Natural Awakenings Houston December 2023

Page 1



THE GRACE OF GIVING AND RECEIVING Healing through generosity

TAKING CHARGE OF THE FITNESS JOURNEY How to find motivation in 2024

HOLIDAY PARTIES FOR EVERY DIET How to plan inclusive and safe feasts









CONTENTS Natural Awakenings Houston - December 2023 Issue


Keeping Holiday Parties Green


The Grace of Giving and Receiving



Treating Ourselves


Taking Charge of Holiday Parties for the Fitness Every Diet Journey How to plan an inclusive and safe feast


How to find motivation in 2024




To advertise with Natural Awakenings or request a media kit, please contact us at 713-443-3186 or email: Deadline for ads: the 10th of the month.








Email articles, news items and ideas to: Deadline for editorial: the 10th of the month.


Email Calendar Events to: Deadline for calendar: the 10th of the month.


Advertise your products or services in multiple markets! Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. is a growing franchised family of locally owned magazines serving communities since 1994. To place your ad in other markets call 239-206-2000. For franchising opportunities call 239-206-2000 or email


letter from publishers


Greetings! This year, Cindy and I plan to celebrate the winter holidays quietly by ourselves. We have started sorting through the decorations and deciding which ones we will enjoy this year and which we will put back for another year. I plan to cut one of the many small cedar trees that grows on the property and decorate it for our Yule Tree, and our porch will soon be decorated with strings of colorful lights. Whom are we doing this for? For ourselves, as Unitarians Universalists, we find it hard to pass up celebrating a holiday, especially one that has so many good memories and so much hope for the future. This month’s issue has several articles full of ideas that you can use to make your holidays more meaningful and more fun. Sometimes it’s hard to be generous, truly generous but it can also sometimes be hard to accept the generosity of others. If you find yourself struggling with generosity, take a moment to notice what is happening, be the one who observes, and then embrace the opportunity to both give and receive generously. If your holiday time starts to get a bit too busy, take a moment to step back and catch your breath, to reflect and savor what is good. If things become a bit too quiet and lonely, reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to lately because they may be feeling the same way too. We wish you a most special holiday season and hope for an even better New Year.

o rga n i cv i l l a



.o e









F 2 01 7

it r


agyna T

ll 8





Our dedicated and experienced customer service team of educated KRATOM enthusiasts are waiting for you...


Cindy & Mike Hart

3 3 -AU STI N


Cindy & Mike Hart


Jane Aylward


Cindy Hart


Anirudh Mannattil


Karesha Brown

CONTACT US 11428 Debbie Lane Iola, TX 77861 713-443-3186 COVERY IMAGE BY

BerryTreeCanva_freestocks-photos_ pixabay

NATIONAL TEAM CEO Kimberly Whittle COO/Franchise Sales Dr. Brian Stenzier National Editor Sandra Yeyati Production Designer Gabrielle W-Perillo Financial Manager Yolanda Shebert Asst. Director of Ops Heather Gibbs Digital Content Director Rachael Oppy National Advertising Lisa Doyle-Mitchell


n Enhance Mood


n Increase Focus

Boost Energy n Uplifting Effect n



n Relieve Pain

833-AUSTIN-1 833-287-8461


Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation 350 Main Street, Suite 9B Bedminster, NJ 07921 Ph: 239.206.2000

© 2023 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved.

Promo Code:

Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing.

for 20% Off

Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. Check with a healthcare professional regarding the appropriate use of any treatment.


Subscribe for FREE!

Magazine is ranked 5th Nationally in CISION’S® 2016 Top 10 Health & Fitness Magazines


news briefs

Come Home for the Holidays 43rd Annual Home for the Holidays returns to historic Old Town Spring every weekend until Christmas Eve. The hometown holiday festival features a spectacular display of twinkling holiday lights, entertainment, family-friendly activities, carriage rides, and photos with Santa every weekend. The many unique shops have a wide variety of one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping lists. If all the shopping works up your appetite, whether you want a snack, a quick sandwich or a full sit-down meal, there are plenty of places in Old Town Spring that can take care of you. Let a day trip to Old Town Spring get you in the holiday spirit this year. For more information go to,



Interfaith Prayer Vigil for the Earth’s Climate During the U.N. Climate Conference (COP28) in Dubai on Sunday December 3rd, people of all faiths and spiritual traditions are invited to come together at 2:30 pm for prayer, meditation and reflection in the beauty of nature at Hermann Park. Clergy of a variety of faiths/spiritual traditions will offer readings, reflections and prayers/meditations from their traditions, all in support of the ongoing climate conference. Join us to offer your thoughts and prayers for those in deliberation at COP28. Specific location in the park will be sent to registrants several days in advance of the event. Register on at: https://www.eventbrite. com/e/interfaith-prayer-vigil-during-the-un-climate-conference-cop28-tickets-742353287667. Contact Lisa Brenskelle at for more information.


The Rise of Christian Nationalism Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s 5th Annual Gershenson Lecture will be held Tuesday, December 5th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. It will feature Amanda Tyler, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. Her keynote presentation will explore democracy faith and the rise of Christian Nationalism in the United States and the importance of safeguarding religious freedoms for all. Organized by the Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships Department, the program will also include local voices as a part of a fireside chat. Admission is $25. Location 2836 Wheeler Avenue, Houston 77004. Please contact Kim Mabry, for information at

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s 2023 Tapestry Gala Welcomes the World Close to 600 supporters joined Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) to celebrate dialogue, collaboration, and service and “Welcome the World” to its Annual Tapestry Gala on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at the Hilton Americas – Houston. The event raised over $730,000 to support the organization’s services: Meals on Wheels /Animeals; Refugee Services; Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships; and Volunteer Houston and SERVE HOUSTON through the Vic Samuels Center for Volunteerism and Service. The program began with a team of multi-faith leaders provided a shared prayer for peace and understanding with Imam Mohammad Haq, Rabbi Steve Gross, Nadia Tajalli, Ray Tran, Atul Kothari, and Father Orrin Halepska. Event Co-chairs Karen and Jay Harberg introduced and presented the Spirit of Respect Award to Pastors Juanita and Rudy Rasmus, who led St. John’s United Methodist Church in downtown Houston for over 30 years. The couple also founded Bread of Life Inc. and teamed up with Tina Knowles Lawson, Solange Knowles, and Beyoncé to help 40,000 flood victims recover in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. They have raised millions of dollars to provide housing for the formerly homeless, as well as led projects benefiting local and global communities. Brigitte Kalai and Tehmina Masud followed with a presentation in recognition of Tapestry honorees Susan and Dan Boggio. Cominsky noted that the Boggios are the only Interfaith Ministries donors to have received all three of the organization’s annual awards - Tapestry for overall service, For All Humanity for supporting IM’s Refugee Services program, and Wags & Whiskers for supporting IM’s Animeals work. While the Boggios support many Houston-based programs, their philanthropy is global in nature as they help the most vulnerable worldwide from India to Jordan and beyond, focusing on children, animals, and refugees. Dan has donated significant in-kind services to IM through PBK, and the Boggios have been lead donors, volunteers, and advocates for the organization for many years. A United Way agency, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (Interfaith Ministries) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service. For more information, visit


health briefs

Red Light Therapy to Reduce Glucose Levels

Pamela Carpenter/


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that 37.3 million Americans, or 11.3 percent of the population, have diabetes, which means the body does not produce enough insulin, causing too much blood glucose (sugar) to stay in the bloodstream. Over time, diabetes can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss and kidney disease. Researchers from the University of London conducted a study of the effects of red light therapy on blood sugar levels. In the study, 15 participants received 670 nanometers of red light onto approximately 800 square centimeters of their exposed back for 15 minutes. The 15-person control group had the same equipment placed on their back, but the light was not turned on. The result was a significant reduction in blood sugar levels in the group exposed to red light following a glucose intake by the participants. Over a two-hour period following the therapy, maximum glucose spiking was reduced by 5.1 percent. Red light exposure can be used to reduce blood glucose spikes following meals as a safe, non-invasive treatment for diabetes management at home.







Subscribe for FREE! Text NAHTX to 66866 HOUSTON METRO EDITION

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Using Artificial Intelligence





"Like so many families, I have been deeply affected by Alzheimer's, so I was thrilled to become a part of this film when I realized that there's hope, and it's not just a death sentence."

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million Americans and their families are living with Alzheimer’s disease. To determine if a person has the disease and rule out other possible causes of cognitive disfunction, doctors use several methods and tools, such as memory and problem-solving tests, biomarker tests and brain scans. Companies and scientists are engaged in harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve diagnosis. Here are three examples. RetiSpec, a Toronto-based medical imaging company, claims to have developed an AI algorithm for its eye scanner that can detect signs of Alzheimer’s 20 years before symptoms develop, as well as Parkinson’s, vascular dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). California-based NeuroVision Imaging uses its AI-enhanced retinal imaging system to look for the buildup of certain proteins or blood vessels with a twisted shape, which are both associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Rui Chang, Ph.D., a researcher at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, built an AI model to identify genetic triggers linked to Alzheimer’s, which would otherwise potentially take a decade to identify. His model will be tested in a clinical trial led by PATH Biotech, an AI-powered medical solutions company founded by Chang.

- Michael Bublé


Dr. Dale Bredesen New York Times Bestselling author of The End of Alzheimer’s

Now available on


global briefs

California Bans Food Additives

Justyna Troc/

Priceless lifetime, life-changing whole health benefits for less than the cost of a smoothie a week!

California is the first state to ban the sale of four food additives linked to potential health issues even though they are permitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The law will be enforced beginning in 2027. Already banned by the European Union and other countries, the four culprits are red dye No. 3, potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oil and propylparaben, which are used in some brands of orange soda, icing, hamburger rolls, candies and processed foods. Red dye No. 3, which is derived from petroleum, makes medicines and foods bright red. The FDA already bans it from cosmetics because studies show that high doses cause cancer in lab animals. Potassium bromate, used to improve the texture of baked goods, has also been linked to cancer in lab animals. Brominated vegetable oil in citrus drinks has been tied to behavioral and reproductive issues in lab animals, among other issues. Propylparaben is a cosmetic and food preservative that is believed to be an endocrine disruptor.



We are stronger together!


Keeping the Power Grid Humming To date, large fossil-fuel power plants have maintained the stability of the United States power grid in times of power fluctuations and outages. But, as the country endeavors to switch to more sustainable forms of energy, it is estimated that half of the total electricity from coal-fired power plants will be eliminated by 2026, only to be replaced by renewable sources like wind and solar power, which are not as consistently reliable and subject to volatile weather events. A new solution is needed to keep the power grid humming during this transition. While inverters have traditionally been used in micro-grids and small electric power systems to facilitate the interface between the power production or power storage equipment and the grid, the challenge is to scale them for large power grids that incorporate renewable energy. The U.S. Department of Energy is funding a $25 million grid-forming inverter effort. The initial focus is on setting technical specifications for the equipment and testing inverters from different manufacturers for performance and the ability to work together.

Want to grow your business?

Call 713-443-3186 for special rates.




James Leiber, DO

Ron Torrance, DO

Ignatios Papas, DO

Lisa Valastro, DO

Duron Lee, DO


Getting Creative to Battle Global Warming


Vladimir Mulder/

Chiropractic Guide

Experts say that reducing emissions won’t be enough to reach international goals for limiting global warming. It will require the removal of billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year. There are a growing number of startups working on the issue with dollars generated from the carbon credit market. Here are three examples. Seattle-based Lithos Carbon is spreading ground-up basalt on the soil. When rainwater mixes with the basalt, it traps CO2 as bicarbonate, which eventually flows to the ocean where it is stored for millions of years. Lithos buys basalt dust, a mining byproduct from quarries, and pays farmers to spread it instead of lime. Through this method, they expect to remove 20,000 tons of CO2 in 2023 while improving crop yields. The nonprofit research organization Carbon to Sea Initiative is funding an experiment to see if modifying the ocean’s alkalinity could be an effective way to remove CO2. The team believes that increasing the alkalinity will convert CO2 already in the ocean into stable bicarbonate and carbonate molecules that sink to the bottom and, in turn, allow the water to absorb more CO2 from the air. Experiments are underway off the coast of Massachusetts. Much more work is needed to make it scalable and safe, as the alkalinity enhancement may pose risks to marine life. Living Carbon, a California-based biotechnology company, has genetically modified poplar trees with pumpkin and green algae genes to make them grow faster. The trees absorb CO2 and turn it into wood at an increased rate. Pumpkins and green algae have genes that make the process of photosynthesis more efficient. In the greenhouse, the modified trees grew 53 percent faster than their natural counterparts. Trees have been planted outdoors to see if they produce similar results. Only female trees that don’t produce pollen are used to reduce the potential reproduction of trees with the altered genes.



Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center Dr. Jackie St.Cyr, DC 8100 Washington Ave, #210 Houston, TX 77007 713-521-2104 HealthPro Chiropractic & Acupuncture Dr. Alayna E. Pagnani-Gendron, DC 4101 Green Briar Dr. #135 Houston, TX 77098 281-506-0105 Franson Chiropractic Dr. Brett V. Franson, DC 1652 South Dairy Ashford Rd. Houston, TX 77077 281-701-1596


Evgeny Karandaev/

eco tip

Keeping Holiday Parties Green Although the holidays are a season of joy, an estimated 2.9 billion pounds of extra trash is generated each year from items such as wrapping paper, food waste, packaging, returns and decorations. Let’s make this holiday season a time to remember that sustainability and fun can go hand in hand. SEND DIGITAL INVITATIONS. Save paper and reduce waste by embracing the digital era and sending electronic invitations. Online platforms offer stylish and customizable options for spreading holiday cheer while minimizing the environmental impact. CHOOSE SUSTAINABLE DECOR. Instead of buying disposable party decorations, opt for reusable and eco-friendly alternatives. Consider using natural elements, such as pine cones, branches and leaves, to create a rustic and festive atmosphere. Repurpose items from around the home, like mason jars or old wine bottles, and turn them into beautiful candle holders or festive centerpieces. WRAP DIFFERENTLY. Landfills add 2.3 million pounds of wrapping paper every year. Consider reusing old gift wrap or

upcycling newspaper, maps or magazine pages. For a longer lasting option, invest in cloth wrappings. Remember to throw wrapping paper in the recycling bin as long as it doesn’t contain metallic, glitter or velvet elements. CHOOSE LOCAL AND SEASONAL INGREDIENTS. By opting for locally sourced, organic produce, we support local farmers and reduce the carbon footprint associated with long-distance transportation. Additionally, selecting ingredients that are in season ensures freshness and flavor. EMBRACE REUSABLE TABLEWARE. Ditch the disposable plastic plates and cutlery and choose biodegradable or compostable alternatives. If there isn’t enough regular tableware for each guest, mix and match or borrow some from a neighbor. CONSERVE ENERGY. Turn down the thermostat a few degrees to save energy. If it’s chilly outside, encourage guests to bring their own sweaters or blankets. Make use of natural light during the day and switch to energy-efficient LED light bulbs when the sun goes down.

PREPARE A ZERO-WASTE MENU. Plan the holiday menu carefully to avoid over-purchasing or overcooking. Ask guests to bring reusable containers for leftovers, which can be transformed into delicious new dishes or donated to food banks to help those in need. COMPOST. Instead of throwing food scraps into the trash, composting reduces landfill waste and creates nutrient-rich soil. Be sure to provide clearly marked recycling and compost bins to make it easy for guests to dispose of their waste properly. GIVE SUSTAINABLE PARTY FAVORS. Instead of traditional party favors that often go unused or end up in the trash, consider giving guests eco-friendly gifts. Reusable BPA-free water bottles, organic seeds or handmade products from local artisans will spread guiltfree cheer. Not only are these gifts more meaningful, they also serve as a reminder of the importance of sustainability.


business spotlights

Building Community through Positivity and Wellness Chris Jepson opened The Elixir Lounge Kava Bar with the intention of offering folks from all walks of life a cool spot to enjoy a night out without being pressured to consume alcohol. For many, an alternative to the Friday-night bar scene seemed out of reach. At Elixir Lounge, the Managers, Michael and Cassandra and their staff of botanical bartenders offer Kava & Elixir drinks as well as tiki mocktails & other botanicals for those looking to boost their mood with the best alcohol alternatives. Kava is a tropical shrub with heart shaped leaves. In the western Pacific, it has a long and storied history. The Kava plant is also gaining popularity due to its potential health benefits and its alternative use to alcohol. While the bar centers around kava, they also provide elixirs which are kratom based and a wide assortment of tiki mocktails as well as teas, kombucha and coffee. Michael and Cassandra say, “We care about what goes into our bodies, and want to offer the best alcohol alternatives for the healthiest experience to our customers. Whether you’re coming to relax with our book club, listen to a live band, play open mic, sing karaoke, have a conversation with friends, play drag bula bingo, have a board game night with other patrons, or to enjoy a special event, Elixir Lounge has something for everyone. Elixir Lounge Kava Bar is located at 206 Main Street, Spring 77373. For more information call 346-351-1121 or visit See ad on page 28.




weMED Clinics: Bringing Eastern and Western Medicine Together In 2006, The Wellness Center was founded by Doctors Bing You and Tao Ma with the purpose of helping people with natural healing using functional medicine, eastern and western medicine. Since then, the center has grown into weMED Clinic with a staff of the two doctors, seven acupuncturists, two nurse practitioners, an orthopedic surgeon and five support staff. Their effort has helped thousands of people address the root causes of diseases, as well as reduce or eliminate medications for diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure, chronic pain and insomnia. Dr. You credits love, caring and being consistently effective for their success. They expect to expand their main office and plan to open a few more satellite offices around Houston. They currently offer free online health and wellness webinars that focus on the prevention and treatment of specific diseases. weMed Clinics 4126 Southwest Fwy #1130 Houston 77027 713) 572-3888. For more information visit See ad on page 21.

FREE STUDENT MASSAGE: 3 Days Only! LIMITED APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE Regular Price $35 December 14th, 15th, and 16th. Thurs., Fri., & Sat. You may book December 9th-December 12th. (Limit 2 per family)

CALL 713-974-5976 PHOENIX SCHOOL OF MASSAGE 6600 Harwin Dr., Ste. 101 Houston, TX 77036

MS #0008



Feel Better-Live Healthier with Colon Hydrotherapy Serving Houston for 41 years We use the Closed System & Disposable Setups.

Visit our website for more information or to schedule an appointment

Barbara J. Ellis, Retired RN, therapist & owner Urban Colonics

5042 Briscoe St. Houston, TX.77033 713-738-8199






by Carrie Jackson


n today’s fast-paced world, where self-interest often takes precedence, the capacity for generosity can make a huge impact. Giving and supporting others fosters a more openhearted society, paving the way for greater connection and unity. A study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being shows that gratitude can increase self-esteem and long-term well-being, leading to greater fulfillment in myriad areas of life. In this season of giving (and throughout the year), gratitude can help shift perspectives on everyday circumstances and remind us of what really matters. Stories of people supporting one another through their generosity can move and inspire us to make every day a little brighter.

Facilitating Health Care Gratitude is often felt the most by those that have been helped through a loss or trauma. When her young adult son was afflicted with devastating ulcerative colitis, Phyllis Johnson remembers feeling desperate and frustrated by traditional medicine practitioners unable to help. “Watching a loved one suffer is the most helpless and isolating feeling,” she recalls. Her son finally found relief after introducing complementary and integrative therapies, and Johnson set out to help others that were not so fortunate. “If I didn’t have the cash, I don’t know what we would have done,” Johnson remarks, acknowledging her privilege. In 2013, she founded, a South Carolina-based nonprofit, to encourage and support community giving when conventional health care and health insurance are inadequate. “We pull from a team of passionate experts in the integrative and alternative health community who want to change the world,” she explains.

Patients apply for grants for the care they need that is not covered by insurance. They are required to raise a minimum of $500 on their own, and connects with donors to meet the rest. According to Johnson, this model of people helping each other benefits everyone, including donors, patients and healthcare providers. “The patients are able to receive the often essential care they need and deserve to heal, and the donors and practitioners are making a vital difference in someone else’s life. The sense of gratitude connects everyone and heightens the healing process,” she says. Johnson identifies with the desperation of family members that would do anything to help their loved ones and says that serving others is the only option for her. “When someone you care about is suffering, not being able to make them better is excruciating. Once you’ve been through a traumatic experience, it builds a fire within you. Turning that into empowerment becomes part of your calling, and you are driven to ensure that others don’t have to go through the same thing,” she asserts.

Feeding the Hungry Generosity is often shared by the very people that have been on the receiving end. For Frieda Holly, experiencing homelessness changed her perspective and ignited a desire to help others. More than three decades ago, the Chicago resident was forced to move her family out of their apartment when her youngest son tested positive for lead poisoning. Unable to find housing on such short notice, Holly lived for six months with her children in a nearby shelter and was transformed by the experience. “It was not what I expected,” she remembers. “They treated us with extreme


kindness, and I had never felt so loved and taken care of, especially in such a down moment. When we moved out, I wanted to share that feeling and generosity with others.” Holly began collecting food from nearby pantries and making soup for the community out of her new home. What started as providing a meal to a few people quickly grew into a bustling soup kitchen. Today, Frieda’s Place has been a cornerstone in the community for 35 years. “A soup kitchen is different from a pantry, because a warm meal touches people’s heart and soul. I put a little love into every meal and make my guests feel special,” she muses. Some of her guests are regulars, others come by once or twice, and everyone is welcome at her table. While Holly runs the kitchen on her own, she is never alone. “Volunteers from the community stop by all the time to help out. Every day that we’re open, people drop off clothing, toiletries and other essential items,” she says. Much of the food is donated from nonprofits, such as the Chicago Greater Food Depository, and businesses, such as Trader Joe’s, and Holly makes do with whatever she’s given. “Most days, I wake up not knowing what I’m serving that day, but it always works out, and my guests are always grateful for a hot meal,” says Holly. “People come to Frieda’s Place for more than just the food; they are craving emotional attention and connection. If I can give them more love or even just listen, it’s a spark in their day that may have ripple effects.”

Leveraging Art for Positive Outcome Ruth Westreich never thought she would become a philanthropist. The California native grew up in poverty as a young caregiver for her ill mother. When a generous employer from a teenage job funded her college tuition, she was inspired to pay it forward. Westreich set out to help anyone she could by sharing her time, attention and financial resources. A passion for the arts set the groundwork for The Westreich Foundation, primarily funded by her affluent husband, who saw how impactful her work could be with the right support. Now in its 20th



year, the organization funds programs and individuals at the intersection of art and healing, focusing on the welfare and education of youth, restorative farming and organic agriculture, scientific research and independent investigative journalism. “Art, science and intergenerational dialogue are inextricably linked, and harnessing them helps move beyond the societal and political entanglements that interfere with overall health,” Westreich explains. “We fund a lot of early adopters with big ideas that need investigating. We are especially interested in highlighting the dangers that need to be exposed in things like PFAS [per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances] and other chemicals that are harmful to the overall health of the planet.” The Westreich Foundation helped fund the nonprofits, scientific research and journalists that eventually uncovered the dangers of Monsanto’s weedkiller RoundUp.

A painter herself, Westreich is deeply moved by the power of the arts in healing, and the foundation combines thought-provoking art, activism and philanthropy to engage and unite people. “By supporting and elevating these passionate groups, we are encouraged that their work will result in an exponential impact that can be scaled for dramatic changes in human and planetary health,” she asserts. “Gratitude emanates between our donors and our recipients. They are incredibly grateful for the support, and I am equally grateful to be able to give. More than the money, it’s the relationships that make us all feel the richest. I believe in the law of attraction and know in my heart that the more you give, the more you get back.”

Spreading Holistic Hope and Gratitude When Suzan Walter co-founded the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA), her knowledge and understanding of holistic health was limited. The businesswoman and parent of two children had no intention of entering the health world, but her life changed course when a close friend was diagnosed with cancer and given two weeks to live. “During my grief, I read Bernie Siegel’s book Love, Medicine & Miracles and learned about terminally ill patients who took control of their illnesses and extended their lives beyond medical predictions,” she recalls, adding that her friend with cancer came to believe that he would recover. He accepted treatment and lived another two months. According to Walter, when he stopped believing, the treatments stopped working, and he died. Seeing firsthand the power that positivity could have in healing, Walter committed to learning more about holistic wellness and eventually founded AHHA, a free, online clearinghouse of resources and articles to support active self-care and healthy lifestyle changes. “We encourage the powerful, whole-person approach to health care that integrates physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. We are connecting and empowering holistic warriors with the resources to help them heal and a community to help support them,” Walter explains. “I am humbled and blessed that by being willing to serve, these opportunities to leave the world a little better have emerged. My friend was asked at the end of his life if there was any meaning he could take away from his suffering, to which he responded, ‘It allowed me to let others in and receive their love.’ Gratitude enabled him to find a gift, even under the most dire circumstances, and that is a beautiful lesson.” In this hectic season, slowing down and helping others can make a world of difference. By nurturing a culture of giving, we can help create a grateful, united community that reflects the values we want to instill. Carrie Jackson is a Chicago-based freelance writer. Connect at


conscious eating


Foxys Forest Manufacture/

by Madiha Saeed, M.D.


nclusivity and respect are at the heart of a memorable and enjoyable experience around the holiday table. “Nothing can spoil a wonderful holiday faster than when your family or friends are unable to enjoy your delicious food,” says Julie Matthews, a certified nutrition consultant and founder of Nourishing Hope. From allergies to religious restrictions and ethical choices, understanding and accommodating guests’ diverse dietary needs is the foundation of a successful gathering. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, more than 17 percent of the adult population is on a special diet on any given day. Food Allergy Research and Education reports that 85 million Americans have life-threatening food allergies and intolerances. Plant-based diets are also on the rise, with 5 to 6 percent of Americans identifying as vegetarians.

Preparation and Communication With a little creativity and careful planning, the holiday table can offer a diverse and delicious spread that everyone will enjoy. “Communication is an important first step when it comes to accommodating your guests’ dietary needs,” advises Yvonne Maffei, chef and creator of “Speak to them in advance to gain insight into their needs, giving yourself enough time to plan your menu and shop for any unique ingredients you might need.”

“To make sure that guests with specific dietary constraints don’t feel isolated or singled out at the table, try to replicate the same dishes for everyone. It’s also helpful for each dish to be labeled so guests don’t have to ask, particularly if it’s a large gathering or buffet style,” says Maffei. “Prepare as much as possible ahead of time, if not all of it,” says Matthews. “It makes the environment feel more inviting, and you are able to focus on your guests. If other people are bringing dishes, ask them for the recipe ahead of time so that you can inform your guests.”

Food Allergies Party hosts need to pay special attention to food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities, which can cause uncomfortable or even life-threatening reactions, including bloating, diarrhea, skin reactions, swelling, breathing difficulties and anaphylactic shock. To prevent cross-contamination and provide peace of mind for guests, designate allergy-friendly cooking utensils, cutting boards and dishes. Here are a few substitutions for the most common offenders. DAIRY: For those with lactose intolerance or a dairy allergy, serve plant-based milks made with almonds, soy or oats. Replace butter with coconut oil, olive oil or plantbased butters. EGGS: Substitute with applesauce, mashed bananas or commercial egg replacers, especially in baking. Tofu is a good alternative for scrambled eggs. PEANUTS: Eliminate the potential for crossover allergies by avoiding other nuts that are processed in the same facilities as peanuts. Sunflower seed butter, tahini


and almond butter are tasty and healthy alternatives in recipes. TREE NUTS: Use sunflower, pumpkin and flax seeds instead of tree nuts. Coconut or dried fruits can add texture and flavor. Roasted chickpeas are a crunchy, nutritious alternative. SEAFOOD: Lean meats, legumes, tofu, seitan, jackfruit and mushrooms can be used as alternatives to fish and shellfish in recipes. Vegan fish substitutes are also available. GLUTEN: Use flours made with almonds, coconut, rice or buckwheat. Quinoa works well in salads or as a main dish. Cross-contamination is a concern; choose products that are labeled gluten-free. Use gluten-free flour to thicken gravies. SOY: Coconut aminos or tamari can substitute for soy sauce. For recipes that call for tofu, seitan or jackfruit may be used. SESAME: Sunflower or pumpkin seeds and almond butter can replace sesame seeds or tahini in recipes. MUSTARD: Turmeric mixed with a little vinegar can be a suitable alternative in many recipes.

Restrictive Diets Whether for health, weight loss, ethical or religious reasons, guests may be following a specific diet that omits ingredients. To respect and support their needs, here are a few recommended substitutions.

VEGAN: Offer recipes made with tofu, lentils and beans as protein sources, and nutritional yeast as a cheese substitute. Replace dairy with plant-based milks. VEGETARIAN: Celebrate the wonders of the plant kingdom with hearty vegetable roasts and scrumptious vegan desserts. PALEO: For this diet that focuses on whole foods, substitute regular flour with almond or coconut flour, and refined sugar with honey or pure maple syrup. KETOGENIC: Common low-carb, highfat alternatives include non-starchy vegetables, such as cauliflower, and sweeteners like stevia or erythritol. Low-FODMAP: This diet for people with irritable bowel syndrome eliminates numerous irritants. Garlic-infused oil can be an alternative to fresh garlic, and lactose-free dairy or almond milk can replace regular milk. HALAL: Omit alcohol and pork products. Use meat and poultry that is processed according to Islamic law. Replace alcohol-based flavor extracts with real vanilla beans. KOSHER: Follow the dietary laws of kashrut based on the Torah and the oral tradition. Madiha Saeed is a holistic, functional and integrative doctor in Naperville, Illinois, and director of education for Documenting Hope and KnoWEwell. 4oz Jar

15 00

$ $18

Plus $4.90 Shipping




STIR-FRIED OKRA YIELD: 4 SERVINGS 16-oz package of frozen, cut okra ¼ cup olive oil 1½ medium tomatoes, chopped 1 medium onion, sliced ¼ tsp finely diced fresh ginger 1 tsp chopped garlic clove 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper ¼ tsp turmeric powder ½ tsp paprika powder ¼ tsp cumin powder

Graytown from Getty Images/Canva Pro

Preheat oven to 400° F. Bake okra until lightly brown on unbleached parchment paper that has been sprayed with a bit of oil. Remove from heat and set aside. In a medium, ceramic skillet sauté sliced onions in the oil until they start to become transparent. Add tomatoes and spices and mix. Incorporate the baked okra to the tomato-onion mixture and cook for 25 minutes on low heat. Recipe reprinted with permission of Madiha Saeed, M.D.




sun ok/


by Marlaina Donato


or many of us, this time of year is a whirlwind of well-meaning obligations, and we struggle to hold onto the intended joy of the season. Somewhere between the office holiday party and making a toast on New Year’s Eve, it is easy to lose sight of the magic because we lose sight of ourselves. During this hour of stillness when nature slows down to restore life force in the very roots, we can make a conscious decision to give back to ourselves by honoring our energy reserves. Being more realistic with our finances and not seeking an escape from holiday stress through overindulgence are holy choices we can make. Deciding not to spread ourselves too thin swaps exhausting multitasking for authenticity and the pleasure of being in the present moment. Redefining priorities without misplaced guilt allows us to give others our undiluted presence. As the winter solstice nears and another chapter concludes, how much lighter might we feel if we bless ourselves with the soul-necessity of inner peace? How many beautiful memories might we store up as spiritual nourishment for the journey ahead? Just as the solstice kicks off a bit more daylight as we inch toward spring, tending to our own roots not only makes us stronger



but also ensures a future harvest from which everyone around us can benefit.

Ideas for a More Balanced Season n

Host a fun, potluck gathering instead of doing all the cooking.


Say “No” to an event and spend that time with someone that doesn’t have family or holiday plans.


Instead of a tangible gift, write a heartfelt letter to a loved one and lavishly decorate the paper and envelope.


Choose a morning to sleep in late or make yourself a delicious breakfast.


Enjoy the unique beauty of winter, pausing to notice a sunset or deepening twilight.


Share treasured stories and memories with a gathering of friends.


Avoid rushing and risk running behind.


Decide to not harbor any regrets.


Abandon perfection.

Marlaina Donato is an author, multimedia expressionist and cultivator of women’s wild well-being. Connect at HOUSTON METRO EDITION

fit body

Taking Charge of the Fitness Journey

HOW TO FIND MOTIVATION IN 2024 by Cristina Parker, DPT


AI-Miha Creativey/

Winter Workouts

ne of the most common New Year’s resolutions involves improving health, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A great way to stay motivated and fulfilled in 2024 is to combine a personal goal for better health with the larger purpose of nourishing our planet and giving back to the community.

Equipment and Gear When planning a fitness routine, consider the sustainability and carbon footprint of the equipment and gear. “There are several greener initiatives you can take, such as utilizing power-generating exercise equipment or reducing paper and packaging waste through purchasing fewer items,” advises Jamie Temple, a healthcare customer-success executive. Many companies are utilizing recycled materials for fitness equipment, such as the 100-percent recycled cork yoga mats by 42 Birds or Iron Company’s line of green fitness equipment, including barbells, medicine balls and weight storage systems made of recycled materials. Purchase exercise clothes from brands that offer clothing made with fair trade and collection practices that include natural and recycled fabrics. Karen Thomas, a doctor of physical therapy and founder of Venture Out Wellness, in Virginia, observes, “Now more than ever in fashion, comfort is being merged with sustainable, high-performance fabrics that offer you a great opportunity to be kind to Planet Earth and your body simultaneously.”

Getting exercise outdoors may require more thought during the winter months. According to the American Heart Association, colder weather constricts the blood vessels, which can decrease blood flow and oxygen. Monitoring symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain and dizziness is important during any exercise, but heightened for those exercising outdoors in the cold. Factors such as the weather, the temperature, lack of daylight and chaotic holiday schedules can interfere with the goal of creating a realistic, attainable outdoor workout. Hiking, walking and cycling can still be performed outside in dry conditions with the appropriate clothing, or indoors using an elliptical, treadmill or recumbent bike. Stressing the need for safety when exercising outdoors in the winter, Temple says,“Avoid icy roads and sidewalks; stretch or walk in place to warm up first; protect your eyes and ears; and always wear non-slip shoes.” Alternatively, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing and ice skating can be fun ways to take advantage of the winter and get moving while trying something new. Another consideration when exercising in weather extremes is staying hydrated. Cold weather studies at the University of New Hampshire show an increased risk for dehydration because people don’t feel as thirsty when the weather is cold. Thomas recommends going green while hydrating by eliminating single-use water bottles in favor of a reusable, BPA-free water bottle.


Miha Creative/, an organization dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and sustainability, reports, “Every year, 50 billion single-use water bottles are sold in the U.S., the vast majority of which either end up in landfills or add to the 5.25 trillion items of plastic waste already in our oceans.” Virtual fitness classes offer a great way to stay active on a cold, snowy day by combining the cozy convenience of in-home exertion with the guidance of trained professionals. Online platforms, such as YouTube, stream affordable and free sessions in a wide variety of modalities, from low-intensity options like yoga to high-intensity interval training. Some large health insurance companies collaborate with fitness providers to facilitate accessibility. One example is UnitedHealthcare, which offers Apple Fitness+ subscriptions to fully insured members.

Community Support Getting involved in community initiatives is a wonderful way to seek out support and motivation, connect with likeminded individuals and build a health-conscious community. Stay active during the winter while giving back. Many organizations host activities such as volunteering at the local food bank or home meal delivery programs. Thomas suggests establishing a fitness community to motivate each other and to find ways to reduce the group’s carbon footprint. To cut emissions, walk together or use walking as a warmup and cool down to and from a workout, take mass transit or carpool—with bonus points if the group has access to a hybrid or electric vehicle. We don’t have to be among the 80 percent of Americans that fail to achieve their New Year’s resolution. Feel well and feel good about achieving better health in the new year. Cristina Parker, a researcher, health content writer, educator and clinician specializing in neurologic disorders, limb-loss rehabilitation and adaptive sports techniques, holds a doctorate in physical therapy.

Get Quality Holistic Education BECOME A HOLISTIC HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER at Phoenix School of Massage

n Earn athe professional wage in as little as 6 months. g LEARN modalities of Holistic Care including Clinical $51,699Manual TexasLymph Labor Drainage, Analysis,Body Experienced Massage, Sculpting,Wage Acupressure, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Polarity, Reiki, Thai Massage, a licensedmassage n SpaAs Theraputics, and more. therapist you may own your own private practice or work with spas, massage franchises, sports rehabilitation centers, medical offices, and others. g As a licensed massage therapist and holistic practitioner you mayClasses own yourcombine own practice or WEBINAR work with spas, rehabilitation cenn 2 day & 2 days ters, and others. Monday through Thursday, Day or Evening ON-CAMPUS. g Begin Earn a your professional in as little 6 months.22. $51,699 n classeswage Monday, Julyas 31-August Texas Labor Analysis Experienced Wage. n Graduate as early as Jan. 24, 2024 g Enroll early for Grant Approval, Payment Plans, Workstudy n Scan view a Student Video Testimonial. Plans andto VA.

Call 713-974-5976 Phoenix of Massage CallSchool 713-974-5976

From From Phoenix Graduates to MassageHealthcare Therapy Professionals! Holistic Practitioners 24

DECEMBER 2023 Phoenix School of Massage TDLR TDLR MS#008 MS#0008 HOUSTON METRO EDITION

calendar of events December 2023

Send your event information to SUNDAY DECEMBER 3rd Interfaith Prayer Vigil during the U.N. Climate Conference. 2:30 pm. Join us to offer your thoughts and prayers for those in deliberation at COP28. Specific location in the park will be sent to registrants several days in advance of the event. Register on Contact Lisa Brenskelle at for more information. MONDAY DECEMBER 4th weMED Clinic Webinar-Hypertension. 11am - 12pm. Join Dr. You, founder of weMed Clinic, to learn more about the causes, prevention, and natural treatments of hypertension. FREE. upcoming-webinars TUESDAY DECEMBER 5th Democracy, Faith, and the Rise of Christian Nationalism. 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Amanda Tyler, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty will speak on democracy, faith and the rise of Christian Nationalism in the United States and the imporatnce of safeguarding religious freedom for all. The program will also include local voices in a fireside chat. Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church 3826 Wheeler Avenue, Houston 77004. Contact Kim Mabry for more information at weMED Clinic Webinar-Menopause 11am - 12pm. Join Dr. Ma of weMed Clinic, to learn more about natural treatments of menopause. FREE. SATURDAY DECEMBER 9th Crystal Friendship Bracelet Workshop 2:00-4:00 pm. Join guest teacher, Sarah Miller for a special holiday bracelet making workshop and cacao ceremony. You can make one bracelet for yourself and one to give to a friend. The workshop includes: • Cacao heart opening circle • Intention setting • Making of the two bracelets (all supplies included) • Cleansing and charging of the pieces This is a great class to experience with a friend or friend group! $ 55. Union Yoga Studio 600 N Shepherd Dr # 449, Houston, TX 77007. dashboard/11287/sessions/97341378

MONDAY DECEMBER 11th weMED Clinic Webinar-Diabetes. 11am - 12pm. Join Dr. You, founder of weMed Clinic, to learn more about the causes, prevention, and natural treatments of diabetes. FREE. WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13th weMed Clinic Webinar-Melting Belly Fat. 11am - 12pm. Join Dr. You, founder of weMed Clinic, to learn more about the causes, dangers and natural treatments for belly fat. FREE. Ugly Sweater – Outdoor Yoga. 6:30-7:30 pm. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater and join us for an all-levels holiday class with Kim by the M-K-T twinkle light tunnel on the Yoga Lawn. $15. Union Yoga Studio 600 N Shepherd Dr # 449, Houston, TX 77007. THURSDAY DECEMBER 14th weMED Clinic Webinar-Thyroid. 11am 12pm. Join Dr. Ma, of weMed Clinic, to learn the truth about thyroid and autoimmunity. During this webinar, you will learn: The real causes of thyroid symptoms and how to address them effectively, and the underlying cause behind symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, muscle and joint pain, headaches, allergies, hair loss, and skin issues. FREE. FRIDAY DECEMBER 15th New moon drum circle 7:00pm The new moon is a time of intention, of planting the seeds for what’s to come in the next month. Join us for an hour of camaraderie, drumming, and intention. Children are welcome and are expected to participate in the drum circle. Please bring your own drum(s), percussion, shaky things and friends. Please RSVP to Marissa at oneriversong@gmail. com and arrive on time. This event is free. Creative Life Spiritual Center 5326 Spring Stuebner Rd. Ste. 200, Spring, Texas 77389. SATURDAY DECEMBER 16th Holiday Open House – Union Studio Yoga. 12:45-1:30 pm. Join students and teachers at Union Studio Yoga for a Holiday Open house. Light refreshments will be served. FREE. Union Yoga Studio 600 N Shepherd Dr # 449, Houston, TX 77007.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 16th Wine Walk Sip N Shop. 11 am-4 pm. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping in Old Town Spring and free wine from many of the stores. SUNDAY DECEMBER 17th Yule Circle 12:30-1:00 pm. Join us in sacred circle as we celebrate the return and rebirth of light. Creative Life Spiritual Center 5326 Spring Stuebner Rd. Ste. 200, Spring, Texas 77389. and online at MONDAY DECEMBER 18th weMED Clinic Webinar-Kidney Failure. 11am - 12pm. Join Dr. You, founder of weMed Clinic, to learn more about the causes, prevention, and natural treatments of kidney failure. FREE. upcoming-webinars THURSDAY DECEMBER 21st weMED Clinic Webinar-PCOS. 11am 12pm. Join Dr. Ma, of weMed Clinic, to learn more about the symptoms and natural treatments of PCOS. FREE. wemedhealth. com/upcoming-webinars Wassail Walk Sip N Shop. 4-8 pm. Enjoy an evening of shopping in Old Town Spring and free wassail from many of the stores. FRIDAY DECEMBER 22nd Crystal Bowl Sound Bath + Yoga Nidra – Winter Solstice. 6:15 pm. Experience deep relaxation with the sounds and frequencies of quartz crystal singing bowls. Jessica will guide you through a full body scan/yoga nidra meditation to a state of conscious sleep. $25. Union Yoga Studio 600 N Shepherd Dr # 449, Houston, TX 77007. dashboard/11287/sessions/88580556 THURSDAY DECEMBER 28th weMED Clinic Webinar-Parkinson’s. 11am - 12pm. Join Dr. You, founder of weMed Clinic, to learn more about the causes, early symptoms, and natural treatments of Parkinson’s. FREE. upcoming-webinars SATURDAY DECEMBER 32th Candy Cane Walk Sip N Shop. 11 am-4 pm. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping in Old Town Spring and free refreshments from many of the stores. If your business or organizion would like to be listed in our calendar of events, email mike@naturalawakenings-houston. com for rates


monday Free Outdoor Zumba 6:30 pm. Join the party and sweat with Tiny Fitness to rhythms from around the world! This hour-long Zumba fitness class will have you grooving, shaking, and toning to salsa, hip hop, samba, and bhangra beats - and so many more. Open to all fitness levels and recommended for ages 16+ Levy Park, 3801 Eastside, Houston 77098. IGNITE! Sessions. 12 noon - 6 pm. Find your purpose with igniter/artist/intuitive guide Sarah Gish in 30- or 60-minute sessions ($50 or $100). You’ll leave with a personal mantra that reinforces what the heart-centered connection uncovered. Call for appointment: 713.993.0550. Body Mind & Soul. 7951 Katy Freeway. Hell in the Hallway, Light at the Door. 6 pm. The Knoxville New Thought study group, led by Creative Life practitioner John Rennie, is discussing the book Hell in the Hallway, Light at the Door: How to move Gracefully Through Change into renewed and Abundant Living by Rev. Ellen Debenport. To request the Zoom link, please email John at

tuesday Tai Chi in the Park - Evelyn’s. 9 am. These classes are open to the public and are excellent for beginners and all levels of sincere Tai Chi Players. These classes are geared towards health and well-being and are gentle enough for Seniors and those who are recovering from illness or injury. Please join us. 4400 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire 77401. Tai Chi in the Park – Woodchase. 6 pm. These classes are open to the public and are excellent for beginners and all levels of sincere Tai Chi Players. These classes are geared towards health and well-being and are gentle enough for Seniors and those who are recovering from illness or injury. Please join us. 3951 Woodchase Dr, Houston 77042. Dawn Mountain Teaching First and third Tuesdays 7-8:30 Sept 5 thru Dec 5: The Awakened Heart: What’s Love Got to Do With It? 7-8:30 Online, in person, or recorded. Find more information and registration at Previous sessions recorded and available for viewing



The Four Agreements 7 pm. Creative Life practitioner David LeMaster leads this discussion of the landmark book, The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz. The book offers a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives. To request the Zoom link, please email David at

wednesday Creative Mind and Success 6 pm. Creative Life practitioners Shirley Sandlin and Monty Wilson invite you into a conversation on Ernest Holmes’s classic 1919 book, Creative Mind and Success. “Starting with the premise that the right kind of thinking must, of necessity, produce success, the author proceeds to show how the student may exercise right thinking to the desired end. To request the Zoom link, please email David at

thursday Tai Chi in the Park – Levy. 7 pm. Thursdays @ 7pm. These classes are open to the public and are excellent for beginners and all levels of sincere Tai Chi Players. These classes are geared towards health and well-being and are gentle enough for Seniors and those who are recovering from illness or injury. Please join us. 3801 Eastside St, Houston 77098. bluedragontaichi. com

friday Tai Chi in the Park – Levy. 9 am. These classes are open to the public and are excellent for beginners and all levels of sincere Tai Chi Players. These classes are geared towards health and well-being and are gentle enough for Seniors and those who are recovering from illness or injury. Please join us. 3801 Eastside St, Houston 77098. Philosophy Fridays 7:30 pm. Come join our online discussion group on various New Thought topics hosted by practitioners from Creative Life Center. To request a Zoom link, email David at davidlemaster@icloud. com


Free Yoga on the Lawn. 10-11 am. Join Union Studio for a complimentary 60-minute all levels outdoor yoga class, weather permitting. FREE. Union Yoga Studio 600 N Shepherd Dr # 449, Houston, TX 77007. Tai Chi in the Park – Discovery Green. 10:15 am. These classes are open to the public and are excellent for beginners and all levels of sincere Tai Chi Players. These classes are geared towards health and well-being and are gentle enough for Seniors and those who are recovering from illness or injury. Please join us. 3801 1500 McKinney, Houston 77010. Reiki Circle 2:00 pm. Reiki Holy Fire Experience healing circle, held on 2nd Saturday of every month. A chosen issue for healing will be the focus of each circle. Everyone is welcome.Location: 9039 Katy Freeway, building 500, suite 504, Houston, TX 77024. Fee: Love offering. Contact: April 713-9223474. Website: dharmareikiacupuncture. com

sunday Free Outdoor Zumba 9am. Join the party and sweat with Tiny Fitness to rhythms from around the world! This hour-long Zumba fitness class will have you grooving, shaking, and toning to salsa, hip hop, samba, and bhangra beats - and so many more. Open to all fitness levels and recommended for ages 16+ Levy Park, 3801 Eastside. Free Weekly Buddhist Meditation 11:00 am to 12:00 noon Central time, online via Zoom or Youtube, and in person at 4916 Main St Suite 100, Houston, TX 77002. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain sangha (community), this meditation offers a chance to take a mindful pause from your busy life, enjoy serenity and fellowship, and learn a bit more about Buddhist practice at Dawn Mountain. Most Sunday sessions are live-streamed via YouTube and archived online for our distant participants. Free, guided meditation suitable for everyone. Sunday Celebration. 11 am. We gather to renew friendships and enjoy exciting celebrations and encouragements by minister Dr. Jesse Jennings, the music of Geoffry Oshman and guests, and the spiritual support of our practitioners. Creative Life Spiritual Center 5326 Spring Stuebner Rd. Ste. 200, Spring, Texas 77389. creativelife. org and online at org HOUSTON METRO EDITION

healthy living guide ACUPUNCTURE


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

DHARMA REIKI & ACUPUNCTURE 9039 Katy Freeway, Suite 504 Houston, Texas 77024 (713) 922-3474

ADORE DENTISTRY 540 W 19 Street Houston, TX 77008 832-930-7844

We are a Traditional Chinese Medicine and Reiki clinic, offering alternative healing services since 2008. • Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine • Reiki energy healing, individual sessions and classes • Internal medicine, pain management • Women’s health, pre-post natal, menopause • Emotional, trauma healing • Chakra clearing and balancing • Stress, anxiety, mood disorders • Hormone, energy, sleep imbalance • Diabetes, cholesterol, thyroid, gastrointestinal, and more… FREE CONSULTATION Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki Practitioner Training is offered monthly. Dates & details on website Reiki Healing Circle on 2nd Saturday of every month. See Calendar of Events.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CONNIE’S BATH SHACK 211 Midway St, Bldg E Spring, TX 77373 (281) 288-9595

A quaint shop in the heart of historic Old Town Spring Texas, offering unique handmade bath and body products and lots of rubber ducks. Small Batch Handmade soaps by Connie. Wonderful lather and amazing Scents. Enjoy the aromatherapy of a bath in your shower with Shower Steamers. Put little bit of heaven for your bath with Fizzies. We also have bath salts, scrubs, shampoos, lotions, creams, shaving creams & soaps, and batch accessories of all kinds. Shop conveniently on-line or drop by our store.

Re-designing dentistry in Houston Heights by creating a personalized, comfortable, and fun experience to deliver excellent patient satisfaction. From preventative dentistry to smile makeovers, our team of dental professionals have the skill-sets to provide remarkable quality and compassionate care to give you that smile you’ve always wanted. Services include cosmetic, preventative, restorative, and a full range of family dentistry services. Lead by Drs. Emilyann Pham and Ann Blair our team provides compassionate human-centered patient care. Visit our website for more information or to book an appointment. Insurance accepted.

MARILYN K. JONES, DDS Houston Dental Health Center 800 Bering Dr. Houston, TX 77057 713-497-1355

Natural Dentistry supports the body and the mind by finding the cause of dental problems. The dental examination includes noticing systemic and habitual influences. If you have dental issues or currently have silver amalgam fillings, call me today to schedule an appointment. See Ad on page 6.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOYCE LONG’S WELLNESS INSTITUTE 1308 James Street Rosenberg, TX 77471 281-232-7336

Established 1989. Call to schedule any of the following services: massage therapies, lymphatic drainage massage and facials, reflexology, infra-red sauna, ion cleanse foot or hand baths, Chinese cupping or colon hydrotherapy (prescriptions only- yours or ours). By appointment only. Be well-Stay well. CALL TODAY!


Barbara Ellis, Retired RN 5042 Briscoe St. Houston, TX.77033 713-738-8199 Serving Houston and the surrounding area since 1979. We continue to irrigate with State Of The Art Equipment (closed colonic systems cleared by the FDA). We utilize totally disposable colonic set-ups and sterile water. A prescription is required for this procedure. Our Medical Director at a different location will make an assessment and write a prescription for OUR clients only. Visit our website to learn more details. Please call us to schedule an appointment. See ad page 16.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOUFIANE SATTVA

7951 Katy Freeway Suite N, Houston, TX 77024

713-993-0550 SOUFIANESATTVA Soufiane Sattva is a Certified Crystal Healer, Second Degree Reiki practitioner and Sound Therapist who shares his gift through energetic channels. Soufiane is known for using a unique combination of crystal body layouts, Reiki and sound therapy, to balance and align non-physical energy vortices along the spinal column known as Chakras.Soufiane offices at Body, Mind & Soul. Vist the website for more information or to book a session. See ad on page 16.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

OILS.EARTH Heart-Centered Houston, Texas

We focus on keeping nature’s wisdom and power at the heart of all our products. We strongly believe in the wisdom of plants and their ability to support us in harmonizing our state. All our creations are inspired by nature using therapeutic certified essential oils, and infused and empowered by gemstones. We want to bring forth solutions that are 100% natural, simple, and efficient. Solutions that align with our nature and thus create coherace in every stage of our life. Handcrafted in Houston, TX. When youurchase online use NATURAL10 for 10% off entire online order. Local pick up, custom blends, workshops and consultations available.





. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .




Get to the Root Cause of your Health Conditions. Erin has been working in the health and nutrition field for over 11 years specializing and working extensively with those suffering from: autoimmune, digestive, hormonal and inflammatory disorders. She works with each client’s unique biochemistry to determine what dietary, supplementation and lifestyle changes will work best for them as an individual. There is NO one-size-fits-all program. All appointments are conducted via phone! This makes it very easy and convenient to receive care from any location. If you want to reach your true health potential, Email Erin today to schedule your FREE 45 minute initial phone consultation. Hours until 5 pm Fridays.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3100 Richmond Ave Houston, TX 77098 713-806-9927

We offer comprehensive and customized therapeutic plans that address chronic illness & autoimmune disease for patients seeking support both in-person and virtually. Phoenix Rising Integrative Medicine takes an integrative approach to addressing chronic illness and autoimmune by combining ancient healing tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern functional medicine, including evidence-based lab testing, clinical nutrition, lifestyle modifications, herbal medicine and acupuncture protocols that are customized for each patient. We also work with patients suffering from environmental and food allergies, reproductive and fertility issues, breast implant illness, and emotional health issues. Visit our website for more information or to book an appointment.

CLAUDIA AUTRY, HYPNOTIST (by appointment only) 281-849-4610

Want to stop smoking or lose weight? Looking for ways to relax, find balance and increase the joy in your life? Hypnosis can help you. Call SOON to book your appointment. Let’s work together to create the life you want!

HEALTHY CHANGES HYPNOSIS Suzanne Sears, RN, ACCH 9219 Katy Freeway, Ste. 113 Houston, TX 77024 713-562-2864

Our mission is to promote wellness for the wholefamily. We have programs and services for adults, teenagers and children. If you or your child need help coping with anxiety/fear/stress, changing habits, pain management,sleep problems or weight management and more, we can help. Call today to schedule a conultation.

Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. —Elizabeth Andrew 28


weMED Clinics

4126 Southwest Fwy, Suite 1130 Houston 77027 713-572-3888 Blending ancient wisdom with modern medicine weMed Clinics can help you heal naturally. Our staff of 16, work together to address the root causes of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure, chronic pain, insomnia and more. Our emphasis continues to be preventive and longevity care. Our free weekly webinars on a variety of health issues are listed in the Natural Awakenings calendar. Call or visit our website to schedule a visit or for more information. See ad on page 21

EDUCATE. CONNECT. THRIVE. Make an IMPACT in your community. CALL TODAY! 713-443-3186

206 Main Street Spring, 77373

If you’re tired of the traditional bar scene, the same bar regulars, and what seems to be the same experience, then we urge you to give Elixir Lounge Kava Bar a try. We offer folks from all walks of life a cool spot to enjoy a night out without being pressured to consume alcohol. We offer kava & elixir beverages as well as tiki mocktails & other botanicals for those looking to boost their mood with the best alcohol alternatives. Whether you’re coming to relax with our book club, listen to a live band, play open mic, sing karaoke, have a conversation with friends, play drag bula bingo, have a board game night with other patrons, or to enjoy a special event, Elixir Lounge has something for everyone. Elixir Lounge Kava Bar is located at 206 Main Street, Spring 77373. For more information call 346-351-1121 or visit or check out their instagram page.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AUSTIN ORGANIC VILLAGE Online sales only. 833-AUSTIN-1

Focused on helping others achieve greater balance in life, our high-quality kratom products combine the best in variety with affordability. Sourced directly from top-rated kratom vendors that share our vision of helping others, Austin Organic Village is proud to offer a diverse line of kratom products for sale online. We believe that nature holds the key to true wellness, and offer our high-quality kratom products in the hopes of improving the health of others, the natural way. We ship nationwide and check out our prices and our quality. Call or visit our website for more information or to place an order. See ad page 5.

Every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all of our lives. —Steven Spielberg HOUSTON METRO EDITION

KREAT DAY BOTANICALS 1973 W Gray, Suite 23 Houston, TX 77019 713-369-0946 A BBB Accredited Business

We provide the choicest healthy Botanicals garnered from some of the most exotic corners of the world. Only The BEST! We ensure quality by going to the source, checking our international vendors 1st hand, and using USDA Certified Organic vendors when applicable. We stand by our products and our services! If you are unsatisfied with your order we will return, exchange and or refund your money. We got you covered! See ads on pages 14.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . STAN’S HANDS MASSAGE & WELLNESS 2990 Richmond Avenue, Suite 440 Houston, TX 77098 832-526-6520

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Are you in pain? Well, you don’t have to live like this. We are here to heal your body and mind through massage and energetic practices. We offer a wide variety of massage modalities designed to fit your needs. We offer both onsite chair and concierge table massage. Call today to book your appointment at 832-526-6520. Our mission is to heal your mind and body. We accept both PSA and HSA cards for payment.




1308 James Street Rosenberg, TX 77471 281-232-7336

Health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up in a particular area of the body, often in the arms or legs where it can and may cause blockages. Lymphatic therapy can reduce swelling and improve circulation throughout the lymphatic system. By appointment only. Be well – Stay well. CALL TODAY!

Coming in February

Heart Healthy Lifestyles

6600 Harwin Drive Houston, TX 77036 713-974-0360

Learn massage and holistic health. Train for a career you will love. New Program: Online classes combined with on campus classes! Open your own practice. Find employment at Luxury Spas, Fitness Centers & Rehab Clinics. Finish in as little as 5 ½ months. Join one of the fastest growing Health Care Professions. Visit our website or call today for more information or to schedule a tour of our school. See ad page 15 and 24.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DAWN MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR TIBETAN BUDDHISM 4803 San Felipe St. Houston 77056 713-630-0354

The mission of Dawn Mountain is to further the spiritual growth of our diverse community as a living bridge between traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings and curious people everywhere. Dawn Mountain offers weekly meditation from 11am to noon each Sunday, “First Sunday” teachings on the first Sunday of each month at 10:30am, followed by our regular Sunday Meditation. Donations accepted. All sessions are archived on our YouTube channel. Please visit our website for more information and consider taking advantage of our many offerings,


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ODYSSEY EMPORIUM 123 Midway St, Bldg C Spring, Texas 77373 888-492-3584

We are a retail shop and also have an online store. We can also custom-make many of our product lines. Our products include a range of metaphysical items, clothing, books, stones, jewelry, candles, soaps, teas, incenses, herbs, blades, and accessories for spiritual work. We also have some unique renaissance festival and gothic clothing and accessories. Check out our gaming and sci-fi themed products as well. We offer daily in-house Tarot reading and conduct private Old Town Spring Ghost tours. Open 7 days a week.


1900 Blalock Rd Ste P Houston, TX 77080 281-974-1043 We serve our customers with knowledge, enthusiasm, generosity, and humor. Come visit us for a wide range of crystals and gems, fossils and specimens, silver and gemstone jewelry, sage and incense, home decor, new and used books, Tarot and oracle decks, and an ever-growing supply of handcrafted products by local artisans. Or stay informed with upcoming classes and events. Start your journey, learn something new, make new friends - it’s all possible here at Indigo Moons. See ad on page 16.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOUSTON HOLISTIC HEALTH CLINIC “Better Health Naturally” Dr. Gracie G. Chukwu, ND, CTN 6401 Southwest Freeway, Suite 250 Houston, TX 77074 713-781-9991 HoustonHolisticHealth

Dr. Gracie Chukwu is a Doctor of Naturopathy and a Certified Nutrition Counselor. She has been assisting people for over five years with holistic medicine, diet, nutrition and supplement support to enhance her client’s health and overall well-being. If you are suffering and cannot find relief, give Dr. Gracie a call.See See ad on page 14.



. . . . . . . . . . . . . . CREATIVE LIFE SPIRITUAL CENTER 5326 Spring-Stuebner Road Spring, Texas 77389 | We’re a spiritual discovery destination built on New Thought principles, as part of Centers for Spiritual Living, offering a fresh look at sacred traditions and the wisdom of the ages. We hold celebration services at 11am CT Sundays, plus they’re live-streamed on Facebook and appear later on our YouTube channel. Virtual classes, book studies and discussions happen online through the week. We’d love to have you check us out! See ad page 20.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097

Need Relief from Arthritis? Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease muscular aches and joint pain. Her Remedy is a homeopathic pain relief cream that penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues. Get beneficial relief from sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, gout, and more. All-natural ingredients! Do you want to feel a real difference from the nagging aches of arthritis? Feel less pain & have more range of motion? Great buy, get a 4oz jar for $18 plus postage. Visit website for other options. See ad on page 20.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TINY FITNESS

Tiny changes Big Results 832-730-3048 Let’s make your life feel amazing! See results fast with personal training...join the Zumba Fitness party, FREE...put yourself to the test in HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Kickboxing, or Beginner Bootcamp...or just let it all go in a Recovery Workshop...but whatever you do, start today for an even better tomorrow. Visit our website to sign up for a class or make an appointment for personal training.




. . . . . . . . . . . . . . REIKI HAVEN 8191 Southwest Fwy Ste.102 Houston, Texas 77074 713-614-3288

Let us help you release and rid yourself of negative thoughts, negative energy, pain, stress, depression, addictions, physical ailments, bad habits through Reiki and crystal therapy which aid in your healing process. Reiki is a noninvasive natural method of ancient energy healing. It has been proven to stimulate the body’s relaxation process. Reiki aids in restoring body synchronization, healing insomnia, promoting relaxation, reducing physical pain, stress, anxiety, depression, clear mental blockages and more. Call us today to schedule your appointment and experience the Reiki difference.

REIKI PRACTITIONER COURSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

DHARMA REIKI & ACUPUNCTURE 9039 Katy Freeway, Suite 504 Houston, Texas 77024 (713) 922-3474

If you feel a calling to become a healer, want to enhance your current work in the healing/medical field, or to work on deep inner-self healing and spiritual development -- you’re highly encouraged to invest in the Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki practitioner course levels I & II. Whether the goal is professional or personal, Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki course will give you powerful tools and knowledge to heal yourself and others for any situations, any challenges that may arise in your life as well as accelerating your intuitive and spiritual development. If you currently work in the alternative healing or medical profession, Reiki makes an excellent adjunct and arms you with powerful healing techniques to further help your clients/patients.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . MEDICAL THERMOGRAPHY CENTER “Better Health Naturally” Dr. Gracie G. Chukwu, ND, CTN 6401 Southwest Freeway, Suite 250 Houston, TX 77074 713-781-9991 HoustonHolistic

Breast thermography has the ability to warn woman up to 10 years before any other procedure that a cancer may be forming; thus, allowing for prompt and timely treatment. Thermography uses no radiation and poses absolutely NO health risks to the patient. If you are a woman, over 20 years old and have not had a breast thermograph, call Dr. Gracie TODAY. See ad on page 16.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . BLUE DRAGON TAI CHI 832-303-8728 Have you ever wanted to learn Tai Chi? Now is your chance. Join us for any of our FREE Tai Chi in the Park classes on Tues., Thurs. and Fri. See page 26 for details. Return your body and mind to its original pure and healthy state and is taught as a life nourishing, restorative and spiritual practice.

Coming in March

Already a Reiki practitioner? Upgrade your Reiki practice with the Holy Fire® energy. Open to all sincere aspirants. No prior healing experience necessary. Course is offered monthly. More information on website or call 713-922-3474.



. . . . . . . . . . . . . . TRENDY VEGAN

3821 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77027 713-621-9488 Trendy Vegan offers delicious dining and takeout to Houston, TX. Trendy Vegan is a cornerstone in the Houston community and has been recognized for its outstanding Vegetarian cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. Our Vegetarian restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients. See ad on page 20.



. . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE BREATHING ROOM 200 Westcott St. Houston, Texas 77007 713-864-2552

The Breathing Room was founded by Alicia Gordy, RYT-500, out of a desire to share with others the movement practices and healing modalities that brought about significant change in her own life. The unique yoga and Pilates studio and wellness center is focused on mindful, breath-based movement, as well as other modalities to support the wellness journey. All levels, from the beginning student to the advanced practitioner are welcome. We have found yoga and Pilates to be complementary, mindful, breath-based practices that when practiced consistently and with attention and care, yield profound results. We also offer sessions in meditation, breathwork and reiki, and share space with other practitioners specializing in physical therapy, massage and esthetics.


600 N Shepherd Dr., #449 Houston, TX 77007 800-215-3190

The studio is dedicated to self-study through movement, breath and meditation, and is committed to upholding the tenets of authenticity, sincerity, inclusion, and integrity without exception. We offer a variety of classes including Vinyasa, The Rest of Yoga (™), Yin, Hatha, and Myofascial Release. Classes are in-person, streaming and on-demand. Owner and lead instructor, Kim Taurins has been practicing yoga since 2001. She is a 500 hour E-RYT level with an emphasis in yoga therapeutics, Daoism, Reiki, and bodywork. Visit our website for more informationor to sign up.

Make an IMPACT in your community. CALL TODAY! 713-443-3186


t/EE Z͊​͊​͊ USA TODAY’s

^d '/&d ŽĨ ϮϬϮϯ͊

The Answer You’ve Been Waiting For! > ^^ W /E Θ DKZ ' /E͊ &ĞĞů ďĞƚƚĞƌ͕ ĞŶũŽLJ ŵŽƌĞ͕ ŶĂƚƵƌĂůůLJ͘



People’s Choice tŝŶŶĞƌ “COOLEST dŚŝŶŐ DĂĚĞ ŝŶ Colorado” ; K ^ƚĂƚĞ ŚĂŵďĞƌ ŽĨ ŽŵŵĞƌĐĞͿ


^ŚĂƌĞ ƚŚĞ ^d '/&d ǁŝƚŚ ƐŽŵĞŽŶĞ LJŽƵ ĐĂƌĞ ĂďŽƵƚ Žƌ ĐĂƌĞ ĨŽƌ ;ĂŶĚ LJŽƵƌƐĞůĨ ƚŽŽ͊Ϳ͘ ŶũŽLJ Ϯϱй K&& ƉůƵƐ &Z ^,/WW/E' ;ǁŚŝůĞ ƐƵƉƉůŝĞƐ ůĂƐƚͿ͘ hƐĞ ĐŽĚĞ EĂƚƵƌĂůϮϱ Ăƚ ŚƚƚƉƐ͗ͬ​ͬĚŶĂǀŝďĞ͘ĐŽŵ͘

Turn static files into dynamic content formats.

Create a flipbook
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.