Oat Mixup!

February 27, 2008

So I was going  to have the steel cut oats I made this weekend for breakfast today with hemp milk and pumpkin but even after I reminded him twice, the husband had a batch of rolled oats going on the stove when I came down!! Whoops! So rolled oats it was. The steel cut must wait until Friday (since it would be a waste to have the pre-made on our less-rushed Thursday).

Snack

I had half a potato bun with PB and J for pre-workout snack -

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Workout

40 minutes of ET plus pull-ups, push-ups, back, and lunges. It was a nice workout!

Still Delicious

Rolled oats made with 1/4 hemp milk, 1/4 milk and 1/2 water. Plus half a small banana, flax, toasted almonds (nice and brown in the microwave!), almond butter and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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With a decaf cup of joe:

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Breakfast stats were 450 kcal, 9 grams fiber, 18 grams protein.

Today

It’s my long day – :evil: titration lab from 2-5. I decided to brighten the day with a fun lunch at Cupps, the new sandwich/coffee shop I found yesterday. But the biggest question is: what to get!! I’m already torn between all the sandwiches and salads. I guess it’ll be a spur of the moment decision!

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1 Amanda M February 27, 2008 at 8:32 am

mmm yummy looking menu! I would get the trufflehead – ham, brie, and cranberry-apple chutney, along with a side of apple slices :) I have class (Management Strategy .. ughh) from 2-5 today, too!! Have a good one!
Amanda

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2 cameron February 27, 2008 at 8:37 am

morning kath! it’s snowing here ^_^!! thanks for responding to my post about banana weighing in peels. i’m still a little confused, though, b/c i was using your oat video to make the oatmeal and noticed that you had the banana on the scale w/the peel? why did you do that if you aren’t supposed to weigh the banana w/the peel? thanks for the help!

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3 Katie February 27, 2008 at 8:47 am

Eww…sorry it’s your long day. Tuedays are my long day… class until 8:30pm. But hopefully it’ll go by quickly for you!

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4 Tina February 27, 2008 at 8:57 am

Ewww, long day. I hope it’s not that bad.

I vote for a sandwich at Cupps. They’ve got some tasty looking “sammiches”… plus you’d get some feel-good carbs! :)

Happy Hump Day!

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5 BethT February 27, 2008 at 9:01 am

I’d get a Stella Artois to get me through that lab…. kidding! Have a tasty lunch, looks yummy!

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6 Jennifer February 27, 2008 at 9:20 am

Hey Kath,
Have a great day. I am glad your mid-term went well in med term. After all the complaining I have done, AP II is going well. I have been out of commission for 2 weeks, I had a hysteroctomy, so now it is back to work and studying. No exercising for 6 weeks though:( Congrats to Matt on his new job. I hope it is going well.
Take Care

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7 pinklilly February 27, 2008 at 9:20 am

What a yummy looking breakfast!

Quick question for Kath or anyone: how do I make butternut squash? Any good suggestions? It looks so yummy!

Thanks and happy Wednesday!

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8 Ags February 27, 2008 at 9:20 am

PLEASE tell me you don’t weigh bananas?? People people people….the U.S. DID NOT become overweight by eating too many fruits or vegetables. Life is FAR to short to be weighing fruits and vegetables. This is very worrisome to me.

Am I the only one who doesn’t get the whole measuring and weighing whole, nutritious good for you foods?

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9 Kelly L February 27, 2008 at 9:24 am

Pinklilly-

I LOVE butternut squash. Aside from green beans it’s my favorite veggie. What I do is peel the whole sqaush with a veggie peeler. I cut it in half longways and scoop out the seads. Then I cut it up into bite size pieces. I toss all the pieces in a ziplock bag (a big one) and toss it with some brown sugar and pie spice (cinnamon is great too). I roast it in the oven at 375-400 depending on what else I have in the oven with it. I can usually eat a whole squash with my protein and I’ll sometimes have a small serving of another veggie or some bread. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!! It’s very similar to a sweet potato when done this way.

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10 Caitlin February 27, 2008 at 9:31 am

I’m with you, Ags. It’s a control thing. Anyone who denies it is…well, in denial!

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11 Romina February 27, 2008 at 9:31 am

Pumpkin in your oatmeal must have tasted very delicious! Too bad you have to wait ’till friday to have your steel cut oats.

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12 kay February 27, 2008 at 9:42 am

Kath,

I was asking about the apple yesterday because sometime when I wash my apples, I leave the seal on on purpose so I don’t eat that area! I also heard some fruit companies “laser” and burn letters on fruits’ skin so they don’t use any seals or sticky stuff on! I have not seen one yet in the market!

Does your husband love oats as much as you? My husband is okay with it but wouldn’t eat one bowl eveyday like me! When we have children they would be eating oats like me though!!! :)

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13 hk February 27, 2008 at 9:44 am

I can vouch…pumpkin in oatmeal is fabulous!! I just added a bit to my bowl this morning!! At least you’ll have a nice bowl to look forward to! Have a good humpday, you’ll make it :)!!

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14 Tracy February 27, 2008 at 9:45 am

KellyL-
How long do you roast the butternut squash in the oven for?
I made spaghetti squash last week and butternut squash is next on my list of new things to make:)

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15 Betsy February 27, 2008 at 9:48 am

ugh. i remember titrations. as a science major in college, i did many a titration. and i felt the exact same way about chem lab. painful!

also, i make butternut squash the same way. cut into small pieces, tossed with a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper and just roast roast roast on fairly high heat (400) for about an hour, or until its done. it is sooo amazing!

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16 Beth Q February 27, 2008 at 9:48 am

Sometimes people weigh for instead of using measuring. A la Matt and ALL of his bread recipes, not to mention when serving two people, understanding how much you’re doubling a a recipe will help when you divide it in half again. I think it’s an individual preference as to how to figure out what you’re putting into your body. Not to mention that a huge part of the obesity epidemic is portion control. Once someone has figured out how to control their portions, and it works for them, I don’t think its a bad thing. That works for Kath, and it sounds like something else probably works for you. *shrugs* Different strokes…

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17 Kelly L February 27, 2008 at 9:53 am

Tracy– Oops I forgot to mention that. I usually bake it for 20 mins and then take it out stir it around/flip it over and then bake it another 20 minutes. YOU WILL BE ADDICTED. Sooooo good soooo healthy!

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18 DaisyMAY February 27, 2008 at 10:00 am

I am slightly addicted to this blog. Especially the comments. Love it! what does everyone do here professionally?

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19 VeggieGirl February 27, 2008 at 10:05 am

The rolled oats still sound like a great way to start the day, to me!! Glad it was equally as delicious :0)

Aahh, Kath, hang in there for today’s drawn-out chem lab!! I know you’ll make it through!!

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20 Nancy February 27, 2008 at 10:09 am

Hey Kath,

Quick question…. what level do you do like doing the stairmaster on?

Nancy :)

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21 Katers February 27, 2008 at 10:11 am

Re calorie counting bananas: I don’t see the issue. Yes, a banana is a “good for you” food, but almost any food can be a “good for you” food in MODERATION. Let’s say I ate two huge handfuls of walnuts. Yes, walnuts are good for you, but two huge handfuls could be 200, 300, 400 or more calories! A calorie is a calorie whether it comes from chips or an apple. And weighing food is just a WAY (one way for one person) to be responsible for the calories they want to eat. I weigh everything when I can, and try to estimate when I can’t. It’s not a control thing, it’s being respectful of your body. Americans became overweight because of portion sizes going out of control. What you’re suggesting, not weight “healthy” foods, is they theory behind the cabbage soup diets, etc – “if it’s healthy, I can have as much of it as I want”. We’re here to support each other – let’s be a little more tolerant. :)

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22 Anna in AR February 27, 2008 at 10:12 am

I have been a daily reader of this blog and the comments for awhile, and I’ve really enjoyed a glimpse into how you can enjoy healthy eating and not feel one bit deprived. Thanks Kath and everyone else who chimes in as well.

SO for my first comment/question to Kath or anyone (and this has nothing to do with today’s post),

I tried the pumpkin/yogurt combo you often have, using canned pumpkin and plain yogurt. It was really bitter and for some reason I thought it would be sweet! Do you add anything to sweeten it up a little, or was I just being a wuss??? If anyone has any suggestions I’d love to hear them.

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23 Shannon February 27, 2008 at 10:14 am

Kath, I must try maple syrup on my oats! I couldn’t eat my oatmeal this morning because I’m just about out of milk and I don’t like oatmeal made with water. Instead, I had a veggie omelet inside a whole wheat tortilla. I twas tasty and I recommend the combo to you all — even for dinner!

DaisyMAY, I love this blog too! As far as my professional life, I’m a full-time student and the Managing Editor for my university’s daily student-run newspaper.

Funnily enough, I wanted to direct you all to a column I wrote for today’s paper in honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: http://www.redandblack.com/home/news/2008/02/27/Opinions/extremes.Push.Gym.Fixation-3236031.shtml

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24 caitlin February 27, 2008 at 10:24 am

in response to the “weighing foods that are good for you comment”… i kind of agree that for most healthy eaters it is not necessary, BUT i would like to point out that many people believe you can eat as much “healthy food” as you want and not gain weight.

for example, for YEARS my mom would say “eat an apple, theres NO calories in it!” or “have some popcorn, theres NO calories in it!” or “have a glass of skim milk, theres NO calories in it!” i swear she said that about EVERYTHING “healthy” (and was about 10 lbs overweight). one day i pointed out that YES, there are calories in all those foods and they still add up and “count” towards her daily total. once she realized this, she lost the weight just through portion control.

just a thought :)

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25 Kiala February 27, 2008 at 10:27 am

I think bananas and sweet potatoes, especially sweet potatoes can be very deceptive calorically. Weighing them is the only way I can keep the portions in control.

But honestly, ladies, aren’t we all here BECAUSE we have issues surrounding food and we want to fix those issues and make ourselves a little healthier about it mentally?

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26 Mel February 27, 2008 at 10:39 am

I personally don’t weigh my foods because I have been able to maintain my weight without resorting to weighing, but to each their own! There are MANY different methods of weight maintenance out there…and Kath chooses to use this one. I don’t get from her blog that she is unhappy from doing so. Many perfectionists feel happier by controlling their environment. In my mind, it is just a personality characteristic…weighing and controlling calories will work for some but not others.

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27 DaisyMAY February 27, 2008 at 10:45 am

Shannon I read your article and it is very inspiring. It is definintely something that a lot of people don’t realize is a disorder

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28 Ashlie February 27, 2008 at 10:46 am

I just wanted to point out that Kath says in “kath in a nutshell” that one reason she gained weight was because of out of control portions of healthy food so it makes sense that she would weigh even healthy foods. I know that I was shocked to find out how caloric certain fruits and vegetables were and how bad my eye for portions truly is.

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29 Amandamoo February 27, 2008 at 10:46 am

Kelly L. – Please tell me you take the butternut squash out of the ziplock bag before you put it in the oven!

Anna in AR – Add cinnamon, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, splenda or whatever you want to sweeten the mixture! I agree that plain pumpkin with plain yogurt is a little tart and is not sweet like pumpkin pie like our brain might expect so you can add whatever you want to change the flavor to suit your taste buds.

P.S. I love adding something cruchy to the mix too. Fiberone cereal is great in there and sometimes I use the graham sticks as “dippers” and treat the yogurt/pumpkin mixture like a dip.

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30 pinklilly February 27, 2008 at 10:48 am

Thank you for the butternut squash suggestions, they sound so tasty. I’m totally trying it out tonight!

Does anyone every mash their butternut squash like Kath does? If so, how do you do that – is it similar to how you would make spaghetti squash?

Thanks everyone!

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31 SarahF February 27, 2008 at 10:50 am

Morning ladies!

Kelly L (or anyone with a love for fresh green beans)- how do you cook your beans? I bought a big bag of fresh green beans and if I don’t eat them tonight I may have to throw them out…they’ve been sitting in my fridge for awhile now. I usually just steam them, but I’m getting kind of sick of eating them like that. Any suggestions would be great!
I missed out on last night’s discussion but I wanted to add something about the really skinnny girls who burn more calories then they are eating. My sister is a model and the things that she does to stay skinny is terrible-but it’s forced upon her! When she was in China, she was told that they wouldn’t book her any jobs until she lost an inch through her bum, and her agent would follow her around in the grocery store to make sure she was buying healthy stuff. She’s currently 6′ and weighs MAYBE 125 pounds, and her agent is still telling her to lose weight. These super skinny girls are not listening to their bodies and are instead forcing them to their limits!
Also, from last night’s discussion (because it was so fun and I’m sad I missed it) I’m 5’10 (and a half) and weigh somewhere between 135-138 (it changes whenever I weigh myself). I’m maintaining though also toning up so I’ll probably gain a bit more weight-especially since I saw my ex last night and he told me I’m on the verge of being “too thin”

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32 SarahF February 27, 2008 at 10:51 am

Oh-and DaisyMay, I am an accountant

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33 Angie February 27, 2008 at 10:58 am

Re: Butternut Squash

I think roasted tastes best, but I don’t always want to wait 45 minutes to eat.

A quick way to make it: peel with veggie peelier, cut into cubes (after cutting in half long ways and scooping out seeds), and boil. Cook until tender (about 10 minutes). Drain, mash it up with some brown sugar and a little light margarine (or whatever you like). Yummy and fast.

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34 Karen February 27, 2008 at 11:02 am

I’m curious…so you cook your steel cut oats on the weekend and then re-heat during the week? Do you have to add water/milk when you re-heat?

I enjoy steel cut oats, but don’t have patience for them, so I put them in my crockpot (with water) the night before I want them. They are perfect in the morning.

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35 frustrated February 27, 2008 at 11:03 am

I’m so confused re: figuring out ideal “happy” weight. How do you tell if you are small/med/large frame? I have small hands/wrists, but more curvy build/hips etc, am just under 5’3″. I gained 20 lbs gradually over the last year. Even at my “thinnist,” I was 134 lbs. and still looked quite chubby wearing a size 8, sometimes a 6. Is 125 a good goal do you think. I workout 45 minutes cardio 5/6 days a week. I try to eat balanced meals each day. Consuming about 1300 calories per day. With all my yo-yo dieting, I’ve really screwed up my metabolism/can’t seem to lose any weight and it’s been like 2 weeks since I’ve been dieting. Thank you so much for this awesome blog.

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36 Aimee H. February 27, 2008 at 11:13 am

Shannon – I did a veggie scramble this morning with peppers, hot sauce and salsa. I ate it with a whole wheat mini bagel (thought about a wrap though! and I’ll do that next time) Wonderful combo and really filled me up.

And to answer DaisyMay, I work in an art museum as a curatorial assistant.

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37 Mikell February 27, 2008 at 11:14 am

I saw this online this morning, and thought I’d share…it’s pictures of what different families eat in a week’s time around the world. Pretty incredible.

http://ambersbug.gaia.com/blog/2007/11/what_is_eaten_in_one_week

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38 Tracy February 27, 2008 at 11:17 am

KellyL and Angie- Thanks for the butternut squash tips! Can’t wait to try it!!
DaisyMay- I am a dietitian
Anna in AR- I add pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, splenda, and sugar-free maple syrup. And, recently I added a bran cereal to it to help with the texture and I loved it!

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39 Kim February 27, 2008 at 11:23 am

Ooh, a sammie looks like a nice option Kath. And a Stella Artois (lol) after that hard labwork. For Anna, I’m a 1/2 time school psychologist and private career counselor.

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40 rhodeygirl February 27, 2008 at 11:28 am

Anna in AR- I add just a little pumpkin pie spice, then I crumble about half a serving of honey graham sticks and 2 walnuts…

The first 2 times it seemed very tart, but then I got used to it and don’t even notice any more.

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41 Elina February 27, 2008 at 11:45 am

Shannon, that article was very inspiring. I think I experience some of the things you mentioned. I do give myself a day off once a week, though, just to keep myself sane. Otherwise, I definitely exercise and do not eat at restaurants without nutritional info available, 6 times a week. I’m trying to lose weight, so I think you have to be disciplined to get results. I weigh my food too and count my waters. During those days, I always make sure that I stay between 1200 and 1550 calories a day. I am a little obsessed but I want to get to my final goal so I can “relax” a bit.

I’m 5’6″ and weigh about 145lbs. My heaviest was 170lbs right after college (I’m so happy I’m not that weight anymore!) and my lowest was probably 130. My goal is 128lbs but maybe I’ll be happy with something above that. I am definitely seeing changes in my body and can’t imagine being 17lbs lighter… maybe it is too skinny for me. I’m 25 years old, btw.

Oh, DaisyMay, I’m a financial analyst.

Anna in AR – I tried the pumpkin yogurt a few days ago and found it quite bitter too, but I liked that it tasted very healthy. I added an extra splenda (2 in total) and topped it off with 7grams of pecans. I’ll make it again (maybe with some brown sugar splenda)…

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42 kim February 27, 2008 at 11:52 am

oops, sorry, I meant DaisyMay.

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43 Emma February 27, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Hey kath! So I’ve had oatmeal twice this week already ( a record), and I probably will tomorrow too! I love starting my day with a warm breakfast.

pumpkin sounds amazing…ive been dying to make the “cake” again, but one of the biggest grocery store chains didn’t have it when I went yesterday! boo! what an outrage. and i guess i’ll have to try it in oatmeal too.

and how many potato buns did “the husband” make? a good amount it looks like! yum! I dont know if i’ve every had potato bread actually, does it taste diff?

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44 BethT February 27, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Sarah F – For fresh green beans, I like to throw them in boiling water for 2 – 3 min then blanch them in cold water. Pat them dry, then return to a skillet on med. high with a bit of canola oil, garlic and red pepper flake. Sautee until lightly brown on the outside and season with pepper to taste!

And one more thing re: weighing bananas: my nutritionist totally advocates this because bananas are more calorically dense than most fruits. A large banana can have up to 200 cals. While I don’t weigh ALL fruits and veggies, I definitely do with starchier and denser ones. This may not be necessary for everyone but if you’re counting calories in an effort to lose weight, a calorie is a calorie.

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45 becks February 27, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Hi there.

As for the pumpkin yogurt, I made it the second time using Dannon light and fit vanilla yogurt instead of plain. Quite good!

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46 Marie February 27, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Hi everyone-
It seems that there are a ton of different discussion topics going on in the comments today already! Here is another one – I am going to dinner soon at a fondue restaurant because my boyfriend & I are celebrating our 3 year anniversary :) :) The menu is VERY extensive but looks delicious…Obviously I want to enjoy every bite of the meal and the experience (I have never eaten fondue before!) but I also don’t want to overdo it and feel sickly-full afterwards. My plan right now is simply to try to focus on portion control and savoring each bite, but I was wondering if Kath or anyone else had tips/advice for this? Usually when I go out to eat it’s pretty easy to stay healthy and balanced, but it seems like the food at this place will be a huge variety and abundance.

Any suggestions for staying (relatively) on-track while eating fondue, but still enjoying myself, would be GREAT! :)

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47 sarah c February 27, 2008 at 12:21 pm

i have to admit… i didnt even get to the food part of that menu becuase i saw SO MANY YUMMY belgian beers, *drool* =)

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48 goalie30 February 27, 2008 at 12:28 pm

re: weighing bananas/healthy foods
I don’t weigh my foods, if I did I probably would be overly obsessive about. I try to aim for food group numbers, so for example 2-3 pieces of whole fresh fruit daily or a container of yogurt, a cup of milk in my cereal and some cheese on my pasta at night would be the 3 servings of dairy I need each day…I don’t think you need to measure food out if you do it that way, and I have never recommended to my patients to weigh their food most of them would probably refuse to anyways! I typically give them diet plans for 1800 calories per day diets to get them started (and that’s typically for people in their 40-80s who are not excessively active like those on this blog, which means for weight loss for younger people you should probably be eating at least this number!)… for those who don’t want to weigh check out the govenment’s food pyramid website.

In terms of the ladies asking questions about their weight and how to lose/gain, I would highly recommend seeking the advice of your physician and/or a dietician or nutritionist for a better idea of how to personally set up a diet/exercise plan that works best for YOU; we all can give great ideas and personal tips here, but it’s not the same as a personalized plan.

DaisyMay: I’m a physician assistant, I work in an internal medicine office and spent a few years working in the emergency room before this.

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49 mel February 27, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Hey everyone~ Hope you all are having great hump days!! I personally do not weigh my foods, but I’m not trying to lose weight. the only things I measure are oatmeal portions and pasta so I dont make way too much or too little!I always buy the largest bananas, apples and sweet potatoes and eating large portions of healthy food has never been a problem for me but I do try to just stick to one dessert a day or everyother (like a pudding cup, scoop of ice cream, something small)- just my 2 cents!! Daisymay- I am a senior in college and for work I babysit every week and occasionally pick up shifts for waitressing at cheddars (where I work- but only a couple times a month bc babysitting is soo much better! ) :)

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50 ashley February 27, 2008 at 12:31 pm

I’m curious, I noticed you never write how many calories your pre-workout snack is, how may calories do you typically eat for a pre workout snack?

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51 Liza February 27, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Hey Kath, I was just wondering..when you were trying to lose weight, how many calories did you typically consume per day? Was your exercise routine any different or more rigorous than it is now?

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52 ashley February 27, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Also, I just wanted to thank everyone who answered my question yesterday about calorie intake, thanks!!

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53 Jenn February 27, 2008 at 12:48 pm

does anyone else have a short waist, and if so.. do you feel like this makes your stomach look “less trim”?

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54 Justy2003 February 27, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Marie-
Congrats on the 3 year anniversary! For my birthday earlier this month, my boyfriend and I went to a fondue restaurant (The Melting Pot…not sure if you’re going to the same). We ordered one of their “Big Night Out” Meals and I definitely overdid it a little but it was soooo good! We got all 4 courses (!) and I enjoyed all of it…along with the wine. I think it may be harder to make “healthy” choices while you’re there because there is a large variety…and it’s not your typical restaurant. There’s the cheese fondue, entree fondue, and dessert fondue…and they were all excellent. I would just say try everything, but in smaller portions…like you mentioned! Since you cook the food yourself, that slows you down a bit so you can start to feel yourself getting full! Anyway, enjoy the restaurant!

DaisyMay-
I’m a coordinator in a clinical genetics lab right now…planning to go to grad school for genetic counseling in the fall. Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll get into the program I want!

SarahF-
My favorite way to make fresh green beans is to saute them with a little brown sugar. Yummy! I love a little sweetness in my veggies :)

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55 Monica February 27, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Hey Marie,
I just went to the Melting Pot ( a fondue restaurant) for V-day. It was not hard to control portions since everything is in bite size pieces and you have to cook the main course in broth. It takes a long time to eat so you can’t just stuff yourself. I just enjoyed it and didn’t worry about the calories. It’s expensive and was for a special occasion, so I just enjoyed it. You should just enjoy yourself and get back on track the next day. Three year anniversaries only happen once! Congrats!

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56 Kath February 27, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Cameron,
We put the peel on to keep the scale clean! We zeroed the scale before adding the banana.

Jennifer,
Good to hear from you!! A hysteroctomy, wow. I hope everything is OK. Keep in touch!

pinklilly,
I don’t think you can beat brown sugar with butternut. The others gave great cooking tips! When I make the mashed version I add seasonings to taste – brown sugar, cinnamon, perhaps some Smart Balance. Just like making mashed sweet potatoes.

Kay,
I don’t think anyone loves oats as much as me :) He didn’t really start eating them regularly until this winter (he’s always hot, so I think come April he’ll switch back to cold cereal). He used to eat eggs a lot more, but I think I’ve got him hooked ;)

Nancy
Usually level 12. 11 if I’m a little tired. I started with 10 though and worked my way up.

Katers,
I love your response to the banana question. Very true about calorie-dense foods like bananas, walnuts and peanut butter. Thanks for chiming in.

Anna in AR,
Thanks for reading!! I always use a little splenda in my pumpkin, although I do like it plain when I’m licking the spoon! I also add cinnamon/spice too.

Shannon ,
I liked your article. It’s important to spread the awareness on all sides of the disorder spectrum – eating and exercise.

Caitlin,
I use to think fruit was calorie-free too – it’s a common assumption. Thanks for sharing that perspective.

SarahF,
We like to cook our beans in a skillet and add dijon mustard, lemon juice and slivered almonds near the end of cooking. It’s tart and very flavorful. The almonds add so much flavor.

Emma,
I’m not sure how many buns he made – at least a dozen. They were chewier than normal bread, but I’m not sure if that was the potatoes or the dough. You can’t really taste any potato flavor.

Frustrated,
It’s impossible for any of us to recommend a weight for you without a medical assessment. I would suggest you put your effort into eating whole foods and getting a good amount of activity (60-90 minutes on most days). When I read the book SuperFoods HealthStyle, it clicked for me that it’s not all about numbers. It’s a great book.

Karen,
Yes, I cook the steel cut on the weekend (usually 2 portions) and then put in tupperware and microwave when ready to eat. You do need to add about 1/4 cup of milk to “rehydrate” them, as they come out of tupperware in one big chunk that you have to break down with a fork.

Marie,
You got it – small portions! Fondue is SO delicious – have fun! Just try not to eat until you’re stuffed. Stop when you’re satisfied (if possible!)

Ashley,
My early morning snacks are usually between 75 and 125 kcal.

Liza,
Check the FAQ :)

Kath

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57 Elizabeth February 27, 2008 at 1:17 pm

I am also an accountant. I am head of accounting for a mid-size tech firm.

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58 Katers February 27, 2008 at 1:24 pm

YAY! Thanks Kath!

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59 caitlin February 27, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Frustrated, once i read if you can wrap fingers around your wrist, and your thumb and pointer finger can touch, you have a small frame. if they almost touch, you have a medium frame, and if they don’t even come close, you probably have a large frame.

:) dunno if thats true.

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60 Nicole (the other one) February 27, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Just to jump in on a few of the conversations going:

I’m a financial analyst. Shout out to all my finance people…there seem to be quite a few on this blog! Maybe that’s why so many of us count calories? We’re mostly “numbers” people ;-)

To Jenn – I’m super short waisted and large chested. What a nightmare. It’s like head, boobs, pants….that’s all I got!

I’ve been reading this blog for about 4 weeks now, and it has really inspired me to try new foods. I’ve eaten oatmeal before, but never really cared for the taste…because I was eating it plain, made with water. Wow! With toppings this stuff is great! I do the banana/brown sugar combo. Mmmm. And I tried Kale for the first time ever last week. Pretty good! Now moving on to squash. Thanks to everyone for your recipe ideas!

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61 Anna in AR February 27, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Thanks to everyone who chimed in on the pumpkin/yogurt question. I’ll definitely give it another try! I’ve discovered commenting makes the blog that much more enjoyable…I might become a regular…

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62 Kelly L. February 27, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Amandamoo- CRUD! Is that why my butternut squash tasted somewhat plasticky? Next time I’ll take the squash out of the bag before putting it in the oven!!

TOTALLY KIDDING! Of course I took it out of the bag! :)

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63 Amandamoo February 27, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Whew! *I sigh in relief that we don’t have to refer you to poison control for regular consumption of Ziploc plastic!

:)

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64 Jtine February 27, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Anna in AR – I know a lot of people have already answered, but I didn’t like the pumpkin/plain yogurt combo either and I tried it several times with spices added. What I do like, however, is mixing the pumpkin and spices with a light vanilla yogurt (sometimes light even has less added sugars than plain)…it’s amazing with cinnamon, nutmeg, and slivered pecans!

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