August 28, 2008

Squeezing in a post in-between tests!! The first one went OK. Not great. It was all these technical questions on bile, the liver, vitamins + minerals, metabolism, biochem – not the more general nutrition I was hoping for! But I still have learned so much since beginning my program about a year ago.

I studied for test #2, bought my books, and made it over to EarthFare for lunch. Luckily it’s not crowded at all – and of course luckily there’s wireless!

I took one whiff of this Thai Coconut Soup and knew I wanted it! It was pretty light – mostly veggies, rice and made with some coconut milk.


I also got a big salad to fill me up. It seems I can’t feel full after a meal without a big salad these days!


In the mix:

  • Greens (tossed with white wine vinegar)
  • Raw bell peppers
  • Raw carrots
  • Cucumber
  • 4 pieces of zucchini + squash
  • Sprouts
  • Some peanut tofu (OMG it was so good!)
  • A bit of fruit (2 grapes, strawberry, pineapple and a lone blueberry!)
  • A mandarin orange
  • Ginger carrot salad
  • Roasted mushrooms + garlic (which I licked and put aside)
  • The best salmon in the world
  • A piece of grilled chicken
  • Soy nuts


And I got a Diet Root Beer for fun 8)


It was a great lunch….but I’m craving some chocolate!! I might have to settle for a chocolate-covered creme de menthe Altoid (they are great if you haven’t tried them!)


Weight Loss WooHoo

I am featured on Fat Fighter TV’s Weight Loss WooHoo column today!! I met Sahar , Fat Fighter’s creator, at BlogHer and she approached me to do an interview for her site. Check it out (and mind the “Before” photos – yikes!)

Weight Loss WooHoo! to Kath (


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1 caitlin (see bride run) August 28, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Hi Kath! Yes, it was a polenta log… I’m wary of the polenta mixes… the logs are so much easier!

No… I don’t think we have TJs… very disappointing.


2 Michele August 28, 2008 at 12:03 pm

That salad looks DIVINE (salmon is my favorite)! Yum-O!!! And, loved the interview. Great job on the interview and the weight loss!



3 Mandy August 28, 2008 at 12:12 pm

That salad and soup looks so good! I should try making a soup like that! Makes my tummy grumble!

WTG on the article! You look fantastic!


4 Christie I. August 28, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Soup and salad look great.

Off to read the article….


5 tfh August 28, 2008 at 12:20 pm

That’s a great article. I can’t remember if I said this already (hopefully not), but I think it’s so cool that you have so many pictures up of you wearing your bike helmet. Hopefully anybody who would think wearing a helmet is uncool (no one on this blog, right?) is inspired to protect their brain!


6 beth August 28, 2008 at 12:32 pm

I am suprised you eat raw sprouts; you know there have been foodborne illness outbreaks (salmonella and ecoli) with alfalfa sprouts historically. I don’t chance it. besides, they taste and feel like hair to me. beth


7 ray August 28, 2008 at 12:36 pm

hey everyone,

i am throwing out a question for anyone who wants to chime in. i have had fairly persistent nausea for the last year or so. it is especially bothersome right now–so unpleasent, persistent and is really affecting my appetite.

i am pretty sure it is not dietary because i do not have other symptoms such as diharrea, weight loss, or vomiting, but it could be (maybe a wheat intolerance)? i am just looking for some answers. i am somehwhat disenchanted with health care providers in my area–few are willing to probe very far (only prescribing heart burn medication) to figure out the root of the issue. i am otherwise very, very healthy and i greatly dislike medications and especially disklike the thought of being dependent on them to treat something that i could resolve naturally.

thanks for any input!


8 caitlin (see bride run) August 28, 2008 at 12:52 pm

ray – where do you live? if you’re in the florida area, shoot me an email (see my blog) and i can recommend some holistic providers!

if not, maybe try seeing an acunpuncturist or naturopathic doctor?


9 ray August 28, 2008 at 12:53 pm

caitlin–i actually live in north carolina. thank you though;) i have thought about naturopathic doctors. i need to explore what is available around here. take care!


10 VeggieGirl August 28, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Wonderful, candid interview, Kath – I’m still waiting for my copy of the new issue of Shape magazine to arrive in the mail, so that I can see that as well! :-)

Hang in there with your remaining test and work!! Good luck!!


11 HangryPants August 28, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Soup and salad look great! I bet you did great on your test. :)


12 JJ125 August 28, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Dude on the front of the root beer bottle looks like my uncle.

Totally irrelevant to the post, just a strange coincidence


13 Jessica August 28, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Great interview story! Hope you dow ell on your second test and enjoy your Labor Day weekend!


14 ModelBehavior August 28, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Jeez that tests sounds more like a physio exam then a nutrition one! I’m sure you rocked it though!


15 Page August 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm

That soup makes my mouth water…

I love making and eating healthy, real food!


16 Ozlem August 28, 2008 at 2:18 pm

That soup looks real good. Although I do not like coconut milk at all.. I wish we had Earth fare around me. But I guess I should not complain since we have an abundance of TJ’s, WF’s, Roots, etc…

Good luck with school. Hope you have a good semester.


17 Andrea August 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm

soup + salad = perfect lunch.

good luck with school – getting back into the swing of things always sucks.


18 Kristin August 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Congrats Kath, on being featured in that interview! Love your blog!


19 Nick August 28, 2008 at 3:07 pm

While the only liquid I really drink is water and 1 glass of cafe au lait in the morning, I do miss root beer from my younger days. No matter what restaurant we went to I asked for a root beer, with about a 50% success rate (honestly, why would you NOT carry it?). I don’t really get cravings for soda anymore, but when it comes to soda I never know what’s worse for you, regular or diet? High Fructose Corn Syrup or Aspartame? Poison either way?

Way to go on the interview by the way!


20 Kate August 28, 2008 at 3:28 pm

As always, you are such an inspiration! Your before photos are a lot how I used to look and it’s great to see that a person can go from a little heavy to obviously fit and thin! Love it!


21 Little Black Dress August 28, 2008 at 3:57 pm

Congratulations Kath! You really are becoming a health celebrity!


22 Emily August 28, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Ray, are you on hormonal birth control? When I was on it, even the lowest-dose version, I was extremely nauseous. They tell you it only lasts a week or two, but for me it lasted several months, until I gave up and stopped taking the pills.

One other thought – I had a friend who was feeling very nauseous for a long time, and it turned out she had an inner-ear problem. Apparently it can upset your sense of balance and make you feel quite ill, almost motion sick. Her doctor ended up giving her these bizarre exercises that you do for vertigo (spinning around then throwing herself down on the bed), and eventually it worked!

Good luck.


23 sarah August 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm

i just got my october shape and not only are you a success story, but your story is referenced on the COVER (“lose 30 lbs without dieting”)! you look fabulous in the article and it is a great piece except for one thing . . . no mention of the blog! i feel like you deserve recognition for all the work you do on this website, and i know there are probably shape readers that would enjoy the blog as well . . . i wish they had provided a link!


24 Laura August 28, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Does anybody think you should be able to buy a variety pack of LARABARs and pick how many of whatever flavor you want. It would be a little more complicated but I think that would go over well because you get just what you want and It would be worth your money more! I don’t have any stores around that carry them, so my only source is ordering online :(


25 meghan August 28, 2008 at 5:26 pm

great interview!! that’s great that they recognize your healthy lifestyle! I also recieved the new shape magazine today and did a double take when I was reading your article! No one was around but if someone was I totally would have said “I KNOW HER!!” (even though I don’t really know you..I kinda feel like I do..hahah) Another great article..


26 Melissa P. August 28, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Great article!
That salad looks so good that I am now officially hitting Whole Foods for a salad bar dinner. Too bad they never have salmon… Reading “the best salmon ever” made my mouth water.


27 Kristie August 28, 2008 at 5:32 pm

I just got my Shape magazine today in the mail, and who did I see in there? Miss Kath herself! Awesome! Your pic looked great, and I’m so jealous of those biceps of yours! :)


28 goalie30 August 28, 2008 at 5:33 pm

As a healthcare provider myself who has been on “heartburn medicines” I would recommend finding a provider who actually listens to you and your symptoms. If you tried the trial of heartburn medicines w/out fail, go back to that doctor or PA and tell them it’s not working. They should do some basic labs, including labs to look into celiac sprue. And they should be able to refer you to a gastrointestinal specialist, as it may be beneficial to have an EGD or “scope” of your stomach. A lot of people with nausea and stomach pains have gastritis, or inflammation of their stomach lining, and sometimes heartburn medicine doesn’t stop this, because there is bacteria out there (h. pylori) that can cause chronic gastritis that requires a short 2 week course of antibiotics that usually will cure it. If they STILL don’t find anything on these labs and scope, then some type of more formal allergy testing would be the next step. Otherwise, if you are taking vitamins, try stopping those temporarily to see if the nausea goes away, sometimes nausea can be from multi-vitamins, calcium pills, or iron tablets. Birth control pills can definitely cause a problem as well, and your doctor could try a different one with lower estrogen to help that problem. I agree though, trying just medicines isn’t enough, it’s like putting a band aid on a cut rather than finding a cause and treatment plan for the problem.

kath, the salad looks fantastic! I wish I had a place closer to home where I could put together a salad like that. It must be salad day today, because eatlikeme had a big salad for lunch today, and I made a big salad to go with my leftover slice of kashi pizza as well!


29 Rose August 28, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Congrats on the shout out in that website. It reminded me how I use your banana oatmeal as a base every day I make oatmeal. It’s the best recipe I’ve ever found – so thank you for making my mornings so delicious!


30 amanda August 28, 2008 at 6:53 pm

I was at Target today, and they had the PB Lara bars! So of course I had to try one…very yummy!


31 emmy August 28, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Sarah – I totally agree, correct me if i’m wrong Kath, but wasn’t the blog a big part of the weight loss? It seemed like a piece of the puzzle was missing. I’ve found a lot of your sucess tips inspirational, but recently I even started my own food blog! ( take that shape!


32 Rin August 28, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Hey Kath! =)
I just read about Team KERF! Congrats! I’m really happy about this because breast cancer has already inflicted so much pain around us and any help to getting a cure is awesome. My grandfather actually died of breast cancer a couple years ago which I know is rare, but sometimes I wish that men were more aware of not being immune to that cancer.


33 Ash August 28, 2008 at 7:54 pm

This is kind of random, but I thought I’d share… After seeing you eat chili and soup with plain yogurt so many times, I tried Fage with black bean soup today and it was so delicious! Will definitely be in my rotation.


34 Kath August 28, 2008 at 9:10 pm

tfh ,
Ironically I used to HATE wearing one when I was little. I totally rebelled.

beth ,
I figure if they’re safe enough for EarthFare to put on the salad bar, they’re safe enough for me to eat.

ray ,
I really have no clue, but sounds like others gave good suggestions.

sarah + emmy ,
I nooooooooo :( I was so sad they didn’t mention it. But I didn’t push it because they might have some kind of website competitive thing or something.

Laura ,
That would be AWESOME!

Rin ,
Sorry to hear about your grandfather :(

Ash ,
Yum, yum!



35 Grounded Fitness August 28, 2008 at 9:31 pm

man, you are all over the place, girlie. i was at work on the treadmill and read your story in SHAPE. i was upset they didnt mention the blog though :(


36 Ali August 29, 2008 at 6:44 am

Congrats on your article! That is so exciting! Fill us in on Shape!


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