Acupuncture Along With Anti-Inflammatory Commotion Salad A Perfect Mix For Pain Relief

Acupuncture Along With Anti-Inflammatory Commotion Salad A Perfect Mix For Pain Relief

Acupuncture and Food

It’s always fun to share my recipe ideas with my acupuncture patients. Food has a significant effect on our health. It can increase pain, and it can help pain. Food and acupuncture are connected.


You know the saying, ‘You are what you eat.’

If you’re in pain, for instance, or have digestive problems, inflammatory foods can cause more pain and swelling. As I share this recipe for Commotion Salad know that it is healthy and made fresh in your kitchen. It also works for those avoiding inflammatory ingredients.

It’s Paleo, Keto, and Whole30. Of course, you can leave out something if you’re particularly sensitive to it.

Commotion Salad And Acupuncture

I call this recipe Commotion Salad because it creates a commotion in your mouth as the flavor mingle. You’ll enjoy sweetness along with tartness and a myriad of tastes. Because inflammation can slow or even stall your healing it’s great to get acupuncture and know what food with help you have less pain, more balanced hormones, and better sleep. Many patients say our recipes also help with digestion problems! Acupuncture and food are related!

This is for two people.

Acupuncture Along With Anti-Inflammatory Commotion Salad A Perfect Mix For Pain Relief


3-6 cups of romaine lettuce, butter lettuce, spinach, and arugula.

A ¼ cup of diced mango

½ cup of sliced strawberries

1/3 cup of walnut, almond, or pecan slices. You choose!

A ½ cup of carrot. Prepared the way you like it.

4-5 slices [diced] of Italian Genova sausage. You can substitute other sliced meat too.

Olive Oil and balsamic vinegar


Place lettuce and carrot in a salad bowl.

Top with diced meat and nut slices on top.

Prepare fruit and store in a separate container until ready to eat.

Mix your oil and vinegar in a jar or container and store on the counter. You need a lid on your container.

Does Diet Influence Menopause Timing?

Does Diet Influence Menopause Timing?

Food influences everything, not just our weight. Does diet influence menopause timing? It does, and you can be in control it. Not only when but the symptoms you struggle with or rather don’t experience.

Acupuncture For Menopause

As an acupuncturist, many people think all I do is put tiny sterile needles into people. Nothing is further from the truth. Chinese medical practitioners are often trained in whole body health. I bring into my Littleton practice functional approaches to health as well.

Food, for instance, is part of medicine like acupuncture. In my Littleton office, I often deal with the whole person, especially when it comes to hormones. Acupuncture is excellent at quick relief for hot flashes, weight gain, or night sweats. The cool thing though is when this stop altogether because of different food choices.

Does diet influence menopause timing?  There’s no science I found saying it ‘affects’ the timing though this study at Harvard suggests it does.  However, poor health can bring on the cessation of your mensural cycle in before 45 let’s say.

Acupuncture can help you jump start your cycle and keep it going by stimulating your body chemistry to balance stress, food, and hormones. Besides changing the diet can have health benefits that improve not only hormones but energy, happiness, while decreasing stress.

Acupuncture Is More Than The Needle

As an acupuncturist who is also training in ‘food’ and ‘diet’ from a functional, my goal is to help you sail through menopause at the right time.

Does diet influence menopause timing?  The lack of a well-balanced diet is well studied, and too much fast food, sugar, dairy, or avoidance of protein from animals often are related to wellness.

Diet and Menopause Connect

Let’s state the obvious. Menopause isn’t something to be avoided. The timing of when it occurs should be around 49 to 52. When it occurs earlier, we have to ask does diet influence menopause timing in this person?  It means doing a few tests to confirm the patient’s health. It then becomes a choice of how to deal with it through acupuncture, diet, and supplements.

Now the question.


Does Diet Influence Menopause Timing? 

Relieving Trigger Points For Fibromyalgia Pain

Relieving Trigger Points For Fibromyalgia Pain

I remember when if you had aches and pains all over your body the western medical community sent you off to a mental health expert. They determined that a select set of trigger points for Fibromyalgia suggested you needing counseling.
trigger points for Fibromyalgia chart
Soon they discovered.

Trigger Points For Fibromyalgia


Most of the trigger points for Fibromyalgia are the main pain points for many people who complain of pain. Does this mean if you have neck, low back or hip pain you have an autoimmune disease?



Not so fast.

While according to the Mayo Clinic Fibromyalgia is very common; the main indication has 18 specific trigger points on your body that are tender when pressure is applied. There are other factors too. Today labs tests and thyroid functions help determine you have this autoimmune disease. Today we know there are better ways to treat trigger points for Fibromyalgia.


It’s Not In Your Head Either

woman looking down sad
Fibromyalgia diagnosis

By the way. . .

It’s no longer a mental health issue but a confirmed pain syndrome. But for those with Fibromyalgia, it’s not a win to be taken seriously. The battle still rages for proper health care. The pain still dominates their happiness.

While counseling still is listed as one of the top three ways to treat Fibromyalgia, there’s a better way to deal with the pain itself.

Natural Medicine’s Top Three Tips For Fibromyalgia Suffers


  1. Try the AIP diet which stands for Autoimmune Protocol. This eating lifestyle is one of the healthiest ways to live. The focus is on vegetables [no nightshades], fruits, protein, and healthy fats.
  2. Get Moving. It’s important to keep moving even on days you hurt more. Take a walk. Stroll a park or the mall, but physical activity is crucial. If you can do more and not create problems, do it.
  3. Acupuncture with massage. Why the combination?  Gentle bodywork on trigger points for Fibromyalgia is best. Acupuncturists are trained in how to apply the right type and amount of pressure. Be sure to see a licensed [LAC] acupuncturist as they have the training you need to help you manage your pain.

    Acupuncture Injections are usually part of treatment for autoimmune.  

acupuncture treatment
young man getting acupuncture on back

Combining AIP, movement, and acupuncture can help you lead a normal life. Age is not a factor in autoimmune, and the trigger points for Fibromyalgia are painful. Let these three tips support you in leading a normal life.

Photos from Unsplash and Bigstock 

10 Foods That Can Help Fight Dementia

10 Foods That Can Help Fight Dementia

Dementia is a concern for many people. As our population ages, we keep hearing that age-related memory disorders are destroying families.

The puzzle of the brain concept

Not only do children get stuck with caring for parents and making tough decisions they find themselves drained of energy. Because I care about this topic, I wanted to share my favorite 10 Foods that can help fight dementia.

Winning The War Against Dementia May Lay In What We Eat

These foods are highly researched by a group of Canadian researchers at Concordia University in Montreal along with Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute.

These researchers are working together to form the Brain Health Food Guide. Their studies also focus on how the Mediterranean diet works to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 35%.

10 Foods That Can Help Fight Dementia

So what are these 10 Foods that can help fight dementia?  Here’s my list and how I include many of them daily.

healthy food concepts for dementia
healthy smoothie for dementia
  1. Raw Leafy Green Vegetables
    The darker, the better they say so use things like spinach, chard, and Kale. I mix in a blender or Vitamix 2-3 cups with water and frozen berries. These greens boost your vitamin k and increase the antioxidants for the brain. Personally, I think these are the best of the 10 foods that can help fight dementia.
  2. Cruciferous vegetables
    These are vegetables that are high in vitamin K and glucosinolates which have an antioxidant effect. They include broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. Try to get three ½ cup servings weekly. We do our green shake at lunch and then for dinner enjoy these vegetables.

3. Blueberries and Blackberries
I keep reading studies on berries, and some are more pro-blueberry while a surprising number are now coming out that blackberries are even better for both the brain and the heart. Be careful not to overeat fruit. If you’re using them in smoothies, keep it at 1/3 cup daily or about ½ to 2/3 cup three times weekly. Of the 10 foods that can help fight dementia, it’s important to note that it’s not all fruit. It’s only these berries.

4. Beans
These make the international list but not my list. Why? Most people do not prepare them correctly. Be sure to soak your beans and lentils for 24-36 hours in water. Then you must cook them for about 2 hours. See my Bean Cookin 101

5. Nuts
I love nuts, and I bet you do too. They’re easy for a snack, and hey you can find them in just about every granola bar around. That’s the problem — too much of a good thing. Nuts can cause bloating and gas. They are high in fat and can increase weight gain. But they’re terrific for brain health. I use Almond milk in my Chai so I must count that as a nut serving.

If you’re going for a handful of nuts, walnuts are best for the brain and high in omega-3 fatty acid a brain-protective nutrient. I recommend supplementing too. Enjoy about ¼-1/2 cup of nuts daily. If you’re using nut milk or spreads, you should choose between what you want to enjoy that day. 

6. Fish
I’m not a fish fan. Allergic to shell-fish it’s hard to ensure you’re getting sea-meat you can eat! Fish is good for you though. It’s full of iodine and iron. Some say the fatter, the better. Salmon and trout top the list though I go for Halibut, cod, and other fresh white fish to lower the mercury levels.

7. Whole Grains
This is one of the most confusing areas for many people. If you go to the local grocers and buy a loaf of fluffy whole wheat bread, it’s not whole wheat! You have to be picky with grains and often making your own is best. Grains include oats, brown rice, and yes wheat along with other grains. All of these should be fermented or sprouted before eating or cooking. All should be consumed This means that tasty morning oat and nut cereal will need to be fermented and then cooked. So much for a fast meal, you’re thinking. I have a quick article, Fermenting and Sprouting to help you love the morning meal once again.

8. Poultry
Did anyone say chicken? Americans have gone on a red-meat replacement craze. Chicken has become the meat of choice, and that’s good and not so good. Eat one serving a day because you need variety. So while we’re talking meat protein, vary it up each day. Make the total animal protein no more than six total grams. You need protein to keep your brain and mind functioning properly.

9. Dairy
Some Dairy is okay. Don’t buy into the lower fat varieties instead look for organic and grass-fed whole milk, yogurt, or cheese. No more than ½ of milk or yogurt and 1 oz of cheese daily. Also, you can try goat or sheep cheese. We’ve found some excellent ones at Whole Foods. Of the 10 foods that can help fight dementia, milk is not technically one as far as Paleo eating is concerned.

10. Olive Oil
I almost want to say use generously, but I know some might think I am saying to eat a Keto diet – do not go there! This is a healthy oil. Use it healthily. Replace other oils with it. Like all these foods it’s full of antioxidants and vitamins that protect and keep your brain healthy.

What You Eat Matters

Many people today are focused on how to eat better and are eating similar to this list. This is good news. It’s healthy for the heart and overall health too. Calories matter so be active and don’t overeat anything that includes everything here. I hope you are eating and enjoying my list of 10 foods that can help fight dementia. If not, maybe now is a good time to start even if you’re in your 20’s or 30’s.