I’m a little flabbergasted by how much misinformation pregnant women need to sort through these days. 

Perhaps I always took pregnancy for granted.  Meaning that, well, if women have been having babies for 2 million years, the body just knows what to do and we get to do our best at staying out of the way. 

I’m learning that although that is absolutely true, most women are so bombarded by anecdotes, brochures, websites, medical recommendations, books and so forth that they end up overwhelmed and not necessarily remembering that their body really does know what it’s doing. 

But you know what?  It does know and it’s absolutely amazing.  I’ve watched myself gain about 18 pounds seemingly effortlessly by eating the same things I always eat… well, plus a few extra servings of bacon and peaches and Daily Harvest’s amazing frozen yogurt 🙂  (sorry to you non-locals, this stuff is amazing!)

My point is that pregnancy is so much fun.  It’s fun to laugh at maternity wear.  Fun to feel little soccer kicks from the inside after a long day (or hard workout).  Fun feeling woozy because you stood up quickly.  Fun realizing that one dinner just doesn’t cut it every day.  Fun and Funny and Rediculous that all this can mean that your body is doing the most amazing things without you even knowing how ANY of it can happen properly. 

Heck, if I was in charge of it all, I’d probably forget to give the poor baby hair or I’d take a break and his nose would end up on the BACK of his head.  You get my point.  AMAZING.

Back to my point about the confusion for a moment…

I recently got a list from my MIDWIFE of drugs that are “SAFE IN PREGNANCY”.  This list covers an entire page and quite frankly is ridiculous.  These drugs are not proven safe in non-pregnant people never mind pregnancy and current research (heck even old research) shows that the placenta is not a barrier but is more of a sieve transporting these drugs straight to the baby where they have been proven to show up (in scalp artery tests done on the baby in utero) within 3 minutes and in doses as large as 30 times what that little body would otherwise be prescribed.


I’m also saddened to see how many pregnant women do not exercise.  Yes, it’s harder.  Yes, your heart will pound.  Yes, you may feel dizzy more easily.  Yes, you’ll need to drink even more water.  What’s the problem?  You’re about to do something that is lovingly referred to as labor.  That means work. 

Sorry if this is part rant, part pep-talk but I just needed to let off a little steam.  Can’t wait to do our Radio Show this Sunday morning at 7:30am where we’ll talk all about these things and more.

Let’s clear up the confusion and rest easy knowing that Nature truly does not need any help… just no INTERFERENCE. 

Today, I’m setting my baby up for a win… in life.




I’m convinced that most people have pain simply because they do not move enough. 

I’ve adjusted a dozen people already this morning who have pain from either sitting in beach chairs, cars, or couches. 

Of course, the number one cause of a lack of movement in stuck joints from trauma, toxins or stress; but I’m assuming you’ve had your joints checked by a Chiropractor and they are CAPABLE of moving.  If you haven’t, my advise is to do so.  It will change your life and you’ll be better for it… and happier.

If you’re getting adjusted but still suffering from aches and pains, I believe that you probably think my next suggestion would aggravate your pain.  You would be wrong. 

If you’re a sitter and you want to prevent back pain or recover from a bout, try this out:  stand up and do 10 lunges.  follow it up with 10 squats (the really deep and low kind in which you’re trying to touch your butt to the floor.  The key with both is keep your back straight and protect your knees by moving your weight DOWN, not out over your knees. 

Still sore?  Do that every day.  Still sore?  Start walking every day.  Still sore?  ask your Chiropractor what exercises to do next. 

The point?  My new answer for all pain questions is MOVE IT. 

Neck pain and discomfort? engage your arms when you’re out walking.  start doing push-ups every day. 

This stuff is easy and actually a lot of fun. 

You CAN do this, and besides,

It’s your life, LOVE it,


How do you “spend” your time?  How do you “spend” your money?  What about your energy?

People often tell me they don’t have enough time/money/energy to __________ (exercise, prepare healthy meals, go to church, hang out with their friends, travel, etc.).  But I wonder to myself: “What are you spending your resources on instead of these things?”  I happen to know many people who work long hours, and have ‘busy’ lives, but they seem to always have the time to exercise, socialize, stay connected, and stay on track with their nutritional goals and ideals.  Why is this? 

Perhaps it’s simple.  I believe these people have gotten very clear on what they value.  The truth is we all spend our time, energy and money on the things we value, we just might not yet be very clear on what these values are. 

If we’re just looking at what our resources are, we all have time (the same 168 hours/week), money (everyone has at least some), and energy (they say the human body has enough potential energy to power an entire city!).  So what gives?  I think it can be easy to waste time/money and energy unconsciously only to later feel used, frustrated, run down and exhausted.  Sound familiar?  If so, read on… 

It’s time to decide what your values are and where you’re spending your resources.  This is easy, I promise 🙂

Start by putting the following in order of importance to you.  (Hint, there’s no right answer but your answer is right for you and will tell you a lot about yourself and where you want to be spending your resources).

Physical Health

Learning and Growing

Financial Balance

Family Connections

Social Life and Recreation

Spiritual Connection

Emotional Wellbeing


Quickly jot them down and put a number from 1-8 next to each. 

Okay, now let’s look at a typical week.  Next to each of these categories, decide about how many hours you spend and how much money you spend on each one of these categories.  Guess for now but come up with a couple of numbers for each.  For example, how much do you pay for exercise clothes/membership/fees etc? How much time do you exercise each week?  How much time/money do you spend on learning (reading, studying etc.)?  How much time do you use to manage your expenses/budget/savings etc. You get the point.

Does what you’re spending on each of these make sense to you?  Do you want to spend more money on some categories and less on others? 

Some things are easy to change once you can see what they are, others are more complex.  I find this exercise empowering because it frees you from feeling guilty about not having enough time/money or energy to do the things you never intended to do in the first place.  It will also help you be more honest in your conversations with others because you will more easily say no to things you do not value in order to do those that you do value.

Here’s to living the life YOU want,

It’s your life, LOVE it,

Dr. Liisa 🙂


Most of us are looking forward to some sunshine and rest this weekend. If you are planning on catching some rays too I’d like to let you know about one of the best sunscreens available.

Burt’s Bees makes a chemical free SPF 30 Sunscreen that works great at protecting your skin from burning while not providing your skin with the harsh chemicals that most sunscreens contain (many of these have actually been proven to CAUSE cancer).

If you do get a little too much sun or just want to help your skin heal more easily, remember to use an all natural aloe product before and/or after sun exposure or reach for Burt’s Bees’ “After Sun Soother”.

It’s great to know that your body needs sunshine in order to make Vitamin D, a hormone (not really a vitamin at all) that is a part of building your bones and muscles. So enjoy the sun, rather than fear it, but remember that pain from a sunburn is your body’s way of reminding you that you’ve gone too far and need to protect your skin better in the future.

Bring light layers of clothing that you can cover up with.

Oh, and here’s a cool tip… eat fresh tomatoes and dark leafy greens, they also help your body protect itself from burning!   

Bring on the SUN  🙂   


I learned yesterday just how powerful a power nap can be.  This particular nap lasted all of about 10 minutes but believe me it was a full-on nap, complete with vivid dreams and twitching. 

I’ve never been a “napper”.  In fact, I don’t tend to nap well at all but after a great swim and a big lunch I was nearly incapable of keeping my eyes open.  Pregnancy does that I realize but even before I was pregnant, I had had these moments and always resisted the nap because I don’t tend to wake up very well and am anything but friendly (or conscious) for the first 20-60 minutes after napping. 

This time I decided to nap because of an article I found in Andrew’s office that stated that even our ancestors napped thousands of years ago.  It doesn’t make much sense to be out hunting and/or scavenging in the mid day sun, so naps were probably the ‘cool’ thing to do.  The article also stated that everyone naps differently and we should take the time to figure out if we do best with less than 20 minutes or as much as a 90 minute nap midday.

It was stated that 20 minute naps help to boost our productivity, clarity of mind and focus; while an up to 90 minute nap can help with creativity and ingenuity.  In fact, naps have been shown to lower your risk of heart attacks and other chronic stress diseases (these make up over 80% of the diseases Americans suffer from today). And, the 90 minute nap won’t typically interrupt your night time sleep pattern (as long as you get enough exercise in your day). 

Pretty cool for a past time I thought was for slackers. 

Truth be told, I would have napped a lot longer than the 10 minutes I had but I was incapable of keeping my eyes open and basically face planted onto the adjusting table I have in my office.  Our patients often comment that they would love to sleep on these tables; they have no idea just how comfortable they are… blissful.  Maybe this is why my 10 minute nap gave me a complete recharge.  Maybe it’s simply because I always thought I needed at least 20 minutes to have a nap in and had never tried, but for the first time, I was able to wake up from this nap with only about 2 minutes of grogginess and I felt like the day had started over!

We all need the license to sleep sometimes, pregnancy (I’m learning) offers plenty of leeway; however, next time you’re struggling to stay awake (pregnant or not), I suggest you try out a 10-20minute nap and just see if it isn’t more than you thought it might be. 

The best time according to the research is between 12:30pm and 3pm so hey, maybe go for a walk on your lunch, eat, and take a little siesta.  Heck, it’s in your genes.

It’s your life,

Love it  🙂


I love the new trend that ‘STRONG is the new SEXY’.  I’ve always felt that way; in high school, the boys who always caught my eye had huge shoulders, bright eyes, great skin and loved endurance sports.  Being Canadian, I was probably unconsciously looking for someone who could kill a bear and drag it home for me to cook for him 🙂  Regardless of the reason, my point is, you can talk about butts all day but I won’t even bother to look unless your shoulders say “yup, I’m strong”… “I can handle the bear”. 

This is becoming an expectation for men looking at women too and I LOVE it!  It’s a big reason why lululemon has exploded onto the scene.  Women not only want to be thinner, they want to be strong now too.  They are quickly realizing that you CAN’T get stronger without getting healthier too.  You can’t grow muscle while living on processed foods.

Let me define healthy in case you think THIN means healthy.  Healthy means you can run a mile in less than 10 minutes (probably much less).  Healthy means you can eat fruits, vegetables, lean meats, nuts and seeds, and PLENTY of water for weeks on end and not feel like you’re sacrificing anything because you don’t have a bag of Oreos in your cupboard.  Healthy means you are mindful of what you put in your mouth because you know that the quality of what you put in will determine the quality of what you have to put out into your thoughts, actions and words that day.  Healthy means you can speak positively about yourself, your loved ones, your life experiences and the world.  It also means you love to move.  Healthy means, well, healthy; Optimal physical, mental, and social well being.

Back to SKINNY FAT.  You can fit into a size zero and still be fat.  Yes, I said it.  Skinny Fat means your body composition is made more of fat than lean muscle.  Want to see a Skinny Fat person, go to Starbucks.  You can find plenty of them in fast food chains too but I wouldn’t recommend you walk into those, so head to Starbucks for a cup of tea and people watch for a few minutes. 

Here’s why: Skinny Fat people LOVE SUGAR!  They live for it.  I call their drink of choice ‘the sugar covered caffeine snack’ and they drink them by the Venti load.

The trend of Strong being the new Sexy is putting our focus back on what makes us attracted to another person.  Genetically speaking, we’re attracted to the person we can best pass our genes on with, and therefore help our children survive our environment (hence my strong man who can kill bear equals sexy definition). 

BUT (somehow) the media was able to convince us that skinny was sexy and then (somehow) we lost our minds and started eating foods that were made in factories rather than grown AND while at the same time we (somehow) decided to park ourselves in front of computers and televisions for the majority of our day and (not so surprisingly) our bodies started to morph into this weak, unhealthy version of ourselves.  Skinny Fat.

The solution? Ditch the sugar covered caffeine snacks, pick up a pair of running shoes, have a glass of water, crank out a few push-ups, re-fuel with some great food, and pair up with someone else who can keep you on track and maybe even help you to pass on your now healthier genes. 

It’s your life,

Love it!


I was asked such a great question yesterday.  A friend and Chiropractor asked if I remembered the actual day in which I decided I would take care of my spine and nerve system for the rest of my life. 

Honestly, it never really occurred to me before!  I mean, I know without a doubt that I will always have a Chiropractor on my health care team.  I know that in order to keep up with the lifestyle I lead I will probably get checked and adjusted weekly for the rest of my life.  I talk about that with our patients all the time.  I call us ‘Lifers’.  I’m committed to a full life, a healthy life, a ‘power’s on’ life.  But, was there a specific day I decided this?  It’s like asking when I decided to brush my teeth, drink water, eat fruits and veggies, or read every day. 

But there must have been a day, right?  If I’m honest with myself, I have to say there had to have been a day or I wouldn’t be so committed to it.

I bet we all do MANY things that are healthy and cause growth and development within ourselves every single day, but are we stopping to take notice?  We notice when we’ve done something ‘wrong’, missed a workout, or eaten the whole cheesecake for example, but do we notice when we consistently do something right?

Do we take notice and give ourselves credit when we do things regularly that help us get stronger, smarter and healthier?

I’m grateful today for questions that make me think.  And for questions that bring about more certainty and more clarity around the things I value and don’t want to take for granted.  Oh, and definitely for having such smart friends that they continually challenge me to do so  🙂

It’s your life,

What do you love about it today?


I love tackling a new project; so, recently, when I found out I was pregnant, I think my ‘project brain’ went into overdrive.  Very fortunately for pregnancy hormones, many of my project ‘brain-storming sessions’ happened from the couch and I was not able to drive myself into a tizzy 🙂

There are just so many exciting new adventures that arrive with that double pink line!  Baby names; new furniture to purchase, arrange… and rearrange; finding the perfect midwife, doula, and birth center; determining new health goals and challenges, modifying a few, adding a few more; tweaking my nutritional goals and standards; reassessing how green our home really is and how it both impacts my health and the health of our developing baby – before and after his arrival.  (I think it’s a boy 🙂

Being organized is a wonderful way to live.  I think I always have been but ‘project baby’ is giving me great reason to both laugh at myself and to congratulate myself on creating a life that is so balanced and in many ways very simple that adding a newbie to it feels wonderful more often than it does overwhelming.  I thank my husband for that too; marrying a Virgo (when you are a Virgo) can either be incredible or disastrous.  Lucky for us, it’s absolutely incredible.  We have found our niche in this world and are loving the opportunity we have at home to share our gifts, joys, talents, and silliness with someone new just as much as we have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, sharing greater health, wellbeing and balance with our patients in our Chiropractic practice these past 5 years.  This blog will be a fun place for me to share our lives with you.  Thanks for visiting today!

It’s your life, love it!


Do you KEEP the promises you make with yourself?

This has been on my mind lately for a number of reasons.  We just started our Spring Cleanse in our office which means that around 20 of us are taking this next month to consciously look at the things we eat and drink on a daily basis and we have chosen to not eat any simple sugars, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, dairy or meat. 

Every time we do this, inevitably, some of us find it MUCH easier than others.  There are a lot of reasons for this but today I want to look at the impact our word has on our results. 

I believe that every time we say we will do something we are making a promise. 

Breaking a spoken promise with a friend can hurt your relationship; but, I bring this up because the effects of breaking the silent promises we make with ourselves can cause us sadness, irritability, anger, fear, depression and the need to want to numb oneself.

I see this frequently.  It comes out in new patient exam histories, patient consultations, conversations with friends, and yes, at our cleanse meetings. 

My dad is one of those people who when he says he will do something he just does it.  End of story.  Usually, as soon as the agreement or decision is made, he sets himself to doing it and WILL NOT STOP until it has been done.  This ethic oozes from him constantly and it’s impossible to not see the benefits of it.   I honestly can’t remember if I’ve ever heard him say “I can’t do that” once he has decided he could or would do something.  EVER. 

That brings me back to our cleanse.  I hear it often with our cleanse members…  I can’t give up my soda, I can’t cut out ALL of my coffee, I don’t think I can go a whole week without eating meat, I can’t stop eating wheat, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.  Really?  Why not? 

How is it possible that your faith in yourself is so diminished?  I believe it is because you simply haven’t noticed often enough how many amazing things you CAN do.  Every time we keep a promise to ourselves, we build a foundation of TRUST with ourselves.  You keep a promise with a friend, the relationship grows; you keep one with yourself, and your esteem grows.  The more promises you keep, the greater your esteem. 

So today I want to challenge you to make and keep a promise with yourself.  Say you’re going to the gym and then actually GO; say that you’ll have a big salad for lunch and then actually EAT A SALAD; say that you’ll stop for a minute and breathe just for the sake that you’re worth the few extra moments of silence and then JUST BREATHE; tell someone you’ll call them back and then ACTUALLY CALL THEM BACK.

These are simple things but they’re also powerful messages that you get to tell yourself.  Make more conscious promises with yourself and then consciously keep them.  Start small but do this every day. 

You’ll be grateful you did… I promise.

It’s your life, LOVE it,

Dr. Liisa Hall

I almost burst into tears while adjusting yesterday but I was in too much shock to cry. 

I know that people live very differently than Andrew and I do; we all have different values and focuses in our lives, but this one struck a nerve because it had to do with a value that I believe we all need to have. 

This one’s all about FOOD.  So here’s what happened:  A patient told me that she goes grocery shopping only once a month.  ONCE a month!  I’m not being dramatic; my mouth dropped open, shock set in and I was literally speechless.  Think about that with me.  What lasts a month?  Nothing.  Well, nothing that is alive; nothing that has enzymes; nothing that has a full spectrum of vitamins, minerals, or phyto-nutrients.  Nothing lasts a month.  She doesn’t eat out… so what is she eating?

Here’s the deal.  I stop by a market or grocery store at least 3 times a week.  No, I have no more time than you, I just know how to get what I need and get out in 5-15 minutes, longer when I have the time and quite frankly, I enjoy taking the time to feel and smell the fruits and vegetables I buy.  I can’t really imagine being home without the option of grabbing and snacking on any one of 5-10 fruits or vegetables.  Even right now, I have on my counter some plums, granny smith apples, bananas, tomatoes, and limes.  My fridge has carrots, onions, lettuce, zucchini, summer squash, sweet potatoes, and celery and I feel like we’re hardly stocked! 

We throw out little to no food each week.  We eat a lot, probably 5-7 times a day, not because we should but just because it makes sense to us.  We expend energy all day long, our nerve systems release and uptake neuro-chemicals all day long (just like yours do) and we know that life depletes our energy so we exercise to stimulate our brains to create more energy that fuels our cells and helps them to continue repairing even more than they are breaking down.  After these workouts, we eat even more.  We know that without eating living food, we die. 

So when this lady said that she grocery shops on a monthly basis, I immediately saw the freezer full of TV dinners, the bags of snack foods, cans of who knows what and boxes of cereal.  Essentially, I saw sugar covered sugar with added salt and unhealthy fats.  She deserve better than this.  Much better.  So do you. 

I want to inspire you to change if this sounds familiar.  So please take a trip by your local market or grocery store today and buy an orange, apple, pineapple (whatever you want) and while you peel it, smell it, enjoy the life within it, revel in the fact that this amazing fruit will give you life, can help your nerve system start firing better, digesting better, thinking better.  Food is love. 

Love yourself by feeding yourself well,

Dr. Liisa Hall

 Aaaaahhhhh, I feel soooo much better.  Thanks.



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