm

How fun meeting the hubs at EF! The salad never fails to make me jealous :)

Enjoy sleeping in tomorrow!

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13 Mel December 3, 2008 at 8:49 pm

The husband looks cute in his EF gear!

Your salad looks amazing and filling too.

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14 Michelle December 3, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Sorry about your stove, that sucks! I didn’t realize they could break so easily :( What are you guys up to this weekend?

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15 KATE December 3, 2008 at 9:19 pm

can you explain to me the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber? like what you mean when you say its been taken from its natural source? and the difference in terms of regulating hunger?

just curious! thanks!

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16 Halie December 3, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Yippee hooray for the new stove!

Have a pleasant time relaxing!

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17 Marisa December 3, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Great looking salad!
Good luck with your new stove-hope the installation goes smoothly:)

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18 Lisa December 3, 2008 at 9:48 pm

Wasabi peas reintroduce me to my sinuses every time I have them.

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19 Brynn December 3, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Those shrimp/pineapple toothpicks are so cute! A mini shish kabob.

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20 Alice December 3, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Awesome looking salad!!

Question to the panel regarding cleaning ceramic top stoves…WHICH cleaner do you recommend? We’ve got some boiled over oatmeal goo that just won’t come off! Thoughts?

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21 Tracy December 3, 2008 at 10:53 pm

I was wondering about the difference in insoluble and soluble fiber too!!! Let us know!!

Also, has anyone seen that Rob and Big episode where they buy this Kashi Good Friends cereal??? It is hilarious!!!!! You can watch it online too, I would highly recommend it for a laugh!!!

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22 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) December 3, 2008 at 11:24 pm

Yummy soup testers, and i bet that shrimp and pineapple combo is AMAZING!!!!

great eats!!!!! have a nice night with much needed r&r! oh school.

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23 Madison December 3, 2008 at 11:27 pm

i leeerve samples =)
and wow, that is QUITE a list!!

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24 Jessica December 4, 2008 at 12:10 am

Hi Kath!

I have a question about products like Fiber One (that boast 14g of fiber per serving!!) What is the negative side to such products that aren’t fiber in it’s “natural source”? I know everything in moderation is okay, but if i have 1/2 cup of Fiber One almost daily, is that considered over-doing it? I suppose I just like the taste and the fact that it fills me up!

Just curious about your take on this. :)

Thanks!

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25 Caroline December 4, 2008 at 12:53 am

I LOVE those ak-maks. They’re my fave cracker!

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26 Moran December 4, 2008 at 12:56 am

The salad is amazing, as usual!

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27 Ashley C December 4, 2008 at 1:01 am

I had to laugh because when you said about what you should do for breakfast tomorrow I just pictured you standing there ready with a pot full of oats and waiting for the second the delivery guy puts the stove in your kitchen to heat it up and cook some oats. lol. Sorry, I just find your love for oatmeal funny & cute. :-D Hope you can get your oats in somehow!

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28 Kristin December 4, 2008 at 2:00 am

I’d wait for the stove, I hate micro oatmeal!

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29 HangryPants December 4, 2008 at 6:44 am

Interesting about the fiber distinction. I was hungry all day yesterday and I blamed it on the pizza (white flour) I ate the previous day.

Does matt tell you funny/gross stories about people sampling things at Earth Fare? I’ve heard some good ones from my brother who works at Whole Foods.

Heather

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30 thepinkpeppercorn December 4, 2008 at 7:57 am

Looks like a super yummy day! Great salad!

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31 Sarah December 4, 2008 at 8:14 am

Kath, I don’t mean this to be offensive at all, but I am wondering why you are so afraid/panicked by the thought that your cereal might not hold you over to lunch. I thought that you were trying to eat more intuitively, but it seems like you get frustrated with yourself for having natural functions like hunger. You’re a very active person–if you get hungry, is that bad? I guess I just don’t understand why you couldn’t say, “I usually don’t eat this for breakfast, so I might get hungry. If I do, I’ll eat a small snack or even part of my lunch early, and that will be okay.” I guess I just don’t understand your thought process, so I’d love it if you would explain it. Again, I hope this comment is not interpreted as offensive–it is more curious and designed to understand, and perhaps challenge your thought process a little if you are amenable to that discussion. Thanks for all you do every day with your blog. It’s so fun to read and I love your recipes!

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32 Kath December 4, 2008 at 8:54 am

ashley (sweet & natural),
I can’t make an omelet without a stove!!

Michelle ,
The husband’s grandmother is comin’ to town! (You’ve got mail)

KATE ,
This post by Fit Sugar explains it quick and easy:
http://www.fitsugar.com/884224?r=headline

What I mean by “taken from a natural source” is when food scientists take natural insoluble fiber and put it in foods where it normally isn’t there (or they add MORE). Then the product can be considered a high fiber food. I don’t have a huge problem with this because the added fiber is natural, but I don’t think I’d want to rely on these products for my fiber intake because although I haven’t come across a specific article, I know there are always synergistic benefits from eating foods they way they come in nature. Obviously I eat foods like Kashi GoLean and TJ’s High Fiber Worms (as I call them) but I try not to eat too much at once because I don’t think that much insoluble fiber at once is good (and my gut complained yesterday….er….gas!). HTH.

Alice ,
I use Mrs. Meyers on my counters and surfaces and for the stove-top I use one of those dark green scouring pads. A new rough one will get off any tough grit cooked onto the stove top.

Jessica ,
I don’t know if there is a negative side, although too much added fiber doesn’t sit well with me personally. I haven’t come across any research on the differences between added fiber and whole foods. I wouldn’t be concerned with eating FO daily if your body doesn’t mind.

Sarah ,
I’m not sure why you think I am afraid/panicked? I think you mis-read my tone. I try to explain my thought process in my posts when I change my routine just so y’all will know what I’m thinking, so maybe it seemed that I was over analyzing when really I just hoped to share a little of my thought process that may have taken me 10 seconds. You described yesterday’s attitude perfectly – “I don’t normally eat this so I’m curious to see what happens!” (which may have included a mid-morning snack). Thanks for being polite :)

Kath

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33 Cat December 4, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Oh goodness I need an Earth Fare near me! Your dins look fantabulous.

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34 Kelli December 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Do you think high-fiber products make you hungrier? I’ve never heard this, but it would make sense to me and has been my experience. (now that you say it!!)

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