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Soup’s On: The Bone Broth Edition

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Bone broth is a food that I love to recommend and its a topic that has become more mainstream in recent years.   Today I’m going to share with you why I love making, eating, and recommending bone broth.   My name is Dr Kristen Welsh.   I am a Chiropractor, I am a mom to 2 young children, and I've spent a considerable amount of time healing my gut.   About a decade ago, while I was struggling with gut issues, I discovered (thanks too many great resources, blogs, and colleagues) Bone Broth.   So what exactly is Bone Broth?   It is simply the liquid produced by boiling bones in water.   Virtually any type of bones can be used—I’ve used everything from left over bones from a whole chicken or turkey to beef bones purchased expressly for making broth.   Personally—if we eat food with bones (whole chickens, turkey, bone in steaks & roasts) I will freeze the bones until I’m ready to use them.   Bone broth is different from stock or broth in that bone broth is cooked for longer periods

The Comeback...

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 The Atlanta Braves just won the World Series!   The Braves, a team who won fewer regular season games than any other team in the 2021 playoffs.   A team plagued with injuries to many of their best players.   A team that had more losses than wins at the end of July, finished the regular season with an 88-73 record.  In fact at the end of July the Braves had a 10% chance of making the playoffs and less than a 1% chance of winning the World Series.   The Atlanta Braves were not the best team in MLB from April to September, but they didn't let that stop them.  They showed up every day and gave 100%.  They made corrections, and trades, and kept their eye on the prize.   On November 2, 2021 they did it!  They won the World Series for the first time since 1995!     What a great lesson in life.  In the face of  seemingly unsurmountable odds:  Always Try!  Play to Win!  Never, Ever Give Up! Thank you Atlanta Braves for the reminder and the life lesson.  

Easy Homemade Apple Sauce

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I love fall in Roswell, Georgia!  The days are warm, the nights are cool and there is so much to see a do.  Pumpkin patches, apple picking, corn mazes and hay rides.  These were all things on my daughters Fall Bucket List.  Lexi's Bucket List also included making apple sauce.  I love making apple sauce with fresh picked apples from Ellijay, but with 2 kids--one a toddler, the thought of picking apples…. Enter the Farmers Market!  Fresh apples AND I can make smaller batches, which means no canning! It also means my daughter who LOVES to cook (she has her own you tube channel!!!) gets to cook every week!  Today I’m going to share our 2021 recipe for Apple Sauce.  It’s easy.  It’s fast.  It has no added sweeteners.  And we use the instant pot!  My old recipe is buried somewhere in a box in the storage unit and it tasted like apple pie filling!  It contained an array of spices and apples dumped in a crock pot to cook for several hours…. Well if you’ve ever cooked with a 5 year old, fas

A New Season...

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 Are you familiar with Hygee?  Am I the only one who has been living under a rock and totally missed this concept?  Recently DoTerra introduced their new products for 2021.  I was lucky enough to be able to purchase one of the kits containing all of the new products...  One of the items in there was an oil blend called Hygee—one that my entire family loves!  This word was completely new to me, so I did what most people do these days and searched Google.  And I was amazed.  Hygee is a Danish term or concept that cannot be translated into a single English word.  Instead it’s a word that encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and wellbeing through enjoying the simple things in love.   As we enter into a new season, this word resonated with me.  It sparked some joy and curiosity.  This weekend saw the first cool crisp nights, the first chili of the season, and my youngest went pull-up free, and my oldest spent the weekend cooking.  It’s also my Birthday week, celebrating as I ente

Tech Neck

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  Tech neck is a new name for a condition that’s been around for years—neck pain that is caused by repetitive strain and injury to the muscles and other structures in the cervical spine.   Do you experience neck pain?   Headaches?   Jaw Pain? Pain between your shoulder blades?   Numbness and tingling in your arms or hands?   Reduced mobility of the neck, upper back and shoulders?    Increased pain when tipping your head forward?    Generalized pain in the lower neck, shoulders and upper back?    Sharp, stabbing pain in a one localized spot?   Generalized pain in the lower neck, shoulders and upper back?      If you answered yes to any of these you could be suffering from Tech Neck. Constantly looking at our technology—such as computers, laptops, cell phones—can result in a repetitive stress/strain injury to the cervical spine and it’s supporting structures.   This condition is     commonly called tech neck or text neck.   These technologies that are supposed to make our lives e

Resolutions or Goals???

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  Yup--It's that time of year again.  2020 is winding down and we are setting our sites on 2021.  This is the time of year where many sit down to write their New Years Resolutions....  And in the end statistics show that 8% of people who set resolutions will actually achieve them.  2020 has definitely been a year that we will never forget.  I feel like I was thrown a curve ball, got thrown off track and then never really recovered.  My plans were changed, and changed again.  Resolutions?  I don't even remember them!  As I sit here reflecting on 2020, I want to make some big changes.  To make big changes I know I have to do things differently...  This year, instead of making resolutions that will be forgotten before January is over,  I am setting goals.   Resolutions.  Goals.  Aren't they the same thing????   While many will use these words interchangeably, they actually are quite different.   A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something.  Meanwhile a goal is

Holiday Blues????

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The holiday season is a time that is often filled with great joy.   It is also a time where many experiences feelings of stress, anxiety, and sadness.   Seasonal Affective Disorder increases during this time and increases negative thoughts and emotions.   And then there are the Covid restrictions, which can lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness and negative thoughts.   Just because it’s the holidays, emotional health issues don’t magically disappear.   Here are some of my Top Tips to avoid the Holiday Blues in 2020.   1.   Exercise: Physical activity can boost your mood in both the short and long term.   It   And by exercise, I don’t necessarily mean “work out,” you can do fun, easy things like go on a short walk or have a dance party around your kitchen.   Exercise can help to   improve your mood. 2.   Get enough sleep:   While it may seem like a little thing, sleep can help you be   healthier and happier.   Lack of adequate sleep can affect your emotions and contr