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Top 10 Anti-inflammatory Choices You Should Start Making Today! January 14, 2015

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Scientists and Doctors worldwide have come to the same conclusion (finally!): Most (maybe all) chronic diseases, including aging, have the same trigger: Inflammation!

Inflammation is a naturally occurring process in our bodies, has it’s own time and place, and certainly serves a purpose when necessary. We need inflammation as part of the healing process, it let’s us know to give that ankle a break when we sprain it, or not to bend from our back when we have managed to pull something. Inflammation kicks in to allow healing proteins and blood to rush to the area and clean up the damage, then it’s supposed to move out. The problem is when we have chronic low grade inflammation in our bodies…because it usually goes unnoticed for YEARS without showing you it’s ugly face. When it does show up in our lives- we all too often do not know that is part of the root cause of the problems we are experiencing.

The SHORT list of diseases associated with Chronic Inflammation:

Back/Neck pain, prostate issues, female hormone imbalance and early menopause, bloating, lack of energy + focus, inability to maintain a healthy weight, diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBS, crohns, Ulcerative Colitis), allergies, cancers, chronic pain, ADD/ADHD, migraines, thyroid issues, and macular degeneration. The CDC has come forth stating that of the 10 leading causes of mortality in the US, chronic low grade inflammation contributes to the pathogenesis of at least 7 of these! Poor dieting habits, sugars, processed foods, over eating, leaky gut, food additives, lack of sleep and too much stress (who doesn’t have that?!) all contribute to our inflammatory levels.

Here’s the good news….wait for it…what you eat on an every day basis can actually bring down all this inflammation!! These top 10 foods/supplements can not only help to bring down harmful excess inflammation that is just causing damage waiting to show up as disease down the road, but they can also help repair damage already done! It’s never too late to start so don’t worry if you got the memo late, just get working on it TODAY! Don’t wait for good health to find you, make it your own choice!

Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Choices You can Make:

1: Vegetables and Fruits that have high antioxidant and phytonutrient levels
The research is clear- it takes 10 servings/day of high antioxidant veggies a day to get rid of inflammation. A good rule of thumb I tell patients- shoot to make veggies at least 75% of every meal. Variety is key, and this is where you should be eating a rainbow of foods. The more color the better- we’re talking the darkest berries, the greenest of greens, reddest reds ect. Each food/color has it’s own special nutrient profile, so the only way to get a good mix of great healing benefits is to eat variety and keep your body guessing!

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2: Salmon
Salmon is so great because of all that fat! Believe it or not, this fish is packed with good anti-inflammatory Omega 3’s. Other great fish choices include anchovies, sardines, and mackerel.

3:Olive Oil
Please don’t cook with it though! Olive oil is meant for salad dressings or little to no heating. When we use this oil to cook at high temps we are not only damaging the great omega 3’s, but we’re oxidizing the fats making it MORE inflammatory!

4: Plant Enzymes
Enzymes are not only going to cut down inflammation, but they’re going to help heal your digestive system as well! Look for a mixture of plant enzymes with Bromelain, Papain, Protease and Peptidase in them. For digestive help take with a meal, to cut down inflammation and stimulate healing take between meals.

5: Raw Nuts
I don’t know if we’ve gotten the point across about good fatty acids yet…so here’s another option! Raw nuts still have their oil and enzyme content in take offering more benefit. Walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts are all great snack options (in the right serving size) but also pecans, flax, chia and hemp seeds offer great benefits as well!

6: Herbs & Spices
That’s right, nobody likes bland boring food. You don’t have to eat raw lettuce all day to beat inflammation people!! Ginger, garlic, basil,cinnamon, oregano and Tumeric all pack a powerful punch when it comes to inflammation. (Look up the recipe for Golden Milk and the benefits if you don’t believe me)

7: Dark Chocolate
Yep, I said it. When you get a piece of organic, very dark (we’re talking 72% or higher) chocolate you’re actually doing yourself a world of good! Your good gut bacteria will actually break that little treat down into heart healthy anti-inflammatory compounds…YAY!

8: More SLeep
7-8 hours of good quality sleep per night reduces inflammation, and changing that by 1-2 hours can increase inflammation. Prescription sleeping pills, or OTC ones for that matter, don’t induce quality of sleep just the quantity and despite taking sleep aids too many suffer from poor sleeping habits. Your sleep can be re-trained,and when you improve your sleep you improve your stress levels and are able to repair your body with ease.

9: Whole body exercise
Routine makes a difference here. Hitting the gym too hard and too little can cause an increase in inflammation (we’ve all been there btw) but a regular routine actually promotes less inflammation in the long run…plus your sleep just might improve when you start exerting more of yourself.

10: Micro-nutrients!
These supplemental nutrients have a lot of research baking their anti-inflammatory effects and should work their way into your every day routine for total health: Antioxidants, Vitamin D (get your levels check to determine your daily dose/make sure you’re not deficient in this one!) CoQ10/Ubiquinol- this protects your mitochondria, aka the power house, of all your cells and essential for heart health!

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Kalli Prater DCDr Kalli

 

5 Ways to boost your Immune System Naturally January 10, 2015

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    Now that fall is upon us, and the kids have gone back to school we all know what time it really is… let the cold and flu season begin! Most of us know someone who’s already been affected by the bugs that have been going around or have been affected ourselves. But what can we do to help boost our immune system and keep our defenses up so we can continue our day to day lives? Here are 5 simple ways to start boosting your immune function today and through the cold months. Keep in mind there’s no substitute for whole foods as a staple in your diet, as vegetables and fruits naturally in and of themselves support a healthy immune system.

1-Probiotics!   This is my number one for everyone coming into the season hands down. Why would you take a probiotic or even take more if you’re already taking one? Well, about 70% of your immune system comes from these good bacteria that out number our cells 10 to 1. Most of the time when you are sick/coming down with something you will also notice a change in your bowel habits-this is my tell tale sign to up the count and knock out whatever my body is fighting before I have many other symptoms that something is wrong. So, if you’re not taking a probiotic (ps have you been living under a rock? These do more than immune function people!!) start taking one as a preventative measure in the cold months. If you are taking one, switch it up perhaps or double down if you start to feel a little run down, or you’re working with a lot of people under the weather.

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2-Make time for Teas  Whether you prefer green teas or herbals teas both can offer many benefits to your immune system. Teas traditionally pack a nice antioxidant punch allowing your immune system to function at it’s best. When you choose an herbal tea you’re actually getting a mild dose of herbal medicine that will allow boosting of the immune system that isn’t too harsh. It’s especially important for chest or sinus colds to do hot teas at the earliest onset as the hot water can help stimulate your first line of defense. Now a days they make specific herbal blends to boost immunity that have things such as echinacea, elderberry or flower, cinnamon, cloves and even ginger so there’s no doubt you can find one you like. For an added boost, stir in a small amount of local honey. Be careful that the tea isn’t boiling hot when you do this or you’ll kill off all those good immune supportive nutrients in the honey. A squeeze of lemon will help your detoxification processes as well.

3-Do some Mushrooms! Let’s get this straight- I’m talking about medicinal mushroom extracts, not the psychedelic ones. Mushrooms have one of the strongest immune systems on the planet, called mycelia, and there are good companies out there making capsules and tinctures of all the goodness these little babies have to offer. I love mushroom extracts for so many reasons, the most important is that they are immune MODULATING-not stimulating. So much of the “immune boosting” stuff out there stimulates the immune system, but mushrooms tonify your natural immunity. Mushroom extracts are rich in beta glucans that stimulate macrophages and natural killer cells and triterpenoids that decrease the inflammatory response all together! I prefer Host Defense Organic Mushroom Extracts because they have made specific blends for the immune system, they’re safe to take even with auto-immune diseases, and have even been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of certain Cancers. Seriously this is some of the best stuff on earth, and if you don’t know who Paul Stamets or Host Defense is, goole it now please. This guy holds patents on some of his mushrooms for things like protection against biological warfare!

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4-Supplements We all know that some things are important for the immune system like Vitamin C and zinc, but did you know Vitamin C works better at cold/flu prevention than as a treatment?? Don’t wait, if you’re going to up your C do it before you come down with something. I’m a big fan of bumping up the Vitamin D intake in winter, because let’s face it…baby it’s cold outside (oh and the sun acts like it’s on vacation). Vitamin D is present in over 300 processes in the body, so it’s super important, and any time we are sick our body’s demand for D goes up. I always like to base Vitamin D dosing on individual blood results because some people need 10,000 IU’s daily in the summer even! 2,000 IU’s is usually a safe dose without blood testing for adults, but in the winter months 5,000 might be more beneficial to people. Again, to know your dose the best way is to get checked and go from there, optimal Vitamin D levels range between 60-80 for functional health so ask to see your results when your doctor proclaims “your normal”- you’ll be shocked to see even levels as low as 30 being called OK. Antioxidants are also one of the major immune supporters, and taking a mixture is best as each individual (A,C,E,Zinc,Selenium to name a few) does it’s own thing, and they work together to enhance each other.

5-Don’t skimp on Sleep It seems too simple to be honest, but making sure your sleep routine is sound does so much for your immune system. Think about it, when we start to get a cold we usually just want to curl up in our beds and sleep the day away. Your body is trying to repair and rebuild! When we sleep our brain can keep our major life functions going (breathing, heart beating ect) but it’s allowed to focus it’s efforts on rebuilding and repairing theLack_of_Sleep_and_the_Immune_System damage- or fighting the good fight if you have an offender in your midst. Most people aren’t aware but even most of weight loss happens in your sleep-your body pulls stored goods from your fat cells to repair from the days damage…so if you’re not getting GOOD sleep you continue to suffer. 7-8 hours of good restful sleep each night can do you wonders, so shut off the TV, draw the blinds, get some ear plugs if necessary and I like to hide the numbers on the clock so that I can relax when it comes time for bed. Before retiring for the night might be the best time to enjoy a calming tea and set the mood for relaxation and rest. By keeping your stress in check, your immune system will be able to do it’s job at it’s best.

Health & Happiness,

Dr KalliDr. Kalli Prater DC

 

Thyroid Awareness Month! Part 1 January 6, 2015

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January is National Thyroid Awareness Month! This is such a huge issue today and so many women (and men) go though life with thyroid problems and are never diagnosed, not properly diagnosed, or not properly managed based on their individual diagnosis!  A vast majority of my practice has ended up revolving around Thyroid disorders, and I’ve seen too many patients in practice who have not been diagnosed because their doctor isn’t running the right labs, or doesn’t know functional Thyroid values. Most of the time people get diagnosed years after there has been an issue because “your labs look fine”.  I want to break the silence on this issue and help inform people that aside from traditional medical intervention (totally necessary for some cases) there are more natural and alternative supportive options!  In this article we will touch on common thyroid conditions, lab testing the Functional Medicine way. Please stay tuned for Part 2 where we will discuss: Natural Medicine support for the thyroid and dietary considerations.

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High or Low- the basic breakdown 

1- Hypothyroidism: The more common of the two disorders. The most common cause of “under active” or sluggish thyroid function is actually an Autoimmune disorder known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Common symptoms of low functioning thyroid (whatever the cause) are: weight gain/inability to lose weight, fatigue, muscle ache, horse voice, brain fog, neck enlargement (goiter), infertility… there are actually an astounding number of symptoms that relate to this which is why diagnosis this disorder can be complicated (if you’re doctor isn’t paying any attention to you and putting all your info together!)  Click the graphic below for the long list of symptoms, and ask yourself how many times a day/week you feel these:

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2- Hyperthyroidism: The most common cause of “over active” thyroid disorders is actually an Autoimmune disorder called Graves Disease. In this condition there in an increased synthesis and release of thyroid hormones. Sings and symptoms include: excessive weight loss, bone loss, cardiac abnormalities, psychiatric disorders, nervousness, weakness, fatigue, restlessness, and protruding eyes. If left untreated this condition can lead to burn out of the thyroid resulting in hypothyroidism…because who doesn’t love the roller coaster that is hormone production!!

Lab Tests (What did your doctor miss?!) 

  • TSH: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, this comes from the pituitary and tells your body to convert T4 to T3, the usable form of Thyroid hormone for the body. Functional Range ( 1.3-2.0) What your doctor may tell you is normal: 0.4-4.5 (depending on the lab). Most Doctors think by only checking TSH they are checking your thyroid function- they’re VERY wrong as this is only one aspect.
    • Many times the other lab values will be off with a NORMAL TSH level which is why so many people walk around undiagnosed!
  • Free T3: This is the heavy hitter. Free T3 is the hormone doing all the work in your body. Note this isn’t total T3, which includes T3 that is bound to protein or inactive and unusable!  Functional Range (3-4) What your doctor may tell you is normal: 2.3- 4.2 (depending on the lab).
  • Free T4: This is the hormone that is converted into T3 or otherwise activated. Sometimes the body has plenty of Free (usable) T4 but cannot convert it into T3 which is why it is SO important to know all these values. Functional Range (1-1.5)  What your doctor may tell you is normal: .0.8-1.8 (depending on the lab).
  • TPO antibodies and TG antibodies: These are the two gems almost ALWAYS left off of the lab order…these are the tests that indicate whether or not you’re having an autoimmune response to your thyroid (remember autoimmune disease is the leading cause of both hypo and hyperthyroidism!!) Why isn’t your doctor checking for this?! Most doctors don’t check for the antibodies to your thyroid because it doesn’t change THEIR treatment protocols- either way your medication is what it is. This is a VITAL piece of information as a natural practitioner, as it can drastically change my recommended support and dietary plans for the individual. These should NOT register in a normal healthy functioning thyroid. 
  • D3-25 OH: You got it folks, your Vitamin D3 should also be assess if you think you have a thyroid issue. Why? In our bodies D3 isn’t a vitamin- it acts like a hormone. D3 is essential to the formation of proper hormone production and if D3 is low, you can bet your thyroid isn’t working as well as it could! Functional Range 60-80! Your doctor will tell you between 30-100 is normal, but keep in mind D is in over 300 processes in your body. Also, knowing your level helps natural medicine folk and Functional Med doc’s get you the right dose of D3 (not D2! Mega dosing prescription D2 is hard on the liver and causes more damage than good)

At Tranquility Spa and Wellness Center Dr. Kalli Prater is able to do physical examinations, run lab tests, assess your thyroid health, and address the underlying cause of your dysfunction and health concerns. Dr. Kalli cannot prescribe medications but will work with your prescribing physician. Heal from Within at Tranquility. Now Accepting New Patients!! Visit us at http://www.relaxattranquility.com or schedule a Complimentary 30 Minute Natural Medicine Consultation with Dr. Kalli to discuss your personal needs and get started on a personalized path to wellness today!

Resources:

http://www.mercola.com/article/hypothyroid/diagnosis_comp.htm

http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/tsh-why-its-useless/

Nutritional Medicine by Alan R. Gaby, M.D. : http://www.doctorgaby.com/

The Textbook of Natural Medicine By Pizzorno and Michael Murry: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14610275-textbook-of-natural-medicine

 

Detox Days 9-10: Finally the Poop talk! February 22, 2014

Filed under: Acupuncture,Chiropractic,Healing,Nutritional Medicine,Support — relaxattranquility @ 9:16 am
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best friendsI think I’ve waited long enough to talk about one of the most important topics we could discuss!! Now that you’ve all been hooked on reading my daily updates, it’s time to get into the really good stuff! A few things to keep in mind:

1- Everybody poops. Get over it, deal with it, embrace it, and learn to love it.

2-Knowing the difference between what a good bowel movement is supposed to be and what unhealthy looks like could make a HUGE difference in your life. Period. Did you realize monitoring your bowel movements not only can tell you about how well your digestive system is functioning but also how your immune system is?? This is hands down one of the most important topics I could discuss with my patients because it’s something you can monitor ALL THE TIME. Way better than me sending out your blood and waiting for results. Think of it as a real time tissue sample.

 

FUN POOP FACTS!

1- Your poop shouldn’t smell! That’s right kids, if your stinking up your bathroom each time you go that means there is food rotting and fermenting in your system, and it also means you’re toxic.

2-You should be going 1-3 times a day! You should be going to the bathroom for each meal you have. Think about that for a second. Your body is supposed to take in your food and process out the vitamins and nutrients necessary and get rid of the rest as waste. When you’re not passing waste (don’t think it’s just not in there-you ate!) you are re-absorbing waste products back into your body.

3-Size, shape and color tell you so much! Every had bunny poops? you know hard dry pellets? That’s likely a sign of dehydration, your body sucked in all water possible including the waste water. Is your stool dark like coffee grounds?? This is likely a sign of some internal bleeding and you need to seek medical attention. Who knew you could learn so much about yourself! Please check out the graphic below- your average movement should look like #3 or 4.

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4-You sunk my battle ship!! Monitoring your poops can also tell you about proper fat processing in your body. If it floats-your passing a lot of fat (shouldn’t happen) which could mean you’re not able to digest fats or absorb them properly. You shouldn’t absorb all fat though, so take note that a good stool should float near the top for a second then sink. (Admit it you’re going to watch from now on-that’s a good thing!!) Poop that sinks quicker than the titanic is usually from constipation and again, improper digestion.

One of the other very important reasons I did this detox was that I went from 3 good movements per day to 1 ok and sometimes not great movements in a day. Since beginning my detox I have regained normal bowel habits that I was previously used too. It’s very important to note that NO good detox will keep you in a bathroom all day. Some products labeled as detoxes are just a combination of stool softeners and laxatives-which is not the point of a detox. Yes you should be passing your bowels more often as you are kicking out waste-you don’t want it reabsorbed right? But you shouldn’t be unable to leave a bathroom either. That is the scariest question I ever get when asked about a detox “will I be in the bathroom all day?”. Products like that can cause dehydration and make you seriously sick!! Not to mention the colon isn’t the only place where detoxification happens so products that promise a “3 day detox” are not cleaning out more than your colon and poorly at that.

This topic, while taboo to most, is one of my favorite topics because it tells me so much about your health. I ask pretty much all patients about this topic no matter what they are coming in for. In my office we focus a lot on diet and lifestyle changes because they make a HUGE impact on health and the fasted least invasive way to determine how well you digest, absorb and handle foods is by discussing this. It’s also the quickest way to notice changes or improvements in ones health.

So the next time your doctor asks you about your bowel movements don’t hold anything back! Impress them with your knowledge even as most traditional practitioners don’t address this topic, especially with weight loss problems and auto immune disease. It is an opportunity for you to monitor your own health as well, so take advantage of the amazing body and system that was created for you and KNOW yourself better than anyone else!

For a Complimentary Natural Medicine consultation at Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center, call 630.762.9864!

Health & Happiness-

Dr KalliDr. Kalli Prater DC

 

Detox- Days 11 and 12: Finishing Strong

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I’m finally finished with my detox! I’m feeling better overall and couldn’t be happier that the even though I had coffee the day after finishing my detox it wasn’t something I have needed to get me going at all, just something I wanted. More energy, clearer thinking welcome home! This was a great stepping stone for me to work on more goals I have for my own health this year. I’ve already become more routine in my supplement taking (day 3 of daily supplements already complete!) and working toward getting back to cleaner eating. Even though these things make sense in our minds, they are not always the easiest things to implement. Doing a detox is a way to start fresh in so many ways aside from cleaning up your health!

I wanted to follow up and discuss where some of the toxins that we accumulate come from in our daily lives. Most of us think “I eat good” or “I get plenty of exercise” but we are exposed to more and more toxins as we evolve into the future and it’s important to know that little things can add up in big ways!

1- Toxins come in our food: Think of “food” in a package for what it really is-processed chemical additive poison and garbage. Makes you want that bag of chips right? But think about it, processed foods are full of fillers and preservatives that don’t serve function in our body but can accumulate and cause damage. Genetically Modified Organisms( GMO’s) are major crops in this country including soy and corn. Produce is sprayed by chemicals and fertilizers which is why buying organic as much as possible has become so important. Meat sources are being pumped full of hormones and antibiotics for mass production which is why grass fed hormone free meat is the way to go.By eating whole real foods we are supporting optimal function within our bodies including daily detoxification. By limiting our toxic food intake we limit the amount of exposure and thus reduce the toxic load of our overall day.

2-Toxins are in the air: It should come to no surprise that the air we breathe has some pollutants in it. But if you commute to work or work in a chemically ridden plant your exposure has greatly increased. Adding chemical air fresheners might make things smell nice, but can really be contributing to your toxic load and slowly slowing down optimal function and metabolism. There are plenty of free resources available through the internet on making your own cleaning products using basic ingredients and essential oils. Essential oils are a great tool because they can help kill air born bacteria naturally and provide so many great functions. It’s important to get good quality oils because even plants that have been sprayed with pesticides and chemicals will transfer into the oils and you’ve defeated the whole purpose!

3-Your bath/body products: Your skin is your largest organ. It covers your entire body and it absorbs what you put on it. So your lotion, face moisturizers and body sprays can be contributing to your toxic load as well!! Switching to a natural deodorant cuts down on chemical and metal exposures. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer in women, and is found in your antiperspirant ladies and gentleman! Our bodies were made to perspire as a natural detoxification process and when we clog the poor’s with chemicals to stop that process don’t you think some of that builds up into the tissue you’re applying it too? This goes for your soap, shampoos, lotions, face creams, serums, sunscreens ect. Please check out http://www.ewg.org to see how toxic the ingredients in your body/face products are! This is a great FREE resource.

This is a short list and the graphic below get’s a little more detailed but it opens your eyes to just how toxic our world has become. By taking as many steps as possible to decrease or minimize your daily toxic load you’re doing wonders for your health and possibly preventing illness or chronic ailments.

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If you think you’ve been exposed to more toxins than average or your body is not clearing out these toxins like it should, please don’t hesitate to contact your nearest holistic doctor to get testing done for heavy metals, environmental toxin exposures and or food allergies and sensitivities. The beauty of being a doctor who focuses on natural methods of healing is being able to do the proper lab work to make the diagnosis correctly and then following up with lab testing again to make sure the problem has been fixed. Don’t play the guessing game when it comes to your health, there are plenty of good doctors out there willing to put in the effort to get you back on the road to health!

For a COMPLIMENTARY Natural Medicine consultation at Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center, call 630.762.9864!

Health and Happiness,

Dr KalliDr. Kalli Prater DC

 

Day 8- Feeling Great! February 12, 2014

 

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One of the most important reasons I felt I needed to do this cleanse was the onset of brain foggyness. Inability to concentrate, feeling like the thoughts I had were not as clear as they could be and taking a long time to come to conclusions about things. Those are some of the things I was beginning to notice were happening more and more often. I didn’t notice it at first, it was a slow onset but that’s how it sneaks up on you. Small changes until you realize you’re in the midst of a full blown fog. I know all about brain fog and the symptoms, but it’s hard to notice sometimes when you’re in the thick of things and not thinking about yourself.

By cleaning up my diet alone brain fog would go away, but I wanted to add the detox to really help solidify making better choices more important again. It’s easy to fall off the wagon and fall into a rut. I think it’s just as important to remember we’re all human and nobody is perfect. I can’t eat perfect no matter what I do these days, nobody can. Our food supply has changed so far from what it was always supposed to be that I don’t think we can get it back. Our meat has been pumped full of hormones and antibiotics, our soil is depleted of nutrients due to lack of crop rotation, GMO’s run rampant in stores. There is always a choice on has to make when it comes to eating. Nobody is perfect, and it’s not about perfection. It’s about knowing what you’re consuming and making the best possible choice within your means. That’s what people forget when they “fall off the wagon” or slip up on their diet. We all make mistakes, but it’s striving to be better that will make all the difference in your health and future. Sometimes I think if we don’t make mistakes, go through feeling like crap every once in a while, we sometimes don’t remember that our foods make a HUGE impact on our health and how we feel each and every day.

Make your choices count! It’s also not about eating better, but eating with awareness. I was never a huge fan of the “finish your plate” mentality that I grew up with because it didn’t make sense back then and it doesn’t now. Don’t force feed yourself. Listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full…which means you need to eat slowly so you can tell the difference! Taste your food, feel the texture of it and most importantly ENJOY it! One of the greatest things a patient can tell me after we’ve changed their diet is “I’m really having fun with this”. Be creative, make things taste good, try new things! Eating healthy is an exploration into yourself just as much as it is into food.

I am again grateful for all of the amazing support throughout this detox. People pushing me to do my best, keeping me in check, and asking so many questions! Only 5 days left people…. when will you make a change in your life?

Health and Happiness-

Dr KalliDr. Kalli

For a Complimentary Natural Medicine consultation at Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center, please call 630.762.9864.

 

Day 7- Tricks to get you through!

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I can’t believe it’s already day 7! Just 5 more days to go! Feeling more and more energy and less need/want for the coffee I have become so addicted too :)

I wanted to be able to touch on a topic most people don’t consider while starting a new regimen or doing a detox, and that’s using today’s technology to your advantage. Now, I realize during a detox I would like my patients (and I myself should also) to stay away from overstimulation via the computer/tv ect. Now, being realistic I understand that most of us will still have our phones and use a computer to work on…it’s not a perfect world by any means. But technology has come a long way and has allowed for so many great tools to help you reach your goals!!

I get a lot of the following excuses when trying to change someone’s diet/lifestyle from what they are used too:

“I can’t remember to take those supplements”

“It takes too much time to cook”

“I can’t keep track of my foods every day”

I’m here to debunk the excuses because they’re becoming less and less valid. Stop making excusing and start having fun with making positive changes!! Nobody said this had to be horrible…you decide how easy or difficult making changes will be. Here is a short list of apps I’ve tried and liked myself that have kept me on track with my own personal goals!!

1) Find Me Gluten Free ( FREE App!!) : able to locate via GPS location local and chain restaurants that offer gluten free menus. Will give you driving directions to the locations as well if you’re out of town/ on vacation. Check out them out online too at: http://www.findmeglutenfree.com/us

2) Lose It! or My Fit Pal(FREE apps): Both app’s offer you the ability to log each meal so that you can keep track of caloric intake for the day. They also have the feature to add your physical activity for the day making your weight loss goals more achievable. I know Lose It sends you badges of enragement when you meet milestones as it’s own way to encourage you along. Friends can join and you can help each other stay true to being their best self!

3) Free Pedometer: I work a part time job where I am on my feet and moving all the time, and one day I got curious about how much I was moving during my average 8 hour shift…around 5 miles on average people! And trust me it’s not a big store, and there are plenty of times I have to stand to help people ect. But I’m moving more than I’m not. The goal for most adults is 10,000 steps in a day…. so how much do you move? Keep track for a few days and see if you can’t incorporate more movement into your daily routine. Small changes make a BIG impact!!

4)Waterlogged (FREE App): Keep track of your daily water intake goals. Most people should be getting half their body weight in ounces daily, and most people are no where near that intake. Water intake doesn’t include coffee, tea, sodas or anything else “liquid”. It means just water as all of the other options serve as a diuretic to you and will further dehydrate you. Whether detoxing or not (reminder detoxification happens in your body every single day) you need adequate water intake to maintain proper bodily functions and get rid of waste and inflammation within your body quickly and easily.

5) Can’t sleep? Try a hypnosis app!! I have a free app with a hypnosis lecture about pretty much every imaginable subject. If you sleep alone this is easy, if you’re in a relationship earplugs would be more appropriate if your partner doesn’t need the white noise. Pick a topic that hits close to home for you and try it! You’d be surprised what sinks into your head when you’re not actively listening. I used this technique when I needed to study in graduate school as well.

6) Set reminders, mark dates on your calendar ect! With most people using some sort of tablet or smart phone these days it’s becoming easier for us to remind ourselves to do something. Set an alarm for every couple of hours to drink water/get up and move ect. Once the habit you’re trying to develop becomes a habit then set a new goal with new reminders. It’s time to embrace all the wonderful tools at our fingertips and stop playing games/getting distracted with it all the time!

Health and Happiness-

Dr KalliDr. Kalli

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