Happy Holidays – Food For Body and Mind


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The holidays are here. It is time to reflect on the past year, and be thankful for all that God has blessed in our lives: our family, our friends, and ourselves. My past newsletters have always been about eating healthy, staying fit, and taking care of our legs by wearing our compression stockings and support socks. It is important this time of year when we tend to indulge that we continue to eat healthy and exercise as much as possible. When it is time to indulge; do not buy store made pies and desserts. They are loaded with preservatives, artificial ingredients, and do not taste as good as homemade. My recipes that follow are some of the easiest and most delicious home-style desserts I have created. I strongly feel that with commitment to good nutrition and exercise, as long as your health permits, it is good for the soul to indulge in some delicious holiday desserts. However, it should be noted these are not the healthy recipes you are used to getting from me. These have all the fat and calories of the traditional holiday desserts. I wish you all the happiest of holidays and the best of eating.

Chef Brent

Pie Dough

40 oz All-purpose flour

1 tsp Salt

11 oz Margarine (cold and diced)

10 oz Crisco (cold)

1½ cup Ice Water

A kitchen-aid or other type of stand mixer will work best, but you may also mix by hand. First, mix dry ingredients, Second, add the margarine and Crisco. Mix until crumbly looking. Next add the water all at once. Mix until dough comes together. Do not over mix! Portion the dough out at 10.5 ounces, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator. These will keep for a week in the refrigerator, or frozen for use at a later date.

Yield is 7

Bourbon-Walnut Apple Pie

12 Granny Smith Apples

1 ½ Cup Brown Sugar

2 tsp. Cinnamon

3 Tbsp. Cornstarch

¼ Cup Bourbon

2 Tbsp Butter

1 Cup Walnuts (optional)

2 Pre-made Pie Doughs

¼ Cup Cinnamon Sugar

Core, peel and slice apples.

Mix apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch. Cook in butter on stove top until just softening.

Remove from heat and add bourbon.

Cool apples put one rolled pie dough into a 10 inch pie pan. Put in filling. Cover with second pie dough. Crimp edges and egg wash crust, make slits in top for vents, top with cinnamon sugar.

Bake at 350°F for one hour and test apples for doneness (may take up to one hour and 30 minutes). Yield one pie.


Kentucky Bourbon Pecan PiePecan Bourbon Pie From Chef Brent

2 Pie Shells
9 Eggs
2 cups Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
2/3 Cup Butter, melted
2 oz Bourbon
1 ½ Corn Syrup
1 Cup Pancake Syrup
1 tsp Salt
6 cups Pecans

Mix all ingredients together except for pecans.

Roll out pie shells and place into two 10 inch pie pans.

Divide the pecans between the 2 shells, and pour liquid over pecans.

Bake for 55 minutes at 350°F.

Remove the pies from oven when they are firm with just a little wobble to the filling.

Yield 2 pies

If you have any questions concerning these recipes or any other recipes please email customerservice@supporthoseplus.com

Remember, being compliant with wearing your Jobst, Mediven, Sigvaris, or Juzo compression stockings and support hose is the key to keeping your legs and body healthy. Thank you for shopping with Support Hose Store.

A note from Vanda’s Desk,

Rod and I have both sampled these pies which Brent has shared his recipes with you and they are, to say the least, fantastic! Rod and I have never been Pecan Pie fans, but these are really great! To some of you the weight measurements on the pie crust recipe may seem strange, but this is really the only way to measure flour accurately.   —  Vanda

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SIGVARIS Introduces the Athletic Recovery Sock

There is a rapidly growing trend in the athletic community to use compression therapy socks to improve performance and recovery. From sports magazines, newspaper articles and sports blogs, compression therapy is a hot topic. Of course, compression therapy has been around for over 50 years to treat venous disorders of the lower extremities, but only recently has the athletic community realized the same mechanisms and benefits that compression therapy offers can also help in flushing out lactic acid and improve blood flow to muscle tissue.

As a world leader in compression therapy, SIGVARIS combines its medical and Sigvaris Active Athletic Recovery Socks from SupportHosePlus.commanufacturing expertise to develop the new 15-20mmHg Athletic Recovery Sock for Men and Women. Designed to keep the athlete cool, dry and comfortable, the SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery Sock uses patented Dri-Release® fibers for superior moisture management and latex-free yarns with an embedded Freshguard® treatment that virtually eliminates odors. Delivering true 15-20mmHg graduated compression, this sock is very soft and natural to the touch, has extra padding in the foot for added comfort and dries 4 times faster than cotton.

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness and American Diabetes Month® and once again, it’s time for Support Hose Plus annual buy three Jobst Sensifoot Socks, get one free.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches, and other foods into energy needed for daily life. Diabetes can lead to circulation issues and nerve damage in the feet, which can make it tough for you to feel a blister or sore spot that is developing. Prevention of blisters and sore spots in and on the feet is paramount for diabetics. Choose the right socks with little cotton content, that create less friction, and have extra padding to provide added protection.

Whether or not you or someone you know or love is Type 1 or Type 2 diabetic, diabetes is a serious health condition and affects many parts of your life, especially your feet and legs.

The American Diabetes Association gives Foot Care Tips:

  • Look at and touch your feet everyday.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Cut or file toenails with the shape of the toe, smoothing out all sharp edges. (Support Hose Store suggests you see a Podiatrist regularly)
  • Moisturize dry skin with a lotion.
  • Avoid injury to the feet. Have corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails treated by a professional.
  • Wear well-fitting, soft leather or fabric shoes.
  • Check shoes daily for cracks, pebbles, or other things that might damage your feet.
  • Get your blood glucose under control
  • Wear well-fitting socks, without a thick toe seam, made of material that wicks moisture away form the skin.

And be aware of:

  • Changes in skin color or temperature.
  • Swelling in the foot or ankle.
  • Pain in the legs.
  • Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal.
  • Ingrown toenails or toenails infected with fungus.
  • Corns/Calluses/Bunions.
  • Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel.

Selecting the right pair of socks is a crucial part of your overall foot care routine. Anyone living with diabetes, no matter the age of the person, should wear the Jobst Sensifoot diabetic sock that has been designed with a diabetic’s unique needs in mind. Sensifoot combines the comfort you want in an everyday sock with the protection you need from diabetes-related foot problems. Sensifoot socks have extra padding, a non-irritating toe seam, and multi-fiber yarns that separate Sensifoot socks from other socks. In addition to being non-constricting with an antibacterial, anti-fungal finish, the Jobst Sensifoot sock is a wonderful sock!

Remember, being compliant with wearing your Jobst, Mediven, Sigvaris, or Juzo compression stockings and support socks is the key to keeping your legs and body healthy.

Thank you for shopping with Support Hose Plus.

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Making This Your Best Holiday Season Ever

Food For Body and Mind a division of Leg Health News

Maintaining a healthy diet during the Holidays is a difficult task for anyone, especially a diabetic. Remember, the winter season is about love and miracles. When we celebrate the love and miracles of the Holiday Season, we should also take the time to celebrate our personal miracles. Give Thanks for our lives, our health, our families, and our friends.

Holiday time is food time. There is an abundance of it, and most of it is high in fat and calories. If it’s too hard to resist completely, definitely stay active and maybe add a little extra activity – even a walk around the block after a heavy meal – to help balance the extra eating. I have included a great diabetic-friendly recipe to help you resist the temptation of Holiday treats.

Roasted Spiced Pork Loin with Apples and Acorn Squash

(Serves 4)

1 Lemon Zested
Juice of 1 Lemon
½ tsp Ground Ginger
1/8 tsp Ground Allspice
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg
2-3 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme- Leaves Removed and Chopped
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp Salt
1 (1.5 – 2#) Pork Loin Roast
2 Medium Onions- Peeled and Quartered
2 Granny Smith Apples- Cored and Quartered
1 Medium Acorn Squash- Seeds and Strings Removed and Cut into 6-8 Wedges Each
½ Cup Unsweetened Apple Juice
¼ Cup Maple Syrup
1 Cup Chicken Stock

Preheat oven to 375° F

In a large mixing bowl, combine lemon zest and juice, spices, thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Toss the pork loin, onions, apples and acorn squash in this mixture until well coated. Remove apples and set aside. Place rest of items in a large roasting pan.

Add apple juice, maple syrup, and chicken stock to the mixing bowl and mix well.

Gently pour this mixture into the roasting pan so that you do not wash the spice mixture off of the other items.

Place in oven for 20 minutes. Add apples to the pan and cook for 40-50 minutes until a thermometer inserted into the center of the roast reads 160° F.

Slice the pork loin and serve with the apples, squash and sauce from the pan.

For Diabetics: This meal has approximately 48 g of carbohydrates. If your diet necessitates cut back on maple syrup or substitute a sugar free syrup like Cary’s Syrup that has 3g carbs per Tbsp versus 12g of carbs per Tbsp in maple syrup.

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