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Shelby's Nut Butter Banana Cream Pie

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Ingredients:

Crust:

1 cup of raw cashews
1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup of pitted dates, tightly packed
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

Banana Filling: Read more

 

Times of Conflict Make or Break Relationships

It’s how we behave during times of conflict that ultimately determines the quality of our relationships.

To like, love, and even to adore are effortless when all is good.

But how well do we listen with deep intent to understand when there is disagreement?

How capable are we of considering our shortcomings and how we might have contributed to any conflict at hand?

If we can’t offer heartfelt empathy, and we refuse to take responsibility for our contributions to hurt feelings, the fracture only grows wider. Read more

 

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy - A Safe Way to Accelerate Healing?

Originally posted in June of 2015

If you have a chronic musculoskeletal injury that isn't responding to appropriate rest, stretching, and other rehab measures, you might consider platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

PRP therapy involves extracting a small amount of blood from your arm, using a centrifuge to collect the platelets in your blood, and then injecting concentrated platelets into injured tissue(s).

The idea is that natural growth factors that are secreted by your platelets can promote healing that would otherwise be difficult because of inadequate blood flow and healing capacity. Read more

 

Shelby's Oil-Free Roasted Veggies with Tahini

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Ingredients:

Bite-size pieces of any vegetables that you enjoy.

Vegetables used in the the photo above:

Sweet potatoes
Mushrooms
Brussels sprouts
Broccoli

Sea salt and pepper Read more

 

Deep Active Stretch To Improve Shoulder Mobility

This is highly effective for lengthening the posterior deltoid region, including rotator cuff muscles and back muscles that govern scapular movement. Read more

 

How to Make California-Style Avocado Rolls

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Updated on June 23, 2019

If you enjoy California rolls but haven't ventured to make them at home, may this pictorial serve as a helpful guide. We enjoy our California rolls with avocado and cucumber - combine these fresh fruits with lightly seasoned rice, and you have the perfect mix of creamy, cool, and tangy. Absolutely mouthwatering, especially when dipped in my mom's secret dipping sauce. Read more

 

Rotator Cuff Stretch to Prevent Impingement, Bursitis, Frozen Shoulder, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

This is arguably one of the most helpful stretches you can do to keep your shoulders healthy for overhead activity. Read more

 

Nourishing Kale and Chickpea Soup Recipe

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Photo above by Shelby

Kale is a member of the cabbage family, and is an excellent source of the full vitamin C complex, and cancer-fighting carotenoids. It's also a good source of iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, and potassium.

Chickpeas are one of the least expensive, nutrient-rich foods that you can eat. They're rich in a number of nutrients, most notably folate, manganese, tryptophan, copper, iron, and of course, healthy protein. Due to their high tryptophan content, chickpeas are an excellent food choice for people who have trouble getting restful sleep. Read more

 

Appearances Matter

Originally posted in July of 2014 after the passing of my friend, Dr. John.

When I moved to the suburbs of Chicago shortly after my 20th birthday to begin graduate school, as much as I needed to learn about human physiology and clinical sciences, I was in even greater need of general life guidance. Having been raised by ultra conservative immigrant parents, I had more than a few things to learn about how to understand and interact with people.

I had the great fortune of having as a classmate a fellow named John who was 47 years old and excited to begin a second career. He had done well as a real estate appraiser and property flipper on the east coast, and though he never boasted of his wealth, I knew that John had earned enough to be retired, and was pursuing a career as a health care provider because he had restored his own health with alternative therapies and wanted to share his passion for natural healing with others. Read more

 

An Introduction to 90/90 Hip Mobility Exercises

90/90 hip mobility work is highly effective for improving functional range of motion of your hip joints.

Before beginning 90/90 work, I suggest warming up your spine, particularly your lower spine, as sitting in the 90/90 position can put some strain on your spine and surrounding soft tissues, and thoroughly warming up your back will decrease risk of straining muscles and ligaments in and around your spine. Read more

 

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