Missing Hunger

August 11, 2008

Where oh where has my hun-ger gone!? It must have been that prosiutto oatmeal that started me off strong today! Or perhaps I spoiled my appetite with….


I set out on bike to run my errands today. I rode about 4 miles to the mall area to hit the library, get my wedding ring cleaned, and a few other things. It was hot, but also very Fall-like out there. I thought it was the perfect chance to use one of my Vivanno coupons from BlogHer. This time I tried the Orange Mango. I didn’t like it at first, but it grew on me. I ordered the skim milk version. I think you can taste the grit of the protein and fiber powders. And frankly, I’d rather not have those in a smoothie. But free coupons are fun!

Once home I cooled off with the husband with a Mocktail – diet tonic, cherries and lime. (That’s his furry hand!)


Around 8:00 I finally  started feeling a little hungry, but still not that much. Must be the moon cycle that also kept me up tossing and turning earlier this week. We eventually made another mystery recipe. I’m trying to cram as many as I can in this week because my first Microbiology lab starts NEXT WEDNESDAY (!!), followed by my Boston trip and then day classes the next Tuesday, and I know I won’t have nearly as much time when school starts.

Anyway, dinner was good!




The husband scooped some ice cream while we were watching the Olympics and he brought me a taste of each flavor as a surprise to be sweet. Can’t turn that down 8)

A little strawberry and a little mint chocolate chip (both Harris Teeter All Natural) with a few peanuts on top.


Synchronized diving was amazing!!!

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1 caitlinbo (see bride run) August 11, 2008 at 8:50 pm

wasn’t the diving insane? i am so in awe of those boys! they are PERFECT going into the water.

the olympics is so inspiring… the gym was EXTRA packed tonight and i think i know why :)

your bike ride sounds wonderful! have a good night.


2 chelsea August 11, 2008 at 8:51 pm

so basically if my BMR is 1327 do I add 400 calories to that? and that is how much i should be eating…I have seen a nutrionist before but she didnt deal with numbers which I didn’t like….I dont know why this is confusing me so much! haha


3 Brittany August 11, 2008 at 9:03 pm

I tried the Starbucks Vinanno Orange Mango smoothie as well today. I thought you could taste the protein powder as well. And, the flavor grew on me, but I don’t think I will buy it again.


4 JB August 11, 2008 at 9:34 pm

anyone have good solutions for getting rid of fruit flies?


5 Rachel August 11, 2008 at 9:53 pm

I like the Orange Mange Vivanno, but I also like the flavor of the protein powder.

A question for everyone – I am making my first trip to Whole Foods this week. Any must haves?


6 katherine August 11, 2008 at 10:02 pm

your mystery recipes look delightful – although they are killing me!!! :)


7 Emily August 11, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Re: the fruit flies. Take a glass or mason jar or something and put a piece of ripe peeled banana in it (apple or other fruits work too, but banana is the best!). Cover the lid tightly with plastic wrap and secure it with a rubber band. Poke two small holes in the saran wrap cover (like a little bigger than ballpoint pen size). Then set it near where the flies are. For whatever reason they can fly through the holes to get the fruit, but they can’t get out of there. Sounds crazy, but it works!


8 Emily August 11, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Sorry, I didn’t mean “cover the lid” – your jar or glass shouldn’t have a lid on it – just the layer of saran wrap.


9 Serena August 11, 2008 at 10:21 pm

Dinner looks good! We get to know what they are eventually, right?! I think if I submitted my meals lately, they’d be an example of what not to eat – ha! I feel like you are working out more (b/c of the bike) and eating less/not more. I recently started working out more and am eating way more! I’m getting more hungry from the harder workouts and you seem to be getting less hungry! What to do? Any advice, anyone, when you think you are eating too much/snacking and know you need to cut back a couple hundred calories each day?


10 Ali August 11, 2008 at 10:53 pm

Your dinner looks awesome! Any veggies with parm are great in my book. Also, I love the mocktail idea. I keep meaning to try it! It would be great to have available for guests who don’t want a real drink.


11 Tracy August 11, 2008 at 11:13 pm

I think if you are 5’5 and 117 lbs. your BMI says you are underweight, or close to it! I would just keep doing what you are doing. Its too hard to get caught up in counting calories. Just make sure you are eating healthy foods. I am 5’5 and 119, and I love body Pump and Body Step! I felt like I looked too thin when I was around 112 ( I was sick with pneumonia for a long time). Just my 2 cents!!!


12 Dolly August 11, 2008 at 11:26 pm

Food. What is it, really, if not joy in munching form? Touche, young carrot. Touche.


13 C August 12, 2008 at 5:40 am

I was amazed byt he diving as well!

I thought the vivanno from starbucks was very filling as well. The day I had it, I did not get hungry for hours.


14 goalie30 August 12, 2008 at 6:29 am

Wow, classes start up next week already Kath?! That’s crazy; that means this summer is going fast! I posted a story about going back to school on my blog; it’s titled “abc’s” kind of fun to read even if you are not going back to school like Kath is this fall…Best of luck in the classes to everyone; study hard!

I agree on the diving being incredible last night; but I missed men’s gymnastics :( Luckily the girls go wednesday night though; I might have to set the dvr if they are competing too late :)


15 Heather August 12, 2008 at 6:44 am

I didn’t realize that you could get the Vivanno made with skim milk… I really want to try the chocolate banana flavor.

Dinner looks yummy, as usual!


16 Jordan August 12, 2008 at 8:03 am

Whenever I have the Vivannos for breakfast, I don’t get hungry for 4-5 hours. With oatmeal, I’m hungry after 3. It sounds backwards, but that’s just what happens!


17 Ozlem August 12, 2008 at 8:23 am

Hi Kath- quick question for you..
I bought wheatberries from the store yesterday and added to my oatmeal this am. Do you have to cook this oryou just sprinkle and cook with the oatmeal or what? it was chewy and OK. But I just did not know.

Also re: the mystery recipes I joined late so I dont know. These are recipes you created and cant share because you are working on a cookbook?? That is great!



18 Hot Garlic August 12, 2008 at 8:31 am

That salad {it’s a salad, right?} looks so tasty! Where’s the recipe?!


19 fitnessista August 12, 2008 at 8:51 am

i’m so ready for your cookbook!!! these ‘mystery recipes’ are killing me :)
i love those mango orange vivannos! wasn’t a fan of the chocolate (which is very surpisingly) but i really liked the flavor of the orange one. super filling and delicious!
have a wonderful day


20 Fitzalan August 12, 2008 at 9:18 am

Mmmm, fabulous looking dinner. I am intrigued by the new Starbucks smoothies but I keep reading mixed reviews and because I don’t have any free coupons, I just haven’t been able to talk myself into spending the $$ on something that may not be worth it.

I cannot believe you are already starting school again!!! I feel like you just finished (which I am sure you feel the same way!) Will this semester have as many difficult classes as last semester?



21 julieh August 12, 2008 at 9:44 am

Chelsea, go to an online calories calculator. There is a great one on foodfit.com It asks you age, height, current weight and goal weight as well as how often/intense your workouts are and tells you what you would need your intake to be. I believe if you go under Fitness, then Get Fit, and go to the Healthy Weight Calculator you’ll find it.

I can’t wait for the recipe book too…Kath’s mystery recipes all look soooo good!


22 Gaby August 12, 2008 at 9:50 am

Chelsea- I like Kath, think you are perhaps underweight or just fine for your height!
I also had a similar “problem” a year ago…
I was concerned about losing 3 pounds and restricting my diet when really I was doing myself more harm than good. I am a pretty active person and eating 1200 calories a day was taking me no where and actually working against me (that so called fight or flight body response when its concerned about food stores actually makes the body conserve fat!)

So what I did was actually increase my caloric intake and do some resistance training and those 3 lbs I wanted to lose disapeared! WHILE EATING MORE!! Imagine that! Haha.

Hope this helps because your situation sounds similar to what I experienced.


23 runjess August 12, 2008 at 10:04 am

I’m having weird absence-of-hunger issues as well. Yesterday I got hungry in the late afternoon but decided to just wait until dinner and not have another snack. Hunger totally went away for hours, even with not eating. This has been common lately and I’m wondering if it’s the heat.


24 Kath August 12, 2008 at 11:16 am

chelsea ,
Yes, that’s the NET calories premise. If you burn more, you eat more, and you’re always eating the minimum to keep your calories above your BMR.

Serena ,
I think the biggest reason I have been snacking less is that I’ve been sleeping a little later in the mornings and eating a much later lunch. It also could be the heat and/or appetite supression from more low-intensity activity spread throughout the day. If you think you’re eating too much because you’re bored, then you know what to do to cut back – employ the common advice of not having the food in the house, pre-portioning things, writing it down, etc. But you may be thirstier from the heat/exercise and be interpreting that as hunger. I know that happens to me a lot. So try increasing your fluids and see what that does. But if you’re exercising a lot harder, you probably do need to eat a little more and your body is asking for it.

goalie30 ,
Summer DID fly by!! It seems like so long ago that I was in night school chemistry. I’m kind of itching for school to start, but at the same time I know I’ll be wishing for more free time as soon as it does, so I’m not itching that hard!!

Loved your ABC’s post. I’ve already got a new binder!! I love your blog’s new look too!

Ozlem ,
Yes you do need to pre-cook the wheatberries. I’ve tried wheat, spelt and rye berries. The wheat ones say to pre-soak and then simmer for 30-45 minutes and the spelt and rye don’t need a pre-soak. So the next time I make wheatberries I’m not going to soak them and see what happens since that’s the most annoying step. Check out my “Wheatberry Lesson” page for more info.

Hot Garlic,
It wasn’t a salad – there was pasta underneath! I can’t share the recipe because it’s for my cookbook submissions, but it will be available in 2010. Sorry for the wait!

Fitzalan ,
I’m starting Organic Chem so I think this will be my hardest semester of them all. I’m in class less hours this semester, but the courses themselves will require more outside work. I was going to take a 5th class but decided to hold back because of Organic and take more in the spring and summer 2009.

runjess ,
I think it’s very likely the heat. And maybe we’re drinking more from thirst and it’s making our stomachs more full?



25 Another Kelly August 12, 2008 at 1:31 pm

I’m so bummed I missed the synchronized diving. Next to gymnastics it is my favorite summer olympics event.


26 runjess August 13, 2008 at 10:19 am

Yeah good call with the fluid consumption making us more full.

I took two semesters of organic chem (both lecture and lab) in undergrad. It’s tough. Good luck!


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