Not the real thang

Hey guys πŸ˜€ Happy Tuesday! Hope your day is going well.

My day has been full of imposters πŸ˜‰


Eggplant Bacon!!! (recipe is in Everyday Raw by my favorite raw cheffer)

A little different than β€œthe real thang” and a MILLION times better πŸ™‚

bacon     > crispy_bacon_1 (Source)

With breakfast cookie that I made about 2 minutes before stuffing it my face (instead of making it the night before).

cookie Still delicious, though πŸ˜€

I had a couple of training appointments, then came back to the casa to make lonchi for one of my clients.

Mise en place:

Raw brown rice (cauliflower, sunflower seeds and seasonings) and faux tuna (cashews, lemon juice, dulse and seasonings)


Sliced veg:


Before the roll:




I packed up everything –she also ordered the Vegan almond butter cookies and some eggplant bacon- and dropped everything off πŸ™‚



A SERIOUS green juice. I go crazy for these… since I’m not addicted to caffeine like I used to be, these give me a little energy boost πŸ˜€

-1 green apple

-1 pear

-1.5 cucumbers

-1/2 lemon

-1/2 container organic spinach

-handful of parsley

After another training appointment, I had some lonchi.

An appetizer plate of the raw tuna sushi:


And a Vega Bar:


Another imposter. It says chocolate…and there was nothing chocolaty about it, except for the color. It tasted just like the other flavors I’ve tried, which is a good thing because I like them all πŸ˜€ Sadly, my Vega bars are gone – hopefully Whole Foods will get some of those in soon!

Well I’m off to walk the puppen havens (dogs) and then do some yoga before going back to work.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!



Has anyone tried Week 2 of the Winter Shape Up yet??? How’s it going? Let me know how ya’ll are doing!

Something to read: America’s Healthiest Superfoods for Women

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  1. caroline on January 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Your clients are so lucky! yummy! have a great tuesday Gina!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet on January 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I want to try some eggplant bacon, just because I am so obsessed with the real thing!

  3. kristin on January 26, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    week 2 of winter shape up starts tonight at 6:30 for me at the gym. I am loving how sweaty i get from the workouts, they are definitely pushing me harder than i would on my own. thanks gina!

  4. Melissa on January 26, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Loved week 2 of the winter shape up. Thank you so much for doing these! It’s keeping me from getting bored!

  5. Jessie (Vegan-minded) on January 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Will you come over and make me some of that eggplant bacon?:) I want to try it to badly, and it looks delicious!

  6. Marisa (Loser for Life) on January 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I love your sushi rolls! So cool! You make it all look so easy! Is making those raw dishes time-consuming?

  7. Emily on January 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Um, yeah I did week 2 this morning and holy cow it was tough! But I loved it and can’t wait to do it again in a couple of days. Keep it coming!

  8. **Lauren (Biochemista)** on January 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Heyyy!!! πŸ™‚

    The “bacon” looks AMAZING!!!! So does the green smoothie! I’m DEF gonna try out that recipe! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a fantastic day!!!! πŸ˜‰


  9. tiffnie on January 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    That has got to be the most creative ‘sushi’ I’ve ever seen! I also liked the salads you made awhile back; your clients are so lucky!

    Thanks also for that enlightening article at the end, great read!

  10. Heather (Heather's Dish) on January 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    i love the impostors! what makes the eggplant bacon better? just better for you, or is there something about the flavor/texture you like better? the “sushi rolls” are beautiful…got the craving now πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm

      it’s much healthier and tastes WAY better than the real stuff πŸ™‚ from what i remember, anyway πŸ˜‰

  11. Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle on January 26, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I want give sushi or “sushi” making a try! Those look yummy.

  12. Paige (Running Around Normal) on January 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Those rolls look like they turned out stupendously! That’s awesome that your clients can order raw food from ya! The bacon looks amazin’ too!

  13. Guen on January 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    That is so awesome that you can make sushi. It’s getting close to snack time, and the pics in the post are making me hungry for more veggies. I’ve never head eggplant bacon, but it looks really interesting.

  14. The Hot and Fit on January 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    This raw tuna sushi is amazing! I have never seen anything like this! And the raw brown rice?!? Wow! You always come up with amazing recipes!

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm

      thank you! <3

  15. Karyn on January 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    i love that you make food for your clients! is that typical of a trainer or do you are you just extra special?

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      haha, i’m kind of an unusual trainer.. more of a lifestyle consultant and trainer πŸ™‚ i offer meals, too

  16. Ashley on January 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I had a question about the juice you made: are you able to use a regular blender to make it, or do you need a juicer?? I want to try it!!

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      a juicer- in a blender, it would be more like a stew… super thick

  17. Emily on January 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I’m loving the Winter Shape Up “Challenge” – I’m not following it to a “T” – but instead, mixing and matching from the beginner section and the advanced section – but it’s nice to mix things up…I had gotten into a weight lifting rut. Can’t wait to see next weeks!!!

  18. Gabriela on January 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I wish I were a Valdizzian so I could order some delicious food too! I’m loving week 2- overhead presses are kicking my butt!

  19. Sara on January 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Eggplant bacon! Mmmm anything with eggplant gets a thumbs up in my book.

  20. LindsayRuns on January 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    My father in law calls dogs puppen havens! How funny, especially since you are from opposite sides of the country.

  21. Marissa on January 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I want to try the imposter bacon!

  22. Tara on January 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Week 2 is going great! The Side Bends and Stability Ball Leg Raises are wayyy harder than I expected them to be πŸ™‚
    I keep cheating on the Burpies πŸ™

  23. Lauren @ eater not a runner on January 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    The sushi looks great, yum.

  24. Krista N. on January 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Your eats look extra yummy today:) Oh by the way, next time you are in Jax you can get the Vega bars at Native Sun. Native Sun is a locally owned “healthy supermarket”, they also care raw foods that have been prepared by local raw food restaurants. Check out their website, because they have 2 locations. The only thing is they are not open on Sundays. Have a good one!!

    • Krista N. on January 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm


  25. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on January 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Never tried Vega bars, but I just bought some of their protein powder (chai flavored) and really like it! I’ll have to give the bars a whirl πŸ™‚

  26. Amy on January 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Love the eggplant bacon recipe from Everyday Raw. I just think it makes the house smell kinda funny!

    Week 2 is going well so far. My muscles were really popping out all over the place by the end of the workout! πŸ™‚

  27. ari on January 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    i did the int/adv workout today. damn girl! i was SPENT by the time i left. love it πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm

      whoo hoo!!! awesome πŸ˜€

  28. Bobbie on January 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Just tried one of your egg puffs – genius! Uber-quick low-cal protein – love it, thanks for the idea πŸ™‚

  29. Danielle (Coffee Run) on January 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I’ve tried that Vega bar too- where’s the chocolate?!
    I’m jealous of your sushi-rolling skills. I’ve tried it sooo many times but just can’t roll it right!

  30. Susan on January 26, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Hope the puppen havens enjoyed the walk. The healthy eating demo at the Happy Pear was great tonight, the twins are hot hot!!! We learnt about juicing, they talked about the China Study and the importance of eating whole foods, we got to try lots of juices and wheatgrass juice. Your green juice looks great, going to try making it. Bummer on the way home, I got a speeding ticket and I’ve never speeded before but just went a little fast because it was getting late and I wanted to get home. Enjoy the yoga.

  31. erica on January 26, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    love the recipes – wish you were in DC/VA. Do you know anyone who does the same thing here??

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 5:49 pm

      i wish i could be in dc, too!!!
      no i don’t, but if i find out i’ll send you an email πŸ™‚

  32. sandy on January 26, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    the sushi looks super yum. just found out i will have to put on a bikini for a friend’s birthday next month! luckily i’ve been supplementing my workouts with the shape-up! week 1 was sore lower abs, hehe. week 2 starts for me tonight!

  33. Jennifer on January 26, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Geez…I thought I was in decent workout shape….I just did the beginner workout of week 2 and I’m pooped! One question….since it is so cold outside I have been running on the treadmill a lot and struggling with shin splints (don’t usually get them outside) and the jumping rope part hurt…any alternative for that?

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm

      hey jennifer,
      you can sub those out for the elliptical or another cardio machine of your choice. it also might have to do with your shoes… hit up a running store and they’ll be able to fit you for proper shoes, if you haven’t done so already

      • Jennifer on January 26, 2010 at 6:09 pm

        Thanks for the suggestion! I have and my shoes are great outside;) Hopefully it will warm up soon and I can get back out there!

  34. Ashley on January 26, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    LOVED the int/adv workout for week 2! I did it on my lunch today and my arms were burning! I have a question for you, I’m a runner and I’m trying to change my body composition from soft to more toned & lean muscle while keeping my mileage for training.

    So here’s my idea of a plan: Exercise wise: I run about 35-40 miles a week (like 6 miles a day avg., including, XTing, weekly interval workouts and 1 long run (about 500-650 a day cal. burn not counting the long run according to my HRM) and am now adding your routines during my lunch time three times a week. Nutrition Wise: I think maybe I’m undereating? Currently I’m eating an average of about 1650 cal a day (and i’m 5’9, 125), i was thinking i should bump that up to 1800-2000 on weightlifting days or should i bump it up to about that every day with one low and high day?
    I’m trying to figure out that best way to not gain weight, but build muscle and tone while maintaining my mileage.
    Thanks for any input, you and your site are awesome! I wish you lived in SD so I could hire you πŸ™

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm

      hey ash,
      you could definitely be undereating- 1800 to 2000 sounds like it is a good number on weight lifting days. make sure to get high quality protein after your weight training sessions and a little more carbs on your run days.
      hope this helps a little!
      wish i lived in sd, too!

  35. Sara @ Activegal on January 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    That sushi looks amazing!! I love sushi but your looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I wish I was as good of a cook as you!

  36. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on January 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I know I can google this and Im sure come up with something but the:
    Raw brown rice (cauliflower, sunflower seeds and seasonings) –do you have a go-to recipe? I have Matthew, Ani, Sarma’s books, etc..steer me! Or maybe you created it, would love to hear it!

    I really want to start making raw or rawish veggie sushi…I would be sooo tasty, and I need the rice trick!

    Great post, Gina! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      i made it up πŸ™‚
      on the spot… so no real recipe

  37. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on January 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I just learned what mise en place stood for a couple of days ago and now I read it here! Your sushi makes me hungry πŸ™‚

  38. Jenna on January 26, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Sushi rolls look great! Do u really make your clients lunch!! Do they pay you?

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 8:47 pm

      i include personal chef packages in some of my training options, so yes πŸ™‚

  39. Brittany on January 26, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I’d take your imposters over the real thing any day. I still need to try eggplant bacon.

  40. Jenna on January 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I am very curious about this eggplant bacon. I may need to try it just because it is so unique sounding!

  41. Tyler Ramey on January 26, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Hey Gina!!!

    I promised my bloggies that I was going to attempt my first “overnight oats” tomorrow. I have done several breakfast cookies, are these two the same?! Have you ever done the overnight oats? Any fun recipe ideas?

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 8:45 pm

      hey tyler,
      the breakfast cookie is a little different than overnight oats
      wish i had a good recipe for ya, but if i’m gonna do the overnight thing, i always have a bfast cookie instead πŸ˜‰
      jenna from eatliverun makes overnight oats all the time, though!

  42. Jessie @ thehappinessinhealth on January 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make eggplant bacon in my dehydrator but haven’t got around to it — your “bacon” looks so good I may just have to make it soon :).

  43. Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN on January 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Oh! Oh! I’ve completed the week 2 workout for the Winter Shape Up. πŸ˜€ It kicked this booty and I’m really gettin’ a lot out of it. Thanks again!

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm

      YES! awesome πŸ™‚

  44. Jenny@ Nutmegger on January 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I tried the week 2 shape up today – the burpees and the dumbbell boxing kiiiill me. It’s fabulous!

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      whoo hoo! love it πŸ˜€

  45. Carolyn on January 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks for the workout! I took it to the gym with me today and you saved me 20 dollars because I definitely needed some new moves and that’s how much personal training sessions are at my gym!!!!! Loved it too- you’re amazing and my abs feel flatter already.

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 9:42 pm

      that is so awesome! glad to save you some dinero πŸ™‚

  46. Jenny on January 26, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Have you been getting any feedback from your clients about the meals you’re delivering? I’d love to hear what they think, I’ve never thought of having someone make an deliver meals for me, it’s such an interesting concept!

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm

      yes, they LOVE them! the best feedback so far is for all of the desserts, the pizza and today’s sushi πŸ™‚

  47. Miss Gee on January 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Hey Gina,
    Just wanted to let you k ow that I’m totally jiving with the Winter Shape program! I’m doing it with my boyfriend’s sister in addition to some other training that we’re doing. This is totally the shock that my body needed, and I’m already seeing some results. Look forward to Week 3’s workout. Thanks and take care. :0)

  48. Jaclyn on January 27, 2010 at 4:09 am

    what is on the side of the sushi roll?

    • Fitnessista on January 27, 2010 at 7:39 am

      untoasted nori πŸ™‚

  49. Amy on January 27, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I am doing the winter shape up! I did the circuit training twice this week, friday being the 3rd. The Saxon bends do a number on my obliques! i like it! fyi, burpees make me want to cry πŸ˜‰ i also added at the end some more calf raises because I really need to work on mine. But its a great workout!
    This weekend I am going to a Raw Juice Bar in Hartford. Alchemy Juice Bar! I am very excited! I hear they have awesome food too. I think you would enjoy it πŸ˜‰

  50. Jaime on January 27, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I sooo want a juicer! Maybe next Xmas! πŸ™‚

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