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Clean It Up! Eating Clean.

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As we roll into summer leaving spring behind us, we should be thinking about more than just cleaning out our closets. We should consider cleaning up our diets and cleaning out our bodies. The first place to begin is by eating clean! What is clean eating? Clean eating is a diet program based on the idea that the best way to eat is to abundantly enjoy whole foods, that is, foods as close to their natural state as you can get them. This means eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins instead of pre-packaged, processed or fast food. Clean eating is also committed to replacing saturated fats with healthy fats. Many on the plan don't count calories, but instead trust in good quality, healthy food. Here is what you need to do…

Step 1: Read the labels Go through your cupboards and refrigerator and clean out any products that have more than 3-6 ingredients and be sure you recognize each ingredient.  No mystery ingredients such as “spices.”

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Walking To a Healthier Life

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Some employees at The Center for Physical Rehabilitation as well as employees from some surrounding school districts are in a competition to walk 10,000 steps a day.  This fun, but productive competition is used to entice people to become more active, thus invoking an overall healthier lifestyle. Participants wear pedometers to track how many steps they take, with a goal of reaching 10,000 steps a day.   In the packet given to the participants, there are a few ideas that help achieve the 10,000 step goal.  These simple, yet efficient ideas include parking further away from a store or workplace, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and taking breaks to go get a drink during a job with generally little movement.  These changes seem minuet, but all of these extra steps begin to add up.  This packet also includes the addition of a daily exercise regimen such as walking or jogging. 

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Resolve To Eat Well

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Did you make a new year's resolution for 2013 and have already failed at following through? The oh-so-common and lofty goals of getting into shape, eating healthy, scheduling a regular date night with your spouse or loved one, quit smoking, quit drinking, get out of debt, learn something new, a daily quite time, get organized, etc. Well, I'm certainly not here to berate you for failing at something that was simply much too broad of a resolution to begin, or for attempting an ambitious human feat without some helpful tools and resources.  To beat you up with the proverbial “wooden spoon” is not what this is about.  On the contrary, I hope this is simply an encouragement to you to persevere! Carry on! Or better yet, START...today! Today is a new day and brings with it a new way to start afresh. Commit to today and see how you fair.

Now, I can only offer you expert advice on a very small and narrow array of potential “resolutions” one might have and today I am actually stepping out of what this expertise may include.  So stick with me and perhaps we can take this step towards smarter/healthier eating, together.

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Did That Sound Come From Me?

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Was that your hip that just popped? It sounded painful, did it hurt?  Welcome to the world of our body making noises.  The body is a wonderfully created and sometimes annoying thing.  It has the power to lift enormous weight, run at incredible speed, and move with grace.  As stress is placed on our joints, we adapt or compensate to continue doing what we must.  As we place force on our joints or use our body incorrectly, we can hear noises come from, near or around our joints.  The most commonly noticed joints are
the knuckles, hips, knees, ankles, and spine. 

Everyone pays attention more to a body part after it has been injured or is not feeling right.  Once you twist your ankle, every time you step and feel a pop or hear a noise, you notice it. One wonders, is this normal or is something wrong that I should get checked out?  I am asked this common question as I talk to patients on their first day of physical therapy: “My (blank) pops/cracks/makes noise, is this okay?  I follow up with a few questions of my own: “does it hurt when you perform a specific motion? Did you notice the noise before you were injured? After this happens is your function affected?”  Part of the physical therapy evaluation is figuring out the problems presented by the patient, laying out a treatment plan, answering patient concerns, and most importantly, educating the patient on the condition and physical therapy expectations. 

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