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“Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance or engages in an activity that can be pleasurable, but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities,� according to Psychology Today. The pleasure center is in the middle of the brain; it also houses the amygdala, which measures impulse and risk. As we age, we put meaning to the events and figures in our lives. This is the amygdala developing and engaging the cerebral cortex, specifically the frontal lobe. It is through the teenage years when impulsive behavior evolves that we start to put meaning to our experiences and fully develop our frontal lobe.

Where others have learned ways to handle stress, disappointment, or anger; the ADDICT has learned to turn to their drug of choice to cope.



The RECOVERY p rocess nee ds to address and CHANGE the learned behavior. . . Addicts and alcoholics usually begin using their drug of choice during their pre-adolescence or adolescence; the preteen and teen years. “It may be a result of trauma, usually chronic, or severe and ongoing disappointments when someone or multiple people did not support them during traumatic painful periods,” according to Dr. Joyce MikalFlynn, professor of neuroscience and originator of Metahab, a philosophy and system of recovery and rehabilitation, “They do not have the development of the frontal lobe.” The stunted development of

their frontal lobe has given way to their addiction. Where others have learned ways to handle stress, disappointment, or anger; the addict has learned to turn to their drug of choice to cope. The recovery process needs to address and change the learned behavior. When addicts get sober, the majority of them still act and think like adolescents. It is through time, therapy, programs, and sponsors that they are able to engage the development of their frontal lobe. Recovering addicts need to practice

emotional maturity; making mature connections between events, triggers, and responses. Neurotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin are released to the cerebral cortex during meditation, prayer, exercise, and positive personal interactions. The “Runner’s High” is a rush of dopamine and endorphins, which are nature’s heroin. After a run, the body might be tired, but the mind buzzes with a sense of accomplishment.



“I would eat until I could not fit another morsel in my body . . .usually, in front of the TV.”

One Step at a Time = SUCCESS A young attractive woman checked Eli Sapharti out at the airport, “You know, you’re really good looking for a big guy.” As he squeezed himself into the airplane seat, the belt cutting into his skin, “damn, you’re fat” kept bouncing around his head. Tipping the scales at 300 pounds when his 18 year marriage ended, Eli found the strength to change his life. Born and raised in Miami, Eli believes he first turned to food for comfort when he was six years old. His parents had just divorced, his father abandoned the family, and he suffered from panic attacks and



anxiety. Looking back on his childhood, “I am incredibly grateful to my amazing mother for making what could have been a much rougher life, one that I mostly remember with love and joy.” He reunited with his father in his preteens, but that relationship fell apart when his father was arrested for murder. “As you can imagine, this turned my life upside down and when my eating disorder and food addiction kicked into full force.” Food comforted him in times of high anxiety and served as an escape from

reality, “I would eat until I could not fit another morsel in my body,” he continued, “I usually did it in front of the TV.” Like any other addict, Eli sought that “high,” then he would crash and hate himself for lacking self-control. Throughout the years, he was on a vicious cycle of extreme dieting, compulsive gym joining, and buying every exercise DVD available on the market. After his flight, he stepped out of the hotel shower seeing himself in the large mirror naked. He was disgusted with himself, “How did I allow myself to get like this?”

Eli replaced mindless overeating with walking, then running. . .

. . .one step at a time!

(Clockwise from left) Eli at 300 lbs. Eli completing a run. Eli's book From Fat Boy To Fit Man. Eli Sapharti today. Photos courtesy Eli Sapharti.

He laid down in the hotel bed and pondered the ways he could end the cycle and change his habits. Since everything he had tried previously didn’t work, he opted for a new method, “One Step at a Time,” which became his mantra. He swore to himself that day that, “if it was the only and last thing I did in my life, I would walk for 15 minutes per day and stop drinking sugared soft drinks.” At the end of the first week, he had lost 2 pounds. The next week, he lost another 2 pounds. “Breaking it down this way made it feel a lot less overwhelming. I totally believed that I could keep my weekly

commitments.” His goal was to get a little bit healthier every day. As weeks went by he reached 30 minutes of walking, then tried running, if only for 10 seconds at a time. Eli kept extending the amount of time and the amount of running each week until he was able to run three miles non-stop. Completing his first 5k, “crossing the finish line, you would have thought that I had just won an Olympic gold medal!” Eli believes that addictions are difficult to break and can only be replaced by something healthier. He replaced

mindless overeating with walking, then running. He has completed ten half marathons and will run in the NYC Marathon in November, “running gives back what you put in. The ‘runner’s high’ is a real feeling, including the feeling one gets when accomplishing a higher goal each time.” From fat boy to fit man, Eli Sapharti wants to help others that struggle to change their lives. He is now a personal consultant, coach, and author of a book based on his mantra called From Fat Boy to Fit Man: “One Step at a Time” Story of Success.



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and how to overcome the impossible. . . that when things seemed dark, the light was still there. . . you just had to OPEN YOUR EYES WIDER.” Dream Big Amy McGrade walked up to the start line of her first team race in the seventh grade. She was nervous and scared. It was her first race and all she thought about was disappointing others, herself, and was positive that she would trip and fall. Her teammate, Ann, leaned over to her and pushed a freckle on her kneecap, Amy recalls she said, “That is your start button and your power booster. When you think you can’t go anymore push that and you will be lightning fast!” This was the first time in Amy’s life that she felt she belonged.



Growing up in Texas, her father had a good job and her mother was a homemaker. Amy suffered from night terrors and sleepwalking because her home was ruled by her controlling, alcoholic, drug addicted, and abusive father. The first time she used a computer was at a police station on a night her dad was supposed to be watching them at home. Her mother had left her and her brother with their sober father for the evening. Once her mom was gone, her dad took the kids and joined his brother at a local bar. Upon leaving, with the kids in the truck, her dad drove off a four foot wall before striking another vehicle.

The summer before seventh grade, her mother moved them out of Texas. At her new school, the new girl with the weird accent was recruited to run on the cross country team. For the first time, Amy felt she was good at something and began to dream of the NYC Marathon. She also began to drink. Still unable to really fit in, she was bullied for her accent and a few other things that still perplex her to this day. During high school, Amy became the life of the party. As she grew out of adolescence, she continued to turned to liquor for escape. Amy’s addiction evolved when she became diagnosed with Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction,

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(Clockwise from left) Amy crossing the finish line at the 2013 Trail Run. Amy's 2014 Half Marathon medal. Amy today. Photos courtesy Amy McGrade.

the abnormal movement of joints that causes chronic lower back pain. “Currently, there are no effective longterm treatment options for sacroiliac joint pain,” according to an article in The Journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Shame and depression spurred a dependency to pain pills. Living in a fog, one morning while getting ready for work, she looked at herself in the mirror and was disgusted. At 34, she was in pain and in disbelief with her life, “I have been so blessed to be able to stay home and raise my second son. There has got to be more!” That morning she called

her doctor and asked for a pain specialist. The next several months were spent getting her off the pain pills and back to running. After being sidelined by an injury, Amy began to feel lost again. She prayed for a purpose - a way to continue to stay clean and have her running mean more. While looking at upcoming races, one race kept popping up, 2013 Trail Race Challenge. Finally, unable to ignore it any further, she clicked on its summary. The race supported leukemia and lymphoma research. During her teen years, she met Cindy Schornagel, the mother of a friend. Cindy

was in many ways a second mother to Amy, “she taught me strength and how to overcome the impossible. That when things seemed dark, the light was still there, you just had to open your eyes wider.” Cindy was battling cancer, a battle she would lose a year later. Amy McGrade has dedicated her life to running for leukemia and lymphoma, mentoring other runners, and helping charities raise funding as the Charity Lead for First Friday Fort Mill. She encourages those struggling to dream big and, “know that they are not alone. Change is possible.”



Give Back Breaking an addiction is hard, but it is also possible. Surround yourself with good, positive people that want nothing, but the best for you. “Spend time with positive books, movies, and stories as it changes your brain chemistry and neural networking,” adds Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn, “Deal with things as they come; work with a therapist who can provide insight into post traumatic growth, using what you went through as a source of strength.” As Eli and Amy learned, stay focused, stay positive, keep moving in a positive direction, and give back in some way. There is always a chance to enrich your life, you just have to open your eyes to the opportunities and accept them or create them. You are the maker of your life. Lisa McTigue writes about travel, technology, mini living, buying local, and social media. She developed film, tv, and new media content for over 10 years in Hollywood.

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STIRRED BY HAND Cottage Business Inpired By Adoption Text by William Emerson with additional reporting by Lori MacLeod

A basket of apples from a trip to an orchard was the catalyst to a new business for Robb and Jennifer Hudson. At home Robb pulled out a recipe for caramel praline sauce, added Fleur de Sel de Guerande, a speciality sea salt from the South of France, and the result was a thick, taffy-like caramel sauce. The Hudsons began sharing their caramel sauce with friends, family, and neighbors. The requests for the sweet and salty treat started to roll in. Their neighbor, Pamela Caywood, pleaded with them to jar their sauce and sell it, “anything Robb and Jennifer do has always been at a high level.” Others wanted to give it as gifts and serve at events. The Hudson’s realized that if they wanted to grow their family, this new venture might provide them the extra income they would need. With demand for their caramel sauce growing, the Hudson’s started developing it as a business. Their great aunt Monty suggested the business name, Stirred by Hand, because, “they need to know that you stir every batch by hand.” All the caramel is made the old fashioned way using all natural, gluten free ingredients, one small batch at a time.

All the caramel is made the old fashioned way. . . Stirred by Hand expanded their product line to include the old fashioned, hand-wrapped salted caramel candies, sprinkled with the delicate flaked Fleur de Sel. They also create unique adaptations like caramels infused with real Jameson Irish Whiskey. Their exquisite craft boxes, mason jars, and glassine packaging are eco-friendly, decoratively tied with ribbons and artistically topped-off with one-of-a-kind tag designs. The candies are hand wrapped in unbleached parchment paper. Stirred by their own story, having adopted their daughter, Mari, from the Philippines in 2012, and their passion for giving back, proceeds from caramel sales benefit Mercy House of the Philippines Orphanage. Jennifer said, “If Stirred by Hand can help even just one child find its forever family or save one child from a life on the streets in an underdeveloped country like the Philippines, then all of this hard work will have been worth it.” Robb added, “we can help other local families realize their own miracles by adopting children from here in York County or from around the world.” Stirred by Hand ships around the world.

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(Clockwise bottom left) Mari. Photo courtesy Robb Hudson. Salted caramels on tray and product in packaging. Photographed by Volree Wade.

FORTE LEGATO COFFEE COMPANY Transparency From Seed To Cup Text by William Emerson

While working as a project analyst in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nick Penaloza sought the perfect cup of coffee; strong, yet smooth. In late 2011, his wife suggested he try roasting his own. After a week of experimentation, Nick found his new obsession; coffee roasting. Drinking the coffee a day or two after it was roasted was, “amazingly fresh.” Further experimentation, showed that the coffee profiles produce great flavors without the under-roasted sourness or over-roasted bitterness found in major coffee brands. Nick named his company Forte Legato Coffee Company. In 2012, a career shift afforded Nick and his family the opportunity to choose the location of his transfer. After looking at places from the northwest to the southeast, they ultimately chose the Charlotte market. The family moved to Fort Mill, South Carolina for the impressive number of coffee lovers and secondary business opportunity. The town lacked char-free, custom, and locally roasted coffee. “Our goal is to provide that, along with various types of single origin and blended beans, to a point where people can say, ‘Wow, I can drink this black.’” Nick wants to educate people, “we realize not everyone will appreciate each individual location of a bean, they may at least get an appreciation of something they can like and enjoy all the time.”

(Clockwise bottom left) Nick Penaloza. Photo courtesy Forte Legato Coffee Company. Coffee beans. Photographed by Dan Ruswick. Pouring hot coffee. Photo courtesy FMM photo library.

brewing only the best and freshest coffee to their customers. . . Forte Legato, which means strong ties in Italian, believes in total transparency from seed to cup. They not only promote farmers on their social media, but they are also able to reward their farmers with fair compensation through a program called More Than Fair. The More Than Fair network strives for quality and equality. The certified roasters within the network believe in brewing only the best and freshest coffee to their customers and supporting the farmers with a fair price for their coffee beans. The farmers also commit to the network’s five stages of quality: seedling selection, plant management, harvesting, processing, and storage. Forte Legato’s roasted coffee can be found on their website in single bags or a monthly membership. Nick can also be found at events around York County, South Carolina and the greater Charlotte area with his mobile gourmet coffee truck. A member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America since 2014, the company also offers classes in brewing and coffee cupping, which is tasting and flavor profiling.

. . .and supporting the farmers with a fair price for their coffee beans.


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The Importance of Art Councils Text by Wesley Masters Photos by Ryan McGuire and Mike Baker

Artistic expression transcends recorded time. Since the first days humans walked the earth, artistic expression has been an important part of our existence. In modern times, in our era, the arts have been proven to have positive effects on students, children, and adults. Some of these beneficial effects are not so obvious. Art is culture, expression, freedom, beauty, pain, sadness, and happiness. Art instruction often improves a students achievement in other studies and in life. The University of California at Los Angeles used a federal database of over 25,000 middle and high school students in a study, which found students with high arts involvement performed better on standardized achievement tests than students with low arts involvement. Listening to music can also be therapeutic, stimulating the human brain at subconscious levels. Dance improves coordination and balance. The arts encompass and relate to all aspects of the human experience. But, how does our society ensure artistic expression continues to thrive? Art councils.





(Previous page) Art gallery. (Clockwise top left) Art Installation - Metal Crown on Green Wall. Concert in the park. Auditorium seating soon to be filled with art patrons. Photos by Ryan McGuire.

What Are Art Councils? Art councils are most simply defined as a government or private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in many ways such as funding local artists, awarding prizes and grants, and organizing events at home and abroad. Art councils typically are created to fund local artists and art-related events, performances, and exhibitions. They also help give artistic opportunities to kids in school. Beneficial not only to the national, state, regional, and local economies, these councils act as support systems for artists. Art councils are typically funded through charity events, memberships, grants, and donations. Charity events in various forms can also serve as performance platforms for relatively unknown to nationally recognized artists. Each art council typically has its own unique vision and mission to help preserve community culture, help fund



local artists, organize events, and increase awareness, while stimulating tourism due to the richness art adds to an area. They continuously strive to ensure cultural experiences are preserved through varied forms of artistic expression. Showcasing A State's Culture The recurring theme of every state level art council is protecting its state's heritage while blending cultures and promoting the cause of the arts. Each area’s council does charitable events to show the community the importance of the arts and to showcase local talent. The Georgia Council for the Arts seeks to create high-quality artistic experiences for Georgia residents in the hopes to develop an appreciation and respect for the arts. This council strives to provide opportunities for citizens and scholars to study art and culture to create jobs to help enrich the community. This council represents over 12,000 creative industries. Its mission statement is similar to that

of many other councils, "to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia Communities through the arts." The Illinois Art Council, created in 1965, has three main goals focusing its attention on; arts education, working artists, and Illinois’ art sector. This council also aspires to blend the culture of multiple local communities and promote state unity through the arts. For more than 40 years, the South Carolina Arts Commission, an autonomous state agency, has primarily been funded by state taxes and run by a Board of Commissioners. According to their website, they have “produced nationally recognized initiatives in arts curriculum reform, rural arts development, dance touring and audience development, community design, electronic communications, media arts, and traditional arts infrastructure development.” Steadily, they've worked closely with local art councils throughout

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South Carolina to ensure all South Carolinians, regardless of economic status, have access to the arts. Locally Focused The South Carolina Arts Commission recently named the City of Rock Hill's downtown area, Old Town Rock Hill, as the first state recognized cultural district in South Carolina, the fifth state with a cultural district program. “A successful cultural district attracts creative enterprises, such as galleries and theaters, whose patrons want to dine out and shop, so nearby retail and other businesses benefit from that increased economic activity,” says Ken May, South Carolina Arts Commission's executive director. The Arts Council of York County, headquartered in Old Town Rock Hill, worked with local leaders and the arts commission to develop a map of the cultural assets in Rock Hill. “The cultural district recognition will enhance what is already a vibrant arts scene,” said Art Council of York County's executive director Debra Hientz. The arts council also manages three buildings in old town: Center for the Arts, Gettys Art Center, and Community Performance Center. The Center for the Arts houses three galleries. The Dalton Gallery is a professional, non-collecting gallery that features 6-8 exhibits each year. The artists whose works are featured in the Dalton Gallery are from across the

world. The Perimeter Gallery is reserved for emerging and regional artists, and the Edmund Lewandowski Classroom Gallery often features works created by students from grade school through college. The exhibits at the Center for the Arts are celebrated with receptions held in honor of the artists and their work during the time the work is on display. The Arts Council of York County offers small grants to York County visual and performing artists on a quarterly basis. These grants are designed to provide support for small or pilot arts activities to developing programs or organizations, or to special art projects. The council also hosts a literary competition featuring short stories and poetry, and publishes an online literary magazine that contains select works submitted to the competition. The Gettys Art Center and the Center for the Arts house 20 artist studios for rent at a below-market value. These studios are used by potters, designers, illustrators, painters, bookbinders, bow tie makers, filmmakers, fashion designers, and authors from across York County. Annually, the arts in York County draws 165,900 people from 262 cities, 44 states, and 14 countries. Its mission is “to provide leadership in arts education and development, arts marketing, and arts advocacy,” Melanie Cooper, marketing coordinator for the arts council explains,

“our vision is simple, to create, and support a thriving, diverse and vibrant arts community in York County.” The Arts Council of York County funds all events, grants, exhibitions, and all of its other activities through memberships, donations, grants, and fundraising events such as the Annual Gala and the Prohibition Party. The art council also works in conjunction with the City of Rock Hill and York County Convention and Visitors Bureau to help market the area. Support Your Local Art Council Art councils directly contribute to making a community richer and a more vibrant place to live, work, learn, and play. It strives to deepen and enrich the culture; helping connect citizens from all walks of life through artistic expression. Around the country, numerous arts councils are busily staying funded, representing local culture, and making a case for the importance of the arts. Culture truly matters to the human experience and continues to be recorded through varied forms of artistic expression. I hope you’ll support your local art council. It is truly a local asset. Wesley Masters is a Fort Mill High School senior and reporter for The Buzz TV. She plans to attend the University of South Carolina in the fall to study Broadcast Journalism.







A Guide to European River Cruising Text by Amy Jones Photos courtesy Avalon Waterways

A river cruise through Europe is truly a treat for your senses. Imagine the different cultures that line each river. The diversity of food, architecture, history and traditions you’ll find as you pass through each captivating country, each more fascinating than the last. A European river cruise promises visually stunning panoramas around every bend. Lush rolling green hills, medieval castles, villages and forests are right outside your window. And, on shore await famous museums, churches, ruins, cathedrals, outdoor cafés, and cobblestoned villages for you to explore. The Top Reasons Why Your Next Cruise Should be a River Cruise The travel industry’s hottest trend, river cruising, provides a wonderful alternative to mainstream cruises and megaships. With hundreds of options to sail the amazing waterways of Europe (the Danube, Rhine,





Rhone, Seine, Saone and Moselle rivers) and exotic destinations via the Yangtze, Mekong, Irrawaddy, and Amazon, small-ship cruising is becoming one of the most popular ways for Americans to both experience and explore the world. Part of the appeal of the modern river cruise is that it delivers a cruise vacation completely unlike other cruise experiences. River cruises – and river cruise vessels – are built differently. Instead of thousands of passengers, there might be 150 on a river cruise vessel. Instead of miles and miles of ocean views (if you have an outwardfacing room), 100 percent of modern river cruise ship staterooms face outside, many with floor-to-ceiling windows, affording panoramic views at every moment of villages, castles, and vineyards. And, while deals drive megaship bookings, river cruising provides travelers a different value: an inclusive, destination-focused vacation where in-port excursions and activities, as well as drinks and dining are included in the price of the cruise. “Each time cruisers disembark from our contemporary river cruise ships, they are in a new location, often within walking distance of the village square or city center,” says Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “Our cruisers can not only experience metropolitan areas like Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Budapest, or Ho Chi Minh City, they’ll cruise to off-the-beaten-path gems such as Bruges, Bernkastel, Lyon, and Durnstein, where passengers can take part in included excursions or even rent a bike to explore on their own.” For travelers interested in embarking on a river cruise for the first time or choosing a river cruise company that best fits their needs, Avalon Waterways has created the following tips to choose the perfect, intimate escape. New, newer or newest ship? Clark says there’s a whole new group of river cruise ships released since 2004. Older ships offer travelers limited space and views (with small windows that don’t open). The new class of river cruise ships – including the industry’s only “Suite Ships” – features large, contemporary spaces, as well as floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-









wall windows that open wide to enjoy the fresh air and magnificent landscapes. Room to relax and unwind. With a new class of ships from which to choose the perfect cruise experience, travelers should pay attention to the square footage of their stateroom. While some ships feature 200 and 300-square-foot suites, others offer less than 130-square-foot spaces. Know what you’re getting when you book (172 to 200-square-foot staterooms come standard with Avalon’s fleet). To balcony or not to balcony? Unlike ocean cruise ships, river cruise vessels have very specific height and width requirements: They must fit under medieval bridges and through locks. As a result, space on river cruise ships is a top commodity. And, while some river cruise companies have chosen to limit stateroom space by offering travelers a small balcony, others have created innovative ways to provide both space and fresh air. Avalon Waterways, for instance, unveiled the first OpenAir Balconies in 2011. The Open-Air Balcony features an entire wall of windows that open wide, seven feet. When the doors are open, travelers enjoy the feeling of sitting comfortably outside as amazing views of castles and rolling green hills pass by. Culture and cuisine. While most river cruise ships do not offer a variety of restaurants like megaships, it doesn’t mean they don’t offer a menu of options (something you should look for when you book). If you like light fare with grilled lunches or a la carte, local chef offerings, you should have that option. If you want to experience drinks off the ship at a local pub or grilled, outdoor lunches on board, go for it. Choose a cruise and/or cruise line that marries cuisine and culture while catering to your dietary interests and needs. Discovery by your design. On a river cruise, land programs should not be an afterthought. These experiences should be offered as part of the inclusive price of your cruise. From guided





tours to a customized sightseeing adventure, choose a company with a great reputation that offers a plethora of experiences. Also, consider booking a themed itinerary if you’re interested in exploring a passion like food, wine, music, art, photography, or history on your vacation. Themed Itineraries are Among the Most Coveted in River Cruising From wine and wellness to culinary and culture, year after year, “special interest” river cruises sell out. And, they sell out early. Some of the most popular themed itineraries may focus on art, wine & beer, culinary, golf, music, history, and more. For example, Avalon Waterways’ festive cruises, which sail around the holidays, have been particularly popular. These river cruises allow travelers to experience the holiday season the Central European way on festive Christmas-themed departures. Cruisers will delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local Christmas markets, where you’re sure to find the perfect traditionally handcrafted souvenirs. Enjoy Christmas carols, sung by an area chorus; attend onboard lectures to learn about Christmas and New Year’s traditions in Europe; and savor a very merry Christmas holiday lunch and dinner. Leisure Travel Enterprises is proud to be the exclusive travel partner of the Fort Mill Magazine Travel Society specializing in vacations, cruises, and other getaways for everyone. Leisure Travel Enterprises is excited about creating an information event in conjunction with Avalon Waterways with the Fort Mill Magazine Travel Society members. We cannot wait to introduce you to River Cruising at this event to be held on May 5, 2015 at 7pm. Call me for more information or to R.S.V.P.

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Ten years ago, during a bout of insomnia, flipping the channels through all the infomercials, one man caused a stir of curiosity. He looked incredible and was full of energy, but he proclaimed to be 90-years-old. Jack LaLanne, a fitness guru, was in his 50s and working out at the famed Venice Beach when 21-year-old Mr. Universe Arnold Schwarzenegger challenged a push up and chin up contest. By many accounts, Arnold lost and he lost badly. In Mr. Schwarzenegger’s eulogy for Mr. LaLanne in 2011, he recounted the challenge, "I said, 'This guy is a machine. He's the real machine.’” In 2005, that night on television, Mr. LaLanne was introducing a new product and his secret to a long, healthy, fit, energized life. The Godfather of fitness was pitching a juicing machine. He believed in the power of fruits and vegetables. He ate eggs at breakfast, fish at dinner, and during the day it was all juice and water, "If man makes it, don't eat it." He also supplemented his diet with 40 to 50 vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. He told Larry King, “If you don’t take vitamins on a regular basis, it’s like going to bed with a rattlesnake. It’s going to get you.”







The USDA recommends 2-3 cups of vegetables and 1½-2 cups of fruit per day, which equates to about 50% of the daily diet. The average American diet is only 8% of nonstarch-based and unprocessed fruits and vegetables. Some people have found that if they increase the daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables closer to 50-80% of their diet, their health increases and fatigue decreases. Eating plate after plate of vegetables will exhaust your jaw, so this is where juicing comes in. It allows the body to absorb the nutrients faster and for the body to take in more food. As Jack LaLanne proclaimed that night, “That's the power of the juice!” What is Juicing? Juicing is literally consuming fruits and vegetables in the form of a juice. It is not purchasing juice from a store, but putting fresh vegetables and fruits into a juicing machine for the freshest possible juice. Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, LDN, Senior Clinical Nutritionist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital said, “You’re drinking nutrients, particularly micronutrients that are coming from fruits and vegetables. And because it’s a liquid, it’s more rapidly absorbed. So, it’s a quick, easy, way of giving your body a very potent source of healthy nutrients.” Your body needs a variety of vitamins and minerals called micronutrients for the body to function properly and prevent immune deficiency. Micronutrients come from fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and seeds. “The closer a food is to its natural state, the healthier it is,” adds Stacy Kennedy, “all plant foods are beneficial and essential for human health.” Which is in contrast to macronutrients that are needed in large quantities in order to provide energy to the body. The three primary macronutrients are protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Protein can be procured from meats, dairy products, fish, and eggs, but also whole



grains, pulses, legumes, soy, and nuts. Carbohydrates are cereals, breads, pastas, and sugar. But, it is important to note the difference between whole grain wheat bread where the body gains nutrients, and white bread where the nutrients have been removed through processing. “61% of the American diet is processed foods. We’re talking about oils, sugar, and flour, predominantly. And the processing, which usually involves cooking and heating, also damages the food. In other words, processed foods probably don’t even have 1/10th the original nutrients that were in the food in the native state,” Dr. Joel Fuhrman, nutritional researcher and author of New York Time’s bestsellers Eat to Live and Super Immunity. Juice in the United States is typically purchased in a grocery store from a major manufacturer. The juice has been so processed that it does not matter if the juice has sugar added or not. The processing of the fruits and vegetables has removed most, if not all, of the nutrients. The processing also alters the taste of the fruits and vegetables. If you taste test a Mott’s Apple Juice and an apple juice you made from a juicer; the difference is incredible. So, if there is a juice on the market that you do not like; do not discount it when you try juicing at home. The popularity of juicing has created a cottage industry of juice bars, websites, recipe books, books, keynote speakers, gurus, and endless articles about the power of juicing, including this one. Most proclaim it as a diet, but that causes hesitation. It should not be called a juicing diet because diet has come to mean something that people do to lose weight. Juicing can help you lose weight, as testament by people all over the world, but it can also help heal your body from varying diseases. As Joe Cross explored in his documentary, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, and forthcoming book, Reboot with Joe: Fully Charged, juicing is a way to detox your system. We live in a world dominated by macronutrients, processed







foods, and pills. In the words of Jack LaLanne, these are man made. “You don’t get permanently well unless you permanently change the way you live,” added Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Time to Detox? The typical American consumes mostly processed foods and sugar, which are highly addictive. How we obtain food is convenient. We no longer hunt and gather. We app and order or drive through. In order to step away from the convenience and addictive foods to give your body a chance to change its habits, it needs a detox. We consume more and more food because the food we consume does not fill us or causes spikes in our systems that indicate hunger faster. “If you get famished between meals, that’s a sign that your blood sugar is crashing. When blood sugar is low, you’ll eat anything. To better balance blood sugar, eat a small meal or snack that includes healthy protein, like seeds or nuts, every 3 to 4 hours,” according to Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Blood Sugar Solution. The foods we eat can also be related to our illnesses: allergies, cancer, arthritis, depression, migraines, diabetes, and blood pressure. We need to make a choice. Do we want to eat our way to health or eat our way to death? How to Detox Detoxing your body through juicing gives your body all the micronutrients it needs to sustain itself and flush your system of the food addictions. The length of time required depends on the person and the addiction. Some recommend 10 days and others 30 days. Joe Cross, author of Rebooting with Joe: Fully Charged, is not a doctor. He is an entrepreneur that committed



himself to 60 days of juicing in order to hopefully change his life and unchain himself from prescription pills. He made a documentary following his 60 day transformation called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Five years later, Joe has kept most of the weight off and inspires others across the world to spread the word about the benefits of a juicing detox. Whether it is 10 days or 60 days, here is what you need to know to detox your body through juicing. You’ll need to buy a juicer. Expect the first three to four days to be awful. The first few days your body is going through withdrawal and the symptoms will vary depending on your previous eating habits and food addictions.


kale, spinach, celery, collard greens, and mustard greens, but do not forget herbs and spices to liven your drink. As usual, you should seek the advice of your doctor before trying a detox. Try It, Share It, and Feel No Shame As in the article in the Winter issue, I challenge you to a 10 day detox. Please, check with your doctor before accepting this challenge. Share your story with us at: juicingdetox.

The following days will be filled with water and juiced fruits and vegetables. Most of us will also have to train ourselves in new shopping habits. You don’t have to buy everything organic, but it is recommended that you shop from local farmers. Shopping local decreases the amount of time that the food has been removed from its source, thus increasing the number of nutrients.

According to an article in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, approximately 54% of people who resolve to transform themselves fail in the first six months and the average person will make the same resolution ten times before seeing success. Detoxing your body and making a commitment to changing yourself is one step closer and one time more that the transformation will stick.

Create a shopping list and eat a small healthy snack beforehand. Nearly all fruits and vegetables can be consumed. There are recipes across the web, but if you want to make your own, then your recipe should be 80% vegetables and 20% fruits. Fruits are a natural sugar, so too much will still create a sugar rush and crash in our systems. Stay focused on your green vegetables:

Do not judge yourself for failure, but believe that you have the ability to try again.


Lisa McTigue writes about travel, technology, mini living, buying local, and social media. She developed film, tv, and new media content for over 10 years in Hollywood.

You don’t get permanently well unless. . .

. . .you permanently change the way you live.

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eed your soul. Expand your mind. Nurture your body. "Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without," taught Buddha. So, go within as often as possible. Take time every day to experience silence. Quiet your mind and just be present. This practice gives your soul a chance to truly be awake. Read a book, or two, or three about philosophy or different cultures. Your brain needs it. Learning gives us perspective and allows us to be open to life and love. Eat more fresh, local fruits and vegetables. By increasing your daily intake of nature's goodness, you'll feel energized as your cells begin to repair themselves. Feeling peaceful, in love, and refreshed...that’s what enriching your life is all about.



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