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One of the advantages to being married to an acupuncturist:  free treatments!


I was feeling absolutely terrible this afternoon, so the Husband and I drove to the clinic so he could give me a treatment.  That makes me the first person the Husband has treated in the new clinic!  Whoo-hoo!  He gets his official license in three weeks or so (which is why he isnÒ€ℒt on the clinic website yet, in case you looked). 


The treatment was great.  I even fell asleep on the table for 15 minutes.  When he took the needles out, I curled in a little ball and sleep for an additional 30 minutes!  It was lovely.  πŸ™‚


No, acupuncture does not hurt!  It sometimes feels like a bit of pressure when the needle goes in, but thatÒ€ℒs it.  And it really does work! 


Pre-treatment snack was a mini cinnamon roll + a slice of coffee cake (samples from Great Harvest):


I got a TON of work done this afternoon Γ’β‚¬β€œ it was actually the first time IÒ€ℒve ended my work day feeling accomplished and completed in a LONG time. 


Snack time for an apple:


Around 7 PM. I pulled myself away from the computer and took James on a long, fast walk around the neighborhood.  I did about 1.5 miles in 22 minutes or so.  We were both winded and sweaty by the end.


And then my in-laws and my brother-in-law Nick arrived!  As they transition the clinic from Florida to North Carolina, they are doing three weeks in Florida and a few days here.


I made us a massive Indian food spread (thank you, Trader JoeÒ€ℒs!)


The feast!



My plate full of goodies!  I had broccoli, naan, a samosa, rice, chickpea masala, another Indian dish that I canÒ€ℒt remember the name, and baked tofu.  It was a lot of stuff, but small portions of each so I donÒ€ℒt feel stuffed. 


Another samosa!


Good night!



  • Mo@MommyRD July 15, 2010, 10:57 pm

    Mmmm…that looks like an Indian food buffet. yum! I’m jealous, I wish my husband could give me accupuncture!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 15, 2010, 11:09 pm

    wow, that is a great spread! i love samosas…i mean, what’s not to love though? πŸ™‚

  • Lee July 15, 2010, 11:09 pm

    Trader Joe’s naan is delicious.

  • Camille July 15, 2010, 11:18 pm

    Mmm, I love Indian food! Look’s fantastic!
    I keep telling my boyfriend he should study to be a masseuse and I would be glad to help him study for exams and stuff. And by study for exams, I mean lie on a table and receive free “practice” massages πŸ™‚

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 15, 2010, 11:18 pm

    That is so great that you get some free treatment. I’ve never had acupuncture, but I would love to try it sometime.

  • Alexis @ Mission: Ambition July 15, 2010, 11:20 pm

    I’ve never tried acupuncture, but am definitely intrigued by it. I am naturally a very tense person (literally! I often find that randomly throughout the day I’ll realize that I’m holding my muscles tense) and have always wondered if something like acupuncture could help.

    Also, my husband is drooling at your Indian food spread. I haven’t yet gotten up the courage to try Indian food and he loves it. Maybe I’ll try it soon.

  • Laura July 15, 2010, 11:21 pm

    Caitlin, I hope you don’t mind my asking, but on the topic of acupuncture – I’ve been dealing with severe attacks of stomach pain for the last eighteen months or so and I’m currently seeing various specialists, but so far no actual diagnosis. At the moment it’s really about trying to manage the pain. I’m taking a low dose of a tricyclic antidepressant, which is supposed to help desensitive nerve endings in your stomach, but it’s also been suggested to me that I try acupuncture, both for pain and stress relief. I’m obviously not asking for a guarantee that it will work, I know everybody responds differently to different treatments, but do you know if acupuncture might be helpful in the case of chronic pain? (Or in the case of anxiety/depression?)

    • caitlin July 16, 2010, 9:16 am

      Yes, acupuncture is definitely a great option for chronic pain issues, digestive issues, and anxiety (the husband says they are probably all related, although it’s hard to tell what’s causing what). The longer you’ve been in pain, the more treatments you’ll need to get rid of it. Also, the doctor might get you some herbs to try as well. I would research and select a state-certified acupuncture doctor who has also studied herbology. Since requirements vary from state to state, check out their website and make sure they are an actual acupuncturist, not a spa tech who calls themselves one (you could never get away with this in NC but I know laws vary). I really hope it helps you – it’s been helping millions of people in China for 5,000 years, so it must do something right!

  • Alyssa @ bride to be fit July 15, 2010, 11:31 pm

    I’ve gotten acupuncture a few times, and each time I’ve done the same thing, fall asleep during and right after it. So calming and relaxing!

  • Rosey Rebecca July 15, 2010, 11:33 pm

    I would definitely have fallen asleep too! Haha. That’s so cool that your husband can give you treatments. It must make you so comfortable and relaxed to have someone you trust so much doing it for you. Glad he made your day better!

  • Janna (Janna's Keeping it Real) July 15, 2010, 11:37 pm

    I am very curious about acupuncture, and really feel like I should search through your older posts before I ask something that has already been addressed…helllllo night time activity forthe evening!:0)

    dinner looks fabu! I absolutely adore Indian food!!

    • caitlin July 16, 2010, 9:17 am

      I’ve never done one big post on the subject so maybe it’s time. If you have Q’s, let me know!

      • Janna@Janna's Keeping It Real July 16, 2010, 9:42 am

        That would be awesome! I recently had a weird muscle spasm in my back that left me in bed for nearly an entire weekend, and someone suggested I try acupuncture…I’ve been hesitant because I figured it *must* hurt, but I guess that is just most peoples perception, since “pricking’ is involved.

        I’ll compile some questions I’ve had, and email them to you this weekend! I’m excited for this post!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now July 15, 2010, 11:45 pm

    I’ve never tried acupuncture, but it is definitely something I am open to and would use if I thought I needed it. I love hearing about all of the holistic practices.

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day (Formally A La Mode) July 16, 2010, 12:03 am

    Samosas and acupuncture…I believe you just had the best day ever πŸ™‚

    What a beautiful Indian spread though! And it all looked super easy to make.

  • Andrea July 16, 2010, 12:09 am

    I see him on the website! Must be very cool to have a doctor husband πŸ˜‰

    Food looks good too!

  • MLT July 16, 2010, 12:23 am

    your curtains look cute! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah for Real July 16, 2010, 12:48 am

    I have tried acupuncture before for headaches. I know it was doing something because I had a little fainting spell the day after one of the treatments. I’d love to try it again but it definitely takes some time commitment, no?

    • caitlin July 16, 2010, 9:17 am

      yes,its not like popping a pill. it’s natural so it takes time to work!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 16, 2010, 1:03 am

    So awesome! My friend will be an acupuncturist in umm, 3 years! haha I am very much so looking forward to free treatments. Acupuncture really does work and I wish more people would give it a chance.

    That Indian spread looks delicious! It reminds me I haven’t had Indian in forever! I’m totally due.

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 16, 2010, 1:41 am

    My husband and I are interested in starting acupuncture treatments, we hear great things about it! You’re so lucky to have a husband that can administer such awesomeness. πŸ˜€

    Your dinner looks DELISH! Love the Indian food spread. Yummy!


  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) July 16, 2010, 2:41 am

    Gosh I want those samples!!! I love Great Harvest so much but have only been in Chico, CA (a town an hour and a half away from me). Is it bad that I already looked up to see if there were any closer to me that I could work at when I move back to Cali?…

  • Orla July 16, 2010, 3:41 am

    Oh I wish I had the same acupuncture experience. I have have a panic attack each time I had the treatment ( managed 3 sessions before I broke up with my doctor!!!) I have a high pain threshold but have issues with needles and think that my anxeity made the pressure seems an awful lot more painful than it was. Either way I Am terrified of trying it again but would love to give it a proper chance to work!
    Food looks amazing!!!

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 16, 2010, 4:04 am

    I’ve always wondered whether acupuncture hurts – it just looks painful with the needles everywhere! Thise sample from GH look incredibly generous and absolutely delicious – as does the indian feast! You can never go wrong with indian food that’s for sure!

  • Neen July 16, 2010, 4:05 am

    Ohhh so jealous at your acupuncturist on tap! i LOVE acupuncture, love how it makes you feel afterwards, the sleep that comes with it is the most awesome EVER!!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 16, 2010, 4:28 am

    You made all that Indian food!? I’m guessing post Operation Beautiful book, it’ll be a cookbook then πŸ˜›
    I’ve had acupuncture before too – I didn’t feel anything you felt πŸ™

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 16, 2010, 6:29 am

    That is so cool! I’d love to try acupuncture for my headaches.

  • Laine @ Beets, Butter and Mountaintops July 16, 2010, 6:34 am

    I love acupuncture! My acupuncturist is right next door to my office, so I can head over there when ever I’m feeling “off.” She’s pretty much my Primary Care Physician. I go for insomnia, colds, sinus pain, anxiety, headache, sciatic pain (the only time the needles ever hurt, but I think that’s because there was such a blockage that when it finally released I about jumped off the table).

    My sister went all through her pregnancy for nausea and anxiety, and then when she was 12 days overdue she went for an inducement. Her mucus plug (ew) came out on while she was on the table, and she went into labor that night.

    I would love to be married to an acupuncturist.

    • caitlin July 16, 2010, 9:18 am

      Wow! Acupuncture can definitely induce someone – there are all sorts of points you can’t touch if the person is pregnant – intense!

  • Tina July 16, 2010, 6:40 am

    I love eating that way – lots of little tastes to satisfy but not be too filling.

    I have never had acupuncture done because it isn’t covered by my insurance unless a necessary treatment and I don’t have the extra money for it. I would love to give it a shot though!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 16, 2010, 7:42 am

    I’m jealous! You got lucky girl to have a husband interested in such an awesome field.

  • Chelsey July 16, 2010, 7:53 am

    I totally love acupuncture/chiropractic = I really firmly believe in it.

    I also love those red panels on your windows! That pop of color is awesome!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 16, 2010, 7:56 am

    I fine acupuncture fascinating. I want to try it some time! I really believe in that kind of stuff. A lot of people think I am crazy when I talk about it. I am glad you feel better! Seems like you had a great night after all. Dinner looks delicious and it looks like you had great company! I hope you have a great Friday!

  • Emily Lou July 16, 2010, 7:59 am

    Great Harvest? Indian food? Trader Joe’s? Oh my, you are living the life!

  • Nicole July 16, 2010, 8:17 am

    I just recently started getting acupuncture and I LOVE IT! I went to treatment for acne and I really think that the acupuncture is what healed me!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 16, 2010, 8:34 am

    I got acupuncture for my knees (chondromalacia in each) but it didn’t work. I still believe it could help less intense problems, though.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 16, 2010, 8:51 am

    I wish my husband had a job that was useful to me. The best he can do is teach me high school math…I’m very familiar with high school math.

  • allison @ livingoneday July 16, 2010, 8:51 am

    love this. my dad recently transformed his psychology business into a healing and wellness center. he brought on additional therapists, yogis, acupunturists, massage therapists, etc. i can’t wait to try the acupuncture. i mentioned before about going for my masters in it, so i cant wait to get some work done!!

  • Lauren @ Health on the Run July 16, 2010, 9:00 am

    I’m so intrigued by acupuncture. I’ve never tried it but I would really like to. I think it’d be a little tough to get over the needles at first, but it seems like it really works for people. Sadly I don’t have anyone in my family who could help me out…

    Your new apartment is really looking great! πŸ™‚

  • Jackie @ carolina_vogue July 16, 2010, 9:05 am

    I love getting acupuncture done! It’s the perfect excuse to just lay in savasana for awhile and regroup.

  • kelli July 16, 2010, 9:08 am

    ive always been afraid of accupuncture!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 16, 2010, 9:17 am

    I’ve heard a lot about acupuncture but was always sort of skeptical of it. And needles sort of scare me, lol. Did your husband have to go through a lot of training to get certified?

    • caitlin July 16, 2010, 9:20 am

      He went through a 4 year master’s program and did over 3,000 hours of clinical work. Then he took 4 intense board exams. It’s as intense as a western medical program. The only reason Americans are skeptical of it is because we’re unfamiliar with it. It’s a highly accepted practice in the rest of the world!

      • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 16, 2010, 9:30 am

        Wow, that sounds very intense. As it’s become more mainstream here I’ve become less skeptical. I actually do know people who have gotten it done and had wonderful results.

  • Christina July 16, 2010, 9:23 am

    You are a lucky girl to be married to an acupuncturist!

  • Katie July 16, 2010, 9:31 am

    Wow, that Indian dinner looks awesome! I made some chana masala last week and can’t imagine having made all that other stuff too – were the samosas and naan pre-made from TJs? Wish we had one in Arkansas!

    • caitlin July 16, 2010, 9:36 am

      Yup! SO good!

  • Anne @ Your Kind of Salad July 16, 2010, 9:54 am

    Loved this post; because I adore Indian food and I love acupuncture! I just started seeing a practioner and its really has made a difference in my stress levels! Its amazing how different you feel after each session! Keep spreading the acupuncture gospel! Go HTP’s Huz go!

  • Claire July 16, 2010, 9:59 am

    Do you think accupuncture would work with anxiety? I have had a bad case of if since graduating from college πŸ™ I’ve heard that it can…

    • caitlin July 16, 2010, 10:08 am

      Yes, it’s great for stuff like that! Seriously – give it a try. Check out comment 7 to learn more!

  • Lisa @ Early Morning Run July 16, 2010, 10:23 am

    I really want to try accupuncture sometime, but it’s difficult because most do not take insurance. I’ve heard such great things about it and think it would be very good for me.

    Your dinner looks fantastic!

  • Sami July 16, 2010, 10:32 am

    I have yet to try indian food! I think if I could prep it myself, I would love to do it, but I can’t find anything in the grocery store. Our variety is pathetic. I have to travel 40 miuntes just to find a grocery store with a “natural & organic” section. What do you suggest trying first in the world of indian cuisine? πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin July 16, 2010, 10:45 am

      Vegetable Korma!

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story July 16, 2010, 11:03 am

    I am coming up to Charlotte in the fall to visit some friends, I totally want to try acupuncture! I may ask for some more information. πŸ™‚

  • Anne @ the doctor takes a wife July 16, 2010, 11:24 am

    I would be SOOO nervous to try acupuncture!!! I have such a fear of needles πŸ™

    Indian food looks great. I could eat naan and samosa all day long!!

  • Wei-Wei July 16, 2010, 11:38 am

    There’s so much different kinds of food that it almost looks like a buffet plate! It’s so awesome that you got a free acupuncture treatment. You’re lucky to have such a great Husband πŸ˜€


  • Megan (Braise The Roof) July 16, 2010, 12:24 pm

    The naan at Trader Joe’s looks so good and I’ve given it a second glance almost every time I’ve walked by it in the freezer case- how is it?

    • Caitlin July 16, 2010, 1:17 pm

      really good! like a restaurant!

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) July 16, 2010, 1:21 pm

    I guess I’ll have to add those to the (already quite lengthy) list of things I HAVE to get every time I go to TJ’s! πŸ™‚

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 16, 2010, 1:42 pm

    That is a huge perk! Acupuncture is one thing I haven’t tried but want to so bad. I wish we had a place around here that offered it because I’ve heard it would be good for my calf.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 19, 2010, 1:40 pm

    Every time I have thought about getting acupuncture, the needles scare me off. Some time I’ll have to try it. I can’t leave my apartment at the moment though. I just got back from a vacation and I messed up my right foot somehow. I have to use a walker to even get around, but I can’t go down the stairs to get outside!

    Now I have to continue catching up on all of the blogs I missed. Funny how I went without internet for three days and I had soooo many e-mails and blogs I missed that I’m still trying to get through them all! lol

  • Sarah W. July 20, 2010, 8:28 am

    If you love the masala burgers, I just made a “fried” rice dish using 1 egg scrambled, Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice, and a chopped up masala burger. I came across the “recipe” on! love it!

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