It’s time to update you about my long-time health drama. I have had a sour stomach most of life. Just before I chose to stay at home, it completely whomped me. Throat, esophagus, stomach. Likely stress-missed meals-stress-missed sleep-stress- induced….numerous doctors, tests, meds and diagnoses culminated into one thing – not solving my problem. Finally, I quit what doctors told me to do. I stopped all medication. I changed the way I ate, in an effort to eliminate “pain” foods. I loyally attended yoga (stress reduction/better circulation) and even started acupuncture sessions. I wanted to fix myself – naturally.
*Enter new alternative medicine doctor.*
WOW. Her therapies literally swept pain out of my body. I FELT it. And in the process of treatment, she coached me about lifestyle and diet. She described me as an ‘earth’ body (whaa?) and someone who deals with spleen Qi deficiency.
I researched it. I was shocked, to say the least, to find case after case about people with the same issues and a common theme for resolving the problem: diet. Over and over again….all of my crazy symptoms didn’t seem so crazy. Was it possible that there was something to it? After all, Chinese medicine has been around for a heckuva lot longer than western medicine. There must be something to it.
According to literature, I am eating all the wrong things. My favorite foods essentially ‘weaken’ my spleen Qi. (stay with me). Instead, I need to drop the last of my dairy intake. Wheat is out. Refined sugar. High carb fruits- gone. Uncooked veggies. Cold food (ice cream!), soy, greasy food, bananas and anything unnatural -moot. Instead, my new diet is rich in other grains, cooked beans, garlic, baked root veggies, mushrooms, some red meat, basil and various strong spices.
And here I am.
My first efforts at cooking this food introduced me to TarteletteBlog’s version of Butternut Squash and Coconut Milk Rice. I found it on Pinterest, which continues to be an awesome source of information and inspiration. After tweaking it to meet my needs, it was awesome and substantial enough to leave me fulfilled. Better yet, my husband liked it. Best yet, it’s a great way to incorporate one of my favorite veggies: butternut squash!
So far, I don’t feel better….or worse. But I just had that surgery….AND I admit I cheat here or there. After all, life is too short to absolutely cut out chocolate (dark please) and frozen desserts (hello, ice cream). I just need to incorporate loads of the ‘good’ foods, until I can feel fulfilled by those means. Sigh. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Before I go, guess what? I’m in the process of updating my NEW blog title and site. Talking about work-to-home is limiting and frankly, it doesn’t fully express what I’m about. Change is refreshing.