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Turkey bowl 28 is in the books! State Champs 2015

It has been a crazy last month or so for me and my family.  I hope all of you had a incredible Thanksgiving day.  We had hte 28th annual Turkey bowl here in Osceola.  It was a lot of fun playing in a mini snowstorm.  We had 18 players who ranged from 8 years of age to 55.  Tommy Krenz, Terry Baillergeon and Kevin Rogers have done all of them which is remarkable.   Now we have kids and grand kids playing, how cool is that.  I tried to defend my son Riley who plays at D2 Concordia and he totally smoked me.  My mind says yes but the body says no.  I can’t believe how I’ve lost some of my quickness.  I was sore for a few days but no major injuries so that’s good news.

Talk about crazy fun stuff, how about those Osceola Chieftains football team winning the Wisconsin state football division 5 Championship.  This was an incredible team effort through out the entire year.  I’ve had the honor to work with some of these student athletes from the 5th grade up and it was such a highlight for me to see them shine this year.  What incredible memories we will all have who followed this Championship season.  I’ve got pics on my phone from the game but don’t know how to put them on my computer.  Check out the pic of Tucker Hazzard and some of the boys from their 5th grade football practice.

These guys are state champs!

It has been a pleasure to be able to provide Chiropractic care to a whole bunch of these football players.  Whether it’s at the house or clinic I love being able to help these kids and keep them healthy and in the game.  We were fortunate to have no major injuries to any starters so that doesn’t happen very often.

I also had the pleasure to work with the Concordia football team in St. Paul where my son plays.  It started with just working on Riley since he was getting beat up pretty good in practice and next thing you know 1/2 the team was getting adjusted.  I worked on 67 of the 100 members of the team and even a few coaches before games.  These are college kids who really appreciated any help they could get and they really looked forward to the Tuesday night adjustment night.  Next thing you know a bunch would be coming up Sunday mornings to get worked on and Mary was cooking up a storm for the boys and they loved it.

It sure was fun working with a couple of the  Concordia captains to keep them playing when no one thought they could play.  The reason I do this is because I too was once a high school and college football and we didn’t have Chiropractic available like it is right now.  Having weekly and sometimes daily Chiropractic is what athletes need.  Sure wish I would have had it back in the day.  I’m hoping one of the athletes will go to Chiropractic school and come take over my practice when ever and if I ever to call it a career.

OK, here’s what’s going on at the clinic.  Check out my business facebook page and like it if you would.  I’ve got a video up there about my upcoming Thyroid recovery workshop coming up this monday night 6:30-7:30 at my clinic.   Nice video of one of my patients also.

Until next time, it’s going to be warm the next 10 days so get out and get some exercise.  I did happen to get an hour on the x-ski’s yesterday, that was fun..  May be a while before we see some snow.

It’s been 25 years since…

Summer is at full force and I hope all of you are outside enjoying the incredible summer we are having.  Soon it will be fall and then winter so cherish the sunlight and get out and get your body moving.

One of the best things you can do for your brain is to get out and get some exercise.  The brain needs oxygen for fuel and there is nothing better than ramping the heart rate up a bit and getting oxygen to the brain.  You will  feelso much better.  Remember exercise is the best anti-depressant.

This past weekend I went up to Washburn Wi. to visit my old friends Dave Wilcox and his son Cam.  We did the firehouse 50 bike race which I haven’t done for 25 years.  It’s been 20 years since I’ve done a bike race so I wasn’t sure how it might go.

I started out way in the back in the 3rd wave and eased in to the race.  The main pack was already a 1/2 mile ahead of me after a couple miles.  Going up the great divide was really challenging.  I have only ridden 150 miles this summer and was wondering how my legs would hold up.

As I got over the great divide which seemed like a 3 mile hill climb I relaxed and was able to catch a group of racers which helps a ton.  I caught my buddy Willie at the 20 mile mark and was able to ride with him through the Chemomequon forest which was incredibly beautiful with rolling hills.  As we got to Drummond Wi. we had 8 miles to go.  I was really feeling it but made it to the finish line with just a little cramping.  My butt sure was sore and still is.

It was fun to do something different.  I can’t beleive I haven’t biked much over the last 20 years.  It sure is less pounding on the legs and is great for the heart when you start pushing the hills.  I probably won’t race much because you need to train for it and skiing is enough for me.  But to get outside and enjoy a nice ride with friends sure is fun.

Ok, here is what we are up to.  I’m holding a thyroid recovery workshop next Monday night the 10th at 6:30 at my offfice.  It’s an hour long, no charge.  If you suffer with a thyroid problem then this is a must attend class.

Football and fall sports are here.  The Chieftains should be really good this year.  I look forward to helping these athletes stay healthy and being able to compete at the optimal potential.

Keep up eating a great diet, moving your body, and being grateful for all the greatness that each of you have.

25 years ago on the shores of Lake Superior

Where have you been Dr. Edling?

Wow, I just noticed it’s been 2 months since my last post.  Holy cow that’s the longest time spread I think I’ve ever done.  So this is what I’ve been up too.

I’ve been studying.  I spent 24 hours with Dr. Dr. Datis Kharrazian who is the author of “Why do I still have thyroid symptoms when my lab tests are normal”, and “Why isn’t my brain working”  This was an excellent 3 day weekend of very intense study on thyroid, and especially auto-immune thyroid.  90% of all thyroid problems I see are auto-immune related.  The problem for patients is that they are frustrated because even with the meds they don’t feel good.  The reason is no one has addressed the immune system which is attacking the thyroid, not just TSH levels.  I see a lot of people who have had great success with our auto-immune protocols.  Identifying underlying triggers and healing gut fucntion is imperative to success with any auto-immune conditon.    80% of your immune system lies with your gut-microbiome so it’s imperative you have good gut function.  This is just about impossibe with the standard american diet.   Our diet is the worst in the world and it’s one of the reasons we have so much sickness and disease in our society.  We have a bad source of food which is toxic to our gut and our brain because it causes massive amounts of inflammation.  If you have a bad gut micro-biome you will surely have a bad brain down the road.

Time for a little baseball.

There are specific strategies to calm the immune response down which is destroying your thyroid and put this auto-immune attack at bay.  Because once you are auto-immune in one area it’s just looking for another place to attack.  Cyrex labs have developed a test which is a predictor of  any other auto-immune attack to your body.  Your brain, your gut, your muscles, your nervous system, your joints, and many other areas that will predict what your future looks like unless you do something now.  They also have very sophisticated food sensitivty tests that we use (array 4 and 10), which can show us if you are putting fuel to the fire.  If you are eating foods that unknowningly make you worse then you must not eat these or else you will get worse.  Wouldn’t it be nice to find out what foods you may be sensitive to?

Look for upcoming workshops on thyroid and auto-immunity.  You can check my business facebook page Edling Chiropractic and wellness. Here is the link.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Edling-Chiropractic-and-Wellness/87940295179?fref=ts

Mary and I are now empty nesters.  Our son Riley graduated a few weeks ago and will be heading off to Concordia University in St.Paul where he will also be playing D 2 football.  Congrats to all the other seniors.  it’s been a great joy watching these kids grow and mature and have successes on and off the field.

We will not be in the clinic this friday June 5th.  We are headed down to watch Riley and his 4×200 and 4x 100 relay teams participate in the state track meet in laCrosse.  The state track meet is an incredible event.  There are some very talented boys and girls who really can bring it.  Last year was my first year ever attending and I was blown away how much fun it was.  I’ll be going back on a yearly basis.   I have anumber of track athletes who get adjusted for peak performance.  Congrats to them.  Going to state is pretty cool.

Grace Ulrich celebrating making it to state.

It’s finally getting nice out so get out and enjoy the sun.  Exercise is fuel for the brain.  It clears the fog and is the best anti depressant.

Come join me Saturday morning 9 am down by Cascade falls here in Oscela, I’ll be leading the “walk with the Doc”.  Just a fun 30 minute walk highlighting some of Osceola trail systems.  There will be one every month.  See you there.

Ok, it won’t be another 2 months until next post.  Get out there and be a Champ!

Bozeman or Bust.

It is very important to take time off from your daily routine and go out and adventure life.  While I’m pretty good at doing this, sometimes you need to just get away to appreciate all that you do have and get a fresh jump start to all the great opportunities that life has to offer.

Wednesday night I took off for Bozeman.  I picked up fellow Chiro Dave Leske and my nephew Matt Edling and off we were for the 13 hour and 1000 mile drive to Bozeman Montana.  We got there at 7am thursday morning and the sun was just coming up.. What a beuatiful scene it is at day break on the Bozeman pass from Livingston and into Bozeman. As tired as we all were the beauty of the Bridger mountains and Gallatin Valley gave us a rush of energy.  We checked into the Lewis and Clark motel in Bozeman and then off we were to Bohart ranch for some cross country skiing in the Bridger mountains.  Bohart ranch had the best groomed trails I have ever skied.  I sure wasn’t adapted to the elevation since the first hill I had to stop and catch my breathe.  I thought my heart was going to explode.  I knew I was in for a little challenge on Saturday when we were to race the Rendevoux x-ski race in West yellowstone which was at 6800 feet.

All roads lead to the Lewis and Clark Motel

We had to hit the Bozeman hot springs which felt so good after a long drive and ski.  If you get out to Bozeman hit the hot springs.  Your body will feel so great going from the very hot springs to the cold springs.

Then we were off to see my son Connor who gave us a tour of the campus.  What a great campus and it was nice to see Connor coming into his own out there.

On friday we went to the Museum of the Rockies which had incredible dinasour exhibit and a history of the civil war exhibit.  You have to see that if you get out there too.  Then off we were to West Yellowstone to pick up our bibs and get settled down for the big race on saturday morning.

Incredible trails in West Yellowsotne.

It was fun seeing people from all over the western states come to West Yellowstone for the  race.  This is kind of like our Birkie for them.  I met people from Pocatello Idaho, Salt Lake City, Truckee Ca, and even a skier drove out from Eau claire for the race.  Him and I were the only Wisconsin racers.

It was 25 degrees at the start of the race  and the course looked really fast.  It was a very competitive field and people were doing more racing than most races I race.  The gun went off and I took off at a decent pace but not going to hard.  Well 15 minutes later on the first big hill I couldn’t get my breathe and felt light headed.  I had to stop and let a group of people go by me as I tried to recover.  I knew I had to slow down and just pace my self and I did that.  The next big hill climb I was barely moving and I had to stop again.  This was what the whole first lap was like.  At the half way point I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make the whole 50k.  Well I relaxed and somehow got my wind and starting picking off people who passed me earlier like I was standing still.  With 2 k to go I passed a young woman skier who said I looked strong and to go get the other guy ahead of us which I did.  Later that night while we went to The Montana Ale Works in Bozeman for supper this same girl who I had past was now our greeter.  We laughed and gave each other a big hug.

Cross country skiing like any passion that you have gets the most out of you and you meet great people when you get out of your comfort zone and just go for it in life.  I encourage all of you to find something you like or would like to try and give it a shot.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  The most rewarding thing about skiing is hte relationships you develop by meeting people and the sense of accomplishment when training and racing.  I have great friends in Dave and Matt and they were able to experience the best of Bozeman and we had a great time.  You too can do what ever you dream about.  This whole Bozeman road trip was jsut a split second idea I had the night before the Birkie and I’ll remember it fondly for the rest of my life

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It was great to meet up with Scott and Amy Frischmon who own Wild Mountain.  They have a beautiful place on Big Sky spend a couple of hours after the race on our way back to Bozeman.  We also went to the Montana State-Montana mens basketball game Saturday nigth nd that was a lot of fun ecven though we were all pretty wiped out.

It’s back to helping all of you to my best ability.  I’ll be doing a lot of in office workshops so keep posted to emails and facebook as to what lecturees will be given and your ooportunity to attend and get your health back if you have lost it and keep it once you have it.

Dave and Matt Checking out course the night before race.

I’m a true believer in Birkie fever.

Well the Birkie is over and what a spectacular event it was.  The new bridge crossing highway 63 and mainstreeet was so cool.  My nephew Matt Edling who was doing his first Birkie rode up with me and the first thing we did after we got our bib was go to downtown Hayward and check the new bridge that we would ski over.  We were both amazed how steep it was and huge it was.  Skiers were practicing skiing up and down the bridge and it looked really fun.  The bridge had a 15% grade going up and 18% grade going down.  I could only imagine the slingshot effect it would give all us skiers as we headed down the last 200 meters hearing the screams of friends and fans for the last push of energy to the finish line.

I woke up at 5:40 am on Birkie race day knowing this is the best day of the year for me.  I slept like a baby and was ready to bring it.  Paleo breakfast and off Matt and I were to catch the buses to take us to the starting line at Telemark.  This is when it gets to be a cluster.  We parked at Birkie ridge and finally got on a bus.  I wasn’t sure if I’d make it on time but it was smooth sailing and got their a good 25 minutes before my race went off.  I saw Tommy Krenz and he looked determined as ever.  I was running into people who I only see once a year and Birkie fever was totally in the air.

The gun went off and off I went at 8:10 am.  A nice smooth start and snow flakes hitting all our bodies it was a winter wonderland out there.  13 degrees felt very refreshing until the 5 k mark and the hills started coming.  Now it was time to concentrate, keep relaxed, and stride up those hills with confidence.

Kevy Rogers who was doing his 35th Birkie passed me like I was standing still at the 7 k mark.  Of all the skiers out there Kevy has the best technique.  He looks effortless as he went on to place 100th overall.

More hills until OO which is the halfway point of the birkie.  I loaded up big time on whatever would fuel my body.  I was halfway home and would now have a little reprieve from the hills until I hit Mosquito brooke and the 39K club.

I was starting to feel depleted a couple K before Mosquito brooke and  thank God Frank Lundeen was there with Coke and goodies to help replenish my fatiguing muscles.  Mosquito brooke generally isn’t to bad for me but this year it hurt.  All the hills hurt the last 15 K.

There was a nice addition to the course which added 1 kilometer and it was through the fish hatchery trail system.  I loved it.  I sure didn’t love  the climb up Highway 77 which is the last hill.  It’s a kilometer long but when you get to the top you can see the water tower of Hayward and it made me feel like I’ve been gone from home for months and I’m finally getting back home.   Oh what a feeling it is to cross Wheeler road and onto the lake.  I didn’t stop for Yager shots like last year because I was drafting in a group of guys and it sure helped.  3 k across the lake and a right turn and there was the bridge.  It was really steep and I herring boned it as fast as I could and down the other side the crowd was cheering everyone on as we were shot like a canonball out of a canon and one last and furious double pole to the finish and the Birkie was completed.

I couldn’t bend over to get my ski’s off I was cramping so bad.  A volunteer helped me and off I was to get my 23rd Birkie pin and get some warm clothes on.

It was off to anglers for a well deserved  brat and beer and to cheer all the other racers on.

Congrats to all the skiers.  There is something about the Birkie which makes me feel the most alive I can be.

There is an energy about not only doing the Birkie, but cheering fellow skiers on.  My nephew Matt Edling who just started skiing in December did the Classic Birkie in 5 hours and 44 minutes. I’m very proud of him for taking  the challenge on.  His ski broke but he was able to ski it in so that was remarkable.

My training partners Dave Leske and Duane Lee have been very supportive and I thank them for them for all the great ski’s.  Dave got sick during the week and wasn’t able to ski.  It’s impossible to ski such a grueling coure if you are sick.  Duane was right behind me and we all had a great time.

Thanks to Carrie O’Connell for a great feed friday night and Audrey Yunker for letting us stay at her Cabin.  A big shout out to my wife Mary Flood who puts up with me the other 51 weeks a year. Congrats to all my patients who skied the Birkie!!  Thanks Duane for the fast ski’s, and team Cyclova rocks!

A picture says a thousand words.

Now a little rest, and then it’s back at it for the next 51 weeks until next years Birkie.  If you want to really challenge yourself start training and maybe I’ll see you at the starting line of next years Birkie.  Anything is possible if you dream it and take some action.

It’s Birkie Fever Week.

This week is my favorite of the year.  Thousands of my fellow Cross Country skiers will be marching up to Cable Wisconsin for North America’s largest Cross country ski race the American Birkebeiner.

This is an accumulation of 51 weeks of training for me so I’m going to be fit and ready to give it my best shot.  This is my 24th year and I enjoy it now as much as I did my first one.  I still get a little nervous this week.  I think it’s because your so excited to see old friends who you may only see this one day of the year but you have this special bond because of the Birkie.

It’s a fantastic event.  If you ever get a chance come up and spectate.  This year will be cold like so many years but you can go in and out of  Anglers bar if you need to warm up or get a hot toddy.  The winners should be coming down mainstreet Hayward about 10:15 am or so.  Generally it’s about 2 hours for their finish.  You want to see some really fit athletes,  these are the guys and gals in the elite waves.

When I was doing the skating race I was usually about 35 minutes or so off the lead pack always around the top 200 racers.  Those days are long gone and now I try to keep in the top 200 of the Classical race which is 55 kilometers and 4 kilometers longer than the skate race.  The Classical race is getting much more competitive and it’s great to see the numbers growing and growing every year.

One of the reasons I love Cross country skiing is because you can get outdoors and enjoy the best of what mother nature has to offer.  While I don’t care for a minues 1 degree start which it seems to be every year, there is nothing like being in the woods of the Telemark trails of the Birkie race.

This year has been a bad snow year so I’ve had to travel to Hyland ski in Blomington or Elm Creek in Maple Grove for man made snow.  For outdoors it’s been Timberland Hills in Cumberland, the Birkie course, or ABR in Ironwood.  That’s the downside of being a skier.  When there is no snow you have to travel.

The Birkie is really taken off the last few years.  They cap the race and registration is full by Sept. 1st.  More and more younger people are skiing, and more baby boomers are getting into it which is great to see.

How about Kevin Rogers who is doing his 35th Birkie and Tommy Krenz doing his 30th.  That’s incredible.  These guys are still in the elite wave and are great skiers smoking most of the kids half their age.  Kevy has done 1500 miles of skiing just for this race.  I bet he has more than 100,000 miles skied.

Cross country skiing is a part of a great healthy lifestyle.  I love being fit as a fiddle inspite of all the injuries I’ve had from other sports when I was younger.   Cross country skiing doesn’t beat your body up like running.  You have to eat well if you want to compete so you have to be on your game year round. Then you can celebrate and most of do after the race at Anglers where we reunite with friends and family and cheer the other skiers on.

The Birkie is really a race where you can celebrate what you  have accomplished not only that day but for all the energy and efforts for the past year.  It’s a great way of living and it’s fun having a little Birkie fever this one week of the year.

Birkie fever I'm a true believer!

Also, congrats to Arne Lagus for doing his 34th.  Whether you are doing your first Birkie or have done 35 of htem like Kevy has it’s a great accomplishment to put your self out there and stretch your self to what’s possible for your life.

My nephew Matthew Edling is doing his first Birkie.  Way to go Matt!

Thanks to Duane Lee for always getting my ski’s running super fast and being a great training partner.  Also, to Dave Leske who I do every workout with . .  Look for Dave to make a huge climb in the the standings this year.  He’s in the best shape of his life.  A big thanks to Audrey Yunker for letting her stay at her cabin every year too.

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Madison Or Bust

Well it was a whirlwind weekend for yours truly.  It started with the 26th annual turkey bowl.  It was our coldest turkey bowl ever.  2 degrees at the start and 4 at the finish.  It was a defensive battle and it came down to the last possession with the black team holding the red team for a 20-14 win.

Danny Steffen had a great game at quarterback.  Fellow Chiropractor and long time turkey bowl participant John Hilpisch had an outstanding game.  Dave Leske and Jason Ellingson had really good games for the red team, and it was sure nice to have my son Riley Edling showing off his youth and dominating us older fellows.

The Osceola football field with 2 inches of snow held up great.  It wasn’t really that slippery out there which was surprising.  I’ll be ready for next years turkey bowl.  Only a chip fracture of my ring finger this year, so no major injuries.

Turkey Bowl 2014

On friday Riley, Dave Leske, and myself road tripped down to Madison for the Badger Gopher football game.  It had been 10 years since I had been to a Badger game.  What an incredible festive day it was on saturday.  50 degrees and a perfect day for football game.  There was a ton of Gopher fans done there also since it was the biggest game for them since 1967.  The Gophers started well but the Badgers just wore them out in the end with that running game.  Look for the Badgers to whoop up  on the Buckeyes for the Big 10 championship this Saturday.  It won’t be 10 years until I get back to Madison.  You must experience a Badger game if you are any fan of football.  I hope the Gophers can some day create a similar energy the the Badgers pre game festivities are.

It’s December first and cyber monday.  So far so good with not buying anything on the internet on friday or today so far. Here is something I’d consider doing to improve your health over the holidays.  I’d stick to a well balanced diet and actually fuel your system with great organic foods.  Meat, chicken, fish, organic if you can.   Eat tons of veggies, and keep your fruits to low glycemic fruits like stone fruits or berries.  Don’t skip breakfast, have some protein first thing in the morning.  Make sure you hydrate. Exercise is crucial too.  I’m training hard for the Birkie right now so I’m doing some hours on the ski’s.  Start doing bodyweight exercises which are fat burning and accelerate and boost your metabolism.  5-10 minutes a day of those fat buring exercises and watch out, you will be on fire!! Pushups, jumping jacks, planks, squats, lunges, are jsut a few you can start with.  Do 30 seconds of these , take a 15 second break and do the next exercise.  Do 5 minutes of these and your set.   Get of the computer and do wall slides.  Just put your back up against the wall and slide your arms up and down and this will activate your back muscles and help with your posture.  Don’t forget to get sleep.  I’m in bed at 9 pm most nights.  My body needs 8-9 hours a night and an occasional cat nap also.  Sleep is when our brain and body recovers.

I’ve been seeing a lot of thyroid patients lately and it’s fun working with these challenging cases.  Most are auto-immune which means their own immune system is attacking the thyroid gland.  Medicine really doesn’t have much to offer to calm the immune responce down. There are usually a host of other chronic conditons going on also and sometimes these can be tricky cases.  everyone is different so the care plan must be individualized to get good results.  Healing does take time.  You have to give your mind and body a good chance to heal and stay the course.

Right now is a good time to be very aware of your diet and don’t go crazy with your eating.  Get out and move your body and keep living a healthy life.  The healthier you get the happier you will be.   It’s very easy to get depressed over the holidays so exercise is your best anti-depressant.

OK, go out and make it an incredible day.  Congrats to the Minnesota Gophers on an outstanding regular season.  I know the coaches and players must be a luttle burnt out this time of year.  They have some good time to recover and get prepped for their bowl game where ever that will be.  It’s nice to see them relevant again in the Big 10.

A little bump in the road called life.

We all have times in our lives where things just don’t go the way we want them to.

It could be with our family life, our health, finances, relationships, you name it it can happen any time and any place.

My son Riley and all the Osceola Chieftain football players took it on the chin last friday down in Somerset.  It was a total spanking.

While they just got dominated by a superior team they now get the opportunity to play 6 more games and have a great season.  It’s all about how you approach it with your attitude and then taking action.

The Chiefs can mope around and feel sorry for themselves and have a poor practice week or they can learn to get better, work hard, build each other up and come together as a team and have fun doing it.

One play at a time.

Lombardi said winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.  Well I love to win as much as any one, but there is something positive that can come out of a blow out.  Those young athletes get to figure that out this week at practice and then be ready to bring friday night against Baldwin.

If you have poor health you can’t reflect on the past, you must get knowledge and then take action with your new found knowledge.  I help many people with chronic health conditions.  If they follow my lead with the knowledge I teach them, chnge their diet, and manange their stress they can get big time results.  If they don’t take action then nothing changes and they will just get sicker with time.

Most americans won’t do anyting about their health until a crisis develops.  You really want to be pro-active daily with how you think, eat, and move your body.

Being healthy doesn’t have to be that hard.  Americans just have to get out of the way of their poor health choices and start making better ones.

Well we are going to get our first big  cold spell of the season.  Fifty five sounds chilly for friday nights football game.  Six months from now that will sound hot!

Adapting to change whether it be weather, diet, exercise, does take a little bit of getting used to.  As long as you are moving forward in a positive way it’s all good!!

Life is a marathoon, not a sprint.  The same with your health so take it day to day and be patient with your self and your health results.  The little things daily make the difference.

Go Gophers

Congrats to the Gophers, nice win over Middle Tennessee State.  First test of the year this weekend at TCU.

Former Somerset student athlete Galen Elmore saw a lot of action in the second half for the Gophs on defense.

What’s the best diet for weight loss?

I was just asked this question a few hours ago and thought it is an appropriate question for most people since if one is asking it I’m sure their are others.

Here is the best way to lose weight.

Cut the carbs and eat more good sources of fat!

The bad carbs are anyhting that is processed, and high fructose corn syrup is the #1 worst carb for you.  It throws your blood sugar in disarray and will add weight to you big time.

You want to add fats to your diet.  These will leave you feeling full and cut any of the sugar cravings.

Enjoy the beauty of summer.

Here are some of the good sources of fats.

Avocado’s.

Coconut oil, coconut milk.

Olive oils,

Fish oils,

Organic grass fed beef, chicken, and fish are excellent source of fats and proteins.

Start your breakfast out with these types of good fats and add some veggies for breakfast, it’ not that hard to do.  Doing this will help decrease the stress on your adrenal glands which play a huge role in losing weight and being healthy.  If your adrenals are stressed you won’t lose weight so you need to heal your adrenals.

Chronic stress over time is what throws the adrenals and other hormones off and gives you that bloaty belly fat around your waist which will leave you frustrated and fatigued.

Snacks between meals ok.  Just have some protein with your meals and don’t be afraid to add veggies.

Don’t over do it on fruits.  You need to add fat and proteins.  Keep your fruit to berries and stone fruits which are fruits with pits in them.  Examples are peaches and cherries which are great this summer.

So what’s missing?  Gluten(grains), dairy, soy, egg, and yeast.  These are all inflammatory foods which are hard on your gut and immune system and can dysregulate your blood sugar also.

An anti-inflammatory diet is the way to go.

You will feel much better, control the cravings and with time as your body changes you will lose weight.

This anti-inflammatory diet is excellent for detox pathways also.

If you need assistance with this just email me.

OK, high school sports start today.  I always say a prayer for the coaches, student athletes, and parents.  Sports are incredible for kids since it can change their lives in so many positive ways.  It teaches team building, and these kids can be role models for younger kids and other high school kids.

Extracurricular activites are wonderful for kids.  They are also great for parents since we get to cheer our children.  Coaches are dedicated to these kids and always are looking out for the best interest with our kids.

It’s going to be a fun season and I can’t wait for the first games ot start.

This is Mary and myslef’s last season of high school for our son Riley.  It’s really kind of bitter sweet.  I’ll be sad when it’s done but that’s life.  You just have to move forward to the next adventure.

If you can get out and cheer these kids on they will truly appreciate it and you’ll probably enjoy yourself.

OK, it’s already August!  Wow, summer is flying fast.  The braves played there last home game friday night.  good luck to the Bravees and the St. Croix River Bandits who start baseball playoffs this weekend.

Rileys last season of H.S. football

Birkie Recap 2014

One word, BRUTAL!!!!

This time of year I write quite a bit about one of my favorite passions and that is the American Birkie, North America’s largest cross country ski race.  I try to inspire you to take action in your own life with great exercise, nutrition, and positive thoughts so you can live the life of your dreams.

I’ve trained with Duane Lee and Dave Leske the past 365 days for this one event.  While the American Birkbeiner doesn’t define me as a whole, it gives you a good test of your conditioning and skiing ability since it is the hardest x-ski marathon course in the world.

Dave, Duane, and myself meet every Tuesday for a run, roller ski, or ski in the winter.  We do specific workouts for strength, conditioning, and interval training to get us fast for the race.  Well, everything we had trained for in thought and in action went out the door the first kilometer of the race.

15 inches of snow the day before and I knew it was going to be a slow, difficult race conditions.  Well, in my 22 years of racing I knew right away that this was one that I had to be mentally as strong as I could be,  to make it to the finish line.

2014 Birkie finisher

At the 15 kilometer mark my left hamstring was already cramping.  If I do cramp it’s not usually until the last kilometer of the race.  I had 39 more to go!!

In Seeley at the half way point I felt like I had been out there a lifetime.  I fueled big time with anything I could get in my mouth.  Banana’s, goo, energy drink, water, you name it I drank or ate it. What kept me inspired was all the people cheering!!

The second half of the race the ski’s started working better.  I found that the skate lane was faster skiing on the uphills than the classic track which was deteriorating and very soft.  It seemed to warm up a bit and my energy was better.

I started passing people who passed me like I was standing still the first half of the race.  I ran into Dave Leske at the mosquito brooke water stop and he was having a great race.  There was 14 kilometers to go and 4 major hill climbs left.  Somehoe those skied relatively easy for me and I knew I could make it in.

When I crossed highway 77 for the last long climb of day I was thinking about my good friend Dave Landgraf, a Birkie founder who  tragically lost his life in a bike accident a couple years back.  The Birkie foundation has a nice memorial marker on top of that hill.  As you get to the top of that hill you can see Hayward and the incredible view.  A long downhill to the lake then just 3 miles across the lake to downtown Hayward.!

As I got on the lake you could feel the winds out of the west.  The skiers ahead of me looked like they were standing still. Every year there is a group of people who give jagermeister shots out to skiers.  I actually stopped and had her throw one down my throat.  It actually was the only thing that felt warm all day. The lake was miserable trying to cross.

Finally mainstreet Hayward.  The crowd was going crazy and one last hard push and this 2014 Birkie was over.  I have never wanted to be so done with a race as this one.  I got my ski’s off and changed as quickly as possible.  Off to Angler’s to start telling stories of carnage.

Congrats to all my patients who did the Birkie!!  Congrats to Caitlin Compton who won the Birkie for the women.  It’s her 3rd time winning.  She has stayed at our house and been adjusted and done ARP wave therapy at our clinic for her sports injuries.  Congrats to her husband brian Gregg making this years Olympics and competing in Soshi.  What an incredible accomplishment. Kind of fun training with 2 olympians right here in the St. Croix Valley.

So that’s it for this years wrap up.  The lesson I learned was to just hang in there when the going gets tough. I am proud of my efforts and placing 190th in hte Classical Birkie, not to bad when I was feeling so bad that first half.

The best part of doing the Birkie is seeing all the people who you may only see once a year.  It’s a pretty cool commmunity of people, and they are passionate about the Birkie.  Who want’s to give it a shot next year.  It changed my life 25 years ago when I started doing these.  It’s never to late to start something new.  What ever you decide to do, just take action!!

P.S.  A big thanks goes out to Audrey Yunker for letting us stay up at her cabin.  Sure miss not having Bruce around.

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