It seems like lately I've been hearing from women all over that they feel not good enough. We, as ladies, are SO hard on ourselves, and we are constantly worried we are hurting someone's feelings, or anxious we've said the wrong thing. Women are compassionate creatures, we are nurturing and loving, and because of it we are taken advantage of OFTEN.
Yes, I know there are ladies who don't feel the need to people please, and to you I say, "Congratulations! That's awesome! I am aspiring to be more like you." But for the rest of us, I want to address a deep need we all have... to be enough.
But what does it mean to be "enough?"
What does that even mean? It's actually easier to relate to the feeling of being "not enough" than to being "enough."
Enough means not having to apologize all the time whenever someone feels sad, or something goes wrong. Enough means not taking responsibility for another's feelings, actions or expressions. It means standing up for yourself when another human being is emotionally vomiting all over you, or gaslighting you (telling you that you are wrong about your own thoughts, feelings or emotions) or making you feel wrong for your opinions, beliefs or needs.
Enough is about knowing that YOU ARE JUST FINE THE WAY YOU ARE RIGHT NOW.
I feel as if I can speak to this very clearly and from the heart because of my own history with feeling "not enough." Even on my best days there are times that I find myself accommodating a friend, colleague or client when I've swore I wouldn't violate that boundary anymore. And then I do it again.
Like when someone asks you to bend in a way you know makes you feel uncomfortable. Such as someone asking to be picked up from the Airport when you know there's a perfectly good bus, train, or hey, have they heard of Lyft? Uber? C'mon now...
Or when your boss asks you to stay late, or to take over another person's duties, or when you partner tells you they are "too tired" to run that errand, do that chore, complete the task they promised to do.
What happens when your boundaries are challenged. Do you bend? Do you break? Do you just silently pick up the slack and act like nothing has happened (or even worse, do you "save the day" with a smile on your face, while silently cursing the added stress?)
There is a reason we are suffering in such large numbers of stress and anxiety-related diseases. How many women do you know with Depression? General Anxiety Disorder? It's all too common. Sometimes it just manifests as stomach issues, food allergies, worry... it has many names, and all too often it's root lies in "bending" to another's will or whim. But it doesn't have to be this way!
Enough means setting boundaries
Ahh, boundaries. That subtle demon that women the world over are taught don't apply to us. We are told the suffrage movement was for "our rights" and in many ways we've gained some... women can be doctors, lawyers, internists, therapists, flight attendants, even supreme court judges. The world is changing in many ways. We can vote. We can marry other women. In most places in the US we can safely get abortions (yes, another topic). But in some ways we are treated exactly the same.
Recently I had a client in my office who was a new mother by a few weeks. It was the birth of her second child, and her Mother-in-Law was visiting to see the new baby. She was super anxious about the visit (as so many of us are) and commented about the way her MIL was treating her. For her new maternity gift my client was "re-gifted" old placemats with dried, crusty food all over them. To make it worse the MIL handed the "gift" to my client's daughter and had her carry them to her Mother.
Naturally my client acted happy about this "gift" but inside she was heartbroken. "Is this really what she thinks of me? I'm worth food-stained placemats?" my client commented, her eyes tearing up. "Of course not" I said. "You are worth so much more than that."
But naturally this isn't about placemats at all. Aside from the fact that this gift was gross, weird, and super disrespectful, the fact that my client had to act like it was okay is the problem. WHY in our current society, do we feel it is acceptable to belittle, push and judge others, especially women?
Enough means saying "no" and having it be okay
In the case of my client, why couldn't she just refuse the gift? Why can't we tell that friend we can't take them to the airport, can't loan them money, won't do the dishes for the 100th time when our partner doesn't feel like it anymore? Because of the fear that others will judge us. Or maybe we deserve to be treated this way. Or because it's the "right thing to do."
Boundaries and saying no are the cornerstone of taking back our power, taking back our "enoughness." Deciding that my needs are just as important as someone else's and realizing that I. Can. Say. No.
Boundaries are about setting rules for how we want others to treat us, and then STICKING TO THEM LIKE GLUE. It's easy to complain and say, "I wish they didn't treat me this way" but it's another thing altogether to call them on their shit and say, "No, I won't do that anymore, I'm not tolerating this treatment and I won't stand for it."
You deserve to be comfortable in your space. You deserve to make noise, to be loud, to be human, to be woman. You deserve to spread out, to take up space. You deserve to ask others for help and to be okay receiving it. BE the person asking for a favor, and don't accept when others make decisions for you, especially when it's against what you really want or believe in.
Enough is about self-care, and putting your needs first
You are important. Your NEEDS are important. You deserve to be valued, and the first step in being enough is to value your own process. Take a break from that big project. Put down the laundry basket and read a book for a few minutes. Breathe. Go to that yoga class you've been eyeing, but didn't think you had time for. Book a massage, or a session with your Chiropractor. Meet a friend for coffee. Watch Netflix for a little bit. Take an Epsom salt bath.
Just hit pause for a bit.
Too often we put the needs of others before our own, and although it feels like a *tiny* concession in the moment, over time those little bends and exceptions add up. And what they create is a feeling of overwhelm and subtle unworthiness. A feeling of being "not enough."
So start small. The next time someone asks you for a small favor, say "No." Start with a friend or family member and build up to the scarier people. Support yourself FIRST and spend more time with those who value you without asking for anything. If you don't have anyone like that, at least start to journal. It pays to start small. You didn't get into this place of feeling not enough in one moment, and it will take a while to get back out.
But it is possible.
And the scariest thing about all of this, the part we don't want to face...
Is that we are already enough.
YOU are already enough.
With time and practice you can show everyone else how wonderful, beautiful and amazing you are. It's time to start looking out for you and standing up for yourself.
Because. You. Are. Worth. It.
Let me guess- you're tired. When you wake up, in the middle of the day, in the afternoon, ugh the bed pillows are calling you. Yep, I get it. Me too. That's why I NEVER let myself run out of this supplement.
Vitamin Storage: Fat vs. Water Soluble
We all know about the alphabet vitamins- A, B, C, D, E... but what you may not realize is that every time you pee you are losing your water soluble vitamins. Certain vitamins and minerals stay in our bodies via our fat cells- they are fat soluble vitamins. They live in our fat (and thus we rarely run out of those bad boys).
Water soluble vitamins live in our water (read: pee, blood, lymph, etc.) Soooo every time you hit the bathroom you are throwing away your water soluble vitamins. Get it?
Vitamins B, C and Selenium are water soluble. They are also incredibly important to your daily life, and especially your energy. If you're losing these, you're probably feeling pretty terrible. Therefore.... supplement with them (and get a really, really nice one) and you will be feeling F-ing amazing all the live long day. Trust me :D
What exactly are B vitamins and why do I need them
B vitamins are actually a whole complex, with 12 as the crown jewel. Together they enrich your brain, heart, eyes and nerves. As a Chiropractor I absolutely LOVE IT when my clients take B supplements!!! It seriously increases their healing speed, reduces fatigue and elevates health overall.
What are the "B"s.... Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Panthothenic Acid (B5), Pyridoxine (B6), Methylcobalmin (B12) and Biotin (sometimes called B7). No there is no B4 and I have no idea why. Also WTF happened to B8-11? Also a mystery. But you don't need to know the deets of these individual vitamins, just take them together as a fabulous B complex.
Benefits of B vitamins:
Feeling motivated yet?!! Take enough B Vitamins and you may feel super human :D
My Favorite B Vitamin Supplement Ever: Now Foods "Ultra B12"
This baby really packs a punch! It's available in liquid form for supah fast absorption.
It's available in most health food stores for around $15 and is often on sale for $10ish. In Boulder you can find it at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Natural Grocers/Vitamin Cottage and Alfalfa's (and some King Soopers, but it's not guaranteed).
Be CERTAIN to buy the 4oz amber glass bottle- because the 2oz bottle is actually something else. Yes, they are labeled almost exactly the same. It's annoying. Get the 4oz, the smaller bottle has only one vitamin in it (B12) and you really really do need the whole complex.
Why I am obsessed with this unique blend:
The Ultra B12 by Now Foods (ONLY the 4oz bottle) contains 100-250% of most of the B Vitamins, plus 500% of your needed B5 + B6 and a whopping 83,333% of your daily B12.
No- that was not a typo. This bottle is super potent!!!
Oh and before you ask/freak out, YES it is 100% okay to take that much B12. It's water soluble, so you're just going to pee out anything your body cannot use. ***Note*** Your pee may be bright yellow or orange if you took a ton and didn't use much of it. Never fear, those are your excess B's leaving your body :) It's all okay.
The right way to take Liquid B Vitamins
Because of the way your body uses B vitamins to break down carbohydrates, they are actually absorbed fastest through the blood vessels in your mouth. What does this mean? It means please DO NOT just swallow the liquid dose instantly. You just reduced your body' absorption by a whole hell of a lot. Don't do that. There is a better way.
By holding the liquid in your mouth you are literally mainlining those B vitamins directly into your bloodstream and quickly to your brain. Personally I notice results in barely 10 minutes, but it is passive and not like a crazy energy drink. You're going to subtly function better and realize hours later that the slump you normally feel never happened. In fact, you feel pretty damn awesome all around.
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We live in a microwave society; we want everything now. This is the age of distraction and our attention span has suffered for it. We don’t have time to read an entire article; just give us the highlights. We don’t want to review the entire research paper; just give us an abstract. We don’t want a five minute phone call; send us a text. We don’t want to dedicate our time to life; we’re too busy living it. A lyric from a popular song by John Lennon says, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
But it doesn’t have to be this way. A new movement called “mindfulness” is opposing this societal norm and equipping those who choose to really live. In truth mindfulness has been present for many thousands of years in Buddhist culture, but only recently has it taken hold in modern American culture.
What is Mindfulness?
Psychology Today defines mindfulness as a state of active, open attention to the present. When one is mindful they observe their thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them as good or bad. Instead of letting life pass by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
Flow Magazine says that mindfulness is a solution for the troubles faced in this busy life. It’s about living with eyes wide open and looking at what is happening right now; enjoying ordinary things, small pleasures and less worry. Basically, live in the moment. Don’t worry about the future, it hasn’t come yet. Don’t fret over the past, it can’t be changed. Live in the now and stop wasting precious time.
Don’t worry about the future, it hasn’t come yet.
How to Live a Mindful Life
Mindfulness can be applied to numerous facets of life: everything from work, to self, to parenting, to keeping house, and many other areas. In addition, emotional health is just as important as physical health, and living life to its fullest is a valuable goal for everyone.
This introduction to mindfulness may just be the key to tying all of your healthy desires into one manageable and achievable goal.
Dr. Mark Bertin, a developmental pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College, says that mindfulness and eating are a natural fit. There are very few areas of our lives to which we give so little attention as our eating habits. We tend to go on autopilot when it comes to eating and our dietary choices have been made through lifelong choices; they call them eating “habits” for a reason.
Mindful eating develops healthy eating with awareness, conscious decision-making and responsiveness when under stress as opposed to reacting under stress. It requires little more than paying attention to what we’re eating, when and how much. Easily develop mindful eating habits by
following just a few recommended guidelines.
Steps to Invoke Change in Your Life
While this is not an exhaustive list, these guidelines are the first steps down a path to mindful eating.
The most important step in living a mindful life is recognizing negativity in our lives and removing it gently but firmly. Focus on the positive, focus on the now, don’t dwell in the past and don’t worry about the future.
Mindful Parenting (for non parents too!)
One of the greatest things we can do for today's children is to be there; more than just occupying the same space as children, but genuinely engaging with them. In this age of distraction, cell phones and television tend to be more important than time with our kids. Being a mindful adult can easily remedy this.
Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn are co-authors of the book Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting and Jon is the biomedical scientist who first introduced mediation into mainstream medicine. In a recent interview, Myla said, “We are so caught up in our thoughts that we’re being continually pulled away from the now – and we tend to miss it.”
We are so caught up in our thoughts that we’re being continually pulled away from the now – and we tend to miss it.
The most important step to being a mindful adult is to enjoy children for who they are, not who we expect them to be or hope they someday will be. Mindful parenting is about moment-to-moment, openhearted and non-judgmental attention. When interacting with children it’s important to ask ourselves, “Am I reacting here or am I responding?”
During that same interview, Jon said, “The more complicated our lives are, the more important it is to live in the present moment – otherwise we’ll miss much of our lives. As a parent, you can’t withdraw to a cave to meditate. It’s all about now.
When you tune into the breath and sensations in the body, you are stepping outside of time. Moment-to-moment, nonjudgmental awareness cultivated by paying attention - we are all capable of this. Mindfulness actually saves us a tremendous amount of time because we don’t go down so many dead ends with our thoughts. It doesn’t take any more time to be more mindful. It’s not a philosophy, it’s a practice. You don’t have to get less busy or fix anything. Simply reclaim your moments by showing up for them.”
The most common theme in everything “mindful” is to avoid negativity. Elaine Smookler, part of the faculty at the Center for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, says that it’s crucial to approach negative thinking with gentleness and that self-punishment often hides out as self-management. In other words, we are not living in the moment if we’re beating ourselves up over the past and that is the source of negativity.
It is impossible to live in the now, to focus on the present, and still be irritated with ourselves over something we’ve done in the past.
It is impossible to live in the now, to focus on the present, and still be irritated with ourselves over something we’ve done in the past. We can’t judge ourselves based on our past, we don’t live there anymore. The same can be said for worrying about the future. Mark Twain once said, “I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” Thoughts directed into the future are working against mindfulness. Gently direct all thoughts back to the here and now.
Mindful living means recognizing that life is happening now. Too often we let the present slip away as time rushes by us. Buddhist scholar B. Alan Wallace says, “We’re living in a world that contributes in a major way to mental fragmentation, disintegration, distraction and decoherence.” Whatever we’re doing we tend to be focused on what we’re not doing. For example, when at work we wish we were on vacation and when on vacation we can’t help but think about the work piling up on our desk back at the office. This is the polar opposite of mindfulness.
The Chiropractic Factor
This introduction to mindfulness should help you become more focused on living in the now, striving for a more positive attitude and mindset. In every area of mindful living, the most important step is to not let life just happen. We are not merely along for the ride.
A Wellness Chiropractor recognizes the vital role that a properly functioning nervous system plays in every area of your family’s health: physically and emotionally. Be sure to make your regular chiropractic adjustments a priority for you and your family and enjoy the benefits of a relaxed nervous system.
This article is courtesy of Dr. Claudia Anrig as a part of The Wellness Family Newsletter series.
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Listen how Dr. Lawrence Palevsky, MD explains his reasons for referring to a chiropractor from his holistic medical practice. He also touts the benefits of other therapies including craniosacral and nutrition modification.
"I realized that I kept seeing kids over and over again. It was out of a state of frustration that I began to wonder, what is really going on here?" - Dr. Palevsky, 2007
Dr. Palevsky is not alone in his practice methods- modern day Pediatricians are rapidly becoming strong advocates for Chiropractic care for children of all ages.
Antibiotics have saved many lives over the past century, but Dr. Palevsky explains how some children are being over prescribed only due to a lack of MD awareness. Pediatricians only want what is best for your child, however there are powerful nutritional, behavioral and postural modifications you can do right at home to help them live a long and healthy life.
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Why is it that chiropractic works so well in removing common breastfeeding stumbling blocks? Nicole Piazza Lederman, an ICPA-certified chiropractor practicing in Waterloo, Ontario, and former associate professor at Parker University’s College of Chiropractic, explains it this way:
Chiropractic helps for several reasons. First, in the newborn or preemie, the baby may have a weak suck reflex due to interference in the nervous system, especially at the level of the upper cervical spine. This can be caused by immaturity in the nervous system, in the case of the preemie, or by subluxation of the joints in the upper cervical spine due to birth trauma. Even in “good” hospital births, the head and neck are usually “managed” as the baby exits the birth canal and when the shoulders are delivered. This often results in some pulling and stretching of the tissues and joints in the neck. This type of birth trauma can cause a sprain/strain injury to the joints of the neck in addition to a subluxation complex.
Breastfeeding problems can also be caused by different cranial faults or slight misalignments in the cranial bones. This can again be due to the management of the head as the baby exits the birth canal. This can also be caused by the position of the baby in utero as well as prolonged or protracted labors, especially where vacuum or forceps have been used. In my experience, these babies will go to the breast and feed for a minute or two, but are fussy and come off the breast as they cannot get a good latch.
Most often I find that these babies have misalignment in the temporal mandibular joint, a fault at the frontal parietal articulation, as well as having an inferior palate on the same side as the TMJ subluxation. Once correcting this complex, you can test the sucking reflex by placing a finger in the baby’s mouth; you’ll find that the sucking reflex is better coordinated and much stronger. Moms are so relieved and grateful to be able to breastfeed their babies.
Mothers and chiropractors are not the only ones who recognize the powerful and positive role that chiropractic can have on the nursing relationship. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are also beginning to take note. Mellanie Sheppard, an IBCLC in the Fort Worth, Texas, area, says this, echoing many of Dr. Lederman’s thoughts.
A long, difficult birth, a very fast birth, a vacuumor forceps-assisted birth, or a cesarean birth may create tightness or tension in the neck, jaw or shoulders, which in turn can create some dysfunctional sucking patterns. A dysfunctional suck can cause breastfeeding to be inefficient for baby and can create pain for mom. Chiropractic care can relieve this tightness and tension and result in better breastfeeding with less pain.
When a lesson on how to latch just isn’t enough to make breastfeeding work, chiropractic care just makes sense in correcting the deeper physiological causes of nursing difficulty. Helping the body function properly through a chiropractic adjustment does so much more than alleviate back pain.
-Sarah Clark, Pathways Issue 46
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Car seats are very important while infants are in the car, that part is clearly true. The challenge begins when it’s time to leave the car altogether. Traveling into the home isn’t a problem, but going to a doctor’s appointment, shopping, to the library, out to eat, the list goes on and on. Sooner or later most parents learn that the car seat is a convenient place for baby to be when Mom needs her hands.
Sadly a growing newborn spine and skull is very impressionable to outside forces, especially being in the exact same position for long periods of time.
The Rise of Flat Head Syndrome
Medical professionals have begun to notice an alarming rise in the incidence of a skull deformity in infants called “flat head syndrome.” Plagiocephaly, the medical term for this flattening of the skull, can occur as a result of consistent pressure on a particular spot. It is a cosmetic condition, but one that can be permanent if left untreated. The increase in plagiocephaly is frequently blamed on the fact that babies are now placed on their backs to sleep, a position that has been shown to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
If a baby’s head is always in the same position, the pressure can deform the skull. However, back-sleeping is not the only factor. Extended periods of time spent in a baby seat can also contribute to this condition, as can long periods in strollers, swings, and other devices that put babies in a back-lying position.
Thomas R. Littlefield, M.S., is affiliated with an Arizona clinic that treats plagiocephaly. In an article in the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, he notes that 28 percent of infants who attend the clinic spend 1.5 to 4 hours daily in car seats or swings, and nearly 15 percent are in them for more than four hours per day. Another 5 percent of infants are allowed to sleep in these devices. Littlefield observes that cranial distortion resulting from overuse of car seats and swings is more severe and complex than in children who develop plagiocephaly from back-lying on a mattress. Consequently, he recommends reducing the time spent in car seats and swings, if possible. (1)
Concern over plagiocephaly also led the American Academy of Pediatrics to suggest in 2003 that infants “should spend minimal time in car seats (when not a passenger in a vehicle) or other seating that maintains supine positioning.”
When infants must be in a back-lying position, moving their heads occasionally can help reduce pressure and avoid developing a flat spot. The simplest and most effective prevention, however, is to decrease the cumulative time an infant spends on her back. (1)
Poor Positioning for Infants
Plagiocephaly is not the only problem associated with heavy use of car seats. According to Dr. Jeanne Ohm, executive coordinator of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (http://www.icpa4kids.com), many infants in strollers or car seats constantly tilt their heads to one side or the other. “That’s a good indication that their upper cervical spine is out of alignment,” says Ohm.
Short periods spent in a car seat are fine, but “keeping them in that position where it’s easiest for their head just to fall to the side—that leads to further spinal stress later on in life.” Ohm prefers to see parents carry infants in their arms and use different types of carriers. “Using a variety of carriers supports correct postural development for the child.” (1)
The Benefits of Babywearing
Babywearing is defined as the act of wrapping a baby in cloth around the torso of a parent and it has a long list of benefits. Parents mainly comment that they prefer babywearing to the traditional methods of carting around a baby carrier, diaper bag, purse and many other items. Especially in scenarios involving a great deal of walking, wearing baby is an ergonomic way to keep Mom or Dad’s back feeling strong (vs. carrying the heavy seat around on only one hip or arm) and keeps baby’s head upright, reducing asymmetrical strain on her little neck, reducing the chances of developing plagiocephaly.
In infancy the act of babywearing by a breastfeeding Mom can be the most efficient way to keep baby calm and facilitate discreet feedings. In addition to the ease on Mom’s back from having baby’s weight held snugly to her core, baby is much less likely to fuss and cry with Mom’s soothing heartbeat in her little ears. Mom can then leave the car seat in the car, and hopefully consolidate to only one carry bag (or ask her partner to carry all of baby’s extra items).
Wearing baby also eliminates the risk of the car seat falling from a table, chair, cart or being kicked by an unknowing passerby. Car seats tend to be large and bulky, often being placed into pathways, around corners and under desks or next to chairs on the floor. This is risky for baby who cannot call out a warning to defend himself and often winds up scared from the encounter, if not injured.
As baby grows, a toddler can be worn in the front facing out to the world, or on a parent’s back facing forward with Mom or Dad. Some parents are so coordinated they can wear an infant in front and a toddler in back! Now that is some impressive multitasking! In the case of toddler wearing, it has the added benefit of not allowing baby to run off if he is of an ambulatory stage, preventing dangerous encounters where he can be injured, or kidnapped.
In conclusion, although the car seat carrier can be incredibly beneficial for keeping baby safe while traveling in the family car, baby wearing just might be a better option in many scenarios. In the end it is always up to the parent to decide which choice is right for their family, however it is always wonderful to know all of the options.
I hope you’ve found this article helpful. If you enjoyed it, you may want to check out the first post in this article series: Car Seat Struggles + Benefits of Babywearing Part 1.
Thank you for reading!
1 - Portions of this article can be credited to Catherine McKenzie of the ICPA, and issue #23 of Pathways to Family Wellness.
It's that time again! The summer heat stimulates mouth watering recipes. This summer recipe series will bring you a new inspiring meal idea each week for your family to enjoy. YUM!
This week's recipe is Maple Sriracha Chicken Kebobs and they look divine!
Doesn't that look delicious? You may want to double or triple the recipe for a large family, or to create extra yummy leftovers.
Did you decide to make this recipe? If so, let me know! I'd love to hear your feedback.
Credit for this recipe goes to Julie Wampler of tablefortwoblog.com. Thank you Julie!
The birth of your newborn is a beautiful time... until your first trip outside the home. Then begins the mass exodus of baby materials, bags, strollers, car seats, extra clothes, blankets, binkies... the list goes on and on!
Even though your baby weighs less than 10 pounds, the extra baggage can easily weigh 2-3 times that amount, PLUS the baby's weight too! This is one of the many reasons experts are recommending baby carrying (in a sling or baby Bjorn-type device) vs. lugging the baby seat all over the place when going to stores, doctor's appointments and other excursions.
The Burden of Baby's Baggage
It’s not the baby that so weighs down new parents in the weeks after their child is born—a newborn weighs, on average, less than eight pounds. Instead, it’s the bulky diaper bag, the stroller, the spare clothing—all the trappings that modern parents feel obliged to carry. The infant car seat has become part of that baggage.
One of the main reasons that parents buy portable car seats is so they can remove a sleeping infant from the car without waking them. There are certainly times when this is handy, but the strategy can easily backfire. Many parents might remember shopping trips that began with baby asleep in her car seat, but only ten minutes later she was awake and screaming to be held. Often parents end up carrying her and the car seat—separately—for the rest of the trip. Parents comment that it is often simpler to wake her and put her into the sling, where she would frequently fall back to sleep again anyway.
Besides, an infant seat is usually an inefficient way to transport a baby. When placed on the floor of a doctor’s waiting room, it is at the perfect height for being accidentally tripped over or kicked. It’s downright hazardous when placed on a chair or table—something most manufacturers advise against. Outside the car, the seat becomes just one more thing to lug around. Leave it in the back seat and you may find yourself feeling remarkably light and free. (1)
The Physical Strain on Parents
An infant car seat can weigh nearly as much as the newborn inside it. Yet it’s common to see people walking around a shopping mall or grocery store, holding a car seat by the handle, the baby strapped inside. This can be hard on anyone’s back, but new mothers are particularly vulnerable. A woman “maintains [the hormone] Relaxin in her system for a good nine months after birth, and Relaxin makes the joints loose,” says Dr. Jeannie Ohm.
“That’s something you need for birth to be able to open up the whole pelvic opening, but it’s a weakening factor, in a sense, if you’re going to do some heavy lifting.”
Infant seats are designed to be portable, but they are still awkward to carry, according to Ohm. “You have to hold it away from your body so your leg isn’t kicking it, so your whole upper spine is tilted over.” Ohm often sees new mothers with injuries from this kind of lifting, and discourages them from doing it unnecessarily.
If a parent does want to keep her child in the car seat while out on a trip, using a compatible stroller or universal car seat carrier (a stroller frame that accommodates different brands of car seats) is much easier on her back than trying to carry the seat by the handle. (1)
If you can relate to the struggles of new parenthood, or know someone who does, be sure to check out the next article in this series: "Car Seat Struggles + Benefits of Baby Wearing Part 2."
1 -Credit for portions of this post should be given to Catherine McKenzie of the ICPA, and issue #23 of Pathways to Family Wellness.
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Every parent has experienced the dreaded task of getting your kids to eat their veggies. You've tried fun recipes, you've tried different varieties, types and even tried covering everything in cheese!
Sometimes it's helpful to read a new article, some new tips and tricks to getting your kiddos to eat their healthy veggies and fruits. We all know the importance of healthy whole foods in growing strong children- but sometimes it seems the better the food, the less they want to eat it!
Check out this article from Family Wellness First about getting kids to eat their greens:
Did you check out the amazing recipe at the end for Baked Broccoli Bites? How cool is that! Don't they just look delicious...
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Parents have been seeking Chiropractors for years for help with a whole range of ailments and growing pains. In recent decades, researchers have been seeking scientific proof of the benefits chiropractic parents know and love- that well adjusted kids tend to heal quicker, get sick less often and experience fewer ailments into adult years.
However even with all of the anecdotal evidence of benefits to children who are well-adjusted, research is always welcome to confirm these truths.
Check out the most recent press release on Chiropractic care in children, from the ICPA:
Chiropractic Care is Safe, Gentle and Effective
With the evolution of modern health care, more options and
choices are now available for those seeking to manage their
own health. Chiropractic for children is becoming one of the
most popular choices. In the late 1990s, an average of 30
million pediatric visits were made to chiropractors.
Chiropractic effectiveness and safety studies to date have
pointed out that there is no clear evidence of harm to-date,
and the purpose of this study  is to shine further light on to
the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments on
children. To do so, a study survey was created and sent to
over 2000 practicing chiropractors and parents whose
children have undergone or are undergoing chiropractic care.
The survey covered multiple topics of inquiry, including the
reason the parents sought care, what type of adjusting
techniques were used, and what kind of outcomes were seen
Outcomes were categorized into improvements, aggravations, such as worsened symptoms or complaints following adjustments, and complications, including fractures, sprains, strains, strokes, or death. The results were positive from both parents and practitioners.
The chiropractic survey showed that of 577 pediatric cases, totaling over 5000 visits, only 3 aggravations of muscles stiffness or soreness were reported, all of which were minor, and were addressed by the practitioner. There were no reports of complications.
The results of the parent survey were similar, showing that of 239 children and 1735 visits, 162 parents reported improvements, 2 reported aggravations, and none reported complications. Overall, the safety results, as reported by parents, showed that 0.83% of the population, or 1 in every 867 visits, resulted in minor adverse events.
What was staggering about the results were the reasons why parents sought chiropractic care for their children. 47% of parents sought “wellness care,” which means there were no complaints or symptoms in the children, and the parents sought care that was vitalistic and holistic in nature that would maintain and optimize the child’s health. The reasons for care that dealt with symptoms included musculoskeletal pain; ear, nose, and throat problems; neurological problems; colic; constipation and bedwetting; asthma and allergies; and birth trauma.
For more information about Chiropractic adjustments for children, feel free to reach out by phone at (303) 374-4856 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, if you'd like to book an online appointment for Chiropractic care, you can do so here: boulderfamilychiro.genbook.com.
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