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2nd Anniversary Wellness Bash!



Dr. Daniel Dodge and his family are thrilled to invite the community and his patients to our Wellness Bash! Dr. Dodge opened his doors just two years ago! This year we celebrate the move into a beautiful new office. We also celebrate the opportunity to work with Devin Ripley, LMT, Jennee Ohrvall, CPM, and other local wellness practitioners in our office! As Dodge Family Chiropractic continues to stive to meet our community education goals, we also celebrate the opportunity to host a number of wellness-oriented classes in our office, be sure to check our calendar to stay up to date on our upcoming classes taught by Dr. Dodge, his wife, and other health and wellness experts!

To celebrate all of these accomplishments, DFC wants to share our joy with the people who make it possible and so rewarding – our patient families! We have an exciting event planned to celebrate our patients, their familiies, and their friends! We have a number of fantastic door prizes donated by local wellness practitioners and holistic living companies (if you follow Dodge Family Chiropractic on Facebook, you’ll get a sneak peak of the awesome door prizes prior to the event!). Our first 100 guests will take home a “swag bag” full of information, coupons, and samples of holistic living products! We’ve invited a number of organizations and wellness practitioners to celebrate with us as DFC works to connect and broaden our local wellness-oriented community! Our Wellness Bash guests will enjoy food, a toddler bounce house, face painting, music, and balloon art!

Our Wellness Bash guests that follow DFC on Facebook have a really fun chance to get a little silly with Dr. Dodge! For the month of November through November 29th, families can earn entries to PIE THE DOC, as in, throw a pie at Dr. Dodge! To earn a pie, simply “check in” on Facebook when you’re at the office, and/or take a photo with Dr. Dodge and post it on the DFC Facebook wall! Each “check in” or photo post earns one pie, so feel free to earn a pie for each memeber of your family! When you come to the Wellness Bash, we’ll have a few scheduled ‘pie throwing’ times throughout the event as well as throwing pies, and, we presume, quite a number of clothing changes for the Doc!

We can’t wait to see you there! Join us at Dodge Family Chiropractic Saturday, November 30th from 10am-1pm!

702 S. Denton Tap Road, Suite 110 75019

info@dodgefamilychiropractic.com

972-922-5493

Holistic Meals for the Family: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

 

We are always looking for ways to power-pack our meals with nutrients. This meal is a winner. Nearly all of the ingredients are nutrient-rich foods! Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A and vitamin C, white beans are a great non-meat (and cheap!) source of protein, and a heaping scoop of kale and broccoli knock out two servings of dark green veggies, rich in a number of vitamins and minerals.

As always, the number one test of any of my recipes is how well the Dodge men like it! Dr. Dodge grew up with a pretty unadventurous diet and definitely loves a basic meal of roast chicken, quinoa and broccoli. Though our three year old doesn’t eat gluten, soy, or dairy, he still has obvious preferences – he adores bacon and simply won’t eat beets anymore! Both of these guys inhale this meal, so I know it’s a keeper!

 

4 large sweet potatoes

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 cloves of garlic

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1.5 cups (or one can) cooked great northern white beans

1.5 cups diced broccoli

2 cups/1 bunch kale

2 tsp lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

 

Cook sweet potatoes – I like to bake them in the oven at 400°F for 1 hour, with a few holes poked in the skin. When the potatoes are 15-20 minutes from being done, start the stuffing. In a deep skillet, add coconut oil and pressed garlic, sautee garlic for a few minutes. Add red pepper flakes and broccoli, sautee for five minutes. Add beans and kale, sautee for another 5 minutes. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add 1-1 1/2 cup of kale, broccoli, and bean stuffing to each sweet potato, and enjoy!

Five Tips to Maximize Your Smoothies



Summer is here already, and it is a great time to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into your family’s diet! Around the Dodge house, we’ve made it a goal to make more smoothies to kick start our day with a nutrient-rich drink! Here are five simple tips to help you get more out of your smoothies!

  1. Green Smarter – Save time and money with a few simple tricks. Especially if you are a CSA member or have a great local Farmer’s Market, buying greens in their growing season will give you the best prices. You can save these extra greens a few ways! If you have a dehydrator or if your oven has a low setting, you can dry your greens and toss them in the food processor to create your own “greens powder.” Store in an air-tight glass container and scoop dried greens into your smoothies! Secondly, save and freeze greens you used to discard – carrot top greens, strawberry stems, broccoli leaves? Keep them and toss them in when you are low on other greens!
  2. Prep Your Powerfoods – Prep your seeds and nuts in a food processor ahead of time. Almonds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp protein, and spirulina are some of our favorites. If you want a mix of these in each smoothie, mix up a big batch for easy daily use! Simply add a tablespoon or two to your blender after you’ve added the liquid. You’ll end up adding these high quality nutrients more often in if they are easy to reach for!
  3. Balance Your Smoothies –something sweet, something green, something powerful! While a four-fruit smoothie may taste great, it is a missed opportunity to amp up your diet with extra greens and powerfoods. Bananas, mangos, and pears have strong and sweet flavors, and can stand up to strong flavored greens. Always add in something green – collard greens, kale, and spinach are all easy to find options! Be intentional about adding something with power – add hemp for protein, avocado for healthy fats, flax seeds for omega fatty acids, parsley for digestion and detoxing.
  4. Step Up the Liquid – It’s common to add water or ice, which is simple and perfectly fine! For an even more nutritious smoothie though, add your made-at-home almond milkor coconut milk, or plain coconut water! Each of these alternatives have their own nutrient benefits, including vitamins and minerals in their natural form.
  5. Save Leftovers – Make a smoothie pudding with the leftovers by adding a tablespoon of chia seeds per ½ cup. Freeze leftovers in ice cube trays, add back to future smoothies or enjoy a small frozen treat! Make popsicles with a popsicle mold! Make fruit leather (with non-dairy smoothies) – smooth out on a silicone mat in the oven at 200 degrees, or keep it living and dehydrate fruit leather at 115 degrees! Stretch those smoothie leftovers to get more out of your efforts!

 

Smoothie Recipe Round Up

Here’s a few great smoothie recipes for you to try! 

  1. Green Ginger Peachhttps://www.marthastewart.com/965191/green-ginger-peach-smoothie?czone=c&center=997029&gallery=968757&slide=965191
  2. Avocado Pearhttp://simple-nourished-living.com/2012/06/avocado-pear-smoothie-a-38-power-foods-cookbook-recipe/
  3. Kale Pineapplehttps://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/kale-smoothie-recipe
  4. Berry Chiahttps://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Antioxidant-Chia-Smoothie-Recipe-28552408
  5. Greens and Parsley http://www.wholeliving.com/152126/7-detox-smoothies/@center/152870/2012-whole-living-action-plan#106790

 

What is your family’s favorite smoothie combination? What powerfoods do you love to add? 

DFC Welcomes Holistic Massage Therapist to Coppell!

As we have announced on our Facebook page, Dodge Family Chiropractic is expanding! We are moving from the current office space to Suite 110 in the front of the building. We are so excited for the additional space, as it means we are able to welcome like-minded wellness practitioners to Coppell.

The first practitioner we are eager for you to meet is Massage Therapist Yolande Milhorn! Yolande customizes each massage according to her clients’ needs. She seeks continuing education opportunities often and enjoys learning how to best help clients achieve and maintain a pain-free lifestyle. She is excited to work side-by-side Dr. Dodge in bringing holistic wellness care to Coppell!

A Deeper Look at Disposable Diapers – Guest Blog and Giveaway

 

Today we have Tiffany Carra, owner of Fort Worth cloth diaper store Simple Baby, guest blogging for Dodge Family Chiropractic! As an expert on all things cloth diaper, we asked Tiffany to share wih us what some of her reasons were for chosing to use cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers. Cloth diapers are very easy to use in today’s age, and many families are initially drawn to cloth because they are motivated to save money. Aside from the ease and money saving properties, there is another strong reason to give disposable diapers a more skeptical evaluation. Read Tiffany’s discovery about the chemical contents of the average disposable diaper!

For the most part there are two reasons why people chose to cloth diaper, Economy or Ecology. Both are very valid reasons, and most cloth diapering families will grow to embrace them both. When I began to research cloth diapers, my interests were piqued by the economy of them all. It was not until long after I began my research that I realized that there were other benefits.

Did you know that the major brand name disposable diapers often contain toxins like Tributyl-tin (TBT), Dioxin, and sodium polyacrylate? These chemical concoctions make disposable diapers a microcosm of carcinogins, hormonal disrupters, environmental pollutants, and heat generators.

According to a May 12, 2000 Green Peace article TBT can be absorbed by the body through the skin. This was further supported by an article released by the, Environmental Health News organization, in March of 2013. The article showed that when exposed to TBT that mice had higher instances of liver disease.

Dioxins are classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an environmental pollutant. Effects of dioxin exposure range from skin lesions to immune, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive system restrictions. The WHO also defines some “sensitive subgroups” of people who are more sensitive to dioxin exposure.  They are fetuses and newborns.

For those old enough to remember what Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) was, sodium polyacrylate is the absorbent material in diapers. It is VERY similar to the absorbent materials used in the TSS tampons of the 1980s.  In diapers the polyacrylate material is covered in plastic, creating a pocket of material rich with bacteria that stays on children for hours and quite possibly could be producing enough heat to render male children sterile.

What does that mean for you?

For me the fact that approximately 90% cheaper than disposables was enough to pique my interest. However, the environmental and health impacts I discovered were astonishing.  The studies I uncovered cemented the fact that I was going to at least give cloth an old fashioned college try, despite all those stories about how horrible cloth diapers were. To my surprise they were not anything like what my grandmother and friends had said they were. Today’s wide range of cloth diapers makes chemical-free diapering pretty simple.

 

Considering the chemicals and additives included in disposable diapers, cloth diapers are certainly worth a try! To allow our Dodge Family Chiropractic patients and fans the ability to give cloth diapers a go or to add to their current cloth diaper stash, we are offering a $50 gift certificate code to Simple Baby’s online store!! Use the rafflecopter link to enter or enter over on our Facebook page!

 

Rafflecopter link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

Tiffany Carra owns the Fort Worth Cloth Diaper Store, Simple Baby, and is a chapter leader for the Tarrant County Birth Network, a chapter of BirthNetwork National. For more information about attachment parenting and cloth diapering topics visit the Simple Baby Blog.

Chiropractic and Breastfeeding

 

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! Special congratulations to all mothers and babies that have been working hard to continue to breastfeed! In honor of the week, we’d like to share an article from Pathways to Family Wellness, written by Jeanne Ohm. It touches on how chiropractic care can be that missing link between breastfeeding difficulties and successful breastfeeding. One reason Dr. Dodge prefers to see newborns for an initial wellness exam in the first two weeks is because many babies, even after simple, natural births, have cervical subluxations, cranial misalignments, and fascial restrictions. Chiropractic care with a provider who performs cranial adjustments and myofascial release can significantly influence a baby’s ability to breastfeed successfully. We’ve seen many babies turn their heads better and nurse more comfortably on one side than they had minutes before, or moms that immediately noticing less discomfort when latching. Read the full article to learn more!

Pathways Article: Breastfeeding Difficulties and Chiropractic

“In the case of breastfeeding difficulty, as with many childhood disorders, the cause of the problem often traces back to undetected biomechanical injuries to the spine and cranium at birth. The failure to recognize these biomechanical injuries and their relationship to difficulty in breastfeeding leads to incorrect conclusions and therefore, inadequate recommendations and treatments. Without real solutions, mothers become discouraged, successful breastfeeding is not achieved, and women stop trying out of frustration.”

DFC Donation Day for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

We are truly grieving for the families affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma last week. In trying to determine the best way to help, we contacted a few relief agencies. While some agencies are able to take in-kind donations like used items, water, diapers, etc, every agency reminded us that the very most helpful way to support the families in need is to provide monetary donations for all of their efforts. While some of the money donated goes toward purchasing goods, a large amount goes toward long term assistance programs and counseling. For these reasons, Dodge Family Chiropractic has decided to collect monetary donations only! Here’s how you can help! Come get adjusted on Donation Day!

DFC Donation Day for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

Saturday, June 1st

9:00AM – 1:00PM

50% of all appointment fees will be donated to 

Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City‘s Disaster Relief Fund

Please help us donate money to help the families in need! We look forward to scheudling your appointment! Email us at info@dodgefamilychiropractic.com or call 972-922-5493!

 

Claire and Dr. Daniel Dodge

Coconut Oil Order – April 2013

 

My wife and I are big fans of using high quality coconut oil in our cooking! It is a healthy saturated fat that contains nutritious medium chain fatty acids and lauric acid. There are many research-based beneficial uses for coconut oil. The ideal coconut oil is raw, but even high quailty raw coconut oils maintain a coconut flavor. I for one do not want my stir fry or breakfast eggs to taste like coconut! For our family, making the switch from less healthy oils and fats over to coconut oil required that we find an oil that didn’t make everything taste like coconut. It is nearly impossible, though, to find a “refined” coconut oil in grocery stores that is not hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated, and/or processed with chemical solvents. As we’ve tried many types of coconut oil over the last few years, we’ve settled with what we believe to be the absolute best refined, expeller pressed coconut oil on the market. It maintains medium chain fatty acids and lauric acids, but has NO coconut flavor! Because we have been able to use it for all types of cooking and baking, we are able to avoid other unhealthy oils like canola and “vegetable” oil, and oils that should not be heated, like olive oil. 

We’ve been using this Wilderness Family Naturals brand coconut oil in our own home for a while, and are so impressed with it! The smartest way to order it is to buy it for ourselves in bulk, and we are happy to extend that opportunity to our community! Our next order will be placed next Monday – join us and place your order today!

Steps to order:

  1. Fill out and submit DFC’s Coconut Oil Online Form
  2. Pay the PayPal Deposit or Full Amount using the button below:

Bluebonnet Mini Session Giveaway with Brooke Shelby Photography!

 

The Dodge family has had three years of photography sessions with our favorite family photographer, Brooke Shelby Photography. Some of our favorite photos are the ones from Erin’s Bluebonnet Mini Sessions! This year, Dodge Family Chiropractic is spreading our love for Erin’s work in the classic Texas flowers by GIVING AWAY a mini session to one of our Facebook fans!

Dr. Dodge and I moved down to Texas thinking after chiropratic college, we’d move back to Virginia! As we worked through the years of school, we fell in love with Texas and now have no intention of leaving. One of the many things we love is the beautiful Texas wildflowers, and of course the traditional photos in the bluebonnets! Join us this year in the flowers!

Read “terms & conditions” for additional information about the giveaway.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter entry link below! Earn an extra entry by commenting here on our blog – tell us in the comments – What is your favorite thing about Texas?

DFC and BSP Giveaway link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Holistic Meals for the Family: Veggie and Bacon Mini Frittatas

Another recipe from the Doc’s wife!

I am not the best about making and eating nutritious, good breakfasts for myself. I got into the habit of just making our son’s eggs or quinoa breakfast, and not making anything for myself until lunch. In an effort to reform that and make something the Doc would enjoy too, I experimented with making mini frittatas, and have worked out a little recipe along the way! Now, in our home, we call these “egg cups” because that is what our 2.5 year old wants to call them. But Fancy Nancyhttps://www.amazon.com/Fancy-Nancy-Jane-OConnor/dp/0060542098 would call them mini frittatas, I think. So let’s call them that.

Veggie and Bacon Mini Frittatas

 

Ingredients:

1 medium onion, diced

2 cups of broccoli, diced

2 cups of kale (or spinach), chopped

1 pound of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces while uncooked

16-18 large eggs

1/4 tsp salt, optional

1/8 tsp pepper, optional

1 1/2 cup shredded cheese, optional

cupcake/muffin liners

 

Makes about 18 servings

 

Preparation:

Cut bacon strips into 1/2 inch pieces – kitchen shears make this simple. Fry bacon until crispy and set aside. Strain bacon fat into a mason jar, and return about 1/3 cup back to your sautee pan. (Yes! I am a bacon fat user and saver. The pastured porkhttp://livestockfirstranch.squarespace.com/pastured-pork/ that we use is  worth it, but not cheap. I intend to use all of its “beyond organic” goodness! In a balanced, nutritious diet, Dr. Dodge and I “heart bacon”http://holisticsquid.com/i-heart-bacon/ just like the Holistic Squid. If saving bacon fat isn’t your thing, I suggest a high quality coconut oil.) To the bacon fat, add your diced onion and broccoli and sautee till tender. Add kale when the onions and broccoli are almost done. Toss bacon pieces back in and turn off the heat. I use a full muffin tin and a half tin, because that’s what I have. This will make about 18 servings. if you want a dozen, back off the broccoli, kale, and eggs a bit.

Line the muffin tins with cupcake liners – I like these unbleached liners https://www.amazon.com/If-You-Care-Unbleached-60-Count/dp/B000FAIR96I can find at Market Street. Add about 1/4 cup of the veggie and bacon mixture to each cup. Add whisked eggs to fill about 4/5ths of the liners. Bake at 350 degrees Farenheit for 20 minutes.

I don’t add salt and pepper – each ingredient is very flavorful. But add it if you want! I also don’t add cheese, but would during pregancy to bulk up the protein count!

To store for a week’s worth of breakfast, we place them in a shallow glass dish, cover them, and keep them in the fridge! You could certainly wrap them in aluminum foil and freeze them individually as well. Pop them back in the oven or toaster oven in the morning, and you are all set! Enjoy!