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Features About Us EDITORIAL and BUSINESS OFFICE WOW magazine 300 N. Washington Ave. Box 271 Mason City, IA 50402-0271 800-421-0524 www.GLOBEGAZETTE.COM/WOW Publisher/Editor: Howard Query 641-421-0507, howard.query@lee.net Advertising Director: Greg Wilderman 641-421-0545, greg.wilderman@lee.net Advertising Coordinators: Lynette Harrington 641-421-0586 lynette.harrington@lee.net Linda Hawk 641-421-0522 linda.hawk@lee.net Managing Editor: Karen Jacobs 641-421-0529, karen.jacobs@lee.net WOW is published four times a year by the Globe Gazette.

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34 My DIY mid-life crisis

29 Sethanne DeGabriele writes about raising a 5-year-old.

The key is knowing when it’s time to start over.

37 Kick the snacking habit

36 Columnist Ann-Marie Berg addresses sportsmanship.

2 You look fabulous! Three lucky women win head-to-toe makeovers.

7 Food Fight Three teams brought their best recipes to the WOW Women’s Expo Food Fight Competition.

20 only good for you but are a symbol of love, too.

25 Bulk up Fiber is one of nature’s ways of keeping you healthy.

Cold, dry weather doesn’t mean you have to suffer with dry skin.

20 The fruit of love

27 The joys of pregnancy

39 Roomies or the ring?

You may be surprised at what you can and can’t enjoy while expecting.

While experts say not to cohabitate, statistics show it’s more popular than ever.

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You look fabulous! Three lucky women won head-to-toe makeovers at the WOW Women’s Expo 2

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Liz Klesel of Mason City was inspired to enter her name for a free makeover because her daughter encouraged her to do so, in a roundabout way. On her application Klesel wrote, “My youngest daughter tells me I look older than her dad.” The wife and mother of two doesn’t take the time to do her hair or makeup because of her job. “I have a career in cleaning,” she said. “What’s the point of looking nice when you clean all day?” When she learned that she won she couldn’t believe it. “I never win anything,” she said. Klesel said she has had the same hair style for 25 years and was ready for a change. Headquarters on 1st of Mason City provided the day’s pampering of color, cut and makeup. Sue Owen started the coloring with warm browns and caramel highlights. Sue Kenny did the cut of a “stacked back with softness around the face.” Jenna Krueger used Mirabella cosmetics for the finishing touches. Klesel also got a manicure from Jan Thilges and Bev Frey assisted with the cut and color. Moorman Clothiers of Mason City provided Klesel’s outfit. According to Cally Peterson, Klesel chose a broomstick skirt with geometric stitching by Karen Kane and a Vneck top with ruching and black tint by Lynn Ritchie. Klesel liked the end result. “This is definitely different than what I’ve had in the past, but I like it.”

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Marcia Carroll of Marble Rock was giving herself an early birthday present in the form of a makeover as a winner of one of three WOW Women’s Expo makeovers. “My birthday is tomorrow (Feb. 13), I turn 42, and I thought what better way to give myself a present.” As a mother of six children, Carroll rarely took time for herself. “I have always put my kids first for 18 years and now it’s time for Mom to think of Mom,” she said. Carroll’s mother, Rose Meek, echoed Marcia’s comments. “She always takes care of the kids first,” she said. When Carroll found out she was a makeover winner she was ready. “I’ve been wanting a new hairstyle for years, she said. “This way I get to try something new.” The Color Couture team of Brenda Adams, Maddie Brown and Katie Severson of Mason City did the color, cut and makeup for Carroll. According to Adams, two different reds with chocolate undertones were chosen for the overall color and copper highlights to accentuate the red. Carroll’s medium length hair was cut short in the back with longer, straight-length in the front that framed her face. Adams explained that a tone chart was used to determine Carroll’s color. “She was in between a warm and a cool tone. Lillian’s of Mason City also provided Carroll’s outfit of a blue and brown Beautiful Plus cardigan with fun, flirty ruffles over a white Kavio! Women long-sleeved top. It was paired with a flowing gray MaiTai brand skirt by Moon Goon. The ensemble was accessorized with a fabulous wine colored Lillians handbag and a blue crocheted and beaded necklace. When it was all done Carroll couldn’t keep the smile off of her face. “I am really happy. This was a lot of fun and I am really appreciative of all the hard work from Color Couture and the clothes from Lillians. Thank you everybody,” she said.


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Sondra Lampe of Britt had high hopes for her Saturday evening entertainment as she and her husband, David, were planning to meet another couple for dinner in Wesley. She was excited because she had spent the day at the WOW Expo at Southbridge Mall in Mason City as a recipient of a complete hair, makeup and clothing makeover, and was excited to show off her new look. When notified of being picked Lampe was very excited, saying she’s always wanted a makeover. Her husband took the call from the Globe Gazette and broke the news to her. “My husband and daughter were more excited than I was, but I was still thrilled,” said Lampe. As an ER receptionist at the Britt Hospital, Sondra doesn’t “do herself” up every day. “In my line of work, looking good with makeup and your hair done isn’t always feasible so I usually just pull my hair back into a ponytail.” Her day started with a hair and makeup consultation from Designs on the Plaza of Mason City. According to co-owner Amber Demaray, they chose cool-tone highlights with dark, rich brown copper color. “Copper is the color of the season,” said Demaray. For the cut, Brandis Turnbull, co-owner Designs on the Plaza, snipped a little bit of length off Sondra’s long hair because Sondra wanted to keep the length but still have a newer, updated look. “I framed her hair around her face and put in lots of layers” said Turnbull. The Designs on the Plaza team used Mirabella cosmetics for the finishing touches. Lampe’s outfit from Lillians in Mason City included a Rouge brand casual knit top with a romantic rose and Fleur de Lis print in shades of pink accented with pink and gold jewels. The top was paired with Bootheel Trading Company jeans by Sheryl Crow. The look was completed with a black with silver embellishments Lillians handbag. Lampe was happy with her new look. “I can’t wait for my co-workers to see me. When I told them about it they said a new you will be coming back to work.”

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Laurie O’Connor works on her team’s peppers.

Food Fight! Cooking competition takes center stage during WOW Women’s Expo

Judging were Carmen Tickal, Robin Edgar, Marc Gabrielson and Kathy Barlas. Team Hy-Vee (top) included Dave Clark and Bill Kingston.

You can watch video and a slideshow of Food Fight at the WOW Expo online at www.globegazette.com/wow

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Orange-Glazed Chicken, Pepper Medley Slawsa and Almost Your Mother’s Mashed Potatoes were a winning combination for Anne and Steve Bakke at the 2011 WOW Women’s Expo 2nd Annual Food Fight competition. The team, representing ProBuild of Mason City, won a $100 Hy-Vee gift card and a full page, black and white ad in the Globe Gazette for their charity, Opportunity Village, courtesy of Hy-Vee. This year team sponsors featured two repeats: Hy-Vee and McCloskey Appliance. ProBuild, the third sponsor, was new to the competition.

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Representing Hy-Vee and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation were Dave Clark and Bill Kingston. Mother and daughter team Laurie O’Connor and Jessica O’Connor represented McCloskey Appliance and the Mason City YMCA. Teams were supplied five pounds of chicken breasts, red peppers, yellow peppers, baby red potatoes and blood oranges. They had to use all of the ingredients to create a main dish and either a salad and a side dish or two side dishes. They had 40 minutes in which to prepare and plate the food for judging. Teams were allowed to use other ingredients as needed. Clark and Kingston developed their recipe by trying to utilize each ingredient as much as possible to get the best results and flavors. “We decided upon a southwestern theme because of the peppers,” said Clark. Jessica O’Connor main recipe concern was using oranges and peppers together. “I wanted heat, smoke and something sweet. Plus I’m not a pepper fan,” she said. Anne Bakke has 30-plus years of experience creating recipes, as she spent those years as a family and consumer science teacher instructing teenagers to cook in Forest City.

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“I have a lifelong passion for food which started before the Food Network and even Martha Stewart,� she said. Twenty minutes into their allotted time the Hy-Vee team was busy browning skinless, de-boned and citrus-marinated chicken breasts in olive oil. The potatoes were soft and ready for scooping, the peppers were cut and ready for the potatoes to be added.

How the food was judged The judges scored the food by assigning a number between 1 and 9, with 9 being the highest. The food was judged on four criteria: taste: flavorful, texture; appearance: presentation on the plate; creativity: ingenuity of use of ingredients; and preparation: easy enough for a regular person to make.

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The panel of judges The judging panel was a mix of professionals and food aficionados. • Returning judge Marc Gabrielson is the owner of We 3 Catering in Belmond. • Robin Edgar, president of Edgar Financial Group in Mason City, cooked last year. • Kathy Barlas is best known as head cook of banquet facilities at the former Hanford Inn. • Surprise guest judge Carmen Tickal of Mason City, expected to spend her Saturday in her vendor booth at the Expo. Instead she was chosen randomly from the crowd to eat some great food.

Halfway through their 40 minutes, team O’Connor had the chutney ready, the chicken breasts had been coated with a breadcrumb mixture and were cooking in olive oil. The cooked potatoes were combined with peppers and onion and were being sautéed in garlic and olive oil. The Bakkes at the 20minute mark had coated the breasts in a flour and spice mixture and were cooking in olive oil. The potatoes were mashed, black beans and butter added and were waiting for the chicken for plating. Event host Globe Gazette Publisher Howard Query announced when each team had 10 minutes remaining. The last 10 minutes were a flurry of activity for each team as they had to finish the recipes and plate the food ensuring a pleasing presentation for the judges. The spring sprout salad by the Hy-Vee team proved to be a favorite among the judges with Tickal calling it “delightful.”

And Edgar called it the best part of the plate. The chutney by Team McCloskey was a huge hit with the judges as they remarked on the flavor and the color it added to the plate. Barlas liked all the colors of the chutney, “how the peppers, onions and oranges mix, creating a nice presentation.” Gabrielson was pleased with the mix of colors, “I always love color on a plate.” But it was the orange-glazed chicken by the ProBuild team that edged them into the winner’s circle. Barlas liked that the flavor of the chicken wasn’t overpowered by the flavors of the slawsa and mashed potatoes. Tickal thought the seasoning on the chicken flavorful and Gabrielson called the entire plate “very good.” Bakke was overjoyed when the winner was announced. “We came thinking we were going to have fun with a capital F! To win overall for Opportunity Village is great!”

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Almost your Mother’s Mashed Potatoes 1-2 pounds little red potatoes 1/2 cup warmed milk 1-2 tablespoons butter 3-4 tablespoons black beans (drained and rinsed) ½ tsp. salt Using a potato peeler remove only portions of the skin around the eyes or blemishes, some red to remain. In a sauce pan add water to cover the potatoes, add salt and bring to a boil. When potatoes are tender, drain, mash and gradually add the milk (more or less than ½ cup). Cut the butter into pieces and toss in with the black beans. Garnish with some sliced green onion tops. Suggestion: If you use bone-in and skin-on chicken breasts use the bones

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Orange Glazed Chicken 4-5 chicken breasts (boneless/skinless) ½ cup flour ½ tsp. cumin ½ tsp. Seasoned Salt ½ tsp. Tony Chachere seasoning Freshly ground pepper 1 clove garlic, crushed (this will be sautéed with the chicken) Mix the flour and spices. Flatten the chicken breasts in a plastic bag (a wine bottle works well to flatten chicken) Coat each chicken piece with flour mixture. Sauce: ½-2/3 cup orange juice 1 chicken bouillon cube or 1 tsp. granules ¼ teaspoon cumin Heat skillet and add 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Add the floured chicken breasts and cook until golden, turn. If you need to add a little more oil, add the garlic, careful not to brown the garlic. When golden on the other side, add the sauce and simmer

until it thickens a little from the flourcoated chicken. Garnish with cilantro/sliced oranges. Comments: I wanted to emphasize the beautiful colors of the peppers and keep the crisp textures. I wanted fresh flavors to come through and found that I liked the sweet sour flavors mixed with the freshness of the green onion tops and the cilantro. A little more heat could be added with the addition of a fourth pepper, jalapeno. The black beans add an interesting twist, but also played to the international flavors. They also helped compliment the spicy international seasonings in the chicken dish. It pulled the two dishes together. — Anne Bakke and Steve Bakke, competing for ProBuild

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Debone chicken breast and place in shallow pan with citrus marinade (up to 45 minutes). Remove from marinade and apply an even coating of Southwest Seasoning to skin side. Mix breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, red pepper and chipoPreheat sauté pan to medium low before adding olive oil tle rub together in a pie plate. Bread both sides of the chicken and chicken (skin down). breast. In a fry pan, add oil and fry chicken until each side is Once crisp, flip chicken and continue cooking to 165 golden brown (temp of 170° F). Top with Citrus Chutney. degrees. (If necessary, reduce heat or finish in oven to pre— Jessica O’Connor and Laurie O’Connor, competing for vent burning). McCloskey Appliance Once chicken is thoroughly cooked, cut into desired portions and place on plate. Heat citrus pepper crème sauce and apply as desired to Baby Red Potatoes & Peppers chicken. 1 lb. baby red potatoes — Dave Clark, Bill Kingston, competing for Hy-Vee 1/2 medium red pepper Citrus marinade 1/2 medium green pepper Olive oil, ½ cup 1/2 medium yellow pepper White wine vinegar, ½ cup 1/2 medium red onion Fresh squeezed orange juice, ½ cup 2 tsp. chipotle rub 2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil

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North Iowans know that when the furnace gets turned on, moisturizing lotions come out of their summer hibernation. Nearly every North Iowan suffer from xerosis, otherwise known as dry skin, said Dr. Joe Plank, a dermatologist with Mercy Dermatology Center in Mason City. “North Iowa winters are known for their lack of humidity as cold air cannot hold moisture. This causes the moisture in our body to leave the cells and go into the environment, leaving behind dry skin,” he said. Unless you can escape North Iowa winters, you’re pretty much stuck dealing with dry skin. Plank’s first defense in the battle of combating dry skin is to restore the barrier. He suggests following the three-minute rule: moisturize within three minutes of hand washing or taking a bath or shower. “You have three minutes to get something on your skin to seal it and to keep from extruding the moisture,” he said. While a shower is a form of moisture, the moisture in the skin has evaporated and it needs to be protected, he said. Chronic dry skin sufferer Bonnie Kern of Mason City has been

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Choosing the right moisturizer for you Dr. Plank’s favorite moisturizers that are available without a prescription include: Creams with 20% Urea: Carmol, Ureacin Lotions: AmLactin, Lubriderm, Loreal, Eucerin brand products Facial Lotions: Cetaphil, Dove brand products


Dry-Skin Myths Debunked Dr. Joe Plank, a dermatologist with Mercy Dermatology Center in Mason City, addresses commonly held beliefs: Frequent bathing contributes to dry skin Untrue. “You can bathe as often as you want as long as you moisturize afterward each time.” High water temperature also contributes Untrue. “The temperature of the water doesn’t affect dry skin. Moisturize.” Drinking lots of water/fluid helps dry skin Another myth that is untrue. “When you drink more liquids what happens? You urinate more frequently as the body will adjust for the extra liquids. Additional liquids have nothing to do with the hydration of the skin.”

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plagued by dry skin for many years. Her skin is normally dry, more in the winter months. “During the winter months my hands become rough, cracked and on occasion actually bleed,” she said. Severe situations such as Kern’s are a result of the thickening of the dry, dead skin layer at the end of the fingertips, Plank said. The outermost skin layer consists of dead skin cells in a mixture of natural oils that are made by underlying living skin cells. These natural skin cells help to keep the water inside the body from escaping into the air. “When the stratum corneum layer gets dry it’s similar to a desert floo. It cracks and splits fissures and the only way it can be remedied is if moisturizer is applied immediately,” Plank said. Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin needs can be overwhelming as the choices available are many. Plank said that your needs will determine which type of moisturizer to use. “Choose a lotion or cream that

contains at least 20 percent urea cream as they do a good job at holding moisture in,” he said. Kern uses a chemical-free moisturizing soap for her skin as well as chemical-free laundry soap. “The best remedy is to go south for the winter,” Kern said. Dr. Katherine Brohman, a family practitioner with North Iowa Skin Laser Solutions in Mason City, cautions against using moisturizers with fragrances or dyes as some people are sensitive to them. Brohman suggests people with sensitive skin use moisturizers that contain ceramide, a type of fat that helps to keep moisture in the skin. Curel or CeraVe are ceramide-containing moisturizers. Plank offered dry skin advice for men, too. “Men don’t pay too much attention to their skin and they have the greatest degree of dryness,” he said. Plank recommends Nivea for Men and Nutragena for Men. Both products are fragrance free, something men will appreciate, and both products are not considered “heavy.”

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While in Greek mythology pomegranates were a symbol of love, in modern times they can help bring you good health

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The seeds of one fruit are one of the most beneficial and passionate fruits on the market. According to Vasiliki Kostopoulou, visiting professor of Greek mythology, Latin and literature in translation at the University of Iowa, the pomegranate was a symbol of live in Greek mythology. In the poem, “The Homeric Hymn to Demeter,” Persephone is abducted by Hades and held in the underworld. “While Persephone was in the underworld, Hades gave her pomegranate seeds to eat, a gesture that symbolizes her sexual union with him,” Kostopoulou said. In contemporary Greece, Kostopoulou said, pomegranates are given as presents to just-married couples to bring them prosperity and luck. Alyssa Rider, a therapeutic dietitian at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, explains the unending benefits of the pomegranate. “With a flavor both tart and sweet, the pomegranate contains clusters of small edible seeds with juicy red fruit. One medium pomegranate has just 105 calories and is a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C,” she said. Rider also references a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that states, “Pomegranates are proving to be the most powerful antioxidant source available, better than red wine, tomatoes, vitamin E and a variety of other headline makers.” Pomegranates also help prevent heart disease and high cholesterol and reduce blood pressure, said Rider. Steve Meints, produce manager of Hy-Vee East in Mason City, sells this romantic fruit year-round in varying forms. The peak season for the whole fruit is October through January, Meints said. However, the arils, or convenient seeds of the fruit, and many flavors of pomegranate juice always are available for those looking to play the field.


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the fruit of

ove

While in Greek mythology pomegranates were a symbol of love, in modern times they can help bring you good health

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The seeds of one fruit are one of the most beneficial and passionate fruits on the market. According to Vasiliki Kostopoulou, visiting professor of Greek mythology, Latin and literature in translation at the University of Iowa, the pomegranate was a symbol of live in Greek mythology. In the poem, “The Homeric Hymn to Demeter,” Persephone is abducted by Hades and held in the underworld. “While Persephone was in the underworld, Hades gave her pomegranate seeds to eat, a gesture that symbolizes her sexual union with him,” Kostopoulou said. In contemporary Greece, Kostopoulou said, pomegranates are given as presents to just-married couples to bring them prosperity and luck. Alyssa Rider, a therapeutic dietitian at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, explains the unending benefits of the pomegranate. “With a flavor both tart and sweet, the pomegranate contains clusters of small edible seeds with juicy red fruit. One medium pomegranate has just 105 calories and is a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C,” she said. Rider also references a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that states, “Pomegranates are proving to be the most powerful antioxidant source available, better than red wine, tomatoes, vitamin E and a variety of other headline makers.” Pomegranates also help prevent heart disease and high cholesterol and reduce blood pressure, said Rider. Steve Meints, produce manager of Hy-Vee East in Mason City, sells this romantic fruit year-round in varying forms. The peak season for the whole fruit is October through January, Meints said. However, the arils, or convenient seeds of the fruit, and many flavors of pomegranate juice always are available for those looking to play the field.


What to look for

ENJOYING A POMEGRANATE

When choosing a whole pomegranate, you should look for one that is bright red, shiny and smooth and about the size of a baseball.

These fruits will cost around $1.50-$2.50 each. However, as with any romantic engagement, there are some tricks involved to making a connection. “It’s time-consuming (to crack it open),” said Meints. “There are definitely tricks to it.” For those looking for less commitment, the arils are available. However, the easy alternative is going to cost you — approximately $4 for a 12-ounce carton. “I recommend anything that’s different,” said Meints. “People should try and give it a chance in all of its different forms.” Rider suggests introducing your new interest to other parts of your diet. “Pomegranate seeds are often used in salads and cooked dishes,” she said. “You can also add to yogurt, trail mix, poached fish, or find other creative ways to include them in your diet.”

STEP ONE: CUT Cut off the top about a half inch below the crown.

POM PASSION SMOOTHIE From www.pomwonderful.com 2 oz. freshly squeezed pomegranate juice or POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice 6 oz. nonfat yogurt 1 cup fresh strawberries handful of ice Blend all ingredients together until the desired consistency is reached. Nutrients per serving: 157 calories, 9g protein, 34g carbohydrate, 0.6g total fat (0g saturated), 4mg cholesterol, 113mg sodium; 96mg vitamin C, 0.35mg niacin (vitamin B3), 0.5mg CHEF’S

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One large POM Wonderful pomegranate will produce about 1/2 cup of juice

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GRILLED CHICKEN MOHAMMARA This main dish is from www.pomwonderful.com is courtesy of Chef Jose Andres, Chef and Owner, Zaytinya, Washington D.C. www.thinkfoodgroup.com TIME TO TABLE: 20 minutes prep, 4 hours marinating, 1 hour 45 minutes cooking Serves: Makes 2 to 4 servings MOHAMMARA SAUCE 1/3 cup arils from 1 large POM Wonderful Pomegranate 1-1/2 tablespoons POM Molasses (directions at right) 3 red bell peppers 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons minced garlic 1 cup minced shallots 2/3 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/2 teaspoon ground long pepper (also known as Java pepper) or red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

POM MOLASSES juice from 8-12 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates, or 4 cups POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

CHEF’S

TIP For 4 cups of juice, cut 8-12 large pomegranates in half and juice them with a citrus reamer or juicer. Pour the mixture through a cheeseclothlined strainer or sieve. Set the juice aside.

CHICKEN MARINADE 2 tablespoons POM Molasses (directions below) 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1 teaspoon paprika 1 bay leaf 1 clove garlic zest from 1 lemon 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-oz. pieces

STEP TWO: SCORE Cut it into sections.

To make the POM Molasses: Prepare fresh pomegranate juice. Combine the pomegranate juice, sugar and lime juice in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the liquid has reduced to 1 cup, about an hour. It should be dark in color and the consistency of thick syrup that coats the spoon. Set aside to cool. Store pomegranate molasses in refrigerator in a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid. To make the chicken marinade: Combine the bell pepper, 2 tablespoons POM Molasses, paprika, bay leaf, garlic and lemon zest in a food processor; puree into a paste. Coat the chicken pieces with the marinade, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or overnight for best results). To make the Mohammara Sauce: Remove arils from 1 pomegranate. Reserve 1/3 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.) Place the bell peppers on a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush peppers all over with olive oil and roast in the oven under the broiler for about 10 minutes, turning frequently to prevent burning, until the skins are blistered and blackened on all sides. Remove peppers from the oven and lay a clean kitchen towel over them until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. This will make the skins easier to remove. Peel off the skins and remove the

stems and seeds, and slice CHEF’S into strips. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a sauté pan over medi- Serve any um-high heat and cook the remaining garlic and shallots, stirring Mohammara sauce with often, until light golden, toasted about 7 to 10 minutes. pitas. Reduce heat to medium and add half of the walnuts, all of the cardamom, long pepper, cinnamon, 1/3 cup POM Molasses and vinegar. Stir until well combined and cook for another 15 minutes. Add the roasted peppers and cook for 5 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and set aside to cool. Transfer mixture to a food processor and blend until well combined. Remove chicken from marinade and slide pieces onto four long metal skewers. Discard remaining marinade. Grill chicken pieces over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 8 minutes on each side. Set aside to rest slightly. To serve, spoon some Mohammara sauce onto each plate and carefully slide chicken pieces off skewer onto the plate, keeping the pieces together in a row. Garnish with fresh pomegranate arils, the remaining toasted walnuts and parsley. Nutrients per serving (4 oz. of chicken, about 8 pieces): 435 calories (173 calories from fat), protein 32g, 19g total fat (19g saturated), 31g carbohydrates, 66mg cholesterol, 15g total sugars, 395mcg vitamin A RE, 1047mg sodium, 842mg potassium.

TIP

TEQUILA SUNDOWN STEP THREE: LOOSEN Place the sections in a bowl of water, then roll out the arils (juice sacs) with your fingers. Discard everything else.

STEP FOUR: STRAIN Strain out the water.

This drink is from www.pomwonderful.com, courtesy of Amy Ephron, owner of OneForTheTable.com. 1oz. freshly squeezed pomegranate juice or POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice 1-1/2 oz. tequila 4 oz. fresh orange juice ice Fill a highball glass with ice. Add tequila and fill with orange juice. Stir. Slowly pour in pomegranate juice and let it settle. Before serving stir once, very gently, to create the “sundown” effect. GLOBEGAZETTE.COM/WOW SPRING 2011

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What to look for

ENJOYING A POMEGRANATE

When choosing a whole pomegranate, you should look for one that is bright red, shiny and smooth and about the size of a baseball.

These fruits will cost around $1.50-$2.50 each. However, as with any romantic engagement, there are some tricks involved to making a connection. “It’s time-consuming (to crack it open),” said Meints. “There are definitely tricks to it.” For those looking for less commitment, the arils are available. However, the easy alternative is going to cost you — approximately $4 for a 12-ounce carton. “I recommend anything that’s different,” said Meints. “People should try and give it a chance in all of its different forms.” Rider suggests introducing your new interest to other parts of your diet. “Pomegranate seeds are often used in salads and cooked dishes,” she said. “You can also add to yogurt, trail mix, poached fish, or find other creative ways to include them in your diet.”

STEP ONE: CUT Cut off the top about a half inch below the crown.

POM PASSION SMOOTHIE From www.pomwonderful.com 2 oz. freshly squeezed pomegranate juice or POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice 6 oz. nonfat yogurt 1 cup fresh strawberries handful of ice Blend all ingredients together until the desired consistency is reached. Nutrients per serving: 157 calories, 9g protein, 34g carbohydrate, 0.6g total fat (0g saturated), 4mg cholesterol, 113mg sodium; 96mg vitamin C, 0.35mg niacin (vitamin B3), 0.5mg CHEF’S

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One large POM Wonderful pomegranate will produce about 1/2 cup of juice

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GRILLED CHICKEN MOHAMMARA This main dish is from www.pomwonderful.com is courtesy of Chef Jose Andres, Chef and Owner, Zaytinya, Washington D.C. www.thinkfoodgroup.com TIME TO TABLE: 20 minutes prep, 4 hours marinating, 1 hour 45 minutes cooking Serves: Makes 2 to 4 servings MOHAMMARA SAUCE 1/3 cup arils from 1 large POM Wonderful Pomegranate 1-1/2 tablespoons POM Molasses (directions at right) 3 red bell peppers 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons minced garlic 1 cup minced shallots 2/3 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/2 teaspoon ground long pepper (also known as Java pepper) or red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

POM MOLASSES juice from 8-12 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates, or 4 cups POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

CHEF’S

TIP For 4 cups of juice, cut 8-12 large pomegranates in half and juice them with a citrus reamer or juicer. Pour the mixture through a cheeseclothlined strainer or sieve. Set the juice aside.

CHICKEN MARINADE 2 tablespoons POM Molasses (directions below) 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1 teaspoon paprika 1 bay leaf 1 clove garlic zest from 1 lemon 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-oz. pieces

STEP TWO: SCORE Cut it into sections.

To make the POM Molasses: Prepare fresh pomegranate juice. Combine the pomegranate juice, sugar and lime juice in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the liquid has reduced to 1 cup, about an hour. It should be dark in color and the consistency of thick syrup that coats the spoon. Set aside to cool. Store pomegranate molasses in refrigerator in a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid. To make the chicken marinade: Combine the bell pepper, 2 tablespoons POM Molasses, paprika, bay leaf, garlic and lemon zest in a food processor; puree into a paste. Coat the chicken pieces with the marinade, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or overnight for best results). To make the Mohammara Sauce: Remove arils from 1 pomegranate. Reserve 1/3 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.) Place the bell peppers on a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush peppers all over with olive oil and roast in the oven under the broiler for about 10 minutes, turning frequently to prevent burning, until the skins are blistered and blackened on all sides. Remove peppers from the oven and lay a clean kitchen towel over them until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. This will make the skins easier to remove. Peel off the skins and remove the

stems and seeds, and slice CHEF’S into strips. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a sauté pan over medi- Serve any um-high heat and cook the remaining garlic and shallots, stirring Mohammara sauce with often, until light golden, toasted about 7 to 10 minutes. pitas. Reduce heat to medium and add half of the walnuts, all of the cardamom, long pepper, cinnamon, 1/3 cup POM Molasses and vinegar. Stir until well combined and cook for another 15 minutes. Add the roasted peppers and cook for 5 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and set aside to cool. Transfer mixture to a food processor and blend until well combined. Remove chicken from marinade and slide pieces onto four long metal skewers. Discard remaining marinade. Grill chicken pieces over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 8 minutes on each side. Set aside to rest slightly. To serve, spoon some Mohammara sauce onto each plate and carefully slide chicken pieces off skewer onto the plate, keeping the pieces together in a row. Garnish with fresh pomegranate arils, the remaining toasted walnuts and parsley. Nutrients per serving (4 oz. of chicken, about 8 pieces): 435 calories (173 calories from fat), protein 32g, 19g total fat (19g saturated), 31g carbohydrates, 66mg cholesterol, 15g total sugars, 395mcg vitamin A RE, 1047mg sodium, 842mg potassium.

TIP

TEQUILA SUNDOWN STEP THREE: LOOSEN Place the sections in a bowl of water, then roll out the arils (juice sacs) with your fingers. Discard everything else.

STEP FOUR: STRAIN Strain out the water.

This drink is from www.pomwonderful.com, courtesy of Amy Ephron, owner of OneForTheTable.com. 1oz. freshly squeezed pomegranate juice or POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice 1-1/2 oz. tequila 4 oz. fresh orange juice ice Fill a highball glass with ice. Add tequila and fill with orange juice. Stir. Slowly pour in pomegranate juice and let it settle. Before serving stir once, very gently, to create the “sundown” effect. GLOBEGAZETTE.COM/WOW SPRING 2011

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When you think of fiber what comes to mind? Gritty drinks that taste awful, prunes, bran cereal? While these things do indeed contain good amounts of fiber, they are not the end-all, be-all source of fiber. Why do we even need fiber? What does it do, and how much do we really need? Let’s take a look. Dietary fiber comes from the portion of plants that is not digested by enzymes in the intestinal tract. There are two types of dietary fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber forms a gel by absorbing fluids in the intestine and helps remove cholesterol during digestion. It also helps keep us full

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When you think of fiber what comes to mind? Gritty drinks that taste awful, prunes, bran cereal? While these things do indeed contain good amounts of fiber, they are not the end-all, be-all source of fiber. Why do we even need fiber? What does it do, and how much do we really need? Let’s take a look. Dietary fiber comes from the portion of plants that is not digested by enzymes in the intestinal tract. There are two types of dietary fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber forms a gel by absorbing fluids in the intestine and helps remove cholesterol during digestion. It also helps keep us full

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longer after meals by causing food to empty from the stomach more slowly and helps keep blood sugar levels more stable. Soluble fiber gets a lot of press because it happens to be an ingredient in Cheerios. However, one can also find it in oatmeal, dried beans and peas, barley, flax seed, fresh and dried fruit, and yes, Metamucil (psyllium). Fiber One bars are a good source. Another type of supplement, Benefiber, is a powder that dissolves easily in water and doesn’t have a gritty or gloppy texture. It’s a great way to sneak in a few grams of fiber here and there. Insoluble fiber, also known as “roughage,” is the stuff of legend, the “scrub brush” for the colon. Insoluble fiber cannot be broken down during digestion and helps add weight to stools. (Well, someone’s got to say it.) This in turn makes everything go

through more, ahem, regularly. Insoluble fiber lurks in green leafy vegetables, root vegetable skins (so eat the skin on your baked potato), fruit skins (don’t peel those apples), wholewheat products (make sure your foods say “whole” wheat or grain), corn bran, seeds and nuts. Brown rice and bulgur are good whole grain sources. So how much do we need? Current recommendations call for 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories eaten. Older and still often-used recommendations call for 25-35 grams per day — this is a pretty fair estimate for everyone. The average American eats 10 grams of fiber per day, so many of us have work to do. Use caution when going from your usual intake of fiber to the recommended amount. And drink plenty of fluids while upping your fiber. Zipping right up to the goal amount in a day will bring on plenty of digestive problems you don’t want, including

gas, constipation, bloating or diarrhea. Don’t go there. If you don’t increase your fluid amount you will have problems. Fiber works by attracting fluid. If there’s not enough to soak up, you have a “digestion congestion” occurring. So, drink up. Aim for 8 ounces of non-caffeinated fluid for every 5 grams of fiber you increase, and increase your fiber by 5 grams every 3-4 days. These days, fiber has gotten past its old-school reputation. We know it’s good for everyone, toddlers to seniors. It plays important roles in weight loss, diabetes management, heart health and much more. Shed your preconceived notions and gear up for a healthier you!

the joys of pregnancy You’ve always thought you had to avoid caffeine, coloring your hair and even sex during pregnancy, but you may be surprised at what you can enjoy

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1. Lifting is off-limits “Sometimes it’s more about women thinking they might not be able to lift things over their head,” Faust said. “There’s nothing wrong with that.”

2. I can’t color my hair “The only thing I warn people about is your hair, skin and nails behave differently when pregnant,” Faust said. “The smells may bother you more, but it’s safe” to color your hair.

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longer after meals by causing food to empty from the stomach more slowly and helps keep blood sugar levels more stable. Soluble fiber gets a lot of press because it happens to be an ingredient in Cheerios. However, one can also find it in oatmeal, dried beans and peas, barley, flax seed, fresh and dried fruit, and yes, Metamucil (psyllium). Fiber One bars are a good source. Another type of supplement, Benefiber, is a powder that dissolves easily in water and doesn’t have a gritty or gloppy texture. It’s a great way to sneak in a few grams of fiber here and there. Insoluble fiber, also known as “roughage,” is the stuff of legend, the “scrub brush” for the colon. Insoluble fiber cannot be broken down during digestion and helps add weight to stools. (Well, someone’s got to say it.) This in turn makes everything go

through more, ahem, regularly. Insoluble fiber lurks in green leafy vegetables, root vegetable skins (so eat the skin on your baked potato), fruit skins (don’t peel those apples), wholewheat products (make sure your foods say “whole” wheat or grain), corn bran, seeds and nuts. Brown rice and bulgur are good whole grain sources. So how much do we need? Current recommendations call for 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories eaten. Older and still often-used recommendations call for 25-35 grams per day — this is a pretty fair estimate for everyone. The average American eats 10 grams of fiber per day, so many of us have work to do. Use caution when going from your usual intake of fiber to the recommended amount. And drink plenty of fluids while upping your fiber. Zipping right up to the goal amount in a day will bring on plenty of digestive problems you don’t want, including

gas, constipation, bloating or diarrhea. Don’t go there. If you don’t increase your fluid amount you will have problems. Fiber works by attracting fluid. If there’s not enough to soak up, you have a “digestion congestion” occurring. So, drink up. Aim for 8 ounces of non-caffeinated fluid for every 5 grams of fiber you increase, and increase your fiber by 5 grams every 3-4 days. These days, fiber has gotten past its old-school reputation. We know it’s good for everyone, toddlers to seniors. It plays important roles in weight loss, diabetes management, heart health and much more. Shed your preconceived notions and gear up for a healthier you!

the joys of pregnancy You’ve always thought you had to avoid caffeine, coloring your hair and even sex during pregnancy, but you may be surprised at what you can enjoy

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Do you really have to give up caffeine when you’re pregnant? Can you paint the baby’s room or should you stay out of the house when it’s being painted? We asked Dr. Michael Faust, an Obstetrics and Gynecology physician at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa to address popular beliefs as they relate to a normal, healthy pregnancy.

1. Lifting is off-limits “Sometimes it’s more about women thinking they might not be able to lift things over their head,” Faust said. “There’s nothing wrong with that.”

2. I can’t color my hair “The only thing I warn people about is your hair, skin and nails behave differently when pregnant,” Faust said. “The smells may bother you more, but it’s safe” to color your hair.

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3. I shouldn’t paint when pregnant.

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Faust recommends you follow usual precautions if you are going to be painting, but said there is no medical hazard for you to work with oil or latex-based paints. “There are no studies to show that it’s dangerous,” he said.

7. Can I have sex while pregnant?

4. Do I have to give up caffeine when pregnant? While consuming more than 30 ounces a day of any caffeinated beverage in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy can increase your risk for miscarriage, after that there are no studies to show caffeine’s a problem, Faust said. “We recommend keeping caffeine intake to the equivalent of less than 30 ounces a day in the first 13 weeks,” he said.

A pregnant woman’s sexual appetite can increase or decrease — both normal and caused by hormones. “As long as there is no history of problems, no ruptured membranes, no bleeding, no bleeding after intercourse or pain,” Faust said, it’s normal and healthy to have sex while pregnant. A woman also can have contractions after sex, but they should subside withing 15-20 minutes, he added.

8. I can’t see my dentist while pregnant. There is no reason not to keep up with dental care, Faust said. “We’d rather have them take care of their teeth than wait nine months and lose a tooth,” he said.

5. Do I have to quit eating fish when I’m pregnant? 9. I have to gain a lot of weight The concern centers around merduring pregnancy.

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cury, a chemical that can harm the fetus’s developing nervous system. The FDA/EPA Fish Consumption Advisory advises pregnant women to avoid types of fish that are higher in mercury — shark, swordfish, tilefish and king mackerel. Salmon (wild caught, if possible), sole, flounder, shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish are safer choices. “Historically we’ve told them no more than one can a week” of tuna, Faust said.

6. Why do I get headaches? The biggest reasons for headaches in the first 13 weeks, Faust said, are caffeine withdrawal, sleep deprivation, eye strain and sometimes dehydration. As long as you keep your caffeine intake to less than 30 ounces a day in the first 13 weeks, you can eliminate caffeine withdrawal, Faust said. Tylenol PM can help you sleep, he said, and sports rehydration drinks are very good to avoid dehydration. Faust suggests sticking with drinks low in sugar like G2, Powerade Zero

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While the average person gains 1725 pounds during a pregnancy, typically a woman gains more weight with her first pregnancy. “When you are overweight you don’t need to gain a lot of weight when you are pregnant,” Faust said. The good news is that the average person also loses 17-18 pounds before she leaves the hospital, he said.

10. I have to limit my exercise to walking. Not necessarily true. “In general we advise to continue to do what you are in shape for,” Faust said. While a pregnant woman will need to slow down over time, Faust said he recommends she stay active and get regular exercise. It can shorten labor and a woman can do better in labor and delivery, he said. And if you’re not a regular exerciser, Faust suggests walking. “Walking is as good of exercise as anything,” he said.

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It’s official. My 5-year-old son, Drew, is a gamer. He plays games like nobody’s business, and he usually wins, too! While Wii and Xbox are all the rage, Drew enjoys more old-school games. His favorites include Memory, Scooby-Doo Pop ‘N’ Race, Whacka-Mole and Candyland. He also loves to play Snakes and Ladders, a less-expensive version of Chutes and Ladders. After playing both versions, Drew declared Snakes and Ladders superior to Chutes and Ladders because of its use of dice instead of a spinner. I guess that’s how he rolls. The best part about Drew’s gaming happens when he asks someone to play with him. He’ll quietly walk over and ask, “Mommy, do you think you want to play a game with me?” I, of course, agree to play. After he beats me at whatever game he chooses, the shyness that he lured me in with disappears as a dimple-revealing smile appears and he exclaims, “I creamed you!”

by SETHANNE DEGABRIELE photo by JAKE RAJEWSKY Drew also has figured out who in the family to ask to play specific games. He knows that Mimsy and I prefer Scooby-Doo Pop ’N’ Race; Gramps likes Memory, Candyland and Whack-a-Mole; Mop Mop and Don enjoy losing at Memory; and his dad plays just about any game Drew picks. When Drew started getting into games, I would often miss a move or make an effort to let him win. I thought winning would build his confidence and he’d have more fun. After all, he is only 5. What I didn’t realize was how competitive — and good — Drew would become at games. Now, after discovering these facts I feel fine with actively trying to beat him. Yet I still usually lose! My only consolation rests in the fact that our entire family usually loses when they’re playing games with Drew. Drew also has discovered the video games at Buffalo Wild Wings. Needless to say, we now frequent Buffalo Wild Wings, also known as

Drew’s new favorite restaurant, more than I’d like to admit. From the second we sit down until the moment we get up to leave, Drew plays the beanbag toss game. Sure, he takes a break when it’s not his turn to eat a bite of his macaroni and cheese. But nothing else distracts Drew. And just like his other games, Drew almost always wins! Every once in a while, his dad or I will squeak out a win, but Drew usually “creams” us. His aim, precision and concentration amaze me. I also love hearing his play-byplay of all the gaming action on the way home from Buffalo Wild Wings. I’ve never had so much fun losing. Now that we’ve witnessed Drew’s enjoyment of and dedication to his games, we can only hope that he feels the same way about homework once he starts kindergarten next fall! Sethanne DeGabriele is a freelance writer who lives in Mason City with her husband, son and dogs. GLOBEGAZETTE.COM/WOW SPRING 2011

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3. I shouldn’t paint when pregnant.

or All Sport 2.

Faust recommends you follow usual precautions if you are going to be painting, but said there is no medical hazard for you to work with oil or latex-based paints. “There are no studies to show that it’s dangerous,” he said.

7. Can I have sex while pregnant?

4. Do I have to give up caffeine when pregnant? While consuming more than 30 ounces a day of any caffeinated beverage in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy can increase your risk for miscarriage, after that there are no studies to show caffeine’s a problem, Faust said. “We recommend keeping caffeine intake to the equivalent of less than 30 ounces a day in the first 13 weeks,” he said.

A pregnant woman’s sexual appetite can increase or decrease — both normal and caused by hormones. “As long as there is no history of problems, no ruptured membranes, no bleeding, no bleeding after intercourse or pain,” Faust said, it’s normal and healthy to have sex while pregnant. A woman also can have contractions after sex, but they should subside withing 15-20 minutes, he added.

8. I can’t see my dentist while pregnant. There is no reason not to keep up with dental care, Faust said. “We’d rather have them take care of their teeth than wait nine months and lose a tooth,” he said.

5. Do I have to quit eating fish when I’m pregnant? 9. I have to gain a lot of weight The concern centers around merduring pregnancy.

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cury, a chemical that can harm the fetus’s developing nervous system. The FDA/EPA Fish Consumption Advisory advises pregnant women to avoid types of fish that are higher in mercury — shark, swordfish, tilefish and king mackerel. Salmon (wild caught, if possible), sole, flounder, shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish are safer choices. “Historically we’ve told them no more than one can a week” of tuna, Faust said.

6. Why do I get headaches? The biggest reasons for headaches in the first 13 weeks, Faust said, are caffeine withdrawal, sleep deprivation, eye strain and sometimes dehydration. As long as you keep your caffeine intake to less than 30 ounces a day in the first 13 weeks, you can eliminate caffeine withdrawal, Faust said. Tylenol PM can help you sleep, he said, and sports rehydration drinks are very good to avoid dehydration. Faust suggests sticking with drinks low in sugar like G2, Powerade Zero

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While the average person gains 1725 pounds during a pregnancy, typically a woman gains more weight with her first pregnancy. “When you are overweight you don’t need to gain a lot of weight when you are pregnant,” Faust said. The good news is that the average person also loses 17-18 pounds before she leaves the hospital, he said.

10. I have to limit my exercise to walking. Not necessarily true. “In general we advise to continue to do what you are in shape for,” Faust said. While a pregnant woman will need to slow down over time, Faust said he recommends she stay active and get regular exercise. It can shorten labor and a woman can do better in labor and delivery, he said. And if you’re not a regular exerciser, Faust suggests walking. “Walking is as good of exercise as anything,” he said.

He’s a true gamer

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It’s official. My 5-year-old son, Drew, is a gamer. He plays games like nobody’s business, and he usually wins, too! While Wii and Xbox are all the rage, Drew enjoys more old-school games. His favorites include Memory, Scooby-Doo Pop ‘N’ Race, Whacka-Mole and Candyland. He also loves to play Snakes and Ladders, a less-expensive version of Chutes and Ladders. After playing both versions, Drew declared Snakes and Ladders superior to Chutes and Ladders because of its use of dice instead of a spinner. I guess that’s how he rolls. The best part about Drew’s gaming happens when he asks someone to play with him. He’ll quietly walk over and ask, “Mommy, do you think you want to play a game with me?” I, of course, agree to play. After he beats me at whatever game he chooses, the shyness that he lured me in with disappears as a dimple-revealing smile appears and he exclaims, “I creamed you!”

by SETHANNE DEGABRIELE photo by JAKE RAJEWSKY Drew also has figured out who in the family to ask to play specific games. He knows that Mimsy and I prefer Scooby-Doo Pop ’N’ Race; Gramps likes Memory, Candyland and Whack-a-Mole; Mop Mop and Don enjoy losing at Memory; and his dad plays just about any game Drew picks. When Drew started getting into games, I would often miss a move or make an effort to let him win. I thought winning would build his confidence and he’d have more fun. After all, he is only 5. What I didn’t realize was how competitive — and good — Drew would become at games. Now, after discovering these facts I feel fine with actively trying to beat him. Yet I still usually lose! My only consolation rests in the fact that our entire family usually loses when they’re playing games with Drew. Drew also has discovered the video games at Buffalo Wild Wings. Needless to say, we now frequent Buffalo Wild Wings, also known as

Drew’s new favorite restaurant, more than I’d like to admit. From the second we sit down until the moment we get up to leave, Drew plays the beanbag toss game. Sure, he takes a break when it’s not his turn to eat a bite of his macaroni and cheese. But nothing else distracts Drew. And just like his other games, Drew almost always wins! Every once in a while, his dad or I will squeak out a win, but Drew usually “creams” us. His aim, precision and concentration amaze me. I also love hearing his play-byplay of all the gaming action on the way home from Buffalo Wild Wings. I’ve never had so much fun losing. Now that we’ve witnessed Drew’s enjoyment of and dedication to his games, we can only hope that he feels the same way about homework once he starts kindergarten next fall! Sethanne DeGabriele is a freelance writer who lives in Mason City with her husband, son and dogs. GLOBEGAZETTE.COM/WOW SPRING 2011

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As winter turns to spring everyone wants to get in shape to look good for summer. However, getting to the gym can be intimidating for many, especially with so many myths surrounding proper exercise. Cristy Tass, owner and manager of Curves in Mason City, offers simple advice for those who desire a new shape for the new season. “You can take any activity and do it at a basic level,” said Tass. “The best workout for you is the one you’ll do.” Christa Vander Leest, health and wellness director at the Mason City Family YMCA, advises goal-setters to be realistic. “Don’t say you’ll exercise five times a day if you haven’t been active at all,” she said. “Start small and ease into it.” Tass and Vander Leest dispel common myths about fitness to help you get a healthy start to your exercise goals.

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push-ups or plank exercises. Also use the outdoors by walking or jogging — you don’t need fancy equipment. MYTH: GYMS ARE ONLY FOR FITNESS VETERANS. CT: Healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. You can be strong and healthy before you look “ideal.” Never say to yourself, “I’ll join the gym when I look better.”

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As winter turns to spring everyone wants to get in shape to look good for summer. However, getting to the gym can be intimidating for many, especially with so many myths surrounding proper exercise. Cristy Tass, owner and manager of Curves in Mason City, offers simple advice for those who desire a new shape for the new season. “You can take any activity and do it at a basic level,” said Tass. “The best workout for you is the one you’ll do.” Christa Vander Leest, health and wellness director at the Mason City Family YMCA, advises goal-setters to be realistic. “Don’t say you’ll exercise five times a day if you haven’t been active at all,” she said. “Start small and ease into it.” Tass and Vander Leest dispel common myths about fitness to help you get a healthy start to your exercise goals.

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We turned to some local experts to find out if commonly held exercise beliefs are true

push-ups or plank exercises. Also use the outdoors by walking or jogging — you don’t need fancy equipment. MYTH: GYMS ARE ONLY FOR FITNESS VETERANS. CT: Healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. You can be strong and healthy before you look “ideal.” Never say to yourself, “I’ll join the gym when I look better.”

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MYTH: IT’S BEST TO EXERCISE ON AN EMPTY STOMACH CVL: You should eat before you exercise because you need something in the body to fuel it. Your body works most efficiently when it has something to burn off, but not too much to MYTH: YOU MUST EXERCISE IN THE MORNupset your stomach. ING. CT: Eat at least two hours before Christa Vander Leest: Some say it’s exercising. Not eating is like trying to better to exercise in the morning to drive on empty. Choose something boost your metabolism. However it’s best to exercise in your day whenever healthy like an apple, peanuts, whole wheat or protein you can. Find a time that fits in your shakes. schedule. Cristy Tass: Morning or evening — it doesn’t matter. It’s better to exercise at different times; it’s good to mix it up. Go with your bio-rhythms, what feels best and with your schedule. MYTH: STICK WITH ONE TYPE OF EXERCISE. CVL: It’s better to mix cardio and strength training. Adding a variety helps people stay motivated. CT: Cross-training, or doing something different with your body, is the most effective way to exercise. Vary the time, length and the activity. MYTH: SPECIAL EQUIPMENT IS A NECESSITY FOR EFFECTIVE FITNESS CVL: One of the best tools you can use is your own body weight. Try

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However, unwilling to spring for the car or the medi-spa, I know I must settle for a different kind of mid-life crisis. Mine will be a do-ityourself affair, yet proportionately irrational in relation to my life. Just off the top of my head a few crises I can imagine having: 1. Go to Vermont, live in a yurt, make artisanal cheese. 2. Apply for some sort of graduate program and move to college for two years. 3. Move to New York City, get job in coffee shop and hope it turns out like a great episode of “Friends.” 4. Dye hair platinum blonde and put a pink streak in it. Or pink with a blond streak. 5. Toss all my clothing in the rubbish bin and start over. In 40 years I have learned there are a lot of things that are dangerous to a DIYer (do-it-yourselfer). Haircuts and color are off limits, decorating a mantle is way outside my range of talents, educating chil-

dren (and animals for that matter) also best left to professionals in my case. But attacking this closet full of at least a decade of clung to stuff can be completed only by the clinger herself. It's part of the path to my dreaded "big birthday." When it comes to setting up some milestone in your mind as a point for critical self-evaluation I can really go there. I spent my 18th birthday crying because I hadn’t written and published a book yet. I hadn’t tried ... but that was really beside the point I told Mom while sobbing into a pillow. That I hadn’t tried actually just made it worse. In the years between that birthday and this one I’ve learned to take risks. I try things that make me nervous on a small scale first — but I try them. Just after Christmas I got rid of about one-fourth of the items in my kitchen. I want to get rid of about one-fourth more but I’m being very strategic in thinking about what to keep. Having fewer plastic containers to match with lids, fewer serving pieces cluttering the drawer, fewer appliances spilling out of the extra closet onto my head as I reach for the thing that is always in the back have far outweighed any misgivings I had about getting rid of a perfectly good wok or those cute cream cheese spreaders with the bagelshaped handles. So this birthday I’m going with No. 4 on the list. This seems like

the best idea as my clothing probably represents the psychological baggage in my life more than anything else. It is much more of a way to start fresh, reinvent and deal once and for all with the strange emotional pull I have to suits, blazers and outfits that look like costumes. I have the same philosophy about wardrobes as I do living rooms — things should not look like they were all bought on the same day. That is lacking in any real style. Things should be real, hand-selected, meaningful and beautiful in their own simple way. This is what I am telling myself to prevent any post closetpurge shopping trip. The reality? This is it. I don’t want to expand my wardrobe, and to seal the deal, I can’t afford to. So, I’m doing it. Bye-bye, baggage: Shoulder pads, hopes of being a size 6 again, stuff I should have admitted was a mistake long ago, a handmade Sari I’ll never have the place or guts to wear. And the shoes — the shoes! Just because I’m getting older doesn’t mean I have to surround myself with a bunch of old stuff. The final slog to my birthday will be filled with lots of decisions, but as I get to the top of that hill I’m going over, I’ll be opening my closet each morning to see choices that represent today and tomorrow — not the past.

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However, unwilling to spring for the car or the medi-spa, I know I must settle for a different kind of mid-life crisis. Mine will be a do-ityourself affair, yet proportionately irrational in relation to my life. Just off the top of my head a few crises I can imagine having: 1. Go to Vermont, live in a yurt, make artisanal cheese. 2. Apply for some sort of graduate program and move to college for two years. 3. Move to New York City, get job in coffee shop and hope it turns out like a great episode of “Friends.” 4. Dye hair platinum blonde and put a pink streak in it. Or pink with a blond streak. 5. Toss all my clothing in the rubbish bin and start over. In 40 years I have learned there are a lot of things that are dangerous to a DIYer (do-it-yourselfer). Haircuts and color are off limits, decorating a mantle is way outside my range of talents, educating chil-

dren (and animals for that matter) also best left to professionals in my case. But attacking this closet full of at least a decade of clung to stuff can be completed only by the clinger herself. It's part of the path to my dreaded "big birthday." When it comes to setting up some milestone in your mind as a point for critical self-evaluation I can really go there. I spent my 18th birthday crying because I hadn’t written and published a book yet. I hadn’t tried ... but that was really beside the point I told Mom while sobbing into a pillow. That I hadn’t tried actually just made it worse. In the years between that birthday and this one I’ve learned to take risks. I try things that make me nervous on a small scale first — but I try them. Just after Christmas I got rid of about one-fourth of the items in my kitchen. I want to get rid of about one-fourth more but I’m being very strategic in thinking about what to keep. Having fewer plastic containers to match with lids, fewer serving pieces cluttering the drawer, fewer appliances spilling out of the extra closet onto my head as I reach for the thing that is always in the back have far outweighed any misgivings I had about getting rid of a perfectly good wok or those cute cream cheese spreaders with the bagelshaped handles. So this birthday I’m going with No. 4 on the list. This seems like

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