Paleo Baby Meal + around the weekend

Hi friends! Happy Monday! How’s your morning going? Anything exciting happening this week? I can’t help but already feel excited because we’re headed to Tucson next week. I’ve missed the fam so much, and am definitely ready for some desert summer. (Even though the heat will burn you in the face, that’s what eegee’s are for. I’m hoping we can catch some magical monsoons, hit up some Tucson faves, and enjoy swimming with the fam.)

I had my ultrasound Friday morning. I’ll post an update on the Family page in a little while, but it was a day of mixed emotions, I’m feeling much better now (I don’t want to leave you guys hanging. We found out that the baby has a small heart defect which shook me up quite a bit. This happened on the same day we were waiting to hear results on a biopsy from Bella. Bella’s results came back Saturday, and she is likely going to be ok(!), but with these two events, I was worried sick all morning.). Earlier during the week, I’d asked Whitney if I could take dinner over Friday evening, and it ended up being a welcome distraction. It was helpful for me to step away from Dr. Google, blast some Gipsy Kings, and make delicious food with my little sous chef. 

Whitters eats mostly Paleo, so we made her a grain-free, dairy-free feast:

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Chicken enchilada bake

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Lime and cilantro cauliflower rice

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(I pulsed the cauliflower in the food processor until it resembled grains of rice. Next, I sautéed it in some coconut oil with salt, pepper and garlic powder. When it was finished cooking, I added a squeeze of lime juice and chopped fresh cilantro.)

house guacamole (recipe in the book!)

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and almond butter brownies.

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For the guacamole, I used some avocados that one of the Pilot’s colleagues gave us FROM HIS YARD. He’s like, “Here, have these enormous avocados that taste like butter from the earth and you will never want to eat another ‘cado again.”

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(I snapped the above picture with the chips so the Pilot could send him a text from us to say thank you!)

I also had grand plans to make Whitney plantain tortillas, but they did NOT look the same way they did on Pinterest haha.


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(I ended up saving them to enjoy with eggs and salsa over the next couple of days.) 

Livi and I stopped by to drop off the meal, along with a bottle of vino, and I snuggled with Teddy and caught up with Whit while Livi played with Wynston. It was perfection.

Saturday morning, we took Liv to her soccer class (aka the cutest thing I’ve ever seen), and had a fun adventure Saturday night:

riding the carousel at Belmont Park,

Carousel with liv

and dinner at Corvette’s Diner. My friend Betsy told us to try Corvette’s, as it’s similar to a 50s diner in Tucson we like: Little Anthony’s. Corvette’s is like Little Anthony’s x1023849. It’s ENORMOUS with blasting oldie’s music, dancing, a vintage car in the lobby, 50s and 60s memorabilia adorning the walls, and the servers are straw hairstylists. When we first walked in, I was trying to figure out how so many little girls had fun bow shapes and designs in their hair: the servers do it using red drinking straws. (Liv wasn’t into it this time, but I have a feeling she’ll want to do it next time.) They also have a full arcade, which is perfect while you’re waiting for your table.

I ordered the house-made black bean burger on lettuce and a side salad:


It was pretty delicious, and I highly recommend Corvette’s if you’re visiting San Diego and want somewhere fun to take the kiddos.

Workout-wise, I got in 3 awesome workouts this weekend:

Friday night, was a spin and strength combo in the garage while watching Frida (one of my fave movies and I hadn’t seen it in forever),

Saturday was barre,

and Sunday was Insanity! I’ve been doing the workouts here and there for cardio, and even with serious modifications, I still get a great workout. Oh Shaun T., you are so good.


(I’ll make a video this week with the low-impact modifications I’ve been doing. Basically my version is Insanity Lite.)

Guess who else I got to see this weekend?!
This lovely lady!

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When Anne texted to let me know she’d be visiting San Diego, we made Sunday afternoon juice plans. I thought Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla would be the perfect spot. They have a gorgeous rooftop patio, and everything on the menu is vegan, organic and gluten-free, with many raw specialties. It’s my mission to try everything on the menu before we move. 😉

Trilogy juice

We enjoyed some green juice and vegan cookies. I’m so glad we got to hang out for a little while during her trip!

Trilogy rooftop

What’s something that makes you feel better when you’ve had a rough day? I usually put the energy into an activity like cooking, a workout, or a house-related project. A nap will always do the trick, too. 😉

What was your favorite part of the weekend?

Hope you have a wonderful morning. See ya later today on the Family page.



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  1. Definitely a sweat session makes it always better. It helps me compartmentalize my feelings and figure out what to do with them so I’m not overly dramatic.

  2. Have fun in Tuscon visiting the fam 🙂
    My husband has been traveling there a lot for work, and I can never believe it when he tells me the temperature!

  3. How fun that you got to meet with Anne!! I’ve never done a Barre class, but they look great and brutal 🙂 My highlight was going to the beach!

  4. I just wanted to chime in and say that my daughter was born with a very minor heart defect. It was SO scary to be sent home from the hospital with that hanging over our heads, but we trusted in our care team and she has always thrived. I’m sorry you had to hear that and hope the defect doesn’t negatively affect baby. My daughter grew out of hers by the time she was a year old and we had a little party to celebrate 🙂

  5. I’m so sorry for the scary news! I am sure it will end up all okay, you guys are all so strong and loving.

    Are those aerial silks on the roof?! thats awesome!!

    When I get frustrated, I usually go for a run, eat, nap, or clean. Cleaning is usually the winner, I go to TOWN on something. This weekend (not out of frustration, but fun) was my 1950’s oven. it was so necessary, I don’t think it’s ever been clean!!

  6. Gina, I’m sorry about the little ones heart. My thoughts are with you.

    I too like to keep busy when I have upsetting news. Or sometimes lose myself in a book, but pick a happy one. Take care of yourself.

  7. Sounds like definitely a weekend of high emotion. Thinking of you and hoping all turns out just fine! Glad Bella will be OK! And you said something about moving… is that in the works?

  8. So sorry to hear about your little one’s heart, I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and hoping everything turns out okay. When I’ve had a rough day, my favorite thing to do is make a cup of chamomile tea, light a Yankee Candle, and just sit and relax for a few. If I can’t do that, though, a quick gym session usually does the trick!

  9. Hey Gina! I just wanted to let you know that my sister was born with a hole in her heart and it has never affected her in the slightest. It closed up as she grew. She’s a perfectly healthy 26 year old now. She played sports all through high school and continues to be active- her heart has never caused an issue. I’m praying your precious little one will follow the same path! <3

  10. So scary. I’ll keep you guys in my thoughts. My own daughter (15) actually has a cardiologist appt. in a couple weeks because I noticed her HR runs really high, and her doctor thinks we should get it checked out. So I understand the fear, just a little.

  11. I hope everything is okay!! Usually a nap helps, and something sweet 😉

  12. All that food looks amazing! I really hope everything is going to be ok with the baby! Sending you all my love and lots of healthy, healing prayers for baby girl! <3 <3

  13. Sending hugs and prayers your way 🙂

    OMG Plantain Tortillas!! That sounds amazing although not sure I will attempt yet until you get it right, I am sure to fail lol.

  14. Oh goodness. So sorry to hear about the little one! After a rough day, I go for a run and then bake a treat. Helps me clear my mind and focus on other things.

  15. Just wanted to send hugs and prayers for your sweet baby girl. Hope everything will be ok with her heart. I’ve known many babies born with holes close up on their own. I’ve also worked with ones that had surgery. It’s amazing what modern medicine can do. Praying everything will be ok.
    Great pic of you and Anne!
    I like to keep extra busy when worried/stressed. This weekend we were packing for our trip to th coast. Kids so excited!

  16. i’m keeping your baby girl in my prayers! just continue to stay positive and i’m sure great news will follow <3

  17. Wendy Heath says:


    Modern medicine is amaaazing with neonatal cardiology. I know several happy, healthy kiddos who had heart defects that either resolved on their own or had no issues after surgical correction. J

    Lots of love and prayers for you and the family!!! 🙂 I have faith that things will work out for your new little one. Sending you all good energy and happy thoughts.

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you, wendy- that’s so reassuring to hear!
      thank you for the love and prayers, too. we appreciate it so much

  18. Love Livi’s smile in that picture on the carousel! Her eyes light up so much!

  19. SO good to see you this weekend – Trilogy was the cutest! I would spend all my time there if I lived in SD. 🙂

    Also, sending lots of love to you and the little one. <3

  20. I’m so sorry to hear your family is dealing with TWO big stressors right now. Just know all your readers are behind you! You are such an example of taking tough times and making the best of it, so I look forward to following your journey here, too. Sending best wishes!

  21. Many blessings and prayers to you! Having a baby is a scary & joyful ride all at once. Hoping everything is ok! xoxo

  22. Modern medicine is absolutely amazing. Should you need it, I highly recommend searching for the most highly qualified medical team in your area (& in certain circumstances in the country). Thinking of you & your babe.

    • Fitnessista says:

      i’ve been researching like crazy! it’s pretty overwhelming here with all of the different providers + the insurance runaround.
      thank you for thinking of us! xoxo

  23. Working out always does it for me! That baby meal looked delicious!

  24. I have a 4 week old, we were told that he might be born with Down Syndrome as well as a heart and kidney defects. He was born without any issues and currently laying in my arms sleeping. Science is sometimes wrong, but your baby is valued more than she could ever imagine. Praying for you and your family, and that God gives you strength and joy!

    • Fitnessista says:

      that must have been so worrisome to hear. so happy to hear he’s absolutely healthy!
      thank you for the prayers, too. xoxo

  25. Oh man, praying for the bebe + you + fam right now. Can only imagine how stressed you are…keep us posted, ok? <3

    PS…I'm going to have to send you my roasted plantain recipe because it is paleo carb-heaven. And because it's basically fail-proof. And mostly because it's freaking delicious.

  26. Yum! That baby meal looks really delicious– lucky friend!

    Sorry to hear about the heart issue! Hopefully it will resolve itself before your little lady “comes out of the oven”, so to speak. My son had a cyst in his brain that showed up on a ultrasound, but was completely gone when they checked him again (via ultrasound and still in my belly) 10 weeks later. He is 100% normal, but it sure was scary at the time!

  27. aw my two favorite bloggers! 🙂 i’m loving the week of workouts you sent out! 🙂 doing them all! (switching the days, and might do a different arm workout but i love the plan!

  28. Crystal N. says:

    I’m so sorry for the worrisome news, and hope that everything will turn out fine with your little one. Keeping busy and spending time with those you love is the key to getting through the tough stuff in my experience. Seems like you are doing both!

  29. SENDIN Prayers to the Lord for your daughter! She is fearfully and wonderfully made ( the Bible says) praying for Grace and strength for you Gina and the Pilot. God is good and can be trusted:)

  30. I love this pic of you and Anne!

    Yoga is my sanctuary after a rough day. It seems that everything matters very little once I’m on the mat and into a groove. I love that about yoga. it cures all.

    Sending good vibes to you and the little fam. Xoxo

  31. Jennifer says:

    I have been behind in reading your blog. So I have been playing catch up. I am so sorry to hear about the small heart defect. I am sending you happy healing wishes:)

  32. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I’ve read your blog for a long time and rarely comment. But I thought I would now. With our second son, we were 34 weeks pregnant and blissfully happy with totally normal ultrasounds and what we thought was a totally normal and healthy pregnancy. But at what was supposed to be our last ultrasound they found the the only had one kidney and that his only kidney had severe Hydronephrosis. The month before my husband had had his first (and thank god, only) seizure and the results of that were a small brain tumor. So our last month of pregnancy was extremely overwhelmingly emotional and scary and overwhelming. But today, I’m 13.5 weeks pregnant with baby #3, we have a gorgeous, healthy, beautiful and amazing almost 16 month old who is thriving and flourishing despite one kidney (it’s still dilated and shows fluid backup but he’s doing amazingly well and at this point we simply keep monitoring it), and my husbands tumor hasn’t grown in almost a year and a half. So I just wanted to say that though I hadn’t been in your shoes, I’ve felt the fear of the unknown and the scariness of knowing the babe inside of you isn’t 100% healthy and wishing you could give anything to make it all better and to hold that sweet babe and know it was going to be alright. But positive thinking, prayer and a whole lot of gratefulness for the journey really does help. Thinking about you and your family <3

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