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Pa rp 1:9 i I' dt Thursday, November 19, 2009 ................... ~i~| Sidestep high-calorie holidays with TOPS strategies For manyofus, foodis animpor- such as apples, pears, and cranber- are typically breaded and deep- tant part of the holiday season, ties, or almonds and walnuts, fried. Enjoy pieces of steamed or Family gatherings feature meals Canned cranberry sauce often boiled shrimp dipped in cocktail consisting of high-fat, high-calo- contains excess amounts of high- sauce for a calotie-light alternative. tie temptations that can sabotage fructose corn syrup. Make your Swap potato chips and dip for even the most. dedicated of oth- own cranberry sauce by pureeing the equally satisfying crunch ofveg- erwise healthy eaters. TOPS Club, dried cranberries in orange juice gies. Dip into hummus or salsa for a Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), and water, or substitute the sauce low-calorie, flavorful topping. the nonprofit weight-loss support with fruit-flavored gelatin. For a sweet snack, enjoy an organization, recommends strat- * Replace candied sweet pota- apple baked with ciImamon and egies that will allow you to navi- toes with mashed or baked sweet nutmeg instead of an overly-indul- gate common food-centered traps potatoes. Replace heavy cream in gent caramel apple. while still enjoying festive celebra- the mashed potatoes with low-fat Pecan pie contains high tions without regret. Consider the buttermilk and add a vegetable that amounts of sugar and fat- up to 800 following "smart swapping" tips to can be easily mashed, such as mr- calories per slice. Choose pump- ensure that the turkey is the only nips or green onion. Olive oil and kin pie for a rich, creamy dessert, one stuffed this season: dried or fresh herbs liven up roasted and make it even healthier by using Choose two slices of skinless red potatoes with minimal calories, evaPorated skim milk and egg sub- turkey breast over a drumstick to Commonly known as "cocktail stitute. save calories and reduce fat and franks" or "pigs in a blanket," bite- Consisting of heavy cream, cholesterol, sized hot dogs are always a popular eggs, milk, and sugar, egg nog is Avoid using boxed stuffing mix appetizer but laden with sodium a classic holiday beverage. But and, instead, make your own with and fat. Instead, snack on mini even without the addition of alco- whole grain bread and turkey or quiches for a tasty dose of protein hol, this drink can still spell disas- chicken sausage. Increase the nutti- that keeps you frill, ter for those who are watching their tional value by incorporating fruits, Steer clear of crab cakes, which weight. Try homemade hot choc- ) < : ": v "::-':: ";:; "?:5~~ -:':v:': olate and leave off the whipped motes successful weight manage- cream to partake sensibly, ment with a philosophy that corn- With these simple tradeoffs and bines healthy eating, regular exer- a bit of discipline, you will be able cise, wellness education, and sup- to celebrate the season without port from others at weekly chapter feeling deprived - but just as satis- meetings. TOPS has about 170,000 fled. members in nearly 10,000 chap- TOPS Club Inc. (Take OffPounds ters throughout the United States Sensibly), the original, nonprofit and Canada, and several chapters weight-loss education and sup- in Europe, port organization, was established Visitors are welcome to attend more than 61 years ago to cham- their first TOPS meeting free of pion weight-loss support and suc- charge. To find a local chapter, view cess. Founded and headquartered , or call (800) 932- in Milwaukee, Wis., TOPS pro- 8677. OGar! tarson, DIIM Molly's mystery fever The thermometer indicated Molly was a young dog, spayed, she had a significant fever, there andshehadtestednegativefortick was just no clear explanation as diseases.Aftertworelapsesfollow- to where in her body it was corn- ing only temporarily successful ing from. About every one of her courses of antibiotics and a wors- body systems we could evaluate ening condition, it became criti- seemed right as rain. After per- cal that the source of her infection forming physical exams and run- be identified. Radiographs were ning bloodwork, we knew none of taken that revealed fluid accu- her major organs were undergoing mulating in the abdomen, and the any serious injury, so we began a more we palpated her abdomen, treatment trial with broad-spec- the more we became convinced trum antibiotics to help Molly that we could feel an abnormal fight off a presumptive infection, structure stuck to her body wall She would do quite well while on in the vicinity of her belly button, her meds, but shortly after, she and extending up toward her liver. would run out, her fever would She needed an exploratory surgery return, and she would start feeling to hopefully identify and remove sick again. We saw her a few times the cause of her illness if she was over a several-month period~ and ~oin~ to survive, each time it was the same ... she Upon opening her abdomen would take one step forward while during surgery, the source of her on antibiotics, and two steps back fever became apparent. Remnants when they wore off. of the fetal structures respon- sible for circulating maternal h|ood il~l th,L~ ~ttl~ W~lt- still pr~ A Thanksgiving "Tt has seemed to merit and proper that God should be sotemnly, mverentty and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my Fetlow citizens 9a every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands to set apart-and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.~ Abraham Lincoln, October 19g3 STATE K OF KIMBALL P.O. BOX 70 KIMBALL, MINNESOTA 55353 (320) 398-3500 www.statebankofkimball.oom ont, hut wor, o ovorol9 inflnmo l and infected. At the time an ani- mal is born, there is an opportu- nity for bacteria to enter the stalk of their umbilical cord and ascend before it dries up and becomes their belly button, and in Molly's case, that is exactly what had hap- pened. Her body was able to wall off and fight the infection keep- ing it at bay for nearly two years! When good circulation to an area is compromised, as it would be in the remnant of a fetal structure that is supposed to shrink away to nothing shortly after birth, neither the immune system cells nor anti- biotics circulating in the blood- stream can adequately reach that area. Unfortunately for Molly, the source of her infection was in one of these such areas, and rather than a simple course of antibiot- ics, it became a life-threatening condition requiring some rather invasive and aggressive resection of infected tissue within her abdo- men. Molly doing much bet- ter after her surgery, with a nor- mal temperature and appetite right away the next day. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself ... we just need to provide it the opportunity to do so. In most cases of infection, that means simply finding the right drug for the right bug that the bacterial growth will be slowed long enough for the immune system to clear the infection. But for Molly, providing her body the ability to heal itself meant surgically removing the infected tissue her body's defenses could not penetrate. VJ