There are a lot of BIG announcements this month for Body Logic- each one creating life-changing adventures for our staff!

  • Babies are on the way!! – It has been challenging keeping this one a secret and we couldn’t do it for a moment longer! Dr. Amanda and Dr. Scott… AND Whitney are expecting! Whitney is due the end of July and Dr. Amanda’s due date is the beginning of September. We are excited to see our Body Logic family growing once again!
  • New adventures in new states- Denise will be packing up in a few short weeks and moving to Carolina to start her new adventures. Her last day with us will be the 23rd…and if you happen to take a peek at her finger, you may just see a pretty new diamond ring! We wish her all the best as she starts her new life with her love in a new state.
  • New adventures in the same state- Maggie has opened up a new business that has quickly taken off and is adding another skill set to her toolbox by beginning to study professional makeup artistry. We say goodbye to her in early March, but expect her to visit often!
  • A new addition to the crew- We welcome JoEllen to our staff as our new Office Manager. She is a Knotts Island native with experience and a degree in Healthcare Administration. We encourage you to introduce yourself and get to know her as she will be a major contributor to Body Logic as we continue to grow and evolve. She is a welcomed new addition to the Body Logic Family!!

We are so excited to share these new happenings with everyone! Congratulations to everyone and cheers an amazing 2017!

Major Announcement!

There are a lot of BIG announcements this month for Body Logic- each one creating life-changing adventures for our staff!

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Nutrition is an incredibly complicated topic these days. The amount of information flooding the internet is overwhelming… and it’s not all good information! Many of us are busy and constantly on the go leading us to reach for the quick fix. Unfortunately, nothing truly substitutes good ol’ classic whole foods. I work with many patients on a daily basis to help them make the “right” choices for them. For some people the right choice means avoiding certain foods as a result of food sensitivity testing, for others it means rescheduling their busy lives to spend more time in the kitchen, and for families it means eating together and teaching our kids to make good choices. In honor of National Nutrition Month, I have 5 quick tips to finding balance in our diets to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Increase the veggies and reduce the grains.

“Grains” have been getting a lot of attention lately. And it’s a good thing! The average American diet is heavy on the grains and low on the vegetables and we need to change this trend. So what are grains? The short list includes wheat, rye, barley, corn, and rice. Yes, corn is a grain not a vegetable. Although grains provide some nutrient value, they have overall less nutrients, less fiber, and more calories than vegetables. So instead of picking up those crackers and peanut butter, reach for the veggies and hummus. For more information about dietary trends and how we can make changes, check out this site from healthcare.gov.

The skinny on fat- it’s not all bad!

Unfortunately, fats have been given a bad name over the years. As a result, it has left many of us deficient in some of our essential fatty acids, namely the Omega-3 fatty acids. Just as the name reflects, essential fatty acids and essential for proper bodily function, but must be consumed in the diet since our bodies don’t make it naturally. How do the Omega-3’s benefit us? Benefits include an anti-inflammatory effect which is helpful for your joint health, lower levels of depression, and other cognitive benefits. For more information on the benefits, check out this previous article.

Protein throughout the day keeps us going.

Protein is a very important macro nutrient that is often overlooked in the diet due to the typical American’s excessive carbohydrate intake. Protein is essential for building muscle and plays a big role in balancing our blood sugar levels.  Diabetics are very familiar with the need to stabilize blood sugar levels, but the average person needs to be just as aware. Imbalanced blood sugar levels result in such symptoms as poor sleep patterns, low energy, and weight gain. Increasing protein intake has been shown to elevate blood sugar more slowly with a less dramatic affect on the body than carbohydrates. Quick increases in blood sugar levels result in a equally dramatic drop in blood sugar once insulin is released. Consuming protein with each meal throughout the day promotes a well-energized day by preventing the dips in blood sugar associated with a high carbohydrate diet.

Put down the soda and pick up the water!

Simply put, soda has no nutrient value and can actually be damaging to your health. Water, however, has an incredibly beneficial affect on the body. Although “nutrients” are not the goal with water, hydration status is. At Body Logic we are often coaching patients and clients to increase their water intake for muscle health. In fact, muscle tissue contain approximately 75% water. If the body is in a slight state of dehydration, our muscles are affected. Additional health benefits of water include increased energy, improving mood, headache relief, improved digestion, and flushing out unnecessary toxins.

Sugar is NOT a food group. 

Educating about sugar intake and its effect on the body has been a nutritional theme for Body Logic this year. Sugar can be found everywhere, but that does not mean it’s good for you, and it should not be consumed to the level that is typical for the general population. High intake can be detrimental to a child’s physical and brain health which is often displayed in behavioral patterns. As adults, we work through it and then crash. Repeating this pattern creates an unhealthy addiction for a continued need for sugar. Breaking the sugar habit is challenging, but worth the positive results of better overall health and well-being. To review our January article about sugar, click here.

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Body Logic is beaming with pride as we are growing our family by not just one, but two new babies. I am thrilled to be joining Whitney as we go through our second pregnancies together. We have a lot of challenges ahead of us as our bodies adapt to the many physical changes of pregnancy. There’s no better place to go through this than our office!

We both feel a second pregnancy is a whole new world, even though we’ve been through this once before. Many women and doctors agree that every pregnancy is different, but it’s fascinating how quickly the body remembers the physical changes… the baby bump shows itself more quickly, the fatigue is intense, and the absent-mindedness is frustrating! I have been quickly reminded that taking good care of ourselves is essential to not only the baby’s health and well-being, but our own. Here are a few tips that we use to keep ourselves feeling good and excited about the growth of our Body Logic family:

  1. Rest. It is essential to respect the body’s needs during pregnancy. The overwhelming feeling of “sleepy” is related to elevated progesterone levels. Additionally, the body is increasing it’s blood volume to support the needs of the baby. And, let’s not forget, the body’s busy growing and developing the baby. It’s so important for a pregnant woman to keep this in mind to avoid frustration and angst over the extreme changes the body is experiencing. It’s important to provide the body with the rest it needs to do such important work during the early stages of pregnancy.
  2. Proper Nutrition. Often women are hindered by a variety challenges, the most common including food aversions, food cravings, heartburn and constipation. It is essential that good choices are made throughout the entire pregnancy. Proper protein intake, enough vitamin and mineral exposure, and limitations in sugar intake are just three areas that deserve some focus. When dietary intake is limited healthy nutrient supplementation can be a great option to ensure adequate nutrition throughout pregnancy. We highly recommended the Standard Process brand that we carry in our office as they are well-regulated and safe for pregnancy.
  3. Exercise.  Exercise should be a part of every pregnancy to help the health of the mother and the baby. Exercise supports appropriate weight gain and manage blood glucose levels which can significantly reduce the risk of gestational diabetes. Physical activity also promotes endorphin release, our feel-good hormones. This can be especially helpful for expecting mothers to work through the emotional ups and downs often experienced during pregnancy.
  4. Chiropractic Care and Massage.  It is estimated that 50-80% of women will experience low back pain during pregnancy. The changes experienced by the body over 9 months can be overwhelming. Chiropractic care can be a very helpful tool and treatment can alleviate pain, maintain mobility, and reduce the risk of complications during labor. Click here to read a previous article written about the physical changes of pregnancy.

We look forward to going through our journey together with you and our Body Logic family. If you know someone that pregnant or is wishing to conceive, we would love to help them through their journey!

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Once again this year, our favorite leprechaun has left a bit of his gold in our Body Logic office!

Stop by before St. Patrick’s Day and guess how many coins are in the jar at the front desk

 and the closest to the number will win a FREE 60 Minute Swedish Massage!

So… do ya feel lucky?

Feeling Lucky? You Could Win a Free Massage

Once again this year, our favorite leprechaun has left a bit of his gold in our Body Logic office!

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 and the … Read More

With many of our staff, friends, and clients expecting this season it is good to know that many essential oils are safe to use during pregnancy. In fact, many women have no idea how they could have gotten through their pregnancy without them. Essential oils can help with many of the uncomfortable aspects of pregnancy such as nausea, mood, motivation, fatigue, and even skin appearance. The main thing to remember with using essential oils during pregnancy is to start slow and listen to your body. There are no hard fast rules about oil usage but it is essential to pay attention to your body, your baby, and how the smells and tastes of the oils are being tolerated.

Here are a few of the numerous ways to help ease these discomforts and support a happier pregnancy.

  • Nausea- To help with the occasional bout of nausea/morning-sickness, take one drop of pure therapeutic grade peppermint essential oils in a glass of water. The water is important to hydrate the body and the peppermint oil helps to tame the tummy while allowing the mommy to enjoy the fresh crisp taste.
  • Rest- Being able to rest during pregnancy is often a challenge. Every wave of fear, restlessness, or discomfort is soothed by massaging a few drops of lavender essential oil in with your favorite natural lotion or crème into the bottoms of your feet prior to getting into bed. You can also add a few drops to your diffuser to allow your mind to drift off to a peaceful slumber at night.
  • Motivation- It is often a challenge to get going when you’re body’s energy is being rediverted to the growth of the baby. A citrusy oil such as Wild Orange, Bergamot, or doTERRA’s Citrus Bliss blend added into a spray bottle of water can be a delightful body mist throughout the day to help refresh the body and revitalize the low energy levels.

It is recommended to stay with oils that are lighter and cleaner in smell. Heavier oils, like patchouli or cedar, can be too overpowering for the sensitive sense of smell during pregnancy. Some women will also recommend refraining from clary sage, sage, fennel, wintergreen, and any blends containing these items as they are said to have an effect on the female organs and milk supply of new moms.

For more information on essential oils for pregnancy or doTERRA oils, visit www.mydoterra.com/bodylogicvb or email admin@bodylogicvb.com.

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Paleo Chicken Tikka Masala

We love this recipe for its versatility for people with various food allergies in the way that it shows how a unique twist on any dish can make it meet any nutritional needs you may have. Ask at the front desk about this month’s featured cookbooks for more from this author!

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker – AgainstAllGrain.com

INGREDIENTS:

Masala Marinade:

 

1/2 cup plain dairy-free yogurt (we use the coconut milk yogurt from Against all Grain)

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon coriander

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric

salt and pepper

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat

Sauce:

1 tablespoon virgin olive oil

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon minced ginger

1 tablespoon garam masala

3/4 teaspoon chile powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

dash of cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon salt

2-1/2 cups strained tomatoes (also called tomato puree)

1 tsp honey (omit for Whole30)

3/4 cup cashew cream (recipe to follow)

1/2 cup almond milk

3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:

Make the Masala marinade by mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl.

Make a few shallow slices in the chicken and then place chicken in a large ziplock bag and pour marinade over it.

Seal and place in the fridge overnight, or up to 48 hours.

Remove the chicken from the bag and, using a paper towel, blot off the remaining marinade.

Place chicken on a cookie sheet and place under the broiler until just cooked through and showing some brown spots. Depending on the size of the thighs, it should take about 10-12 minutes. Turn once half way through. Remove from oven, and cut into cubes.

In a large dutch oven or stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook the onion, garlic and ginger until slightly browned and softened, 6-8 minutes. Add the spices and stir for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes and honey.

Season with salt and pepper.

Partially cover the pot and cook over medium heat until the sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Add the almond milk and cashew cream then continue to cook over low heat for about 10 more minutes.

Add the chicken, and simmer until chicken is warmed back through.

Sprinkle in the cilantro.

Serve hot over cardamon saffron cauliflower rice.

To reheat, warm up until heated through.

To Make the Cashew Cream

Soak 1 cup of raw cashews in 3 cups boiling water for 30 minutes. Drain the cashews, but reserve the soaking water. Place the cashews in a blender with 3/4 cup of the soaking water and blend until smooth. It should be a similar thickness of a greek yogurt. If it’s too thick, add a little water at a time to get your desired consistency.

Featured Recipe- Paleo Chicken Tikka Masala

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Massage and Heart Health

Improving the health of your heart can be one of the most impactful things that you can do for your body in the quest for optimum wellness. According for the Center for Disease Control, About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Therefore, it makes good sense to take a closer look into some of the ways that you can improve your heart health.

Your cardiovascular specialist will be your first resource for a treatment plan, but what things can YOU be doing to help support heart health? You may be surprised to learn that massage is on the list for complementary treatment options alongside nutrition and supplements designed to improve heart function. Research continues to be done to show exactly why massage has been such a huge benefit, but the reasons range from reduction of stress to increasing ability to be more active. Here is some of the reasoning as to why massage can help promote a healthier heart.

Stress Management

According to the American Heart Association, stress releases adrenaline resulting in heart rate and blood pressure to rise. In addition, chronic stress can result in damage to the artery walls. Your body does not want to be stressed out; however, our overstimulated, modern lifestyles make avoiding stress nearly impossible. Receiving regular massage allows for planned stress-free time in your schedule. The various massage techniques used in a session promote a reduction in the stress hormone, cortisol, and allows for your brain to rest and relax reducing your amount of stress.

Reduction of Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Regulation

A good percentage of us spend our days in a constant frenzy of to-do lists, crazy commutes, and a frantic mental state that never allows us to fully relax throughout the day. For some, this inability to relax carries over to the inability to sleep as well. When our bodies never have the opportunity to rest, our nervous system is not able to function properly. When we are in this “Fight or Flight” mode, our sympathetic nervous system is active. This is what keeps us going, thriving, and making sure that the kid’s are fed and the mortgage gets paid. However, we need a good balance of rest so that our parasympathetic nervous system is activated. This is what allows our body to heal, digest food, and essentially reset our brains and bodies. When we are constantly in our sympathetic nervous system, our blood pressure remains higher and our heart rate is more active.

When we receive massage, our body is allowed to rest and reset and your parasympathetic nervous system takes over. Your blood pressure is lowered, your heart rate normalizes, and for at least that moment- you are at peace. If you’ve ever wondered why your stomach starts making noises half way through a massage, this is why. Your parasympathetic nervous system kicks in and your BP lowers and digestion starts.

Pain Management

You are not yourself when you are in pain. You feel more frustrated and irritable and this has an effect on your heart because you are unable to truly rest. For those who struggle with chronic pain, the ability to feel at ease in your own body is a challenge and hence your body remains in a ‘fight or flight’ status as well. Massage not only helps to relieve the pain itself, but allows your body and brain the opportunity to reset and relax. Therefore, massage has an effect not only on the pain but also on the heart.

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This easy and delicious dish is kind to both your taste buds and your heart!

Ingredients

  • 1 c. long-grain white rice
  • ½ c. sliced almonds
  • 2 navel oranges
  • ½ c. hot pepper jelly
  • 4 salmon steaks or skinless pieces salmon fillet
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Cook your rice as you normally would.
  2. Meanwhile, spread the almonds on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until light golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Heat broiler. Line a broiler-proof rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil.
  3. Squeeze the juice from half an orange into a small bowl (you should have 2 tablespoons juice total). Add the jelly and whisk to combine. Place the salmon on the baking sheet, season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and broil for 5 minutes. Spoon half the jelly mixture over the salmon and broil until the salmon is opaque throughout, 2 to 5 minutes more.
  4. Cut away the peel and pith of the remaining 1 1/2 oranges. Cut the oranges into 1/2-inch pieces. Fold the oranges, almonds, and parsley into the rice. Serve with the salmon and the remaining jelly mixture.

Citrus Glazed Salmon with Orange-Almond Rice

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Ingredients

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As we learn more and more each month about essential oils and what they can do for our bodies, you may be surprised to learn that they can also help support proper heart health. That’s right, essential oils smell great and can feel cooling or warming when used for massage, but they also possess the most potent version of some of the world’s most effective forms of plant medicine. Here are a few of the oils that you can use to help support heart health everyday.

LEMON

Lemon essential oil is one that would be considered an all purpose oil. You can use it to clean your home, detox your system, and also to help promote your body’s natural ability to fight cholesterol from depositing in your blood vessels. Add 2 drops to a mug of warm water each morning for a delicious ritual that is good for you!

FRANKINCENSE

This essential oil has long been thought of as the “King of Essential Oils” for its ability to help support healthy cells throughout the body. So, it would make total sense that it should be included on this list. When applied to the soles of the feet each night, it absorbs into the blood stream and provides the cells within the body with the extra boost they need to restore their vitality. When inhaled, the heart rate and blood pressure lowers. Just be sure to inhale the oil on your hands BEFORE massaging the feet for a more pleasant experience!

GINGER

A staple in cooking for many countries, ginger is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories known to man. However, it is also great at preventing dangerous blood clotting. Both of these properties are important to monitor when you’re looking at preventing heart problems. A few drops mixed with a glass of water or stirred into your favorite dishes can help support a healthier heart.

 

These simple things can have very powerful results to prevent heart concerns. If you are already fighting heart disease, these oils when paired with your existing treatments can help them to be more effective. Be sure to let your physician know of the oils that you are using and how you are using them for the best treatment combinations.

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