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Happy Thanksgiving! I appreciate you taking time to read Irmo Chapin Life Magazine. We publish six times per year and direct mail to almost 29,000 homes and businesses in the Irmo and Chapin area. This month we announce the winners of the 2022 Best of Irmo Chapin Life contest. I know the coal businesses appreciate your votes and we are excited to reveal the results of your voting inside. Are you and your family planning to have turkey this Thanksgiving? At our house I will be deep frying our family’s gobble gobbler. It is a good bit of prep work to get ready for the turkey day fry. The propane tank needs re-filled and the frying oil needs to be purchased in bulk. The turkey needs injected and scrubbed with dry rub seasoning to insure the maximum in fried turkey skin delectability. I enjoy being in charge of the turkey fry on Thanksgiving because it keeps me busy. With so much responsibility entrusted to me, aka the turkey fry daddy, I am not able to lounge on the sofa and watch television. This usually results in me yelling inside for updates on the football scores or for someone to bring me something to snack on. However, you prepare your Thanksgiving feast, I hope you enjoy both the preparation and the consumption of your meal. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees in the Best of Irmo Chapin 2022 competition. Running a small business is no easy accomplishment, especially in these current times, and I am thankful we have so many talented business owners invested in the Irmo Chapin community. Thanks for reading, Todd Shevchik irmochapinlife.com
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NOV • DEC Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th Christmas Arts & Crafts Market S.C. State Farmers Market, 3484 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia Sat. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00.-4:00 p.m. There is something for everyone at this free event-food, crafts, demonstrations, plants, homemade goods, etc. For more details visit midlandcrafters.wixsite.com. Thursday, November 18th 36th Annual Vista Lights Gervais and Lincoln Streets, Columbia, time to be determined Be a part of the neighborhood’s signature open house with live entertainment and performances that will get you into the Christmas spirit! Visit vistacolumbia.com for specific schedule information. Thursday, Nov. 25th-Friday, Dec. 30th Holiday Lights on the River Saluda Shoals Park, 6071 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia It’s the Midland’s largest drive through holiday light show! Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights.Journey through more than two miles of lights, featuring over 400 colorful, animated light displays of all shapes and sizes! Visit icrc.net for admission and , schedule and activity fees.
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Dr. Kevin Allison The word “Veterinarian” may conjure up an image of sick and dying animals being treated by their specialist, but that’s only part of the service provided by these trained medicos. As Dr. Kevin Allison puts it, “I enjoy the prevention aspect of my job that allows me to work primarily with young, healthy animals. The main goal of my work at The Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Spay and Neuter Clinic is to prevent pet overpopulation. This in turn reduces the number of unwanted and abandoned animals in the greater Columbia area…and fewer animals in our shelters… and less animal neglect/abuse cases.” He has performed more than 64,000 spay/neuter surgeries, one of the highest number of any Veterinarian in the state. For his work in this important community service, Dr. Allison has received accolades from his professional peers as well as the South Carolina legislature. He is gratified at the
recognition, which helps raise awareness of the problem, and looks forward to continuing to make a difference. Dr. Allison started life in Missouri, grew up in Indiana, and moved to Hartsville SC at the age of 15. He earned his B.S. in Animal Industries at Clemson, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. While in school in Georgia, he met his wife. They now have been married for 19 years and have six boys, one dog, two cats, a bearded dragon, fish and chickens. He spent almost five years at Anderson Animal Hospital in Hartsville, then moved to Irmo where he began working part-time at The Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruely to Animals Spay and Neuter Clinic, along with practice as a relief veterinarian at several veterinary hospitals. The work at The Humane Society soon developed
into full-time, and the Allison family moved to Chapin. “The results of what we do is evident in the decline in the number of animal intakes at our local shelters. I expect this trend to continue and hopefully see a decline in the number of animal neglect and abuse cases. Since the number of offspring that a pet can have in its lifetime multiplies exponentially as its offspring reproduces, pet overpopulation will continue to be a concern. Due to increased awareness of the problem, we can hopefully continue to make a difference.” n
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Best Family Practice: Lexington Family Practice Ballentine Best Fast Food: Sonic
Best Fine Dining Restaurant: Chophouse of Chapin Best Fitness Center: Athletes Arena
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Best Home Builder: Hurricane Builders
Best Home Health Care: Assisting Hands Best Hospice: Lighthouse Hospice
Best Insurance Agent: Irmo Insurance Agency Scott Moseley Best Insurance-Auto: Gibson and Associates
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“On my honor, I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” – Boy Scout Oath
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Author Norman Maclean once stated, “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” Ashley Fogleman, Eagle Scout, aquatic enthusiast, avid outdoorsman, and founder of local businesses Phoenix Adventures and Steady Canoe Crafts (a Lexington-based enterprise that delivers customized outdoor activities for individuals and groups), would agree. He credits the wisdom and skills he mastered in his boyhood scouting experiences as the primary sources for the success and fulfillment he has gained throughout his life. “Scouting is a big part of my family and my family’s background,” says Fogleman. His father joined the Boy Scouts as a youth, continued as a Scoutmaster into his adult years, and encouraged his family to become involved. With both siblings in scouting and a mother as a den leader, it is no surprise that a young Ashley joined the Cub Scouts in elementary school. “At that kind of age, you really don’t know too much about what is available,” he explains . “Obviously, that’s what got me started, but I stayed because it’s a phenomenal program – I loved the activities that we were doing, the things I was learning. In a lot of ways, it has helped make me who I am today.”
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Fogleman recounts how he once was a “super shy kid,” but asserts that “Scouting really helped bring me out of that shell and allowed me to become more active with other people, find some of those [outdoor] interests, and be able to share those interests with others.” A native South Carolinian, Fogleman’s childhood was spent in a small, rural town called Little Rock, situated in the northeast corner of the state within the Pee Dee region. Growing up, adult volunteers were too often scarce, so he “bounced around” within the Scouts until he settled on a troop in Latta, and this is where he began to thrive. “There are several positions that you can hold as a youth leader within a troop,” he explains. “Some of them are more prominent than others, but there are lots of leadership opportunities.” His first major assignment was to collect resources as the troop librarian, but some of his favorite memories stem from his roles on the aquatics staff and as the coordinator of the annual Scout-o-ween events. “There’s always a purpose behind all the fun that we have,” he says. “It’s all about providing those learning opportunities through fun.” Following in the footsteps of his older brother, he also aspired to attain the rank of Eagle Scout – to reach this level, participants must complete a list of prescribed tasks before their eighteenth birthday. “It culminates in your Eagle project,” he says, which “tests your leadership ability, your project management skills, your communication skills” and must “benefit your community.” For this project, he mobilized a team that constructed a 30-foot bridge above a waterway so that visitors could access trails within a local state park. Shortly after this accomplishment, Mr. Fogleman enrolled at the University of irmochapinlife.com
PHOENIX ADVENTURES South Carolina in Columbia to pursue a degree in information technology (IT). Even within those academic halls, the founding principles of Scouting guided his actions and opened more doors of opportunity that have directed and affected his life, even to this day. “Part of what you learn and adhere to in Scouting is a Scout oath and a Scout law,” he explains. The third point of this law admonishes a Scout to always be helpful. On his first day of college, Fogleman applied this value by offering his assistance to the school’s network administrator when he mentioned her overwhelming workload. Because of those Scout-inspired actions, he landed employment positions within the college’s IT department and, over time, developed lifelong friendships. “It also helped me get my first job outside of college,” he adds, since that same administrator shared an employment advertisement with him and provided a character reference. “Those philosophies, adhering to those high levels of standards, is what has afforded me my business opportunities.”
While working in the IT field, Fogleman launched his “dream job” on the side and called it Phoenix Adventures because of the mythological bird’s symbolic association with rebirth and new life, a sentiment he endeavors to share with his clients as he leads them to experience the healing and thrilling qualities of the natural world. “Bringing life to your adventures,” he says, “is the heart of Phoenix Adventures.” Over the years, he has accumulated the necessary outdoor equipment and gear, so he can offer a variety of individual and group activities (with or without instructional sessions), including transport and rentals for water sports like canoeing, kayaking, and paddle-boarding; guided hiking and backpacking trips; and top-rope rock climbing. Every outing is tailor-made to meet the needs, desires, and comfort levels of each client, and nonprofits may be eligible for a group discount. When addressing his customers, he says, “You focus on the fun. I focus on everything else. I deal with all the safety, planning, and logistics. I really, truly,
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thoroughly enjoy helping others get into these types of activities.” About his occupational “passion,” Fogleman encourages people to try something new and go out even when the weather is not optimal. “Have a good outlook on it, a good perspective on it, and you’ll have a good time.” Leanna Lee, a Lexington resident and private client, met Fogleman through a local networking group about five years ago. The first time she hired his services, she was entertaining friends from out of town, and they booked a kayaking trip down the Saluda River. “It was a lot of fun. He made it super easy. We just had to show up with our bathing suits. It was really flawless. “During quarantine, the pandemic, when nobody could get in large groups or hang out with friends,” she recalls, “he was still able to launch kayaks down the river for me and my immediate family. It was a great way to get us out of the house and still be safe.” In total, she has commissioned Phoenix Adventures about a dozen times with either family (even when her children were preschoolers) or a group of her girlfriends. “What he does is just great because it gets people outside, gets people active, gets people having a lot of fun, and he makes it so easy. “It’s a fun, safe way to get out and make memories with your friends and
family,” she adds. As an example, Lee fondly recounts how Fogleman initiated a game of catch with her friends on the water as they kayaked down the Saluda, so now she always remembers to pack tennis balls when they go out. Between Phoenix Adventure trips and his IT work, Fogleman spends some
of his spare time designing unique creations from wood (e.g., coasters, Christmas ornaments, custom signs, cutting boards, etc.). This branch of his nature-based repertoire is known as Steady Canoe Crafts; browse and purchase from his Facebook page for the business.
Again, his interest in this hobby and the company name, which alludes to his incredibly smooth paddling technique, has roots in his past Scouting experiences. Even today, “I am still active as I can be in scouting,” he says. “Scouting gave so much to me that I feel that I need to give back as much as I can to scouting. If it wasn’t for Scouting, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today as a person in doing some of the stuff that I am doing. Not only do I feel that obligation and desire to give back to the program and to the young folks coming up, but I also still enjoy it. It’s just as much fun for the leaders as it is for the Scouts.” “We have to be there in order for the kids to be there,” he states. “There are leadership or training opportunities for adults as well, so whether you are a youth or an adult, there is something that you can glean and gain from this program.” “Regardless of your age, it’s always good to become involved in Scouting,” he adds, “because, even though the organization has changed to keep up with society, the core purpose and the core missions of Scouting haven’t changed over 100 years, and those core values and principles are still there and still have valid meaning. If we can provide a safe and fun learning environment for our youth, we are just going to continue building great leaders.” n
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Without Working Out by Marcy Roberts Many people want to lose weight but don’t want to deal with grueling exercise routines or strict diets. Although cardiovascular exercise is excellent for your overall health and fitness, it is absolutely possible to lose weight without actually working out. Certain activities, foods, and even subtle life changes can help you burn calories without having to break a sweat. Even if you’re busy with your job, errands and family commitments most of the day, there are still effective ways you can burn calories without hitting the gym; you just have to be creative. Most of these approaches require minimal physical effort, yet they can help you burn hundreds of extra calories without realizing it. 1. Perform Mentally Intensive Tasks While it’s no secret that physically intensive tasks will help you burn calories and lose weight, mental tasks can also have a significant impact. Stanford neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky once noted that chess grandmasters burned 6,000 to 7,000 calories a day from the physiological stress of chess tournaments, but even the average person can lose calories by thinking. This is also supported by scientific research. A 2018 research review in the Frontiers in Psychology journal noted that, on average, your brain uses 20% of your daily caloric intake, and this can be increased by performing difficult mental tasks. As such, you can burn extra calories purely by doing something mentally engaging. For many people, working or taking on a side hustle to make more money can help them burn extra calories. Al-
ternatively, you might want to take up a hobby such as chess, learning an instrument, or even study a new subject. Not only will these mentally engaging tasks help you burn calories, but they can also take your mind off of food and prevent you from excess snacking. 2. Start Intermittent Fasting One of the best ways to burn excess fat doesn’t require any physical effort at all, nor does it require you to make any major changes to what you eat. All you have to do is change the timings of when you eat so that you end up fasting for around 12 to 16 hours a day. This method is known as intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting involves eating windows where you can eat pretty much anything you want (within reason). The only requirement is that you follow this up by not eating or drinking anything but water for the next 12 to 16 hours. Not only does this prevent you from overeating, but your body will burn plenty of excess calories during the fasting period. Fasting for these short periods increases fat breakdown while simultaneously boosting HGH levels, reducing insulin, and helping with cellular repair. As such, many people find that they lose fat, gain muscle, and feel healthier after using this method daily. The most common approach is to have an 8-hour eating window followed by 16 hours of fasting, but this can be adapted based on your specific physical and medical needs as recommended by your physician. 3. Do Your Chores While you might not want to go on a run or hit the gym, you might still want to get up and move around. One of the
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best ways to burn calories without feeling like you’re exercising is to carry out your household chores. It’s not the most exciting method, but it’s something you’ll have to do eventually and it’s also something that’ll help you lose weight. Moving around your house, vacuuming, cleaning surfaces, and loading the washing machine can easily help you burn around 150 to 200 calories an hour. If you want to make it more fun, you can also turn on some music and even try dancing while you carry out your chores. This is sure to help you burn hundreds of calories without feeling like a workout. Gardening can also be extremely effective for helping you burn calories. Activities like mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, and raking leaves can easily help you burn around 300 to 400 calories an hour. If you want to maintain your home while simultaneously burning calories, doing chores around your home and garden will help you lose weight fast. 4. Drink More Water You’ve probably heard tons of times that drinking water is healthy for you, but you might not realize just how much it can help when it comes to losing weight. Replacing sugary drinks with water will instantly help you reduce your daily caloric intake by hundreds of calories. But on top of that, it’ll also boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories. A 2013 study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that drinking just a 500ml serving of water can boost your metabolic rate by 30%. As such, irmochapinlife.com
drinking water before each meal can help you charge up your metabolism and burn those excess calories quickly and efficiently. Of course, there are also plenty of other perks of drinking water. It can increase your energy levels, boost your cognitive function, and help you feel full so you don’t end up overeating. If you’re trying to lose weight, you might want to take advantage of this by drinking around 2 liters of water a day or even more. 5. Walk More Often One of the best ways to burn calories without any intense physical activity is to walk more often. Although it can be considered a form of exercise, walking is a low-intensity activity that’s also a natural part of your daily life. As such, you might want to boost the calories you burn each day by walking more often. Some people find that they achieve their weight loss goals significantly faster by walking to work, to the shop, and anywhere else they need to go regularly. You could end up burning hundreds of calories a day simply by walking anywhere that’s close enough instead of driving. You’ll also save money in the process. If you have no reason to walk long distances in your daily life, you might want to walk for fun. Taking your dog for a long walk or even going on a relaxing stroll each day can help you burn calories without feeling like a workout. You could even listen to music or podcasts during your daily walks to make it more fun. Conclusion If you are not a fan of intense physical exercise or don’t have the time or resources to workout, there are still many effective ways to burn calories and have fun while doing it. These five methods can help you lose weight without breaking a sweat and using more than one daily will speed up the process. Keep in mind that these methods won’t help you burn calories and lose weight as fast as physical exercise and strict dietary changes. However, they’re incredibly easy to implement into your daily life and can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. n NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021
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GREAT WHITE SHARK WHISPERER
by Mandy Matney
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South Carolina’s Great White Shark Whisperer has been watching Shark Week since its premiere in 1988, when he was in middle school. But this year, Shark Week was different for Chip Michalove. Hilton Head’s famous charter captain made an appearance on two episodes of the wildly popular Discovery Channel series. “Never would’ve imagined in my life this kid from Kentucky who grew up chasing frogs would be on that show, with Snoop narrating,” Michalove says. During his impressive career as a charter captain off the Hilton Head coast, Michalove has caught, tagged, and released over 30 great whites for scientific research. Like clockwork, great white sharks swarm the South Carolina coast from December to March every year. They make their journey from the New England area, where scientists teaming up with Michalove spot the rare creatures in the summertime. Becoming Hilton Head’s great white shark whisperer was no easy task. Michalove studied the creatures for decades and made it his life goal to see one off the Lowcountry coast. For 12 straight winters, Michalove attempted to a catch a great white shark off the coast of Hilton Head Island. Before Michalove came around, fishermen really didn’t even think about attempting to catch great whites off the coast of South Carolina. For years, he was made fun of by the other local fishermen who said Chip was on a “great white goose chase” trying to catch a creature they weren’t sure was out there – until one January day in 2014 when Michalove caught his first great white shark. Then he caught another. And another. “I’m addicted to it,” Michalove says. “You can’t match the adrenaline rush of being connected to a 2,000-pound fish.” Michalove’s great white shark adventures have landed him in the
Occasionally, we get lucky and get multiple in one day, like that one day we caught lightning in a bottle and hooked seven, but then we’ll go out for a month and not even see one.” Michalove is fortunate to catch a lucky break when Shark Week film crews visited Hilton Head this winter. They just happened to be in town the week a 55-foot North Atlantic Right Whale was floating off the coast of South Carolina – a great white feeding fiesta. Michalove and the crew saw more than 25 great whites while the Discovery Channel was filming on Hilton Head. Michalove is admittedly obsessed and fascinated by the great white shark. Every time he catches one, he learns more about the creature. “Not only are they massive, but they’re incredibly intelligent,” he says. “This is the smartest fish in the sea we’re talking about. It’s a process trying to figure them out.” He’s estimated there are around 1,000 great whites off the South Carolina coast every winter. Because great whites only are here in the winter time, South Carolina hasn’t had any great white shark attacks on record. A year-round business While great white sharks are only in South Carolina in the colder months, plenty of other shark species like to spend their summers in the Lowcountry, too. Michalove’s charter company Outcast Sport Fishing offers unforgettable shark fishing experiences all year long. If you’re wanting to go shark fishing in South Carolina with hopes of reeling in giants, Michalove is your guy to call. “The interest in sharks is at an all-time high, and it’s only getting higher,” he says. “I always tell people, there’s no Grouper Week on the Discovery Channel, and there’s good reason for that.” While Michalove’s best known for his great white shark encounters, he’s caught thousands of other sharks off the Lowcountry coast. Here are a few of his other favorite South Carolina sharks.
national spotlight several times, but this year was his first year on Shark Week. He said he’s had opportunities to be featured on Shark Week before, but he hesitated in fear that he’d share a secret that might end up hurting the species. “You take a film crew and scientists just one time, and they’ll know exactly everything that took me years to figure out in one day,” Michalove continues. The Discovery Channel filmed him for the show in
“I’m addicted to it, you can’t match the adrenaline rush of being connected to a 2,000-pound fish.” February and early March – and he wasn’t sure what was going to happen. There are no guarantees with catching great white sharks in South Carolina. Michalove says just seeing one in South Carolina is “like finding a needle in a field of haystacks.” “They’re just not concentrated to one area like they are in other parts of the world,” Michalove says. “They’re spread out. irmochapinlife.com
Tiger sharks Tigers are the true locals of South Carolina,” Michalove says. “No other big shark is here nine months out of the year.” Though he has caught a tiger shark during every month of the year in South Carolina waters, typically these sharks head out to the Gulf Stream from December through February. Tiger sharks have been responsible for a lot of attacks around the world, but they are highly unlikely to attack in South Carolina waters. Tiger sharks are the second largest sharks in the southeast (next only to the great white, of course). They are huge and stick out with their black stripes/spots and large heads. Tiger sharks are between 10 and 14 feet and 850–1,400 pounds. Michalove says tiger sharks love the rivers in South Carolina. He’s caught a 1,000-pound tiger shark near the Broad River Bridge in Beaufort, which is about 13 miles from the ocean. As cool as tiger sharks are, Michalove is worried that there are so few large ones in the Lowcountry. “In the last few years, I’ve been catching the same few tiger sharks that are over 1,000 pounds again and again,” he says. “I worry there are so few of the big ones left anymore.” Hammerhead sharks People, especially kids, love hammerheads. The flat, hammer-shaped heads and wide-eye sets make these sharks NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021
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excellent hunters with almost 360 views of their prey. But don’t worry, these sharks aren’t much of a threat to humans. “If my boat sank and I had a dolphin and a hammerhead coming at me, I think I’d be more scared of the dolphin,” Michalove says. “Hammerheads are scared of their own shadow.” Highly sensitive, hammerhead sharks can pick up electric impulses 100 miles away, which makes them good at hunting fish. There are several different types of hammerhead sharks in S.C., including bonnethead, scalloped, Carolina, and great hammerhead sharks. Great hammerheads can grow up to 20 feet and weigh 1000 pounds. Bull sharks A lot of times when you see a shark attack in Florida or South Carolina, the bull shark is blamed. They are aggressive in nature with a mean bite, but Michalove believes they’ve been wrongfully accused of a lot of attacks. Over the years, Michalove has read dozens of shark stories where the bull shark is pinned as the likely culprit, but he says the wounds just don’t add up to the size and power of their jaws. Bull sharks can grow up to 8 feet long and average around 200 to 290 pounds, but Michalove has seen them as large as 500 pounds. “If a bull shark grabs you, you’re going to need a skin graph or a prosthetic,” Michalove says. Bull sharks were blamed for a series of attacks off the New irmochapinlife.com
England coast in 1916 that eventually inspired the movie Jaws. These sharks can survive in fresh and saltwater, which is why Michalove says they’re popular among fishing clients. Bull sharks are in South Carolina between March and October, but peak season is between July and August, Michalove says. Black tips Of all the large sharks swimming off South Carolina’s coast, blacktips are the peskiest and most abundant. Michalove says he catches around 200 a year. Blacktips are in South Carolina between April and September. They are typically the smallest of the giants in our waters but by no means small, growing up to 150 pounds and typically around four to five feet long. Some can grow up to eight feet. Michalove believes these sharks are the most likely culprits for most of South Carolina’s shark attacks, based on the size of most wounds. Michalove says they have smaller mouths and frequent shallow waters as they chase schools of fish. “These are the ones cruising through the surf, the ones the life guards blow the whistle at,” Michalove says. “They love the beach and the inlets.” But what’s cool about them? “When you hook them, they jump out of the water and spin,” Michalove says. The blacktip is also incredibly photogenic. Chip’s Instagram account is loaded with happy customers embracing blacktips and other fun sharks. Check it out at instagram/outcast_sport_fishing. n NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021
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Snack Smarter by Marcy Roberts
et’s be honest: snacks can make or break your health goals. Snack smart, and you’ll keep hunger at bay and fuel your body. Snack wrong, and you can blow hundreds of calories without realizing it. Constant snacking is one of the easiest ways to blow your calorie count for the entire day. Even when you plan your meals, giving in to those little snacks during the day can take a toll — especially if you aren’t tracking them. Are you guilty of mindlessly grabbing a handful of M&M’s, reaching into a bag of almonds several times a day, eat a stash of crackers, and so on? If the answer is yes, this type of mindless eating can really slow down your progress. It really doesn’t matter if it’s a lick, taste, or a “small bite,” all of those items add up — and when you begin to account for them every day, you’ll see just how much. That said, a snack between lunch and dinner is an important part of your lifestyle. The key is to learn how to snack responsibly on good quality food to boost nutrients and to plan snacks into your day — not just eat them randomly on-the-fly. Preparation is the key to snacking smart. Schedule your meals Studies show that when we are trying to maintain our weight or lose weight, stabilizing blood sugar by eating every three to four hours is critical. Skipping meals can cause you to become overly hungry and eat too much at your next meal, and when you snack throughout the day you can lose track of your calories and are constantly releasing insulin — which is no good. View your snack as a meal When we’re in snack mode, we typically ignore standard eating practices, like sitting at a table — instead we’re standing in the kitchen or talking while we dig into that bag of chips or whatever. Admit it, you’ve done it, too. By not consciously acknowledging what you’re consuming, it can ultimately lead to OVEReating. If
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you actually take the time to put your snack on a plate, sit down, and enjoy it like a meal, you’re going to savor what you’re eating that much more. You’ll also be more likely to feel satisfied. Be aware-track It In general, tracking your snack calories will be important. For those of us in maintenance mode, we will be allotting roughly 300 to 400 calories for a snack. For those of us who are in weight-loss mode, we will be allotting roughly 200 calories for a snack. Make sure that you have a bunch of snacks at the ready that meet your desired calorie requirements. Include the 3 macros The point of a snack is to curb hunger, keep your blood sugar from drastically dipping, and to make sure you don’t hit dinner hungry. One of the best ways to ensure your snack does what it’s supposed to is to make sure it has all macros: healthy fats, carbs, and proteins. Here are few grab-and-go ones to consider: plain Greek yogurt with berries, beef jerky, hard-boiled eggs, almond butter with apple slices, or a protein shake on the run. When You Can’t Stop… A fool-proof trick for those nights when you just can’t seem to stop snacking: gum. Who wants to eat another sweet with the taste of mint on his or her tongue? Not me. Other tricks? Go online, (it will temporarily distract you), take a bath or shower, exercise, sit outside, anything that distracts you will stop you from going back into the kitchen. Another strategy is to guzzle water when you feel tempted to graze on snacks between meals. These tips, along with an exercise program approved by your doctor can help you reach your goals while not feeling deprived. Snack mindfully--food is NOT a reward and exercise is NOT punishment for eating bad. Choose smart snacks, keep them in your bag or car when you are on the go, or in the cabinet at work and enjoy them in moderation. n irmochapinlife.com
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Tying theKnot YOUR WAY
by Natalie Szrajer
A wedding is one of the most significant events in a couple’s life; it is the beginning of a foundation as “one.” Whether the event is simple or extravagant, it is a way to openly express deep commitment to a partner for life. The details of a wedding can be dauting – choosing a venue, making the guest list, deciding on attire, food, flowers, music, etc. In the South, religion, heritage, and tradition dictate the majority of these choices, but this is not always the case in today’s culture; there are many different situations, relationships, and dynamics to consider. Contrary to popular belief, people from all walks of life, age, race, and gender are still “tying the knot” and creating a moment to remember forever. Samantha A. Leitner of the SC Midlands Wedding Officiant is an “equal-opportunity love artist,” as she describes herself. “I like to design weddings tailored to the couple. For example, I married a couple at Guignard Park, and they had their own swing of things. I’m open
to what they want to say and do; I’m open to incorporating whatever they want in a ceremony. I’ve incorporated feet washing, hand fasting, and God’s knot or braid,” Leitner explains. In April of 2017, she officially launched her business, which is currently located at 989 Knox Abbot
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Drive, Suite 101, Cayce. While her business has been in operation for about half a decade, she’s been doing notary work and officiating weddings since 1989. She was even in the wedding catering business but is most passionate when she can unite two partners as an ordained minister and wedding officiator. Leitner is a nondenominational minister qualified through Universal Life Church and American Marriage Ministries. “I did a lot of research regarding what worked for a lot of people, and I found a niche between people who wanted a slightly religious or spiritual wedding – not a formal church wedding. So I filled
in the gap; as an ordained minister, I can perform a formal religious wedding, and I can do a short and intimate wedding anywhere, even in people’s living rooms,” Leitner explains. While she has authority in South Carolina and even certain parts of Georgia to perform weddings, she knew she still needed a small space in the Midlands for people who wanted to have a simple and unique ceremony or an elopement. “It’s not about what I want but what they want,” she says. Her cozy Cayce suite is about 200 square feet and decorated with classic wedding memorabilia with three backdrops for pictures. There are rings available for purchase and several prop options, along with opportunities to broadcast the event live on social media. Due to limited space, she generally irmochapinlife.com
doesn’t have guests unless the couple has children. Choosing an Officiant How does someone choose an officiant for the ceremony or elopement? Unless the couple is marrying in a church in which the resident pastor performs the ceremony, people tend to forget about choosing an officiant until the last minute, which can be difficult to do under pressure. The officiant not only directs and supervises the event and handles the legal aspects, but he or she sets the tone for the once-in-a-lifetime occasion as well. Leitner respects that couples are different and that each one deserves their story to unfold how they want it to be presented. She takes every detail in account – from choosing certain outfits to fit the occasion, to choosing whether or not to don her ministerial robe, to perfecting the words based upon the couple’s personal wishes. Leitner goes out of her way to personalize each ceremony after talking with the couple. She explains, “I spend anywhere from two to eight hours writing a ceremony depending on what’s involved, every event is customized. Sometimes couples want something very specific like a poem or verse read.” She charges $75 for elopements, and ceremonies start at $125; there are many variables that play into weddings such as travel time, rehearsal, etc. One priority for Leitner is that she must have a minimum of 24 hours in advance to meet scheduling, production, and supply needs, along with other basic requirements. However, there are those unique situations in which she had one couple get married in less than the 24 hours’ notice, but they were already basically prepared upon the initial interview. Because of various rules and regulations within each county, an officiant must be experienced and knowledgeable, and Leitner periodically updates herself to stay current with each area’s specific protocol. She has performed at least 60 weddings within the past couple years, with elopements at an all-time high during the COVID-19 pandemic. As many facilities closed or were not fully operating during that time, weddings in general declined and more people considered eloping. For those searching for a wedding officiant, Leitner suggests answering the
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TESTIMONIALS “I cannot speak highly enough about SC Midlands Wedding Officiant and neither can my bridesmaids! We all loved her. She was easy to communicate with, very flexible with what we wanted, and overall a joy to have with us on our special day. There were a few traditional features of the ceremony that I did not want, and I didn’t feel any type of way about vocalizing my concerns. Everything was a breeze with her. Aleea (last name withheld) “Samantha was wonderful to work with. She let us do a very small and informal ceremony at the park this past Friday. She is very open to less serious ceremonies.” Taylor Gable
following questions to become prepared and acquainted: • What kind of personalization can be made for the ceremony? • May we record or photograph the ceremony? • How will noisy guests or unexpected situations be handled? • How many pre-wedding sessions are allowed/required? • Is a rehearsal necessary? • What will the officiant wear? • What are the fees? Themes and Styles “I did an interesting spur-of-the-moment July 4th wedding in Camden, and everyone was in normal, everyday clothes. None of the guests knew the couple was getting married,” Leitner says. “It was very informal, no robe.” Another time, there was a bit of a Hawaiian theme with people wearing leis. The groom even showed up in a dinosaur costume – but he did take it off for the vows. Aside from a couple of themed weddings, about half of her ceremonies are large and formal, while the other half are simple – but not elopements. “Naturally, there are more extravagant traditional weddings in general each year, but I think there’s a big social shift in that people would much rather invest in a house or car, or they want to be more economical because they have children or want children.” Leitner continues, “People are also writing their own vows and are more definitive about what they want incorporated. When I send a
“Samantha was an absolute joy to work with. She gave us several examples and suggestions to craft the perfect ceremony for our wedding. She is respectful to our beliefs and said the most beautiful prayer at our ceremony. She’s responsive, kind, fun and reliable. She even recommended workbooks for premarital counseling which we completed and will always appreciate. I cannot be more thankful and I highly recommend her to any couple looking for an officiant.” Cynthia Andal
sample book, there are many alternative options for poems and readings if that what is desired.” Additionally, Leitner has also performed interfaith, interracial, and samesex gender ceremonies. Weddings and elopements aren’t Leitner’s only specialty, as she also officiates vow renewals and anniversaries. Anniversaries tend to be like weddings, Leitner explains, with people generally celebrating 25 or 50 years. In many instances, couples didn’t have a big wedding when they first married, so they decided to
throw a big party later. She recalls a vow renewal she officiated for a couple who were going through a divorce and decided to recommit. She spoke with them both separately, and they both told her relatively the same things they wanted. Being a notary public, officiant, and ordained minister allows Leitner to perform a wide array of ceremonies dependent on the client’s preferences. As a love artist, she recognizes the significance of each unique commitment and situation and has a passion for helping couples create a lasting foundation. n
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OLD FASHIONED CHICKEN POT PIE 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cubed 1 c. sliced carrots 1 c. frozen green peas 1/2 c. sliced celery 1/3 c. butter 1/3 c. chopped onion 1/3 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/4 tsp. celery seed 1 3/4 c. chicken broth 2/3 c. milk 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside. In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside. Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. SMOKED PORK CHOPS IN BROWN GRAVY 4 tbsp. butter 1 onion, thinly sliced and quartered 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 tbsp. all-purpose flour 2 c. beef broth 1 1/2 c. sliced baby bella mushrooms, or more to taste 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley 4 center-cut pork chops 1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper, or to taste cooking spray Melt butter in a 3-quart saucepan over meirmochapinlife.com
dium-low heat. Cook onion and garlic in the butter, stirring occasionally, until is browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove onion and garlic and set aside. Stir flour slowly into butter. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until flour is deep brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in broth. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, and parsley. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and brown in the hot pan, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Add gravy mixture from the saucepan. Cover and cook over low heat until tender and no longer pink in the centers, 30 to 40 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees. APPLE COBBLER 4 c. thinly sliced apples 1/2 c. white sugar 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 c. chopped pecans 1 c. all-purpose flour 1 c. white sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 egg, beaten 1/2 c. evaporated milk 1/3 c. butter, melted 1/4 c. chopped pecans Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Generously grease a 2-quart baking dish. Arrange apple slices in an even layer in the baking dish. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup pecans. Sprinkle mixture over apples. In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together egg, evaporated milk, and melted butter. Pour milk mixture into flour mixture and stir until smooth. Pour mixture over apples, and sprinkle top with 1/4 cup pecans. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 minutes. Top with ice cream or whipping cream if desired. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021
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November 26 - December 4 It’s hard to believe that we are here at the end of 2021, yet there are so many events planned at the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce. At the end of this month we will kick off our 2nd Annual Virtual Silent Auction. Thank you to those of you who joined us last year for the inaugural virtual auction. Since it was such a success we decided, why not do it again?? We are thrilled to have such a great variety of beautiful, exciting, fun, and useful items for you to bid on. As a Chamber member, you have the opportunity to promote your business and support the Chamber at the same time. We are still accepting silent auction gifts up until November 17th. You can donate any items. Stores can donate their products. Businesses can donate services of products. Restaurants can donate meals or coupons. Each item that is donated for the silent auction, the donor is acknowledged on the auction site and thanked! If you’d like to donate to the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce Silent Auction, please send an email to Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 803.345.1100 or visit chapinchamber.com 46 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
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What Can Actually Prevent and
Cure a Cold?
No one likes coming down with the common cold, but most people get one at least on an annual basis, often in the winter. There’s a lot of information out there on how to prevent colds or how to cure them, but much of that information is either inaccurate or not totally proven. Here’s the truth on what can help prevent the common cold, as well as the truth for the cure. The first advice usually given on how to prevent a cold is to wash your hands well and to not touch your face; mainly your eyes, nose, and mouth. Washing your hands thoroughly has been irrefutably proven to get rid of the majority of germs from viruses. Other common suggestions are to take vitamin C supplements, and to regularly eat foods like ginger and garlic. There is also traditional advice on what to do when you first feel a cold coming on, like eating chicken noodle soup or drinking tea with honey. This information is often posed or misunderstood as a cure for the common cold or a way to end it earlier, when in fact they’re just ways to help you feel better. None have been proven to shorten the duration of a cold. irmochapinlife.com
by Becky Lowman
Any claim of a cure for a cold is false. There are things you can do to soothe the symptoms, but nothing cures the sickness itself. Time and overall care for yourself will help you feel better. This includes resting more than usual and drinking more water. Tea or broth are good choices too. Drinking something hot will open up your sinuses and can temporarily clear out a stuffy nose. There is also always traditional cold medicine that can aid symptoms such as sore throats, congestion, fevers, and sneezing. These medicines come in a variety of forms like throat sprays, lozenges (cough drops), pills, and syrup. Washing your hands well and often throughout the day is, hands down, the best way to avoid coming down with a cold. If the germs aren’t there in the first place, then your body has nothing to fight off. Remember to also keep away from other people who are sick. Their proximity can easily spread the cold germs through the air into your respiratory tract, despite the strictest of handwashing habits. Start practicing good hand hygiene today and you’ll rarely get a cold again. n NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021
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