Cereal, it’s not for breakfast anymore.
We’ve banned commercial, boxed cereals from our breakfast menu, and pantry for that matter, and replaced it with a high protein meal for several reasons. Boxed cereals are generally loaded with refined sugar, processed grains, gluten, soy, synthetic vitamins and genetically engineered ingredients. Why is protein essential to start the day? Paula Owens, nutritionist and fitness expert states, “Protein and fat help prevent blood sugar fluctuations, increase energy, fuel your brain, and eliminate cravings. In fact, the first 40 grams of protein you eat every day goes to rebuild your immune system.” To read more about the benefits of starting your day with quality protein foods, read Paula Owen’s article, “Breakfast, Fuel for your Brain and Body.”
Don’t want to give up eating cereal? There is a healthier alternative to highly processed, commercial cereals. My family enjoys this delicious muesli cereal with fresh blueberries from our yard bushes and raw wildflower honey we harvest from our beehives. Frozen berries work great in this recipe too as they thaw overnight in the muesli. Store bought muesli contains dried fruit instead of fresh or frozen, thus increasing the sugar content, giving us another reason to make our own. Most oat products on the market contain traces of wheat and gluten because they are processed in the same facilities with wheat. However, there are gluten-free oats available. Bob’s Red Mill is a source for gluten-free oats. By soaking the oats overnight, the oats become easier to digest. Almonds add essential vitamins and minerals to this luscious cereal. Paula Owens, also informs, “A study in the Nutrition and Metabolism Journal revealed that eating almonds at breakfast stabilize blood sugar and induce feeling of satiety versus a high glycemic breakfast of juice and toast.”
While we don’t suggest that you have muesli for breakfast every day, it makes a nice Sunday morning treat. My husband likes to have a bowl of cereal for lunch on occasion. Enjoy!
4 cups old-fashioned, organic rolled oats, gluten-free
1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
1 cup sliced almonds
2 cups desired fruit combination, fresh or frozen: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and/or kiwi, peeled and diced
2 organic apples, grated with the skins on
2 cups almond milk
½ cup raw honey
Add the first three dry ingredients to a large bowl and stir to combine. Add the remaining ingredients and fold until mixture is moistened thoroughly. Cover and chill overnight in the refrigerator, before serving. To serve, spoon desired portion into individual cereal bowls. Pour in additional almond milk, and raw honey, if desired. Store remaining muesli in the refrigerator and consume within five days.
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There are many more than 5 reasons, but I think these will strike a chord with you. I haven’t always thought this way. I took numerous OTC and prescription medications (think of the pink stuff!) as a child and adolescent. I had chronic immune issues – mono, tonsillitis, strep numerous times, sprains and strains of both ankles and both knees, leg pain (now I know them to be caused by dehydration), body image issues (no, those OTC diet pills don’t work). The last time I had strep (probably my 10th time) was my 3rd trimester in chiropractic school and I gave up. I didn’t dig enough. I didn’t think my body could heal. I didn’t know my lifestyle was the cause of it. I didn’t look at other options and I did it. I had surgery to take my tonsils out. And oh my goodness, it was terrible.
With what I know now, that was a huge mistake. There is ALWAYS a reason for something that isn’t functioning correctly. The symptom is the side effect, but our job is to find the cause of the problem. We are in charge of our bodies. Health does not happen suddenly and either does sickness. We are living the way we are because of the choices we’ve made in the past. I now know that the choices I made were not well thought through but instead, emotionally driven. The past is the past. I can now help people who are at the edge of the cliff and feel like giving up.
So, back to my AHA moment and a defining ‘game changer’ in my life. I will never forget that day in chiropractic school where I was holding Gavin, my 2 week old, who went to school with me every day for over 6 weeks, and the instructor started talking about ‘drugs’. The conversation was getting confusing in my brain. I felt myself starting to scowl and I thought to myself, “DRUGS are bad! Drugs are like cocaine, meth, and prescription medications/drugs.” But antibiotics, Tylenol, Benadryl, nose sprays, sugar, and artificial sweeteners? I SURELY didn’t think of comparing them to cocaine, meth or even prescription drugs! The instructor proceeded to teach that drugs are anything that we consume that synthetically alters your physiology. They are short term fixes that don’t address the cause of the problem. I am in no way giving medical advice, but sharing from my experience in the hopes that it will inspire someone else. I am asked every day if I would take this pill, potion or lotion or what I would recommend for my family. How I take care of myself and my family is also what I recommend for my patients.
Here are my TOP 5 REASONS THAT I DON’T TAKE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS:
I am proud to say that my husband, Craig, Callyn and Gavin (and of course our pets, too!) do not take prescription medications. Even better, neither do my parents and it is no accident. They eat well, think well, move well and get adjusted. How’s that for role models for everyone in their circle?
Do I feel they may be necessary at a point in someone’s life? Possibly. As a chiropractor living out my purpose to “Transform Lives”, my focus is to continue to improve the health and healing from the inside so that our bodies can truly do what God created them to do.
The choice is yours.
About the Author: Dr. Tiffany Johnson is a doctor of chiropractic at Healing Touch Chiropractic, offering family pediatric, pregnancy and wellness chiropractic to the communities of West Fargo and Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN. For more information, visit http://htchiro.com or https://www.facebook.com/htchiro/
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Juicing is an efficient way to include a variety of fresh vegetables, in large quantities, into your daily diet that you or your family might not otherwise eat on a regular basis. Vary the vegetables you juice daily to ingest an assortment of essential nutrients.
If you’re interested in learning more about juicing, we answer a few basic questions you may have.
I eat fruits and vegetables every day. Why should I drink fresh extracted juice? Drinking freshly juiced produce bypasses the digestion process and sends the highly concentrated vitamins, enzymes, minerals and antioxidants quickly into the bloodstream, so your body better absorbs the nutrients.
Should all the fruits and vegetables in your diet be juiced? No. Most nutritionists and doctors do not suggest that you go on a juice only diet. It is important to include fiber in your daily diet, which juicing removes. Juicing is a great boost to a healthy, whole foods based diet.
I’m overweight and a diabetic, should I be juicing? Yes. However, it is best to limit juicing to vegetables, to reduce sugar intake and to improve your health status. Consult your natural health professional for specific juicing recommendations.
Does it matter when I juice? Drink juice on an empty stomach, about an hour before eating a meal. Juicing in the morning or early afternoon is a great energy booster. For optimal nutrient intake, drink the juice the same day it was extracted.
What are the general health benefits of juicing? Juicing raw vegetables stimulates the metabolism, increases energy, boosts immune function, reduces the risk of disease, and enhances excess weight loss.
Plant a juicing garden
To ensure the quality of the vegetables you juice, when planting a vegetable garden this year, plant a “juicing” bed of vegetables that are nutrient dense and juicer friendly. Ideal juicing vegetables include: cucumber, tomato, broccoli, carrot, bell pepper, potato, pumpkin, radish, cabbage, kale, and other dark green leafy vegetables, beet, squash, zucchini, onions, celery, and more.
Want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with authentic Mexican food? Don't forget juicing!
Fresh produce typically found in local, Mexican markets that are great to juice, include beets, tomatoes, scallions, peppers, chard, carrots, limes and cilantro.
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By Gary Brettman, D.C.
As one who has been involved in many health care professions: as a Hospital Corpsman, Lab Tech, Paramedic, and a Massage Therapist, prior to becoming a chiropractor, I felt I couldn’t do enough for people. During my early days of being a doctor of chiropractic, which began in 1989 when I went into Private Practice, I was a mixed bag, therapeutic based D.C. Patients got massaged, EMS therapy (electrical muscle stimulator), U.S., Manual Traction Therapeutic exercises, Proprioceptive Neuro-Muscular Re-education, and more.
Then one day patients began to ask if all of that was really necessary, as they ‘felt’ better when I just adjusted them, but often felt fatigued when I did all the other ‘stuff’.
Then my biggest critic, my wife of 33 years, told me the same thing. She got injured lifting some things in the garden and I did the EMS therapy massage routine, and she felt worse, yet when I just “adjusted her” she actually ‘felt’ better.
So I quit doing adjunctive modalities, everything besides chiropractic, almost cold turkey, and advised patients I was only adjusting from then on. The majority were pleased, for one they were saving money. Additionally, they could get in the office and out sooner, which gave them more time for their busy day.
Why I chose chiropractic over all the other health therapies:
The INTENT of chiropractic is NOT “Feel Good” therapeutics, but to help you fully express your Life Potential. The Chiropractic Specific Adjustment serves as a ‘source reconnect,’ so that the body’s communication highway is cleared of any obstruction to the Vital Mental Impulse transmissions which regulate all body systems important for life.
Chiropractors make no claims to cure any disease or disorder. We just “remove the interference, so the doctor in you can do the healing”.
The Innate Intelligence of the body knows what it needs and works at 100% at all times, in all conditions. It’s EXPRESSION of life is often dimmed, by spinal misalignment (subluxation).
Even the patient with Parkinson’s, M.S., Myaesthenia Gravis, Cancer, Muscular Dystrophy, Coronary, A.L.S, Lupus, and the list could go on, all fair better without Spinal Subluxation (misalignment) present, which interferes with full expression of their Innate Potential.
Often times these patients, with regular chiropractic care, experience periods of remission in their condition, or even full recovery, as the true healing in any condition comes from within the individual. There are No Cures, but we ALL have an inborn capacity to HEAL.
It has been said chiropractors remove the interference (spinal subluxation) so God can do the healing. I believe that we are all made in God’s image, here on earth. Yet God controls all life on earth. He uses chiropractors’ hands to remove the nerve interference and works through each and every one of them.
About the Author: Dr. Gary Brettmann has been a chiropractor, in private practice for more than 25 years. He is a 1988 graduate of Texas Chiropractic College, Developer of Dural Apprehension Release Technique (DART) and Neuro-Kinetics Low Force Adjusting method. He is past President of the Chiropractic Society of Texas and its current Vice-President. He has been actively involved in advising the TX Board of Chiropractic Examiners in Stakeholder input, and trying to keep the profession from competing in the medical model of care. His Practice currently in Mansfield, TX Dr. Gary Brettmann Chiropractor-Neuro-Kinetics has been in its current location since 2009. For more information, visit his website: back-2-life.net and his FB Page: Back-2-Life Chiropractor.
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