Getting Your Protein as a Vegetarian

If you’re a vegetarian, it might seem like a daunting task getting the right amount of protein in your diet in order to fuel your day. It’s actually a common complaint about a vegetarian diet, that, if one doesn’t actively seek alternative protein sources, the diet becomes somewhat unsustainable. 

Instead, look for clean protein that doesn’t come from an animal.

Nuts are great sources of protein — walnuts, sunflower seeds, cashews, and even peanuts. Make sure to opt for raw and unsalted options when you’re able.

Beans are another great source of protein and at many grocery stores, you can buy bean patties to make burgers and sandwiches, which will help you break up the potential monotony of a vegetarian diet. Lentils are another great option for supplementing your protein as well.

You can also buy “power greens” to make salads, which have kale, cabbage, broccoli, and other vegetables that contain protein. Quinoa is another good option that gives you both suitable carbohydrates and protein, all from one source.

As you try your new, healthier diet, you’ll notice you have more fuel throughout the day to remain active. Contact Family Chiropractic and Natural Healing Center today to learn more about how our treatments can complement a healthy lifestyle.

How Much Impact Are You Taking During Exercise?

As we get older, no matter if we’re in our 30s, 40s, or 50s, our bodies start to respond differently to everyday wear and tear, especially the more demand we put on ourselves. Runners, basketball players, martial artists, and other high impact activity enthusiasts take a tremendous amount of wear and tear during exercise, practice, and competition.

That’s why it’s important to have an antidote to the impact you’re taking on during exercise and physical activity. One way to give your body some TLC is to build your yoga practice. Either take a class with a friend or watch instructional videos on the internet — there is a plethora of helpful information at your fingertips and yoga can be an inexpensive way to take care of your body that will pay off in dividends.

Trying lower impact exercises like swimming, rowing, rock climbing, paddle boarding, and other activities that don’t put so much stress on your body will also help.

Another great idea to deal with the impact your body absorbs during workouts is to pursue chiropractic treatment. That’s right, chiropractic adjustments aren’t just for injured people or people more advanced in age. Many professional athletes have close relationships with their chiropractors. Contact Family Chiropractic and Natural Healing Center today to learn more about how our treatments can help optimize your training and your body.

Self-Care Tips for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day it’s important to take a small time out to make sure that you’re good with yourself! Even if you have a special someone to make plans for this Valentine’s Day, Family Chiropractic and Natural Healing Center would like to take a moment to remind our patients and readership to give themselves a little TLC this Valentine’s Day.

Below, we go over a few ways that you can practice some quick and easy self-care — even if your V-day is packed with activities.

One way to give your body and mind the routine maintenance it needs is to build your yoga practice. Take a class in the morning on Valentine’s Day for a yummy stretch that will have you feeling amazing throughout the day. You can even schedule a massage for you and your loved one — taking care of two birds with one stone.

Eating healthy is another great way to practice self-care, since eating bad foods, when you think about it and put it simply, is probably something along the lines of self-destructive behavior.

Maybe after the meal, take a nice nature hike, whether you fly solo or go with that special someone. These are all simple and easy measures you can take that your body and mind will thank you for. Contact Family Chiropractic and Natural Healing Center to learn about how our treatments are the perfect self-care tool for Valentine’s Day.

More on Myofascial Release Therapy

If you haven’t heard of it, Myofascial Release Therapy (also called MFR) is a treatment that relieves you of muscular tightness and muscular strain that occurs in the face. Patients might seek MFR after losing their flexibility if they’re experiencing pain, if they’ve experienced an injury, or if they have impaired functionality.

Pain in the face can be generated from the skeletal muscles or even connective tissues which can be bound down by fascia tightness. Contractions of muscles can occur at certain trigger points in which cases blood flow can become inhibited. 

During your initial consultation, we’ll locate the areas that have become tense or restricted. We give you hands-on treatment in our relaxing and comfortable environment in a private therapy room.

We’ll custom-tailor a treatment protocol that works for your situation and your budget. Myofascial Release Therapy is designed to help patients deal with pain in an all-natural way. Our treatments go far beyond the back and spine. Contact Family Chiropractic and Natural Healing Center today to schedule your consultation if you believe you could benefit from our many treatments and services.

Top 3 Reasons to Utilize Chiropractic Treatment

Many people out there are on the fence about whether or not to pursue chiropractic treatment for pain and injury relief and routine maintenance for the body. People might have the wrong sort of expectations when thinking of chiropractic treatment as a one-time thing designed to rid you of all your health problems. Such is not the case and not the way to look at chiropractic treatment.

Below are a few practical reasons why chiropractic treatment is a viable option for those looking to deal with everyday pain and unlock their body’s full potential.

1.) Drug-Free Pain Relief

Whether you have headaches, neck pain, back spasms, or joint inflammation, chiropractic treatments can help ease you pain the all-natural drug-free way by inspiring your body’s natural healing processes.

2.) Rid Yourself of Anxiety and Stress

Chiropractic treatments have been shown to significantly reduce stress and overall anxiety, not to mention promote a better night of sleep! Insomnia patients even seek out chiropractic treatment when other remedies don’t seem to work.

3.) Feel More Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Chiropractic treatment will have you feeling amazing inside and out and from head to toe. When your body and brain are firing on all cylinders, it’s amazing what you can accomplish in a day. Contact Family Chiropractic and Natural Healing Center today to learn more about how our treatments can drastically improve your lifestyle.

3 Big Contributors to Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety show up in our lives when we’re up and when we’re down. Life is always happening, despite our work schedules and despite our needs, and it seems like our daily behaviors and habits play a huge role in how we feel day-to-day.

Below, Family Chiropractic and Natural Healing Center goes over a few major contributors to stress and anxiety. Limiting these habits, actions, and behaviors will help you feel more at peace and emotionally balanced on a daily basis.

Lack of Sleep

Make sure to get 7-9 hours of sleep on a daily basis. If you’re having trouble sleeping, work on your exercising, limit caffeine intake, and practice meditation and yoga towards the end of each day, which will all help promote a better night of sleep.

Not Taking Care of Responsibility

Many of us shirk our responsibilities in lieu of doing more comfortable things, like binge-watching Netflix. Doing nothing and letting your responsibilities stack-up on you is a surefire way to get majorly stressed. Think of each day as an opportunity to get something like 5 tasks completed. Go hour for hour, if you have to, but try to make sure that each day is spent taking care of business. You’ll sleep better at night and feel far less anxious about things.

Lack of Exercise

If we don’t burn excess energy on exercise it can show up as anxiety or stress when we lay our heads down to sleep at night. Exercise to exertion 3-4 times per week in order to reduce stress and improve mood/outlook.

Chiropractic treatments are a great way to reduce anxiety, improve mood, and even help you achieve a better night of sleep. Contact Family Chiropractic and Natural Healing Center today to schedule your consultation in order to learn more.