Dips made with Cream Cheese

Keywords; dips made with cream cheese, chiropractic, olive pate, hummus.

All about delicious dips made with Eggplant, Garbanzos, Cucumber and other healthy foods. Whilst it's not essential to use a dairy product in a dip, my dips will use cream cheese or yoghurt, or alternatively olive oil, tahini and avocado.

Cream Cheese Dip

Dips made with Cream Cheese

Blend the following ingredients together

  1. A cup of thick yoghurt.
  2. A cup of cream cheese or feta cheese.
  3. A couple of tablespoons of olive oil.
  4. One TBSP of finely chopped onion. If it gives you indigestion, lightly parboil it first.
  5. Two or three tablespoons of chopped parsley.

Here are a couple of additional extras; add half a clove of garlic, a spoonful of avocado, salmon or chopped olives, a slither of hot chili, or a couple spoons of hummus.

Garnish with a leaf of rocket or parsley, and a couple of black olives. Delicious on our low GI bread.

Make it your own. I hate recipes. They're so confining, like a straight jacket. But they do give you ideas, and a starting point; tonight its thick yoghurt, cream cheese, olive oil, half a dozen freshly cracked pecan nuts, parsley and fresh origanum.

On home made bread. You don't make your own bread? Five minutes or less to mix the ingredients, and hey, the smell and taste of your own home made bread. I can't imagine why, but the breadmachine is apparently the most under-utilised kitchen appliance. We bake at least five days a week. Five minutes that all it takes to make our Panera bread menu recipe; try it, you won't be sorry. Promise, no more indigestion from the chemicals in store-bread.

OTHER DIPS like olive pate

The joy of dips is that they are healthy (if you stick to using natural ingredients) and in the main so quick to make. They fit perfectly in with our philosophy of HEALTHY SLOW FOOD, MADE FAST.

  • Take for example this Olive Pate ... you can literally throw it together in five minutes.
  • Or this Tsatziki , so easy with Cucumber. Scroll down ... CHIROPRACTIC HELP Friday Fun Stone in my Clog ...
  • One of my all time favourites is Hummus ... made from Garbanzo Beans (aka Chickpeas), but there some aforethought is necessary. They have to be soaked overnight. Thereafter it's dead easy. Seriously, we have a Chickpea meal at least twice a week. Healthy, cheap, tasty, what more do you want? More about Hummus. CHICKPEA GARBANZO BEAN DIP ...

Make your own hummus in only four mintues, literally. I like adding something spicy like chili or radish.

  • Chiropractic Conditions is a central page at Chiropractic Help. It provides you simply and easily with the sorts of conditions that the average chiropractor would be treating.
  • Healthy Living Tips is another vital page at Chiropractic Help. Sparkling good health is not just about having your subluxations adjusted. Our healthy living tips page gives you some insights into different foods you could and perhaps should be eating.

GLYCEMIC INDEX @ dips made with cream cheese

Nutritionally, dips made with protein and fat make good sense. Many of our carbohydrates, and especially rolls, breads, cookies and crackers have a very high glycemic index; the sugars from the carbohydrate are very rapidly broken down and absorbed into the blood stream.

The nett result is an insulin rush, the hormone that causes surplus sugars to be stored as adipose. You get fat.

But adding a protein, or fat, or both to your crackers, as in these dips made with cream cheese lowers the glycemic index of the overall meal. You get less of an insulin rush, the meal stays with you longer and you are less likely to become insulin resistant and diabetic.

There's a diabetes crisis in the Western world at the moment, and many nutritional scientists are saying it's largely due to the high glycemic index carbs that we are eating. White bread and white rice top the charts. Eat them at your peril.

Is this your day?

Breakfast: Glass of OJ, Corn flakes or Rice crispies and a slice of white toast and margarine.

Midmorning: Tea or coffee with two teaspoons of sugar, or worse a cola, and a sweet biscuit.

Lunch: White bread sandwich with syrup or something sweet.

Supper: Pasta, potato or white rice dish and a sweet dessert.

That's a recipe for obesity, insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease.

Hummus interestingly has the lowest Glycemic Index on the chart (GI=6). That's because it's a carbohydrate combined with vegetable protein (from the chickpeas), and added fat from olive oil and tahini.


What's so special about PARSLEY? Scroll down ... CHIROPRACTIC HELP WHIPLASH and THE JOINTS OF LUSCHKA ...parsley.

Baba Ghanoush

This is a favourite Mediterranean dish combining the cholesterol lowering properties of eggplant, the blood pressure lowering properties of sesame, the anti inflammatory properties of olive oil, and parsley, a great source of vitamin K (bruise easily?) and the vitamins and minerals need to keep your toxic homocysteine levels in check.

Make it in ten mins. Heavenly Baba Ghanoush ...

Homemade bread

Bread gets bad press for a number of reasons; it's loaded with salt and chemicals. Some folk are allergic to gluten. It has a high glycemic index which means it's fattening and is complete banned if your are banting. It gives others quite serious indigestion.

There is an alternative; using a bread machine it takes less than five minutes, plus five hours, of course.

Then you can add the right amount of salt, avoid the chemicals and, by adding some fat in the way of olive oil or butter and hummus, you can turn it into a low GI bread loaf. Make it your own specialty; add honey, or olives and rosemary...

Cream and butter

Both have been considered bad boys until recently when a meta analysis of 80 of the main trials covering the butter / margarine controversy concluded that there is not a shred of evidence that changing to a diet low in animal fat reduced heart disease. Butter is back is the buzzword.

Add to that the hugely popular, but controversial swing to the Banting diet to lose weight, and you have real confusion in the ranks. Are dips made with cream cheese actually fine, or are they strictly to be avoided.

To my mind, it's all about whatever else you are eating; follow the orthodox Banting diet, very high in red meat and animal fat and you'll be in serious trouble, despite the weight loss and better blood glucose control. More cancer instead. Eat plenty of your organic greens and yellows, and legumes and you're probably fine.

Therein lies the problem with conventional banting; legumes like chickpeas and carbohydrates like butternut, despite their low glycemic index, are completely banned; in my humble opinion it's extremely dangerous to cut the carotenes out of the diet. 

So, follow our modified Banting diet, making sure that it's rich in greens too, and you can have your dips made with cream cheese on low GI bread and eat it!

Chiropractic Help

Why all this on a chiropractic website? Well, firstly I've lost so many patients over the years who have insisted on enjoying the B&W diet, meat and potatoes, that I've been forced to look a the bigger picture of health.

And secondly, enjoying a low inflammatory diet makes patients respond so much better to chiropractic treatment. That means keeping off the polyunsaturate oils and making sure you have this anti inflammatory omega 3 regularly in the diet.


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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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