Happy Friday y’all! Do you have any plans for the weekend? I’m heading up to Pennsylvania with my friend for our friend’s bridal shower. I’m looking forward to lots of laughter and audiobooks in the car
For the past several months I have been dropping things left and right. Brushing my hair= brush flying out of my hand. Holding a mug=mug plummets to the ground. Forks will be crashing to the ground. I didn’t honestly think too much of it until I started experiencing pain in my right palm. After having pain for 6 weeks I finally decided it was time to see a doctor since this wasn’t going away on its own. The doctor saw me for 3 minutes tops and declared I had carpal tunnel. I was really upset. As someone who teaches the piano and blogs for a living I need to be able to make those same movements! The doctor recommended sleeping in hand splints for a month and then starting physical therapy.
In an effort to be more proactive about my health I inquired about acupuncture. The doctor thought this was a great idea and off I went. I began acupuncture this past week and am mostly pain free so far. I am sleeping in the splints just in case though! My acupuncturist is not convinced I have carpal tunnel, she seems to think it may be nerve damage. Perhaps from my collarbone surgery when they cut a nerve in my arm (because it was in the way)? Regardless of the diagnosis I am thrilled to be feeling better. I did drop my phone last night but on the whole have been dropping fewer items.
The other super cool thing I wanted to share was the acupuncturist did a whole health assessment and asked about digestion, I told her I’ve been experiencing stomach aches every. day. for. weeks. Yesterday when she was working on my hands she asked if I would like her to address my stomach too. Yesterday was the first time I haven’t had a stomach ache in ages.
Have you tried acupuncture? Other forms of traditional medicine? Been to a naturopath?
No easy way to segue into a recipe but here is a great lunch I made this week. It was so delicious and filling that I wasn’t hangry in a few hours. It also had enough going on flavor wise that I didn’t even reach for chocolate in the afternoon. Shocker! The salad includes a current obsession of mine, sweet potatoes! Enjoy!
4 oz cooked chicken
1 cup lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup eggplant, cooked
1/4 avocado, sliced
1/2 sweet potato, sliced
1/2 tsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 350F
On a baking sheet place sweet potatoes. Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes and sprinkle with the cajun seasonings. Bake until soft about 30 minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients to a bowl. Add the sweet potatoes.
2 TBS greek yogurt
2 TBS water
1/8 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp cajun seasonings
In a small bowl combine all ingredients and stir to mix. Add water as needed to make the dressing liquid-like. Pour over salad