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Welcome to the December issue. Winter is upon us! The sights and sounds of the season remind me of another year well spent! I truly enjoyed the colors of fall and everything it brought, from art crawls and outdoor festivals, to business events, wine tastings, and wonderful food, especially pumpkin cheesecake. I love everything the Christmas season has to offer, including time spent with those we hold dear. There are Christmas festivities with colleagues and friends, reflecting on the past year and reminiscing over the events attended, the goals met and the memories made. I wish you and yours a blessed holiday season. Until next month, all of us at Hickory Living wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and thank you for reading the December issue of Hickory Living Magazine!

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! By Kathy Wheeler

Waking up and seeing frost on the ground, transforming our area into a winter wonderland, announces that the winter season has arrived in North Carolina! It’s the time of year for snow skiing, fires in the fireplace, snuggling under a warm blanket, and decorating for the Christmas holiday. To me, December is the most enchanting month of the year and the winter season! The month is filled with all things Christmas. There is shopping, decorating, wrapping gifts, visiting local theatres for Christmas productions and churches for pageants. Cities and towns across North Carolina offer holiday light shows where residents try and outdo themselves from year to year– McAdenville is a popular one. Biltmore Estate decorates the historic mansion for their Candlelight Christmas Evenings–a major task for such a large home. You can check their website for ticket information at www.biltmore.com. The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville hosts the Annual National Gingerbread House Competition. It is amazing what contestants can do to create these culinary masterpieces. Grove Park Inn also is immaculately decorated for the holidays with Christmas trees of every theme. Parking is $20 with half of the proceeds going to non-profits within the community. Guests not staying at the resort are welcome to visit the Gingerbread House Competition on Sundays after 3:00 p.m. and anytime Monday through Thursday. If you are getting a bit bored with your holiday traditions, try something new this season. Enjoy a show, or get a group of friends together for a day of shopping or baking. Prepara8

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tion for the holiday is so much more fun when it is done with friends. Consider resurrecting an old tradition like Christmas caroling or sending out Christmas cards. With email, text messages, and social media, letters and cards are a dying tradition. Change things up with gift giving as well. Instead of purchasing a gift for someone who has everything, make a donation to a charity in their name, or instead of buying each other gifts, use the money to make the holiday special for a family in need. It is, after all, the season for giving. Christmas is not the only thing going on in December. For those who love winter sports and spending time outdoors, we have access to plenty of ski resorts in the Appalachian Mountains, and the scenery is breathtaking. Visit www.skicentral. com/northcarolina.html for a quick overview of resorts to visit and discover some mountain adventures. If weathering the elements is not your thing, stock up on services that keep you occupied during the winter months. Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service allows you to download up to ten books at a time, or subscribe to a cable movie channel or service like Netflix to help keep you entertained indoors through the winter months. Don’t miss all that December and the season have to offer! Spend time with family and friends, enjoying the festivities with those you love. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. The staff at Hickory Living Magazine would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a winter season filled with all your favorite things!


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“I could barely walk, just taking a few steps was hard,” Darryl Miller told me. “My knees were taking a beating, and I was a sure candidate for knee replacement. I knew I couldn’t keep going like this. I was referred to Dalan Garcia at Hickory Weight Loss to lose weight before surgery, but what I found there was better than that—weight loss that 12

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was quick, easy, and much better than going under the knife. I lost 40 pounds the first month, and that gave me motivation to stay with it. I started going to the gym, using the bike and the treadmill, and after starting at 423 pounds just last April, getting to 301 now has been a lifesaver.” Darryl’s wife, Shawn, has been losing weight

at Hickory Weight Loss, as well. Together they’ve lost 161 pounds. They have discovered that the key is learning to become consistent and make good choices. Through the medical HCG weight loss program, Darryl and Shawn’s weight loss success has been life changing and life saving.


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Cover–Jennie Garcia, weight loss coach, and husband Dalan Garcia, PA-C, with Hickory Weight Loss Opposite page–Jennie, Dalan, and Eden offer a personal approach and consider each patient as family. Right–Hickory Weight Loss offers medical HCG weight loss programs that are fast, safe, and effective. Mandy and Darryl are great examples of the successful results they are achieving with their patients. A SOLUTION TO OBESITY You don’t need to read statistics about obesity in this country; you just need to do some people-watching. Or maybe some soul-searching. According to North Carolina’s Eat Smart, Move More program, about two-thirds of us are overweight or obese, and in childhood obesity, North Carolina ranks fifth worst in the United States. Of the ten leading causes of death, four are related to obesity—heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke. Think about that…there is something we can do—lose weight—that will help us prevent an early death. And, in getting there, we’ll begin to feel better from the very start. HICKORY WEIGHT LOSS “We offer a safe and effective approach to a staggering national problem; even more important, it’s a very personal approach to a personal problem,” Dalan Garcia explained. Dalan is a certified physician assistant with six years’ experience in the medical field. “Before I decided to open Hickory Weight Loss and

help people like Darryl and Shawn, my professional experience was in orthopedic medicine, working with patients who needed hip and knee replacements. I saw first-hand the debilitating effects of obesity in patients’ lives. I’ve seen individuals—and families—return to good health, improved fitness, and a more comfortable, active life by developing new habits and making better choices. With the addition of our weight loss programs and personal coaching, it’s certainly a challenge, but it really isn’t

that hard. And, our patients all say it is well worth it.” MEDICAL HCG PROGRAM Anyone who has ever lost weight knows that support is critical. Medical HCG injections, along with individual counseling and life-style change education, are among the most effective and quickest support programs available. At Hickory Weight Loss, testimonials of patients who participated in the 6 Week Rapid Weight Loss program include 30+ HICKORY LIVING • DECEMBER 2017

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pound successful weight loss…that’s in a month and a half, and very often from men and women in the 50+ age range. Pounds lost also cause a critical change in measurements that doctors want us to improve—metabolic parameters such as body mass index (BMI), blood glucose, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure. A reduction in these parameters is a result of weight loss and a clear indicator of better health. “We’ve seen people come off insulin injections, eliminate some medications, and improve blood pressure by losing weight and increasing their activity level,” Dalan shared. “These are important changes—results of a healthy diet and losing weight.” What are HCG injections? Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is a hormone released by pregnant women that targets stubborn fat deposits, converting them into usable energy. When coupled with a low-calorie diet, HCG injections promote rapid weight loss. “Despite the hormone’s origin, it is highly effective in men and women who typically find they can lose from one to three pounds a day,” Dalan said. “Of course, results may vary, but it’s effective for people who need to lose weight quickly to prepare for surgery or who are having significant joint pain.” By providing the body with extra energy, HCG injections help you burn between 1,500 to 4,000 calories a day. “In spite of the low-calorie diet, HCG keeps people feeling full and comfortable,” Dalan continued. “We make sure our patients understand the diet plan to follow and spend time with each person to support their journey. Our patients are like family, and we become their cheerleaders—we’re all about their success.”

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KETO QUEST Ketogenic weight loss has been in the news a lot lately, but most of us don’t have a clue where to begin. With that said, it’s worth talking to Dalan, and his wife, Jennie, about Hickory Weight Loss’ Keto Quest program. Jennie is a weight loss coach, and she can explain how weight loss through ketosis works and provide top-quality Quest Nutrition protein products to supplement the protein favorites you include in low carb meals. The program also includes LIPO-B12 injections that help regulate insulin, keep you in ketosis, and give you an added energy boost. “We encourage a 30-minute exercise routine, and our partnership with 9Round Kickbox Gym really helps patients keep that up,” Jennie said. “With Keto Quest and exercise, you will lose weight and keep it off, which is so important.”


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IDEAL PROTEIN WEIGHT LOSS The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method is not a high-protein diet, per se, it simply offers a wide variety of tasty, high quality protein-based foods that supplement your low carb meal plan and the lifestyle coaching you get at Hickory Weight Loss. Quick and easy meals and snacks are sometimes a challenge while following a low carb, low sugar program. Ideal Protein products from Hickory Weight Loss help you make great choices and keep you on track. There are over 60 protein products that are convenient and satisfy your sweet and salty cravings, such as breakfast selections, puddings, wafers, shakes and desserts, chewy bars, fruity drinks, soups, pasta, condiments, and even gluten free choices. Another helpful, delicious support system for your new lifestyle. …AND MORE As a complement to the weight loss programs at Hickory Weight Loss, Dalan offers pain management treatment options to help patients get back to their everyday activities and enjoy the things they love to do. He also offers BOTOX therapy for men and women who want a younger looking appearance and smoother skin. Hormone therapy for men whose blood tests indicate low testosterone levels can improve low energy and low libido. And, Hickory Weight Loss offers free consultations on all services, quick in and out weigh-ins, and free weigh-ins for maintenance and support.

Darryl and Shawn are just two examples of hundreds of success stories that play out everyday at Hickory Weight Loss, and they are the first to recommend Dalan and Jennie’s great counseling. If looking and feeling amazing, improving your self-esteem and emotional stability, increasing your energy level and enjoying activities you once loved, sleeping better, getting into stylish new clothes with ease, and lessening pain in your joints and back aren’t enough, remember what Ralph Waldo Emerson once said—The first wealth is health. Consider investing in yours today with a call to Hickory Weight Loss at (828) 358-0000. Your questions will be answered and support readily offered. This could be the start of a healthy new you!

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What's Cooking?! Easy Baking for the Holidays

A holiday season filled with gatherings calls for simple recipes that make baking for family and friends easy and enjoyable. Individually portioned desserts and pies are ideal for entertaining and gift giving.

Mini Marbled Cherry Cheesecakes 18 2 ¹/ ³ 2 1 1

chocolate cookies with white filling packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened cup sugar eggs teaspoon vanilla can (21 ounces) Cherry Fruit Filling, divided

Directions

Heat oven to 350° F. Line muffin tins with 18 paper liners and place one chocolate cookie in the bottom of each paper liner. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Take half of cherry fruit filling and fold into batter. Fill each muffin liner about three-fourths full with mixture. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until done. Cool. Top each cheesecake with a spoonful of remaining fruit filling.

Cinnamon Apple Pie 1 1 2

refrigerated pie crust tablespoon butter, melted teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 1 1 1 ½ ¼ ¼ 2

cans (21 ounces each) Apple Fruit Filling stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened cup flour cup light brown sugar cup powdered sugar, plus additional (optional) teaspoon vanilla teaspoon cinnamon teaspoons milk, plus additional (optional)

Directions

Heat oven to 400° F. On lightly floured surface, unroll pie crust. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle evenly with cinnamon. Roll up tightly and slice into 1/2inch rounds, like miniature cinnamon rolls. Press miniature cinnamon rolls evenly into bottom and sides of

9-inch pie plate, making sure there are no spaces between rolls. Pour fruit filling on top of crust. In a large bowl, using pastry blender, combine butter, flour and brown sugar, until crumbly. Sprinkle over apple filling. Bake pie until top and crust are golden brown and filling is bubbling, about 40-45 minutes (cover top and crust with foil, if necessary, to prevent from getting too dark). Remove from oven and allow to cool. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and milk to form icing. Add more sugar or milk, if necessary, to reach desired consistency. Drizzle icing over cooled pie. Recipes & photos courtesy of Lucky Leaf. For more recipes visit luckyleaf.com HICKORY LIVING • DECEMBER 2017

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If you are looking to purchase gifts for the women in your life this holiday season, then Aqua B is the place to shop! The boutique is so popular that owner Michele Willis has opened her fourth location. The new location opened last month in Morganton, just in time for the Christmas shopping season! Aqua B also has boutiques in Hickory, Mooresville, and Blowing Rock. When you visit Aqua B, you will quickly understand the success of the boutique. The store is filled with comfortable, trendy fashion for all women of any age and size—and at great prices! You will have a hard time finding anything in the store over $50.00, and most items are much less. Create your look with dresses, jackets, sweaters, tunics, T-shirts, and other tops to pair with a great selection of printed and solid colored leggings and jeans. No look

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Having A Heart For Giving By Heather Orrill

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It is better to give than receive. What if we all lived by this motto and chose to give all year ‘round, not just once a year? December is definitely the month of giving. Fruitcakes, cheese straws, homemade cookies, and ornaments go to our neighbors and friends. We buy gift cards, clothes, perfume, watches, books, and electronics for our loved ones and toys galore for children. If you don’t believe me, go to any retailer on Black Friday. It’s amazing all that we buy, buy, and buy some more. Annually, 30% of retail sales occur between Black Friday and Christmas. Last year alone, a survey found that 108.5 million people shopped Black Friday deals online, while 99 million shopped in stores. Consumers spent almost $2 billion online in 2016, and a record amount over the Thanksgiving holiday.

We give an abundance of material things, but have you thought of giving a gift that isn’t tangible? I believe giving of your time is a precious best gift. One of my favorites is

traditionally, each December, I spend time with two friends who are widows. We drive around town enjoying Christmas lights, listening to the season’s lovely music. We order hot chocolate at a drive-thru, laughing and catching up all the while. Our time together is truly a gift!

Everyone you meet has challenges you know nothing about. Be kind always! I may forget from year to year what someone bought me, but I never forget the hours spent with these dear ladies… memories I will cherish for a lifetime. Consider giving the gift of time by sitting and listening to someone who is lonely; visit with folks at an assisted living facility. Clean up and landscape yards for the elderly and read books or tutor children who need some love and attention. There are plenty of leaves that need to be raked and driveways that need to be shoveled when it snows.

It’s nice to give those we love presents at Christmas time, but think about ways to give to others all through the year. I encourage you to find a non-profit organization you can help. Find one you’re passionate about, and make a donation of time or money this coming year. Serve a hot meal or buy groceries for a family in need. Buy a cup of hot coffee or tea and give it to someone walking down the street to warm their soul and brighten their day. Pay for a stranger’s meal in a restaurant. Buy a drink or meal for the car behind you in the drive-thru. Help pay an electric bill or mortgage. Can’t afford to do that? Send an encouraging card, letter, text, or email.

Pay it forward, and I promise the reward is far greater than any gift you might receive. Remember, everyone you meet has challenges you know nothing about. Be kind always! You just never know when you can make a difference in someone’s life…a difference that can last a lifetime! HICKORY LIVING • DECEMBER 2017

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