INTRO FROM DR PARTON: Robert is a patient who has started with our clinic recently and I’ve asked him to share his personal experiences as he undergoes his first months of chiropractic treatment with Mercer Island Chiropractic.
Being Chinese, I grew up in a home where our father had grown up and been educated here while our mother lived the first half of her life in a small village in China before finally joining her husband in Canada in 1950. As we grew up in this Eastern/Western household, our mother would often lecture us about many of the foods we were eating, among other things. She would really nag us when we ate too much candy or other Western foods, while constantly making us a lot of Chinese dishes and soups that sometimes weren’t exactly easy to eat! Lots of herbs and vegetables, often kind of gross and not exactly gourmet! And lots of old-school lectures on ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ foods and keeping our diets balanced. As kids, we never truly had any idea what our Mom was trying to tell us.
Once I moved away in my late teens, I lived through counterculture ’60s and remember more of my friends talking about Yin and Yang and balance. One day, the light bulb went off and suddenly all of Mom’s scolding made sense. In her own simplistic way, she was passing along generations of knowledge that had been handed down to her as she grew up. While Mom had never been formally educated, the thousands of years of health and healing had been passed along to her and it was her duty to raise us in a healthy environment. So for much of my adult life, I’ve also continued to pursue a healthy lifestyle and diet with a focus on balance.
And because of this Eastern influence from my early years, I’ve also embraced a balanced approach to taking care of my body and my brain. (Moderation plays a key role in all of this.) As someone who has been a strong advocate for alternative health care, chiropractic has played an important role in my life for nearly 40 years. I truly feel that it has helped a lot at different stages in my life, especially following some traumatic events.
I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Jeff Parton in April and became a patient after my first visit. There are some of you who – like me – have used alternative medicine for years, while others may have finally tried chiropractic for the first time recently. I’ve been treated by many practitioners over the years and I can honestly say that Dr. Parton is one of the best I’ve met. He takes his time with his patients, often explaining details about the issues he has found in your spine. His adjusting technique is very firm and he’s one of those rare practitioners who has an intuitive touch so he always manages to focus on your problem areas quickly.
As I’ve gotten to know him better over a few weeks of adjustments (and improving results), we both realized that we had mutual philosophies on healthy lifestyles, diet and balance. And it’s this holistic approach that helps each of us maintain a better lifestyle. So when Dr. Parton found that I was a writer and blogger (among other things), he asked if I would consider blogging about my personal experiences with his clinic and his unique approach to his patients’ needs.
We’ve already had some interesting discussions about Yin and Yang, diet, food and water, and exercise. The whole package. I have a feeling we won’t run out of topics to cover in the months to come. I hope you’ll find reading my personal journey helpful in learning more about your own healing.
a grateful patient
How to establish discipline.
One of the hardest things that we can do in life is to try and change. Especially when that involves changing yourself. We are creatures of habit. We get very comfortable and used to doing things. Even if it is self-destructive behavior the familiar is a known commodity whereas any change or prospect of change brings uncertainty.
If you want to change something in your life do these things and I have no doubt it will manifest.
1) Define the goal or desire that you want. Create a picture in your mind. Better yet find a picture of that which you want. Or it’s to look better find someone who has the body you want. Put pictures of your new body all over that you will see. Create a burning image in your mind.
2) Ask for it in prayer. The Bible tells us in Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer believe that you have received it and it will be yours. Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the confidence in what we hope for and the assurance of what we do not see.
3) Establish a plan. Just take the next step. Take one step every day and commit to it. If you want a better body then buy a gym membership and commit to going.
4) Be organized. We are all busy and if you are like me it’s very easy to waste time. You have to plan your personal life and you have to plan that which is important to you. If you fail to plan plan to fail. Set up appointments for your workouts daily or to work on your project.
5) share your goal with someone who is enthusiastic and will help bring you up. Nothing better than having a positive accountability partner.
6) Track your progress. Roadmaps along the way to achieving your goal can make a big difference.
Good luck, have fun, kick butt, and enjoy life. If I can help you in any way let me know.
Healthy Sweetener Options
Refined sugar is incredibly harmful, and artificial sweeteners are just as bad if not WORSE for humans depending on who you talk to. For this reason, clean eaters are looking for healthy alternatives, and the GOOD NEWS is that there are many low-calorie, low glycemic, whole, organic, nutrient-dense sweeteners on the market that taste just as good.
Best Natural Sweeteners
Pure Raw Honey
Honey will not spoil or rot, it can crystallize over time, but do not mistake this for it going bad. If honey does crystallize, simply loosen the lid and let the jar sit in hot water, as this will allow the honey to liquefy naturally. It is important not to heat honey in a microwave as it will kill the beneficial enzymes. It also stops the growth of bacteria, and when used topically, it heals wounds & minor burns. It relieves sore throats and is touted for its ability to treat high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Pure Maple Syrup
Pure Maple Syrup is the product of the sap from sugar maple, red maple, or black maple trees, and should not be confused with ordinary syrup made with high fructose corn syrup and imitation maple flavorings. Healthy sweetening foods can be tricky to find if you’re trying to clean up your diet, but researchers have found that the compounds contained in pure maple syrup offer cancer prevention benefits, and the ability to prevent the proliferation of cancer cells. These cancer-fighting properties are greater if the syrup is dark in color. Another benefit of pure maple syrup is that it has been found effective in lowering blood glucose levels.
Blackstrap Molasses is a sweetener that is a healthful sweetener that contains significant amounts of a variety of minerals that promote your health. Unlike refined white sugar and corn syrup, which are stripped of virtually all nutrients except simple carbohydrates. It is also much better than artificial sweeteners like saccharin or aspartame, which not only provide no useful nutrients but have been shown to cause health problems in sensitive individuals. Blackstrap is darker than other versions and adds a distinct flavor to foods. Molasses supplies energy to your body in the form of simple sugars, or carbohydrates that are readily absorbed by your digestive system providing a quick burst of energy to fuel your activities. Consuming decent amounts of the correct carbohydrates spares your dietary protein, so it can support the maintenance of muscle mass as well as other protein needs. The carbohydrates in molasses also help your body during strenuous physical exertion. Some people have even said that taking blackstrap molasses regularly can prevent your hair from going gray too early and that it can change graying hair back to its original color.
Coconut Palm Sugar
Navitas Naturals Coconut Palm Sugar is an ideal replacement for regular sugar. It’s low-glycemic, has a wonderful brown sugar flavor, that works well for baking. It also dissolves easily in hot and cold liquids. A sweet bonus: coconut sugar’s nutritional profile includes amino acids, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and B vitamins, and it is low on the glycemic index so it enters the bloodstream more slowly to help curb blood sugar spikes!
Lucuma Powder offers an abundance of healthy benefits when added to your favorite food or beverage. In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, this powdered all-natural, organic sweetener is also gluten-free and an amazing source of antioxidants to boost the immune system, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals necessary for bodily functions. I use Navitas Naturals Lucuma Powder, which is made from whole Peruvian lucuma fruit that they dry at low temperatures and mill into a fine powder. It is also a is low-glycemic sweetener like Coconut Palm Sugar, contains many nutrients including beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, and protein, and has a unique, maple-like taste that’s perfect for a variety of recipes. Lucuma provides 14 essential trace elements, including a considerable amount of potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Studies have shown it has anti-inflammatory effects and is wonderful for wound healing, promoting tissue regeneration, and skin aging.
Apart from being a healthy and safe sugar substitute, Monk Fruit is widely used for the treatments of whooping cough, constipation, acute bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, sore throats, cute gastritis, etc. Different parts of Monk Fruit have different medicinal uses. The mashed root is able to help psoriasis & boils, while external use of the fruit hair can be used for wounds. Monk Fruit tea can be a cool refreshing drink that can prevent respiratory infections, and provide longevity if used on a daily basis. In addition, the monk fruit concentrate and extract are often utilized as a condiment to make nourishing stew, broth, cakes, candy, cookies, granules, syrups, fruit essence, cough syrup, and so on.
Stevia is a sweetener that has become immensely popular in recent years. Stevia is a 100% natural, zero-calorie sweetener with a number of health benefits that have been confirmed in human studies. It is a green, leafy plant that is native to South America and has been used for medicinal purposes for many centuries. The plant has also been bred for its strong, sweet flavor and used as a sweetener. Stevia comes in either liquid or a powder, or a version of the plant’s isolated sweet compounds, that are hundreds of times sweeter than sugar.