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By Anja Springthorpe

itamin E is not only important for a healthy immune system, it is essential for the maintenance of healthy, glowing skin. You may have noticed that many skin care products contain the nutrient vitamin E – and for good reason. Rather than being one nutrient, vitamin E is a group of eight compounds with similar chemical structures, all of which are potent antioxidants. Antioxidants are needed to combat free radicals, highly unstable compounds that damage our cells, DNA, and other tissues, and hence greatly contribute to the skin-aging process. Free radicals result as a normal part of our metabolism, but pollution, chemicals, smoking and alcohol are all factors contributing to increased levels of free radicals. To keep these in check, we need

antioxidants such as vitamin E. Since vitamin E is fat-soluble, it works well in tissues like skin and hair follicles to provide significant resistance to cellular damage and aging. Plenty of research confirmed the effectiveness of vitamin E when it comes to skin health. Apart from protecting the skin from free radicals, vitamin E additionally protects the top layer of skin from UV radiation - a leading cause of wrinkle acceleration and loss of complexion. Because vitamin E is so essential to skin health, it is effectively used to treat scarring. Vitamin E oils for topical use are readily available, but be cautious of the purity and quality of the products you choose. Ideally, any vitamin E oil contains all eight members of the vitamin E family as well as vitamin C, which increases the stability and shelf-life of the oil. Oils can leave a heavy film on the skin, and

therefore application at night is often preferable. Should we apply vitamin E to the skin or consume it through the diet? Because vitamin E is needed for a number of important functions throughout the body, we need to ensure adequate dietary intake rather than merely relying on creams and oils, as these products only support vitamin E levels in the skin. Luckily it is not hard to come by great sources of vitamin E. Foods such as seeds, nuts, avocados, fish, plant oils and green leafy vegetables are all good choices to boost your vitamin E intake. While there are vitamin E supplements available, food sources are always superior, safer and certainly more nutritious.

Do not take vitamin E products without consulting your physician if you have a blood clotting disorder, are pregnant or are taking blood thinning medication. DARK LEAFY GREENS like spinach are an excellent source of vitamin E. Stretch their life spans by pureeing them with minimal water in the blender then freezing into cubes. They’ll be ready to go when you want to enrich your meals by popping them into smoothies, sauces, soups and more. § #inspirehealthmag



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here could not be more truth to the statement “You are what you eat.” And in fact, we should extend this to “You feel how you eat.” It is now well established that our food choices can significantly affect our mood and may even play a role in the development of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression and even addiction. The foods we consume nourish our brain with energy and nutrients. A balanced and varied diet including fruits, vegetables and wholegrains maintains healthy brain function and supports a healthy, happy mind.

BRAIN BOOSTING NUTRIENTS: Omega-3 fats. The brain is made up almost entirely of omega-3 fatty acids and deficiency is associated with mental disorders. Because the human body cannot produce these fats, we have to ensure adequate dietary intake to provide the building blocks for a well working brain. Aim for oily fish (salmon, herring, mackerel) twice a week. Seeds and nuts also contain omega-3 fats and should be a daily feature on your plate. Tryptophan. This amino acid is required to produce the mood-regulating neurotransmitter serotonin. Low levels of serotonin can trigger or worsen mood disorders including depression. Tryptophan-rich foods include nuts, seeds, tofu, cheese, red meat, chicken, turkey, fish, oats, beans, lentils and eggs.

B-vitamins. B-vitamins are vital for brain health. Fruits, vegetables, meat and legumes are all sources of B-vitamins and a varied diet will ensure sufficient B-vitamin intake. Alcohol depletes B-vitamins and should only be consumed occasionally in moderation. Curcumin. The compound that causes turmeric’s bright color has been found to alleviate symptoms of mental disorders and protect against depression. Add generous amounts of turmeric to soups, curries, dressings, sauces and smoothies. Avoid junk food. Research correlates junk food consumption with a higher risk of mental problems. This may be due to the fact that junk food often is nutritionally inadequate as well as high in saturated and trans-fats, both of which have negative effects on mental well-being.

It is now well established that our food choices can significantly affect our mood and may even play a role in the development of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression and even addiction.

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ARE ALL CALORIES EQUAL? By: Anja Springthorpe

Calories are often perceived as a food-currency many of us count, save, spend and worry about. In reality, a calorie is nothing more than a unit of energy a particular food provides. All foods have calories as all foods provide some form of energy.


ow many calories do we need each day? That answer depends on our age, gender, height, weight, level of activity and other circumstances such as metabolic functioning, stress levels, sleep routine and po-

tential medical conditions to name just a few. Determining calorie consumption is complex indeed. Rather than worry about how many calories we should consume each day, we ought to shift our focus to the nutritional value of the calories we


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consume. This simple step can tip our diets into a more wholesome and balanced direction, which by default improves health, wellbeing and supports realistic, achievable weight goals. Just imagine 200 calories found in sugary or fatty foods, compared to 200

calories worth of fruit and vegetables. It is not hard to see which calories provide better and varied nutrition. A calorie is a steady unit for all foods, and the nutritional quality of the foods we choose decides whether we provide our body with well-balanced nourishment.

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The truth is – everyone “CAN” dance! Our bodies naturally respond to the rhythmic sounds of music. If choreography or the motion of dancing seems intimidating to you, take the first step – swallow your pride and let go of your mental guard. Dancing is a great way to have a blast while burning calories. It is also a fun, social and fantastic workout. You can dance almost anywhere, anytime and with anyone. Popular group fitness classes such as Zumba, Les Mills Sh’Bam and Body Jam are super-charged energetic workouts offered at fitness facilities nationwide. Most beginner dance classes are designed with easy-to-follow choreography, but you should learn a few basic moves before jumping into a group class. You may even decide to clear the living room, turn on your favorite tunes and



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s I mention in my best-selling cookbook, “Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation and and Reset Your Body,” there is no one ideal diet. I believe you can benefit from a cleanclean er, greener diet. But that doesn’t mean you need to eat exactly what I eat. While there are some precepts for clean, toxin-free eating, which you can read more about in my book, there are many ways to eat healthily. I’m not into labels. This isn’t about being a vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian. If you want to come up with a name for what this is, knock yourself out, but the most important thing is to eat

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foods that make your body feel good, which is why I’m sharing with you a recipe I created just in time for your warm summer mornings. Remember, you are the expert on what you can eat. Your friend, trainer or mom may swear up and down that unpasteurized dairy is the golden key to health, or that millet is king, but if it makes you feel ill, pass it up. After healing from a decade of chronic health issues, it took me years to realize that food was a huge piece of the puzzle and when I shifted to an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, I tossed all my processed foods and started eating clean, whole, organic foods. Try this smoothie below, and let us know what you think. Enjoy!

SERVES 2 • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, plus more if needed • 1 green apple • 1 cup diced honeydew melon • 2 cups baby spinach • 1 large cucumber • 1 large frozen banana, cut into 1-inch pieces • Ice cubes, as needed Place all ingredients in a highspeed blender and puree until smooth. Add more almond milk if you desire a thinner consistency. Add ice cubes as needed. Transfer to two serving glasses and serve immediately.

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e t a r Celeb THE HEALTHY WAY By Patricia Danflous

wellness TRY THESE TIPS FOR HAPPY, HEALTHY CELEBRATIONS, AND USE YOUR IMAGINATION TO EXPAND THE LIST: • Spend a day at the spa beginning with a relaxing massage. • Invite your friends to an exercise party. Consider hiring a DJ to play invigorating music. Set up a make-your-own smoothie bar with a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. • Take your child, and a few friends, on a trip to the Zoo to celebrate his or her birthday. • Organize a family scavenger hunt to recognize a milestone wedding anniversary. Create clues and items from places, events and memories associated with the honored couple. • Celebrate your own birthday by scheduling a mammogram, skin-cancer screening or that consultation with a nutritionist you have been thinking about.


ou are planning a celebration. Maybe it’s a party for your child’s first birthday, a wedding for your oldest daughter or a 50th wedding anniversary for your parents. Perhaps you just want to congratulate yourself on achieving a business milestone. Whatever the occasion, it’s a sound bet that cake (and ice cream) is at the top of your to-do list. Most people celebrate with food as a significant focal point, and what could be more appealing than a five-tiered wedding cake with inch-thick, buttercream icing? However, there are alternatives to traditional celebrations that are more fun, healthier and may help you live long enough to celebrate for years to come.

• Host a garden party that includes planting a tree or flowering bushes. Send your guests home with fresh herb cuttings or a selection of seeds to start a vegetable garden. • Volunteer for the day or a few hours at a local non-profit organization. Contact the United Way for suggestions if necessary. • Invite your friends to join you for an educational experience. Find a crafts class, painting workshop or ask an area car-repair shop to provide instructions on how to change a tire.

Take your child, , and a few friends o to on a trip to the Zo celebrate his or her birthday.

• Host a video workshop party. Ask one of your video or YouTube-savvy friends or children to provide a brief tutorial. Invite each guest to make their own video highlighting favorite memories or demonstrating a favorite exercise routine. • Have a glass of red wine and relax. § #inspirehealthmag






Salt By Michele Robert Poche

e’s the salt of the Earth. She’s worth her salt. And take it with a grain of salt. This common tabletop seasoning certainly gets around. But too much of it can cause high blood pressure resulting in serious health problems, such as heart failure, stroke, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and

kidney disease. Surely there are other, more wholesome ways to enhance and season our meals, right? Read on, flavor loversFirst, I selected a recipe, an old favorite for baked chicken containing only four ingredients. I prepared it four times, subbing out a different alternative for salt in each batch.

BAKED CHICKEN BREASTS INGREDIENTS § 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves § 2 tbsp olive oil § 1 tbsp coarse sea salt (see substitutes below) § 1 tbsp water (or more if needed)

 Rub breasts with oil and place in pan.  Add salt substitute to chicken.  Bake 25 minutes, flipping midway, until juices run clear and center isn’t pink. Then, I picked four salt alternatives, all of which are available in the average supermarket: wine, Herbes de Provence, lemon juice, and mushrooms.

INSTRUCTIONS  Preheat oven to 400°. Spray baking pan with cooking spray.

Here’s how it went. WINE Ratio: Cost: Cooking: Notes:

1 tablespoon salt = 1 cup wine $1.99/187ml bottle As directed Flavors vary. Select accordingly.

HERBES DE PROVENCE Ratio: Cost: Cooking: Notes:

1 tablespoon salt = 2 tablespoons herbs $4.69/0.85-oz. shaker As directed. Add water. Savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano, lavender, etc.

LEMON JUICE Ratio: Cost: Cooking: Notes:

1 tablespoon salt = ½ tablespoon lemon juice $1.98/15-oz. bottle As directed Try other citrus juices for variety

MUSHROOMS Ratio: Cost: Cooking: Notes:

1 tablespoon salt = 3 cups mushrooms $2.99/8-oz. carton As directed. Add water. Flavors vary. Select accordingly.

Which was best? In my tasting group, the Herbes de Provence chicken was the most flavorful with the batch cooked in wine being a close second. Personally, I enjoyed the mushroom recipe, as I’m a big fungi fan, because I found it delivered an earthy, smoky flavor. The lemon juice batch, while perfectly satisfactory, was the most ordinary of the lot. Which would I make again? Given the choice, I would prepare the chicken with wine, Herbes de Provence and mushrooms to create a French-inspired, saltless dish that my family wouldn’t believe actually came from our kitchen.



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Read quietly together. It doesn’t matter when or how long. The important thing is that everyone is

reading something on his own for this period of time. Read aloud together. This group activity allows her to ask questions about tricky plot points or confusing vocabulary words. Understanding is the gateway to enjoying. Allow him to pick his own book. If you’re concerned about his selection, offer a menu of titles from which he can choose. Feeling in control, as always, can work wonders. Select titles that have been adapted for the big screen. A movie night is a surefire incentive to propel her

through the pages of a great book. Don’t forget the popcorn! Make reading material accessible. Books and magazines should be stashed everywhere from his bedroom and breakfast spot to the car and even the bathroom.

Subscribe to a children’s magazine. Not every reading session has to be Shakespeare. Pick a topic she loves and find a publication about it.



Fantasy: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has remained on the children’s bestseller list for more than a decade. You won’t regret meeting the boy who lived.

Read and read again. We enjoy movies, songs and TV shows more than once. Why not books, too? Familiarity will breed fluency in her word recognition and pronunciation.

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eading, writing and arithmetic … these skills represent the foundation of all learning. Is any one more important than another? Answer this question: can you write or solve a word problem without the ability to read? Exactly. I think that’s why it comes first. But not every child is interested in curling up with a good book each night. Some of us (if I’m being honest) need a little nudge to start turning the pages.

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can actually be your BFF. Play an audiotape and let him follow along with a paper copy.



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is the year of wellness. It’s the time when women are focusing on themselves and embracing a relaxed, healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Fashion plays a tremendous roll in this. Women now want laidback, comfortable clothing that’s easy to wear, yet stylish. California-based clothing store LA Relaxed offers just that. Featured in ‘O’ Magazine, this sustainable fashion brand offers styles for any age, and we got the inside scope from the brand itself, see what the owner, Dana had to say! Q: What inspired you to create an eco-friendly fashion brand? A: Witnessing the detrimental impacts our industry has on the planet, combined with our love for fashion and embracing the art of manufacturing, we knew that it


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was time to show consumers that you don’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability. Q: What sets your brand apart from other eco-friendly brands on the market? A: We pride ourselves on working with local mills to create new blends of eco-friendly fabrics and fibers that you won’t find elsewhere. We’re also part of a small percentage of brands that are manufactured in the US. Q: How do you encourage women to celebrate themselves and their style through fashion? A: The LA Relaxed woman is a mother, sister, daughter, CEO, philanthropist, etc. She is anything and everything she wants to be. We hope that our timeless pieces help women express themselves not only through fashion but by doing what’s right for the environment.

Q: LA Relaxed is the perfect mix of fashion and comfort, what inspired you to create a brand that is effortless, yet stylish? A: Being a sustainable fashion brand isn’t just about the fabrics the garments are made of. It’s also being on trend without being “fast fashion.” We create clothing that is stylish, but that women can wear for years to come. Visit for more.





• Contracting viruses or infections. Kennel cough, dog flu and puppy warts thrive in compact, communal areas like this.

• Wrap a blanket around the chest like a thunder vest.

• Stressful environment. Unfamiliar people, distressed animals and loud noises are prevalent in boarding facilities. • Dog scuffles. Cramped spaces result in increased aggression and can put your animal at risk.

For these reasons, you should always check out the facility beforehand, making sure dog handlers are certified and experienced. Both cats and highly anxious dogs typically want to stay in the environment they’re most familiar with. Consider hiring someone to come to your home. If you can swing a sitter that knows the animal(s) well, even better! There are lots of companies and individual sitters that offer pet and house sitting for a wide range of species. Plus, it’s a fraction of boarding and daycare costs. Pet owners worry about

inconveniencing friends and family with their pet. Most of the time your loved ones don’t mind helping you out, but if you’re worried, ask if you can bring your animal to their home. If your pet is already familiar with the environment, they will be comfortable, and your sitter doesn’t have trek all over town. This will also ensure more one-on-one time for your animal. Gradually acclimating your animal to the new environment and sitter ahead of time can seriously reduce anxiety and

• Try playing with a toy, going for a walk or hitting the dog park. • Lavender spray has a calming effect on dogs.



s a pet owner, I get a little nervous when planning extended trips. The reality is that vacations stress and depress pets, but we can’t avoid leaving town forever. So how do we get around this dilemma without stressing our animals, and ourselves, out? Not long ago, I was a professional dog handler/ trainer at a doggy daycare and boarding facility. Through K-9 CPR, dog language and group play certifications, as well as day-today interactions, I learned to recognize distress signals and how to cultivate individual calming methods for every animal at daycare. Like people, animals are idiosyncratic. You must consider your pet’s specific needs when making vacation arrangements. If your animal is elderly, aggressive or prone to anxiety, boarding may not be the best option. For rescues that have spent considerable time in kennels, overnight boarding facilities often resemble shelters.

• Turning on the radio or television. • Positive reinforcement training. • Work with your pet to find the right solution.

depression. Knowing your pet is safe, healthy and happy will also make for a guilt-free, fun vacation. § #inspirehealthmag



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I GREW UP IN A NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE THE ICE CREAM TRUCK WAS A STAPLE VISITOR IN THE SUMMER MONTHS. IF I COULD FIND AN ICE CREAM TRUCK THAT SERVED THIS DELICIOUS TREAT, THE KID IN ME WOULD GO RUNNING FOR THE TRUCK TODAY. To make vanilla cheesecake pops, leave out the berries and add 2 tablespoons more cashews, 1/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract to the blender.



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INGREDIENTS § 1/2 cup raw cashews § 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted § 1 cup strawberries, blueberries or raspberries, fresh or frozen § 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS  Put the cashews and dates in a bowl, cover with water and soak for at least 4 hours or overnight.  Drain and reserve the soaking liquid.Transfer the cashews and dates to a blender, along with the berries and lemon juice. Puree until smooth and creamy, adding enough of the soaking liquid to make a creamy consistency.  Spoon the puree into freezer pop molds, cover and place craft sticks in the molds. Freeze until firm, about 3 hours.  To remove the pops from the molds, rinse the molds under cool water for 30 seconds, remove the lid and gently pull the pops from the molds. Serve immediately, or store frozen in zip-top bags.



Unique Charisma By Patricia Fitzmorris Danflous

You don’t have to be Oprah or the Dalai Lama to unleash your charisma. You already have the internal force for living a successful, joyful and culturally diverse life. § #inspirehealthmag




ultural Anthropologist and Non-verbal Communications Specialist Robin Sol Lieberman explains charisma as a universal, non-verbal language. “Charisma comes from our soul, from our spirit, from the deepest essence of who we are to express our personality through words, through physical body language, through tone of voice. It’s the deep, deep, deep authentic way of communicating.” A world-traveler since the age of 16, Lieberman defines her insight to charisma, communications and connecting in what she terms “the charisma code.” She details her personal journey to develop and define charisma while guiding others in achieving their full potential in The Charisma Code, Communicating in a Language Beyond Words (White Cloud Press). Recognized by CEOs of major global companies, congressmen and United Nations representatives, The Charisma Code is a rich resource. Lieberman presents a guide for resolving conflict, inspiring engagement, changing culture as well as achieving personal success and joy. The 35-year-old, Los Angeles resident has made presentations before the United Nations, as well as frequent media appearances during national and regional elections. She explains the charisma code of appeal that makes candidates attractive to their diverse supporters. For instance, some politicians match Einstein’s charisma while others embody Marilyn Monroe’s allure. Leiberman emphasizes, however, that charisma is not an elusive quality reserved for the famous or influential. “Charisma is an innate force, that infuses the most basic communication and gestures with passion and purpose, magnetically attracting people and opportunities,” she said. “Charisma is the currency of connection which inspires engagement, motivates teams and elicits commitment. It opens doors, dissolves borders and makes any culture feel like home.” Clearly passionate about non-verbal communications in an expanding global environment, Lieberman’s first recognition of speaking without words



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came during her teens. “When I first left the country at 16, on a safari with my parents in Kenya, Africa, I remember having a profound connection with the individuals in the Maasai tribe we spent time with. I was more interested in learning about the guide than seeing the animals,” she said. “We obviously didn’t know each other’s language, but we had a connection. ‘Okay,’ I remember thinking, ‘connections happen with people who don’t speak the same language. What is that?’ That experience was the root for my studying anthropology in college.” By the age of 21, Lieberman was traveling alone to Nepal, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Bali, Nicaragua and other countries while reinforcing an emerging recognition that charisma is communi-

as an advisor to Alliance 4 Empowerment, an organization committed to creating social and economic inclusion worldwide. She is equally committed to encouraging individuals to enhance charisma by recognizing value and developing confidence. “Once you ask ‘what if ’ questions that support your worth and encourage your authenticity, you can magnetize others by showing your value,” she said, explaining steps to release charisma. “Magnetizing others starts with a commitment to love yourself unconditionally, connecting with what your body feels or what your mouth says, and believing your own authority while standing up against the cultural backlash that comes with the territory of daring to be different, bold and even outrageous.”

That was a life-changing year for me. I realized there was a connection in a language beyond words. As a younger, somewhat of a hippie at that time, my word for it then was ‘telepathy.’ cating without the need for words. “It is a force, a currency that anyone can cultivate by acknowledging and unleashing confidence, magnetism and connection that exists within,” she emphasized. “I turned 21 out in the boonies of some village where I participated in an African dance on fire, an inspiring ritual,” she continued. “That was a life-changing year for me. I realized there was a connection in a language beyond words. As a younger, somewhat of a hippie at that time, my word for it then was ‘telepathy.’ But as I matured, I recognized that communication skill as charisma. It is what I am now teaching to others.” The founder of TrueCharisma, a communications training firm dedicated to the emerging culture of the global citizen, Lieberman’s client list is impressive and growing. She has worked with global leaders through events organized by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with new arrival immigrants and refugees and with the marketing teams of international companies such as Pfizer. She leads training sessions for IMPACT Leadership 21’s Emerging Global Leaders program and serves

“Charisma, to me, is just the act of giving who you are to the world,” Lieberman emphasized. “It heightens our communication, our ability to communicate with others, the gifts that we have so that we can collaborate as a species. If there is a language beyond words we can all speak, and if that language connects us instead of divides us – we have a tool from which to wage world peace.”

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The Ranch Malibu By Liz McGehee


ave you been looking for a change? Many of us recognize when our minds and bodies are in need of a pick-me-up, but we don’t necessarily know where to begin. The Ranch Malibu is a retreat-like program with the end goal of helping you achieve your physical,

nutritional and mindfulness objectives. They encourage you to “unplug from your busy daily life and recalibrate the mind and body through their immersive, weeklong results-oriented fitness program in Malibu, California.” If you can pinpoint stress at work or home, unhealthy food choices or a lack of exercise as some of the

things weighing you down, or you simply want to kick start your wellness goals, The Ranch Malibu’s highly acclaimed 7-day wellness program is for you. With eight hours of low impact activity, four-hour group hikes, a 1,400 calorie-a-day organic plant-based diet, naps and a massage each day, “guests feel both physically and mentally transformed, logging over 60 miles of hiking, shedding unwanted pounds and inches, emanating a vibrant, healthy glow and regaining mental clarity and peace of mind.” If you’re tight on time, The Ranch 4.0 offers a fourday version at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village and

California Health & Longevity Institute. However, the Malibu program is more private. If you have more time, The Ranch combines 4.0 with Malibu into a 10-day program, The Ranch 10.0, which yields the best results. Goals are also customizable at The Ranch. You can choose to focus on weight loss, mental clarity and/or spiritual rejuvenation. You don’t need weeks, months or years to begin feeling results, but you do need to start somewhere. Recognizing a desire within yourself to feel better is the first step towards building a healthy mind and body. The second step is doing something about it.

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Rosie Meier

Brings walking to a whole new level by Veronica Coons Photography by Hugo Gonzalez or Rosie Meier, Great Bend, walking is a habit. So much so, she brings walking to a whole new level. Her stickto-itiveness is remarkable. Except for a two-month recovery period in 2002, she has consistently walked every day for over 25 years. “I went 10-and-a-half-years without missing a day, and then broke my ankle March 1, 2002,” she said on a recent May evening. “I went back to walking May 1, 2002, and I haven’t missed a day since.” After her injury, the first step was to convince herself she could walk again without her crutches. Laps around a nearby parking lot gave her the confidence she needed. Now, after countless miles, and countless pairs of shoes, there’s no end in sight to where her feet will take her.

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.”

“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”

--Steven Wright


--Friedrich Nietzsche

In 1980, she started “walking steadily” while she was undergoing a divorce, she said. Walking relieved stress, and helped her to think through her problems. She also found it helped her performance at work.

That one was a little tricky, because it was through the woods and down the hills and over rocks,” she said. “That one, you best be in shape, and I was.”

Rosie retired from her job of 47 years and a day on May 12. She began working at the Great Bend Coop on May 11, 1970 as a high school senior. As she tells it, the first two weeks, she was part time. She went on a senior trip, and returned to a full time job, and never left. She wore many hats over the years, working in grain merchandising, accounting, and more. Analytical by nature, she found solutions to problems, created spreadsheets in her mind, teasing out solutions as she walked. When people ask her what she plans to do now, on one thing she is clear. She wants to walk. A lot.

“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”

--Steven Wright

In 2012, she began training for long-distance walks. Her list of accomplishments is long, and it has opened a world of travel possibilities for her, too. That first year she was featured in The Great Bend Tribune along with her friend Rebecca Ford. The two had recently completed the 50K We Walk! Marathon along the Lake Wobegon Trail in St. Joseph, Minn. Her first long-distance competitive walk, it inspired her to keep inching up her daily miles in anticipation of the opportunities she now intends to seize, with vacation days no longer a factor. When she began training, her routine was to walk three miles a day. On weekends, she and Ford would really push and walk 10 miles. When the time came to fly to Minnesota, they were ready. And when they finished, they began looking for the next one. In 2013, they walked the 32-mile Great Saunter around Manhattan Island, New York City. In 2014, they did a three-day, 60-mile Susan G. Komen walk, and Rosie did a 16-mile walk in Issaquah, Wash. “That one was a little tricky, because it was through the woods and down the hills and over rocks,” she said. “That one, you best be in shape, and I was.” She has done the Prairie Fire Run/Walk in Wichita several times, she said, though it sometimes falls on the weekend she visits her son to celebrate his birthday. She is planning to participate in the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon & Half Marathon on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend this year. She will take part in the half-marathon walk of 13.1 miles downtown in the heart of Seattle. Next year, she plans to walk in Michigan and possibly Florida. On her bucket list is The Route of St. James, also known as the El Camino de Santiago, in Spain. The 500-mile walk takes experienced hikers on a pilgrimage through the Pyrenees Mountains, and takes around 40 days to complete in its entirety. That walk, however, will have to wait until Rebecca can go with her. “I may have to wait until she retires,” she said. ‘By then, I’ll be in my eighties.”


“Th jjourney off lif “The life iis sweeter when h travelled with a dog.” --Bridget Willoughby

In striving for the next big walk, Rosie has also bumped up her daily step count over time. In the 1990s, she was walking three miles a day. Now that she has retired, it’s 10 miles a day. But that didn’t happen overnight. After the 2012 walk, she went from a daily three to five, then seven miles a day, waking at 4:30 a.m. in order to enjoy the peace and quiet of the early morning city. B.J., her elderly poodle, was able to keep up then, but now, at 13-and-a-half years old and nearly blind with cataracts, he moves more slowly, but is still happy to accompany her on her last mile. Rosie walks nine miles, and returns home to get B.J. who walks the last mile with her. Her route encircles the heart of downtown Great Bend, sticking to well-lit streets. She has become a familiar sight for early risers, making friends with other walkers, bicyclists, even some of the city’s early morning workers. A conscientious walker, she notices a lot on these sojourns. Having lived so long here, she is familiar with many of the residents of the houses she passes. She waves, smiles, and sometimes even moves newspapers to porches for some she has noticed could use a little kindness.

“Do not lose your desire to walk: every day I walk myself into a state of wellbeing and walk away from every illness.” –Søren Kierkegaard



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Rosie has a no nonsense appr approach pproachh to h health. h lth She Sh gardens, d ans hher own her cans produce, and has plenty to share. She also nds forged has sustaining friendships, bonds time living over a 47 year career and a lifetime sn’t been in Great Bend. As a result, she hasn’t imple sick in over 20 years. Not even a simple tion to o cold, she said. She credits her dedication walking for her excellent health. “I don’t get a cold, I don’t get the flu, th thee only thing I’ve ever had is broken bones,” she said. She also doesn’t allow the hurdles of m occasional health concerns keep her from her routine. ook In 1997, she had shoulder surgery. She took five days off of work, but not walking. ff, “After surgery, when they took the IV off, I jumped up out of bed and went walking around the hospital. The nurses thought I was flat-out nuts,” she said. “I just don’t miss a day. It’s just one of those things you put in yourr head.You’ve got to walk.” Now, with grown children and grandchildren living both near and far away,y, she’s on the road, visiting more than ever. And while travel, for many, is a great routinee buster, it’s not even a hiccup for Rosie. “I don’t miss a day of walking, even whenn I travel. It doesn’t matter if I’m out of town. It n’t doesn’t matter if I’m on a ship. It just doesn’t es matter,” she said. The only problem she sees h in the near future is an upcoming trip to the Holy Land in August. That flight, from the east coast of the United States to Jerusalem typically takes about 11 hours. “I may have to walk up and down the aisle of the airplane to get my miles in,” she said.

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far” -- Thomas Jefferson

Rosie’s advice for those who are stuck on the couch? Rise and shine and get out there! The magic of walking is that it gives you more energy to face your day, rather than sapping it away. “You just need to rise and shine and do it right away. Get up and go,” she said. Before retiring, rather than waiting until

m the lastt minute o of bed to crawl out and then be forced to rush to workk by 8 a.m., dy to face Rosie was ready her work day. “By that time, I had ha some w miles in, pulled somee weeds, a away I’d jumped in the shower and go,” she said. Rising early is a habit shee plans to keep in retirement too. “I just told myself, I don’t care re if I’m retired or not, I’m going to try to get my walking in morning”” by 7:30 every morning. ere’s every With a track record like hers, there’s reason for people along her path to count on he east. her just as they do the sun to rise in the For distance walking like Rosie does, it’s important to pamper your feet. Brooks is Rosie’s favorite brand of shoes. She also swears by Knit-Rite socks. She double knots her laces in order to ensure they stay tightly fastened during her hours pounding the pavement. “They are the best for walking,” she said. When her shoes get old, she uses them in the garden, until they really wear out. She keeps an eye out for good deals when she travels.




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