008: Acupuncture, stress, and burnout with Ali Damron

This week, we’re talking all about acupuncture! I loved chatting with Ali Damron about one of my favorite healthy living tools, especially since I was a needlephobe and afraid of acupuncture for so long. Once I finally tried it – when we were trying to get pregnant with Liv! – there was no going back. I found myself craving it and have used acupuncture on and off to help with various aliments, recovery, stress management, allergies, and supporting our pregnancies. 

Ali Damron is a wife, mother to two sweet little boys, a licensed acupuncturist and a certified personal trainer for over 11 years. It’s her mission to educate women about the importance of health and teach them how to be healthy. She works with women to provide natural approaches to healing and get them looking and feeling their best. She works with pregnant women, birth educators, and mamas all over the United States and I enjoyed talking with her. 

In this episode, we discuss:

– What is acupuncture and how does it work?

– Constitutions. This has always fascinated me, especially because different lifestyles and diets work for different people.

– Adrenal fatigue, tips for dealing with stress, and preventing burnout

Ali damron

Here’s where you can find Ali:



Through her podcast, The Ali Damron Show, on iTunes and Stitcher

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  1. Alex on August 1, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Hi Gina, I just finished listening to this episode and really enjoyed it. Towards the end you talk about making sure that you do something fun every day (workout excluded). I understand you have the girls with you every day until school starts again, can you give a few example of what fun things you do? I’m at home with my kids too (similar age to yours) and I really struggle finding fun (to me) things to do though I think it would really help me get through the tiring moments.

    • Fitnessista on August 3, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      this is suuuuuch a tricky one, and lately it’s been extra challenging with the girls home from school. sometimes it’s something small like taking a bath and reading a book in the tub with a glass of wine, or having a babysitter come over so i can meet up with a friend for lunch.
      more of my favorite small things:
      playing the ukulele for 5-10 minutes
      watching shameless
      getting my nails done (when they were at camp i could do this, but now we’re in that limbo time between camp ending and school starting)
      having zeel come over after the girls are asleep to get a massage!
      reading a trashy paparazzi magazine
      adult coloring books (something about coloring an intricate mandala is super peaceful)

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