The Physical Therapy Doctor - December 2018

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HOW TO INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH LESS SUGAR

Cookies, cakes, and pies, oh my! The holiday season is brimming with sweet treats of all kinds. Sometimes it can feel like candy and sugary desserts are around every corner, and yet you still want to indulge. However, when you consider that over 50 percent of Americans are insulin- resistant, prediabetic, or diabetic, that piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream starts to look more dangerous than appetizing. During the holidays, how can you satisfy your sweet tooth without worrying about consuming excessive sugar and calories? Skip the candy and go for the fruits and nuts. Keeping a bowl of fruit and nuts nearby can help keep sugar cravings at bay. Dried fruits, such as cranberries, pineapple, or apricots, are both sweet and nutritious. Just be sure to check the packaging for added sugars. You can even make your own dried fruit with a food dehydrator. This way, you are completely in control of the ingredients. No matter what you do, just be mindful not to overindulge. Dried fruit is high in sugar and calories, but the fiber and vitamins make fruit much healthier than just about any other sugary treat. Another way to cut down on your sugar intake is to use dark chocolate in all your chocolate-based treats. Dark chocolate has about half as much sugar as milk chocolate, twice as much healthy fat, less cholesterol, 4–5 times

more iron, twice as much potassium, fewer carbs, and more flavonoids and theobromine. The antioxidant properties of the theobromine and flavonoids make dark chocolate as good for your heart as it is for your soul. If you have a recipe that calls for chocolate, reach for the dark stuff, whether it’s dark chocolate chips, cocoa powder, or baking chocolate. While it may seem as though everyone and their grandma is overindulging in sugar this season, know that you have the choice to opt for healthier sweets. And come New Year’s, you won’t have to spend the first few months of 2019 working off that extra cookie weight.

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“I could not do a number of things including walking, exercising, bending, turning in bed, or just enjoy life! Michael and the staff educated me on how to strengthen and support my body. They were great at guiding and motivating me. Michael was empathetic regarding my pain, and in a few months, he had me at full activity again. I am at 90 percent, and I am grateful!” – ELISE W.

“Thanks for everyone’s kindness at The Physical Therapy Doctor and a special thanks to Josh for the personalized care in seeing me through my pain and lack of mobility after my left knee replacement surgery.” “My knee feels great, and I’m back on the golf course walking and swinging the golf clubs with no pain. I will miss physical therapy and the warm and supportive environment you have created here with such an outstanding staff.”

“Thank you again Josh and staff for your kindness.”

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