Westchester MARCH 2018

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What Makes Someone Lucky? A QUESTION OF LUCK

Do you consider yourself a lucky person?

I suppose a better first question would be, “Do you believe in luck?” Many people don’t, and they won’t hesitate to reject any sort of superstitious behaviors. Personally, I do believe in luck, but I don’t believe luck comes out of thin air. It’s possible to create

our own good fortune, provided you believe good things will come to fruition. If a person always talks about how unlucky they are, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Life is a balance of good and bad occurrences, but unlucky people tend to focus only on the negative. In a way, this invites more misfortune. An unlucky person dwells on mistakes and


gather the tools and resources we need for success. It’s easy to miss out on luck if we haven’t gotten ready for it when it comes knocking. A positive mindset and strong drive can help you be on the lookout for moments of luck, recognize them when they come around, and be prepared so your lucky break doesn’t pass you by. The last question we have to ask about luck is, “How do we know if we have it?” We measure luck based on how much good fortune a person enjoys in their life, but fortunate means different things to different people. It can range from hitting every green light to winning the lottery to landing your dream job to a loving family. The lucky moments in life are the people and circumstances that grant us joy. This brings us back to the first question: Do you consider yourself to be lucky? Personally, I do consider myself lucky. And I’m reminded of how fortunate I am every time I see my two loving, affectionate, caring, ambitious, and smart children. My life is full of love and goodwill. How could I not call myself lucky? Dr. Michael Graffeo Westchester Office • 914-251-0313

avoids opportunities where they can find good luck. Meanwhile, lucky people tend to focus on the positives and believe they can achieve success and happiness. They actively pursue opportunities that create good fortune. That last part is important to remember. We cannot rely solely on luck. A positive attitude and a belief that good things will come your way will get you nowhere if you don’t seize opportunities. You won’t hear a lucky person say, “I’m waiting for my ship to come in.” A lucky person does the hard work and builds their own ship. You have to be proactive and ready to make decisions regarding your future. Persistence and having a drive to succeed will play a major part in your life’s path.

Seeking out success allows us to be prepared when lucky opportunities present themselves. We educate ourselves and


Are You Keeping Up With Your Business Goals?

When Many Businesses Fall Short, Here’s How You Can Succeed

The first quarter of 2018 is rapidly coming to an end. What steps have you taken to achieve the goals you’ve set for your business this year? Howmuch progress have you made? Have you already logged a string of successes, or are you struggling? Business owners and entrepreneurs set their sights on a number of goals every year. The problem is that a lot of those goals are left unaccomplished due to flaws in the planning stage. Here are some common goal-setting mistakes.

Not defining the goals in a way you, and anyone in your organization, can clearly understand

If you need to make changes or recalibrate — do it! The longer you wait to adapt to changing circumstances, the longer it will take to find the right course. Even the best-laid plans can be disrupted by unforeseen circumstances. It’s up to you and your team to embrace change. It’s not uncommon for marketing strategies to evolve over the course of a year. You may discover that certain aspects of your referral campaign aren’t working. Trimming the fat isn’t necessarily easy, but taking the time to do so will set you up for better results in the long run. Don’t be afraid to make decisive cuts. If a strategy or a goal simply wasn’t a good fit, say goodbye and revisit it later. For now, take some time to review your Q1 progress. What do you need to do to make Q2 — and the rest of 2018 — a smashing success?

Not having a tracking system in place to monitor and review progress

As you work toward your goals, it’s critical to celebrate the smaller milestones along the way. Recognizing achievements keeps your team energized and motivated. As part of the celebration, discuss what still needs to be done to accomplish big-picture goals. If you find yourself or your team falling short of expectations, use this as a learning opportunity. Evaluate your progress and see if you can identify any roadblocks. Did you give yourself and your team enough resources? Were goals miscommunicated? Did changes in your business, your community, or the economy affect your goals? How can you get back on track? however, it improves sleep. Lavender tea is often recommended to people who suffer from insomnia or who have trouble falling asleep. Drink some before bed and let it do the rest. It helps you feel relaxed and eases you into the Land of Nod. The flowery flavor isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for a natural sleep aid, it’s worth trying. If the flavor proves too strong, a great alternative is chamomile, which shares many of the same properties as lavender tea. Peppermint Tea It’s no surprise this is one of the most popular herbal teas around. Thanks to its not-so-subtle aroma and natural sweetness, it delivers on flavor and packs a healthy punch. Peppermint tea is known for its ability to aid in digestion. Plus, it works wonders on

Setting goals that are too lofty or unrealistic

Not taking the proper steps to see goals through

Not working together as a team to achieve goals

THE POWER OF HERBAL TEAS 3 Teas for Better Health

stomach inflammation, alleviating everything fromminor aches to nausea.

Rooibos Tea A South African tea, rooibos is noted for its high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. If you’re looking for an immune system boost, rooibos is here to help. Thanks to its antioxidant powers, it’s also great for the skin. Stressed out? Anxious? Have a cup of rooibos tea. It helps ease stress and lowers blood pressure. Furthermore, rooibos tea lacks oxalic acid, an organic compound that plays a role in the formation of kidney stones. If you’re prone to kidney stones but love tea, rooibos may be the answer.

For centuries, people around the globe have relied on the power of herbal tea. Today, there are more herbal teas on the market than ever before. Finding a flavorful tea that also offers the right health benefits can be a challenge. Here are three varieties of herbal tea that are among the best of the best, both in flavor and healing power. Lavender Tea For some people, lavender tea is great for reducing headaches, arthritis pain, and general joint aches and pains. For others,



Researchers from the University of Murcia in Spain have found yet another reason for dentists and orthodontists to encourage their patients to quit smoking. For five years, researchers followed 66 patients who received 165 implants. They determined failure rate for a dental implants tended to be minimal, around 1.4 percent. However, if a patient smoked cigarettes, the rate of failure jumped to 15.8 percent. “People who smoke are at a greater risk of infection following surgery and may heal more slowly,” said Dr. Arturo Sanchez Perez of the Department of Periodontology at the University of Murcia. “When an implant is placed in a smoker, it is more likely to fail. This means a patient’s smile may be negatively affected, and there is potential for more bone loss in the areas surrounding the gums and teeth.” The study was published in the Journal of Periodontology, and its findings support what we already understand about smoking and oral health. Dental implants often fail because they are unable to integrate with the surrounding bone tissue in the jaw. Smoking negatively affects the blood flow to the bones and

tissues surrounding the gums and teeth, which can impair healing.

There have yet to be studies which look into how vaping or e-cigarettes specifically impact dental implants, but there is reason to be cautious. Nicotine, which is found in vaping liquid, is known to contribute to an increased risk of gum disease in smokers. In addition, researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center discovered that nicotine may prevent stem cells from becoming bone cells. In this case, we should tell patients to quit smoking and vaping, as it’s better to be safe than sorry. The success of a dental implant demands teamwork between the patients and their physician. The oral surgeon must perform the procedure properly and with a careful hand. Meanwhile, the patient must be willing to follow through with regular checkups and certain lifestyle changes, which may include dietary restrictions and new hygiene habits recommended by their surgeon and dentist. This is the only way a patient will be able to enjoy the lifelong health and cosmetic benefits of a successfully placed implant.


Study Finds Dental Implants More Likely to Fail for Smokers



INGREDIENTS When you think of St. Patrick’s Day cuisine, corned beef and green beer are probably the first things that come to mind. This year, consider adding colcannon to your March 17 menu. It’s basically mashed potatoes on steroids, and it’s utterly delicious. DIRECTIONS

3 pounds potatoes

1. Steam potatoes for 30 minutes. Peel skins and mash flesh thoroughly. 2. Chop 1 stick of butter into small cubes and add to warm potatoes. Once melted, slowly add milk, stirring constantly. Boil cabbage in water. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to tenderize. 3. Add cabbage, bacon, and scallions to mashed potatoes, gently stirring to combine. 4. Serve garnished with parsley and a pat of butter.

2 sticks butter

1 1/4 cups hot milk

1 head cabbage, cored and shredded 1 pound cooked bacon, chopped into small pieces

4 scallions, finely chopped

Parsley, for garnish

Salt and pepper, to taste


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INSIDE This Issue

PG 1

A Stroke of Good Fortune

PG 2

Keep Up With Your 2018 Business Goals 3 Herbal Teas to Boost Your Health

PG 3

What You Need to Know About Implants If You Smoke

St. Patrick’s Day Cuisine

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The Widespread Appeal of LaCroix Sparkling Water

Why Is Everyone CrazyAbout LaCroix? A Sparkling Success Story

Huge displays of canned beverages are nothing new for grocery stores. Traditionally, those towers were either Coca-Cola red or Pepsi blue. But these days, you’re just as likely to see a display featuring an array of pastel colors. The cans in those boxes are LaCroix (pronounced la-croy) sparkling water. In the past few years, the brand has exploded in popularity, and it will only get more ubiquitous as 2018 continues.

admirers. People proudly display their stocked fridges on Instagram and debate

the merits of specific flavors (coconut is particularly divisive). With over a dozen varieties, including “pure” sparkling water, there’s a LaCroix for every palate. In addition to its great taste and the nutritional benefits of switching from soda, LaCroix has a refreshing approach to marketing. Unlike their biggest competitor, Perrier, they’ve designed their packaging to be fun and inviting. There’s nothing stodgy about their branding, and the same goes for the price point. In many grocery stores, it’s cheaper than bottled water! LaCroix’s recipe of affordable, natural, and delicious has made the soda industry giants green with envy. They’re racing to create competitive products that will recapture the market. If you haven’t jumped on the LaCroix bandwagon yet, there’s no better time than now. Who knew that sparkling water could be so cool? The people at LaCroix did, and they’ve bubbled to the top of people’s minds as a result. It’s a sweet success story, no sugar added.

You don’t have to be a dentist or a dietician to know that soda is bad for you. It’s basically water, high fructose corn syrup, acid, and coloring. In comparison, LaCroix is just sparkling water with natural fruit essences and no sweeteners. All you’ll see on the nutrition label on the back of a can are zeros. As we become a more health-conscious society, more people are replacing their soda habit with a LaCroix obsession. In fact, you probably know a zealous fan of the sparkling water. Without any big advertising budget, LaCroix has created an army of



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