Book I am listening to: Foks This Ain't Normal by Joel Salatin Joel Salatin is one of my heroes. He is a farmer from Virginia who tells it like it is without pulling any punches. I first heard of Joel in Michael Pollan's book Omnivore's Dilemma (one of my all-time favorite reads). He is a genius at creating and implementing sustainable farming practices that actually leave the land healthier year after year. If you are interested in finding out how to implement small changes in your life to avoid living a "modern lifestyle" rich in lifestyle diseases, isolation and a lack of purpose, this is the perfect book for you. If you believe that there is something really satisfying about a hard days work, about contributing positively to the community you live in and about living a simple life, then Joel's message will be a great reminder that this can still exist in 2020. Class I am helping to teach: Goal Setting Workshop at ALCW On Thursday, January 16th at 6:15 PM, Rachel Freeman and myself will be giving a game changing workshop on goal setting for 2020! The class will include worksheets and handouts you will be able to fill in to gain clarity on what you really want next year. This class will focus on health but can also be applied to your finances, relationships, spirituality and so much more. There is NO CHARGE for the class, but please RSVP by either signing up in the office or call (858) 312-5066 to let us know how many people in your party will be attending. Everyone is welcome! Quote I am loving: "Know your food, know your farmers and know your kitchen." ~ Joel Salatin from "Folks This Ain't Normal" Almost no one actually knows where their food comes from these days. This is one of the most odd things about the modern world. Previously, almost all we thought about was where our food was coming from, how to gather it and how to prepare it. This disassociation with our food, farmers and kitchen has had disastrous health effects on our population. The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way. Please go to your local farmers market, introduce yourself and ask if you can visit a few farms. Become someone who cares, who is informed and who validates the efforts of small scale farming practices.
Yearly review concept I am using: Looking back to look forward I was recently listening to a podcast and the host was talking about the importance of looking back throughout your previous year and quantifying your experience. For example, how many trips did you take, how often did you go to the beach, how many times did you lend a hand to friend or family member in need, etc. Having never done this exercise before I can honestly say it was quite illuminating. In areas I thought I was weak, I often found strength and the converse. Before jumping in and creating your goals and habits for the 2020 calendar year, I suggest taking this step first. Otherwise, your goals are not being created based upon reality, but instead your perception of reality which is often significantly skewed. So get out a spread sheet, create a list of the most important things in your life you want to see take place, go back through your calendar or photos for evidence of these events and get to tallying! Packing list for pain free flights I am using: Packing list If you are skipping town to be with friends or loved ones this holiday season and are looking to avoid kinking your neck or having severe back pain from your flight, check out this packing list video I created last year. As one of the most common questions I get as a chiropractor ("How do I fly without paying for it?") I believe this video will give you the specifics you need to fly across the country or internationally and still feel like bringing Christmas joy with you. Take a look at the video, give it thumbs up if you enjoyed it and please subscribe to the channel for more "How To" based content coming your way! Quote I am loving for this time of year: "Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." ~Will Smith The December holiday season is filled with lots of external social pressure to buy things for others. This often comes at the cost of sacrificing your core values. Don't get caught buying things this season because you feel like you "have to: or because "you should." Stay authentic, stay focused. This is really the best way to love yourself and others!
Book I am reading: The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip and Dan Heath The Heath brothers are some of my favorite authors because they are constantly pumping out books that are hugely implementable. The question they are attempting to answer in their latest book is, "What if you could be the author (deliberately create) of the richest experiences of your life?" Have you ever noticed that consciously or subconsciously we are largely influenced by just a few specific moments in time? If so, then what type of moments would you like to create in order to positively impact the lives of the people around you as well as your own? This book will help to guide you towards understanding and making some great decisions! Pick this one up for yourself or give it as a guaranteed well appreciated gift this holiday season. Health topic I am learning about: Excessive Upper Back rounding in the geriatric population Have you ever seen an elderly person who appears to be slumped forward permanently? This condition is know as thoracic hyperkyphosis (good scrabble word
Workshop I am excited about: 2020 goal setting at ALCW Let me start off by saying I am a goal setting geek! I absolutely love setting goals and dreaming about what is possible. That being said, I believe the more clarity you have around how you want 2020 to look and feel, the easier it will become to make it happen. To give you the best likelihood of success, Rachel Freeman and I will be holding a goal setting strategy session at ALCW on Thursday, January 9th at 6:15 pm. The event is FREE and will come complete with worksheets, mindset changing ideas and guidance. Whether you want to focus on your health, family, financial life, spirituality or all of them, this is not an event you want to miss out on. To RSVP either call the office at (858) 312-5066 or sign up at the front desk. I can’t wait to see what kind of year you want to manifest! Research stat I am shocked by: 35% of people over the age of 60 have scoliosis! ~2010 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Scoliosis is defined as a lateral curvature of 10 degrees or more with rotation of the spinal bones when viewed from front to back. There are many different causes of scoliosis, however the most common is Degenerative De Novo (De Novo means new onset). Scoliosis is strongly associated with a higher prevalence of chronic pain and disability. According to the US census data, we had 46.2 million people over age 65 in 2014 and will have 98 million people over 65 by 2060. This means we must have a solution to this problem and make more people who are suffering aware that there is a non surgical approach! For more information on bracing for scoliosis for all ages please go to www.Scolicare.com Quote I am repeating: "If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes." ~ Andrew Carnegie
The holiday season has begun (yay!) and this time of year is typically meant for slowing down, pausing, and embracing all the beauty, connection, and community around us. But sometimes this can be hard, and for a lot of people the holiday season can feel rushed, stressful, and chaotic. Here are my top 5 tips on how to give to yourself first so you can lean into this holiday season with a little more ease. 1) Set boundaries (and stick to them)- Enforcing boundaries around the holidays can be tough. For most, the holidays can shine the light on a lot of family dysfunction. One way to combat feeling emotionally drained this holiday season is to set boundaries for you and your family. This can look like: “We can come for dinner, but cannot stay the night.” “I know in years past I have done it all, but I really need help this year with x.” “Thank you for thinking of us, but we cannot make it this year.” “I’d prefer my dietary choices/my body not be part of our conversation this year.” “I can’t do that this year, please ask me again next year.” 2) Maintain your sleep schedule- You’re not yourself when you’re tired. Prioritizing sleep will be crucial to your mental and physical health this holiday season. If you aren’t sleeping, the rest of these tips will be harder to implement, so if there is one thing you take from this post, it’s to make sure you are getting quality sleep, within your normal sleep schedule. This is a boundary only you can set. 3) Schedule in self- care- This can be a hard action step for a lot of people because we are so used to giving all the time, especially during the holiday season, that we can often forget about ourselves. Make your appointments now before life gets too crazy and don’t cancel them. Don’t cancel on you! View your self-care as a non-negotiable time that way you aren’t completely wiped out by the New Year. 4) Practice saying no- This one is extremely hard for a lot of people, especially if you identify as a people pleaser. This is a great opportunity for you to practice those boundaries we discussed previously and to be strong in who you are and what you desire. Don’t say yes if it’s a no for you. If others are making you feel