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e are excited to bring you this issue of Natural Awakenings, which is brimming with insights and information both in the print edition and

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Discover how food scraps no longer play a supporting role in some kitchens these days.

Writer April Thompson shows how creative cooks are using peels, rinds, stems and more in Delicious Discards: Making Meals From Mainly Scraps—complete with tasty recipes.

With spring right around the corner, seasonal allergies may not be far behind.

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Five Strategies for Better Health

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When Allergies Put the Bite on Pets

21 THE PATH TO WEALTH How to Make a Dream Come True

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22 DELICIOUS DISCARDS Making Meals From Mainly Scraps

DEPARTMENTS 7 news briefs 8 event spotlight 8 health briefs 10 global briefs 11 action alert 12 fit body 19 business spotlight 20 natural pet 21 inspiration


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airy Dust Crystals & Such, celebrating their three-year anniversary, is much more than a metaphysical shop; it is a spiritual growth center. Renowned author Nicholas Pearson will conduct a workshop, Stones of the Goddess: Crystals for the Divine Feminine, and book signing event from 2 to 4 p.m., March 9. Pearson has been immersed in all aspects of the mineral kingdom for more than 20 years. He began teaching crystal workshops in high school, and later studied mineral science at Stetson University while pursuing a degree in music. He worked for several years at the Gillespie Museum, home to the largest mineral collection in the southern U.S. A certified teacher and practitioner of usui reiki ryoho, he teaches crystal and reiki classes throughout the country. “Our goal is for everyone to leave better than they came in, whether it is spiritually or physically,” says owner Maritza Manresa. Location: 11781 SE Hwy. 441, Belleview. $35. To register, call 352-693-4592. For more information, visit See ad, page 8.

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he Florida Museum of Natural History loves the kiddies, but this spring will bring a host of adult-oriented events. Fieldwork Fails: A Live Storytelling Event ($15/students $10), will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., March 21. Visitors can enjoy the museum, as well as listen to live first-person storytelling from Guts & Glory GNV. To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death, Da Vinci After Dark ($35/$30 members) will be held from 7 to 10 p.m., March 28. Participants can try their hand in trivia, as well as try to recreate and improve some of Da Vinci’s famous designs. Preregister by March 24. SciArt meetups, offered in partnership with Santa Fe Art Gallery and Wayfaring Painter, will be held monthly. Each meetup includes brief presentations by a guest artist or scientist on the featured topic. The first meetup is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 24 Location: 3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville. For more information and registration, call 352-8462000 or visit

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he Strawberry Jam 5K will begin at 8 a.m., March 2, prior to the Habitat Strawberry Festival in Ocala to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Onsite registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The course is 100 percent asphalt, with water stations provided every mile-and-a-half and at the finish line. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 200 registered participants and custom finisher medals provided to the first 200 runners to cross the finish line. Awards will be given to both men and women from each age group. Winners will be announced and receive their medals on stage at the Habitat Strawberry Festival, located near the finish line. After the race, enjoy all the sights, sounds and taste that the Habitat Strawberry Festival has to offer. Location: 601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala Registration is $35 at jam5k; groups of 10 or more $25/each.

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he inaugural nonprofit Ocala Veg Fest is a free annual outdoor festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 24, at the Ocala Downtown Market, sponsored by aPlantBasedDiet. org. President Mike Young says, “It was founded to bring together like-minded individuals to educate and support those wanting to transition to a plant-based lifestyle. “Veganism is only followed by a small, but growing, population,” says Young. “We needed to reach a critical mass of local participants in order for our 100 percent vegan festival to be successful in the smaller market of Ocala. We feel that the pendulum has finally started to swing towards veganism in Ocala, and we’re excited to be a part of this movement locally in our very own hometown of the nonprofit!” They are headquartered in Silver Springs, and starting with one festival in 2018, now conduct the Ocala Veg Fest, SWFL Veg Fest, Fairfax Veg Fest and Mountain Veg Fest, as well as and other groups long the East Coast. Along with a board of directors and an all-volunteer staff there are 30 team members and hundreds volunteer that out on the festivals. “We exist to educate and serve the public and awaken folks to consider new and improved ideas that challenge the status quo,” says Young. “All of our events are a minimum of 100 percent vegan. Our ultimate goal is to help folks transition to a veganic, whole plant lifestyle to take control of their personal health. We make everything we do super fun!” Admission is free. Ocala Veg Fest is located at 3839 NE 174th Terr., in Silver Springs. For more information, visit See ad, back page.

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Meditation and Music Slow Cellular Aging Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss, according to a recent West Virginia University study. The 60 participants had subjective cognitive decline, including forgetting familiar names and losing objects, a condition that may be a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s. For 12 minutes a day, they either listened to instrumental classical music or did a kirtan kriya meditation involving chanting, visualization and finger poses. After three months, all subjects had increases in a key beta amyloid peptide protective from Alzheimer’s, as well as better memory, mood, sleep and quality of life, while the meditation group experienced significantly better improvements. Activity in two chromosomal markers of cellular aging—telomere length and telomerase activity—increased for both groups, especially among those that practiced more frequently or started with lower cognitive scores. The improved biomarkers were maintained or even strengthened three months after the study ended.

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Lemon Balm Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces LDL Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a soothing herb from the mint family, can significantly improve the condition of patients with chronic stable angina, reports a recent study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Researchers at Iran’s Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences tested 80 patients with the condition, which involves chest pain linked to a lack of blood flow to the heart. The patients were given three one-gram doses a day of lemon balm powder or a placebo. After two months, the patients given the lemon balm had significant reductions of “bad” low-density cholesterol (LDL), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and increased workout capacity, a measure of heart function.

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Vegetables and Orange Juice Protect Memory A Harvard study was conducted on the diets of nearly 28,000 male health professionals spanning two decades between their 50s and 70s and published by the American Academy of Neurology. It found those that drank orange juice and ate leafy greens, berries and dark orange and red vegetables suffered significantly less memory loss than others. Subjects reported every four years and were examined for both thinking and memory skills. Those that ate about six servings of vegetables a day were a third less likely to develop poor thinking skills than those consuming two servings; those that drank orange juice every day were half as likely to develop poor thinking skills as those drinking one serving per month. Men that ate larger amounts of fruits and vegetables 20 years earlier were less likely to develop similar problems, whether or not they kept eating larger amounts of fruits and vegetables later.

Herbs Make Worthy Prebiotics Ginger, black pepper and holy basil, mainstays in traditional medicines as anti-inflammatories, also contain significant prebiotic potential that could help gut health, report researchers from India’s National Institute of Nutrition, in Hyderabad. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) showed significantly higher prebiotic activity, especially of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, when compared to the well-known prebiotic fructooligosaccharide (FOS). Black pepper (Piper Nigrum) had prebiotic effects similar to FOS.

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Earth’s Extremities on the Edge The North Pole and South Pole each have unique, pristine environments, virtually untouched by civilization, but a pair of federal studies cast doubt upon their future status. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in a study based on satellite data, warned that ancient glaciers in West Antarctica, thought to be more stable than those to the east, are “waking up” and beginning to dump ice into the sea, which could further contribute to rising sea levels.

A second NOAA study reported that glaciers at the top of the world are also thawing, melting and breaking down. According to that document, the Arctic is undergoing a period of “record and near-record warmth, unlike any period on record.” Lead Arctic NOAA researcher Emily Osborne announced at a major geoscience conference, “The Arctic is experiencing the most unprecedented transition in human history.”

Liquid Fuel Stores Solar Energy

Solar power is cheap and plentiful, but there has been no way to store it efficiently. Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenberg, Sweden, are developing a liquid molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that when exposed to sunlight, rearranges the bonds between its atoms into an energized new isomer. In this way, energy from the sun is captured between the isomer’s strong chemical bonds and stays there even when the molecule cools down to room temperature. When the energy is needed, the fluid is drawn through a catalyst that returns the molecule to its original form, releasing energy as heat. “The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years,” says Chalmers University nanomaterials scientist Kasper Moth-Poulsen. “And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase, which is greater than we dared hope for.” The hope is that this warmth can be used for domestic heating systems, powering a building’s water heater, dishwasher, clothes dryer and more. The scientists claim the fluid can now hold 250 watt-hours of energy per kilogram, double the energy capacity of Tesla’s Powerwall batteries. Moth-Poulsen believes the technology could be available for commercial use within 10 years.

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A new project by Oskar Pernefeldt, a graduate student at Beckmans College of Design, in Stockholm, Sweden, has designed a new flag for the entire planet to be used worldwide in a move toward unity. Its minimalist design shows seven rings intertwined on a deep, sea-blue background, forming a flower in the middle. Simple and contemporary, the flag evokes the Earth’s natural beauty. “The blue field represents water, which is essential for life,” writes Pernefeldt. “The flower’s outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet, and the blue surface could represent the universe.” The flag has yet to be adopted by any official government agencies. 10

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Bionic Leaf 2.0, a new, artificial photosynthesis system developed by a team headed by Harvard University scientists, takes in carbon dioxide, water and sunshine to create a sugary fuel. Solar energy splits up a water molecule, and bacteria turn hydrogen and carbon dioxide into liquid fuel, mainly isopropanol, which could be used someday to power a car. An improvement on their prior effort a year earlier, the new system has a catalyst made of cobalt and phosphorus, increasing the efficiency of the reaction to 10 percent. Normal photosynthesis in plants is just 1 percent efficient at converting solar energy to biomass. This technology has the potential to bring another type of solar energy to the planet, especially in the developing world.


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“Meditation-Induced Near-Death Experiences: a 3-Year Longitudinal Study,” published in Mindfulness, concludes that some Buddhist meditation practitioners can willfully induce near-death experiences (NDE). These profound psychological events typically occur in people close to actual or perceived death. The ability to willfully induce such experiences could help scientists better understand the phenomenon, which has been difficult to research. “The practice of using meditation to gain a better understanding of death is longstanding, particularly in Buddhism, where ancient texts exist to help spiritual practitioners prepare for or gain insight into the process of dying,” says study author William Van Gordon, of the University of Derby, in England. “Unlike regular near-death experiences, [12] participants were consciously aware of experiencing the meditation-induced NDE and retained control over its content and duration. Also, compared to regular forms of meditation, the meditation-induced NDE led to a five-fold increase in mystical experiences and a four-fold increase in feelings of non-attachment,” explains Van Gordon.

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Youth Climate Strike Coming to U.S. Demanding immediate action, students are taking part in climate strikes around the world, and on March 15, young activists in the U.S. will add their voices to the escalating #FridaysForFuture movement. It was bolstered in January by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, of Sweden, calling for the first global climate strike while attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Action in this country is being supported by such environmental groups as, Extinction Rebellion and the Sunrise Movement. Recent climate strikes have taken place throughout Europe, Australia and elsewhere. A rally in Brussels on January 31 drew approximately 35,000 people. Teen climate activist Jamie Margolin, the founder of This is Zero Hour, says that youth across the U.S. will “show our legislators that we need a ‘Green New Deal.’”

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A new, lightweight synthetic wood has been created that is as strong as wood, but without its traditional vulnerability to fire and water, as reported by Shu-Hong Yu, a materials chemist at the University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, and the author of a study published in Science Advances. It’s made of polymer resin and chitosan, a sugar polymer derived from the shells of shrimp and crabs. Adding human-made or natural fibers to the mix could also help. The new material does not require years to grow and repels water; samples soaked in water and a strong acid bath for 30 days scarcely weakened, while balsa wood lost two-thirds of its strength and 40 percent of its crush resistance. The new material is also difficult to ignite, and stopped burning when it was removed from the flame. Its porosity creates an air-trapping capacity that could make it suitable as an insulation for buildings, but eco-friendly alternatives to the polymer resins are needed to broaden interest in its utility.



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Exercise vs. Allergies All the Right Moves by Marlaina Donato


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Exercising regularly rope, treadmill routines, easonal allergies plague more than 26 creates a cumulative tennis and team sports million Americans, effect in the body, helps like volleyball or basketaccording to the Asthma ball seems to offer antispeed up metabolism and Allergy Foundation allergy benefits. Vitamin and improves immunity, C can also help. Researchof America, with numbers on the rise in recent ers from the Faculty of so you could find years. This is due in part Sports Science at Chuleven less allergies to a dramatic increase in alongkorn University, in occurring over time. Bangkok, Thailand, found the amount of airborne ~Stephanie Mansour, pollen, a possible byprodthat 70 percent of particiuct of climate change. pants that took a vitamin fitness expert Environmental and lifestyle C supplement and ran for stress, inadequate nutrition and weakened half an hour experienced decreased nasal immune systems are also factors, leaving congestion and sneezing. many feeling too miserable to engage in “Exercising regularly creates a cuphysical activities. mulative effect in the body, helps speed up Yet, research shows that exercise can metabolism and improves immunity, so you help ease allergy symptoms and lessen could find even less allergies occurring over severity. A survey of 2,000 allergy suffertime,” says Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert ers sponsored by the UK National Pollen and former allergy sufferer from Chicago. and Aerobiology Research Unit showed “I used to get allergy shots for a runny nose those that exercised the most had the and headaches during certain times of the mildest symptoms. year, but personally transformed my allergies through expanding my lungs and chest and More Exercise, balancing out my nervous system.” Less Discomfort The American Academy of OtolarBoosting heart rate through aerobic acyngic Allergy recommends gentler forms tivities such as running, walking, jumping of exercise, and cautions against vigorous

workouts such as Crossfit or long runs that can be counterproductive and exacerbate allergy flare-ups. Mansour recommends yoga, Pilates, walking or weight training—especially when congestion is a factor.


Try Some Yoga Mansour, a certified yoga instructor, attests to the benefits of the practice. To ease the symptoms of allergies, she recommends yoga both for its physical effects and its breath benefits. “Yoga can also help bring equilibrium to the nervous system and help the body relax. When the body is in a healthy balance and relaxed, it’s more effective at warding off things like infection or allergies.” Registered nurse and yoga instructor Kristin Brien, of New York City, concurs. “A yoga practice trains and strengthens the vagal nerve, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system— rest and digest mode—and turns off the inflammatory response,” Brien says. “When we are under chronic stress, our nervous systems react as though our bodies are under constant threat, thus making some of us more susceptible to hypersensitive reactions to offending seasonal antigens like pollen and ragweed.” Yoga practitioners across the board recommend inverted poses such as the plow, shoulder stand and downward facing dog to relieve allergy-related congestion. While yoga can be beneficial, inverted poses should be avoided by anyone with high blood pressure, glaucoma or retinal issues due to increased pressure in the blood vessels of the head, and some experts emphasize that allergy sufferers and asthmatics should avoid hot yoga and other demanding forms during flare-ups. A gentle approach goes a long way. Ideally, Brien recommends asanas that anyone can do, including legs up the wall, supported bridge pose, supported reclined goddess pose and child’s pose.

Warm-Up No matter the type of exercise, warming up can play a key factor. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, stretching before activity and boosting heart rate helps to maximize exercise and its symptom-reducing effects.

Create a Healthy Space Lessening the body’s burden by making small changes in living

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or workout space can also optimize the benefits of exercise. Brien, an allergy sufferer and asthmatic, recommends using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce circulating allergens and also wiping down all surfaces, including yoga mats, floors, window sills and vents. During drier, colder times of the year, Mansour recommends using a humidifier to add moisture to the air and improve breathing. Exercise may not cure seasonal allergies, but it can lessen related symptoms, along with effecting a more balanced nervous system and better overall health. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at

Helpful Workout Tips Before and After:

n Use a nasal saline spray beforehand. n Change clothes and shower after outdoor exercise; wash workout clothing exposed to pollens.

Consider Wearing:

n Wraparound sunglasses to avoid allergens getting into eyes n A breathable mask to filter allergens during outdoor activity

Avoid Exercising:

n In the morning when pollen and mold counts are highest n When it’s warm, dry or windy outside n On busy roads where exhaust fumes can irritate bronchial and nasal passages n When tired, sick or under significant stress; all three states prompt the immune system to react more severely to allergens


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Exercise Alone Is Not Enough by Daniel Thomas


f we go to the gym and work out an hour each day, but then sit at a desk the rest of the day, new research shows that the damage done by the extended periods of sitting cannot be prevented by that hour at the gym. Americans spend more than half their waking hours sitting, watching television, driving or at a desk. But the human body was designed for perpetual motion. Prolonged sitting has been called “the new smoking” by scientists, and for good reason. It increases the risk of premature death due to cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia, obesity, and diabetes, not to mention anxiety and depression, as well as back, neck, and sciatica pain. Rather than going

to a gym each day, important new research is showing that we should develop a movementbased lifestyle. The healthiest, fittest and longest-living people on the planet have never been to a gym. Instead, they embrace a lifestyle that keeps their body in motion through the day. As depicted in the best-selling book The Blue Zones, author Dan Buettner traveled around the world and found pockets of people in geographically remote areas of the world that have been living extraordinarily long and healthy lives for centuries. Besides eating a mostly plantbased diet, not smoking and having a sense of belonging, there is a noticeable absence of a time set aside each day to exercise. Instead of

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sitting, their entire day is filled with the kind of activities that keep their bodies in motion. Fossil records show that our prehistoric ancestors were fitter, stronger and had greater bone density than today’s Olympic athletes because their levels of movement were much higher than ours. Early man’s activities included hunting, foraging for food, constructing shelters and evading predators. We have become too sedentary as a species. While modern technology has certainly made our lives easier, it has also created new challenges for the human body. Our modern way of life denies us of the activities that kept our ancestors healthy. While going to the gym is okay, our whole approach to exercise needs to change. For our bodies to function at a higher level, rather than work out a single set-time each day, a better solution is to schedule small amounts of exercise throughout the day. Starting at 8 a.m. and repeating every two hours, step away from the desk and perform a four-minute session of simple exercises that use your own body weight as resistance. Do this at 8 a.m. and repeat at 10 a.m, noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. This is the regimen: n Squats for 60 seconds n Push-ups for 30 seconds n Pull-ups or towel curls for 30 seconds n Bridges for 30 seconds n Rows or bent-over lateral raises for 30 seconds n Burpees for 60 seconds At the end of each session, drink a tall glass of purified water. Also, strive to walk briskly outdoors for 30 to 45 minutes, three days per week. If we do all of this, we will likely see more positive changes in our health than if we worked out at the gym. Commit to it for six months and see. Daniel Thomas, DO, is located in Mount Dora. For more information, call 352-7290923 or visit See ad, page 7.

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Five Strategies for Better Health by Melinda Hemmelgarn


pringtime brings a desire to clean up our diets and refresh our plates. Here are five worthy strategies for upgrading nutrition and greeting the season with a renewed sense of well-being. n Ditch dieting. According to the Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend more than $30 billion annually on weight-loss products. Despite this hefty investment, restrictive diets don’t work, says Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist based in northern California. Aamodt co-presented the Neurobiology of Dieting: Evidence for Improving Mental Health With a Self-Care Approach session at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) annual meeting last October in Washington, D.C. “Diets are not harmless,” Aamodt explains. “They create stress, persistent hunger, 16

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trigger eating disorders such as binge eating and even make people fatter over time.” It’s better to take a kinder approach, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-based registered dietitian and Aamodt’s co-presenter. Scritchfield is the author of Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out – and Never Say Diet Again. She teaches her clients to value their self-worth regardless of body size, practice mindful eating and focus on overall self-care: Think enjoyable physical activity, adequate sleep and positive self-talk. Mindful eating includes paying attention to thoughts and feelings that trigger eating such as hunger, but also stress, boredom and loneliness, says Californiabased registered dietitian Andrea Lieberstein, who wrote Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating. She encourages clients to identify voids in their lives and fill them

n Learn how to cook and garden. The best dietary upgrade starts in our own kitchens, where the cook controls the ingredients. Home cooking with fresh, whole foods is at the heart of feeding ourselves well. Processed food manufacturers would like us to equate cooking with drudgery or think that cooking takes too much time, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle, established a culinary medicine program that includes both cooking and gardening classes. Sethi says, “Eating is sacred; it’s our connection to the earth.” She also believes there is wisdom in the way food has been traditionally cooked. Sethi recommends a Mediterranean eating pattern for



with healthy relationships and pleasurable activities, rather than food. The “health at any size” philosophy is accepted by a growing number of health and nutrition experts, including Annie Kay, a registered dietitian and registered yoga therapist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She’s the author of Every Bite is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural for You. Kay injects compassion into her work, promoting stress reduction, conscious eating and finding peace for individuals to reach their natural weight.


its power to reduce depression and ward off chronic diseases. She also promotes the “herb and spice pharmacy” to reduce inflammation and treat and prevent disease. For example, she says, “Ginger and turmeric both act on the same biochemical pathways as antiinflammatory medicines.” Cooking and eating together as a family has multiple benefits, too, improving children’s nutrition, self-esteem and school performance. Best of all, says Sethi, “Family meals allow us to connect with the people we love.” Put away phones, turn off screens and truly tune in to each other. Connecting to the earth through gardening also improves our health, according to both Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, a registered dietitian and associate director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Diana Dyer, a Michigan-based organic farmer, registered dietitian and author of A Dietitian’s Cancer Story: Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing. They promote gardening as a way to interact with nature, reduce stress and improve quality of life. With just a small patch of soil, home and community gardens provide a ready source of affordable, fresh and nutritious vegetables and herbs. n Eat to protect our planet. According to the American Public Health Association, climate change is a major threat to our population. Droughts, fires, storms and flooding create obvious challenges to growing crops, but new research also shows how increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere decreases the nutritional quality of food, leading to lower levels of protein and minerals. One solution is to change the way we farm and eat. For example, Jennifer Jay, Ph.D., a professor of environmental engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California Los Angeles, calculated the carbon footprints and climate impacts of a variety of food choices. In general, she says, the fewer animal products in our diets, the lower the greenhouse gas impact. But meat and other animal products

Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut. ~Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle. need not be totally off the table. Simply choose smaller portions and when possible, purchase local pasture-raised products produced without antibiotics and hormones. Organic food production introduces less fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and greenhouse gases into our environment. So, what’s best for the planet is best for us. Jay provides easy, plant-based and planet-friendly recipes at n Support gut health. Around 400 B.C., Hippocrates said, “Bad digestion is the root of all evil.” Fast forward through the centuries to today, and one of the hottest areas of research in health, medicine and nutrition revolves around the microbiome; more specifically, the community of microorganisms living in the gut. “Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut,” explains Sethi, which is why she advises,“Feed the bacteria in your gut real food.” Similarly, Teresa

Martin, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator based in Bend, Oregon, emphasizes the value of unprocessed, highfiber, organic plant foods to nourish gut bacteria and maintain microbial balance. Speaking at the same recent meeting, Martin described multiple ways gut bacteria influence our physical and mental health, including nutrient absorption, body weight and blood sugar control, bone density, inflammation and mood. Microbes in the colon digest and ferment plant fibers into short-chain fatty acids, which help ensure a thick, healthy, intestinal mucus lining. Martin notes, “When we don’t eat enough plants, we can’t make enough short-chain fatty acids,” which are key to gut-brain crosstalk and control of appetite and mood. Martin recommends eating 35 to 50 grams of fiber per day from food, not supplements. She also warns against “microbial assassins” such as antibiotics, processed meats, high-fat diets, refined carbohydrates, added sugars and artificial sweeteners, plus the emulsifiers polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose, which are commonly added to foods like ice cream and baked goods to improve texture and extend shelf life. All contribute to microbial imbalance, the loss of microbial diversity and leaky gut—the inability to keep offending food compounds like gluten and intact milk protein out of the bloodstream—leading to food intolerance, inflammation and autoimmune disorders.

Eat-Right Resources Dorothy Sears: Food Sleuth Radio interviews: “The Great Nutrient Collapse:” The Kick Diabetes Cookbook: An Action Plan and Recipes for Defeating Diabetes, by Brenda Davis. Mediterranean diet pyramid: The Obesogen Effect: Why We Eat Less and Exercise More but Still Struggle to Lose Weight, by Bruce Blumberg Tanmeet Sethi: Whole Grain Hierarchy: Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss, by Sandra Aamodt March 2019


n Try intermittent

fasting and smart meal timing. Allowing

the body at least 12 hours without food intake benefits gut microbial diversity, says Martin. Intermittent fasting, or eating patterns in which no or few calories are consumed between 12 to 16 hours, can protect against a variety of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, perhaps in part due to the effect on gut microbes. Dorothy Sears, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, studied the effect of intermittent fasting, or “time-restricted feeding”, on the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In a study of more than 2,300 breast cancer survivors, Sears discovered the women that fasted for at least 13 hours a day reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent, regardless of other dietary factors. Putting this into practice, if the last meal of the day ends at 6 p.m., the first meal of the next day would not begin before 7 a.m. In addition to this “prolonged nightly fasting,” Sears says that when we eat affects the way our bodies handle calories. She recommends eating during the first half of the day, when the sun is up and our enzyme and hormone systems are best able to handle calories, control blood sugar and body weight. Spring forward with these five tips and enjoy better health. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “food sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at FoodSleuth@ Tune into Food Sleuth Radio through iTunes, Stitcher and 18

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Quick Tips for Enjoying Good Food, Fast 1. Cook once, eat twice (or more). Smart, busy cooks use this wise, old home economics strategy. A big pot of soup, stew or chili makes many servings of easy-to-heat leftovers. Store extra servings in glass, never plastic, for quick, heat-and-serve meals. Add a side salad and fruit for dessert for a nourishing, fulfilling meal.

2. Master the omelet. Eggs, prefer-

5. Experiment with helpful cookbooks. Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Ex-

press provides 404 seasonal dishes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Betty Crocker, the renowned classic teacher, shows beginning cooks how to make standard dishes from scratch. For delicious vegetarian meals, check out Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. And to enrich children’s taste buds, invite them into the kitchen with The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook: Food & Fun Around the World, by Deanna F. Cook.

ably free-range and organic, make fast, easy, affordable meals. Get creative with personalized omelet fillings. For example, in a tablespoon or more of olive oil, quickly sauté any combination of seasonal vegetables like potatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, kale or spinach. When tender, slide vegetables into a bowl. Add a few more drops of olive oil to the pan and pour in beaten eggs. When eggs are almost set, top them with sautéed vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese. Cover the pan, set heat to low and when cheese is melted, it’s time to eat. For an alternative filling, try beans, avocado, cheese, onions or peppers with a side of salsa.

ingredient labels to remove the big offenders: refined flours, sugar and substitutes, artificial colors and additives that harm gut microbes, including polysorbate 80 and carboxymethyl cellulose.

3. Use an electric pressure cooker. Say goodbye to sodium-laden,

8. Stock up with grab-and-go snacks. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, nut but-

BPA-lined cans of beans. With today’s safe and easy electric pressure cookers, a pot of un-soaked dry beans can be ready in less than an hour. Use cooked beans in a variety of quick, delicious dishes, including hummus, burritos, soups, chili and veggie burgers. For tips on vegetarian cooking and stress-free pressure cooking, visit

4. Make friends with farmers.

Find local farmers’ markets for the most flavorful, fresh, seasonal produce. For those not sure what to do with kohlrabi or a strange-looking squash, farmers and fellow shoppers will gladly provide ideas. It’s like going to a community party with fellow foodies—much more fun than a trip to the grocery store.

6. Invest in a microplane grater or handheld rasp. Add a punch of flavor and pizzazz with this versatile kitchen tool. Use it to add freshly grated garlic, ginger and turmeric; plus lemon, lime and orange zest.

7. Purge cupboards of packaged, processed foods. Read

ters and plain yogurt (sweeten to taste with local honey, seasonal fruit and cinnamon) make satisfying, high-nutrient snacks.

9. Keep assorted organic herbal teas handy. Unsweetened herbal teas

make cozy companions during prolonged nighttime fasting. Staying well hydrated is key to mental performance and weight control, too. Thirst often masquerades as hunger, so drink water or tea first, then reassess appetite.

10. Put fun and pleasure back into eating. Host a potluck with

friends to share cooking and clean up, or have a picnic with kids of all ages. Put flowers or a candle on the table and play soothing music—it all enhances digestion and encourages mindful eating. Bon appétit!


Registered dietitian Brenda Davis, of British Columbia, also recommends wholefood, plant-based diets to reverse Type 2 diabetes. She developed a “whole-grain hierarchy” to identify the most gut-friendly, least-processed grains, including cracked oats, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, sprouted grain, wheat berries and kamut. Along with beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, Davis says these foods nourish beneficial gut microbes and reduce inflammation.

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CRONES’ CRADLE Provides a Wealth of Opportunities for Natural Living by Martin Miron


rones’ Cradle Conserve (CCC), founded in 1987, is protected by a conservation easement and is a declared wildlife preserve. Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation has completed wetlands restoration of its western 300 acres in partnership with the St. Johns Water Management District. The partnership removed drainage canals and provides open water and estuary access for the water plants and creatures of the wetlands. The Florida Forest Service awarded CCC their Stewardship Forest designation nearly eight years ago. A second restoration project underway on the eastern edge of CCC involves yellow pine, the premiere evergreen which covered thousands of acres of land over the entire South 100 years ago. Yellow pine is highly valued in the ecosystem, as it provides housing for dozens of animals, reptiles and amphibians. The restoration is about 85 per cent complete. A direct beneficiary of the restoration is a healthy population of the gopher tortoise; their burrows are used by dozens of other creatures. CCC farms organically, producing and selling several thousand pounds of about 75 different naturally grown vegetables during all seasons, believing that naturally grown food should be available yearround. They also raise 30 varieties of culinary and medicinal herbs. The newest offering in CCC’s horticulture lineup is an assortment of Florida native plants; nine native plants are currently offered, with the list growing steadily. Native trees and shrubs will be added as soon as space can be organized. Vegetables, herbs, and native plants seedlings are available in the CCC greenhouse. Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation’s primary aim is to foster, support, respect and acknowledge the crucial role the Earth plays in wholistic living by humans and other beings. To this end, CCC offers workshops and conferences throughout the year on topics that include such basic skills and crafts as fire

Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation’s primary aim is to foster, support, respect and acknowledge the crucial role the Earth plays in wholistic living by humans and other beings. building, quilting, soap making, basket weaving and others. Workshops include soil building, growing, harvesting and marketing vegetables; the importance of bee keeping for pollination; and worm keeping for aeration and enrichment of soil, as well as using the worm castings. Crones’ Cradle offers retreat space and rents meeting or conference space for complementary groups, including yoga, tai chi, weaving and textile classes. CCC also boasts extensive walking and biking trails, fishing and rocking chairs on the store porch for tale-telling and reminiscing. The farm store is open seven days each week from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., offering fresh produce, seedlings, books, a large assortment of personal goods, honey, teas, jams, jellies and pickled products made from vegetables grown on the farm. The store also provides original artworks by local artists, including photography, paintings, pottery, jewelry, wooden bowls, pot holders and wooden kitchen implements fashioned in the farm’s woodworking shop. The annual Crones’ Cradle Conserve Spring Natural Foods Gala on March 23 will highlight guest chefs and farm cooks producing delectable dishes from the farm gardens and neighboring local farmers. Samples of the foods are available so that visitors can taste as many dishes as they wish. Live music will play all day, and a number of vendors will offer services and products relative to sustainable living. The farm store will be stocked with fresh produce, books, canned items and artistic offerings, while the CCC thrift corner will be open with many items the farm no longer needs offered for sale. Admission to the Food Gala is $1 and $2 for each food sampled. Crones’ Cradle is located at 6411 NE 217th Pl., in Citra. For more information, call 352-595-3377 or visit See ad, page 15.

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When Allergies Put the Bite on Pets


pringtime doesn’t just mean warmer weather, colorful flowers and greening grass. It also brings seasonal allergies. For pets, it can be a miserable time of year, because dogs and cats are lower to the ground and pick up allergens on their fur. Grass, weeds, pollen, lawn chemicals, fertilizers and fleas can trigger reactions such as itchy skin, raw paws, sneezing fits and general discomfort. Due to the warmer temperatures of the past decade, flea allergies in dogs have risen 12 percent, while cats have seen a whopping 67 percent increase. Environmental allergies are also up 30 percent for dogs and 11 percent for cats, according to the 2018 State of Pet Health Report from the Banfield Pet Hospital, in Vancouver, Washington. The most common environmental allergens include dust mites, mold, fabric, feathers and cleaning solutions.

Symptoms A dog’s itching will often manifest between the toes, on the wrists, “armpits”, groin, legs, ears, eyes and back, just in front of the tail. In the quest for relief, dogs will lick, chew, pull out hair and scratch, often leaving bare spots or open wounds that 20

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may get infected. Cats will pull hair, scratch ears and develop a rash or bare spot on the stomach or inside the legs. In extreme cases, a veterinarian will give an injection to calm the itchiness before more damage is done. Owners can use that lull to investigate what is causing the allergy.

Fleas For fleas, there are more natural ways to end the cycle than using potentially toxic pet treatments. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is affordable, non-toxic and safe, made from fossils of marine life crushed into a superfine powder. Its deadly effect on insects stems from piercing their hard shells so they become dehydrated. It does not harm mammals. Be sure to buy food-grade DE, not the kind that’s designed for use in pools and gardens. Simply dust the dog to the skin with the powder and sprinkle it on bedding, rugs and carpets. Cats tend to have more favorite nap spots than dogs, so vacuum first to get rid of any flea eggs. Sprinkle the DE and leave it in place for a couple of weeks. Vacuum again. DE can be hard on regular vacuums, but a Shop-Vac is up to the task.

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Likely Causes and Remedies 4 A change in cleaning products. Use unscented, all-natural cleansers. Put the dog or cat in another room when vacuuming so they don’t breathe dust. A new cat litter can trigger allergic reactions. Look for unscented, dust-free litter.


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4 Plastic bowls. Switch to stainless steel bowls for food and water. 4 Seasonal flowers and grasses. Pet-friendly wipes will remove excess pollen when the dog comes in after outdoor time. A twice-weekly bath during the worst of the season and weekly as blooming subsides will wash away pollens. An oatmeal shampoo is soothing; don’t use tea tree oil-based shampoos, which may further irritate skin. Be sure to dry the fur. Wet bedding can cause mold, another allergen. 4 Dust mites. Replace worn beds and bedding on a regular basis. Look for natural fabrics and fillings; no down or feathers. Wash weekly. 4 Lack of proper filtration. The air conditioner will capture incoming pollen: Be sure to change the filter often.

Be Proactive 4 Check the paw pads. If they’re irritated or red and raw, ask the vet for a salve to ease the pain while they heal. Be sure to wipe paws when coming into the house. 4 Take a look inside the ears. Allergies can lead to earaches, so watch for red, inflamed skin or black, tar-like goop. Either requires a vet visit and a prescription salve. 4 If dog walks are part of regular exercise, ask neighbors or local park employees if they’ve sprayed pesticides or treated grassy areas. 4 Add a small amount, based on weight, of Omega-3-rich fish oil to food to soothe and smooth the skin. Diligence in spotting symptoms can stop itching in its tracks when remedies are in place or at hand. Connect with Sandra Murphy at


uccessful professional athletes, musicians and business men and women that have achieved their goals can often point to repetition as a key to their prosperity and success. Undergoing both physical and mental training on a daily basis are keys for them to perform at their highest levels. Keeping their goals at the forefront of their thoughts, talking about the outcomes that they want to achieve and mentally seeing themselves achieving their goals are essential components of a repetitive practice that reaps great rewards. Everyone can implement a similar success practice. Revisit goals daily to enable subconscious and spiritual intuition to illuminate possibilities in taking steps necessary to create the life that we love. This repetitive practice will shift our beliefs so that goals will be achieved sooner. Motivational speaker and author Earl Nightingale writes, “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” To realize goals sooner, set aside 20 minutes and follow three simple steps each morning:

Write down your goals and be specific in describing the desired outcome.

For example, instead of saying, “I want to lose 10 pounds,” say, “I’m so grateful that I am physically fit in a pain-free body that easily moves through life.” By spending

time each day describing completed goals with gratitude, your beliefs will change and your subconscious can work with you to make those statements true.

Speak your goal statements aloud with emotion.

The practice of uttering your goal statements out loud anchors the meaning more fully internally. This practice helps to convince your subconscious that achieving your goals is possible. Ideas and thoughts that are in alignment with them will then become more noticeable.

Imagine yourself achieving your desired outcomes.

With eyes closed, create a clear picture of your realized goals in your mind each day. As you begin to feel yourself completing goals, spiritual intuition that emerges as gut instincts, strong thoughts and ideas, and messages that are external to you will become obvious. Take action as led by your intuition to manifest your dreams. Repeat these steps every day to create new beliefs and achieve all that you desire sooner. Now is the time to enjoy increased prosperity and success in all of your endeavors. May McCarthy is the author of The Path to Wealth: Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance and The Gratitude Formula: A 7-Step Success System to Create a Life that You Love. Visit her at March 2019


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Making Meals From Mainly Scraps by April Thompson


ood scraps are no It’s fun to challenge ing the plant, the fish, the longer relegated to animal and its life,” says yourself to create just making soup, something delicious out the co-author of Scraps, stock and sauces that hide Wilt & Weeds: Turning of something no one Wasted Food into Plenty. their true nature. Creative chefs are reawakening to would think edible, like Tama Matsuoka the possibilities of skins, my banana peel cake. Wong, forager and cocores, rinds and other author of Scraps, Wilt ~Lindsay-Jean Hard parts we’ve needlessly & Weeds, points to the been throwing away, with startling results. cultural relativism of cooking, noting that “Cooking with scraps is good for the our ancestors or other cultures may think planet and good for the pocketbook. Forty that modern Americans are throwing away percent of food produced goes uneaten, the best parts of our food. “Some of the unnecessarily filling the landfill with best flavor and nutrients can be found in hundreds of billions of dollars of food,” says vegetable, fruit and fish skins that often get Lindsay-Jean Hard, a chef in Ann Arbor, discarded,” says Matsuoka Wong. Michigan, and the author of Cooking With Both Scraps, Wilt & Weeds and CookScraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and ing with Scraps are intended as reference Stems into Delicious Meals. guides to provide inspiration to home chefs, Yet the real driving force behind Hard’s rather than rigid cookbooks to be followed unusual, scrap-based recipes is the joy of with precision. Matsuoka Wong suggests creativity and innovation. “It’s fun to chaltrying to work with the ingredients at hand, lenge yourself to create something delicious using substitutions as needed, instead of out of something no one would think edible, buying an ingredient just to follow a recipe. like my banana peel cake,” says Hard. Cooking from scraps requires a shift in Mads Refslund, a Danish chef living mindset about our food and a new mindfulin New York City, seeks nature in food by ness about our habits in the kitchen, says Matcooking and serving it on the plate. “In suoka Wong. “Before automatically throwing nature, there is no ugly, no trash, just cycles of something away or composting, pause and change. Using all the parts is a way of respect- think, what might I do with this?” she says. 22

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Hard suggests choosing one new ingredient at a time to work with, old bread being an easy one to start with. “Stale bread can easily be transformed into breadcrumbs and croutons that can add nice texture to a lot of dishes,” says Hard. “Nail a couple things you can make out of anything, like fried rice or frittatas, which are both very accepting of most any ingredient you add,” says Matsuoka Wong. Hard agrees that simple, hearty dishes like layered casseroles or tasty tempura can be great ways to clean out the odds and ends in the crisper. Sometimes the toughest ingredients can yield the tastiest meal. Hard admits to having been stumped by what to do with the non-fleshy part of artichoke leaves, which can be tough and bitter, until she developed a recipe for artichoke leaf nachos. Edible weeds, leaves, stalks and stems of all kinds, including celery, asparagus ends and carrot tops, make for great pesto, which is itself a versatile ingredient—great for sandwiches, dips, pastas and more—and it freezes well, Hard says. Fish scales can be fried and eaten like potato chips; they are a crunchy bar snack in Japan, notes Matsuoka Wong. Fish carcasses or shrimp shells can also be boiled down into stock for risotto or seafood chowder, suggests Hard. Fruit cores can be boiled into sweet syrup for cocktails or non-alcoholic refreshments, or distilled down into vinegars. Fruit peels can be crisped up into a healthy snack or boiled into a tea. Hard likes to infuse tequila with beet peels for a dramatic look and a little extra flavor. Fruit or vegetable tops such as pineapples, strawberries, cucumbers and leftover herbs can be used to infuse water or vinegar. Water from canned beans, known as aquafaba, is a great stand-in for egg whites to make everything from homemade vegan mayo to fudgy brownies. “Cooking with scraps shouldn’t be intimidating or overwhelming or feel like a chore: They’re just ingredients,” says Hard. “The more you cook using these recipes, the more familiar the concepts will become, and you’ll realize how easy it is to adapt them to make them your own.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at


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Class – 2:30-4:30pm and 5:30-7:30pm. Everyday Magic Spells. With JoEllen Blue. Learn the history, when and how to do them. Supplies included for abundance, health and romance spells. $30. Please call the store to register. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-693-4592.

FRIDAY, MARCH 1 Mainstage Play – March 1-24. Miracle on South Division Street. By Tom Dudzick. Directed by V. Craig Heidenreich. Comedy. The Hippodrome, 25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville. 352-375-4477.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 Race – 8am. Third Annual Ocala Strawberry Jam 5k. The Habitat Strawberry Festival will follow to benefit Habitat for Humanity. $35. Location: 601 SE 25th Ave, Ocala. Register: strawberryjam5k or onsite at 6:30am. Sound Healing Sessions – noon-5:30pm. With Steve Henry. Tibetan and crystal bowls, tinghas, bells and different sound healing tools from Steve’s toolbox. $35/half hour, $60/hour. Call to sign up. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-454-8657.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 Women’s Sunday Brunch – 11am. An amazing assortment of women, locally grown food, an entertaining program in an atmosphere of quiet, respect and contemplation. Sliding scale from $10 to whatever you can contribute. Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation, 6411 NE 217th Pl, Citra. Reserve by noon the Friday before at 352-595-3377 or

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Presentation – 12:30-1:30pm. Living in HeartCentered Gratitude. By Rev. Patricia Wagner. Begin a guided 21-day experiment living in heart-centered gratitude, March 6-24, all free. Return to share your story on April 10, same time, same place. Location: College of Central Florida, Bldg 9, Yoga Room 101, Ocala.. Info: Patricia at 352-369-3029 or Patricia@ Workshop and Pot Luck Dinner – 6pm. Explore your writing talents. Any level of writing skills welcome. Activities include reading discussions, editing and new ideas. Free with pot luck dish. Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation, 6411 NE 217th Pl, Citra. Call or email to reserve at 352-595-3377 or

THURSDAY, MARCH 7 Transformation, Detox/Healing Group series – 5:30pm. Decrease weight, lower A1C and cholesterol, increase energy. Coaching, education, menus, meal plans, Nutraceuticals. Seating is limited, must pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 Four-Week Course – 1-3pm. Ancient Russian Psychic Readings with Playing Cards. With Inna Goerisch. Course covers meanings, combinations and layout of the cards. Please call to register. $20 per class. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-6934592.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 Drum Class & Jam –1-3pm. With instructor CongaSean. Drumming can be a great tool for spiritual growth and meditation, linking mind, body, and spirit! Learn how to approach a drum circle and join in, the different type of drum circles, etiquette, etc. All levels welcome. Bring your drum, woodblocks, cowbells, shakers, etc. Extra drums may be available first come. Drum music to take home will be provided. Free, donations appreciated. Moonraven Apothecary, 1102 N. Main St, Ste C, Wildwood. 352-460-1401. Workshop – 2-4pm. The Earth Gives Us What We Need – The Stones of Tucson. With Sharron Britton. Come see the new treasures from the world’s largest mineral show. Learn about how they can work for you in these difficult times. $20. Call to sign up. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-454-8657. Workshop and Book Signing – 2-4pm. Stones of the Goddess, Crystals for the Divine Feminine. With Nicholas Pearson. Based on his latest (8th) book on crystals. $35. Book signing after. Please call the store to register. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-693-4592. Class – 2-4:30pm. New Series Psychic / Medium Spiritual Development. Includes meditation, lesson and practice. $30. Held at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. 407-247-7823.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 Workshop – 9-11am. Introduction to AumaKhuaKi® Energy Balancing. With Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. (MA60322.) Bring a sitting cushion, a yoga mat & bottled water. $25 or 2CEs for $40. Location: TMAC (Karate Academy,) 3233 SE Maricamp Rd, Ocala. (#50-14398.) For more info and to register: or 352-239-9272.

MONDAY, MARCH 11 Concert – 7pm. Amy Steinberg, an uplifting, enlightening and hilarious singer, songwriter and storyteller like none other. Suggested conscious exchange of $20-30, but no one will be turned away. (Oakbrook) Center for Spiritual Living-Ocala, 1009 NE 28th Ave, Ocala. 352-629-3897.

Chakra Balancing Crystal Bowl Meditation and Playshop – 7pm. Oakbrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28th Ave, Ocala. 352-629-3897.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14 Presentation – 1-2pm. “What Is New Thought?” Presented by Patricia Wagner. An overview of the history of the New Thought movement in the US – Divine Science, Unity and Religious Science. Course fee: $10/15. Info: Register: (24/7) or call 352-854-3699.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Aura Photography – 11am-4pm. With Janet Carr. $25 for photo and reading. Please call the store to make your appointment. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-6934592. Sidewalk Sale – noon-5:30pm. Under the Big Tent. We need to make room for new inventory, so Travis will be outside under the big tent with great crystals discounted 50-75% off! Rain date Sunday March 17. No admission charge. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-4548657.

MONDAY, MARCH 18 Thermography Screenings – 8am-5pm; by appointment. A healthy alternative to mammograms. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459. Patient Education – 6pm. Learn what we do and time to ask questions. Free. Seating is limited, call to reserve your seat. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Suite 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 Natural Eye Program – March 19-21. See what you can do about wet/dry macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts, diabetic retinopathy without injections. Seating is limited, call to pre-register.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12 Class – 6-8:30pm. New Series. Psychic / Medium Spiritual Development. Includes meditation, lesson and practice. $30. Held at Boardroom at Holiday Inn Express, 1205 Avenida Central, Lady Lake. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. 407247-7823.


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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 Workshop and Pot Luck Dinner – 6pm. Explore your writing talents. Any level of writing skills welcome. Activities include reading discussions, editing and new ideas. Free with pot luck dish. Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation, 6411 NE 217th Pl, Citra. Call or email to reserve at 352-595-3377 or


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Transformation, Detox/Healing Group series – 5:30pm. Decrease weight, lower A1C and cholesterol, increase energy. Coaching, education, menus, meal plans, Nutraceuticals. Seating is limited, must pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Gala & Festival – 10am-3pm. Natural Foods Gala & Sustainability Festival. Foods to sample, silent auction and raffle, live music, garden and greenhouse tours. Admission $1, food sample tickets $2. Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation, 6411 NE 217th Pl, Citra. For info, 352-595-3377 or CatCrone@aol. com. Chakra Balancing Sessions – 11:30am-5:30pm. Back into Balance on the BioMat. $10 or free with a purchase of $20 or more. Walk in. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-454-8657.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Sessions – 9-11am. Sacred Sounds Meditation & AK Energy Sessions. With Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. (MA60322.) Relax to peaceful sounds and high frequency AumaKhua-Ki® Energy. Love offering. Location: The Martial Arts Center, 3233 SE Maricamp Rd, Ocala. or 352-239-9272. Festival – 10am-4pm. First Annual Ocala Veg Fest. Showcasing the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle for our health, compassion for animals and protecting our planet. Location: Ocala Downtown Market, 310 SE 3rd St, Ocala. Info:

TUESDAY, MARCH 26 Save Your Mind Intensive Personalized Program – March 26-28. What can you do to clear mental fog, remember, and sharpen your thinking? Seating is limited, need to pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Chakra Balancing Crystal Bowl Meditation and Playshop – 7pm. Oakbrook Center for Spiritual

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THURSDAY, MARCH 28 Transformation, Detox/Healing Group series – 5:30pm. Decrease weight, lower A1C and cholesterol, increase energy. Coaching, education, menus, meal plans, Nutraceuticals. Seating is limited, must pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

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Workshop – 9am-4pm. AumaKhua-Ki® Energy Balancing 1. With Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. (MA60322.) $225 (6 CEs.) Includes AumaKhuaKi® Level 1 Attunement, book & certificate. Location: Ocala. (#50-14398.) For more info and to register: or 352-239-9272.

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Workshop – 11am-noon. Rocks for Kids. With Travis Hetsler. Learn the basics of forming your own mineral collection. Fun, knowledge and some cool free stuff. $10/kid. Parents are welcome to join us for free. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-454-8657.

Workshop – April 13-14 – 10am-5:30pm. Quantum-Touch Level I. Learn this powerful hands-on energy healing modality, distance healing, accelerated healing techniques, creative visualization, 14 CEUs for LMTs. $400 by March 22, then $480; $240 to repeat. Location: Ocala. Info: Register: Patricia Wagner, Patricia@ 352-369-3029.

Class – 1-4:30pm. Meeting Your Spirit Guides. With Rev. Janet Reynolds. In this course, you will identify your spirit guides, understand their purpose, how they can help you and use this gift better. $50. Please call the store to register. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-6934592.

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 Class – 2-4:30pm. Psychic / Medium Spiritual Development. Includes meditation, lesson and practice. $30. Held at Serenity Now Yoga, 1200 W. State Road 434, Longwood. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. 407-247-7823.

cycles welcome for $10 entry. Spectators free. Location: 2250 NE 70th St (Hwy 326.) Ocala. 352-266-2859.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 Class – April 14-15 – 9am-5pm. Usui Reiki. With Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. $225 (12 CEs.) Includes four Reiki 1 Attunements, class book & certificate. Location: Ocala. (#50-14398.) Register: 352-2399272 or

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 Car Show – 10am-3pm. Hot Cars and Cool Cats Spring Car Show to benefit Endangered Animal Rescue Society in Citra. Raffle, 50/50, vendors, music, and great food. All cars, trucks, motor-

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 Holistic Health Fair – 10am-2pm. Raise Your Vibration Holistic Health Fair. Info sessions and guest speakers for alternative, all-natural therapies, vendors, healthy food samples, giveaways and more. Plus a pre-event QiGong class. Free. Nadi Om Wellness, 6128 SW Hwy 200, Suite 204, Ocala. 352-525-0247.

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Warriors. Van Ness Park Civic Center, G Ave and 7th St, McIntosh. 352-425-2975.

A Course in Miracles – 9:30am. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville.

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Sunday Spiritual Service – 10am. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352­-687-­2113. mail@ Sunday Service – 10:30am; Guided Meditation – 10am. Awaken and LIVE. Oakbrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28th Ave, Ocala. 352629-3897. Meditation and Book Discussion – 10:30am-noon. Shambhala Gainesville, 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. 352-214-1334.

thursday A Course in Miracles – 10am. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville. Embodiment 101 – 6:30-8pm. Body awareness movement followed by meditation. Shambhala Gainesville, 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. 352214-1334.


Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude – 1-2pm Bring your own mat for yoga in the warehouse. All experience levels. Suggested donation $5. First Magnitude Brewing Co., 1220 SE Veitch, Gainesville. 352-727-4677.

Health Happens Farmers Market – 9am-2:30pm. Shop for fresh produce, seafood, honey, baked goods, gluten-free snacks and prepared meals for lunch. McPherson Governmental Complex field, 601 SE 25th Ave. Ocala. 352-438-2360.


Meeting – 5:30-6:30pm. Adult Children of Alcoholics. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352687-2113.

Hearing Screenings – afternoon. By appointment. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-­291-­9459. A Course in Miracles – 6:30pm. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville. Meeting – 5:30-7pm. Adult Children of Alcoholics. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-6872113.

tuesday Technology Help Center - 2-4pm. Free. Belleview Public Library, 13145 SE Hwy 484, Belleview. 352-438-2500. Meditation Instruction and Orientation – 6:30pm. Meditation, book discussion, refreshments to follow. Shambhala Gainesville, 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. 352-214-1334.

wednesday Qigong – 9-9:30am. With Dr. Neil Crenshaw and Dr. Don Mederios. Donations go to Connected

Queer & Trans Dharma – 7-9pm. Shambhala Gainesville, 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. 352214-1334.

saturday Haile Farmers Market – 8:30am-12pm. Open rain or shine, heat or cold. Haile Village Center in Haile Plantation, SW 91st Terr, Gainesville. Farmstead Saturdays – 9am­3pm. Free. Crones Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352-­595-­ 3377. Ocala Farm Market – 9am-2pm. Locally grown farm fresh seasonal produce, homemade jellies and jams, crafts and plants. Location: Corner of SE 3rd St and SE 3rd Ave, Ocala. 352-629-8051. Class – 2-4:30pm. One Saturday each month. Psychic / Medium Spiritual Development. Includes meditation, lesson and practice. $30. Call or check website to confirm date. Held at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. 407-247-7823.

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EFT, Emotion Code, Body Code, Hypnosis 352-454-8959 New Year’s Goals. Promises to yourself. Certified Energy Healer, Sandy will help you eliminate blocks to be successful in getting fit, having better relationships, reaching business goals. Why wait? See website or call to start your path to success.



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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES LEASE – Available April at a massage clinic in SE Ocala for $255 per month. Insured LMT must sign a renewable lease contract through August. Rug, wall decorations, shelves, cabinet may be for sale. Call Ojela for details at: 352-239-9272.

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