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Gluten Allergy or not?

Have you ever walked into a box store or a grocery store to buy food?  I am sure you have or at least someone in your family has.  I want to ask you a question though.  Have you seen all the gluten free foods that are available now? Do you know what gluten is?

Well if you have not noticed ,gluten or a form of gluten is in most food products.  Gluten is a protein component that is usually found in wheat and other related grains.  It helps the dough rise, gives it some chewiness, shapes it, and makes more elastic.  That being said, why do people go on gluten free diet? Some say it is healthy for you.  Some other people say they do not believe that gluten is a problem.   Some people do have to watch out for gluten-containing foods in certain conditions like Celiac’s disease.  Other people like Dr. Kadi, on the other hand, have a gluten sensitivity or are not able to process the processed products containing the common processed white flour.  Different reactions can include skin rashes, itching, bloating or in Dr. Kadi’s case, she will go into a coughing fit after eating or drinking certain foods containing gluten.

So what foods have gluten in them you might ask? A basic list off the top of my head:  Flour, bread, pasta, cookies, muffins, cereal, beer, gravy, crackers, dressings, etc.   There are a lot of different things that have gluten in them.  Flour in general is used in a lot of foods as a thickener or binder. Sometimes it is a trial and error to see if it agrees with you.  But this at least gives you an idea of what foods have gluten.

So what foods do not have gluten in them?  Again some products are like: corn, rice, potato, quinoa, beans, fruits, vegetables, etc.  I will say even though Dr. Kadi has the gluten sensitivity, it does make me eat healthier as well. There are certain flours out there to try like potato rice and almond/nut flour. There are many different products that state they are gluten free but the best advice to read the labels. Read those labels and do some research because not all gluten-free food is healthier for you. It may contain more sugar or other fats that are not as healthy for you.  If you have any questions, please do not be afraid to contact us at Fletcher Chiropractic or another health care provider to point you in the right direction.  You can also check websites like American Diabetes Association or Dr. Mercola’s website that contain good information as well.  Have a wonderful day!

5 Foods that Seem Healthy but Are Not

DSCN7278There are many foods out there that may seem healthy at a glance, but when you get right down to it, they really aren’t! Today, we want to help you bust through some of these “health food” myths and give you some foods to avoid if you’re trying to eat (and drink) healthier.

“Weight Loss” & “Health” Drinks
You’ve got waters with vitamins and minerals, fiber-enriched drinks, and sports drinks that claim to hydrate better than water. The truth is, the best drink is still water. There are so many benefits to plain old water, that the others pale in comparison. To top that off, some of these so-called “health drinks” are really not healthy at all. With artificial sweeteners, a bunch of “natural” ingredients that aren’t really all that natural and artificial coloring, these drinks have a lot in them, yet much to be desired.

Frozen “Healthy” Meals
Three words: Preservative, preservatives, preservatives. (Okay… it’s one word, three times, but we wanted to get our point across.) They might not have as many calories, but the also don’t have as much nutrients, leaving your body craving what it needs.

Frozen Yogurt
Ah… Much better than ice cream… right? Well, maybe not. This “health food” choice is still ridden with simple sugars, which are harder for your body to process. Also – fun fact – sugar and fat (the bad fat, not the good fat) are actually addictive. This is why we crave sweets and fatty snacks. And it takes 2 weeks of not eating these unhealthy snacks to get all that out of your body so you’ll stop craving them.

“Fat Free” Snacks
Here’s the bad news… fat free does not mean healthy and it does not mean calorie free. These foods could still be high in simple sugars, carbohydrates and many ingredients that aren’t actually good for you.

“Multi-Grain”, “Whole Wheat” and Granola
Multi-Grain and Whole Wheat sound good. But what you really want in your carbs is Whole Grain. Anything else has been processed enough to strip most, if not all, the nutrients out of it. (And as we’ve said before, your body needs the nutrients, or it’s just going to crave more food to get it.) And then there’s granola… It sounds like a health food and for a long time it was considered a health food, but the truth is, it’s still full of the fats and calories we don’t want.

We know that we’ve listed a lot of foods here that you shouldn’t eat. So, what should you eat? Check out our February blog about Super Foods and remember, you want Whole Grain. And hey… there’s nothing wrong with splurging on an unhealthy snack every once in a while. Just keep in mind this key phrase to eating in general: everything in moderation!

For more information on nutrition and for a consultation to set up a nutrition plan that’s right for you, give us a call at 402-261-5766.

Chiropractic Care and Weight Loss

scale-webIt’s March, and we are hoping that you are still sticking with your New Year’s Resolution to loose weight and get healthier in 2015! However, if you’ve been trying to loose weight for the past couple of months, and have not been successful, we want to help you! Not only do we provide nutrition counseling that can help you with your diet, health and weight loss goals here at Fletcher Chiropractic, but we provide Chiropractic Care that might be able to help you with your weight loss and health goals as well. We’ve talked about how Chiropractic Care can help with your immune system and overall health, but today, we want to talk about the connection Chiropractic Care has to your weight loss.

When you think of your Chiropractic Care and your overall health, think of your body as a team of bones, organs and tissue all working together. If one of those pieces isn’t working properly, the entire team suffers. (Your team doesn’t have anyone on the bench, after all!) The nervous system is a very big player on your team – it’s the quarterback, the point guard, the pitcher, (pick whichever sport you like best and insert a key player here).

With spinal manipulation, a chiropractic adjustment can help get your nervous system back in line, helping everything else follow suite. Part of weight loss is making sure all the nutrients you take in get to where they need to go in your body. Making sure that your body is aligned and working at full-force, can help to make that happen. When your body is getting what it needs, you are less hungry, lessening the urge to eat more, which in return will help you to loose weight.

At Fletcher Chiropractic, we can help you combine Chiropractic Care, exercise and nutrition to maximize your healthy life style and weight loss. Give us a call to set up an appointment today!

Why I became am a chiropractor- Dr. Kadi Fletcher

012_ARSo Dr. Curtis shared his story about why he became a chiropractor a few weeks ago, so I decided it was my turn to tell why I became a chiropractor.  My chiropractic story began in high school . While I was not an elite athlete , I went out for sports for the team building skills and interaction with others.  During the summer before my senior year of high school, I got the idea in my head that I would try and go out for cross country. Now, remember, I am not an elite athlete and at this point, I don’t really run much, so I start training with my sister, who was a cross country runner in all of high school and college.  As I began training, I injured and strained a hamstring which ended my so-called cross country career.  That hamstring strain would lead to a much more severe injury over the next two years.  Over the next two years, I was in so much pain.  After several doctors, MRIs and physical therapy, I was diagnosed with a sprained sacroiliac region.  That is normally not a injury that occurs in a 18 year old, but more likely in older women. So while physical therapy helped, I was taking a lot of ibuprofen and muscle relaxants. After two years of pain, I went to my family chiropractor and I started to feel better.  Chiropractic helped get me out of pain.   I was able to walk without pain and I did not have to take as much ibuprofen.

About this time, I was starting my third year of undergraduate school and was working towards my degree in Athletic training.  I had decided that since I really could not participate in any athletic events due to my back pain, I was going to do the next best thing and I wanted to be an athletic trainer.  Fast forward to my senior year and after the long hours that I was working as a student athletic trainer made me think about going into graduate school.   So I could have a family and more of a social life.  I then decided to apply to chiropractic school because it helped me regain my pain free life and allowed me to be able to sleep and walk without pain.

After graduation in 2008, I started chiropractic school in May 2009.  It was different being away from family but while at school, I met and married my husband and met several good friends.  Graduate school was tough and challenging but it gave me the advantage I wanted to be able to work in sports medicine and have a family.  Upon graduation in 2012, I was a licensed chiropractor, looking to either work for another doctor or start a clinic with my husband, Dr. Curtis.

Come to March 2013,  we opened Fletcher Chiropractic in Lincoln.   A  place that neither of us are from but somewhere we can start a new life together and meet new people.  We love the people of the biggest small town in Nebraska and hope to be here for years to come.  Opening a new practice in a new place was tiring and frustrating at times and still is, but working everyday with patients, making them feel better and enjoy better lives is the better reward.  Also, I get the opportunity to hang out with my husband all day.

As the practice has grown, so has our opportunity to meet new people and to work in my specialty of sports performance and high school aged athletes.  Athletics and healing was the reason I wanted to be a chiropractor and athletic trainer and now I get to do both together.

So that is my reasons for becoming a chiropractor.  It helped to make my life easier and pain free when I was younger and motivated me to be active again. Due to my history with injury and athletics, I now have the chance to educate young athletes on ways to help them perform better but also to help prevent injury with good advice.

 

 

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Testimonials

Life was manageable.  As a runner, I was able to run without issue, but not without tightness and occasional pain.  Throughout the day, perhaps 2-3 days a week, my knee, calf, and shin experienced significant ...
I was in a mental fog.  I couldn't think or concentrate and was not doing well.Following acupuncture treatment: I am much better. My mind is clear and my work performance has improved. Julie A.
I stopped doing things I enjoyed, like working out.  I felt limited in my activities and sleeping was becoming an issue with my neck pain.Following treatment: Its so much better. I can workout, take long ...
I am very active but hampered by lower back pain.  It prohibited me from participating in firefighter training.Following Treatment:  I am back to doing everything I love without the restriction of pain. Fletcher Chiropractic taught ...
Working with Dr. Kadi has changed my life. Before going to her, I was stiff and had pain in my neck, back, hips, legs and feet.Following Treatment: Working problem areas and doing exercises she has ...
Life was very painful.  I never felt good and medications really have not helped.Following Treatment: I am much improved but I still recognize my limitations and I need to make more lifestyle changes to make ...
My pain has been with me since 1996 and my feet and legs were totally painful.  Walking is like walking on glass or nails and then the burning pain in my toes would start.Following acupuncture ...
I experienced chronic pain in my right foot from heel spurs.  Orthotics were not enough to correct the problem.  After 6 months of not sleeping well and associated problems of fatigue, I sought help at ...
Life was good but my condition was bad.  I lead a very active lifestyle with weightlifting, judo, etc and along with my job, the pressure on my back was incredible.  My movement was restricted and ...
Being from a small town, I love mom and pop shops.  I like the personal level and hands-on approach that Fletcher Chiropractic takes when it comes to chiropractic care. Fletcher Chiropractic was very personable and ...
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