Acupuncture and Nutritional Support
If you are one of the millions of people who made a New Year’s resolution last month to eat better and make healthier choices in 2023, then it might be time to take stock of how that process is going. Are you already off the wagon and back to your unhealthy habits? Or are you keeping your eye on your goals and making progress? No matter which side of the coin you fall on, you might want to talk to your acupuncturist about your nutritional goals. They can be a wealth of information and help as you look to build a better and stronger you. continue reading
Food as Medicine
Mama Always Said: You Are What You Eat
Maybe mom really did know best when it came to nutrition. As research has shown, what we eat can actually impact our health profoundly. Over the years, we have learned that our dietary choices can influence our risk of disease. And some have made it a profitable business to teach us new ways to look at food (anti-inflammatory diet, Keto, heart healthy, etc.). continue reading
How Not to Diet
Acupuncturists are experts in diet and nutrition. Working with an acupuncturist can help you to understand your nutritional and lifestyle needs more clearly.
How many times has each of us told ourselves we need to go on a diet? Most people I know probably have been on at least 10 diets by the time they are 30 years old. In the world of Chinese medicine, there is no such thing as a diet. There are only lifestyle choices to adjust. Each person has his or her own unique body type, genetic make-up, and family history that dictates their relationship to food and movement. There is no guidebook included at birth, so each person must find his or her way in life. Acupuncturists are experts in diet and nutrition. Chinese medicine can help us understand our own rulebook, using the wisdom of doctors who lived a thousand years ago or more.
Certainly, there are rules of thumb, such as limiting intake of sugar, wheat, and dairy products. But most people don’t realize that our cravings tell us a lot about where we need support. For instance, someone with candy cravings has different needs than someone with potato chip cravings or someone with hamburger cravings.
Ever have a broccoli craving? Truth be told, we can have a hunger for just about anything, once we get used to it. After the body has learned to get sustenance from a food, it starts asking for more. This can happen with anything from circus peanuts to kale. Most people who have switched their foods mainly to vegetables and lean protein are surprised to discover new cravings for foods they once avoided.
After creating a lifestyle that suits your individual needs, you may find that you start to crave a nice walk, a bowl of soup, or an early night. It’s all about finding where you need support and creating a structure in your life that gives it to you on a daily basis. Diet? No thank you!