“ROLLERCOASTER RIDE” is how I’ve described Diabetes in the past. Well, I’m on a wicked ride right now. Ugh — the cravings!
I’m doing everything I know to eat properly, but I’m still being haunted by cravings. Today, a friend, who’s an expert on alternatives, suggested that I try Essence of Grapefruit — “just a few drops on your finger — smell it.” She gave me this recommendation after I had inhaled a cinnamon bun. (Better to sniff grapefruit, my dear…) 🙂 Of course, I’ll be going out soon to scout out some EofG. I’ll let you know.
The topic came up via a conversation on acupuncture. I had accupuncture many years ago for severe pain in my elbow and shoulder. It was a last resort and, I have to tell you, it worked! So when another friend who was probably sick of my whining about the torture of cravings said, “How about acupuncture, it worked for you the last time?” I decided, Why not?
My yoga instructor recommended an acupuncturist, and I made an appointment pronto. Last Wednesday I took the plunge. I was slightly skeptical (I guess because I wasn’t doing it for pain.) and a little anxious, but I dove in. Susan, a licensed acupuncturist, explained everything — did you know there are various types of acupuncture? Chinese, Japanese, Korean (probably more). I was familiar only with the Chinese form. By the end of the session, I had 14 needles placed at various points — incredible. She also threw in a little Reiki; to get rid of some “areas of energy.” O.K., I’m game. Before leaving me for what seemed to be about 15 minutes, she covered me with a FOIL blanket. (What???) She said, “You won’t think you’ll need this now, but it will keep you warm.” I wasn’t cold, but O.K. Within a few minutes, I was chilly (What???). Honest! But that soon passed and I was warm again. I guess, thanks to the blanket.
While horizontal on the table — needled and blanketed — I couldn’t help but think, You really WILL do anything to get rid of those cravings. At end of the session, Susan placed two seeds (Vaccaria Seeds) that are imbedded in tiny bandaids, on points (on my ears) that relate to cravings. Because I was having a wicked bout of allergies, she also placed a minuscule magnet (embedded into another tiny bandaid) on the “webbed” area between my thumb and index finger. I was told to keep them on until they fell off on their own (they did — in the shower — in two days).
I have NO idea whether or not this will work, but the cravings are driving me up the wall, so I’m willing to try. That was Wednesday morning and on Sunday morning, I downed the cinnamon bun. I have another appointment scheduled for Thursday. These things take time.
Keeping an open mind. Remaining DEDICATED and DETERMINED!