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What Are You Eating?

Me: “Part of optimizing your body’s ability to heal is fueling it with the best food sources. How many servings of vegetables are you eating each day?”

Patient: “Oh, I know. You are what you eat, right?” (Said with a chuckle and many times with a little eye roll.)

Me: “That’s the truth. How about you write out what you eat for the next three days – two work days and one weekend day. Bring it back to me and we’ll analyze it to see what we can do to tweak your nutrition to maximize your health.”

Patient: “Alright. But just for the record, I eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day”.

Lately we’ve been asking our patients to write out a food log or enter everything they eat into an app so we can see what might be missing or needed to allow their body to heal and function at 100%. It seems we’ve forgotten that we need good quality food to fuel our daily actions and have gotten swept up into convenience and empty calories. I don’t think that’s news or a shocking revelation to any of us. Right? Unfortunately, our daily lives look at little more like this:

  • 25% of our daily calories are being consumed in our car
  • Only 9.5% of American children get the proper amount of fruits and vegetables daily
  • We spend more money in restaurants than in grocery stores

It is just me, or do those stats seem a little crazy? Nutrition. Diet. Lifestyle. However you want to label it, what our body requires does not need to be rocket science.

Let’s say you just won your dream car – a brand new Ferrari. The guy who gives it to you says it take premium gasoline and only premium gasoline. When you fill it up the first time, you notice that the price of regular unleaded is much more feasible for your pocketbook. Are you going to put regular in it instead? No. Of course not. You wouldn’t even think twice about it, right? Why? Because it’s a performance car and you want it to keep running at top end which means spending more for the right fuel.

Well, I’ve got news for you. YOUR BODY IS MORE FINELY TUNED THAN A SPORTS CAR. I’m yelling at you because if you’re like many of the people I talk to every day, you have no clue how incredible your body is and what it is capable of. People think that aches and pains, regular headaches and debilitating migraines, low back pain and many other symptoms are “just a part of life”. We’ve fed our body the wrong type of fuel, likely for decades, and because of that, we’ve conditioned ourselves to expect very little from our body.

Let’s take a look at what proper fuel for your body looks like. If you would like to know how good you can feel, what you can accomplish with high levels of energy and how amazing you innate healing potential is, start following these recommendations.

  1. Cut out white sugar and white flour. Do it now. You’ll thank me later.
  2. Eat at least 5 servings of veggies every day. And only one (maybe two) servings of fruit (which, by the way, everyone who gives me their diet log, is completely underestimating their daily servings of vegetables and typically way over eating fruit)
  3. Drink more water (aim for half of your body weight in ounces each day)
  4. Eat healthy fats (avocado, olive, coconut – more on those in an upcoming blog)

Seem a little overwhelming? If you’re like a typical American, I can only assume that it is. If you are the type of person who is all or nothing – get to it. Otherwise, pick one of the above recommendations to master and add on from there. Whatever route you choose, don’t delay. Your health and future are on the line. Make good choices every day to fuel yourself in a healthy direction. One thing I know for sure, I’m looking forward to the days when I ask for a dietary log and what I get back needs no improvement.

 

-Dr. Sara

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Recent Kitchen Adventures

Some of us love to be in the kitchen cooking and creating delectable food to nourish the body. Others of us use the kitchen more for separating real mail from junk mail and haphazardly scrounging together something that resembles a meal. I belong to the first of those groups. My kitchen is my haven. If I’m having a stressful week, there’s likely a batch of fresh cookies packaged up to share with friends. Saturdays many times consist of a new recipe simmering on the stove or a crockpot full of goodness making the whole house smell mouthwatering. And then on Sunday afternoons, you’ll find me prepping my lunches and snacks for the whole week. It’s well known that 80% of how we look is based on how we eat. Like you mom always told you, “you are what you eat”. The more I’ve learned over the years about nutrition, the more time I’ve spent in my kitchen preparing food that will enrich my health and the lives of those who sit at the table with me.

You are hopefully well aware of a few cardinal rules of eating: fill most of your plate with veggies, eat clean sources of protein, add in fruit once or twice a day, and make sure you’re drinking plenty of water all day. A few other rules of nutrition: local sources of food are great and work hard to avoid toxic ingredients like additives and preservatives.

Let’s talk a little more about additives and preservatives. Many processed food products – those found in the middle isles of the grocery store – are loaded with ingredients to elongate shelf life and enhance flavor and stability. Some aren’t as threatening, but with others it’s downright mind boggling and infuriating when you realize what they are. Let’s take propylene glycol, for example. I recently turned around a bottle of BBQ sauce and found propylene glycol as the second ingredient. If you do a simple google search, you’ll find many uses for it, including a de-icing fluid for aircrafts and anti-freeze for marine and RV purposes. I’m not sure about you, but I think I would prefer to stay away from these potentially toxic ingredients. A good word of advice when looking at nutrition labels: if your grandmother never heard of it and you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably a good idea to stay away from it. Another word of advice: if a product has more than five ingredients, try not to eat it. The more processed a food is, the more ingredients it has, and the less likely it’s a good idea to make it a regular part of your diet.

Knowing what I know about toxic ingredients, this summer I decided to make my own versions of some common food items. Remember, I love being in my kitchen so when I made my first batch of homemade mayo, I was so excited. Then I perfected a green garlic sauce that is delicious on everything from a steak to grilled veggies. Just this last week I made homemade Sriracha. Not only was it much easier than I thought it would be to make it, but it was fun and it tastes just like the “real thing”. One of the most gratifying parts of making these all on my own is the fact that I know exactly what is in them – no toxic additives and preservatives. Instead, they are jam packed with nutrients our body needs to be healthy.

You may not be interested or able to make your own products like this. If that’s the case, do yourself and your loved ones a favor and start paying close attention to the nutrition labels on everything you put in your cart. If you aren’t sure of what an ingredient it, I urge you to google it and start learning what you’re eating. Whether you make your own food or rely on more packaged goods, start replacing foods full of additives and preservatives with nutrient dense, wholesome options. If you’re like me and love the kitchen, try your hand a making as much of your own food as possible. As for me, my next adventure is going to be making my own ketchup. I’m hoping it turns out to be as easy and tasty as my other new favorites. Wish me luck in finding the perfect recipe.11401058_843314285757610_4829131650010542949_n

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What To Expect

What To Expect

A wise man once shared, “Upset is caused by either thwarted expectations or miscommunication.” At Infinity Wellness and Chiropractic we strive to eliminate both so you will have the best chiropractic experience possible. From the moment we meet you in the community or in our office we want you to know exactly what to expect every step of the way in accomplishing our Vision, “That every human being discovers their full potential.”

New Patient Experience
For many people, walking into a chiropractic office for the first time can be intimidating. Our office and what you’ll experience are unlike any medical facility you’ve ever visited for a reason. We want you to know ‘why’ and ‘what’ we do to serve your specific health needs.

Patient Services
In support of our Vision to guide you towards discovering your full potential, we provide an unequaled standard of chiropractic care for our patients. We not only address the immediate symptoms of your health challenges but we find the cause, work to correct it and assist you on the road to wellness.

Choosing to take charge of your health is an important decision and finding a team of doctors with the credentials and know-how is an even greater step. Rest assured that you are in good hands. It is important in this office that the techniques we use are advanced, researched and valid. Our state-of-the-art technologies ensure that you receive the best possible care. We work with each patient on an individual basis providing a unique approach to each health condition.

We begin with an initial thorough evaluation with a history, scientifically-based examination of your posture, spinal alignment, and function. This often involves x-rays as a way to pinpoint the root cause of your spinal misalignment. Your treatment plan is then customized based on your individual needs, placing you back on the road to health and freedom.

Educating Our Community
Our Mission says it all. “Integrating the body and mind, creating every higher levels of health and humanity. Technology, education and service are the foundation to greater personal impact, well being, and consciousness for families and individuals of all ages.” We are passionate about educating you on the devastating effects of subluxation, how to correct it and relaying the most up to date, cutting edge research regarding true health and wellness.

About Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic Care was founded in 1895 by D.D. Palmer. Chiropractic as a profession is only 117 years old. As a result, there is a lot of misinformation about ‘the world’s greatest kept healthcare secret’. We want to provide you with answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding chiropractic. Bring your questions to your visit and we will be happy to answer them as we help uncover this “best kept secret”.

Help us get the word out by sharing your successes. Send us a note at contactinfinitywellness@gmail.com or share on our Facebook page.

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Our Ideal Patient

Our Ideal Patient

We believe that in order for you to succeed with our chiropractic care, it is essential to establish a synergistic relationship, where we both achieve more together than we could on our own. Please review our ideal patient characteristics to determine if what we deliver is what you’re looking to find:

    • Willingness to consider a natural strategy to manage and eventually eliminate the condition
    • Belief that it’s possible to resolve issues without pharmaceutical drugs
    • Readiness to change your diet to achieve a desirable outcome
    • Open to trying a complete nutritional cleanse
    • Understand that health is one’s most precious asset
    • Trust in chiropractic to being the solution

In summary, if you are ready to commit to living a life of health and wellness (even if it means abandoning your current lifestyle choices and adapting new ones), then we are absolutely right for you, as we will do everything we can to empower you to make your life more ALIVE than ever before. We are excited about the possibility of
helping you!

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Wellness Chiropractic

Wellness Chiropractic

What is Wellness Chiropractic?

More often than not, when we tell someone that we are a chiropractic office, they immediately associate our vocation with neck and/or back pain. What many do not realize, however, is that chiropractic is a health care modality that provides significantly more than just a solution for pain. Chiropractic is a lifestyle that involves all aspects of wellness, including exercise, nutrition, personal development, and stress relief. We have been fortunate to work with people from all walks of life (including newborns, children, and adolescents) and the outcome has been miraculous.

We define chiropractic as the discovery and removal of the vertebral subluxation, which is interference that is taking place in your Central Nervous System (CNS). It is important to recognize that our CNS is the master controller of our entire body and it directly correlates to our ability to function and exist. People who are suffering from allergies, asthma, headaches, and other conditions are living in a subluxated state, but when we provide these individuals with an adjustment, we are able to remove the interference, and the condition dissipates. In addition, patients who are under regular chiropractic care actually prevent these situations from impeding upon their lives.

When visiting our practice, we take the chiropractic lifestyle to a level where it becomes REAL for you. Not only do we offer the adjustment, but we combine these programs with tips on fitness, nutrition and stress relief. We take into account your entire body and the lifestyle choices that you make when developing customized protocols for you to follow. With this being said, please contact our office today so that we can schedule a health consultation with you!

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Speaking Opportunities

Speaking Opportunities

There is a quote that I live by and it is important that I share this with you:

“You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” – BJ Palmer

 

MicrophoneWhy do I find this important when I am inviting you to hire me as a speaker?

Well, I do what I do because I am driven to dramatically transform the life and health of each person I encounter. Whether that is in a one-on-one setting, or in front of a large group, I recognize that the words that I share have the ability to alter the way people look at their lives.

Think about this…

Life is comprised of the choices we make on a daily basis.

Some choices might seem small and inconsequential, like what am I going to eat for lunch, while others are more significant, such as choosing the perfect house for my family to make memories in.

The reason I am sharing this extremely obvious fact with you is because people make choices based on their life experiences.

If I had to guess, you are probably someone who has influence over a group of people, which is why you are considering having me speak to your group, and all of the people who you have influence over are making decisions each day based on the experiences they have had.

The only way to help empower them to make better decisions, whether this is how they handle stress, choices regarding their health, or their internal motivation, is to expose them to additional life experiences.

The quote from above says it all – you truly never know how far reaching something you think, say, or do will affect millions of lives in the future. This is why introducing new life experiences to the people in your company, in your group, or in your congregation that helps them begin to assess their life and health will pay enormous dividends.

  • Can you imagine a group of people who recognize the importance of their health?
  • Can you imagine a group of people who are able to handle and adapt to the normal stresses in life?
  • Can you imagine a group of people who have incredible levels of energy?
  • Can you imagine a group of people who have mental clarity and can deliver better results?

This can become possible once I speak with your group!

My passion is health, wellness, and personal performance. My years of studies and my work with 1,000’s of people will enable me to truly empower and educate your group to dramatically improve their lives.

Please call our office so that we can arrange a time to assess whether my message is something that will benefit your group and remember:

“You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” – BJ Palmer

 

Audience

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We Are Unique

We Are Unique

The “status quo”, as we define it, is the set of beliefs that people acquire regarding their health that they then consider to be “THE TRUTH.”

Did you realize that our country continues to become more overweight and obese, yet the number of “FAT FREE” items has increased dramatically?

Did you realize that for the first time in history our children are not forecasted to live past the age of their parents?

Did you realize that, according to the American Medical Association, the third most likely thing you will die of as an American is now a medication that was properly prescribed?

Unfortunately, these questions are only the tip of the iceberg, but they are also the reason why we are extremely unique.

We offer people all natural, noninvasive, and completely customized healthcare solutions that focus on an inside-to-outside philosophy. The Central Nervous System is the master controller of your entire body and when there is interference, your body will not perform at its full potential. This interference is called a subluxation, and as chiropractors, we have been trained to find and remove this nerve interference which will help you achieve optimal health.

We see patients ranging from all ages (even newborns) and with a variety of conditions. We connect like-minded people who are looking to live with more vitality than ever before.

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