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Tips for Making a Healthy Thanksgiving Turkey

Date: November 17, 2017 | Time: 12:57pm

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Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with fun, football, and food. While we all enjoy filling our bellies with the traditional dishes, most of us do not realize that a typical Thanksgiving meal contains 3,000-5,000 calories. That number of calories is more than double what most people should be eating in a day. The food tables may be never-ending, and the drinks may be flowing, but read below for ways to make a healthy Thanksgiving turkey this year.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

If you are hosting an intimate gathering, purchase a turkey breast instead of a whole bird. The breast meat has fewer calories and fat. Add the turkey breast to a slow cooker with spices and seasonings. You can also add water to retain moisture.

Brine a Turkey

A brine is a basic concoction of salt, water, and aromatics. Throughout brining, the turkey absorbs excess moisture, keeping it moist and juicy both during and after cooking. The salt helps breaks down some of the turkey's muscle proteins, which helps to prevent the meat from getting tough. Even if you overcook the turkey, a brined bird will be juicier than an unbrined bird. Aromatics for the brine include: bay leaves, peppercorns, cloves, juniper berries, all spice berries, orange peels, and lemon peels.

Smoke a Turkey

Smoking is a slow roasting way using low heat and smoke produced from aromatic wood chips. Fire up the grill to 240 degrees. Make sure you remove the giblets and be sure not to stuff a smoked turkey. Rinse, dry, and put the turkey into a roasting pan. Brush the skin lightly with olive oil. Insert an oven-proof thermometer into the thigh. Start the smoking process and relax! Close the smoker and set a timer. Don't open the grill until it's cooked. Smoking adds a deep smoky flavor to the meat and is a healthy alternative to frying!

Stuff the Cavity

If you are roasting your turkey, great creative and stuff the cavity with yellow onions, halved lemons, apples or oranges, garlic, bay leaves, and fresh herbs such as sage, marjoram, thyme, and/or rosemary. This will add plenty of flavor without fat.


A self-basting turkey is one that has been injected with flavorings, usually containing salt and fat, to create moisture as is roasts. To watch your waistline, avoid a self-based turkey. A healthy alternative would to baste the turkey with a fat-free chicken broth. You could also baste the turkey with ghee, a clarified butter that is an excellent dairy free alternative. Ghee tolerates prolonged cooking heat and has therapeutic, healing properties. Add some salt, pepper, lemon juice and paprika to your turkey before putting it in the oven.

Make a Healthy Gravy

If you are looking for a canned variety, many gravies in your supermarket offer a fat-free or gluten-free alternative. Some families prefer making their own gravy that can include mushrooms and onions, with chicken broth, parsley or rosemary, and cornstarch or flour.

Pair with Healthy Sides

Your turkey is the centerpiece of Thanksgiving, but the meal wouldn't be complete without different side dishes. Brussels sprouts could be quickly saut'eed with olive oil and salt. Sweet potatoes can be roasted with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ghee. A green bean casserole can have a panko topping instead of fried onions. Cranberries can be boiled down and honey can be mixed in, as opposed to sugar.

We hope you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

If you want to improve your overall health and lessen your pain year-round, give us a call to discuss your options at (251) 990-8388. We are conveniently located at 8335 Gayfer Road Ext Ste F, in Fairhope, Alabama. Visit us on our website or connect with us on Facebook!

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Pregnancy and Back Pain

Date: October 20, 2017 | Time: 7:28am

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Pregnancy is beautiful. A woman has a life growing inside her week after week until his or her big debut. Unfortunately, pregnancy can take a toll on a woman's body. More than 2/3 of pregnant women experience lower back pain. Some women experience symptoms in the first trimester, but it usually starts during the second half of pregnancy and can progressively get worse. Back pain can interfere with daily life activities and getting a restful night's sleep.

What causes back pain during pregnancy?

Your center of gravity shifts as your uterus expands, causing weakness in abdominal muscles affecting your posture and increasing strain on your back. The extra baby weight means increased stress on your joints and more work for your muscles, making you feel worse as the day continues.

Hormones also play a role in back pain during pregnancy. These hormones allow ligaments in the pelvic area to relax and joints to become looser in preparation for child birth. This shift may make you feel unstable and cause pain when walking, standing or sitting for long periods of time, changing positions, or lifting, pushing or pulling items.

Muscle separation of the rectal abdominis muscles (your stomach muscles), which run from the rib cage to the pubic bone may separate along the center seam, causes intensified back pain.

Poor posture and stress can also be culprits.

What can I do to prevent or minimize back pain?

  • Initiate an approved exercise program. Include strengthening of your back and core.
  • Use good body mechanics. For example, squat by bending at the knees rather than at your back.
  • Wear appropriate, supportive footwear. Avoid high heels and flip-flops.
  • Do not sleep on your back. If you do, put a bolster under your knees. A sleep support pillow can help relieve pain.
  • Wear a maternity support belt under your lower abdomen and support hose on your lower extremities.
  • Get plenty of rest and be sure to hydrate. Elevating your feet is a good pressure relief technique for your back.

How can I treat back pain during pregnancy?

Apply ice or heat.

Use a maternity support belt.

Schedule times each day where you can give your feet and body a rest.

See your OB/GYN for medication used to treat inflammation and help with pain.

Consult with your healthcare professional, specifically massage therapist or chiropractor to provide optimal relaxation and relief.

Is chiropractic during pregnancy safe?

There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. Chiropractors have extensive training when working with women who are trying to conceive or who are pregnant. Gentle, therapeutic chiropractic treatment options to reduce back pain include joint mobilization, soft tissue treatment, and exercise.

What are benefits of seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy?

Relieving back, neck, or joint pain

Preventing a Cesarean section delivery

Reducing the amount of time in labor and delivery

Reducing or controlling nausea symptoms

Strengthens the immune system of mom and baby

Maintaining a healthier, happier pregnancy

Chiropractic care can establish pelvic balance and postural issues, which help eliminate or reduce pain. It can also help position the baby correctly for birth, alleviating pressure from your lower back.

If you are suffering from back pain during your pregnancy, don't hesitate to schedule a consultation appointment. Ask us about information to improve your overall health or lessen any pain you're experiencing by giving us a call to discuss your options at (251) 990-8388. We are conveniently located at 8335 Gayfer Road Ext Ste F, in Fairhope, Alabama. Visit us on our website or connect with us on Facebook!

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