Fill Me Up!

July 7, 2008

It’s no surprise that I woke up starving this morning – I probably was starving the past 24 hours.

I had a bowl of hot reheated oats topped with the yummy Coconut Almond Granola I made yesterday and a spoonful of PB –

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I also picked out a nectarine from the fruit bowl – I feel like I need more to eat this morning! But my stomach is feeling quite full already and I’m almost done with the oats (yes, eating and blogging = bad) so I will probably save him for later this morning. PLUS I’m packing a Clif Z Bar (that’s all broken up from being carried around in purses) that I plan to have at 10:00 before we tour US Foodservice today since it will most likely mean a late lunch.

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The good news is I’m feeling great again! Obviously no workout this morning, but after 2 good meals today, I’m going to get in some light cardio this afternoon. But only if I want to!

Happy LAST Monday of Crazy Summer School!!! 4 days to go!

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1 kristin point July 7, 2008 at 6:26 am

I’m so happy to see you’re back to your bright and cheery self this morning!!

Have a great last Monday!

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2 hk July 7, 2008 at 6:27 am

Glad you’re feeling back to normal- quick rebounds surely due to an overall healthy, active lifestyle, LOVE THAT!! Have a good monday :)

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3 VeggieGirl July 7, 2008 at 7:51 am

Keep feeling better, Kath!! Enjoy your Monday :0)

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4 Marcy July 7, 2008 at 7:54 am

Hey all! I tried egg beaters (the original flavor) for the first time. They tasted…well, different and rather fake. They seem so popular though. What do you all think of eggbeaters and what do you do with all they leftover- it says use once opened within a week!

Kath, I am glad you are feeling better! Sounds like it was the 24 hour flu.

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5 Heather July 7, 2008 at 8:55 am

I can’t believe you’re almost done with summer school! Woohoo!

Glad you’re feeling back to normal. Have a great day :)

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6 Justy2003 July 7, 2008 at 8:57 am

Good to hear you’re feeling better this morning! AND it’s your last Monday?! That went by pretty quickly! Enjoy your day!

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7 Nicole July 7, 2008 at 9:02 am

haha Marcy, I had the same opinion the first time I ate plain egg beaters. I’m not much of a plain egg person anyway (I’d rather just eat a regular scrambled egg every now and then than try to stomach the “fake taste”), but I DO use the carton whites probably every day/other day at breakfast (pancakes, baked oatmeal, french toast etc). There’s NO WAY I could go through the whole carton within a week of openening it, so I just keep a check on the expiration date..and funky smells/color..whatever. So far, so good! I’m still alive!

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8 adria July 7, 2008 at 9:26 am

woo hoo for you times 2: youre feeling better and summer school is almost over!

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9 Emily July 7, 2008 at 9:50 am

Hey Kath, since having lost weight and then maintaining that loss for 2 years, I have not had the challenge of going on a plane trip and being on a week-long vacation. I’m going to Puerto Rico and I’m thrilled about it, but slightly nervous about how different my eating might be while there. What would you take on this trip if you were me? My plan right now is to workout in the hotel’s gym every morning, walk and swim as much as possible. Also, we are staying at a pretty high end hotel on the club level so there should be fruit and snacks available throughout the day. I am going to bring Kashi bars, but would you take anything else with you, besides that? Do you think I should just focus on portion control and not worry about bringing too much of my own “safe” foods and snacks? Any feedback you can offer would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance and I’m so happy you’re starting to feel better!!

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10 SarahH July 7, 2008 at 10:03 am

Do you have any classes the rest of july or august?

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11 SweetsandSweats July 7, 2008 at 10:33 am

Glad you are feeling better and hope you have a good day! No relapse or anything.

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12 Diane July 7, 2008 at 10:49 am

Emily,
my recommendation would be to focus on enjoying your trip and less on your weight and nutrition. If this is your one vacation in 2 years, then go for it and enjoy it! You’re not going to gain 10 pounds in 1 week. Maybe if you have free time and would ENJOY swimming/walking or getting out and moving around then go for it. But don’t feel like you need to exercise everyday and say no to every treat you are offered. Have a few splurges and enjoy yourself!

I, like you, am in a weight maintenance state and keep wondering when does the “diet” mind-set end? Shouldn’t we have a point where we stop obsessing over fat grams and calories and just live? What’s the point of being healthy and thin if you’re not HAPPY?

Wow, this post got a lot deeper than I expected… :) Have a wonderful trip!!!

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13 Christie July 7, 2008 at 11:14 am

I’m glad you are feeling better!

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14 Deb July 7, 2008 at 11:47 am

Emily,

I know you asked Kath for her opinion and I look forward to seeing what she says…meanwhile here’s my 2-cents that you might find helpful (I hope!)

Congrats on the weight loss! I am maintaining an 90 pound weight loss and travel a lot. I wish I could say it’s easy, but it’s a bit of a pain for me as I bring a lot of my “safe” foods even though there are always plenty to choose from when I arrive at my destination! (I guess it’s the security blanket component!)

Having said all that I have to agree with Diane…this is your only vacation in 2 years! You should enjoy, but not at the expense of being miserable if you go totally off the rails. I think working out in the gym and/0r swimming/walking will make you feel good no matter what else happens. And if you can make smart choices when you can, and splurge when it’s a special treat, you’ll probably make it through unscathed!

I have ruined vacations by trying to be “good” by being strict and boring. I have also ruined vacations by eating more than I need and regretting the backslide…I’m STILL trying to find a balance and I hope you can find it for your trip! Striking the balance is key and I look forward to hearing how you do on your trip! Bon Voyage!

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15 Jennifer July 7, 2008 at 11:50 am

So glad you’re feeling better Kath!

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16 bethb July 7, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Hey Kath,
I love your salmon salad, but was wondering if you enjoy tuna or chicken salad as well? I would like to find a creative recipe for these besides the typical tuna or chicken salad sandwiches.

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17 Kat's Veggie Life July 7, 2008 at 12:04 pm

glad to hear you are feeling better. P.S. I love your attitude towards food and intuitive eating lately.

Have a great day.

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18 Rose July 7, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Glad to hear you’re doing better :) That granola looks tasty!

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19 Leah July 7, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Hi Kath! Just wanted to tell you I spent Sat & Sun of this past weekend in Cambridge and I had such a fabulous time! I know why you loved it so much! I could easily move there and be quite happy :)

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20 SarahH July 7, 2008 at 12:22 pm

I was just looking for slow cooker recipes and I found one that you leave on all night for oatmeal. Has this been talked about before or has anyone tried it?

2 cups Quaker Oats – quick cook kind
2 cups skim milk
2 cups water (optional)
2 TBSP Splenda Brown Sugar Blend,
1 TBSP Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 small apples, finely chopped

mix all in crock pot for 8 hours

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21 Leah July 7, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Oh and I did go PUNTING! And it was quite a hilarious experience! Then we sat at a pub along river.. aww, so amazing and pretty!!

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22 Emily July 7, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Diane and Deb,

Thank you both so much! You both have really upped my confidence about this trip. I am going to strive for balance on this trip. Not overdoing it, but definitely indulging. No calorie counting!! :) If there’s any damage when I get back home, I can definitely take care of it. And Diane, you’re exactly right! What’s the point of being healthy and thin if you’re not HAPPY? I needed that reminder!! Deb, congrats on losing 90 pounds!! Such an accomplishment! I think I will bring my Kashi bars along as my “security blankets,” but other than that, I’m just going to put trust in myself to make healthy choices and most of all enjoy being there with my family in such a beautiful place! Thanks again!! :)

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23 Kath July 7, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Marcy ,
I think EggBeaters are a little gross too. They add some funky stuff to them that I don’t really like. I do use the egg whites (which are just whites) as a way to beef up a real egg with more volume, but I would not eat either product without a real egg in there for flavor. I also use my whites cartons for probably a month after opening. Guess I’m taking a chance, but it just never seemed to smell/taste/look any difference. Just my preference though.

Emily ,
Congrats on the weight loss! If you’ve been maintaining for 2 years you are obviously doing lots of things right. And you probably know exactly what you need to do if you put on a pound or so. In one week’s vacation, you will not gain more than 1 pound. You’d have to eat MORE than 500 calories per day over maintenance calories AND exercise calories to gain just 1 pound. While you might feel a little bloated, the math just won’t allow it (people who say they gain 10 pounds on vacation either eat thousands of calories every day or don’t understand water weight). SO my point is, let yourself enjoy everything you want – and then just cut back a little when you return. Squiggly line!? Gain one week, lose the next. I would normally say bring lots of healthy snacks, and I still think you should bring them if you need them and I do too, but I find that when I’m on vacation NOT snacking (and getting in a few good workouts) really helps keep my days in check. I usually eat bigger meals so I don’t really need the snacks anyways and if I did eat them it would be out of security or habit and not because I was truly hungry. I do have to remind myself on vacation putting any weight gain aside that I will feel horrible if I eat too much. Sometimes that reminder works and sometimes it doesn’t! But regardless, have a WONDERFUL time!!

SarahH ,
Nope, I am done with day classes on Thursday and Chem on Monday. Aside from some R&R, I’m going to San Francisco on the 16th and Boston in late August, possibly shadowing some dietitians, working on some long-term projects, and starting a really exciting opportunity: developing 26 recipes for a cookbook!!

bethb ,
I do my salmon salad recipe with tuna often. Here’s a chicken salad I made a few weeks ago that I really enjoyed:
http://www.katheats.com/?page_id=4730

Leah ,
So glad you liked it!! It’s such a charming place :)

Kath

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24 Justy2003 July 7, 2008 at 1:40 pm

You’re developing recipes for a cookbook??? How fun! What cookbook is it, if you don’t mind me asking?

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25 Justy2003 July 7, 2008 at 1:40 pm

You’re developing recipes for a cookbook??? How fun! What cookbook is it, if you don’t mind me asking?

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26 Justy2003 July 7, 2008 at 1:41 pm

No idea why that posted twice…sorry about that!

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27 Kath July 7, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Justy,
Unfortunately I can’t disclose the cookbook or information. It’s not my own cookbook, but one that’s a compilation of tons of recipes. I’m super excited anyways and it’s my “part time job” for August :)

K

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28 Emily July 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Kath,
You are so sweet. I’m so touched that you took the time to write out such a motivating response to my comment. You are definitely a very positive role model in my life, so your feedback is held in very high regard. I actually might even print your response out and bring it along with me to remind me to relax and enjoy and not focus so much on weight issues. You’re right that maintaining for 2 years should be confidence enough that I can do this, I mean I’ve made it through 2 years of every holiday pretty much unscathed, so this should be nothing! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

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29 Kath July 7, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Emily ,
Glad I could help :)

K

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