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Posts for: July, 2017

By Dr. Doug Williams
July 30, 2017
Category: Routine
Tags: nutrition   anxiety   routine   sleep   health   well-being  

I woke up this morning at 5:20 am. It is Sunday. I didn't particularly plan on waking up at that time and I didn't have an alarm set. I rolled over and went back to sleep; after all, church didn't start until 9am! Over the last six months, I have changed my morning routine in order to participate in several running races over the summer and fall. A number of the races are in different states and require an investment of time and money, and I didn't really want to show up to unprepared. So, five mornings a week, I wake up at 5:20 am and try to do something that will move me towards my goal.

One of my problems is that, even though I want to run the races I have on the calandar, I like to sleep! One of the by-products of getting up early is that I almost always crash by 9pm. I don't have to look at a clock, I just know it's time for bed - if I want to get up at 5:20am to move towards my goal of running some races, I have to go to bed or I won't get up!

Another problem I've had with both getting up and going to bed early is that I have been hungrier than usual. That poses a dilemma: what do I eat!

Case in point: last Friday night, Dr. Sue and I were going to watch a movie on TV and she decided to make popcorn. Now, popcorn can be a fairly healthy choice, but you know what goes good with popcorn? Soda pop (don't be shocked: even your health care professionals don't eat right all the time!)! As I pulled the soda off the shelf and headed to the front of the store to check out, I realized that popcorn and soda go great with......... M&M's! They just happened to be on sale at CVS! I stood there for quite awhile - trying to decide between M&M's and Reese's Pieces - when it occurred to me - Popcorn: OK, Pop: OK for a Friday night, but if I add M&M's to the mix, it is going to be a lot harder to get up Saturday morning at 5:20 am and run for several hours! I left the M&M's for another day (believe me, there will be another day).

The last thing that I've noticed since I started getting up early is that, overall, I have been a little more relaxed. The staff might not notice it, but I know my wife does! I am, by nature, an anxious person, and when I get up early, go to bed early, eat right and exercise, I feel more relaxed and I know that transfers to being more present in the moment when I am working, studying, praying, everything.

What is my point in this week's post? Should everyone get up early so they can run some goofy race in Wisconsin? No way, I am not even sure I want to do that! The lesson I hope you take away is small routines can have really big ripple effects in your health and well-being. I didn't start out going to bed early, I didn't start out trying to eat better and I didn't start out aiming at becoming a little less anxious in life. No, I started out trying to get up a little earlier than I normally do, so I could reach a running goal, and it has had ramifications in a number of different areas in my life.

You don't have to start out trying to change everything about your life and health! Sometimes, you just need to pick one small thing,, be consistent and see what happens!

Yours in Health,

Doug Williams, D.C.
Care Chiropractic
Lafayette, Indiana


By Dr. Doug Williams
July 24, 2017
Category: Updates
Tags: Untagged

Wow! The last blog post I wrote was back in February! I didn't mean to leave you hanging quite that long! It is a good thing I didn't forget Maisey (our dog pictured above) all that time!

The initial goal I had when we started our blog was to put up a year's worth of material, check the feedback and see if it made sense to continue. I am glad to say we met our original goal last February! The feedback from the first year was very positive and I have decided to continue.

A note to those who have joined our chiropractic practice since last February:

Starting in 2016, we began to send educational emails to our patients, relative to lifestyle, health, longevity and disease prevention. These emails/posts are housed permenently on my website. It is a great searchable site and I encourage you to check it out! You will never receive solicitations from us, and we don't trade or sell our data base. If you don't want to receive these emails, simply scroll to the bottom and click unsubscribe!

We have some great topics to cover over the next six months, and I think you will find them helpful to you personally and potentially to your loved ones and friends. Something new we are going to do this go-around is some interviews with other health practitioners and people that work in the health and fitness industry. I hope to corral Dr. Markley (one of my practice partners for the last 25 years), who is one of the foremost experts on nutritional protocols for health conditions in the region, and get some of his thoughts on a good basic "nutrition package" for health maintenance and prevention. I also plan on interviewing Dr. Sue (my other practice partner and wife of 31 years!), and have her talk to us about care for infants and pregnant mothers. She does an excellent job working with both, and I am actually really looking forward to getting some insights from her for you all and for myself. It is also on my list to talk with a local spine surgeon on some of the reasons they would and would not recommend lower back surgery. In the middle of all that, we will continue to hit my favorite things: chiropractic, exercise and healthy eating.

I promise not to leave you hanging!

I am really looking forward to a new season of writing, and to bringing you some helpful information and interesting interviews. Keep your eyes on your inbox or go directly to the blog site from time to time to see what is new. May God bless you on your pursuit of good health and a full life!

Yours In Health,

Doug Williams, D.C.
Care Chiropractic
Lafayette, Indiana