Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Back On My Feet Again

I am very glad to announce that I feel SO much better this morning!!! It seems all I needed was a good night of sleep and today I am back at it. I woke up early, around 6:30, and went outside to stretch my legs for a nice 3 mile run before the sun came up. It was still incredibly muggy and humid outside but I beat the heat at least! I had half a banana with almond butter before I left.

When I returned, I had an old classic for breakfast: Kath’s Oatmeal Pancake! I used to make similar protein pancakes in college with chopped apple in them and after tasting how delicious this was this morning, I’m wondering why I haven’t made it in so long! I used 1/2 cup oats, 3 egg whites, 1/2 tsp baking powder, a dash of salt, a dash of cinnamon and a splash of vanilla extract. I let the oats and egg whites soak in the fridge overnight and so this morning I had more of a thick “batter” for my pancake. I topped it with a spoonful of almond butter and the other half of my banana, mashed, with strawberries on the side.  It was soooooo yummy and perfect for fuel after my run!  I also had a cup of Red Rose tea as well.


YAY for Friday—today I packed a salmon salad on whole wheat bread with a plum and strawberries on the side as well as 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with kashi crackers for a snack. For the salmon salad I used a little bit less than a can of boneless, skinless salmon (maybe 90% of the can?) with a spoonful of nayonaisse, a squirt of dijon mustard, some chopped kalamata olives and a big dash of curry powder. This lunch always keeps me satisfied for hours for some reason!



In Defense:

 I really didn’t get too far with my book last night. 🙁 I was exhausted and got sucked into catching up on a couple of my favorite food blogs and emails instead. I skimmed it a little though and it seems well written but a little dry in areas. I liked the section where he states that we should pretend we are grocery shopping with our grandmother. Would she really buy go-gurt? haha! It’s so true though…half the stuff we eat and buy has so many strange ingredients we can’t pronounce in it and we should attempt to get back to real food that our ancestors would recognize…

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  • Ansley
    July 18, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Haha, I forgot about Go-Gurt! Although I can see my Grandmother being VERY intruiged by it, and wondering why the crazy people at Dannon would ever put yogurt in a tube…

    Anyway, have a marvey day!

  • arielle
    July 18, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    That was my favorite part too. I think about it every time I grocery shop. I really think it’s worth reading – the dry parts are less frequent than the good stuff.

  • MizFit
    July 18, 2008 at 12:45 pm


    I often tell my clients just to eat what their grandma would have eaten (ie half a sandwich some fruit and a class of milk type thing….low processed) but thats a far better way to phrase it…

  • ModelBehavior
    July 18, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Glad your feeling better Jenna, and don’t feel bad about skipping school yesterday, your one of the most dedicated people I’ve seen, everyone needs a personal day occasionally!

  • Kristie
    July 18, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    I keep hearing about that book, I really want to give it a read. Maybe I’ll pick it up sometime soon. The Grandma shopping philosophy is cute! And a good way to look at things.

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Resting up when feeling drained is the best way to go, no point pushing yourself too far.

  • Julz
    July 18, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Hooray for “Feel Good Fridays!” (dork. 🙂 )

    That run sounds like it felt GREAT, Jenna, and I’m so glad you were able to refresh and rejuvenate your mind and body before work! Awesome 🙂

    By the way, I did an A.MAZING yoga download this week! It was the Solar Flow class and it was INCREDIBLE! I prefer to take it outside and be able to feel the sun upon my face when I do my upward dogs and Tadasanas. So beautiful. I can’t wait to enjoy it again and I HIGHLY recommend it! I think you’d adore it, it’s very special 🙂


  • jenna
    July 18, 2008 at 1:25 pm


    I’ll have to give that one a try—thank you!! 🙂

  • Foodie
    July 18, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Julz, love the “Feel Good Fridays” comment. Jenna- sounds like today is off to a good start 🙂

  • Sarah C
    July 18, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    I found IDOF a little dry too…I was reading in on vacation at the beach, and about a quarter through I switched to History’s Greatest Conspiracies: 100 Plots, Real and Suspected, that have Shocked, Fascinated, and sometimes Changed the World. (Great Book!) I need to pick it back up though, I think it would be worth getting through it.

  • adria
    July 18, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    the thing is… my grandma would have bought me go gurt. In fact, she might have! Going to theirhouse was the only time that I could watch cable t.v. and have ice cream EVERY night (which I did for 7 weeks once and didn’t gain anything).

    Thanks for the memories 🙂

  • kate
    July 18, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I definitely am going to try salmon salad with olives in it! I have a question. Do you now consider yourself a pescoterian? Or a “semi-vegetarian”. I basically eat vegan, but then I end up eating fish sometimes just because I love it. So, I’m not sure what to tell people when they ask me about my diet.

  • Heather
    July 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    If I pretended that I was shopping with my grandma, all my cart would have in it would be cantaloupe, triscuits, and raisin bran… but maybe I could pretend to shop with someone ELSE’S grandmother?

    I definitely want to read that book- but need to get through Omnivore’s Dilemma first.

  • tfh
    July 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I guess the younger you are, the more generations you have to go back…imagine shopping with your great-grandma, or great-great grandmother! They wouldn’t even know what to do with a supermarket, let alone go-gurt…

  • Lisa
    July 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I just started reading your blog and I love it…so genuine, upbeat and motivating:)

    So yeah, motivating…

    What time do you work each day and how are you able to fit in a workout BEFORE work? That has go to be my hugest struggle and then when I’m tired AFTER work, I’m more likely to miss it.

  • ~C~
    July 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Hahaha! My grandma eats go-gurt…just kidding

    I have never used canned salmon, is it wild salmon?

  • Erin
    July 18, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    I think salmon is such a good choice because of the fat. I love how fats keep us full!

  • Chandra (Eating to Live)
    July 18, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better! Sometimes the body just needs rest 🙂

    That pancake looks great!!

  • angelcubbie
    July 18, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Have you read Eat, Pray, Love Jenna? If not, I’d recommend it, It took me forever to get through due to work & school but I found it very uplifting.

  • Sarah
    July 18, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    I read that book, fully expecting that I would like it since I am interested in nutrition and (from what I could tell from reviews) his food philosophy would match mine. However, I found it simply a repeat of other things I have read, and frustrating because his suggestions are vague and hard to implement. I did not walk away from that book feeling like there was anything I could do to change my eating habits apart from shopping at the farmer’s market more — that everything else he mentioned was “circumstantial evidence that may change” and whatnot. I have found other books far more helpful in terms of helping me know what I CAN do and SHOULD probably be eating.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better, too, Jenna.

    Oh, and I have to throw this out there: I would never have eaten Go-Gurt before, but my athletic club sells frozen Go-Gurt tubes and one day I was so hot I bought one and now I am hooked. It is a great 70 cal, higher protein little popsicle – great post-workout or before bed. You just put them in the freezer. Strawberry is the best.

  • Phoebe
    July 18, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better Jenna. I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately too, I actually find that I feel really energetic and bouncy (but in a crazed, anxious way) immediately following a night of not sleeping well but I feel really gross and tired the day AFTER that day. So it’s a vicious cycle of being edgy and drained.
    Re. In Defense of Food, I expected to love it, because I very much enjoy Michael Pollan but I too thought it was a little dry and vague and also, I read all of his articles in the New York Times and the book is basically a rehash of all the things he has written on food since The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Not too interesting. I got a free advance copy (bookstore working perk) so at least I didn’t pay for it, for those still wanting to read it I recommend getting it out of the library.

  • Sarah
    July 18, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Hey Jenna, I am heading to Paris on Sunday to study and am wondering if you have any good recommendations of places to eat/visit. Thanks!

  • jenna
    July 18, 2008 at 8:36 pm


    No, I’m not a semi-vegetarian or even a pescetarian anymore…I’m just an all around eater now, I guess. I’m having a lot of fun with it and my body is loving it!


    Yes, this is wild alaskan canned salmon from Whole Foods.


    It’s HARD!!!! I don’t get to sleep every night until usually around 12:30 then I wake up at 7 for a workout before i have to be at work at 10….its tough but has gotten easier as my body has adapted. I’m making the best of the situation right now but really, I only have another month of doing this because in September I am quitting my job and switching back to morning classes to finish up school. That will be a HUGE relief because I will have from 12:30 in the afternoon til bedtime free everyday to cook, workout and pack up for my externship! I think making exercise a priority is a huge thing. It doesn’t take rocket science to realize that our bodies feel better all day after a good workout. Laying out clothes the night before helps also. The way I look at it, if I can give 30-40 minutes a day to exercise ANYONE can because my schedule is insane. Lay out snacks and pack your lunch the night before to save time–every little thing helps!!


    I’ve read it twice 🙂 LOVE it!!!!


    I recommend Le Caveau de L’ile on I’ile st. louis (metro–pont marie), Berhillion ice cream, Circles cafe on Rue St Michel (near luxembourg gardens) and perhaps one of Guy Savoy’s many restaurants for the true french experience. My favorite places were the tiny creperies…I would go and order a ham, cheese and egg crepe with hard cider (traditional drink with crepes) and be happy as a clam. Check out the latin quarter–that’s where I stayed! 🙂 HAVE FUN!!!!!

  • dolores
    July 18, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    do you still drink hempmilk?

  • jenna
    July 18, 2008 at 8:46 pm


    When I can afford it! That stuff is expensive and goes too fast because its so tasty…soymilk is $2.99 for a half gallon so that’s what I usually buy at the store.