#HealthyEating #Comfortfood #Yum Recipes for Soups / Everyday favorites made with Healthy Choice Ingredients

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

My preferred ingredients are.... 2 cans of organic crushed tomatoes, 56 oz, 1 carton organic culinary veggie broth, 32 oz,  at least 36 fresh basil leaves (minced),  1/2 pint of organic light cream, 1 pat of organic butter (size you would get in a restaurant).   Boil tomatoes and broth, reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.   Add basil and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes (the longer and slower the boil the thicker and more flavorful the soup will be). Stir in cream and butter, low heat for another 15 minutes.  Serve with Parmesan cheese crisps.

French Onion Soup

My preferred ingredients are.... 1 purple, 1 Vidalia, 1 sweet onion sliced and saute until translucent in little olive oil.  Add onions to beef broth, boil hard, simmer and add 1 bottle red cooking wine and boil hard again, simmer.  (the longer and slower the boil the thicker and more flavorful the soup will be)   Serve with Parmesan cheese crisps.

Massage Therapy for Chronic Pain

By Rob Senior on April 17, 2018

Patients are in search of alternatives to medication for Chronic Pain Relief.  Massage Therapy may hold the key

For decades—centuries, perhaps—chronic pain sufferers have been in search of something to alleviate their symptoms. Some have found solace in exercise—until it becomes too painful to continue. Others utilize medications, but the dangers and stigma surrounding painkillers make this option less than ideal for many in the 21st century.

Luckily, the emergence of massage therapy in recent years offers people with chronic pain yet another option. An increasing amount of research supports massage as an approach with beneficial outcomes for some people with chronic pain. Could it be the answer for your patients?

What is Chronic Pain?

The Institute for Chronic Pain defines the condition as pain originating from an injury or illness that persists for greater than six months. Subsequently, chronic pain syndrome develops when secondary complications (caused by the pain) combined with the existing chronic pain to, in turn, make the pain worse.

Sound confusing? You’re not alone. A 2015 release from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health found that over 25 million U.S. adults experience chronic pain—defined as some level of pain every day for the past three months.

What are these secondary complications? One example: the pain keeps a person awake at night, affecting their performance at work and wearing on their patience. Eventually, they’re so tired they stop working altogether, leading to feelings of guilt for leaving their spouse or families in a tough spot, or anxiety, depression or other mental factors over the added stress of being jobless.

That’s just one hypothetical example—the real-life examples are as numerous and as different as the people experiencing the situations. But is there hope within the art of massage?

Massage Therapy

The average person’s idea of massage probably involves lying comfortably on a table in a tropical, outdoor setting or perhaps an indoor setting in a spa or lounge environment of some sort. In other words, they picture a luxurious atmosphere with posh surroundings, and a half-hour or hour-long session of relaxation and enjoyment.

It’s not that this idea is incorrect—massage can be relaxing, it can certainly be enjoyable, and it can be entirely appropriate to give as a gift or just to treat yourself. But what’s missing from the above description is the tangible effects massage can have for individuals in need of medical intervention, including pain relief.

Recent attention has turned to the importance of finding non-opioid means of managing pain, and to that end, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has joined up with a number of governmental agencies and other organizations in an attempt to find alternative means of pain management. Last fall, an AMTA representative met with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the important role massage therapy can play in pain management.

In February, the following message appeared on the AMTA web site:

The new FDA guidelines released this week call on health care providers to be informed on the range of therapeutic options for managing pain, including non-pharmacologic approaches and therapies. While the FDA is not specific about these approaches, the National Institutes of Health has for several years included massage therapy among its list of complementary therapies.

Over the past year, the AMTA has done extensive work with regard to establishing massage therapy as a preferable approach to opioids:

  • Last month, AMTA representatives met with staff at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The meeting focused on the necessity of increasing the amount of massage therapy research
  • In late 2017 and early 2018, AMTA provided detailed information on the efficacy of massage therapy for pain to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee and its Energy & Commerce Committee, as they prepare for hearings related to the opioid crisis
  • In December 2017, AMTA submitted recommendations to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) for inclusion of research on massage therapy for chronic pain, to be included in their analysis and recommendations for non-pharmacologic approaches

In addition, AMTA worked directly with the office of the West Virginia Attorney General for a program aimed at reduction of opioid usage in pain management. AMTA also connected the officials in West Virginia with researchers in the state of Kentucky working on the same subject. An ongoing relationship between AMTA and researchers at the University of Kentucky has been instrumental in arranging educational roundtables in both states. The results of studies that stemmed from those discussions are available on the University of Kentucky’s website.

Lastly, this National Institutes of Health release indicates that pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. In response, AMTA has released details on research supporting the role of massage therapy in relieving pain from five conditions, including:

  • Low-back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-operative pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Arthritis

The case for vitamins supporting weight management

In my experience as a Health Coach, there has been a marked difference in the success of my clients seeking weight loss and their long term success.  The difference?  Those who use regular high quality vitamins, and those who do not.

There are many who struggle with managing their weight due to constantly feeling hungry and repetitively overeating and never seeming to be satisfied. 

One reason for this could be, a nutrient deficiency.  When participants are consistently taking a high quality multivitamin, their likely-hood of overeating or binging was significantly reduced.  Why?  Because their bodies were not constantly starving for basic daily essential nutrients. 

Why high quality?  Many people today have compromised digestive systems that are not able to fully digest the additional fillers and absorb the vitamins they are taking.  A high quality, isotonic vitamin, is the next best thing to an IV vitamin.



Protect Your Investments

Did you know that you make numerous investments every signal day? 

If you are going to the gym, taking a yoga class, seeing a chiropractor or getting a massage... you are making an investment in yourself and your health.  What is the most effective way for you to protect these investments?

Water.  Seriously.  Water.  

Drinking water before and after strenuous physical activity increases the body's ability to fully benefit from the experience and significantly reduce the likelihood of injury.   Does it make sense to spend this precious time and energy and only receive partial benefit?  

When a chiropractor is providing treatment to someone who is not properly hydrated, it is like working with a completely dried out stiff sponge... Do you think that adjustment is going to  be smooth and hold for long?  Visualize it.. the answer is No.  Drink a reasonable amount of water the day before, of and after a chiropractic appointment.

Many seek massage therapy for pain or stress relief.  Massage focuses on releasing toxins, tensions and restrictions in soft tissue, muscles and tendons.  Massage increases the flow of blood, which consist of about 82% water.  Imagine a new can of play dough.  Until the play dough is warmed, moist and worked through it is stiff and difficult to bend and mold.  Add water... and wow, what a difference!  Protect your massage therapy investment and hydrate... your massage with be more effective and the benefits will last significantly longer!

How much water?  Ideally, 1/2 your body weight in ounces daily.