And the Beat Goes On

19 06 2012

26 weeks into my quest for better health through a mostly plant based diet and increased exercise. Acupuncture has remained helpful to me. I’ve lost 8 pounds in my first 8 days after beginning treatments. My cravings although lingering from time to time have greatly decreased. This still doesn’t stop me from doing occasional boneheaded things like eating way to much steak for Father’s Day. It’s weird actually, despite eating mostly plant based for over 6 months, I think my taste for a good steak will never completely diminish. This is a repeating pattern for me though, make some great gains towards my goal then gain some weight right back. I lack discipline. Some days are good and I am strong but then I fall apart. It’s frustrating but it is life.

The other great part about the acupuncture treatments is that my pain is really subsiding. Shoulder pain that I have dealt with on an increasing lever for about three months is now quickly fading away. If I wake up with it in the morning, it leaves quickly. Some mornings I have no pain at all. My ankle also feels a lot better. I tend to think I’ll have a long road to go to get it to where it needs to be but it is feeling better and I can’t argue so far with the results.

The needles in my ear to decrease the cravings, reduce stress and bump up metabolism are killing me this time around. With each session, the ears are switched. But this last round hurts so bad that massaging them is nearly impossible. I’m not sure how much of a benefit they are without the massage. The Chinese tea and herbs still taste like dirt and bark but I’m getting by with them.

I started out the day with yoga this morning and wrapped up the day with some exercise targeting specific muscle groups. I’m hoping that by my next acupuncture appointment on Friday, I will be able to say that the hard work has paid off and that I’ve lost more weight. Some of my eating this weekend has not helped me though. So now I have to play the catch up game. When I finally get the diet, exercise and treatment all going full bore, I’ll be dangerous.





Let Food Be Thy Medicine

21 01 2012

I’m not trying to get preachy.  I’m certainly not trying to push a vegetarian or vegan diet on anyone.  Meat is enjoyable for many of us.  God knows I’d still be eating meat, donuts, bread, candy, etc if I could get away with it.  But it’s not possible right now and frankly I feel so good now (most of the time) , that I’m not sure if I’ll go back to the standard American diet at all.  I can definitely envision a nice steak now and then or sushi but beyond that, I’m not so interested.  I’m not trying to ram a lifestyle change down anyone’s throat.  I’m not interested in saving all of the tasty cows of the world, although saving some is a nice benefit for me personally.  I’m just simply suggesting that if you suffer from medical conditions or fear that you may, a change in diet could be the quickest, simplest, most healthy way to turn things around.  Alright, time to go shovel some snow.  i’ve been slacking lately with walking so I need to get serious and refocus.  Enjoy the weekend, friends.








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