Chiropractic Care: Is it For You?

Fix and Prevent Mixed Messages to Your Nervous System

Recently I have been seeking chiropractic care for various (un)health(y) symptoms. I’ve shared with you here about a recent scoliosis diagnosis, as well as TMJ and arthritic hip joints.

This is the time of year, when my gardening season is winding down and I have more time to reflect, that I take the time to care for my physical well-being. With a recommendation from my son who is happy with the treatments he has been receiving there, I turned to Hazeldean Family Chiropractic.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help You?

We seek to find the cause and correct the root of the problem, not just mask the symptoms. Chiropractors are experienced in the function of the spine and nervous system. Our approach, focusing on your overall health, will allow you to function better with less pain and more enjoyment of life.

Hazeldean Family Chiropractic

An added bonus of receiving their chiropractic care is a subscription to the blog that Hazeldean Family Chiropractic provides. As my own blog also features posts on health and wellness, I find the tidbits of advice in their blog very informative and relevant to my lifestyle.

Here is the great advice within the most recent email I received:

You have an amazing healing power in your brain and spinal cord. THOUGHTS (emotional stresses), TRAUMAS (physical stresses), and TOXINS (environmental stresses) can affect that healing power… the 3 T’s. In order to maximize your healing potential, we have to make sure that we address all these stresses…

Thoughts: If you have no control on the outcome of a situation, you must release it.

Traumas: Children slip and fall; it’s an unfortunate part of growing up and playing full-out! Keep an eye out for any recurring pain or pain that does not subside quickly. Remember, symptoms are an indication that something is not right.  Correcting it early will definitely help for a quicker recovery and to prevent any future problems.

Toxins: Studies have shown that diets which are high in carbohydrates have been linked to diseases like Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, gout and cancer. Lowering your carbohydrate intake isn’t just good for your waistline, it can also have a direct beneficial effect on the prevention of malignant diseases.

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Chiropractic Care:  How it Can Work for You

What are you waiting for? If you live in this area, give them a call to reserve your spot. Contact info is as follows:

Hazeldean Family Chiropractic Clinic.

8 – 484 Hazeldean Road. Kanata, ON K2L 1V4.

T: (613) 831-9665.

If you live elsewhere, do your research, get recommendations and go for a consult.

I have only received two adjustments in my chiropractic care regime so far, am looking forward to reaping the benefits over the next several weeks. Not just the physical adjustments, but the health advice and relevant exercises too.

Have any of you had experience with chiropractic care?

Salads work on any diet

salads

Are you trying a new diet and having a hard time finding things you are allowed to eat? Most diets, especially the currently popular keto diet, restrict carbohydrates, but salads work well if you include the right kind of carbohydrates.

The good news about salad-related carbs is that they contain lots of fiber which means their “net carbs” (what you actually count on keto) are negligible. To calculate net carbs, subtract the grams of fiber from the grams of total carbohydrates indicated on the labels.

For example, the broccoli slaw I love on my salads to add extra crunchiness displays this label:

salads
broccoli slaw

You can see the total carbohydrates in 1 cup of this slaw is 6 grams, but the fiber is 3 grams, so the net carbs are 3 grams. Considering you might add one-half cup of this to greens on your salad, that is very few net carbs! Of course, you could also eat this slaw like you would traditional coleslaw.

Broccoli by itself has even less net carbs (4 grams of carbs minus 3 grams of fiber per 1.25 cup equals 1 gram of net carbs) That means broccoli would be a great keto-approved option for a side dish at dinner. Or cut up on your salad if you don’t like the slaw that I use.

The salad in a bag (romaine, carrots and cabbage) that my husband likes has a net carbs value of 2 grams per 2.5 cups (4 total carbs minus 2 fiber). I prefer my salad base to contain spinach and kale however, which have even fewer grams of net carbs. I also like cucumber, avocado, flax seed and cheese on my salad…

Ingredients for salads that are low net carbs and healthy fats
broccoli slaw, cucumbers, avocado and cheese, low net carbs, and healthy fats

The cheese (shredded Tex-Mex in this case), avocado, flaxseed, and salad dressing contain the fat necessary for this keto diet. I top the salad with creamy, roasted garlic and Greek yogurt salad dressing from (my favourite) Renee’s line of all-natural, no preservatives added products.

I don’t really count the net carbs as they are so negligible in a salad like this. These carbs though (as opposed to the bad ones) are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, a fact that I think is very important to overall health.

Protein is accounted for in the broccoli and cheese as well as the Greek yogurt-based dressing and lax seeds. A sliced hard-boiled egg or cooked chicken would also be great sources of additional protein.

Concoct your own salad, the variations are endless!

Lose Weight on Keto Diet

By now everyone has no doubt heard of the keto diet. Similar to lots of other diets, carbohydrates are restricted. What makes keto different however is the considerable fat allowance. And that increased fat intake is what confuses most of us. How can we lose weight on the keto diet if we eat more fat?

The answer is (reportedly) that a diet high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbohydrates keeps your body in a state of ketosis. Hence the name keto.

What is Ketosis?

So, what is ketosis and why is it good for weight loss? It is defined as a metabolic state in which ketones (acids) are produced when stored fat instead of carbohydrates (sugar) is burned for energy. This happens naturally every time we fast. Do you know that “morning breath” we all wake up with? That’s caused by ketones that are produced because we technically fast while we sleep.

So basically, the keto diet encourages your body to burn stored fat by decreasing the amount of carbohydrates available for fuel. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, there may be annoying side effects to the process.

Side Effects of Keto Diet

Losing weight on the keto diet can cause side effects like bad breath, initial fatigue (as your body adjusts), and constipation (from increased fat ingestion). As the fat begins to melt off your body, however, you may find the side effects easy to deal with.

Constipation can be alleviated by adding more fiber to your diet. The fat you are consuming in large amounts does not have to be saturated fat like cheese, fatty meats, and butter. And they should definitely not be trans fats like margarine and processed vegetable (corn, sunflower, canola) oils. Instead, choose unsaturated fats such as olive oil, eggs, avocado, coconut oil, unsweetened almond milk, seeds, and nuts for the majority of your fat intake.

Bad breath is easy to deal with by chewing (sugarless) gum and brushing your teeth more frequently. Drinking more water and adding electrolytes to your diet will combat initial fatigue.

Keto Diet to Lose Weight Not a Quick Fix

Weight loss on the keto diet is not a quick fix, but more like a lifestyle change. The hardest part will be restocking your pantry and rethinking your grocery choices. Throw out the pasta, bread, and packaged foods loaded with sugar and other carbohydrates. Keto meals will require more planning since convenient and fast foods are not on the menu.