Pancakes, Pregnancy + Packing

April 30, 2008

(Before you get excited, pregnancy is referring to the main focus of my Physio exam today so I’ve got it on the brain!)

Pancakes (And A Waffle)

Started today with another Vans Blueberry Waffle with AB + Raspberry jam before my early morning workout. I actually do prefer the heartier Kashi waffles so I’ll have to get those next time. Or perhaps another fun brand that’s whole grain.

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At the gym, I did 45 minutes on the ET followed by upper body weights on the machines and with some resistance bands. I really like using resistance bands – they are much less awkward to handle than free weights and somehow make my muscles more tired with less weight. It was a nice workout :) The next 3 days I’ll be relying on walking and running on the beach for exercise, but I’ll have to be careful I don’t wear out my foot too soon.

Since I have my exam at 11:30, I decided on the “full for hours” Cheese Danish Pancakes. I made the batter last night so they were all ready to go the morning. I was a little worried about the oats soaking up too much liquid overnight so I changed the proportions around a little, adding more egg white (1/2 a cup instead of 1/4 a cup) and less cottage cheese (3/4 a cup instead of 1 cup). Then this morning I added a splash more hemp milk. They weren’t quite as good as last time – I think they need the full cup of cottage cheese! I also omitted the banana from the batter just so I wouldn’t have to deal with it last night but definitely added the slices to each pancake this morning. But these were still wonderful! And as always, the batter is the best part!

Drizzled with a full tablespoon of almond butter -

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I made 2 big pancakes, 1 medium and 1 taco pancake each.

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From above, con cafe -

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Pregnancy + Packing

That’s what I’ll be doing today. Studying all morning, then packing all afternoon. We leave for Folly Beach right when the husband gets home! I’m planning on packing sandwiches to eat on the road for dinner. We’ll be at the beach Thursday and Friday and are spending Saturday in Charleston and returning Saturday night. We’re staying with my best friend from college, Meredith, who is celebrating the end of her third year of vet school!

OK, onto the ovarian cycle…

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1 Katie April 30, 2008 at 7:15 am

Raspberry jam is my favorite. And those pancakes look amazing. I keep meaning to try some of your pancake recipes. Maybe this weekend! :)

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2 erica April 30, 2008 at 7:21 am

The pancakes look delicious Kath! The taco idea is just too cute.

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3 caitlinbo (in FL) April 30, 2008 at 7:21 am

ahhh i thought you were preggers at first. everyone in my office is pregnant right now. i hope its not catching. :(

have fun at the beaaaaaaaaaaaaach!

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4 Sarah April 30, 2008 at 7:24 am

Tell your friend Congrats on finishing her 3rd year of vet school. My sister is finishing her 2nd year at Auburn Vet school. Have fun at the beach :)

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5 hk April 30, 2008 at 7:28 am

have an amazing vacation, the beach sounds fabulous!! Good luck with the test:)

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6 Suzanne April 30, 2008 at 7:31 am

every time I see ‘pregnancy’ in your post, I jump the gun and think you are pregnant! :) I’m feeling the pressure to have a baby – it’s baby fever everywhere! Both my best friend and my husband’s best friend just had babies a few months ago. We are so busy spoiling the both of them!
But now I’m feeling the pressure. To be honest – I’m kind of terrified of the 9 months of pregnancy. Not to mention I am more terrified that I won’t be a good enough mom! I love babies – I just wish we could skip the pregnancy part!
Any words of comfort from you moms out there? :)

Kath – you said you were going to wait a few years right? Are you feeling a little anxious too? Or are totally at ease? ;)

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7 jenna April 30, 2008 at 7:38 am

Kath, Charleston!!!!!!! How jealous am I????!!! I will live vicariously through you because I wish sooo much I was going there too! Enjoy it for the both of us!! go to 5 loaves on cannon street for lunch if you can! It’s totally a kath place with soups and salads…the soups are the best in the world. You would love it!!!

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8 Betsy in Pittsburgh April 30, 2008 at 7:48 am

I love the blue plate! Your wares inspire me for my pottery class :).

And I apologize to everyone who has trouble with the word verification thing on my blog – it’s through Mac so I have no control!!

nifer – I’m sure you could use the squash in place of zucchini, you can’t really taste it after it’s all said & done.

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9 Yoon April 30, 2008 at 7:57 am

I’ve been meaning to try out your “danish” but I always forget to buy the cottage cheese! I’m new to this product (I’ve only had it once) and somehow it didn’t taste like anything last time.

The grocery store has ones in a regular plastic container and anther in a vacuum bag that says “pressed dry.” Which one do you eat? Which one do you use to make your danish?
(I don’t even know how they’re different!)

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10 Meghan April 30, 2008 at 8:02 am

Hey Kath, i just stumbled upon your site about a week ago from Self magazines site. I am a health nut like you, i love eating healthy and i’ve gotten my boyfriend to join in too! I had a question about these delicious sounding cheese danish pancakes. I tried making them the other day (i live for cottage cheese, bananas, peanut butterrrrr, oatmeal…), but i dont think i did it right, it seemed like it was burning no the one side so i just took it off the stove and ate it like mushy oatmeal (still delicious). do you use cooked oats or dry? I dont know what I did wrong?

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11 ser April 30, 2008 at 8:34 am

I only comment when it is about kids, it seems. So that is one liability of having them, Suzanne–you lose so much of your previous life! But you gradually gain it back as they get bigger, and your life changes in wonderful ways, too.

It seems you were specifically asking about pregnancy, though. It is hard to lose control of your body for nine months (and then breastfeeding is another way in which you lose control of your body, I think) but I think that overall, even though I gained a lot of weight and my body changed in ways I don’t always appreciate, overall I love my body more. It is strong and amazing. I even ran a marathon after I had my first because I figured, hell, if I can have a baby I can run a marathon!

Kath, it will be interesting to hear how your no calorie counting goes. I find that I did it for so long that I automatically count in my head. I just ballpark, of course, but it is hard for me to shut that counting voice off in my head.

Have a great time at the beach!

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12 Kate April 30, 2008 at 8:36 am

Pancakes and waffles for breakfast, how decadent! Next time you’re at the store, look for Van’s belgian waffles–they’re whole grain (if I remember right, they have a very similar profile to Kashi ones) and so yummy!

Yoon, I’m not positive but I would imagine that Kath uses the regular tub style cottage cheese, since that’s what’s readily available to most people and is kind of the “classic” type. Also, since it’s a wet ingredient in the recipe you want it to be wet.

Kath, have a fantastic time at the beach! So jealous!

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13 Suzanne April 30, 2008 at 8:47 am

ser –
thanks for your input about pregnancy + kids. I know in the long run – it’s a wonderful thing and I’m looking forward to it. I guess I’m just looking at the immediate discomfort/anxiety of 9 months with something growing inside of you. It’s beautiful, yet scary and nerve-wracking! I don’t want to do anything wrong! :)

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14 Tina April 30, 2008 at 8:52 am

I need to try those pancakes! Yum!

Have fun on your trip!!! :)

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15 TC April 30, 2008 at 8:56 am

Your pancakes look wonderful! I simply have to try them in the next few days.

I too have a foot problem that still bothers me even though it is not as bad as it once was. What do you do to make sure you do not re-injure? Especially when you are on vacation and there is no access to a gym?

Thanks!!

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16 ser April 30, 2008 at 9:06 am

Suzanne,

I know, pregnancy is intimidating. Especially the first time. But you are likely already so in tune with healthy living that it won’t be nearly so overwhelming as to someone who has to make a lot of lifestyle changes once they become pregnant. But it is scary to jump into it (not that you are, but whenever you do) not having a point of reference.

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17 Kelly T April 30, 2008 at 9:39 am

ack, having kids freaks me out. 1) the havock it wreaks on your body 2) i talk to kids like i would talk to an adult which freaks a lot of parents out so i dont know what that would do to a child over the long haul 3) i would be responsible for making sure it was a productive member of society. Im sure I could keep it alove, i mean, i have a dog, but shaping its personality? yikes…

i just noticed i referred to this “child” as and “it.” thats bad, huh?

http://www.everygymsnightmare.com

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18 Becky in MD April 30, 2008 at 9:43 am

Suzanne-Adoption! Then you don’t have to be pregnant, and you get to have a child! I’m the same way, I don’t really want to be pregnant, or physically give birth to a child, but I want to have kids one day….

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19 mel April 30, 2008 at 10:01 am

aww i cant wait to have kids someday (like at least 5 yrs- I’m only 22!). I think pregnant women are so so beautiful and children are amazing and bring so much joy (most of the time! haha). 9 months is nothing when you think about the lifetime you get to spend with your kids! I’m a sap I know! :)

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20 Nick April 30, 2008 at 10:03 am

The oats do soak up some of the batter overnight. The way to fix that in the morning is simply add some soy or skim milk until it is thin enough, problem solved!

- The Peanut Butter Boy

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21 Kellly L. April 30, 2008 at 10:21 am

Nick- I hate cottage cheese. Any other ideas for making these pancakes without it?

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22 Chelsea April 30, 2008 at 10:22 am

Suzanne-From someone who is going through pregnancy RIGHT NOW and who had the same fears, let me tell you, it’s AWESOME. I had a horrible first trimester but I still LOVE being pregnant. Your body does so many amazing things and changes in ways you could never imagine. It’s absolutely amazing. It’s also cool to see yourself get bigger in places you never did before. My arms and legs are the places I gain my weight but with pregnancy they’ve stayed exactly the same and my stomach and boobs just keep growing and growing and growing. I’m only 4 months and my waist has gone from 28 inches to 38!!! But is is SO COOL.

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23 Betsy April 30, 2008 at 10:28 am

yikes-your title freaked me out!

i want to go to the beach!!!!

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24 SawSaw April 30, 2008 at 10:29 am

Nick-

Will you marry me? Just kidding! But that was such a sweet statement! You are so right, pregnant women are beautiful, gotta love the glow! I’m only 21 and someday I would love to be pregnant, first I need the hombre though.

-SawSaw

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25 SawSaw April 30, 2008 at 10:30 am

Haha!!! Nevermind! I read Mel’s statement and thought it was NICKS!! hahaha.. Mel do you want to marry me?? :)

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26 VeggieGirl April 30, 2008 at 10:43 am

Haha!! I KNEW that there had to be a catch with your blog post title ;0)

Gotta love Nick’s pancake recipe!! Yum!!

Good luck with all the studying today, and have fun later!! :0)

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27 JennS April 30, 2008 at 10:45 am

Veggie Girl, I tried posting comments on your blog but cant! :( I do have a question… you bake the most wonderful looking desserts but you are really really really really skinny. How does this happen with those desserts? Im jealous

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28 mel April 30, 2008 at 10:56 am

saw saw- of course I’ll marry you! haha! I do think pregnant women have a beautiful glow! what do you all put on brussel sprouts before you roast them? I hate to admit I’ve never had them before and just bought some!! Have a great hump day everyone!

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29 Heather April 30, 2008 at 10:58 am

Those pancakes look amazing! I’m still stuck on the regular oatmeal pancake recipe, but maybe I’ll try these this weekend.

Geez, did you think your title would stir up this much talk? :)

Good luck on the exam… and have fun at the BEACH! I’m jealous!

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30 angelcubbie April 30, 2008 at 11:04 am

I am definitley a little freaked out by the whole pregnancy, losing control of my body for 9 months thing but I think when I actually go through it (someday far, far far away lol) the process will be so happy and wonderful I’ll see it as beautiful. Probabley the same will happen for you Suzanne. I can’t (but I want to, until I’m closer to 30, i’m in college now) wait to have kids.

However the thought of marriage makes me break out into hives. Lol.

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31 angelcubbie April 30, 2008 at 11:08 am

Oh, by the way, made the best overnight muesli this morning, it’s a pretty simple recipe but it was fantastic and so easy to eat at the office so I thought I’d post it.

1 container stonyfielf plain yogurt (6 oz)
6 oz milk (I used plain vanilla almond milk but anything would work, hemp would go great)
1/2 cup dry oats
8 med. sliced strawberries (LOVE strawberries!)
1 med sliced banana

Mix everything and refrigerate overnight

engoy in the morning and top with honey if desired! {but not necessary really cuz the oats and milk absorb the sweetness of the banana and strawberries, I just love honey : ) }

so good!!!

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32 Korin April 30, 2008 at 11:09 am

No offense (to some of you who seem to be thinking this way) but if your number one concern about having/not having a baby is the pregnancy or what it will “do” to your body… then PLEASE don’t have kids any time soon because you can’t get anymore selfish than that.

Not that there’s anything wrong with being selfish, but I just think that no one should even remotely think about actually having and raising a child if the first thing they think of is how it will mess with their figure.

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33 Teddy April 30, 2008 at 11:10 am

Just curious, how far are you from the beach? I’ve never lived more than 15 miles or so. I’m beach spoiled!

Teddy

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34 JennS April 30, 2008 at 11:15 am

Agreed Korin…. its strange how people are worried about pregnancy “messing” with their figure. It’s the greatest, most natural occurences that could happen to the female body.

has anyone read Self’s new article about Eating Disorders? Its on the website, I think it would be a great topic of discussion since everyone here is obsessed with food.

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35 Katharine April 30, 2008 at 11:24 am

Hi Kath,

I altered your Pumpkin Oatmeal recipe this morning and instead, added yams that I’d baked and mashed last night. With lots of cinnamon, I didn’t need to add anything to sweeten it and it was DELISH! If you haven’t tried it, you definitely should! Thanks for the great blog and good luck on your exam!

Katharine

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36 Katharine April 30, 2008 at 11:25 am

Ooh, I forgot to add…I also topped it with dried cranberries and toasted walnuts! I think I’m going to name it Thanksgiving Oatmeal :)

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37 Justy2003 April 30, 2008 at 11:27 am

It’s never been the whole pregnancy part of being pregnant that’s scared me (I think pregnant ladies are so cute!), it’s the DELIVERY part. “Ouch” is all I can say! :( Thank goodness for epidurals! :)

Kath, I went to a frozen yogurt place last night and they had PLAIN frozen yogurt…it was so yummy! It was a little sweet, but definitely still had that tartness to it! I remember you saying (a while back) that you wondered if they even made it (and I believe the husband made a comment about frozen plain yogurt being gross!) but they do make it! Maybe you can find a place near you that has it too!

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38 mel April 30, 2008 at 11:30 am

Jenn, I’ve read it and sadly I think it is true. Most women I know either think they are fat or are trying to lose weight (except for my mom who is my role model for not counting cals, eating healthy but also dessert everyday and staying slim). This may sound mean and I totally don’t mean for it to, but I have suffered from an eating disorder in the past (for 6 years in high school and part of college) and I honestly think I had a better mind set than some women I hear from and comments from who claim to not have a disorder. I still ate, just extremely healthy, little to no fat, I counted every calorie I ate and worked out religiously everyday. and I was seriously ill mentally and physically.I am so so much happier being more relaxed yet still healthy and not counting calories or working out every day. I think we all (myself included) could loosen up alittle on ourselves and not worry so much. Life is not all about food- food should be enjoyed, not feared!

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39 mel April 30, 2008 at 11:31 am

p.s. my comment was seriously not directed at ANYONE!! just general! xoxo

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40 Suzanne April 30, 2008 at 11:34 am

ser, Becky in MD, mel, Chelsea, angelcubbie – I really enjoyed reading your comments regarding pregnancy! Thanks for all of your wise words. I think pregnant women are beautiful too! The female’s ability to carry and grow a child is one of the most special accomplishments.

Korin and JennS -
I just want to clarify: I think you took the conversation the wrong way. I could care less what pregnancy does to my body (whether I get fat, get stretch marks, etc). I am just anxious and nervous having something growing inside of me for 9 months. I don’t want anything to go wrong. And I know feeling sick will effect everyday life immensely – and I want to make sure I do everything I can to have a healthy baby. I would put the life of my baby before my own…it’s a big responsibility! So I’m just a little apprehensive – that’s all! And I don’t think the other commenters were worried about pregnancy messing up their figures – I think they share in my feelings that pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but a bit scary. Hope that clears things up!

I’m going to miss this blog while I’m on vacation!

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41 beth April 30, 2008 at 11:51 am

I have had 2 babies. One is almost 3 and the other just turned 1. Being pregnant was an amazing thing. Yes it changed my body, but for the better. I know that I can do anything after giving birth to 2 childres (no epidural). Of course it is scary, but your body was made to do this. It know how to work. It makes it easier to be healthy up until you get pregnant, and stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. I was and I only gained 30 pounds, which is what they say for you to do. After I deleivered, I nursed both babies unitl about 9-10 months. This is also something your body knows to do, but it does take patience and a healthy lifestyle as well. I am still about 5 pounds heavier than my prebaby weight, and that is ok. My body will never be the same. Maybe it will even be better someday soon! I could argue that it already is. As they get older it will be alot easier to workout more than I can, so there is no need to worry. If you are committed to have a healthy lifestlye, you can do it with or without kids!

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42 koootz April 30, 2008 at 1:05 pm

are there any dairy-free substitutions for cottage cheese? i love it but recently gave up dairy due to stomach issues and i miss it.

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43 JENNA April 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm

I have a question and I don’t mean to stir up any agruments, i know we are all much more mature than some of the things (arguments) that go on on other blogs…but in all seriousness i’ve been reading selfs eat like me blog and i understand that everyones bodies are different but do you all feel like her lunches are substantial lunches calorie-wise. When i go back and look at similar posts she doesn’t eat extra food at dinner or breakfast. If I ate that lunch i would be starving an hour later. Just wondering how everyone else feels and curious if maybe my portion sizes and ideas about meal servings are wrong.

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44 Tina April 30, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Beth,

You delivered all natural? Amazing!! That is my goal when I decide to have children (in many, many years). By any chance have you seen “The Business of Being Born?” It’s an eye-opener!

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45 Allison April 30, 2008 at 2:09 pm

With respect to Jenna’s comment, Cristin often eats high calorie, low volume meals. They are still healthy. They certainly wouldn’t keep me full! I would be starving.

With respect to children and being pregnant, I am stronger now than I ever was before children, but my body is definitely different and not necessarily in good ways. You lose a lot of freedom but that doesn’t mean it isn’t wonderful. All the magazines that say, “Just put the baby in the stroller and go for a walk”…well it just is not that simple, they have to be fed and changed and in the mood. When you are ready, they might not be. There is a lot of compromise and much less flexibility, but it is still the greatest experience ever.

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46 Ashley April 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Kathy- Congrats on being done!! Enjoy your vacation:)

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47 Ally April 30, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Every time you post these they look fantastic!

Don’t forget anything while you pack ;)

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48 Holly April 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Jenna,

I have to agree with you. Yeah, maybe she has good protein and fiber content in her meals, but I don’t know how that could keep her full. But we have to also realize that we don’t know how much she atually exercises completely. It seems like she does quite a bit, but maybe she isn’t walking that briskly or fast. I dunno. But yes, I would NEVER be able to stay full from that little.

I eat like Kath, I love my volume foods. I hate just eating something sooo calorie dense and then it’s gone in a flash!

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49 SarahF April 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm

JENNA-
I think the point of “EatLikeMe” blog is showing to eat what’s right for each individual. If something fills you up, and is healthy, then that is the right portion for you. Everybodies going to have different amounts of food. I even find for myself that one day I’ll eat something and be full for hours, and the next day I’ll eat the exact same thing and be hungry an hour later.
The bad thing about reading these blogs (I know I’m guilty of doing it) is you end up comparing what you eat to what they are eating. And you can’t do that. I’m a huge eater-so looking at Cristin’s blog a lot of her meals would leave me hungry, but my roomate (who is very healthy) probably eats about 1/2 of what I do and that’s the right amount for her.
If you want to follow different food blogs examples, don’t focus on how much the person eats, focus on the quality/type of food they are putting into their bodies (you’ll notice that on both this blog and Cristin’s-there is a focus on fresh, healthy food-no “100 calorie” snack-packs)

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50 Kath April 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Re. Pregnancy,
I can’t WAIT to be pregnant and have a baby but I know we’re no where close to being ready. Definitely not until I finish my R.D. (2 years to go) and we’ll probably wait a year or so beyond that just so I can get settled. But the second I got married I got excited :)

jenna ,
I’ll kiss Charleston for you :)

Yoon ,
We buy regular cottage cheese in a tub. I like Breakstone’s 2% and Cabot Fat Free. I find there’s a lot of variation between brands, so you might want to shop around before you decide if you like it or not (and try 2% vs. fat free too). Cabot’s fat free is good, but other brands are gross.

Meghan ,
You use dry oats. My guess is your skillet was too hot. I keep mine on medium heat. They take a while to cook (maybe 4-5 minutes per side) but if you get inpatient, they’re just as good half batter (and it’s safe because the egg whites are safe to eat raw).

Kate ,
I’ve been wanting to try those Belgians. Glad to know they’re whole grain!

TC ,
I made sure not to run more than twice a week on a regular basis. That way if I go on vacation and have to do a few days in a row it’s not a huge strain. But sometimes I just have to stick to walking.

Teddy ,
About 3 – 3.5 hours from the beach. We usually get down there about 3 times a year.

Katharine ,
GREAT idea with the yams!! I will try to remember to try that soon. I LOVE sweet potatoes, so I’m sure I’d love it too. With brown sugar and pecans!

Justy2003 ,
Where’d you find the plain? I’ve been looking around. I can’t wait until a grocery store brand makes it too!

Kath

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51 Justy2003 April 30, 2008 at 2:56 pm

The plain was at a local frozen yogurt place here in Houston…that’s the first time I’ve seen it!

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