Getting My Chi Flowing with Acupuncture

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Hi, friends! Happy Friday!

I don’t know where today went. I guess time flies when you’re having fun, which means I’m just sitting down to my computer now to recap yesterday’s adventures. Working late on a Friday!


I couple of hours after eating breakfast, I headed out to run some errands at the Derby Street Shoppes. I love this shopping plaza because so many of my favorite stores are there, and I can usually knock off a bunch of errands in no time at all.

I hit up a bunch of stores and saved Whole Foods for last because I had some grocery shopping to do and didn’t to leave the bags in the car for too long. Well, in the middle of my shopping, it started to POUR rain. I was walking from J.Crew, which if you know the Derby Street Shoppes, is a pretty far walk from Whole Foods, especially when it’s POURING rain. I was going to stop inside a store to avoid getting wet, but I decided to just make a run for it. It was a bad idea because I was drenched when I arrived at Whole Foods.


Long story short, I decided to get lunch from the hot bar, dry off, and wait out the rain. I was also pretty hungry, so it sounded like a great plan.



It stopped raining by the time I finished my grocery shopping, so I headed home. On the drive, I snacked on some goodies from the trail mix bar. (By the end of the afternoon, I ended up eating them all.)


I spent the rest of the afternoon watching Meghan Telpner’s “Food for Healing” online. It includes nine modules, so I started watching them on my iPhone during my travels home on Wednesday night and then finished them up yesterday afternoon. And, I have to say, I was really happy””actually MORE than happy, THRILLED even””with the information provided in them.

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After I finished reading UnDiet (you can win a copy here!), I emailed Meghan’s publicist and asked her if Meghan had ever talked about what exactly she ate when she was trying to heal her body. I know Meghan’s website has a ton of information on it, so I was hoping her publicist might be able to point me in the right direction. Well, her publicist did even better and gave me free access to “Foods for Healing,” and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for. In fact, the first module, “Inspiration for Change,” had me in (happy) tears (like a big goober) at the airport. As someone who struggles with a digestive disease, so much of what Meghan said really resonated with me and her message was incredibly inspirational. It definitely gave me hope as well as a more positive attitude toward healing myself.


In “Foods for Healing,” Meghan shares her “universal approach to healing,” which includes a list of foods to avoid (particularly digestive irritants) as well as those you should eat to help heal your body. Having had IBD herself, Meghan’s recommendations definitely keep digestive health at the forefront.

If you’re suffering from IBD or other digestive issues, I highly recommend “Foods for Healing.” After watching all of the videos, I actually feel like I have a game plan and some control over what happens to me. And “Foods for Healing” is more than just a bunch of videos about what to eat and not eat. It includes a comparison of different diets (i.e. low-residue, SCD), advice on how to manage stress, and even cooking demonstrations to show you how to eat healthy.

One thing Meghan suggested, in both “Foods for Healing” and UnDiet, was acupuncture. Six days a week for three months, she went for acupuncture to get her “Chi” flowing. In UnDiet, she explains “[Acupuncture] accelerated the physical healing of the lesions in my intestines, strengthened my immune system, and supported my nervous system.” All of this sounded well and good, so I decided to give it a try for myself.

My first acupuncture appointment was yesterday afternoon at South Shore Community Acupuncture.


I’ve been thinking about trying acupuncture for awhile now, but I was always a little hesitant because of the price. South Shore Community Acupuncture offers affordable rates from $20-$40 per treatment and you decide how much you are comfortable paying, which is an amazing thing. Around here, a single acupuncture appointment costs anywhere from $75-$125 and typically health insurance does not cover it, so I was psyched to find South Shore Community Acupuncture.

My appointment started with an initial consultation with an acupuncturist, who chatted with me about my health concerns and then set me up with a treatment plan. After that, we headed into a room where there were a couple of other people receiving treatment at the same time. I had the option of sitting or laying down, so I laid down and got comfortable.

The acupuncturist put about a dozen pins all over my body””on top of my head, in my ears, on my hands, stomach, and feet. (None of them hurt going in or being taken out.) I was told to relax and then I completely fell asleep””for almost an hour! I woke up feeling totally relaxed and refreshed, but I can’t say that my Chi is properly flowing. I’m still having UC symptoms, but the acupuncturist said it would probably take 3-5 sessions to notice an improvement. I have another appointment next week, so, hopefully, my Chi gets back on track soon!


After my acupuncture appointment, I stopped at home quickly and then immediately hopped in Mal’s car to drive to a surprise engagement party for our CrossFit coaches at Hingham Beer Works.

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How adorable is this cake?!? (Obviously, I ate a piece of it last night. It was wicked good, especially the frosting!)


There was a big buffet for dinner, so I helped myself to some salmon, steak tips, green beans, and a little mac & cheese. Everything was delicious! Yum!


Question of the Day

Have you ever tried acupuncture? Did it work for you?

P.S. Be sure to enter my giveaway to win a copy of Meghan Telpner’s UnDiet! I will pick a winner on Monday morning.

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