Picky Palate

April 14, 2008

I was picky today. If I wanted it, I ate it. If I didn’t, I didn’t!

I got home from lab at 4:30 and wasn’t really that hungry, but we’ve been eating dinner a little earlier and I knew I would be hungry soon but didn’t want to spoil my appetite, so to make a rambling story long, I sat in front of the fridge for 5 minutes trying to decide what to have. What was I craving? Then I stared at the pantry.  So indecisive! I ended up sticking my hand in the homemade cracker bag and spontaneously eating a handful:



After I started to go back for another handful I stopped myself and thought “If you want crackers, have crackers. Put them on a plate.” So I did. But they looked boring. So I tried to think what to have with the crackers.

When I was growing up we used to melt huge blocks of sharp cheddar cheese over Wheat Thins and Ritz crackers, so I decided to have that. 1/4 a serving of shredded Mexican cheese. “Nachos.” It wasn’t really as good as I remember…but hunger was gone afterwards!


Dinner tonight was BBQ chicken and sweet and sour cabbage (inspired by Jenna’s Mom’s but with less butter and sugar and no onions!).

I made my Thick and Delicious BBQ Sauce, dolloped it over the chicken pieces (skinless breast for me; legs and thighs for hub) and baked for 40 minutes at 400*.

Then I put on more of the sweet, thick sauce. It’s definitely the best part. So much the best part that I only ate the top half of the chicken. My breast was folded in half to resemble the size and shape of the thighs for even cooking. So I basically ate about 2/3 of the breast. Then I got picky, decided I didn’t really care for any more and worked on my cabbage.


Cabbage was yummy!


Lastly, I decided our plates needed a third item and whipped up some frozen green beans. Even jazzed up with lime, dill and mustard, these pretty much sucked. Frozen veggies are meant to go IN things – not be served as a highlight dish!


This dinner was about 375 kcal,9 grams fiber and 35 grams protein.


After dinner the husband and I walked to our shopping center (26 minutes round trip) to run an errand. We got rained on a little, but luckily I didn’t melt.

See y’all at 5:30 a.m. for a leisurely inverse breakfast/workout and some Stats!

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1 Romina April 14, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Yummy!! Those crackers look amazing. A great alternative to nachos and cheese. =)


2 ppp April 14, 2008 at 7:06 pm

that is SOOO funny i had the EXACT same thing for a snack today – but i topped mine with a couple spoonfuls of salsa; that jazzed it up + gave me a little vegetable!


3 Jill April 14, 2008 at 7:08 pm

I do that all the time with food – it just never seems to “feel” right so I stare at the fridge. Yum, I love bbq sauce, didn’t realize you had a recipe!


4 Jessie April 14, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Hey everyone!

I hope this doesn’t come accross as strange, but everyone on here seems very nice and we all seem to have some things in commone soo…..

Just putting this out there, if any of you have facebook and want to add another nutritious conscience friend on there feel free to look me up!

Jessie Popelka << I’m pretty sure there is only one person when you look up my name but just in case the picture is me and my dogs 😀


5 tvk April 14, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Ha! I have very similar feelings about frozen green beans. I think it comes from a childhood with very busy parents, during which most of the vegetables I ate were frozen or canned. Yipes!


6 VeggieGirl April 14, 2008 at 7:14 pm

I have days like that, when I can’t decide what I’m craving. I love your nachos idea, with the crackers!!

Look at that thick, luscious BBQ sauce – WOW!!

Haha, I won’t be up until 6:30 a.m. tomorrow – so I’ll see you then ;0)


7 Adelle April 14, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Hi kath – love the blog :)

since this seems to be a pretty active forum with lots of people interested in proper diet/exercise/lifetsyle, i hope you don’t mind that I post about an issue of mine that I’d love any kind of feedback on…

I’m 18 years old, and have been naturally slender my whole life. Up until last year I weighed about 110 pounds, and I’m 5’7″. I ate normally and exercised moderately. then I went through some pretty difficult times in my life personally, and turned a lot more to food, “eating way” things I didn’t want to deal with. Binging on way too much food resulted in me gaining 10 lbs. Of course I knew that I wasn’t fat at 5’7″ and 120, but the point was I felt so uncomfortable being immersed in such an unhealthy lifestyle of eating too much sugar, junk, even oversized potions of “healthy” food in unhealthy. So I decided to take control of it and stop overeating to deal with mixed up emotions. Over the past two months or so I have managed to stop bingeing and sort out a lot of stuff in my life, and have taken up running and its a great form of release. Since I felt really uncomfortable at 120 lbs., I ate about 1,500-1,600 calories a day and exercised about an hour to an hour and a half 5-6 days a week. I felt very satisfied and happy with myself during the time, and now I am back to the weight I was before I started bingeing: 110. I am eating close to 2,000 calories a day now and am not bingeing anymore (don’t count calories too closely, just ballpark), and I hear a lot that I’m really thin and I know I am, but I feel healthy and sooo much better than I did when I was bingeing and miserable and weighed 10 lbs. more!
Basically I’m not starving myself at all, exercising properly and my body just wants to be this way. But technically I am “underweight”!
Does anyone else have this dilemma, and have learned to just accept their body the way it naturally is when it’s not being gorged with junk food (or starved; just any kind of unnatural extreme!)???


8 Jessie April 14, 2008 at 7:15 pm

oh and the facebook thing, im especially extending that invitation to the other Lincoln Girls on here :)

But also to everyone else!


9 laura April 14, 2008 at 7:34 pm

i have that same problem. i’m about 5/10 130ish and people always comment. “your too thin” it kind of gets annoying sometimes, but i’ve learned to ignore it. i used to weigh 145 and i wasnt fat, just not as small as i wanted. i am so much more healthier now, and i love healthy foods and things like that. when i go to college i can start new so i’m happy about that because no one would of known what i used to be. just live how you wanna live and it’ll get better!


10 goodlife4 April 14, 2008 at 7:37 pm

hey kath,

i have a quick question. you said you had skinless chicken…does that actually make it healthier? i usually like to eat it with the crispy skin (usually i make rosemary or sage..yum) because it gives it more flavor. i know you put bbq sauce on it, so that made it moist, but i like eating the skin normally. i’ve just heard many people say to eat it without, so i was wondering how much healthier it actually is. i’m always looking for ways to be even healthier!! thanks, keep up the good work :]


11 Phoebe April 14, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Haha I love your “luckily I didn’t melt.” When I was younger if it started raining when we were outside my mom ALWAYS said “It’s a good thing we’re not cotton candy.” She still says it and I say it too!


12 Chelsea April 14, 2008 at 7:43 pm

I’ll be making that cabbage in the very near future! In fact, I’m going to go change my produce order right now!


13 Response April 14, 2008 at 7:47 pm


I know exactly where you are coming from. I am 5’6, very athletic, and up until recently weighed in around 110. Everyone my whole life has told me I was too skinny, but I always thought I looked fine. About 6 months ago my doctor told me I needed to gain weight, and I also got on the pill. It was very hard for me to gain weight bc I naturally have a really high metabolism plus I’m very active, but then I had some personal/emotional issues and found myself binging at night. Now I am up to 119 which is where the doctor wanted me, but I’m not happy with my body.

Technically I am still underweight and below a normal body fat % on the regular woman scale, but I fall into range for athletic women. The point is, I am struggling to accept my new body. For the first time in my life I have breasts and thighs. While my boyfriend loves it, it is hard for me to get used to. I’m so used to being a bean pole, that I sometimes catch myself pinching my belly and feeling disgusted with myself for gaining weight. I know that I am not fat by any means, but I am just different.

Feeling comfortable in your own skin is not an easy task. If you feel better about yourself at 110 and youre eating healthfully and not over doing it with exercise, my advice would be to stay there. I was perfectly healthy at 110, eating about 2000-2200 calories a day, and now that I’m at a “normal” weight, I am unhappy.

I think its funny that we put people into categories because of how much they weigh. Over/Under…why does it matter as long as your healthy and happy with yourself?

(Note: I’m not talking about extreme obesity, as I am aware that there are serious health risks, nor am I talking about people with who starve themselves.)


14 Lauren April 14, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Adelle and Laura I am in yalls case also…I am 5’10” and 128 lbs. I dipped down to a low of 124 and felt very unhealthy (after I got sick) and now am back up to almost 130 lbs which is where I feel my best at. I am in college now, but in highschool I was weighing around 145-148 and didn’t feel as good, not as active, and kind of sluggish. I deal with people making comments all the time especially alot of my friends from highschool who knew me which I weighed more then. I have dealt with family memebers thinking I don’t eat or have an ED, which is not the case for either of those. I feel like I have just picked up on a healthier lifestyle, love exercising, and eating better for myself! There was a point where I was binge eating I think because of emotional issues and partly because I had dipped low in my weight, but I am working on that now…glad to know I am not th eonly one who has dealt with this!


15 Ally April 14, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Wow, what a beautiful spread!

That really is a thick BBQ sauce!

I honestly couldn’t decide what to have for snack today either! I actually made a plate of wasa crackers with guacamole, took a picture, and then decided I didn’t want it! I was craving peanut butter so I just listened to my body and went for it! That’s what I really love about blogging and your blog in general, it has taught me to have the things I crave and do it in a healthy, moderate manner!


16 Nick April 14, 2008 at 9:03 pm

I love cabbage in all forms, that looks especially good and those nachos are rockin. I would add some sliced black olives and ground meat, but perfect as is for an appetizer.

The Peanut Butter Boy


17 Beth April 14, 2008 at 9:24 pm

I liked your comment on stopping to ask yourself if you really wanted to eat the crackers, and if so, to get a plate and eat them then. I am going to keep that in mind and use the idea of plating the food as an gauge of if I am hungry or just want to mindlessly eat. Thanks.


18 Erin April 15, 2008 at 4:34 am

That BBQ chicken looks so good! The first thing I want when I get back from studying abroad is a big BBQ cookout!


19 Kath April 15, 2008 at 4:55 am

goodlife4 ,
If you generally eat healthy, then there’s nothing wrong with eating chicken with the skin on. It is very high in saturated fat compared to the rest of the breast, which is why it has a bad reputation. A 6 oz chicken breast with skin is 293 kcal, 15.8 grams of fat and 4.5 grams of saturated fat (23% of DV). A 6 oz breast without skin is 180 kcal, 2.1 grams of fat, and only .6 grams of saturated fat (3% of DV). So you can see how removing the skin makes a big difference nutritionally.

Ally ,
I’ve definitely photographed something and changed my mind too – but I think it was more like a box or whole food – I haven’t ever assembled it and then changed my mind. Go you for being picky!

The only thing I wanted when I got back from England was a big glass of GOOD water. The wtaer there – even the bottled water – was horrible and thick like milk!



20 Kristina April 15, 2008 at 9:25 am

Frozen green beans are the worst! That was all my mom served me when I was a kid and I thought I hated them. But then I tried fresh and I love them. Steamed but still crunchy with a spray of olive oil and garlic salt. Mmmm!


21 Melissa (the other one) April 15, 2008 at 10:00 am

To Jessie :
So I saw your thing about Facebook yesterday and am in love with Facebook (even thought I made fun of it at first) so went to add you….

Are you with 2 boxers in your picture???? We have a boxer too!!!! I don’t know many people with boxers so was really excited!!! Now I guess we have a LOT in common! health, nutrition, boxers….


22 Jessie April 15, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Hey Melissa yea it’s the one with the boxers, the one I am holding is mine the other one is a friends, you should def add me!! (I’m going to post this one the current one to so that you see it for sure :D)


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