“If you’re an athlete of any kind, and you listen to your coach and follow the game plan, usually you win,” says Asher Benrubi, better known as radio and TV personality Smash, as well as the front-man of The Smash Band. Benrubi took that philosophy with him when he signed up to work with weight-loss coach Charles D’Angelo, and it paid off in a big way—100 pounds big, that is.
The animal control department of Peoria, Illinois, found Dixie, a 4-year-old basset hound, on the streets with a litter of puppies. They took her in, but during the procedure to have her spayed, something went wrong and she became very ill.
Last January, John Moore got news from his doctor that changed his life. “I just felt miserable—I had no energy, and my blood pressure was through the roof,” he says. “He told me I need to change or I’m going to be that guy who dies in his 40s of a heart attack. It really woke me up.”
Maybe you've tried every recipe plan, diet book and exercise video out there in an effort to finally reach your ultimate weight-loss goal, yet you keep coming up short. But your past doesn’t have to be your future, according to Charles D’Angelo. The weight loss coach, who has come full-circle himself—losing 160 pounds more than a decade ago—is in the business of motivating people to change the script in their heads to achieve healthy lifestyle goals. “The key is to drop the excuses and tap into that God-given spark that everyone has to fulfill their dreams,” D’Angelo says.
Weighing in at more than 300 pounds, Eric Morff was very unhappy. He couldn’t sleep in the same bed as his wife because his weight-induced snoring kept her up at night. He always found an excuse to not exercise, and spent the weekend sleeping because he was so tired. And he never had the energy to chase his 4-year-old son or 2-year-old daughter around the house. Morff’s weight was disrupting many parts of his life, and through the encouragement of his wife and mother, he finally decided to seek help. Recalling information about weight-loss coach Charles D’Angelo from a previous Ladue News article, he made the call in September 2011 that would change his life. “Charles helped me understand that I was ready to lose the weight, why I was ready and what was important to me: my wife, my children and myself,” Morff says. “I needed to make this change for them and for myself.”
If there’s one thing almost everyone wishes for in the new year, it’s good health. And almost everyone has room for improvement when it comes to the lifestyle choices that support our health and well-being. We turned to several local experts for their top tips to help make 2013 a healthy new year.
Are visions of sugarplums dancing in your head yet this holiday season? If you’ve managed to keep the sugarplums in your head and out of your mouth, you’re doing well. For many, the siren call of holiday goodies coupled with the tantalizingly easy access to holiday treats at parties and events is too much to bear—we find ourselves looking in the mirror on Jan. 1 with a few post-holiday pounds around the middle.
In a whirlwind of just five short years—and four locations—business partners Maddie Earnest and Patrick Horine have made their mark on the St. Louis food scene with Local Harvest Grocery, Cafe and Catering.
In China, the peach is a special symbol for longevity. Native to China, peaches have been in cultivation there for thousands of years. Records indicate orcharding practices from 1600 B.C. and ornamental garden usage since about 500 A.D. Easy to grow from seed, they traveled the Silk Road to Persia and on into Europe by about 300 A.D. The peach tree was first introduced by settlers in Florida or on the Gulf Coast in the middle of the 16th century. They were so fast-growing and popular with Native Americans that they were spread throughout the South and naturalized to the point that early botanists thought they were native to America.
The meat lovers’ pizza from a Sicilian joint in Louisville was one of Mike Brangle’s weaknesses. On the road all the time as a consultant in the financial services industry, he had a routine, ordering his favorite meals from the same restaurants in each city. With a busy work life, Brangle’s food intake increased while his exercise habits decreased. By October 2011, he weighed 348 pounds. “When you’re at that weight, you’re very self-conscious of how you look and what other people think of you,” he says. “But since I had lost weight in the past, I always thought, Oh, tomorrow, I’ll start losing it. But tomorrow never came.”
When Charles D’Angelo was 17 years old, he had a realization that would change the course of his life, as well as the lives of many others. He weighed 360 pounds—with a 50-inch waist—and was a victim of bullying at school. “It was difficult for me to make it up a flight of stairs,” he recalls. “I had no social relationships, and I would come home from school in tears because I felt that everything was out of control.” He adds that his father’s side of the family had a history of being overweight and suffered from diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
We all do it. Every New Year, men and women, young and old, make pledges to change their ways. We resolve to spend more time with our family, to be more patient with our coworkers, to save more money or break bad habits. By far, the most popular is the resolution to lose weight. No one wants to start a program only to falter a few weeks later. But what if this year, your resolution is to be successful at improving your health? And what if, at the same time, the path you take helps you in other areas of your life, like your business or your management style? Then you must be reading the same book I am this New Year, Think and Grow Thin by Charles D’Angelo.
Entire bookstore aisles are devoted to the subject, and every January those aisles are populated by people seeking help with a New Year’s resolution, perhaps the same one they’ve made for many years.
Charles D�Angelo�s new book, Think and Grow Thin: The Revolutionary Diet and Weight-Loss System That Will Change Your Life in 90 Days.
It’s no easy task for a nonprofit to make it 10 years, let alone 100! We salute these local organizations, and all those that have stood the test of time with the goal of making our region a better place to live.
The year 2011 yielded an abundance of significant news in local theater. Eleven presentations stood out above the rest. In ascending order, here’s a list of the year’s best productions:
Completed just last year for our 150th anniversary, the new approach to the Ridgway Visitor Center includes a long median strip. Once grass, this bed now showcases intensive seasonal color. Keeping the display at the top of the horticultural charts requires frequent replantings and management. A generous donor has just endowed these beds so that they can be planted and maintained with the highest standards during all seasons.
Before coming to St. Louis, I was the director of Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Houston. There, we could grow many of the wonderful plants of the Deep South—tropical ginger lilies, Louisiana iris, evergreen daylilies, citrus, michelias, and fabulous aroids. We would haul the most tender ones into a polyhouse for 90 days in the coldest part of the year, but many wonderful tropical plants would overwinter for us there. I miss that lushness, but Julie and I have sought out ways to enhance our summer garden with many bodacious tropicals.
Is there anything better on a dull January day than a succulent, fresh-from-the-sunny-South Honeybell orange or a zippy, aromatic Meyer lemon? Persian limes, Ruby Red grapefruit, Valencias and Mandarins all have the capacity of conjuring up exotic tropical locales. They are the brightest spot in my winter kitchen.
It’s often one of the first sacrifices a woman makes for her baby—the loss of a smooth, firm and unmarked abdomen. Stretch marks, clinically known as ‘striae,’ are a common badge of motherhood.
Every plant growing in Karen Hoffman’s vegetable and herb garden was seed planted. She brought the seeds with her from California when she moved to St. Louis in November; Karen is very particular about her produce. In the kitchens of the Four Seasons Hotel, the Executive Chef is just as particular; the proof is on the plate.
Each year at this time, we try to sort out all the confusing terms that have cropped up in advertising and physician offices over the past year. Some trends have come and gone. Other procedures have been accumulating some effective data and are stronger than ever. What do all those technical terms mean when it comes to our bodies and the new procedures that can transform them? Although by no means an exhaustive list, the following may help decipher some alien terminology and help us be more aware of our options.