Half Full

March 21, 2012

I don’t quite know what’s up with my appetite today. I’ve been full ALL afternoon and didn’t even want to eat dinner. But it was one of those nauseous times when I thought eating might help, so while Kanz worked on a homemade coffee table with reclaimed wood [exciting!], I made dinner in 5 minutes.

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Bison Taco Salads

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I browned the bison (8 ounces – the second half of Sunday’s pack) in Southwestern seasoning along with yellow frozen corn and jalepenos (the bell pepper I was also supposed to use was used in last night’s pizza!). Then we layered on baby spinach, Red Hot & Blue chips, homemade guac and lots of greek yogurt. Salsa on top!

The guac was just 2 small mashed avocados (the baby is the size of a large avocado this week!) along with lemon juice and salt.

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Sadly I only got halfway through and just couldn’t stomach any more. So Matt got an extra portion! Headache still lingers. Took another Tylenol and going to try peppermint essential oil in a bit. Don’t want to drink caffeine this close to bed time, but I’ll be having it with breakfast for sure.

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After dinner we went for a 20 minute walk around the block to digest. The whole time we were on the porch this afternoon working, I kept wondering where Pumpkin was. Sometimes we don’t see her for quite a few days. Right when we returned from our walk, Matt whispered “Pumpkiiiiin” and she came darting from our FRONT porch ready to greet us!! So cute. She is now taking a bath on my food photography cloth, so there’s some laundry for tomorrow : )

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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat March 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Feel better, Kath! I hope you figure out your headache before I come down there. Or maybe I’ll help make it go away :)

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2 KathEats March 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm
3 Maria@ Sinfully Nutritious March 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm

That guac looks awesome!

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4 Kelley March 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I never really knew how to ‘eat intuitively’ until I got pregnant. I used to eat at scheduled times, not when I was hungry, and always cleared my plate. Now I find I can step away from a meal when I am full and I’ve completely lost the “must clean the plate” mentality. (Which is a good thing!) Baby is teaching me things already!

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5 Michelle @ Esculent Dreams March 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

You’re not alone! I haven’t even eaten dinner yet and usually I’d be dying if I didn’t have food! Don’t think my neck+back pain is helping either..

hope you feel better soon!

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6 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 21, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Ooh, that coffee table sounds really cool – can’t wait to see what Matt comes up with! I love walks after dinner; they’re so relaxing and enjoyable. Hope your headache goes away really soon!!

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7 Jennifer March 21, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Thank you for reminding me of the ripe avocado I have sitting in my cabinet!! Haha.

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8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 21, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I’m sorry you couldn’t eat all those nachos, because they look AMAZING!!!!

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9 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance March 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

That’s funny you say that about your cat because I was at the vet with my dog yesterday and there was this huge poster that said “Have you seen your cat today?” I’m a dog lover, so I don’t really get cats, but I guess they just leave for days at a time sometimes?

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10 Sana March 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I really hate headaches. I hope you feel better with some rest.

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11 Sarah March 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Hi, I have a 4 month old and a two year old. I got that awful headache in the 2nd trimester with both pregnancies. The only thing I found to really help was drinking a large smart water daily… And refilling it all day with filtered water but the smart water was key. It also helped a few of my pregnant friends. Hope you feel better!

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12 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Ohhh I hope you try that peppermint essential oil–it always works like a charm for me! As does Frankincense (but it’s much more $$$) ;)

Sleep tight!

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13 Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I love taco salad! I’m a big fan of meals where I can scoop! :)

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14 Erin Motz March 21, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Do you have Tiger Balm? That stuff is such a relief when it comes to headaches. You just rub a bit on the temples and it’s sooo soothing! Pick some up if you’re out – it’s like $3 and at any Whole Foods or health food store :-)

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15 Brie March 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Hey Kath -

I follow your posts religiously, and I’m really jealous of how you plan meals so well and keep your fridge sparse! Have you done a post on how you plan meals/stay on top of deals/plan your grocery store trips, etc? I’d love one of those! I’m always struggling to plan ahead, especially as a college student (soon to be graduate-student). Thanks!

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16 KathEats March 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Hey Brie,
In this post I talk about my grocery store staples. I try to just get the minimum I need and rely on pantry and freezer to fill in the rest. Hope it helps! http://www.katheats.com/sweating-in-my-sweater

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17 Brie March 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Do you use an excel sheet to plan recipes? Where do you find them or do you create your own? I’m pretty creative, but sometimes I hit the big ole’ rut. Womp.

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18 KathEats March 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I don’t really plan them… I just have in my head a meat, a bean, a fish, a pasta and then add veggies to them (1-2 per night)

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19 Rachel March 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I’m nearly 13 weeks pregnant and had a terrible headache all day as well! Thank goodness for Tylenol!

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20 kaila@ healthy helper blog! March 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Mmm I love bison! My mom makes AMAZING bison burgers! Nothing beats them on the grill in the nice weather!

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21 Mama Pea March 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm

So it’s not the most “nutritious” way to get ready of a pregnancy headache, but my doc always prescribed a regular old Coca Cola and it always did the trick!

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22 Elisabeth March 22, 2012 at 2:50 am

I’ve heard a few other people mention the same thing :)

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23 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio March 21, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Yummy dinner. Feel better soon.

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24 Jacqueline@digintobooks March 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm

These nachos look so delicious!!!! I love the colors on the plate, too. Hope you’re feeling better!

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25 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Cats are awesome! I’m sorry you aren’t feeling so hot. The little one is definitely growing! I hope you get a good night’s sleep and that you feel better tomorrow!

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26 kathleen @ the daily crumb March 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm

sorry you’re not feeling well :( i’m amazing how pretty and put together your lazy/”i’m not feeling well” meals are… i would have rolled with a big bowl of cereal!

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27 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs March 21, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Yum, dinner looks good! Too bad you weren’t up for it I would have eaten it up. Your appeptite decreased while mine has increased to all day eating ..29 weeks here!

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28 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Ihope you wake up feeling better!

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29 Gina March 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Have you tried using 100% pure essential oils? Makes a huge difference! They’re way more potent and effective. doTERRA is a one of a kind company that sources them from around the world to find the purest oils. http://vimeo.com/24951291

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30 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 21, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Animals and special cloths or clean bedding or a fresh blanket..they have a 6th sense for going right to the really “special” stuff!

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31 Laura @ She Eats Well March 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm

That dinner looks beautiful! The colors contrast and that fresh avocado looks delicious. Hope your head feels better!

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32 Kathy W. March 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm

somebody mentioned Tiger Balm, but it carries warnings about using during pregnancy.

I know peppermint oil has a warning about ingestion during pregnancy; don’t know about just rubbing a little on the skin…

anyway, hope your headache is gone by morning!

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33 j3nn March 21, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Awww, Pumpkin sounds so adorable. Our kitties sleep on our freshly cleaned clothes piles on the laundry folding table, so don’t feel bad! haha

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34 Khushboo March 22, 2012 at 12:07 am

I am craving guac but can’t seem to find avocado ANYWHERE!

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35 jojo March 22, 2012 at 12:08 am

It’s so strange how the appetite goes up and down.. I was the same way too.
Towards the end of the pregnancy, it’s hard to eat for a different reason.. your stomach is going to be all pushed up by the baby in the uterus!

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36 Lisa Langenfeld March 22, 2012 at 12:29 am

Hi Kath, Sorry about the headache! I think the essential oils really do help with headaches – I keep peppermint oil at my desk and have lavendar oil at home – both really help when rubbed on my temples. And of course they smell great too! :) Feel better soon

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37 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 22, 2012 at 5:03 am

Your dinner could have been for a St. Patrick’s Day post…so Green!

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38 aubrey March 22, 2012 at 5:50 am

Kath! I just saw a joke that reminds me of your dinner.

What did the Buffalo say when his son left for college?

-Bison

hahaha :)

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39 KathEats March 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm

[This was stuck in spam] But LOL!

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40 kristen @ verbs and vignettes March 22, 2012 at 6:31 am

hope you’re having caffeine and knocking that headache out right now. feel better, kath! dinner looked delicious.

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41 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles March 22, 2012 at 6:50 am

Sorry to hear your headache is lasting so long! Our weather system is chaninging again so I am gearing up for another one of my headaches. We will hit a high of 26 degrees C breaking a record set back in 1945 (I think). Then a cool front moves in…yikes…I can almost feel the pressure building this morning behind my eyes!

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42 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 22, 2012 at 7:04 am

Oh, no! I’m sorry to hear that you still have a headache. They are definitely no fun. I hope you feel better asap! :)

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43 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 22, 2012 at 7:05 am

Sorry about your headache Kath. :( I hope it’s feeling better this morning!

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44 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 22, 2012 at 7:26 am

The guac looks gorgeous! I love cooking with bison, but haven’t done it for a long time! One of the things I love about dining out when I’m in Colorado is that you can find bison everywhere- and so much of it’s local!

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45 Angel7 March 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

Great dinner idea when one is not overly hungry :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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46 Life's a Bowl March 22, 2012 at 10:32 am

I hope you woke up this morning without the headache and with an appetite!

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47 Linda March 22, 2012 at 10:49 am

Hi Kath,
I saw that you’ve been suffering with a headache and nothing is making it go away. I just wanted to mention that this used to happen to me all the time. I realized I was low in sodium and now I drink a salty homemade energy drink when I work out a lot and really sweat. I take a washed out pasta jar fill it with filtered water and add 1/4 tsp salt and 1 tsp honey or maple syrup. Place the lid on and shake like crazy and drink. I no longer get headaches, it’s seriously amazing!! I hope this helps.

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48 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

Thanks – I might try this as I used to make a great homemade sport drink with orange/lemon/salt

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49 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings March 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Ah, pumpkin! : )

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