Rue & Primavera Nov 2017

November 2017

Holiday Traditions How Thanksgiving Celebrations Have Evolved During My Lifetime

W hen I was young, my family included my mom, dad, stepdad, brother, grandma, and me. We cooked the traditional turkey dinner, and we played cards before and after we enjoyed our meal. Since my parents were musicians, there was always music, singing, and dancing in the living room. One traditional dish my grandma prepared every year was cranberry relish. There was never a Thanksgiving without that dish. Another family tradition, which I hated, was watching the Detroit Lions play football. Back then, I absolutely despised football, so I was definitely not a fan of the Lions. Eventually the sport grew on me, and now I can watch football without feeling a childlike sense of irritation. My favorite memories of Thanksgiving are from my celebrations with my own kids. Every year, I hosted Thanksgiving dinner, and I still host today, even though my kids are all grown celebrated a small Thanksgiving. Back then, our gathering

I like to express gratitude verbally. I tell my family how much I love them, and I like to send unprompted words of encouragement over text. I think it’s so important to let your kids know how much they mean to you, and I think one of the best ways to do that is to send them a message just letting them know you’re thinking about them. To show my employees how much I appreciate them, I throw celebrations for their birthdays and for big wins in the office. A couple months ago we hosted the Run in Color, and I am so appreciative of how much hard work and dedication my employees put into our event. I am thankful for my family, my career, and my ability to help those in need. I am also thankful that I have a job that allows me to pursue projects I am passionate about and that make me happy — like working in the theater — and that I get to work with other local entrepreneurs and businesses. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and we will see you soon. “My favorite memories of Thanksgiving are from my celebrations with my own kids.”

up. As they grew, my kids developed a love of board games, so we play Pictionary and other games after we eat turkey dinner. We also take a picture down at the waterfront each year to document the celebration. Since we live in Washington, my kids are natural Seahawks fans, and they don’t care to watch the Lions play on Thanksgiving — thank goodness! This year, I will host Thanksgiving at my house like usual, but this time, my daughter’s husband will be joining us! We are very excited to have him. I love having the whole family together for Thanksgiving, but I’m hoping that I can talk my eldest son into hosting next year, just to switch it up.

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Diabetes Patients According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. While there is no cure for diabetes, physical therapy can help patients dealing with the condition improve their quality of life and ability to perform daily tasks with less pain. Physical therapy can also alleviate the skin issues that often accompany diabetes. If you suffering from diabetes, alert your therapist from the first visit. They will conduct an assessment that takes into account your condition, including factors like blood glucose levels. From this testing, they will develop a customized program that meets your treatment needs. Training will include movements that can improve strength, raise endurance levels, and increase flexibility and range of motion. A stronger and more limber body leads to less pain on a daily basis. As your treatment progresses, you may also find a greater sense of balance and coordination, which helps to prevent falls. Physical activity has been shown to reduce blood glucose levels. In order to help heal sores, a therapist can apply bandages and wraps. Skin checks will help to prevent new sores from forming. Your therapist won’t just help you during your office visits. They will provide safe exercises for you to perform at home so you can improve between visits. It’s important to follow prescribed routines in order to avoid overexerting yourself. Over the course of treatment, you should consult with your therapist so exercises can be tailored as you grow stronger and more flexible. The plan will include safe exercises designed with your current movement and strength levels in mind.

for Thanksgiving

Unless you have a child auditioning for “MasterChef Junior,” you’re probably not going to let the little ones cook the turkey this Thanksgiving. Just because the kitchen might be off limits, though, doesn’t mean you can’t find a few creative ways to make the holiday extra special for your kids. Spice up Thanksgiving with these fun, family friendly activities.


If you have a big family, you are probably familiar with the Thanksgiving tradition of the kids’ table. It may be smaller than the grown-ups’ seating arrangement, but it doesn’t have to be any less special. Turn your kids’ table into a canvas for a colorful, creative dining experience. To do this, use craft or art paper to cover the table. Tape everything down tightly and provide crayons and colored pencils for every place setting. If you want to add some extra holiday spirit, put the drawing supplies in empty cranberry sauce and pumpkin cans.


Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t just about delicious food. It’s also about reflecting on the parts of our lives we are grateful for. Teaching kids about gratitude is the most valuable Thanksgiving lesson. Bring that concept to life with a gratitude mobile. Grab some colored paper circles — or cut them out — and have your children write down things that they are thankful for. A silver Sharpie is great for this. Punch holes in the tops of the circles and run string through them. Tie the other end of the string to a coat hanger or embroidery hoop and hang it from the ceiling. Want to get the kids outside so you can get to work in the kitchen? Create a Thanksgiving-themed game for them to play outside while you prep the stuffing and put the turkey in the oven. To create a holiday-themed “Stuff the Turkey” game, all you need is a few paper bags. We’ll bet you have some left over from shopping. Use two small bags stuffed with scrap paper to create legs and glue them to a larger bag folded to look like the body of a turkey. Now that you have your turkey, you need some balls to stuff it with. Anything soft and baseball-sized will work, even some balled-up paper. Kids will take turns trying to toss the balls into the turkey, scoring points for every shot made. STUFF THE TURKEY GAME

Diabetes is a serious condition, but physical therapy can be part of a treatment plan that minimizes the impact it has on your life.


Happy Feet

he American Podiatric Medical Association considers your feet a marvel of engineering. Together, your two feet contain more than 50 bones, accounting for more than 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments that hold them together and allow for movement. When we walk or run, our body goes through a complex set of steps that makes movement seem smooth and easy. This cycle is called your gait, which begins when your heel touches the floor and your foot starts to flatten on the ground. Finally, your foot and toes touch down on the ground, just as the heel begins to lift, and as the momentum carries you forward, your toes come off the ground. The whole leg gets ready to swing forward. A smooth gait means that the forces from the ground should be absorbed by your heels and feet each time you take a step. Energy from the ground is transferred via healthy movement through the feet, up the ankles, knees, and hips, into the spine, and up to your head. T

An improper gait or injury to the foot can cause problems throughout your whole body.

If your arches are too high or oversupported, you walk with excessive supination. People who supinate often have trouble wearing shoes that are too tight because they create pressure on the top and ball of the foot. Excessive pronation, then, is when your arches fall toward the floor and flatten out. Pronation is common and can cause issues in your ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. Pronation can also cause bunions, corns, and callouses. Most people think they can ignore foot-related problems or suffer through them because they are “only” affecting their feet. The truth is, foot problems can translate throughout the whole body, and when foot pain becomes too much, an individual is at risk for developing diseases as a result of a sedentary lifestyle. If pain from your feet is keeping you from exercising or simply moving around, call Rue & Primavera at (360) 279- 8323. We will have you back to proper health in no time.

Roasted Parmesan Pesto POTATOES


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It only takes 3 ingredients to make these crispy, flavorful potatoes. They’re the perfect side dish for any meal.


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2. In large bowl, combine potatoes and pesto. Toss to coat. Transfer potatoes to large baking sheet or shallow roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Roast 20 minutes and remove from oven. 3. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese evenly over potatoes and put pan back in the oven. Roast for additional 10–15 minutes or until potatoes are tender and crispy. Remove from oven and serve warm.

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My Thanksgiving Traditions 3 Family Activities for Thanksgiving How PT Can Help Diabetes Patients Are Your Feet Happy? Roasted Parmesan Pesto Potatoes Iconic Balloons

Iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

B y the time the last flame of the Great Chicago Fire fizzled out on October 10, 1871, 300 people were dead, a third of Chicago’s population were homeless, and 4 square miles of city were destroyed. Reflecting on the disaster begs the question: Was it the most bizarre tragedy ever? Thanksgiving is a holiday full of traditions, from turkey and stuffing to football and naps. Since 1924, the Macy’s Parade has grown to become not only a Thanksgiving staple but also the world’s largest parade. Over 3.5 million people attended the parade last year, with another 20 million tuning in from home. The main attraction is always the massive character balloons, which first graced the skies in 1927. Over the decades, some of these balloons have become nearly as famous as the character they depict. FELIX THE CAT When the Felix the Cat balloon appeared in 1931, it set the standard for all characters to follow.

Sadly, the original balloon got tangled in wires and caught on fire, so it has been lost to history. Felix’s influence on the parade is so immense, however, that when Macy’s brought him back in 2016 for the parade’s 90th anniversary, they recreated his original design. Without Felix’s influence, the parade might look a lot different today. SNOOPY When it comes to balloon characters, none is more famous than the classic “Peanuts” beagle. His first balloon floated through the sky in 1968, and he’s been a regular fixture ever since. Charles Schultz’s famous pooch holds the record for most variations in a parade (eight) and most total appearances (40). Though Snoopy doesn’t come out every year, he usually closes the show when he does. PIKACHU The Pokémon mascot didn’t appear until 2001, but he’s become a star attraction, showing up every year since. Bright, expressive, and impossible

to miss, Pikachu checks off all the boxes for a successful balloon character. For 16 years, those who predicted that Pokémon was just a fad have gotten a big, yellow reminder of just how wrong they were.


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