Diet Week 1

I am an older woman and it is not easy for me to lose weight anymore.  High protein used to work for me but no more!  I now know that it was not a smart idea to follow high protein diet as it impacts your bones (your health is more important then your looks!).  However the damage is already done.  I do not want to lose weight fast as i have mature skin with less elasticity

I started my diet yesterday.  I intend to eat veggie only for two days a week

Day 1:

Breakfast – Bell Peppers (I think!).  I told you, i have hypothyroid symptoms..  i cant remember what i had for breakfast yesterday but i know for sure i had some vegetable in raw form

Lunch – Fried Okra in Olive oil with garlic and cumin seeds

Dinner – Grilled Broccoli.  I sprinkle salt on it and put it in toaster oven

Water – 8 glasses

Exercise: Bikram Yoga (As i have open pores, I was reluctant to try hot Yoga initially.  However i have found that if I put mud mask right after the hot yoga, it closes my pores).  Another benefit  I felt was some tightening of skin.  It could be my imagination but i feel the skin under my chin is somewhat more tight.  My relatives who are much older than me who live in a hot and humid climate have a much better skin then me.  I assume that the hot weather and sweating makes skin better.


Day 2:

Breakfast: Grilled Brocolli

Lunch – Salad with Lettuce, broccoli and Spinach.  Some dressing.

Later afternoon – One avacado

Dinner – One avacado

Water – 6 glasses

exercise – Brisk walk for 30 min




Natural Skin Lightening – Day 1

Today is day#1 of the trial to lighten my skin tone using lemon juice.  I have rubbed the inside of a used lemon to apply the juice to my face.   I experienced minor itching sensation after applying it. I did not apply it in the eye area.  Washed it off in 20 minutes and applied Aloe Vera gel right after to make sure the skin is not irritated.

My face is significantly darker than my neck (so much so that people comment on it).  A proof would be that the two skin tones match.  I have taken a picture of myself as well to track progress.

Concerns – Would lemon juice be too drying for my mature skin?

Acupuncture Diary Day 1

Day # 1 – 07/12/16

Trip: I went to City Acupuncture Circle in Washington DC last week for my first appointment after seeing excellent reviews on it.  The building is a bit hard to find and the elevator is a typical elevator of an old building with a guard rail and a door that you need to close and open yourself.  I was a bit concerned about using the elevator but as the office is on the 5th floor and i had no intention of climbing the stairs i took it.  I tried calling the office from downstairs following the instructions on the door to enter but no one picked up.  I had their phone number so i ended up calling them from my cell phone and Sarah (The acupuncturist) picked up.  She told me to call again and it worked the second time.

Acupuncture:  I told Sarah about my benign thyroid cysts and their size and the hypo thyroid symptoms i have been experiencing.  My symptoms are extreme fatigue, weight gain and extremely slow metabolic rate.

Treatment:  Sarah put three needles in my wrists and three in my feet and let me lie down for an hour and a half.  As it was very early in the morning there was only one other woman patient in this community clinic where several beds are setup in one area.  The needles are very thin and sharp.  I only felt a bit of discomfort in my left hand. I had a bit of pain in that location for a day or two.  I have been told to have 6 – 8 sessions to see results.  We intend to see improved symptoms.  I may go for an MRI to check the size of the cysts after the treatment.  My thyroid levels btw are fine but i seem to have the symptoms of hypothyroid.

Next week my appointment is with a different practitioner.