Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Winding Down

Goodness gracious!!

I am overwhelmed with thanks for all the wonderful and helpful suggestions regarding when to eat breakfast! Tomorrow is going to be the test run…...I think I’m going to have a larabar and hot water around 3:30 when I’m getting ready and then when I get my break around 7 or 8, I’ll bring everything to make a bowl of oat bran in the microwave at work as well as some chai tea!

I’m reallyyyyyy trying to nix the coffee and caffeine in general because I vowed to myself that in 2009 I will completely rid myself of my migraines and caffeine is definitely a trigger….as sad as I am because I do LOVE coffee! These new hours will be the ultimate test of my strength with no caffeine though! Haha 🙂

This afternoon I snacked on a new yogurt that Sarah talked me into buying last night at Greenwise:


It was delicious! The yogurt itself was smooth and creamy and I just loved stirring in my own topping, which was sweet but not overly so. Look at how pretty it is!


I also ate the rest of this yummy melon:


I’m constantly in the process of listening to my body more….especially when it wants a break! I felt so tired all day today. I think its a culmination of my surgery last week then immediately doing the yoga detox weekend and the anxiety of starting a new job tomorrow. Whatever it was, I felt zapped today. So, in terms of exercise I kept it light. I walked Mikan for about 15 minutes and then did 20 minutes of glorious sun salutations followed by headstand to balance myself. Just what the doctor ordered 🙂 .

Mushrooms were the theme of tonight’s dinner. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet, but starting now, once a month I’ll be coming up with mushroom recipes that will be featured on the Mushroom Channel website. I can’t reveal the recipe yet to you guys but it should be featured on the website around January 26th. I’ll let you know when it is up and running!

What it was was a Roasted Mushroom Sandwich with Garlic Aioli and Arugula—–


The bad thing though was that because of my mouth surgery and the fact that I have an uncomfortable piece of plastic in my mouth right now, I couldn’t eat the hard roll that the sandwich was on. So, I just ate the roasted mushroom and had a cup of Annie’s on the side:


As well as an orange:


After dinner I packed my breakfast (that feels weird to say!) and cleaned up and then had dessert. Another half cup of rice pudding, heated up and mixed with cinnamon—


With herbal coco truffle dessert tea:


Dang. I don’t know about anyone else, but this Kozy Shack rice pudding is seriously like crack to me. Its SO good…..especially the European kind that I bought. Its pretty much the creamiest thing ever. I could easily eat the entire tub! Vata is definitely my primary dosha type and I like warm, comforting foods. I would take warm rice pudding over ice cream any night!

Its only 7:15 but I’m definitely in wind-down mode. Again, I’m predominately a vata and often have trouble falling asleep due to anxiety. When I have a big day the next day that I KNOW I have to wake up early for, often times I’ll lay in bed for hours :(. So, my plan for tonight is to take a hot bubble bath and meditate for a little while before reading in bed. If I can be asleep at 10 that would be amazing.

Given my schedule, I think on my days I work I will blog breakfast and lunch together around 1:00 when I get home. I hope that works! Adding blogging to the to-do list at 3:15 in the morning might just be a tad too much 😉 .

Wish me luck!!!!!!!

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  • Meg
    January 12, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Wishing you luck!
    Your mushroom sandwich looks delicious! I would have never thought to heat up rice pudding! Great idea!

  • Bree
    January 12, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! I hear ya about the sleep thing, so I hope you will drift off quickly…

  • fitforfree
    January 12, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Good luck!!!

  • Meghan
    January 12, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Good luck Jenna! I need to get my hands on some of that rice pudding:)

  • Anne L
    January 12, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Good luck on your first day, Jenna! I’ll be thinking about you. You are a creative and strong person and I have confidence that you will adjust to your new schedule very well.

  • VeggieGirl
    January 12, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    GORGEOUS swirled yogurt – so luscious!!

    I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow!! Best of luck!!

  • michelle
    January 12, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Wishing you the bestest of luck Jenna!!!

  • Sarah M
    January 12, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Good luck Jenna, you’ll do great without any luck at all though!

  • Mel
    January 12, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! You’ll do great.

    My boyfriend loves the Kozy Shack pudding too, so much that we can’t buy it anymore. 😛

  • Hilary
    January 12, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Good luck! (not that you need it!!) You’re going to have a GREAT day! It’ll take some adjusting but you’re a flexible and upbeat person!! Have fun!

  • Elsa
    January 12, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! How exciting!
    I am the same way, I can never sleep when something big is happening the next day!

  • Maggie
    January 12, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Good luck!! I think I’m a Vata too, and I definitely understand the love for rice pudding. Yum 🙂 Sometimes I just mix white rice into whole milk yogurt and warm it up a bit and it’s almost as good.

  • Kristy
    January 12, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Good luck on your first day! I’m glad you were able to get hours that are easier to handle.

  • Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    January 12, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Good luck Jenna, I’m sure your first day will be great tomorrow! Can’t wait to hear how it goes! 🙂

  • Alyssa
    January 12, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Good luck! You’ll be beyond awesome, you know it! Can’t wait to hear about it tomorrow 🙂

  • Julz
    January 12, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I hav ridic anxiety w/ sleep, which only increased w/ my ed… I take sleep aids now, but hope to one day be OFF of them, completely. GOOD LUCK tomorrow lovely one!!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    January 12, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Absolutely do what works best for you with the blogging!

    I’ve never tried the Cozy Shack, but if its like crack, I don’t know if its a habit I should start!

    Are you going to try decaf tea or coffee in the am or just nix it all together? Bold time to try that with the new early hours! You can do it, though!

  • gina (fitnessista)
    January 12, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    best of luck tomorrow!!
    i tried to do a headstand today and almost killed myself! my friend who teaches yoga said i need to practice against a wall first
    have a great night!!

  • Val
    January 12, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I’m coming out of lurkdom! I recently found your blog through a vegan food blog, and it’s very inspiring to me in terms of fitness.
    So, just saying hi and good luck with your new job!

  • Justy2003
    January 12, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Good luck on your first day tomorrow! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  • Michelle
    January 12, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Nancy’s yogurt is that best. I grew up on it while being a farm girl in Oregon! You should try mixing it with mushy fruit or berries and then freezing them in ice cubed sized portions. It’s a great after dinner snack or mid-day I want something sweet and cold.

  • healthy ashley
    January 12, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Best of luck tonight/tomorrow, Jenna! I’m sure you’ll work your schedule out fine!

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    January 12, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Yay for your first real day of work!

  • K
    January 12, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    GOOD LUCK!!! Hope it goes well tomorrow 🙂

    That mushroom sandwich looks/sounds fabulous!

  • Natalie
    January 12, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    The mushroom sandwich looks great! Good luck in the morning!

  • Danielle
    January 12, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Hope you have a great first day tomorrow! Good Luck!

  • Emily
    January 12, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Good luck, Jenna! Looking forward to reading about your first day! 🙂

  • BridgetP
    January 12, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Good luck tomorrow, Jenna! When I have something new or big the next day, I tend to wake up several times during the night and think it’s time to get ready- I hope you sleep well tonight!!

  • Brynn
    January 12, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Good luck, Jenna!! You’re so adventurous!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    January 12, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    Sounds like you’re all ready for your first day tomorrow. It’s going to be great. Can’t wait to hear all about it, but I’m really sad we won’t be seeing any pictures of all the baked goods. 🙂

    Your mushroom sandwich sounds good – sorry you couldn’t eat the roll, but the middle looked like the best part.

    Way to listen to your body as you’ve had a lot going on these past few days. I’m working on that! Have a good night and get lots of sleep. 🙂

  • sweet and fit
    January 13, 2009 at 12:35 am

    good luck! thank you for talking about “listening to your body”…. I am starting to do that as well, and I feel more at peace with myself. can’t wait to hear how your first day goes =)

  • Jana
    January 13, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Good luck, Jenna! And also, way to go on giving up caffeine…
    I know you can do it! 🙂 If you still love the taste of coffee, why not have decaf here and there? It tastes the same and gives you that cozy coffee feeling.

  • faith
    January 13, 2009 at 5:20 am

    i hear ya on the migraines jenna and went years without caffeine, i now can drink it again. have you ever tried topomax? a small dose was a lifesaver for me. anyway, you’re missing a key brain saver ingredient for breakfast…PROTEIN!!!! i’m an early 4am’er as well and if i dont have a good balance of carbs and protein i get cranky :p otherwise sounds great, good luck!!!

  • Ashley
    January 13, 2009 at 6:24 am

    good luck on day 1! i can’t wait to hear about your stories 🙂
    i also tried out stepping out of my bed with my right foot, and also had oats with just pb, i’m going to see how kishan’s morning routine make me feel! i have a feeling its going to be a great day 🙂 I have a question about it though, what kind of oil do you get? I’m assuming you can find it at whole foods or a health store, but I was just wondering if you had any suggestions? Thanks!

  • Kailey
    January 13, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Oh my goodness!! This new start is so exciting I can’t wait to read all about it and watch your journey continue on this new path! Good luck and rock it!

  • Jenn
    January 13, 2009 at 7:19 am

    I hope you’re having a great morning and enjoying your oatbran. Could you tell me how you fix it? Do you just add the same amount as you would oats and water (or milk)? I have oatbran in my pantry for different recipes and want to try it. Also, do you ever add wheat germ?
    Jenn (from snowy IN!)

  • Brittany
    January 13, 2009 at 7:35 am

    I hope you were able to get a good nights sleep and that your first day at work is AMAZING!!!

  • Beadie
    January 13, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Hope you got to sleep! Good luck with your first day of work!

  • Liz
    January 13, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Hi Jenna!

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a month, and maybe I missed something but I am so confused as to your job and your schooling. What exactly are you doing at 3:30 in the morning, and are you still in school or have you graduated? Thanks for the help, as I feel a little silly for missing these important facts!

  • Erin
    January 13, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Good luck Jenna! Greenwise customers aren’t gonna know what hit them when they try your bread! Yeauhhhh!

  • Jenna 2
    January 13, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Good luck tomorrow! I can’t wait to hear about your adventures!! That nacys’ yogurt looks sooo good!!

  • Fit Mommy
    January 13, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Good luck on the new job! Can’t wait to hear about the mushroom recipes.

  • Rebecca
    January 13, 2009 at 9:18 am

    yummy! Everything looks so delicious!

  • Kristin
    January 13, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Mmm, I looove rice pudding!

  • SandyS
    January 13, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Hi Jenna

    I gave up coffee a year ago(I had a week of headaches at first as a result!) It was tough!But now i drink green tea in the morn and when I need a “boost”.It still has a bit of caffeine , but nothing like coffee amount.
    At first I didn’t like the taste of green tea,so i experimented with different types and different steeping times.
    Turns out my fave kind is gunpowder green tea,and I prefer steeping looseleaf about 2 min(best taste looseleaf).If i am on the go or out ,I take with me Numi Temple of Heaven Gunpowder green teabags…
    If you steep green tea too long it can get bitter.I also found it took em two weeks to adjust to the “smoky” taste…but now I truly love it.

  • HeatherBakes
    January 13, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Good luck on your first day!

    Have you tried the Kozy Shack heat-and-eat breakfast cereals? I just saw them the other day and they look pretty tasty.

    • jenna
      January 13, 2009 at 1:55 pm


      I’ve seen those too but haven’t tried them! They seem pretty costly for something I could easily make at home, you know?!


      I finished school (well graduating this Saturday actually) and got a job as a baker at an all organic supermarket!


      Easy! I just mix 1/2 cup oat bran with 1 cup milk or soy milk and either simmer on the stove or zap in the micro for a minute and a half. I think I like it better than oatmeal actually! its awesome and sooo creamy!


      You’re supposed to get oil to balance the your specific dosha type however, a good rule of thumb is just to use raw organic sesame oil in the winter and raw organic coconut oil in the spring and summer!

  • runjess
    January 13, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I love mushroom sandwiches. Note to self to buy portabellas.
    It’s going to be a hard adjustment to that schedule with no coffee 😉

  • joyful
    January 13, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Can’t wait to hear about your first day! I hope you didn’t need too much caffeine!

  • Elina (Healthy and Sane)
    January 13, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Good luck with the new job! Hope that eating schedule works out. It make take a few days but your body will probably adjust soon enough.
    The portabella sandwich looks amazing, btw!! 🙂

  • The Running Yogini
    January 13, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I’m definitely going to look for that pudding! Oh and I completely agree with you about the “Yogi in the kitchen”. I ADORE that cookbook! Good Luck today 🙂