Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

A Natural Cure

Okay. Can I please win the award for Whole Food’s best customer?? I go in today with the intention of picking up some powdered sugar, peanut butter and green tea and leave with $70 worth of stuff. Bah! What is wrong with me?! I do feel like I got some goodies though…here’s what went down…

Whenever I’m sick I always try to stay clear of drugs, prescriptions and walgreens whenever I can. Way back when, I told you all the story about how I got really sick while living in France and was magically cured by homeopathic medicine. On top of that, I just don’t like putting stuff in my body that I can’t pronounce the names of and there’s so many weird drugs out there these days. I prefer to do everything naturally if I can. In my opinion, it’s just a better, simpler way to live without all that hooplah.

Anyways, I felt like total (insert crappy word here) this afternoon so I meandered my way into my favorite section of Whole Foods, the health section. I explained to the woman that I thought I was coming down with something, that my entire class at school is sick and that my family is sick at home. She instantly led me to the immune boosting chewables and homeopathic pills. No, I said, I CANNOT GET SICK RIGHT NOW. Give me the real business. So, she brought out the Olive Leaf Extract. Hmm what is this? She told me basically it will kill whatever funk is in my body and it’s pretty potent. Three other girls working in the department came up and told me their testimonials about it…saying it tastes completely and totally horrible (you dilute it in water) but it will cure you. She even looked it up in her herb encyclopedia and showed me all the good stuff that this extract can accomplish.


Here’s what was said about Olive Leaf Extract:

  • Internal use
    • It is used for a variety of ailments and it is well known that the oleuropein lowers blood pressure by increasing coronary flow. A recent study has also shown that oleacein inhibits the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE). The powerful antioxidant effect of olive leaf extract also protect the heart and circulatory system from free radical damage.
    • Olive leaf extract is very beneficial for treating conditions caused by viruses, retrovirus, bacteria, as well as protozoa.
    • It interferes with the critical amino acid production of viruses and may inactivate the virus by virus budding or assembly. It can also penetrate the cells and stop viral replication.
    • It furthermore is effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, fungi and yeast strains and stops the production of micro-toxins, which contribute to chronic fatigue.
    • People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have reported a radical improvement when taking olive leaf extract internally and report more energy and a better sense of wellbeing.
    • Olive leaf extract further improves candida infections and the resultant vaginal discharge, psoriasis, PMS, weight problems, headaches and all other symptoms that coincide with yeast infections.
    • People struggling with the Epstein Barr virus have also reported dramatic improvement.
    • The bark is sometimes used to treat colic.

So, I said got that and then she asked me what multi I take. (blush and look down). Here’s my guilty secret you guys shouldn’t know. I DON’T TAKE A VITAMIN. I have many many times but I always run out then never buy more. I think it’s been about 6 months since I’ve taken one?! I know I should take one but it’s just an added expense so I never do. Anyways, she guided me to the one she takes and swears by and after reading about it, it sounded pretty damn good, so I got that too.

Here’s what is so different about this multi vitamin. It contains two servings of organic fruits and veggies!! It’s made of REAL food, so its more easily absorbed in the body. Here’s some of the stuff it contains: pumpkin, kale, spirulina, tart cherries, collard greens, cranberry, strawberries, spinach, acai, adzuki beans, raspberries, chlorella, red lentils, daikon radish sprouts, blueberries, blackberries, broccoli, cabbage sprouts, mustard sprouts, ginger, quinoa and watercress. If that’s not health in a pill, tell me what is?! I already took four of these bad boys today along with 2 servings of olive leaf extract (in peach tea so it wouldn’t taste as bad), so I better feel pretty amazing tomorrow.


Back to the food-front—-I actually didn’t have an afternoon snack today. When I feel crappy my body gets all out of whack and I either crave very odd things or nothing at all. I ate a late lunch (around 1:30) and spent a good chunk of my afternoon talking to the Whole Foods people, so I didn’t get around to snacking. I DID get around to doing some yoga, however! I did a 60 minute detox class from yoga downloads . When I was done, it was about 5:00 so I just made a super early dinner instead of having a snack.

I had one of my all time favorites: simple seared salmon. I just seared the salmon in half a tbsp of evoo and sprinkled it with salt and pepper. That’s all this bad boy needed! I served it atop a bed of fluffy whole wheat couscous and had a bowl of sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes to go along side it. I need all the vitamins I can get!


Dexter got some salmon too because tomorrow is his 1st birthday!!!!! 🙂


I also had a small glass of wine because, like I said at lunch, wine makes everything better.

And for dessert…………………Caitlin and Meghann, here’s a teaser for tomorrow! 😉


Vegan vanilla cupcakes with fluffy buttercream frosting!!!! The recipe for the cupcakes is from Dreena Burton’s cookbook, Eat, Drink and Be Vegan (each cupcake only has 126 calories in it! Practically a health food!), and the frosting can be found here. And, yes, I just had to taste-test one for dessert to see if it was okay to serve tomorrow. I guess it’s alright 😉 YUM!!!!!!

Okay I’m going to bed suuuuuper early tonight—I have to be up at 5:45 to get downtown for my MRI. Wish me luck!

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  • Laura
    September 17, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Hope you feel better! I need to get a copy of that cookbook. Those look AWESOME! (my icing would not be so pretty though)

    Happy Birthday Dexter!

  • AshleyH
    September 17, 2008 at 12:03 am

    I made the cookie and cream cupcakes in the picture for my boyfriends birthday last week! amazing!! I love vegan baking.

    Sounds like you found some really great things at whole foods. i totally agree with finding more natural medicine.

    A few months ago you told me that you used to take peppermint oil for your IBS. I have IBS and have been looking for peppermint oil I can take directly but all I have found is peppermint oil from the same company that you bought the olive oil from. Do you think that would be as effective? Thanks!!

  • jenna
    September 17, 2008 at 12:08 am


    Yes. Just put a drop of the oil on your tongue (no more than one drop). It really helped me when nothing else did!

  • Bree
    September 17, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Hope you feel better tomorrow Jenna and Happy Birthday Dexter!!!

  • HangryPants
    September 17, 2008 at 12:21 am

    I love how the cupcake looks like it’s wearing a hat.

    Feel better and Happy Birthday Dexter.

  • Meghann
    September 17, 2008 at 12:28 am

    OMG! So excited for tomorrow! I am drooling over my computer, too bad I can’t eat it through my screen, but I think in person will be better.

    Happy Birthday Dexter. For Abbie’s birthday in June I made her a doggie cake and took pictures of her in a birthday hat. I actually have one of the pics on my desk at work in a fream that says “I’m 1 Today!” I know.. pathetic..

  • Ryan
    September 17, 2008 at 12:41 am


  • babycakes
    September 17, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Jenna, I can TOTALLY relate to spending WAY too much $ in WF – every week I average about 150-200! Yikes! But it’s more than worth it for my organic fruits and veggies. It’s the only thing I spend money on (besides grad school tuition!). They actually know me by name in all 3 of my local WFs since I’m there so often. I love it! haha. I also absolutely refuse to take meds – in my opinion they are toxic and I don’t wish to put such questionabe substances into my body. Vitamins made from whole foods are the only way to go – the synthetic vitamins are actually pretty toxic. There was a study released recently about their harmful effects, so you have nothing to feel bad about! Have a great night and rest up 🙂

  • emily
    September 17, 2008 at 12:50 am

    for some reason I am super impressed by that cupcake. I wanna bake dessert!

  • Andrea
    September 17, 2008 at 1:55 am

    that cupcake is so cute 🙂 it reminds me of magnolia’s in NYC. only 102343908 calories less!! yay

  • Kelly
    September 17, 2008 at 2:00 am

    Hi Jenna! I’ve been a lurker of your site for a couple months now! I was wondering how much money the Her Daily Nutrition vitamin cost you? I’m interested in trying it and seeing if you think you notice a difference in taking it!


  • caitlin (seebriderun)
    September 17, 2008 at 2:33 am

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH CUPCAKES ARE MY FAVORITE. you are the best person in the whole, wide world. i showed future husband your post and he said that olive lead extract is amazing and that you should be feeling better soon!

  • caitlin (seebriderun)
    September 17, 2008 at 2:33 am

    man, my lasagna is going to suck in comparsion to those cupcakes. do you want to just eat dessert for dinner? 😀

  • Alison
    September 17, 2008 at 2:37 am

    That cupcake looks delicious! Good luck with the MRI!

  • Jess.
    September 17, 2008 at 2:44 am

    I just bought those flat-out wraps this week too! I had one the other day and I really liked it. It will certainly be a repeat purchase.
    Hope you feel better!

  • greenpeeps
    September 17, 2008 at 11:06 am


    I think you said you use a cast-iron for your salmon. What temp do you use and how long do you preheat? How long do you cook per side? I’ve been trying to perfect seared salmon in my cast-iron but I can’t seem to get it right. It sticks and takes longer to cook through than I think it should. Any hints would be much appreciated!

  • Bridget
    September 17, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Wow I’m going to have to try out that Olive leaf extract next time I’m not feeling well…and I’m right there with you on the vitamins, I’ll buy some, be really good about taking it then just fall of the wagon haha…I can never remember.

  • jenna
    September 17, 2008 at 2:49 pm


    I just use medium high heat…i put the oil in the skillet and it heats up in about a minute. Salmon usually takes about 4 minutes per side…some like it more rare and some like it more well-done though. I like it more on the rare side so it’s just kind of touch and go. If it sticks you a) aren’t using enough oil in your pan and b) it’s not ready to be flipped yet.

  • jenna
    September 17, 2008 at 5:00 pm


    Her Daily Nutrition costs $26.99. I really don’t mind spending money on quality food and vitamins though since we only have one body and we better take care of it! I will keep you posted on how I feel with them…so far, I like them!