February 2020 Newsletter: February Savings!
by Alaina Rowswell-Kulikowski, DC DICCP
This is a familiar phrase in February. After the holiday season, people budget for the new year (as some may have overspent). In addition to that, many health insurance plans begin with another high deductible. Let’s talk about how to apply FEBRUARY SAVINGS to our health!
How can we invest in our health, when economically we are feeling the pinch? Let’s take a look at some of the basics of healthy living: Sleep, Nutrition, Exercise, Stress Management and Mechanical advantage. These are the tenants that we discuss throughout the year in our newsletters. This month we will look at all of these from an economical point of view.
Sleep is essential for good health. Turn off and unplug! When you preparing for sleep, turn off all screens and electronics. Save on your utility bills, de-stress, let your mind rest. Set your mind on positive imaging or prayer. Turn the thermostat down and use cozy blankets, people sleep better when it is a little cooler. Allow at LEAST 8 hours of deep sleep per day.
The economics of nutrition have the most consequences in a simple statement. Cook and eat at home. Make your hot beverage at home. Eating out adds empty calories, expenses and inactivity. If you are crunched for time, meal plan and cook ahead. Utilize freezing and canning to keep the cost to a minimum. Using a bone broth and lots of vegetables in your soup is a huge savings and investment for your gut and brain health. Having fresh cut vegetables as an option every time you open your fridge is the best way to ensure snacking is healthy. The more packaged and prepared an item is at the store the worse it is for your health. Invite friends and family to swap a meal or two during the week. Fill up your water bottle and take it with you. (For more taste add zest of citrus!)
As we analyze the economics of exercise, keep in mind your home has many options in place that can provide free convenient opportunities to exercise. Take a look at Youtube. There are valuable classes in Yoga, toning, stretching, strengthening, dancing etc. The opportunities are endless! Don’t like to exercise alone? Ask a friend to come over and do a class together! The weather has been very cooperative for those who have warm coats to get out and walk or run in the neighborhood. Malls, plazas, schools and airports are free resources to walk indoors.
Stress management comes in many shapes and sizes. Finding a purpose and getting involved are super important for body mind and soul. Whether it is going to a house of worship, a shelterless ministry, an after school kids program, or any place that feeds your sense of purpose plan your time of investment to your health there.
And lastly improve your mechanical advantage and save. Chiropractic care is extremely cost effective. There have been studies showing how chiropractic care is much less expensive for improving your health than medication. When the first person in your home gets sick, think chiropractic first. We can evaluate ears, nose, throat, sinus pressure and lymphatic swelling. We are skilled in many home remedies and nutritional changes for dealing with illness that are far less expensive than a prescription. A healthy immune system is your best weapon for cold and flu season. When your joints are moving at their optimum, the nerve supply, blood supply and lymphatic supply is at its best. Chiropractic care when you are just starting to feel stiff and sore is much more economical than a treatment plan after an injury. Not to mention, loss of time at work would be very expensive on all levels. So keep your spine in line and save this February!
The Chiropractors at Riverview Chiropractic Health offices have a new scheduling system!
It is called Jane App. If you would like to schedule on-line, simply go to our website to make an appointment www.riverviewchirohealth.com or directly to the new scheduling software site riverviewchiropractichealth.janeapp.com/ and follow the prompts. Or at your next visit, ask the front desk to send you a welcome email to janeapp.
Once you have filled out your welcome email, let us know if you would like anyone from your family (Spouse, children etc) to be connected to your access to make appointments for everyone.
This access is directly connected to our front desk scheduling software. It is real time. However, if you need an appointment in less than 12 hours, please call the office to schedule. Also, there is a waiting list feature. So, if you would prefer an appointment at a time that is currently occupied, you can select a waiting list. If it becomes available, our front desk will notify you by email to change to that opening.
Recipe of the Month
ROASTED VEGETABLE SOUP
by Dr. Alaina
2 quarts of pre-pared bone broth (See previous newsletters for recipe)
Head of Cauliflower or 2 large frozen bags (One to roast and one to boil)
1/2 Peeled and cubed butternut squash
1 large Peeled and Cubed Potato
1/2 bunch chopped celery (can use leaves if desired)
1 Large sliced pepper
1/2 bag of cut Kale
1 Chunked sliced onion for the roasted vegetable
1 large diced Onion boiled with the cauliflower
3 Cloves of Garlic
Salt and Pepper
Trader Joe’s Chile Lime spice
Straight from the bottle Olive oil
1 can of beans ( I like white or black, but your choice)
2 cups of cubed meat (I like left over chicken)
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F
- In a large bowl add vegetables (leave half the cauliflower to boil next) and pour at least 1/3 cup of olive oil over to coat lightly. Place vegetables on a parchment lined large cookie tray. Sprinkle with spices, salt and pepper (I love Trader Joe’s Chile Lime seasoning) and roast for half an hour or until vegetable medley is soft on the inside..
- Put on a separate parchment lined cookie tray kale (that has been massaged with Olive oil in a bag or bowl) sprinkled with chile lime seasoning blend. Roast on the rack above other vegetables for half an hour or until crunchy like a chip.
- In a stock pot boil 2 quarts of bone broth with cauliflower, salt, pepper, onions, and garlic. When cauliflower is soft, use an immersion blender until smooth. Add roasted blend of vegetables, canned beans and cooked meat if desired. Serve the soup in bowls topped with roasted crunchy Kale chips.