Harmony Bowl

March 28, 2008

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One of my favorite restaurants in Asheville is The Laughing Seed Cafe. It’s a cute vegetarian restaurant with all kinds of tempting dishes. But whenever I go, I always get the Harmony Bowl – a combo of brown rice, beans and veggies with a yummy sauce.

Today I had two goals in mind for lunch:

1) Make something as fast as possible because I was starving

2) Use up leftovers

So I came up with my version of the harmony bowl:

Part A: Sauteed cabbage, carrot and zucchini in apple cider vinegar with a bit of brown sugar

Part B: Leftover quinoa chickpea confetti casserole

Part C: A cup of mashed sweet potato that I steamed and saved from the split pea soup night.

Part D: A modified version of ED&BV’s Balsamic-Maple Sauce made with equal parts plus a bit of Smart Balance, S+ P

It was fantastic and filling!!! And very quick and easy thanks to using mostly leftovers. I just had to clean the cabbage skillet :)

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On the side I had a few Kashi crackers for a palate-cleaning crunch (about 2/3 a serving)

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With ED&BV reading material and seltzer -

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Lunch was about 575 kcal, 19 grams fiber and 15 grams protein. Hopefully it’ll carry me through the afternoon of chores and to-dos!

Announcing 1,000,000 Pageviews!!

The blog reached 1,000,000 pageviews today! I’m going on six months of blogging now and remember a time when I had about 5 readers.

A HUGE thank you to all of you who read and comment every day. I learn so much from you all and feel like I have gained so many friends :)

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1 JennS March 28, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Hi Kath, a couple of questions. I notice you use sugar in a lot of recipes and i was just wondering how you monitor your sugar intake? because brown sugar is simply reg. sugar with maple syrup.
Also, in terms of other blogs I also notice you eat a substancial amount of food. For example, the Eatlikeme blog, you eat a lot more than her and I was simply wondering your opinion on this since she is a RD and you are on a mission to become one. I love both blogs, just interested in the differences is all :) Thanks.

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2 Kath March 28, 2008 at 1:10 pm

JennS,
When I use sugar in recipes it’s usually a very small amount. I put a teaspoon into the cabbage. I’m not worried about sugar in those small amounts, especially since I don’t eat many sweetened things like yogurt or granola bars.

As for meal size, I tend to eat more volume of less calorie dense things so it looks like a ton of food but calorie-wise, it’s probably very similar to other bloggers’ meals. A PB&J on whole wheat with a glass of milk, for example, is close to 500 calories – which is about the amount I usually have at lunch. Hope that helps.

Kath

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3 claire March 28, 2008 at 1:14 pm

when I read your title I thought to myself, “that sounds like something they’d have at that cute veggie restaurant in Asheville that I like”. I probably haven’t been there prob. in the last 4 years, but I really like their brown rice.

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4 Anne March 28, 2008 at 1:18 pm

wow 1,000,000 page views, that’s awesome!!! i have a feeling i contributed to a lot of those ;) nice being “friends” with you the past few months :)

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5 ChocolateCoveredVegan March 28, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Wow, congratulations! That’s awesome!

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6 Ana March 28, 2008 at 1:23 pm

kath, I think it’s great that you mentioned how cristin’s meal is really 500 calories even though it’s quite small volume-wise. I really like her (and your!) site, and was sad to see a lot of people commenting on how small her meals were, even though the calorie amounts were about 1700-1800 each day (what the average person should eat). Thank you for maintaining a wonderful blog atmosphere, and for being a wonderful person all-around!^_^

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7 Katie R March 28, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Congrats, Kath!! 1,000,000 views done, many many more to go! Keep up the fantastic blog, I don’t know where I’d be without it! :)

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8 Marie March 28, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Hi everyone-
I am needing some advice…as a college student about to graduate in May, it has become SO difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. These past few months have become incredibly busy, and I can only get about 5-6 hours of sleep a night, then I have class or work 8:30-5, then meetings/sorority stuff/homework/working out if possible, so I typically don’t get to bed until midnight, that is, unless my friends and I go out, which is happening more and more (and those beers add up, as we all know, plus lead to late night snacking) considering senior year is almost over!

I try hard to work out whenever I can, even if it’s for 20 minutes. I eat as healthy as possible on a budget, but there is unhealthy free food everywhere! Every meeting has pizza or nachos, at work there are cookies, etc…hard to pass up when I’m tired/stressed/eating a mishmash of things at random times/constantly on the go.

I guess what I am requesting is some advice on fitting it all in – I know everyone has a busy lifestyle and making it a healthy one is such a priority to me, it just makes me feel better inside and out…so how do you all do it?? Or how did you do it in college?

Kath, I know you said that your changes to a healthy lifestyle didn’t really begin until after graduating, so perhaps it’s just the college atmosphere that makes it so difficult.

Any thoughts?

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9 katieb March 28, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Question regarding multivitamins – according to your FAQs, you take One a Day Women’s. What does everyone else use? I’ve read you shouldn’t use one that has more than 100% of any vitamin/mineral but I can’t seem to find one. Regular Centrum only goes over on a few but I was hoping to get some reccommendations/info before I restocked on that one…

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10 Lindsay March 28, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Congrats on the blog views! I love your blog ;)

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11 Anna March 28, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Congratulations on 1 million hits! I also wanted to say an even bigger congratulations for maintaining your goal weight for an entire year!

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12 Marie March 28, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Hi everyone-
I am needing some advice…as a college student about to graduate in May, it has become SO difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. These past few months have become incredibly busy, and I can only get about 5-6 hours of sleep a night, then I have class or work 8:30-5, then meetings/sorority stuff/homework/working out if possible, so I typically don’t get to bed until midnight, that is, unless my friends and I go out, which is happening more and more (and those beers add up, as we all know, plus lead to late night snacking) considering senior year is almost over!

I try hard to work out whenever I can, even if it’s for 20 minutes. I eat as healthy as possible on a budget, but there is unhealthy free food everywhere! Every meeting has pizza or nachos, at work there are cookies, etc…hard to pass up when I’m tired/stressed/eating a mishmash of things at random times/constantly on the go. Plus not having a full kitchen or anything makes it hard to cook a whole lot.

I guess what I am requesting is some advice on fitting it all in – I know everyone has a busy lifestyle and making it a healthy one is such a priority to me, it just makes me feel better inside and out…so how do you all do it?? Or how did you do it in college?

Kath, I know you said that your changes to a healthy lifestyle didn’t really begin until after graduating, so perhaps it’s just the college atmosphere that makes it so difficult.

Any thoughts?

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13 Patricia March 28, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Wow Kath! Congrats for having 1,000,000 hits on your blog!!!

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14 Romina March 28, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Wow Kath!! Great idea. =) It ALL looks delicious.

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15 Suzanne March 28, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Congratulations, Kath – on the 1,000,000 pageviews! Thank YOU for being such an inspiration to us all! You don’t know how many times you have provided my husband and I with a delicious innovative HEALTHY meal. It’s just the two of us (we got married 3 years ago) and it’s always a challenge to come up with new and exciting meals that are relatively easy.

It’s funny how the blog world let’s complete strangers become ‘close’ – I visit your page multiple times a day and it has become as routine as checking email. I love reading about your day, your exercise routine, and all the little tidbits. I look forward to it! And I love reading everyone’s comments. :)

Your lunch today is so delicious-looking! A little of everything.

TGIF, everyone! This is such a great blog environment – very positive and communal.

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16 Cat March 28, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Congratulations Kath!
I love The Laughing Seed! Great job using up those leftovers too. By chance have you tried “The Grit” restaurant in Athens, Georgia? They have a “golden bowl” that is absolutely amazing and highly addictive! I have their cookbook but it never tastes as good when I make it vs. their version.

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17 Gena March 28, 2008 at 1:48 pm

That looks amazing! If you’re ever in NYC soon, you’ve got to try some of the bowls at Angelika Kitchen. They’re soooo good.

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18 Ashley H March 28, 2008 at 1:48 pm

wow kath that lunch looks amazing!!! I wish I could eat that right now!! You continue to amaze me with the meals you create.
Congrats on making such a successful blog. There is no doubt in my mind that this blog has made me love cooking and great food even more. You inspire me everyday and are a great role model for all of your readers!
Have a wonderful day!! :)

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19 hk March 28, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Wow! 1,000,000 hits is a huge testament to your awesome blog! You deserve it..lunch looks delish, I love fun bowl meals like that! What a great combination :) have a great afternoon!!

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20 NC (need to change my name) March 28, 2008 at 1:53 pm

wohoo for a million pageviews– you should put a hit counter on the site!!

Kath, I remember a while back, you got a Sigg water bottle. How did you end up liking it?? Do you get a lot of use out of it??

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21 Allison K. March 28, 2008 at 1:55 pm

I know everyone has said it already but I’ll just add my hat to the ring, CONGRATS on the page views, and this blog inspires me as well.

During lunch today I was making my grocery list, and planning meals for next week, and I thought to my self “what did Kath have this week…what meals can I steal?”

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22 Suzanne March 28, 2008 at 1:56 pm

MARIE:

I feel your dilemna. I remember my college days – there was a lot of chips, pizza, instant ramen, cafeteria food, etc.!

But, these days there are so many things available to help you stay healthy. I would recommend what I do now: pre-pack everything. I bring my own breakfast and lunch to work everyday. You can pack easy things like fruit, veggies, nuts, trail mix, yogurt, granola bars….maybe you can get an insulated lunch bag and buy an ice pack to keep things cool. I got mine online for around $15.

It’s ideal to plan your meals and snacks ahead of time – so you don’t get tempted with the junk at your meetings.
We have a counter here at work that is always strewn with candy and goodies (especially during holiday time – right now it’s peeps, jelly beans and chocolate bunnies since people are getting rid of easter candy).
It takes all of my willpower to walk past it – although I do treat myself to a few pieces here and there.

Regarding exercise…when I am crunched for time, I have a default set of exercises I do just so I get some sculpting in. And then I try to add a little cardio in as well.
For Arms: Shoulder presses, push ups, bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, front raises
For Legs: Lunges and squats
For Abs: Planks, bicycle crunches
For Cardio: Jump rope, jumping jacks, skaters

I do a few sets of whatever I have time for. Even if you only have 20 minutes.

I hope that was helpful! :)

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23 caitlin (in FL) March 28, 2008 at 1:56 pm

marie–

i must admit the first thing i thought when i read your post was — you only have a few months left of college with your friends, and once it’s over, its over. i say, continue going out and having a good time! you have the rest of your adult life to be super healthy….

LOL ok thats not the “best” advice but i know its what i did and i wouldnt change anything!

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24 JennS March 28, 2008 at 1:56 pm

- thanks kath!

-i use the women’s 1 daily from WF (365) its great!

-in college you simply have to set aside what is and what is not important to you. for example, beer, pizza and nachos are very unhealthy so you just have to say “im not eating or driking that” I think the biggest obstacle in college is time management. work, study, eat, exercise. just come up with a plan and stick to it… because honestly, its not a WHOLE lot easier in the “real world”

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25 NC (need to change my name) March 28, 2008 at 2:03 pm

crap I’m sorry I asked again about the Sigg waterbottle– I hadn’t yet gotten thru the breakfast comments!! Weird I was thinking about it today though. :)

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26 Elizabeth March 28, 2008 at 2:03 pm

NC (need to change my name) — Myself and another reader both asked questions about Siggs to Kath in her breakfast post this morning! Check that out to see her responses to us. :)

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27 Elizabeth March 28, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Haha and there you are! I sense there will be three new Sigg water bottle owners reading this blog…:)

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28 Cara March 28, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Thank YOU for posting :-) It really makes my day, several times a day :-) You also have inspired me to read so much healthier. Woo hoo.

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29 Jamie March 28, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Thank YOU, Kath! As a young woman in college and recovering from a long history with an eating disorder, it is so motivating to see someone live such a healthy, balanced lifestyle. You may not know it, but you help a lot of people EVERY DAY to think twice about whether they are treating their bodies kindly and show them exactly how to do so. Whenever I feel very guilty or am in the middle of an mental debate over a meal, I know I can always find a wise mind on here. Thanks for being such a wonderful resource!

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30 Katie R March 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Marie- I was in a very similar boat as you only a year ago! I know just how you feel and all I can say is, I am very glad with the decision I made- which was to have as much fun as possible. I wanted to leave college with a happy memory not one filled with workouts, parties missed… I wanted to be with my friends as much as possible! I tried to keep things as healthy as I could but really just enjoyed myself. Especially once it gets warmer you can get outside and enjoy the weather. Many of my friends were very athletic so although there was much drinking and eating in my senior year, we also enjoyed sports and the outdoors. Once I graduated I was able to lose the gained pounds from alcohol and “get back on track.” You only have a few months left– enjoy them!!! Don’t spend them worrying!

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31 alex March 28, 2008 at 2:21 pm

First of all congratulations! You really run such a great blog.
Second this lunch looks amazing!

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32 Julz March 28, 2008 at 2:24 pm

GOOOOOOOOO KATH! :) Congratulations X 100! We all feel like we’ve gained quite the friend in you, too… Thank you so much for your honesty and openness that you’ve bestowed upon us every single day :) And OF COURSE, your lunch looks A.MAZING! Lots of love and congrats… And I think some wine is in order tonight for you and your Hubs :)

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33 caitlin (in FL) March 28, 2008 at 2:28 pm

hahah katie r glad to see someone agrees with me!

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34 KarenR March 28, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Congratulations, Kath! You are a real inspiration to keep cooking every day! And I really enjoy the community of comments, so thanks for providing the space.

Marie – I agree with others about enjoying college while it lasts. Keep doing your best and cut yourself some slack. I would suggest trying to get a little more sleep (I know…) Sleep makes everything better.

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35 Betsy March 28, 2008 at 2:51 pm

a huge congrats!!! that is a true testiment to your blog and the work you put into it. thank you for the time and energy you dedicate to it!!

oh-and that lunch looks amazing, as always. and right up my alley!!

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36 Amandamoo March 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Congrats Kath!

We appreciate all that you do!

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37 Yaz March 28, 2008 at 2:58 pm

In regards to the vitamin comments, I was watching a rerun of Oprah last time and Dr. Oz said there was a right way of taking a vitamin. Apparently, half must be taken with breakfast and the other half at dinner time. I’ve noticed that Kath takes it all either during breakfast or dinner. I was just wondering what your opinion is on this matter K & others?

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38 Justy2003 March 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Just wanted to add my “congratulations” to you! I’ve been reading the blog since November or so and it’s grown sooo much since then! And I’ve tried many new foods thanks to you! :) Thank you for everything you do!

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39 Mom March 28, 2008 at 3:01 pm

As one of your first admirers, let me add my congratulations.

One of your first admirers in life that is, and the blog!

I will add that Kath was a darling baby with lots of personality right from the start. And we started calling her Kath when she was just a few weeks old.

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40 Maran March 28, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Congrats!! That harmony bowl looks soo good. Maybe somehow we can incorporate that somehow into our dinner on the 5th… harmony and bbq..mmmmm =) Enjoy your weekend!!!

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41 Maran March 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm

i’m just going to keep adding “somehows”.. haha sorry for being redundant

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42 LisaR March 28, 2008 at 3:10 pm

aww what a sweet/cute mom!! Mom’s are the best!

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43 kwaze March 28, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Hi,
Congrats from me too! Awesome. I would like to hire you to come and cook for my family…your meals all look DELICIOUS:) I wish that I had the time to cook like you! I’m wondering though…as I have only been reading for a few weeks, are you a vegetarian? Maybe I have missed some meat dishes…just seems like everything is veg???? Thanks..and keep up the good work!

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44 Justy2003 March 28, 2008 at 3:27 pm

In response to some of the vitamin questions, I take GNC Women’s Active Multivitamin. It says to take 2/day, so I’m guessing this is similar to what Dr. Oz had mentioned on Oprah, but mine come “split up” instead of me having to split them up. However, I only take one a day anyway. I figure I eat healthy enough that I’m probably getting enough nutrients from my food and “half” multivitamin. Plus, when I used to take the second one in the evening I couldn’t sleep very well…weird.

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45 Cliffy March 28, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Congrats on the page views and your weight maintenance and ~320,000 mostly healthful calories consumed over the 6 months. Very proud of your blog.

— The Dad

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46 Matt March 28, 2008 at 3:51 pm

While I am slightly embarrased to admit that I check out the blog on a daily basis, now seems like as ‘good a time as any’ to say CONGRATS – –

– The Sister’s Boyfriend

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47 Bev March 28, 2008 at 3:56 pm

1,000,000 views !!! Amazing : )

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48 LT March 28, 2008 at 3:57 pm

Awww congrats Kath!! you’re very blessed to have such a great, supportive family!! i’m sure you already knew that :)

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49 Brianne March 28, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Congrats Kath! Your family is so sweet!

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50 Elizabeth March 28, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Congratulations, Kath! :)

As far as the multi-vitamin goes…I have trouble taking my vitamins because the pills are so big they make me feel like I constantly have to burp (they seem so slow to go down…it’s very uncomfortable). After hearing from a coworker that his wife’s doctor recommended she take her pre-natal vitamins at night, before bed, in order to alleviate this same discomfort, I now do the same…and I can now take my vitamins no sweat by taking them before I go to bed! :)

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51 Allie March 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm

The Harmony Bowl @ Laughing Seed has probably been one of my favorite dishes for the last decade! Thanks for the reminder – I’m definitely going to have to make it soon! If only I had their dressing…

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52 LolaFunk March 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm

What a GREAT idea…a harmony bowl….yum
We make that at my house, but we call it goulash, and put whatever in it!

Ok other bloggers, I need help, haha.
I dont know how to make a tag cloud, and I cant see my blogroll….Im so special when it comes to this. Can someone help, pleeeease?! Thanks!
<3

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53 unsure March 28, 2008 at 4:55 pm

If i have trouble over-eating/binge eating every other day…do you think it could possibly be that I am not getting enough to eat the days that I don’t? Like one day I eat 3000 calories, the next 1700 and the next overeat again. I am not gaining any weight from it (surprisingly) but I am also working out around an hour per day. Should I cut back in my workout?

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54 LolaFunk March 28, 2008 at 5:01 pm

Ok, also, when I upload my picture, what size should they be? Mine are all lopsided and stupid looking. Or should I change them before I upload them? Ahhhh

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55 Ange March 28, 2008 at 5:28 pm

haha I love all the family memebers popping up on here! You should all post more often :)

This is in regards to last night’s topic that Kath brought up about activity levels.

She said, “I think there’s some statistic about people who living in big cities who walk everywhere have much lower BMIs (which totally makes sense!) and people who move to big cities lose more weight than those who don’t (I can’t remember where I read this).”

YES, this is true! I have read the studies on this phenomenon and if I can find them I will post the resource for everyone to check out.

I live in Toronto and I get WAY more daily activity than I used to living in a smaller city. I walk much more because things are closer and who wants to deal with traffic?? It is MUCH more time efficient to walk in a big city than to drive usually.

I’ve also read a study that people in large cities tend to be of higher socioeconomic status and this is associated with a variety of things such as increased access to healthy foods and an overall desire to maintain a slim weight. They found higher incomes predicted an increased focus on all things vanity! I would say less than 15% of people are overweight in this city…it is a very very slim city. Lots of walking I guess!

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56 Petite Yogini March 28, 2008 at 5:34 pm

WOW, congratulations on the page views!

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57 angelcubbie March 28, 2008 at 5:56 pm

I live in California, I wouldn’t really describe it as a “City” because you can’t walk everywhere, but people here are also really health conscious and active. Perhaps all that great weather that leads to bikini wearing? lol

Also to the vitamin ? – I take a Women’s one a day with breakfast. I never get an upset stomach from it and have actually noticed I feel better all day after taking it, maybe because of the vitamins or maybe just because I know I’m getting what I need

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58 Julie March 28, 2008 at 6:02 pm

Congrats Kathy!! Your blog rocks!! I love seeing the posts from your family too :) So sweet – seems like you have a great hubby and family!!

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59 Brooke March 28, 2008 at 6:29 pm

congrats Kath!!

And….go Badgers! ;)

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60 jenna March 28, 2008 at 6:39 pm

I just love the name “harmony bowl” for a lunch. What a great idea!!!!!!! Love it.

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61 Tara March 28, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Congrats Kath!

I just have to say that you make me see how much happier I could be in life. Not only am I more aware of eating “real food,” but I also take more moments to enjoy how beautiful it is outside, or to enjoy cooking in the kitchen with my husband, or to get through my To-Do list….oh wait, or to get up early in the morning and enjoy the feeling of feeling ahead of the day! You are an inspiration to many! Thank you for all of the hard work you put into this blog.

I have a metabolism problem and was struggling with not eating enough and therefore getting vertigo. I ate plenty of calories, I just didn’t eat breakfast. Now that oatmeal sure is worth getting up to eat. And NO vertigo!

Oh family members, it’s so great to hear from you! It is neat to hear about how Kath was as a kid! Seems like she had to have been one of the few uber responsible teens!!!

Keep it up Kath!

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62 NC (need to change my name) March 28, 2008 at 7:35 pm

katieb,

The RDA = EAR + 2SD (the Estimated Average Requirement plus two standard deviations), and is the amt of a nutrient that will be adequate to prevent deficiency in 95% of the population. The RDA is usually WELL below the UL (tolerable Upper Limit), the maximum daily intake of a nutrient that is considered safe for everyone.

With Vitamin C, for example, the RDA = 90mg and the UL = 2000mg so even if you take a multi with 100% the RDA or DV, eat an orange (70mg) and take an emergen’c packet (1000mg)… you are still under the UL, and you will just pee out the excess. So in general, you don’t have to worry about toxicity unless you are CHRONICALLY taking mega-doses of single vitamin or mineral supplements, as well as getting an excessive amount of the same nutrient thru food sources, and have liver or kidney problems that affect your body’s ability to excrete the extra amt. There are exceptions however– there is a fairly high risk of toxicity with supplemental iron (RDA = 18mg, UL = 40mg) because the two parameters are so close and because very little iron is excreted from the body and excess amounts can accumulate in body tissues. (Obviously, if you have a physician-diagnosed deficiency, you should follow his/her recommendations– I used to be anemic and had to take three 65mg ferrous sulfate tabs a day!)

I don’t know anything about taking half of the vitamin at a time, but if that’s true, I would guess that it has something to do with the amount you are able to absorb at any one given time.

One of my favorite things about Kath’s philosophy is her squiggly line thing… some days you’re under, and some days you’re over. I was surprised when I had to do a detailed dietary analysis (like really detailed… every specific amino acid and fatty acid and trace mineral degree of detail!) and saw that more often than not, I was under on some of them… so I think most people can benefit from taking a multi, just to cover the bases.

Here’s something from the ADA: http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/nutrition_5455_ENU_HTML.htm

ok sorry that was so long!! (I’m studying for an exam on dietary standards and vitamins on Monday!)

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63 kay March 28, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Kath, congratulations!!

While eating some butternut squash soup tonight, I had a wild thought!!
Butternut squash + oatmeal (!!) It sounds like a good combo to me!

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64 NC (need to change my name) March 28, 2008 at 8:20 pm

WHOOOOO CONGRATS DAVIDSON!!!!!

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65 Karen March 28, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Dr. Oz was on Oprah and said to split the vitamin in half and take one half in the morning and one at night..

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66 mags March 28, 2008 at 8:40 pm

YAY DAVIDSON!!!
how cute is stephan curry?!

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67 hk March 28, 2008 at 9:07 pm

yaa davidson, thought of you tonight!! I’m sure your night has been AWESOME!! WAHOOO

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68 Liz March 28, 2008 at 9:17 pm

Ok, since butternut squash and oatmeal was suggested I have to confess my fantasy oatmeal…CARROT CAKE OATMEAL! Shredded carrot, coconut, pineapple, walnuts, brown sugar, vanilla extract mixed in the oatmeal and then mix some yogurt or cream cheese with a bit of vanilla and powdered sugar to dollop on top. Yumm!! I think I’m going to try it!

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69 Jessica March 28, 2008 at 9:41 pm

In response to the vitamin questions:

I remember reading a few months ago an article on how harmful vitamin supplements can be. It wasn’t online but actually, it may have been a 20/20 type piece on TV.

Basically, everyone has heard that it’s BETTER to get vitamins from food rather than pills – BUT this story said that it’s actually very unhealthy. I remember the risks creeped me out so much I packed away my vitamins :(

I wish I could find the study again to reference, and I’ve tried googling. Does anyone know what I’m talking about?!

Agh, stupid memory. Oh well, I think we all know to take vitamins with caution anyway.

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ALSO Congrats Kath! I love this blog and Im a new reader. It’s such a burst of positivity and the consistency of that positive attitude towards something like food is really necessary. Thank you.

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70 Karen March 28, 2008 at 11:39 pm

Jessica for some reason that DOES sound familiar!

I think I heard it somewhere too….but I cant rememeber

But then Dr Oz recommends the vitamins so I guess I figured its ok…!

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71 Angelcubbie March 28, 2008 at 11:46 pm

ok so over the last few weeks i’ve gained a lot of muscle in my thighs, im thinking through spinning class and such,how do i work out without gaining muscle in my thighs? I don’t want big thighs…

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72 Ruby Red Vegan March 28, 2008 at 11:58 pm

Oh man, I want your harmony bowl right now! It’s so smart to replicate your favorite restaurant dishes – it’s definitely a money saver, and you know exactly what’s in it and can control portion size!!

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73 Karen March 29, 2008 at 12:07 am

Found a vitamin study:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2003592944_vitamins280.html

It wasn’t on MULTIVITAMINS however, but it did show that taking vit E, betacarotene, etc may be harmful…

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74 Kristine March 29, 2008 at 1:11 am

WOOOOHOOOOOOO!

Davidson wins!!! I am in seventh heaven, Kath!

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75 Elizabeth March 29, 2008 at 9:35 am

So, a true-blue Badger fan has to weigh in…Congratulations, Davidson! Even though I am bummed the Badgers lost, I love the Cinderella story of your team…I will be cheering for Davidson from here on out! :)

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76 Karen March 29, 2008 at 9:37 am

hehe Kath musta been up late last night!!

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77 Chelsea March 29, 2008 at 10:07 am

Okay, your Mom’s comment made me cry! And as one of your VERY first blog readers way back in the days of NO pictures and NO comments even (remember all those PMs?!?!), I say congrats! The community you’ve built up here is amazing! It’s been so fun to watch you switch jobs, quit said switched job, and start school. Oh yeah, and watch you buy a house and get married! Keep it up girlie!

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78 Caryee March 29, 2008 at 10:31 am

Congrats Kath on the site-hits! That’s amazing!!! :-)

I have a question regarding large carrots. Do you just wash and peel them? Do you have to steam them or anything?? I just have always had baby carrots, but now I am thinking of switching…

thanks!

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79 Kath March 29, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Thank you everyone! All of your comments made me smile inside and out :)

Marie ,
It IS really hard to be healthy in college – with temptation around every corner. My best advice is to choose your battles. If you just love having 5:00 drinks with your friends, have them, but skip the less-tempting dessert (or vice versa). You can eat cheap pizza anytime, anywhere, so save your splurges for those times when it’s a rare special treat that you want to enjoy. If you cut back on snacking a bit if you know you’re going to be out late. And try to fill up on fruits and veggies when you can so the splurges will balance it out.

Yaz ,
I think the half vitamin thing refers mostly to calcium, which the body can only absorb 500 mg or so at a time. So if you take a calcium supplement then be sure to take it at a different time than your vitamin. While the half-at-a-time thing might apply to other vitamins and minerals too on some level, calcium is the main one. I don’t think there is enough evidence for the others to make it worthwhile to go to the trouble to split your vitamins. If it was, producers would make them all in “half portions” with the instructions to take one twice a day. I’m not too worried about it until all doctors start to tell patients to cut in half.

The Dad,
Thanks for stopping in!!

The Sister’s Boyfriend,
Glad you’re reading daily :)

unsure ,
That sounds like a question for a health care professional, but if you’re not gaining weight then perhaps you do need the extra fuel.

LolaFunk ,
Resize and orient your photos before you upload them – I think all you can do in Wordpress is change the physical size.

Liz,
Your carrot cake oatmeal sounds ABSOLUTELY DIVINE!!!! What a brilliant idea. I’m going to try to make it this week – let me know if you do and how it turns out!!

Angelcubbie ,
Sometimes your thighs might gain muscle faster than you’re losing fat on them – but it will balance out with time. Spinning is an excellent workout so I wouldn’t quit because you’re getting strong legs!

Chelsea ,
Wow, we go way back!! I guess to when you first joined CK in March/April 2006? Remember when we were twins with everything! Thanks so much for the shout-out on CK :)

Caryee ,
I usually rinse the carrot but I don’t usually peel it. You certainly can (and I do sometimes if it’s particularly rough looking). I think the big ones are much sweeter and have more flavor!

Kath

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