Yesterday, I found myself Googling “vegetarian baked beans recipe” and was saddened that I didn’t have all the necessary ingredients in my pantry.  I was missing molasses.  Blast.  So today, I headed to the store and I bought… canned baked beans.  Homemade be damned.


Lunch was a random mish-mosh.

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While the baked beans were stellar (Bush’s family recipe!), the real standout was this new-to-me Sabra hummus, which really did taste like artichoke dip.


For Your Reading Pleasure


Alright.  So it’s Monday Tuesday.  First day back after a long weekend.  No one really feels like working, right?  I went into the clinic for a half day and now I’m working on a little side project… The Husband, our buddy Isaac, and I are launching a new small business in the next few weeks (hopefully before baby arrives).  I’m really excited about the project, but it’s a ton of work.  Anyway – first day back.  And no one really wants to work.  So, in case you need a mental break, here are some great articles from ‘round the web.


Running v. Walking: How Many Calories Will You Burn?



I always believed the old adage “a mile is a mile is a mile,” but this experiment proves that it’s not true, even when broken down to calories burned per minute.  Disappointing.


Really?  Never Brush Your Teeth Immediately After a Meal


Basically, I’ve been unwittingly doing it right all these years, due mainly to my laziness.


Ina May Gaskin and the Battle for Homebirths


This very well-written article caught my attention mainly because of the comments. The article itself doesn’t seem to be dripping in bias and addresses concerns from both sides of the home v. hospital movement, although I do wish the author had addressed the middle ground (birthing centers or hospital-based birthing centers) instead of casting it in an all-or-nothing light.  The comments, however, really got me thinking about these so-called Mommy Wars and why we all must insist that our way is right for everyone.  It’s no secret that I have strong personal opinions about a lot of stuff, but my personal opinions are just that… my thoughts on my own life.  I think we need to stop trying to figure out the one birthing method, the one parenting method, the one fitness method, the one everything that fits everyone.  The world is too complex for black and white.  Rant over.


Quick Cures/Quack Cures: Hangover Remedies



Please read through this piece and tell me how many remedies you agree/disagree with.  First of all – I think hair of the dog can truly work – isn’t that why Bloody Marys exist?  And secondly, a greasy breakfast is definitely a hangover cure! 


Your turn to weigh in.  Surprised by the running v. walking stats?  Do you actually floss like you’re supposed to?  Thoughts on hospital v. home births and the ever-hyped Mommy Wars?  And how, pray tell, do you actually get rid of a hangover?



  • Annette@FitnessPerks May 29, 2012, 1:51 pm

    In my undergrad work (exercise sciences) I discovered that walking doesn’t burn as much as running –but I must say, it didn’t really surprise me. But either way, physical activity is physical activity and is BETTER than nothing 🙂

    And I agree-mommy wars and trying to force your beliefs or way of thoughts on anyone is annoying and quite frankly lamesauce. ANd no, I have not had kids, but I when I do, I want to make my own opinions–and not have someone stuff it down my throat. Thank you for your refreshing rant 😉

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 29, 2012, 1:54 pm

    The ‘mile is a mile’ thing is a little disappointing, but I agree with Anette above – any physical activity is better than nothing! 🙂

  • Megan@ The Running Doc May 29, 2012, 2:01 pm

    I love how they refer to the calories burned after exercise as “free” as if you didn’t just earn them by running! And I’m glad I’ve been doing something right all these years when it comes to my teeth. Like you, it’s been more out of laziness than anything else. 🙂

    I haven’t found anything that works on my hangovers, except for drinking just as much water as alcohol which then just makes me have to pee that much more. I just have to sleep it off and pray to the hangover gods to make the pain stop!

  • Kristin May 29, 2012, 2:05 pm

    The walk/run issue is interesting. I still think it’s best to do something over nothing. (I’m getting over an IT injury, so for right now, it’s either walk fast or not go at all!)

    Also – I laughed out loud when I read your first paragraph with “blast” in it! I’m from Wisconsin and never heard anyone say that until I dated a guy from Charlotte for a year. I always cracked up when he said it too. I don’t know why, but I just love it and think it’s really funny. I suppose the Wisconsin phrase for “blast” would be “darn”…so not quite as exciting. =) Not sure if it really is a Charlotte thing or just random?

  • Sana May 29, 2012, 2:22 pm

    I makes me mad that not all baked beans are vegetarian! Ahem Chipotle!

    • Caroline Leigh May 29, 2012, 4:59 pm

      a worker at chipotle actually volunteered to tell me that their pinto beans aren’t veg. since then, i ALWAYS ask about food that might not be veg and it has saved me a few times!

  • Molly May 29, 2012, 2:22 pm

    Hangovers are something I have dabbled in. A lot. I have found something that helps quite well, that my friends have dubbed the “pre treat”, is to take two asprin, a B12 vitamin and drink coconut water before going to bed after drinking (sometimes easier said/remembered than done), and then continue with coconut water or regular water the next day. It truly is a miracle!

    • CaitlinHTP May 30, 2012, 11:08 am

      b12 really does work!

  • Earthy Nicole May 29, 2012, 2:25 pm

    My husband and I have always discussed walking vs. running and I think we both had a “mile is a mile” mentality. I wish a circuit-type workout had been included because a lot of “experts” claim that’s the key to real weight loss. However, I find that whether I run, walk, or do a combination of both, as long as I stay in the habit of exercising, I’m happy.

    The Mommy wars are intense… I do not participate and keep my thoughts to myself because like you said, they’re my thoughts on my life but I still feel like it’s hard to escape. I read things online or in magazines and then of course, hear things in real life…

    And my favorite hangover cure? An egg McMuffin without Canadian bacon, a hashbrown, and orange juice from McDonalds plus Gatorade throughout the day. I never eat those things any other time but I swear by it in case of emergency, lol!

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life May 29, 2012, 2:32 pm

    I’m an avid walker. I walk fast, I walk far, I walk often. I’ve never enjoyed running. However, I’ve been wondering lately if I’ve truly given running its “day in court.” Have I been doing it correctly? Have I not had the proper shoes? Have I stuck with it long enough to enjoy the benefits? I’m thinking about giving running another try… However, I became pregnant right at the same time I thought about starting my new running experiment. So, I think I’m going to stick to walking my little heart out for now but next year, WATCH OUT! 😉 P.S. – Hooray for store bought anything! Especially when you are too tired or unmotivated to make it from scratch.

  • Laine May 29, 2012, 2:36 pm

    Best hangover cure is a hangover prevention. I like to have Citron and soda with a splash of cran and a lime. The bars around here give them to you in a tiny glass so they are strong and gone in no time. But, the 2 places I go to regularly will give us a pint glass of the soda/cran and then a shot on the side (for some reason they won’t serve them in the pint) then we mix them ourselves. So you are getting a huge glass of seltzer with each shot, and staying hydrated. I have a friend who drank 7 in one night (she was on vacation without her kids…) and swore she had no hangover the next day.
    I don’t drink enough these days to get hangovers, but greasy food and a bloody mary used to do the trick. Half of a hangover is alcohol withdrawal, so the hair of the dog makes sense.

  • Lindsey May 29, 2012, 2:42 pm

    Interesting! I have always wondered about walking versus running. I am not surprised at the calculations, it about where I thought it would be and shows that walking can still be a great form of exercise too.

  • Jenny May 29, 2012, 2:45 pm

    Now that I’m older and wiser I drink lots of water throughout the evening and immediately the next morning chug 8 oz. of water mixed with two Emergen-C packets to avoid a hangover. But I also don’t really indulge like that too often anymore 😉

  • Amber K May 29, 2012, 2:57 pm

    I definitely wait to brush/floss, but never forget to do it. Because I can’t stand that feeling of unbrushed teeth.

    A little bummer that “a mile is a mile” isn’t true. But it makes total sense.

  • Silvina May 29, 2012, 3:13 pm

    Interesting reads!

    I’m surprised at how many people really believed the “a mile is a mile” thing. I didn’t even know that was up for discussion, I mean isn’t it kind of obvious? Unless I’m missing some kind of logic that would cause people to think that?

    As far as the hangover subject goes – I guzzle water before I go to bed and drink plenty of it the next morning.

  • Carina May 29, 2012, 3:17 pm

    How do you get a birth certificate for a home birth? Just curious — I live in a border state and I could imagine a hospital wouldn’t want to issue one if the baby wasn’t born there because it could easily be an illegal immigration issue.

    • CaitlinHTP May 30, 2012, 11:09 am

      Hmm good question. I have no idea! I guess if it is attended by a certified midwife it’s not a big deal b/c she’s a medical professional.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 29, 2012, 3:27 pm

    I haven’t seen that flavor of hummus yet… now I need to find it! Could be a new favorite. I’m currently addicted to TJ’s 3 layered hummus with traditional, roasted red pepper, and zesty cilantro.

    My hangover remedy is definitely water & a huge bfast. Pretty typical haha.

  • Poptartyogini May 29, 2012, 3:29 pm

    Luckily when I walk I do it for the sake of thinking, moving the bod, taping with my husband and fresh air. Not for burning calories. I only floss my way back lower molars. At least it is something!

  • m May 29, 2012, 3:35 pm

    I definitely am not excited to get caught up in “mommy wars” when I have my baby later this year, but then again I definitely fall into a more aggressive camp when it comes to getting your children immunized (I realize I might have opened a can of worms by stating this). I truly believe people should raise their children as they wish, but when its something that puts the community especially other younger children at risk, its no longer something I feel should be a “personal choice”. Okay, I realize this was controversial enough, but I’ll end there. After that, anything people want to do, work, stay at home, eat their placenta, deliver in a bathtub at home, deliver w/ a planned C-section…those are all fine by me, might not be my choosing, but doesn’t hurt me in any way, right?

  • Amanda May 29, 2012, 3:41 pm

    I’m a flosser….. Errr actually I use a water pik and couldn’t recommend it enough. While it doesn’t provide the same amount of friction that flossing does, it’s really good for your gums. I wish I had used one when I had braces. My dentist says the dream combo is water pik and flossing.

  • Rebecca May 29, 2012, 4:13 pm

    Best way to cure a hangover? Don’t drink. Or at least don’t over-drink.
    I was always taught that time is the best cure. I don’t plan on ever finding out how a hangover feels, though, so I shouldn’t talk (type).

    I had a hard enough time brushing my teeth for the required amount of time. We had little hourglass timers for the two of us girls (I think they were two minutes?) and it was so hard to brush for that long. I hate flossing. I didn’t even floss properly when I had braces. Yet this morning my dentist told me I am pretty much dental perfection. Go figure.

  • Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 29, 2012, 4:29 pm

    Interesting articles! I have thought about carrying a toothbrush around with me, but now I can feel good about being lazy 🙂

  • Steph @ A Life without Ice Cream May 29, 2012, 4:36 pm

    I’m not at all surprised by the running vs walking stats (although I am a little surprised about the after burn) and have the same question as one of the commenters on the article, does your body get more efficient at running and actually burn less or recover faster? Food for thought.

    As for the best hangover cure – lrg glass of water before bed, lrg glass of water when you wake up and an advil if needed. 🙂

  • jen May 29, 2012, 5:00 pm

    I knew that you burned more calories per mile running than walking, but I figure that if you’re doing an exercise you enjoy, the amount of calories doesn’t make a damn difference.

    And I heard that about the teeth brushing, but I still usually do it right after a meal!

    As far as the hangover cure…I usually just drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink. Or, used to, now I’m just old and don’t really usually drink more than one or two drinks 🙂

  • Ramona May 29, 2012, 5:03 pm

    Girl, I always start out with the hope of making something down home good cookin’, but then I end up incorporating some sort of mass-processed element in the meal. I love canned beans anyway!

  • Caroline Leigh May 29, 2012, 5:03 pm

    it’s funny you brought up the hangover thing because i just experienced my “classic” hangover again this weekend after 2 years free of hangovers. the only reason i even had a hangover this weekend was because i didn’t follow my pre-hangover cure: drink 5 hour energy the night of drinking alcohol! 5 hour energy is FULL of vitamin B-12 and i swear any time i’ve drank it, i have not had a hangover. the only thing is that i’m not sure how “healthy” it is to drink them but man do they really prevent hangovers.

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 29, 2012, 5:55 pm

    I never knew you weren’t supposed to brush your teeth immediately after eating!

  • Anna D May 29, 2012, 7:06 pm

    My roommates and I always drink a juice box of coconut water right before bed when we get home from bars–since we started doing this, it doesn’t seem to matter how much we drink the night before. Granted, this is only four 21 year old girls doing their own experiment, but it changed my semester!

  • jen May 29, 2012, 7:18 pm

    all readers! does anyone have a good good homemade baked beans recipe? please share 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP May 30, 2012, 11:09 am

      I think has a good one.

  • Elizabeth May 29, 2012, 7:37 pm

    Your lunch looks like a typical lunch that I have! Veggie bb are so good!

  • Scargosun May 29, 2012, 8:30 pm

    LOVE baked beans! We just had some while grillin’ out this weekend. The Mommy Wars just make me sad for Mom’s out there. I am Mom only to doggies and it is so sad to me that instead of building each other up, women are tearing each other down. Even the arguments about Mommy Wars are doing it. My old hangover cure involved fast food joints I no longer frequent. I have found that Chinese or Thai food is my medication of choice, oh and Advil and Sudafed…if I am really hurting, the good stuff that was left over from my back injury but I have not had a hangover that bad in years.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 29, 2012, 8:41 pm

    You are almost full term, buy all the canned food you want! Those beans look delicious.

  • Shannon May 29, 2012, 9:18 pm

    Ahhh, Sabra hummus!!! It’s been my fave brand for a long time. It’s the BEST!

  • Jen May 29, 2012, 10:58 pm

    My best hangover “cure” is to just force yourself to drink a ton of water before going to sleep…not a cure-all (especially, if you’ve REALLY overdone it), but definitely seems to help! I believe they say it’s because dehydration is one of the main causes of that dreaded hungover feeling (misery). 🙂

  • Lindsey May 30, 2012, 7:17 am

    Thanks for sharing the great articles–I was particularly surprised by the tooth brushing findings. I’m glad you posted this! I love reading your blog!

  • Pip May 30, 2012, 8:01 am

    A friend of mine’s mother who is a nurse always used to make us a big breakfast if we’d been out the night before drinking and were staying at her house! The chemical in eggs is proven to speed up your body detoxifying apparently! If I am truly hungover however, food is the last thing I want. Conversely when my boyfriend is hungover all he does is eat! Yin and yang haha.

    I haaaaaaaaate hangovers – at 27 I have decided I am too old to deal with them and promise myself I am going to stop before I get to that stage…. it usually works then there’s the odd slip up.

  • Charise May 30, 2012, 8:30 am

    I’ve definitely reined in my drinking a bit the last few years – after 25, hangovers started getting too bad and interfered with my weekends too much! But I mainly do lots of water; Tums, caffeine, and ibuprofen if needed; and “stabilizing” food. I used to be all about the greasy stuff, but now I find that oatmeal and fruit, or a couple eggs with dry toast, keeps my blood sugar and stomach under control.

    My husband likes to down Emergen-C when we get home and then again in the morning. Who knows if all the extra vitamins actually do anything. 🙂

  • Caroline May 30, 2012, 9:52 am

    Here’s s GREAT article I just read thought you’d enjoy!


    • CaitlinHTP May 30, 2012, 11:10 am

      I totally agreee!!!

  • Stace May 30, 2012, 10:59 am

    I used to think the old greasy breakfast/burger was the cure for a hangover but I really believe that it just temporarily releives it and it will come back. The only time I have gotten rid of a substansial hangover that would otherwise last all day is drinking alot of water and eating fruits and veggies to help with that, sweating it out (via exersize), and just getting up and moving. If I lay around all day in bed in a dark room eating crap and drinking sugery stuff I am in for an all day hangover. The problem is just convincing yourself to do all of these things when you do feel sick! Also, hair of the dog can be effective in my opinion too. I dont know why but it has helped in the past but usually its a vacation and I drank the night before and and the next day I am sick until I rally at night and do it again and I finally feel fine after that first drink. Now a days I dont really party up like that though.

  • KaraHadley May 30, 2012, 11:34 am

    A greasy breakfast is definitely a hangover cure! As is a kombucha, but since it has a wee bit of alcohol in it that might be the same thing as hair of the dog.

  • Lisa in IL May 31, 2012, 12:57 pm

    I am a 50 year old power walker & honestly I am just as tired of the runner vs walker wars as I am of the mommy wars. Four years ago I lost 46 pounds and have managed to keep it off by walking daily. His 18 minute mile is a joke, seriously what is that like a 2.7 on the treadmill – that’s not a walk that’s a stroll. I walk a 13 minute mile – I have passed runners younger than me during 5k’s. Why the scorn? Why can’t we all just support one another as athletes? Sometimes I may finish dead last, but it still beats not finishing which still beats not even starting. Like my gym buddy tells me – we’re still lapping everybody else on the couch.

    • Caitlin May 31, 2012, 1:01 pm

      Ew I hate the walker scorn too. I love to walk AND I love walk/running during races.

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