February 4

February 4, 2008

Dinner: Honey Mustard Tilapia in Parchment Packets

Yum! While I prefer thick root vegetable soups in the winter, it was nice to have a light dish that reminded me of summertime! Well, I guess it is going to be 70* here tomorrow – summer is on the way!!

I forgot to take a photo of the parchment packets because there’s a video on the way!! So you’ll see them soon enough. The packets had layers of:

  • Spinach (1 large bunch, washed and trimmed)
  • Baby Bok choy ( 3 small heads, washed and trimmed)
  • Julienne carrots, celery and red pepper (about a cup each?)
  • 2 3.5-4 oz fish fillet
  • Lemon Slices
  • And a honey-mustard sauce made with 2 tsp Guilden’s zesty mustard, 2 tsp cider vinegar, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp honey

Assemble into a packet. Seal with staples (!!). Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on fish thickness. Serves 2. Each serving is about 180 kcal.

I topped mine with avocado!


For a heartier meal you could serve these over rice or with crusty bread. We were lazy and not very hungry, so it was just fish and veggies tonight.


From above, with hot tea


Afternoon Snack

The husband made his best bread yet!! A hearty nut bread with oats, walnuts and flax! He says it’s “Kath’s Breakfast Bread” because he’s got a plan to turn it into French toast. I can’t wait! This afternoon I had a slice with Smart Balance and jam



Two things:

1) Posting. I thought it over after today’s experiment and I think I’m going to stick with a post per meal. I agree that the longer posts are very overwhelming to sort through the comments and it’s actually a little harder on me to have to edit rather than just post fresh. I also think having a fresh place to post comments with each meal keeps things flowing along. (I’m SO sorry Fig!)

2) Calorie Counts. It seems the overwhelming majority of you like seeing the calorie estimate per meal, and I’m glad to know that it has been beneficial to the majority. Some of you noted that you are often surprised by what 500 calories of healthy food looks like, and if it contributes to realizing the benefit of eating real food, then I should keep posting information for that reason alone.

But realize this:

I eat first and foremost based on hunger. If I have calories “left” in my daily goal at the end of the day and I’m stuffed, I don’t eat them (actually tonight is the perfect example). Similarly, if I’m truely hungry, I eat. Simple as that.

After hunger I eat to balance food groups. My goal is to get protein, fat and whole grains at every meal. Even better to get something from each of the food groups. Of course I don’t always accomplish this, but I am always thinking about food groups and make many of my food choices based on what I’ve already had and what I’m short on.

Finally, the calories per meal are usually a result of the above and are pretty consistent day to day. I don’t plan my meals based on their calorie count, rather I plan them based on hunger and balance and what I think will keep me full and have learned what calorie amounts that usually equals. I use my food journal mostly to ensure that while eating nutrient-dense foods that I am getting enough fuel for my lifestyle. Never as a restriction.

(FYI, I will not post any heart rate monitor information, as that was pretty individual and probably not helpful to many anyways.)

Hope this is all helpful…

I’m exhausted.


Lunch: Vegetable Smörgåsbord!

I always wait until 12:30-1 to eat in the in dining hall so the starving college kids clear out. Surprisingly, my oatmeal pancake held me over just as well as oatmeal. Must be those egg white proteins. I got some quality work done while I waited today. Then I enjoyed a REALLY good vegetable-heavy lunch :) I LOVE vegetables and I’m so full! My mouth wanted a little dessert, but I really don’t think I could have fit any. The only bad thing is that I couldn’t get wireless to work in there, which means I can’t blog right after I eat and have to relocate 👿

Tomato Stuffed with Brown Rice, Bread Crumbs and Kidney Beans (they have the nutr. info online, so this was supposed to be about 150 kcal).


Brussels sprouts!!!


Carrots and 2 tbsp hummus from the sandwich bar for a little protein. This was actually really good hummus (and I’m picky about my hummus!)


A nice glass of skim milk for some protein/dairy. It went perfectly with the salty veggies –


And more – the sprouts were on top of about 1/3 cup collard greens and topped with a few green beans. On the far side I had some pattypan squash and sauteed tomatoes, peppers and zucchini from the grill. All the veggies were on the buttery/oily side, but not too bad. I was in the mood for cooked vs. a raw veggie salad today and boy were they delicious and filling. Plus a small piece of focaccia bread (which was rather dry but good flavor), about 1/2 an oz worth.


And all together –


Running to lab now – see you for dinner!


After a clear majority for the “edit the breakfast post” method, I’m going to give it a try. Hopefully this will help keep the comments more readable and at the end of the day all meals will be together. I’m planning to put lunch on top of breakfast so the newest is always at the top. Thanks for the feedback! I’m always open to making changes that make the blog more user-friendly. (And I promise to get to the FAQs section soon!)

Breakfast: The Best and Worst

We got to bed late last night so I slept until 6 instead of 5. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any studying done :( But I did get caught up on some things and am ready to start the day! My muscles are thankful for a nice day off.

I decided to have an oatmeal pancake today – and it was probably the best I’ve ever had!! I topped it with ground flax, which I haven’t done before, and a drizzle of real maple syrup, and the two mixed together to create this heavenly paste. Walnuts, mashed banana and a tsp of almond butter were also involved :)


I always used to use the quick oats for oatmeal pancakes because they absorb the egg whites quicker, but we are out of quick oats and so I used old fashioned rolled oats, which we buy in bulk now. I think they work just the same as long as you let them soak for a few minutes. Preparing the oats/egg whites the night before would be a good solution. Today I let mine sit for about an hour while I showered and cleaned up the house.

I also had some cantaloupe slices – and this was possibly the worst cantaloupe I’ve ever had!! Blech. I shouldn’t have even finished them (Victoria Moran would have said not to eat food that didn’t taste good), but we didn’t have any other fruit in the house (besides banana) so it was either this or nothing. (Grocery store trip is in store today!). Unfortunately we have tons of this melon left. Maybe the husband will eat it since his sense of taste isn’t as strong as mine….


With liquorice tea


I’m going to leave the calorie counts for my regular meals off of the blog for now. I think they were sending the wrong message that I was weighing and analyzing every bite I eat, and that’s not true. I will definitely include calorie information for our recipes since they are often food combos that we create that readers might be unfamiliar with. Hope this is OK. If you have a specific question about something I eat, then please ask!

Off to class and lab! Lunch should be up around 1:30 today, as I’m taking my laptop with me to campus. I’m eating in the Winthrop dining hall again (I didn’t have time to make a lunch last night) so I’m excited about the all-you-can-eat vegetable buffet!

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1 lexi February 4, 2008 at 8:46 am

hi, im kinda new to your website and i had a few questions, i THOUGHT you were pretty obsessed with the EXACT measuring, weighing, AND calorie counting. you even found out EXACTLY how many calories you burned and freaked if you went over your daily limit. i dont want to be judgemental but is this true or not? (my two sense is that you would be pretty happy if you stopped calorie counting and just eat when your hungry and STOP when your full) and my last question is how did you make this AWSOME website?? i was hoping and trying to make a food blog like yours AND cristin dillons i am DYING to make one but have NO idea how. and my first question i PROMISE i wasnt rying to be rude i know you AND cristin put a TON of work into your blogs and its VERY MUCH APPRECIATED you guys both inspired me!! :)


2 Becky A. February 4, 2008 at 9:08 am

I’ve been reading the blog for a while, and I never witnessed the “freaked” episodes you describe, Lexi. I think taking the time to know what you are consuming and how your body is using energy is responsible, not obsessed.

Kath, I hope most people don’t mind the absence of the calories. I know that I personally come to your blog to get creative ideas about new foods. Because of your blog I’ve tried Butternut squash, spaghetti squash, started drinking tea, and gotten many new recipe ideas! Thanks!


3 Stephanie February 4, 2008 at 9:27 am

Backy- I agree…I have also tried all of those new foods to my diet too and I am very thankful for that!

I really think by leaving out the calorie counts you let yourself and readers focus on the INTENT of this blog. While the calorie counts probably seemed innocent enough, they are powerful enough to distract from the message you want to be sending.

Thank you!


4 Lauren February 4, 2008 at 9:27 am

Even though I’m going to miss the calorie counts, I appreciate that you’re so flexible and responsive to your readers. Thank you! :)


5 Elizabeth February 4, 2008 at 9:36 am

I know I’m late to try them, but I made an oatmeal pancake this morning and LOVED it! You are really onto something with those. Thanks for the recipe! I just had an apple on hand so diced and cooked it and then added it to my oat-pancake batter before cooking. It was YUM! :)

I, too, love your recipe ideas & have branched out considerably trying all kinds of new veggies you and your husband prepare. I love reading your blog! Keep up the great work.


6 Betsy February 4, 2008 at 9:39 am

Hi Kath,

I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now (I got tipped from eatlikeme)… and I’m just noticing all the negative comments, which are absolutely ridiculous! I think your lifestyle, the little glimpse that we get to see, is perfectly normal and inspiring. I don’t understand how people criticize the way you eat, deeming it unrealistic or elitist, or whatever.

I am a 22 year old college grad with an art degree – no real knowledge of nutrition, science, etc.. and I would have to say that I eat very similar to the way you and your husband do. I live with my boyfriend of 5 years and we are both committed to eating and living healthily, and if anything – your blog assures me that what we are doing is right! It is completely realistic to have the time to prepare meals the way you do, with the nutritional value and ease. All you have to do is actively seek out information (from you and other sources) and apply it to your own life. Not criticize it!

I just hope you don’t take any of the negativity to heart – because you are doing everything right! You, Jenna, and Cristin are my motivation to stay on task, and I love what you do.

Just one quick question though! Last night I made roasted butternut squash & apple soup – and I’m wondering how you can tell if a squash is ripe, or rotten. Also, the skin is so thick it’s very hard to peel! Any tips? I’ve never cooked with butternut squash! I apologize if you’ve been asked this before.

Thanks again, you are doing a great job. :)

– Betsy (in Pittsburgh)


7 Jtine February 4, 2008 at 9:42 am

I really liked having the calorie counts to use as a reference. I’ve tried to keep track of my calorie intake many times (although I can never stick with it for more than a couple weeks at a time) but because portion control is an important part of weight loss/maintenance, I thought they were helpful little sidenotes. They were never the main thing I focused on when reading your blog, just as it seems they aren’t your main focus when you’re preparing your meals, but I really admire your discipline in keeping track. I regularly read Jenna’s blog and Self’s Eat Like Me also, neither of which include calorie counts, so I felt like including them here was a useful addition. If you’re still calculating calories everyday for your own personal benefit, it’s a shame you feel you have to stop posting them to avoid offending readers who should just appreciate all your hard work, diligence, and honesty updating the blog (but if you just stopped counting altogether, then welcome to the club!)


8 Kate February 4, 2008 at 9:46 am

Hey Kath – I definitely agree with Lauren, that it’s so nice you’re so responsive to the readers. I too have found so many new ideas for recipies and eating, and basically just a different attitude about food!

Although, I loved the calorie counts, and the gym counts. It always surprised me when I would see you with a huge delicious spread for 500 calories or less! Food can be deceiving, and I also really appreciated seeing volumetrics applied in real life! If there’s a vote, I vote to bring the calorie counts back. Of course, I love the blog either way. The recent negative feedback is just the natural progression of blogs, I feel. First everyone loved Eatlikeme, then they criticized it like crazy, and loved your blog. Now everyone’s criticizing you, and loving Eatliverun. Soon they’ll be after Eatliverun (sorry Jenna! I hope I’m wrong, but history usually repeats itself!). I think you should run your blog the way you always have, and that includes the calorie counts. :)


9 Amy C. February 4, 2008 at 9:50 am

I love this blog and don’t mind whether you put the calorie count or not. Either way I’ll still be here reading it. :) I have to say that you have made me switch out of the “diet” mentality as I try to lose a little over 20 pounds. I’m much more concerned with eating real, whole foods instead of trying to eat those little (unsatisfying!) 100 calorie packs and things like that. So thanks for helping me learn to eat real food as I lose weight! I also checked out the Superfood book from the library. It’s awesome! I’m going to have to buy a copy to keep on hand.

I have to thank you for talking about cooking your oats on the stovetop. I just started doing that and this morning cooked it with some banana. It was the best oatmeal ever! I topped it with tons of cinnamon and some ground flaxseed. I know you mentioned the flaxseed oxidizes after a little bit. About how long do you think it will last in the fridge? I’m the only one using it so I’m wondering if I’ll be able to use it up before it goes bad. Otherwise I may have to get a coffee grinder and just do my own every couple of weeks the next time.

Also, to the others on here. I know about the Eat Like Me blog (it’s how I found this one) but I don’t know what Jenna’s blog is. Could someone give me that link too? The more blogs I can read and tips I can get, the better.


10 Alicia February 4, 2008 at 9:55 am

Hey Kath,

I love your blog either way. Although I have to admit that I’m not used to you not putting down your calories. Guess I’m so used to your previous style :) I understood why you used to include your calories but guess many people misunderstood.

Hang in there and remain the same cheerful Kath and don’t let the negativity affect you. :) Have a nice day ahead.


11 Joann February 4, 2008 at 9:59 am

Kath, while I completely understand why you no longer want to include the calorie count do you think you can continue doing it for dinner and dessert everynight? You always create your own dinners and its really helpful to see the calorie counts for those and your desserts (its inspiring to see the portion control you have for dessert).


12 Tara February 4, 2008 at 9:59 am

Hi Kath,

This is an amazing blog. This week we bought a bunch of local produce and our goal is to get through it! This blog is such an inspiration.

I am a student as well and my husband also loves watching A.B. Anything that AB says is gospel (yes, my husband echoes “Stuffing is Evil” as well).

Anyway, in a previous post you mentioned how as a student you carry a lot. I am in the same predicament. What bags do you use? I just bought the lunch bag like yours and am wondering whether I shove it in my backpack or carry it separately. I suppose this is more of a fashion/functionality question, but I am curious!

Again, thank you for all the time you contribute to doing this. My husband and I take pictures of our food when in restaurants and we sure do attract looks! What a great person you seem to be. Please keep it up.


13 Beth Q February 4, 2008 at 10:01 am

Jenna’s blog it eatliverun.com


14 Karen L. February 4, 2008 at 10:07 am

Your open-mindedness is appreciated, Kath! My admiration for you has grown.

I would also love to see you remove the citation of your calories burned through exercise, as this change might go a long way towards dispelling any (mis)perceptions about what can appear to be a calorie “purging” technique. For me, those daily citations have been a slight distraction and a bit contradictory to my own view of the role and benefits derived by physcial activity.

Thanks again for listening, Kath! (Lovely family, by the way!)


15 stacy February 4, 2008 at 10:10 am

kath- 2 questions: 1)so what is the ideal amount of time to “soak” the oats in the egg whites? i will probably make this recipe using larger portions (maybe 3/4 cup oats), so how long would you recommend letting the oats/whites sit? 2) if i use 3/4 cup oats then 3/4 cup egg whites seems like a lot? could i add something else like milk for liquid? thanks.


16 Nancy February 4, 2008 at 10:16 am

Hi Kath,

I recently left you a comment about my unsuccessful outcome with the oatmeal pancakes. Well, luckily I found the video you made and realized I wasn’t letting them sit at all before cooking them. I was so excited about them and got really bummed when it didn’t work out but after watching your video and trying again, I made them and they were AMAZINGGGGGGG! I am so thankful! Thanks so much for your amazing help and wonderful ideas… these are definitely going to come in GREAT handy!

Nancy :) :) :) :)


17 the husband February 4, 2008 at 10:18 am


I can’t answer for how long she let the oats soak this morning, but I will say that you couldn’t really substitute too much of the liquid (if any) with milk. This is purely because the egg whites are there to coagulate… warm milk is still liquid milk. But I bet you could put a little in and make sure you beat ’em together pretty well.


18 mel February 4, 2008 at 10:32 am

Hey kath,
I was looking over some of the unwarrented negative comments over the weekend and I realized that it was basically only a few people repeating the same crap over and over again. Don’t worry, some people will always be haters in every aspect of their lives. You can’t let a few bad apples/morons ruin your day or your lifestyle. I personally LOVE Your blog and have learned about so many creative products and recipies. You are truly an inspiration and always brighten my day. I liked the calorie counts bc I somewhat ballpark my calories per meal so I make sure to stay within my range of cals (around 2000). they were really helpful for meal planning, but I understand if you don’t feel comfortable putting them up. I will continue to read the blog and love it and you no matter what!! havea great day


19 Sarah C February 4, 2008 at 10:57 am


Try freezing the cantelope cubes for smoothies! The “strong” taste may lend good flavor to a smoothie! I love to mix vanilla soy milk, banana, and cantelope with a little honey and ice in the blender! (although it’s a little colder where you are than here in Fla!)


20 Caloriecounter =) February 4, 2008 at 11:00 am

Hi Kath,
I have never posted, but I just wanted to say I LOVE your blog. I totally identify with you in eating style (volume), and realize that I just LOVE all food, so I might as well eat healthy food since I love it too. Sometimes though I just eat too much of it, so it’s good for me to count calories. I wish I was the kind of person who was just better at listening to my body, and knowing when to stop, but having specific eating times, and counting calories really does help me. I am not obsessive…it just keeps me on track. I loved seeing your calorie counts, becasue it inspired me the way you can make a big, colorful, beautiful healthy meal for reasonable calorie counts. I will definitly miss them, but understand from the negativity you get. I just wanted to say thank you for all of the hard work you put in to this blog!! it really is inspiring!


21 stacy February 4, 2008 at 11:15 am

where is the oatmeal pancakes video!? thanks.


22 Anne February 4, 2008 at 11:43 am

Stacy– the videos can be found on the right sidebar of the blog under the header “Meals”. The video link is the last one under that header. “Meals” is sandwiched (mmm… almost time for lunch) between her favorite food links and the archives. Enjoy!


23 Leng February 4, 2008 at 11:51 am

I actually liked the calorie counts. I thought that it was nice to see how many calories a meal would contain. But, at the same time I agree with the other readers that its nice that you can be flexible with your readers. I guess that’s what matters more.

keep up the good work.


24 Meg February 4, 2008 at 11:53 am

Hey Kath! I havent commented in a while, but it stinks that you can no longer show us your thought process and calorie counts because of opinions of readers. i like to know how you think and although i used to count calories and stopped doing it so much, it is nice to have an idea sometimes of what things look like. And as another reader pointed out- both Jenna’s and Cristin’s don’t show this. I happen to prefer your blog out of all of them because of your pictures and this added piece of information. The fact that you weigh things out, almost makes it so I dont have to!!

I have been a follower of this blog since some of it’s first days…so please just keep in mind that with calorie counts its popularity really grew…and you have so much support from all your readers. I love checking it throughout the day- it gives me something to look forward to!

I would vote to keep the posts continued throughout the day, as well as calorie counts. The perfect blog for me would even include fiber and protein! Ha, but that is a lot of work.

Take care and know that we love and admire all the care you put into giving us something educational, interesting, and fun to read!


25 Christin February 4, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Good Morning Kath, (and everyone) (lol, or afternoon, I’m in Cali)
Sorry, I am sure this must be posted somewhere, but what is this Superfoods book I was hearing about? What is it called and who wrote it? (if you don’t mind…it sounded interesting!) Also, this is such a great blog, and I am sorry to see that it (and other blogs) are being attacked lately! Keep up the great work…your enthusiasm is very inspiring, with or without the calorie info. :)


26 VeggieGirl February 4, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Ah yes, unfortunately cantaloupes aren’t quite at their peak yet, in terms of being in season/pleasing to the taste buds; but hey, it certainly sounds (and looks) like your oatmeal pancake breakfast saved the morning!! How great that it was the best you’ve had thus far!!

Enjoy your class and lab!! Okay, an all-you-can-eat vegetable buffet??? My oh my, that has VeggieGirl written all over it!! :0D


27 kellie February 4, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Meg – FYI – Jenna’s blog does contain calorie counts, but as more of a besides-the-point note. The only time she does not is if there’s no way for her to know for sure, as when she doesn’t prepare the food herself. She herself is not hung up on calorie counts but provides the info. in service of her readers so they can eyeball approrpriate portions better. She keeps calories in their proper perspective and doesn’t ever mention calories excreted through exercise. She doesn’t care and her readers don’t care.


28 Dinah Soar February 4, 2008 at 12:37 pm

I LOVE your blog!!! It is/was perfect just as you do it.

You are not employed by your commenters…this is your blog and you can do as you darn well please.

Discourse is one thing, but these thinly veiled personal attacks on you is another.

If I didn’t know better I’d think they were jealous….

Please don’t let unsolicited comments from others change your blog.

My suggestion would be to shut down the comments for a while…if your detractors have no place to leave their negativity they will go elsewhere.

You’ve done an awesome job, sharing yourself to help others…Thank you!


29 Jen (the Simpsons quote girl) February 4, 2008 at 1:00 pm

hmm…i wonder if everyone assumes calorie counting is automatically to keep you from over eating.

i track and am not trying to lose weight, but when i got my regular eval with my trainer, i had lost 2 pounds in 2 months. oops. now i am tracking to make sure i am eating more so i maintain. plus i like monitoring my sugar and sodium intake.

not judging either way. just showing the other side of the coin.

honestly, i don’t understand why people take these blogs so personally. none of the authors are saying they are giving guidelines for readers to live by. i read it for the info they choose to provide and go about my day. what each woman divulges is her choice, and i don’t think my opinion should affect her inclusion or omission of anything.


30 Kelly February 4, 2008 at 1:07 pm

This is for anyone…do you know where i can find a list of what fruits are in season at each particular time of the year? ive looked all over and can never find one. i know you can tell by what’s cheaper, but im sick of bringing home fruit that’s mealy or flavorless. thanks guys!


31 Another Amy C. February 4, 2008 at 1:15 pm


The SuperFoods book is called “SuperFoods HealthStyle” by Steven G. Pratt & Kathy Matthews. You can see a link to it from Kath’s blog by going here: http://www.katheats.com/?page_id=297 (Under the “Reading” section in the “Real Weight Loss” section).

Hope that helps! (It’s a good read, I am reading it right now!)


32 Christin February 4, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Kelly, the attached link it pretty good…the link i gave displays spring and summer, but then at the bottom of the page there is a link to go to winter and fall…this one is nice becasue it lists them alphabetically, with little tips to check if they are fresh! :)



33 Karen L. February 4, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Hi Kelly – The one resource that immediately springs to mind is a recent book by Dr. Dean Ornish called The Spectrum. (He’s a real thought leader on scientific discoveries re: reducing risk of cardio. disease) In any event, in the back of the book, there is a chart describing the seasonality of an assortment of produce. It’s pretty extensive. (Perhaps you can find the book at your local library and copy the chart so you won’t have to purchase it.)


34 Christin February 4, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Thanks Kelly C!!! :)


35 Christin February 4, 2008 at 1:37 pm

oops, i meant AMY C (sorry, it’s monday….)


36 Another Amy C. February 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Haha, no problem, Christin! Have a great day!


37 MLT February 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Hey Kath!
My two cents is that i love your blog, I love the visual presentation, love your creativity with meals, your beautiful photography, the amazing variety in what you eat, and of course, pics of the husband’s bread!
Plus, you have a great upbeat personality that brings a smile to my face. Keep up teh great work!

Secondly, to someone wondering about the best bags to haul a lot of stuff…i LOVE my Swiss Army bag. They make a variety of them, I have the backpack with a separate compartment for a laptop computer. I am a law student and before I got this bag my back was killing me. I swear by this bag, it is amazing! it has great padding, support, tons of pockets and even has a ventilation type thing in the back so your back doesn’t get too sweaty. It somehow magically distributes weight so that I can carry a ton of books and not feel it that much at all.
It was kind of pricey (about 90 dollars) but SO SO worth it. Your back will thank you!


38 Paula February 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm

I totally agree with what Jen (the Simpsons quote girl) :-) said… I have changed my eating habits a lot for the better and I’m now eating many more real, healthy foods. I have found that they fill me up so much better than yucky processed foods, that I almost have to keep track of what I eat – otherwise I will not be eating enough calories. Does that make any sense?

Anyway, I hope everyone’s having a great day!


39 Kelly February 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm

that makes sense Paula. I have to do the same thing. I used to eat by seeing how many terrible for me things i could eat while still staying in my calorie range. Now that i learned to eat healthy, I forget that i can now eat more, because everything isnt so calorically dense. I dont make a habit of adding up my cals, but some days I do, and am usually a bit under where I need to be. i always thought about the quantity of my calories…now i look at the quality of them.


40 Amy C. February 4, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Can someone post the link to Jenna’s blog? I like reading a few of them. This is still my fave, Kath! :) I asked for the link earlier but I think it got lost in the sea of posts.


41 Kelly February 4, 2008 at 3:27 pm

its eatliverun.com


42 TrishT February 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Can we just talk about food (and exercise)? That’s why we are all here! It’s so difficult to search through the opinions of Kath’s lifestyle to find great ideas from the readers.

I am trying your balsamic and honey dressing right now!! My new favorite. Thank you!


43 Julie February 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Kellie- I agree with your post. The great thing about Jenna’s blog is that while she DOES mention calories, it is just a very small aspect of her blog. You can tell that it doesn’t control her life and she is easy going about her health. With Kath’s blog it is very clear that life revolves around calories and weighing (or at least the way she is writing it makes it seem this way to readers).

I think it is a great idea for the focus to be taken off the process of calories as it distracts from the true lessons of health! I don’t mind if they are included at the end like Jenna does, but the main focus should be on healthy intuitive eating. Just my two cents! 😛


44 Kristin February 4, 2008 at 3:37 pm

I just want to say…
Finally, someone else who loves Brussels sprouts!
If you haven’t tried them… try them! They’re excellent baked, with a bit of lemon and bread crumbs on top, with a bit of Parmesan cheese sprinkled on for the last few minutes of cooking.


45 Christin February 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm

yummy Kristin! How long do you bake them for and at what temp?


46 SunSparklejl February 4, 2008 at 3:46 pm

How long do you bake the brussels sprouts? That sounds wonderful!


47 Blah February 4, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Clearly still an obsession with calories (looking up online to see how much is in a stuffed tomato). Just saying…


48 Christin February 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm

clearly your screen name is onomatopeia for “barf.” Just saying…


49 hk February 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm

LOVE brussels..mmm :) looks like a really yummy lunch, too bad my college cafeteria doesn’t look more like yours!!


50 Shelly February 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Okay Christin, here I will post it under a different name….because it makes such a difference.

Clearly still an obsession with calories (looking up online to see how much is in a stuffed tomato). Just saying…


51 Shelly February 4, 2008 at 4:06 pm

p.s. That was just tacky!


52 Danielle February 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Kath, while I appreciate you combining all the day’s posts into one, it messes up my Google reader and doesn’t show that you’ve updated your previous posts!
I like the way you’ve been doing it in the past with three separate posts. Just my two cents.


53 Anne February 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Just thought I’d share that I tried a Larabar today for the first time after seeing it on your blog some :) Freaking amazing!! I had the apple pie one and I LOVED it.


54 KellyA February 4, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Ok, you know what…I don’t understand why people feel the need to use food blogs as a release for feelings of insecurity, jealousy and all-out nastiness. Kath is a HUMAN BEING people. She has created this very informative, aesthetically pleasing blog for herself and for her readers. If it doesn’t meet your expectations and you don’t like her or her husband, than read another blog or start your own. You have no right to verbally bash anyone, even through the anonymity of an internet blog. Now, I don’t know Kath personally at all, but I do know that just because she goes to school, enjoys her time as a newlywed with her husband and finds it enjoyable to cook and exercise, it doesn’t make her a self-indulgent narcissist. Seriously, maybe those of you being so mean should reflect and take a long look at how satisfied you all are with yourselves. Envy and jealousy are very ugly characteristics to possess, and their ugliness transcends throughout the words posted on this blog. Please stop, you’re ruining it for all of us.


55 Christin February 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Tacky, true, and for that I apologize, but you do see my point, don’t you? Why do you feel the need to bring up subjects that have slready been ‘chewed and swallowed’? let’s move on, geez!!!


56 Nicole February 4, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Just putting in my two cents. I prefer the calorie counts on the food, but not with the exercise. I love trying out some of these recipes, and since I’m a calorie counter, it’s helpful to have this info posted. I have a past history of overly restricting my calories, so I need to count them to make sure I’m eating enough to stay healthy and have enough energy to be physically active. Not everyone that counts calories is doing so to restrict!


57 NCCarter February 4, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Well said, KellyA. I haven’t posted about all this drama, but I have a thought. Why don’t we just ignore the intentionally negative comments? If Kath wants to address them, then great. But all the back-and-forth just stirs it up, and I think there are some people out there who just want to start fights because it’s the internet and they can do so anonymously. An opinion that differs from Kath’s is one thing. To berate her lifestyle or the fact that counting calories has helped her lose weight and successfully maintain that weight is just silly.


58 Shelly February 4, 2008 at 4:41 pm

I didn’t call her a narcissist (sp?). I didn’t berate her lifestyle. Why all the hostility?


59 Christin February 4, 2008 at 4:41 pm

good call, NCCarter…Hey Kristin how long do we cook those brussels sprouts???? I really want to know, they sounded great!


60 Jen February 4, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Blah/Shelly is right! I thought the same thing when I read her lunch post. I actually read it twice because I couldn’t believe that she still doesn’t get it. Why can’t she just eat occasionally without all the theatrics of looking up a calorie count. Clearly the item was comprised of healthy ingrediants — it wasn’t a ice cream sundae, for peet’s sake!


61 dw78 February 4, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Hi, Kath, I’ve recently started reading your blog and I have to instantly say, post calories if you want to. This is your blog and if someone complains about the posting of such, then they don’t have to read it. They shouldn’t be telling someone how to write their own blog! Is it so hard to just ignore calories if it’s that bothersome? Surely, ignoring caloric intake is how so many people get overweight in the first place. Eating till you’re full and stopping when satisfied and NOT counting calories as one commentor mentioned is not ideal anyway if someone is wanting to lose weight or maintain or be HEALTHY. After all, eating till you’re satisfied on something like DORITOS (for example) would make a person start to gain those extra pounds, so what’s the sense in that?
After all, most people don’t even realize that they don’t need all that energy they get from an extra value meal they bought at McDonald’s. They don’t see calories in terms of energy and that’s why they don’t feel the need to count them. Then 5 years down the road, they wonder how they gained that extra 10-20 lbs. Just my humble opinion. I bet a lot of people don’t realize you must burn 3500 calories to burn just 1 lb of fat.

Anyway, do what you want. This is YOUR blog. Not the readers’.


62 BethT February 4, 2008 at 4:45 pm

I’m so glad we’re all right back where we started!

And I can’t wait for all the a-holes to move on to a new blog just like they did with Eat Like Me. Kate was right on with that assessment (in one of the posts above). Hey, it’s only a matter of time.


63 Ana February 4, 2008 at 4:46 pm

kelly & paula-i totally agree with you! I used to eat all these processed, pre-packaged items (think 100 calorie packs, frozen dinners, individual serve ice cream) just because i could and still be in calorie range! I did lose weight, but when i started reading Kath’s blog, i found myself thinking “omg! that meal looks SO good! i want to make it!” and so i did. honestly, i am NEVER going back to pre-made! Not only is it incredibly fun to try new vegetables, grains, and fruit, but i have had the most pleasurable eating experience! I find now, that i would much more prefer a bowl of spaghetti squash with tomato sauce than a slice of Domino’s pizza, or a plate of roasted carrots and sweet potatoes instead of french fries. There is just something about the flavor-it leaves me full, satisfied, and even better mouth happy!!^_^ Kath has a great mind for creating new dishes (and making them look so appealing on camera!). The calorie count didn’t take away from the blog nor do i notice it’s absence, and i don’t care how the posts are made, as long as you keep posting kath!^_^ what you have done so far has been phenomenal and you have helped change so many people’s lives for the better (mine included!) you are a true inspiration, and i wanted to say thank you for all that you do! hope you have an amazing rest of the day.


64 Shelly February 4, 2008 at 4:48 pm

You people suck. I happen to like this blog. Sorry…no more constructive criticism for me. I’m outta here…you all can celebrate now! Kath, adios, I’m not a reader anymore!


65 the husband February 4, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Your original comment was not very constructive. Calling somebody “obsessed” never has good connotations. Please be friendlier.


66 Ana February 4, 2008 at 4:51 pm

readers seem to be asking outrageous demands of both cristin and kath. first cristin should count calories, then kath is too restricting b/c she does. then people complained about kath not “letting loose” enough, but attack cristin for eating out too much. is anyone else seeing the ridiculousness of it all? readers criticize both for having “bad” diets, yet i don’t see either of them overwieght or underweight, and both can easily complete physical activity. neither have many health complaints, and i have hardly known them to be sick or weak. doesn’t sound unhealthy to me…but maybe i’m wrong? you judge, since you seem to be so good at it.


67 Christin February 4, 2008 at 4:53 pm

on that note, I apologize for anyone I may have offended when I originally replied to blah/shelly…I am just getting sick of all the negative remarks I guess!


68 Shelly February 4, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Well, I lied I had to stick around for a minute :)

So was Christin’s comment referring to barfing a good connotation? Oh, that’s right it doesn’t matter…b/c it didn’t apply to you. Okay, officially my last post!

Bye bye people…enjoyed it!


69 Nancy February 4, 2008 at 4:53 pm

What’s interesting is that Jenna is a few years younger than Kath and so much mature and wiser. Kath is stuck in that teenage-year war with food and her body–restrict, stay thin even if it rules my life, etc. She seems pretty stuck.


70 Christin February 4, 2008 at 4:55 pm

lol! Ana, you’re lolliegirl right?


71 Lola February 4, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Does anyone besides me think the husband just needs to butt out?


72 Ana February 4, 2008 at 4:58 pm

yeah! -_^


73 Christin February 4, 2008 at 5:00 pm

I’m healthdance. You are always dead on :)


74 Kate February 4, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Agreed! So, now I suppose he is planning to police every comment and rebut those that don’t meet his “nice” standards. The husband is a problem!


75 hk February 4, 2008 at 5:03 pm

husband–>I’ll keep you posted, my bread baking ventures are about to begin, yay! Thank you for all of your helpful guidance and scientific explanations…I love learning about it all in addition to baking delicious loaves…so exciting :) I’ll let you know how it goes as soon as it’s done! can’t wait!
happy monday!


76 the husband February 4, 2008 at 5:07 pm

It makes me sad when the comments turn sour – maybe I’m naive about the potential goodness of human kindness, but I just like it when everybody gets along! That doesn’t rule out discussion at all, just disrespect.

Sorry to offend you Lola


77 Christin February 4, 2008 at 5:07 pm

huh? Kate I think Ana was replying to me, not Lola…good grief ladies let’s be nice! Unless you know the husband don’t you think he may have just a bit more claim to the blog than you guys do? just food for thought…


78 Lola February 4, 2008 at 5:08 pm


You only police comments that aren’t in your favor, so enough with the “human kindness” thing.


79 MO February 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm

How do you readers have more say and right to post comments on Kath’s blog than her husband?
It makes me sick to think that some of you are ADULTS and are immature and vindictive enough to post the commments that you do..


80 Lauren February 4, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Sad … don’t attack the husband! He has just as much right to be here as everyone else. These arguments are getting absolutely ridiculous. It’s become obvious that not everyone is going to be 100% happy, so can’t we just agree to disagree and move on? Kath is doing all of us a favor by taking the time to write this blog and post pictures, and we could all be a little nicer. :)


81 Christin February 4, 2008 at 5:16 pm

As a married woman I am appalled at the lack of respect I am seeing towards the poor husband! Think about how you would feel if it was your own husband or boyfriend being criticized!


82 Lola February 4, 2008 at 5:19 pm

The lack of respect is not because it is her husband. He posted that he believes in human kindness, etc, etc. However, he only addresses the posts that are not advantagious toward him or Kath. There was a rather rude comment posted regarding “barfing” and he didn’t say anything about that. Why? Because the comment was telling another reading to be quiet about commenting on Kath’s obsession with calories.


83 Christin February 4, 2008 at 5:23 pm

As I recall, didn’t he apologize for offending you, and didn’t I do the same for my comment??? argh, I’m done for today. never did get my answer about the darn brussels sprouts…


84 Fig February 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm

I love the new blog layout Kath! I have decided to come here to read only what Kathy and Hubby write on the blog. Comments are out of hand and no longer a focus of mine. I suggest others do the same.


85 Emily February 4, 2008 at 5:29 pm

I just wanted to say that I would prefer to have the seperate posts because when there are serious questions and comments and I want to go back to find the “answers”, instead of going back to the breakfast post or lunch post, etc. I have to search through the 80+ replies! Just a suggestion!! I will keep reading either way though! Thanks!!


86 Amy C. February 4, 2008 at 5:55 pm

I have to agree with Emily. It’s a bit difficult to read through so many comments. Sorry! I probably should have voted last night when others commented.

Husband – I agree with you. I must be naive too because I never realized so many negative comments could erupt from such a cool blog!


87 Ally February 4, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Loved the separate posts and calorie counts. Please bring them back!


88 Chelsea February 4, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Hey Kath,

I haven’t had much time in the new year to check out the new and improved site (work is CRAZY). WOW! You’ve become quite the popular girl! Thanks for the nice comments in my journal. It’s always nice to see your face :)



89 the husband February 4, 2008 at 5:58 pm


If I may offer a suggestion for a similar brussels sprouts to what Kristin was talking about:

When we bake brussels sprouts, we usually cut them into halves or quarters and put ’em in a pan with the juice of half a lemon. Bake for maybe 25 mins at 350*. Sprinkle with parm when you serve. Never tried the bread crumbs but that’s a genius idea. I guess you’d put ’em on before baking but I’ll defer to Kristin on that one. I also like them sauteed.


90 goalie30 February 4, 2008 at 6:13 pm

Christin and others interested in baking brussel sprouts, I would try it for about 5-10 minutes at 350 degrees…just check them frequently, you should be able to stick a fork in them when they’re ready where they are still kind of crisp but not hard. Another easy way I have found rather than roasting is just steaming them in the microwave…I put them in a bowl with a little water and put either a vented lid or saran wrap on top of it. My microwave has the button for “fresh veggies” so I just push that and let it go; otherwise, you can start at about 2 minutes-3 minutes on high power until you get to the consistency you are looking for (some people like there’s a little softer than others)….I like Parmesan cheese on top, or even just some herbs like thyme, basil, or oregano and a little butter can be quite good too.

In terms of the calorie counting…when I was in college, I was able to look up the calories and health information for a lot of the entrees and side dishes at the dining halls. I mainly looked to see about ingredients and yes the total calories/fat per serving, because just like eating out at a restaurant, looks can be deceiving. What I might have thought would be a normal sized portion and about 500 calories for a meal could have easily been 3 servings and 1000 calories for a meal, so it was nice to have access to this information in undergrad, and I did not have an eating disorder, and I do not find this restrictive by any means. I often still look up menu items to restaurants before I go out, just to get an idea of portion size and calories that go along with dishes, because the portions at most restaurants are so out of control, and when I’m hungry it’s easy to just eat the whole plate along with an appetizer or more, and it would be un-necessary to eat that much if it’s putting me back 1500-2000 calories for one meal…this is why a lot of America is obese (60% of women over 30 years old is what I saw recently, absurd!), because they do NOT think about how much is in front of them before they eat it all…so a little research/ and some mild calorie counting isn’t always a bad thing.


91 Ashley H February 4, 2008 at 6:13 pm

you are so lucky Kath to have such an awesome cafeteria on campus I live on campus at my school and the vegetables are always horribly over cooked and we never have a variety. I always get so excited when we eat out or something and I get real vegetables. lol! Lucky duck!!


92 Christin February 4, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Thanks ‘the husband’ :) Sorry to both you and Kath if I started any drama with my comment earlier…I got a little carried away with my metaphor! Won’t happen again…I really enjoy this blog


93 Christin February 4, 2008 at 6:18 pm

Thanks to you, as well goalie! :)


94 goalie30 February 4, 2008 at 6:21 pm

p.s. Kath, your lunch looked great! I eat a lot of lunches similar to that, and my coworkers always look at me funny when I heat up a bunch of veggies to go along with my sandwich, or organic mac and cheese, but then I noticed a few of them bringing salads with them or carrot sticks the next day to go along with their lunches (and at my office a lot of people tend to eat out at local fast food places), so I think it sets a good example for others and can teach others healthy eating just by setting an example like you. I also liked seeing the nod to hummus in your lunch; glad it was tasty!
Does anyone else get weird looks at work/school when you eat healthy at lunch? What do you say/do?


95 Christin February 4, 2008 at 6:25 pm

I certainly do get weird looks or comments! But nobody complains when I bring a bag of clementines, or or home-made trail mix to share!!!


96 rachel February 4, 2008 at 6:28 pm

As soon as I saw a mile long post I knew it was from the attention freak, Goalie. Just get your own blog. You obviously have time on your hands.


97 SM February 4, 2008 at 6:32 pm

The husband is talking about human goodness? He should talk! He is plain rude.


98 Christin February 4, 2008 at 6:36 pm



99 Ryane February 4, 2008 at 6:36 pm

goodness gracious y’all are some crazy-sensitive people if you think of everyone who comments here that the husband is the rude one!


100 VeggieGirl February 4, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Brussels sprouts?!?!?!?! One of my all-time favorite cruciferous vegetables!!! I eat them steamed, plain – nothing on them. I eat them everyday :0) The rest of your lunch looks quite delectable as well, but it’s the brussels sprouts that made me swoon, haha.


101 ibex February 4, 2008 at 6:44 pm


just a personal preference…but I think I preferred you breaking up your posts–(selfishly) it was much easier to read comments broken up three times over the course of the day then to root through 90…anyone else agree?

thanks! and lunch looks fab!! hope the monday back at school after vacation wasn’t too rough…it’s always hard for me to get back into the swing of things after a nice relaxing weekend off!


102 stephanie February 4, 2008 at 6:55 pm

i love honey with balsamic salad dressing! great tip, thanks, Kath!!!!


103 nutritionnut February 4, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Hey Kath I am in my internship for Dietetics and graduated last year, so I understand all of the hard work you have ahead, but it is all worth it in the end, a very rewarding field. However, I do miss your calorie and exercise counts, I think that this helps people be accountable for what they are eating, and just because you know how many calories you are eating dosent mean you are restricting yourself. I know the calorie count of most things but it does not stop me from having dessert if I want it. It is helpful to see ALL the healthy food you can eat for reasonable calorie amounts, otherwise some may think you are eating many more calories than you actually are, because of the “real” food you are able to be full and satisfied without fatty processed foods. Well good luck with school, and I hope you put your blog back to the way it was for us faithful readers who came to the blog loving it as it was!!


104 Katie February 4, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Today’s lunch post made me wonder – does anyone know of semi-creative brussel sprout recipes?


105 Becky February 4, 2008 at 6:59 pm

Love Kath…love the husband….love goalie! Keep up the great work guys!

I sometimes get comments when I eat lunch at work. Thankfully, they aren’t negative, just pointing out that I’m eating healthy…acutually, I hear “are you dieting?” all the time, so perhaps it can be seen as negative. I usually just say I”m eating healthy!


106 linds February 4, 2008 at 7:06 pm

I didn’t see my favourite way to make brussels sprouts posted so I figured I’d chime in- I cut them in halves or quarters, letting some of the leaves fall off, and toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a little s&p. I bake them in a glass baking dish at 350 for about 20 minutes, stirring a few times during the cooking time. They get kinda crispy and some get caramelized and sweet and they are so delicious! Adding in a quartered shallot just makes it so perfect, and if you serve this over lettuce with a little more balsamic and olive oil and some proscuitto you have a seriously tasty dinner.


107 slm February 4, 2008 at 7:08 pm

I’ve been a silent reader of Kath, Jenna and Cristin for the past year or so, and witnessed the first and last fall victim to negative comments about their intake. Most of what’s said pertains to the amount or details incorporated into the daily postings, and the message that it sends to readers. As someone who battled an eating disorder for two years, and has gone on to gain 50 pounds back (yay me!), I have to interject.

Some people with issues surrounding food try to blame those around them — I saw this in many of the group therapy sessions that I attended. They read in to the food choices made by their friends and family, and incorporate it into their own disorder. Because “our” view and thoughts about food are so skewed, those thoughts and views are projected onto the world. But one of the most important points in my recovery was when I stopped doing this, and regained my perspective. Each person’s caloric requirement is different, as are their own personal food preferences and methods of keeping track of what they eat (if they do so at all). NO ONE (aside from perhaps the major fashion houses) should be blamed for the problems of a person with an eating disorder, and if websites that track a person’s daily intake serve as a “trigger” for an individual with disordered eating, then s/he needs to keep his/her distance until further along in his/her recovery.

Kath, Jenna and Cristin eat for themselves, and what’s right for their bodies. From my own experience in dealing with therapists, RDs, and MDs (and I asked them about these websites when I was still in treatment), the depictions on each woman’s blog are representative of a healthy and balanced lifestyle — calorie counting or not. And more generally, potshots are just unnecessary. Each woman reads her comments (or so I assume), and I often cringe at what people say…I knew that if someone were to say some of what I’ve seen on these comment boards to me in my daily goings-on, I’d be a little wounded.

Sorry for the long post — I just had a lot to say on this subject. I’m a one time only poster, I promise.


108 Jem February 4, 2008 at 7:08 pm

When I told my coworkers that I do not eat meat they looked at me like I landed from Mars. They are intrigued (and sometimes bewildered) by my lunch everyday!


109 laura February 4, 2008 at 7:11 pm

in response to the weird comments on healthy lunch
i’m in high school so my friends think that eating healthy equals i’m aneroxic or something. they always make weird faces. once i brought tuna salad mixed with plain yogurt instead of mayo my one friend like YELLED at me and said it was gross. even though i dont say anything about the greasy cheeseburger she just put in her mouth


110 goalie30 February 4, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Thanks, Becky :) I just love veggies and I was raised that way since I was little; I hope my co-workers don’t take it as dieting, because I’m not but I think they figure that I’m ok, since I do still induldge in dessert rather frequently…maybe TOO frequently some weeks. Sweets are my only real weakness when it comes to food; I’ll probably never break it fully, but I really don’t want to, because it tastes too good not to enjoy!


111 Julie February 4, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I don’t think it is easier to read comments when it is spread out over three meals. I often found that discussions would continue on and I would forget to check or loose the post alltogether. Please keep it in one!

That way when a reader comes back to the blog they can continue reading where they left off. I just remember the pst number I stopped at and continue on from there. Its much easier.


112 goalie30 February 4, 2008 at 7:16 pm

sim, thanks for making me not the only one who leaves longer blogs…I can’t help that I type fast and like to explain myself thoroughly!


113 mel February 4, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Kath, Matt, and fellow bloggers,
Keep up the great (positive) work and don’t let a few immature jerks sway you to change anything. Kath and matt- I think you all are so cute together and I love your relationship- It reminds me of my boyfriend and I and if someone said negative things about him I’d for sure respond..but probably not as nice as you all did. You all are wonderful. To negative, rude bloggers- go get a life and wake and smell the roses..you all need learn the meaning of respect!! Have a great night everyone!


114 Joann February 4, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Does anyone else think its hard to read all the comments in one post?


115 wendi February 4, 2008 at 7:32 pm

No, Goalie – you have some ego issues that you apparently cannot fulfill in real life.


116 Christin February 4, 2008 at 7:35 pm

linds, another great recipe, hmmm!! :)


117 grace February 4, 2008 at 7:36 pm

I’m just curious how much plain yogurt to use in making tuna salad…I’m a little stingy when it comes to my fage.


118 Christin February 4, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Totally random question for Kath, or anyone else…I am trying to make over my fave pasta recipe to make it more healthy. It’s a stuffed pasta using jumbo shells, filled with a mixture of mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, and Italian sausage, covered in tomato sauce and mozzarella. I have already switched to seasoned ground turkey, and lower fat mozzarella…can’t find any whole wheat jumbo shells…any other suggestions???


119 Katherine Sloan February 4, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Grace – I usually put about 2 tbsp. and that is enough to go around usually – just add a couple at a time – mix it around and see if it works for you. I haven’t had the luxury yet of trying Fage (i live in Canada -and have not been able to find it, but i heard one of our grocery stores was bought out by Whole Foods – so maybe i will be in luck soon – is Fage sold at Whole Foods?) i think based on what everyone has said that i would be stingy with it too!

As for the comments on healthy lunches I definately can relate – but most people are supportive of it and only a few somewhat negative about it – saying i might waste away if i dont eat chineese food or something ha-ha. I try to ignore the negative comments though because I always enjoy my lunches! I think the hardest part is when people ask so many questions about why I eat the way I eat…


120 grace February 4, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Christin: Try looking for whole grain/wheat lasagna noodles and just roll them up. I’ve seen those at the store. You could also make your favorite dish into a casserole type dish with whole wheat past that you like. Good luck…I love healthy Italian!

Katherine: Thanks for the tip! I get Fage at Whole Foods, so hopefully you get to try it soon.


121 Kath February 4, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Unfortunately some readers put words in my mouth. I certainly don’t freak out if I go over my daily calorie goal! While I do count my calories each day (which is just an estimate – I’d need a scientific lab to really be accurate), I do it in a general manner to keep track of my calories-in/calories-out. I think it’s far from obsessive, and it certainly doesn’t rule my life. I’m planning to address the calorie counts further tonight.

Glad you like the website – it’s a simple Wordpress blog. There are lots of free blog sites (Blogspot, Wordpress, Typepad) that have templates that make it easy to get started.

Thanks for the nice comment! I think you’d know by smell if a squash was rotten. Peeling it is easier if you microwave it first and use a regular vegetable peeler. Or go ahead and cook the squash and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. We eat the skin on acorn squash just because we’re too lazy to peel all those grooves! Hope that helps!

Amy C,
Cool you’re hooked on stove-top oatmeal and have realized the fun in eating whole foods vs. 100 calorie packs. I think flax is probably fine for a month or two. I also think (and someone correct me if I’m wrong) that you could keep the bulk of it in the freezer and just the amount you need readily accessible in the fridge.

I usually shove it in my backpack, so I’m the same predicament as you (and hence the reason I don’t want a bunch of bulky tupperware.) I LOVE the new Rosenthal bags I have. I have a North Face backpack but am always looking for cool new bags that are comfy and hold a lot. I’m going to check out MLT’s Swiss Army bag after this!

Im SO glad the oatmeal pancakes worked for you!!

I’d say minimum 15 minutes max overnight. The longer the better (well, up to overnight at most). I think you do need to use equal parts egg whites, but I haven’t experimented with other liquids so I don’t know if that would “ruin” it or not. You could always just pull out a little of the batter and do a test pancake with added milk.

Re. seasonal produce, this list isn’t that extensive, but I use it as a reference:


Re. Nutritional Information on Tomatoes,
I have no idea why it is obsessive to look up the nutritional information of a restaurant before you eat there? How do you know that stuffed tomato wasn’t stuffed with tons of oil, butter, trans-fat, etc. I’ve been surprised by restaurant postings before – just last week they had a sandwich that looked appealing but it was 1,000 kcal! If you didn’t cook it yourself, you have no idea what’s in it = part of this country’s obesity problem….

Thanks for your feedback :) I’m so jealous you are already to the dietetic internship, although I have to say I’m enjoying the journey to get there!

Thanks for your post. I think it’s refreshing that the clinical professionals thought ALL of the blogs seemed healthy. Just shows that there is a lot of variation for what “healthy” is.

http://www.cookinglight.com is sure to have some good suggestions on stuffed shells!

Re. Brussels sprouts recipes,
We made this one at Thanksgiving and it was GREAT!!

Here’s the Thanksgiving post with photos somewhere in there –



122 Christin February 4, 2008 at 8:12 pm

hmmm, I think I’ve seen those too…good idea, Grace, thanks :)


123 jenna February 4, 2008 at 8:16 pm

I LOVE brussel sprouts! here’s what I do:

cut each b.sprout in half, rub with olive oil
lay cut down in skillet and crank up heat
cook each b.sprout side for about 3 minutes until toasty…sprinkle with sea salt and parm. cheese



124 Christin February 4, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Thanks Kath, I’ll check those out! :)


125 Christin February 4, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Checked out cooking light…there were several stuffed pasta recipes, but I attached the link for my favorite, just in case anyone else wanted to try it…looks delicious!!



126 MK February 4, 2008 at 8:44 pm


Here’s another link for stuffed pasta shells. This one’s my favorite.


127 Christin February 4, 2008 at 8:58 pm

ooooh, that looks good, too! Spicy!! :)


128 Brianne February 4, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Dinner looks so great! I’m sorry for all the crap you have had to deal with. I don’t think people realize how much work a blog is! i would love to do more with mine but it can be really time consuming! You are doing a fabulous job. Enjoy your night!


129 ashley February 4, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog and I think you’re really funny and have very good recipes and philosophies among other things. And don’t let the negative feedback get to you because it’s so unimportant! (: Keep being exactly the way you are because there’s REALLY nothing wrong with it.


130 Danielle February 4, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Hi Kath,
As usual your meals look healthfully delicious. I hope that your personal fulfillment and enjoyment through this blog wasn’t strained by the recent negativity. You must know how much I and many other readers benefit everyday as we get a glimpse into your extremely balanced life. You are truly an incredible role model. Now I think I’ve covered the compliments :) so I have a question too! Would you be able to create a list of staples that you keep in your kitchen? Oftentimes I want to try your yummy recipes but am missing key ingredients. I know that you like to throw creations together last minute so I was just hoping that you could help me do the same. Thank you so much for everything, you are always appreciated!


131 Lauren February 4, 2008 at 9:20 pm

I definitely agree about the one-post-per-meal thing. Much easier to read and sort through!

I appreciate that you addressed the issues that have arisen instead of ignoring them, and for doing it in such a polite, classy way.

You are such a breath of fresh air, Kath! Thank you for your refreshing approach to food, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. :)


132 bev February 4, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Husband….the bread looks so amazing. If you had a bakery I woud buy it. French toast oh my : )


133 eliza February 4, 2008 at 9:27 pm

hi everyone & Kath!

So, for the past 2 days I have been feeling rather lethargic and just overall yucky..like I am about to get the flu.

Do I go to the gym or not?!

I never know really when to take it easy..this is on top of working and all the hw I do in College..

Let me know what you guys would do.



134 Christin February 4, 2008 at 9:45 pm

well Eliza, I do know that there is no proof that working out during a cold will make you worse, not sure about the flu. When I start to feel sick, I take Airborne for a couple of days and drink lots of water…good luck and feel better!!


135 Sarah C February 4, 2008 at 9:46 pm


Unfortunately, I think it may be time for you to start filtering the comments…for the reader’s sake, and also for your own sanity!

Good Luck with the remodeling!


136 Karissa February 4, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Nicely said Slm!


137 Puffins February 4, 2008 at 10:07 pm

kath, it was nice of you to take the time to address the recent comment, however, unfortunately, i do not believe you and i am going to stop reading this blog. i suspect you do not eat out of hunger, but rather based on numbers. i say this based on reading this blog for a few months now. also, it seems to have gotten worse since you went back to school. finally, i also suspect that you did not eat less today because you were not hungry, but rather because you did not go to the gym this morning. maybe this is subconscious and you really believe you have a healthy relationship with food, but i don’t buy it.

i know many people like reading your blog, and i respect that. for that reason, i won’t read or comment anymore. good luck!


138 bev February 4, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Puffin ..That was so uncalled for. Good Bye


139 Britney February 4, 2008 at 10:25 pm

1/2 of a tsp of honey..?!?


140 VeggieGirl February 4, 2008 at 10:25 pm

that breakfast bread that Matt baked sounds heavenly; and how fun that it’s named after you, haha :0)

thank you for deciding to go back to individual meal posts – too many comments in one place, with the one, long post!


141 hk February 4, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Ditto..and mmmm mmmm to the bread, happy baking, ill keep you and husband posted on how mine turns out :) so glad you can enjoy the 70* weather tomorrow,too!! We’re expecting some heat in TX, too..wohooo!!


142 Ana February 4, 2008 at 11:09 pm

omg! i am so sorry! yes, i was responding to christin! i don’t think the husband is rude at all! he seems really sweet and caring (and clearly loves kath and sticks up for her!) way to go!! ^_^


143 Kate February 4, 2008 at 11:15 pm

Hi Kath! I posted the other day and I’m back. I still have no idea why a few silly people have to be so critical, but I think your blog is fantastic. Your meals always look so healthy, colorful, and delicious. I love making tilapia & I will keep your version in mind to try sometime. The oatmeal pancake looks interesting too–another oatmeal lover right here. I noticed in comment #53, Anne wrote that she tried a Larabar after seeing them on your blog, and I wanted to let you know that I did too. I tried Apple Pie and Cashew Cookie so far–they were REALLY good! I bought the Chocolate Coconut Chew as well, but I’m saving that for another day. Again, thank you for the blog, and keep it up!! =]


144 Kelsey February 4, 2008 at 11:37 pm

What is this honey balsamic dressing everyone is talking about? I must have missed it. If someone could post the recipe, that would be great! I’m always looking for an alternative to balsamic and olive oil (too many calories for such a small amount). Thanks!


145 goodfood February 4, 2008 at 11:52 pm

i have a question:

when i cook a steak, should i use butter or is olive oil ok? i like my steak crispy and flavorful on the outside, but i’m trying to cut back the fat.



146 the vegan blog tracker February 5, 2008 at 1:36 am

I sometimes make cantaloupe smoothies. Since I like to keep things easy – *really* easy – all I do is toss the edible part of the cantaloupe into a blender, maybe add a little water, and blend. Very tasty, very healthy, very simple. :-)


147 goalie30 February 5, 2008 at 6:09 am

Hi Eliza, Christin was right about it being ok to work out when you have a cold, but you shouldn’t work out if you have a fever or temperature over 101, and you also would fare better to sleep and get rest if you truly do have the flu, as rest has been proven to help people get over the flu quicker. I have just started seeing patients in my office with typical flu symptoms in the past few weeks, so maybe it is starting to go around. Flu symptoms may include: feeling fatigued/lethargic, a fever, headaches, body aches all over, cough, runny nose, sore throat. Your doctor can prescribe you Tamiflu if you indeed have the flu to help you get over it quicker. Hope this helps, and hope you feel better real soon!


148 Kath February 5, 2008 at 6:29 am

Often a workout will make you feel better, but don’t overdo yourself. Perhaps keep it to brisk walking or yoga instead of high intensity. You know your body best, so if you really feel sick don’t feel obligated to go – just take it easy and enjoy the extra time to recover.

Thank you for writing your response politely. I think the reason I was not hungry is that I felt horrible all evening, night and this morning – I’ve definitely got some kind of bug. I could barely choke down dinner last night and should not have even eaten it. But I have found on days that I don’t work out I’m just not as hungry, which makes a lot of sense since my body needs a lot less fuel. Hope you have fun with whatever blogs you do decide to read.

It’s a RECIPE. Any more and the sauce would have been too sweet. Looks to me like you’re just looking for reasons to cause trouble.

My favorite “salad dressing” is just a drizzle of high quality balsamic vinegar (the kind at Williams Sonoma that is close to $20 is worth every penny. We got some for a wedding present and it has lasted us at least 6 months) plus a zig zag drizzle of honey. It’s a delicious combination and a really easy way to spice up a salad.

I don’t know that much about cooking steaks, but my guess would be just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan over a medium heat. The biggest trick to getting a crust on something is to lay it in the pan and in the words of Alton Brown “just walk away.” DO NOT TOUCH IT!!! I’ll asked the husband to see what he says about cooking liquids.

That does sound like a good way to “deal” with this cantaloupe. And a smoothie might make me feel better this morning too. Thanks for the tip!



149 Fig February 5, 2008 at 6:29 am

ha! Kath thanks for thinking of me! No worries! I love this blog and whatever majority wants is cool with me. Anyway I DID have one other thought about the comments. I think thats what is getting to me and seeing the one long post made it easier to avoid the rude, repeated and unhealthy ones.

Last blog suggestion-

Maybe disable comments and put an email addie in. Then you could address the questions you want -when you want -totally at your convience while eliminating foul mouth play. Just ping-ponging ideas your way.
Feel free to email me back, because I wont visit this section again. :)
Enjoy your day.

Hubby-Have a great day and be well. Do/say something nice for some other stranger in life that will appreciate it. Obviously it goes unnoticed/unappreciated here. Save and hold your breathe because the stuff you are responding to is just plain toxic.


150 Kath February 5, 2008 at 6:35 am

I think we have too many staples to count!! The main things we always have on hand:

Baby spinach or salad greens
Egg whites
Plain yogurt
Olives + capers
Diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste
Canned beans
Whole wheat pasta, quinoa, couscous, rice
Frozen shrimp, fish, chicken
Cans of tuna and salmon
Almonds, walnuts, pecans
Hot sauce
All kinds of vinegars and “panty” staples like olive oil and honey
Some kind of shredded cheese
Parmesan cheese

OK that’s all I can think of, but if we’re out of one of those it goes on the list!

I would do that, but if I moderate the bad then I lose the fun dialog that you readers have been having as well. I love it when you answer each other’s questions – it makes my life easier!! For now, I’m going to keep them unmoderated. Sounds like things are slowing down. I’m pretty sure I can block individuals by IP address too, which I haven’t done yet, but I could do that if it keeps getting out of hand. Or I’ll just turn off comments and keep the email on for questions like you said. Thanks for the suggestion though.



151 Food Excitement February 5, 2008 at 9:01 am

Olive oil and honey ‘Panty’ Staples ~ Sounds invigorating…Spicing up the kitchen…I like it…


152 Jana February 5, 2008 at 9:19 am

Holy cow… Kath, massive kudos to you for that grown-up response to Puffins! :-)
You’ve just set an example to all the folks out there that are not able to discuss in a mature and polite manner, thank you for that!


153 Katers February 5, 2008 at 10:21 am

Okay, I just want everyone to know I’m the Kate who posted the comment starting “Hey Kath – I definitely agree with Lauren, that it’s so nice you’re so responsive to the readers.” Not the Kate later on who was bashing the husband. From now on I’ll only post with this name. I like the husband!


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