Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Without Alcohol Photo via Pixabay by Jill111 St. Patrick’s Day is a time for fun and celebration all over the country, but over the years it has become synonymous with a day full of drinking. For individuals who are in recovery or who simply don’t drink, it can be difficult to find activities or events that celebrate the holiday rather than alcohol.
However, there are many ways you can have fun this year that don’t involve imbibing; it just takes a bit of creativity and some planning. Not only is it important for individuals who are in recovery to steer clear of places and events that could cause a potential relapse, it’s a good way to have a great time with your family and spend the day with each other rather than partying. It’s also an incentive to stay safe instead of getting behind the wheel after celebrating; look for family-friendly activities here.
Here are a few of the best ways to have fun on St. Patrick’s Day without alcohol.
Look to your city for help
Many cities around the country hold St. Patrick’s Day parades and events that are fun for all ages; you might spend the day with your kids, taking in free music, eating good food, and engaging in fun activities like face painting or dancing. Look online to find out what your city is offering up on that day, or consider taking a little road trip to a nearby town to check out what events they have going on.
Learn something new
Ireland is full of history and rich culture, yet the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day rarely focus on them. Take this day to learn something new about Ireland and its people; look up a classic Irish recipe and cook it for dinner, find out more about your favorite Irish actor, or dig into some Irish music. It’s not all Celtic woodwinds; there are some great contemporary Irish bands and musicians who have found popularity in the U.S., such as The Cranberries, U2, Flogging Molly, and The Corrs.
Refraining from drinking on St. Patrick’s Day may make you feel left out, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Partner up with a sober friend and go out to dinner, or stay in and binge-watch some Irish-centric Netflix shows and movies. Here’s a list of a few of the best. If you’d rather be out with your friends, offer to be the DD for the night to get them all home safely.
A great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family is to look up some Irish lit. Head to the library and look up poetry and fairy tales with roots in Ireland, then head home and have storytime. Encourage your children to make up their own fairy tales and talk about how they can be an allegory for something else. Use this time to teach your little ones about writing and using their imaginations.
Learn to dance
One of the things the Irish people are known for is dancing, so push back the coffee table and look up a tutorial on YouTube. Legend has it that the traditional form of Irish dance--which mostly moves the feet and legs but keeps the upper body straight--came about because pubs were so crowded back in the day that dancers had to be creative with how they moved.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day can be anything you make it; don’t feel as though you have to rely on alcohol to have a good time. Talk to your family members about the best ways you can have fun together without heading to a pub and turn it into a new tradition.
Gluten-free and worried about arsenic in rice? What to know
Gluten-free folks accustomed to eating rice-based gluten-free breads, pastas, cereals, and other substitutes may be consuming dangerously high levels of arsenic.
In fact, a 2017 study showed people on a gluten-free diet consuming rice-based products on a regular basis showed almost twice as much arsenic in their urine compared to those who did not (and 70 percent more mercury, another troublesome finding.)
Why arsenic is harmful
Arsenic is a naturally occurring heavy metal. It is the inorganic arsenic (not bound to carbon) that is toxic to humans if levels ingested are too high.
Although inorganic arsenic occurs naturally, it also accumulates in soil and water due to pesticides and fertilizers. Because rice grows in water, it is the grain highest in arsenic.
Consistent exposure to small amounts of arsenic increases the risk of bladder, lung, and skin cancer, as well as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and neurological disorders. Consuming arsenic during pregnancy may affect the baby’s immune system.
Consumer Reports found one serving of rice pasta, rice cereal, and rice milk exceeded a safe amount of arsenic for one week while one serving of rice cakes came close.
The FDA recently proposed a limit of 100 parts per billion of arsenic in infant rice cereal. However, it’s impossible to know how much arsenic is safe to consume as risk is dose dependent; the more you consume the higher the risk.
How to minimize arsenic exposure from rice
These troubling truths about arsenic exposure through rice don’t have to spell doom for gluten-free folks who depend on rice-based substitutes.
For starters, look for products made from other grains besides rice. Thankfully, there are many more on the market these days.
Look at where your rice comes from. In 2014 Consumer Reports found that rice from Arkansas, Louisiana, or Texas had the highest concentrations of inorganic arsenic while California rice has almost 40 percent less arsenic. Brown basmati rice from California, India, or Pakistan has a third less inorganic arsenic than other brown rices.
Unfortunately, because the arsenic comes from the water, organic rice may not be lower in arsenic.
Eat white rice (sorry!). Since arsenic tends to accumulate in the outer layers that are removed to turn brown rice into white, white rice contains less of the toxin than the whole grain.
Rinse your rice thoroughly and cook in excess water. Wash your rice thoroughly before cooking and then cook your rice in a ratio of about six cups of water to one cup of rice and drain the excess water after. This cuts down arsenic levels by about one third compared to letting rice absorb all the water during cooking.
Consider a grain-free diet. Many people feel and function significantly better on a grain-free diet. If you don’t eat rice-based products, excessive arsenic exposure is one less thing to worry about in a world where we are constantly at battle with toxic chemicals and heavy metals.
Ask my office for more ways to protect yourself from toxic chemicals and heavy metals.
Since hosting the Detox Workshop last Thursday, I have had a lot of people reach out to me in regards to their interest in doing the detox, but wanted more information.
If this is you, I have provided some information below to help answer some questions.
There is only one detoxification protocol that I recommend. The reason is simple, you need specific nutrients to drive the body's natural detoxification process. Most other detox programs do not provide these nutrients that support your body’s ability to properly detox.
If you want to jump ahead and go right to purchasing this detoxification program - please follow the link to order or call our office at 916-864-3016.
Why should you do a detox in the first place?
There are 2 ways we are exposed to toxins.
Endogenous - produced from a result in improper digestion of nutrients which can result from pancreatic enzyme deficiency, hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid). Examples of Endogenous toxins are over growth of fungi, high cholesterol, high inflammation. Anything that is a result of improper digestion and poor diet. Most of these things are shown on lab values that we can test for in our office or can be discovered through symptoms.
Exogenous / environmental - you can come into contact with these toxins from your environment. These toxins are poor air quality from pollution, pesticides, heavy metals (ie. mercury), medication, parasites, viruses, bacteria, stimulants (coffee, tobacco, alcohol), household cleaning products.
Your detoxification system is responsible for excreting these toxins out of your body. With the involvement of the liver, kidney, bile, colon, lungs and lymph system. Unfortunately, if these toxins are not eliminated from our bodies - they will accumulate in our tissues. Toxins cling onto fat cells, connective tissue, and organs like our brain! Leading to a toxic body and brain.
The buildup of toxins can cause many symptoms including poor ability to shed excess weight, brain fog, acne, muscle tension, joint pain, and decreased organ function (like infertility) to name a few.
There is actually a plethora of symptoms. To find out your toxicity load - fill out this questionnaire.
Here are some other common symptoms related to toxicity load.
Highest sources of molybdenum are lentils and beans. If you have an inability to digest lentils or beans, you must first fix the digestive system. AKA find out which part of your digestion isn’t working and why. Then offer the proper therapy.
This is crucial part of deciphering whether or not someone is a good candidate for a detox. Just because your friend is doing a detox, doesn’t mean you should jump on board too. Detoxing can be mainstream fad that is often done incorrectly -- without the right guidance, and without considering patient history, and of course, using the wrong products. Which makes me scream inside.
2. Have you ever been to a dinner party where asparagus is served and someone makes a joke about asparagus making their pee smell? And everyone laughs and agrees.
Well I am screaming in my head because they all have faulty detox pathways. An inability to digest asparagus is a huge alarm going off in my head. As asparagus is the number one food to gain glutathione from. A VERY IMPORTANT ANTIOXIDANT in the body. Which is vital for the removal of toxins, especially xenobiotics and heavy metals. Ahhhh! Are you screaming with me now.
3. Wait there is more screaming to be had. It is the morning, you are sitting around sipping coffee with friends, one friend is drinking tea because he can’t handle coffee. Even just a little sip of coffee in the morning will keep him up at night. This is a symptom of a sluggish phase 1 detox pathway. When he drinks coffee it is taking his body FOREVER to get through the first phase of liver detoxification.
Reasons for a sluggish phase 1: vitamin deficiency (all Bs and C), insufficient protein intake leading to amino acid deficiency like cysteine, mineral deficiency like iron and magnesium, and of course glutathione deficiency. All these nutrients are needed in phase 1 detoxification.
So as you can see, proper nutrition is key. You not only have to provide the body nutrients it needs for every day bodily functions - like energy metabolism. You need to have plenty of nutrient reserves to support the lifestyle that depletes the nutrients in the first place. It is a vicious cycle - our diet doesn’t provide the nutrients it needs to assimilate the nutrients from it in the first place. This leads to organ depletion and toxic accumulation.
Let me scream it - YOUR DIET ISN’T SUPPORTING YOUR DETOX PATHWAYS. YOUR BODY IS DEPLETED OF NUTRIENTS!!!!!!!!
You not only need replenish your organ reserves, you also need to support your detox pathways. This is KEY!
This results in more energy, normal lipid profile (cholesterol), healthy bowel movements, being able to fit into your jeans, less cavities, better skin, shiny hair, awesome sleep, better sex. Yes, better sex. Your hormones are made in the liver. Thyroid hormones, sex hormones, steroid hormones.
If your on the wrong detox program, you will first lose weight. And you will say “yay, I lost 5 lbs.” But, wait, here comes the headaches, and a bunch of crappy symptoms. Because guess what?! Fat soluble toxins bind to your fat cells! So when you are on an improper weight loss program or detox and you are losing adipose tissue and releasing toxins into your bloodstream and you don’t have the proper nutrients to support the elimination of those toxins. Boy oh boy are you in trouble.
One of 2 things will happen, either the fat goes back on, or you will be skinny feeling like toxic shit everyday of your life. Sign me up!
……..Most likely with poor skin, aches and pains, and throw in an irregular cycle or if you are male, decrease in morning erections. Sounds fun!
Ok, so what detox program do I recommend?
It’s simple, a whole food, nutrient dense one that supports the ENTIRE DETOXIFICATION SYSTEM.
Are you in? What’s next?
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Babies First Adjustment! Such a magical time, when your baby is pushed through a tiny canal in your body. It is SO NATURAL.
Yet, for many of us, can cause a lot of pain and trauma.
Even if you have a beautiful, perfect birth and an even more perfect baby - with no complaints or issues - it is still really important to get his or her nervous system checked.
There are a lot of areas of the developing baby that a Chiropractor will check for, that you might not even be aware of.
And who could blame you - you are too busy gazing into your baby's eyes in awe at this new miracle.
At your babies first wellness appointment - we will ask you a series of birth related questions and also any perceived issues you might be experiencing with your little one. Issues like- colic, latching, sleeping, torticollis (neck tension) etc. These "issues" have been shown to be alleviated with Chiropractic intervention.
After a series of questions or concerns - we will begin our infant exam. Checking their reflexes and alignment. Making sure their nervous system is functioning at its most optimal level.
Below are the best times to get your baby checked.
1. If you have a perceived issue - like colic, latching issues, tongue tie, torticollis, irritability.
2. Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked right away. This will help so much!!
3. As the infant grows, learning to hold up the head, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic.
4. when they start running and playing - it is good to get them on a regular schedule to get them checked. Ask your Chiropractor what they suggest for your child.
A little note about getting your baby adjusted. Chiropractors use the smallest bit of pressure when correcting any spinal or cranial mal-alignment in your babes. The pressure is the amount you would use when you would touch your eyeball. It is very very minimal.
My personal story..
I gave birth to Leo in the most natural way possible - in the water. Even though I used little to no medical intervention (I had to tell them when I pushed my baby out!) there was still tension that was placed on little Leo's cranium. He had a bruise on his head because he hit my pubic bone on the way out. Very common thing.
With head trauma of any sort, the jaw and neck can be involved. With Leo, he was having trouble latching. I did a cranial adjustment on him as well as took him to my very own Chiropractor and within 5 days (once the nervous system intergrated it) he was latching like a champ. If you are a Mother - you know that is the BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD - when your baby first latches.
Things were great until about 3-4 months when he refused tummy time and wouldn't roll over. It was then when I intervened again and we noticed that he had tension in his low back and hips. We released the tension and he rolled over. It is amazing, once you release the interference on the nervous system- how things change.
There was very little intervention that had to take place in order for Leo's nervous system to work properly. It is a HUGE life savor to get your baby checked after he or she is born, then at each milestone.
Once they are running and playing - it is good to keep them on a regular adjustment schedule - as any small trauma or injury that occurs can get permanetly placed on the nervous system. Your brain will start to create new movement patterns that will become deep seated later in life.
My very best patients are the ones who have been adjusted through childhood. Their nervous systems are quick to fix and don't need a lot of care. Luckily, as a child it doesn't take much to remove the interference. So it is great to start now while they are still young and healthy.
To make an appointment for your child, please contact our office.
HEALTH is the BEST WEALTH,
What a beautiful time of year, gorgeous colors in the trees from vibrant green to fiery orange to ruby red, time to relax with family, and eat delicious meals with everyone you love. Oh eating delicious foods, it can be tricky when overindulgence is baked right into the holidays (I mean, stuffing, need I say more?).
Recognizing contentment before, during and after a meal (before the stress of the holidays forces you to overindulge) doesn’t have to be impossible. With just a few tweaks to your routine and a few yoga stretches to aid in digestion and stress relief, the holidays can be indulgent and fun without the stomachache after.
1. Three yoga poses for better digestion and peace
Sit and twist to massage the stomach: Sit on the floor or a pillow with legs crossed. Then place your right hand to your left knee and your left hand behind you on the ground and breathe deeply. Then switch to the other side with left hand on right knee and right hand behind you on the ground.
Cat cow: This one is great for beginners and master yogis. Start on all fours in a table position. Then round your back up like a scared cat as you exhale and slowly arch your back down and lift your head like a mooing cow. Do this sequence a few times to loosen your stomach and stretch your muscles.
Seated forward fold: Sit on the ground or a pillow with your legs straight out in front hip distance apart. Then slowly fold forward as you exhale out deeply and stretch your hands to meet your feet. Take it easy and enjoy the stretch in your legs and back.
Here is a video for yoga for digestion:
Just doing the first six minutes of this yoga video from Yoga with Adriene will help you digest your food and calm your mind.
2. Nourish your adrenals (aka The Stress Gland)
The Adrenal Glands are the kidney bean shaped glands that sit on top of our kidney. The Adrenals Glands store Vitamin C (in fact the highest concentration of Vitamin C is in our Adrenal Glands). Vitamin C is utilized to produce cortisol, a stress hormone produced by the adrenals, and in times of stress cortisol is in high demand. The more we stress out the more our vitamin C stores in our adrenals becomes depleted. This can lead to an array of health problems, like the common cold.
Have you ever noticed everyone is sick around the holidays? Now you know why!
STRESS + EATING POORLY = SICKNESS.
When you aren’t eating a well balanced diet, consisting of mostly vegetables, proteins, and good fats, you are not nourishing your body. Which leads your body to ask for nutrition from your reserves. This isn’t good because you are depleting your body's backup system.
THIS IS VITAL, if you deplete your Adrenal Glands of Vitamin C and you never replenish the storage, you can end up with a sickness. The worst part is that it might take a much longer time to go away. In some cases colds can linger for months! Then if you injure yourself or end up in the hospital your body needs those reserves to keep you alive.
The only way you can quickly replenish the reserves of the organs is to add to your diet high dose whole food supplements. That means high quality, organic, food based supplements, like we sell at Well Balanced Body.
If you are local, stop by our office during the Holiday Season, we are selling $1 Adrenal Health Supplements that contain everything your adrenals need to deal with stress and to prevent the holiday bulge. (Dr. T recommends taking 2 of these packs per day during stressful times.)
3. Let your Central Nervous System center yourself
The Central Nervous System consists of your brain and your spinal column. It controls everything in your entire body. Maintaining your spinal alignment is crucial in allowing your body to stay healthy. Especially during the holidays!
3 ways to help maintain spinal alignment
4. Choose a mantra
Creating a mantra you can say to yourself as you’re cooking, picking family up from the airport, organizing an event or volunteering this holiday can help you feel the love in any situation even while dealing with stress. When we can pause to breathe and encourage ourselves, even just for one minute, any stressful situation can become less overwhelming. Choose a mantra or a short positive statement that makes sense for you. Like: “I am whole,” “I love myself, “I am content,” “Eating well is a joy and a privilege,” or “My family wants only the best for me.”
Whether it is hard to believe in the moment or not, choosing a positive statement to tell yourself can help reinforce your self confidence and boost your mood. Win win!
These few tips will hopefully get you through the week without letting stress or overwhelm get the best of you. Remember to feel thankful for who you are and what you have no matter what stress is going on in your life. Take it slow and know that love is within you. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!!