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ertain conditions can prevent you from getting into the Christmas spirit, such as working the festive period, financial restraints, and family dramas. If you find yourself not feeling festive during the holidays, but with a desire to transform, here is a list of things that may help get you into the Christmas spirit!

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3. Visit someone with kids! Without children of your own, visiting friends with little people running round all excited is a sure fire way of seeing what magic is available during the Christmas season. Just being there for a flying coffee and chat and to drop of some presents for the kids in enough to spark a glow. 4. Take a walk around town. Seeing houses lit up from outside and within, and wondering what wishes are being made inside is a fantastic way of feeling the chrimbo vibes! Can also help inspire should you decide to dec out your home.

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On The Cover The French KISS Diet will Have You Looking Hot Under the Mistletoe!

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Health & Wellness & Nutrition Gluten Free Menus Expand at an Astounding Rate

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Tired of Living with That Awful Pain in the Neck?

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Do Diabetics Need Special Shoes?

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Cimino Family Shares a Passion for Caring

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Unleash Your Inner Caveman: 2 Paleo Diet Recipes to Get You Started

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Holidays How To Get Into The Christmas Spirit

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Coping With A Loved One’s Eating Disorder During the Holidays

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Using Cognitive Therapy To Reduce Your Holiday Stress

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Kicking Your Way to the Top!

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Children & Fitness in the Modern Age

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Lighting the Way to Biking After Dark

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Stay Fit During Winter with Snowshoes

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How to Snowshoe Like a Pro Using These Simple Techniques

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Safety & Survival Wildlife Preparedness, The Five Aspects of Readiness

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Unique Holiday Pet and People Gift Ideas

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Six Sure-Fire Ways to Pamper Your Pet During the Holidays

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Gluten Free Menus Expand at an Astounding Rate Health & Wellness & Nutrition

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f you Google “gluten-free restaurants,” you’re bound to find a selection of gluten-free menus and gluten-free yelp reviews. During the Summer of 2012, Midtown Sacramento has expanded its number of gluten free options at an astounding rate. Melanie Weir, owner of California’s first Gluten Free Specialty Market has a yelp account that focuses on the Sacramento, California area. Many tips and notes are mentioned regarding gluten free menus and potentially gluten free options. According to Melanie, the Midtown Sacramento and Greater Sacramento area are getting safer, but precautions should still be made, especially for individuals with celiac disease, gluten sensitivities and food allergies. Many times, restaurants, bakeries and deli’s offer gluten-free options like salads (with menu side notes like: order salad without croutons or order meat without bread). Just because a restaurant offers a gluten free accommodation, doesn’t mean they understand what the term gluten free means. The label gluten free is not regulated on packages, nor is it regulated on restaurant menus. Celiac organizations are currently involved in training and evaluating the safety of gluten free options within the Sacramento, California area and beyond: (1) The Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) (2) The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). Additionally, The Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF), CSA and GIG, host regional support groups to help individuals with Celiac Disease transition into a gluten free diet.  Many of these groups also offer support to individuals with gluten intolerance or gluten allergies.  Organizations specific to food allergies including gluten include: The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and the Food Allergy Support of Sacramento (FASS). Having multiple organizations available to train and educate communities allows for a peer reviewed monitoring system. For example, the NFCA approved a corporation’s gluten free pizza as safe for individuals with gluten sensitivities. Within days, meetings were held by Celiac and Gluten Free research centers through the United States and NFCA was asked to remove their safety label. Research has shown that many individuals with gluten sensitivities are more

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sensitive than individuals with Celiac Disease. For this reason, informing people that gluten free options are safe for individuals with gluten sensitivities is misleading and potentially life threatening. If we define gluten-free as less than 20ppm, then restaurants need to be trained well on preparing and presenting gluten-free options on their menu. 1. Firstly, suppliers must be contacted regarding each ingredient used in a gluten free dish. Gluten is not just wheat, it’s found in hundreds of other names of products; gluten has many names and is often masked under names like starch, cellulose or guar gum. For reference lists of gluten containing ingredients, go to: www.IsItGF.com. 2. Ingredients must be stored as safely as possible. If a glutenous sauce spills into a rice cooker, the rice in that rice cooker is no longer gluten free, even if an individual attempts to scoop the sauce out of the rice. 3. Meals must be prepared in a safe environment. See below for examples.

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4. Clean hands. Gloves are usually a good option.   5. Clean cooking area (hot sterilized pan, no cast iron) 6. Clean toaster oven or stove. A screen or separate toaster must be used to prevent contamination with gluten containing bread crumbs.  7. Clean gluten free water must be used to boil pasta or vegetables. 8. Wood cutting boards and cooking utensils must be dedicated to only gluten free items.  If a wooden utensil or cutting board is used on a gluten containing item it will contaminate a gluten free dish 9. Train Staff: It is important for restaurant managers to remind staff that before preparing any gluten free dish staff should: wash hands and/or using fresh gloves, using only hot sterile clean utensils without slots, NEVER hold bread on top of a gluten free plate and never hold a gluten containing plate on top of a gluten free plate. Take note of the following examples when planning and preparing a gluten free dish. (Please note this is only a partial list). Preparing Salads •U  se of a Separate Strainer: Using a strainer that has been used for pastas or other gluten products, can result in cross contamination. •S  alad Dressing: Many salad dressing utilize gluten containing ingredients like malt vinegar, spices, natural flavorings, wheat, etc. •V  egetable Chopping Board: A vegetable chopping board must either be completely sterilized or a gluten-free dedicated board must be used (no wooden boards that have used gluten can be safely used to prepare a gluten free dish). • Knife: Knife must be sterilized with heat before being used on gluten-free ingredients. • Prep Area: Salad prep stations are often housed beneath shelves filled with bread.  If bread is stored above the salad prep area, then the area cannot be safely maintained as gluten-free. On an additional note, croutons and other gluten products should not be allowed in the gluten-free prep area (1/6th


of a bread crumb is all it takes to be contaminated with gluten). • Salad Toppings: If a topping like chicken, nuts, tofu, peppers or onions are sautéd or prepared on a grill, then the grill and the ingredients must be maintained as gluten-free. Gluten-Free on the Grill • A grill must be cleaned before a gluten-free product is cooked on it. A separate area for gluten free foods to be cooked is ideal, but not always possible in restaurant settings. • Many meats are marinated in sauces containing gluten before they are cooked. Gluten-Free Pasta & Veggies • Gluten Free Pasta must be prepared in clean water and may not be prepared in water that has been used for any gluten containing product. Gluten Free Pizza & Bakery Products • If an exhaust fan is used in the oven, a screen must be used. • Pizza toppings for gluten free pizza should be housed in a separate area. • Cannot be prepared in a facility that uses gluten containing flours, because flour dust in the air settles on food. • Mixing utensils, wooden spoons, scrapes in bowls and cutting boards must be sterile or maintained for just gluten-free products.

Training staff on cross contamination There are several ways of training staff: (a) GIG has a restaurant certification program (b) CSA offers a restaurant training program Melanie, from Gluten Free Specialty Market in Downtown, Sacramento hosts classes and workshops on starting a gluten free diet and on dining out gluten free. Current classes helpful for kitchen managers include: • Setting up your Gluten Free Kitchen • Gluten Free Label Reading (late August) • Preparing and Serving Gluten Free Customers (September) It is fabulous to see a large number of gluten free options available at restaurants and bars throughout Sacramento. Many restaurants are aware that our store provides locals with grocery options, but are unaware of the services we provide to encourage gluten free safety and gluten free education to restaurants in the local Sacramento area. Additionally, we provide support to restaurants that are providing their patrons with gluten free options including:  (1) announcements of gluten free options to our customers (in store and by email) (2) announcements on our Gluten Free Sacramento facebook and twitter page (3) free listing on our gluten free dining guide (4) co-hosting gluten free dining events (5) advertisement options on our gluten free

map, scheduled to go to print in the Fall/ Winter of 2012 Gluten Free Events have included our gluten free beer and cider tasting during Sacramento Beer Week at the River Rock Tap House 2326 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816 (916) 273-4930. Gluten Free Future Events include our first ever Pop Up Restaurant event scheduled to happen in October at The Melting Pot 814 15th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 443-2347. Stay tuned with Gluten Free news in Sacramento by connecting with the Gluten Free Specialty Market online. Since the market opened its flagship store on J Street in 2008, the midtown Sacramento area has followed suit and has become the most gluten-friendly city in California. • www.GFSpecialty.com • Facebook.com/glutenfreespecialty • Twitter.com/gfspecialty (Store Twitter Page) • Facebook.com/glutenfreesacramento • Twitter.com/gfsacramento •Pinterest.com/melaniedweir Gluten Free Specialty Grocery Market 2612 J Street, #1, Sacramento, CA 95816 (916) 442-5241. H&F

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he holidays are here and one of the most important things we can do is avoid creating our own ‘mental illness’ about them. Interestingly, more suicides and murders occur at this time of the year than any other time. Suicides and murders both have one thing in common – the person’s thoughts tracked on a cycle of destruction that led to the ‘mental illness’.

You don’t have to be on a track of suicide or murder to develop unhealthy thinking patterns. How you think about yourself, family and friends determines how successful next year will be for you. Here’s a list of common thoughts that lead to ‘mental illness’: • “An extra few helpings of dessert won’t hurt me.” (leads to guilt and self-condemnation)

• “Can you believe he brought that topic up?” (leads to easily becoming offended which leads to arrogance, superiority, and eventually condemnation of the person) • “This is the present I get from her? After all I’ve done…” (judgment causing a break in the friendship) There are hundreds more examples but not enough space. What you think is linked to your enjoyment of life. To have greater enjoyment, interrupt your own thoughts frequently and ask yourself if your reaction to a situation will create mental illness. If it will, stop it. Try that this holiday season and watch your life transform in less than a week. Have a wonderful holiday season and get ready for a fantastic New Year! Happy reading! Dr. Donna Schwontkowski

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Upper Cervical care has been shown to be effective in relieving the cause of your neck pain that may be leading to other problems as well, such as tingling sensations, sleep disturbances, poor posture, depression, inability to turn your head, shoulder stiffness and similar symptoms that interfere with your ability to cope with the activities of everyday living. Using several different diagnostic tools, the Upper Cervical procedure is able to locate, with pinpoint accuracy, the exact placement and severity of your spinal misalignment. Then, through a series of adjustments, the Upper Cervical procedure restores proper spinal alignment and takes the pressure off pinched nerves, returning them to a normal state of health. Using very precise diagnostic tools allows us to confirm that the proper correction has been made. As a unique and gentle approach to spinal care, Upper Cervical care has shown impressive results in many different research studies on many different conditions that affect the body. It is a different approach to chiropractic care because there is not any cracking, popping noise or twisting. After working on a patient’s nervous system and alleviating any disturbance that is present, the body returns to health and heals on its own. Even if you have tried everything else please make a last appointment at my office and give me the opportunity to finally rid you of that awful pain in your neck! Make an appointment at my office by 12/31/2012 and receive a free consultation and examination. Call (916) 965-7155 and mention that you heard about me from Health & Fitness Magazine to take advantage of this offer. H&F


Do Diabetics Need Special Shoes? By Dr. Tracy L. Basso, D.P.M, F.A.C.F.A.S, Certified American Board of Podiatric Surgery helps to reduce any possible pressure on the foot. A diabetic shoe should also provide cushion and stability. Due to lack of sensation in most diabetics, shoes with stability are important in preventing not only falls but injuries to the foot.

Traditionally diabetics have had poor circulation, which leads to an increased chance of infection. Without proper shoes or socks, a diabetic’s foot is prone to calluses, blisters and ulcers. Poor circulation requires extended healing periods for ulcers, blisters, and abrasions. Sores can also easily become infected.

Inserts are also another component to Diabetic Shoes. Diabetic Shoes generally come with a removable insert. A properly fitted insert can aid in cushion and reduction of friction to the foot. Due to the many complications associated with diabetes, diabetics should always be properly fit for diabetic shoes to reduce the potential risk of blisters, ulcers, and infection. If you or someone you know has diabetes, be sure to find a sit and fit store that has staff properly trained to help select and fit shoes.

Damage to the nerves, known as diabetic neuropathy, can contribute to foot deformities and/or ulcers that increase the chance of lower-extremity amputations unless treated. Over half of all amputations in the United States are caused by diabetic complications, with most as lower extremity amputations. A good pair of diabetic shoes cannot alone achieve the goal of healthy feet without proper socks. Diabetic socks should be made out of a non-cotton wicking material. Cotton holds up to 30% moisture next to your feet. This increased moisture amplifies any blisters, hot spots, or abrasions. It also creates a breeding ground for germs which also leads to infection. Socks should be seamless and not tight around the leg which can cut off circulation.

At Dr. Basso’s Midtown Comfort Shoes, we have the perfect staff and shoes to meet your diabetic foot care needs. Come by and check us out. We would love to fit you in your most comfortable and stylish shoes. H&F

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Coping With A Loved One’s Eating Disorder During the Holidays By Randy K. Hardman, Ph.D. and Michael E. Berrett, Ph.D. or most people, the holiday season is a wonderful time of year. It is often a time of family reunion, socializing, and celebration – a time when families, friends, and coworkers come together to share good will and good food. The season is meant to be bright, happy, and full of the best of relationships.

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8. Allow for other activities that do not involve food, such as games, singing carols together, opening gifts, decorating, and spending time just talking together. 9. Allow her to make a dish that she would feel comfortable eating. 10. Before the Holiday itself, and before family gatherings, make agreements about how you can best help your loved one with food. Honor the agreements you make. 11. Do not give her loud and attention drawing praise when she does eat. 12. Do not talk about diets, weight loss, or weight gain. It causes great anxiety and may increase a felt need to engage in eating disorder behavior. 13. Learn enough about the illness and the triggers to help your loved one develop skills as well as strategies to defy eating disorder thoughts and urges. 14. Know something about her struggles, triggers, and behaviors. Then, if you see those, you can approach her after a meal in private and suggest ways she might be helped in some of those behaviors and learn ways you can be helpful and supportive. 15. If you see her struggling, ask if she wants to talk, but ask this in private. 16. Focus on how she is feeling inside, what issues she is worrying about, what her fears are, what she needs, rather than just how much she is eating or not eating. 17. Try not to focus too much attention on the eating disordered behaviors. 18. Be patient and nurturing. 19. Treat her with love and respect no matter what is going on. 20. Let her know that she is loved. 21. Help her take her mind off of food by generating a conversation with her about general or important topics. 22. Don’t allow her to excessively isolate. 23. Be there for her emotionally and physically with hugs and messages of love. 24. Do not stare. There are several themes evident in these suggestions for loved ones and friends by those suffering with eating disorders. One of the most important is to keep the primary focus and interest on the family member or friend, the individual beyond her eating behaviors or eating disorder. Consider well these suggestions, they are actually heartfelt requests. H&F


Louise Vidaurri, Interfaith Minister, Radical Forgiveness Coach, Chakra Intuitive and Energy Transformer

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f you have noticed that the same type of negative experiences, and/or people who keep showing up in your life, the key to changing your experience may be in exploring your own personal belief system. We have all heard about the law of attraction and how we can draw things and people to us just by merely focusing and affirming the positive. The other part of that story is that we can actually attract negative experiences and people to us when we are unaware of our unconscious and subconscious programming. A great example of this law of attraction can be seen in the lives of a great number of celebrities, as they repeat the same negative story over and over again with yet another person, played out in full drama on the world stage. Famous singers repeatedly write one more version of their “Who done me wrong” songs, not realizing they are trapped in their own cycle of unconscious programming that is hidden, even from them. Louise Vidaurri, Interfaith Minister, Radical Forgiveness Coach, Chakra Intuitive and Energy Transformer here in Sacramento, is a proponent for teaching people how to transform this cycle by using some simple spiritual tools. The key element in transformation is being “willing”.

don’t have to bring up a history of where these beliefs originated. We can start with what is happening right now!” According to Louise, this is spiritual work and it is for those who believe in a higher power. It is not psychotherapy, it is a spiritual experience. This practice incorporates new ideas of releasing stored energetic patterns and trauma through the process of forgiving in a radical way. Please go to Alive.louisev.com to read testimonials and learn more about Louise. If you would like to learn more about how to start the process, you can start with a free 10-minute telephone consultation. Give her a call at (916) 6985888 or introduce yourself by email at louise@louisev.com. A few upcoming classes that may give you life a jumpstart: • Introduction to Chakra Balance 101 • Chakra Certification Class • Six weeks to Radical Forgiveness To request Louise to facilitate or teach a workshop or class in your area, contact louise@louisev.com. H&F

“Most of what we do and how we act is driven by our subconscious perceptions. Often we don’t know what beliefs are driving our own personal story,” she reported. According to Louise, the solution to breaking out and experiencing greater freedom in life is to stop looking at what happens to you as a problem induced by other people, but as the opportunity to learn more about yourself. The biggest secret in Louise’s teaching and training programs is helping people learn to accept and forgive oneself. “Somewhere in the back of our mind, there is a ‘core negative belief’ that is driving our story and a generalized lack of self acceptance. If we can’t love ourselves, how can we expect anyone else to accept us?” she said. “My work is to help clients bring these beliefs to the surface.” Unfortunately, core beliefs are programmed into us from very early on. In fact, the programming starts so early, we don’t even know we are programmed, we just think that’s the way life is. Louise works with people one-on-one, and in weekend retreats teaches the process of removing these beliefs, facilitates the process and helps people create healthy relationships both with themselves first, and then with others. They end up finding greater success in living. “I explain in simple no-nonsense terms, how to release deeply stored emotional blocks, feelings and unwanted patterns that keep repeating. We

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lthough she didn’t realize it at the time, those words spoken by Wilma Tanzini Cimino in the early 1970s would change the course of an entire family – and the ripple effect would go out to reach hundreds of families over the next four decades. The Cimino Family resided in San Francisco back then. Dad John Cimino, Sr. was a cabinet maker and remodeler in the City. Mom Wilma Cimino had her hands full raising two daughters and three sons. They were a busy, caring and happy Seventh Day Adventist family. In addition to raising a busy family, Wilma provided in-home care and served as a conservator for elderly clients in the community. “The church would call, asking for help for parishioners,” said Mark Cimino, the youngest of the three brothers. “Mom started caregiving as a business in 1973. We used to go with her to help Mrs. Freelander, who was blind. That’s where our lessons in caregiving began when we were children. We all took the bus to her home. Mom did the caregiving, our sisters did the housekeeping and we brothers did the entertaining.” “There were many elderly people Mom was taking care of that we used to help,” said John, Jr., the eldest of the boys. One day, an incident happened that changed the course of the family forever. “Jane Herda was one of the people Mom was caring for,” said Mark. “I still remember the commotion because Jane had called Mom and said, ‘Wilma, this is Jane. My bed is on fire!’” This was in the days before 9-1-1.Horrified, the Cimino family rushed to Herda’s home. They could see flames flickering through the window panes. The elderly woman had been smoking in bed and inadvertently started a small fire. Fortunately, the Ciminos arrived in time and were able to put the fire out – and Herda, who could not get out of bed without help, was miraculously unharmed. Wilma, realizing that Herda could not be alone any more, placed her in a nursing facility. Back in the 1970s, nursing homes were cold and 12

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Burlingame, then expanded into the Sacramento area. The three brothers, John Jr., Paul and Mark, all run facilities in the area. Each brother is passionate about the resources their facilities provide to the community.

Paul Cimino, the middle That’s when son, is in charge of The Wilma WaterLeaf at LandPark. expressed her The WaterLeaf provides frustration that assisted living for the there weren’t Left to right, Paul Cimino, John Cimino, Jr. and Mark Cimino elderly. quality places for people like Jane Herda, who just needed “Basically, you have to want to do this kind of assistance with daily living. work,” Paul said. You have to be jazzed about helping other people. The care is the easy part, The Ciminos maintained contact with Herda in some ways. You have to look at the whole picfor the rest of her life, something the woman ture. We’re here for the families – to give them deeply appreciated. So much so, that when the piece of mind. I’m passionate about helping the older woman passed away, she left her house to families. They are in control.” Wilma. “That was the beginning of the Easton Creek Villa, our family’s first care facility in Burlingame,” Mark said. “That house has a lot of meaning for our family, because we all got our start (in the caregiving and assisted living industries) there.” With a passion for serving the needs of seniors, CiminoCare, a family of senior care facilities, was born. The company’s vision statement reads, “We responsibly operate Senior Living Communities, inspiring the heart, mind and soul to provide quality care, to connect with those we serve and to be leaders in our community and industry.” Unlike the cold, sterile facilities of the past, the Ciminos developed care facilities that could care for physical needs AND emotional needs. Rooms had real furniture and furnishings. Dining rooms looked like dining rooms and family rooms were intended for families to visit and enjoy one another. It was a radical concept for the time. The company expanded to two additional residential care facilities for the elderly in

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Mark is the CEO of CiminoCare. He is a Rotarian with a passion for growing the talents and opportunities for those in the assisted living industry. “I went to law school and clerked during law school,” Mark said. “I saw the potential for growth in this industry. It’s about influencing people’s lives, influencing our team members. The people who go into this industry enter it because they care about other people. My passion is to provide my employees who serve seniors the opportunities to they might not have otherwise had. The industry standard for employee turnover is about 45 percent. Our employee turnover is in the teens.” John Jr. runs The Meadows at Country Place, an assisted living facility in the Pocket-Greenhaven area of Sacramento. “I really enjoy providing a place that people can be proud to visit,” John said. The Cimino Brothers are part of a family dedicated to serving the needs of seniors, their families and people who work to care for seniors. H&F


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Using Cognitive Therapy To Reduce Your Holiday Stress By Peggy Ferguson

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ry a little cognitive therapy to reduce your holiday stress. Cognitive therapy examines the thoughts and beliefs that lead to feelings, and thus to behavior. Everyone has cognitive distortions. They are the irrational ideas, thoughts, or beliefs that get in the way of optimal functioning. People acquire these cognitive distortions in many ways, including their family, cultural norms or biases, and personal experiences. Cognitive distortions are often a major symptom of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders. The things that we believe color how we take in the information in our lives. Our beliefs shape or distort the meaning that we give to events, interactions, and perceptions. Many people with anxiety disorders or depression benefit tremendously from cognitive therapy. Since the holiday season is known for increases in bouts of anxiety, depression, and suicide, a little cognitive therapy can serve as the proverbial “ounce of prevention”. When you can realize that the reality is different from your beliefs, you can stop wasting your time upsetting yourself. You can then be more free to enjoy the holidays, thoughtfully picking and choosing the activities that you want to engage in, purchasing (or not purchasing) according to your budget and your own desires, and setting your priorities based on your own values and interests. Some common cognitive distortions about the holidays are listed below: 1. Y  ou must buy the gifts that your loved ones have told that they want. It does not matter whether or not you can afford them. 2. Y  ou must visit both sets of in-laws on Christmas Day, even if it wears everyone out. 3. Your gift should be liked and approved of by everyone. 4. Y  ou should always say “yes” when someone asks you for help or when they want to spend time with you. 5. W  hen you spend money that is not on your budget, it does not count when it is Christmas presents--because you spent the money on someone else. 6. Y  ou must rehearse everything in your mind that could go wrong or it will go wrong.

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7. Some people are socially inept and must be monitored and tutored on how to behave. It is your job to monitor and correct them. 8. Christmas only comes once a year. You can let your exercise, eating right, and the excellent self-care you have developed over the year slide, to dash around getting “things done”. 9. It is awful and terrible when the holidays are not the way you would very much like them to be. 10. The holidays are a roller coaster. You just get on for the ride. There is nothing you can do to increase your enjoyment of it or reduce your stress about it. 11. You must take your cues from your neighbors, the advertisements, and the magazines about how to decorate, what to serve for social gatherings, and what gifts to buy. Your own judgement is insufficient. 12. There is invariably a perfect gift for each person on your purchase list. It would be a terrible tragedy if their perfect gift is not found. 13. It is disloyal to experience joy or have fun on the holidays when others are suffering with loss or sadness. Which of these cognitive distortions do you buy into? How can believing these notions make your life and your holidays more stressful and less enjoyable? If these are distorted beliefs, what is the truth? A little selfexamination of your thoughts and feelings can free you up to truly enjoy your holidays. Dr. Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D., LADC, LMFT, is in private practice in Stillwater, OK. “The Recovering Person’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving Through the Holidays Without Losing Your Sobriety or Your Sanity” is available on the Services Provided page of her site at www. peggyferguson.com/ServicesProvided.en.html Although written with the recovering person in mind, there are many helpful resources available in it for anyone who gets stressed out around the holidays. Other Holiday stress management articles are available at www.peggyferguson. com/ManagingHolidayStressArticles.en.html This article and information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease and should not be substituted for professional assistance. H&F


“Mad Dog Megan” (Megan White), Fitness Trainer

ost of us appreciate the importance of staying healthy, and if you’re reading this magazine you’re already making an attempt to be healthier. Being healthy and fit is relatively simple in theory. Eat lots of fresh foods, lean proteins, sleep 8 hours a night, drink plenty of H20, and stay active. While we all continue on our journey to reaching our health and fitness goals keep an eye out for my dirty dozen that can foil even the best nutritional intentions:

 1) Granola- The brown color and dried fruit makes granola and granola bars seem like a good choice. Unfortunately most granolas are packed with fat, sugar, and preservatives to extend self life. Check the labels for added sugar and ingredients you can’t pronounce. Even better, try making your own granola at home with toasted oats, raisins, maple syrup and peanut butter.
 2) Trail Mix- A fruit and nut mix can’t be too unhealthy right? WRONG! While you can make you own high energy quick and easy fruit and nut mix at home, most premade trail mixes are incredibly high in preservatives, calories, sugar, and salt. 
 3) Yogurt- High in calcium and immune system boosting live cultures, yogurt has its place in a healthy diet. Fat Free/Sugar Free and flavored yogurts can negate the health benefits by adding loads of sugar or sugar substitutes. Go for a plain or Greek yogurt and add your own honey and fruit for a tasty and truly healthy snack.
 4) Sushi- American-ized sushi rolls are often topped with mayo-based sauces, nutrient free white rice, fried food, and imitation meats. Most of the rolls you see on the happy hour menu are far from healthy. Stick with sashimi, soy beans, and sauce free options.
 5) Protein Supplements- Protein drinks and bars are an easy quick fix, but a horrible idea for a regular diet. Almost all of them are packed with sugar/artificial sweeteners and laced with chemicals. Keep raw nuts or fruit on hand for a quick snack, and try making your own shakes at

home with a no sugar added high quality protein powder.


for lower sodium meal options, and add a vegetable to the side.


6) Energy Drinks- All 7 million different energy drinks that are on the market are terrible for you. Like supplements, energy drinks aren’t regulated by the FDA, and can pretty much make whatever claims they want. Caffeine, sugar, artificial colors/flavors are all combined in flashy packages with catchy slogans to wreak havoc on your heart, brain, and metabolism. Use regular eating, sleep, water, and natural electrolytes(like bananas or coconut water) to keep your energy up and your mind alert. 


11) Diet Soda- In my opinion the word “Diet” typically means unhealthy. Made with artificial everything it triggers unsuspecting drinkers to eat more calories because your body get the sensation of calories without the energy that comes along with real calories. At all costs AVOID soda. When it’s not possible just drink less of the real thing. 


7) Turkey Sandwich- When in doubt go with a turkey sandwich right? The turkey sandwich may be the healthier choice on the menu, but when burgers and pastas are the other options, it doesn’t take much to be “healthier.” Turkey sandwiches are often covered in full fat mayo, contain high sodium, have nitrate packed deli meat, and are served on white bread. When you can’t cook at home, try requesting whole grain bread and using mustard instead of mayo.
 8) “Low Fat” Muffins- Low Fat just means less fat than the muffin to the left or right. Whenever fat is taken out of a recipe, it is replaced with sugar and other additives that can leave you less satisfied, and still full of unhealthy calories. Be sure to read the nutrition labels.


12) Wheat Bread- It’s a sad day when wheat bread is on my dirty dozen list. Turns out “wheat bread” typically just means a little wheat mixed into white flour. Look for labels that have the 100% whole grain stamp, say 100% whole wheat/ grain on the front, and have 4g of fiber or more. New information. Same point. Focus on doing what it takes to eat more real food. Always check the nutritional labels and ingredient lists, you may be surprised at what you find. When you’re in a hurry remember my dirty dozen and make the best choice possible. 

 Staying up on the nutritional world is hard! If you need some help, consider joining a group focused on staying healthy and fit- like my fitness community at Train Hard Or Go Home. Mention this article for a free work-out. H&F

9) Vegan ProductsVegan just means animal friendly- not healthy. Sugar is a vegan food. Many vegan foods use high sugar and high fat ingredients for flavor.
 10) Frozen DinnersTypically low in vegetables and nutrients plus high in sodium, frozen dinners are best left in the freezer section. When in a pinch look

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Unleash Your Inner Caveman: food & nutrition

2 Paleo Diet Recipes to Get You Started

By Philip Howell

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hether you want to lose weight or at the very least, to start eating healthier, then you’ve most likely tried a diet or two. As you discovered, most diets are not created equal. In fact, while most diets make promises that have little scientific or nutritional evidence to support their claims, there are few that are actually backed by those in the field of science, medicine, and nutrition. One diet supported by some of the most influential and highly esteemed individuals in these fields is known as the Caveman Diet, or Paleo Diet. While the first image that most likely comes to mind is a scene from a Geico commercial, the truth is that there is significant evidence supporting the benefits of following the Paleo Diet. In fact, many athletes, physicians, and nutritionists alike swear by this ancient diet that provides more essential vitamins and minerals than what some consider traditional eating habits. If you’re tired of the false promises of fad diets, and would like to unleash your inner caveman with a scientifically-backed solution, there is no better way to get started than to try these two recipes.

Shrimp Avocado Omelet Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day, and yet, it is not uncommon for most people to eat only a bowl of cereal or a few slices of toast. By following the Paleo Diet, however, you can be certain that you’ll eat a breakfast that will give you the energy that you need to start your day.

One of the more popular Paleo Diet breakfast choices is the Shrimp Avocado Omelet. With avocado, tomato, and shrimp added to your eggs, this meal is one that not only will provide you with plenty of protein and healthy fats, but also one that packs quite a bit of flavor. In order to make this excellent Paleo Diet breakfast dish, you’ll need cilantro, sea salt, eggs, and olive oil in addition to the avocado, tomato, and shrimp. After gathering your ingredients, you’re ready to start preparing the delicious breakfast by following these steps. Mix together the avocado, tomato, and cilantro in a bowl. Add a small amount of salt to the mix for seasoning. This mix will form the omelet topping. Beat the eggs in a bowl separate from the avocado, tomato, and cilantro mix, and then brisk them in a hot skillet that has been lightly coated with olive oil. As the eggs cook, add the shrimp to the center of the omelet, and then fold the omelet over the filling. Let it cook for about half of a minute. Once the omelet has been cooked, add your prepared topping, and enjoy this excellent Paleo Diet breakfast dish.

Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie has long been a popular dish, regardless of eating habits and diet. However, it seems that most variations of shepherd’s pie are either high in saturated fat, or they lack taste. Fortunately, The Paleo Diet version of Shepherd’s Pie, fittingly known as Paleo Shepherd’s Pie, provides the best of both worlds in that it tastes great, and is incredibly healthy as well. It is an excellent choice for both lunch and dinner, and should provide enough leftovers to keep you eating well for a few days. This Paleo Diet meal uses ground turkey, parsnips, zucchini, mushrooms, red onion, green celery, egg whites, olive oil, bacon, and some seasoning. Using these indicated ingredients, you’ll want to use the following steps to prepare this excellent Caveman Diet version of Shepherd’s Pie. While the oven preheats to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, mix both olive oil and onion salt with previously grated parsnips. Cook a slice of bacon, and then sauté zucchini, mushrooms, and celery in the remaining bacon fat. In another pan, fry the turkey with seasoning and onions. Then combine the turkey with the vegetable mixture, and add egg whites.Add the newly combined mixture to a pan, and top it with your parsnip mixture. Cook the dish for about twenty-five minutes, and then enjoy. Both of these recipes serve as good starting points to experience what the Paleo Diet entails. With both meals being both rich in proteins and healthy fats, and also great tasting, you’ll soon be wondering what took you so long to try the Paleo Diet in the first place.

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Mitch Darnell, MA, OM •Relationship Coach & Wedding Officiant

Dear Mitch, I’m the mother of four children. My husband and I are both college graduates, and we feel that an education is a privilege to be earned. We teach our children to be honorable, productive citizens who don’t judge others based on race, culture or appearance. Meanwhile, it seems like many of our systems are distinctly racist or simply unfair! My husband is African American, and I am Caucasian. Specific to this issue are our two oldest children, both boys. The oldest of the two is 22, in his senior year of college. He completed high school with a 3.9 GPA, has his black belt in Taekwondo, was regional champion in two track and field sections, and started on the high school football team for three years. His father happens to be my first husband, Caucasian. That son applied for 34 scholarships, receiving none, and has had to work his way through college. The only reason that my 2nd son earned his HS diploma was because he floated the minimum 2.5 GPA to stay academically eligible for sports. He never made a high school team until his senior year, then played a dozen downs for the football team, and he went 2-17 for the baseball team. And he’s been offered multiple scholarships to go play football for colleges (and enjoy a free education)! Yes, he looks 100% African American and checks that box on applications.

Hey Parenting, Wow… GREAT issue, thank you! Honestly!! First, everyone loves to say, “Life isn’t fair” but spiritually, I believe it is. I’ll get to that point momentarily. Meanwhile, you’re talking about how to deal with some of the brutal, truly unfair realities of our culture. I note you acknowledged “our culture” as harboring these issues. Great recognition, as not all cultures have identical dynamics and challenges.

• We acknowledge that, regardless of our surroundings, we are each responsible for our own thoughts and actions. We are NOT victims; we DO have choice. • We choose to focus on the people, corporations and systems that endeavor to be unbiased, responsible and ethically productive. This includes paying attention to the entities that don’t fit this criteria. But choosing to keep our eyes on the better path provides our spirits with resources to be the best we can be!

One matter in question is delineation between personal prejudice and systemic biases. Many of us receive fair or unfair advantages due to truly “unfair” political and public policies. For example, some of us earn way more than what our job offers our community while some are relatively way underpaid. Frankly, not many of us turn down opportunities regardless of how they are derived. Think about it: How many opportunities do YOU grab which arise simply because you had SOME sort of God-given advantage?

• We remind ourselves that 99.9% of Life is “the small stuff”. Thus the multitude of unfair “rewards” and “advantages” of life are NOT spiritually awarded to those who are strong enough to handle the experience without the “award”!

Once humanoids became social, we innately became political, cliquish, and discriminating to defend our “selves”. The litigenous, Puritan ethic-inspired, legislative-seeking Americans have demanded laws, rules and regulations to discriminate to the advantage of whatever group(s) gain the upper political hand.

Is it truly unfair for God/spirit to challenge you by not giving you an advantage? And instead, you have the chance to choose to overcome, grow, and learn?

You can see where I’m going with this, Mitch. Would you please explain how to raise children with anti-racist values in a culture which seems to perpetuate racism with programs and systems which clearly are unfair?!

While these issues are beyond the scope of the average citizen, I do believe we need to raise public and private consciousness to fight unfair policies such as this one where, without knowing more of your two sons’ details, the systemic allocation seems to be utterly unfair.

Sincerely, Parenting For Equality Roseville, California

So, how do we operate ethically within our polycentric culture where accountability and honesty are at best mild considerations?

My last column challenged readers to be a HERO! Heroes arise from the challenges of NOT being given advantages or benefits! AND, to address Life’s Fairness. Yes, Life IS Fair!

Namaste, Mitch For more info, contact Mitch Darnell, MA, OM, Relationship Coach & Wedding Officiant at (916) 247-1655 or visit his web sites at www.foreverinspired.net or www.sacgroom.com. H&F

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THE MERCURY MINUTE • December 2012

12 Signs of the Zodiac By Michael Mercury

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’re feeling right with the world and have a great deal to be thankful for as the New Year approaches. This is a wonderful time for love and spending time with your family. You sense that your life is about to take a major change for the better. You will be as happy as you choose to be. Capricorn (Dec. 22 -Jan. 19) Health issues will be under your mythical tree. Consider giving attention to your eating habits, and either exercise or do yoga. Work will be hectic; you may have to do more than you want. The extra responsibilities bring extra challenges. Recognize what a wonderful life you have! This is an emotional time; be grateful for what you have!   Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb 18) The emphasis is on friends and new acquaintances. A romantic interest shows up out of the blue. What will you do? As for the new potential attachment, go slow and enjoy the beginning. Savor the moment. Call someone and make him or her happy!   Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) You’ll receive some precarious information. It’s in your best interest to know the facts; act on the information that you receive. New contacts and networking will be most helpful and add to the joy this month. You will be in a good mood and ready for good cheer. A new romance is waiting for your consideration.   Aries (March 21-April 19) You may be down, but not out! You’ll snap out of it in time for the New Year. You’ll be having a good time by the end of this month. Just get out into the fresh air. A sense of adventure will keep your blood flowing.  What will put you on top of the world? You’re in the mood for love and life is your greatest gift. Find patience within.   Taurus (April 20-May 19) Concern yourself with financial matters that you don’t have control over.  Search within; solve a personal issue

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good friends who really care about you. You bothering you. What makes you the happiest give so much to others and they do recognize is when you’re able to share! Personal developit. You’ll finally receive the support you need ment happens when you break away from the and want. Some of you are planning on getpast and are present now! ting married this coming year. Make sure to pay    attention to your health needs. You’ll have a Gemini (May 21-June 21) Do all routine chores quite but meaningful Christmas. that have to be done and find inspiration! You’ll   have time to create a new vista of potential love Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) Don’t force any for yourself! Make an effort to get along with coissues at work for this is not the time of the year. workers. Don’t spend time thinking of what you You will be better off paying attention to the want but what you need that is more appropridetails at work and not getting caught up in all ate for you. It’s the dynamics with the people in the parties that you will attend. Money will be your life that makes life magical! a priority because you have plans for the near   future that will demand your financial support. Cancer (June 22-July 22) Entertaining is on This coming year will bring romance and love the menu, and this month will be wonderful for you that will be meaningful. H&F for you to spend quality time with your family. Anticipate social plans to be changed at the last minute. Money matters are something that will have to be paid more attention to this month. You’ll be working extra hard to get it out of the December – New Moon 13th, Sagittarius at 12:41 a.m. PST way, so you can enjoy the holidays. You will Optimism is the key word as we approach the Mayan point sense a new beginning as the New Year dawns. of no return, that arrives on December 21st. The choices we   make will have a greater effect on life from this point on. The Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) This is a time for visiting End of Time is at hand but it’s not the end of the world. your friends and getting out and having some fun. If you can pullback on your tendency to December – Full Moon 28th, Cancer at 2:21 a.m. PST – be bigger than life, then you will have a better Consider your New Year’s resolutions last year. How did they impact on those you want to impress. If you’re go? Perhaps this year, don’t make any resolutions, but live each the quiet type of Leo, then you will be right on day as the most important day of your life. the money, as you are in balance with the sign of the times. You’ll receive good news and it will have to do with a trip.   Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The month brings a mixed bag of frustration and pleasant news. Is it Join Mercury at Yoga Loka for Bikram possible that you are learning to relax more and yoga: 48th and Folsom 916-454-4100 realize that life doesn’t have to be perfect all the www.yogaloka.net  time? After all perfection is a subjective point of view? Your Christmas will be wonderful, and you Check out Spirit Speak’s on Mercury’s will want to share it with everyone. You have so website for philosophical speakers much; so don’t lose sight of what you do have. providing insight about the Universe.   www.michaelmercury.com Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) You’re socially in demand and will enjoy ‘Personal Astrology Readings by Mercury’ getting out and about are insightful, original gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and for clarification in your life. with friends. You have

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Wildfire Preparedness: The Five Aspects of Readiness, Part 1

By Paul Purcell

First responder assets aside, these fires have affected local civilians. Thousands have evacuated, and many find nothing but charred vacant lots when they return. What are some innovative ways civilians can protect themselves, their property, and actually help firefighters in the process? At the household level, most of us have smoke detectors. That’s good, because in a house fire, as in a wildfire, where there’s smoke, there’s F.L.A.M.E.: Family – Something as massive as a wildfire will affect your whole family. Prepare them now. Landscaping – Simple and subtle steps can make your property much more fire resistant. Awareness – In an emergency, time is crucial. Stay aware of the threat and get the warnings early. Moisture – Some say you fight fire with fire. We say you fight fire with water. Evacuation – Even after taking all the other steps, a wildfire is something best avoided. Family A prepared and involved family is far more able to handle any type of disaster than those who wait for last-minute instruction. Therefore, one of the best things you can do for your family is to prepare them for one of the most common and least forgiving enemies; fire. 1. T  ake the family on a fire-safety tour through the house. Locate dangers such as overloaded electrical outlets and safety items such as extinguishers and escape routes. 2. I n emergencies, redundancy is our friend. You should have more than one smoke detector, fire extinguisher, and escape route from rooms or the house. Hint: If you’re a heavy sleeper, buy a “baby monitor.” Put the transmitter near the farthest smoke detector and the receiver in your bedroom.

and frees up others to perform other necessary tasks. Hint: Also make covers for your windows (including garage door windows) just as if you lived in a hurricane zone. Create a “fire tool box” and include everything needed to prep your house in advance of a wildfire. Store extra garden hoses, water sprinklers, “Y” connectors for extra hoses, wrenches to turn off your gas, rolls of heavy-duty aluminum foil (to cover the openings you didn’t make covers for), machetes and gloves for last minute brush clearing, etc. Store extra tools because you won’t have time to replace tools that might have been broken or lost. Make sure first responders can see your home’s address. Put your house number on your mailbox, near your front door, and painted on the curb by your driveway. Awareness A common theme in all our publications and presentations is the fact that in an emergency, our most crucial asset is time (see our other articles at “disasterprep101 ‘dot’ com). The two key elements of time in a wildfire are one, to have as much done in advance as possible, and two, get as early a warning as possible.

Landscaping Though tragedies usually take the lead in newscasts, stories still abound of how some homeowners managed to protect their properties from wildfire by simple and subtle changes with their landscaping and home. Take these steps now, since in a fire, time is of the essence. Your main landscaping consideration is to remove any dead, dry vegetation, whether on the ground or in your trees, that could transfer fire to your house. Be ready to seal your house before evacuating. Create covers for any opening on your home such as attic vents (roof turbines can be covered with metal trash cans), crawlspace openings, etc. Gather your material (such as plywood) and cut, paint, and label (where it goes) each cover now, keeping them stored on your property for immediate use. Put a couple of hooks over each opening you might cover and drill corresponding holes in the plywood covers. The hooks will hold the cover in place while you drill in the screws. This allows one person to do the job

Don’t wait for a wildfire to approach to start your landscaping. Perform that now and keep your property as fire-retardant as you can. Don’t wait for the smell of smoke to warn you a fire is on its way. If fire conditions are right, monitor news channels and listen for community warnings. Learn to recognize your community warnings. Does your community have a reverse 911 system? Sirens? Will the local TV or radio station broadcast the alert? If your community doesn’t have any of these systems, why not start them in your neighborhood? At the very least, have a phone tree. Buy an NOAA Weather Alert Radio since they’re being incorporated into the overall Emergency Alert System. You should also know who your local Ham Radio operators are. See www.arrl.org. Paul Purcell is a security analyst and preparedness consultant with InfoQuest in Atlanta, GA, and also the author of the book,“Disaster Prep 101.” For additional preparedness-related articles visit www. disasterprep101.com. H&F

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classic 70’s tune gives us the lyrics, “She ran calling ‘Wildfire’…..” Then a love song, but today, possibly the beginnings of an action / adventure / horror movie. With rainfall low, and temperatures and winds high, the wildfires we’re currently battling across the country are heavily taxing our first responder assets. More fires will surely follow if these conditions continue.

3. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to use a fire extinguisher, and how to call 911. 4. Have regular fire drills. Let each family member have a turn being the one who discovers the fire and who has to warn others. On at least every other drill, have everyone evacuate blind-folded on their hands and knees (while exercising due safety) to mimic the realistic conditions of a fire evacuation. 5. Revisit every family emergency plan with the whole family during wildfire season and certainly if one is in your area and possibly heading your way.


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nother hurricane season is here, and like some before, it’s predicted to be an active one with quite a number of named storms, some projected to hit the US. For years we’ve heard “Have a kit, have a plan,” but what kind of kit? Are kits really useful? And what kind of plan? What are the considerations? What should I actually DO in a hurricane? As a short answer to that last question, we put together a short list of things you should do if a hurricane is headed your way. Keep in mind though that this is an intro list. You’ll find the link to the full article below. For now we’ll assume that you’re not in a coastal area, you’re not under mandatory evacuation orders, and that you’ve decided to stay and shelter in place. So, we’ll start by saying that under certain circumstances it is possible to ride out the storm safely, if you know how to R.E.A.C.T.: Reinforcement - Have you prepared your home structurally in advance, even if it’s just shutters?

Equipment - Do you have all the supplies you’ll need on hand, or are you waiting for the last minute? Awareness - Do you have a way to track the

to be arranged in an “outside in” order, meaning that you want to do the things that are farthest away from home first and work your way in.

Cautions - Are you aware of the various risks

Important note: Below when we say “out” referring to how close the storm is, we’re referring to the nearest edge of the storm that’s going to reach you first, and not the eye of the hurricane.

storm, and do you have a way for others to track you?

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For our “30 Tips” intro article, we’ll cut directly to the “Timeline” portion of this piece so you can see a list of considerations for bracing against the storm:

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Some things you need to do well in advance of a major storm and some things have to wait until the last minute. In any event, with something as large and dangerous as a hurricane, there are always details that need to be tended to and you have to consider your timing in the process. These are presented in something of a chronological order and you’ll notice these also happen 22

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1. Make sure you performed all the structural enhancements you could for your home. 2. Take First aid and CPR classes. 3. Make your decision well in advance on whether you want to evacuate or stay put.

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This is about as long a warning as we’d have that a hurricane was heading toward any particular region.

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4. L  ook at the structural integrity of your home and make sure you have all the shutter material and hardware you’ll need already on hand. 5. I f you have a gas-powered generator make sure it works. If it needs repairs you’ll want to know now.

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This is about the last day you want to be out and about running errands or buying supplies. 6. Make sure your pantry is full as you’d like it to be. 7. Get longer shelf-life items like canned goods and have ways to cook such as charcoal, gas for your grill, etc. 8. Make sure you have a good supply of non-perishable “comfort foods” on hand. Include treats for your pets. 9. Check your stock of all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. Include your pets here too.


Tips for Riding Out the Storm Two Days Out

At this point the weather forecast is going to be pretty accurate as to whether or not your vicinity will feel the effects of a hurricane. 11. F  ill some empty milk jugs or plastic soda bottles with water and put them in the freezer (as many as you can fit). Let them freeze solid. If the power goes out, these will help keep your fridge and freezer cold longer. 12. S  ecure your more important household items such as backup computer disks, paperwork, heirlooms, etc. by putting them in plastic tubs.

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13. S  tart doing some safety landscaping by removing dangerous tree limbs, loose yard furniture, and so forth. 14. Put your storm shutters in place.

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At this point, you’ll probably know whether or not the storm is going to be a direct hit for your area. 15. T  ake last minute photos of property and family members. 16. R  echarge all your electronics (cell phone, laptop, etc.) while you still have power. 17. T  urn your fridge and freezer down to their lowest setting to keep food colder longer should you lose power. 18. Move your cars to higher ground if your home might flood and move your more valuable furniture and possessions off the floor. 19. I f flooding is not an issue, park your car in the garage or other protected area.

20. Brace your garage doors so they don’t cave in during high winds. 21. Make sure the kids are home.

Two or Three Hours Out

Again, please remember that when we say “so and so hours out” we’re referring to the leading edge of the storm that will hit you first, and not the eye of the storm. 22. Bring the kids in the house and have them help you with last minute stuff. 23. Bring in all outdoor pets. If they can fit in the house they should be brought inside the house. 24. Start building a “nest” in the room that’s the safest area of the house. Put down a mattress, have some snacks and water handy, make sure you have a radio and flashlights all with extra batteries. 25. If the kids have bike or skateboard helmets have them put them on. 26. Start filling your extra water containers (bathtub, etc.) in anticipation of a loss of water. 27. If you can secure them (so they don’t blow away), your outside trashcans can be used as rain barrels.

television, stereo, desktop computer, etc. to protect them against surge from lightning strike. 29. C  lose but don’t lock all your interior doors to limit flying debris or wind flow should a window break. 30. M  ove to the “nest” you made in your safe area and stay put until the storm is over. Next, you’ll want to read the full version of this article, complete with outside links for additional free information and lots more important detail than we can post in this abbreviated version. For the full article complete with free PDF download visit www.disasterprep101.com and look for it on the “News and Articles” page. Paul Purcell is a terrorism and natural disaster preparedness consultant in Atlanta, GA. He’s also the author of “Disaster Prep 101” found at www.disasterprep101.com. H&F

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Children & Fitness in the Modern Age By Chris Acosta

The habit has continued with me to today and looking back I am grateful that my dad had taken that sniveling, lazy little version of me, along with him all those years ago. Things were different in the late 70’s as kids were generally preoccupied with outdoor activities. But as we all know entertainment has gone the way of the technological and with that, physical activity is surrounded by less strenuous options. The obesity rate for adults in the United States is close to 38% and one can only wonder what that percentage will be when today’s kids- unable to rip themselves free from time-sucking social media – will be when they are grown-ups. Perhaps the greatest thing about exercise is that unlike video games, it provides a healthy dose of escapism. It provides equilibrium from this unnecessary infatuation we have today with multi-tasking: working more, keeping up with everyone else, overloading on caffeine and then wondering where in the heck the day went. The physical and psychological benefits have been well-documented but what of our psyches? With so many stimuli swirling about in our everyday lives, identifying reality becomes a blurry mess as anxiety and confusion flood our bodies. And for children and teens, two age groups struggling enough to find their places among their peers, it’s another obstacle on the way towards being “well-adjusted”. I love to hear people gush about our societal advancement and how we are so much more sophisticated than our preceding generation. But the truth is that on a physiological level we really aren’t that much different than we were 150,000 years ago!

Those early ancestors had the same potential for invention as we do now but simply had not found it. On a user level, the vast majority of us today couldn’t make most of the things we use on a daily basis; someone makes them for us and then sells them to us. So fundamentally our functions are still the realization of bilateral symmetry, the purpose of which is to use our bodies how they were intended to be used. In short, we are glorified primitives who need to exercise a practical behavior: movement. Kids need physical activity more than ever. They’re not going to find health benefits in a virtual world any more than they will learn to sharpen their communication skills through a text message. The world is changing and perhaps one day we’ll exist in a realm beyond our bodies. But for now that’s a science fiction novel. For the time being and very much in the foreseeable future, kids contain energies that need to be channeled positively; even if you have to drag them out of bed to do it. Core Concepts is a personal training studio in West Sacramento owned and operated by three certified personal trainers. We are an enthusiastic trio, unique as individuals but on the same page with commitment to our clients. Look for Core Concepts on Facebook or give us a call! H&F

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When I was around eight years old, my father used to wake me up dark and early and take on a run with him along the Sacramento River levee. In the beginning I wasn’t especially big on the bonding experience because he’d leave me in the dust, crying for him to wait up for me. I’d show up at the car long after he was finished and wouldn’t talk to him for the rest of the day; furious that he was putting me through such a demanding routine. By Chris Acosta/Certified Personal Trainer After he’d retired from competitive running due to chronic foot problems, I found myself exercising on my own throughout grade school and junior high and competing in track and field in high school. After that I continued to keep up with my fitness while serving in the army: waking up before morning formation to get in a workout while deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1990 or running with buddies through the snow at Fort Drum, New York, while alcoholism and depression spread throughout our desolate barracks.

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here is perhaps no greater fear than that of the unknown. In the face of extreme uncertainty, the vast majority of us will choose the easier route: to simply run away or bury our heads in the ground like the proverbial ostrich. And then there are those rare, intrepid souls who boldly launch themselves into the darkness, thereby illuminating the path for all those who come behind. Kate Mathany and husband Mark Storm of West Sacramento definitely fall in this second category. They are true trailblazers, teaching the rest of us what it means to forge ahead in the face of adversity, and to fight hard even against the most daunting of opponents. When confronted with the news that their beautiful blue-eyed 4-month-old daughter Getty carried within her delicate, angelic frame a terrifying condition called spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, not only did they refuse to succumb to fear and despair and self-pity. They took the exact opposite route, hurling themselves headlong into the complex and often confusing world of SMA research, educating themselves on every facet of the disease in the hope of helping their daughter and shining a spotlight on all those brave little souls with SMA for whom every day is both a blessing and a tremendous challenge.

They have started an organization called the Getty Owl Foundation, dedicated to spreading SMA awareness and hope for an eventual cure. They have organized jog-a-thons through the streets of Sacramento to raise money for the cause. They have held craft fairs and scavenger hunts and anything possible to shed light on this devastating disease. In short, they have stared into the abyss of SMA, and have not blinked or hesitated one moment. It is SMA that has much to fear of these two ferociously loving parents of Getty Storm. SMA is the most common genetic cause of infant death; one in 40 people are carriers. Every time two carriers have a child there is a 25% chance that the child will have SMA. It’s not uncommon for a carrier to have two or three healthy children before giving birth to a child with SMA. The disease manifests in various degrees of severity, resulting in general muscle wasting and mobility

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impairment. Babies diagnosed with SMA typeI generally don’t live past two years of age, with death occurring as early as within weeks of birth in the most severe cases. SMA doesn’t discriminate based on race, gender or ethnic background. Kate and Mark started the Getty Owl Foundation in part to spread word that SMA is a very real condition and can affect anyone. The disease remains highly undiagnosed: standard prenatal testing does not include SMA. “My entire pregnancy was flawless and we thought we were having a healthy baby girl. Never in my life did I think I’d pass along a gene that stripped my daughter of all her muscle capacity,” explains Kate. “I am an athlete, I run, I am active. How on earth could this have happened? But that’s the nature of DNA—you never know what’s hidden in your genetic code.” “The bottom line,” she continues, “is that it’s incredibly easy to get genetic testing for over 300 different diseases and disorders that aren’t standard to prenatal testing. It can be as easy as a blood test or a swab of the mouth. There are three companies that can administer. The highest cost to the consumer is $300, or $99 if your insurance covers it.” Fortunately, the efforts of people like Kate and Mark are paying off: “Getty has an incredible life. She’s thriving with a disorder that wants to take her life at every corner, and we’re doing all we can to give her quality days that might turn into quantity. She is learning math at the age of two and a half. SMA does not inhibit the mind, so we have a little brain over here. There are all kinds of technology to enhance her world. And pre-school is right around the corner. We obviously have a new normal, and while it can feel isolating, it is also beautiful in the same breath.” Get more information about SMA at: www.gettyowl.org. H&F


Lighting the Way to Biking After Dark By John Buchanan

So the moral of my story is? Being on a bicycle after dark, without adequate lighting is simply courting disaster. It is my hope that the following tips will help in equipping your bicycle with the light set that best suits your cycling needs. One should be aware that anyone riding a bike after dusk or before dawn must have battery operated front and rear lights. This is an excellent requirement in my view. A visible cyclist is a safe cyclist. An accident involving a vehicle and a bicycle is always traumatic, but good lighting and/or reflective clothing can help minimize its occurrence.

So don’t be afraid of the dark, but be very afraid of bad lights. Cheers to all and happy turn of the season. Please visit the Natomas Bike Shop for all of your bicycle needs. 3291 Truxel Road #30, Sacramento, (916) 641-8640 or visit their web site at www.natomasbikeshop.com. H&F

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Please do not neglect the rear light. I personally feel that a powerful rear light is the more visible of the set. Steady or flashing, it is

And finally, I also strongly suggest, that when shopping for lights, that a visit to your local bike shop be your first stop. It is there you will find a knowledgeable staff that can demonstrate these important products which aide in illuminating your way. They themselves use these products and are familiar with their virtues and sins. If for some reason there are issues with the products, the helpful personnel will find a way to resolve it a timely fashion.

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Lights that take advantage of the latest in LED technology are far superior and should be given consideration. Often measured in lumens, a 150 lumen rechargeable front light integrated with its battery, is plenty to light ones way with confidence. There are many versions of these lights selling for as little as seventy five dollars, and well worth the investment. They will provide run times ranging from one to twelve hours, depending on how indulgent one feels, on a single charge. One should keep in mind that most inexpensive lighting will not be waterproof and most are barely water resistant. If one commutes, and is often out after dark, give thought to lights that will suffer the weather and repeated use. As it always is, you get what you pay for.

Vision! I say vision! Vision for the cyclist during the darkest of their cycling hours, and vision for that distracted driver you may be sharing the road with. Bright, compact, lighting should be considered by every cyclist concerned about being caught out after dark. And good lighting should be a must for the dedicated commuter. It should be considered second only to a helmet in matters of safety.

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Stay Fit During Winter With Snowshoes sports & fitness

By Susan Jan

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nowshoes as the name implies are a type of footwear for walking over snow. Snowshoes distribute the weight of a person over a larger area so that the person’s foot does not sink completely into the snow. Traditional snowshoes are made of heavy hardwood frame with leather lacings. Modern high-tech snowshoes are made of light metal such as aluminum and alloy, or even of plastic. These modern snowshoes are raised at the toe for maneuverability and are generally smaller than the traditional snowshoes. Racing snowshoes and gliding snowshoes are just some examples of modern snowshoes used for movement in deep snow. Snowshoes were used some 6,000 years ago as an earliest form of transportation. But presently they are generally used for recreational sports. Snowshoes are divided into three types: aerobic, recreational and mountaineering. Backpacking

or hiking snowshoes, recreational snowshoes, and running or aerobic fitness snowshoes are the more popular snowshoes available on the market. Snowshoe size is specified by the body weight and the type of activities one plans to do. The Outdoor Industry Foundation reported that in 2004 nearly 4.7 million Americans went snowshoeing. Snowshoeing at present is acknowledged as one of the fastest growing winter recreational sports next to skiing, so snowboarding snowshoe sale has doubled in recent year. The sales of snowshoes is up because people are putting greater emphasis on fitness, outdoor cross training and family recreation. The popularity of backcountry sporting in recent years, like skiing, snowboarding and ice climbing, is also helping to promote strong snowshoe sales. Snowshoes for sale vary from shorter, wider shoes to longer, narrow shoes. Materials of these

snowshoes are generally lightweight aluminum, rubber and durable plastic. Women’s snowshoes and kids snowshoes are of varied shapes. For example, beaver tail snowshoes are shaped like a tennis racket and bear paw snowshoes are oval shaped. These shapes enable the snowshoer to lift up the shoes’ weight easily. Cleats are the teeth present at the bottom of the shoes that provide traction and allow for more confident stepping. Kids snowshoes are not limited just to kids; they can be used by anyone weighing less than 80 pounds and of shorter height. Kids snowshoes can also be used by children for off trail hiking, on golf courses, in packed trails, etc. A low impact workout with a pair of snowshoes provides many health benefits. Snowshoes can be used by folks of all ages who enjoy a winter snowfall while walking, running, jumping, or climbing. Snowshoes are great fun to use in any type of snow conditions. For more on Snowshoes visit Susan’s sites Shop For Snowshoes www.shop-for-snowshoes.info and Kid Snowshoes www.shop-for-snowshoes. info/sitemap.htm and also at Shopping and Society www.shopping-and-society-hub.info. H&F

How to Snowshoe Like a Pro Using These Simple Techniques By Kristin Larsen

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aving the ability to softly hover on snow in winter is a great feeling. For anyone that has tried snowshoeing, you begin to realize how easy it is to quickly learn how to snowshoe. The first time may seem slightly awkward but as you take more steps it seems to get easier as you step forward on the snow. It is a great way to be active, enjoy winter and be outside in the natural outdoors, wilderness or nature. There are some simple steps to keep in mind that will make snowshoeing easier and give you the knowledge of an experienced snowshoe pro. One major thing to consider when snowshoeing is using poles which will help with balance and other movements you may encounter while stepping along the densely snow covered ground as the terrains may also change.

method you can also step sideways which will allow you to use more of the snowshoe as you climb up the hill. Going down a hill is similar to going up a hill except you will focus on concentrating your weight on the back of the snowshoe. You may encounter a situation where you must back up or turn around. The most obvious method is to take small steps backward until you have successfully rotated around to your intended direction. What if you have poles? This makes this situation much easier as you can plant your poles firmly in the ground as you jump and twist your body until you land in the direction you wish to go.

When snowshoeing up a hill, you will want to firmly step down, concentrating your weight at the front of the snowshoe and this will compact the snow so you can achieve great grip traction.

When snowshoeing with others, to conserve energy and distribute equally, it may be more effective to take turns leading as you break through the snow and create a trail for others behind you to step in. There are different types of snowshoe styles and bindings that will benefit you in the various terrain elements you may face in your snowshoeing journeys.

You would simply then switch to the other foot and repeat the same process. An easier method is to spread the toes of the snowshoes so that the heels are together and then take small steps. If you have difficulty with this

Kristin has been involved in various aspects of the tourism industry. You can check out his website, Gone Outside, which covers many topics of interest about outdoors in Ontario. www.goneoutside.ca. H&F

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e have received lots of inquiries on the subject of Pet Vaccinations. Pet owners are asking when their pets should be vaccinated and which vaccines should they get! It’s always important to evaluate the benefits versus risks when deciding when and what to vaccinate your animal for. Don’t just hand your pet over to the mobile Vaccination Van trusting them to give only the vaccines that are appropriate for your pet. Dr Reiser is a Veterinarian at Hazel Ridge Vet Clinic in Fair Oaks. She shared her recommendations, which are only general, as the type and frequency of vaccinations vary depending on the lifestyle of your pet ( like Indoor versus outdoor animals, travel and boarding plans, underlying disease conditions and previous vaccine reactions.) Your pet’s lifestyle could change over time. Therefore it is important that the vaccination protocol for your pet be decided annually following a discussion with your veterinarian about lifestyle and exposures that may occur in the following year. Q. Dr. Reiser can you tell readers what are the core vaccines for dogs?” They are vaccines recommended for all puppies and dogs with an unknown vaccination history.

1. Canine Parvovirus, Distemper Virus, and Adenovirus-2 Vaccines: You should start vaccination around 8 weeks of age and continue every 3-4 weeks, with the final booster being given no sooner then 16 weeks of age. For dogs that are older then 16 weeks, two doses of vaccine given 3-4 weeks apart is sufficient. After booster at 1 year, revaccination should be considered every three years for most dogs. 2. Canine Rabies Virus Vaccines: Puppies should be given a vaccine at 16 weeks of age. A booster is required one year later, and every 3 years after that. Q. What are noncore vaccines? These vaccines should only be given to your dog if lifestyle or exposure warrants it. Canine Parainfluenza Virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica: These are associated with kennel cough in dogs. This vaccine is recommended for dogs expected to board within 6 months and should be administered at least one week prior to boarding for best protection. It is important to realize that even with this vaccine your dog may still contract the disease. Canine influenza Virus (CIV): This virus was first documented in Florida in 2003 and causes cough, nasal discharge and a low grade fever. Only a few cases of CIV have been documented in northern California and it is not clear how effective this vaccine is. At this time I don’t recommend the vaccine for dogs being kenneled in this area. Canine Leptospira Vaccines: Leptospirosis is seen in northern

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California and is transmitted by livestock and wild mammals. The disease can be fatal and can be transmitted to humans and therefore, is a concern for people and their pets. If your dog has exposure to areas frequented by wild mammals (lakes, rivers, streams, fields), I recommend vaccinating your dog. Puppies should get 2 doses of the vaccine starting no earlier then 12 weeks of age and then yearly after that. I will point out that this vaccine has been associated with more severe and frequent post-vaccine reaction than other vaccines. While they can occur in any dog, the reactions seem to most commonly occur in small breed dogs. Therefore, care should be taken to thoroughly examine the exposure and risk before vaccination any dog with this vaccine. Lyme Vaccine: We do not see much Lyme disease in our dogs in this area and the use of this vaccine is controversial due to questions about effectiveness and reported post-vaccine adverse events. Therefore, I do not recommend this vaccine for dogs in our area. Instead, I recommend practicing good tick prevention with veterinarian recommended topical products and collars. Also, examining your pet thoroughly after potential exposure and removing ticks right away can help decrease the incidence of tick born disease as well. Coronavirus Vaccine: This is a mild disease seen only in dogs less than 6 weeks. I do not recommend vaccinating puppies routinely for this one. Giardia Vaccine: This vaccine does not prevent infection, but might reduce clinical signs. Most dogs respond well to treatment for giardia (which usually causes diarrhea and sometimes vomiting) and the disease is not usually life


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By Danny Presswood fifteen years: this is a very have time to discuss and prepare to the idea serious commitment. of having a new friend before they Copyright Danny Presswood, 2006 Allfour-legged Rights Reserved. Pets as Gifts: Bad Idea! You should not make that actually get one. for anyone else! A book aboutlike Doghallways training to show them Alpha dogs occupy high1)traffic areas, and entryways. n a recent episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” (AFV) decision hy do you think And you do not want your that a lot of time needs to be devoted to aher to Don’t step over or go around the dog, nudge the dog and tell one of the top three submissions for the $10,000 prize was a that the animal Gift to be returned or placed pet. out of your way, and make sure she does so. This lets her know who video of theshelter aftermath of destruction a family’s pet dog had done in amove popushelter, do you? 2) A Dog or Cat breed book to help them owns the space and who is in charge. eir home. This dogincreases had destroyed an end table, ripped the frame lation always choose the best pet for their family: if they Don’tSeason allow isyour dog to DEMAND your attention. usually doorway, demolished a patio door screen and frame, shredded right after the Holiday The Holiday choose to have a Dog they willDogs learn about do this by climbing on your lap, or by nudging your hand or eting, broken glassware, and had literally “eaten” a three foot by Season? It is very difficult always a very busy and chabreeds different needs, temperaments, arm. and Make the dog sit, lie down, etc., and then give lavish praise and attention. foot hole in the wall destroying sheetrock, insulation, and framing to resist that cute little bundle of Joy in the winotic time for everyone. The pet might become more. Remember, you control when give your and e process. was dow,He isn’t it? a one dog demolition crew! I was horrified frightenedand and disoriented. It is probably not 3) Ayou leash (they willdog haveattention, to walk theaffection, Dog) praise. theof best time to introduce 4) Pet grooming supplies. lled as I watched the video and listened to the mixture giggles Well,the please contain yourself! Do not surprise pet to an unfamiliarExercise control over your dog’s 5) Pet possessions. toys. Take away all her toys, gasps from viewing audience. It was as if the poor,a new unsuspecting family members or anyone with animals as environment and new faces. 6) A pet bed or a feeder. then give her a command, and when she obeys, give her the toy as a y shrugged their shoulders and said “Bad Dog, Bad Dog, Whatcha gifts! Uncle Albert might not feel that lonely. treat. After she plays with it for awhile, take it away again. na Do?” might not want a furry companion whom Animal So, let petdog owners pick their ownIgnore pet, and your greet you first. him The moreHeappropriate question, however, is “My dog, my dog,Products WHY as Gifts:When you come home, make he would have to walk and feed. He might not Good Idea! everyone will have a Happy Holiday until he does. He must be submissive to you, not the other and waya ou do what you do?” The answer to that question is not a simple one. have the time or the patience. There are other ways to Merry Christmas! around. e books have been written concerning “bad dog behavior.” bring PetAnd Lovethe into a home Establish dog eating times. Catherine In the pack, the Alpha dog always eats first, is thatThere everyaredog is different, no “pattheanswer” Simms is a French born Artist residso many reasonsand why therefore, pets shouldthere not is during Holidays. and then the other dogs eat. Make sure the family eats followed very situation. However, a basic understanding of “Who are, gift to be given as Holiday gifts. Give adogs pet-oriented ing in Stamford Connecticut. Find first, out more How they behave” will lead us to some appropriate suggestions the family soon they can get about Whiner and Diner Pet Feeders and Beds to handle difficultthat and domineering dogs. If from “Bad a taste of the Pet Love and Remember a Pet will live an average of you suffer at www.WhinerandDiner.net. H&F By Catherine Simms

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throat irritation. Moderately toxic plants like the Norfolk Pine and Ivy can produce the above symptoms and could cause vomiting, depression, pale gums, and low body temperature.

lanning for the holidays should always include planning for your pet’s safety during the holidays and into the New Year. It is always disappointing to hear of a friend’s pet suffering illness or death during the holiday season. However, it is a story that we hear every season. Frequently, the full story often leads to the probable cause of the problem. These causes can quickly be identified as people, food, plants, medications and holiday clutter. Let us take a closer look at each.

Always investigate whether or not a plant will safe for your pet before introducing it into your home. This would be an excellent time to take inventory of your houseplants and do a little research to verify their safety.

People Can Be a Danger to Your Pet

One of the hardest dangers to control during the holidays is guests and visitors, the uninitiated, the non-pet owner. It is particularly tempting for a visitor to give that lovable pet candy, chocolates, nuts and a host of foods not suitable for pets.

Human Medications Are Poisons to Your Pet

The basic rule with medications is the same as with small children, keep them stored up and well out of reach. Spilled medicines should immediately be picked-up. Many over-the-counter medications are deadly to pets.

How do you protect your pet during the holidays? Explain to your guest that many human foods are dangerous to pets. Ask them not to give the pets any human foods.

Christmas Wrap, Decorations, and Clutter Can Choke

Another problem is when guests arrive with children. Some pets may not appreciate the increased attention. It would be best to put the pet in another room and use a barrier gate to separate the pet and child. Always, when pets and children are together remove the food bowls to prevent any chance of aggressive behavior by the pet.

Christmas brings a lot of joy and celebration, but many of the trappings associated with the season can be a danger to your pet. Some of these items are tinsel, ribbon, ornament hooks, staples from bows, tape, candy wrappers, gift wrap, small batteries, tree water, and small parts from toys.

When inviting quests that have pets make sure that they plan to board their pet before arriving, avoiding any conflict between pets. Pets do not always welcome “intruders” in the home. Older pets may not appreciate the lively attention from a younger animal.

These items can be choking hazards, others, if swallowed can lead to blockage or damage to the gastrointestinal track, anxious moments, and expensive vet bills. So plan ahead and have a large trash bin handy on Christmas morning for all the garbage.

Foods Can Kill Your Pet

Other Hazards

Plants Could Cause Vomiting If Your Pet Eats Them

If a pet has ingested something poisonous immediately call your local veterinarian or emergency center. A vital phone number to have available is the ASPCA Poison Hotline at 1-888-426-4435. Additional information on toxic substances and hazards is available from the Humane Society and ASPCA.

The items that top the list are chocolate, cocoa, coffee, tea, caffeine, alcohol, avocado, raw/undercooked meat, eggs, and bones, xylitol (an artificial sweetener used in gum, candy, and toothpaste), onions, garlic, chives, milk and salt. While all of these are not deadly, they can make your pet’s holiday season miserable. Some houseplants considered toxic to pets are Caladiums, Castor Bean, Dumbcane, Elephant Ear, Holly (berries), Hyacinth, Philodendron, Mistletoe, Lantana, Poinsettia, and Rosary Pea. Some other houseplants considered mildly dangerous to pets are Ficus, Snake Plant, Schefflera, Croton, Jade, Aloe Vera, Dieffenbachia, Poinsettia, Pothos, Corn Plant, Chinese Evergreen, Peace Lily, and Antherium. These plants can cause mouth and 34

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Remember to check the garage, making sure that all hazardous chemicals and items are fully out of the reach of your pet and any small children that may be visiting during the holidays. Also, purchase heavy-duty extension cords with the thicker insulation to provide more protection for the pet and home.

John Donald Moore “Don” has worked in the retail sales and customer service industry for over 30 years and has a heart for pets. H&F


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f you’re like most people, your pet is a member of the family who is just as much a part of the holiday celebrations as anyone else. You want to pamper your pet and make him feel special, but it can be difficult when there’s so much going on during the hustle and bustle of the season. Here are some sure-fire ways to pamper your pet that will make him feel loved and cherished long after the holiday glow has faded! 1. His own special place. This can be a covered cat bed for your feline friend or a wonderfully stuffed dog bed filled with aromatic cedar chips for Rover. But give it to him a few weeks before the visiting relatives arrive so that he can get used to it and gets the sense of it being his retreat. When there is too much going on, it will be a safe haven that makes him feel secure. Toss in a handkerchief or old tee-shirt with your scent on it for added comfort.

2. Micro-chip tracking implant. There is no greater gift you can give your pet than the guarantee that he will always be found and brought home to you. Smaller than a grain of rice, these micro-chips are placed under your pet’s skin with a simple, virtually painless injection and can be activated by shelters, vets and humane societies across the country if he is lost or stolen. Information will be retrieved that puts them in contact with you and your dog’s vet so that he can come home safely. No more complicated than a vaccine to implant, pet microchips are made of a non-reactive material that’s safe for your pet and can’t be felt. 3. A special play date. It’s easy for your pet to feel a bit overwhelmed and left out — just like a child might — when lots of people come to visit. Jealousy can be an issue, too. Make sure that in the hour or so before company arrives you take time out to focus exclusively on your best friend. Go to the park, play is favorite game; take him for a car ride if it’s his favorite pastime; whatever makes him feel special! This way he won’t feel as threatened when company arrives. Continue to take a break every few hours and spend ten minutes or so focusing on him. A short stroll and a hug will remind him that he’s still top dog.

4. A day at the Spa. Grooming and a gentle massage do wonders for anyone, and your pet is no exception. Get him in the holiday mood with a shampoo, clip and pet massage during the holidays. He will be more relaxed and be proud of his appearance, able to show off his fine appearance to your visitors. Admit it — just like my dogs, your dog knows when he’s “looking good!” 5. Hand-carved dog portrait furniture. Your dog will be so proud to see you displaying a piece of fine, hand-crafted furniture in your home that features a portrait of the noblest creature you know - him! There’s something very special about the bond between you and your dog, and displaying a beautiful piece of furniture with a gorgeous, hand-carved portrait of his breed will let everyone else know that you not only love your pet, but you love fine furniture, too. 6. Gourmet dog treats. There’s so much food at the holidays, and everyone will be tempted to slip a few scraps off the table to your buddy. Unfortunately, the rich foods and sweets can give him an upset stomach or worse. Gift baskets and tasty treats baked especially for dogs can be purchased from a variety of stores online that offer yummy treats that are guaranteed healthy for your pooch. And above all, shower your pet with plenty of affection. The best holiday gift you can give your pet is your love and attention so don’t forget that belly rub and plenty of hugs. He’ll enjoy the holidays all the more knowing he’s making you as happy as you want to make him! To pamper your pooch, you’ll find tasteful furnishings featuring every breed at www.studiodogcarver.com Or order him a delicious doggie gift basket from www.healthyhoundbakery.com, where you’ll find Apple Oatmeal Stars, Minty Candy Canes and even carrot cake muffins. Lori Hilliard is a free-lance writer who is never without at least two dogs in her house. They think they are in charge, and she lets them believe it. H&F

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