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Confession:  I actually DID go back to sleep after my workout this morning.


Don’t hate me.  Please.  I’ll pay for the loss of work hours later, trust me.


Short on time = a fast lunch.  This was deeeelicious.


Last night, my mother-in-law and I were at the grocery store, and she kept picking things up and saying, “Is this gluten-free?  Is this gluten-free?” because she’s trying to eat less gluten, too (here’s why I am eating less).  I was like, “No, no, no… nope, sorry.”  Finally, she picked up tortilla chips and said, “Bet this isn’t gluten-free either, right?”  And I said, “Well, actually – YES!”


With hummus.  A smooth and creamy white bean variety.


And a strawberry, sesame-covered almond, and balsamic dressing salad:


Oh – and lots of wise triathletes have remarked that they can’t believe the water in my pool is 70 degrees – it sounds too low.  I actually asked not one, but two people, and they looked at a chart when they told me; I think they take a reading every morning.  So I think 70 is legit, but I’m going to take a thermometer to the pool with me next time and measure it myself just to be sure.  Thanks for anyways having my back, friends!   Wouldn’t want to turn into a Caitlin popsicle in the middle of the swim.



  • Joyce @ Jranola Joyce July 28, 2011, 2:04 pm

    Hi, Caitlin!
    Okay, I added Healthy Tipping Point on my blog roll, but I’m new to this and I don’t know how to link it correctly haha but I didn’t know if it was protocol to tell the people of the page’s you linked to! so just fyi! 🙂

    • Caitlin July 28, 2011, 2:25 pm

      Thank you so much Joyce!

  • April July 28, 2011, 2:11 pm

    The pool I used to swim at would turn the heat down at night, and it would take until almost noon to warm it back up.

  • Molly @ RDexposed July 28, 2011, 2:13 pm

    When in doubt if gluten-free, remember WORMB: wheat, oats, rye, malt, & barely-they have gluten.

  • Molly @ RDexposed July 28, 2011, 2:13 pm

    When in doubt if gluten-free, remember WORMB: wheat, oats, rye, malt, & barely-they have gluten.

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic July 28, 2011, 2:22 pm

    mmm – that creamy balsamic looks amazing! Homemade or store-bought?

  • Nicole July 28, 2011, 2:24 pm

    The pools where you swim ate freeeezing. I believe the water is 70 degrees.

  • Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories July 28, 2011, 2:24 pm

    Sometimes you just need that extra sleep–you’ve been a busy lady lately!

    Those chips look delicious, btw. So glad they are gluten free. 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 28, 2011, 2:32 pm

    The sesame covered almonds look really yummy! I wonder if they’d be easy to make.. might have to try!

  • Hillary July 28, 2011, 2:39 pm

    That salad looks out of this world. I just started adding strawberries to salads recently, and I don’t know why I haven’t been doing it all along!

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 28, 2011, 2:41 pm

    When my boyfriend first learned he needed to go gluten-free we couldn’t believe the amount of things that had gluten in them! Or more annoyingly things which ‘may contain traces’.

  • Brandy July 28, 2011, 2:43 pm

    For recreational use, the pool temperature should be 78-82. For competitive use though, it needs to be lower, so 70 sounds reasonable.

    And it’s amazing where gluten sneaks in. I’ve been gluten free due to a sensitivity for about 1 year now.

    • Brandy July 28, 2011, 2:45 pm

      Just re-read it. 78 is the recommended temp for competitive pools.

  • Khushboo July 28, 2011, 2:48 pm

    That lunch looks fantastic, love every single one of those ingredients!

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life July 28, 2011, 3:03 pm

    I need sesame-covered almonds in my life…. like yesterday. Where do you get them?

    • Mia July 28, 2011, 3:15 pm

      they’re from trader joe’s.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 28, 2011, 3:12 pm

    Hey, no shame in extra sleep!! That feels even more amazing after a tough workout.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg July 28, 2011, 3:20 pm

    I love strawberries in salads — especially when they are so juicy and ripe this time of year.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 28, 2011, 3:36 pm

    I LOVE salads like that. I eat one like every day. With poppyseed dressing from Panera. Legit, good, amazing. I love strawbs!!

  • Dani July 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

    Im always tempted to fall back asleep after a long run in the morning but im afraid ill sleep the day away-do you set an alarm? or does your body just know when its had enough

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me July 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

    It is super hard to find gluten-free options! At least it’s getting slightly more mainstream as opposed to even 5 years ago!

  • Megan July 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

    I work at our schools campus recreation center and during the week we keep our pool form 80-82 degrees and 83-85 during the weekends because of children’s swimming lessons! Hope this helps!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) July 28, 2011, 3:50 pm

    It is surprising what is/isn’t gluten free sometimes!

  • yolie @ practising wellness July 28, 2011, 4:00 pm

    hehehe! nope, we definitely wouldnt want that, lol! 🙂 mmm…i love working out in the early hours of the morning on saturdays and then going back to relax in bed with the kiwi 🙂 my boyfriend. not the fruit 😉 xyx

  • Stef @ Living HI July 28, 2011, 4:01 pm

    Naps after hard workouts are THE best, and totally deserved! Well done!

  • Alex July 28, 2011, 4:08 pm

    Where do you always get these sesame covered nuts? Theylook out of this world delicious… You had cashews the other day too, right? That lucnh looks just awesome….

  • Kelly @foodiefresh July 28, 2011, 4:23 pm

    Those sesame covered almonds are amazing! I’m adding them to my shopping list right now. It’s been far too long!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 28, 2011, 4:33 pm

    Love those TJ’s almonds. I’ve never put them on a salad, great idea!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal July 28, 2011, 4:34 pm

    I’d say I’m jealous of your post-workout nap, but I can never go back to sleep after working out! So I’d likely just lay there and get frsutrated 😛
    Have a good one!

  • Nicole July 28, 2011, 4:50 pm

    I did a tri last year and they told us to wear wetsuits. It ended up being super warm (70 degrees) and I had wished that I didn’t rent one. I had the same problem you did wearing it during the race. It felt very constricting, and I had to flip over and relax. My time was actually slower than the year before when I went without the wetsuit! Ugh! I’ll definitely go without for any race where the water is in the 70’s.

  • Katherine July 28, 2011, 6:52 pm

    White bean hummus? Sounds amazing!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) July 28, 2011, 6:57 pm

    Mexican food is always the best meal to make for my GF friend – just a corn tortilla away from a well-rounded meal!

  • Crystal July 28, 2011, 6:57 pm

    I’m pretty sure they keep MAC at 78 degrees.

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 28, 2011, 8:00 pm

    Your salad looks awesome!!!

  • Erin @ Naturally Addicted July 28, 2011, 8:01 pm

    I swear tortilla chips are always my go-to when I am taking a “gluten” break. I’m debating whether I need to go full on gluten-free but we’ll just have to find out! Do you know how they can test if you have a sensitivity? By the way, that lunch looks so delicious!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 28, 2011, 8:31 pm

    I know tortilla chips don’t have gluten because they’re my GF friend’s favourite snack! That’s pretty much all we eat when we hang out together haha.

  • Lauren July 28, 2011, 8:37 pm

    I can’t imagine how hard it would be to eat 100% Gluten Free.

  • Jackie July 28, 2011, 8:51 pm

    If those are the flaxseed tortilla chips from Trader Joe’s I would just double check, I thought they did have gluten in them for some reason?

  • Amber K July 29, 2011, 11:36 am

    It’s so sad because so many tortilla chips do add wheat flour, which is so unnecessary! Actually my favorite Mexican restaurant checked for me and their “authentic” tortilla cheaps have wheat flour. Boo!

  • Julie July 29, 2011, 12:20 pm

    I used to swim competitively and train at MCAC…I believe that it is 70! They have another pool that is the “warm pool” and its kept iin the 80s:)

  • Julie July 29, 2011, 12:20 pm

    I used to swim competitively and train at MCAC…I believe that it is 70! They have another pool that is the “warm pool” and its kept iin the 80s:)

  • Julie July 29, 2011, 12:20 pm

    I used to swim competitively and train at MCAC…I believe that it is 70! They have another pool that is the “warm pool” and its kept iin the 80s:)

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