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I think we can all agree that 2020 has brought us more than our share of stress, which has intensified this fall with the spike in COVID cases, economic worries, gridlock in Washington over the stimulus package and tension surrounding the presidential election. To preserve my own health and sanity, I take time each day to detach myself emotionally from current conditions of the world and turn my attention to anything I can appreciate and control—such as my ability to quiet my mind through meditation, take a walk in nature or call someone who is dear to me. Appreciation is heart-centered and has a soothing effect on our mood, bodily sensations, perspective on life and can even inspire solutions that eluded us before. Our November editorial theme focuses on management of Type 2 diabetes and stress. Type 2 diabetes is rising at an unprecedented rate among Americans older than 65 and especially in youth. Learn about risk factors associated with Type 2 diabetes and prevention strategies in this month’s feature beginning on page14. Chronic, debilitating stress can lead to myriad health problems, including insulin resistance, blood sugar issues and significant weight gain. Local Certified dietician/ nutritionist, Drew Mulvey discusses the link between stress and blood sugar and offers evidence-based nutrition guidelines to help lower stress, boost well-being and regulate blood sugar. The pandemic has increased stress levels in people of all ages, particularly teenagers, who are already experiencing academic and social pressures, along with hormonal changes. Learn about ways to support your teen’s emotional health during these uncertain times in our Healthy Kids feature. Thanksgiving is typically a time of year when gather with family and friends, enjoy a celebratory feast and reflect upon all that we are grateful for. However, this year, due to health concerns and economic challenges, Thanksgiving will be a smaller holiday for most of us. Our Conscious Eating feature “Giving Thanks for a Healthy Feast: How to Lighten Up Thanksgiving Fare,” offers a number of timely tips, along with three pages of tasty and healthy recipes to help you plan your budget-friendly holiday menu. There is a quote from The Land Before Time, which reads: “Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.” Let’s take the opportunity during this year’s quieter holiday season to listen to our hearts and remember who we are. May you feel truly blessed this Thanksgiving!
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TYPE 2 DIABETES Natural Lifestyle Choices to Curb the Disease
17 CORONAVIRUS AS A CALLING
18 MANAGING STRESS AND BLOOD SUGAR
By Nourishing Your Pallet
20 STRESSED-OUT TEENS Ways to Help Them Chill
22 WISHFUL RECYCLING What Not to Put in the Bin
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New Healing Opportunities at Revive Salt Therapy & Wellness
evive Salt Therapy & Wellness, based in Milford, Connecticut, announced two healing therapies: Salty Sound Journey and Salty Massage in the Moroccan Salt Room. Sound healing utilizes the power of vibration and frequency. It is the sounds that you hear in addition to the vibrations that you feel moving through you at a cellular level, creating space in the mind, body and spirit. In a session, you can expect to rest comfortably while listening to an array of instruments being played and vocal tones being sung. The vibrations of sound activate the relaxation response in the body by stimulating the tract in the nervous system known as “rest and digest.” This effortless
act takes you out of the “fight or flight” mode many spend most of their days in. Experiencing vibrational sound can bring you into a homeostatic state, creating harmony within. This ancient modality has been used in so many lineages and cultures across the world. It is now receiving more attention and recognition with more science to back it up. Salty Sound Journey by Kelly Nicholson is now available for individual sessions or private groups. The Salty Sound Journey is sound healing done in the Moroccan Salt Room and enhanced with halotherapy. Halotherapy has numerous benefits for the respiratory system as well as the skin that is exposed during the treatment. What better way to get the microscopic salt particles into the skin then during a massage? Halotherapy offers anti-aging, anti-bacterial and immune-boosting benefits in addition to promoting relaxation. The “Salty Massage” with halotherapy is available for 60-minute appointments for individuals and couples. For more information, call 203-283-5968, email Hello@ReviveSaltTherapy.com or visit ReviveSaltTherapy.com. Location: Revive Salt Therapy & Wellness, 374 New Haven Ave., Milford, CT. See ad on page 31.
Facials are Back at Elm City Wellness on Whitney
ince reopening its doors for massage and acupuncture on July 13, 2020, Elm City Wellness has been excitedly waiting to start offering organic skin care and facials again. On October 8, the State of Connecticut lifted this restriction. So now facials are back on the menu, and is just one more way to help combat the dreaded “mask-ne!” Elm City Wellness’ facials are performed by two experienced and licensed estheticians, Shannon Preuss LMT, Lic. Esthetician, and Wren Wright Lic. Esthetician. During each appointment, they will analyze your skin and customize each session while giving recommendations on how to address your skin concerns post-session.
Want to continue your skin care routine at home? Solavedi Organics products are available for purchase at both the Whitney Avenue location and their flagship office on Orange Street, where a 20% off discount is applied to all Solavedi products on the day the facial service is provided. Skin care services will be offered at their new location, Elm City Wellness on Whitney, located inside East Rock Health & Wellness at 493 Whitney Ave. For more information or to book your next facial, visit ElmCityWellness.com or email us at ElmCityWellness@gmail.com. Locations: Elm City Wellness, 493 Whitney Ave. and 774 Orange St., New Haven, CT. See back cover ad.
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Coping with Headaches, Migraines and Concussions
f you are experiencing any type of head pain, whether due to a concussion, chronic headaches, migraines or chronic sinus congestion, physical therapy may help to relieve or eliminate your pain. Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, located in Branford, Connecticut, is offering a complimentary cranio-sacral
screening to see if physical therapy might help to give you the relief you are looking for. The complimentary 10-minute screening sessions will be given by Phyllis L Quinn, PT, on November 12 and 19 from 4-5 p.m. To reserve your spot or to make an appointment for a more convenient time, call 203-315-7727. For more information, visit PhysicalTherapyGuilford.com. Location: Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St., Ste 310, Branford, CT. See ad on page 21.
Announcing the Next Marconics Ascension Energy Healing Course
arconics Practitioners are spiritual midwives birthing the Avatar Race. Learn how to achieve ascension by integrating Avatar consciousness and claiming soul sovereignty. The Southern New England teaching team of Julie Oakes, Aaron Nebbia and Stephanie Patrick were trained by—and maintain an ongoing mentorship with—Marconics Originator Alison David Bird, C.Ht. The two-day Level 1 Marconic “No-Touch” Practitioner Training Class is an exciting and expansive course spanning such topics as: The Origins of the Shift into the New Age, The Development of Lightbody, The Body Hologram, Healing through the Unified Field and How to Manage Ascension Symptoms. The next 2-day course in Connecticut will be taught by the Marconics Southern New England teacher team on December 5 and 6 at the Holiday Inn Danbury-Bethel. For more information and to register, call 203-533-9633, email SNETeachers@marconics.com or visit Marconics.com. See Mark Your Calendar Ad on page 29.
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Aiping Tai Chi Center in Orange Reopens
iping Tai Chi Center and Wu Dang Kung Fu Academy have reopened their doors for in-person classes in their Orange location. Beginners tai chi classes are held Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. Intermediate and advanced level tai chi classes are held Tuesday evenings at 7:15 p.m. Health qigong classes (for all levels) are held Saturday mornings at 10:15 a.m. The classes can be attended in-person or online via Zoom. Masks will be required indoors and temperatures will be taken before entering the training rooms. To register, visit aiping-taichi.com/register.
Aiping Tai Chi Center will continue to stream free tai chi, qigong, and meditation lessons on their streaming channel twitch.tv/aipingtaichi. The channel recently celebrated its six-month anniversary and has grown into a worldwide community with over 2,700 followers with regular viewers joining in from across the United States, Canada, UK and Europe. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit aiping-taichi.com/news. Location: 518 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT.
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The Red Barn Heats Up with November Events
urham-based The Red Barn has a full schedule of events taking place in November. On Mondays in November, the Tong Ren Healing Class Long Distance Healing for the World class will be held from 7-8 p.m. with group energy and distance healing. Tong Ren Therapy is based on the power of your mind creating energy for healing. Taking place on November 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, the suggested donation is $10 through Eventbright for each virtual class. On November 3, 10, 17 and 24 (6-7 p.m.), the free Circle of Inspiration class will be located in the Loft of The Red Barn (masks required). Leave your self-deprecating and judgmental thoughts at home. Instead bring your goals, hopes, creativity and challenges to class. Another November event is the one-hour Spiritual Awakenings Circle (November 5, 12, 19 and 26) at 6 p.m. for $5. The Sunday Sound Healing Clinic 2020, which offers a variety of sound healing treatments, will be on November 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For treatment listings and descriptions, visit ZentasticWellness.com/Individual-Services.html. Call/text Fred at 860-823-8511 to schedule an appointment. Also on November 8 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) will be the Arts and Crafts Fair at The Red Barn. Admission is $5 or bring in a comparable amount of food (5 cans of food or equal to the admission fee) for the local food pantry. The Aroma Freedom for a Fresh Start will be on November 11 (noon-5 p.m.) at The Red Barn (masks required, $20 hands-free payment options). On November 17 (6-8 p.m.), the monthly Universal White Time Healing Clinic gathering for certified Universal White Time Gemstone and Energy Healing will be located at The Red Barn. Open to the public, practitioners are asked for a $20 donation to participate to pay for the space. For more information, visit TheRedBarninDurham.com/classes, and the Facebook pages The Red Barn in Durham and Art at The Red Barn in Durham. Location: The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham, CT.
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Photovoltaic panels, used to produce renewable solar power, become complex pieces of electronic waste at the end of their functional lives. The International Renewable Energy Agency projects that up to 78 million metric tons of solar panels will be discarded by 2050, and that the world will be generating about 6 million metric tons of new solar ewaste annually. Recovering the silver and silicon inside them requires costly, specialized solutions. Many solar panels contain lead that can leach out as they decompose in landfills. Some panels are exported to developing countries with weak environmental protections. Most are rated for about 25 years of use, so a major influx is due to arrive shortly. Nonprofit PV Cycle (PVCycle.org) collects thousands of tons of solar e-waste across the European Union each year, where producers are required to ensure that their solar panels are recycled properly. Recycle PV Solar (RecyclePV.solar), one of the only recyclers in the U.S., where almost no regulations exist, reports reclaiming just 10 percent of the countryâ€™s solar waste. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is investigating new processes to recover all metals and minerals at states of high purity, with the goal of making recycling as economically viable and environmentally beneficial as possible.
Nearly 6,000 scientists signed a pledge to #ShutDownSTEM on June 10, the day of the Strike for Black Lives across higher education. (STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.) They canceled lab meetings, halted research projects and actively confronted perceived racism in their institutions in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Particles for Justice (ParticlesForJustice.org) physics collective members Brian Nord and Chanda PrescodWeinstein helped develop the idea for the strike. They called on university science departments, national laboratories and all others engaged in scientific endeavors to stop business as usual for that one day. The aim was educating themselves and their colleagues about the role of their own institutions in perpetuating white supremacy and creating concrete actions they could take to reduce anti-Black bias after the strike. According to the Pew Research Center, only 24 percent of college faculty members were nonwhite as of 2017, and a study published in the March edition of the journal BioScience found that Black, Latino, Native American and other underrepresented scholars account for only 9 percent of faculty members in STEM fields.
Denim Microfibers Pervade Waterways
The American Chemical Society reports that blue jeans, a popular wardrobe choice during the COVID-19 pandemic due to an increase in telecommuting, creates a unique type of environmental pollution. This denim is processed with synthetic indigo dye and other chemical additives. Researchers in Canada have detected indigo denim microfibers in wastewater effluent, lakes and even remote Arctic marine sediment, as noted in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. Washing denim releases microfibers that are mostly removed by wastewater treatment plants, yet some still enter the environment through wastewater effluent. The researchers estimate that the wastewater treatment plants in their study discharged about 1 billion indigo denim microfibers per day. In laundering experiments, they found that a single pair of used jeans could release about 50,000 microfibers per wash cycle. The researchers did not study the effects that these microfibers have on aquatic lifeâ€” perhaps a topic for future inquiry. In the meantime, washing jeans less frequently may reduce denim pollution.
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A Repair Cafe Near Home
In concert with the do-it-yourself craze, there’s a growing interest in repair cafes and pop-up events where people can learn to fix things or have someone do it for them. It’s fun, and the camaraderie and guidance of knowledgeable neighbors makes all the difference. Visit RepairCafe.org to find a nearby location or for detailed instructions on how to start one.
How to Fix Anything
Whether it’s a faulty toaster, broken wheelbarrow or torn jeans, some common principles apply:
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Don’t panic. When the bicycle chain breaks, remain calm. Split the task into manageable steps. Anticipate the feeling of empowerment when the wheels are turning again. Get informed. From hemming a skirt to rewiring a lamp, a detailed YouTube video awaits. Check online for product manuals that offer diagnostics and repair instructions. For an extensive collection of repair guides, visit IFixIt.com. Use the right tool. To get the job done quicker, easier and without possible injury or damage to property, the right tool is key. Local hardware store attendants can help. For one-time-use or expensive tools, consider renting or borrowing.
Repairing Can Prolong Life of Products With every Amazon delivery and late-night QVC purchase, the verdict is in: America is the Godzilla of consumerism, and far too many of the products we buy are disposable or designed to become obsolete. Tons of waste ends up in landfills or is incinerated, causing pollution. Plus, non-renewable natural resources like petroleum and heavy metals are depleted to manufacture new products and the non-biodegradable packaging they’re wrapped in. Awakening to the consequences of consumption addiction, a more sustainable choice emerges: repairing. When something breaks, don’t replace it—fix it. By prolonging the lifespan of items, demand for new
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Full-Body Biomechanical Approach For Sports Injuries
op-notch athletes pride themselves on being in shape. When an injury occurs in these individuals, it is typically not due to a strength issue, unless there is a muscular imbalance. While exercise can eventually offer relief, this is not always the case. In some severe injuries, the components (bodily structures) are jammed joint mechanics protected by muscles spasming to protect the joints or connective tissue, which are fascia tightening in response to the injury. Adding to the complexity of injuries, not all of the dysfunctional components are painful but still contribute to movement discrepancies or imbalances. Human bodies are one functional unit, treatment is most effective when evaluating and addressing all major contributors to the injury and not just a single diagnosis, such as focusing all treatment on only the lower back for low back pain. Two major components often ignored are the cranio-sacral system and the rib
cage biomechanics or movement during the inhalation and exhalation phases of breathing. Physical Therapy Services of Guilford LLC, located in Branford, offer two types of comprehensive evaluation and treatment for athletic injuries that can certainly compliment that of the athletic trainers. They also offer interventions for post-concussion, specializing in assessing the cranial dysfunction of the plates of the skull as well as the connective tissue protecting the brain. Their goal is to help athletes avoid the use of pain medication, and restore mobility and function in order to continue playing the sports they love. For more information or to make an appointment, call 203-315-7727 or PhysicalTherapyGuilford.com. Location: Physical Therapy Services of Guilford LLC, 500 East Main St., Ste. 310, Branford, CT. See ad on page 21.
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Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Natural Lifestyle Choices to Curb the Disease by Marlaina Donato
ix decades ago, only one American in 100 had diabetes. Today, it’s almost one in 10, including rising numbers of youth and one in four people older than 65. More than 90 percent of the cases are Type 2, once known as adult-onset diabetes, which is linked to diet, obesity, inactivity, environmental toxins, heredity and other factors. It can wreak havoc throughout the body—attacking blood vessels, eyes, nerves and organs—and make COVID-19 harder to combat. The good news is that scientists have identified lifestyle strategies that lower the risk and harm of diabetes. “Type 2 diabetes is a condition, not a disease. It exists in a particular environment; when you change the environment, you can change the condition,” says San Francisco-based Nicki Steinberger, Ph.D., author of Wave Goodbye to Type 2 Diabetes. That’s important news for the one in three Americans—about 88 million people—that have prediabetes, 84 percent of whom are not aware of the fact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A key player is the pancreas, a multitasking organ of both the 14
endocrine and digestive systems, which produces insulin to help make and store energy from sugars, as well as enzymes to break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates. While Type 1 diabetes, a genetic autoimmune disease, negates the body’s ability to produce insulin, Type 2 results from an insufficient or improper use of insulin. Type 2 diabetes can be triggered by metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by high blood pressure, a large waist circumference and high triglycerides. Insulin resistance—the body’s improper use of insulin—can also be a sneaky forerunner to the disease, often manifesting as excessive abdominal fat, fatigue and frequent infections years before hyperglycemia—too much sugar in the blood—becomes evident. “Diet and lifestyle play a tremendous role,” says Lauren Bongiorno, a virtual diabetes health coach and creator of The Diabetic Health Journal. “Increasing insulin sensitivity is a multi-prong approach, most notably influenced by improving circadian rhythm, reducing stress, eating lower glycemic carbs, reducing animal fats and increasing activity.”
The American Diabetes Association cites excess weight and lack of exercise as significant risk factors in the development of Type 2 diabetes, while recent studies also point to impacts from toxic air, chemicals and mercury exposure. Research published in 2018 in Environmental Science and Pollution Research International reveals a correlation between exposure to phthalates found in plastics and the incidence of new-onset Type 1 diabetes in children, suggesting that the loss of beta cells from phthalate exposure leads to a compromised insulin response. “Plastics containing BPA can mimic estrogen (xenoestrogens) and can contribute to insulin resistance, insulin over-secretion, beta cell exhaustion and the development and progression of Type 2 diabetes,” says registered dietician and nutritionist Brenda Davis, the Alberta, Canada, author of The Kick Diabetes Cookbook and Kick Diabetes Essentials. An earlier Indiana University study published in Diabetes Care showed young-adult exposure to mercury can raise the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life by 65 percent. Davis adds, “Heavy metals, such as mercury and arsenic, have been linked to impaired insulin secretion and decreased insulin sensitivity.” Choosing organic produce and fish that contain lower levels of mercury, such as salmon, shrimp and catfish, is advised.
Medication Backlash Improving gut flora is vital in improving most health conditions, including Type 2 diabetes. “Microbes in the gut that have become toxic for a multitude of reasons create an inflammatory response. This type of assault repeated over time increases the risk of fatty liver and compromised cells—conditions linked to a decrease in insulin sensitivity,” says Steinberger. Research published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism suggests that antibiotic use, especially narrow-spectrum ones, can contribute to diabetes. The side effects of certain medications like statins and other cholesterol-lowering drugs has been debated for decades, and 2019 research published in Diabetes Metabolism Research and Reviews concludes that statins can more than double the risk of Type 2 diabetes, especially for people taking them for two years or longer.
Sleep and Sugar The National Sleep Foundation considers sleep deprivation a significant diabetic risk factor and recommends that people take melatonin as a sleep aid and avoid working night shifts. It cites a study in which healthy adults that were restricted to four hours of sleep for just six nights exhibited a 40 percent reduction in their ability to break down glucose. Although the role of dietary sugar in diabetes is debated by scientists, evidence shows a strong correlation between Type 2 diabetes and sugar, fructose and high-fructose corn syrup in the diet. A 2015 review of 21 studies published in The British Medical Journal found that regular intake of sugary beverages can lead to diabetic conditions even when obesity is not a factor. Many ho-
listic health advocates identify all sweeteners, including “healthy” alternatives like honey and maple syrup, as sugars that harbor similar potential. This mindset is harmonious with glycemic index recommendations, so avoiding any added sweeteners and opting for fresh, low-glycemic fruits like berries, citrus and apples, as well as eschewing pasta, white rice and bread, can go a long way toward
Strategies to Prevent Diabetes
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Nutrition Tips from Brenda Davis The foundation of the diet should be whole-plant foods—organic, whenever possible—deriving the vast majority of calories from vegetables, legumes, fruits, intact whole grains, nuts and seeds, which are rich in protective components, such as fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants. Eliminate or minimize inflammatory items, including fatty dairy products like cheese and ice cream, ultra-processed and fried foods, refined carbohydrates like sugar and white flour, alcohol and meat—especially red and processed varieties. Avoid all sugar-containing beverages.
Holistic Reminders from Lauren Bongiorno “All areas of our lives are linked together, and if one area is depleted, it’s going to impact your ability to thrive in the others. The 8 pillars of diabetes wellness within my practice are exercise, diet, sleep, stress, self-love, relationships, energy and diabetes management. For improved blood sugar management and sustainable habit changes, you must identify where you are least fulfilled and work to fill that gap.”
Inspiration from Nicki Steinberger “The area where we are most vulnerable, without a doubt, is our own toxic thoughts. Because our thoughts and beliefs trigger emotions which lead us to action and non-action, mindset is the first place to investigate to understand the results of our lives.” November 2020
and onions. For someone taking insulin, it’s important to introduce herbs slowly and be sure to take them with meals, monitor blood glucose levels closely and keep their physician informed of herbal protocols and follow their physician’s recommendations.” Improving diet choices can be highly rewarding and fun, too. “Not only does eating well not have to be tortuous, it can be enjoyable, inspiring and creative,” says Steinberger. “It helps to keep it simple by using fresh, whole foods with basic herbs and spices.” Vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin C, B complex and chromium are also valuable in managing Type 2 diabetes. Polyphenols—antioxidants found in tea and unsweetened cacao nibs—also pack a healthy punch. Alpha lipoic acid, found in broccoli, spinach and fish oil, can help to reduce inflammation. Berries, kale and other nutrient-packed greens, nuts, sweet potatoes and beans promote sugar balance and are versatile for delicious, healthy meals.
maintaining healthier blood sugar levels. Stevia, an herb, is a better sweet substitute. Preferable in drops or bulk form rather than blended with sugars, it’s been shown to help control blood sugar.
Promising Phytotherapy Insulin-supporting medicinal herbs offer many benefits for Type 2 diabetics. Aloe vera, bilberry, cinnamon, goldenseal, bitter melon, milk thistle, fenugreek, fennel and gymnema sylvestre, among others, have been found to aid in the utilization and production of insulin. Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is a heavy hitter for reducing blood glucose and buffering the kidneys and liver from the metabolic side effects of high blood sugar. Herbs that support the liver, such as milk thistle, dandelion and artichoke, are other noteworthy plant medicines, especially when blood sugar fluctuates from high to low. Renata Atkinson, a clinical herbalist in Greenbelt, Maryland, says of blood tests, “Clinical trials have shown that many of these herbs can have a significant effect on the clinical markers for diabetes and prediabetes in fasting blood glucose, postprandial glucose and HbA1C, or glycosylated hemoglobin.” Animal and in vitro studies show that they impact blood sugar by slowing digestion and the absorption of carbohydrates, thereby improving insulin sensitivity, increasing the release of insulin and modulating the metabolism of glucose in the liver. Some of Atkinson’s favorite plant allies are hawthorn, hibiscus and tilia for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as lipid, glucose and vascular support. Atkinson also emphasizes the wisdom of keeping it simple. “I encourage clients to incorporate culinary herbs and spices into their daily diet, like cinnamon, fennel, garlic 16
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ot to diminish the fact that we’re dealing with a serious and worldwide epidemiological threat, the pandemic can be transmuted into golden opportunities, especially if we follow the sometimes blind spiritual instinct that tells us this crisis— indeed each of our individual lives—has purpose and meaning, and that we need to act on this impulse despite the temptation to back down and run for cover. Here are four ways to respond to the call of these turbulent times: Use it as a reset. For months, it has been impossible to conduct busyness-as-usual, and we may be left with unaccustomed time on our hands. But like the asteroid that ushered out the dinosaurs and gave the mammals underfoot a shot at prominence, once the thunder lizards of everyday busyness and distraction are sidelined, parts of us that are normally overshadowed may be given an entrance cue—not just projects we’ve back-burnered in deference to the daily grind, but deeper thoughts and feelings about our priorities, the status quo, work/life (im)balance or our inner life. The better part of valor and wisdom may lie in asking, “What can I learn here?” rather than, “How can I overcome this?”
Consider it a powerful meditation. Meditation teachers tell us that distractions aren’t obstacles, they are the meditation, so that we say to ourselves, “Ah, the dog-bark meditation,” or “Ah, the weed-whacker meditation.” The same with the coronavirus. Approach it not just as a distraction
from our goals and how it can block our intentions, but as a vehicle of meditation itself: How do we feel, what wants to emerge and what do we truly know? Appreciate it as connective tissue in society. We’re seeing firsthand how our individual actions can affect those around us, for better and for worse, and that we depend on one another for survival. Washing our hands and sheltering in place are acts of both self-care and community care. In the weeks following 9/11 when the fiction of our invulnerability was so shockingly revealed, many of us began holding doors open for strangers, spending more time with our kids, honking less and listening more. Life’s fragility, our fragility, woke us up to our need for each other. Now that social isolation is suddenly forced on us, it reminds us how precious those connections are. Approach it as a reminder of mortality. The pandemic is a perfect opportunity to practice the fine and fearsome art of nonattachment, because life will ultimately ask us to surrender everything. “We all owe God a death,” Shakespeare wrote. We can use this time to clarify what’s important and how to best use our precious nick of time. When we strip ourselves of any illusions of immortality, we are thus free to live our lives to the fullest. Gregg Levoy is the author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life and Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion, and a regular blogger for Psychology Today. Learn more at GreggLevoy.com.
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e throw the term “stress” around a lot, and as of late it has been used much more. What exactly does this little word entail? Is stress a bad thing? It depends on the perception of it and the length of time. Stress, in and of itself, is not bad and can help us to grow. Yet, when stress is prolonged to the point where it is debilitating, problems begin to arise. Another term for this is allostatic overload, or the cumulative wear and tear of the body systems from chronic stress and/or the body’s inability to adapt to that stress. How does this relate to blood sugar regulation? We will take a look at the link between stress and cortisol. Cortisol is a catecholamine, or hormone, generated by the adrenal glands. Initially, it works as an anti-inflammatory and helps our body to be awake. In fact, cortisol is typically elevated in the morn18
ing to keep us alert and focused for the day. But here is where the problem lies. When the body is exposed to this hormone for prolonged periods of time, cells become less sensitive to insulin, which can halt weight loss and create that extra tire around the middle. How is this? Glucocorticoids, such as cortisol, are responsible for halting the secretion of insulin from cells in the pancreas known as beta cells, inhibiting the uptake of glucose; it can impair the signal from insulin in the muscles. One of insulin’s roles is lipogenesis, or the creation of adipocytes, or fat cells. This can also contribute to storage of visceral fat, which is the precursor to comorbidities, particularly insulin resistance. Thus, prolonged exposure can cause weight loss resistance and, later on, blood sugar issues. Therefore, it is important for us to manage stress. One way to accomplish this is using
the power of nutrition.
Nutrition Carbohydrates Just as mood can dictate what we eat in healthy or unhealthy ways, food can also have an effect on our mood and counteract the negative effects of stress. With all the hype around low-carb diets, it may be time to debunk the myth that carbs are the enemy. They are, in fact, our friends. Carbohydrates help amino acids such as tryptophan, which are responsible for the generation of our well-being compound serotonin, cross the blood brain barrier. Craving carbs when we want some joy leads to the next factor below. Carbs also decrease production of cortisol, our stress hormone. As mentioned above, exposure to cortisol over an extended amount of time can create insulin and weight loss
Just as mood can dictate what we eat in healthy or unhealthy ways, food can also have an effect on our mood and counteract the negative effects of stress. resistance. It can also disrupt sleep patterns and eat away at muscle tissue. When blood sugar regulation is an issue, complex carbohydrates are emphasized over simple carbohydrates. These are composed of polysaccharides, or long chains of sugar molecules, and are higher in fiber, which slow down digestion of these carbohydrates and the release of glucose into the blood stream, preventing sugar spikes. These types of foods are also labeled â€œlow glycemicâ€? and include unprocessed whole grains such as steel cut oats; fruits such as berries and lemons; and non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus. Their counterparts, which are void of fiber, are composed of simple sugar chains. Such foods include table sugar, white bread, white pasta and white rice. Pairing carbohydrates with a source of quality protein and/or healthy fat, such as almonds, will also slow down the release of glucose into the blood stream. Micronutrients Micronutrients play quite an important role in our sense of wellbeing, focus and mood. Of particular importance are vitamin B6, magnesium, tryptophan and any food that can increase dopamine levels. Each is connected to neurotransmitters essential for our well-being (serotonin) and sleep (melatonin and dopamine). For a mood boost, it is important to incorporate sources of each as part of a healthy diet. Let us take a further look at what each do and what foods can provide it in our diet. B6 is a co-factor in the generation of 5-HTP to serotonin and melatonin, our well-being and sleep neurotransmitters. Sources: Organic sweet potatoes, potatoes, bananas, organic yogurt, brown rice, organic peanuts, wild caught fish such as salmon and tuna; pasture-raised eggs; organic, pastured chicken liver, and grass-fed beef; organic carrots, organic spinach, green peas, bananas, chickpeas, avocados Magnesium decreases transmission of excitatory neurotransmitters and is a co-factor in the production of serotonin, which can help with mood and sleep. Sources: Pumpkin seeds, green leafy vegetables, avocados, broccoli, asparagus, nuts (cashews, almonds), seeds, legumes, whole grains, chocolate, organic tofu, quinoa Tryptophan is the precursor to well-being neurotransmitter serotonin and our sleep neurotransmitter melatonin. Sources: Organic turkey (causes us to feel sleepy), wild-caught fish, pasture-raised eggs, grass-fed dairy, pumpkin seeds, sesame
seeds, almonds, organic peanuts, tofu and whole soy Phenylalanine/Tyrosine are direct precursors to dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for our wake/sleep cycle, mood and focus; it is also our reward center. Low dopamine levels can contribute to anxiety, which can then decrease insulin sensitivity and dysregulate blood sugar. Sources: Grass-fed, pasture-raised meats; wild-caught fatty fish such as salmon; oats; oregano oil; seaweed; almonds; chocolate; organic coffee; avocado; fruits such as bananas, organic berries, apples and papaya From the lists above, be honest about which ones are appetizing and mix them in with favorite seasonal dishes. Thanksgiving is on the way! Why not add a little mashed sweet potato and cinnamon topped with pumpkin seeds to the mix with a free-range turkey, or organic tempeh and tofu? Cinnamon is also beneficial for insulin sensitivity and makes the starch in the sweet potato more digestible. Gobble up! References: McEwen, B. Sleep deprivation as a neurobiologic and physiologic stressor: Allostasis and allostatic load. Metabolism. 2006. 55(10 suppl 2). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16979422/. Accessed October 2, 2020. Adam TC, Hasson RE, Ventura EE, et al. Cortisol is negatively associated with insulin sensitivity in overweight Latino youth. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010;95(10):4729-4735. doi:10.1210/ jc.2010-0322 Castro AV, Kolka CM, Kim SP, Bergman RN. Obesity, insulin resistance and comorbidities? Mechanisms of association. Arq Bras Endocrinol Metabol. 2014;58(6):600-609. doi:10.1590/00042730000003223 Wurtman RJ, Wurtman JJ. Carbohydrate craving, obesity and brain serotonin. Appetite. 1986;7 Suppl:99-103. doi: 10.1016/ s0195-6663(86)80055-1. PMID: 3527063. Soltani H, Keim NL, Laugero KD. Increasing Dietary Carbohydrate as Part of a Healthy Whole Food Diet Intervention Dampens Eight Week Changes in Salivary Cortisol and Cortisol Responsiveness. Nutrients. 2019;11(11):2563. Published 2019 Oct 24. doi:10.3390/nu11112563 Pitchford, P. Healing with Whole Foods. North Atlantic Books. Berkeley, CA. 1993. Drew Mulvey, MS, CDN is a certified dietitian/nutritionist, founder of Redeeming Life Nutrition, LLC, and author of The No-Title Cookbook. She practices out of Southbury, CT. Connect at Drew.Mulvey@RedeemingLifeNutrition.com or RedeemingLifeNutrition.com. November 2020
The best way to communicate with a stressed teen, say many child psychologists, is to listen deeply while letting them do most of the talking, and offering sympathetic support while withholding judgment. Instead of giving advice, “Validate your teen’s experience and attempt to step into their shoes. Let your teen know that you hear them, that you support them in their decisions and ask your teen what you can do to help them,” advises clinical psychologist Alyssa Austern, PsyD, of Chatham, New Jersey. Other steps can help a teen weather this time of high stress:
Back up the basics. Make sure there’s healthy food and snacks in the fridge. Encourage teens to exercise daily, especially outdoors, and support them in getting eight to 10 hours of sleep.
Stressed-Out Teens Ways to Help Them Chill by Ronica O’Hara
eing a teenager is never easy, but it’s even harder these days, with the upheaval of the pandemic intensifying the normal academic, social and hormonal turmoil of these pivotal years. It’s no wonder teens are reporting record levels of stress, anxiety and depression: In a Pew Research survey, 70 percent of teens said mental health was a major problem among their peers—and that was in February, before the pandemic hit. A recent online poll found that most teens are worried that the pandemic will affect their family’s physical or financial health and that many feel lonelier than usual and worry about losing ground in academics and activities. Extending a helping hand to teens is not always well received. They can be notoriously resistant to advice, even when they’re stressed, partly because of their brain chemistry, explains Gail Saltz, M.D., clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell School of Medicine and host of the Personology podcast. A teen’s highly active amygdala makes risk-taking a thrill even as the frontal lobe that weighs consequences is not fully developed, while at the same time, a teen seeks independence—an identity and freedom to be more like an adult. “This combination means their capacity and interest in taking parental direction is not there,” she says. “As a result, parents in reaction often get louder and more insistent in telling them what to do, which fails and drives them further away.” 20
Make self-compassion a family habit. The self-compassion approach to self-care, which is rapidly gaining ground among psychologists, has three elements: treating ourselves as kindly as we would a dear friend, realizing that many other people have the same problems so we’re not alone, and mindfully and nonjudgmentally observing our emotional state. This method has proven to be helpful not just for adults, but for teens, as well. A University of Edinburgh meta-analysis that synthesized 17 studies of more than 7,000 teens in six countries concluded that those with high levels of self-compassion had lower levels of stress caused by anxiety and depression. University of North Carolina researchers found that teens exhibited lower stress, anxiety and depression, as well as more resilience and gratitude, after six self-compassion sessions. A good place for parents to start is with themselves: If they are anxious, overprotective or fearful, a teen is likely to follow suit, reports a study in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Helpful books, websites and programs for both teens and adults can be found at SelfCompassion.org, operated by Dr. Kristin Neff, an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin who was a pioneer in the concept.
Engage them with creative activities. As teens can seek independence, making sure they spend quality time with the family is also important for their well-being, research shows. “Find ways to connect, converse and unwind together as a family,” advises Crissy Fishbane, of RaleighDurham, North Carolina, co-founder of HER Health Collective, an online community for mothers. “Teens need to see their parents engaging in self-care behaviors themselves, and it’s even better if you can engage in self-care as a family.” She suggests taking a virtual or outdoor yoga class together, playing a board game, having sudoku competitions, learning deepbreathing techniques or starting a family book club.
Encourage reaching out to help others. A study in the Journal of Adolescence suggests that altruistic behaviors, including large and small acts of kindness, may increase teens’ feelings of self-worth, especially if it involves helping strangers. In Poland, the more teens helped out others in a flood, the more supportive and proactive they became, another study found. Depending on their interests, teens may be drawn to local environmental, social justice, religious or political activities. DoSomething.org offers useful ideas and links, and environmental projects for teens can be found at EarthForce.com, SierraClub. com and GlobalClimateStrike.com.
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or those that have been putting recyclables in a plastic bag and placing it in a curbside bin, it’s likely going straight into a landfill. That bowling ball, those yard clippings and dirty pizza boxes are contaminating the recycling stream and increasing the cost of recycling programs nationwide at a particularly challenging time amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The continuing rise in contaminated items is known in the biz as “wishful recycling”. The current crisis is only making it worse. In some places, recycling itself is becoming wishful. As stores and restaurants struggle to survive, local tax revenues have dropped sharply, forcing municipalities to slash budgets. Many small towns and a few big cities have stopped recycling programs altogether. Others have cut back on what they will accept or substituted drop-off bins for curbside pickup. States are pulling back from encouraging bottle-deposit returns. The plastic masks, gloves and wipes mistakenly tossed into recycle bins are endangering waste workers that must remove them. With the coronavirus shown to cling to plastic for three days, many workers around the country have become ill from such exposure. Meanwhile, waste is mounting. Consumers are now having groceries delivered, picking them up or ordering them online, adding hundreds of millions more plastic bags and cardboard boxes to the waste stream. The Solid Waste Association of North America estimates that U.S. cities saw a 20 percent average increase in municipal solid waste and recycling collection in March and part of April. And because China stopped accepting 99 percent of the world’s recyclables two years ago, recycling operations are struggling for disposal locations. “There is the potential for households to generate more waste than they did before, but there is also an opportunity to focus on waste prevention, increase your reuse and recycling efforts, and use food more efficiently,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises on epa.gov. “Now is a great time to focus on waste prevention where possible, and 22
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Giving Thanks for a Healthy Feast How to Lighten Up Thanksgiving Fare by April Thompson
ue to travel restrictions, tighter budgets and concern for family members that may be older or have underlying health conditions, Thanksgiving might be a smaller affair this year, but that’s no reason to give up on having a scrumptious, celebratory meal. With a little creativity and lots of flavor, our treasured American holiday need not suffer. Giant turkeys may not grace as many tables as usual, so it’s the perfect time to up the side-dish game, embracing healthier options and taking full advantage of an abundant supply of delicious, in-season produce. To right-size the Thanksgiving spread for carnivores, “Get a Cornish hen or another small bird from a local poultry producer, or consider turkey parts like breasts or thighs, instead of cooking an entire big bird,” advises Steven Satterfield, co-owner and executive chef of the Miller Union restaurant, in Atlanta, and author of Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons. For sides that rate high in both nutrition and taste, the James Beard winner favors in-season veggies like brassicas and Asian greens. “Napa cabbage is great roasted, grilled or prepared raw as a salad. Brussels sprouts shaved on a mandolin and sautéed briefly with shallot and garlic, and dressed with apple cider vinegar and diced apple, is another nice option,” Satterfield says. One of his go-to dishes is a root vegetable salad 24
with shaved celery root, walnuts, apples and dried cranberries with a simple dressing of olive oil and lemon. Sweet potatoes and pumpkin offer a nutritional edge over white potatoes, giving them top billing at Satterfield’s holiday table. He suggests simplifying the traditional sweet potato casserole by first parboiling, straining, peeling and cutting the potatoes into thick chunks, and then baking with lemon juice, nutmeg and water. “The sweet potatoes will caramelize and form a natural syrup. It has a bright and refreshing flavor without adding the usual butter, marshmallows and sugar,” he explains. According to Satterfield, many nutritious bitter greens are plentiful this time of year, including chicory, radicchio, frisée and endive. “Last Thanksgiving, I made a chicory salad with dates, pecans, shaved parmesan and persimmon with a sherry vinaigrette with olive oil and shallots. The sweetness of the fruit balances nicely with the bitter greens, which add fiber and help with digestion and the circulatory system.” Thanksgiving offers a good opportunity to go meatless, according to Kim Campbell, vegan chef and author of The
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PlantPure Nation Cookbook. “There is a substitute for every animal product out there, so it’s not hard to make traditional recipes plant-based,” says the Durham, North Carolina, native. Her recipe for a nutty or beanie loaf ramps up the flavor and health profiles by using fresh, rather than dried, herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage, as well as natural binding agents like lentils, flax seeds or chia seeds mixed with water. “Guests will be amazed that whole foods can be so flavorful and satisfying,” she says. “Go the extra mile with quality ingredients for a special meal like this.” Campbell encourages people to enjoy the abundance of fresh produce and learn how to cook in season. Fruitbased desserts can be a great way to showcase what’s in season and still keep guests light on their feet. “You don’t have to use crust or a lot of added sugar for something like an apple crisp or cobbler,” she says. Annemarie Ahearn, founder of the Salt Water Farm cooking school, in Lincolnville, Maine, also suggests a healthful rethinking of traditional Thanksgiving dishes. “Instead of a green bean casserole, consider blanched green beans with almond and cranberry. Dried cranberries can go in a salad, rather than a sauce. You can have the same ingredients and keep the same focal point, but use less cream and dairy,” says the author of Full Moon Suppers at Salt Water Farm: Recipes from Land and Sea. Ahearn, who teaches a class on Thanksgiving cooking, encourages people to take a stroll after the main meal to let food settle before having dessert. She also suggests serving some dishes at room temperature to relieve the pressure of having everything arrive hot at the table. For those unable to be with extended family, Satterfield suggests trading recipes in advance, and then having a virtual Thanksgiving by sharing a visual image of how the meal turned out. “You can even send leftovers if you’re in the same vicinity,” he says. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.
Savory Thanksgiving Dishes Mushroom Gravy This rich, flavorful gravy is perfect over potatoes and veggie loafs. It’s easy to prepare and inexpensive. Yield: 4 servings 1 onion, minced 6 white button mushrooms, chopped 2½ cups low-sodium vegetable stock, divided ½ tsp minced garlic ½ tsp dried thyme ½ tsp dried sage ½ tsp crushed dried rosemary
1 Tbsp cooking sherry 2 Tbsp tamari sauce or low-sodium soy sauce 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes ¼ cup whole wheat flour ¼ tsp black pepper Sea salt to taste
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the onions and mushrooms in one-half cup of the vegetable stock. Add the garlic, sage, thyme, rosemary, sherry, tamari and nutritional yeast, then continue to sauté for just a minute or two over high heat. Pour the remaining vegetable broth into a bowl and whisk in the flour until there are no lumps. Add to the pan with the onion and mushrooms. Simmer over medium heat, stirring until the gravy has reached its peak thickness, about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Reprinted from The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, by Kim Campbell.
Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole Breaded Onion Rings: 1 large white or red onion, sliced into ¼-inch thick rings 2 cups whole wheat breadcrumbs 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes ½ tsp sea salt (optional) 1¼ cups whole grain flour 1 cup nondairy milk
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Bread the onion rings by coating them in the flour, the milk and then the breadcrumbs. Several onion rings can be prepared at the same time. Place the breaded onions onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Place the sauce ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside. In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, sauté the mushrooms using small amounts of white wine to prevent the mushrooms from sticking. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until tender. Place the thawed green beans and mushrooms into nine-by-13-inch casserole pan. Pour the cream sauce over the vegetables, distributing the sauce evenly. Top the casserole with the baked onion rings and cover with foil. Bake at 375° F for 20-30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for an additional 20 minutes. Chef ’s note: You can soak your cashews if you don’t have a high-powered blender for easy blending. This creamy white sauce can be used for scalloped potatoes, creamed corn or even on pasta. Reprinted from The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, by Kim Campbell.
Cranberry Sauce with Maple Syrup Delicious maple syrup, orange juice, cinnamon and cranberries are boiled down to a syrupy, slightly sweet and spicy sauce. The cranberries “pop” under the heat and give this side dish a gorgeous ruby color.
Yield: 2 cups 12 oz whole fresh cranberries or 1 package ¾ cup real maple syrup ½ cup water ½ cup orange juice freshly squeezed or store bought 1 cinnamon stick Take the cranberries and place into a large sieve. Pick out any berries that look damaged (black spots, mushy, white). Wash and drain. Pour the cranberries into a medium-large pot. Add the maple syrup, water and orange juice. Stir to combine. Place the cinnamon stick in the center. Heat the berries on medium-high heat until the mixture reaches a boil. Then, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until syrupy and richly red. You will hear the cranberries “pop” as they cook; don’t be alarmed. Remove the pot from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Store in a covered container in the fridge. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed. Reprinted from StraightToTheHipsBaby.com/Jessie-Sierra Ross. 26
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Preheat oven to 425° F. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, nutritional yeast flakes and sea salt. Place the flour, milk and bread crumb mixture into three separate bowls.
Pumpkin Spice No-Bake Energy Balls This dish is gluten-free, vegan and paleo. Yield: 15 servings
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1½ cups raw almonds ¼ cup hemp seeds ¼ cup unsweetened dried shredded coconut ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice 1 Tbsp coconut oil ¼ cup pumpkin puree 10 pitted Medjool dates, about 1 cup
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For pumpkin pie spice dusting: 2 Tbsp coconut sugar ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
Combine the almonds, hemp seeds, coconut, pumpkin pie spice, coconut oil, pumpkin puree and dates in the base of a food processor. Turn the processor on high for about two minutes or until the ingredients are well combined. Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and then use your hands to roll the dough into about 15 cookies, each about 1½ inch in diameter. To make the pumpkin pie spice dusting, place the coconut sugar and pumpkin pie spice onto a plate. Roll each cookie in the sugar until covered.
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For the best texture and sweetness, place the cookies in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours to chill. Chef ’s notes: Freeze these cookies for up to 2 months in a tightly sealed container. Defrost them in the fridge for about 4 hours before serving. For refined sugar-free servings, leave off the coconut sugar dusting. You can easily double or triple this recipe depending on how many energy bites you need to make.
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Reprinted from Carrie Forrest, CleanEatingKitchen.com. Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.
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Salty Yoga Flow with Traci – 6:15pm-7:15pm. Come experience the magic of Halotherapy + Yoga. in our gorgeous Moroccan inspired Salt Room. Halotherapy detoxes the respiratory system, skin, and it relaxes the body. Come detox, move, breathe, and relax with us. See Ongoing Calendar (Mon-Fri) for New Client Special offer. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salty Yoga Nidra with Traci – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Come experience the dual benefits of yoga Nidra + Halotherapy in our zero gravity chairs as you relax and unwind in the gorgeous Moroccan Salt Room. Yoga Nidra also known as “yoga of the mind” will deeply relax you and give you the best sleep of your life while halotherapy also promotes relaxation and enhances the immune system. See Ongoing Calendar (Mon-Fri) for New Client Special offer. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. email@example.com.
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Aroma Freedom for a fresh Start – 12pm-5pm. Aroma Freedom can help you sort out the emotional baggage and get you started down your true path. $20 Hands free payment options. Masks required. The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. TheRedBarnInDurham.com.
Free Community Meals Presented by Master’s Community Meals: Dinner: Thanksgiving Dinner – 1pm-3pm. Drive up meal pickup only. No eating in hall allowed. If you walk up, must wear facemask and stay 6 feet apart in line. Please enter parking between church and school. Do not exit vehicle. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, contact Masters Table Community Meals: 203-732-7792, MastersTableCT@ gmail.com. MastersTableMeals.org.
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Salty Sound Bath with Kelly – 6:30pm-7:45pm. Join us for an evening of pure rest and rejuvenation. There is nothing you have to do. This is about simply BEing. Leave your worries at the door and float to a state of grace on the vibrations of sound. A Salty Sound Bath is a group Sound Healing Session done in the beautiful sanctuary of the Moroccan Salt Room with the added benefit of halotherapy. Relax in one of our zero gravity chairs as you soak in the layers of sound. See Ongoing Calendar (Mon-Fri) for New Client Special offer. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 CELC Middle School In-person Open House – 9am-1pm. Looking for a middle school where your child can thrive, even during these COVID times? Find out if CELC Middle School is right for your child. Safe, small classes, experientially-based personalized learning, transformative program, 5th - 8th grade. In-person. RSVP is required to schedule your visit time. Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or 203-433-4658.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Reiki 1 Class – 8am. Learn to do energy work and help the world heal. Come join us. Cost is $150. Space is limited so RSVP ASAP. 203-263-3175 or WolfSpiritWellness.org.
Free Essential Oil Class – 10:30am-12pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford or on Zoom. 203-631-7803 or Return2love3@gmail.com. Return2Love.com.
Salty Yoga Flow with Traci – 9am-10am. Come experience the magic of Halotherapy + Yoga. in our gorgeous Moroccan inspired Salt Room. Halotherapy detoxes the respiratory system, skin, and it relaxes the body. Come detox, move, breathe, and relax with us. See Ongoing Calendar (Mon-Fri) for New Client Special offer. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. email@example.com.
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Sunday Sound Healing Clinic 2020 – 9am-5pm. Offering a selection of various sound healing treatments, such as: Biofield Tuning, Adrenal Rhythm Reset, Sonic Meridian Flush, Relationship Tuning Session, Individual Sound Bath, Acupressure integrated with Weighted Tuning Forks, Reiki, and Integrated Vibrational Sound Bodywork. For treatment listing and descriptions: http:// www.zentasticwellness.com/individual-services. html Call/Text Fred at 860-823-8511 to schedule your appointment. The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. TheRedBarnInDurham.com. Arts and Crafts Fair at The Red Barn in Durham – 10am-4pm. Hand-made Art and Crafts will be available for purchase by local artisans. If weather permits fair will be outdoors. We will adhere to CDC guidelines with masks and social distancing. Disinfectant will be available. $5 admission or a comparable amount of food for the local food pantry. The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. TheRedBarnInDurham.com. Reiki Share/Drum Circle/ Sound Healing Meditation – 2pm. Come join us for this powerful healing experience. Space is limited so RSVP ASAP. Cost is $30. 203-263-3175 or WolfSpiritWellness.org.
Universal White Time Healing Clinic – 6pm-8pm. This is a monthly gathering for certified Universal White Time Gemstone and Energy Healing Practitioners to meet, network, and practice this unique modality. It is also open to the public. We ask practitioners for a $20 donation to participate to pay for the space. Masks required. The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. TheRedBarnInDurham.com.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Salty Sound Bath with Kelly – 5pm & 6:45pm. Join us for an evening of pure rest and rejuvenation. There is nothing you have to do. This is about simply BEing. Leave your worries at the door and float to a state of grace on the vibrations of sound. A Salty Sound Bath is a group Sound Healing Session done in the beautiful sanctuary of the Moroccan Salt Room with the added benefit of halotherapy. Relax in one of our zero gravity chairs as you soak in the layers of sound. See Ongoing Calendar (Mon-Fri) for New Client Special offer. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Free Essential Oil Classs – 6:30pm – 8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford or on Zoom. 203-631-7803 or Return2love3@gmail.com. Return2Love.com.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Salty Yoga Nidra with Traci – 6:15pm-7:15pm. Come experience the dual benefits of yoga Nidra + Halotherapy in our zero gravity chairs as you relax and unwind in the gorgeous Moroccan Salt Room. Yoga Nidra also known as “yoga of the mind” will deeply relax you and give you the best sleep of your life while halotherapy also promotes relaxation and enhances the immune system. See Ongoing Calendar (Mon-Fri) for New Client Special offer. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. email@example.com.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Salty Yoga Flow with Traci – 9am-10am. Come experience the magic of Halotherapy + Yoga. in our gorgeous Moroccan inspired Salt Room. Halotherapy detoxes the respiratory system, skin, and it relaxes the body. Come detox, move, breathe, and relax with us. See Ongoing Calendar (Mon-Fri) for New Client Special offer. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align w/new energies of this Super Full Moon. Opportunities for letting go of the old and allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. $25. Zoom or in person. For questions please call 203-631-7803 or Email Return2love3@gmail.com. Return2Love.com.
monday Revive Salt Therapy New Client Special offer – 3 Salt Room Sessions for ONLY $59+tax. Free infrared sauna with purchase of salty massage in the moroccan salt room. Single- $149 Couple - $249. Buy a 5 pack infrared sauna for $129, get a free halotherapy session ($35 value). Value membership Moroccan Salt Room ONLY $59+tax. Save $81. Private Moroccan Salt Room Session (up to 6 people) $99+tax. SAVE $50. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. email@example.com. Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203-433-4658. For more information, visit CTExperiential.org. Tong Ren Healing Class Long Distance Healing for the World – 7pm-8pm. (Mondays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30). Virtual class. Tong Ren Therapy is based on the power of our mind creating energy for healing. Group energy healing will be received and we will send distance healing also. Suggested Donation of $10 through Eventbright. The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. TheRedBarnInDurham.com.
tuesday Revive Salt Therapy New Client Special offer – 3 Salt Room Sessions for ONLY $59+tax. Free infrared sauna with purchase of salty massage in the moroccan salt room. Single- $149 Couple - $249. Buy a 5 pack infrared sauna for $129, get a free halotherapy session ($35 value). Value membership Moroccan Salt Room ONLY $59+tax. Save $81. Private Moroccan Salt Room Session (up to 6 people) $99+tax. SAVE $50. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. firstname.lastname@example.org. Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203-433-4658. For more information, visit CTExperiential.org. Circle of Inspiration – 6pm-7pm. (Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17 & 24). Leave your self-deprecating and judgmental thoughts at home. Bring us your goals, your hopes, your creativity, and even your “I haven’t found a way around this road block YET!” We can kick them all around and help lift each other up to success! Located in the Loft of The Red Barn in Durham. Masks required. Free. The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. TheRedBarnInDurham.com.
wednesday Revive Salt Therapy New Client Special offer – 3 Salt Room Sessions for ONLY $59+tax. Free infrared sauna with purchase of salty massage in the moroccan salt room. Single- $149 Couple - $249. Buy a 5 pack infrared sauna for $129, get a free halotherapy session ($35 value). Value membership Moroccan Salt Room ONLY $59+tax. Save $81. Private Moroccan Salt Room Session (up to 6 people) $99+tax. SAVE $50. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. email@example.com. Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203-433-4658. For more information. Visit CTExperiential.org.
thursday Revive Salt Therapy New Client Special offer – 3 Salt Room Sessions for ONLY $59+tax. Free infrared sauna with purchase of salty massage in the moroccan salt room. Single- $149 Couple - $249. Buy a 5 pack infrared sauna for $129, get a free halotherapy session ($35 value). Value membership Moroccan Salt Room ONLY $59+tax. Save $81. Private Moroccan Salt Room Session (up to 6 people) $99+tax. SAVE $50. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. firstname.lastname@example.org. Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203-433-4658. For more information, visit CTExperiential.org. The Caring Network via Zoom – 6pm. (Nov 5th &19th). Free support group for adults who have lost a loved one. Bridges Healthcare, Milford. Info about loss and grief will focus on Holiday planning; facilitated open discussion. Info: Cody-White Funeral Home, 203 874-0268, or Brooke Torres M.Ed., 203-878-6365 x480. Join Zoom Meeting: https:// zoom.us/j/3863328506 Meeting ID: 386 332 8506.
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Saturday December 5, 2020 9am-5pm Sunday December 6, 2020 9:30am-4:30pm Immerse yourself in the energies of Ascension - with like-minded seekers - as you explore the deeper truths of humanity’s origins and your role in the Shifting Galactic Paradigm. Whether you are already a healer, or this is for your own spiritual journey, you will be forever transformed. The Marconics Quantum Recalibration is also available for class attendants. Holiday Inn Danbury-Bethel 80 Newtown Rd, Danbury, CT
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Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203-433-4658. For more information, visit CTExperiential.org.
Revive Salt Therapy New Client Special offer – 3 Salt Room Sessions for ONLY $59+tax. Free infrared sauna with purchase of salty massage in the moroccan salt room. Single- $149 Couple - $249. Buy a 5 pack infrared sauna for $129, get a free halotherapy session ($35 value). Value membership Moroccan Salt Room ONLY $59+tax. Save $81. Private Moroccan Salt Room Session (up to 6 people) $99+tax. SAVE $50. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. email@example.com.
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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONNECTICUT WOMEN’S CONSORTIUM – Aim: ensure the behavioral health system responds to the needs of women & the people & organizations that affect them. Eliminate discrimination/promote excellence in care for women through educ., training, advocacy & policy dev. 203-909-6888, WomensConsortium.org.
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MEDICAL/INTUITIVE HYPNOTIST HYPNOSIS THERAPY CENTER – There is a meaning behind every ailment and condition people have. It's your body speaking to you. If you are tired of being sick and are ready to help yourself heal, then consider having a Discovery Session so you can learn the cause and 'cure.' Madison. 203-245-6927.
PARKINSON’S SUPPORT PARKINSON DISEASE ASSOCIATION – Mission: “To Ease the Burden, To Find A Cure” for those w/Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers in CT. Education, support and socialization. 860-248-9200, ctapda.org.
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Applied Kinesiology i s a n e u r o logical evaluation to find and treat dysfunction. Different because it addresses causes instead of chasing pains, Dr. Healy tests if a therapy alleviates dysfunction, finding immediate answers as to which provides the most improvement. Chiropractic, craniosacral, myofascial and acupressure are among the therapies Dr. Healy uses. Generally, no single cure exists as disease and dysfunction typically involve multiple areas of the body. The goal of any therapy—physical, chemical, or emotional—is to improve function; a combination of therapies typically yields the best results. See ad on page 11.
EDUCATION CONNECTICUT EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CENTER (CELC) MIDDLE SCHOOL 28 School Street, Branford, CT 203-433-4658 mandm@CTExperiential.org http://CTEXperiential.org
CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School provides experientially-based education with a personalized approach to learning, designed to empower young people to thrive. Our students come from a variety of towns throughout Connecticut, from families looking for a program that engages and deepens learning, where their children can flourish during these important and impactful 5th - 8th grade years. See ad on page 23.
THE GRADUATE INSTITUTE (TGI)
Accredited, Non-profit Graduate School offering holistic programs in contemporary & emerging fields 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT 203-874-4252 Learn.edu The Graduate Institute offers holistic master’s degrees and certificate programs for adult learners. Programs include Integrative Health and Healing, Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability, Writing and Oral Tradition, Organizational Leadership, and more. Programs are just one weekend a month.
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At Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, we specialize in manual therapy using hands-on techniques to help the body’s natural healing process. We also incorporate traditional programs and modalities to maximize health. 40-minute sessions are conducted one-on-one in private treatment rooms. See ad on page 21.
SALT HEALING THERAPY WELLNESS CENTER REVIVE SALT THERAPY
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Gail Perrella, M.S. is a Holistic Nutritionist, creator and founder of Revive Salt Therapy & Wellness. Our mission is to educate, inspire, and empower our clients to create the health they deserve. Services offered include halotherapy, nutrition, detox, massage, reiki, salty (halotherapy) yoga, guided meditation, mindset coaching and wellness workshops. We also have a wellness retail shop where we offer professional supplements and high quality salt products. For more information visit ReviveSaltTherapy.com.
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787 Main St, S Woodbury, CT 203-586-1172 NaturalSaltHealing.com Combining an array of natural therapies that have been used since ancient times with today’s technology, Salt of the Earth Spa provides a sanctuary for deep transformations, healing and grounding for Mind, Body and Spirit.
WHOLE BODY WELLNESS CBD MASSAGE ELM CITY WELLNESS 774 Orange Street New Haven, CT 203-691-7653 ElmCityWellness.com
Elm City Wellness is an independent, woman-owned wellness center with a focus on community healing. Services include a variety of skilled massage, CBD massage, community and private acupuncture, Reiki, craniosacral therapy and organic skin care, including signature, microderm and high frequency facials. Skilled therapists specifically tailor each and every session. Our wellness store features local products, candles, wellness supplies and books, smudge kits and a large range of third-party tested, pharmaceutical grade CBD products. See back cover ad.
YOGA & AYURVEDA BALANCE BY MELISSA
Melissa Pytlak Yoga Instructor Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor 203-305-5531 SeekLifeBalance@gmail.com BalanceByMelissa.com Melissa invites you to come home to yourself and awaken the healer within. Offering private and group instruction in yoga and Ayurveda, Melissa guides you to connect with your True Self and to trust that you already possess all the wisdom you need to heal yourself in order to return to your innate state of harmony and health. Melissa enjoys teaching group classes but particularly loves the magic that unfolds in helping people one on one. If you need a little guidance on your path of wellness, please reach out for a free 10-minute consultation.