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31 | A Toast to Heal Hearts


Working up a sweat with Memphis Kickboxing



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34 | Horn Lake, Southaven, Olive

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CONTENTS January 2017

Volume 11

No. 1


DEPARTMENTS 16 | INTERVIEW Circus of the Stars A look inside Mississippi’s biggest annual celebration, the Crystal Ball

19 | MUSIC Stomping Ground


Mississippi Stomp’s kudzu-coated sound strikes a chord in sophomore album Shine

22 | FOOD Nut-ritious Unlocking the delicious and nutritious hidden power of nature’s hardiest fruit 24 | PEOPLE Doctor's Orders Methodist Hospital Olive Branch’s Madelyn Cook on the key elements of good health and nutrition 26 | RECIPES Fit and Fresh A dynamic duo of light and healthy entrees 28 | BOOKS Lighten Up, Y'all Expert cook and food writer Virginia Willis shares deliciously decalorized versions of classic Southern comfort foods

76 | LIVE WELL Ease Digestion and Enjoy Your Food 5 tips to ease digestion and enjoy your meal

78 | THE POUR The C-Blast Smoothie A delicious smoothie recipe with a cool kick

IN EVERY ISSUE 12 | Editor’s Letter 14 | Contributors 60 | Calendar 80 | See & Do

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January 2017

Tess Catlett

Mike Lee

Click’s social calendar for this month was compiled by Tess Catlett. A Southaven native and recent graduate of University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, Catlett is a former intern for Click. An avid and tenacious writer, Catlett has been featured in various publications including Vox Magazine, The Columbia Missourian and The DeSoto TimesTribune. When not writing, Catlett enjoys binge watching underrated TV dramas.

Event photos in this issue were captured by Click photographer Mike Lee. Mike started in news in 1971 as a TV writer, photographer, and art director. For 20 years, his work appeared on national and international television broadcasts, and was published in print media worldwide.

Andrea LeTard Andrea LeTard is a personal chef, cooking instructor, and creator of Andrea’s Cooktales, a recipe website and video series where there’s a story behind every recipe. Her recipes are what she calls “nextgeneration Southern” — fun and fresh with a modern twist using unexpected ingredients. Her recipes have been featured on The Today Show and she was chosen as a Top 100 contestant on MasterChef Season 6. She’s a regular cooking segment contributor on Local Memphis Live. Follow Andrea on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or read her blog and watch her video series at AndreasCooktales.com.

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A lifelong reader and writer, Shana Raley-Lusk is a freelance writer and book reviewer with a focus on Southern literature. A native of East Tennessee, Lusk holds an English degree with a concentration in literature from the UT Knoxville and her work has appeared in a number of publications including At Home Tennessee magazine, The Knoxville News Sentinel and various others. This month, Lusk reviews Lighten Up, Y'all, a compilation of healthy Southern recipes.

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Circus of the Stars A look inside Mississippi’s biggest annual celebration, the Crystal Ball, with co-chairs Scott and Natasha Hollis Interview and photo by CASEY HILDER

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PLANNING MISSISSIPPI’S BIGGEST annual bash is no small undertaking. The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi’s 17th annual Crystal Ball celebration will take place January 21, promising a night of fun, dancing and impeccably dressed locals. Scott and Natasha Hollis have co-chaired the event for the past five years, planning and partaking in a variety of themes over the years that range from the Studio 54-inspired nightlife of 2014’s ball to everyone’s favorite space opera in 2012. From lighting to the silent and live auctions and less-than-glamourous cleanup efforts, the Hollis duo has hands in all aspects of planning for the celebration. Click Magazine: What are the duties of a Crystal Ball Chairman? Scott Hollis: It is an enormous undertaking, that’s for sure. As far as duties, we essentially plan the entire event, from conceptualizing a theme to designing a thematically appropriate decorative element. We take all things into account – food, drinks, chairs, tables – when planning the aesthetic. The only place in DeSoto County that’s large enough to hold our crowd is the Arena at Southaven. It’s an equestrian arena, a big steel and concrete building. One of the biggest challenges every year is converting this space into an area suitable for a black-tie event. Natasha Hollis: It’s definitely tough to transform this space into something memorable while spending the least amount of money possible. CM: How did you land this gig? SH: It requires a very particular skillset and a flexible schedule. It requires a big -time investment, but fortunately many of the things we do are broken down into committees ran by people like the auction chair, the food and beverage chair, and what 16 JANUARY 2017 | myclickmag.com

have you. We have some really talented people volunteering for us this year. CM: How do the funds raised by this event contribute to the Community Foundation of North Mississippi? SH: The event itself raises operational costs for the Community Foundation of North Mississippi. That’s different from endowed funds, which come from donors. The Crystal Ball raises money for the Community Foundation’s day-dayday costs. I’m talking about things like paying a light bill. Historically, it’s been our only annual fundraising event for that. However, this year we introduced a second fundraiser, The Delta Conversation, which featured Tom Brokaw speaking in Cleveland, Mississippi. CM: How do sponsorships work for this event? SH: Sponsorships generally start at $1,500 and go up. We usually have around 50. Historically, the casinos have been big sponsors, as well as local businesses like DeSoto Athletic Club, Entergy, and my own law firm.

CM: How many man hours would you say go into setting up this event? SH: There’s talk of the next year pretty much immediately after the event is over. We have half a dozen volunteer meetings throughout the year, as well as countless emails and sub-meetings with different vendors. I’d say grand total, you’re looking at more than 1,000 volunteer hours. Decorating and setting up the auction definitely takes up a considerable amount of time. NH: Build week happens the week before the event and then it’s basically “game on.” CM: How do you select a theme? SH: The theme is selected sometime around late spring, which is always a challenge. We always talk with the people who will be decorating well in advance, as that kind of dictates what we can do. NH: The only year that we immediately decided on a theme after Crystal Ball was in 2011, when we decided that Star Wars would be the theme for 2012. The day after they event, Scott decided to email Lucasfilms to ask permission – it took most of a year of back-and-forth responses from

a representative to get everything nailed down. SH: There were definitely a lot of terms and conditions. We even had to set aside two tickets for George Lucas and his wife in case they felt like attending. CM: What kind of auction items can we expect this year? SH: The silent auction items can range from jewelry, gift certificates from local merchants, sports memorabilia, spa packages, guns, and art pieces. For the live auction items, we have tried to steer them more toward experiences rather than things. For example, there’s a fantastic house in San Miguel, Mexico, called Casa Dragones named for the famous tequila. We’ve offered a pretty fabulous trip out there in the past. We’ve also offered dinner with Morgan Freeman and iHeartRadio music festival tickets. CM: What’s your favorite part of planning the Crystal Ball? SH: I really like the whole process. NH: But you love build week most, right? SH: I do. I find myself getting frustrated that I can’t devote more time to it. But from my perspective, I’m much more focused on the behind-the-scenes stuff and making sure everything looks right and goes right.


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Stomping Ground Mississippi Stomp’s kudzu-coated sound strikes a chord in sophomore album Shine Story by ROBERT LEE LONG | Photos courtesy of RYAN COON

MISSISSIPPI STOMP SHINES LIKE A ROUGH-CUT DIAMOND MINED FROM THE DARK, RICH DELTA DIRT. Make that the Mississippi cotton fields and the ramshackle juke joints of Clarksdale, Grenada and points in between. The band is drawing national and even international attention as it launches its second EP Shine in late December.

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In fact, Mississippi Stomp, which has its origins in the gritty, gospel and blues-infused house party circuit of Northwest Mississippi a quarter century ago, is now a full-fledged Southern rock band drawing rave reviews from across the pond. No less than the London Daily Telegraph, with its audience of millions, took note of the rocking, bluesy sound of Mississippi Stomp and its first release Chickasaw Lodge. The Stomp's "Shine," is also being released on vinyl, CD and in digital format. It's been a long crazy trip that began when founding band members Gid Stuckey, Kenny Burroughs and Bryan McCutchen got together not long after Stuckey and McCutchen finished college. Stuckey, who hailed from the Piney Woods region of south Mississippi, was an Ole Miss Rebel. McCutchen, a Mississippi State Bulldog, calls the smoky blue hills around Pontotoc home. The friends met in Tupelo, the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, drawn together by a love of myclickmag.com | JANUARY 2017 19

"It's the camaraderie when you make music with someone. It's like a chorus. We want to make music that is unique."

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music and good times. Stuckey and McCutchen had formed a band called Resident Alien. "We were all living in Tupelo at that time," says McCutchen, who has been playing guitar since he was eight. He grew up listening to Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and Hubert Sumlin, a Chicago blues guitarist and singer who was ranked number 43 in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." Hubert, who? Someone might ask the same about Mississippi Stomp. But their time to shine in the spotlight is at hand if the rock gods agree. The band is talking about the possibility of a European tour. It's worked before. In reverse. No less than the Liverpool rock band "The Beatles" learned guitar licks from Mississippi Delta blues great Muddy Waters. That group traveled from the U.K. to the U.S. and the rest is history. McCutchen believes the group's second album shows promise. "I believe the songs on this one are probably more well written and more mature than the ones on our first record. The songs have a lot of soul and passion." Bandmate Gid Stuckey picks it up from there. Stuckey says the second album is a totally professional effort from top to bottom. Jimbo Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers co-produced the new album at the Dial Back Sound Studio in Water Valley. Dial Back Sound is the recording studio owned by Matt Patton of The Drive By Truckers and The Dexateens. The EP carries the Fat Possum Records label. Ryan Rogers mixed it. Bronson Tew was the sound engineer. "We cut eight songs in five hours," Stuckey says. "It was crazy." The new album has a vibrant, richer sound that captures the feeling and essence of a live performance, according to Stuckey. "The difference in the new EP is that we have evolved," says Gid Stuckey, whose boyish looks belie the fact he has a half century of hard living poured into his soul. For Stuckey, his musical journey began in the Pentecostal and hardshell Baptist tent revivals of south Mississippi. Gospel, that constant companion to the blues, was his first musical influence. "The Gospel Jubilee came on every Sunday morning on television with the Florida Boys, the Jordanaires, the Hintons and the Blackwood Brothers," Stuckey says. "My mama sang and played organ in the church. Obviously the gospel music early on shaped me.” Not too many years later, Gid Stuckey, Bryan McCutchen and Kenny Burroughs began playing music together. Burroughs says it seems like yesterday.

"It's been really interesting to see how the band has evolved," says Burroughs. "Our last album, Chickasaw Lodge — we had developed a sound. I think we have cultivated that special sound. I think the more you do things together and get into the studio, you begin to understand the music that you make together. I think Gid and Sunny bring a couple of things to the band. They have similar taste. "It's the camaraderie when you make music with someone. It's like a chorus. We want to make music that is unique." The sound of Mississippi Stomp can be traced back generations, adds Sunny Stuckey. "I grew up in Tupelo," says Sunny of the hamlet where a young Elvis Presley lived until age 13. "My family is mostly from Alabama and Itawamba County, Mississippi" she says of the rural northeast Mississippi hill country which produced such singers as Tammy Wynette and Bobbie Gentry. "My family are musicians who are three generations deep on both sides," added Stuckey who sang in Pentecostal churches and learned how to play several instruments. "My great-grandaddy was a music teacher," she says. "They would teach by shape notes. But I didn't learn harmony until Gid and I got married." Almost every member of the band says the couple's harmony and collaborative efforts have helped shape the sound that has become Mississippi Stomp. "Sunny brings a lot of energy," husband Gid adds. "We didn't have to go out and find a female singer. She plays keys. She plays drums. Sunny brings a lot to the band." Sunny Stuckey's father, Larry Eads, plays keyboard. A professional musician and songwriter, Eads' grandfather was a music teacher. His mother sang and played music. Eads has played the smoke-filled bars and rowdy honky tonks of Mississippi and Tennessee. The road miles show on his weathered face. "The music we play is ours," says Eads. "We don't copy what other people do. We do have a certain enthusiasm about it. It has a spiritual ring to it that is natural." Eads says as the band's keyboard player, he tries to bring that spiritual feel to the band's music. "I call it the Hammond B-3 sound," Eads says of the organ that was formerly relegated to urban black and rural white churches but soon became the staple of modern roots and rhythm and blues music. "I think it adds body to the music. It separates it from the screeching and screaming instruments." Eads says the "special instruments" include the vocal harmonies of the band, including his daughter Sunny. A younger cousin, Clayton Albrecht of Hamilton, Alabama, is one of the newer members of the band, along with Robert King of Brandon, Mississippi, who has been playing with the band for the past two years. At 27, Albrecht can recall hearing his cousin Sunny and her husband Gid play gigs when he was just a few years older than a toddler. Growing up just north of Chicago, it’s that "family" atmosphere that permeates the band. Whether one is biologically kin or not, music is in the band's shared bloodline, according to Albrecht. "When I hooked up with Gid and Sunny two years ago, it was really special," Albrecht says. "It's just magical to be a part of a big band like that. With eight of us, it's so cool to be a part of a big band sound. It's a big melting pot of influences." Charlie Smartt of Tupelo echoes King in the respect that Shine will rock Stomp fans' world. "The first album was a little more country and blues," says Smartt, who has been playing with the band for about 25 years. "This one is more straight up rock and roll. The really nice thing about what we have evolved into now is that we have found our own sound. We really enjoy making music together."

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Nut-ritious Unlocking the delicious and nutritious hidden power of nature’s hardiest fruit Story by RUSS THOMPSON

Nuts are often touted as a great snack for those watching their waistlines. Most varieties of nuts are terrific sources of protein, are high in antioxidants, contain unsaturated fats, are a good source of fiber, and contain nutrients such as copper, magnesium, and vitamin E. Not only are they beneficial in several ways, nuts are also practically an American institution. Here are several benefits of enjoying different types of this popular type of food along with some head-turning facts and suggestions for consumption.


Almonds, which are the seeds of the almond tree, originally grew in the Middle East. According to scientist and writer, Amanda C. Niehaus, almonds are much better for us when they are activated. This means fooling the almonds into sprouting, which they don’t normally do under dry conditions due to enzyme inhibitors. The ‘activation’ is not a process that’s expensive or difficult to do, either. Just soak your almonds for twelve hours and they will begin the sprouting process. Once they become activated, they provide nutrients that are more easily absorbed by the body than their unactivated counterparts. If you wish to roast them, it’s important to allow them to dry out completely first. Now you can enjoy your almonds and get more nutrition from them. To enjoy them, include them with your curried vegetables or chicken salad. They also make a great addition to many desserts.

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Walnuts originally hail from Persia (English Walnut) and the eastern United States (black walnut). When asked what type of nut she would consider to be the healthiest, Dietician Amy Schiller picked the walnut, “Many people eat fish to get the Omega-three fatty acids they need, but walnuts are a terrific source. These fatty acids provide many benefits including brain health.” Walnuts even contain an especially heart-friendly form of gamma-tocopherol vitamin E. When it comes to men in particular, this form of vitamin E has been linked to heart protection. Consumption of walnuts has also been shown to help people with type two diabetes. Even the skin of walnuts has been proven to be rich in phenols. If you can get past the bitterness you will treat your body to rich tannins, flavonoids, and phenolic acids. You can enjoy them as a snack on their own or sprinkled onto an entrée, dessert or salad.


Cashews come from the cashew apple, the cashew tree’s fruit, and are native to northeastern Brazil. They are delicious and popular but often maligned for being full of fat. The George Mateljan Foundation states that 82% of these are unsaturated fatty acids, most of which are monounsaturated fats. This variety of fat is quite good for your heart. According to the British Journal of Nutrition, nuts such as cashews are also counted amongst plant-based food with higher antioxidants. As if this wasn’t enough, cashews are an excellent source of copper and magnesium. Copper is needed for many functions including the production of melanin, bone and tissue development and in the utilization of iron. Magnesium is essential for healthy bones. The caustic resin from cashew shells can even be used to make varnish or insecticides. Cashews taste great on their own, sprinkled on sautéed vegetables or ground into butter.


Everyone loves the spreadable consistency of nut butters. An Iowa Women’s Health Study showed that the risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases decreased greatly amongst people who consumed nut butters regularly. However, there is a lot to choose from on the market today. This may leave one wondering what’s the healthiest option. According to Madeline Vann, MPH, almond butter takes home the prize. Almond butter is high in monounsaturated fats that promote heart health. It also has less sugar than peanut butter and does not contain hydrogenated oils if you buy a brand that only contains almonds. Walnut butter is also a good bet because of the high amount of Omega-threes, although it does contain more fat than almond butter, and may also be harder to find on grocery store shelves.

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Fit & Fresh A dynamic duo of light and healthy entrees Story and photos by ANDREA LETARD

Spiced Citrus Salad



1. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, white balsamic,

• 1 lemon - juiced

• 1 tbsp white balsamic

• 1 tsp honey

• 1 tsp ground coriander

• 1/4 tsp red pepper flake

• Kosher salt

• Pepper

• 1/4 cup good-quality extra virgin olive oil

• 1 grapefruit

• 2 oranges

• 2 blood oranges

• 2 cups spinach and arugula mix - roughly chopped

• 1/2 red onion sliced thin

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honey, coriander, red pepper flake, and a dash of salt and pepper . Whisk in the olive oil until imulsifed. Set aside. 2. Slice the grapefruit, oranges, and blood oranges into 1/4 inch rounds. For each round, cut the peel off, removing the skin and the pith. Lightly sprinkle slices with salt and pepper. 3. In a large bowl, add the spinach and arugula and toss together with 3/4 of the salad dressing, making sure all of the leaves are covered in dressing. Spread the spinach and arugula mix on a large platter. Top with the citrus rounds, layering the different colors. Add the sliced red onion and pour the remaining dressing over the top.

Caribbean Seared Tuna with Mojito Sauce GROCERY LIST (4 PEOPLE):

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 4 (4-6 oz) good quality tuna steaks

• Kosher salt

• 2 tbsp Jamaican Jerk seasoning

• 1 tbsp smoked paprika

• ½ tsp granulated garlic

• ¼ tsp cinnamon

• 2 medium ripe mangos or papayas – chopped

• 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt

• 1/4 cup honey

• 1 lime – zested and juiced

• 1 large handful of mint – chopped, plus more for garnish

DIRECTIONS 1. Add olive oil to a sauté pan and heat over medium high heat. Season tuna with Kosher salt. Combine the Jamaican Jerk seasoning, paprika, garlic, and cinnamon in a small bowl and stir together. Cover each tuna steak liberally with the mixture, pressing to adhere. Let Tuna steaks sit for at least 20 minutes or until they come to room temperature. 2. Make the mojito sauce by combining the mango or papaya, yogurt, honey, lime zest and juice, mint, and salt together in a blender. Blend at high speed until smooth. 3. Sear each tuna steak for 1-2 minutes on each side for rare. They should form a crust on each side. Transfer the tuna to a cutting board and slice thin. Cover a plate with a thin layer of the mojito sauce, top with the sliced tuna and a sprig of mint.

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Lighten Up, Y'all Expert cook and food writer Virginia Willis shares deliciously de-calorized versions of classic Southern comfort foods in her latest cookbook Review by SHANA RALEY-LUSK

IF YOU HAVE EVER FOUND YOURSELF AT THE crossroads of needing to shed a few pounds and loving comfort food, then this month's featured book is just what you need to kickstart those healthy plans for the new year. In Lighten Up, Y'all, renowned chef and Southern cook extraordinaire Virginia Willis guides readers through a seamless juxtaposition of delicious recipes and healthy choices. Her lifelong struggle with the scale coupled with her love of good Southern cooking give her a special perspective when it comes to meshing down-home fare with a well-balanced diet and lifestyle. With her years of culinary experience and plenty of time-honored recipes in hand, Willis shows readers that it is possible to enjoy favorite foods while keeping health in mind. Willis brings a lot to the table when it comes to her expertise on food and cooking. After apprenticing with Nathalie Dupree at the age of 25, Willis enrolled in L'Academie de Cuisine, a French culinary school. She also lived in France later on, where she honed her knowledge of the techniques and ingredients that make French cooking so incredible. Even with all of this impressive formal culinary education, though, Willis acknowledges that there is more to her love of food than this. "But my formal culinary education didn't teach me everything I know about cooking," she writes. "After all, I come from a long line of ladies who know their way around a kitchen." She recounts the beloved recipes shared by her mother and grandmother, many of which are classic Southern favorites including blackberry cobbler and buttermilk biscuits. "It's not surprising that my family is full of good cooks; after all, food is central to the South's personality and character," she adds. 28 JANUARY 2017 | myclickmag.com

In her quest to recreate the best Southern dishes minus all the fat, Willis certainly had her work cut out for her in terms of narrowing down the options. "How did I go about choosing which recipes to include in this book? The first and most important criterion was that it had to taste delicious," she says. "I wanted to showcase my favorite recipes -- classic Southern dishes that I grew up eating, or cooked as a professional chef -- but make them lighter, lower in fat and calories, and higher in fiber than their more traditional counterparts." In this volume, Willis covers all sorts of different recipes with a little bit of something for everyone. From simple weeknight meals to the perfect dish for a special celebration, readers can find something for just about any occasion. No detail is overlooked here, either. From starters to sweet treats, this book has recipes for every part of the meal. "This book lightens America's favorite Southern recipes to make them a better choice for good health, while keeping the traditional flavors intact," she points out. "After all, at the end of the day, I'm still a classically trained chef who loves to eat, so if a healthy variation doesn't taste as good or authentic as the original, well, it didn't make the cut." For Southern cooks, this is certainly good reassurance of the quality of the offerings within these pages. She does remind readers that this book is in no way a diet. It is a way of lightening up the recipes that Southerners already know and love. Handy sections within the book give useful reminders for cooking success. For instance, within the first few pages, there is a section with advice on helpful tools to have on hand for a healthy kitchen. She also provides readers with information about using fat smartly in a healthy kitchen. Color photos of food and ingredients throughout the book make it a beautiful addition to any cookbook library. Recipes such as "Sinless Seven-Layer Dip" and "Hot Mess Spinach and Feta Dip" make great appetizer choices. Further into the book,

a chapter on salads and slaws and another covering the preparation of those all-important veggies are included. Of course, there are lots of main-course options including "Gulf Coast Seafood Stew" and "Slow-Cooked Barbecue Pulled Chicken." A number of quick and easy recipes make this book a great choice for those in search of easy weeknight suppers. This cookbook is the perfect mixture of healthy and delicious. It is loaded with expert tips and advice from an expert chef who knows the Southern table like the back of her hand.

BRAISED COLLARDS IN TOMATO-ONION GRAVY SERVES 6 | Calories 72 | Fat 2 g | Carbs 11 g Fiber 5 g | Protein 4 g

4 ripe, medium Roma tomatoes, cored 2 teaspoons canola oil 1 sweet onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 16 cups chopped collard greens (1 pound) DIRECTIONS: Heat a medium skillet over high heat. Add the cored tomatoes and cook until they are charred on all sides, about five minutes. Remove to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Let the skillet cool slightly by taking it off the heat or decreasing the heat, depending on how smoking-hot your skillet is. Have the heat at low and add the oil (the skillet will still hold a great deal of heat). Add the onion and garlic, and sauté, stirring occasionally, until both are a deep goldenbrown, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let them cool slightly. Transfer to the food processor bowl containing the reserved charred tomato, and process until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until thickened, five to seven minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chopped collards and cook until just tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve warm. Reprinted with permission from Lighten Up Y’All, by Virginia Willis, copyright © 2015,published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2015 by Andie Mosier

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A Toast to Heal Hearts Guests from across the MidSouth came out to support Healing Hearts Advocacy Center. The annual fundraiser featured a seated dinner, a live auction, and the party band, Hollywood Band. All proceeds from the event will help the Center in its mission to care for children and families affected by domestic abuse. Photos by MIKE LEE

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Horn Lake, Southaven, Olive Branch, & Hernando Christmas Parades From Clydesdales and carols to appearances by the Big Man himself, holiday celebrations in DeSoto County have it all. Thousands gathered across the MidSouth to share the joys of the holiday season. Photos by MIKE LEE Ashley Willcott & Megan Barton

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Carson Embry, Monica Huckaby, Kim Hubbard & Tricia Embry

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Cynthia Bigham & Jennifer Hill

Red Door Market Presented by DeSoto Arts Council, the annual market offers the best in artisanal wares and local fare. The daylong shopping event kicked off at 11 a.m., culminating with music and mingling during a cocktail hour. Photos by MIKE LEE Christie Simpson, Brieana Burleson & Kendall Allen

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Mindy Mosby, Laurie Waring & Stephanie Williams

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The Polar Express Train Ride Grenada Railway welcomed The Polar Express to its train station in Batesville during the holiday season. True to the beloved children’s book, kids of all ages waved their golden tickets as they boarded the train for a memorable ride to the North Pole. Dancing chefs served hot cocoa and cookies as the story came to life. Photos by MIKE LEE

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Barbara Tutless, Jeanette Hollowell & Ken Anglin

Helen Argo, Julia Baker Bell & Rose Silton

ARTS Palette and Pizzazz Olive Branch Arts Council hosted its annual ARTS Palette and Pizzazz fundraiser at The Painted Pigeon Gallery & Gifts. The local showcase highlighted the work of local creatives while supporting the Arts Council through a silent auction. Photos by MIKE LEE Stephanie Lawson, Jeanette Hollowell & Maebeth Davis

Debbie & Barry Beeler

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Dixie & Angi Cooper

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Denise Silas, Brooke Gray & Mandi Johnson

Southaven Chamber Christmas Open House The Southaven Chamber of Commerce invited folks from across the MidSouth to stop by and celebrate the holidays. Guests enjoyed light refreshments. Photos by MIKE LEE

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Ladrina Boone & Kyle McCoy

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Sonya Pride-Ware, Nicole Hilario & Andrea Mullen

Hayley Perkins & Shirley Dean

Kristen Hill & Sanetria Ivory

Jan Moeller & Jackie Ellingburg

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Sherri McDermott & Patrice Reistroffer

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Breakfast for First Responders, Dispatchers, and Staff Byhalia Arts Council and Byhalia Area Chamber recognized the emergency workers of Marshall County with breakfast at the Old School Commons Auditorium. The Byhalia Police and Fire departments, Marshall County EMS, Marshall County Sheriff’s department, and all Marshall County Volunteer Fire Departments, dispatchers, and staff were in attendance. Photos by MIKE LEE Jan Sisk, Sheri Perrette & Sarah Sawyer

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For-the-Animals-ty Birthday Bash Hosted by ALIVE Rescue Memphis, the bash celebrated friend of the organization Angela Pieroni’s birthday. Angela’s foster dog, Delta, recently passed away during an extensive round of heartworm treatment. Proceeds from the party will benefit the rescue’s Delta Fund, which was created in his honor. The fund will allow the rescue to take on more unique medical cases like Delta’s. Photos by JACKIE BLANCH

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Elaine & David Krueger

Heather & Richard Page

Greenway Soiree The Wolf River Conservancy’s signature event wouldn’t have been complete without live music, dinner, and drinks. Presented by FedEx, the bash showcased tunes by Memphis favorite Earnestine and Hazel’s Band. Photos by FRANK CHIN Sarah Belchic & Christine Cabrera

Jim Strickland, Jeff Sojourner & Mike Dawkins

Kathy & Wayne Leggett

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Susan Brunsford, Mark & Linda Hamilton, Ellen Brunsford

Michael & Mallory Seeker

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Howl at the Moon Local artists Shufflegrit, James and the Ultrasounds, and South Side Supper Club kept the dance floor rockin’ at the Howl at the Moon charity event benefitting Streetdog Foundation. Since its inception, the Foundation has rescued over 750 dogs from Memphis streets and shelters. The rescue relies on its volunteers to foster found dogs as the organization works to find each animal a forever home. Photos by MIKE LEE

Lucy Rosenbloom & Willie Herold

John Smith & Tasha Holland

Cindy Bailey & Karen Wright

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Glitter & Gold: 38th Annual Auction The annual auction is hailed as the Orpheum Theatre’s largest fundraising event. Each year, attendees have the opportunity to bid on over $350,000 in goods. All proceeds will benefit the 50,000 students, teachers, and families who participate in the Orpheum’s community and education programs. Kimberly and John Glenn

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Induction Ceremony Presented by Gossett Motor Cars, the induction ceremony was held at the Cannon Center. The legendary Hi Rhythm Section, bluesman John Lee Hooker and soul singer William Bell were among 2016’s inductees. Snoop Dogg, Cat Power, and more honored them with performances. Photos by BRIAN ANDERSON Sam 'the sham' Samudio

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Aarti Bowman, Dr. Indu Tejwani, Dr. Beverly Cross, & Gretchen McLennon

Power of the Purse Since 1995, the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis has helped women and their families become economically stable. The organization’s annual Power of the Purse event serves as an opportunity to share its accomplishments with the community, as well as raise funds for the upcoming year. This year’s silent and live auction extravaganza featured a mix of designer wares, travel packages, and other experiences donated by local vendors. Photos by DOUG GILLON

Courtney Tipper, Dennis Thomas, John Baldwin, & Ashante Hodges

Deundra Thomas, Catherine Gammill, & Julie Acosta

Lindsey Donovan & Leslie Parker

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Teresa Sloyan, Mary Doby, Dr. Anne Rowland, M.D., Annie Bares, & Bev Sakauye

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January 2017


YOUR MONTHLY RESOURCE FOR WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN January 6 Willie Nelson Bluesville at Horseshoe Casino, Tunica 8 p.m., Admission $57–$77 ticketmaster.com

January 15 Memphis Grizzlies vs. Chicago Bulls FedExForum, Memphis 8 p.m., Admission $50–$235 ticketmaster.com

January 6-29 Other People’s Happiness Playhouse on the Square, Memphis 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $15–$40 playhouseonthesquare.org

January 18-29 Brooks Outside: Intrude Memphis Brooks, Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3–$7 brooksmuseum.org

January 7 Harlem Globetrotters FedExForum, Memphis 7 p.m., Admission $23.50–$128.50 ticketmaster.com through January 8 Red Grooms Memphis Brooks, Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3–$7 brooksmuseum.org January 6 Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz FedExForum, Memphis 7 p.m., Admission $35–$145 ticketmaster.com begins January 10 Dunhuang through the Lens of James and Lucy Lo The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues.–Sat., Admission $3–$5 museum.olemiss.edu January 12 Red Hot Chili Peppers FedExForum, Memphis 7 p.m., Admission $49–$99 ticketmaster.com January 13 The Science of Beer Pink Palace Museum, Memphis 6:30–9 p.m., Admission $20–$65 memphismuseums.org 60 JANUARY 2017 | myclickmag.com

begins January 20 Rock of Ages Playhouse on the Square, Memphis 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $15–$45 playhouseonthesquare.org January 20 Wine Down: The Cheese Edition Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis 6–8 p.m., Admission $25–$35 dixon.org Memphis Grizzlies vs. Sacramento Kings FedExForum, Memphis 7 p.m., Admission $15–$195 ticketmaster.com January 20-29 Romeo and Juliet Presented by the Kudzu Players Hernando Performing Arts Center, Hernando 7 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $12–$17 kudzuplayers.com January 21 Memphis Grizzlies vs. Houston Rockets FedExForum, Memphis 7 p.m., Admission $20–$235 ticketmaster.com Urban Art Commission’s 20th Anniversary Fundraiser

The Medicine Factory, Memphis 6–9 p.m., Admission $75 eventbrite.com Plain White T’s Gold Strike Casino, Tunica 8 p.m., Admission $29.95–$39.95 ticketmaster.com January 22 Paul & Linnea Bert Classic Accents 2: Beethoven’s Second Germantown Performing Arts Center, Memphis 2:30–4 p.m., Admission $25 memphissymphony.org January 24-29 The Bodyguard: The Musical Orpheum Theatre, Memphis 7:30 p.m. Tues.–Thurs., 8 p.m., Fri., 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Sun., Admission $25–$125 ticketmaster.com January 26-28 7th annual Fiber Arts Festival The Powerhouse, Oxford 9 a.m. Thurs., 8:45 a.m. Fri., 9 a.m. Sat., Admission varies oxfordarts.com begins January 27 Hand to God Playhouse on the Square, Memphis 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $15–$40 playhouseonthesquare.org January 28-29 Repticon Memphis Landers Center, Southaven 9 a.m., Admission $5–$15 repticon.com begins January 31 International Blues Challenge Beale Street, Memphis Time varies, Admission $100 blues.org

Elvis Presley

Birthday Celebration January 5-8 Downtown Memphis, various times Fans from across the globe will meet in Memphis to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. For a solid three days, Elvis enthusiasts are immersed in a one-of-a-kind celebration featuring intimate tours and guest speakers. Admission varies. graceland.com January 6 Archives Show and Tell Guest House Theater at Graceland, 11 a.m. Founders Event Founders Lounge, Guest House at Graceland, 2 p.m. Official Graceland Insiders Reception and Graceland Tour Graceland Plaza, 6–9 p.m. Club Elvis with DJ Argo Grand Ballroom, Guest House Theater at Graceland, 9:30 p.m. to midnight January 7 Fan Club Presidents’ Event Guest House Theater at Graceland, 9–11 a.m. The Auction Guest House Theater at Graceland, 2 p.m. Elvis at the Movies featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. Evening Entertainment Guest House Theater at Graceland, 10 p.m. Elvis Happy Birthday and Gospel Tribute Graceland Gates, 11:59 pm. January 8 Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony North Lawn at Graceland, 9:30 a.m. Birthday Cake & Coffee Chrome Grille at Graceland Plaza, 10:30 a.m. Additional and multiple day events: Graceland Tours Free Walk-Up Times for The Meditation Garden

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Fit & Fierce Working up a sweat with Memphis Kickboxing Story by DOUG GILLON | Photos by MADISON YEN

KRISTEN PHILLIPPART KICKS HER WAY THROUGH MONDAYS. For the past two years, the 5’4” redheaded Bartlett resident enters Memphis Judo and Jiujitsu at 4 p.m. for a 50-minute fitness kickboxing class, where she punches, kicks and sweats before heading to her night job as an emergency veterinary technician.

“I like Mondays because I don’t want to come in on Monday,” she says, “but I’m always glad I do.” Her start came through a recommendation from her fiancée to try a new workout. One class and Phillipart was hooked. The classes provide her with both aerobic and strength training needed to prepare her for Spartan Races, and the group motivation necessary to get through a Monday. “I’m competitive,” she says. “So seeing other people in the class, I think, ‘I want to beat you, you’re obviously the best one so I want to get better than you’ It helps to have that peer pressure in your head.” Phillipart is part of a mass of Memphis moms, dads and millennials flooding martial arts gyms for fitness kickboxing classes: an accessible program based on real kickboxing training that

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combines kicks and punches on a heavy bag with abdominal exercises plyometric exercises, toning exercises and even some yoga. “Man, it took off quick,” says David Ferguson, owner of Memphis Judo & Jiujitsu, Memphis Kickboxing and Collierville Kickboxing. “Kickboxing’s hot right now. It’s probably the hottest workout going right now, and the reason is that it gets real results. It gets the average person in shape in a short amount of time, and it’s fun.” Ferguson runs four facilities offering more than 100 fitness kickboxing classes per week: the 24,000 square foot mothership of Memphis Judo and Jiujitsu in Bartlett, two Memphis Fitness Kickboxing locations in Midtown and East Memphis, and the brand-new Collierville Fitness Kickboxing in Collierville. Classes are taught by one of about 15 instructors, most former fighters. Harry Johnson teaches classes at the Bartlett location on Mondays, Phillppart’s favorite day of the week. Johnson’s class starts light, with fast-paced pop music and pep talk. Heavy bags hang in a square pattern, six long and five across. Trainees arrive, get ready and fill in to their own bag. Some stretch, some talk, some pace. At 6 p.m. sharp, Johnson gives three loud whop! whop! whops!, and everyone is ready to start. The class alternates between heavy bag punch-and-kick combos and floor workouts like pushups, lunges and leg lifts. Johnson calls out combos and exercises about every three minutes, while floating between bags to give instruction and encouragement. “Every class is different, and we want that. We want that variety,” Ferguson says. “That’s why people love the way we do it. You can come 64 JANUARY 2017 | myclickmag.com

in to a different location, at a different time, get a different instructor.” Classes have a few constants. Light warmup, at least 60 percent bag work and clean, energetic music. “We don’t want people doing a ton of pushups, this isn’t a boot camp class,” Ferguson says. “People like bag work because it keeps their heart rate up and they like punching and kicking something.” Johnson’s Monday class is mostly loose. The stout pair of women in the back punch a little slower than the hulkier men towards the front. When Johnson approaches the ladies, they get tense for a second. He compliments their jabs; they smile. “I don’t just check on you when you do wrong,” Johnson says to the pair. “I check on you when you do good! I’ll tell you when you do good, but also when you can do better.” Everyone works at their own pace, but every person’s workout carries an individual intensity. The sound of the bags, the speed of the floor work, all varied until something kind of magical happened. At about 22 minutes in, everything lined up. For almost 20 seconds, those sixteen or so bags sang with a thump-thu-thump that made for the most intimidating version of an Usher song ever heard. And then, the synch was gone, but the workout kept going. Some stayed quick, some slowed down, but everyone kept moving. Even when not totally in synch, everyone is obviously aware of the flow around them -- just like Phillippart says. While moving at different speeds, the group dynamic keeps the entire unit flowing. “It's like a big team, and you don't want to be the one slacking,” Ferguson says. “You want people to look at you and say “man. they’re


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“This class is expertly designed to benefit someone of any body type and any fitness level,” Ferguson says. “It’s a motivating workout. You have motivating instructors, and you build off the energy you get from each other.”

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really putting in some effort.’ It’s positive peer pressure.” The motivation doesn’t read as intimidating. The attendees use their bag as a focal point, fixed in their circle while feeding on the energy around them. “This class is expertly designed to benefit someone of any body type and any fitness level,” Ferguson says. “It’s a motivating workout. You have motivating instructors, and you build off the energy you get from each other.” According to Ferguson, it’s this combination, plus a lower price point ($59 a month for unlimited classes) that sets fitness kickboxing apart from other surging fitness programs like crossfit or Pure Barre. “We offer a good rate compared to other boutique gyms,” Ferguson says. “It’s really sad that a lot of these types of classes have been priced out of people’s budgets. We like to keep the price low so people can enjoy the benefits.” It’s those benefits that Phillippart, the veterinary tech, gets every week. Since the first time she came in two years ago, she’s seen improved coordination and technique, and come to crave her workout. “It also helps that it’s right down the street,” she says. With four locations now, Ferguson’s gyms and their popular, free-flowing program are close enough for a whole mess of Mid-Southerners to enjoy.

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Getting the

Point Dano Napoli applies the painless pressure of dry needling to heal everyday aches Story and photos by CASEY HILDER

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DRY NEEDLING INVOLVES THE INSERTION OF EXTREMELY THIN FILIFORM NEEDLES TO STIMULATE “TRIGGER POINTS,” DIAGNOSE AND TREAT NEUROMUSCULAR PAIN AND FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT DEFICITS. THOUGH THE IMPLICATIONS CAN MAKE SOME PEOPLE CRINGE, THE PROCEDURE IS RELATIVELY PAINLESS. THE TERM “DRY” MEANS THERE IS NO INJECTION OF A SUBSTANCE OR MEDICINE WITH THE INSERTION OF THE NEEDLE. “Dry needling is one of the many tools we have as Physical Therapists and I often find it works great as an adjunct to many of the other techniques we use to promote a faster and less painful rehabilitation,” says Dano Napoli, the owner of Napoli Physical Therapy in Hernando. Dry needling is also an advanced physical therapy procedure which requires specific extra education and certification in the state of Mississippi. “It’s not done by every physical therapist and it’s not an entry level skill,” he says. Napoli is a board certified by the Dry Needling Institute and Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy and has been practicing in Desoto County for more than 15 years. He performs about a dozen such procedures a week. “With the use of our hands, we are able to find sources of pain and restriction,” he says. “Dry needling can have a tremendous effect on these tissues with less trauma and a faster recovery than with other traditional approaches.” The similarities between the Eastern art of acupuncture and dry needling begin and end at the tool. While acupuncture contains a healthy dose of Chinese mysticism and spirituality, dry needling is firmly rooted in medical research and principles. “We inject specific anatomic entities selected according to physical signs found with a handson evaluation,” he says. “We do use similar needles, if not the same, but we typically tend to inject deeper as opposed to superficial since we are targeting specific structures and not ‘points.’ It is not intended to affect organ systems or move energy flow. “ Dry needling can assist with a variety of conditions, from tendonitis to tennis elbow, as well as all manner of hip, neck, knee and back pain. “The most interesting case I’ve had lately was a gentleman with severe calf pain,” he says. “I injected him with a needle and the pain was gone in a single treatment.” A current list of Physical Therapists that are certified to perform Dry Needling can be found on the Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy’s website.

“Dry needling is one of the many tools we have as Physical Therapists and I often find it works great as an adjunct to many of the other techniques we use to promote a faster and less painful rehabilitation.”

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The Scent of Healing Demystifying the eclectic world of essential oils Story by MICHAEL WARD | Illustrations by ASHLEY DOS

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With numerous types to choose from, multiple ways of using them and a myriad of potential benefits, essential oils bring enough mystery to keep some people’s head spinning. Jennifer Jordan, co-owner of Southaven’s Wholesale Nutrition, is a big believer in them, having offered them in her store for 15 years. “I have used them, myself and seen the benefits – and felt the results,” she says. These five essential oils are some the most popular on the market.


This resin, which comes from Copaifera plants before being distilled into oil, copaiba can carry multiple health benefits, Jordan says. “It’s really good for pain,” she notes, adding it is often used for both muscle and joint pain. When used with a carrier oil on thin skin – such as the chest or wrists – copaiba oil can help lower high blood pressure, she says. Other uses Jordan lists for the oil include a mood enhancer, an antifungal agent for ailments such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus and a urine stimulant for detoxification.

Lemon One of the original essential oils – along with peppermint, lavender and orange – at Wholesale Nutrition 15 years ago, lemon oil remains a popular citrus choice. “It’s one of those uplifting oils,” Jordan says, pointing out its use in stress and anxiety relief in aromatherapy. The oil can also be used to create a natural air freshener. Derived from rinds, lemon oil is particularly useful as a cleaning agent and can be added to soap for use as a degreaser, used to create an all-purpose cleaner, added to laundry detergents, and be used as an ingredient in wood and silver polishes. Dealing with a gummy or sticky residue? Lemon oil can take care of that, as well. “Lemon oil is also good for the immune system,” Jordan, says. The oil is also used as a digestion aid and to help reduce fever and ward off infections.


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Lavender Another popular oil noted for its distinctive scent, lavender, too is used in a variety of ways and is extracted from certain types of lavender plants. “This is my personal favorite,” Jordan says, adding lavender is “probably our second-top seller behind peppermint oil.” If you’re in need of a little rest and relaxation, Jordan says lavender oil is a great go-to, as it aids in both stress and tension relief, while also helping combat insomnia and anxiety. For topical use, Jordan says, lavender oil is often mixed with coconut oil, which moisturizes, or aloe, which heals, to help treat a variety of skin ailments. “It helps with skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis,” she adds. Aside from its potential mental and physical benefits, lavender oil is also sought out by people who just want their homes, offices or other areas to smell a little nicer.

Frankincense Known from its biblical reference as a gift, along with gold and myrrh – another essential oil – from the three wise men to the baby Jesus, frankincense is a resin obtained from Boswellia trees, which is distilled to create the oil. “That’s usually the first thing people think of,” Jordan says of frankincense’s mention in The Holy Bible. Jordan has primarily seen frankincense oil used for its healing properties for ailments such as colds, the flu and other viruses. “(Frankincense) is really good for relieving coughing,” she says, noting some users will apply the oil to a handkerchief and carry it with them onto a plane while traveling. While she doesn’t encourage taking essential oils directly by mouth – which some customers choose to do – Jordan says there are people who will mix frankincense in with their toothpaste as a way to prevent cavities and tooth decay.

Peppermint Jordan hails this one as a big seller, noting the versatility of the mighty mint leaf’s oil. Applied to cotton balls and placed near windowsills or doors and in attics, peppermint oil can help keep away pesky rodents and insects in the home. When used with an aromatherapy diffuser to release the oil’s scent, peppermint has been linked to improved mental focus and mood. “I use this in my home a lot. I spray it in the vent returns,” she says. Jordan notes peppermint can be applied topically when mixed with carrier oils such as coconut, almond, grapeseed or jojoba to assist with physical conditions ranging from tight muscles and digestion issues to headaches and fibromyalgia. “You want to dilute them with a carrier oil, because they are extremely potent,” Jordan says of all essential oils. “There are different dilution rates depending on how you use an oil.”

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Ease Digestion and Enjoy your Eats 5 tips to ease digestion and enjoy your meal

No doubt about it, Southerners love to eat. With our award-winning restaurants, tasty food trucks, and down-home cooking, we all want a big bite of our rich, Southern foods. While our delicious dishes are a pleasure to consume, often times, they can be a nightmare to digest. Follow our five tips for better digestion next time you dine out. With a little help, you can have your cake and eat it too!


Digestive enzymes help our bodies break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Our bodies naturally make enzymes, however, they are often not strong enough to break down our rich foods. Adding an enzyme before your meal will ensure the food is broken down properly for better assimilation and elimination. We love the full spectrum enzyme, Bloat-X, at Renew Wellness Spa. This enzyme has an added shot of potassium, probiotics and gut-soothing herbs to ensure a smooth dining experience.


Cold drinks can seriously impede digestion. When we drink cold drinks with our meals, we dilute our natural digestive enzymes making it difficult for our body to break the food down properly. Cold drinks can also constrict the colon which can slow digestion, causing immediate bloating. Try to limit the amount of liquid you consume when you eat and an hour before and after. Instead of an iced drink, go for a cup of hot tea with your meal. Try Eater’s Digest by Traditional Medicinals. This tea uses fennel, ginger and peppermint to naturally assist digestion. Warm lemon water can also be used if you are not a tea drinker.


Digestion begins in the mouth through mastication, or chewing. In our fast-paced world, many of us do not take time to chew our food properly. This leads to large chunks of food being left undigested, which can lead to major digestive discomfort. Put your fork down between bites and create a habit of chewing 25 times per bite. This simple solution can make a big difference in your digestion.


Proteins and carbohydrates need different types of enzymes to break them down properly. When we eat them together, we neutralize our natural enzymes making it harder to digest them both. Try proper food combining. This concept recommends that we eat either protein and vegetables, or carbohydrates and vegetables, never protein and carbohydrates together. Next time you are ordering, choose steak and veggies, or pasta and veggies. With fruit, eat it alone, or leave it alone. Practicing this old age eating habit will ease digestion, keeping the bloat at bay. Amber S. Thompson


Alcohol inhibits natural digestion because it is not digested like food. When we drink while eating, our body recognizes the alcohol as a toxin and will switch the body into detox rather than digestion. Always finish your meal before adding the booze for a bloat-free evening.

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Best Foot Forward Orthopedic Care for Diabetics Having diabetes ups the ante for staying healthy. For example, consider a pebble that’s worked its way inside your shoe. For most people, this is a minor irritant easily resolved with a good shake. That little pebble increases your risk for developing a diabetic ulcer, an open sore that can lead to amputation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 68,000 lower extremity amputations related to diabetes occur every year. Most of these amputations are preceded by a foot ulcer. The best way to prevent something like this from happening to you is to give as much attention to your feet each day as you do to maintaining a normal blood sugar level.


Nerve damage – diabetic neuropathy – is a common complication of diabetes. It can cause pain and tingling or (as often happens in the lower limbs) loss of feeling. So when someone with diabetes gets a pebble in their shoe, they might not know it’s there. When a blister forms from the pebble rubbing against their foot, they don’t feel that either and don’t take protective measures like applying a bandage or changing their gait. Dr. Michael G. Lyons at Foot Health Centers in Hernando, Mississippi says this makes the blister more likely to become infected and turn into an ulcer. “That ulceration can go right down to the bone and become an avenue for infection into the whole foot,” said Lyons. “That's what leads to amputations.”


Peripheral arterial disease (narrowing of the arteries), another common complication of diabetes, makes diabetic ulcers difficult to treat. Peripheral arterial disease reduces blood circulation. Skin that isn’t wellsupplied with blood doesn’t heal well. It’s also more fragile and more easily damaged. This is why a minor injury like a blister, bruise or scratch can easily progress to something more serious.


Having your feet examined at least once a year by a podiatrist, along with good foot care at home, can reduce your risk for diabetic ulcers. This includes: • Checking your feet daily. Let your health care provider know right away if you see anything new such as a cut or redness. • Washing them well. Soap feet with warm water and fully dry them, including between the toes. Use lotion or cream to keep skin from drying or cracking, which can cause sores. • Trimming your toenails. Ask a podiatrist if he should cut your toenails to prevent injury. Never go to a salon. • Never going barefoot or wearing flip-flops, even if you are at the beach. • Never wear vinyl or plastic shoes. They do not stretch or “breathe.” • Make sure your shoes have enough room for your toes. Do not wear shoes with pointed toes or high heels. • Buy shoes at the end of the day when your feet are their largest. • Consider prescription footwear. Medicare Part B covers custommade shoes and inserts for people with diabetes. Other health insurance policies may also cover this footwear. Check to see what your policy provides. • It’s also important that your socks fit. Socks that are too large, too small or wrinkled can cause blisters.

Dr. Michael G. Lyons is a Podiatrist at Foot Health Centers in Hernando, MS and specializes in limb salvage and diabetic wound care. 662.449.3663 myclickmag.com | JANUARY 2017 77



Yield: 1 smoothie Recipe and Photo courtesy of SERENA WOLF


1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 teaspoon orange zest (from 1/2 an orange)

1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS: Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth.

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17th Annual Crystal Ball The Arena at Southaven | Saturday, January 21, 2017, 6 p.m. All are invited to attend the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi’s 17th annual Crystal Ball. Dubbed Le Cirque Magnifique, the black-tie affair boasts a seated dinner, live entertainment, and one-of-a-kind auction items. Proceeds from the bash will help further the Foundation’s mission of connecting people with causes that matter and giving back to over 400 local nonprofits.

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