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7 LIVE AS YOUR HEART LIVES
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12 LOVING LARGE Scientists Say We’re All Connected
by Linda Sechrist
14 HEAL ADRENAL
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15 FITNESS 2017
New Year’s Resolutions that Stick by Aimee Hughes
16 HEALTHY HOLIDAY LIBATIONS
Restorative Drinks Revive Good Cheer by Judith Fertig
18 KRISTA TIPPETT ON
OUR EVOLVING SPIRITUALITY Why it Evokes Hope by Randy Kambic
19 FETCH, STRETCH, DANCE
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n the aftermath of a bitterly fought presidential election, moving into the spirit of the holiday season has proved a challenge for some. Within my family, the political campaigning and results even seemed to test our love for one another, something we’ve never had to deal with before. We rarely discuss politics; but this election cycle was different, with split opinions about the candidates becoming so insistently vocal that they sparked heated discussions. Their coming on the cusp of Thanksgiving prompted my mother to wonder whether we could all happily spend the holidays together. While fearful protesters hit the streets burning effigies the day after the election, I was glad to see voices of healing and moderation springing up on the airwaves. I, too, decided to take a positive, hopeful view, looking for a way forward that will bless our country. It’s a truism that the feelings we generate toward others continue to resonate within us. Let us forever remind ourselves that we feel good when we spread goodness. Bringing inner serenity to a fearful situation releases its hold on us, expanding peace. I hope you’ll find within these pages a special gift to open and enjoy and share. December’s theme is Uplifting Humanity, and I’m in awe of the timing of Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “Loving Large: Scientists Say We’re All Connected.” In love we find the compassion to see through to the commonalities that unite us. I’m happy to report that my family chose to enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving together and is united in looking forward to a Christmas filled with love. Thank you all dear readers, advertisers, distributors and others that support this uplifting magazine. You are well and truly appreciated and we wish you only the best. May you revel in this joyful, healthy and soaring holiday season of light. Love to all,
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ecotip Safe, Fun Gifts for Kids During the holiday gift buying season, it’s good to recall the days of old-fashioned toys. Simple, wooden toys made with non-toxic paints are far safer than those sprayed with varnishes and paints containing lead and volatile organic compounds. Plastics can emit unhealthy chemicals used during manufacturing, which also produces environmental pollution. Pieces can break off, possibly injuring soft skin, or be consumed by toddlers with dangerous results. A recent report by Environment California, a research and policy center, found that products designed for babies and young children, such as soft plastic teethers, bath accessories and others, contain phthalates. Many toys require batteries containing heavy metals like mercury and cadmium. ChasingGreen.org recommends eco-conscious makers of toys available at GreatGreenBaby.com, including organic cotton stuffed animals; BabyBunz.com, featuring sustainably harvested cherry wood rattles and organic Egyptian cotton animals; and GreenToys.com, with play meal cookware and serving pieces made from bioplastic, consisting of a corn and starch resin. Here are other factors to consider. Educational toys can “enhance language, conceptual understanding and numerical and spatial cognition,” according to a study in the journal Mind, Brain and Education. Six-to-8-year-olds can gain an appreciation for archaeology playing with Smithsonian toys available at Barnes & Noble and BarnesAndNoble.com. PristinePlanet.com sells wood puzzles, solar-powered robots and board games from the Golden Gate National Park Conservancy. The Discovery Channel Store has safe toys and books for kids. Follow age guidelines in choosing gifts, advises Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Toy Industry Association. “Age-grading has nothing to do with how smart a child is— it’s based on the developmental skills and abilities at a given age and the specific features of a toy.” Practice conservation while saving money by canvassing thrift and consignment shops for classic card and board games.
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The 2016 annual Audubon Great Backyard Bird Count in February (Audubon. org/content/2014-great-backyard-birdcount-summary) and a report compiled by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (StateOfTheBirds.org/2016) show that more than a third of all North American bird species are at risk of becoming extinct unless significant action is taken, especially ocean and tropical birds. The governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico created the North American Bird Conservation Initiative in 1999. More than half the species that rely on oceans and tropical forests are on a special watch list because of small and declining populations, limited ranges and severe threats to their habitats. The report pinpoints invasive predators such as rats and cats on nesting islands, as well as overfishing, pollution and climate change. Ways to address the problem include removing predators, expanding protected marine areas and reducing the amount of plastic products that end up in the ocean and can trap or choke birds. Many species such as long-distance migratory shore birds in coastal, grassland and arid habitats are declining steeply. The main causes are rising sea levels, coastal development, encroaching human activity and oil spills.
Norway Bans Deforestation Products
2016 was a mixed year for whales and dolphins and by extension, humans. Marine Biologist Sylvia Earle states the importance of ocean health this way: “With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. The ocean is the blue heart of the planet. There’s still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.” Scientists have discovered a new, black-colored species of whale that’s onethird the size of a Baird’s beaked whale. Yet to be named, it’s rarely seen, feeding in deep canyons in the Bering Sea. The oldest-known orca whale, Granny, at 105, swims Washington’s coastline. Wild orcas usually live 60 to 80 years; captives, 40 years at most. Iceberg, the only known adult white orca, age 22, was spotted in Russian coastal waters earlier this year. In 2013, a Korean marine park retrained five dolphins to feed naturally and released them into the sea, where they rejoined their original pod. Recent sightings found them thriving, affording hope for the 2,900 dolphins in marine parks, aquariums and zoos worldwide. Pink dolphins in Hong Kong’s bustling harbor remain endangered. In 2003, there were 158; by 2014, only 61. The Baiji River dolphin, only found in China, has been declared extinct. Vaquitas, small porpoises in the Gulf of California, declined from 97 in 2014 to 60 this year, most drowned in commercial fishing nets; it may be extinct by 2018. 8
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The Norwegian Parliament Standing Committee on Energy and Environment has pledged that the government will follow a deforestation-free public procurement policy, meaning that any product that contributes to deforestation will not be used by the country as part of an Action Plan on Nature Diversity. Rainforest Foundation Norway was the main lobbying influence behind this recommendation and has worked for years to bring the pledge into existence. “This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest,” says Nils Hermann Ranum, head of policy and campaign for the committee. “Over the last few years, a number of companies have committed to cease the procurement of goods that can be linked to destruction of the rainforest. Until now, this has not been matched by similar commitments from governments. The Norwegian state is now following suit and making the same demands when it comes to public procurements.” Deforestation is estimated to comprise about 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change and disrupting natural cycles and livelihoods, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Removal of trees can disrupt a region’s water cycle, resulting in changes in precipitation and river flow that also contribute to erosion. Source: EcoWatch.com
Officials Urge Chinese to Cut Meat Consumption
Chinese officials have announced dietary guidelines designed to reduce the country’s meat consumption by 50 percent. The campaign includes a series of billboards and advertisements featuring American celebrities Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron. “China’s move to cut meat consumption in half would not only have a huge impact on public health, it is also a massive leadership step towards drastically reducing carbon emissions and reaching the goals set out in the Paris agreement,” says Cameron. Source: EcoWatch.com
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Missouri is rolling out a set of energy-generating photovoltaic pavers along a section of the iconic Route 66 highway in a sidewalk pilot project—the first on a public right of way—in the U.S. The street pavers were developed by Solar Roadways, a company created by inventors Scott and Julie Brusaw, which raised more than $2.2 million in crowdfunding in 2014 to bring their technology to market. The Brusaws claim that replacing all of America’s roads and parking lots with their solar pavers would generate more than three times what the country consumed in electricity in 2009. The Missouri Department of Transportation considered their own crowdfunding campaign to support their energy experiment; plans called for the hexagonal solar panels to be fully installed and operational by the end of this year.
The UK-based nonprofit Global Challenges Foundation’s annual report on global catastrophic risk (Tinyurl.com/ GlobalExtinctionReport) has found that the risk of human extinction is higher than we might expect. The Stern Review (Tinyurl.com/The-Stern-Review), the British premier government report on the economics of climate change, estimates a 0.1 percent risk of human extinction every year. “We don’t expect any of the events that we describe to happen in any specific 10-year period. They might—but on balance, they probably won’t,” says Sebastian Farquhar, director of the Global Priorities Project. United Nations-approved climate models estimate that temperatures might rise six to 10 degrees Celsius, which pushes the probability of extinction beyond 3 percent, even with a considerable decrease in carbon emissions. Nuclear war, natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, genetic engineering gone awry and pandemic plagues figure in too, but the biggest threat might be the ever-increasing human population. According to a paper published in the journal Nature by Elizabeth Hadly, a professor of environmental biology at Stanford University, such growth has followed the trajectory of a typical invasive species and suggests there may be a looming global population downturn. Still, humans are capable of exponentially growing their population several times over through the invention of new technologies and cultural shifts, regardless of Earth’s natural carrying capacity.
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Satellites Reveal Unexpected Plant Growth The study Greening of the Earth and its Drivers, published by an international team in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows significant greening of a quarter to onehalf of the Earth’s vegetated lands based on satellite data from the past 33 years. This represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees that produce sugars using sunlight energy to mix atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) with water and nutrients from the soil. These sugars are the source of food, fiber and fuel for life on Earth. More sugars are produced when there is more of this greenhouse gas in the air in a process called CO2 fertilization. About 85 percent of the Earth’s land is free of ice and covered by vegetation, currently encompassing 32 percent of the planet’s total surface area. Lead author Dr. Zaichun Zhu, a researcher from Peking University, in China, states, “The greening over the past 33 years reported in this study is equivalent to adding a green continent about two times the size of mainland USA, and has the ability to fundamentally change the cycling of water and carbon in the climate system.” The effect may serve as a carbon sink to help counter climate change. Source: Boston University
Fracking Linked to Asthma Attacks
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esearchers from Northumbria University, in England, have discovered that drinking peppermint tea can improve working and longterm memory. After 180 healthy adults filled out questionnaires about their mood, they were selected at random to consume one of three drinks—peppermint tea, chamomile tea or water—and then rested for 20 minutes. The subjects were then tested for memory and other cognitive factors and given a second mood questionnaire. Those that drank peppermint tea exhibited improvements in both types of memory and were more alert than the other two groups. The participants that drank chamomile tea displayed reductions in both memory and attention functions compared to the others. Researcher Mark Moss, Ph.D., notes, “The enhancing and arousing effects of peppermint and the calming, sedative effects of chamomile observed in this study are in keeping with the claimed properties of these herbs and suggest beneficial effects can be drawn from their use.”
esearchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have found that individuals living close to a natural gas hydraulic fracking site have a significantly higher occurrence of asthma attacks. The study examined health records from the Geisinger Health System, a healthcare provider in Pennsylvania, where the fracking industry has experienced incredible growth of more than 9.000 natural gas wells in the past decade. The records of more than 35,000 Geisinger asthma patients between the ages of 5 and 90 were studied between 2005 and 2012. Patients that reported attacks were mapped and studied in relation to the fracking well locations, and the results compared with other patients not reporting attacks in the same year. The researchers discovered that those that lived in close proximity to multiple or larger active natural gas wells were 1.5 to four times more likely to experience asthma attacks. Brian S. Schwartz, a medical doctor and a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Services at the Bloomberg School, in Baltimore, Maryland, was the senior author of the study. He states, “We are concerned with the growing number of studies that have observed health effects associated with this industry. We believe it’s time to take a more cautious approach to [fracking] well development with an eye on environmental and public health impacts.”
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ranberries, a staple on most holiday tables, can help women reduce their risk of urinary tract infections (UTI). A recent study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research tested the impact of consuming whole-cranberry fruit powder on women that had experienced two or more UTIs in the previous 12 months. Of the 182 study participants, 89 were given 500 milligrams of the cranberry powder daily for six months. The remaining 93 women ingested a placebo. The cranberry group reported significantly fewer infections than the placebo group. In addition, it took the women in the cranberry group more time to develop a first UTI than the women in the control group.
esearchers from the University of São Paulo Medical School, in Brazil, have found high levels of tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ear, and hearing loss in adolescents that use ear bud speakers. They examined the hearing of 170 students between the ages of 11 and 17 and asked them about their experiences with tinnitus in the previous year. More than half of the respondents had experienced the condition. The principal investigator for the study, Tanit Ganz Sanchez, an associate professor of otolaryngology at the medical school, notes that the prevalence of tinnitus among adolescents should be viewed as an early warning of a serious hearing loss risk. She says, “If this teenage generation continues to expose themselves to very high noise levels, they’ll probably suffer from hearing loss by the time they’re 30 or 40.”
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esearch published in the Journal of Marketing Research links bright light to healthier food choices. The study observed 160 diners at four separate metropolitan locations of a chain dinner restaurant between 6 and 8 p.m. Two of the restaurants used bright lighting (250 lux luminance) and the other two locations had dim lighting (25 lux luminance). The researchers found that diners at the well-lit locations were more likely to choose healthy options such as baked or grilled fish and chicken than the patrons at the dimly lit restaurants. These results were replicated in a laboratory test of 700 college students where scientists attributed students’ healthier choices to the alert feelings that being in a bright room elicits.
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LOVING LARGE Scientists Say We’re All Connected by Linda Sechrist
rue love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea that divinity, or the sacred, is found in all things—are indistinguishable.
This state of being, generally denoted by strong feelings of love or acceptance toward others, brings us into contact with universal energy which connects all of humanity with the natural world. Clues to our united commonality are explored in two 21st-century books, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become, by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., and A General Theory of Love, by medical doctors Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon. These authors explore the brain science that’s related to love and awareness. 12
Although trying to grasp love intellectually may be like eating soup with a fork, the authors of A General Theory of Love cite feelings as a good starting point. Fredrickson describes love as “the momentary upwelling of three tightly interwoven events: a sharing of one or more positive emotions between you and another; a biochemical synchrony between your and the other person’s biochemistry and behaviors; and a reflected motive to invest in each other’s well-being that brings mutual care.” Fredrickson, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, believes love is a complex physiological response; a “positivity resonance.” She describes key factors in love’s ability to biologically transform us as oxytocin, a hormone active in social bonding and attachments, and the vagus nerve deep within the brain stem that connects with numerous organs, including the lead “character” in this relationship, the heart. The neural synchrony of positivity resonance between the brains of two individuals is a connected oneness that
During their 30-year friendship, Bob Staretz collaborated with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, to research and write “The Quantum Hologram and the Nature of Consciousness,” published in the Journal of Cosmology. Their scientific theory explains how all of creation learns, self-corrects and evolves as a selforganizing, interconnected holistic system through love. “Without exception, everything in nature exists and works together in total balance, resonance and harmony, interacting as one. From this perspective, Edgar and I reached the obvious conclusion—the organizing principle of the cosmos is agape love, an ultimate form of unconditional love that accepts all things existing in nature without regard to conditions, expectations, shortcomings, flaws or faults,” explains Staretz. The former executive director of Eternea, an organization focused on spiritually transformative experiences and the study of consciousness, Staretz says individuals that undergo such an experience attest that loving one another and all
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Fredrickson notes is far more ubiquitous than previously thought possible. Her research shows that it requires only connection, not the intimacy or shared history that comes with any special bonds. Micro-moments of the connected oneness we feel as life-giving reverberations occur via shared smiles or laughter, a common compassion or an engaging story. Humans all hunger for such moments. The prerequisites are perceived safety and authentic sensory connection with another, even if it’s fleeting. In Fredrickson’s perspective, such neural coupling is a biological manifestation of oneness in which a habitual focus on “me” expands to a life-expanding “we”.
of nature, of which we are a part, is the central reason for our existence. Anita Moorjani’s latest book, What If This Is Heaven? reiterates the life lesson she learned from her dramatic near-death experience in which she identified herself as a state of pure consciousness connected with everything in the cosmos. She clearly heard: “Your only work is to love yourself, value yourself and embody this truth of self-worth and self-love so that you can be love in action. That is true service, to yourself and to those who surround you.” This message continues with her, and she explains that by not loving ourselves, we are denying the part of God that expresses itself through us. An overarching insight from her life-changing journey is, “Unconditional love is a state of being, not an emotion. It’s not just one side of the coin—it’s the whole coin.”
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. ~William Blake
How-to Resources Interest in this deeper perspective led The Shift Network, which offers online transformative education, to host a recent Advanced Teachings for Truly Loving Yourself with Margaret Paul, P.h.D., co-author of Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved By You? Many others are working to spread the word about a larger sense of lifegiving love, including Cleveland, Ohio, intuitive psychologist Debra L. Reble, Ph.D., author of Being Love: How Loving Yourself Creates Ripples of Transformation in Your Relationships and the World. She says, “Our soul’s purpose is to be and express love. We dream of love, yearn for love and make love, but rarely do we realize that we are love, a source of divine energy.” Reba Linker, a New York City life coach and author, hosts a Leaders in Self-Love Facebook page and the Paint Yourself into The Picture online coaching show. Linker’s philosophy on love resembles that of New Thought leader Michael Beckwith, minister, author and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Culver City, Cali-
fornia—to discern that our true nature is love is to know that we are created in the very image and likeness of love, the essence of life itself. Gary Sinclair, author of Healing Memories in Seconds, views his life from an altitude of oceanic oneness. His 35 years of study in a field that uses energy to heal spirit, mind and body led him to develop Soul Link, a memory energy therapy. His work is changing the face of therapy for those with post-traumatic stress disorder and led to the revelation, “Love pulls whatever it touches to its highest potential.” Teaching what he knows “beyond a shadow of a doubt” helps to shift his students’ worldview. “All of creation is made up of electromagnetic energy vibrating at different frequencies. We are energy beings who can learn to manage our energy to heal ourselves. We are all connected by omnipres-
ence, the energy of love, a heart connection of life. Consciously choosing this awareness allows us to be ‘love living life.’” Kamini Desai, director of education for the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, Florida, lends her yogic perspective to love. “We are each a wave on the ocean of existence. Even though we are separate waves, we carry the essence of the same ocean. When that essence manifests in us as spirit, its quality is a healing force of love surrounding our cells, causing our heart to beat and regenerating our organs. This intelligence guides and directs the universe in the same manner that it heals and maintains our body. In yoga, we learn to listen to its subtle voice so that we can follow its urges and energetic impulses to the source from which it springs.” The perceptions of California’s HeartMath Institute founder Doc Childre, dedicated to helping people access their intuitive insight and heart intelligence, are generally aligned with those of Fredrickson. Both approaches recognize how order and balance in the nervous system and smooth, harmonious and coherent heart rhythms enhance our ability to clearly perceive a far larger universe of experience. The ensuing connections widen the windows of perception to view ourselves as no longer separate, but part of a unified whole. Accumulated micro-moments of love communicated through synchronized gazes, touches and vocalizations forge a shared subjective appreciation of connection and oneness. We feel ourselves embodying positive resonance and experience easier and more immediate rapport in familial, familiar and even new relationships. We discover abundant opportunities to feel love, loved and loving as we make ourselves available to them. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.
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Heal Adrenal Fatigue
NATURALLY Practical Ways to Regain Vitality by Linda Sechrist
atigue due to physical or mental exertion is common in those beleaguered by stress, poor eating habits and insomnia, struggling to balance the needs of family and career and too often using caffeine and other stimulants to artificially rebound energy. James L. Wilson, Ph.D., a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathy, educates medical professionals about an even more serious health issue he identifies as “adrenal fatigue”; it’s characterized by below-optimal adrenal function induced by an overload of such stressors. Our two walnut-sized adrenal glands, one atop each kidney, produce vital hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and many other functions, including how the body deals with stress.
Identifying the Core Issue
In his book, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, Wilson sheds light on the scope of the problem. “The fact that adrenal fatigue is unrecognized by conventional medicine has left millions of people suffering from an untreated problem that interferes with their ability to function normally and capacity to enjoy life. For those whose adrenal glands are ‘running on empty’, even something as basic as happiness seems almost out of reach,” comments Wilson, who resides in Tucson, Arizona. Individuals suffering from adrenal fatigue are most concerned about their low moods, energy, mental acuity and libido, for which conventional medicine typically prescribes antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs. These medications do nothing to revive adrenal functioning. This faulty condition also affects weight gain and a propensity toward the development of some diseases, including 14
fibromyalgia. “Your resiliency, energy, endurance and very life depend on the proper functioning of the adrenals,” Wilson says. We’ve inherited our sympathetic nervous system and its stress response of fight-or-flight from our prehistoric ancestors. It hasn’t evolved to differentiate between an acute threat to survival and the chronic threats from looming deadlines, financial pressures and other modern-day worries. “The adrenal stress response to physical danger or any perceived psychological threat is identical—the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine responsible for cascading physiological reactions,” explains Dr. Vijay Jain, who treats fatigue from an integrative perspective at his Mind Body Wellness Center, in Palm Coast, Florida.
Adrenal fatigue is mainly a self-induced health problem that doesn’t just appear. It results from an accumulation of ongoing choices that we can change. Jain applies ayurvedic principles to reestablish balance in the body’s three prominent mind-body types that influence personal well-being. These are known as vata, pitta and kapha. For people primarily characterized by vata and pitta typology, fatigue is the result of being overactive and burning the candle at both ends. For those with kapha constitutions, fatigue is the outcome of a sedentary lifestyle with insufficient movement and eating the wrong foods for them. He further recommends getting more sleep with regular bedtimes, practices such as yoga nidra meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing) and a slower-paced yoga practice with longerheld meditative poses, as well as massage and a diet designed to restore our biological energies, or doshas, to a balanced state. “Depending on a patient’s constitution I advise some to slow down and burn 50 percent less of their candle, while I tell others to increase their physical activity and improve their diet.” Jain also recommends a type of ayurvedic purification and detoxification treatment that involves a series of five therapies including massage and herbal treatments. Performed in sequence, these allow the body and mind to drop into a state of peacefulness. Acupuncture treatments are also helpful, along with a regimen of adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, schisandra and ashwagandha, according to Jain. In Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, author Andrea Beaman writes about how she recovered naturally from adrenal fatigue. To restore energy and vitality to the body, she further recommends the healing practices of hatha yoga, qigong and tai chi. “These modalities build energy, whereas power yoga, and cardiovascular exercises drain energy in fatigued individuals,” advises Beaman. She notes that it can take six months to two years to restore desired energy levels. Beaman counsels individuals with behavioral characteristics that make it more challenging to burn less of their candle. She grabs their attention with the critical nature of their situation. “‘You are in and out of life in a blink. If you’re exhausted at age 48, how are you going to live a vibrant, happy and exuberant life right up to the finish line?’ That generally works,” she says. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.
FITNESS 2017 New Year’s Resolutions that Stick by Aimee Hughes
very January, we rally our hopes, vowing that this time our New Year’s resolutions will finally stick. However, “If you don’t have a plan, plan to fail,” says Kansas City, Missouri, personal trainer Jake Albracht. We can make our health and fitness goals for 2017 a reality instead of just wishful thinking. Find a good trainer. “A personal trainer provides a helpful base of knowledge because the hardest part for most people is a lack of planning and diligence in following up. Trainers can step in to help a client achieve their goals,” says Albracht. Jeanne Rankin, assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, adds, “A personal trainer can also help you set lofty goals that you wouldn’t have considered on your own due to fear of failure in achieving them.” Secure personal attention. Individual attention is invaluable. Albracht notes, “There’s nothing like the instant feedback with technique, information and support that one-on-one training provides.” Rankin adds, “In ongoing individual evaluation, a personal trainer can see exactly what’s going well and what
isn’t, providing a better assessment than in a group.” “Group settings can also be positive and mimic a team environment, but a one-on-one relationship allows for a deeper bond of trust. Sometimes that can make all the difference in the world,” Albracht explains. Ask questions. If engaging a personal trainer isn’t in our available budget, they are often willing to answer a few burning fitness questions. Most of us have had volunteer teachers at some point in our lives that expected nothing in return because they loved sharing what they know. It’s a slower process, but can be a viable option. Set realistic goals. “I tell clients that structuring a program of specific goals will always trump a non-structured program,” says Albracht. “They need to fill out a goals sheet and develop a personal model that is repeatable, sustainable and successful. We use the SMART acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.” Sometimes writing things down is just what’s needed to make them actually happen. “When you look at pictures of famous people in magazines, realize
that the images have been Photoshopped. They also have access to the best and most expensive resources in the world, and looking good is their job,” reminds Rankin. “Set a goal, and then set a bunch of small, achievable, measurable and quantifiable steps along the way that’ll push you towards that bigger goal.” For example, If the goal is to lose 50 pounds in a year, then maybe shoot to lose 30 pounds in the first six months and 20 in the second six months. “Breaking it up into what feels doable for you is key,” says Rankin. Establish intentions. Krysten Clark, a Los Angeles personal trainer, yoga teacher and founder of Yogva Nutrition, uses the SMART elements along with establishing an intention for each session. She states, “It’s important to recognize what ‘being healthy’ means to you. I always have my clients set an intention for their workout in the moment, which allows them to be fully present with what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. Connecting with their ‘why’ proves powerful in a day-to-day practice.” She also strives to bring mindfulness into any fitness workout that evolves from a mind-body connection. The accompanying sense of self-compassion furthers progress in the neverending process of personal growth and healthy living. Acquire a fitness posse. An accountability partner can be a friend or a personal trainer—someone that’s only a phone call away. Rankin observes, “If you know that you are letting someone down by not working out, then you are more likely to stick to a plan, especially if you’re paying that person.” Hit the reset button if needed. “Set a deadline to attain a goal and work backwards from there to achieve it,” advises Albracht. “If the goal is missed, reassess and plan again.” Be patient and forgive yourself as often as necessary if slip-ups occur. The ultimate results of feeling good and healthier provide their own payoff. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@ gmail.com.
LIBATIONS Restorative Drinks Revive Good Cheer by Judith Fertig
uring jam-packed special occasions like holidays, our drinks should multitask, too. We need festive tipples to refresh us without overdoing it, restore equilibrium if we overeat or drink or revive us when we’re feeling low from a seasonal cold or flu. In addition to traditional offerings that family and friends might expect, why not add a new and improved signature drink to everyone’s repertoire? These feel-good beverages, featuring winter fruits high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, therapeutic herbs and fresh
ginger, deliver delicious boosts to help us feel our best.
The season of hospitality is happily also the season of pomegranates, blood oranges and Meyer lemons (a sweeter, thin-skinned, aromatic variety). These vibrant fruits give a taste of good cheer to anything we can pour, shake, muddle or simmer. Whether we offer fresh-squeezed blood orange juice in the morning, a nonalcoholic cocktail of pomegranate juice and sparkling water, or a squeeze of Mey-
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er lemon juice in a hot toddy or tea, the tart flavor is a sure pick-me-up. The red color in antioxidant-rich blood oranges and pomegranates indicates the presence of anthocyanins, compounds that might help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as treat eye disorders, according to an article published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Meyer lemons are a good source of vitamin C, essential for producing collagen needed to support the formation of new bone, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
After an evening of over-imbibing, our systems need to reboot. The stomach needs help in processing alcohol, plus we may be dehydrated and feeling a little queasy. Filtered water, coconut water or a sweet, caffeine-free coffee or carbonated beverage of the lemon-lime variety rehydrate, as well as help our digestive system break down and flush out the alcohol. According to Registered Dietitian Aicacia Young, in Austin, Texas, founder of ClimbHealthy.com, the simple act of drinking water before we go to bed can assist in the recovery process. Research published in the Food & Function journal found that lemonlime soda helps the body metabolize alcohol better by speeding up its ability to process the compound aldehyde dehydrogenase, the main cause of hangover symptoms. For nausea and motion sickness, ginger or peppermint tea can help, according to studies in the American Journal of Physiology and the French Prescrire International.
Sometimes the stress of holiday to-dos, often combined with travel, can lower the resilience of our immune system. When we feel symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, the classic hot toddy can help us feel human again. The alcohol in whiskey is a natural decongestant; plus, it helps get us to sleep. Honey soothes and perky lemon juice gives us hope that we’ll feel better the next day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at JudithFertig.com.
Seasonal Drinks that Revitalize
and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain out the ginger slices and serve in a mug.
Blood Orange French 75 Yields: 1 serving In a champagne flute, pour a jigger of gin, the juice of half a blood orange and a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice. Top up with champagne. Courtesy of Kathryne Taylor, a whole foods and vegetarian blogger; Search CookieAndKate.com.
Holiday Sangria Yields: 8 servings Combine 1 liter of cabernet sauvignon, a quart of pomegranate juice, ¼ cup agave nectar, 1 thinly sliced Meyer lemon and 1 thinly sliced pear in a pitcher. Add ice and stir. Pour into glasses to serve.
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Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and then add 1 small knob of fresh ginger, precut into thin slices. Reduce the heat
Yields: 1 serving Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the juice of half a Meyer lemon, a tablespoon or two of honey and a jigger of whiskey. Serve hot in a mug.
Fresh Hot Peppermint Tea Yields: 1 serving Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. While it’s boiling, place 7 to 10 fresh organic mint leaves in a tea cup. Pour the hot water over the mint leaves and let them steep in the cup for 5 minutes. Strain out leaves as desired, and enjoy. Courtesy of Heather Crosby, author of YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, WholeFood Lifestyle; YumUniverse.com/ fresh-peppermint-tea.
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Yields: 2 servings
Meyer Lemon Hot Toddy
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Fresh Hot Ginger Tea
The best holiday drinks are festive and taste great. They should also be easy to fix. Here are five to get us started.
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Krista Tippett on Our Evolving Spirituality Why it Evokes Hope by Randy Kambic
rista Tippett helps us ponder the meaning of life as host and executive producer of On Being, the award-winning weekly radio program and podcast produced in Minneapolis for more than 400 public radio stations. The bestselling author of Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit has been acclaimed for thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. Her latest book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, reflects upon how spirituality intersects with science, technology, health, art and politics. This daughter of a Southern Baptist minister first launched her show, originally titled Speaking of Faith (also the title of her first book), on Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media in 2003. Today, Tippett continues to discuss faith, spirit, inner growth and what it is to be human with leading authors, thought leaders and pioneering change makers. She also hosts online classes and a blog.
How has On Being evolved to reflect existing dimensions of spirituality that have proven surprising? I am fascinated with how spiritual life and religious identity have evolved in the last decade. This part of life is more fluid than it’s ever been in human history. We are the first generation that didn’t inherit religious identity like we 18
do a hometown. We craft our spiritual lives and choose our faith, even if it’s the faith of our families. In many that don’t claim a religious affiliation, especially Millennials, I encounter a spiritual curiosity and ethical passion akin to religion at its best. Because seekers dwell both inside and outside of traditions, my life of conversation stretches beyond boundaries in ways I did not expect when I began. I also never imagined that I’d interview physicists, evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists exploring territory previously reserved for theologians and philosophers. Together, they are illuminating the ancient questions related to our place in the cosmos; the nature of human freedom and consciousness; even beauty and the reality of mystery.
Which guests do you feel have resonated the most with listeners and why? A show that seems to have touched more people most deeply is my interview with the Irish poet, philosopher and author John O’Donohue just before he died in his early 50s. He radiated such an unusual combination of qualities: wisdom, tenderness and playfulness; mysticism, theology and a raw Celtic earthiness. He’s someone who could speak of God with great wildness, strangeness—and authority. He inspired with his vision of beauty as a human calling and somehow embodied it for
the listener. I meet all kinds of people that keep that show on their playlist and listen again and again. In general, my favorite guest is the most recent person interviewed. At the moment, it’s Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia co-founder, who stunned me with his insistence on kindness as the virtue that’s made this nonprofit’s ethos and accomplishments possible. Another is civil rights veteran Ruby Sales, who wisely works to uplift the human drama of our political/social moment, like the way we must come to be as articulate about what we love as about what outrages us.
How do you see people’s awakening sensibilities influencing local and global issues? I am drawn to the notion that we are in the adolescence of our species. The globe right now is like a map of the teenage brain, prone to recklessness and destruction in places and simultaneously possessing vast potentials for creativity and advances. So many are relentless in telling the story of destruction that it seriously colors how we tell the story of our time. I stand among those shining a light on the abundant beauty, goodness and courage in our world so these become more visible and evident at a global level.
Are you optimistic about the future? I am hopeful about the future. My life of meaningful conversation has led me to re-imagine the meaning of hope. It has nothing to do with wishful thinking, but rests on the lives of beauty and goodness I see everywhere I turn. It’s a choice—a more exacting and courageous choice than cynicism or resignation. The pain and fear alive in the world surface as anger and violence, and some of us are called to be calmers of fear. We must create the world we want our children to inhabit and do so together. Hope isn’t an option on this path; it is one of our primary resources for getting there. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.
Fetch, Stretch, Dance Make Your Dog an Exercise Buddy
an and woman’s best four-legged friend can activate and energize even the most reluctant couch potato or exhausted owner, making the family dog an excellent exercise buddy. Regardless of how lax we may be, everyone feels better after some kind of workout. A study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology confirms that working up a sweat outdoors affords an appealing boost of energy, enjoyment and improved state of mind. Dogs love routine, so they’ll be waiting by the door for their daily walks. Make each outing mindful by letting the pet choose the route and pace. While they stop to sniff, do hamstring stretches by leaning against a wall, fence or tree. Once the warm-up portion is completed, add sprints to burn more calories. Ask for a sit, pick a goal a short distance away and then give the cue to run together fast. After arriving at the goal, ask for another sit. “Our favorite time to go is before 7 a.m. to avoid cars and when the asphalt isn’t too hot for his paws,” says Monica Weintraub, a food and travel blogger currently working from Beijing, China. “Carl loves the burst of energy, and we both build muscle.”
A backyard agility course can complement or even substitute for walks. It’s easy to make with weave poles, jumps and tunnels. Vary the order of the obstacles and run alongside the dog to call out each one. When it’s excessively wet, cold and icy or hot outside, create an indoor agility course. Use blankets and upturned chairs for tunnels, cardboard boxes to designate a weaving trot and a hula hoop for jumps. Set it up on top of rugs that foster firm footing. Balance can also be improved with exercise balls. While some dogs only see a soccer game, others try to balance on the ball, strengthening core muscles like their humans. Learning doga, or yoga for dogs, incorporates a canine’s natural trainability, flexibility, mimicry of human moves and desire to please. Kristen Corral, who’s also certified in animal massage, teaches Anima yoga fusion classes for people and pets of all ages in Las Vegas. “Anima means an expression of one’s true inner self,” she explains. “We work on balance and never force the dogs into poses. They’re excited during the first sessions, but as you move and breathe
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together, it becomes a calming and relaxing activity.” Floor exercises with the help of a dog also helps strengthen core muscles. Do leg lifts and teach the pet to walk under a raised leg to ensure it stays raised for the proper amount of time. Incorporate fetch games with sit-ups; throw the toy when sitting up and accept it back while reclining. Alternate arms—the dominant one has better aim, while the other one adds steps for the dog as it runs to fetch an errant toss. For chair exercises, use a toy to lure the dog under the chair, moving it from side-to-side, simultaneously working the waistline. Fetch lets the dog chase the toy before dropping it in front of the chair, giving the owner’s core muscles a workout when bending to pick it up each time. Dogs love to play hide-and-seek. It’s easy with two people; one holds the dog while the other hides. If solo, teach the pet to sit until a timer goes off before starting the hunt. “I ask Felix, my mixed-breed dog, to hold a sit-stay while I go hide,” says Chantelle Wallace, a professional writer who volunteers to exercise animals at Skyline Pet Care and Fitness, in Austin, Texas. “Hide and seek activates both mental focus and physical exercise.” Dancing to favorite tunes expends lots of energy. Dogs may perform obedience moves to the beat or, like humans, dance like nobody’s watching. Scientists at the University of Missouri are among those that have found that music improves moods, too. Teaching a dog to help around the house impresses everybody and takes advantage of bad weather to catch up on chores. They can tour a laundry basket to bedrooms, pick up trash or place items for recycling in a bin. Select individual items to be carried up or down stairs for a muscular workout. Take some tips from Jesse, a most helpful dog, at Tinyurl.com/HouseholdHelpPooch. When our will to exercise is wavering, an eager dog will help keep an exercise routine interesting and on track. The dog’s goal is always to have fun with their favorite person. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.
inspired by The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy.
MERRY MUNCHING Sugar-Free Treats Kids Love by Judith Fertig
hen sugar was a commodHealthier Holiday Snacks ity only the wealthy could Mothers Amy Roskelley and Natalie afford, “visions of sugarMonson, of Provo, Utah, agree that raisplums” danced in the heads of chiling healthy kids is a challenge. Dealing dren ensconced in Clement Moore’s with picky eaters, getting family mem’Twas the Night Before Christmas. bers to exercise and sourcing organic Now, cheap candy is everywhere and baby care products are all in a day’s not all that special. What is special work for them. It’s why they founded is making memories aligned with SuperHealthyKids.com. Subscribers contemporary traditions while enjoying naturally sweet, healthy treats that have access to meal plans, recipes and healthy parenting tips. Recent advice kids will remember helping to create. includes ditching prepackaged popcorn “It’s important to limit sugary snacks, even during the holidays,” says (listing unpronounceable ingredients) and instead making the treat at home— Claire McCarthy, a Boston Children’s Hospital pediatrician, Harvard Medical popping kernels in coconut oil and topping the result with maple snickerSchool assistant professor of pediatrics and senior editor for Harvard Health doodle flavorings. Publications. She is also a mother of Many moms turn to online boards elementary school kids. “We need to for party ideas. Fun photos posted use the opportunity—any opportunity there guide kids in creating naturally these days—to teach children and sweet treats, such as fresh fruit skewfamilies about eating healthy.” ers shaped like elves or magic wands Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.
“Building a gingerbread house is a time-honored tradition for many families,” says Jacquie Fisher, a Kansas City, Missouri, mom who masterminds the educational blog and kid-friendly adventure postings at KCEdventures. com. Learning to construct the edible structure is intriguing fun. “Testing out how to balance the walls, construct a roof and put together a fun little structure is the perfect intro to some basic physics principles,” she notes. Because she’s not a fan of sugar icing and candy add-ons, Fisher’s kids connect over how to make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s stable with whole-wheat graham crackers “glued” together with a homemade maple caramel mixed with coconut milk. They decorate using dried fruit, nuts, dry cereal and flaked coconut.
Christmas Stocking Stuffer and Hanukkah Gelt For healthy alternatives to sugary candy, savvy parents source sweet treats made with 100 percent fruit juice and fair trade chocolate available at health food stores and markets. Registered Dietitian Abbie Gellman, in New York City, reinvents the Hanukkah gelt, or foil-wrapped chocolate coins, that Jewish children traditionally receive. She flattens dried apricots with a kitchen mallet, dips them in melted dark chocolate and then sprinkles the treats with sea salt. We can always make wonderful memories true to the spirit of holiday traditions, and do it today in a healthier way. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
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Sugarplums Update Healthy Sweets for Kids Apricot Gelt Yields: 12 servings (6 pieces per person) 1½ lb dried apricots 1 lb dark chocolate chips 1 Tbsp coarse sea salt Using a heavy skillet or mallet, flatten apricots to ¼-inch thickness and set aside.
Maple Snickerdoodle Popcorn
Place chocolate in the top of a doubleboiler over simmering water and stir until the chocolate has melted.
Popcorn: 1 tsp coconut oil, melted ½ cup popcorn kernels
Dip each apricot in chocolate, coating ½ to ¾ of the apricot. Place on wire racks set over parchment or wax paper and sprinkle with sea salt. Let stand until set.
Maple Snickerdoodle Topping: 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup ½ tsp cinnamon Sea salt to taste
Transfer apricots to baking sheets lined with parchment or wax paper and refrigerate until firm. The gelt may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days.
Heat the coconut oil in a medium saucepan, with a lid, over medium heat. Add 3 kernels of popcorn and wait for them to pop. Once the test kernels start to pop, add the rest, cover and allow to pop, shaking occasionally until popping slows to a near stop.
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Fruit Skewer Elves
Rudolph the Reindeer’s Stable
12 cocktail sticks or short bamboo skewers 12 seedless green grapes 12 strawberries, hulled 1 firm banana, peeled and cut into 12 thin rounds 1 mozzarella stick, cut into 12 rounds
Yields: 1 stable
Yields: 12 servings
Graham crackers Small paintbrushes Assorted fresh and dried fruits for decoration, such as blackberries, pomegranate arils and kiwi fruit Dry cereal, such as Rice Chex, and flaked coconut for decoration Pecan halves for roof shingles
For each skewer, thread a green grape to the bottom of the skewer to create the elf face. Top with a round banana slice to make the pale trim around the hat, then an upside-down hulled strawberry to form the pointy hat. Add a mozzarella round to make the pompom at the point of the hat. Serve right away.
Vegan Maple Caramel “Glue”: 1 cup canned coconut milk (shake the can well before opening and measuring) 3 Tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract Pinch sea salt
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Holiday Fairy Wands Yields: 12 servings
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12 long bamboo skewers 24 seedless green grapes 12 chunks of fresh pineapple 12 strawberries, hulled 2 starfruit (carambola), cut into 12 slices For each skewer, thread a green grape 3 inches from the bottom of the skewer, leaving room to hold the wand. Next, thread a chunk of pineapple, then another grape. Thread a strawberry, pointed end up. Add a slice of starfruit to make the star on the end of the wand. Serve immediately. NaturalAwakeningsToledo.com
For the vegan maple caramel, place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Keep cooking until the caramel thickens and darkens to a caramel color, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and let cool until just warm to the touch, then use for glue. If you like, make the caramel mixture ahead, store in the refrigerator and then microwave until just warm. Dab the bottom of 1 double graham cracker with the maple caramel glue; then attach it to a dinner plate to make the stable floor. Glue on three walls, a fence and a roof. When the structure is solid, use more warm caramel mix to attach the desired decorations on the stable, fence and perhaps a courtyard out front. If necessary, reheat the edible glue in the microwave. Let dry for 1 hour. Courtesy of Jacquie Fisher, KCEdventures.com/blog/healthygingerbread-house-ideas.
A Gorgeously Greener Holiday Fresh Thinking About Décor by Avery Mack
ature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe, holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both pets and children. Here are some better choices.
For smaller spaces or to make a statement, try grouping topiary trees of varying heights draped with solar twinkle lights and small ornaments or fresh flowers to create a focal point in a bay window. “A lemon-lime cypress lends another burst of unexpected color on an entry hall table,” says freelance floral designer Janet Corrao, in Nutley, New Jersey. “It smells good, too.” Plants six inches tall work well. Corrao suggests setting the pots in colorful, inexpensive metal buckets from craft stores for added glamour. Unless deemed a hazard to active kids or pets, set up a mid-sized stepstool on a table or open a six-foot ladder in a corner and hang ornaments down the center space; add garlands and lights and set potted flowers and small gift boxes on the steps. Search “alternative Christmas trees” at Pinterest. com for more ideas. Another option uses hedge-like plants in lieu of a tree. Consider an English or Japanese boxwood plant or evergreen lilly pilly, and then trim to the desired size and shape. Plant it outdoors as weather and climate permit.
“While we were working on a photo shoot, the photographer decided to include a Christmas scene. I was able to add fresh greenery from the property to the red ornaments and white
orchids that I’d brought along. It made a striking centerpiece running the entire length of the table,” says florist Angie Zimmerman, of Angie Zimmerman Designs, in El Dorado Hills, California. “For the fireplace mantel I used branches with red berries to add height on either side of the central mirror and then duplicated the centerpiece design between them.” A festive table can be dressed with appealing edibles. Use a bread wreath as a base and stud it with skewered basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese for an easy, self-serve, Caprese appetizer. A colorful dish of balsamic dressing or another dip in the center, along with small plates and holiday napkins, completes the offering. For a sit-down dinner variant, place a few Caprese skewers in small, clear, glass vases along the table with individual finger bowls of dip. Flat-leafed green parsley sprigs add another special touch. Zimmerman further suggests using deep-red Roma apples, cored, as candle holders. Make living place cards with small pots of herbs. Chalkboard paint identifies the plant and guest seating. Also consider colorful painted pots sporting a small cactus. Transform oranges into aromatic pomanders by scoring the rinds with a citrus stripper in a spiral, circle or other pattern. Use a small nail to make holes and stud the fruits with whole cloves. Adding seasonal greenery and sterilized pine cones makes a beautiful and fragrant centerpiece.
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“I love to use pine cones for centerpieces,” Corrao says. “Our weather is cold enough that I don’t have to worry about bugs when collecting cones in the neighborhood.” For warmer climates, bake the pine cones for 30 minutes in a 200-degree oven to melt excess sap, kill insects and fully open them. Sold online or in kitchenware stores, a bay leaf wreath offers cheer at the door. After the holidays, hang it in the kitchen for easy access. “Kumquats, lemons, tangerines, small oranges and crabapples add color to green wreaths,” notes Corrao.
For many, Christmas demands the smell of fresh pine boughs. Spice up the traditional greenery with carnations or other light-hued flowers colored with the juices of fresh, canned or frozen fruits and veggies—red from cranberries, beets and cherries; yellow and orange from yellow onions and carrots; purple from blackberries; green from spinach; pink from strawberries; and blue from red cabbage or blueberries. Freshly cut the flower stems and put them in the liquid from crushed produce or the can to absorb color. Hang garlands out of reach of young children and pets. Navjot Kaur, of Navjot Designs, in Chicago, says, “We all have greenery in our yard or patio gardens that can be used for the holidays. It’s fun to alter the design based upon what is available.” Imagination and inspiration can spark new, greener traditions. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com. natural awakenings
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FRIDAY, DECEMER 2 Pink Sneakers – 6-7pm. Come walk with us around the track at the U. of Toledo Rec Center. Free. The U of Toledo, 2801 W Bancroft St, Toledo OH. Contact info Amy Thompson 419-530-5199 or CHSL. UToledo@gmail.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Releasing Into the New Year – 1-3pm. Diana Marie, with over 30 years of experience in energy work and alternative healing (Reiki Master Teacher, Dowser and Channeler), will share fun ways to embrace your inner child and release what no longer serves you as we embrace 2017. There will be instruction and meditation, and we may spend some time outdoors (weather permitting). Plan to take notes. Limit: 10. $20. New Beginnings Healing Ctr, 8010 Hill Ave, Holland OH. BUTI Yoga GLOW Party – 7-10pm. Join Joni for 60 minutes of BUTI yoga complete with black lights, body paint and glow sticks! BUTI Yoga is a fusion of yoga, plyometrics and tribal dance set to transform you from the inside out. Bring yoga mat, water and wear neon yoga gear. The BUTI class is 7:30-8:30, and the Glow Dance Party is after. Feel free to BYOD and snacks for the party. Class is $15. The Space, 425 Jefferson Ave, 3rd Floor, Toledo OH. Event link Facebook.com/ events/1127711584016320.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 Poses for Puppies-Charity Yoga for Lucas County Pit Crew – 12noon-1:30pm. This class is to raise funds for the LCPC, which rehabs, fosters and finds permanent homes for bully breed dogs. Sydney Parker leads the true all-levels sequence yoga class. Donation Based Class CostMinimum $10. The Space, 425 Jefferson Ave, 3rd Floor, Toledo OH. Event link Facebook.com/ events/711777135645302. Miracle on Main Street 5K – 1pm-7pm. The adult 5k Run/Walk and Santa’s Little Helper Kids Dash start at 4pm and precede Santa’s arrival and the tree lighting ceremony. Holiday activities from 1-4pm. Minimum age of the Kids Dash is 6 years old. The maximum # of adult runners is 1,500. Awards given to top finishers in both Adult and Kids races. Sylvan Studio, 5651 Main St, Sylvania OH. Event link Facebook.com/events/132170780579357/. Registration and packet pickup at Dave’s Running Shop-Perrysburg on Dec 2nd, Dave’s-Sylvania on Dec 3rd and Sylvan Studio on Dec 4th. Channeled Journaling – 1-3pm. Diana Marie, with over 30 years of experience in energy work and alternative healing (Reiki Master Teacher, Dowser and Channeler), will share step-by-step basics of Channeled Journaling. Weather permitting, we may
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Nurturing Parenting courses – 11:30am-12:30pm. This week’s topic is Principles of Nurturing Parenting. Michigan State U. Extension of Monroe County offers this 12-wk course, and participants receive a certificate of completion after attending 6 classes. Classes are every Tuesday, and topics are repeated every 12 weeks. Free. Arthur Lesow Community Ctr, 120 Eastchester St, Monroe MI. Registration and more info Terry Jones 734-240-3179. Art Therapy – 6-8pm. Come join the fun for an evening of creativity and relaxation. The U. of Toledo Health and Human Services Bldg, CHSL Conference Room, 2801 W Bancroft St, Toledo OH. More info contact Safa 419-324-9329. Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration lecture – 6:30-8:30pm. “It’s All About Balance.” Matt Buderer, R Ph. FIACP Compounding Pharmacist, will discuss the biochemistry and balance of hormones in both men and women. Topics include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol and stress. Free. Buderer Drug, 26611 N Dixie Hwy #119, Perrysburg OH. Seating is limited. Please call 419-873-2800 to reserve a seat.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 A Natural Approach to the Golden Years – 5:30-6:30pm. The aging body has its own unique challenges and needs. Whether you are a caretaker of a senior or in the golden years yourself, it is important to understand these changes and develop strategies to support the body. In this class, we will discuss how essential oils can support the aging body emotionally and physically to achieve total wellness. Free. CPW Health Center, 3130 Central Park West Dr., Toledo OH. RSVP to CPW Health Center at 419-841-9622. See ad p. 10.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 Free Courses in Immune Support – 5-6pm. Dr. Barbour leads this course on flu prevention & care, and how to perform the thoracic pump (a hands-on procedure that stimulates the immune system’s ability to fight off disease). Free. Center for Progressive Health & Wellness, 975 S Monroe St, Ste C, Monroe MI. More info 734-241-0560.
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go outdoors. Take home a journal or bring your own. For beginners and experienced channelers wanting to improve their skills. Limit: 12. $20. 577 Foundation, 577 E Front St, Perrysburg OH. Register at 577Foundation.org/Take A Class.
Mammogram Day – 12noon-4:30pm. Free mammograms for Women over 40 only and have not had a mammogram for 3 years or more. Free. UT Medical Campus, Eleanor Dana Cancer Ctr, 1325 Conference Dr, Toledo OH. More info Barb-Patient Navigator, 419-344-5172 or CHSL@UToledo.edu.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 Migraines Workshop – 10am. Dr. Gary Smith, DC DACNB. A board certified chiropractic neurologist explains his program to find the many and complicated causes of chronic headaches and his natural effective remedy program. Topics: unknown low brain oxygen, sugar dysregulation, hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, head/neck injury, brain functional imbalances and more. Free. 4334 W Central Ave, Suite 210, Toledo OH. Reserve a spot 419-902-7101. Free Wig Salon Program – 10am-12pm. Your American Cancer Society offers FREE, brand-new wigs, hats, turbans, and other head coverings to women who are facing or experiencing hair loss as a result of a cancer treatment. No appt necessary. (Pgm is held on the 2nd Wed and 2nd Sat each month). Free. The Victory Center, 5532 W Central Ave, Ste B, Toledo OH. Winter Market – 10am-2pm. Come out and support more than 30 of your local handmade, natural, holistic, healthy businesses. Event is hosted by the Toledo Area Holistic Moms Group and Inclusive Women of Toledo, Inc. Free. Downtown Toledo, 425 Jefferson Ave, 3rd Floor of Secor Bldg, Toledo OH. Blow Out Holistic Jewelry, Charms Sale! – (Dec. 10-11, 12noon-5pm). Healing stone bracelets, archangel jewelry, rear view mirror charms, necklaces and more! Buy one get one half off. Gift certificates for holiday shopping. New Beginnings Healing Ctr, 8010 Hill Ave, Holland OH. More info NBHCToledo.com.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12
savethedate Essential Oils 101 9am-4pm
Learn all about essential oils in this one day seminar. Participants will leave with a practical knowledge of essential oils along with make and take items from the class to get started using them immediately at home to support health and wellness. Cost is $150. Includes $75 in free products. William Vaughn Conference Center, 135 Chesterfield Lane, Ste 2014, Maumee OH. Register online HMHwellnesscenter.com or phone 419-874-4640. See ad p. 10.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 Blow Out Holistic Jewelry, Charms Sale! – (Dec. 10-11, 12noon-5pm). See Dec. 10 th listing for details.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Nurturing Parenting courses – 11:30am-12:30pm. This week’s topic is Ages and Stages of Infants and Toddlers. Michigan State U. Extension of Monroe County offers this 12-wk course, and participants receive a certificate of completion after attending 6 classes. Classes are every Tuesday, and topics are repeated every 12 weeks. Free. Arthur Lesow Community Ctr, 120 Eastchester St, Monroe MI.
Registration and more info call Terry Jones 734240-3179. Caregivers’ Support Group – 6-7pm. For family members and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Jayne Davison, professional grief counselor, is the facilitator. Free. Brookdale Senior Living, 1605 Fredericks Dr, Monroe MI. More info and to Reserve a spot 734-330-2728.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 Free Wig Salon Program – 10am-12pm. Your American Cancer Society offers FREE, brand-new wigs, hats, turbans, and other head coverings to women who are facing or experiencing hair loss as a result of a cancer treatment. No appt necessary. (Pgm is held on the 2nd Wed and 2nd Sat each month). Free. The Victory Center, 5532 W Central Ave, Ste B, Toledo OH. Infant CPR, Safety and Care Class – 5-7pm. Participants will learn Infant CPR as well as info about choking, car seat safety, safe sleep, immunizations, hygiene and developmental milestones. Participants must be Age 14 and up, and is for expectant parents, new parents, caregivers and babysitters. Free. Monroe County Health Dept, 2353 S Custer Rd, Monroe MI. Advance Registration required 734-240-7800 or E-mail LiveWell_BeWell@MonroeMI.org. Mental Health Support Group – 6-7pm. This group meets in the community room on the 3rd Wednesday each month. Free. SummerfieldPetersburg Library, 60 E Center St, Petersburg MI. More info 734-279-1025. Herbs for the Immune System – 6-7:30pm. Supporting the immune system with Herbalism is explained in detail. Helpful foods and other supporting therapies will also be discussed. Take home a bottle of elderberry syrup! Limit: 25. $20. 577 Foundation, 577 E Front St, Perrysburg OH. Register at 577Foundation.org/Take A Class. Do You Know You Are Beautiful? – 6-8pm. This class focuses on building confidence and self-esteem in children, qualities needed to ensure academic and social success. It will help parents to know and value their children as individuals, and also help them make healthy choices. Course # CHILD 730-81. Free. Monroe County Community College, 1555 S Raisinville Rd, Room Z259, Monroe MI. Register at MonroeCCC.edu or 734-384-4127.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 Uptown Santa Run/Walk 5K – Starts 9am. Young and old are encouraged to wear Red or a full-on costume, Santa hats, suspenders, etc. or your favorite ridiculous running/walking attire in this fun, festive event to ring in the season. The after-party features live music, amazing food and refreshments. This event is to raise funds for the UpTown Green Park. UpTown Green Park, 1900 Madison Ave, Toledo OH. More info at Event link UptownToledo.org/Santa-Run. Autoimmunity Workshop – 10am. Dr. Gary Smith, DC DACNB. One in nine women have autoimmunity. A board certified chiropractic neurologist and doctor for the World Ironman Triathlon Championship explains why using immune suppressive drugs may be wrong. Testing to find autoimmune attacks throughout the body years before symptoms occur and why. Then naturally improve the immune self-regulation to stop self-
attack and repair damage where possible. Free. 4334 W Central Ave, Suite 210, Toledo OH. Reserve a spot 419-902-7101.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 Run Santa Run 5K – 9-11am. Join hundreds of runners and walkers and dress ‘festive’ in red, green, elf costume, reindeer costume, Santa Hats, etc. in this fun event. Post-race awards, hot chocolate and cookies. The Town Center at Levis Commons, 4190 Levis Commons Blvd, Perrysburg OH. More info Brian McCloskey 440-413-0907 or e-mail McCloskey@SecondSoleOhio.com.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Nurturing Parenting courses – 11:30am-12:30pm. This week’s topic is Enhance Brain Development.
Michigan State U. Extension of Monroe County offers this 12-wk course, and participants receive a certificate of completion after attending 6 classes. Classes are every Tuesday, and topics are repeated every 12 weeks. Free. Arthur Lesow Community Ctr, 120 Eastchester St, Monroe MI. Registration and more info call Terry Jones 734-240-3179.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28 Adult/Child CPR/AED workshop – 5-7pm. Participants will receive certification through the American Heart Association, which is valid for 2 years. Space is limited. $25/includes workbook. Monroe County Health Dept, 2353 S Custer Rd, Monroe MI. Register at 734-240-7800 or e-mail LiveWell_BeWell@MonroeMI.org.
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ongoingevents sunday Hot YogAlign – 9-10:15am. Postural-based yoga classes that focus on enhancing natural body alignment thru specialized techniques that release tension and increase strength, stability and flexibility. Please bring water bottle. $15/drop-in. Free mat/towel rental. 29101 Hufford Rd, Graystone Hall Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-345-0885. Register at HotYogaWithJoe.com. Spirituality Gathering Without the Religion – Starts 10 am. The Center for Conscious Living promotes human unity, service to community, meditation, prayer and interfaith alliances. Each gathering begins with stimulating spiritual discussions, followed by live music and speakers that are both locally and internationally known. The Center for Conscious Living, 7410 Noward Rd (off Rte 64), Waterville OH. More Info call 419-8735768 or visit Facebook.com/cclnwo.org. Coping with Strongholds, Bondages and Addictions – 10am-1pm. This religious-based therapy session is administered by Oasis Ministries and relies on the Bible’s teachings. Free. Ramada Inn, 3536 Secor Rd, Toledo OH. Sunday Celebration Service – 10:30-11:30am. Join in a celebration of Love, Fellowship and Acceptance during this inspirational hour of music and message about how we can truly manifest and experience a life of joy and abundance. UTSC hosts a beautiful sanctuary and offers a warm welcome to everyone regardless of background or faith. Unity of Toledo Spiritual Ctr, 3535 Executive Pkwy, Toledo OH. Learn More 419-357-1001.
monday Monthly Memorial Ceremony – 3rd Mon. A gathering for those that have lost a beloved pet and want to remember them and share their memory with other pet lovers. Please bring a picture of your pet. Free. Canine Karma, 6128 Merger Dr, Holland OH. RSVP: 419-290-8237. Fitness After 55 – 9am. Every Monday. The Center provides the setting for seniors to communicate and share with each other. Living alone, eating alone, being alone – these circumstances are not necessary in a community which has a Senior Citizens Program like Bedford’s. Bedford Senior Citizens Center, 1653 Samaria Rd, Temperance MI. Call for Info 734-856-3330. I Love Kickboxing! – 5:15-6:15pm. Come and join us for some kickboxing fun! Find out what it’s all about. $19.99/3 classes. I Love Kickboxing, 4185 Chappel Dr, Perrysburg OH. More dates, classes on our website. Sign up on ILoveKickboxing.com or More info 419-931-6435. Cardio Drumfit & Strength Training –7pm. Workout while you rockout! A crazy, fun way to get a total body workout. All fitness levels welcome. $2, includes use of eqpt. Ottawa River Elementary, 4747 290th St, Toledo OH. More info Jamie 567-225-4627 or All Shook Up Nutrition 419-725-9084.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7-8:30pm. Food addicts offers help and hope for people with eating disorders. Epworth United Methodist Church, 4855 W Central Ave, Rm 206, Toledo OH. Contact Joyce Treat 419-699-1007 or email@example.com or visit foodaddicts.org. Meditation and Recovery Meeting – Starts 8pm. This class is geared toward helping persons in recovery from addiction, but is not affiliated with AA. Sessions begin with 5 minutes of silent prayer, followed by basic meditation, then 20 minutes of silent meditation. Open discussion of participants sharing (which is voluntary) how the practice has helped them in their recovery. Free. Great Heartland Buddhist Temple of Toledo, 6537 Angola Rd, Holland OH.
tuesday Sunrise Yoga class – 7:15-8:30am. Angie leads this class which will give you a grounded start to your day with Sun Salutes and deeper holds with a focus on breath and alignment. Suitable for all levels. $65/5-class pass, $110/10-class pass, check website for full list of rate options. Move Mentality, 1220 W Wooster St, Ste C, Bowling Green OH. More info info@MoveMentalityLLC.com or 419-308-1261. River Raisin Networkers – 7:30 am. A get-together for Monroe area small business owners. Contact Bill Kipf at 734-341-0229 for more info about the group. Dena’s Family Restaurant, 15391 S Dixie Hwy, Monroe Mi. Active Older Adults Class – 9:30-10:30am. Good class for strengthening and balance. $3/ class. Friendship Park Community, 2930 131 st Street, Pointe Place, Toledo OH. More info contact Friendship Center 419-936-3079. Yoga Fit – 9:30-11am. Fitness yoga incorporates the best that yoga and fitness training have to offer. This powerful combination will bring about lifestyle changes that impact the mind, body, and spirit. $15 each class. Inspired Heart Holistic Ctr, 205 Farnsworth, Waterville OH. To register Kim Collins 419-779-2177 or visit InspiredHeartHolisticCenter. com for more info. Babytime – 10-10:45am. For babies 12 months and under, Babytime teaches early literacy skills through stories, rhymes, music, etc. Free. Sylvania Branch Library, 6749 Monroe St, Sylvania OH. Yoga-with Sandy Earl: Uplifting Physically and Mentally – 10:15-11:30am. For all fitness levels. Focus on connecting with the breath and improving posture, balance, strength and flexibility. How tennis balls can relieve muscle tension/pain, and sharing practical tips for inspired joyful living. $10/first class. Presence Yoga at Westgate Village, 3450 W Central Ave, Ste 320F, Toledo OH. Call Sandy at 419-351-7409. SandyEarl_Rower@hotmail.com. See ad pg. 3. T’ai Chi For Health – 10:30-11:30am. Instructor Marie Criste presents a soft movement class, designed for those wanting to try t’ai chi. Each class is divided into three parts including warm up, senior form and yang form. Beginners should arrive at 10:15am. Bedford Branch Library, Bedford
Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi – 12:15-1pm. Learn the ancient discipline of Tai Chi, which combines small steps, joint-safe exercise and mental strength to improve mobility, breathing, and relaxation. Will help people of all ages take control of their physical, emotional and mental health. $25/month or included in $45/month fee. CPW Rehab Center, 3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A, Toledo OH. Call Jennifer for more info 419-841-9622. firstname.lastname@example.org Flex and Flow Yoga class – 5:15-6pm. A beautiful flowing yoga class, appropriate for all fitness levels. $12/drop-in, $60/7-class card, $65/30 days unlimited. Zen In The District, 1700 Canton St, 2nd Floor, Toledo OH. More info ZenInTheDistrict.com or 419-244-4936. Yoga with Weights – 5:30-6:30pm. Bring your own weights for this active practice that builds strong arms, cores and glutes. $10. Canine Karma, 6128 Merger Dr, Holland OH. Call to reserve a spot. 419-290-8237. Date Night Yoga class – 6:15-7:15pm. A fun class, bring a date and one of you gets in Free. $12/dropin, $60/7-class card, $65/30 days unlimited. Zen In The District, 1700 Canton St, 2nd floor, Toledo OH. More info ZenInTheDistrict.com or 419-244-4936.
wednesday Acu Detox Wednesday – 11am-5pm (last session begins at 4pm). Acu Detox is an auricular acupuncture/acupressure treatment for any condition where relaxation and/or detoxification are needed. $16, walk-ins welcome. Asherah’s Garden, Holistic Boutique, 315 N Grove St, Bowling Green OH. Call 419-354-8408 for info. Body Better – 12:15-1pm. The Body Better program incorporates low-impact resistance training, functional movements, stretching and relaxation to improve mental and physical strength and health. Improve balance and stability, increase postural awareness and flexibility. Get healthy and stay healthy! $45/month unlimited visits or $25/ month once a week. CPW Health Ctr, 3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A, Toledo OH. Call Jennifer for more info 419-841-9622. email@example.com. Beginner Yoga – 1-2pm. A gentle practice for those that are new to yoga and want deep relaxation. $10. Canine Karma, 6128 Merger Dr, Holland OH. Reserve a spot. 419-290-8237. Transition-Mind Works – (2nd Wed each month).1-2:30pm. Individuals with early stage memory loss and their family and friends can attend for social/ educational opportunities, fun brain games and group sharing. Free. Alzheimer’s Association-NW Ohio Chapter, 2500 N Reynolds Rd, Toledo OH. Register 1-800-272-3900. More Info Contact Brenda Hendricks 419-537-1999 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Evening Yoga classes – Gentle Hatha: 5:30-6:45pm or Slow Flow Hatha: 7-8:30pm. Both classes appropriate for various levels in this friendly, supportive atmosphere. 5 and 10 class passes available or$15/drop-in. Discounts for students, seniors and active military. Presence Yoga at Westgate Village, 3450 W Central Ave, Ste 320F, Toledo OH. RSVP or more info 419-376-6300. PresenceYogaLtd.com. See ad pg. 3.
Pilates – 6-7pm. Taught by Cindy Ciampa, this class increases strength, flexibility and endurance. Can relieve stress and alleviate pain. $65/5 sessions. Alternative Physical Therapy, 440 S Reynolds Rd, Toledo OH. More info Cindy 419-410-1205.
Meditation class – 6:30-8pm. Anna V. moderates this guided meditation class best suited to participants who want to do serious meditation. Free. Lourdes University, Sophia Center at Canticle Center, 5335 Silica Dr., Sylvania OH. 419-367-1617.
Mental Health Support Group – (2nd Wed each month) - 6-7pm. Free. Summerfield-Petersburg Library, Community Room, 60 E. Center St, Petersburg MI. More info 734-279-1025.
Coping with Strongholds, Bondages and Addictions – 6:30-8:30pm. This religious-based therapy session is administered by Oasis Ministries and relies on the Bible’s teachings. Free. Oasis Ministries, 5930 Huntingfield Blvd, Toledo OH.
Aquatic Exercise for Cancer Survivors – 6-7pm. Free to survivors of any type of cancer through a grant received by The Victory Center from The Rotary Club of Toledo. CPW Health Ctr, 3130 Central Park West Drive, Suite A, Toledo OH. Must Register with Penny McCloskey at The Victory Center 419-531-7600. Mother’s Support Group – 6-7pm. Bring your young child along to interact with others. Free. Point Place Library, 2727 117th St, Toledo OH. Healing Yoga – 6:30-8pm. This class concentrates on therapeutic yoga and fitness and can help with pain management, illness and injury recovery. The class is small to allow for extensive “hands on” adjustment. $15 per class. Inspired Heart Holistic Ctr, 205 Farnsworth, Waterville OH. RSVP to Kim Collins 419-779-2177 or visit InspiredHeartHolisticCenter.com for more info. I Love Kickboxing! – 6:30-7:30pm. Come and join us for some kickboxing fun! Find out what it’s all about. $19.99/3 classes. I Love Kickboxing, 4185 Chappel Dr, Perrysburg OH. More dates, classes on our website. Sign up on ILoveKickboxing.com or More info 419-931-6435.
Cardio Drumfit & Strength Training –7pm. Workout while you rockout! A crazy, fun way to get a total body workout. All fitness levels welcome. First timers $2, includes use of eqpt. Ottawa River Elementary, 4747 290th St, Toledo OH. More info Jamie 567-225-4627 or All Shook Up Nutrition 419-725-9084. Handling Stress – Starts 7pm. This class, taught by Drs. Sean and Jennifer Totten, helps attendees of all ages learn how to manage stress, and how it affects your health. Free Stress Response Evaluation is offered. Space is limited. Free. Kinetic Chiropractic, 2059 N Monroe St, Monroe MI. Reservations required at 734244-4383. More info ChiroMonroe.com.
thursday Trance Thursday – 11am-5pm (last session begins at 4pm). Enjoy a crystal healing session that uses the energetic properties of the mineral world to balance and relax the body, mind and spirit. $30, walk-ins welcome. Asherah’s Garden, Holistic Boutique,
315 N Grove St, Bowling Green OH. Call 419354-8408 for info. Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo Mtg – 9:4511:30am. Established in 1984 for both stay-athome and working mom’s and their families, this group meets weekly for fun, food and friendship. Reliable and safe childcare provided. Playdates, a working moms’ group and many family activities. See website for weekly mtg topics. Not affiliated with McCord Rd Church. McCord Road Christian Church, 4765 N McCord Rd, Sylvania OH. More Info at motherscenter.net. Boomer’s Meeting – Starts 11:30am. Networking and lunch for people born between 1946-1964 to discuss various areas of interest including wellness, finance, education, travel and entertainment, jobs/employment, and community development. Boomers Resource Network Lake Erie Region. Uncle John’s Pancake House, 3131 Secor Rd, Toledo OH. More info 419-536-9442 Active Older Adults Class – 1:30-2:30pm. Good class for strengthening and balance. $3/class. Friendship Park Community, 2930 131st Street, Pointe Place, Toledo OH. More info contact Friendship Center 419-936-3079. Yoga-with Sandy Earl: Uplifting Physically and Mentally – 5:15-6:45pm. For all fitness levels. Focus on connecting with the breath and improving posture, balance, strength and flexibility. How tennis balls can relieve muscle tension/pain, and sharing practical tips for inspired joyful living. $10/first class. Presence Yoga at Westgate Village, 3450 W Central Ave, Ste 320F, Toledo OH. Call Sandy at 419-351-7409. SandyEarl_Rower@hotmail.com. See ad pg. 3.
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Zumba! – 6-7pm. Join Instructor Toni Quinn for an energizing session with a live drummer in a fantastic environment. Shake the stress away! Studio Fitness, 1413 Bernath Pkwy, Toledo OH. More Info contact Toni 419-480-7547 or e-mail toniquinnfit@ yahoo.com. Healthy Cooking Classes – 6-8pm. Our series of healthy, simple cooking classes feature an amazing green dish each week. $15. The Andersons, Sylvania Market Café, 7638 Sylvania Ave, Sylvania OH. RSVP 24 hrs in advance at 419-913-7328 or BeyondBasicsHC.com. Second Sole Group Runs – Starts 6:30pm. Free group runs or walks for all skill levels on a 5K course that winds down the blvd and around the exterior of Levis Commons. Different promos each week such as freebies, prize raffles and wear test items. Second Sole, 4130 Levis Commons Blvd, Perrysburg OH. More info call 419-931-8484 or Facebook.com/ Second Sole Toledo. Beginners Yoga class – 7-8:15pm. Suzanna leads this basic Hatha yoga class which teaches practitioners to stretch, strengthen, refocus and unwind. $65/5-class pass, $110/10-class pass, check website for full list of rate options. MoveMentality, 1220 W Wooster St, Ste C, Bowling Green OH. More info info@ MoveMentalityLLC.com or 419-308-1261. A Course In Miracles Gathering - 7-8:30pm. Join Tony Williamson each Tuesday to journey deeper into a better understanding of A Course In Miracles. This is an interactive and engaging discussion of this profound teaching. Free. Love offering accepted. Unity of Toledo Spiritual Center, 3535 Executive Parkway, Toledo, OH. Learn More 615-275-8000. Pet Loss Support Group – (1st & 3rd Thurs. each month) Starts 6:30pm. Participants grieving a beloved pet will have an opportunity to share their feelings with compassionate facilitators and others who are suffering a similar experience. All are welcome. River House-IHM Spirituality Ctr, 805 W Elm Ave, Monroe MI. Please register at 734-2405494 or RiverHouse@IHMSisters.org.
friday Qigong – 7-7:30am. With Jen Lake. Driven Fitness Studio, 819 Kingsbury St, Ste 102, Maumee OH. First class free. To register or for more info DrivenFitnessStudio.com. Gentle Yoga class – 10-11am. Amanda leads this class to increase flexibility and balance, gentle open joints and stretch muscles and end in restorative poses. $65/5-class pass, $110/10-class pass, check website for full list of rate options. Move Mentality, 1220 W Wooster St, Ste C, Bowling Green OH. More info info@MoveMentalityLLC.com or 419-308-1261. T’ai Chi – 1pm. Join in the Chinese martial art that combines controlled movements with deep breathing. T’ai chi provides health benefits that include reducing stress, lessening chronic pain, and improving the immune system. In addition, balance and blood pressure often show improvements. Monroe Center for Healthy Aging, 15275 S Dixie Hwy, Monroe MI. 734-241-0404. Yoga for Kids – 4-5pm. Now signing up children in age groups 4-9 and 10-16. A five-week yoga class to teach children fun ways to manage stress and anxiety. Instructor: Jennifer Dubow, LISW, Clinical Therapist, Certified Child Yoga Instructor. $20/class, $100 total for five weeks, can bill insurance. 3335 Meijer Dr, Ste 450, Toledo OH. Call for class dates and times. 419-699-3659. JenniferDubow@bex.net.
I Love Kickboxing! – 10-11am. Come and join us for some kickboxing fun! Find out what it’s all about. $19.99/3 classes. I Love Kickboxing, 4185 Chappel Dr, Perrysburg OH. More dates, classes on our website. Sign up on ILoveKickboxing.com or More info 419-931-6435. Hot Kettlebells – 10:30-11:30am. A 60-minute total body workout that will tone muscles and burn fat. Be ready to sweat and get fit! Please bring water bottle. $13/drop-in. Free mat/towel rental 1st class. 29101 Hufford Rd, Graystone Hall Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-345-0885. Register at HotYogaWithJoe.com. Reiki Share – (3rd Sat. of every month). Starts 11:30am. Open to Reiki practitioners of all levels. Free. Asherah’s Garden, Holistic Boutique, 315 N Grove St, Bowling Green OH. Call 419-354-8408 for info. Uncork The Artist – 7-10pm. Painting parties with a twist. Classes for both adults and kids. Register thru website and see the painting to be created each evening. All art supplies provided. Uncork the Artist, 5228 Monroe St, Toledo OH. 419-283-2484. Much more Info at UncorkTheArtist.com.
saturday Reserve Your BioMat Time – It’s as close to a tropical island experience that you can get. You’ll receive a total body tune-up, strengthening all organs and functions. Try 30 mins on the BioMat with meditation. $30. 5800 Monroe St, Ste 1B, Toledo OH. Schedule an appointment with Pennie 419-2837337. https://BioMatHelp.com. Wildcard Yoga class – 9-10am. This a rejuvenating class for yogi’s beginner to advanced which will set you up for the weekend. $65/5-class pass, $110/10-class pass, check website for full list of rate options. Move Mentality, 1220 W Wooster St, Ste C, Bowling Green OH. More info info@ MoveMentalityLLC.com or 419-308-1261.
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