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ur March issue feels like spring with articles about farmers’ markets, colorful veggies and local community gardens. This month’s feature article Meaty Truths (page 15) is meant to encourage people to make conscious choices when buying and consuming meat. This informative article shines the light on farms and vendors, educates readers on what to look for on labels, discusses the impact of antibiotics on our health and offers suggestions for the food industry on healthier ways of preparing and serving meat. It also includes a helpful checklist. The counter article Why Vegan (page 14) goes further to look at how reduced meat consumption in the U.S. can drastically impact hunger problems in the world. And then there is the important aspect regarding animals being sentient beings that feel pain and emotions. If you’re looking to reduce your meat consumption, why not start with the popular practice of making at least one day per week meat-free? You can also reduce your meat consumption on the other days of the week. It’s been shown that increasing the amount of vegetables and fruits in our diet and making meat more of a side dish (practiced in many cultures) can reduce inflammation in the body which prevents chronic illnesses. Taste the Rainbow (page 18) gives readers some ideas on how to increase vegetable consumption. A good way to get educated is to shop our local farmers’ markets where you can speak directly with the farmers and vendors to find out what methods they are using. Our representative for farmers’ markets in the region is the Santa Fe Farmer’s market (page 19) that highlights the many benefits of shopping local. Personally, I’m looking forward to the onset of spring and experimenting with some new add-ons to last year’s first planting experience. It’s time to prep our pots and soil and get ready for new color, digging in the dirt and creativity. Speaking of creativity—the process of adult coloring (page 14) represents a new trend where we can escape stress and practice creativity. Coloring has a meditative effect. For those that have a hard time sitting still, it’s a fresh way to get in some quiet time while using the right and left side of our brain. Alongside the article we share Creative Wings Studio’s 7-day workshop in June hosted at the enchanting Vista Verde retreat in Carson, near Taos. What an amazing opportunity to discover your own inner artist in a beautiful setting and restore and nourish yourself.
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COLOR ME CALM Grownups De-Stress with Adult Coloring Books by Avery Mack
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ed and Green VegFest Albuquerque 2016 is being held April 23 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Albuhroughout the month of March, Innerquerque Convention Center. AtSpiral Hypnotherapy in Albuquerque tendees will discover information on is offering a Clean Out Your Mind Special nutrition, diet and global climate as which includes a one-hour consultation it pertains to New Mexico and our and hypnosis session for only $50. larger community. “This spring clear out old thoughts, The event includes several beliefs and behaviors that no longer serve renowned speakers including Dr. you. Hypnosis is a healing tool that Caroline Trapp, William Brown and Keith McHenry; exercise can help clean out old clutter and make classes; cooking demos; movies and product booths. “Let’s not room for a healthier mind, body and spirit. It facilitates healing through deep relaxation, suggestion forget ‘food’,” says event founder Nancy Arenas. “There will be plenty of healthy, delicious tasting food! See a movie to and heightening the senses,” says Danelle Becklund, owner learn more about veganism and how it affects you, the animals InnerSpiral Hypnotherapy. and the planet. Finally, at the end of the day join us for a celAccording to Becklund, hypnosis is a process where the ebration dance.” mind is able to be open and receptive to bring forth positive “Share with our community, support this movement and changes by tapping into inner resources and creativity. “It uses let others know that you are on the forefront of caring for our the conscious, subconscious and divine aspects of the mind. The conscious mind is how we function daily; the subconscious planet, the animals and humans. This is a great opportunity to network, learn and enjoy a day of health and goodness mind is where dreams, emotions, creativity and intuition lies— it’s the real brains behind the operation. The divine conscious is towards all,” adds Arenas. In addition to her passion for the vegan lifestyle, Arenas our connection to our soul and inner resources,” she explains. has devoted much of her life to dance and movement. She is a In addition, InnerSpiral Hypnotherapy will host a group non-denominational minister and a published author. hypnosis process from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on March 7.
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endor registration is now open for the DeVargas Center’s 23rd Annual Women’s Health Fair being held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 20. In addition to approximately 90 vendors from all over northern New Mexico, DeVargas Center will unveil its own strong pulse on health and wellness in its tenant, Light Vessel. Light Vessel will join an impressive lineup including vendors and health providers ranging from the traditional to the alternative while mixing in a plethora of heralded services such as medical health screenings, massages, spiritual readings, makeovers and much more. All vendors come with the desire to reach out to, educate and heal northern New Mexico women and their families. Entertainment, complimentary classes and the ever-popular giveaway packages round out the day. DeVargas Center is the only grocery-anchored community mall in north Santa Fe boasting over 50 unique stores, restaurants, a theater and free parking. The Center is easily accessible at the corner of Paseo de Peralta & N. Guadalupe Street. Cost: Registration is $110 for businesses and $45 for non-profits. To register, visit DeVargasCenter.com, ‘upcoming events’ link at the home page, or call Ellen at the management oﬃce at 505-982-2655.
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he weather is getting warmer, the daylight is lasting longer, and you’re starting to spend more time outside. Before summer vacation starts and your skin is exposed to harmful UV rays, consider rejuvenating your appearance with a microneedling treatment. Spring is a fantastic time to improve your appearance both safely and effectively. Microneedling is an exciting and easy way to enhance healthier, plumper and younger-looking skin. Tiny needles puncture the skin and create pin-prick sized wounds. These wounds jump start your body’s production of new collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin. The result is tighter skin, which improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, scars, tone, texture and overall skin appearance. After an extensive device trial, the FDA approved the Vivace microneedling with radio frequency device in January 2016. “Vivace combines targeted microneedling with radio frequency (electrical) energy to help stimulate and tighten the skin even in the deepest layers,” says Dr. Taghizadeh, owner of New Mexico Facial Plastics in Albuquerque and a double board-certified ENT and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. “Vivace microneedling can be used on almost any area of the
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Metal and Mineral Imbalances May Produce Migraines
esearch from Turkey’s Yüzüncü Yil University has concluded that migraines may be linked with higher levels of heavy metals in the blood and deficiencies in important minerals. The research tested 50 people, including 25 diagnosed with migraines and 25 healthy control subjects. None of those tested were taking supplements, smoked, abused alcohol or drugs or had liver or kidney disease or cardiovascular conditions. Blood tests of both groups found that those with frequent migraines had four times the cadmium, more than twice of both the iron and the lead and nearly three times the levels of manganese in their bloodstreams compared to the healthy subjects. In addition, the migraine group had about a third of the magnesium, about 20 times less zinc and almost half the copper levels compared to the healthy group. “In light of our results, it can be said that trace element level disturbances might predispose people to migraine attacks,” the researchers stated.
Apple Munching Makes for Healthier Shopping
ating an apple before buying groceries may help consumers make healthier shopping decisions. This was the finding of three studies on healthy food purchasing conducted by Aner Tal, Ph.D., and Brian Wansink, Ph.D. In the research, published in the scientific journal Psychology and Marketing, 120 shoppers were given an apple sample, a cookie sample or nothing before they began shopping. The researchers found those that ate the apple purchased 28 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given the cookie, and 25 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given nothing. A related study by Tal and Wansink investigated virtual shopping decisions. After being given a cookie or an apple, 56 subjects were asked to imagine they were grocery shopping. They were shown 20 pairs of products—one healthy and the other unhealthy—and asked to select the one they would buy. Consistent with the results of the first study, those that ate the apple most often chose the healthy option.
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ead and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth, throat (pharynx and larynx), sinuses and salivary glands. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, more than 55,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, and almost 13,000 die from these diseases annually. A study from the University of Alabama and the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center found that a magnolia herb extract called honokiol may treat these cancers. It tested human cancer cell lines in the laboratory from different parts of the body, including the mouth, larynx, tongue and pharynx. The researchers found that the honokiol extract halted the growth of each of these cancer cells and induced cell death. Lead researcher Dr. Santosh K. Katiyar and his colleagues wrote, “Conclusively, honokiol appears to be an attractive, bioactive, small-molecule phytochemical for the management of head and neck cancer, which can be used either alone or in combination with other available therapeutic drugs.”
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Indoor Gardening is Looking Up The world’s largest indoor farm, in Japan, covers 25,000 square feet, with 15 tiers of stacked growing trays that produce 10,000 heads of lettuce per day, or about 100 times more per square foot than traditional methods. It uses 99 percent less water and 40 percent less power than outdoor fields, while producing 80 percent less food waste. Customized LED lighting helps plants grow up to twoand-a-half times faster than normal, one of the many innovations co-developed by Shigeharu Shimamura. He says the overall process is only half automated so far. “Machines do some work, but the picking is done manually. In the future, though, I expect an emergence of harvesting robots.” These may help transplant seedlings, harvest produce or transport product to packaging areas. Meanwhile, Singapore’s Sky Farms, the world’s first low-carbon, hydraulically driven, urban vertical farm, runs on a Sky Urban Vertical Farming System, making the most of rainwater and gravity. Using a water pulley system, 38 growing troughs rotate around a 30-foot-tall aluminum tower. A much bigger project, a 69,000-square-foot vertical indoor garden under construction at AeroFarms headquarters, in Newark, New Jersey, will be capable of producing up to 2 million pounds of vegetables and herbs annually. Source: Tinyurl.com/JapaneseIndoorFarm
Unilever Reduces its Carbon Footprint Consumer goods giant Unilever has pledged to eliminate coal from its energy usage within five years and derive all of its energy worldwide solely from renewable sources by 2030. The company will become carbon-positive through the use of renewable resources and by investing in generating more renewable energy than it needs, selling the surplus and making it available to local communities in areas where it operates. About 40 percent of the company’s energy use currently comes from green sources. Paul Polman, company chairman, says the goal is “really doable.” He cites a new factory in China powered by wind and solar energy and a Paris office building that already contributes green electricity to the power grid. Source: The Guardian
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The government of Guatemala has repealed legislation dubbed the “Monsanto law”, which was approved last year to grant the biotech giant special expansion rights into ecologically sensitive territory, after widespread public protest. The demonstrations included groups of indigenous Mayan people, joined by social movements, trade unions and farmers’ and women’s organizations. Following political party battles, the Guatemalan Congress decided not to just review the legislation, but instead cancel it outright. The Monsanto law would have given exclusivity on patented seeds to a handful of transnational companies. Mayan people and social organizations claim that the new law would have violated their constitution and the Mayan people’s right to traditional cultivation of the land in their ancestral territories. Lolita Chávez, of the Mayan People’s Council, states, “Corn taught us Mayan people about community life and its diversity, because when one cultivates corn, one realizes that a variety of crops such as herbs and medicinal plants depend on the corn plant, as well.” Source: UpsideDownWorld.org
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oloring books are no longer solely the domain of children. Immersion in this fun, creative pastime by adults even for just 30 minutes can constitute a focused meditation that relieves stress. Doctor of Psychology Nikki Martinez, in Chicago, says that famed psychotherapist Carl Jung believed coloring helps patients release anxiety. “It uses both sides of the brain and improves organizational and fine motor skills,” says Martinez. “After I underwent a major surgery, I was on bed rest for eight weeks, and adult coloring books were a lifesaver. They passed the time, were pretty and kept me in a constant state of calm. I devoured them.” Publishers Weekly reported combined 2015 sales of 1.75 million copies for the 10 bestselling adult coloring books through November. This trend was years in the making, originating when parents colored with their kids and sometimes on their own. Adults around the world now join coloring book clubs, hold related parties and take coloring breaks at work. Last fall, Barnes & Noble hosted the one-day All-American Art Unwind, where customers colored and uploaded their results to Instagram and Twitter. Hallmark sent a crew of artists and calligraphers to select locations to help customers color their greeting cards. “We scheduled a coloring session for a 55-plus community workshop,” relates Ninah Kessler, a licensed clinical social worker with the Sparks of Genius
Brain Optimization Center, in Boca Raton, Florida. “People had so much fun they wouldn’t leave. It’s creative, portable and inexpensive. You never face blank paper because the lines are there; you just pick the colors. There’s no stress about possibly making mistakes.” “Animals, jungle or floral themes, and Zen-inspired mandalas are popular. Customers like realistic, intricate drawings,” explains Idalia Farrajota, a Dallas executive with Michaels craft stores, which offers free, in-store coloring sessions and provides supplies. (Download a free sample book at Tinyurl.com/ BotanicalColoringPages.) Johanna Basford, a renowned illustrator from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is a hit with colorists, catering to their penchant for nature with Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest and her latest, Lost Ocean. “My daughter wanted to color her life, not do generic drawings,” says Dieter Marlovics, prompting him to establish ReallyColor.com, in Chicago. “Really-Color converts photos into coloring book pages to make individually tailored pages.” Try these eco-tips: Sprout pencils, made with sustainable wood and fruitand-vegetable-based dyed clay instead of lead, are topped by non-GMO seeds that can be planted when the pencil becomes short. Inktense’s water-soluble brightly colored pencils mimic pen and ink; add water for translucency. Select recycled paper books, soy crayons, watercolor paints and non-toxic markers.
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sumption of animal protein. But there is good reason for hope, as a growing body of nutrition science shows that a high percentage of these diseases can be prevented, or even reversed, with diet. According to Nutritional Biochemist T. Colin Campbell, who co-authored The China Study, “The same diet that is good for prevention of cancer is also good for the prevention of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and other diseases. That diet is a whole foods, plant-based diet.” Note that there’s more to worry about than the antibiotics, steroids and hormones found in most animal products available today, making organic options less than ideal as well. “The real danger of animal products is the nutrient imbalances, regardless of the presence or absence of those nasty chemicals. Long before modern chemicals were introduced into our food, people still began to experience more cancer and more heart disease when they started to eat more animal-based foods,” says Campbell. Is it a coincidence that the diet that can prevent suffering of animals is the same diet that can reverse the process of global warming and keep humans healthy into old age? What is good for the animals is good for the planet and good for our own health.
The Connection Between Humans, Animals and the Planet by Tracey Narayani Glover
oo often human beings fail to see the interconnection that exists between the non-human animals and the environment that surrounds us. As some vegans adopt a plant-based diet upon learning about the suffering of farmed animals, others are influenced by the devastating impact of animal agriculture on the environment, while many make the switch to benefit their own health. The truth is, these issues are not separate. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector consumes more edible protein—40 percent of the entire world’s agricultural output—than it produces, while occupying 30 percent of the planet’s total land surface. Animal-based foods such as meat, dairy and eggs are highly resource-intensive, compared to plant-based foods. Product labeling indicating varying levels of humane and sustainable practices entices conscious consumers, but is often misleading. As an example, it cannot be assumed that a grass-fed label is
indicative of sustainability. Living conditions involve less suffering and fossil fuel use than in factory farms, but according to a study published in Environmental Science and Technology, pasture-raised cattle produce at least 20 percent more methane than grain-finished animals, on a per-pound-of-meat basis, and they also require more land and water. The United Nations reports that at least 20 million people worldwide die each year as a result of malnutrition, while estimates have been made that if Americans alone reduced their meat intake by just 10 percent, 100 million people could be fed with the land, water and energy that would be freed up as a result. As pointed out by The World Watch Institute, the continued growth of meat output creates competition for grain between affluent meat-eaters and the world’s poor. As much of the world’s population struggles to obtain enough food, many Americans are consuming too much protein and suffering from “diseases of affluence” that correlate with the con-
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Tracey Narayani Glover, JD, E-RYT 200, is an animal advocate, writer, chef/owner of The Pure Vegan and a yoga and meditation teacher in Mobile, AL. Connect at ThePureVegan.com and ARCForAllBeings. org.
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Meaty Truths Choosing Meat that’s Sustainable and Safe by Melinda Hemmelgarn
n his essay The Pleasures of Eating, Wendell Berry, a Kentucky farmer and poet, writes: “If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.” He, like a growing number of conscious eaters, wants no part of the industrial meat system in which animals are raised in concentrated animal feeding operations. Media coverage has helped educate consumers previously unaware of how their food is produced and why it matters. The documentary film Food Inc., as well as books like Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser and The Chain, by Ted Genoways, describe common livestock industry practices that mistreat animals, pollute water and air, endanger workers and threaten public health. With increased understanding of the connections between diet and health, climate, environment and social justice, even many Americans that still like the taste of hamburger and steak have sided with Berry; they want sustainably raised, humane and healthful red meat.
Unsustainable Corporate Lobby Every five years, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are revised to reflect the latest nutritional science. In 2015, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee attempted to include the concept of sustainability. The committee, which included top nutrition scientists, defined sustainable diets as “a pattern of eating that promotes health and well-being and provides food security for the present population while sustaining human and natural resources for future generations.” It made the case that a diet higher in plant-based foods and lower in animalbased foods both promotes health and protects the environment—resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions, and less energy, land and water use. But political pressure from the livestock industry prevailed, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell jointly announced, “We do not believe that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the appropriate vehicle for this important policy
conversation about sustainability.” Instead, they advised the committee to focus solely on nutritional and dietary information. In her book Food Politics, nutritionist and author Marion Nestle explains that recommendations to decrease consumption have never been popular with the food industry. Nonetheless, Roni Neff, Ph.D., who directs the Center for a Livable Future’s Food System Sustainability and Public Health Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, recommends consuming less red meat in particular, because of its large environmental footprint. Neff points out, “Thirty percent of greenhouse gas emissions are connected to red meat.” However, not all red meat is created equal. In her book Defending Beef, environmental lawyer and cattle rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman makes a case for sustainable meat production, noting, “Well-managed grazing could be part of an effective strategy to combat climate change.” In their book The New Livestock Farmer, authors Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Jim Dunlop praise the increase in farmers producing pastureraised, ethical meats and the growing number of farmers selling directly to people that reject the industrial system. Neff likewise supports such sustainable livestock agriculture, which integrates pasture-raised animals on farms, rather than isolating them on feedlots, where they typically eat a grain-based diet (such as genetically engineered corn) and receive growth stimulants, including hormones and antibiotics.
Risky Hormones and Antibiotics Mike Callicrate, a St. Francis, Kansas, rancher educated in the industrial model of meat production, is considered an expert on its negative consequences. He served as an advisor for Food Inc., and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Callicrate observes, “The same chemical compounds that athletes are banned from
Because climate change is accelerating and is already causing a multitude of adverse effects, and the footprint of our current food system is massive, we urgently need to create a national food supply that is both healthy and sustainable.
Veterinarian and food safety consultant Gail Hansen, of Washington, D.C., explains that bacteria naturally develop resistance anytime we use antibiotics. “The problem is overuse and misuse; that’s the recipe for disaster.” She explains that more than 70 percent of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are not used to treat sick animals, but to promote growth and reduce the risk of infection related to raising animals in unsanitary, overcrowded spaces. A recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states: Adding antibiotics to the feed of healthy livestock “often leave the drugs ineffective when they are needed to ~Dr. Walter Willett, Harvard treat infections in people.” School of Public Health The AAP supports buying meat from organic farms, because organic using in baseball are used to produce farming rules prohibit the nonour food animals, which our children therapeutic use of antibiotics. Stacia eat in the hot dogs at the ballgame.” Clinton, a registered dietitian in BosAccording to the USDA, about ton who works with the international 90 percent of feedlot cattle receive nonprofit Health Care Without Harm, hormone implants to promote growth. assists hospitals in both reducing Yet the European Union Scientific meat on their menus and increasCommittee on Veterinary Measures ing purchases of meat from animals Relating to Public Health reports that raised without antibiotics. The goal the use of natural and artificial growth is to reduce the growing number of hormones in beef production poses a antibiotic-resistant infections that cost potential risk to human health, espehospitals and patients billions of cially among children. dollars each year. Concerns about growth-promotA Friends of the Earth report, ing drugs led the American Academy Chain Reaction: How Top Restaurants of Pediatrics to call for studies that Rate on Reducing Use of Antibiotics in direct-ly measure their impact on Their Meat Supply, revealed that most children through milk and meat. The meat served by American’s top chain President’s Cancer Panel Report on restaurants come from animals raised Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk in industrial facilities where they are also states, “Growth hormones may fed antibiotics. Only two out of 25 contribute to endocrine disruption in chains, Chipotle Mexican Grill and humans.” Their dietary recommendaPanera Bread, report that the majority tions include choosing meat raised of their meat is raised without routine without hormones and antibiotics. antibiotics. A recent study by Consumers Union also found antibiotic-resisRising Resistance tant bacteria on retail meat samples nationwide. Antibiotic resistance is now one of In California, Governor Jerry the world’s most critical public health Brown signed Senate Bill 27, makproblems, and it’s related to misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. Ac- ing his the first state to ban the use cording to the U.S. Centers for Disease of routine low doses of antimicrobial Control and Prevention, “Antibiotic re- drugs that are medically important to sistance—when bacteria don’t respond humans to promote livestock weight gain or feed efficiency. The bill doesn’t to the drugs designed to kill them— threatens to return us to the time when go into effect until January 2018, but will contribute to making meat safer simple infections were often fatal.”
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and antibiotic drugs more effective.
Red and Processed Meats Targeted Dietary advice to reduce the consumption of red and processed meats, regardless of how the animals are raised, is not new. Kelay Trentham, a registered dietitian in Tacoma, Washington, who specializes in cancer prevention and treatment, points out that joint reports from the World Cancer Research Fund International and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) since 2007 have recommended restricting consumption of red meat to less than 18 ounces a week and avoiding processed meats. In 2015, the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified processed meat (like hot dogs, ham, sausages, corned beef and beef jerky) as “carcinogenic to humans” and red meat (beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse and goat) as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Risk increases with amount consumed, and the evidence is strongest for the relation of processed meats to colorectal cancer. Trentham explains some factors that make red and processed meats risky. “Heating or smoking meat creates cancer-causing compounds. Processed meats contain salts, nitrates and nitrites; a chemical mélange of preservatives that can increase risk,” she says. Trentham and Karen Collins, a registered dietitian and advisor to the AICR, concur that the form of iron found in meat also contributes to cancer risk. Still, the IARC report recognizes, “Eating meat has known health benefits.” Meat is a rich source of protein and B vitamins, iron and zinc. Livestock feed further influences nutritional composition, with meat from cattle raised on pasture (grass) containing higher levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids compared to meat from animals fed grain. According to medical doctor and National Institutes of Health researcher Captain Joseph Hibbeln, consuming fewer omega-6 fatty acids and more omega-3s may be one of the most important
dietary changes for cutting the risk of chronic diseases, reducing inflammation, improving mental health, enhancing children’s brain and eye development and reducing worldwide incidence of cardiovascular disease by 40 percent. When it comes to eating meat, the agricultural practices, quantity consumed, and methods of processing and cooking make a difference. It turns out that what’s good for the environment is good for animals and people, too.
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Select grass-fed and grass-finished meats. Look for the nonprofit American Grassfed Association (AGA) certification, which ensures animals eat only grass and forage from the time of their weaning until harvest, and are raised without antibiotics or hormones (AmericanGrassfed.org). AGA standards apply to ruminant animals only: beef, bison, goat, lamb and sheep. Support Country of Origin Labeling. This mandates that retail cuts of meat must contain a label informing consumers of its source. The U.S. meat industry has worked to stop such labeling. Beware of misleading labels. “Natural” provides no legal assurance about how an animal was raised. “Vegetarian feed” may mean GMO corn and/or soy. (See Greener Choices.org.) Buy directly from family livestock farmers. Check out sites like LocalHarvest.org and Tinyurl.com/FarmersMarketsDirectory. Pay attention to portions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture serving size weighs three ounces, about the same size as a deck of cards. Think of meat as a side dish and balance the rest of the plate with vegetables, leafy greens, beans and other legumes.
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Taste the Rainbow, Expand Your Palate with New Colorful Veggies by Judith Fertig
mericans’ vegetable habits are in a rut. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 percent of the vegetables and legumes available in this country in 2013 were either tomatoes or potatoes. Lettuce came in third, according to new data released in 2015, advises Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating. Further, 87 percent of U.S. adults did not meet basic vegetable serving recommendations from 2007 through 2010, a fact cited in the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. Yet, urban supermarkets overflow with a wealth of common and exotic vegetables, often displayed side-by-side: broccoli and broccolini, green bell and Japanese shishito peppers, and iceberg lettuce and leafy mâche, or lamb’s lettuce. Trying one new vegetable dish a week is a great way to increase our vegetable literacy,
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says functional medicine expert Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Our diet should be 60 percent produce—40 percent vegetables and 20 percent fruit,” she says. “To keep this sustainable for the long term, we should eat what tastes good, not what we think is good for us. Some days, we crave the sweetness of carrots; other days, the bitterness of artichokes or the heat of hot peppers. Our bodies can tell us what we need.”
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Going Green. Dark green and slightly peppery arugula is good with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Finely shredded Brussels sprouts bulk up a mixed salad, while adding the benefits of a cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetable. Instead of mineral-rich baby spinach, try baby Swiss chard, suggests Matthew Kadey, a registered dietician in Waterloo, Ontario. He also suggests microgreens, the tiny shoots of radishes, cabbage, broccoli and kale, all rich in vitamins C and E. Squash It. Varieties of summer and winter squash add color, body NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com
and flavor to one-dish meals, with the added benefits of B vitamins, magnesium and fiber. LeAnne Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study Cookbook, simmers a mix of fresh chopped vegetables including yellow summer squash or zucchini, and flavors with coconut and curry powder. Vegan Chef Douglas McNish, of Toronto, makes an okra and squash gumbo in the slow cooker. Sneak in a Smoothie. Change up a smoothie routine by swapping out the usual baby spinach for a blend of cucumber, apple and fresh mint, or else sweet potato and carrot, suggests Sidney Fry, a registered dietitian and Cooking Light editor, in Birmingham, Alabama. Snack Attack. An array of colorful vegetables served with dips and spreads can be an easy way to experiment with veggies. Carrots in deep red, vibrant yellow, purple and orange are delicious raw and supply beta-carotene, promoting eye health. Leaves from pale green Belgian endive spears are tender and crunchy. Orange or “cheddar” cauliflower has a more creamy and sweet flavor than its pale cousin. “Colors equal health, and the more colors we eat, the better our overall health,” says Susan Bowerman, a registered dietitian, lecturer in food science and nutrition at California State Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, and co-author of What Color Is Your Diet? “We also have to be willing to try new foods or new varieties of foods, or maybe to prepare unfamiliar foods in a way that will make them taste good, so that we will be willing to add more plant foods to our diet.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle. blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.
Santa Fe Farmers’ Market The Many Benefits of Shopping Here
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rom savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are many reasons to shop at farmers’ markets. Locally grown food tastes and looks better, and is better for you. The crops are picked at their peak and farmstead products like cheeses are hand-crafted for best flavor. Much of the food you find in chain grocery stores is highly processed and often grown with pesticides, hormones and antibiotics. Some have even been irradiated or coated in wax. Because this food is processed many weeks before it is purchased, it loses a lot of the nutrients. University of California studies show that vegetables can lose 15 to 90 percent of nutrients within one week after harvest. Food sold at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market ripens fully in the field and is picked the week it is sold—many vendors harvest the day before Market! All of the Market products are the freshest and tastiest available, whether it be fruits and vegetables, breads, or meats and dairy. Not only does produce at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market taste better, it lasts longer and has less of an impact on the environment. Most produce in chain grocery stores is picked at least 4 to 7 weeks before reaching the shelves, and it is shipped an average of 1,500 miles before being sold. And this only takes into account food produced in the U.S. The time and distance traveled is much greater for the foods imported from Central and South Americas, Asia and other places. All this shipping uses large amounts of natural resources (like oil and gas), creates trash with extra packaging, and contributes to the pollution of land, water and air. Consumers even need to be aware of the "Buy Local" labels used at chain health food stores as they consider "local" within 400 miles. The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market features vendors from the northern 15 counties; their food is "Truly Local" because it travels an average of 50 miles to be sold. In addition to the health and environmental benefits, shopping at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market is a huge benefit to the local economy. For every dollar spent at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market, three times as much is reinvested into your community
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than a dollar spent at a chain grocery store. By contrast, 84 cents of every dollar spent at a chain grocery store goes to diesel, storage, processing and shipping costs. Money that could stay in your community is diverted to corporations. Shopping at the Farmers' Market is a re-investment in your community. Food purchased at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market tastes better, is healthier, has less of an impact on the environment, and supports the local economy. But how does shopping at the Farmers' Market benefit your wallet? When you purchase a box of lettuce at a chain grocery store, it can often wilt and become slimy within days of purchase. This is one contributing factor to why nearly 40 percent of food sold in the U.S. is thrown out, either by the producer, the seller, or the customer. Greens purchased at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market can last for weeks. Not only is it fresher and tastier, you are less likely to throw it out. Also, if funds are limited and you rely on SNAP to purchase your food, then you can participate in the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Institute's "Double Up Food Bucks" program. The Institute will match up to $50 of your food stamp dollars, giving you tokens to be spent at the Farmers' Market. This effectively halves the cost of the locally-sourced food and increases the amount of nutritious food that reaches people's plates. Last year alone the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Institute processed almost 4,000 transactions through this valuable match program. New Mexico agricultural producers work tirelessly to provide northern New Mexico with minimally processed, seasonal food. Be more healthful, reduce your carbon footprint, and get in touch with Mother Nature's seasonal cycles. The Santa Fe Farmers' Market is a community hub—a place to meet up with friends, bring your children, and get to know the neighbors who grow your food. So, why will you shop at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market? Will it be for the fresher, tastier food or to help the environment? Whatever your reason, it has far-reaching positive effects on this community. The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market in the Railyard is located at 1607 Paseo de Peralta. For more information visit SantaFeFarmersMarket.com.
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Developing Gardens Instead of Golf Courses Agrihoods Use On-Site Farms to Draw Residents by April Thompson
or thousands of homeowners in “agrihoods” across the U.S., homegrown is a way of life. Planned developments incorporating neighborhood agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, according to Ed McMahon, a senior resident fellow specializing in sustainability with the Urban Land Institute. He estimates there are a few hundred agrihoods nationwide, in all regions and at all price points. “The trend is the convergence of several things, including a growing interest in local business, local food, healthy lifestyles and the foodie culture,” says McMahon. He adds, “Today’s developers have to differentiate their properties to survive, and farms have become the new golf course of real estate development.” Agriculture is a far lower-cost amenity that can even return a modest profit by selling its harvest to the community. Beyond food, agrihoods help grow community, a huge draw for those living in isolated suburban areas. In 2014, Abby and Michael Wheatfill moved their family to Agritopia, a planned community in Gilbert, Arizona, near Phoenix. Billed as an urban farm, the central feature of Agritopia’s 166 acres, knitting NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com
together commercial, agricultural and open space with 450 residential homes, is a working farm, with roving pigs, lambs and chickens, a citrus grove and rows of heirloom vegetables. Farm, family and community life are interwoven. The Wheatfills lease a plot in an on-site community garden. Other residents buy shares in the community supported agriculture project or purchase produce or eggs from the community farm on the honor system. “We especially love the narrow, tree-lined streets and wide porches, and that we can walk or bike to fun, locally sourced restaurants,” says Michael, a technology consultant. Private backyards are small in favor of community space, nudging residents to meet each other, Abby says. The Cannery, in Davis, California, is one of the newest agrihoods and also one of the few that redeveloped an industrial tract. This 100-acre development, still under construction, will feature 547 new homes on the former site of a tomato processing facility, in addition to affordable rentals for lowincome families. Its heart and soul is a working farm that will feed the community’s households and supply its
restaurants. The Cannery is a pioneer in clean green energy, with solar-powered homes, connections for electric cars, and many other energy-conserving features. Thirsty homeowner lawns are prohibited in most of The Cannery’s mini-neighborhoods, but no home is more than 300 feet from public green space. Samrina and Mylon Marshall, both physicians in their mid-50s, will be among the first residents to move in this spring. “We like that it’s a green energy community featuring multigenerational living. We’re also big on eating locally and seasonally, so the urban farm was a key draw,” says Mylon. North Atlanta family Gil and Jeny Mathis and their two daughters, 12 and 14 years old, discovered Serenbe, a planned community in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, two years ago. Now it’s literally their second home. “It provides a different life for our children on weekends they couldn’t otherwise have. The community aspect has penetrated our lives in a way that we couldn’t have predicted,” says Gil. Both girls love it, and the younger sibling is lobbying to relocate there full time. The family likes the people Serenbe draws and the opportunities to engage with them, the consistent access to natural and organic food and its artist-in-residence program. Serenbe was the inspiration for the Olivette Riverside Community and Farm, a 346-acre, back-to-the-land project near Asheville, North Carolina. Its owners are transforming a failed high-end gated community and adjacent historic farm along the French Broad River into an agri-centered development featuring a blueberry orchard, community gardens, vegetable farm and greenhouse. “It’s vital that we re-localize our food supply,” says Olivette co-owner Tama Dickerson. “One of the first things we did was to incorporate this farm and see what areas we could preserve, because what you keep is just as important as what you develop.” Future plans include hiking trails, artist livework spaces, tiny houses, little free libraries and a K-8 school. Agrihoods aren’t solely for agriburbs. Creative public housing developers are bringing agriculture to high-density neighborhoods. The smoke-free Healthy High-Rise Arbor House, a 124-unit, low-income apartment in the Bronx, in New York City, features a 10,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse and a living lobby wall that grows organic vegetables for the community year-round. Residents can obtain a discounted share from the farm using SNAP benefits (food stamps) and take free classes in cooking fresh. Arbor House also allocates 40 percent of its rooftop crop harvests for the larger community. Agrihoods can take many forms, including those involving gardens cropping up in schools, parks and hospitals nationwide, as well as informal, guerilla gardens in vacant lots. Many cities, including Falls Church, Virginia, and Takoma Park, Maryland, have even changed local zoning laws so residents can keep chickens and bees in their backyards for eggs and honey, according to McMahon. “The era of the 2,000-mile Caesar salad has come to an end,” says McMahon, citing high transportation costs that make locally sourced food good for businesses and consumers alike. “The trend of growing food closer to home—in some cases at home—is here to stay.”
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The Eyes Tell Our Story
How Integrative Doctors See Into Whole-Body Health by Linda Sechrist
muscle flexibility and support circulation for better delivery of oxygen, essential nutrients and the flow of energy to the eyes,” says Grossman. He notes that “Aerobic Exercise Protects Retinal Function and Structure from Light-Induced Retinal Degeneration,” a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2014, was the first of its kind to link physical exercise with improved retinal health and prevention of common eye diseases. While Kondrot emphasizes that vitamins A, C, D and E are essential to eye health, particularly in preventing macular degeneration, he cautions that taking a supplement is no substitute for expanding the diet to include foods such as kale, spinach, parsley, collard greens, cooked broccoli, green peas, pumpkin and Brussels sprouts. All include lutein and zeaxanthin, two types of important carotenoids contained within the retina and found in the leaves of most green plants. Digestive enzymes, probiotics and the amino acid betaine are also necessary to facilitate better absorption of nutrients. Dr. Connie Casebolt, board certified in family medicine and founder of GFM Wellness, in Greenville, South Carolina, practices with a whole body-mind perspective and incorporates supplements in patient disease prevention and wellness plans. “As the eye is bathed in the same chemicals and nutrients as the rest of the body, eye conditions can be affected by problems affecting the rest of the body,” she says. “Low adrenals can contribute to macular degeneration. Additionally, disruption of the energy flowing through acupuncture meridians related to teeth affected by root canals can also affect the eyes. “ She likes the book Whole Body Dentistry, by Mark Breiner, a doctor of dental surgery, because it includes numerous case histories of systemic illnesses, including eye disorders, that improve with better oral health. “Trying to sustain good health and avoiding toxins such as tobacco and excess sugar can definitely help in maintaining good vision,” explains Casebolt. Sensitive, complex and composed of more than 2 million working parts, the eyes are their own phenomenon. Annual eye exams are important at every age to help us do what’s needed to maintain our precious gift of sight.
o poets, the eyes have long been known as windows to the soul. Systemically trained ophthalmologists, optometrists and functional medicine doctors see these organs as a potential indicator of high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related effects and nutritional deficiencies, as well as sites for potential glaucoma and macular degeneration. The connection between overall health and eye health is rarely addressed during conventional eye exams, which are based on standard protocols for prescribing eyeglasses, drugs or surgery. Conventionally trained optometrists and ophthalmologists, lacking education in nutrition and alternative approaches, treat the eyes as isolated organs. In contrast, systemically oriented, holistic eye experts treat them as integrated parts of the whole body. Eye doctors like Marc R. Grossman,doctor of optometry, a cofounder of Natural Eye Care, Inc., of New Paltz, New York, and Edward C. Kondrot, a medical doctor and founder of the Healing the Eye & Wellness Center, in Fort Myers, Florida, take such a preventive and integrative approach. They recommend good whole foods nutrition, supplemented with antioxidants and plant-based formulations of omega-6 and omega-3 oils, together with adequate sleep and exercise. Key complementary treatments can be effective in improving sight and reversing
some conditions. Grossman, also a licensed acupuncturist, explains in his book Greater Vision: A Comprehensive Program for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Clarity how he incorporates the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of vision into his philosophy of eye care. At Somers Eye Center, in Somers, New York, he uses a full range of mind-body therapies, combined with conventional methods to address dry eye syndrome, nearsightedness, farsightedness, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Kondrot, a leading board-certified homeopathic ophthalmologist, uses a slitlamp binocular microscope to examine the complex living tissue of the eyes. The author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, he’s experienced in regeneration nutrition and maintains that our overall health impacts our vision. His toolbox includes multimodal protocols like homeopathy, detoxification, oxygen therapy, low-level microcurrent to stimulate cellular activity, palming (using the hands over closed eyes) and other alternative methods to reverse visual loss. He regularly uses the Myers’ cocktail, an intravenous therapy with a high concentration of B-complex and C vitamins, taurine (an amino sulfonic acid), trace minerals and zinc. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer “Regardless of your eye condition, for Natural Awakenings. Connect at regular eye exercises can increase eye ItsAllAboutWe.com.
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says. “Those standing or sitting all day at work may need it even more than athletes do to improve circulation and stimulate the nervous system.” While rollers can be administered to hamstrings and quadriceps by hand, he attests that the back is the most commonly targeted region, and suggests two corresponding maneuvers: Lie down with a foam roller under the neck at home. Gently roll it across to each shoulder blade, and then center it and roll it down to the buttocks; even to the hamstrings. Next, assume a squatting position against a wall and place a roller between the center of the back and the wall, gently rise up, and then sink down. It’s also possible do this at work in private. Baron and his colleagues believe that rollers are beneficial to use on the shoulders and arms of tennis players and baseball pitchers. “I like the metaphor of a chef rolling dough in the kitchen. With a similar motion, you’re kneading muscles and tendons, improving blood flow and circulation to sore areas,” he says. Jason Karp, Ph.D., the 2011 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Personal Trainer of the Year and creator of his company’s Run-Fit certification program, has seen the popularity of the devices on the rise with runners. “People like gadgets” that can help them, he notes. “Runners get tight from running, and rollers can help alleviate that tightness. I know a lot of runners that swear by them.” Karp, a California author of six books, including Running for Women and his upcoming The Inner Runner, feels that rollers are especially wellsuited for post-workout use. “The rollers are basically a form of self-myofascial release, which helps relax muscles by putting pressure on tight areas to cause the muscle to relax via its reflex to tension,” he explains. It looks like this universally applicable and simple fitness tool will keep on rolling through this year and beyond.
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gyms and fitness clubs.” The trend is partly spawned by their use in Pilates. Thompson adds, “Tech devices, now central to our daily lives, have changed the way we plan and manage our workouts.” Yet, as with other such equipment, users must be educated on how to employ the rollers on their own. Most rollers are available in smooth or ribbed textures in different sizes and densities. Sets include one for deep tissue rolling, self-myofascial release and trigger point relief, designed to aid muscles related to the back, hips, arms, glutes and hamstrings. Dr. Spencer H. Baron, president of NeuroSport Elite, in Davie, Florida, was the 2010 National Sports Chiropractor of the Year and served as a chiropractic physician for the Miami Dolphins football team for 19 years. He starts patients out with rollers during office appointments, especially those with sports injuries. Randy Kambic, in Estero, Florida, is a “It empowers them to take freelance editor and writer for Natural charge of their fitness,” he Awakenings and other magazines.
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hree million cats end up in shelters every year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Owners cite landlord restrictions or allergies in the family as leading reasons. Often, the animal is blamed for an easily fixed behavior problem; the Wake County Animal Center, in Raleigh, North Carolina, interprets rationales such as, “Kitty has a sensitive stomach [throws up] or pees under the bed [likely a urinary tract infection].” “I prefer to call such things issues, not problems. They’re often evidence of natural instincts that need to be redirected,” says Anne Moss, owner of TheCatSite.com, from Tel Aviv, Israel. “A vet visit will rule out physical concerns so you can move on to behavioral issues.” Once a cat’s adapted to living with humans, life becomes more pleasant for everyone. Cats can be trained. Dallas cat owner Bettina Bennett of WhichBoxMedia.com advises, “Start early, attach rewards and be consistent. Our four cats don’t scratch the furniture, come when called and know when it’s bedtime.” Clicker training works well, adds Becky Morrow, a doctor of veterinarian medicine who teaches at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh. “I have 13 cats living in my home and a sanctuary housing 65 more. They’ve learned to walk on a leash and obey commands.” Dr. Jeff Werber, a Los Angeles veterinarian, has found that scratch-
Fifteen minutes of play will tire a pet. Let him calm down and then feed him. A full cat is a sleepy cat.” Some cats nibble, while others gulp food and then throw up. The recommended antidote is to feed smaller amounts several times a day. Cats should eat both dry and wet food to get carbohydrates and meat, Werber advises. Throwing up can be a sign of hairballs, even if unseen. Put the cat on a natural hairball remedy once a day for four days, then two times a week, until the vomiting stops. A touch of non-petroleum jelly on the cat’s nose or a bit of fish oil or pumpkin in her food will work. When cats ignore the litter box, note what’s changed—the type of litter, location of the box, a lurking stray cat or the pet’s health. Arthritic cats find it hard to climb into a tallsided box. Felines feel vulnerable ing furniture, biting people, nocturnal when using the box, and like to know activity, throwing up and ignoring the what’s around them—a lidless box litter box are the five most common complaints. Scratching lets Kitty leave makes them feel safer says Werber. The rule is to have one more litter her scent, stretch and shed old claws. box than there are cats. If the house is He suggests, “Get a scratching post, more than one story tall, food, water, but don’t put it in an-out-of-the-way location. Cats like to be where we are. beds and litter should be available on every level. Start with it in the center of the room “All cats should be kept indoors, and gradually move it to the corner.” microchipped and wearing a colorful Measure how tall a cat is when collar and tags,” says Werber. Colors standing on her hind legs with front give birds fair warning if a cat ever goes legs fully extended. Get a post that outside. is half again as tall so she can really With time and attention, any cat stretch. Gently rub her paws on the can become an active, well-behaved post first, and then dab on a bit of catfamily member. nip as added enticement. Cats don’t like unfamiliar textures, so avoidance Connect with training tools can include laying aluminum foil or backing-side-up carpet Sandra Murphy runners over furniture arms and cush- at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ ions plus double-sided sticky tape at mindspring.com. the corners to preserve upholstery. When humans become a target for a cat’s pounces, use toys as decoys. A short play session will satisfy their desire to hunt. Leave curtains open so she can see outside, clear shelves for climbing and have a cat tree or window shelf for optimum viewing. A nearby bird feeder will hold a feline’s attention for hours. Werber advises, “For undisturbed household sleep, get the cat toys out about an hour before your bedtime.
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9 TurtleWomyn’s Moon Lodge – 6:30-9:30pm. Open to new comers and advanced practitioners of women’s ancient ways of ritualistic magic. Moon Lodge delivers an inspirational moment in an offbeat evening gathering every new moon. Bring your drums, rattles and come prepared to dance. Donation. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. TurtleWomyn.org/nm-moon-lodge.html.
Title: Energy Healing with Crystals – 1-3pm. Connect to your personal crystal or stone for healing purposes. The class is designed to demonstrate how crystals and stones affect a person’s state of mind and emotion to facilitate a healthier outlook, which in turn could affect their physical being. Fee: $35/person + a $5 materials fee. Mama’s Minerals, 800 20th St NW, Ste B, Albuquerque. Registration: MamasMinerals.com.
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Mandala Meditative Art: Session 1 – 3-5:30pm. First of 4 sessions. Learn simple techniques to create luminous meditative mandalas using white and colored pencils on black paper. No previous art experience needed. $200/series, materials provided. Santa Fe. Venue, register: 571-422-6734. ChiSuchinta.com/schedules/.
Opening Game Nm Stars Hosted By Osteostrong – 7pm. Join OsteoStrong as we present the NM Stars playing against Steel City Menace. Come out and watch exciting indoor football. Tickets $15. Santa Ana Star Center 505-891-7300 email@example.com. OsteoStrong.me or NMSTARTSIF.com.
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I Think I’m Gonna Scream: EFT-Tapping for Stress Relief & Other Issues – 9am-12:30pm. Tapping, a powerful healing method that releases and resolves mental, emotional and physical distresses quickly and easily, is an easy technique to use on yourself and has been proven effective at least 80% of the time. $75. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Albuquerque. RSVP, Michelle: 925-4551. UNMMG.org. Introductory Workshop: Creative Wings Studio – 10am-4pm. Longing for the return of your creative self? Reengage your creative passion and connect with your intuition. Skill and talent not required. Classes March 1st and 2nd. $45. Albuquerque. RSVP: 630-530-5697. CreativeWingsStudio.com. Access Bars Walk-In Clinic – 11am-3pm. Experience Access Consciousness Bars, the elegant life changing shortcut to clearing the mind, healing the body and achieving inner peace. $20/20 minutes. House of Chi, 3939 San Pedro NE, Ste C-4, Albuquerque. 505-310-3764. Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. Regress to a past life where you will discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit you and other people in your life today. Group session. $40. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555.
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Anger: Taming the Tiger – 9am-4pm. From a mindfulness-based orientation, explore the complex physical, psychological, and emotional anatomy of anger; where it comes from, what it is, how we express it, and what we can do about it. Through lecture, discussion, handouts and role-playing, develop a language and toolkit for owning and resolving anger. $165. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Albuquerque. RSVP, Michelle: 925-4551. UNMMG.org.
Well Woman Drinks in Santa Fe and Albuquerque – 5:30-7:30pm. 3rd Wed of the month. A supportive social gathering to share challenges and successes as women leaders, entrepreneurs and executives. Our March theme is “nourish”. Spend an evening together reflecting, connecting and leave feeling empowered and rejuvenated! Hosted by Giovanna Rossi of the Well Woman Show on KUNM 89.9fm. Incl. appetizers and a speaker. Info, tickets: WellWomanLife.com/drinks.
THURSDAY, MARCH 17 Die Wise: Making Meaning of the Ending of Days – 7-9pm. Book reading/signing. Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul is Stephen Jenkinson’s new book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. Published by North Atlantic Books. First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, 3701 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Finding the Hidden Gift in Disorientation: When Dilemmas Lead to Insight – 6:30pm. Can we befriend disorientation as an opportunity for learning and transformation? Join us for this Evening of Exploration to uncover what we can learn about ourselves when life seems chaotic. FREE. The Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd., Santa Fe. 505-995-1860. Please register online at ALoveOfLearning.org.
FRIDAY, MARCH 18 Sound Meditation – 6-7pm. Connect deeply with your own inner sanctuary as the sounds of bells, bowls, chimes and gong uplift your spirit. Bring a mat or blanket to be comfortable laying down for this relaxing hour of bathing in sacred sound. $10. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org. A Pure Heart: Vajrasattva Empowerment – 7-9pm. It is possible to remove obstacles and negativities which obstruct our happiness with the help of Buddhist purification practices. Domo Geshe Rinpoche will bestow the Vajrasattva, Buddha of Purification, empowerment. $35. White Conch Dharma Center, 2304 Brother Abedon Way, Santa Fe. 262-370-5974. White-Conch.org. Griefwalker: Film Screening/Q&A – 7-9:30pm. With Stephen Jenkinson, author of Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, a book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. LTC Auditorium and LTC Auditorium Lobby Host, Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), 83 A Van Nu Po, Santa Fe. Tickets: OrphanWisdom.com/events.
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Santa Fe Breathes – 10am-12pm. Reconnect your body, mind and spirit. In this small group session, experience conscious deep breathing. Release stress and rejuvenate. Some say it is the most powerful work they have experienced. Bring two blankets. $20. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org. Die Wise Teaching: Making Meaning of the Ending of Days – 10am-3:30pm. With Stephen Jenkinson – “If you love somebody, if you care about the world that’s to come after you, and if you want somebody to be spared the lunacy of what you’ve seen - you’ve got to die wise.” LTC Auditorium and LTC Auditorium Lobby Host, Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), 83 A Van Nu Po, Santa Fe. Tickets: OrphanWisdom.com/events. Eliminate Toxicity in the Mind Stream – 10am5pm. Remove what obstructs our ability to see this world through purification practice. If we cannot clear obstacles on our own, we can ask someone with clarity to help us. Come to this program and find your purity of heart. $60. White Conch Dharma Center, 2304 Brother Abedon Way, Santa Fe. 262-370-5974. White-Conch.org. Zyto Compass Scanning Event – 1-2:30pm. Receive a bio-survey scan to help explore which essential oils may help you achieve optimum health. Free. Empowering Energy Medicine, 1420 Carlisle Blvd NE, #105, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505310-1790. Channel: Grandmother Naylin Lage – 6-7pm. Join internationally acclaimed Native American evolutionist and author Maria Yraceburu for Naylin Lage and the Remembrance, an extraordinary channel inspired by the cyclic time of Rainbow Serpent Prophecies. Free online presentation. MariaYraceburu.com/channel.html.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20 Creating Merit in the Mind Stream – 10am12pm. Learn to accumulate merit in daily life and create good karma through our ordinary actions. Domo Geshe Rinpoche will discuss how we establish karma for the unencumbered state. Join to bring benefit to all. $15. White Conch Dharma Center, 2304 Brother Abedon Way, Santa Fe. 262370-5974. White-Conch.org. Essential Oils 101 – 2-3:30pm. Learn how to incorporate pure, therapeutic grade essential oils into your natural health regimen. Free. Empowering Energy Medicine, 1420 Carlisle Blvd NE, #105, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-310-1790.
Spring Equinox Gong Bath & Sand Mandala – 4:30-7:30pm. Community celebration of spring with gong master Heidi Svoboda, and meditative mandala facilitator Suchinta Abhayaratna. Bring mats, blankets & pillows for relaxation. $40. Santa Fe. Venue, register by Mar 19: 571-422-6734. ChiSuchinta.com/schedules/. HeartFires 4 Peace – 6:30-9:30pm. Experience spring equinox, the oldest ritual known. Open yourself to this rite of power, renewal and transformation. Enjoy drumming, chanting, energy balancing and the fire healing techniques. Bring drums, rattles & come prepared to dance. Cancelled if snow. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. Yraceburu.org/fire-ceremony.html.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 What is Access Consciousness – 6:30-8pm. Join us for an evening discussion on Access Consciousness and learn a few tools to create new possibilities in your life right now. $15. House of Chi, 3939 San Pedro NE, Ste C-4, Albuquerque. 505-310-3764. HeartFires 4 Peace – 6:30-9:30pm. Experience spring equinox, the oldest ritual known. Open yourself to this rite of power, renewal and transformation. Enjoy drumming, chanting, energy balancing and the fire healing techniques. Bring drums, rattles & come prepared to dance. Cancelled if snow. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. Yraceburu.org/fire-ceremony.html. Is Your Cell Phone Making You Sick – 6-7:30pm. Wi-Fi technology is here to stay. Learn about patented products that help neutralize the effects and simple ways to decrease exposure. Free. La Montanita Co-op, Community Rm, 913 W Alameda, Santa Fe. Jennifer: 505-780-8283.
planahead SATURDAY, MARCH 26 Beauty in the Other Colors – A survivorship celebration that includes educational seminars, luncheon and a silent auction benefiting the Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project. $50. Hotel Albuquerque. 800 Rio Grande NW, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-610-9300. TheGCAP.org.
PLAN AHEAD THURSDAY, APRIL 7 - MAY 5 Psychic Development Class – 10am-12pm; 7pm-9pm. 5 week course to explore our abilities as energy healers. Receive information from your Higher Aspects connected to Source. Meet your Guides, Totems, and Elementals. Drawing from different traditions and techniques we will exercise our natural abilities as Psychic Beings. Fee: $150. firstname.lastname@example.org. 3620 Wyoming Blvd. NE Ste 211, Albuquerque. WithinLightEnergyTherapies.com.
SATURDAY/SUNDAY, APRIL 9/10 Healing Touch Level 1 Class – 8am-6pm both days. Learn about the energy field, techniques and meditations to encourage movement of the energy, healing ourselves and others; works in conjunction with traditional medicine. Beginner to advance welcome. 16 CE’s Nurses & Massage Therapists. $325/before March 25, $365/after. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Ave NE, Albuquerque. RSVP, Barbara Welcer: 248-882-1706.
FRIDAY, APRIL 29 Magnificent Garage Sale –Apr 29, 30. 7:30am2pm. The event benefs the Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project. 9601 Wilshire Ave NE, Albuquerque. Donate: 505-610-9300. TheGCAP.org.
SATURDAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 30 - MAY 5 GentleBirth Childbirth Preparation Workshop – 1pm-6pm, Sat; 9am-3pm, Sun. GentleBirth offers parents easy to learn ‘brain training’ and comfort techniques for pregnancy, labor and beyond. The workshop combines mindfulness training, sports psychology, medical hypnosis and valuable information that will help you navigate through your options within any local birth setting. Walk away with a toolkit of physical & emotional comfort strategies to stay calm during and after your baby’s arrival. Admission $375. Contact Teresa Jones at 505-306-8688. Albuquerque Birth Network, 123 Wellesley Dr NE, Albuquerque. GentleBirth.com/ workshops.
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sunday Lightworkers Teleconference – 3rd Sun. Ascended masters offer up-to-the-minute status on humanity’s upliftment, share the teachings of the Higher Realms, and happily answer questions. For teleconference event details, Rev Hilary: 505-7951943. Rev.Hilary@OakRose.net. Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. Online, live streaming & archiving. 505-466-2616. TransitionsRadio.com. Qigong in the Park – 11am-12pm. With certified instructor Loretta Shiver; Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Robinson Park, 8th & Central, downtown Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. QigongInThePark.com.
monday Joyful Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. It’s all about supporting you to relax into and experience the being you are. Feel renewed in body, mind, and spirit. With Ruby Renshaw. $10. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org. Messages from Spirit – 6-7:30pm. 1st Mon. This group will involve different ways to connect with spirit, including guided meditation, channeled messages, tarot, oracle cards and mediumship. The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505321-4121. DanelleBecklund@yahoo.com. Evening Pilates Mat Class – 6-7pm. Mo/We/Fri. A new group of mat classes, all levels welcome. $90/10 class pass (11th class is free). Pilates Santa Fe, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505995-9700. Nova Earth Master Classes: Universal/Divine Law – Jan4-Apr11. 6-9pm. Bi-weekly. Master-level classes designed to assist you in understanding and using God’s Law in a practical and useful way. Led by ascended master Serapis Bey. $520, $65 per class; 10% discount with full tuition at registration. For event details, Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943. Rev. Hilary@OakRose.net.
tuesday Awareness Through Movement – Mar 1-22. 12:30-1:30pm or 6-7pm. Fine tune your ability to listen and pay attention to the way you move. Improve comfort, flexibility, posture and overall performance. Dress in comfortable clothing; bring a yoga mat or blanket. $50/series, $15/drop-in. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Albuquerque. RSVP, Michelle: 925-4551. UNMMG.org. Tai Chi/Chi Gung – Mar 29-May3. 5:45-7:00pm. This form of Tai Chi/Chi Gung, combining the breathing discipline of Chi Gung and the movements of Tai Chi, is designed so students new to Tai Chi can achieve a satisfying level of competence in a short period of time. The practice promotes healthy circulation, balance, flexibility and physical confidence. $80/series/ $15/drop in. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Albuquerque. RSVP, Michelle: 925-4551. UNMMG.org. Inner Wisdom: Women’s Group – Feb 2-Mar 8. 6-8pm. Through meditation and art practices, discover and connect more deeply with yourself. Facilitated by Bethany Moore-Garrison, art therapy/counseling intern. $5. Tierra Nueva Counseling Center/Southwestern College. RSVP: 505-471-8575. Mindfulness and Life Skills – Feb 9-Apr 26. 6:30– 8:30pm. Change unhealthy coping strategies and use healthy breathing and meditation techniques to
calm the mind. Class is experiential, interactive and supportive. $300, $25/early registration discount. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org. Pilates Reformer Class – 6-7pm. Tue &Thu. A new group of reformer classes, all levels welcome. $180/10 class pass (11th class is free). Pilates Santa Fe, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-995-9700.
wednesday Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, an intuitive, life coach, medium and animal communicator offers practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and one’s pets. By phone or in person. Appt/info: 505-466-3764. ConsultGalaya.com. Meditation Class – Starts Mar 2. 10am-12pm & 7-9pm. Courses focus on breath, and being in the now. Using visualization, crystals and tones, play with expanding your energy fields, cleaning chakras, releasing stress and finding peace. $150 each time session. WithIn Light Energy Therapies & Insight, 3620 Wyoming Blvd NE, Ste 211, Albuquerque. WithInLightEnergyTherapies.com. Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am12pm. Taoist, yogic & shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breath work and meditation. $12, free/first class. Blue Moon Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-984-8733. AllisonLasky.com. Meditation and Healing Class – Mar 2-Apr 6. 6:30–8:30pm. Meditate for enhanced clarity on your path with simple-to-use visualization. Develop your intuition as you learn to let go of what doesn’t serve you. $150. Center for Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org. Meditations – 6-7pm. This meditation circle is ongoing. Free. The OakRose Academy of Light, 109 Michelle Dr, Santa Fe. Contact Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943. Rev.Hilary@OakRose.net.
thursday Psychic Development Class – Starts Mar 2. 10am12pm & 7-9pm. Explore your abilities as an energy healer. Work on meeting to your guides, totems, and elementals allied with you. Drawing from different traditions and techniques, exercise your natural abilities as a psychic being. $150 each time session. WithIn Light Energy Therapies & Insight, 3620 Wyoming Blvd NE, Ste 211, Albuquerque. WithInLightEnergyTherapies.com. Zen Meditation – Mar 3-17. 6-7:30pm. Zazen meditation is a practice integrated into the daily experience of life. Also practice kinhin, which is walking as an extension of Zazen. Share the experiences we practice as well as some readings of our teachers’ wisdom. $510. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Albuquerque. RSVP, Michelle: 925-4551. UNMMG.org.
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saturday tion – Starts April 2, 36 weeks. For those ready to answer the call to be sacred space holder on behalf of their own and others’ empowerment. Santa Fe (San Marcos Area). Details, Chantal Fidanza: 505438-1074. YourDivineLight.biz – Mar 5 thru Oct. For those ready to answer the call to be a sacred space holder on behalf of their own and others’ Journey Guide: 505-438-1074. Santa Fe County. YourDivineLight.biz. Qigong in the Park structor Loretta Shiver; Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Morningside and Hannett NE, Albu-
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