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A Healthier Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the holiday for giving thanks for what we have, spending time with friends and family.  But it’s also the holiday often associated with excessive amounts of food!  Everyone knows that a Thanksgiving meal is often laden with sugary and carb-loaded goodies and many overindulge and consume more in this one meal than they normally do in a whole day.  But have you ever noticed how you feel after this extravagant meal?  Most feel groggy and tired and maybe so full you feel sick.  Yes, it’s fine to splurge on holiday foods, but making a few healthy changes to your Thanksgiving routine could mean you’ll feel better and more Thankful in the end!

Here are some helpful healthy Thanksgiving Day tips!

Eat breakfast: Breakfast is often called the “most important meal of the day.”  This is especially true on Thanksgiving!  It may seem counterproductive to eat a hearty breakfast before a large Thanksgiving feast, but eating something in the morning can help you keep portions smaller at the big meal.  Breakfast will also keep you energized enough to get kitchen task done and entertain your guests. Try having some scrambled eggs, a small omelet with veggies, or fruit with greek yogurt.  The protein will keep you full all morning and keep you from feeling ravenous once dinner is served.

Get off the couch: No you don’t have to work off every morsel you eat!  But keeping in mind that the typical Thanksgiving meal weighs in at about 3,000 calories you may want to incorporate some physical activity to your day to avoid weight gain.  Even just a short 10 minute walk before and after the meal not only wards of winter pounds but boosts your energy and confidence levels!

Try some healthy alternatives: We all have our favorite traditional holiday dishes that we are reluctant to change.  You don’t have to change all your dishes to healthier alternatives, but try substituting healthier options in a few side dishes.  Maybe have mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes this year.  Or try making your own mushroom cream soup for the green bean casserole instead of the processed canned soup version.

Here at Family First, we always strive to help you be the BEST you you can be, but also have fun doing it. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and we hope that you remember everything you have to be thankful for this holiday season!

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Pumpkin Seeds

When carving pumpkins as a child, my family and I would always scoop out the pumpkin seeds and roast them in the oven until they were nice and crispy. Such a fun, easy snack to make with your own kids now. How do you enjoy your pumpkin seeds or do you make a soup with the leftover pumpkin?

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October Chiropatients of the Month

Megan has been a patient at Family First for almost 6 months. She always comes in smiling and laughing. Megan does her recommended exercises with enthusiasm and is already seeing major improvements in her spinal health. She loves the chiropractic care she’s receiving and refers all of her family and friends!

 

 

 

Samuel comes in with his Mom, who is an advocate of chiropractic care and its benefits. He came in initially with no symptoms, but understands the importance of chiropractic as a preventative plan for wellness. Samuel is also very helpful, and loves to tidy up our playroom!

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October Products of the Month

Do you have a sore throat? The menthol in Thieves® cough drops helps soothe sore throats, relieve coughs, and cool nasal passages. With naturally derived ingredients and no processed sugar, dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives, these cough drops are easy to take anywhere you may need relief!

For an extra immune boost, try adding two drops of Oregano Vitality™ and 2 drops of Thieves Vitality™ in a veggie capsule to support a support a healthy immune system. Veggie capsules are my preferred way to ingest these powerful oils, but you can also add them to your Ningxia Red or water.

Oregano Vitality:
· Supports a healthy lifestyle regimen.
· Cleansing for the digestive system.
· Has antioxidant properties
· Supports the immune system

Thieves Vitality:
– Supports a healthy immune function.

– May contribute to overall wellness when taken as a dietary supplement.

– Contains Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil, which may help support a healthy respiratory system when taken as a dietary supplement.

– Includes the naturally occurring constituent eugenol from Clove and Cinnamon.

To prevent the “oil burps” try taking your capsule with a fatty drink like almond milk. You can also add a few drops of carrier oil to the capsule or simply follow the capsule with a 1/2 Tablespoon of coconut oil. Essential oils are attracted to fat, so they sit better in your stomach with another fatty substance.

These three are a powerhouse for the upcoming change of season!

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Fall Means…

Fall means football, flu season, and that last stretch of pleasant weather before winter kicks in. Days are getting shorter, temperatures are getting cooler, and as the holidays approach, it’s a tempting time to slip out of exercise routines and pack on the pounds. Read this short article for some tips on fall wellness.

1. Prioritize Physical Activity

Fresh, crisp air, and beautiful changing leaves can beckon you outside, but the colder weather and shortening days can become barriers to physical activity and exercise.

Take advantage of the sunlight and try exercising outside as much as possible. You’ll get a boost of disease-fighting vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin,” which is harder to come by naturally as winter approaches and the days grow ever shorter. Research shows that it’s easier to focus and concentrate on activities while you’re outdoors, so you may be more likely to keep up with a fitness program if it’s taking place outside.

2. Prevent Sickness

Many people feel that it is almost impossible to avoid getting sick during the autumn and winter months.  Often when you do get sick, your body builds it’s immunity and becomes stronger!

It is possible to keep yourself healthier during the winter months.  Here are some tips to help you keep as healthy as possible:

  • Wash your hands often & cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze/cough
  • Get plenty of sleep to avoid a weakened immune system
  • Eat healthy, fresh foods with vitamins
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid emotional and physically stressful situations

3. Maintain Good Nutrition

Autumn boasts an abundance of delicious fruits and vegetables in season. Take advantage of nutritious seasonal fruits like apples, grapes, persimmons, pears, and cranberries. Leafy greens like chard, kale, mustard greens, and spinach also are at their best in the fall months. Sweet potatoes and winter squash, which are packed with beta-carotene, are available in the autumn months. They can be roasted, pureed, or mashed.

With such a variety in season, eating well as the leaves turn doesn’t have to be a chore. These seasonal fruits and veggies tend to be hearty, filling foods that can satisfy your hunger during colder weather.

4. Stick With It

The hardest part of staying healthy this fall is sticking to a positive routine. Keeping up with physical fitness, keeping an eye on what you eat, and getting enough sleep are all key ways to avoid packing on holiday pounds and succumbing to the next bug making the rounds.

Fall is a busy season. Make it all simpler by getting into a rhythm now. Whether it’s packing lunches or planning a workout regimen, it will be much easier to keep everything organized with a weekly routine that you and your family can stick to.

If you prioritize healthy habits, you can successfully navigate these challenges while enjoying the beautiful weather and holiday festivities.

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September Product of the Month

Catalyn® Chewable contains vital nutrients from whole foods and other sources.

  • Supplies multiple vitamins and minerals for complete, complex nutritional supplementation
  • Designed to bridge nutritional gaps in the diet
  • Encourages healthy cell functioning
  • Supports overall well-being
  • Great-tasting chewable tablet with natural cherry fruit powder
How does Catalyn Chewable maintain health?

Catalyn Chewable’s ingredients are derived from whole food and other ingredients to help support overall well-being.*

The vitamins in Catalyn Chewable (vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, and B vitamins) support growth and repair of tissue, provide antioxidant activity, and support energy processes and bone density.

How does Catalyn Chewable support skin health?

Catalyn Chewable supports immune and nervous system function while also helping keep skin healthy through support of skin cell integrity, the maintenance and repair of skin tissue and cells, and support for collagen production.

What in Catalyn Chewable supports healthy metabolism?

B vitamins support energy metabolism, as well as immune system and nervous system function.

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September Chiropatients

Jessica has been a patient since March 2017 and is 14 years old. She comes in with her whole family and her mom understands corrective care for entire family. She originally came in for neck pain headaches and back pain. It was affecting school, ability to exercise, ability to focus in her studies and she now is back to living normal life as a kid should be!

 

 

 

 

 

Jim and Bonnie have been patients for over a year. They are the grandparents of Molli and Maddy who were previous chirokids! They have been under chiropractic care their whole life and have continued their care at our office! They attend as many health classes as possible and are avid participants in their home health and wellness.

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To Pack or Not to Pack?

It’s lunchtime at the office and you’re hungry. Your morning has been stressful, and your co-workers are pooling their money for some fried take-out from the local burger joint. You decline their invitation (even though comfort food sounds particularly comforting right now), and instead sit down with the healthy lunch you brought from home, complete with whole grains, lean proteins, raw vegetables, and lots of water. You know you have an afternoon full of meetings, phone calls, and errands, and the fiber and vitamins will carry you through your to-do list valiantly. Congratulations, you made a responsible adult decision, which will benefit your energy levels and probably your long-term health. Do you think you would have made the same decision in the lunch line in grade school?

Kids in school face complicated lunchtime decisions on a daily basis. What a child eats for lunch at school not only influences their energy levels in math class but also sets the stage for adult eating habits. Too many wrong decisions can be a recipe for a nutritional disaster.

Buying Lunch
Although school lunch has gotten a bad rap in the past for being too high in fat and too low in nutrient-rich fruits and veggies, school lunch standards have been making steady improvements over the past few years. Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, led by first lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, lunch is looking better than ever.

Even before the recent regulations, schools all over the country were  voluntarily implementing healthy changes for years, such as incorporating local and organic produce, growing on-site vegetable gardens, and banning fast food and vending machines.

Speaking of home, that’s where nutrition really starts. Here’s what you can do to help your child choose a healthy lunch when they’re buying:

  1. Feed them breakfast. If their stomach is growling in homeroom, they’ll be more likely to load up at the vending machines. If you don’t have time to feed them a home cooked breakfast, try natural peanut butter on a whole wheat bagel and an apple, or a smoothie, frozen bananas and peanut butter.
  2. Talk to your child about healthy food choices. Help them to realize that it’s ok to like candy and fast food, but that doesn’t mean they should be an everyday treat.
  3. Lead by example. This may be the most effective way to teach anyone anything, but the most difficult. The next time you’re out to eat with your child, explain why you choose to order the garden burger instead of the hamburger with cheese, or the chicken salad instead of the fried chicken. Kids are sponges—use it to your (and their) advantage.
  4. Discuss the cafeteria menu with your child, preferably before you’re rushing out the door in the morning. You can help them learn which options are healthier, and talk about the importance of fruits and vegetables. If they don’t like what’s on the menu, then they’ll have time to pack instead.
  5. If you are unhappy with your child’s school menu options, talk to the school lunch coordinator. Many cafeteria menu makeovers started with just one parent.
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