TGFH = Thank God For Humpday!

Last night in school we didn’t have time to bake off our pies so no photos 🙁 There WILL be a ton of photos from tonight, however, because not only are we baking off our pecan and apple custard pies, but we are also making a chocolate peanut butter pie as well! Last night we just parbaked and blindbaked our pie shells, made pastry creme, had lecture and made all the pie fillings. It’s amazing how fast the five hours really goes (or how slow, if you are really tired). We got out early last night, around 10:45, so I was able to get in bed at around 11:30.Not that I fell asleep at 11:30–probably more like 12:15…but still it’s better than later I guess!

Get this: I have NEVER waited for my alarm in the morning to go off. I naturally wake up about 5-10 minutes before it every single morning, every day of my life. Call me crazy. So, I woke up at approximately 7:08 this morning, had half a banana with almond butter and hit the gym for some cardio. I did 10 minutes on the elliptical (watching the today show of course!) then did 15 minutes on the treadmill (10 minutes running, 5 minutes walking on a steep incline) followed by some jumping jacks. When I got back inside I had a bowl of my new Ezekiel cereal: Cinnamon Raisin, and I have to say its the best yet! The raisins give the cereal a little sweetness and a nice chew. I liked it better than the almond kind!


Here’s what’s going in my lunchbox on this lovely humpday:

a tofurky/avocado/spinach whole wheat pita. I really really loved the avocado/tofurky combo when I made it the other day (pretty much the best tofurky sammie EVER) so I re-created it today! I used some honey mustard as well and 1/4th of an avocado.


A small container of those really addicting veggie chips that I bought at the health food store where I get my delicious kale salad wraps in Tampa. These things are dangerous…that’s why I only packed a really small amount!


A navel orange


And…for a snack, I packed 2 brown rice cakes and a container of grapes.


That should keep me going!

Ryan is traveling to Augusta today to go to the Masters! I wish I could go too 🙁 

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  • Courtney F
    April 9, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    I was wondering if you could post the brand of those veggie chips. Another blogger said she found them at her Whole Foods, so I wanted to go have a look at mine.


  • JennS
    April 9, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    okay ladies, need some advice.. i am thinking about eating strictly fruits and veggies for a week to get my system on track, look svelt and clear my skin up. I have a big day coming… would you all recommend this? thanks!

  • JennK
    April 9, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Wow, SO jealous of Ryan! Hopefully someday we’ll be able to go too 🙂

  • Jenna 2
    April 9, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Cool my dad will be in Augusta as well!! Wish i were going too!! 🙁

    Can’t wait to see your pies!

  • Romina
    April 9, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Can’t wait to see some pics!

    JennS – I would NOT recommend that. If you eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies that includes whole grains and good fats such as unprocessed olive oil, nuts and seeds, you should be fine. =)

  • jenna
    April 9, 2008 at 1:27 pm


    These chips are no-brand name. They are made by the health food store near my home in Tampa. I don’t know what kind other girls are buying at whole foods–sorry!! They are probably the same thing but by a brand name. These are just bought in a plastic deli container in the deli section of my health food store and just say “veggie chips” haha

  • MLT
    April 9, 2008 at 1:33 pm


    Probably not very healthy idea, but I have done this before for 3-4 days and it is amazing what it does for the skin. You might be able to get the same effect just eating ALOT of fruits and veggies and adding in some other things. When I did this I still ate oatmeal for breakfast and had hard boiled eggs with lunch. I did a veggie salad and veggie soup for dinner. So, I’d say if you’re totally bent on doing this, make sure to add at least a few grains and proteins…

  • MLT
    April 9, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    P.S.- I think what did it for my skin was ADDING a lot of fruits and veggies, not leaving other stuff out. So I think just adding extra fruits/veg might help, at least with the skin stuff.

  • Liss
    April 9, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Woah… looking forward to the pie pics! They sound deeeelicious!

    I’m the same with my alarm clock. I LOVE it! And when this phase passes and I start to ignore my alarm again I make sure to drink an extra glass of water the night before so that I’ll wake up on time because of the urge to pee. Works like a charm =p

  • Kelly
    April 9, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    JennS- I agree with the posts from the others. Among other things, if you’re restricting too much it could lead you to really binge at the event. I think it also depends on what skin issues you’re dealing with. If you have severe acne (as I have in the past) just changing your diet may not be enough. However, now that I’m acne free I will say that including healthy fats, not more fruits and veggies, has done wonders for my skin. I’ve always eaten a lot of veggies and eat very little processed foods but it was eating healthy fats (primarily walnuts and almond butter) that seemed to make the difference. Since I have included both in my diet regularly and cut down on the caffeine I’ve lost the dullness in my skin and have a much brighter complexion. Usually I’m doubtful of this and would think it’s all in my head but the difference is VERY noticable.

  • Kelly
    April 9, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    The other thing I would say is that from talking to my dermatologist, because of the cycle of shedding old skin it may take a few weeks to see the results you’re looking for so if you only have a week, you may not see the results before the event.

  • Kristen
    April 9, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Speaking of dietary skin care, has anyone seen visible improvement in their skin/hair after taking fish oil supplements? I just started taking them and am wondering if others have benefited.

    Jenna–what’s your absolute favorite cereal? I’m a cereal addict and am always on the hunt for other cereal lovers’ favorites.


  • Rebecca
    April 9, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Nicole R,

    It was me, who asked you that question. Good luck with starting med school next year, although it sounds like you’ve got a great start already!

    With your schedule last semester how did you have time to exercise and eat healthy? I am a science major too, and it’s definitely harder than a lot of other majors with labs especially. I know a lot of people say exercise helps them relieve stress, but the bottom line is that going to the gym, showering, etc takes time. Cleaning veggies and shopping healthy takes time. Any advice?

  • bikergurl
    April 9, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    JenS, I would definitely NOT cut out everything but fruits and vegetables for an entire week! I wouldn’t even do it for a day, but maybe that’s because I love food too much. I think you’d be better to just eat balanced meals with a focus on healthy fats and veggies, as others have suggested. Good luck with whatever you choose 🙂

    On another note, Jenna (or athers too) do you find the Ezekiel cereal too crunchy? I tried the Almond kind and it was so hard that I had trouble chewing it. In the end, I decided I can only eat it after letting it soak a while.

  • VeggieGirl
    April 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    What a delicious breakfast, lunch, and snack!! Looks like you’re well-nourished and prepared, for all that baking later :0) I can’t WAIT to see all the photographs from tonight’s class!!

    TGFH, indeed! :0)

  • Katherine
    April 9, 2008 at 3:54 pm


    I got so excited when I saw your post- you may have solved my problem (I have mild acne, but no one wants any acne!). Rather than discuss it on the blog, would you mind if I sent you an email asking a question? Thanks!

  • Betsy
    April 9, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    i frequently wake up before my alarm clock, but not everyday!!!

    do you buy your tofurky sliced, like in the deli section? i have a ghetto grocery store and have never seen it like that.

  • happyherbivore
    April 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    can’t wait for all the food porn photos!

  • arimcg
    April 9, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Betsy, tofurkey is usually in the deli section with the other packaged meats. At least at Met it is, I don’t know what grocery store is near you (but it can’t be much worse than Met!!). It’s with the other fake meat like the hot dogs, etc.

    I never wake up before my alarm. Never. Frequently, I wake up after. I am such a heavy sleeper.

  • Betsy
    April 9, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    I have Key Food. It sucks. Someone was murdered there last month. Probably by the tofurky.

    I started adding ground flax to my breakfast every morning about 4 months ago, and my skin has improved dramatically. I didn’t have bad skin problems before, but it is smoother, more “glowing” and I haven’t had a zit in about 2 months.

  • SDF
    April 9, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    I am so jealous of all you morning people. I never wake up before my alarm-unless you count waking up at 3 am to go the bathroom. I’m one of those people who has 2 alarms set-one right beside me, and the other one is across the room. I require both because sometimes the alarm beside me goes off, and I turn it off without ever waking up-and then wake up an hour late & run around my house in pure panic and end up needing to take a cab to work to get there in time (usually I bus it). If I could wake up without an alarm I think I would be a much more relaxed person in the mornings

  • oatmeal
    April 9, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Oh my goodness! I want to live at your house! Just the sound of those pies is making me drool…
    And heh, I don’t wake up to an alarm either, I find that the alarm clock doesn’t really wake me up unless I’m already half conscious, so I stopped bothering with it :p
    Ooo veggie chips–I tried some last year and they were great! Seeing your picture makes me want to go and buy some…

  • kootz
    April 9, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    how hard is it to be vegan? i’m considering it after I graduate and can live on my own. I’ve always had some minor intolerance to dairy and rarely eat meat. is it cost effective?

  • Christine
    April 9, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Hi everyone! I found those veggie chips at my Whole Foods and they were whole foods brand, in a plastic clear tub and they said Veggie chips, they were down by the bulk bins! Good luck!

  • erica
    April 9, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    I, too, found the veggie chips at whole foods in the bulk section. 🙂

  • jenna
    April 10, 2008 at 12:51 pm


    My absolute favorite cereal is cracklin’ oat bran.I don’t eat it often though because its full of processed stuff and sugar! Sure is good though….granola would come in as a close second…


    No, I actually really like the crunch! You CAN heat it though in the microwave for a yummy hot cereal that is less crunchy! I tried it once and liked it that way too.


    When I cut out dairy products and meat my grocery bill went from 85 dollars a week to 40 dollars a week. It’s been the best decision so far that I’ve EVER made in terms of economics and health!!!