Low Cost Virtual Visits!

We have been made aware of a trend of people in our community that require maintenance medical care, or have acute illnesses, but have been avoiding getting care because (understandably) they do not want the risk of exposing themselves to Coronavirus while going to a doctor’s office.

Even worse, many physician practices themselves have closed as well leaving their patients without access.

In light of this, our practice has implemented low cost virtual visits (like video FaceTime or Skype calls) to anyone who is in need of medical care without the need for them to leave their home and risking themselves to an infection. We are reducing the cost from the usual $150 for a new patient visit, to just $75 for anyone without health insurance or with a high deductible plan. For those of you with Medicare, Medicaid, or commercial insurance, the cost of the virtual visits are the same as your usual primary care visit copay.

Please feel free to share this with anyone in your community who you know may be in need. We are here to help out anyone during this crisis.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake for the Holiday!

Ingredients:
Crust:
1 ½ cups finely ground pecans (we just used our blender to grind up chopped pecans until fine)
¼ cup Swerve granulated sweetener
6 tbsp butter (melted)

FILLING
13 ounces Cream Cheese
2 large eggs
9.5 tbsp 100% pumpkin puree
5 tbsp sour cream
9 tbsp erythritol
5 tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Instructions
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
Crust: Combine crust ingredients (finely ground pecans, sweetener, and butter), and spread/press into 9 inch springform pan, going slightly up the sides. Place springform pan on top of a cookie sheet, the cake will leak some clear liquid during baking so don’t skip this step. Set cookie sheet aside.

FILLING
Bring cream cheese to room temperature.
Using a hand mixer begin to slowly mix the cream cheese while slowly adding the each of the ingredients.
Mix until all lumps are smoothed out and filling is creamy and consistent.
Pour filling into crust mold and bake in a 300 degree oven for 70 minutes. Make sure it is fully cooked through using a toothpick.
Let cool and chill in the fridge prior to serving. Enjoy!

Blue Light and Sleep

 

Having trouble falling asleep? You may be blocking your brain’s ability to fall asleep by stimulating it with the wrong kind of light before bed! For example, your TV and smartphone emit wavelengths of light that are strong in the blue spectrum. Blue light has the powerful ability to signal to your brain that it is daytime. This is fine during the day, but stimulating your brain at night with too much blue light has been shown to delay the onset of sleep.

Ideally, turning off all screens at least 30 minutes before bed will help you fall asleep easier. The next best solution would be to wear some glasses that block out the blue spectrum of light! There are many different brands of “blue-blocking” glasses on the market, but something that is cheap and has an amber tint will do the job perfectly. I (Nezar) personally use ‘DEWALT DW01714 Laser Enhancement Glasses, Red’. They aren’t marketed as “blue-blocking” glasses, but they do the job very well for an affordable price. We do not endorse this product or receive any compensation for this recommendation, but you can purchase these glasses on Amazon.

To read more about light and circadian rhythms, check out this article on PubMed.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=systematic+review+of+light+exposure+impact+on+human+circadian+rhythm&fbclid=IwAR3VxT147z7ZnSjdnl3tGp_-w0Ults6U72qa1st0-tKzOG5B5jcTsNN31f0

Guilt free pizza!

Yes, you CAN eat pizza while living a ketogenic or low-carb lifestyle!
You can make a quick, easy, low-carb crust out of “Fathead” dough. This recipe of deliciously cheesy crust includes only about 2 net carbs per slice! I now prefer this pizza over non-keto pizza!
The following recipe makes a small pizza for one hungry person or two snackers. So I double the recipe if it is the main dish for two people. You can make an even bigger batch at once and store some in the freezer for later, too.
This recipe is highly customizable! I like to top my pizza with spinach and pepperoni, but you can add anything you want and mix it up. You can also vary the crust thickness depending on your preferences.
Ingredients:
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3 Tbsp. cream cheese
1 egg
¾ cup almond flour (or ½ cup coconut flour for a slightly sweeter crust)
1 tsp. Italian seasoning or dried oregano (optional)
⅓ cup low-carb marinara sauce
Toppings of your choosing
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. In a bowl, microwave cream cheese and two cups of mozzarella for about 45 seconds. Stir and microwave again until cheese is melting, about another 30 seconds.
3. Stir in flour, egg, and seasoning until well combined (you may need to use a larger mixing bowl). Knead the dough with oiled hands for 1-2 minutes.
4. Place dough on a large sheet of parchment paper, with another sheet on top. Use a rolling pin (or your hands) to spread the dough out into a circle about ¼ inch thick.
5. Remove the top piece of parchment paper and transfer dough and bottom piece onto a pizza pan or baking sheet. Poke dough with a fork to prevent bubbles if you wish.
6. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until crust is golden. For a crispier, sturdier crust, carefully flip the crust over and bake another 3 minutes (optional).
7. Remove pan from oven and spread marinara sauce over the whole pizza, leaving as much crust around the edges as you want.
8. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of mozzarella on top of pizza evenly. Arrange pepperoni or other toppings as desired.
9. Bake pizza another 5-8 minutes until cheese has melted and crust has reached desired crispness. Let cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

 

We are now open!

Our office is now officially open at our Fannin location!

We will see patients in office on M-T-Th from 8am-5pm

Virtual Visits are available M-Th from 8am-5pm

We Are Members of Privia Medical Group

As of November, 12th, 2019 we are proud members of Privia Medical Group!