Hawt Potato

Hi friends <3 How’s your day going?? Hope you’ve had a fabulous afternoon.

I’m back to fitness teaching and it feels SOOOOOO good 🙂 It’s been a while but it’s so nice to get back in the swing of things. Arizona is definitely starting to feel like home again

sabino (2)

and I really like that 🙂

After today’s class, I munched a delicious amazeball:


and a pack of seaweed snacks from Trader Joe’s.


The day was filled with errands, a walk with Bella (she has been a feisty little thing today!) listening to Daily Boost and How Stuff Works (two awesome podcasts), and then I made a lunch featuring something I haven’t enjoyed in far too long.



As you guys already know, while I didn’t have an official eating disorder, I definitely participated in disordered eating back in the day, like many women do [I’ll do a post on my eating history in the near future] With all of the nutrition/diet/fitness books I read, eventually white potatoes began to scare the bejeezus out of me, so I stopped eating them. For a few years. I still prefer sweet potatoes (for taste and nutrition) but am really glad that I brought them back into my life.

A meal the Pilot would enjoy, too 🙂

potato (2)

Alexia red potatoes with portobello mushrooms, green beans, fresh rosemary, a pop egg (aka over easy) with 2 egg whites, salad on the side:


You’re delicious, Mr. Potato Head 😉


Quite a few diet and nutrition books have a knack for making readers fear perfectly healthy, whole foods, and encouraging chemical-laden low-cal crapola.

Amongst the garbage you can find in the nutrition/lifestyle section of the bookstore, there are also hidden gems.

Some of my favorites:

– The Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno

– The Raw Food Detox Diet and Detox for Women, both by Natalia Rose

– The Kind Diet, by Alicia Silverstone

– Abs Diet for Women (I agree with most of the stuff in this one)

-South Beach (I agree with most of the stuff in this one)

I’m also really excited to read this, which automatically appeared in the Kindle yesterday (I pre-ordered):


Crazy, Sexy Diet by Kris Carr

If you’re not familiar with Kris’ website, it’s an awesome resource for healthy, vivacious, eco-friendly living. I’ve skimmed through the pages, but already know it’s going to be amazing. Two of my good friends (Gena and Kristen) have recipes featured in the book, too 🙂

Well I’m off to read and chillax <3

Have a lovely night and I’ll see ya in the morning!



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  1. Stefania (Ingredients for Life) on January 19, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Glad to see Tosca Reno’s book making your list. I got Crazy Sexy Diet yesterday and nothing got done. I couldn’t put it down. Such a great resource.

  2. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on January 19, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I’m actually kind of iffy about any book that uses the word “diet” in its title! They scare me off because I don’t like the idea of following any sort of diet now that I finally am free of my disordered eating habits.

    • Stefania (Ingredients for Life) on January 19, 2011 at 8:05 am

      Sucks that the word Diet scares people away since it’s used in such great books such as Crazy Sexy Diet, The Thrive Diet and The Eat Clean Diet.

      • Fitnessista on January 19, 2011 at 9:46 am

        diet is technically supposed to mean “eating lifestyle”, not deprivation, as many *diet* books have changed the meaning- ya know?

  3. Amy @ purewellnessamy on January 19, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Two other really good cookbooks are “Clean Start” and “Clean Food.” Both are by Terry Walters who, like me, is an Institute of Integrative Nutrition grad. Last Friday, I flipped through both books at B&N while my son was playing with the Thomas the Train set, and then I impulsively bought both of them! The recipes are vegan, gluten free, and segmented into seasons. http://terrywalters.net/

    Oh, and for when you’re feeling really crazy, the Alexia salt and pepper fries are delicious!

    I also can’t wait to read Crazy Sexy Diet. Kris Carr has been popping up everywhere recently!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2011 at 9:46 am

      amazing- thanks for letting me know!

      • Amy @ purewellnessamy on January 19, 2011 at 10:55 am

        I forgot to add that I bought the books even though I’m not strictly vegan or gluten-free – the recipes look that good. I am all about eating cleaner, seasonal, local whole foods.

        And the name of the school is Institute *for* Integrative Nutrition 😛

        Ugh – my brain is working faster than my fingers this morning.

  4. RhodeyGirl on January 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Please give me Kindle book ideas!!! I didn’t know you had one! PB got me one last week and since Friday I’ve already read two books!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2011 at 9:45 am

      isn’t it an amazing creation?!
      did you read american wife yet? i started it a couple of weeks ago and its sucked me in!
      before that, i read ‘i remember nothing’ which was also amazing 🙂

  5. Kathie @ Frugal, Fit and Fabulous on January 19, 2011 at 9:29 am

    So glad Arizona is starting to feel like home for you.

  6. LisaG on January 19, 2011 at 9:46 am

    CSD looks interesting; may have to buy it. Happy your dance class is going well!

  7. Jennie @ Designed To Be Fit on January 19, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Thanks for the book recommendations! I’ve heard about Crazy Sexy Diet, I’d love a review when you finish it!

  8. carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream on January 19, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for posting some love for the potato!! People often think its strange that I’m a healthy eater who eats potato… but I feel the same way you do… its a WHOLE FOOD!

    I love your approach to healthy eating!

  9. Jodie on January 19, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Hi Gina,

    Which brand of sea weed chips is that? Can’t make it out. I am trying to add more sea veges to my “diet”. thanks.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      trader joe’s!

  10. Shelly on January 19, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I love roasted red potatoes! I like to roast them in olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme- then serve them alongside some wilted Kale. I then top everything with a fried egg and hot sauce and devour!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      oh YUM

  11. Leanne (For Health's Sake) on January 19, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about Kris Carr & I want to watch her documentary “crazy sexy cancer” asap!

  12. Erica on January 19, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Ooooh, I am uber excited to get my Crazy Sexy book in!!! From her Crazy Sexy Cancer and Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor book, Kris has helped me to change my perspective of being a breast cancer survivor and has helped me so much to take control of my life post-diagnosis. I can’t WAIT to get it in the mail…I got the shipping notification this morning so should be sooooonnnnn;-)

  13. Yvette on January 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Since we’re talking books I am curious if anyone is familiar with the book 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth (http://www.amazon.com/150-Healthiest-Foods-Earth-Surprising/dp/1592332285)? A friend has it and recommended it and I am intrigued. It looks like a great book, but I have never heard of the author — who has some very strong opinions or philosophies. Anyone?

  14. Beth @ DiningAndDishing on January 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    DC’s Express had an article on the Crazy Sexy Diet yesterday. I was very interested after reading the premiss! You’ll have to let us know what you think :).

  15. Gracie on January 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I like how you mentioned the South Beach diet/lifestyle. So many people seem to disregard it because it limits carbs to an extent *gasp!* But really, the principles are quite true!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      and it focuses on HEALTHY carbs, which i love 🙂

  16. Marg on January 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks for the list, I’m reading South Beach Supercharged right now. I’m looking for the right plan to get me started eating better.

  17. missy on January 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    thanks for the book recs. have you heard about the engine 2 diet? i’d love some feedback from anyone that is familiar with it.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      i’ve never heard of it

  18. kathleen on January 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    i’m glad you are no longer scared of regular potatoes. they get such a bad rap but are a decent source of iron. now if they weren’t so good in chip or french fry form maybe people would stop thinking of them as “bad”. but i don’t think they’ll ever get there. poor potatoes =(

  19. Jessica T. on January 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I just read about this book today and I cut out the page from the newspaper to look it up online! I’m so glad you mentioned it and to read a lot of positive reviews. I will definitely be ordering this book!!!
    Thank you 🙂
    P.S. I love reading your blog!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      i think you’ll really love the book.. i can’t put it down 🙂
      thank you!

  20. Tamar on January 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I love potatoes! I shunned them, too, for the same reason, even though my Irish heritage desperately wanted them, but then I read this: http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=48 and started eating just the organic potatoes my mother grows in bazillions every summer. Organic and diverse produce wins again! I eat them in burritos for a totally amazing perversion of a cultural food 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2011 at 12:08 am


  21. Cassie on January 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I’m really looking forward to the post on your eating history.

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