Virtual coffee date

I have a few minutes this morning, so let’s do a virtual coffee date to catch up!

  • Last week I worked ProAm. It.was.insane. In the best way possible. We had a record breaking sales day, which was totally RAD. I was a bit nervous to see how my body would react after being sick for so long then catapulting back to work more than full time, but turns out I did really well. I am so completely happy about that. Working a ton of hours closely with the same co-workers also gave us the opportunity to build a lot of comradery. Which is a great thing, because we all know how badly things could have gone, ha! We were riding high all weekend, deliriously texting at our 4:00 am wake up times, making up songs and getting shit done. It was exactly what my soul needed and I’m so, so thankful for them.

Here is a picture of the sunset on our way in one evening.

Then back to work the next morning to watch the sunrise.

  • I just finished reading Life-Changing Foods by Anthony William using the Kindle app. It is such a fantastic read, I ordered the book, along with his first book, Secrets Behind Chronic & Mystery Illness and How To Finally Heal to reread and refer to.
  • The Life Changing Foods book explains 4 reasons why illness seems to be at an all time high and provides 50 real foods that treat and help cure them. Anthony talks about what he refers to as “Spirit” who helps him identify illness in people around him and what to do. He also talks about the foods in detail, sharing qualities about them science hasn’t even discovered yet. Not completely sure how accurate it is, but still full of interesting information.

I’ll admit at first it’s kinda odd to wrap my brain around it…(I believe in God, but felt a little apprehensive at first) but once I embraced what he was writing, I felt much more comfortable. It’s a bit odd to admit, the book made me a little emotional and I’m not usually an emotional kinda chick.

  • Yesterday, we got my test results back for the extensive (and expensive!) wheat & gluten test. Turns out I am completely fine with wheat & gluten. As in zero problems. LONG LIVE BREAD!!!!!

This is fantastic news, but still doesn’t shed light on why I still have digestive issues. In the meantime, I am feeling SO much better, keeping up with weekly acupuncture treatments, waiting on one more large intestine test results. Oh and I actually figured out how to (mostly) get my “slow stomach emptying” to work better again. I’ll share more on what I’ve done later because I’m still tweeking things to see if I can improve even more….or actually cure it.

  • If you are dairy free or just looking for a plant based yogurt, you need to try Kite Hill almond milk yogurt. It is my new favorite thing, until my next favorite thing. Especially with fresh blueberries mixed in.

Another good one is So Delicious brand coconut yogurt. Especially using it to make chia pudding with fresh fruit.

Okay, I gotta go. Hope you are having a fantastic week!

What is your current favorite thing?

What are you reading right now?

The magic of the unfollow button

I made this for you! It’s 3 chilled, fresh squeezed oranges. That’s it. Unless you’d like to add some Titos…in that case, you’re smarter than you look. ūüėČ

Have a seat, relax. We’re going to have a chat about energy & how it affects others around you.

Every once in awhile I go through social media accounts I follow to clean it up. I unfollow accounts that ¬†don’t inspire, bring me joy, happiness or make a positive impact on my life. While it may sound kinda dumb, but even something as small as an account you follow, has the power to infuse energy into your life. Both good & bad. Even if it’s just a tiny bit, it adds up over time.

Lately, I noticed I am suddenly hypersensitive to the energy around me. It’s like I can actually feel it, both positive and negative and it really affects me. Am I going crazy? Wait, maybe that’s why I love my dog so much? Ha!

It’s actually kinda a good thing, because most of it is in our control. A lot of times you can limit or cut out the bad energy through the magical power of the unfollow button. Of course if you have to live or work with someone, that is a different story. And if there’s someone who constantly drags you down….sucking every ounce of your good energy, it’s probably time to cut that dead ass weight out of your life and move on. Family included. Sounds harsh, but if you needed a little tough love this morning, here it is.

Though…..you may not want to take my advice, I lay on a sharp acupuncture mat for fun every day…..

When you get rid of all of those negative things holding you down, it creates more space for new, positive energy. Cool shit that inspires you, brings you happiness, joy and makes you laugh. Things that challenge you, your perspective & beliefs in a constructive way.

So think of it as¬†adding quality, good for the soul energy into your life, not just what you’re deleting.

What makes you hit the unfollow button?

What are some of your favorite accounts to follow?

It feels so good to feel good

Last Friday I had a blood draw for an extensive wheat/gluten test. They sent a phlebotomist to our house, how crazy is that!? I had no idea that was a thing.

After I went to an acupuncture treatment. You guys, I am totally obsessed. So much that, I bought an acupressure mat, which has turned into a love/hate relationship just like the foam roller.

Anyway back to the treatment…I went in feeling good, and walked out feeling even better than I had in months. Months! So I scratched the stupid to do list and spent the rest of the day doing all the things I love. Best.decision.ever.

It was sunshine & blue skies, so I dropped the top, went to my favorite little coffee shop (Bright Coffee) for an almond milk latte with coconut sugar and took Bam to the beach. It was absolutely perfect.

We played for an hour and a half, which is quite a long time for an old blind dog. After I gave him a bath & bone and tucked him in for a nap. 4 hours later, dude was still out. I opened a bag of popcorn, his favorite, and he didn’t even lift his head ha. Beach day success!

Bam-rito

The rest of the weekend felt like spring and all I wanted to do was play out in the sunshine. We took a drive along the coast, shopped a little and I walked a lot.

I’ve made a lot of changes that have contributed to feeling better lately. If you google gastroparesis, a bunch of really scary things will pop up. The most terrifying ones are those with feeding tubes and no cure or hope of getting better. I am determined to make it out of this against the odds. I’ve already gained 2 pounds back this month, after losing maybe 10 since November. I know for most, this is such a first world problem, but for me it’s a huge deal. After being at my lowest weight in December, being so sick I just moved from the bed to the couch, I remember telling Mike “I’m going to die from this.” And I kinda believed it.

So to say I am thankful to be heading in the right direction now, is a complete understatement.

But today, just one month later, I have SO much more hope. I’m able to eat more and move a lot, and have more good days than bad.

Walking is something I love to do, but even more so now because it helps with digestion tremendously. It’s a good thing my buddy is always up for a walk {or sniff if you’re Bam} around the ‘hood or beach.

I’d like to add some more cardio or strength training, but any kind of exertion makes me nauseous. It’s so weird, but I think about running back in the day, I felt like that a lot as well. I just assumed it was because I was pushing it too hard and/or eating foods I’m allergic to. Even though I had no idea I even had food allergies at the time ha!

I know things could change for the worse, but for now, I am so happy to have some good days, eat real food and be able to move.

Are you going through major life changes right now?

When was the last time life forced you to make changes?

Mini goals, Podcasts & yoga

Each week I set a new mini goal. It’s something that brings a little daily structure, is completely attainable but still takes effort. Last weeks mini goal was to hit my step goal every day. Which I did. 10 days in a row now boom!

A few months ago I reset my Garmin to adjust my daily goal based on current steps, instead of 10,000, which I was failing miserably at reaching. Mostly because I’d been so sick. Best decision ever.

This weeks goals are to keep the streak alive and adding some stretching, yoga, and/or foam roll every day. You guys!! This is so difficult for me. I love to keep moving, but my hips, legs & feet are so stiff. They are in desperate need of some love.

I had a killer physical therapy session yesterday & was quickly reminded how stiff my hips & quads are. Especially the left, surgery side. I foam rolled, stretched, walked a lot & did yoga. Freaking yoga! Like who am I?

A few things about yoga & SCB…it’s hard for me to be still & clear my mind for a session, I’m super picky about the instructor and I prefer to do it at home, on my own time. So if I look like a wet noodle flailing around, only Bam will see. Or not ha!

I found a fantastic yoga instructor on YouTube, Boho Beautiful. I adore Juliana’s calm voice. Her instructions are clear and videos are incredibly beautiful. I did the Perfect Yoga for everyone class yesterday. LOVED it!

Another thing I’ve gotten into lately are Podcasts. I’m currently digging¬†The Skinny Confidential Him & Her. Oh my gosh I love listening to them while walking Bam or cleaning the house. They cover topics like relationships, natural supplements, entrepreneurship, travel and acupuncture <-{Lauryn was the main reason I tried it} Oh and you guys have to listen to episode 42 about their wedding last November. Dying.

The Healthy Gut with Rebecca Coomes is another fav. If you struggle with gut issues – especially SIBO, she offers tons of natural tips & covers tough topics. They get down to the nitty, gritty details. I feel Rebecca asks her guests all the right questions.

I just started listening to Revolution Health Radio with Chris Kresser¬†yesterday. From what I gather, Chris is highly regarded in the Functional Medicine community. From reading his blog and listening to one episode, I can tell his approach to healing the gut aligns with the direction I’m heading. He is also my FM doctors trainer, which I recently found out!

His treatment plans focus on healing the gut with both natural & pharmaceutical medicine, starving gut bacteria, not the patient. I was overly discouraged on the Candida diet a year ago as it was too restrictive, so I appreciate his more attainable, yet effective approach much more.

Do you listen to Podcasts? If so, what are your favorite recommendations?

Random question, does anyone else struggle with having their head down too much while doing yoga? It gives me a little bit of a headache, will it get better with more practice?

Should Mini Goal Monday be a thing? Would you join in?

Weekend with Pops

Pops (my father in law) came to visit for the weekend. We didn’t want him to spend the first Birthday of my MIL after she passed last year, by himself.
Unfortunately Mike came down with a head cold all weekend. So I made tons of fresh orange juice to help Mike feel better and get some extra vitamin C to keep the healthy folks healthy.

Cinnamon rolls are one of Pops favorite treats, so I whipped up a batch from scratch.

Pops helped take this photo, which he was quite stoked about.

I used this recipe, One Hour Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls I found on Pinterest and while I can’t personally vouch for them, (allergic to a lot of the ingredients) Pops & Mike polished off the whole pan.

They were made with REAL butter, REAL dairy, all the gluten and all the love.

 

We considered taking Mike to the Vet, but we let him rest instead. So with him down of the count, I did my best to show Pops a good time. We went to the aquarium, which he had never been to. He LOVED it!

After the aquarium we noticed the storm surge and the biggest waves I’d ever seen, so we took a drive along the coast. We have lived here (Monterey, CA) over 3 years, and I have never seen swells that big. Serious bone crushing waves. Turns out they set a new record for the largest swells for Monterey ever – 34 feet! It was an incredible sight.

I was driving and wasn’t able to get a shot, but I found one on Instagram in case you are wondering what it looked like.

Pops left yesterday (Monday), Mike is feeling much better, so we are back to normal ’round here. I set some mini goals for the week. I’ll do a post about them tomorrow. Oh and I finally broke down and ordered a new cold press juicer. Ahhhhh I am so SO excited!

Do you get along with your in laws?

Yes! I have always loved and adored them both. Probably more than my own family ha!

Anyone else get nerdy excited about new appliances? Does that make me old now?

Any interest in a post/video on the differences between a cold press juicer & centrifugal juicer?

Strawberry chia jam recipe

Yesterday, I had an acupuncture treatment.

2 months ago I would have judged me. In my mind it’s such a hippie thing to do. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s just not me.

I mean how can putting fine needles just under the skin, tap into the digestive system and help alleviate pain?

If you would have told me that, there is no way I would have believed you. None. Nope. It’s too weird.

Buuuuuut it is truly one of the only natural things that helps with my horrible digestion. I have no idea how it works, but it works. And after I feel so amazing, full of energy, anxiety is reduced and the ridiculously slow digestive tract moves, if you know what I mean.

 

After acupuncture, I came home to a super awesome mail day. I won a giveaway from Nutiva on Instagram.

I only enter giveaways for products I genuinely love or would buy. The coconut manna was the reason for entering this one, which was promptly popped in the microwave to soften up. The verdict: freaking awesome!

I already use & love the coconut oil buttery spread. Holy smokes this stuff is legit. 100% vegan but smells & tastes just like REAL butter. I use it on roasted potatoes and popcorn.

Later in the evening, I cracked open the bag of chia seeds and made strawberry chia jam. It only requires 3 ingredients,  so if you have chia seeds on hand, you will likely have everything you need to whip up a batch right now. And I totally think you should!

Click HERE to save this recipe for later.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups strawberries (I used fresh, but frozen would work)
  • 1/4 Cup maple syrup (honey might work too)
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • Optional a squeeze of fresh lemon if you like a little acidity.

Directions:

In a small saucepan on low, heat strawberries & maple syrup. After they soften a bit (2-3 minutes) use a potato masher to get a smooth consistency. You could also use a food processor, but I’m lazy and didn’t want to wash more dishes.

Stir in chia seeds and simmer until mixture thickens. 3-5 minutes. Stir often.

Pour into a glass container and cool, then refrigerate.

**This was not a sponsored post nor did Nutiva request a mention. I just really love their products and wanted to share them with you.**

What do you make with chia seeds?

Do you have a current trendy favorite food?

10 Things….

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the last post. Looks like virtual coffee dates are still a thing! Schweet.

I figured it’s a good time to do a little ‘get to know me’ post. Turns out there is more to me than gut issues. Who knew? Below are 10 things about me…most of which you probably don’t want to know, ha! I hope you will share some things about yourself in the comments.

  • My name is Jacqueline, my husband is Mike and we have a blind Jack Russell, Bam. One of us chews our butt on a regular basis. We live in a cozy beach house in Monterey, CA about a mile away from the beach.
  • I bartend on the golf course at Pebble Beach, where I drive a beer & snack cart on the golf course and make a lot of friends all day. I absolutely love my job! Everyone is always happy (they’re playing Pebble, so heck yeah they are!) and I have beer, so we are pretty much going to be friends. There is never a bad day. I’m off right now as I take the winter months off with the exception of ProAm in February. And yes, I get to meet celebs & famous people, but approximately 98.99999% of the time I don’t even recognize them. Oops.

Chris O’Donnell requested a Charlie’s Angels pose.

  • Some of the celebs I have met & had very pleasant conversations with are Chris O’Donnell, President George W. Bush, Vanna White, Clay Walker, Andre Iguodala <-{he correctly guessed my shoe size}.
  • With all of this hoopla around work, I’m just a down home country girl. I try to never let life get too big for my britches, take a keen interest in the simplest of things and people I love.
  • I have terrible anxiety, but you probably wouldn’t even know it.

  • If you meet me IRL, you would probably assume I’m very outgoing, but I am quite the opposite. I am more of an introvert…being home with my boys, my germs, my coffee, some candles and lots of warm cozy blankets are heaven.

  • I love coffee. If you’re a long time reader, you already know that. But with all of the stuff I’ve given up (dairy, bananas, lemon) I refuse to give up coffee. I will die before that happens.
  • When I see dogs missing a leg or eye, deaf, blind, high anxiety or rough looking, my husband will surely get a text begging for us to adopt it. He says that I like the ugliest, most messed up and will probably never find a home dogs. He also is worried how he must look if that’s what I’m attracted to.
  • I have a dark sense of humor. Good thing Mike does as well. For example: I asked him if we can retire along the coast where it’s warmer year round, like San Diego. He said no and I replied, “well I’m going to move there when you die.” Don’t worry, he came back with “that’s funny, with all of your health issues, you think I’m gonna die first.” Good point cowboy, good point.

  • Mike & I refuse to grow up. We are very professional, we get shit done and have the whole adulting thing down. But we are all about having fun and enjoying life on our terms. One of our favorite things to do while in Vegas is to photobomb people while in the lobby of the Bellagio. We usually spend over an hour sitting in one place where everyone stands to take a picture and then jump up at the last moment for the bomb. Our other trick is one of us will offer to take the picture with their phone/camera and the other will jump up from the back and bomb the hell out of them. If this has happened to you in the Bellagio, we will gladly sign it for you. It will be worth absolutely nothing.

Now it’s your turn!

SIBO test results & Detox Soup recipe

Welp, the test results for SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) came back negative.

This came as big shock to both, my Functional doc and myself. I have most of the hallmark symptoms of it. I’m conflicted about the results…on one hand it’s a relief knowing it’s not SIBO. If you are familiar with it, you know it’s not an easy thing to treat or cure. It’s more of a life long issue.

But on the other, we’re back to square one.

Our next step is to run some more tests…large intestine & an extensive wheat/gluten blood test. Over a year ago, I tested fine for wheat & gluten, but she thinks it’s a good idea to take more extensive look at it. I feel like she and I are moving in the same direction, so I’m willing to follow her lead.

Watch, it’s going to be something stupid…like a vitamin XYZ deficiency or hey J, you’re actually allergic to water, oxygen and the sun. My body feels so toxic, it would NOT surprise me ha!

I felt fantastic Saturday, got in a nice long walk in sunshine & blue skies with the Bam, only to wake up Sunday feeling like my whole system had been poisoned. I tried to power through it, but that ended in a shower, pj’s and watching documentaries on sea life in the recliner by 3pm.

Monday I decided something has to change….for like the millionth time, so I started juicing <- {SO dang good!} and made what I call a detox soup. It’s simple, full of vitamins, minerals with a little kick. I didn’t have a recipe, just winged this one with whatever we had on hand and hey, Mike approved so at least it was edible. Here’s the recipe in case you are wondering…

Detox Soup

  • 3 Potatoes, diced into bite sized pieces so they cook faster because I’m impatient
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 T EVOO
  • ¬†1 can white beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cans of chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup green beans
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • Couple handfuls of kale
  • 1 t Cajun seasoning
  • Sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions:

Chop veggies, then heat pot. Add EVOO, onion & garlic. Saute until translucent.

Add broth & tomatoes, bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until fork tender. Toss in some kale.

Since the green beans & corn I used were frozen, I added them at the very end along with the beans.

Enjoy with crusty gluten filled or free bread. I added a little Braggs liquid aminos. Anyone else add this stuff to everything?

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I’m kicking around the idea of expanding topics on SCB, along with the current health posts. I’m writing for you guys, so please let me know what topics you are interested in.

Here are some I’m thinking about:

  1. Bringing back virtual coffee dates.
  2. Day in the life.
  3. Product testing/recommendations.
  4. Natural health & beauty products I like.
  5. Mini challenges with you. Ex: Hit our step goal every day for a week or do a plank every day.
  6. Living & dealing with anxiety.
  7. More Bam because this is his blog anyway.
  8. The mental/emotional side of living with chronic illness.
  9. Photography, photo editing apps, tips & tricks I dig.

Comment and let me know which ones you’d be interested in reading about. Feel free to add your ideas as well.¬†

Sesamoiditis Update

****Edited to add another tip as of 1/27/17****

****Edited again to add video link as of 2/7/17****

Sesamoiditis…ahhhhhhh it’s like a nagging wife that won’t just go away.

Todays post is a follow up to the most popular post on SCB right now, Treating and Curing Sesamoiditis. I get a lot of questions, comments and update requests about it, so this post is long overdue.

***Just to be clear, I am not a doctor. As with all of my posts, this is 100% my opinion and experiences.***  

Update on my feet today (January 2017):

My feet are doing a lot better. I’m able to walk/hike 4-5 miles completely pain free. Well, that I know of…..I’m too nervous to push my luck. Though I don’t have any pain after, if I press on the sesamoid to see if it’s really healed, it’s still a little sore. But I’ll take it!

One of the biggest obstacles I had with healing, is overdoing it. Sesamoiditis is tricky in that I would walk more than usual (last October I walked over 9 miles in a day, yikes!) and felt no pain while walking. But after I sat down that night, the pain & inflammation came right back. I was so nervous and upset thinking all of my progress was lost, but thankfully they bounced back within a couple weeks. I know scaling my walking back & resting more were key in helping them recover again.

As far as normal daily life, I feel great! The fact that I have been sick for months has probably helped since I wasn’t able to hike like before and push my luck. Ha!

Over the weekend I walked over 4 miles completely pain free, which a year ago, I only dreamed of doing.

Things that helped me heal:

  • EPAT Therapy was hands down the key for me. I think it was so helpful, it probably deserves a whole post dedicated to it. Let me know if that’s something you’re interested in.

Healing progress started to slow down in January of 2016, so I decided to find the best podiatrist out there, and started working with Dr. Saxena in Stanford. He works with professional & Olympic athletes, speaks at medical seminars and such, so I knew he was interested healing & using state of the art technology. He did 4 rounds of EPAT therapy on my right foot (the most painful one) and 3 on my left. Dr. Saxena was the only specialist who offered more than just “ice, rest, crazy expensive orthotics (that didn’t work) & take an Advil” every other podiatrist advised.

It took every bit of 90 days after my last treatment for me to notice a difference, but it did!

  • Altra Running shoes¬†are the only shoes my feet like. They have a lot of cushion, a wide toe box and are zero drop, which I believe all three things were pivotal to help healing. I would highly recommend this brand to anyone. They are like pillows of cushion with support for my traitor feet.

I love the Torins so much, I buy several pairs (previous years model) at a time when they go on sale. I currently have 3 pair of these in the same color. I also have a pair of their Lone Peak trail shoe which I like, but don’t wear as often since the cushion isn’t as plush as my beloved Torin.

  • Stay below your pain threshold. This is a tricky one because the only way to find your threshold is to push it, which I do not recommend doing. Just be aware of how much you are walking/on your feet. One thing I still struggle with is feeling no pain walking more than usual, thinking my feet have healed, only to be in pain after sitting down. That happened to me in Vegas last October when I walked over 9 miles. Yikes! Thankfully I bounced back within a couple weeks of taking it easy.
  • Leg drains.¬†I just elevate my feet using a wall for 10 minutes after a long walk or being on them a lot. I like to think this helps circulate blood to the tiny bones and flush out that area.
  • Garmin/step tracker¬†has definitely been very helpful. I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary, but it’s very helpful. I wear the Garmin Vivoactive and LOVE the dang thing.

****Additional tip as of 1/27/17*****

  • I want to reiterate physical therapy for sesamoiditis. Last weekend both of my feet started to ache a little bit more than usual. I didn’t increase my walking or do anything different. Then joints in both feet started to get stiff. Nothing like I couldn’t walk, just achy and a little painful. I thought about this post and wondered if I had false hope my feet were on the mend. I went to physical therapy, told him about it and he worked primarily on my hips. Then knees, then ankles & feet to get them to work together again.

Immediately my right foot felt so much better…like everything flowed the way they should. Not so rigid if that makes sense. So I went the following day to have my left (surgery side) worked on. I walked out feeling tons better. Sesamoids are still a tiny bit sore, but overall I’m back to walking up to 5 miles a day without much pain.

Now back to how I got sesamoiditis in the first place: I had genetic hip impingement. In December of 2014 I had arthroscopic hip surgery, which was a success. I never used crutches post op because the swinging motion was too painful. So I just walked a little funky. Like a gangsta grandma limp ha! Well 2 months of walking like that and increasing the distance, made the sesamoid in my right foot an angry elf. A few months later after babying it, my left foot decided to join the party. Sesamoid protest, party of two.

So the sesamoiditis/stiff joints in my feet, all circled back to the hip issue. Again. I’m still struggling to find balance in rebuilding strength in the hip, legs & feet because ironically they all require each other to function properly and not hurt to do the exercises.

So if you are dealing with sesamoiditis, I would highly recommend physical therapy. In my experience, it is highly likely your sesamoid issues are actually caused by an imbalance somewhere along the chain. All it takes is an imbalance to cause your foot to overcompensate for it.

Just my 2 cents fo free.

****Edited again to add video link as of 2/7/17*****

  • Due to popular request, this is the video my husband used to make inserts to sort of float, the sesamoid area. It offsets pressure to other parts of the foot.

Things that did not work or help me:

  • The boot.¬†In 2014, a podiatrist (who misdiagnosed me with a stress fractured sesamoid) put me in a boot for 9 weeks. It caused more damage than anything else. Thankfully I got a second opinion and was told to immediately stop wearing the boot because I had such low circulation in my foot, it was shutting down. I literally walked out of his office bootless and went straight to physical therapy. I spent over 2 hours in PT that day and my foot felt so much better because of it.

This is what my foot looked like for several weeks being in the boot, before PT:

I ran the boot idea by Dr.Saxena when I first met with him in 2016, and his opinion was to not put me in a boot, because as soon as I got out of it, the sesamoids would likely flare up again. He recommended proper shoes and staying below my pain threshold. So along with EPAT Therapy, that’s what I did. Well for the most part…I just love to walk. Ha!

I realize the boot thing is highly controversial, so by all means, please take my experience with a grain of sea salt and do what’s right for you.

  • Orthotics, both custom and OTC. I still have a pile of orthotics I tried and they either made no difference or made things worse. I finally ripped them out and started wearing Altra shoes full time and that is what I’ve done for the last year or so.
  • Cortisone injections did not work and I do not recommend them. In fact I now have atrophy where I was given injections on my Mortons Neuroma.

To summarize my thoughts on treatment for sesamoiditis, I highly recommend resting, taking an anti-inflammatory in the beginning, EPAT therapy and Altra Running shoes. I would also try acupuncture since it has been wonderful for my GI issues. That’s what I would do if my sesamoids decide to become traitors again.

Thoughts? Questions? Recommendations?

Acupuncture for Gastroparesis

I want to share a little more about my health – what’s going on right now and some things I am doing to feel better until we get the SIBO test results. Before we get into it, you need to understand that I’m not looking for sympathy. I’m looking for answers. Real answers. Treatment and possibly a cure. If you are going through a similar thing, I want you to know there are other treatments to explore. Just because Western medicine can’t fully explain why I have felt like death and sadness for months, doesn’t mean that’s the end of the road. I just won’t accept it. I will remain unapologetically relentless in my quest to find answers. So onward and upward we go!

If you’re new or catching up, you may read about my GI issues here and here.

Here’s the short version:¬†Since around Thanksgiving I have felt nausea, bloated, pain and this overwhelming feeling of unwell. My body feels toxic. Almost stomach flu-like at times. It usually comes on suddenly after a meal, but not always. It’s a fine line to walk. On one hand I feel sick to my stomach after eating, but if I wait too long to eat, I feel sick too. I am convinced the main culprit for this is gastroparesis. I also have pain in the upper abdomen especially in the sternum. Crossing my arms over that area was too painful.

After a particularly rough few weeks, I decided to try an acupuncture treatment on Tuesday afternoon. This was my second time trying it ever.

At the risk of sounding like a cheesy infomercial, it was a complete success! I started feeling better immediately after. The tender spot by the sternum was significantly better and I was no longer nauseous. In fact I walked out the clinic dreaming about what to make for dinner. That is huge since I have lost about 10 pounds that I really couldn’t afford to lose.

I told Mike if someone told me they had needles put in their arms & legs to work on their abdomen, I would not have believed them. I have no idea how it works, it seriously worked!

1/2 grapefruit, 1 green apple, 2 celery stalks, spinach, fresh parsley & 2 small carrots. 

Along with acupuncture, here are some other things I’m doing to help speed up digestion:

  • Fresh juice and smoothies to get some much needed vitamins & minerals. They are a lot easier to digest right now and I’m a nerd that pictures all of the wonderful nutrients flowing through my body as I drink them. Ha!
  • Vitamin B-12 daily.
  • Roasting a whole organic chicken and using the bones & fresh veggies to make bone broth. <-Very healing.

  • Essential oils. I love peppermint, but I just got lemon, lime & vanilla in the mail. Our poor mailman is probably annoyed with all of these Amazon Prime boxes. Ha!
  • Digestive enzymes with every meal and snack.
  • Making plans with friends, going for a drive, walking Bam, wander around Target or the aquarium. Getting out of the house is so hard when you feel like crap, but when I do, it’s so helpful.
  • Small, more frequent meals. Focusing on high nutrient ones in the morning-afternoon. After about 2:00 I notice my digestion really starts to slow down, so I’ll have something lite for dinner like a smoothie or salad.
  • Light exercise. Walking mostly or cleaning the house helps aid digestion.
  • Bentyl. This is a bit controversial because it calms down the intestines by slowing down digestion, but at this point the benefits are worth it.

I’m working with a Functional doctor on trying some new, natural supplements to aid digestion & coat the stomach from bile reflux <- (side effect from gallbladder surgery) this week. I’m kinda excited about it!

Have you tried acupuncture?

If not, would you consider it?

Anyone else into essential oils? What are your favs?