So once upon a time there was a doctor named Dr. Scarsdale and in the 1970s or 1980s there was a fad diet called the Scarsdale diet. I have no idea what this diet consisted of at all but I know my Dad was on it and lost a bunch of weight with this as well as exercise at the time. Mostly he was on his stationary bike for at least an hour per night in front of the TV in the basement.
The only thing that I actually remember about this diet was this recipe which was likely modified over the years by my mom. It is super easy and makes amazing juicy and healthy Chicken legs every single time. It became a staple in our household and I still make it to this day.
Actually I made it yesterday…
Ok, so why did I pull this one out ? Well as you may or may not know already I will be hosting Wellness Wednesdays on my clinic facebook page every Wednesday night at 9 pm eastern in January 2018. Week 1 is couch to 5 k (mostly because I have to get my tush running again) and then week 2 is the Keto diet with Penny Hounsome, trainer extrodinaire. You can find it here:
I thought I would get a jump on the keto thing and start a couple weeks early so I could report on my progress (and it keeps me accountable too – bonus!)
So back to the recipe:
-a bunch of skin on chicken legs
Put chicken legs in oven proof dish. Pour chicken broth over so it comes up at least mid way or higher on each leg. Sprinkle paprika over top of whole dish. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes.
That’s it. Really.
Juicy chicken legs every time.
Kale salad pictured above
flavoured olive oil (I used red pepper)
apple cider vinegar
Cut up leaves of kale (small is best in my opinion). cut in cucumber, avocado and pour olive oil and vinegar over top). Eat.
Seriously uncomplicated and super yummy.
Sinuses. When they don’t bother you, you don’t even notice them. When they are stuffed full of fluid they make you miserable. Sinus Congestion is a multi million dollar industry – how many commercials can you think of that talk about sinus congestion advertising some kind of decongestant or a stuffy, sniffely cold medication? Commercials ain’t cheap so it’s safe to say they make money on selling these things. That’s because there are few things less comfortable than sinus congestion.
Pressure, pain, headaches, dizziness, post nasal drip and coughing are just a few symptoms of this super fun problem. Sinus congestion can result from a cold or infection and can continue for ages especially if you have a chronic type of sinusitis (Inflammation of the sinuses).
So why is a chiropractor talking about sinus problems now? Can I treat sinus infections? No. I don’t treat the infection directly at all (though adjustments do boost the immune system for sure this is not my focus in this article at all). What I can do is some activation of pressure points and adjustments to release some of the muscles surrounding the sinuses, relax them so to speak, and help them drain. Sinuses that drain heal faster and guess what … you breathe better. All good all around.
Here are a couple of cases I saw recently:
- Patient came in for a regular adjustment on the way home from work because she had severe throat pain and ear pain from a concurrent throat infection. She was already taking antibiotics and saw her family doc again just before she saw me who told her there was nothing more to do and she had to wait it out. She was seeing me for a completely unrelated problem but told me this because she was in so much pain. We decided to try some sinus draining techniques while she was there and about half way through she said to me “Wait, what are you doing?” – I froze…. ‘um why?’ I asked? “My throat isn’t sore anymore!!!” she said (remember she was going home from work because of this pain). Ok, cool… she then called me a sorcerer – which I enjoyed very much.
- Patient came in from out of town as she was visiting family. She had had dizziness daily for 2 years since the birth of her child. Had seen ENT specialists and several doctors, tried several medications to no avail. We decided to do some exercises that are specially designed for her type of dizziness, sinus draining treatment and some adjustments. She then went to the cottage with family for a week and returned to me. She reported having her first few days in 2 years with no dizziness. Amazing. (I’m still amazed but not surprised when these things happen)
This also works for people who have chronic sinus headaches and other sinus related issues. Of course every case is different and this may not be the solution but it is pretty easy to give it a shot and very low risk and non-invasive.
So there are really easy, non invasive things that we can try if you have a whole bunch of congestion you can’t seem to get rid of or even if it is new and you are really uncomfortable. Give me a call if you have any questions
So I love Curried Chicken. This recipe is paleo and Whole 30 and originally came from a website called I breathe I’m Hungry (www.ibreatheimhungry.com). Originally it had potatoes and jalapeno peppers as well as other things in it but if you have been following my blog and recipes at all you will know that I tend to modify recipes. Mostly because I’m lazy or somehow I have forgotten to buy an ingredient. So here is my version. It is way easier than the original and I make it during the winter at least twice per month… I like it even better than the original and I serve it over Cauliflower rice too – my recipe for that is below. I often double or triple the recipe because I never feel like I can get enough of this for lunch.
Coconut Curried Slow Cooker Chicken:
8-12 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp spicy yellow curry powder
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
For the curry:
2 cups coconut milk (I use 1 can milk and 1 can coconut cream)
1 Tbsp (or more to taste) curry powder
coconut flour to thicken
Oil and spices for marinade in large Ziploc bag and mix well. Add chicken and mix up to coat all. Leave in fridge over night or several hours. Just before you are ready to turn on crock pot put all ingredients listed under curry into it and mix well with whisk. Heat a pan and coat with cooking spray and brown marinated chicken on both sides quickly then place in slow cooker and make sure chicken is covered mostly with coconut milk. Set slow cooker for 6 hours on high and walk away (best part).
Is super tender and amazing when you get back to it! That’s it really!!!
1 head cauliflower – florets removed
salt to taste
Place florets into food processor and grind until small pieces resembling rice. Place with oil in deep pot and fry until tender – you may need to place lid on pot – don’t over cook or it will get mushy.
That is it for this one too!!!
This is a super easy one and is really yummy. Love love love this one.
So in the winter I love soup and comfort food. This recipe is kind of a combo of both… It came originally from one of my closest friends Katie – via the website About.com. It is vegetarian and can be vegan and has a ton of turmeric in it which is amazing for you – said to do everything from help prevent Altzheimer’s Disease and Cancer as well as a natural anti-inflammatory. Anyways I don’t eat anything unless it tastes good.
This one tastes good.
Love making up a batch of it and taking it for several days for lunch.
Here is the recipe from About.com and following it are my modifiers (how I make it for myself)…
1 cup yellow split peas, uncooked
2 cups water or vegetable broth
1 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp margarine
1 1/2 cumin (whole seeds or ground)
2 whole cloves
In a large pot bring peas and broth to a slow simmer and add turmeric, cayenne and salt. Cover and cook 20 minutes stirring occasionally. In a large skillet or pan heat onion, clove, cumin in the margarine and cook 4-6 minutes. Add onion and spices to peas and allow to simmer at least 5 mire minutes.
Serve with rice or alone in soup bowl.
I do not add onion but fry the spices alone in the margarine (onion makes me toot and I think my patients wouldn’t appreciate that… Certainly Ryan, my husband, doesn’t). I double the broth and cook much longer until the peas are mushy and less formed… just my preference… see how you like it.
Hope you make it and enjoy!
Wow that’s a bunch of acronyms right up there…
Ok so Seasonal Affective Disorder- the definition from Google is below – saved you a step there, didn’t I?
“Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also called winter depression, winter blues, summer depression, and seasonal depression, is a mood disorder subset in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year exhibit depressive symptoms at the same time each year, most commonly in the winter.”
From the Mayo clinic website here are some symptoms of SAD:
“Signs and symptoms of SAD may include:
- Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
- Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Having low energy
- Having problems with sleeping
- Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight
- Feeling sluggish or agitated
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
- Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide”
You may have one or a combination of the above symptoms.
Ok, so does this sound like you or someone you know? If so you should talk to your doctor and see if you need to take further steps for your mental health but there are some other things you can add to the regime recommended by your doctor.
One amazing thing is a Seasonal Affective Disorder Light. The basic premise of this light is that it must shine into your eyes (not directly but while you are looking at something else, say a computer screen) for about 20 minutes to 30 minutes per day. Receptors in the eye are stimulated which triggers the release of Serotonin (the “happy” hormone). These lights have been found to be very effective and I have recommended them for my patients. I generally recommend them from the website below because I know that these ones have the right bulbs and light being emitted to stimulate the receptors mentioned above.
If you have more questions about this please don’t hesitate to contact me.
And if you do have thoughts of suicide, please tell someone. You are not alone.
Suicide hotline for immediate help in Toronto call: 416-408-4357
I decided to make body butter this year as some of the Christmas Gifts I am giving out – The one pictured is using Young Living’s Gentle Baby Essential Oil which is terrific for new moms and babies and helps with Mother/Baby bonding, is good for cracked nipples from nursing and is great for skin recovery (stretch marks) but also makes a great hand cream for dry skin. I decided to give this one to people who handle lots of babies (and Moms) – Midwives and Pediatricians that I know.
You can make any ‘flavour’ body butter and it is surprisingly easy. The hardest part was ordering ingredients (which I got online in bulk from a company called New Directions Aromatics here in Mississauga – I now have enough for several batches and will definitely make more!)
This is surprisingly easy to do yourself at home and makes a beautiful fluffy cream that smells great. Best of all you know exactly what the ingredients are and they are all super healthy and natural.
Here is how:
Body Butter Recipe:
1/2 cup Shea Butter
1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
1 cup Coconut Oil (I had this in the cupboard from the health food store)
1/8 cup Calendula Oil
1/8 cup Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil (no nuts in mine or in my house so…)
1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
20-40 drops Essential oil of your choice (depends how strong you wish it to smell)
Melt Shea , Cocoa Butter in a double boiler and add Coconut Oil. Stir until melted. Add liquid oils and essential oil and stir. Pour into mixing bowl and refrigerate a few hours until it is a soft solid. Take out and beat with a hand blender until it is light and fluffy. Put in to containers for use.
That is it!
some really nice oils to use are Peppermint and PanAway for pain or Lavender for relaxation.
Ok, so here is one that I totally made up. I love it and make it for lunch lots but you may hate it so if so sorry!!! I never do this make up your own recipe thing. This one came about because I was looking for something yummy yet healthy to make that still tasted like comfort food. For me this one does it. Also was limited to what I had in the kitchen, and frankly the large box of baby spinach was looking like it was going to go off soon so in it went. You can eat this as a side but I usually make it my whole meal for a few days in the week when I make this recipe. I can get three lunches for me out of the recipe – of course the hubby and child wont go anywhere near it. Its way WAY too green. Full of Calcium, protein and other amazing stuff…
So here is the Recipe:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups of water
1 large box of fresh baby spinach
1-2 chicken breast or even better: left over roasted chicken from grocery store/Costco
Siracha sauce for taste (I use rooster sauce)
Salt to taste
Cook quinoa in water according to directions and set aside. In a large bowl of a food processor puree all spinach, avocado and chicken and mix together well. Place quinoa and spinach/chicken mixture into a large mixing bowl and mix together until uniform colour. Add Siracha sauce and/or salt to taste. Serve warm – does well heating up in the microwave and will store for a few days in the fridge. Also freezes well in batches.
Hope you like it – I do – Made it last week!