Ladies Reader Lunch

September 25, 2008

Olivia + Jessica!!! They were awesome to dine with. Lots to talk about!! It’s so cool meeting people who already know all about me through KERF because we have so much to talk about on the “first date.”  :mrgreen:

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Another great EF salad!!! I got all the good stuff today:

  • The.Best.Salmon
  • Falafel ball (!!!)
  • Blue cheese
  • Kalamata olives
  • Stuffed grape leaf
  • 2 pineapples
  • Raisins
  • Sweet potato
  • Orzo salad
  • Broccoli
  • Squash
  • Carrots
  • Bell pepper
  • Celery
  • Mixed greens/spinach

I think that’s it?

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Plus an A.mazing tea!!!!!!!! Coconut Chai!! I am definitely buying a box of this soon.

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Which I put in my reusable tea mug :)

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And I had to try the free peach pie samples for dessert :mrgreen: I also had a pita chip sample before lunch.

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After class this morning I hit the Winthrop gym. I had a great workout thanks to good reading material and enjoyed the really nice weight room as well. I did 50 minutes on the ET with Body + Soul and then did about 15 minutes of weights on some new machines. Strangly on their assisted pull-up machine I was able to only use 50 lbs – which is 20 lbs less than I normally do. And on some of the other machines I was able to do10-20 lbs more weight than the ones at the Y. Maybe it’s because these were newer and more efficient? I enjoyed showered and getting ready in the locker room before my hike to EarthFare.

One class then it’s basically the weekend!!!

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1 Andrea (Off Her Cork) September 25, 2008 at 1:00 pm

I gotta say, that salad looks awesome. And the tea sounds very yummy, right up our alley. :D

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2 Christie i. September 25, 2008 at 1:05 pm

So fun to meet your readers!

The salad looks great!

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3 Serena September 25, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Hi Kath, Not sure if you still read Eat Like Me, but Christin commented on the HFCS commercials. Her response confirms what I read about the difference between HFCS and sugar, and I’m wondering if you have any thoughts on it. I know there was a discussion a couple of weeks ago about this so no need to re-hash, I’m mostly curious because I always avoided any products with HFCS in them but now I wonder if a product has comparable nutritional stats, or even better ones, then a similar product that contanis sugar, if it’s necessary to avoid it in the same way I have been. Would be interested in hearing anyone’s thoughts on this!

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4 Amy September 25, 2008 at 1:34 pm

That salad looks great, Kath! I’m definitey giving that tea a shot soon.

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5 Anon September 25, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Hi,

This is a rediculous question, but I just need some reassurance. I got down to 100/101 pounds and I’m 5’3″/5’4″. I have no clue what my ideal weight is, and I do have a history of anorexia. I’m trying to gain 2 to 5 pounds, and have been eating between 2100 and 3000 calories the past few weeks (probably close to or even a tiny bit lower than the lower number, I just estimate on the high end when I don’t know). I’m a little surprised I’m not more than this morning’s weight of 102. No reason to feel guilty, right? Thanks for letting me vent.

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6 magpie September 25, 2008 at 1:39 pm

I’ll have to look for that tea. Happy almost weekend :)

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7 Ozlem September 25, 2008 at 1:42 pm

Oh myyy.. I want an EF over here.. We have Roots and WF and they are both good but not sure if this good :) Enjoy!!
PS I will try your bbq tofu recipe this week. Love your mom’s recipe of marinara sauce. Made a whole bunch and froze from our garden’s tomatoes. Thank you!

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8 Megan September 25, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Love the pic of you all in front of the pumpkins!

I need to try some of that tea!

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9 madison (follow my weigh) September 25, 2008 at 3:04 pm

aw thats so cool that you got to eat with your readers!!

earthfare sounds like a cool place! and that tea sounds like something i’d like~

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10 Grounded Fitness September 25, 2008 at 3:13 pm

uuugh pumpkins already. summer just ended!!

I cant wait for a KERF Thanksgiving.

All machines are different- some help more than others, with some gravity is more of a variable, etc. thast why i dont like machines- they cheat. Functional training is the way to go.

Kelly Turner
http://www.groundedfitness.com

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11 Caroline f. September 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Cute pic of you girls! This post was one big co-weenk-ee-deenk! I was at whole foods today and Ive been on a grape leaf kick, and I cant seem to find the nutritionals, or at least a consistent one. Do you have an idea of what they might be? Aaanndd… Im sitting here reading my copy of B&S right now :) eyeing some Shiitakes!
-Caroline F

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12 bobbi September 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm

man I wish we had an EF here!!!

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13 Alison September 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm

I want to try that tea too!

Where did you get that reusable mug?! I love it! :)

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14 Patricia September 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm

The salad looks delicious!

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15 Kath September 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Serena,
A reader named Scientist pointed out that it’s basically sugar syrup in this post a few weeks ago (which I think you saw, as you mentioned): http://www.katheats.com/?p=8036#comment-33204

My response was: But I agree with scientist that HFCS is really just sugar syrup – it’s not like trans-fat (which HAS been proven to have negative health effects) or artificial sweeteners (which MAY have potential side effects). But I think the lesson learned is that whole fruits have none of them :) .

I think the point is that we should eat less HFCS, “sugar syrup” and real sugar in our diets altogether. Do I buy bread/hamburger buns with HFCS? Yes. But if I have a choice to choose a different one I do. I also eat the HFCS ketchup because I hated the flavor of the organic one I got once. It’s usually in whole foods like bread in such small amounts that it’s not a huge deal. I think the bigger place to avoid it is in things like Cola, but if you’re that concerned about it, I doubt you’re drinking Cola :D

Caroline f.,
According to CalorieKing’s database, Wegman’s ones are 35 kcal a piece and another canned kind were 40. Sounds about right to me.

Alison ,
It was a gift from my former company, but it is very nice!

Kath

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16 Camille September 25, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Hey Kath,
You seem to eat a lot of raw foods in your omnivore diet which I heard is very healthy…so I was wondering what your take on the raw food diet was? I see a lot of vegan blogs where they consume only raw foods and it just seems like they are not eating enough fats/proteins/CALORIES in general. I love your blog and it’s balance in everything.
You’ve probably heard this a lot, but I am always inspired and amazed by your organization skills! You seem to have so much energy and get things done efficiently. Totally awesome. =)

Oh and the salads you get at Earth Fare look DELICIOUS!!!

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17 Camille September 25, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Hey Kath,
You seem to eat a lot of raw foods in your omnivore diet which I heard is very healthy…so I was wondering what your take on the raw food diet was? I see a lot of vegan blogs where they consume only raw foods and it just seems like they are not eating enough fats/proteins/CALORIES in general. I love your blog and it’s balance in everything.
You’ve probably heard this a lot, but I am always inspired and amazed by your organization skills! You seem to have so much energy and get things done efficiently. Totally awesome. =)

Oh and the salads you get at Earth Fare look DELICIOUS!!!

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18 Biz September 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm

I don’t have an Earth Fare either, just a smallish Whole Foods about 1/2 hour away. :O(

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19 Kath September 25, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Serena,
Also just came across this article by Marion Nestle, author of What To Eat and I highly respect her. I think she agreed with me (or I with her :mrgreen: ) in the last line: whether it’s sugar of HFCS, eat less.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/24/FDDS12UH12.DTL&hw=marion+nestle&sn=001&sc=1000

Camille,
I certainly don’t think there’s anything wrong with a raw food diet if you’re very aware of your nutrient and caloric intake, but it’s certainly not a diet for me. While cooking food does break down some nutrients, you can minimize this by using less liquid (i.e. steaming/microwaving rather than boiling). Alton Brown pointed out that cooking vegetables slightly breaks down the cell walls, making the nutrients more available to us. And some things are more nutritious when cooked, like tomato sauce and lycopene absorption. So I don’t really think a raw food diet is necessary for optimal health, but it certainly can’t hurt.

K

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20 VeggieGirl September 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Such a lovely lunch you three had!! :-)

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21 Katelyn September 25, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Your salad is the least stereotypical salad, love it!

I’ve read a couple articles on PubMed about HFCS. Basically, it seems that our bodies don’t have any mechanism to recognize fructose, and so we don’t register that we are less hungry after consuming it, instead of sucrose. But, there is no conclusive evidence linking HFCS to obesity or diabetes.

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22 Laura September 25, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Anon,
I’ve been trying to gain weight too and it’s super tough! My advice is to just hang in there. I really feel like I have gained some weight and I especially notice it in my stomach, yet the scale is lower then I thought it should be too. If you’re still having a hard time to get it to budge I’d suggest to add an extra snack in your intake and maybe that would help.

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23 Maureen September 25, 2008 at 7:01 pm

What a cute pic of you three! Looks like a great lunch, and I’m glad you had a good time together.

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24 KatieTX September 25, 2008 at 7:29 pm

girl with red hair you are so pretty! I love red hair. My boyfriend has it, and I want our kids to have hair just like yours! Don’t mean to be creepy but I think you are pretty! :)

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25 noella September 25, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Love having posts about TEA.
My latest teabag I am really enjoying is
Numi’s Temple of Heaven Gunpowder Green Tea.So tasty compared to most other green teabags…anyone else a fan?!

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26 RD2be September 25, 2008 at 9:41 pm

HFCS doesn’t result in an insulin spike like glucose does because your body doesn’t recognize it and process it in the same way. Without the insulin spike, there is no release of the hormone leptin which signals satiety. Therefore, you can consume much more without realizing since your body doesn’t respond by feeling full, which can result in weight gain over time. HFCS may be okay in moderation, but I’d avoid items where it is high in the ingredient list or that are nutritionally devoid.

http://www.rd2be.wordpress.com

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27 april September 25, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Kath your jeans are too cute!! where did you get them?

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28 Jessica September 25, 2008 at 10:55 pm

We had such a great time with you today! It was SOO nice to finally meet you and also very helpful to talk to another nutrition major ahead of us. You are such an inspiration and hopefully we can all do it again soon!

Love,
Jessica and Olivia

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29 Kath September 26, 2008 at 7:34 am

april ,
They are GAP Essential (I think) and they are too big on me! I need to wash them.

Jessica ,
Definitely! 2-3 weeks from now? You know where to find me!

K

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30 runjess September 26, 2008 at 10:02 am

I’ve noticed that I differ in strength on weight machines, but I think it has something to do with how the machine is set up. I’m your height, and I think that some machines are just built for much bigger people, making it more awkward on our muscles.

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31 Olivia September 26, 2008 at 10:59 am

Kath,
Thank you SO much for meeting with us, we really had a great time and didn’t stop talking about it the whole way home!
We can’t wait to eat again :)
-Olivia

Thank you KatieTX, that is very sweet!

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