Tips for Natural Healthy Living
Healthy living has always been an ongoing interest and passion. I continually research new information on health and wellness.
To my patients: One great thing about working with all of you is not only getting to know you and helping you with your symptoms in the course of Physical Therapy, but also sharing of resources and discussions on health, recipes, motherhood, and tips. Many of you have also helped me!
Check this page often to see if any of your tips make it onto this page!
Post-Partum Ladies: Did you know you can
do more damage than good to your stomach muscles by doing sit-ups or
crunches after the baby?
Often the muscles
have a separation down the mid-line called a Rectus Diastasis after
pregnancy that needs to be healed before you can successfully
strengthen your abdominal muscles. For some women,
this has never healed even if their kids are all grown. It is possible
to heal this and re-strengthen your abdominal muscles at any age!
Please have your Women’s Health Physical Therapist
evaluate this and help Get Your Abs Back!
If this is not corrected it can lead to low back pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction, and pelvic floor dysfunction as well.
Pregnancy tip: Did you know that by stretching your calve muscles everyday can keep cramps at bay?
a growing baby and belly your center of gravity shifts forward, which
makes your calves (gastocnemius muscles) work a lot harder to keep you
upright. The extra work on the muscles causes them to cramp especially
With the scare about the environmental toxins, food toxins, plastic toxins, it is hard to find good products. For all moms with little ones, here is a good way to be sure your baby is drinking from a BPA-free bottle/sippie cup!!
makes stainless steel water bottles that do not have any paint or lining on their bottles. They are great for adults and have extended their line to babies and kids. They make a small one that fits all Avent bottle and sip cup tops!
For a more natural approach to facial care,
here is a great natural recipe for removing dead skin with natural alpha-hydroxy acids from fruits.
Mix ingredients together in a glass jar (a baby food jar works well) and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
1/8 cup of lemon juice
1/8 cup of apple juice
1/8 cup of grape juice
1/8 cup cane sugar
Are you on the lookout for great ways to fit whole grains into your diet?
Here is one to keep in your pantry. Quinoa
, pronounced keen-wah, is an under recognized grain packed with goodness for your body! This grain is packed with good nutrition such as manganese, magnesium, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2), copper, and amino acid lysine protein (about 16% protein). One half cup of cooked quinoa contains 2.6 grams of fiber. This is a great option for gluten-free diets as well.
Quinoa Cooking Tips:
1. Before cooking, it is important to rinse the grain, it is covered with a natural substance call saponin, which can give it a bitter taste if not rinsed.
2. It is easiest to rinse Quinoa in a mesh coffee filter because the grain is very small and drains through many colanders.
3. Cook one cup of dry Quinoa with 1 ¾ cup of liquid (water, broth). Bring the water and Quinoa to a boil, then cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
4. You can make Quinoa for breakfast and fix it like oatmeal, with a little butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. I like to add chopped apples, craisins, chopped walnuts, and mashed pumpkin in the Fall!
Does your weekend breakfast often consist of pancakes or waffles? Try this healthier alternative waffle recipe that is chocked full of protein instead of all those sugary, processed, carbs!
Cottage Cheese Waffle Recipe
6 larges eggs
1 cup Low-fat cottage cheese
¼ cup canola oil (this oil contains more monounsaturated fats, the healthier kind of fat, than vegetable oil)
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
½ cup of flour (I usually use whole wheat flour or a gluten-free alternative like rice flour)
Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend, then pour into your waffle maker!
Syrup Alternative: Put frozen blueberries or strawberries in a sauce pan and heat, add a small amount of sugar and puree for a healthier topping.
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