This is the perfect, healthy whipped topping for all your favorite desserts. Try it over a bowl of fresh berries, for a delicious summer treat. It has been taste tested and kid approved by my grandchildren.
- 1 14-ounce can of coconut cream or full fat coconut milk (Make sure to buy organic. I recommend the red label Thai Kitchen brand.)
- 1-2 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- Additional flavoring options: local honey, finely ground coffee, cocoa powder, peanut butter… anything you can think of!
1. Chill the coconut milk in the fridge overnight.
2. The next day, remove the can of coconut milk from the fridge. Open the can and scoop out the solid coconut milk and place it in a blender or food processor.
3. Add the vanilla, cinnamon and a few teaspoons of the coconut milk liquid from the can (keep the extra liquid for smoothies).
4. Blend for a few moments until light and fluffy.
I keep a couple cans of coconut milk in my refrigerator at all times. This way I’m always prepared if I need to whip up a last minute dessert.
Meditation is the topic for next month’s newsletter, however, I wanted to touch on something I learned from a monk named Thich Nhat Hanh. He teaches “walking meditation” in his book “Peace Is Every Step”. Too many times when we walk for exercise, we focus on the problems in our head and fill the time replaying negative conversations or personal controversies. Instead, Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us to focus on the nature around you while walking. Listen to the sounds of the birds singing. Hear the wind blowing. Smell the flowers, grass and trees. Feel the earth under your feet and let the energy of the ground transfer through your body to rekindle your own energy. After all, Spring is the time of rebirth. Use your time walking, to observe the beauty of the world that is literally at your feet.
The Posturific Brace is a great, easy tool for improving your posture. It was designed by a chiropractor who wanted to help his patients correct their posture. He didn’t like that every brace on the market was so expensive and difficult to use. This figure-8 elastic strap goes around your shoulders to gently pull your shoulder blades together. It is affordable, very comfortable to wear, takes seconds to put on and is rather invisible under clothing. Think of it as a gentle reminder to ease you into better posture. I recommend wearing the brace at all times in the beginning. Once your body naturally adjusts to the correct posture, you will no longer need the brace to “remind” you. The Posturific Brace is available in small, medium and large. Try one on in the office today to see if the Posturific Brace would help you develop and maintain the perfect posture.
Good posture begins with your head, chest and shoulders being properly aligned. Your ears should be centered over your shoulders, and your shoulders should be centered over your hips. Due to the excessive use of computers and handheld devices, many people pull their neck forward which increases the incident of neck pain, shoulder tension and headaches. The first step towards better posture begins with opening and stretching your chest muscles. Stand in the center of a door frame and lift your arms, placing one hand on each side of the frame. Lean forward until you feel a gentle pull in your chest. You will likely feel the stretch in your shoulders as well. Hold the stretch for a slow count of five. Release the stretch and move your hands an inch up or down the door frame. Lean forward and hold this stretch for a slow count of five. Continue to move your hands to different positions up and down the frame, holding and stretching. Repeat for a couple minutes.
Several years ago while out to dinner, I saw the most beautiful elderly woman. She had a lovely, peaceful smile and bright eyes, but what struck me the most was her perfect posture. She looked absolutely REGAL. It made me realize how underrated proper posture is. Since that time, I have observed how without good posture people appear so much older, worn and tired. We can use all the facial creams, make up and cosmetic surgery available, but none will have the immediate ability to make us look younger and slimmer like proper posture. While the cosmetic benefits of good posture are wonderful, as a chiropractor I have witnessed the physical pain that poor posture can bring. When you slouch, your muscles have to work harder to keep your body balanced, leading to back pain, neck pain, headaches, etc. This imbalance also gives you a greater risk of falling and injury. The pressure put on your spine from poor posture can lead to painful and permanent compression fractures. Additionally, with our shoulders stooped and out of alignment, it decreases our lungs’ capacity to hold and exchange oxygen.
The key to perfect posture is to focus on your shoulder blades. Simply roll them up and back. Doing so will lift your breastbone up, center your ears over your shoulders and improve the curve of your lower back. If your shoulder blades are in the correct position, you should be able to lower your hands and pinch your fingers on the side seams of your pants. When standing, try to keep the weight even on both feet. When sitting, try to keep the weight even on each butt bone. Always keep the top of your head lifted towards the sky.
Take good posture seriously. Work on exercises to strengthen your core and see your chiropractor for maintaining good mobility of your spine.