Cookies to Lose Weight?

In an effort to eat breakfast, lose weight, and introduce flax seed into my diet, I grabbed some of Kashi's Cookies this past weekend when I went grocery shopping. Twisted psychology, I know, but I could have sworn that they used to make breakfast cookies.
Kashi : Our Food : Cookies:
Our cookies combine 7 Whole Grains with hearty, natural ingredients like peanuts, raisins, cranberries, shredded coconut, and dark chocolate, for a chewy, home-baked taste."
Or maybe that's Quaker Oats ... but anyways! Being in the corporate rat race as I am (that's sarcasm folks, I'm currently a code jockey, sort of) and having the lousiest commute ever outside of New York, I break a lot of "rules".

The Rules
  1. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
  2. Drink at least 64oz of water a day.
  3. Have regular bowel movements (wait, that isn't a rule? are you sure? my grandmother was always making sure I had a BM *every* day!).
  4. Eat more fiber.
  5. the list goes on ...
The Reality:
  1. I try to make sure my kids eat breakfast and lord knows our cabinet is full of oatmeal and breakfast cereals and we go through about 3 gallons of milk a week.
  2. Because of Josh's allergies he's gotten into the habit of keeping his system "flushed" with water. Now that Joy is in soccer and enjoying hotter temperatures in Lancaster she keeps her water bottle full at school and at home.
  3. My kids are quicck to let me know if they are "backed up" and after Josh's bout with extreme constipation, we keep Miralax on hand.
  4. I'm getting better about making sure we have fresh fruit on hand at all times and I am blessed with children who like salad.
So ... as you can see, I am trying to build good habits in my children. Setting a good example for them now that I am working again ... easier said than done. I don't get enough sleep, don't eat breakfast on a regular basis, don't hydrate, don't exercise, don't don't don't ....

So, small changes ... I'm back up to and past 190lbs (*gasp*shame*!). The only saving grace is that the men and women in my family carry their weight REALLY well. So I only look like ... I'm not sure how heavy I look. I've taken to wearing shape wear just so my blouses and pants will fit.

This past week when I went grocery shopping I grabbed some Kashi cookies for breakfast. I eat with a banana and my coffee. I've dropped my Starbucks habit for the last month or so, I think that's why I'm maintaining under 200 despite other bad food choices. Morning snack is another piece of fruit. Lunch is either Fresh and Easy or more Kashi (sorry, I absolutely cannot stand Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine anymore. I was always hungrier after eating one of them for lunch). And once a week or so I go to Starry Kitchen with Oakmonster. Mid-afternoon snackage ... I'm still working on. By that time external stressors have started to build up and I reach for the candy bar stash. I did bring some craisins trail mix to work this week to curb that. I grab a bottle or two of water from work to drink on the way home, so I get between 16-40oz of water per day when I remember to drink water. At lunch I usually drink iced tea (Lipton Brisk in a can if you MUST know, they carry the flavors I like and it's free at work).

Not always the best choices. Hoping that incorporating the Kashi products will help me lose a little weight just through diet alone (and a side benefit of the flax is that it's supposed to help with IBS).


  1. Oh Kashi. So good and so evil! I tried the honey almond flax crunch which I really like but it's hard on my metal mouth. Good to know that it doesn't go soggy too quickly though. Next! Switched to no-cluster Heart-to-Heart toasted oat, they look like kibbles and taste like cardboard. Next! We have a box of the honey puffs waiting to be tried... ;-)

  2. I can't wait till your braces come off. I brought the cookies to work, so let me know if you ever have a craving. Limiting myself ain't that easy, but I did it for today. We have a box of Kashi cereal at home, but I forget what flavor it is.

  3. I'm sorry folks. Cookies will not help you lose weight. but how would I know, I have never been on a diet in my life. I personally will eat all the cookies that I can get my hands on, but in the end I still will barely weigh in soaking wet at 120. Oh did I mention that I'm 5'8"

  4. Lauren, I will only forgive you if you are under 30. I had a hard time maintaining 135lbs at 30. By 32 I was 150-160, healthy for my bone structure. Now I'm trying to get back down to that!! (135 I still looked like a toothpick). I'm 5'8" too. I didn't start struggling with my weight until recently. And Kashi cookies, in moderation ... well, let's just say that the extra fiber is doing it's job :)


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