Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics - April 2020

The Other Half of the Battle

Be Honest About Negative Thoughts While positive thinking is certainly an important part of getting through any challenging situation, doing so without first acknowledging that you may feel frustrated, sad, or bitter will only suppress those feelings. Talking to your support network about negative thoughts or emotions you’re experiencing is an essential part of the healing process. You don’t have to pretend like everything is okay. Get Rid of an Unhelpful Habit There’s a good chance you have habits that hurt your mental and emotional well-being more than they help. For example, you might spend too much time on social media or news feeds and experience bouts of anxiety as a result. We all know which habits lead to negative thoughts or feelings, and we can all benefit from changing them. It takes 40 days to change a habit and 90 days to foster a new one, so don’t be disappointed if you can’t get rid of that harmful habit right away — just keep working at it The world can seem like a scary place right now, full of panic and uncertainty. You don’t have to pretend like everything is okay, but that doesn’t mean you have to give in to despair, either. Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics is still open at this time, and we have staff available in house or over the phone. We’ll get through this together.

While plenty of habits, procedures,

and exercises help amputees improve their

physical well-being, it's important not to forget mental and emotional health too. No one should let their mental and emotional health fall by the wayside, especially after something

as taxing as an amputation. So, as you work diligently toward better physical health with a physician or CPO, here are a few ways to help your mind.

Find Your Support Network When you’re isolated, it’s easy to become trapped in negative thoughts. No one is around to snap you out of it. That’s why it’s important to find people who understand what you’re going through and spend time with them regularly. While it might be hard to find opportunities to gather right now with many support groups canceling their in-person meetings, you can still give our office a call if you need someone to talk to.




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4 medium zucchini

Salt, to taste

3 medjool dates, pitted and softened in warm water for 5 minutes 3 1/2 tbsp creamy, unsweetened almond butter

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3 tbsp coconut aminos 3 tbsp pure sesame oil

3/4 tsp fresh ginger, grated 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 3 scallions, thinly sliced 1/4 cup chopped almonds


1. If you have a spiralizer, use it to cut zucchini into noodles. Otherwise, use a peeler. Salt zucchini. Allow zucchini to “sweat” out water for 1 hour, wrap in a paper towel, and squeeze the water out. 2. In a food processor, blend dates with almond butter and aminos until smooth. 3. Add sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and vinegar and pulse until sauce is smooth. 4. In a pan, sauté zucchini noodles until heated and slightly softened. 5. Toss zucchini noodles with prepared sauce and top with scallions and almonds.

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