Surf’s Up

July 6, 2010

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Our umbrella rocks!!!!!!!!!!! Why have we gone so many years basking in the sun when we could have had this amazing piece of fabric protecting us!?

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Hats help also. Matt never wears hats and I think he looks pretty cute in one!

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I’m on page 500 – such a great story!

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Games were played

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Mom and I went for a walk

[Here are the cover ups x3!]

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Then we all got in the ocean!!! A family of 6 bumbling over the waves

Then more reading. We are a very book friendly family.

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All of a sudden it was 6PM and I was starving! I coaxed Kanz into going in for beers and snacks while we continued to enjoy books, sun and sand.

He surprised us with some Kashi crackers! They are still good – because I love how the get suck in your teeth – but they don’t taste as good as they used to.

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I split the Magic Hat Ginger with mom

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Hunger subsided.

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Ahhhhhh. Evening showers, clean clothes and wine!

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I had a splash of Albero sparkling from TJs

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Dinner tonight was a break for the cooks – pizza delivery!

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Pepperoni and Pineapple – huge NYC style slices!

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Jalapeno Mushroom – my fav!

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I made a huge salad to go with.

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Golden Rabbit bowl I brought from home. Love these big metal bowls. They are good for EVERYTHING!

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Plus a homemade dressing. My standard balsamic. Shake the following in a jar or tupperware:

  • 1/4 cup Garlic Gold oil (or olive oil + garlic. Garlic Gold wins because of no aftertaste here!)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (the good thick kind!)
  • 1 tbsp any kind of good mustard
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • Herbs to taste (I used dried basil and oregano)
  • 2 tsp honey

I used honey from our WEDDING!! Leftover favors from 6.2.07! I got the jars from a beekeeper in New Jersey and ordered the custom labels to put on the jars myself.

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A bit of red with dinner – a Shiraz Matt’s friend Malcolm gave us for Xmas!

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I had a slice and a half of each

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My stomach – every now and then – does this weird thing where 1) I can’t decide if I’m starving or stuffed and 2) It’s bloated and distended 3) It has sharp pains. I think it happens when I don’t eat enough during the day, but I can’t make a correlation. I used to happen a lot and now only happens every now and then. Well it happened tonight! I couldn’t get enough food at dinner but was stuffed at the same time! Very uncomfortable.

After dinner, mom required us to go on a mandatory evening beach walk. The beach is so nice at dusk! I think it helped my stomach, which feels much better now.

I pretty much decided on the walk I’d just have a taste of dessert tonight.

But what do you do when a place of pound cake strawberry cream is set in front of you!?

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You say thank you and compliment the cook. Mom’s pound cake was the best I’ve had in years, and Breyers Vanilla Bean never lets me down.

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Night guys!!

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1 Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 6, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Oh yum… pound cake is pretty much the best thing ever. EVER.

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2 Tammy @ Defining Wellness July 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Kath, how long are you going to be in Wilmington?? We’re driving down on Saturday the 10th and staying until the 18th.

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3 Kath July 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Leaving the 10th :(

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4 Tammy @ Defining Wellness July 6, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Oh shoot, would’ve been SO cool to meet you. If you’re ever going to be in the Philadelphia area, please let me know. :) Enjoy the rest of your trip! Can’t wait to see where else you venture . . . some of my faves — The Loop for walking, Causeway Cafe crab omelet for breakfast, mocha shake (shared) from PCJ for a decadent treat, Circa 1922 for a fantastic dinner, Nikki’s for great sushi or vegetarian, Two Sisters Bookery for your next read, ice cream from Kilwin’s, views from Oceanic, kayaking anywhere, visiting the UNCW campus. Aww man, magical place. Soak it all in, soak it all in.

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5 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Mmm – that mushroom jalapeno pizza sounds great!

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6 Abby July 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Those matching coverups are cracking me up! My mom and I were at Target yesterday and she picked out matching cover ups for her, me and my sister-in-law for our beach trip in August.

I vetoed them! But they weren’t as cute as yours!

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7 Jenny July 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Your apps, drinks, dinner, dessert and view look fab!

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8 Liz July 6, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I love reading while at the beach. It is so calming and you get a good tan while at it. Just don’t leave your sunglasses on for too long like I tend to do. I have a pretty sweet set of raccoon eyes from it, lol.

That dessert looks delicious, by the way! I really shouldn’t be looking at all of this food so late in the day! It’s making me hungry, haha.

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9 kelli July 6, 2010 at 9:09 pm

My stomach does the same thing with bloating and distention, but without sharp pains!! I t is so aggrevating sometimes to be so bloated and distention in your stomach, when you know you eat a balanced diet, I have been trying more to correlate it with gluten/wheat consumption to rule-out or rule-in celiacs disease. Lets hope not for either of us, because no wheat?!?! = horror!

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10 Erin July 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm

This is such a great week to be at the beach. That breeze must help with the heat at least a little!

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11 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) July 6, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I love the jars of honey for wedding favors! We made and canned small jars of applebutter for our guests at our fall wedding. Favors like that are so much fun!

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12 Jennelle July 6, 2010 at 9:11 pm

My stomach has that feeling sometimes, too! And I think you’re right–I notice it more when I haven’t been eating that much throughout the day.

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13 Kaz July 6, 2010 at 9:14 pm

My stomach does the same thing. It feels ice cold and starving sometimes, with sharp pain and bloating, even though I just ate. So confusing.

That cake looks amazing! I love pound cake, and those strawberries and ice cream only make it better. :D

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14 Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm

What a great post. I love your matching coverups and your stripe-y sweater, very cute. :)

Those desserts look delish!

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15 Scarlett July 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Definitely have the same stomach issues when I wait too long to eat or don’t eat enough during the day. I’ve even had to just lay down for a bit to recover. I absolutely CANNOT go more than 4-5 hours without eating during the day. Obviously, my body doesn’t react well to it.

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16 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 6, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Another fun day, looks like everyone is having so a great time. I wish I was on vacation right now, especially someplace as beautiful as that.

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17 caronae July 6, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Love your sweater! Warm but summery looking. And I agree — kashi crackers totally taste different/worse now than they used to. :(

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18 Chelsey July 6, 2010 at 9:27 pm

That stomach pain thing happens to me too! It is always when I go too long without eating. Needless to say, I try to eat every 3 hours so my intestines don’t go crazy on me. It’s the weirdest feeling though. I feel like I am getting stabbed in the stomach and/or am so hungry that nothing can subside my hunger. In reality, it is just ridiculous gas from my digestive system not working all day (TMI I know…)

Eat more tomorrow girl!!!!

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19 Krystina July 6, 2010 at 9:28 pm

My stomach has been doing the same lately. I think I have a ravenous appetite one minute but the next it feels like I have indigestion or something. Weird.

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20 Emily Eats and Exercises July 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm

So glad you got an umbrella – I definitely need one of those at the beach. I have about a 5 minute limit before I starting looking like a lobster. :(
I’m totally jealous of your beach vacation.

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21 Camille July 6, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Aww, I get that with my stomach too… not fun!

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22 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 6, 2010 at 9:30 pm

ha – how cute are those coverups? me and my sister-in-law/mother-in-law once bought matching track suits for vacay.

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23 Tammy @ Defining Wellness July 6, 2010 at 9:31 pm

One more comment . . . interestingly, I felt this same stomach pain you’re describing when I was in the early recovery stages of my eating disorder. When I started to eat “normal” sized meals at regular intervals, I felt hungry and full all at the same time. I could practically feel my metabolism working, revving up for the next meal, making me hungry again. Yet I was full. So, it would make sense that your theory is correct . . . because basically I went from eating very irregularly (extreme dieting/bingeing) to eating regularly. So perhaps when our schedules get out of wack for whatever reason, our bodies react in a similar way. Hmmm, sounds like a great thing for an R.D. to study. :)

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24 The Wife of a Dairyman July 6, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Nothing like pizza and wine night. And I love Ravenswood Zin….we drink it all the time:) Cheers!

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25 Ashley July 6, 2010 at 9:31 pm

My stomach does the same thing! I definitely think that not eating enough during the day has something to do with it. I’ve learned that fennel tea and/or mint tea really help. Fennel tea helps get rid of the bloat and mint helps with the pains.

That pound cake looks amazing!

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26 Dalp July 6, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Hi Kath, I like your cute blog! I read everyday (several times) How do you do it?? Bloggings can take up so much time!

I had a thought about your stomach, and i please, no offense is intend. Is it gas? LOL When we make adjustment in our diet, eat more veggies or eat thing our tummies are not accustum to, it can make gas. Gas does not always mean you are (forgive me) burping and farting.

I really do like y0our blog alot. Thanks you Also I like that you eat everything even unhealthy food in small amount.

Sorry for my english is not very good.

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27 Katheryn July 6, 2010 at 9:39 pm

My stomach sometimes does that too. I do think it has to do with not eating enough during the day, and then eating a lot more in the evening. Not a pleasant feeling.

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28 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 6, 2010 at 9:41 pm

So neat that you still have honey from your wedding! My aunt and uncle still have a bottle of wine from theirs, 30 years ago! That pound cake looks absolutely delicious!

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29 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 6, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I love reading while soaking up the sun.

For me I get sharp pains in my stomach when I eat or drink something that has a heavy preservative like canned foods and propel. Something in tea also makes my stomach do that if it is empty.

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30 Kaci Higgins July 6, 2010 at 9:54 pm

My stomach does the exact same thing that you & all the other women are talking about! For years I thought I was so abnormal for having my stomach bloat & always feel “gassy”, but I eat a really well- balanced diet so now I know I’m putting awesome foods in my body which is my number one priority. It has also helped me to feel better. I have also noticed that I feel extra gassy when I go too long without eating. You’re right…walking helps a lot. :) Your trip, foods, AND desserts look fabulous!

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31 Brynne July 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I’ve never thought of mushroom and jalapeno pizza but I really need to keep it in mind! Love both of those veggies so much .. especially with some shiraz yum :)

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32 Amy July 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm

My stomach does that EVERY TIME I eat!!! And I eat real, whole foods, am not recovering from an ED, and I don’t wait too long btwn meals (or not long enough) – I thought I was the only one this happened to! I’ve tried limiting dairy, limited gluten, eating vegan, eating less fiber, and nothing’s helped.

I’ve been trying to figure out what expert to go to for it – an RD? An internal medicine specialist? Endocrinologist? Any ideas?

PS I think this is one of the most fantastic things about blogs; people can share issues/ideas/expertise/etc and have a shared experience.

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33 Kristin July 7, 2010 at 7:29 am

My stomach did that for a long time too and I also thought I was overdoing it on the fiber (but seriously, does it need to be added to EVERYTHING these days?! I mean fiber water?! We don’t need THAT much, do we?!). I have concluded that I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), which apparently is somewhat common for women to develop in their 20s. It just means (in my own layman’s terms) your body has some issues digesting stuff sometimes. First I thought I was lactose intolerant, but I don’t think that’s it. Not sure who to go to on that kinda stuff, and I am DEFINITELY not an expert. However, they do sell over-the-counter supplements like Align and Digestive Advantage – IBS, which you take every day. I used to do Align but it is really pricy, although I liked the results. Now I take Digestive Advantage and rarely feel that way anymore. I don’t know if they have negative side effects but I haven’t noticed any, so it might be worth a shot…

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34 Amy July 7, 2010 at 9:39 am

Thanks Kristin!!!

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35 Amber K July 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm

The coverup is super cute!

I hate it when my stomach does that. It isn’t often, but I hate the hunger/stuffed feeling. Because I feel completely unsatisfied!

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36 Elise July 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm

sounds like a delightful day at the beach!

i know those stomach pains. i know them well. mine are mostly cured by avoiding all dairy products (sadly), but beer, red meat and greasy, acidic, spicy or sugary foods also like to wreak havoc. it sucks, i understand. but if it starts happening frequently enough try nixing different things (such as dairy/gluten/red meat) from the diet for a few weeks at a time and seeing if it helps.

hope your vacation is wonderful! i’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and LOVE it!

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37 Lisa @bakebikeblog July 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm

What a perfect day!!!! The beach, the family, the food – = wonderful! You are making me insanely jealous right now hehe it is WINTER in Australia :(

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38 Ashley July 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Whoa whoa whoa. Way too much in this post!! The umbrella is such an amazing idea. Love it! Foodie wedding favors are THEE best..yours is adorable. Great wine..pizza looks great and I totally get that same stomach thing! Guf! But, walking after dinner always helps. I loved living in NoDa partially for that reason. When we would go out for a quick bite, walking home always helped with digestion :) I have a major love for pound cake…mmmm

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39 Chelsea July 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm

It looks like you are having a blast with your family on vacation! I am so jealous! I have two more days filled with exams until I go on my vacation. I can’t wait!

Your dessert looks delicious! I had basically the same thing tonight, except with a cookie instead of cake :D

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40 Hannah July 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm

That photo of the shoe at the top is amazing! It’s a shame the kashi doesn’t taste as good to you anymore… guess that’s what you get for trying lots of awesome new foods all the time, sometime the old ones just don’t cut it! :D

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41 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf July 6, 2010 at 10:35 pm

The problem I sometimes have is that sometimes I feel gassy or hungry, and it keeps flipping between the two feelings. Bleeeh.

Definitely, it someone puts a plate of pound cake in front of me, I should eat it. ;)

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42 Amy P July 6, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I have a question.. is bloating and distention not normal? I feel like every time I eat (or even drink) my belly gets bloated and distended and i look semi pregnant. I guess I thought everyone got that?!?!

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43 Katie @ peacebeme July 6, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Amy – I think bloating is a normal thing!
There are definitely some things you can do to minimize it if you get it after every meal but its part of life that your stomach will look different after you have eaten than when you are empty. This is something that has been hard for me to accept but its true! :)

I think it has a lot to do with the time of the month too (that feeling that you are full and yet want more) – at least for me.

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44 Kristin July 7, 2010 at 7:31 am

I also feel it more when I eat more sodium or anything carbonated or lots of dairy. But yeah, I get it a lot, too!

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45 Molly July 7, 2010 at 12:02 am

Hi Kathy! I absolutely love your blog and have been following it religiously (in a non-creepy way). You have turned me into an oatmeal fanatic.

That beach looks FABULOUS. Wish I lived near one!

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46 Wei-Wei July 7, 2010 at 1:15 am

Oh, man, that actually happens to me a lot. I think it does have to do with how much I eat at each meal and sometimes with what I eat… I love PB, but sadly I’ve learned the hard way that my stomach does not take fats well at all. Which might be an overreaction because the last time I suffered from bloating/pain from PB was when I binged on it… but I’ve learned to avoid it all the same. :( I hope you can figure out why this happens! Maybe we’ll put together some clues?!

Wei-Wei

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47 Anna Lee July 7, 2010 at 1:26 am

Kath…please, please mention your abdominal pains, bloating, feeling of fullness and other issues with your gyno. These are early signs of ovarian cancer.

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48 Becky July 7, 2010 at 7:11 am

True, but I think it’s a bit of an overreaction to what are clearly common problems that lots of women experience (based on the responses to her blog). Unless she has a family history of cancer or other major red flag issues, I would say that immediately jumping to a concern about ovarian cancer is a bit of an overreaction. Also, if her pain is intermittent (i.e. not happening every day) it’s very unlikely to be ovarian cancer, which would be much more chronic.

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49 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 7, 2010 at 1:45 am

50 pages!? Crikey you weren’t lying when you said that was a long book!
I’ve had the stomach thing befroe too – sometimes I think the best thing is just to feed it. Somedays we need more food I suppose..?

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50 Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) July 7, 2010 at 1:51 am

Reading on the beach is the best. But I have a beach IN MY BACKYARD (literally, a beach gate) and I still do not do it anywhere near enough. I need to recommit! Shouldnt be too hard :)

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51 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 7, 2010 at 1:51 am

The pizza looks AMAZING! Being from NY, that’s totally normal to me. We usually eat slices each, YUM :D

Jenn

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52 Ruth July 7, 2010 at 4:53 am

I get that same feeling where my brain is getting mixed signals that I am full but also hungry. It is so confusing because I never know whether to keep eating or stop! And it is so uncomfortable.

It usually happens to me after lunch and like you find it is normally when I have not had a lot to eat over the morning. Since you introduced me to overnight oats it seems to have stopped though :)

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53 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 7, 2010 at 5:25 am

You guys look so cute – like triplets!

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54 Emily July 7, 2010 at 5:34 am

OK, I totally had this tummy thing last night too (and previously)! I’ve decided it’s related to blood sugar drops. I notice that happens before, I snack and then feel horrible and can’t eat, but know I should! Just another two cents! Vicariously enjoying your beach pics!

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55 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 7, 2010 at 6:04 am

My stomach does the same things. The full/empty thing is really annoying. No wonder I always leave restaurants feeling hungry!

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56 megan July 7, 2010 at 6:26 am

It’s fascinating so many people have the same stomach issues – I do too! I’m going to see if shorter intervals between eating helps. If you find out any more information Kath, please share! Have a lovely time at the beach!

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57 Simply Life July 7, 2010 at 6:59 am

What a fun day!

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58 Danielle (Runs on Green) July 7, 2010 at 7:06 am

My stomach does that too! I wonder what it is :?

And you guys look cute in your matching cover-ups :D

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59 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 7, 2010 at 7:21 am

So much beach fun, all in one post. Love it! And I love relaxing after spending a day at the beach, with a good meal and family. It’s making me miss the beaches of Maine in so many ways. *sigh*

Hope you can resolve those stomach issues! I get that on occasion as well, so you’re definitely not alone!

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60 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 7, 2010 at 7:23 am

I unfortunately dislike the beach a lot :S

Something about all the sun and sand is very discoforting

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61 Lana July 7, 2010 at 7:34 am

You are right, sometimes it is just better and more appropriate to say “thanks” to the dessert and enjoy it for what it is worth….and the love it represents.

I also get that bloating – to add to the train list above – and find it hard to know what to do. I do think there is a correlation (for me) with not eating enough in the day and my body trying to “compensate” at night, but feeling full too since it is being filled.

Lack of calories but trying to compensate in too short a time?!

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62 Lauren July 7, 2010 at 7:42 am

Ugh my stomach does that all the time! I feel like I have an insatiable hunger!

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63 Cristal July 7, 2010 at 7:45 am

Hi Kath,

You are getting a TON of feedback about the belly issue so I’ll keep it short. I also get the pains A LOT it used to be everyday, now it’s once in a while. I can never pin-point exactly what causes it and that’s what makes it sooo frustrating. After reading about what you ate that day, I think it could be that you waited to long to have a real meal. Also, having the beer and crackers could have caused your belly to feel this way. I notice beer/carbonated drinks are the cause of that feeling in my stomach sometimes. Enjoy your vacation!

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64 Sara July 7, 2010 at 7:57 am

That picture of the wine glass over the beach is so beautiful!

My stomach does that a lot after I work out pretty hard..I wonder if that has anything to do with it??

Enjoy the beach! :)

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65 Daniel July 7, 2010 at 8:02 am

Seems like a lot of people have the stomach issue too. It happens to me on a regular basis and I can’t tell if I’m still really hungry or full, and then there’s wondering whether or not it’s just thirst… We should start some kind of group in search of an answer! Haha.

Keep enjoying your time there, though it looks like you don’t need me to tell you twice. ;)

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66 brandi July 7, 2010 at 8:03 am

Seems I’m not alone with my weird stomach issues, either :)

I’ve definitely noticed it happening when I’ve had to wait too long to eat, but I can’t tie it to anything else so I don’t know if maybe I am allergic to something or have some sort of intolerance OR it just does that when I’ve waited too long.

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67 Jess @ MTL Veggie July 7, 2010 at 8:05 am

You ladies look fabulous in your cover ups :)
Seeing the pics of your family reading on the beach reminds me so much of my family vacays- we’re always reading no matter where we go!

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68 Annie@stronghealthyfit July 7, 2010 at 8:05 am

Mm cake :-) Looks like such a nice family vacation!

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69 Cara July 7, 2010 at 8:16 am

I love vacations that are somewhat centered around enjoying food…I always base the success of my trips on the various foods that I consumed/enjoyed.

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70 Marissa July 7, 2010 at 8:17 am

The same thing happens to my stomach all the time! Its like I’m physically full, but my body still wants more to eat. Its weird and annoying.

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71 Christina July 7, 2010 at 8:21 am

That definitely happens to me too! I’ve noticed it’s when I’ve waited too long for a satisfying meal. When I finally sit down to a meal I inhale it and end up with that full but still hungry feeling you’re describing! My tummy is full, but I *think* my brain feels unsatisfied so I feel hunger. It really helps when I’m eating every 3-4 hours and a good mix of protein/fats/carbs. If I go too long without a meal, I really try to eat slowly so I don’t end up with the tummy issue by eating a few bites and sitting back and letting my tummy catch up. It really helps!

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72 caitlin July 7, 2010 at 8:24 am

The same thing occasionally happens to my stomach. It actually just happened on the 4th of July. Very odd and uncomfortable!

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73 Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 7, 2010 at 8:25 am

I got an umbrella for the first time this year too- I can’t believe I never thought of it before since I burn just thinking about the sun hahaa

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74 Tina July 7, 2010 at 8:35 am

I love Ravenswood wine! They have a sweet red that is so delicious & I don’t drink red.

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75 Meg July 7, 2010 at 8:45 am

Hey Kath – that painful starving/stuffed thing happens to me too, and I think it happens most often when I eat Italian food (sometimes I call it pasta tummy). Interesting that it happened to you with pizza… I wonder what the correlation is.

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76 Kath July 7, 2010 at 8:46 am

RE. STOMACH:

Well, let me first clarify that I’m not talking about just a little distention after a large meal. Or even a little discomfort from eating too much. Those are both normal parts of enjoying a bigger-than-average meal!! My stomach is always more rounded at the end of the day than the beginning. But rarely is that painful.

Yesterday’s pains started well before I ate anything. I could feel the pains coming on and had crackers/beer to fix them. (Note: Historically alcohol has been one thing to HELP these pains!!) I used to get them in college a lot, perhaps when food was less plentiful and I did go too long without eating.

I do suppose the pain and distention was from trapped gas. And the odd thing is it happens regardless of how much or what I eat once it gets going. So I don’t blame the type of food (pizza, dairy, wheat).

I think this is just a natural part of my body saying I need more snacks! I guess out in the sun I didn’t realize I was hungry. But I don’t think I have anything seriously wrong with me!!

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77 j July 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

I get that same feeling in my stomach!!!! Personally it always happens when I haven’t eaten enough during the day, but I have eaten enough at that meal. Basically my stomach is full, but my body is still asking for more.

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78 Jen July 7, 2010 at 10:37 am

Looks beautiful!!! That stomach thing happens to me too…sometimes when I haven’t eaten enough, but mostly when I eat a lot of cheese at once – especially the bloated part!! SO uncomfy!

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79 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 7, 2010 at 10:46 am

So glad to see even you indugle in pizza and cake once in a while! It looks like you are having amazing weather and I’m glad you’ve found a good book to read while relaxing on the beach.

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80 Cynthia (It All Changes) July 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

Family book fun is so amazing. I envy the idea of a family vacation with a book discussion. My family’s taste is so varied we could never agree on a book.

BTW you three ladies look great in the cover up. Good choice.

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81 Melissa @ HerGreenLife July 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

Cute jars of honey as wedding favors — what a great idea! We kept things really simple and made a donation to a couple of charities in our guests’ name, but things like this make me wish I’d been a bit more creative. C’est la vie.

We have a great balsamic vinegar, nice and thick and sweet in a good way (not syrupy or fake) — can’t wait to try it in this dressing!

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82 Franziska (justalittlechocolate) July 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I can have a similar stomach thing and usually happens when I am super exhausted or stressed. I agree it is really annoying and uncomfortable – thanks for sharing :). Sometimes I get frustrated that my body does not always cooperate when I eat so healthy!

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83 Jess Z July 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Looks like you are having a wonderful vacation! Would “Mom” mind sharing her pound cake recipe? It looks divine! :)

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84 Heather July 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm

looks like a great day! I love reaidng at the beach!

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85 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) July 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I know EXACTLY what you’re taking about with your stomach. I have a lot of stomach problems and here are some things I do to help . . .

1) A small snack (sometimes eating actually DEflates my tummy)
2) Eat pickled ginger . . . really.
3) Pepto / Gas-X
4) Hot tea
5) AVOID chewing gum & artificial sweeteners
6) Go for a walk
7) Don’t lay down immediately after a meal

I hope this helps you!

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86 Gena July 8, 2010 at 9:51 am

Hey Miss!

I am no GI doctor, but I have spent a fair bit of time studying all stuff GI related, and talking to people who do, and overcoming IBS. Not eating at regular intervals can definitely produce gas, which they gets “stuck” in the gut, and is unrelated to what you’ve eaten (though what you eat obviously effects your digestion in a big picture sense, that’s not the cause in this particular thing you’re describing). So your theory, at least from what I know, would seem 100% right :)

So glad you’re having a fun vacay!

xo

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