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ON THE COVER Taking care of our skin can be one of the most challenging ventures. Read about local products and resources that can help you reach your skincare goals. Photo by Dan Austin

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46 • HAIR

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84 • NUTRITION

Compl(eat) A simple guide to know which vitamins and supplements to consider adding into your everyday routine

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94 • FITNESS

Finding the Best Fit Learn about the various fitness alternatives Lakeland has to offer and find the best fit for your next workout

108 • TASTE

How to Shop Healthy A game plan for grocery shopping that will help you to slow down, learn more about your food, and enjoy each bite you take

118 • MENTAL HEALTH

Lifestyle Medicine

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Understanding how stress affects our mental health and how a newer method of treatment may help us better handle it

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18 • MASTHEAD

22 • CONTRIBUTORS

26 • METRO

20 • EDITOR’S NOTE

24 • LETTERS

130 • HISTORY

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

KATIE MCNICHOL, M.S.; LMHC

“Face Value” written by Victoria Bardega, pg. 62

VICTORIA BARDEGA Victoria Bardega is a content creator and proud Lakelander. She finished her bachelor of science in journalism/public relations at Southeastern University and avidly contributes to Darling Magazine and The Everygirl. When she’s not photographing a love story or writing lifestyle pieces, she’s filling up the pages of her passport.

Between online and print, you’ve contributed quite a few pieces to The Lakelander. What has been your favorite piece to write to date? One of my favorite articles I’ve written for The Lakelander has been “To Live Slowly, To Live in Love.” As a creative, I have a deep appreciation for art, culture, and life. Getting to dive into Spanish casita architecture and interview the lovely Elizabeth Hults was incredibly insightful and lifegiving. It helped me learn so much about the rich history of our city. How do you overcome writer’s block? Just as much as we give out creatively, we need to be intentionally pouring into our creativity. One of the biggest [ways] is to step away from the busyness of life and make time to get inspired. Whether it be through experiences or travel, our mind searches for new ways to interpret stories. In order to step out of writer’s block, I set aside time to grow more aware of my surroundings and step away from the digital screen every now and then to learn something new.

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We hear you’re newly engaged. What’s been your favorite part of the wedding planning process so far? I would say booking our vendors. We are both naturally doers, so we enjoy getting to cross things off our lists. As well, we love being able to buy things that have sentimental value to us. We just bought a beautiful, handcrafted table runner with the lyrics to one of our favorite songs handlettered onto the fabric (Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”). We’re excited to have this draped on our cake table, and then keep it to lay out in our new home. What does your ideal day in Lakeland look like? Heading down to Born & Bread, Concord Coffee, The Poor Porker, Hillcrest Coffee — grabbing a bite to eat and enjoying the warm ambiances. Walking Lake Hollingsworth or taking a stroll in Munn Park when there are community events. I know a lot of store owners by name, and they know me by name. To me, that’s the coolest feature in the world, and it’s what makes Lakeland feel so unique.

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Katie McNichol is a licensed mental health counselor in Central Florida who operates Raising Teen Girls, a mental health and wellness center for teen girls and young women. With two locations serving Central Florida (Lakeland and Tampa), McNichol and her team of professional therapists use a holistic approach to improve the mental health of the clients they serve. raisingteengirls.com katiemcnichol.com

PAUL BOSTROM Paul Bostrom is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Lakeland. His happy place is in the studio, snacks on deck, doing meticulous stuff that nobody wants to do. If you’re still reading this, send him a picture of your dog on Instagram (@paulbostrom). Just because that would be hilarious and make his day. paulbostrom.com See the masthead on p. 18 for a list of all contributing writers and photographers.


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Listen First Because sometimes the best health and beauty advice is your own.

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THE PROBLEM I S T H AT W E OFTEN LEAN S O H E A V I LY O N THE OPINIONS AND ADVICE OF O T H E R S T H AT IT CAN BECOME

Today’s culture is oversaturated with media feeding us the do’s and don’ts of health and beauty. It seems like everyone is a health expert or beauty specialist, and has an opinion on what’s needed to look and feel our best. Technology is a great tool that connects us with experts and provides the immediate answers we are often searching for when it comes to health and beauty. From our phones, we can easily search the top beauty trends, the at-home workout routines, and nutrition advice. However, have we grown too dependent on the voices of others that we’ve silenced the most important voice of all? Our bodies are magnificent machines. When things aren’t functioning properly, it will typically tell us. There are physical signs and symptoms that alert us of basic needs like when we need food, water, or rest. The body gives off a whole bunch of signals. The trouble comes when the voices of others are louder than our body’s signals.

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We hear it all the time: “Listen to your body.” But it can be easier said than done to truly hear and understand what our bodies may be telling us. The problem is that we often lean so heavily on the opinions and advice of others that it can become natural to ask others what is best for us before we ask ourselves the same question. The longer we go on not listening to our bodies, the more difficult it will become to decipher what it’s telling us. If we are not regularly evaluating how we are feeling, we will continue to grow a disconnect from ourselves, leaving us ill-equipped to give ourselves what we really need. Because a lot of times we may believe that our bodies are telling us one thing, when we are actually misinterpreting the signals. We may believe that the extra dessert will satisfy our cravings, the extra hours spent working will make us more productive, or that skipping the nighttime skincare regimen will give us a more restful night’s sleep because we’ll be getting into bed quicker. Paying attention to our bodies is one thing, but learning to take its feedback and apply it to our lives is another thing. It’s hard to break unhealthy habits and add better ones if we numb the voice within us that’s reminding us what we really need. There are so many voices out there telling us what to do, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It can be helpful to read the latest tips on skincare, nutrition, and fitness. Take advantage of how technology allow us to instantly access all sorts of health and beauty tips. But sometimes it’s OK to silence them so that you can allow space for your own voice to be heard, too. Because no one knows you better than you.

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BUMP IN WEST ELM Local self-taught illustrator, Bump Galletta, has agreed to sell his products in all of West Elm’s Florida stores. Often selling his items at pop-up markets, Galletta’s work caught the attention of a West Elm manager at one of the events. Be sure to keep an eye out for some of his work on caps, shirts, and coffee mugs the next time you are at a West Elm store.

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GOW FIELDS AWARDED GEORGE JENKINS AWARD

Former Lakeland Mayor and City Commissioner Gow Fields received the 2019 George Jenkins Award at the annual Chamber of Commerce meeting for his service and dedication to the community. The George Jenkins Award is one of the city’s highest honors. Fields has served the community for over 20 years.

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The City Commission voted to approve a food truck park that will be opening at 802 N. Massachusetts Avenue. The park will be called “The Yard on Mass,” located just moments away from the beloved Mass Market, a space that has experienced a great deal of success. To keep things fresh, the park will host four food trucks at a time on a rotating basis. The space is being built on the lot of an old car dealership and will feature an event space, patio space, and mezzanine. The Yard on Mass hopes to be a familyfriendly, multigenerational space to provide good food and entertainment for the community.

Craig Morby and his business partners originally came up with a similar idea in Boulder, Colorado. The concept was successful out west and has since gained popularity in Florida. Morby hopes to work with local craft breweries to serve beer on tap at the park. The founders are striving to create a relaxing, inviting space for people to gather with old and new friends alike. Between the live music and games on the lawn, The Yard on Mass will be the backyard party your neighbors won’t complain about. The community will be able to enjoy the food truck park in September of 2019. theyardonmass.com

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FLORIDA POLY HACKS THEIR WAY TO NUMBER ONE The annual HackRiddle event at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was dominated by four students from Lakeland’s own Florida Polytechnic University. With just 24 hours to come up with a project and develop it, the team worked all through the night to come out on top among 27 other college teams that participated in this statewide hackathon.


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Expanded Single Mom’s Program One More Child and Florida Baptist Children’s Home have decided to expand their Single Mom’s Program. The program provides housing as well as weekly classes on parenting skills, teaching moms how to have a healthy lifestyle and how to save money. Single moms are required to attend these classes as well as pay $60 per month. Women will also have the opportunity to apply for scholarships to continue their education. One More Child plans to add three more housing units to its Lakeland campus by March and add homes in Tampa by 2020. onemorechild.org

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CHICK-FIL-A’S TEMPORARY CLOSURE

BEACON STARBUCKS MOVING TO SOUTHGATE

The South Lakeland Chick-fil-A closed its doors on February 1 to undergo a complete rebuilding and renovation due to outgrowing its original location. In true Chickfil-A fashion, they have opened two pop-up food trucks which are located at Carlton Music, 1902 Harden Boulevard, and at Family Fun Center, 4825 South Florida Avenue.

The beloved Beacon Starbucks is getting a new home. Located at the iconic Southgate shopping center, the 2,515-square-foot Starbucks is rising rapidly. According to the developer, the new building will be ready to hand off to the company in April.

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RECOVER LIKE A PRO An active recovery routine with the Lakeland Magic

R (Pictured above): Lakeland Magic’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, Haseeb Fasihi

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Rest days are critical for high-level performance. Exercise produces a lot of mechanical stress on our bodies, with tiny tears forming in the muscles in order for them to repair and grow stronger. However, setting aside time to intentionally rest the muscles is necessary for them to truly repair, rebuild, and strengthen. As you seek to reach your fitness goals, it’s important to remember that incorporating an active recovery routine is also an essential part to training, too.

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“The goal is to focus on ankle mobility, knee stability, hip mobility, and spinal stability/ mobility,” says Lakeland Magic’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, Haseeb Fasihi. We’ve teamed up with Fasihi to find out the types of active recovery exercises these athletes typically have to focus on post-game and to inspire you to create the ideal active recovery routine to also give your body the rest and recovery it needs.


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Foam Rolling Using a full-size or half-size foam roller, lie parallel to the ground when working on the lower body, placing the foam roller in between you and the ground. While rolling before a workout, focus on long, smooth movements. It’s essential for chronically tight muscles. Foam rolling produces heat in the areas targeted, which will help the overall body regulate blood flow. If you feel a tight spot, you can roll over the area again with shorter strokes.

Dynamic Pool Exercises Hips and lower torso should be submerged underwater.

HIP ACTIVATION Ankle Band Variations Glute Bridges 2 sets x10 Clam Shells 2 sets x10 In a supine position, bend knees to 90 degrees and dorsiflex foot. Position the ankle bands right above the lower part of both quads at the same time (right above the knee, not on it). Raise the hips into a slow thrust while your legs are going against the resistance of the bands. Focus on contracting the glutes and slowly drop the hips to the ground to finish the rep. Banded Terminal Knee Extensions (TKE) Attach or tie a band around a pole. Insert one leg through the band to have resistance be applied away from your body. The band should focus on applying resistance away from the knee as the band is positioning directly around the knee, forcing the posterior part of the knee to be flexed and extended.

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Quad to Hamstring Extensions Grip and balance the side of the pool, and have your quad move in a flexing and extending motion while opposite leg helps balance with your hands. Ankle and Hip Mobility Ankle mobility under water is done by having your foot “write out” the whole alphabet to get every angle necessary. Spine Mobility Squat slightly and move the upper body in a chopping motion from a 0-180 degree angle. Also, attempt this in a supine position with 180-degree movements of your upper body, and your lower body bent 90 degrees to the side like in a fetal position.


DOCTOR of PHYSICAL THERAPY Florida Southern College is launching a new doctor of physical therapy program in Fall 2019 that will supply highly trained physical therapists to healthcare facilities in Florida each year. Graduates of this new program will complete their course of study in 2½ years, including 36 weeks of clinical experiences.

Over the next eight years the number of physical therapists nationwide is projected to increase 28 percent. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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For more information, visit flsouthern.edu/DPT

Accreditation Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Contact: 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org Florida Southern College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the Pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2018. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

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In less than a month, KELLA’s (aka Raquel Kella Armitage) debut single, “Trainwreck,” has reached over 50,000 streams on Spotify. The Lakeland native has always strived to create, and her musical journey is indicative of that. Max Martin, a Swedish songwriter known for his work with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, the Backstreet Boys, and NSYNC, greatly inspired Armitage as an artist. This led her to Stockholm where she developed her music and personal sound. Before going to Stockholm, Armitage perfected her craft in both Nashville and London, where she attended

songwriting sessions with various artists from around the world, from a variety of genres. While in London, she met Swedish producer Johannes Andersson, who helped her recent release, “Trainwreck.” The single is a sweet combination of American songwriting and Scandinavian production that is reminiscent of an ’80s pop song with a contemporary twist. It has also been described as an infectiously bouncy sound with well-crafted hooks that leave you wanting more. While you wait for KELLA to release more music, grab a friend, have a dance party, and stream “Trainwreck.” “Trainwreck” is available on Spotify or Apple Music.

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Berna Nar and her husband, Erkan, the recipients of Catapult’s People’s Choice Award for 2018, have been serving the city of Lakeland for the last eight years, providing the community with an array of Turkish treats at Cafe Zuppina. At the end of 2018, Berna and her husband opened The Market at Cafe Zuppina, featuring Turkish feta cheese and spices, in addition to various European ingredients used in European/ Turkish recipes. As if her Turkish goodies weren’t satisfying enough, Berna decided to add traditional Turkish coffee and gelato at The Market, the addition being named Berna’s Turkish Coffee House. As the oldest, easiest, most economical way to make coffee, Turkish coffee is considered the most delicious way to have coffee. This addition will bring the unique taste of Turkish coffee to the people of Lakeland. Burna’s Turkish Coffee House opened on February 23 and the city could not be more excited! facebook.com/cafezuppina


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WHY IS EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT CBD? The latest health craze has come to Lakeland: CBD. CBD, or cannabidiol, is an increasingly popular natural remedy used to treat a variety of common ailments. It is one of 104 cannabinoids found in cannabis or marijuana. Unlike its common relative THC — or tetrahydrocannabinol — CBD is not a psychoactive substance. This means CBD users do not experience the “high” sensation. The lack of mindaltering effects has made CBD an attractive option for individuals who are looking for natural treatments for pain, anxiety, and a variety of other symptoms. CBD appears to have an ever-growing list of health benefits. Some of these benefits include pain relief, reduction of anxiety and depression, alleviation of cancer-related symptoms, acne reduction, neuroprotective properties, and increased heart health. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a specialized system in the body that is involved in regulating bodily functions such as sleep, appetite, pain, and immune system response. Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. By impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation, and interacting with neurotransmitters,

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CBD has shown to reduce chronic pain. Perhaps the most appealing characteristic of CBD is its supposed impact on anxiety and depression. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are ranked sixth. The common method of treatment for these mental illnesses is pharmaceutical drugs which include a variety of side effects as well as addictive qualities. Studies have shown that CBD has reduced anxiety around public speaking. Additionally, it has been used to treat anxiety and insomnia in children who suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder. These effects have been linked to CBD’s ability to act on serotonin

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The men’s hair era and Lakeland’s growing barber scene Routine grooming has become normalized for the modern gentleman. Meet some of the city’s favorite barbers as they give their expert advice and demonstrate some top cuts.

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Today Devon is getting one of my signature haircuts. It’s a medium fade on the sides and some light razor texturizing on top — a little bit of a family secret. It’s very versatile on him. With his thick hair, he can wear it neat or messy, and it doesn’t require a lot of styling unless he wants to do so.


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The Lakelander: How long have you been cutting hair? Price Thomas: Five and a half years. Growing up in a family full of barbers makes it feel so much longer. I always joke that it was a 23-year process to get hired at my family’s shop! TL: What was your most embarrassing moment as a cosmetology student or apprentice? PT: I’d say the process of learning to express myself through hair was pretty embarrassing. I never really encouraged myself for selfexpression, so it was kind of awkward at first. TL: Why is a good haircut so important for men? PT: I think it’s very important for anyone to look confident in the way they present themselves, and a good haircut is a cornerstone for anyone’s appearance. TL: What are some new hair trends for men? PT: I think we are going to see more short haircuts (i.e. Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok). It’s short and texturized, looking very simple, but there’s been a lot of work put into it, and it shows. But the real trend to me is confidence. Just looking like you take care of yourself and carry yourself well; you can’t go wrong.

TL: What are the three “musthave” products and/or tools that every guy needs? PT: A good barber: don’t be afraid to ask questions; they can be your greatest resources. A hairdryer: you’d be surprised what you can do with one! Product: know what type works for you, and don’t be afraid to try new ones and play around with your hair. TL: What got you into this creative profession? PT: I’m a third-generation barber. But I was going to college for premed, and I just got so tired of school and feeling stagnant that I thought I would try out the family business.

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TL: What advice would you give men out there? PT: Don’t vigorously dry your hair with a towel. And, unless you get very dirty, you may not need to wash your hair every day. TL: What’s your favorite hair tip? PT: Don’t wear a hat the day of your haircut. TL: Where do you go, or who do you look to, for hair inspiration? PT: I feel like “movies and magazines” is too obvious of an answer, but it’s true. Every time I create a hairstyle for someone, I ask them what models/celebrities/ athletes they want to look like, and I can usually make something for them.

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JASON OLIVERAS Reborn Blow Dry Bar & Barber 117 South Kentucky Avenue Lakeland, FL 33801 rebornlkld.com

TL: How long have you been cutting hair? Jason Oliveras: I’ve been cutting hair for 10 years now and professionally licensed for eight years. TL: What was your most embarrassing moment as a cosmetology student or apprentice? JO: I tried to do my first design on a little kid’s hair, and by the end of it, I had to shave the poor kid bald. TL: Why is a good haircut so important for men? JO: It tells you something about yourself. The confidence/feeling you have after a haircut is definitely refreshing, to know you left the chair feeling good about yourself. It’s always good to have confidence

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in yourself, and grooming is a huge factor in that. TL: What are the three “musthave” products and/or tools that every guy needs? JO: Cordless trimmers to edge beard/edges, a really good pomade or styling cream to style up the hair, and some kind of facial cream to keep skin smooth. Also, a really goodsmelling cologne. TL: What is a common misconception about men and hair that you want to set straight? JO: A misconception about barbers, specifically, is that we can tend to get stereotyped by people by the way we may look or how they think we act. Barbering is an art; it’s not all about cutting hair. There’s a different passion behind

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just cutting hair. It’s more than just a haircut for me. TL: What got you into this creative profession? JO: My Uncle Rene. He was a really good barber here in Lakeland and passed away a couple years ago. So, just carrying on his legacy. TL: What hair advice would you give all the men out there? JO: Have fun with the hairstyles you choose. Hair always grows back. Try new things to spice it up. TL: Where do you go, or who do you look to, for hair inspiration? JO: I’m always on Instagram looking for new trends. I have really been liking the more minimal and natural styles that have been coming out recently.


“Have fun with the hairstyles you choose. Hair always grows back. Try new things to spice it up.”

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The cut I gave David was a skin fade, blended up into a styled curl. I shaped the sides with shears to give it that crisp look so that the curls wouldn’t look too messy. Finished with Fatboy Hair Perfect Putty.

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JAY ZENGOTITA Kirkland’s Barbershop 4816 South Florida Avenue Lakeland, FL 33813 863.648.2951

TL: How long have you been cutting hair? Jay Zengotita: 10 years TL: What was your most embarrassing moment as a cosmetology student or apprentice? JZ: Calling my customer by the wrong name. But she played it off cool, and when she paid for the service she told me that I was calling her by the wrong name. TL: Why is a good haircut so important for men? JZ: A good haircut is an introduction to an everlasting first impression. It foremost exudes confidence, and brands the individual of whom they are and what they represent. TL: What are some new hair trends for men?

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JZ: The 1950s’-inspired gentlemen’s haircuts have been in. Skin fades with lots of texture on top. And doing extreme fantasy colors (blue, green, pink, etc.) and comb-over fades with part lines. TL: What are the three “musthave” products and/or tools that every guy needs? JZ: A good shampoo and conditioner. A go-to style product for an everyday look, whether it’s a pomade, texture powder, or a curl cream. And a blow dryer to help complete the look. TL: What is a common misconception about men and hair that you want to set straight? JZ: Not all haircuts can be done in 10 minutes. It’s a craft that needs to be, first off, perfected and not rushed. Those extra minutes we take can be


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the difference between someone asking, “Did you get a haircut?” or someone saying, “Whoever cut your hair last gave you a phenomenal haircut!” Real barbers craft haircuts, not just do them. TL: What got you into this creative profession? JZ: Being able to just be me; have my tattoos, wild hair, and my savage beard. Being able to meet people from different walks in life and learn from each other. And every day is a different day with another canvas of hair. I never have a boring moment. TL: What hair advice would you give all the men out there? JZ: Spoil yourself with a good haircut experience with a well-trained professional. And be experimental with your hair. Ask your barber or stylist for their opinion on what they would recommend doing. TL: Your favorite hair tip? JZ: Shampoo regularly! And be educated on the proper way of styling your hair and how much product to use.

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I started Mikah’s cut by doing a mid-skin fade. He wanted to do a more slicked-back look keeping the length on top. A modern twist of a 1950s’style haircut. I finished the haircut by styling the hair with a Victory Crown Matte Finish Pomade and a Slick Gorilla Texture Powder. Blow drying everything up and back. It’s a fun play on a sleek, professional look.


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TL: How long have you been cutting hair? Bruce Sharp: I’ve been cutting hair for total of 17 years. TL: Why is a good haircut so important for men? BS: For self-confidence and motivation. When you find a style that fits you, it makes you feel good inside and restores your identity on the outside. TL: What are some new hair trends for men? BS: New trends tend to repeat themselves and, honestly, go through a phase where old looks come back to become new again. Now a lot of clients go for styles with a lot more length on top like the very popular “man-bun” or undercut look. TL: What are the three “musthave” products and/or tools that every guy needs? BS: Cordless clippers and trimmers. My personal favorite brand are Andis International. Aside

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I performed a low skin fade comb-over style with a hard part and a beard line-up on Joey. A very modern, clean, and sharp look. This is a common style for the regular barbershop visitor.

from the cutting tools, a must-have are good styling products that work for all hair types. The “matte” look is what’s favored nowadays. TL: What got you into this creative profession? BS: I became interested in hair shortly after I moved to Florida from my hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I couldn’t find a barbershop I truly felt confident in

and started barbering on myself, and then my brother, father, and some family; and took off with it after noticing some talent start to grow and learning more about the skill and history. TL: What advice would you give men out there? BS: Visit your barber regularly. Don’t wait until the last minute. Be bold and go for your own look!

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face value Written by Victoria Bardega Photography by Dan Austin Hair and makeup: Naime De La Cruz Patricia Uiterwyk of Venue Salon Models: Liam Fitzgerald - BMG Laesha Brewer - BMG Reilly Zumwalt - BMG Summer Gattuso

From trying endless over-thecounter products to deciding on a skincare routine, taking care of our skin can be one of the most challenging ventures. However, with the right local resources, it is totally possible to reach your skincare goals and discover what effectively works for you with a few important steps. The skin is usually the first visual impression people have of us, and when we place value in nourishing what we have, we’re able to place our best foot forward.

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cleanse

Find a cleanser that gently extracts impurities while reviving your pores with wholesome ingredients. Rafa Natural offers a great selection of cleansers

within their shop, but one of my all-time favorites is the Clarifying Cleanser. Its active, organic ingredients, such as charcoal, chamomile, and tea tree oil assist in removing all

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facial dirt while helping to soothe acne-prone areas of the skin. Lather it up in your hands, and within a few seconds the mixture becomes a soft foam that purifies the skin cells from

all of the oils it has built up throughout the day. While we tend to touch our face a lot, using this powerful product twice a day can help to reduce bacteria and enhance cleanliness.

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othing makes us feel more vulnerable than to be seen. In a society where it’s easy to mask our imperfections, we’re challenged every day to nurture our authentic self. Over the years, one of the biggest lessons for me has been to truly care for my skin –– flaws and all –– with ingredients that nourish its cells. You see, our skin is so much more than the epidermis (the surface that we see every day). It’s a proven defense mechanism, intricately crafted, that lets us know how we’re really doing. While we may walk through life overusing the two words “I’m fine” on a regular basis, our skin takes the bold initiative to let us know how our insides are actually feeling. Something I realized early on is that when we create a consistent routine to care for our skin, we will reap the benefit of a healthy, vibrant face that makes people want to ask, “What’s the secret?” But first, we must accurately identify what skin type we are. The common faux-pas when it comes to skincare is people often misidentify their own skin. Throughout my middle school years and on to my later college

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years, breakouts were completely inevitable for me. Because I had such acne-prone skin, I began to think I had oily skin and spent hundreds of dollars treating my skin with products (filled with harsh chemicals, by the way) that would strip my skin of its nourishment, leading to usual itchiness, lack of moisture, and premature wrinkling. My hopeful spirit led me to try popular name brands, such as Proactiv and Neutrogena, but my skin still wasn’t receiving the rejuvenation it needed. Not sure of your skin type? Schedule a consultation with a certified aesthetician, and trust me when I say you’ll never be the same. If you’re anything like me, then you’re a normal skin type. The tricky part about us normal ones is finding the right products that simply work best for us individually –– because your skin wasn’t meant to be cookie cutter. It’s absolutely one of a kind and deserves to be treated as such. While the following tips are highly recommended, remember it’s essential you discover what’s healthy for your skin through your personal journey, too.

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exfoliate

Schedule a stimulating facial every once in a while! Lakeland is filled with incredibly helpful places that offer all-natural

facials for both face and back. Make it a point to go to Viva Vitality MedSpa or Bella VisĂĄge Medical & Aesthetic Rejuvenation once a month to visit a medical aesthetician.

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Setting up a consultation with a specialist can help develop a plan to keep skin radiant and clear of breakouts. It’s also important to exfoliate to brush away dead skin cells.

Our local Rafa Natural also carries AHA Facial Scrub that is perfect for that exfoliation step, and it is infused with jojoba beads to provoke more collagen production.

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One of my favorite steps in the skincare routine process is toning because it helps to ensure all bacteria and dirt have been removed from our face – even the bacteria

that is derived from our Florida tap water. Our local ULTA stores carry the perfect toner by Mario Badescu called Glycolic Acid Toner. Whether you have scarring from

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holding your skin’s natural essence. This crucial step brings your skin’s pH back into balance, too. Investing in the right one can truly make a difference in your skincare routine.

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Pick a moisturizer that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to conquer your day. DayDreams Spa at Lakeside Village carries

the Pevonia skincare line that replenishes and rebuilds the skin with invigorating ingredients such as safflower seed oil and iris florentina root extract which contains

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your face of impurities, moisturizing helps to bring hydration back into your pores so your skin can heal with the right nutrients in place.


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Faeza Kazmier, MD 1400 Lakeland Hills Boulevard Lakeland, FL 33805 863.680.7676 watsonclinic.com

Pranay C. Patel, MD 1755 North Florida Avenue Lakeland, FL 33805 863.904.6231 watsonclinic.com

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IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER any would support the saying, “Look good, feel good.” There’s a certain confidence that is instilled within us when we face the day knowing that we simply just look good. Beauty is much more than skin deep. There are connections between how our outer appearance can greatly affect our self-esteem and overall well-being. Looking good and feeling good can change how we see ourselves and choose to present ourselves each day. This is not at all to say that we should only care about our outer appearance. But rather, it’s a reminder that investing in outer beauty is also investing in one’s inner beauty, too. “The better you feel about yourself, the better you look,” says Lisa Birket, CME (certified medical electrologist) and director of True MedSpa, Lakeland’s Premier Medical Spa. Birket emphasizes how the services offered at True MedSpa strive to care for the totality of their clients. “Inner beauty is just as important as outer beauty,” she says. Beauty cannot be judged objectively. Our ideas of beauty vary from person to person, and how we perceive beauty within ourselves cannot be defined by any other. “If a client asks, ‘What do you see that you would change about me?’ we never answer that. We really try to encourage that they make that

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CRYOTH E R APY Cryotherapy is a technique where the body undergoes a treatment in extremely cold temperature for up to three minutes. It’s a great treatment for athletes and those recovering from inflammation, and for dealing with joint or muscle pain. Unlike many other spas, True MedSpa offers a head-to-toe, whole-body cryotherapy chamber. The theory behind this type of whole-body therapy is that by immersing the body in extremely cold air, there are a multitude of health benefits that can follow. “You can burn 500 to 800 calories in three minutes. It helps fight wrinkles and cellulite. It helps with circulation, psoriasis, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis... You also have a lot of energy afterwards,” says Birket.

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decision,” says Birket. “People have different feelings about how they look, and it’s important to establish where they are coming from to be able to treat them fully.” Medical spas have gained massive popularity in recent years. They offer a unique blend of a relaxing spa experience while also providing the results from

procedures and expertise typically only found at a doctor’s office. The experience at a medical spa and what they offer varies greatly based on what they value and choose to invest in. True MedSpa first started out as a small medical spa adjacent to Gold’s Gym on South Florida and has since evolved into a full-service salon, spa, and

medical facility with an extensive list of offerings to suit anyone’s beauty, health, and wellness needs. Their offerings include facials, chemical peels, permanent makeup, injectables, laser treatments, cryotherapy, body sculpting, hair and nail services, as well as massages. With the recent expansion to their new location at 4935 Southfork Drive (just behind the South Florida Avenue Bonefish Grill), True MedSpa is able to provide a full-service experience between their Medical Spa, The Premier Salon, and Day Spa. “We are now able to accommodate all of your needs in one visit at one location,” says Birket. Although their facility is now bigger than ever, they have not compromised the quality of their service to make it happen. Since they offer a wide range of services, it’s a priority for Birket and the staff at True MedSpa to be knowledgeable in their area of expertise. “All of our providers are licensed professionals, and all of our staff are provided with product knowledge and hands-on didactic training,” says Birket. Being in an ever-evolving industry, True MedSpa values the importance of continuing education and seeks to stay ahead of cutting-edge treatments. “Our number-one goal here at True MedSpa, The Premier Salon & Spa is to take care of every client’s needs as well as to create an experience like no other,” says Birket.

(Pictured left to right): Alyssa Castiglione, salon director and stylist; Tiffany Nicolussi, assistant director; and Lisa Birket, CME and director of True MedSpa.

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RE SU R FAC I N G LASE R S Loss of collagen, a protein that is responsible for maintaining the firmness and youthfulness of the skin, can eventually result in the skin losing smoothness and forming discolorations, lines, and wrinkles. Laser resurfacing can help in reversing some of these effects by building back up the collagen reserves. “The treatment consists of micro laser peels and profractional laser resurfacing treatments to stimulate collagen so you can get new baby skin,� says Birket. During a full field resurfacing treatment at True MedSpa, a laser initially scans the areas that are to be treated. A laser beam is then delivered to particular areas to eventually treat the skin by removing the outer surface of the skin that may be damaged from the sun and environmental pollutants, allowing a healthy layer to take its place. The procedure is helpful for reducing signs of aging and eliminating acne scars.

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MAS SAGES Massages are not just a luxury. There are many reasons why people get them and many benefits from them. In addition to reducing pain and muscle tension, some studies have also found that massages can help relieve stress and anxiety, reduce depression, help you sleep better, improve your productivity, and boost your immunity. At True MedSpa, there are many different massage options to target any of these specific needs. Deep-tissue massages involve applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach the deeper layers of muscle and the connective tissue surrounding muscles. This type of massage is typically used to assist chronic aches and pain, as well as muscle injury and poor posture. Swedish massages are one of the most common massage techniques. As a gentler option compared to a deep-tissue massage, Swedish massages are ideal for loosening up tight muscles caused by daily activities. At True MedSpa, these massages are tailored to the client’s preferences. Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind. It focuses on parts of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements in order to help with recovery and overall performance. Other massages offered include prenatal massages for the mommy-to-be, corporate (stress relief) massages. and hot stone massages.

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OF EVERY CLIENT’S NEEDS AS WELL AS TO CREATE AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER.”

INJECTABL ES A ND BOTOX As we age, skin becomes increasingly more susceptible to sagging and wrinkles. Injectable treatments are an effective, non-invasive alternative to cosmetic surgery. This is among one of the most popular anti-aging services out there, and True MedSpa offers many products to address not only wrinkles but lost volume in the skin that causes lines and furrows to form. When describing these treatments, Birket references this analogy: “If you’re working out at the gym and you’re building muscle, the muscle gets bigger and bigger or firmer and toner. So if

True MedSpa offers an array of massage options, including Swedish, deep tissue, sports, and many more.

you are moving your eyebrows up and down, squinting, and moving your facial expressions around, the lines are going to get deeper and deeper.” This is where an injectable treatment comes in to help eliminate these deep facial lines in order

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to rejuvenate the skin and help you look more youthful and radiant. In addition to treating wrinkles and fine lines, Botox injections can be used to treat hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. Botox is used to prevent the release of the chemical that activates sweat glands, and results from this treatment can last up to six months.

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FACIAL S Although a good daily skincare routine is essential, every once in a while it’s important to leave it in the hands of the professionals. Facials are a great way to make sure you are truly taking care of your skin. They can smooth the skin, improve its ability to retain hydration, and even out overall skin tone. Many different skin issues can arise, like acne, sun damage, and scarring. Being a skin clinic, True MedSpa maintains a higher level of education and expertise to treat any skin type and skin issue. “We know the science behind it,” says Birket. Among the products True MedSpa offers during facial treatments is SkinCeuticals, a pharmaceutical-grade skincare line. “It’s a wonderful line, and it’s backed by science. Once you start the line, it’s a night-and-day difference in your skin,” says Birket. The product is customizable so that it suits any and every skincare need. “Not a lot of skincare lines can do that,” says Birket.

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DEFINE YOUR BEAUTY These are only a few of the many services that True MedSpa has to offer. Between their Day Spa, MedSpa, and Premier Salon, True MedSpa provides clients with an opportunity to pick and choose the treatments that best suit their individual needs. “Everyone should be able to define their own beauty, and we want to provide everyone with the products and services to do that,” says Birket. No matter what service you end up going in for, from the moment you enter through the doors of True MedSpa until the moment you leave, you are guaranteed to be treated to a superior experience that is intentionally tailored to meet your needs and illuminate the beauty that already resides within you.

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COMPLEAT Written by Annalee Mutz / Photography by Paul Bostrom

Even if you strive to consume a diet full of nutrient-dense foods, you might still be lacking essential nutrients. Here is a simple guide to know which vitamins and supplements to consider adding to your everyday routine.

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or some, the last time a vitamin was consumed may have been a cartoonshaped gummy that served as a daily multivitamin. Others may have a strict regimen of vitamins and supplements that are consumed daily. Regardless of where you land on the spectrum, it’s safe to say there is a vast range of consumers within the vitamins and supplements market. Overall, many Americans either daily or on occasion take dietary supplements and vitamins. In fact, according to a 2018 report from the Council for Responsible Nutrition, about 75 percent of U.S. adults regularly take them. When discussing vitamins and supplements, it’s important to first note that modern diets often lack what our bodies need to stay healthy. Mass production has left many Americans nutrient deficient in their everyday diets alone. Before considering adding additional vitamins and supplements to your diet, evaluate if you are getting enough nutrients through your food first. “Our bodies are almost always vitamin and mineral deficient. Most of our food-and-water sources and quality are poor. We are often suffering from insufficiencies,” says Healthy Habits owner Joe McKee. A balanced diet contains plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains which offers a mix of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that our body needs. There’s no substitute for a balanced and nutritious diet. However, even when we feel like

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we are consuming a nutrient-dense diet, issues like experiencing stress, sleeping poorly, or not getting regular exercise can creep into our healthy lifestyle and impact how our bodies absorb nutrients. Having a regular vitamin and supplement routine may be a helpful foundation for our health to assist in filling in the gaps when this may be the case. But with many vitamin combos out there (and since 75 percent of us are already regularly consuming these additional supplements), what should we be paying attention to? “Some important details when buying supplements is to buy from reputable companies,” says McKee. “Purity and accuracy of labeling of contents is important. As a general rule, supplement makers are not highly regulated.” McKee notes that a large amount of the vitamins and supplements sold in our country are sourced from other countries, so it’s important to check the purity of the raw materials within those products. “Look for certifications like USDA organic, non-GMO, and similar indicators of quality. The quality of the package is often telling,” he says. We’ve compiled a list of vitamins and supplements to consider adding to your diet to help fill in the gaps and supplement what might be missing from an already nutrientdense diet. But be sure you do the research and be informed first. Learn about the potential benefits and any risk that additional vitamins and supplements might pose, and consult your healthcare provider to determine what is best for your overall health.

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IMMUNITY Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 and reishi mushrooms Vitamin D3 and reishi mushrooms can help modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses. Vitamin D3 assists with helping your body absorb calcium and phosphorus. Reishi mushrooms enhance immune function through their effect on white blood cells.

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Restore and Progurt “A healthy gut is critical for a healthy brain,” says McKee. Probiotic supplements like Restore and Progurt support the junction barrier system that supports both immune and neurological systems. “This helps in the regulation and delivery of water and nutrients to the body at large.”

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Restore, Progurt, Barlean’s Omega 3 Omega 3 helps keep flare-ups at bay. They have been proven to help reduce inflammation and protect against psoriasis, eczema, and most immune-related skin issues. “Omega 3s are anti-inflammatory and can have a positive effect for beautiful skin,” says McKee.


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Iodine Iodine is essential for the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones. However, many are at risk of iodine deficiencies because our body doesn’t produce it on its own. When iodine is consumed, it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. “Thyroid issues can lead to overworked adrenals. Iodine insufficiency is often a root cause. Thyroid and adrenal supplements can be very helpful,” says McKee.

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ALLAROUND HEALTH Magnesium

Magnesium Although it is found in foods like spinach, salmon, tuna, nuts and seeds, we’re still often not getting enough of this essential element. Magnesium is a mineral that is essential for our bodies because it improves enzyme function. It can help with calming anxiety, improving sleep quality, alleviating digestive problems, strengthening bones, and preventing migraines.

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There are excellent personal training and fitness classes at conventional gyms, but Lakeland also offers many other ways to exercise — and I went to check out what

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T FITNESS From low-impact workouts to intense functional training, T Fitness has classes for every BODY, designed to burn fat, lose inches, and build muscle. Semi-private, six-person classes or private sessions before work, during the day, or in the evening for people who are new to fitness and for the fitness vet. “It’s all mental.” - Owner and Trainer Tari Terry 2611 Orleans Avenue Lakeland, FL 33803 863.332.9543 facebook.com/TFitnessandWellness/

LAKELAND CRYO AND RECOVERY Whole-body cryotherapy, CryoSkin body shaping, InBody body composition scan, Normatec recovery boots “Be better than yesterday.” - Owners Mike and Kim Knaish 2295 Commerce Point Drive, Suite 180 Lakeland, FL 33801 863.899.1296 lakelandcryoandrecovery.com

LIFT - LAKELAND IDEAL FITNESS TRAINING Group CrossFit classes, personal training, worldclass coaching, and a community of humble, hungry, and happy people who want to see you succeed in a warm and friendly environment that the big-box gyms can’t provide.

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“America has a near-record number of gyms and health club facilities, and yet the majority of us are still dying from preventable, chronic lifestyle diseases like Type 2 diabetes heart failure. Why? The modern health system has failed us; nobody knows how to eat thanks to baffling food choices at the grocery market, and big gyms charge next to nothing because that’s exactly what they provide when it comes to REAL results. At LIFT, we see people from ages 18 to 50+ getting their lives back on track and adding years to their future. It’s your turn now.” - Owner Robert Hull 925 E. Oleander Street Lakeland, FL 33801 863.703.0283 liftlakeland.com

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CHOE’S KARATE BEYOND Functional Fitness, Practical Self Defense, and Stress Relief. It’s like a combo meal that’s actually good for you. “Learning discipline isn’t just for your kids… that’s right, I’m talking to YOU!” Owner Master Jae Choe 4126 South Florida Avenue Lakeland, FL 33813 863.354.5467 karatebeyond.com

TAI CHI OF LAKELAND Tai Chi classes at Lakeland’s two dedicated senior medical centers as well as Medulla Community Center. “We are certified to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention through Tai Chi for Health.” - Instructor Linda Simpson facebook.com/TaiChiofLakeland

Personal training, rehabilitative work, tandem personal training, small group personal training, group fitness classes, and monthly strength and conditioning programming. Stacey’s earned over 15 certifications including CrossFit Level 2, USA Weightlifting Level 2, Movement and Mobility, Endurance Running, Powerlifting, Strongman, Kettlebells, Gymnastics, Striking, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Weightlifting, and SafeSport. “My purpose is to help everyone I can to feel their best both physically and psychologically, perform to the best of their genetic ability, and become and/or maintain the healthiest version of their self as possible while staying injury free. Regardless of a person’s goals, limitations, current health situation, fitness level, age, background, I can help them reach their genetic fitness potential.” - Owner and Trainer Stacey Warnock Jenkins 1028 South Florida Avenue Lakeland, FL 863.738.9712 facebook.com/ PrimalStrengthAndConditioningLLC

SIFU OCH WING CHUN KUNG FU Safe and realistic in-depth training in Wing Chun, Self-Defense, Kickboxing, and fitness boot camp classes that combine boxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, and Karate kicks, and includes body- and free-weight conditioning with endurance training. “You won’t know the difference until you’re training here.” - Master Sifu Justin Och 116 E. Pine Street Lakeland, FL 33801 863.800.0171 sifuochwingchun.com

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YOGA POINTE Yoga-based classes seven days a week at varying times, with private and semi-private sessions to meet individual needs and cultivate physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness for all. “Yoga Pointe’s mission is to create a welcoming and peaceful space and have diverse offerings grounded in yogic traditions to inspire students and the community to root deep and grow.” - Certified Yoga Therapist Jana Whiddon 3203 S. Florida Avenue Lakeland, FL 33803 863.937.8069 yogapointe.com

THE BALANCE CULTURE Group fitness classes including barre, Pilates, yoga, Spin, bootcamp, bootycamp, HIIT-yoga, and stretch; holistic health coaching, private sessions, and community events. “At The Balance Culture we have worked to perfect and create a diverse class schedule that will keep your body balanced and strong as you work toward your goals. We welcome all fitness levels into our classes. We put thought and care into every aspect of your experience at The Balance Culture. We want you to be a part of our community.” Co-owner Ruthie Tait 1035 South Florida Avenue #200 Lakeland, FL 33803 863.603.8567 thebalanceculture.com


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ORANGETHEORY FITNESS LAKELAND Coach-guided, one-hour, total-body workouts using heart rate-based intervals with real-time results displayed on screens in the studio. Coaches prevent overor under-training with intensity based on the individual, making workouts effective for all fitness levels. “We offer your first class for free, and we’d love to have you come by and see what OTF Lakeland is all about.” - Manager Bailey Barquin 1489 Town Center Drive Lakeland, FL 33803 863.226.1303 lakeland.orangetheoryfitness.com

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9ROUND Recipient of The Ledger’s Best Health Club in Polk County 2018 award, 9Round’s certified fitness trainers guide you through 30-minute heart rate-based circuit training programs targeting every body part for the perfect fatburning, muscle-building workout. Workouts change daily, there are no class times: show up on your schedule and a trainer gets you started immediately. Your first workout is free at either of the two Lakeland locations. Members can use either club at any time with their unlimited membership. “Fitness is so confusing. How many reps? How many sets? When’s the class? We fixed all that at 9Round. You walk in on your schedule. You’re always on time. Your certified trainer knows your name and your fitness level. They know hard to push you. The trainer puts you through a fun workout, and in 30 minutes you leave sweating, smiling and learning. And that’s why 9Round is so popular.” – Owner Eric Stehle 3604 Harden Boulevard Lakeland, FL 33803 863.608.7790 2153 East County Road 540A Lakeland, FL 33812 863.606-5742 9round.com

FABIO NOVAES BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu group and private lessons for adults and kids (ages six and up) taught by IBJJF World Champion and Pan American Games Champion Fabio Novaes. “The floor may be the end for most people. For us, it is just the beginning.” - Fabio Novaes 845 Creative Drive, Suite 1 Lakeland, FL 33813 863.944.4543 fabionovaesbjj.com

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Learning to eat healthy on a consistent basis is a journey, and it looks different for everyone. Every meal is an opportunity to feed yourself well and try something new. Take the time in 2019 to slow down, learn more about your food, and enjoy each bite you take.

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SHOPPING HEALTHY THIS YEAR CAN BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO GET CREATIVE, LEARN SOMETHING NEW, AND SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE.

Like most kids born in the ’90s, I was raised on the good stuff — mac n’ cheese, tuna fish sandwiches, and hot dogs. In high school, I was either eating bland salads and carrot sticks, or binging on greasy pizza and hot Cheetos. In my mind, there was no in-between. At the time, being healthy meant eating like a rabbit and depriving myself of any food that brought me joy. Needless to say, it makes my heart very happy that we now live in a time when things like avocado toast and decadent lattes are a part of a happy and healthy lifestyle. It wasn’t until I visited the island of Corsica, France, that I realized I was missing the mark when it came to being healthy. During my two-week vacation, we ate the most amazing, soul-filling foods. We would spend hours cooking and grazing on roasted meats, grilled vegetables, and funky cheeses, all while sipping on wine. I met a distant relative who was over 100 years old and still climbing a tall flight of stairs to her little home each day. Every meal was like experiencing real food for the very first time, and there was never a shortage of decadent treats or crusty bread. It’s an experience that I cherish

and intend on reliving again someday. By the time I arrived back to the States, something in me had clicked. It was so refreshing to see that I didn’t need to deprive myself of tasty food in order to treat my body right. In fact, I had seen that food could bring joy and bliss and also fuel your body with excellent nutrition. So I dove into the health food scene and learned all that I could. I read labels and looked up ingredients, and watched way too many Netflix documentaries. And in the end, I discovered that cooking at home with ingredients you name and recognize is the best way to feed your body well. It’s important to listen to your body and discover what works for you. No one specific way of eating works for everyone, because all of our bodies are so different. So have no fear — you will not have to throw out everything in your pantry in order to start eating healthy! All it takes is making small steps towards buying better and slowly cultivating a positive mindset around eating foods that make you feel good. Shopping healthy this year can be an opportunity for you to get creative, learn something new, and simplify your life.

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Let’s start with a game plan. 01. PLAN YOUR MEALS BEFORE YOU HIT THE GROCERY STORE.

You know all those Pinterest boards that are full of beautiful, colorful recipes that you’ve been hoarding for years? It is time to set down the bowl of ramen noodles and put them to use! If you want to successfully shop healthy, you have to plan ahead. Otherwise, you end up grabbing a bunch of ingredients that you’ll never use, because you have no idea what to do with them. Just as importantly, you want to plan meals that are fun and flavorful, but also practical for a busy schedule. Nobody has time to spend three hours cooking dinner every night. But you also don’t want everything to be so simple that you get bored and ditch those recipes for the drive-thru. One of the ways I do that is by picking one fun new recipe to try out each week. Sometimes that means preparing a cheesy vegetable quiche that I can quickly heat up for breakfast each morning. Or baking a spicy eggplant shakshuka for dinner one night and trying to nail that perfect runny yolk. Pick one recipe each week that takes a little longer to prepare but that will make eating healthy fun and adventurous. Then balance that out with other meal ideas that are faster and simpler to make. And try using shortcuts that are still healthy, like buying rotisserie chicken to shred up for homemade burrito bowls. Small substitutions like that can save you tons of time and help keep you on track. For lunches, I stick to the classic combination of meat, carb, and vegetable. For example, plan to bake a batch of sweet potatoes, roasted broccoli, and shredded beef to portion out for the week. Spice things up

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a bit with seasonings and herbs that bump up the flavors of your meals. Making sauces at home is another amazing way to switch up your meal prep while also avoiding all the preservatives and sugars that are often found in store-bought sauces. That’s the key — make it fun, make it flavorful, but don’t overwhelm yourself.

02. MAKE A GROCERY LIST AND STICK TO IT.

You’ve got a perfectly balanced menu of meals planned for the week, so now it’s time to build a grocery list. Go through each recipe and make a list of the ingredients that you don’t already have at home. Then, when you get to the store, STICK TO YOUR LIST. But what about those BOGO Oreos or that really great coupon you have for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? Friends, staying committed to your grocery list will not only help you avoid buying the junk you’re trying to avoid, but it will also save you tons of money in the long run. Shopping healthy is already looking easier!

AND IN THE END, I DISCOVERED THAT COOKING AT HOME WITH INGREDIENTS YOU NAME AND RECOGNIZE IS THE BEST WAY TO FEED YOUR BODY WELL.

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Organic produce isn’t always available or affordable, so buy where it counts. When you’re planning to consume the outer layer of a fruit or vegetable, try to avoid pesticides that are typically found on tomatoes, grapes, potatoes, berries, and spinach. If you can’t peel and discard the outside, like a banana or avocado, then look for organic. Otherwise, shop local! Buying what’s in season means your produce will be fresh.


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03. SHOP THE OUTER AISLES.

You may have heard this before, but it’s one of the best tips for shopping healthy. Take a walk around the grocery store and you’ll notice that fresh items aren’t kept in those middle aisles. The produce, meats, and even the deli and bakery are all located on the outer walls of each store. Staying away from the inner aisles can help you avoid a lot of temptation and keep you focused on the ingredients you’ve already made plans to use. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. I personally love crunchy and salty snacks, and I don’t think life should be lived without those foods that bring you genuine joy. So instead of heading for the potato chips, try grabbing a big bag of popcorn kernels. Go old school and pop them yourself on the stove in coconut oil, and sprinkle with sea salt and a little granulated garlic while warm. You’ll be surprised how little things like this can be super satisfying and end up saving you money, too.

04. READ LABELS BEFORE YOU BUY.

This can be one of the most intimidating parts of shopping healthy, especially when you’re just getting started. You pick up one box to read the label and you’re faced with an ingredient list that’s a mile long and essentially unrecognizable.

Processed sugar is a major contributor to the rise of Metabolic Syndrome, which can cause high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Here are a few simple tips to help you avoid the junk and select better options when you do need something from those inner aisles of the grocery store. -Avoid long ingredient lists. The longer the list, the less likely it is that all the ingredients are quality. Of course, there are exceptions, like when you buy a mix that contains 10 different types of roasted nuts. But for the most part, highquality and healthy foods contain much fewer ingredients. “Natural” doesn’t always mean natural. Believe it or not, companies can use this word on their packaging freely. Although the USDA has a loose definition for what the term “natural” means, no inspections are conducted and food producers are not required to hold any sort of certification in order to use this term on their products. As a consumer, that can be really frustrating. But awareness and education are the best ways we can improve our food choices! -Avoid high fructose corn syrup (and other processed sugars). This additive is chemically made in a lab and is a cheap alternative to sugar that was created when the government imposed sugar taxes in the ’70s. It’s also a major contributor to the rise in Adolescent Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome, which can cause high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Yikes. -Look things up. If you can’t read it or pronounce it, it’s probably a hidden form of preservative, sugar, or filler. Take a quick picture of the ingredient list when you’re at the store, and do some research when you get home. What you learn might surprise you (or scare you!). On the other hand, remember the first time you saw the word “quinoa”? Sometimes a product or ingredient might look foreign, but it’s totally normal! You don’t always want to avoid something just because you aren’t sure what it is. Do your research and enjoy the journey of learning more about the foods you eat.

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Grains like corn and wheat are sprayed heavily with pesticides, which have been proven to be harmful to our bodies and brains. Organic farms are strictly regulated, and the difference in their products and your health is significant. Next time you need some hearty grains, try out quinoa or wild rice. They’re higher in protein than regular rice and have a nutty flavor. Or try pasta that’s made with red lentils. It’s fun to mix things up, and you’ll be surprised how tasty it is!

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Wild-caught seafood should always be a priority. We do live in Florida, after all! There’s no reason to buy farm-raised seafood when we have access to fresh, beautiful seafood all year long. Did you know that salmon gets its color naturally from the krill and plankton that it eats in the ocean? Farm-raised salmon is fed kibble, so the flesh turns out grey. Farmers use pigmenting supplements or dyes to make sure the salmon turns pink before hitting shelves. Yikes. So next time you’re picking up seafood, get wild-caught. Fresh, never frozen fillets are always a better option, too. The difference in taste and texture is well worth it!

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Stress in today’s culture is unavoidable. We all deal with it. Some handle it better than others, but at some point in your life you will encounter stress, and it is important to understand how stress affects your mental health as well as how to manage your reaction to it. There is a newer method of treatment for stress that is gaining popularity, and it is the idea of Lifestyle Medicine.

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ifestyle Medicine is defined by the Journal of American Medical Association “as evidencebased practice of assisting individuals and their families to adopt and sustain behaviors that can improve health and quality of life.” Sounds pretty broad? It is. However, as you dig deeper into this concept, the preventative and restorative nature of the techniques used within Lifestyle Medicine can have profound effects and influence on learning how to manage your stress and your emotions. The beauty of this theory is the uniqueness to each individual and the assistance of experimenting and building your life around the people, things, beliefs, and experiences that improve, reduce, and prevent stress overload, especially stress that can lead to disease. Your overall health and mental health are connected. They cannot be separated. So,

understanding how they impact one another is vital to good mental health. For example, many digestive issues are linked to stress, anxiety, and depression. When you treat one, you are often treating the other. So it is crucial to consider your lifestyle in learning to manage or even cure the symptoms. As a licensed therapist, I explore my clients’ medical history because often there are correlations to the stress, anxiety, and depression they are experiencing. We also assess their relationships, environments, interests, habits, and beliefs about themselves and the world. All of these elements are relevant to the quality of their mental health. Lifestyle Medicine considers a variety of factors in a person’s life. However, the following is a list of the most common to reflect on and explore in your own life, as well as suggestions for cultivating them to improve your overall mental health.

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NUTRITION We have heard this taught over and over again: “You are what you eat.” And there is actual truth to that statement. Nutrition science is more solid than it has ever been, and the link to food and mood has been proven. What you eat directly affects how you feel. For instance, those struggling with depression tend to show a strong link to high carbohydrate intake. You want to slow down and consider this: how is the food you are eating making you feel? Am I tired, sluggish, energized, still hungry, overweight, etc.? Start reducing the foods that are making you feel physically terrible and you will notice an increase in brain health. REFLECTION QUESTION: After taking an honest assessment of the food I am eating, what is one thing I can begin to change that will directly impact my emotions and mood thus improving my overall mental health?

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FITNESS Exercise is still one of the top treatments for anxiety, stress, and depression outside of therapy and medication (when necessary). The Mayo Clinic reports that the release of “feel-good” endorphins and its ability to take your mind off of your worries are significant reducers of anxiety. Exercise is a healthy coping skill and allows your body to release pent-up energy from your daily stress level. Even if you hate exercise, find something you like and think outside the box. There are so many classes to take these days.

No more excuses. Get moving! REFLECTION QUESTION: What is a realistic goal to set for developing an exercise routine? SLEEP Sleep is undervalued in American culture. However, it directly affects mood and mental health. Some people just need more sleep then others. It’s OK. Own it but get it. Difficulty sleeping is one the first indicators of a mental health problem. We always assess a client’s sleep history and habits. Practice good sleep habits. There are tons of books and resources.

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Set your room up so that it is a calming space and only used to sleep. The ideal temperature for sleep is 72 degrees. Turn off your technology about 30 minutes before bed so your body and mind begin to recognize that it is time to go to bed, and try to stay on a schedule. Beware of alcohol intake. According to the Harvard Medical School, alcohol is a sleep sabotager. It gives a false sense of sleep. You may fall asleep quick, but the quality of sleep will suffer. REFLECTION QUESTION: What is one change I need to make to improve my sleep habits?

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RELATIONSHIPS We could do a whole article on how relationships affect mental health, but the general principle is that quality, healthy relationships lead to better mental health. One of the primary ways to treat depression is to advise one to get connected and in community. Isolation makes it worse. Social anxiety is all about caring too much what people think about you and overanalyzing

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yourself in social situations. To conquer it, you have to embrace being social and just do it. Work on forgiveness and reduce the number of toxic, drama-filled people you surround yourself with, and choose an inner circle who you trust and will encourage, building you up. REFLECTION QUESTION: Who do I need to distance from my life that may be causing me more stress then I realized?

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RELAXATION Learn what makes YOU relax. This takes excessive experimentation. Try new things and get out of your comfort zone. Every person is different, and often it is a combination of techniques that allow you to relax. Some of us (self-included as this is an area I greatly struggle and have to work extra hard to make happen) do not spend time taking breaks and resting. When the body is in a


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consistent state of stress, it is tense and rigid. It needs time to unwind and breathe. Many diseases come from the constant tension of stress. REFLECTION QUESTION: What do I need to say “no” to in order to have the time to relax and rest so that I can operate in a lower state of stress? FUN Fun is not just for kids. Who decided that as we grow up, we are no longer allowed to have fun? Fun is critical to quality mental health. Laughing is often a part of fun, and

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laughter is considered medicine. When is the last time you bellylaughed like a kid? If you have to, get around some kids and learn how to play. Try new things. Meet new people that have different interests. Get out of your comfort zone. Get over your fear of embarrassment and let go. REFLECTION QUESTION: What is one thing I have always wanted to try but, because of fear, haven’t — even though I think it would be fun? SERVING OTHERS Giving back to others is always

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correlated with a boost in mood and overall emotional health. People who regularly serve others report overall life satisfaction. We spend enough time thinking about ourselves, and self-absorption is connected to low self-worth, depression, stress, and anxiety. Get your mind off yourself and go help someone else. It could be a friend, family member, or any number of the amazing organizations we have in this community. There is never an excuse not to serve in Lakeland! REFLECTION QUESTION: Who can I help today?


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Your overall health and mental health are connected.

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Those who have some level of spiritual connection and belief in something greater than themselves report greater levels of happiness. Finding a sense of purpose and meaning as well as community are shown to feed a sense of wellness. Spiritual practices often have meditative elements, including prayer, stillness, and reflection which all lead to improved mental health.

We live in the Sunshine State. This means no excuses for staying indoors watching Netflix, playing video games, and just lounging. There is a time and place for that. However, our bodies and minds need to get outside. There is something about connecting to creation and nature that is good for the soul. Find a place that you love to go and take the time to incorporate it daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. Even gardening is a great way to connect to the earth. Learn to appreciate the meditative aspect of being outside. Walk your neighborhood, explore one of the many trails, go to the beach, find an

REFLECTION QUESTION: What do I believe about the spiritual side of myself and how am I cultivating this every day?

outdoor festival. There is plenty to choose from in Central Florida. REFLECTION QUESTION: What is one thing I can do this week to get outside? All of these lifestyle factors contribute to improved mental health. People who consistently focus on them, cultivate them, and practice them report a better sense of self, joy, and stability in their mood and emotions. Take some time to really digest each factor and consider how you could improve just one area. See what kind of difference it can make in how you feel.

REFERENCES Epstein, L.J. (2007). The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep. New York, NY: McGraw Hill

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Polak, R., Pojednic, R. M., & Phillips, E. M. (2015). Lifestyle Medicine Education. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 9(5), 361-367.

The Mayo Clinic Staff (2017). Depression and anxiety: exercise eases symptoms. Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ depression/in-depth/depression-and-exercise/art20046495

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