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Keepin’ Cool

by Courtney on June 8, 2011

All I can say is, thank goodness Jay finally put this baby in the window last night…

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Yowsahs it is warrrrrm out there. Typically, heat doesn’t bother me; I wait all winter long for the the mercury to rise. But the one exception is when I’m going to bed, because no matter how warm I am, I can not sleep without at least a sheet over me. Anyone else with me on this?

So needless to say, having a little AC in the room last night to fall asleep to was definitely just what the doctor ordered. I’m still holding off on turning our other unit on which cools off the rest of the house though…

I’m cheap and I don’t want to pay for it running. Winking smile

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This morning’s warm temperatures called for a cool, no-fuss breakfast. Are you surprised?

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Today’s combo is the same one you saw on Monday, only this time I remembered to add my chia seeds and I held off on adding my milk until after my pictures were taken. The soggy cereal thing was getting old, quick.

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And of course, along with my cereal, I enjoyed a nice, sweaty glass of iced coffee.

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Can you guys spot the ugly bread in the background? Smile

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I swear, my love for cereal continues to grow by the day. I actually have many people often say to me that they don’t understand how I can eat just one bowl and not go back for more.

I will say…it’s definitely tempting, but I honestly feel like my combo bowls are what keep me from going back. Already having so much variety in the bowl, I feel like I’m already getting enough of what I want, and I feel totally satisfied by the time I’m done. So maybe if you’re one of the many who has trouble sticking to just one bowl…try a combo bowl! It works for me, maybe it’ll work for you. Smile

Questions for the Morning:

Are you a cereal eater? Do you combine cereals? Can you stick with one bowl or do you need more?

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1 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews June 8, 2011 at 9:39 am

I am so with you on that! I have to have at least a sheet on me. Preferably the comfortor too. : )
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2 Courtney June 8, 2011 at 10:12 am

Me too, which is troublesome, because my comforter is freakin’ HOT! Haha

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3 Amanda (Eating Up) June 8, 2011 at 9:41 am

I eat oats more than cereal, because I find that they “stick to my ribs” more. Cereal fills me up, but it’s not as satiating. I do eat cereal when I grow tired of oatmeal. It happens a few times a month.
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4 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 8, 2011 at 9:42 am

Totally with you on needing some sort of covering over me while I sleep. I NEED A/C at night.
When I eat cereal I always mix 2 kinds into my bowl. Not sure why but I can’t just have 1!

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5 Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries June 8, 2011 at 9:43 am

Ugh it’s so hot out now! I also cannot sleep without some kind of blanket on me and I hate yet to get an AC unit for my new apartment so I’m struggling!

I love, love, love cereal. I never mix them because I usually only buy one box at a time because I plow through it way too fast! :)
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6 Jordan P @ food, sweat, and beers June 8, 2011 at 9:45 am

I’d have to say that cereal doesn’t really fill me up UNLESS there’s fruit in it! And considering I’m the only one in my household that eats it, unless I find a killer deal, I’m a one cereal no mixup lady. But if I had the option…. I think I’d make a “suicide cereal” like those kids at the soda fountains who mix sprite, coke, dr. pepper, fanta, and lemonade.

gross when it comes to soda, but sounds PERFECT when applied to cereal!
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7 Courtney June 8, 2011 at 10:11 am

Hahaha I love it!! I totally used to do the same thing with the sodas when I worked at the snack bar of a bowling alley…I went right down the machine with a little of everything. Never heard it called a “suicide” soda! LOL ;)

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8 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 8, 2011 at 9:48 am

My mom always taught me that I shouldn’t go to sleep without something covering my stomach or else I’ll catch a cold or get a stomachache or something like that! So now it’s just habit.

And I DEFINITELY can’t sleep when it’s hot outside. I’ve read that you should go to sleep in cooler temps because of something related to body temps…

I think I need a cereal bowl with LOTS of fiber, textures and milk that has more fat. That always leaves me more satisfied :)
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9 Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission June 8, 2011 at 9:50 am

I am a big cereal eater. I usually combine Kashi Cinnamon Harvest with Cinnasnaps from Whole Foods & put unsweetened vanilla almond milk on it. It’s actually really satisfying & doesn’t keep me going back for more. I’ve had the lukewarm iced coffee a couple times too due to my impatience :( It’s still better than no iced coffee at breakfast though!
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10 Emmarie June 8, 2011 at 9:51 am

I ALWAYS go back for more when I’m indulging in a sugary cereal, Like Golden Grahams, or Cinnamom Toast Crunch, my favs. I’ll buy a box as a treat, it’ll be gone in NO time!

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11 Bethany June 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

I LOVE cereal. I could eat an entire box if I let myself!! However, it’s hard for me to eat a bowl for breakfast and then not be hungry again in 5 minutes. So I use cereal as snacks, or toppings for my yogurt. Cereal is probably one of my favorite foods! My trick to not eating more than one bowl is dumping the milk down the sink so I don’t pour more into the bowl! Sometimes it’s sad watching the milk go down the sink :(

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12 Stephanie @cookinfanatic June 8, 2011 at 9:54 am

I’m not a big cereal person for some reason? Unless it’s raisin nut bran, then I’m all over it lol (what am I, 80 years old?) I can’t believe you haven’t had AC until now, I’d be dyingggggg! I guess since you are so far north you don’t need central AC it that much? I lived in 1 place w/out it in VA and it was very tough when temps got to upper 90′s and 100 esp bc the house was almost 100 years old – talk about inefficient haha. Totally agreed on the sheet thing, I hate going to sleep w/out at least something covering me up, glad I’m not the only one!
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13 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun June 8, 2011 at 9:54 am

We can be bed-mates when we room together. I have to have a sheet over me too!
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14 Courtney June 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

Yay! ;)

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15 faith @ lovelyascharged June 8, 2011 at 9:55 am

I adore cereal but I never think to do combo bowls. I love that idea though, and as soon as I have more than one type of cereal in my pantry ill try your combination idea – I can easily eat three bowls of cereal, so maybe it will help me manage the portions better!
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16 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles June 8, 2011 at 10:02 am

Friend, I hear ya on the sheet! I I have to have at least one cover over no – matter how flippin’ hot I am. I think I just feel more secure that way – if that even makes sense!

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17 Courtney June 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

Totally!!

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18 Diana June 8, 2011 at 10:07 am

I loooove cereal but I am one of those people who can’t have just 1 bowl. I am going to give the combo bowl a try but I am wondering how much of each cereal you put in – can you post the details of your average cereal bowl? thx!

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19 Courtney June 8, 2011 at 10:16 am

In a bowl like this, I usually do ~1/2 cup of each cereal :)

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20 Juani June 8, 2011 at 10:10 am

I am like a 5 year old – I need to sleep with my feet covered,cos I’m still scared the boogeyman will grab my feet (ps.I’m 28).So in summer I have a hard time sleeping if my feet aren’t covered,but I also hate having too hot feet :( I know,I’m full of crap.Right now,it’s winter here,and my feet are totally freezing at night – I sleep with thick socks (sometimes 2 pairs) and still need to use my boyfriends furnace-like feet for heat :)

I LOVE combining cereals,and especially in summer,I could eat cereal for breakfast,lunch and dinner.

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21 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl June 8, 2011 at 10:10 am

I’m a big cereal eater and no, I cannot eat just one bowl. And I can’t do a combo bowl either because if i did that, I’d eat all three boxes of cereal in one sitting. What’s a cereal love to do!?

My solution is to put cereal on my fro yo from 16 handles. That way, I can’t eat the whole box.
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22 Courtney June 8, 2011 at 10:15 am

LOL, that’s an idea!

I also measure my cereal…it’s the only way to keep me from going nuts :)

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23 Steph @ StephSnacks June 8, 2011 at 10:12 am

I feel ya on the sheet, sista! I just can’t fall asleep without one. And I am most definitely a cereal eater… I would probably have it at every meal if I could. Although I rarely mix cereal, I do need more than one bowl.

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24 Melissa June 8, 2011 at 10:14 am

I used to eat cereal like it was my job . . . now, not so much. Not sure why that is because I love it!

I am with you on the AC at night, but I’m cheap, too! Every time it kicks on, I hear a little “ka-ching!” like my money is slipping away. Hate that!

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25 Farrah June 8, 2011 at 10:28 am

I am a cereal lover! Well, I should rephrase that. I like *certain* kinds of cereal. I do NOT like sugary kids cereals, yuck!

My latest favorite is Kashi Blueberry Clusters! So good! I mix it up with banana, strawberries, blueberries and almond milk. DELICIOUS!

I am a one bowl kinda girl.
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26 Stefanie June 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

Cereal used to be a huge weak food for me, I could never stop! Nowadays, I mix a couple types of cereal so its about 1-1 1/2 cups worth, use 1/2 banana, blueberries & chopped strawberries, and it keeps be so satisfied & full!

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27 Jess@atasteofconfidence June 8, 2011 at 10:32 am

I am definitely with you. I need a sheet, but I prefer to cuddle with blankets!
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28 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn June 8, 2011 at 10:38 am

Hahaha girl I feel you, I am SUCH cheapo! I would eat more cereal if it actually kept me FULL!
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29 Khushboo June 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

All my brekkiebowls are ‘wild’! Typically it’s oats with the following: Kashi granola, almonds, peanut butted, and fruit preserves! You’re right, the variety keeps me satisfied!
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30 Lee @ in the pink of condition June 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

It is hot as heck here in NYC as well! Finally installed our air conditioners as well last night, because the apartment was so hot!
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31 Kayleigh June 8, 2011 at 10:43 am

I adore cereal! Yesterday, I actually had cereal twice (once for breakfast and once for my before bed snack). I’m really into dry cereal right now…I always used to have milk, but now I love the dryness and crunchiness! Cereal is honestly my weakness…when I first started recovering from anorexia, I would binge on cereal I just loved it so much! (Luckily, my binging days are long gone!!!)

I never combine cereals…but I might just start after reading all your posts!

And I usually have just one bowl. The way I can do that is I tell myself: “you’ll be eating for the rest of the day, so there is no reason to eat so much now. If you want, you can have a whole other bowl later tonight for your snack. You don’t want to go through the whole thing in one sitting!”

PS I also need at least a sheet over me, no matter the temperature!
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32 Tina June 8, 2011 at 10:57 am

I have never been a big cereal eater as and adult. I don’t feel filled up when I eat it and most never crave it. The only time I enjoy it is as a late night snack.
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33 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries June 8, 2011 at 10:59 am

We eat almost identical cereal combos! Going back for seconds rarely happens because I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything because I have so much in one bowl :) and my combos keep me full for hoursss!
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34 Becca June 8, 2011 at 11:20 am

I NEED at least a sheet over me when I sleep… I think it stems from a very bad kitten sized fritz who would attack any exposed toes in the middle of the night lol

I definitly love combining cereal! My fav is banana and chocoalte cheerios!
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35 Courtney June 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Oooooooooo, now that sounds amazing!!

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36 Holly June 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

So funny, I’m TOTALLY with ya! I have to have a sheet + a blanket. If it were my way, I would have it set to 59 degrees at night, like it always was when I was growing up– the artic ;) But I have a wuss on my hands…aka the HUSBAND (<– yikes did I just say husband?! lol!) who likes it a bit warmer :)
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37 Courtney June 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Yippeeee! :-D

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38 Alexis June 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

love cereal! and mixing is the only way to go! It does help me stop from going back for me.. but not always :)
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39 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) June 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Cereal is definitely one of my guilty pleasures. I love mixing them up and doing different combos. Fruits definitely bump up the volume! I’m currently on a Cheerios kick. Love the stuff :D

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40 Kelsey @ a piece of kelsey June 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I am the exact same with sleeping with sheets – I prefer to have the comforter too!! My plan, when I land in a cash surplus, will be to have AC in my room that is auto controlled to be super cool when I sleep, but slowly warm up when I need to be awake – that way I won’t be tempted to stay in a nice warm cozy bed because my room would be nice as well!!

A lot of the time I will have cereal as part of a yogurt and fruit bowl. That really helps to keep me full longer without going back for 2nds, 3rds or 4ths :)
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41 ashley June 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm

where did you get your metal straw? LOVE it!!

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42 Courtney June 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Through Carrots ‘N’ Cake’s Open Sky shop!

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43 Erica June 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm

i totally need at least a sheet on me. i cannot sleep without something covering me. i don’t know why that is!

i love cereal, but it never keeps me filled…

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44 Tara Burner June 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I usually eat cereal but more around lunch time! and mix, totally mix :)
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45 Jillian June 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I totally need atleast a sheet on me to sleep. I can’t sleep with nothing over me! I had my boyfriend install the AC the second there was an inkling of heat lol….I just bought placemats from TJMaxx because they reminded me of the ones you always use and I love them! I wouldn’t be surprised if they were the same brand.. they came in a four pack in plastic but I can’t remember the name!

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46 Courtney June 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Hahaha that’s awesome! Mine came from Macy’s :)

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47 Laura @ LauraLikesDesign June 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I have to have at least a sheet too! And I also find it difficult to sleep with socks on–my feet like to be free.
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48 Lisa June 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Yes, I am with you!! I like the comfort of having something around me. Looks like there are a lot more of us than I thought. :)
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49 Kristen June 9, 2011 at 1:32 am

love combo bowls! Right now I have been eating fiber one with kashi. w/ banana and soy milk. (I will say, it doesnt stop me from going back for more!)

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50 Shana Powell June 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I need at least a sheet and two bowls of cereal before I can even think about sleeping! I am a cereal monster! I like to combine dry cererals for snacking and I usually mix a more sugary cereal like Kashi Honey Sunshine with plain cheerios. Cascadian Farms Chocolate O’s is also insanely delicious with peanut butter!
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