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Sassy • Spirited • Successful

April 2017

INSIDE Pam’s Corner Celebrates 15 Years

Bring on Brunch • Rock Hits That Worried Mom the Most The IKEA Experience • Cutting Through the Fat

Sassy • Spirited • Successful

Co-editors Mary Helen Darah and Jennifer Ruple

Bloom where you are planted. This month you will want to get cozy, open a window to breathe in the fresh, spring air and plant yourself among our pages. Our talented blogger, editor and columnist, Jen Ruple, brings on brunch with Chef Liz Donaldson (pg. 4). Pam Weirauch, owner of Pam’s Corner, celebrates 15 years of her blooming business and local eatery. You may not be able to visit Sweden, but you can go day tripping to Canton, Mich. and spend a day at IKEA finding your inner Scandinavian (pg. 8). It may be a ‘taxing’ month’ but a perfect time to revisit your financial goals (pg. 10). Rock on! Guest columnist Robert Alexander shares how rock ‘n’ roll impacted his life (pg. 11). We wish you a happy spring. May it be a time of new beginnings, fresh starts and blooming where you take root. As always, thanks for reading.




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• Life in the fat lane


• Bring on brunch


• Pam’s Corner turns 15

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• Day trip to IKEA • Revisit your financial goals • Rock matters • Crossword fun • Books for boomers • It’s a date

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Pam Weirauch, owner of Pam’s Corner, is excited to celebrate the upcoming anniversary of her popular eatery.



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Life in the Fat Lane

When to stop, yield, and go on red! By Erika D. White

Let’s be honest, most of us have found ourselves all over the map when it comes to our perception of fat. Many of our perceptions come from misleading information on the different types of fats through labeling, thinking that fat Erika D. White makes us fat, or only associating fat with certain foods. The information “Fat Lane” is full of twists and turns that can lead the average person straight into a brick wall! While fat is often blamed for obesity, the problem is much more complicated than just the overeating of this single nutrient. From healthy skin, hair and nails; to helping with the absorption of vitamins through the bloodstream; to providing essential fatty acids not made by the body, fat is more than cute babies and undesirable thighs, it is the firework finale to all the other macronutrients. From the carb conundrum to the power of protein, this final macronutrient road trip has all the winning moments for replacing the fat we love with the fat we need. So, grab onto your inner Thelma & Louise, as we ride past misconceptions and home in on identifying, understanding, and choosing life in the “Fat Lane!” The first thing that should be understood is that fat does not make people fat, poor diets and inactivity do. Eating or drinking most your calories from fats, carbohydrates, protein, and alcohol leads to weight gain. Combine this with consuming more than you can physically burn off, your age, genetics, gender, and finally your lifestyle and you are quite possibly on the path to obesity. Choosing healthy fats is better for your overall health and can help you to live a longer, healthier life. However, it is important to remember that when it comes to your waistline, all fats have about the same number of calories. Whether you are eating a bag of your favorite potato chips or a can of your favorite nuts, both have 9 calories per gram, contrasted to carbs and protein that have only 4 calories per gram. Again, it is the type of fat that makes the health difference in eating nuts over chips. Eating a can of nuts is just as fattening as eating a bag of chips if you do not watch the serving size. APRIL 2017

It is easy to label certain foods as “bad” or “good”; but labeling can be a pitfall by giving room for the misconception that one can overindulge just because it is “good.” I can recall people walking through the office with Ziploc baggies full of pretzels, keeping pretzels in their cars, and all over their desk because the craze was that pretzels were so much healthier that chips. Lo and behold, no one lost weight from replacing their chip consumption with pretzels! Why? The sodium content in pretzels not only helped to increase their midsection, but blood pressure as well; and pretzels, like chips, are a snack food. Think veggie chips are more virtuous than potato chips? How about turkey burgers having less fat than a beef burger? Or, how about that bowl of high fiber cereal you traded in for Frosted Flakes? Think again! Many foods that seem healthy are actually fat traps.



Bring on Brunch

Brighten the buffet with springtime dishes By Jennifer Ruple

As the landscape becomes a bit greener each day and tiny crocuses make their seasonal debut, we can look forward to Easter celebrations and springtime entertaining. Liz Donaldson, assistant chef at Walt Churchill’s Market in Maumee, created four fabulous dishes that will brighten up the brunch buffet for your family gatherings and help you welcome the new season. Citrus Breakfast Salad Servings: 6 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice 2 ruby red grapefruits, segmented ½ cup honey 2 pink or white Fresh mint, chopped grapefruits, segmented 1 piece fresh ginger 2 navel oranges, 1 pint blueberries, rinsed segmented Toasted almonds, if 2 Cara Cara navel desired oranges, segmented In a saucepan, heat the orange juice, honey, mint and ginger. Bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Remove the piece of ginger. Place the segmented fruit in serving cups. Once the juice has cooled, pour it over the fruit and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Before serving, add the blueberries and garnish with nuts, if desired.

Breakfast Strata with Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta and Gruyere

Servings: 12 1 loaf ciabatta bread 1 pound Brussels sprouts, cleaned and quartered 2 shallots, minced 6 ounces pancetta, diced 6 ounces Gruyere, shredded 8 large eggs 1 cup half-and-half Salt and ground black pepper to taste

In a skillet, sautĂŠ the pancetta, sprouts and shallots over medium heat and cook until pancetta begins to brown. Set aside. In a bowl, mix the eggs and the half-and-half. Season with salt and pepper. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Cut the ciabatta into 1-inch thick slices. Line the pan with the ciabatta. Top the ciabatta with the Brussels sprouts and the pancetta. Sprinkle Gruyere over the top. Pour the egg mixture over the top. Bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes or until the center of the strata is set.



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Bananas Foster Stuffed French Toast Servings: 12 1 teaspoon cinnamon 4 tablespoons butter ½ teaspoon nutmeg 3 ripe bananas 1 teaspoon vanilla ½ cup light brown sugar ¾ cup sugar ½ cup dark rum 4 large croissants, sliced in half 6 large eggs Powdered sugar for 2 cups half-and-half serving

In a skillet, melt the butter. Add the bananas, brown sugar and rum. Sauté mixture until the bananas are tender. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and sugar.

Coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Lay the slices of croissants in a single layer. Top with half of the banana mixture. Repeat layers with remaining croissant slices and bananas. Poor the egg mixture over the croissants and bananas. Bake at 350 F for 35-45 minutes or until set. Dust with powdered sugar when serving. Living Large Breakfast Sandwiches Servings: 6 6 crumpets or English muffins, sliced 8-ounce package French Brie, sliced 8.5 ounces Dalmatia Fig Spread (orange or original flavor) ½ pound Applewood smoked ham, thinly sliced

Layer slices of ham and Brie over the bottom halves of crumpets. Brush a nice layer of the fig jam on the top halves of crumpets. Place both halves on a baking sheet. Broil 1-2 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

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Hard to Find. Impossible to Forget. Pam’s Corner celebrates a milestone

By Mary Helen Darah

It has been 15 years since Pam Weirauch found the courage to change her life. “I worked in a dental office for 24.5 years as a chair-side assistant,” she recalled. “I was the lady who took x-rays, impressions and was the hand holder for the practice.” Weirauch sold the first house she had bought when she was 32 years old and ventured into the unknown world of the food industry. She is now, as she says, the “chief cook and bottle washer” at Pam’s Corner, located at 116 10th Street in downtown Toledo. “I was told I wouldn’t make it in the restaurant business past the first year, so I sold my house and moved into my friend’s guest room,” she stated. “I lived there for about three years. I had read every book I could find on restaurant ownership, and I really thought I wouldn’t make it. I paid rent to my friends, cooked for them and watched their animals.” She is still in disbelief of her actions. “I had moved to Toledo to work in a dental office,” she recounted. “I think I went


through a midlife crisis. I was the girl who needed to know where my paychecks were coming from. Obviously, I have gotten over that.” Weirauch began her culinary career at the Erie Street Market where she stayed from 20022006. “Erie Street Market was an incubator where you could test your business and move on. It was a good start for me,” she said. “The city decided to go in a different direction with the building, and we were forced to leave. I was out of business for almost a year. I cleaned a friend’s house, subbed in dental offices and worked part-time as a cashier at The Andersons. I found out what I was made of. During that time, I also discovered what other people are capable of. After that experience, I never ask people what I can do for them. I just do it.” Following an extensive search and an 11month renovation project, she found a place that is ‘Hard to find. Impossible to forget.’ “People


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told me that this was a stupid location,” recalled sandwiches. Now we do, thanks to him, and Weirauch. “Yet, I was looking for specific things they are a big seller,” she stated. “I like to take care of the people that have been loyal to me.” when I moved. I wanted a place with built-in clientele. If there is a snowy day, I am in In addition to the eat-in restaurant, Pam’s walking distance of the library and other local Corner also offers boxed lunches and has hosted businesses and there is ample parking. Most rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties and other important, there was no bad ‘juju’ in this space. I gatherings. “We have a whole common space can’t believe I have been in the available for functions,” she business for 15 years and in the stated. “The biggest party we Davis Building for a decade. had was when a police officer When we first moved here, the retired. We had three shifts of common space was painted officers come through. I really bright purple right before the enjoy the interesting events we annual holiday stroll except for have held here.” one spot outside my door. I was Although the event has yet to so upset. Paula Fall, former be named, Weirauch is excited owner of Sophia Lustig, and to celebrate the upcoming her staff moved Christmas trees anniversary of Pam’s Corner. and decorations in front of my The celebration will be held non-painted wall. I knew at that on May 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. She moment that I belonged here. states, “We will have We have such a caring entertainment, appetizers and community.” prizes to thank the community Weirauch realized that 2017 Pam Weirauch shares a laugh with that has been so greatly was a big milestone year worth 13-year employee, Steve Moss. supportive.” celebrating, but she historically At times Weirauch still has a unique ‘theme’ for every year. “It varies experiences disbelief that she left a stable job annually,” she explained. “One year’s theme and followed her dream. “Many people think was ‘Don’t say no to things you normally say no that my work in the dental office vastly differs to.’ During her “Face your Fears” year, from what I do now. It’s actually very similar. I Weirauch, a woman afraid of heights, took a hot have always been good at reading body air balloon ride. Last year was her “Accept language, and I can tell when someone needs a Praise and Positives” year. “At the end of the little extra assistance. I am blessed and feel day, I had 20 people say wonderful compliments grateful for the people that choose to cross my about my cooking,” she said. “One person said threshold. I hope to keep on keeping on and there was not enough salt in my soup. What do I continue this journey,” she stated. “Although we remember? That there wasn’t enough salt in my may be hard to find, after 15 years, I hope we’re soup. Why do we do that? I have yet to come up impossible to forget.” with a theme for this year but then I realized it was our milestone anniversary. I want to make it Blue Lakes Charters & Tours a big deal. I am open to suggestions.” Escorted Motorcoach Tours 2017 The entrepreneur equates many things with her success. “Part of my success is my staff. It’s the Plan Now to Join Us part of my business that has been my most for an Exciting Getaway! challenging as well as my biggest reward. One JUNE 8 - 11 ~ Nashville Country Music gentleman has been with me 13 years. Building JUNE 20 - 27 ~ Cape Cod & the Islands relationships, whether it be with staff or AUGUST 10 - 13 ~ New York City customers, is everything. Positive ‘word of SEPTEMBER 7 - 10 ~ Washington D.C. mouth’ has always sustained and moved me Call Us for Tour Information & Reservations! forward. Customers continue to make me grow. 419-874-4225 or 1- 800-282-4287 Ext 1401 One man told me he judges a restaurant on its Blue Lakes is Hiring Drivers…. club sandwich. At the time, we didn’t make club

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Plates and Places

Sharing the IKEA experience

By Jennifer Ruple Four hours and nine minutes to be exact, is the amount of time coeditor Mary Helen Darah and I shared meandering the aisles of the mother-of-all home furnishing and accessories stores known as IKEA. With no time constraints Jennifer Ruple (for once) and no regrets about it either, we donned our most comfortable walking shoes and set out to discover the latest in design Colorful flags mark the entrance to home furnishings trends, gather decorating ideas for spring, and store IKEA in Canton, Mich. enjoy a relaxing lunch. borrowed a big yellow bag to Founded in 1943 in Sweden, IKEA carry smaller items that we is in 48 countries. The closest one wanted to purchase while to the Toledo area is just a little perusing the home furnishings over an hour’s drive north in department on the second floor. Canton, Mich., which makes the Up the escalator we went. destination perfect for a day trip. After a few runners’ stretches, Let the fun begin we were ready to embark on our As we approached the store, the journey. Along the winding path, large groupings of flags and the we were treated to vignettes for massive lettered parking lot every area of the home from evoked memories of childhood living rooms and kitchens to theme park visits. Only this time office spaces and bathrooms. the thrills would be choosing There were even full home which counter stools to buy. Upon Mary Helen Darah checks out a displays that show you how to entering the store, we each modern light fixture at IKEA. live large in very small spaces. We checked out sectionals, ottomans, computer desks and armoires. Lunch break At the end of the path on the second floor is the IKEA Restaurant. Halfway through our adventure, it was time for a quick break. I opted for the iconic Swedish meatball platter with fresh veggies, mashed potatoes and a dollop of lingonberry jam, while my colleague chose the smoked salmon salad. We each selected a bowl of corn chowder Swedish meatballs, lingonberry jam and mashed potatoes which ended up barely lukewarm after one of us are served at the IKEA Restaurant. felt the need to capture the perfect photo of our



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and salmon fillets, jars of lingonberry jam and mustard-dill sauce, and potato fritters and Swedish pancakes. Good thing we passed on dessert because it was time for a warm and gooey cinnamon roll. Two for the road, please.

If you go…

Jennifer Ruple looks over accessories in the garden section at IKEA.

lunches. The dessert bar was stocked and tempting, but we turned it down for other options later. The Marketplace After refueling, we headed downstairs to The Marketplace where the accessories are located. Like two kids in a candy store, we filled our carts with pillows, tape dispensers, wooden spoons, napkins, candles, clocks and plants. Swedish Food Market Our last stop before departing was the food market. Here we found items such as Swedish meatballs

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• Visit on a weekday to avoid crowds and strollers. • Restrooms are conveniently located in the store’s entryway. Use them - it’s a long way till the next ones appear. • Wear comfortable shoes - the place is huge! • Secret passageways allow you to skip some areas of the store, but it’s best to stick to the path. You could become confused and lose all sense of direction. • Pick up a catalog. More than likely, there will be a few things you wished you had placed in the big yellow bag. • BYOB (bags). The only bags available at checkout are for purchase.

Jennifer Ruple is the author of the blog


Take a Fresh look at Your Goals

Revisit your fiscal and financial priorities each day By Jeff Bucher Building a healthy financial life is an important concern that everyone should address with diligence and care. Rather than being a one-time event, evaluating your finances—and ensuring you don’t lose sight of your goals—requires timely, Jeff Bucher purposeful attention. Imagine, for example, if you went to the doctor, created a thorough and personalized health strategy, carefully stuck to the plan, and then didn’t have another appointment for five years. You might have felt as if you didn’t need to go to for a checkup because your plan helped you make healthy life choices. However, the reality is that a lot can change in a very short period of time, such as medical advancements, new ailments, and more. Though you believed you were on the right path, you might have missed critical guidance and professional insight. The same scenario applies to your financial life: your fiscal strategies and priorities evolve with you, and they require ongoing oversight for your financial wellness. Crafting a thoughtfully designed strategy is only the beginning of your financial journey. To make the most of your opportunities, you should revisit your strategy and financial goals at least once a year. Address life changes Key question to answer: Have I experienced any major life events? Your financial strategies should fit your life. So, if your life changes, your finances should change too. We recommend you talk to your financial representative about any events or experiences that might affect your financial priorities whenever they occur. Revisit your estate plan Key question to answer: Does my estate plan thoroughly and accurately reflect my wishes? Creating a clear, airtight estate plan is a powerful gift you can give your family. You should revisit your estate plan once a year to make sure you have clearly shared your wishes, designated your beneficiaries and protected your assets. Analyze your tax liabilities Key question to answer: Have changes to tax laws


or personal circumstances affected my tax liabilities? Even the most tax-efficient, financial strategy still needs regular review to ensure it reflects current laws and your evolving life. By keeping up with the changing tax momentum—and revising your strategies as needed—you can help mitigate unnecessary tax liabilities and better preserve your assets. Review your retirement Key question to answer: Am I saving enough to comfortably retire when I desire? Pursuing a satisfying, financially secure retirement is an important goal for many investors. Each year, you should review your fiscal strategy and retirement plan to determine if you are positioning yourself for the retirement you desire— or if you need to make adjustments to get back on track. Just like an annual checkup with your doctor, an annual review of your financial goals, priorities, and strategies is part of a healthy financial life. With this regular review, you’ll better keep your financial wellness in check and catch any problems before they become more serious pitfalls. This can help you— no matter what life stage you’re in. Jeff Bucher is the president and co-founder of Citizen Advisory Group, a comprehensive financial planning company in Perrysburg. You can contact him at 419-872-0204; email at; visit at 770 Commerce Dr., Perrysburg; or visit the website at

Investment Advisory Services offered through AlphaStar Capital Management, LLC, a SEC Registered Investment Adviser. SEC registration does not constitute an endorsement of the firm by the Commission nor does it indicate that the adviser has attained a particular level of skill or ability. AlphaStar Capital Management, LLC and Citizen Advisory Group are independent entities.

Jeff is giving away copies of “Beyond the Summit: The Hard-Working American’s Retirement Guide” to readers of Boomers & Beyond. If you would like a complimentary copy of the book, give the Citizen Advisory Group office a call at 419-8720204.


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rock Matters

Hits that worried my mom the most By robert Alexander

By the time I was 13, rock ‘n’ roll was already in full swing. The Drifters had introduced strings and a Latin beat to There Goes My Baby, and Buddy Holly, age 22, had just died in a small plane crash, along with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. Elvis was in the Army and Bobby Freeman’s Do You Wanna Dance started a dance craze for America’s teens. It was 1959, and Boomers lives were forever changed. Parents were very nervous. This music would corrupt teens’ morals, rob them of their innocence, and set them on a destructive path. With its suggestive lyrics, gyrating performers, electric guitars, pounding pianos, yakety saxes, and driving beat, it was the devil’s music - loud and raw. Parents had every reason to be afraid, very afraid! It was the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. I grew up in Philly, the original home of Bandstand, and much later I found out what Dick Clark always knew: that regardless of race, region or religion, this music could unite a generation. So here is my baker’s dozen playlist of early rock hits by the artists who worried my mom the most: • Maybellene, Chuck Berry, the father of rock and roll • Almost Grown, Chuck Berry • Rock and Roll Music (just let me hear some of that), Chuck again • Blue Suede Shoes, Elvis Presley/Carl Perkins • Young Blood, The Coasters, about an underaged girl? • Searchin’, The Coasters, remember Bulldog Drummond? • Tutti Frutti, Little Richard, title changed from Cutie Booty for obvious reasons • Keep A Knockin’, Little Richard (rock’s other father) at his screaming best • Breathless, Jerry Lee Lewis, rock’s original bad boy • Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Jerry Lee Lewis, no one could abuse a piano like Jerry Lee • Be-Bop-A-Lula, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps • Peggy Sue, Buddy Holly, rockabilly at its best • Rave On, Buddy Holly, my favorite opening of any song • And one more… The Twist, originally released in 1959 by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

Robert Alexander looks through the selection of albums at Culture Clash Records on Secor Road.

No ballads, no doo-wop, no soul…not this time, just 50s’ rock. What’s on your list?

With My Curiosity Running Wild when I was Almost Grown with No Place to Go, it was Chuck Berry’s music that provided the sound track for that chapter in my life...RIP Chuck Berry.

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Crossword fun: Delicious Desserts ACROSS 1. Scottish Highlands’ pattern 6. ____ Brown from “Back to the Future” 9. “For ____ the Bell Tolls” 13. Alluring maiden 14. Feminists’ 1923 proposal, acr. 15. Push 16. Not Ionic or Corinthian 17. SNL’s “home” 18. Acquired behavior pattern 19. *Danish or croissant 21. *With ice cream 23. Color wheel feature 24. *”Baking with Julia,” e.g. 25. Rejuvenating spot 28. Stephen King’s “The Green ____” 30. License to park, e.g. 35. Olympic castaway? 37. Read, watched or listened to 39. Hot spot 40. Swirling vortex 41. Wilt “The ____” Chamberlain 43. Beginning of musical staff 44. DNA and RNA 46. Recipe direction 47. Saw incision 48. Rh in Rh disease 50. “Follow me!” 52. Pig’s digs 53. Loud get-together 55. Actress Thompson 57. *Apple coat 61. *Like Cherries Jubilee 64. Defendant’s excuse 65. One who copies behavior of another 67. Lion sounds 69. “Thesaurus” author 70. Intelligent humor 71. Grassy plain 72. School activity 73. Anagram for #49 Down 74. Those in favor DOWN 1. High degree 2. Roller coaster feature 3. Heavenly glow 4. March celebrants


5. Authoritative declaration 6. Refuse to accept 7. Eyeball shape 8. *Chocolate tree 9. George Michael/ Andrew Ridgeley duo 10. Great Depression drifter 11. “Metamorphoses” poet 12. Boundary line 15. *Milk-based concoctions 20. Buggy control, pl. 22. Chop off 24. Cause to be enamored 25. *Common dessert ingredient 26. Study of behavior and mind, for short 27. Eagle’s nest 29. “____ Make a Deal” 31. Medieval torture device 32. The cocktail Moscow ____, pl.

33. Dead to the world 34. *Seaside candy 36. *In M&M’s pack: browns, greens and these 38. Fit for a skinny one 42. Online troublemaker 45. What to do with an application 49. Greek letters on campus 51. Almost 54. Shredded cabbage dishes 56. Mexican detergent plant 57. Rental on the links 58. Medicinal succulent 59. Semis 60. Lend a criminal hand 61. Sheep’s milk cheese 62. Barnyard sounds 63. Marine eagle 66. *____-throwing contest 68. Vessel’s last call


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life in the Fat lane


Veggie chips are processed type of fat is great for your the same way as regular overall health with easy chips. Turkey burgers swaps like olive oil for ordered in restaurants are butter or seafood for red made from dark meat and meat. Below are the two turkey skin, and fiber high types of unsaturated fats cereals are often loaded you need to know: with sugar. Move away Monounsaturated fats raise from the concept of good cholesterol, highlabeling foods as “good” density lipoprotein (HDL) Erika avoids the fat lane with a run through the and lower bad cholesterol, and “bad” and focus on park. reading the label to low-density lipoprotein distinguish what is healthy. (LDL). Some of the best sources are olive oil, Fat comes in two main forms, unsaturated and grapeseed oil, peanut oil, almonds, pumpkin saturated. Unsaturated fats remain in their fluid seeds, and avocados. state at room temperature, while saturated fats Polyunsaturated fats can help lower your total turn solid at room temperature. Thinking of your cholesterol level and are found in foods like arteries, which sounds as if it is the best choice walnuts, flaxseeds, sunflower oil, corn oil, and for your health? Yes, unsaturated fats! Our fish. bodies need some saturated fat, but the majority Omega-3s are the polyunsaturated powerhouses of our fat intake should come from unsaturated of healthy fats. The body cannot make omega-3s, fats; and never from trans fats. The current recommendation is about 25-35 percent of your daily calories should come from fat (56-78 grams of fat on a 2,000-calorie diet), with no more than 10 percent (22 grams) coming from saturated fat. Healthy fats such as the Full passport servvices are monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and omega-3s have a positive effect on our bodies. available at Main n Library These types of fats help manage mood, control 325 Michigan St. hunger, maintain mental clarity, and fight fatigue. Toledo ol , OH O 43604 It is very important to focus on healthy fat to completely reset your body for a new lifestyle and a leaner, stronger you. I could give you a food list to follow, but that would not motivate Monday you to understand what to eat and why. It is also Thursdaay, imperative to understand the types of fat that are 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. beneficial for your body along with those that are Friday - Saturday, not. It is simple to tell people what to eat; I prefer 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to share how to eat because inspiration is Sundays, thought, motivation is action. Check out your 1 - 4 p.m m. motivating fat lane list below. (Sept. - May) THE GO LANE: UNSATURATED FATS Unsaturated fats are considered the best for your overall health because they can improve 419.25 59.5200 blood cholesterol levels, help with inflammation, help blood pressure, and cardiac health. This

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so they must come from foods. Adding fatty fish vegetable oil “no longer generally recognized as like albacore tuna, salmon, mackerel, and safe” and that it should be phased out over the sardines can help fight inflammation, control next several years. I say why wait! Here are blood clotting, and even help to lower blood some foods to start phasing out on your own: pressure and triglycerides. potato, corn and tortilla chips, microwave popcorn, THE YIELD LANE: ready-made frosting, frozen Saturated Fats pizza, deep fried foods (inc. This type of fat is potentially french fries), baked goods harmful to your health. containing shortening (i.e. Saturated fats are primarily cracker, cookies, pies); found in meat, but there are nondairy coffee creamer; some plant sources (i.e. and stick margarine. coconuts, coconut oil, palm We all need fat in our life, kernel oil) that have a high there is no doubt about that. level as well. Saturated fat Not only does fat give food raises total blood cholesterol amazing flavor, it gives us levels and low-density the feeling of fullness, and lipoprotein (LDL) Erika drives and stays out of the fat lane. provides our bodies with cholesterol levels, which can beneficial, body-fueling nutrients. Eating low-fat increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Saturated fat may also increase your risk of type is not just a colored label on food or giving up fat from our diet, it is cutting choices that add 2 diabetes. Even healthy foods like chicken and weight and increase our health risks. Educating nuts have small amounts of saturated fat, so the ourselves is practicing healthy living. Eating for American Heart Association recommends a both enjoyment and health is what it takes to dietary pattern that includes 5-6 percent of make the right changes when cruising Life in the calories from saturated fat. This can easily be Fat Lane. And, doing it in a blue 1966 Ford achieved by limiting foods like beef fat, cheese, Thunderbird convertible doesn’t hurt either! ice cream, lamb, pork, poultry with skin, lard, Minus the whole over the cliff thing! cream and butter, and opting for more unsaturated fat foods in your diet Erika D. White is a certified fitness professional THE DON’T PASS “GO”, GO STRAIGHT who believes in building strong, healthy, ageless TO JAIL LANE: Trans Fats men and women. Connect with Erika at Trans fats are labeled as hydrogenated, partially or every Tuesday at noon on hydrogenated, or shortening; check even those 13abc’s Ask the Expert foods labeled as “zero trans fats” because they Sources: can still contain these ingredients. Trans fats not only increase total cholesterol and bad ment/carbohydrates.htm#ixzz30hETqXKW cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL); they also lower good cholesterol, high-density Gropper SS, Smith JL, Groff JL. “Advanced Nutrition and lipoprotein (HDL). This is double trouble for our Human Metabolism.” Fourth Edition. Belmont, CA. Wadsworth Co. 2005. heart health. The Food and Drug Administration Pub (FDA) has classified partially hydrogenated



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Books for Boomers

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? It was introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets in order to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. What better way to celebrate than by sharing some poetry with your grandkids or special children in your life? Here By Sue Schafer are some great children’s books to help you get started! Manager, Revolting Rhymes, Alfred A. Knopf, 2002 Sylvania Branch, Toledo Lucas County By Roald Dahl Public Library Included are humorous retellings in verse of six well-known fairy tales featuring surprise endings in place of the traditional happily-ever-after. Mirror, Mirror: a Book of Reversible Verse, Dutton Children’s Books, 2010 By Marilyn Singer Ages 9 - 12 This is a collection of short poems which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature. It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles, Greenwillow Books, 2000 By Jack Prelusky Ages 0 - 8 This is a collection of humorous poems such as “The Dancing Hippopotami,” “You Can’t Make Me Eat That,” “My Father’s Name is Sasquatch,” and “Dear Wumbledeedumble.” Brown Girl Dreaming, Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014 By Jaqueline Woodson Ages 9 - 12 In vivid poems that reflect the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, an awardwinning author shares what it was like to grow up in the 1960s and 1970s in both the North and the South. Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, Harcourt, 2016 By Adam Rex This is a collection of stories in verse about the monster-sized problems Dracula, Wolfman, Bigfoot, and other monsters have.

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History lecture Series – Battle of Fallen Timbers Monclova Community Center 8115 Monclova Road Wednesday, April 5, 7 p.m. The Monclova Historical Foundation invites you to hear historical researcher Dave Westrick speak about the Battle of Fallen Timbers and the new visitor center. Historians rank the Battle of Fallen Timbers as one of the most important battles in U.S. history. Admission is free.


Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculptural Park Grand Rapids, Mich. Through April 30 Celebrate spring at the nation’s largest tropical butterfly exhibition. Explore lush surroundings while exotic butterflies fly freely throughout the Tropical Conservatory. Exhibit is included in admission to Meijer Gardens, seniors 65+ $11. Wood County plant Exchange Wood County Fairgrounds Home and Garden Building Corner of Haskins and Poe Roads, Bowling Green Saturday, April 29, 9-11 a.m. Exchange plants, receive gardening information, and watch demonstrations. Vendors will also have items for sale. Everyone receives two plants just for attending (subject to availability). For information, call 419-354-9050.

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lunchtime Tea Fundraiser Clara J’s Tea Room 219 W. Wayne St., Maumee Thursday, April 6, 12:30 -1:30 p.m. Enjoy great food, delicious teas, and guest speaker Bob Conley, who will talk about the Monclova Historical Foundation. Event to benefit the Monclova Community Center. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. Call 419-861-1336. Flips-Flops in paradise Hilton Garden Inn, Perrysburg Saturday, April 8, 6 p.m. Join the Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio for a paradise-themed dinner, live music, dancing, message in a bottle raffle, live and silent auctions. To purchase tickets, visit


reforestation Work Days Fallen Timbers Battlefield Metropark Join the reforestation efforts at the battlefield. April 8, 9: Root pruning and prepping trees for planting April 19, 20, 21: Hauling materials and prepping work site April 22, 23, 29, 30: Tree shelter installation and mulching For information, contact Annie Devine at, 419-407-9841. Register online at


Embrace life Cedar Creek Church 29129 Lime City Road, Perrysburg Wednesday, April 26, 8 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Kingston HealthCare presents an event for those 50 years young and up featuring keynote speakers, education and information, health screenings, continental breakfast, lunch, entertainment and door prizes. Tickets are $10 through April 11, $18 through April 21. For tickets, visit

Boomers & Beyond APRIL 2017  

BOOMERS Boomers & Beyond is a monthly publication in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan dedicated to the unique joys and challenges of be...

Boomers & Beyond APRIL 2017  

BOOMERS Boomers & Beyond is a monthly publication in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan dedicated to the unique joys and challenges of be...