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A Simple Start to the New Year

Chiropractic Solutions Newsletter – January 2019

New Year, New Mindset — Keep It Simple!

new yearFrom the Doctor

Happy New Year!

Simplicity is king.  When it comes to resolutions and changing to get more of what you want in your life, keeping it simple is king or queen.  It took me 10 years to realize a really important lesson in life–simple is good.

There are 3 key takeaways I’ve learned in living a simple life, including:

  • Less stuff is better. Stuff can weigh you down.
  • Living a simple life gives you more time for the important things.
  • Simplifying your eating can dramatically improve your health.

Here are the top 12 ways I’ve been able to live a simpler life:

  1. Simplify your meals and buy a blender. I used to make a different breakfast every week. One week it would be breakfast burritos, and the next week it would be egg muffins. It took a lot of prep work, cooking time, and dish washing. So what did I do? I bought a Nutribullet, and now I drink a vegetable and fruit smoothie every morning. After 30 years, I’m finally in the best shape of my life, and I save a ton of time and stress every morning.
  2. Every year clean out your house. Are you using it? If not, toss it out. The less clutter you have, the better.
  3. Be present in the moment. When you do something, really focus on the task at hand and be present. For example, when someone is talking to you, don’t work on your computer at the same time. Look at them, really listen, and engage with them. Try it – you’ll see how awesome of an experience that is.
  4. Use your calendar on your smartphone. You’re going to have a million things to do. If you put it onto your mental checklist, chances are you’ll forget it. Put it on your calendar!
  5. Learn to say no. You can’t do everything. Find out what’s really important to you and prioritize those activities.
  6. Arrive for your flight 2 hours ahead of time. Trust me on this one. After flying to 50 cities in one year, this will reduce your stress a ton!
  7. Do more of what makes YOU happy. Life is short. Stop spending it living someone else’s life.
  8. Slow down. When you take your time, you’re more likely to enjoy the moment.
  9. Take an hour to unsubscribe to all the junk mail in your email. Having to delete junk email every day is a colossal waste of time.
  10. Create an exercise routine. P90X, Insanity, CrossFit, running, SoulCycle, swimming, walking to work, join a gym, do group fitness – whatever it might be, make sure you keep exercising to stay healthy!
  11. Use the 10-year test. Feeling stressed about something that just happened? Use the 10-year test. Ask yourself, will this matter in 1 year, 5 years, or 10 years? If it won’t, you need to stop stressing out about it. Move forward.
  12. Get adjusted regularly.  It keeps you moving and feeling well and prevents arthritis, decay, and all sorts of terrible things no one wants.  Ensuring the brain can properly communicate with body makes a big difference towards being happy and healthy.  Feel good, look good, and protect your freedom of movement.  Get adjusted!

Remember – simple is good!


Runner’s Lifestyle Hack

We’re switching things up, and instead of doing a supplement of the month, we are going to talk about a lifestyle hack.  This month we’re helping runners avoid pain. So if you know anyone getting into running, this might be a tip to save them from some major soreness.


Butternut Squash, Chickpea, and Lentil Moroccan Stew
Servings: 4
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Adapted From ambitiouskitchen.com

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups organic low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups cubed butternut squash (from about 2 pounds butternut squash)
  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed well
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • Optional: a few basil leaves, chopped
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook a few minutes or until the onion becomes softened.
  2. Next stir in cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne; cook for 30 seconds to a minute until spices are fragrant. Add tomatoes, broth, chickpeas, butternut squash, lentils, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes or until butternut squash is tender and lentils are fully cooked.
  3. Stir in lemon juice and sprinkle with cilantro and basil, if desired. Serve with a dollop of yogurt if you aren’t vegan. Makes 4 servings – about 2 cups each.
Matt Kingston
About the author

Dr. Matt Kingston is a licensed Chiropractor who received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and his doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa. Dr Matt can be seen at Chiropractic Solutions in Madison, WI.

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