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Super Star Tuna Salad : Recipe of the Week

Super Star Tuna Salad!

 

Here is my super brain food breakfast. I like it for breakfast, but its good for any meal of the day. The tuna and avocado are loaded with omegas, vital oils your brain and eyes need to function.  Top it with your favorite anti inflammatory herbs, sprouts, and greens.  This is my favorite way to make it, currently.

 

Ingredients:

1 package Line Caught Tuna

1 Avocado

½ cup chopped Greens or Sprouts

1 diced Green Onion

1 Tablespoon of fresh diced Cilantro

1 Clove diced Garlic

1 Tablespoon of favorite oil

Splash of Apple Cider Vinegar

Dash of Salt or Tamari

Dash of Cayenne

 

Preparation:

Drain tuna and add to bowl.  Add avocado, greens, and green onion.  Add herbs, spices, oil, apple cider vinegar and mix. Do a taste test, to feel if there is anything you want to add.  Enjoy!

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Addiction

ADDICTIONS

In recent months Dr John participated in a study to see if NET work could help clear the emotions that lead to the addiction of smoking cigarettes.  He has found this method to be extremely useful, and has helped people ease the addiction to smoking. Any focus of addiction, whether it be smoking, coffee, bad relationships, drinking, or prescriptions all stem from the same need within us.  We had some need that was not met, and we adapted by using something to distract us from the pain of lack.  In conducting the stop smoking study we have seen the connectivity between all addictions and original events in life that lead to negative feelings.  With NET, we can clear those emotions and help ease the demand of addiction on our beings and psyche.

Ask Dr John today to clear an addiction for you!

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Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel

Repetitive hand and wrist motion recieve micro traumas to their hands and wrists daily.  Think clerks, receivers, shipment, keyboard operators, cell phone use, musicians, assembly line workers, waitstaff, baristas and many others. Vibration and repetitive motion can result in carpal tunnel syndrome.  When combined with other spinal problems and joint dysfunction it worsens symptoms of this disorder.  Symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and loss of strength in the hands.

The carpal tunnel is a path way through your wrist that gets compressed during certain strenuous or repetitive activity, and it blocks blood flow and nerve signal to the hand.  Specific chiropractic adjustments can help return malfunctioning joints to a more normal motion and position.

The major nerve controlling the thumb, index and parts of the middle and ring finger is called the median nerve.  It travels from the tip of your fingers through the wrist, up the arm and to your spinal cord.  Problems can develop in any of these areas. The carpal tunnel is formed by bones in the wrists, and the median nerve, tendons and blood pass through this opening. If one or more of the bones forming in this tunnel should collapse, inflammation, nerve pressure, and pain can result.

Problems can also develop as a result of the spinal column being misaligned at the point in which the nerves connect to the spine. When these spinal bones lose their normal motion or position, you can experience problems in the fingers and wrist.

With adjustments specific to this syndrome, chiropractic can help normalize the structure and reduce nerve irritation.  When given time, chiropractic has had excellent results helping people with carpal tunnel syndrome without drugs or surgery!

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Biodynamic!

Biodynamic farming is a subset of permaculture, both which offer solutions to the problems of modern agriculture. A short list of these issues includes; monoculture, deforestation, biodiversity desecration, toxic chemical use, soil depletion, job loss, habitat pollution and loss of culture. All of these problems are fundamental issues that have a chain of ramifications, like deteriorating health and lowered function in society.

Permaculture is based on the idea of creating a “permanent culture.”  This implies farming, building and lifestyle practices that can be sustained throughout generations of human life.  This is contrary to the way that society is currently functioning, but it is completely essential for our future.

Biodynamic practices live within permaculture.  The word bio comes from latin and means life, dynamic can be defined as a force that stimulates change or progress within a system.  In this way, Biodynamic farming practices are sustainable resource management, and resource growth that benefits all systems.  There are a lot of vineyards that operate within biodynamic principles, because using this system feeds better grapes, making better wines. It is sensible for a farmer to look to the long term effects of their practices to sustain their land as long as possible.  To do this a farmer must nourish the soil, the land surrounding their farm, and the people that support the farm.  The first developer of biodynamic farming believed that supporting ourselves in this ethical way allowed our spiritual connection to grow.

 

So what does that equate to?

 

Biodynamic permaculture is the process of building a sustainable and evolving culture that is supportive to all life.

 

Why do I care?

 

We are all interconnected in this life.  Everything we do affects another being.  If I eat well, take care of my body and choose to be happy those around me will be positively affected.  When you smile at another person, or talk with a stranger instead of being on your smartphone, you are positively affecting your world.  Choosing food from farmers in your neighborhood is more ethically sustainable because you are supporting a person in the community, making a connection, and providing better quality food for yourself.   Biodynamic living is a way to improve your connection to food, improve your connection to community, and ultimately take better care of yourself and our future.

 

We here at Life Chiropractic are passionate about sharing and developing this kind of community within our world.  We want to support you to reach out and make healthy connections, and develop a lifestyle that supports all of our well beings!

Call 303.678.1979 to schedule an appointment today or sign up for one of our free community events to see us in action.

Clarity

Clarity!

    We recently spoke about the word ‘Light’.  When we focus on lighting up our lives through health, wellness, truth and love, the life changing results are CLARITY!

When you have clarity, you possess a clearness of mind, free from obscurity and easy to understand. It means clearness, like water fresh from the mountain spring.  Adding light to your inner mixture, allowed you to identify where you were cloudy, and where darkness was lurking.  Through the light, we can foster clarity by being centered and grounded in the present moment, knowing what our goals are, and having open and honest communication with ourselves, primarily, in addition to our families and community.

    Use journaling to discover what drives you, and where you are going.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself to discover and create clarity:

 

    What are my biggest accomplishments?

    What are my biggest stumbling blocks?

 

        These questions will give you a sense of what your values are.  When you have a clear idea of what values most to you, you can align your habits to those values, and from there, develop goals.

 

Make a list of your values.

    List 3 goals that you consider to be vital

        You have now done some wonderful inner searching, and just from this can get connected with yourself, which always helps you feel good.  Take it to the next level:

 

MAKE A GAME PLAN!

 

        Underneath each goal, make a list of how you can get there with as much detail as you can muster.  Some people find this easier by working backwards and imagining what it would take to get to where you are going.  Do you need to start a savings account, get a gym membership, get nutrition counseling?  In your game plan list 3 people for each goal that you can call on. One to ask for help, another keep you accountable, and another to be your cheerleader.

    At Life Wellness we want to help you achieve these goals, whatever they are!  Chiropractic alignment, NET and QN Light Therapy will help with gaining clarity.  We can also check beliefs and clear the negative beliefs that are preventing you from achieving your goals. We can help align your body, mind and spirit for success!

For a free consultation call us at 303.678.1979 or register for one of our free community events.

Green Garlic Pesto and Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Oh yumminess!  This recipe is a hearty substitute for its gelatinous, gluten filled, nutrition less counterpart, pasta.  Use nature made spaghetti squash!  Its delicious, filling, and has all of the texture that is loved in pasta, while ridding the dish of gluten, and adding in nutritive vitamins and minerals. Its high in fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar, keeps you feeling full, and can remove cholesterol from the intestinal tract. This green garlic pesto is a seasonally appropriate alternative to its summer sister, basil pesto.  Green garlic is anti bacterial and inflammatory, perfect for springs allergy battles.  Its rich in iron, good for the heart and helps fight illness.  This dish is delicious as is, or your choice of meat can be added for a hearty protein boost.  Chicken sausage or ground beef are great choices.

 

Ingredients:

One whole spaghetti squash

Butter to taste

1/2 pound green garlic

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste

1/4 cup pine nuts, pistachios, or walnuts

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup freshly shredded Romano, Parmesan, or  Pecorino cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.  Cut squash in half and place on a cookie sheet skin side up.  Add about an inch of water to the cookie sheet to steam your squash in the oven.  Bake for about 30-45 minutes.  When soft, remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes.  While still warm, scrape the innards of the squash into a bowl and add butter, and salt.

While the squash is baking, prepare pesto and meat, if desired.

Trim and discard root ends of green garlic. Finely chop green garlic, rinse thoroughly and pat or spin dry.

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, cook vegetable oil, green garlic, and 1/2 tsp. salt until soft, about 3 minutes. Let cool to warm room temperature.

In a blender or food processor, pulse pine nuts or pistachios to chop. Set aside. Add green garlic and process, scraping down sides as necessary, until bright green and smooth. With motor running, drizzle in olive oil. Pulse in reserved nuts and cheese. Taste and add more salt if you like.

Combine in your favorite bowl to enjoy!

Light!

This is the time of year when our systems become enlightened with the longer days, more motivation, warmer weather.  The sun is actually moving closer to the earth, charging our bodies with more and more light energy.  As humans we receive light through our skin from the sun, and that is beneficial because it processes vitamins in our body such as C and D, it can alleviate symptoms of depression, seasonal depressive disorder, and anxiety and nervousness. There is even evidence that suggest humans recover from surgery, and illness faster when exposed to natural light. Natural light also regulates sleep patterns, and possibly improves risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension.

 

Its obvious our systems benefit from this all powerful energy from the sun, the whole earth is built to circle around it! Our systems are adapted to receive this energy daily, but did you know our system is also built to EMIT LIGHT?!?!?  Human energy emits light, that when shining bright enough can be seen, even, from space! When the human body is healthy, with strong mental clarity we can even improve how bright our light shines. This light that we emit is lower on the UV scale than most human eyes can pick up, but we can feel it.  Have you heard human energy is described as a fire within? Think of how many songs or stories you know about shining humans, the light of love, how illumination is related to love, health and truth?

 

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!

 

Turn on your love light, let it shine on me!

 

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray!

 

This light that we humans have evolved to shine, is something use to communicate with each other, without our conscious awareness. Some people can feel the wellness, or truth of a person, without it being communicated verbally.  You know you get that feeling that you can trust a person you’ve hardly known?  This is an example of light communication. Truth is light in the body.  Illness is darkness in the body.  Where there is no communication, there is illness.

 

If you have been into the Docs office here lately you have probably had Dr John waving a cold laser on your body.  This technology is based on a new technology, quantum neurology.  Quantum Neurology is nervous system rehabilitation by improving communication in various parts of your body.

We are so excited to share this revolutionary and totally new healing method with you!  We are here to help your little light shine, and grow into a big light!

Call 303.678.1979 to schedule an appointment today with Dr. Wendt or sign up for one of our free community events to see us in action.

Recipe of the Week: Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Another favorite recipe everyone loves to munch is Mamas Kale Chips.  They are reminiscent of popcorn, with their crunch and saltiness.  Easy to make and fun to eat.

Kale is a cruciferous veggie, related to broccoli and cauliflower.  It’s an excellent source of beta carotene, Vitamin A, C, manganese, copper and calcium.  Like many leafy green veggies, the nutrient content is best absorbed when cooked, and eaten with some healthy fat.  This recipe delivers both healthy fat, and light cooking in an easy to bake and eat chip! Have fun with herbs and spices, these have been delicious with curry seasoning, and even cinnamon!

Ingredients

1 Bunch of Organic Kale

1 teaspoon Sea Salt

3 teaspoons Sesame Oil (or sunflower, olive, your favorite)

1 teaspoon Garlic powder or 2 cloves, chopped fine (optional)

 

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees

2. Wash and dry kale thoroughly.

3. Use scissors to cut small chip shapes from the leaves.  Remove the leaf from most of the stem.

4. Put kale in a big bowl and add oil.  Massage oil into each leaf while thinking happy thoughts.

5. Sprinkle salt, garlic, or other herbs on the leaves.  Massage this in, as well.

6. Place kale in a single layer on a cookie sheet, and bake until crispy, about 30 minutes. Check on the chips every 10 minutes, or so, and toss them to make sure none of them overcook. When done, the edges should be crispy, with a few softer parts among the middles.

7. While still hot, you may sprinkle more sea salt, if desired.  Let cool and enjoy!

Recipe of the Week: Grandpa’s Roasted Asparagus

Recipe of the Week:

Grandpa’s Roasted Asparagus

 

Asparagus is in season in early spring! Eating seasonal food is good for the immune system, and lessens food intolerances.  The body has adapted to eating different foods in every season of the year. These variances allow the body to rest and recover, and allow different nutrients to enter the body system precisely when it needs it most. Its amazing how earth provides what our bodies need, when we require it.  For example, watermelon is extremely hydrating, and cooling.  You will find watermelon in the height of its season in the most hot part of the summer, when you need cooling and hydration.  Wise and Genius Earth!

One of the benefits of eating in season is produce is so much better tasting and higher quality when it is in season.  Ever notice that a tomato in January is a sad tomato, but a tomato in August is heavenly? Scientist have actually documented that food grown in its prime season has different, and usually better, nutrient content.  Its also usually cheaper to buy food in season!

In honor of Spring, I am sharing one of my favorite seasonal recipes from my grandfather, his simple and wonderful roasted asparagus.  My family likes the skinny asparagus, but experiment and you will find that the big and the little ones have a vastly differing taste profile. You may also notice the the organic asparagus and garlic have more flavor than the conventional kind. Have fun with the recipe.  You can use other spices, or add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.  Use as much garlic as you like, and as little salt as you need.  Any oil is a good choice, but my family favorite was olive.

 

Ingredients:

Bunch of asparagus spears

Fresh garlic cloves

Himalayan sea salt

Extra virgin olive oil

 

Directions:

Cut about a half inch from the bottom of each asparagus spear and lay it flat on a cookie sheet.  Cover the asparagus spears in oil.  Dice as much garlic as you like and sprinkle over the top of the asparagus.  Sprinkle with a little salt and love.  Roll the asparagus around in the pan, and cover all sides of the spears with the goodness.  Broil in a preheated oven for 5 minutes, or until just a little bit crispy around the edges.  Let cool and Enjoy!

Recipe of the Week: Almond Coconut Milk

Recipe of the Week: Almond Coconut Milk

 

We love nut milk! Nut milks from the grocery store are filled with additives that make, what would be, a healthy beverage into a body’s hard to process nightmare.  Lecithins, gums and who knows what those “natural flavors” are? Those ingredients can clog up your system and overtax  your liver, your gut and intestines. Our homemade nut milk recipe eliminates the unwanted food additives.  Its also a super fun recipe that you can play around with.  You can use hemp seed instead of or in addition to the coconut, eliminate the coconut or almonds, eliminate the sweetener, or use almond extract instead of vanilla. Use your imagination!

 

Almond Coconut Milk

1 ½ cup Almonds (soaked overnight and rinsed in purified water)

1 ½ cups Coconut (shredded, unsweetened)

1 tbsp Honey/Agave/Maple syrup

1 ½ tsp Vanilla

Cheese Cloth or Clean Paint Strainer

 

Put soaked and rinsed almonds, coconut, sweetener and vanilla in a blender.

Fill the blender up to the 6 cup mark with purified water.

Blend on high for at least 60 seconds, more if you have a less powerful blender.

In small batches, strain the pulpy blend through the cheesecloth into a vessel with a wide mouth (don’t be afraid to get messy!)

Massage and squeeze the pulp to get as much milky goodness out as possible.

Save pulp as a delicious flour alternatives for gluten free treats (recipes to come.)

Store in a glass container for best results.

Should keep for 3 – 5 days.