Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! That’s all I have to say 🙂
Gettin’ stuff done around the house! Had oats + coffee at 7:30. Going to workout with MIL around 10 and then we’re out to lunch!!
Study, study for Physio lab exam all afternoon.
Possibly a walk with Maran!
I’m excited about what we have planned for dinner tonight too!
Have a good one guys!
Yum… looking forward to seeing dinner 🙂
Hey Kath- your whipped oats look sooo airy… but you always mentioned you loved chewy textures, and I thought one time you described them as chewy? They look so soft to me though! Are the textures from your mix-ins and the walnuts? Just curious!! Have a great Sunday!!
I was wondering if any of you have experienced this…
I struggle with my family and healthy eating/living. My parents and my two brothers are overweight (may even be obese, I’m not sure because I don’t know their individual weights). My mom thankfully survived a bout of cancer a few years ago and my brother did too. My parents continue to suffer from high cholesterol, high blood pressure and I know my mom is pre-diabetic (which I only learned because I heard her telling my sister-in-law who is a nurse, she would never admit that to me). (And all my grandparents are diabetic – great genetics!)
I, on the other hand, am actually a bit underweight from an attempt to be really healthy – too much exercise and not enough calories (even though I still ate probably around 2,000 in the past, it wasn’t enough). I’m .5 from a healthy BMI (still working on gaining) and have heard and experienced much flak from my family (who are such role models in this area…) concerning this.
I get frustrated that they continue to live so unhealthfully, even with their past cancers and current health stats. They eat LARGE portions of “bad” foods and yet have made me feel absolutely awful for my current state of health (which I know needs to improve, but compared to theirs…) My mom even has said stuff to me, “You may just tire of this whole healthy eating thing.” “Everyone regains the weight back after dieting, so I’m not going to.” It’s so frustrating!
I hung out with them yesterday and so the frustration has risen again. As always, they had 3 different bags of chips and cheetos opened all day. Supper was not healthy either (of course) and was followed by BIG bowls of brownies and ice cream. This wouldn’t be bad once in a while, but unfortunatley this probably accurately represents their day-to-day life and eating habits.
I used to try to coax them into healthier habits, but as many of you have learned, I’m sure, you can’t “push” anything onto anyone. They will change when they’re ready. Otherwise you just come off as all “high and mighty” and well, pushy. And I know I’m not a role model either, considering I took it to the extreme.
I guess I’m just posting to vent and as I mentioned right away, to see if any of you have experienced this.
I have been reading your blog and noticed that you refer to something called Kath’s Breakfast Bread …. can you tell me what that is?
Kath’s Breakfast Bread is home made bread by her husband! Check out his section of her blog titled “The Husband”- it has all the recipes and pics. And yes, we are ALL jealous she has her own personal baker extrodinaire.
k, I’m for sure not an expert in this area bc my family has always eaten healthy (well except for my dad!) but I would say lead by example. They will see how healthy you are, how much you can still eat and feel good about it, and how good you feel (energy) and hopefully one day follow. Although my mom always cooks healthy and my family is pretty lean (even my dad), my dad used to eat doughnuts every morning and order fried catfish, ribs, and burgers everywhere we went. He also ate fast food a lot bc he travels a lot for work and candy bars…with NO exercise. He went to the Dr about 5 months ago and his triglicerides and cholesterol were way too high and my mom told him she wanted him to be around as long as he possibly could and be healthy, so he decided to try a lowfat diet. In the beginning it was so hard for him bc he had to give up his doughnuts and switched from eating tons of red meat to mostly chicken and fish (although he eats lean red meat now a couple of times a week!) He orders healthier when they go out (no more fried!) and no more french fries, although he loves his beer and wine everyday! haha! He said now his cravings for these foods have completely gone away bc they were rampant in the beginning. in the first two weeks of eating a little better he lost 10 lbs (MEN! haha) even though his goal wasent to lose weight! He went back to the Dr about a month ago and his triglicerides dropped 100 points!! Awesome! and his cholesterol is now below 200- it was like 280! eek. Exercising is still an issue bc he doesn’t do it! haha! But small simple steps, like giving up daily doughnuts and fried food, make a huge difference. Cook a healthy meal for your family and show them how yumm it can be~ And you can still have dessert, just not a decadant one everynight!! Good luck
The photograph of that whipped oatmeal says it all!! YUM!! Enjoy your Sunday!!
Your oatmeal looks amazing each and every day. I think i’m going to have oatmeal for dinner tonight… I really want it 😛
melissa-little runner says
I just wanted to say that I hope your thumbs are feeling better. Enjoy your weekend!
Kath, three words: you. are. amazing!
I made my first-ever batch of oatmeal pancakes this morning (with banana whipped in) as part of my healthy Sunday brunch with my roommate. They are absolutely incredible – and so BIG! To me they tasted even better than regular pancakes (has to be that “chewiness” factor!) and the banana + vanilla + cinnamon made them very comparable to banana bread!
Thank you so much for the continuous recipe ideas and for opening my mind to the idea that it IS possible to eat large portions of delicious food…and keep it healthy too!
Ashley H says
Hi Kath, I am huge lover of this blog. But I was wondering if you ever take a day off from exercising I was always told that everyone should take at least one day to let our bodies rest but it seems like you work out everyday. Just wondering.
Hey Mel – thanks for the response! I’m happy to hear that your dad’s health has improved and he is feeling and loving the effects of healtheir choices. If only my dad and mom AND brothers could do the same! I have made healthier dishes with them and they didn’t mind… but then they just went right back to mindlessly grabbing handfuls of chips and M&Ms! And they still can’t part with the idea that you can still make a flavorful dish without sooo much butter and oil, even though they have had excellent, well-seasoned, healthier food. They continue to equate healthy eating with tastleless, boring food and deprivation (like so many people in this country do, unfortunately). They love food and seem convinced they can live this way. At least they have started to walk… I’m happy for that, but really, they burn maybe 300 calories a day through this. It’s so much easier to pop a couple handfuls of chips into their mouths that equal 300 calories, than it is to burn those 300 calories off through exercise! I know it’s not all about calories in, calories out to reach optimal health, but when a person is as overweight as they are… it is an important aspect! Hopefully SOMETHING will make them realize that they need to lead healthier lives and that it doesn’t have to be like living in a prison and require strict deprivation… I know I’ve come far in loosening up my completely oppositie problem of being too rigid with healthy living. A little “black and white” thinking tendencies in our family, perhaps?!
Ashley H says
I think you just have to let them have it their way. You can only push them so far before you become to pushy and they will start rebelling. Just keep implementing small healthier things and maybe over time they will get better. There is only so much you can do.
I don’t know who this “Maran” is but she sounds shifty.
Watch your back, Kath. WATCH YOUR BACK.
This is a question for everyone, I’m wondering if ground cinnamon (schilling brand to be specific if it matters) has calories. I use like a tablespoon every morning and it suddenley occured to me there may be calories in it, I looked it up online and some sites said there were and some said there weren’t does anyone know? Kath do you put it in calorieking when you use bigger amounts of it?
Ashley- according to www.calorie-count.com they say 1tbsp (6.8g) of ground cinnamon has 17 calories.
Kelly L. says
It’s cinnamon. It has health benefits. The calories are negligable. People dont’ gain weight by having too much cinnamon I assure you. Keep adding it and enjoy your meal. 🙂
I see patients every day who are in the shoes of your family members: overweight, sedentary, with health problems, but still unwilling to change their dietary habits. I counsel people about this a LOT yet I am lucky if one or two take my advice it seems sometimes. I can only give my advice; what my patients choose to do w/ it is completely up to them.
You can’t live your life for other people even though I understand your concerns, since they are your relatives. I agree with what one of the other bloggers mentioned, just lead by example. They probably see the extreme you have gone to, and that scares them. They probably think that you eat TOO healthy, eat TOO little, and exercise TOO much, so they think they’d have to go to that extreme to make some changes. If you can balance out your diet/exercise and allow for some occasional treats with your family to show them that you don’t always deprive yourself I am sure that would make for a better role model than someone who sees food as an enemy and workouts excessively to burn off every last calorie that she eats.
My family used to eat fairly unhealthy snacks and worked out very little when I was growing up. I was always the competitive runner, so I had a strict diet and exercise routine myself and my family thought I was nuts! I wouldn’t even eat birthday cake on my own birthday! Over time, I relaxed my ways and have come to love food and spending time with my family. I went grocery shopping w/ my mom and helped her pick out healthier foods and I even picked out some recipes and offered to make healthier meals, which they have come to love! My parents started walking after we bought a dog, and now it’s a nightly routine. My brother finally learned about cardio and nutrition after going into the police academy and not too long ago he told me “you know, when we were growing up I should’ve listened to you because you were right” in terms of eating and exercising; I was his sister though and he always thought I was wrong, until his drill sargeants told him the same stuff that I had always preached to them about!
So try bringing over some healthy snacks, offer to make a healthy meal for your family, or get them to go out for a walk with you after a meal and show them why nutrition and exercise can be tasty and a fun way to share family time together, they might slowly make some changes if you speak with actions rather than words.
You got me – I guess oats aren’t really that chewy. But I do love creamy things with mixins so that’s the category these fit into 😉 The whipped oats are very creamy – but they are also thick which is why I love them. I hate watery oats!
I like what another reader said – lead by example. Health changes must come from within, so that’s the best gift you can give them.
SOOO glad you liked them!!! I need to make one soon!! I love how big they are too 🙂
Check the FAQ, #6 🙂
I consider any calories in cinnamon to be negligible, so no, I don’t count it. If I used like 1/2 a cup in a recipe or something I might consider working it into the nutritionals, but I wouldn’t be worried about a tbsp.
I must try whipped bananas! It must add nice flavor to the whole bowl of oatmeal. However it’s nice to have little chunks once and a while. =)