your meals & moves! jenna w.

by Janetha on February 6, 2010

in meals


  • my name: Jenna
  • where i live: I’ve lived in da ‘Nati (aka Cincinnati, OH) for about 4 years but I grew up in Middle-Of-Nowhere Illinois.
  • my blog: I started my blog Whole Body Love ( 8 months ago.
  • my move:
  • My favorite “move” is running without a doubt. Ironically, I have never been a runner. I didn’t run in high school or college. In Junior High, I joined the track team and quit after 2 weeks. My knees were killing me due to my Osgood Slaughters disease. OG is basically just growing pains. However, my dad convinced me that I was just not built to be a runner . I went for years with this false idea that I was just not made to run. Then, about 3 years ago, I decided to join Team In Training. I loved it! I loved the way I felt after a good run and I loved that I was able to lend a hand by participating in Team In Training. However, I was a quitter once again. I had only been running with the team for about 2 weeks (ironic) when I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter. Since running was new to my body, my OBGYN recommended that I postpone my running journey until after I had recovered from the birth of my daughter. I was cleared to work out 3 weeks after giving birth. But, I stuck to the elliptical and weight room. My running dreams were pushed aside. I went back to school and became a stress mess trying to balance school, work and motherhood. I eventually convinced myself that I didn’t have time to work out. I actually lost weight due to the stress of my schedule. But, I soon realized that I didn’t want to live that way. I had always been interested in health and nutrition. I stumbled on the health blog world and threw out my “diet” food and junk food to replace it with whole, real food. I also re-evaluated my workout. Running seemed to be one of the easiest ways to relieve stress and see results. I’m not talking about the calorie burn. I’m talking about distance , speed and endurance. I was able to see improvements in these areas very quickly. I was starting from scratch though so I still consider myself a very new runner. I just purchased my very first pair of running shoes.


    I am still aching for a Garmin 405 CX. But, since I don’t want to sell my soul right now, I settled for a Nike Sport band.



    It tracks distance, pace, time and calories. It will do for now.

    Aside from the quick results, I love to run because I can do it almost anywhere. I purchased some cold weather gear so that I can run through the cold Cincinnati winter.


    I know it looks a little extreme but it prevents that feeling of ice invading my lungs! As long as it’s above about 25 degrees and not too windy I can run outside. I have learned a lot about being a new runner.

    1. As a new runner, I am not going to be fast or even average when compared to seasoned runners.

    2. I cannot expect my body to be ready for 10 mile runs after only a couple of months of running.

    3. I can’t expect my body to run my distance PR every day .

    4. I must fuel and refuel properly to get the best results.

    5. Other runners are my very best resource for advice and answers !

  • my meal:
  • One Of My Favorite Meals


    Cashew Chicken

    I thought of posting this recipe … Then I realized this is more of a thrown-together dish than anything. Like most of you, I think of macronutrients when I create a meal. I start with a basic guideline of protein, complex carbohydrate and plant-based fat. The veggies always find their way in without a hitch.

    You can really make this dish your own.


    ½ cup Nut Butter ( I used Cashew Nut Butter)

    ½ TBS Toasted Sesame Oil

    Splash of Bragg’s ( you could used soy sauce )

    8 ounces Cooked Chicken

    2 servings Cooked Noodles, Rice, Coscous or Chickpeas


    Melt the Nut Butter over low heat. Remove from heat and add the Sesame Oil and Bragg’s. Mix well. Top complex carb of choice with cooked chicken. Ladle desired amount of sauce over chicken. Serve with something green on the side !

    I added some Sweet Potato Chips for crunch. Chopped Nuts or Sesame Seeds would be a great addition as well.

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terrid614 February 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

jenna! i cant wait to try your recipe!!! it sounds purely delightful! i, have recently got back into running after having SEVERE sciatic nerve pain….looking forward to reading your blog!!! xxoo terri

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) February 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I admire runners. My knees, ankles, hips always complain when I do it. I can’t say that I love it either, so I admire people who do love it! Good for yoU!

Bekah February 8, 2010 at 5:30 am

I love thrown together recipes like this! I am more of a “assemble” kind of eater rather than cook anyways. Even though I love to cook!

I love all of Jenna’s runnning gear.. She’s hard core! :)

The Candid RD February 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Yeah Jenna! You are so similar to me. I always wanted to be a runner, but set some unrealistic goals for myself at first, only to learn later that most of my goals were, well, unrealistic! Now I know what I can an cannot do, which unfortunately for me is run (I can’t run anymore because I get plantar warts!! ewww). So now I Just use the treadmill and walk fast, or use the elliptical.

Fantastic recipe, I LOVE cashews!

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