5 Fun Ways to Exercise This Autumn

Exercise is so important for keeping your body healthy, your mind sharp, and releasing stress. That’s said, we know that adding a workout routine into your daily schedule isn’t always the easiest—or most fun—thing to do!

Here’s the good news…

You don’t have to buy a gym membership, join a running club, or start weight lifting to get a decent workout.

In fact, exercise is simply about getting your body moving, and it can be done in many ways.

Now that the fall season is upon us, we thought we’d share some festive fall activities that will certainly give you a workout. The best part…these activities are so much fun, you won’t even realize you’re exercising!

Check them out now…

Take a Hike in the Woods to See the Changing Leaves

Every year people watch in amazement as the green tree leaves turn brilliant shades of reds, yellows, and burnt oranges. It truly is a beautiful sight to see!

This year, we encourage you to enjoy the color-changing leaves and take a hike through them.

Not only will you be surrounded by nature’s beauty, but you’ll also get a great cardio workout. Bonus: You’ll be so emerged in your beautiful surrounds that we bet you won’t even realize you’re breaking a sweat!

Play in the Leaves in Your Back Yard

Who said playing in the leaves is just for kids? We certainly don’t think it is!

Raking the leaves in your yard is an incredible upper body workout. When you have a large pile or two, get some friends together, your kids, or even your pets, and spend some time running around your backyard and jumping in your leaf piles.

Who knows, you might even get an ab workout from the laughter that comes with such a fun activity!

Go Apple Picking

Apple picking is a fall favorite and a great family outing.

Between walking through the orchards, climbing trees, and picking your apples, this activity requires a lot of moving around.

Let’s also not forget that once you’ve collected a bucket full of apples, you’ve got to haul them back to your car! How’s that for weight lifting?

The best part of getting exercise while picking apples is that you don’t have to feel guilty about making an apple pie and then eating it later. Actually, go ahead and treat yourself to two slices…after all that work, you deserve it!

Do Pumpkin Squats While Pumpkin Picking

Taking a trip out to the local pumpkin patch is another fun fall activity. Even as an adult, it’s so much fun to run through the pumpkin patches searching for the perfect pumpkin.

Everyone who’s been to a pumpkin patch knows, however, that once you find the pumpkin you want, it’s your responsibility to pluck it from the vine and carry it back to the wagon that brought you out to the fields.

With an average size pumpkin weighting between 12 and 18 pounds, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get a workout in while you wait for everyone to board the wagon. Hold your pumpkin tightly in your arms and do a few squats. And there you have it…pumpkin squats!

Play a Game of Flag Football

It’s football season—the perfect time of year to get your friends and family together for a friendly game of flag football.

We recommend flag football because it’s safe and fun for all ages. And all you need to play is a football, a flag (or handkerchief or piece of fabric) for every player, and two teams of people who want to get some exercise and have a good time.

After playing a game of backyard football, you’ve definitely earned some couch time to watch the pros play on TV.

Do you have a favorite fall-inspired exercise? Share it with us in the comments below!

Ask the Doctor- I’m Unhappy With My Reconstructive Result from Another Surgeon – Are You Able to Make It Look More Natural?

This week, James E. Craigie MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question about breast reconstruction.

Question: Three years ago, I had a double mastectomy and am now cancer free. My plastic surgeon did a terrible job with the reconstruction. The left side implant is way off to the outer side and looks larger than the right side. The right side is way too far to the outside. There is zero cleavage. Is there any way to re position the implants more to the natural position of the breast ? I do not expect perfect but don’t like looking like a botched job. Thank you.

Answer:  I’m glad to hear you have been cancer free and have your treatment for breast cancer behind you. At the Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction it is part of our mission to help women move on with their lives after breast cancer. We focus our efforts on helping women get their bodies back together with permanent ”natural results”.

I’m sorry you are disappointed with your reconstruction. If you have had radiation then it may be very hard to have your breasts match with implant reconstruction. If you have not had radiation then perhaps your implants could be revised or adjusted for an improvement. Unfortunately these corrections are all too often temporary. It is possible that using your own fatty tissue would be a more permanent option without implants.

Sometimes it is hard to start over with another approach but it may be necessary if you desire a more natural and permanent result. If you would like more information about natural breast reconstruction with your own tissue let me know.

Have a question about breast reconstruction or post-surgical you’d like answered from our surgical team? Just ask!

5 Self-Care Tips Guaranteed to Reduce Stress

Making time for self-care is very important. It allows you to unwind, destress, and refocus.

And most important, making time for self-care is vital for maintaining both your emotional and physical health. Sometimes it’s easier said than done. Between work, raising kids, maintaining your home, volunteering, or doing whatever it is you do each week, it’s very easy to forget about taking care of yourself.

Self-care isn’t a reward.

It’s something that needs to be worked into your weekly routine to ensure you stay healthy and happy.

So, today, we thought it would be fun to share 5 simple self-care tips that you can add into your routine every week. Enjoy…

Give Yourself a Night Off

We know you have responsibilities. Kids need to be fed. Pets need to be walked. Houses need to be cleaned. The list goes on and on.

But here’s a little secret. It’s okay to take a night off once a week. In fact, it’s important that you give yourself a break so you don’t go crazy!

Simply ask your partner to take over dinner duty one night a week.

If you don’t have help from a partner, order pizza once a week instead. Everybody wins on pizza night!

Do you have a dog that needs to be exercised? Hire a neighborhood kid to walk your pooch once a week or put your pup in doggy daycare for the day.

Are you tired of cleaning? Ask your kids to take over one of your chores, or rearrange your chore schedule.

There are endless ways you can give yourself one night off each week. All it takes is a little planning and creativity.

Have a Girls’ Night

There’s something therapeutic about a glass of wine, some dessert, and a night out with your best girlfriends.

We know people’s schedules are busy, but we also don’t think it’s unrealistic to set aside time for a girls’ night once a month.

All you need to do is pull out your calendar, call up your girlfriends, and pick a date that works best for everyone.

Then, each month, let one person be in charge of making the plans. This takes the stress off of one person having to coordinate everything.

Here’s are a few ideas for a fun girls’ night activity…

  • Have a movie night
  • Make dinner and dessert
  • Take an art class
  • Host a board game night
  • Go out for a spa day
  • Attend a yoga class
  • Enjoy a hike at a local park

Make Time for Exercise

Making time to exercise is so important…

Not only does weekly exercise keep your body strong and healthy, but it will also keep you feeling confident and looking good.

We’re not saying you have to go crazy and join a high-intensity boot camp training program.

Unless, you’re into that kind of thing…in that case, go for it, girl!

But, a daily walk, taking a yoga class, or going for a swim at your local indoor pool are all great ways to keep your body moving.

Not sure what exercise routine you’d like best? Here are a few fun low-impact workout options to choose from.

Check out our favorite low-impact workout activities. 

Make Your Goals and Dreams a Priority

How often have you had to put your goals or dreams on the back burner because you’ve had a responsibility to put someone else before yourself?

First of all, we applaud your selflessness.

It’s take a special person to be able to put someone else’s wants and needs before your own.

Second, we are here to tell you that now it’s your turn to make your dreams and goals a priority.

This doesn’t mean you have to give up your duties as a spouse, parent, or employee. But, it does mean that you need to give yourself permission to carve out time each week to accomplish the things you want to do.

For instance, if you’ve dreamed of running a marathon, now is the time to plan a few hours each week to go running.

Or perhaps you’ve dreamed of getting a job in a certain profession, but need to go back to school to earn a degree. Today is the day to start saving up for classes and put together a plan for going back to school.

You can make your dreams a reality as long as you start taking steps toward reaching your goals now.

Treat Yourself

Last, but certainly not least, we want you to know that it’s ok to treat yourself every once in a while.

Craving a dessert from your favorite bakery? Stop by after work and reward yourself for a great work day.

Excited that the pumpkin spice latte is now available in coffee shops across the country? You’ve waited all year for it, girl. Go get yourself a drink!

Tired of screaming kids, spending hours doing laundry, and putting in overtime at work? Use a vacation day, and take that 3-day weekend trip with your girlfriends.

I think you get the point.

Every once in a while, do something for YOU. You deserve it!

What is your favorite self-care tip? Share it with us in the comments below!

Ask the Doctor- Are These Normal Problems To Have 2 Years after a Breast Reduction?

This week, Richard M. Kline, Jr. MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question about breast reconstruction.

Question: I had a breast reduction over two years ago. It still feels like I have scar tissue in some areas and nipple tends to be a little sore at times. Is that normal?

Answer: No, that’s not normal, and I’m sorry you’re having to endure it.

I can’t tell what is going on by your description, but it’s possible that you have some residual dead fat in your breasts which has not been resorbed. An MRI scan would be the best way to determine this. It’s also possible that you have pain for no discernible reason, which is unusual, but it happens from time to time. That doesn’t mean it can’t be treated, however, as pain therapists can be very effective in helping manage that type of pain.

I would be happy to help you any way I can, but it would be best if you first returned to the surgeon who did your reduction and let her / him know of your concerns. If that doesn’t work, please let me know.

Have a question about breast reconstruction or post-surgical you’d like answered from our surgical team? Just ask!

Our Surgeons Show Support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. And it’s important that we take the time to remember those who have lost their lives to breast cancer, support those who are battling it, and celebrate those who have won their cancer battle.

One of the ways The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction likes to celebrate is to get involved in community events that are focused on breast cancer awareness.

This year we’ve been invited to participate in a series of Breast Cancer symposiums. We are thrilled that two of our surgeons, Dr. Craigie and Dr. Kline, will be included in the panel for these discussions.

All of the Charleston, SC, community is invited to attend these talks, and we encourage you to attend if you are able!

Check out the details below…

East Cooper Breast Cancer Symposium – October 4

The first Breast Cancer educational symposium will be held at the East Cooper Medical Center. The event will take place in the classrooms at the hospital, limiting registration to about 40 people.

During this event, a panel of medical experts will be talking about a variety of breast cancer topics, from treatment and prevention to reconstructive surgeries and life after breast cancer.

The facility will be serving boxed dinners for participants to enjoy during the panel talk, which will take place from 6:00 p.m. to around 8:00 p.m.

Space is limited, so if you’re interested in attending please call the East Cooper Medical Center at (888) 417-1377 to find out how to register for the event.

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day Talks – October 17, 18, and 19

To celebrate Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day (BRA day), three talks on breast reconstruction will be held over the course of three days—October 17, 18, and 19.

All three events will feature medical professionals and surgeons who are active members of Roper’s breast cancer team. The topics of discussion will focus on reconstructive breast surgery.

A few featured topics include…

  • A presentation on fat grafting.
  • A discussion on Micro Autologous.
  • A talk on lymph node transfer.

The first talk will be held on Tuesday, October 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Roper Mount Pleasant in Classrooms 1, 2, and 3. For more information, click here.

The second talk will be held on Wednesday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Roper Bon Secours St. Francis, Mall Classrooms 1, 2, and 3. For more information, click here.

The third talk will be held on Thursday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Roper Hospital, Irene Dixon Auditorium. For more information, click here.

Please note that the same talks will be given each night, so it’s only necessary to attend one event if you have an interest in going.

On behalf of our entire staff, we wish you a happy National Breast Cancer Awareness month. And to those of you who are currently battling breast cancer, our thoughts are with you.

Do you have any National Breast Cancer Awareness month activities on your schedule that you’re excited about?

Share them with us in the comments below!

Ask the Doctor-What Are My Reconstruction Options after a Failed Implant Reconstruction?

This week, Richard M. Kline, Jr. MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question about breast reconstruction.

Question: Do you do reconstruction after ex plants from Ruptured implant?

Answer: If you have had mastectomies, we will attempt to do reconstruction no matter what has happened, as long as you want it, and it’s medically safe to do so.
If your breast sustained damage from a ruptured implant placed for cosmetic reasons, we will still be happy to help you, but this might not be covered by your insurance.

Hope this helps.

Have a question about breast reconstruction or post-surgical you’d like answered from our surgical team? Just ask!

Ask the Doctor-It’s Been 30 Years Since My Modified Radical Mastectomy and I am 65 Years Old. Am I Still a Candidate for DIEP?

This week, Richard M. Kline, Jr. MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question about breast reconstruction.

Question: It has been 30 years since my modified radical mastectomy and I am 65 years old. Am I still a candidate for DIEP.

Answer: If you are in reasonably good health, you may well be a wonderful candidate for natural breast reconstruction with a DIEP, sGAP, or other flap. We have restored many ladies’ breasts many, many years after their mastectomy(ies), and they usually do very well after surgery. It is actually advantageous to enter into the reconstructive operation fully healed, as this speeds operating time, as well as recovery. I would be delighted to speak with you about your options by phone, if you wish, or you are welcome to come for a consultation at any time.

Have a question about breast reconstruction or post-surgical you’d like answered from our surgical team? Just ask!

3 Delicious Fall-Inspired Apple Recipes

It’s that time of year…apple season!

There’s truly nothing better taking a trip to the apple orchard (or grocery store if you don’t have an orchard near you), handpicking a variety of apples, and then taking them home to cook up a delicious recipe.

Even better, apples are filled with antioxidants and plenty of dietary fiber, so you don’t have to feel guilty when cooking with this sweet, crisp fruit.

Cooking with apples is one of our favorite things about the fall season. And for that reason, we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite recipes with you.

Check them out below…

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples Recipe

When you think of cooking with apples, chances are you think about dessert—apple pies, cakes, etc. But apples also pair extremely well with savory foods, especially pork. Give this roasted pork tenderloin with apples recipe a try!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pork tenderloins (about 1 1/2-pounds each)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 apples, cored and sliced (we like Granny Smith, Golden Delicious or Braeburn)
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 cup chicken stock, see our homemade chicken stock recipe
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Trim each tenderloin of any silver skin (this can be tough when cooked, just use a small sharp knife and slide the blade under and outward to remove it).
  3. Pat pork dry with paper towels and then rub with 1 tablespoon of the oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt.
  4. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a heavy-bottomed oven-safe skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot and shimmers, add the pork tenderloins and cook, turning occasionally, until evenly browned all over; about 12 minutes. Transfer to a large plate or cutting board. (The pork will not be cooked through).
  5. Keep the pan used to sear the pork on the stove over medium heat. Check the pan, if it looks dry, add 2 to 3 teaspoons of additional oil. (If there is fat left in the pan from cooking the pork, there is no need to add additional oil.)
  6. Add the apples and onions and then cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned around edges, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon of thyme.
  7. Use a pastry brush (or use your fingers) to rub the seared pork all over with the mustard, 2 teaspoons of thyme, and the black pepper.
  8. Place the seared pork tenderloins on top of the apples and onions, and then slide into the oven. Roast 10 to 15 minutes or until an internal thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers between 145 and 150 degrees F. Transfer the pork to a large plate and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest about 10 minutes.
  9. While the pork rests, place the pan with apples and onions back onto the stove and turn heat to medium. Add chicken stock and use a wooden spoon to scrape the pan, lifting any brown bits from the bottom. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced by half. Add butter and stir until melted.

Recipe source: http://www.inspiredtaste.net/21117/perfect-roasted-pork-tenderloin-recipe-with-apples/

Dutch Apple Pie with Crumb Topping Recipe

We simply couldn’t have an apple recipe blog post without a recipe for an apple pie. This Dutch apple pie uses a crumb topping instead of a pastry shell topping, and boy, is it delicious! Here’s how to make it…

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cold water

Filling

  • 8 cups sliced cored peeled apples
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Topping

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. In medium bowl, mix 1 cup flour and the salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost leaves side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).
  2. Gather pastry into a ball. Shape into flattened round on lightly floured surface. Wrap flattened round of pastry in plastic wrap, and refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable.
  3. Heat oven to 400°F. On surface sprinkled with flour, using floured rolling pin, roll pastry dough into circle 2 inches larger than 9-inch pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side and being careful not to stretch pastry, which will cause it to shrink when baked. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pie plate. Fold and roll pastry under, even with plate; flute as desired.
  4. In large bowl, toss filling ingredients. Pour into pie plate, mounding apples toward center.
  5. In medium bowl, use pastry blender or fingers to mix butter, 1 cup flour and the brown sugar until a crumb forms. Sprinkle evenly over top of pie. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon granulated sugar on top.
  6. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until pie crust and crumb topping are deep golden brown and filling begins to bubble. Transfer to cooling rack to cool.

Recipe Source: https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/dutch-apple-pie/815d821f-058d-4177-93be-e157390e947b

Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream Recipe

Ice cream lovers, rejoice…we have a recipe for apple cinnamon ice cream, and we just know you’re going to love it! Put down the pumpkin spice latte, and instead, indulge in this sweet, creamy treat that’s perfect for the fall! Check out the recipe now.

Ingredients:

Ice Cream Base

  • 2-1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Cinnamon Apple Swirl

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into small, bit-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt until well-combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours until thoroughly chilled.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Toss the apples with the brown sugar and spices and add to the skillet. Cook, stirring often, until the apples are tender, about 2-3 mins. Remove from the heat and let cool. Cover and refrigerate along with the cream base.
  3. Prior to making the ice cream, whisk the cream base a few times, and pour into an 1-1/2 quart capacity ice cream machine. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and churn until the ice cream is frozen and fluffy, about the consistency of soft-serve (generally 20-25 minutes). About three to five minutes before the ice cream is ready, or when the ice cream looks like it is mostly set up, carefully pour in the cinnamon-apple mixture, and continue churning.
  4. Spoon the ice cream into freezer-safe containers, and for a firmer texture, cover and freeze for an hour or two.

Recipe Source: http://www.forkknifeswoon.com/apple-cinnamon-ice-cream/

Do you have a favorite apple-inspired recipe?

Share it with us in the comments below!

Ask the Doctor- I am Currently on a Diet to Lose Weight. Will My Breasts Get Smaller Too?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question about breast reconstruction.

Question: I am currently on a diet to lose weight. Will my breasts get smaller too?

Answer: Depending on how much  weight you lose you might notice a change. It should be minimal and proportional. You can’t “spot”reduce any one area  of the body. Therefore if you lose a moderate amount of weight you should have no problem.

Have a question about breast reconstruction or post-surgical you’d like answered from our surgical team? Just ask!

3 Fun Fall Activities in Charleston You Don’t Want to Miss

School’s back in session, pumpkin spice flavored foods and beverages are everywhere, and the NFL has finally returned to TV screens across the country.

You know what that means…

Fall is just around the corner!

Sure, it’s only the second week in September, but a bunch of fun fall activities are starting to pop up again. And things like pumpkin patches and corn mazes are only around for a limited time, so it’s best to get them on your calendar now so you don’t miss them!

To ensure you don’t miss out on all the fall fun, we’re sharing some of our favorite fall activities in Charleston, SC. If you live here or are planning a visit, we hope you’ll check some of these events out!

Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch

The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch is located in Mount Pleasant—a 20-minute drive from downtown Charleston depending on traffic–but it’s definitely worth a visit.

It’s slightly early to get your pumpkins for Halloween, but this venue has an amazing corn maze that you won’t want to miss. It’s only $10 per person (ages 3 and up), which makes this activity affordable for the whole family.

This year, they will feature two mazes. The first maze is 8 acres and is perfect for older kids and adults. The second maze is much smaller and is great for smaller children.

If you have a fun time at the corn maze, make sure you mark your calendar to go back in October to grab yourself a pumpkin!

Click here for more info on the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch. 

Charleston Farmer’s Market

The Charleston Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday in September. It’s a great place to stock up on fresh produce, grab a locally grown pumpkin for pumpkin carving, or purchase a fall craft from a craft vendor.

This market is held in Marion Square right outside the College of Charleston.

The best part…visiting the farmer’s market is 100% FREE and is fun for the whole family. Come enjoy the fall atmosphere and fun street music without spending a penny!

For more info on the farmer’s market, click here. 

Charleston Fall Homes and Gardens Tour

The Charleston Fall Homes and Gardens Tours don’t officially begin until October 5. However, these tours tend to sell out fast, so we want to make sure that, if you’re interested in doing a fall tour, you have plenty of time to get your tickets!

During these tours, a guide will walk you through the town of Charleston and bring you to select historic homes and gardens for your viewing pleasure. All the homes are well kept and beautifully decorated. You may even learn a thing or two about Charleston history during your tour!

Tickets start at $40. However, there are several tour packages available, so you can pick and choose what you want to spend and what you want to see.

Check out ticket prices and learn more about the tours. 

What’s your favorite fall activity in Charleston? Let us know in the comments below!