NO MEAT MONTH- the journey from Carnivore to Herbivore for 31 days!

This all started a couple of years ago when someone I love was diagnosed with cancer. Through graduate school cancer was only a statistic. Then it became a reality to my family. I remember reading and researching ways that we could fight this foe.  For two years I have tried this and that with the hope that something or a combination of things would turn the odds in our favor. The first year it did. Conventional treatment was performed by the doctors and we supported with nutrition and supplementation. All was well, until this year. We were told it was back and worse than before. How could something that was poisoned, radiated and cut out come back? I struggled with this for months. Then along comes Chris Wark. Chris is a guy that was diagnosed with cancer 14 years ago and decided to do something about it. What he did is something that I have been tripping and stumbling over for two years. He changed his environment! No, not his world environment. He changed his body’s environment. Chris believed that you can poison, radiate and cut out cancer, but unless you change the host environment, it’s going to come back. How did Chris do this? With food.

Chris has put together a program called Square One. It is a combination of everything he ate, drank, took and did to become cancer free for 14 years. I decided to give it a try. I’ve always been one to try something before I ever recommend it. That way I experience firsthand the difficulties that someone else may struggle with.  The only thing I followed was the eating plan. I did not take any of the supplements.

So, here is what I did. I had a green drink first thing in the morning instead of coffee. This drink consisted of a green food powder, moringa powder, ACV (apple cider vinegar), lemon juice and green tea. I thought I would miss coffee, but I did not. Next, I consumed 64 ounces of fresh juice each day. I usually made carrot and apple. Later, I started adding beets, celery and ginger. It is very satisfying. I only had juice for breakfast, except for Friday mornings. My men’s group meets on Fridays, so I would order oatmeal with bananas and blueberries. Lunch was a huge green salad full of vegetables. Sometimes it was too much to eat. Dinner was another salad or vegetable soup.

The first week with no meat was a nightmare. I dreamed of chicken wings. When I drove by a pasture with cows, I thought about cheeseburgers. But after that first week, my appetite settled down. I realized that when you feed an appetite it does not go away, it only gets bigger. Weeks 2-4 I noticed an increase in energy. One of the big changes was in my running. Running has always been a necessary evil for me, but after two weeks I started to enjoy it.

In all, I really enjoyed the juice and my overall feeling of well-being. I did not enjoy eating the large raw salads. I remember Chris saying, “You’re not eating for pleasure, you’re eating for life.” This took a shift in thinking. I thought about how hard chemo was for my loved one. In comparison, eating a big salad was nothing! To know that everything you are putting in your mouth has the potential to kill cancer cells is a game changer. The plan is very simple. Stop eating things that kill you and start eating things that heal you. I will eat meat again. Just not as much. Vegetables will be my main dish and I will treat meat as a side. I will continue to juice because it’s fantastic.

If you see me at wing night stop by and say hello!

Dr. Jerimy Bruce

Oil Pulling

 

I’m not sure how this subject came up in our 9:00 yoga class but let’s talk about it.  Oil pulling has been used for thousands of years and is part of the Ayurveda natural healing science that originated in India.  This is a process of healing that incorporates herbs, yoga, healthy diet and stress reduction without the use of drugs and surgeries etc.  This idea has grown in popularity in the last several years as people focus on more natural cures, organic whole foods, exercise and better sleep.

Oil pulling seems to be as effective as flossing, it’s a great way to whiten your teeth without the chemicals that often lead to tooth sensitivity, it detoxes the mouth, reduces inflammation etc. etc.  Because the nerves in the tongue are connected to your other organs, oil pulling doesn’t only affect the oral cavity.  It’s the same  principal as reflexology.  When you massage and manipulate the feet your other organs are also affected.

So how do you do it?  First thing in the morning, before you eat or drink, swish 1-2 Tablespoons of coconut oil in your mouth.  Ok, ok, I hear some collective groaning.  I promise if you start out slowly you can do this.  Start with a smaller amount and swish for 5 minutes just like you’re using mouthwash.  You can add a tiny drop of peppermint essential oil for a clean minty taste.  (Because the coconut oil is solid it will take a minute or so to liquify in your mouth.)  When you’re finished swishing spit into the trash can.  (Don’t spit into the sink because the coconut oil rehardens.). When you are comfortable with 5 minutes of swishing then work up to 20 minutes.  Repeat at least 3 times per week.  You can always read a book, catch up on your email or pray to pass the time.  During that “swishing process” dirt, stains and particles are being loosened from your teeth, your gums and jaws are being strengthened and toxins are being removed from your oral cavity.  (Because of those toxins be sure not to swallow any of the liquid.)

If you want you can even purchase coconut oil that is specifically labeled for oil pulling. Personally I use the same organic cold pressed coconut oil that I use for cooking, moisturizing and removing my eye makeup.  (You may prefer to use olive or sesame oil instead of coconut oil.  Those oils are fine too.)

Alrighty, if that’s not enough info to convince you to try oil pulling then just Google it!  I’m not sure that it cures all “they” say it will but it does whiten your teeth, relieve dry mouth issues and gives you a super clean mouth feel.  Try it!  I bet you’ll like it!

Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon Lara Bars

I’m not sure if everyone eats Lara Bars but I love them!  They are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth without all the added “bad stuff”.   Typically they are sweetened with dates and fruits and no added processed sugars.  (You still have to be careful about the amount you eat because dried fruits do contain a lot of sugar.)

We had these Lemon Lara Bars on Thursday night when we had our pink Walk for Hope.  (Thanks to all who were able to participate!)  These only take a few ingredients and are easy to make.  They are sticky and a little messy when you pat them into your pan but they are worth it!

2 cups nuts   (I use a variety of nuts.  The original recipe calls for raw almonds and raw cashews.  I used walnuts, pecans, almonds and cashews in the bars I made for the Walk.)

2 cups dates  (I use medjool dates.  They are large and very moist which makes them easier to blend up.)

2 Tbsp. Lemon juice

2 tsp. Lemon zest

1/4 tsp. Salt

Add nuts to blender container and whirl until broken down.  Pit and chop the dates, then add to the nuts with your lemon juice, zest and salt.  Process the mixture until it forms a sticky dough.  You will need to scrape down the sides of the container several times while you are blending your ingredients.

Line an 8×8 glass casserole dish with parchment paper.  Scrape the mixture into you dish and pat down in order to flatten.  If mixture is too sticky you can dampen your hands.  (These can also be rolled into balls instead of putting into dish)

Refrigerate for several hours before cutting into squares or bars.  Store in refrigerator.

(If you like coconut, try the Key Lime Coconut Balls listed in the recipe section)

Lisa

 

 

 

Walk for Hope

Join us as we walk in pink for those fighting breast cancer.  Thursday, October 19th at 7:00, we will meet behind the chiropractors office in the back parking lot and walk together (1 mile).  We’ll end our walk with prayer and fellowship.

Invite your friends and let’s show our support for those fighting breast cancer!

Wear your pink and come on out and join us!!!

(The 9:00 yoga class will be held as usual.  The 5:45 and 7:00 yoga classes will be combined into our walk)

 

 

 

”I’d like to try Yoga but…

… my balance isn’t good, I’m too old, I’m not athletic and besides that my body just won’t let me bend and stretch like that!” I understand your concerns but those are the very reasons you should join us for Holy Yoga!

Overtime, Yoga greatly improves your balance.  Falling is a huge issue as we get older.  Start working now to improve your balance and to reduce your chances of falling.

Yoga poses and postures can be accomplished by most anyone at any age.  There are many variations of poses that can be used in order to “fit” your personal abilities.  Yoga can even be done in a chair if you feel that you cannot get down on the floor.

You don’t have to be athletic in order to practice Yoga.  It “works” for non athletes, middle-of-the-road athletes and experienced runners and body builders.  We all have muscles and they all need to be lengthened and strengthened!

You will be pleasantly surprised to discover how much your body is able to bend and stretch!  You may never be able to touch your toes to the back of your head but if you give yourself a month or two you will be amazed at how much you have “improved”.

HOLY YOGA @ BRUCE CHIROPRACTIC

Monday and Thursday

9:00 am    Beginner Class

5:45 pm    Beginner Class

7:00 pm    Gentle Flow  (intermediate)

For further info or to sign up, email us at: info@fixmebruce.com.

To good health; body, mind and spirit!

Lisa

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

I know you’re saying, “not another pumpkin recipe, it’s only the middle of September for heavens sake.”  Maybe those aren’t your exact words but… I have to post this recipe.

Overnight oatmeal has always sounded BAD to me.  Not the oatmeal part but the idea of leaving it in the fridge overnight and it getting gummy.  Just not appetizing to me.

When I saw this recipe though, I decided I would give it a try.  It is great!  Easy to make, not gummy, and tastes like pumpkin pie without the added white sugar and flour.

I found this recipe on the internet (it must be good) and then I tweeked it to my liking.  If you don’t like every spice or “add in” that I put in mine, then just leave it out or add your own.  (The good thing about Overnight Oats is there are so many variations out there.  You are bound to find one that you like.)

Here it is!

PUMPKIN SPICE OVERNIGHT OATS

1/2 cup old fashioned oats (I don’t know what consistency quick oats will give you?)

1/3 cup pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)  I added a little more because I love pumpkin

1/2 cup milk  (I use unsweetened almond milk because I shy away from too much dairy)

sweetener to taste  (You can use whatever sweetener you like.  Obviously, not white or brown sugar but you can use a tablespoon of real maple syrup, coconut sugar or a natural sugar alternative.  We talk about several different sweeteners in our various recipes)

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup chopped apples  (optional)

handful of walnuts  (optional)

Put everything in a jar, screw on the lid and shake it up!!  Set it in the fridge overnight (hence the name) and in the morning, with a cup of hot steaming coffee, you have heaven!

(If you are eating low carb this is not the “daily” breakfast for you but once in awhile the fact that oats have so much fiber and pumpkin is so chocked full of vitamins has to out weigh the “too many carbs”.)

You can thank me after you make this,

Lisa

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September Holy Yoga schedule

The class schedule for the month of September will remain the same as the August schedule.

Monday and Thursday

9:00 am. – Beginner Class

5:45  pm. – Beginner Class

7:00  pm. – Gentle Flow Class (intermediate)

If you are currently taking classes and plan to continue in Sept., please let Lisa know when you come to class.  Email us at info@fixmebruce.com if you are just signing up.  Let us know what time and class you plan to attend. –  We have several mats available for new students on Thursdays at 9:00.  Also the 5:45 class and the 7:00 have a few openings.

Bring your own mat or use one of ours, dress comfortably and bring some water.  You’ll love it!

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(We will not have classes on Labor Day Sept. 4th.)

 

 

 

“I Want To Make Some Changes”

Practicing Yoga is a great place to start making changes!  It gets us up and moving, it causes us to stretch some neglected muscles and it requires that we begin thinking about how we breathe.   No one can argue about those benefits!

Yet as I’ve read the sign-up sheets and talked to ladies in our classes the subject of weight loss comes up.  How can I lose some weight and how can I keep it off?  (Isn’t this always a topic of conversation for women?)

These two questions have the same answer.  You have to burn up more calories than you take in.  Sounds easy?!  We know it’s not.  – If you aren’t active then you have to decide to move more.  If sugar is your weakness then you have to decide how not to love it so much.  If you don’t eat enough protein and good fats then you have to start eating them.  If you don’t like “green stuff” then you have to develop a taste for it.  Those things can be daunting to some people!

Start slowly!  Don’t think you can change everything overnight!  Pick one area and work on that.   (Small changes will make a big difference, just not overnight!)

If you want to start eating “better” our blog contains some great healthy recipes.   They are tasty and uncomplicated!  We have some informative articles on protein, collagen and several different exercise plans.  I even posted several blogs about my trip through the Standard Process detox program.  (If you think you might be a good candidate for a detox plan then Dr. Bruce can advise you concerning the benefits of the great Standard Process products.)

Mary added a menu on the left side of the screen that you can click on to find a specific article.  You can always scroll back through previous posts to find other interesting information.  (Click “follow” at the bottom of this post, enter your email address and you will receive each new post when they are published.)

We all know that we can’t take our health lightly.  This is the only body we have and it’s always going to be with us!!

To good health!  Body, soul and spirit!

Lisa