Reflections: September-October 2022

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HEALTHY HARVEST RECIPES, HOSTING TIPS, AND WELLNESS IDEAS FOR THE SEASON

GOING NUTS MADELINE HAYDON TALKS ABOUT HER WILDLY SUCCESSFUL BRAND, NUTPODS

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C O N T E N T S COMMUNITY & CLUB MIND & BODY PEOPLE & PLACES

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A DIFFE R E NT KIN D OF DE ADLIF T

How to use the hex bar, the most overlooked piece of equipment.

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H E ALTHY, H E ART Y HARVE ST R ECIPE S

Four recipes to leverage fall flavors.

FACIAL R ECOG NITION

Unlock the ancient secrets behind facial massage.

34 KICKSTARTING AN AC TIVE LIFE ST YLE

Getting kids into fitness can be challenging. Here’s some tips and tricks. 40 GOING N UTS , FOR N UTP ODS

Madeline Haydon shares the story behind one of the largest plant-based coffee creamers in the world. 48 ITALIAN IM M E RSION

Eat, move, travel and stay well with one of our expert Pilates instructors.

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RE FLEC TIONS MAGAZINE VOLUME 36 ISSUE 7

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For this issue, I had the privilege of talking with Madeline Haydon, a Bellevue Club member, the founder of nutpods, and mother of two young girls. As the CEO of one of the largest non-dairy coffee creamers in the world, I asked her if her daughters recognized her accomplishments.

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Her answer was beautiful, and you can read the complete response on page 44. But in short, she said she believes the true value of what she accomplished as a woman of color during the time of a global pandemic will have a much greater impact on them in the future than it does now. That she’s setting an example now for their future selves.

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That got me thinking about all the important things we do daily for our future selves and those around us. Whether it’s working out, meditating, or eating well, the end goal is to wake up stronger, faster, more balanced, healthier tomorrow and the years ahead. In this spirit, we also included a guide to getting kids active on page 34 as well as healthy, hearty family recipes on page 22. No matter what it looks like for you, I hope you enjoy all the little ways you can invest in the days ahead. Be well, Lauren Hunsberger, Editor

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N E W S F E E D 18TH ANNUAL M X D CHAMPIONSHIPS This summer, about 200 players from the Bellevue Club competed in the tournament. Proceeds from the event and auction went to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Pictured left to right: Mixed 8.0 finalists, mixed 7.0 finalists, mixed 6.0 finalists, mixed open finalists

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BIKES, WINE AND BITES M A R K R YA N K N O W S T W O T H I N G S : WINE AND BIKES.

Mark Ryan McNeilly founded Mark Ryan Winery in 1999 with the simple and lofty goal of making the best wine in Washington State. Largely self-taught, Mark honed the craft of winemaking through rigorous study and the advice of the area’s most experienced producers. “I’m a curious person. I wanted to know how wine was made.” Mark is also a huge fan of vintage motorcycles, and with his BTR line he incorporates his passion for bikes and wine at the same time! 2008 was the first vintage of the Vincent Red. Since then, the line has grown to include the Vincent White, BTR GSM, BTR Cabernet, BTR Malbec, and BTR Reserve. All the BTR wines are great for any occasion.

The Bellevue Club is partnering with Mark Ryan Winery and South Sound BMW for a five-course, wine-paired dinner that celebrates both. Join us for an evening with a menu designed by our executive chef accompanied by some of the best wines and bikes in town.

M A R K R YA N BIKE NIGHT WINE DINNER Friday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. | $75++ per person To reserve a seat, visit members.bellevueclub.com. For more information about Mark Ryan Winery, please visit markryanwinery.com. Bring the Kids That evening, we will host a Kids Take Over event, so parents can let their little ones play while they sip and nosh the night away.

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The holidays are the perfect season and reason to celebrate the ones you love and work with. Planning a holiday party—from Halloween to New Year’s Eve—can be seamless with these five pro tips from our event expert, Emily Pendergrass.

Coordinate your date with key guests. Decide far in advance what date you want to host your event. Fall and winter seasons are incredibly busy, and calendars fill up. Check what date works best for your most important guests, make a decision and stick with it. This will also help to determine what size of a venue you need. Pro tip: The Bellevue Club offers event spaces for eight to 200 guests.

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Pro tip: We offer custom menus year-round but also a Holiday Menu that is released in September.

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$20 | ages 1-16; kids younger & adults are complimentary For more information or to reserve a spot, visit members.bellevueclub.com.

Set the details. Your tables set the tone. Try switching up the seating arrangements and use tall and short cocktail tables for a heavy appetizer event. Guests love the flexibility of trying different items and not being tied to a table. Pro tip: We have complimentary bud vases for the tables at your event, and they add a fresh touch to the environment.

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Decide on a theme. Themes are fun and can make parties feel more cohesive. Guests get to dress up, and you can sync food and drinks menus. For example, instead of 12 Days of Christmas, try 12 Tastes of Christmas. Incorporate 12 different items that make a memorable holiday meal!

Get engaging entertainment. Having entertainment at your event is highly recommended. Whether it’s live music or a fun Halloween game for your guests to play, it can lead to fun memories and bring joy to your guests beyond just dinner! Pro tip: We can set up a small stage and dance floor in certain areas.

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Make a toast and thank everyone. The holiday season is the busiest time of the year, and the biggest gift you can give someone is your time. Honor your guests and thank them for coming! Choose a glass of champagne or a specialty cocktail! Pro tip: We can help brainstorm a signature cocktail for your event.

Please reach out to our catering team at catering@bellevueclub.com to assist with your holiday party needs. Book your event with us in 2022, and we will offer complimentary sparkling wine for your guests.

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF DEAD LIFT: HOW TO U S E T H E H E X B A R SOMETIMES IT’S CALLED A TRAP BAR, SOMETIMES A HEX BAR— REGARDLESS, IT’S ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE YET OFTEN IGNORED PIECES OF EQUIPMENT IN THE GYM. TRAP BAR DEAD LIFT

There are many ways to perform a dead lift, but few compare to the hex bar method. Because of its unique design, it automatically sets you up for good form from the start. It has a wide neutral grip that encourages a hip-dominate motion that’s particularly good for spinal safety. It also distributes the weight around your body instead of directly in front or behind, like barbell exercises.

HOW TO USE IT

If it’s your first time using the trap bar, try it without plates. Set the bar on the ground with the handles up. Step inside the hexagonal shape with your feet a little wider than your hips. With a straight spine, reach down and grip the bar. Drive through the feet and stand up. Lower back down and repeat.

H E X B A R H I S TO RY The invention of the hex bar is attributed to American powerlifter Al Gerard. He discovered this way to train in the mid-1980s.

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ALTE R NATIVE E XE RCI S E S Aside from the dead lift, one very popular use for the trap bar is a farmer’s carry. To perform this exercise, step inside the trap bar and stand up. Then walk for a designated distance and return. Additionally, the “trap bar” moniker came about because you can also perform shoulder shrugs, which is known to strengthen the trapezii muscles.


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ALL ABOUT OXYGEN SAT Many watches and health-monitoring devices now offer a new stat: oxygen saturation level. But what does this measurement mean, and how can it help you train better? 16 | sept/oct 2022 reflections

OXYGEN SATURATION is the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood (SpO2 levels) at any given time. This is an important indicator of how well your lungs and circulatory system are functioning. PULSE OXIMETER is the mechanism used to measure your saturation levels.

The sensors can be very small and are often implanted within a larger device, such as a watch. They use red and infrared lights to reflect off your blood cells.

TYPICAL OXYGEN SAT LEVELS should be at 95% to 100%. During vigorous

training, levels will drop as your need for oxygen increases, but if they drop too low, it can indicate a serious problem or the need to rest.

OXYGEN SAT LEVELS ARE HELPFUL during training for a few reasons.

First, people who suffer from chronic respiratory disease but still want to exercise can use a pulse oximeter to monitor their health and make sure they aren’t putting themselves in danger. In general, lower oxygen sat levels are a good indicator that something is off in your body.

IN ADDITION, those who train in higher altitudes, like the mountains, or

participate in vigorous cardiovascular exercise can monitor how well their lungs are working. The higher your oxygen sat levels, the better you can perform and most likely recover.

IF YOUR READING IS LOW, stop exercising and take deep breaths until the

readings return to normal.

THERE ARE WAYS TO TRAIN for higher oxygen sat levels, including

breathing exercises and cardiovascular training.


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TOP SIX EXERCISES FOR BETTER

Use these off-court drills to strengthen your on-court game. Incorporate simple strength and agility exercises to make you stronger, faster and more flexible for your next match.

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The bench press is a classic compound exercise that isolates the shoulders, chest, forearms and grip, all of which can help create a killer serve and power with your strokes. As a bonus, this movement will create stability in the upper body that can prevent injury. Try three sets of 10 with a weight that’s appropriate for your fitness level.

To address the lower body, the squat is king. Like the bench press, the squat is a compound movement, but it focuses on the hips, quads, glutes and core all in one efficient motion. This will help produce more power from the legs and core for your strokes while giving you a stable base for running on the court. Try three sets of 10 with a weight that’s appropriate for your fitness level.

This is the best twisting core exercise around, which is particularly important for tennis players. Forehand, backhand and serves all rely on strong, supple, flexible core muscles and spine. But sit-ups won’t cut it. To create truly dynamic strength and stability, master the wood chop. Try three sets of 10 with a weight that’s appropriate for your fitness level.

BENEFITS: shoulder, chest, triceps, forearm and grip strength

BENEFITS: quad, hip and core strength and stability

BENEFITS: oblique, shoulder and grip strength, plus spinal flexible and stability

STRENGTH WORK

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SKATER HOPS This exercise is great practice for moving laterally from one leg to the other with ease and explosiveness. Unlike the static strength exercises, this movement engages the lower body while in motion. This pattern mimics the unpredictability of playing a live match. In addition, you get the added benefit of some light cardiovascular training. Try three sets of 30 seconds. BENEFITS: lower body speed, explosiveness, and agility

FAST FEET Fast feet, like other footwork drills, is dedicated to increasing your speed and reaction time. When playing tennis, sometimes the difference between winning or losing a point is a matter of inches. This movement will help you get to the ball quicker and react faster. Try three sets of 30 seconds. BENEFITS: increased speed and reaction time

SHOULDER ROTATION This mobility drill uses a simple PVC pipe to work on your shoulder rotation and flexibility. While you won’t use this exact motion during a match, it will keep your shoulders and wrists healthy and happy so you can play for longer and avoid injury and soreness. Try three sets of 10 rotations. BENEFITS: shoulder, wrist, and hand mobility

To sign up for tennis lessons or to book a court, please visit members.bellevueclub.com.

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HEALTHY, HEARTY HARVEST RECIPES

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As summer fades, the days darken and our shadows grow. From one of my preferred cookbooks come fall, New Native Kitchen: Celebrating Modern Recipes of the American Indian, I’m compelled to share several contemporary recipes inspired by rich Indigenous cuisine and fresh flavors. These autumn dishes represent and celebrate a thriving culture that remains a current, present, and relevant part of the Pacific Northwest. Warm, nourishing dishes like a hearty bison chili, braised chicken and decadent bread pudding are integral to maintaining wellness throughout the cooler months while offering a snapshot of just how easy and accessible Native American cooking can be.

SERVES 6 TO 8

C H OCO L ATE B I S ON C H I LI Chocolate has a long, sacred history in Indigenous recipes. In 2000, the Chickasaw Nation became the only Native American community to create its own brand of artisanal chocolate. This recipe draws on ancient tradition to create a spicy, savory, herbaceous chili with a hint of that bittersweet goodness. 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced 1 green bell pepper, seeded and small dice 3 sprigs fresh thyme 1 bay leaf 1 pound ground bison Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon coriander 2 teaspoons paprika 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes, with juice 1 can (14 ounces) kidney beans 3 cups bison or beef stock 1⁄2 pound semisweet chocolate

In a heavy stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat, add the oil, onion, garlic, bell pepper, thyme and bay leaf. Sauté until the vegetables are soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the bison, salt and pepper, then sear the meat while stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula. Cook for about 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and allow the paste to brown but do not burn. Add the cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper and diced tomatoes. Use the juice of the diced tomatoes to deglaze the bottom of the pot. Add the kidney beans and stock and bring to a boil. Note: Do not overboil or the beans will tear apart. Allow to boil for about 5 minutes, then simmer. Add the chocolate, then allow the chili to reduce to a nice stew consistency. Adjust the seasoning, if necessary, remove the thyme sprigs, and serve immediately.

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B R A I S ED CHI CK E N THIG HS W ITH SAG E & C H O K E CHE RRY S A UCE I love braised chicken thighs because they’re flavorful, easy to prepare and the perfect vehicle for this delicious sauce. Chokecherries were a staple food for Indigenous tribes, a common ingredient in recipes passed down from the Nez Perce, who cooked or dried them to offset the berry’s bitterness. Think of this dish as a new take on the familiar turkey-cranberry combination.

Place a heavy-bottomed large sauté pan over high heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs and sear on all sides until crusted. Remove the chicken and reduce heat to medium-low. Add to the pan the onion, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, sage, salt and pepper. Sauté until the onions are translucent. Add the cranberry juice and deglaze the pan. Soon as the cranberry juice is cooked off, return the chicken thighs to the pan. Add the chokecherry preserves and chicken stock. Stir to incorporate, reduce the heat to low-medium and cover the pan. Allow the chicken to braise for 30 to 35 minutes. Uncover the pan and let the liquid reduce by half. Adjust the seasoning, if necessary, remove the thyme sprigs, and serve the chicken immediately with the sauce spooned over the top.

3 tablespoons canola oil 4 chicken thighs, boneless 1 small onion, peeled and diced 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced 4 sprigs fresh thyme 1 bay leaf 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper 1 cup cranberry juice 1/4 cup chokecherry preserves 2 cups chicken stock

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P U M P K I N B RE A D 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup pumpkin purée 1/2 cup oil 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Serves 6 to 8

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Sift the flour, salt, sugar and baking soda into a mixing bowl. In another bowl, add 1/4 cup of water, the pumpkin purée, oil, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Mix well to combine. Whisk the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture. Then stir in the walnuts. Grease a standard loaf pan (8-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches) with the butter. Pour the mixture into the pan and place on a sheet pan. Transfer to the oven and bake until cooked through, 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

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P U M P K I N B RE A D P UDD ING Indigenous recipes did include lightly sweetened, spiced, and roasted squash, but pumpkin breads or pies didn’t exist in traditional Native American recipes. If you’re interested in a pumpkin dessert, try this nutty, chocolaty, decadent bread pudding as a delicious alternative to the expected holiday pie.

3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 loaf Pumpkin Bread, recipe on page 25, cut

SERVES 6 TO 8

into cubes of 1 1/2 inches 4 eggs, beaten 3/4 cups sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups whole milk 1 cup chocolate chips Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with the butter. Arrange the diced pumpkin bread evenly on the bottom and set aside. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla, until well incorporated. Set aside. In a small saucepot over medium heat, bring the milk to a heavy simmer. Once simmering, slowly whisk the hot milk into the egg mixture. Note: Whisk slowly; if you add the hot milk all at once, the eggs will curdle. Slowly pour into the greased pan, over the diced pumpkin bread. Make sure all the bread is soaked with the mixture. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top. Transfer to the refrigerator and let set for about 2 hours. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a water bath, which is used to keep baked items very moist, by filling a baking or ovenproof pan that’s larger than the 9-inch square with hot water. Slowly place the square inside the larger pan. Carefully transfer to the oven and bake until cooked through, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

Member James O. Fraioli is a James Beard Award–winning author with more than 40 published books to his credit. Have a cookbook idea or project in mind? Email him at james@culinarybookcreations.com.

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Unlock the ancient secrets behind facial massage, and give yourself a little taste of the spa. The skin on the face gets a lot of love—there’s a plethora of skin care lines and rituals that promise a more youthful glow. But did you know that just below the surface the face holds other secrets to feeling and looking your best? From pressure point massage that de-stresses the nervous system to lymphatic drainage that clears stagnant buildups in the sinuses, here are a few ways to boost your health by taking care of your face.

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PRESSURE POINTS MASSAGE

Pressure point self-massage on the face is easy, and you can do it anywhere. Because many of the points are known to encourage relaxation, try this massage while in the bath or sauna or before bed.

THE TECHNIQUE

Using one or two fingers, whichever feels comfortable to you, start by pressing on one of the pressure points (see the list on page 31). Hold the pressure for one to two minutes. Then move your finger in a small circle about the size of a dime. Reverse the direction and do another set of circular motions, roughly one minute in each direction.

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T H E P O I N TS There are dozens of pressure points on the face. Below is a beginner’s guide. You can think about them as following a heart shape on your face, with the bottom point on the chin.

Middle of the chin, directly under the mouth: Increases blood circulation to the whole face, eases jaw tension Cheek indentions, just below your cheekbones: Eases jaw tension, encourages brightness in the cheeks Under eyes, directly under the pupils at the edge of the cheekbone: Alleviates tired eyes and bags under your eyes Temple, in the center of the soft tissue: Eases headaches and relieves overall tension Directly above the pupils, located at the crest of the eyebrow bone: Alleviates headaches, relieves tension in the forehead Third eye, the space in between eyebrows: Promotes overall relaxation and a sense of calmness Top of the jawbone, under the earlobes: Helpful for those who grind their teeth, or hold tension in their jaw

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GUA SHA The gua sha is an ancient Chinese massage tool; the term means “to scrape away stagnation.” The tool is often made of precious stones, such as jade or quartz. While it can be used on the whole body, the gua sha is especially effective on the face because you can practice the scraping yourself. It’s known for encouraging sinus and lymph drainage while increasing circulation, relaxation and stress relief. Due to its ability to bring more blood to the face and promote healing, it’s often touted for wrinkle-reducing effects and increased elasticity.

THE TECHNIQUE Start with clean skin. Add a few drops of a neutral oil, such as jojoba or grapeseed oil. Traditionally, gua sha starts with the neck area. Hold the tool in one hand and pull the skin of the neck taut. Using downward strokes, gently scrape the tool from the chin toward your collarbone. Once you are ready for the face, switch to upward motions, and start from the center features (your nose, mouth, eyes) and move outward.

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Getting kids into fitness—especially at first— can be challenging. They might think it’s boring, intimidating or way too complicated. However, it’s proven that the earlier you get kids moving, the better chance they have of maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle. Organized sports are the most common ways kids are introduced to fitness, but it doesn’t have to be the only way.

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SENSE OF DISCIPLINE “Taking a class helps kids see the value of taking direction from a leader or teacher, plus they see the benefits of consistency and showing up to practice a skill,” says Scott Stone, Bellevue Club Recreation Director. “Both of these contribute to a healthy sense of discipline.”

CONFIDENCE BOOST For many kids, sports or going to the gym can be nervewracking at first. They might not know how to use the equipment or perform certain exercises. “This gives kids an opportunity to learn new things and move their bodies in a safe, non-judgmental environment,” says Lindsay Exley, Bellevue Club Fitness Director.

TEAMWORK Even though there is no scorekeeping in this class, the kids will bond in a team-like way. “They are all trying to achieve a common goal and end up giving a lot of encouragement to each other,” says Stone. They also learn how to overcome challenges together.

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This class isn’t sport-specific, so it can help both athletes and non-athletes. “The participants will learn body-weight exercises and basic power and agility movements, like jumping and running,” Exley says. “The class is small enough that the instructor can tailor the program to the needs of the kids.”


WHY YOU SHOULD PLAN TO PLAY The CDC cites the following benefits of regular physical activity for children

1. ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE – Improves attention and memory

5 .CARDIOMETABOLIC HEALTH – Helps maintain normal blood sugar levels

2. BRAIN HEALTH – Reduces risk of depression

6. LONG-TERM HEALTH – Reduces risk of several chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes and obesity

3. MUSCULAR FITNESS – Builds strong muscles and endurance 4. HEART AND LUNG HEALTH – Improves blood pressure and aerobic fitness

7. BONE STRENGTH – Strengthens bones 8. HEALTHY WEIGHT – Helps regulate body weight and reduce body fat

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF PLAY The CDC currently recommends 60 minutes of physical activity a day for children 6 to 17. They break up activity into the following three distinct categories: 1. AEROBIC ACTIVITY: Most of the daily 60 minutes should include activities like walking, running, or anything that makes their hearts beat faster. At least 3 days a week should include vigorousintensity activities. 2. MUSCLE-STRENGTHENING: Includes activities like climbing or doing push-ups, at least 3 days per week. 3. BONE-STRENGTHENING: Includes activities such as jumping or running, at least 3 days per week

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going nuts [FOR NUTPODS] Reflections magazine: What does health and wellness mean to you and your family? Madeline Haydon: I created nutpods because I’m lactose intolerant, and I had gestational diabetes. I noticed a lot of the creamers on the marketplace had a lot of added sugars and processed ingredients. I wanted a different, healthier option. When you take a look at me, I’m just pretty much an average woman. I’m not a size 0, but I like to make sure I’m feeding my body and my family with good quality ingredients. I have two girls, 8 and 13, and want to teach them how to have a healthy, balanced lifestyle. RM: How did that assist in the creation of nutpods? MH: We are a dairy-free brand, but we work for a lot of different food tribes—whether it’s gluten-free, paleo, Whole30, vegan, flexitarian; we also work for people who don’t fit into any particular box, they’re just trying to eat healthier. Some people are embracing plant-based foods for environmental reasons. We want everyone to feel included. Everyone belongs for our brand. I would say that balance comes from how we live our lives as a family.

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RM: So, you were helping to create a better lifestyle? MH: Yeah. I’d also say I think if there’s anything we’ve learned during COVID, it’s that our health must also include mental health. Our kids were doing online remote school, separated from friends, and we’re working back from that. Finding ways to take care of ourselves—yoga, walks with our dog, trying new things like cooking classes, working on new skills, seeking out new opportunities—it’s really important. And it’s important to have conversations and ask, “What do you need?” Ask the family, “What would make you feel better?” This can happen over your morning cup of coffee or while baking recipes. I like to think we’re helping families have sweeter memories.

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RM: That’s true; food is about so much more than the act of eating. MH: As humans, we make so many memories around food and family. A lot of memories are attached to food. We’re really honored to be a part of daily rituals. Once people have their rituals set, it’s an everyday presence for them. When I created nutpods, I created a whole Thanksgiving guide because it was a way to have all those familiar things and memories of mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie—but have them in a healthier way. It’s made me really proud to be able to share that. RM: Were you intimidated to break into the food space? MH: It was very intimidating. I worked for a medical device company, and I also supervised mobile blood banks, making sure community hospitals had what they needed. I have always gravitated toward roles that support the community and help people, and I feel like nutpods is a way to do that. But I didn’t know anything about food manufacturing or selling to grocery stores. If you have conviction, though, you end up going into sponge mode and learning as much as you can. I put together an advisory board that had the experience I didn’t have. It has definitely been an odyssey. RM: How did your experience with health care inform you? MH: Right now, our country has a big battle with diabetes and prediabetes. Forty-four million American have type 2 diabetes, and 88 million have prediabetes. Nutpods’ options don’t just taste delicious, but they are all ZERO-sugar for consumers who are looking to reduce or move away from sugar. We don’t necessarily target or go after the diabetic market, but I feel an immense amount of pride knowing we help people.

RM: Have you had any feedback or special moments with customers that stick out as memorable? MH: I always love hearing from consumers. What we hear time and time again is that the familiarity of a cup of coffee, especially during times like COVID, is reassuring. That makes me feel like we have a special brand, we are continuing to build on that special relationship. RM: How do you keep the creative fire going? MH: In terms of new flavors and relationships, I love keeping an eye on what is going on. I love to see what’s trending at coffee shops and experimenting with flavors. But as trendy as Sriracha is, I can’t make it into a creamer (laughs).

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RM: What’s one failure you went through that turned into a good lesson? MH: So many learning lessons. Number one, it is really difficult to raise money. In order to scale a new brand, you need significant capital. Trying to raise money early on as a female founder, person of color, and someone with no experience as a CEO, oh man, I had trouble. One of our first angel investors pulled out, and I was crushed. It was demoralizing when they walked back on their commitment, but it was a great lesson. It made me dust myself off and say OK, there’s only one person who’s going to determine the success of nutpods and it’s me. I’m not going to give that power to one investor, one employee. I believe in myself and will find my way through this.

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BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED Develop emotional equilibrium if you’re going to be an entrepreneur. You will have high highs and low lows, and sometimes they happen in the same day. Being a founder is an immense roller coaster, so find equilibrium.

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER FOUNDERS You can’t win on experience alone. There will always be someone with more experience than you, but no one will understand your brand and products more than you. That doesn’t mean don’t listen to other people who have more experience than you. It means if they had all the answers, they probably wouldn’t be working anymore.

RM: That is an incredibly good lesson to learn. Any other bits of wisdom? MH: When COVID first hit, I also had a significant bout of impostor syndrome. I’m competing against large publicly held companies like Silk, Nestle and Starbucks, but eventually I realized even 20year veterans in the industry didn’t know how to lead through that. Experience wasn’t going to help, so I managed my way through by listening to my head and my heart. I had to be flexible and choose to believe in myself. It has been one of those lessons that’s so much harder than you want to admit.

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RM: How have your girls reacted to seeing you persevere through all this? MH: Like with many things in parenthood, I think it will be delayed gratification. They aren’t going to recognize anything yet. My hope is that when they grow up and enter the business world they will look back and say, “My mom led during a time that was uncommon. It was uncommon for a female founder, for a person of color to not only compete but outcompete other larger successful organizations. I’ve heard and seen her overcome obstacles, keep working, keep going." The future them—that’s what I’m working for now.

RM: What’s in store for nutpods in the future? MH: Right now, we’re the No. 2 brand in plant-based coffee creamers. I want to be able to continue to be a go-to brand that is beloved by consumers and offer great new products. I’m always happiest when we put out new products that work. I’d like to continue to become a global brand—get into Canada (we just shipped to Japan), and explore international products and new channels.

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Bellevue Club Pilates instructor Jen Serna is hosting a sixnight, seven-day luxury wellness retreat designed to help you discover the beautiful Umbria region while deepening your practice and connecting to community. Using her extensive travel experience, she curated an itinerary that is perfect for those who like to take the road less traveled and uncover hidden secrets of new cultures.

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THE ESTATE The retreat takes place at Castiglione Ugolino on the Murlo Estate in Umbria, Italy. The familyowned estate includes seven villas that date back 10 generations, and it sits among 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) of the country’s iconic rolling hills and rivers. From there, guests can hike, visit nearby villages, golf on a beautiful course and much more. “The property is close to the border of Tuscany and Umbria,” Serna says. “It’s centrally located to the major airports and other historical cities as well.” Within the villas, guests will get to choose their rooms. “Every room is different, and every room is beautiful,” Serna says. “They all have a view of the beautiful valley. They are spread out between two different buildings with lots of privacy.”

THE PRACTICE One of the biggest benefits of immersive experiences like this is you get the opportunity to practice Pilates or yoga every day without the stress of everyday life interfering. “You can slow it down a little,” Serna says. “You have more time with your instructor and get to know each other. You get to sit with [the daily practice], experience a different depth of how the practice works. It’s not just a workout you check off [from] your normal to-do list.”

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THE COMMUNITY There are 16 spots available for this retreat, and part of the joy will be getting to know others who share common interests and experience new things together as a community. However, your schedule is ultimately up to you. You can pick and choose how to spend your days. “There are plenty of communal dining and activity options,” Serna says. “And you can hang out with the group as much as you want or not. There’s plenty of space to do whatever you want.”

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A peak inside Castiglione Ugolino on the Murlo Estate in Umbria, Italy

THE INSTRUCTORS Serna is the trip leader and primary instructor for the retreat. She has been practicing Pilates for more than 20 years and is a seasoned traveler who has been to 80 countries. “As an instructor, I’m very detailed and patient with people and can work with all kinds of bodies and experience levels,” Serna says. “People can expect to feel stronger immediately. I love talking about anatomy and helping people understand their own bodies. What they learn will permeate through the rest of their lives—they will notice how they stand, sit and even lie in bed.” A local yoga instructor will also be on-site.

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THE WANDERING WALKS Another fun feature of the trip is the itinerary of walking and culture tours. Serna’s friend Maria Bünk, an expert walking guide, will join the group to provide tips for exploring the local landscape and unexpected gems. “We will walk every morning through the rolling hills and villages of Umbria and Tuscany,” Serna says. “We have a lot of surprises and truly magical spots that you wouldn’t be able to find otherwise. It’s really for people who like to take the road less traveled, but they don’t have to do the research.”

THE CUISINE Alessandra Benassi will be the on-site private chef. Her cooking follows the traditional Mediterranean style but also includes typical Tuscan dishes. You will enjoy specialties such as roasted pork loin with orange or vegetables served with a fondue of pecorino cheese from the Sienese hills and local black truffles. Chef Alessandra will also offer private cooking classes at the villa.

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MEET AND GREET WITH INSTRUCTOR JENNIFER SERNA Twenty years ago, Jennifer began practicing Pilates to correct neck and shoulder pain. She found Pilates to be a transformative practice for all ages and physical abilities. Jennifer is a seasoned traveler and adventure seeker who strives to stay fit and healthy and wants to inspire others to achieve their health goals throughout their lives. Join Jennifer for a meet and greet in the Bellevue Club ballroom on Thursday, Sept. 22, 6–6:30 p.m. THE DETAILS

May 14–20, 2023 For more information, please visit jennsernapilates.com. To book your spot, email Jennifers@bellevueclub.com.


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2 . R O S E M A R Y, T H Y M E , M I N T , O R B A S I L All four of these herbs are ready for the picking in the PNW, which make them a great addition to hot or cold drinks. With these herbs, less is more, just a pinch will do.

3. FRUITS A more common approach to infusing cold teas, water or lemonade is fruit! Customarily, berry fruits are a go-to, such as blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and even huckleberry and marionberry. Uncommon choices, though just as delicious, include boysenberry, cucumber, apricots, nectarine, and watermelon.

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