I Cheated

March 30, 2008

And got lunch from the EarthFare salad bar :mrgreen:

The husband and I went for a short run this morning around our neighborhood and up to the lightrail to pick up his car from yesterday. Then we showered and went grocery shopping. I snacked on a sample of trail mix while at EarthFare to hold me over until we got home and made lunch.

I filled a to-go box with a bunch of raw veggies and came home to assemble a salad:

  • Spinach
  • Artichoke
  • Zucchini
  • Cauliflower
  • Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Baby Corn
  • Radish
  • Cabbage

I made a homemade lime-balsamic dressing to go on top –


I also snagged 3 of their scrumptious falafel balls and made a hot sub with a sprouted wheat hot dog bun (by the Food For Life brand – these are great!). I added a little ketchup after I started eating –


And had strawberries on the side –


I’m so full now! Big salads always make my stomach stretch –


Lunch was about 430 kcal, 18 grams fiber and 19 grams of protein. No wonder I feel full!

I have GOT to get cranking on Stats!! Uggg!

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1 JW March 30, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Hi Kath! Are you thinking of becoming vegetarian?


2 Kath March 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Nope – we’ve got shrimp planned for tomorrow’s dinner and ham for Tuesday :) I’ve never been a big meat eater and love beans, so that’s why it seems I’m eating a lot of vegetarian foods. And meat is expensive, which is why we’ve been having less dinners with it lately.



3 Jen March 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Hi Kath,

I’m a huge fan of your blog and I have a question–on days like Friday when you go out to eat/splurge on different foods/have almost a “cheat” day do you still record those calories into calorieking? I was wondering because you don’t share your calorie consumption on those meals and I didn’t know if it was a time that you allowed yourself not to record the calories and just enjoy them? I was wondering because I know whenever I go out to eat, I make healthy choices, but I find it annoying to have to remember the calories in every food that I have eaten.

Thank you! Have a good Sunday!


4 Logan March 30, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Hi Kath!

I’ve been reading your blog for the past couple months, and I LOVE it!

I’ve maintained a 25 lb. weight loss over the past four years, so it’s refreshing to see your healthy, realistic approach to eating and working out- it keeps me accounted for and on track.

I’ve also tried making your doughy pumpkin bread (SO delish btw!) and the sweet potato fries, which are also fab.

Keep up the fantastic work, and thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into this blog. :)


5 Courtney March 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Kath, you have such a talent for food photography! The photos of your meals always look delicious and the portions look so much larger in the close ups (lol!). Keep up the awesome job you do on your blog!

PS You looked so lovely in the pics Friday from your ‘return to college’. You looked like you were having so much fun!


6 Megpie March 30, 2008 at 4:01 pm

I swear I posted a comment about Okra in your previous post but its not there… anyway i asked this a while back but forgot and now cant find where I asked it to get the answer. I steamed frozen okra and it was super slimy. It was covered in slime, therefore I didn’t enjoy it much because it felt like it was slithering around in my mouth…. why??? Does yours do this and if not do you have any idea why mine did this? Thank you!


7 Kath March 30, 2008 at 4:33 pm

It kind of depends on the occasion – sometimes I just do a general estimate (“Salmon salad + glass of wine + bread + 2 bites dessert”) and times when I eat too much to remember, I just forget it. I did not count calories on Friday night nor did I two Saturdays ago when I ate two plates of dessert on top of a buffet dinner! But if I’m going out to dinner that I want to keep things as healthy as possible, I will log to get an idea of how much the bread, wine, entree, and dessert would add up and that helps me decide what to choose between. Hope that helps!

Logan ,
Thanks for your comment – and congrats on your weight loss!!

Courtney ,
Thanks for your nice comment too – it’s hard to focus on the photography sometimes when I’m ready to dig in!

Megpie ,
Here’s what I wrote about slimy okra when you posted a while back (and I also saw your Hmmm post so it did go through):
Okra is slimy – the little white balls produce the substance. It’s actually a great thickener for soups and sauces for that reason. The slime doesn’t bother me, but I can see how it would be a strange surprise!



8 Jennifer March 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm

KATH!! hope you’re well-so sad we missed dinner last Saturday BUT I know it won’t be our last chance!! Just sitting here watching DAVIDSON and planning out this week’s meals-so thought Id SAY… GO WILDCATS! how exciting! jen & brian


9 ladyw March 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm

hey kath and all

i would like to start losing a little weight in a healthy way–i think excess pounds have crept up due to a new job which limits my activity level + some mindless eating habits ive let in my life.

kath–what was your net intake when you were trying to lose weight? i eat much like you eat now–with meals composed of healthy fats, whole grains, vegetables etc…if you had the goal of losing weight, what would you “cut out”? also, is it true that you need 60 min of exercise 7days/week to really see weight fall off? finally, how did you keep from getting overwhelmed with the prospect of trying to lose weight (or essentially diet!)? i hate the thought of it, though im bound to like the end results.


10 Carrie H March 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm

Hi, Kath,

I hope you have been having a great weekend.

I roasted my first spaghetti squash today and have my family coming over for dinner tonight to try it with me. I tried it just out of the oven, though, and loved it! To re-heat it, should I just put it in the microwave for a minute or two or should I re-heat it in the oven in a bowl?

Thanks, and good luck on the homework.

Carrie H


11 Laurel March 30, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Hi Kath,

I have a question about exercise. When you work out, what would you say your level of exertion is (low, medium, high; 70% of heart’s capacity or however that’s worded in terms of heart rate)? And do you work your muscles to fatigue?

Do you have a set plan in mind in terms of weight training (are you following a program or one that you created)? Do you log your results as well?

Thanks for your continued hard work and fantastic blog.


12 Kath March 30, 2008 at 6:03 pm

We’re going to have a cookout this Saturday night – do you think you and Brian can make it!?

A lot of your questions are answered on the FAQ page about my weight loss vs. weight maintenace. Honestly, not much has changed because this was a lifestyle change. I have maintained my weight for about a year now, so the “squiggly line” method of lose some, gain some seems to be working well.

I don’t think you need 60 minutes of exercise daily (as the American Heart Association recommends) to lose weight successfully but I certainly think every bit of movement helps. Try not to think of it as “you have spend hour at the gym” but maybe 30 minutes of cardio at the gym and a walk later in the evening. Or a long walk outside with your dog. Maybe a hike with your family on the weekend. Every bit of physical activity helps keep your metabolism humming and fitness levels up and will make your weigh loss path much easier than without.

As for motivation to diet, don’t think of it as a diet! When I first started out I was so excited to lose weight that I starting cooking healthy and packing healthy lunches and the more I got into the health food trend and the more fun healthy recipes I tried, the more fun I had. Probably why I am going into nutrition now! I highly recommend you read the book SuperFoods HealthStyle to get excited about nutrition and healthy eating instead of viewing it as deprivation for the rest of your life.

Glad you liked the squash!! A few minutes in the microwave should be just what you need to get it hot again.

Laurel ,
I try to keep my HR above 150 during cardio, which is about 75% of my max, and I’d say my level is pretty intense but sustainable for 20-30 minutes too. For weight training, I have a bunch of different exercises I do: free weights, machines, jumping, pull-ups – I just do what I’m in the mood for and try to do something different for the 2-3 upper body workouts each week. I don’t keep track of my weight amounts or reps, but I have a general idea in my head of my progress (I’ve moved from 80lbs of assisted on the pull-up machine to 70 :) )



13 caitlin (in FL) March 30, 2008 at 6:11 pm

kath – GOOO DAVIDSON! me and the hubbs are watching it right now… GAHHHH!!! 54 seconds left.

anyways, just wanted to note i read some of the older posts (oct 2007 etc) and its really interesting to see how your eating evolved!


14 Another Kelly March 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm

LadyW – A lot of how much you need to take in to lose weight is dependent on how tall you are, your current weight and how much you want to lose. Most people will have slightly different needs, I would take a look at the various calculators online to help you get a guide. I don’t think you have to necessarily cut things out, in fact, I think restricting too much can lead the changes to feel like a burden and something you can’t live with long term. For me when losing weight it was all about eating well 90% of the time and allowing myself to be more flexible/have treats the other 10%. Now that I am maintaining it’s more like 80/20. Thankfully, there are so many places to find recipes for yummy AND healthy food so it doesn’t have to feel like a burden. Self.com, Cookinglight.com, and Ellie Krieger from the food network are all fantastic. As far as the exercise goes, I think it’s all about easing into it if you’re not currently doing it so you don’t burn out or hurt yourself


15 NC (need to change my name) March 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm

tough break for davidson!! they had an incredible run tho…


16 Katie F March 30, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Aggghhh! Davidson! I was rooting for them! How awesome they made it so far, though!


17 Kiala March 30, 2008 at 6:34 pm

I ate a burrito today. It was delicious.

That is all.


18 Ally March 30, 2008 at 10:40 pm

I need to hit up Earth Fare’s salad bar, it looks amazing!

I spent ten dollars on a Whole Foods ‘Salad’ bar today :)


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