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St. Patrick’s Day Food – without the dyes.

I can think of no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s day than with a bowl full of Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt.  Many friends and family members have yet to guess the secret ingredient.

Since it is never a good idea to spend an entire day binging on healthy ice cream, I’ve been compiling a list of healthy St. Patrick’s day alternatives to the tradition green-coloring-food-dyed-milk with lucky charms.  If you have any additional ideas to share, I would love to hear them!

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Happy {and lucky} St. Patrick’s day!

Sugar Free Christmas Advent Calendar for Kids

Our Christmas tree emerged from the garage early this year, and is spreading magic throughout our house.  I love the opportunity Christmas provides to celebrate loved ones and the miracle of life.  The kids and I love to celebrate with our own sugar-free Christmas advent calendar (inspired from here) that makes the book-lover in me very happy.  Over the years, we have collected a variety of Christmas books and movies and I keep them hidden throughout the year to maintain their specialness.

Around the end of November, the books and movies are wrapped and nestled under the tree waiting their turn to be opened.  The kids then take a turn opening one present (book or movie) each day until Christmas Eve when there are no more presents to unwrap.  I love this tradition because it forces me to carve time out of our busy holiday schedule to nestle around the Christmas tree with my children reading and watching movies together.  I love that it allows me to connect the story and the meaning and the joy of the season.

Because that is what Christmas is really about.

And while we are on the topic… have I ever told you about our very first Christmas tree spine?

 

A Chiropractic Christmas

 

Newly wed students with no income to brag about, we chose to spend our first Christmas together nestled around a multi-colored spine.  Because Christmas – as we learn from the Grinch – doesn’t come from the store.  Christmas lives in our hearts… and that means so much more!

 

What favorite Christmas traditions do you have with your family?

The Weakest Link

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

A fortification is only as strong as its weakest entry point.

Likewise, we can only be as healthy as our most unhealthy habit.

All too often, people fail to recognize their weakest link in their health (whether short-term or long-term) – the link of nutrition.

We can only perform as well as the raw materials that we intake to fuel our bodies and build our tissues.  If we want the performance that comes from Ding Dongs and Twinkies, then we need to eat Ding Dongs and Twinkies.  Our bodies are not capable of creating good nutrients from bad nutrients.  However, if we want the performance of efficient enzyme activity, powerful antioxidants, and vibrant energy, we need to consume raw vegetables and fruits, non-processed foods, organic / natural meats, and foods without preservatives and dyes.

The weakest link in our health is nutrition.  We can choose to fortify it or keep it weak.  The choice, however, has lasting consequences.

Western Medicine Philosophy

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The paradigm is changing…

In one of my recent courses at the University (as I am currently pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience), the topic of Western Medicine philosophy came up.  The topic arose due to some medical statistics.  Can you believe my shock when my instructor stated what he called the Philosophy of Western Medicine:

“How much can we poison you to kill the thing that is ailing you without actually killing you?”

You see… he gets it!  Many are starting to get it.  Western Medicine has minimal understanding of holistic healing.  Instead, everything is viewed from a “reductionist” viewpoint with little thought about what effects can occur globally.  More faith is put into man-made pharmaceuticals instead of in the miracle of our own bodies and the healing power of nutrition – nature’s apothecary.

Need I remind you that Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine” stated, “Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine thy food.”  He understood that the miracles of biochemistry that our bodies can utilize is provided for us.  Roots, leaves, and fruit of plants provide healing chemicals far more powerful than most pharmaceuticals.  I could demonstrate this with the research that I am currently performing – and will one day when it is published.

Research nutrition.  Research healing.  Discover more about your health so that you can learn how to manage and keep it.

Gluten-Free Garlic Chicken Pizza

I did it.

I made gluten-free pizza and lived to tell the tale.  Skip the take-out, this pizza will rock your world.

To make your own gluten-free garlic chicken pizza, assemble the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1-2 cups all-natural cheddar cheese
  • 1 bottle of sugar-free marina sauce (about 2 cups)
  • 1 recipe of garlic chicken
  • sore bought gluten-free crust

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  If necessary, roll out your dough onto an oiled surface.  Begin dressing your crust with a layer of marina sauce.  Sprinkle cheese, chicken, onions, and tomatoes onto the marinara sauce.  Bake the pizza until the crust is slightly browned and the cheese is bubbly.

 

Our Favorite “Sick Time” Remedies

Everyone falls ill at some point.  It can be the drabs for sure, but it can definitely be better with natural and effective remedies that help support the immune system and become well sooner.

And we are not just talking about your standard echinacea and golden seal that you hear about all of the time (although those are excellent herbs).  Many times, our bodies require a “harmonic” effect of herbs.  We just wanted to be sure to share with you what we have found to have the most success in clinical practice.  Many patients have described excellent results with the following products:

Ilex Formula

  • Ilex Formula is our family favorite!  We ramp up on it anytime we are around someone who is ill or one of our family members becomes ill.  The main ingredient is Ilex (holly) and serves as an effective immune supporter.  It helps build the immune system and open / detoxify the lymphatic channels.  No side-effects.

Flu Immune

  • Flu Immune is a homeopathic NET Remedy.  It helps one overcome any cold or flu virus.  We use it anytime that we are ill.  It is great for children as you can spray it and walk under the mist.  No side-effects.

Sino Formula

  • Sino Formula acts to support the respiratory system and help build the immune system. This formula is helpful for sinus support as well.

Homeopathic Cough Syrup

  • This cough syrup is miraculous and reducing coughs and has an excellent taste (not an artificial taste like most commercial cough syrups).  Our boys would probably treat this like a dessert if we let them.

Children’s Xanthium Formula

  • Xanthium is a Chinese herb that is effective at clearing out the Eustacian (or pharyngotympanic) tube.  It rids ear infections very quickly – in adults or children.

Total Flu-Cld Nasal Spray

  • An excellent homeopathic that can easily be administered into the mucous membranes of the nose.  Useful for a broad spectrum of flu-like symptoms including: fever, chills, night sweats, nausea, vomiting, headache, runny nose, congestion, sore throat, cough, bronchitis, diarrhea, and tired /achy feeling.

Product Review: Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, has amazing benefits for your heart, immunity, and skin.  Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and can be absorbed without the gallbladder.  Recent medical studies have demonstrated that coconut oil can protect from many common illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and many infectious diseases including HIV and AIDS.

While many have believed coconut oil to be harmful due to the presence of saturated fats – not all saturated fats are the same.  The primary saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, a medium chain, that helps raise HDL or high-denisty lipids (the good cholesterol) levels.

The medium saturated chains of coconut oil are very resistant to heat making it one of the safest oils to cook with.

Coconut oil, when stored in a cool room, has a 2-5 year shelf life. While smaller quantities of virgin coconut oil can be purchased on Amazon and at local health stores, I purchased mine in bulk.  We bought our virgin non-refined coconut oil in bulk from Mountain Rose herbs and competitive prices can be found on Amazon.

What is a DC?

I am often asked what a DC degree is as many have not heard about it.  Actually, there are many professional or doctoral degrees that many people do not recognize.

DC stands for “Doctorate of Chiropractic,” a degree that is earned by Chiropractic Physicians upon successful completion of their chiropractic curriculum and practicum.

Chiropractic Physicians have a curriculum very similar to other health professionals.  However, all emphases of medicine take a slightly different approach as they are specializing in a certain aspect of health.

Below is a list of doctoral degrees:

  • DC – Doctor of Chiropractic
  • MD – Doctor of Medicine
  • DO – Doctor of Osteopathy
  • DPT – Doctor of Physicial Therapy
  • DDS – Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • DMD – Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • OD – Doctor of Optometry
  • ND – Doctor of Naturopathy
  • JD – Juris Doctor
  • PharmD – Doctor of Pharmacology
  • PhD – Doctor of Philosophy

This webpage will give you a visual of how a DC degree compares to that of an MD.  However, it is important to note that medical physicians will specialize in one aspect of the body whereas chiropractic physicians will take a more holistic approach to health.

 

Raw Apple Holiday

Apples and Peanut Butter

apples + peanut or almond butter + unsweetened coconut + raw pecans + chocolate chips = amazing.

Serve it at your next big event, share it with a friend, or enjoy it with a warm blanket and book.
This treat has the power to transform any day into a holiday.

 

Tips:

  • For easier drizzling, heat your almond/peanut butter on low heat prior to pouring it over the apples.
  • Splash your apples with fresh orange juice (prior to toppings) to prevent browning.
  • For added sweetness, try mixing organic almond or peanut butter with a little organic maple syrup and vanilla prior to drizzling your apples.

 

Warm Apple Berry Breakfast Cobbler

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Cold Winter Mornings

Cold mornings are best greeted with warm breakfast dishes.  This warm berry breakfast cobbler is a sweet way to start the day.  Enjoy this dish on a cold morning or evening… you will not regret it. And this dish is amazingly simple.  Whip up a warm healthy breakfast in minutes.  Your cold feet will thank you.

 

The variability of this dish is amazing.

Enjoy it plain, with plain Greek yogurt, or with a generous scoop of coconut whipped cream.

 

Either way, you are going to love it.

And if you do not absolutely love it…  you can call me and I will eat your warm breakfast berry cobbler for you.

And that makes me kind of hope that you do not like it. (hee hee hee)

 

Warm Berry Cobbler with Greek Yogurt

Warm Apple Berry Breakfast Cobbler

4 large sweet apples and/or pears – chopped into cubes
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 cups fresh or frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, mulberries, raspberries, etc.)
1 Tbsp agave nectar or sucanat
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 cup of oats or healthy granola/cereal (gluten-free is applicable)
Crushed almonds, pecans, etc.

 

Heat coconut oil in a large skillet. Add apples and or pears and saute until tender. Add berries, sucanat/agave nectar, cinnamon, granola/oats, and nuts. Bake until berries have “burst” and your oats are ready to crumble.

 

Eat it.

Enjoy it.

Love it.

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