Books/ Exercise/ Fitness

A Foodie Destiny


Hows your Humpday going? I have been pretty productive thus far and now need to spend the new couple hours buckled down writing articles and working on BLOG SUMMIT (!!) stuff. Details soon, promise!

This morning I slid in my new orthotics into my Izumi Pearls and hit the gym treadmill for some walking.


No running yet. Doc wants me to slowly get comfortable in these new orthotics by wearing them walking for a few hours every day. After a few days of just wearing them walking and around the house I can slowly start to run again! Woohoo!!!! I actually really like them and they are very comfortable to me. Today I walked for 50 minutes on the treadmill at a brisk pace (3.8). It felt really good to walk that long and stretch my legs. It helped that I was totally immersed in my reading material though!


I’ve been picking up this book off and on since April and I have to say, I am loving it. I’ll wait until I finish to do a complete review, but everything Brendan says makes a lot of sense to me and its fascinating to read. Has anyone else read this book? Any thoughts?

After my workout I stopped at Greenwise because we were completely out of produce! I did a super quick low-key shop to get some basics.

  • Ezekiel bread
  • organic honey mustard
  • organic ketchup (feel so much better buying ketchup w/out HFCS in it!)
  • Sunshine burgers (still can’t find the new falaful burgers and its driving me mad)
  • decaf green tea with mango, peach and pineapple
  • spicy blue corn chips!


  • 2 for $5 raspberries
  • apples
  • bananas
  • organic carrots
  • cucumber
  • organic “dinosaur” kale (more on this in a bit)
  • organic beets for juicing
  • organic celery
  • lemons + limes
  • mangoes
  • organic spinach…obvi

Can you believe I bought all this stuff, most of it organic, for only $42???!! The best grocery shop yet, to be sure. I was pretty darn proud of myself. Now that Ryan eats more of the same food that I eat (spinach, kale, berries, almond milk, whole wheat bread….) its much easier shopping for two rather than buying all my food and then separately buying the food he likes. I swear I don’t force healthy food down his throat! 😉

I got quite hungry while shopping around and to stop myself from buying everything in sight, I snacked on this bar:


And then when I returned home, after putting everything away and organizing the freezer & fridge (desperately needed it but don’t worry Ryan, I didn’t throw away the beer!), I made lunch. A sunshine burger on Ezekiel bread with honey mustard, ketchup, spinach and pickles with some blue corn chips and a not-so-ripe nectarine on the side




This quote on my tea hit home—


And now lunch/break time is over and I must forge onward! Ryan is working late so I’m going over to my parent’s house for dinner….mom is making her speciality (and my favorite), linguine with clams! Linguine and clams has been my favorite meal since I was about seven years old. I think I was just destined to be a foodie. 🙂

Have a great day!

It doesn’t get much better than this!! LOL

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  • Sarah (LovIN My Tummy)
    June 10, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I can hear Polly cheering about the blue chips purchase from here.

    Thank you for sharing your grief and your joy. I hope it has halved and doubled accordingly.

    Happy Wednesday!

  • Organic Girl aka AshleyH
    June 10, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I definitly think kids who are brought up in an environment where the food is healthy and beautiful have a better chance of being foodies, enjoying their food. You were lucky to have a mother who is such an awesome cook!

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    June 10, 2009 at 12:23 pm

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  • Kate
    June 10, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Do take it slow with your orthotics. I thought I had broken them in and began running. I got huge blister on the arch of my feet that kept me from running for weeks! But, once you do break them in I know you’ll be happy with them!

  • Katherine
    June 10, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I’m so impressed that you got all those wonderful groceries for $42!! I can’t wait to get back to Trader Joe’s this weekend to stock up. We go every other weekend so one week is cheap, the next is more pricey. Thankfully it hasn’t broken the bank yet!

    Enjoy the rest of your day and congrats on settling into your orthotics!

  • Still Life in South America
    June 10, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    There’s nothing more dangerous than perusing the grocery store aisles while hungry! 😉

    Thanks for sharing the tea proverb. It is so true–very touching.

    Have a good afternoon!

  • Run Sarah
    June 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I love that quote – thanks for sharing. Your lunch looks awesome!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    June 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I love Sunshine burgers – especially the garden herb variety 🙂 I usually put my sunshine burger on top of a spinach, dried cranberry, and cheese salad. Then I top with homemade vinaigrette. Yum!

    Good luck with the new orthotics – your Doc seems to know what he’s doing!

  • Natalie
    June 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    The lunch looks great! Linguinie and clams for dinner, yum! I just came back from Rhode Island…they have the best clams…now I’m addicted 🙂

  • Sammie
    June 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Yummy = Sunshine Burgers. I am so glad that they found their way into my life. I hope you have a productive day.

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Glad the new shoes are working out for you so far. Dinner sounds like it’ll be a good one.

  • Megs
    June 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Jenna or anyone else with orthotics…did you find you needed to go up a sneaker size to accomodate?


    • jenna
      June 10, 2009 at 12:39 pm


      Nope! These actually fit perfectly into my running shoes as is! I guess I was lucky…

  • Maria
    June 10, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Nice job with the groceries! It is amazing that you bought for less than 50 bucks.

    Sometimes, it’s the little messages that makes us feel better, even if it’s from the tea we drink. I keep the one’s that I find special so I can look back and remind myself of the message.

    Oh my that lunch looks delicious! I love Sunshine burgers, and just found the falafel ones at Whole Foods. Maybe you can find them there?

    I wrote a post on my blog about what I think about Thrive. Like you I found most (not all) of the ideas made so much sense. Here’s a link in case you’re interested:

    Have a fabulous afternoon!

  • K
    June 10, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Great grocery haul! You made out of there with a fantastic bill!

    LOVE your shoes – black & pink!! Nice! I also love your article with the picture of Ryan, what a good sport!

  • Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)
    June 10, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    That’s some good loot for $42! Cant’ wait to hear more about the Blogger Summitt.

  • Recipes for Creativity
    June 10, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Yay for orthotics! I hope they treat you very, very well!

  • runeatrepeat
    June 10, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I actually heard about that book and have been meaning to get it since I want to train for another race soon and do it veggie style 🙂

  • raybelle
    June 10, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    hey jenna–do you ever think about making your sandwich bread for the week? it seems like you could make a homemade sprouted bread and save some $$$ (though I love Ezekiel bread)

    • jenna
      June 10, 2009 at 12:58 pm


      I don’t have time! I wish I could! Maybe someday…

  • Jenna
    June 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    what a very suiting quote on your tea. I hope you have a great day!! 🙂

  • Jennie
    June 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I also found the falafel Sunshine burgers at Whole Foods. Good luck!

  • Gina
    June 10, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    It truly does make a difference having a bf or roommate who eats the same foods as you. My bf, Nick, didn’t used to eat like I do (he was a fast food junky) but now that I have transformed his way of thinking about food, it’s so much easier for me to shop and prepare our foods!!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    June 10, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Wow what a quote! Perfect.

    Glad you got such a good deal at the grocery store…gotta love that! It makes so much sense…in season produce is cheap!

    And glad you had a great workout too! Hope the new orthotics help!

  • Sarah
    June 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Great job on the grocery shop! I have not seen that book before but I’m definitely interested now, thanks 😉

  • The Experimentarian
    June 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I would kill for some of that green tea! I’m loving a new goji green tea blend now, though. Check out my review here:

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    June 10, 2009 at 1:18 pm

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  • Matt
    June 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Hopefully those orthotics work well!

  • brandi
    June 10, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    great job on the groceries! I get so excited when i find good deals and come in under budget 🙂

  • Lauren
    June 10, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I loved that quote…sooo true!

    Thrive is an awesome book! Enjoy!

  • polly
    June 10, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    hey foodie!

    double joy hugs today from pol. 🙂

    Great shop, girl! Yay for R and his healthy eats. I promise if rubs off on those boys, now D even hunts down healthy options on his work trips! Love those healthy, green smoothie drinkin’ men of ours!! XOXO

  • Kati
    June 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Great job on the shopping! I want to read that book and try those sunshine burgers!

  • april
    June 10, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Good job on the shopping! I love getting good deals!

  • Stephanie
    June 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    I wish that my lunch looked so yummy!!! That looks amazing.
    The quote is the best…

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 10, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Good luck with the orthotics! Hope they work out well for you!

    What a great grocery shop. I love how produce gets so much less inexpensive in the summer when it’s easier to come by. Just more of a reason to stock up! 🙂

    Enjoy dinner at the parent’s house to night! Sounds delicious!

  • Eat, live, love, dream
    June 10, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    That book looks like a good read. I think I might have to pick that one up:)

  • Sarah
    June 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    i absolutely love that quote.

  • Katrina (Gluten Free Gidget)
    June 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    HAHA Love it! Linguine with Clams… My fav meal ever since before pre-K is my mom’s Chicken Tetrazzini. Sadly, I have yet to successfully convert her recipe to gluten free. We’ve come close, but not quite.

  • Danielle
    June 10, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Great shopping for only 42 bucks! I thought I did great with only 67 bucks you totally kicked my butt.

  • Low
    June 10, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    I hope the orthotics work well too! I’m so happy you’ll get to run again!

    I’m going to try my first sunshine burger tonight, can’t wait!

  • Anne P
    June 10, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    haha, cute article! 🙂

  • Island Girl Eats
    June 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I would never get all that for $42 where we live. And I doubt that it would be half as fresh.
    You sure do take good care of your boy!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    June 10, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    LOVE those sunshine burgers 😉

  • Lauren (Runandrejoice)
    June 10, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Love the article! My boyfriend was(is?) a hardcore fast food addict! He loves great food, but when left on his own, Taco Bell and Burger King are his destinations of choice. BUT we had a breakthrough last night! He is starting the p90x workouts and has to follow a meal plan, so as I was helping him out with it he said “Don’t forget to write down how to make one of those green monster things”. WINNERRRRRRRR!

  • nicole
    June 10, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    hello just wanted to say hi, im farily new and have been following your blog. i think it is awesome blog. and i have added you to my blogroll.have a great day

  • bobbi
    June 10, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I so want that BOOK!!!!

  • Sarah M
    June 10, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Wow groceries are so cheap in Florida. And organic at that! Looks great.

  • Amy
    June 10, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I am going to meet Brendan in a couple of weeks-he is doing a book signing and product talk at a local organic store. I am really looking forward to it 🙂

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    June 10, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    glad you got your orthodics!! I hope they do the trick for you! and that’s a FABULOUS job grocery shopping! I wish our bill was that tiny! always good to have goals 🙂

  • Emily L.
    June 10, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    That is basically what I had for lunch, a veggie patty sandwich. Yours is sooo much prettier though

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    June 10, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    I can’t wait to see what you do with the kale. I’ve been wanting to try kale for like a year, but I’m afraid because I have no idea what to do with it! Glad to hear you like the orthotics — that’s great news! And wow, weird that you got that proverb. It’s beautiful. Enjoy your linguine and clams! My grandmom used to make spaghetti with seafood sauce before she passed away. I just found her recipe tucked away in a book after I got over my eating disorder, and I thought that was really neat — God working in a mysterious way.

  • Liz @ in the skinny
    June 10, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Great article about converting Ryan!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    June 10, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    That is a lovely tea quote. I am often inspired by the quotes on my tea in the morning 🙂
    Love the groceries photo. Grocery shopping is one of my favorite things!

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    June 10, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Exciting! You’ll be running again before you know it 🙂

  • Adi ( - repaired!)
    June 10, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Any kid who loves clams is destined to be a foodie, absolutely! I still haven’t tried clams… 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 10, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Love all the organic produce you picked up!! I just picked up some more organic spinach today myself. 😀

  • justrun
    June 10, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    That cake looks amazing, and I don’t even like chocolate! And what a great gift from your parents!

    Happy last day of 23!

  • faith
    June 10, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    hey jenna-
    i just may finally be back in teh blog world! yeah on your orthotics, hope they help! i gave a shout out to you in my first post today 😛 i also became a green monster this morning. so good to see you following your passion and doing all this writing, im also excited to hear more on the summit!!

  • Samantha
    June 11, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Hey Jenna,
    Just thought I would share this interesting article with you about the “run/walk” method of training:
    I don’t get shin splints, but sometimes my arches and hips give me problems, so I thought “what the heck, I’ll drop my ‘I run all the way pride’ and try it”. Well you know what?? It’s working so far! Less pain!
    I’m training for the Nike Women’s Marathon (in SF!) so maybe I’ll spot you there 🙂
    Happy training,

  • Caroline
    June 11, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Sunshine burgers and Nectar bars, all in the same post–sounds like foodie heaven to me:)

  • D
    June 11, 2009 at 7:55 am

    I just had the Falafel Burger yesterday for the first time. It was absolutely wonderful. I cooked mine in the oven ( I was also making some sweet potatoe fries, so I just popped the Falafel Burger in the oven while those babies were cooking). The burger kind of crumbled, so I just went with it and crumbled a little more and put into half of a whole grain pita pocket, lettuce and a fat-free tzaki sauce. Oh my, it tasted as good , if not better, than the falafel sandwiches I have had at Greek places.

    Hope you get a chance to find them, definetly a repeat in my life.

  • Phyllis
    June 12, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I bought one of those bars after seeing it on your blog. Delurking to tell you it was soooo good!