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Disarm Your Diagnosis

disarm your diagnosis

Consider the power of the mind. Deep reflection and self awareness may help you to realize how severely limiting, constricting, debilitating, and self-sabotaging your thoughts can be.

If impressed upon you that there was something different about your body that causes it to function sub-optimally, you might for the rest of your life, believe deeply within yourself that you are a victim. You might install a deep seeded belief or value that it is more difficult for you to do something than it is for others. As you age, you may even begin to introduce yourself to others shortly followed by, “I have __________.” Insert any condition here including and not limited to: ADHD, fibromyalgia, arthritis, introvert/extrovert, obsession compulsion, sciatica, depression, flat feet, bad knees, anxiety, IBS, etc. (This list could go on for days.) Each time you say this out loud to others or quietly to yourself this ailment becomes your own. You are assigning ownership to the condition and reinforcing it in your life both consciously and subconsciously. You begin to own this sickness as if it is an accessory or even a pet. Each time it burrows deeper within your being. As time goes by, the condition you are reinforcing becomes so real. It is now a part of you that you may even consider inseparable. The more power that you grant this condition over you, the more limiting it will be in your life.
You can start to “disarm your diagnosis” right now by simply changing how you think about your condition. No longer give it power over you. No longer give it ownership by saying the words: “my bad knees” or “my migraines” etc. Rather, discuss the condition or the symptoms in a way that lessens the ownership. For instance, “Even though I have these terrible headaches, this does not define me as a person.” Or, “Even though I feel discomfort in my knees, this does not limit the activities that I can do in life.” Right away this distances you from the problem. It separates you as a person who has the full capacity to heal and feel well. Keep at it every day, especially if you have already taken ownership to a condition for years. It sounds stupid simple, I know. But I have experienced the improvements within myself and witnessed the life changing progress in others.
Want to take it one step further? You can actually tap into your meridians and remove negative blockages in your body’s energy system with Emotional Freedom Tapping Technique (EFT tapping). This practice, along with the changing and reshaping of your thoughts in relation to the problem at hand, can provide phenomenal improvement in many different areas of your life.

Think well to feel well,

Kelly Baltuska, DC

Do you even Smoothie?


One of many healthy habits that I developed while studying as a Chiropractic student is drinking a homemade smoothie every day. I typically enjoy it as breakfast or as a post-workout recovery drink and occasionally as an afternoon pick-me-up. Here I am 3 years into private practice and I continue the healthy habit daily. Just like Chiropractic adjustments, once you FEEL the difference in your body, it is much easier to continue regularly and make it a priority in your life.
Here are some tips for beginners and new recommendations for the smoothie professional. If you get in the habit of making smoothies every day, definitely use a high-powered blender.
1: Start by choosing one liquid: Water, cold coffee, cold brewed teas, Kefir, coconut water, coconut milk, almond milk, fresh homemade juices, etc. Avoid all of the conventional store-bought juices because it is mainly processed sugar and will make you sicker, not healthier. Read my blog about Kefir at this link and Read my blog about coffee at this link.
2: Add some fruits: bananas, oranges, strawberries, grapes, pineapple, kiwi, berries, cherries, melons, peaches, nectarines, apricots, mango, apples, pears, dates, etc.
3: Add some vegetables: Spinach, kale, cucumber, arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, radishes, bell peppers, celery, carrots, etc.
4: Add some extras:
• Raw, free range, farm fresh, organic chicken eggs Mother Nature’s perfect protein. The acquired taste and feel can be easily masked with other smoothie ingredients. As long as they are free range, farm fresh and organic, the risk of food borne illness is negligible.
• Green Superfood powders These are processed but I think we can overlook this in trade for the ability to add exotic superfoods that you would otherwise not have access to such as acai, mangosteen, goji berry, etc. I recommend Pro Alpha Nutrition.
• Protein Powder will help nutritionally balance the smoothie similar to that of a meal. Avoid those with aspartame. There are many different flavors and vanilla blends right in with the taste of most fruits.
• Wheat & Barley Grass Powders are powerful sources of chlorophyll (which is known for balancing blood pH levels) and are known as a “complete food source”, containing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and antioxidants.
• Chlorella & Spirulina are amazing sources of almost every vitamin and are 70% protein by weight. They will also turn your smoothie really green!
• Chia & Flax Seeds are both good sources of omega-3 fatty acids and are nutrient rich.
• Herbs and Spices: Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, mint, basil, cilantro mint, cayenne pepper, ginger, etc.
• Avocado and Coconut oil These are my favorite way to include healthy fats in my diet. They also blend into a deliciously creamy textured smoothie. Read my blog about healthy fats at this link.

Other tips for a great smoothie:
Ingredients to Add for Better Creamy Texture
• Nut Butters: (peanut, almond, or seed butter)
• Avocado
• Cooked Oatmeal
• Greek Yogurt
• Home made Kefir
• Coconut Oil
Ditch the ice and freeze some fruits. Want your smoothie to be a bit chilly? Freeze your favorite fruits. This is also a great way to not waste ripe fruits (like those brown bananas on your counter). You can also freeze your leafy greens in a freezer-safe bag. You can save a step by freezing your fruits as opposed to adding ice.
Use Mother Nature’s natural sweeteners. Avoid artificial sweeteners and processed sugars. Add naturally sweet fruits like bananas, mango, apples, pears, dates, berries, cherries, melons, peaches, nectarines, apricots, and winter squash.

The daily smoothie is a great way to catch up on your fruit and veggie intake as well as close the nutritional gap with powerhouse superfoods! Read my blog on superfoods at this link.

Cheers to good health!

Kelly Baltuska, DC