Issues of Sensitivity

Happy Monday!

This morning I am headed to my 8:30 spinning class so I had something light for breakfast…..a cookie!


I made the standard Fitnessista breakfast cookie using 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 scoop Sun Warrior, 1/2 banana, 1 scoop raw almond butter and 1 tbsp vanilla coconut milk. This morning I topped my creation with 1/3 cup 2% Fage!

The yogurt topping increased the protein and staying power of this cookie, which usually does not keep me full for very long on its own, which is why its pretty good for a pre-workout meal. It also was a really tasty addition and one I will definitely keep up in the future!

So, I’ve been getting a TON of questions and emails relating to IBS so I thought I would just address it right here since it seems like a lot of you are interested in it.

The truth is, I don’t really suffer from IBS anymore. I did when I was in middle and high school, but as I grew up I grew out of it and if I get pains now, it’s only passing pains that last maybe a minute. However, when I was in my early teen years I suffered from IBS immensely and went to all the doctors and such, looking for a cure. I know it sounds crazy, but the number one thing I have found that works when you feel like are about to have an attack is peppermint oil. Buy a vial from the health food store and put one drop onΒ  your tongue when your tummy hurts….it actually helped me every single time and was my saving grace for years. I haven’t done the old peppermint oil trick in years since I don’t really suffer anymore, but I promise you it will work!

Hope that helps, IBS sufferers! I’m off to spinning—see you in a bit!

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  • Shelby
    May 11, 2009 at 6:01 am

    That breakfast cookie is calling my name! Very yummy indeed.

  • ter
    May 11, 2009 at 6:13 am

    is vanilla coconut milk unhealthy?

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    May 11, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Gotta love a good breakfast cookie to start the day! Thanks for the peppermint oil tidbit. I don’t think I have IBS, but I think having that on hand could be helpful for anyone who ever gets tummy troubles. Hope spin is great!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 11, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Enjoy spinning!!!

    Oh and IBS, I have occasional symptoms too and that sounds like a good idea! THANKS!

  • Ansley (The VD)
    May 11, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Beautiful lady, a few posts back you said you had 2 other tatts. Mind me asking where and what they are? I’m (hopefully) getting one in the coming weeks and thought I’d ask.
    Take care, suga’ bug!

    • jenna
      May 11, 2009 at 8:05 am


      I have a small flower on my foot and another blue cornflower on my back. Thanks!


      No, its actually very healthy! You can read about the benefits at !

  • Ali
    May 11, 2009 at 6:23 am

    I have a track teammate who suffered from IBS in high school and she was always very cautious and finicky about eating because of running. While she had a bunch of food rules for herself, she also used to pop an Altoid in her mouth to calm her stomach. I don’t know if its the exact same thing, but it seems like its along the same lines!

  • Jess
    May 11, 2009 at 6:27 am

    I am definitely willing to try that peppermint oil!! I take 3 perscription pills a day (boooo) for IBS πŸ™ After losing 40 lbs b/c of it and a major surgery I will try anything!!! Thanks Jenna! Have a great day!!

  • zestycook
    May 11, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Great looking breakfast cookie… I am loving it.

  • Angie
    May 11, 2009 at 6:43 am

    I will definitely be trying the peppermint oil trick. And I’m so glad you called it an “attack”. That’s the exact words I use, and people always have a hard time understanding what that means. But that’s exactly what it is; you feel the pain coming on, and then it’s so intense you want to cry.


  • Beadie
    May 11, 2009 at 6:46 am

    I’m glad you said the cookie doesn’t usually hold you over very long. I can’t imagine that it is very filling but people seem to rave about it. I think as a pre workout snack is a great idea!

  • weight and meditate
    May 11, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Have a great spinning class!

  • Ashley
    May 11, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Hi pretty lady! I just wanted to let you know that my company, Procter and Gamble, now has it’s IBS supplement, Align, widely sold in drugstores, grocery stores, Target, and Walmart! Align is the #1 Gastrointerologist recommended medicine! If you’d like me to give you more information for your interested readers let me know! Their site, is amazing as well!

  • Danielle
    May 11, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Have fun at spinning!
    That looks like a perfect breakfast cookie!

  • Nicole
    May 11, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Peppermint oil?? Wow. I wonder if mint tea would have some calming effects as well. It sort of helped my stomach pain from lactose intolerance… it was soothing. Some other teas helped as well.

  • Beth
    May 11, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Thanks for the peppermint oil trick. I will give it a shot. I have also being doing Align, a new probiotic specifically for IBS.

  • Sammie
    May 11, 2009 at 8:12 am

    I find pepermint tea to be very soothing when my IBS flares up. I hope you had a great spinning class.

  • Run Sarah
    May 11, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Your cookie looks wonderful – have a great time spinning!

  • Fitzalan
    May 11, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Nothing like stress to bring back some IBS symptoms. I have Crohn’s disease so I unfortunately know all those joys. Stress definitely brings out all the symptoms. I think with all stomach disorders/disease, listening to your body is the best way to get through a flare up.

    I have never tried peppermint oil though. I drink fresh ginger in a cup of hot water when my stomach is aching and cramping and that typically helps. I may need to go get some peppermint oil to keep on hand too.

    Happiness Awaits

  • emlod10
    May 11, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Oh my gosh, i went to a 9am spinning class and was thinking more about a cup of coffee than spinning…how do you do it so early?! i really want to become a morning workout person, maybe babysteps? hah anyways, have a great day!

  • Ali
    May 11, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I know you have talked about it in the past, but do you think you could maybe give me some pointers about the shin splints you are having- I am having major issues but I just can’t get myself to stop running- I love it so much! I have done spinning and thats a great break but was wondering about your shin compression sleeve things and any other thoughts!
    Thanks- great cookie by the way!

    • jenna
      May 11, 2009 at 9:40 am


      Sadly, I really do think the only cure to shin splints is time off…I never used to think that but after I forced myself to actually TAKE 3 weeks off, I feel a lot better. I also think, though, some people are more prone than others and shin splints are just something I am going to have to live with. I’ve found that the treadmill doesn’t hurt me as much but, really, if you are suffering you need to take 3 weeks off and then look into either physical therapy or go get your gait analyzed and look for a more supportive shoe with an insole.

  • Help Meghan Run
    May 11, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I *need* to try a breakfast cookie! Good information that they’re not that filling, however. What would you suggest using instead of the protein powder? Or could I just leave it out?

    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

    • jenna
      May 11, 2009 at 9:40 am


      You could just cut it out! πŸ™‚

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    May 11, 2009 at 9:43 am

    The b-cookie looks so good! It looks like it’s topped with icing! haha

    Good luck at spin! I really need to take that back up because it’s such a great workout!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    May 11, 2009 at 10:00 am

    That is fascinating about the peppermint oil cure. It might be worth picking up a bottle to have on hand when we get tummy aches, even if they aren’t IBS.

    Enjoy your class!

  • Sarah
    May 11, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Another thing that helps with IBS symptoms, I’ve found, includes ginger tea. I like to drink a cup when my stomachs feeling funky…

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    May 11, 2009 at 10:26 am

    That peppermint oil trick is very interesting!

  • Michelle Hisae
    May 11, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I wonder if peppermint oil would work on regular stomach pains or bloating…I’ll go look it up now. Thanks for the tip!

  • ter
    May 11, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    im surprised that the coconut milk is not as bad as i thought! cuz in where im living, there’s a lot of food cooked using coconut milk and people tend to stay away from it due to its high fat contents… πŸ™‚

    anw your breakfast looks great! oats, nut butter and banana… all my favorite!

  • ari
    May 11, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    mmmmm i love how the fage looks like icing! yum!

  • Susan
    May 11, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks for the peppermint oil trick!! I have some food intolerances that cause me severe tummy pains. I usually drink carbonated water to help settle it, but I’ll have to try the peppermint oil next time.

  • Elizabeth
    May 12, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Just a note to anyone that suffers from IBS: most digestive pain and problems are related to food intolerances, sensitivities, and allergies (which can change as we age, which is why you may have problems at some points in your life but not others). Pay attention to what you’re eating and try eliminating common allergies if you are having digestive problems. IBS is a symptom, not the root of the problem. I thought I had IBS for years and it actually turned out to be Celiac disease.