CornerStone PT & Wellness Center - November 2019



77 Brant Avenue, Suite 101, Clark, NJ 07066 • • 732.499.4540

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VIP Referral Patient of the Month!


When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, I’m a trained professional. For the past 27 years or so, my family has been eating not one, but two feasts every turkey day. How do we do it? By pacing ourselves and not taking as big a portion as we might want. Why do we do it? Well, family, of course! This dual Thanksgiving tradition stemmed from our solving that age-old couple’s question: “Whose family do we spend the holidays with?” Rather than choose, we decided, why not both! My mom makes Thanksgiving dinner early, meaning we can eat right around 1 p.m. most years. Then it’s off to my mother-in-law’s house for an evening feast. Our kids are still fine-tuning their ability to juggle these two big meals. They may be athletes with teenage metabolisms, but there’s only so much turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes they can fit into their bodies at one time. I tell them to pace themselves, but every year, their first plates are still stacked as high as they can get them. Oh well, more dessert for me at the end of the evening. Of course, I don’t blame the kids for their lack of restraint. Both their grandmothers are excellent cooks, especially when it comes to stuffing. Each has her own recipe, but they both come out deliciously. I enjoy the different styles, too. It makes both meals feel unique. As much as I like Thanksgiving fixings, two straight rounds of the exact same food would make things a little bland. Thankfully, both our moms have signature styles.

we head out to Pennsylvania to do the whole thing over again with my aunt and uncle! Now, at this particular meal, we don’t do turkey — everyone is tired of the bird by this point. Thankfully, my uncle makes amazing prime rib, and that’s something I’ll always have room for. While the staggering amount of food we go through over the holiday weekend can seem intimidating, it’s more than worth it. After all, the meals are just an excuse for what Thanksgiving is really about: getting together and spending time with loved ones. Taking that time to really visit with people we don’t get to see every day and bonding at the dinner table are what makes this time of year so important. If it means packing on a few extra pounds, so be it! The last Thanksgiving tradition I look forward to is the Friday after. Despite still being in a food coma, I pull myself into the clinic and get to work. While it may take some extra effort to get out of bed, that day ends up being one of my favorites to be at the office. I get to catch up with patients about their own Thanksgiving feasts, hear how their relatives are doing, and swap recipes. It feels like an extension of the holiday I get to enjoy right here at the clinic. I look forward to hearing how your holiday went! From our family to yours, may you have a very happy Thanksgiving!

The best compliment we can receive is to have one of our patients refer a friend or family member to our practice. If you refer someone and we are able to take them as a patient, both you and the person who was referred will be entered to Win a $25 gift card! It’s just our way of saying

Thank You!

–David DeLaFuente

Now, you might think after such a marathon of eating, we’d be done with feasts for a week. But that weekend,

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