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The Bakersfield Voice Sunday, November 7, 2010

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YOUR FITNESS

Simple, effective ‘RULES’ help you decide what to eat

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hy has eating become so complicated? What seems like a no brainer (broccoli vs. Twinkie) has most of us asking doctors, nutritionists, the government (food pyramids) — and even the media — for guidance and advice on what to eat, how much to eat and even when to eat it! I am definitely no expert in this field but I came across a book titled “FOOD RULES” that keeps it short and simple for me — and I hope it helps my readers too. According to the author, Michael Pollan, here are some simple but effective tips when deciding what’s right, wrong or in-between: 1. Avoid food products containing ingredients a third-grader cannot pronounce (monosodium glutamate.) 2. It’s not really food if it arrived through your car window (high fat, high sodium.) 3. Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of your milk (Fruit Loops, Cocoa Puffs.) 4. Don’t ingest foods made in

places where everyone is required to wear a surgical cap (makes me suspicious.) 5. Eat only the foods that will eventually rot — real food is alive. The more processed a food, the longer the shelf life — with the exception of honey; it has a shelf life measured in centuries. 6. Get out of the supermarket when you can — you won’t find hydrogenated oils at the Farmer’s MarFitness columnist ket, or lists of unpronounceable ingredients — or best of all, foods from far, far away! 7. Don’t get fuel for your body the same place your car does — well, maybe milk and water. Gas stations have become “over-processed, high

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fructose corn syrup stations” complete with hefty 32 oz. cup sizes. DON’T EAT THERE! 8. Eat more like the Italians. Or the French. Or the Japanese. Or the Greeks! Typical Western diets can be defined as a diet consisting of processed foods and meats, lots of added fat and sugar, everything BUT vegetables, whole grains and fruits — and many of the folks who eat this way suffer from Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Four of the top 10 killers in America are chronic diseases that are linked to this type of diet. 9. Remember, the BANQUET is the “first bite,” no other bite will taste as good as the first, and every subsequent bite will diminish in satisfaction! 10. Just eat real food — easier said than done — and I know that but, try to avoid industrial novelties that contain so many chemical and additives that it doesn’t deserve to be called FOOD! Questions or comments? You can email me, Gina Rolow at Fitness4life5959@yahoo.com.

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Bustos Elite spook the competition Congressmen to offer ‘Reflections on the Election’ today at Russo’s Books at Ghost & Goblins Bash! FROM MYBAKERSFIELDSPORTS.COM

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ongrats Bustos Elite 10U for winning Second Place in the Hanford Ghost & Goblins Bash! Pretty good for their second tournament ever!

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ith Republicans on the precipice of taking control of the House of Representatives, California Congressmen Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and Devin Nunes (R-Visalia) will give their thoughts on the just concluded election today. Billed as “Reflections on the Election,” the event will be held at Russo’s Books at 1 p.m. and will feature a public comments forum for both congressmen to offer their interpretation of the election results, as well as where we as a nation go from here.

PICTURED: Ally Miller, Izzy Nieblas, Baylee Garrett, Samantha Hagerman, Alex Venegas, Aaliyah Gomez, Megan Goodwin, Alayna Chavez, Reece Hamilton, Reagan Hamilton, Maci Haddad & Mia Ontiveros.

To that end, both congressmen have recently written books on their vision for the nation and where they wish to lead us. The day will conMcCarthy clude with a book signing of McCarthy’s “Young Guns,” a book co-written by Representatives Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan, and Nunes’s “Restoring the Republic.” Congressman Kevin McCarthy is completing his second term representing California’s 22nd Congressional District. He currently serves as the Chief Deputy Republican

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Whip. Congressman Devin Nunes is completing his fourth term representing California’s 21st Congressional District. Nunes currently serves as Nunes the Assistant Republican Whip. Russo’s Books is Bakersfield’s only independently-owed bookstore. Serving their hometown for the past 21 years, they are located at 9000 Ming Ave. #I-4. For more information call, 6654686 or go to: www.RussosBooks.com.

CSUB announces new partnership with Stockdale Junior Tennis Academy Small Business Development Center

a ‘grand slam’ for young players FROM WWW.MYBAKERSFIELDSPORTS.COM Some kids come to the Stockdale Junior Tennis Academy with no experience and perhaps not even a racket. Others want to improve their game enough to make their middle school or high school team. Still others wish to compete in USTA-sanctioned events throughout California which can open the doors to potential college scholarships. Regardless of their motivation, kids from 4 to 18 can benefit from the training and competition offered at the Academy, which in the last several years has seen significant growth in the number of its participants. “We launched the Academy in 2007, and within six months we had gone from fewer than 20 kids to over 150,” said Director Greg Bolitsky, a former head pro at the USTA National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y. “We dropped the rates, started a tournament travel team, gave scholarships to deserving kids from around the community and promoted the program in the media. “We give out between $5,000 and $8,000 a year in scholarships, and our tournament training team travels every month to a different club or academy all over southern and central California. The Academy offers a Pee Wee program for ages 4 to 8, Smashers for 8 to 10, Future Stars and the tournament training program.” In addition, the Academy hosts four junior tournaments per year

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Instructor shows the students how to hold the racket properly.

that are sanctioned by the USTA, including two sponsored by McDonald’s. The McDonald’s Junior Tournament Series will continue Nov. 19-21 at the Academy, which features nine courts. This year Hurley sponsored a series of four separate tournaments which attracted more than 200 junior competitors. “We’ve found that if you keep the price of tennis affordable to just about everyone and therefore open the game up to the whole community, you’ll get a lot more people involved,” Bolitsky said. “With tennis, all you need is a court and one other person. It’s not like some other sports where you need a full team and a lot of equipment. “Playing tennis with children the same age and at the same approximate skill level is a whole sociological transformation for some of these kids. And some of them really

develop into good players. We’ve got the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the county in our 10 and unders, as well as a 16-year-old boy whose USTA ranking is in the top 30 in southern California.” Bolitsky said that when professional players come to the Stockdale Country Club to compete in the annual Bakersfield Pro Grass Court Championships, it has a profound effect on the kids. “It inspires the kids to see professionals play in their town,” he said. “It makes them say, ‘That’s what I want. That’s how good I want to be.’ They also see how much more work they have to do to get to that level, and that serves to inspire them as well.” For more information about the Stockdale Junior Tennis Academy, call Greg Bolitsky at 834-1113 or, send him an email at: bolitsky@stockdalecountryclub.co m.

COURTESY OF CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD SUB is taking an active leadership role in local economic development, becoming the host institution of the Small Business Development Center that serves Kern, Inyo and Mono counties. The announcement was made during a news conference and grand opening event held recently at the center located in University Square, 2000 K St., in downtown Bakersfield. The center is one of five full-service centers and two satellites within the UC Merced SBDC Regional Network in Central California. “This will help us meet our mission of community engagement,” said Mark Evans, Associate Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration at CSUB. “In the past, we have not had sufficient

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resources to Small Business institutionalize Development our commitCenters throughment to regionout the state of al economic California, and development. part of a larger We could sit on national network boards and established by committees the U.S. Small but we couldn’t Business Adminbring resources istration (SBA). It to the table. PHOTO COURTESY OF CSUB provides free “We are excitconsulting and CSUB announced a new partnership ed about our workshops to with Small Business Development increased Center at a recent ribbon cutting cer- new and existing capacity to emony at SBDC in downtown Bakers- small businesses assist small looking to start field. businesses, up and expand which are the engines of economic their operations. For more information about opportunity.” CSUB SBDC go to: http://www.bakA generous gift of $50,000 from ersfieldvoice.com/content/csubWells Fargo enabled CSUB to move announces-new-partnership-small forward with opening the center. -business-development-center. The CSUB SBDC is one of 35

Bakersfield Applebee’s thanks local veterans with a free meal! BY NICOLE BENZER Community contributor

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Once again, Applebee’s will thank our nation’s veterans and active duty military by inviting them to the Bakersfield Applebee’s, located at 9000 Ming Ave., for a free meal on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11. Last year, Applebee’s served more than one million military men and women — and expects that number to be even higher this year. The company’s appreciation efforts last year were the largest of its kind to give back to the communities where Applebee’s restaurants are located nationwide. Gala Corporation, which owns

and operates 18 Applebee’s throughout California, will offer complimentary entrées to active and retired military service men and women all day if they show proof of military service and will host a 24” x 36” framed “Wall of Thanks,” where guests can sign their name and express their gratitude to our troops. During their time at Applebee’s, guests will also have the chance to write a personal letter of thanks to deployed soldiers that will be mailed out by the company. “It’s an honor to serve our veterans and active duty military on this national day of respect and remembrance,” said Stacy Griffis, spokes-

woman for Gala Corporation. “Veterans Day at Applebee’s has become a wonderful opportunity to thank our military personnel while enjoying great company and delicious food. “It’s a time for us to serve those who serve our country and we’re looking forward to another successful year.” Guests are encouraged to say thanks to veterans and active duty personnel on Applebee’s “virtual wall of honor” as well at: www.facebook.com/applebees or www.applebees.com. For more information or to see the Veterans Day menu go to: www.bakersfieldvoice.com.


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