Lunch

Warm Lunch

I was all set to eat last night’s leftovers for lunch but its a bit colder outside today (in the 60’s! haha!) and I really was craving something warm so I made a grilled cheese (2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 ounce cheddar) and heated up a cup of Pacific Brand’s Cashew Carrot Ginger soup. I had a pear on the side. This soup was new and nice for a change! It was quite spicy though from all the ginger, so if you don’t like the heat maybe this isn’t for you. It went nicely with my sandwich, though!

And……I got a 98 on my practical today!!!!!!!!!! This afternoon I’m getting my hair done to celebrate πŸ™‚ Haha, I actually already had a hair appointment but now its all the better! I’m in a super rush though because my appointment is in Tampa so I have to get on the road! Tonight I’m going out for dinner and drinks with Ryan’s family. We do a “Grandma’s Night Out” once a year where all the grandchilden (and their significant others) take his Grandma out for rum runners and dinner. It actually has gotten a bit crazy in the past so tonight should be interesting!

I have to run now but I will get to all your great questions later this afternoon! Thanks for being so patient, as always! πŸ™‚

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About 516 calories.

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28 Comments

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    Natalie
    January 25, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    98 that’s great! That looks so good! What type of bread is that?

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    Natalie
    January 25, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Is the culinary school that you attend that same one as Le Courdon Bleu (sp?) in Paris.

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    amy
    January 25, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Sometimes there is nothing better than grilled cheese and soup!

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    Ala
    January 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Congrats on your 98%!!! I never doubted you for a moment…you were truly made to do this profession. πŸ™‚

    Have fun getting your hair done and going out for dinner!

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    Paula
    January 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Congrats!!! And enjoy getting your hair cut! I heart hair cuts! Are you planning anything new/different? Either way, ENJOY!

    Have a great weekend, too! πŸ™‚

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    Arika
    January 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    You should post a picture of your new hair do : ) I would love to see how it turns out! Happy Friday and Congrats on the awesome test score. You rocked it!

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    arimcg
    January 25, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Congratulations. I saw this soup at the store the other day and almost bought it. Now I think I will!

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    Natalie
    January 25, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Jenna and her blog readers (I posted this on Kath’s also, but I really need ideas, as I don’t exercise, but found this issue when I do)

    I am the type of person who if I don’t exercise first thing it just doesn’t get done. My problem is that I wake up hungry. A piece of toast would almost make me more hungry. But i find that aerobics makes me more hungry, yet I don’t want to eat two breakfasts (breaking it up too much would leave me unsatisfied twice). Its almost as if not exercising I eat less. For example, if I walk for 30 minutes I will end up eating more calories than I burn b/c I get really hungry even with light exercising, trust me I am not burning that many calories at the pace I go. Any suggestions. How do you morning exercisers schedule your workouts and eating. Thanks!

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    Jen
    January 25, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    I found this blog about a month ago through Kath Eats and absolutely love it. Your attitude toward food and “treating yourself” is so wonderful and refreshing. I have a question– what are you planning to do with your degree when you finish? I’d love to enter a program like yours….I love to bake. Congrats on your exam!

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    jenna
    January 25, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Natalie,

    its just a basic soft, white bread. Easy to make and incredibly tasty! Not too healthy though because it does have shortening, butter, sugar and white flour in it! tasty though!!

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    jenna
    January 25, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    And yes, it is a branch of that school πŸ™‚

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    jenna
    January 25, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Ok—more answers later—off to get my haircut! I’ll post some pictures later on πŸ™‚

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    Ana
    January 25, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    again-congrats on the exam! i think that’s such a cool idea for ryan’s family to do! i am really big on family time! lol! i’m definitely going to have to buy that soup (i’m not afraid of spicy so it sounds great! ^_^)

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    Katie
    January 25, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    in the 60’s!!!!!! and you think it is chilly!!!!! i am sooo jealous! here in blacksburg it’s in the low 20’s!!!! have fun in tampa!

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    AA
    January 25, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    hey jenna,

    you had mentioned (i think yesterday) that you don’t usually do leg workouts (squats, lunges,etc) because you are a runner. is there a reason why runners should not do those things often? i was just wondering, because i remember reading somewhere that when someone is training for a marathon (1/2 marathon, etc) they do not continue w/ their strength. i was just wondering what the reason was.

    great job w/ the blog! i adore your posts, your meals, and your healthy attitude toward food and exercise! you are a true inspiration!

    thank you! =) have a great weekend, and please do put up a picture of your new haircut, i know alot of us would LOVE to see the new do!

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    Jill
    January 25, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Eliza and Jenna thanks for the info about sundried tomatoes.

    Do you all buy them in water?

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    Dori
    January 25, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Hi Jenna! How do you store your lettuce?

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    Amber
    January 25, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Jenna I really appreciate your feedback on the hot yoga- I’m excited to try it. When I asked you if you were in shape when you started yoga you said yes. I guess what I was trying to ask is do you feel yoga builds muscle. I need to gain some muscle mass, which I realize takes along time. But a lot of people say yoga is not enough and lifting weights is needed. So for a beginner who lacks strength do you think yoga is enough if I can’t do all the poses etc. I’ve seen people do headstands which never want to try (I would be too afraid of crushing my head!)

    Did you learn through just attending classes?

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    jenna
    January 25, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Natalie,

    Why don’t you try eating a slightly larger snack such as peanut butter on toast? That might hold you over a little bit better. Do you work in the morning? If not, you could eat breakfast and work out an hour later then have a snack before lunch. Thats my favorite way to do it!

    AA,

    Long distance running is very stressful on your legs and because of that, it is discouraged to work them out the day before a long run. Its easy to pull something over overstress your calves and whatnot by working them out too much. If you plan to have a hard run, its best to take a rest day before or just an easy walk so you dont overwork your muscles πŸ™‚

    Jill,

    They aren’t sold in water—they are sold dry and you should soften them in water for about 10 minutes before using (hot water!)

    Dori,

    I buy prewashed lettuce in containers and just store it as is in the fridge. it lasts me about a week that way!

    Amber,

    Headstands are my favorite posture πŸ™‚ I love doing them! its so great for you!!! And yes, I think yoga is the best possible workout…you hear different things from everyone but when I was doing yoga about 5-6 times a week last year I quickly lost 10 pounds and toned up like crazy!!!! I think as a beginner, you will gain a lot of strength doing yoga a couple times a week for a few months. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the results! You OF COURSE would never be expected to do advanced postures such as headstand and whatnot….but if you keep at it you will gain strength in no time and feel more confident doing harder poses. Headstand, for example, has nothing to do with just standing on your head. Its all in the abs and the arms. If those arent strong, you will tumble right over. I had to practice yoga for 4 years before I was able to do that! You learn SO MUCH by attending classes. I’m excited for you—let me know how it goes!

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    jenna
    January 25, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Jen,

    I’m planning on moving back to Tampa and working in a bakery for awhile…working on my first cookbook. Eventually I’d like to have a few cookbooks/nutrition books out and also open up a small european-style bakery here. πŸ™‚

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    Amber
    January 25, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you so much for the quick response, I will keep you updated! I have a really personal question about exercising and don’t mean this to be inappropriate, but all girls deal with it (and I think all of your bloggers are girls). Today for example, I have horrible cramps, etc. and honestly, the thought of getting on a treadmill or even doing yoga poses is not exactly comfortable sounding. Yet, I don’t want to not exercise one week every month. Any tips.

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    Amy
    January 25, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Jenna, I don’t know if you got my post this morning- I know you get so many questions.

    Jenna could you give an example schedule of your typical day, such as when you wake up, eat and go to bed. It would be so helpful to see!

    Do you ever chew gum or candies, such as lifesavers etc? You advised a reader to throw out all her gum…I should really stop both the habits as well.

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    VeggieGirl
    January 26, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Jenna, congratulations on your superb score!! Get ready to enjoy the weekend!! :0)

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    Sarah
    January 26, 2008 at 3:14 am

    Amber,

    Actually (and I know it’s the last thing you want to hear) but excercise is the BEST cure for cramps. I know this from experience and from a home remedies book I have. Even if you start by just walking a little you’ll feel better, then maybe work yourself up to a run!

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    Marissa
    January 26, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Hi Jenna!

    do you think its a little over the top to have two 150-200 calorie snacks a day (one between breakfast and lunch and one between lunch and dinner) even if i’m trying to lose a few pounds? i think this may help to avoid becoming sooo starving that i waayy over due it once i sit down to a meal.

    thanks so much for everything. you have such a healthy relationship with food that i find very admirable.

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    Susan
    January 26, 2008 at 4:51 am

    Jenna, this is a question related to the other exercise ones you have been asked. Do you find running makes you more hungry than before you began exercising?

    Also, I think you pasta tip of the week is helpful! I know someone said something about insulin resistance, but sometimes, if I just eat a bigger meal I am more satisfied and 2 1/2 ounces is not nearly as much as they serve when you go out to eat. Whole grain pastas don’t cause insulin resistance since they have fiber, protein, and carbs- the fact is our body needs mostly carbs to run.

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    jenna
    January 26, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Amy,

    This is hard because right now, I’m just entering a MAJOR schedule shift, so I will tell you what my anticipated schedule will be like:

    7- wake up
    7:30-8:15- exercise
    10:00- school or work
    1:00- lunch
    3:30- snack
    5:30- dinner (because I either have to go to work at night or will have class at night starting soon so I will have to eat an early dinner)
    10:00- bed (but when I start night classes I wont be in bed before midnight!!!)

    I’ll keep you updated because my schedule is always so different, I wish it was more consistent but unfortunately it wont be til I graduate.

    No, I never have lifesavers…sometimes I chew gum but usually I’m not allowed at school and its just tacky to chew gum at work. I’m usually too busy to think about needing something in my mouth, but I drink tea and water and sometimes I’ll sneak a piece of my favorite black licorice from the fridge where I keep a stash!! πŸ˜‰

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    jenna
    January 26, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Amber,
    long walks ARE the best idea I think. Or some light cardio. It is advised to NOT do yoga when you have your period because of the inversions. I’d say a nice long walk and a bubble bath would be the cure!!! πŸ™‚

    Marissa,

    If you are trying to lose a few pounds I would still have an afternoon snack, but make it 150 calories, not 200. 200 would be more to maintain. Think of a 150 calorie combo such as cottage cheese and fruit, a yogurt, some almonds and an apple…..and eat that around 3 or 4. Then, drink green tea like its your job for the rest of the day! and water!

    Susan

    Yes, I do find that cardio, esp running makes me more hungry than just weight lifting. When I run, I usually burn anywhere from 450-600 calories and my body wants those back!! I’m always sure to drink more water and eat more healthy food on the days I do a longer run. I’m glad you found the tip helpful!

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