Hi all! I hope you are all well. last month I told you about my hand pain and loss of grip strength. I went to acupuncture for a month and wanted to share my experience. I think acupuncture is an amazing alternative medicine and I looked forward to going every week. I always felt so much better the day after I had it but the days following did not improve my pain. I did stop dropping things for a while but I was in a fair amount of pain, some days it was so bad I felt like I could not do anything with my hands. If I played the piano, typed, used a knife, drove, ie lived my life my hands were in a ton of pain. Hands! Yes both hands are affected now 🙁 I went back to my Dr. and she thinks we should try a different approach. I start hand physical therapy tomorrow with a hand specialist.
I still think Acupuncture is awesome, I loved how she asked me questions about my whole health and not just my hands. While acupuncture did not work for my hands it did help me in other areas. First up, digestion: 2 months ago I was having a lot of digestion problems (that’s the nicest way to type that!) and during my consult with the acupuncturist she asked how my digestion was and I confessed lately I had been having great discomfort every evening. Needle in the stomach and bam issue solved. Now it could have been a combination of things like diet? Excessive consumption of ginger? But I actually think it was the acupuncture. Next up was sleep. I have a complicated relationship with sleep. I enjoy being asleep and dislike being woken but getting to sleep in a MAJOR challenge. Again in the consult she had asked about my quality of sleep and I told her it really is not great. Needle in the forehead and for the next few days I would sleep like a champ.
Have you tried acupuncture? Has it helped?
Steel cut oats, for a while there is seemed like every blog was talking about these and my curiosity was peaked just enough to wait a few years before buying them 😉 Usually when making oatmeal I only make the amount I am about to eat, but steel cut oats take much longer to cook so I made a big batch and put the remainder in the fridge. The texture is so interesting. These oats are not mushy like rolled oats, they are almost nutty, I would liken it to the texture of chunky peanut butter, it is smooth and chunky at the same time. I like them. To make them I followed Alton Brown’s recipe to start because I figured he knew what was up. The recipe is simple but it takes a long time, far longer than I would cook on a weekday morning.
When I make rolled oats I always add lots of fruits and spices because plain oatmeal is pretty gross to me. I tried the steel cut oats plain during the initial cooking because I wanted to know what they tasted like and to see if further doctoring was required. It was. This isn’t really a recipe so much as a lovely combination of flavors.
1 recipe cooked steel cut oats
1/2 tsp rose water
1/4 cup pistachios, toasted
1/4 cup greek yogurt,
Stir the rose water into the cooked steel cut oats. Top with pistachios and add a dollop of greek yogurt to each serving.