Happy New Year! What does it mean to be healthy? Along with Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe!

What does it mean “To Be Healthy”? 
The buzz for every new year is to get healthy again. Staying on track to getting healthy is probably the most challenging part. It takes 3 months to make an action become a habit. Take your time and focus on one area of your health at a time! Don’t try to tackle too many things at once. This may lead to feeling overwhelmed and unable to reach your goals. 
“Good things take time. Stay patient. Stay positive. Everything is going to come together; maybe not today, but eventually.”
Health is a combination of many different things all put together. It’s just like putting a puzzle together, there is not just one thing that makes you healthy. We need a combination of all of these categories to fill the puzzle to achieve optimal health. 
What does Chiropractic have to do with your health? 
With Corrective Neuro-Structural Chiropractic adjustments:
Our body is free of interference to the nervous system allowing it to function at its maximum potential. 
With our nervous system functioning properly:
We are able to absorb all of the good nutrients we are taking in;
Our muscles are able to get the right signal to work properly and efficiently;
We are able to handle every day stressors more efficiently;
It can get rid of the toxins that we can’t avoid;
Our parasympathetic nervous system is able to tell the body to rest and digest, which means we can sleep sound throughout the night. 

“Health is not the presence or absence of symptoms. Health is your body’s ability to function the way that it was designed to.”
When we judge our health off of symptoms/“feeling good”, we end up trying to fix the problem when it is too late.

One of the most important things to us should be the health of our loved ones. The better we take care of ourselves the longer we can create lasting memories with our loved ones.

Baby steps to change your lifestyle habits: 
  1. Drink enough water each day! (Take your body weight and divide by 2 and you will get the amount of oz of water you should be drinking daily.) 
  2. Get your body functioning right so it can deal with every day stressors aka get your nervous system checked by your Chiropractor! 
  3. Exercise (get at least 30 minutes of walking in each day) Take breaks every hour at work to walk and move around. 
  4. Diet (eat for nourishment and not satisfaction) 
  5. Take some time to relax each day, even if it is only 5 minutes. 
  6. Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If that is not possible, keep the amount of sleep you get the same. Routine is better than different amounts of sleep all the time.
  7. Decrease amount of exposure to toxins that you are putting inside your body and that are around you. It makes your body work harder, give it a break! 
  8. Invest in yourself! Life is too short to take advantage of your health.

What is your health worth to you? What are you going to do to make this year different? 


CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP!!


INGREDIENTS
2 boneless (organic/grass fed) chicken breasts cooked and shredded (can be frozen)
2 cans of chicken broth (organic)
2 cups water (may need to add more)
2 cups of organic carrots diced (just eye ball it)
2 cups of organic celery diced (just eye ball it)
½ organic onion diced small
1 tsp of thyme
1 bay leaf
1 tsp minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of egg noodles (try brown rice or gluten free noodles)

INSTRUCTIONS

1 In a stock post Drizzle with olive oil. Add the chopped carrots, celery, and onions and cook until they become soft (about 3-4 minutes).
2 Add chicken broth, water, and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Allow the vegetables to continue to cook and the chicken to thaw and heat up.
3 Add pasta and cook on medium-high for about 10 minutes.
4 That it is! Dinner can really be that easy when you have chicken already ready in your freezer.

Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad


Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad

Ingredients

 

Salad
           
16 oz baby spinach

            1 cup almonds , toasted

            1 cup dried cranberries

Sesame Seed Dressing

            1/4 cup white wine vinegar

            2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

            3 Tbsp white sugar

            1/2 cup olive oil

            3 Tbsp honey

            1 Tbsp finely minced shallot

            2 Tbsp sesame seeds , toasted

            1 Tbsp poppy seeds (optional)

 


Instructions

1.     For the dressing: In a bowl or jar whisk together white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in olive oil, honey, shallot, sesame seeds

2.     For the salad: Add spinach, almonds and cranberries to a salad bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss.

3.     Serve immediately after adding dressing.

Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

Ingredients:
4 slices thick-cut bacon (about 3 ounces)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean, peels on
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 medium avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Directions:
1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake bacon according to these directions. Remove to a paper towel–lined plate and lightly pat dry. Once cool enough to handle, dice and set aside.
2 If necessary, move the racks to the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil (if reusing one of the bacon sheets, change out the foil for a fresh piece). Brush sheets with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil each. With a mandoline or very sharp knife, slice the sweet potatoes into 1/2- to 1/4-inch slices. Arrange the slices in a single layer on the oiled baking sheets, then brush tops with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown underneath, rotating the pans 180 degrees and changing their positions on the upper/lower racks halfway through. Remove the pans from the oven, flip the slices over, then roast for an additional 8 to 11 minutes, until golden on top.
3 Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the avocado, lime juice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and smoked paprika. Mash lightly with a fork, leaving the mixture slightly chunky. Set aside.
Transfer the baked sweet potato slices to a serving plate. Top each with a dollop of the avocado mixture, chopped bacon, and cilantro. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Make ahead tips: Slice the sweet potatoes and bake the bacon up to 1 day in advance. Store separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. The avocado mixture can be made a few hours in advance. Store in the refrigerator with plastic wrap pressed tightly against the top to prevent browning. I recommend baking the sweet potatoes and assembling the bites as close to serving time as possible, as they do become a bit soggy as they sit. Even if they do soften somewhat, they will still be delicious!

Chiropractic Care For Children & Banana Bread Recipe

Banana Bread

*Substitutions to make your banana bread a little healthier for you! 

Ingredients

  1. 2c. almond flour 
  2. 1tsp baking soda
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
  5. 3/4 c. honey
  6. 2 eggs, beaten
  7. 3 mashed overripe bananas

Directions



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 
  2. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. 
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce and honey. 
  5. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.
  6. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. 
  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. 
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. 
  9. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Why Infants May Find Chiropractic Care Helpful
It is common to get strange looks from people when I talk to about taking infants to the chiropractor. I know what is going through their heads: Is it safe? Babies don’t have back pain. Do babies get adjusted the same way I do? These are legitimate concerns for any parent, but to answer them I will begin with the most important question: Why? 
Being born is tough work. There are a lot of pressures and forces being exerted onto your baby during his/her journey into the world. Most people are surprised to find out that the first stress placed on a child’s neck and back is during the birthing process. An estimated 60-90 lbs. of force is used on an infant’s neck during “normal” delivery. 
Do you think this could cause damage to your child’s spine and nervous system? Fact: The nervous system controls every cell and organ (heart, lungs, brain, stomach) in your body. 
Have you watched your child play outside or with their friends? They run, jump, fall, roll, and tackle every day. Many adults that come to a chiropractor’s office show evidence of childhood injuries that can be the cause for their pain today. Do you think it is too early to teach your kids to take care of their teeth? When do you think it is a good time to have your child’s spine checked for serious signs of spinal imbalances or misalignments? 
Fortunately, Chiropractic has had many positive results in children with common childhood problems. Problems like headache, scoliosis, asthma, colic, ear infections, asthma, and even some cases of behavioral problems respond well with chiropractic care. In fact, a recent study showed that children under chiropractic care suffered fewer ear infections than those whose parent took them to medical care alone. 
Are chiropractic adjustments safe for children?
Absolutely! Because a child’s skeletal system is still developing, only light pressure is needed to adjust a child’s spine. The few minutes you invest in your child’s spinal checkup may save them before needless suffering now and in the future. 
Birth trauma: 
Birth, in its many different forms, can be quite traumatic. While each birth is unique, there is always a chance that the baby suffers some sort of strain, due to a variety of reasons. Even the most natural births can result in trauma that goes undetected.
What can cause birth trauma? 
Very short labor, very long labor, failure of the cervix to dilate, use of Pitocin to strengthen/induce uterine contractions, use of forceps or vacuum extraction, or cord around baby’s neck. 
Trauma that is left uncorrected, continues to impact a baby’s spinal growth and development, reducing the healthy function of his/her nervous system later in life, which could easily have been prevented. 
What can nerve dysfunction from birth trauma lead to? 
  • Respiratory dysfunction
  • Digestive disorders
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty nursing (impaired sucking, swallowing or head positions)
  • Balance issues
  • Sleeping difficulty
  • Delayed developmental milestones. 
Chiropractic maximizes our potential for well-being. 

~ Cole Bradburn, D.C. Pathways to Family Wellness magazine.



Don’t get too excited about your “due date.”

As you know we have passed my due date. I don't know how many people have asked, “when is it coming?” or “not here yet?” Here are some things to remember about due dates. 

Only a small number of women — 5 percent — deliver on their given due date. Your due date is only an estimate. 

First time moms, if left alone to go into labor naturally tend to be pregnant for about 41 weeks and 1 day. Women who've had babies before tend to deliver around 40 weeks and 3 days. That's average. Some deliver earlier and some go a little longer and it's almost always completely normal. A little frustrating, maybe, but still normal.

Your due date is calculated from the first day of your last menstrual period. This method assumes your cycle was like the normal 28 days. If your cycle was longer than 28 days, expect a later delivery. If your cycle was shorter than 28 days, expect an earlier delivery. And then they say that you can have the baby anytime +/- 40 weeks. This gives you an expected date to have the baby anytime between 37 and 42 weeks. That is a big gap! 

Most of the time when women go past their due date, nothing's wrong with them or their babies. They're just not done yet. Let it be. Your body knows what to do so much better than you give it credit for. Unless there's some indication that there's a problem, just chill. It's going to happen. No one has ever been pregnant forever.

Most importantly don’t stress about the due date and if the baby doesn’t come “on your time.” Your stress gets transferred to the baby. Enjoy some quiet and rest up before your newborn comes.

Due dates set the stage for the unpredictable nature of parenting. Labor is only the beginning. There are so many things you don't really have any control over. When those things come up, sometimes the best way of dealing with them is to just let it be. You don't always have to do anything when things aren't going exactly as expected. It's not going to be the cruise you planned on anyway. It's going to be a different trip altogether. Just sit back and wait for things to happen in their own good time. 

“It's not about the schedule. It's not about the destination. It's about the journey.”


Believe me, I know this is not easy to sit back and wait! If you know me I am not a very patient person.  But, the wait is worth it!