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or those of you that have grown up with a sister I need not explain the type of bond that grows from years of fights, shared secrets, and a wardrobe so cross blended you really will fight for hours over whose jeans they are. When my sister (Aubrey) announced last year that she was going to have a baby I felt as if a part of me was growing as well. The love and happiness was so overwhelming I could completely forgive the fact that her due date was my then wedding date. Ah sisters…always are oneupping each other no matter what. Aubrey lives and works in Lesotho. For those of you not familiar with minute countries in southern Africa it’s a small country inside South Africa. She works to help stop the spread of disease and educate the population about health and wellness. Needless to say between the two of us we talk about nutrition A LOT. However the conversation became even more interesting when there was a third party to consider (aka baby boy). There were pages upon pages of do’s and don’ts for expecting

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mothers. The one that stood out to me the most was around artificial sweeteners. Aubrey and I grew up in the 80s and 90s when the soda industry was at its peak. I can remember Diet Coke being in our house and consumed by the 2 liter on a daily basis. Thankfully that habit quickly subsided when we moved to Germany in the late 90s. Aubrey and I have been off the soda train since we were teens. Germany doesn’t even allow it to be sold in schools (COME ON USA). Only 100% fruit or vegetable juice and water was allowed. The research on how this affected growing fetuses was fascinating. One study done on 60,000 pregnant women showed a direct correlation between diet soda consumption (emphasizing the artificial sweeteners) and preterm deliveries. More interesting the study went further showing that women who drank artificially sweetened beverages every day during pregnancy were more likely to have babies who were overweight at age 1. This month’s issue is dedicated to nutrition. While it is incredibly admirable for expecting mothers to alter their diet (you ladies are rock stars) don’t fall into the trap that most parents do and think only of your offspring. What you put into your body always affects you. We know you are what you eat…looks like we are what we drink too! Aubrey gave birth to a very healthy (8.5 lbs!) boy. His middle name is Thabo, which means happy in the local language. As I am sure all of you know, babies are just pure happiness (unless they are screaming for no discernible reason). So cheers to your good health,

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ASTONISHING AGRICULTURE FOOD GROWS WITHOUT SOIL OR GROUNDWATER Proponents of GMO (genetically modified) food may argue that the technique is necessary because the world is running out of resources. However, agricultural start-up Sundrop Farms, with offices in the UK and Australia, has developed high-tech greenhouse facilities that apply solutions to grow crops with less reliance on finite natural resources than conventional greenhouse production. In 2010, Sundrop Farms opened a pilot facility in Port Augusta, South Australia, that is combining seawater and sunlight to grow food in the middle of the desert, unaffected by climate change, biotech land grabs, drought, floods and pestilence. They are using coconut husks, 23,000 mirrors to reflect solar power and desalinated seawater on a hydroponic farm of just under 50 acres to grow 17,000 metric tons of non-GMO food every year. Built at a reported cost of $200 million, the facility has a yearround growing season. In winter, its greenhouse operates with the help of 39 megawatts of clean energy from solar power. Coles Supermarkets has signed a 10-year contract for the exclusive right to sell the company’s produce. 6

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ave you ever been curious what happens to all the food that is not sold or prepared for the public such as at restaurants, grocery stores, or even the massive amount of food products left over after the many festivals and events New Orleans hosts? There are many challenges in trying to find a way to easily share and distribute food to those in need to help end Hunger in America. It’s alarming to think that more than 50 million Americans are food insecure and more than 40 billion meals are wasted a year. Yet one organization, Food Rescue U.S. (FRUS), is driven to find ways to end hunger in the U.S., by simplifying communication with their innovative app.

Community Plates, the volunteer driven, direct transfer, national food recovery organization, has changed its name to Food Rescue U.S.  (FRUS). FRUS is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods to where it can feed those in need. This volunteer driven, technology fueled process coordinates with restaurants, grocers, bakeries, caterers, and other food-service organizations who have foods destined to be thrown away and delivers the food to soup kitchens, food pantries, and other hunger relief organizations serving food insecure individuals and families. Currently operating in ten locations around the country, including a chapter in New Orleans!

Food Rescue U.S. is driven by technology and the app allows collaboration on an unlimited scale. The algorithm matches excess food from Food Donors with Receiving Agencies that need it and volunteer Food Rescuers who transport it. The app provides all the details for every food rescue including how much food there will be, where to pick up and deliver, who to contact, etc. All you need to do is get the App and then you can Donate, Deliver, and Feed. New Orleans’ Chapter of Food Rescue U.S. food rescue opportunities are listed on a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule. Volunteers simply log on to the app and sign up for a rescue. Our technology makes rescuing food simple and efficient. natural awakenings

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localflavor Maria Rodale Helps Organic Farmers Succeed by Randy Kambic


uthor, gardener and corporate executive Maria Rodale continues to add luster to an unparalleled family commitment to organic food, sustainability and healthy living covering three-quarters of a century. As CEO and chairman of Rodale Inc., she oversees the publishing of books (An Inconvenient Truth, The South Beach Diet, Eat This, Not That!), magazines (Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Prevention and Organic Gardening) and naturally healthy living websites. Her grandfather, J. I. Rodale pioneered the American organic movement in 1942 by launching Organic Farming and Gardening magazine. In 1947, he founded the Soil and Health Association, which later became the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization, of which Maria is a board member. The influence of her 2011 book Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe remains strong.


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What is the status of the organic farming industry? As a whole, it has seen great growth, in large part due to increasing demand resulting from consumer awareness. In 2015, organic was a $43 billion industry in the U.S., with Millennial householders leading the way. Still, only 5 percent of all food consumed in the U.S. is organic (produce 13 percent), while less than 1 percent of our farmland is certified organic, which spurs imports. So the opportunity to help encourage new organic farmers and transition conventional farmers is significant. Rodale Institute invests as much time on education and outreach as on research to help organic farmers be profitable. How else does the Institute help the industry? We conduct cutting-edge research in organic agriculture to study and test natural strategies to combat pests, diseases and weeds. Growing organic isn’t solely about what you don’t do, such as using pesticides and genetically modified seeds. It also proactively focuses on benefiting soil health by using compost, cover crops, crop rotations and reduced

tillage. As we refine these “regenerative agriculture” methods, we share them with farmers so they can increase their productivity and success. We are expanding our research in nutrient density. The Institute works to understand the difference in nutrient levels, such as proteins, vitamins and minerals, in organic and conventional foods and how farmers can grow nutrient-packed food. What new programs or initiatives are particularly exciting? Launched in 1981, our Farming Systems Trial is the longest-running North American research project comparing organic versus conventional grains such as corn and soybeans; it has allowed us to compare yields, water and energy use, soil organic matter, nutrient density, profitability and other factors. In 2016, we introduced our Vegetable Systems Trial, a side-by-side comparison for organic versus conventional produce. We expect organic management practices that improve soil health can enhance nutrient density in vegetables to benefit farmers’ lives and eating habits worldwide.


In 2016, we launched the Organic Farmers Association (, creating a valuable information exchange and unified voice for domestic certified organic producers. This national membership organization focuses on policy issues, including the Farm Bill, subsidy programs, animal welfare standards and contamination from conventional farms.

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ast month I signed up for the Eat Local Challenge which offers four levels of participation and promotes 30 days of events offered by local food purveyors, businesses, and restaurants. The Eat Local New Orleans challenges you to go 30 days in June eating only foods grown, caught, or raised within a  200-mile radius of New Orleans  to raise awareness of the nutritional, economical, environmental,  and cultural benefits of eating locally sourced foods. I attended the launch party hosted at Zeitgeist which was a fun and informative gathering. There was an abundance of food and beverage tastings, goodie bags filled with samples, Eat Local Tshirts, and best of all the opportunity to meet vendors and people who support and practice the Eat Local lifestyle every day. After tasting a delicious salad

of microgreens and stunningly vibrant Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette from Faubourg Farms, I was hungry for more info about the product and introduced myself to the engaging representative, Merit, who shared she was representing her son Monte. To my surprise Faubourg Farms was in my own neighborhood and used an innovative farming technique to grow their fruits & veggies! Curious, I contacted Monte the CEO and found out how valuable Faubourg Farms is to our community, not only offering healthy, homemade salad dressings, pestos, and salsas (made by Executive Chef ‘Merit “MOM”), but as growers of seasonal fruits and vegetables—they go beyond organic practices and implement the use of straw bales free from chemical fertilizers or pesticides. What is unique is the decomposition of the

straw creates new soil. It is sort of like making compost while you grow, rather than waiting for the compost to reach a usable stage. Conditioning the bale starts the process of soil generation before you even get anything planted. Faubourg Farms are also powerful advocates of local food justice and ambassadors for sustainability education. Keeping it fresh, Faubourg Farms works with the ReFresh Community Farm, an on-site teaching farm located at the ReFresh Project on North Broad Street. They empower communities through the growing of food and offering education about gardening basics, healthy living, and responsible economic development. If you want to play in the dirt—they are always looking for community volunteers who are eager to help out! Faubourg Farms is the trifecta. Local, Responsible, and their wares are Delicious! LOCAL—using the freshest ingredients grown within the city and they guarantee their products are made within days of you enjoying it. RESPONSIBLE—they have perfected growing produce in straw bales free from chemical fertilizers or pesticides. DELICIOUS—the taste is clean, fresh, and lovingly different from anything else you have tried. In addition to a growing number of retail outlets where you can find their products, they are engaged in the community and participate hands-on in several weekly and monthly farmer’s markets—offering special promotions, discounts on refills, and while experimenting with new recipes and creations. Deaux Local and reduce your carbon footprint by exploring what’s in your backyard.


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GOOD KARMA CAFE. Located inside of the same building as Swan River Yoga, you can grab a matcha latte after a good asana session upstairs because, well, you earned it. I love the Upma for breakfast and the fire burger salad for lunch. Everything is vegan here so for those of you that are vegan, you can order anything! For those of you that aren’t, you won’t notice—you just taste the great food. Great organic, fair trade coffee and baked goodies too.é. SEED. Beautiful little café on Prytania—tell Edgar I sent you. I love the beet carpaccio and the pad thai. Located next to the vegan boutique Cocoally, stop in and say hi to Ally or hop across the street to Green Fork to grab a juice-to-go from Stephanie. CARMO. This little Caribbean spot is a fun place to stop in when Downtown. I love the fresh salads, the Caribbean drinks, and the vegan baked goodies. Lots of options for the meat eaters in your party too! They have great daily specials as well. BREADS ON OAK. My new favorite place to hold business meetings. Haha. The endless array of beautiful vegan baked goodies is like heaven to me and everything, and I mean everything, is made from scratch. I love the live food sandwich that you can also get as a salad, with avocado, carrots, cucumbers, and miso spread. Check out the beautiful courtyard in the back. SHAYA. Just named the country’s best new restaurant by the James Beard Foundation, I would recommend a reservation or just try to grab a spot at the bar. Modern Israeli cuisine comes to NOLA and honestly, I would go for the wood-fired pita alone. The fresh made hummus is also fantastic as is the baba ganoush. Freshen things up with the Israeli salad and I hear the Falafel sandwich is also great. Everything is fantastic really. What are some of your favorite places to grab vegan/vegetarian fare? Have an idea for a Take 5? Let me hear from you! publisher@ –Melissa

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La Cocinita Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos GLUTEN FREE & VEGAN

MAKES 1 SERVING (3 TACOS) 3 ounces sweet potatoes Dash of salt Dash of pepper 1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon paprika 3 four-inch corn tortillas 1 tablespoon black beans (recipe right) 1 tablespoon roasted tomatillo 1/2 cup purple cabbage, shredded 1 teaspoon lime juice Salsa Verde (recipe right)


Peel and dice sweet potatoes. Lightly coat with oil and season with salt, pepper, ancho chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Roast at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until fork-tender. Toss shredded cabbage in lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Toast local white corn tortillas to desired crispness on a griddle or grill. Fold freshly made black beans and roasted sweet potatoes together and add to tortillas. Garnish with cabbage slaw and salsa verde.

Per serving (3 tacos): 200 calories, 3 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 400 mg sodium, 40 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams fiber, 4 grams sugar, 6 grams protein. 12

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Black Bean Recipe

(use 3.5-ounce serving for taco recipe): 1 cup dried black beans 4 cups water 1 carrot, diced 1 stalk of celery, diced 1/2 green pepper, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 onion, diced 1 teaspoon canola oil 1 bay leaf 1 tablespoon Kosher salt ½ teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon Cumin TO MAKE

Rinse beans and soak overnight. Boil the beans in the water, then reduce to a simmer until soft, about an hour. In a separate pan, saute carrot, celery, green pepper, garlic, and onion in the canola oil for about 5 minutes. Add the bay leaf, salt, pepper, and cumin and stir for another minute. Add the sauteed vegetables to the beans and simmer for an additional 35 minutes.

Salsa Verde Recipe

(use one-ounce serving for taco recipe): 1/4 bunch of cilantro 1/4 cup roasted tomatillos 1/2 cup green pepper 1/4 cup raw white onion 1/4 cup canola oil 2 tablespoons white vinegar 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt TO MAKE

Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix or other high-powered blender until smooth.

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DTB’s chef/owner Carl Schaubhut was named Chef Ambassador of Ochsner’s Eat Fit program, a restaurant initiative launched in 2013. Eat Fit was designed specifically to provide nutritious options at restaurants while allowing diners to indulge without the guilt. The program allows guests to eat out yet still eat clean and live an overall healthy lifestyle. As Chef Ambassador, Schaubhut and his DTB team will be promoting and participating in the annual Eat Fit Dine Out on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. On that day, participating Eat Fit restaurants and partners will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to the 14

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Eat Fit | Live Fit fund, which supports a variety of initiatives to encourage balanced, healthful lifestyles. Some of the key projects include collaboration with local restaurants to provide healthy options on menus, as well as community nutrition workshops, cooking demos, wellness screenings, high school culinary teaching programs, and more. Schaubhut felt personally connected with this program through his battle with cancer. He has spent two

days a week over the past three years at Ochsner Medical Center receiving treatment. “From the oncologists to nurses to physician assistants and dietitians, it’s just an incredible place to have in our backyard. They have become my second family,” says Schaubhut. “The cool part about this partnership is that it happened very organically. As a chef, I worked with Molly Kimball, Registered Dietitian and Lifestyle Nutritionist, through Ochsner’s Eat Fit NOLA program,


and shortly after that, I was diagnosed with cancer. I reached out to Molly to help with nutrition—who else better to assist as a resource for the fight of my life? A lot of things needed to change—and it’s not a temporary thing; this has been a lifestyle change for me.” Eat Fit connects Ochsner with local restaurants and the New Orleans community—encouraging and helping everyone to all work toward one common goal of a healthier city, a stronger community, and an even better place to live. The Eat Fit app allows people to check out healthy options before going to a restaurant. Ordering a healthy option off the menu is easy and seamless. Those looking for healthy options can feel confident with their order without any questions asked. “The Eat Fit seal on restaurant menus is just one component of what Ochsner’s Eat Fit initiative is all about,” says Kimball. “Connecting with and educating our community, and having the opportunity to work closely with many of our chefs and restaurant teams to support them as they deal with their own health challenges, like chef Carl, has been far more rewarding than I ever could have expected.” “As someone who’s battling cancer, I understand firsthand that the more funds, support and awareness that this type of community-wide wellness initiative can raise means that we can have even more resources available to help us live our strongest, healthiest lives,” says Schaubhut. “This is a very rewarding experience for me and I am looking forward to continuing working with Ochsner’s Eat Fit program.”

When DTB, which stands for Down the Bayou, opened its doors in New Orleans March 2017, it signaled the return to the Crescent City by awardwinning Chef/Owner Carl Schaubhut. Schaubhut, a Commander’s Palace alumnus, has created a menu inspired by his Cajun roots featuring modern interpretations of Southern Louisiana’s coastal cuisine. The cocktail program at DTB shares the spotlight with the cuisine, focusing on creative concoctions using Louisiana ingredients. DTB is located at 8201 Oak Street, Suite 1 in New Orleans. The restaurant serves dinner Monday through Thursday from 5PM-10PM and Friday and Saturday from 5PM11PM. Brunch is served Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10:30AM-2PM and Sunday 10:30AM-4PM. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3PM-6PM at the bar and bar tables. Ample street parking available. For reservations or further information, please call (504) 518-6899 or visit Social Media: Facebook: Instagram:

ABOUT OCHSNER EAT FIT Ochsner Eat Fit is free to all restaurants and foodservice providers. The Eat Fit nutrition team reviews the menu to determine what items might fit into the Eat Fit criteria. They then do the nutritional analysis of recipes to see what fits, and often work with restaurants to develop new menu items that fit; they also help with collecting the recipe information as needed. Participating restaurants identify the Eat Fit items on the menu with the Eat Fit seal. For a complete list of Eat Fit Dine Out participants and more information please visit eat-fit.

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TAKE TOXINS OUT OF YOUR LIFE by Meredith Montgomery


he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from the ancient Egyptians to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington, D.C. physician specializing in clinical nutrition and author of How Not to Die. “What matters more is long-term—what you’re eating a decade from now. No quick fix is going to do it, it’s a lifestyle change.”


Feed Your Microbiome

When the microbiome becomes depleted, overall health is affected. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a gastroentologist at Georgetown University Hospital and founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, in Washington, D.C., and the author of Gutbliss and  The Microbiome Solution, explains, “The GI tract is the body’s engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much storebought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrient-rich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to health-promoting microbes.”

Get Dirty

“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but getting a little dirty is essential.” Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.

Most of us are toxifying 80 percent of the time and detoxing the other 20 percent. If we flipped that, we would never have to do major cleanses. ~Robynne Chutkan Burn Fat Cells

Ayurveda maintains that burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments certified ayurvedic practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

Reboot with a Quick Cleanse

To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients, he recommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental

toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not ready to maintain such a limited diet, he recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

Few Snacks, More Water

Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel— body fat.” Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain, because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of room-temperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.

Emotional Release

“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, whole-systems, wholefoods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects, while uplifting affirmations can inspire positive actions. See DETOX on page 18

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From DETOX on page 17



e have all been there—running out the door, catching a plane, juggling family, spontaneous dinner party, or hunger strikes—yet all you can think of is if you have enough change for the vending machine, knowing it’s a poor food choice, but hunger strikes! Being on the go doesn’t mean you need to compromise when it comes to good nutrition—just keep in mind a few tips so that when hunger strikes you are putting your best fork forward and eating something with sustenance to fuel your body.

1. PLAN AHEAD: No matter how busy you are, don’t sacrifice meals. Take one day a week to create at least 10 go items that you can easily pluck from your fridge or pantry on a busy day. Devoting a few hours to craft your own bento box or mason jars meal will save you time and money. On the road, at your workspace or even traveling through Airport security it’s easy to stash or pick up unsalted nuts, protein bars, or fresh fruit like apples, bananas, or oranges.


2. AVOID BOREDOM: Explore your options. Mobile ordering via apps, social media pages, or restaurant websites has taken off—you can customize your preference for delivery or pickup. Many companies offer a discount with your first order—keeping your diet raw, vegan, or vegetarian with a click and a swipe.

Basic Smoothie: blend banana, kale, almond milk, ice—add your favorite nut butter

Grocery and specialty markets offer enhanced hot and cold deli areas, making it easy to feed one or ten. Opt for calling ahead or even use a delivery service. If drive-thru fast food is your only option, order anything that is raw, steamed, grilled, roasted, or baked, or try an entrée-sized salad or fruit bowl. 3. HYDRATE: Staying hydrated helps keep energy levels up & wards off feelings of false hunger. Sparkling, Mineral, or filtered water, of course, is the beverage of choice. Try adding mint, fruit, or cucumbers if you need a flavor enhancement. Homemade or specialty smoothies, green, or raw juices are a healthy quick fix. If purchasing store bought juice smoothies, be sure to read the ingredients and avoid high sugar content.

Beet Chips & Curried Yogurt: add 1/8-1/4 curry to your favorite yogurt Bread or cracker with Hazelnut spread, banana and chia

Minty Pea Mash: Mash 1/2 cup of peas, 1 tsp fresh mint, 2 tsp lime—serve with crackers Avocado Dippers: Mash Avocado with 2 tsp lemon, pinch of salt—serve with Endive leaves Rice Cakes: Add nut butter of choice, sprinkle dried fruits, coconut, Cacao nibs Popcorn: Try a variety of toppings; cinnamon, chili flakes, brewer’s yeast, cardamom or curry Celery Sticks: Hummus and Kalamata black olives or sundried tomatoes

Eating healthier on the go may not change overnight, but taking small steps that include a bit of planning, variety, making sure to stay hydrated to ensure you are not ravenous will create habits that lead to a more nourishing food choices. 18

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She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, selfmassage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, emotional well-being or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal. “Detox is as old as humankind.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLivingHealthy

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10 WAYS TO DETOX YOUR DOG by Patricia Jordan


ou know that mercury is bad for people. John Moore, a prominent 20th-century mercury and dental health researcher, regarded mercury as a ubiquitous contaminant of everything from plastics to concrete and medicine. But what about your dog? Pets also routinely encounter mercury and other toxic metals like aluminum and lead. For humans, eating whole, organic and even biodynamic food has become imperative to avoid heavy metals. That’s also true for canines. A species-appropriate raw diet including veggies is often recommended. And any raw meaty bones should be the joints and not the long bones unless purchased from a company that tests for heavy metals. Here are some preventive and remedial steps.

1. Heal leaky gut first. Like humans, pets

with leaky gut will have food allergies. Remove causes like vaccines and processed foods; support the liver; rebalance with prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes; replenish with a healthy whole foods diet, along with aloe, slippery elm and marshmallow root; and restore with homeopathic remedies. Follow up with fermented veggies as part of the diet. Consult a naturopathic veterinarian for treatment.

2. Provide clean, filtered water. Mountain spring water is ideal.


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4. Prevent and treat candida.

Avoid aggravating candida as it can release 60-plus toxic substances, including ethanols and the heavy metals it eats. Eliminate all carbs, sugar and grains from the dog’s diet.

5. Greens, minerals and herbs.

3. Boost nutrients. Nutrient

deficiencies that can arise in conjunction with mercury poisoning include antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and vitamin D, plus the complex of B vitamins, zinc, magnesium and selenium. These also help treat potential post-vaccination immunity issues. Good nutrient sources to add to doggie meals include: Vitamin A: liver, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, eggs Vitamin C: berries, citrus, red bell peppers (or berry powder supplements; one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds of weight) Vitamin E: grains, seeds and their oils, wheat germ oil Vitamin D: liver, eggs, oily fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon B vitamins: liver, venison (or moringa leaf powder supplement, one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds) Zinc: red meat, poultry Magnesium: dark leafy greens, seeds, fish Selenium: oily fish, grass-fed beef and beef liver, free-range chicken, egg Turmeric: a powerful supplement to help treat and prevent gene damage caused by heavy metals and glyphosate (one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day, combined with a healthy fat like coconut oil and some freshly ground black pepper for better absorption).

The use of juvenile grasses is detoxifying and provides necessary magnesium during a detox. Sea vegetables can supply calcium, iodine and trace minerals. Herbs like curcumin, ginger and cayenne are potent antioxidants; ginger and turmeric help with DNA repair. Nutrients from green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli can enter cells and reduce inflammation; broccoli sprouts also apply, with effective delivery method via a concentrated powder.

Blend or lightly steam veggies to enhance digestion, then add one tablespoon for smaller dogs, or three to four for larger dogs.

6. No fake food or vitamins. Be

wary of synthetic vitamins. Whole foods may be properly supplemented with gentle chelators like open cell wall chlorella and super foods like spirulina.

7. Probiotics plus. Probiotics help

restore healthy gut bacteria, repair genes, synthesize nutrients and help remove mercury from the body. Cultivating a gut garden of beneficial bugs boosts health. Add a teaspoon or two of kefir or fermented veggies to the dinner of small dogs, up to a tablespoon or two for larger animals. A high-quality refrigerated probiotic supplement is an option; if it’s made for animals, follow the package directions; for human products, assume the dose is for a 150-pound person and adjust for the dog’s weight. Amino acids, the primary building blocks of proteins, are integral to detoxification; feeding a dog a variety of meats, along with fish and eggs, will provide these. Digestive enzymes also support health; a supplement should include many kinds. Cellulase, a plant enzyme that helps digest plant material, also extracts mercury, which destroys naturally occurring enzymes.

8. Plan meals with prebiotics. Prebiotics occur

naturally in common high-fiber foods including cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. Carrots, beets and spirulina also benefit the gut. Establishing a healthy gut restores the body’s natural detoxification function, plus its ability to assimilate critical nutrients. Add a teaspoon or two for small dogs; one to three tablespoons for larger dogs.

9. Raw food for detox. Discard

commercially processed foods and chemical synthetic vitamins. Go for raw and whole foods, add fermented foods and supplement intelligently with whole food-based supplements. Organic sources, grass-fed animals and even biodynamic food sources are ideal.

10. Organ meats. A dog should

have organ meats from clean animals at least once a week, or as 10 percent of its diet. As the body detoxifies, symptoms and discharges may occur. These are less common for dogs with raw, species-appropriate diets and minimal vaccinations. Visible results include old dogs displaying more energy and sharper cognitive function and awareness. Eyes are clearer. Fatty tissues shrink down, coats fill out and become shinier and skin becomes healthier. As the largest organ, skin reflects the state of the immune system as a whole. A concentrated detox to overturn health issues relies on doctor protocols and individualized treatment. An everyday gentle detox generally keeps pets healthier.

Patricia Jordan is a naturopathic veterinarian in Cape Carteret, NC. Learn more at

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he benefits of Yoga whether practicing in your home, community, or traveling abroad has many significant benefits—from a fitness perspective, meditative (seeking ways to unlock your truest potential), or for many, simply creating a sense of feeling refreshed and transformed. A yoga retreat offers a different experience, far too many, but I would like to share at least 3 reasons why a yoga retreat may be just what you need to renew or enhance your life.


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CREATING A PURPOSEFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH YOURSELF. During a retreat, each day has a special nuance and element of going within and reflecting on purpose—either with a focus on your wellness, goals, achievements, and keeping a healthy outlook each day as you set out to go through life with a sense of purpose. While concentrating on your practice and relaxing or taking advantage of optional activities in between, your health and well-being are front and center.


DE-STRESS AND DIGITALLY DETOX. Unplug all electronic devices—turn it down, turn it off, and tune inward. Download nature, breathe, vibrant food, and be present. When you are the most important thing to connect with there is a sense of clarity that can’t be prescribed in any other way. Of course, most all resorts have Wi-Fi, although you don’t really need it.


GIVING BACK. My personal practice and mission is inspired by the great need for healing and change. There are a variety of yoga retreats, but as a Yogi I thrive in my practice by sharing my mission of “Bringing Yoga To the People, For the People, By the People—Inspiring Transformation through the Gift of Service.� One of my favorite retreats is in Bali, Indonesia. In the past I have stayed and/or lived on-site in Ubud at the Orphanage of Ubud working closely with children and families in need, as well as the mentally and physically handicapped children living in the orphanage. It’s about giving back to the community as well as personal growth during this mindful exchange. Taken a yoga retreat before? If not, be sure to reach out and ask questions whether you are new or seasoned. If you are retreat ready, Jai Bhakti Yoga has two offerings this year. Costa Rica for an adventurous journey or in Bali, embarking upon our SEVA or “Giving Back� as we spend some time at Yayasan Widya Guna, a formal Indonesian nonprofit organization that works with Balinese children in the Orphanage so they can receive a good start in life. Jai Bhakti Yoga’s mission is inspired by the need for healing and change in the New Orleans community which in turn supported the desire to see change all over the world, touching the lives of veterans, active military, children, the elderly, and for those with limitations physically, mentally, and financially. Enriching lives through freedom of expression, volunteering, and service (Karma Yoga), transformation, meditation, Faith, and a desire to travel and enjoy the journey ahead. For more info contact RYT Christina Andirini at






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with Carla Robertson

“I feel stuck and do not know how to move forward. Can you give me ideas for how to get unstuck?” —Nicole


ften when we feel stuck, it’s because we can’t find our way out of an old pattern of thinking. Our view of the world or of ourselves has become stagnant. If we can recognize the faults in our perceptions, we can see possibility again. Here’s an easy 5-step strategy for beginning to get unstuck. STEP 1: WRITE YOUR PROBLEM DOWN. Be as specific as you can, writing in detail, and let yourself complain about all the issues and why your situation is completely impossible. Don’t hold back.  STEP 2: TAKE A BREAK. Walk away from what you wrote and do something fun and easy. Go for a walk, make a nice lunch for yourself, read a favorite magazine—something light and enjoyable.

STEP 3: COME BACK TO YOUR WRITING ABOUT YOUR PROBLEM AND LOOK CAREFULLY FOR PERCEPTIONS DISGUISED AS FACTS. Example: “I have $500 in the bank” is a fact. “I’ll never make enough money” is a perception disguised as a fact. “I’m terrible at making money” is also a perception disguised as a fact. Circle all of the perceptions. Be as thorough as you can. STEP 4: LOCATE WIGGLE ROOM IN YOUR PERCEPTIONS. Choose one of the sentences you circled that already feels less true than when you wrote it. Come up with three pieces of evidence that show that the perception is not completely true. Example for “I’m terrible at making money” 1. I raised $2,000 in a weekend for that animal welfare charity. 2. The summer I waitressed, I consistently got the highest tips. 3. I have three new ideas for making more money— I just need to work on them.

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STEP 5: TAKE ONE SMALL STEP. Decide on an impossibly small step to take toward a solution. It could be doing ten minutes of research online, or locating a phone number of someone you think might help. Whatever the step is, it is very small—so small that you can barely keep from doing it. You want to put down this article and go do it right away! That’s the best small step. Every day, keep taking one more tiny action. If you find yourself stuck again, go back to step 1 and repeat the process. Then enjoy the freedom of being unstuck!

Carla is a master certified life coach in New Orleans. Have a question for Carla or want to learn more about her programs, events or services? Contact her at carla@ or 504-507-0687.





hoosing local produce is better for the environment, the local economy, your wallet, and your health! Most food sold in the U.S. is shipped from other states or even other countries, especially when that produce item is out of season in your local region. To prevent spoilage during transport, non-local produce is picked before it has fully ripened, preventing it from reaching its full nutrient potential. Once picked, vitamins such as A, C, E, and even certain B vitamins (like folate) begin to decline.

This means that the farther a produce item must travel, the more time it will have for the vitamins and nutrients to diminish before it reaches your table—not to mention the significant environmental impacts those transportation miles have. However, buying local, fresh produce can help to solve this problem! Since local food doesn’t have to travel very far to reach your table, it can be picked at its peak ripeness and ready to eat right away when nutrient values are highest and taste is freshest.

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OF ITS FOLATE (an important B vitamin for people with challenges like anemia) after 8 days, even when stored at optimal temperatures.

LIFECITY MEMBERS SUPPORTING AND/OR CONTRIBUTING TO THE LOCAL FOOD ECONOMY INCLUDE: HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM Since 2008, Hollygrove Market & Farm has worked to increase access of fresh, local produce to Hollygrove and the surrounding neighborhoods through their twice weekly produce market, community gardens, and mentor farmer programs. RECIRCULATING FARMS The Recirculating Farms Coalition is a collaborative group of farmers, educators, non-profit organizations, and many others committed to building local sources of healthy, accessible food. Through research, education, and advocacy, they

work together to support the development of eco-efficient farms that use clean, recycled water as the basis to grow food. They believe these recirculating farms can create stable, green jobs and supply sustainably grown food—fruits, vegetables, herbs, and humanely raised seafood—in diverse communities nationwide, and someday, worldwide. NEW ORLEANS FOOD CO-OP The mission of the New Orleans Food Co-op is to open and operate a community-owned grocery store that: provides access to healthy food at a fair price; is a center of community activity; promotes local and

regional food production; keeps capital and jobs in our community; practices environmental responsibility and sustainability; and reflects our unique and diverse community. SOUTHBOUND GARDENS It is our mission to prove that food can and should be grown sustainably, both environmentally and financially, in an urban setting. All of our produce is grown naturally within New Orleans’ city limits, without pesticides and with minimal organic fertilizer inputs. We seek to bring hard-to-find veggies well-suited to our local climate and culture to the kitchen table. To that end, we

also sell vegetable transplants for the home vegetable garden, bringing forth plants that are hard to find but easy to grow here. Like our produce, all of our plant starts are grown with minimum organic fertilizer inputs in a non-acclimatized hoop house to ensure they are well-suited to withstand the rigors and whims of New Orleans’ temperamental climate and diverse wildlife, all while tasting great. We believe your vegetables needn’t come from the other side of the country, across state lines, beyond the parish, or even past your property line.

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It’s in Style and Easy Care

by Avery Mack

Do less laundry. Live stain-free. Travel lighter. Smell better. Save the planet. ~ Ably Apparel motto


co-friendly fashion used to be an oxymoron, synonymous with frumpy clothing and ugly shoes. Now designers and manufacturers are finding ways to provide attractive and healthier alternatives to common fabrics, especially polyester. After World War II, cotton, wool and linen fell out of favor as wash and wear, stain-resistant, permanent-press polyester arrived. Annual production of the synthetic fiber, consuming petroleum, coal, air and water resources today, exceeds 22 billion tons. Americans alone 26

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discard 14 million tons of clothing each year—80 pounds per person—with 80 percent going to landfills, where polyester takes 20 to 200 years to biodegrade. A host of suppliers are responding to a rising demand for comfortable, trendy, easy-care, high-quality and eco-friendly clothing that’s actually good for you. Here are just a few of these innovators. Ably Apparel, in Seattle, makes hoodies, T-shirts and jogging pants, using Filium-activated, 100 percent cotton fabric free of chemicals and nanoparticles. It repels spills and stains. When wet, it dries 40 percent faster than other materials. Perspiration evaporates through the breathable natural fabric, so Ably clothing doesn’t absorb odors or need to be washed and dried as often, saving water and energy ( FiliumFashion). “The retail industry is one of today’s largest polluters in the world,” says Raj Shah, co-founder of Ably and co-creator

of Filium. “Ably apparel saves time and reduces both carbon emissions and chemical detergent usage, resulting in cleaner water supplies. We’re the first to apply the benefits of Filium to clothing, but hope other companies will follow suit.” The company has three stores and ships worldwide from its website. Farm2Fashion made its New York debut in 2014, featuring ponchos, scarves and wraps crafted from manufacturers’ pre-consumer, recycled cotton scrap, plus local virgin farm fiber under the guidance of Laurie Perrone, creative director and president. Located in Cornwall, New York, the company’s artisan-inspired products are available through stores and the Web. ( “Our philosophy is simple—design classic products in America with substance and sustainability, while creating a low carbon footprint,” says Perrone. “We encourage customers to pass our

TINYURL.COM/27ECOFASHIONBRANDS shows trending sustainable options for women THEGOODTRADE.COM/FASHION offers organic, fair trade, ethical brands for men/women/children

products from generation to generation. Apparel and other textile goods in America used to be made at home for families and friends. We want to bring some of that back to life.” Orgotton’s classic “little black dress” takes on fresh personalities via two long straps that change its appearance from a modest one-shoulder to a dressier backless version, halter style or a variation with cap sleeves. Made to order in Philadelphia, the five-way short dress expands a woman’s wardrobe with a single purchase ( The dress is 65 percent bamboo, 27 percent organic cotton and 8 percent Spandex; it’s washable in cold water and dries flat, saving energy. Orgotton’s Infinity Collection comprises a long dress, short dress, romper and bodysuit. Alis Living (AlisLiving. com) lifestyle boutique, in Scottsdale, Arizona, is owner Janet Ellis’ creation. “In 2007, I taught meditation classes and noticed the women were not enjoying life fully. Life should not be stressful,” she observes. “The skin is the largest organ on the body and clothing fabrics are often treated with formaldehyde. So we exclusively focus on organic clothing.” Her motto is, “Dress healthy, look good, have fun.”

The clothing she carries is so simple and versatile that a change in accessories can take a dress from daytime business wear to evening elegance. “It used to be harder to find eco-friendly clothing. It’s easier now,” Ellis remarks. We carry Blue Canoe, Indigenous, Onno, Shupaca and Synergy fashion lines, adding more brands as we discover them.” As a Master Gardener, Ellis also offers organic cooking classes for customers, harvesting from an on-site garden, thus creating a conscious community for women. “We want to serve one another and live joyously, but too often don’t make time for ourselves,” she says. “We’re concerned about human health and the planet. We believe that we don’t have to do harm in order to enjoy good fashion, food and fun.” Fashion personality and creation, organic gardening, mindful art, meditation and yoga on the lawn are other classes offered on-site. Eco-friendly clothing used to be synonymous with frumpy, wrinkled skirts and blouses and ugly shoes. Now designers and manufacturers are finding ways to provide the attractive and eco-healthy clothing more women want to wear. Connect with the freelance writer via natural awakenings

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calendarofevents markyourcalendar Blue Cliff College Massage Dept. Continuing Education CEUs for LMTs August 19 & 20, 2017 Atoning Chakra Massage, Toshii Cooper

September 23 & 24, 2017 Hot Stone Massage, Derrie Bergeron, LMT

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Synergetic Myofascial Therapy Certification, Magnus Eklund

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Massage Cupping Therapy Introduction Annie Garic, ACE Educator

January 13-15, 2018

Massage Cupping Certification, Annie Garic, ACE Educator For information: 504-293-0972.

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Yes, Yoga Open House

9am-7pm. Come see what Yes, Yoga is about—free yoga classes all day! Open party from 4:30-7pm. Light snacks, drinks, and good company. Free. Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. Photo courtesy

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Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr., New Orleans. 504-454-2000

Eat Fit Demo and Tour – 10-11am. Free. Whole Foods Market, 3420 Veterans Blvd, New Orleans. 504-703-6900. EatFitNOLA@gmail. com.

JULY 15, 2017 Teaching the Softer Side of Yoga – 2:306:30pm. Weekend Teacher Training Course. Wild Lotus Yoga. 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans. 504899-0047.

JULY 16, 2017 JULY 6, 2017 Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr., New Orleans. 504-454-2000

JULY 7, 2017 Turning Grief Into Gratitude – 4pm. Through July 9. Weekend meditation retreat with Bhante Buddharakhita. $50. Flowering Lotus Meditation & Retreat Center, 204 S Clark St, Magnolia, MS. Call for more info: 504.881.6566 or register online at

JULY 8, 2017 Health Updates Video Discussion – 2-4pm. Also July 15. Facilitated video with discussions. $10. Affordable Healing Arts. 2372 St Claude Ave, Suite 220, New Orleans.


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Yoga in the Garden – 10-11am. In collaboration with Pilates and Yoga Loft, visit Longue Vue House and Gardens for an all-level yoga session held in one of our tranquil garden spaces. Please arrive at 9:45 a.m. Guests may tour the gardens afterwards. $10 Suggested Donation. Longue Vue House & Gardens, 7 Bamboo Rd, New Orleans. 504-293-4721. Bikram Floor Series Posture Workshop – 12:302:30pm. Learn proper alignment, breath cues, and muscle engagement to make you more at ease in your practice. $20 advance/$25 door. Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@

Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000 Pranic Energizing Workshop w/ Zach – 2:305pm. Wild Lotus Yoga. 2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-0047. TeamLotus@

JULY 23, 2017 Roots & Wings: Arm Balances & Forearm Stand w/ AC Lambeth – 3-5:30pm. $35. Wild Lotus Yoga. 2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-0047.

JULY 26, 2017 Love Yourself, Heal Your Life® Workshop – 9:30am-5:30pm. Empower your transition. $90. The Women’s Center for Healing and Transformation. 71667 Leveson Street, Abita Springs. Eat Fit Demo and Tour – 10-11am. Free. Whole Foods Market. 300 N Broad St, New Orleans. 504-703-6900.

Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr., New Orleans. 504-454-2000

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Eat Fit Demo and Tour – 6-7pm. Whole Foods Market. 3450 Highway 190, Mandeville. 504-703-6900.

JULY 29, 2017 Mid-Week Mindfulness – 6-7pm. Soothe your soul under the shade of our oak canopy with a mindfulness meditation led by Dr. Jess Tregle. Decompress from your summer stress and set your intention for the days ahead. Please arrive a few minutes early. Bring your own mat or blanket. $10 Suggested Donation. Longue Vue House & Gardens, 7 Bamboo Rd, New Orleans. 504-293-4721. MReyna@LongueVue. com. Weird Wine Wednesday: Natural Wine Tasting – 6-7pm. Free. Spirit Wine. 3500 Magazine St, New Orleans.

JULY 27, 2017 Eat Fit Demo and Tour – 10-11am. Free. Whole Foods Market. 5600 Magazine St, New Orleans. 504-7036900.

Conscious Connected Breathing w/ Jack Fontana – 2:30-5pm. Wild Lotus Yoga. 2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-0047. TeamLotus@

JULY 30, 2017 Mastering the Law of Attitudes – 11am12:30pm. Learn how attitudes shape our lives, to shift attention to create change, the value of child-like wonder, the use of creative imagination, to think from the end. Free. New Orleans Healing Center. 2372 St Claude Ave, 4th Floor, New Orleans. 504-305-5030. Southeast@ Self Care Workshop w/ Farah – 1-4pm. Wild Lotus Yoga. 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans. 504-899-0047. TeamLotus@

UNITY NEW ORLEANS SPIRITUAL CENTER IS OFFERING A FREE CLASS TO STUDY THE TEACHINGS OF YOGANANDA, AN INDIAN YOGI AND GURU BORN IN 1893 WHO INTRODUCED MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TO THE PRACTICES OF MEDITATION AND KRIYA YOGA. Yogananda emphasized the unity of the world’s great religions. Class participants will read and discuss two of his books, “The Yoga of Jesus: Understanding the Hidden Teaching of the Gospels” and two-volume “The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You,” compilations of Yogananda’s writings about the gospels. Sundays at 9:45 a.m. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center 504-252-6290 3722 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans

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Introduction to Zen Meditation – 8:30 am (except the first Sunday of the month). By donation. Mid-City Zen, 3248 Castiglione St, Sunday Morning Meditation – 9am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. A Course in Miracles – 9:30am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. Science of Being – 9:30am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. The Yoga of Jesus – 9:45am. Class based on the Yogananda book The Yoga of Jesus. All are invited. Free. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 11am. 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. Sunday Celebration Service – 11am. Unity of Metairie. 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, 504885-7575. Eckankar – 11am-12pm. Discover what Eckankar can do for you to enrich your life with Divine Guidance. NO Healing Center, 2371 St Claude Ave, 4th floor. Basic/Beginners Aikido Class – 3:30pm4:30pm. Practice the art of peace. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste. 103 in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-208-4861. Info@ Yin Yoga- 5-6pm. Gentle, restorative yoga: Long holds. Deep stretching. Props. Yoga newbies encouraged! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans.

monday Basic/Beginners Aikido Class – 6:15pm7:15pm. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste. 103 in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-208-4861.

tuesday Qigong/Dao-In – Noon. Tues & Thurs. Bring a mat. $5/class. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, 4th flr, New Orleans. 985-4670900 or


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thursday Qigong/Dao-In – Noon. Tues & Thurs. Bring a mat. $5/class. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, 4th flr, New Orleans. 985-4670900 or

Connected Warriors Yoga – 12-1pm. Higher Power Yoga and Cycle, 514 City Park Ave, Free Yoga for Veterans, Service members, active, military, and their friends and family.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga –6-7:15pm. Free. Popp’s Bandstand, in front of Morning Call in City Park. 56 Dreyfous Drive. Bring a mat, a water bottle, and a friend.

Yoga in the Cathedral - 5:30-6:30pm. Bring your own mat. Free (donations accepted.) Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans.

Northshore Table Tennis Club – 6:30-9:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs.

Yoga at the Peristyle – 6-7:30pm. Free. Peristyle on City Park. All levels flow. Bring a mat, a water bottle, and a friend.

Peaceful Mamas Monthly Class for Busy Moms – 7:45-9:15pm. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown. 504-899-0047.

Relax, Release, and Renew – 6:30-7:30pm. Weekly series to build coping skills, create deep relaxation, nourish your mind/body/spirit, and enhance life. $10 Suggested Donation. Affordable Healing Arts. 2372 St Claude Ave, Suite 220, New Orleans. Northshore Table Tennis Club – 6:30-9:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs.

wednesday Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Free. Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave. Prayer and Healing – 11am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave. 504-899-3390. Aerial Yoga: Power – 4:30-5:30pm. $15 drop-in. Transform NOLA, 8509 Oak Street, New Orleans. 985-640-2648. Wellness Wednesdays: Ideal Protein – 5-5:30pm. Majoria Drug Store, 888 Terry Parkway, Terrytown. 504-392-1551. melissa@ Community Meditation – 6-7pm. Love Offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. Core + More! – 6-6:50pm. Transform NOLA, 8509 Oak St, 985-640-2648. mia@ Basic/Beginners Aikido Class – 6:15-7:15pm. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103, in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-2084861. A Course in Miracles – 6:30pm. Facilitated by Mary Beth Ellis. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504899-3390. A Course in Miracles Discussion – 7pm. Join Rev Jack Fowler. Love offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575.

friday Jammin’ Community Hot Quickie – 5:306:30pm. Bikram-style class to music. Live DJ and Oak St. Happy Hour on the fourth Friday of every month! Donation suggested. Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@ New Orleans Spiritual Awakening Group – 6-9pm. New Orleans Spiritual Awakening Group sponsored by Homeward Bound Services. May Wen. Broadmoor Arts and Wellness, 3900 General Taylor St., NOLA. neworleansspiritualawakening. Beginners Yoga / Level 1 Vinyasa – 6-7pm. Free. Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor. Bring a mat, a towel, and a water bottle along with any other props you wish to bring.

saturday Northshore Table Tennis Club – 9:30am12:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs. Yoga and Guided Meditation – 10-11:30am. Yoga nidra with Katrina Zech. $15 donation. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. Level Up Intermediate Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. A challenging practice to bring you to the next level! Arm balances. Backbends. Inversions. 95 degrees. Come be playful and learn to fall in style! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans.


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