Gilbert PT - January 2019

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!”

–RANDALL F.

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