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Restoring Dignity Meet Jasmine Washington. We gave her a new look, to reflect her new life.

106 • PEOPLE

Top Form Influencers The health experts leading and inspiring a holistic city

118 • MENTAL HEALTH

A Ray Of Hope A premiere feature on grappling with the sorrow and purpose of grief

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E D I T O R ’ S PERCEPTIONS OF PRETTY It’s funny how our perceptions of what is pretty or what is fit tend to change from season to season. Most of us have lived long enough to see how ideals of beauty can drastically shift each decade. The perfected perception of health and physiques have far evolved since the days of Marilyn Monroe or what the runway has idealized since the supermodel era (aka Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell). We can easily get so wrapped up in quick trends or 24-hour turnaround health promises that we forget the simple, basic truths of what it means to be healthy, of what it means to be beautiful. Particularly at the start of a new year, many of us set out with standards for ourselves of health and beauty that are ever so high. Rather than enhancing what we already have, we get wrapped up in trying

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to achieve all we don’t have, which can be a tireless act to maintain — not quite the ideal way to start the new year. Then again, don’t we already play this game of comparison, idealizing, and perfecting year-round? In this special issue of The Lakelander, we sought to present not necessarily a way to become beautiful, but to embrace the beauty you already have. Not necessarily a way to become a health nut overnight, but practical tips and influences that encourage a lifestyle of wholeness and wellness. No doubt, we tend to complicate beauty. Life is enriched by caring not only for the outward, but maybe even more so by caring for the mental and emotional facets of life. Then again, Ben Franklin may have put it best: “Moderation in all things — including moderation.”


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C O N T R I B U T O R S THE WRITERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT MAKE THE LAKELANDER

ROB CROSBY

People photographed by Naomi Lynn Vacaro, p.106

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Rob Crosby (Rob Cros Photography) is a photographer based out of Central Florida and Nashville. He’s worked with companies such as LinkedIn, Republic Records, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. robcros.com @robcros

Naomi has been a world traveler since birth, living in the ice desert of Mongolia with her missionary parents who took her family on occasional visits to Korea, Russia, China, and Thailand. Her 18th birthday came with the expiration of her Mongolian visa, and, despite her hatred of large bugs, Naomi moved to Lakeland. It was here that she learned how to drive, figured out work and college, and tackled her fear of ordering at fast-food restaurants. She is now a full-fledged Lakelander, photographer, and blogger. naomilynn.com Can you recall your first photography job? My first-ever photography “gig” was documenting a youth group’s adventures during a missions conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand. At the end of the trip I got to put together a slideshow for the whole conference so that the parents could see how much fun their kids had during the week. I was probably 16 at the time, and let me tell you, it was a BLAST. Around that time I started to develop a passion for documenting events and telling stories. What a thrill! Where do you most draw inspiration for your photography? I have always been drawn to and inspired by the unique beauty of a human face. The ability that one simple look has to create connection and emotion is breathtaking. There is nothing more powerful than looking into the eyes of another person and being changed by who they are and what they feel. You’ve been contributing work to The Lakelander for some time now. What has been your favorite shoot to date? I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with The

Lakelander for several years, from assisting on shoots, to contributing ad images, to photographing features. Each experience has been meaningful in its own way. However, my personal favorite was my recent shoot with Concord Coffee for the December Lakelander Made issue. The afternoon was laid back, full of delicious smells and plenty of laughs! Everything just seemed to click perfectly into place. And did I mention free cups of coffee? Duh! Favorite. Where’s your favorite place to eat in town? Cafe Zuppina! Every time I eat there I find myself saying, “Oh my gosh, this is SO GOOD” throughout the entire meal! If you had an ideal open day in Lakeland, how would you spend it? First stop, Downtown Lakeland Farmers Curb Market. Then Hillcrest Coffee for some homey vibes and friendly faces! After that, I’d grab my hammock and stroll on down to Peterson Park for some quality napping. Conclude the day with a walk around Lake Mirror on the arm of my boo, Matthew Vacaro. Best. Day. Ever.

ERICA H. SIRRINE, PH.D., LCSW Erica is a dean and associate professor at Southeastern University. She speaks nationally on grief and bereavement and recently authored Sammy’s Story, an anticipatory grief book for young children experiencing the serious illness of a loved one.

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The Constructs of Real Beauty What is it within its composition that draws us? Possibly more than the eye can see.

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ur perception of what makes something, or someone, beautiful has long been explored by philosophers and scientists alike. For years, theorists have sought to understand whether beauty is subjective or objective, whether its constructs are based on personal opinion or facts. Scientists have dissected it down to a calculated understanding. Particularly within the standards of physical beauty, they have determined it to be the ideal symmetry of a face: equally proportionate features on each side. It’s even suggested a perfectly symmetrical face triggers our attraction to potential partners. Of course, the sum of beauty qualifies for much more than merely perfect symmetry or a striking face. A sense of beauty can be felt as equally as it is seen, experienced as it is perceived. Plato once said, “Beauty is the splendor of truth.” So, could it be that what

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is truly beautiful is actually a great deal more than physical proportions? Thanks to the highly influential presence of media in society and a culture’s eagerness to accept with open arms whatever answers it sends our way, the current concept of beauty is easily correlated with some kind of physical perfection. Therefore, what we are told is beautiful is often what we accept to be beautiful and ultimately what we (at times, blindly) then prioritize to beautify within ourselves. Even media itself has attempted to fight against its own impulses. To change a culture’s perception of beauty, in 2004 Dove launched the Real Beauty campaign of unretouched ads showing females in a wide range of sizes, ages, and races. The campaign went viral as people quickly embraced its strategy of advertisement and influence to change a skewed perception. (Although, in recent months, the campaign has received backlash due to running some rather racially insensitive ads.) Dove’s clear, positive response encouraged other companies such as American Eagle’s Aerie Real and publications such as Verily magazine which have ceased to airbrush its subjects. While the developments of some social platforms (e.g., Instagram) have created space for more real beauty, if you will, it simultaneously has heightened this global misconception and pursuit. Regardless of our perception, beauty has the power to shape our priorities, determining not only how we navigate our lives, but also what we choose to present to the world. If beauty is the splendor of truth, it must be more than what a culture perceives it to be. If it is worth pursuing, it must be something much more substantial and abiding, such as truth itself. Perhaps the greatest awakening for a human being is coming into the knowledge of what truly makes something or someone beautiful. While it may be found at skin level, there is something to be said for the mystery of beauty that draws us to it, to grasp it and emulate it. In The Weight of Glory, author C.S Lewis wrote, “We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words — to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.”

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SEE THAT NO CHILD GOES HUNGRY

Many children may have meals provided during the week at school, but many are often left without proper meals by the weekend. kidsPACK strives to bridge the gap. This non-profit organization provides meals for malnourished children within the homeless division and helps enhance their education. Join these efforts to see that no child goes hungry this year and attend the 5th Annual Gone Country for kidsPACK February 17, 6 - 10 pm. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact 863.272.7927 or visit kidspack.org.

MORE OPTIONS FOR WOMEN Options for Women Pregnancy Health Clinic has recently opened a second location on the east side of Polk County, providing medical services for women facing unplanned pregnancies, including pregnancy testing, ultrasound exams, and STD testing, all free of charge. 495 E. Summerlin Street in Bartow’s Church Service Center

Mojo Federal The historic Federal building is now filled with the sweet smells of in-housed smoked meats and sounds of the blues.

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newly established restaurant, Mojo Federal, has surfaced LAKELAND’S OWN in downtown Lakeland. Beginning in the aspirations of VERSION IS THE a Southern blues kitchen in Jacksonville named Mojo BBQ, Lakeland’s own version is the company’s eighth restaurant, COMPANY’S EIGHTH yet it is unique to our city. Mojo Federal is located in the historic RESTAURANT, YET IT Federal Building on Tennessee Avenue. Built in 1917, the building IS UNIQUE TO OUR is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After being refurbished in 2005, merely half of the 11,000 square-foot building CITY. is ready to host the new establishment, Mojo Federal. The name “mojo” derives from the blues’ meaning of a good-luck feeling. When you arrive at their location, you can expect to feel similarly and to hear the blues for yourself. In addition to the music there is a whiskey bar and an array of in-house smoked meats for your liking. The addition of this restaurant, and several others, has awarded downtown Lakeland the privilege of being a dining hub for its inhabitants. Stop by their new location on the corner of Tennessee and Lemon to experience the sound and taste of the blues.

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For men’s fashion inspiration, follow stylist and The Lakelander Style contributor Abdiel Gonzalez. His eye for combining street-style trends with classic menswear is an excellent start for your everyday wardrobe. Find some of his signature style at 5th and Hall, the Dixieland boutique he owns and curates with his wife, Kristy.

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Find makeup guru Valeria Loren on Instagram and YouTube for endless looks from everyday to glam. Follow her for frequent first impressions on new products, and tutorials using high- and low-end brands.

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Pat’s Hair Design to Become Cherished Beauty

Kaitlin Laing and Jenna Lister, owners of A Cherished Bride (a local bridal service that offers hair styling and makeup for weddings) will be purchasing Pat’s Hair Design from owner and founder, Pat Lockhart. Lockhart has been in the hair and beauty business locally for nearly 30 years and is now prepared to hand the salon to Laing and Lister, who also are two of Pat’s current stylists. With the intended closing date set for January 31, the salon’s location at 4644 Cleveland Heights Boulevard will remain the same, but it will now be named Cherished Beauty. The new salon will soon bring in all A Cherished Bride services to offer the same bridal hair and makeup services.

In addition, Cherished Beauty plans to carry a wide range of new product lines, including a variety of makeup essentials. Cherished Beauty will also soon offer special makeover sessions as well as consultations and makeup classes, offering clients the opportunity to learn techniques that will allow them to recreate the same looks at home. Later, the studio plans to have lash-extensions services, in addition to the current services Lockhart has offered throughout the years. Laing and Lister have been under the leadership of Lockhart for nearly eight years and wish her the best as she retires. They are eager to continue the culture of superior customer service and education for which Lockhart is known.

CHERISHED BEAUTY SALON WILL OFFER BRIDAL SERVICES AND MAKEUP CLASSES.

SHE’S MISS LAKELAND She’s beauty and she’s grace. She’s Miss Florida … and now soon to be Miss Lakeland! For the past three years, the Miss America Organization has held their Miss Florida pageant right here in Lakeland, of which The Lakelander has been a proud sponsor each year. The Miss America Organization recently announced a Miss Lakeland will be selected this

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TAKING THE OATH year to represent the city at the 2018 Miss Florida pageant. Leading up to this annual event, the city’s preliminary pageants will be hosted in Lakeland this spring. Miss Lakeland (ages 17-24) and Miss Lakeland Outstanding Teens (ages 13-16) alike, will be competing on March 18, 2018, at 2 p.m. in the Lake Mirror Theater. Tickets will be on sale for $15

at the door. The pageant will include an on-stage question for the participants, talent, workout wear for the Teens and swimsuit wear for the Misses, and an evening gown competition. The winner will receive a scholarship and continue on to the Miss Florida competition in June. To register, contact cboring10@gmail.com, or visit the MissFlorida.org website.

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On January 2, new City Commissioners Scott Franklin, Stephanie Madden, Michael Dunn, and incoming Mayor Bill Mutz were sworn into office. The commission meeting ceremony, held at RP Funding Center for the seating of the 2018 Lakeland City Commission, was introduced by a call to unity by Pastor Tim Rice of Trinity Presbyterian Church, followed by James Joseph, founder of United City; Rev. Arthur Johnson of St. Luke’s Ministries; and concluded by Mayor Mutz prior to the seating of the city’s new commission.


CLIENT Focused. COMMUNITY Driven. This has been our mission since we’ve opened the doors at Bank of Central Florida just a decade ago. We are a team of local, experienced bankers committed to building relationships, not just transactions. Seasoned professionals who work directly with you to find innovative solutions to meet all of your financial needs. And as Lakeland’s largest community bank in terms of market share with over $460 million in deposits, we know the importance of giving back in the communities we live and work. About establishing a culture that’s committed to helping others in need We’re honored to be part of this community. Working together with you, our future is bright. - Paul Noris | Chairman of the Board, CEO and President

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Sub-Zero Healing Housed inside CrossFit Lakeland is a new business — and a new paradigm in athletic recovery and pain management. We stepped into the Cryosauna to experience it firsthand while owner Mike Knaisch told us why it’s such a promising alternative to traditional treatments for muscle and joint inflammation, fatigue, and even disease.

The Lakelander: Cold therapy has been around a long time, but the Cryosauna takes it to another level. How did the treatment evolve? Mike Knaisch: The Cryosauna was invented by a Japanese doctor working with rheumatoid arthritis patients. He saw great success with those patients who received the therapy once, sometimes twice, a day. They experienced joint pain relief and their inflammation started dissipating. It eventually gained traction in the West with some high-profile professional and collegiate athletes. Now it’s available to the general public for pain and inflammation relief. TL: What happens to the body in the Cryosauna? MK: When your body senses that it’s in a “hostile” environment — a subzero sauna, for instance — it enters a fight-or-flight response. Your brain and nervous system realize that they must act to survive. So your body shunts blood from your extremities and draws it toward your vital organs. But when you step out of the Cryosauna after the three-minute treatment and your body senses it’s safe again, it releases blood back to your extremities. But not only is the blood reoxygenated, it’s cleaner, fresher. TL: What’s the difference between this and a traditional ice pack or ice bath? MK: Traditional cold-therapy methods help with pain but they also cause numbness and close off circulation. So, if you have sore or inflamed muscles and joints, you’re letting that

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Owners Mike Knaisch and his wife, Kim

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TL: What kind of results are users reporting? MK: Many with chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases experience relief of their symptoms. In fact, there’s a young woman who was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis that comes in several times a week and claims it makes her feel 10 times better without the side effects of medicine. TL: How many therapy sessions does someone need to see results? MK: After the first session, you often feel some relief from pain and soreness immediately. It’s probably going to return in a few hours. If you stick with if for about a month, two to three sessions a week, you’re likely going to see some great results. TL: Tell us about the packages you offer. MK: For anyone trying it for the first time, we offer two sessions for $39, basically a buy-one, get-one. After that, we offer three sessions for $99 and 10 for $259. For four or five times a week, we offer a monthly cryo membership at $189 per month.


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Hair styling by Angelice Smith and Nahla McCullough / Relax Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Natural Hair Salon Makeup by Kaitlin Laing / Cherished Beauty Salon

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written by Kristin Crosby / photography by Rob Crosby models: Aquera Vaughn, Anna Reed, Rowan Kelley – BMG Models

Our hair is more than a mere accessory. Many would say it’s an extension of ourselves. Which is why we say it’s best to work with what you’ve got.

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often the case that most of us want what we don’t have. The grass is always greener on the other side … even if our side is perfectly green. Sometimes it’s just hard to make the most of what we have. Sometimes we just can’t see what we have — even with something as simple as our hair. We may in fact await our next visit to the salon to transform our look, put a new pep in our step. We may even have a Pinterest board for this; stop strangers at Starbucks to ask for their secret; or text friends, family, and even hair stylists multiple looks to vote on before we step into a salon. Of course, it’s natural to make drastic changes after major life transitions: a breakup, a new job, or just for a little self-confidence boost. For most of us, going to the salon means a transformation from the norm, a new “you,” if you will. This is perfectly natural. But rarely do we seek to work with what is perfectly natural. Few hair textures are impossible to work with — most of us just don’t know the tricks of the trade to create an I-just-left-the-salonworthy do. That’s why we went to some of our local experts to work with three common hair types, create three natural and glamorous looks, and tame three common textures.

AQUERA’S NATURAL LOOK (p.55) NATURAL TEXTURE The texture of hair that works best for this look is medium to very curly, though common difficulties encountered may be tangles, kinks, and knots. HOW TO TAME In order to tame these difficulties, divide hair into four or five sections to detangle properly. Add natural essential oils to a bottle of water and moisten the section to better assist with the removal of kinks. Start with a slotted brush or shower comb, and work from the end of the strand up to the new growth area, making very short strokes to get the knots out. SECRET WEAPON The secret to create this look is to apply Influence Hair Care Moisture Lock while the hair is wet, and form finger curls. Here’s a hint: if you can’t braid the hair, you can pull the small section back and apply a generous amount of styling gel to smooth the hair down. Pull the hair in to the back of the section, the area closest to the loose area, and place it in a rubber band. Add a pretty flower or hair clip to give it some flare.

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AQUERAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GLAM LOOK DESIRED TEXTURE Aquera wanted an edgy glam look with subtle details around the hairline. HOW TO GET IT Pull your hair up into a loose ponytail while leaving the fringe area out. Hair can be preset or left in its natural pattern; it depends on what you are able to achieve with your original texture. Hairline contouring is achieved by applying product to the invisible line before your edges actually start. Add a generous amount of the edge-control product and sleek to design the hairline with a rat-tail comb or an old toothbrush. Begin to pull preset curls loose with your finger. Use the pick-and-pat method to get the desired shape of this style. TOP TIP To achieve this look, use Twist & Lock Gel. Be sure to turn in the mirror to make sure the shape is great throughout the entire hairstyle.

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Hair & Makeup by Kaitlin Laing Cherished Beauty Salon

ANNA’S NATURAL LOOK NATURAL TEXTURE Medium texture with some coarse hairs throughout COMMON DIFFICULTIES Frizzy, straight in some areas, and curly in others. Smooth texture in some places and frizzy in others. Has to have heat to be tamed. Tends to require more time to style. HOW TO TAME Give yourself a great foundation; product is the name of the game. If you like to let your hair air dry, find a product that will tame the frizz but dry soft and smooth, not crunchy, such as Paul Mitchell’s Rare Marula Oil 3-in-1 Styling Cream. If you want to blow it out, reach for a smoothing serum or a weightless balm. We love Fast Form by Paul Mitchell. SECRET WEAPON Anna’s hair was air dried with no product, so I prepped the hair with Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Spray and took large, vertical sections with a 2-inch-barrel iron and curled away from the face. In order to let her natural texture speak, I curled only strategic pieces around her face (five to six sections) to help them appear smoother. Once the curls cooled, I used one pump of a styling treatment oil and ran my hands through her hair to smooth the remaining hair and elongate the curls. This air-dried look took about three minutes to style! Easy for an everyday routine.

ANNA’S GLAM LOOK (p.60) DESIRED TEXTURE Anna wanted her hair to have lots of volume but not look teased, with hair pulled off of her face and lots of soft texture. HOW TO GET IT Again, products make or break this look. Prep the hair with the same thermal protectant used in the first look and a 1-inch straight-barrel wand to curl hair. Start at the nape and take small sections of hair. Hold the wand vertically with the end pointed to the ground. (Holding the iron vertically helps to elongate the curl.) After working your way to the middle of the head begin curling with the iron horizontally. To give more volume, wrap the entire strand of hair around the barrel, getting as close to the scalp as possible. At the hairline, curl up and away from the face for maximum lift. Once her curls cooled, I used Puff Me Texturizing Powder. (This product is

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a TOTAL game changer!) Instead of teasing her hair, I picked up curls in her crown, top of head, and sides of head, and puffed the powder at the base and gently rubbed it in. Voila! Perfect volume! Polish off ends with a bit of the Styling Treatment Oil (be careful not to rake your fingers through if you want to keep that soft, glam kind of style; cup your hands around the curls with a small amount of oil on them). I tousled the curls around Anna’s face with my fingers and a boar-bristle brush until they laid back softly. Then I hair sprayed those curls! I opted for a working spray, Kendra Platinum Flexible Hold Hair Spray. The back of Anna’s hair was left down because it was so gorgeous, but it could easily be punched up by softly braiding the ends and letting it fall down her back or pulling it over her shoulder. If your hair is shorter, this technique would be perfect to use. Tuck the ends up in a loose bun at the nape.


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TOP TIP Hot tools matter! If you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t having great results, or it takes you forever to curl your hair, consider investing in professional tools. They make a world of difference because they heat evenly, retain their heat while you work, and are intended to help smooth as well. Not to mention the temperature settings allow you to adjust for your hairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs.

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Hair & Makeup by Jenna Lister Cherished Beauty Salon

ROWAN’S NATURAL LOOK NATURAL TEXTURE Fine and thin hair is a common winning combo for being super hard to work with. This texture usually tends to be hard to comb through because it tangles easily, doesn’t like to hold curl, and is more fragile than other hair types. HOW TO TAME Add in texture to make hair much more manageable. If your hair is wet, use a salt spray like Paul Mitchell’s Texturizing Sea Spray. If it’s dry, try a working hair spray or thermal protectant. Fine hair also loves highlights that brighten up the entire look. Sometimes just a few simple highlights throughout will fatten up the cuticle just a little bit and give it some texture and grip, making it easier to work with. SECRET WEAPON I used Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Spray to help add some grip and protect Rowan’s naturally fragile hair, then used a 1.5-inch curling iron to add volume to the hair. Flip hair upside down to brush.

ROWAN’S GLAM LOOK DESIRED TEXTURE Rowan wanted her hair to have volume and look full while being swept up into an easy bun. HOW TO GET IT Start this look on dry hair (best for that second-day texture). Use a sea spray on dry hair at roots to get lots of texture. Once the sea spray is dry, curl hair all over with a 1-inch curling iron to give texture to make hair more manageable. After curling, use a bit of light tension to tease just behind the hairline, all over. This gives a lift. Sweep hair up into a ponytail, and wrap it loosely around the base into a top knot, teasing as you go. Secure with pins until the top knot is balanced from side to side. Use a gentle pinch on the hair to pull some areas of the top knot out just a little to make it look fuller. Set the look with Paul Mitchell Stay Strong Hair Spray. TOP TIP The prep work is what makes this look so easy to achieve. If you give your hair some texture first, and it isn’t board straight, it is much more pliable. 62

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You may have noticed some improvements at your local gym. A few of them have become a little less golden and a little more â&#x20AC;&#x201D; well, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let owner Dave Gurnsey tell you all about it. At the risk of a sedentary lifestyle, we sat down with Dave to learn more about Just Move Athletic Club.

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The Lakelander: How did you get involved in the fitness industry? Dave Gurnsey: I started as a Gold’s Gym personal trainer and then manager 30 years ago as a way to pay for college. I’d always been an athlete, even playing Division 1 lacrosse, so I was familiar not only with training techniques but also the mental and physical benefits of sports. When I graduated college with an aerospace engineering degree, I got a real job and didn’t like it! So I went back to my roots at the gym — you know, you go back to what you know and love. And I really loved the people and providing those people great customer service.

The square footage of they gym will be maximized in three phases over the course of about a year and a half.

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TL: What does your gym footprint look like now? DG: At the time, Gold’s Gym International was owned by three guys — Pete, Ed, and Tim — who’d purchased it from Joe Gold just a couple years after he built it. I was happy to do business with them, and they granted me a franchise in Winter Haven in 1998. But it was a challenge getting it built. I went in with a partner who backed out at the last minute. Fortunately, the people of Polk County are very supportive of local businesses, and the outpouring of support was phenomenal, better than anything I’ve ever seen. So I hung in there and took everything that we made and put it back into building the gym. Since then, we moved into the Orlando market as well as into Highlands County, opening up 10 gyms in about 20 years. We found ourselves at a point where we had outgrown what an ordinary gym offers and so decided to launch the Just Move Athletic Club in 2017. It follows our concept of exercise: many people tend to overthink exercise, but the idea is to just move! We have many smaller gyms inside our big gym. If you want the heart-rate-driven workout, we’ve got those classes. If you want a boot camp, we’ve got that. If you want athletic training, we have it. Love CrossFit? We have a CrossFit box. And we even have a cardio cinema, all under one roof at a low price. We’ve made it convenient for people to come in at a low price and get whatever workout they like. The gym isn’t going to be the total solution: many people are members of two gyms, some people work out at home, and Polk County has incredible natural resources for people to exercise outdoors. But whatever we choose, our bodies were built to move, and in doing so, our mental and physical fitness really improves. TL: Are you retaining all 10 locations? DG: Launching a brand is an expensive undertaking, so we’ve divested two of the gyms already and are in the process of selling four others. We want to focus our energy on the four Polk County locations. We plan to grow again from there.

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“… OUR BODIES WERE BUILT TO MOVE, AND IN DOING SO, OUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL FITNESS REALLY IMPROVES.”

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TL: How different has owning a gym been compared to other businesses in which you’ve been involved? DG: Well, as you can imagine, there are a lot of things that are very much the same. My previous business experience parlayed quite naturally into running a gym. The components of customer service, construction, and the operational model follows basically every business in America, so there’s nothing novel there. The unique thing about this business, however, is the very powerful opportunity to help people improve their lives. We really bought into the change your body, change your life mentality. It’s powerful to see someone come in and lose 50, 100, 150 pounds, or lose half their body weight. It’s extremely moving to see someone battling health issues — cancer, diabetes, depression — strengthen their bodies and minds and overcome those obstacles. It’s motivating to see women taking control of their health pre- and post-pregnancy. It’s unique to this industry and that’s what fuels us. TL: What prompted the change to Just Move? DG: Simply growth. We outgrew what we felt an ordinary gym could offer. What we wanted to do was more than we could do with the previous brand. TL: What other changes will come, besides the name change? DG: Great question! First, all locations will have facade improvements. We are the big gym, and

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the anchors in the plazas that we occupy, so the outside look will reflect that. We’ll be modernizing the lobbies for a more comfortable feel as you walk in. And we love our locker rooms, so you’ll see major improvements there with a spa-like feel. We’ll also add hydromassage lounges — those are really popular. There will be a functional gym with turf, a durable wood wall for wall balls and handstand push-ups, and improved circuit area and equipment. We’ll focus on the latest and greatest toys for our members because we love state-of-the-art equipment, even down to the dumbbells. Some people think that a dumbbell is a dumbbell, but there are different handles, casings, and so on that make some better than others. The cardio cinema is a mainstay for us. A movie really engages people and makes long cardio workouts a little bit more bearable.

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But, undoubtedly, one of the best workouts we offer is the team training concept, like boot camps. These are guided, cardio-driven workouts and are a great way for people to come in without really thinking too much and just get into it. These areas will be updated to stand out in each gym. Standing at the front of the club, you’ll be able to survey all of these smaller gymwithin-a-gym concepts and determine which one you’d like to gravitate toward that day. We love the big, open look of our clubs. And we know not everyone comes in with a workout partner, so we train our staff to be very engaging and helpful. A successful gym radiates energy when you walk through the door. Current and prospective members want to feel comfortable, like they belong. And our gyms feel like a community; it’s important to us that members feel part of what we call our Fit Fam. It’s fun to make the gym feel like it’s a destination during the day, that when you walk in, these are your people. We’ll be maximizing the square footage in three phases over the course of about a year and a half. We know it might be a little inconvenient to deal with the construction, but once you see the renderings of the changes and then see the finished improvements, we think it will be well worth it.

“WE REALLY BOUGHT INTO THE CHANGE YOUR BODY, CHANGE YOUR LIFE MENTALITY. IT’S POWERFUL TO SEE SOMEONE COME IN AND LOSE 50, 100, 150 POUNDS, OR LOSE HALF THEIR BODY WEIGHT.”

TL: So, the question everyone’s asking is: how much can you bench?! DG: [Laughs] I’m not sure I want to know at this point! TL: I’m just kidding, no one has asked me that.

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What do you like most about owning fitness clubs? DG: First of all, it’s obviously the people. It’s a powerful thing; it literally fuels me every day. But, more simply, I’m a gym rat! I just love gyms. Whenever I’m on vacation, I have to go visit all the gyms in the area because I love exercise, exercise science, and construction and layout of gyms. I want to constantly improve our gyms. My staff had to ask me to pump the brakes a little bit and only plan two big improvements every year! I’m passionate about the gym. I love that it makes you healthier and makes you mentally tough. I can’t tell you how often people stop to tell me that working out helped their heads just as much as their bodies. That feeling of well-being at the end of a workout — it makes you want to come back again. You can’t do this without good people, and our people are miraculous. I love to share someone’s success story and have it motivate others to improve their health. TL: What would people be surprised to learn about the gym business? DG: Most people would be surprised to learn the amount of business conducted in the gym. It’s like the new golf course! I think golf just took too long. I see a lot of people get jobs, network, and close deals at the gym because barriers between people come down when they’re working out next to each other. People of all walks of life and professions meet at the gym and interact in ways perhaps they wouldn’t otherwise.


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After the workout, as the endorphins are hitting, they stop for a shake or grab a water and strike up conversations with others doing the same thing. They make friends and connections. One great example: a lot of professional and Olympic athletes — people that you wouldn’t think you’d ever have access to — might be working out on the elliptical next to you. At that moment, they are not some famous person you can’t talk to. They’re sweating it out, working hard right next to you, at the same level. We like to tell people that there’s no red carpet here. Everybody’s the same. They’re sweating right next to you. The boot camp is probably the best example of that — you’d be surprised who’s in there with you. There’s a large majority of the Baltimore Ravens that work at the Lakeland gym in the offseason. You buy your membership the same as everybody else. Another great example: for years, if you were a 5am-er in at our Orlando gym, you worked out with Tiger Woods. One of the most recognized athletes in the world doing the same team training workout that you’re doing! It’s really cool.

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TL: What’s your favorite workout? What does your workout week look like? DG: Oh, this is easy! I’m a big CrossFitter. I love the mentality of CrossFit, the concept of continuing to do different things in different environments. I think Greg Glassman did an excellent job focusing on that in the early ’70s. Of course, I say I enjoy it, but no one really enjoys it while it’s happening! But I also love going into the cardio cinema, getting a little sweat going while watching 15-20 minutes of a movie, then some weight lifting, and finish off with some mobility work. Back in my collegiate sports days, the typical workout was bench press and squats, and then do it again, only heavier, the next day. But the joints really started closing off. We’re smarter now, and when I began to do mobility work and realized how it can improve general quality of life, I was hooked. In fact, perhaps surprisingly, my favorite exercise to do with others is a lacrosse ball under the arch of the foot. It’s hard to find anything in the gym where you get immediate results, but mobility work is often the exception to that. TL: What are your future plans for Just Move and your work in the industry beyond the changes now in progress? DG: With the recession, we learned to focus on blocking and tackling. In other words, we have to have sharp focus on what we’re fundamentally good at doing, and that’s building and operating gyms. We will not stray from that. We have great partnerships with freshmeal-plan providers (a core component of being healthy), but we won’t venture into that. We won’t step outside of blocking and tackling. We want to be the highest-quality product at the best price. We want to make it available to the masses so everyone can have a great gym experience.


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FOOD foods for a brighter, clearer complexion

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“The right nutrient-dense foods and antioxidants offer that clear, enviable glow.” blue·ber·ry

scientific name / cyanococcus

Blueberries are essential for any skin-nutrient regime. Full of flavonoids that act as antioxidants to keep skin looking radiant and youthful, these berries are rich in vitamin C, and boost collagen and skin elasticity. Their anti-inflammatory properties strengthen damaged blood vessels, improve broken capillaries, and ease skin conditions such as rosacea. Known to support connective tissue, blueberries help skin look firm and taut. Skin-feeding Nutrients | Dietary fiber

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Phytochemicals: Flavonoids (anthocyanin)

If there has ever been a more prized pursuit in the realm of beauty, it’s the desire for flawless skin. A smooth complexion that serves as a clear canvas is an ideal condition for all. Of course, with all the many beautiful ways our skin serves us, such as blocking out toxins from the environment, a modern-day diet can easily interfere with the skin’s proper functions. This can result in a host of issues, including rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis, as well as common acne, age spots, and wrinkles. When it comes to our various skin woes, we typically treat them at the surface. Topical treatments, creams, and serums seem to be the obvious answer for every known imperfection. Promises to completely transform and brighten our complexion for youthful, supple skin are often tied to highend luxury products and skin-care systems. But, truth be told, like many health concerns, the root of the issue often runs deeper than what’s at face value. Regardless of how it may seem, the role of skin extends far beyond giving us pretty faces. Our skin serves as a sense organ. These sense organs (including also the eyes, ears, tongue, and nose) serve to protect the body. The skin is one of the largest organs in the body, essentially working like an elastic cover to fight off harmful bacteria while protecting the underlying structure of the body: its blood vessels, nerves, and organs. So, what we feed our skin ultimately affects the functions of many things that are going on inside, which eventually reflect on the skin itself. The issues revealed on our skin simply mirror what we put inside. While the foods we eat highly impact the proper function of organs and intestines, the right nutrient-dense foods and antioxidants not only help maintain a fresh and bright complexion, but have the ability to heal, regenerate skin growth, and offer that clear, enviable glow.

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sweet po¡ta¡to

scientific name / Ipomoea batatas Sweet potatoes are a rich source of vitamin C which is known to produce collagen, thus helping to maintain elasticity of the skin. These sweet spuds are chock full of beta-carotene (vitamin A), an essential antioxidant known to prevent different types of cancer. They also contain the anti-stress minerals magnesium and potassium, as well as vitamin E, important for flawless complexions. Skin-feeding Nutrients | Dietary fiber Minerals:

copper potassium magnesium Phytochemicals:Carotenoids (alpha and beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin) Vitamins:

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rad¡ish

scientific name / Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. sativus High in vitamin C, radishes restore radiance. Building collagen, these red veggies are great for acne or eczema, and for restoration, balance, and a clearer complexion. Reestablishing equilibrium in the body, radishes improve the metabolic rate, giving you more energy. Their high water content rehydrate the system from within and revitalizes the skin. Skin-feeding Nutrients | Dietary fiber

Minerals: calcium copper iron magnesium manganese zinc

Phytochemicals: Carotenoids (alpha - and beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin) Vitamins: A B2 (riboflavin) B3 (niacin) B6 (pyridoxine) B9 (folate) C E K

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manuka hon¡ey produced in New Zealand

Compared to regular honey, manuka honey offers up to four times the skin-feeding nutrients. Produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush, manuka honey has healing power due to its natural antibacterial properties. While addressing bad bacteria in the gut, it helps skin stay clear and can even be used as a topical treatment for acne. A potent anti-inflammatory, manuka honey soothes inflamed skin and calms chronic skin infections. It also helps balance the skinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pH to remove dead skin cells and allows pores to remain clear and free of inflammation. Skin-feeding Nutrients | amino acids

Minerals:

calcium copper iron magnesium phosphorus potassium sodium zinc

Vitamins: B1 (thiamine) B2 (riboflavin) B3 (niacin) B5 (pantothenic acid) B6 (pyridoxine)

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wal¡nut

scientific name / Juglans An exceptional anti-inflammatory source, walnuts are considered the acne fighter. As one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for supple and plump skin, walnuts target infection in the sebaceous glands of the skin. They are an excellent source of selenium, helping to protect the skin from UV exposure and treating existing skin damage, and acting as an internal sun protectant. Walnuts also encourage good blood flow by oxygenating the blood. Skin-feeding Nutrients | Dietary fiber

Fatty acids: omega-3 Minerals:

calcium copper iron magnesium maganese phosphorus potassium selenium zinc

Protein: amino acid (arginine) Phytochemicals: flavonoids polyphenols Vitamins:

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av·o·ca·do

scientific name / persea americana

The much beloved avocado is technically a fruit. More specifically, it’s a large berry with a single seed. Avocados are full of mono-unsaturated fatty acids which keep the skin moist. They are antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory, thus offering protection against UV damage and cell damage of the skin, including free radicals. Avocados work as an internal moisturizer and encourage skin elasticity. Skin-feeding Nutrients | Dietary fiber

fatty acids: monounsaturated (oleic acid) omega-3

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Phytochemicals: carotenoids (alpha- and beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin)

Vitamins: B2 (riboflavin) B6 (pyridoxine) B7 (biotin) C E K

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dark choc·o·late aztec word / xocoatl

Eating eighty-five-percent unsweetened dark chocolate is a powerful anti-aging treatment for the skin. Full of antioxidants and rich in nutrients, dark chocolate protects skin from damaging UV rays while it firms and repairs the complexion. With its anti-inflammatory properties, it is excellent for rosacea and eczema. Dark chocolate reduces cortisol and stress hormones, and releases dopamine for those “feel-good” neurotransmitters. Skin-feeding Nutrients | Dietary fiber

Fatty acids: monounsaturated (oleic acid) Minerals: calcium copper iron magnesium potassium sulfur zinc Phytochemicals: flavonoids polyphenols

Vitamins: A B1 (thiamine) B2 (riboflavin) B3 (niacin) B5 (pantothenic acid)

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Repurpose Art Studio has become a local haven for many homeless women, offering them a loving community and equipping them with essential skills to help launch them into a new life. For Jasmine Washington, 2017 was a year of renewal. To reflect this life change, The Lakelander partnered with Top Buttons Boutique to give Jasmine a new look as she pursues a fresh start.

written by Sarah Sebastian photography by Rob Crosby

restoring dignity THE TRANSFORMATIVE STORY OF JASMINE WASHINGTON

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BEFORE

asmine Washington greeted me with a confident handshake and a delightful gravelly voice. We sat at a small table in Repurpose Art Studio, surrounded by bright artwork and bathed in warm lighting. It immediately felt like a place I had visited a thousand times. In a chair next to Jasmine sat Connie Lutter, the director of the studio, who shared its history. THE STUDIO Repurpose Art Studio is under the umbrella of Gospel Inc., which was founded in 2008 by Brian Seeley. The studio was started in 2013 in

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the attic of a church and was only open on Saturdays. They now have two employees and are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their location on Plum Street in Lakeland. At first, the purpose of the studio was to train women so they could learn a skill, find a job, and make some money. As the years have passed, the purpose has evolved and become a more holistic, transformative experience for the women. They still focus on valuable training, but the studio has also become a place where the women find themselves before they find their skill. Every morning, a group of homeless women from the surrounding area


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meet Connie at the front door. They gather inside at the tables and drink coffee in a quiet space so they can gather their thoughts before getting to work. Connie likes to call it “finding the day.” The group then heads upstairs where there are 12 sewing machines, paints, crafts, and a variety of other arts the women can learn. JASMINE Jasmine Washington is 56 and homeless. She grew up in Rhode Island with four siblings and experienced a good childhood. “We didn’t need or want for anything,” says Jasmine. “I just went down the wrong path. But I did … and you live and learn. You make mistakes.” After struggling with addiction, Jasmine went to rehab in Canada and

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wound up moving to Florida with her family. A string of bad luck involving her boyfriend and family resulted in her being alone and without a home. Drugs, alcohol, and sexual abuse left Jasmine in a place she never thought she’d be. She found herself at the Talbot House where she learned about the welcoming environment of Repurpose Art Studio from some of the other women there. “The first time I came here, I could feel the love when I walked through the door. It’s like a little family. We laugh together, cry together, sing and dance together.” The unconditional love and acceptance Jasmine and the other women experience at the studio is something they haven’t felt for years, or perhaps ever received at all. The studio is a safe place for the women,

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literally and figuratively. It’s surrounded by a tall fence and is only accessible via a code-locked front entrance. This level of safety gives the women the freedom to finally find themselves, allowing them to discover who they are and what they want to do instead of solely focusing on day-to-day survival. “I just sit out back sometimes and think of where I want to go and what I’ve left behind,” Jasmine says. “From the moment I came here, I started to learn from my mistakes. I had a big cement wall around me; I had trust issues. I learned how to take it down and let people in, to stop shutting them out. I’m a survivor, but it took me a long time to realize that.” When asked where she sees herself in a year, Jasmine doesn’t hesitate. “I want to get my GED. That’s my


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first step before I can move on to anything. I know I can do it. Maybe it will be within a year, maybe six months, but that’s my goal. I’m 56, and what do I want in life? You’re never too old to learn, right?” Once she’s accomplished that goal, Jasmine wants to be a counselor. The strength and self-worth she’s gained from her time at Repurpose Art Studio has inspired her to help other people. She is particularly interested in working with women so she can use her experiences to show them that anything can be overcome. “I like to talk to people; I like to listen. I never had plans of being a counselor until I came in here. You can tell the ladies here anything, and it won’t go anywhere. That made me realize I need to do something. When people come to me for advice, it makes me feel good. It makes me feel like I want to help and give back.” Repurpose Art Studio is aptly named. Jasmine has completely transformed during her time in the studio, and when I asked her how her perspective on life in general has changed, joyful tears began streaming down her face. “My life just blossomed. They saved me. This place has saved me. It made me feel like I am worth something, like I can do something. I am somebody. I never thought that. Six months ago, I wasn’t thinking things like that. It just opened me, Jasmine, as a person and an individual. I can create things, I can do things, and it’s all because of this place right here.” The concept of being worthy was threaded throughout

THIS PLACE HAS SAVED ME. IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE I AM WORTH SOMETHING, LIKE I CAN DO SOMETHING. I AM

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our conversation. I asked Jasmine, who is so kind, funny, and warm, how people treat her on the streets. “A lot of people look at me like I’m nothing. Then I came here and found out I am someone. I can’t control the reaction of people on the street, but in here there is such a great reaction. We’re like family in here. It’s a home. I haven’t been in a kitchen in years … in here

we cook, we clean. We’re not homeless when we’re in here. When we walk out of these doors, some people will look at us like we’re dirt, but we’re not.” It’s hard to believe that this thoughtful and resilient woman walks out of the embrace of the studio every day to face a world that doesn’t seem to care about her. She urges people to be part of the solution, not the problem.

Clothing donated by The Lakelander and Top Buttons Boutique (topbuttons.org) to Jasmine and other women at Repurpose Art Studio

For more information, or if you are interested in tutoring or volunteering, contact:

Photography studio space sponsored by Refine Studio (refinestudiolakeland.com)

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PART OF THE SOLUTION There are currently 10 to 12 women at the studio who are interested in getting their GEDs. They’ve also started hosting smoking cessation classes. The studio, which has room for 20, wants to host all classes in-house since transportation outside of the immediate area is difficult for the women. Something that seems so run-ofthe-mill to most people — a computer sitting on a desk in the corner, donated by a generous couple — has provided opportunities for the women in the studio that they never imagined were possible. Many of the women have used it to find work. Jasmine knows she’ll get a job eventually, and she has a plan in place. Her laser-like focus and dedication is inspiring. I ask her what strengths she thinks she’ll bring to the table for any potential employers. “I’m just now finding my strength. I can bring a lot to the table, but I have to get my GED first. That’s my main focus. I’m a good person. I love to talk. I love to listen, cry, laugh, joke. I’ve got to get my GED first, then I can see what I can bring to the table.”

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are needed in communities

Heartland for Children, Inc. is the lead community based care agency that has been serving Polk, Hardee and Highlands Counties since 2003, redesigning the local foster care system. Growing the foster home network so children and teenagers can remain in their communities and reach their full potential continues to be a top priority.

Great progress has been made in recruiting quality foster caregivers, preparing interested individuals and couples to be the best foster caregivers they can be for local children who have experienced trauma, and ensuring that once homes are licensed, support services are offered to foster caregivers when needed. Most recently the training curriculum was redesigned to focus on parenting children who have experienced trauma; the licensing and home study process has been closely examined to see how we could reduce paperwork for all training class participants; and current foster caregivers are engaged to mentor new foster caregivers. Also, current foster caregivers help in the training classes and in our local recruitment efforts. Our current foster caregivers continue to be our best recruiters in Polk, Hardee and Highlands Counties. We currently have an engaged network of 186+ foster caregivers that understand that the greatest need Heartland for Children has, is to build our foster home network so that when children from this community need a temporary place to live, we have options for these children. Children that are placed in foster care want to stay in their same schools, near their current neighborhoods, and around their familiar friends and family members. We need to grow our network to 250 homes to meet the local need. Can you help us reach this goal?

Strong Communities need diverse foster caregivers that can meet the unique needs of children and teenagers when a situation arises, and they need to be placed in a safe home where they feel accepted. Please consider learning more about how to become a foster caregiver in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Counties by calling us at 863-519-8900 ext. 289, visit our website at www.heartlandforchildren.org and like us on Facebook to learn more about upcoming training classes and the local need for foster homes.

what local foster parents say

about their fostering experience

“People say ‘He is so lucky to have you’ , but I say I am lucky to have him.” ~ Lisa Myers (Heartland for Children Foster Caregiver)

“You might be temporary in their lives. They might be temporary in yours. But there is nothing temporary about the love and lessons shared between both families.” ~ Julie Myers (Heartland for Children Foster Caregiver)


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What inspires us to change? To grow? Who are the people equipping a city to move and believe they can be better today than they were yesterday? Plenty more impressive individuals than we could possibly fit in these pages. But here are a few faces of those who keep Lakeland in tip-top shape. And the secrets to what keeps them going.

In recent years there’s been a growing interest in learning how to live a holistic lifestyle. No longer are most of us looking for a quick, three-day fix. We’ve come to the realization that a healthy body does not materialize overnight. And most of us are aware that a holistic lifestyle of health and wellness comes not from our physique, but, maybe even more importantly, from our minds. Our city has developed a strong

network of holistic fitness trainers and beauty influencers. Some of them were at the forefront of health and beauty long before the holistic lifestyle began trending, while others have more recently joined to build a network of doctors, trainers, and experts. To learn a bit more of what makes of these individuals thrive, we present to you The Lakelander’s Health Influencers.

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING IN THE FITNESS AND HEALTH INDUSTRY?

“I HAVE TO BE INTENTIONAL IN THIS SEASON OF LIFE.”

I got certified in Pilates in 2014, completed nutrition school in 2015 through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and became group fitness certified in 2015 through AFAA/NASM, and Spin certified in 2017. I truly love fitness and nutrition and am always finding ways to continue to educate and grow in each of them.

WHAT DO YOU PRIORITIZE TO KEEP YOUR HEALTH ON TRACK?

I think consistency is key for both nutrition and fitness. In terms of nutrition, I follow the 80/20 rule. This means that 80 percent of the time I try to eat as healthy as possible, and 20 percent of the time I leave for splurges and enjoying myself, never feeling guilty about it. This helps me to stay on track but also gives me wiggle room to be realistic. This changes during holidays and vacation, though. It might look something more like 50/50 because, well, balance! As far as fitness, I work out about four times a week. Right now these are the times I am instructing fitness classes, but my goal is usually five and it ends up being around four. I have been doing this for about five years now, and when really staying consistent with workouts, I can see the results.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT?

This is so hard, because I love to switch it up so I don’t get bored. Probably Pilates right now because I have taken a different approach with it lately when teaching my classes, and it feels really new and fresh, which my clients and I are enjoying.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE THE STRESS OF RUNNING A BUSINESS AND YOUR OWN HEALTH?

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At first, this was a juggling act for sure. Exercise is a stress/ anxiety reliever for me big time. When I’m teaching, I’m focused on my class and their workout, not mine, so I had to build in times for my personal workouts. That has been my latest endeavor because I recently adopted two babies under two years old from foster care, so finding time for myself is tricky. Mom life is no joke! When I take care of my health I am definitely a better version of myself for my family and business. I have to be intentional in this season of life, but I notice such a difference, it’s worth making it a priority.

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WHAT DOES A WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

Do we have space for me to write a novel? Like I mentioned, I recently adopted two babies, so life is at an all-time crazy pace right now, but it has never been better. Balancing momlife, business, team, classes, nutrition sessions, workshops, events, and blogging is a juggling act. About every hour of my life is time-blocked, and I have to be super organized in order to stay on top of everything. But there are also times that I could do all the planning in the world and it is just obvious that it is not going to go that way, so flexibility is a must. Regardless of anything, I make sure to carve out time for myself (which typically involves a workout of some sort), my husband, my babies, and meal prepping so I always have healthy options on hand.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BIGGEST HEALTH MYTH OUT THERE?

Low calorie = weight loss. A very 2005 weight-loss theory, but people still believe it! The quality of the calories matters way more than the quantity. I eat about 1,000 more calories than I used to and weigh less. I was eating so many processed lowcalorie foods, so high in sodium and very little nutritional value, I was screwing up my metabolism. When I started eating whole clean foods my body responded so much better even though I was getting so many more calories. My metabolism started working in a healthy way again, and I was feeling so good, I never looked back!

HOW DO YOU INSPIRE YOUR CUSTOMERS/CLIENTS TO EMBRACE A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE?

For me, exercising and eating healthy are way less about the physical benefits and way more about the mental and emotional. Like I mentioned previously, it really helps me manage my stress and anxiety. I was actually able to come off of anxiety medicine because of exercise. The physical benefits are a bonus. I know our clients and members feel the exact same way. I have sat down with countless Balance Culture women and heard their stories of how their lives were changed through the environment our team has created. It brings tears to my eyes every time because it is so humbling to know we have made such a big impact. A healthy lifestyle is built into our culture, so you will very rarely hear us speak it, but you will see it lived out day after day, and being in that type of environment makes it contagious, even for me! So whether it is through our group fitness classes, workshops, events, or private nutrition sessions, you will see it threaded throughout our culture that we are all aiming to be the best versions of ourselves.

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING IN THE HEALTH INDUSTRY?

“YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT … SO DON’T BE FAKE.”

I began working at a Gold’s Gym while in college in Auburn. We (me, my brother, and his wife) opened Gold’s Gym in Lakeland in 1984.

WHAT DO YOU PRIORITIZE TO KEEP YOUR HEALTH ON TRACK?

My family, and enjoying life, keeps me on track. I try to keep good nutrition in my body which in turns makes me feel better and enables me to enjoy exercise and life.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT? Indoor cycling and yoga

HOW DO YOU BALANCE THE STRESS OF RUNNING A BUSINESS AND YOUR OWN HEALTH?

Fortunately, health is my business, so it has to be a priority.

WHAT DOES A WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

Whew, it certainly varies. Some weeks I am busy creating new Elixir (juice recipes); other weeks I am making the juice or delivering to my retailers. Always, my family life (husband and three kids) keeps me busy.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEAL?

Just about any type of soup or salad

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE INDULGENCE? Chocolate

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BIGGEST HEALTH MYTH OUT THERE? Fitness and diet are not enough. It’s more about real foods and fitness that fits into your lifestyle — putting the right nutrients into your body and less fake/processed stuff they call food these days. You are what you eat … so don’t be FAKE.

HOW DO YOU INSPIRE YOUR CUSTOMERS/CLIENTS TO EMBRACE A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE?

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING IN THE FITNESS AND HEALTH INDUSTRY? 10 years

WHAT DO YOU PRIORITIZE TO KEEP YOUR HEALTH ON TRACK?

“YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO.”

It’s important to maintain an exercise regimen that is consistent, with exercise taking place at regular intervals. I believe individuals should train three to five times per week, while keeping a proper diet along with adequate sleep. To keep my health on track, I make sure to block 90 minutes of my day to weight train, and run three to five miles, along with eating three to four healthy meals.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT?

I love explosive exercises which consist of anything from plyometrics to clean and jerk.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE THE STRESS OF RUNNING A BUSINESS AND YOUR OWN HEALTH?

I pray, study the Bible, and make sure I take personal time every day. I also get advice from family and friends that have owned or currently own a business and try to apply it to my business to keep from making major mistakes.

WHAT DOES A WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

Monday through Friday can get pretty crazy for me. I work 11- to 13-hour days training at the gym, businesses, clients’ homes, and several outdoor locations in South Lakeland. My clientele range from the ages of 12 through 70+. I have a lot of unique ideas and goals that I would like to accomplish, so I feel I need to put the time in now while I can.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEAL?

Sea bass or steak, with jasmine rice and mixed vegetables

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE INDULGENCE? A juicy burger!

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BIGGEST HEALTH MYTH OUT THERE?

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Exercise can’t beat an unhealthy diet, no matter how good you look. Its starts from the inside.

HOW DO YOU GET YOUR CUSTOMERS/CLIENTS TO EMBRACE A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE?

I give them weekly goals and challenges. I push them as hard as possible during their workouts to force them to make good decisions, because the majority of clients do not want to ruin their physical training with a bad meal. And I remind them that IT’S ALL MENTAL. You can do whatever you put your mind to.

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY?

“DON’T MAKE EXCUSES; MAKE IT HAPPEN.”

About 25 years

WHAT DO YOU PRIORITIZE TO KEEP YOUR HEALTH ON TRACK?

Stay active, whether in or out of the gym. My biggest priority is, if I eat too much, I make a point about working out a little more the following week. Use the 90/10 rule. Ninety percent of the time, try to make the right food choices. When your 10 percent happens, make a harder effort on your workouts after you cheat.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT?

Short, more intense workouts with heavy weight

HOW DO YOU BALANCE THE STRESS OF RUNNING A BUSINESS AND YOUR OWN HEALTH?

Have a mental or physical list of things that need to get done each day. This includes exercise.

WHAT DOES A WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

Running two gyms, trying to manage 20-plus trainers, raising two kids, being a husband, and overseeing service to a high number of members and clients. Then I have me time.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEAL? Steak, potatoes, and a salad

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE INDULGENCE? Ice cream

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BIGGEST HEALTH MYTH OUT THERE? Crunches are the best way to define your abs.

HOW DO YOU INSPIRE YOUR CLIENTS TO EMBRACE A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE?

Keep reminding yourself what brought you to begin exercising and making better food choices. Don’t make excuses; make it happen.

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING IN THE HEALTH INDUSTRY?

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15 years

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WHAT ARE YOUR MOST SOUGHT-OUT SERVICES? Botox, filler, and laser hair removal.

WHAT DO YOU PRIORITIZE TO KEEP YOUR HEALTH ON TRACK?

Eating clean. The better I eat, the better I feel, so that in itself is enough motivation to keep it up.

WHAT UNHEALTHY HABIT WAS THE MOST REWARDING TO BREAK? Not eating clean

HOW DO YOU BALANCE THE STRESS OF RUNNING A BUSINESS AND YOUR OWN HEALTH?

Exercising, such as riding my spin bike, listening to music, and spending time with my children

WHAT DOES A WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

Supervising employees, seeing patients, networking, attending business meetings, volunteering for non-profit organizations, attending my children’s sporting events, and being a mom

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEAL?

The hanger steak from Nineteen61, or sushi

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE INDULGENCE?

Anything with hot sauce / Mexican food

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BIGGEST HEALTH MYTH OUT THERE?

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HOW DO YOU INSPIRE YOUR CUSTOMERS/CLIENTS TO EMBRACE A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE?

Leading by example. Encouraging and highlighting their positive attributes while providing the highest-quality medical aesthetic services.

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MENTAL HEALTH

A RAY OF HOPE

Written by Erica H. Sirrine, Ph.D. LCSW Illustration by Anushka van Huyssteen

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We are quickly drawn to care for the outer layer, the first impressions in life. A cultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immediate concerns are naturally drawn to the physical appearance and its state of health. How to improve it. How to correct it. How to fix it. This fascination with the physical leads us to a misconception that this is the essence of wholeness, of perfection. But, beyond physical health, our mental health greatly impacts our well-being. In bringing subjects meant to enrich and challenge readers, we present our first mental health feature.

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“Our feelings of grief cannot be thought through, they must be felt through — they must be mourned.” Loss is a universal experience that impacts us each day. If asked to make a list of things we might consider to be losses, most of us would quickly identify death as the most common. We may even elaborate to include experiences such as divorce, miscarriage, unemployment, or physical illness. When I challenge people to take inventory of their own life losses, they are often surprised to learn that even joyful events or times of meaningful life transition can cause us to experience feelings of loss. Consider a teenager graduating high school and leaving home for college, a child changing schools because of a recent move, a military family facing deployment or relocation, a person retiring after 40 years of a successful career, a child being adopted into a family, or even a single person getting married. While these scenarios may bring about a plethora of new or exciting opportunities, they can also be garnished with a residue of loss. Regardless of the type, the physical, spiritual, and emotional implications of loss are often ignored in traditional society. Loss is certainly not the cheerful dinner conversation of choice. In fact, some of you may be hesitant to continue reading. But, hang in there, because if we are going to acknowledge loss, we must first acknowledge love. And, if we are going to talk about love, we must also talk about reconciling our losses, so we can continue to pursue hope and love in our lives. We are creatures who yearn for authentic human connection and thrive when we are provided opportunities to give and receive love. So, our reactions to loss are directly related to the amount of love and connection we feel to that which has been suddenly removed from us or significantly changed. For example, you will likely not feel much personal sadness when your

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co-worker’s teenager leaves for college. But, when you walk into your own child’s empty room after moving her into a university dorm, you may find yourself overwhelmed with immense grief. Some of the most common grief reactions to loss include sadness, anger, heightened fear or anxiety, feelings of guilt, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, fatigue, and expressions of physical tension including head or stomach aches. You may also begin to question or explore your own faith beliefs following a significant loss. No two people experience grief in the exact same way, and grief reactions are not only influenced by the type of loss but also by several individual factors including a person’s age, gender, cultural background, spiritual beliefs, support system, and emotional health. The dictionary defines grief as “deep sorrow” and the word really refers to the internal thoughts or feelings we experience following a loss. Whereas, mourning is defined as the “act of sorrowing” or the outward expression of those internal thoughts and feelings of grief. This means that any person who has the capacity to love, has the capacity to grieve. But, our culture frequently discourages mourning or the expression of those grief feelings. We often praise the person who is “holding it together so well” at a funeral while criticizing the person who appears to be “falling apart.” The error with this line of thinking is that it presumes an open expression of mourning is harmful and insinuates that the most effective way to cope is to conceal all emotions of grief. When in fact, the opposite is true. You see, feelings have one primary goal — to be felt! Even the word “emotion” has the word “motion” within it. This means that feelings require movement. They cannot be left to sit in isolation, stuffed away inside the human heart. They must move outside of our hearts. And, the only way to move them is to feel them. This can be done in a myriad of ways, and many people find clinical social workers and counselors to be helpful in identifying healthy ways to express such emotion. Thus, herein lies the greatest paradox of loss and love — in order to heal, we must provide ourselves the permission, time, space, and support to actually feel the pain of the loss. And, we must do so in a society that is constantly sending us messages to ignore, hide, or mask our feelings. In our culture, we rarely talk about feelings, let alone feel them. So, I realize how radical it is to be suggesting that mourning, the process of expressing and feeling our grief reactions, is actually the best treatment for loss. Remember what we discussed earlier: loss is an expression of love. Love is a feeling of the heart. So, our feelings of grief cannot be thought

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“Loss is an expression of love. Love is a feeling of the heart.” through, they must be felt through — they must be mourned. Helen Keller once said, “The only way to the other side is through,” and this is how we must experience and process our emotions of loss. The “how to” of authentically and healthily mourning differs from person to person. But, there are a few common things I have observed as a grief counselor that might help others along the way. First, the actual loss is an event, but the grief and mourning process is a journey. And, depending on the type of loss, it can be a very painful and exhausting journey that requires intensive preparation before embarking upon it. Recently, a friend of mine prepared for a weeklong hike along the Appalachian Trail. While physically fit to walk around the flatlands of Polk County with a purse on her shoulder, she had never before experienced hiking an increased elevation of mountainous terrain for a week while carrying a 30-pound backpack. So, she did what any person embarking on a difficult excursion should do; she extensively prepared for the journey ahead. She sought counsel and insight from people who had hiked the trail before to determine what supplies would be necessary and which would only serve to weigh her down. She packed ample food and water to ensure proper nutrition, and she extensively trained so that she was physically capable of sustaining herself along the way. She gathered a group of friends to accompany her on the trail, so she would not experience isolation or face the darkness of night without someone alongside to provide support. And, most importantly, she acknowledged at the

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start of her journey that it would not be an easy one. While she prepared as much as she could, the experience would inevitably require her to both lean on others and practice compassion toward herself when the unanticipated and inevitable emotional, physical, and spiritual challenges arose. If I would have told you that my friend was planning to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, completely unprepared physically, and taking only one granola bar and a bottle of water for an entire week, you would have quickly bet against her chances of success. Similarly, whatever particular emotional journey into the wilderness you are embarking upon during this season of life, whether an experience of loss or a difficult personal challenge, take the time to physically, emotionally, and spiritually fortify yourself for what is ahead. This can mean various things, including demonstrating patience with yourself, seeking support from others who have gone before you on the journey, getting ample rest, allowing yourself to feel and process emotions while also taking breaks from the pain, embracing new experiences, slowing down when necessary (even if society tells you to “keep busy”), engaging in physical exercise, investing in new relationships and friendships, creating safe spaces to nurture your spiritual health, laughing, and/or seeking professional help as needed. I want to emphasize again that I do not believe people should go trekking into the wilderness alone. Remember, we are creatures of connection, and the night always seems darkest when we are facing it by ourselves. Meister Eckhart once said, “Truly it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are

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in sorrow, then this light is nearest to all of us.” I travel frequently to educate clinicians about grief and loss. When I stay in a hotel room, there is always a moment when the light is initially extinguished that it seems too dark and impossible to see anything. This feeling can be disconcerting when I am in a new place in which the layout is unfamiliar. Yet, if I wait long enough in the complete darkness, my eyes adjust, and a very faint light eventually peeks into the room illuminating just enough to reorient me to my surroundings. There will be many times in the darkness of the wilderness when you do not see the light to which Eckhart refers is so close to you. This is why I encourage you to always take a trusted friend along the journey with you. She or he can provide reassurance when your eyes cannot yet see and can fan the flame until you are able to hold the light again for yourself. These and other tools can help you journey forward, one step at a time, to the other side of your path as Keller suggested, where reconciliation and healing are waiting. Reconciliation is defined as “the process of finding a way to make two different ideas, facts, etc., exist or be true at the same time.” In terms of loss, healing occurs when we become able to reconcile that two very contrasting, maybe even opposite ideas, can be true at the same time. We acknowledge that a significant loss has occurred and our lives have been forever changed, yet we allow ourselves to once again pursue and experience hope, joy, and love. A friend of mine recently remarried after experiencing his wife’s death. At the time of his loss, he could not even imagine loving someone else or having similar feelings of happiness again in his life. His wife being deceased and his ability to love someone other than her were two contrasting ideas that he could not reconcile in his own heart or mind. Yet, after steadfastly journeying into the wilderness and darkness of his grief, with others walking alongside him for support, he authentically mourned his feelings and experienced the accompanying pain. That is when he eventually found himself at the other end of the path, able to reconcile his reality of both loss and love, sorrow and joy, despair and hope. Reconciliation does not mean we forget our losses and never speak of them again. In contrast, it means we incorporate those losses into our lives allowing them to become a part of the tapestry that is our life story, woven together with threads of past and present. This truth enables us to live and love with authentic, whole hearts. This, dear readers, is my hope for us all!

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Some kitchen skills are intimidating yet essential to the modern home chef. In our Kitchen Skills series, we hone in on the often underrated techniques that can create a masterpiece out of simplicity. In this issue, learn how to purchase and prepare seafood for your family, as well as impress your friends at dinner parties with knowledge of the nutritional benefits of a steady diet of seafood.

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The Nutrition Facts We all have a murky sense that seafood is part of a healthful diet, but rumors and misinformation swimming around finned food only muddy the water. Here is a summation of the best-understood evidence on why fish is an excellent addition to your family’s table. Fish is an excellent source of lean protein. A single serving of salmon or tuna provides up to 24 grams of protein; scallops with up to 27 grams per serving. That packs quite a protein punch, especially since the meat contains notably less fat compared to similar portions of red meat. Additionally, fats found in fish are widely believed to improve heart, eye, and skin health. A compelling body of research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease — one of the leading causes of death among Western countries. Because humans do not produce these important fatty acids within our bodies, we must get them from our diet or through supplements. According to nutritional information published by Publix Supermarkets, “fattier fish ... like Atlantic salmon, typically contain 1,825 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids

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per serving,” meaning that eating healthier fats and lean protein doesn’t have to be an upstream swim. In a study by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, omega-3 acid docosahexaenoic (DHA) has also been shown to support brain and eye development in babies and support health in aging populations. That’s a whale-sized body of evidence to support the consumption of fish as a regular part of your diet. Of course, all things should come in moderation; the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, a national non-profit organization, recommends an average of eight ounces of seafood a week to maintain a healthy mind and body.

Goin’ Fishin’

Fresh and saltwater fishing employs over 130,000 Floridians, but the thought of picking out fish at a market might have some feeling green around the gills. Whether it’s your first time on the docks or you are a well-seasoned fish-finder, use these simple tips to determine which fish you should flip on your frypan (sorry if my humor flops flatter than a flounder).


Whether you're buying salmon steaks, haddock fillets, or a whole cod, fresh fish should have bright, firm flesh that bounces back.

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1. If you are buying a fish whole, the eyes should be bright and shiny, and the gills should be clean and red. As the fish ages, its scales grow dull and squishy, so look for a glistening metallic sheen. 2. Did you know that fish have noses but barely any sense of smell? This is also true at the market: fresh fish should barely smell. A good, clean market might smell briny but not like the back end of a chum factory. If the smelt smells fishy, don’t bring it home. 3. W hether you are buying salmon steaks, haddock fillets, or a whole cod, the flesh should not be too soft and sticky. Ask the seller to poke the poke (another fish pun; poke is a sublime raw Hawaiian fish dish) and look for bright, firm flesh that springs back. When you bring home your catch, give it a gentle wash in cold water and pat dry. Wrap it in waxed paper or aluminum foil and store it in the coldest part of your fridge for up to two days. Large cuts and leaner meats keep better than smaller, fattier fish. As with all the best cuisine, freshness is key; so don’t be afraid to order your fish ahead and pick it up the day of your meal. Alternatively, fish freezes excellently for up to three months as long as it is protected from water and air. Defrost the fish immediately before cooking.

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EARL GREY–POACHED SALMON This is a largely hands-off process that allows you to prepare side dishes while the fish poaches. Everything finishes cooking at the same time, and your family and guests will put their fins together to applaud your organizational prowess.

Ingredients: Juice of one lemon One onion, halved One fennel bulb, halved Earl Grey tea, half tablespoon, or one sachet Two celery stalks, halved A few sprigs of thyme and dill Bay leaf and other aromatics, as desired A pinch of salt and a few cracks of black pepper Two to four salmon fillets Cold water, as needed

In a large pot, combine all of the cut vegetables, salt, pepper, and tea. Use the vegetables as a base and gently place the salmon filets on top. Cover with enough cold water to cover the fish, and place the pot on medium heat. Let the poaching liquid come to around 170°F, and adjust the burner so that the water temperature is maintained but remains below a boil. Let it cook until the salmon measures 115°F on a digital thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat. Remove the salmon and let it rest before garnishing and digging in. The whole process from start to finish should take about 20 minutes or less.

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ORANGE-TARRAGON BAKED HADDOCK Baking is another simple technique that translates well to a variety of seafood. The butter keeps the moisture and flavor sealed inside the haddock and can be used to make a sauce once the pan is out of the oven.

Ingredients: Haddock fillets, about two pounds Freshly cracked black pepper and salt, to taste Three tablespoons of melted butter 1 tablespoon of minced garlic Parsley and tarragon, as much as you like 1/2 teaspoon of smoked Spanish paprika A squeeze of fresh orange

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Preheat the oven to 350°F. Gently wash the haddock in cold water and pat dry. Arrange in a small greased baking dish with high sides; a glass Pyrex dish works well here. Mix all of the seasonings and herbs in the melted butter, and coat the fish. Bake until the internal temperature reaches 125°F. Squeeze the orange over the haddock and let it rest for a few minutes before gobbling it down like a piranha.

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These should be served immediately after searing, so make sure the rest of your meal is prepared so that these jewels of the sea can go right to the table.

RECIPE | TECHNIQUE 3:

BUTTERY PAN-SEARED SCALLOPS Make sure to purchase “dry packed scallops” which will taste and handle much better. Sometimes scallops come packaged “wet treated,” which means soaked in phosphate preservatives and sodium … blech! “Dry” scallops will be a pinkish ivory color. Let them sit at room temperature in a few towels to absorb excess water before searing. These should be served immediately after searing, so make sure the rest of your meal is prepared so that these jewels of the sea can go right to the table.

About 1½ pounds of “dry” scallops Freshly cracked black pepper and salt, to taste Vegetable oil, as needed Butter, a few small pats A squeeze of fresh lemon

After draining and patting the scallops dry, season on both sides with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, heat a wide nonstick skillet over high heat with enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom. Once the oil is very hot, add half of the scallops so that they sear on a single layer and the pan isn’t crowded. Let them sizzle without moving until beautifully browned on the bottom; about 1½ to 2

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CHARRED ASPARAGUS Ingredients: 1 pound of asparagus, choose ones with thick stalks 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter Salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste Finely grated parmesan and other seasonings, as desired

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To our dear Lakelander readers, I hope this Kitchen Skills guide to fish has you feeling more well-armed than an octopus and ready to take the bait and tackle incorporating seafood as a regular part of your diet. All squidding aside, I’m sure you’ve haddock enough of this clownfish humor, so consider yourself off the hook until next time. Have a happy and delicious New Year! Lakeland Seafood Market 320 W. Memorial Boulevard Lakeland, FL 33815

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