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What Makes a NATURALLY Community Livable Eat Right to BEAUTIFUL Rethinking Sleep Well Transforming the Cosmetics Industry


10 Foods that Help Us Relax and Rest

June 2018 | Gulf Coast AL/MS Edition |

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Treat your locavore palate to farm-fresh foods while contributing to a healthier planet and a more prosperous local economy. Support these Gulf Coast businesses! FARMERS MARKETS COASTAL ALABAMA FARMERS & FISHERMENS MARKET

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Organic cafe serving lunch Mon-Sat and Sunday brunch. We use locally-grown produce, herbs and meat. See our six-page menu online. See ad, page 4.

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Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator Mobile, AL 251-208-1550 • Saturdays in Cathedral Square from 7:30 a.m. to noon (April 28 to July 28; October 13 to November 17). Thursdays in Lavretta Park from 3 to 6 p.m. (May 31 to July 26). See ad, page 14.

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10 Foods Help Us Relax and Rest


Strengthens Body, Mind and Family Spirit

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s I worked on this month’s issue, which focuses on livable communities, I was reminded of one of my mom’s visits to Fairhope. She tagged along as I checked my box at the post office, picked up dog food at the health food store and grabbed a thing or two from the grocery store. After darting around town we headed to the park and she said, “I can’t believe we did all of that in less than 30 minutes.” This access to life, work and play represents an element of livability—the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life (according to Partners for Livable Communities). My parents live in my hometown of Houston, where it takes at least 20 minutes to get anywhere. The “big city” may have endless dining options and professional sports teams, but Fairhope provides the quality of life we desire. I never thought I’d be a “small-town girl”, but I enjoy the fact that I rarely go grocery shopping without running into someone I know, and I love being able to walk and bike as a means of transportation. The intimate nature of a close-knit community manifests meaningful experiences on a daily basis. This month’s articles, “We Need Clean Waters” and “Peter Gros on Preserving Wild Nature”, remind us how important natural resources are to livability, too. We are fortunate to have access to Mobile Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and many rivers and streams, but we must do our part if we want to keep swimming and fishing in them. This time of year our azaleas turn into a nursery of bird nests and the owls hoot after the sun goes down. Gros points out that this wildlife is valuable and as plans for new developments take shape, we need to be mindful of nature’s creatures and emphasize open space. Livability factors are wide ranging and their value varies from person to person. Some characteristics to consider may be affordability, clean air, access to healthcare, civic engagement, availability of healthy food, social involvement and educational opportunities. The AARP Public Policy Institute developed the Livability Index (page 21) to jump-start community conversations about the topic and to encourage action by consumers and policymakers. They believe that livable communities help residents thrive. Every location has definable advantages for different preferences. Some people enjoy the hustle and bustle of a big city while others might prefer the peace of maintaining expansive farmland. Young families desire strong schools and nearby playgrounds as older adults may appreciate the quiet life of a retirement community. Some like the beach, others like the mountains. Regardless of what setting you prefer, express your support of local livability initiatives and suggest solutions when you see a need for improvement. Feel empowered knowing that when individuals thrive, the whole community prospers. With gratitdue,

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Musician and Speaker Visits Unity of Gulfport June 3 Unity of Gulfport will host licensed Spiritual Practitioner Kit Holmes as the guest speaker and musician at their 10 a.m. Sunday service on June 3. A potluck will be held after the service, followed by an afternoon concert with Holmes, who is from Unity of Wimberley, Texas. The events are open to everyone. Holmes plays many instruments and is an accomplished vocalist and award-winning songwriter. She has been performing, composing, arranging and producing music professionally since the age of 13. She is also a Certified Life Mastery Consultant, a Kit Holmes gifted speaker and facilitates various workshops on songwriting, creativity, personal transformation and all things spiritual. Location: 1700 E. Railroad St., Gulfport, MS. For more information, call 228-871-7004 or visit See ad, page 22.

Yoga for Every Body at Thrive Yoga & Massage Thrive Yoga & Massage, in Fairhope, Alabama, is offering Natural Awakenings readers unlimited yoga in June or July for $50. This introductory offer is available to new students and includes all regular classes (not workshops). Thrive’s classes vary in style and level but are all suitable for beginners. “The fundamentals of yoga, breath and self-respect, are a beneficial practice for anyone,” says Thrive owner Billie Reinhart. “Modifications are given for limitations and each posture is done to each individual’s desired intensity in yoga, always.” Students can start slow with seated stretches in Yin Yoga or Restorative and come in a wheelchair or with a cane to Chair Yoga. Align ‘n Shine teaches bone and muscle alignment while Yoga Nidra balances the body’s systems and brain with supine meditation. The studio offers specialty classes in Hula Hoop dance, poi flow arts and an outdoor practice that includes a walking meditation. Workshops in crafts and health conscious topics are also offered, plus private therapeutic yoga and massage sessions. Thrive’s charity events include Mindful Markets featuring local artisans, mindful products, live music and yoga; donation-based Sunset Yoga on the bluff twice a month; and Yoga Month food drive events in September.

First SUP Race on Mobile Bay Planned for June 9 The first stand-up paddleboard (SUP) race on Mobile Bay will hit the waters of the Eastern Shore at 9 a.m., June 9, from the beach by the Fairhope Docks Marina, 848 Seacliff Drive, Fairhope, Alabama. The racers will sprint across the water to the end of Fairhope pier and back— a 2.5-mile race. A 7-mile race will continue past the pier and down the scenic shore to the Marriott Grand Hotel and back. DIRK Boards, a local Fairhopebased SUP and surfboard builder, is organizing the event. “Mobile Bay is a great paddling location that needs to be experienced,” says Dirk McCall, DIRK Boards designer. “Conditions can be flat and then a breeze will pick up and create a downwinder. Because the bay is so shallow, sometimes we even get wave sets, which is really challenging.” The World Paddle Association sanctioned race will have eight divisions for men and women 50+, 18 to 49 and U18 in surf style and longer displacement hulled boards. Custom woodcut awards from Bear Walker, an internationally renowned woodworker and skateboard designer, will be awarded to the top three per division. For more information and registration, visit

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Wetland Workshop for Land Use Professionals

Chronic Pain and the Web That Binds Our Body An Integrated Body is a new practice in Fairhope, Alabama that offers structural integration, bodywork and massage therapy. After years of being a massage therapist and searching for a permanent solution for her clients’ chronic pain, owner Melissa Michael was introduced to Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (ATSI), Melissa Michael developed by Thomas Myers. Chronic pain—be it from injury, trauma, sedentary lifestyle or even being too active—often stems from structural imbalances that are a result of the body’s fascia compensating for misalignments. Fascia is the body’s complex web of connective tissue that weaves through the body, separating and connecting muscles, organs, bones, ligaments and tendons. As muscles move the body, the fascial system dictates how it moves. ATSI unbinds the fascia to holistically improve body mobility and structural balance, reducing pain. “Chronic pain is a growing epidemic and sadly something we have learned to live with,” Michael says. “Becoming a Certified Structural Integrator has propelled my bodywork career in a direction that gives my clientele a more direct way of managing their chronic pain.” Location: 243 South Greeno Rd. (inside Fairhope Physical Therapy), Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-210-9114, email or visit See ad, page 15.

Alabama Coastal Foundation is offering an Advanced Wetland Regulations and Compliance Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., June 14, at the Mobile Area Association of Realtors. This workshop is for planners, real estate professionals, developers and attorneys involved in land use activities. Participants will gain current information about wetland regulation, legal proceedings and jurisdictional applications. Topics include permitting issuance, mitigation and interpretation of the “Waters of the United States” rule. Instructors from both state and federal regulatory agencies will discuss the enabling legislation and rulemaking that provides legal basis for application of wetland regulations. ​ Registration is $50 (includes training materials and lunch) and continuing education credits are available. Location: 2827 Airport Blvd., Mobile, AL. For more information, call 251-9906002 or visit

New Therapists at Elements Massage in Mobile Elements Therapeutic Massage has welcomed Mark McRae and Chris Pippin to their team of experienced licensed massage therapists as they continue to deliver extraordinary wellness experiences, one client at a time. “Our therapists spend time with clients to understand their bodies’ problem areas, learn about their wellness goals and discuss expected outcomes,” says Claudia McClure, who has owned Elements with her daughter since 2008. “Massage has proven to be greatly beneficial in my own life, and I love being able to provide this service to others in the community.” Elements offers new clients $20 off their first massage session and is open seven days a week with same-day appointments available. Members of Elements’ wellness program enjoy benefits such as monthly massages and discounted rates. Location: 6920 Airport Blvd., Ste. 111, Mobile, AL. For more information, call 251-342-6415 or visit ElementsMassage. com/Mobile. See ad, page 23.

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Organic Salon Serves Both Sides of the Bay TMAC’s organic holistic salon continues to grow as they settle into their new Daphne location and welcome new stylists to their team. This eco-friendly business cares for clients’ hair, skin and overall health. Their Organic Way professional products are made organically with green chemistry, using natural, biodynamic and fair trade ingredients. They’re bottled in glass instead of plastic and common toxic ingredients are replaced with blends of essential oils, phyto-proteins and nourishing butters. “We take a farm-to-chair approach and provide sustainable luxury,” says owner Tara McAdams, who has a passion for authentic, clean, efficient and environmentally friendly choices. “We offer our clients quality, consistency, transparency and enthusiasm.” TMAC’s menu of hair services includes hair loss treatments, scalp treatments, organic perms and smoothing treatments, plus spa services such as facials and massage. Because their approach encompasses the whole body, the salon also sells health supplements such as hemp derived cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Locations: 2101 Highway 98, Ste. E, Daphne, AL (251-7254334) and 1861 Old Government St., Mobile, AL (251-6076666). For more information, visit See ad, page 26.

Soul Shine Yoga’s Teacher Training Begins in August Soul Shine Yoga School, a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School, is offering a 200-hour teacher training beginning in August. Training is open to dedicated yoga practitioners who desire to inspire and be inspired through the transformative practice of yoga. Emily Sommerville, E-RYT 200, YACEP; Joy Rose Larsen, RYT 200; and Rebecca Washburn, RYT 200, LPC will lead the 10-month program with support from the entire community of Soul Shine Yoga teachers. Soul Shine teacher training provides a supportive and nurturing environment that fosters a sense of togetherness among the program’s participants, allowing them to meet personal growth goals while developing teaching skills. “Soul Shine Yoga School exceeded my expectations and helped me develop a sense of purpose and deeper understanding of practicing Yoga—with a capital Y—on and off the mat,” says 2016 graduate Olivia Autrey. “If you are looking to transform the rest of your life for the better, then this is the one for you. It transformed mine in an amazing way that I didn’t know was needed.”

Natural Weight Loss Program Offers Quick Results Gulf Coast UltraSlim, located inside One Life Chiropractic, in Foley, Alabama, now offers a revolutionary FDA-approved noninvasive treatment for immediate fat removal without dieting, exercise or pills. The UltraSlim device uses a unique light therapy to release fat content, and patients are guaranteed to lose two inches from their waist, hips or thighs in a 32-minute session. Clinical trials show that UltraSlim treatments are effective for everyone with no side effects or downtime. “Gulf Coast UltraSlim is showing some amazing weight/fat loss results. Certain patients are down over 20 inches and 30 pounds,” says One Life Chiropractic owner Dr. Brett Taylor. As an alternative health care center, One Life also offers chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy. Gulf Coast UltraSlim will host free presentations on the UltraSlim fat loss program at 6 p.m., June 12 and 26. Space is limited to 15 people and pre-registration is required. Location: 311 W. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL. For more information, call 251-943-4948, ext. 3. See ad, back cover.

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Not All CBD is Created Equally Since legalization in 2014, the number of cannibidiol (CBD) products, growers and distributors has rapidly increased. David’s Gallery, in Gulf Shores, offers many CBD items and has seen a jump in wholesalers from 4 to almost 4,000. “CBD has many health benefits. It can be used to treat anxiety, sleep disorders, inflammation, seizures, nausea, mood disorders and skin problems,” says David’s Gallery owner Carolyn Hall. To discern reputable companies from those producing lower quality products, the shop owner offers several tips. CBD products should contain full spectrum hemp, meaning all parts of the hemp plant—including leaves, stems and seeds—should be included in the final product. Secondly, CBD should be extracted from the hemp plant by carbon dioxide technique. Hall explains that this process takes longer but the healing properties of the CBD are not compromised. Extractions using isopropyl alcohol or butane destroy healing properties and those substances are not meant for human consumption. Lab reports stating whether a product contains full spectrum hemp and what extraction process was used should be available. It should also be noted that CBD is not psychoactive and must contain less than 0.03 percent of the perception-altering chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), to be legal. For more information, call 251-948-7862. See ad, page 25.

Dr. Mary Sabal Offers Probiotic Air Purifiers At Family Care Naturally, in Gulf Shores, Mary Sabal, D.C., R.N. provides a range of affordable and uncomplicated services—plus, she is a distributor for the Better Air Probiotic Purifier. Natural Awakenings readers receive $50 off whole-room purifier units. As the world’s first probiotic air, surface and object purification system, Better Air units release billions of environmental probiotics into the air via micro-misting. The whisper-quiet and energy-efficient units are low maintenance, affordable, compact and easy to install. They control allergens, harmful bacteria, pet dander and dust mites; eliminate airborne irritants and improve air quality; destroy mold, mildew and fungus naturally; and reduce odors. Plus, inside air ducts and air conditioning components are continuously cleaned. Sabal’s wellness approach promotes preventative, holistic and natural lifestyles. Services available at Family Care Naturally include acupuncture (needle or non-needle); hyperbaric oxygen therapy for mental clarity, muscle recovery and to ward off dangerous microorganisms; chiropractic adjustments (by hand or by instrument) to align bones and joints; massage for therapeutic applications and relaxation; and hair tissue mineral analysis to reveal metabolic type so food and supplement recommendations are more effective.

An Evening of Spirit with James Van Praagh

An Evening of Spirit, featuring New York Times bestselling author James Van Praagh, will take place at 7:30 p.m., July 20, at Skopelos at New World Landing, in Pensacola, Florida. Van Praagh will demonstrate his intuitive abilities to random members of the audience through evidential messages of love and teachings from his spiritual guides. Attendees will leave with a fresh perspective on life and death and a stronger connection to the spirit world. Van Praagh’s popularity began in the early 1990s on the NBC morning talk show The Other Side. He went on to author multiple number-one New York Times bestselling books such as Talking to Heaven, Reaching to Heaven, Ghosts Among Us and Healing Grief and The Power of Love. He also hosted his own national daily talk show, Beyond, and was the coexecutive producer of CBS’s drama Ghost Whisperer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. His television appearances include shows such as Oprah, Larry King Live, 48 Hours, Chelsea Lately, 20/20, A&E Biography and The Doctors and he currently hosts Hay House Radio show weekly. Location: 600 S. Palafox St., Pensacola, FL. For more information, call 850941-4321 or visit NewHorizonsExpo. com. See ad, page 35

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In the first scientific study of facial exercise, 27 middle-aged women that performed specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-anda-half years younger in 20 weeks based on a standardized scale called the Merz-Carruthers Facial Aging Photoscales. By doing the exercises for 30 minutes each day or every other day, the fullness of both the upper and lower cheeks, in particular, of the women were significantly enhanced, report Northwestern University researchers. “The exercises enlarge and strengthen the facial muscles, so the face becomes firmer and more toned and shaped like a younger face,” says lead author Murad Alam, a medical doctor. Some of the study exercises can be found by searching the topic of Happy Face Yoga on YouTube.

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More than half of teens and young adults that have slaked their thirst with energy drinks report suffering negative health consequences, according to a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Of 2,055 Canadian participants between ages 12 and 24, 55.4 percent said they had negative health events afterwards. Of these, 26.5 percent trembled and felt jittery, 24.7 percent had faster heartbeats and 22.5 percent noted “jolt and crash” episodes— a spell of alertness followed by a sudden drop in energy. Another 5.1 percent experienced nausea or diarrhea and 0.2 percent, seizures. Most respondents said they drank only one or two energy drinks at a time. 12

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Cardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of Illinois researchers report. In a study of 32 people, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three times a week for six weeks boosted levels of healthy intestinal bacteria, especially for lean subjects, and less so for the obese. The healthy bacteria produced shortchain fatty acids that reduce the risk of colon cancer. “The bottom line is that there are clear differences in how the microbiome of somebody who is obese versus somebody who is lean responds to exercise,” says Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at the university.

Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time When we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can put us into a more peaceful state, reports a University of Rochester study. Young adults, sitting in a comfortable chair away from their devices, were given something to read, told to think about something specific or not given any instruction. Some were asked to sit alone for 15 minutes a day for a week and keep a diary. In all cases, such solo time away from devices helped reduce intense emotions afterward.

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Preterm Births Down After Coal Plant Shutdown

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After a polluting coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania was shut down in 2014 by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory action, the chances of women living 30 miles downwind having a preterm birth fell by about 28 percent, report Lehigh University researchers. While the plant was operating, women in affluent New Jersey communities downwind had a 17 percent greater risk of having babies of very low birth weights— less than 5.5 pounds—than did women in other similar affluent areas.

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Alcohol has been linked to seven types of cancer, including breast and bowel, and scientists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in Cambridge, UK, have tracked down a possible cause. In lab tests, they found that when the body processes alcohol, acetaldehyde is produced. Acetaldehyde alters and damages DNA within blood stem cells, leading to rearranged chromosomes and a greater likelihood of cancer.

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A spate of recent worldwide studies reveal several cholesterol-healthy alternatives to olive oil. Ingesting 15 milliliters a day of virgin coconut oil for eight weeks increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) “good cholesterol” levels in 32 young adults by an average of 5.72 milligrams/deciliter, researchers at Thailand’s Chiang Mai University found. Walnut oil slashed heart disease risk in 100 Type 2 diabetes patients that swallowed capsules containing a total of 15 milliliters of walnut oil a week—the amount of oil obtained from 4 to 5 servings of the nuts. They experienced significant drops in total cholesterol, low-density (LDL) “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides after 90 days, reported Iranian researchers at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Camelina oil from the Camelina sativa plant, also called false flax, lowered LDL levels in 79 men with prediabetic symptoms, whereas diets high in either high- or lowfatty fish did not, according to the University of Eastern Finland. The men consumed 30 milliliters of the oil for 90 days.

Those that sleep more than seven hours a night are likely to eat better the following day, according to researchers from King’s College London. In the study, 21 people known to typically sleep fewer than seven hours increased their sleep time by 47 minutes after receiving tips on sleep hygiene such as drinking less caffeine and going to bed neither too hungry nor too full. The following day, they consumed almost 10 fewer grams of sugar in food and drinks on average and also consumed less fat and fewer carbohydrates than a control group.

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This summer, consider the convenience and relaxation of watching the world go by outside a panoramic side window instead of focusing on driving the road ahead. Train travel is also more cost-effective, affordable and eco-friendly than flying. highlights railroad discounts for children, seniors, students, AAA members, military personnel and other demographics. Additional advantages include accessible central city terminals, a generous luggage policy and less time waiting until departures. If a station has an unattended parking lot, arrange to be dropped off. Amtrak ( encompasses 300 daily trains on more than 21,000 miles of track to more than 500 destinations. Particularly scenic routes include the California Zephyr that winds through the Rocky and Sierra Nevada mountains between San Francisco and Chicago; and the Adirondack train between New York City and Montreal, Canada, offering spectacular views of both its namesake national park and the historic Hudson River Valley. Amtrak’s 75 vacation packages ( range from three days to two weeks. Sights include the Grand Canyon and Glacier, Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks. Most long-distance routes provide sleeping accommodations with passenger amenities for day and night. Advanced technology electric locomotives began enhancing Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor runs in 2016. Designed for maximum energy efficiency with a regenerative braking system that feeds back into the power grid, this innovation saves electricity and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Amtrak’s partnership with allows passengers to offset the carbon emissions footprint from their rail travel. Custom contributions can be made on Amtrak’s website. Many travelers also enjoy narrow-gauge, short-rail junkets. Popular options include Colorado’s Durango & Silverton Railroad (DurangoTrain. com), a nostalgic trip back to the mining days of the Old West; the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (, a 45-mile ride along the New Mexico/Colorado border; and the Conway Scenic Railroad (ConwayScenic. com) in New Hampshire, within two hours of both Portland, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts. Neighboring Canada affords many scenic trains including trips connecting Toronto with Vancouver and Calgary. Visit and

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At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zero-emissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run. somchaij/

Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by more than 9 percent and its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually. The deal will bring the city closer to its goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

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A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called Passivdom uses a 3-D printing robot to produce parts for tiny houses. The machine can print the walls, roof and floor of the company’s 380-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors and self-contained plumbing, sewage and self-electrical systems are then added by a human worker. Solar energy is stored in a battery. Filtered water collects from humidity in the air. Prices start at $64,000 per house (Passivedom). M.A.DI., in Italy, produces prefabricated A-frame houses in five sizes that can be set up anywhere. The basic model is rated an energy class B, but can be upgraded with an option of adding solar panels to make the structures energy-independent. Homes made by Lifehaus blend low-cost, off-grid appeal with holistic living and luxurious details. The Lebanon company is pioneering energy-neutral dwellings made from locally sourced and recycled materials. Green home dwellers will also be able to generate electricity and grow their own food.

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Experts are warning that the Iranian tanker Sanchi oil spill in January in the East China Sea could potentially be one of the worst in decades. Scientists from the UK National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton are monitoring the disaster, believing it could

severely impact important reefs, fishing grounds and protected marine areas in Japan. They are also concerned by the toxic nature of the ultra-light, highly flammable oil and unknown impacts. Simon Boxall, with the centre, notes, “It’s not like crude, which does break down under natural microbial action. This stuff actually kills the microbes that break the oil down.”


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A week-long beach cleanup and audit at Freedom Island in the Philippines last September exposed the companies most responsible for plastic pollution in the critical wetland habitat. The Greenpeace Philippines and #breakfreefromplastic movement audit, the first of its kind in the country, revealed that Nestlé, Unilever and the Indonesian company PT Torabika Mayora are the top three contributors of plastic waste discovered in the area. This contributes to the more than 2 million tons of mismanaged plastic waste in the Philippines, the third-biggest source of plastic ocean pollution per year. See the whole list at

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Boston will join 59 other Massachusetts municipalities and hundreds of others across the nation, including Seattle, Washington, and Washington, D.C., in banning single-use plastic shopping bags by the end of this year. Instead, Boston shoppers must bring their own totes or pay store owners five cents or more for a thicker, compostable plastic bag or a larger paper bag with handles. “This new ordinance protects the health of our neighborhoods and environment, while at the same time easing the burden on taxpayers and saving local retailers millions,” says Kirstie Pecci, director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Zero Waste Project.

Click on a Campsite Website Opens Up Private Land to Campers

A Portland startup online at LandApart. com is expanding the share-economy Airbnb-model concept to private landowners and campers. People that want to camp or rent a cabin in a beautiful area can pay a private landowner for access. CEO Ven Gist says the move is in part a response to sometimes crowded public lands that often cannot be reserved. He says, “We’re basically collaborating with landowners to open up new wild spaces that people can find and book for truly secluded, unique outdoor experiences.” Prices average between $30 and $40 per night. Find an introductory video at

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CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field, homes of the National Football League Seahawks and Major League Baseball (MLB) Mariners, respectively, introduced a Strawless in Seattle campaign last September. More than 100 local businesses joined with the Lonely Whale Foundation to help eliminate plastic waste. Safeco Field is the most sustainable baseball facility today, recycling 96 percent of all waste generated last season. As a result, the Mariners earned MLB’s Green Glove Award for 2017. Every food service item is recyclable or compostable, and cleaning crews manually separate waste items from recyclables after every game. The Mariners have been playing under energy-efficient LED lights since 2014, the first MLB ball club to do so. The team also added a 450-square-foot urban garden before the 2016 season that provides fresh vegetables and herbs for the concession stands.

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any people define a livable city as one that is easy to get around in by foot, bike or public transportation. Many also prioritize ready access to fresh, local, organic food via farmers’ markets and community gardens. Others champion affordable housing and cost of living factors, safe neighborhoods with a diversity of people, careful stewardship of clean air and water, and plentiful amenities, including considerable open space and natural settings. Many work to preserve and enhance a sense of place suited to the locale. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that renews and restores communities, maintains, “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” The American Association of Retired Persons 18

(AARP) considers livable communities as age-friendly for young and old alike. Along with economic opportunities, a leading stimulus in moving to urban centers is, “More people are looking for a sociable environment where they can walk out of their  door to the shops or transit and be  among others they recognize who also  recognize them,”  observes Suzanne Lennard, director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, LLC, in Portland, Oregon.  “People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.”   Following are a few examples of America’s many livable cities. More are transitioning and evolving as city planners, government officials, businesses and nonprofit community organizations strive to make their hometowns both people- and planet-friendly, often through public and private partnerships.

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In Pittsburgh, revitalization is transforming 10,000 parcels of vacant or abandoned land—some where steel mills formerly operated—into greenspace, bike lanes and other enticing and productive public areas. “Biking and our food scene have exploded,” says Chris Sandvig, director of policy with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, which advocates for equitable urban revitalization through their Vacant Property Working Group, helping communities access blighted areas for pennies on the dollar. “We’re now one of the top 10 bicycling commuter cities in the country. People also come here as food tourists due to vibrant local agricultural activity.”   “A related ideal is to create compact, human-scale, mixed-use urban centers in the suburbs that are less expensive to construct— and thus remain more affordable—while placing shops, schools, parks, services, workplaces and public transit within walking and biking distance,” Lennard notes. “This ensures a healthy, affordable and high quality of life for all; suburban, as well as urban.”   Fast-growing Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, is following suit. “After years of watching the suburbs sprawl into subdivisions with large lawns, privacy fences and cul-de-sacs, we created a vibrant central core with apartments, townhomes, condos and new options for smaller homes—all within walking distance or a short bike ride to new places to work, shop and dine,” explains Mayor James Brainard. The design efforts serve people instead of cars. “Carmel has spent the last 20-plus years building more than 900 miles of trails and multi-use pathways, enabling residents to commute by bicycle to work and enjoy easy access to a growing number of parks and recreational areas,” says Brainard. To facilitate traffic flow, some 100 roundabouts replaced stoplights and four-way stops. “Reducing traffic congestion has improved our air quality, and saved gasoline and lives.” A new, mixed-use downtown Arts and Design District includes a Center for the Performing Arts with a Center Green that hosts a farmers’ market in summer and an outdoor Christkindlmarkt and outdoor skating rink in winter.

People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life  possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.

ability of their communities,” explains Steve Koenig, senior director of market research with the Consumer Technology Association. In Boston, the app BOS:311 allows residents to ~Suzanne Lennard, inst ant ane ously International Making Cities notify government departments Livable Conferences, LLC of pollution conSmart City Advantages cerns, like blocked drains and other enviKey elements of smart cities—sensors, cam- ronmental or community needs, feeding eras, data analytics and powerful networks the information directly into the city’s work that capture and relay vital information—help order system via their mobile phone. This them become more energy-efficient or quicker real-time collaboration results in a cleaner, to respond to environmental and residential safer and healthier city. issues. Such products highlighted the 2018   The Envision Charlotte project encomConsumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. passes interactive kiosks in 64 businesses and Reducing traffic can also contribute to safer government buildings citywide, gathering highways and shorter commutes with de- energy usage data for office buildings to creased greenhouse gas emissions. increase energy efficiency and reduce green  “Citizens are using apps to monitor issues house gas emissions. So far, energy conand alert city managers, improving the liv- sumption has dropped 19 percent, saving   “The old way of doing things in which cities and towns sat back and let the market dictate how a community should be grown must come to an end,” remarks Brainard, advocating the benefits of local governance.  

LIVABLE COMMUNITIES TOOLBOX International Making Cities Livable hosts conferences in the U.S. and Europe. Consumer Technology Association’s Smart Cities, an overview of the latest technology in making cities more smart and livable. AARP Livable Communities fact sheets, helpful for communities looking to become more livable. Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments, by Mark Roseland. The fourth edition offers a comprehensive guidebook for creating vibrant, healthy, equitable and economically viable places.


companies about $26 million. The program has strengthened economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.

Nature in the City

Some cities have focused on the natural environment for improving local livability while mitigating contributions to climate change. Forested open spaces, wetlands and protected watersheds improve air quality, protect drinking water and buffer intense storms. Such areas also connect more people with nature and engage them in communal and healthy outdoor recreation. Portland, Oregon, boasts more than 10,000 acres of parks, plus an innovative Biketown sharing program that has facilitated 160,000 bike trips since its launch in 2016. The city’s Bike Bill requires all new streets to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians by design. Portland also embraces urban gardens and allows residents to raise chickens, bees, goats or rabbits in their backyards. No one wants to live where pollution runs unchecked or water is unsafe to drink. Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program works

Coastal Alabama’s Livable Communities Coalition

n November 2014, the Alabama Coastal Foundation convened a meeting of leaders from Mobile and Baldwin County communities to discuss the formation of a coalition to promote active, healthy living in coastal Alabama. The group defined a livable community as one in which all residents—no matter their age or ability—can safely access quality of life activities in the areas of our environment, economy and social health. The Coastal Alabama Livable Communities Coalition is a result of that meeting and for the past three years it has aimed to create a healthy place in coastal Alabama to live, work and play, largely by focusing on cycling and walkability issues. Gathering quarterly, the group posts their initiatives on their website such as their Bicycle Safety Campaign document. With members ranging from municipalities and chambers to architecture firms and wellness centers, the Coalition is trying to get representatives from every community in the state's two coastal counties. Those interested in joining can sign up at For more information, contact Ryan Mains at 251-990-6002 or, or visit

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to keep stormwater out of sewers and reduce rainwater runoff through decentralized soilbased and plant-based systems, including pervious pavement, green roofs and rain gardens. Begun in 2011, its goal is to reduce rainwater runoff by 85 percent by 2036. Rainwater has become a valuable community resource. The program is just one of many ways that the City of Brotherly Love is transforming itself into one of the greenest in the United States. Overseen by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Greenworks Philadelphia devises long-term sustainability strategies that encompass eight facets, including clean and efficient energy, carbon-neutrality and zero waste. Preparations are already underway to cope with a hotter, wetter future.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Making communities livable goes beyond infrastructure. Actions usually involve preserving, protecting and enhancing what appeals to residents. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one example of many where livability priorities are guided by the values of its residents and its sense of place.

“From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers’ markets and community festivals; from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, this place represents shared values,” says Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Santa Fe is also full of public art. The city is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds and everyone else that comes to see us.”

Good Life as Kids See It

Ultimately, making cities move livable for children can make them highly livable for all. “Children need the same things from a city that we all need, but their needs are greater than ours,” says Lennard. “The environment a child grows up in shapes their health and their mental and social development for the rest of their lives. Our modern, unwalkable suburban environments are contributing to childhood obesity, which has been widely linked to chronic  diseases  that in the past were only associated with old age.”

She notes, “Children need the exercise of walking or biking to school. They need safe streets so they can become independent and explore their  neighborhoods; sidewalks and other  outdoor  areas where they can play,  meet friends and interact with adults in the  community; easy access  to nature; beauty in their environment; and intriguing architecture, works of art and other places to stimulate their affection and imagination. As they become teenagers, they need access by foot or bike to a wide variety of resources to broaden their horizons. Don’t we all need these things?”   John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring, operate the Inn Serendipity, wholly powered by renewable energy, in Browntown, WI.

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How Livable Are Our Local Communities? Local Livability Index Scores


he AARP Public Policy Institute developed the Livability Index as a web-based tool to measure community livability. Users can search the Index by address, ZIP Code or community to find an overall livability score, as well as a score for each of seven major categories. Scores range from 0 to 100. Users can also customize the Index to place higher or lower emphasis on the livability features of most importance to them. The website provides resources to help consumers and policymakers use livability scores to effect change in their communities. It is the first tool of its kind to measure livability broadly at the neighborhood level for the entire country, and it is intended to inform and encourage people to take action to make their communities more livable.

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eter Gros, co-host of t he or iginal Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom TV show, wildlife expert and environmental conservationist, now educates groups of young people that spend more time on their handheld devices than they do outdoors. His message impresses upon the next generation the importance of wildlife and open spaces as they gift us with heartfelt awe and balance, and engage us with nature to offset manmade lives. His 30 years of field experiences include serving as a wildlife lecturer and licensed U.S. Department of Agriculture exhibitor. An active member of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association and the Zoological Association of America, Gros is also on the board of directors of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association and a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. He lives in Seattle and spends time in national forests when not speaking to groups.

Which animals are most often displaced by development so that we now share space with them? Deer, raccoons, alligators and coyotes are common neighbors, depending on where you live. The deer population used to be controlled by natural predators like wolves; without wolves, deer can overpopulate. The best thing to remember is that animals go where there’s a food supply. Gar-

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dens attract deer; cat or dog food left out brings raccoons. Coyotes and alligators must lose their fear of humans in order to eat. Don’t feed, tease or interact with them. Take photos from a distance. Call your local government animal agency for help or referral to a licensed animal rehabber before “rescuing” an abandoned baby; mothers often spend periods of time away hunting for food.

Why are some animals in danger of being killed on sight? We react to snakes, wolves and bats from a place of unfounded fears: snakes don’t have facial expressions, are seen as cold or slimy and move quickly; wolves are dangerous; bats can tangle in your hair. These are all tall tales. Animals want to avoid us. We’ve reacted to our own fears with needless snake roundups, bounties on wolves and panic when a tiny bat swoops by. Historically, there have been no attacks on humans by wolves, and reintroducing them into Yellowstone National Park has restored a natural balance. Snakes keep disease-carrying rodents away. Bats use their radar to steer clear. We need to understand each animal’s purpose and place in nature. Feeding wildlife corrupts natural behaviors and removes their fear of humans. When we deem them a nuisance or inconvenient, we treat them like they’re disposable and have no value. It’s better for everyone to enjoy the fact that animals are there and keep our distance.

Who else is working to educate people about the importance of wildlife and habitat? Zoos used to be concrete-enclosed collections of animals. Now they are education centers, offering enrichment programs and improved natural habitats to keep the animals active and interested. Waterfalls, swimming pools, trees, puzzles and toys that prompt animals to mimic hunting behaviors help keep a resident animal’s mind and body active. Breeding programs help maintain endangered species. We’re able to study and learn about a species while caring for them. One breeding program I worked with focused on spotted and striped big cats: the leopards and tigers. In another, we used incubators to hatch eggs among a threatened ostrich population. In Big Sur, California, condors have been raised with puppets so they wouldn’t imprint on humans before being released. Nature and science centers across the country are also teaching people about the importance of animals.

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What makes you hopeful for the future? Each of us can make a daily difference in preserving our natural world. I’ve been fortunate in being able to showcase wild animals, help endangered or protected species and share what I’ve learned in educational forums. Good news includes sighting of the black-footed ferret, once thought to be extinct. Mountain lions are recovering. We are learning from past mistakes. A big lesson is that what nature provides isn’t in endless supply, so we must be wise and frugal with all of our natural resources.

What are you most passionate about? No one should have a wild or exotic animal as a pet. The animals I show to audiences were bottle-raised or rescued. They can’t be released and so have become animal ambassadors. When people see them, they better understand the importance of nature and wildlife to people and the planet. I’m passionate about preserving wildlife and open spaces. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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reeks, streams and rivers flow into ponds, lakes and oceans, carrying pollution. Keeping large bodies of water clean starts with local waterways. As awareness of this need rises, some rivers in Africa, India, New Zealand and elsewhere are being protected and recognized as living entities, with rights, values and the legal status of people. While court cases brought by commercial interests are challenging such decisions, progress continues on many fronts.

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“The Fox River’s been our treasure since Native Americans paddled there,” says Barbara Smits, part-owner of Old Northwest Frontier Tours, provider of self-guided auto, bicycle and walking tours via eBook, in De Pere, Wisconsin. “To see people sail, boat, ice fish or sightsee here again is a joy.” The Fox River Cleanup Project, a multi-year effort covering 13 miles that began in 2009, reduces the health and environmental risks from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the sediment. Lake Winnebago, source of the lower Fox River, is currently stewarded under the 2000 Lake Sturgeon Management Plan. Re24

cent meetings have sought citizen input for updates in managing sturgeon stock. In Athens County, Ohio, Michelle Shively, in Trimble, is Sunday Creek’s watershed coordinator. “Every minute, 850 to 1,000 gallons of polluted water from an underground mine pool flows into the creek, turning the water orange from iron waste. Once the iron is removed, you need to do something with it,” she says. Guy Riefler, Ph.D., an associate professor of civil engineering, and John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of a painting and drawing program, both with Ohio University, in Athens, found a way to wash, dry and pulverize recovered iron. It will be sold to Gamblin Artists Colors to make oil paints for artists in mustardy ochre, rusty red and violet tones. Not yet widely available, 500 sample tubes of Reclaimed Earth Violet were featured at an initial fundraiser. “Cleaning water is expensive, but now we’ve turned the problem into a method to fund more work,” says Shively. Throughout history, river dams have been built to provide power or irrigation, prevent flooding and provide municipal water needs. Of approximately 80,000 three-

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foot-tall or higher U.S. dams, only about 2,500 produce hydropower. Removal of old dams no longer serving their original function can restore entire watershed ecosystems, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, add jobs, improve water quality, reinstate natural sediment and nutrient flow, and save taxpayer dollars. Built in 1929 and abandoned after World War II, demolition of an Eklutna River dam, in Alaska, began in 2016. Curtis McQueen, an Eklutna tribal leader and CEO of Eklutna Inc., which now owns the dam, reported that 300,000 cubic yards of sediment had amassed there, along with junked cars, TVs and other trash. The tribe is the first in the nation to be involved in such a massive project, intended to restore its historic salmon population. In 2017, dams were removed in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. A map at

How To Help Don’t litter, and pick up after those that do.

Anything on the ground is ultimately headed toward a river, creek, beach or bay. Even if something drops on the ground in a parking lot, miles from any body of water, the next rain carries it to the closest gutter and then across town to the nearest waterway.

Go natural.

Stormwater, the precipitation that runs off across the land instead of soaking into the ground where it falls, carries more than trash to drains. Pesticides, herbicides and other harsh chemicals end up in local waterways, too.

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If you see an environmental issue that concerns you, take a photo and report the issue through the Water Rangers web tool at or call 251-433-4229. Source: Mobile Baykeeper shows dams taken down since 1916. “The good news is that in meetings like the St. Louis River Summit, in Superior, Wisconsin, in March, clean water wasn’t viewed only in a strictly scientific sense, but added the human factor to produce more diverse solutions,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., the Monterey Bay, California, author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. “The bad news is that most projects are funded, directly or indirectly, by the federal government. Cuts add challenges and stress to looking for solutions.” Cities like Pittsburgh, Superior and Duluth are among many that are protecting, restoring and rejuvenating riverfronts

with increased public access, thus rekindling residents’ love for and recognition of the mental and physical benefits provided by their waterways. “We’re in a period of big ideas,” says Nichols. Two can be easily implemented. First, he explains, don’t build right on the water; instead, sit in the “second row”. Second, gain perspective by experiencing changes in waterways. “One way to do this is to spend an hour a day, or even an hour a week, in, on or near the water. Take someone new with you each time,” suggests Nichols. “You’ll see how best to value, promote and defend our right to clean water.” Then teach the kids. Connect with the freelance writer via

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rom red carpets to Teen Vogue magazine, the natural beauty trend has taken the industry by storm. Consumer whims may have sparked its beginnings more than a decade ago, but demand is now spiking profits into the billions. “Consumer need is influencing retailers to offer cleaner formulas reflecting firm ecovalues,” says Karen Behnke, the pioneering entrepreneur who founded Juice Beauty, in San Rafael, California. Behnke aimed to create

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A recent Green Beauty Barometer online survey revealed that more than half of women want their skincare products to be all-natural, a result likely driven by the scientific information age (see for details). Reputable scientific studies revealing parabens in breast cancer biopsies have demonstrated that everything applied to the skin also enters the bloodstream, hence the effectiveness of dermal nicotine and birth control patches. Thus, it can be alarming to realize that the average woman will unknowingly consume seven pounds of lipstick containing petroleum-based emollients, synthetic preservatives and artificial dyes during a lifetime, undoubtedly another reason consumers are switching to natural options. Katey Denno, a Los Angeles makeup artist to the stars, noticed cosmetic red flags early in her career. “The first time I turned over a palette that most makeup artists carry and saw specific colors that couldn’t be used on eyes or lips, I was confused; if something isn’t safe for lips or eyes, how can it be good for any part of us?” queries Denno, who switched from social work to makeup artistry 11 years ago. “The change in the industry has been substantial. Now green is mainstream, and most artists have included some green beauty brands in their kits.” Millennials continue to drive consumer demand for higher standards. “Retailers understand that the skincare/makeup landscape is changing,” advises Behnke. “Traditional brands are no longer attracting younger consumers that are demanding organic, clinically validated products.” Denno concurs, stating, “The spotlight on clean products comes from the growing

acknowledgement that we can and must do all we can to lower our overall toxic load.”

Demand Escalates Women are fueling the natural beauty movement, yet more men than ever are also seeking healthy alternatives. Grooming products with unisex packaging and fragrances are among top sellers. Informed teen and 20-something buyers are inclined to choose people- and eco-friendly brands that are also cruelty-free. A wide selection of aluminum-free, natural, personal care products including underarm deodorants are showing up in supermarkets. Women are ditching toxic hair dyes and going silver to avoid thinning hair and allergies, and unwittingly, creating a new fashion statement. Plus, there’s growing interest in DIY cosmetics using everyday good-for-you ingredients found in the kitchen. Artisan perfumes are gaining popularity among women that want the mystery and allure of fragrance without the side effects of manmade, chemical-based brands. “Some new customers are frustrated by commercial products giving them headaches, while others say that they just don’t like perfume, when what they actually don’t like is synthetic fragrance chemicals,” says Ananda Wilson, a botanical perfumer and owner of Gather Perfume, in South Hadley, Massachusetts. “It’s inspiring when they smell real plant scents and see how their world lights up! The molecules in natural perfumes are active and interact with personal chemistry, so they unfold differently on each wearer, creating a unique signature and experience.” Wilson ventured into botanical blends when both awareness and supplies of appropriate ingredients were scarce. “Perfume history is largely rooted in natural materials, but until recently, there was a mass blackout of this precious lineage. When I started, there was barely anything available, and only through a handful of aromatherapy companies,” she explains. Now, Wilson bases her products on botanical infusions from plants she’s grown or collected, including wild beach roses, clover and spring poplar buds. It only takes a whiff to dispel the myth that natural perfumes lack sophistication or tenacity. “Naturals have a breadth of possibili-

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so Mom had to “make something that looks like juice, but is healthy,” says Olivier. Four main ingredients are a little frozen fruit left over from breakfast smoothies, a bit of honey for sweetening, a dash of Himalayan sea salt and water, or herbal tea or coconut water. She might also add fresh mint, ginger or other natural flavorings ( Heather Dessinger, a mom of three and blogger of recipes and natural mothering tips from Santa Fe, Tennessee, makes a drink based on coconut water with lime juice, raw honey and sea salt for older kids that play soccer or other warm-weather sports. Dessinger describes herself as a researcher and healthy living DIY fan ( With homemade drinks, we know exactly what is—and what isn’t—in them. They can be made in batches and kept in the refrigerator. Dessinger relates, “I’ve found that when I make a batch with honey, which is naturally antimicrobial, and store it in the coldest part of the fridge, my homemade sports drink lasts for at least a week.” Judith Fer tig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Clued-in Professionals “As a sports nutritionist and mother of active kids, I know there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and I get all kinds of questions from parents about what drinks are best for kids,” says Jackie Berning, Ph.D., a registered dietitian, sports nutrition  consultant and professor of health science at the University of Colorado, in Colorado Springs. “Parents need to know that all beverages are not created equal when it comes to hydrating them. The best [healthful] beverages taste good when your child is active, so encourage their 28

drinking more of them,” she says. According to the National Alliance for Youth Sports, the recommended beverage contents for active kids during sports and other activities should contain at least 100 milligrams (mg) of sodium and at least 28 mg of potassium per eight ounces. It should be noncarbonated. We asked two moms keen on nutrition how they include these elements in drinks that kids will like.

Mom Picks Michele Olivier, the mother of daughters Elliette and Parker, views herself as both a lover of food and a control freak. The Denver, Colorado, recipe blogger started off making food for her baby and toddler. As her kids grew and their nutritional needs changed, she created new recipes, including healthy sports drinks that both balance electrolytes and hydrate. While Elliette loves water and has no trouble staying hydrated, Parker loves juice,

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t day camp or the pool, on the playing field or in the backyard, kids can get really thirsty, especially as temperatures climb. Although filtered water is always a good choice, sugary, carbonated, artificially colored and flavored beverages can be tempting. Having homemade options ready can entice kids to stay hydrated in a healthy way.

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HEALTHY HYDRATING RECIPES Blackberry + Lemon + Mint Electrolyte Drink Yields: 4 cups 4 blackberries, fresh or frozen ½ lemon, juiced 1 mint leaf 1 Tbsp honey ⅛ tsp Himalayan pink salt 4 cups water, herbal iced tea or coconut water Place all ingredients in a blender and set on high for 45 to 60 seconds or until fruit is completely puréed. Add ice to a water bottle and pour electrolyte water on top to serve. Popsicle Option: Follow the same instructions, but add an additional tablespoon of honey, and then pour the electrolyte drink into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.  Courtesy of Michele Olivier, Tinyurl. com/4SportsDrinks4Kids.

Coconut & Lime Sports Drink Yields: about 4½ cups of bolder taste for older kids 3 cups coconut water 1 cup water or more, based on preference in strength of flavor) ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (lemon is also delicious) ¼ tsp Celtic sea salt or other unrefined sea salt with trace minerals 2 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup (or more to taste) Few drops of Concentrace mineral drops (optional)

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etting enough sleep—or not—has a trickle-down effect. A study in the Journal of Obesity shows that good quality shut-eye helps us reduce stress, lose weight and function better. Research also shows that most Americans would be healthier, happier and safer going about their daily activities if they slept 60 to 90 more minutes each night, according to the American Psychological Association. A consistent sleep routine helps enable a good night’s rest, with activities like going to bed at the same time whenever possible; shutting down the Internet, email and text messaging at least an hour before bedtime; and limiting intake of caffeine and alcohol. Another best practice is eating foods that help us relax, fall and stay asleep. Four primary sleep-promoting vitamins and minerals naturally found in foods are tryptophan, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6. Some of these help the body produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating the body’s sleep/wake patterns called circadian rhythms. Others enhance serotonin, which carries nerve signals and relays messages in the brain related to mood and sleep.

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Some foods are naturally packed with these essential vitamins and minerals, and eating certain foods at certain times can help us tip the scale towards a successful night of restful sleep.


Kiwi. Full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate, kiwi can help us sleep longer. In a study at Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan, researchers had participants eat two kiwifruits one hour before bedtime for four weeks. Total sleep time improved by 13.4 percent.


Soy. In a Japanese study published in the Nutrition Journal, researchers surveyed 1,076 participants between 20 and 78 on how often they ate soy products, which are rich in sleep-enhancing isoflavones. Those that ate the most soy foods enjoyed deeper, more sustained sleep. Researchers concluded that soy’s isoflavones help regulate the sleep/ wake cycle.

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Fish. Salmon, halibut, mackerel and tuna help boost the production of vitamin B6, which helps make melatonin. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania published in Scientific Reports found that eating more fish led both to better sleep and improved cognitive function in children.

Fiber-rich foods. Choices such as chia seeds, nuts and whole grains help promote restorative “slow-wave” sleep, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.


Calcium-fortified yogurt. According to Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician in Pasadena, California, and author of The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family, “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleepinducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are some of the top sleep-inducing foods.”


Bananas. Rich in potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and vitamin B6, which are used to make melatonin, bananas help promote good sleep. A study in the Journal of

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Wa l nu t s . E at i n g a handful of walnuts an hour before bedtime provides fibersupporting, restorative, slow-wave sleep, concluded a study in the journal Nutrition. Plus, walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, which helps make serotonin and melatonin; University of Texas researchers also found that walnuts contain their own source of melatonin.


Dark leafy greens. Kale, spinach and collard greens are among the magnesiumrich greens that can help us de-stress and go to sleep, says Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of pulmonary and sleep medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Almonds and dates. Nerina R am l a k h an , Ph.D., a London sleep therapist and author of Fast Asleep but Wide Wake: Discover the Secrets of Restorative Sleep and Vibrant Energy, counsels her clients to start at breakfast by eating eight almonds and two dates. These two fiberrich foods are able to slowly help produce melatonin for later in the day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Tart cherry juice. A study by the University of Rochester, in New York, found that older adults drinking two, eight-ounce servings of tart red cherry juice daily, one in the morning and one at night for two weeks, enjoyed moderate sleep improvement, comparable to taking the herb valerian and melatonin.

Mindfulness can also include sharing how it feels to run and meeting challenges along the way. Bloom suggests tuning into nature. “Being in beautiful surroundings or watching for animals can promote mindfulness,” he says. “It can be spiritual.”

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ombining regular exercise with quality family time can be an enjoyable and fun way to realize a healthier lifestyle. Running together in fresh air, preferably in natural settings, allows children as young as 5 to safely join in.

Physical and Emotional Perks Families and coaches agree that running benefits both body and psyche. “Running as a family is an incredibly bonding experience, putting aside some of the usual conflicts and perceived hierarchies and just coming together,” says William Pullen, a London, England, psychotherapist and author of Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Low-mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression. “Running also gives us a place where we can 32

develop skills like building confidence and competency.” Marc Bloom, of Princeton, New Jersey, author of Young Runners: The Complete Guide to Healthy Running for Kids From 5 to 18 and The Runner’s Bible, concurs, stating, “Running as a family can give parents the opportunity to be good role models by instilling values of health, fitness and togetherness.” Experts emphasize the fun factor. Pullen encourages both parents and kids to get out of their heads and into their bodies. “Concentrating on breath, posture, sensation and location all help make running mindful,” he suggests. “The important thing is to show up. It’s about participation, not breaking personal bests,” Pullen continues. Kids can play a game while running, such as silently counting steps, trees or other runners.”

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For beginners, experts recommend approaching running as a desirable pastime and adopting a slow, easy pace. “Always make running fun, not a chore,” encourages Bloom. “Frame it as being outside, playing and sharing with friends and family. Make a game of it as much as possible.” Whether a family chooses to run in the park or in a community race, experts stress the importance of not setting goals. “Make it pleasurable. Don’t worry about time and distance. Start with short distances, maybe a block or two for novice runners or very young children,” advises running coach Jeremy Sanders, from Winchester, Virginia. “Be patient. Some days, the kids will get cramps. They may whine or get moody. Other days, they will be happy and content. Don’t let one bad run ruin the opportunity to try again another time.” Running coaches and seasoned runners agree that it is wise to tailor runs according to age and fitness levels. “Kids can begin at school age, 5 or 6; but start them with a few minutes and then add more, up to 15 minutes to a half an hour or so a few days a week. Always mix in sprints for short attention spans. Keep it simple. No fancy running shoes are needed when starting, just regular sneakers,” advises Bloom. “For teens, 30 to 45 minutes at a time a few times a week is fine, provided that they have bona fide running shoes.”


Finding inspiration as a family can include running for worthy causes; most communities host charity runs. “This can become a focal point for getting in shape, raising money and running for the greater good, not just yourself,” says Bloom. Mindful running presents regular opportunities to explore new places, focus on details that often go unnoticed and

make exercise an active meditation for all involved. “Show kids how to notice what is going on around them when they run,” suggests Pullen. “You can read up and educate yourselves on trees, geology or the change of seasons so they feel a powerful sense of connection and freedom.” Whether running as a family is motivated by a desire to stay fit, get someplace or simply share more quality time, being in the present moment is most important. “Life is not about striving all the time,” exhorts Pullen. “Take the kids out. Keep it fun and make it into an adventure.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

BREATHING WHILE RUNNING William Pullen: “Mindful breathing is simply making the observation of one’s breath being the priority over thoughts. Each time the mind interrupts, gently return to the breath. Learning how to do that gently is what it’s all about—it means letting go of forcing, wishing and striving—and just gently doing.” Marc Bloom: “I’m not a fan of instructing young kids how to breathe while running because thinking about a must-do task can spoil the fun, and also seem like homework. Runners breathe naturally through their mouths, with an occasional deep breath through the nose. You can get technical with this, but not for kids. Be aware if breathing gets labored. If kids feel out of breath they’re probably running too fast. Kids love to start off fast, often too fast. Also, normal breathing might feel ‘out of breath’ and wrong to them because they’re not accustomed to it. Explain this to newbies beforehand by telling them what to expect.” Jeremy Sanders: “Everyone is different. Your breathing changes with effort and the more you run, the more you learn what works for you. You can experiment by breathing through only your nose or only your mouth, or in combination, in through the nose and out through the mouth. You can also alter the number of steps between each breath to get a comfortable rhythm going.”

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ging out with passive activities like watching TV or checking email. It’s a time to come alive to our senses and surroundings, whether listening to music or people-watching, free of distractions from phone calls or anxious thoughts.

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to let go of the compulsion to check off every item on our to-do list—but that doesn’t mean blankly staring off into space. These are purposeful moments without a specific purpose. Doodle in a sketchbook, wander around the neighborhood or lie in the grass and look at clouds. Spontaneously go with the flow.

There’s no one way or right way to do nothing. “Just by carving out space, you’ll get

a benefit even if it doesn’t feel like you’re doing it right or perfectly,” advises Long. It looks different for different people. “Before I had kids, my ‘nothing time’ might be just being out in nature or simply doing one thing mindfully at a time, like washing dishes. Now I incorporate the principle into family time. One day a week, I shut off the phone, get on the floor with my kids and just let life get messy.” C onnec t w ith Apr il T homps on , in Washington, D.C., at

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SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Annual Grandman Triathlon – 7am. Racers jump off the Fairhope pier into the open waters of Mobile Bay and swim 1/3 of a mile alongside the Fairhope Pier, then bike 18 mi throughout the city of Fairhope across grueling hills and finish the race sprinting a 5k alongside Mobile Bay. Benefitting Mobile Baykeeper. Fairhope, AL. Register:

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Guest Speaker and Musician Kit Holmes – 10:3011:45am. Kit Holmes will be our guest speaker at this Sunday service. Ms. Holmes is not only an accomplished speaker but an excellent musician as well. A concert is planned for that same afternoon and will have more information soon. We invite you to join us. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004.

AHA Massage Therapy School – 650-hour curriculum meets state requirements to prepare students as licensed therapists. Emphasizes handson techniques and practice, specialty techniques, fundamental sciences, student clinic and outreach practicum. AHA currently has a 100% pass rate for students taking licensure exam. Last day to enroll July 23. ​For more details or application, please email. Alabama Healing Arts. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Camp SAIL – American Autism and Rehabilitation Center’s 4-day camp focused on sensory exploration, active play, interaction with peers and language development. No diagnosis is required to participate. Several sessions offered in June and July serving ages 3 years old to 6th grade. 8909 Rand Ave, Daphne, AL. 251-210-1632.

Self-Care Practices – 9am-12pm, Jun 5 & 12. In this two part series you will learn a practical self-help healing approach that produces changes to your life on all levels. Practices include meditation, movement, breathing, healing and affirmation techniques. $50. From the Center, 22787 US Hwy 98, Bldg C-1, Fairhope, AL. 251929-4634. Half Off Health Transformation Classes – 5:306:30pm. Use this program to learn more about a balanced lifestyle or use it as a weight loss program with the In.Form Biotracker. Dona C. & Lisa M. are naturopaths graciously offering their knowledge to the community. Call for half off the series price. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 State Hwy 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Sunset Yoga for Charity – 7-8pm. 10th Annual Sunset Yoga for Charity. Every 2nd and 4th Friday from March through Oct. All classes beginner friendly, by donation and for charity. All wellbehaved kids and pets welcome. Bring a mat and a friend to the bluff. Rain location if needed. Henry George Park, 1 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ThriveFairhope. com.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Mobile Bay Paddleboard Race – 9am-12pm. The first standup paddle board (SUP) race on Mobile Bay will hit the waters of the Eastern Shore. Racers will take off to the end of Fairhope pier and back—a 2.5 mi race. 7 mi race will continue past the pier to the Marriott Grand Hotel and back. Fairhope Docks Marina, 848 Seacliff Dr, Fairhope, AL. 251-487-0200. McCall.Dirk@

SUNDAY, JUNE 10 Create Your Inner Sanctuary – 11:30am1:30pm. Creating your inner sanctuary is a valuable tool when starting a practice or refreshing your existing practice. There are 3 parts to our workshop: Create Your Sanctuary, Go Deeper Within, Invite Divine Guidance. Led by Betsey Grady. $25. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-554-4121. Namste@ Intro to Self Care – 2-3:30pm. Make YOU a priority. In this workshop we’ll utilize the Wheel of Health to explore the dimensions of self-care that contribute to well-being. Bring yoga mat, water, journal. Led by Lynette Mattina, Health Coach, 200hr RYT. $25. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-554-4121. Namste@



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THURSDAY, JUNE 28 SATURDAY, JUNE 16 Yoga for Emotional Balance – 9:30-11:30am. Join RYT-500 Angela Gray in a series of balancing yoga poses combined with affirmations designed to strengthen emotional wellness. Beginnerfriendly, props provided. Call/text 646-220-8561 for details or to register. ​$25 by June 8; $30 after. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.


markyourcalendar Mobile Green Drinks Join us for an engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and a monthly speaker every third Wednesday. June speaker: Mike Reynolds of Share the Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Program. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12 Kids Circus Camp – 1-4pm: Jun 12-14 (age 8-11), Jun 19-21 (age 9-14), August 7-9 (age 8-11). Take flight! Explore the basics of aerial circus arts during our 3-day camps. Students learn basic skills on the Vine, Silks and Lyra. Led by Megrez Mosher. $159/3-day session. Kudzu Aerial Fitness, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. Kids Yoga Camp – 1-4pm, Jun 12-14. Yoga + Dance + Meditation + Music. Yoga supports positive body awareness, free dance awakens creativity, meditation centers the mind and music builds confidence. Ages 7-12. Led by Sarah Deshauteurs, RYT 200. $60 for 3-day camp. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-554-4121.

markyourcalendar Fairhope Green Drinks Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks every second Tuesday. Mobile Baykeeper will speak at 6pm. Food from Sunflower Café plus local farm vendors. Free to attend except cost of drinks.

June 12 • 5-7pm Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave 251-279-7517 •

June 20 • 5-7pm Alchemy Tavern 7 South Joachim Street, Mobile, AL

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 Convention Report – 6:30-8:30pm. Get the highlights from the Young Living Convention reported by attendee Laurie Azzarella. Experience the buzz second hand but experience the new products first hand. Private Residence, 26 Barkley Dr, Atmore, AL. 251-253-0010.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 Iridology Certification Classes – Jun 22-24. In person and online. Certification through the International Iridology Practitioners association. Ocean Springs, MS. Contact and details: Sunset Yoga for Charity – 7-8pm. 10th Annual Sunset Yoga for Charity. Every 2nd and 4th Friday from March through Oct. All classes beginner friendly, by donation and for charity. All wellbehaved kids and pets welcome. Bring a mat and a friend to the bluff. Rain location if needed. Henry George Park, 1 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ThriveFairhope. com.

MONDAY, JUNE 25 Live UltraSlim Fat Loss Presentation – 6pm. Learn how you can lose inches and pounds naturally. Limited to 15 spaces. Free. One Life Chiropractic & Gulf Coast UltraSlim, 311 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL. Register: 251-943-4948.


Live UltraSlim Fat Loss Presentation – 6pm. Learn how you can lose inches and pounds naturally. Limited to 15 spaces. Free. One Life Chiropractic & Gulf Coast UltraSlim, 311 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL. Register: 251-943-4948.

Camp SEA – Jun 25-28. American Autism and Rehabilitation Center’s 4-day camp focused on social communication, emotional regulation and achieving coping strategies. No diagnosis is required to participate. Open to 7th-10th graders. 8909 Rand Ave, Daphne, AL. 251-210-1632.

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Convention Report – 6:45-8:45pm. Get the highlights from the Young Living Convention reported by attendee Laurie Azzarella. Experience the buzz second hand but experience the new products first hand. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Ft Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL.850-380-4943.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 Reflex-OiI-ogy™ of the Endocrine System – 8am5pm. Learn the therapeutic use of essential oils on the reflex areas of the feet to enhance hormonal wellbeing for yourself and others. Class is designed to benefit all. Taught by Laurie Azzarella, LMT, CRR. 8 CEUs. Register: Bay Branch Estates, 28347 Turkey Branch Dr, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943.

MONDAY, JULY 9 Camp SAIL – American Autism and Rehabilitation Center’s 4-day camp focused on sensory exploration, active play, interaction with peers and language development. No diagnosis is required to participate. Several sessions offered in June and July serving ages 3 years old to 6th grade. 8909 Rand Ave, Daphne, AL. 251-210-1632.

SATURDAY, JULY 14 AHA Yoga Teacher Training – Enrollment is open for t​he 200-, 300- and 500-hour yoga teacher trainings. A​vailable for aspiring teachers or personal development. Iyengar-style instruction emphasizes the use of props to ensure safety and alignment. Graduates are eligible to become registered with Yoga Alliance. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.


markyourcalendar An Evening of Spirit with James Van Praagh James Van Praagh is a world renowned psychic medium and NYT bestseller. Be amazed as he calls on random audience members to demonstrate his ability of spirit communication through evidential messages of love and teachings.

7:30pm • July 20 Skopelos at New World Landing 600 S Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 850-941-4321 •

MONDAY, JULY 23 Camp SEA – Jul 23-26. American Autism and Rehabilitation Center’s 4-day camp focused on social communication, emotional regulation and achieving coping strategies. No diagnosis is required to participate. Open to 7th-10th graders. 8909 Rand Ave, Daphne, AL. 251-210-1632.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Thrive’s Mindful Market in the Orchard – 11am-4pm. An orchard market of locally or consciously made products and mindful services. Music, raffles, food. Fun for kids and free yoga throughout this 2-day event. 10% of the proceeds go to charity. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 State Hwy 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@


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OPPORTUNITIES BECOME A PUBLISHER – Natural Awakenings Gulf Coast AL/MS is for sale. Homebased business opportunity. No publishing experience required. See ad, page 3. FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY– OsteoStrong is looking for motivated, healthconscious individuals to open new franchises in Alabama. Our proven system for success offers an exceptional business opportunity. More info: 251-210-6955;

SERVICES GREEN SWEEPS GREEN CLEANING SERVICE – Reliable, efficient and detailoriented cleaning service with eco-friendly products. Serving Fairhope, Point Clear and Daphne. Text/Call 703-216-1875. Winkel. MEDIUM~INTUITIVE~PSYCHIC – Marie Bates Curry offers intuitive guidance and spiritual connections. Individual and Group Readings. By appointment only: 251-300-7261.

JUBILEE HEALING ARTS Formerly Jen Adams, LMT in Montrose 28170 N. Main Street, Suite C 251-616-4201 • MASSAGE ESSENTIAL TIME Phenicia West, LMT By Appointment Only: 251-333-8860 1203 U.S. Highway 98, Suite 1E FAIRHOPE, AL TAMMY S. ANDERSON, LMT AL#1087 Call/text for an appointment 251-510-1415 THRIVE YOGA & MASSAGE Billie Reinhart, RYT, LMT 21180 State Highway 181 251-929-4020 • See ad, page 11.

FOLEY, AL THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Charlene Rester, RN, LMT Historical Downtown 117 West Orange Avenue 251-550-0117 MOBILE, AL ALABAMA HEALING ARTS 6304 Cottage Hill Road 251-753-1937 See ad, page 11. ELEMENTS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 6920 Airport Boulevard, Suite 111 251-342-6415 See ad, page 23. ROBERTSDALE, AL HEALING ACRES Massage, Reflexology, Colonics, Reiki 22355 Price Grubbs Road 251-300-9052 See ad, page 15.

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sunday Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia’s Health Foods (251479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Center for Spiritual Living Service – 10am. Make every step, every choice, every word, a conscious one. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile, AL. 251-343-0777. 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. Join us for a spiritual message given by Rev. Judy Voght. Let her 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. Services followed by cake and coffee for birthdays on 1st Sundays, eating out together 2nd Sundays, potluck and fellowship 3rd Sundays, healing circle/pet blessing 4th Sundays, Q&A and eat out 5th Sundays. Unity on the Eastern Shore, 22979 US Hwy 98, Fairhope, AL. 251-990-8934. UnityEasternShore. 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.

monday Kick Start Monday at Rootz – Start the week off healthy with $1 off Kick Starts—nutrient-dense and delicious healing soups. These convenient grab-and-go meals are made with local, sustainable ingredients. Rootz, 209 A S Section, Fairhope, AL. 251-270-7120.


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 grain-free dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Viviane Hentschel: myhappydog123. 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 movement. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Responsible Parenting Class – 6-8pm. Free course for parents, together or separate, that covers co-parenting issues, positive parenting methods, money management and economic stability. Open to parents of children 18 and under. Also taught on Wednesday mornings. Family Center Baldwin County, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700.

tuesday 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. 2900 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. Sunrise Yoga with Linda – 6-7am. The days are getting longer, so greet the sunrise with Linda Csaszar and take pleasure in some glorious morning yoga. Charge the body, ease stress and focus the mind as you begin the day. Find the joy in the movement. Also on Thursdays w/Chris G. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Yoga Fundamentals with Jill Frankel – 8:309:45am. Explore basic yoga asanas with classes that focus on correct alignment. All are welcome as poses will be modified to enable each individual to experience the benefits of yoga - find your perfect position. Synergy’s only donation-based class. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Positive Parenting Classes – 9-11:30am. 8-week course focused on parenting techniques that work without using corporal punishment. Also taught in our Baldwin County office as well as Mobile on Thursdays 9-11:30 am. The Family Center, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700. Qigong Tai Chi – 9-10:15am or 6:30-7:30pm. Explore the gentle art of the moving meditation. Includes a 15 min Intro to Meditation session. $10. Beginner-friendly. Ashbury Hotel, 600 West 65 Service Rd S, Mobile, AL. 251-207-0007. Jude@

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La Leche League Mobile Bay Area – 10:30am. Open to all women with an interest in learning about and supporting breastfeeding. Babies/children are welcome. Free. 251-689-2085. For location information or breastfeeding help contact AmandaLLLMobile@ or Chair Yoga with Bren – 10:45-11:45am, Tues & Thurs. Yoga is accessible to anyone. Learn breathing and posture in the chair and balance while holding on. You can also join Billie at 10:30 on Wed with your cane or in your wheelchair. Free if you have M.S. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 State Hwy 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ Grief Recovery Meeting – 1-2:30pm. This is a Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Experienced, professional and compassionate staff members support you through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-634-8055. Farmers Market – 2-6pm, Tues. 9am-2pm, Sat. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Know your farmer. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. Green Drinks Fairhope – 5-7pm. Every 2nd Tues. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. Brief speaker at 6pm at most meetings. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Food from Sunflower Cafe and produce from local farmers. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251279-7517. TOPS – 5:30pm. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Open to anyone who wishes to lose weight. We weigh in every Tues and then have a short program by one of our members. Try it for free. Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church, Spanish Fort, AL. 251-625-6888. AHA PM Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-377-8940 for Tues; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $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. Each week Pneuma offers two donation-only yoga classes open to the public. Classes are appropriate for all levels and include a Christ-centered devotion. Donation only. 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. See website for more info: Book Study and Discussion Group – 6-8pm. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004. Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL. Introduction to Meditation – 7:45-8:30pm. Perfect for beginners to explore types of meditation. Training and practice. $5 Ashbury Hotel, 600 W 65 Service Rd (Airport Bvld), Mobile, AL. 251-207-0007.



Wellness Wednesdays at Rootz – Enjoy 10% off all retail items including supplements every Wednesday at Rootz. This nutrition kitchen offers madefrom-scratch, meals-to-go using local, sustainable and healthy ingredients. Rootz, 209 A S Section, Fairhope, AL. 251-270-7120. U-Pick Organic Blueberries – 7am-12pm. Wed-Sat until mid-June. Come pick your own organic blueberries! Check our website and Facebook page for Harvest Night events on Saturdays. Weeks Bay Plantation, 12562 Mary Ann Beach Rd, Fairhope, AL. 251-2798746. Beach Yoga – 9-10am, Wednesdays and Saturdays. All levels flow yoga class outside on a soft grass setting under palm trees overlooking the ocean. Mats provided. Drop-in $18. The Gulf Restaurant, 27500 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL. 251-968-4569. AHA AM Chair Yoga – 9:30am. This class utilizes the aid of a chair, when needed, to improve posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Call/text 251-753-2037 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

U-Pick Organic Blueberries – 7am-12pm. Wed-Sat until mid-June. Come pick your own organic blueberries! Check our website and Facebook page for Harvest Night events on Saturdays. Weeks Bay Plantation, 12562 Mary Ann Beach Rd, Fairhope, AL. 251-2798746. Gentle Yoga with Virginia – 12-1pm. A stressful morning? Synergy can fix that! Join Virginia Keene for a relaxing hour long gentle yoga class to soothe the spirit, calm the mind and replenish the soul. Leave class refreshed and focused. Also with Rebecca Dunbar McLeod Tuesdays at noon. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. MELT Method Class – 12-1pm. MELT is a simple self-treatment that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Regardless of age or fitness level, MELT can improve your longevity through self-treatment. Log on to reserve your spot. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Market in the Park Springhill – 3-6pm. May 31-Jul 26. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Lavretta Park, Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550.

Restorative Yoga with Rebecca – 4-5pm. Join Rebecca Dunbar McLeod to lead you down a relaxing path with some restorative yoga. Be supported by all the right props as the poses plus gravity gently melt away the anxieties of the week. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Green Drinks Mobile – 5-7pm. 3rd Wed. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with likeminded folks and monthly speaker at most meetings. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, 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. Near Death (NDEs) and Related Experiences – 6pm. 2nd Wed. Mobile affiliate group of IANDS. All are welcome to share experiences and support. Free. West Regional Branch, Mobile Public Library, Grelot Rd (near University Blvd), Mobile, AL. 251340-8565. Mississippi Sierra Club Meeting – 6:30-8pm. Join Sierra club members for a lively and and informative meeting on all things environmental going on around us and to our community. Bring a dish to share, and your willingness to get involved. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 808-256-3177.


Please call ahead to confirm dates and times.

AHA PM Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength & flexibility. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-377-8940 for Tues; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Group Reformer Class – 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. Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Personal Wellness and Self-Discovery Classes – 6:30pm. Every last Thurs. Monthly classes designed to empower oneself to heal, uplift and detoxify the body, mind and spirit. $5 donation for food pantry. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail. com.

friday Teacher and City Employee Appreciation Day at Rootz – Show your teacher or city ID on Fridays for 20% off “family style” meals. Rootz is Fairhope’s nutrition kitchen offering made-from-scratch, meals-to-go using local, sustainable and healthy ingredients. Rootz, 209 A S Section, Fairhope, AL. 251-270-7120. U-Pick Organic Blueberries – 7am-12pm. Wed-Sat until mid-June. Come pick your own organic blueberries! Check our website and Facebook page for Harvest Night events on Saturdays. Weeks Bay Plantation, 12562 Mary Ann Beach Rd, Fairhope, AL. 251-2798746. 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 Com-

munity Design Studio, 769 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS. 228-436-4661. Sunset Yoga for Charity – 6-7pm. 2nd and 4th Fri, Mar-Oct. 10th annual Sunset Yoga is a different yoga teacher for a different charity every 2nd and 4th Friday, March thru October. Start time depending on sunset time. Bring your mat, your donation and a friend. The Bluff (1 Beach Rd), Fairhope, AL. Rain site: Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Hwy 181. 251-929-4020. Free Friday Night at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center – 5-8pm, last Fridays. Enjoy free admission to the discovery center every last Friday of the month. Dedicated to inspiring children, families and communities through the arts, interactive educational experiences and exploration. 246 Dolan Ave, Gulfport, MS. 228-897-6039.

saturday U-Pick Organic Blueberries – 7am-12pm. Wed-Sat until mid-June. Come pick your own organic blueberries! Check our website and Facebook page for Harvest Night events on Saturdays. Weeks Bay Plantation, 12562 Mary Ann Beach Rd, Fairhope, AL. 251-2798746. Market in the Park Downtown – 7:30am-12pm. Apr 28-Jul 28; Oct 13-Nov 17. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550. Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta – 7:308:45am. 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. 251-9285363. Farmers Market – 9am-2pm, Sat. 2-6pm, Tues. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. FoleyMarketMgr@gmail. com. Orchard Yoga & Awakening Walk – 9:3010:30am. Awaken your muscles and your spirit in The Orchard with gentle yoga postures after a meditative walk, enjoying trees, the morning air and sunshine. Inside or outside according to weather. Located behind Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 State Hwy 181 (by Gayfer), Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ Saturday Morning Yoga at Simply Life – 9:3010:45am. We welcome you to an open flow yoga class appropriate for all levels of practice. Drop-in $10/class. Simply Life Learning Center, 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-473-8040. Facebook. com/SimplyLifeLearningCenter. Gallery/Salon Group Readings – 6:30-8:30pm. Psychic Medium Ericka Boussarhane uses her mediumship to help others find closure and insight in their lives. As a medium she is able to connect with loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. $20. Wishful Treasures New Age Gift Store, 4622 Saufley Field Rd, Pensacola, FL. 850-941-4321.

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


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81 Magnolia Avenue, 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.






Hearing loss affects everyone uniquely which is why we solve hearing problems one individual at a time. We have the knowledge and technology to guide you on a journey to better hearing. See ad, page 25.

Offering Structural Integration—a method of bodywork which unbinds the body’s connective tissue (fascia) using a strategic, whole body approach to improve body movement and structural balance, reducing chronic pain. See ad, page 15.

Locations in Foley and Fairhope, AL 251-990-0535


243 S Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 251-210-9114 •



103A North Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-990-9934 • salon offering organic B-Butterfly Aproducts and services


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 27.


2200 Government Street Mobile, AL 36606 251-304-9797 • Enjoy soaps made from certified organic oils and essential oils. We also have organic candles, diffusers and hair products plus original art from local artists.   See ad, page 26.


1861 Old Government, Mobile: 251-607-6666 2534 2101 Highway 98, Daphne: 251-725-4334 A relaxing salon environment that is free of harmful chemicals, impurities and fragrance. Offering hair services, facials and massage with 100% organic products. See ad, page 26.



Marketing and Content Expert Serving the Gulf Coast 256-348-7249 • Increase revenue and attract customers with valuable content, social media planning and web design. G a b i ’s m a r k e t i n g a n d wellness background offer a unique and effective approach to building brand awareness. Mention ad for discount.


311 W. Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-943-4948 Health and wellness center that offers chiropractic, all natural weight loss, acupuncture and massage therapy for all ages. Visit See ad, back cover.

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1700 East Railroad Street, Gulfport, MS 228-871-7004 A positive path for spiritual living. Unity teachings and communities are places of spiritual healing. If you’re drawn to individuals like Oprah, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, you’ll love Unity of Gulfport. See ad, page 22.

UNITY ON THE EASTERN SHORE 22979 U.S. Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 251-990-8934

Meeting Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Sharing positive energy, love and New Thought spirituality. Affirmative prayer, spiritual ideas and meditation bring us together. Come be lifted up in joy and peace of mind.


(Located inside Path To Wellness) 240 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-597-8787 • A cutting edge approach to brain disorders that is drugfree, non-invasive and proven effective. Treating dementia, depression, memory loss, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury and more. See ad, page 5.

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12100 Highway 49, Suite 730, Gulfport, MS 228-831-1785


IAOMT Protocol 225 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Offering ozone; laser (nosuture) 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 29.

Local health food store and wellness center to support your healthy lifestyle: natural and organic options for food, supplements, cleaning supplies and skincare. See ad, page 29.

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. See ad, page 25.


Healing Acres, Robertsdale, AL 205-283-2743 Offering therapeutic massages, oil treatments, Zyto scans and classes with doTERRA essential oils for healthy living. 20+ years of essential oil knowledge. 17 years of massage therapy experience. See ad, page 15.

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 at Prodisee Pantry. See ad, page 23.


280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 • Café: 251-929-0055 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.


209 A S. Section Street, Fairhope, AL 251-270-7120 • Providing made-fromscratch meals to-go (grab-n-go and orderahead meal plans) using local, sustainable and healthy ingredients. Paleo, vegan and gluten-free options available. Plus kombucha on tap and cold-pressed juices. See ad, page 22.



Serving Robertsdale and Foley, AL 251-706-2922 A local provider o f f i b e r- f e d high-speed internet. No contracts or data caps. Simple billing. Connect to a better experience. Rates and availability online at

LOCAL FOODS EAT FRESH, BUY LOCAL See listings, page 2.


Formerly Jen Adams, LMT in Montrose 28170 N. Main Street, Suite C, Daphne, AL 251-616-4201 • 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.

2032 Airport, Midtown Mobile: 251-473-0277 680 S. Schillinger, West Mobile: 251-633-0485 6845 Hwy 90, Daphne, AL: 251-621-1865


20733 Miflin Road (Co. Rd. 20), Foley, AL 251-709-4469 Open year round Tuesdays (2-6pm) and Saturdays (9am2pm). Local farms with seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, seafood, hand-crafted soaps and more. Follow us! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.

Fairhope, AL • 251-272-2002 Text or message to schedule a fitting

staff. See ad, page 27.

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. Service-oriented, knowledgeable

MASTERS OF MASSAGE See listings, page 37.


3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3952 • 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.

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Handcrafted herbal teas and self care products offering natural solutions for pain, migraines, PMS, menopause, stress, cold & flu and more. Teas are blended with certified organic and naturally sourced ingredients. Visit EbonySageApothecary. See ad, page 13.

State-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy facility. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe medical treatment delivering 100% oxygen while in a pressurized c h a m b e r. R e d u c e s inflammation, promotes healing, repairs cells and heals wounds. See ad, page 14.

Revolutionary, FDA-approved, f a t l o s s technology with immediate results. 2 inch loss guarantee on your first visit. Now offering healthy, all natural West Coast Weight Loss Plans. Visit See ad, back cover.

Toni Maurice-Milburn, Master Herbalist 228-223-6645

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333 Greeno Road 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; nonpharmaceutical. See ad, page 13.


Telepathic communication, counseling and healing for multi-species families. Healing with Body Talk, Reiki, Matrix Energetics and more. See ad, page 15.



809 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 251-948-7862 Offering full spectrum hemp extract CBD (cannabidiol) that helps insomnia, inflammation, etc. Lotions, potions, extracts and edibles. Free samples (must be 18 and up). Open 10 to 10, 7 days a week. Mail orders available. See ad, page 25.

EASTERN SHORE ROLFING Pam Reaves, Certified Rolfer® 151 Fly Creek Avenue, Suite 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 22.


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22355 Price Grubbs Road, Robertsdale, AL 251-300-9052 Experience wellness with massage, r e f l e x o l o g y, b o d y treatments, Reiki, colonics, essential oils, wellness classes and more. Our labyrinth is open to the public during daylight hours. See ad, page 15.


Toni Maurice-Milburn, Master Herbalist 228-223-6645 Handcrafted herbal teas and self care products, offering natural solutions to support you as you move through the 3 powerful stages of womanhood, each with it’s own physical and emotional expressions. Visit See ad, page 23.

HYDRO ZEN AT PEAK ALKALINITY 217-B Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-270-7200 •

An informal yet engaging happy hour with likemobile bay minded folks every second Tuesday in Fairhope and every third Wednesday in Mobile. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Sponsorship, speaker and catering opportunities available.



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