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Free diabetes screenings for November, diabetes month

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November is diabetes awareness month and, for the entire month, Palm Healthcare Foundation and the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County have partnered to provide free diabetes screenings and risk assessments in Palm Beach County.

The calendar of free and open-to-the-public screening locations, dates and times, include one in Boca Raton, Monday, November 4 at Boca Helping Hands, 500 NW 1st Court, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., as well as at the C.L. Brumback Primary Care Clinic in Delray Beach at 225 South Congress Ave., Thursday, November 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

And on Diabetes Awareness Day, Saturday, November 12, the Palm Beach Outlets will host an event on a larger scale, from noon to 4 p.m., including free diabetes risk assessments, glucose screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, Zumba, face painting, goody bags with diabetes information and a Palm Beach Outlet coupon book for those who get screened.

Some 119,000 Palm Beach County residents have been diagnosed with diabetes, 48,000 have pre-diabetes and many more people don’t know they have the disease, according to a press release on the event. The month-long campaign’s goal is to screen 4,000 local people, educate them about their personal risk for diabetes and help them learn about available and affordable resources.

Palm Healthcare Foundation is also a sponsor of Diabetes Month activities that are going on at Tenet Health’s Palm Beach County hospitals, including Delray Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center.

Go to the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County website for more information or call (561) 833-6333.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Lace up for this Weekend’s Half Marathon in Boca

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The 16th annual Sun Capital Half Marathon is just around the corner, on Sunday, Nov. 6, starting at 6:30 a.m. at Spanish River Park, Boca Raton. The 13.1-mile race course takes runner on A1A to Deerfield Beach and back.

If you’re not into the distance races, there’s a Five Guys 5K (3.1-) mile option. The 5K event starts at 6:35 a.m.

For the half marathon, race entries are $60 each for adults and $10 for runners younger than 21 years. The 5K costs $35 to enter ($15 for runners 17 and younger).

Race proceeds go to a good cause, to help raise money for the Boca Raton Police Athletic League (PAL), a nonprofit organization. PAL helps kids who are at risk for failing school, drug abuse or criminal activity by providing safe, recreational places for them to go during non-school hours. Police officers also help by acting as role models to these kids and participating in youth programs through PAL.

FitFoodz Cafe will provide a free breakfast for participants, and top finishers will win gift cards to Five Guys.

This is different: all finishers get a half dozen Krispy Kreme Donuts.

Questions? Call Runner’s Edge in Boca Raton at 561/361-1950 or email runedgetom@gmail.com. To sign up, go to http://runnersedgeboca.com/sun-capital-half-marathon-and-5k-run-1112014/.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Boost your Energy with Algae, Plus a Green Smoothie Recipe

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As days are getting shorter and Floridians receive less serotonin-boosting sunlight that usual. I hear many clients comment on their energy levels being lower than usual. I find that during the fall and winter seasons people feel more lethargic and as a result experience sugar and caffeine cravings.

One of my favorite ways to boost energy and fight fatigue is algae supplements. There are three types of algaes that I like – Spirulina, Chlorella and Blue-Green Algae. The main difference is in taste and personally I am team Chlorella as it has the mildest taste.

Algae is known as the oldest type of food on our planet and it contains large amounts of nutrients including:

  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E, and K
  • Major and trace minerals
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Chlorophyll
  • Phytonutrients
  • Enzymes
  • Antioxidants
  • Polysaccharides
  • Essential amino acids

Algae can:

  • Build and purify blood
  • Help boost the immune system and promote healthy eyesight, hair and skin
  • Boost energy due to its incredibly high nutrient concentration
  • Provide anti-aging effects on skin, hair and organs
  • Stimulate stem cell release and movement, helping to regenerate damaged body tissue.
  • Help provide a more complete sleep
  • Reduce food cravings

Algae is very absorbable to the body. Around 97% of the vitamins, minerals and enzymes found in blue-green algae are easily absorbed into the system. Most vitamin supplements are only 5-25% absorbable.

The only don’t with the algae, is don’t overdo it. Too much of a good thing can be too much and we urge you experiment with it in moderation. Start with a half-teaspoon (or 2 tablets) of one kind and see how you feel. You can take it alone, blend with a smoothie or mix with coconut water.

If you have any medical issues, please check with your doctor before starting a new food/supplement as it can alter existing conditions. Algae can be a very powerful detoxifier, so please listen to your body and reduce the dose if you feel you detox symptoms are too strong.

Here is a simple green smoothie recipe to get you started:

 

GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

1 Frozen Ripe Banana

1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

½ Cup Frozen Strawberries

½ Teaspoon Chlorella

½ Cup Fresh Spinach

½ Cup Water

Ice (optional)

Blend to a creamy consistency and enjoy!

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.
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Boxxle: Premium Box Wine Dispenser

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As you know, Lindsey and Lilly love their wine, so when we met the inventor of Boxxle, Tripp Middleton in Charleston, South Carolina,8 we knew we were in front of something special. You may have even seen us post about Boxxle on social media because we’re literally obsessed with everything about it.

So…what exactly is Boxxle? It’s paving the way for wine drinkers all over the country as a multi-patented dispenser for 3-liter Premium Wine Casks. Knowing the benefits and quality of wine in “Bag-in-Box” packaging, inventor of Boxxle, Tripp Middleton, wanted to take the concept to the next level, by solving the counter presentation and difficulty of pouring. Boxxle produces a stylish and elegant way to dispense great wine-by-the-glass at home. Is there anything worse than opening up a bottle of wine only to have 1-2 glasses then having to throw away the bottle a couple of days later? We don’t know about you, but there’s something about drinking from an opened 4-day-old bottle of wine that grosses us out.

We know what you may be thinking at this point: boxed wine?! Well, step aside wine snobs because we’ve done a ton of tastings and the stigma surrounded boxed wine is something of the past. Our favorite boxed wine you ask? Black Box Pino Noir. We can’t tell you how easy and convenient it is to have a Boxxle sitting on your kitchen counter with fresh wine ready to be consumed, without having to go through the annoying steps of opening a bottle or fearing that your wine has already been spoiled. As you can see, Boxxle is easy enough to transport to parties and events.

After meeting Tripp and his partners, we knew we had to find out more about his inspiration behind Boxxle. As an avid bottled wine drinker, Middleton struggled with constantly having to pour unfinished, spoiled bottles down the drain. After reading an article about the introduction of high quality 3-liter “box” wines that had half the carbon footprint, 80% less landfill waste, and the ability to stay fresh for up to six weeks, Middleton was ready to change the industry. “Wine by the glass in the comfort of my own home seemed like the perfect solution to my waste problem, but I still battled with the thought of having to go through the motions of pulling an ugly cardboard box to the edge of my counter and then tilting it over for a simple glass of wine. There had to be a more efficient and classy way,” said Middleton.

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“I want to educate bottled wine drinkers; 3-liter “Bag-in-Box” is becoming one of the fastest growing segments in the wine industry. Boxxle is perfect for home entertainers, or just people that drink one glass a night and are tired of pouring good wine and money down the drain,” said Middleton. Statistics show that 3-liter “Bag-in-Box” wines rival what 90% of American wine drinkers are buying in quality and in flavor. If you’re not ready to part with your favorite bottled wine, don’t fret – many bottled wines are available in a 3-liter “Bag-in-Box” option, with savings of over 20%-30%.

Boxxle is currently sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Amazon, Brookstone, Sharper Image, Home Depot and UncommonGoods, as well as online at www.boxxle.com with free shipping.

Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they’re fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey & Lilly will continue to enjoy being “dog moms” to Bentley & Duke.
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Fab Four Healthier Halloween Treats

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Halloween is just around the corner and if you are tired of all the junky candy and want something better, then this blog is for you.

In this blog you will find new kinds of sweets that are made with natural ingredients even kids can pronounce. These little treats still have calories, but at least they don’t have chemicals that can pollute your body. Yes, we know that many kids can eat as much “junk” food and still be skinny and look healthy, but why risk their health when better options are available? BONUS: if there is candy left over, you won’t have to feel bad about eating it!

Here are my Fab Four options that won’t trick your health. You can either buy them online or purchase at any Whole Foods Market.

 

Amy’s Kitchen Organic Dandy Candy Bars

Amy’s Kitchen has been one of my favorite brands for years and now that they sell candy, it is one of my favorite sweet treat options. For example, try their Crunchy Toffee Bar that’s made with organic butter, dark chocolate and organic ingredients. It will surely impress the adults and satisfy the kids.

http://www.amys.com/

 

Peanut Butter Cups

Move over GMO Reese’s, there is a new kid in town that won’t sacrifice your health for a few minutes of taste. It is time to stop settling for less and to try Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups. They make it easy for you to choose your favorite chocolate – dark (vegan) or milk. They are also gluten-free, NON-GMO and full of flavor. BONUS: They now come in packs of ten, making them perfect for trick-or-treaters.

http://shop.justins.com/

 

Not-so-scary Cookie

If cookies are your weakness, then check out gluten-free treats from Ginny Bakes. This Miami-based bakery specializes in non-gmo, organic and gluten-free treats that are to live for! GMO foods have been found to have a negative effect on health and gluten protein can be very hard to digest. These rich, sweet and crunchy cookies come is small, portion-control packs that are easy to give away as treats.

https://www.ginnybakes.com/

 

High-nutrient Treats 

If you don’t know whether or not you will get any trick-or-treaters at your door and want to make sure that no sweets go to waste in case no one shows up, then stock up on Shanti Minis. Shanti is a local Miami company that offers a line of delicious protein bars that now come mini sizes. Their mini bars are perfect for Halloween and make terrific snacks for any day of the year.

https://shanti.bar/

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.
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South Florida VegFest Debuts in Early December

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Foodies—especially those who don’t eat meat or dairy products—might enjoy the SoFla Vegfest, in War Memorial Auditorium, Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon to 6 p.m.

Tickets to the inaugural vegan festival are $15 for adults, while children 12 and younger are free.

SoFla Vegfest will feature plant-based foods and meals, supplements and skin care products (all cruelty-free) by more than 125 local and national vendors. The price of a ticket will buy you access to food and drink samples, a happy hour wine sampling, live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and more, according to an event press release.

Strict vegans won’t have to worry about where the food comes from. Everything is guaranteed ethical and 100 percent vegan, according to the release.

Among the vendors participating: West Palm Beach-based Hippocrates Health Institute; One Kombucha; DeliverLean food delivery service; and a vegan twist on grandma’s recipes by Amy’s Lil’ Chunks of Love. Orangetheory Fitness also will be on hand to offer innovative workouts, as will vendors like Mercy for Animals, an international non-profit advocating against the cruelty to farm animals.

To buy tickets or find out more, go to www.southfloridavegfest.com. War Memorial Auditorium is at 800 NE 8th St, Fort Lauderdale.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Adolfo Domínguez opens at Town Center

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“The way we dress is a part of the person we show others,” said renowned Spain-based fashion designer Adolfo Domínguez. “We wear the map of our lives etched upon our features. Clothing as a second skin.”

This idea, complimented by design principles of beauty, poetry and simplicity, are the foundation for Domínguez’s brand-new boutique at the Town Center mall in Boca Raton. It’s only the second store to open in the United States and highlights the designer’s 2016 Fall/Winter Collection for men and women.

“ … We are very excited to bring our second boutique to Boca Raton as the social and holiday season begins,” said Domínguez.

For women, Domínguez returned to casual and functional looks, which is the core nature of the brand. Clothes are colored in shades of light gray, camel, military green, black, navy and pale pink, among others.

Garments range from stylish to staples, including capes, Spencer jackets, long waistcoats, pinafores and more. A touch of English inspiration is visible through Prince of Wales check, Harris tweed and herringbone fabrics. Necklines, sleeves and hemlines are asymmetrical.

For men, Domínguez looked at artistic and bohemian trends for inspiration. These themes are visible in pants and tailored garments.

Navy, khaki and burgundy earth tones are juxtaposed with shades of white, gray, indigo, white and sky blue for menswear. The ‘50s and ‘70s make a nostalgic appearance, too, via collarless shirts and knitted fabrics.

Shoes and accessories are available for men and women along with fragrances and eyewear.

The Adolfo Domínguez brand plans to open another boutique in Brickell City Centre in Miami in the upcoming weeks.

 

Adolfo Domínguez

Location: Palm Court at Town Center, 6000 Glades Road

Business Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday—Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday

Contact: 561/416-8919, online at www.adolfodominguez.com/en-us (English) and www.adolfodominguez.com/es-us (Spanish)

Allison Lewis is the associate editor at Boca Raton Magazine and a native St. Louisan. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. In her spare time, Allison enjoys cooking, playing Ultimate frisbee, reading, traveling and watching sports.
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Bella Boutique 14th Anniversary

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When we find a local boutique we love, there’s no going back and we’re so excited that we have a forever fashionable home at Bella Boutique Boca, located in the Boca Center! If you haven’t noticed on social media, we’re obsessed with everything they have in their store. The owner, Christina Poulos, is on top of the latest and greatest fashion trends in the industry. Bella literally has something for everyone, ranging in pieces that compliment every body type, sense of style and price point. If you’ve seen us out #OnTheScene, chances are we’re decked out in Bella.

As we were shopping, it was brought to our attention that Bella Boutique would be celebrating their 14th anniversary in October! Yes, 14 years in business! Definitely something to celebrate. In true LLScene fashion, we’re all throwing a party to celebrate! Join us TONIGHT Friday, October 14 from 6-9pm for a night of bubbly, bites, shopping, discounts, brow bars, lashes, makeup touch ups & surprises!

Where: Bella Boutique Boca

5050 Town Center Cir Suite #230, Boca Raton, FL 33486

Phone: (561) 393-3883

RSVP: info@ll-scene.com

Until then, check out their adorable store in the Boca Center shopping plaza. Hope to see you all there!

Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they’re fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey & Lilly will continue to enjoy being “dog moms” to Bentley & Duke.
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The Almost ‘Magic’ Mushrooms

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If you are prone to common colds, sinus infections and flus, then I want to introduce you to an almost magical immunity-building food—medicinal mushrooms, which include Reishi, Poria, Turkey Tail, Maitake Cordyceps, Maitake and Himematsutake, just to name a few.

Think of your immune system as an army that is in charge of protecting your body from harmful viruses and bacteria. In order to prevent, protect and fight, it is crucial to provide it with the right armor against flus and colds.

One of the best items you can have in your arsenal is medicinal mushrooms, which have been used for thousands of years. There are many published research articles that have established the incredible health benefits of this unique and powerful food.

When taken regularly, medicinal mushrooms can help you:

  • Boost your immune system
  • Manage weight
  • Increase vitamin D
  • Support your adrenal glands
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Support nervous system
  • Reduce edgy-cravings
  • Get your skin glowing
  • Help boost workout recovery

Here are three easy ways to add medicinal mushrooms to your life:

 

As a Delicious Hot Beverage

Coco Qi Latte

If you love hot chocolate but don’t drink it because it is not usually a healthy option, then you are in luck. Jing Herbs Coco Qi Latte is a MUST try! Just mix this chocolate powder with hot coconut or almond milk and you can get a great immunity boost, reduce inflammation as well as decrease stress.

Sounds magical, but it is possible because of key ingredients—Poria, a mushroom that has strong anti-inflammatory and immunity-building properties; cacao, which is high in antioxidants and stress-reducing magnesium; and mesquite, which can help level blood sugar.

Jing Herbs also has other great products that range from single Chinese herbs to powerful anti-stress and immunity-building mixes.

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Multi-Use Mushrooms

Immune Matrix by Mushroom Matrix

Another brand to try is Mushroom Matrix, which offers different blends based on your specific needs. I really enjoyed their Immune Matrix, a supplement made from a blend of 100% Organic Mushrooms, developed for daily health and optimal immune support.

Powered by seven mushrooms, this blend will supply you with antioxidants, vitamins and digestive enzymes. Agaricus blazei, Turkey Tail, Maitake and Shiitake mushrooms in this blend are known for their ability to activate and balance immune response. Simply add one teaspoon of Mushroom Matrix powder to your smoothie or just mix with plain water for an easy morning shot.

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Mushrooms On-The-Go

Mushroom Optimizer by Jarrow Formulas

When you are traveling and need to boost your immune system against airplane germs, take a bottle of mushroom optimizer capsules with you. This product has a seven-mushroom blend that includes Cordyceps, White Wood Ear, Turkey Tail, Reishi, Maitake, Shitake and Himematsutake.

I take 3 capsules each day when I travel as a preventative measure or if I feel I may be catching a cold. I usually feel better within an hour of taking the capsules.

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Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.