Deliciously Deceptive Kale Hummus

Vegan, Dairy and Gluten Free

 

1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed

2 tbsp tahini

3 cloves garlic

2-3 cups kale leaves, stems removed

2 tbsp lemon juice

¼-1/2 cup vegetable broth

1 ¼ tsp kosher salt

1 tsp cumin

1/8 tsp pepper

 

COMBINE all ingredients in food processor. Pulse until smooth. Start with ¼ cup of the broth, adding a tbsp at a time until smooth. 

Transfer to a serving bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Serve with: cut vegetables or your favorite chip.

Can be stored in refrigerator for up to a week.

The Health Benefits of Walking

With today’s fast paced lifestyle and culture, it is sometimes easy to miss out on the simple things in life that will have a positive effect on your health: meditation, yoga, healthy eating and most importantly walking.  Most of us walk in some way, shape or form every day.  We walk to and from the car, around the office or at work, around the house – but do just as many of us walk for our health?  Some people take walks to clear their heads and have some alone time while others take group walks to catch up with friends or family as a way to stay in touch!

Walking has many positive impacts on your health and well being that have little to do with weight.  Taking a daily walk, even as slow as two miles per hour, can improve heart health and cardiovascular endurance!  The average adult is suggested to require 10,000 steps per day – minimum.  This seems like a LOT of work; however, taking a stroll at your lunch hour at work can take up a large chunk of those steps!  Most smart phones are even compatible with apps to track these steps.  Maintaining good posture during these walks will also improve your muscles required to maintain good posture while sitting and other non-walking activities!

For those who aren’t used to a more aggressive exercise regimen, walking is a great place to start!  Take the time you need and the pace that is (not too) simple for you and get started.  As with all exercise, consult with your doctor prior to starting a new regimen.  Contact Lavanga Chiropractic today to assist with your plan today!

Exercise Improves Quality of Life

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate activity each week.  One way to accomplish this is to workout for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week.  Exercise helps to boost mental wellness, improve physical wellness, and prolong your optimal health.  Engaging in physical activity helps to improve your overall quality of life and also helps encourage you to spend some time outdoors!  Finding an exercise that you enjoy can be difficult. One way to overcome this battle is to make exercise enjoyable!
Are you looking for a day filled with motivation and inspiration?  Join Lavanga employees in the Wounded Hero 5k on June 13  at 10:00am!
The Annual Wounded Hero 5K is an event located in Warminster Pennsylvania to bring the community together in a show of support for our nations wounded Heroes.  This fun filled patriotic family event includes the 5k, The Manion Mile walk, face painting, balloon clowns, moon bounce, food and live entertainment and most importantly our wounded Heroes as guest speakers!  All proceeds raised from this event will go towards Operation Ward 57‘s Honor & Courage Program.  For more information about the Wounded Hero 5K, click here.
Contact Lavanga Chiropractic to help be apart of the walk!

Home Cooking and Healthy Living

The only thing better than a home cooked meal is a healthy home cooked meal.  Home cooking can be beneficial to your health and your well-being.  Just like anything else practice makes perfect! With the help of magazines, food networks, and social media, healthy home cooking is becoming more of a hobby and less of a task.  The more you cook at home the more efficient you become and the more you grow to enjoy it!

Creating meals at home isn’t as time consuming as you may think.  Keeping your ingredients and kitchen organized can save you time when prepping meals.  You can also enjoy a home cooked meal without even cooking every night…simply cook an excess amount in the beginning of the week and store it for future meals!  This way you and your family can reap the benefits of home cooking even when you are crunched for time!

Another benefit of home cooking is learning about the nutritional value of the foods you eat.  The more you cook the more health conscious you become.  You’ll soon discover the differences between healthy and unhealthy ingredients.  Being the chef also gives you control over the ingredients—this helps you monitor what you and your family consume.

Home cooking helps create memories.  In addition to creating healthy meals, home cooking also creates family bonds.  What was once considered a chore is now an enjoyable family affair…after all, everyone has to eat.

To learn more about nutrition contact the The Lavanga Group today!

Unconditional Love

I do not define love as an emotion. It deserves a greater place in human reality. Love is the transcendence of emotion. It is the highest-frequency spiritual state possible for human consciousness. Love is the equilibration of the duality of human emotions.

Omnia Vincit Amour – Love conquers all. (Vergil)

The entire universe is an expression of love in the form of light. In theology, one definition of the word divinity is “an emanation of light.” Science defines the high-energy state as the full-quantum state.

The universe is 99.9% lightwave particles (photons). The elements hydrogen, helium, calcium, etc., of the periodic table that make up our bodies and all the other matter in our world and beyond are, in effect, less than 1% of the universe. These elements are understood now by scientists to be frozen light in atomic-mass densities.

When matter-positively or negatively charged ions-is brought into the neutral state, it transforms into light. Matter becomes light, which is spaceless, timeless, massless, chargeless, and present-time consciousness. When light energy is dissipated into a positive and negative-charged ionic state, it becomes matter, which has space, time, charge, and mass, and past and future consciousness. Therefore, matter has the potential to merge positive and negative-charge ions to become light, and light has the potential to dissipate into positive and negative-charge ions or matter. Light energy to matter, matter to light energy. Love is the transforming force from matter to energy.

The human sensory system will perceive people and events as one-sided, either positive or negative (judgment). The master is one who sees the positive and negative in every person and event and rises above this paradox to the next level of conscious awareness. The ability to see both sides and appreciate with humbleness and all the magnificent of the universe we live in, lifts us to a place beyond opinion and clears the mind for inspiration and the resultant enthusiasm of the body. You have the potential to unleash the power of the universe in your life with the comprehension of this love principle.

Love is appreciating both sides of every event as a gift from God. It is loving the person who is putting the gold in your hands or nails in your coffin. A desire to love and be loved is as natural to the human species as being responsive to light. Giving and receiving love are as natural as breathing in and out. We breathe in the light and love energy from the source and breathe out the light and love energy to others. You cannot give love without receiving love, nor can you receive love without giving love. Love is order, balance, and present time. When we bring order to chaos and balance our emotions, we become present and we have access to the unlimited light and love energy of the universe. When we bring chaos to order and imbalance our emotions, we move into fear and guilt, we weigh ourselves down, and we dissipate and limit our energy. Gratitude is the gateway to open the heart to love and light. In gratitude is the pathway to gravitation and closes the love light within the heart.

The Seven Sacred Words – Wisdom, Gratitude, Presence, Inspiration, Certainty, Enthusiasm, and Unconditional Love – are words of power and gifts we receive to remind us of who we are, where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. We are terrestrial and celestial, we are body and soul, we are matter and spirit. We are stars, we came from stars, we are here to love unconditionally, and we will return to stars.

Vocational

“What you do in life echoes in eternity” is a line made famous by the film “Gladiator”.  The career or vocational path you’ve chosen says a lot about who you are.  Also remember that there is no such thing as a “bad” career choice.  Every job you have or had has taught you a skill for future use.  The extent to which your vocation is congruent with your mission is the extent to which you get to do what you love to do in life.  Inside each of us is an unlimited potential, the potential for greatness.  We tap into this potential by listening to the voice from within our hearts.  Doing what you love to do in life brings steadiness and a quieting of the mind, which allows you to hear this calling and to follow.  Connecting your vocation and all the other areas of your life with your mission will add to your level of self-worth and fulfillment.

Financial

Your financial life deals with all aspects of your relationships to money and finances.  Your financial worth is intimately related to your self-worth.  To the extent that you suffer from low self-worth and feel undeserving, you will find a way to sabotage your financial endeavors.  To the extent that you have high self-worth and feel deserving, you will attract greater finances to manage.  This principle can be applied to all the areas of life.

Wisdom

Wisdom

  • Wisdom is seeing both sides and loving what is, as it is.
  • Wisdom is the instantaneous recognition that a crisis is a blessing. Wisdom there is nothing to hold on to, nothing to change.  Life is in perfect order.
  • Wisdom is what drops in when you have an insight that solves a problem, adds a new dimension to your life, or reflects a new way of being-an insight that you know if so certain you can feel it in your gut, even though you cannot give it any rational explanation. As you open your heart and mind to wisdom, you will receive an abundant stream of new inspirations, creative thoughts and energy.
  • The wise man views the bigger dynamic without losing touch with day-to-day living. He must balance a celestial consciousness with a terrestrial experience.  It is easy to sit in seclusion meditating on God, the universe and life.  Wisdom is being purposeful when you are called to bring your inner peace, steadiness, and certainty to a hectic world of instant gratification.

Shoes Can Cause Back Pain

Feet are the foundation of the body.  Wearing shoes that don’t give proper support could contribute or even cause lower back pain.  To avoid nagging back pain, it’s important to try and find footwear with that have extra cushioning.  It may also be helpful to use insoles or inserts to help provide extra support.

One way to avoid back pain is to replace your sneakers when you notice that they aren’t providing enough support.  If you run or jog regularly, make sure to invest in a high-quality pair of athletic shoes.  By investing in a more supportive shoe, you’ll be able to get more use out of them and benefit from the extra cushioning.

Another shoe that throws off the alignment of the body are high heels.  When wearing high heels, you’re not walking in a natural position.  This can cause stress and strain on the lower back.  It is recommended to wear lower heels when possible.  Another way to avoid the strain caused by high heels is to limit the duration you wear them.  For example, while walking to-and-from work, wear your sneakers and switch into your heels when you arrive at the office!

Flip-flops are a less supportive shoe that can lead to stress and strain on joints and tendons.  In fact, wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can cause arch pain, heel pan, ankle pain or knee pain.  Flip flops are ideal shoes for the summer, but if you know you’ll be walking long distances, try to wear your sneakers!

To find out more information about how your shoes can have an impact on your back pain, contact Lavanga Chiropractic!

Sleep and your Mattress

Getting the right amount of sleep is important to our health.  In fact, a lack of adequate sleep over time can lead to a shortened lifespan.  In general, adults should get eight ours of sleep per night.  Many people believe that the need for sleep declines with age, however this is false.  Adults may be able to function with as little as six hours of sleep per night, but it is not recommended.

Sometimes falling asleep can seem impossible. One of the leading causes for sleepless nights can be attributed to your mattress.  In a four year-study, more than 16,000 nights of sleep were evaluated on 128 subjects.  This study looked at how different support levels of mattresses impacted the following: sleep, pain and daytime functioning.  This study by Research Triangle International and Drs. Andy Krystal and Jack Edinger from Duke University, found that even small differences in mattress support (soft, medium, firm) correlated with changes in sleep and pain.  The study revealed that mattresses really do matter when it comes to sleep.

Memory foam mattresses have been known to provide advanced comfort and support while sleeping.  However, this foam does not breathe well, which means it warms up with more exposure to your body heat.  Tempflow is a visco-elastic memory foam mattress that uses patented airflow circulation technology.  This technology allows your body heat to ventilate out of the mattress, while cooler air can flow through the layers.

To find out more information about Tempflow, contact Dr. Dan at the Lavanga Group today!