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How to Fit Thanksgiving into Your Weight Loss Plan


f you’ve been working hard to lose weight, this can be a tough time of year. You’ve been making progress, then, boom, here come the holidays. It starts with Thanksgiving, which is just around the corner. But enjoying Thanksgiving and maintaining your weight-loss goals don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Yes, Thanksgiving tends to be an eating holiday, but if you take some simple steps, you can enjoy it without much guilt. Here are some ways to indulge in Thanksgiving dinner without the guilt:

Use it as a “cheat” day Many people eating for weight loss use “cheat” days or meals to keep their sanity and stick with their plan. They pick one day (or one meal) a week, or every two weeks, or a month to “cheat” on their restricted-calorie nutrition. That helps them maintain sanity and stick to their plan every other day.

Thanksgiving can be a cheat day. And if you plan for it that way, you can adjust around it. If you’re eating, say, 500 calories below your body’s maintenance level each day (one pound of fat loss per week), how about trying for 600 below? If you do this all the other days of the week—skipping a slice of cheese, an egg or banana each day—you have 600 extra calories to play with on your Thanksgiving cheat day.

Don’t cheat your workout Often, a cheat day’s impact can be somewhat blunted by also making it a workout day. That way, you’re burning at least some of the extra calories you’re consuming. So, if you’re worried about the risk of overeating later, how about an early-morning workout to start the day? You’d have an early calorie deficit, and if you only eat a light breakfast, you could be at break-even, calorie-wise, heading into your heavy meal later. continued on page 5 November 2019 | 50+ Living | 3

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Thanksgiving can be a cheat day, but no one says it also has to be a rest day.

Avoid the dark side and its minions Turkey can be pretty great, and it’s the anchor of most Thanksgiving dinners. If you’re a fan of white meat, you’re in luck because it has about 13 percent fewer calories than dark meat. That might not seem like much, but if you’re pigging out, every little bit helps. That’s why it’s also probably a good idea to go light on the other things that go with turkey: stuffing and gravy. The typical 1-ounce serving of dressing has more than 100 calories, and gravy usually has about 30 calories per tablespoon.

elbow-bending, but alcohol has plenty of calories in it too. Five ounces of your favorite chardonnay is more than 120 calories, and craft beer is going to be at least 150 calories. Not only that, but a drink or two too many could lower your self-control. Once you get a buzz going, you might care less about going back for second helpings of all that food. Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, and food. The dinner can indeed be worrisome for someone on a weight-loss plan. By taking a few simple precautions however, you can mitigate some of the damage and avoid some of the guilt. Celebrating a holiday doesn’t have to derail your weight-loss goals. Ee

So by choosing white meat and going light on the stuffing and gravy, you can save some calories and still enjoy your turkey.

A little of everything, a lot of one The Thanksgiving dinner table can be a smorgasbord of culinary creations. Someone on a diet is likely to want to try it all. Go ahead. If you control your portions, there’s no reason to avoid one particular food or another. If you had a small amount of everything and a lot of one lower-calorie option (e.g., green beans, salad, etc.) you could satisfy your palate and appetite without going over the top calorie-wise.

Don’t simply skip dessert How many times have you seen someone devour a huge meal and then say “Oh, no, I couldn’t” when dessert comes around? Every food has calories in it, and your body doesn’t much care where they come from. Eating 600 calories of turkey and stuffing is the same thing as eating that piece of pumpkin pie. From a weight-loss perspective, it just doesn’t make sense to think it’s okay to eat a 3,000-calorie dinner so long as you skip dessert. Don’t try to justify overindulging by merely forgoing the sweets at the end.

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Day of the Dead Celebrations by Diane Meader Leibinger


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unique, cultural experience is to visit Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, during one of its’ most popular ancient traditions: the festival of Día de Muertos, which translates to, “Day of the Dead.” Between November 1 and 2, this national holiday celebrates both life and death in a creative, joyous, and colorful way. It is one holiday to be sure to carry your camera at all times!

and lively celebrations to remember all the loved departed relatives and friends from earth. Families hold vigils, visit cemeteries, and prepare delicious food. Homes are typically adorned with photographs of those who have died. Be prepared for an abundance of bright colors, flowers, creativity, and even humour lovingly created in the many displays and traditions honoring the deceased.

The Day of the Dead is a very special ritual, since it is the day in which the living remember those who have departed. On November 1, also known as “Día de los Angelitos” is when children who have passed are remembered, while on November 2, adults are remembered. Day of the Dead is a blend between Aztec rituals and Catholicism, brought by the Spaniards, which is the reason these two dates coincide with the Roman Catholic All Saints Day (November 1st) and All Souls Day (November 2nd).

Legend is that the souls of the dead briefly return each year to visit their earthbound loved ones. This multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and to help support their spiritual journey. Lively activities celebrate the lives of the deceased with food, drink, and parties that the deceased enjoyed in life. On this day, the dead are considered part of the community, and awakened to share in celebrations with their loved ones.

Many visitors to Puerto Vallarta who are not from Mexico think the Day of the Dead is a day of sadness, sorrow, dread, and other frightening feelings. It is not; Day of the Dead is a beautiful ritual performed happily and lovingly with festivals

A few days before the festival, residents gather throughout the city to create temporary altars. Each year a theme is selected for these festivities. Altars are decorated with marigold flowers, food, and pictures of the deceased. These shrines are

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displayed in parks, streets, eateries, resorts, local stores, restaurants and even hotels. Crosses, flowers, candles, incense, glasses of water, traditional sweet bread, sugar skulls, and salt are a few of the items that must be included. These offerings represent the four natural elements: Earth (food), wind (tissue paper moving with the breeze), water (for the spirits to ease their thirst after their long journey) and fire (a candle lit for each of the deceased). The cross symbolizes the four direction points needed so the special visitors can find their way back. For a more traditional take on the holiday, stop by Puerto Vallarta’s oldest municipal cemetery, Panteon 5 de Diciembre during the day or evening. This landmark offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to folks looking for an insider’s view of the way locals honor their deceased. Families are often found placing flowers and offerings on their loved ones’ graves and remembering them with their favorite music. Although you are allowed to take part in these moments of reverence, it is vital to keep quiet and treat the locals in the cemetery with respect. If you are planning on bringing a camera (and you should), just keep in mind that the time shared by families at the cemetery is more solemn in nature. I suggest respecting their intimacy by keeping a safe distance and using your photo gear discreetly. According to Mexican wisdom, you insult death by giving into melancholy, which is why families and friends actually spend time in cemeteries during the day, and continue late into the night. Favorite food and drinks for both the deceased and the living are spread out on, or by the gravestones. Each year, picnicking at the gravesite is spent joyfully and respectfully remembering the departed. The official flower used to honor the dead is the marigold, as the color yellow is similar to the sun and represents life and hope. These flowers are used to decorate altars and graveyards. Special Dia de Muertos bread is a sweet roll called, “pan de muerto” (bread of the dead). It is baked into the shape of bones and skulls and is only made during this time of the year. Locals and visitors fill the streets and graveyards for the festivities, with many painting their faces white, with black circles around their eyes and stitches over their lips, to look like living skeletons. It is a celebration of the cycle of life. If you want to get to know a different side of Puerto Vallarta besides its beautiful landscapes, it is highly suggested to visit the beginning of November. I strongly recommend that you take the time to explore the streets and alleyways; there are plenty of temporary altars with each one offering a unique aspect. Also, plan a visit to the Municipal cemetery for an insider view of the cultural traditions of this country. continued on page 10 November 2019 | 50+ Living | 9


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Lessons Learned This is a very popular festival with tourists and should be planned a year in advance to ensure hotel availability. I think it is important enough to repeat that during these celebrations you should always carry your camera (and with plenty of backup batteries & cards). Be sure to find a local paper on the actual dates, times, and activities. Check with your hotel or the local tourism board for information. Arrive a few days before to wander around the Malecon, the boardwalk area along the beach. It is interesting to see all the decorating activities, and you can take photos without the huge crowds on actual festival days. Ee

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will have anemia from birth. Some infants with anemia do not have any of the typical symptoms, which include pale skin and tiredness, but it’s still important for the babies to have a healthy number of red blood cells. 4. Blood loss: Since anemia is caused by lack of red blood cells, anyone who has lost blood is at risk for becoming anemic. The blood loss can be due to an injury, disorder, or a medication which induces bleeding, but it can also be caused by other factors, such as menstruation. Women who are pregnant are at an increased risk for anemia because they need more blood for themselves and the baby.



nemia is a condition where a person’s blood has a deficiency of red blood cells. There are many different causes of anemia, and oftentimes the cause will indicate the severity of the disease. Here are the five most common causes of anemia: 1. Iron deficiency: The most common cause of anemia is a lack of iron in the diet. Since iron is often found in meat, people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet are at increased risk for anemia. People with eating disorders, or who otherwise have a poor diet, are also at increased risk. To prevent becoming anemic, individuals can eat beans, spinach, dried fruits, and iron-fortified grains. 2. Vitamin deficiency: Vitamin B12 and folate are both necessary to produce red blood cells, so when a person doesn’t have enough in her body, she may become anemic. There are some conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, that cause vitamin deficiency; sometimes, the deficiency is caused by poor diet or side effects of medication. 3. Genes: Some types of anemia, such as sickle cell anemia, are hereditary, which means they can be passed on from parents to their children. Oftentimes, this means that the children

5. Bone marrow or stem cell conditions: Red blood cells are created in the bone marrow, and some stem cells found in bone marrow develop into red blood cells. If either of these are affected by a medical condition, a person may develop anemia. Common causes for issues with bone marrow and stem cells include medication or side effects from medication or radiation treatment. It’s important for people to have healthy red blood cells in their body, and a deficiency can have various negative effects on the body. Though anemia can sometimes be treated by changing the diet, some people may require serious medical intervention. It’s important that you seek medical treatment if you think you have anemia or are otherwise unhealthy. Ee

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Three Ways to Avoid the Seasonal Flu


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A Healthy Diet Today’s culture hardly needs another lesson on the harmful effects of eating junk food, not even when it comes to boosting immune systems. Knowledge is one thing, but discipline is another. Realize you already have the power to choose the high road when it comes to nutrition. Opt for a healthy diet full of fresh vegetables and fruits, coupled with a high intake of water, and the flu won’t get far with you. Instead of spending precious extra money on a smorgasbord of bottled vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, why not incorporate these in their raw form for the same effect? Accomplish this in a simple, cost-effective way by increasing your consumption of fresh produce (oranges, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, spinach, beets, broccoli, pumpkin, onions, garlic, etc.), whole grains (oats, wheat, quinoa, barley, wild rice, etc.), and oils (olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, avocado, walnuts, fish, etc.). Shun the junk, consume the whole, and achieve a robust immune system.

Sleep and Exercise Want to avoid the flu? Stay strong. Stay rested. The ideal candidates for a miserable bout with the flu are the weak and weary. Talk about adding insult to injury. But it’s entirely avoidable! Resist the urge to stay up past ten o’clock. Reaching that professionally recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night and exercising vigorously on a semi-daily basis

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can be more than just a pleasant ideal – it can be your reality. By doing these things you will reap the benefits of low stress, muscle strength, cardiovascular health, and regular autophagy (tissue recycling). The interdependent relationship between sleep and exercise cannot be overstated – excel in one and you’re certain to excel in the other. Keep the balance, and they will keep you. By sleeping long and exercising regularly, the flu won’t have a fighting chance.

Mind Your Hands Take a moment to consider all of the public (and private) items your hands have graced in the past three hours and embrace the truth: your paws are a repository of infectious agents. But don’t be discouraged; regular washing with hot, soapy water can drastically cut down on their accumulation. And more importantly, be mindful of which parts of the body you decide to touch, scratch, or rub. The eye may very well be the window to the soul, but it is also the gateway for viral microbes. With all the seasonal joys surrounding these fall and winter months strung with parties, gifts, and trips, the last thing you need to worry about is that unwelcomed decision to either stay in bed or brave the day on account of the flu. By following the recommendations above you can expect to have a fighting chance at avoiding the flu this time around. Ee

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Sandy’s Food for Thought

By Sandy McCall

Take A Bite Out Of Gift Giving with Holiday Treats

Let’s plan ahead a bit. I love to make food as gifts. They taste great and I find that people really appreciate my efforts. I like to package them up in small boxes with a ribbon on top. You can buy small cardboard decorated or undecorated boxes at discount stores around the holidays that will hold just a few pieces, or sometimes I am able to find just the right glass container at a thrift or second hand store. Both the Roasted Blueberry Bites and Chocolate Truffles need to be refrigerated. The Air Cookies need no refrigeration, so you might consider mailing these to those who live faraway. Roasted Blueberry Bites can be simple or fancy depending on the time you want to put into them.

You can make simple, bite-sized pieces or you can dress them up by using a disher to form the bites into rounds, and then add a little whipped coconut or dairy cream to the top of each bite. Chocolate Truffles are loved by all. Since these are sugar and dairy free, they will suit many people. Always use organic ingredients when possible. I hope you enjoy making edible gifts for others and don’t forget to make extras for yourself and family.

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Roasted Blueberry Bites Ingredients 1/2 cup coconut butter 1/2 cup coconut oil 6 oz fresh blueberries 1/8 cup honey (vegan-use maple syrup or monk fruit) and adjust sweetener according to sweetness of blueberries 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon lemon juice Preheat oven to 350° Spread the blueberries on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake about 15 minutes or until blueberries begin to pop open. Put all ingredients in a food processor or small blender and process until smooth. Spread mixture out into a 6 x 4-inch pan lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for one hour or until mix has hardened. Remove from container by lifting the edges of the parchment paper and then cut the bites into squares for serving. Store covered in the refrigerator. 14 | 50+ Living | November 2019

For fancy bites, refrigerate the mixture for about 15 minutes and then scoop out each bite by using a small 1-2” disher (small ice cream scoop). Arrange the fancy bites on a plate and add a small dollop of whipped cream or coconut cream to the top of each bite.

Chocolate Truffles Ingredients 1/2 cup coconut oil 3/4 cup Cacao powder or 100% cocoa powder (Extra for sifting at end) 1 cup coconut cream (take from the top of a refrigerated can of good coconut milk) 1/8 cup local Honey, or to taste (Vegan: use maple syrup) 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract Heat coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Allow the oil to melt completely and then whisk in the cocoa powder until completely smooth. Increase heat to medium and whisk in coconut milk and honey (sweetener). Stir the mixture constantly for about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract. Carefully pour the mixture into a heat safe container and cover tightly. Place in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours or more. When the mixture is completely chilled, use a small 1-1 1/2� disher (scoop) to form balls. Roll balls between the palms of your hands quickly to smooth out the surface, then place them on a plate close together. *Add your desired toppings. Keep truffles refrigerated. You can freeze the truffles for later use, but best to add the toppings when you are ready to serve.

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Maple Air Cookies Ingredients 2 large egg whites 1/8 cup maple syrup In a medium pot, combine egg whites and maple syrup. Turn heat on stove to lowest setting possible. While over heat, use a hand mixer to beat until meringue holds a stiff glossy peak. Turn heat off after first minute. Takes 3 or 4 minutes total.

Line cookie sheet with parchment and lightly oil with coconut oil. Use a disher (small ice cream scoop) to scoop each cookie onto parchment-lined cookie sheet. Cookies are good just plain or you can add nuts, cinnamon or nutmeg as a topping if desired. Bake at 200°F for 2 hours. Allow to cool for 1 hour. November 2019 | 50+ Living | 15

She married at 24 and spent the next 20 years as a stay-at-home mom. While she was home and focused on her five children, Camille managed also to find time to take art classes on silk painting, printmaking, Batik, Shibori, and more. “I was fortunate to always have the opportunity to study with experts,” she says. She also did free-lance work for several organizations. “At that time, the process of textile design was all done by hand. Now, the fashion industry has gone to computers and overseas. I love change and technology, but I have a soft spot in my heart for handwork.”

Painting a Life


By JeanAnn Taylor

amille Daunno, originally from Newark, NJ, has always loved art. As early as the 8th grade, she was inspired by the beauty of nature and spent many afternoons sitting outside with a canvas and oil paints in hand. While in high school, she explored all mediums of art, and fell in love with watercolors. She recalls originally wanting to be a fashion designer but realized that she liked sketching fashion figures more than the clothing. She went on to major in art and music in high school and then got her BFA in Fine Arts with a Minor in Education.

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One of her free-lance jobs during this time was as a fashion illustrator for a clothing company on 7th Avenue in New York City. “In the 70s, clothing companies hired artists to illustrate their fashion designs,” Camille explains. She also illustrated for the Star Ledger in New Jersey. They gave her photos and she would then illustrate the garments. Other free-lance jobs included designing a program for the New Jersey Opera and painting fashion posters for the New York City Design & Decorators Building.

When her oldest daughter went to college, Camille also went back to school. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design for her graduate work in textile design. As often happens, one thing leads to another and Camille decided to take a flat pattern design class where she discovered that she loved painting finely-detailed, botanically-correct flowers. With this new skill, a design studio in New York City and fabric houses in Soho invited her to design and paint art for wallpaper and fabric. She worked for famous names such as Sissi Siska, Randolph Duke, and Donna Karan.

In 2002, Camille’s husband passed away and she was left with a need for full-time employment. She began teaching art history and fine art at a private girl’s school, and continued for the next 16 years. In 2018, Camille moved to Weaverville, NC, to be closer to her two daughters. She continues to share her knowledge of art and design with others by teaching small classes or private lessons. “My skill as an artist is a wonderful gift from God, and I believe that what you do with your gift matters. Teaching art to others is a way to give back and say thank you.” She also continues to feed her creative spirit. She is currently enjoying turning roving wool into felt. With this technique she makes bowls, scarves, and other wearable art. Ten years ago, Camille was diagnosed with MS, but she doesn’t let that stop her from creating and teaching art. “I’ve learned to accept what is given, and I don’t let it rule my life. I’m thankful for all my blessings. Art helps me cope; I can paint away my sorrows,” she explains. With all the success Camille has found, her greatest love and joy are her five children and five grandchildren. “They are all successful and healthy. I believe the most important thing we do as mothers is to instill values in our children and then watch them come to fruition when they grow up.” “Being an artist is a way of life. I bloom where I’m planted and make the best of where I’m at.” Ee November 2019 | 50+ Living | 17

Taylor’d wi Style



By JeanAnn Taylor

t’s November. The days are short, the nights are chilly. What can you wear that will be stylish, comfortable, and keep you feeling snuggly and warm? A flannel shirt, of course! And what pattern will you most likely find in flannel? Plaid. Plaid, originally called tartan has been around for centuries and has an interesting history. Wool weavers across the Scottish Highlands created specific checked patterns to distinguish one clan or region from another. In 1746, Scottish rebels wore a pattern that led to the prohibition of wearing tartans in Britain. The Dress Act was in effect for nearly fifty years before the checked print was once again allowed to be worn. Plaid came to America in the nineteenth century and, with a few bumps along the way, has steadily grown in popularity. Like much of fashion, plaid clothing was first made for men. In 1850, Woolrich designed the Buffalo check. The bold red and black checked wool shirts were warm and rugged, making them favored by hunters, fishermen, lumberjacks, 18 | 50+ Living | November 2019

and other outdoorsy men. Western wear also has roots in this rugged backstory. Cowboys preferred warm, wool shirts rather than a restrictive overcoat when riding off into the sunset. In 1949, Pendleton introduced a flannel shirt for women. The intention was to keep her from stealing this irresistible shirt off her man’s back—and to compete for sales in the growing fashion industry. This flattering plaid shirt became a favorite winter fashion staple, and also led to the popularity of prim, plaid dresses becoming all the rage for women and girls during the 1950s. Plaid became synonymous with “preppy” when private preparatory schools claimed plaid as their uniform pattern of choice. In my search for, “Why plaid?” I came across more questions than answers. I concluded that this tailored, clean, no-fuss style probably stemmed from the original intention of plaid—to identify one group from another. That, and because it is generally appealing to everyone and can be designed with so many variations. During the 60s and 70s, plaid became popular in home

decor as well as fashion. Sofas, easy-chairs, comforters, and even window-treatments in bold plaid prints offered a relaxed, yet modern, edgy vibe. Plaid decor was a blend of tradition mixed with a little rebellion.

woven with white. The combination gives it a muted, dull appearance.

In the 90s, plaid met grunge. While the resilience of plaid kept it in the mainstream of style, its rebel roots resurfaced and took over the world of fashion. Fashion designers created punk-inspired plaid clothing to protest, well everything: society, culture, fashion, manners, values, and tradition.

The 2019 fall/winter fashion trend predictions are full of plaid patterns. Just as small floral prints and aprons convey a desire to connect with home, security, and belonging, plaids can express these identical emotions.

Plaid is the name of the pattern, not the fabric. It is made with bars and stripes criss crossing at right angles, creating alternating light and dark squares and sometimes rectangles. The result is an alluring design of straight lines and right angles attractive to both men and women. The color palette can be as simple as green and black or as complicated as green, yellow, orange, and pink. The width and number of bars and stripes dictate the complexity of the design. Plaid was first woven with wool fibers; it’s now available in every natural and synthetic fiber imaginable. One aspect of plaid’s appeal lies in its versatility. I read that there are over 7,000 variations of colors, widths, and right angles. Some plaids are defined by the placement of their bars and stripes, others are defined by their colors. Black Watch is always dark green, navy, and lighter green tones. Royal Stewart always has a wide red bar, striped with yellow, blue, green, and white. I find it interesting that while all plaids have crisscrossing yarns, they also have these very defining looks. Here are the most common types of plaid. Houndstooth plaid consists of only two colors. It has a jagged look because the squares form an abstract pointed shape. It is woven with black and one other color, usually white. It is considered to be a fall/winter pattern. Gingham is woven with white and one other color. This makes the checks simple and easily recognizable. It is usually woven in lightweight fabrics, making gingham the perfect summer fabric. Madras is a lightweight, cotton, summer fabric. With its bright, vibrant colors, madras more than any other plaid says, “casual summer.” Windowpane plaid has thin stripes that crisscross to form large, open squares. This pattern is usually made with just two colors. Buffalo plaid is considered to be a winter plaid. The wide checks formed with red and black yarns were originally made with heavy wool fibers. Glen plaid is a wool fabric with small or large checks forming larger squares. It is usually found in neutral blacks or grays

Tattersall has thin bands creating small, tight squares.

This checked-pattern offers many fashion possibilities. Plaid can be worn as a fitted shirt tucked into a skirt, or as an oversized shirt tied at the waist. Plaid can be a tunic-dress worn with leggings and ballet flats, or a shirtwaist dress worn with heels. Plaid can make a small statement as in a handbag or scarf, or a bold statement as in a pair of pants or overcoat. Any way you wear these engaging checks, plaid will spice up your outfit and express your individual style. While there are very few fashion rules now, and although designers enjoy showing plaid in extremely sensationalized designs, it is generally more flattering to wear only one plaid at a time. Plaid is eye-catching, meaning that the eye will go straight to the pattern. When two or more plaids are worn at the same time, the result is confusing and discombobulated. The eye doesn’t know where to look, so it often looks away. This attention-demanding print is best worn with solid colors, or patterns that compliment plaid. Solid colors will emphasize the plaid pattern because the pattern itself will be showcased by the surrounding color. You can choose a neutral color, or a color found in the plaid pattern to give your ensemble an attractive look. Carefully, and intentionally, pairing florals, polka-dots, or stripes with plaids can look fashionable. The key word here is, “carefully.” It’s best to let one print work as the dominant pattern with the other print supporting it. While plaid can be worn in every season, it is an autumn favorite for many. The enchanting checks lend themselves to countless silhouettes, colors, fiber selections, and pattern variations. This versatility makes plaid perfect for hiking and horse-back riding, as well as afternoon teas and formal soirées. Now that you know all about plaids, you can look stylish, impress your friends, finish a crossword puzzle, and win a trivia contest, all while wearing your favorite, cozy, plaid flannel shirt. Ee

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Crispy Apple Cake Recipe

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f you or anyone you know has an apple tree, you are well aware that you’re going to have apples coming out of your ears for quite some time. You make applesauce, apple butter, and apple pie, and still have bushels of apples and a yen for something new to do with them. This recipe, though not the lowest calorie dessert ever, is delicious and easy to make, a seasonal or holiday treat all cake-lovers you know will ask you to make over and over.

Since you mix this cake batter by hand with a wooden spoon, this recipe is easy for kids to make by themselves. If they are too young to handle a knife safely, you can peel, core, and dice the apples for them.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1/2 cup vegetable oil


Add in the flour, little by little, stirring it in as you go. The batter will be very stiff.


Once the flour is completely incorporated into the mixture, add the peeled diced apples. You may have to push the apples into the batter, perhaps even by using your hands.


Spoon the batter into a buttered, floured 13 X 9 inch cake pan and push down until the batter is evenly distributed.


Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean. Cooking time may vary depending on your oven.

2 large eggs, slightly beaten 2 cups granulated sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups diced peeled apples of your choice

Instructions: 1. Put the butter or margarine in a microwave-safe mixing bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds or until melted. Remove and let cool. 2. Add vegetable oil and lightly beaten eggs and mix well with a wooden spoon.

This cake needs no frosting. The top and sides will be crispy and chewy. The insides will be fluffy and chock full of apple chunks. If there is any cake left after your family smells the mouth-watering aroma of this cinnamon apple delight, store it uncovered. If covered, this cake will lose its crispness and become soggy.

3. Mix in the sugar.

Note: Add in a diced pear or two to enhance the flavor.

4. Add the cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Blend.

You can use 1 cup oil instead of the butter/oil mixture.

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Prepare Your Home for Winter


inter is coming and forecasters are predicting a cold one. So with the temperatures set to drop, it’s time to start thinking now about what you can do to prepare your home for the onset of winter.

the ground. If there are any missing tiles, seek to replace them or at least use a piece of roofing felt to cover the hole as a temporary measure.

Prevent Burst Pipes An amazing property of water is that it expands as it freezes. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t float, and that would be devastating for life on Earth. All very well and good, but this is the very reason why pipes are prone to burst in the cold winter months. At least they do if they’re not insulated. Pipes that are located in the attic, or in other cold areas of the home, are particularly susceptible to freezing, so consider insulating them with lagging or even several layers of newspaper as an economical solution. You might want to consider keeping outside taps turned on ever so slightly just so a trickle of water can find its way out. That way, if the pipe freezes, pressure is released through the tap thus preventing costly repair bills.

Ensure Your Roof is Good in Repair

Keep Gutters Clear

Broken and missing tiles are a surefire way to invite the winter into your home. For a superficial examination, you could simply survey your roof with a pair of binoculars from

Gutters are often overlooked during winter preparations. When they get clogged with autumn leaves, the consequent build up of water can find its way seeping down your walls and

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eventually bleeding into the brick. Pay particular attention to downpipes. Loosen stubborn dirt with a wire coathanger when dealing with awkward angles. If possible, fasten leaf guards into the top of the down-pipe to prevent any future buildup. If you’re petrified of ladders, then ask your window cleaner if he wouldn’t mind clearing them out for an agreed price. Most do it as an additional service. Also, consider getting your roof insulated. Although it will initially mean spending, it will save you cash in the long run. There may even be government grants available. It’s worth checking.

Keep Draughts Out Check your home for places where draughts can enter such as around doors and windows. An effective way to locate vulnerable spots is by using a lit incense stick and to hold it near any suspicious areas on a windy day. Any place where the draught finds its way in will disturb the smoke plume. You can just use the toy style woolly snake draught excluders if you don’t want to spend too much cash. In addition to investing in draught excluders, think about getting some heavy curtains, particularly if you’ve got large French doors.

Bleeding Radiators and Boilers Your radiators will have to work harder at keeping your home warm if air is trapped inside, which will cost you more on energy bills. By bleeding your radiators you ensure they will be running at optimum performance thus keeping those bills down. Similarly a boiler that’s not working as it should will also be a drain on your wallet. Getting the boiler serviced will not only ensure it’s running at its best, but will also give you peace of mind regarding the risk of a carbon monoxide leak. These are just a few things you can do to prepare your home for winter. You could also call your energy supplier to try and negotiate a better deal. It all helps to keep your place warm and cosy as the temperatures fall outside this winter. Ee

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ore than 24 million Americans suffer from some form of diabetes, and that number is predicted to exceed 48 million by the year 2050. To slow this trend, experts have recommended guidelines to help reduce the prevalence of this deadly disease. If you are worried about yourself, your child, or a friend, learn the best ways to minimize your risk of becoming diabetic.

What is Diabetes? A lifelong disease with no cure, diabetes impacts the way your body utilizes blood glucose. With type 1 diabetes, the body generates no insulin, usually because the immune system mistakenly kills beta cells that make insulin. With type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t respond to insulin properly (insulin resistance), doesn’t make enough insulin, or both. While type 1 diabetes is thought to be mostly genetic, type 2 diabetes can occur as a result of unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Preventing Diabetes Diabetes can lead to an array of health problems that can significantly reduce quality of life. In certain cases, it can even lead to kidney failure, blindness, and loss of limb. While the exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown, type 2 diabetes is preventable when people adhere to the following guidelines for improved health. • Keep a healthy weight. Overweight individuals are 24 | 50+ Living | November 2019

seven times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. What’s more, obesity increases the risk by up to 20 to 40 times that of someone with a healthy weight. • Get moving. Inactivity is also a leading cause of type 2 diabetes. By exercising your muscles, you can improve their ability to use insulin and absorb glucose. • Eat whole-grain foods. A mountain of research indicates that refined grains increase the risk of diabetes, while whole grains guard against the disease. • Ban the can. Studies suggest that just one sugar-sweetened soda per day increases the risk of diabetes by as much as 83 percent. • Be selective with fats. While trans fats appear to increase the risk of diabetes, polyunsaturated fats from vegetable oils, seeds, and nuts appear to protect against the disease. • Consume less meat. Research has linked even small amounts of processed meats and red meats with an increased risk of diabetes. • Stop smoking. Tobacco users are about 50 percent more likely to develop diabetes when compared to people who do not smoke. Many people are surprised to learn that approximately 6 million Americans suffer from diabetes without even knowing it. If you experience fatigue, unexplained weight loss, frequent urination, increased hunger, unexplained thirst, slow healing, or blurred vision, see your doctor. While there’s no cure for diabetes, proper treatment can drastically reduce the risk of long-term complications and get you back to a healthy, happy life. Ee

Whoo. . . Are You? Art by: JeanAnn Taylor

Do you have any hobbies other than crafting? I love to cook, bake, and hike. I’m a geek so I love to try new things. I also like to watch nerdy movies. Sci-fi is my love language. Are there certain colors you gravitate toward? I love bright colors, and I love white because any color you put next to it creates a great contrast. What is your favorite Thanksgiving Day food? Cranberry Sauce.

I am Angela Lamoree. I was born and grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, then moved to WNC in 2008. I’ve been crafting since I was six-years-old thanks to my aunts who taught me how to crochet and cross-stitch. After my youngest son was born, I took a quilting class and have been quilting and sewing ever since. My husband and I opened, 5 Little Monkeys Quilt & Sew in 2017. We chose the name because we have five children. We also have two dogs and three cats. We have a very busy, full, and happy life.

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How do you relax? Well I used to quilt, but now with the shop, that’s my job. So, I relax by cross-stitching. What have you learned from being a shop owner? Owning a shop is like having a newborn baby. Sometimes I feel like someone is constantly pooping on me. Everything is new and exciting, but you also feel like you don’t always know what you are doing and you have to make it up as you go. We’ve learned to live with no sleep, no hot food, and no privacy. But we wouldn’t trade it! Where is your dream vacation? Anywhere where there are old castles that I can imagine dragons and fantasy creatures. What is your favorite sit-com and which character are you? Big Bang Theory. I’m Leonard. What kind of music do you enjoy most? Eclectic—just about everything except country. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Physical strength like Wonder Woman. What is something simple that makes you happy? Frogger, my pound-puppy. I’m also an outgoing-introvert so I love “quiet.”

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ot everyone is blessed with a flat, drum-tight belly. For some people, it’s common to hear “When are you due?” or to go up three trouser sizes in a single day. If feeling bloated, uncomfortably full, or gassy is becoming a problem for you, you might start to wonder what on earth is going on with your body. Luckily this health issue isn’t just a random curse. Here are seven likely reasons you’re bloated right now.

You’ve been swallowing air


Reasons You’re Bloated Right Now

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Bloat is essentially excess gas in the intestines. You could unintentionally be introducing this extra gas into your system when you chew gum, smoke, use a straw, or drink carbonated beverages. In addition to cutting these habits from your life, make a point to chew more slowly and focus on breathing deeply and regularly throughout the day.

You’ve just overeaten If you’ve put away a massive meal with seconds, dessert, and a few glasses of wine, your digestive system is likely just struggling to process it all. Avoid feeling stuffed by having smaller, more frequent meals, or try a soothing cup of peppermint tea after dinner.

You’ve eaten bloat-causing foods

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Excess gas can also come from tiny bacteria in your gut digesting and fermenting the sugars in the food you eat. Some foods can be particularly gas-producing, so avoid these if you’re prone to bloat. These foods include all brassicas (cabbage, brussels sprouts and cauliflower), high sugar fruits (apricots and grapes) and legumes (beans and peas). Avoid them or try a digestive enzyme after meals.

Your gut is unhappy Do you bloat regularly, no matter what you eat? Are you bloating even on an empty stomach? Chronic, painful bloating can suggest a more serious gastrointestinal disorder. Your gut flora

may be badly out of whack, or you may be battling an infection. Arrange a visit to your doctor as soon as possible, especially if you’re experiencing other symptoms.

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You have a food sensitivity You don’t need to be fully allergic to experience bad reactions to certain foods. Take note if bloating occurs after eating wheat, dairy, or a particular additive. The solution here is simple: avoid eating this food.

You’re eating too much salt

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You’re hormonal For some women, bloating comes and goes with their monthly cycle, and variations in hormone levels can lead to a few uncomfortable, bloated days. Soothe bloating associated with PMS or menstruation with an anti-inflammatory and a warm bath. Keep a “bloat diary” and try to identify the underlying cause. Bloating can result from genetic peculiarities in the way you digest food, and if you’re carrying a little extra weight, bloating may feel even more uncomfortable. But unless you have a medical disorder, ridding yourself of bloating and discomfort is just a matter of treating your system with a bit more gentleness and consideration than usual. Ee

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Painful Corns on Your Feet: Prevention and Treatment


f you’ve ever had a small pebble stuck inside your shoe, you know how irritating walking can be until the tiny rock is removed. Having a corn on your foot can feel similar, causing pain with each step you take.

Types of Corns A corn is a hardened, thick area of skin that is very much like a callus, but smaller and more painful. They are usually caused by pressure and friction against the skin. Over time, this pressure causes some skin cells to die and form a hard surface (corn) as a self-protective measure. There are different types of corns that can affect your feet, and the three most common ones are:

1. Hard corns 2. Soft corns 3. Seed corns

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Hard corns are the most common type of corn. They usually develop on the sides of your foot or on the tops of your toes. They have a hard center surrounded by toughened skin. Hard corns are usually caused by poorly fitting shoes, high heels or shoes that are causing friction by pressing against the toes or sides of the foot. The pressure of shoes that are too tight or that have a tight toe box causes the skin to thicken in order to protect the underlying structure of your foot. As a hard corn gets thicker, it becomes painful when pressure is applied.

Soft corns are lighter in color than hard corn, and they have a more rubbery texture. They also tend to develop in between the toes and are also the result of ill-fitting shoes. A seed corn is basically a very small cluster of corns that forms on the bottom of the foot, usually on the balls of the feet. A seed corn can be extremely tender. It’s not clear why exactly seed corns develop, but they often form when the skin is dry. Wearing shoes or sandals without socks can lead to problems like seed corns. Also, tight shoes that place too much pressure on some areas of the foot and even loose-fitting shoes that cause chafing can cause seed corns to crop up.

Ways to Prevent Corns From Developing: 1. Be sure the shoes you wear fit properly. It’s a good idea to go to a reputable shoe store and have the salesperson there professionally measure each of your feet. You may find that you need a wider shoe size or a half size larger than what

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you usually buy. Stay away from shoes that are too tight and have a narrow toe bed. Also avoid high heels and other shoes that force your toes in a pressure situation. Wear socks that fit properly. Often, wearing cushioned socks made of a nylon blend will keep your feet protected. Keep your toenails trimmed to prevent them from pushing up against your shoe, which can create pressure against the skin of your toes. Use corn pads in vulnerable areas of your foot where you may have had corns develop previously. Corn pads are donut-shaped to protect and redistribute pressure around the skin where a corn is or may develop. Wash your feet on a daily basis with soap and water. Scrub with a scrub brush and finish up with a pumice stone to keep feet smooth and clean. Moisturize your feet with a foot cream nightly before going to bed. Use a cream that has salicylic acid, ammonium lactate, lanolin or urea as an ingredient. (Note: Avoid using creams with salicylic acid, a keratolytic, if you are allergic to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) or if you have a medical condition such as diabetes, poor blood circulation or skin infections and irritations.) The moisturizer helps prevent friction from dryness. Purchase shoe insoles sold over the counter to help cushion your feet. A podiatrist may recommend a custom insole or orthotic to provide more support for your feet and reduce pressure.

Home Remedies for Foot Corns If you’ve already developed a painful corn on your foot, here are some home remedies to help get rid of it. If these measures don’t work, and you are in pain, please see your podiatrist. 1. Soak your foot in warm water for 10 minutes to soften the skin. 2. Use a pumice stone to slough off dead, dry skin. Dip the pumice stone in warm water. Using gentle circular or side-to-side motions, file the corn. 3. Rub moisturizing lotion or cream into the area. 4. Use corn pads to keep pressure off the corn. There are some corn pads available that are premedicated with a salicylic acid solution that may help soften and wear away the corn. 5. Do not attempt to shave the corns away by yourself. This can create a much worse problem of infection that can become dangerous. Corns can be painful, but they are not a cancerous or dangerous condition, with surgery rarely being necessary. When your corn has been successfully resolved, remember that it may return if ill-fitting shoes continue to be worn. Ee

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Events happening this month in the WNC area to enjoy! Christmas at Biltmore Friday, November 1 to Sunday, January 5, 2020 The biggest event of the holiday season. See America’s largest home decked out in festive finery. Candlelight Evenings are especially magical. Visit:

Weaverville Art Safari Saturday, November 2 to Sunday, November 3, 2019 This self-guided, make-your-own-agenda event throughout Weaverville and surrounding scenic valleys is a rare opportunity to interact with artists and see the process behind their critically-acclaimed works of art. And it’s fun to buy directly from the artists! Brochures will also be distributed from an Art Safari information booth located on Main Street in Weaverville during the Safari weekend. Visit website:

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition Friday, November 8 to Tuesday, April 7, 2020

This nationally touring exhibition at Biltmore that features set recreations, costumes and never-before-seen multimedia elements. In two locations on the estate: Amherst at Deerpark and The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village. Visit:

Polar Express Train

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Friday, November 8 to Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Saturday, November 23 to Sunday, November 24, 2019

Ride to the North Pole on the Polar Express Train at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to pick up Santa. It’s fun for all ages. Departs from Bryson City.

Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum

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Saturday, November 9 to Saturday, December 21, 2019

Asheville Holiday Parade

This quirky exhibit in downtown Brevard features dozens of vintage aluminum Christmas trees and ornaments inside the Transylvania Heritage Museum. A fun trip back in time. The Aluminum Tree & Ornament Museum (ATOM) is the world’s only museum dedicated to vintage aluminum Christmas trees. Wed-Sat. Free admission. Website:

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Saturday, November 23, 2019 Downtown Asheville, 11 AM. A fun and creative parade that kicks off the holiday season with marching bands, floats, dance, and and Santa Claus himself.

Hendersonville Home for the Holidays Friday, November 29, 2019 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Saturday, November 9 to Sunday, November 10, 2019 Head to the River Arts District near downtown Asheville to find 180+ artists at work in 25 converted industrial buildings along the river. Great deals on art! 10 AM-5 PM. Free admission. Visit:

National Gingerbread House Competition, Grove Park Inn Wednesday, November 20 to Saturday, January 4, 2020 See the winning gingerbread houses and creations on display at The Omni Grove Park Inn, elaborately decorated for the season. Public viewing Sunday-Thursday except Christmas & Thanksgiving week Visit: asheville-grove-park

Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum Friday, November 22, 2019 to Saturday, January 4, 2020 Stroll through impressive light displays in the Arboretum gardens, especially designed to compliment the plants and trees in this beautiful setting. Visit:

Main Street twinkles with thousands of lights and many festive events including parade, hay rides, Broadway shows, tours, ice skating, and fantastic shopping.

Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas Friday, November 29, 2019 to Sunday, December 22, 2019 Dazzling new production at the State Theatre of NC featuring favorite holiday songs with an all-star cast from across the USA, Playhouse Chorus and dancers of all ages. Visit:

An Angel Christmas at Thomas Wolfe Home Saturday, November 30, 2019 to Saturday, January 4, 2020 Take a festive tour through the fascinating 29-room Thomas Wolfe Home in downtown Asheville with angel themed decorations. Open Tues-Sat, 9 AM-5 PM. Open House on Dec 14 includes angel wreath auction, kids’ activities and more. Visit: November 2019 | 50+ Living | 31

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50+Living NOVEMBER 2019  

Based in Asheville, NC 50+ Living of WNC is a lifestyle magazine for 50+ active lifestyle adults showcasing news, information, tips and tool...

50+Living NOVEMBER 2019  

Based in Asheville, NC 50+ Living of WNC is a lifestyle magazine for 50+ active lifestyle adults showcasing news, information, tips and tool...