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Healthy & Fit DECEMBER 2014

Kimberly Whitfield Bodybuilding is a natural fit for this 45-year-old

Gift Guide

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How to get along with relatives and co-workers

IS BUYING FRESH THE BEST? With fruits and veggies what’s best for you?


Tips on how to keep active and healthy as you age



Learn how to make the right choices to get fit


Carrying heavy weight can get you in overall shape

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Fit bits!

Tips to help with overeating and indulging this holiday season.

The scoop on mouthwash

How well does it really work?

Holiday and family

How to deal with uncomfortable family situations.

A smart way to give

It’s never too early to think about your children’s future.

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Is it really an excuse?

Excuses are built into our culture. We need to change that.

Is fresh best?

Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of forms. Which is best?

Staying active while aging

Optimize your health and wellness by keeping fit.

There is no middle age!

Learn how to empower yourself while “Middle-Living.”

Keeping healthy by managing stress

When we get stressed, it can wreak havoc on our health.

Carry the load!

Loaded carries are a good way to a better body and stronger core.

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My family keeps buying me cooking gifts!


ithout a doubt, the Big Green Egg was my favorite gift this year. By far. It has been fun cooking on the ceramic-style grill/smoker since my wife and kids gave it to me for a birthday/Father’s Day present back in June. If there’s a meat out there that can be smoked or grilled, chances are I’ve done it. From my first try at ribs, to a legendary 12-hour slow smoked pulled pork dish with homemade sauce, I’ve been cooking on the Egg. Anyone who eats at our house, after these famous meals, has always left with a full belly. In the summer I put on the radio, crack open a beverage, and hang out by the grill enjoying the smell of meat and smoke. It’s hard not to peek and see how the food is cooking, but you quickly learn to resist that temptation. In cold weather I still use the Egg. Light it up, get the temperature to where it needs to be, then put the meat on and head inside. It’s that easy. In short, no matter what the weather, it’s easy to talk me into grilling or smoking something. What a great gift. If only it was this easy all the time! Gifts can be a tricky purchase at any time of the year. With so many products out there, and what seems like less and less time to actually shop, it’s easy to look at gift purchasing as a daunting task. I know we’ve bailed out from that task and have bought gift cards from time to time. At Healthy & Fit Magazine, we like to help with some of that decision making. Throughout the year we solicit products from across the country and review them to see if they fit into a healthy lifestyle. We had a good year testing different products from headphones to kitchenware, and everything in between. The products featured in our guide this year are great. Wait, a second… did I say I’m easy to talk into grilling and cooking dinner? Or lunch? Why is my wife smiling as I read this to her? Come to think of it, every weekend the suggestion comes from one of my daughters. And they keep asking what kind of accessories they can get for me so that I can cook more dinners. I even bought a new spice rack and had to reorganize the cupboard so that I can have my spices ready when I cook. I’ve had relatives ask if I want barbecue cookbooks, too. Volunteering to show up at the house for tastes. Is there something going on here? Truth is, it’s fun. And I find myself expanding our food choices daily. I do look at accessories for the Egg. There’s a lot out there! It’s a perfect compliment to the crock-pot my wife got me last year for Christmas that we use all the time. With two active kids in sports, crock-pot cooking is a no brainer in my opinion. In fact, I use it all the time— Wait a second … there has to be something fishy going on here. Happy Holidays! Enjoy the issue while I figure this thing out.


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Frosty Rolls a Punch Building a snowman is a fun way to zap some holiday calories but, if you rolled and hoisted one too many snow balls to make a giant snowman, your back may suffer. Ginger has some seriously good benefits for aching muscles and joints. In a study with osteoarthritis sufferers, warm ginger compresses were placed on the middle of the back for 30 minutes a day. Pain and fatigue were reduced by half after a week. Ginger has been found to relax the musculoskeletal system enabling increased mobility. Try this recipe for your holiday aches: Mix 2 tsp. of ginger with 1 cup of hot water. Soak a wash cloth in the mixture and squeeze firmly to remove excess water before applying.

Getting Toasted=Over Eating Get a little carried away at the office Christmas party? That could lead to more chowing down the day after. According to a recent U.K. study, the average woman eats 2,071 calories the day after drinking too much. Half of the same women also skipped their workout the day after. Tisk, tisk. Alcohol is metabolized at the rate of .015 of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), or about one drink every hour. Drink water in between cocktails and cut yourself off after two drinks.

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Ask Santa for a jump rope this year. You’ll burn 15 calories per minute (more or less, depending on your weight). Get the right length by stepping in the center of the rope. Lift the handles just to the armpit and you’re good to go. Here’s some moves to get you started: Try jumping for one minute and resting for one minute. Basic Jump/Alternate Foot Jump Alternate left and right foot landing for one minute/rest one minute. Side-to-Side Jump Jump a few inches to your left as you swing the rope, then to your right. Single Leg Jump Land softly on the right for 30 seconds, then land 30 seconds on the left. Foot-Cross Cross your feet over each other on each rep, alternating the foot that lands in front.

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Maybe you should stick with traveling over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house this holiday season. 20% of passengers reported getting a cold after air travel. The super dry air and being near infected travelers isn’t a healthy combo. Pop a zinc lozenge pre-flight for protection. If a cold still gets you, pop one or two lozenges at the first sign of symptoms. You may also want to give elderberry a shot. Pop a pill or get the syrup. It could reduce your congestion and shorten the duration of a cold or flu.

Soothe Tummy Trouble Hey, your mom warned you: your eyes are bigger than your stomach. But it’s hard to resist the cornucopia of holiday fare and desserts. After indulging in too many holiday cookies or if you have trouble with IBS, give peppermint a try. A 2011 Australian study showed that peppermint activates an “anti-pain” channel in your colon and can soothe your G.I. tract. Brew yourself a cup of peppermint tea and set some limits next time.


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Go vegetarian once a week and you could bank $80 per month! Start by packing your lunch. Try a raw veggie wrap: Fill a 10-inch whole wheat tortilla with cucumbers, shredded baby carrots, red and yellow peppers and 2 tablespoons of light cream cheese. Or fill a whole wheat pita with 2 tablespoons of hummus and veggies. Pair either option with grapes for a fulfilling lunch. Who doesn’t love pizza? Spinach and feta pizza on a whole-wheat thin crust is fast and delish. Just place 5 oz. of fresh baby spinach in a non-stick skillet with 2 chopped garlic gloves and pepper. Cook till spinach wilts. Drain. Place the pre-made crust on a baking sheet and spread with marinara sauce; top with spinach mixture. Sprinkle on some mozzarella and feta cheese. Finish with a dash of oregano. Bake at 450 or until lightly browned. For more options, check out for recipes. DECEMBER 2014

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Marlene Hammond, 60, from Charlotte, worked in automobile repair. The last few years, she realized that she was feeling horrible: she was gaining weight every month, and had no energy. When her doctor told her that she was pre-diabetic, she had enough! She knew she had to make a change, and she did. She lost 65 pounds and gained a better life. Here’s her story. What led to your decision to make a change? My hus-

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Marlene Hammond Before: 212 lbs After: 147 lbs Height: 5’3”

What are your workouts like now? Before, I never

What did you do? I decided

to make myself my priority, and put into play a process that would lead to my better life. Curves and my Zumba classes took on a new importance, and over time I increased my participation from three days a week to at least five, and added a boot camp. Next I tackled my eating. I started by eating more protein with every meal. I would carry a cooler in my car with healthy go-to snacks like protein bars, light string cheese, raw almonds, fruits and cottage cheese. I switched from caffeinated beverages to decaf green tea and ice water, drinking a gallon a day of water, minimum. In addition to healthy meals, I added a morning and afternoon snack. Based on all of this, I tweaked my exercise and eating so that I wouldn’t get bored and lose momentum.

What kind of challenges did you face during this time? I started a new job

in September of 2013, an office job that had me sitting at a desk. I hurt my knee and had daily pain for five months. I did not have a kitchen or normal eating area at work. Also, with the approach of cooler weather, I 10

planning meals; I shopped more often for fresh food; I kept a copy of the 10 best fruits and vegetables on my dash as a reminder when I go to Horrocks shopping. I looked for indoor exercise during the winter, purchasing a used Total Gym, and an exercise trampoline that I could bounce on while I watched TV. I did a weight loss body challenge for 30 days at Seung-ni Fit Club in East Lansing.

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worked out. Now I run 5Ks, do dragon boat races, canoe, lift weights, kick box, swim, use my Total Gym, and participate in Jazzercise, Curves and Zumba. I am transformed, and feel like a kid again!

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wanted to cook more; I love to bake. And even as I cared for myself, I had to feed my family.

How did you overcome them? I made

adjustments to how I eat and exercise, and planned ahead. I made a lot of crock pot dinners for the family, and personally switched sandwiches for soup during the cold months. I spent more time in the kitchen and

more pounds without any setbacks, and to get stronger. I plan to get a good massage, keep up with all challenges to come, and to make sure that the health and wellness of my family—and myself—remain my greatest priority.

Any advice for others? Find something you like to do, that is fun, and just do it! Do it over and over, and don’t stop. Change how you eat and you will see results. Get off the sofa! Good health is the best gift you can give yourself and your family. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask others how they lost weight, and follow their example. And enjoy those new healthy recipes!

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Kimberly Whitfield

Kimberly Whitfield is in shape. Let’s get that out of the way right now. In August, Whitfield participated in her first body building show and took 1st place in the Fitness Model Division and placed 4th in the Bikini Class — at age 45. She is also sponsored by FitGear and ABBRx. Whitfield, at four score and five years, has more energy than most people half

“I think it’s important to find a passion that inspires your heart and soul.” her age. “My heart is like a drum, like a rhythm that tells me to keep going,” Whitfield said. “I think everyone has this different rhythm in them; whether it is sad, happy, fast or slow, that beat moves us daily.”

Kinesis, as defined by the dictionary, is “a movement or activity of a cell or an organism in response to a stimulus.” Whitfield’s stimulus happened 11 years ago when her second daughter, Kennedy, was stillborn. As she dealt with her grief, Whitfield said she struggled to remain positive. “I really think it saddened my heart to

lose her,” she said. “But I think God puts something in each of us at birth that we are always searching for and sometimes we find it when we go through difficult times.” Whitfield said she found herself exploring yoga, Pilates, kick boxing, power walking and a host of other activities that got her out of the house and made her feel better without the use of antidepressants or mood elevators. “Getting up and walking felt good,” she said. “When you’re idle, you tend to worry and feel more stress on your heart. But when you get outside or go to the gym, that makes you feel good.” Her experience with fitness and mourning led her to create the Kennedy Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping women deal with the grief of losing a child through focusing on health and fitness. Her motivation was to help women get past the backward looking “what ifs,” and to move forward with their lives, she said. “I want to help them find a fitness passion whether it’s running, rollerblading, basketball or knitting with a group. I think it’s important to find a passion that inspires your heart and soul.”


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The scoop on mouthwash How well does it work? by Dr. Susan Maples


ou bought a mouthwash that claimed to whiten teeth, freshen breath and reduce your risk of decay and none of those dreams are coming true. It’s discouraging. With so many different mouthwashes on the market it’s hard for patients to choose which one is best, if any. Let’s look at the rationale for rinses and explore alternatives. Rinsing the mouth, even with water, definitely helps remove debris. The plaque layer absorbs the liquid and swells, making it a bit easier to remove with a brush and floss. Notice I am not suggesting that ANY rinse take the place of mechanically scraping off the plaque with a toothbrush and floss. So, let’s face it, many people buy a mouthwash to cover bad breath. While the intense odor neutralizers work temporarily, the result is usually short lived. A typical mouthwash can not


address the underlying cause of bad breath. Some mouth rinses have “antimicrobial” (bacteria killing) additives that claim to reduce gingivitis or plaque. Listerine has been the most popular over-the-counter antimicrobial rinse and has some effectiveness. The problem is that the antiseptic essential oils must be dissolved in alcohol (27 percent ethanol) and alcohol rinses are not recommended for long-term use. Studies reveal an added risk of oral cancer as a result of swishing alcohol against the mucosa on a habitual basis.

Be skeptical of rinses that make your teeth feel smooth. Detergents (or surfactants) create a slippery film over your existing situation and make your tongue say “Oooh, Ahhh”. Detergents unfortunately do not provide a solution to plaque control. What about cavity protection and whitening? Rinses with fluoride molecules help protect the tooth from absorbing dangerous acids, but over-the-counter rinses don’t contain an effective concentration of fluoride. And lightening agents must have enough time to influence the inner layer of tooth structure, the dentin. Rinses don’t quite cut it. In short, there is no substitute for regular preventive dental examination and professional cleaning. It might be best to rinse with water before brushing and flossing and if needed let your dentist prescribe the right short-term therapeutic mouth rinse for your personal situation. • Healthy & Fit



Holiday and family

How to deal with uncomfortable family situations. by Cynthia Logan


hat is it about the holidays that we love? The food, the gifts, the children, the company, our friends, our relatives…well…they are our relatives, we have to be with them on the holidays. My son-in-law is like a ghost. We can all see him, it’s not like that, but every time he walks into my kitchen the cupboard doors and drawers seem to fly open and they don’t shut when he walks out. I love him, don’t get me wrong, but he knows this drives me crazy. I have thought about removing all of the doors before he gets here, but then, that would be a lot of extra work. So, I have to tell myself: • •

Thank God I don’t live with him I know he’s doing this just to mess with me, but I know he does this at his house too, so he’s not always

trying to mess with me • He’s only here for a few days • There are many good things about him • Let it go… The best way for us to deal with people that irritate us, whether at work or in social/family situations, is self-talk. And keeping a sense of humor about the situation is helpful. If you know that a person or people are going to be in these situations with you, get your self-talk prepared before the event. It also helps to plan ahead like keeping yourself busy so that you don’t need to be around them. Help out in the kitchen, take the kids outside, or suggest some kind of game to play. If the person irritates you during game time, have a different game prepared that you might be able to play with a different set of people. If someone else is getting irritated


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A smart way to give It’s never too early to think about your children’s future. by Denise Wheaton


he holiday season is here, and while some people enjoy the annual holiday trips to the shopping mall, others want to stay as far away as possible. Either way, you may be locked in a pattern of buying the same kind of gifts every year. I’d suggest that you shake things up; have you ever considered buying the children in your life a financial product? Before you finish rolling your eyes —yes, I know that gift sounds incredibly boring— hear me out. Most kids like money, but only because they can spend it right away. Here are some gifts that could help them build good saving habits, understand financial products, and begin thinking about the future. Contribute to a 529 college savings plan. Make a contribution to a plan already established for a young family member or establish one. Others

learning about the stock market. Help them save with U.S. Savings Bonds. Savings bonds are ideal gifts for young children – particularly newborns – because their value will increase as the child approaches adulthood and prepares for college. A U.S. Savings Bond can be ordered and received in 10-14 business days.

can then contribute to the plan for the child’s benefit.

If you decide on any of the gifts above, the holiday season can be the perfect time to teach your child, or other children in your life, financial lessons that will last a lifetime. It might not knock their socks off today, but you can bet they’ll be thanking you later!

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide STREET by 50 On-Ear Headphones These are the Sport version of the STREET by 50 On-Ear Headphone. These headphones use top technology for the listener that won’t sacrifice quality sound for an active lifestyle. After using them all summer, we can attest that they sound great, are sweatproof and block out any surrounding noises. They’re very comfortable to wear, with stitched perforated-leather and memory foam cushions. They fold easily into a carrying case and are equally great on a plane. We loved these headphones and highly recommend them. $179

Healthy & Fit Magazine’s The gift guide is an annual tradition, and we’re excited to showcase our largest guide to date. Each product has been tested by a Healthy & Fit Magazine team member to make sure that it fits the bill when it comes to helping live that healthy lifestyle we all want. Be sure to check out the Web sites for more information, and as always, visit with all our advertisers this holiday season.

Gift Guide Pelican ProGear Elite Luggage Pelican ProGear Elite Luggage has a hard shell and is lightweight, watertight and crushproof. Available in three elite models, each is built for optimal traveling size and weight: 22-inch Carry-On (weighs 9.2 pounds empty), 27-inch Weekender (weighs 12.2 pounds empty), and 30-inch Vacationer (weighs 15.6 pounds empty). All models are available with an optional enhanced travel system that includes a lid organizer, a toiletry kit, and a zippered shoe sack. $475-$645

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Savora kitchenware These photos do not do justice to the beautiful design and high-function workmanship of Savora kitchen products. Savora submitted a colander, pizza wheel and hand cheese grater for review. They are designed to complement the shape of the hand and how it moves, so you are comfortable while cooking. They work extremely well, are available in saucy colors, and we feel they make you look good while you are preparing amazing dishes. The Savora founder and lead designer is a former automobile designer with Ford Motor Company who created the Ford Flex and Ford Thunderbird. You can see the smooth contours of automobile design in the Savora products. These are perfect gifts for any cook. Pizza wheel: $29.99 Colander: $39.99 Hand grater: $29.99

Portion control dinnerware set Livliga Elegant Portion Control 4-piece dinnerware set implements the concept of “’right-sizing’ the food environment by including subtle portion control reminders.” Shapes on the dinnerware illustrate the correct amount of each food group that should be consumed in the meal. The four piece set includes a dinner and salad plate as well as a cereal/soup bowl and mug. Dishes are dishwasher and microwave safe, and are made of porcelain. The dinnerware is attractive, simplifies portion control, and we feel it can make a real difference. $49.95

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Eat Clean Live Well Terry Walters, a leader of the clean-food movement, wrote this seasonal cookbook and lifestyle guide. Rediscover the unique tastes of spring, summer, fall and winter, and gain insight into everything from preserving the harvest to natural cleansing and tonics for immune support. We love good cookbooks and this one certainly qualifies. $22

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Riker’s All Natural Dog Treats is based in Bath, MI. They use 100 percent human-grade ingredients, absolutely no fillers or preservatives, and are proud to be wheat free, corn free and soy free in all of their products. Our tester dog, Pete, “Went bananas for these treats. He couldn’t get enough.” Sounds like a good endorsement to us!

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide Bertucci watch The Bertucci Commando Camo Series features two authentic U.S. Military specification, made in USA, high performance camo webbing patterns. Additionally, Commando Camo Series is loaded with premium features such as a reliable all metal quartz movement, Swiss super luminous hands and markers, a rugged U.S. patented DX3® case and band, and a hardened mineral glass crystal. A watch ready for duty regardless of whether it’s work, play, the field or military endeavors. Our testers liked the style, and received many compliments. It feels good on the wrist and is easy to set. We liked it! $79.99

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide Sound Oasis White Noise Machine The Sound Oasis White Noise Machine has 10 different white noise tones developed through its proprietary, patent-pending technology, based on the research of leading sleep and sound health experts. Its sound range and adjustability is more than double its nearest competitor, allowing many more users to find a white noise frequency that works for them. It’s easy to use, and when they woke up the next morning, our testers highly recommended it. $199

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Fitness Health

Carry the load Loaded carries develop a better body and stronger core. by Justin Grinnell


he last couple of years, the loaded carry (also called the farmer’s carry) has exploded on the scene. Everyone from bodybuilders to Cross fitters have started to include various loaded carries in their routines and for a good reason. A loaded carry is where someone picks up and carries a heavy weight and walks with it for an extended period of time or distance. This can be done with various objects, such as dumbbells, kettlebells, sandbags, stones — really any object that is a challenge to lift and move. The loaded carry increases work

capacity — the ability to perform real physical work as measured by force times distance/time (which is average power) — and improves endurance, grip strength, core strength, and builds muscle. The loaded carry is one of the best all-around movements that many avid fitness enthusiasts have been missing in their programs. I like to use loaded carries in a variety of ways to demonstrate alignment with integrity under load and even your symmetry. If we can use holds and carries to create integrity and alignment under load, then we’ve demonstrated that your stabilizers have the endurance, the feedback and the

control to allow you to march along the exercise progression that you want to participate in without any unnecessary setbacks. There are many variations of loaded carries that can be used besides the traditional farmer’s carry (one object in each hand by your side). You can utilize unilateral carries (a load on one side of the body) to improve muscular imbalances, symmetry and core strength. The waiter’s carry (one arm above the head), rack carry (hand by the chest and shoulder), and the suitcase carry (one arm at your side), provide great strength and conditioning benefits.

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weight training session. The workout will total 12 minutes (six minutes on each side). Start by picking a weight (preferably kettlebell) you can carry over your head with one arm locked out and a symmetrical postural position for at least one minute. Once you start to lose form, bring the bell down to the rack position.

As you get fatigued and lose form in the rack position, bring the bell down to your side for a suitcase carry until you reach the full six minutes. Rest as little as possible and repeat the sequence on the other side.

1-Arm Overhead Carry 1-Arm Rack Position Carry Suitcase Carry 6 minutes on each side

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Is it really an excuse?

Excuses are built into our culture. We need to change that! by Jason McGammon


ne of my biggest pet peeves is folks who complain about their situation but do little to fix it. I’m of the camp that says to only complain if you are doing everything in your power to improve yourself and you are not getting the results you want. Otherwise, save it. With that said, the empathic side of my ego understands that excuses are built into our culture. Like moving a house, it can be very difficult to change your culture. The modern pattern of excuses started post WWII when there was a huge explosion in both industrial and personal or household efficiency, including artificial flavor additives. Let’s take for example the flavor additive MSG (monosodium glutamate). You probably don’t get how MSG can force you into an excuse. 24

The reason is simple; since processed foods do not inherently taste as good as real, fresh, home cooked food we invented a way to “trick” your body into accepting the food. If you had a veggie burger without MSG you would not be able to choke down even one bite. Unflavored textured vegetable protein (typical veggie burger) tastes like cardboard dipped in rancid milk. MSG tells your brain (the ultimate destination of the taste buds) that the food is wholesome and savory. So, you accept this food choice even though it is far inferior compared to a grass-fed beef or free range turkey burger. What the heck does all this have to do with me, you ask? Everything. To be a healthy, happy person well into your 80s and 90s, your belief system has to be balanced between innate behavior (i.e. making things easier for us or our children) while not losing health along

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the way and doing what we should do. Your belief system is what you have been programmed to accept as truth based on your life experience. A large portion is actually anti-health and disease causing, but most don’t know this because it’s been a learned behavior. Check out this truth: if you eat or do something on a regular basis, you accept it as healthy. You can sign a notarized affidavit stating you know French fries are bad for you. Then why do you eat them several times a week with lunch?! Most of you will deny this tooth and nail, but think about it… you would not intentionally harm yourself, right? So, anything you do regularly MUST therefore be seen as beneficial. Except for cases of extreme depression or psychosis, we are physically not able to knowingly hurt ourselves. Further “everything in moderation” DECEMBER 2014

dogma adds to the excuse pool that’s been spewed out for the last couple decades. Well, folks ALREADY ate most foods or food groups in moderation. I don’t know too many people that eat fast food three times a day like Morgan Sperlock in Super Size Me. Or, have ice cream every day for their post-workout recovery. We already ate things in moderation, with some exceptions of course. This misleading tenant of our society leads to moderate cases of diabetes and heart disease. Moderation is too vague and is music to the food industry’s ears. Getting practical, the biggest excuse I hear is that “I just don’t have time to cook at home.” Really?! You make time to go shopping for a couple hours every week and stock your pantry with chips; you make time to call the pizza delivery guy and wait 30 to 45 minutes for it to arrive; you make time to watch a favorite TV show; and you make time to get to all 47 of your kids’ activities. This is a called a diversion of energy. We all have the same hours in the day and about the same amount of physical energy (actually, those that make time to train regularly have MORE energy, but that’s another article). You can choose to spend your time and energy where you see fit. But you MUST then be okay with the consequences. Maybe it’s time to prioritize a bit. I have kids and a busy schedule, too , so I know precisely what you are trying to do; give yourself or your kids more. I’m on your side—same team here. But do they have to do year ‘round AAU travel basketball? Can you maybe DVR the TV show and watch it on the weekends? I get it. You can’t possible carve out any more time. I agree! Therefore, instead of relying on convenience foods to get you and your family through, you have to displace an activity or two that just isn’t that important. After all, without health what do you really have? Sickness and pain is the answer. Like our financially irresponsible congress, poor food choices are leveraging you and your family’s future. Sure the body will withstand years of abuse but you will have created a debt that is very difficult to pay back. There are no “bail-outs” for cancer. I am not arguing to find more time; I’m simply holding up a mirror asking you to use your time more wisely. Trust me; your kids will be healthy, happy and productive members of society even if they cannot do every sport their school offers. Or, have the latest iPhone which causes you to spend less time with your family because you have to work more to pay for it. In fact, they might just be better off at home with you teaching them how to prepare a proper meal. You will have broken the cycle. Your kids will then change their culture and prioritize health over certain activities they can live without. You can’t buy this on special at Target. You must find a way to make time for things you know you should be doing. Jason McCammon, B.S., NFPT-CPT, is president of I.Q.FIT Fitness & Wellness Center. Contact him through

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Is fresh best? Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of forms; which is best? by Gina Keilen


ruits and vegetables are known to be part of a healthy and well-balanced diet. They are full of antioxidants and nutrients, high in fiber, while being low in calories and fat. Despite most knowing this, only about 1/3 of Americans eat the recommended amount. Most assume fresh produce is best. If you are gathering it from your own garden or at a farmer’s market when they are at their peak freshness, this carries some weight. However, if it is a Michigan winter and you are buying from a grocery store, this may not be the case. Peggy Crum, MA, RD from Michigan State University’s Office of the University Physician agrees. “Many people do not value frozen or canned foods, but the nutritional value from processed fruits and vegetables can be just as good, if not better, than fresh. It really depends on where you live, if it’s in season, and how you plan to prepare it.” Seasonality and availability are large contributors to nutritional value. If it is not in season in Michigan, it may have traveled many miles (potentially countries away) to get here. This exposes the produce to various conditions of

light and temperature causing a loss of nutrients. Depending on the length of travel, some are harvested well before they are ripe so to not rot by the time they’re delivered. This doesn’t allow the produce to fully develop its nutritional value so while it may look ripe and fresh, its vitamins and minerals may not be up to par.

So, the question is, can you still get quality products from the canned and frozen sections of your grocery store? Absolutely. In both scenarios, the produce is sent from the farms to a Continued on page 28

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Staying active while aging

Optimize your health and wellness by keeping fit. by Polly Swingle


oday’s seniors are living longer than ever—thanks in part to astonishing medical advances, and also to the application of evidence-based research that helps design therapeutic solutions to better manage age-related problems and issues. While living longer is wonderful, it is also important to live well: to enjoy a full and functional lifestyle and high quality of life. One of the biggest impediments to that goal is immobility caused by loss of muscle strength, flexibility, balance and/or depth perception. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in every three adults over the age of 65 falls. Staying active is a crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to avoiding those accidents and optimizing your health and wellness. Benefits Research shows there are numerous benefits to quality exercise for seniors, including enhanced strength and mobility, better bone and muscle health


and reduced fall risk, as well as reducing the chances of having a stroke and delaying the onset of diabetes. The right combination of weightbearing and high intensity resistance training can increase bone mass, bone size and bone microarchitecture, slowing the bone mineral density loss that begins after the age of 40 and heightens the chances of osteoporotic fractures. It is important to note that no other therapeutic intervention has been shown to have this kind of simultaneous and beneficial multi-system impact. Exercises The most beneficial exercise programs for seniors are those that target age-related weaknesses by improving strength, balance, flexibility and stability. The types of exercises that are supported by cutting-edge research as being most effective in building balance and strength include dynamic balance exercises (such as standing on one foot, using your arms to catch something, and reaching above the head to “clean a window”).

A general exercise prescription includes three to five weekly sessions of 30-60 minutes of combined cardio and resistance training, with a strength training component. Balance training requires just 5-10 minutes of work a day, with both static exercises (standing and balancing in various positions, on different legs, and with your eyes both open and closed) and dynamic exercises (adding bends, reaches and body movements to your balances). Walking/treadmill work is still the best aerobic/cardio exercise, and water exercise that adds resistance is also beneficial. Guidance Resistance and intensity are critically important factors when it comes to getting the most out of your workouts. Moderate-to-high intensity exercise is required to manifest the kind of significant physiological change that can help you achieve and maintain lasting and impactful results. Continued on page 28 • Healthy & Fit


Vegetables (continued from page 26) nearby processor where they are canned or frozen at their peak freshness. While it can take an average of 10-14 days for fresh produce to be delivered to stores, it takes merely hours for them to get picked and processed which helps retain their nutritional punch. If you want the most value for your dollar, there are a few things you should keep in mind. For canned or frozen vegetables, try those with no salt added or that are low sodium. “If you buy them unseasoned, you have more control when you are cooking them and can make them to your preference,” says Sous Chef Kari Magee at Michigan State University. For canned or frozen fruits, look for those packed in 100% fruit juices or those frozen plain as some are processed with additional sugar. For both canned fruits and vegetables, be sure the can isn’t dented, bulging, or rusted. All this said, Crum encourages you to buy those you like. “Go with what you prefer. If you like it, you’re more likely to eat it, and that’s of primary importance.” There are other things to consider besides seasonality or availability. Some dishes actually work better with a

Active aging (continued from page 27) canned or frozen product, Magee says. “Canned beans or tomatoes work great in soups or chili, or frozen vegetables for 1-pot dishes such as pot pies or casseroles. Frozen foods are ready to go, but if you are using a canned vegetable, it’s helpful to rinse them first.” Many people also buy produce with good intentions, but they can go bad before being used. Buying it to eventually throw it away doesn’t do anything for us nutritionally. “There is definitely a convenience factor to canned or frozen fruits and vegetables,” notes Crum. “If you aren’t going to eat fresh produce within a few days or you are short on time and need something quick, it may be better to choose frozen or canned products.” The time spent cooking may also be shorter. “Frozen vegetables are blanched first and then frozen so they typically do not take as long to cook as a fresh vegetable”, Magee advises. Crum emphasizes that variety is the key to good nutrition. “Choose fresh, frozen, and canned products as all foods have value. The more variety you eat, the better your nutrient intake will be.” Either way you choose, it’s important to remember that some is better than none.

In terms of time investment, understand that the American College of Sports Medicine recommends that you spend at least 150 minutes exercising per week, and that lasting physical changes will not be seen until after at least 50 hours of exercise. Finally, listen to your body: avoid anything that causes excessive pain, and avoid high impact loading that involves twisting, bending or compression of the spine. Be sure to supplement your strength and cardio training with balancing exercises, and provide 48 hours of rest to each muscle exercised. Consult with a trained geriatric therapist for additional advice on program design, exercise selection, proper techniques and personalized support.

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There is no middle aged!

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he term ‘middle-aged’ has always left me feeling somewhat negative and forlorn. Typically linked with ‘crisis’ middle-age is a very singular point in time. It is time for a new outlook, a redefining moment. We need an attitude change, a new view on the future and a culture shift. I have developed a new term, a new brand, called, “Middle-Living.” Anyone between the ages of 45 and 75 are now “Middle-Living” adults; and people over the age of 75 continue to flourish in the well-deserved ‘Superior-Senior’ status; society’s monarchs of sorts. How do you like that?! The time has come to acknowledge that the dignity of growing older in America should be understood, firmly embraced and acknowledged for what it really is, EMPOWERING! Baby boomers alone hold the key to business growth and financial wherewithal. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation found the share of new

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Keeping healthy by managing stress When we get stressed, it can wreak havoc on our health. by Gina Keilen


veryone has stress in their lives at some point. Between careers, school, or money (or the lack thereof), we all face stressful situations. But how we deal with them controls how much the stress affects our mindsets and health. For some, stress can lead to increased weight gain. “When our body is under stress, we go into fight-or-flight mode,” says Allison Haring, RD and member of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “During fight-or-flight, our bodies release the hormone cortisol. This can be related to weight gain, especially if the stress is chronic and the hormone is not turned off.” Stress can affect eating patterns. Some forego eating because they may think they’re too busy. This can put added stress on our bodies as well as cause overeating when they get the chance to eat. “If someone restricts themselves, when it comes time to eat, they may reach for the wrong foods because they are so famished,” notes Haring. Others may be so focused on the problem at hand, they do not realize their true hunger levels and they eat mindlessly. Cindy from Lake Odessa can relate. “I tend to eat whatever is in front of me. And I’ll eat a lot faster than normal so by the time I realize what I’m doing, it’s usually too late and I’ve eaten way too many calories.” These mindless habits can have consequences. “The cortisol released typically correlates with making people crave foods higher in fats and sugars and that are more calorically dense,” says Haring. Cindy agrees noting she usually goes towards easy to find foods. “It is things like chips and ice cream…and I don’t really even like ice cream. It’s never fruits or vegetables.” Not only can stress lead to poor eating habits, this type of pattern can lead to feelings of regret or further stress, worsening the situation. Being aware of the foods we eat may help calm our bodies. “Foods such as spinach, dark chocolate, oatmeal, salmon, tea, or pistachios have vitamins and minerals that can help calm our bodies and soothe our stress,” says Haring. “Having healthier snacks can help alleviate some of the added stress 30

that can come with stress eating.” There are approaches to help disconnect our stress levels with food. Eat breakfast - this will help you maintain stable blood sugar levels and give you more effective functioning and thought processing. Lay off the caffeine - relying on those cups of coffee to get you through the stress may be making matters worse. Try green tea which has lower caffeine and more antioxidants. Keep snacks handy - having a healthy, pre-portioned snack on hand will help tide you over when you don’t think you have time to eat. Keep your kryptonite out of sight - if you know candy or chips are your downfall, don’t leave them in visible areas. You will be less likely to grab mindlessly if you aren’t staring at them all day.

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Find a hobby - Haring suggests one that uses your hands. “Hobbies like knitting or playing an instrument not only can calm you, but help take your mind off eating so you don’t associate food with stress.” Identify what actually causes the stress - is it deadlines or that you procrastinated? Once you know what causes your stress, you are closer to learning how to control and/or avoid it. Saying ‘no’ is ok – know your limits and try to not overcommit yourself Recharge yourself – go for a walk, take a long bath, call a friend, light some scented candles… take care of yourself and try to keep a balanced perspective. Haring recommends having an ‘out.’ Do something that calms you down like walking the dog or listening to music to help you stay tuned into your body. DECEMBER 2014


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