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Here we are already, entering the holiday season! Halloween is over, and we are moving full steam ahead towards Thanksgiving and Christmas. November is a month when we all make a conscious effort to be thankful for our blessings, and care for those in need in our community, both near and far. There are plenty of people in Haymarket who give their time and talent to assist others, and you can read about a few of them in this issue. It is also a time to be thankful for special people in our lives, and many of us celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends at a big feast with all the trimmings. Debbie Eisele, former master gardener, shares some tips for decorating your Thanksgiving table with local plants you can find right in your yard. And as for filling the table, while it’s comforting to use treasured family recipes as a tradition, sometimes it’s nice to shake things up a bit. In these pages you will find some new recipes to try for a fun twist, and the best part is, they can be prepared ahead of time so you have more leisure to spend time with your guests. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and our next issue will be filled with December holiday cheer!

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Contents Books with Buddies Therapy dogs at your local library BY SARAH NAYLOR

Home for the Holidays BARN Community Housing hosts annual event to help the homeless BY CHRISTINE CRADDOCK

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The Dangerous Season for Fitness Recreational Athletes deal with shorter days, cold weather, and holidays BY JARED NIETERS

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The Unexpected Artists Local couples wood carvings are a collaboration of love and trust BY CHRISTINE CRADDOCK

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A Home Created from the Heart Carried to Full Term’s Haymarket House puts moms on a path to a better life BY CHRISTINE CRADDOCK

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Effective Help for Behavior Problems in Dogs and Cats BY DR. AMY L. PIKE

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Make-Ahead Holiday Meal A buffet-style menu reduces stress and offers delicious taste BY ANNIE THOMAS

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Fall Table Decorations Made Simple

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Eating Your Way Through the Holidays Six smart things you can do to avoid packing on the pounds BY ASHTON MILLER

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Thankful Hearts for a Life Unplanned Local couple adopts son and assists children with disabilities in Jamaica BY CHRISTINE CRADDOCK

Bring the outdoors inside to create a beautiful setting for your holiday meal.

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Books with Buddies Therapy dogs at your local library BY SARAH NAYLOR

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” This famous quote from Peanuts creator Charles Schulz is backed by scientific studies that prove that being in the presence of pets has a positive impact on mental and physical health. Not only do pets improve their owner’s mood, they may also lower a person’s blood pressure and cholesterol. Dogs in particular create opportunities for their owners and neighbors to engage with the world around them through

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socialization and outdoor exercise. In recent years, service and therapy dogs have become more visible in communities performing a variety of jobs or simply bringing smiles to people’s faces. In the greater Prince William area, therapy dogs visit local libraries as part of the Reading to Dogs program. The goal of Reading to Dogs is simple: to provide a safe, relaxing environment where children can practice reading aloud. On days this program is offered, elementary-age children may come to the library and sign up for a time when they can sit and read a book of their choice to a therapy dog. While these furry friends may look like ordinary pets, each one has completed a rigorous training regimen to ensure that they will be friendly, calm listeners in all situations. Paula Street, who has been part of the library program for six years, wants the public to know that children really do benefit from it: “The child’s

confidence, interest, and skills can improve by reading to our dogs. It’s a win-win for everyone.” Street has three therapy dogs: two golden retrievers named Birdie and Bogey, and a cavalier King Charles spaniel named Kaddie. “My favorite part of therapy work is seeing the joy and happiness these dogs bring the people they visit,” Street explains. “You often see shy children come out of their shell.” Kids can visit Birdie, Bogey, and Kaddie on first Saturdays at the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library. Kaddie, Street says, is partial


to Dr. Seuss. Through local organizations like Manassas Therapy Dogs and K-9 Caring Angels—both of which participate in Reading to Dogs— therapy dogs and their owners can give back to their communities. These organizations train, certify, and schedule therapy dog visits. Sonny Madsen, president and co-founder of K-9 Caring Angels, describes the scope of work her dogs and handlers perform: “We have dogs that attend nursing homes, assisted living and Alzheimer’s facilities. Some work with first responders whenever needed, and others work with the Human Trafficking Initiative.” Caring Angels service dogs provide comfort to victims of human trafficking and domestic violence, as well as special needs children and wounded warriors. “We have even had a therapy team who flew with the FBI,” Madsen says. Dog owners can have their pets certified as therapy animals if the dog is calm,

partners with Caring Angels. Their classes use attention-based training methods to teach dogs to focus on the task at hand. Owners may also take dogs to classes at local pet stores or the Prince William County Animal Shelter, which provides Canine Good Citizen courses. The goal of this training program is for dogs to earn the Canine Good Citizen Certification, described by the American Kennel Club as the “gold standard for dog behavior.” After receiving their certification, dogs are tested and observed during public trial therapy sessions, and must complete a series of successful visits to pass. When they do, they receive an official certification with a photo ID and service vest; owners can then connect with local organizations to schedule visits. Obtaining a therapy certification is hard work, but those that have achieved it believe it is well worth it. Not only are dog handlers able to give back to their

Reading to Dogs programs are offered at Prince William Public Libraries at these locations and times: BULL RUN REGIONAL LIBRARY

Saturdays 11:45 a.m. CENTRAL COMMUNITY LIBRARY Tuesdays 4:30 p.m. CHINN PARK REGIONAL LIBRARY Thursdays 4:00 p.m.

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First Saturdays 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. MONTCLAIR COMMUNITY LIBRARY select Saturdays

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Saturdays 10:30 a.m. POTOMAC COMMUNITY LIBRARY select Thursdays

4:30 p.m. To learn more about canine therapy and getting your dog certified, visit one of these websites.

friendly, and receptive to training. When asked if any particular breeds were more or less suited to therapy work, Madsen replies with a vehement no. “It’s all about the personality and training,” she explains. “This is something that our team and board of directors feel very strongly about, so much so we wrote it into our bylaws. We will not discriminate against any breed.” She goes further to state that her program is open to anyone, anywhere, so long as the dogs involved give and receive affection freely. Most importantly, Madsen says, “exceptional obedience is a must.” In order to participate in programs like Reading to Dogs, the canines need to master basic obedience skills. Many of the dogs in the library programs have trained with Sit Means Sit, a D.C. Metro area franchise that

community, they also enjoy quality time with their pet and the people around them. One of Paula Street’s favorite things about therapy work is the opportunity to meet new people. “As a retired schoolteacher, I love working with children and helping them learn to love reading,” she adds. Sonny Madsen was inspired to start K-9 Caring Angels because she loves “the feeling that you get knowing it was your pup that touched someone’s heart.” Programs like Reading to Dogs expose parents and children to the positive impact that animals can make. So often it’s the little things, like a friendly face and a wagging tail, that can make the biggest difference in someone’s day. ❖ Photos courtesy of Prince William County Library

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About the AUTHOR Sarah Naylor is a freelance writer/ editor and works for the Prince William Public Library System. A lifelong animal lover, she enjoys spending time with her cat and exploring Northern Virginia.

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consumption as loosened inhibitions work alongside increased hunger. Enjoy a healthy, protein-rich snack, and a few glasses of water on the way to the party to keep your appetite in check and make the party food a little less irresistible.

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The Dangerous Season for Fitness Recreational athletes deal with shorter days, cold weather, and holidays BY JARED NIETERS

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he last few months of the year can seem like running the gauntlet for recreational athletes. The combination of shorter days, colder weather, and the succession of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, means training habits change – just as opportunities to overindulge increase exponentially. What’s more, with the prospect of implementing New Year’s resolutions at the end of it all, people are all the more willing to let loose. By employing a few simple strategies, everyone can limit their fitness hiccups during this dangerous season, or even avoid them entirely.

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Find opportunities to exercise Turkey Trots and other fun runs are easy to find as the year ends. There are events every weekend through November and December within an hour of the Piedmont region, and at least a dozen Turkey Trots in the area on Thanksgiving Day. Starting your Thanksgiving with a 5K can burn an extra 300 calories and stoke your metabolism for the day. A good website for local events is www. runwashington.com/ race-calendar.

Maintain perspective on portions People often look at nutritional information to get an idea of how many portions come in a package of food, but often don’t have an accurate perspective of what that portion

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looks like on the plate. This makes plating Thanksgiving dinner particularly perilous if you’re trying to eat reasonable amounts of food. There are a number of handy reference charts online that provide easy ways to gauge portion sizes. A general rule of thumb is that a “normal” serving of meat is roughly the size of a deck of cards and a serving of vegetables is roughly the size of a tennis ball. Check out www. webmd.com/diet/ healthtool-portionsize-plate to view an example of a portion size.

Don’t go to parties hungry Some people tend to fast before a party anticipating that they will overindulge and thinking this will decrease their caloric intake. However, this approach may result in even greater

Alcohol is high in calories – a glass of wine contains approximately 125 calories, and that’s in just five ounces. An eight ounce glass of eggnog with alcohol may have as much as 500 calories, and some new craft beers with high alcohol percentages may contain 600 to 900 calories in a 12-ounce can.

Jump on “the day after perfect” Don’t despair if you overdo it. Don’t stress if you ate too many cookies at the holiday party or indulged in too many slices of pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving dinner, it hasn’t torpedoed your health and fitness regime. Author and productivity specialist, Jon Acuff, notes the most important day is “the day after perfect.” That is to say, regardless of how long a streak of success is, most people quit efforts permanently once they have one hiccup. But one night of indulgent behavior

isn’t going to undo weeks of effort. If you eat half the pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, get back to your exercise routine and portion control on Black Friday.

Don’t deny yourself completely Build some flexibility into your plans. Decisions such as you’ll eat no mashed potatoes or pie or cake is a tall order. Allow yourself one dessert per week, or an extra glass of eggnog, as this may satisfy cravings and help prevent binges. Set reasonable expectations and meet them. And when cravings are at their worst, satisfy them. These tips will allow you to continue to make progress toward your goals. ❖

About the AUTHOR Jared Nieters is coowner of Haymarket Bicycles and founder of Mapleworks Endurance Coaching. He has won multiple national championships in cycling and now coaches endurance athletes in a multitude of disciplines. He can be reached at info@ mapleworks coaching.com and found on most social media sites at @mapleworkscoach.


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residents. In addition, residents take life skills classes that teach budgeting, balancing work and family, overcoming difficulties, and other topics. When the housing is full, BARN program managers and caseworkers help other families in the community with rapid rehousing and other services. BARN’s event this year is one you won’t want to miss. The theme is old Williamsburg and Della Robbia. “We rely on the donations from this event to continue helping homeless families,” says Cavazos, adding that it will be the perfect beginning to your holiday season! Go to barncommunityhousing.org/partners/ to purchase a ticket, donate, or explore sponsorship opportunities. ❖

Top, left: Each family has private bedrooms and bathrooms but they share some living space. Top, right: A group of volunteers prepared a special holiday meal for the families at BARN last year. Bottom: The housing is located on the beautiful grounds of the Benedictine Monastery.

There are so many ways to help if you cannot attend the event: Sponsor a neighborhood; you can even dedicate your sponsorship in the name of a loved one as a way to honor someone. Volunteer your time to help with projects, like putting stamps on cards, cleaning, or gardening; you never know how your specific talents can benefit this organization. Help plan the events that raise the funds necessary for BARN to continue helping families. In the past, BARN has accepted clothing and item donations from generous donors, but the process for sorting and storing the donations became overwhelming and there is no storage space at this time. In the future, they will accept donations to sell at their biannual yard sales which raise extra funds. Dates for donations and yard sales will be posted online. Please call 703-369-1325 or check their Facebook page to learn more.

About the AUTHOR Christine Craddock is a writer, editor, photographer, wife, and mother of two adorable children. She is a faithful contributing writer for Haymarket Lifestyle magazine and has resided in Haymarket since 2006.

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THE UNEXPECTED ARTISTS Local couple’s wood carvings are a collaboration of love and trust STORY BY CHRISTINE CRADDOCK PHOTOS BY KARA THORPE

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primitive, two-dimensional products and “the work was satisfying and a break from the pressures of the daily grind of the industrial world,” he says. Camille also discovered a hidden talent for painting, using her interior design education and practicing with acrylics on Paul’s early carvings. Wood carving itself is an art form which allows the artist to free their mind and relax even while performing a physical task. Paul says, “The wood carver’s mind goes elsewhere into a place that is peaceful and soothing. Maybe it is partly to the repetitive movement of the arms and hands with the tools that gives some muscular awakening. Maybe it is a creative energy that redirects the mind.” Either way, Paul says that hours can pass before

he realizes he has been at work for that long and it feels almost like waking from a deep, refreshing rest. This little hobby drastically changed when Paul and Camille found inspiration in one of her design magazines featuring Christmas decor. The couple decided to embark on creating some Father Christmas designs — at first simply to decorate their own home. Camille read an article about using oil paints on wood and, as Paul says, pioneered techniques to bring out the beauty of the wood to create the final touches on Paul’s carvings. When the owner of an art gallery asked them to show some pieces, the creations sold almost immediately. It was then that the “demand exceeded the supply,” says Paul. Even though his first designs were received well, Paul wanted to build on his creative talent. A sabbatical from his job allowed him to learn from a German-trained master carver during a weeklong wood carving class. While immersed in this class, Paul gained the confidence he needed to begin carving

three-dimensional figures with faces, adding personality and depth. At the same time, Camille was busy working on new methods for applying artist oils in a way that allowed the true grain of the wood to shine through. Paul confesses that at some point, he has had to let go and allow Camille’s talents to take the lead. “The face is last to be finished and only then is the real carving

of the store, a friend hatched an intricate plan to get the carving into the hands of the buyer without them realizing it. The friend placed it in a paper bag with a note and the store’s buyer’s name attached. Then he went to the security station and told them that he had found the bag in a corner of the store. The plan worked perfectly! Within hours, the phone

“What could be more satisfying than to stand before a block of wood with a picture in your mind and begin chipping away at the block to release the image inside? The artist applies paint. The sculptor in clay applies and removes clay; the work can be done and done over again until it is just right. The wood carver can only remove the wood. There is no going back when a mistake is made. The work will either be right or it will not.” visible. This is a unique pairing of skills supported by love and trust over many years of collaboration,” says Paul. During the next few years, the couple’s family expanded when their son Jake was born. They moved into a cabin in the Santa Cruz mountains at that time and appropriately named it “Three Bears Cottage.” But Paul was eager for a breakthrough in the retail field. He set his sights on Gump’s, a store in San Francisco that is well known for their luxury home furnishings and decor. After many years of attempting to get through to the buyer

rang at the Bolingers’ home — it was the buyer asking to speak to the artist behind this beautiful carving. This was the start of a relationship that “paved the way to Neiman Marcus and other top retail enterprises,” says Paul. The Bolingers gained acclaim when their work was published in Country Home and Early American Life magazines. This led to the couple designing a line of holiday decorations that were sold by stores across the country. In 2009, the Bolingers’ journey brought them to Haymarket. This move

Left: Two of the Bolingers’ Father Christmas carvings. The larger of the two, Wendell stands 24 inches tall. Gustave-the-Stout, right, stands 14 inches tall.

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side of the large wine rack outside their wine cellar. The Bolingers’ carvings will be available for auction at the BARN Community Housing’s holiday fundraiser. The highest bidder will take home a wooden treasure to adorn their home each year. This event is one you won’t want to miss. Go to barncommunityhousing.org/partners/ to purchase a ticket, donate, or explore sponsorship opportunities. To learn more about the Bolingers and view some of the carvings available for purchase, go to www. paulbolinger.com. ❖

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Top, left: The Bolingers display a variety of carvings throughout their home, including several of these wine barrel carvings. Top, center: A reproduction of one of the Bolingers’ Christmas ornament carvings. Rubber molds are made from the original. A centrifugal casting process is then employed, throwing liquid resin into the mold. The cast pieces are then hand painted. Top, right: This large barrel was originally located in Bad Durkheim, Germany. It was built about 1920 in Stuttgart and held 2410 liters or about 636 gallons of wine for storage. The ends were cut back past the third iron band to make the shipment easier and less expensive. Each end weighs 350 pounds. Paul used a rack in his garage and an engine hoist to be able to move and hold the ends while carving. The entire process for both ends took almost 3 years. Camille painted the finished pieces. Bottom: Bolinger at work on his current project.


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simply the beginning. Over the next few months, the house began to take shape. Donations poured in from the community and volunteers signed up to help prepare the home for residents. Robin says that 98 percent of people – often up to 50 visitors a day – who entered Haymarket House in search of volunteer opportunities came because the cover photo and article made them aware of this new avenue to give back to their community. One man even whipped out his copy of the

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Everything that makes this house a home is from the community; every victory is due to our community…the mere existence of the Haymarket House is due to the contributions from this community.” — FRANCES ROBIN

and truly want me to succeed.” Her baby is now six months old and is already outspoken and expressive. Since Samrawit was raised in a culture that didn’t allow her to be this way, she is grateful her baby will be able to voice her opinions and it is acceptable. This mother’s eyes have been opened to see that women do indeed have a voice and important positions in society. Robin says that this formerly shy, fearful woman has now embraced her new role and is becoming quite the leader. This is what Samrawit wrote when asked what she was

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Veterinary behaviorists are first and foremost veterinarians. Beyond their

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First, a veterinary behaviorist works with your regular veterinarian to determine if there is an underlying or contributing medical cause and if any additional diagnostics are warranted. Next, a veterinary behaviorist identifies the diagnosis of the behavior problem(s) that drives the development of a treatment plan. In the initial phases of treatment, it is important to stop the practice of the problematic behavior so a comprehensive management and avoidance protocol are implemented. The latter stages of treatment focus on teaching the pet alternate behaviors and desensitizing them to, and changing the way they feel about, their behavioral triggers through the use of classical and operant counterconditioning. Also, veterinary behaviorists discuss the prognosis of treatment based on the specific characteristics of the pet, the history of the behavioral episodes, the family

Not all behavior problems warrant medication intervention. However, as medical practitioners, veterinary behaviorists are the only ones with the education and capability to prescribe products such as pheromones, supplements, and other medications that can help alleviate the underlying fear and anxiety driving many of the problems listed in this article. If products or medication are prescribed, they will not be a cure-all. They will help decrease the intensity and frequency of the behavior, increase the patient’s capability to recover after a reaction, and facilitate the learning of a new behavior. No one can learn when they are highly aroused. Until that arousal and anxiety is alleviated, there cannot be any change. How long will it take to treat my pet’s behavior problem?

The longer a behavior problem has gone on, the more difficult it will be to treat it. It is imperative to seek treatment at the first sign of concern. Delaying treatment to see if it will just go away is not advisable as most behavior problems get worse over time when left untreated. Don’t let your beloved four-legged family member become another statistic. Get the proper care they need promptly to address and resolve their behavior problems. ❖ About the AUTHOR Dr. Amy Pike is chief of the Behavior Medicine Division at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in Manassas where she sees referral behavior cases. Dr. Pike is a clinical instructor for E-training for Dogs (an online education system), a member of the Fear Free Advisory Committee, and a member of the editorial advisory board of American Veterinarian. She has educated veterinary audiences worldwide about behavioral medicine. Dr. Pike, formerly a captain in the United States Army Veterinary Corps, has worked with military working dogs returning from deployment. She is a graduate of Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

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When and why did you decide to start your own company? I started my business in 2014 because I kept seeing credit card breaches. This caused new liability laws to be enacted, which put merchants at risk of going out of business; I want to make sure that does not happen. How does your business serve the local community?

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I worked with a business to increase profits by leveraging new technologies for accepting electronic payments (through the mobile wallet Apple Pay) and to save expenses and time by providing a point of sales solution (POS). I also provided a mobile marketing platform (gift and loyalty) to bring in new customers. A customer called me and said the FBI told him that he was the center point of a credit card breach and needed a bank audit–he was totally lost. I calmed him down and explained that the bank will do a forensic audit ($25,000) to find how it happened; the expenses and liability were the responsibility of

the owner. No worries, the customer was covered by my business for $100,000. I was with the owner every step of the way. The results were that a new employee was skimming card numbers. My customer was not liable, and I was able to have him PCI compliant again. Tell us about your experience with the HGBA. How has it supported you in your local business?

The HGBA is focused specifically in a small area that is growing. They offer great referrals, with down-toearth small business owners that become friends. What top three business tips and tricks can you offer other professionals?

The leader closest to the people wins. Ask what they need from you to be successful, then listen. The only guarantee for tomorrow to be better is for you to grow today. Quit asking “How long will it take?”, and ask instead “How far can I go?” Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town?

I am originally from Chicago, and moved to area in 1995. I love the small town feel, but I still have all the amenities close by without having to travel to DC. What is your favorite season in this area, and why?

Spring–daylight extends, weather heats up–outdoor activities abound.

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Giuseppe’s. I love homemade Italian food. The local business has great owners and spacious digs. What is your favorite local school sports team?

Kettle Run Cougars–my grandkids go there–and Auburn Middle. Are you involved with any nonprofits?

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ur favorite season is upon us here at AKT NOURISH, and food plans have long since been in place. The autumn repertoire of whole, fresh ingredients in soups, power salads, small plates, and comforting entrees remind us that seasonal foods nourish our palate as well as our heart and soul. As a working wife, mom, and grandma of nine, the holiday months quickly become a swirl of activity as unpredictable as the falling leaves. Planning and preparing for entertaining family and friends is always a challenge. Our favorite food strategy calls for a “kitchen buffet” gathering of family and friends where absolutely everything is prepared ahead of time, leaving us free to relax and enjoy the true meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year’s kitchen buffet menu is a variation on a well-practiced theme of seasonal simplicity.

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APPETIZER DELIGHTS

Holiday meals are all about eating and gathering. To start your festive celebration off, consider some of these easy-serve menu options that have worked well for us. Wedges of brie or cremeux, creamy gorgonzola, English stilton, and cave-aged cheddar cheeses with slices of Asian pears, grapes, and walnuts may be ladened on a large wooden cheese board. Olives marinated with rosemary can be served in an earthenware dish with crushed red pepper and an antique milk glass bowl of sweet bread-and-butter pickles from an overabundant cucumber harvest. THE MAIN ENTREE

We choose a large, local, pasture-raised, antibiotic-free turkey from one of the many farms in our area. The butcher butterflies the whole breast (removes the breast from the bones and other parts of the turkey in a whole piece), leaving the skin intact. The day before our gathering, I pounded out the breast and stuffed it with a combination of our restaurantbaked multigrain croissants, Italian sausage,


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BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND APPLE SOUP This soup recipe may be made up to five days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator, or may be frozen for up to three months (since it does not contain cream) and defrosted the day of use.

dried cherries, pistachios, and fresh herbs. After a quick roll, the turkey breast is tied with kitchen twine before roasting. You can cook the remaining parts of the turkey as you wish. I suggest you serve the entree with a warm cider gravy.

2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cups chopped yellow onion (approximately 3 large onions) 5 pounds peeled, seeded, cut butternut squash (about 2 inch chunks) 4 sweet apples (gala or mcIntosh) peeled, cored, cut into large chunks 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 cinnamon stick 2 cups apple cider 2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock

SIDE DISHES

1. Warm butter and oil in large

Soups, salads, and sides all complement the meal, and these delicious options may be prepared ahead of time to allow you to enjoy time with your guests. Butternut squash and apple soup. For a simple, delicious side dish, we created a pot of this soup (recipe included). Earthy mushrooms. Flash sautéed in good olive oil with garlic, sea salt, and pepper and sprinkled with fresh chives, these are an amazing addition to the holiday meal. Mushrooms can be sautéed up to three days in advance and refreshed with additional olive oil, salt and pepper if needed. Roasted rainbow carrots and parsnips. Lightly drizzled with local honey mixed with a pinch of cumin and dusted with fresh-grated orange zest, these are a delightful healthy option for your feast. Leafy green salad. Topping this with caramelized balsamic onions and crumbly blue cheese will round out the flavors nicely. Baskets of fresh rolls and bread. Don’t forget to include a small pot of homemade sour cherry jam and offer a roasted pumpkin butter. Potato au Gratin. Instead of mashed potatoes, this dish satisfies

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2. Add onions and gently sweat them on low heat until translucent and tender.

3. Place apples on a cookie sheet and roast in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, or until they begin to caramelize and turn golden brown. Turn or flip the apples halfway through.

4. Add squash, apples, cider, stock, cinnamon stick, and seasonings to stockpot.

5. Simmer gently – start on high and lower heat to medium temperature – for 45 minutes or until squash and apples are very soft.

6. Carefully ladle into a heavy-duty blender or processor (i.e. Vitamix or Blendtec) and puree in batches. The soup should be quite thick. Adjust with the addition of more apple cider if necessary.

7. Adjust the seasoning to your preference and serve, or store for later use (once soup has cooled to room temperature). Note: If soup is prepared ahead of time and reheated, it needs to be on low temperatures as it is a thick consistency and may burn easily. Best advice for reheating is to frequently stir to prevent burning.

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1. Preheat oven to 350 2. Butter large casserole dish. 3. Combine all ingredients except potatoes and ½ cup mozzarella.

4. Add sliced potatoes. Do not stir or mix, as it will settle into a lovely gratin.

5. Transfer to buttered dish, sprinkle with reserved cheese.

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Of course every holiday meal needs a dessert. However, so many people today have dietary restrictions for one reason or another. If you have a family member or friend who needs food that is glutenfree, then we suggest the pumpkin and cream cheese bread recipe we have shared, or you may try one of the other options we have shared if there are no special dietary needs. Gluten-free pumpkin and cream cheese bread. You and your guests will enjoy the tastes of the season – pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and more – with this


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delicious option (recipe included). Bread pudding cups. A tasty and easy to prepare ahead of time option for your guests to enjoy. Pecan crumble. This delicious treat also completes the meal, offering a true sampling of the season with a twist on the traditional pecan pie (recipe included). This Thanksgiving, create a simple but deeply satisfying meal that pays homage to traditional favorite flavors while embracing fresh, seasonal, whole food ingredients. Whether the gathering is a sitdown dinner or a help yourself and mingle event, the host and hostess can be a guest at their own party when everything is accomplished in advance. We’ve included a few of our favorite recipes from similar holiday gatherings for you to try and enjoy. The staff here at AKT Nourish understands time is valuable, so advance preparation will enable you to enjoy the simplest and most relaxing time with friends and family. ❖

GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN AND CREAM CHEESE BREAD 8 ounces cream cheese 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg 1/3 cup sugar 3/4 cup gluten-free brown rice flour 1/4 cup of white rice flour 1/4 cup tapioca starch 1/4 cup potato starch 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon allspice 3 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (check label not all are gf) 1/3 cup canola oil 1/2 of a 15-ounce can of pumpkin purée

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 inch x 5 inch pan with parchment.

2. For the cream cheese layer, combine cream cheese, vanilla, egg and 1/3 cup sugar in a medium-size bowl. Stir until smooth and set aside.

3. In separate medium bowl, add brown About the AUTHOR Annie Thomas is the chef/ owner of AKT Nourish in historic Haymarket. Nourish is in its fifth year as one of the area’s only scratch kitchens. Before opening her first restaurant, Annie was a personal chef and art instructor. She is most thankful for her husband, four sons, her family, nine grandchildren, and her Nourish staff. The AKT Nourish staff is always available to prepare these or other recipes for holiday gatherings, whether it’s a dinner for 50 or a dish to bring to the office potluck. Call us at 703-754-6170 or email us at annieskitchentable@gmail. com. You may also find more information on our website www.annieskitchentable.com.

rice flour, white rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Whisk thoroughly to combine and then set aside.

4. In another large bowl use a mixer to beat eggs, remaining sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until combined.

5. Add the oil and pumpkin purée; mix until combined. Add flour mix and mix to combine.

6. Put half of the pumpkin batter into the pan, then add all of cream cheese mixture and mix as evenly as possible. Next, top the layer with the other half of the pumpkin batter.

7. Bake approximately 50 minutes until lightly brown at edges and a toothpick comes out with very few crumbs. Allow to cool for approximately 15 minutes then remove from pan. Slice as desired and keep the remainder wrapped in plastic wrap.

PECAN CRUMBLE 6 eggs 6 tablespoons melted butter 1 cup light corn syrup 4 tablespoons molasses 2 cups sugar 3 tablespoons good bourbon 3 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks (chopped) 2 cups pecan halves

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit

2. Butter a large, deep casserole (3 quart size) or earthenware dish. This recipe can be halved for a smaller casserole dish or turned into 9-inch deep dish pie when halved. As a crumble, I prefer a deep

casserole rather than a shallow pie plate.

3. Line the casserole dish with 2 cups of pecan halves in single layer and top with 3 oz. semi sweet chocolate.

4. Add to a blender the eggs, melted butter, light corn syrup, molasses, sugar, and bourbon. Blend until just homogenized (well beaten). Do not over blend. 5. Gently pour over nuts and chocolate in prepared dish and place dish on a foilcovered cookie sheet. 6. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until set. A toothpick inserted should come out clean. If pecans are beginning to brown too quickly, cover lightly with foil.

Tell us how it went! If you try these recipes, let us know what you thought. Post a picture with your comments on Facebook and tag @PiedmontLifestylePublications

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hanksgiving is a time of celebration with family and friends. I love to offer a relaxing, comforting environment as it helps the gathering last longer, at least in my home. One thing I have always tried to do is provide pleasing aesthetics that make people feel welcome and comfortable. You can create the same feeling on with your Thanksgiving table– without spending a fortune. Although the ideas listed below will help you create beautiful Thanksgiving table decorations, you may incorporate many of the same principles for other holiday gatherings: Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, and so many others.

STEMS WITH BERRIES

Options range from Nandina (Heavenly Bamboo) to Callicarpa (Beauty Bush) to Pyracantha (Firethorn) to Aronia (Chokeberry) to Ilex verticillata (Winterberry) — red, orange, purple and even on some, blue. All of these combine well with other natural items to showcase the colors of the season.

2 SNIP SOME BARE BRANCHES

Using branches, even without foliage, within an arrangement creates a wonderful natural texture. Some deciduous trees and shrubs offer beautiful bark or texture that may dress up any table.

What to look for–fall beauty In the fall you may be thinking: where am I going to find beauty? Well, there is plenty! Look for shrubs and trees in your yard, or a friend’s (who is willing to share).

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For instance, the red twig dogwood, sycamore, ninebark and many others have either color or a unique feature that is stunning to the eyes and table. Also, red twig dogwood stems make a great, natural pop of seasonal color.

3 CUT SOME FLOWERS

If a hard freeze hasn’t killed off all your blooms yet, you may be able to clip some from your yard to include on your table decorations. Wonderful options include goldenrod, asters, mums, and the October blooming daisy (if they are still in bloom; they are dependent on whatever Mother Nature sends our way). You may even include some dried flowers from

your garden, such as a few stems off a hydrangea with a dried bloom intact.

4 GATHER SOME FOLIAGE

If you love the colors of the fall season, why not gather some freshly dropped leaves or snip some off a tree that is still hanging on to the last bit of fall? Showcase the beauty of autumn by incorporating the foliage into a floral arrangement, or even just place the leaves in a glass bowl.

5 PURCHASE SOME COLOR

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6 GATHER SOME FRUIT AND SPICES

Apples and cinnamon allow your sense of smell to be enticed. Simply slice the apples and place in water along with some cinnamon sticks and cloves and simmer on the stove. Fresh oranges with cloves pierced through them and placed in a decorative bowl also provide a similar enjoyment for your sense of smell. Of course, neither of these options will overpower the main delightful aromas of your Thanksgiving meal.

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Putting it all together Once you have gathered all the items you find appealing, look for some vases or other decorative items that would create a beautiful display. Certain baskets, mason jars, milk jugs, pottery, or even galvanized containers will all display the colors of the season in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Really, it is up to you to select the best way to showcase the natural beauty. One thing I suggest is a simple clear glass vase with some jute tied around the glass as a natural element: arrange the branches, then add the berries and fill in as needed with other items found in your

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yard. You can even add interest by adding some black walnuts or acorns you find lying around your yard. If you prefer several small containers, you can use bud vases or the small mason jars along the middle of your table. The benefit here is that people can see over them easily and they leave more room for the food on the table! The mason jars may be tied with jute as well for the natural look. Happy Thanksgiving, and remember to appreciate the beauty of the season as well as your time with loved ones. I hope you enjoy implementing some of these ideas. â?–

About the AUTHOR Debbie Eisele is the senior editor and a writer for Piedmont Lifestyle Magazines, and a former Master Gardener and Certified Virginia Horticulturist. She enjoys the outdoors and the beauty it offers whether it be outside or inside the home.


Eating Your Way Through the Holidays Six smart things you can do to avoid packing on the pounds

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t’s officially the season of cookies and candy canes, of sugarplums and savory pies. But a festive holiday spirit doesn’t mean you have to reach for your pants with the elastic waistband. Follow these easy tips to keep your diet and exercise on track during the holidays. When the scale reads the same — or something even better — come January, that will really be something to celebrate!

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“You shouldn’t skip meals to make room for holiday dinners as this may result in over eating,” said Pallavi Dharamsi, registered dietitian with Novant Health UVA Health System. “It’s especially important to eat breakfast. Studies show that those who eat breakfast tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day. Fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will satisfy hunger and are lower in calories.”

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“A lot of times, holiday meals can be large, buffet-style meals where people go back for second and third helpings,” Dharamsi said. “While one may not eat dessert, a common mistake is eating large portions of foods that are perceived as healthy. Even healthy foods have calories and should be eaten in moderation. Starting with small portions and using a smaller plate can help control the amount of food you eat. You can also fill your plate with vegetables and salads before entrees and desserts.”

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“Punches, eggnog and mixed drinks can have up to 500 calories per cup, which can add up to a lot of empty, extra calories,” Dharamsi said. “Nonalcoholic eggnog or low-fat versions of eggnog can help cut calories. I also suggest reading labels when buying cider at the store and use skim milk or hot water to make hot chocolate.”

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MODERATION MATTERS.

“Denying yourself your favorite foods during the holidays can lead to stress and emotional turmoil, which in turn can lead to overeating,” Dharamsi said. “Mindful eating can help people choose foods wisely. When you eat holiday foods with awareness instead of mindlessly grazing, the experience can be much better. “At parties or gatherings, I recommend staying where food is not constantly in your line of sight,” Dharamsi said. “And at home, don’t leave a plate of cookies on the kitchen counter.”

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A few appetizers here and there can be lovely, but chowing down on chips and dip before a meal can cost you. “Check the table before you serve food to yourself,” Dharamsi said. “Decide which foods you want to eat and which can be left out, and then stick to that decision. You can also choose low-calorie appetizers like vegetables or fresh fruit to save your calories for the main course. Or you can skip the appetizer altogether.” Most important, be honest about what you eat and don’t be too hard on yourself. “Each day is a new chance to start over,” Dharamsi said. “Enjoy the holidays in moderation and toast to your good health in the new year.” ❖

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thankfulhearts for a life unplanned

Local couple adopts son and assists children with disabilities in Jamaica BY CHRISTINE CRADDOCK

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quote by Joseph Campbell reads: “You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” This couldn’t read more true when it comes to the life of Hope and Michael Harms. These two amazing people are living their best unplanned life, and it’s more than they could have imagined. In the fall of 1999, Hope was headed to the high school football game with friends when

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they stopped to pick up Michael. They both felt an attraction at this initial meeting. Hope remembers Michael as this cute, funny, and crazy guy whom she helped to face paint and dress up for the game. She wasn’t able to get to know him right away because he spent the evening running around cheering and doing backflips on the sidelines. From Michael’s perspective, the chemistry was instant and he immediately began asking his friends about


her. Michael says she was “remarkably genuine, humble, fun, athletic, strong, and absolutely beautiful,” — and this was even before getting to know her. After he competed in the state tournament for wrestling — a task he wanted to completely focus on with no distractions — he asked her out and, as they say, “the rest is history.” After getting married, this adventurous couple made plans to see the world. While teaching special education, they would spend their summers traveling — one of the best parts of being a teacher, they say. But then that crazy guy Hope describes from high school developed an interest in hiking the Appalachian trail. They sold their car, moved out of their first house, packed up all their belongings, and even took leaves of absences from their jobs to embark on an exciting, open-ended journey. While their plans included possibly hiking the Trail, they were also considering working on organic farms in Australia or New Zealand. Basically, they wanted to travel wherever their hearts led them. But then their hearts developed other plans leading them in a completely different direction. In the middle of their adventures, they were given an opportunity to volunteer at West Haven Children’s Home for children with disabilities in Jamaica, where things took a drastic, wonderful turn. West Haven Children’s Home This initial invitation to West Haven had come from family friends Bob Klima and his daughter Beth, who had been Hope’s college roommate. When Beth’s younger brother Ethan was born with Down syndrome and autism, the family learned how to care for his special needs and became sensitive to the needs of people with disabilities. “When you learn to love one of these special people, you find that you have learned to love all of them, and to be drawn to them,” explains Bob. In 2009, Bob had taken advantage of an amazing opportunity to travel with a mission team to Jamaica to see firsthand how individuals with disabilities live in that country. Bob says, “What I saw really got to me. There weren’t enough resources or staff to adequately care for the children. Some would lay unattended all day on mats, or be restrained or

closed in rooms with barred doors. I knew I had to do something, and all I could think of was to take a group down with me, including people with therapy and special education training. We did that for the first time the week after Christmas 2009.” Also on that trip was Bob’s daughter Beth, a special education teacher at Battlefield High School. In 2010, when the Klimas were planning another trip to Jamaica, Beth invited Michael and Hope and that’s what set the Harms’ hearts, and lives, in different direction. Hope and Michael were special education teachers at the time, with no plans to start a family yet. And while they previously discussed the potential for adopting children, there were no concrete plans. The invitation to visit West Haven Children’s Home was appealing to them in many ways. People with disabilities already had a special place in their hearts, and they were excited to be able to use their talents to spread love and help others.

Donald

It was the closest thing to love at first sight”

“It was the closest thing to love at first sight,” says Hope. While at the Children’s Home, at separate times, both Hope and Michael met a little boy named Donald with cerebral palsy. Hope remembers holding this joyful, playful boy on the floor of the cottage and realizing how smart he was and completely fell in love with him. Michael’s first impressions describe Donald as “one of the strongest people he’s ever met despite his physical disabilities and being seen as weak or frail.” During the course of their trip, neither Hope nor Michael spoke to each other about how they were feeling about Donald. That was, until the third night when Hope’s emotions spilled over and she began to cry. Michael asked her why she was crying although he already knew the answer. Without even needing to speak Donald’s name, Hope could only offer the words “I just love him” to which Michael answered

“I know, I love him too.” This moment was a defining one for the pair, who spent that night researching cerebral palsy while discussing adoption and their future plans. But there is more to the story. “While falling in love with Donald and changing our lives, something else was happening,” says Hope. The small group of people who had been visiting West Haven envisioned doing more and helping in a bigger way. They knew that without help these children would never be able to reach their full potential or thrive in life. They began to brainstorm about ways to help.

ABOVE: Hope and Michael’s first meeting with Donald in Jamaica in 2010.

The CDFI

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Haven had access to education, an integral step in helping the children reach their full God-given potential. Bob organized and began Children With Disabilities Fund International (CDFI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of children with disabilities living in developing countries. This allowed them to begin the process of communicating with the Jamaican government to start a school there. After finding a building that was only being used for storage at the time, the organization raised enough funds to open the school and hire two Jamaican teachers. The goal of this organization is to make a difference in the lives of these children, and that’s exactly what happened. This year, CDFI was even able to employ a teacher’s assistant and a nurse to care for the children’s medical needs. The children were dying from preventable causes, but now they are getting the best health care which we can get for them, says Bob. “The residents are reaching their potential intellectually, socially, emotionally,

and spiritually,” says Hope. The children who are mobile go to the school for their education while the more severely disabled receive visits from the teachers. And maybe most importantly, the children are excited to learn each day. Sometimes there are even opportunities to go on field trips to the beach or the zoo. These things would not have been possible without CDFI. “It is a beautiful thing to see,” says Bob. The organization’s success has even led to requests from groups in other countries asking for assistance in meeting the needs of children with disabilities. CDFI is currently working in Kenya, but does not have sufficient funding to move into other countries at this time.

Bringing Donald home

After their initial meeting and decision to begin the adoption process, Hope and Michael made more trips to Jamaica to see Donald and make sure the feelings were mutual. Once the papers were submitted, the wait began. The long two-and-a-half-year process included a few denials which sent the couple on a rollercoaster of emotions, they say. But Hope and Michael knew this was what they were meant for. When Donald

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Within the first year home, when looking for some kind of activity to do with his son, Michael showed Donald the video of Rick and Dick Hoyt, a father/son team who competed together in marathons and Ironman triathlons starting in 1977. The son, Rick, had cerebral palsy just like Donald. Donald was inspired. Little did they both know this would be the

Marine Corps Marathon (Donald is screaming “GO FASTER!”)

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finally came home, his room was painted and decorated, ready for the life that had waited for him for so long. Hope says that some changes in Donald were immediate, especially physically. He gained weight, began to look healthier, and grew so quickly the couple found themselves needing to buy their son new clothes and shoes every few months. But his intellectual progress was astounding for them to see. From the beginning, both Hope and Michael realized that Donald had so much potential and intelligence but it was locked inside of him. New opportunities began to allow him to share his mind through the use of a communication device. He also gained more independence through his powered wheelchair.

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beginning of a successful running journey together. That next weekend they ran a 5K with Donald riding in the biggest stroller they could find. That very first race was eye opening for both Michael and Donald. This new dad could see that when Donald was racing, his whole face would light up. But even more than that, Michael says other people were then able to see Donald the way he and Hope see him — strong, athletic, competitive, and determined. Team Donald stepped up their athletic adventures with the help of Ainsley’s Angels, an organization that helps individuals with special needs to participate in these types of endurance events. The organization provided Donald with a custom running chair to make him comfortable while running with his dad. They now help to raise money for Ainsley’s Angels so they can help

Donald has changed our lives and continues to amaze us every day. Just when I think, there can’t be anything else to top his accomplishments so far, he does something new and challenging and amazing. I love sharing Donald’s character and life with people because he truly is remarkable, inspiring and one of a kind. But I’m his mom, so I know I’m biased.” - Hope Harms other families create this bond together. They were even finalists in a cover search contest for Runner’s World magazine.

Today

In his first few years with his new family, Donald was very attached to them and didn’t want to leave their sides. But Hope laughs when she conveys that he now loves to do things on his own, or with the help of friends. After all, no matter what his challenges are, this is typical behavior for this now 20-yearold whose smile still beams in every picture. Donald can be seen at his high school’s football games, attending as a fan or cheering them on as a member of the Sparkle Cheer Team where he is a captain. A senior this year, he proudly took on a new role as big brother in 2014 and then again in 2016 when the Harms’ sons Oliver and Ethan were born. The Harms family is enjoying life to the fullest, feeling blessed beyond measure and living the unplanned, wonderful adventure that is their life. ❖ Photos courtesy of the Harms family About the AUTHOR Christine Craddock is a writer, editor, photographer, wife, and mother of two adorable children. She is a faithful contributing writer for Haymarket Lifestyle magazine and has resided in Haymarket since 2006.

How you can help: Donate $35 per month, which will help a child attend school for an entire year Monthly donations help provide needed funds to continue this mission Join a team to work directly with these kids and make a difference in their lives Pray for the volunteers and the children at West Haven Find out more information about CDFI at www. thecdfi.org

From the CDFI website: “West Haven Children’s Home is a residential facility located 30 miles from Montego Bay in Copse, Jamaica. It is home to approximately 80 children and young adults with moderate to severe special needs, including those diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism and other developmental disabilities. The staff is adequate to meet only the most basic needs of the residents, such as bathing and feeding. The open air dormitories are over-crowded and funds are needed to help with renovations. There is no hot water available.” “The government of Jamaica provides only about one-half of the budget necessary to meet these most basic needs. West Haven depends on charities such as CDFI to help bridge the gap in this funding deficit.” Funds from CDFI help provide: Adaptive wheelchairs Educational and recreational equipment Sensory toys Clothing and diapers Salaries for three teachers and a nurse School supplies and medical supplies Occupational therapy Maintenance and building projects Utility expenses

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CIRCLING THE DRAIN? BY COLBY SCHRECKENGOST BS, MS, CPT

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ot long ago at friend’s party, I met a really nice lady and we struck up a good conversation about life and business. Although I didn’t ask, I guessed her age to be approximately fifty-five. She explained that she was in the real-estate business and doing very well. She asked what I did for a living and the conversation soon turned from selling homes to how depressed she is for “letting herself go” and being 50 pounds overweight. As she told it to me, “I think my time has passed for being in great shape; I’m too busy with work and family. My doctor tells me I need to start exercising and lose weight. But he can

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keep writing the prescriptions for my elevated blood pressure and high cholesterol.” Now I could tell my new friend was not feeling good about herself. I felt like she was “circling the drain” and needed help, and I wanted desperately to help her. But, what I was going to say to her to convince her that getting her health back is possible? What was really going to ignite her to do something for herself? During our initial conversation, I convinced her to meet me at my facility and go through a series of questions that I always ask new clients. This is an example of some of the questions we ask:


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WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE UP? Your nightly glass or 2 of wine? Dessert after every meal? Sleeping until 8am or later when you could be exercising at 6am? Socializing with friends you love but you know are bad influences on you? What are you willing to give up? WRITE IT DOWN!

WHY? In order to make a lifestyle change you have to have a reason. Sit down and write it out. Do you want to be more productive at work? Do you want to live long enough to see your child get married? Do you want to play with your grandkids? Do you want to travel and stay active in the second half of your life? It all starts with why? WRITE IT DOWN!

CAN YOU DO IT ON YOUR OWN? Most people need help and they’ve tried every diet and gym they possibly knew and have failed. Is it time to seek a professional and are you willing to invest in yourself to pay for it? Let’s be honest, we all hate to waste money, but look at it this way: The average person spends $70/week on habits that make them fat, so why aren’t they willing to invest that same amount in getting healthy? (Our 12-week challenge is less than $60/week). Sometimes investing the money in your health can motivate us more than the doctor! Determine what your health is worth and WRITE IT DOWN!

“THE NUMBER ONE FACTOR IN THE SUCCESS OF A POSITIVE LIFESTYLE CHANGE IS ACCOUNTABILITY. “

WHO WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE? The number one factor in the success of a positive lifestyle change is accountability. As my friend and fitness expert Mike Boyle says, “Nutrition is easy, compliance is hard.” I love that statement because it’s so true. You can read a thousand articles and become an expert on nutrition. But complying with food restrictions and new exercise routines requires compliance, and that only happens with accountability. Who will hold you accountable? WRITE THEIR NAME DOWN (your trainer, your gym, your spouse, etc.)!

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MAKING THE CHANGE OR ARE YOU DESPERATE?

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS?

People that are interested usually stick with a new lifestyle just a few weeks. Desperate people are generally really determined to make a lasting change. WRITE IT DOWN! “I am desperate!”

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screen TV, a new Lexus or do you need to lose 50 pounds? We also choose how to budget our time. Schedule your workouts on your calendar; make them an important part of your life. Answer these questions because the only one that can truly motivate you is YOU! WRITE IT DOWN!

WHAT PHRASE WILL YOU USE TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO DO IT? I love the phrase “Why not me?” I recently printed a couple of these signs for a few of my athletes that are trying to reach the Olympic Level in swimming and needed more self-confidence, but it applies to all of us. Someone is going to wear a size 10 instead of a size 16, why not you? Someone my age is going to have a great doctor’s appointment in 6-months. WHY NOT ME? Other phrases or mottos like: “Never going to stop,” “Stay after it” “Persistence” “Win the Day!” “For my kids!” You make up your own mantra and WRITE IT DOWN! If you’re struggling and need help, start with answering these questions and review them often. Then, find a way to make it happen! I am happy to report that after 2 years, my new friend and client lost those 50 pounds and still going strong. There are lots of stories like hers out there. WHY NOT YOU!? Why not re-write your story in 2015? Don’t resign yourself to “circling the drain!” Invest your time and money into something that will truly improve your life! We only get one shot at life, don’t let yours go down the drain! ❖

About the AUTHOR Colby Schreckengost is owner/director of training at Next Level Fitness & Performance in Haymarket, VA. Colby holds a BS and MS and is a former strength and conditioning coach at the University of Tulsa. He is a certified personal trainer and Sports Nutritionist.


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Haymarket Lifestyle Magazine November 2017  

A community lifestyle magazine that focuses on the businesses, organizations, people and information that help make the region a great place...

Haymarket Lifestyle Magazine November 2017  

A community lifestyle magazine that focuses on the businesses, organizations, people and information that help make the region a great place...