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nce upon a time, several work lives ago, I visited a small Asian restaurant in Toronto named something akin to Tiger Lily, located close to downtown on a street with a lot of other small shops and places to grab a quick dinner. I was in town for a conference and decided to step out of the hotel on a chilly, rainy, raw spring day near the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario.

Heeding a local’s advice, I headed to the restaurant with a good book, stepped in and was greeted by the aromas of sesame oil, lemon grass, lime leaves and other exotic Southeast Asian spices. The waiter brought a steaming bowl of noodle soup and a pot of hot jasmine tea, that was perfect for the weather, he said. It was delicious, with flavors unlike anything Peggy Malecki I’d tasted before. The steam, the noodles, the flavorful spices and the overall experience are all saved in my memories. Flash back to 1970-something, and my first visit to Ivar’s Salmon House, on Lake Union, near Seattle. I’ve dined there a few times since the first visit with my parents and again, the spices and flavors are etched in my mind. To this day, the smells of alder wood, smoky paprika and salmon bring me mentally to Ivar’s. The strong scents of cilantro, pineapple and lime bring me back many years to a quick meal of tacos al pastor at a neighborhood taqueria in Mexico City, while the combined aromas of freshly fried donuts and cinnamon sugar transport me to a seven-year-old version of myself standing in the rickety wooden building of the long-bulldozed Bell’s Apple Orchard, at the corner of routes 12 and 22, in Lake Zurich. Spices, herbs and flavors form some of the strongest connections to memories. Yet as our world continues to homogenize and the more affordable restaurants are the same no matter where we travel, typical meals tend to incorporate the same few spices and expected flavors. Yet we can change that in our own kitchens with a dash of creativity, a blend of reading and experimentation and a sprinkle of imagination. Toss in a few tasty recipes and some fresh spices from local sources such as Wisconsin-based Penzey’s (local stores or Penzeys.com) or The Spice House (local stores or TheSpiceHouse.com), and you’ll be on your way to extending your family’s flavor horizons. To help you in that endeavor, we’re focusing this month on healthy ethnic cuisines and hearty spices in our main feature articles by Judith Fertig and Amber Lanier Nagle. We love healthy recipes and new flavors, particularly those that incorporate local and organic foods, small producers and garden-grown veggies. If you have a favorite recipe that you’d like to share or the transporting memory of an exotic spice or cuisine, we’d love to hear from you! Please send us a note at Editor@NAChicago.com or via Facebook or Messenger @Natural Awakenings Chicago, tweet to us @NAChicago or tag us on Instagram @NAChicago. As the days lengthen and the season transitions to spring, we gently remind you to be sure to step outside each day, look up at the sky, stand next to a tree, listen to a bird, smell the damp earth on a warm day, feel the snow or rain, observe a squirrel and look for slowly fattening buds and the emerging green leaves of spring bulbs and early plants. Enjoy the glorious experience. Happy Spring Equinox! Peggy 6




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A Festival of Fun for the Whole Family


he Infinity Family Fest, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 10, for parents and their children 3 and older, will provide playful family fun with interactive, hands-on games and activities. There’ll be play shops that include Little Chefs, a hands-on cooking activity with Taste Buds Kitchen, Yoga Stretch So Big, Amazing Magic with magician Tim Adamz, mindful games and art, a music sing-along with Leah Shoshanah and the Traveling World of Reptiles. The Infinity Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization that offers more than 200 courses for kids and adults in personal growth and development. Family Fest is sponsored by Yea! Highland Park, Highland Park Healthcare Foundation and media sponsor Natural Awakenings Chicago magazine. Admission is free. Location: 1280 Old Skokie Rd., Highland Park. To register in advance, call 847-831-8828 or visit InfinityFoundation.org. See ad on page 20 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Holo-Synchronous Energetic Technology Systems Seminar


he Chicago Holo-Synchronous Energetic Technology Systems (Holo-SETS) seminar will be held March 10 through 12 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Convention Center, in Rosemont. Attendees will learn Holo-SETS directly from worldrenowned consciousness technology thought leader Dr. Richard Bartlett, founder and instructor for the Institute for Harmonic Resonance Technology. The seminar embodies Bartlett’s 25 years of knowledge and the wisdom of his master teachers, and combines the Master Energy Dynamics and Master Harmonic Resonance Technology Dr. Richard Bartlett courses into a unique and easy-to-access format that allows attendees to go deep into the physiology of the body. Bartlett is the developer of Matrix Energetics, Master Energy Dynamics and HoloSynchronous Energetic Technology Systems, and the author of several award-winning books including Matrix Energetics: The Science and Art of Transformation. He holds a doctorate in chiropractic from Parker Chiropractic College and a degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. Cost: $700. Location: 5440 North River Rd., Rosemont. For more information, call Kay Sassani at 800-368-0973, email Info@ihrt.com or visit i-hrt.com. See ad on page 13 and at NAChicago.com.

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Science of Spirituality Meditation Center Links Meditation and Health


he workshop, Meditation and Optimal Health, scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m., March 14, at Unitarian Universalist Church, in Naperville, will allow participants to interact with educational and career health professionals. Certified Nutritionist Bimla Kecht and Registered Nurse Supervisor at Central Dupage Hospital, Catherine Morris, will explain why spirituality is the foundation of physical, mental and emotional health. They’ll also provide tips on nutrition, and conscious living techniques. A light vegetarian snack will be served. Science of Spirituality is a worldwide spiritual organization dedicated to transforming lives through meditation. As an NGO of the United Nations, it’s known for teaching meditation to achieve inner and outer peace. The organization sponsors the annual Veggie Fest, in Naperville, the largest free vegetarian food and wellness festival in North America. Admission is free. Location:1828 Old Naperville Rd., Naperville. For more information about additional classes, call Bob Gallagher at 630-561-5425 or email BobG1938@gmail.com. For more information, visit sos.org/location.

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Connect with Community at Special Yoga Event in Wilmette


veryone is invited to an inspiring evening of connection starting at 7 p.m., March 15, at the Wilmette Theatre. This special event opens with a private screening of The Future of Yoga, an inspiring short documentary film that explores yoga’s many pathways to finding happiness. A live panel discussion will follow. The evening is a great opportunity to meet and talk with the film’s featured yoga practitioners.   The conversation continues after the screening with free refreshments and events at SHARE Boutique, 1177 Wilmette Avenue, in Wilmette. Proceeds from this special event benefit La Casa Notre. Inspired and produced by Lisa Faremouth Weber, owner of Heaven Meets Earth, the film features Kino MacGregor, owner of OMStars, Quinn Kearney, co-owner of Yogaview and Ramaa Krishnan, owner of Full Bloomed Lotus.   For anyone who can’t attend this event, The Future of Yoga will also be available on OMStars (OMStars.com), Kino MacGregor’s online yoga channel. Readers can view it with the FUTUREOFYOGA discount code, beginning March 10.   Theater tickets: $20 each and $35 for two, available at Eventbrite.com, Heaven Meets Earth or Full Bloomed Lotus. View the trailer on vimeo at vimeo.com/254906746. The Wilmette Theatre is located at 1122 Central Ave., in Wilmette. For more information, call 847-475-1500. See ad on page 27.  

Pet Expo for the Whole Family


he Chicagoland Family Pet Expo, America’s largest pet event under one roof, will be held on March 16, 17 and 18 at the Arlington International Racecourse with hands-on attractions for the whole family. In addition to top-quality entertainment, demonstrations and presentations, and organizations for both pet owners and enthusiasts, the Expo will showcase a wide

range of products and services. There will be pet-themed artwork, jewelry, pet clothing, cleaning supplies, grooming supplies, leashes, collars and leads, pet clothing, pet beds and furniture, containment systems, security products, food and treats, toys, veterinary services, pet boarding, sitting and training, breed clubs, animal rescue organizations and more.

Admission: $10 adults/$5 kids 3 to 12. No pets allowed. Location: 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. For more information and discounts, visit PetChicago.com. See ad on page 45.




Learn Green Education and Recycling


he 2018 Green Living Fair, sponsored by the Libertyville Civic Center Foundation, Lake County Green Congregations and Faith in Place, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 17, at the Libertyville Civic Center. Participants can learn about Earthhealthy daily routines from more than 40 exhibitors, including local environmental groups, businesses and youth clubs. There’ll also be continuous 30-minute speaker forums addressing today’s environmental challenges. This year’s speaker forums will address how we, as individuals, can respond to the issue of climate change. Recycling opportunities include bikes, bike parts, Styrofoam blocks, CDs, DVDs, eyeglasses, Christmas lights, hearing aids, cell phones, gym shoes, wine corks and batteries. Free admission. Location: 135 W. Church St., Libertyville. For more information, email LC.GreenCongregations@gmail.com.



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Spring Renewal Holistic Fair and Birthday Celebration at A.R.E.


o celebrate the birthday of the late American clairvoyant Edgar Cayce (March 18, 1877-1945), the Association for Research and Enlightenment will hold a Spring Renewal A.R.E. Holistic Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 24, in Des Plaines. Emphasizing the work of Cayce, the fair provides a forum for like-minded people to come together, discuss and explore a wide range of remedies and metaphysical practices associated with health and personal growth. It’s a day filled with self-exploration and insightful experiences through unique lectures, individual consultations with 10 practitioners and a variety of products from vendors. The bookstore will be open with a wide range of metaphysical titles, a free lending library for A.R.E. members and one of the largest selections of Cayce products and remedies in the U.S.

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New Wellness Expo & Rejuvenation Crawl


o recognize the abundance of health, beauty and wellness resources available nearby, the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce will debut its new Wellness Expo & Rejuvenation Crawl from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 8. Ticket sales will benefit the Play on Pritzker Campaign at A.N. Pritzker Elementary School a fundraiser to provide an improved outdoor play area and multisport field for students. The Wellness Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pritzker, where participants can pick up their Rejuvenation Crawl bracelets and experience more than 40 vendors offering ways to balance and restore the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual areas of life through fitness, healthy nutrition and new self-care techniques. The Rejuvenation Crawl will admit participants with event bracelets to more than a dozen businesses throughout Wicker Park and Bucktown, where they can sample health-minded products and wellness experiences from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets: $10. For more information and tickets, visit WickerParkBucktown.com. Expo location: 2009 W. Schiller St. See ad on page 5 and at NAChicago.com.

Learn How to Achieve Healthy Restful Sleep


or those that yawn throughout the day only to hit the pillow and still remain wide awake or use sleeping pills to little effect with the fear that it’ll lead to more severe problems down the road, Northshore Acupuncture Center is introducing a complimentary, 10Amy Landolt day, restful sleep challenge starting April 16. Each day, challenge participants will receive an email with actions to take to support their sleep. The program was created by combining Chinese medicine knowledge with experience working with people with sleeping issues—it goes beyond the standard recommendations. The activities will help participants fall asleep more quickly, wake feeling refreshed without the side effects and reclaim their health and happiness. For more information, call Amy Landolt at 815-814-1319 or enroll at RestfulSleepChallenge.com. See ad on page 4.

Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy Walks Celebrate Your at the Resiliency Institute Life Returns to he Resiliency Institute is hosting a Chicagoland seven-walk Shinrin-yoku Tune Your


Senses series led by certified forest therapy guides beginning April 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Naperville Riverwalk. Free one-hour walks can be taken on the first Friday of each month, including April 6, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at various locations. Shinrin-yoku is a practice of spending time in nature and forested areas for enhancing health, wellness and happiness. There is a specific intention to connect with nature for healing by mindfully moving through the landscape in ways that cultivate presence, open all the senses and create opportunities for nature communication. The nonprofit Resiliency Institute empowers people to live resilient lifestyles, grow resilient landscapes and build resilient communities. Cost: $175. Location: Honorary Sindt Memorial Court, Naperville. Register at TheResiliencyInstitute.net. See ad online at NAChicago.com.





lan ahead to attend Celebrate Your Life, the most sought after event of the year, right in our Chicagoland backyard. This awesome soul fest brings the world’s top dream team of spiritual teachers presenting keynote lectures and workshops for four days. This year’s lineup includes Lisa Nichols, Neale Donald Walsch, Caroline Myss, Gregg Braden, the Three Mediums and many other powerful spiritual visionaries. Participants can explore their spiritual direction, uncover the magic and beauty of the soul, get connected to an inner wealth of joy and happiness, experience how it feels to completely accept and love ourselves and much more. Reserve seats now for the event from Jun. 8 through 11. For more information, call 480-970-8543 or visit CelebrateYourLife.Org. See ad on page 9 and at NAChicago.com.

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Let’s Talk Hemp Oil


ee Bayro is a certified holistic health coach and founder of Let’s Talk Hemp Oil, a team of cannabis/hemp advocates that host free presentations on the benefits of using plant cannabinoids to activate the body’s newly discovered endocannabidnoid system (ECS). She says, “This revolution in health is changing people’s lives!” Let’s Talk Hemp Oil presentations are being held throughout our area, including in Schaumburg, Northbrook, Deerfield and Elgin, and online. “Too many people are living with daily pain and chronic conditions, but very few know about this new science, which is essential for the body to maintain homeostasis and is involved in a number of physiological processes, including pain sensation, mood, memory and appetite, among others, and most are not aware of a legal hemp oil dietary supplement available to them without the need for a medical card,” says Bayro. Free admission. For locations and more information, visit LetsTalkHempOil.com. See ad on page 15 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Wrigleyville Dental is Growing with the Times


rigleyville Dental, the practice of Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, is using the latest research and equipment. In addition to lowradiation digital X-rays and photography, other improvements include the SMART amalgam removal protocol used during every mercuryamalgam filling removal to ensure the safety of patients, staff and the environment. Here are a few other state-of-the-art techniques available at Wrigleyville Dental: Using a simple dental device, some sleep apnea issues can be solved. Patients report feeling more rested, eliminating snoring, decreasing certain medication and having more energy. A frenectomy removes a piece of tissue tying the tongue to the floor of the mouth that prevents normal function. A three-minute laser procedure can free the tongue and correct many issues for infants, children and adults. With platelet-rich fibrin (PRF), a sample of the patient’s blood is placed in a centrifuge to yield a fibrin clot full of healing white blood cells that is placed back into the body to speed up healing and prevent dry sockets and other complications after an extraction. The thought of metal braces makes most people not want to consider straightening teeth. BPA-free aligners are quicker, removable and clear, so no one can see them. Location: 3256 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. For more information or to make appointments, call 773-975-6666 or visit WrigleyvilleDental.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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Eating Meat Raises Diabetes Risk

A key concept in Chinese medicine is, “Heaven and man are one,” which implies that we cannot understand our health without considering our surrounding conditions. Implementing simple lifestyle changes can help us take an active role in our own health care and better integrate the momentum of natural rhythms. Spring is associated with the wood phase, characterized by germination and growth. It is the season when life begins anew with a vigorous and energetic quality. As cold gives way to warmth, the yang qi ascends and begins to spread upward and outward. This is the season in which more movement and activity is to be encouraged. The nature of this activity is free and comfortable, as evidenced by the Chinese medical text Neijing recommendation to breathe fresh air in the morning, walk in the courtyard, loosen our hair and make the whole body comfortable. This is also a good time to do stretching exercises or yoga to loosen up the tendons and muscles. Many consider the spring equinox to be a better time to set new physical activity goals than making new year’s resolutions, due to spring’s association with growth. Emotionally, spring is an ideal time to feel excited about new possibilities, but remain flexible when our plans face adversity. Spring is also a great time to do a thorough cleaning and unclutter our life, which will allow our activities to flow more freely. The associated organ and channel is the liver. Dietary recommendations for spring include eating foods that appear in the spring and are light and dispersing, such as young shoots of asparagus, bean sprouts and green onions. Liver-soothing teas and foods such as chrysanthemum, goji berry, peppermint or mulberry leaf can also be benefical. Dark, leafy greens, including mustard, turnip and collard, sautéed with garlic and turmeric, can invigorate the free flow of qi and get us up to speed with spring.

Research from Duke University Medical School indicates that eating red meat and poultry increases risk for Type 2 diabetes. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 63,257 adults between ages 45 and 74 for an average of 11 years each. It was determined that meat and poultry consumption increased diabetes incidence by 23 and 15 percent, respectively.

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DETERS ALZHEIMER’S According to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers discovered the risk of dementia can be halved by engaging in physical activities like walking, dancing and gardening, which significantly improve brain volume in the hippocampus region and the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes. The scientists studied 876 participants for 30 years and completed a longitudinal memory test of the patients, which were 78 years old on average, and followed up with MRI brain scans. They recorded their physical activity and logged caloric output every week. Two other studies found that any exercise that raises our heart rate and produces sweating for a sustained period will benefit cognitive health as we age. One meta-analysis of 36 studies from Australia’s University of Canberra found that exercise improved cognition by an average of 29 percent for those older than 50; another small group study from Germany’s Otto von Guericke University, in Magdeburg, specifically showed that dancing benefits seniors’ cognition.

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We know that X-ray radiation is nothing to trifle with, but in comparison, dental X-rays are pretty tame. They do produce small amounts of radiation, which kills cells in the body. Medium doses of radiation can produce headaches, fever or vomiting, and higher doses can lead to cancer or even kill by damaging our internal organs. But the truth is that we are exposed to radiation on a daily basis. Playing outside in the sun, living in a brick building, flying in an airplane, sleeping next to another person and walking through a metal detector all expose us to radiation. Moderation is key. Many dental offices have upgraded to digital X-rays, reducing the exposure by a factor of 10. Taking a digital X-ray is like walking through a metal detector a few times in the airport. So at the dental office, don’t be anxious if they want to take a complete series of X-rays. As long as they are digital, we are getting less radiation than playing outside for a half hour. Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, PC, is a holistic dentist at Wrigleyille Dental, located at 3256 North Ashland Ave., in Chicago. For appointments, call 773-242-8722. For more information, visit WrigleyvilleDental.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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Yoga for Healthy Aging Classes by Carrie Jackson


oga for Healthy Aging is one of the newest classes offered by Heaven Meets Earth, a yoga studio and center for conscious living in Evanston. Led by John Liberty, the class offers students an opportunity to embrace getting older and even have some fun in the process. “Yoga for Healthy Aging is all about improving people’s quality of life and compressing morbidity, or reducing the length of time a person who is close to the end of life spends sick or disabled. The idea is to maximize a healthy lifespan,” says Liberty. “This class does that by providing tools for fostering physical health, brain health, stress management and mental calmness.” Liberty, a registered yoga teacher, is also certified in teaching Yoga for Healthy Aging. “The class guides students through a safe and effective yoga practice for living a long and healthy life while aging gracefully,” he says. As we grow older, a regular yoga practice can have a remarkable impact on physical and mental health, as well as spiritual well-being. Liberty’s class is structured around a practice designed by Baxter Bell, M.D., a doctor, acupuncturist and co-author of the book Yoga for Healthy Aging. Bell’s practice is a healing, nurturing style of hatha yoga that balances a desire for action with a need to quiet the mind. While it’s not possible to actually slow or reverse aging, yoga can help people age in a more healthy manner. “The four key physical skills for staying independent are strength, flexibility, agility and balance. Yoga can help improve all of those, as well as enhance cardiovascular health and stress management,” says Liberty. Yoga can also minimize cognitive decline by increasing blood flow to the brain, improving central nervous system functioning and challenging the brain to think differently. 22



John Liberty Yoga for Healthy Aging addresses unique variations for an aging population, such as how to adapt a yoga practice after being diagnosed with glaucoma. Both dynamic and static variations of poses are offered to help reduce atrophy and improve coordination and balance. “As the body ages, it takes muscles longer to respond to stretches and strengthening. We take everything a little slower, and might hold a pose for 90 seconds instead of moving through a fast-paced vinyasa,” explains Liberty. The practice combines a variety of elements to help students cultivate equanimity, or an evenness of mind that allows us to come to peace with whatever we confront. “We use pranayama, or breath work; mudras, or hand gestures; asanas, or physical poses; mantras, or phrases, and meditation that are appropriate for the aging body,” says Liberty. “As people get older, they face inevitable loss, whether that’s their independence, their health, relationships or a sense of purpose. Finding that equanimity makes us more resilient for times when we

feel things are out of control.” Liberty was in his early 50s when he took his first yoga class, and credits the practice with helping him find more balance, on and off the mat. “When I started yoga, I didn’t have a good understanding of my body, and I felt really immobile. Like many people, I initially was drawn to the physical practice and how it helped me open up and move better. But I found that the meditative aspect was equally important, and it helped me through a difficult transitional time in my life,” he explains. Liberty makes a point of informing his students of what’s happening in each pose. “In downward dog, they’re strengthening their upper body, lengthening the spine and stretching the hamstrings. Twists help aid in digestion. Giving them this information helps them cultivate a connection with what’s going on their body,” he explains. The Yoga for Healthy Aging class also puts an emphasis on modifications. “For students who have wrist issues and can’t do a plank, we offer forearm plank. Tree pose can be done seated or against a wall. We use props such as blankets, bolsters, straps and blocks to assist with comfort and support. We empower students to get past the stories they’re telling themselves that say yoga isn’t available for them,” says Liberty. Founded in 2006 by Lisa Faremouth Weber, Heaven Meets Earth is a place where students of any age can move their practice forward and connect with others. Students come away with a stronger sense of purpose, which is especially important for older people that are experiencing new physical and emotional challenges. “We want people to realize what an accomplishment it is just to come to class and do something empowering to take care themselves,” says Liberty. Heaven Meets Earth is located at 2746 Central St., in Evanston. For more information, call 847-475-1500, email Info@HeavenMeetsEarth.com or visit HeavenMeetsEarthYoga.com. See ad on page 27. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at CarrieJacksonWrites.com.

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Onion Garden Offers Healthy Take on Takeout by Carrie Jackson


he Onion Garden, headquartered in Highland Park, is a quick service takeout eatery and catering business that is changing the way consumers eat, one meal at a time. Started in 2017 by chef Tim Carden, the restaurant focuses on quick, fresh, healthy meals and snacks that customers can grab on the go. “We combine classic and modern food preparation techniques to provide an exceptional quick service dining experience. Our kitchen uses the highestquality organic ingredients, sources them locally and promotes sustainability and integrity,” says Carden. Almost everything at Onion Garden is made on-site, from organic ingredients wherever possible. “We offer breakfast all day, salads, wraps, and use nutrient-dense foods like the ‘supergrain’ freekah, farro, steel cut oats, bone broth and chia seeds. The menu is designed to be nutritious and delicious, but also promote satiation. After a meal, customers feel energized and satisfied,” says Carden.  Diners can pick up made-to-order meals at the Highland Park take-out location, which serves all sandwiches on sprouted grain bread and focuses ingredients on high-fiber and macrobiotic ingredients with high-protein options. Fresh entrées include a black bean burger with avocado, sweet potato oat bran grits, a super greens salad with edamame and sunflower seeds, and assorted smoothies with fresh ingredients like flax seeds, 26



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(TheBreadAndBuddhaKitchen.com), in Glencoe, and get the majority of their clients through word of mouth. “Many of our customers in the restaurant are regulars who come in three or four times a week. They know that we will modify anything on the menu for them, even cooking with a different kind of oil or omitting an ingredient,” says Carden. Their meal delivery customers choose exactly what they want from an expansive list of options and are not confined to set menus or courses. Carden, who is from Chicago and studied at Kendall College and Dominican University, has been in the hospitality industry for most of his life. “I started working with my uncle at the Taste of Chicago and other events when I was a teenager as a way to make money over the summer. Soon I discovered that I really enjoyed the excitement of the restaurant industry and I was actually quite good at cooking,” he recalls.  Carden went on to immerse himself in global cuisine and spent time in numerous kitchens and competitions in France, Spain, Ireland and Sweden, as well as all over the U.S. “The food we offer at Onion Garden reflects the flavor, culture and life of a global palate, including a vegetarian French lentil soup, green curry coconut Thai halibut, shredded duck, and kimchi lettuce wraps,” he says.  Onion Garden sources their food from local farms whenever possible. “Not only does the food taste better when it’s fresher, buying local also reduces the amount of travel time and transportation costs, which does keeps the bottom line lower for our customers, but also helps protect the environment. We work with food vendors who share our passion and dedication to quality, ethics and responsibility. Being an independent business with close community ties, we try to support the local economy as much as possible,” says Carden.   Onion Garden is located at 1788 Second St., Ste. 100 (lower level), in Highland Park. For more information, call 847-926-3100, email Chef@OnionGarden.com or visit OnionGarden.com. See ad on page 37.

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ver since skin cancer scares penetrated the national psyche in the mid-1980s, Americans have been conditioned to cover up and slather on sunscreen when we leave the house. Now experts say we haven’t been doing ourselves a favor, even when strictly using all-natural formulas. We’ve been blocking the sun’s life-giving rays, essential for the body’s production of vitamin D, and possibly prompting a host of health problems.

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says Michael Holick, Ph.D., a medical doctor who has pioneered vitamin D research at the Boston University Medical Center. A 40-year professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, he’s a fervent advocate of sensible sun exposure. “Vitamin D is actually a hormone, essential for bone and muscle health. It plays a significant role in reducing the risk of infectious diseases, including cardiovascular problems and certain cancers, contributes to brain function and memory, and elevates mood, all while reducing early mortality,” explains Holick, author of The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem. Yet, he says, about half of all Americans are among the 1 billion people worldwide that are vitamin D deficient. Published vitamin D research in the U.S. National Library of Medicine turns up 74,486 studies and citations dating back to 1922, with nearly half done in the past 10 years; 478 of the total were authored or co-authored by Holick or cited his re-

search. His work confirms that sensible sun exposure and supplementing with natural vitamin D3 brings vitamin D levels to the optimal 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). New research from the University of Surrey, in the UK, found D3 twice as effective in raising vitamin D levels as D2, which is often synthetically produced. While the human body manufactures vitamin D as a response to sun exposure, eating certain foods like fatty fish, egg yolks and cheese can help. Fortifying foods with the vitamin is controversial. “It’s interesting that the right sun exposure will correct D deficiency rapidly, but won’t create an excess. Our bodies stop producing the hormone vitamin D once we have enough,” says Dr. Robert Thompson, an obstetrician, gynecologist and nutrition specialist in Anchorage, Alaska, and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know.

Bare Minimum Holick, who differentiates between unhealthy tanning and healthy sun exposure, recommends exposing arms and legs to noonday sun for five to 10 minutes three times a week for most people. He adds, “Everyone needs 1,500 to 2,000 international units of vitamin D3 [supplements] a day year-round, and obese people need two to three times that much, because their ability to manufacture vitamin D is impaired.” Penckofer’s research confirms that fair-skinned people absorb the sun’s rays easily and quickly, while darker-skinned people have a natural sunblock, so they need much longer sun exposure to absorb the UVB rays that trigger the production of vitamin D. She remarks that inadequate vitamin D is a possible explanation for the greater risk of high blood pressure observed in African-Americans. Holick contends that anyone living north of Atlanta, Georgia, cannot get enough winter sun exposure to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. “While vitamin D can be stored in the body for up to two months, a winter-induced deficiency is a convincing explanation for the seasonal affective disorder that strikes many in northern states in January, just two months

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The World’s Healthiest Cuisines What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating by Judith Fertig


mericans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish supersized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have their original health benefits,” says Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician in the San Francisco Bay area and author of The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World—Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You. Here are five popular—and healthy— world cuisines, known for their great dishes, star ingredients and health-enhancing practices.

Traditional Japanese

Ingredients. The dietary benefits of green tea, fermented soy and mushrooms like shiitake and maitake are well documented. 30



Add dried seaweed to this list. Beyond sushi, it’s a delicious ingredient in brothy soups, where it reconstitutes to add a noodle-like quality, slightly smoky flavor and beneficial minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. A study in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked the longevity of Okinawan residents to eating seaweed, a staple of macrobiotic diets. New York City culinary instructor and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo prefers dried wakame seaweed, readily available in the U.S. Practices. Shimbo grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her mother helped her surgeon father’s patients by preparing foods that helped them recover quickly. Shimbo believes wholeheartedly in Ishoku-dogen, a Japanese concept often translated as, “Food is medicine.”

South Indian

Ingredients. South India—including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana—offers many plant-based dishes that feature coconut, rice and spices such as turmeric, known for decreasing inflammation, according to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Varieties of dried split peas called dal [dal is singular and plural] are used in vegetable curries and ground to make the gluten-free savory crepes known as dosa or puffy white idlis for a snack or breakfast. South India native and current Minneapolis resident Raghavan Iyer, teacher, consultant and author of many cookbooks, including 660 Curries, says, “One technique that gives vegetable dishes a lift is dry-frying or toasting whole spices. It adds complexity and nuttiness.” Simply heat a cast iron skillet, add the whole spices and


Shimbo says, “I eat fairly well, treating food as blessings from nature that keep me healthy and energetic. I do not often indulge in expensive, rich foods.” She prefers eating foods in season and small portions, listening to what her body craves. When feeling the need for minerals and vitamins, she makes a brothy soup with just a little dried wakame, which reconstitutes to four times its dried volume. A second practice supporting healthy well-being is hara hachi bu, or “Eat until your stomach is 80 percent full.” It requires self-discipline to eat slowly and decline more food. But this restraint supports a widely accepted fact that “It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to receive the message that the stomach is full. If we eat slowly, we get the message at the right time, even if we want a few more bites. If we eat too quickly, by the time our brain sends the message, we have probably eaten too much,” says Shimbo. One Great Dish: Japanese soups offer nutrition and flavor in a bowl. Shimbo’s Eata-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup in her cookbook The Japanese Kitchen: 250 Recipes in a Traditional Spirit can be made with chicken or vegetable broth. Other healthy ingredients like sesame oil, fresh ginger, scallions and garlic boost its health benefits.


dry fry until spicy aromas arise; then add them to a dish. Practice. South Indian meals usually comprise many small, highly flavored, colorful, plant-based dishes served with rice. They yield a pleasant aroma and sensation of fullness without overdoing it, says Iyer. One Great Dish: A vegetable/legume curry such as tamata chana dal, or smoky yellow split peas is simple to make. Iyer cooks dried, yellow, split peas with potatoes and turmeric, then dry-fries dried chilis and spices, and purées them in a blender for a no-fat, vegan and glutenfree dish. In Iyer’s view, “The epitome of comfort food is a bowl of dal and rice.”

Garden-to-Table Italian

Ingredients. There’s American-Italian, as in pizza with pepperoni and double cheese, and then there’s real Italian dishes dating back to the Etruscans. Healthy Italian starts with the love of growing things. Whatever grows in the garden is best, served simply with extra virgin olive oil; a recent Temple University study found it preserves memory and wards off Alzheimer’s. Eugenia Giobbi Bone, co-author of Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, and Memories of Meals with a Great American Food Family, says, “My palate was formed with the flavors of homegrown foods. Cooking in central Italy is all about bringing out the flavor of a few very fresh, well-grown ingredients. That means primarily seasonal eating, with lots of vegetables and little meat in summer, the opposite in winter. There isn’t a lot of fuss to the culinary style, which instead depends on interesting, but simple combinations of foods and techniques.” Practice. Italian families’ view of healthful garden-to-table includes the exercise attained from gardening. “We have a good work ethic in our family,” remarks Bone, who lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado. “We are of the mentality that physical work is satisfying, even when it is hard.” From her father’s family, Bone has learned to break a meal into small courses and to eat heavier during the day and lighter at night because this helps maintain a healthy weight, according to many studies including one published in the UK journal Diabetologia.

One Great Dish: Dress up pasta with a seasonal vegetable sauce, such as caponata, an eggplant and tomato mixture, or include primavera via spring vegetables and basil, or arrabbiata, featuring tomatoes and red pepper flakes.


Ingredients. “So much about Lebanese cuisine is ‘on trend’ with our tart and sour flavors from lemon, sumac and pomegranate molasses, a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, plus a tradition of pickling, called mouneh, and yogurt and cheesemaking,” says food blogger Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. “Lebanese cuisine is extraordinarily healthy, fitting squarely into the Mediterranean diet.” Abood lives in East Lansing, Michigan, where she loves to use summer cherries and berries in her Lebanese-inspired dishes. According to Abood, another reason why Lebanese food is so popular is that Lebanese immigrants to the U.S. now outnumber the native population of their mother country. Practice. Gathering to share food is a hallmark of Lebanese hospitality. “The Lebanese style of eating includes maza; many small shared plates of remarkable variety,” says Abood. “Food as medicine” is also a Lebanese practice, according to a study in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. One Great Dish: “Many of my favorite Lebanese dishes are plant-based,” says Abood. “We love to stuff everything from cabbage to summer squash to grape leaves with vegetarian fillings, and cook them in a garlic or tomato broth. Every week, we make and eat mujaddara, a lentil and rice or bulgur pilaf with deeply caramelized onions.” Pair with any Lebanese salad, such as one she makes with sweet cherries and walnuts for “a perfectly healthy and crazy-delicious meal.”


Ingredients. Vietnamese cooking emphasizes fresh herbs and leafy greens, green papaya, seafood, rice and condiments. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that green or unripe papaya contains more healthy

carotenoids (lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene) than tomatoes or carrots. Practice. The preferred style of Vietnamese cooking is steaming or simmering, using less fat. It also encourages communal eating, with each diner dipping an ingredient into a cooking pot. Cooked foods are accompanied by fresh salad greens, including herbs served as whole leaves. One Great Dish: Vietnamese hot pot is a favorite of Andrea Nguyen, whose Vietnamese family emigrated to California. Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors, blogs about food at VietWorldKitchen. com and now lives near San Francisco, California. “This is a slow, cook-it-yourself kind of meal. Set it up, relax with some organic wine or beer and enjoy. Flavors develop and the hot pot transforms as you eat,” she says. “At the end, you’ll slurp up the remaining broth and noodles.” See Tinyurl.com/Viet-ChineseHotPotRecipe. French Bonus: While croissants and triple-crème brie might not seem part of an ideal diet, rediscover two healthy practices from the French: Eat less and eat together. Ongoing studies at Cornell University show that we eat less if offered less. When researcher Paul Rozin, Ph.D., a psychology professor with the University of Pennsylvania, compared portions in Paris, France, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philly portions were 25 percent larger. It’s also reflected in the two countries’ cookbook recipes. Rozin further found that French diners spent more time eating those smaller portions—perhaps explaining the French paradox: Most French eat rich foods and drink wine, yet don’t get fat. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com). March 2018


Cook-It-Yourself Ethnic Recipes

Eat-a-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup

Yields: 4 servings

Smoky Yellow Split Peas (Tamatar Chana Dal) This vegan and gluten-free recipe traces its roots to Southeast India, where roasting spices to yield nutty-hot flavors creates a layered experience. Yields: 6 cups 1 cup yellow split peas  1 lb potatoes (Yukon gold or russet), peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes  ¼ tsp ground turmeric  2 to 4 dried red cayenne chiles (like chile de arbol), stems discarded  1 Tbsp coriander seeds  1 tsp cumin seeds  1 medium-size tomato, cored and diced  2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems  1½ tsp coarse kosher or sea salt   Measure the peas into a medium-size saucepan. Cover with water and rinse the grains by rubbing them in-between fingertips. Drain and repeat three to four times until the water, upon rinsing the peas, remains fairly clear. Measure and pour 4 cups of water into the pan and bring it to a boil over mediumhigh heat. When some foam arises, scoop it out and discard it.   Add the potatoes and turmeric to the peas, stirring once or twice. Lower the heat to 32



medium-low and cover the pan. Stew the mélange, stirring occasionally, until the peas are tender, but still firm-looking and the potatoes are cooked, 20 to 25 minutes. While the peas and potatoes cook, preheat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan feels hot (a palm held close to the bottom usually feels the heat within 2 to 4 minutes), sprinkle in the chiles, coriander and cumin.

1 Tbsp sesame oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp peeled and julienned ginger 3 scallions, both green and white parts, cut into thin disks 4¼ cups chicken or vegetable broth ¼ cup sake 1 Tbsp instant wakame sea vegetable, soaked in cold water for 2 minutes and drained 1 Tbsp white sesame seeds, toasted in a skillet Tamari to taste Ground white pepper to taste In a medium pot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat until it’s hot, but not smoking. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the white part of the scallions, reserving the green part, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Toast the spices, shaking the pan very frequently, until the chiles blacken and smell smoky-hot and the seeds turn reddish brown and smell strongly aromatic (nutty with citrus undertones), 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the chicken broth and sake, then bring the mixture to a boil. Add the wakame and the sesame seeds. Season the soup with a few drops of tamari and ground white pepper, and add the green part of the scallions.

Transfer this spice blend to a blender jar and plunk in the tomato. Purée, scraping the insides of the jar as needed, to make a smooth, reddish brown paste with a smoky aroma. Once the peas are cooked, scrape the spicy, well-seasoned tomato paste into the pan. Stir in the cilantro and salt.   Set the heat to medium-high and vigorously boil the dal, uncovered, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to mingle and the sauce to slightly thicken, 12 to 15 minutes. For a thicker sauce, mash some of the peas and potatoes with the back of a spoon. Serve warm.

After a few strong stirs, serve piping hot in individual bowls.

Recipe courtesy of Raghavan Iyer (RaghavanIyer.com).

Recipe of Hiroko Shimbo from The Japanese Kitchen; permission from Quarto Publishing Group USA.

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This soup satisfies a body’s call for a dish rich in minerals and vitamins.

Cherries with Parsley, Walnuts and Pomegranate Vinaigrette This salad combines fresh summer fruits from the U.S. and Lebanon. Pomegranate molasses is a bottled condiment available at Middle Eastern markets and specialized grocers. Yields: 8 servings 1 qt sweet cherries, pitted and halved ⅓ cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped 2 tsp pomegranate molasses Juice of ½ lemon 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Pinch kosher salt

Pasta with Caponata Try adding a sliced avocado or a can of tuna fish packed in olive oil. Yields: 4 servings Caponata: 2 Tbsp olive oil ¾ lb eggplant, peeled and diced (about 2 cups) 1 celery rib (about ½ cup) 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 1 small tomato, coarsely chopped (about ½ cup) 2 Tbsp capers packed in vinegar 2 Tbsp wine vinegar 2 tsp natural sugar, optional 1 Tbsp pine nuts Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Pasta: ¾ lb farfalle or penne pasta 1 can tuna packed in olive oil, drained (optional) 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan 2 Tbsp julienned fresh basil leaves For the caponata, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the eggplant and cook over medium-high heat, for 15 minutes, until lightly browned, mixing often.

Remove the eggplant with a slotted spoon and add the onions and celery to the skillet. Lower the heat and sauté, stirring occasionally. When the celery is tender, in about 10 minutes, add the tomatoes. Cover and continue to cook, mixing the vegetables together, for 10 minutes more. Add the eggplant. Drain the capers and soak them in cold water for 15 minutes. Rinse and blot on a paper towel. In a small pan, heat the vinegar and natural sugar together. As soon as the mixture boils, add desired amount of capers and pine nuts, then salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 1 minute, and then add to the eggplant mixture. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes. Adjust the seasoning.

In a decorative small salad bowl, combine the cherries, walnuts and parsley. In a small prep bowl, whisk the pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, olive oil and salt until it emulsifies. Dress the salad with the vinaigrette and serve immediately, or later, at room temperature. Recipe courtesy of Maureen Abood (MaureenAbood.com).

Transfer to a large serving bowl. The dish is best at room temperature, but can be cold. For the pasta, bring a big pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook until al dente, drain and pour over the caponata. Add the tuna if desired. Toss gently and garnish with the Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Recipe courtesy of Eugenia Bone (Kitchen Ecosystem.com). March 2018


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SPICE UP HEALTHY COOKING Six Seasonings with Surprising Payoffs by Amber Lanier Nagle


pices add a punch of extra flavor to our favorite dishes, but they also possess proven health and wellness properties. From regulating blood sugar to reducing inflammation to helping control appetite, behold the magnificent six.

Garlic (Allium sativum)

“There’s a lot of evidence that suggests garlic supports heart health,” says Rosalee de la Forêt, a clinical herbalist and author of Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition tracked the blood pressure of 79 patients with uncontrolled hypertension and found that the mean systolic blood pressure of those consuming two 240-milligram capsules of aged garlic extract a day for 12 weeks significantly decreased compared to those taking one capsule or a placebo. 34



“Garlic may also reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu when taken at the onset of symptoms and each day afterwards,” says de la Forêt, citing a study published in Clinical Nutrition. “I mince a clove and mix it with honey to make it easier to swallow.”

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Dr. Lipi Roy, a clinical assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine and blogger at SpicesForLifemd. com, considers turmeric the golden spice of life. “In addition to its role in Indian and Asian cuisine, turmeric is used in traditional Indian medicine to treat common ailments like stomach upset, ulcers, flatulence, arthritis, sprains, wounds and skin and eye infections,” she says. A study published in Oncogene concluded that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) was a more potent anti-inflam-

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Used in India for 4,000 years, black pepper may be the most popular spice of our era. “Black pepper can increase the amount of nutrients your body absorbs from other food and spices,” says de la Forêt. A study published in Plant Medica concluded that subjects consuming a small amount (20 milligrams) of an extract of black pepper showed an increase of retained curcumin in their bodies. For maximum benefits, grind whole peppercorns directly onto food at mealtime.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum verum)

“One of cinnamon’s super powers is that it may help regulate blood glucose in patients with Type 2 diabetes,” Roy says. In a study published in Diabetic Medicine, subjects taking two grams of cinnamon daily for 12 weeks exhibited much better blood sugar control. Roy suggests sprinkling it on oatmeal, apples, pumpkin pie and brownies. Roast chicken flavored with cinnamon and other spices is another treat.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

“Ginger is a rhizome people have traditionally used medicinally to help with digestive issues,


Herbs are not spices although the term spice is sometimes used to encompass them all. An herb is the leaf of a plant when used in cooking. Spices can be buds, bark, roots, berries, seeds or any other part of a plant, and are often dried.

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Paprika (Capsicum annuum)

A common spice added to Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Indian cuisine, paprika is rich in natural carotenoids (the orangey pigment in many plants with antioxidant power) and capsaicin, both of which may decrease mortality from chronic illnesses. Another benefit of this capsaicincontaining spice is its ability to control appetite. In research published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, participants that consumed red pepper spice had a slightly higher core temperature and energy expenditure after a meal than the control group. The study further suggested that those that consumed capsaicin-containing spices like paprika ate fewer calories per day and had less interest in food. “Paprika is a great salt alternative, too,” says Roy. “Too often, people think they are craving salt, but they aren’t. They are craving flavor, and paprika gives a nice kick to chili, salad, grilled cheese and so many other foods.”

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including upset stomachs and nausea,” says Karen Kennedy, of Concord, Ohio, a horticulturist and educator at the Herb Society of America. In a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers concluded that gastric emptying and relief was more rapid after subjects with frequent or severe stomach upsets ingested 1.2 grams of ginger. Ginger is also linked to increased circulation and reduced inflammation. A study published in Phytotherapy Research noted that this spice also worked in alleviating migraines equal to the pharmaceutical sumatriptan (Imitrex). According to a study in the journal Arthritis, it’s an effective tool in the battle against rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger adds a zing of healthy flavor to hot teas and stir-fried veggies such as broccoli, green beans, carrots or mushrooms.

Rustic Saffron and Potato Soup Recipe by Marlena Jayatilake The vivid yellow-orange color of saffron signals a treat for the taste buds as we experience one of the world’s most exotic spices. Fortunately, a little goes a long way. This delicious staple of Indian cuisine also has a distinguished aroma, and research indicates that it helps ease mild depression and promotes healthy sleep. 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth 1 lb ground turkey (Other meat or soy crumbles can be substituted, but keep it ground. Omit for veg version.) 2 cups condensed milk (almond milk, heavy cream or coconut milk can be substituted) 1 med onion, finely diced 1 red pepper, finely diced 3 cloves of garlic, finely diced 4 Idaho or fingerling potatoes, diced 1 cup kale greens, stems removed and finely sliced ½ tsp saffron threads 1 tsp turmeric powder 1 Tbsp smoked paprika 1 tsp red crushed peppers 1 Tbsp olive oil Pink Himalayan sea salt to taste 1 Tbsp butter (optional)

In a heavy pot, add olive oil until heated. Add onions and cook over medium-low heat for three minutes. Add garlic and cook for another two minutes, constantly stirring until garlic is golden. Add turmeric and smoked paprika, cook for 30 seconds. Increase heat to medium-high, add ground turkey and cook until browned, about three minutes. Add chicken stock, butter (optional), red crushed pepper. milk and potatoes and saffron. Bring to a boil, then decrease heat to medium-low, cover and  cook until potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes.  Add red peppers and kale greens, cook an additional five minutes over low heat.  Turn off flame and let sit covered for 10 minutes for kale green to soften.  Note: For powerful anti-inflammatory healing benefits, sprinkle ½ tsp turmeric and fresh cracked black pepper to aid in mineral absorption prior to serving. Marlena Jayitalake is the founder and owner of Love That Spice, located at 1893 Sheridan Rd., in Highland Park. For more information or to order online, call 847-780-4658 or visit LoveThatSpice.com. See ad on page 37.

Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (AmberNagle.com). March 2018


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Good Food is Good Medicine Initiative by Adam Murphy, M.D.


ood Food is Good Medicine is a new FamilyFarmed program that reflects the organization’s vision of “good food on every table” because they know good food is a key ingredient for a healthy and fulfilling life. They will be presenting more information at the 14th annual Good Food EXPO on March 24 at the UIC Forum. FamilyFarmed CEO Jim Slama states, “Encouraging better eating habits will result in healthier, happier people and prevent illnesses, thus reducing the potentially crushing burden of healthcare costs on individuals and our society.” Science clearly demonstrates that good food provides prevention and treatment for growing epidemics of food-related illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, gout and cancer. Most people understand that eating fruits and vegetables are good for us, but do not translate this knowledge to individual meal preparation and shopping decisions. When we consider the complexity of different cultural cuisines, tight budgets and dietary restrictions, these recommendations become more difficult for people to apply to their own lives. Good Food is Good Medicine is here to address the problem. One of the key activities in this developing program has been to convene an advisory board of opinion leaders across several industries to develop a strategy to best engage the public. The community will also be at the table to shape and implement Good Food is Good Medicine to reduce the burden of preventable chronic diseases.  36



Dr. Adam Murphy with Charlotte Flinn, FamilyFarmed Board Chair and Good Food is Good Medicine advisory board member, at a Northwestern Medicine GFGM event on July 13, 2017. This advisory board will have input from nutritionists, dietitians, chefs, primary care and integrative medicine physicians, endocrinologists, food producers and grocers. These advisors will be ethnically and

socioeconomically diverse to ensure that interventions are culturally relevant and affordable to optimize their effectiveness. FamilyFarmed is partnering with trained chefs and nutritionists with expertise in the array of cuisines in America. Their task will be to develop culturally targeted menus that include 10 to 15 healthy meals appealing to the palates of each of the country’s major ethnic groups. Physicians, dietitians and the community will be engaged to assess the feasibility of these menus, and there will also be a focus on pricing and the accessibility of the menus across socioeconomic boundaries. Another component of the program will leverage FamilyFarmed’s trusted relationships with Whole Foods Market, community grocers and restaurateurs to host community cooking demonstrations. Chefs will teach people how to use spices and minor recipe modifications to transform familiar foods into delicious, nutrient-dense meals. UIC Forum location: 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago. For more information, visit FamilyFarmed.org. See ad on page 11 and at NAChicago.com. An assistant professor and urologist at Northwestern Medicine, Adam Murphy, M.D., is a FamilyFarmed board member.


r. Murphy will participate in The Doc Is In: Food, Health and Quality of Life on March 24 at the UIC Forum as part of the Good Food is Good Medicine track at FamilyFarmed’s annual Good Food EXPO. The discussion will focus on the science and daily practice of Good Food as prevention and as medicine, with Q&A. Participants include Dr. Edwin McDonald, a trained chef and assistant professor in gastroenterology at the University of Chicago and Dr. Melinda Ring, executive director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine. Murphy will moderate an afternoon panel, Making Good Food the Medicine in Your Life, with Trista Li, cofounder and CEO of KitcheNet, and Judson Todd Allen, CEO and executive chef of Healthy Infused Cuisine. Admission is free with registration. Location: 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago. For more information, visit GoodFoodEXPO.org. See ad on page 11.

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Fruit Snippets Stray grapes, a half-finished peach, overripe bananas, wrinkly berries and the core of a pineapple can all go in the freezer, and then into a smoothie.

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hen Jacques Pépin was growing up in France during World War II, he watched his mother use every scrap of food to meet the family’s needs, and then send him to live with a farmer in summer so her growing son could eat fresh from the farm. Today, the internationally renowned PBS-TV chef and cookbook author carries these sensibilities forward at his home and studio in Madison, Connecticut. “In Europe, and certainly in France, healthy food is much more expensive,” he says. “In America, a chef may have the person that washes dishes also prepare salads. With lettuce, he’ll cut off the whole top, cut out the heart and throw out the rest.” U.S. restaurant kitchens mirror home kitchens, where the average family throws away a quarter of the food they buy, wasting an average of $2,200 a year. These scraps mean wasted food and money at home, plus misspent resources to grow and transport the food. According to a report by the National Resource Defense Council, “Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land and swallows 80 percent of the fresh water consumed in the United States.” 38



To save money and also live better, here are just some of many easy ways to use up every bit of fresh produce we buy.

Asparagus Ends

Self-described “frugal foodie” Diana Johnson, of Auburn, Washington, never lets asparagus ends go to waste. With the help of a blender, she turns them into a creamy asparagus soup—minus the cream—that her family loves (Tinyurl.com/AsparagusSoupTips).

Broccoli, Swiss Chard and Spinach Stems

Thrifty cooks know the magic of quick pickles. Recycle the brine from pickles and pack thinly cut stems of broccoli, Swiss chard and mature spinach into the jar until covered with the brine, then seal and refrigerate. In a few days, these quick pickles will be ready for snacking and sandwiches.

Carrot and Beet Tops

Very fine carrot tops can be used like parsley. With a food processor or high-speed blender, transform them into a favorite pesto or salsa verde recipe, suggests Registered

Freeze what’s left in the bottle in ice cube trays, suggests Anisha Jhaveri, a film writer and wine lover in New York City. It can add flavor to soups and stews, sauces and desserts like wine-poached pears.

Lemon Peels The limonene in lemon peels is a natural cleaner and degreaser, says blogger Jill Nystul, of Salt Lake City, Utah. She makes her own Citrus Vinegar All-Purpose Cleanser by simply packing lemon peels in a jar and topping with vinegar. See how at Tinyurl.com/HomemadeCitrusCleaners.

Vegetable Peels and Trimmings Instead of throwing out onion skins, carrot peels, celery leaves and tough leek stems, collect them in a freezer bag over time and store in the freezer. When enough has accumulated to fill a pot, make homemade vegetable stock, suggests Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle (InSonnetsKitchen.com/ how-to-make-perfect-vegetable-stock-for). At home, Pépin makes “fridge soup” once a week. “Whatever is left in the fridge—carrots, lettuce, a piece of leftover meat or whatever else I made the other day—goes into the soup,” says Pépin. “We finish it with some vermicelli or polenta or good bread.” A delicious meal, shared with family and friends, makes frugality festive. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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Shop smart. Plan meals for the week with a detailed shopping list, suggests Madeline Basler, a certified dietitian nutritionist in Long Island, New York.


Save, transform and eat leftovers. “Eat down the fridge,” counsels Kim O’Donnell, a chef and cookbook author in Portland, Oregon. Turn leftovers into frittata, sandwich fillings, pasta sauces and soups. In this way, we’re not eating quite the same meal again.

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Store food in safe, sealable glass containers, so it’s easy to see. Avoid clutter in the refrigerator and freezer; if we can’t see it, we won’t eat it.

Treat expiration and sell-by dates as just guidelines. There is wiggle room in both, advises Bloom.


Donate extra pantry items to food banks and places that provide hot meals for those in need.


Preserve the bounty of the garden. Learn how to make quick pickles, pasta sauces and foods to freeze.


Join a food exchange. Emily Paster, cofounder of Chicago Food Swap, helps farmers, foragers, home cooks, gardeners, bakers and canners trade or barter their produce and products.


Go social. PDX Food Swap, in Portland, Oregon; BK Swappers, in Brooklyn, New York; and ATX Swappers, in Austin, Texas, combine food exchange events with a potluck. March 2018


Pollinator-Friendly Plants and Gardens are a Hot Topic at the

Chicago Flower & Garden Show by Lynn Petrak


last year. The butterfly he Chicago garden is back in 2018, Flower & Garand we’re planning to den Show will have more and different kick off springtime in types of butterflies. the Chicago area from March 14 through 18 at Navy Pier with the Do you find theme of FLOWERadults enjoy TALES: Every Garden butterflies as Has a Story to Tell. The much as kids show features more than do and like the 20 walkable gardens, idea of having daily Get Growing pretheir yards as sentations and seminars habitats? on a variety of topics. Tony Abruscato I’ve seen it cross generaDirector Tony Abrustions. It’s also a great way for generations cato, who took over in 2011, reports that to interact with one another for a common as people have become more interested in creating outdoor surroundings that are both cause. Adding plants that attract butterflies and pollinators is something that is simple beautiful and sustainable in recent years, for everyone to understand and get involved the show has added garden features, how-to with. There used to be more butterflies and sessions and hands-on activities on planting honeybees, and now and enjoying pollinator gardens. Abruscato there are fewer of them. says it’s his mission to inspire, educate and It’s interesting; motivate many generations of gardeners. back in the day, many Based on your experience with people considered milkweed a weed, and now the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, how would you describe it’s being planted in gardens everywhere. In that sense, we are interest in pollinator-friendly seeing the evolution of plants and what gardens among today’s garden- people are growing. What used to be coners and homeowners? sidered a weed is now an essential plant. We are definitely seeing more people interested in learning about the types of Can people that attend the plants they can put in their yards and home show learn how to plant spaces that will help the pollinator popupollinator-attracting varietlation. At the Chicago Flower & Garden ies virtually anywhere in their Show, we added a butterfly education outdoor surroundings? garden and had a great response to that 40



A pollinator garden can be in a container in your balcony or planted in your yard. We’ve worked with nonprofit organizations over the last few years, too, to help them plant pollinator gardens on the grounds of their facilities. The butterfly-shaped garden at the nonprofit community group El Valor is one example.

How can visitors to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show learn more about pollinator-friendly plants and practices? In addition to the educational butterfly exhibit, our Get Growing educational series includes several presentations on the subject. Melinda Myers will kick off our seminar program on March 14 with a session on Designing a Pollinator Garden: Create the Scene and Attract the Characters, for this Flower Garden Tale’s Happy Ending. Later that day, butterfly expert Kay MacNeil will talk about Monarch Stuff and How to Be a Caterpillar Mom, and Kyle Lambert will speak on The Wind in the Coneflowers: Creating a Pollinator Paradise. On March 15, Monica Buckley and Charlotte Adelman will present Garden in the Shade with Native Flowers, Shrubs and Trees, and Attract Butterflies, Bees and Birds. David Mizejewski will share his thoughts on Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife. He will do another seminar on March 18, Saving Pollinators One Garden at a Time. In addition to those seminars, experts will share their advice on the Gardening Live stage. On March 14, for example, Laura Ekasetya and Karen Taira, of Lurie Garden, in Chicago’s Millennium Park, will give their tips on Making Your Own Bee Houses. Our daily make-and-take potting parties will include tips on how to add pollinator-friendly plants to containers, and the Kids’ Activity Garden will feature crafts focused on creating gardens and habitats.

People love to share their success stories with us, and we love to hear about what they have planted and what they learned from attending the show. Our goal is to inspire, educate and motivate people, and it’s rewarding to hear the many ways that people are inspired to get growing to help the circle of life. Lynn Petrak is a writer and content specialist at GreenMark Media, specializing in green spaces, places and people. For more information and tickets, visit ChicagoFlower.com. See ad on page 3 and at NAChicago.com. Enter to win tickets at NAChicago.com/CHI/Contests/.

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Along with naturally beautifying a home, many indoor plants help purify air quality often contaminated by chemicals found in common household products and furnishings. A recent study by the State University of New York at Oswego found that bromeliads absorbed up to 80 percent of pollutants from volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitted by paint, furniture, printers, dry-cleaned clothes and other household products. Other plants that scored highly for purifying the air of VOCs in airtight container tests were dracaena and spider plants (ScienceAlert.com). In related news, peace lilies have been shown to be effective in reducing airborne ammonia. NASA scientists have discovered that Boston fern, rubber plants, English ivy, devil’s ivy, peace lily, mum and gerbera daisies help clear the air of the formaldehyde often used in insulation, carpeting and particleboard furniture. (RodalesOrganicLife.com) Environmental scientist B.C. Wolverton’s book How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office cites ferns as another good plant for removing formaldehyde from the home. Ferns are nontoxic, making them good indoor plants for pet owners per the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Indoor levels of formaldehyde can also be reduced by potting areca palm, amstel king ficus and weeping fig plants, according to MotherEarthLiving.com. The website also cites how dragon tree plants can help remove xylene (used in solvents), trichloroethylene (found primarily in adhesives) and toluene (a solvent and gasoline additive) from the air. Beyond improving air quality, indoor plants also boost ambient oxygen levels, lower mold counts and serve as a natural humidifier and mood enhancer.

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Affecting Climate Change by Getting Involved by J.C. Kibbey


e need not feel hopeless when it comes to climate change, because each of us has the power to shape our policies and our future if we use it. Here are some ways to get involved, whether we have 10 minutes to an hour a day or even 10 hours a week to support issues that matter.

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(UCS, ucsusa.org) puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Joining with people across the country, this nonpartisan group combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe and sustainable future. Their Chicago office empowers scientists, volunteers and partner organizations to advocate for clean energy and climate action. Here’s how individuals can make a difference.

10 minutes: Sign up for alerts on how to

support science and clean energy on the Union of Concerned Scientists website. Scientists can join the Science Network and use their unique voice to support climate action. UCS supporters and scientists helped pass the Future Energy Jobs Bill, bringing more than $12 billion in clean energy investment to Illinois while halving carbon emissions from power generation and working to stop a proposed subsidy for polluting Dynegy coal plants last year.

One hour: Vote for candidates that sup-

port climate solutions. Make sure to register to vote, know where the polling place is and mark the Illinois primary election on March 20 and the general election on November 6 on the calendar. A quick Google search will help find candidates that support action on climate change.




10 hours a week: Get active in the climate movement. Contact UCS about bringing an advocate or scientist to talk to a local community group. Consistently call local, state and federal elected officials about important climate bills; these calls matter. Ask friends and family if they’re voting and calling their elected officials, too. Getting friends involved is an important and fun way to multiply our impact. Moms Clean Air Force (MomsCleanAirForce.org) is a nonpartisan community of over 1 million moms and dads united against air pollution and the urgent crisis of our changing climate to protect our children’s health. Kelly Nichols, Midwest organizer for Moms Clean Air Force, works with supporters in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, and shares ways to become involved. 10 minutes: Busy people can have an impact, even with limited time. Visit their website to sign petitions and become a member. The petitions will go straight to elected officials. Members receive updates on easy actions to protect clean air and

the planet we love. Take a few minutes to follow the organization on social media to get updates on those platforms.

One hour: Do research relating to

climate and clean air, and check out the stances of our elected officials from local mayors to our senator in Washington, D.C., to see how they are taking on those issues. Then write an actual pen-to-paper letter. If they are doing great things, say thank-you and ask for more. If they are doing things that we feel need to be different, let them know that, too. Telling our elected officials, “Here’s what I care about and why,” is critical, and part of being an active, engaged citizen. “If showing up is more fun, go to the elected official’s office or attend a meeting or event with an organization you’re passionate about,” says Nichols. Don’t forget to bring a friend; it’s important to grow the movement to make an impact for change.

10 hours a week: Host a house party for Moms Clean Air Force. Gather friends, set up some snacks and reach out to Nichols for help in planning. It doesn’t need to be at a home; do it at school as a part of a PTA meeting or at a church or library. This year, Moms Clean Air Force is working on the Moms and Mayors program, an outreach that encourages women to get engaged in local government and hold local leaders accountable on the environment and climate. League of Women Voters of Illinois (LWV, lwvil.org) is a nonpar-

tisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, increased community understanding of major policy issues and influencing public policy through education, advocacy and coalition building. Those that join also become members of local, state, national and multi-state leagues, like the LWV Lake Michigan Region. Addressing climate change is a major priority for members on local, state, regional and national levels. Hilary Denk, co-chair of the League of Women Voters of Illinois (LWVIL) Issues and Advocacy Commit-

tee, shares ways to channel our interests:

10 minutes: Follow instructions and

use talking points on a LWVIL Time For Action alert to communicate with legislators about a specific position. Read monthly emails from LWVIL with reports from issue specialists that analyze legislation. Sign an online petition for action, and add a personal story to make it more likely to be read. Share articles and petitions on social media with short statements about why we care about climate change.

One hour: Attend a local public meet-

ing of a village council or environmental commission as a member of the League Observer Corp and report back to the local League and the public about what’s being done to address climate issues. Join a committee that meets monthly to plan local actions and educational events focused on environmental concerns. Have coffee with friends to tell them about our concerns and share suggestions for ways they can make a difference.

10 hours a week: Sign up for training, such as on the watershed project or to become an advocate in the campaign to ban coal tar locally. “These are two League projects that help preserve the health and safety of your water,” says Denk. “The trainings prepare you to work with others in your community to educate and advocate locally.” Set up meetings with local school board, park district board and city council members to discuss how they are addressing climate issues. Connect them with resources and plan local events for the public that highlight their good work. Whether we have a few minutes a week or few hours, engaging with local organizations is easier than ever, and the impact has a real ripple effect. Even with a busy schedule, we can always support any of these organizations with a financial contribution. J.C. Kibbey is the Midwest outreach and policy advocate for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, in Chicago. For more information, email JCKibbey@ucsusa.org or visit uscusa.org.

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Notorious for being picky eaters, cats might balk at sprouts being added to their regular diet. Rather than upsetting the status quo, grow sprouts like alfalfa or barley on a handy windowsill for grazing. “My cats prefer self-serve,” observes veterinarian Carol Osborne, owner of the Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic, in Ohio. “Now they leave my house plants alone.” Both cats and dogs may show improved gastric intestinal health as a result.

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quarter cup daily per 20 pounds of the pet’s weight is the rule of thumb,” says Osborne. She counsels against serving Fido onion, garlic, corn or mushroom sprouts. Peas, sunflowers, radishes, alfalfa and clover are suggested; they are all tasty and easy to grow.

Birds “We encourage people to make their own sprouts. It’s easy to get quality seeds for legumes or grains from Whole Foods, BobsRedMill.com or Nuts.com,” says Ann Brooks, president of the all-volunteer Phoenix Landing Foundation, in Asheville, North Carolina. They provide educational activities and facilitate adoption of birds, from parakeets to macaws. Sprouts from the store can be risky, because of bacteria, she cautions. “If not growing your own, the only one I recommend is the organic

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Instead of sprouting one kind of seed per jar, consider creating a mix. “Because of sporadic drought conditions, the idea of growing your own fodder became more popular, thinking it might make forage supply more dependable and possibly cheaper after initial startup costs,” Thunes explains. “Owners have a sense of control over what the horse eats, there’s less reliance on a supplier and the seeds are less expensive than hay. Due to moisture and nutritional differences, you can’t swap sprouts and hay pound for pound. It’s best to consult a veterinarian or nutritionist.” Sprouts contain a lot of moisture and have an inverted calcium phosphorus ratio that has to be accounted for she says. Horses enjoy barley, sunflower and flax sprouts for variety. The high moisture content may help reduce the risk of intestinal impaction and resulting colic.

When adding sprouts to a horse’s regular diet, it’s important to balance the intake. “A lot of barns feed forage three times a day. I know of a couple that feed one meal of sprouts and the other two of hay,” says Clair Thunes, Ph.D., a consulting equine nutritionGood for All ist with “Sprouts are a healthy form of nutrition Summit and a hip way for both pets and people to Equine Nuenjoy greens,” says Osborne. “They’re a trition in Sacramento, California. “Several companies sell systems for large-scale grow- great go-to powerhouse of nutrition, often more nutritious than the adult plant.” ing.” The sprouts grow with matted roots in what is called a biscuit, weighing about Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy 18 pounds. Difficult to mix with other feed, NaturalAwakenings_7.5 x 3.25 PS18_Layout 11:22 AM Page 1 at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com. the biscuits are fed separately, roots and all.1 1/9/2018

Sprouting Tips 4 Always use organic seeds. SproutHouse.com and Rareseeds.com are additional sources. 4 Seeds sprout in water or soil. Avoid direct sunlight. 4 Practice good hygiene to avoid bacteria. Rinse seeds several times a day to prevent mold. Once the sprouts show a bit of green, dry them to remove excess moisture before refrigerating. 4 Refrigerate for up to a week for peak freshness, but no longer. 4 Use a mix of seeds or one kind at a time. Discard any seeds that don’t sprout with the rest. 4 Sunflower seeds produce a particularly high volume of sprouts.

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then lower and repeat. Continue for one minute. Make it easier by doing slow and controlled reps without dumbbells.


WALL PUSHUPS. Stand at armâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s length away from a wall with feet hip-width apart. Place palms shoulderwidth apart on the wall. Bend elbows and lower the upper body toward the wall, keeping the core tight and straight. Pause, and then press back to the starting position and repeat. Continue for one minute. Make it harder by taking a step back from the wall, pushing out from a kneeling position.


SHOULDER SHRUG. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold dumbbells with arms down, palms facing inward. Slowly raise shoulders as if trying to touch the earlobes. Pause, and




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ARM CIRCLES. Stand with feet hipwidth apart. Extend arms straight out to each side at shoulder height with palms facing down. Swing arms forward in a circular motion for 30 seconds, and then backward for 30 seconds. Keep shoulders down and back and elbows slightly bent.

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SEATED ADDUCTION. Sit in a chair with a yoga block between the knees. Press knees together to squeeze the device, pause for three seconds. Relax and repeat. Continue for one minute. HIP EXTENSION. Start on hands and knees with palms flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Align the neck and back while looking down or slightly forward. With foot flexed and knee bent, slowly raise the right foot toward the ceiling until the thigh is parallel with the floor. Pause, and then lower. Continue for 30 seconds, and then repeat with the left leg. To make it easier, try it while standing, keeping the lifted leg straight, and hold the back of a chair for support.

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BRIDGE. Lie face-up on the floor with knees bent and feet flat. Press heels firmly and raise hips to form a straight line from shoulders to knees. Pause for three seconds in this position, and then lower and repeat. Continue for one minute. CLAMSHELL. Lie on the floor on the left side, with hips and knees bent 45 degrees, the right leg on top of the left, heels together. Keeping feet together, raise the top knee as high as possible without moving the pelvis or letting the bottom leg leave the floor. Pause, and then return to the starting position. Continue for 30 seconds; switch sides and repeat.


BICEPS CURL. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold dumbbells with arms at each side, palms facing forward. Keeping the upper arms still, bend both elbows to bring the dumbbells as close to the shoulders as possible. Pause, and then slowly lower and repeat. Each time arms return to the starting position, completely straighten them. Continue for one minute. Make it easier with slow and controlled reps without using dumbbells.


TRICEPS EXTENSION. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold the end of one dumbbell with both hands. Position arms so elbows are pointing up, with upper arms by the ears and the dumbbell behind the head. The neck is aligned with the back; with shoulders down and back. Keeping upper arms still, straighten the elbows until the dumbbell is overhead. Pause, and then slowly lower and repeat. Continue for one minute. Make it easier by sitting in a chair. Locke Hughes, of Atlanta, GA, contributes content to SilverSneakers, a community fitness program that helps older adults maintain a healthy lifestyle and improve well-being. Learn more at SilverSneakers.com.


SEATED KNEE RAISE. Sit at the front of the chair with knees bent and feet flat, holding onto the sides for balance. Keeping the knee bent, lift the right leg about six inches off the floor. Pause for three seconds, and then lower and repeat with the left leg. Continue alternating for one minute.

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by Paige Leigh Reist

e are all born with magic, but somewhere along the way, life tends to stomp it out of us. When we are living in our magic, we become curious, passionate and energetic. We thrive. Here are five ways to begin to reclaim our own special vibrancy.


LIVE WITH EARTH’S CYCLES Our planet teaches by example how to live in harmony with the seasons. Rest in the winter, awake to new beginnings in spring and rejoice in summer’s bounty. Give extra thanks in autumn. Live by and with the land, and watch how goodness magically blooms into being.


EXERCISE INTUITION Trusting in our intuition is generally discouraged from a young age. We’re taught to ignore it in favor of logic, following social scripts and displaying expected behaviors. We’re told whom to look to for answers, definitions of right and wrong and true and false, and that grown-ups always know best. A powerful way to counteract this conditioning is to come to trust ourselves. Intuition is like a muscle—the more we use it, the more powerful it becomes. The spiritual “still small voice” won’t lead us astray.


COMMUNE Speaking our truth is transformative. To be heard, validated and supported is a

powerful catalyst of personal growth and supports self-worth. Whenever possible, make time to meet with kindred spirits and share personal stories, wisdom and struggles around the proverbial fire.


CELEBRATE Spend time thinking about what it is that comprises the essence of oneself and celebrate it—that is where magic lives. Often, the qualities that carry our magic may have been put down. Sensitivity can be considered weakness. Determination might be termed stubbornness. But if we unabashedly love and celebrate these qualities in ourself, we begin to re-conceptualize them as sources of strength and power, and magic seeps through.


STOP ACCEPTING THE MUNDANE Let go of anything that does more to limit rather than propel progress. Review media habits, relationships, jobs and character traits, and be ruthless in pruning what needs to go. Try to interact only with people, activities and things that produce glowing feelings of inspiration, fulfillment and buzzing vitality. Assess habits honestly and choose meaningful substance over comfort, ease and familiarity. Paige Leigh Reist is a writer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who blogs at TheWholesomeHandbook.com.


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An enzyme with higher amylase content helps eneé S. Barasch, a certified digestive break down carbohydrates, and one with more health specialist, detoxification/purificalipase works better to break down fats. In my tion specialist and founder of Nutritional office, we run lab tests to determine the right mix Health Solutions, in Highland Park, has been a of enzymes for each person. I take into considerChicago area leader in nutrition and digestion ation factors like family history, diet and overall education for more than 12 years. She splits her health. The tests also help detect any nutritional time between seeing clients in private sessions, deficiencies. Based on the results, I might recomspeaking to the community, writing about digesmend diet modifications and food supplements tion issues, being an ambassador for holistic in addition to enzymes. digestive health and giving people the ability to connect the dots between nutrition and digesHow do environmental irritants tion. affect digestion? Although every digestive system is differWe encounter factors in the environment every ent, many people experience allergy flare-ups Reneé S. Barasch, LDHS day that can cause irritation and inflammation, that may be related to how their bodies are breakwhether that’s someone’s excess perfume, secondhand smoke ing down ingredients in their food. Being aware of our specific or particles from a construction site. In the springtime, the air digestive needs and taking steps to protect the gut can eliminate is full of dust, mold and other seasonal aggravators. When we allergies, improve absorption and take unneeded stress off our breathe these in, they get into our bloodstream in less than 20 organs. seconds. Our bodies then have to break down those extra toxins, Why is thorough digestion so important for which is a lot of work for the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. If overall health? they aren’t broken down properly, it results in what people think Digestion is one of the main ways the body detoxifies, or cleansof as seasonal allergies; runny nose, itchy eyes, red or blotchy es. If the food you’re consuming isn’t broken down properly and skin. People often miss the connection between allergies and thoroughly, it causes stress on the system as it moves through, digestion. Instead of going to an allergist, they might just need to which can lead to symptoms like gas, bloating, acid reflux, have their digestive system checked for digestive imbalances. constipation, diarrhea and even insomnia, depression, psoriasis, What practices can people do every day to eczema and chronic pain. Proper digestion also allows for thorough absorption, so your improve digestion? Digestive health is dependent on a number of factors, but it is body is able to use the nutrients you’re putting inside it. Undigestkey to both detoxification and real nutrition. I tell my clients that ed food leads to what we call “leaky gut”, where it passes through ideally, they are looking to digest, absorb, transport, utilize and the gut membrane and into the bloodstream. This can eventually eliminate the cellular waste that’s put into their bodies. Avoiding lead to more serious conditions such as Crohn’s and other autoenvironmental irritants and pollutants eliminates the need to immune diseases. In general, when our food isn’t being digested break them down in the first place. properly, our bodies aren’t working as efficiently as they can. Food Chewing your food thoroughly starts the breakdown process becomes a toxin, instead of something that nourishes us. before it gets into the digestive system. Eating a healthy mix of What role do enzymes play in digestion? protein, fats, whole grains fruit and veggies at each meal may be Enzymes are the catalyst for food to be digested. They help to easier to break down than a giant plate of just pasta or a huge deliver the nutrients to the cells and increase absorption. When steak. Food that is processed or contains GMOs is much harder for food is steamed, broiled, roasted, boiled, fried, stewed, canned, the body to process, so I encourage clients to look for whole foods pasteurized or microwaved, the naturally occurring enzymes in their natural form as much as possible. in it are destroyed. I recommend that everyone take a specific Nutritional Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Pl., in digestive enzyme supplement. That enzyme depends largely Highland Park. For appointments, call 847-207-2034. on your diet, and how your body breaks down fats, carbs and For more information, email NHSolutions@sbcglobal.net or visit protein. Testing is recommended to determine which enzyme is DigestiveHealthSolutions.com. right for you. March2018 2018 March

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Edgar Cayce Study Group – Mar 1, 15 & 29. 7-9pm. Discussion of spirituality based on Edgar Cayce readings. Free. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

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savethedate One Earth Film Festival Starts – Mar 2-11. Theme: This is the Moment. Highquality environmental films followed by solution-oriented programs and discussions led by highly regarded environmental experts and advocates. Green Carpet Gala held Mar 2 at Presbyterian Church of Chicago Church, 115 E Delaware Pl, Chicago. Various times & locations. More info: OneEarthFilmFest.org.

savethedate Art Exhibit Opening – 6:30-9:30pm. View artwork by local artists and enjoy refreshments. Free. Divine Creative Synergy, 707 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 312-391-8740. DivineCreativeSynergy.com. Wild & Scenic Film Fest – Mar 2 & 16. 7pm. Sponsored by Evanston Environmental Association and the City of Evanston. Offers audiences an outstanding line-up of award-winning environmental and adventure films. One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston. More info: EvanstonEnvironment.org/filmfest.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Palatine Winter Farmer’s Market – 8am-12pm. 1st & 3rd Sat thru Apr. Palatine Train Station, 137 W Wood St, Palatine. 847-358-1649. Palatine. il.us/663/Farmers-Market. Faith in Place Winter Farmers’ Market – 9am1pm. Purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce, and more to support your local farmers. St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church and Day School, 1424 N Dearborn St, Chicago. 312-733-4640 x 123. FaithInPlace.org.

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Call Ahead Cupping for Injuries and Internal Disorders – Mar 3 & 4. 9am-4pm. Class will demonstrate and practice with a variety of Pneumatic and Silicone Moving cups using protocols to address a variety of dysfunction including muscle aches and injury, the common cold, digestive disorders and irregular menstruation. No prerequisites. 12 CEs for massage/ physical therapy/nursing professionals. $240. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.

savethedate Body Mind Spirit Expo – Mar 3-4. 10am-7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. The expo brings to life a positive, healing environment. Includes presentations, more than 100 exhibitors and live entertainment. $14 weekend admission; free parking. Midwest Conference Center, 401 W Lake St, Northlake. For more info: bmse.net. Plant Chicago Indoor Farmers’ Market – 11am3pm. 1st Sat thru May. The Plant, Lobby, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523. PlantChicago.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 PRSPRTY 4U Sunday Service and Class Series – Sundays, Mar 4-18, 9 & 11am, service; Tuesdays, Mar 6-20, 7-8:15pm, workshop. Led by Greg Barrette, Senior Minister of Unity Northwest. This intensive course will have you being the conduit of more love, more God and more abundance in your life and the world. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. UnityNorthwest.org. Faith in Place Winter Farmers’ Market – 10am-2pm. Purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce, and more to support your local farmers. St. Philip Lutheran School, 2500 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago. 312-733-4640 x 123. FaithInPlace.org. Journeys to Meet Your Spirit Guides, Loved Ones and Past Lives – 12-2pm. Susan Wisehart will facilitate a group guided journey to meet your spirit guides, as well as loved ones on the other side, where you can deepen your connection with them to receive inspiration and guidance for your life. Also take a group guided journey to a past life to discover a happy incarnation with loved ones or your talents and gifts. Expo admission: $13 (online coupon print out coupon), $14 at expo. Workshop admission: $25 (online discount print out ticket), $30 at expo. Body, Mind, Spirit Expo, Midwest Conference Center, Rm

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1, 401 W Lake St, Northlake. Tickets: bmse.net. For more info or to schedule an appt in her Mundelein or Des Plaines office: SusanWisehart.com. Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors at the indoor crafts and farmers’ market while listening to Hyde Park’s finest deejays spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100. Facebook. com/HydeParkHandmade. Sky Yoga School 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training – Mar 4-Jun 17. 12-8:30pm. Whether you are looking to grow your practice or aspire to teach, Sky Yoga Teacher Training will immerse you into an in-depth understanding of the different components of yoga, and develop you into a skillful, successful, and inspiring yogi and teacher. Enroll online today. $2,495-$2,695. Sky Yoga School, 1501 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove. 847-419-7128. SkyFitnessChicago.com/skyyogachicago. Gong Bath Meditation – 1-2:15pm. During gong meditation, emotional transformation is produced as it reduces tension, releases blocks and stimulates circulation. The result is a reorganization of the emotional energy and feelings that are tied into the body. It clears nerve endings and regenerates the parasympathetic system, which is ruled by sound. $20/pre-register, $25/at door. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga, 111 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. 847-719-1800. March into Mindfulness Workshop – 1-3pm. Led by Lynn Barrette, LCSW, licensed clinical therapist and spiritual counselor. Learn and practice how to better experience the richness of the moment; cultivate awareness and your “Observer Self”, and gain greater management of the mind’s plethora of unruly thoughts. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. UnityNorthwest.org.

MONDAY, MARCH 5 A.R.E.’s First Monday of the Month Bonanza – 6-9pm. Guided group meditation; Magic of Qi Gong group demonstration; Individual Healing Prayer Sessions with Carlos; Infra-red Amethyst Healing Bio Mat sessions. Individual sessions: $35/30 mins. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com. Complete Release of Grief – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience complete release of grief from the loss of a loved one, pet, personal relationship or business. Plus free Bemer session. $25/$35. Insight Awareness, 18110 Martin Ave, Homewood. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or EFT-Tom.com.  Free Essential Oils for Stress Management – 7-8pm. With Amy Landolt. Not managing your stress well can lead to weight gain, problems sleeping, damaging your relationships and even impede your body’s ability to prevent or heal from serious conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Learn the basics about doTERRA’s certified pure therapeutic-grade essential oils, and how they can be used to manage your stress and support the body and mind naturally. You may also want to register for the Chinese Medicine for Stress Management class immediately following. Northshore Acupuncture Center, 5225 Old Orchard Rd, Ste 5, Skokie. RSVP required, Amy: 815-814-1319.  NorthshoreAcupunctureCenter.com.

Beginning Astrology Level 1 – 7:30-9:30pm. Learn planets, signs, houses, aspects, interpretation and transits. Complete beginner or know some about astrology, this course will provide what you need to go forward in your own astrological studies. $180. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224. Info@LifeForceArts.org. AstrologicalDetails.com. Free Chinese Medicine for Stress Management – 8-8:30pm. With Amy Landolt. Not managing stress well can lead to weight gain, problems sleeping, damage to your relationships and even impede your body’s ability to prevent or heal from serious conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Learn how you can utilize Chinese medicine to manage your stress, have your questions about acupuncture answered, and to try a complimentary stress relief treatment (as interested). You may also want to register for the Essential Oils for Stress Management class immediately preceding. Northshore Acupuncture Center, 5225 Old Orchard Rd, Ste 5, Skokie. RSVP required, Amy: 815-814-1319.  NorthshoreAcupunctureCenter.com.


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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 12:151:30pm. 1st Wed. All welcome. If you’d like to be involved but can’t attend, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info: GoGreenHP2014@gmail.com. GoGreenHP.org. A Fresh Start: Detox and Cleanse Support Simplified – 5-6:30pm. Dr. Kalli Prater discusses the many ways we can detoxify our lives. Learn about simple and substantial ways that you can start making today, to make a significant impact on your health and wellness. Will also discuss and dispel myths related to healthy detoxification programs, and help give you the tools to decide what steps are right for you. Free. Fruitful Yield, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999. Green Drinks McHenry County – 5-7pm. 1st Wed. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Special presentations each month on a timely environmental topic or green business. Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main St, Crystal Lake. GreenDrinks.org/IL/Crystal%20Lake. The Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu – 7-8:30pm. With Tari Heap. Jin Shin Jyutsu uses the wisdom of the body to bring harmony to our whole being. Easily learn to use practical tools to help manage emotions like fear, worry, grief and anger on an energetic level as well as health challenges like headaches, colds, digestive upsets. $30. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292. ZBWellness.com.

THURSDAY, MARCH 8 Int’l Women’s Day

Admissions Open House/Information Session – 5-6:30pm. Come and meet us at the campus for this casual information session followed by a tour including classrooms, herbal dispensary, student clinic and our beautiful library. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. RSVP: 855-906-4707.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Gyrotonic Teacher Training – Mar 9-11 & 16-18. 12-7pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun. Level 1 “pretraining” instructor course is the prerequisite first step to becoming a certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis instructor. $1,075. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 847-348-0822.SpyrlChicago.com. ESSENTIAL RESTorative Yoga – 7-8:15pm. With Felicia Holtz. Treat your mind and body to a deep healing experience. Restorative postures are enhanced and heightened with the application of carefully chosen doTerra essential oils. $15 or class card. North Branch Yoga, 8056 Lincoln Ave, Skokie. 847-906-3547. NorthBranchYoga.com.


savethedate Holo-Synchronous Energetic Technology Systems Seminar – Mar 10-12. Learn Holo-SETS directly from world-renowned consciousness technology thought leader Dr. Richard Bartlett. The seminar embodies Dr. Bartlett’s 25 yrs of knowledge and the wisdom of his master teachers and combines the Master Energy Dynamics and Master Harmonic Resonance Technology courses into a unique and easy to access format. $700. Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Convention Center, 5440 N River Rd, Rosemont. For more info, Kay Sassani: 800-368-0973, info@i-hrt.com or i-hrt.com. Palos Heights Winter Market – 8am-12pm. Free parking available. Palos Heights Recreation Center, 6601 W 127th St, Palos Heights. PalosHeights.org/farmers-market. Infinity Family Fest – 9am-12:30pm. Join Infinity Foundation for playful family fun for parents and children ages 3 and older. Register online in advance for 1-6 playshops. Atthe-door registration only available if space permits. Free. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register: InfinityFoundation.org. 61st Street Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago. ExperimentalStation.org/market. Introduction to Buddhism: Understanding the Mind – 11am-1pm. Join us for another workshop in our “Awakening the Heart” series where we learn core tenants of Buddhist teaching. While we experience everything through our mind, we rarely take time to examine it. By exploring the nature of the mind, we can see how it has the power to create all pleasant and unpleasant objects. And by improving our mind, we can improve the world around us. All welcome; no registration necessary. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago, 2010 W Pierce Ave, Chicago. MeditateInChicago.org. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Dr. Lauren Bellg, MD, author of Near-Death in the ICU. Critical care physician from Wisconsin wrote a best-selling book of beautiful and amazing stories compiled by an ICU doctor. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston.  847-251-5758. ChicagoIANDS.org.


Daylight Savings Time begins Faith in Place Winter Farmers’ Market – 10am2pm. Purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce, and more to support your local farmers. St. Luke Ministries, 1500 W Belmont Ave, Chicago. 312-733-4640 x 123. FaithInPlace.org.

savethedate Going Green Matters Community Environmental Fair – 12-4pm. Looking for ways to live more sustainably? Find great choices for home, transportation, garden and recreation at this fun, all-ages fair. Free. Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Ave, Wilmette. Free LED bulb & exhibit details: GoingGreenMatters.org.

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Reiki Level 1 – 9am-4pm. Get attuned to reiki which enables you to become a channel for this healing energy. Also start a 21-day energetic cleanse that moves through your chakras cleaning and releasing bound energy (including stuck emotions and behavioral patterns). No prerequisites. 6 CEs for massage/physical therapy/nursing professionals. $120. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Experience Complete Release of Digestion Issues – 6:30-8:30pm. Release negative emotions that are affecting your body. Plus free Bemer session. $25/$35. Insight Awareness, 18110 Martin Ave, Homewood. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or EFT-Tom.com. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 13 Evening in Bloom at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show – 6-9:30pm. Our Charity Preview Benefit is reinventing itself as part of the 2018 show theme Flowertales, with new experiences aligning flowers, food and fashion. See the Midwest’s iconic Chicago Flower & Garden Show in all its grandeur the evening before it opens to the public. Includes hort couture, a high-energy floral fashion show, with proceeds benefitting Bernie’s Books.  Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago. Info & tickets:  ChicagoFlower.com/charity-event. Green Drinks Libertyville – 6:30pm. 2nd Tues. Like-minded people meet to discuss issues of environmental importance and build awareness. O’Toole’s Pub, 412 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: Facebook.com/GreenDrinksLibertyville or GreenDrinks.org.


savethedate Chicago Flower & Garden Show – Mar 14-18. Enjoy 30 stunning gardens and floral displays and visitors can roll up their sleeves to participate in more than 100 activities, seminars, classes, demonstrations and events. $5-$15. Navy Pier. For more info: ChicagoFlower.com.

March 2018


Meditation and Optimal Health – 1-3pm. Two members of the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, both educationally and career health professionals, will explain why spirituality is the foundation of physical, mental and emotional health and they will give you tips covering nutrition, conscious living techniques. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1828 Old Naperville Rd, Naperville. For more info, Bob Gallagher: 630-561-5425 or BobG1938@gmail.com. A Fresh Start: Detox and Cleanse Support Simplified – 5-6:30pm. See Mar 7 description. Fruitful Yield, 425 N La Grange Rd, La Grange Park. 708-788-9103.

savethedate The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Adoption of children has transformed from a secretive event into a mutual family-planning process for both placing parents and for adoptive parents. Attorney Sally Wildman describes adoption fundamentals, share key resources to develop an adoption plan, and highlights new developments in adoption practice. Discussion concludes by considering common needs of adopted children. Adult and Community Education Lyons Township. Course #70100 under “HOME & FAMILY” in the catalogue. Registration closes Mar 12. $30/family. Lyons Township High School, North Campus, Rm 116, 100 S Brainard Ave,  LaGrange. To register: 708-579-6573 or goo.gl/TokViw.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 Let’s Talk Hemp Oil – 7pm. With health educators Dee Bayro and Karen Abrams present this incredible hemp oil and business opportunity from Prime My Body. Hear the research and science behind this one-of-kind nano-enhanced liposomal delivery system and actually sample the oil. Helping Hands Massage/Chiropractic, 300 Skokie Blvd, Ste L, Northbrook. RSVP: 847-322-2807. The Future of Yoga: Your Pathway to Happiness Screening – 7pm. Documentary film screening and panel discussion. $20; $35/2 people. Proceeds benefit La Casa Norte. Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave, Wilmette. More info: HeavenMeetsEarthYoga.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 Chicagoland Family Pet Expo – Mar 1618. 1-9pm, Fri; 9am-6pm, Sat; 10am-5pm, Sun. Features entertainment, demonstrations, exhibits featuring the latest pet products/ services, animal rescue groups and more. $10, $3/ age 3-12. Arlington Racecourse, 2200 W Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights. For discounts & more info: PetChicago.com. Wild & Scenic Film Fest – 7pm. See Mar 2 listing. One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston. More info: EvanstonEnvironment.org/filmfest. Hemp/CBD Enhanced Crystal Singing Bowl/ Tibetan Bowl and Gong Meditation – 7-8:15pm. At this meditation, have the opportunity to try a Nanoenhanced Phytocannabinoid Diol Hemp Extract prior to meditating. This meditation will allow your nervous system to begin to relax and fully unwind, giving your body a chance to finally surrender and let go. The hemp oil used is non-psychoactive with only/under .002% THC, and it’s legal in all 50 states. $10. Diana Kushenbach Academy of Spiritual Arts, 6458 College Rd, Lisle. RSVP: 630-269-0115.




TUESDAY, MARCH 20 Spring Equinox Ostara (Wiccan and Pagan)


St Patrick’s Day Ganä-hdóha – Moon of Buds on Trees Palatine Winter Farmer’s Market – 8am-12pm. 1st & 3rd Sat thru Apr. Palatine Train Station, 137 W Wood St, Palatine. 847-358-1649. Palatine. il.us/663/Farmers-Market. 8th Annual Green Living Fair – 10am-2pm. Learn about Earth-healthy daily routines from 40+ exhibitors featuring local environmental groups, businesses and youth clubs. There will also be continuous 30-min Speaker Forums addressing today’s environmental challenges. No goods or services sold directly at the fair. Recycling opportunities include bikes, bike parts, Styrofoam blocks, CDs, DVDs, eyeglasses, Christmas lights, hearing aids, cell phones, gym shoes, wine corks, and rechargeable and small sealed lead-acid batteries. Admission free. Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W Church St, Libertyville. For more info: LC.GreenCongregations@ gmail.com or Facebook.com/libertyvilleciviccenter. Reiki Level I Certification – 12-3pm, Mar 17-18; 12-1:30pm, Mar 24. Class designed to attune the participant to receive and activates the reiki energy. Learn: an overview of reiki; how to activate reiki energy; hand placements of a full body treatment; how reiki removes energy blocks; practical daily uses for reiki; the positive effects of reiki on your life. 3-class series. $175. Journey to Wholeness Center, 9501 New England Ave, Oak Lawn. 708-634-3664. JourneyToWholeness.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 Thriving through Uncertainty Day-Long Workshop – 9am-4:30pm. Join Tama Kieves, bestselling author and leading career coach, to discover how to respond to any situation in your life from strength instead of weakness. Tama uses the principles from her recent book, Thriving through Uncertainty, to help people make the most inspired decisions of their lives. $115; $85/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register: InfinityFoundation.org. Experience Complete Release of PTSD & Grief – 12-3:30pm. Drop the grief from the loss of a loved one, pet, personal relationship or business. Plus free Bemer session. $30/$40. Soderworld Wellness, 16W501 Nielson Ln, Willowbrook. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or EFT-Tom.com. 

MONDAY, MARCH 19 Free Meditation Session – 4:05-4:35pm. Calm your body, mind and spirit. With Sara Vanin. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. RSVP: 855-906-4707. Astrology 101 – 7-9pm. Beginning astrology with Lin Boffeli. $20/ARE member, $25/nonmember. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

The Ups & Downs of Illinois’ Grassland Birds – 7pm. Shrinking habitat is causing population declines among many grassland bird species in North America, but some are doing well in Illinois despite the odds. Grassland bird authority and Illinois Audubon Society Executive Director Jim Herkert will discuss what new research is showing about the conservation needs and approaches for five keystone species in the state: Henslow’s Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Bobolink, Dickcissel and Greater Prairie Chicken. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331. LakeCookAudubon.org. Spring Equinox Celebration – 7:30pm. Celebrate and meditate with us. Come meet our providers. Dr. Christina will be leading a special meditation to celebrating the Spring Equinox. Refreshments provided. Free; donations appreciated. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. RSVP: 312-285-5287.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 Experience Release of Digestion Issues – 6-8pm. Release negative emotions that are affecting your body. Plus free Bemer session. $30/$40. Soderworld Wellness 16W501 Nielson Ln, Willowbrook. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or EFT-Tom.com.  Dinner with the Doctors: The Importance of Nutrition – 6:30-8pm. In this class we will help educate you on the benefits of different diets, and how to decide what is best for you and your body. Free, dinner included. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. BeOptimal.com. Gain Inner Peace in Turbulent Times – 7-9pm. Quieting the body and the mind is at the heart of spiritual meditation. Come learn the simple techniques which you can practice in the comfort of your own home. With Lakshmi Kapoor Willis. Annerino Community Center, 201 Recreation Dr, Bolingbrook. For more info, Bob Gallagher:  630-561-5425 or BobG1938@gmail.com. Free Shiatsu Intro – 7-9:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22 World Water Day

Natural Approaches to Psychiatry and Medicine – 9-11am. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak, BA of Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute. In assisting children, adolescents and adults of all ages, it’s imperative to include the mind-body connection with the latest research and clinical correlates available in trauma and development literature. We will look at the commonly seen medical and psychiatric conditions and invisible disabilities in the general population, twice-exceptional and learning asynchronies that are evident in all communities though often unrecognized. Integrative approaches to treatment will be reviewed. EI Credits: 5 - Working with Families. $15/nonmembers, free/Attachment Matters members. The Theraplay Institute, 1840 Oak Ave, Ste 320, Evanston. 800-884-7914, 847-256-7334. Theraplay.org.

Experience Complete Release of PTSD & Grief – 7-9pm. Drop the grief from the loss of a loved one, pet, personal relationship or business. Plus free Bemer session. $25. Shorewood Hypnosis Center, 102 Jefferson St, Shorewood. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or EFT-Tom.com. 

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savethedate Poetry & Storytelling – 6:30-8:30pm. An evening of sharing stories and poetry or just come to listen. Free. Divine Creative Synergy, 707 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 312-391-8740. DivineCreativeSynergy.com.


savethedate Good Food EXPO – 10am-5pm. Join us for a day celebrating good food: local, sustainable, humane and fair. Discover new artisanal goods from over 150 exhibitors, learn from workshops and chefs demos, and explore our family-friendly programming. Free but pre-registration required. UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago. To register: GoodFoodEXPO.org. Spring Cleaning Storewide Event – 9am-7pm. Join us at any one of our 13 Fruitful Yield locations for demos, giveaways and more. Free. Fruitful Yield, 7230 W North Ave, Elmwood Park. 708-395-5880. Spring Renewal Holistic Fair – 10am-4pm. A day filled with self-exploration and insightful experiences through unique lectures, individual consultations with 10 practitioners and a variety of products from vendors. Free entry; individual sessions: $35/30 mins. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com. Admissions Open House/Information Session – 11am-12pm. Come and meet us at the campus for this casual information session followed by a tour including classrooms, herbal dispensary, student clinic and our beautiful library. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. RSVP: 855-906-4707. Learn How to Renew and Revive your Skin for Spring: Free Natural Skin Care Workshop – 122pm. Learn about the benefits of using natural skin care products. Pamper your skin by trying ecoluxury skin care products, discover beauty secrets from around the world. Learn how to prevent and reduce wrinkles. Shop and get one-on-one skin care consultations. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and light refreshments. Space very limited. AnthroSpa Logic Eco-Chic Cosmetic Store, 1546 N Orleans, Chicago. RSVP: 800-519-5293 or AnthroSpa.com.


Fam Workers Awareness Week Palm Sunday (Christianity)


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Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Tuesdays, Mar 27-Jun 5. 11am-2pm. Learn how to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.

POPTalk: Food as Medicine – 6-7pm. Learn about the value of eating whole, nutrient-dense foods, including Hippocrates’ native Mediterranean diet, and why this is the foundation for healing many chronic illnesses such as diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and heart disease. $5 donation. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. RSVP: 855-906-4707.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Wednesdays, Mar 28May 30. 7-10pm. See Mar 27 description. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.


Passover begins at sundown (Judaism)

FRIDAY, MARCH 30 Good Friday (Christianity)

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 Chavez Day Homewood Indoor Farmers’ Market – 8am12pm. Last Sat each month thru Apr. Marie Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave, Homewood. Village. Homewood.il.us.

savethedate Life Changing Strategies: A Spiritual Approach – 2-3pm. Three free talks rethink time. Move forward with confidence. Mar 31, 2pm: Time is Not a Factor in Your Life. April 26, 7pm: How to Make Change for the Better. May 20, 2pm: Making the Right Decisions. Free. The Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave, Glenview. More info: csglenview.org/life-changing-strategies. Time is Not a Factor in Your Life – 2-3pm. With Dave Hohle, CSB. Break away from the limits of stress and aging. Discover ever expanding possibilities. Part One of the “Life-Changing Strategies-A Spiritual Approach” series. Free. The Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave, Glenview. More info: CSGlenview.org/life-changing-strategies.

savethedate Advanced Akashic Records Certified Practitioner Begins – Tuesday evenings, Apr 3-June 5. Live online video class with Dr. Linda Howe, author of the COVR award-winning book How to Read the Akashic Records: Accessing the Archive of the Soul and Its Journey. Learn to access and navigate the infinity of the akasha as you master reading the records for yourself and others. For more info: 708-771-5830 or LindaHowe.com. 


savethedate Feng Shui Professional Certification Class – Apr 6-11. Learn to create life improvement for yourself and others through feng shui. In the 77-hr program (40-hr “In Person” class), The Feng Shui School of Chicago establishes necessary guidelines of BTB Feng Shui based on the front door of any space. Knowledge is shared about flow of energy, best furniture placement, analyzing your personal floor plan, color, shape, blessing ceremonies, house clearings, how to establish your business, plus much more. During class, participate in an on-site Feng Shui Consultation, visit a design center and perform a House Blessing. First day of the certification is a Feng Shui in a Day class that can be taken on its own ($135). Oak Brook location. More info: LauriePawli@gmail.com or TheFengShuiSchoolOfChicago.com. Shinrin-Yoku Free Fridays – 5:30-6:30pm. 1st Fri. Free introductory Shinrin-yoku walks led by Certified Forest Therapy guides. Shinrin-yoku is a practice of spending time in nature and forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness and happiness. Naperville Riverwalk. More info: TheResiliencyInstitute.net.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Wellness Expo and Rejuvenation Crawl – 10am-6pm. Experience more than 40 vendors offering ways to balance and restore the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual areas of life through fitness, healthy nutrition and new self-care techniques. Ticket sales benefit the Play on Pritzker Campaign at A.N. Pritzker Elementary School. $10. Wicker Park & Bucktown. More info & tickets: WickerParkBucktown.com.

Failure is success if we learn from it. ~Malcolm Forbes March 2018



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Climate Health Update

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savethedate WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Shinrin-Yoku “Tune Your Senses” Series – 5:30-7:30pm. 7-wk series (Apr 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23). Shinrin-yoku is a practice of spending time in nature and forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness and happiness. $175. Greene Valley Forest Preserve, Naperville. More info & to register: TheResiliencyInstitute.net.

MONDAY, APRIL 16 10-Day Restful Sleep Challenge – With Northshore Acupuncture Center. Each day, challenge participants will receive an email with actions to take to support their sleep. For more info, Amy Landolt: 815-814-1319. Enroll: RestfulSleepChallenge.com.

savethedate FRIDAY, JUNE 1 7th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference:  Honoring Plant Wisdom – June 1-3. Speakers: Tieraona Low Dog, MD, Isla Burgess, Dr. Jody Noé and many more. Join us for a gathering of the feminine; a wide spectrum of Internationally acclaimed herbalists and Earth-based speakers, plant walks, topics including herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture, movement, herbal wisdom the wise woman ways and much more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, Kids’ Camp and Teen Camp. Includes pre-conference classes, workshops and walks, singing, dancing, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info: MidwestWomensHerbal.com.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Beginning Astrology Level 2 – 7:30-9:30pm. Learn Transits, Progressions, Synastry, Composite Charts, Solar Arcs and Solar Returns. Requires basic astrological knowledge and a knowledge of interpretation. $180; $150 early registration by Apr 9. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224. Info@LifeForceArts.org. AstrologicalDetails.com.

Celebrate Your Life – June 8-11. This awesome soul fest brings the world’s top dream team of spiritual teachers presenting keynote lectures and workshops for four days. This year’s lineup includes, Lisa Nichols, Neale Donald Walsch, Caroline Myss, Gregg Braden, the Three Mediums and many more powerful spiritual visionaries. Westin Lombard, 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard. 480-970-8543. CelebrateYourLife.org.

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monthlyspecialoffers $65 Body Exfoliation with Feet Treatment – Thru Mar. Body exfoliation is a reviving treatment that returns a youthful glow, as the entire body is exfoliated to buff away dead skin cells with a blend of special exfoliating products. Treatment includes scrub, mask and hot towels. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. $65 Swedish Massage with Cannabis Oil for Pain Relief – Thru Mar. Experience the classic form of full-body soft tissue massage, excellent for first-time clients. Cannabis oil helps to relieve intense pain in muscles and joints. Add $10 for deep tissue. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com.

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sunday The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Sunday edition of the weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weatherman/climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on MikeNowak.net, iTunes, Stitcher and podcast apps, and streaming live on MikeNowak.net, the TuneIn radio app and on Facebook at @1590WCGO. Logan Square Indoor Farmers’ Market – Thru Mar 25. 10am-3pm. Hosts approximately 20 farmers from within 150 miles of Chicago, offering seasonal produce and humanely pasture-raised livestock. Emporium Logan Square, 2363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. LoganSquareFarmersMarket.org. Time to Dance: Ballet – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:30-2:30pm & Wed, 7-8pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com.

$79.99 Eminence Blueberry Detox Cleansing Facial – Thru Mar. Looking for a great way to experience a detoxifying facial? This naturally exfoliating facial will cleanse pores deeply and tone the look of skin. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. $89.99 50-Min Swedish Massage & Manicure/ Pedicure – Thru Mar. Enjoy the classic form of a full-body soft tissue massage. Package includes Antalee’s classic manicure and pedicure. Add $10 for deep tissue. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. $149.99 90-Min Swedish Massage & Eminence Spring Refreshing Facial – Thru Mar. Experience the classic form of full-body soft tissue massage. Also enjoy a great pick me up just in time for the spring season with our Eminence Spring Refreshing Facial. Includes skin analysis, cleanse, skin polish, masque & hydration. Add $5 for deep tissue. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. Time to Dance: Sofshu (Tap) – 11:40am-12:10pm. Also Tues, 2:40-3:15pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. Putting My Oxygen Mask on First – 1:301:45pm. With Amy Landolt. Join this weekly discussion about self-care. Live on Northshore Acupuncture Center’s Facebook page: Facebook. com/NorthshoreAcupunctureCenter. Qigong – 2-4:30pm. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and taiji classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

monday Online On-Demand Akashic Records Certification Classes – Gain the perspective and clarity to make choices leading you to greater possibilities in this lifetime. Classes include Practitioner, Advanced Practitioner, Healing, Discover Your Soul’s Path, Manifesting Your Soul’s Purposes. Save $145 with 5-Class Package. Online. 708-771-5830. LindaHowe.com.

Gluten-Free Monday – 10am-8pm. All gluten-free grocery items 10% off all-day long. Free. Earthly Goods Health Foods, 6951 Grand Ave, Gurnee. 847-855-9677. Earthly-Goods.com.

markyourcalendar Footbath Detox Mondays – 11am-6pm. Sluggishness, fatigue, low energy and poor sleep? A 30-min ionic footbath stimulates cells to release toxins and rebalance the cellular system that is responsible for overall health. The process continues after the toxins are dislodged during treatment, allowing your entire body to function optimally. Save $10. Nutritional Health Solutions, 480 Elm Pl, Ste 108, Highland Park. 847-207-2034. DigestiveHealthSolutions.com. Community-Style Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7:45pm. By Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Interns. First come, first serve. $10/treatment; $5/ vets. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Let’s Talk Hemp Oil & Business Opportunity – Thru Mar. 6:30pm. Enhance your health in ways you never knew possible with Liposomal Cannabis/ Hemp oil extract. Learn what all the buzz is about with hemp oil. Hear about the new science and research on cannabinoids. We will introduce you to a full spectrum phytocannabindiol hemp extract that doesn’t require a medical card. Free presentation and oil tasting. The Center for New Pathways, 830 E Higgins Rd, Ste 113B, Schaumburg. RSVP: 630309-3409. Also held at L’Chaim Center, Deerfield Park Plaza, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 207, Deerfield. RSVP: 773-655-1431. Holistic Cardio: Nia Technique Group Fitness – 6:30-7:30pm. A beautiful, deep class that combines dance (like jazz), martial (like aikido) and healing arts (like yoga). Using music from all over the world, each Nia class begins with a focus and intent to guide your movements and help you develop your relationship with your inner Sacred Athlete. Based on 52 simple moves that are easy to learn, each Nia routine combines both choreography and free-dance, where anything goes movement-wise. Non-impact. All ages, all abilities. Wear something comfortable and get ready for a sweet, nurturing sweat. Bring a mat for floor-play. Also Tues, Thurs & Sat, 9:30am. $15. Raydiant Day, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-644-9834. NiaRaydiantDay.Life. Introductory Meditation for Spiritual Awareness – 7-8:30pm. 3 4-wk sessions in Mar, Apr & May. Each month, a 4-wk course walks attendees through the why, how and what of meditation. Mar facilitator: Rahul Mendiratta; Apr facilitator: Renate Lanotte and Brian Waterloo; May facilitator: Varsha Bhatia. Wheaton Community Center, 1777 S Blanchard St, Wheaton. For more info, Bob Gallagher: 630-561-5425 or BobG1938@gmail.com.

tuesday Beginning Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Amanda Kantor, Certified Pilates Instructor, leads a beginning -level mat Pilates exercise class. Limited enrollment. $100/4 wks. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For more info & appt: 847-657-0881. ReFitInc.com.

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Enhance Your Health in Ways you Never Knew Possible – 11:15am-12:15pm. Come hear the research and science behind this one of a kind nano-enhanced hemp oil. Keep The Beat Wellness, Berkson Office Center, 333 Skokie Blvd, Ste 106, Northbrook. RSVP: 847-769-3547. Complimentary Consultation at ChiroMend Natural Health Center –1-5pm, by appt. Are you feeling older than your age? Brain fog or stress turning you into a zombie? Come and sit down for a 30-min complimentary consultation with one of our board certified physicians to discuss your health and formulate a plan to uncover the real causes of your symptoms. 1834 Glenview Rd, Ste 2W, Glenview. For appt: 847-730-3988. More info: ChiroMend.com. Time to Dance – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. Time to Dance: Sofshu (Tap) – 2:40-3:15pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. Plant Clinic Hours – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or houseplant questions? Our horticulturist can help. Bring in photos or a sample of your plant for identification or disease diagnostics. Complimentary houseplant potting service available, for a suggested donation. You provide the plant and pot and we provide the soil and expertise. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 7 08-725-2400. pdop.org. Yoga for Fertility – Thru Mar 6. 5:30-7pm. With Diana Zic. Learn a series of yoga postures designed to improve fertility by increasing blood flow into the pelvis, releasing stress and anxiety, and balancing life energy flow in the body. Also explore teachings from yoga philosophy. Pulling Down the Moon, 770 N LaSalle St, Ste 800, Chicago. Preregistration required: 312-321-0004 or PullingDownTheMoon.com. Qigong – 6-8pm. 2nd Tues. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and taiji classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.

Women’s Basics Jiu-Jitsu Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Also Thurs. Learn the basics and fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a female-friendly environment. All levels welcome. Co-ed class held: Tues-Thurs, 6-7pm & Sat, 10:30-11:30am. Ilya’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 2068 1st St, Highland Park. Jen Zanotti: JenZsCoaching@gmail.com. Ilyasbjj.com.

wednesday Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Fri. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com. Weekly Guided Group Meditation using Hemp Oil – Thru Mar. 7pm. At this meditation, have the opportunity to try a one-of-a-kind liposomal Hemp extract prior to meditating. This meditation will allow your nervous system to begin to relax and fully unwind, giving your body a chance to finally surrender and let go. The hemp oil used is non-psychoactive with only/under .002% THC, and it’s legal in all 50 states. Free. The Center for New Pathways, 830 E Higgins Rd, Ste 113B, Schaumburg. RSVP: 630-309-3409. Time to Dance: Ballet – 7-8pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com.

thursday Canes, Walkers & Wheelchair Class – 1212:45pm. Ease into stretching for flexibility, balance and strength. Sitting and/or standing positions. All levels, all ages. Stay fit, have fun. Fitness for Active Adults, 742 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. Fitness4ActiveAdults@aol.com. Time to Dance: Modern – 1-2pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. Yoga Club – 4:30-6:30pm. Led by Julie Kotiw, DC, PCOM Bio Science Chair. No experience necessary. We have supplies including blocks and straps, bring a yoga mat if have one. Feel free to drop-in anytime and leave anytime to accommodate your schedule. Free. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

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Om Zone – 6-8pm. For those looking for new approaches to live naturally in the modern world. Share ideas about what works and get support in making healthier choices or just chill out to manage stress. Each week will feature a different modality, and there are no limits on topics. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-359-5522. WorldTree@comcast.net. TheHealingPowerOfNature.com. Let’s Talk Hemp Oil & Business Opportunity – 6:30pm. Come learn what all the buzz is about with hemp oil. Hear about the new science and research on the benefits of cannabinoids. Let us introduce you to a full spectrum phytocannabindiol HEMP oil that doesn’t require a medical card. Presenters: Carole Lyon & Reuben Haynes. Free. West Ridge Cafe (inside West Ridge Church), 3300 Encounter Lane, Elgin. RSVP: 847-910-8033 or 224-244-4837.

friday Chain Reflex Stretch Therapy – 10am-5pm. Do you sit at a desk all day? Are you a weekend warrior? Does shoveling snow cause you pain in your body? These activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness and joint pains. Benefits of Stretch Therapy: To reduce pain especially in your lower back and neck; improve flexibility and mobility; decrease stress and muscle soreness. New Year’s special: $85. WholeHealth NorthShore, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. WholeHealthNorthShore.com. Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Wed. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com.

saturday Free Classes for All at All Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi Locations – Dates subject to change due to workshop schedules and special events. For details: bodynbrain.com. Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman: 312-3569990 or Ilana@fotfp.org. Dates & locations: fotfp. org/event/centennial. Mighty House Radio Program – 7-10am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On 1590 WCGO AM, 1590WCGO.com and MightyHouse.net. Evanston Ecology Center Winter Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr 9. 8am-12pm. Ecology Center at the Ladd Arboretum, 2024 N McCormick Blvd, Evanston. Info, Matt Poole: 847-448-8147, MPoole@cityofevanston.org. Green City Indoor Market – Thru Apr. 8am-1pm. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago. For specific dates: GreenCityMarket.org.

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Tai Chi Class – 8:45am. Also Tues, 8:15pm. Reduce stress; increase flexibility and balance; improve muscle strength and definition; increase energy; stamina and agility. Wear flat-soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. $10/class. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. WholeHealthPrograms.com. Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Class – 9-10am. Stretch and strengthen your hips and shoulders using the revolutionary flexibility method, Ki-Hara. Increase range of motion and decrease pain in half the time of yoga. $5 for first class. Stretch Chi, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 841, Chicago. Advance registration required: 773-750-5031. StretchChi.com. Metabolic Balance – 9:30-10:30am. Healthy weight loss through personalized all-natural nutritional program. If you are serious about taking steps forward to achieve a healthy lifestyle and your ideal weight make your intention a realty. Free consultation ($150 value). Mind Body Health Center, 6650 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 215, Chicago. For appt: 773-614-6454. Introduction to Heartland Meditation – 2-3pm. Learn how the guided, subtraction meditation technique brings positive changes real results. An eye-opening session showing how to reflect on the cluttered thoughts to discard those from the mind. Free. Heartland Meditation, 1444 S Butterfield Rd, Mundelein. 224-433-6338.

AKASHIC RECORD READING – Open the record of your soul’s journey to find information to support you in your life right now, heal your past and help you into your future. Heal. Grow. Investigate. Find direction. Lin Ewing: 847-609-0034. AstrologicalDetails.com.

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Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care & green living in our community.


Nirvana Naturopathics 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9044 NirvanaNaturopathics.co Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, we use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal medicine to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. We accept major insurances. Schedule your initial appointment on NirvanaNaturopathics.com  to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions. See ad on page 5.


“Advanced Akashic Records Certified Practitioner” – Live Online Video Class with Dr. Linda Howe, author of the COVR award-winning book How to Read the Akashic Records: Accessing the Archive of the Soul and Its Journey. Tuesdays, April 3-June 5, from 7-9pm CST.


Specializing in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Buffalo Grove 847-541-4878 Vernon Hills 224-206-7903 LisaSullivanMD.com Dedicated to the highest standards in allergy, asthma and immunology care, we strive to maintain a patient-centered focus while providing comprehensive and quality service. All ages and ailments are welcome, and will benefit from our holistic and integrative approach to immune support and sleep. Member: North Shore Independent Physician Coalition. See ad on page 19.

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Diane Roth, BCSI Highland Park, 60035 847-533-3213 • RothSI.com Structural Integration (SI) realigns, rebalances and re-educates the body through manual therapy and movement education. Chronic pain, bad posture, tired and achy bodies are signs that the body is out of balance. SI benefits include decreased pain, injury rehabilitation, improved posture, ease in movement, and increased flexibility and stamina.


825 Chicago Ave, Evanston 60202 847-864-1130  ZenShiatsuChicago.org You’ll feel the stress melt away like the snow in spring through our relaxation-focused shiatsu massage practice, which offers the same energizing benefits as acupuncture combined with the restorative power of yoga poses. Dress in cozy threads, shiatsu is performed on fully clothed clients. Professional and student therapists available. See ad on back cover.


Mary H. Murphy, LMT, CZB, CST-D 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette 60091 847-920-9292 • ZBWellness.com Zero Balancing (ZB) works with the flow of chi through the skeletal system. Gentle, and energizing, a ZB session leaves the client with a wonderful feeling of body-mind integration and energized relaxation. ZB can help relieve body pain, emotional distress and boost well-being. Received clothed, ZB addresses the whole person.


Bernhard Groth, Cert Executive Coach Member: Int’l Coach Federation (ICF) Location: Chicago 60613 Sunday afternoons: RSVP: Meetup.com/CoachTraining If you are a solo-preneur, high-potential, manager or in transition, start mastering the art of coaching! Topics: Listening, questioning, feedback, behavioral coaching & coaching conversations. Format: Stand-alone sessions, roleplay. Invest in yourself! ROI 4x-8x. You don’t pay for coaching, you pay for results!

Logan Square location 773-413-0749 NowStudio8@gmail.com Safe, gentle and highly effective, CranioSacral Therapy, helps you heal from the inside out. It quiets the mind and helps relax the nervous system, which allows the body to start working on healing. Upledger trained. Over 18 yrs experience. People are often amazed at how much of a difference they feel after several sessions. Even one session can leave you “floating.”

MARNY TURVILL, MD Evanston 60201 847-644-8540 DrMarny@gmail.com DrMarny.com

Has your life been taken over by PTSD, a concussion or other TBI, chemical sensitivities, anxiety, or a child with learning or behavior problems? If you are ready to take back control and thrive, contact Dr. Marny now! You can feel better, think better and behave better without medications!


The research is overwhelming on the benefits of using phytocannabinoids from hemp. As a certified holistic health advisor, let me help answer your questions and see if hemp oil extract is right for you. Over thousands of studies support the therapeutic benefits of phytocannabinoid diols for over 250 health conditions. I offer the world’s best, one-of-a-kind hemp extract that has the power of intravenous therapy within a convenient oral, liposomal delivery system. Visit our website or attend a local presentation to learn more about this new science. Get involved with this revolution in health. We are looking for professionals and influencers to work with contact me for more info. See ad on page 15.

HEALTHY LIVING INTERNATIONAL Susan Heinemann 847-769-3547 (call/text) GetReliefWithHempOil.com

I invite you to try the world’s finest hemp extract products and start feeling better. Scientific studies show that phytocannabinoids found in hemp oil provide therapeutic benefits for more than 250 common health issues. Our hemp oil is easy to take orally, and formulated for greatest absorption and effectiveness. I am looking to lock arms with business and health minded people. Visit my website GetReliefWithHemp.com or attend a local presentation to learn more. Call or text 847-769-3547.

CERTIFIED FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PETER KOZLOWSKI, MD 92 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village 60007 847-626-5758 Doc-Koz.com


708-955-3634 EFTWithTom@gmail.com EFT-Tom.com

Have you have been dealing with chronic health issues on your own for years? You’ve gone to your medical doctor but their solution has been to take a pill and exercise more? Explore Functional Medicine. Together we will find out what makes you unique and I will help you heal naturally focusing on nutrition, gut health, digestion, hormones and environmental factors.

EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a simple, gentle and very effective tapping procedure on the acupuncture spots, or acupuncture without needles. In individual EFT sessions Tom offers a 100% guarantee of success or no charge. 6,000 individual sessions, mostly on the phone. Emotional and many physical issues fade away. Initial call free.





Rev. Jacki Belile, CPC LivingWellMinistries.net “Clear the Clutter, Find Your SELF”

Are you overwhelmed with the demands of your full life or the bold decisions that beckon you? Do you need help living from your core values (Center) in your high-stress leadership role? I specialize in customized plans for slowing down, listening deeply and acting decisively—day in and day out. Single sessions and discount packages both available to meet your needs.

DANCE FOR HEALTH CBG INSTITUTE FOR DANCE & HEALTH North Shore School of Dance 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park 60035 DanceForJoy16@gmail.com

Discover the healing art of dance in ballet-based classes. Dance is proven to have both physical and psychological benefits. Two current classes: Dance for Joy for cancer survivors, and Time to Dance for those 55 years or older. Taught by dancer teacher Lisa Gold and Lynne Chervony Belsky, MD. See ad on page 17.


480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 847-207-2034 • DigestiveHealthSolutions.com Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ads on pages 7 and 49.

Logan Square location and MojoOwl 773-413-0749 NowStudio8@gmail.com

Intuitive healer, Nors can help you learn more about your true self and its needs. Balance your chakras, and learn how to help them. Connect with your angels and spirit guides and clear the negative energy away so you can be your best self. I often use astrology in my work and sometimes healing modalities like cupping and reflexology. Unblock your creativity and move forward.


Alex Puentes 773-266-8222 • 708-704-3088 AP@RGSBalancing.com RGSBalancing.com

Looking for alternative healing? Radionics is a process of broadcasting beneficial energy frequencies to people, animals, plants, buildings, businesses, etc., with the objective of getting them balanced and well. Does your home/business feel eerie? Do you feel ill, uncomfortable, cold, tired in that space? Can’t sell/ rent? An energetic cleaning is what you need.

FENG SHUI LAURIE PAWLI, CERTIFIED FENG SHUI CONSULTANT The Feng Shui School of Chicago LauriePawli@gmail.com CreateTheFeeling.com TheFengShuiSchoolOfChicago.com

You can now learn feng shui in the Chicago area. The Feng Shui School of Chicago is recognized as a Gold Level School, the highest standard established by the International Feng Shui Guild. We teach basic “Feng Shui in a Day” classes, as well as a comprehensive 77-hour “Certified Feng Shui Consultant Training Program”. A “layering” approach is taught using Form, Best Personal Direction, and Front Door Bagua placement. Laurie is a student of Grand Master Professor Lin Yun, Katherine Metz and Denise Linn. 


1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-348-0822 SpyrlChicago.com GYROTONIC® and  GYROKINESIS® exercises work for everyone: youth, adult, seniors, injured, back pain, underexercised, weekend warriors and elite athletes. Enjoy this natural way to gain flexibility and mobility, taught by licensed senior trainer and studio director Amy Pena. Call today to schedule individual and group training sessions. See ad on page 47.


Vibe High Wellness 312-404-6677 VibeHighWellness.com I help women remodel their lives and bodies with the right system, support and accountability to transform their health and body for good. If what you’ve been doing is no longer working and you’re looking for solutions to get you where you want to be, schedule your first session, free.


2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 GlenviewSmiles.com Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, non-surgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, CranioSacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 43.

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1585 N Barrington Rd, Ste 106, Hoffman Estates 60069 847-884-1220 1440 Maple Ave, Ste 2A Lisle 60532 630-810-1280 KBoehmDDS.com

State-of-the-art holistic methods of dental care in a relaxed environment. Having extensive knowledge of the correlation between oral and overall health, Dr Boehm offers bio-friendly materials compatible with your body. Services include mercury-free fillings and crowns or bridges, safe mercury removal, fluoride-free office, electrodermal screening, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, orthodontics and jaw orthopedics, laser treatment of gum disease and ozone therapy.


708-955-3634 EFTWithTom@gmail.com EFT-Tom.com EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a gentle, simple yet very successful process for releasing emotional and many physical symptoms. Every session, mostly on the phone, has a guarantee of success. It is that wonderful. Over 6,000 individual sessions and hundreds of classes over the last 11 years. Tom Masbaum, EFT Advanced, is the Founder of EFT With A Guarantee.

WHOLE LIFE SPINE & SOFT TISSUE HOLISTIC DENTISTRY CHICAGO Elizabeth Strzelecka, DDS 7460 W Belmont, Chicago 60634 773-745-3636

As a Biological dentist, I recognize the impact of toxic substances and only use materials and procedures that are systemically compatible with your body. We offer a wide variety of procedures from general to cosmetic, ozone therapy, laser dentistry, safe mercury removal, TScan bite adjustment for TMJ, Earthing chair, infrared sauna and restoration of porcelain implants, all in a safe and relaxing atmosphere. See ad on page 21.

Christopher Codina, DC 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420 Hoffman Estates 60169 WholeLifeChiroHE.com Constantly foam rolling or taking meds to get through the day, just for it to come back? Learn how something that is easily treated and commonly found in the body may be the reason for your pain. Schedule your free consultation today to learn more Conveniently located and insurance accepted.

Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, PC 3256 N Ashland, Chicago 60657 773-975-6666 WrigleyvilleDental.com In addition to state-of-the-art technology and methods offered by most holistic dentists (microscopes, ozone therapy, etc.), we treat you as a partner. We thoroughly explain your unique situation, provide treatment options and keep you comfortable with Netflix, music and paraffin wax treatments. Located off the Brown line. Free garage parking.

HOLISTIC MEDICINE 1834 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Ste 2W, Glenview 60025 847-730-3988 ChiroMend.com Experience comprehensive holistic health care. Using a unique combination of therapies including functional medicine, nutrition, physical therapy and chiropractic care, we identify and treat the true cause of problems and not just symptoms. Let us help you get back into your life.

EVANSTON EYE WELLNESS Deana LaBrosse, OD 716 Main St, Evanston 60202 847-350-7952 EvanstonEyeWellness.com

Healthy eyes, “Look Great, See Great and Feel Great!” We help get you there by providing a highly personalized eye examination with a holistic approach. In addition to glasses and contacts, we offer medical eye care and a Dry Eye Treatment Center. All ages welcome. Insurance accepted.




Are your hands or feet burning? Do you have numbness or tingling or pain? Problems sleeping? Are you having regular bowel movements or digestion problems? Previously diagnosed with a Neuropathy condition? Did you know that these issues can all be related?

MIND BODY HEALING CENTER 77 W Washington, Ste 1704 Chicago 60602 312-285-5287 MindBodyHealingChicago.com

We treat both the emotional and physical aspects of your health and specialize in depression, anxiety, digestive disorders and pain management. We provide diagnostic testing such as Biomeridian screening and apply natural interventions such as psychotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, nutrition, massage and energy work. Insurance accepted. Available evening and weekends.


Inner Child Connection Ltd 847-971-1221 FundaKahn@gmail.com InnerChildConnection.com Having unique training and experience, Dr. Funda Kahn offers myriad techniques customized for individuals and groups to create peace and harmony in their lives. Trained as an oral surgeon, she committed her life to healing souls. Teaching hypnosis, self-hypnosis, EFT, and “inner child connection” are only the beginning of what she can provide. “Feelings buried alive never die.” – Karol Truman. See ad on page 29.



North Shore Health Solutions LTD 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9060 NorthShoreHealthSolutions.com




Illinois Center for Progressive Medicine 1002 W Lake St, Chicago 60607 312-243-3338 • DrNick.net Dr. LeRoy has 20 years of experience in collaborating with his patients to determine why they are not well. He specializes in investigative work that includes a detailed discussion, examination and laboratory testing, then creates an integrative treatment plan that often includes diet and nutrition changes, acupuncture, chiropractic and other lifestyle modifications. Dr. LeRoy is best known for breast thermography, HPV treatment and GI problems.

LAKEVIEW INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Silvia Panitch, MD, Medical Director 3344 N Ashland Ave, Chicago 60657 773-525-6595   LakeviewIntegrativeMedicine.com

Balance your spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical well-being, and get the tools to heal. We integrate Western medicine methods of functional and internal medicine with modalities including acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, nutrition, enzymes, amino acids, bio-identical hormones, homeopathy and neurotransmitters. Specializing in women’s health, weight control, pain management, gastrointestinal issues, adrenal fatigue and food allergies.


Dr. Greg Seaman 1355 Remington Rd, Ste I, Schaumburg IL 60173 312-600-5070 Info@thriveMD.org

Using IV therapies, PRP, weight management and other natural programs we help conditions like fatigue, brain fog, hormone imbalance, pain, injury, weight gain, decreased performance, tick born disease and more. After an initial consultation, we design your custom program to obtain true optimal health, which includes living a healthy lifestyle and being committed to yourself.



208 S Jefferson St, Ste 204, Chicago 60661 866-566-9494 CKCampbell.com Our practice focuses on helping people who want to reach a resolution and stay out of court. Some of our services include mediation, collaborative family law, adoption, guardianship, and wills and trusts.


847-475-3017, voicemail David@DavidHJohnsonLcsw.com DavidHJohnsonLcsw.com

At Unity Northwest Church 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines 60016 847-299-6535 • AREChicagoCenter@gmail.com

David’s body-centered, holistic approach is designed for health, healing and recovery of one’s authentic self. By accessing the body’s truth, there will be: relief from anxiety, alleviation of guilt and self-criticism, relaxation of body tension/discomfort, inner peace and greater spiritual awareness. Call for a free initial consultation or find further info on his website.

Full-service bookstore, Cayce remedies, spiritual growth study groups, monthly programs, workshops and holistic fairs, intuitive skills development training, knowledgeable seekers, intuitives, healers and more. Call for hours. See ad on page 25.


Clinical Director, Inner Balance Northbrook, Chicago, Palm Springs 847-224-0244 InnerBalanceNow.com Ellen’s 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist integrates a conscious approach to healing old patterns through a mix of trauma and mindfulness-based psychotherapies, HMR, Lifeline, The Work (Byron Katie), energy medicine and somatic awareness. Join Meetup.com “Inner Balance Meditation” for updates on her events, and visit her at EllenKatz.net.


847-509-8289 MicheleHeather1@yahoo.com MicheleHeather1.com Do you feel stuck? Mentally blocked or can’t make a decision? Michele helps you identify and release issues keeping you from full expression of your Essences. Surround yourself by the love of your Guides to release issues for an awesome, humbling and life-transforming experience. Michele is also psychic and a Reiki Master Teacher.

SOUL SESSIONS WITH KOZ Koz Kritzer Evanston 60202 312-380-9068 YourSoulWisdom.com

Do you feel stuck, lost or wonder why you are here? Let Koz help you look into your Soul, find the answers you seek and discover your True Self. Through Soul Readings, Coaching and Clearings, you’ll gain the meaningful information needed to live your authentic life from the inside out.


1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • InfinityFoundation.org Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Infinity Family Fest on March 10, free. Thriving through Uncertainty with bestseller Tama Kieves, March 18. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide. See ad on page 20.


7742 W Addison, Chicago 60634 773-589-9996 NaturesHealingRemedies.com Dr. K treats chronic and non-responsive conditions using chiropractic care along with acupuncture, physiotherapy, herbs, diet, nutrition, supplements and cleansing of the liver and colon. A master medical herbalist and chiropractor with over 30 years’ experience, Dr. K formulates and uses herbal supplements for internal cleansing, healing and weight loss. 


See Clearly Naturally 815-219-7897 Mimi@HappyEyesight.com HappyEyesight.com See clearly without glasses, contacts or surgery. Improving eyesight naturally is risk free and offers life-long clarity of sight, improved selfimage and self-confidence, and better eye health. Be coached via phone, Skype, workshop, or in-person, learn these simple, effective techniques that helped countless people of all ages around the world.

NATUROPATHIC CONSULTATION DR. ALLA ARUTCHEVA, MD, PHD, ND Associate Professor, Rush University Med. School Antalee Wellness 1836 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Glenview 60025 847-486-1130 AntaleeHolistic.com

When your body is in an imbalanced state, your health is compromised. Dr. Alla Arutcheva’s Full Body Check Up is a non-invasive, highly reliable test that can provide you with a snapshot of your current state of health. She can also identify which supplements your body needs for optimal healing benefits.


Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522 TheHealingPowerOfNature.com Naturopathic Doctors empower people to take charge of their own health, and this practice is effective with most conditions. We use a whole person focus featuring botanical, nutritional, homeopathic, physical, energetic and Chinese medical approaches. Call for a free 15-minute consultation.


2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-963-6094 YourHealthyFoundations.com Whole Body Thermometry (WBT) is a safe, accurate, prevention-centered way to assess functional changes in the body. This infrared scanning device is accurately and efficiently driven by sophisticated mathematical algorithms. WBT works by identifying specific temperature patterns coming from internal organs, before and after the body is exposed to a cooling stress. See ad on page 27.

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As a young woman who has suffered traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries from a car accident, finding relief from the chronic effects is monumental. I have suffered from tension and cramping literally from head to toe, with constant contractions in my calf, feet, toes, and migraines. Following a treatment I feel great, but what is more important is the lasting relief I’m noticing. I am able to sleep deeper, move more fluidly, and feel peace in my mind and body overall, a peace I never thought I’d gain again after the trauma. Nate tracks progress, notices the changes, and helps me notice and feel them, too. His work is his passion – my relief and peace mean as much to him as to me – he is a true healer.




Schedule a session in our Clinic.

Our specialties include Chronic Pain, Autoimmune Disorders, Chronic Illness, and Emotionally Overwhelming States like Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Post-Traumatic Stress. Call 847-864-1130 and ask to book with Nathan or any Chronic Conditions specialist.


Start a Career in Shiatsu Therapy. E-mail info@zenshiatsuchicago.org or call 847-864-1130 to sign up today! Beginning Zen Shiatsu 10 Week Spring Sessions March 27 - June 5, Tuesdays 11am-2pm March 28 - May 30, Wednesdays 7-10pm 10 Week Summer Session June 21 - August 23, Thursdays 7-10pm 2 Weekend Intensive July 20-22 & 27-29, Fri 7-10pm, Sat/Sun 9am-4m or try one of our

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March 2018 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's freshest, greenest and healthiest magazine.

March 2018 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's freshest, greenest and healthiest magazine.