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Gluten Free Sweet Potato Chili

Fall is a great time to cook GF meals because of all the delicious and hearty root veggies coming into season now! This Sweet Potato Chili recipe is amazing and meat can always be added, if desired.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 green and 1 bell pepper, chopped
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups vegetable broth

Instructions

In a 4-to-6 quart over medium heat, warm the olive oil and chopped vegetables (onion, peppers and sweet potatoes) and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir throughout.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the garlic and spices and liquid ingredients (tomatoes, beans and broth), and stir. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally and reducing to simmer, until the sweet potatoes are tender and the chili has reduced to a heartier consistency, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

 

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Introducing Veg-E Complete Pro: a Vegan Protein Powder

Consuming enough protein in the diet is a challenge for many people today. Convenience is essential for the busy lifestyle and it’s hard to find healthy options, especially for our vegan and dairy-free community. Our beloved Standard Process has released its most recent formula: Veg-E Complete Pro. It’s a protein powder that provides 15 grams of protein per serving. Using their home grown plant resources, Standard Process has developed this formula to be certified organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, and grain-free. The combination of organic peas, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds creates a complete protein that is comparable to soy and whey-based proteins. The powder comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors. It can simply be added to water for your convenience. Or add the powder to your smoothie mixture for increased protein content.

 

Benefits of adding Veg-E Complete Pro to your diet include:

  • Supports muscle building and recovery
  • Supports satiety and fullness
  • Supports cellular function and enzyme action
  • Supports energy levels
  • Supports gut health
  • Supports hair, skin, and nails

 

 

For more information, check out this Veg-E-Complete-Pro-Handout from Standard Process. Bon appetit!

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Supporting a Strong Immune System with Essential Oils

During the transitional times of the year, it is most important to be mindful of our immune system. Unfortunately, it is also the most common time of year for illnesses to spread as well. Changes in the season often mean an influx in various allergens, temperature fluctuations, and changes in schedule or sleeping patterns. ALL of these things are important reasons why we should mind our immunity!

The two vital ways to use oils for your immune system are to clean the air you breathe and the surfaces you touch. Fortunately, this is easier than it sounds and with doTERRA there are two main oil blends that covers each of these.

OnGuard Essential Oil Blend: With its mix of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary it has a spicy, citrusy aroma that can be diffused to help boost your immunity or added to water as an all-purpose cleaner for surfaces that is nontoxic and effective.

Purify Blend: This oil blend is true to its name. With Lemon Peel, Siberian Fir Needle, Citronella Grass, Lime Peel, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Leaf, Cilantro it not only make your home smell clean when diffused, but it will help to keep your air cleaner to help prevent airborne illnesses.

The change of seasons is a great time to start using essential oils for their full potential! Want to learn more? Talk to us at your next visit or you can learn more anytime at www.mydoterra.com/bodylogicvb.com

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Back to the Basics: Chiropractic

“Back pain remains one of the most prevalent and disabling conditions worldwide. It is one of the most common reasons that patients visit their doctors, and one of the most common conditions for which doctors prescribe pain medications. It is estimated that up to 80% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. In addition, with the overuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers in the United States still a major public health issue, it’s essential for health care consumers to understand that spinal manipulation and other conservative treatments can treat common musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain effectively and safely.” – American Chiropractic Association, 2017

In honor of National Chiropractic Month, we’re breaking down the basics of a chiropractor’s background and what to expect regarding evaluation and treatment. Chiropractors are physicians that practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and the effects of these disorders on general health. As licensed doctors, chiropractors are able to assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing and advanced imaging, and other tools needed to diagnose a patient’s condition. Often referred to as portal-of-entry physicians, most people can schedule to be seen by a chiropractor without the need for a referral.

Although there are many different treatment methods when performing chiropractic care, the end goal is the same: improving joint mobility and reducing nerve irritation of the spine or other joints of the body. Did you know that chiropractors are capable of treating other joints in the body such as knees, hips, and shoulders? The chiropractor’s comprehensive education in the fields of anatomy and physiology is all-encompassing.  For more information about chiropractic education, click here.

Chiropractors first perform a comprehensive examination of the area of complaint and areas that may be associated with the presenting condition. For example, if a patient complains of neck pain the neck will be evaluated as well as the rest of the spine, the head, and the arms. If necessary, a patient will be referred for imaging to perform further evaluation. If additional testing is not necessary, a diagnosis is determined and initial treatment can be performed. The chiropractor will develop a treatment plan for the best course of action to reduce pain, restore joint mobility, and prevent future exacerbation of the condition.

At Body Logic we pride ourselves in providing a positive and an effective chiropractic experience. We welcome questions and love to educate our patients in many areas including health, wellness and exercise, pain management, and nutrition. Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors today to get the quality care you deserve!

 

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Upcoming Events & Announcements!

Upcoming Events and AnnouncementsA Picture of Body Logic Massage & Chripractic Office
Bring your family and friends to join us in celebrating 1 year in our new office! We have lots of raffle items to include massages-60 min Swedish, integrative, deep tissue & sports, neck package (pillow & cranio cradle), free entrée coupons from Zoë’s Kitchen, nutrition consult from Dr. Amanda, Get fit package from Anytime Fitness, Norwex cleaning supplies, and much more to come! The massage therapists will be on site giving 15 minute chair massages plus come and meet the BABIES and NEW staff!

In addition, we are both sad and happy to announce that Whitney will be transitioning into her most important position as Full Time Mommy!! So, come and see her and the babies as we thank her for her years of service to Body Logic!

Upcoming Classes

Managing Holiday Stress

Tuesday, November 7th at 6:00 PM

Proper nutrition is vital for ensuring that you are best able to handle stress during the holidays. Jeannine from Standard Process will be visiting us to explain what stress is, how to recognize its signs, and the best ways that you can help your body to best handle the added stressors of the season.

Get Prepped for the New Year with the Purification Program

Tuesday, December 5 at 6:00 PM

2018 is soon approaching and December is the best time to start discussing a healthy “reboot” for the new year. Come and learn with us as Jeannine from Standard Process comes to visit and talk about how the Purification Challenge can be the perfect reboot for you in 2018 and how you can start getting ready right now!

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Gluten-Free: The Basics

Prior to becoming a healthcare professional, I underwent my own journey of discovering health which included a gluten-free lifestyle. I was guided by a wonderful naturopathic physician that changed my life. I honestly was never tested for Celiac Disease, however, I tested positive to gluten through allergy testing. My symptoms are severe enough when exposed to gluten that I treat my dietary lifestyle as if I am Celiac: complete avoidance of gluten. That was 14 years ago. I’ve watched our country increase its awareness that some people need to lead a gluten-free lifestyle and am thankful for the options available now. Unfortunately, I’ve also watched it become a marketing scheme that has resulted in the gouging of prices in restaurants and grocery stores showcasing the gluten-free symbols. So let’s make this simple. Here’s a quick guide to leading a gluten-free lifestyle!

If there’s no food label, you’re probably safe!  Ask yourself, where in the grocery store are there no food labels?  You got it… the produce section!  Fruits, vegetables, and even potatoes are all naturally gluten free.  Fruits and vegetables should make up at least half of our diet anyways and the varieties provide a lot of options. Enjoy!

Eat your protein!  Luckily, unprocessed meat and most vegetable-based protein sources are naturally gluten free.  Hint: the key word here is “unprocessed.”  Ideally, we’re all eating grass-fed, organic meat sources, but that’s not reality and food labels are still found on some of our meat products.  Check the label and as long as there isn’t anything added besides meat product, you’re safe.  Vegetable-based protein sources include things like pumpkin seeds, peas, and lentils.  Please note: this does not include your pre-made veggie burgers or other processed items.

Food labels… what do I look for?  Gluten is naturally found in the grains wheat, barley, and rye.  But when we’re reading food labels, gluten-containing ingredients are not limited to those 3 words.  Due to the significant amount of processing in our food industry we need to look more closely at labels.  Some ingredients, like malt extract and Brewer’s yeast, don’t necessarily stand out as a red-flags.  Click here for a comprehensive list from Celiac.org to help guide you when reading food labels.

When in doubt, don’t eat it!  Choosing to lead a gluten-free lifestyle is only effective when there is complete avoidance.  Physiologically, it takes 6 weeks for the body to rid itself of gluten.  If the body has a physical reaction to the exposure, it can take up to 6 weeks for symptoms to subside.  So if you’re doing a trial of how your body responds to gluten being removed from your diet or you’ve found out you need to avoid gluten, you have to go all the way and ensure total avoidance.  It’s not worth the cheat to start all over again!

For more information about Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity, check out this article from last year’s May newsletter: All About Gluten.