That Pain In My Head

Good Morning!

Ugh, not feeling good at all this morning. I’ve discussed this before with y’all but I get horrible chronic migraines…I’ve been getting them since I was really young and though today I definitely don’t get them as frequently as I used to (sometimes in college I would get one or two a WEEK), when they hit, they hit hard. I could feel one coming on last night when I was trying to fall asleep and then this morning it sort of feels like someone is stabbing me behind the eye. Awesome. Really.

Anyways, trying not to focus on it. I did have a wonderful breakfast!

I toasted a thick slice of banana bread and slathered it with almond butter and jam and then had a half cup of yogurt with agave and a grapefruit on the side. I take back what I said yesterday about the banana bread….toasted, it is AMAZING!
I have another very special giveaway! I LOVE the Avocate line (read my initial review from last July here) and use these products all the time. Currently I have the body polish in my shower (great for exfoliating your face!) and the lotion on my bedside table. Sadly I’m out of the skin glow and the eye cream but I need to remedy that soon… These products are great for anyone with sensitive skin and have worked wonders for me. Plus, who doesn’t love a good avocado on their face? Really now.
For this giveaway, I will be raffling off a complete set of their organic products, valued at about $80. Like my previous giveaways, 100% of donations go to helping further cancer research and help me meet my goal of raising $5,000 for the Echelon Gran Fondo in May!
Y’all probably know the drill by now…..:)


I’m off to put an ice pack on my head then go work at the yoga studio for a few hours. Have a great day!

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  • eatdrinkandbemerrynyc
    March 30, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Breakfast looks amazing and the avocate line sounds so interesting! I have super dry skin…might be something for me to try!

  • Lauren @ A Fit Foodie
    March 30, 2010 at 7:28 am

    I hope you feel better soon. I woke up with a headache starting to emerge as well. Hoping it goes away so I can pound out a nice run later!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    March 30, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Ahh i hope your headache goes away soon! I’ve never had a migraine luckily but headaches are the worst. Hopefully that nutritious breakfast will help!! Craving a grapefruit now! 😛

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    March 30, 2010 at 7:36 am

    So sorry about the migraine!!! They are awful. Feel better dear!

  • Katherine
    March 30, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Ahh, feel better Jenna. I get migraines too. I actually just got one on Saturday night when I was out with some girlfriend’s and I had to leave dinner early. I had to take the subway (i’m in NY) and I thought I was going to be sick. It sounds too simple, but the only thing that truly works for me is Excedrin and a very hot shower in the dark, followed by a heating pad on my head. For some reason heat works way better than cold for me. I’ve tried prescriptions but the Excedrin works way better! I’m sure you’ve tried it all if you’ve been suffering for so long, but maybe the heat will work for you as well.
    Feel better girl!

  • Run Sarah
    March 30, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Your breks looks great – I need to start eating grapefruit again at breakfast, so good. Hope your migraine feels better soon!

  • Lu
    March 30, 2010 at 7:46 am

    I hope your headache goes away. I used to get migraines all the time. I started taking B vitamins and Vitamin D religiously and have had maybe one in the past year. Hope you feel 100% better soon.

  • Bela
    March 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Sorry about yoru migraine I get them alot. The only think that works for me is ice pack on my head and Excedrine Migraine which I stock up when I go over the border b/c it usn’t available here in Canada only in the USA so go get some, it works. I have never toasted my banana bread, not sure why, I will have to try that!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    March 30, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Hope your head feels better girl! I have never had a migraine but my hubby gets them all the time. I feel for ya.

  • Evan Thomas
    March 30, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Aww hope your headache gets better!

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    March 30, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Sorry to hear about your migraines — hope you start to feel better. Bfast looks great!

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini
    March 30, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I’ve had migraines since I was about 12 as well and went through a phase of having them twice weekly. They do seem to lose their impact a bit as you get older. I am pleased to report at 35 I get them maybe five or six times a year now.

    Feel better soon 🙂

  • ellen eats beets
    March 30, 2010 at 8:06 am

    migraines are the worst! I find that a dark nap with a lavender eye mask does wonders for my migraines.

  • Jil
    March 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Ohh that toasted banana bread/ab/jam combo sounds delicious!! Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    March 30, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Ouch, sorry about your migraine, hun! Hope it gets better throughout the day..

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    March 30, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Sorry about the migraine 🙁 Hope you feel better soon.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    March 30, 2010 at 8:22 am

    sorry to hear about your migraine! – I am also a chronic sufferer and it is THE worst — people who’ve never had a migraine just don’t get it. (i.e. my Mister!)

    hang in there 😉

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    March 30, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Aw, sorry you have a migraine. I’m surprised you made such a nice breakfast. When mine hit I can’t even open my eyes enough to find the kitchen. (I get auras, though, which make seeing kind of hard.) I hope yours goes away quickly. For prevention, a combination of magnesium, riboflavin, and feverfew are supposed to really help. I’ve never tried it since mine aren’t chronic. But this book I read, “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Migraines: The Breakthrough Program That Can Help End Your Pain” by Alexander Mauskop and Barry Fox, talks all about it, in case you’re interested.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    March 30, 2010 at 8:22 am

    oh man, migraines are no fun. i’ve been waking up with headaches all week, but found that sleeping with a humidifier really helped. i’m not sure if it would help, but might be worth a try! hope that amazing breakfast will heal you right up 🙂

  • Seth @ Boy Meets Food
    March 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

    You seriously should check out my Dad’s CDs:

    My wife used to get headaches like that all the time (at least once a week), and he helped her completely get over them. It has been years since she has had a migraine!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    March 30, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Oh dear, sorry to hear you’re feeling crummy 🙁 FIGHT THAT MIGRAINE! I’m rooting for you 🙂
    Oohh banana bread…amaze 🙂

  • Laura
    March 30, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Oh dear… migraines are such a… pain (sorry!) I’m failing my degree because of my migraines causing such bad auras and partial paralysis. Not good ;( I’m sure you have, but have you tried eliminating the usual suspects- citrus, red wine, coffee, chocolate, cheese, artificial colourings/flavours before? Also, changes in the weather and stress doesn’t help, but when life is busy, life is busy! I hope your holiday over Easter helps your head get back on track! Feel better soon 😉

  • *Andrea*
    March 30, 2010 at 8:33 am

    hope the migraine goes away 🙁

  • katherine
    March 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  • Carrie (Love Healthy Living)
    March 30, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I’m a fellow migraine-sufferer, they’re the worst. 🙁 Have you read “The Migraine Brain”? It’s really interesting and has helpful management advice. Also, have you tried using triptans? They are miracle drugs! Good luck.

  • junghwa
    March 30, 2010 at 8:40 am

    awesome breakfast! I love grapefruit~

    i love this giveaway. thank you!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    March 30, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I”ve never thought of toasting banana bread. I’ll have to try it!

    Feel better 😕

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    March 30, 2010 at 8:46 am

    So sorry girl– hope the headache goes away soon 🙁

  • eatmovelove
    March 30, 2010 at 8:46 am

    How do you toast the bread?? In a regular toaster or an oven??Any bread is good with AB.

  • eatmovelove
    March 30, 2010 at 8:47 am

    How do you toast the bread?? In a regular toaster or an oven??Any bread is good with AB.

    • jenna
      March 30, 2010 at 9:07 am


      In the toaster!

  • Anne P
    March 30, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Feel better, my love! Also, just had to comment because for some reason that banana bread looks EXACTLY like steak. Lol. Wtf?

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    March 30, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Oh, Migraines are the worst! I hope it goes away quickly. Keep up the great work with the fundraiser, I hope you are able to meet your goal soon 🙂

  • Laura Georgina
    March 30, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Oh no! I hope the migraine subsides. I get them fairly often (some last a day, but once every couple of months I get one that lasts three or four days) and they are SO draining. The only thing that works for mine is sumatriptan (Imitrex) as soon as I feel it coming on, and it nips it in the bud most of the time as long as I take it before it gets bad….

    Eat well and get plenty of rest today!

  • Carolyn @
    March 30, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Sorry about your migraine. 🙁 Hope you feel better soon!

  • Therese
    March 30, 2010 at 9:25 am

    You are such a migraine trooper! I get them as well and it’s the only time I turn into the biggest baby! I immediately go home, pop pills (which I normally never do) and go to sleep. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, I go right home!

    Thankfully I don’t get them nearly as much as I used to. Not sure if it’s a coincidence or not but they stopped being so frequent when I turned vegetarian. But, also, I started taking better care of myself around that time as well so it’s hard to pinpoint.

    Hope you feel better!

  • Therese
    March 30, 2010 at 9:29 am

    You’re such a migraine trooper! I used to get them quite frequently and would be the biggest baby about them because they really terrified me. I don’t get them so much now but I get a bit panicky if I see a spot or two even if from the sun!

    Hope you feel better!

  • Corinne
    March 30, 2010 at 9:43 am

    ugh jenna. i literally feel your pain. i woke up with a horrendous migraine last night! awful awful. what do you do to prevent the horridness when you feel one coming? what do you take for relief when one hits? advil doens’t always work unless i take about 4. ugh. not fun. a cold cloth, closing my eyes a dark room and lots of advil is my go to.

    • jenna
      March 30, 2010 at 9:56 am


      I used to be on prescription migraine meds but they really made me feel awful so I stopped all of that and now when one hits I just take 2 excedrin migraine, 1 feverfew (an herb that helps constricted blood vessels) and use ice. It really works a whole lot better than the Rx!

  • Sarah
    March 30, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Have you ever seen a doctor about your migraines? They have medication for it!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    March 30, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I hope your headache feels better! That sensation you described sounds dreadful. At least you had a wonderfully balanced and delicious breakfast to distract yourself away from the pain. Have you seen a specialist about these migraines?

  • Lauren
    March 30, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Hi Jenna!
    Often times migraines can be linked to sub-optimal magenisum levels. You may want to look into this yourself and think about taking a magnesium supplement. Low magnesium has many other symptoms you may come across when researching that you have also experienced, but never really thought were that serious. My whole family suffers from low magnesium, despite our healthy vegetarian diet, and we all take a magnesium supplement. My aunt used to get terrible migraines where she’d be sick, and now she doesn’t anymore. Humans Calcium: Magnesium ratio should be 2:1, however, many foods such as dairy have ratios up to 26:1, which can really throw off the balance. It’s definitely something that is worth looking into since you’ve suffered for so many years! Also, hydration is key- and not just water. You should try drinking some diluted gatorade- always very helpful, to give you some of the necessary electrolytes, without the full amount of sugar.

    Take care,


  • theemptynutjar
    March 30, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I have to pick up some Crofters jam…i hear its good and i see it everywhere… good luck with the migraine…not fun.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:34 am

    oh i hate migraines! i used to get REALLY bad ones as a kid too and now i just get them occassionally. awful nonetheless. you get a hangover when they are over too so it takes like 2 days to recover 🙁

  • Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA
    March 30, 2010 at 11:04 am


    Migraine sufferer over here!!! I started getting them about 5 years ago when I was in college and I thought my life was over. I had about 1-2 per week and I felt like my quaility of life was severely decreased. I finally did some research and found a fantastic neurologist that specializes in migraine treatment. After experimenting with a few medications I found two that work wonders. Now I get about 1 per month (if that lately). Stop by my blog if you ever want to talk about what you can do when you have one or the medications that work for me. Sadly I have a lot of experience in this area!

    Hope u feel better 🙂


  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    March 30, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Oh no! Hope you feel better soon!!

  • Amanda@thgrainsofparadise
    March 30, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I just nominated you for a Suns Award 🙂 Check it out! Aloha

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    March 30, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Hope you feel better!


  • clay
    March 30, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Sorry about the constant migraines… Try and not focus on it and feel better soon!

  • skinnyrunner
    March 30, 2010 at 11:52 am

    feel better! my hubby gets migraines and always puts a heat pack on his head.

  • Ashley
    March 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I’ve had an awful headache all day too! hope your migrane goes away quickly!

  • Allison K
    March 30, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Hope your headache feels better soon!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    March 30, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Hope you feel better soon!!

  • diana(mymarblerye)
    March 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Jenna do you know what your migraine triggers are? Maybe you should start a list of things you ate/weather/stress around the time you get migraines…maybe you can adjust something to decrease the occurrence!

  • Cathy C
    March 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    maybe you should see if you are allergic to dairy or wheat or gluten? It could be interesting to see how certain foods affect you. Hope it works out!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    March 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    That’s awful. 🙁 I have migraines non-stop, too, but result of an accident, so at least know why. Have you maybe experimented with a gluten free diet for awhile? I understand that helps some.
    While am thinking of it–if haven’t left for France by then. Might want to make a run to Santa Barbara before leave the Golden State. Used to live there–it’s heaven. Did a post so addresses/sites if decide to go:

    Hope the migraine disappears–soon!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    March 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I hope your headache gets better!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    March 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I hope your headache gets better!

  • Molly
    March 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Gluten free diets have had effects on positively influencing migraines (credibility:I’m a dietetic intern).

  • Stacey
    March 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Did you make the banana bread?

  • Cole
    March 30, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    🙁 I hope your head feels better soon, migraines are the pits

  • maria
    March 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Good luck with getting rid of that headache. I don’t get them very often (very lucky!) but when I do they are really debilitating for me. :\

  • Katherine
    March 30, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Avocado in my belly and on my skin. Great looking products!

  • amanda
    March 30, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Hope you feel better!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    March 30, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    What a yummy breakfast — great mix of flavors and tastes. 😀

  • Rita
    March 30, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Jenna! I hope by now your feeling much better. I just recently started taking an herbal product for migraines (Migrelief). It contains riboflavin, magnesium and feverfew which others have mentioned here. It may be too early to tell if it is working for me since they say it takes a few weeks to kick in, but so far so good. I figured they were worth a shot before I went with 2 prescribed meds by a neurologist.

  • Emily Beth
    March 31, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Jenna- Have you gotten an MRI? I’m not trying to be sensational…it’s just that this hits VERY close to home. 3 weeks ago my best friend went blind. He had been having migraines similar to yours for years and the doctors never figured out what it was. Then, his eyesight went and we was sent to an ophthalmologist who determined his optic nerve had been fried. They sent him to the hospital immediately where an MRI showed a grapefruit-sized tumor in his brain. It was removed and turns out he has Stage IV brain cancer…and will never regain his vision. I say this not to scare you (lots of people get migraines) but because when I hear that people are having these types of headaches now I feel compelled to encourage getting MRI’s. Get yourself checked out, girl!

  • Andrea
    March 31, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Awww I hope the migraine went away! Sounds awful. Feel better!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    March 31, 2010 at 6:48 am

    I’m so sorry about the migraines. I totally feel you. Have you ever tried cutting out dairy? That helped me ALOT. When I was young I used to get them once and sometimes twice a week at times and it was like hell. I don’t even remember a big part of my life because of them.

    Get better! I’ll be praying for you.

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    March 31, 2010 at 7:01 am

    When I first saw the picture, I totally thought your piece of banana bread was a filet mignon. Clearly you’re not the only one not functioning perfectly this morning. Hope your migraine goes away ASAP!

  • Veronica
    March 31, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Hi Jenna! How have you been? I’m so sorry to hear about your headache! I love to eat avacados so slathering them on my skin sounds great. Thanks for the info.

  • Stephanie
    March 31, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Just coming off of a migraine myself. I think it may be the change in weather. Meds don’t work for me, but, some things to try that usually relieve me a little- eating jalapenos, eating peppermints, and sleeping on a heating pad.

  • Hilary
    March 31, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Just got 4 tickets! What a great giveaway – I’m keeping my fingers crossed because I’ve been wanting to try this since your last post about it.

    (Hope you’re feeling better!)

  • Malia
    March 31, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    ugh, i HATE migranes!!!!! i have been getting migranes since 2nd grade, although i don’t get them as much now. mine also feel like a pounding under my right eye, not so nice. i’ve noticed that i tend to get migranes when i’m stressed, anyone else find that to be true? i can always tell when i’m going to get a migrane cuz i’ll get tiny headaches throughout the day leading up to the main event.

  • claudia
    April 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

    i get migraines too and this is what i started taking
    i looooove it!!! i can tell if a headache is going to turn into a migraine and when i get that feeling, i take these pills. sometimes they get rid of the headache and sometimes they bring a migraine back down to headache. you can find them at whole foods or a health store. good luck! btw – i love reading your blog!