Stuffed to the gills

Hey guys! How are ya?? Are you doing the Friday dance?? You know I am 😀

Work last night was bueno. We did get a little busy while I was working desserts by myself, but I handled it like an (almost) pro 😉 Right before leaving, I munched a glorious summer roll before heading to the hotel-casa.


This morning, Michelle and I did our usual early morning workout before heading to school. (I munched an unpictured 1/2 nanner with almond butter as I ran out the door)

Here’s today’s iron pumping and cardio summary:

Elliptical 15 minutes Level 7
Treadmill 25 minutes Hills- walk at 4.0 and start resistance at 4.0; increase resistance by 1% every minute until you can’t take it any more; bring it back down to 4.0% and repeat
Bosu crunches Body weight 3 sets of 12
T’s and I’s on stability ball 3 lbs each 3 sets of 10
Stability ball back extension Body weight 3 sets of 12
Cable hammer curl 30 lbs 3 sets of 12
V-rope pullback 70 lbs 3 sets of 10
Standing side bends 8 lbs each 3 sets of 12
Total time: 1 hr 5 min    

When we got back to the hotel-casa, I had a fun new bfast!

Raw yogurt that we made in class, chia seeds, the other 1/2 of the nanner, cinnamon and Stevia


Face-rockin’ delicious.

In clase, we got out the pear carob muffins that we put into the dehydrator yesterday.

We were out of muffin molds, so I made mine cookie-style


Of course I tested one for quality assurance 😉


We made some nut milk (I chose almond) and dehydrated the pulp to use as flour, per usual


Checked on our raw nut cheese… mine came out looking lovely but tasting like tangy death –we’re supposed to do a cheese tasting later and I’m hoping I can cover it with something. Let’s just call it delicious impaired


We mixed up some honey lavender:

009  (see my head in the bowl? Haha! Taking pics is serious business)

And brushed them onto the fig tarts we made a couple of days ago.

It gave the fruit a beautiful sheen!


We’re supposed to eat those later, too 😀

Lunch was seriously the best thing ever. I know I’m cheapening my words by saying that ALL the time, but this one reign’s supreme. For now 😀



To make the sushi, we first made a rice out of jicama, parsnips, macadamia nuts, and vinegar


A chipotle “mayo”


And “mised out” all of our veggies


Cucumber, scallions, bean sprouts, avocado, red bell and shitake mushrooms


You guys know I love making sushi at the casa, but today was my first attempt at making an inside-out roll. I was pretty shocked when it actually worked!


I made a couple of others rolls, and plated them up with the pickled ginger we made on Monday:


The sushi on it’s own would have been perfection, but things got even better with the side dish…

Kelp noodles = my newest obsession


We coated those babies with a sesame almond sauce and topped with black sesame seeds and scallions. A-freaking-mazing.

So needless to say, I’m stuffed to the gills right now and pretty content. It’s hard to imagine that I debated coming here for so long. Now that I’m actually here, I’m wondering why I wasn’t 100% sure about coming here. Have you ever been in a similar situation?? I was so worried to leave the puppies and pilot to fend for themselves, about taking care of the house, missing work, blah blah. But I’m having a blasty, learning SO much, and I’ll be back to them before I know it.

Time to get back to class!

Happy Friday!



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  1. Chloe (Naturally Frugal) on September 18, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    That sushi looks delicious! I need to try a raw restaurant, there must be one in Seattle.

    There have definitely been times when I’ve been unsure of my choice but then realize that it was the best decision ever. Following your heart always makes it turn out right!

    Love the post from culinary school, it looks like you’re having a blast and we as readers get to learn along with you!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on September 18, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I hear ya on doing the Friday dance! Woohoo!
    I want to make some raw cheese!
    I’m so glad you’re enjoying your time there, I love reading about it!

  3. michelle on September 18, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    those sushi rolls look so gooood…i feel an expensive craving coming on. do you grate the jicama?

  4. K on September 18, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Honestly, everything you post leaves me in awe – everything looks so healthy and so gorgeous! I’m glad you went just so I can see all of these amazing creations!!

  5. GirlonRaw on September 18, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    So good to hear you have not regretted your decision to go to the academy. Gives me piece of mind as I am really keen to get there as soon as I can too. Keep on rockin it Gina 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2009 at 4:55 pm

      DO IT! you’ll love it here!!!

  6. carolinebee on September 18, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    OMGG that sushi is beautiful!! G you are so gourmet it’s amazing!! Does the owner know about your blog- you’re prob the best ad for his cooking school AND restaurant, it’s so amazing what you’ve learned in that short amount of time. Good luck!

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2009 at 4:55 pm

      hey girl!
      yes, pretty much everyone knows about the bloggy – it’s embarrassing, haha 😀
      i’ve definitely helped out with a little PR, but only because i’m seriously crazy about this place. it’s incredible.

  7. Fembot on September 18, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Hey Gina,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and I must say that I totally love you, you’re so cute! I get a disingenuous vibe from other bloggers sometimes, but you always bring the real! Bravo.

    And congratulations for taking a big step and trying something new, I really admire that!

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2009 at 4:54 pm

      thank you so much <3

  8. Leianna on September 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I love that raw rice recipe, looks great. I love sushi so those pictures got me craving some!

  9. Jenny on September 18, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    you’re killin’ me smalls! those tarts are a dreaaaam.

  10. Kieri on September 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    The Rice looks amazing in that Sushi!!! Do you mind spilling the beans on the recipe?? I would love to try it at home!!
    Thanks, ready your blog everyday!
    Reminds me of when I went to Culinary/Wine School in Florence for 3 months! I was sooooo happy there 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2009 at 1:07 am

      hey girl,
      i can’t divulge any school recipes but will be adapting some of them into my own versions when i get home. before i came to school, i just put jicama in the food processor and that was my “rice”. it worked like a charm 😀

  11. HealthySDLiving on September 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    That sushi looks amazing!
    What are Kelp Noodles? They look yummy!

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2009 at 1:07 am

      kelp noodles are made from kelp (the sea veggie) and agar agar, which is a vegetarian alternative to gelatin. they have the same texture as pasta and can be flavored however you wish!

  12. Angharad (Eating for England) on September 18, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Ummm those tarts look incredible! I am just in food heaven looking at all the gorgeous pictures everyday!

  13. theskinnyplate on September 18, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Your meals are getting incredibly delicious.

  14. Jenna on September 18, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    i really really really wanna try that raw yogurt, it looks great!
    love the sushi as well! pretty much love everything you made 😉
    i always do that, i will debate whether or not to go somewhere and then once i get there, i don’t wanna leave! hah.

  15. Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) on September 18, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Delicious impaired… haha Well you win some, you lose some right?

    That fig tart looks to die for, definitely a WIN!


  16. Stephanie on September 18, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    You should be so proud of yourself – the food you are making looks absolutely fantastic and the skills you are learning invaluable!! 🙂 🙂

  17. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on September 18, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    To answer your question…and I know you get tons of comments and can’t probably remember mine but on one of your posts leading up to going to 105 I told you that when I was first married pre-kiddo I was debating going away for a month to yoga teacher trainer & certification in Costa Rica. I was so scared my husband would starve to death without me there or not have clean underwear and that I would miss him and that I wouldn’t want to be gone for so long and with tears streaming down my face I boarded my 10 hour flight and after a few days in the jungle, I came into my own and I look back on those 30 days as some of the best in my life and wonder why I ever doubted myself 🙂

    As for your eat…collard wrap, saw that in their book last nite as I ended up making cuke wraps instead. The tangy cheese…LOL. The muffins into cookies…I just got a dehydrator and you can tell them my first thing that I just made and am dehydrating is a version of his Chocolate cookies with chocolate chips from his Everyday Raw book. I tweaked it some but they rock and the Excal is gonna be my new Vitamix I think 🙂

    I love watching your eats b/c it’s like you’re going thru the cookbook and I am seeing “real live” pics in action, not just the ones from the cookbooks and it’s awesome.

    Sorry bout the lengthy comment 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2009 at 1:06 am

      of course i remember your comments silly girl- i look forward to them 😀
      you’re going to love that dehydrator!

  18. Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) on September 18, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Wow Gina- it’s food porn every day at the bloggie!

    BTW I looked and looked but couldn’t find the recipe for the kale chips you’re drooling over. Do you have it? They look mighty cheesy in a good way!

  19. Angie (Losing It and Loving It) on September 18, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Oh my gosh all that food looks so yummy especially the summer roll and sushi. Like I said on my blog today (thanks for commenting) I would so be there to eat at the restaurant if I were close but I’m thinking a drive from the Chicago area would be a bit long ha ha.

    I have been having a blast reading about your adventure there and I’m sure the pilot and pups are managing. He’s probably spoiling the dogs ha ha

  20. Molly on September 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    raw sushi!? Im in love! im so jealous of what you are doing right now…It looks like an incredible experience!

  21. WholeBodyLove on September 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I love the idea of the inside out sushi, so cool!

  22. Liz on September 19, 2009 at 1:51 am

    It does sound like you made a good decision to go to this culinary school. You are learning how to make such awesome, healthy food and having a lot of fun! I am really enjoying seeing all the lovely food creations!

  23. Christabel on September 19, 2009 at 6:01 am

    I love your blog and writing style :). You’re a workout and healthy eating inspiration.

    How do you make those kelp noodles? They look so delicious!

  24. alissa on September 19, 2009 at 10:25 am

    i’m pretty sure the owner knows about your blog because he’s the one who told me about it. probably because i was hedging, and he knew you’d convince me to come. which you did.

    so yes. you are a PR master.

  25. glidingcalm on September 19, 2009 at 11:27 am

  26. Shelby on September 19, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Such beautiful work Gina!

  27. Brittany on September 19, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    All the dishes that you’ve made at 105 look delicious. I want to try everything! The sushi is amazing- especially knowing that everything is raw.

    Can you come to VA and be my personal chef once you’ve graduated? 🙂

    Where do you get these kelp noodles that you are so in love with?

    So glad that you are happy with your decision to attend 105! You’re right- you’ve been learning so much and a month goes by so fast! You’ll be back to the pups and pilot before you know it.

    • Fitnessista on September 20, 2009 at 12:05 am

      hey girl,
      i’d love to be your personal chef! they’re called sea tangle kelp noodles, i think you can get them online 😀

  28. Erin on September 19, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    My god girl, those sushi rolls look like the real deal, but BETTER bc they’re raw!!!
    I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying your learning experience. So amaze!

  29. Gena on September 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Love kelp noodles!! And what gorgeous sushi, sweetie.

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