Here’s the first of my two breakfasts today:
- A cup of TJ’s Euro yogurt
- ~1/2 cup Quaker Oatmeal Squares
- Tbsp wheatberries
- Tbsp flax
- Tsp raspberry jam
+ green tea
I’m not feeling that full, so I hope oatmeal comes quickly! Kelsey and I are counting on our oatmeal variation in class to be our main breakfast. And we cleaned out an old coffee pot in the lab (vinegar + water through about 10 times, plus scrubbing) so we’re going to have coffee too!
I warmed up the day with 30 minutes on the Stepmill, 15 on the ET and 10 of upper body lifting. For the lifting I got an aerobics step and went up and down while doing bicep curls, shoulder presses, deltoid raises and tricep extensions (which I did standing still). Then it was home to see the husband, err…Matt off to work. He’s got a 12-hour day!
After lab I have to return our Time Warner equipment and need to buckle down on some research.
After that, I’ll be doing the Friday Dance:
Yay for the Friday Dance! I am liking the breakfast switch up!
I’ll have to try this to bulk up cereal. I find that when I just have it with milk or even just yogurt I am not full for very long. I bet the wheatberries and flax helps.
Enjoy breakfast #2!
I always have to add yogurt and PB to my cold cereal to keep me full longer. Maybe it’s because of the missing nut butter?
I love days when I get two breakfasts! I’m a hobbit.
First brekkie looks good tho!
How fun to be making oatmeal in class! Hope you share some pics!
Beautiful flowers! Fresh flowers in the kitchen are the best. btw, my bf and I are also watching episodes of The Office almost every night! We just got done with season 3…season 2 might be my fav, though 😉
Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) says
Breakfast number one looks great!! And those flowers are beautiful.
Have a great day at class!
Is Matt still working at Earthfare too? I haven’t heard you talk about it for a while but I may have missed something. Sorry if this has already been covered! By the way, my husband checked out his blog!
Mara @ What's For Dinner? says
Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday says
The paperwhites are so pretty!
Hope the oatmeal turns out!
Love the flowers!! Happy Friday!! : )
I had a cereal mix for breakfast today too, and I’m not sure I’m full. I wish I had oatmeal on hand at work!
heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) says
Can’t wait to hear about you classroom oats. Do you have to share with everyone? 🙂
Sounds like such a fun class! Let us know how the oats turn out!
For the record, I am a fan of your blog. I get lots of healthy ideas from you and it’s really visually quite nice. However, lately I have been thinking about food blogs and wondering if in some cases too much emphasis is placed on food. For example, you study food at school every day, you prepare food 3 times a day, you blog about food 3+ times a day, you read comments about what we think of your food, you get up at 5am to work out so you don’t have to worry about gaining weight from all the food, you plan out your food in advance, you read about other people’s food, etc. How many hours of your day are devoted to food? Or would it be easier for you to figure out how many hours of your day have nothing to do with food? Are there any? Do you think this is normal, or more importantly do you think this is healthy?
I know the food blogging community is all about health and balance. A lot of people benefit from these blogs. A lot of the bloggers set wonderful examples on how to lead a healthy life. But when it comes to food I think there’s a fine line between balance and obsession. How truly balanced and healthy is it to spend so much time talking about being balanced and healthy? I know that sounds crazy, but think about it!
I guess I’m asking these questions as much to your readers and to myself as I am to you. We’re all participating in this food blog culture, so it applies to all of us. Having healthy habits should enhance our lives, not take over our lives. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Are we taking it too far?
(This is not meant as an attack on Kath in any way. I’ve just been thinking about this lately and wondering if anyone else questions it.)
I’m doing the Friday dance as well. Woohoo!
Oh She Glows says
Gorgeous flowers Kath!
Your oatmeal experiment sounds fun…can’t wait to see pictures on how it went.
Yes Sarah, I’ve been thinking about this lately too. Is it obsessive that one of my day’s highlights is seeing the various meals people had the day before? Is it contributing to my eating issues?
Wow, that’s a lot of flax! Maybe I should up my daily dosage.
And I think food blogs are only as obsessive as we allow them to be – I can’t speak for everyone else, but sharing my daily meals & seeing others has not really increased my obsession with food. To me it’s just one of my passions that I like to share & enjoy.
Susan and Sarah,
I think this is an interesting point to bring to the discussion table…er comment section. I have wondered if it is strange to look forward to planning my meals and viewing the meal plans of others. Kath’s blog and many others have given me the opportunity to see a variety of meal plans and how healthy eating and living look in the real world.
I see how my family reacts when I tell them the premise of food blogs-their reaction seems to re-affirm the oddity of my said hobby. Overall I brush these thoughts off and go with what I enjoy. Maybe planning all of my meals is odd, maybe reading other people’s meal plans is voyeuristic, but I like it and I am going to continue doing it. Thank you for bringing this up it had been on my mind as well.
Sarah, I for one think that a LOT of women have obsessions with food, but food bloggers like Kath have a positive obsession. Negative obsessions lead to eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, overeating, etc. So I don’t see anything wrong with it. I know other people obsessed with video games, the stock market, email, shopping, money, etc, it’s fairly normal to do so and food seems like a healthy and rewarding topic to focus on. I see what you mean though, however that’s just my two cents.
Sarah – I agree with what you said for the most part. I have wondered that too. I recently started a cooking/baking blog to share recipes and pictures of what I make with some of my friends and family back home. I do not view it as a “food blog” because I certainly don’t take pictures of and chronicle everything I eat. I think it is a somewhat strange idea to post all about your food online, but it seems to have caught on and is very big now. and for some reason I love reading about it! Is that weird? Maybe it’s because my job is occasionally boring, but for some reason, as strange as I think it is, I still check back and read each day. but overall I agree with you – It would take too much time for me to do each day, and it would put my focus where I don’t want it to be. I love to cook and bake and eat, but the focus of my life is not food or health (as much as I love both). I’m not trying to criticize if you have a food blog – keep it up! Chances are, i”m reading it 🙂
gorgeous flowers and yeah for fridays!!!
Allison K says
Re: Food Blogs.
I was just thinking about that this morning too! While I was eating my oatmeal, which has def. been inspired by this blog! I love reading food blogs and healthy lifestyle blogs. They give me great recipe ideas and open my mind and eyes to new products.
Although for me, I can’t have a food blog. I tried and it just wasn’t the right fit. I ended up with anxiety over not being able to get every meal up on the computer. I think it’s all about finding your niche. I think it’s different for everyone.
wow! beauty flowers!
What a great combination for breakfast!
I can’t wait to read about your oatmeal experiment!
What percentage of milk fat is in your yogurt? I eat 3/4-1 cup of full fat yogurt in the morning w/ 1/4 cup frozen berries + 2 TB flax and I find that it keeps me full until lunch, which is 5-6 hours later. Maybe a yogurt with more fat would keep you full longer on non-oatmeal days?
I agree with many of you about food blogs. It does seem a bit obsessive to talk and/or read about everything a person eats. But on the other hand, I think food blogs (even the ones that talk about everything a person eats) offer so much more. They offer a glimpse into a person’s life, which is almost like reading a story or catching up with a friend. They also showcase new ideas for foods and recipes which is reminiscent of a cookbook or cooking show. Awhile back there was some discussion in the food blogging community about orthorexia nervosa (an unhealthy obsession with healthy food), but I don’t think any of the blogs that I read border on this. They offer balance rather than restrictiveness. Some of the bloggers out there (myself included) have experienced eating disorders, but we’re all very honest about it. Food blogs helped me embrace healthy eating and greatly contributed to my recovery. That’s why I think they’re important and not simply obsessive.
Thanks for raising the issue.
i think Kath’s blog is different because it’s so uplifting and her taste in everything is so perfect! Especially her music…so quirky! Keep it up Kath!
Love the flowers, and your first of 2 breakfasts, looks yummy!
Hope the oatmeal turns out good!
Sarah (lovINmytummy) says
All I wanted to say was that I like Quaker Oat Squares, but now I’m too bummed out to even type… 😉
Kath! Where-oh-where can I get myself some of those cute mini-Larabars you have?!
Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) says
2 brekkie’s are betta than one! I thought it was weird that you didnt have any oatmeal
Love the flowers!
Sara Kaiser says
Does anyone know what happened to the blog, “You Can Win Friends With Salad”???
Have fun in lab today – sounds right up your alley 🙂
beautiful flowers! Food Blog convo- I think to use the term obsession is a bit overzealous… I think that most food writers/nutritionists/chefs surround themselves with what they are passionate about and they are lucky that it is also their career of choice. However, I do agree that this type of forum could be a destructive atmosphere for someone who has an unhealthy relationship with food. As for my experience, Kath has offered a unique way for me to indulge my favorite past times of reading and cooking all while adding some much needed comic relief to my day to day. Great discussion though guys! Have a great weekend everyone!
so cool that you’re making breakfast in class- can’t wait to see it!
I’m doing the friday dance, too!
I think it depends really in my opinion. I think this blog has changed a lot since the beginning. Before Kath was calculating everything with calories so i think it was more obsessive then. But now i think it has imerged into something more. Focusing on volumizing food. I am sure there is probably always a part of every person who is maintaining weight to keep it all in check but I know that i have greatly benefited from this blog with the ideas and recipes.
im also loving the fact that there is discussion on here rather than just great looking oatmeal!
my favorite blog everyday
I think the food blog question is a good one. At times it does seem to have the potential to be a little obsessive. At the same time, how about individuals who read blogs about IT, music, politics, and the economy? At least food blogs to me are in the name of increasing knowledge of nutrition and general well being.
Kath, have you tried oat bran yet? It seems to be making the rounds and I just wondered what you thought of it.
Matt isn’t working at EarthFare anymore. He went full time at the bakery just after Christmas. I am bummed to lose the discount, but he loves his job so much, so I’m happy for him.
I appreciate your comment raising questions about the food blogging community, but I ask you this:
Picture a librarian who spends her days among books, reads in bed every night, aspires to be an author and writes in her spare time, collects antique books, reads to her children at night, and volunteers at a book sale. One might say she is passionate about books.
Picture a musician who is in a band, practices 2 hours a day, sings in the church choir, teaches her children music, collects CDs, writes her own music, and writes a music blog. One might say she is passionate about music.
So I chose nutrition as a field of study, write a food blog that expresses creativity and generates income, love to cook and entertain guests, and I am considered obsessed with food!
Why does food have to be targeted as an obsession instead of a hobby?
To clarify, the coursework of a Registered Dietitian is so much more than food, in fact, the only class I am taking right now that has to do with food is Food Science. Biochem, Psychology, Foodservice Management and Procurement, and Clinical Nutrition all have little or nothing to do with food. Yes, I cook and eat three meals a day, but who doesn’t!? I plan my recipes in advance as a means to be economical and avoid wasting ingredients, and I exercise because I like it and it is good for the heart and soul, not because it is an antagonist with food. And if you read between the lines, this blog is about so much more than the food – both to me, and probably to many of my readers.
I love blogging, and yes, I do love food. That’s why I’ve chosen it as my life’s passion, a happier form of obsession.
It is nonfat, but I do prefer low-fat dairy. They only make nonfat and whole milk in the Euro style. I suppose I could try the whole milk, but I like the nonfat a lot and I’d probably rather have fat in the form of flax and PB than in the yogurt.
They are hard to find! They give them out at select running races across the country. I got mine at the Jingle Jog (and got a BIIGGG handful!)
I used to eat oat bran a lot but I ran out and never got more. I might pick some up soon, but I prefer rolled oats.
Sarah (lovINmytummy) says
What about me? Sarah #4?
Seriously, though, I think you gave the perfect response Kath. I will have to remember those analogies.
Sorry to leave you off!! Wish I could email you some Quaker Squares 🙂