Enchi’s and Jokers

Hi guys! Howโ€™s your day been? Mine has been pretty bueno- just finished a Turbofire sesh (Fire 45) and am getting ready to head back to work.

Snacks today have been random:


The last enchi (recipe at the end of this post) with spinach and pico

A giant apple, microwaved for 2 minutes with cinnamon and topped with some vegan chocolate chips


Chocolate Gluten-free Koala Crisps with almond milk and 1/2 scoop Sun Warrior


My sweet tooth has been RAGING today! ๐Ÿ˜€

I loved reading your comments this morning about whether you prefer a male or female doctor. For the most part, yaโ€™ll agreed that it didnโ€™t matter as long as said doc was knowledgeable and caring, unless is was the hoo hoo dilly doc, in which case most would prefer a girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, this morning I had that appointment to get some blood work done and ask the doc some questions (a male), and Iโ€™ll go ahead and say Iโ€™ll probably ask to see another doc next time. Not much ranting goes down on this bloggy (itโ€™s a positive place!), but when I mentioned that I practice Fertility Awareness Method and chart my temperature and other signs each day, he said that Fertility Awareness Method is very inconvenient and time-consuming and he doesnโ€™t recommend it to anyone. Also, everyone ovulates on day 14 of their cycle anyway. Ummm, for real? What a joker. #1: Sticking a thermometer in your mouth for 60 seconds upon waking is not that inconvenient and #2, not everyone ovulates on day 14. Instead of arguing with him, I got robbed of blood (get the results tomorrow) and peaced out of there. (Note: If you have any questions about Fertility Awareness Method, check out *this post* and the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility, which I truly believe that every woman/girl should read)

Well Iโ€™m heading back to work, then going to dinner with Jeni โ€“the pilot is doing the flying thang.

Enjoy the rest of your day <3


Something to do: Make some veggie and goat cheese enchiladas! These are ridiculously easy to make, and so delicious ๐Ÿ˜€

my plate

Veggies of choice (I used zucchini, tomatoes, onion, garlic, mushrooms would be lovely, too)

-6 tortillas of choice (I used small Ezekiel tortillas)

-2 chipotle chile peppers in adobo, diced (use 4 if you like it supah spicy, like me)

-1/2 t cumin

-1/4 t garlic powder

– sea salt and pepper

-pinch of cayenne

-1/4 C shredded goat gouda

-1 can enchilada sauce (Whole Foods has an awesome one in the Ethnic foods aisle)

1) Pre-heat oven to 350

2) Sautรฉ veggies in a large skillet and season with cumin, garlic, cayenne, salt and pepper. Add the chipotle peppers, heat through and taste for seasoning.

3) Heat tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds until soft- this will keep them from breaking

4) Pour 1/4 can of enchilada sauce in a 9×9 baking dish and spread around to keep the enchiโ€™s from sticking to the dish

5) Coat one tortilla in sauce, fill with 1/6 of the veggies, and place seam-side down in the baking dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

6) Top with additional enchilada sauce so all tortillas are fully coated, sprinkle with goat cheese and baking for 15 minutes until warm and bubbly.

7) Feast

enchiladas (2)

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  1. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on July 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I laughed so hard at “hoo hoo dilly doc”. hahahhaa I wish that was your title post!

    That is crazy that the doctor would say that — I would have a hard time taking any advice related to ovulation from a male doctor, to be completely honest.

    Fire 45 is my FAVORITE TurboFire workout so far. I love the moves because they are extra dance-y in that one!

  2. Emma on July 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Enchiladas look gorgeous! I don’t think they really sell enchilada sauce in the UK though =(

  3. Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete on July 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    How dare him lecture you about your own health choices!!

    I’m not really a fan of that method either (trust me, I have my reasons. ie. my two nephews), but seriously different strokes for different folks. Everyone is different, and you seem to know what you are doing.

    Better luck with the next doc!

  4. Kim on July 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Fire 45 is my favorite so far too!

    Love the hoo hoo dilly doc! Priceless!

  5. Sarah on July 26, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Sorry about that doctor! I’m pretty sure your exact ovulation day occurs on a different day almost every cycle.

    But those enchiladas look delicious. Target actually has a yummy enchilada sauce though I doubt it’s organic and I’m not a connoisseur of Mexican cuisine.

  6. Sarra H on July 26, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Wow I can’t stand doctors like that!! I know doctors are obviously smart people and know what they’re talking about most of the time, but they don’t know everything. And just because a doctor says something, it doesn’t mean they’re always right and it doesn’t mean you have to listen to them. We still have to know how be able to make our own (educated) choices. We can’t just blindly follow other people’s beliefs (or whatever it may be) just because it’s the “popular” or “mainstream” thing to do. (haha sorry for the rant) ๐Ÿ™‚

    p.s. yayyy thank you for the enchiladas recipe!!

  7. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on July 26, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    My aunt comes from a very Catholic family and also practices that method. She has 8 kids. I think it’s a good option for those that are married/ready for kids but those not quite ready, I might stick to oral contraceptives/other measures. But as you are happily married, I can imagine it’s the right method for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Marguerite Miller on July 26, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Great…now I want enchiladas! I have only ever gone to male doctors. No reason why! My first Gyn was a Dr who a relative went to. She wanted a doctor who cared about the baby growing inside her. She refused to go to a Dr who would perform abortions! I loved that Doctor! And my current favorite doctors are all male! They are all top doctors in their fields and have a great bedside manor! For you, I would NEVER go back to that doctor! There are other ways he could have said that he didn’t believe in the way you choose to monitor your fertility! And the fact that he is just plain WRONG! I have heard some women say that Male GYN’s seem more caring and sympathetic. Hope your next one is great!

  9. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on July 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    LOL @ “everyone ovulates on day 14” Oookay, then!

  10. Karen W. (WrightLifeTCM) on July 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    That is the BEST BOOK!!!

    Whenever I start working with a fertility patient (I do Chinese Medicine), I require them to get that book. She writes in such a conversational way, yet delivers such precise information…good stuff!

    If only more women would realize that menstruation is necessary, and is the road map to our health as women…

  11. Heather (Perspective Is Everything) on July 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    wow-that doc is um….severely misinformed. some women even ovulate more than once a month, so yeah.
    it’s sad that with all the education dr.s get, they can’t be more accurate. i’ve come to find that with my gluten/dairy/casein/egg intolerance, I know more about the issue than every doctor i’ve been to about it—including an allergist:(

  12. Kristina on July 26, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I have that book and it is GREAT.

    Your (crazy) experience is why, for the Hoo Hoo Dilly Doc, I prefer a female. It would take no more than TWO months of that quack ovulating to see that his 14 Day Theory is crackers. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I LOVE enchiladas, and these look fabulous. And as goat cheese is My Absolute Favorite, I cannot believe I’ve never made this…

    what I REALLY want to make, and never have, is tamales… are they easy??

    • Fitnessista on July 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm

      yes they are easy! maybe i’ll do a tutorial one day ๐Ÿ™‚
      and i haven’t forgotten about your roons!!!

  13. melissa on July 26, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    what the cluck?! your doc must be a quack. seriously, um well i don’t ovulate on day 14 or at all really for that matter. this girl is still stuck on the pill, i tried for years to get it back naturally but it just never happened. i’ll get off BC eventually but for right now, it works well with my lifestyle and i’ve had no side effects since starting it again 6mos ago. Keep doing what you’re doing, no one knows your body better than you do! Best of luck!

  14. Little Bookworm on July 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks for the enchilada recipe it sounds great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Jen on July 26, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    That Doc is not cool! I had a similar experience where my MD sent me for hormone testing. She got the results back saw they were wonky so she sent me for an ultrasound thinking I had PCOS. My naturupath was the one who said everything was fine (the ultrasound came back negative) and that women don’t always ovulate on day 14. I bet you can guess who my favourite is ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Carrie on July 26, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I am pretty flexible on either side, but I’m weird and actually always a prefer a male doc. My “hoo hoo dilly doc” is a man, and his appts (unless I have questions) last no more than 5 minutes. It’s not a place I like to linger in. And he’s super awesome about it all, and of course there’s always a nurse in the room too. I love it. But I can’t afford him anymore so I have to take on the task of finding a new one. That’s cheaper. Crap.

  17. Nicole @ Getting Back to the Basics on July 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Okay, that apple looks like my new favorite guilt-free pleasure!

  18. Shelly on July 26, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Haha- not to knock the military, but my ex-husband was in the Army, and I recall getting some pretty horrible advice from military docs on a number of occasions. One Dr. actually advised that I turn to pray as a way of treating panic attacks and gave me a CD of him playing Christian songs on the guitar to listen to. (I didn’t know I didn’t need a Dr.’s rec to go see a shrink, when I figured that out, I was outta there! Not to knock religious people either, but seriously.)

    • Fitnessista on July 26, 2010 at 6:51 pm

      it actually wasn’t a military doc! i was shocked haha

      • Shelly on July 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm

        Well you know what they call the guy who graduated last in his class at med school, right? Dr.!

    • Brigid on July 27, 2010 at 9:33 am

      I’m sorry you dealt with that, but that’s hilarious. If my doctor gave me a CD of her singing anything, let alone religious music, I don’t know what I would do — probably laugh out loud.

  19. Megan (Braise The Roof) on July 26, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Where do you get your Ezekial tortillas?? I’m obsessed with Ezekial bread (I can prove it: search “ezekial bread” on braisetheroof.com) and haven’t seen the tortillas anywhere. This may be my new mission… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 26, 2010 at 6:51 pm

      whole foods in the frozen section ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Danielle on July 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I’m a medical student and my gyno is actually a male also. It sucks that you had a crappy experience, and fortunately not all doctors are like that. A lot of them even embrace an alternative method of health and wellness. But to play devil’s advocate (since I’m less than a year away from being a resident), the doctor probably said those things because he sees multiple unwanted pregnancies by people who use the method. Birth control pills, Implanon, and IUDs are some of the best methods to prevent pregnancy. When you live in an area like I do, where every young teenager is pregnant, you want them to make choices that will be around 98% effective at preventing pregnancy.
    I think everyone has a right to choose what methods of birth control they want to use. But unfortunately, some doctors become cynical because they see so many people with unplanned pregnancies (47% of pregnancies overall are unplanned.) And the reason he probably said day 14 of your cycle is because in the majority of females, this is when the LH(hormone surge) occurs most frequently and produces ovulation.

  21. Heather (Heather's Dish) on July 26, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    what a crappy experience…it’s not like you’re some crazy teenager who hasn’t done your research! at least now you know to see someone else!

  22. christina cadden on July 26, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    mmm, it all looks so good!

  23. Kimberly on July 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    That book sounds interesting, I will look for it at Borders or just order it from Amazon. Thanks for the link.

    Does the book talk about PCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome? I was diagnosed with PCOS about 2 years ago. I had always had crazy periods and I gained a lot of weight from an anti-anxiety medication and the PCOS. (I didn’t know why I gained weight at the time and it was very hard for me, total of about 50 lbs)

    Thank you for your time Gina and have a great day!

  24. Pam on July 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Oh, getting robbed of blood….I’ll call Edward next time….he he! Have a wonderful evening!

  25. Melissa on July 26, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    WOW, obviously he forgot to take women’s fertility 101. I had to go through IVF to have my children and it was a long road. As far as the docs go, I prefer a women for my primary but actually the doc that delivered my children was a male and I have stayed with him and I have found that he is more understanding and willing to listen than some women (who think they know everything based on their own experience) It’s unfortunate when you find a doc who is so closed minded. Good for you for not engaging in his debate because in all likelihood it would not get anywhere. Love the positive attitude. Thanks so much for the enchi recipe; going on vaca but will be trying it when I get back!

  26. Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine on July 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Aw, I hate it when docs are like that.

    You go girl, keep doing what you know works best for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on July 26, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Ugh, I can’t stand when docs treat you as an idiot. There are some things no amount of schooling can teach you. I had that problem with my knees. I told my doc it was painful to walk and stand. He told me that’s not what people with my knee problem experience. Well, I experienced it all right so I got a new doc who didn’t tell me my symptoms didn’t exist.

  28. Karyn on July 26, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    bummer about the doc! like some others have mentioned, luckily not all docs are like that. good for you for trying to not get negative about it ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Catherine on July 26, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Gina –

    It’s awesome that the Fertility Awareness Method works for you. I truly envy the fact that you don’t have to depend on any medicine to ensure that you won’t get pregnant. However, it may not be the best method for some people as I have three friends who got pregnant while on it! Of course, you know what’s best for you (and especially because it WORKS for you), but I would definitely be hesitant to recommend it to someone else if I were a doctor. People in the medical profession have to be extra careful what they say around their patients for fear of a lawsuit on their hands. Most women wouldn’t be as responsible as you when it comes to checking their temperature and abstaining from sex (or using a condom) during “fertile” times. That being said, I always go with my gut instinct about any doctor and I definitely don’t go back if I don’t feel right about it!

    • Fitnessista on July 26, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      that’s a very excellent point <3
      i don't recommend taking charge of your fertility for people who aren't in monogamous relationships or as a sole form of birth control, but i definitely think every girl should read it to know what's going on with their body. it explains everything so well!

  30. alison on July 26, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Ugh, it seems like MANY doctors don’t like it when you’re in tune with your own body. When I got pregnant with my daughter I went to the military clinic for the test; after it came back positive, the nurse got out her little wheel and said, “your due date is Jan 17.” I told her, “I don’t ovulate on day 14, it’s more like day 18 for me, so I’m pretty sure my due date is Jan 21.” She rolled her eyes at me, because she thought I knew more than her (hello, it’s MY body, I am more aware of it’s inner workings than some random nurse). And guess what? I had my daughter on Jan 21.

    I hope you have better luck with a different doctor.

  31. Andrea of Care to Eat on July 26, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Hmmmm…sounds like someone needs a little education. Maybe you should email him your multiple posts with multiple comments on how FAM has been a godsend for many women? Perhaps he should have asked how long you’ve been successfully practicing FAM and your thoughts on the method before giving his sad excuse of an opinion.

    • Fitnessista on July 26, 2010 at 8:23 pm

      amen my friend

  32. Carly (Swim, Run, Om) on July 26, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Holy delicious-sounding recipe, Batman! I’ve been looking for a good enchilada recipe, and this looks like it’ll do just the trick. Thanks for sharing!

  33. Lena on July 26, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    But… doesn’t fertility awareness kind of suck when you only see your pilot on a limited schedule, frequently one that’s not up to your control? Like if there are certain days you really can’t get it on, so to speak.

    • Fitnessista on July 26, 2010 at 8:23 pm

      yes, it totally does

  34. Errign on July 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Hoo hoo dilly = best term ever.

    Those enchis look awesome – on my to-make list.

    I’m celebrating Indian Food Wednesday a day early. First time I’ve had Indian food from a restaurant in almost 4 years. I.am.so.excited. (I live in East Nowhere, USA, so there’s no Indian around – haven’t had it since I studied abroad in Ireland!)

    • Fitnessista on July 26, 2010 at 8:23 pm

      wahoo! enjoy it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Jill on July 26, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    That goes to you show you that you can’t teach a doc “bedside manners.”

    Can’t wait to try the veggie enchiladas and bobby flay’s queso fundido tomorrow evening! How do you keep the queso fundido from hardening once out of the oven?

    • Fitnessista on July 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm

      it won’t harden from using the milk (i use almond milk)- you’ll love it!!!

  36. Allison @ Food For Healing on July 26, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    doctors are so annoying, i see my only when absolutely necessary, and he’s never really helped me out much in so many years with figuring out stuff with my condition. Oh well, its self-healing for me

  37. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on July 26, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Wow that dr. is insane. I would want a different one too.

  38. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on July 26, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Doctor sounds like a weirdo. I hate when doctors aren’t knowledgeable about non-mainstream methods. I mean, they don’t have to be experts, but they should so their research!!

  39. Sarah on July 26, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    What a lame doc. I love my OBGYN. She had me do the temperature thing, and we were able to get prego this summer! Hope you are able to find a better one ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Mali on July 26, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Glad you posted about FAM, so many people confuse it with the Rhythm method and slam it without even knowing. The fact that he’s a doctor and should know about this is so annoying!
    LMAO at Hoo Hoo Dilly!!

  41. Dee on July 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I can’t believe that doctor said that about every woman ovulates on Day 14. It’s so opposite of what doctors/science understand today, that it almost seems like he had to be joking. If not, then I am sorry to say, he must be one of those docs that graduated at the bottom of his class! Steer clear.

    Also, I keep hearing good stuff about this Take Charge of Your Fertility book, that your endorsement seals it: I’m gonna scope it out and buy it.

  42. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 26, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I hate it when doctors completely dismiss methods they don’t believe in! Good for you for deciding to ask for another doctor.

    Mmm I’m totally craving enchiladas! I know what I’m having for dinner tomorrow now. ๐Ÿ˜€

  43. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on July 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    It sounds like that doctor is a hoo hoo dilly himself.

    • Fitnessista on July 26, 2010 at 9:40 pm


  44. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on July 26, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I know for a fact (Skylar to prove it!) that I do not ovulate on Day 14. Scott wasnt even home on Day 14. But he was on Day 17 and on. I know I ovulate late based on charting, temping, ovulation predictor sticks, and more. Anyway though, what an ass. Omg girl. I cannot STAND dr’s like that. Men or women, but I can kinda picture how the scene went down & you were smart not to argue with him, try to change his mind, or even engage with him b/c you know what, he is “always right”, but of course.

    I do prefer a female ob/gyn or midwife but have had some men that were tolerable. Anyway though, find yourself a good midwife and run far far away from today’s dr! I have some tips for you too if you need any suggestions for finding a good midwife or homebirth-friendly practitioner if that’s on the radar screen ever, just write me ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh and FAM and Taking Charge…It works IF the people who are doing it are aware, conscientious, and careful. As with anything in life, there is “user error”…but for those who are committed to it and in the right lifestyle/relationship/etc, it totally works.

    I remember your other post, it was fabulous, keep on spreading this message my friend!!!


  45. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on July 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I’m sorry about the doc! I felt really stupid telling my gyn that I had passed out/thrown up/couldn’t move during my periods cause it was so typical. I got put onto birth control and left.

  46. Jenny on July 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Can I just say that you rock!! I am such a promoter of fertility awareness. I use the Clean Plan monitor as well as temp. It helped me to conceive both my children, avoid pregnancy when my hus and I were not ready, and has made me more aware of my body. IT also is 100% natural. Thank you for standing up for what you believe in!

  47. Laura (B Foxy Fitness) on July 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I’m sorry you had an aggravating experience with your doctor. I can absolutely relate! A bad doctor’s appointment is like a bad hair cut–you leave with that same “eww” feeling. It sounds like you are very informed about your chosen method and it works for you, so don’t worry about that “Day 14” Doctor! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Definitely going to try those enchis! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  48. HJU on July 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Glad you are deciding to see a different doc- wow!! Loved TCOYF, and practiced FAM to have both of my girls!! I am a late (like day 17-19) O-er, and never woulda known if not for FAM. Was blessed to be expecting quickly both times. Hard to believe people are still sticking to those old myths about bodies. Like everyone could be that alike. Geesh! ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Mellissa on July 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    For some reason I have a serious issue with a man understanding exactly how a woman’s body works when he doesn’t have the same equipment. Just like I don’t exactly understand some male issues.

    I think most people who get pregnant on FAM are not following the rules exactly and are not using a secondary method when needed.

  50. Rachael on July 26, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I’ve had the same response from all of my doctors about the FAM program. I recognize that the aversion to more traditional and holistic methods of healing is lessening, but most doctors are still so oriented towards chemicals and pills and conventional treatment that I find myself wanting to avoid them entirely!

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