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Published by Halston Media, 2019-09-27 12:59:24

Westchester Wellness October 2019

VOLUME 2 NO. 4 OCTOBER 2019

Fall
fitness

must-do
races

PLUS

Energy
therapy

Can it help you
feel better?

Apples to
apples

Fresh favorites
and new varieties


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Table of Contents 6 FROM CHRONIC ILLNESS
TO ACTION
13
7 NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS
7 14-15 8 TIPS ON MAKING YOUR CHILD
18 FINANCIALLY LITERATE
9 GET MOVING AGAIN WITH CBD
ON THE COVER 10 KEEP YOUR CHOLESTEROL
IN CHECK WITH AYURVEDA
Runners in the Church Tavern Challenge in South Salem. 12 THE FOUNDATION FOR
PHOTO BY TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL A SECURE FINANCIAL FUTURE
13 PREVENT ANKLE SPRAINS
AND TWISTS
14 THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO
APPLE PICKING SEASON
16 IMPORTANT COMMANDS
EVERY DOG SHOULD KNOW
18 ADVICE FOR A SMOOTH
TRANSITION INTO FALL
20 LIFE LESSONS FROM MY DAD
21 LET IT FLOW
22 WHEN THE GUSTS OF LIFE
BLOW THROUGH
24 GRANDPARENTS AND
COLLEGE TUITION
25 WESTCHESTER COUNTY RACES
26 RESOURCES

Editor’s letter

October, for me, is about setting into place the healthy habits that will carry me through winter. ere’s a Rumi
quote that I often nd myself repeating as I sink into a routine: “Burdens are the foundation of ease.” Summer
is exible, it’s late nights and lazy mornings. But as the season turns and daylight is at a premium, I know I need
a strict schedule for me to be at my best. No. 1 on that list is hitting the gym. With the lack of sunshine and warm air, spending
an hour a day sweating does much more for my soul than my body. Listen, I’m not one of those people that loves to work out, but
I am one of those people that knows I’m a miserable person without it. With that in mind, we dedicated this issue to movement,
whatever it is that makes you feel good. Whether that’s Orange eory, swimming laps or dancing around your house, make a

Jodicommitment to stick to it now so it’s non-negotiable, then get out of your own way and watch the magic happen. Be well.

We love to hear your feedback! To share your thoughts or sign up for an online subscription of Westchester Wellness, email [email protected]
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OCTOBER 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 5

Westchester Wellness Contributors The Staff

ANTHONY J. ENEA EDITORIAL TEAM
Anthony J. Enea, Esq. is a member of the rm of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP JODI WEINBERGER
of White Plains. His o ce is centrally located in White Plains and he has a home
o ce in Somers. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
[email protected]
KAREN HAAS
Understanding the link between healthy environments and healthy people, Karen’s ADVERTISING TEAM
personal mission to help people become healthier in their environments led to her BRUCE HELLER
co-founding Bright Formulations, a company that o ers the Bright Energy brand of
organically grown, full spectrum hemp extract products. ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER
914-202-2941
DEBORAH HARDY [email protected]
Dr. Deborah Hardy is an educational consultant focused on assisting students to
achieve their post-secondary journey. LISA KAIN
914-351-2424
SOMESH N. KAUSHIK [email protected]
Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, ND, BAMS, MPH, MPA, E-RYT500 is the owner and PAUL FORHAN
chief medical practitioner of Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in 914-202-2392
Cross River. [email protected]
CORINNE STANTON
JASON KLATSKY 845-621-4049
Jason Klatsky is the publisher of e Pet Gazette magazine, website and social [email protected]
media. Visit www.thepetgazette.com. JENNIFER CONNELLY
914-334-6335
ADAM MCCAULEY [email protected]
Adam and his wife Lauri have owned Go No Sen Karate in Peekskill for the past 25
years. Check them out at kidslovekarate.com PRODUCTION TEAM
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
CARYN MCCURRY
Caryn McCurry, CLC, ACC, has been helping people move through change since PRODUCTION MANAGER
2004. Reach her at [email protected] or 917-885-9607. DESIGNER/PHOTOGRAPHER
[email protected]
JAIME ROCHE
Jaime Roche, MSW, RYT is a 200 hr OM Yoga and Yin Yoga certi ed teacher. CHRISTINA ROSE
She is a seasoned practitioner who enjoys helping her clients develop a practice that ASSISTANT PRODUCTION MANAGER
supports their physical, mental and emotional needs.
DESIGNER
LINDA SAMUELS [email protected]
Linda Samuels, CPO-CD® is a compassionate, enthusiastic professional organizer
and coach, founder of Oh, So Organized!, author of e Other Side of Organized, EXECUTIVE TEAM
and blogger on organizing and life balance who facilitates change in others’ lives. BRETT FREEMAN/PUBLISHER
SHELLEY KILCOYNE/CO-FOUNDER
KERRY WONG
Kerry Wong is an ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation. 914-924-9122
[email protected]
SHARI ZIMMERMAN
Shari Zimmerman is an Allstate agent based in Mahopac. Reach her at 845-621-2557. PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY
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PAGE 6 – WESTCHESTER WELLNESS OCTOBER 2019

From Chronic Illness
to Action ArthritisFoundation
Ambassador shares her
story to raise awareness
BY KERRY WONG

In her early 30s, Kerry Wong developed a
number of symptoms that did not seem to
have an explanation: all-over body pain,
weakness, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.

On the outside, she looked healthy, so doc-

tors did not take her concerns seriously.They

suggested it was in her head—that she was

“just depressed.” However, Kerry knew that

what she was experiencing was real.

She later developed severe joint swelling and

rashes, but doctors still could not figure out what

was wrong. They knew it was “some kind of arthri-

tis,” but were not sure of the specific diagnosis. They

suggested she suffered from psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid

arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus, and spent years treating her for each with

steroids, biologic injections and infusions. Kerry suffered the side effects of these medica-

tions, but did not get the relief they promised.

After years of being dismissed followed by years of misdiagnoses and failed treatments,

Kerry was eventually diagnosed with fibromyalgia, an often misunderstood condition charac-

terized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue, and sarcoidosis, a rare inflammatory

disease characterized by the formation of granulomas—tiny clumps of inflammatory cells—

in one or more organs of the body. In addition to arthritis in most of her joints, the sarcoidosis

also affects Kerry’s lungs, skin, and nerves and causes systemic symptoms including fevers,

chills and more.There is currently no cure for fibromyalgia or sarcoidosis.

As these conditions affected her ability to live and work as she always had, Kerry Kerry Wong
sought out new ways to make a difference—for herself and for others like her. She shares

her experience through her personal blog Float Like a Buttahfly and has been published by a number of online magazines

and nonprofit organizations dedicated to chronic illnesses. Kerry hopes to show others with similar experiences that

they are not alone and that even through the most challenging times, there is always hope.

Kerry became involved with the Arthritis Foundation in 2013 and has sought out every opportunity to

advocate and raise awareness about these conditions. She is now a Platinum Ambassador, a member

of the 2020 Advocacy Taskforce, and the co-chair of the New York State Advocacy Committee. She

has traveled to Washington, D.C., Albany and local offices in the New York City area to meet

with federal, state and local representatives to further awareness and access to care.

She also brings her team of “Buttahflies” to volunteer and participate in the Walk

to Cure Arthritis-NYC and the Jingle Bell Run-Westchester every year. She has

also become an ambassador with Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research and has

traveled the country to educate others about this rare disease. Kerry started the

first Sarcoidosis Awareness Event and the first Sarcoidosis Support Group in

Westchester County in 2018.

Kerry moved to Mamaroneck from Queens in 2010. She has been hap-

pily married for nearly 20 years and is always grateful for her husband’s

unconditional love and support. They love to travel and have learned

to modify their trips for accessibility (Kerry uses a cane most

times and a mobility scooter for longer distances). Though

the fibromyalgia and sarcoidosis have forced her to al-

ter her lifestyle greatly, Kerry’s positive spirit ensures

that she is still living her best life.


OCTOBER 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 7

Neighbors
Helping
Neighbors
BY SARAH GAYDEN

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER OF NORTHERN WESTCHESTER

Driving through the village of Katonah, it the biggest fundraiser of the year. is year’s for community members in need. Northern
would be easy to miss the grey building event will take place October 4 at St. Mat- Westchester Hospital also contributes 60
on Bedford Road that looks like a modest thew’s Church in Bedford. Proceeds from the ready to eat meals each week.
residential home. Just inside the green front event fund the various programs and resources Murray hopes to continue to expand the

door, though, is a bustling hive of activity, the Center provides, from food and clothing community partners it works with to help re-

sta ed by generous volunteers helping to feed, to classes and counseling, educational schol- duce hunger in Northern Westchester while

clothe, support and counsel neighbors in need arships, health screenings, wellness programs, also reducing food waste.

from all over Northern Westchester. nutrition workshops and more. “We’re working very hard to increase food

e Community Center of Northern e Center’s food pantry distributes nearly recovery,” Murray said, which involves receiv-

Westchester was founded 27 years ago and 400,000 pounds of food each year but makes ing end-of-day products from grocery stores,

serves approximately 2,000 families each year. a special e ort to stock up on extra items restaurants and small businesses, food that

While the Center is busy throughout the year, around the anksgiving and Christmas holi- would otherwise be thrown out. e practice

fall is a critical season as numerous initiatives days so that neighbors in need can still prepare keeps food out of land ll and puts it to use to

take place to not only stabilize families but a special meal at home with their loved ones. feed the hungry.

also ensure that they can enjoy the holiday “In the long run, the goal of a food pantry E orts such as this are another way that

season with their loved ones. is that no one would need a food pantry,” said volunteers can get involved with the Center.

“A lot of families will call us right before Murray. “It’s a business that would like to go e program requires help from individuals

anksgiving asking how they can volunteer out of business.” available to drive to the participating busi-

on anksgiving Day,” said Clare Murray, Unfortunately, the reality for many is that nesses to pick up the donated food and deliver

executive director of the Community Center. the food pantry is a necessary support in hard it to the pantry.

“We are actually closed on anksgiving Day; times. Murray says nancial insecurity—such Murray said all forms of donated food are

however, there are so many di erent ways for as unemployment or insu cient wages—is encouraged.

individuals who want to help to get involved what drives people to rst walk through the “Whether its grocery stores, small local

with the Center.” doors of the Community Center. e pantry businesses, farm CSAs and even home gar-

Beginning October 1, the Center will be- meets the immediate needs of those individu- dens, we would be very grateful to receive it,”

gin collecting new pajamas for children ages als, providing emergency food assistance so she said.

0-18 for a holiday pajama drive. Last year, over that they don’t have to make hard decisions Annually, a small army of about 500 volun-

1,050 children received new sleepwear for the between paying bills or buying food to sustain teers keeps the Community Center running.

holidays. While volunteers at the Center must their families. Roughly half are students, who often begin

be age 13 or over, organizing a pajama drive Donations from individuals and local busi- volunteering as part of a community service re-

or other drive for needed clothing (boots; nesses and farms are essential to keeping the quirement but go on to continue serving at the

coats; mittens) is something that Murray says Center’s pantry su ciently stocked. Last year, Center long after their requirements are met.

is something even younger children can par- there were over 8,000 visits to the pantry and “ e idea that what started as a require-

ticipate in. 37 percent of those who received food were ment leads to a long-term philanthropic habit

With colder seasons on the way, the Center children. Residents can shop the pantry as is another bene t of having a community cen-

also looks for donations that will help give neigh- they would a grocery store. About 30 families ter where people can nd a place to do service

bors the basics they need to stay warm through visit the pantry each day, a number that in- and give of their time and their talents and

the winter months. Last year, over 1,600 coats creases in the winter months. feel the impact,” said Murray.

were distributed to Westchester residents who rough a recently established partner- If you would like to volunteer with the

visited the Center’s clothing boutique. ship with the Westchester Land Trust and Community Center of Northern Westches-

While generous donations are accepted at D.I.G. Farm, the Center is now using Sugar ter, please contact Susan Bretti, [email protected]

the Center year-round, the annual bene t is Hill Farm in Bedford Hills to grow vegetables communitycenternw.org.


PAGE 8 – WESTCHESTER WELLNESS OCTOBER 2019

3 Tips On Making Your Child

Financially Literate
BY ADAM MCCAULEY

Money can’t you buy happiness. It cannot buy you love or expe- 3. Probably the best way to teach your children about the concept of doing good work
rience, but it sure can give you a home of your own, a proper is by giving them an unpredictable allowance system.
education and can lead to financial success in adulthood.
Managing finances and handling money well are some of the many Give them allowance that depends on their work. Did they do a
things schools forget to teach young students today, and a lot of gradu- lot of chores? Get good grades? This way of giving their allowance
ating teenagers still don’t possess a complex understanding of finance can also be an alternative to the first tip, as both provide the same
or how money should be handled. A lot of these students will soon benefits—the only difference is that you base their allowance on their
grow into adulthood and the fact that the next generation of respon- overall performance in one month.
sible adults might not be financially responsible at all is terrifying.
If they didn’t get good grades in some subjects, they can compen-
As parents, it is important to make sure your children are finan- sate by studying more or doing a lot of chores.
cially knowledgeable, as this can mean the difference between a sta-
ble adult life or being stressed by financial issues. There may be some things about finance that your children still
can’t grasp, but teaching them about these concepts regularly and
Generally disciplining your children itself requires time and pa- with patience will build some decision-making and money-spending
tience, but disciplining your children with regard to basic financial foundations to prepare them for their adulthood.
decisions is even more demanding. You need them to understand
and learn about finances, while not restricting them so much that The most important thing about teaching money lessons to your
they feel trapped. children is by giving them financial freedom. Their decisions might
not always be the best, but they will understand and learn from their
Here are three ways you can teach your child to be responsible mistakes.
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earned allowance on temporary pleasures such as chocolate
bars or more useful items such as new batteries for their toy
car. By doing this, they’ll get used to making more careful and
well-thought-out financial decisions that would shape the way
they spend in the future.

You can also divide the chores into behavioral chores and work-
for-pay chores, wherein you can reward your children with interac-
tive experiences such as going to an amusement park for behav-
ioral chores, and pay your children for work-for-pay chores.

2. Make your children financially literate by explaining to them the reasons

behind your financial spending.

Tell them about what kind of bills you pay and where your
money comes from. Tell them how your money is limited, but
don’t rant and whine. Explain calmly why you cannot afford to
buy them a new pair of shoes, either due to the price of petrol
rising or the electricity bill just being far too high.

When the are old enough, about 15 to 16 years old, teach them
the basics of credit card debts, student loans and taxes. This stage is
very important, as few schools actually include finance education
in their curriculum.


OCTOBER 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 9

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Keep Your Cholesterol

in Check with Ayurveda

BY DR. SOMESH N. KAUSHIK

Ayurveda and Western medicine agree betes and more. Dietary fat, perhaps, is not as ucts containing fructose should be avoided.
that cholesterol is needed by the body for much of a culprit as fructose in causing plaque Foods to incorporate are astringent and bit-
a variety of processes: building/repair- to form. How can this plaque be prevented so ter foods. Astringent foods include beans, peas,
ing cell membranes, synthesizing hormones, that cholesterol levels flow freely? lentils and cruciferous vegetables such as broc-

manufacturing vitamin D (bone growth/ All the cholesterol that the body needs on a coli, cauliflower and cabbage, and fruits such as

calcium absorption) and producing bile acid daily basis is manufactured in the liver and all apples and pears. Bitter foods include spinach,

(digestion/fat metabolism). Ayurveda also excess (including dietary cholesterol) is elimi- chard, kale and mustard greens. When cooked

maintains that cholesterol is needed for lu- nated through the liver, as well. If the liver is and seasoned with certain spices, these foods

bricating the body’s channels that carry nu- functioning properly, this process is kept in help prevent the buildup of LDL. A choles-

trients to the cells, waste from the cells and balance. If the liver is compromised, this pro- terol-balancing spice mixture might include

blood to and from the heart. It is imperative cess is disrupted and a cascade of events fol- turmeric, cumin, coriander, fennel, fenugreek,

that these channels remain flexible, elastic and lows. For the liver to function well, the entire ginger and black pepper. Garlic will also break

functional. Cholesterol, therefore, is critical to body must be kept in balance. down LDL and free it from arterial walls. In

the entire circulatory system and impacts the Imbalance occurs due to a variety of factors addition, grains such as barley, whole oats, qui-

skeletal and neurological systems, as well. that fall into three categories: 1) the diges- noa and amaranth provide needed fiber and

Cholesterol, being a fatlike substance that tive process; 2) accumulation of toxins; and also enhance fat metabolism. Berries, kale,

cannot dissolve in the blood, utilizes carriers, 3) stress. The digestive process includes inges- spinach, nuts and green tea are some of the

called lipoproteins, for transport to the cells. tion, assimilation and excretion. An imbalance foods that will provide antioxidant power to

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) deliver cho- in any of these accumulates toxins which, in combat free radical damage.

lesterol to the cells and high-density lipopro- turn, causes inflammation and eventually For better digestion, always cook food and

teins (HDL) carry the excess cholesterol back stress throughout the body. To keep the body eat it warm.Stay away from raw/cold foods.Use

to the liver for elimination. Therefore, both in balance, Ayurveda starts with a proper diet. healthy fats such as cold-pressed olive oil and

LDL and HDL might be considered “good,”as A proper diet, according to Ayurveda, is ghee. Ghee is the most easily digested fat and it

they each perform a critical function. However, predicated on the energy systems—or do- can tolerate being heated to high temperatures.

HDL has been labeled as “good” because it re- shas—in one’s particular body. Ayurveda Ayurvedic herbs and supplements also sup-

duces the excess cholesterol in the blood (even identifies three doshas in each of us which are port the liver, improve fat metabolism and

scavenging and scraping artery walls) and LDL made up of the five universal elements in na- help to flush LDL from the system. Lifestyle

as “bad” as it “sticks” to artery walls. On closer ture: Vata dosha is space and air; Pitta is fire adjustments include avoiding alcohol and

look, however, LDL only becomes danger- and water; Kapha is earth and water. smoking, increasing daily exercise and incor-

ous when it is destabilized due to oxidation by To keep the body in balance, in this case to porating stress reduction with yoga, medi-

free radicals. Further, of the two types of LDL keep the liver functioning properly,Ayurveda has tation and breathing exercises. A qualified

(LDL-A and LDL-B), only LDL-B (small, identified Kapha as the predominant dosha as practitioner will suggest an individual plan,

dense, heavy) becomes oxidized, while LDL-A Kapha is responsible for fat metabolism. Follow- depending on one’s dosha profile, to allow the

does not (light and floats). If there is an excess ing a Kapha pacifying diet is key to keeping cho- body to stay in balance and keep all systems,

of LDL-B in the blood,it could become lodged lesterol levels balanced and free radicals in check. including cholesterol, flowing smoothly.

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The Foundation for a
Secure Financial Future

BY SHARI ZIMMERMAN

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3 Ways to Prevent Ankle Sprains and Twists
BY DR. KURT VOELLMICKE

A nkle sprains and twisted ankles are bene cial for improving ankle strength.
among some of the most common Yoga also improves our mindfulness and
bone and joint injuries, according to understanding of how proper joint align-
the National University of Health Sci- ment feels. Overall, yoga will not only
ences. A sprain or a twist is caused when improve ankle strength but overall mind-
the ligaments in the ankle are stretched fulness of the body and its alignment as
beyond their normal range of motion or well as skeletal strength. Balancing on
even torn.Preventing this common injury one leg at a time can improve one’s abil-
is relatively easy and there are numerous ity to protect against spraining an ankle.
exercises and simple lifestyle changes that
can improve your overall ankle strength. Other strength exercises

Sensible shoes ere are other similar exercises such
are the most supportive as toe raises and heel lifts that focus on
improving ankle mobility. Other exercis-
When it comes to footwear, shoes es such as squats and lunges, which focus
that t well and o ering support to your more on other areas of the body, are also
ankles and arches are ideal. High heels are the common culprit for bene cial in increasing ankle strength. If proper form is used, these ex-
ankle sprains in women. Choosing a shoe with arch and ankle support ercises focus on proper joint alignment,core strength as well as balance.
lessens the likelihood for ankle injury to occur. Wider and rmer outer Bone and joint health is often one area of the body that is neglected and
soles are more stable compared to narrower, softer soles. not considered important until later in life. Ensuring that your bones and
joints are strong can prevent common injuries such as twisted ankles and
Yoga and balancing sprains and may even prevent more serious bone and joint injuries later in life.

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The
Ultimate

APPLEGuide to
PICKING Season
BY JESSICA
JAFET


NESS — OCTOBER 2019 PAGE 15

A utumn in the Northeast means apples and New is a favorite,”said third-generation owner Wayne Outhouse.
York State is one of the top 10 apple-growing “I nd that because they are picked fresh, people are getting
states in the country. According to the U.S. an opportunity that they aren’t getting in the stores—the
Apple Association, there are more than 100 apple avor is di erent when they come and pick.”
varieties grown in the country, with just 15 types He explained that a MacIntosh picked from the tree is on
that account for almost 90 percent of production. the tart and crisp side, but when it is stored unrefrigerated,
Our local favorites? e number one apple produced in the avor will mellow out and maintain a softer esh.

the east is MacIntosh, followed by Golden Delicious, Red Head over to Yorktown for Wilken’s Fruit and Fir Farm

Delicious, Rome, Gala and HoneyCrisp. HoneyCrisp, in (also over 100 years old), where in addition to the widely-

fact, has risen in the rankings and is expected to increase known apple types, there will be limited quantities of less-

signi cantly for the 2019 crop, according to the association. common varieties that are worth a try.

Betsy Stuart, of Stuart’s Fruit Farm in Granite Springs, In October, Crispins (also called Mustu and known for

acknowledged the increasing popularity of the HoneyCrisp great crunch and sweet juice) will be available, along with

apple, which is one of the 35 varieties that are grown on Jonagold (which has a pro le of honey-sweetness, slight

Stuart’s Farm. tartness with yellow esh) will be ripe and at their market

“People love the HoneyCrisp because they are hard and you will nd apples with names like Northern Spy (green,

sweet, a nice-sized apple that doesn’t soften and kids like to ushed with red stripes– rich avor, good for cider and

take them to school in their lunchboxes,” she said. baking),

ough Red Delicious (New York-grown Red Delicious Snow Banana (a large apple with smooth, yellow skin

apples are slightly more tart), Macouns (extra-sweet with that is soft, sweet and aromatic) and Gravenstein (reputed

snow-white esh) and Golden Delicious (honey-sweet) to be the juciest apple and great for applesauce and pies).

are also favorites, Stuart recommended the Winesap apple No matter which delicious apples you choose this

which becomes available in October, “because they are hard season, here are a few fun facts from the New York Apple

and tart and bake beautifully.” Association to ponder as you crunch, chop or bake them at

At Outhouse Orchards, on the locally-grown favorite list home.

is the rmer Rome apple (mildly tart, good for salads), the • e science of apple growing is called pomology.

Baldwin (tart, good for eating or apple pie), the Cortland • Archeologists have found evidence that humans have

(sweet, tart and juicy), the Empire (a cross between Red been enjoying apples since 6500 BC.

Delicious and MacIntosh) and the Fuji (super sweet, juicy • Apples are fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free

and crisp). and a medium-sized one has approximately 80 calories.

Operating for over 100 years, the farm and orchard in • You can signi cantly postpone softening by storing

North Salem also o ers pumpkins, hayrides, peaches, apples in the refrigerator (and not at room temperature).

vegetables and a corn maze. • Twenty- ve percent of an apple’s volume is air: that’s

“We grow a lot of of di erent varieties,though MacIntosh why they oat!

PHOTO: HUDVALLEY PHOTO


PAGE 16 – WESTCHESTER WELLNESS OCTOBER 2019

Important
Commands

5 Every Dog

Should Know

BY JASON KLATSKY

You took one look and it was love at first sight… Dogs are a con- lifestyle. When working on this command, make sure the result of
stant source of companionship and fun, but bringing one into the behavior is more rewarding than anything else in the environ-
your home is a life-long responsibility. If they aren’t trained cor- ment. If you call your dog to you, but then immediately put his
rectly, they can wreak havoc on your life and house. Dogs need to be leash on and leave the park, your dog will quickly realize that come

trained so they know their limits and what is expected of them. is a word to avoid if he wants more play time. To teach this com-

There are a number of dog training ideologies and techniques mand, stand next to your dog, say come and then jog away, encour-

out there. While different methods will prove effective for differ- aging your dog to chase you. When he comes back to you, give him

ent families, below are some DIY training tips that will help your a reward, such as a combination of food and praise.

dog become a good canine citizen and family member. And it just

can’t be said enough, consistency will win the day and the dog’s Sit Down: An important command for dogs that beg for food at the

training is everyones’ reward. Here are some fundamentals to get dinner table, sit down is utilized to send your four-legged friend to a

you started: designated place in the home during meal times, or when company

comes to call, until he is released from that spot. Start out by taking

Sit: This crucial command helps your dog learn impulse control. your dog to the spot you have decided upon, such as his bed, a corner

The simplest way to teach sit is to hold a treat like a magnet to the or crate. Consistently use the same command. When your dog lies

dog’s nose, then guide it up. Typically, in an attempt to continue down, give him positive reinforcements, like a treat and/or praise for

following the treat, the dog will put his rear end on the floor. As the behavior. Then, wait 10-15 seconds and release your dog from

soon as he does, praise him and give him the treat. After a few trials, the spot. Continually repeat this exercise, building up the time your

begin to say sit immediately, before guiding the dog into position. dog remains in the lie down position. Slowly increase the amount of

From there, it is very important to quickly remove the food lure time your dog spends in this position before you reward him, and

from your hand. If you do not, your dog will only sit if you show increase the physical distance between you and your dog when the

him you have a treat for him. This command is key to start teaching lie down command is given. Give repeated positive reinforcements to

your dog to not inappropriately jump up on people he encounters. your dog for obeying. If needed, physically bring your dog back to his

special spot until he understands what you want, and never forget to

Come: Teaching the command come will enable you to keep your praise and reward him for this behavior. Be patient, the goal is suc-

dog safe, particularly if outdoor off-leash time will be part of your cess whether it takes a day, a week, or a month.


OCTOBER 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 17

Don’t Pull: Taking your dog for walks is im- Alpha standing. But it also helps keep your your dog will either be completely down on
the ground or hunched over in a semi-down
portant for both yours and his mental and dog safe from harm.To teach your dog down, position. Slowly pull the much-coveted treat
away from your dog, forcing him to fol-
physical health. But nothing is more uncom- rst command him to sit. With a treat, lower low your ngers and slump further toward
the ground. When your dog is completely
fortable than having your dog yank you o your hand towards the ground slowly. Your in the down position, give the treat to him

your feet and race half-way down the block. dog will follow the treat with his nose until and praise him e usively. Eventu-
ally, the word down, and your hand
It’s important for your canine companion to your hand is at ground level. At this point movement, will be enough of an

remember who is in control, es- incentive for your dog to obey
this command. A gentle, rm
pecially when squirrels or smelly hand will not only keep your
dog happy, but also go a long
garbage beckons. e rst thing to way toward keeping both
him and the people he comes
remember is that dogs often pull into contact with safe. As with

on their leashes because they are every family member, your furry
friend has responsibilities. As
full of excess energy. erefore, your dog’s owner, your job is to
give him the tools he needs to live a
the rst rule is to make sure your Pet Gazette Gift Giving Guide happy, healthy and long life.
dog is getting enough exercise.
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tight pull back on the leash (not wherever you take your pet, including
a choke, a tug will do). Call your vet o ces, kennels, groomers, day care
dog back to your side and give facilities, shelters and pet stores.
the sit command. Reward the
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Advice For a Smooth Transition into Fall
BY JAIME ROCHE

In the fall, we observe nature returning to tumn is grief. And this doesn’t just apply to in nature than fall.Breathing in the fresh,crisp
its roots. The trees and plants begin to shed adults. Children are also affected by seasonal air while leaf peeping will lift just about any-
their leaves and shift their energy inward in changes and many will struggle with a sense of one’s spirits. Plus, no bugs!
preparation for the upcoming colder months. melancholy as they transition from the fun, ac-

And just like nature we too are invited to start tive summer back into the routine school year. 3. Let go of negativity: Many children start off the

slowing down and preparing for winter; the Fear not though,as usualTCM gives us valu- school year with fears and apprehension. What

season of introspection. Autumn is a time to able tools for working through these changes will their teacher be like? Who will be in their

look around us and decide what is most valu- and helping our entire family transition a bit class? What will their homework look like? To

able to us. The slower speed of the season more smoothly into this beautiful time of year. ease anxiety allow your child the opportunity

gives us the opportunity to consider what we Below are some ways we can support our to speak openly about their worries and fears,

truly need and we can do without, physically, little ones during the seasonal transition. I offering them validation and also coping skills

mentally and emotionally. Although spring is hope your family will find them as helpful as to help them let go of worry. Worry Dolls are a

usually considered the “cleaning out”season, it ours does. great tool for doing just this! Ask your child to

is fall that really holds the space for this valu- label each doll with a specific worry and then

able work to take place. It is a time for letting 1. Eat warmer, longer cooked foods: Fall is a time to place the doll under their pillow.Tell them that

go, clearing out and releasing what no longer begin eating warmer, longer cooked foods in the morning the worry should be gone!

serves us in order to make space for what does. like soups, stews and braises. Longer cooking

With all this letting go, autumn can bring times and heartier ingredients are used to sup- 4. Breathe: The lungs are the organ associated

with it feelings of sadness, lethargy and even port and nourish the digestive and immune with the fall season. As we inhale we move

symptoms of low-grade depression. In fact, system throughout the colder months. introspectively and receive energy from the

according to Traditional Chinese Medicine world around us and as we exhale we release

(TCM), the emotion that correlates with au- 2. Go for a hike: There is no better time to be out that which we no longer need.

Consider practicing these simple yoga and breathing exercises with your child to help them receive inspiration and let go of apprehension:

2. Now have your 4. Finally, give your child
child reach their an object with a scent.
hands behind their This might be a flower or
back and interlace their stuffed animal scented
fingers. Tell them to with a calming essential
stretch their knuckles oil like lavender. Have
back behind them. them hold the object near
Have them take three to their nose, close their
five breaths with arms eyes and begin breathing
stretched behind them. in the aroma. Ask them
to focus their attention on
the smell as it moves in
and out of their nostrils.
Have them stay here for
as long as they would like.

1. Have your child sit 3. From here have you child
cross-legged. Instruct them place their hands on their rib
cage, fingertips on the front
to place their right hand
beside them and then ribs, thumbs on the back
inhale as they reach their body. Their pinkies should be
left arm up overhead. Ask
them to lean over to toward sitting right at their lowest
the right, stretching the rib. From here, have them
right rib cage. Have them close their eyes and breath
take three to five deep into their hands, expanding
breaths here, in and out, their ribcage. Have them
through their nose. Repeat inhale for a count of four and
exhale for a count of eight, if
on the left side. they can. Stay here for three

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JAIME ROCHE to five breaths.


OCTOBER 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 19

Slow Cooker
Sweet Potato Soup

Ingredients:
• 2 onions, sliced
• 2 carrots, sliced
• 2 lb. peeled sweet potatoes (about 3)
• 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
• 1 tbsp. mild curry powder
• 1/2 cinnamon stick
• salt and pepper to taste
• nonfat Greek yogurt, for serving

Directions:
1. In a 5- to 6-qt slow cooker, combine the onions,

carrots, potatoes, ginger, curry, cinnamon, salt,
pepper and 6 cups water.

2. Cook, covered, until the vegetables are very
tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4
to 5 hours. Using an immersion blender (or a
standard blender, working in batches), purée the
soup. Top with a dollop with the yogurt, if desired.

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9 Life Lessons
My Dad Taught
Me That Will
Make You More

Successful

BY LINDA SAMUELS

Is the desire to be and feel successful in our work, life, and relation- 9 Success Rules
ships a universal pursuit? It is undoubtedly something we often talk
about and strive for.Our personal definition of success varies for each 1. Try something new.

person and situation. During a past conversation with my Mom, she 2. Question the familiar.

reminded me about one of my favorite “success” stories about my Dad. 3. Fear will be there but forge ahead anyway.

Like many others of his generation, my Dad worked for the same 4. Just because you never have, doesn’t mean you can’t.
company for 25 years. He could have been a lifer. Due to several 5. Connect people to each other.
reasons, at age 50, he made a bold move. He gave up the familiar 6. Say, “yes” to opportunities.
along with the security of income and benefits to start his own
7. The glass is half full.
company. With two kids in college and one about to start (me,) he

took a significant financial and personal risk. 8. Humor is a good thing.

The story goes that on his first day of being his own boss, he 9. Enjoy the journey.
went to his newly rented office and worked. Opposite to his usual

work habits, halfway into the workday, he left to see a movie. He’d It’s a new season. It’s a chance to reset your goals, refine what

never done that before. Later that night, when he got home, he told you’re doing, try something new, and pave the way for your suc-

my Mom about his movie adventure. When she asked him why he cess. What does success look and feel like? What are your success

went, he said, “I wanted to see what would happen.” rules?

That singular event, set the stage for the next 25 plus years as he

tested the “let’s see what will happen” theory. He became highly Linda Samuels, CPO-CD®, is a compassionate, enthusiastic profes-

successful in his computer graphics consultancy business as he trav- sional organizer and coach, founder of Oh, So Organized!, author of

eled the world saying, “yes” to opportunities and trying things he’d “The Other Side of Organized”, and blogger on organizing and life

never done before. balance who facilitates change in others’ lives. She is an empty-nester

While the lessons I learned from him are many, here are a few of living with her husband in the Hudson Valley in a small, colorful home

the success rules my Dad modeled for me: with a purple front door.


OCTOBER 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 21

LET IT Water has such a
beautiful ow and
movement. In rivers,
the ocean, rain or waterfalls, the pristine
motion water produces teaches us new ideas.
Movement is important for the well-being of

the system. As we move, our body gets stronger and

FLOW the mind clearer. What does water movement teach us?
I have a creek near me that I often admire. It is lled
with rocks of all sizes and tree trunks that have fallen over
the rocks. When snow falls and the surface layer of the creek
is frozen, I can see through the breaks in the ice that the creek still
continues running underneath the surface. e water in the creek shows

its strength in overcoming obstacles of rock and debris. From this, we can

BY DEBORAH HARDY learn an important lesson. Continue moving forward no matter the obstacle. Every

challenge requires me to nd another way to keep living and achieving my goals.

Water has been a part of my life since I was a child. I was born and raised in Brazil and

lived in Rio de Janeiro. e beach was an essential part of life there. I recall spending hours on the

weekends sitting on the sand and admiring the movement of the waves and the sound of the waves

crashing on the surf on some days and the calmness of the ocean on others. e ocean’s movement taught

me that there will be good days and bad days. How we react to them is the lesson. In a rough sea, I would not

swim as it may be di cult to endure. In a calm one, the ocean invites me to be part of the serene moment.

I remember an old saying that when it rains, the heavens are crying. Shedding tears helps us let go of the past and

what no longer serves us emotionally. e movement of the rain falling gives a sensation of cleansing. It is liberating

and fun! Who does not love to play in the rain? Just let the drops help you forget the past and enjoy the moment!

Next time you see water, take time to re ect on the movement. What does it remind you of? Movement is change

and change brings new opportunities and a new balance in life.

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When the Gusts of Life Blow Through
Trusting One’s Self and Tapping Courage

BY CARYN MCCURRY

As fall settles in and I reflect on our travels over the past few summers, I’m reminded of the ways in which life continually provides me op-
portunities to celebrate moments, embrace challenges and tap my courage. We are now officially an RVing family and have created some
of the most amazing memories from the comfort of our 390 square foot traveling home. As a family, and individually, we have overcome
obstacles both with planning and flying by the seats of our pants, knowing we all are our own self-rescuing princesses at one time or another.

I recall one moment last summer while we crossed the expansive west where the mountains soar to over 12,000 feet and then for miles and
miles and miles, you could see nothing…and I mean nothing. Everything is on a massive scale and Mother Nature’s grandeur is evident in
everything from the landscape to the sky and, most importantly for this story, the elements…

Journal Entry: August 4, 2018 A million such thoughts ran through my mind in a will tomorrow or maybe the day after. I’m not really sure
Just as this amazing trip has been filled with breath- split second as I feared the unimaginable all while I was but I do know the right time will come and I will get back
driving. I’m not sure I took too many breaths in those in the saddle. Possibly a bit tentatively, I will reach down,
taking views and sites, there have been challenges: Tons of few moments although my heart pounded fiercely. Then grab the courage I need and once again, get on the road
driving that can feel endless, oppressive heat and children I recovered, managing to maintain control and continuing and know that I’ve got me.
that wonder what is so damn interesting about looking at forward.
valley after mountain and mountain after valley. I continue After that day I did get back in the saddle. My com-
to tap into myself, my abilities and trust that I will be just However, I felt so rattled. The rush of potential con- fort for driving the rig didn’t come again until we were east
what I need to be in the very next moment, in the face of an sequences of losing control of the vehicle that carried my of the Rockies where the winds were calmer. I tried to give
ever-changing landscape. heart...my family... the most important people in my world little attention to that nagging voice in my head that said I
was overwhelming. The tears welled behind my eyes. Stay- needed to drive again right away. I knew navigating the
Today that was challenged as we continued west on ing composed, I slowed, safely pulled over and handed the winds and mountains of the west was beyond my comfort
Route 80 through the incredibly windy desert of Nevada. wheel over to Michael. zone and our safety was at the top of the list.
Always wanting to “pull my weight,” I kept pushing
through my turn of driving, relying upon my strong driv- Then I cried...really hard. Maybe I cried from fear I also knew that I’d never reach that level of ease if
ing skills to navigate the crosswinds, in the 75 mile per or maybe from the barrage of all the “what ifs.” I felt the I stopped driving. It would be a process. It would
hour speed zone, driving a 40 ft. rig, hauling a Jeep. I was rush of fear as I thought about how, in just one moment, take patience and most importantly, patience with myself.
ever conscious of the huge vehicle beneath me. things could go so very wrong. When I calmed though, in Although I might not want to drive in those challenging
came relief; the relief that despite the circumstances, I had conditions, I want to be able to if necessary.
Periodically I was blown a bit to the left and a bit to kept us safe. There was no accident. We did not go off the
the right. It was unnerving but I held my own. My road but had, in fact, moved only a bit. Courage is not facing danger without fear, it is facing
husband Michael continued to remind me to go only as danger despite the fear and doing what you must to come
fast as I was comfortable. I could hand the reins over to Now, as I reflect, I’m struck by the import of trusting out the other side. Counting on myself doesn’t come easily.
him at any time. There were no expectations - only what myself: I need to trust in my abilities to do things I’m It takes effort and a specific focus on intent. Although I
felt right for me. Out here I wasn’t enjoying the driving capable of and listening to my gut when I have crossed know it is easier to turn to others for assistance, there is
but felt capable. the line between skill and feeling like I’m going on a wing nothing like knowing I’ve got me.
and a prayer.
Then suddenly a fierce gust of wind slammed into the There are an infinite number of scenarios in which one’s
bus. I felt like I was going to lose my hold and possibly go Today is a good day...a great day actually. That moment courage can show up. Maybe it’s a critical situation like
off the road. It was terrifying. I felt the surge of adrena- could have gone very differently and I’m thankful to be mine or possibly it’s how you handled yourself at a meet-
line, like an electric shock, course through my body. Was here to share my experience and further my connection to ing at work. Or maybe you found your voice at a
I going to be able to stay on the road? How was I going my abilities and boundaries. time when it felt really hard and you
to regain my steady position without quick, jerky movements spoke up, despite
that a vehicle of this size couldn’t handle?! Maybe I’ll drive again today, maybe I won’t. If the your fears.
wind continues as is, I guarantee you not. However, I

Thank you for reading my story. Sharing our experiences can inform others in a way
that is thought provoking and helpful. I’d love to hear about your experience at a time
when you tapped your courage while navigating through the torrents of wind in your
life. I welcome hearing from you and learning about how your courage got you through.
Perhaps your experience can help others through this column.

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BY ANTHONY J. ENEA

We have all heard and even e impact that debt can have have the means to help with tu- sidered a “quali ed transfer,” it
witnessed children/grand- on the life of a recent college grad- ition payments, many are unaware must be for “tuition.” Room and
children graduating from uate can be signi cantly detrimen- that they can do so without any board, books and fees do not
college with student loans the size tal to their future nancial well- impact on their lifetime estate and qualify for the exclusion.
of a home mortgage. being. While many grandparents gift tax exclusion (for 2019 $11.4
million per person, federally). us, a grandparent can pay for
Do you know what the cost of your the tuition of a grandchild and if
long-term care will be if you are Many grandparents are also un- they wish, still make the $15,000
not eligible for Medicaid? aware that in addition to the $15,000 per person per annual exclusion
per person per calendar annual ex- gift to the same person without
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(Contested/Non-Contested) a spouse can join in on the gift ($22.8 the educational institution, it also
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