www.GilbertPT.com January 2019
The Gilbert Gazette THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY PERSPECTIVE Have You Read ‘The Alchemist’?
We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling, and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.
way to deal with adversity while still keeping your ultimate goals in mind, plans have a way of working themselves out. If you put yourself out there, the force of life will always work to guide you toward your goals — even if it doesn’t happen in the exact way you imagined. Just as the book says, “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” The positive approach to life that “The Alchemist” passes on to readers is one that I want my kids to keep in mind as they grow up. My daughter and I just finished reading it together in November, and my son and I are working through it now. Though the book deals with mature life concepts, the fictional magic of Santiago’s journey maintains my kids’ attention. When we finish a chapter, we stop and talk about how the young shepherd boys’ experiences relate to our own lives. They’ve both seemed to really enjoy it so far. Maybe they will join me next year on a second or even third reading! If you are looking for a great book to get you in a motivational, grounded, excited, and confident mindset for the new year, I highly recommend, “The Alchemist.” It’s a short read, but it is filled with mystical experiences that will resonate with readers of all kinds.
Reading books can have an extraordinary impact on your perspective, regardless of their subject matter. For example, you have books such as “Auto Repair for Dummies,” which teaches you the art of amateur machinery, and “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” an out-of-this-world adventure through time and space. Then you also have books like “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which awakened people to the prejudice and racism present in the American South. No matter the topic being explored, books allow readers to perceive the world in new ways. Because January has been dubbed National Book Month, I wanted to spend some of this edition talking about a specific book that has had a considerable impact on me throughout the years: “The Alchemist.” The book, penned by Paulo Coehlo in 1988, was originally recommended to me by a colleague several years ago. Now I read it at least four times every year! The book tells the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. But his quest leads him to discover other kinds of riches — ones that differ from his expectation but are far more satisfying in the long run. Santiago’s journey teaches readers
about the essential wisdom of listening to one’s own heart and the interconnectedness of humanity and the world. Reading “The Alchemist” works to keep readers grounded and teaches them the value of trusting themselves. For me — and for many other people, I imagine — plans rarely play out in the way I initially hope they do. You can take all the proper precautions and perfectly plan out your time, but life just gets in the way sometimes. None of us really know what the next year, month, or even week might bring. But if you can find a
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Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier Than Ever
Do your kids get enough nutrients in their diet? If they’re like most kids, the answer is probably no. You want your children to eat more vegetables and less processed junk, but they certainly don’t make it easy. Even getting the average kid to chow down on a serving of broccoli can be a huge chore. In fact, food manufacturers have built an entire industry that takes advantage of our kids’penchant for sugary cereal and fast food. However, a diet of highly processed foods can lead to a host of problems. Not only do these poor dietary habits carry over into adulthood, but a poor diet can hinder brain development and may even cause behavioral issues. A study in the American Journal of Public Health found links between poor diet and the development of depression in kids and teens. But how can you encourage your kids to eat healthier? Often, it comes down to presentation. A mound of plain old veggies is not appetizing —not to a 10-year-old and not to a 40-year-old. Instead of presenting vegetables as a boring side dish, think of them as an ingredient. Take lasagna, for instance. This tasty, familiar dish is easy to modify. Instead of using lasagna noodles, use zucchini. Simply slice the zucchini into thin, noodle-like strips, then layer them as you would
typical noodles. The same can be done with other pasta dishes, such as spaghetti. Zucchini noodles —or“zoodles”— are delicious in marinara sauce and decadent in Alfredo. If push comes to shove, you can easily hide vegetables in foods your children already know and love. Did you know you can make brownies with avocado and black beans? Slipping in a few healthier ingredients here and there can deliver those nutrients in a pinch, especially during an especially chaotic school week. But, if you’re hoping to foster long-lasting healthy habits, the best thing you can do is offer your child a choice. Say something like“You can have the cauliflower, or you can have the broccoli. It’s up to you!”Let your child have that control. Psychologists and social scientists, including the famed Dr. Maria Montessori, argue that when kids feel in charge of a decision, they are more likely to embrace one of the options — even if it’s a vegetable. Ultimately, as a parent, you are in charge of your child’s diet. Help them explore new foods and foster a positive culinary environment. Your kids will develop a taste for healthy eating in no time!
Patient Testimonial Don’t Just Take Our Word for It
“Prior to my experience at Gilbert Physical Therapy, I was sadly limited to the very basics of existence. I rarely slept at night, and when I woke up, bathing or showering was quite cumbersome. Furthermore, my social life was virtually nonexistent because I couldn’t walk, sit, or stand for even a short period of time without experiencing
incredible pain. I’m not exaggerating; I had no social life
whatsoever. The pain caused me to give up friends and family and resort to a life filled with self-involved loneliness, grasping at straws to try to find a cure. I tried everything — from chiropractic treatments, acupuncture, and homeopathic remedies to epidurals, cortisone injections, and pain-management patches. After dedicating 15 years of my life to trying all these treatments, giving up started to seem like the only option.” “Then my primary care physician recommended Gilbert Physical Therapy to me. I’ll admit that at first, I was not very optimistic. Nothing had worked in the past, so I doubted that Dr. Gilbert and his team could offer me anything I hadn’t already tried. But much to my amazement, they offered me the most successful treatment I have ever had. Dr. Gilbert’s approach is unique, and more importantly, it’s successful! Throughout the duration of my treatments, my ability to do more activities on my own was staggering, and my overall success is ongoing. I find that I am able to do more with less pain every single day. There is no plateau!”
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Come Check Out Our FREE Neck PainWorkshop
JAN. 12 FROM 10–11 A.M.
Let’s face it: Most humans spend the vast majority of their days sitting. You do it while eating meals, navigating the nasty commute to work, responding to hundreds of emails, and binge-watching episodes of your favorite show on Netflix. So by the time you sprawl out on your bed to catch those precious eight hours of rest that your body desperately needs, many of you will have spent approximately 13 hours sitting in a single day. Interestingly, according to a survey commissioned by Ergotron, a company devoted to helping workers increase their overall mobility, 86 percent of American employees have to sit while working. Of that sitting population, 70 percent absolutely hate it. Some of this disdain may stem from the physical toll that this sedentary position takes on the body. The medical community recently coined the term “sitting disease” to discuss some of the possible negative side effects linked to sitting for prolonged periods of time, such as diabetes, certain types of cancer, and cardiovascular disease. This tendency to spend more time sitting increases as the weather grows colder during these winter months. It’s harder to get outside and stretch your legs when the temperatures make your teeth chatter.
For many of our patients here at Gilbert Physical Therapy, the increase in sitting hours during the winter combined with the lack of full-body stretching leads to severe neck pain. If you are experiencing new pains in your
neck or upper back area, or if you notice that the cold weather is causing an existing injury to flare up, call our office to register for our brand- new workshop. It’ll help treat the pain, teach you techniques to assist with your range of motion, and offer more information about helpful therapeutic exercises. What: Gilbert Physical Therapy’s All-New Neck Pain Workshop When: Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10–11 a.m. Where: Our office, 5103 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA Cost: FREE!
Spaces fill up quickly, so call our office at 717-591-0955 to register for the workshop today!
PEANUT BUTTER AND BERRY FRENCH TOAST
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8 slices brioche, 1/2-inch thick 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups cornflakes 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 cups mixed berries
2 large eggs
1/8 cup heavy cream
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2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Powdered sugar, to sprinkle Maple syrup, for serving
1. On a large baking sheet lined with wax paper, place 4 slices of brioche and spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each. Cover with remaining slices, creating sandwiches. 2. In a pie plate, beat eggs with cream and vanilla. In another, coarsely crush the cornflakes. 3. Lightly soak sandwiches in the egg mixture, then dredge in cornflakes, pressing to adhere. Return to baking sheet. 4. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Once melted and up to temperature, add sandwiches, cooking on one side until golden and crisp, about 2–3 minutes. 5. Return sandwiches to baking sheet, add remaining butter, and repeat on other side. 6. Top sandwiches with berries, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve with maple syrup. Inspired by Delish
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Which Book Is Your Favorite?
Trick Your Kids Into Healthy Eating Patient Testimonial
Check Out Our FREE Neck Pain Workshop Peanut Butter and Berry French Toast
The Best Skiing Destinations in the World
Who’s Ready for Some Powder? 3 of the World’s Greatest Winter Sport Destinations
The sound of the first carve through fresh powder is the anthem of all winter sports enthusiasts. Here are three of the world’s best places to experience that powder you’ve been craving all year. Breckenridge, Colorado John Denver’s anthem“Rocky Mountain high,” is about the freedom he felt here. Where there are great mountains, there’s even better snow. The ski resort boasts five peaks, 187 trails, 34 lifts, four terrain parks, and a renowned cross-country trail. After a day on the slopes, head into the town of Breckenridge for dining and activities that ditch the glitz and glamour of Vail or Aspen and take you straight to the heart of fun. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada A destination that looks like a cross between a Nordic paradise and Olympic-level runs, Whistler is filled with true magic, winter activities, and a town that captivates the senses. When you see the mountains of British Columbia, you’ll understand why they hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. The location’s beauty is only part of your stimulating experience, because every curve of fresh powder makes your pupils dilate. Once you’re done flying down the hill where Bode Miller took the bronze, head over to the winter wonderland of the old Olympic Village for a cozy night in a picturesque town.
St. Anton, Austria If you want a great location for next year’s Christmas card photo, there’s no better place than the Tyrolean Alps. Nestled in a valley between perfectly molded mountains, the Austrian landscape provides a beautiful backdrop for your winter excursions. The densely wooded areas and the bright reflection of the snow frame the vibrant town that’s just waiting to be explored. When you’re ready for world- class runs, hop in one of the 11 gondolas and zip down the hills that hosted the 2001 Alpine World Ski Championships.
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