Carbs and Chocolate

Hi everyone 😀 It feels so good to have the exciting news out in the open! I’m so stinkin’ excited about all of this. The transition period is going to be interesting (going from full-time trainer part-time chef to full-time chef and part-time trainer), but I’m stoked for the ride. I can’t wait until it all starts falling together and it’s going to be fast and furious.

Going to work and coming back to a plethora of kind words and encouragement was pretty freaking awesome. I am totally blown away by all of your amazing, beautiful comments and tweets. (You *might* have made me cry tears of happiness… I’m just sayin’). I hope you know how much I appreciate all of you and your support means the world to me <3 Thank you!!!!

Mushy stuff aside, all I’ve wanted lately is carbs and chocolate.

It’s the sure-fire way to know I’m officially sick.


bnut fries

Carbs + Chocolate:


Carbs + Chocolate:


Carbs +Chocolate:

oat bran

(Oat bran with Sun Warrior, Goji berries, cacao nibs and almond butter)

Nice little pattern I’ve got going on there. Something about carbs and chocolate just wraps my soul in a blanket of goodness when I’m sick.

So last night, the wives made dinner for the pilots since they’ve been working nights for the past couple of weeks. We have a theme for dinner (last week it was meatball subs) and the wives split up the meal components.

It was taco night, so I made the meat:

(Even though I don’t eat meat, I have no prob making it or smelling it. The pilot is very grateful for this)


Organic roast cooked in beef broth in the slow cooker with Mexican stewed tomatoes, jalapeno, green chiles, onion, garlic powder, oregano, cumin, sea salt and pepper.

And some dessert (Black Forrest Tarts):


Jeni took my meal stuff down to the squadron for me, (thank you, friend!) while I ran 4 miles with Meara. Our husbands were flying together and they flew over us while we were running! It was the craziest thing ever! We knew it was them because Meara’s husband rocked his wings back and forth (like he was waving) as he flew over their house. We jumped up and down and blew kisses 🙂

After our run, I came home, stretched, crashed on the couch, watched Grey’s and Private Practice (SO GOOD!) and called it a night.

Today, I’ve had a couple of training appointments, a GIANT green juice to go with my carbs and chocolate:


Lots of the “C”

save me

Lots of tea:


And am planning to lay low for the rest of the day. I think my body’s rebelling against me, because it’s so happy 🙂 This whole time, I’ve been fighting it, but the little beast took over. Punk.

We have an air force dinner tomorrow night (fun pics to come.. you can read about the last formal Dining Out here) and I might brave the cold to last-minute shoe shop. In Valdosta. We’ll see how that goes 😉



Something to talk about: When you’re under the weather, what do you crave? I wish I could say vegetables, but we all know it’s carbs and chocolate 🙂

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on February 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I always crave tons of carbs when I’m sicky…like cereal especially. And toast!!

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) on February 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    i always ALWAYS crave pasta…i don’t know why, but it’s the only thing that ever sounds good to me when I’m sick. either that or sprite!

    congrats again, i’m so excited to read about your amazing journey 🙂

  3. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on February 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I am the same with you carbs, carbs carbs. Feel better! Enjoy the weekend 🙂

  4. Kilee on February 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I always want pasta (gf of course) with butter and salt. I guess I need me some carbs too!

  5. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on February 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    i alwayssss carbo load when im sick. everything else just sounds unappetizing!

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      seriously… nothing else sounds good!

  6. Andrea J on February 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Chicken noodle soup – especially when i have a sore throat, its so soothing and makes me feel all warm inside 🙂

  7. Anna on February 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Totally carbs and chocolate. But that’s also everyday haha. Scrambled eggs are also my speciality when I’m not feeling so hot.

    Glad you’re taking the night off; you deserve it!

  8. Retta @ RunRettaRun on February 12, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I know I’m sick when I crave a lot of carbs. What is it with carbs? Or my mom’s cooking!

  9. Jenn @ Livewellfit on February 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Just a huge congrats again…I’m sure it’s all so overwhelming. 🙂 Soak it up baby!

  10. Teri on February 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    When I’m under the weather, I crave thick creamy soup and ice cream (most recently, the Purely Decadent coconut milk kind! 🙂 )

  11. Sara on February 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Feel better!!! And carbs & chocolate is the way to go :)…if my body is craving it, it must be cuz it needs that TLC 🙂

  12. Melissa S. on February 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    i’m totally on the carbs and chocolate kick right now…and i’m not even sick. 😉

    so cute with the pilots flying over and wing dipping! i had pilot friends at the marine corp and they would fly by when i was running at the track, except they would dip and scare the crap out of me.

  13. Dee on February 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Quick unrelated question: what slow cooker do you have, and what size? I am ready to buy one but am flummoxed by all the options.

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm

      i have a cuisinart 9 quart and LOVE it 🙂

  14. Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) on February 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I’m the same way when I’m not feeling good, all I want is carbs!

  15. Linda on February 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Hot chocolate, like the real stuff with cream and sugar and cocoa, good thing I dont get sick very often

  16. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on February 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Mmmm carbs and chocolate. The two greatest gifts God gave us. 😉

  17. christie @ honoring health on February 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I always grave grape juice, white bread and oodles of noodles 😀

  18. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on February 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Awwww! Hope you feel better soon…but enjoy all that carbs and chocolate while you’re craving it! 🙂

  19. Kristie on February 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I’m a soup + garlic toast kind of gal when I’m feeling under the weather. I guess the toast is the carb part of things at least 🙂

  20. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on February 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I love carbs and chocolate! I am feeling a little rough over here too, guess the cold is going around all over the world! 😉 I’m loading up on the green juice too- great for the immune system!

    Those Black Forest Tarts look incredible!!

    And I am the same way… I still eat meat, not in a huge way (trying to veer away from it again) but I much prefer SMELLING it and MAKING it than actually eating it!!


  21. Mari B on February 12, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I crave a huge amount of lots of pulp orange juice and chocolate. Not even the good healthier dark chocolate, like really bad for you chocolate bars that I would not normally eat! And I certainly don’t feel the urge to go running or workout when I’m under the weather. I feel the urge to crawl under the covers and stay there 🙂

    Hope you feel better!

  22. Karyn on February 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    carbs and chocolate? you can’t go wrong there!

  23. Keri on February 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Feel Better!! And CONGRATS on the career change! You are so lucky to have 2 super fun jobs that you love! Sounds awesome and I will definitely be ordering…macaroons are my fav 🙂

  24. Michal on February 12, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Your tarts look so yummy 🙂 And for me when Im sick? I like to make my sweet potato peanut butter bisque and drizzle in some coconut butter. Deelish!

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2010 at 7:50 pm

      where can i find the recipe for this bisque you speak of? 🙂

  25. Amy on February 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Congrats on the new adventure. I will be one of those many people buying some of those delish raw macs!
    Carbs and chocolate-my two favorite food groups I love to hate!

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2010 at 7:50 pm

      love to hate, or love to love? 😉

  26. Mary on February 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I was JUST SICK and all I was craving was CARBSSSSSSSS

  27. Katie on February 12, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    The plane “wave” is so cute! How fun. Hope you feel better from the carbs and chocolate!

  28. Cara on February 12, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I forgot to ask, what are you going to Call it?!?

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm

      we don’t know yet!
      we have the bakery name, but its under wraps until we launch it 🙂

  29. Michelle Young on February 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I just found your blog recently and I love it! You are truly inspiring! Best of luck in your new adventure- you deserve it I’m sure.

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm

      thank you so much, michelle!

  30. Julia on February 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I’ve totally been on a carbs and chocolate kick too — PMS does that to a girl.

  31. Jenny on February 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Just read the previous post about your NEWS! That is so exciting, congrats! I can’t wait to hear about all the new developments with the vegan cafe and everything else!

    Hope you’re feeing better…and hey, your version of “carbs and chocolate” is pretty darn healthy, so I’d say just keep giving your body what it asks for 🙂

    I crave warm, mushy things when I’m under the weather. Like oatmeal and sweet potatoes…

  32. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin on February 12, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I crave carbs when I’m sick, too! I eat oatmeal, bread and crackers like it’s nobody’s business. 😉

    Congrats on your exciting news!!

  33. laurie on February 12, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Such exciting news! I wish a raw food restaurant would open near me–I will definitely by ordering online when you launch your site. By the way, I’d love to read about your experience at 105degrees–when did you go so I can read about it in the archives?

  34. Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN on February 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    This chicka craves ‘junk’ food when sick. It’s not my proudest confession, but a truthful one. 😉

  35. kt F on February 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Carbs all the way here, too. Everything else just tastes bad! Unfortunate bc clearly some extra vitamins & minerals are especially important if you’re sick! Eh, well. That’s so cute about the pilots!

  36. Barbara on February 12, 2010 at 8:42 pm


    I’m totally excited for you too and I don’t even know
    It just seems to be that cooking raw is part of your destiny and what makes you happinest.

    Go to it girlie!


  37. Lisa O on February 12, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Congratulations Gina, how exciting. Your life seems to be on fun adventure after another and not by luck at all, I’m sure your financial backers are doing it because you’re a lovely person and they’ll know you’ll make this cafe amazing. Good on you!

    Don’t like my chances of getting macaroons shipped to Perth (Aus) though haha but i’ll keep dreaming!! xoxo

  38. Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) on February 12, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Carbs and chocolate, huh? Sounds like what I craved for 9 months…when I was pregnant! 😉

    Congrats on the new career!!

  39. Heather @ get healthy with Heather on February 12, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I totally crave carbs when i’m sick too! I love lots of bowls of oatmeal… Especially chocolate oatmeal when i’m feeling burned out.

  40. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on February 12, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I’ve been all about carbs and chocolate today. Maybe it’s in the air?!

  41. Paula on February 12, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    That is soo cool that they flew over you!! Carb+chocolate=happiness 🙂 I am the same way; don’t mind fixing the meat for my husband, I rarely eat it myself.

  42. Jerilynne on February 12, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I’m the same — when I’m sick, all I want it all carbs, all the time.

  43. Marshall on February 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Did you like the snow?

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm

      i didn’t get any of it! :/

  44. Katie on February 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Sick? CARBS AND CHOCOLATE, for sure. 🙂 Oh, and nut butter, tons of it!

  45. Run Sarah on February 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Carbs and chocolate are nature’s remedies for sickness – physical and emotional!

  46. Whole Body Love on February 12, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I have never been a big ice cream person but when I am sick I ALWAYS crave cookies and cream ice cream!

  47. Stephanie on February 12, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I am so excited for your new endeavors! You are such an inspiration to me to do something you love & are passionate about! Best of luck & I will definitely be placing some orders!

  48. Amanda on February 12, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Hi there! I’ve been reading your blog consistently for the past few months and love it!!! Thank you so much for all the great tips you give all of us readers 🙂 I thought I’d pass on along a recipe that I found and thought you might like…

    Banana Stuffed French Toast

    For French toast:

    2 slices spelt bread
    1 Tbs. all-natural almond butter
    1 banana
    2 eggs
    3 Tbs. almond milk
    1/8 tsp. cinnamon
    1/8 tsp. nutmeg
    Dash ground cloves
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1/2 tsp. wheat germ
    1/2 tsp. chia seeds

    For the pumpkin sauce:

    1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
    1/8 c. pumpkin purée
    1/8 tsp. cinnamon
    1/8 tso. nutmeg
    2 tsp. maple syrup
    1 tsp. chia seeds

    Make French toast: Cut bread into heart shape (a cookie cutter might be useful). Spread 1 tsp. almond butter on one side of each piece of bread and arrange your banana slices on one side. Sandwich together and poke a few times with a fork.

    Whisk together eggs, milk, spices, vanilla, and wheat germ. Place sandwich in mixture and begin preheating a non-stick pan sprayed with cooking spray over medium heat. Allow sandwich to soak in egg mixture one minute before flipping, poking both sides again with your fork. Sprinkle chia seeds over bread and cook until golden on both sides.

    Make sauce: Stir sauce ingredients together; place on plate with French toast, along with remaining banana and almond butter.

    • Fitnessista on February 13, 2010 at 10:02 am

      this recipe sounds AMAZING. thank you!!

  49. Gina G on February 13, 2010 at 12:52 am

    fluffy bread dipped in hot soup together! holy yum! =)

  50. Rosey Rebecca on February 13, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Those black forest tarts look so good! I couldn’t handle meat even before I stopped eating it. I couldn’t even look at it until it was fully cooked. Guess that was a sign that I shouldn’t be eating meat anymore!

    When I’m sick, I crave PB. But then again, I always crave PB

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