Healthy and Sane


April 21st, 2010 · 28 Comments · breakfast, chickpeas, dessert, oats, salad, sandwich

Sorry for being a bit of a downer in my previous post. I feel all better, of course. :mrgreen: The first comment on that post was really interesting though. All it said was: “Get some confidence, girl.” How loaded of a statement is that? How do you get confidence with a snap of your fingers? And while we’re on the subject – how do you define confidence? Does that mean never doubting yourself? Never feeling down? [Btw, Eliza, I’m sure your comment was well intended. It just made me think of all of this. :) ]

So yeah, obviously I wasn’t able to feel confident right then and there but I did think about all the times and situations when I do in fact feel pretty confident. I feel confident at work; I feel confident when I put on a workout top that accentuates my muscular shoulders; I feel confident when I put some time into my outfit and do my hair… and I know I look good. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So now is your turn – when do you most feel confident?


Banana oats with TJ’s nutty’s American trek mix + coffee


Bananas really MAKE oats! Ok, so does a little chocolate on top. ๐Ÿ˜†



Chocolate peanut butter granola bar



A very sweaty spin class. I am beyond sore today so I took it easier on the resistance but definitely made up for it in speed. Love this Wednesday class. The instructor is really the best (the instructor is key in spin!!).


I’m super proud of this one – we had nearly no food left in the fridge but I still pulled out this amazing lunch.

TJ’s ww tortillas with Cedar’s hummus, 1 turkey slice, Neiman Ranch ham, grape tomatoes and pickles + fresh carrots


All rolled up:


… and cut for ease of eating and blogging purposes :grinL


SO crazy delicious and also crazy filling. This guy filled me up for 6+ hours.




Post grocery trip meal – a giant salad! I had a little help from the Whole Foods salad bar where I bought a few pieces of roasted peppers, zucchini, eggplant and 2 tofu cubes. The rest of the salad included: mixed greens, heirloom grape tomatoes, goat cheese and tamari roasted chickpeas.


The tamari-roasted chickpeas recipe came from my new cookbook. Recipe can also be found on Dreena’s blog here. I used dark soy sauce instead of tamari and thyme instead of rosemary but anyways, I loved them. The smell of coconut oil while the chickpeas were roasting was intoxicating!!!


Awesome salad!


Dessert (my treat of the day): the last raspberry square.



Today was much better if you haven’t noticed already. How was your day? We’re over the week’s hump… I’m ready for the weekend already! :mrgreen:

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28 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Cristina

    Your daily menu always looks so delicious! In fact, I often flip through your entries to get different ideas for meals. In fact, I must say your wrap… I used hummus the other day instead of mayo with turkey. The combination was amazing! It had a great flavor. I used 2 tbsp of plain hummus with a dash of cumin and put the tuna with some greens in a wrap and topped it off with cherry tomatoes. Wraps are so easy!

  • #2 - Run Sarah

    That salad looks SO good! I need to try those tamari roasted chickpeas, they sound amazing.

  • #3 - Kilee

    Love your blog girly! It’s funny that you wrote about confidence because this morning I was just thinking about how much better my body image is now that I have regained my confidence about myself. Before, I was always focusing on how “bad” I looked. Now, when I look in the mirror, I focus on the “whole package” including my dedication to my health, how I give it my all every day and how I treat others. You are awesome! Sometimes you just need to remember the “whole package!”

  • #4 - Sophie @ yumventures

    Confidence is so important! I used to be so un-confident about my workout abilities. Even if I ran well or lifted weights, I always felt like everyone was watching! I hardly ever went into the weight section, because all of the super huge guys were in there and intimidated me. Now I have been building my confidence, and for the first time a few weeks ago I worked out in the guys section! It was scary, but now I feel so confident I go all the time. Sometimes it is just taking that first scary step that makes all the difference.

  • #5 - Nicole

    That daily intake looks fabulous! haha, daily intake sounds funny. I bet your body feels so happy inside! that salad looks heavenly ๐Ÿ˜€

  • #6 - Shannon

    yeah, if only it were that easy (as snapping your fingers!). that salad sounds amazing, and glad you had a good day! I’m looking forward to spinning tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • #7 - Shannon

    I missed your last post, so I’m happy to hear that today was a better day :) Confidence is such a funny thing. Often, I feel confident, until I start comparing myself to others. Gotta nip that in the bud!

  • #8 - Tiffany

    For me, confidence is a day to day struggle. I’m confident about my job skills and training-I’m a pretty great teacher, and I know how to do it well! I’m confident about my relationships and the way I work on them. I’m confident that I’m a relatively intelligent individual who knows what she wants.

    Sometimes I’m body confident. My legs are pretty strong and on some days, I really like how the muscle in my upper arms are defined. I’m moderately comfortable in my skin. Sometimes I hit a speed bump and really hate that fact that I can’t fit into certain clothes-it’s dumb to lament boobs and hips when some people pay lots of money for them, but I do nonetheless.

    I think you have done an amazing job of building up your confidence along your health journey. You looks great, and if you feel great on top of it, fantastic! Look how afar far you’ve come: you lost weight, you toned up, you became a runner, you overhauled your diet; you reworked your life and look at the results! You SHOULD be confident! :)

  • #9 - Candice

    If I’m feeling less than confident, I try to focus on things that I like about myself. It helps me to shift my focus from the negative (or what I’m currently perceiving as negative) to a positive.

    I think you’re doing great with the intuitive eating also. I’m moving in that direction, but I’ll probably always need to keep track of the dessert foods that I put into my mouth. I like your “one treat” per day rule!

  • #10 - Elina

    Cristina – that sounds like a great combo! :)

    All – I love hearing about all the things you feel confident about. Doesn’t just writing it make you feel even more confident?! It IS good to focus on the positive. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • #11 - eliza

    Yes, you are totally right that you cant gain confidence with the snap of your fingers. AGREED to the fullest!

    Yes, my comment may have come off as a bit, something? But, it always helps me kinda shake off the negativity, when my friends say that to me!

    I am a beautiful, young, strong girl and deserve to feel confident 100% of the time! I believe you do too! I did not mean any harm in my statement, at all. :) Sorry if it came across as rude!

  • #12 - MelissaNibbles

    Glad you’re in better spirits.
    I gained confidence when I stopped caring about what other people thought of me and started living my life for myself.

  • #13 - kitchenbelle

    That tortilla looks delicious! One thing to think about is the better you get at something the more prone you are to critique. You would never criticize a five year-old’s very first cake he/she ever baked but you would criticize a professional baker on the Food Network. I realize that is a very drastic example, however, the track coach probably saw how fit you are and knew you are capable of being even better than you already are!

  • #14 - Sami

    way to be creative with the scraps in the fridge! ๐Ÿ˜‰ you make the bloggie world proud.

    when i feel most confident is after a kick butt workout! i loveee that euphoria feeling! you can’t wipe the smile off my face for the rest of the day!

  • #15 - Elina

    Eliza – I promise I did not take offense to your comment. It just got me thinking, that’s all. :)

  • #16 - shelly

    I feel confident when I overcome obstacles- be it a difficult time in my life, a challenging project at work, or a challenge I’ve set for myself (like learning a new task or completing a fitness goal).
    I definitely do not have the most body confidence in the world, but in a way, I don’t think it’s the most important kind of confidence to have. I feel confident enough in that respect to get dressed up and go out and have a good time- I don’t need to be confident running in just a sports bra, for example, to have a good fitness life.
    I value the confidence I have in my skills and ability to get through life problems (and boy, have I gotten through some doozies!) much more.
    I just feel like a capable person (b/c I’ve had to be capable of taking care of myself) and that’s a good feeling.

  • #17 - runeatrepeat3

    All of your food looks so delicious and healthy as always. I gain confidence by looking at my low points and seeing how far I have come.

  • #18 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Wow, that salad looks incredible. I have the problem often of being waaay too simple with my food and you’re so creative with so many ingredients. I’m inspired!

    I’m most confident when I reach a goal that I set for no one but myself. It’s so fulfilling and empowering that it’s impossible not to feel confident!

  • #19 - eliza

    Okay good!! :)

    P.S I lurrrrrrrve Boston! My Sister lives right in the North End and I am actually going down to see her next weekend. I am helping out with a trash pick up thing..she said she’ll pay me 25 bucks…perfect!

  • #20 - Kelly

    I feel most confident when I’ve been doing things I love and feel passionate about. It makes me think of all the things I am good a besides just looking good.

  • #21 - Heather

    I’m also a Boston girl and can’t wait to check out your restaurant reviews!

    Confidence has always been a challenge for me, but I’ve come a long way over the years. When I put a lot of effort into a project and follow it through to completion I feel great about myself. (And when I show off my legs…nothing wrong with that, right?!).

  • #22 - homecookedem

    OH, I can’t think of a lovlier way to end the day than with a raspberry square! :)

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog. It truly means so much and helps keep me going!! :)

  • #23 - Jenna

    Your lunch looks like something I would absolutely LOVE!

    Ah confidence…something I’ve always lacked and that I pray for every night. Seriously. If only we COULD just snap our fingers!

  • #24 - Cara

    Your salad looks amazing, I could so go for that right now! And I am confident that you are a stronger woman than me for sticking to just one raspberry square :)

  • #25 - Raina

    Wow! I have to try and eat as good as you. Everything looks so good and healthy. I must try those granola bars and that salad..yummy!

  • #26 - Meghan@traveleatlove

    A good, hard workout always makes me feel confident. Must be all of the endorphins! I have to talk to myself a lot, before big work things or even meeting new people, to remind myself to be confident. The mind is so powerful!

  • #27 - katie

    I totally agree about the spin instructor making all the difference..couldn’t agree more! And so does the music!

  • #28 - Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover

    Such delicious eats, Elina!
    Iยดm happy to hear you feel a lot better now :)
    YAY for chocolate PB bars!
    Have a great Friday ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Brazilian XOXOยดs,