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a coastal magazine for women Vol. 3, Issue #4 August - September 2012
them are living skin cells that can be damaged when ultraviolet light from the sun penetrates the living cells, eventually killing them. Once the body senses the dead cells, the immune system springs into action. White blood cells are sent to the area to repair damage, which involves increased blood flow. This blood flow makes the skin red and warm. Furthermore, the damaged skin cells send out chemical messengers that activate pain receptors. This is why sunburned skin is red, warm and painful. There are different remedies for alleviating the pain associated with sunburn. While there are some over-the-counter analgesics that will temporarily numb pain, some of the best treatments are simple and natural.
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• Aloe gels often soothe and cool. It is believed that aloe has anti-inflammatory properties.
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Easing the ‘Ouch’ Sunblock – and its adequate reapplication – is one of the single most effective ways to prevent sunburn and a host of sun-related maladies. Despite the warnings of skin cancer and ailments related to the sun, people succumb to sunburn year after year. The results can be quite painful. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting sunburned even once can make a person more likely to get skin cancer. Though it can be that simple to increase risk for skin cancer, there’s actually quite a lot going on behind the scenes when a person gets a sunburn. The very outer layer of the epidermis, or the outside-most skin, is made up of dead skin cells. Directly below
• Some people say that white vinegar can reduce pain and inflammation when sprayed on the affected area or used in compresses. • Sunburned skin is often dry and chapped. A moisturizer, such as cocoa butter, can help minimize irritation. • It's important to remain hydrated because damaged skin may not be as effective in locking moisture inside. Plus, the body needs food and water to fuel the repair of sunburned skin. • The best remedy for sunburn, of course, is to avoid it at all costs. Wearing sunblock, a wide-brimmed hat, UV-protection, clothing, sunglasses and avoiding the sun during peak hours are ways to remain comfortable and healthy.
Carteret’s Business Woman of the Year Crystal – A Coastal Magazine for Women and the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce will once again honor the best and brightest woman in business. The 3rd annual Business Woman of the Year Award will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 18, at The History Place Morehead City, and nominations are being sought now via nccoast.com. The award recognizes female business leaders in Carteret County who are getting the job done – both professionally and in their contribution to the community. A panel of judges will determine the winner. Nominees do not need to be a member of the
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chamber or affiliated with any other businessrelated organization. Those considered must be the owner or in upper management within a business that operates with in Carteret County. Government agencies are not eligible. Winners will receive $500 to give to the charity of their choosing. Prior winners include Iva Fearing, owner of Tassels in Morehead City and Tammy Klingele, the former administrator at Crystal Bluffs Rehabilitation Hospital. Tell us about your nominee no later than Sept. 30. For additional information, or for a paper ballot, contact Jamie at 252-247-7442.
IsPopcorn the New Superfood?
Really? Could popcorn be the new superfood? Move over fruits and vegetables. Popcorn might have more antioxidants and be more capable of improving the immune system than many items in the produce aisle. Popcorn has been enjoyed as a snack for centuries. Although its inventor is unknown, popcorn ears have been found in Mexican caves dating back 5,600 years. Peruvian Indians in the 16th century were known to eat popcorn and also use it as a decoration on necklaces and head dresses. In North America, popcorn is largely associated with going to the movies. According to special collections at the National Agriculture Library, North Americans consume roughly 17.3 billion quarts of popped corn each year. People who enjoy popcorn as a snack may be happy to learn this crunchy food has many health benefits. According to recent information from researchers at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, popcorn contains more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are known to help fight and protect against cancer, heart disease and other ailments. Although it was previously
known that popcorn contained antioxidants known as polyphenols, the exact amounts of the phenols remained a mystery. Dr. Joe Vinson, who presented the popcorn findings at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, found that there are twice as many phenols in popcorn per serving as there is in sweet corn or fruit. This is largely due to the high water content in fresh fruits and vegetables. Water content in foods can dilute polyphenols by as much as 90 percent, according to Vinson’s research. Popped corn is very low in water so it has a much higher concentration of polyphenols. For those who want to add extra nutrient power to popcorn, consider mixing in dried fruits, like raisins and dried cranberries. Along the same premise, the low water content of dried fruits ensures the dried fruits contain more antioxidants than their fresh, juicy counterparts. Another benefit is that popcorn is made from an entirely unprocessed whole grain. A serving of popcorn can offer more than 70 percent of the recommended daily value of whole grain in a diet. People may want to skip those enriched cereals and breads and choose low-fat popcorn instead. Although the findings about the nutritional value of popcorn are promising, this does not mean individuals should give up on fruits and vegetables. Those foods contain other vitamins and nutrients that popcorn does not, such as vitamin C. Also, dousing popcorn with salt and butter negates its nutritional benefits. The best way to enjoy popcorn is to pop it with air and eat it plain. Microwave popcorn can also be healthy, provided it’s a no-butter variety. Don’t skip the annoying kernels. It appears that the highest concentration of polyphenols is contained in those hard bits that have a tendency to get caught between the teeth. It has long been known that popcorn is a healthy snack. Now researchers have discovered just how much of an antioxidant powerhouse popcorn can be.
Pairing Wine with Dessert
Many people are novices when it comes to choosing the right wine to pair with food, and the same can be said when wine carries over into the dessert hour. Dessert is an expansive term for many different culinary creations, so finding the right wine to go with your dessert is not always easy. Here are some suggestions courtesy of The Nibble, a specialty food magazine. •
Apple pie or tartlets: Anjou wines, like Bonnezaux
Cheesecake: Champagne or rick wines, like Sauternes
Chocolate: Late harvest Zinfandel or vintage port
Coconut custard pie: A Beerenauslese Riesling
Cookies: Whatever is the best you have on hand
Fresh fruit: Moscato D'Asti
Pudding or mousse: Fortified Muscats
Tiramisu: Sweet Malvasia or Champagne www.nccoast.com
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ow that every female in the civilized world has read the tedious and underwhelming “Fifty Shades of Grey” (aka “a husband’s best friend” as a beaming gentleman commented one day in my shop) or if X-rated banality is not your aesthetic, here are a few spicy selections with genuine chemistry that will continue to heat up your summer. Let us start with “Trouble” by Kate Christensen (paperback, $15). Josie and Raquel are in their mid-forties and in Mexico City. Josie, recently separated from her inattentive husband, and broken hearted Raquel hiding out from scandal. Long liquid lunches, tequila soaked dinners, marijuana hazed art openings and bullfights are all part of the bacchanal, think of “Girls Gone Wild” for the peri-menopausal. But this “banquet of vicarious thrills” has its dark moments that punctuate the crisis in midlife crisis. Sweet, sentimental and sensual, “The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister (paperback, $15) is the enticing story of food, friendship and romance. Eight students gather on Monday nights for cooking class. Each one with evocative histories, as the lessons progress each story unfolds. Their stories reveal more than just a hunger for food but for connection, healing and validation. Hold on tight to your bodice for this one, Gentle Readers, “Forever Amber” by Kathleen Winsor (paperback, $19.95) is a steamy, historical romantic classic that was banned in the United States in the 1940s. The story begins in 1644 in provincial England. Beautiful Amber St. Clare leaves the farm where she was raised and finds herself alone and penniless on the crowded streets of London. But Amber is no ordinary girl and she rises through the ranks of whores and courtesans to become the favorite mistress of King Charles, II, only her heart belongs to someone who she may never possess. Throw in a plague, some boisterous, boudoir frolics, a bombshell ending and “Forever Amber” is a bouquet of romantic clichés but you will love every minute of it. Let the ripping begin! Maggie Shipstead’s sophisticated summer romp, “Seating Arrangements” (hardback, $25.95) takes place at a wedding set over three days on a WASP-y island off the coast of New England. But before the rice flies there will be broken hearts, broken bones, falling bodies, exploding whales and consummations fervently wished and indecorously interrupted.
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The author’s astute portrayal of these spoiled people will make you snicker but it is her insight into the tragicomic desperation of the middle aged man, the combination of stifled envy, aspiration and lust that mutates into irritated superiority that makes this novel so entertaining. Decades ahead of her time Anais Nin in “Delta of Venus” (paperback, $14) wrote rich, exotic short stories that explore the art of human sexuality. Her writing is lyrical and straightforward, not male centered or raunchy. Delta of Venus is touted as erotic literature but be wary, Gentle Readers, a few of the stories may be off-putting for some tastes. If none of these suffice there are always the “Diaries of Anais Nin.” Woo hoo saddle up Gentle Readers!! Kelli Creelman is the owner of the Rocking Chair Bookstore, the oldest, independent book store in Beaufort, where she resides.
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