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Open my mind to the possibilities. I might not be right, and I don’t have to be. Children and young adults know much more than I think they know. Communication is complicated and personal. It has to be customized to situations and personalities. Nothing is as it seems to be. Many times, I need to shut up and listen. Learning is never ending. My empathy and companions speak a lot about me. Unconditional love is a great space. If I want to understand, I must step out of my shoes and into yours. Assume nothing. Helping others helps me. Listening is an art form and constant work. Love trumps just about everything. Humans are complicated. We are all connected. Pain is a great motivator. Someday is today. I can’t change anyone. Dragging people along never works. Growing, changing, and fixing my life is all about me. Trying to avoid problems always comes back to bite me. Acceptance is the key to peace of mind and serenity. Having passion drives my life. Blame never, ever works. No one can fix me but me. My happiness is my responsibility. Babies are the best.

Seeing the good in everything is hard but worth it. Practice, practice, practice. Through practice, I can do almost anything. The way I think, adjust, and reframe my thinking is the key to letting go. Being positive it is a decision I can make. You can be rich and miserable. Gratitude helps my attitude. Life has many paths. Expect good things to happen. Logic is subjective, and in some cases hard to understand. Experience matters. We are all insecure at some level, and that’s okay. Low self-esteem hurts but is fixable for most. Impressing myself is much more important than impressing you. We all like to be recognized and loved. Life is difficult—dealing with it is a learning curve. I do not know what is good for anyone, I just might think I know. Slowing down works, though it seems counterproductive. It is so hard trying to be perfect. Hiding what is shameful is a mistake. Love is the answer. Life is one breath at a time, staying in the moment is difficult but rewarding. “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff ” is a great book to live by. Meditation helps me with perspective. Life is not the way I want it to be—it is just the way it unfolds. Accepting it is the key to life. Life is beautiful, so let’s do it again.

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Raw fruit and vegetables are better for mental health than canned, cooked or otherwise processed produce, report researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago. Their survey of more than 400 young adults from their country and the U.S., published in Frontiers in Psychology, found a correlation between eating raw produce and measures of psychological well-being, positive mood and life satisfaction. “The cooking and processing of produce likely limits the delivery of nutrients that are essential for optimal emotional functioning,” says co-author Tamlin Conner, Ph.D. The top 10 raw foods for mental health are carrots, bananas, apples, dark leafy greens, grapefruit, lettuce, other citrus, berries, cucumbers and kiwis.

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Gratefulness is a proactive orientation to life that originates inside. You wake with a sense of thankful awareness for the gift of another day, of all the miraculous things your body did overnight to keep you alive and healthy and an all-encompassing sense of the great fullness of life. Gratitude is more of a response to something going well; anything from receiving the perfect present to five green lights on the way home to beautiful weather. It can become an addictive pursuit to try to get life to deliver something positive again and again, whereas gratefulness emanates from a more unconditional core. Thanksgiving bubbles up when we’re so filled with a sense of gratefulness—that great fullness—that we overflow into finding ways to express thanks aloud and in actions, such as delivering praise or being of service.

In what way is happiness related to gratefulness?

The truth is that it’s not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. We can have all the things that should make us happy, and that we wish would make us happy, but unless we feel grateful for what we have, it’s likely nothing will truly make us happy. Happiness can be susceptible to outside circumstance, whereas gratefulness is an orientation we can more consistently maintain.

How do we cultivate gratefulness as a way of being, rather than an intermittent feeling?

It’s a three-step process: stop, look and go. First, we pause to be present; slow down enough to notice all the things for which we can be grateful. Second, we enlarge our perspective to take nothing for granted and acknowledge that life is short and uncertain, so we are grateful each day we wake up. This step is also about being aware of our privileges, starting with our ability to see, hear, move about and function. It keeps us aware, awake and alert. Consider how we feel when electricity returns after an outage or when we can use our hand or foot after a cast comes off. Within minutes, we can forget how appreciative we were for those things, so we need to build reminders into our lives. Third, we generate possibilities. Find ways to express appreciation or nurture something we care about by engaging in an actively grateful way. Even when we suffer hardship, shifting our awareness to notice whatever is sufficient, abundant and beautiful enables us to be grateful. This creates a ripple effect, bringing more reasons to be grateful. It’s a radical way to live.

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Holiday Favorite: Nachos Lighten it up: Everyone loves to nosh on crunchy nachos while they mix and mingle. This holiday swap the usual corn chips for better-for-you versions made from veggies, black beans or sweet potatoes. Top with shredded rotisserie chicken, cooked organic dried beans, low-fat cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes or salsa and some low-fat sour cream on the side, and these nachos will be the star of the evening. “Black beans are loaded with fiber and protein, which will fill you up and keep you satiated,” says Perez. “Together with the lean chicken and low-fat cheese and veggies on top, you’re getting a lot of nutrition in just a small helping.”


erving up healthy snacks for a holiday party is easier (and tastier) than ever. With a bit of advanced planning, it’s easy to create delectable party appetizers that are both healthy and delicious.

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ratitude for the bounty in our lives has been a constant in every American Thanksgiving since the Pilgrims’ first celebration at Plymouth Plantation. What has changed is the menu. Many holiday hosts today wish to be inclusive and respect everyone’s increasingly restrictive dietary needs. A few dishes that offer naturally gluten-free, paleo and plant-based options never go amiss, especially when we’re talking pie. It’s easy to make a plant-based pie—think pumpkin, sweet potato and chocolate. As a bonus, many vegan pies can be made ahead and actually taste better the next day.

The Crust

A mellow nut crust might be the best way to go; pecans or almonds, sweetened with dates, crumbled in the food processor and pressed into a pie pan. It’s deliciously easy and can be made the day before, always a plus at holiday time. Gluten-free vanilla, chocolate or gingersnap cookie crumbs, mixed with a little coconut oil pressed into the pan, can serve as an alternative to nuts.

The Filling

The freshest filling makes the freshest-tasting pie. Winter vegetables such as squash, small sugar or pie pumpkins or sweet potatoes can be baked in the oven and puréed in the food processor days ahead of time. Or, make the purées weeks ahead and freeze them, ready to thaw for a recipe. 20 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/S. Warren Co. Edition

Award-winning cookbook author Deborah Madison, author of Seasonal Fruit Desserts: From Orchard, Farm, and Market, in Galisteo, New Mexico, preheats her oven to 375° F. “Cut the squash in half, the pumpkins into quarters, scrape out the seeds and brush the cut surfaces with a vegetable oil such as sunflower or safflower,” she suggests. “Place the squash or pumpkins cutside-down on a sheet pan. Prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Bake the vegetables until tender, about 40 minutes,” says Madison. When baked, scoop out the flesh, discard the rinds or skin and purée the flesh in a food processor. About two cups of purée equals a 15-ounce can of pumpkin, sweet potato or butternut squash. Pies made with fresh purées will have a lighter color and flavor. Madison says she prefers natural sweeteners. “Honey and maple syrup are so dynamic—they’re more like foods in their own right than just sweeteners.” Maple and date sugars give pies a deep, caramelized flavor. Always taste test during preparation, recommends Alissa Saenz, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, who blogs at She loves a big dose of chai spices and little dose of sweetener in her Vegan Chai-Spiced Sweet Potato Pie. But pie is personal. “I recommend tasting your batter to decide if you’d prefer a little more or less of each,” she says.

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An ethereal cloud of coconut whipped cream can taste just as delicious as the dairy version, says vegan baker and cookbook author Fran Costigan, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She refrigerates a 14-ounce can of unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk for at least 24 hours. After opening it, she spoons out only the solid coconut cream into a chilled bowl, saving the remaining liquid coconut milk for another use. She whips the coconut cream with an electric mixer until fluffy, adding a natural sweetener and vanilla extract if desired. It all makes for a perfectly healthy plant pie. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Yields: Filling for one nine-inch vegan pecan-date pie crust 18 oz vegan or dairy-free chocolate chips 1 (14-oz) can unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk ½ cup almond or cashew butter Place the chocolate chips in a medium mixing bowl. Spoon the almond butter on top of the chocolate chips. Set aside.

Vegan Pecan-Date Pie Crust The crust takes minutes to make and then press into a pie pan. Yields: One nine-inch pie crust 1½ cups pitted dates, preferably Medjool, coarsely chopped 1½ cups chopped pecans ¼ tsp sea salt 2 tsp coconut oil Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes. Remove the dates from the water and pat dry. Place the dates, pecans and salt in the bowl of a food processor and blend until the mixture sticks together. Lightly oil the bottom and sides of a nineinch pie or springform pan.

Spoon the entire can of coconut milk into a saucepan. Over medium heat, stir and bring to a simmer until small bubbles form around the perimeter of the pan. Pour the hot coconut milk over the chocolate chips and almond butter. Make sure all the chocolate is covered with the hot milk. Let it sit for three to five minutes to melt the chocolate. Whisk by hand until the mixture becomes smooth, shiny and dark. Pour into the prepared crust. Refrigerate the completed pie until it is firm and ready to serve. Inspired by and adapted from recipes by Nava Atlas, at, Fran Costigan at and Ashley Adams, who blogs at

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Yields: Filling for one nine-inch vegan pecan-date pie crust 2 large sweet potatoes ¾ cup coconut milk 3 Tbsp maple syrup 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 Tbsp arrowroot or tapioca starch 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon 1 Tbsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cardamom ½ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp ground cloves ½ tsp sea salt Preheat the oven to 400° F. Poke a few holes in each sweet potato using a sharp knife. Place the sweet potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake until very soft, about 45 minutes. Or microwave them for about eight minutes, checking every minute or so after the first five minutes. Remove from oven and slice the sweet potatoes open to allow the steam to escape. Let them sit a few minutes to cool. Lower the oven temperature to 375° F. When the sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, scoop out the insides and place them into a food processor bowl. Add the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Process the filling until smooth, stopping to scrape the bowl as needed. Pour the batter into a prepared pie crust and smooth out the top with a rubber scraper.

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Add the slurry to the simmering pumpkin mixture and cook over medium heat for five to six minutes, stirring continuously. Transfer this mixture to a blender or food processor, add in the pitted (unsoaked) Medjool dates and blend until smooth. Pour the filling into a prepared crust, then bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing and serving. Adapted recipe and photo courtesy of Caitlin Shoemaker, of Miami, FL; FromMyBowl. com/pecan-pumpkin-custard-pie.

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“Maintenance massage is great for helping your pet stay at their peak level of health for as long as possible. It’s also a great tool for monitoring and early detection,” says Kim Tews, a certified small animal massage practitioner located near Portland, Oregon. Jonathan Rudinger, a registered nurse, licensed massage therapist and authority on canine massage in Ann Arbor, Michigan, explains that massage supports oxygen exchange, helping animals to breathe more deeply, and even encourages coughing to loosen phlegm and debris in the lungs. Increasing both blood and lymphatic circulation is another benefit. “Manual lymphatic drainage massage is a good immune booster, and benefits pets of all breeds and ages,” says Tews. Massage shortens postoperative recovery time for pets and helps decrease inflammation and pain while lowering blood pressure and working to normalize breathing patterns and digestion.

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that it can clear physiological energy blocks. His approach with dogs is to work on the stomach energy meridian, which flows down around the mouth, down both sides of the midline and underneath the abdominal side of the body. It ends up around the anus, beneath the animal’s tail. As the meridian is associated with the emotional brain or limbic system, working on this area is particularly useful for dogs that are fear-biters, food- or dog-aggressive, have separation anxiety or problems with their gastrointestinal tract. Generally speaking, dog massage can be a useful tool for stress relief and relaxation.

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ew Year’s Day, 2019. It’s as cold as Iceland outside, but Bob’s living room is warm and comfortable. He is surrounded by loving family. The fire crackles and smells like every favorite winter rolled into one while the Rose Bowl parade plays on the massive new high definition television he gifted himself for the holidays. He nudges the dog off his feet so that he can get up and have a slice of pie—after all, what goes better with winter and contentedness than pie? Besides, he reasons, tomorrow he will start a diet and this year his resolution will stick. As Bob begins to move, he becomes aware that it takes all his strength just to push off the couch. And he is struggling to

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Supercharge Your Immune System

Natural Ways to Stay Healthy by Kathleen Barnes


ike many other health conditions, challenges to our immune systems are on the rise. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 26.5 million adults and kids have asthma, 50 million have allergies and up to 20 percent get the flu each year. Catching a cold is common, with U.S. adults generally coping with two or three a year and children about twice as many. As many as 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, celiac and lupus, costing $100 billion a year to treat, which is nearly twice the amount spent on cancer care, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. Initial statistics released 20 years ago estimated that 9 million Americans had autoimmune diseases; a five-fold increase since then illustrates the magnitude of the problem.

People that are free of some degree of immune system dysfunction are relatively uncommon.

Identified Culprits

“We are absolutely seeing a rise in immune disorders,” says Michael T. Murray, a doctor of naturopathy in Lyons, Colorado, and author of Chronic Candidiasis: Your Natural Guide to Healing with Diet, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Exercise and Other Natural Methods. “Many factors are responsible for the increase.” He cites the most notable as the widespread use of antibiotics and pesticides; dietary factors, including too much sugar; decreased intake of essential vitamins and minerals; overconsumption of calories in general; lifestyle factors like not getting enough sleep or exercise; excessive alcohol; stress; and exposure to cigarette smoke.

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“The microbiome—the bacterial structure that supports a strong immune system—is largely inherited from the mother during a vaginal birth,” says Sayer Ji, of Miami, Florida, founder of, sponsor of the 2017 Immune Defense Summit and a member of the National Health Federation’s board of governors. “The rising number of Caesarean sections, at nearly one-third of all U.S. births, up from 18 percent in 1997, deprives infants of those naturally occurring bacteria, and can result in immune deficiencies at an early age.” Low-level chronic stress of the kind that occurs in everyday modern life is a leading underlying factor in immune system compromise, says natural health and healing expert Dr. Deepak Chopra, of Carlsbad, California, author of The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life. Along with emotional stress, he points to any kind of inner or outer challenge that pulls us off center. Everyone experiences some stress every day; when unrelieved, it’s been widely shown to have a huge negative impact on our health. “Imbalance can be negative or positive, and so can stress,” says Chopra. “Winning the lottery is just as stressful as going through a divorce. So the challenge isn’t to achieve static balance, but to successfully thrive in stressful surroundings.”

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Unavoidable Toxin

We can’t avoid the toxic exposure that underlies much of the immune dysfunction we are experiencing today, says Wendy Myers, a functional diagnostic nutritionist in Los Angeles, California, and author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue. “Toxins, especially heavy metals like lead and mercury, are in the air, water and soil. Since we can’t escape them, we need to know how they are affecting us and work to neutralize them.” Experts agree that immune challenges can be neutralized and overcome with the right diet and lifestyle, stress management and appropriate supplements to restore and maintain the whole system balance needed to flourish in a world of our own making that stresses us on every level. Cozine/

challenge diet in which gluten, dairy, corn, soy and eggs are all eliminated for three weeks. People with arthritis should also eliminate nightshades like tomatoes and potatoes. “Then add back in the eliminated foods one at a time and carefully note the body’s reaction. It’s not that hard to get a clear picture of what aggravates inflammation such as arthritis pain,” Blum says.

Medical science now generally agrees that the greatest part of the immune system resides in the gut. “We need those trillions of bacteria that live in the digestive tract. Without them, we are unable to defend ourselves from all types of assaults, including the autoimmune diseases, in which the body turns upon itself,” says Ji. “The immune system lines the large and small intestines,” says Dr. Susan Blum, of Rye Brook, New York, author of The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor’s 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease. “The microbes in the gut lining speak to the immune system. Anything that alters the microbes in negative ways—like antibiotics or viral illness, among others—can also negatively alter the immune system.”

The Right Food

Eliminating wheat and dairy can end half of current immune system dysfunction through helping to repair the microbiome and healing the immune system, Ji believes. As one example, “If my mom had known I was allergic to cow’s milk when I was a child, I wouldn’t have suffered for 20 years with bronchial asthma,” he says. An anti-inflammatory diet also speeds gut healing and strengthens the immune system, says Blum. Highlights of her program for a basic clean-up include

The Right Supplements Multivitamins: “High-quality vitamin

and mineral supplements are foundational to immune health,” Murray says. “Vitamins C, E and B and selenium are especially important.”

Digestive enzymes: “Digestive eliminating anything white (sugar and all products made with flour); eating quality fats (cold-pressed vegetable oils, nuts and seeds); protein (grass-fed beef, organic and free-range poultry, wild game and wildcaught fish); organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible and fermented foods daily; limiting and preferably eliminating dairy; and reading labels and banishing additives, chemicals and processed foods. According to CDC statistics, almost everyone has some level of immune dysfunction, so this clean-up diet will benefit most of us, Blum says. After a basic regimen of three weeks or longer, she recommends exploring an elimination and

enzymes are key to restoring gut health, and thereby healing the immune system. They’re useful in reducing immunemediated inflammation in autoimmune disorders,” Murray explains. Australian research from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research confirms that supporting the immune system helps heal inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Instead, these are commonly treated with immune system suppressants that leave the patient with diminished resistance to other diseases. Raw foods, especially pineapple and papaya, are good sources of digestive enzymes. They’re also available as supplements.

Prebiotics and probiotics: Prebiotics, plant fibers that ferment in the colon helping to increase desirable bacteria in the gut, and probiotics, live beneficial bacteria, help restore balance in the microbiome, effectively feeding and strengthening the immune system. Myers suggests that declining levels of friendly bacteria in the gut may actually mark the onset of chronic degenerative disease. Vitamin D: Several studies, including

one from Israel, have shown that people with the highest vitamin D levels have the lowest number of upper respiratory infections. “To ensure optimal vitamin D status, many health advocates, myself included, are recently advocating daily dosages of 2,000 to 5,000 international units (IU), even in apparently healthy adults,” Murray says.   November 2018


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mericans trust bottled more than tap water, but that confidence might work better if reversed. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) notes that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors tap water for more than 90 contaminants, and it must meet the strict standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Nationally distributed bottled water, under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, isn’t as carefully or frequently checked. A quarter of all bottled water is actually filtered tap water, reports the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Concern about safe tap water is relatively recent—in the 1960s, for instance, people worried more about fluoridation than contamination. But since 1990, partly driven by bottled water ads, Gallup polls have shown tap water concerns rising; 63 percent of us now worry about our drinking water “a great deal”. Bottled water is usually safe to drink, but isn’t environmentally friendly. Plastic bottle production in the U.S. requires 17.6 million barrels of oil annually, reports the nonprofit Riverkeeper; plus the energy used to transport it to market, refrigerate

it and collect the empties equals filling the bottles a quarter full of oil. Then, 77 percent of discards end up in the landfill. the Earth Day Network reports. Retail costs range from 89 cents a serving to $8 a gallon for designer water, averaging $1.11 a gallon, compared to .002 cents per gallon for tap water.

What’s in Tap Water Legitimate concerns about tap water exist, mostly because homes built before 1986 likely have lead in their pipes, solder and fixtures, possibly contaminating municipally sourced water. Well water is also susceptible to outside contamination from chemicals and microorganisms that must be monitored. Because lead accumulates in stagnated water in pipes, run the water until it gets as cold as possible; up to two minutes if the taps haven’t been turned on in six hours or more. Other chemicals found in tap water include low levels of chlorine, arsenic, nitrates, atrazine, perchlorate and pathogens, reports the NRDC. Pharmaceutical products can also get into tap water, warns the World Health Organization (WHO). A recent study from the EWG and Northeast-

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Filters can allay tap water worries from municipal or well supplies. Several types—tap-mounted, under-sink and pitchers—are effective and affordable, ranging from $20 to $300. Seek filters certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) testing agency that check for specific contaminants of concern. NSF-42 coding certifies filters that improve water taste and remove both chlorine and particulate matter. NSF-53 is more stringent and requires removal of metals and harmful chemicals. The highest standard, NSF-401, covers filters that eliminate bacteria, pesticides/herbicides and residue from drugs like ibuprofen. Activated carbon filters, which require regular replacement cartridges, remove large particles like sediment and silt. Reverse osmosis filters remove dissolved inorganic solids (including salts) by pushing tap water through a semi-permeable membrane. Ultraviolet water purification is effective at treating bacteria and viruses, but not contaminants such as chlorine, volatile organic compounds or heavy metals. Charcoal pitcher filters are the most common, easiest to use and least expensive, although cartridges add to the cost and are only effective for processing about 40 gallons each. To save money, DIY products allow individuals to refill used cartridges with new activated charcoal. Filter pitchers need to be cleaned regularly because the charcoal can leak, producing mildew, calcium and grime. Faucet-mounted models are easy to install and can be switched easily from filtered to unfiltered water (e.g., for washing up). Under-sink filters and cartridges are effective for up to 200 gallons, but more challenging to install. Connecting to refrigerators and ice makers makes installation more complex, and leakage can be an issue; countertop filters take up space, but are less likely to clog. Consumer Reports says reverse osmosis filters are effective at removing contam-

inants, but can operate slowly, consume cabinet space, need periodic cleaning with bleach and create three to five gallons of wastewater for every gallon filtered. WHO indicates that conventional municipal water treatment processes can remove about half of the compounds associated with pharmaceutical drugs. Advanced treatment like reverse osmosis and nanofiltration can be more efficient, removing up to 99 percent of large pharmaceutical molecules. The first step is a water test. Some state and local health departments offer

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yths abound regarding proper hydration—many of them encouraged by purveyors of bottled water. Gauge personal hydration know-how by answering these true-or-false questions.


If we’re thirsty, we’re already dehydrated.

True. Our kidneys let us know when we need water by sending a “thirsty” message to the brain. “If you ignore that warning, it will go away and other symptoms will occur, such as headache, brain fog, muscle cramps and dry, cool skin, making the dehydration more serious,” warns Chiropractor Livia Valle, of Valins Chiropractic, in Smithtown, New York.


We must drink eight glasses of water every day.

False. Eating fruits and vegetables also bolsters hydration (watermelon and spinach are almost 100 percent water by weight), as do milk, juice and herbal tea, advises the Mayo Clinic.


It’s impossible to overhydrate.

False. Although rare, hyponatremia can result from some diseases, medications and consuming too much water too quickly, causing sodium (salt) levels to plummet; this can lead to nausea and coma, to which marathon runners can be prone (


Electrolyte-enhanced drinks beat out water.

False. Experts say that for most people most of the time, plain water hydrates just as well, which is good news, considering the sugar and artificial dyes in Gatorade and similar electrolyte drinks. Even for athletes, hydrating with electrolytes is called for only after more than an hour of intense, sweaty exercise, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. If concerned about hydrating on an active, steamy day, consider stirring additive- and sugar-free electrolyte tablets or powder into water.


Caffeine causes dehydration.

False. A UK University of Birmingham study of 50 people that drank three to six cups of coffee daily found no significant effects on hydration—perhaps because the water in coffee and tea makes up for any dehydrating effects.


The volume of urine is a better hydration indicator than its color.

True. “Urine color varies based on many factors, including diet,” says exercise physiologist Mary Jayne Rogers, Ph.D., of Albuquerque, New Mexico. “But if you are not producing much urine, it can be a sign that your body is clinging to water and may need more.”

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nplugging with creative and fun activities fosters skills that can last a lifetime. Studies published by the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research & Analysis show that participating in performing and visual arts enhances children’s social skills and emotional processing, builds confidence and improves academic aptitude. “Not every child needs to play a team sport. Team experiences such as working with peers toward a goal, learning to win and lose gracefully and to get along with others can also be learned through the arts,” explains Antonella D’Aloia, a developmental and expressive art teacher with The Whole Child, in Upton, Massachusetts. “Both crafts and expressive artistic creation have huge benefits because they’re usually seen as nonthreatening activities, especially for kids with anxiety or on the autism spectrum. Art offers a safe place in which they can hone new responses to difficult feelings.”

Earth-Based Self-Expression

Weaving, scrapbooking, making friendship bracelets and other art projects involving organic or re-usable materials can demonstrate sustainability while teaching children how to follow directions, cultivate patience and strategize. Healthy cooking classes are a creatively engaging avenue for youths to learn about connections between a healthy Earth and maintaining personal health. Expressing themselves through the visual arts, drama and dance promotes problem-solving and innovation, as does joining a science or Lego club. “It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to try new things,” stresses D’Aloia. “Go to local school concerts, plays and art exhibits. Look for public art in your area. Local libraries often offer great activities for kids.”

Mindful Investments

Instilling mindfulness in children can be both fruitful and far-reaching. “Origami—

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the Japanese art of paper folding without cuts or glue—is a quintessential hobby for centeredness. The act of folding paper is so engrossing that one is very present and in the moment,” says Kathleen Sheridan, origami master and founder of Origami and You, in St. Paul, Minnesota. “Origami stimulates both sides of the brain and helps to build self-esteem. Most of all, it’s fun, portable and inexpensive.” Fostering imagination and using the written word through journaling or storytelling nourishes a child’s inner world. “Creating a short story requires divergent thinking; young writers use their imaginations to generate unique ideas for characters, settings, plots and conflicts. We help them think deeply, write authentically and respect the perspectives of others, while learning to create and share their own stories and experiences,” explains Kimberly O’Connor, young writers program director at Lighthouse Writers Workshops, in Denver, Colorado. “Expressing the exact shape of an iris or the sound of a cricket, for example, requires intense curiosity and attention, two qualities that can serve children and teens indefinitely,” she explains. Such skills can help students anywhere—in the classroom, on the sports field and later, when they begin to search for and find jobs. According to Stanford University research published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, learning an instrument helps to improve children’s reading skills, especially those struggling with dyslexia and other learning challenges. Researchers at the German Institute for Economic Research revealed that learning music amplifies cognitive and non-cognitive skills twice as much as engaging in sports, dance or theater arts. The Wellbeing Project, in Great Britain, has inspired activities such as sewing to benefit well-being. According to research published in the Journal of Public Health, quilting boosts cognitive ability, emotional equilibrium and creativity. Introducing life skills and hobbies that nourish selfhood can be one of our greatest gifts to the next generation. D’Aloia remarks, “Helping our children to express who they are, rather than who we expect

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hanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays—filled with family, friends and, of course, good food. It is wonderful that we have one day during the year dedicated to gratitude, but it does not suffice to be thankful just one day out of three-hundred-sixty-five. At my family’s Thanksgiving gathering we usually go around the table and share one thing we are grateful for. When thinking about an entire year’s worth of blessings, I tend to give thanks for the big things—health, food to eat, a roof over my head, loved ones and another year of school. While it is true that these things deserve much appreciation, it is often the little moments in each day that mean the most: getting a compliment, a friend keeping you company at lunch, teammates cheering you on, etc. These are the elements that make ordinary days special. Taking the time to

recognize the blessings within each day can help ground us in the present. At a conference I attended last year, Jean Clervil, a powerful writer and speaker, stressed the importance of expressing appreciation. He led an exercise where everyone in the crowd sent a text to a family member or friend saying “I appreciate you.” That was it, no context or explanation, just “I appreciate you.” He then surveyed the audience to hear some of the responses; it was amazing to listen to some people’s confusion at getting such a message. Some even frantically texted back asking if the sender was okay, wondering if they had been in an accident. Another common response was “Aw, I appreciate you too! This text made my day.” Listening to these replies, I realized how showing gratitude for the important people in our lives can be a rarity. We often take for granted that our important

people know how special they are to us, and we forget to actually express that to them. A random message letting someone know their value to you shows genuine appreciation and often means more than a staged “thank you.” With this in mind, expressing gratitude on a daily basis carries the sentiment of Thanksgiving through the entire year, as opposed to just a single day. Hannah Adamson is a senior in high school. She practices meditation and takes ThetaHealing courses with Reshma Shah in Westfield, New Jersey.

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Coordinator of our Natural Awakenings Local Yoga Directory

Screen Time Yoga By Rosie Lazroe


his past summer, I made an agreement with myself to significantly limit my screen time. I chose to deactivate all social media accounts, and vowed not to look at my phone immediately before bed and upon waking. By September, I noticed that my eyes were brighter, I had adapted a healthy sleep/wake cycle, and my mind felt refreshed. My screen time has definitely increased since then, but it is during this time of year that we need to be especially careful about how long we stare at our screens. With unpredictable weather patterns, and temperature changes during the fall season, the nervous system and the immune system become greatly affected. On top of that, too much screen time can throw the nervous system off kilter, making us feel less grounded and more anxious. Feelings of stress can lower the immune system, making us more susceptible to colds and infections. If you are required to spend many hours on your electronics, take a daily pause to practice these four yogic techniques.

n Seated twist: Yogic twisting can support a healthy digestive tract, which can help keep sickness at bay. Seated in a chair or on the floor, bring both hands onto your right thigh. Sit up tall, breath in, then exhale and twist the upper body to the right side. Do not pull with your hands, just rest in your twist and take five slow, full breaths. With each breath you are wringing out toxins from your digestive organs. Repeat on the other side. n Side stretch: Deep breathing can assist the lungs in removing bacteria. From seated or standing position, bring both hands onto your head and interlace your fingers. Lean your upper body to the right, and feel the left side of your body open up. Take five slow, deep breaths to inflate your left lung into your entire left rib cage. With each breath you are inviting the lungs to expel mucus and bacteria. Exhale deeply. You may cough, so have tissues handy. Repeat on the other side. n Rest: Breathing efficiently causes the diaphragm to move up and down, which massages the internal organs. This helps

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n Eye stretch: Cover your eyes with your hands and open your eyes into the dark beneath your palms. Very gently circle the eyeballs, blink the eyes, look up and down. Move slowly. As we do this, the muscles behind the eyes stretch, which can be very soothing after a lot of screen time. Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, you can contact her at 732-596-7384, or visit

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The death of the world’s last male northern white rhino has rendered the species functionally extinct, which means the only hope of reviving the population is through in vitro fertilization. World Wildlife Fund head of campaigns Colin Butfield calls this a “uniquely bad situation.” Two other animals, the vaquita, a very rare porpoise discovered in 1958, and the Javan rhino are facing the same fate. Many other species, including the Sumatran rhino, black rhino, Amur leopard, forest elephant and Bornean orangutan are considered critically endangered, some with fewer than 100 individuals left. The International Union for Conservation of Nature currently considers 5,583 species of plant, mammal, bird, amphibian and marine life critically endangered.

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Citigroup is no longer financing mining projects that dump mine waste into the ocean. The move comes in response to pressure from the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, which calls on financial institutions to divest from any project or company that employs the practice. “Banks and financial institutions must actively take steps to ensure that they are not bankrolling the destruction of our oceans,” says campaign coordinator Ellen Moore of Earthworks. Mine waste can contain up to three dozen dangerous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, mercury and cyanide. These metals accumulate in fish, and ultimately, the wildlife and people that eat them. The pollution contaminates drinking water, decimates ecosystems and destroys fisheries. While the outdated practice has been phased out in many parts of the world, new mining proposals in Papua New Guinea and Norway signal that such dumping is being ramped up, not phased out.

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Organic shoppers may see additional labeling on produce. More than a dozen farmers and scientists from around the country met to create the standards for an additional organic certification pilot program called the Real Organic Project (ROP), which they plan to initially introduce at 20 to 60 farms. Under the current U.S. Department of Agriculture program, the organic label means that produce has been grown without synthetic substances or genetic engineering; it doesn’t specify whether produce was grown in water or soil, which the new labeling would address.


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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Discover Peach in a Himalayan Salt Room – 6pm. Unwind from your week with a Halotherapy session and learn about Peach: a classy, chic, clothing line for The Modern Woman of Today! Two winners will receive $50 off their purchase. Free. Space is limited. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton. Register: 609-285-3115. Cosmic Light Language Ceremony – 6:30-9pm. Light language is sound frequency that “speaks” directly to your heart. Together we share an evening of meditation & activation as we share our soul tone. $20. Gaia’s Gifts, 76 E. Washington Ave., Washington. 908-223-1331 or EnlightenedEffulgence@ymail. com. Learning to Love – 7-9pm. Free discussion groups based on the Pathwork teachings for selfawareness and transformation. Trenton area: Carol, Hamilton area: Amy, Reiki Study Group – 7:30-9:30pm. Practice and share Reiki and refine your skills and align your energy with like-minded people. $20. $10/Masters. Location: Cranbury. Cost $20 or, $10 for Master.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Free Community Self-Care Day – Events: Chai With Rumi Poetry Circle, Labyrinth Mindfulness Walking Meditation, Vegetarian Potluck Dinner, Kirtan Chant Song Circle. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St., Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. 609-4543140.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 “Are You Manifesting Yet? Following up!” – 10:30am. Speaker: Rev. Della Menechella. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people.  Followed by refreshments and conversation.  Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. The Hero and Heroine of the Dream Workshop – 12-2pm. Presenter: Valerie Meluskey, PhD. Workshop based on her book, Dreaming Since Eve: An Exploration of Dreaming and Sexuality. Examine our dreams for our personal guidance. $35. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. 908-730-8792.

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Learn to Read Tea Leaves – 2-4pm. Tasseography: learn the divination method of reading tea leaves, from preparing the tea, drinking and seeing the images left behind. $40. Gaia’s Gifts, 76 E. Washington Ave., Washington. 908-223-1331 or

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Learning to Love – Hillsborough Library: 6:458:45pm. Princeton Fellowship in Prayer: 7-9pm. Free discussion groups based on the Pathwork teachings for self-awareness and transformation. Hillsborough: Mary, Princeton: Amy, Reiki Level I Class with Anne Koenig and Valerie Balling – 7-9pm. Nov. 7, 14. Learn history of Reiki, how to use grounding meditation and feel the energy of yourself and others to eliminate stress, tension and pain. $95. Must pre-register. Info: Anne Koenig, Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Stop Smoking/Lose Weight/Sleep Better with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm: Stop Smoking with Hypnosis. Eliminate tobacco craving while minimizing discomfort. 7:30-8:30pm: Lose Weight with Hypnosis. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe effective program. 8:30-9:30pm: Better Sleep with Hypnosis. Techniques to fall asleep easier. $49. Edison JCC, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison. Contact 908-3037767 or Reiki Circle in a Himalayan Salt Room – 6:30pm. Reiki Practitioner Kathleen Quigley shares her healing energy. Reiki healing, guided meditation. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton. Register: 609-285-3115.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Children’s Aerial Parties – Available from 4-8pm (ongoing). True Definition, 1931 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. Questions:


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Free Community Yoga Day/Open House- 7:30am2pm. Free aerial and floor yoga all day. Café refreshments, reading room and Oasis Meditation Atrium. Space is limited. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. 609-4543140.

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Reiki Level 1 & 2 Certification Class – 8:30am6pm. Nov. 10,11. Discover your innate healing ability, aline yourself and start healing your life and others. Both levels: $465, $265 for one. Location: Cranbury. Info: 609-495-4229. Register: and click event. Qi Healing Clinic – 1pm. Observe or experience the methods of medical Qi Gong, an ancient form of Chinese medicine. Instructors will be on hand to answer any questions. No appointment required. Free. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. QiGongforHealing. com.

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plantoattend FREE QI HEALING CLINIC November 10 • 1pm-Closing Get To Know More About Some Of The Best Things You Can Do For Yourself: Experience Qi Healing, Learn the specific Qi Gong exercise that will benefit you. Enjoy a Qi Gong routine. Try some principles of Tai Qi. Meet the Bemer—ask Fran Hang out, talk to the teachers, have some healthy munchies & tea. Qi Gong for Healing Center 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. For information 908-647-1563 •

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Self-Care Day Retreat – 9am-2pm. Theme: Immune Support & Soothing Inflammation. $85. Awakening Point Yoga, 254A Mountain Ave., Ste 2A, Hackettstown. Register: 973-670-7421. “YOLO or FOMO: Is This Divine Guidance?” – 10:30am. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Karen Kushner. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people.  Followed by refreshments and conversation.  Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. Restorative Yoga – 12-1:30pm. Instructor: Deb Vari. Restful, passive form of yoga designed to open the body deeply but gently. Essential oils available for use as enhancement. $20. Sand

Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Info: Gentle.Yoga@ or Overcoming Grief Workshop – 12-2pm. Presenter: Barbara Steingas, author of Solving the Grief and Loss Puzzle. Workshop: “Out of the Darkness into the Light: Overcoming Grief.” She will share her top physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strategies to process loss. $40. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. 908-730-8792 or Unity@

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Breakfast Benefits: Learn about Laser Treatment – 8:30am. 2nd Mon/month. All are welcome to share breakfast and learn about the benefits of laser treatment. Facilitated by Dr. Paul M. Bizzaro, D.C. Free. Dr. Bizzaro’s office, 81 S Main St., Yardley, PA. RSVP: 215-493-6589.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR Testing - 3-6pm. Testing by Spectracell and Vibrant Wellness Labs. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900. Essential Oils Workshop – 7-8pm. Theme: Homework & Headache Session for Teens and Tweens. Instructor: Carolyn Peucker. Learn how essential oils can bring comfort and support to you and your family. $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Register: 732-809-4664 or How to Survive the Holidays: Organizing for the Season of Stress – 7-9pm. If the holiday season usually feels like a tornado has set down in your life, a little advanced planning and preparation might give you the leg up you need. $35. Madison Adult School, 170 Ridgedale Ave., Madison. Register:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Thermography Medical Imaging – 9am-7pm. Facilitator: Lisa Mack. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Info: 609618-6545.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Bath – 6:30pm. Experience the vibrational healing effects of a sound

bath. $20/advance. $25/at the door. Awakening Point Yoga Studio, 254A Mountain Ave., Ste 2A, Hackettstown. Register: 973-670-7421. Suppers Program – 6:30-8:30pm. Theme: Healthy Thanksgiving. A friendly space for individuals to transition their way towards a healthy lifestyle. Learn to cook, taste, and feel their way to vibrant health. Fee: cost of the meal plus a small donation. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Maryann: 732-419-3551.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 “Women, Power and Freedom” – 10am-12pm. Open to all women. Safe space to share fears, weaknesses, hearts and to connect with other women. Feel loving support and acceptance. Coffee. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton’s office, 812 Rt. 206 S, Ste 220, Princeton. 609-924-8422. Meditation to Master Your Thoughts – 1:30-4pm. Our thoughts are powerful agents of creation- how do we actually get a handle on this? Learn new perspectives based on the Pathwork teachings. $50. $25 if you bring a friend. Princeton Fellowship in Prayer, 291 Witherspoon St, Princeton. Amy: Homeopathic Consultations with Virangini Cindy Rounsaville, – 2-4pm. By appointment only. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Info and appointments: 908-996-6761. Make Your Own Bath Salts in a Himalayan Salt Room – 5pm. Epsom salts leave skin feeling silky smooth. Infused with essential oils. Halogenerator disperses salt throughout the air to help alleviate any allergies, colds, or congestion! 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton. 609-2853115. Meet and Greet with Photographer Matthew Loscialo – 6-8pm. Meet Matthew on the closing night of his award-winning photography exhibit. Just Chill, 47 Main St, Clinton. For information, contact 908-335-4480 or Monthly Open Mic Night – 7pm. 3rd Sat/ month. Fun, relaxing evening of music and refreshments. Free. Food/beverages available for a love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. RSVP: 908-730-8792 or Unity@

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Grand Kirtan Concert & Yoga Experience – Nov. 17, 18. Presenters: Jai Uttal and Visambhar Sheeth. Vocal journey through sacred sounds of ancient India. $35/advance. $45/at the door for each day. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Register: 609-454-3140.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Free Aerial Dance Classes – 9am-12pm. Everything you love about a dance class, with the compliment of using aerial silks to build strength and flexibility. True Definition, 1931 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. Questions: Annual Gratitude and Thanksgiving Service – 10:30am. Each person is given the opportunity to share their gratitude. It’s a wonderful time to bring family, neighbors and friends. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, 345 River Rd, (Rt 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Turkey Tower – 10:30-11:30am. Join Geraldine Smith for our classic Push N Pull Pilates tower class with extra strength to burn calories pre-turkey day! True Definition, 1931 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. Questions: Toni@True-Definition. com. Stop Smoking/Lose Weight/Sleep Better with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm: Stop Smoking with Hypnosis. Eliminate tobacco craving while minimizing discomfort. 7:30-8:30pm: Lose Weight with Hypnosis. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe effective program. 8:30-9:30pm: Better Sleep with Hypnosis. Techniques to fall asleep easier. $59. West Windor-Plainsboro South High School, 346 Clarksville Rd., Princeton Junction. Contact 908-303-7767, 609-716-5030 x5034 or

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Thanksgiving Eve Relaxation Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Instructor: Roberta Brassard. Leave all of the holiday preparations at home and prepare to relax and decompress. $10 plus a non-perishable food

or household item donation. Califon Yoga Studio, 438 County Rd 512, Califon. RSVP: RAB12357@ Turkey Tower – 6:30-7:30pm. Join Toni Porrello for our classic Push N Pull Pilates tower class with extra strength to burn calories pre-turkey day! True Definition, 1931 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. Questions: Toni@True-Definition. com.


and Vibrant Wellness Labs. Most insurance accepted. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900. Janet@ 4 Elements Wellness Center Anniversary Celebration – All day. Bring a friend to experience the same service for the price of one! Call to reserve your spot. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton. 609-285-3115.

Full Moon Mandala Rock Ceremony – 6-8:30pm. Bring your frequency back up and drawing mandala on rocks. $20/includes supplies. Location: Cranbury. Info: 609-495-4229. Register: and click event.


Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Healing – 7-8:30pm. Group sound healing using the sound waves of crystal singing bowls to amplify divine healing from source and create a harmonious state of well-being. $25. Headliners Unisex Salon, 124 West Washington Ave., Washington. 908-223-1331 or


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 “Quit, Give Up or Put on the Backburner? Is There a Difference?” – 10:30am. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Karen Kushner. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation.  Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-9248422.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Salty Motivation Meditation in a Himalayan Salt Room – Join us to inhale the wonderous healing properties of Halotherapy while absorbing a motivational meditation by Christina Flanagan. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton. 609-285-3115.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR Testing – 9:30am-12:30pm. Testing by Spectracell

Alchemy, Fire and Celtic Shamanism – 7-8:30pm. Explore the “fire in the head” through lecture, shamanic journeywork and discussion. $15. Auset Gypsy Metaphysical Emporium, 15 S 2nd St., Easton, PA. Register: Holiday Fundraiser for ARM Charity – 7-10pm. Presented by: Wellness Gala. ARM’s (Archangel Raphael’s Mission) mission is to provide health and hygiene to those in need. $55 and $65 at the door. Knoll County Club West, 990 Greenbank Dr., Parsippany. Info: 973-713-6811 or WellnessGala. com/Events. 4 Elements After Dark in the Himalayan Salt Room – Private evening to unwind, relax and meet new friends! BYOB. Call to secure your spot. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton. 609-285-3115.

planahead SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 Sound the Gongs – 7-9pm. Presenters: Lois Harrison & Phil Leah. Gong vibrations have an ability to bring body and mind into deep meditative states to rejuvenate ourselves to a state of inner peace. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Register: 609-454-3140.

savethedate QI HEALER SEMINAR & WORKSHOP January 18-20 & 25-17, 2019 Fri 5:30-9pm; Sat/Sun 9am-5pm Learn the non-invasive, safe and highly effective methods of ancient Chinese medicine. Six days to a new perspective on your health and the health of others--your loved ones, patients, friends and more. (February 1, 2 or 3 for snow days if we need them.) Fran and Brian Coffey instructors. Tuition $850. For professionals 30 CEUs from NCCAOM. Qi Gong for Healing Center 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren To Register: 908-947-1563 For information visit

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sunday Unity Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 10am. Rev. Carmela Vuoso-Murphy. Join us for prayer, meditation, song, uplifting spiritual message and fellowship afterwards. Exceptional youth programs during the service for children, pre-teens and teens. Outdoor labyrinth open dawn to dusk. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. For info: 908-730-8792.

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Prenatal Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. Drop-ins welcome. $20. Yoga Central, 953 Rt 202 N, Branchburg. 908707-0759. Spiritual Awakening Sunday Service – 10:30 am. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people at Sunday Transformation Service. Mingle afterwards with refreshments and conversation. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 354 River Rd, Princeton. 609-9248422.

monday Beginner Sun Style Tai Chi – 11am-12pm. Easy and fun. Instructor: Patty Pagano. $50/month. Reserve your place: 908-392-1313. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. More information at Gentle Yoga with Geetha – 11:45am-1pm. Slowpaced practice, taking time to feel the body move and embrace every moment of it. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Maryann: 732-419-3551.

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Swimming Dragon Qi Gong – 12-1pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm. New class begins first week of every month. $50/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information at Reiki Share and Healing Circle – 6-7:15pm. Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd, Kendall Park. Prenatal Yoga Workshop – 6:30pm. Class focuses on helping the moms-to-be relax and to prepare their bodies and minds to welcome new life into this world. Registration required. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. Pilates Fire – 7-8pm. Starts 11/26. Get a full body workout in this Pilates jumpboards, classic core work and yoga on the reformer combination class. True Definition, 1931 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. Questions: Toni@True-Definition. com. Monday Night Beginner Series – 7-8pm. 4-week beginner yoga series exploring proper alignment, variations and foundations for the classic yoga poses and pranayama basic.$60/4 sessions. Amare Healing Arts, 24 N 3rd Ave., Highland Park. Wuji Tai Chi, Beginner 1 – 7-8pm. For students new to Tai Chi or new to the Wuji form. Starts Sept

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10. Instructor: Fran Maher. $84/7 classes. $15/dropin. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. Info: Mindful Mondays in November – 8-9pm. Instructor: Dr. Zan Struebing. Meditative journey through the holiday season to support living mindfully. Cost: Donation. Califon Yoga Studio, 438 County Rd 512, Califon. RSVP: RAB12357@ 8-week Quantum Meditation Challenge – Starts Oct 29. Discover how to reclaim your vitality, creativity, and joy as you practice healing using Quantum energy  fields.  $120/series. $20/drop-in.

tuesday Pilates Mat with Props – 9:30am, 6pm. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-7545901.  Wuji Tai Chi, Beginner 1 – 10:30-11:30am. Beginning moves of beautiful flowing “water” form. Instructor: Fran Maher. $96/8 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. Info: Tai Chi Chih with Dr. Janet Oussaty – 12:301:30pm. New class: Gentle, moving meditation

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CARD READER: Spiritually guided card readings offered in person or via phone. Parties also welcome. Channeled messages are for your highest good. Let my gifts guide you! Reasonable rates. Cheryl 908-268-8029.


PROFESSIONAL SPACE AVAILABLE Acupuncturist has two treatment rooms (one small, one large; both with massage tables) available for rent on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Would be perfect for massage therapist, reflexologist, nutritionist, holistic counselor, etc. Located in Flemington. For details, call Kristin at 973-979-1652 or SPACE FOR RENT: Event & meeting rental space in Morristown, NJ. Great for recitals, weddings, practice/rehearsal space and fitness classes. Accommodates up to 175 people. Plenty of parking, convenient to Route 202 or 287. Call 973-539-3114 or email for details.

SPACE FOR RENT: Attractive office space. Ideal for psychotherapy or related practice. Located on farm in Hillsborough. Seeking colease or sublet. Located at Carriage Farms off of Amwell Rd. If interested call Robert Filocco at 732-425-5086. SPACE FOR RENT: Beautiful office space in Wellness Center in Downtown Warren Twp. in Somerset County. Square footage varies from 100 for an individual office to 2,000 for multiple offices. Space includes a waiting room for clients, a beverage bar, a file room, practitioner room and separate entrance and coat closet as well as opportunities for conference room/lecture/workshop room as well as a future kitchen and open area for yoga or clinics. Your monthly check will include rent, CAM, cleaning services, internet, heating and electric. Plenty of parking and centrally located to major highways. Email Stacey at or call 908-755-2723 for more information.

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Aerial for Kids – 4:30-5:30pm. Kids fly & flow through yoga poses while having fun in aerial silks! Ages 8-12. $12. $60/6 classes. IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-454-3140. Register: Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 7pm. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. Gentle Yoga  – 7:30pm. Drop-ins welcome. $18. Yoga Central, 953 Rt 202 N, Branchburg. 908-7070759. Yoga Mix – 8-9pm. Open-level flow beginner to advanced incorporating a variety of stretch, strengthen, balance and power postures for a wellbalanced practice. $15/class. $65/5 classes. Amare Healing Arts, 24 N 3rd Ave., Highland Park. 

wednesday Gentle Yoga with Geetha – 11:45am-1pm. Slow-paced practice, taking time to feel the body move and embrace every moment of it. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Maryann: 732-419-3551. Wuji Jing Gong Forms: Tai Chi and Qi Gong – 1:30-2:30pm. Instructor: Brian Coffey. minutes of Qi Gong, 30 minutes of Tai Chi. $84/7 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. Info:


of 19 movements and 1 pose. Series of 6 classes, $75. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. Contact Janet: 908-635-1822. More information at

Kids Yoga – 4:30-5:15pm. Kids practice breathing & balance, learn meditation & calming strategies. Ages 3-9. First class free. IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-454-3140. Register: Wuji Qi Gong: All Levels – 5:30pm. Instructor: Fran Maher. Explore the 16 peaceful, relaxing Qi Gong movements. Move towards physical and emotional balance. $84/8 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-6471563. Info: T’ai Chi Chih: Beyond Beginners – Oct. 31-Dec. 12. 6-7:15pm. Instructor: Janet Oussaty. Moving meditation of 19 movements and 1 pose. $88/ series. $20/drop-in. Yoga Central, 953 Rt 202 N, Branchburg. Register: Janet, 908-635-1822. 908707-0759. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 7-8:30pm. This is an ongoing group whose purpose is to support students of the Course and answer any questions they have whenever the need arises. This group meets offsite. 908-730-8792. T’ai Chi Chih: Beginners – Oct. 31-Dec. 12. 7:30-8:30pm. Instructor: Janet Oussaty. Moving meditation of 19 movements and 1 pose. $75/ series. Yoga Central, 953 Rt 202 N, Branchburg. Register: Janet, 908-635-1822. 908-707-0759.

Swimming Dragon Qi Gong – 7:30pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm. New class begins first week of every month. $50/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information at


Gentle Yoga – 9:30am. Drop-ins welcome. $18. Yoga Central, 953 Rt 202 N, Branchburg. 908-7070759.

Do y you experience p chronic p pain, allergies, depression or anxiety? Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) is a safe, gentle, and effective body-mind stress reduction technique utilizing acupressure points and a gentle Chiropractic adjustment.

Joel S. Goldsmith/Infinite Way Study Group – 10-11:45am. For mystics at heart seeking a conscious union with God. Weekly discussion based on teachings of mystic Joel S. Goldsmith. Followed by optional meditation.  Love offering.  Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-730-8792. Yin Yoga – 6pm. Drop-ins welcome. $18. Yoga Central, 953 Rt 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. Yoga Mix – 8-9pm. Open-level flow beginner to advanced incorporating a variety of stretch, strengthen, balance and power postures for a wellbalanced practice. $15/class. $65/5 classes. Amare Healing Arts, 24 N 3rd Ave., Highland Park. 

friday Open Level Yoga – 9-10am. Series of poses (balance, strength, stretch, inversion and arm balance) suitable for all levels. $15/class. $65/5 classes. Amare Healing Arts, 24 N 3rd Ave., Highland Park. Aerial for Kids – 4:30-5:30pm. Kids fly & flow through yoga poses while having fun in aerial silks! Ages 8-12. $12. $60/6 classes. IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-454-3140. Register:

saturday Pilates Mat with Props – 9am. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-7545901.  Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 10am. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.  Teens-Only Yoga and Meditation-12-1pm. Ages 11-17. Instructor: Elijah Okoye. Meditation and mindfulness for the new school year. First class free. Work-exchange available. Registration recommended. IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-454-3140.

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ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE HOLISTIC CENTER OF NJ (AHCNJ) Dr. Angela Gao 300 Old York Rd, Flemington 908-788-8806 License Number: 25mz00130500

Proudly serving the Hunterdon county and neighboring communities since 2008. Join us on a journey of holistic approach to life, wellness and health with the help of traditional Chinese acupuncture. See ad, page 39.

ACUPUNCTURE WORKS CENTER Kristin A. Dudley LAc 84 Park Ave, Ste G-103C, Flemington 973-979-1652

Gentle acupuncture with Kristin Dudley LAc can be both very relaxing as well as healing. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to ease muscle and arthritis pain, relieve stress, increase energy and improve sleep. Welcome everyone and de-stress in a nurturing and healing enviroment. See ad, page 49.


2070 Route 1, 2nd Floor, North Brunswick 732-658-6122 Experience the personalized body-mind-spirit approach of Ayurveda, a 5000-year-old healing science from India and one of the oldest system of medicine in the world! Ayurveda consultations and Panchakarma (detox) therapies by experienced and trained Ayurvedic practitioners. We specialize in pain management, hormonal imbalance, auto-immune disorders and pediatric wellness. Mention NaturalAwakenings and get 25% OFF your initial consultation! See ad, page 15.

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Explore how the human body and mind are interconnected and how to maintain perfect harmony to stay young and healthy. Focus with Quantum Healing, Reiki and Wellness Education. Private and corporate settings. See ad, pages 49.


Brian Coffey LMT, and Fran Maher CA 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren 908-647-1563 Specializing in T’ai Chi and Qi Gong classes, as well as private session clinical Qi Gong and acupuncture since 1994. Chinese Medicine weekend seminars teach how to apply clinical Qi Gong remedies to specific disorders. Excellent for the lay person and healthcare providers. All are welcome to observe or join a class. See ad, page 14.


Toni Porrello, owner 1931 Washington Valley Rd, Martinsville 732-347-5511 Pilates, Aerial & Barre are all amazing. Our instructors have multiple fitness certifications and care deeply about your goals and results as well as your safety. You will never be bored and the fun, encouraging environment and the community will keep you coming back. See ad, page 36.


Paul B. Taubman II 908-219-8018 Your website should bring in customers 24/7. Schedule a free consultation to discuss how your website can be working more effectively. You will see results immediately. See ad, page 56.


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MorningStar’s team of health professionals cares for you like family. Our membership based practice cares for men, women and children age 8 and up with a functional approach to primary care. See ad, page 13.

Whole food that’s good for the soul. Our menu items are vegan, gluten-, soy- and dairy-free with a healthy taste you crave. Stop by today and take $10 off a purchase or $30 or more. See ad, page 11.




WALDORF SCHOOL OF PRINCETON 1062 Cherry Hill Rd, Princeton 609-466-1970, x115

The Waldorf curriculum, used in 1,000+ schools School worldwide, integrates arts, of Princeton academics, movement, and music, emphasizing social and environmental responsibility. The hands-on approach is screen free.


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Monica Sood, MD 51 John F Kennedy Pkwy, 1st Flr West, Ste 115, Short Hills 973-996-4496 • We use a functional medicine approach in partnership with our patients to get to the root cause of disease. IV nutrient infusions are used as part of whole patient treatment and are available a la carte as well. See ad, page 29.


Ellen Perkins 76 E Washington Ave, Washington 908-223-1331 • Local, handcrafted items including wall art, fiber art, jewelry, small furniture, leather work, soaps, lotions, local honey, loose tea and flower vibrational essences. Variety of rocks and crystals in personal size or display pieces, Himalayan salt lamps and so much more. See ad, page 51.


81 S Main St, Yardley, PA 215-493-6589 • My mission is to educate people to the benefits of chiropractic, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. Over 40 years experience (personal and professionally) allows me to relate to your problem(s). Services include nonforce chiropractic, nutritional testing, utilizing test kits/panels, Chirothin weight loss, massage (covered by most insurance) and laser therapy for pain. Personalized attention guaranteed! See ad, page 41.

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Dr Jennifer Redmond 1 Eastern Ave, 2nd Floor East, Somerville 908-300-8800 • We believe that the body is designed to heal itself but structural issues, toxins, lack of nutrients or an emotional component can affect overall health. We offer Whole-istic healing techniques including Neuroemotional Technique, Active Release techniques, Activator, Flexion Distraction and more! See ad, page 51.

HOLISTIC DENTISTS PRINCETON CENTER FOR DENTAL AESTHETICS Dr. Ruxandra Balescu, DMD Dr. Kirk Huckel, DMD, FAGD 11 Chambers St, Princeton 609-924-1414

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. Please contact us to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad, page 32.


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Barry Wolfson 28 Mine St, Flemington 43 Tamarack Cir, Princeton 2 E Northfield Rd, Livingston 3400 Valley Forge Cir, King of Prussia, PA 908-303-7767 With 30 years experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center of NJ utilizes traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. Regularly hold adult education seminars, work with hospitals, fitness centers, and individuals wanting to better their lives. Specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. See ad, page 5.


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Minal Vazirani, MD 112 Town Center, Warren 844-5-HEALER • 844-543-2537 ; Facebook: DrVazirani Dr. V is triple board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, and integrative medicine, plus additional training in Ayurvedic and Functional Medicine, and Yoga Therapy. She has published on integrative approaches to gut health. Committed to helping patients get to the root cause of health concerns to create an individualized integrative lifestyle prescription for optimal wellness. Functional Medicine Testing and Nutritional Testing is performed when indicated. See ad, page 28.

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Lauren Curtis, LMT is a New Jersey State Licensed massage therapist, who specializes in various forms of massage, including Oncology, Pregnancy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Medical, Aromatherapy, and Chair massage. She is also trained in Foot Reflexology and Reiki.

MEDICAL HOLISTIC HEALTH AMARE HEALING ARTS LLC Ashley Nagrocki, Owner 24 N 3rd Ave, Highland Park 732-841-0142

Amare Healing Arts offers pampering with a purpose. All services approach the body as a whole working with and enhancing the healing and rebalancing already taking place. Amare offers Medical Massage as an alternative healing path for conditions like plantar fasciitis, Manual Lymphatic Drainage for lymphedema and detoxification, Ayurveda, Holistic Health Consultations and Yoga to better connect and understand the mind, body and spirit helping you learn about your body’s ability to naturally heal while gently relaxing and unwinding. See ad, page 26.

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Phyllis Livera 732-882-9676 Are you seeking deeper meaning in your life? Are you stressed and ready for a change? Tired of being in both physical or emotional pain? We offer spiritual development, meditation and mini-me yoga classes, which have been helping people live more productive, happier lives.

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New location in Bedminster is now open! Through Naturopathic, Chinese and Biological Medicine, NJNM identifies and treats the root cause of illness, not just symptoms, helps restore balance and promote optimal health. See ad, page 5.


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Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown 973-267-4816, Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice and nutrition school in Morristown, she teaches a six-month nutritional certification course and has certified over 850 graduates in Holistic Health over the last 15 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches 1-day classes and lectures widely. Dian is currently finishing her doctorate in Medical Humanities at Drew University in Madison, NJ. See ad, page 23.



PEBBLES OF HEALING/TIME TO GET ORGANIZED Amara Willey, CPO® 28 Center St, Clinton 908-868-4311 • Home Organizing: Business Organizing:

Certified Professional Organizer® Amara Willey has a supportive, non-judgmental approach toward time management and sustainable organizing, which is based on your learning style, how your brain works, and how you move through the world and is designed to create lasting change. See ad, page 12.

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Edward Magaziner, MD 2186 Route 27, Suite 2D, North Brunswick 877-817-3273 •

Dr. Magaziner’s goal of treatment is to repair, regenerate and eliminate injury or pain, and its causes. Specializing in: Orthopedic Regenrative Medicine, Endoscopic Spinal Discectomy, PRP, Stem Cell Grafts & Prolotherapy. See ad, page 37.

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Past Life Therapist, Holistic Counseling Soul Retrieval, Nutritionist, Yoga Teacher Lambertville, NJ and worldwide by Skype 858-401-3144 • Offering a unique experiential therapy developed over 25 years. Resolve emotional issues with a first-hand experience that is life changing and empowering. Author of Healthy is Delicious, nutritional, herbal/ supplemental, compassionately supporting the whole person.


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Looking for clarity and focus on the direction of your life? My approach integrates 35 years of traditional psychotherapy techniques with spiritual philosophies to assist in your healing. I work with all ages, couples and families dealing with challenges such as anxiety and depression, behavior difficulties, and general dissatisfaction of current life situations. Call for information on workshops and speaking engagements.


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If you are in a troubled relationship, or dealing with infidelity, or facing possible divorce, you do not need Therapy. You are not mentally ill. You just need guidance and solutions. Relationship Coaching can help you repair these difficult situations, bringing clarity and restoring harmony. Eight years experience helping couples successfully navigate relationship crises. Does not require participation by both partners. See ad, page 35.


Christel Haase, PhD, Certified Reflexologist Main Street Massage 4 Walter E Foran Blvd, Ste 404 Flemington - 908-806-0266 Foot reflexology applies pressure to reflex points to remove toxins, clear neural pathways and improve internal organ and system functioning. Other benefits: stress/pain reduction, increased circulation, relief from insomnia, headaches, allergies, PMS and Plantar Fasciitis. Also addresses foot discomfort from injury, tight muscles and ill-fitting footwear. See ad, page 20.


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Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ and NY 855-667-9338 Thermography gives an early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem – inflammation. Early stage disease screening is an area in which thermography excels. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, or you are merely curious about the state of your health, thermography can help provide answers. Radiation-free breast and full body screenings for men and women. See ad, page 57.

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ACUPUNCTURE HOLISTIC CENTER OF NJ (AHCNJ) Dr. Angela Gao 300 Old York Rd, Flemington 908-788-8806 License Number: 25mz00130500

With over 5000 years of clinical application and rich history, Chinese herbal medicine is sourced from nature and has little to no side effects. These natural remedies facilitate your body’s own healing power for opioid-free life. See ad, page 39.

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Escape from your daily life to where nature and cutting-edge science combine for overall wellness and positivity. Unique therapies designed to embrace your curiosity and lift your spirits while promoting renewal of the mind and body. Cryotherapy, infrared sauna, floatation therapy, low-level light therapy and halotherapy. Rejuvenate from the inside out at 4 Elements Wellness Center. See ad, page 7.


1 Lamington Rd Branchburg 908-526-0002 • Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, & Ashtanga Yoga for all levels. Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for a while, we see each of you as unique individuals who deserve to feel happy, healthy & welcome! Also offering Mindfulness classes, Reiki certification and Yoga teacher training. See Yoga Profile, page 43.


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Founder TrueNorth Health Center Co-Author of The Pleasure Trap

Chef Katie Mae

Culinary Coach Nutritionist Founder of Plantz St. Culinary Gym

Chef Collin Cook

Holistic Chef Executive Chef at Balance for Life Florida Retreat

Don’t Miss This Life-Changing Opportunity To: 4 Achieve Healthy Plant-Based Weight Loss 4 Learn Easy SOS-Free Recipes for Healthy Meals 4 Prevent Cancer 4 Slow Aging, Improve Cognitive Performance Luxury Oceanfront Property

4 Stay Active & Get Fit with Daily Exercises 4 Let Go of Stress with Yoga & Tai Chi 4 Reduce Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, & Blood Sugar 4 Learn the Remarkable Benefits of Water-Only Fasting

Freshly Prepared Plant-Based Cuisine

Voted Wyndham Hotel of the Year!

Daily Fitness Classes & Activities All included in your package!

Package includes 12 delicious meals!

January 5–9, 2019 Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, 2096 NE 2nd St., Deerfield Beach, FL


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