Graduation Eve

by jenna on January 16, 2009

Hi guys!

Well, my appointment was outstanding today! I really really liked Anisha and she was veryyy qualified (she had 7 different diplomas from acupuncture/ayurveda schools around the world hanging in her office!). When I first got there, we talked for 30 minutes in her office about my symptoms and my lifestyle and then she took me back to a treatment room and did 30 minutes of acupressure on me. Earlier I meant acupressure today not acupuncture! She does acupuncture as well, obviously, but there was a special going on for a half off 30 minute acupressure session so that’s what I did today. I’ve done acupuncture in the past and love it. Hopefully some day soon I can schedule an appointment!

Anyways, getting back to my appointment, she took my pulse on both wrists and was sort of intrigued to find out that I was about equally strong in both Vata and Pitta constitutions. She said I had a very strong predominant Vata force and it was actually pushing Pitta out more, which would lead to migraines and skin rashes. The whole session was incredibly educating and interesting and it felt sooooo good to have someone massage all the pressure points on my face and neck with jasmine oil. I made another appointment for Tuesday afternoon to have an Ayurvedic “educational session” on diet and nutrition, during which she will talk about proper eating habits, selecting the right foods, incompatible food combos and some recipes…..all based on my particular imbalances. Her theory is that you need to go and have done a set number of visits first (both acupuncture and ayurvedic), get on the right herbs and diet and then when you are stabilized, balanced and symptom-free, visit only once a season (every 4 months or so).

Oo! And I also bought some oil (she recommended Sunflower Oil for me personally and its different for everyone) to start doing those daily oil massages with as well as special ayurvedic oil to rub on the soles of my feet before bed that is supposed to induce sleep.

I was starving after my visit so I stopped at the Publix around the corner and bought a yogurt to snack on during the car ride home:

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And then for dinner, I actually ended up going with my mom and aunt to Ceviche instead of out with Ryan because, well, Ceviche is my favorite restaurant in Tampa and also because I really didn’t want to go to a late dinner party/business thingy tonight and then wake up so early tomorrow.

Once there, us three girls split a pitcher of sangria aka nectar of the gods ;) Here’s a picture of my mom and aunt enjoying their glasses:

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I had probably a little over a glass.  They were big glasses though! And then we split a number of different tapas.

To start, the babaganoush and sizzling shrimp in olive oil, peppers and garlic:

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Then the ceviche a la casa, the crabcake and the eggplant stuffed with melted manchego cheese:

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My mom ordered the homemade potato chips with blue cheese but I’m not a big potato chip fan and only ate about three—-

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And then, lastly, we ordered another ceviche a la casa because I was still hungry. Haha. I’m actually still hungry right now! Weird, right?! The food was all pretty rich but was in such small portions that I really don’t even think I ate that much of it. Especially when fighting over it with the two other women in my family. ;) I’m at Ryan’s now though and there’s no good dessert food here so I might just have a cup of tea.

Well, I’m about to take a bubble bath, do my first “oil treatment” and then get in bed and read. Ryan probably won’t be home until midnight from the party so I have the place to myself. I won’t be posting tomorrow until AFTER graduation because we have to leave around 6:30 in the morning and its just going to be crazy trying to get everything and get going (aka get Ryan going that early). I’m sure we will eat lunch in Orlando and then tomorrow night is my “party”—my mom is making a big dinner for me, my dad, my aunt, my brother, Ryan and Margaret (my mom’s best friend).

See you tomorrow! After I’m all gradu-a-ated! ;)

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brandi January 16, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Dinner looks fun! Your appointment sounds really interesting; I’ve never had any of that done, but maybe i need to! I get migraines too and have lots of trouble falling asleep.

Congrats on graduating tomorrow and be safe getting there!!! So exciting!

Oh – I don’t know if you remember, but I emailed you last week about a focaccia recipe – I made it and it turned out great! I have a review/pics on my blog. Thanks for all the helpful advice!

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Ashley January 16, 2009 at 8:16 pm

woo! how great do you feel that you are almost a graduateee! that is awesome! i’m really interested in your appointment, and am thinking about getting an appointment for myself? could you tell me the approx cost of the apointments? THanks so much and a big congrats! the food at dinner looks absolutely amazing! so delicious!

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jenna January 16, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Ashley,

I wish I could! it ranges so incredibly much on where you are. The initial consultation where I went was FREE but Kishan said that initial consultations in LA are about $150-200 a pop. I know, crazy huh?! You will have to look up some places in your area and then just call I guess!

Brandi,

Yay! I’m glad it turned out! I will have to check it out right now on your blog :)

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Becca A January 16, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Your appointment sounds interesting!

Have fun on your big day!

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VeggieGirl January 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Hooray for graduation!! And oh my, that babaganoush looks FAAAAAAAABULOUS.

Have fun tomorrow!!!

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Julie January 16, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Congrats on tomorrow and HAVE FUN!!!!

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Amy C. January 16, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Your appointment sounds like it was awesome! Is there a good website you would recommend to find a practitioner? I’d like to go and try it. From one website it seems like I’m a Pitta but I’d like to go and find out for sure.

Have a wonderful graduation tomorrow! Soak it all in because you have worked so hard to get to this point! Congrats!!!!

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jenna January 16, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Amy C,

I honestly don’t know because I met mine at my yoga retreat. I would think you could just google (can’t you google anything?! haha) but I don’t know if there is a more reliable search. Maybe try the yellow pages? I would probably google first and see what you can find. Or talk to a yoga studio…they might know!

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Meg January 16, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Enjoy your graduation and congrats!
Your appointment sounds like it was very informative!

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MaryBe January 16, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Sounds like a great day! Tomorrow will be another one, enjoy every moment

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Shelby January 16, 2009 at 9:06 pm

That is so cool about the accupressure! What an interesting thing to learn about and that is amazing how you can help balance your life with different foods and oils.

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Nicole January 16, 2009 at 9:40 pm

That is such an interesting appointment. I am looking forward to hearing more about that.

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Alyssa January 16, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Good luck tomorrow! It will feel so good to finally get the goods :P Have an awesome day tomorrow and congrats!!!!!

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sweet and fit January 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm

I have no idea what vata and pitta constitutions are – I just can’t believe she could tell you how that was the cause of your migraines and anxiety…its crazy to think about

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Sharon January 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Congratulations and good luck tomorrow! Hope everything goes well and have a fun time!

Glad to hear that you had a good appointment and all!

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Marissa January 16, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Good luck tomorrow!

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Sarah (Tales of Expansion) January 16, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Wow, your food from that restaurant sounds delicious — good choice opting to go there, and enjoy graduation tomorrow!
(P.S. I ended up eating at the Ayurveda Cafe in NY tonight that someone commented about on here last week. I’ll post a review tomorrow, but it’s probably right up your alley — you should check it out if you ever venture this way!)

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Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 16, 2009 at 11:35 pm

You had me at Sangria…

Hope you have a wonderful graduation tomorrow!

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hk January 16, 2009 at 11:59 pm

sounds like a success!! best of luck and congrats tomorrow! so great :)

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Beadie January 17, 2009 at 6:11 am

Your appointment sounds so interesting, I look forward to reading about your journey through auryveda.

Best wished for your graduation!!

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Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 17, 2009 at 7:27 am

Looks like a fun night with the girls! Happy graduation Jenna. Chips and bleu cheese? Yum!

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Red Head, Yellow Dog January 17, 2009 at 8:25 am

I’m glad your appointment went well! I love alternative practices like that. My folks go to an alternative medicine doctor in Asheville and it has made all the difference in the world for them. It’s really about looking at what the individual needs because everyone is unique. I think that is overlooked sometimes.

and the food looks SO good! I love crabcakes <3

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gina (fitnessista) January 17, 2009 at 8:39 am

all of the food looks wonderful! i totally want to eat there
HAPPY GRADUATION! i hope to see a pic of you wearing the tall cheffer hat :D

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sarah c January 17, 2009 at 8:49 am

next time you go to ceviche you HAVE to get the potatoes in aoili. sooo bad for you, but they are the best thing i have ever put in my mouth!

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Oh She Glows January 17, 2009 at 9:17 am

Goodluck with your graduation!!

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Rebecca January 17, 2009 at 9:17 am

Yay! I”m glad the acupressure went well!

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Sarah January 17, 2009 at 9:42 am

glad your session went well!

omg I am DROOLLING over those homemade potato chips!! there is nothing better in the world than homemade potato chips :-p

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Mara January 17, 2009 at 9:53 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

And tapas?! JEALOUS!

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jenny January 17, 2009 at 10:28 am

hey i wanna ask about the yogadownloads. the free ones that they offer, why do we need to give out our address? do they send you a bill even if the download was free?

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jenna January 17, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Jenny,

That would be something I’m sure they could tell you because I’m honestly not sure. I’ve never downloaded a free one because I have a year membership with them! I really don’t know!! Sorry :(

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zestycook January 17, 2009 at 10:43 am

Jenna, CONGRATS! That is great. The food looks amazing!

zesty

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kristi January 17, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Thanks for the info on your appt. I find that stuff very interesting! And your eats from dinner look SO good!

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Anita January 17, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Congratulations, Chef Jenna! :-)

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