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The Truth About Culinary School

The bad thing about culinary school….



There’s always tons of food at your disposal at all times. Such as these fries. Some kind person last night thought to bring a HUGE vat of fries, pizza, salad and baked ziti to my class last night for us to “test”. This was around 9:45 and even though I had eaten my z-bar earlier (need to remember to pack a bigger snack than this…), I was still starving. I wolfed down a salad, which had the best dressing on it that I have ever tasted, and some fries. Can you see why people say you gain 15 pounds here? A pound for every month…haha 😉

All we did last night was work on our sketches of our cakes (and eat of course). We used color pencils and just sketched out what we wanted our chocolate modeling and wedding cakes to look like, working from photos we found on the internet. This is why I love this class. Its so much more of a design class than anything and gives students the chance to slow down and to be really creative, rather than get stuck in the pressure and hustle and bustle of everyday school production.

This morning I woke up a little later (well only about 10 minutes later) but still was determined to go to the gym. I’m pretty proud of myself this week because I’ve been every morning. I know the next two weeks probably will be a lot more tough than this week with longer school hours while we work on our wedding cakes so I was glad to grab at exercise while I could. I ate half a banana with peanut butter and then went to the gym where I did a treadmill warmup, pushups, 21s, dead lifts, triceps, abs (the crazy ab exercise from Shape magazine…killed me a few days ago!) and at the end of my workout I hit the treadmill again for about 6 minutes (haha) of sprints—1 minute on 5.5 and 30 second sprints at 8.5. These get ya!

I’m out of jam :(. How does one survive?! I knew I wanted a smoothie though so I ramped it up a little with more of everything so I could get away with just having that instead of having a smoothie with an english muffin like I usually do. We’ll see how long it holds me over. I used about a cup of frozen strawberries, half of a huge banana, a whopping spoonful of peanut butter and probably a cup and a half of soymilk. I didn’t measure. It was wonderfully creamy and refreshing. I was cold after though so I had hot tea! 🙂



It’s Friday and I’m going easy with lunch: peanut butter (no jam. sad) on a whole wheat pita with a sliced red bell pepper and a peach. For a snack I brought a bag of Cinnamon Harvest cereal and blueberries.





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  • nem
    June 13, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    hey jenna,

    LOVE the blog!!! i have just recently graduated college and am considering becoming a certified nutrition and wellness consultant like yourself…have you found this beneficial and worthwhile?? i am curious about your experience and future plans with the certification…

    thanks so much! keep up the good work! 🙂

  • Heather
    June 13, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    WOW- that’s a lot of fries. They look delicious though!

    So you’re making a wedding cake?? Can’t wait to see pics. Cute mug too, btw.

    Happy Friday!

  • VeggieGirl
    June 13, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Smoothies are always so refreshing :0)


  • Kristie
    June 13, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Those fries remind me of hickory sticks… YUM.
    I would not be able to resist the constant stream of new and interesting foods laid in front of me at culinary school. Good thing you’re into exercising eh?

    I love doing treadmill sprints, you just feel so darn powerful during and afterwords.

  • gv
    June 13, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    aren’t deadlifts the best!? how much can you lift? what kind do you like better, stiff legged or romanian? it’s cool to find another landy who does them!

    just randomly, what kind of strength training do you usually do, like how much weight and how many reps?

  • Meghan
    June 13, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    French fries are my weakness! That being said, at least you didn’t inhale tons of pizza and baked ziti, you only scarfed down some veggies! (BaHahaha, you know, the salad and those stick-shaped potatoes…)

    I’ve got a quick question for everyone: It seems as though anemia is quite common, and I’ve looked up the symptoms but they seem quite general. If I’m eating enough and eating whole, healthy foods, and I exercise, but I still feel drained and lethargic (and COLD) 75% of the time, do you think I should be tested for anemia? I attempted to give blood back in high school, but couldn’t because they tested my blood and told me I was on the verge of anemia. I told this to my doctor, who did nothing. I’m just curious about peoples experiences, too. Thanks!

  • Sarah
    June 13, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    I had the same symptoms as you a few years back—I was so drained all the time, nobody understood because it was like more than just being tired and needing a nap—it was like I was so drained I felt like I could collapse. I got my blood tested and found out that I had very low iron. Now I just take a multivitamin with iron (Centrum A to Zinc) and it has helped SO MUCH!! I seriously feel like I just have so much more energy, it’s amazing. I’m still always cold though : ( haha

  • Little Black Dress
    June 13, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Jenna- I can see why that would be so annoying! I hate it when I am in situations where I feel tempted to eat something that would not make me feel good, although I think I may have tried a fry or two :). Meghan, that sounds horrible. I would be concerned that perhaps you aren’t eating enough or excercising too much. This happens to me all the time, and it’s usually because I need a littl emore food or a little less workout. Jenna, hope you are looking forward to the weekend!

  • Chef Erin
    June 13, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Those were pretty good fries– though once I tasted that salad, I forgot all about the fries! That was the BEST salad dressing ever!

  • Moran
    June 13, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Does anybody know how the ab exercise is performed? I even went on the shape site but there are so many different ones…

  • Amy S.
    June 14, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    I have never been anemic but can never give blood b/c I usually get the low iron count then. Women tend to have this issue due to menses. I have a classmate who has pernicious anemia which is serious and she gets B-12 shots. I agree that a good multi is the way to go. You need B and C daily.

    for abs: