Friday, June 22, 2012

It's Farm Fresh to Me Day + Five Rounds of Acupuncture

My Farm Fresh to You shipment has arrived!

As I've mentioned before, once a month I get a box of organic, local produce delivered to my doorstep. Today's shipment excited me....as most do...but this one included so much stuff that I love!

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Garlic


Carrots


Plums


Peaches


Lettuce


Potatoes


Zucchini


Broccolini


Bell Peppers




I can't wait to dig into this stuff and plan some recipes when I get home! Does anyone else loooove summer produce more than any other season? I can't get enough peaches and nectarines and strawberries and tomatoes and zucchini and plums! Although I am a pretty big fan of squash and pumpkin and lentils and carrots and most fall produce too. I guess that makes sense, though, being a non-meat eater and all. Most of my diet consists of produce and grains. And cheese. Although I try to limit that. :)


Acupuncture


On a...mostly completely different note, I finished my fifth round of acupuncture this week. I can't believe it's been over a month since I stopped eating wheat and corn and started getting poked with needles once a week. I feel so incredibly different. I feel myself wanting to do things again, want to start projects, create things. I've started writing again (yes, I know blogging is writing and I've been doing that, but I've got sort of a its-got-to-be-big-or-it-doesn't-count mentality. If I'm not writing a novel, it doesn't count. I'm working on it. One thing at a time. My overachieverness is just going to have to wait for a tick). I'm feeling so much more like...me.


And it's amazing to think a handful of needles once a week can help so much.


I'm going to post some photos now. If you hate needles and you are squeemish about it, don't scroll further.


But I went into this thing knowing nothing about what to expect...okay, that's not entirely true. My mom had told me about it, as well as my friend Christie, but I had no idea what the needles looked like or, more importantly, how big they were. And it's really not all that scary, but I figured I'd share in case anyone else is curious or contemplating acupuncture, but is maybe a little afraid or intimidated. And I apologize for the crappy cell phone photos. I wasn't about to bring my Canon in the room with me, so these will have to do...oh, and my mom took them. I'm not crazy enough to attempt that maneuver while acting as a human pincushion!




He has always put these two in my legs. Not sure exactly why but each point treats a different part of the body. The 4 he put in my lower back are supposed to treat fatigue.




This one is in the top part of my ear. You are looking from the top of my head. The white is the paper-covered cushion. This one is supposed to relax you. I'm not sure it did much the first few times...it'll take more than a needle in the ear to relax that kind of anxiety, but the last three or so treatments were actually pretty relaxing.


Overall, the acupuncture experience was pretty...tumultuous. My first treatment was okay...the second was borderline traumatizing. The third one was surprisingly good, and the fourth and fifth were probably what they're supposed to be: relaxing and a little rejuvenating. I'm glad that I did it.


Now if this darn knee would hurry up and finish healing, maybe I could get back into a normal routine of sleeping and working out and I'll feel good as new.


Have you ever had acupuncture? If so, what was your experience? If not, would you ever consider it?

2 comments:

  1. That farm box looks amazing! It's great to read about your acupuncture experience - I only ever did it once for a story (I was a journalist) and can't say it helped much but I didn't have a specific complaint. At my yoga studio I am always hearing stories about miraculous recoveries from injuries thanks to acupuncture, so I keep my fingers crossed for you!

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  2. Thanks! My mom was telling me that the guy we see regularly treats people to the point where they no longer need pain meds for chronic pain. I have faith!

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