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PLUS: How Giving Transforms Us and Deep Breathing Heals

December 2019 | Gulf Coast AL/MS Edition |

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Natural Awakenings’ Guide to Healthy and Sustainable Gifts

17 THE GENEROUS HEART How Giving Transforms Us

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YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD to write a letter to Santa. Even though he knows when you’ve been bad or good, taking time to put your thoughts on paper serves as a meaningful exercise in reflection during this often hectic time of year. Seeking Santa’s approval, I plan to tell him about some of the ways I’ve been good this year. To further our family’s emphasis on kindness, I’ve been trying to weave it into our day-to-day conversations and lead by example as much as possible. From taking food to a neighbor and lending a helping hand to a friend or a stranger, to picking up pieces of trash whenever we see it, we’ve tried to recognize that there are opportunities for kindness all around us. I hope he’s noticed that in addition to keeping our individual rooms clean, the whole house has been extra tidy thanks to our efforts to practice minimalism. Not only does living with less help us have a smaller environmental footprint, it makes it easier to keep our house in order, which fosters less stress and more peace. I’ve also continued my volunteer efforts to make Fairhope more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, while having the privilege of sharing ideas for healthier and sustainable living with each of you through Natural Awakenings. But Santa knows I haven’t been perfect. I’ve definitely had a fair share of stressful moments that have led me to lose my sense of calm and optimism. Sometimes recyclable containers have landed in our trash and not all of our food waste made it to the compost pile. And there was that one time that Sam, our Golden Retriever, did his business three times during our walk but I only had two poop bags (but at least that third incident wasn’t in someone’s yard). Plus, it can be hard to think positive thoughts about everyone all the time when you see someone do or say something that you don’t agree with. Wouldn’t it be great if Santa could deliver an extra dose of empathy and kindness to every human being on the planet? I would love the gift of world peace. I could also use more time—if I had an extra 24 hours each week, I think I could finally get my to-do list completed and we’d have more time for family togetherness. Since this all seems a little grand for Santa’s workshop, I am also asking for a pressure cooker, a rain gauge, a nice chef knife and a gift certificate for an art class. When was the last time you sent a letter to the North Pole? Use this month’s holiday-themed issue to spark your merry mood and then schedule some downtime for reflection. When were you naughty and when were you nice? If you could have anything, what would it be? It’s okay to desire some tangible gifts, but let’s all remember the true spirit of the season. With our shared efforts to spread peace, love and joy today and always, together we can make the world a brighter place for all. With joy and gratitiude,

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Fairhope Gift Market Focuses on Eco-Friendly Options Green Drinks will host its annual gift market from 5 to 7 p.m., December 11 at District Hall in Fairhope. Vendors include Willa’s Wicks (soy candles and eco-printed clothing), N.O. Soap Co, End of The Road Farm, Hippie Chicken Witch (handcrafted silver jewelry), B’s Bees (honey), Leslie Dunlap (artwork and ornaments), Aura Apotheca (teas, tinctures and elixers) and Bindweed Artisan Sketchbooks. The Bailiwick Brothers will provide ring by Hippie live music and District Hall will offer happy hour specials Chicken Witch on food and drinks until 6 p.m. This casual happy hour takes place every second Wednesday and often features environmentally-thoughtful speakers. Mobile meetings take place every third Wednesday at Alchemy Tavern. December is the only month Green Drinks does not meet in Mobile. For more information, email MobileBayGreenDrinks@ or visit Facebook. com/MobileBayGreenDrinks.

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New Integrative Medicine Practice Serves Lower Alabama Functional Medicine Practitioner Tara McLellan has opened Integrative Healthcare of Lower Alabama in Magnolia Springs. Integrative medicine blends traditional western medicine with science-based and evidence-based functional medicine to discover and treat the underlying causes of disease and chronic illness. She believes this model can foster true wellness, which involves not only the body, but also the mind and soul. “Medications are often just a band-aid. Most of the time we can address lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors and help a person heal from within,” says McLellan, who is originally from Mobile. She has been a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner for more than 10 years and is also an instructor for the Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of South Alabama. Prior to starting her own practice she practiced in two of the largest community health centers on the Gulf Coast. Dr. Tara McLellan McLellan typically takes two hours for a new patient’s initial appointment, while follow-ups last one hour. She offers a wide range of therapies to suit each individual’s needs and goals. “Our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal themselves and I enjoy partnering with my patients to make that happen,” she says. “We strive to help you improve your quality of life, achieve your wellness goals and heal your body to live your best life possible.” Location: 12440 Magnolia Ave., Ste. 100, Magnolia Springs, AL. For more information, call 251210-8615 or visit See ad, page 25. December 2019


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Bringing Loving Pet Care to Your Home EverLoved is a new veterinary practice that provides in-home acupuncture, physical rehabilitation and end-of-life care for pets in Mobile and along the Eastern Shore. Certified in veterinary medical acupuncture and canine rehabilitation, owner Dr. Lydia M. Sullivan, DVM is dedicated to giving multi-species families peace and comfort as they maximize the quality of life of their aging, furry loved ones. “During my time in general practice, I found working with my geriatric and terminally-ill patients and their families to be my most rewarding and inspiring work,” Dr. Lydia M. Sullivan Sullivan says. “Though caring for a geriatric or terminally-ill loved one is a very personal experience, it is not one you have to face alone.” With an initial home visit lasting up to an hour, Sullivan thoroughly assesses the pet’s condition and living environment. Symptoms are managed with therapeutic modalities such as massage therapy, acupuncture, exercises, medications and supplements, while environmental adjustments also help maximize mobility and comfort. EverLoved is passionate about the human family members as well—working with them to formulate a manageable plan both day-to-day and long-term. The goal is feeling confident and comfortable with their decisions and ability to care for their loved one. Sullivan says, “Our patients are truly everloved!” For more information, call 251-229-1043 or visit See ad, page 23.

New Outdoor Fitness Park Open to All AARP opened an outdoor fitness park at Mobile’s James Seals Jr. Park & Community Center last month. To commemorate its 60th anniversary, AARP is working with FitLot (a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities find the resources they need to plan, build and program outdoor fitness parks) to sponsor a fitness park in every state over the next several years. The shaded park is approximately 1,400 square feet and features 22 FitLot equipment stations that all utilize the user’s own body weight as resistance, making the equipment adaptable to an individual’s ability. It is free to use and open during regular James Seals Park hours. “As a native Alabamian, I’m very happy to see a new AARP-sponsored fitness park open in Mobile,” says AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “Health and wellness have been a priority for AARP since our founding more than 60 years ago and we’re proud to bring a new fitness resource to the local community in Mobile.” In addition to the opening of the only AARP sponsored outdoor fitness park in the state, AARP AL is hosting various events, workshops and programs focusing on healthy aging in the city. For more information, visit MobileAL.

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health briefs

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Researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center tested stool samples of 858 men and 877 women in Los Angeles and Hawaii with a mean age of 69—regarded as an ethnically diverse study population with varied food intakes. The study found that those with higher quality diets also had significantly better gut bacteria diversity, a factor linked to reduced risk for a variety of diseases. Diet quality and a reduced risk of developing chronic disease is strongly associated with fecal microbial diversity.

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Train Students in Mindfulness to Reduce Stress and Improve Grades Sixth-graders that received mindfulness training each day for eight weeks experienced lower stress levels, less depression and improved academic performance compared to their peers in a control group that studied computer coding, report Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers. In addition to that 100-student study, researchers surveyed 2,000 students in grades five through eight and found those that showed more mindfulness tended to have better grades and test scores. They also had fewer absences and suspensions.

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Five major food technology companies have converged to form the Alliance for Meat, Poultry and Seafood (AMPS) Innovation, which seeks to create real meat from animal cells without the need to slaughter animals. The founding members of the coalition are both cell-based seafood companies BlueNalu and Finless Foods and meat makers Fork & Goode, San Francisco-based JUST Inc., and Memphis Meats. AMPS Innovation ( intends to tackle obstacles presented in the cellular agriculture industry and bring products to the consumer faster with transparency and proper regulatory frameworks for cell-based products. Each member company has made significant strides in the development of these products with the hope they will soon be options in the everyday diets of individuals, as well as a nutrition source for a human population projected to grow to 10 billion by 2050.

Cruise Line Abandons Plastic Bottles

As a result of its partnership with Just Goods, Inc., the Norwegian Cruise Line will replace single-use plastic bottles across its fleet by January 1, 2020, beginning with the Norwegian Encore. The company’s ships will feature JUST, which is 100 percent spring water in a plant-based carton made of 82 percent renewable materials from trees grown in responsibly managed forests. The cap and shoulder are made from a sugarcane-based plastic. It’s refillable and recyclable. Just Goods, located in Glen Falls, New York, has a global presence with bottling facilities in New York, Northern Ireland and Australia, allowing the company to meet demand around the world without shipping water from a single production source. It plans to replace more than 6 million single-use plastic bottles every year. CEO Ira Laufer says, “The company is pushing the boundaries of what’s always been done because it knows we all need to do better.”

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The RS Automotive gas station, in Takoma Park, Maryland, has been around since 1958, and Depeswar Doley has been running it for 22 years. Now, frustrated by the complicated rules, requirements

and contracts of oil and gas companies, he has completely transitioned away from offering petroleum and become the country’s first exclusively electric vehicle (EV) charging station. Because there has been a shortage of EV charging stations in the state, the station’s changeover was partially funded by the Baltimore-based

Electric Vehicle Institute and the Maryland Energy Administration. Its new 200-kilowatt electrical system will now be able to recharge up to four vehicles at a time while drivers wait inside. Doley says, “It’s not something that I expect to become rich overnight or something like that, but it’s a good cause [and] good for the environment.”

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Gift Guide

In the season of giving, Natural Awakenings always encourages the practice of conscious consumerism. Our annual guide to holiday gifts serves as a reminder that healthy and eco-friendly options are easy to find from local businesses. Consider adding some of these unique products to your shopping list and feel assured that you’re not only giving great gifts, you’re also supporting the well being of the local community and the planet.

Make an instant statement with an iconic piece of VINTAGE FURNITURE. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames, this fiberglass rocking armchair by Herman Miller, USA is supported by a wire frame and hardwood rockers. $550. La-La Land Boutique, Daphne, AL

This soft YOGA MAT TOWEL by yogitoes utilizes silicone nubs to prevent slipping no matter how much you move or sweat. Each towel is made with at least four discarded plastic bottles and is durable enough to take to the beach, gym or traveling. Brighten a loved one’s coffee drinking experience with a colorful CERAMIC MUG, featuring a wraparound mid-century modern geometric pattern.

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Made from upcycled metal, repurposed barn wood, old drawer pulls and scrap wood, these large, ornate BIRD HOUSES not only reduce the amount of waste headed to landfills, they provide a whimsical focal point in any yard. $100-350. Southern Home and Art at Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market, Foley, AL (Also available on Etsy.)

These GLASS WATER BOTTLES feature a separate reservoir for tumbled stones to allow users to infuse crystal energy into drinking water. Each bottle comes with a bag of clear quartz, amethyst or rose quartz, but any stones can be used. $39. Brewer’s Alley, Daphne, AL

Bring positive vibes to any space with a ZEN FROG— each adorned with different combinations of healing stones. $27. Brewer’s Alley, Daphne, AL

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Gift the ability to converse with four-legged family members with Hear Them Speak , a 12-week COURSE IN ANIMAL COMMUNICATION by award-winning Bay Minette author Babette deJongh. $21.95.

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Elberta artist LeeAnn Jones uses real leaves for her LEAF CASTINGS, ensuring that no two are alike. Painted and sealed for durability, they are beautiful as both indoor and outdoor decor. $50-300. Southern Home and Art at Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market, Foley, AL (Also available on Etsy.)

Calm tensions and promote relaxation with CBD infused ROLL-ON ESSENTIAL OIL. This stocking stuffer is vegan and eco-friendly and it can be applied to the temples, the feet and the back of the neck as needed. $20. Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL


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The Generous Heart

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How Giving Transforms Us

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ONE OF THE WAYS we come into balance and connection with each other and with life is by giving from the heart. When we give to others, whether it’s an act of kindness, generosity or compassion, it helps us live from the heart instead of the ego. Living from the ego is painful and exhausting. It’s like feeding a hungry monster that’s never satisfied. Ego craves, pursues and clings to status, approval, material wealth and control. It views the world through the eyes of fear—constantly evaluating, judging and acting in ways that are self-centered, defensive and protective. Like with Scrooge, ego closes our heart and makes us small, fearful and contracted. By contrast, generosity requires that we open our hearts to the world and each other. We allow ourselves to be vulnerable. In doing this, we open ourselves fully to life, love and relationships. We let go of striving and pursuing things. When we stop striving, we begin to see, value and respond to what’s happening in the present moment in ways that are healthy and healing. Our priority shifts from acquiring things to appreciating what we have and being open to sharing with others. Generosity is a quality of kindness, of living from a place of abundance. We see the world through a clear lens that isn’t clouded by fear, wanting or clinging. When we interact with others, our connection is genuine. We see

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n Listening to children and trying to see the world through their eyes before offering advice.

n Smiling at a stranger. n When asking, “How are you?” looking

into the person’s eyes and taking time to truly listen with an attitude of curiosity and compassion. Generosity awakens goodness in the heart, and this helps us open to life, love and relationships.

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WASTE-FREE FEASTING How to Reduce Holiday Food Waste by Yvette C. Hammett

Just like repurposing excess product requires creative thinking, food waste around the holidays requires out-of-the-box ideas to keep impact low.

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THE HEAPING PLATTERS that cheerfully mark the holidays have an unfortunate downside: Americans increase their waste by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The discarded food and packaging burden landfills with an additional 1 million tons of waste each week. That’s in addition to the 40 percent of food Americans typically waste each year—nearly half of all the food prepared at home or in restaurants. Monica McBride, senior manager of food loss and waste for the World Wildlife Fund, notes that squandered bounty is grown in areas that were converted from natural habitat into farm fields, so it’s also a waste of natural resources. “Once you start cooking, you realize the impact on the planet,” says chef and caterer Steven Laurence, owner of Vegan Commissary, in Philadelphia. “My grandmother was the kind of person who, if there 18

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was one pea left over, she put it in a container and someone ate it the next day. That kind of informs my cooking. The way I was trained, you didn’t waste anything. You used everything.” In individual households, small changes can have a big impact, especially during the holidays; all it takes is awareness and a plan. Frugal cooks can make room for a holiday waste reduction strategy by taking inventory of the pantry and boxing up a load for the local soup kitchen or food bank. Then, design a menu with the environment in mind, using portion control to avoid food waste and whipping up dishes that can easily be upcycled into new creations that can be used as appetizers in the coming days or tucked in the freezer for future enjoyment. Start with the Guest-imator at , a great way to determine portions for a holiday party, says Cheryl Coleman, director of the EPA Resource Conservation and Sustainability Divi-

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The Guest-imator and Save the Food, a program of the Natural Resources Defense Council in conjunction with the Ad Council, tells cooks how much to make to keep guests happy and includes recipes for leftovers, such as Crispy Sheet Pan Hash, made with leftover roasted vegetables, and Ugly Vegetable Pasta, made with zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant. Spoilage is another way food finds its way into the garbage can, and that too, can be avoided, Laurence says, pointing out that most food goes bad because it’s not cooked properly or is mishandled in storage. “Mix animal protein with starches and grains in a container and it goes bad because of two different sorts of enzymes. It is a fuel for bacteria.” He also recommends using as many organic ingredients as possible for longer-lasting leftovers. “We guarantee all of our dishes for two weeks,” he says. Encouraging visitors to take home leftovers is another effective food-saving strategy, says McBride. “Have Tupperware or to-go boxes you could provide to your guests.” Reilly Brock, content manager at Imperfect Produce, in New York City, agrees. “Just like repurposing excess product requires creative thinking, food waste around the holidays requires out-of-the-box ideas to keep impact low,” says Brock, whose company delivers imperfect produce to customers’ doors for a cost savings. “Why end the fun when the meal ends? The best part about leftovers—and the holidays—is keeping the celebration going.”

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The best defense to avoid frustration at social food events is to bring a dish to share that meets your dietary needs, says Megan Gilmore, the author of No Excuses Detox: 100 Recipes to Help You Eat Healthy Every Day and a blogger at . “That way, you can introduce something delicious to your friends, family or co-workers and be sure you’ll have something to eat!”

THE HOLIDAYS MAY SEND TOO MANY SUGAR PLUMS and frosted gingerbread figures dancing in the heads of people with dietary restrictions. Anyone that chooses to avoid highly processed flours or sugars, artificial ingredients and loads of butter will typically be presented with all of this and more at social gatherings this time of year. They arrive on visually appealing cookie platters that tempt with their cute shapes, vibrant colors and sparkle. Some, like the gingerbread and reindeer cutouts, will beckon with glazed eyes: “Just one,” they whisper. But one can turn into nine and make someone that may normally avoid sugar or gluten feel bodily regrets. Someone that is vegan or allergic may feel they can’t have treats. Making healthier choices about food is difficult for reasons many don’t understand. “People have relationships with food—involving family, comfort and traditions—and they don’t want to give that up,” says James Brandon, of Tampa, founder of Facebook’s Vegan and Plant-Based Beginner’s Community. Brandon says that holiday treats are tough to resist, but staying true to health goals is most important in the long run.

A batch of simple, delectable, visually appealing and healthful cookies can be that plate to share, a gift to give or something to keep on hand for guests. Keep the focus on simple, advises Pamela Reed, who blogs at . There are plenty of recipes that will satisfy the sweet tooth and decorate the holiday buffet (until they’re all eaten, that is). Don’t increase holiday stress by trying a new recipe at the last minute. “Stick with your favorite recipes that you know are going to be a success and are going to leave everyone’s taste buds happy,” she says. Transitioning to a more conscious way of eating isn’t about deprivation or leaving tradition behind. Bring on the new and healthful cookie recipes and name one after your grandma.

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Oh-So-Healthy Holiday Treats Peanut Butter Cookies (Vegan, Gluten Free) 1 cup creamy peanut butter ½ cup coconut sugar ½ cup brown sugar 2 tsp vanilla ⅔ cup oat flour 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt ¼ cup almond milk Additional sugar to roll cookies in

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Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, cream together peanut butter and sugars with a hand mixer. Once combined, add vanilla and continue mixing. Add flour, baking soda, salt and almond milk into the bowl and mix for a few seconds, until combined. The cookie dough will be a little crumbly.

Prepare 2 cookie sheets with silicone baking sheets or spray with nonstick spray. Roll the dough into large balls, and then gently roll in sugar to cover them. Use a fork to gently press down on each cookie a little bit—not too much, or they will crumble. Bake cookies for 12 minutes. Once out of the oven, allow to cool for 15 minutes. This is important, as the cookies will be very soft when they come out of the oven, but they will harden up as they cool. Store in an airtight container or freeze.

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1 cup pecan halves ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut 1 cup soft Medjool dates, pitted (about 10) 1 Tbsp coconut oil ½ tsp sea salt ½ tsp vanilla extract ½ cup arrowroot or tapioca starch Extra arrowroot for dusting, or coconut sugar Place the pecans and shredded coconut in a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade, and process until the pecans are broken down and crumbly. Add in the rest of the ingredients and process again, until a sticky dough is formed. (It should stick together when pressed between two fingers.) Scoop the dough by rounded tablespoons and roll the dough between your hands, forming balls. Arrange the balls on a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then place them in the freezer to set, about 1 to 2 hours. For a “snowball” look, roll the balls in additional arrowroot or tapioca starch—just a light coating will do—since the starch will not enhance the flavor. It’s just for looks! Note: If you’d prefer to roll the balls in coconut sugar or shredded coconut, roll them in one of those options before freezing, so the coating will stick better. Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to two weeks for best texture.


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Line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper and set it aside. In a medium bowl, stir together the chocolate crust ingredients until a moist dough is formed. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the lined loaf pan and place it in the freezer to set. To prepare the filling, you can use the same bowl to stir the peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and salt. Depending on whether you’re using salted or unsalted peanut butter, consider adding more salt to taste. Store-bought peanut butter cups are quite salty, so I like to add a generous pinch of salt to mimic that flavor. Remove the crust from the freezer and pour the peanut butter filling over the top, using a spatula to spread it out evenly. Return the pan to the freezer to set. Rinse the mixing bowl and use it again to

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CELEBRATING CLASSIC HOLIDAY TRADITIONS the same way we always have—and maybe the way our parents and grandparents did—is part of the rich family heritage we pass on to our children. These family rituals are binding, grounding, memorable and much more, says Saul Levine, M.D., professor emeritus in psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. A survey of 50 years of family research published in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Family Psychology found that family holiday rituals, as well as everyday routines like family dinners and bedtime stories, build stronger family relationships, enhance children’s health and academic achievement, help teenagers’ sense of personal identity and even boost marital satisfaction. It’s also natural and perhaps inevitable that these traditions undergo changes over the years. “If people from only five or six generations ago could see our modern Christmas, they’d barely recognize it,” says Brian Earl, host of the popular Christmas Past podcast that chronicles holiday traditions. “New trends and customs become traditions in time; every generation has its opportunity to add new chapters to the narrative and continue the story.”

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For Elizabeth Newcamp, Christmas festivities took an eco-turn for her military family of five when they were living for a few years in the Netherlands, where “Sinterklaas” traditionally delivers gifts in reusable burlap bags. “In an effort to reduce wrapping paper, we now use the sacks on Christmas,” says Newcamp, who blogs about family travel at .


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She and her husband Jeff also ask for and give experiences as gifts whenever possible; their 7-year-old son asked if he could organize a little library for their Navarre, Florida, neighborhood. Anyone that wants to send gifts to their sons is asked to find them used. “I don’t think we’ve lessened any of the fun of the holidays, but hopefully we are eliminating some of the waste,” she says. For many years, Ginny Underwood’s family in Bluffton, South Carolina, would dress up and go to a restaurant on Christmas Eve, exchange gifts and then return home to watch a movie or play board games. Last year, they tried

something new: staying home, putting on pajamas, eating cottage pie and playing handmade “Minute to Win It” games that Underwood, a professional organizer who blogs at , created. “We had a blast; we didn’t stop laughing all night,” she says. “We saved hundreds of dollars and we had a lovely time.” Lighting red, green and black candles while focusing on principles like unity, selfdetermination or purpose are key in the seven-day Kwanzaa celebrations; but, “Instead of just lighting the candle amongst friends and family and discussing, I want my family to spend that day exemplifying the principle,” says Vanessa Davis, executive director of the nonprofit African Village International, in Jacksonville, Florida. Now her children meditate, journal and practice mindfulness to learn about self-determination; volunteer or pick up trash outdoors to learn about collective work and responsibilities; and buy something at a locally-owned store and discuss future finances for cooperative economics. “I was inspired to change because Kwanzaa isn’t really a religious holiday, but it is a darn good way to reflect on the past year and goal-set for the future,” she says.

“Giving children more hands-on experiences for Hanukkah and taking the emphasis off of ‘What am I going to get?’ makes the holiday more meaningful for the kids,” concurs Pamela Morris, early childhood education director at the East Valley Jewish Community Center, in Chandler, Arizona. Each Hanukkah evening, her family of five lights a menorah and says traditional prayers while also volunteering to wrap food packages at a local Feed My Starving Children event, crafting personal menorahs at a pottery studio, going to see Phoenix ZooLights and gathering to make the traditional potato latkes or jelly donuts. “Each night is a focus on family time and welcoming friends to join us,” she says.

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By observing and evolving traditions, family bonds can strengthen through time, relates Earl: “By participating in holiday rituals, children are learning about who they are. And by passing them down, parents reaffirm what’s important to them and keep the connection to the past intact.”

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n Invite someone to a holiday dinner that’s not part of the family, such as an international student or newcomer in town.

n Cook up a batch of healthy, vegan cookies with the kids and organize a neighborhood cookie swap.

n Have a $10 or $20 gift exchange challenge in which everyone competes to come up with the most useful, creative or eco-clever use of the money.

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Many people have found that a regular breathing practice has helped them increase energy and decrease anxiety.

Pranayama, an ancient technique of yoga that focuses on breath control and employs alternate nostril breathing, can be performed while lying down or seated. Kundalini yoga teacher Melissa Crowder, owner of 4 States Yoga, in Joplin, Missouri, advises students to start out slowly, three to six minutes a day, and then work up to a longer practice. “Alternate nostril breathing is a great practice for everyone. As little as six minutes of yogic breathing, as needed, can make a profound difference in decreasing pain and stress,” she says.

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OUR FIRST BREATH IS INSTINCTUAL AND BELLY-DEEP, but as we grow into life, everyday stress and trauma can bring us into the shallows. Mindful breathing can help guide our breath back to its original, healthy rhythm. Both the brain and organs benefit from increased oxygen, and the vagus nerve that connects the two—prompted by changes in the body’s pH levels—releases acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for lowering heart rate. Breathwork can improve vagal tone, a major component in a wide range of conditions like depression, pain syndromes, sleep disturbances, anxiety disorders and chronic inflammation. A 2016 study by the Medical University of South Carolina published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine shows a lower number of proteins associated with inflammation in the saliva of participants that employed breathing exercises. A study that appeared in the journal Psychophysiology in 2015 found that 20 minutes of mindful breathing at bedtime fostered a good night’s rest for people with insomnia.


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The American Lung Association recommends a variety of exercises, including diaphragmatic (belly) breathing, for conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Engaging the diaphragm is key in breathing to fullest capacity. Walter explains, “An open, healthy breath is one in which we use the diaphragm to initiate the breath, followed by the belly expanding and the breath moving into the chest.” Most of us unconsciously fall into shallow and sometimes self-conscious breathing patterns at an early age. “During my training, I read that by age 6, we pick up on cues telling us to tuck in our tummies. This simple, bad habit begins a cascade of physiological responses. Upper chest breathing can create anxiety symptoms and poor digestion,” explains Colleen Breeckner, owner of Colleen Lila Yoga, in New York City. “Diaphragmatic breathing causes the diaphragm to become flat and wide, and in turn, presses upon the stomach and helps to churn the gastric juices. For this reason, it can aid earlier stages of digestion.” When used in conjunction with other mo-


The depth and quality of the breath can help us to become aware of emotional states that include “holding patterns”. “Conscious breathing is a doorway into deep meditation, which can help alleviate anger and insecurities. It can also be helpful in dropping addictions,” says Crowder. “Linking pranayama with physical movement [asanas] helps to release tension and emotions that can be held in the body’s soft tissues.” Breeckner agrees, “Developing this awareness can help us to move unpleasant and stuck emotions through the body.” Well-being can be just a breath away, says Walter. “When we open up our breath, we open ourselves to a fuller experience of being human. It has the capacity to bring us into the present moment to access our joy and our life’s purpose.”

Go-to Breathing Exercises From Rachael Walter: THE THREE-BREATH SIGHT

Place one hand on your lower belly and the other on your chest. Breathing in through your nose, let your breath star t in the belly and move up to the chest. Then exhale through your mouth while making an audible sighing sound. Repeat two more times.


Place one hand on your lower belly and the other on your chest. Using a belly breath, inhale to the count of four and exhale to the count of eight, making your exhale twice as long as your inhale to facilitate relaxation. Feel free to play with how fast or slow you count to find a comfortable breathing pace. Repeat for six to 10 times as needed.


This is an excellent exercise to do while at work, school or a public place to give your nervous system a break, even when the world is buzzing around you. Walk at a slightly slower pace than normal and breathe in for one step; breathe out for the next step, counting three or four for each breath/step. Continue as you walk, being mindful of your breath, counting and surroundings.

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WHILE FLOWERS ARE KNOWN TO LEAN TOWARD LIGHT, a growing body of research is demonstrating plants also respond to sounds and scents—and then herald the news to their neighbors. Far from being passive life forms, members of the plant kingdom are adept at interacting with their environments and with each other. “Plants don’t have specialized sense organs, but like animals, plants are very capable of sensing their environment. They perceive cues, weigh different alternatives and allocate resources in very sophisticated ways,” says Richard Karban, professor of entomology at the University of California at Davis and the author of Plant Sensing and Communication .


Early evidence of plant communication was discovered by accident, according to Jack Schultz, senior executive director of research development at the University of Toledo, in Ohio. “In the 1970s, researchers began to notice plants under attack respond by increasing defensive chemistry—things that make a plant distasteful or toxic to predators,” he says. Researchers noticed that control plants also seemed to respond to their neighbors being attacked. 28

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Since then, Schultz, Karban and other investigators have discovered that plants emit complex profiles of odors in the form of volatile compounds that can be picked up by other plants, as well as insects. Studying sagebrush in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Karban found that plants under duress emit chemical cues that trigger nearby plants to increase their defenses. These odors vary with the type of threat and time, working to attract pollinators during the day and fending off enemies at night, Schultz says. A plant being eaten by an insect may release a chemical that attracts predatory insects looking for herbivore prey. “There is a clear adaptive advantage in attracting the ‘enemy of your enemy’, who can act as a bodyguard for the plant being attacked.” Smells are just part of a plant’s multisensory life, says Heidi Appel, a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo and one of Schultz’s collaborators. Appel’s research with collaborator Rex Cocroft, at the University of Missouri, demonstrates they’re listening for threats, too. Her lab exposed plants from the mustard family to the sound of a caterpillar feeding, with control plants in silence or “listening” to a recording of the wind or other insects, and found that those vibra-

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Karban’s lab isolated plants to determine that their chemical signals were transmitted by air rather than soil or root systems. Yet researcher Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is digging into the underground connections, finding that trees are interacting with one another below the ground in complex ways. Trees have a symbiotic relationship with fungi that’s built on a mutually beneficial exchange of nutrients, says Simard. This underground network links root systems of trees together, enabling them to exchange carbon, water and other nutrients in a kind of natural balance sheet. Simard discovered these networks had hubs—typically older “mother trees”—that can connect to hundreds of saplings and send them excess carbon that can quadruple their survival rates. Simard also found that trees engage in “defense signaling” similar to plants, increasing their natural defenses in response to damage inflicted on their neighbors, but only if the mycorrhizal networks of fungi that aid in sending such messages are intact. Simard’s research seeks to understand how environmental threats like climate change and logging may further disrupt these communication networks. Recognizing all of the communication that exists between plants, we might wonder if human words of encouragement can help them grow. Perhaps, but not for the reasons one might hope, says Appel. “Whenever we feel a sense of connection to another life form, we are more likely to take better care of it,” says the researcher. “We underestimate what plants can do because their communication is invisible to us. Yet we also have to be careful about overestimating their abilities. We need an understanding to be driven by science, and not wishful thinking.”

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280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 Comprehensive health food store offering a range of CBD products: caps, soft gels, gummies, sprays, tinctures, topicals, mixed with ghee, teas, waters, hot cocoa, infused honey, pedicure powders. See ad, page 4.


680 S. Schillinger, Mobile: 251-633-0485 6845 Hwy. 90, Daphne: 251-621-1865 We offer a wide variety of nonGMO, hemp-derived CBD products harvested through chemical-free CO2 extraction and tested through 3rd party labs to ensure safe, quality products. See ad, page 20.

CBD spa treatments for skin health, pain and neuropathy. Try candida-free bath bombs, bath salts with essential oils, tinctures, capsules, vapes, creams, food powder. Grab a gummie before yoga.


12562 Mary Ann Beech Rd., Fairhope, AL 251-421-2073 Organic hemp farm growing high quality, all-natural industrial hemp in a beautiful farm setting. Greenhouse and outdoor growing areas. Products coming soon. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for details.

VIRGINIA’S HEALTH FOODS 3055 A Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 251-479-3952

Comprehensive health food store offering a range of CBD products: caps, soft gels, gummies, sprays, tinctures, topicals, mixed with ghee, teas, waters, hot cocoa, infused honey, pedicure powders. See ad, page 4.


1626 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS 228-215-0492 Your CBD Store specializes in quality CBD products. With terpene-rich products packed with minor cannabinoids as well as CBD, let us find the right product for you! To learn more: See ad, page 31.


320 Eastern Shore Shopping Center Fairhope, AL • Café: 251-929-0055 An organic cafe offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options. Open for lunch Monday-Saturday and Sunday brunch. See ad, page 4.


3055 A Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 251-479-3952 An organic cafe offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options. Open for lunch 7 days a week. See ad, page 4.

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Santa and Arts at the Market 9am-4pm. Santa will visit from 11am-2pm. Coastal Alabama Farmers & Fishermens Market, 20733 Miflin Rd., Foley, AL. 251-709-4469.



Elements Massage Holiday Open House 3-8pm. Free chair massage, refreshments, door prizes and a chance to win a year’s worth of massage sessions. BOGO gift cards for members and $30 off one-hour massages for non-members. 6920 Airport Blvd., Ste. 111, Mobile, AL. 251-342-6415.

Reflexology 2-Day Workshop 8am-5pm. Learn about every system in your body and how you can affect healthy changes through the reflex areas on your feet. Ingham Reflexology is an amazing therapy for all to learn. $375 for new students. 16 CEUs for professionals. Bay Branch Estates, 28347 Turkey Branch Dr, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943.



Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network Food & Farm Forum and Youth Forum Dec 6-7. A weekend of learning, community-building and celebration. 25+ peer-to-peer sessions for sustainable farmers, homesteaders, DIYers, communitybuilders and local food lovers. Plus delicious food, social activities and more. Scholarships available. Optional field trips on Dec 5. Camp Beckwith, Fairhope, AL. 256-743-0742.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Holiday Market and Christmas Kids Day 10am-2pm. Arts and crafts, fun activities, music, dance performances and more. Downtown Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550.

Milton: Body, Mind, Spirit Expo 10am-6pm. An expo for people who are into physical health, mental and spiritual health, metaphysics, personal growth, holistic healing and more. Over 50 booths, seminars and services to enlighten and entertain your senses. $5 admission; kids free. Santa Rosa Auditorium, 4530 Spikes Way, Milton, FL. 850-941-4321.

markyourcalendar Green Drinks Gift Market Join us for happy hour and a gift market of eco-friendly gifts. Featuring local vendors, live music by The Bailiwick Brothers plus happy hour specials on food and drink until 6pm. (No speaker this month.)


Please call ahead to confirm dates and times.

5-7pm, December 11

District Hall, 761 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL

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Discounts on Supplements Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia’s Health Foods (251-479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL.

Hypnosis to Lose Weight Mon-Fri, by appointment. Are you the kind of person who can be hypnotized? Find out at your own 30-min free screening. Discover how to take pressure off and relax your way to becoming thin, stay that way and never be on a diet again. Offering a “Stick With You Guarantee”. 251-274-THIN. Robertsdale Hypnosis, 22622 B Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL.

Open Table Worship Service (United Church of Christ) 10:30am. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Gathering in the chapel at All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S Ann St, Mobile, AL. 251-545-1011. Sunday Service 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. Sunday Service at Unity Church of Gulfport 10:30-11:45am. Let Rev. Judy Voght inspire your week ahead with uplifting, positive messages from the heart. Join us every third Sunday, after service, for fellowship potluck. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004. Unity Sunday Service and Celebration 10:30am. Weekly service welcomes people of all races, cultures, lifestyles and creeds. Unity on the Eastern Shore, 22979 US Hwy 98, Fairhope, AL. 251-9908934. Fairhope Unitarian Sunday Service 11am-12pm. Our Sunday services feature a different guest speaker each week. We address a variety of topics, from literature and history to religious thought and social issues. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. FairhopeUnitarianFellowship@ Unity Church of Mobile Sunday Service 11am. Unity offers a positive path for spiritual living. Join us on Sundays for a peace-filled experience, and joyous fellowship, with uplifting messages and music and centering meditations. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. UnityOfMobileAL@ Baha’i’s of Fairhope Diversity Devotions 3-5pm. Every 4th Sunday. Join us in the coming together of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate our unity and strengthen the spiritual health of the community. Refreshments served immediately following the shared devotional program. 81 Magnolia Ave, Fairhope, AL.


Munchie Mondays Get 10% off CBD edibles at CannaBama: The CBD Store every Monday. Mention Natural Awakenings and get 15% off! Downtown and West Mobile, AL 251-255-5155. Doggie Happy Hour 5-7pm. 1st Mon. A rescue networking event hosted by My Happy Dog 123. Bring your dog for drinks and live music while raising money for a local rescue foundation. Q&A with local vets. Free grainfree dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Viviane Hentschel: MyHappyDog123@gmail. com. Yoga Core with Chris G 5:45-7pm. Join Chris Garrett for an energizing blend of Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga, with emphasis on those hard to work abdominal areas. Recharge the body, soothe the soul and refocus the mind after a long day. Breathe, work, smile and find joy in the movemement! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Hot Vinyasa Flow 6:45-7:45pm. Based on the Baptiste Power Vinyasa sequence, this heated flow will challenge your core, your balance and your mind. Beginners to advanced. Heated. $20 drop-in, other membership packages available. Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, 2540 Old Shell, Mobile, AL. 251-471-5775. David@

TUESDAYS Topical Tuesdays Get 10% off CBD topicals at CannaBama: The CBD Store every Tuesday. Mention Natural Awakenings and get 15% off! Downtown and West Mobile, AL. 251-255-5155. CannaBama@yahoo. com. Slow Flow Vinyasa with Mary Ann 8:30-9:30am. Enjoy Mary Ann Sinde’s zest, grace and refreshing energy as her slow flow puts you back in touch with your body, restores the mind and leaves you refreshed, energized and focused. Revel in the bliss and embrace the joy as you start the day! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

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AHA Inner Calm Yoga 9:30am. Decrease stress, rid tension and enhance inner well-being using stretches postures, restoratives, breath practices. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Call/text 251-753-1937 to register. $10/ class; $50/6-class pass; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Nurturing Parenting Groups 9:30-11:30am. Meet with other parents and an experienced facilitator to learn alternatives to physical discipline of children. Eight topics also cover stress and anger managment, child development and home safety. The Family Center, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-479-5700. Lydia@ Farmers Market 10am-3pm, Nov-Mar. 2-6pm, Apr-Oct. Fresh seasonal produce, meat, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open Tues and Sat year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. Grief Recovery Meeting 1-2:30pm. A Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses with experienced, professional and compassionate staff members to support you through the grief process. Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile, AL. 251634-8055. Praying for Peace Devotional Gathering 2:30-4pm. Inspired by “Women Pray for Peace” by Tess Wacker, participants join the author in the practice of discussing and praying for a means to peace. 54 N Church St, Apt 19, Fairhope, AL. 251596-1450. AHA PM Yoga 5:45pm. Iyengar-style class emphasizes detailed instruction and proper body alignment, utilizes the aid of props when needed, to improve posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility.   Beginnerfriendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251382-7895. $10/class; $50/6-class pass; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.  Outstretched Christ-Centered Yoga Class 5:45pm. Also at 8:15am on Wed. Classes include a Christ-centered devotion. Donation only. 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. More info: Sierra Club Meeting 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL. Pet Loss Support Group 6:30-7:30pm. Every 1st Tues. Support group for those grieving the loss of a pet, a grief most people don’t recognize or understand. Free, confidential and safe group. Phone sessions available. Dr. Lynne Lohmeier: 228-497-1394. Ocean Springs Library, 525 Dewey Ave, Ocean Springs, MS. PM Tai Chi Class 6:30-7:45pm. Join Master Jude Forsyth for this beginning Qigong Tai Chi class to explore how the ancient moving meditation can make a difference for you. $10-12. Central Presbyterian Church, 1260 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. 251-207-0007.

WEDNESDAYS Wash Up Wednesdays Get 10% off CBD bath products at CannaBama: The CBD Store every Wednesday. Mention Natural Awakenings and get 15% off! Downtown and West Mobile, AL. 251-255-5155. CannaBama@yahoo. com. Yoga with Susan 7:45-8:45am. Join Susan Kangal and start your day with her refreshing energy as she challenges you with a strong emphasis on alignment and focus while still calming the mind. Sink into the moment and experience the bliss—yes! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. AHA Healthy Heart Yoga 9:30am. Energize, strengthen and tone with this mid-week pick-me-up using movements that form a flowing sequence in coordination with the breath. Beginner-friendly. Props provided.  Call/ text 251-753-1937 to register. $10/class; $50/6-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Free Chair Yoga for MS 10:30-11:30am. The MS Foundation provides one free yoga class a week at Thrive Yoga & Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ Group Reformer Class with Adrienne 12-1pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne during your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Also Mondays at noon. Log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Green Drinks Fairhope at District Hall 5-7pm. Every 2nd Wed. An informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. Brief speaker at 6pm at most meetings. District Hall, 761 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. Eastern Shore MS Support Group 5:30pm, 2nd Wed. Eastern Shore MS Support Group meets each month at Ruby Tuesday in Fairhope, AL. Family, friends and caregivers are always welcome. Weezer: 251-928-7606.

Yoga with Chris M 5:45-7pm. Join Chris McFadyen for some energizing yoga as his breath work, asana and flow calms the mind and also enhances and refocuses the body. Relocate your passion and find your joy and humor after a long day! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Friday Morning Serial 8-9am. A weekly public gathering and networking event featuring a 10-15 min speaker and group discussion. Topics, speakers and attendees are from diverse backgrounds and provide specialized insight. Free. Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, 769 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS. 228-436-4661.

Group Reformer Class with Adrienne 6-7pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne at the end of your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Leave class feeling great! Also at 6:30pm on Tuesdays. Log on to reserve a spot. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Yoga with Lisa Blount 9-10:15am. What a great way to jump start your weekend! Let breath and body move and meld together as Lisa Blount weaves a blend of classical yoga flow and poses. Renew your spirit with a glorious class—begin the day feeling joyful, refreshed and re-energized. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Personal Wellness, Self-Discovery Classes 6:30pm, every last Thurs. Monthly classes designed to empower oneself to heal, uplift and detoxify the body, mind and spirit. Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943.

FRIDAYS FES Bike to School Days Every first Friday (except January). Fairhope Elementary students are encouraged to bike to school on first Fridays because it’s a fun and healthy mode of transportation. Participants receive a spoke bead for their bike each month. Check Facebook for monthly themes and additional giveaways: Fairhope Elementary, Fairhope, AL. Flower Friday Get 10% off hemp flower at CannaBama: The CBD Store every Friday. Mention Natural Awakenings and get 15% off! Downtown and West Mobile, AL. 251-255-5155.

SATURDAYS Super Saturday Get 20% off a surprise CBD item at CannaBama: The CBD Store every Saturday. Downtown and West Mobile, AL. 251-255-5155. CannaBama@yahoo. com. Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta 7:30-8:45am. All levels. The movements will challenge you to stay mindful and your mindfulness will allow you to honor your limits without judging yourself. $15 drop-in. $10 students and instructors. Creative Outlet, 66 1/2 S Section St, Fairhope, AL. 251-928-5363. Farmers Market 9am-2pm. Open Tuesdays and Saturdays year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469.

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THURSDAYS Thirsty Thursdays Get 10% off CBD coffee at CannaBama: The CBD Store every Thursday. Mention Natural Awakenings and get 15% off! Downtown and West Mobile, AL. 251-255-5155. Nurturing Parenting Groups 9-11:30am. Meet with other parents and an experienced facilitator to learn alternatives to physical discipline of children. Also covers stress and anger managment, child development and home safety. The Family Center, 601 Bel Air Blvd, Mobile, AL. 251-479-5700. Lydia@ AHA Brain Boost Yoga 9:30am. Boost concentration, improve focus and quiet the mind with 30 mins of mindful movement/Iyengarstyle yoga and 20-min meditations to round out the week. Beginner-friendly. Props provided.  Call/text 251753-1937 to register. $10/class; $50/6-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

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Connecting you to the local leaders in natural and green living. To find out how you can be included in the Natural Directory email Publisher@ or call 251-990-9552.



Akashic Records Consultant 251-752-6509 • From a soul’s inception, all of its experiences are recorded in the Akasha. Make time to explore your Akashic Records for clarity, understanding, inspiration and guidance. Seek guidance. Get answers. Connect with departed loved ones. See ad, page 13.


28850 US-98, Ste 104, Daphne, AL 251-554-2312 La-La Land sells a carefully curated collection of furniture and objects, specializing in MidCentury Modern, boho chic, rustic modern and vintage 70’s and 80’s. See ad, page 19.


103A N. Bancroft St., Fairhope, AL 251-990-9934 •


A salon offering organic products and services SALON including hair color and shampoo. Make a difference today in your hair, your life and the Earth. Visit us for a free hair exam today and go organic! See ad, page 20.

Kristin Alpine, RN, BSN 251-656-9112 Follow us on Facebook and Instagram

Offering a simple and colorful approach to cooking, and life! Interactive and fun cooking classes and private parties for all experience levels, plus free online recipes and cooking videos. See ad, page 23.


Karen Watson, Beauty Consultant Daphne, AL • 256-508-0389 Skincare, anti-aging, make-up and body care that is free of harmful ingredients including gluten, parabens, sulfates, phthalates and synthetic fragrances. Pure, clean, safe, effective and microbiome friendly. See ad, page 13.


Carolyn Olson, Certified Thermographer Gulf Coast Locations from LA to FL 251-623-2225 FDA registered thermography (digital infrared thermal imaging) offers breast screenings that are non-invasive and radiation-free, without compression or bodily contact. Valuable for detecting early stage breast disease and more. See ad, page 27.




12 N. Section St., Fairhope, AL 256-826-4140 Offering whole body cryotherapy in a Cryo Arctic chamber, weekly yoga classes and a community venue. 2-3 minutes of cryotherapy increases energy, focus and flexibility. See ad, page 8.


1905 Main St., Bldg B, Ste A Daphne, AL 251-656-9837 Check out our large selection of crystals and discover their healing properties. Also offering crystal water bottles, tapestries and more. See ad, page 19.

THE BAHÁ’ÍS OF FAIRHOPE 81 Magnolia Ave., Fairhope, AL 251-928-5692

Join our gathering of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate unity and support the spiritual health of the community. Meeting every fourth Sunday. Contact us to learn more.

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(Located inside Path To Wellness) 240 W. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 251-597-8787

Our non-invasive, drug-free approach helps dementia patients that originally scored in the teens on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment be restored to the point of scoring normal (26-30). See ad, page 12.


IAOMT Protocol 225 W. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Offering ozone; laser (no-suture) gum surgery; testing for compatible materials and cavity-causing bacteria; examine for gum disease and bacteria; laser cavity diagnoses; saliva pH check; oral galvanic screening; no fluoride. See ad, page 27.

DEPRESSION MIND PERFORMANCE CENTER, LLC (Located inside Path to Wellness) 240 W. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 251-597-8787

Offering Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Brainsway—a proven tool in the fight against depression that is non-invasive, painless and drug-free) with functional medicine and brain pathway rehabilitation for the most robust changes possible. See ad, page 12.

Robert R. Maldonado, PhD. Fairhope, Alabama 251-210-6872 • Gain peace and harmony with energy-based therapies that clear, align and balance mind, body and spirit. Useful for stress, anxiety, transitions, chronic diseases, pain, wellbeing, relaxation and spiritual growth.

ESSENTIAL OILS LAURIE AZZARELLA YL #327923 Daphne, AL • 850-380-4943

Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of authentic, genuine therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal Zyto Wellness readings and wholesale privileges. Wellness classes on last Thursday of the month. See ad, page 19.


20733 Miflin Rd. (Co. Rd. 20), Foley, AL 251-709-4469 Open year round Tuesdays (10am-3pm, Nov-Mar. 2-6pm, AprOct.) and Saturdays (9am-2pm). Local farms with seasonal produce, meat, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, seafood, hand-crafted soaps and more. Follow us! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.

280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 • Café: 251-929-0055 Newly remodeled! Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk bins; pet supplies; baby products and more. See ad, page 4.


680 S. Schillinger, Mobile: 251-633-0485 6845 Hwy. 90, Daphne: 251-621-1865 For 30 years The Health Hut has been the go-to place for high quality, whole-food vitamins, herbs and sport supplements at great prices. Serviceoriented, knowledgeable staff. See ad, page 20.


Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk bins; pet supplies; baby products and more. See ad, page 4


Fairhope, AL • 251-272-2002 Text or message to schedule a fitting Providing custom made footwear with full barefoot benefits including stronger arches, a proper gait and posture, increased proprioception, prevention and elimination of plantar fasciitis and more. Grounding available on request.

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3099 Loop Rd., Orange Beach, AL 251-240-0842


Intuitive integrative massage techniques are used to facilitate the body into a state of healing without the “no pain no gain” mentality. Over 15 years experience in the bodywork and natural wellness field. See ad, page 17.


Vitamin IV lounge and functional medicine clinVitamin IV • Supplements • Functional Medicine ic. IV Vitamin Therapies provide relief, healing and recovery for people with health concerns ranging from dehydration to chronic illness. Call us for a free consultation. See ad, page 22.

28170 N. Main St., Ste. C, Daphne, AL (French doors on side of building) 251-616-4201 •


12440 Magnolia Ave., Magnolia Springs 251-210-8615 Functional Medicine Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner Tara McLellan addresses the root cause of disease with integrative medicine—a blend of traditional western medicine and science-based functional medicine. See ad, page 25.


Mississippi Gulf Coast and Virginia 228-257-1946 or 804-839-0723 We educate and empower students to higher knowledge concerning natural health and healing. Offering a variety of classroom and online courses to support living, sharing and teaching a natural, healthy, lifestyle.


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Gentle care of your geriatric and terminallyill pets in the comfort of your own home. Providing veterinary medical acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, hospice and euthanasia. See ad, page 23.


Babette de Jongh Professional Animal Communicator Telepathic communication, counseling and healing for multi-species families. Healing with Body Talk, Reiki, Matrix Energetics and more. See ad, page 13.


333 Greeno Rd. S., Unit 2B, Fairhope, AL 251-210-6955 • A 7-minute session, once a week provides a natural solution for healthy joints, strong bones and muscles, better balance and flexibility and pain reduction. Accessible to all ages; non-invasive; non-pharmaceutical. See ad, page 17.


38 Pass Rd., Ste. C, Gulfport, MS 228-575-8660 Laser therapy (K•Laser)—a drug-free and painless treatment that is proven to be 90% effective in treating neuropathy symptoms such as pain, numbness, burning, tingling and loss of feeling. See ad, page 25.

Convenient, confidential and accurate health testing for women and men with online results in a matter of days. Tests offered: general wellness, fertility & hormone, thyroid, cancer screening, sexual health and more. See ad, back cover.


Lydia M. Sullivan, DVM, CCRP, CVMA Serving Mobile and the Eastern Shore 251-229-1043 •

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ROLFING EASTERN SHORE ROLFING Pam Reaves, Certified Rolfer® 151 Fly Creek Ave., Ste. 411 Fairhope, AL • 251-990-8383

Rolfing® is a holistic approach to manual therapy that seeks to improve your health and function by reestablishing the natural alignment and structural integration of the human body. More information at See ad, page 23.


217-B Fairhope Ave., Fairhope, AL 251-270-7200 •

Offering cleansing far infrared sauna sessions followed by a hydrating collagen shower and detoxifying foot spas. Ask about package specials. See ad, page 10.

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