Things I’m Loving Lately – Round 3

Life has been BUSY lately. In the best way possible…but man, it’s hard to find time to even sit down and talk to my husband these days. We’re working on it. In the midst of the summer busyness, it’s time for another round of Things I’m Loving Lately!

Summer – I’m seeing all these posts from people who are saying, “I’m so ready for boots and pumpkin spice lattes!” and I just want to punch them in the face. Are you crazy?! Summer has only been here for 5 minutes (at least in Ohio). Let’s not wish it away, please. Between concerts, pedal wagon fun, happy hours, golfing, walks outside, I’m not ready for summer to go anywhere just yet. So, please stop wishing it away!

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Golf – Last summer we didn’t play golf very much. For me, that means we played around 5-7 times. This year, I am already over the 10 round mark and I’m loving it. Not only am I seeing more improvements in my game, but I’m finding the joy in golf that I lost when I played in college (also the reason why I didn’t play so much in the past few years). Golf is fun again and I look forward to being out there on the course.

Acupuncture – I talked about my acupuncture experience some in this post, and my love for it has only grown. I was having a really awful day, my body was stressed, my stomach a mess, my head was in so much pain, and my hands and feet were super swollen. I made an emergency appointment with Tessa, and 2 hours and about 100 needles later, I felt SO MUCH relief. My swelling went away, headache gone, and I felt like I could breathe again. I can’t praise acupuncture enough. If you are considering it…just do it. I swear you won’t regret it.

Tacos – No one needs a taco emoji more than me. Anyone else eating tacos like 4 nights a week? No? Just us? Give me a soft taco shell (corn please), veggies, and some sort of filling (tempeh, black beans, tofu, chickpeas) and hot sauce or salsa and I’m satisfied. When we don’t know what else to do for dinner….tacos to the rescue!

Bend Active apparel – This company was started in Columbus and I recently just discovered how wonderful their fabrics are. I’ve worn the tops and leggings to spinning, yoga, and even running and I have nothing but good things to say about the quality. I also love their mantra:

BE FLEXIBLE – Adapt to any circumstance.
BE STRONG – Have the power and confidence to succeed.
BE RESILIENT – Posses the ability to recover even under the most stressful conditions

And, this top is the best for 614 peeps:

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What are you loving lately?

Treating My Allergies and Joint Pain Naturally

I’ve dealt with allergies my entire life. I was the kid who had a permanent white line on her nose from rubbing it so much. I also spent the majority of my childhood outside, so my parents and allergist tried every treatment possible to keep the misery at bay. I’ve tried all sorts of pills, shots, nasal sprays, neti-pots, honey, humidifiers, dehumidifiers…you name it, I’ve tried it.

I’m allergic to the outdoors and animals only in the warmer months, so October-March I rarely have any issues. Once the pollen started to fall this year, I was yet again miserable. After having dinner with my friend Allie and chatting about our miserable noses, she told me about how acupuncture has changed her life. Without asking any questions or doing research on acupuncture, I immediately made an appointment.

After making my appointment, I decided to do a little research as to what I was getting myself into. I learned that acupuncture helps with A LOT of things, including joint pain/arthritis. I’ve had joint pain off an on throughout the years, but in the last year, it’s been very consistent. I’ve been tested for lots of autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid (RA) arthritis and they all came back negative. Now, that doesn’t mean a whole lot as RA is hard to diagnose (both my mother and my grandmother have RA), but stil means we don’t really know what’s going on with my body.

At my appointment, I explained both my allergies and joint pain issues to Tessa. She immediately asked about my gluten intake. Now, I’ve tried to cut out gluten before when all the other cool kids were doing it, but I just love my bread so much I eventually fell back into a pile of wheat. But, after Tessa explained that gluten has a strong effect on joint pain, allergies, skin rashes, and acne, I was convinced to jump back on the gluten-free wagon.

After that, the acupuncture and cupping began.

Don’t ask me to explain what cupping does. Tessa explained it in great detail and I just ended up nodding and going along with it. All I know is that Jennifer Aniston does it, so I figure it must be good for me. None of this hurt at all, though I did have some cupping marks on my back for a few days. I also had needles sticking out of my toes, head, face, and fingers.

The whole appointment took a little less than 2 hours. I was mostly relaxed (even though seeing all those needles sticking out of me freaked me out a little bit) and never felt uncomfortable. After a little over a week, my allergies have been completely under control and my joint pain totally gone. Also within this week, I’ve totally cut out gluten (in addition to being vegetarian) and have started taking a Chinese supplement, Yu Ping Feng San.

I currently feel great. I know it’s only been a week, but I also know that during the summer I’m used to having bad allergy days on a regular basis, and my joint pain has been flaring up every 3-4 days prior to this treatment. I’m going to go back for another appointment next week and continue with the herbs and gluten-free diet. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to feel better.

Have you ever tried acupuncture or cupping?