Brain Food

Hi guys! Sup? I’ve been a productive Polly today 🙂  (I just put Polly’s name in there because I needed a “P” name…and I love her)

I started tackling the laundry mountain…

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I’m a notorious over-packer and always have a TON of laundry after vacation :/

Did some work on the computer:


Whilst sipping on some brain food 🙂

A berry smoothie with:

-1 C water

-1/2 bananner

-frozen organic blueberries and raspberries

-1/4 t xanthan gum (to thicken it up since I was outta almond milk)

-1 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior

-1 serving of vanilla Galaxy Granola


The company was so lovely to send me some packs of granola to try… after getting really excited because of all the blog hype, I hate to say I’m not a huge fan. The idea behind the granola is great (using fruit instead of oils), and the texture is pretty good, but it tastes kind of like the plastic packaging to me. Also, it has white rice in there 🙁 I think the pilot will like it, though 😉

I’d just rather have rawnola any day 😀


I also made an attempt at re-creating the glorious chopped salad from Mesa Grill for lunch.

chopped salad

Chopped up romaine and chives:


and added them to the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, tomato and cucumber along with a dressing.


It was almost everything I wanted it to be 🙂 After a couple of tweaks, I’ll definitely share the recipe with ya’ll.

I’m off to train clients <3



Spread the word: This week is National Infertility Awareness week. Whether you have a child, are trying to conceive, know someone who has experienced infertility or have dealt with it firsthand, each of us have ties to this subject. My cousin writes a thoughtful, hilarious, and beautiful blog on the subject of #infertility and is helping to spread the word about the importance of this week. In one of my cousin’s awesome posts, she used an analogy of a baby on the shelf of a store. Just because she has been trying to get pregnant for so long, finding out that one of her friends is pregnant doesn’t mean her friend took the last baby on the shelf and that there are none left. This is true for SO many things other things in life. The fact that something happens to someone else doesn’t decrease your own chances of it happening. Keep doing your thang 🙂

Check out for more info on Infertility Awareness Week.

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  1. Heather (Heather's Dish) on April 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    i didn’t realize it was infertility awareness week…this is an issue that’s hit a lot of people i know! i’m hoping that i’m not infertile, but if it happens to happen, i’m thankful to be completely open to adoption. i know im going to be a great parent to someone! 🙂

  2. Kristin on April 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing you’re cousin’s link. Infertility is a lot more common than people think!

  3. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on April 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I am also a notorious over packer…on my last vacation I think I wore about 1/4 of the clothes I actually packed. I hate it when I come home because I always wash everything anyways. I will check out your cousins blog now, it’s so true it’s easy to become a bit jealous at times when something happens to someone that you want. Thanks for always helping us keep things in perspective and realizing it can happen to you too!

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet on April 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for giving such an honest review about the granola. I had blog envy seeing it, and kept wishing I could try it. Glad I’m not missing much!

  5. brittney on April 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Your rawnola looks rad! Yum.

  6. Megan on April 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    This is Bobby Flay’s recipe for his Mesa Grill chopped salad that I clipped out of Fitness Magazine a while back. Enjoy!

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2010 at 4:42 pm

      thanks, girl!

  7. Midgetkeeper on April 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Yeah I think I’d rather have your rawnola, it looks delicious!

    I’ve known many people affected by infertility it is so hard. Thanks for sharking your Cousin’s blog.

  8. Therese on April 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks for the granola review and I love how your smoothie matches your laptop…

  9. Therese on April 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    P.S. A friend of mine had trouble for YEARS to conceive. She’s had more miscarriages than most women could take. Yesterday she gave birth to her third daughter. It is possible, there is help out there.

  10. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on April 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks for the granola review! I really appreciate how you are completely honest about products you review 🙂

  11. on April 27, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    yea it happens.. some granolas just dont cut it. thanks for the review tho <3 xxx

  12. Busted Kate on April 27, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I have the most wonderful, fabulous cousin in the world. Thanks for your support, love you coz!!

  13. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on April 27, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Infertility is so common…scary 🙁 Thanks for sharing your cousin’s blog!

    Mmmmm, your rawnola look freakin’ awesome!

  14. Jen on April 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I know how you feel about the laundry, girl! I am a famous laundry procrastinator!!! It is one of my very worst habits to leave clean clothes in the dryer or in a basket for long periods of time!

  15. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on April 27, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been very tempted to buy it so I’m glad to know a fair review on it.

  16. Kelly on April 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I’m a notorious over packer also, and I tend to take forever to unpack.

  17. Melissa @ For the Love of Health on April 27, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    we have the same computer! 🙂
    I overpack like a Queen too..
    smoothie looks amazing!

  18. Karyn on April 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    love that laundry cartoon! i used to be so good about doing my laundry regularly but lately i keep letting it pile up and the bigger the pile the less i want to do laundry!

  19. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on April 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Your rawnola looks much better!! Thanks for the review! I, too, am tackling my laundry pile. Ugh. And I overpack too but I like having options!! 🙂

  20. Allison @ Food For Healing on April 27, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    that salad looks pretty tasty to me!!

    I finished up our laundry yesterday, but its just starting ALL over again already. Gees.

  21. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on April 27, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Homemade granola/rawnola is always better than the store bought stuff. 😉

    Is there anyway I can make your rawnola recipe without a dyhydrator?

  22. Katherine on April 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you for pointing out fertility week. It’s something that people don’t often think about and are embarrassed to struggle publicly but is a huge issue.

  23. Lauren @ eater not a runner on April 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I actually like the galaxy granola…..but I’ve never had the pleasure of trying rawnola!

  24. Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN on April 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing and raising awareness about infertility.

    My husband is a real miracle. His mother suffered for years from infertility.

    I thank God for my man. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm

      me too, girl. that’s awesome <3

  25. Heather @ get healthy with Heather on April 27, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Laundry… Gah! Mine always piles up and takes forever to do. If there was one thing I’d want someone else to do for me it would be laundry without a doubt.

  26. Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition on April 27, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    ohh laundry so NOT fun for me! my mom used to enjoy it—haha don’t get her

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2010 at 8:53 pm

      ahaha WHAT?! crazy. laundry is my least fave chore

  27. Katherine on April 27, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I love this idea!: ‘The fact that something happens to someone else doesn’t decrease your own chances of it happening.’

    I’m embarrassed to say that I get a weird twinge of jealousy when one of my friends gets something I want badly (most currently, a new, great job). It’s refreshing to put that jealousy in perspective and remember that everyone is separate, and good things will happen when the timing is right.

    Thanks for that reminder, Gina 🙂 As always, you ROCK.

  28. Anna (munchingmamacita) on April 28, 2010 at 12:21 am

    that massive laundry load in the cartoon looks like my rooms right now. That’s a tad embarrassing. The thing is, once the clothes are all clean, I love to fold them while dancing around my room to Zumba music and zoning out. I’m so weird. That rawnola looks bangin!!

  29. Val on April 28, 2010 at 7:06 am

    I went to the Mesa Grill back in December and was blown away by the chopped salad, although it is a bit much for a first course and a much more appropriate main course. Can’t wait to see your re-creation of the recipe!

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2010 at 7:57 am

      you’re totally right- i couldn’t believe how huge it was!

  30. LisaG on April 28, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Gina: Do you know if your cousin has tried acupuncture? I’ve heard of successes with it. Glad you got back to Valdizzy safe and sound. We missed you; but enjoyed your vaca reports and pics.

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2010 at 7:56 am

      yes she’s tried so many things, but is still trying!
      MISSED YOU too! when are we working out again??

      • LisaG on April 28, 2010 at 8:21 am

        I’ll email you!

  31. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on April 28, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I really appreciate your honest review of the granola. Oh, and that chopped salad looks awesome. Can’t wait for the final recipe–and the dressing!

  32. Lauren Talbot on April 28, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Ohhh! I like the way this salad is presented! Looks great!

  33. rachael on April 28, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Your salad looks delicious! Thanks for pointing out fertility awareness weeek, have my fingers crossed for your cousin:)

  34. Jessica on April 28, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Thanks for sharing the link. I have friends/family/self that have been affected by infertility, miscarriages, etc. and find it comforting to know that you can talk about it. People tend to hide these things for personal reasons, but support is out there if/when needed.

  35. Jen on April 28, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Gina, I kind of agree with you about the Galaxy Granola. I love the idea behind it, and have been trying to make my own granola bars and granola using healthier things, but the granola is just ok. Yes, I’m still eating it because it tastes ok mixed with things and I am not one to waste good. But, I don’t like putting much white flours into my body. Thanks for the super honest review!

  36. Joey on April 28, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for posting about Infertility Awareness Week! 🙂

  37. Brittany on April 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    what brand of mung bean pasta do you buy??

  38. Krista on April 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Your rawnola looks amazing. 🙂

  39. Dee on April 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Love that laundry pick- I’m at Stage 5 right now hoping it won’t become a Stage 6 before I can get to it this weekend!

  40. mmclaughlin on April 29, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Kate is your cousin?! I’ve been reading Busted Plumbing since last November – even though I’m not TTC yet. I have quite a few friends right now that are struggling with infertility and having her honest opinions about what it’s like to be an infertile definitely help me know how to handle talking to my friends about their situation (or not). 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 29, 2010 at 9:17 am

      yup, kate is my cousin! 🙂 thans so much for checking out my little blog <3

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