KERF Survey

January 18, 2013

Thank you all SO very much for your support and comments on my Adaptation post. I read every comment and appreciate all of your kind words. I’m also really, really happy with the decision (which was not an easy one to make) and excited about moving forward.

Inspired by my change in direction, I created a fun survey to gather some information.  It includes a blank to write in post topic suggestions too. I’d love to know what you guys want to read about most. If you would be so kind as to participate! {Here is also a link to it}

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1 lynda January 18, 2013 at 8:29 am

More recipes! desserts, especially and I travel so more restaurant recommendations

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2 Susan January 18, 2013 at 8:33 am

I’d be glad to! Where’s the survey?

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3 Ali @ Peaches and Football January 18, 2013 at 8:34 am

Where’s your survey link Kath?

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4 KathEats January 18, 2013 at 8:38 am

Sorry the embed didn’t go through the first time!

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5 Leigh-Ann January 18, 2013 at 8:35 am

I LOVE your tribute to oatmeal and would love to see different recipes of some of them :)

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6 Lizzi January 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

I agree with this! Oatmeal has become one of my most favorite breakfast foods. I love seeing the different creative recipes you come up with to switch things up!

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7 Matthew January 18, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I also agree over night oats has become a staple in my household! More variations on that theme would be awesome.

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8 Ana January 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Yes to oats! I love them too!!!!!!
Ana

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9 Nancy January 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Oh my! I have to say my request was for less oatmeal!! Just a little tired of oatmeal pictures first thing almost everyday, BUT different strokes for different folks! It’s your blog, so do what makes YOU happy! Besides, you have so much other great content I will always keep coming back! :-)

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10 KathEats January 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I have maybe had oatmeal once a week this year… I’m all about French toast!

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11 Diana January 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

i love all of your posts about your breakfast and lunches:) i have changed everything about my eating due to these. so have both of my daughters who are married and have their own families. you inspire me so much with everything healthy!

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12 Shel@PeachyPalate January 18, 2013 at 8:44 am

Where’s the link for the survey or is it yet to come?

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13 Tabitha (From Single to Married) January 18, 2013 at 8:52 am

Just wanted to say that I totally understand where you’re coming from. My blogging habits changed quite a bit after the birth of my son three years ago – everything became baby related. It’s evened out a bit over time, but my life is different, so my blog is too. That’s just the way it has to be. And I definitely take more time in between posts too so that I can actually live my life which is the way it should be. Whatever you decide to do will be right for you and your family. :)

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14 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 18, 2013 at 9:12 am

surveys are a great way for your readers to give input, i like it :) I like seeing all the pictures of food,. and recipes!

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15 Karen January 18, 2013 at 9:12 am

Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to offer our suggestions, Kath!

Happy Friday :)

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16 Verenique B January 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

so it said to leave all the boxes blank if there was nothing i wanted to see LESS of but it wouldn’t let me submit it unless i checked something so i selected other and put LOVE IT ALL!!! :)
excited to see the new direction your blog will take! :)
i wish i woulda found your blog a long time ago! o well better late than never right! :)

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17 Verenique B January 18, 2013 at 10:05 am

oh, just a thought id love to see recipes that are simple to prepare and have simple ingredients(not like the fancy ingredients that cost arm & leg to buy and something you only use once), also slow cooker recipes would be nice! :)
so to sum that all up mabye see more easy to make/budget friendly recipes & slowcooker recipes! :)

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18 Erin January 18, 2013 at 10:10 am

Hi Kath,

I participated in your survey and I have a comment. I checked that I love seeing the pictures of Mazen (He’s adorable!) and that I’d love seeing more pictures of him (both true) but I have a concern. As much as that’s something that keeps me coming back, I can’t say those two things without the caveat that it worries me to have so much of a child’s life posted online. First of all, a parent can’t really know what kind of creep is looking at these things nor how having a child’s life available for public consumption will play out down the line. Will his friends eventually come across these things, maybe even thirteen years from now, and use them to hurt him? Almost anything that’s not fawning praise hurts a thirteen-year-old boy and mommy-guilt is a powerful, pervasive thing with or without a blog. Food for thought. Also, you can’t know what your child will object to and hold against you. An example:

Several years ago when my now thirteen-year-old was eight or so I had a short lived, barely read blog. I didn’t post consistently and I deleted it within a year. I never, ever included my children’s names or pictures. On it I told a story about said son doing something absolutely adorable in public while potty training at age three. He was mortified. He wanted it removed. I argued that no one really reads my blog AND no one could possibly know the story was about him because he had three potty trained brothers at the time I shared the story. Nevertheless, one day recently when he was acting particularly angry I asked him why he was always so mad at me. He calmly explained that it’s about the story I posted on my blog.

Now, I know that’s sort of irrational and that truthfully, he probably isn’t angry because of a fairly anonymous blog post but it DEFINITELY still bothers him. There’s no way to know who he will turn out to be. Will he be an easy going extrovert who finds his mother blogging about him fun? Maybe. Will he be somewhat introverted and a little anxious? Who knows. My point is that you have a fairly high profile blog that contains a lot of information about your child. It could turn out to be no big deal–a cherished record, even–but it also has serious potential for heartache for you and for Mazen.

Ultimately, I love seeing pictures of sweet little Mazen and hearing stories about his life but the truth is that I don’t know you or Mazen so it’s truthfully a little voyeuristic. Will I keep looking at them? Yes. On the other hand, while I’ll probably give you fewer page views without them, I hope you rethink your decision to feature him on your blog more than very occasionally.

I hope you don’t mind my sharing this. I chose to do so only because you asked.

All the best!

Erin

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19 KathEats January 18, 2013 at 10:39 am

Thanks for sharing. My intent is not to share much beyond babyhood and to stay away from any embarrassing topics (even as common as diaper rash) or photos. Happy cuteness only.

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20 Ray January 18, 2013 at 10:57 am

It might be neat to learn the survey results, I wonder if my responses match your other readers!

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21 Vidya January 19, 2013 at 5:28 am

I agree.

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22 linda January 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

Hi Kath,
I attempted to take the survey. It will not allow submission unless you check something in the “I would like to see less of” box. I like it all.

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23 KathEats January 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

Sorry about that! Most people are just writing in nothing. I just edited the form – hope that helps!

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24 Ella P January 18, 2013 at 11:14 am

Kudos to this interactive operating mode!
I have promptly submitted my piece of mind =)

Since I am a foreign reader and not leaving in the US, I see things from an antropological perpective.Your lovely blog and the comments represent for me is a genuine and authentic window to your society and culture, your way of leaving, your Weltanschauung.

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25 Elizabeth January 18, 2013 at 11:41 am

Kath,

I started reading your blog almost a year ago. At that time I went through a change in my diet and outlook on food in general, I’ve been a vegetarian for 10 years, and I thought I was healthy but I realized I was far from it. I’m still a vegetarian, but now I make a huge effort to eat very balanced meals. Your blog was my first food blog that I started reading (now I follow about 15 blogs!) and it really inspired me in so many ways. I even switched career paths! I just graduated in December with a bachelors in Anthropology and I’m planning on going to grad school for nutrition. I just wanted to say that I think your blog is great and it has helped me make some really positive changes in my life and has introduced me to so many fabulous foods like chia seeds! I don’t think I could live without chia seeds and overnight oats!

Also, in October my boyfriend and I spent our anniversary weekend in Charlottesville (I live in Richmond) and what an amazing place! We had such a good time and used your list of recommendations to plan a lot of our weekend…it was awesome!

Thank you for all that you do and I’m excited for all of your future posts!

And congratulations! Mazen is truly adorable!

-Elizabeth

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26 KathEats January 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Thanks Elizabeth!

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27 susan January 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

I want to say that I took the survey this morning and came back just to read your responses to others.

I said less pictures of Maze, but that was only because I’m concerned that Kath Eats will become a mommy blog only. You have since put that worry to rest.

As far as full days of eats go, there is a party called WIAW that I think would be perfect for you to use as your “day” for showing all you eat.

Speaking of link-ups, I really like blogs that have a community feel going on. Like weekly FAQs with Kath the dietitian. Or Vote for the top 5 favorite nut butters, granola, greek yogurt! Etc.

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28 Leah January 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I agree with everything you wrote!!

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29 Britnee H. January 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm

When I took the survey, I couldn’t think of any suggestions, but I agree with everything you just said!

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30 Bruna January 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

This was a great idea Kath!

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31 Elisabeth January 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Love this idea! Looking forward to hear/see results of the survey :)

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32 Debbie January 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Kath, wow what can I say, I’ve been a reader since the beginning of time. I wish I took more time to hop over to at least say hello. I read every post, especially this last year. And I could not be any happier for you and your beautiful family. I am in favor for the changes you see fit to make and I for one am delighted to hear you plan to keep up on the blog. Happy New Year!

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33 chris January 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

That was fun! I didn’t check anything in the “less of” section either, so it prompted me and I finally checked “nothing” – cause it’s all good!! My son had me download an app that compares products for calories and overall goodness – made me switch up my go-to iced tea since I hate all the diet drinks out there. Anyway, I was thinking an ‘eat this’ – ‘not that’ kind of thing when dining out would be helpful too!

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34 Amy @ Eat Workout Succeed January 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Just submitted my survey! I would love any posts on organisation! You seem so organised in all aspects of your life and I’m like a whirlwind who leaves destruction wherever she goes!!

Would also love to see more on your grocery shops and meal planning x

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35 Tracy January 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I took the survey but wanted to add some topics that I’d love to see:
— simple, few ingredient recipes
–new product finds (like something great you found at TJs or Whole Foods)

Thanks, Kath!

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36 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I knew this would happen eventually on KERF… It just isn’t practical to blog three times a day with little ones around. They deserve your attention. There are so many of us in the same position. I love reading everything you write but I love seeing meal ideas and recipes. Just don’t stop blogging! I’d really miss it :)

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37 alison haight January 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I did your survey and forgot to add what I would love to hear more of, GARDENING. I’ve been following you for years and this is my first time commenting. I’m so happy you are switching gears and know how it is important to give the little ones as much of your time as possible. I love staying home with mine. I’ve been gardening for three years now and would love to see more posts about your beautiful garden! I enjoy your blog so very much, and Mazen is just ADORABLE!

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38 Annette @FitnessPerks January 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Very neat that you’re taking suggestions. Have a nice weekend!

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39 Lisa @bitesforbabies January 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Survey done!

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40 Melissa January 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I love the colors, photography, food and presentation! I love food in general and health. Being a mom of 4 I’m glad that when I look at your blog I am generally not taking away a list of recipes (that tend to pile up beyond my ability to get to) but more ideas about food and combos. I love that you give creative ideas about what’s in your fridge and how to use it up creatively between there and the dining table! I also love that you are a dietician (sp?). I’d love the training but don’t think I’m up to the science. So I like making a gain from your knowledge! :) Like I was wondering about you drinking decaf coffee, or even coffee while pregnant (our pregnancies were similar and I wondered this for myself). I enjoyed that this was addressed in your comments section. I have an interest in grains (and love to bake) (can’t forsake a good dessert with to grainy grains), but I’m good about swapping out for breakfast baked goodies). I guess I have wondered how pastry flours, whole wheat pastry flours and ultragrain flours compare nutritionally. Also, Kudos to your husband for his whole wheat pizza dough. It’s the only whole wheat dough I like! :) Happy Friday!

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41 Melissa January 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I’m looking forward to your favorite Nut Butters post. I am a lover of Peanut Butter! :)

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42 Andrew G. January 19, 2013 at 12:21 am

I voted for more recipes and product reviews. I’d love to see the results of the survey.

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43 Tiffany January 19, 2013 at 3:59 am

Hey kath! Great idea to put out a survey!

By any chance have you tried wild squirrel peanut butter coconut? Iwas thinking of buying some but wanted to ask someone’s opinion who has tried it before. I tried the almond butter chocolate sunflower seed and thought it tasted bland (I couldn’t taste the chocolate at all. Thanks!!

What are your favorite wild squirrel flavors in order?

By the way I miss your morning posts. Your pictures are always beautiful

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44 KathEats January 19, 2013 at 4:04 am

The chocolate coconut is my fav : )

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45 Fancy January 19, 2013 at 7:35 am

Your blog has been a favorite of mine for years, love it! My suggestion would be more Home Neat Home posts :)

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46 Madison January 19, 2013 at 8:23 am

Great idea doing the survey!!! I love your blog as is–but I also really enjoy the lifestyle posts when you do them. :)

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47 Jola January 19, 2013 at 9:55 am

Will you tell us about the results?

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48 KathEats January 19, 2013 at 9:55 am

Yes

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49 Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple January 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

I took the survey. I suggested fewer food pictures. Mostly because there is a lot of repetition.

I used to love the food pics, maybe I’m just getting old.

I really seem to gravitate towards lifestyle blogs these days. Well written, well thought out blogs. Women who talk about their struggles and solutions. Goals and things. They talk about how their families change. And there is usually a food component. Examples are:

100 days of real food (great recipes and strategies)
Penniless Parenting (She’s got frugality down to a science)
Notes from the Frugal Trenches (an amazing adoptive mom, very well written)
The Prudent Homemaker (awesome strategies for feeding a family and she’s very crafty too)

I also really like
My Bizzy Kitchen (if only I had time to cook as many things in a week as she does)
Averie Cooks (if only my body could handle that many desserts)
Eats Well With Others (awesome recipes, and she’s hilarious!!)

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50 Mom January 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

You could check out mine, Friend for the Ride. I do some of that!

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51 Katy January 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I didnt put this in the survey, but I would love more nuttbutter-ness (reviews, recipes, ect.)
and otherwise to just keep on blogging about your lifestyle! It has inspired me (and continues to do so) to eat more healthfully
I now love banana-whipped oats! (and have converted 2 friends) and have discovered the amazing versatality-ness of bananas! and nutbutter!
Thank You!

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52 KT January 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I have been reading for a long time, and I have to be honest: I haven’t liked your blog for a few months. Although I respect the “what works for you works for YOU” idea, I’m putting this out there now because you asked for feedback. Your blog started as a weight loss blog and a healthy lifestyle blog. That is helpful. Documenting your breakfasts (which are not too healthy with all the huge chunks of “french toast,” sugar, sprinkles, and tons of nut butter) day after day of eating the same thing is not helpful to someone trying to lose weight. Again, not trying to be rude, but it’s clear that you are not back to pre-pregnancy weight, and it would be extremely helpful and insightful to see how you’re working on getting there now – like how you started on calorie king. I think that putting your RD and nutrition background to use would be a more helpful way to re-brand your blog. Finally, I think that allowing some constructive criticism in the comments would be helpful to you in the long run, instead of moderating/deleting every non-I LOVE KERF comment. I’m looking forward to seeing the changes you make and the new direction you will take katheats!

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53 KathEats January 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

KT,
Please allow me to address a few things:

First, there is nothing unhealthy about my French toast breakfasts. Whole grain bread, egg, banana, chia seeds and nut/seed butters are all healthy, nutritious foods. If there is anything to note, it’s the portion sizes, and as a breastfeeding, exercising mother I’m aware of this and eating a little more after a long night of fasting on purpose. Many people have told me that my breakfast posts have been very helpful for their own healthy lifestyles, so while you might crave something else when you wake up, others have found them inspiring. I’m not sure I appreciate that you’re analyzing my body shape. I actually am at my pre-pregnancy weight and have lost 2 more pounds recently eating French toast for breakfast.

Second, as a registered dietitian I am telling you that there is absolutely nothing wrong with putting a 1/4 teaspoon of sprinkles on breakfast a few times during the holiday season. It’s not something I do regularly, and there are much worse things one could eat. The 1 gram of sugar is completely harmless – but not something I would ever advocate for daily consumption.

Thirdly, I don’t moderate/delete all comments that don’t have a component of “I love KERF.” Can we pause and note that I’m responding to yours? If you’d read all of the comments, you’d notice a fair amount of “disagreeable” comments written in a respectful tones, though they are not as obvious. Per my comment policy, I moderate comments that are rude, snarky or inappropriate. So if you write a long comment of constructive suggestions and end it with “But since you are so bitchy/smug/stupid/etc. that you don’t let dissenting comments on I’m not even going to hope for a response” then that bit of snark cancels out anything positive that could have come from the response. Once the snark line is crossed, commenters are put into the backlist and I never see any from the person again (no matter how nice).

Hope that helps answer a few of your concerns.

Kath

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54 EllaS January 20, 2013 at 11:18 pm

I’m writing in response to your response above. I have to agree with the commenter above, just a little bit, but also, you too. The commenter above says:

“Although I respect the “what works for you works for YOU” idea, I’m putting this out there now because you asked for feedback. Your blog started as a weight loss blog and a healthy lifestyle blog. That is helpful. Documenting your breakfasts (which are not too healthy with all the huge chunks of “french toast,” sugar, sprinkles, and tons of nut butter) day after day of eating the same thing is not helpful to someone trying to lose weight.”

When you responded back with,

“First, there is nothing unhealthy about my French toast breakfasts. Whole grain bread, egg, banana, chia seeds and nut/seed butters are all healthy, nutritious foods. If there is anything to note, it’s the portion sizes, and as a breastfeeding, exercising mother I’m aware of this and eating a little more after a long night of fasting on purpose. Many people have told me that my breakfast posts have been very helpful for their own healthy lifestyles, so while you might crave something else when you wake up, others have found them inspiring. I’m not sure I appreciate that you’re analyzing my body shape. I actually am at my pre-pregnancy weight and have lost 2 more pounds recently eating French toast for breakfast.”

I thought I might be able to help clarify (nicely) how I can see what that commenter meant. Your response was VERY helpful! I did not know about eating a larger breakfast because of breast-feeding. What I would LOVE to see, as I’m sure the reader above also is wanting, is you explaining this when you put together a breakfast. Being an RD, I trust what you say about nutrition and love what you do share, WHEN you actually share it. In a daily “here is what I ate” format, it’s harder to explain how to build a nutritionally sound breakfast for breastfeeding (or the morning of a 5K or an early morning at the airport, etc) when it’s every single day. But now that you are going to be posting in a different format, I’d love to see you explain the breakdown of your meals. You are creative with french toast and oatmeal and obviously have lost weight quickly after giving birth. To hear the nutritional side of how you do so would be awesome!!!! Many of your fans have lost weight or starting eating better because of your influence, but some readers like me (and maybe the reader above), need some more help. Sorry, this is really long, just wanted to help explain that some of what the above commenter said was helpful to me when trying to explain how I wanted to see some more nutrition-related content. Really looking forward to the upcoming KERF-relaunch and changes! You always have great ideas!

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55 KathEats January 20, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Ella, KERF started like this (with more nutritional choice explanations) and for a while people were so turned off by it – I was getting lots of comments on how it almost ruined the beauty of the dish. But I agree commentary like that can be helpful/insightful. I’ll have to figure out how to do it every now and then

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56 EllaS January 20, 2013 at 11:50 pm

I would love for you to do this every so often. I started reading a long time ago, when you still posted calorie counts and everything! Like I said above, I think doing this every day, for every meal and snack, would be overkill for both readers and you. And it’s not necessary! Maybe once each week, your entire day of meals or maybe every lunch that week or something. Or themed posts, like I said above. Maybe one post could be “breastfeeding nutrition” and others could be about fueling heavy cardio workout days, when you burn a high number of calories but still want to balance your meals for weight loss or just overall health. Even a post on how you build meals that fit the nutritional needs of both you and your husband, that would be fun! With your new, ever-shaping format, the sky is the limit. You can post on a topic and if readers think it’s boring (the subject, not your writing, obvi), you don’t have to post on it again. What a great fun new opportunity this is to interact with your loyal readers and attract a whole slew of new ones through changes!

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57 Erin January 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

I would love that too! If you could add a mention of how the dish could be modified to equal an appropriate calorie intake for a non-nursing woman–I’m just assuming that most of your readers are women.

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58 Denise January 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Kath, I do not think you can please everyone. For example, as a huge supporter of intuitive eating, I am against calorie counting and any other restriction on food. As much as I said I want to hear from you as an RD, I am not interested in someone else t elling me how much to eat. I did not follow you from the beginning but from what I picked up, it did not start as an income generating blog. You had a good idea and it caught on. Maybe instead of asking the readers it is best to think what would make you excited and what would make you sit infront of the computer and blog with passion.

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59 EllaS January 24, 2013 at 3:14 am

Denise, to clarify, I’m not asking for calorie counts or meals and recipes for losing weight or “telling me how much to eat.” I’m asking Kath to use her RD knowledge to educate her readers about how to build a day worth of meals around nutritional requirements like protein, vitamin C, calcium, vitamin D, iron, and so forth. I think intuitive eating is great! But at some point, we need to balance our intuitive needs with our body’s nutritional needs. Especially for those breastfeeding, running a few miles once or twice a week, or a husband and wife household that needs to make one dinner while still taking in mind the nutritional benefits of both!

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60 Denise January 25, 2013 at 7:50 am

EllaS, my point was different readers have different philosophies and wants and Kath cannot satisfy everyone. Some will complain that she doesn’t put the calorie count, some will say she puts too much of that stuff. She probably didn’t start blogging worrying how many clicks it would get. She did something she enjoyed and it was successful. I believe the same approach will work at this stage as well.

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61 Dynamics January 26, 2013 at 5:22 am

KATH, you look AMAZING!! (closing my mouth from shock at that comment). French toast to me is very fattening. I love that you can take a delicious meal and convert it to something more in the realm of healthy. This works for me and helps me and gives me more options. I say, a tiny sprinkling of color is definitely appropriate! I look forward to seeing a day here and there of something new/different/or even the same. (French toast at my house growing up was laced with butter and a huge pouring of maple syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar, Yikes, it scares me just thinking about it)

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62 Bea-ann January 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

So there is a lot of nastiness in this comment that could be addressed, but the most ridiculous aspect is the sprinkles thing. Seriously? A teaspoon of sprinkles doesn’t make food ‘unhealthy’. Even french toast (which is egg soaked bread…not exactly the most crazy decadent thing out there). And also, this is the blog/diet of a woman who runs, bikes and goes to the gym regularly, all while breastfeeding a baby….allow her the extra spoonful of nut butter, for Christ’s sake. She needs it.

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63 Kate January 19, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I have been reading your blog for several years. I hope your blog stays more of a food blog and less of a parenting blog. So many of the blogs I read turn into mommy blogs after the writer has a baby.

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64 Erin January 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Hi Kath,
Please consider this comment an observation with a tiny bit of advice included from a long-time reader excited to see the blog evolve. I hope you read this and mull it over.

A few thoughts on your replies to what you describe as disagreeable comments…
There are many instances where your replies, in my opinion, can leave readers with the impression that you are not open to debate, suggestions, questions, and opinions that challenge you or your content. This seems to run counter to the whole concept of a publicly-available blog. There are numerous readers who are currently benefiting from your content, no question. I am guessing that there is a completely untapped audience that you could speak to, write to, direct thoughtful posts to, to help evolve your blog as you previously stated you hope to do, while maintaining the support of your current audience! Questioning content or seeking clarification or suggesting paths your blog could take are what I thought you had asked us, as your readers, to do for you. These same things also help with self-reflection for all of us, yourself included, interested in a healthy lifestyle.

As I’ve stated before, I am a long-time reader. I don’t blog and am not posting this comment to get blog link-backs or anything of a self-serving nature. I read your recent posts seemingly seeking inspiration for a new direction for your blog. I questioned you on it the other day, very respectfully, and was met with a condescending response from you. I’d like to hope that your intent was not to be condescending to a reader seeking clarification and offering ideas after you had asked for them. I have to be very honest though. Your response to me and others can be defensive and can leave the impression that anyone with a challenging question or response is unworthy of a polite and open response.

Or even no response is fine! Just knowing that a commenter can leave a comment with ideas or suggestions on this open forum without fear of a condescending response from you would go a long way, in my opinion, to helping this blog evolve.

So I ask that you just consider the investment your readers put into your blog and that feedback from us, while not always in sync with your opinions, can still be very valuable, on many levels.

I really do wish you well as I have enjoyed your blog for years. I remain hopeful that the evolution is a positive one and that we, as readers, can feel comfortable commenting or offering ideas through that process.

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65 Denise January 20, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Hi Kath! I have been reading your blog since last summer and I enjoy your blog. It introduced me to chia seeds, kale chips and i have been adding nutbutter to my oatmeal. That being said, I stopped reading it regularly due to repetitive entries and I think it will be great that you are making changes. I personally wish to hear more from Kath, R.D. Not necessarily for weight loss (healthy meals or not, the society’s weight obsession needs to stop) but for overall health. I would also like to see more recipes and quick weeknight meals with leftover ideas for lunches. You could also interview your readers, this would especially be fun for baby kerf, interviews about other moms’ life strategies.

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66 Jules January 20, 2013 at 11:56 pm

In response to KT: I think it’s funny that some people get so up in arms about wanting to see dissent/criticism in the comments section of a blog. Blog readers aren’t paying for anything, it’s a totally free service/form of entertainment bloggers are offering to the public. Readers are getting completely free content, so why do some of them so desperately want to write angry comments? Andy why do these angry readers keep reading sites they supposedly don’t like?! Why don’t they spend their time getting angry/frustrated/writing letters or comments to services or companies they are actually paying to use? I suppose it’s just unhappy people looking to vent, and a blog comment section offers an easy target. Ah well, keep on keepin’ on I suppose. :)

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67 Bernie January 21, 2013 at 8:33 am

I think KT’s point is well taken and isn’t just a case of “hater.” I have been reading Kath’s blog for a long time (several years now) and am not often motivated to comment. If a post or something does not interest me I don’t usually invest the time to comment with feedback or suggestions or even disagreement. But some people who might feel otherwise can and should be able to do so. The key is that, while it is free for readers to access the blog, Kath runs it like a business, with advertising, samples that she receives for free, and other profitable ventures that may arise out of the blog. I think it very impressive tht she has been able to do so. With that in mind, to limit or restrict the kind of feedback you get almost seems…I don’t know, disingenuous? Perhaps not the best term but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe in the way even free newspapers and other periodicals will print letters to the editor. Especially if there are features like recipes. I know that I never make an online recipe without looking at comments and/or reviews.

I also think that most people who might comment do not see Kath as an “easy target” as you say, nor is it a case of folks reading a site they don’t like. On the contrary, I DO like Kath’s blog, which is why I sometimes feel compelled to engage her in discussion, ask her questions, or give my opinion when I disagree or feel differently. I would hope that Kath wants this and wants to encourage it as it will give her a great way to connect with her audience. So in that respect, I guess I agree with KT, and look forward to an evolution of the blog’s focus.

I also took the survey, Kath, and would enjoy seeing a greater variety even if that means more sporadic posting. I like oatmeal and french toast but for a while I did not bother checking breakfast posts because I felt they were repetitive (which is normal for breakfast…I pretty much eat the same thing everyday as well). And I know you’ve heard this ad nauseum, but Mazen is so cute.

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68 Carla S January 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Towards the end of last year I became a vegetarian and stumbled onto your blog. It took me all of 5 minutes to decide to subscribe. I have loved everything about it!

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69 Sara January 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Along with the added calories required for breastfeeding, another thing it might be interesting to address is how the amount of calories that people need to eat decreases as we age. You’re obviously not to that point yet, but I can’t tell you how angry this realization has made me! I’m a 41-year-old mom in a sedentary job and I honestly need to eat about 1/3 of what I used to eat when I was younger and did a lot more biking. I’ve been using the LiveStrong Daily Plate App and even though I knew it from my pants getting tighter, it was hard for me to see in black-and-white how low my caloric intake should be. I’m now getting inspiration from your many hue jass salad posts. ;)

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