Acupuncture and Cycling Injuries

Spending a lot of time on a bicycle causes a lot of injuries. We’re not referring to the kinds that happen when you fall off your bike. Instead, these are injuries that happen due to repetitive motions. Usually, these types of aches and pains occur in people who work in factories, performing the same type of work over and over. However, anyone who spends a lot of time doing the same movements is prone to them, especially cyclists.

Since cyclists spend a lot of time in the same positions which is why forearm, knee, wrist, back, neck, and even tailbone injuries happen. The more time you spend on a bike, the worse these problems get. Most “mature” riders are inclined to having pain and anyone who travels long distances by bike can end up hurting too.

How to Prevent Overuse Injuries

Thankfully, there are some things that can be done to alleviate these aches and pains. One important method involves staying hydrated. The more fluids you drink, the better. Water, in particular, keeps your tissues flexible. Proper stretching routines (even on the days that you don’t ride your bike) can help as well.

On top of this, the type of gear that you purchase matters since well-made items will make you more comfortable and decrease the number of injuries that you get. You might be tempted to buy the cheapest gear available such as gloves, cycling shoes, and shorts but this actually can cause injuries. Remember that high-quality biking gear is designed to make you more comfortable while riding. It can also help your posture, which will relieve some of the strain on your lower back.

Using Acupuncture to Heal Cycling Overuse Injuries

How can acupuncture help? Well, part of it is in the timing (it’s best to care for these injuries before they become chronic, daily occurrences) but the rest lies in the procedure itself.

Acupuncture is a procedure that consists of inserting tiny needles into the skin. It provides quick pain relief and can even reduce tissue inflammation. This is a natural approach to pain control and tissue healing without the use of any pain medication.

This procedure can also help speed up the healing process. Acupuncture is designed to stimulate blood flow, especially when those needles are applied to an injured area of your body. It’s good for overuse injuries and those caused by acute trauma. The addition of nutrients to the area, brought about by the procedure, helps as well.

On top of this, acupuncture can relax any tightened muscles. A muscle tightens up in order to protect it from further injury. These tight muscles alone can cause pain, even without any additional catalysts. When acupuncture needles are inserted into the tissues surrounding those muscles, they will relax. In general, this procedure is good for muscles in the lower back, hip flexors, quads, and hamstrings. This increased flexibility comes with an added benefit – it will help prevent future injuries, even ones caused by overuse.

Many cyclists suffer from pinched nerves. Whether the problem stems from scar tissue, muscles, bones, or even adhesions, these pinched nerves are tough to heal. However, acupuncture can help a great deal, relaxing those areas and calming the nerves.

As you can see, there are many benefits to acupuncture, especially for cyclists suffering from overuse injuries.

How to Maintain a Healthy Spine and Body at the Office

What’s that phrase? Something about sitting being the Smoking of the 21 st Century? It doesn’t seem possible, but research backs it up.

A few decades ago, before email, paperless transactions, and paperless files, it was necessary to leave your desk periodically during the day. Trips around the office were made to make copies, grab a file, file a folder, and use the FAX machine. While these tiny trips may have seemed unimportant at the time, they did get people out of their chairs.

To help prevent serious health issues and maintain spinal health, there are a few things you can do.

One, make an appointment for regular chiropractic care to ensure your structure keeps its proper alignment.

Two, develop a routine you can do at your desk. Here are a few suggestions to try.

First, Breathe

We all breath, both consciously and unconsciously. But, that doesn’t mean we do it correctly. Breathing correctly gives our cells the correct amount of oxygen they need to work correctly. It also helps lower stress and tension throughout the body.

Try this exercise to retrain yourself to breathe the right way.

  • Sit up in a straight but gentle posture.
  • Keep your shoulders down and back.
  • Inhale through your nose, so the air goes all the way down and pushes your stomach outward.
  • Pause 2 seconds.
  • Exhale through your mouth.
  • Pause 2 seconds.
  • Repeat

Do this every 15 minutes for 30-seconds.

Next, Take Time to Stretch

It’s very easy when we’re busy or focused on a project to forget our posture. A good way to bring ourselves out of the poor posture habit is through stretching. Here are a few ways.

Upper Body

  • Begin by sitting up straight.
  • Bring your arms out to each side, keeping your shoulders back and down, palms facing up.
  • Stretch your arms backward as far as you can and hold 2 seconds or more.
  • Alternatively, stand inside an open doorframe stretching your arms out to touch either side. Move slightly forward to give your arms, shoulders and
  • upper back a stretch.

Lower Body

  • Begin seated with both feet flat on the floor.
  • Bring up your right ankle and place it on your left knee.
  • Gently move your right knee toward the floor, then lean forward as far as possible and let your hands fall toward the floor and dangle.
  • Reverse sides and repeat.

Do these stretches every 30 minutes, for 2-minutes.

Also, drink a lot of water. When our muscles tense up toxin build-up. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your body flushed out, especially after your stretching routine.

Finally, Walk Around

The easiest way to remember to walk is by taking full advantage of bathroom breaks. Remember that water you’e supposed to be drinking? Besides all its other health benefits, it will also make sure you have to “get up and go” regularly.

But, don’t stop there. Consider taking the stairs to the restroom on a different floor. Or, take a circuitous route instead of a direct one, just make sure you don’t get distracted along the way.

Have an hour lunch? Use 30 minutes to walk across the street and back, or to the local park. You’ll get a lot of steps and still have time to eat something afterward.

Keep Moving, Even in Your Chair

Some work demands prolonged sitting time. You can do things to help make sure you don’t suffer unnecessarily for it.

Common Chiro Myths That Just Aren’t The Case

If you’ve already had the good fortune to benefit from great chiropractic care, chances are you’ve had at least one conversation with a friend trying to convince them to do the same. It’s also very possible you’ve run into any number of arguments from that person as to why it isn’t necessary or a possibility for whatever their issue is.

See if any of these sounds familiar.

Myth: I manage to crack my own back, why pay someone else to do it?

According to professional chiropractors, this is one of the worst things you can do. While it may provide some temporary relief for basic back, neck or shoulder pain, when compared to the specific force and direction a pro will apply, it’s not possible to safely and accurately adjust yourself and can also lead to further injury and long term degeneration.

Myth: Adjustments are painful and dangerous.

Chiropractic treatments have an amazing safety record. The treatments themselves provide gentle, safe, and drug-free therapy that leave most patients with immediate relief after an appointment.

As with many activities that work the body, including therapeutic massage, not to mention a regular exercise routine or sports activity, some soreness may occur after treatment but should abate quickly.

Myth: I can’t afford it.

Think so? Double check your insurance policy. As chiropractic care becomes more mainstream, especially as a preventative treatment, more insurance companies are including chiro treatments in their coverage. Additionally, it is quicker and easier to treat a condition initially from the start leading to less cost than it is to wait for the problem to build up and ultimately spend more time and money trying to fix.

Myth: Once you start treatment, you can’t stop.

Just as every person has different medical and health needs, chiro patients have different treatment needs as well. There are three basic types of chiro care;
therapeutic, corrective and wellness.

Therapeutic care is used for issues like pain relief. Corrective care is utilized in cases of chronic structural issues like scoliosis. Wellness care helps maintain any results achieved from the other treatments or works as a preventative measure for those who have typical structural systems.

Just as regular wellness appointments are recommended by your doctor (mammogram, prostate, etc.), routine chiro care is recommended to help prevent future injury. In the end, though, it’s up to you. The real truth is, people keep going not because they have to, but because they want to.

Myth: Chiropractic treatments won’t help my condition.

Chiropractic care isn’t just to help your back, neck or shoulders. When a chiropractic treatment is received, it realigns the spine. This alignment lets the brain and body communicate more efficiently as well as improves the nervous system’s ability to function properly. All of this lets the body heal itself more effectively with less need for OTC pain meds and more.

Myth: Chiropractors aren’t real doctors, I only want a real doctor treating me.

Doctors of chiropractic are required to complete up to 400 more hours of instruction than MD’s do. And, many of those extra hours are dedicated to advanced information in anatomy, nutrition, physiology, public health, and rehab. Chiropractors are back doctors, you wouldn’t go to an optometrist for teeth problems.

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More studies are coming out every day telling us what thousands of chiro professionals
have known for decades. Proper alignment in our bodies can have a positive effect on
our entire system.

The Field of Chiropractic is Seeing Changes for the Better

With a movement toward more preventative health and wellness care and non-invasive medicinal treatments by the general population, the chiropractic profession has been moving into the limelight even more than ever.
Just in the last three decades, there have been exemplary changes in the Doctor of Chiropractic profession that makes it even easier to receive treatment.
New Coding to Ensure Reimbursement Codes are describing chiropractic manipulative treatment (CMT) for created for specifically for reimbursement. These codes were added to the Common Procedural Terminology or CPT book and allowed the Chiropractic field to describe primary services that led to an increase in reimbursement within the Medicare payment system and more.

Increased Representation of Chiropractic Medicine at the National Level

More and more, Chiropractic Doctors are being invited to contribute to health care policy making. To date the chiropractic community has representatives on the:

  • Advisory Committee for the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • American Medical Association’s Relative Value Update Health Care Professional Advisory Committee,
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board of Governors Increased Federal Funding for Chiropractic Research and Educational Institutions

Over the past 30 years, the federal government has promised approximately $80 Million in funding to chiropractic colleges to better evaluate the benefits of chiropractic care. The funding has provided the research to assist in the delivery of higher quality chiropractic care.

Increases in Research Publications

Even just thirty years ago, there was essentially no scientific literature on the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments. Now, there are approximately 200 articles and reports presented annually and six chiropractic journals that are part of the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed search engine.

Increased Visibility Courtesy of Sports Professionals

Doctors of Chiropractic are now included on the medical teams provided at the World games, Olympic games and more. Additionally, each of the 32 teams making up the National Football League provide chiropractic treatment and care to their players.

Many of these players have spoken out publicly about the benefits of the chiropractic treatments they’ve undergone and praised them and the providers for the work they do.

Chiropractic Care is Expanding Globally

There are now less chiropractic college within the United States than there are in other places across the planet and 85 different countries are represented members of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). This organization represents the chiropractic profession to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Doctors of Chiropractic are More Frequently Found in Multi-Disciplinary Medical Facilities

As more medical offices open that provide multiple treatments and care options under one roof, Chiropractors are increasingly being included in these types of center. Additionally, more than 200 doctors of chiropractic are working with the Department of Defense and other organizations to provide treatment to active duty and Veteran military personnel.

Chiropractic Care is Now Recommended by the American College of Physicians

Most recently, the American College of Physicians has released a statement that chiropractic care is recommended as a first line of defense for lower back pain.

And the Work Continues

As the future of chiropractic professions unfold, more research and education will continue to bring to light the importance and benefits of chiropractic care as a preventative measure and as a treatment for a variety of health issues.

Get Relief from Pain with Chiropractic Adjustments

Pain is something we all recognize. From the moment we are born, we learn a lot from pain. We learn not to touch things that get really hot; we learn to avoid stepping on certain objects. We learn not to overexert ourselves.

With all this learning, however, pain is difficult to avoid. No matter what type, consistency or how bad it becomes, it’s always there, lurking. And, as we get older, we seem to develop it in places and after activities that never occurred before.

Most of the time, when we experience pain, we take an over the counter pain med like acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen.

Alternative Pain Relief of Chronic Conditions Can Now be Achieved through Chiropractic Care

Recently more research and study has been given to the idea that chiropractic adjustments can work well, not only as a treatment for existing pain but as a preventative measure of chronic pain issues.

In December 2016 the publication Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, a peer-reviewed journal of medicine on chiropractic and osteopathy fields, released information about a research study. The study was performed to determine what effect spinal manipulation therapy (SMT), a.k.a. Chiropractic treatment had on pain. More specifically, it looked at the ability for SMT to improve the pressure pain threshold a patient exhibits. Pressure pain threshold essentially being how much pain a person can experience before it becomes
debilitating.

For the study, however, the threshold levels were measured at when applied pressure moved from discomfort to pain, not how much pain the subject could withstand.

During the study, 34 subjects between the ages of 18 to 36 were chosen. Among them 20 were male, and 14 were female. Each of the subjects was examined in advance and found to display no pre-existing conditions that could affect the results.

For the study, non-invasive methods were used on four different areas of the body to determine each subjects’ initial threshold of pain. Once determined, each subject was given a high-velocity, low-amplitude SMT, using the hypothenar mammillary push. Each subject was treated with this specific SMT technique while laying on their side versus their back. The push was also specifically aimed between the L5 and S1 vertebrae of the spine.

After the SMT was completed, the pain threshold tests were carried out again at 0, 10, 20 and 30- minute intervals. Upon completion, the pressure pain threshold was collected again, and then again at 10, 20, and 30 minutes after the conclusion of the treatment session.

When the research data was compiled and compared, it was discovered that subjects reported an increase in tolerance to pain in 2 of the four areas tested. These areas where the calf and lumbar spinal region.

The areas no discernable change was experienced were the scapula and forehead regions. While this study involved only one treatment before result were gathered, it did warrant the need for further testing with the idea that patients coping with chronic pain
issues, especially in the lower back area, can expect to receive relief from standard chiropractic treatments.

Relieve Sciatic Pain with these 5 Natural Ways

Sciatic pain is moderate to severe nerve pain that can run from the buttocks down the legs. It is very common, with more than 3 million cases in the United States each year. Thankfully, chiropractic care can help relieve sciatic pain naturally and gently. Studies have shown that, unlike medications or surgery, chiropractic medicine can be useful in treating sciatic pain without harmful or costly side effects. With that said, the body is a complex system, and all pain relief takes time. Restoration and relief of pain won’t come quickly, but remaining committed to chiropractic care can help in the long term, but what about now? How can you get relief now?

Your chiropractor understands and is here to help. There are so many complementary therapies you can explore while working with your chiropractor to release your sciatic pain. Remember to keep an open mind, and that each body will respond differently to the methods outlined below. It’s tough living with nerve pain, but by learning more about your body, you’ll be able to find out what therapies
work for you!

Here are five all-natural ways you can help reduce your sciatic pain now:

Acupuncture

Originating in Ancient China, acupuncture has gained popularity in the United States for the past few years and has been proven to help with muscle injuries and pain. The way it works is by tapping into our body’s “meridians” or energy fields. By using needles, your provider will stimulate these meridians and improve the healing process, reducing pain. In a study involving acupuncture for the treatment of sciatica, it was found that acupuncture has a significant effect on pain relief compared to two other groups that were using medication.

Stretching and Yoga

Sciatica and exercise are not the best of friends, and strenuous activity can worsen or trigger pain. Therefore, it might seem best just to relax, but inactivity can also wreak havoc on not only your sciatic nerve but the rest of your body. Yoga and stretching are gentle exercises that lengthen your spine, release tense muscles, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the core. You might be hesitant to give it a try, but studies show yoga is safe and effective for relieving sciatic pain!

An Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Inflammation is the leading cause of sciatic nerve pain and issues but can be reduced by making diet changes to fight and lower inflammation in the body. A diet that is high in trans-fats, cholesterol, and processed sugars will cause a lot of swelling. Replacing these dietary choices with natural and organic food will promote a body free of inflammation. Some delicious anti-inflammatory foods to try are green tea, blueberries, and fresh ginger.

Heat and Cold Therapies

Heat and cold can work wonders on sciatic pain when used correctly. Heat can release tight muscles and dull pain away. Cold therapies slow blood flow and help reduce the symptoms of inflammation. Consult your chiropractor on which treatment is better for you, or if you should use both.

Epsom Salt Soaks

Epsom baths have been used for decades to restore and heal the body. When combined with warm water, the salts will draw out toxins, increase circulation, and reduce inflammation and pain.

Hip, Knee, Ankle Chiropractic Care

Pain in the lower extremities, like your hips, knees, and ankles, are common physical ailments for which chiropractic care is typically sought out. These pains can be caused by injury, overexertion, or simple wear and tear from repetitive movements that break down the soft and hard tissues in your joints. Hips, knees, and ankles are the most frequent areas for pain, with almost 7 million individuals in the United States living with a hip or knee replacement in 2015. Completing surgery to fix these issues is expensive and time-consuming. There are quite a few less invasive methods to explore that can help with lower extremity pain, like chiropractic care.

Hip Pain

The hips contain important muscles that are involved in critical movements of your body. Inflammation or injury to the area can express itself in sharp or dull pain or even numbness and tingling. These aches and pains are symptoms of conditions like sciatica -nerve pain that goes from your buttocks to the legs); bursitis – joint pain associated with burning and swelling; and inflammatory-related strains and arthritis. All of these conditions can be treated with chiropractic care!

Knee Pain

Your knees contain many different elements that can be injured, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. The knee is one of the most commonly injured joints of the body, but can also be helped with chiropractic therapy. Knee pain can be sharp or dull but will vary based on the cause. Frequent conditions that cause symptoms are bursitis, tendonitis (inflamed tendons), degenerative arthritis, strains (Meniscus, ACL, MCL), and runner's knee (outside and front knee pain).

Ankle Pain

Ankle and foot pain are quite often related to a strain and can even make it painful to walk around your house. Other offenders could be Achilles tendonitis (pain in the heel and back of the ankle related to inflammation of the Achilles tendon), plantar fasciitis (sharp pain near the heel), heel spurs, and shin splints (pain radiating from the shin to the ankle and foot)

How Can Chiropractic Care Help My Lower Extremity Pain?

If you are experiencing pain in your lower extremities like your hips, knees, and ankles, a chiropractor can help create a plan tailored to your individual needs to not only find the cause of your pain but treat it. Chiropractors are experts on the movement and structure of the body. By using a variety of chiropractic manipulations and modalities, your chiropractic physician can improve your range of motion, erase pain, and restore function to your joints. The first step is to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor for a full assessment and individualized plan of care.

Brace Options for Lower Extremity Pain

Wearing a brace as a treatment for pain is a safe, efficient, and clinically proven therapy that could be complementary to your chiropractic care as determined by your chiropractic doctor. A variety of brace options can be worn such as knee or ankle brace. Bracing can help athletes protect their joints while still enjoying their sport. Each brace can be adjusted to fit your life and provide the stabilization you need to reduce pain in your body.

Get back to how life was before your lower extremity pain and schedule your chiropractic appointment today!

Vitamin D and Your Spinal Health

Researchers have found a potential link between vitamin D and your spinal health. In recent studies, they’ve observed that those about to undergo spinal-fusion surgery due to spinal health issues also have shockingly low levels of vitamin D in their system. Students and professors conducted this study at Washington University of St. Louis and recently presented at the conference of the North American Spinal Society.

The Study

For the study, researchers at Washington University of St. Louis checked 313 different patients that had been scheduled for the spinal-fusion surgery mentioned above. Slightly over half, or 57 percent, of the patients scheduled for that surgery had low enough vitamin D levels that they would be deemed deficient at any regular health screening. The operation they were scheduled for to correct their spinal issue requires new bone to be made by the body, which takes quite a bit of vitamin D, tremendously concerning for their doctors.

They performed this study with the hope that revealing a previously unheard of link between vitamin D and your overall spinal health would lead to less spinal problems for patients in the future and a decrease in spinal-fusion surgeries. This could mean a vast improvement in the quality of life for future generations.

What It Means

This research means a much more prominent change for doctors than the patients. This study very well could lead to a change in medical practices where doctors are required to check the vitamin D levels of the patients they want to recommend for spinal-fusion surgery. This would ensure that the patient has enough vitamin D in their system to help with the new bone growth and prevent possible complications later down the road. The need to check the vitamin D levels of the patient is heightened for those that are obese, have diabetes, have a history of smoking, or are over the age of 55. It also raises questions about what vitamin D does for your overall spinal health. Could increasing your vitamin D intake help prevent the need for severe spinal surgeries like spinal-fusion later down the road? There’s still more research to be done, but the discovery is enough to spark the inquisitive minds of our society and inspire further research.

While this study may not seem as flashy as others that are deemed as significant breakthroughs, the discovery of a potential link between vitamin D and your overall spinal health is not only fascinating but could also lead to new ideas on how to prevent spinal issues or injuries from occurring. The research found could change the way we view and treat spinal injuries and concerns and even prevent them from happening in the first place.

Help Ease Chronic Lower Back Pain from Wearing Painful Shoes with Shoe Orthotics

Back pain is one of the most common complaints amongst people, especially those that are middle-aged or older. Our backs handle a lot of our weight and a lot of strain that we put on them daily, from walking or standing with poor posture to hunching your back to work at a computer. We’ve all seen the endless lists of potential remedies or preventative measures that never seem to help. Researchers have set out to fill this void in medical research and find something to help relieve your ever-present back pain. The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published a study in 2017 that researched the effects of orthotics on patients’ lower back pain.

The Study

Researchers split up 225 subjects (all adults that suffer from lower back pain) into three different research groups, one of which, of course, being a control group with which to compare the others. Each group was studied for six-weeks’ time.

Research Group 1
Each member of the first group was given shoe orthotics that were made custom for them and asked to wear them for six weeks. They were monitored as to the relief they experienced in their lower back pain and, after six weeks, were compared with the other two groups.

Research Group 2
The members of the next research group were given orthotics as well, but they also received an additional treatment: chiropractic manipulation. They underwent many of these procedures and received soft tissue massages, completing the treatment by alternating ice and heat packs on the lower back. This was done for six weeks before being compared to the control group and the other manipulated group.

Research Group 3
The last group received no orthotics or treatment whatsoever. They served as the control group and still showed signs of placebo effects.

Results
Both groups that received orthotics reported significantly less pain in their lower back, with Group 2 indicating the most significant positive change. However, the control group that received no treatment whatsoever, also reported a substantial decrease in their back pain, raising questions about the level of placebo effect these groups experienced. It has been proven, however, that using orthotics can not only correct gait issues, but could also alleviate dysfunctional movements that worsen the pains in the lower back and can help restore the symmetry in your body. Orthotic usage corrects the issue.

While researchers say that custom orthotics will help significantly improve your back pain, the orthotics you can purchase at retail stores or pharmacies will work better than no orthotics at all. The APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) recommends that you take your shoes with you when you purchase orthotics to ensure the perfect fit. You should make sure to get orthotics with the correct amount of support to accommodate your daily activity. It’s encouraged that you consult with a podiatrist before you pick an orthotic, but especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation as the wrong orthotic in this case could make the problem far worse.

Six Ways to Keep Your Holidays Healthy and Fun!

When it comes to eating healthy, holidays are the worst time even to try. With family get-together caulked-full of calories, to eating fast food while shopping, the months of November and December are some of the hardest of healthy-living. No matter how discouraging it seems, don’t totally kick nutrition out the door this year – we’ve put together a list of six simple ways that you can enjoy the holiday season without completely giving up.

  1. Trick Your Brain. While you may head to the table ready to eat the entire turkey, you’re really not as hungry as you think. Before you load a huge plate down with food, consider taking a smaller plate and just putting a lot of food on it. The smaller plate will seem like it has a ton of food while actually sporting only half the calories of a regular- sized plate. You can do the same thing with drinks by using tall glasses that hold fewer
    ounces. Your mind thinks you’ve had the regular amount, and it will pass the news on to your stomach!
  2. Get Some Sleep! Yes, the holidays are stressful, and there doesn’t seem to be time enough to think about napping, but it’s important to get a full seven-hours sleep a day. The less you sleep, the more you eat, and calorie-loaded foods will be more attractive when you’re tired.
  3. Eat Before the Meal. It sounds crazy, but you might consider eating before you head off to the big meal. Healthy foods such as fruits and veggies can help calm your appetite and keep you from totally stuffing your face at the dinner.
  4. Take Time to Chew. Sometimes, eating at family get-togethers can become a race to see who can pack in the most food the fastest. Aunt Edith’s famous chocolate pie? Sure I’ll take another slice…just like me woof this one down first! Take time actually to enjoy your meal by chewing slowly. Not only will this give your food time to digest, but it’s another trick that makes you feel stuffed even when you’re not.
  5. Make Good Choices. Strangely enough, the foods that you put on your plate first are the ones you will eat the most of. Before you grab for the macaroni and cheese, head for the low-calorie veggie tray first. It may not seem like the most attractive food, but your waistline will thank you!
  6. Add Some Nutrition to the Meal. If you’re going to eat with friends or family, talk to the host about bringing along a healthy dish. Most chefs are happy to have something extra at the meal and would welcome a low-calorie dish that goes along with what they are serving. While you can still enjoy the other food, your healthy dish will ensure you that there is something nutritious available for your main course.

Yes, the holidays bring along a lot of festive meals and some very unhealthy eating choices; however, you don’t have to entirely give up on your plans to get in shape. By using the six tips listed above, you can continue to enjoy the fun while staying on course for a healthier new year!

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