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I grew up 20 miles from South Beach.  Yes, the South Beach.  And yet I only went to the beach about three or four times a year, usually when I went to visit my grandparents in north Florida.


Why?  Because when you live next to a beach, you take it for granted and never go.  Now I live in Charlotte and would love to simply stick my toes in the wet sand.  Hindsight is 20 / 20.


Being married to an acupuncturist is kind of like living next to the beach.  People always say, “Oh, you must get acupuncture all the time!” but the truth is that I hardly ever ask to be treated by the Husband.  I guess I take it for granted, too. 


Anyway, every time I mention that I’m having trouble sleeping, people say, “You should try acupuncture for insomnia,” and I finally did.  The Husband gave me a treatment right before bed, and I slept like a rock.  Best night’s sleep in weeks. Truly. He said I’ll see the most benefits if we do it every day or every other day for a week.  After last night, you don’t have to tell me twice.   (Here’s my acupuncture 101 post if you want to know more about it!)




Banana oatmeal:


2/3 cup oats

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup  milk

1 banana

Toppings: almonds and blueberries






  • fitpeanut January 21, 2012, 10:23 am

    I really want to try acuponcture one day !
    I do believe in holistic medicine =)

  • Linz @ ItzLinz January 21, 2012, 10:33 am

    that’s awesome! you’re so lucky to have your husband with such a useful professional! glad you finally got some rest! 🙂 🙂

    • Linz @ ItzLinz January 21, 2012, 10:34 am

      and by professional i meant profession. woops.

  • Anna January 21, 2012, 10:47 am

    Awesome!! So glad the acupuncture worked for you. Sleep is so crucial for me so I can’t imagine how you were feeling not getting a good nights rest. Hope you find something FUN to do with all the energy 🙂

  • Sarah January 21, 2012, 10:50 am

    i have never tried acupuncture but it sounds like it has amazing benefits! I need to look into it!

  • Ash January 21, 2012, 11:01 am

    Do u not like the beach? I grew up near water too and went every day I could! I could never live far from the beach.

    • CaitlinHTP January 22, 2012, 9:40 am

      I love the beach 🙂 It’s just that when it’s there, you never go!

  • Amy January 21, 2012, 11:01 am

    This is awesome…maybe this is what I need. I haven’t been sleeping well for 2 years. Yes, I know. Never tried acupuncture for anything. Do you know if you will have to do this every so often or doing it for a week will help for the long-term?

    • CaitlinHTP January 22, 2012, 9:42 am

      Not sure. I doubt it will help during pregnancy because your body is going through so many constant hormonal fluctuations. So I guess the answer depends on the cause of your insomnia. Generally, the Hus would have someone like me (barring the preg factor) come in for a week or two of intensive treatments and then do some ‘maintenance’ ones every few weeks or so for the future. He would also put them on a natural supplement to help them sleep. Acupuncture is effective but because it’s holistic medicine, its def something that needs to be maintained.

  • SkinnyRunner January 21, 2012, 11:09 am

    we live near laguna beach and never go to the beach either. and i know once we move, ill be the first one to be like, why?!?! why didnt i ever go to the beach to at least look for kristin cavalleri?!?

  • Amanda January 21, 2012, 11:37 am

    It’s amazing what a solid nights sleep can do, happy to hear you got your z’s. : )

  • jenny January 21, 2012, 11:41 am

    My husband is a chiropractor and that is one thing I never take for granted! I get adjusted at least 3 times a week. Not because I’m necessarily ‘out’ of alignment but simply because I don’t want any pressure on my nerves — I want to be funcitoning and healing at 100%!
    Such a blessing to be married to a health practitioner, isn’t it!

  • Army Amy* January 21, 2012, 11:43 am

    Sounds like a perfect solution. Sometimes I wish my husband was a hairstylist so he could do my hair for me! Hahaha!*

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 21, 2012, 11:49 am

    “I HAVE SO MUCH ENERGY THAT I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELFFFFF!” <- Haha! Glad you were finally able to sleep well! Being well rested just makes everything in life better 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 21, 2012, 11:51 am

    I never considered acupuncture before, but hearing that it can help insomnia has definitely grabbed my attention! Is it necessary to do it right before bed though?

    • CaitlinHTP January 22, 2012, 9:42 am

      Nope! i asked. He said you could come in during the day and it would be fine.

  • Robin @ The Balanced Life January 21, 2012, 11:53 am

    I hope I have as much energy as you when I’m a pregnant lady! 🙂

  • Chelsea January 21, 2012, 11:53 am

    I’ve always wanted to try acupuncture the idea just scaress me. I’m sure I’ll give it a go one day though 🙂

  • khushboo January 21, 2012, 12:05 pm

    Go for a walk/run before you lose energy 🙂

  • meg January 21, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Long time reader, first time commenter…between today’s post about acupuncture and my mother’s recent raving about it, I’m ready to give it a try. And it’s actually covered by my insurance plan- my question is, though, do you have any recommendations as how to suss out a reputable and well-trained doctor of oriental medicine in one’s area? I just did a quick google search and came out entirely overwhelmed…thanks!

    • CaitlinHTP January 22, 2012, 9:44 am

      Check out that post that I linked to in this post – there’s some info in there. But basically, I would recommend going to http://www.nccaom.org/ and searching for a practitioner who is certified in Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbology. You def want a herbalist too because supplements are how you really get the most bang for your buck out of acupuncture.

  • Nena January 21, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Cute pics. I’m from San Diego and currently live near Charlotte. I miss the beach soooo much! but you’re right, I did take it for granted when I lived so close to it. Happy Saturday!

  • Sara January 21, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Yeah, I didn’t go to the beach much in my 18 years in Miami either. Why?!!! Now I live up north and it snowed last night, and I’ve got the winter blahs something fierce. Any cures for seasonal affective disorder that cost less than wintering in the Caribbean?

  • Kamaile January 21, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Yay for sleep & ENERGY!! 🙂

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery January 21, 2012, 12:29 pm

    I’ve tried acupuncture for anxiety and depression but not for insomnia. I’m on sleeping medications but they don’t seem to help anymore. Does the husband also use any herbal remedies for insomnia? I much prefer using natural therapies than medication when possible.

    • CaitlinHTP January 22, 2012, 9:45 am

      Yup – check out my response to meg above about finding an herbalist!

  • Trisha January 21, 2012, 12:37 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I’m a long time reader and rare commenter but just wanted to let you know that you inspired me to add swimming to my exercise routine and I just took my first dip this morning! I’m pretty sure I looked ridiculous in the lane I was swimming in but I’m going to keep heading back to the pool. Thanks!

    • CaitlinHTP January 22, 2012, 9:45 am

      CONGRATS on getting started 🙂 I hope you love it!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 21, 2012, 12:45 pm

    yay for sleeping well! Haha I wish I had a live-in acupuncturist!

  • Meg @ Runridelove January 21, 2012, 12:59 pm

    So glad to hear you got a good nights rest! It really changes how your day goes and how you feel!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 21, 2012, 1:05 pm

    I would LOVE to live next to the beach.. so true. You’re lucky!

  • Dee January 21, 2012, 1:13 pm

    Yay! A good night’s sleep is SO wonderful! Now, I just might have to try out acupuncture because my sleeping habits/pattern kind of sucks. :/

  • Susie January 21, 2012, 1:17 pm

    You could write my thesis for me!

  • laura January 21, 2012, 1:19 pm

    one of the local acupuncturists just had a groupon and i bought it after hearing about all the benefits of acupuncture and reading about your clinic on your blog! im super excited for my first appointment

  • Christine @ BookishlyB January 21, 2012, 1:26 pm

    I’ve been thinking about having acupuncture for some sciatic issues I’ve been having, but I’m a little scared. I know it doesn’t hurt but I’m still getting used to the whole idea of several needles hanging out in my back.

  • Greta @ Staying Lost January 21, 2012, 1:27 pm

    The thought of acupuncture before bed sounds a little intimidating to me, but it’s really cool that it worked for you! Hope you enjoy your energetic day. 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 21, 2012, 1:38 pm

    Hehe, that is fabulous!!

    The hus gives me massages (I get sore a lot from teaching so many fitness classes), and it always helps me sleep like a dream! Glad you slept awesome 🙂

  • Sneakers2sandals January 21, 2012, 1:41 pm

    So happy you got a good night of sleep 🙂 I’m in the airport on the way to Miami now! Charlotte has its benefits too I’m sure.

  • Natalie @fitjamericangirl January 21, 2012, 1:46 pm

    Wow you look just like your dad. I’m glad you were able to find a solution to your sleep issues.

  • Amber @ Bold, Busy, Blessed January 21, 2012, 1:50 pm

    Glad you got some good sleep 😀

  • Amber K January 21, 2012, 2:16 pm

    Yay! Glad you got to sleep well. I finally had to resort to a sleep aid last night because I really needed the sleep. Now I know I need a live-in acupuncturist 🙂

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 21, 2012, 2:30 pm

    Wow – I could definitely use some acupuncture then! I haven’t been sleeping well lately (mostly waking up in the night) and have been looking for a natural remedy. I have always been a bit afraid of acupuncture (mostly that it will hurt), but I think I am going to have to give it a shot!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb January 21, 2012, 2:31 pm

    i am headed to my acupuncturist in an hour! hoping it helps with this annoying creak in my neck… and my sleep tonight!

    • CaitlinHTP January 22, 2012, 9:45 am

      Hope it went well!

  • Allison January 21, 2012, 3:07 pm

    A piping hot bowl of oats would have been perfect on this chilly, snowy morning! Buttt, I couldn’t help myself and whip up a batch of brancakes and eggs 😛

    P.S. Did you [or do you] have a fear of needles?! I don’t think I could ever do acupuncture just for that reason…

    • CaitlinHTP January 22, 2012, 9:46 am

      Nope… they arent real needles though. They are as thin as a strand of hair! You can’t even really feel them going in.

  • kathy January 21, 2012, 3:19 pm

    Your so lucky to be married to accupucturist. I have to wait till I save enough to see mine. Also what a great childhood to live so close to a real beach. I would of never left. If one day I am lucky enough to move somewhere hot I will live there till |I die. I am sad my kids have to live in a crappy cold place with no real beach.
    Your very lucky.

  • Christine January 21, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Caitlin, do you think you will use acupunture during your labour? I have just heard of this and was wondering about your thoughts???

    • CaitlinHTP January 22, 2012, 9:46 am

      Yup, definitely. Our hospital lets us bring in practitioners so either the Husband is going to do it or we are going to hire someone else to. I plan on going medication free so this will hopefully help a lot.

  • sara January 21, 2012, 4:39 pm

    I love acupuncture! It helped me get pregnant with my son and I’m doing it again now to try for another little blessing. Acu is awesome!

    • CaitlinHTP January 22, 2012, 9:47 am

      AWESOME! Good luck 🙂

  • Billie January 21, 2012, 5:33 pm

    I live right on the beach and still never go. Huge sandy dunes are half a minute walk away but I just take it for granted. I was born and raised here (except for university and when I lived in Washington DC for a year). I will miss the beach if I ever have to leave it. For now Crosby Beach is in my garden. I love it. We have 100 iron men made by the sculptor Anthony Gormley standing on the beach looking out to sea (It is called ‘Another Place’).

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 21, 2012, 7:19 pm

    I would love to be married to a holistic doctor – for reals.

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 21, 2012, 11:35 pm

    I started acupuncture to compliment my (western medicine) fertility treatments to help us get pregnant. I noticed a direct improvement in my sleep within the first month of the acupuncture. Amazing!! I saw so many other positive results from the acupuncture treatment as well such as better digestion (I have some issues here) less stress, more calm overall etc. I am a firm believer and have acupuncture to thank in helping us get pregnant!!

  • Anna January 22, 2012, 9:39 am

    I love that spoon…but do you actually eat with it? Haha, I feel like it’s like a baby food spoon! Or is it bigger than it seems? I personally like wolfing down my oatmeal in 5 big bites (or less, if I’m having a good morning).

    • CaitlinHTP January 22, 2012, 9:51 am

      It’s an appetizer spoon and yes i eat with it! it slows me down which is why i use it. 🙂

  • Crystal January 22, 2012, 9:08 pm

    Can you get accupuncture just for fun/relaxation-like a massage or do you need to have a physical/medical need for it?
    Congratulations on your pregnancy!

    • Caitlin January 23, 2012, 8:39 am

      You can def just get it for general stress relief.

  • Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 23, 2012, 2:17 am

    That’s so cool! I’ve never tried acupuncture, but I would like to 🙂

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