Eat the vegetables

Hi friends 🙂 How has your Friday been? Loved reading your comments on the discussion and fashion posts today <3


I think Bella enjoys my Snoogle pillow as much as I do 😉

Today was an exciting day. We opened escrow on our house –a short sale that has taken quite a while but is WAY worth the wait!- and should close end of July. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel! We have inspections next Friday 😀

Also, I ate vegetables. And I liked it.


(butter lettuce with goat gouda, local tomatoes and a homemade lemon vinaigrette; container of organic berries)

As you guys know, it’s been one chocolate pickle salt and vinger lovefest over here lately, but I’ve really been missing my veggies. Even though they don’t sound good to me at all, if you hand me a plate of them, I enjoy them just as much as I did to before the little nugget decided to take residence in my belly 🙂 Earlier this week, we went to an amazing BBQ at a friend’s house and I ate an entire plate of grilled peppers, onions, fresh tomato, maple-pecan glazed salmon.. because I didn’t have to make it.

I was talking to a work friend who has had a baby (and still has a six pack), and asked her how she managed to eat clean during her pregnancy.

“I wanted to eat clean, so I did. It wasn’t a big deal. I knew what I wanted, I focused on it and made it happen. Just like you do if you want something to happen- you focus and do it.”

“But my normal, favorite clean eats sound horrible to me. Especially vegetables.”

“Just eat the f*%#ing vegetables.” 🙂

“Wow. Ok.”

She didn’t say it in a mean way at all, just like “hey if you want it to happen, do it.” It was a nice reality check because it’s not like I don’t enjoy eating my usual favorite things.. the act of preparing them makes me gag and die.

But today I manned up…


(apricot and blueberry gluten-free oats with butter, egg whites)

prepped the food myself

smoothie (2)

(smoothie with banana, spinach, almond milk, protein powder, frozen strawberries, raw cacao powder, coconut oil and honey)

and loved it <3

It seriously felt SO good to get some real nutrients today. I wasn’t nearly as tired as I have been, which was a definite bonus.

This isn’t to say that I’m not going to be indulging what my body is telling me it wants –today it wanted a gluten-free donut so I ate one.. a chocolate one- but it’s a crucial time to get some healthy things in there too 🙂

It was a good day at work and now the Pilot is home, so we’re gonna hang out and take Bella to the park. She’s been home all day, so she’ll love shaking her legs out and seeing some other dog friends.

Have a great night and I’ll see ya in the morning <3



Something to talk about: Is there a vegetable or fruit that you don’t like? I love it all.. except raw celery. Never have been a fan, probably never will be haha.

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  1. kaila@healthy helper blog ! on June 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    The only veggie I don’t like is zucchini when its just plain and swiss chard! They are just to bitter for me!

    Good for you for getting some veggies in! Sometimes ya just gotta bite the bullet!

  2. Michelle on June 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Any kind of steamed vegetable makes me gag, but especially steamed carrots. Blech!

  3. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey on June 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I love your friend’s advice – sometimes, veggies make me want to gag, but I end upe ating them anyways and always feel better!

  4. Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews on June 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Glad that you liked the veggies! It seems like a lot of pregnant women do not like them during their first trimester.

  5. Mercedes @ Cultivating Consciousness on June 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I’m glad you have a good friend that just it out there for ya. Just eat the damn veggies 😉
    I have to ask… what in sweet heaven do you have strapped to the top of your glass? It looks like it could make any glass a “to go” container? Tell me more….!

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      it’s a to-go glass smoothie cup 🙂

  6. Annie@stronghealthyfit on June 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I love almost all veggies, except eggplant but i’m slowly coming around to it! I LOVING raw celery actually haha! It’s so refreshing to me. Glad you’re feeling good!

  7. chely on June 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I love both but I realize I don’t get enough veggies. I’m making it a goal for the rest of the month to eat at least 3 servings of veggies a day.

  8. Carie on June 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    There was so much that made me gag in the beginning of all three of my pregnancies! But in the second and third trimesters everything tastes better than it ever did before!

  9. LizAshlee on June 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Really, no celery..even with peanut butter or hummus? I actually like celery but not a huge fan of peas or green beans…tolerable but not my fav!

    Hope you’re enjoying a lovely & relaxing evening!


  10. Lindsey on June 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Olives! I can’t stand the smell of them. But I will pretty much eat any other fruit or veggie.

  11. Errign on June 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    So much hatred for mushrooms over here…and the “chinese food vegetables” as I call them – water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and baby corn (what IS that even, besides gross?!) haha. Glad you’re getting into the veggies again Gina 🙂

  12. Sarah on June 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I can’t handle cantaloupe 🙁 I love the scent, but when I try to eat it for some reason it tastes like sweaty armpit! (not that I go around tasting armpits lol!!)

  13. Allison @ Food For Healing on June 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    i like raw celery with peanut butter and raisins, ants on a log! yum
    I hate brussel sprouts, and i tolerate asparagus
    I don’t like grapefruits, but most other fruit i love.

  14. Ali on June 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Good job for “maning up” and cooking some healthful food for yourself! I can sympathies with the nausea… when your sick, making food is never fun. You are a trooper! It is funny, because I am one who can eat fruit all the live long day, and am take it or leave it on the veggie front. My little sister on the other hand will eat veggies all day and not even notice the fruit. I think it depends on whether you have a sweet or savory tooth. She hates celery too.

  15. Sana on June 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I don’t get the celery and PB obsession at allllll

  16. suzi on June 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    celery is bad, and the greener it is, the worse it is! That’s one thing I just won’t put in green juice, it taints everything else!

    And yet cooked in a soup I strangely enjoy celery.

    My real hatred is with cooked peas. ick, double ick even. But I love them raw…

  17. mama on June 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    i loathed all veggies the first trimester with both my pregnancies! Its very funny you say you only wanted the food if someone else cooked it because i was the SAME WAY! Very weird! I did come around to veggies a bit towards the middle and end but just tried to eat up the fruits i did crave and remember my pre-nantal vitamin to make up for those lost nutrients !

  18. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on June 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    congrats on opening escrow! what a LONG road it’s been but as you said, worth the wait! And what perfect timing…new baby, new house, new life starting up in AZ…it’s all falling into place for you two 🙂

    Veggies I dont like…ugh to raw celery as well!!! The only way i like it is ant on a log style w/ lots of PB & raisins but not in juices!

    I dont like onions or garlic. Never have, never will.

    I just posted about beets. Most people have the wrong idea about them…canned beets are like saying instant coffee is coffee. Maybe to some people, but not to me 🙂 And my beet recipe will prove even the beet haters wrong b/c i know lots of ppl that hate them. ha!

  19. kate on June 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    i love vegetables!

  20. Eats Veggies on June 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Carrots. I’m (sorta) able to stomach them if they are cooked (8 hours in a crockpot and they edible haha) or MAYBE if they are in vegetable sushi with avocado and have been dunked in soy sauce, but I just can not eat raw carrots. I’m so incredibly jealous of people who can munch on baby carrots, but every time I try (every few months or so) I just can’t take more than a bite and then usually spite that bite out.

  21. Christine @ Bookishly Boisterous on June 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I’m in middle of a short sale right now- it makes me happy to hear a success story!

  22. Jena on June 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I don’t really like baby carrots. I just eat them because they’re cheap, convenient, and part of the rainbow.

  23. Desi @ Domestic Diva in Training. on June 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Generally I LOVE veggies, any kind prepared any way (almost I am not a fan of canned, ever) During my first pregnancy I was like you are, veggies just made me want to run the other direction. Thank goodness that during my second they were my only craving. Expecially tomato and avocado. I think I went through one of each a day for 6 straight months.

    Oh veggie juice was my miracle morning sickness cure.

  24. Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen on June 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Raw bananas – the texture makes me gag! I can do them mashed and stirred into oatmeal or in a smoothie, but a plain old banana out of the peel I just can’t stomach.

  25. Danielle on June 17, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I respectfully disagree with “eat the $%^&&*)( vegetables”. You know what your body is asking for and not asking for, and your body will ask for what it needs. I couldnt, COULDNT eat veggies or fruit until the 3rd trimester. It was not a mental game, it was my body physically rejecting them. Take a close listen to whether its your body or your mind saying you want/dont want them…we are miraculous beings!

  26. Talia on June 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    When my mom was pregnant with my youngest sister, I used to make her spinach smoothies every day so she would get some extra nutrients 🙂

  27. Jen @ familyfoodfitnessandfun on June 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I know how you are feeling about eating the right thing versus eating what your body wants! For my first 2 babies, I ate ONLY what my body wanted, which wasn’t good stuff. But for my 3rd child, I vowed to eat right with only a little indulgence ;). I felt so much better the 3rd time around and it was so much easier to lose the baby weight afterwards!

  28. Jess on June 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I”m never going to be a fan of raw collards—unless I just haven’t had then prepared the right way yet!

  29. M on June 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    HATE celery and don’t like melons. Bleh

  30. Marissa on June 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I normally love veggies but since getting pregnant they seem sorta blah to me. Sometimes I force myself to eat them and sometimes I just skip them.

  31. Amelia on June 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Yay for escrow! Short sells are definitely a journey all on their own. WAY different from the traditional way of purchasing a home.

    I really enjoy all fruits (except canteloupe b/c of an allergy) and like all veggies EXCEPT collard greens! Yes, I live in the south and hate collards. Maybe it’s because they are always cooked in some kind of pork? Gross!

  32. Beth on June 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    No squash or brussels for me. Bring on the rest!

  33. Shaina on June 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I don’t hate raw celery, but its definitely not the first thing I reach for. Way better with some PB & raisins. 🙂

    There used to be a TON of vegetables that I didn’t like, until I made up my mind to stop eating meat 3 years ago. I knew I had a choice….pasta or veggies…so I went the veggie route and slowly my palette has changed. Loving everything that is put in front of me now from the veg category! Its kind of like what your friend at work was talking about. Just make the choice and commit to it!

  34. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on June 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Haha I LOVE that comment from your friend.. my best friend would say the same thing to me. But still – if you want some pickles and chocolate, go get it girl.. All about moderation, right? Even when you’ve got a bun in the oven. 😉

  35. Molly on June 17, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    I was sick 8 months of my pregnancy and the weirdest smells triggered it. Especially burnt toast or really any food…I thought I would never eat again after all the foods I threw up

  36. Lauren on June 17, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I wouldn’t force yourself to eat things that aren’t palatable right now. I’m the queen of veggies and I couldn’t be in the same room as them in the first trimester. The rest of my pregnancy, I craved kale, green juice, watermelon, fruit! My doc assured me that how I ate before pregnancy would be good enough for the baby during the first trimester, so you have nothing to worry about, since u ate well before. Besides, I always read that we don’t want certain foods for a reason, our body is sending us a sign not to set certain things. Anyway, my point is, don’t worry if u can’t eat certain things. Your healthy appetite will come back, I promise! 🙂

  37. Caroline Walberg on June 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Can’t do olives! My body shunned a lot of my favorites during first tri. I hadn’t eaten meat or chicken in 3 years and then once preggo-after first trimester, I craved it (meat mainly) and I didn’t think twice about eating it. I had to have green beans EVERY DAY during the first trimester. Eat what you can and don’t make yourself gag trying to force some veggies down is my advice. It’s all about moderation! My rule was fill up on the good stuff first then some treats 🙂 Just listen to your body, it will tell you what you need!

  38. Stephanie @cookinfanatic on June 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Water chestnuts… they are the worst!! Texturally similar to raw celery, another not so favorite of mine. Other than that I’m good to go with all the others! 🙂

  39. Caroline Walberg on June 17, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    PS-Gina you have to watch this video about The Whole Foods Parking Lot, you may have already seen it but it is priceless. You will just love it ..beyond hysterical 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 18, 2011 at 10:35 am

      the part about the kombucha cracked me up 🙂

  40. Katelyn on June 17, 2011 at 11:21 pm


    I LOVE ALL YOUR SMOOTHIE RECIPES! They look delicious. Problem is…I don’t have protein powder. Is there something else I could use that is similar?


    P.S. LOVE your blog so so much!

    • Fitnessista on June 18, 2011 at 10:35 am

      i’d definitely recommend adding it because it gives a great nutrient boost, but you can make it without the protein 🙂

  41. Laury @ thefitnessdish on June 17, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    I said before, my first trimester it was tough to eat a lot of raw veggies. From my second on I was like the nutrient, clean eating Queen. I always hated beets then pregnancy suddenly turned me on to them (lots of iron for the bebes)…lots of juicing, and I craved like TONS of salad (and cheesecake) in my 3rd trimester.

    I didn’t get a chance to read your baby making post but just wanted to tell you I throughout all my pregnancy posts got a few negative comments…people taking things the wrong way or getting way too serious because of it being a sensitive subject. I made sure to make it a point that it was MY experience, not “this is how it is” but that doesn’t always matter. I am ALWAYS so fair. So are you…and you are always so positive and beyond fair. It really bothers me when people jump to comment on something where you are sharing YOUR experience. I always right away would feel terrible and it would ruin my day when someone would take my words the wrong way. I am sure it does the same for you because of how much you put into your posts. It’s a vulnerable time. I hope you decide to put it back up. I too have re-written those sensitive posts to make sure I was covering every aspect so no one could write anything negative (which may be impossible.) Just know you are helping more women out there by being your positive self and sharing your experience than those that are not as receptive to your posts. XO

    • Fitnessista on June 18, 2011 at 10:34 am


  42. Rebecca on June 17, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I love my veggies. The only veggie I don’t like is celery too. I cannot do it until its REALLY well blended into something. Fruitwise, I love all but honeydew and cantaloupe.

  43. Ashley H. on June 17, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Artichokes are my favorite! I loooove when they are in season just wish they weren’t so darn expensive. My husband on the other hand doesn’t care for them because he says there too much work for not enough food.

    On a completely different subject are you going to do a video for the itools style wand thing? (Sorry forgot the real name 🙂 ) I remember a while back you mentioned it. I was actually just wondering if it’s easier to use than a regular curling iron?? My hand, eye, curling coordination is tad off and my hair always turns our horrible! haha. Since it’s a bit pricey I was wondering what your thoughts on it was?

    • Fitnessista on June 18, 2011 at 10:34 am

      it’s much easier to use! i’ll try to film a video this weekend 🙂

  44. Tamar on June 18, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I love this! I’m not anywhere near being pregnant, but I’ve always been afraid I’ll only be able to stomach junk food when I am! Good to know that even though you don’t crave it, you can still keep it down. I can’t stand lima beans or honeydew melon.

  45. Avery on June 18, 2011 at 12:31 am

    I hate raw celery too! The strings, the smell…. bleh!

  46. mi-an on June 18, 2011 at 1:15 am

    hahaha i eat everything as well…except for raw celery!! except the other day i had waldorf salad and it was in it. my boyfriend goes “i thought you don’t like celery?” i was like…”i don’t…except if it’s waldorf salad.” hahah! and i cannot have it in my juice either!

  47. mary on June 18, 2011 at 1:35 am

    I tend to agree with ‘don’t stress the veggies’. Your body knows what it needs. And the nausea usually doesn’t last much past the first trimester, so food prep won’t bother you at all very soon, most likely. Enjoy your chips!

  48. Abby on June 18, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Your friend’s mantra is awesome! I need to tell myself that!

  49. ellalinea on June 18, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I hate raw celery as well, the taste is awfull!! I also don’t like fennel..

  50. Hillary on June 18, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Ugh, I HATE raw celery! I also hate green peppers (but love red and orange). A few years ago, the smell of peppers and onions cooking would literally make me gag. How weird!

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