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PNW Hiking Recommendations

PNW Hiking Recommendations

As an outdoor enthusiast, I appreciate all the amazing hiking and backpacking areas we have here in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve hiked and camped on many of the trails in Washington, but the possibilities are endless and there’s always more to explore. Here are some of my favorite hikes in the area, starting with my favorite, Colchuck Lake!

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Dr. McCarter's Spotlight on: Spring Renewal

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Springtime is upon us! It may not look or feel like it when you walk out of your door, but it is here and there is a bit of a buzz in the air. There is an expectation and an acceptance of renewal and newness that accompanies this season. We have no choice but to feel it as it surrounds up in the budding of trees and flowers. Tomorrow, will conclude the Spring into Health Event at Northwest Wellness and it has been wonderful to see so many people taking advantage of the energy of this season and either starting fresh or starting again on their journey toward optimal health. 

Spring (as a verb) describes action. There are a number of meanings depending on its use but a few of the definitions that catch my attention are:  to move or jump suddenly or rapidly upward or forward; to originate or arise from, however, my favorite definition is to move quickly and suddenly toward a particular place or to a new condition. We are in the midst of a season dedicated to being in a different place. This can be physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. I believe that it is never too late to begin, whatever that new beginning may be. As a Naturopathic physician, I believe this to be true about your health in particular. It is never too late to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Even if it means just improving your quality of life. 

I often remind my patients of the amount of control that they actually have over their health. Outside of genetic factors, and these days, even with certain genetic predispositions, we have the power to effect great change in our health and lives. I think that embarking on the journey toward better health starts with investigation and requires commitment and consistency. One of the guiding principles of Naturopathic medicine is to treat the root cause. I complete a thorough investigation of an individuals health concerns addressing not only the physical aspect of the symptoms experienced but the psychological and emotional as well. In this way, both myself and my patients understand the connection between the mind and body and together, we develop a multi-pronged approach to their health concerns. 

I encourage you to take advantage of this season of renewal and literally, spring into the next phase of your life with better health-on all levels. There is so much that Naturopathic medicine can offer to you on this journey. Come in to Northwest Wellness so that we can get started!

Benefits of Using A Fitness Tracker

Benefits of Using A Fitness Tracker

Fitness trackers have become increasingly popular over the past several years. The technology in these devices has evolved and they now have many new capabilities. If you are someone who enjoys seeing objective data about your health and wellness, these are a great tool for you. Many of the devices allow you to sync with friends and family to create fun challenges with one another and hold each other accountable with your fitness-related goals. Read more to learn about the benefits of these devices. 

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Monthly Challenge: Exercise Is Energizing!

Monthly Challenge: Exercise Is Energizing!

We all know that exercise is beneficial in many ways and is an important component of overall health and wellness. However, for many of us, exercising consistently is difficult to do. Many people who have not developed a good habit of exercising, find it to be both time consuming and energy draining. Unfortunately, exercise does take time out of your day and there is no easy way around that. However, I will argue that once you become consistent in an exercise routine, it will no longer feel as if it is draining your energy. In fact, it may seem counter-intuitive, but exercising can actually make you feel more energized throughout the day!

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Spring Is a Great Time for a Yearly Detoxification!

Spring Is a Great Time for a Yearly Detoxification!

Spring is just around the corner!  It is the perfect time to take a week or so to do a yearly cleansing detoxification.  Generally I eat healthy, drink plenty of water and do my best to avoid environmental toxins.  However, the winter months and the holiday season can present a challenging time to follow my normal routine. We also live in a society where there is limited control over the toxins that come from the environment.   Each Spring I take the opportunity to “clean house”.  This isn’t a fast or a restricted calorie diet; instead it generally consists of a regime of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, chicken or fish and a combination of cleansing herbs and protein/cleansing drink. The foods that are avoided are refined flours, wheat, sugar, soy, dairy, caffeine and alcohol.   This year I used the Xymogen 6 Day Detox Kit which has been my favorite of all the ones I have tried so far.  The kit includes supplements that are designed to cleanse the colon and liver, draw toxins from the digestive and lymphatic system and provide your body with essential nutrients.

The Benefits of Detox are:        

·        Re-establishes healthy eating habits

·        Promotes weight loss

·        Promotes detoxification of heavy metals

·        Stabilizes the pancreas and blood sugar spikes

·        Cleanses the lymphatic and digestive system

·        Improves the look of skin, hair and overall appearance

·        Improve digestion and detoxify the digestive system

I also focus on creative recipes and continued to make our evening meal an interesting event.  We served sparkling water form wine glasses, setting a pretty table and cooked new and interesting dishes each night.  The most difficult items I found to avoid where coffee and cheese, which have always been two of my favorites.  The good news is, by the time the 6 days are over you lose the cravings for the things that should be limited in your daily diet and it is relatively easy to continue a healthy diet the rest of the year.

Want to give it a try?  We have Xymogen 6 day Detox Kits available at Northwest Wellness in Federal Way.  For more information, please call 253-927-0660.

 

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New Year, New Healthy Cooking Ideas

New Year, New Healthy Cooking Ideas

With the new year, comes new inspiration, new resolve. Did your resolution have anything to do with living a healthier lifestyle? Me too. Healthier eating? Me too. Are you already tired? Like you, I'm busy with a full-time life but I want to eat well and not rely on unhealthy options just because I'm running behind. Because I'm not the most creative person in the kitchen, I turn to the internet for motivation. Healthy eating isn't difficult, but it does take preparation, consideration and discipline.

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Healthy and Delicious Recipes

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I find myself talking diet and nutrition frequently to my chiropractic patients.  Because I also love to cook I also find myself frequently sharing recipes that are both healthy and delicious.  Here is my latest favorite recipe chock full of vitamins, macrobiotics and minerals to make a healthier you!

Roasted Beets with Greens

Ingredients

1 bunch of red beets with greens

I bunch of golden beets with greens

¼ cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash the beets thoroughly, leaving the skins on, and remove the greens. Rinse greens and set aside.
  2. Quarter beets and place them into roasting pan, toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Bake uncovered for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a knife can slide easily through the largest beet.
  4. When the roasted beets are almost done, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook for a minute. Tear the beet greens into 2 to 3 inch pieces, and add them to the skillet. Cook and stir until greens are wilted and tender. Mix the sautéed greens with the roasted beets, season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!