Change your health

Efficiency and Eating

A friend and colleague of mine, started a series of short podcasts called The Vitality Project.

This episode of the podcast discusses the need for efficiency to consistently follow a good diet. One of the benefits of having a booth at the Tyngsboro Farmers Market is that we can do most of our weekly shopping while we are there. Picking up many locally grown vegetables, along with pastured beef and pork and we just bring a cooler to store it in until we head home.

Other things my family has done to make healthy eating more efficientColorful Squash

  • Cook up extra meat than we need for the meal, and set aside the excess for easy reheating the next day.  This works especially well with ground meat.
  • Limit the number of pans, and dishes that we own and use.  We found when we had more pans, we ended up with more dishes to clean.  With less pans available it forces us to be more creative in our cooking habits and also makes our clean up faster.  The same goes for plates and bowls.  If you only have enough dishes for 1 or 2 meals, the dishes stack up less and you quickly get into a routine of doing your dishes in a more timely efficient manner.
  • After cooking any meats with bones, we store the left over bones in the freezer until we have time to make stock.  We do the same with all the vegetable trimmings.  Then when it’s cold out, we mix the bones and trimmings, with some spices and water to prepare and freeze homemade stock in 32 oz or smaller containers.  Great sizes for making small soups, adding to gravies and all sorts of culinary options.
  • Plan ahead, we have 4-5 meals that we call our Go To Meals, that we always have the ingredients for. When we have a night where we don’t have time to think about what to make, we prepare a Go To Meal.

It’s possible that you already have your own personal Go To Meals, and aren’t aware of it yet.  What meals do you prepare when you don’t have time to cook? What kitchen tricks do you use to minimize the pots and pans you’ve got simmering on the stove?  Do you have a recipe made entirely of leftovers from the night before?

Go Hiking!

WoodsLess than an hour away in Greenfield, NH are wheelchair accessible hiking trails.  You read that correctly, trails that have been carefully prepared to allow for wheelchairs to travel on them.

More details on the trails and a map can be found at Crotched Mountain.

Along with wheel chairs, these trails are great for people who want to get outside and enjoy the woods, but find that any kind of stairs or step ups are challenging or families with small children who might need a wider trail.

If you live too far away, do some searching, several areas around the United States has accessible trails.

Chiropractic and Seniors

Woman on a benchWould you believe me if I told you that chiropractic care could help you stay in your home longer?

Some of the side effects of a Neurostructural shift include early spinal degeneration and as you age it become harder for your body to adapt to an abnormal structure.    

Neurostructural Integrative care helps to improve balance and coordination.  In your spine there are mechanoreceptors that send information to your brain regarding balance.  Neurostructural Integrative care helps to normalize the neural connectivity with these structures in your spine.  With improved motion in your spine daily activities will become easier and less exhausting to accomplish.   A patient in our office informed us that recently for the first time in years she was able to unload the dishwasher from start to finish without pause, and without pain.

Do you feel you are spending less time in your garden or on the golf course? Others have reported that after starting chiropractic care they were able to return to hobbies they thought they had lost due to aging. Catalyst Chiropractic is a provider for Medicare.  More information regarding the benefit of chiropractic care for seniors can be found here. To request an appointment, call 603-791-0222.  

 

Hydration

Even in the cold winter months, drinking enough water is important.  Water is critical to many physiological processes.  Water is the primary component of that fluid which helps bring nutrients in and waste products out and makes up 75-85% of most cells.  With the dryer indoor air, reduced activity and colder temperatures, you may not feel water loss as easily, even as it happens.  Water helps with the sensation of feeling full, to help reduce excessive winter comfort food snacking.

Here are a few of my tricks for getting enough water throughout the day:

1. Find water that tastes good.

Personally most tap water tastes strongly of chlorine to me, so I have a filter that helps remove those elements from the water.

2. Find a glass, bottle, container you enjoy drinking out of.  

I found most people have a favorite glass or mug to drink from.  Make sure it’s nearby and ready.  In my case I love my 8oz mason jars, so I keep one by my water filter to fill and drink anytime I walk in the kitchen.

3. Start the day with 1-2 8oz glasses of water.

4. Use an app to log water consumption.

I love statistics and objective measures.  I use Waterlogged on my phone to make sure I’m drinking at least 80 ozs a day.  Using this has helped me see what days of the week are more challenging for water consumption.

Graph of my weekly in take

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your tips for drinking enough water?