So I go for my third acupuncture treatment this afternoon. If anyone had ever told me that sitting for up to 45 minutes with needles inserted in my wrists, ankles, knees, ears, and the top of my head was one of the most relaxing things I’d ever do, I would have wondered about them.
So far, I’m feeling a lot more pulled together. The brain fog has dissipated, finally. The only disappointment was that the needle at the crown of my head didn’t pull in any signals from Mars.
The other recommendation: relegate grain and dairy to occasional treat status. When the acupuncturist recommended that, I had the urge to roll into a ball. The needles in my feet and ankles precluded that.
So I quietly dealt with it.
Me: OMGOMGOMG I have to give up grains and dairy!!
Inner wisdom: You can still have them as treats.
Me: I can’t have cheese! What about milk in my tea?
Inner wisdom: You can still have nuts, avocado, and olives in your salads. There are a lot of milk alternatives that will be pretty tasty. You can find treats that fit your needs on the web.
Inner wisdom: Think about your friends who have a lot of restrictions. They’ve found yummy stuff. So will you.
Inner wisdom: WOULD YOU GET OVER YOURSELF, ALREADY?
Sometimes, you just need to grab your own shoulders and get back to reality.
In this case, I found some teas that pair well with almond and coconut milk. I fudged on the grain-free recommendations with some gluten-free crackers. And I found some macaroons without flour in them. Yum.
I also fudged with a small amount of feta in a salad. Not to be done every day, but there were no adverse consequences.
In addition to the brain fog finally dissipating, I haven’t had the bloating that was sometimes so bad that I was relegated to my yoga pants for comfort.
Sometimes, change isn’t such a bad thing after all.