Each month we share a recipe featuring a local product or farmer! This month we are featuring Hindu Hillbilly, a family owned apiary just west of Alberton, MT. It is their mission to strive for environmental sustainability in their beekeeping practices, to educate and foster understanding and appreciation of honey bees through community outreach and youth programs, and to provide the purest quality raw honey and handcrafted honey skin care products from their hives to our community. They are proud to be members of a growing community of small farmers dedicated to producing local and sustainable products. There are many benefits of local honey. It's been said to aid in allergy relief, heal wounds, and is just plain tasty.
Summer is a season with a bounty of fruit. We are lucky to have so many local farmers and producers in our little piece of paradise that makes a summer salad that much sweeter.
This fruit plate is easy to assemble with an assortment of local fruits. We used Flathead cherries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and huckleberries! Antioxidant and anthocyanin rich foods help with inflammation and helping you heal from summer fun. The ricotta is from local creamery Tucker Family Farm located in Victor, MT and made from sheep milk. Many people with cow dairy sensitivities are able to digest goat and sheep milk without much difficulty.
Honey Ricotta Dip
1 cup ricotta
1/4 cup honey
pinch of salt
Combine the honey and ricotta in the blender. You may have to scrape the sides down periodically. Blend until completely smooth. You will know it's right when the contents are all whirring around easily. Pour into a bowl or container to keep in the fridge. As it cools it will set up a bit. Plate up your favorite fruits and sprinkle the dip with sea salt to serve.
What's your favorite summer treat?
Our July salad is all about edible flowers!! Full Bushel Farm is an urban garden specializing in edible flowers, medicinal plants, and cut arrangements.
Edible flowers are a fun addition to your summer salads. They are easy to grow and fun for kids of all ages. You can even dry edible flowers for a fun floral confetti all year round.
This salad is a simple mix of salad greens by farm friends County Rail Farm dressed lightly with avocado oil and apple cider vinegar. You can use any type of vinegar that you prefer. (Infused vinegars are easy to make and a great way to use up summer fruits!) Dressing your salad before adding the toppings ensures every little bit is coated equally and leaves your toppings plenty of room to shine!
We kept the toppings simple with seasonal fresh currants and edible flowers. The sweet-tart tanginess is perfect with the subtle flavor and intense color of the flowers.
Pizza on the side is optional, but encouraged.
Eat well. Enjoy yourself. Have fun!
Spring has slipped into Summer and the Farmers Markets are bursting with fresh produce. The early season markets are full of hearty greens and bright crisp radishes, all able to survive the cold and unpredictable Western Montana Spring. With a little patience and a lot of sunshine, summer yields the sweetest berries and tastiest tomatoes.
One of my favorite farmers at the market is Country Rail Farm. Their tomatoes will make you weep tears of joy when they first grace the market table. (I am a hard core tomato fan!!) One of the many things that you may know County Rail for is their salad mix. You can find it at many local stores and restaurants during growing season. We are so excited to feature them as our June Salad of the Month!!
You can find out more about Tracy and Margaret, their farm pups, and their farm here.
This month’s salad is for sure a new favorite! The sweet strawberries and salty feta play off each other so wonderfully. I dressed this simply with a balsamic reduction and avocado oil, salt and pepper of course.
County Rail Farm Strawberry and Feta Salad
This simple salad is best assembled and dressed on your plate. The greens are so light that the heavy toppings can easily disappear in a serving dish. In staying true to the seasonality of this dish I made a morel pizza with green onions and it sure was tasty!! Enjoy your salad and don’t be afraid to experiment with a little fruit. Melons, berries, or citrus- it’s all good in my book!!
Have a great week & buen provecho!
School is out, the days are long and we want to help improve life for your kiddos. As patients in the office, you all know the benefits of regular care and how good you feel after a visit with Liz or Gina. Chiro care has been shown to help with not just physical ailments, but with mental challenges too.
ADD/ADHD and Spectrum diagnoses are particularly responsive to chiropractic care. That's why we are giving away a summer care plan to one lucky kiddo! Leave school fidgety and unfocussed, return in the fall a better and more focused student.
We are accepting applications now through June 8, 2018. To apply for this scholarship CLICK HERE and answer some simple questions. Please share this link with friends, co-workers, and family members. Let's help out some kiddos with gentle non-invasive care. *Care Plan will begin the week of June 11th and end the week of September 10th.
Our Salad of the Month for May isn't even a salad at all! It's a wrap :)
Wraps are a great way to combine veggies for a nutritious lunch on the go. This recipe uses a collard wrap for a bit of extra greens, but you can always wrap yours in a tortilla or flatbread.
Green Source is a brick and mortar shop on the Hip Strip in Missoula, Montana. Missoula's premier 100% Organic Juice Bar and Cafe providing Missoula with premium quality organic smoothies, fresh pressed juices, and raw live food made with local ingredients to increase the health and vitality in our community. Wherever possible, they source all our fair from family farms, as they are committed to their preservation. Green Source values local, healthy, and sustainable food chains.
To make your own Salad Wrap:
Gather veggies cut into sticks or grated, something soft like hummus or a nut pesto, and your wrap. This one uses a collard green, homemade almond hummus, carrot, red peppers, cucumbers. I love to add olives to mine, or even cheese for a punch of flavor! Spread your soft spread onto the wrap, top with veggies and roll.
Little ones will love to be a part of making their own Salad Wraps. And the grownups will enjoy eating them too!
What's your favorite wrap filling?
Spring is in the air and that means fresh tender greens. In Montana, our winters can reach a little longer and a little colder than other parts making Spring a welcome sight for all. Young greens add interest to a salad as well as packing a nutritional punch. Pea shoots are a good source of beta carotene, vitamin C, folate, and fiber. Radishes are another harbinger of spring, filling the early season farmers market tables with Folate, fiber, riboflavin, and potassium, as well as good amounts of copper, vitamin B6, magnesium, manganese, and calcium.
What better way to top a fresh springy salad than with a dressing full of locally made goodness?!? The Cashew Turmeric Dressing features Moxie Nosh, our featured business for the month of April.
Moxie Nosh is a values based brand with a vision. Almonds and Cashews are the building blocks for the flavors. Moxie Nosh, meaning "bold food" was created with an intention to help make healthier food choices. Every person deserves to eat real food that nourishes the body and fuels the soul. Naturally free of sugar, hydrogenated oils, preservatives, gluten and dairy their nut butters are infused with coconut oil and various spices that create bold flavor that makes eating healthy fun.
Cashews are packed with vitamins E, K, and B6, along with the minerals copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium. All of which are important for maintaining good bodily function! We added some inflammation fighting (among other things!) turmeric for a nutritious and flavorful dressing.
Pea Shoot Salad with Turmeric Cashew Dressing
Prep time: 10min Cook Time: 2min Total Time: 12min
For the salad:
2 cups baby greens or mustard greens if you like it spicy!
1 cup pea shoots chopped into 1” pieces
2-3 radishes thinly sliced
2 spring onions, slices
Whatever else is in season and looks delicious!
For the dressing:
1/4c Moxie Nosh Cashew Butter
1/4c lemon juice
1/4c extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic (crushed or finely grated if not blending)
2 tsp turmeric powder
Make your dressing. I mixed by hand in a small mason jar, and then shook it up for good measure. Make your salad with all the fresh and tasty local ingredients popping up at your farmers market! Dandelion greens are also available this time of year, make sure yours are unsprayed!!
Dress your salad and garnish with fresh cracked pepper.
People the world over are failing themselves. They are failing to put themselves first, to take care of their health, and to thrive instead of just survive. I know I can attest to times where I have been too busy and too wrapped up in unimportant stuff to take care of myself. But, what I also know is that when I do put myself first, and I focus on why I want something in the first place, good things happen.
Have you ever started something that got you motivated and excited to achieve? Silly question. Of course you have! Has that same goal also gone unachieved because somewhere in the middle you lost your way, motivation left you and you gave up? I would guess yes. It’s so easy to get lost in the middle. Especially now when we are given instant gratification on a daily, and maybe even hourly basis. Understanding why we fail regularly, is the first step to achieving all that you set out to do!
1. We fail to plan - Mark my words, anything worth having will get hard. There will be days when you don't feel like it, or your day falls apart, or your significant other lets you down, or your kids meltdown and ruin plans. The upcoming days will not go smoothly. By realizing this now, you can decide how you want to respond when shit hits the fan.
What does your backup workout look like when miss going to the gym? What snacks can you have on hand to fuel your body so it will thank you later? How will you stick to your daily meditation when your day gets shaken up with unforeseen circumstances? Spend some time today, giving yourself a plan B or even plan C to make sure you're achieving what you want Every. Single. Day. regardless of what gets thrown at you.
2. We don't clarify our WHY - This might seem unimportant and you may think you know why you want to achieve a certain target. But, I want you to dig a little deeper. For example, why do you want commit to your health? If your answer is to feel healthier, ask yourself why? Keep asking why to your answer till you get down to the nitty gritty. It could be to set a fantastic example to your kids. It doesn't matter what your WHY is, but it does matter that you understand that this is what you're going to fall back on when the going gets tough. This answer is what should keep you going when it seems like everyone and everything is conspiring against you.
3. We focus on the end result and misjudge the journey - I love big hairy audacious goals or BHAG's. I love the thought of achieving these things that seem impossible. But what can derail me and many others isn't the setting of the goals, but taking the actual steps to achieve them day in and day out. Realizing the journey between starting and achieving is going to be long, arduous and fraught with failure is going to be the best thing you can do for yourself. Consistent action taken over time will ALWAYS win when compared to big, flashy short term shows of dedication. This is why binge diets don't work. This is why comparing yourself to others on social media doesn't work (you don't know their story and how long it's taken them to look a certain way). This is why so many people find it hard to actually achieve their long term goals. They aren't willing to commit to themselves even when it seems results aren't happening, when there is a set back, or when it all seems to hard. To be honest this has always been the hardest thing to wrap my head around and I think it will always be the case. I want things to happen yesterday, but remembering to focus on daily action steps will always move you towards your goal, even when it seems like it’s not.
Achieving something that you set out to do can be the most rewarding thing ever! On the flip side, not achieving something that you said you wanted can be devastating. Each day you get out of bed, you get to commit to yourself and your goals, regardless of what happened yesterday. Take consistent action and over time you will have the life you’ve always dreamed of.
I heard this saying a couple of weeks ago and really loved it. I think that it's pertinent to why we fail and is the title of this blog post, even though it seems kinda abstract... How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Do you have any other thoughts about why people fail? I would love to hear them! Share them below.
Peace, Love and Wellness
21 Day Challenge Starts April 2nd!
Use the first 21 days in April to get your health on the right track as we move into warmer, brighter and more active days. The winter can leave us feeling a little blah, a little demotivated and a little sluggish. Too often it takes us all spring and summer to get our groove back. This challenge is designed to speed up this process and get you feeling great and ready to make the most of the amazing weather!
There are 2 extra fantastic things about this challenge:
There are less than 48 hours to sign up! To be involved you must commit before Tuesday, March 27th at Midnight. To do this - send an email saying I'm IN! and declare what your target is and how much you're willing to wager.
I'm so looking forward to your success. Committing to your health is literally the best thing you can do for yourself because it affects everything and everyone in your life!
Peace, Love and Wellness
Public perception of a chiropractic adjustment seems to be stuck on bone out of place, adjust, bone back in place… all better! But what is actually taking place is so much more than that. So let me elaborate a bit, and I will try not to get too science-y on ya.
First let’s establish some facts. The body is controlled by the brain… Fact. Without your brain you would cease to function… Fact. To control the body the brain uses the nervous system… Fact. The nervous system travels through the spine and enters/exits at various levels so therefore its protected by the spine… Fact. If the nervous system is interfered with at any level it can cause changes in how the message is received or sent by the brain and disrupt the bodies equilibrium… Fact. The body is always striving for health… Fact.
Now let’s tie these facts into some new research from Dr. Heidi Haavik and her team at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. Dr. Haavik is a chiropractor with a Ph.D in neuroscience so I think it is safe to presume she knows her stuff! What they are showing is that the brain operates based on it’s own reality, and sometimes that doesn’t match up with actual reality. For example in your eye you have a blind spot where the optic nerve enters and exits. But unless you actively try to see the blind spot, your brain will make a well informed guess based on the other sensory information coming from your eyes to fill in the gaps. So if something out of the ordinary is in your blind spot, your brain may never know it is there. This means that the brain’s inner reality (what it thinks) isn’t matching up with actual reality (what is actually there). This can happen throughout the rest of the nervous system as well. When the message either coming or going from the brain is distorted due to a subluxation the inner reality of the brain no longer matches the outer reality.
So, what does this mean for a chiropractic adjustment I hear you ask? Well I am glad you did! Dr. Haavik’s research has shown that a single chiropractic adjustment changes the way the brain perceives it’s body, allowing the inner reality to match up with the outer reality. Let’s go back to our facts to show why this is so important: The body is controlled by the brain. With better perception of what is going on in the body, the brain works more effectively at striving for health. So with regular chiropractic adjustments the brain’s inner reality is more accurate with the bodies outer reality allowing for a more appropriate expression of health. And just to clarify health is not merely the absence of disease, but a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.
Hopefully this has given you a better perspective on why regular care is so important for your whole body. OR it could have given you way more questions! Which is totally fine as well, I love questions. Feel free to comment and ask away
Yours in Health,
The term evidence based medicine is thrown around as justification for treatment regarding ailments, disease and injury. It should mean that all prescribed treatment should be backed by scientific studies that show the effectiveness of that treatment. But according to this article by the Huffington Post, traditional medicine is not as ‘evidence-based’ as people may think. Studies have been done on the efficacy of what medical doctors are prescribing and have been found wanting. So, what does this mean for you?
When you go to your doctor and are prescribed medication; it may work, it may not, it may actually harm you or the effects are unknown. The majority, according to the British Medical Journal, have unknown effects. I don’t know about you, but if I am going to put something in or on my body as a treatment, I would like to know that it was going to work, all the time. By no means am I promoting you ditch all your prescriptions and throw caution to the wind! But I think it does warrant a discussion with your doctor about what you are taking, why you are taking it and if it is actually helping your health ailment.
As a chiropractor, I do not claim to treat anything. Your body can heal itself better than any drug, pill or potion out there. While I don’t claim to treat anything, what I do claim to do is backed by the latest science. The adjustment that I give in my office has been proven to effect the way the brain perceives the body. I spoke about this in more detail in this blog post. So I would postulate that what I do as a chiropractor is evidence-based. This is a far cry from many people who routinely call Chiropractors ‘unscientific’ or ‘quacks’.
The more people who realize that their ability to heal is inside them and will always travel from above, down, inside, out, the better off we will be. Where above is the brain as the control center, down is the communication pathway of the nervous system, inside is the body and out is the flowing of energy from our body to affect the world around us. Health and healing doesn’t come from a pill, potion, or topical ointment. It comes from within.
What do you think? Do you believe that you can heal yourself? I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic!
Peace, Love and Wellness