Holiday Party Survival Guide

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Two weeks ago, Dr. Rob sent a blog highlighting ways to increase your immune system including proper dietary choices this Holiday Season. However, as you gather for holiday parties with family, friends and co-workers, it seems like everyone is insistently eager for you to try their pie, encourage you to drink glass after glass of eggnog, and add another helping of potato latkes to your plate. So how do you politely decline their generous offers so you can maintain your health, without being rude or insulting to your host?

Here are some of our helpful tactics and lessons we have learned that will help you maintain your health integrity and ensure that you are re-invited to the next social gathering!

1. Don‘t arrive on an empty stomach! If you know you are going somewhere there will be lots of temptations, eat before you arrive so you are not hungry and won’t cave into eating everything that is set before you. However, there may be some hosts that simply won’t allow you to come to their home or party without eating something (if your family is anything like my Greek family, you know exactly what I mean). In these cases, rather than appearing ungrateful, allow the person to be hospitable in other ways. If they offer you cake or a cocktail, politely decline but ask for some fruit or a cup of coffee/tea. By accepting something, you will appease your host and stay true to your nutrition plan.

2. Offer to bring something! Prepare your own healthy and delicious meal or appetizer. If other dishes don’t fall in line with your eating patterns, at least you will have something you can eat. You can also be a positive influence on your friends and family by showing them that healthy food can be really tasty! This also works with beverages. Rather than consuming eggnog and cocktails, you can bring your own organic wine, fancy sparkling water or gluten free beer.

3. Don’t stand by the food! If you spend your time socializing with those that are gathered around the food table, it will be all too tempting and easy to eat. Even worse, because you will be enthralled in conversation, you won’t be mindful of what you’re eating, and will no doubt overeat. Instead, visit the food table, take what is appropriate, and then step away from the table! If it’s out of sight, it will be less tempting to pick up.

��4.��Avoid the food pushers! I’m sure we all have those relatives and friends that love to pressure you into eating. They come over to you in an innocent way, encouraging you to try the indulgence they are sharing, convincing you that, “it’s the holidays, just have one, a little won’t hurt you.” It’s hard to face pressure like this from your family and co-workers. Although they typically say such things innocently and out of love, it puts you in a difficult position, as you don’t want to appear ungrateful, but you also know that if you eat that fruitcake it will be toxic to your body and lower your immune system. So, if you see that notorious food pusher at the party, do your best to avoid her. If she sneak attacks you, you can politely decline what she is offering and try one of the tactics above, such as asking her for something else. If she insists you take it, and even worse, waits in front of you as you take a bite, scrutinizing your facial expressions in hopes of a positive reaction, then take a small bite, compliment her cooking, and she will be off to find the next unsuspecting guest. If all else fails, you can always go with, “I’m sorry, my chiropractor gave me strict instructions to eliminate sugar for the next few weeks in order to enhance my care and help me reach my health goals.” Usually if you say doctor’s orders, people will back off.

5.Have a food plan! If you didn’t have an opportunity to eat before arriving or to prepare your own dish, know what to eat and what to avoid. Focus on eating vegetables, fruits and proteins (meat, nuts and some cheese) instead of breads, crackers, cookies and other treats. Having a plan will allow you to make more confident food choices during all of these “off-track” opportunities. You can also offset some of the negative and inflammatory effects of these party foods by ensuring your other meals that day, and the next day, are composed of high quality, low toxicity foods. Lastly, be sure to take your Vitamin D, probiotics, and make yourself a glass of Dr. Rob’s fizzy lifting drink.

 

If you are still confused about what constitutes as a high quality food choice, be sure to register for our next workshop on January 26th, 2017, “The Fuel Project: a revolutionary look at food requirements and the human body”.

 

Have any tricks of your own? Please share them in our comments section!

Be well,

Lea

 


Reimagine the Power of Giving: 2016 Holiday Giving Guide

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What do you get that special person who has everything for Christmas or Hanukkah? Does a new scarf or sweater enter your mind? Chances are the ones you hold most dear aren’t wishing for more “stuff”. This holiday season, we are exercising the power of giving. A gift can have the potential to change someone’s health or life forever. Below, we highlighted 4 of our favorite ways to give, aimed at elevating the health and life of those who have much less. Let us help you re-imagine the true meaning of these holidays with our 2016 Giving Guide!

Charity Water: Clean water. It’s one of the most basic needs of life itself. But how many people in this world live without this most basic resource? Imagine the entire population of the United States x2! Unclean water, and the plethora of diseases cultivated from it, is said to kill more people than all forms of violence annually worldwide. This single statistic is what drives Charity Water. They assist communities throughout Africa, Asia, and Central and South America in gaining access to this simple, but vital, resource by helping them to establish clean water supplies throughout their communities. Charity water prides themselves on being 100% transparent where all donations go directly to the field instead of organization costs. Learn more here.

We donate regularly through our Amazon purchases by linking our purchases to Charity Water through Amazon Smile.

Heifer International: The gift of a goat isn’t just the preferred Greek wedding dowry any longer. Today, you can give the gift of a goat, water buffalo, honey bees, an alpaca, (or more!) to help communities in need throughout Africa, Asia, and the Americas. “Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. [Their] animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.” Learn more here.

Watch their video here.

Cradles to Crayons: As your kids receive more clothes and gifts from relatives this year, there are children out there who would love the neglected clothes, toys, and games sitting deep inside your closets with the price tags still attached. Cradles to Crayons actively collects and distributes new or like new clothing, school supplies, and toys to give underprivileged kids a head start and has the potential to send ripples of hope and optimism throughout their lives. With locations in Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia (and pickup locations throughout these greater metro areas) donating to this remarkable organization is easy. Learn more here.

Gift Cards for Homeless: We’ve all been approached by homeless individuals here in Boston asking for help. Depending on their timing and where our mind was at that moment, we either didn’t notice them, stopped and opened up our pocket, or walked past with a bit of guilt. Coming back from a recent trip to Chicago and seeing shanty villages under the expressway in the 20 degree freeze, I thought to myself, “I have a couple of millimeters of free space in my wallet! Why not always keep a small gift card to a local restaurant or coffee shop to give to them?” A simple idea, with a big impact.

 


 

Want to directly impact the life of someone special to you? Our current practice members can still purchase the 2016 Gift of Health for a limited time only! Get them started on the road to health this new year!

 


 

Not a practice member? Find out about how we may be able to help you by visiting our website.

 


6 Ways to Increase Your Immunity this Winter

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the new Vitamin C! This isn’t the newest cover of Women’s Health magazine but rather a glaring realization within the health community that most people in the western hemisphere, and certainly those who live in the northern climates, are grossly deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is not only one of the biggest players in your immune system’s performance, but is vital to 1000’s of other functions as well. By this definition, this hormone is an essential requirement for optimal health. How do we maintain optimal levels year round but especially during the winter months? Supplement. Daily. Ask Dr. Rob at your next visit for what quantities are appropriate for you and your family.

What we use: Innate Choice Vitamin D Sufficiency

 

Eliminate Grain, Sugar, and Alcohol

Please, no more hissssssing! Know that this “blasphemous” statement comes with reason. If we could leave emotion aside for one second, I’ll try my hardest to convince you. Grain products like bread, pasta, rice, etc.; sugar in all its forms; and even your favorite cocktail, all increase inflammation dramatically. So what?! Well, this keeps your cells in a constant state of stress which causes cell breakdown, disfunction, rapid aging, sickness, and death. Remember, you are entirely composed of cells, so think about what this means for you! Along with this, your immune system is hit hard; with its lowered resistance, your Holiday season now becomes cold and flu season!

Probiotics

What would you do if I gave you a 5 pound bag of bacteria? Run the other way?! What if I told you this bacteria not only kept you alive but healthy? You see, each of us requires approximately 3-5 pounds of good bacteria to cover us, inside and out, if we are to be healthy. As the majority of this bacteria live within our intestinal tract, the bacteria accounts for 85% of your body’s immune strength. Stress, poor diet choices (grain, alcohol, processed foods, etc.), and antibiotics are largely responsible for killing these bacteria on a daily basis which is why a good broad spectrum probiotic supplement is essential for you and your family. And unfortunately, while Greek yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha are tasty, they do not fulfill this requirement in the form and quantity you need!

What we use: Innate Choice Probiotic Sufficiency

Dr. Rob’s Fizzy Lifting Drink

No need to find the last golden ticket in a Wonka bar to try this Fizzy Lifting Drink. In fact, this drink has become a favorite among our Foundation community! A mixture of (2 Tbsp) organic apple cider vinegar and (1/4 tsp) baking soda is topped off with seltzer water. Apple cider vinegar holds unique antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and gives your body the raw materials (nutrients and vitamins) it needs to increase immune function. Baking soda increases your body’s ph, making your internal environment inhospitable to bacteria and viruses.

Get Spine and Nerve System Checked

It’s simple. Your brain and nerves control your immune system. In fact, the entire branch of medicine called, psychoneuroimmunology, is based on this single concept. Common reasoning would reveal that if your nervous system is not able to communicate to your body adequately, your immune system suffers a lot! Would you like to know how to boost you and your family’s immune cell production by over 400%? Get your nerve system checked regularly and adjusted when necessary!

Bone Broth

Let’s face it, mom was, or may even still be, the best healthcare provider you’ve ever had! Her comforting chicken soup on those days you stayed home from school now has a mountain of scientific evidence to support her instincts. Bone broth is now known to be a potent wonder-food that contains a plethora of minerals and vitamins and other compounds that support optimal cell and organ function needed for a healthy immune system.

Note: the homemade stuff is best, as commercial products will lack the same impact because of the shelf-life processing. For a simple bone broth recipe click here.

Have more questions? Register for our next workshop on January 26th, 2017, “The Fuel Project: a revolutionary look at food requirements and the human body”.


Uniquely Boston: 5 Activities for a Fit and Fun Winter

Thanksgiving has passed, and winter in New England is fast approaching. Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to go into hibernation and pack on the added layer of “insulation.” Here are five Dr. Rob approved activities to stay healthy and active this winter!

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Greet the sun.

Get up early and watch the sun rise over the Charles River. Head out early for a walk or run around the Charles. You can customize the length of your route, pass through several neighborhoods, and see an array of urban wildlife. Best of all, it’s FREE!

Frog Pond

 

A Boston Tradition

A quintessential Boston winter tradition, the Boston Common Frog Pond is open for public ice skating. They are open daily, admission is minimal ($6 if you’re over 58-inches), and skate and locker rentals are available for a small cost. After you finish skating, grab a hot chocolate and head across the street for a walk through the Public Garden. If you have your little ones with you, be sure to visit the Make Way for Ducklings statues to cap off your day of Boston traditions!

Ski Track

Weston Ski Track

If you are looking for a new challenge, take the quick ride to Weston to visit the Weston Ski Track. Purchase a trail pass and spend the day cross country skiing or snowshoeing on 15km of trail. Rentals are available on site, and they even offer lessons. Keep an eye on their website for updates on operating hours, because the hours are determined by weather and snow!

 Boston Public Market

Boston Public Market

This indoor market is open year-round and chalk full of local vendors selling a variety of fresh, seasonal foods from Massachusetts and New England. Stop by for a hot chocolate from Taza Chocolate (one of Dr. Rob’s favorite treats!), get your grocery shopping done, or drop by the Kitchen and participate in one of the many workshops, programs, or tours that they offer!

Hopsters

Hopsters

Located in Newton Corner, Hopsters is a truly unique experience! Using all organic, locally-sourced ingredients, Hopsters allows you to experiment and brew your own beer. With over 30 recipes to choose from, they guide you through the brewing process. Hopsters has a partnership with a local organic farm from which they source the ingredients for their beer and food!

-Katie