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Real Inspiration for Women

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contents november/december „ 2014

5 Green Today, Healthy SUPER FOOD

Tomorrow

7 Giving The Gift of Self-Care HEALTHY MIND

This Holiday Season

8 Find An Inner Warmth for ADVENTURE

the Holidays: Volunteer

10Tone Your Lower Body & EXERCISE

Core

14Because What Kid Doesn’t MIGHTY KIDS

Think Bigger is Better?

16Power Up Your Pantry 19Creamy Potato Soup 20Deborah Santana EAT FRESH

HEALTHY RECIPE

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20 Deborah Santana, is an author, philanthropist, advocate for peace and social justice, and mother of three extremely loved children.

24Build Your Bones 26Tis’ the Season! Make it 31Go Ahead: Indulge (a Glamorous! little) 28An Unexpected Journey LONGEVITY

FASHION

WEIGHT LOSS

DISCOVER

To n e Y o u r Lower Bo dy & C or e

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super food

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hird-graders know all about photosynthesis. They know that chlorophyll, the “green” molecule, absorbs sunlight for energy to synthesize carbohydrates from air and water to help plants grow. Add a nutritional sidebar to science class and kids have a foundation for a longer, healthier life and a stronger immune system. Magnesium-heavy chlorophyll, found in green foods, is a super fuel for building and cleaning the body’s bloodstream, providing energy for increasing and rebuilding the red blood cell count. Healthy blood ensures a steady stream of oxygen throughout the body for energy, discouraging bacteria growth and strengthening the immune system. “Go green” and you are on the way to boosting immunity. Chlorophyll is associated with improved circulatory, digestive, immune and ghwr{lÛfdwlrq"v|vwhpv"ri"wkh"erg|" – leading to many different and ryhuodsslqj"khdowk"ehqhÛwv1 Ready to get started? Jump right into a greener diet with high chlorophyll power found in chlorella and

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THE GREENER THE BETTER Essentially, any edible green plant contains some level of chlorophyll, as this is what gives it its green color. But some foods are higher in chlorophyll than others. Generally speaking, the darker the green color, the more chlorophyll, so dark leafy greens are a great source, especially kale and kale varieties, Swiss chard and darker greens like arugula. Adding herbs, like parsley and cilantro, will liven the taste of your salad and increase chlorophyll content in your diet. Bluegreen algae including spirulina and chlorella are especially high in chlorophyll, as are all sprouts. Try a shot of wheatgrass juice for one of the richest sources of chlorophyll and a powerful way to detoxify your body.

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editor’s letter A Time for

GIVING Inspire Health Great Bend 2014 - All Right Reserved

Yes, it is that time of the year already. Starting to get a little overwhelmed? Are you making a gift list, planning healthy family dinners, or starting to think about which resolution you really will keep this year? Slow down, take a few deep breaths, stand up, stretch, and spend quality time with INSPIRE HEALTH. Our end-of-the year issue will point you in the right direction for a less stressful and healthier holidays. I had the pleasure of interviewing Deborah Santana for our Inspire. Her soft, reassuring and musical voice grew stronger and more passionate as she shared her philosophy of community concern and giving. Let the spirit of Do A Little, Santana’s Foundation to assist women, be your seed of inspiration for giving from the heart and soul. You may want to give by volunteering in your community, working with your children to craft gifts for the elderly, or perhaps send a greeting card to your neighbors who live alone. Michael Kabel’s article Find Inner Warmth for the Holidays in this issue o朽ers several suggestions for volunteering. And, Maureen Sangiorgio’s work on Inspiring Gift Ideas suggests presents that come more from the heart than the wallet. We hope you beneät from this issue of INSPIRE HEALTH as you move through the holiday season and into the New Year stronger, healthier, full of joy and enthusiasm. Happy, healthy, productive and safe living,

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GIVING THE GIFT OF SELF-CARE THIS

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he holiday season is frequently touted as the most wonderful time of the year, by a minority, that is. Sixty-nine percent of Americans would strongly disagree, according to a poll by the American Psychological Association. In the midst of balancing a busy workload, for many the krolgd|v"phdq"zhhno|"sduwlhv/"Ûqdqfldo"vwuhvv"dqg"hqrxjk" drama to have nearly a quarter of Americans feeling “extreme stress.” Instead of crumbling under pressure, here are three tips to turn the season of giving into a season of self-care: Remember the reason for the season Money is one of the biggest culprits for holiday stress with 69% of Americans feeling stressed over a “lack of money” and 51% feeling “pressured to give or get gifts. If your fdvk0Ürz"ru"odfn"ri"lw"pdnhv"|rx"zhdn"lq"wkh"nqhhv/"lw"pd|" be time to re-focus on the true reason for the season. In the hustle to get the perfect gift remember that the cherished memories come from the time we spend with loved ones and not what we purchased for them. Look for ways to scale back and change the focus from money to memories.

Don’t put your exercise routine on pause Let’s be honest, it’s normal to eat more during the holidays. But take note of how certain foods affect your mood and don’t slow down your exercise routine. Eating foods with more sugar and fat will impact your energy leading you to feel more stressed and tired. Balance your holiday treats by drinking more water and carving out time to move your body.

Don’t sweat the small stuff As hard as you try, there is a chance that everything won’t unfold as planned and that’s okay. The holidays are not a time to worry about perfection, so don’t stress about things that are out of your control.

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FIND AN INNER WARMTH FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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donor recruiters. Habitat for Humanity – The trip home is the centerpiece of any holiday season, and Habitat for Humanity creates homes for the less iruwxqdwh"dfurvv"wkh"Xqlwhg"Vwdwhv1" In many cases volunteer groups from companies, churches, and other organizations work together on a vshflÛf"frqvwuxfwlrq"surmhfw"lq"d"rqh0 day build. A list of local projects and volunteer openings is maintained on wkh"rujdql}dwlrqÑv"zhevlwh1"Sodq"wr" make reservations to help several weeks in advance. Food Banks and Food Delivery - Getting meals to the elderly, the homebound, and the disabled takes on new levels of challenge during cold and icy weather conditions. At the same time, food banks’ holiday food drives require

additional volunteer support as demand for supplies skyrockets. Giving your time at food banks, in soup kitchens, and with meal delivery services helps you help others enjoy a holiday meal they might not otherwise receive. Donate food or donate your time in cataloguing and inventorying food and supplies. Nursing Homes – Every year thousands of elderly nursing home residents spend the holidays by themselves. Giving only a few hours of your time can help them feel better about the holidays and surylgh"krsh"iru"wkh"Qhz"¥hdu1" Contact your area nursing homes for volunteer guidelines.


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Like most women, Brittany has a busy schedule. When she’s not shaking her pom-poms on the NFL turf, she’s in the classroom working hard on her degree. Even though she keeps a very tight schedule, Brittany always makes time to squeeze in a quick, effective workout to keep her body healthy and toned for the game day spotlight. Here’s her secret workout.


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FRONT PLANK Lie face down on a mat. Get into a front plank position by coming up onto your forearms (arms bent). Keep your body in straight alignment from head to feet. Keep your body in this position for 30-60 seconds. Perform one set.

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last teeth to develop and appear in the mouth. They are called “wisdom teeth” because they usually appear during a person’s late teens or early twenties, which has been called the “age of wisdom.”

surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures performed. Most people require wisdom tooth removal at some point in their life. Having the surgery as a teenager is generally easier, less risky, and the healing process is quicker and more reliable. Most wisdom tooth surgeries do not require hospital admission and can be performed in our ofice. Most people choose to do this under IV anesthesia. Today, surgery can be performed in comfort and maximal safety using our modern surgical and anesthetic techniques. Most young people can return to normal activities within a couple of days after surgery. We can discuss your options at the time of consultation.

What is an Impacted Tooth? A tooth becomes impacted when there is a lack of space in the mouth and its growth and eruption is blocked by overlying gum, bone or the adjacent tooth. Nine out of ten people have at least one totally impacted wisdom tooth resulting from a lack of space in the mouth. Impacted teeth can lead to such problems as pain, infection, crowding of teeth, tumor formation, or damage to adjacent teeth and bone. More fully developed wisdom teeth tend to cause these problems and require a more involved surgical procedure to remove them. Even though impacted wisdom teeth can cause serious problems a recent study found that wisdom teeth that have erupted into the mouth in a normal upright position may be as prone to disease as those third molars that remain impacted. The researchers found that patients with erupted wisdom teeth may be at greater risk for disease, including periodontitis. These chronic gum infections can cause bone loss around the wisdom teeth and adjacent teeth. Chronic gum infections can affect your general health.

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infections. Carotenoids stimulate the production of special white blood cells, thus determining your overall immune status. Since white blood cells have the ability to attack bacteria, viruses, and even cancer cells, eating foods that enhance their performance is very good practice. Citrus fruits are another seasonal food that can increase immune function. Not only are these fruits delicious, but oranges, tangerines, Satsumas, lemons, and grapefruit are very high in vitamin C.The vitamin C found in a fresh squeezed glass of citrus juice can eh"hvshfldoo|"jrrg"iru"Ûjkwlqj"edfwhuld/"yluxves, and infections.Vitamin C also improves the body’s ability to repair wounds; and it can dfw"dv"dq"dqwlklvwdplqh/"uhgxflqj"lqÜdppdtion brought on by cold and allergies. It has even been proven to reduce histamine levels, possibly shortening the duration of colds.

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helpmate to her husband. Delicately balancing a life in the front row of a celebrity’s spotlight and maintaining her own individuality, Santana managed a vegetarian restaurant, taught medication classes, studied Spanish and creative writing and spent many hours answering fan mail. Motherhood brought in a period of volunteerism in schools, fund-raising and ri"frxuvh/"wkh"mr|v"ri"fkdshurqlqj"Ûhog" trips. Continually guiding her children to respect individuality, Santana became rqh"ri"wkh"ÎVxshu"ZrphqÏ"ri"khu" generation. She invested in real estate, directed the Santana Corporation, sat rq"d"qrq0surÛw"erdug/"dqg"hvwdeolvkhg" wkh"Plodjur"Irxqgdwlrq"zlwk"khu" husband, while partnering with him on career moves. Zlwk"wkh"irxqglqj"ri"khu"vhoi0 lqlwldwhg"Gr"D"Olwwoh"Irxqgdwlrq" in 2008 however, Santana humbly stepped into the spotlight as an individual. Respecting the blessings of both heritage and marriage, it was time to bring her own philosophy from front row to center stage. “I’ve always tried to help people,” she explains the decision to form a foundation focused on women. “Raised in the sixties, you learn not to leave anyone behind; to take care of everyone. Can you imagine growing xs"lq"Vdq"Iudqflvfr"lq"wkh"vl{wlhv"dqg" vhyhqwlhv"Ì"|rx"kdg"wkh"Eodfn"Sdqwkhuv" dqg"wkrvh"lvvxhv"zkloh"wkh"Ürzhu" children were doing yoga outdoors? ÎL"fuhdwhg"d"qrq0surÛw"wr"vhuyh" the needs of women because the balance of power in the world still lies in the hands of men, often bypassing

DEBORAH SANTANA Biography Deborah Santana is an author, philanthropist, advocate for peace and social justice, and mother of three extremely loved children. Her ärst memoir, Space Between The Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart, was published in March 2005. Santana is founder of Do A Little, a donor-advised fund at the San Francisco Foundation that supports women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. She has received many awards, supports varied organizations, and has traveled widely, encountering everyone from Nelson Mandela to young school girls in Kenya. Santana believes life is to be lived with integrity, compassion and love. She tells her personal stories to share her strength and encourage others on the journey. For more information visit: www.deborahsantana.com or contact info@deborahsantana.com

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the skills, intelligence, compassion, love and grace of the female gender,” she states. Encouraging women to grow in whatever ways bring happiness and peace, her inspiration in naming the foundation Do A Little, comes from a quote by Reverend Desmond M. Tutu, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Do A Little currently funds more than 30 organizations and has helped more than 50 over the past six years. Santana limits her fund-raising efforts however to two primary projects – the Darajah Academy, a boarding school for high school girls in Kenya, and the Museum of African Dispora in San Iudqflvfr1"ÎL"wu|"wr"eh"frqvlvwhqw"dqg" constant with the groups I help,” she explains.There are so many around the world who need help, but I am seeing so much good in the world.There are so many people working together to care. “I am always grateful to be able wr"khos1"Zh"duh"sd|lqj"uhqw"rq"Hduwk" by giving to others. It is my personal gratitude and personal joy to be able to give. All of us want the same thing. The Dalai Lama says ‘no one wants to vxiihu1"Zh"doo"zdqw"wr"eh"kdss|Ñ1

“I am blessed,” Santana says with humility. “I have made mistakes, but I choose to learn every second that I am here.” Recognizing her privilege of direct learning from the Dalai Lama, and a personal guru, Santana brings all her experiences from a six-year old at the kitchen table to more recent travels in Africa to not only grow her foundation but also inspire others to reach out. One of her proudest accomplishments is not what she has accomplished in the Darajah Academy, but the work ri"rqh"ri"khu"yroxqwhhuv"iurp"XFOD" who was so moved by the needs of the children, he stayed in Kenya to form a program for the wandering and neglected street kids. Wdnlqj"wlph"wr"uhÜhfw"dqg"phgldwh" is an essential element of life, she advises other women. “I start my day off in my soul and in silence before I open the door and go out.” Mediating daily since she was 21, Santana also incorporates the yoga she began as a teenager in classes with her mother into her day. Her diet is California-style, healthy choices including salmon and chicken with no red meat.

Iuhh"wlph/"d"suhflrxv"frpprglw|" for a multi-tasking female, is spent in hiking, visiting museums, reading and dinner with friends. “One of my favorite activities is visiting independent book stores to hear different authors read and discuss their works,” she adds. “It is such a rich world, there are so many things to explore.” A constant student, Santana is in khu"Ûqdo"fodvvhv"wr"rewdlq"d"PdvwhuÑv" ghjuhh"lq"ZrpdqÑv"Vslulwxdolw|"dw" the California Institute of Integral Vwxglhv1"Khu"Ûqdo"surmhfwv"ehiruh" graduation include an intense study of the Dalai Lama’s teachings and Ûoplqj"d"grfxphqwdu|"derxw"zrphqÑv" spirituality. No surprise – she will be donating the documentary to CIIS to promote the program and encourage other women. She’s also working on another book showcasing the good works of others throughout the world.

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Gloria Hernandez Helping others find an amazing world of flavor

by Veronica Coons with photography by Hugo Gonzalez or most people, vegetarianism is a choice, often prompted by a diet fad or trendy political agenda. But for Gloria Hernandez, becoming a vegetarian was not just a choice, it was a matter of survival. As a 26 year old mother of two, Gloria started a journey she hadn’t planned or expected. Following a gallbladder surgery, complications a arose when she began eating meat again. She began to feel severe p as before. Doctors performed tests the results of which would pain ch change her life forever. Gloria learned that her body would no lo longer digest meat. Sitting in on a vegetarian cooking class led by Gloria Hernandez yyea later, it’s hard to believe there was ever a time that being years vveg vegetarian was a foreign idea to her. Today, she makes preparing vvega versions of familiar Mexican and American dishes look not vegan o doable, but delicious. only G Gloria began cooking when she was about 10 years old on a woo ired stove in her native Mexico. She and her older w wood ssister would prepare ingredients nts for her mother, who Glor G k. It soon became Gloria says is an amazing cook. hher rresponsibility to make suree all her younger broth b brothers and sisters were fed during the week, sso sh als from scratch. she learned to prepare meals

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There were no shortcuts. Everything was chopped and mixed by hand. It was there she learned to experiment with lavors. In the beginning, she had her fair share of failures, but over time, she learned to achieve the lavors she sought. “One day, a neighbor lady visited my mother, and brought a dish for her to try,” Gloria recalls. “I don’t remember what the dish was, but I do remember how my mom praised her. I told myself that someday, my mother would say the same thing about my cooking.” When faced with new dietary restrictions, she went to work learning how to combine ingredients to make sure she didn’t lack important nutrients. It wasn’t the irst time she had to learn to use unfamiliar ingredients to make familiar dishes. “When we came to Great Bend in 1992, the only Mexican food we could ind locally were corn tortillas from Wichita,” she said. “They were so thick, we were unable to fold them. I learned to make masa for tortillas from corn.” Today, she makes whole wheat vegan tortillas with spinach, which turns them a bright green color, and provides protein, iron, and other base nutrients. “I always try to ind the lavors that I like,” she said. She improvises until she inds just the right taste. She avoids most prepackaged foods, freezing and canning her own produce. When she doesn’t grow her own produce, she ppurchases what she needs from the farme farmers’ market for the majority of her er cook cooking.

The right mix Many people are rightly concerned they won’t get enough protein, Gloria said. By combining vegetables and grains with nuts and seeds, she feels conident she and her family are thriving. Her own health and that of her two biological daughters, now 28 and 24, is proof that she’s gotten it right. Now that they are adults, they both eat meat, she conides. “That is their choice,” she says. But when they come home, they enjoy their favorites. Gloria has also introduced her adopted children, ages 9, 12 and 14, to vegetarian foods. While the children eat some meat at school, the lunchrooms are aware of their restrictions aand are very accommodating, sshe says. Cooking for a crowd Cooking for her family is not C tth the entire scope of her talent, hhowever. She also prepares the weekly noon meal for 30

to 40 participants in the USD 428 Great Bend Migrant Parent Program. The main focus of the program is to provide health, education and other vital information about community resources to migrant parents. She has been with the program since it started 10 years ago. At irst, only a handful of participants would come to the meetings. There was a budget for providing a meal, and the Central Kitchen would provide sandwiches, Gloria said. “I noticed that all the o sandwiches were going into nt the trash,” she said. She went ct to Dan Brungardt, the district nt representative for the Migrant program at the time. She toldd him about how the attendeess weren’t eating the sandwiches,s, and the attendance was goingg at she s e sh down. He asked her what would suggest. ook o . If “I told him, let me cook. ome.” we feed them, they’ll come. Brungardt agreed to lett her try. She did the shopping and planning,

and began cooking, irst alone, and then with her friend, Martha. As she predicted, attendance grew. “Martha reads my mind,” Gloria said. “She’s very good.” Tuesday morning Gloria and Martha are busy preparing a variety of vegan dishes for the MPP participants who will meet the next day. They do as much preparation ahead of time as they can. While she often prepares non-vegan dishes for the class, this week she is going all vegan. Gloria was awake early, preparing homemade whole wheat rolls that will be the bun for meatless burgers. They are chopping onions and jalapenos, washing lettuce and unpacking premeasured nuts, legumes, grains and seeds that will be combined to make wraps, eggless eggs and meatless meats. Broccoli, tomatoes, avocados, and coconut are set aside for the salads and dessert she has planned. Homemade mango and strawberry freezer jams are set aside for pancake toppings. She prefers to sweeten with cane sugar, which she stocks up on when she visits family in Mexico. It’s brown and unreined, and she can use less nts. of it to get the lavor she wants.

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Delicious alternatives Firm tofu is drained, rinsed, and crumbled into an electric skillet where it is fried with the already browning onions until it becomes the consistency of scrambled eggs. Salt, pepper, and turmeric, the vital secret ingredient, are added to taste. Gloria rolls the mixture into a wholewheat spinach tortilla and the breakfast burrito is ready. “When I was a little girl, we had to eat so many eggs, now I hate them,� she said. They raised chickens and her mother made them eat raw eggs in the morning. Tofu also appears in the meatless burgers, where it is combined with wheat germ, oatmeal, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, onions, and jalapenos. To bind it together, Gloria uses ground lax seed with water. Like magic, she grinds the seeds in a coffee grinder, adds water, and beats the mixture until it has the consistency of raw eggs, save for the lecks of seed. She uses these when she makes bread. “I even make Challah bread–which traditionally contains a lot of eggs, with the laxseed,� she says. “It’s good.�

She combines the laxseed mixture with the dry ingredients. “This is the best lavor, when you use your hands,� she says. Once mixed, she pats out burgers and cooks them in the skillet until they are completely golden brown, and sets them aside. Then, in her food processor, she makes hummus from chickpeas soaked overnight, tahini (one of the few processed ingredients she will use), lemon, olive oil and a pinch of salt. She spreads the hummus on the wheat rolls, topped with a burger and garnished with lettuce and tomato. The sandwich is delicious. Classy lady Recently, Gloria approached the Great Bend Recreation Commission with a proposal that would help her take the next step toward her dream of sharing her way of cooking with others. Garet Fitzpatrick, the recreation program coordinator, agreed to let her teach a class. She has now taught two vegetarian cooking classes with plans to do more in the future. Fitzpatrick says he’s received very

positive feedback from class participants participants. He’s asked Gloria to consider teaching another class in either February or March. “She’s so positive and energetic in her presentation,â€? Kirkpatrick said. “She just shares what’s worked for her, and lets people make up their own minds. “I’m delighted,â€? Gloria says. And so, the journey continues. â–

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