An Apple A Day

October 3, 2011

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…keeps the doctor away?

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Today I paid a visit to Dr. Huffman at CORE Chiropractic. I’m not having any issues, but I’ve been meaning to go for a test-the-waters appointment (and make sure my spine seems normal – it does!) since he opened the clinic. Lovely Faith was there to greet me!

The appointment was a little bit scarier than a massage, but felt just as good. I have very mild scoliosis and Tate did a few adjustments there as well as in my hips. It was my first time having “the chiropractor’s crack” and it didn’t hurt at all – felt pretty good! Lastly he did an interesting inside-the-mouth massage of my TMJ. My TMJ [which goes out of socket and pops a lot] has never been painful, but it’s been known to ache, so we figured a deep massage in there would help – and it did.

I’m not sure I feel that different, but I do feel more open and slightly straighter (although that could be my imagination :) ) And I think if I had had more imbalances, I would have felt loads of relief.

Back at home, I got to work on a mushroom masterpiece

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A Mushroom + Barley soup mix we got from Great Harvest

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I beefed it up with 2 pints of shrooms, 3 slabs of Twin Oaks Tofu, carrots, kale, smoked paprika and pepper. (The mix called for beef, mushrooms and broth only.)

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It was most delicious, and I think my husband enjoyed it even more than I did!

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I was more into the buttery bread ; )

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We shared a bar of dark chocolate for dessert. I’m about to get packin’ and then it’s Gossip Girl time!

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1 Balancing Sylvia October 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I’ve been very intrigued with the idea of seeing a chiropractor lately. My back is still super sore from 6 months sleeping on a cot (and I got back in a normal bed two weeks ago!) I think I will look into it.

Your dinner looks a little more than amazing :D

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2 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy October 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Your table is so cute, love the dishes and the napkins!

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3 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm

i’ve been toying with the idea of seeing a chiropractor. very interesting to read about the benefits. my back is generally pretty good, but after sitting too upright for extended periods can get super stiff.

delicious soup! and of course the buttery bread stole the show :)

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4 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine October 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm

That looks delicious!

If I could change one thing about my boyfriend, it would be his hatred of mushrooms. Bold statement but true. :)

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5 Olena (The Fit Gourmet) October 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Hear hear!

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6 robin October 3, 2011 at 7:57 pm

so healthy

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7 Anna @ On Anna's Plate October 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Yum! Looks like a very tasty dinner.

My husband has a really bad back, and regular visits to the chiropractor really seem to help him.

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8 lynn @ the actor's diet October 3, 2011 at 7:59 pm

i’ve never been cracked. knock on wood.

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9 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 3, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I’ve dealt with on again, off again back issues since herniating 2 discs in my lower back when I was 15 and swear by my chiropractor! She’s amazing and the perfect balance between the “crack your back & send you on your way type” and the super hippie, incense burning type. I try to go once a month even when I’m feeling ok b/c I liken it to changing the oil in your car. Preventative maintenance!

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10 erica October 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

do all great harvests have that soup mix? cause i’m gonna have to go hunt down a GH in my area!

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11 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Not all – I’d call and ask! It’s by Frontier Soup

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12 Christine @ BookishlyB October 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Inside the mouth massage? Was your husband okay with this?!?!?! Kidding, kidding. I have TMJ flare ups and I’d be willing to try anything sometimes.

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13 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm
14 Hillary October 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Chiropractors freak me OUT! My mom used to have to go all the time, and the idea of someone cracking my bones wigs me out so bad.

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15 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio October 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I use to see a chiropractor all the time when I was a college athlete. I was always the oddest thing, but I felt so good afterwards!

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16 Brittany October 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

That looks awesome! I’ve been dying to go to the chiropractor. I have jaw pains too and I never heard of them massaging the jaw. I need that. I just watched gossip girl, it was sooo good!!

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17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I’ve been thinking a lot about getting an adjustment. I’ve never done it before, but I’m feeling out of whack. My clavicle keeps popping out of joint and my jaw has been killing me. Now I think I need to check it out. Dinner looks delicious! Enjoy the rest of your night Kath!

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18 Alexia (Dimple Snatcher) October 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Mine (my jaw) pops a lot, too! Have you thought about surgery or anything even a little invasive, Kath?

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19 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm

No because it’s really not that bad – just achy sometimes

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20 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. October 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I absolutely swear by my chiropractor! She helped me out so much with my sciatica pain and recently when I was in a car accident, I got whiplash and she has helped me immensely with that too. It’s great that you went even though you don’t have any issues. It’s good to get adjusted every once in awhile even if you don’t feel like you need to!

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21 Ally at A Girl In Her Kitchen October 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I’ve never seen Gossip Girl, right now I am into Hart of Dixie. Rachel Bilson is so adorable!

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22 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I missed the first episode and just missed the second. Is it good?

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23 Ally at A Girl In Her Kitchen October 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

So far I think so! :)

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24 Emily @ the doodlebug October 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm

A coworker was JUST telling me about this show – I may have to check it out too!

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25 Elisabeth October 4, 2011 at 12:13 am

I watching the first episode – I wanted to like it, but there was just something slightly cheesy about it & Jaime King’s character drove me nuts! I decided not to keep watching it because there are several other new shows that I really liked – only so much time for TV. ;)

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26 Elisabeth October 4, 2011 at 12:15 am

Ha! I mean watched the first episode!

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27 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

That does look delicious! I hadn’t ever thought about going to a chiropractor, but that’s something I should look into. I’ve had a lot of running problems because my hips are slightly off-set.

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28 Becca October 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I wondered what happened to Tate and Faith! I never see them around the blog anymore.

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29 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Life has been busy and we miss them very much!

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30 Jennifer October 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Love barley! I made a soup this week with it. :)

I have TMJ, too, from a car that rear-ended me years ago. It drives me nuts. It’s not painful either but constantly pops especially when I open my mouth wide to bite into something and causes headaches. Never thought of trying a chiropractor. Very interesting. :)

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31 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Glad you had a nice visit with the chiro. Preventative maintenance type things are great…keeps bigger things at bay :)

Your ‘shroom dish looks great. I have been to like 10 blogs today…all featuring shroom recipes. Lots of people/bloggers I know are hosting a mushroom giveaway. Must be the day for shrooms :)

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32 katie @KatieDid October 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm

ohh I know how you feel with the TMJ. I’m not sure that I have it necessarily but at the dentist my mouth gets stuck wide open and I have to op it back closed- its scary and painful! I should try a little self massage on that sometime ha! Wonderful looking dinner, such a simple soup but looks fantastic.

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33 Deva @ Deva by Definition October 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I’ve never seen a chiro before, but I grew up near one of the few Osteopathic Medical schools in the country. I had a spinal manipulation from a doctor of osteopathy once and it was amazing. My back CRACKED but after it felt SO GOOD.

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34 Anna October 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm

My dad is a retired chiropractor so I was raised with having my back and neck adjusted. As a pianist I have found it very beneficial. I need to find a new one since I just moved. Glad you had a good first visit!

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35 Angel7 October 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I really like going to the chiropractor, because it seems as though I am always out of alignment. And I, like you, have slight scoliosis, so my back always feels better after an adjustment. After a while, you might like how good your back feels, and you may be back for revisit after revisit :)

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36 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 3, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I hate mushrooms…..but I do love good bread! SO that part looks deeelish :)

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37 Candy @ Healthy in Candy Land October 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I hope the ‘apple a day’ thing is true, because I eat one almost every single day from September until local ones disappear from the market, sometime in June. Apples are my favorite fruit!

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38 Meghan @ Day-to-Day Crazy October 3, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I’m a little intimidated by the prospect of going to a chiropractor, but maybe I’ll have to be brave now! :)

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39 faith October 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

Chiropractors utilize techniques other than just the manipulations (cracking) and there is a huge spectrum from very gentle to lots of force, depending on the doc’s specific style. If you feel like you would benefit from a chiropractor (neck, back, hip, shoulder, or jaw issues and headaches are just a few things they can be great for) I recommend you call around and ask what each office offers in terms of modalities and styles. And don’t be afraid to tell your doc that you are curious about manipulation but nervous, if they are good they should listen to you and start gently (in my opinion).

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40 Tatomme @ Fresh Potater October 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Mmmm it looks nice and hearty for a fall evening! I need to make soup.

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41 Khushboo October 3, 2011 at 11:49 pm

I love the chiropractor crack- I’m always nervous beforehand but it feels so good!

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42 Mahealani @ Pu`uhonua October 4, 2011 at 12:14 am

Mmmmm, the more mushrooms the better, this looks wonderful!

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43 Health Bee October 4, 2011 at 1:02 am

Great photos. Love the close up of the mushroom tofu dish. What camera do you use to take these photos?

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44 KathEats October 4, 2011 at 7:22 am

Thanks, I have a Canon Rebel with a 35mm lens

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45 Cait @ Beyond Bananas October 4, 2011 at 6:29 am

Visiting a chiropractor has always intrigued me but I have heard so many mixed things about them! Many people have told me their back has never been the same since they’ve gone.. or they have to continue to go regularly for a very long period of time to feel normal again. I assume you do not have these thoughts…

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46 KathEats October 4, 2011 at 7:22 am

I’ve heard much more positive reviews of chiros than negative

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47 Sarah@The Flying ONION October 4, 2011 at 6:36 am

I’ve always been interested in seeing a chiropractor too. When I was going to physical therapy, they always told me how my hips were tilted which causes my knee pains. Strengthening my abs and my hips has helped some, but I’m always curious as to what else is out there. :D

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48 Karen October 4, 2011 at 6:41 am

…or, a bowl of soup a day….

That ‘shroom and barley soup w/tofu looks wonderful. After a summer hiatus, I’m back into the swing of eating a bowlful of soup nearly every day – the chunkier/thicker/heartier the better. I freeze leftovers so at anytime I’m stocked with a variety of options. I often plop some chunks of tofu (or tempeh) into a veggie soup for an easy protein boost. Soup is so comforting to cook (and eat!) in cooler months. I think soup making is my culinary niche!

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49 Lee October 4, 2011 at 7:02 am

I also have mild scoliosis and TMJ. My jaw often gets stuck shut. Not completely shut, I can still open my mouth and eat and everything, but I can’t open it fully. I’ve always been nervous to go to a chiropractor for some reason though. You’d recommend?

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50 KathEats October 4, 2011 at 7:22 am

It might be worth a visit, but I’d ask your dentist first maybe?

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51 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 4, 2011 at 7:02 am

Bread is always the best part of having soup/stew for dinner! :D

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52 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 4, 2011 at 8:15 am

I love your fall inspired table settings! :) Dinner looks delicious. Oh and that bread is just so fluffy! I want some!

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53 Lindsay October 4, 2011 at 8:17 am

I adore those dishes! And thank you for sharing your experience, I am intrigued to visit a chiropractor, but I’ve been way too nervous (control freak syndrome!!). I’ve been a dancer for well…my whole LIFE and after dancing on a cruise ship for 2+ years, I KNOW I am out of whack! Can’t wait to hear more…maybe I’ll take the plunge:)

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54 Christy October 4, 2011 at 9:12 am

Haven’t tried the Mushroom Barley yet, but it’s on my list of wonderful Frontier mixes to try! And, BTW, I swear by the chiropractor! It’s practically my primary care physican.

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55 Cait's Plate October 4, 2011 at 9:31 am

We took pretty much the same apple picture yesterday :) We just went apple picking and have been plowing through them :) SO good.

I want that buttery bread! Also – what do you think of GG so far? I was less than impressed with the first episode…

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56 KathEats October 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Love it!! Love the LA plot and Blair’s too

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57 Claire October 4, 2011 at 10:18 am

As a physician’s daughte.I’ve always been skeptical about chiropractors. I guess it doesn’t help that also as a PhD student there is no rigorous empirical evidence of the effectiveness of the work they do (mainly anecdotal). I had a friend chiropractor who I wet in to see at his office once, he cracked my neck and it hurt for a week haha. But the other things felt good. I think I’l sticking with the evidence-based assumption that our skeletal system is set (and doesn’t contain pockets of pressure thay need to be released) and that to correct imbalances we need to either strengthen certain muscles or work on stretching them. 99% of the time when runners have knee or hip problems (as I read above) they should stregthen their glutes and stretch their hip flexors prob not see a chiropractor. Kudos for trying something new though!! :-)

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58 Claire October 4, 2011 at 10:20 am

Sorry, typed that on my new phone…I swear I know how to spell lol

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59 sb October 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Funny, I’m also PhD student, and I agree with you. I saw a few chiros in the past, and stopped when it became clear that it was not helping. The real last straw was when one started trying to convince all of his patients that most medicine was just some huge pharma-conspiracy. I can tell you as someone who has been saved by antibiotics, that I’m VERY happy to have effective evidence-based pharmaceuticals!

After stopping chriro, I had physical therapy for my back issues, and it was MUCH more effective at solving my problems. From now on, it’s evidence-based medicine for me all the way.

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