Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Not My Day

Oh man….today has totally not been my day at all. I worked out and steamed (which made my headache go away actually!) but then when I got back home, it came back hardcore. I ended up having to take 2 excedrin migraine tablets, which I HATE doing because they make me feel so loopy and out of it…and I’m on my way to work! And then (sorry this is rather gross), my toilet has some sort of massive malfunction and overflowed everywhere. I mean, my whole bathroom and hallway were under at least four (yes, four!!!!!) inches of water. It was horrible. Really really REALLY horrible! Well, that took me about an hour to clean, mop, sanitize…I’m screaming and crying the whole time of course because I’m such a girl. And now, I’m not even hungry anymore for the dinner I made…and its actually really really good! WOW! You guys probably really didn’t want to hear any of that but sometimes it helps just to vent.

Okay…on to dinner:

Its too bad I’ve lost my appetite because my “chicken salad” sandwich truly was absolutely amazing. You could never ever tell it wasn’t actually chicken. I would make this again in a heartbeat! It had creamy dressing, crisp juicy grapes and hunks of curry scented “chicken”. SO good~ find the recipe in my recipe section and make it soon. Vegetarian or not!

After I worked out I nibbled on some grapes and half a chocolate chip cookie (from the other night). Now I’m off to work and bringing with me a Chocolate-Coconut Think Organic bar in my purse. Wish me luck! πŸ™cimg1272.JPG


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  • VeggieGirl
    February 12, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Oh, Jenna, I wish there was something I could do to make your day better!! Yikes!! Between the toilet overflowing, your headache, and having to go to work, just hope for the best and remember that (as clichΓ¨ as this sounds) tomorrow is another day – hang in there, girl!!

    On a much brighter note, that veg-version of the “chicken” salad looks sensational!! bravo!! glad to see you’re still nourishing yourself during these tough instances – keep at it! :0)

  • Kelly
    February 12, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Smile Girl! You get to see your man on Friday. Just keep going and don’t look back. πŸ™‚

  • Annie
    February 12, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    So sorry about your awful day. Your chicken salad sounds delish though, I love grapes in my chicken salad. Hope your night will at least go better.

  • Bev
    February 12, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Just think you can vent all you want and you don’t have to be face to face with anyone. Keep up the good work and I hope you feel better πŸ™‚

  • Liza
    February 12, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Does anyone know what happened to the quinoa recipe? I’ve been searching for it (in the recipe section) but can’t find it!


  • Evie
    February 12, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Oh, hey Jenna, that really sucks!!

    And don’t feel bad about venting.. it’s good to vent, and this is your blog you can do whatever you want with it.

    Ugh.. I just hope your day gets better.. always be optimistic, though! That really helps~

    HEY JENNA: I see out of the corner of your yummy sandwich pics that you have a copy of Skinny Bitch..

    Did you buy a copy? Let us know how the book is!

    Again, hope you feel better honey.. Think positive.


  • ibex hk
    February 12, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    darn, hope things start to look up soon! Your sandwich looks perfect!!!! just the new and exciting recipe to an old favorite I needed to get started with lunch ideas. Can’t wait to give it a try soon. Hope the night goes ok, you’ll be great!


  • arimcg
    February 12, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    I make almost that exact same recipe all the time!! It’s one of my favorite lunches. Good with apples, too, if you don’t have grapes.

  • Kath
    February 12, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Awww, Jenna that bathroom situation sounds horrible. Hope you have a fabulous Wednesday!

  • Sam
    February 12, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Kelly, is kamut those cereal puffs? What brand do you buy and do you find them satisfying?

  • BethT
    February 12, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    If my toilet overflowed I’d be crying and screaming too πŸ™‚ Feel better soon

  • pinklilly7
    February 12, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Oh my gosh – I use just about the same ingredients when I make my chicken salad! The only thing I do differently is use mustard or vinegar (depending on my mood) instead of the mayo. Such a small world with such similar thoughts! I like putting my chicken salad over a bed of lettuce with veggies. So tasty!

  • Meggie
    February 13, 2008 at 12:33 am


    Sometimes you just need to cry and scream! At least the day is almost over! I had a day like that last week, and then it passed by and the days after were much better. I think I enjoyed them even more than if I hadn’t had the bad day!

    Oh, I got some hemp milk today. Yum! Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Cocoa
    February 13, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Hang in there, girl! 4 more days til Friday!!! This week will just fly by so fast….. think positive!

    And I hope tomorrow will be a better day for you!!!!

  • KLM
    February 13, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Aww Jenna, I have definately had days like that, but just keep a smile on your face! Tomorrow will be a MUCH better day (because really, could it be much worse?) and before you know it, it will be Friday!

  • Kelly
    February 13, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Sam- I buy puffed Kamut from Whole Foods but I have also found it at Randalls in Texas. Whole Foods has their own brand but the other brand is Arrowhead Mills. I also like the puffed corn. It has no sugar and I like that. It is filling if you pair it with fruit and some healthy fat. I don’t drink milk so I use yogurt in my cereal instead so that might contribute to it being more filling as well. It’s my go to breakfast for days that I’m not starving but still want something big.

  • ibex hk
    February 13, 2008 at 1:57 am

    Sam-I don’t think Kamut or puffed grains in general are too filling…just air (to me). But they do add a nice crunch factor to yogurt. I usually just use a sprinkle here and there for crunch.

  • Sara
    February 13, 2008 at 2:09 am

    What an awful day! I hope your headache goes away!! Maybe a nice long bath when you get home will make you feel better.

  • Sam
    February 13, 2008 at 2:11 am

    Thanks Kelly, if you don’t mind me asking a follow up question, why don’t you drink milk and why do you eat puffed kamut versus cereal or oatmeal? I’m trying to learn about all these food products- there are so many πŸ™‚

  • jenna
    February 13, 2008 at 2:34 am

    awww thanks guys for all your kind words!! I got off work early (around 9:15) and I’m running a really hot, really bubbly bath right now then getting into bed…..tomorrow is a new day!!!!!

    Re skinny bitch:

    Its cliche to say that a book can change a life…but this book seriously rocks and these women are amazing because they stand up for what they believe in and NO ONE can tell them otherwise. They aren’t scared to reveal the truth about so many things Americans just don’t even think about every day….Parts of the book really made me cry and then made me get really really MAD (at the USDA and the FDA mainly—its quite well researched and quite startling). You will have to read it to understand. You don’t have to agree with their complete lifestyle, as it is very radical, but its very interesting to hear what they have to say……….

    Another great read is “fast food nation” if anyone is interested….

  • peace
    February 13, 2008 at 2:51 am

    1. _Skinny Bitch_ is (despite its title) a good book, right? Funny and convincing. My partner and I tried to be vegan after reading it (we were eating “cruelty free” dairy and eggs before that). We sorta failed — but we cut way back on eggs and dairy to the bare minimum we need for energy.

    2. I KNOW about floods. For a year and half I lived in an apartment that flooded every time it rained, and once it even backed up the sewage into our patio. The landlord refused to fix the problem, and all legal avenues were futile. We moved. Before we moved, we too screamed and cried, and sometimes, somehow, laughed.

  • Kay
    February 13, 2008 at 3:00 am


    I am glad that you got off work early today! At least you will have a little more time to relax after all that you went through … I am sorry about your headache and toilet situation; at least it is over.

    “Fast Food Nation” is truly disturbing! Is “Skinny Bitch” more like a health book or a diet book?? Since you love reading so much, a page where we discuss some books would be kind of interesting, I think.

  • Amy C.
    February 13, 2008 at 3:02 am

    Enjoy the bath, Jenna. Hopefully tomorrow will be a thousand times better for you!

    I’m going to check out both of those books. Thanks for the suggestions! Also, got the vanilla hempmilk tonight. Can’t wait to try it tomorrow. The Late July cookies (dark chocolate ones) were amazing! I had a couple tonight. So delicious!

  • Alyssa
    February 13, 2008 at 3:40 am

    Sorry you’ve had a rough day! My days have been off too. Getting off work early is a good sign that things are getting better! Hang in their…almost Valentine’s Day! Enjoy your bath!

  • Alyssa
    February 13, 2008 at 3:41 am

    Jenna (or anyone else), this is a really random question, but I have irritable bowel syndrome (some of my family has such problems, grandpa has mild Crohn’s) and I was wondering if you knew of any foods that make IBS worse/better, or if it depends. Sorry for the random/icky question!

  • Kate
    February 13, 2008 at 3:52 am

    Hi. Had to respond. Sorry about the bathroom. That EXACT thing happened to me two weeks ago. I was completely traumatized. I ended up going to the doctor’s to get gloves and masks before I went down stairs to clean. Then I wanted to bleach my body. So gross! Anyhoo, good luck.

  • VeggieGirl
    February 13, 2008 at 4:13 am


    My email back to you included a helpful guide, that can help with your IBS.

  • Alyssa
    February 13, 2008 at 4:28 am


  • Sam
    February 13, 2008 at 4:31 am

    Jenna enjoy your bath………sounds like you had a rough day!

    I am hoping you know the answer to this question. On eat like me she said that she made her butternut soup with skim milk. Wouldn’t skim milk curdle?

  • Erica
    February 13, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Jenna, what happened to the recipe page? A majority of the recipes are no longer showing.

  • Robin
    February 13, 2008 at 4:44 am

    Hope you feel better soon! I just started reading your blog and I love it. I make my chicken salad exactly the same! The sweet crunchy grapes versus the curry powder and creamy chicken (or ‘chik’n πŸ˜‰ ) sooo good!

  • Sydnie
    February 13, 2008 at 6:02 am

    Hi there, does anyone have Jenna’s granola recipe? I was going to make it tomorrow and had the recipe in my computer and it crashed. It’s not on the recipe board anymore. Thanks. My email address is shafersadie@hotmail.com

  • jenn
    February 13, 2008 at 6:27 am

    Hope your bath did the trick Jenna… hope tomorrow goes better for you!

  • Bev
    February 13, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    You might want to check these out since your trying to get away from caffine. I have tried these and they are good. They sell them at my Whole Foods…

  • Bev
    February 13, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Sorry I forgot the link : http://www.teeccino.com/Default.aspx

  • Kelly
    February 13, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Sam- I do love oatmeal and oatbran but for some strange reason I never crave it in the morning. My “go to” dinner when my husband works late is oatmeal and that happens once or twice a week. I started eating the puffed kamut because it is all natural and no sugar. It’s just plain ol’ puffed kamut. The fiber content isn’t stellar so I add fruit to it most of the time, it also helps to add some healthy fat like nuts or low fat yogurt. When you mix it all together it gets nice and mushy and I just love it!

    I don’t drink milk because I don’t like it. I grew up eating it in my cereal but would literally take my teeth and scrape the cereal off the spoon so I didn’t get a spoonful of milk. I can eat cereal with milk if I had to, it won’t make be gag or anything, I just don’t particularly care for it. After becoming more health concious I decided to try yogurt so that I could still get the protein and calcium in. I eat the whole bowl this way. I usually used vanilla yogurt with cereals like puffed corn and Barbara’s Puffins but I used other flavors with cereals I mix fruit in (All Bran, Kamut, Wheatabix) HOpe that helps!