I was watching a video the other day about communication. The video presented the idea that we all see things differently. For example if you close your eyes and picture a red apple it would look different to probably everyone that did the test. Some would see a red shiny apply. Some would see would see an apple with a stem and no leaves, an apple with multiple leaves, an apple with a bite out of it etc etc. The video also highlighted that the terms and language that we use are interpreted differently based on our background, upbringing, culture etc. I see this everyday being an Aussie living in America. The words that I use either don't translate at all, or mean something completely different. That's all interesting you may be thinking, what does this have to do with the rise of the machines?
Well, you may have heard that the human body is the most sophisticated machine out there. What does this mean to you? If we think of machines as we know them, any machine such as a computer, a car, or an electric nail gun, each of these examples have similar properties in how they work. The human body is also quite similar in many respects to actual machines. We must maintain them on a regular basis to get the most out of them and to ensure a long life and there are certain best practices for said maintenance. But, the human body has a distinct difference, that I believe disqualifies us from being a machine in the first place.
Let's take a car for an example. Regular services, oil changes, tire rotations, cleaning, regular driving so it doesn't sit idle and keeping it out of the elements will all make for a healthy and well running car. For a human body this is translated to regular services via self care such as Chiropractic, healthy food, good sleep habits, a healthy movement practice, and a life filled with purpose will lead to a healthy and well running human body. So, what is the difference?
If a car breaks down, no matter how hard you work at keeping it healthy, the approach that you take is what can you add to the car from the outside to help it get back to where it was. This is an outside in approach. The human body works the opposite. Healing is always an inside out approach. Your body is self healing and self regulating through your innate intelligence. Everything that you do on the outside, all of those healthy behaviors, support your innate. Our body has requirements for the perfect expression of your innate intelligence. These are daily movement, nutrition, positive mindset through your life's purpose and a nervous system working free from interference so the messages that are being sent are the right ones (this is what we do through Chiropractic adjustments).
Machines can't do this. They can't self regulate on a second by second basis like your body. They can't heal themselves when things go amiss. They are unable to take imperfect inputs such as poor nutrition and make them work for you. How cool is your body? Your body will continue to strive for health no matter how badly you treat it. Eventually, it'll break down because it can no longer compensate, but overall it's continually working for you. This should feel empowering. You're not a victim in your health, but the leader of the pack. Each choice you make - working out in the morning, drinking a healthful smoothie, going to bed instead of watching another episode on Netflix etc all supports this amazing thing that you get to call your own.
So while the machines in our life are on the rise, and we continue to automate everything and anything that we can. They have nothing on us. Our body isn't a machine. It's a finely tuned organism that is ready and willing to do whatever it can to keep you healthy. Each day you can move towards greater health or away from it, you get to choose.
Peace, Love and Wellness
I am in a couple of mum groups on Facebook. These groups are great as everyone is able to pick the brain of others in the group with all sorts of info from sleep troubles to where is the best place to get a taco in Missoula (it's Tia's Big Sky FYI). Inevitably, what seems like every couple of days, someone asks for OB recommendations based on who is going to be more open to certain birthing options, i.e unmedicated births, birthing a breech baby, etc.
It breaks my heart just a little bit each time to see these mother's giving their power away. Instead of realizing that they are the boss and employer of the obstetrician/midwife, they are trying to hedge their bets on what they can 'get away with' during labor and delivery. Instead of going into this primal, innate, natural, amazing and beautiful experience expressing the goddess they are, they are worried about having interventions pushed on them that they don't want. And I get it. We have been taught to fear giving birth. We have been taught that the doctor knows best and has our best interests at heart, every single time they make a decision. We have been taught that we are not enough during this process (and others) and it's imperative we have 'help' to get this baby out of us. We have been taught that what our partner wants in this process is as important as ours, the birthing mother (in my opinion, it's not).
It's my hope that these words empower those who are thinking about getting pregnant and those that are pregnant to take the time to figure out exactly what YOU want during this process. You know your body better than anybody. You are allowed to ask questions about WHY things are recommended to you. You get to say no, if certain tests and imaging don't align with what you want for yourself and your child. You get to choose your provider(s) for the whole journey and change to somebody new, if at any time you don't feel the support and care that you expect. You get to place your trust in the provider(s) that you actually trust.
So while using the FB mother groups to ask questions about others experiences with certain providers is a great place to start, it shouldn't be the end of the line. Everyone has a different vision for the birth of their child. I encourage you to sit with yourself, breathe deeply into your belly, and allow your true desires to come forward. It might take awhile and feel hard, but if you listen, what you actually want will come to the front. And when it does, I implore you to listen and act on those desires. It'll be one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do.
Peace, Love and Wellness,
When it comes to success in most areas of our life we want to constantly be evaluating if we are on the right track to achieving what we set out to do, or if we have somehow deviated from it. Continually checking in with ourself we can get to our goals a hellava lot faster. Which I don't know about you sounds pretty great! It has recently come to my attention, through personal experience, that our health doesn't always work that way. Let me back up just a bit, give you some context, and see how it shakes it out.
Since February this year I have been dealing with chronic urticaria, commonly known as hives. When we think of hives it's usually in response to an acute allergic reaction to something that we have eaten or touched. Chronic hives isn't quite the same, they reoccur seemingly at random without any trigger. Dealing with this has been very frustrating, and I wrote about it on my personal blog, check it out here. I wrote that particular post in March, so pretty early on in the process. If you don't want to read the other post here are the cliff notes. Breastfeeding was triggering the hives, it wasn't the cause and I was on a quest to figure out how to support my body in a way that would allow me to continue breastfeeding without breaking out into unsightly red welts. Fast forward to August. I had about 6 weeks with no hives. Then they were back. I no longer think that breastfeeding is a trigger, but they are cycling on and off at intervals of time. For the last month or so I have been receiving acupuncture and diving into the emotional stressors that may be causing them. Slowly they are improving, for the most part.
So what does this have to do with success, your health goals, my health goals and kind of being on the right track. At the start of July I set a goal for myself to figure out my hives in the next two months. I want to be done with them. I want to resolve why my body is freaking out for seemingly no reason at all. But, here's the kicker, it's really hard to know if I'm on the right track. Healing isn't linear. Getting to a hive free (hive-less?) state could literally happen overnight or they could slowly fade away and one day I realize that I haven't had hives in a week. Point A is being all hivey (or insert your condition here) and Point B is being symptom free. The journey between those points is going to be all topsy turvy and look different for everyone. So while I'm and you are working towards point B, we can evaluate our progress and say we are kind of on the right track.
I'm not going to pretend that it's not frustrating. As of writing this I had 4 days with minimal hives, until this morning when I woke up with a lot more. What changed... who knows? But I do know it's not going to hurt to consistently put in the work on the path that I kind of know is on track. Right now that entails - Chiropractic care, low carb diet, high water intake, acupuncture, meditation, ramping up my self care (massage, float tank, solo nature time, napping), and specific 3x daily affirmations from Lousie Hay's book Heal Your Body.
What about for you? Your 'kind of on track' to your health goals is going to look very different, and it's up to you to find out. That doesn't mean you shouldn't enlist help. Everyone needs a team, but you are the only one who lives inside your body and that means you know it best. Take the time to listen and then get to work. You deserve it.
Peace, Love and Wellness,
Kelsee has been a practice member for almost one year now. Primarily, she sought out Primal Practice for a different approach to her Chiropractic care, but she also had in the back of her mind - support during (a soon to be) pregnancy! We are so grateful she found us. Kelsee and her husband Levi are preparing for the imminent arrival of their bundle of joy and we have had the privilege of supporting them both through the huge changes that pregnancy brings. Keep reading to hear what Kelsee has to say about her experience at Primal Practice.
1. What brought you into Primal Practice initially?
I have received consistent chiropractic care over the last nine years. For the last two years before coming to Primal Practice, I was no longer seeing benefits from my adjustments. I wanted a comprehensive whole body approach to my chiropractic care that wasn't just a one-time adjustment for a specific complaint. My husband and I were also planning for pregnancy and I wanted to do whatever I could to support my body through those physical changes.
2. How have you benefited from getting adjusted?
Within a few weeks of receiving adjustments from Dr. Liz, I was no longer suffering from recurring misalignments that I hadn't found relief from for almost two years. I also couldn't imagine how my body would feel if I wasn't receiving adjustments throughout my pregnancy. I have experienced very little back or pelvic pain and I feel that is due to my visits with Dr. Liz.
3. Why do you continue to choose Chiropractic care for yourself and your family at Primal Practice?
I strongly believe that wellness is all encompassing and that supporting your body through chiropractic care is just one part of a large puzzle. Dr. Liz's philosophy on health and wellness mirrors my own and I feel wholly supported to feel and be my best.
We love having Carly in the office, she always comes in with a smile and is open to new suggestions on how to maximize her health. Carly sees not only the physical benefits of care, but has noticed an increased resiliency to illness, injuries and dealing with emotional and mental stress. I don't want to butcher any of her words (pun intended) so continue reading to hear exactly what she has to say about her care with Primal Practice.
What brought you into Primal Practice initially? I initially started going to Primal Practice at the recommendation of a good friend. Years of using my body hard had me in a state of feeling pain and tightness and I knew I needed to start doing something more to keep my body in good condition so that I had years of going hard left in me.
How have you benefited from getting adjusted? When I started seeing Liz for chiropractic care, I noticed the physical benefits first-- less neck/back pain, more mobility. After a while, I began to realize the other benefits. Resilience to various stressors, such as injuries, illness, and emotional/mental stress. I rarely get sick, and when I do, I recover quickly. I sleep like a champ, and I have energy to juggle responsibilities from my full-time career, my family, and our business.
Why do you continue to choose chiropractic care for yourself and your family at Primal Practice? We're an active family with a mission to serve our community by raising good food and conserving the amazing natural resources we have here. From riding horses, pitching hay, or scooping up baby calves on our ranch, to hiking up the sides of mountains to survey wildlife for my job as a biologist, to picking up my 8 year old son when he needs a mommy hug, and juggling all these roles, I need to be at my physical and mental best. My guys need to juggle, too, and have the stamina and resilience that's needed to carry out their various roles.
Would you like to add anything else? Just like we regularly change the oil, blow out air filters, and grease or tractors to keep them working well for us, we realize that our bodies require routine maintenance to function at their best. Chiropractic care, healthy eating, hydration, and daily doses of laughter, are all critical parts of our family's maintenance routine.
Thanks for being awesome Carly! and if you haven't tried her beef yet, then check out her farm Triple L Livestock Montana :)
I have a sore back. It’s been sore for about 2 weeks now. As a Chiropractor, you might think that this is quite ironic. Aren’t we supposed to fix backs and necks? Shouldn’t my back be one of the healthiest around?
I would beg to differ that it’s ironic that I have a sore back. As a Chiropractor my job IS NOT to fix you, your back or your neck. My job is to enhance your life. To help your body and your brain respond effectively and efficiently to your circumstances both internal and external. Here’s the deal, Chiropractic always works. Each adjustment clears the way for your nervous system to be highly responsive to its stressors - physical, chemical and emotional. Does this mean your pain will go away? Maybe. Does this mean you’ll feel better? Probably, but it’s not a given. Does it mean your body will function better? Heck yes it will!
Back to my sore back. My self-care is quite good. I get adjusted weekly, have massages bi-weekly, and I have upped my stretching routine. I meditate and exercise and for the most part eat pretty well. But, I am the mother of a one year old so I don’t sleep as much as I should. I own a business, which comes with it’s own stressors. I probably have drunk a little too much wine in the last few weeks. My back pain is a manifestation of my inability to adapt to these stressors, and it’s up to me to get back to balance. It’s not up to my chiropractor or my massage therapist or personal trainer or therapist or spouse. I want to utilize all these people because health is a team sport, but I know that I’m the star of the team, and without my consistent input the others on the team can only do so much.
So I’m here asking you, are you being the star of your team? Are you stepping up for yourself and recognizing where you could be serving yourself better?
Peace, Love and Wellness,
Have you ever experienced thinking about someone and then having them contact you in some way or you run into them in the street?
What about walking into a room and feeling a good vibe or a bunch of tense negative energy?
Or ever had great chemistry with someone? A spouse, lover, friend...etc
All these scenarios are the synchronizing of your energy. We are just one big ball of energy and vibration that is emitted out into the world. We can attract positive things into our life, such as thinking about a friend and having them show up. On the flip side of this we can also inadvertently attract things we don’t want in our life. Our thoughts literally drive this attraction. What we focus on is what comes our way.
The ramifications that this has on our health is profound. While it might sound ‘woo-woo’ that we can think ourselves well, what you think about your illness or ailment definitely plays a role in how your body will go about healing itself. It’s actually be proven time and again through the placebo effect. A placebo is defined as a substance or treatment of no intended therapeutic value. However, there are countless reports of people who get better after taking the placebo in a controlled study. They have the sugar pill or fake knee surgery and report the same, if not better outcomes than people who received the actual intervention.
What does this mean for your health? It literally starts with your brain. While there is a place for interventions, maybe we should be more discerning about when they take place. By giving yourself the time and space to heal, stimulating your brain with empowering thoughts, and taking healthy action you are literally improving your bodies healing potential.
You might be thinking, “Dr. Liz, you’re putting yourself out of a job by telling people this information!”. That would be the case, if I believed you needed Chiropractic care to get you out of pain. BUT, Chiropractic is designed to support these healthy behaviors. The adjustment clears the signal being sent to your brain, thus allowing for a more perfect response. The best time for your adjustment is before something is broken, hurting or dysfunctional. Using your Chiropractor for pain management is like using your iPhone to only make phone calls. You’re scratching the surface of the capabilities available to you!
Our next Lunch with Liz is happening on February 20th at 12:15 and we will be talking about how to improve those thoughts in your head through Meditation and Affirmations. I would love to see you there, lunch is on me, but you have to RSVP!
Peace, Love and Wellness
You’ve made your resolutions but now what?!?! Here are some of our favorite hacks to help you be successful in accomplishing your goals.
What are your favorite tips and tricks to stay on course? Not gonna lie, I love a good form! They keep me on course and I can go back and see what was successful and what hasn’t worked for me.
Kick off 2019 with a 90 Day Challenge. Put yourself on the fast track to health and wellness with a personalized plan and wellness coaching. Choose either a fitness or nutrition focussed track to best suit your personal goals.
When you are accountable to someone or a group of people for doing what you said you would do, you can easily accomplish your tasks because you engage the power of social expectations. However, when you tell yourself — and no one else — that you will quit smoking, start a new gym routine, write a book, launch a meaningful project or quit your “just okay” job in order to pursue your life’s work, you are less likely to do it. It’s easy to choose something else more comfortable and make excuses.
The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that you have a 65% of completing a goal if you commit to someone. And if you have a specific accountability with someone you’ve committed to, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%!!
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If you want to take accountability to a whole new level, this challenge is for you! If you are serious about achieving your goals, this can be one of your most potent sources of support and accountability. If you intend to quit smoking, exercise more, study a new language, take control of your finances, eat healthier, start a new reading habit, or manage your time better, join our 90 day challenge today!
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Helpful hints, tricks, and recipes to Hack Your Holidays!
Gluten Free & Vegan Quick Bread This recipe is an all time favorite! It is easy and versatile, making it an awesome recipe to keep on hand. I have made this with grated zucchini to pumpkin, or as we are having tonight- sweet potatoes! It also makes a lovely savory bread by omitting all but 1-2 tablespoons of the sugar and adding in savory herbs and spices.
Beet Hummus Holiday parties seem to be about over indulging. Sometimes when you take away something you feel like you’re missing out and then end up overeating. These recipes will walk you through making hummus and adding in more of the good stuff like veggies and supportive herbs and spices. Don’t be scared of the beets! They’re good for the heart and have been shown to improve athletic performance and recovery. They lend a lovely color to make your veggie platter pop! Golden beets and turmeric will give your dip a golden glow and help with inflammation from a little too much celebrating.
Quinoa Kale Salad This hearty side is great for potlucks and restricted diets! The base is simple, just kale and quinoa. Add in some nuts, then add something sweet and colorful like berries or pomegranate arils, and finish with a bright dressing. This is a nice way to use leftover quinoa or another grain. If you have some extra time, massaging the kale and allowing it to rest overnight allows for a more appealing texture.
Pumpkin Pie Bars This recipe may be paleo, but it’s not too far off from the pie grandma used to make! The only big difference in the crust and the swap of unrefined coconut sugar for the classic white sugar. Coconut sugar has a richer flavor, more similar to brown sugar and will add depth to the flavor so you won’t feel like you’re missing out. The crust is a simple blend of almond and coconut flours and ghee. You can use gluten free graham crackers or a commercially made crust too! Whatever best suits your needs.
By adding in some extra veggie and a lot of water you WILL survive this holiday season!