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Staying Positive in these unique times

ThriveAcupuncture

Dear Community, 

Waking up this morning you might of felt like you are in a movie, I know I did. I am writing to let you know that I am here for you. I am deeply committed to the health and well being of my patients and the community. Thrive will remain a place of healing, calming nervous systems, boosting immunity and helping people feel better!

I am also cleaning more, washing my hands (as per usual!), and stocking up on all of the immune-boosting herbs that have been part of Chinese medicine for millenia. Please don't hesitate to contact me for an herbal recommendation to help boost your immune system.

I will continue to treat patients and monitor the situation as it evolves. Chinese Medicine is an important tool in fostering wellness, and I am committed to supporting our community in this way. 

As this unique situation develops, If you have a fever, show any signs of a compromised immune system, or have travelled internationally, or the level 3 states in the last two weeks, please contact me so that we can help you in a way that does not involve coming into the clinic or direct contact. I am offering distance consults for herbs and supplements, as needed. 

In these uncertain times you may have found yourself feeling more nervous than usual. Below are some self care recommendations that you can use to keep yourself calm and healthy. During these times there are many things we can not control but we can control our reaction to them. A colleague wrote the ABC’s and I thought it was great tool and want to share it with you…

Let's start with the ABC's--these are the things you CAN control:
A is for Attitude. This is everything. A calm nervous system helps foster a strong immune system. I like the expression "Proceed as if it is not a problem" because we are super resilient human beings and many of us have been through challenges much larger than this in our lives. Check in with yourself and adjust accordingly.
B is for Breath. This is our best tool for keeping a calm nervous system. In through the nose, longer exhale through the mouth. This keeps our nervous systems strong and calm Even better? You do this, and you can help calm others down because you are modeling calm behavior (it goes the other way too, which is an even greater reason for being mindful of your breath).
C is for Choice. You get to choose how you move through this situation. Everything can suck, or be full of panic or fear, or you can say yes to what is happening in the present moment and eliminate the friction by accepting the the moment for what it is.

And then there are the other basics, which include:

1. Washing your hands. This can not be overstated enough. Wash them every time you come in from the outside, every time you go to the bathroom, every time you think about it. Wash them, wash them good. 20 seconds or more.

2. GET ENOUGH SLEEP. This is the foundation for a strong immune system. Asleep by 10:30. Lights out at 10:20. Pretend you are a kind and loving parent to yourself, and gently admonish yourself that really, it's time for lights out at 10:20. Because you'll thank yourself later and may even develop a good lifelong habit of investing in your health by getting more sleep.

3. Stay calm. See the ABC's above. Anxiety, fear and panic all increase the release of cortisol, which compromises the immune system. That's not what we want. And staying calm feels better anyway. Read the trashy novel. Skip FB. Do some drawing. Do some yoga. Meditate. Breathe. Laugh. Take a nap. Do what you need to modulate your immune system by keeping calm. (Another good lifelong habit to foster!!)

4. Nourish yourself. Eat warm, cooked foods. Avoid sugar, avoid over indjulging. This will help your body operate from a place of lower inflammation--boosting the immune system and lowering overall stress.  

I hope you use the above tips and they add value to your health. I am committed to the communities wellbeing and am confident TCM is well equipped to help support wellness and to support our community through this unique time. 

In Health and Love,

Sunnie

The Month of Love

The Month of Love, Thrive Acupuncture & Integrative Health in Brookfield WI

February is the month of LOVE. This valentine season I find myself reflecting on relationships. The relationships we have with others, our family, friends and the most important of all..... the relationship we have with ourselves. Far to often it is that relationship that is put on the back burner so to speak. We are caught up in the busy of life to take the time to listen our our own bodies, to take a moment and check with ourselves. 

Did you know the bodies last warning signal is a symptom?! I'll state that again the bodies Last signal! However it is the usually the first time we begin to look at our own health and wonder why does this hurt?! Many of us will even by pass that signal and keep pushing forward. Ladies, I am speaking directly to you. How many times do you take your kids to activity, social event, appointment but you don't drive yourself to an appointment for your own health! 

~You can not pour from an empty cup ~      Sunnie Sabol offers Acupuncture, Herbs, Nutrition in Brookfield WI

 

I am fortunate to have a job, NO.... A calling, that I love! Not a day goes by that I do not thank God for guiding me to eastern medicine and allowing me to add value to my patients lives. All to often patients come into the clinic as a last resort. While I am honored to be a part of anyones health journey, I often wonder what would their health story be if they made Thrive their first step instead of their last.

Health is not valued until it it lost ~ Chinese Proverb        Thrive Acupuncture & Integrative Health in Brookfield WI

It is time for you to reflect on your relationship with yourself and put yourself 1st! I think you will find your other relationships will become stronger when you are stronger!

I invite you to come into Thrive Acupuncture & Integrative Health for a consultation, lets chat about your health! 

In Health, 

Sunnie

The Month of Love, Thrive Acupuncture & Integrative Health in Brookfield WI

Keto stuffing recipe

by Sunnie Sabol

As the holidays get closer, you are probably starting to plan your dinner menu. One of the traditional dishes that is often served this time of year is stuffing. But what to do if you are following a keto diet? Do you skip stuffing altogether? Do you make traditional stuffing for your guests and just resist the temptation to try just a bite? No - you make a delicious keto stuffing recipe that will keep you on track AND all your guests will love even if they are not eating keto themselves.

keto stuffing recipe

The challenge with making a good keto stuffing recipe is that the main ingredient is bread. It has taken me a lot of trial and error to find the right ingredients to make a keto diet-friendly stuffing that is not heavy or odd tasting. The first step is making sure that you are using a high-quality low or no-carb bread. I recommend Thin Slim bread because it both tastes great and holds up well in the recipe.

One of the tricks to keeping the bread from getting soggy and heavy in the keto stuffing is to let it get stale before using.
There are two ways to go about doing this. If you have extra time, you can allow the bread to sit out until it is stale just from being exposed to the air. If you are a little more pressed for time, you can actually make the bread stale in the oven.

keto stuffing recipe

Make stale bread:
1.     Preheat oven to 200º.

2.     Cut bread slices into small cubes that are about 1/2" in size. Use a serrated bread knife to make cutting easier.

3.     Spread the bread cubes evenly on two large, rimmed baking sheets and place in oven.

4.     Leave bread cubes in oven for about 2 hours or until hardened.

The stale bread is less able to absorb the liquids in the keto stuffing recipe and stays lighter and fluffier. This is my secret for tasty keto stuffing, and now it is yours too!

Keto Stuffing Recipe:
Ingredients:

●     1 medium onion, chopped

●     1 cup celery, chopped

●     1 medium apple, peeled, cored and cubed (optional)

●     1 loaf of stale keto bread (Thin Slim is recommended Link)

●     2-3 cups of chicken stock

●     1 packet Keto Thyme Better Broth (order online Link)

●     2 tbsp butter

●     1 tsp dried sage or 3 tsp fresh sage, chopped

●     1 tsp dried thyme or 3 tsp fresh thyme leaves (no stems)

keto stuffing recipe

Directions:

●     Preheat over to 375º.

●     Grease a 3 or 4 qt casserole dish ( a 9 x 13 dish works well).

●     Preheat a cooking pan over medium heat and add butter.

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●     Add onion and celery and saute until onions are transparent.

●     Add apple and cook until vegetables are softened. Remove from heat.

Keto Stuffing

●     In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread cubes, Keto Thyme Better Broth, cooked vegetables, sage and thyme.

Keto Stuffing

●     Mix gently until evenly blended.

●     Add chicken broth to the bowl and mix quickly.

Keto Stuffing

●     Transfer mixture to the prepared casserole dish and bake for 40-45 minutes.

●     Serve and enjoy!!

This is the keto stuffing recipe that I make for my own friends and family and it has become a holiday favorite. If you do wind up making it, I'd love it if you'd let me know what you think of it!!

Keto Stuffing

Keto French Onion Chicken

by Sunnie Sabol

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I am always searching for ways to add Ketones to my favorite meals. The catch is the meals have to pass some tough critics, my kids! This months recipe idea came for our love of french onion soup so using Better Broth French Onion, was a natural choice. Not only did my family love this meal they cleaned their plates and asked for more! That makes this recipe a winner in our home, I hope it is the same for yours!

One Skillet French Onion Chicken

 

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

3 Large Vidalia Onions

2 Cups Beef Broth

1 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons Cassava flour

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1 packet of Pruvit Ketone Better Broth French Onion

8 Sliced Gruyere cheese

Garlic Powder, Salt and Pepper to taste

 

 

1.     Preheat Oven to 350

2.     Heat oven safe large Skillet over high heat. add 2 Tb of Olive Oil. Add Onions and season with salt. Stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes.

3.     While onions are cooking, trim Chicken Breasts and season with garlic, salt and pepper.

4.     Add Balsamic Vinegar to onions continuing to cook until caramelized.

5.     Remove onions from pan and set aside.

6.     Return heat to pan, add a little olive oil

7.     Place chicken in skillet at medium – high heat  to sear until golden brown.

8.     Remove Chicken from pan

9.     Pour in Beef broth and bring to a boil. Scraping up the stuck bits from bottom of pan.

10. Lower heat to medium-low and whisk in flour continue to stir until completely incorporated and slightly thickened.

11. Stir in packet of Pruvit Better Broth French Onion

12. Return onions and chicken to the pan.

13. Place 2 slices of Gruyere cheese on each chicken breast

14. Transfer skillet to oven

15. Cook chicken at 350 degrees or until chicken has reached internal temp of 165 degrees and the cheese had melted.

16. Serve warm and enjoyJ

 

Getting Through The Holidays

by Sunnie Sabol

Getting Through the Holidays, Tips you can use now!

Holiday weight gain is real! A new study out of Finland researched over 3,000 people, they looked at weight patterns for over a year. The conclusion, most of us gain weight starting as early as October and the worse part is it can take over 5 months to loose the extra weight! 

I wrote these tips for my patients, so they would not be one of those statistics. These tips also help you enjoy the holiday season with out filling deprived! Some of them may seem simple but if you make them a priority to add to your routine during the holidays, you will feel and look better for it. 

Tips For Surviving The Holidays

·     Make your workouts or walking a priority. Continuing some kind of movement during the more stressful times of the holidays is crucial to keeping you on track physically and mentally!

·     Drink Water, Hydration is important. Drink a minimum of 80oz a day.

·     If you are following a more ketogenic lifestyle, add a pink of Pink Himalayan salt to few glasses of water during the day.

·     Before going to a holiday party or dinner, have a protein shake to help curb your appetite.

·     Drink a shot (4/6 oz) of apple cider vinegar daily, this will help with digestion. You can also do a shot before each meal.

·     Make drinking 2 Ketones a day a priority.

·     Choose your alcohol wisely! Drink Vodka with seltzer and lime. Try to stay away from beer and wine.

·     At the party or dinner, skip the carb loaded bread! Look for veggies with full fat dip, sausage and cheese skip the crackers.

·     Use Natural Sweeteners like Stevia or Xylitol.  Switch out sugar in your holiday baking recipes for Swerve or Coconut Sugar.

·     Switch out white flour in your holiday baking also for almond or coconut flour.

·     No vegetable oils, margarine, corn oil, canola oil, hydrogenated oils, crisco, or peanut oil.

*Eliminate Carbonated beverages. They block calcium absorption and slow digestion

*Eat Salad with lunch and dinner. Eating a salad made with fresh vegetables helps to stimulate digestion and adds fiber, which helps to regulate blood sugar.  ** Extra tip, sprinkle salad with whole food fiber, this will help you stay fuller longer and decrease your craving to over eat.***
·     Acupuncture, continue or incorporate acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture resets your cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and also helps to regulate blood sugar.

I hope you found those tips to be of help to you. If you are looking for more ways to stop the holiday weight gain or for better overall health, please click on the make appointment button, I would love to meet you and help you form a healthcare plan that is right for you. 

I have one more tip for you all, as a way to say Thank you! I am often asked what do I eat?? well I have to admit I have some favorite holiday dishes I don't want to give up, so I did some experimenting in the kitchen and came up with a keto version of my favorite holiday side dish...Stuffing. The recipe is below. I hope you enjoy it! 

A Keto Stuffing

Ingredients:

Loaf of Keto Bread ( I purchased from Amazon, Thin Slim brand. I also found keto bread at whole foods market or can make your own cloud bread)

1 cup Celery

1 cup Onion

1 Apple (optional)

2 cloves of Garlic

1 teaspoon dried Sage

2 packets of Better Broth Keto Thyme (by Pruvit)

1 packet of MCT 143 (By Pruvit or other high quality oil)

1 cup of Organic Chicken Broth

Salt / Pepper to taste

 

Instructions:

·     Cut bread into cubes

·     Spread cubes on a large baking sheet, drizzle with a little MCT 143.

·     Toss packet of Thyme Better Broth over bread cubes, mix to incorporate

·     Bake bread @ 400 in oven till its toasted.

·     While bread is toasting in oven, begin to cut up onion, celery, and apple.

·     In a sauté pan drizzle a little MCT 143 on medium

·     Add onion & celery cook for 2-3 minutes

·     Then add, apple, garlic, sage & salt pepper continue to cook mixture until onions are clear and soft.

·     Once bread is toasted to your liking, remove from oven and allow to stand.

·     In a mixing bowl add Chicken broth, and packet of Keto Thyme Better Broth, slightly stir to mix.

·     Add Bread Crumbs & onion celery mixture to bowl. Gently mix all ingredients together till completely incorporated. (if needed add more broth, until bread moist but not soggy)

·     Transfer to baking dish, if needed coat dish with oil or butter to prevent sticking.

·     Cover and bake @350 for 30-40 minutes, I removed cover for last 5 minutes to brown the top a little.

·     Serve with Turkey and enjoy 

Emotional Health of Infertility

by Sunnie Sabol

For couples that are trying to conceive with out results find themselves dealing with stresses they have never experienced before, and are at a loss has to how to deal with them. Being diagnosed as infertile is difficult, but for a woman it can be divesting.  The primary function of the female reproductive system is reproduction of life. Facing the possibility that our right as a woman may not happen leaves some feeling broken and as a failure. Studies show that women undergoing fertility treatments have the same stress levels as women who have cancer or HIV (CBS News.com) Women are tenacious as a whole and will not give up there dreams easily, Western medicine offers women a chance at their dreams and millions are responding to well publicized miracles that are being produced. Unfortunately for many who choose this path the miracles they read about soon turn into fairy tales and not reality. Learning how to deal with stress of fertility is crucial if couples want to experience the joy they dream of.

Chinese Medicine offers a whole body approach to treating fertility.  TCM and Tao see us as microcosms of the universe. Our bodies are tied to the ebb and flow of nature. In our modern society we disconnect from the natural laws of life. When this happens our qi begins to stagnate and deplete, Qi is our vital life force when qi becomes deficient disease will occur and we are not living in a state of vitality.  In the Yellow Emperor of classic internal medicine states

“ Only man, among all the manifestations of energy in the universe, collectively & constituently has a choice to follow or defy these laws. All other manifestations of this energy from rocks to apes follow their inner rhythms” (Ni, 1995).

Nothing disconnects us more from our inner rhythms than receiving treatment for an illness in the western world. While grateful for the science intervention during a heart attack or stroke. Receiving treatment for infertility in the west is a very sterile and cold process. Drugs are administered to alter the way a woman’s body ovulates, Blood is drawn & tests are administered.  Even the natural way of creating new life is cold and sterile, instead of the warm embrace of love and compassion between two people during conception, men are sent to a room to deposit there “essence” in a plastic cup and women are sent to another room to lay on a cold table with doctors and nurses who use medical device’s to surgically assist in conception of life.  The chronic imbalance of the process creates more stress. Our body response to stress is to go into “Fight or Flight” mode, rising cortisol levels, triggers our immune system to protect the body from foreign cells. We can’t be in fight mode and a receptive mode at the same time, the body will not allow it. Our own bodies are fighting the vary thing we want most. Couples whose path has not yet lead them all the way to medical intervention also have a great amount of stress also. The daily routine of taking our temperature in the morning and recording it on the basal body temperature sheet, the monthly quest of the highly coveted “blue stick” and the constant up and down roller coaster of emotions leave couples feeling overwhelmed. For some couples the added stress to the relationship is too much, relationships that once were solid are now broken. Studies show that the divorce rate is higher in childless marriages.

Intimacy between couples is challenged, once a way for couples to connect and recharge their relationship is turned into a timed and mechanical event. A recent study in Fertility and Sterility showed 40% of infertile women suffered from sexual problems that caused them distress, compared with 25 percent of a control group of healthy women. (Fertility and Sterility, March, 2010. www.fertstert.org) Not only is sex timed but for some women with various conditions such as endometriosis or pelvic adhesions sex can be painful, leaving the woman feeling more depressed about herself. Couples must find ways to reclaim their reproductive health and relationships.

Eastern Medicine views are bodies tuned to the time and tide of nature, the rhythm of day and night, the four seasons, and so on, our health is directly tied to the environment we live in. You see this correlation in when we wake and when we sleep, and in the winter we “catch” more colds. A women’s monthly cycle is one of the most natural ways women are connected to nature. Studies show woman’s monthly menses correlates with the lunar phase of the month. Increased numbers of women ovulate and conception rates peak during the full moon, and during the new moon menses begins. Traditional Chinese medicine’s philosophy is based on the connection of humanity and nature, and the interplay of opposites. The theory of Yin and Yang, Yin is light and Yang is dark. The two cannot be separated and you cannot have one with out the other. The interplay between yin and yang is constantly shifting in our body. For example in women’s reproductive system estrogen is yin and progesterone is yang. The yin hormone estrogen dominates the follicular phase of menstruation, and the Luteal phase of menses is dependent on the yang hormone progesterone, you cannot have a healthy normal cycle with out the hormones present. 

Acupuncture and Eastern medicine have personally helped me conceive two beautiful children when western medicine could not. If you or someone you know is dealing with fertility problems please share this with them!