When You're Feeling Yanked Around...

There are some days (let’s be honest, some seasons) where I just feel yanked to the next thing from the moment I arise ‘til the time I hit the hay. Do you know that feeling? During these days, we may even get our mindfulness practice in still, but it feels like we’re robbed of the day-long calmness we were told we’d have. I must admit though, during those days my practice is more on the rushed side than the truly mindful.

Because I’ve been going through a season of these pulled, yanked, and rushed episodes, I decided to take some inspired advice I’d read on Sunday—to retire early and arise early “that body and mind may be invigorated” (Doctrine and Covenants 88: 124).

Have you ever thought to yourself during your yanked-days, “I think earliness is the answer”? Well, the promise of an invigorated body and mind was too sweet to pass up so I went for it. If this feels impossible, I actually found that it wasn’t as hard as I thought to get in an extra 15 minutes of earliness going to bed and getting up. It’s worth trying.

What I got today during those extra 15 minutes of mindfulness and prayer this morning was an unexpected lesson on my limited concept of time. It became a re-training of my mind in regards to the scarcity of time, and actually to the concept of scarcity at large. Here are some things I learned that I thought you may enjoy as well:

  • There is not a scarcity of time, energy, health, wealth or ability. There is only a learning curb that blocks us from understanding how to have plenty.
  • Rather than straining to get more of these items or that there’s just not enough of them to go around, we can have a sense of peace towards them as we shift our intent to use them as tools rather than as our pursuit.
  • It’s easier to see how this is the case if we think of them in the context of a game, like Mario for example. Time, wealth, and health are tools in the game, but not the end pursuit. We collect stars to speed us up in time, coins to unlock opportunities, and mushrooms to give us health. All the while, we’re moving forward not with the intent to just collect the tools, but to use those tools to accomplish our pursuit—reconnecting with our loved one, Princess Peach in this case.
  • When we live to collect the tools of time, energy, health, wealth, or ability, we’re not living out our purpose and thus we’ll always be met with scarcity and that yanked feeling. If instead we seek them as tools and live life using them as tools to fulfill our purpose, then we’re able to live more freely. Our attitudes can shift, for example, from thinking our family members drain our time, energy, or finances, to appreciating the connection we have with them and the unique perspectives family adds to life.
   
  
   
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Photo by Ana Tavares on Unsplash

If you’ve been going through a yanked season lately, I hope this shift in perspective of using the tools of time, health, and wealth frees you from the constricted feeling scarcity can create. Use the 15 minutes of earliness to allow you space so you can have more creative energy to think of opportunities to collect more tools if you’d like, and reconnect with your purpose.

If you're looking for more uplifting content similar to this, you can visit our sister site: https://wholewomenlink.com. I post here along with other wonderful authors, mental health counselors, and coaches to bring helpful self-care tips to light.

 

-Dr. Crystal Nix
Chiropractic Physician
Certified Acupuncturist

Back Pain? American College of Physicians picks Acupuncture & Yoga over Pain Killers

While perhaps surprising at first glance, the American College of Physicians is recommending before you jump into using opiods or injections to treat your non-radicular back pain, your first line of treatment should be less invasive approaches such as acupuncture or yoga.  These suggestions were published in the February 2017 Annals of Internal Medicine and clearly identify the importance of opting for therapies that have less side effects and fewer long term consequences. 

With these new suggestions it seems the days of treating pain with pharmaceutical drugs, followed shortly after with back surgery, are a thing of the past.  Although the Eastern world has been using acupuncture and meditative practices like yoga for thousands of years, science is just beginning to verify its effectiveness.  Recent positive study results have brought about a change in mindset in the way we approach medicine as a whole in our country. 

So, next time you have a flair up of your back or you just aren’t able to move like you used to because of your pain, take your doctor’s advice and see an acupuncturist or check out your local yoga studio.  Who knows, you might just get addicted to something natural!

Citation: Qaseem A, Wilt TJ, McLean RM, Forciea MA, for the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians. Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. [Epub ahead of print 14 February 2017] doi: 10.7326/M16-2367

6 Reasons Aquaponic is better than Organic

If you don't need an explanation of aquaponics and just want to see why it's better than organic, feel free to skip on down to the bottom of this post.  If you're new to aquaponics and want to learn more about it, read on...

Our friend Todd recently started aquaponic farming and invited us to take a first hand look at his incredible floating grow bed greenhouse.  I have to say, getting to see this mini ecosystem at work was pretty incredible.  If you're new to the idea of aquaponics, here's how it works: Fish are placed in large retention pond or tank.  These fish produce nutrient-rich droppings which are circulated through water pipes into plant beds full of water.  These plant beds have floating boards with holes in which seeds and soil sit.  The roots grow into the water and the plants use the nutrients that are toxic to the fish to grow, effectively cleaning it to be returned to the retention pond holding the fish.  It's a pretty incredible undertaking with delicious results!

 Fresh kale sprouting up!

Fresh kale sprouting up!

 Todd has over 1000 fish in his talapia pond.

Todd has over 1000 fish in his talapia pond.

After taking a tour of the greenhouse, we decided to team up with Todd to bring this delicious food to the Winter Park and Orlando community.  We're happy to announce that we will be offering to our patients and their friends aquaponic vegetables.  Here's how it will work.  Todd will forward us a list of available produce at the beginning of the week.  We'll post this on our facebook page.  You can call our office (407-286-5926) by Thursday and we'll get him your orders.  You can then pick up your orders from us the following Monday.  We're excited to help our community try something new that's healthy for you too.  Here's to your health!

 Our delicious goody bag we took home with us.  It was packed full of Kale, Bok Choy and Celery!

Our delicious goody bag we took home with us.  It was packed full of Kale, Bok Choy and Celery!

 

6 reasons Aguaponics is better than Organic

1) Insecticides are guaranteed to never be used because it's poisonous to the fish.  Basically if you want food that is 100% guaranteed insecticide free, aquaponics is the way to go!

2) The veggies are grown in a greenhouse, so you'll never get cross-contamination blown over from insecticides from a neighboring farm.

3) The fish that produce fertilizer for the aquaponic ponds are fed vegetable diets that are grown on the water they live in, making it an incredibly sustainable ecosystem.

4)  Aquaponic farms require 90% less water than regular farms because the water can be recycled rather than being absorbed in the ground or evaporating.

5) Plants Grows Twice As Fast! This is due to the naturally fortified water from the fish and because the root systems of the plant don't have to reach as deeply into the ground.

And last but especially not least...

6) It tastes delicious!  If you've never experienced the rich flavors of aquaponic greens, you're in for a treat.  They have an incredibly full flavor and taste so much lighter than your regular kale or lettuce.

An Acupuncturists’ Holiday Recipe for Hormone Health

How can a good ol' fashioned Thanksgiving have anything in common with Traditional Chinese Medicine? Yams are the answer! The Chinese culture has used food for medicine for centuries in which yams have been the solution for many women's health issues. Both traditionally and today yams successfully support fertility, alleviate hot flashes, and assuage menstrual spasms. 

How can yams help such an array of female disorders? There is a current rise of research supporting this age old therapeutic food. 



In acupuncture, yams are known to support the yin deficit. Yin comprises the feminine, nurturing essence. Our yin hormones are estrogen and progesterone.

 

A recent study from the Journal of American College of Nutrition demonstrated the effect yams have on estrogen levels. After frequent, daily consumption of purple yam, there was a 26% increase in estrone and a 27% increase in estradiol in blood serum. Estrone is the form of estrogen we need the most during our menopausal years and estradiol is what we need during our reproductive years. Here’s the link if you’d like to read more of the study:

 

So the next question is are yams and sweet potatoes the same? They are not. BUT traditional Chinese medicine food regimens recommend both. Herbal therapies as well as medical hormone therapies do favor wild yam, so if you are looking for more than a dietary boost, I would be happy to discuss your options with you either in person if you're in the Winter Park/Orlando area or over the phone if you're not. But for the sake of a delicious Thanksgiving meal, both yams and sweet potatoes are in!

 

You’ll want to avoid recipes that have processed sugar and marshmallows, but you can use stevia or raw honey to sweeten your dish instead: http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2013/11/11/honey-cinnamon-roasted-sweet-potatoes/.

 

 

 If you’re looking for something with fun and flare, you can find a curry blend or Mexican mix. Here's a zesty, chili blend of sweet potato and quinoa: 
http://www.wellplated.com/sweet-potato-quinoa-black-bean-salad/

I make sweet potato chips weekly for snacks, so if you'd like that recipe for an every day treat, I'd be happy to share! I just ask that you help spread the word on natural options for hormonal balance by sharing this article. Then you can reply to this post and I'll email it over to you. My focal desire is to empower women with hormonal and emotional health without all the side-effects, so stay posted for more to come!

Yours in health,

Crystal Nix, DC, CAc