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LIFESTYLE LETTER

JANUARY 2018 PUBLISHER

Richard Mellert | Richard.Mellert@LifestylePubs.com George Zorrilla | George.Zorrilla@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Emily Glaser | Emily.Glaser@LifestylePubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Shabaka Amen, Wesley Brown, Roni Fishkin, Emily Glaser,

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Lifestyle Letter NEW YEAR, NEW YOU. It's a phrase we'll see emblazoned on marketing materials and promotional packets throughout the month, just as we do every January.

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But for us, despite its saturation of all markets this time of year, it's a phrase that still rings true. We still use it as our rallying cry this January, because the start of a new year really does hold a promise of change. The old 2017 you is gone. The 2018 you will run farther, lift stronger and eat healthier. It's not just your body that's ready for transformation. This new you will be better at planning ahead with your finances. You'll explore new places in new ways.  You'll take on those renovations you've been avoiding. You'll make 2018 your best year—and we're here to help. Every page of this year's first issue is filled with guidance for living your best life, all year long.  Here's to the new year, and to the new you.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE JANUARY 2018

FEATURES 14 An Active Approach

Destinations with an Adventurous Twist

16 A Carolina Heirloom

The Farm to Fork Eatery Offers Clean Carolina Fare

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20 Four Fitness Trends for 2018

Shabaka Amen’s Fitness Guide

14 DEPARTMENTS

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

10

Around Town

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Travel Destination

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Culinary Creations

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Healthy Lifestyle

24 Local’s Choice 26 Financial Buzz 28 Renovate & Refine 30 Lifestyle Calendar 31

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34 Parting Thoughts


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Under the Big Top Fall Ball The Young Affiliates of the Mint (YAMs) hosted their 5th Annual Fall Ball on the lawn of Mint Museum Randolph with proceeds benefiting the museum's Annual Fund, providing free tours for CMS Students. "Under the Big Top" featured live entertainment from dozens of talented performing artists. PHOTOGRAPHY BY FOTOBOSSI PHOTOGRAPHY

International House Gala Another big success for International House with its 29th Annual Benefit Gala! Each year, the gala features a different country. This year Greece was highlighted with beautiful decorations, including Greek columns loaned by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Charlotte.  PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGAN DUNBAR PHOTOGRAPHY

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or sports team. On January 20 at 6 PM at the Ritz Carlton Charlotte, Dream On 3 will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of their signature event and largest fundraiser, the Dream Gala. Celebrity athletes from all over the country join exclusive guests at the Gala to honor the Dream Kids and help fund the mission of Dream On 3. The proceeds from the Dream Gala will continue to provide the means to make sports dreams come true for some very deserving kids. In the five-year history of the event, supporters have helped raise a total of $345,000 to provide more than 50 kids with an unforgettable Dream Experience, as well as serving hundreds of kids and families through the Day Dream program. For tickets or to donate, visit DreamOn3.org.

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TRAVEL DESTINATION

AN ACTIVE APPROACH DESTINATIONS WITH AN ADVENTUROUS TWIST ARTICLE RONI FISHKIN

FOR SOME OF US, THE PERFECT VACATION INVOLVES FINDING A BEACH CHAIR IN THE SUN, ENDLESS BUFFETS AND BOTTOMLESS DRINKS WITH UMBRELLAS. But if that’s not your idea of a good time, there are plenty of healthy and active vacations to consider. While spas are still a wonderful and rejuvenating way to spend your time, there are so many other ways to incorporate wellness into your next getaway. Hiking, biking, surfing, diving… the list is endless, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to make it happen. Here are five great ideas for healthy lifestyle vacations:  1. US National Parks From Southern Utah to Northern California, from Alaska to North Carolina, 27 states boast 59 national parks offering natural beauty, unique geological features, unusual ecosystems and recreational opportunities. More than 52 million acres are protected by national parks in this country, and they are as diverse as the visitors they serve. This is where postcards can come to life, and there is truly no better way to experience the great outdoors. The most visited park is right here in our backyard: Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an ideal getaway for hiking, camping and experiencing one of America’s oldest mountain ranges. 2. Hawaii Say “aloha” to tropical exploration when you visit this gorgeous island paradise. Bike down a volcano in Maui, visit the Diamond Head Crater on Oahu, swim with the sharks in Kauai, hike through lava caves on the Big Island or play golf on a world famous Lanai golf course. There’s no end to the active adventures awaiting visitors in Hawaii. 3. Costa Rica This small Central American destination is synonymous with adventure and fun-filled vacations. From horseback riding to whitewater rafting, snorkeling to zip-lining, every day can be actionpacked. Some beach towns and resorts even offer surf camp for ocean lovers looking for a new activity. Costa Rica, with it’s friendly residents, is an ideal family destination in the sun.  4. Skiing A vacation on the majestic slopes of a ski resort is one of the greatest ways to enjoy the winter outdoors. A full day of skiing is the best kind of total body workout and a wonderful way for families to bond, both on the slopes and afterwards in front of the fire. If you’re not a snow-lover, don’t ignore the opportunities that most ski resort areas offer in the summertime. These winter wonderlands are sometimes the most beautiful outdoor vacation spots in warmer months, too. 5. Cruising Yup, you read that correctly. Ocean cruising can be an active vacation if you want it to be. Cruise lines have invested heavily in their onboard gyms and spa facilities to keep exercising travelers happy while at sea. Then there’s a long list of action-packed excursions available to keep even the most active vacationers busy when your feet find land. If diving off the coast of Bonaire, glacier hiking in Alaska, quad biking through sand dunes in the Caribbean or jogging the Riviera coastline in Monte Carlo appeals to you, then cruising could be your ticket to a wonderful vacation.   Make sure you tell your vacation specialist the level of activity you are looking for during your next vacation so they can tailor your itinerary to your preferences. Mann Travels’ agents have the experience and expertise to find the perfect match for you and your adventurous spirit! Roni Fishkin is the Marketing Director of Mann Travels which, with  local ownership in Charlotte, has been serving travelers with personalized service for more than 35 years. 800-343-6266

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CULINARY CREATIONS

A Carolina Heirloom

THE FARM TO FORK EATERY OFFERS CLEAN CAROLINA FARE ARTICLE EMILY GLASER PHOTOGRAPHY DESTINY JOHNSON Heirloom: a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations; denoting a traditional variety of plant or breed of animal that is not associated with large-scale commercial agriculture. EVERY YEAR, WE WATCH THE SEASONS CHANGE ON OUR PLATES, A COLORFUL CACOPHONY OF FLAVORS AND TEXTURES, ROOTED FROM THE GROUND AND PLUCKED FROM RIPENED STEMS. It’s a tale as old as life itself, the recipes and ingredients passed down from generation to generation, season to season. It’s this timelessness of fresh fare that’s the focus of Heirloom, Charlotte’s favorite farm-to-fork eatery. “Locally sourced, globally inspired,” Chef-Owner Clark Barlowe offers a culinary experience that echoes those seasons and the richness of North Carolina’s offerings on his six-course tasting menu that changes daily.  “At Heirloom, we have a mission to source as many of our ingredients and products from North Carolina farms and producers as possible,” he explains. Those tenets are heralded both outside the kitchen and in it. “Our soap in the bathroom, salt on the tables, and obviously the food are all sourced from our partners throughout the state. This network allows us to offer some of the most fresh and innovative food found anywhere.” The flavors are ones you’ll recognize, zingingly fresh and paired in ingenuous, resourceful recipes. Take, for example, his “Rotten” Tomato Sauce and Egg Yolk Pasta, which utilizes bruised, farm-fresh tomatoes in a new take on classic spaghetti. The Heritage Farm Pork Shanks bring together the flavors of the season, from local golden oyster mushrooms to spicy turnip tops, for a dish that’s both humble and inventive.  All of these seasonal, contemporary-but-classic recipes come from the mind of Barlowe himself. The Carolina native (he hails from Lenoir) has long found his calling in the kitchen. “From my first night in a professional kitchen I was hooked,” he remembers. “I loved the energy and the camaraderie. I couldn't think of another career that would have given me the satisfaction I find in a kitchen.” Nor the ability to represent his home state, as well as his adoptive hometown. “Truthfully, our dining scene is my favorite part of Charlotte,” says Barlowe. “I think we are on the tipping point of being known as one of the premier food cities in the country. It's going to take all of us getting out and supporting restaurants who are truly supporting local farms.” Though Barlowe is a champion of supporting the local culinary scene, he shared his Heritage Farm Pork Shanks recipe for you intrepid chefs to try at home.  16

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

ARTICLE BETHANY MILLER | PHOTOGRAPHY EMILY GLASER

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CAREGIVER QUALIFICATIONS 5 TIPS FOR FINDING A CAREGIVER WITH AROGA ARTICLE BETHANY MILLER

1. ASSESS THE LEVEL OF CARE NEEDED

4. CHECK CREDENTIALS

Once it becomes apparent that you or your loved one needs assis-

Most providers are Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA’s) and have

tance from an outside provider, the next step is to assess their care needs.

completed a training program and competency exam. Home care

Among other things, caregivers can help with dressing, bathing, feeding

companies are mandated to conduct background checks, but it is

and medication reminders, as well as household duties such as cook-

also a good idea to ask for references and reviews of caregivers.

ing, cleaning and laundry. Additionally, caregivers can attend doctors’

Knowing a caregiver’s background and getting feedback from indi-

appointments to serve as a second set of eyes and ears.

viduals who have worked with them in the past can help confirm

Hospital nurse case managers or physicians can determine what

experience and competency.

level of care is appropriate, but many people need to make those deci-

Caregivers in our registry carry their own professional liabil-

sions on their own. Aroga’s team of professionals are experienced in

ity insurance, and all providers undergo a thorough background

helping clients determine the most appropriate level of care. Knowing

assessment and screening process before being referred to clients.

what the care needs are will help determine the caregiver skill level

All caregivers referred by Aroga must pass a thorough background

that is needed, as well as the cost associated with those needs.

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2. GET THE MOST QUALIFIED CAREGIVER

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Although home care companies may have a tendency to match clients with the most “available” caregivers, it is important to ask for the most “qualified” caregivers, especially when dealing with specific conditions such as post-surgical care, dementia and chronic illness. Many home care companies focus on the amount of time they have been in business; however, the more important question should be how much experience does the caregiver have? The average agency in 2016 had a 60% caregiver turnover rate and employees with on

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average one to two years of experience. One principle difference with Aroga is that the caregivers we refer

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have approximately 8-10 years of experience. Aroga’s professional

Many agencies have a set price point, regardless of the experi-

team has over 35 years combined experience in home care, and they

ence and client service needs. Oftentimes experienced caregivers

understand the unique needs of their clients. We ensure clients get

are underpaid, leading to high turnover rates and fewer available

the most qualified caregivers by matching them with providers who

qualified caregivers.

meet their specific requests and unique needs.

Our mission at Aroga is to refer caregivers that are qualified and will continue providing services for the duration of time that

3. INTERVIEW CAREGIVERS

care is needed. Caregivers in our registry can negotiate their rate

It's important to find a caregiver you are completely happy with,

based on the level of care needed and their experience. Basically,

so it may take several interviews before deciding on the caregiver

the more experience and specialty training a caregiver has, the

that is best for you. Aroga is happy to refer several care providers for

higher the compensation they receive and higher the cost. Cost

you to interview to ensure you are completely comfortable with your

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caregiver. We offer reviews and references to help you make the best

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FOUR FITNESS TRENDS

FOR 2018

ARTICLE SHABAKA AMEN | PHOTOGRAPHY DESTINY JOHNSON

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TRX READY TO KICKSTART YOUR FITNESS ROUTINE?

We

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Shabaka

Amen,

Charlotte’s premier wellness performance trainer and speaker, to share the four fitness trends he thinks will define 2018—and define your muscles, too. As Charlotte’s first plant-based or vegan personal trainer, Amen has long been the go-to guru on health and fitness in the Queen City, specifically SouthPark. He founded Charlotte’s first plant-based gym and has been featured on Charlotte Today and as a speaker at events like the Women’s Executive Wellness Luncheon and Charlotte VegFest. Amen’s latest passion (and one of our four featured trends): Meditation. Amen’s the mastermind behind InnerCise Meditation, the first fitness meditation training system that helps you achieve your body aspirations by reducing and releasing stress and mastering the role of the mind-body connection. Amen offers his favorite picks for getting lean (but not mean!) this new year. 1. HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING OR HIIT HIIT combines short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by brief low-intensity activity. It’s science: physiological studies have shown that HIIT workouts burn more fat and increase human metabolism due to the after-burn effect called EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption). HIIT workouts are quick and convenient.  Sessions can be done in less than 30 minutes and without equipment, so the HIIT approach will be “Here Indefinitely I Think!” 2. TRX  TRX, or Total Body Resistance Exercise, is a suspension training body weight exercise system that builds strength, balance, flexibility, and core stability simultaneously! It looks easy from afar, until you grab those TRX straps, get into position, adjust posture, and begin to press, pull, curl, lift or squat using your body at angles that create moderate to severe resistance! CONTINUED >

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FOUR FITNESS TRENDS

(CON TI N U ED)

STRENGTH TRAINING THE FITNESS OF STILLNESS

3. STRENGTH TRAINING This timeless and effective form of exercise leverages the use of machines, dumbbells, or kettlebells to load and stress our muscles in order to increase muscular strength and size. Given strength training’s proven ability to increase bone density, physicians will continue to prescribe it as a form of lifestyle medicine to prevent osteoporosis. Strength training as a form of exercise has stood the test of time and will remain a staple regardless of emerging new fitness trends. 4. THE FITNESS OF STILLNESS Meditation is an emerging trend that is used to train the mind and body. Like traditional exercise, the Fitness of Stillness is focused on engaging our physiology, but differently. It refers to the “physiological state of deep rest, relaxation, and inactivity produced during meditation.” The practice of meditation has been scientifically and clinically shown to reduce and eliminate stress and improve focus. Since stress is a major contributor to obesity, chronic inflammation, eating disorders, and lack of motivation, the “fitness of stillness” will become a new fitness trend and best practice in 2018!

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There Is a Better Way IT ’S MORE THAN JUST FEELING BE T TER AT PAR T N E R M D, YO U R PH YS I C I AN PAR T N E R S W I T H YO U

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A

S AN ESTATE PLANNING ATTOR-

(8) The patient's attending physician, if

NEY, I PREPARE THE STANDARD

there is confirmation by a second physician of

END-OF-LIFE DOCUMENTS THAT

the patient's condition and the necessity for

MANY PEOPLE ARE FAMILIAR

treatment (except in an emergency, the sec-

WITH, LIKE WILLS AND TRUSTS, WHICH

ond physician’s confirmation is not required).

PRIMARILY FOCUS ON DISTRIBUTING

    You can see why it would be in some

PROPERTY. But did you know that another

people’s best interest to have these doc-

large part of my job is helping my clients plan

uments drafted rather than to rely on the

for healthcare situations?

default statute. If you and your spouse are

Also called a healthcare proxy, a health-

informally or 1legally separated, the spouse

care power of attorney allows the principal

may still be able to make medical decisions

to appoint an agent to act on his/her behalf

on your behalf prior to your divorce. Without

and make medical decisions in the event

an agent or spouse, the default law calls for

that they become incapacitated. It is not

a majority of reasonably available parents or

necessarily an end-of-life document; a per-

children. What if these parties disagree and

son could be temporarily incapacitated (like

there is a deadlock? If you draft a healthcare

under anesthesia) and need an agent to

directive, you can direct the hospital to make

speak on their behalf.

decisions based on your wishes, not those of

An advance directive for a natural

your loved one. Also, it relieves your family

death is also known as a “living will.” In

members from having to make that decision

that document, the principal would direct

in the first place, which can be a gift from

to the medical providers that they do

you. If you have an accident or become ill in

not want to be kept on life support. An

another state, that state’s laws will apply to

advanced directive only applies when

who makes medical decisions on your behalf

a doctor has made a determination that

if you do not have a power of attorney, and it

the individual is not going to recover from

might not be the individual you would prefer.

his/her injury or illness.

If you or a loved one are in the hospital, do you

In the absence of a health care power of

really want to risk it? Do you want to spend

attorney document or an advance directive,

your time arguing with the hospital or hiring

North Carolina law sets forth an order of pri-

an attorney to help you? Probably not. Having

ority as to people who can consent to med-

these documents drafted costs very little and

ical treatment on your behalf in the event

does not take much time and can save a lot of

that you become incapacitated (including

headache and heartache in the future.

withholding or withdrawing life support):

Readers should not only get their docu-

(1) A legal guardian;

ments in place, but talk to their college-aged

(2) A healthcare agent appointed pursu-

kids, aging parents, or other elderly loved ones

ant to a valid healthcare power of attorney;

and encourage them to visit with an attorney

(3) An attorney-in-fact, with powers to make

before incapacity becomes an issue. If the

healthcare decisions for the patient, appointed

individual lacks the capacity to enter into a

pursuant to a valid general power of attorney;

contract or make legal decisions, or does not

(4) The patient's spouse;

understand the effect of the document, it is too

(5) A majority of the patient's reasonably

late for them to execute these legal documents.  

available parents and children who are at least 18 years of age;

Jesson & Rains is an estate planning, business, and construction law firm located in

(6) A majority of the patient's reasonably

SouthPark. If you are interested in having a

available siblings who are at least 18 years of age;

will drafted, or any other estate planning doc-

(7) An individual who has an established

uments like a power of attorney or healthcare

relationship with the patient, who is acting in

proxy, please contact Jesson & Rains.

good faith on behalf of the patient, and who

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THAN THE NEW YEAR?

more instantaneous drama and pizzazz to you room’s entire

January is a time for fresh starts and new looks, and that shouldn’t exclude your home. A fresh, new look will have a positive impact on

décor more than color! REARRANGE!

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Although new furniture has the power to give any home an instant

the joy you’ll derive from sharing something new for your friends,

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If you’re living in an all white or beige world, then nothing will

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PARTING THOUGHTS

Guide to Organic

ARTICLE KRISTINE WADE

HORMONE FREE, GRASS-FED, NON-

++ When buying multi-ingredient foods (in

GMOS, AND PESTICIDE-FREE ARE

other words, pantry foods), purchase foods

JUST SOME OF THE ORGANIC JAR-

without artificial preservatives, colors and

GON AT SUPERMARKETS, FARMERS

flavors and avoid foods that contain harmful

MARKETS

RESTAU-

GMOs such as corn syrup, soy lecithin, and

RANTS ACROSS CHARLOTTE—BUT

especially glyphosate, which is possibly car-

WHO REALLY KNOWS WHAT THESE

cinogenic to humans.

LABELS MEAN AND WHETHER OR

++ Beef should be purchased organically

NOT THOSE EXTRA PENNIES ON THE

due to an estrogen-like hormone linked to

PRICE TAG ARE JUSTIFIABLE?

breast cancer in humans. Grass-fed beef

AND

LOCAL

So, what exactly is organic? Foods are

overall health.

with natural fertilizer and free of toxic pesti-

++ Poultry/pork can be purchased organ-

cides; livestock are fed organically—no hor-

ically or conventionally as long as the fat

mones, antibiotics, or genetically modified

is trimmed off (that’s where dangerous

organisms (GMOs); disease is prevented

pesticides hide).

through healthy diet, clean housing and

++ Seafood is safe conventionally as long

access to the outdoors.

as it is low in mercury and purchased

And what are the benefits of eating

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contains high omega-3 levels that improve

labeled USDA Organic if: crops are grown

in a smaller size, such as mini versus

organic? Allergy relief, improved mental

jumbo shrimp.

and emotional health, and lower risk of

++ Milk is safe organically or conventionally.

cancer, stroke, and heart disease are just

Organic milk has higher omega-3 fats, but

a few reasons why people are switching

not enough to make a difference. Although

to organic foods.

conventional milk does contain a bovine

And how do you do it? Here are a few

growth hormone (BGH) and recombinant

easy tips and tricks to make your greens

bovine growth hormone (rBGH), these hor-

even greener (and to help you save a little

mones are unlikely to survive pasteurization.

green, too).

++ Eggs have a high omega-3 level, but this can

++ Each year the Environmental Working

be found in both organic or conventional eggs

Group (EWG) identifies produce con-

as the level is based on a hen’s diet and can

taining the most and least exposure to

change during pasteurization, making organic

dangerous pesticides labeling them the

eggs no different than conventional eggs.

“dirty dozen” or the “clean 15.” Foods

++ A great way to save money when buying

that should be purchased organic include

organic foods is to buy produce when it is

strawberries, spinach, apples, grapes, cel-

in season. Buy in bulk and shop at local

ery, peaches, sweet bell peppers, cucum-

farmer’s markets where organic produce is

bers, and cherry tomatoes. While the

a fraction of the price of local grocery stores.

“clean 15,” or foods that are safe without

++ Local organic fare can be found at Wise

those organic labels, includes avocados,

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sweet corn, pineapple, cabbage, frozen

Farms in Dallas or at Healthy Home Market

peas, onions, and asparagus.

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