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Detox Day 2 (only day 2 and already more energy!) February 6, 2014

Filed under: Acupuncture,Chiropractic,Healing,Nutritional Medicine,Support — relaxattranquility @ 11:54 am
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 As I wind down on night two I wanted to share my progress on day 2 of my detox. Things to keep in mind during any detox:

1-Drink plenty of water. It’s important to remember that you’re flushing out toxins from your liver and kidneys and you need to get rid of those toxins through natural processes. Through sweat, urine and bowel waste we naturally eliminate toxins and keeping your fluid intake ample enough to hydrate you during increased elimination.

2- SLEEP- most people don’t know it, but you loose weight in your sleep. Yes, you heard me right. The reason we loose sleep at night is sleep allows our bodies to do massive repair. When your body is optimally functioning you burn a lot of fat in the repair process. Think about this…have you ever woken up from a good nights sleep covered in sweat? Your body was in full repair mode. Without adequate sleep your body can’t detox properly.

3-Be aware. Knowing how your body reacts to certain foods, climates, emotions is going to help get you through the sometimes harsh times of going though a detox. Listening to your body is key. If you’re not responding well to something, then stop what it is. There’s no one size fits all program or product, we all have different specific needs and need to honor those.

4- Detox when you’re healthy! Don’t ever attempt to detox in the middle of fighting off any kind of illness. For one thing, you already feel junky and when you restrict normal eating /lifestyle habits it can make you feel 10x worse. Secondly, your like to make yourself more sick. You need a strong immune system to keep the bad stuff your kicking out of your system at bay. I fell ill a few times this past fall with whatever nasty virus that was going around and it stayed with me for a while. I have felt pretty good the last few weeks and decided “it’s now or never!”

5-Be good to yourself. Do something nice for yourself every day whether you’re doing a detox or not. Take a minute to thank a friend for their love and support, make yourself that cup of tea you love, give a heartfelt gift to someone. Whatever it is that makes you happy and is good to you, do it. It’s easy to put ourselves last on the to do list but this is an important concept. Today my gift to myself was staying in bed for a little bit longer this morning.

I would like to also thank all of my followers and new readers for the love and support. Doing this blog is keeping me on track with my detox (power in numbers!) and I appreciate all the great feedback I’ve received so far. Stay tuned for more excitement!!

-Dr. KalliDr Kalli

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The Common Gluten Free Mistake September 23, 2013

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This week while discussing what I describe to my patients as an Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle (also knowns as Paleo/Caveman or Primal eating) one of my patients asked a very valid question: 

“With all these people going gluten free, why aren’t they losing weight more? With all the things you’re not supposed to eat it’s shocking more people aren’t super skinny by doing this.”  

While she made a great point, she pointed out a key mistake most people make when they go gluten free: buying gluten free products.  As an individual who has been gluten free for 3 years now, it’s safe for me to say the following : Gluten free does NOT mean healthy!!! It’s kind of like making the association that a “Vegan is healthy”. The two things are not the same. A vegan could be malnourished if they are not eating the right things, and the same goes for those who go gluten free. When we ONLY swap gluten free products for the old products we were eating before we’re missing the bigger picture.

 

Gluten Free does have real health benefits!

A lot of people have decided to get rid of gluten with the increase of research linking wheat and gluten to a laundry list of disease and illness which I am absolutely behind. If you haven’t read some of the great research lately, I highly recommend looking at the very extensive list of knowledge put together by the great minds at Green Med Info :http://www.greenmedinfo.com/toxic-ingredient/wheat

 

Most people who go gluten free make a MAJOR mistake: They swap their traditional bread and pasta for “Gluten Free” products. Product is the key word here… let’s associate this word with the phrase “total crap”. Most people think the gluten free breads, pastas and crackers are a better option. And, while they are lacking the most inflammatory grain of them all (wheat) they are still PROCESSED. Processed foods are lacking the good stuff REAL foods are packed with that keep us alive and healthy: vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Don’t get me wrong, everyone needs a cookie every once in a while, nobody’s perfect here… but swapping once processed food for another is NOT what this is about.

 

The main focus of going gluten free should be on ditching processed foods for real food. Real food walked, swam, flew or grew on this earth. Real food doesn’t come in a box or have a couple years to last in your cabinet. It goes badly quick, because it doesn’t contain preservatives or chemicals. In fact, there should only be 1-3 items on the food label listed in the ingredient section… and you should be able to pronounce them all! Real food generally doesn’t have an advertising budget behind it, and looks delicious without fancy labels. So instead of swapping your wheat pasta for brown rice pasta, switch to spaghetti squash instead. People… you can live without bread, trust me. Lettuce wrap it up, or learn to eat with a fork and knife… or better yet start challenging yourself with chopsticks and learn what food tastes like without the metal interfering with your taste buds! Plants should make up about 75% of what we eat, that’s where all the good nutrients are.

Health & Happiness,

Dr KalliDr. Kalli

 

 

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Get to the ROOT of the problem with Natural Medicine September 3, 2013

Filed under: Acupuncture,Chiropractic,Healing,Nutritional Medicine,Support — relaxattranquility @ 3:20 pm
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As a Doctor who believes in holistic medicine and a natural approach I still utilize diagnostic tools to asses the patients health and well being. Having a specific diagnosis doesn’t exactly change the course of what I would do with the patient, but without lab work it is hard to gauge progress… or know if you are addressing the ROOT cause of the issue.

The problem with most doctors is they make a diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate drug for that condition. But what happens when the medication doesn’t work? Of course they up the dose or switch meds…. I say you never treated the cause to begin with.

Without figuring and addressing the ROOT CAUSE of the condition or disease a person is experiencing all modern medicine, or natural medicine without diagnostic testing, is doing is putting a band-aid on the problem.

It’s my goal to get to the root problem, and do as much as possible to fix that. Labs are an important part of what I do and guide how well natural therapies are working or not. Every body is different and responds to different things, so we can’t go off just symptoms alone to guide our treatments. Yes I want all of my patients to feel amazing, but if we are just putting another band-aid on the issue I am no better than a regular drug pushing doctor. That being said, natural medicine aims to FIX the problem… meaning you might not have to be on supplements or special dietary restrictions for life (depending on the issue and individual of course…catching that theme yet?) because if we FIX the problem, then the body goes back to optimal functioning as it was meant.

I challenge all the patients of the world to ask their doctors why they have to be on their medications for life (cholesterol, High blood pressure just to name a few) if they actually fixed the problem. In short they don’t. The problem still exists, there are just no more warning signs coming from your body anymore. Everything your body does has a purpose and a function, it’s my job to make sure it’s all operating the best it can and guide you along that path.

Be well!

-Dr.Kalli Dr Kalli

 

Going grain free & Blueberry Lemon Muffins Recipe August 27, 2013

This fast paced world we live in has led to convenience foods that are processed grains and sugar. These things are causing disease and destroying our health. It may be hard for some of you to comprehend that the all-mighty grain could be causing destruction, but it’s true! As we look at grains and how they are processed in the body, we think you will see the trouble they are causing.

  1. Grains are not edible in nature without being processed.
  2. Grains are made up of a large amount of starch surrounded by a kernel. When broken down, this converts to sugar in the body. High levels of sugar put stress on several organs that must work harder to try and maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Over time, these organs break down and disease becomes rampant.
  3. Grains that are refined have been stripped of the nutrients that are required to help during the digestion process. In turn, nutrients are taken from the body to help with digestion. This leads to nutrient deficiencies.
  4. Grains are loaded with allergens that disrupt our immune systems and lead to allergies.
  5. Since grains are complex, they require multiple stages of digestion to be utilized by the body. Often times, the second stage of digestion does not occur. As a result, inflammation and gas are produced in the gut along along with possible damage to the intestinal tract.

You may be experiencing some of these symptoms and perhaps you have made the choice to eliminate grains from your diet already. If not, now is a great time to start the elimination process! Our bodies want to be healthy. As soon as you begin providing what is needed, your health will thrive. The good news is: Many products are now available that allow for grain-free alternatives of your favorite baked goods.

Coconut flour is an excellent alternative for baked foods. Most people who have tried it can hardly tell the difference. This recipe from Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfillipo uses coconut flour:

Paleo Blueberry Lemon Muffins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry Lemon Muffins

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup grade B maple syrup
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  •  1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Prep Time: 15 minutes       Cooking Time: 35-40 minutes     Yield: 12 muffins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Whisk the eggs, butter or coconut oil, pure vanilla extract, and maple syrup, lemon juice, and lemon zest together in a large mixing bowl. Sift in the coconut flour, sea salt, and baking soda and stir until well combined. Gently fold in the blueberries.

In a muffin tin, scoop 1/4 cup of the batter into each lined muffin cup (natural parchment muffin papers work best for lining), and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Mix up the add-ins to make different flavors. They are pretty hard to mess up so have fun with it!

Enjoy!

PS. Need help going grain-free?  Join Dr. Kalli Prater, DC for a FREE Wellness Wednesday Workshop at Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center:

Gluten Free WW

 

 

 

Put yourself first, Choose your health July 23, 2013

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Making the choice to live a more healthy lifestyle isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it is a choice you always have.

Small changes are changes that will stick with you over time, let’s remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. Slow progress is still progress, we all need to take a step back and be realistic with ourselves and our health goals.

There are no miracle pills, diets, exercise plans, etc. If it were that easy everyone would be doing it!! It takes work to get to your goals, but with a well thought out plan anything is possible.

Part of changing your health is changing the way you think about it, and the last time I checked the “doctor” never talked about that one with you. Staying positive is key to your success in anything- be it dietary changes, exercising more or being happier in life.

You are the maker of your own destiny. Take ownership of your life. You get to control how you think, what you eat, basically your own happiness!! When you think about that it’s kind of empowering really.

My goal is to help empower you to be the healthiest, happiest YOU that you can and want to be, everyone is different and that is a beautiful thing.

Take the time out and put yourself first, you won’t regret it. Please call 630-762-9864 and schedule your FREE 15 minute consultation or your first appointment and start your journey to a personalized health TODAY.

Health and Happiness,

Dr. KalliDr Kalli

 

FREE Green Smoothie Workshop July 22, 2013

I have two more clients who are dropping weight by drinking green smoothies! One has lost 16 lbs. and the other lost 11 lbs. after 2 weeks! I am so proud of these ladies. Green Smoothies have so many positive effects…not just weight loss. They can help with fatigue, digestion, low energy, stress, sleep, PMS…and much more! Drink a Green Smoothie today!

Here’s a simple one to start:
1 cup water (or non dairy milk – rice milk, almond milk)
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup spinach
1 cup kale
1 banana

Blend and drink!
(Yes, it will blend better in a BlendTec, Vitamix, or NutriBullet)

Health and Happiness-

Coach Kelly, Holistic Nutritionist & Wellness Coach

Green Smoothie WW 081413

 

Probiotics can impact more than digestion. July 18, 2013

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What are Probiotics anyways?? They are the good bacteria living in your intestinal tract that make up about 70% of your immune system, produce serotonin that travels up to your brain, produce vitamin D when you go out into the sunshine without sun blocking agents, and aid in the digestion of your food.

Some other fun facts:

Probiotic imbalances can cause depression, and cause you to become overweight.

Probiotic populations get killed off when you take Antibiotics, even natural ones like oregano oil!

There are 10 TRILLION probiotics in your gut ( or there SHOULD be) and only 1 trillion cells of you in your entire body… The majority rules!

“I get my probiotics from my yogurt” – Not so much… the sugar in the majority of commercially produced (not to mention the chemicals) feeds the bad bacteria in your body and can throw off your balance!

Proper populations of probiotic strains are anti-inflammatory!

Here are just a few signs your good bacteria aren’t in the right numbers or are losing the war against bad bacteria in your body: Fatigue, constipation, allergies, auto-immune disorders, diarrhea, gas, burping,bloating, feeling full hours after eating, depression, weight gain, chronic infections, nutrient deficiencies, chronic disease, inflammation (aka are you in pain?)… the list could go on for days!

It’s easy to get back in balance by supplementing with the right good bacteria and consuming the right foods to keep your populations alive- the health of  your body depends on these little guys for 70%+ of your immune response remember! By keeping your numbers up your body is prepared to fight off infection and colds much easier than a body that has little or no supply.

Please call 630-762-9864 to schedule an appointment with Dr.Kalli or a FREE 15 minute consultation TODAY to learn how easy it can be to get back into good health and well being.

~Dr.Kalli

 

 
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