Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

The Power of Namaste

Hi friends

Yoga was just what I needed this morning….the class was about 90 minutes and focused on deep breathing and holding postures a bit longer than I am used to. However, I tried so hard to be present but found my every thought going back to John. I guess it will just take time. I’m SO proud of my mom…..this morning she got up early and ran 3 miles outside by herself!!!!! Heck, I haven’t ran 3 miles yet. She needed the exercise and I was so happy she did it.

I bought myself a gift at yoga this morning….I saw this beautiful necklace on display and I just had to have it. I don’t usually buy myself jewelery or clothes really…I prefer to spend my money on food (haha), but this necklace was just calling to me so I splurged.


It is handmade and has a charm with the symbol for Namaste on it. This symbol has always brought me a great sense of peace and I like to have it close to my heart.

For lunch today I made my first recipe out of my new cookbook bible, Raw Food Real World. For the past few days I’ve been working on sprouting quinoa to make the raw tabbouli recipe and it did NOT disappoint. Look at how gorgeous it is!


However, I accidentally bought one bunch of cilantro and one bunch of parsley at the store instead of two bunches of parsley so it has a little kick to it. Oh well…I don’t mind because I love cilantro. This was really, really delicious and tasted so incredibly fresh. And, there’s only 3 tbsp of olive oil used…..talk about healthy! I assembled the tabbouli before yoga this morning and let it marinate in the fridge for a few hours then I served myself a plate with about half of an avocado and a whole mango:


I honestly wasn’t that hungry….that waffle breakfast REALLY filled me up this morning! I haven’t stayed full all morning long from a breakfast in a very, very long time. However, once I started to eat I felt a lot better and realized my body was aching for raw nourishment.


Of course when tragedy occurs, we lean towards simple foods that are readily available. Last week at this time it was too much to even toast a slice of bread, the act of it causing too much stress on my body. So, I reached for what was there…….rice and cookies and bagels and casseroles and cheese and…….wine. The food I ate did its part in nourishing me through the initial grief I felt, but now I need to get back to my routine of clean, natural eating. I want to eat more raw foods because they make me feel so good, especially now that the heat is full force outside.

I was laughing because the stove at the condo is STILL broken from the pizza disaster a few weeks ago. We were going to buy a new one last week but then everything happened and…yeah, the oven is still duck taped together let’s just say. I joked with Ryan because I put the dehydrator in the kitchen and said we can’t afford a new oven so we will have to eat all raw food now. 😉

I’m off to shower and then head out to get manicures with my mom. Remember to cheer for Regal Ransom this evening in John’s name!!!

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  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 2, 2009 at 11:02 am

    SO glad yoga was great! And I love the necklace. Is that from Lotus Room? Love it.

    Your lunch looks fabulous. So simple and clean and healthy.

    Enjoy your afternoon!

  • Priyanka
    May 2, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I had no idea about Derby until recently but have been hearing a lot about it lately. I’ll be cheering for Regal ransom, in the memory of John!! I hope he wins!

    Have a great day!

  • K
    May 2, 2009 at 11:14 am

    What a beautiful necklace!!

  • Moran (The Running Addict)
    May 2, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I love the necklace Jenna and am so happy to hear you enjoyed some quality you time in Yoga!
    Hope all goes well tonight!

  • Notes From The Frugal Trenches
    May 2, 2009 at 11:20 am

    What a beautiful tabbouli, I get it from a little amazing market in London, that is hidden off an ugly concrete street, but like a little oasis. This tiny cafe surrounded by flowers, middle eastern furniture etc.

    Really hope you, your mum and dad have as good a day as you can today.

    Best Wishes from England.

  • Jennifer
    May 2, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Love the necklace, Its beautiful! I Hope Regal Ransom wins!

  • Sharon
    May 2, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Everything looks great, and I love that necklace!

  • jessnyc
    May 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    your necklace is beautiful! i’m so glad you’re finding some comfort in your yoga practice, i feel the same way, its just so good to wring everything out.

    i’ll be cheering for regal ransom tonight! <3

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    May 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I am starting to think there is the power of healing in raw food. While I’ve been laid up, those are the foods that are lifting my spirits and sitting well with me.

    Your necklace is just lovely. I would be wearing it everyday, until someone would say, “ENOUGH ALREADY!” I’ll be looking for it in all your photos 😉

    Enjoy your mani/pedi with your mom!

  • Jess
    May 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Gorgeous necklace. Glad you treated yourself.

  • Lacey
    May 2, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed yoga today and your lunch looked delish. Nice and fresh. I have not tried sprouting quinoa yet. I have cooked it a few times but I dont love it so I need to find a way to make it that will like.

    The necklace looks nice!

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    May 2, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    That quinoa looks A-MAZING! (plus it’s gluten free!) 🙂
    Your necklace is also gorgeous. It’s amazing how something as simple as a symbol can make us feel better. Have fun with your mom!

  • Siobhan
    May 2, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    It is so great that you and your mom are turning to positive things like yoga & running in such a difficult time- enjoy your manicure today!

  • MaryBe
    May 2, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I love your necklace, and I hope it brings you peace

  • linds
    May 2, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Your spirit is truly unbreakable.
    Go Regal Ransom!

  • Caitlin
    May 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I love Namaste Yoga on tv! It is so relaxing.
    Pretty necklace btw!

  • Adi (oatonomy.com - repaired!)
    May 2, 2009 at 1:34 pm


  • Jenni
    May 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    That is the most beautiful avocado!! Yum!

  • Brooke (HomegirlCanEat)
    May 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I’m praying that Regal wins! That salad looks so delish and nourishing. And I think I am going to go cut up my mango because yours looks so refreshing! Have a good Saturday! xoxo

  • S
    May 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Beautiful necklace and food!!! So pretty. :o)
    Small note? The word on your necklace is actually “Om,” which is what you say before/during meditation. It’s considered as the sound of the universe, and I think it’ll help you much more than namaste during this time.

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous
    May 2, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Beautiful necklace & i’m so happy you enjoyed your yoga session.
    I’m so happy for your Mom! That is a great run.
    I couldn’t agree more with Sarah by the way … even though I’m not a 100% raw food eater I do feel best when I eat that way.

  • emily
    May 2, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    That necklace is beautiful and it is great that it has personal meaning to you. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for Regal Ransom.

  • Jen
    May 2, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Yay for treating yourself to that gorgeous necklace! And it’s really amazing how great you feel after having a meal you know is so good for you. The tabbouleh looks so fresh and delicious!

    I really hope Regal Ransom wins! 🙂

  • Emily
    May 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I tried that recipe too! (http://www.emilyeats.com/?p=71) We both really enjoyed it. I never thought to pair it with mango, but you’re right it would taste very good with it (especially with the cilantro addition!).
    ~ Emily.

  • valen
    May 2, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I love your new piece of jewelry! I’m glad you bought it! I also want to say that real raw real world is my FAVORITE raw book and I don’t own it, but have tried a lot of the recipes and wanted to tell you. I really like the buckwheat crunchy cereal, chocolate pudding, chocolate tart, key lime pie, ice cream, pumpkin pie, and granola! Yeah, I love desserts! I make the recipes constantly, yesterday I made the pumpkin pie recipe into popcicles, and I eat the buckwheat cereal every morning mixed with the granola.

  • Jenny
    May 2, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    That necklace is beautiful. Very summer-y!
    I wish you and your family the best of luck on everything.

  • Anais
    May 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I’ve been looking at raw food books and couldn’t decide on which one to get…I’ll check out the one you mentioned 🙂

  • Still Life in South America
    May 2, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    The necklace is gorgeous. I’m a sucker for red beads.

    Symbols are an important part of our lives. I’m glad the namaste symbol brings you peace. I recognize and respect the supreme being in you. 🙂

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    May 2, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Glad you enjoyed some time on the mat today, and I love the necklace. Definitely a good purchase. I’m like you…all my money gets spent at the grocery store! 🙂

    Your tabbouli looks like it turned out great, and yes, I bet it will be perfect paired with your fluffy raw hummus.

    Have a good night my friend and good luck with the move!

  • RUnToFinish
    May 3, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I think that is the good and bad of yoga for me.. I finally slow down so then any emotions which may have been at bay because I stayed busy start to show…then again I’m finally very calm so they aren’t as crazy either…ohh the fickle heart