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Latest Update from Charmaine – April 2021

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Goodness me, but Spring is playing peekaboo with us with her deliciously warm, “springy” days and smells ( let’s pretend we didn’t see the mud, shall we?).

Garden dreams will slowly begin to take shape and it is always important that you don’t dive headfirst (literally and figuratively, LOL) into your projects.  Plan them out so the right tools are handy and remember- that while the temptation is there to kill the project …..ROME was not built in a day and weekend warriors pay a heavy price for wayyyyy too much enthusiasm!!

Took a mini break down south a week or so ago to see if Spring could be found, and as we crossed into Kentucky, Mather Nature threw off her winter wraps and blasted us with the most awesome display of greenery and redbuds and dogwoods in the woods and yellow daffodils were all over the place.  We also got to see an incredible wonder in the form of the Parthenon (the only full-scale replica in the world) and the beyond beautiful secret hidden inside.  Google it and see what comes up…but I will say You Gotta see it to believe it!!!!!

Our bikes had a great vacation…Nashville and back in the back of my van.  Giggles!

So enjoy the slow return of spring…knowing that even Covid can’t mess with Mother Nature!!!

Make sure you get checked and adjusted so that you can enjoy spring and see you in the office, on the mat, or under the barbells!

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The Latest from Charmaine – March 2021

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Spring is in the air, the Worm Full Moon is around the corner, and the muddy conditions will be trying our patience.

Yet, I am sure all of us are reveling in the thought of Spring blossoms, birdsong, garden work(?) and more sunshine in our lives.

Spring is a time of rebirth/fresh beginnings. Time to get out and be more …your body craves movement and if you were a couch potato because of winter/Covid….there are no more excuses. I have to say that last year we saw so many “dog (people) walkers” out as the lockdowns went into effect, but the enthusiasm seems to have lagged and fewer people have been walking their pooches!

Enjoy the various fun events that are slowly coming back to life.

SEE YOU IN THE OFFICE, AROUND TOWN, ON THE MAT, IN THE STUDIO OR UNDER THE BARBELLS!

Latest News From Charmaine: February 2021

Well, we are well into the heart of winter! Trust you are making time to enjoy it, even if it is only from behind a window.photo3-300x198
But seriously, getting out into the “chilly” weather is good for your immune system and also helps to fend off the very real weight gain that happens when you combine major sports events, the ritual eating that goes along with such events, chilly weather, and being somewhat sedentary.

I am back to playing with heavyweights after a long covid layoff and I must say the body does thrive with being challenged.

Please watch out for the ice that is to be found at this time of year because, as one practice member said, his wife was stargazing in broad daylight! I really love Yak Trax or similar gadgets that give you a little more traction right now…but it definitely does not mean you are fireproof (or fall-proof!!)

SEE YOU IN THE OFFICE/STUDIO/UNDER BARBELLS

Drs. Ray & Charmaine

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The Latest from Charmaine: Early Winter 2020

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Well, Emily Lanjopoulos Smedsrud made her appearance weighing in at 11.139 lbs on 10/18/20. She is a beautiful cherub and Alfred is already trying to teach her how to play PawPatrol on the I-phone! I had fun with them in early November. Now we wait to see when we can go back!

The end of the year is here and that means Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations in a different fashion from years past. We are very thankful for our family and friends and practice members. Each and every one of you has added rays of sunshine into our world and as we reflect on the 31 years we have been in Grand Ledge, we are grateful that the pin on the map ended up here and that Grand Ledge has been so welcoming and supportive.

This newsletter includes some recipes that we have used in the past for our Holiday weekend eating and reflects our philosophy of eating plants and whole foods and also eating really well!! If you try any of the recipes let us know.

Vegan Mushroom Gravy

Holiday Smashed Potatoes

London curried shepherds pie

Vegetable Pot Pie with Vegan Biscuits

As always we include an article about how people have benefitted from Chiropractic care and if you ever want to share your story, please feel free…..people need to know that Chiropractic care is not just about bad backs and headaches, it is about the function of the whole body. Nerves that are stressed can affect many different parts of the body and it is wise to make sure you are aligned to help you on the path out of whatever ails ya!

SEASONS GREETINGS TO ALL

Latest News From Charmaine: October 2020

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Well…as usual at about this time of the year, practice members are saying they can’t believe it’s October already! And in this year of Covid, photo3-300x198it’s completely understandable. As days and weeks and months have blurred into each other with no “mile-markers” to distinguish them from any other day/week/or month- there is a new day terminology emerging…..it’s Blursday.

Being out of routine, it becomes difficult to remember just what day of the week it is. We might want to think back to Spring when we were convinced that Summer would never come and to Summer when we were all a little crispy around the edge, looking forward to Fall.

Fall, this year, has been the most totally glorious and vibrant I have seen for years (maybe a little drought helps?)  This is my favorite season for lots of reasons, like food, color, crisp air to mention a few.

As we weather this weather and the season, be careful as you put your gardens to rest and go easy on the decadent foods that start becoming available. Remember to eat lots of fruits and veggies to keep your acid/alkali balance and help prevent you from falling prey to the krud.

I SAW A POST A WEEK OR TWO AGO THAT APPLIES:
T-MINUS 9 WEEKS TILL PEOPLE START SPENDING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON HOLIDAY GIFTS BUT WILL COMPLAIN EATING HEALTHY IS TOO EXPENSIVE!!!!!

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The Latest from Charmaine: Early Fall 2020

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Well, that was summer, wasn’t it? In the year of Covid did we actually have a summer?

Please know that, as the medical professions keep reminding you that the flu’ season is upon us, you really need to work on eating healthy to stay well.

That means less junk/processed food and way more fruits and veggies. That will keep your system more alkaline so that the cold and flu “bugs “don’t find a home in your body.

Norway has a great approach to the Fall and Winter weather…they actually actively seek opportunities to get out and breathe the fresh air!  Whoa, a novel concept!  This from a country that lets their little ones nap snug and warm, in a sheltered place, in the fresh air.  Norwegians are one of the happiest people on the planet and it’s because they embrace their environment, not bemoan it!

As Fall settles in (one of my absolute favorite seasons), and as we prepare to settle the garden in for winter…please plan carefully, hindsight is great but doesn’t take care of the aches and pains of foolish actions.

We await the arrival of Miss Lanjopoulos-Smedsrud in early October. I hope to be able to go and help out after she arrives, but if not, we plan on being over there for the christening over Christmas.

MEANWHILE, STAY SAFE, EAT LOTS OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES, DRINK PLENTY OF WATER, KEEP MOVING, AND GET CHECKED REGULARLY!

Drs. Ray & Charmaine

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The Latest From Charmaine: Late Summer 2020

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Well, in the year of Covid, where nothing is “normal” anymore— It might be that time when our kids head back to school or maybe when they head to the kitchen table and go to virtual school.

There are so many negatives that are coming out of this current time that are affecting our emotional and mental health– that I am asking you all to make a special effort (and I know you are overloaded in SO many ways), but please, make an effort to touch base with friends and families and REALLY take time to talk and make sure they feel connected.   Depression and suicidal tendencies are mounting along with an increase in violence in the home as people take out their frustrations on those closest to them.

It is really important for the health of the family and the community that we each have a checklist of people to reach out to let them know they are not alone. Another Covid consequence that is bugging me is the way companies are  forcing the use of single use plastics on us all. I was doing so well with reducing the use of plastic in our house and then the rules changed.  From now on, I will take my own bags into Meijer and pack my own groceries – (don’t give me the evil eye if you are behind me in line. Single use plastic bags are one of the biggest issues in landfills.)  I will also take my mesh bags that I bought before Covid hit and place my greens in those instead of another type of single use plastic bag.

Check out  The Tiny Life website for some ideas to help reduce and reuse and recycle.

Have a GREAT LABOR day weekend and make sure your spines are checked to keep yourselves as healthy as possible and eat lots of VEGETABLE , GREENS and FRUIT!

Latest News from Charmaine: July 2020

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We now can officially say it’s summer. All the hoopla of hot muggy days along with dry days that worry our farmers and the darn mosquitoes all mixed with the ongoing coronavirus that has life at a standstill for so many people   As we await some degree of resolution, to allow us to try and get  back to “normal”, lets plan on making the best with what we got!!

This past June, Dr. Ray and I celebrated 40 years (each) in Chiropractic  having graduated together in the summer of 1980.  We, however, never got to go to homecoming  this year to celebrate with our classmates, which was a bummer. Daughter Damaris graduated 10 years ago and has settled down in Norway, with her man, Anders and is in a great practice, and has our first grandchild Alfred  (3 ½) and a baby girl due October.

I finally got to the Farmers Market and oh how I missed the talks with the farmers and  their  fresh veggies…I am having a hard time at           Meijer where everything is wrapped up in  awful polluting plastic and you are  obliged to buy more than you need or not at all. As produce ripens, this is the time, in all this heat, to really think of  keeping cooking to the minimum…so maybe cook extra rice, veggies roast extra potatoes etc. that can be thrown into salad bowls and make hearty, minimum effort, minimum heat and maximum nutritious meals.

GET YOUR SPINES CHECKED! STAY HEALTHY !

Drs. Ray & Charmaine

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Lastest News from Charmaine: June 2020

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SIZZLE! SIZZLE! SIZZLE! From an icky half-assed Spring straight into full melty, squelchy Summer!  Gotta love Michigan in times of climate change!!

Hopefully, my veggie garden and yours survives this heat and hopefully doesn’t drown with all this rain.   At the present time, with all the COVID 19 hoof-fla-fla, veggie gardens along the lines of the old Victory gardens seem to be sprouting up…and I say hurrah to everybody planning on eating yummy fresh healthy food…a positive from a negative…gotta love it!

Needless to say with everything going on, I have not been able to train for 3 months at the gym, and the puny weights at home don’t give me the same workout (duh!). However, I will say that the distance yoga teaching has really led me to more depths and insights that have been magical. Working out alone has actually proved to be beneficial.

Just got word that travel to see our grandchild and his parents in July is off for now..hoping that at least I can make it there for 2 weeks to help out after the little one is born in October.

Meanwhile, stay safe, wash your hands (but not too much), drink lots of water, let your dog take you for regular walks, and make the best of what you got!

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Latest News from Charmaine: May 2020

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Well, I think Spring has decided that the odds of it happening are finally settled.  We have had some delicious days recently, which, hopefully has taken a little of the edge off the Stay at Home- Stay Safe Cabin Fever so many are suffering from.

Essentially, as I sure you have come to realize is that a NEW NORMAL is settling in and we can now forever be guilty of saying “Before Covid 19- we did…”  

Trust you have all enjoyed the tulips that Brenda worked so hard to get planted and I am sure, that after she visits Holland, Michigan- we are in for more.  I must say, their Tulip Time is always a glorious display.

I see that our Farmer’s Markets will be opening soon.  Big YAY!   for that…  I love my Saturday/Sunday ritual that involves getting fresh veggies and other delights straight from the person who was involved in the whole process…another great way to connect to the land.

STAY SAFE, GET FRESH AIR, EXERCISE, DRINK H2O, GET CHECKED!