Breakfast/ Dessert

Breaking Up Routine

This morning I “partially” tried Kishan’s morning routine that he says each of us should pledge to try for 30 days and see how we feel. He says if we really do it for 30 days, we will feel the best we have ever felt (money back guarantee hahaha). His full routine is as follows for anyone that wants to try the 30 day challenge:

Wake up at the same time every day

Do simple “bed yoga” before you get out of bed. Stretching!

Step out of bed with your right foot first (!!)

Brush your teeth and scrape your tongue

Drink a full glass of hot water

Do your oil massage in a motion away from your heart. Your whole body

Take a shower. Make sure the water is HOT

Do some sun salutations/prayer/meditation

Eat breakfast —-something hot like oatmeal or cooked grains with simple protein

Have a cup of herbal tea or coffee (1 cup) AFTER you eat. Never drink on an empty stomach.

So, this morning, I got out of bed (woops forgot to check if it was the right foot first though!!!), brushed my teeth and drank a mug of hot water before breakfast. I always eat breakfast first thing so this was a bit of a challenge for me!

So, I was looking at your comments last night and unfortunately I cannot give you a full list of what makes each dosha imbalanced because Kishan didn’t tell us that. He told us to go meet with an Ayurvedic physician and she/he will tell us that information according to our specific dosha. What I can tell you is this

If you have a pitta imbalance you most likely have :

  • migraines
  • acne
  • acid reflux
  • diarrhea
  • IBS
  • inflamed organs

When you have a kapha imbalance you most likely have:

  • swelling
  • bloating
  • cysts
  • cancer
  • different growths on or in the body

And when you have a vata imbalance, you most likely have:

  • tremors
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • anything caused by too much motion (shaking) in the body.

Go to this link to read more about the different doshas. They also have great food information on what to eat to balance each one.

For years I always thought I had a vata imbalance but actually I think I AM a vata with a definite pitta imbalance because of my migraines, IBS and, unfortunately, horrible acne if I don’t wash my face daily with a medicated prescription face wash. You would never know by looking at me but if I even skip ONE DAY with the face wash, my entire face will break out in a horrible red scaly rash. It’s pretty much the worst thing ever.

Unfortunately last night I went and botched the whole “no ice cream at night” thing because Ryan and I went out to D’lites and I had a small peanut butter caramel froyo with english toffee on top (oops!):


I blame it on my mouth surgery though. Enough said.

So, after I drank my hot water and stretched a little bit, I made oatmeal using 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 cup silk and a big spoonful cinnamon peanut butter. No banana because, well, it can’t hurt to try what he says!


And after I ate, I made some tea:



I don’t think I’d ever tried this kind before—I got it as a sample from somewhere. It was really delicious though! Especially when sweetened with stevia 🙂

Today is the LAST DAY of my yoga detox weekend (sniff sniff) and practice is from 11 – 1:30. After that it’s home for a late lunch and then an early dinner at Greenwise with Sarah, a blog reader that lives in Tampa!

See yall later!

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  • polly
    January 11, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I just love you, Jenna! You are a delight!

    I did some dosha looking… I am sure I’m vata, but the imbalance thing will be hard to correct! I had a naner in my oatbran today. I might try without tomorrow! I usually do start my day with warm water, however. I need a tongue scraper, hehe!

    Have a fun day with yoga and Sarah and maybe R!

    Massive hugs. It’s snowing like crazy here in Indiana… brrr!! XOXO

  • Kelly
    January 11, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Hey Jenna,
    When you say “1/2 cup rolled oats”….do you mean cooked or uncooked? I need to look into the imbalance thing…I may have all three! LOL! Have a great day:)

    • jenna
      January 11, 2009 at 8:36 am


      I’m going to try to make an appointment for a consultation with an Ayurvedic physician here in Tampa sometime this week to work on my migraines, IBS and skin rash so I will keep you posted on what she says! =) hugs!


      I mean raw, uncooked dry oats. Just the rolled old fashioned kind 🙂

  • Jenna
    January 11, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Do you like that kind of tea? Was it spicy? Every time I get a chai tea it always has pepper in the ingredients list and it seems spicy.

    • jenna
      January 11, 2009 at 9:04 am


      I really did like this tea and no, it wasn’t too spicy. I have made my own Chai before by simmering tons of spices and while that’s best, this is pretty good. I would definitely buy it again.

      Oh She Glows,

      I think its just specific for your dosha. Some people should drink herbal tea while others should drink coffee. If you are sensitive to caffeine you should go caffeine-free but other people thrive off one cup a day. Its all about what works for you.

  • Oh She Glows
    January 11, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Interesting stuff!

    I am surprised that they allow coffee….most things like that that I have read strongly suggest avoiding coffee because it is acidic. Any thoughts as to why this one allows it?

    Have fun today!


  • Shelby
    January 11, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Ohh that close up of PB is making me so hungry!!!

    Great info about the doshas. I’ve heard of that before and even read up about it a little. It is all very interesting but I would like to go to a professional to get “diagnosed” correctly.

  • VeggieGirl
    January 11, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I’m definitely a vata, but confused about all the imbalances… I’ll have to do more research – or maybe you could send me an email??

    • jenna
      January 11, 2009 at 9:29 am


      Since I’m no expert my best advice is to do what I’m going to do: seek out an Ayurvedic physician in your area and make a consultation. Quizzes online don’t really tell you and you need a professional to do a pulse/tongue diagnosis on you to be 100% accurate!

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    January 11, 2009 at 9:23 am

    haha, yes, i think i’d agree that mouth surgery is the perfect excuse for kicking ice cream rules to the curb 🙂

  • Mara
    January 11, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Very interesting stuff!!

  • Kate
    January 11, 2009 at 9:28 am

    We have NO good fro-yo places here. This makes me angry.

  • Danielle
    January 11, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I’ve learned so much from your weekend retreat, thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Fit Mommy
    January 11, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Wow. Really interesting about the dosha’s. Think I’d be the first one. And to do the Kishan’s morning routine, I’d have to have my coffee last??? Yikes. I’d fail on the first day.

  • justjen
    January 11, 2009 at 10:09 am

    1. Were you sore at all from the hours of yoga yesterday?
    2. If we can’t eat fruit in the am, when can we eat it? It’s so hard to break habits that we have been taught to be healthy – it can all get very confusing. Of course, all of us want to feel our best – if you keep it up for a month you’ll have to tell us how it feels.
    Oh, and what kind of oil?

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    January 11, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Sounds like a very refreshing morning routine…I don’t know if I could go without my coffee first thing though. The thought of a big mug ‘o joe with cream is what gets me out of bed. Caffeine – so addictive.

    Your D’lites looks delicious as always…and I agree, 100% necessary after your mouth surgery. 🙂

  • Sharon
    January 11, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Wow, so interesting! Thanks so much for sharing!
    And wow, that fro-yo is calling me.

  • Kate
    January 11, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Jenna, I know you go to classes offered at your gym and you are GOOD (from your pics) at yoga. I’ve done pilates but I think yoga is actually much more difficult and I’m def. a beginner. Do you think I’d be able to just jump right into a class offered at my gym? Or would it be better to get familiar w/ it? Is it more like strength work or do you actually sweat?

  • April
    January 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your yoga story – I have suffered from anxiety for years and am currently taking two different medications for it. You have inspired me to try yoga – if it helped you, maybe it can help me!

  • K
    January 11, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    The froyo looks WELL worth it 🙂

    Thanks for posting all of this great info!

  • junghwa
    January 11, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and omg your eats are always YUMMMM! looking =]
    i’ve actually started my own blog today and i hope i could get more support from the blog world. please visit me when you have the time and i hope we could become great friends in this blogging world! (esp because you seem so sweet and nice!)

    thank you!

  • Marissa
    January 11, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    haha I just googled d’lite and a magician’s page came up 🙂

    Was there a specific reason for the right foot being first?

    • jenna
      January 11, 2009 at 1:33 pm


      I’m sure there is but he didn’t say!

  • Miss Tiffie
    January 11, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    OOO thanks for the link!!! that’s so interesting… I think I have a pitta imbalance as well… but it’s so sad, so many fruits I love to eat shouldn’t be eaten :[

  • Oh She Glows
    January 11, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    thanks for answering my Q!

  • Melissa
    January 11, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Jenna – it sounds like everything was so amazing this weekend!!! That is awesome….you’re really inspiring me to try yoga for the first time!
    BTW, Can I ask what face wash you use?? My face is the SAME way….I can’t go one day without or it gets horrible, breaks out, is red, etc. Right now I’m using purpose face soap and it’s okay, but am curious for what works for you?!?!?

  • Kassie
    January 11, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Just wondering if you could describe with a little detail how he means for us to rub the oil on our bodies? Also, is there a certain kind of massage oil that we are meant to use? Thanks!

    • jenna
      January 11, 2009 at 7:40 pm


      Right before you take a shower in the morning, you should rub oil just as you would apply lotion to your body, except in motions away from your heart (down your arms, down your legs….). Just enough so you are “sleek” to say. Then, take a hot shower. I’ve never tried this but it sounds interesting!

  • lisa
    January 11, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    It sounds like an incredible weekend. The routine sounds interesting, but obviously, Kishan doesn’t have small children! As a mom trying to do it all, doing all that in the morning would send me over the edge 😉

    Thanks for sharing. Maybe someday I can do a routine like this…

  • PositivelyRadiant
    January 11, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I’m also very curious what your prescription face wash is. I have sensitive skin and would love to know what you use on a regular basis to keep your skin clear.

  • Ashley H
    January 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    I am really interested on how your appointment will go. I have been battling really intense IBS for the past almost three years and I have tried everything. Yoga is the only thing that has helped but I am skeptical of “eastern” medicine. But since western medicine has no cure it cant help to look right!

  • runjess
    January 12, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Pssshh…ice cream at night is the “best thing ever.”

  • Lindsay
    January 15, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Please do tell us what that face wash is!

    • jenna
      January 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm


      The face wash I use is this no name stuff I get by prescription only from my dermatologist! Sorry there’s no more information there! I hate it though because its incredibly drying and harsh. I hope to get off of it!