It's been 10 days since I started my strange new diet. So far, I've stuck to it; my only two cheats being a small bite of one of the cupcakes I made for Jamie's birthday and a small sip of a homemade whisky sour that Jamie made the other night.
|Vanilla bean cupcakes with dark chocolate ganache and giant cookie numbers!|
(Cupcakes from scratch, cookies from Pillsbury.)
Aside from those two very small things, I've done really well. The only thing haven't worked out is the percentage of what to eat. He wants me to eat 40% raw veggies, 30% carbs, 20% protein, and only 10% fruit. I'm pretty sure I've been eating 75% fruit.
In an attempt to get more raw veggies in, I made a broccoli salad. It was pretty good. I still just want to eat fruit though.
Carbs are pretty easy, at least where bread is involved. I eat my Dave's Killer Bread like it's going out of style and brown rice is my jam, but Dr. Lee really wants me to eat yams. I don't really have a problem with that because I love yams, but it's the whole cooking yams thing that is kind of a bummer.
So now that I've got the restrictions down, I need to start focusing on the percentages. I'm not really sure how to figure that out, but maybe it will come to me.
As for the acupuncture, I had my second appointment on Monday. Dr. Lee said that because my inflammation was almost all gone, he didn't have to put any needles in my arms or head. This made the treatment much easier for my fidgety self, especially since I didn't have Jamie there this time to scratch that killer itch on my forehead.
[Detailed-ish lady-stuffs talk below.]
My second acupuncture appointment was on the second day of my period ending my previous cycle at a very normal 28 days. In the last year, my cycle lengths have been fairly consistent, hovering between 26 and 29 days with the exception of a couple rogue 34 day cycles. (In past years, my cycles have been as few as 21 days and as many as 37 days, so 26-29 days is welcomed.) Acupuncture aims to create even more consistency in my cycles, so hopefully from now on we'll have no more crazy-long cycles where I'm pulling my hair out waiting for my period.
Acupuncture also serves to create a "normal", "healthy" period. I put these in quotes because what Traditional Chinese Medicine deems an abnormal and unhealthy period is nothing that Western medicine usually even considers and from years of girl-talk is very common. What we have always seen as normal (spotting, dark-colored blood, clots, cramping and body aches) is seen as abnormal to those who practice TCM. Without getting into all of the details, TCM views these common symptoms as signs of imbalance and stagnation within the body that can be eradicated with diet, herbs, and acupuncture.
Is it working for me? It's hard to say for certain just yet, but I believe so. For example, I usually spot anywhere from a few hours to a few days before my period but I had absolutely no spotting before this cycle. That was after only one acupuncture treatment and 7 days on the new diet. In the grand scheme of things, it's not much. But if it means I'm one step closer to finally getting pregnant, then after over four years, any step forward is a big step.