Monday, January 16, 2017

Is Health Your Dream???


I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by!  I’m sitting here writing this and the month is almost half over already…  

This year we are doing something a little different.  Each month will have a theme, and the theme will be seen not just in the office and in our classes, but also in our Social Media platforms.  We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!  Are you following us????   


At Care More Chiropractic, our goal is to help members of our community reach their Health potential.  With that goal in mind, our theme for January is “Health doesn’t have to be a dream, make it your Reality!”  So my question is, what are you doing to make Health your Reality?  If you had to change just one thing, what would it be?  

We are expanding our classes this year!  In January we are teaching a Vision Board Class, an Essential Oil Experience, and  Strong & Lean in 17.  There will be different classes each month—be sure to reserve your spot with Joanna, as space is limited!  If there is a topic that interests you please let us know!  We may have a class on that…  

This winter we are doing a Coat and Blanket Drive.  We are collecting cold weather gear which is donated directly to Men & Women’s Shelters run through Marist School.  You’ve probably noticed that community out reach and service within our community are important to us at Care More Chiropractic.  The Care More Team all lives in the local area and we support local business and charities.  

Care More Chiropractic is the new location for La Leche League meetings in the Roswell/Alpharetta Area.  The meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1030.  Many think these meetings are “just” for breast feeding moms, however that is not the case.  Its a group that helps all with everything from feeding to solids to behavior advice and on and on!  I’ve loved being a member of this community as I find my way in my new job of Mommy!  

Dr. Debbie and I are also both available to speak at local business and groups.  If you belong to a group that brings in speakers or if your company sponsors Lunch and Learns, we’d love to be a part of it!  We have given presentations from 20 minutes to an hour on a variety of topics to include stress management, stretching, and proper lifting techniques just to name a few.  It would be an honor to work with you.  

Thank you so much for being a part of Care More Chiropractic, we look forward to continuing to serve you in 2017!  Let’s make this year the best & healthiest yet!  


In Health, 


Dr. K

Friday, May 13, 2016

Flying...

Today Lexi turned 6 months!!!!

 

OMG where has the time gone...  It seems like just yesterday (last Mother's Day) I was announcing my pregnancy...  And here it is just over a year later and Lexi is turning 6 months! 

I want to take a minute and thank everyone of you for all of your support over the last year.  Your patience as I was moving a little slower at 9 months pregnant.  Your congratulations after her birth.  Her understanding as she cut her first (and second) tooth.  And most importantly the love you share every time you see her.  

I am so very blessed!  Not only do I have an amazing husband who is extremely supportive, BUT and amazing "chiropractic family."  You, my patients, have made this transition to "mommy" and now "working mommy" so much easier.  I count myself lucky that she gets to come to work with me! 

And, so you know, there is something in it for you!  Research shows that looking into a babies eyes causes a vagal reaction.  It affects the Sympathetic Nervous System by reducing the flight or fight response in our body.  So those super stressful days when you need an extra break.  Come in for your adjustment, look into Lexi's beautiful eyes and your body will take care of the rest!  


Happy 6 Months Lexi!  

In Health, 

Dr. K

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sleep and Health

I was recently asked to write an article for a magazine--and when I finished I wanted to share it with more people.  I asked Dr. K and she suggested I post it on her blog...  So here it is!  Not only is this my first guest Blog Post, but it's my first blog EVER!!!!!  Please let me know what you think!

Have a specific question?  Let me know and I will be happy to answer--and who knows, maybe it will lead to another Blog!

Dr. Claire


Sleep…. Some people fall asleep before their head hits the pillow, for others sleep is elusive, bed time is dreaded and they would give anything for a good night’s sleep. Getting the right amount of sleep plays a vital role in health and wellness for people of all ages.   Research shows ‘lack of sleep’ manifests itself in a host of serious conditions, impacting physical and mental performance, resistance to illness and our ability to interact well with others.  Whether in the workplace, at home, in the classroom or on the court or course, sleep is essential not only for wellness, but also for optimum performance. 

When most of us consider sleep deprivation and injuries, we think about ‘Falling asleep at the wheel’. According to researcher Ling-Ling Tsai, PhD, “Just one night of sleep deprivation greatly hinders the ability to detect and correct errors”.  And after that first error, there tends to be a series of errors that magnify the problem and the consequences.  Recognize just how many tragic workplace injuries involving machinery or heavy equipment leading to loss of limb or life were really caused by lack of sleep. 

Scientists have reported an all-important link between sleep & heart health, noting a worsening of high blood pressure & high cholesterol, as well as calcium deposits in the arteries in those who lack sufficient sleep.  The correlation between the epidemic of obesity & lack of sleep has gotten a good deal of press lately, but most of us don't even consider sleep problems in children. 

Researchers worldwide are reporting dramatic findings that moms everywhere seemed to know all along. “You need a nap…” “You need to sleep to grow…”or “Tomorrow’s a school day, you need to get to sleep early” are comments we’ve all heard.  Pediatric research demonstrates a link between sleep problems and significant behavior problems, affective disorders & anxiety in children.  And we all know that we do better when we’ve had a good night’s sleep.  In simple terms, lack of sleep or unhealthy sleep habits can lead to real problems in our children. 

How much is enough?  Sleep needs vary from person to person & they change during your lifecycle! Most adults need 7-8 hours. Newborns 16-18 hours, preschoolers 10-12 hours & school age children need at least 9 hours of sleep. 

Sleeping on your back is the least stressful position for your spine. Doctors of Chiropractic recommend you use a medium pillow under your knees and avoid high pillows under your head & neck.  If you sleep on your side, bend your knees placing a medium pillow between them and choose a pillow designed to support your neck in the side sleeping position.  *Avoid sleeping on your stomach. 

If you have trouble sleeping or for Sleep Tips, go to: www.caremorechiro.com .   If health, wellness & peak performance are a priority for you, see a Doctor of Chiropractic. Be proactive about your health! 


Monday, January 19, 2015

MLK Day Reflection

This morning, as I was driving into work, I was so thankful for the light traffic and the great time I was making, even though I was running a little late.  And then the radio program I was listening to began to play an excerpt from Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream speech.”  

As I listened to his words, I began to reflect on things much more meaningful than light traffic.  Then I thought about what this holiday is becoming—a National Day of Service.  

It is 2015, and while I’d like to think we have come so far, recent events make me wonder.  

I grew up in a family that was taught to love and respect ALL people, all cultures, and all ways of life.  The concept of hate and bigotry is so far from my consciousness that I often don’t even see it.  I’d like to think that most of us in today’s day and age are like me.  We just don’t care about the color of your skin, the name on your place of worship, the country in which you were born.  

But then I think about some of my friends who have told me their experiences, and I am shocked, horrified and disappointed.  

And then I think about mine—as a woman in the military, a woman in a world where we have yet to have a female president.  A women in a society where women are paid less than their male counterparts.  A woman in a world where we are judged by our measurements, not by our accomplishments. 

Then there are the recent events—race riots, attacks by radical terrorists, and cities that were denying groups of individuals the right to have a place of worship because it was different.  

It made me a little sad.  

What can I do?  How can I change the world?  What is the lesson I/we are supposed to learn?  

Then I look at my 2 beautiful and loving nieces.  What have they been taught?  The Golden Rule.  Love one another.  Respect.  Hard work. 

I think at how far we have come—when I was their age women still could not fly fighter aircraft, they were not promoted as their male counterparts.  I remember a day when at our school, the color of your skin determined if you had to go to school on “Martin Luther King Day.”  I remember a rally in support of integration.  

Is our world, our country perfect?  No.  Do we have work to do?  Yes.  Is there hope for the future?  Absolutely.  

What can I do to make a difference?  One of my favorite quotes is from Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Be the change.  

Dare to be different.  Stand up for what is right, and treat ALL people with respect.  Love.  


Today, on this National Holiday, wether you are working like me, enjoying a paid holiday, or a day off from school.  Please take a few minutes and think and then take action.  Be the Change!  

In Health,

Dr. K

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy 2015!


Happy New Year!  

About a week ago, I decided that I was going to shake things up in 2015.  Inspired by my sister-in-law, I was picking a word, my theme for the year.  I wasn’t sure what that "word" was going to be, and I was starting to stress because it was now December 31st and I hadn’t found that perfect word, the word that resonated with my goals and hopes and desires for 2015.  

I still had plenty of time…  It was about 1:30 pm on New Years Eve—I still had almost half the day.  I’d adjust a few more of our wonderful patients, head home and sit down and find the word.  

And one of the last people I adjusted had a bright and happy face.  Her first words included You look absolutely radiant!  (Her last visit was a few days after I’d made some drastic dietary changes for health reasons—I’m sure there will be more on Gluten Free Health journey.)   Then she started talking about her goals for 2015, the changes she wanted to make.  She talked about committing to taking care of her health, saying she wanted to make getting adjusted a priority.  (Yeah!  Yes its an important part of being and staying healthy!)  My response—we can help you with that!  I told her to talk to Jackie—she’s amazing and will make that happen.  

Its what she said next that really got me thinking.  Without me asking, she talked about her word for the year: Joy.  She talked about Joy and what it meant, how it was different from happiness…  

With my second to last adjustment in 2014 I had found my word.  Or, should I say, my word found me.    

JOY

Finding the Joy in all areas of my life.  At home, at work, in every day, in every thought, in every action.  JOY.  

Finding the JOY not only in the "JOYful" things, but also in the tears, the struggles, and in difficult times.  

As I sit here writing, drinking my water, and planning for 2015 it feels right.  

My Word for 2015 is JOY.  

What is your word?


In Health,


Dr. k

P.S.  After writing this I was introduced to a book called "One Word That Will Change Your Life" by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page.  According to the authors, this book is a 49 minute read--or less if you read like me.  Its an amazing, inspiring, and thought provoking book.  The authors discuss the process that you can use to find your One Word, how to implement this in your family/team/work, and how to keep it alive all year.  If my blog has inspired you, you want to learn more, or just love to read I highly recommend this book--and its on the Kindle!   Or, go to their web page, GetOneWord.com for more information.  

If you've been inspired, you can also join me at Care More for a Vision Board Class on Wed Jan 7th at 6:30 pm.  See you then!  


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving and Pumpkin Pie

As many of you may know, I've been Gluten Free for several years.  To be honest, it has not always been easy—especially for an Italian girl who loves pasta!  However I also know that when I cheat and eat foods I’m not supposed to I get really sick and miserable.  

A couple of years ago it was my turn to host Thanksgiving.  No easy task when your family includes a Vegan, a anaphylactic egg/dairy allergy, a soy allergy, and a gluten free child.  To be honest it was daunting—especially since I was used to cooking for 1 not 20!  

I also LOVE Pumpkin Pie.  Its a tradition, a staple, a must have.  So I started a search for a Pumpkin Pie recipe that everyone could eat.  

And I found one.

On Pinterest. 

And I made it.  

And it was DELICIOUS!

The worst part—there wasn't a sliver leftover.  This meant NO Pie for breakfast. (Doesn't everyone eat pie for breakfast? Especially leftover pumpkin pie the day after Thanksgiving?)  

This year we are home for Thanksgiving.  No cruise, no travel, nobody cooking for me… And I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving and some yummy 'allergy friendly' Pumpkin Pie.  

The link to the recipe is:  


I can’t wait to make (and eat) this pie!  In fact, this year, I plan to make 2! 

Fingers crossed there will be a slice leftover for breakfast.... but I have my doubts!

From our family to yours:

Happy Thanksgiving!  

In Health,



Dr. K

Monday, November 10, 2014

Month of Thanks

Its November!  Where did the summer (and fall for that matter) go???   Imagine my surprise when I logged onto my account and realized that the last blog I posted was in May!  And I had no excuse as I'd written about Our Wedding, and never posted it.

So today, I plan to rectify that.

November--the Month of Thanks, and I have so much to be thankful for.  For starters, each and every one of you who take the time to read my posts.  I truly appreciate it.  I'm also thankful for my amazing family, Care More Chiropractic, my Chiro family, my health...  I could go on and on.

When I got married last September I promised I'd share the pictures.  And, with it being the Month of Thanks, I figure this is the perfect opportunity to share them.

So in honor of Thanks, I am sharing the post I forgot I wrote, and some of my favorite wedding pictures.  As for the album...  Soon!  I've almost unpacked and organized all of my crafting supplies.

Enjoy!

Dr. k


Last year I married the man of my dreams--and the wedding was everything I dreamed it would be.  It was a small wedding where we were surrounded by our family--which made it all the more special.  Our special day was documented by Devon Morgan of Photosynthesis Atlanta.

As promised here are a few of my favorites.  Devon made this part really hard...  Narrowing it down to just a few pictures!  (A good problem to have--Thanks Devon!) 

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.  If you want to see more, please stop by Care More, an album will be there for all to share.  You will also find more pictures (and other great information) on the Care More Facebook page.  Please Like Us and add us to your feed!  









In Health,

Dr. K