Sometimes patterns emerge in my acupuncture practice. Some weeks, it feels like everyone coming in has shoulder pain. Sometimes it is insomnia. This week was “Empty Cup Syndrome” week. The theme of the week has been: “I am exhausted. And I feel like my time and energy are not my own. I don’t feel like myself anymore.”
This is how I used to think: “I don’t know why I still have insomnia. I meditate 10 minutes twice a day!” It is also a sentiment that I’ve heard reflected through my patients time and time again. There are countless articles on meditation on the interwebs and we, as consumers of the digital intelligence age, eat it all up. It almost seems too good to be true:
One of my best friends chooses a “theme” every year. He picks a phrase and uses it as a compass that he makes a conscious choice to follow every day. Last year, he set his intentions on “Friends. Family. Finances.” And by following his compass, I watched as he deepened relationships, traveled all over the US and moved to the city of his dreams. I watched as at every crossroads, he would ask himself, “Is this in alignment with my theme?” and he would step forward with consciousness instead of just letting Life’s momentum carry him through, like so many of us do. So I decided to follow his example and set forth an intention for my own year.
So fair warning, this particular blog post isn't about acupuncture or nutrition. But it is about my own expression of whole-hearted living which is something I encourage all my patients to do. Good health isn't simply about working on our physical bodies, but it has so much to do with how we live and tell the story of our lives. So here is one of mine:
Let’s stop showing up with our 100%.
Okay, I've got good news and I've got bad news for you. The good news is that you read me right. Butter in all its buttery deliciousness is a health food.
The bad news is that we've been misled by the political and medical community for decades. Fat is not the enemy when it comes to heart disease. In fact, certain kinds of fat are protective against many health problems. The real enemy when it comes to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease (really, inflammation in general) is sugar and artificial transfats.
One of my patients asked me “What do you eat in the winter?”
The answer is: Bone broths!
Oh bone broths…how I love thee. Let me count the ways!
Brr! The weather has completely changed in Santa Cruz in the last 2 weeks! With this shift in weather, I am starting to see the yearly cycle of patients coming in with the sniffles, wheezes, sneezes and phlegm. I put cold and flu "season" in quotations here because "season" implies that getting the flu is just a natural cyclical flow and an unavoidable part of life. I disagree with the language around this. I believe that for most people, if you can support your immune system and take appropriate actions to protect yourself from the the cold and flu bugs that are migrating through the population, you can get past cold and flu season with little to no drama.
When I am not in the clinic, I can usually be found strapped to a pair of rollerskates playing roller derby. This means that I get to spend many of my evenings, beating up and getting beat up on by some of my best friends. Needless to say, muscle aches and bruises are a constant in my life. I used to reach for homeopathic arnica which can be found in any health food store. Arnica flowers have been used for centuries as a medicinal to help with reducing the swelling and pain of bruises, sprains, and muscle/joint problems.
A urinary tract infection is an infection in any part of your urinary system - kidneys, bladder, urethra. An infection that is limited to the bladder is very painful, but if your kidneys become involved, there is a risk of serious complications. Once you have had a urinary tract infection, your chances of getting another one goes up, especially if you have been through rounds of antibiotic use. This is why it is not uncommon for some women to get as many as 10-12 infections a year!