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Sneaky Ways to Add More Vegetables to Every Meal

Sneaky Ways to Add More Vegetables to Every Meal
Published Thursday, 01 March 2018

“No dessert until you’ve finished your broccoli.”

“You’re not allowed to leave the table until that spinach is gone.”

"No, the dog cannot have your brussel sprouts!" 

Sound familiar? Getting kids to eat their vegetables can be a struggle, but they aren’t the only ones who have a hard time consuming the recommended daily serving. According to American dietary guidelines, 3-5 servings of vegetables per day are recommended for a healthy diet. Typically, a serving equals 1 cup of a vegetable - for instance, 1 medium size potato or even a ¾ cup of vegetable juice. Unfortunately, most people (even adults!) have a hard time following those guidelines.

 

Luckily, we’ve thought of some easy and sneaky ways to add more vegetables to each of your daily meals!

More Vegetables for Breakfast

One of the easiest ways to add vegetables to your breakfast is to make a frittata. Scramble up some eggs and throw in any vegetable you like. Red onions, peas, artichokes, broccoli, tomatoes - the sky's the limit for the vegetables you can use to make a frittata more filling and flavorful!

Another great way to add in veggies to your breakfast is to puree vegetables to mix in with your pancakes. Puree a butternut squash and combine it with your favorite pancake or waffle mix for a delicious and nutritious start to your day.

Pre-Prep Veggies for Snacking

When it comes to snack foods, preparation is key. When you have the option either to munch on a bag of chips or to cut up carrots or peppers to dip in hummus, the more convenient choice will most often win. Setting aside time each week to prep healthy veggies for snacking can make it easier to choose the healthier option during those times.

Purchase a big bag of baby carrots or peapods, and portion them into snack-size bags. Cut peppers and cucumbers for dipping, or have mixed greens on hand for an easy salad. These simple and quick ways can help you and your family ensure that you’re getting your daily servings of veggies in — and reducing the amount of junk food that you consume!

Bulk Up Lunch and Dinner Vegetable Servings

Pureeing vegetables might sound like adding baby food to your dishes, but it is a great way to get your servings of vegetables while also adding flavor to your foods. This is also an excellent way to get your kids or your picky spouse to eat a wider variety of vegetables.

Spinach can be pureed and mixed in with a red sauce, and cauliflower can be pureed and added to meatballs. Spaghetti and meatballs never looked so healthy!

Speaking of spaghetti, why not try your hand at veggie noodles? Zucchini, squash, and even sweet potatoes all make a great vegetable noodle. You can skip the carbs and add plentiful servings of veggies to your meals, and even the kids will enjoy it.

Sneaky Vegetable Adding - Ninja Level

We’ve talked about adding vegetables into all three daily meals - but what about adding vegetables into desserts? Chocolate is such a strong and delicious flavor that it can hide almost any pureed vegetable, making it a great way to sneak some healthy additions into desserts like brownies, chocolate cake, or cookies.

Avocados are a healthy fruit that can be added in by stealth to a sweet treat. Avocado chocolate pudding is a great example, and if you don’t spill the beans, no one will ever guess they are getting a part of their daily fruit requirement in their pudding!

Getting your five servings of veggies each day is just the start of ensuring that you’re living a healthy lifestyle. For more nutritional advice, consult with the doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center.

[VIDEO] How Soon Can I Get an Appointment?

Published Thursday, 22 February 2018

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Video Transcript 

Dr. Mark Roczey:

Since we have three full-time chiropractors on staff five days a week, it's pretty easy to get an appointment here. We're always willing to accept patients, and we're always willing to go out of our way to make sure that we can accommodate people who need to be here.

Are Energy Drinks Bad for Your Heart?

Are Energy Drinks Bad for Your Heart?
Published Thursday, 15 February 2018

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We all have our morning routines. Most of us shower, brush our teeth, get dressed, and eat breakfast. Chances are some caffeinated beverage helps to jump-start your morning, like coffee, tea, or an energy drink. Caffeinated drinks can do wonders for college students heading out to an early morning class after pulling an all nighter or an exhausted mother of three in the middle of a particularly nasty flu season. In doses under 400 milligrams, caffeine is considered safe for consumption by the FDA, and a regular 8-ounce coffee from your corner shop only has 95 milligrams on average. According to an April 2017 study, however, what caffeinated drink you choose can greatly impact your heart’s health.

Much research has already been done about the cardiovascular safety profile of caffeine, but scientists at the David Grant Medical Center on Travis Air Force Base were interested in how energy drinks may affect the heart. The team compared blood pressure and EKG results of healthy individuals after they drank an energy drink or a regular caffeinated beverage. The caffeinated beverage had the same amount of caffeine as the energy drink, but none of the other ingredients, such as sugar, various B vitamins, and taurine, which are found in many of the common energy drinks available now.  

Your Heart on Energy Drinks

The results were interesting. The participants who drank the energy drink had elevated blood pressure for up to six hours after consuming the beverage. The participants who drank the caffeinated beverage had only a slight rise in blood pressure. The EKG results were even more revealing. Twenty-four hours after they had the beverage, the results of those who had drunk the energy drink were the same as those associated with life-threatening irregularities in the heart.

Energy drinks are often marketed under the guise they will keep you awake for longer than a cup of coffee or any other caffeinated beverage on the market. There is no research available that says an energy drink with the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee will do more for your energy levels or focus. However, a 2015 Mayo Clinic Study showed that just one 16-ounce energy drink increases blood pressure and stress hormones enough to induce a cardiovascular event.

Natural, Heart-Healthy Energy Boost

If you are a healthy man or woman, consuming a moderate amount of caffeine is fine. However, for an energy boost without caffeine, and with the added benefits of maximizing physical performance, preventing or treating headaches, and increasing weight loss - have a glass of water! Your energy levels are decreased significantly if your body is dehydrated.

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, but making small lifestyle choices can significantly reduce your risk. For more information on heart healthy habits, consult with the doctors of South Orange Chiropractic Center.

[VIDEO] How Many Treatments until My Back Pain Goes Away?

Published Thursday, 08 February 2018

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Dr. Mark S. Sielski:

Well a lot of patients will ask that and it definitely is on a case by case basis. We don't do cookbook care. We take everything into consideration, the patient's age, their health status, their weight, there's just so many different variables for each patient. So, we want to do more individualized care, as opposed to just the same care for everybody. 

 

6 Easy Exercises to Help Relieve Sciatica Pain

6 Easy Exercises to Help Relieve Sciatica Pain
Published Thursday, 01 February 2018

If you’ve ever experienced Sciatica Pain, you know it, though you may not have known what to call it at the time. Researchers estimate that 43 percent of the population will experience this pain at some point during their lives. Sciatica pain comes from the lower back, and travels down through the buttock into one or both legs. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, and therefore can produce serious pain down your entire body, even into your toes. You may experience pain in the form of tingling, numbness or weakness in your lower back, buttock, legs, and toes.

There are many different treatments for sciatica pain:

  • Pain medication
  • Steroid injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Massage therapy

However, taking pain medication or having injections can disrupt your day to day life as well as your overall health. Thankfully, there are some easy exercises you can do regularly to help manage your pain.

Knees to Chest

For this exercise, lay down flat on your back, and slowly hug your knees to your chest for 30 seconds. Try repeating this three times in a row a couple of times a day.

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Modified Cobra Stretch

To do a cobra stretch, lie on your stomach with your legs together and extended, toes pointing. Rest your forearms and palms on the floor close to your body. Then push up from your palms to partially straighten your elbows, bringing your chest and stomach up off the floor. Hold this pose for five seconds before laying back down on the floor. Repeat this up to ten times.

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Seated Spinal Twist

Sit up with your legs out in front of you on the floor. Bend your right leg and place your right foot on the outside of your left knee. Twist your body toward the right. Hold this for 15-30 seconds, and repeat on the opposite side.

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Low Lunge

Step your right leg out in front of you and bend your knee to a 90 degree angle. Place your left knee on the ground. The top of your left foot should be flat against the ground. Lift your torso and put your hands on your right thigh. Make sure to keep your right knee from going over your toes, lifting your torso to feel the stretch in your hips. Keep this position for thirty seconds. Then switch to do the same thing with your left leg forward and bent with knee over ankle, and right leg behind you on the ground. To feel an extra stretch, raise your arms straight above your body, with your elbows close to your ears.

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Pigeon Pose

This yoga pose is especially helpful for sciatica pain. Bring your right leg out in front of you, and left leg flat on the ground, like you would for a low lunge. Then take your right foot, calf, and knee to the ground. Your right foot should be next to your left arm. Slowly lay yourself down on your forearms, feeling the stretch in your right thigh. Hold here for 30 seconds and repeat with the left leg in front and on the floor, and your right leg behind you.

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Foam Roller- Hip Rotator

If you are feeling pain in your hips and buttock, implementing the use of a foam roller is a great way to relieve the sciatic pain. Sit on the foam roller with your knees bent, and feet flat on the floor. Put your right hand on the floor behind you, leaning back slightly. Next, cross your right leg over your left thigh. Roll back and forth, supporting yourself with your right hand and left foot. Do this for 30-60 seconds, and then repeat crossing your left leg over your right thigh.

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The doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center can help you manage and relieve your sciatic nerve pain with regular chiropractic adjustments. Contact us today to get natural pain relief and start living a life of improved health and wellness.

[VIDEO] How Many Sessions until I Experience Headache Relief?

Published Thursday, 25 January 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Steven Levine: 

How long does it take for any condition? You know, if we're talking about headaches or any type of pain, the question that we're used to handling is, "Doctor, how long will it take for me to get better?" And I wish I had a crystal ball or I wish I had a magic wand to say, "In your case, it's going to take this exact number of visits," but everybody is different. So, we take into effect different criteria. How long have you had the problem? What is your age? What is your occupation? What is your weight? And these are certain criteria. Is there arthritic or degenerative changes that we see on film that's going to slow the process down? What do you do when you're not in the office? If we're doing a corrective chiropractic adjustment to take the pressure off the nerve, to improve the body's ability to heal itself, so what happens when you go out and maybe you're eating fast food, too much coffee, alcohol, maybe smoking, maybe not getting enough water? So, we take that into consideration also. What is your lifestyle?

So, headaches have many different variabilities. Sleep is a factor. Position of sleep, posture. We spend so much time on our devices and our computers that we choke off the nerve supply by forward head posture. So, all this is a factor, and it can take dozens of visits or it can take just a few. Everybody is an individual.

[VIDEO] How Long before My Shoulder Pain Starts to Feel Better?

Published Thursday, 11 January 2018

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Dr. Mark Roczey:

We see so many people in our practice with shoulder pain and injuries, and commonly that's a question that we hear often: "How long will it take to get well?" Typically what we find is we have to take in a couple of factors such as the patient's age, their weight, their history, their condition, and what their occupation is.

Every patient who comes into our office with a shoulder condition wants to be out of pain overnight. Most commonly it takes about two to four weeks to get somebody out of discomfort, increase their range of motion, and get the relief that they want. What's most important is the patient who's typically searching for answers has to realize that the condition didn't start overnight and it's going to take some time to heal.

It could take anywhere for two to four dozen visits over six to eight months to get somebody strong, stable, and well.

 

3 Mistakes To Avoid When Making Your New Year’s Resolution List

3 Mistakes To Avoid When Making Your New Year’s Resolution List
Published Thursday, 04 January 2018

Welcome 2018!

The beginning of every year presents a time to look back and reflect upon how we spent the last year as well as look ahead to determine how we want to spend the year to come. One classic way this meditation manifests itself is in the form of a New Year's Resolution list. 

New Year’s Resolutions date back to the Babylonians, who are said to be the first to make these yearly goals. However, they did not celebrate the new year on January 1st as we do; 4,000 years ago, the Babylonians celebrated the new year in the spring with the planting of crops.

The tradition was also held by the Romans, though Julius Caesar changed the new year to January 1st. The month of January was named for the Roman god Janus, who was said to look back on the previous year with one face, and forward to the coming year with his other. The Romans would make promises to Janus for better behavior in the coming year.

In modern society, New Year’s Resolutions can be considered somewhat of a joke. They tend to be something at which we collectively fail. You’ll see lots of new gym memberships in January, and the treadmills are packed through the month, and then somewhere in February, things fall off.

It doesn’t have to be that way! The new year is a fresh start, and you can avoid mistakes that make your New Year’s resolutions harder to keep. Here are three tips to help you stick to your resolutions.

1. Don’t: Be too Broad— Do: Be specific!

We all have general goals for ourselves in the new year. We want to eat healthy, exercise more, save money, etc. However, broad goals are way too hard to keep, and we need to be more specific in what we want to achieve. Beach Body's blog talks about making sure your goal passes the SMART test:

  • S: Specific
  • M: Measurable
  • A: Attainable
  • R: Realistic
  • T: Timely

If your goal is to eat healthier, specifically focus on a meal you want to make healthy. How can you measure what makes that meal healthier for you? Will you have to get up an hour earlier to cook what you want, and is that attainable and realistic? Will you be able to achieve this goal in a timely manner? Looking at your resolution on a more specific platform will help you to keep it and make a lifestyle change.

2. Don’t: Be Negative— Do: Be positive!

The way you word your goals is important. If your goal has to do with your finances, don’t say “Stop being bad with money”. Instead, your goal should be, “Improve amount of money saved,” or “Exercise control in spending habits.” If you’re focusing on the negative aspects of yourself, you will eventually tire of the process of trying to improve. Constantly analyzing yourself in a negative light will likely discourage change, rather than encourage it.

Words are incredibly powerful in the outside world but also within ourselves. Focus on what you want to have happen in the new year instead of focusing on what you don’t want to repeat. In order to make a change you need to see yourself as capable of doing so.

3. Don’t: Forget to Track Your Progress — Do: Track it!

Forgetting to track your progress on your goal is a crucial mistake you should avoid. If your goal is to exercise 3 times a week, having a calendar to mark of the days you go to the gym will allow you to see success daily, weekly, and monthly.

An organized calendar also allows you to see what days work best for your schedule to get to the gym, and to see where you might falter in your goal. If you have a big meeting at the end of the week, it could be better to get your gym time in on the weekend before or after your meeting.

Checking things off a list, marking off dates on a calendar, even putting stars in boxes, is a highly satisfying way of keeping track of your goals and helping to stay motivated all throughout the year.

Whatever the time of year, improving the quality of your life is always an important goal. At South Orange Chiropractic Center we can work with you to help you get out of pain and live your life to the fullest. Contact our team today to make an appointment so we can help you achieve those resolutions this year!

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