The other day, Tina went to Mike and Patty’s, a cute breakfast cafe in Boston.  I went to the cafe in August when I was there for the Healthy Living Summit.

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Seeing the Grilled Banana Sandwich on her blog made me REALLY crave the delicious breakfast treat.  So, I decided to make my own!


I’m not sure how they make the Grilled Banana Sandwich at Mike and Patty’s, but mine was less caramelized and a little healthier.  Still – delicious!


It’s basically two pieces of French bread with a grilled banana stuffed inside!




  • 2 pieces of whole wheat bread
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Powdered sugar




  • Grease and heat frying pan.
  • Make basic French bread by dredging the toast in eggs and placing on grilled.
  • On eggy side of toast, sprinkle the brown sugar.
  • Meanwhile, slice the banana and place on griddle to cook.
  • When first side of toast is down cooking, flip the brown sugar side down.
  • On the cooked side of the toast, sprinkle cinnamon.
  • Once toast has finished cooking, remove from heat and put bananas in between slices (on the cinnamon side).
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!



The Last of the Q&A


Here are the last of the Questions and Answers!  I hope you enjoyed reading all the Questions and Answers (Vegetarian Q&A, Part I of General Q&A, and Part II of General Q&A).  Of course, you can always continue to ask me questions in the comments section or email, if you want!


Erica asked, “I hope the book is coming along well! Any updates?  Where in Pittsburgh did you get your dogs?”


As I mentioned last night, my book is in production stages.  Because there are over 125 Operation Beautiful notes included in the book, there is a LOT of design work to be done (I’m not doing it, of course!).  The book will come out in August 2010!  I am actually working with Zesty Cook on redesigning the Operation Beautiful website to match the colors and font of the book cover.  Here’s a sneak peek of the new site:


And we got James from the Animal Friends Shelter in Pittsburgh, and Maggie was from a private rescue group.


Joanne asked, “Do you think you could have trained and run the marathon if you didn’t have a running partner?  If you had to train and motivate yourself?”


Definitely! I did most of my races before I found a group of running friends.  It’s hard to do long runs alone, but I did a few of them alone for training.  I really recommend joining a running group if you don’t know people to run with – they are fun and for all levels!


Kayla asked, “Have you ever dealt with disordered eating?  How did you become healthier (I know about your friend talking to you), but like how did you realize what you should/should not be eating? Did you google it, reading health magazine etc..?”


I never had an eating disorder.  I did, however, suffer from Fat Talk and negative self-talk in relation to food and my body, and I finally decided to stop beating myself up, focusing on calories over nutritional content, and generally making myself miserable.  I think all women deal with this on some level, which is part of the reason I started Operation Beautiful.


In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan was an extremely “formative” book for my eating habits.  As Michael says, “Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants.”  I think this pretty much sums it up – I just try to eat whole, natural foods, and I stay away as much as possible from things I can’t pronounce. 


Jenn asked, “How do you balance working from home with maintaining connections with people during your work day? For instance, I just started working from home in November and am developing a new career to do wellness coaching. I’m home a lot now and I must say…I truly miss being around people throughout my day. I do go to cafes/coffee shops and meet friends but in terms of your work hours…what keeps you focused and prevents you from feeling "alone?”


GET A DOG!  If you don’t want a dog on a permanent basis but like animals, reach out to a local shelter about fostering a dog until they find him a home.  I have worked from home in some form or another for almost 3 years, and Maggie and James have been a lifesaver because they seem like little office mates!  Or you could get a cat, but they aren’t as interactive in general.


Also, blogging helped me not feel so alone.  :)  I have G-Chat conversations with other stay-at-home bloggers or blogger mommies or people who work odd shifts.  G-Chat is the new watercooler.


Katie asked, “Do you eat at just about the same time everyday or do you eat according to your hunger level? Sometimes I can only go 2-3 hours after breakfast and decide to have my lunch really early, but other days I seem to be able to wait until 3pm to eat lunch. I don’t really like to throw off my "schedule" so much but I’d rather eat according to my hunger cues.


I guess I eat according to my cues… but to a point.  I eat lunch anywhere from 11 AM to 1 PM, but usually earlier.  I won’t put it off much later though.  Basically, I think it’s important to put yourself on an eating schedule, but within reason.  If I’m truly not hungry, I won’t eat a second afternoon snack just because I typically do.


Allison asked, “How fast were you when you first started running?  What are your long term fitness goals? Do you get competitive with other runners at races or do you focus on your own race?”


I did a walk/run method when I first started to run, but I remember being around 10:30 to 11:00 miles.  Now, I average 9:20 to 10:30 (which really picked up after the first year of running and continues to drop). 


My long term fitness goals include… hmmm.  I guess I’d just like to continue to race and have fun.  I’d love to do an adventure-style race.  I’d also really like to do a Half Ironman, just because I think it would be pretty badass! 


I have had races in which I was competitive with friends or strangers, and honesty – it’s not very fun, in my opinion…. I would rather be supportive other people and just focus on my own goals. That’s all that really matters, anyways.


Allison also asked, “What is the Husband’s workout schedule like?”


The Husband works out four times a week, 2 hours a pop.  He goes to the gym after work twice a week and then on the weekends.  He mostly lifts weighs and limits the amount of cardio he does because he gets skinny too easily.  He’s actually trying to put on 15 pounds of muscle right now!  He’s already put on 5!


Cheryl asked, “You said you don’t count calories but did when you were losing weight. How many calories did you eat when you were losing weight?”


I was never overweight, but I was not in shape for my body size and frame.  A few years ago, I lost 10 pounds over the course of one year (less than a pound a month!) by eating 1,600 to 1,900 calories a day and working out 4 times a week for 30 – 45 minutes or so at a time.  I also stopped drinking so much, which was a major factor in losing weight.  I did NOT work out with the intensity I do now, and if I ate that little with my current workout schedule, I would drop an unhealthy amount of weight.  Calorie intake needs to consider your activity level.


Lizzy asked, “What is your advice on kick starting my training process, especially from going from half to full? Also what are some good pre and post workout meals and such. I’m always wondering what people eat before and after to fuel and refuel.”


I would say… sign up for the marathon!  I think the best way to commit yourself and motivate yourself is to pay that entry fee!  :)  I always have PB toast or oatmeal before long runs, and I try to refuel with some sort of protein/carb snack, like Greek yogurt and granola.


Cheryl H. asked, “My question ~~ you say you are moving to Charlotte for family and business reasons, but I am wondering how you feel about leaving your friendships in Florida? Are you going to be living closer to your families (I do realize that you will be closer to your mom, but was wondering why Charlotte)? Also, what about your husband’s career plans, how does that fit into your move? I am just really curious, because I have never moved further than 15 miles from where I grew up ~ staying close to family and friends.”


I am sad to leave Orlando, but we never thought we would permanently live here – we just moved here for the Husband’s graduate program.  So, although I am sad, this was always coming.   My friends will still be my friends when I move, and I know there are new friends out there just waiting to be made!  :)  The Husband’s family (his mother, father, and sister) are moving to Charlotte, too, and my mom has plans to move out there as well in the next few years.


The Husband is launching is own practice (with his father) once we move, and I might moonlight as his office manager for a few months to help him get started.  It should be an interesting adventure for the blog!  Truthfully,  I can’t wait to move and start another chapter of our lives.


Cassie asked, “How did you first start telling people (friends, family, hubby) about your blog? It almost seems easier for me to let strangers read it than my own family and friends! I’m afraid of them thinking I’m crazy/nerdy/boring or also a failure if I stop blogging at all.”


I remember being really nervous to tell the Husband and our friend Harry about the blog!  I had been blogging for about a week and we were out to dinner so I had to photograph my food.  :)  I just explained the concept, and Harry thought it was a little weird (the Husband knew what food blogging was), but they didn’t care too much.  I usually tell people that I have a food and fitness blog, and I post about my meals because other people find it interesting.  Lots of bloggers don’t tell all of their friends or families about their blogs – you don’t have to disclose it if you don’t want to!


Tracy asked, “I’m training for a marathon right now and missed my first long run this past weekend…(I’m about 8 or 9 weeks into an 18 week training plan). Did you miss any long runs and if so do you feel that it hindered your training? (I missed a 13 miler).”


I did not miss any long runs (I don’t think…) but I can tell you it won’t significantly hurt your training to miss one (or even two).  Marathon training is a culmination of many, many weeks of hard work – you will be fine if you put the effort in the rest of the time!  And plans “build in” miles for missed runs; don’t worry!


Jessica asked, “I have no problem giving up meat because of many of the same reasons that you list – mainly factory farming. However, this debate doesn’t stand true when I apply it to wild caught fish. I only eat wild caught fish and to me catching a fish in its natural habitat in the wild is the most “ethical” way for something to enter the food chain. So I am wondering what your thoughts are here or anyone else that is vegetarian? For now I consider myself a pescatarian so I am interested in some other thoughts on the matter.”


It’s not just the system that I have a problem with, it’s also just the moral question of whether we should be eating animals.  Honestly, I’m not sure if it’s moral or not to kill and eat an animal, period.  I’m not saying it’s immoral or making personal judgements; I’m just saying that I’m not sure.  So I choose to not eat any meat (or fish).  That’s one of the reasons I struggle with eating dairy – in fact, one of my most commented-on posts was “Are Vegetarians Hypocrites for Not Being Vegan?”



  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 17, 2010, 9:12 am

    Gosh your breakfast looks so so so good!!!
    And I find it really hard to tell people about my blog. I have only told my mother but no other family. Having strangers read it IS easier somehow.

  • Freya @ February 17, 2010, 9:17 am

    Great q & answers! After hearing you (and other bloggers) mention In Defence of Food,I’ve gone out and bought one off Amazone – I hope it’s as amazing as everyone says!
    I’m pretty open about my blog I think – all my family know about it, but none of them read it as they don’t really care about food or fitness! That’s why it’s so great to interact with other bloggers and find out more about them; I don’t feel like a freak then for enjoying healthy living 😀

    That vegan/vegetarian point (the last Q) is really interesting too..I’m going to read your post on it!
    Thanks for such great questions and answers 🙂
    (and what an amazing looking breakfast! I saw that on Tina’s blog too and thought it looked INCREDIBLE!!)

  • skinnyrunner February 17, 2010, 9:18 am

    i love your answers about all sorts of questions. and your breakfast looks fit for The King.

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) February 17, 2010, 9:33 am

    Omg your sandwich is comfort on a plate. Must make soon 🙂

    You’ve gotten some really good questions. I was also a little apprehensive to tell people about my blog, but I’m proud of it!

  • The Hot and Fit February 17, 2010, 9:34 am

    Loved the Q&A. Thanks for sharing!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! February 17, 2010, 9:39 am

    Loving all the Q&A too, great answers!

    My blog is still semi-new (8/09) so I don’t get many questions yet but I look forward to the day I do so I can do a Q&A as well.

  • Elina February 17, 2010, 9:41 am

    I’ve been wanting to go to Mike & Patty’s forever to get that exact sandwich. Actually I already made plans to go there on Sunday (after my long run) but this looks like a great healthier alternative that can be enjoyed more frequently.
    Great answers!!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 17, 2010, 9:41 am

    LOVE your at-home version of the grilled banana sammie — looks AMAZING! tanks for sharing all the Q&As! so interesting to read more about other bloggers 😉

  • Erica February 17, 2010, 9:45 am

    Neat! I grew up in Pittsburgh and we got our dog from Animal Friends! That was 12 years ago and she’s still kicking!

  • Becky February 17, 2010, 9:45 am

    Thanks for posting your grilled banana sandwich recipe. I’ve been thinking of making it since I read Tina’s post and you’ve taken the guess work out for me! I’ve also been enjoying reading the Q & A’s…thanks for the info and getting me to think a little more.

  • Katie S February 17, 2010, 9:50 am

    I have a non-food related question for ya! Have you been watching LOST?? What did you think of last nights episode! Haha I LOVED it!!

    • Caitlin February 17, 2010, 10:26 am

      ive seen every single episode! loved last nights. interesting that kate’s name wasnt on the wall.

      • Katie S February 17, 2010, 10:28 am

        And that we don’t know which Kwon it is! I think Jin…. Oh! And I think that little boy is Aaron…. just a hunch though…. I’m excited for the next few episodes!

  • Lisa February 17, 2010, 9:50 am

    Again, great to learn more about you, your blogging and your book!

    Your sandwich looks interesting. It’s basically like french toast with a banana between, right? I love grilled banana and peanut butter sandwiches. Delicious!

  • Tamara February 17, 2010, 9:52 am

    I want that sandwich! I’ve been getting bored with oatmeal every day. The only problem is that I don’t buy bread, and I’ve been baking sandwich rolls for my lunches, so it looks like I’ll have to make a traditional loaf tonight to prepare for breakfast tomorrow. And maybe hardboil some eggs, because a breakfast without protein is like death to my day.

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit February 17, 2010, 9:57 am

    Thank you so much for answering my question about being’s amazing how much your mood and state of mind can be impacted by your environment. A few little furbie friends would be the perfect addition. 🙂 Must convince the fiance.

    It’s funny- the question about telling your friends/fam about your blog. I was really nervous to post some of the personal things I did more b/c my family might be reading about struggles I have been dealing with for so many years without their knowledge! I knew it was a big step but in the process I owned my experience and now feel closer to many of them. 🙂

  • Julia February 17, 2010, 9:58 am

    I am going to make this banana sandwich thingy for my husband. He’ll love it!


  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 17, 2010, 9:59 am

    I saw that banana sammy on Tina’s blog the other day and thought it would probably be easy to recreate- I will have to get on that, your version looks so goood too!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 17, 2010, 10:00 am

    YUM!!!! Looks like an excellent way to start the morning!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health February 17, 2010, 10:01 am

    Yum! That sandwich looks so delicious!

    Most of my friends and family know about my blog but not all of them. There are a few that just wouldn’t understand. I don’t blog everything I eat so it works out fine.

  • Sarah February 17, 2010, 10:06 am

    The new blog design looks gorgeous! You know, I can’t wait to actually buy you’re book. From reading your blog I feel like I know you, and I think it’s amazing that someone I ‘know’ is writing an actual book!

    Of these questions, the one I most appreciated (even though it never even occured to me to ask!) was regarding telling your family and friends about the blog. I haven’t told mine yet, and I keep wondering if I should. I just don’t feel comfortable right now with it. It was nice to read that you don’t have to tell other people if you dont’ want to. I kinda know it, but it’s nice when someone else confirms this.

    • Caitlin February 17, 2010, 10:27 am

      thank you for your sweet comment 🙂

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 17, 2010, 10:10 am

    That breakfast sandwich looks KILLER! I definitely know what you mean about “knowing” about moving. I moved to Phoenix about a year ago knowing that I would be moving after about a year (I’m getting ready to move at the end of March!). It makes it hard to build some relationships, but it’s also kind of fun to “try on” a city!

  • BethT February 17, 2010, 10:12 am

    I ate there yesterday, too, and I have to say your take on the sammy looks pretty darn close! That place was killer!

  • Stacey February 17, 2010, 10:14 am

    Banana sammich looks yummo 🙂 Now I have a new idea for breakfast! Hopefully I will be able to make it to the Healthy Living Summit this year!!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete February 17, 2010, 10:15 am

    I totally agree with missing a long run. I have missed running for basically 2 weeks b/c of an illness, and I did just fine coming back today. But then again, I have an 18 miler this weekend, and I might eat my words!

  • Kelly February 17, 2010, 10:18 am

    And now my mouth is watering for the second morning in a row because I saw that sandwich on Tina’s blog yesterday also. Yum.

  • Run Sarah February 17, 2010, 10:22 am

    I saw this on Tinas blog and was wondering how to recreate it. Now I know! Thanks for sharing, bookmarking this!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 17, 2010, 10:22 am

    Oooo healthier grilled banana sandwich…I’m drooling again.

  • Molly @thevegandorm February 17, 2010, 10:23 am

    In response to the question about eating fish – I come from a huge hunting family. Deer, fish, birds, etc. When I went vegetarian, I always told my family that if I ever decided to back off a little, I would eat the animals my family killed. (It is true that most deer not hunted die of starvation.)
    However, after having been vegetarian for more than 2 years (and now a vegan), I’ve come to be put off by the thought of eating any kind of flesh at all. I’m also an Ecology&Evolutionary Biology major, so I know that animals in the wild eat each other a lot. But animals in the wild also, for example, commit siblicide, but we’ve evolved past that.
    I just don’t think eating meat works for our bodies. The year I went vegetarian, while keeping my training constant, I dropped my 5k time from 23 minutes to below 21 minutes, and it is now below 20 minutes after going vegan. And of course, the morality of killing an animal, when I don’t really need it (in fact, quite the opposite), is an issue too.
    Not being judgmental at all – I ate a lot of meat growing up, and if you’re going to eat meat, eating it smartly is the way to go.

    • Caitlin February 17, 2010, 10:28 am

      i agree with everything you just said 🙂

    • LindsayH February 17, 2010, 11:09 am

      i come from a family of hunters and “sportsmen” as well. when i started out being vegetarian i always said i didnt necessarily have a moral/ethical problem with hunting as long as it is done with respect for the animals and the land. i still dont really have a problem with that – i feel that hunting is important from a conservation standpoint since humans have eliminated so many natural predators and altered the wild habitat so much. the main problem i have with fish is from a health standpoint – our waters are so polluted and nasty! id never eat anything that came straight out of the water around here – CAFO-central!

    • Carrie H February 17, 2010, 1:17 pm

      I’m on this bandwagon. My family is full of hunters and fly-fishermen and women, and I believe they respect the earth, the animals, the fish, the symbiotic relationship between man and the natural enviroment and more than most people you’ll find. I don’t eat commercial meat but on very rare occasion, I will eat their hunted meat. I would disagree with Lindsay on one point, though — there are still clean, clear-water refuges from which you can catch unpolluted fish. They may be few and far between, but they do exsit. (Wyoming, baby! We have more trout and antelope than people here.)

      • LindsayH February 17, 2010, 9:33 pm

        Well when I said “around here” I meant Iowa – I don’t think there is a river, stream. or lake here that’s not totally nasty 🙁

  • Emmanuelle February 17, 2010, 10:40 am

    Wow that sandwich looks delicious!
    Thanks for the Q&A, very interesting to read especially the “vegetarian” questions. I went vegetarian myself in April ’09, I still eat eggs and dairy and I fully agree with what you wrote. I knew about the dairy and egg industries before reading your post about vegetarianism/veganism, and I also buy organic whenever I can.
    I don’t eat as much dairy and eggs as I used to though, but I still do because that’s what works for me (and I can’t live without cottage cheese).
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie February 17, 2010, 10:40 am

    The new blog design looks beautiful! Thank you for answering readers’ questions so insightfully. You come across as being very down to earth and relatable 🙂

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep February 17, 2010, 10:43 am

    Wow! You answered a lot of questions! I’m glad to read that you started off at about the same pace I did and have since improved your race… gives me hope!!!

    That banana sandwich looks AMAZING!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite February 17, 2010, 10:44 am

    I love your Q&A’s! Very informative!

  • allison February 17, 2010, 10:47 am

    i’ve really enjoyed reading these Q&A’s! i have a question; i’m wondering if you [or anyone reading] know of any health/food bloggers who are pregnant?! i’m in my 1st trimester and havent told anyone yet. i’m really anxious to find someone interested maintaining their health & fitness lifestyle throughout pregnancy, but i can’t seem to find anyone!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 17, 2010, 10:48 am

    i love how open you are…thanks for being willing to share all of this! i need to try that banana sandwich soon, it sounds fabulous!

  • Morgan February 17, 2010, 10:54 am

    Shoot that sandwich looks good!
    The sandwich has caramelized bananas-
    Slice bananas diagonally (even slices)
    Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet-medium heat
    Add bananas
    Cook over medium heat for until golden on both sides (don’t forget to flip ’em)
    Sprinkle with sugar of choice

    These would be wonderful on a peanut butter sandwich!

    Also wonderful this way: caramelized plantains (those need to be boiled like a potato first)

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin February 17, 2010, 11:05 am

    I agree that having a dog is the best way to have an “office buddy” while you work at home! G-chat and IM work well, too. I always make sure I stay on top of watching The Bachelor for my virtual “watercooler” talk!

    And I still haven’t told much of my family about my blog! All in good time, I guess. 😉

  • Olivia February 17, 2010, 11:15 am

    How did you determine how many calories you needed to maintain your weight? I feel like I have been brainwashed to believe that women should only intake 1300-1500ish calories!

    Thanks for being so open!

    • Caitlin February 17, 2010, 11:32 am

      Although each women is different, i think that very very very few active women can survive on 1500 calories (without being miserable). i kind of just figured it out through experimentation… I would track my calories for two weeks and then weight myself to see if my weight had stayed stabled.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 17, 2010, 11:17 am

    I saw Tina’s banana breakfast sandwich and was planning to make one of my own with some of my homemade anadama bread. I was out of ripe bananas though. Oh well, another time.

    Check out my homemade anadama bread here:

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 17, 2010, 11:18 am

    I saw Tina’s banana breakfast sandwich and was planning to make one of my own with some of my homemade anadama bread. I was out of ripe bananas though. Oh well, another time.

    Check out my homemade anadama bread here:

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 17, 2010, 11:40 am

    That breakfast looks so good! I am definitely going to have to try it sometime!

    You always find these great ideas for recipes. Love it!

  • Jenny February 17, 2010, 11:49 am

    That breakfast sandwich sounds so good! I would probably need to add PB though 😉

    I like your answer about eating on a schedule, but “within reason”. I think it more people went by these type of guidelines, eating itself would be much less stressful, and less of a big deal.

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) February 17, 2010, 11:52 am

    I saw that grilled banana sandwich on Tina’s blog yesterday and really wanted to recreate it! Thanks for the recipe I’m going to try it out!

  • Runeatrepeat February 17, 2010, 11:53 am

    To Jessica (the last question) – I am a pescatarian and totally agree that catching fish in the wild is ethical. I do believe we are all part of the circle of life and it is ethical to eat animals. But, I disagree with how the animals we eat are treated – so I choose not to eat them.

    I actually think it is a lot worse that I eat dairy rather than eat fish. I have more sympathy toward the way dairy cows are treated over how fish are caught.

    • jessica February 17, 2010, 1:07 pm

      Thank you for your input! I totally agree with everything you said.

  • Jessenia February 17, 2010, 11:53 am

    That sandwich looks really good! I just read your blog about vegetarian/vegan lifestyle and linked it in a blog I just wrote about the reasons to be a vegetarian or vegan.Here’s the link. 🙂

  • Ellen February 17, 2010, 11:56 am

    The husband limits his cardio because he gets skinny easily? Ahhh, I envy men’s metabolisms! It’s just not fair.

  • ashleigh February 17, 2010, 11:58 am

    Thanks for the Q&A i really enjoyed learning more about you. I have always wanted to move to NC but I don’t want to do it alone so I’ll live vicarioulsy through you for a bit 🙂

  • Catherine February 17, 2010, 1:46 pm

    Thanks so much for addressing the question raised about eating fish. I am a pescatarian and have given up fish for lent in hopes that it aids me in committing to a full vegetarian lifestyle. I really would like to avoid eating any kind of animal flesh (inclusive of fish), but for some reason the strong moral aversion I feel for beef or chicken never seems to translate to the small piece of sushi on my plate. I assume because fish aren’t cuddly and are a bit more removed from my daily life (you don’t generally see fish farms when driving through the country like you do poultry and beef farms) I have convinced myself that they’re somehow different. I know this is not the case though and am working to educate myself more. Thanks again for the Q&A!

    • HTP Dad February 17, 2010, 4:56 pm

      Natural fisheries all over the planet are collapsing due to trawl net fishing. An analysis of fish menus from New York over time from the 1900s to the present show we’re eating what in many cases use to be trash fish – but what were the desirable fishes are gone. If you’re going to eat fish, eat farmed fish.

  • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe February 17, 2010, 2:21 pm

    I found it really hard to tell my friends/family about my blog, also. I was embarrassed about it for some reason. But I decided to just suck it up and put it out there for them to read if they want. My mom actually tells me she loves reading it, and I’ve gotten feedback from a good number of people. Never anything negative.

  • Laura February 17, 2010, 2:31 pm

    A little late, but I know over in the U.K. you can sign up to give guide dogs during their training a home- this can be over weekends, or for a few weeks- months, whatever fits on with you, the volunteer. My Mum’s friend does this, because she has a full time job and couldn’t look after a dog permanently, but used to have guide dogs at weekends, and holidays. They are so lovely and docile, because they have been specially selected, and very well trained…
    I wonder if they have anything like that over in the U.S? It would be good for someone looking for a no strings attached friend to run about the house with when working from home. I miss my cat ;( That must’ve been a mammoth task answering all those questions, well done!

    • Caitlin February 17, 2010, 2:33 pm

      what an excellent resource! thanks!

  • Marissa February 17, 2010, 2:55 pm

    What an awesome idea! Looks delish!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion February 17, 2010, 4:13 pm

    Awesome questions and answers!

  • Leena February 17, 2010, 7:39 pm

    your banana sandwich looks amazing! i love caramelized bananas so much… i think i’ll have to replicate this some time.. maybe add a little nutella 😉

  • Jolene ( February 17, 2010, 9:10 pm

    That sandwich looks so good – why have I never had one of those!!!?? I love the q and a!!

  • Nina February 17, 2010, 11:54 pm

    Just wanted to drop by and say you are sooo cute with your twittering about babies! You and the husband would make really cute babies! I don’t have a twitter account or else I would have tweeted this to you! That is all, have a good night! 🙂

    • caitlin February 18, 2010, 8:32 am

      AHHH BABY FEVER!! make it stop!! 🙂

  • laurie February 18, 2010, 9:27 am

    Hi Caitlin,
    I would love for you to start a discussion on beans! I see that you eat a lot of them (as do I). I am very worried about Bisphenol-A (one thing Dr Oz and I believe Pollan say to avoid). I eat a lot of canned beans because they are so darn easy to prepare. I have tried to make my own, but they don’t seem to come out great. I use jarred or boxed tomato products now and I have eliminated all canned soups–beans are really the last canned food I eat, and I want to stop. (I think one of the only ways to have the food industry change the packaging is to AVOID buying cans, even though it may be really inconvenient). I would love to hear how people prepare their own beans. Maybe you could post this topic one day?

  • LAURIE February 21, 2010, 1:15 pm

    thanks! that is awesome that Eden Organics offers a safe product! i just went to their website and they don’t use BPA in their cans of beans, but they still have to use it in their tomatoes (the FDA has not approved an alternate can for food with high acidity) This makes shopping for beans a lot easier. I am going to do a little more research on the tomatoes that are packaged in the paper/wax? boxes to see how safe they are.
    just love this blog, Caitlin. I have learned so much! 🙂

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