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%!!
What you get:
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!
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Our recent class in the Primal Wellness Series was such a hit we wanted to share some of our Top Tips for staying healthy throughout the entire year. On top of eating fresh veggies and washing your hands, here are our favorite supplements and lifestyle tips to help keep you on the go all winter long.
By adding in these small and simple practices to your daily routine, your body will be strong and ready to fend off whatever comes your way.
Wellness encompasses not just your physical health, but also your mental, spiritual, emotional, and environmental wellness. Meal Planning and Prepping is a great way to take care of your physical wellness by feeding your body meals prepared with thought and love.
Meal Planning and Meal Prep are closely related, but still a bit different. Meal Planning is the time you spend writing a menu and the accompanying grocery list. Meal Prepping is taking a few hours one day a week to prepare meals and ingredients for the rest of the week. Getting in the habit of planning ahead saves not only time but money too!
It’s a great way to ensure you are getting well rounded meals and no veggies go to waste. You will have virtually no clean up throughout the rest of the week, and you can even plan and prep for weeknight dinners where the kids can help- it’s easy to add ingredients to the pan or crockpot!
The basics of menu planning are fairly easy. Our menu is a mostly Paleo/Primal way of eating. We use a variety of veggies and proteins totally customizable to your tastes! This menu feeds 1 person for 5 days.
Here we go!
Once you are home with your groceries the fun begins! Clear out the kitchen and start with a clean workspace. You may need to expand out to the dining room table, too! These next directions are geared specifically to this menu. You will have to plan accordingly for future menus, but the concept is the same. Multitask and plan! You will be successful!!
There are plenty of options to change the meals to your liking. Substitutions are easy once you have a solid framework for your meals! There is no limit as to what you can make for your meals.
How to and tips!
21 Day Fix - No cook meals!!
Detailed directions for our meal plan
Grocery list for our menu
September is the best month for farming here in western Montana. We are at the tail end of fruits and melons, cucumbers and summer squash are still going strong, and winter squash is coming into the markets as well. And tomatoes!! Oh the tomatoes… For our September Salad of the Month we are featuring Farm Hand Farm (@farmhandfarm on instagram and facebook), an small urban farm located in Missoula. Adelaide and her partner John (along with their two dogs, cat, and chickens) grow flowers, medicinal + edible herbs, tomatoes, peppers, and assorted veggies, plus plant starts in spring and skin salves in winter
As a kid I never liked tomatoes. They were bland and mealy and I just couldn’t understand why anyone would enjoy that. But then I had an heirloom tomato. To say it was life changing was an understatement!! Heirloom tomatoes come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Teeny tiny sungolds are like candy in the garden and very rarely make it inside the house. Green Zebras are green and yellow when ripe making for an burst of unexpected color in any dish.
Not only are tomatoes super tasty, the pack a punch when it comes to their health boosting properties. Tomatoes contain all four major carotenoids: alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene. According to a study from Ohio State University, when tomatoes are eaten along with healthier fats, like avocado or olive oil, the body's absorption of the carotenoid phytochemicals in tomatoes can increase by two to 15 times!
Olive or Avocado Oil
Salt + Pepper
Cut up your tomatoes, dress with the oil of your choice, season to taste with S+P. That’s it. Keep it simple and enjoy the flavors of summer.
Wanting something a bit more?
Caprese Salad A classic with sliced tomatoes layered between slices of mozzarella and basil, dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Greek Style Salad Add in chopped cucumber, red onion, capers, olives, roasted red bell peppers, and some feta cheese.
Creamy Cucumber Salad Sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onions dressed with sour cream or Greek yogurt and fresh herbs. Season to taste with S+P
Watermelon! Watermelon, tomato, basil, oil, and S+P. Add some feta if you’re feeling fancy. Yeah, this would like a weird combo, but it’s sooooo good!!
Chickpea and Avocado Roast or fry chickpeas with cumin, turmeric, paprika, and S+P. Toss with chopped tomatoes and cubed avocado. Dress with oil and fresh chopped herbs.
However you choose to enjoy your tomatoes, always pick locally grown for the freshest and most flavorful selection!!
Today is National Read a Book Day! I know that everyone is not an avid book reader like me, but reading is super important for our brain development. Unlike television or the internet.. (I'm looking at you youtube...) when reading you have to activate your imagination to bring characters and concepts to life.
Here at Primal Practice we talk a lot about health. We believe that there are fundamentals that you must do each day to maximize your health and thrive through life, rather than just survive. These fundamentals are for everyone, no matter their age. At different stages of our lives the fundamentals may be implemented differently but the concepts don't actually change. These are movement, nutrition, a fully connected nervous system, and a healthy mindset.
In honor of this national day, I wanted to share some of my favorite reads in the topics of our health fundamentals. If we can start to nail down these daily activities our bodies will definitely thank us!
Movement: Exercising through your Pregnancy by James Clapp; Deskbound by Kelly Starrett
Nutrition: Real Food for Pregnancy by Lily Nichols; The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
Nervous System: Well Adjusted Babies by Jennifer Barham-Floreani; The Reality Check by Heidi Haavik
Mindset: The Fourth Trimester by Kimberley Ann Johnson ; Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
As you can see there are 2 per category. One is specifically for pregnancy and postpartum and the other is for the general population. At the office we have nearly all these books on the shelf that you can borrow for up to 2 weeks, so there is no excuse to not get reading!
Read something great? Leave a comment with what is grabbed your attention and let me know, I'm always looking for recommendations!
Peace, Love and Wellness
August was National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and up until 4 months ago I could only imagine what mothers go through when trying to breastfeed. Now, I’m part of the crew. And to be honest, it started out hard, like really hard. My nipples hurt and bled, and every time Coen latched it was intensely painful. I could definitely see why Mum’s turn to formula. But it got better. My nipples became hardier, and we learnt together how to work as a team. Everyone’s experience, just like any part of motherhood, is completely their own. Some people will take to breastfeeding like ducks to water, others will be unable to breastfeed at all. Getting the support you need is imperative to having a successful experience, for whatever capacity you want to breastfeed for. These options may seem like no brainers, but I’m going to throw them out anyway.
See a lactation consultant. These women are trained specifically to help you and your baby. They know all the tips and tricks, can check for tongue ties and can literally be the difference between sticking with breastfeeding or not. Consultants who are certified through the International Board of Lactation Consultants are extensively trained to give you all the help you need to successfully breastfeed.
See a Chiropractor. I had a 3 week old come into my practice earlier in August, who was struggling to get enough sucking power and had a weak latch. Her momma was worried that she wouldn’t be able to continue breastfeeding as she was struggling with the pain and a feeling of failure. After an assessment, I did concur that she had a weak sucking reflex but there was no issue with her jaw. She did however, have a subluxation (spinal misalignment) in the upper neck and needed some cranial work done. After her gentle adjustment, she latched right on (with minimal pain to mum) and went to town. This is not an uncommon experience in Chiropractic offices. This article goes into more depth, but the basis of the adjustment is that removing pressure from the nerves allows function to flow and a better connection between the brain and the body.
Listen to your Intuition. Even if you’re a brand new Momma, that voice inside you and your gut feeling is worth listening to. If you feel something is wrong, it probably is, and you should reach out. If you are feeling unheard by the people you are working with, find new people. Never discount your intuition as it may be the first sign you recognize that something is a little off.
Whatever capacity you breastfed for, I commend you. It is such a great thing not only for your baby but for yourself as well. Keep up the great work and if you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Peace, Love and Wellness