Friday, May 4, 2012

The body talks to you with Allergies

I have to commend my fiancé, Joseph. We went to Texas, the land of flour, sugar,
alcohol, and meat. Luckily, knock on wood, I haven’t have had too much trouble
with allergies in the adult years. I attribute this to, 2 factors; 1. I live in NYC, how can
one be allergic to cement and 2. I now do a daily practice of pranayama and weekly
nettie, if not every day.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, as Joseph says, he is very sensitive and suffers from
allergies. These allergies heighten when he consumes wheat and sugar. And being
his apprentice this week on vacation, I realize that many people’s allergies heighten
when consuming these same foods. While on vacation, who doesn’t want to “let
loose” and eat the foods that we don’t normally eat at home, for example home
cooked bread, deserts, and pre-made salad dressing. I laugh at the last one, when I
was in my twenties, I never thought I would say, “I’m getting crazy eating processed
salad dressing!” However, I forget how much sugar people put in salad dressing,
thus salad dressing at home is only olive oil and balsamic.

But who wants to be sick on vacation with watery eyes, sneezing, and unable to
breath between the sneezes. Not Joseph, so while on vacation instead of indulging
with everything the palate loves and the body has a difficult time breaking down,
we watched what we ate. I have to admit, I am a person who splurges with a sweet
tooth and I love being able to let go on vacation. However, traveling with someone
who keeps close watch on his diet is very enduring and motivating. While ordering,
we asked what things were made of and special ordered a lot, but with patience and
diligence, we found the foods we could eat which made our bodies and minds feel
good.

What did I learn this week besides that I love vegetarian fajitas and beans? I learned
that we need to be aware to how your body talks to us through the food we eat.
And let me tell ya, it talks a lot, whether its constipation, loose stoles, acid reflux,
migraines, muscle cramps, swollen fingers, or allergies. I also feel motivated to let go
of some of my weaknesses of my personal diet to maximize my energy by eating
certain foods. I hope to share more of this with you in the weeks to come.

Thank you Joseph, for being a great teacher, motivator, and for your persistence of
the diet to see that it can be done!!!

 Who is Joseph Tonzola L.Ac?
Joseph Tonzola is a licensed acupuncturist in both NY and NJ. He has been involved in patient care for 11 years, 6 of which include professional experience as an acupuncturist. Joseph currently works an acupuncturist for the Integrative Medicine Department at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, NJ. He enjoys working in a group setting with acupuncture for the many benefits made available through this approach. Joseph is a new addition to BambooMoves and is excited to integrate himself as an integrative health care provider within the BambooMoves community. Look for session times and for Community Acupuncture here in Forest Hills at Bamboomoves!

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