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Summer Fun – Maintenance Required

Aaaah SPRING! The change of season is finally here and April has already delivered on its promise…lots of crazy weather! The transition in the air, evokes flurry of activity; temps are all over the place, rain storms one day, glorious, fresh air and lots of sunshine on another. Just like the atmosphere and temps our bodies and minds get swept up in the world wind of transition.

I’ve recently began to notice an influx of patients with a common theme to their ailments. It seems with the warmer temps everyone in coming out of winter hibernation, out of sedentary life, which has led to injuries. I love learning about the various activities that everyone is taking on. Adding a few of these tips will help to ensure a smooth transition and a healthy way of life to last well into summer and beyond!

  1. GET MOVING Go ahead and get outdoors! A daily 20 minute walk can help increase your stamina and can help make the transition into running a whole lot easier.
    2. Revamp Your Diet with Fresh Fruits and Veggies Take advantage of the variety of vegetables available during spring. A healthy diet includes adding vegetables and fruit every day. Vegetables like broccoli, green beans, leafy greens, zucchini, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, and tomatoes are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Try to eat about 3 to 5 servings every day. Check out this yummy recipe for Lemon-Mint Snap Peas & Lima Beans below!
    3. Drink More Water This goes without saying but make sure with your new fitness routines you are properly hydrating your body. Drink plenty of water before going outside and have plenty on-hand to stay hydrated.
    4. Check In for a Check Up Before starting any new physical activity check in with your doctor for a head-to-toe wellness check.
    5.  Maintain regular Chiropractic Adjustments Prevention is the key to optimal health.  Be sure to schedule a visit ensure proper alignment and prevent injuries, and unnecessary  aches and pains from flaring up.
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Recipe for Healthy Eating

Lemon-Mint Snap Peas & Lima Beans
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 10 ounces frozen baby lima beans, thawed

Whisk shallot, oil, lemon juice, mint, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a medium saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Steam snap peas and lima beans until the snap peas are tender-crisp and the lima beans are heated through, 5 to 7 minutes. Toss with the vinaigrette.

Recipe Source: Eating Well

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