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DIET…a four letter word that conjures images of celery stalks and sad salads. As soon as we focus on what we need to give up (subtraction) from our eating plans, we start to feel deprived. But what if we put our attention on the addition of some fabulous foods? Hey, would you like to add some fresh, aromatic, delicious foods to your diet? Yes, please!
A few of my favorite books relate to healthful eating are:
3 Awesome Things
It’s a good start that can lead to an awesome outcome. Focusing on the positive in situations can be a real boost. I know, I know…some days or situations are just really crappy. However, if you can focus on a limited number of beneficial actions you take to promote your health, you may just end up writing your very own prescription for wellness.
If you’re at all like me then you know what happens when I try to eliminate the negative…no chips, no fried foods, no Netflix binging. Suddenly I MUST have chips! I must see ALL the episodes! …and so on.
Focusing on the positive reframes the situation and puts me in a place of power to live in health. Rather than “Poor me, I can’t have this,” I think, “I’m going to indulge in more of this. I’m going to enjoy more of that.” I look to drinking more water, choosing more leafy-greens, spending more time in nature, eating more anti-inflammatory foods, moving my body more and spending time in gratitude. Scarcity creates a sense of dread. Abundance gives us the sense of having a smorgasbord of good choices.
So, I task you with writing down 3 awesome things you did for yourself today. Then, carry that forward to the next day and so on. Pretty soon those positive choices crowd out the space for junk. You’ll find yourself with a darn good list of choices you enjoy making and rewarding yourself with health!
What 3 Awesome things did you choose for yourself today?
Say What Now?
East-Asian medical practitioners don’t talk “the talk” to be confusing, we sometimes get lost in our minds while evaluating a person and planning for treatment. Here are some helpful hints in deciphering your East-Asian medical practitioner’s language.
Qi – pronounced Chee or, sometimes in Japan – Kee
The vital energy possessed by all living beings.
De qi – the arrival of sensation of qi after a needle is inserted. Some people experience this as a dull, achy sensation. Some people describe this as a warm or buzzing sensation. Some people don’t feel much of anything when the needle is inserted but the acupuncturist has a sensation of de qi.
Stagnant, stasis or stagnation – when energy is stuck. This often creates pain or dis-order or dis-ease.
Causes of stagnation may be categorized by type. Qi stagnation. Blood stasis.
Channels or Meridians – the energetic pathways that move qi. Example: A “stagnation of Liver Qi” doesn’t necessarily mean there is concern about the functioning of your biological organ, the liver. The liver channel travels from the toes all the way up to the torso.
TCM = Traditional Chinese Medicine which includes acupuncture, Tui Na, cupping, moxibustion and herbal therapies.
LAc = Licensed Acupuncturist who has received four or more years of education and training from an accredited college of Oriental Medicine (now referred to as East-Asian Medicine.) Licensing also requires registration with one or more state’s office of financial and professional regulation. In Illinois, where I practice, this is the www.idfpr.com
Dipl.Ac = Diplomate of Acupuncture. An acupuncturist who is fully educated and has passed the NCCAOM or CALE board examinations.
NCCAOM = National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. www.nccaom.org The national board that administers and regulates all testing of acupuncturists and practitioners of Oriental Medicine (East-Asian Medicine) except in California; they take the CALE.
There are many different styles of acupuncture. While one practitioner may focus on placing needles in arms and legs, others may include mostly points along the scalp, ears or belly. Most practitioners use a blend of styles that include TCM, Japanese, Korean, auricular, Dr. Tan/Master Tung and local trigger points. I use whatever combination works best for my clients in their quest for health.