<![CDATA[Natural Medicine & Chiropractic<br /> - NMC Blog]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:14:18 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[Sweet Tunisian Pulled Chicken]]>Mon, 15 Jul 2013 01:04:48 GMThttp://www.naturalmedicinewi.com/1/post/2013/07/sweet-tunisian-pulled-chicken.htmlFruit, whether fresh or dried, is a great way to sweeten a dish without adding refined sugar. The dried apricots and Deglet Noor dates add a unique rustic sweetness to this chicken. Throw it all in a slow cooker and just let it go! 

I like to serve this pulled chicken topped with fresh garden salsa (fresh tomato + onion + jalapeño + salt + lime) and sometimes a crumble of cheese on top. This is great on top of brown rice or thinly sliced cabbage tossed with cilantro and lime, or just by itself with a side of roasted veggies or plantains. 
I have been using Made in Nature brand dried fruits for quite a while (available at Fresh & Natural Foods in Hudson if you're local!). I am always pleased with their products; they are organic and don't contain chemicals, added sugar, or sulfuring, which are common things in a lot of dried fruit. They recently sent me a bag of Organic Deglet Noor Dates to try, and I immediately fell in love with them...they are really light and caramel-y tasting, very pleasant for sweet and savory cooking. 

AND, if you like this recipe (and share it through social media) and  THEY  like my recipe, they will provide me with dates to giveaway to my great readers and patients! I hope you give this recipe a try and love it!

1/2 cup chopped Made in Nature Organic Unsulfured Apricots
¾ cup chopped Made in Nature Organic Deglet Noor Dates
1 cup chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
2 small jalapenos, seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped or grated
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
3 Tbs tomato paste
½ tsp sea salt
1 Tbs chili powder
2lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
pinch of red pepper flakes, if you like spice

Very finely chop the apricots and dates and measure to equal 1/2 cup apricots and ¾ cup dates. Place them into the bottom of the crockpot along with chicken broth, onion, jalapeno, garlic, vinegar, tomato paste, salt, and chili powder. Mix everything around and then nestle the chicken breasts into the mixture.

Cook for 8 hours on low, stirring once or twice during cooking if you around. When the chicken is tender and falling apart, move it to a cutting board and use two forks to pull it apart and shred it. Return the meat to the slow cooker and toss it around in the sauce/juices and then serve. 

Don't know how to make plantains?! Find them in the fruit section, usually next to the bananas...they are like a banana's mutant cousin- much bigger, usually appearing over-ripe and slightly brown. I like to select the ones that are teetering on very ripe: a peel that is green/yellow with some brown (about 25% brown). Heat a little coconut oil or lard in a cast iron pan, and working in batches pan-fry sliced plantains for several minutes on each side and then season with sea salt. 
Plantains are a great side-dish for anyone who is gluten and/or grain free!

<![CDATA[Child Behavioral Problems & Natural Medicine]]>Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:45:05 GMThttp://www.naturalmedicinewi.com/1/post/2013/03/child-behavioral-problems-natural-medicine.htmlYou are a good parent if you are reading this. Seeking help for your child with behavior issues means that you care and are doing everything you can. Whether your child is two or fourteen, continued bad behavior wears on the whole family. It is difficult to deal with bad grades, flaring tempers, poor choices, or outward defiance. These young years of their life should be positive and filled with good memories, and they can be.

Perhaps the best way to help your child is to take a different perspective: it’s not their fault. It’s not yours either- let me explain. This behavior is an outcry for help. There is something in their body out of balance and subconsciously this is the way they ask for help, please listen to them. Your child is not behaving badly because they want to or because you have done something wrong; it is a sign that something is not right. My job to figure out what that is. Together we can work to fix what is off using natural methods.

The brain and nervous system are what control all of our thinking, acting, and the choices we make every second of the day, AND it is a very sensitive organ. In children with behavioral problems, I often find that they have an irritated nervous system. There are many things that can cause this, some chemical, some structural, most of them correctable.

Children are so rewarding to work with because their young bodies are resilient and often respond wonderfully to natural medicine. My goal is to make a plan that is simple, fits your budget, your lifestyle, and greatly improves the quality of life for your child and your whole family.

Please call Dr. Crystal Schmidt if you have questions about your child’s behavior.  (715) 579-7145

Dr. Schmidt is a doctor providing chiropractic care and natural medicine treatments to the children and adults of the St. Croix area. She is proud to serve the people of Hudson, Roberts, River Falls, New Richmond, Baldwin & Woodville, Menomonie, Stillwater, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas.
<![CDATA[Are you Struggling with Infertility?]]>Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:20:40 GMThttp://www.naturalmedicinewi.com/1/post/2013/03/are-you-struggling-with-infertility.htmlSpring is traditionally a fertile time; fruit trees start budding, and birds are busy carrying twigs to build their nests. It seems like everything comes alive and promptly starts to reproduce. For a couple struggling with infertility this can be an especially cruel time.

But it doesn’t have to be. Even if you’ve struggled for years and exhausted every fertility treatment known, you shouldn’t give up hope. Seeking advice from a natural medicine practitioner is great next step, and often a rewarding one!

The body is an amazing machine; every second of the day it is carefully orchestrating cascades of hormone levels that are responsible for, well… keeping you alive. Your body is also a smart machine, and it knows that if it can’t create a healthy pregnancy, well then it just won’t create one at all. We should appreciate this incredible wisdom and work with it, not against it.

Can your structure support a pregnancy? Do you have a strong and sturdy womb? First, the pelvis has to be in line and the ligaments that hold it together need to be strong. I commonly see women who have weak pelvis structure often due to a previous pregnancy, an old injury (slip or fall), or poor dietary habits. The nerves that supply the pelvis and its contents should be working without interference. The organs that are adjacent to the uterus should be healthy and in good working order. For example, if you suffer from constipation you likely have inflammation around your lower intestines, which can irritate your uterus and ovaries.  Anyone of these things is enough to prevent pregnancy. This is just of sample of the things that need to be addressed.

Infertility is a complex issue because it can involve so many different aspects of your body that are all vitally important. This spring as you notice flowers blooming and hints of green emerging from the soil I hope you feel encouraged instead of defeated.

If you are struggling with infertility, whether male or female-related, please call to speak with Dr. Crystal Schmidt.  (715) 579-7145 or visit www.naturalmedicinewi.com.

Dr. Schmidt provides chiropractic care and natural medicine treatments to the children and adults of the St. Croix area. She is proud to serve the people of Hudson, Roberts, River Falls, New Richmond, Baldwin & Woodville, Menomonie, Stillwater, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas.

<![CDATA[Green Tea Chocolate Truffles]]>Mon, 18 Feb 2013 23:42:41 GMThttp://www.naturalmedicinewi.com/1/post/2013/02/green-tea-chocolate-truffles.htmlThese got rave reviews from people who aren't even gluten free or dairy free! And they really couldn't be easier to make. This  recipe is also fully customizable- don't have green tea powder, leave it out. Add a tsp of fresh orange zest instead. Add extra vanilla, add a pinch of cayenne pepper, add some toasted nut pieces.
Plus, look at that list of power-house ingredients. These are the very definition of a healthy treat!

Matcha tea is a fine ground green tea leaf (a special kind, I think) and is available at many natural food stores. I have even seen it sold in individual serving packs at some tea shops (if you don't want to commit to a $10+ jar of it). I used Republic of Tea Brand Matcha Powder, which I found at Fresh and Natural Foods in Hudson, WI. It is grassy and adds a unique and interesting hint of earthiness to an otherwise ordinary chocolate. 

1 can of full fat coconut milk
3 tsp matcha green tea powder, divided
5oz unsweetened chocolate
1 Tbs coconut oil
¼ cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
¼ cup natural cocoa powder

Be careful not to shake or jostle the can of coconut milk (in fact, I often put mine in the fridge overnight just to ensure that it will harden up nice); open the can and measure out ¾ cup of the thick cream from the top. Place the coconut cream in a small saucepan along with 1 tsp of the green tea powder; heat over low-medium, gently stirring, until it starts to just boil around the edges.  

Meanwhile, chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a heat-safe bowl along with the coconut oil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate in the bowl, let sit for one minute, and then stir with a fork until well combined. Add in the honey and vanilla and stir again until very uniform. Pour the mixture into a shallow pan (like a bread pan), cover, and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

To make the truffles, use a tablespoon to measure out a portion of the chocolate, quickly roll it between your palms to form a ball and then roll it around in the cocoa powder to cover. Or if you aren't feeling so fancy that day, just scoop out a spoonful of chocolate and put it right into the cocoa powder, no need to make them into balls....they will just look, well: rustic. 

Place the finished truffles close together and use the reserved two teaspoons of matcha powder to sprinkle over top of them. 

Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, these will keep for over a week. 
<![CDATA[Gluten Free Eating: Hudson, WI]]>Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:21:08 GMThttp://www.naturalmedicinewi.com/1/post/2013/01/gluten-free-eating-hudson-wi.htmlMost people tell me that the hardest time to eat gluten-free is when they are on the go, out with friends for dinner, or traveling. Hudson has some great options and with a few simple preparations you can ensure gluten-free success!

If you have an allergy or are sensitive to gluten- eating gluten-free needs to 100% all the time. Even one crumb is enough to set your health back; it is that important- so do what you need to do to succeed.

Always keep snacks with you or in your car
Nuts travel well, and you can often find them in individually portioned bags. Or just keep some in a small container in your purse, desk, gym bag, etc. Look for raw, and organic if possible. And the great thing is you can get them anywhere. Forgot to pack a snack? Run in to Walgreens or even the gas station.

Easy snacks are also nice to have on hand for when you get home late and have that "I need to eat something quick before I eat anything in sight" moment.

Healthy beef sticks (or beef jerky!) that are individually wrapped are a great source of protein. Look for organic, grass-fed and without any chemical additives, which you can find at Fresh & Natural Foods in Hudson. Also look into ordering them in bulk straight from the seller or even from Amazon.com.

Bars: protein bars, nut bars, whatever you call them- they are quick, filling and travel really well. There are so many healthy, gluten-free options available now. Look for ones with at least 6g of protein.
My Favorite Picks (healthiest, best-tasting & most affordable)
Pure Bars; any variety: http://thepurebar.com/
Clif Kit’s Organic Fruit & Nut Bar; Peanut Butter: http://www.clifbar.com/food/products_kits_organic/
Lara Bar “ALT”; any variety: http://www.larabar.com/products/alt

Plan ahead
Invited to someone’s home for dinner? Most people will find that their hosts are more than happy to accommodate them, and with a little digging about their menu followed by direction from you, they might be able to pull it off. If you don’t feel good about the invitation, don’t hesitate to decline their offer. It is your health, and it should come first. Or politely explain that you are eating a certain way for you health, that you can’t expect them to prepare anything special for you, and offer to have them over at your home instead.

Almost all restaurants offer something that you can eat. It might be something smaller, and you should have a snack with you to supplement it if you need to. You can often be safe with a salad, but not the dressing. Don't hesitate to bring your own; I have never seen a restaurant that minded this...just try to be discrete. Check their website or call ahead and figure out what you can have before you get there. I recommend doing this before you even decide on a restaurant in the first place.

In Hudson, WI I have personally been to or have had great feedback from other patients on the following:
Pier 500, Hudson: http://www.pierfivehundred.com/menu/gluten-free-menu/
San Pedro Café, Hudson: http://www.scribd.com/doc/103157324/San-Pedro-Gluten-Free-Update-June2012
Dough Boys Pizza, Hudson: http://www.doughboys-pizza.com/store/1/menu
Chipotle, Hudson: http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/menu/special_diet_information/special_diet_information.aspx

If you are eating a gluten-free diet, but continue to have symptoms that you were hoping to get rid of, please call Natural Medicine Center to speak with Dr. Crystal Schmidt.  (715) 579-7145

Dr. Schmidt is a doctor providing chiropractic care and natural medicine treatments to the children and adults of the St. Croix area. She is proud to serve the people of Hudson, Roberts, River Falls, New Richmond, Baldwin & Woodville, Menomonie, Stillwater, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas.
<![CDATA[Fussy Babies]]>Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:04:16 GMThttp://www.naturalmedicinewi.com/1/post/2013/01/fussy-babies.htmlIt is a baby’s nature to be explorative, vocal, bright-eyed, and happy. Not a care in the world…you remember those days, right?

But what do you do when you’ve provided your child with nourishment, clean diapers, and all the love they can handle, yet they continue to cry, fuss, or seem restless? It is a horrible and helpless feeling. And when you’ve done all you can, it’s time to seek an outside opinion, or maybe several.

It is human nature to be cranky or just-not-quite-yourself when something is off. Your fussy child or sick baby is trying to tell you something; and it’s really important that you listen. 

Small problems as a child can turn into large problems as they grown and become adults. Now is the time to get on top of something that is wrong, so it doesn’t negatively impact your child’s future.

Whether it’s a new mom with an inconsolable baby, or parents who are at the end of their rope with their terrible two-year old, my job is to take a very detailed look at every aspect of the child, figure out what is not right, and help you to correct it. Being thorough is very important.

My treatments are very gentle and safe. Please be assured that if I find something outside of my expertise, I will refer you to the proper doctor immediately. I take pride in treating my patients, old or young, as if they were my own family. I am always amazed how one or two small changes in baby’s diet or a gentle adjustment to their spine can often make all the difference in the world. 

Parents often bring their children in for things like:
diarrhea and constipation
reflux, colic, fussy behavior, restlessness
poor sleep or sleeping patterns
frequent illness, wheezing, stuffy nose, allergies or sinus issues
trouble breast-feeding, only breast feeding on one side
rashes, dry skin, eczema

If you have any questions, please call the office anytime to speak with Dr. Schmidt! (715) 579-7145

Dr. Schmidt is a doctor providing chiropractic care and natural medicine treatments to the children and adults of the St. Croix area. She is proud to serve the people of Hudson, Roberts, River Falls, New Richmond, Baldwin & Woodville, Menomonie, Stillwater, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas.
<![CDATA[Spring Strawberry Basil Grilled Chicken]]>Tue, 22 May 2012 13:22:32 GMThttp://www.naturalmedicinewi.com/1/post/2012/05/spring-strawberry-basil-grilled-chicken.htmlThis is a fresh and light summertime dinner and a great way to use up those juicy ripe strawberries! The feta cheese on top is optional, and if you choose not to use it I would recommend replacing it with some toasted sliced almonds!
4 chicken breasts
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 Tbs pure maple syrup
1 cup fresh chopped strawberries
2 oz. crumbled feta cheese or 2 oz. toasted sliced almonds
½ cup fresh chopped basil

1. Season chicken with salt and pepper and then toss with the maple syrup to coat it. Grill as you normally would. (I always pound chicken breasts to an even thickness before grilling or marinating).

2. When chicken is cooked through, place each serving on a plate and top each evenly with the fresh strawberries, feta cheese, and basil. Serve and enjoy!

<![CDATA[Fresh Coconut: An Instruction Manual]]>Tue, 01 May 2012 17:34:13 GMThttp://www.naturalmedicinewi.com/1/post/2012/05/fresh-coconut-an-instruction-manual.htmlShredded coconut and coconut oil are both great products, but when was the last time you had freshly cracked coconut?! If you never have, you must try it! Fresh coconut makes a really great snack; it is meaty and contains a fair amount of healthy fat, which makes it very satisfying. 

I can’t say enough about coconut and it’s great health benefits. And I think that fresh coconut might be one of the most overlooked foods available. Why? Well, it takes a little work to get into one….

The length of this coconut instruction manual may make it seem difficult but please know that it really is not. If you are like me you want to know every detail possible, so that is what I am giving you.

After reading this you will be considered somewhat of a coconut expert!
Feel free to comment with any additional tips or tricks you use if you are already a coconut expert!

1. Picking Your Coconut:
Most major grocery stores will have conventional ones. If possible go organic (usually at natural/health food stores).

Be choosy, not all coconuts are created equal. First look at the three dark “eyes” at the end of the coconut. We are looking for two things here: there should be no white/blue discoloration on or near the eyes- if there is that means it is moldy and you don’t want that one. (I almost always find several at the store that are moldy, so watch out.) Use your finger and press on the eyes. My perfect coconut usually has a little “give” to one of the eyes and will cave in a little with more pressure, but it is not mushy. 

Next give it a good shake, you should hear water sloshing around on the inside. No sloshing = bad coconut.

Now if you are faced with a stack of good, fresh, sloshy, non-moldy coconuts, of course go for the biggest and heaviest one (they usually charge per coconut, occasionally some stores charge per pound- so do be conscious of this).

Also note that despite taking all these cautions in picking out a good coconut, if you crack it open to find that it is moldy or sour, TAKE IT BACK- get a refund or a new coconut. Picture

2. Draining the Water
The water inside is wonderful. It is pure, it is lightly sweet and full of vitamins- use it in a smoothie, as a cooking water to make coconut quinoa, or just drink it straight up. 

You will need to puncture the eyes to get the water out first so you don’t have a coconut water balloon explosion when you crack it. I like to use a wine corkscrew or a Phillips head screwdriver for this. 


Two easy methods of draining the water:
A. One hole then shake method
I use this when only one of the eyes is soft enough to puncture easily.  Making only one hole creates a sort of vacuum in the coconut and you have to gently keep shaking it over your glass to get the water out. It isn’t difficult, but you do have to aim a little. 

B. Two hole then drain method
If two of the eyes are soft enough to easily puncture the water will drain right out in a nice stream when you tip it upside down.


3. Crack that Baby Open!
Fresh coconut is not only nutritious, but also doubles as a stress reliever! And again there are two good methods to do this, both require a striking device; I prefer a simple hammer. 


Two methods of cracking the coconut:
A. The man method: 
This is the way my dad always did it, and it is quite effective and quick. Put the coconut in a towel in your hand. Strike the coconut hard several times right in the center and then give it a quarter turn and strike several times again…keep doing this and once you get all the way around it should have cracked right in the middle (if it didn’t you probably are not hitting it hard enough and you might want to move on to method B).

B. The woman method: 
Wrap the coconut up in a hearty towel, take it outside to the concrete driveway, set it down, and give it a couple good hits with the hammer. This should do it. 

After it is broken in half, I usually then take each halve, wrap it up again and hit it more to break it apart further. The more you break it up now, the easier it is to get the meat out. I usually aim to break it into four pieces.  


4. Releasing the Meat
Take the coconut shell pieces and place them in a towel in your hand and use a butter knife to pry between the meat and the shell to loosen the meat. Be careful. It should come fairly easy once you have loosened it.

That’s it! I like to reserve the previously drained coconut water to store the coconut pieces in. After I use all of the coconut, then I use the juice. If you want to use the juice right away, store the coconut in enough water just to cover it; otherwise it dries out fast. It will usually last about 4-5 days in the refrigerator. If I know I won’t use/eat it all, I wrap it up (not in water) and throw it in the freezer, or else I shave it and dehydrate it. 
<![CDATA[Healthy and Delicious Ranch Dressing & Dip]]>Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:39:13 GMThttp://www.naturalmedicinewi.com/1/post/2012/04/healthy-and-delicious-ranch-dressing-dip.htmlI am both a ranch lover and a ranch snob; read: I would put that stuff on almost anything and I am picky about it! This recipe is something I make almost weekly and I use it on salads, and also as a veggie dip. I like raw fresh vegetables, and I like them even more dipped in this stuff. You won’t miss the bottled Ranch at all once you start making this! 
This is really easy. And it definitely tastes like a homemade ranch and not hidden valley ranch. I normally encourage improvising and substituting when cooking, but not with this recipe; I have worked hard at perfecting the flavor! 

And if you have never bought or used fresh parsley before, spring for the $.99 and get some! 

1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 Tbs mayonnaise (I use Vegenaise)
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp dried dill
1 Tbs fresh chopped parsley

Mix the yogurt and mayo together first and once they are blended add in everything else.

If you want it runnier, like for a dressing, add in some milk or cream, or buttermilk, whatever you have on hand. 

This will last in the fridge almost all week!
<![CDATA[Eggs, Beans & Salsa Breakfast]]>Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:27:09 GMThttp://www.naturalmedicinewi.com/1/post/2012/03/eggs-beans-salsa-breakfast.htmlThis is by far the favorite breakfast in my household. And up until last year if you would have told me I would be eating tomato products on my eggs, I would have said "yuk, I don't think so." But after having this one time, I was hooked! It is delicious, healthy and will certainly keep you full way past lunch. And it couldn’t be simpler. Also makes a very quick and easy dinner!
2/3 cup black beans (rinsed and drained)
4 eggs
1/4 cup cheddar cheese (optional)
Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
½ cup+ salsa*

1. Divide the black beans between two plates. Just pile them right in the middle of the plate!

2. Cook your eggs however you like them, we prefer fried for this recipe. If you are including cheese, right after you flip the eggs, top them in the pan with the cheese so it has time to melt. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Place the cooked eggs  on top of your beans and top the eggs with as much salsa as you like. Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley to make it pretty. Serve and enjoy!

*I think homemade fresh salsa is by far the best choice for this recipe (combine roma tomato, red onion, jalapeno, fresh lime, and cilantro; or try my Winter-in-Wisconsin Salsa!).