San Francisco Back Pain Kids Text Neck

San Francisco Chiropractor Blames Technology For Kids’ Back Pain

San Francisco Chiropractor Blames Technology For Kids’ Back Pain

San Francisco Back Pain Kids Text Neck

Chiropractors across the country say they are treating more young children with back problems linked to poor posture, and that includes San Francisco. They trace those problems to a sedentary lifestyle, youngsters carrying heavy backpacks, and students spending hours each day with their heads down, staring at their smartphones.

The constant use of smartphones and tablets even has a name – “text neck.”

Here’s why you shouldn’t bend forward to check your messages or text your best friend: On average, the human head weighs eight to 10 pounds. Every time your head moves forward an inch, it gains 10 pounds in weight. If you’re scrolling through your Twitter feed while waiting in line for a cup of coffee, the muscles in your upper back and neck are dealing with the equivalent of a 60-pound weight.

Text neck leads to a condition called “forward head posture,” which typically shifts your spine out of alignment, leading to discomfort and pain. One solution is to lift your device to eye level, rather than bend down to read it.

Forward head posture also results when kids carry heavy backpacks. The weight pulls the child backward, so the youngster compensates by leaning forward.

Rene Cailliet, M.D., an expert on musculoskeletal medicine, has said that forward head posture could cost you 30 percent of your lung capacity.

A study published in Spine Magazine in 2005 addressed the relationship between individuals with forward head posture and their overall health. Conclusion: the more the head is misaligned, the worse an individual’s health.

How can a misaligned head or spine affect your health? It can pinch or press on the nerves flowing through the spine and communicating with all the organs, limbs and muscles of your body. Like a hose with a kink in it, a misalignment can interfere with the nerves’ ability to communicate with the rest of your body. Your body, therefore, is unable to operate at peak capacity.

Fortunately, chiropractors trained in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) can rehabilitate and realign your spine back to health. CBP, the most researched and results-oriented chiropractic technique, is also known as the “clinical biomechanics of posture” because it restores proper posture through adjustments, rehabilitative exercises and cervical extension.

PostureWorks in San Francico’s Financial District is among only a handful of chiropractic care facilities in San Francisco certified in CBP. Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller and Corey Todhunter have helped thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents regain their health and vitality through chiropractic.

Please contact our San Francisco/Financial District corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 to find out if you qualify for care.

Financial District San Francisco Vertigo Chiropractor

Vertigo Relief | San Francisco Chiropractor

Vertigo Relief | San Francisco Chiropractor

Financial District San Francisco Vertigo Chiropractor

San Francisco / Financial District residents – are you suffering from vertigo? Perhaps you’ve already tried medication or physical therapy? You might want to add chiropractic care to your treatment routine.

Consider this research study of 60 patients with vertigo, as reported in the November 8, 2006, issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.

In this study, 56 of the 60 patients reported experiencing some form of physical trauma before the vertigo began. Twenty-five had been in automobile accidents; 16 had incurred a sports injury from skiing, bicycling, or horseback riding; and six reported a slip and fall in icy conditions. All of them experienced trauma to either their head or neck area.

All 60 patients had vertical subluxations, or misalignments of one or more vertebrae in the spinal column.

All 60 of the study subjects received chiropractic care to correct the misalignments. All of the patients had a positive response to the chiropractic treatment, though the responses took from one to six months. Forty-eight of the patients were symptom-free within six months. The remaining 12 patients experienced a decrease in either the severity or frequency of their episodes.

Why does correcting subluxations improve the health of a vertigo patient? Recall that the spine houses and protects the spinal cord and the nervous system, which delivers messages from the brain to the body and back. As long as the communications system is unimpeded, the body functions as it should.

Misalignments in the spine put excessive pressure on the spinal cord, interfering with the delivery of those messages. Much the way misaligned tires on a San Francisco road keep your car from performing at its peak, misaligned vertebrae impair your body’s ability to function at its best.

Chiropractors who are trained in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) can correct such misalignments by realigning the spine and restoring the nervous system’s ability to communicate with the rest of the body. CBP – the most researched and results-oriented corrective chiropractic technique – is dedicated to rehabilitation and reshaping of the spine to restore your body’s health.

At both PostureWorks locations in Denver and San Francisco’s Financial District, Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller and Corey Todhunter hold advanced certifications in CBP. They have helped thousands of San Francisco Bay Area and Denver residents regain their health and vitality through chiropractic.

If you or a loved one is suffering from vertigo, please contact our Denver or San Francisco/Financial District corrective chiropractic offices to find out if you qualify for care.

San Francisco Chiropractor Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Releif

Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Relief | San Francisco Chiropractor

Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Relief | San Francisco Chiropractor

San Francisco Chiropractor Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Releif

Thousands of San Francisco and Bay Area California residents are diagnosed with fibromyalgia each year. Fibromyalgia is a mysterious set of syndromes believed to be caused by overactive nerves.

Most fibromyalgia patients are women, and the primary symptoms are bodily aches and pains, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, depression, anxiety, and headaches.

The medical community is still trying to understand how fibromyalgia starts; however most agree that there is one common risk factor among the majority of patients: chronic neck pain and/or chronic back pain as a result of spinal misalignment.

A spinal misalignment (where one or more vertebrae shift out of alignment) is usually caused by poor postural habits, automobile or work-place accidents, sports injuries, or even birth trauma. Spinal misalignments exert excessive and dangerous amounts of pressure on the delicate nerves carrying vital nerve energy from the brain, into the limbs, muscles, and organs.

Diminished nerve flow can quickly lead to a wide range of health problems, including organ dysfunction, pain, fatigue, discomfort, and eventually disease.

Eliminating the Source of Fibromyalgia

The only logical way to reverse spinal misalignments and eliminate the source of fibromyalgia and fatigue, is to correct the structure of the spine. Corrective chiropractors specialize is realigning the spine, and therefore taking pressure off the delicate nerves in the neck and back. Eliminating nerve interference restores nerve energy back to the body, and allows it to heal and function the way it was intended.

Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller, and Corey Todhunter at PostureWorks in San Francisco’s Financial District, hold advanced certifications in Chiropractic BioPhysics® – the most scientific, researched, published, and results-oriented corrective chiropractic technique. They have helped thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents regain their health and vitality, and eliminate the source of fibromyalgia and fatigue altogether.

The process is simple and painless; utilizing digital x-rays and postural assessment software, our chiropractors are able pinpoint the exact source of the spinal misalignment, and devise a custom treatment plan that yields exceptional results.

Please contact our San Francisco / Financial District corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 to find out if you qualify for care.

Acid Reflux GERD Relief San Francisco Chiropractor

Acid Reflux and GERD Relief | San Francisco Chiropractor

Acid Reflux and GERD Relief | San Francisco Chiropractor

Acid Reflux GERD Relief San Francisco Chiropractor

Acid reflux and GERD have become a common problem for many San Francisco and Bay Area residents. A condition which was once synonymous with overeaters and spicy food connoisseurs, has now found its way into the lives of millions of otherwise “healthy” individuals.

Unfortunately, most San Francisco and Bay Area residents have a hard time keeping the symptoms of Acid Reflux / GERD in check. While dietary changes only improve symptoms a little bit, proton-pump inhibitors are usually prescribed to keep the production of acid levels to a minimum. Long-term use of such drugs (over one year) has been associated with heart disease / heart attacks, constipation, diarrhea, and even osteoporosis-related fractures of the hip, spine, and wrists.

Eliminating The Source of Acid Reflux

As you may already know, the nervous system is responsible for every function of the human body. From movement, breathing, digestion, and circulatory functions, to cardiovascular health and the immune system – therefore, the health and proper function of our bodies depend on uninterrupted nerve energy.

When nerve energy is interrupted or diminished somewhere along the spine – due to poor posture, automobile accidents, or sports injuries – the organs that depend on nerve energy will cease to function correctly, and go into a state of dysfunction and eventually, disease.

Studies have shown that most patients suffering with acid reflux / GERD share one common trait; poor posture or spinal misalignment in the upper or mid back. The only logical way to eliminate excess pressure from the delicate nerves flowing out of the spine therefore, is to realign the spine back to its normal curvature, and allow nerve energy to flow freely.

With proper nerve flow, organs such as the stomach will start to function and heal the way they were intended to.

San Francisco: Say Goodbye to Acid Reflux

Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller, and Corey Todhunter at PostureWorks in San Francisco’s Financial District, hold advanced certifications in Chiropractic BioPhysics® – the most scientific, researched, published, and results-oriented corrective chiropractic technique. Together, they have helped hundreds of San Francisco and Bay Area residents not only improve their overall posture, but more importantly eliminate the main source of acid reflux / GERD.

This painless, custom-created, and non-invasive chiropractic technique aims to rehabilitate the spine, reshape it back to health, and provide exercises that will strengthen the neck and back – so future misalignments are minimized.

If you or a loved one is suffering with acid reflux or GERD, please contact our San Francisco / Financial District corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 to find out if you qualify for care.

San Francisco Back Pain Chiropractor

Put an End to Back Pain | San Francisco Chiropractor

Put an End to Back Pain | San Francisco Chiropractor

San Francisco Back Pain ChiropractorPerhaps you’re one of the many San Francisco residents who resort to prescription or over-the-counter drugs to battle your back and neck pain. The trouble is that the medicine simply masks your pain – and leaves you pretty to potential side effects. It doesn’t solve the problem.

It’s like putting a smiley face over the “check engine” light on your car so you don’t have to take it in for repairs. Eventually, you’re going to ruin your engine while chugging up a San Francisco hill. Similarly, ignoring the source of your pain is likely to lead to more serious health problems down the road.

The good news is that medications are not your only option. Nor must you resort to invasive surgery to eliminate the nagging pain that prevents you from enjoying life to the fullest.

Chiropractic could be the solution you’re looking for. The chiropractic team at San Francisco’s PostureWorks can address the root cause of the problem, without resorting to drugs or invasive procedures. In most cases, back problems are caused by spinal misalignments, which shift things out of place. Lots of things can cause spinal misalignment – poor posture, accidents, injuries, and sometimes a simple movement, such as bending down to tie a shoelace.

Chiropractors are experts on the spine. They know that when your spine is misaligned, it puts pressure on the delicate nerves in the neck and back, interrupting their ability to communicate with the limbs and organs. The effect is much like a hose with a kink in it, or a car with wheels that are out of alignment. Simply put, your body can’t function at its peak.

The solution is Chiropractic BioPhysics, which can rehabilitate the spin, reshape it back to health, and provide exercises to strengthen your back and neck and restore your body’s health. Chiropractic BioPhysics® is the most scientific, researched and results-oriented corrective chiropractic technique.

Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller, and Corey Todhunter of PostureWorks, located in San Francisco’s financial district, hold advanced certifications in Chiropractic BioPhysics®. Together, they have helped hundreds of San Francisco and Bay Area residents reduce or eliminate their back pain and neck pain.

If you or a loved one is suffering from back or neck pain, please contact our PostureWorks in San Francisco at 415-373-3897 to find out if you qualify for care.

San Francisco Chiropractor | Asthma Relief

Poor Posture and Asthma? | San Francisco Chiropractor

Poor Posture and Asthma | San Francisco Chiropractor

San Francisco Chiropractor | Asthma ReliefEvery single day thousands of San Francisco and Bay Area residents are experiencing asthma and shortness of breath. They have difficulty filling their lungs to maximum capacity, and as a result feel tired, fatigued, and anxious.

Those with asthma have to carry around their inhalers, take medication, or avoid certain activities they once enjoyed. Most have learned to sideline themselves from life, sports, and recreational activities.

Who’s Most At Risk for Asthma?

Most asthma sufferers have one thing in common; poor posture or misalignments in the spine. Whether an infant, toddler, child, or adult, spinal misalignments (or shifting of the vertebrae out of place) will stretch the delicate nerves in the neck and back, or exert dangerous pressure on them – cutting down on communication between the brain and the corresponding organ.

Without proper communication and nerve energy, organs will go into a state of dysfunction, and eventually disease – in this case, asthma or shortness of breath.

So to answer the question, birth trauma – as a result of pulling and twisting of the infant out of the womb, auto accidents, sports injuries, or poor postural habits all are risk factors for developing asthma.

How to Eliminate the Source of Asthma?

The only logical way to eliminate the source of asthma, is to eliminate the root cause of nerve interference, by lifting dangerous pressure off the delicate nerves in the neck or back. For those with poor posture or spinal misalignments, this means visiting a corrective care chiropractor specializing in Chiropractic BioPhysics or CBP to restore the spine back to its optimal shape.

San Francisco’s PostureWorks is one of only a handful of Chiropractic BioPhysics-certified clinics in the Bay Area. Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller, and Corey Todhunter have helped thousands of Financial District, San Francisco, and Bay Area residents not only improve their postures, but ELIMINATE the source of most diseases – including asthma.

If you or a loved one is suffering with fatigue, please contact our corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 today.

San Francisco Chiropractor | Eliminate Fatigue

Eliminate Fatigue With Chiropractic Care | San Francisco

Eliminate Fatigue With Chiropractic Care | San Francisco

San Francisco Chiropractor | Eliminate FatigueThousands of San Francisco and Bay Area residents experience fatigue on a daily basis. Unfortunately most people suffering with fatigue have gotten used to living with this debilitating condition, and mask their symptoms by taking over-the-counter medication, drinking excessive amounts of caffeine, eating sugary snacks, or changing daily routines just to get an extra hour or two of rest.

Most San Francisco residents think that fatigue is due to some underlying health condition, poor sleep habits, lack of proper nutrition, or simply being out of shape. While those are legitimate causes, millions of seemingly healthy people in the United States experience fatigue even-though they maintain a proper diet, healthy habits, and are free of any serious illnesses.

Real Source of Fatigue

Studies over the past few decades have shown a strong correlation between fatigue, and spinal health. More specifically, those with misalignments in the cervical spine (neck) experience many more bouts with fatigue, than those with properly aligned spines.

Poor postural habits, auto accidents, sports injuries, or even jumping on and off a cable car in San Francisco, can shift vertebrae out of place. These shifts or misalignments exert excessive and dangerous pressure on the delicate nerves flowing out of the spine and cut down nerve energy from reaching vital organs – a condition known as nerve interference. Without proper nerve flow to the limbs and organs, the body will start experiencing fatigue, discomfort, pain, and eventually disease.

How to Eliminate Fatigue?

Chiropractors specializing in corrective chiropractic care aim to rehabilitate the structure of the spine, and lift pressure off the delicate nerves in the neck and back. By doing so, nerve flow is restored to the body, allowing it to properly heal and function the way it was intended.

At PostureWorks in San Francisco’s Financial District, our team of corrective care chiropractors hold advanced certifications in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) – the most advanced, scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective chiropractic technique in the world. Our team of chiropractors and therapists have helped thousands of San Francisco’s Financial District and Bay Area residents eliminate the SOURCE of fatigue, pain, and disease – painlessly, and naturally through CBP.

If you or a loved one is suffering with fatigue, please contact our San Francisco / Financial District chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 today.

How do I get rid of my headaches?

Headaches are not fun.  Migraines are even less so.  Unfortunately, most of us experience one or the other, or even both.  In fact, 47% of you reading this article will have at least one headache this year.  While talking with my sister in law the other day, she pointed out that some people do not consider headaches and migraines to be treatable or preventable.  I’m here to tell you that they can and I am living breathing headache-busting proof.

Let’s take one step back.  I used to experience quite intense and sometimes debilitating headaches that felt like an ice pick was being driven into the back of my skull, straight into my eyeball.  Not fun and definitely not conducive to work.  Even as a doctor, it took me close to a decade to a get rid of mine.  So what took me so long to “cure” my headaches, considering the multitudes of treatments I have tried in the past? Well, the fact is all the care I received did help, but only temporarily, until I found the key to my long-term success, which is to say I finally identified and corrected the underlying causes of my headaches.

My goal is to guide you past your symptom, the headache, and start understanding potential physical causes of the problem, step by step.  This is how I help my headache patients and this how I helped UCSF’s migraine patients.  Ready? Let’s begin.

 

First Step: Identify the Trigger

Studies show that there are many different causes for the symptom called a headache: nutritional, psychological, neurological, and/or musculoskeletal.   We will be focusing on the latter two.

To begin, first ask yourself: What brings them on?

Here are a few examples of headache types and what differentiates them from other headaches:

Answer: “I did not drink enough water yesterday, today, or in general.”
Cause: Dehydration

Please drink 64-80 oz water per day.  You are 70% water, so your body will give you all sorts of grief if you do not replenish its main component.  Remember 64 oz is the MINIMUM you need to maintain basic hydration.

Answer: “It hurts when I turn my head quickly from side to side”
Cause: Sinus

You may have a problem in your sinuses, not a neuromusculoskeletal issue.  Being able to differentiate between a neuromusculoskeletal and a non-NMS issue is important.  For sinus issues, I like to start with a saline wash concept, such as a neti-pod, but you should have to consult an allergist or EENT for more major issues: unresponsive infection, deviated septum, or chronic reoccurrence.

Answer: “When I am stressed.”
Cause: Nerve Hypersensitivity

Your body is programmable and learns new habits constantly.  Your nerves “learn” through a process called neuroplasticity or the programming of new neural pathways.  Current research suggests that if you have chronically tight soft tissue in your shoulders, neck, or scalp this can both cause headaches and program a headache pathway into your neurophysiology.  So even if you find and address the soft tissue cause, stress and tension can still trigger the hypersensitive nerves.  Once triggered, the programmed pathway will create the perception of a headache without major soft tissue involvement.

Stress headaches of a musculoskeletal and neurological type will require a two-step process to correct.

    • Identify and work with the injured musculoskeletal structure – I.E. Basic chiropractic, massage, or manual therapy
    • Work with a technique that can re-train your neurological responses – I.E. Neurological reeducation such as Chiropractic Biophysics or Chiropractic Neurology
Answer: “When I’m working at the computer.” [Or similar prolonged downward focused activities.]
Cause: Repetitive Stress Syndrome due to Poor Posture

Poor posture is one of those simple, yet complex concepts.  Think repetitive stress syndrome for your entire neck and upper back.

When sitting at a computer or working a desk job, most people’s heads jut out in front of their shoulders and/or they tilt their heads downwards for hours at a time.   Now imagine your head is like a bowling ball on a large spring, your neck.  If the ball is directly over the top of the spring, the structure retains its shape and balances the ball.  Alternatively, if the bowling ball is pushed forward, the spring collapses forward.  Picture the spring collapsed for the equivalent time you spend on a computer or looking down at your Iphone/pad/android each day and think about the shape of the spring once you try to bring the ball back to a vertical balance.  It will no longer remain a nice unbent spring and neither will your neck if your posture is poor.

Having poor posture is a very easy way to repetitively damage your musculoskeletal system and train your nervous system into hypersensitivity.

    • Proper ergonomics will help to slow this process
    • Postural correction through exercise, stretching, neuromuscular reeducations, and lifestyle modifications will aid non-traumatic postural imbalance
    • Structural correction may be necessary if there is a history of significant neck trauma, such as a car accident

Next time you have a headache, make a mental note or log of what you were doing at the onset.  You may find that your triggers are one or more of the aforementioned examples.

Next Step: Where do you feel your headaches?

You may ask yourself, “Ok, I know when I get them, but how do I know if my headaches are from my muscle(s), my joints, my posture, or nerves?”

Here’s the breakdown of headaches that once identified, can be treated through a hands on approach:

Pain from the shoulders to the skull:

Hypertonic muscles or “knots” can refer pain along the length of the muscle, at their attachment point, and/or insertion points.  This phenomenon is called a trigger point.  While this condition can occur in many parts of the body, trigger points in the shoulders and neck will refer specific and re-creatable pain patterns up the neck to the skull and mimic headaches.  A skilled body worker will be able to help out you here.  You describe where you feel it and they may be able to literally put their finger on the offending muscle and have you say, “That’s my headache!”

sclerotogenous

General area or diffuse achy pain on the base, back or sides of your  skull: 

Joint inflammation, also known as arthritis, can cause the perception of pain in areas removed from the joint dysfunction and is termed sclerotogenous pain referral.  In relation to headaches, joints in the mid to upper neck can refer “achy” pain into the base and along sides of the skull.  This is easily diagnosed through your description and neck compression testing.   See the Pain Referral Patterns chart to see if your headaches match up with what our scientist found when studying joint inflammation.

Temples, forehead, and around the eyes:

Headaches here may be due to nerve irritation, more specifically your trigeminal nerve.  The trigeminal nerve controls the skin sensation over your eye, forehead, cheekbones, and jaw.  The proposed mechanism behind these headaches is that nerves become irritated due to mechanical tension.

In other words, the nerves, which are supposed to be protected by the structures of your neck, instead have direct pressure applied to them due to muscular imbalance, joint dysfunction, and/or postural deviation.  Once inflamed, these nerves refer a pain signal or “headache” to the areas they control – the temples, forehead, and around the eyes.   The main muscles that are supposed to protect the trigeminal nerves are the suboccipital musculature.  One of the proposed mechanisms for trigeminal nerve headaches are the dysfunction of these suboccipital muscles.

If your headaches present in the trigeminal controlled area, here is a simple way to test the suboccipital muscles involvement.  In the video, Scott Schwartz, co-owner of San Francisco’s Psoas Bodywork and Massage, shows us an active isolated stretch of the suboccipital muscles.  If your headache reduces through the use of this stretch, there is a very good chance that you have just identified the area contributing your headaches.

Side Note: Chronic TMJ and jaw issues may also create headaches in this area, history of trauma to the neck versus trauma to the jaw will help to differentiate the potential reason.

Any and all of the pain areas listed above: 

 The underlying cause here may be poor posture.  Remember postural imbalances damage entire regions of your body, which means that if left unchecked these bodily distortion will lead to muscle trigger points, joints related pain referral, and injury to the nerves.  The end result is multiple types of headaches from multiple sources in your neck.

This is why poor posture tends to muddle the ability a physician’s ability to diagnose the “main problem”.  A misdiagnosis or incomplete diagnosis can reduce both lasting relief from needed treatments and falsely discourage the headache sufferer from seeking treatment.

I believe this is why the notion that a headache of the neuromusculoskeletal source can be treated conservatively is not universally understood.

The Final Step:  A Multidisciplinary Approach

Now, you are armed with a basic understanding of when your headaches are triggered and what underlying structures maybe effected.

So what is the right combination of treatments for you?

The headaches mentioned in this article may respond favorably to one or more of the following:

    • Massage Therapy
    • Chiropractic
    • Acupuncture
    • Exercise
    • Ergonomic Assessment
    • Postural Correction
    • Structural Correction

Often, the solution requires a multidisciplinary approach to truly correct the underlying issues.  For me, I was able to cure my headaches through a combination of chiropractic to reduce arthritis, muscle work to break up the scar tissue in my neck, structural correction in my neck, exercise to retrain the neurology, and postural correction to prevent the process from repeating itself.   For some of my patients, it is as simple as few good adjustments and focused muscle work.   The difference is my issue stemmed from a neck trauma over 15 years ago and therefore needed a comprehensive approach.

If you work with me, you quickly realize that no two people are alike.   Your body is the sum of your experiences good or bad.  Each of us has a different history, different job, and different obstacles in life.   That’s why I challenge you to put thought and careful consideration into the when, where, and what quality of your headaches and then bring this information to the appropriate health care provider.  If they are the right person for the job, they will ask you the very same questions.  You want a headache detective.

Start with conservative care, keep a log of what treatment relieved your headaches, and be patient.  The body can only repair itself so fast.  Typically, the right combination of treatments will begin to yield results in 2-3 weeks with more solid improvement in 6-8 weeks.

That means, with the right care, in 2-8 weeks you can feel better, function better, and live with a higher quality of life.

So I will leave you with one last question: What are headaches stopping you from doing?

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For more information, you can contact me directly at drlevin@posture-works.com or setup a consultation by calling 415-373-3897.

This article was written by Dr. Scott Levin.  A chiropractic physician and clinical director at PostureWorks – A health center for chiropractic postural and structural correction.

Honey-Mustard Burgers with Asparagus

1 and 1/2 pounds of ground beef extra leanHamburger and asparagus

48 asparagus

2 cups of lettuce leaves

2 cups of green onions sliced

4 tablespoons of Walden Farms Honey Dijon Dressing

1 teaspoon of dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon of black pepper coarsely ground

sea salt to taste

pepper to taste

 

Combine ground beef, 2 tablespoons of honey-mustard dressing, 1 teaspoon oregano, green onions and pepper, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Divide the mixture into 4, half-inch thick patties, 4″ in diameter

Heat a large, heavy non-stick skillet over mediums heat for 5 minutes. Pan-broil the patties 7-8 minutes, turning once.

Blanch the asparagus in salted, boiling water. Plate the lettuce leaves, drizzle with dressing, Top with the hamburger and garnish side with asparagus and dressing.

 

Makes 4 Servings,

Per serving: 386 Calories, 21g Fat, 37g Protein, 13g Carbohydrates

Chicken and Leek Soup

1 and 1/2 pounds of chicken breast fully cooked and cubed

4 cups of chicken stock

2 cups of celery root cubed small

6 cups of leek cut very thin

2 teaspoons of olive oil

sea salt to taste

cayenne pepper to taste

 

Slowly saute the leek in olive oil. Add the celery root. Season with sea salt and cayenne pepper. Add  the chicken stock and 4 cups of water and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Add the cubed chicken breast. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings

Per Serving: 367 Calories, 16g Fat, 32g Protein, 22g Carbohydrate