The 12 Days of Giveaways

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Join Dr. Elisha Cook ND in celebrating 2 years of practice at Meyers Chiropractic and Health Specialists! During the month of December, any patient who has a Naturopathic visit will be entered into a draw for a basket full of naturopathic goodies!

In addition, enter our facebook contest for the 12 days of giveaways by finding Dr. Elisha Cook Naturopathic Doctor on Facebook! We will be giving a gift everyday for 12 days, all you need to do is like the facebook page, share the post of the day, and comment “done” or anything else on the post.

Dates: 

The 12 Days of Giveaways: December 4-8th; December 11-15; December 18-19

Naturopathic Visit Draw Ends December 30, 2017

Please note that you must be a resident of Ontario Canada, residing between London Ontario and Guelph Ontario. You also must be able to claim your prize by coming directly to the Meyers Chiropractic Clinic to pick it up within 1 week of being notified that you have won. You must also contact Dr. Elisha Cook ND after being contacted regarding your win to confirm that you accept the draw prize. If you do not contact her within 24 hours… Continue reading

Survey Time – I want to hear from you!

In my opinion, it is important to make sure I am providing my patients with the best care possible. As a result, I have seen a need for potentially more support in certain areas, and I want to hear from you. I want to see if there is a need and if we can help! I have provided a link for a short 8 multiple choice question survey that will take 2 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey provided by following the below link.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8X3TMZ8

Thank you in advance for your participation and for providing valuable feedback.

-Dr. Elisha Cook ND

Dairy Alternatives for going Dairy-Free

One of the most challenging foods to give up for various health reasons is dairy. It is delicious and there is really nothing that can compare to a good piece of cheese or glass of milk. However, as I mentioned, for various health reasons, throwing away the cheese may be more beneficial than some realize. For those who have to endure a diet without dairy, I have provided a list of items that may provide comparable substitutes. This chart is not comprehensive, but it does provide some good insight into options available to explore and try, based on my current knowledge of the industry.

Item to Give Up/ Avoid Substitution
Cow’s Milk Most of these options are fortified with at least calcium, and may prove to be just as tasty:

·         Almond Milk

·         Cashew Milk

·         Coconut Milk

·         Soy Milk

·         Rice Milk

·         Hemp Milk

Butter/Margarine The below options… Continue reading

The release of my new book! It is . . .

At the beginning of this year I had set out to complete my book, and I am happy to say that I have accomplished that goal! My book is titled:

“The Ultimate Guide to the Elimination Diet: Tips and Recipes to Better Your Health and Approach the Diet with Confidence”.

Many of my patients have heard about the elimination diet, but not everyone is familiar with it, and so, let me shed some light on it. The elimination diet is a treatment option that helps individuals that are suffering from many different health concerns including

  • Pain
  • Anxiety 
  • Inability to lose weight 
  • Fatigue
  • Stress 
  • Arthritis 
  • Muscle Pain 
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) 
  • Constipation/Diarrhea
  • Brain Fog 

and the list goes on! That means if you want to lose weight, reduce pain, think clearer, and feel better overall, this diet may be right for you. The elimination diet is a way for individuals to identify which foods may be contributing to their health concerns, but also helps individuals to adopt more of a whole – foods diet.

Though this may sound simple enough, the diet is quite complex, complicated, and challenging. Many individuals struggle to follow… Continue reading

Foods to Eat to Beat the Heat

Tired Woman Sweating After RunningI preface this article with a brief explanation on Chinese medicine. In Chinese medicine, many of the pathologies are based on external influences. For example, if one is out in the rain too long, they could develop excess dampness internally leading to such symptoms as arthritis, a cold or a sore throat. As such, food is very important in combating these different external forces. With that being said, it is important to understand which foods are hot, cold, dry, or damp in nature and to consume them in a balanced way. In seasons such as summer, it is important to consume more foods that are cool or cold in nature to combat the external effect of heat on the system. The food list below is not explicit, but does give a good idea as to some different foods one can incorporate into their diet to stay cool during warmer temperatures.

  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Barley
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Eggs
  • Grapes
  • Grape fruit
  • Ice
  • Kelp
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Mushroom
  • Pear
  • Peppermint
  • Peppermint Tea
  • Plum
  • Radish
  • Sesame oil
  • Sorbet
  • Soy
  • Tangerine
  • Tofu,
  • Green tea
  • Water chest nut
  • Water melon
  • Yogurt

In addition to these foods, some other ways of eating food that may help… Continue reading

5 Ways to Increase Metabolism

Girl - Weight LossMany individuals are looking to different weight – loss techniques to help get ready for bikini season – this includes searching for different ways to increase your metabolism. Increasing metabolism can help with more than just weight loss – it can also help if an individual ate a trigger food and is experiencing uncomfortable symptoms such as bloating, gas, indigestion, or constipation. In regards to weight – loss, increasing metabolism can be useful for kick-starting your weight loss journey or for surpassing a plateau. As always, please consult with a health care professional before trying any of the below recommendations. If you are interested in losing weight please consult a health care provider such as myself to get the necessary support you need. Weight loss that is achieved too quickly can result in an individual gaining weight beyond where they initially started. If this is you, consider emailing me or calling the clinic to book your complimentary 15 min meet-and-greet session to talk about your goals.

  1. Hot water with lemon first thing in the morning – before having anything in the morning, have a hot water with lemon in it. The bitterness of this drink helps to stimulate the liver… Continue reading

What is Hydrotherapy?

What is Hydrotherapy?Head shower while running water

Water can be a very powerful tool for healing that is often underestimated. As Naturopathic Doctors, we use water therapy, called hydrotherapy, which involves applying different methods of water to the body to promote healing. This might involve alternating hot and cold water applications to an area, or even using a sauna to nourish our bodies. Hydrotherapy has an added benefit of being inexpensive, because most of the time it is just a matter of applying water to an area. Though it is just water, some of the treatments may not be good for certain patient populations based on its effect and pre-existing medical conditions. Therefore, it is best to consult with your Naturopathic Doctor before trying any hydrotherapy treatments on your own.

What does it cause in the body?

Overall, various hydrotherapy treatments can be used to cause the following effects in the body:

  • Reduce pain
  • Increase circulation
  • Promote detoxification
  • Promote healing of organs/tissues
  • Stimulate brain function
  • Relieve fatigue
  • Boost Immune system functioning
  • Promote digestion
  • Increase metabolism
  • Relieve congestion
  • Relieve coughs
  • Promotes relaxation

What are the different conditions it can help with?

Hydrotherapy can be used to help many different conditions including:

Bullet-Proof Coffee – The Dairy-Free Recipe

BBullet proof coffeeullet-proof coffee has turned into quite the craze lately with Ketogenic diets and coffee connoisseurs alike. Often times the recipes require organic grass fed cow’s butter, an oil extracted from coconut oil, and coffee. I have decided to create my own version that is perfect for those who are dairy-free and are wanting a smooth tasting alternative to their “double-double”. I should warn that the fat content of coconut oil (don’t worry it is a good fat) is high, this coffee tends to be a bit higher in calories, but does have healthy fats and helps you to get them into your system in a pure form.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ – ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups of coffee (your choice on the blend and brew)
  • 1 tsp sugar OR 2 tsp honey

Directions:

  1. Boil a kettle of water and place boiled water in blender – this will heat up the blender to keep the coffee from getting cold. You do not need to turn on the blender but just put the lid back on to keep the heat contained.
  2. Brew coffee as regularly would. Then when ready to combine ingredients into blender,… Continue reading

What happens when you start to put yourself first

Autumn Girl enjoying nature on the field. Beauty Girl Outdoors rAt first glance, this blog title may seem suspiciously self – serving or selfish in nature, but let me give some context. I work with many individuals who are stressed out, burnt out, and are needing much care. The trend is not represented by one small act of not putting your health as a priority, but rather over the course of time it may be from putting your family first, your job first, or others needs before your own. From this article, I want you to explore your own life and consider: have I been putting my health and needs last? Finally, I want you to then consider what might happen if you start to consider yourself of value enough to put higher on your list of priorities. This article is not meant to condemn, to ridicule, or make individuals feel like they have not been taking care of their health, but is meant to inspire you to consider your own needs and do some more loving things for yourself.

I was that person

I would like to start out this article by admitting my own weaknesses: I was that person. I was that person that would make my husband… Continue reading

Almond Sauce Recipe

Almond SauceAlmond Sauce

Almond sauce is a variation of your traditional “Peanut Sauce”, which is best paired with fresh spring rolls and stir fry. The sauce is great for those who are on the elimination diet or those who just want to spice things up in the kitchen!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ tsp coriander
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp honey

Yield: 1 ¼ cups

Directions:

  1. Combine almond butter, coconut milk, sesame oil, lemon juice, honey, coriander and garlic in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix or blend until smooth consistency.
  3. Chill for 15-30 minutes and serve.
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