The Value Of You! (Continued)
WITH THE NEW year well underway, it’s always good to look into our lives and determine what we are valuing; get some good reality on the theme of our decisions and see what they are saying. What conclusions can you draw? This question can take us into some deep introspection for sometimes we recognize some hard facts that are not positive about where we put our time and energy (money). Reprioritizing what one values would hopefully put one’s body in the position where it is getting the attention it deserves. If you do not want it to let you down, then start by listening to it and give it the attention it needs to feel whole again. IT IS INTERESTING to realize that the annual healthcare exam most people get puts very little attention on themusculoskeletal systemunless the patient voices a problem. Prevention is not on the radar, and the conclusion is that if it is not hurting then it is performing well. We do not take that approach with the heart. We do not assume if not having any chest pain or palpitations, arrhythmias all is in order. We have blood tests, stress tests, echocardiograms and on and on to identify a problem before it occurs. Prevention is the goal in this area of health. THE TRUE REALITY of the big healthcare picture is that our musculoskeletal system is actually the foundation for our overall health. Whenwe canmove, be active, exercise and do the things we enjoymany other conditions are handled as well. Themusculoskeletal system is actually the foundation for overall good health. Vascular, cardiac, hormonal, weight gain, depression, high triglycerides, cholesterol, diabetes, etc. (huge bulk of America’s health issues) are improved with exercise and doing the physical things one enjoys. Maintaining an efficient and balanced musculoskeletal system does not occur by random exercise or
accident and certainly not by neglect. One needs a personal exercise strategy which targets your weak links and helps to keep themworking efficiently over time. Knowledge is truly power when it comes to our health. I CAN ONLY encourage you to put the proper amount of value on your body. If you have been neglecting it then it may require more time and expense, but it is truly an investment toward a more enjoyable life, one that is more in your control. IN THE FUTURE, the physical therapist will be a much bigger player in the perpetuation of health because the research data is going to validate that overall health starts with good musculoskeletal health. This plays out as less medication, surgeries, lost work hours, and other reducible expenses. The health crisis in this country ($3.5 trillion spent annually and counting) will eventually demand to find a more sustainable way to help people. We need to think less about health care and more about health creating. PT is a health creating profession. I wrote an article last March on the Hidden Costs of Pain, it’s on our website. Check it out, it can help one see the big picture. Unfortunately, our patient at the beginning of this article will have to learn the hard way. The school of hard knocks is always enrolling.
Health and Happiness,
Vincent Hanneken, PT
Low Carb Recipe
G A R L I C B U T T E R ME AT B A L L S W I T H Z U C C H I N I PA S TA
INGREDIENTS • 1/2 lb ground turkey meat • 1/2 lb ground pork meat (optional) • 1/2 cup shredded cheese • 1 crumbled bouillon cube (optional) • 1 tbsp hot sauce • 1 cup fresh chopped cilantro, divided • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
• 4 cloves garlic, grated + 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1/2 tsp red crushed chili pepper flakes (optional) • 3 tbsp butter • 4 medium zucchini, spiralized • lemon juice
DIRECTIONS For turkey meatballs: Combine ground turkey and ground pork, cheese, grated garlic, Italian seasoning, bouillon cube, red chili pepper flakes, chopped cilantro and black pepper in a bowl. Mix well with your hands or fork to form medium balls. Arrange the turkey meatballs on a plate and set aside. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the turkey meatballs for 8-10 min on all sides until cooked through. While cooking, baste the meatballs with the mix of butter and juices. Remove to a clean plate and set aside. For zucchini noodles: In the same skillet, melt remaining 1 tbsp of butter; then add lemon juice, hot sauce, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. Add zucchini noodles and cook for 3-4 min, stirring regularly, until zucchini is done but still crisp and juices have reduced a bit. Garnish with more cilantro or parsley. Push zucchini on one side of the skillet and add the turkey meatballs back to the pan and reheat for about a minute. Serve the garlic butter turkey meatballs with lemon zucchini noodles immediately with a lemon slice on the side.
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