From my heart and hearth to yours, I wish you a healthy and glorious 2014. Seated on or near my hearth are my three grandchildren and my puppy. The question we all have for you is how you choose to review the past days of 2013 and how you’d like 2014 to show up for you. Whether you choose old fashioned writing and viewing pictures as a way of capturing the highlights and low-lights of this year or whether you choose a modern digital and beyond approach, the fact is you have a choice in how you move forward into the next year. I’m a big believer in “the power that made the body can heal the body.” And that means we need to do our part. Being grateful for what good is in our lives is a sure way to beget more wonder and joy. One of the things I hear in my practice is that people want to reduce their stress levels and experience more peace and balance. Resolve now to renew: your body, mind and spirit! Please, read my 10 health tips to get off to a healthy start in 2014.
As Gandhi once said “It is health that is real wealth NOT pieces of gold and silver”. I look forward to helping you achieve wealth through optimum health and help you reach your goals for wellness in the coming months. – Dr. B
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10 Tips To Kick Off The New Year With Your Health In Mind
by Dr. Books
The beginning of the year is a great time to review and regroup your health routines. Here is a 10 point guideline to creating a life of health and joy for this New Year and for your life! Lifestyle and wellness shifts can help create the satisfaction you deserve in your life.
Decide. Make the decision that you are willing to invest in yourself, and that you deserve a full functioning, healthy mind body and spirit. Not only is it in your best interest to do so, it is also in the best interest of everyone around you for you to be at your best. It’s easy to get distracted, derailed or discouraged. Keep a journal and cut out images. If you write some of your visions of what a healthier you looks like, and surround yourself with images that will inspire you on your path to optimum health, you will be more focused and have more of a chance of sticking to your plan longer. Then as you stay with your plan, your brain will gain confidence to continue, your body will be invigorated and as your body gains strength and energy, the plan will unfold effortlessly because it will have become routine for your brain.
Understand. Understand what wellness is and what it looks and feels like. Continue reading and learning as much as you can about how the choices you make and the things you think affect your well-being. Subscribe to a blog you enjoy and sign up for their newsletters and tips. There are so many out there! Education is the key to success when it comes to making good choices for you. What works fro one person, may not work for you, so don’t be afraid to experiment but know yourself.
Know Your Body. Reveal the mystery of sickness and health by knowing the parts of your body, what they are supposed to do for you and what happens when your body isn’t working properly. Gain self confidence to know that healing is an inside job. If you have some basic idea of what all the moving parts do, you will understand those blog tips better!
Get Aligned. The best kept secret in wellness is the importance of keeping your main frame in alignment. Your skeleton is made up of your spine and extremities which all have joints and muscles to allow for proper movement. When those joints are misaligned, your structural and neurological health is affected. Staying aligned can either come in the form of exercise like yoga or tai-chi or in the form of hands on therapy from a professional like a chiropractor, massage therapist, or other body worker. Remember everything is held together through a complex neurological system. A healthy nervous system is a healthy body, period, and that nervous system’s core is in the spine.
Read more tips for sticking to your Wellness Resolution HERE
A Post Holiday Sweet Tooth alert from the “Sugar-Tracker”
But, it may be trickier to spot HFCS in your grocery products these days. Food manufacturers are trying to conceal the bad publicity ingredient with new names in order to save sales. Names like Inulin, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Iso Glucose, Chicory, Fruit Fructose and more.
Some items containing HFCS may surprise you – Cottage cheese, salad dressing, steak sauce, canned soup, cough syrup, breakfast cereal, yogurt, bread, pastries, jelly and jam, bread.
While it’s best to avoid sweets, we know it’s nice to have something sweet at times. Xylitol (make sure it’s derived from birch) and Stevia have no sugars. Palm Sugar is a favorite choice of mine, with a low glycemic index and mainly sucrose. But low glycemic isn’t everything. In agave syrup, the latest “good sweetener” has a low glycemic index as well, simply because it bypasses digestion and then the liver but converts it directly to fat. And don’t be fooled, it is a highly processed product, and has more high fructose than corn syrup.
And beware of products labeled “low fat” for your weight loss choices as they are usually loaded with sugar and/or HFCS.
A diabetic can consume 10-15g a day. I was shocked while standing at the tea counter of a popular organic grocer. 1 cookie had 20 g of sugar… the kicker is – there are 2 servings in this cookie, meaning most people (who will eat the whole cookie) are getting 40g of sugar. 10 tsp of sugar in the one 3″ cookie. So, while you are reading labels, be sure to check how many servings are in a package. Even my favorite treat “Hail Merry” vanilla tart is a 3″ round tart which is considered 2 servings with 9 grams of sugar per serving, that’s 18 g of sugar in one tart.
For a list of fruits and their fructose/sucrose/glucose content visit HEREHigh fructose means there is more fructose than other forms of sugar.
By Elaine McDaniel
Gluten Free Mac & Cheese
Kids love mac and cheese, so the first step is moving away from wheat pasta
The next step is adding more nutrition (later). I use Tinkyada Rice pasta. It holds its shape and isn’t as finicky as some of the other gluten free pastas. Ancient Grains Quinoa pasta is nice however the texture is quite different. DeBoles, Bionature and other companies are making gluten free pasta now. My experience is to follow the directions exactly. Some suggest you rinse with cold water after straining, which truly makes a difference in the end product.
1 package noodles – cook according to instructions (we like elbow, penne, or shell shapes.)
8-10 oz shredded cheese. about 2 1/2 – 3 cups (I like to mix provolone and mozzarella – cheddar, jack, swiss and parmesan also work well).
3-4 Tbl butter
1 cup milk or cream
1 tsp Himalayan salt (80 minerals)
Pre heat oven to 350*. Start with a layer of 1/3 of the noodles and 1/3 of the cheese. Divide the butter into small pieces and spread around each layer. Lightly salt each layer ending with cheese on the top. Pour milk over the top. Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes. If you don’t like crispy edges, leave the cover on for the entire 30 minutes of cooking time.
So now to add the good stuff!
First addition – add 1/2 head of cauliflower lightly steamed
The second time around also add 4″ butternut squash lightly steamed.
If you puree the vegetables in a blender until smooth and stir into the noodles before layering they will never know they are there! And it’s delicious!
There are a few choices of packaged macaroni and cheese that are gluten free. “Annie’s” is our favorite … second only to the home made version! Please choose organic dairy products when possible.
As always, we welcome you to post your fun pictures of the recipes or comments on our facebook or google + page.
Events & Invitations
Friday January 10th 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Opening The Architecture Of The Brain: A live, public event with Dr. Books. Come hear about freeing the spirit and learning capacities of our children with the whole body approach developed Dr. Phyllis Books. This event is in Austin and requires an RSVP.
Saturday, January 11th 2014 from 11am – 12:30p
Free Learning Disorder Screenings: 15 minute individual, private screenings with Dr. Books – a Community Event at the Integrity Academy at Casa De Luz, Cielo North Room 1701 Toomey Rd, Austin SIGN UP HERE
Tuesday, January 28th 7pm – 8:30 pm
Turning Dyslexia Around – a Live Lecture with Dr. Books at People’s Pharmacy 801 South Lamar, Austin
Saturday, February 8th 2pm – 4pm
Free Learning Disorders Screenings with Dr. Books at People’s Pharmacy 3801 South Lamar, Austin
Saturday, January 4th 5-6pm on KLBJ 590am in Austin
Saturday, January 4th 10:30am on KLGO 1490am in Austin