August 27, 2015

Delaney in the garden

Delaney working with her Grandpa, Al Thieme, in the garden learning where real food comes from. She's even doing a little barefoot grounding while she's at it.

She doesn't look too excited about it yet, but she will appreciate it later in life!

#barefootbaby #nofreerides

August 26, 2015

Sunlight, Vitamin D-3 and Seasonal Sickness

Fluctuating levels of sunlight are natural throughout year, but during the fall, winter and spring most people aren't getting nearly enough sunlight due to the lack of outdoor activity and decreased exposure to sunlight. 

Sunlight increases the amount of Vitamin D-3 produced inside your body. Vitamin D-3 is actually a hormone that plays many vital roles in our bodies, especially in regulating our immune system.

Flu season follows the cycle of the sun around the world. Meaning anywhere in the world where sunlight is the least seasonally people are getting sick. Research has shown that lack of Vitamin D-3 is one of the big reasons for this.

With fall right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about how you are going to normalize your Vitamin D-3 levels. Most people benefit greatly from taking 2,000 IU to 5,000 IU per day. Getting your levels tested is the only way to know exactly where your levels are at. To test your Vitamin D levels, ask your doctor to request it in a blood test or order an at home test through Grassroots Health.

August 25, 2015

Seasonal Eating

Changing your eating patterns with the seasons just makes sense. Our bodies are much more in tune with the seasons than most people realize. More healthy carbohydrates during the summer with increased exercise and movement and more healthy protein during the winter with decreased daily movement. 

During the long winter months the carbohydrates that we typically live off of would have never been available. (Think blueberries growing in the middle of winter, not possible.)

During summer we are naturally moving more, this increase in energy expenditure just happens to go hand in hand with the increase in fruits and vegetables that are growing out of the ground. Coincidence? I think not. It's natural for us to crave and eat more carbohydrates throughout the summer.

During the winter months, decreasing the carbohydrate consumption and increasing healthy protein would be the best way to try to eat more naturally. The reduction in outdoor activity will decrease cravings and make it easier to follow a lower carbohydrate diet and a higher protein diet.

If you are doing intense exercise year round then you would want to eat your carbohydrates around the time you are doing increased amounts of exercise during the winter and limit them on days you aren't doing intense exercise.

August 21, 2015

Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids

"But my kids won't eat healthy foods." 

Oh really, does your 3 year old drive to the store to get their own junk food? 

The only way kids are going to eat healthy is if the parents eat healthy too. If you have a lot of snacks and junk food in the house then all your kids are going to want to eat is junk food. 

My 17 month old daughter eats almost anything that you put in front of her because she doesn't have any other options. We were on a trip recently and I gave her a tiny bite of chocolate ice cream, for the next 30 minutes all she did was ask for "more, more, more, more!"

If she saw us eating this sort of food around the house on a regular basis, then all she would want to eat would be junk food! But she sees us eating fresh fruits and vegetables, smoothies and other healthy foods so she wants to eat what we are eating.

I'm sure we will have our challenges with healthy eating, but we work hard to set a good example for her as much as possible.

If you want your kids to eat healthy, you need to lead the way and eat healthy too.

August 18, 2015

Off gassing: What is it and why should you care?

Everyone loves new stuff, carpet, furniture, flooring, paint, cars! 

Unfortunately, while making many new products chemicals are used and they stay in the product, especially the gases. For example when carpet is installed it can off gas chemicals for months after installation. (Think new carpet smell or new car smell) This might not seem like a big thing but long term it can cause many health problems. From allergies to headaches to digestive problems.

The biggest problem is with small children and dogs. When people are getting ready to have a baby they typically want to get new carpet and furniture. When the baby is born, where do they lay it? Right on the floor where the off gassing is the worst! As adults you might not notice the carpet smell, but if you get down on the ground it becomes a lot stronger.

When buying new stuff there are a few things you can do to help reduce this problem. Try to buy organic material that is made without using chemicals, have carpet installed or furniture brought before you are traveling somewhere so that it has a week to air out on it's own or even have your carpets cleaned with an organic detergent to help remove some of the chemicals.

August 17, 2015

Classroom hours of Doctors of Chiropractic vs Medical Doctors

I love when people say, "I don't believe in chiropractors." 

What? We aren't unicorns, we are doctors from a well established and researched profession and we have more classroom hours than MD's or DO's. 

Chiropractic has also been shown to be the most effective and cost efficient treatment for back pain in the world. 90% of people are going to experience severe back pain at some point in their lives. 

If you do have back pain hopefully you can sprinkle some fairy dust and a unicorn will appear to carry you to the our office.

August 13, 2015

Slow Movers Vs. Fast Movers

The energy demand someone has is dependent on their lifestyle and especially their exercise routine. Have you ever noticed that people who do yoga "slow movers" tend to gravitate towards a vegetarian type lifestyle and those who do high intensity exercise "fast movers" gravitate towards a more meat based diet? Many people think this is just the culture of yoga, be vegan, do yoga, wear Lululemon and drink coffee. But there is a lot more to the story!

The way you exercise causes your body to require and crave certain nutrients. When someone is doing high intensity exercise their body is going to need more protein for recovery, if they don't get protein for recovery then their body is going to break down their own muscles internally, which is not a good thing if you are trying to get into better shape! Because of this, people who are doing higher intensity exercise typically crave and do much better off of a higher protein diet. If you feed them salads and chia seeds all day long it's not going to give them the required nutrients they need for healing and recovery.

On the other hand, people who do yoga and move slow don't break down their muscle tissue as much and don't require as much protein so they gravitate towards a vegetarian type diet and less food in general.

If you have a lifestyle of high intensity type exercise with days of slower movements like yoga then you would want to alternate your eating patterns. In general eat more food on days you are working out with more intensity, especially right before and after your workout. And on days you are working out less or or with slower movements eat less food!

*Note, this picture isn't me. I would have a baby on one leg and a shih-tzu laying under me and toys scattered over ever inch of the floor.

August 12, 2015

Recipe: Watermelon Kale & Spinach Smoothie

Looking for a new smoothie recipe? Delaney loves watermelon, so she loved this smoothie with kale and spinach in it too.

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