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Dr. Kelly A. Chwojdak, owner of Safe Harbor Chiropractic in Hamburg, uses a different method than most chiropractors when it comes to treating her patients: Korean Specific Technique, which uses ArthroStim, a hand-held correcting device, instead of the more familiar twisting and turning of body parts.

But when it comes to balanced eating, “Dr. Kelly,” as she liked to be called, preaches – and practices – in a similar way as her professional peers.

Q. What are the staples of your balanced diet?

A. One of the things I take out of my diet, or keep on a very limited basis, are grains. A lot of the grains now are genetically modified, not a whole lot nutrient dense in value. I focus more on whole foods such as the fruits and the vegetables, protein – meat, fish, dairy.

Q. What are your favorite whole foods?

A. Dark green, leafy vegetables. Love my salads. For dressings, I use olive oil strictly from Prima Oliva. They’re in Hamburg. They come straight from Italy and they’re cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. They’re all infused, as well.

Q. Anything within the salad that you really enjoy?

A. I’ll throw in cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms. I balance it out with either crumbled blue cheese, feta cheese, kalamata olives and maybe some crushed walnuts.

Q. When you have aches and pains, do you add anything to your diet to address them?

A. I really don’t because of the diet that I do maintain. But if I do have something, or an injury, I’m not going to allow myself to have anything that has wheat or flour in it or anything that is inflammatory. All the foods that I choose are anti-inflammatory, so the things I’d choose would be cayenne pepper, boswellia [an Indian spice], watermelon, parsley for a diuretic.

Q. Food you can’t resist?

A. I’ve been eating this way for close to 15 years, so I’ve conditioned myself to the point where I know how food affects me, so I choose a food based on how I want to feel, not on how it tastes. You know, most people are eating sweets because they know it would taste so good, but I look at it as I don’t want to feel awful after I eat it and suffer those health consequences. I’d rather eat food that’s going to be invigorating and give me my vibrant health and my energy, keep me alert and help me to eat well and function well.

Q. What are some of the foods you eat to make you feel good?

A. For example, for my breakfast [today], I took a quarter-cup of pecans, a quarter-cup of almonds, some Saigon cinnamon, put ‘em in the Bullet, ground ‘em up, take some frozen berries, a little bit of vanilla, a little bit of milk and put them together after the berries were all warmed up and that was my cereal. It was a well-balanced protein, fat, low-carb-meal.

– Scott Scanlon