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Ancient healing element stops a cold before it starts


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Empowered Light Holistic Expo Offers Speakers, Classes and More


he Empowered Light Holistic Expo will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., April 27, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 28 and 29, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, focused on holistic lifestyles, spiritual classes and personal development. In addition to more than 50 workshops and 150 vendors, classes include yoga, dance, meditation and sound healing, as well as reiki and massage mini-treatments. There will be a Shamanic Sound Meditation and Healing Concert with Grammy nominee Dalien, aka 13 Hands, and The True Story of Jesus and Mary Magdalena with Grammy nominee David Young. Jessica DeLuise, founder of Eat Your Way to Wellness, will be a featured speaker, as will Ataana, an author, intuitive and energy healer from Nashville. “People feel stressed and distracted, and they are looking for more connection and answers,” says founder Sue Greenwald. “The Expo offers connection with new friends, new ideas and most of all, a community where people feel supported in a fun way.” Admission from $5 to $20 in advance at EmpoweredLight.com. Free parking. Some presentations additional. Location: 100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA. For more information, call 484-459-3082 or email EmpoweredLightExpo@gmail.com. Vendor inquiries are welcome. See ad, page 9.

Namas Day Celebrates Yoga and Wellness


hiladelphia’s Wellness CommUNITY will come together on April 21 for the ninth annual Namas Day at the WHYY building on Independence Mall. This all-day event offers a full schedule of yoga programming, a wellness marketplace and food trucks. Yoga teachers have the opportunity to earn Yoga Alliance continuing education credits and learn new skills for their own teaching. Yoga students can register for a full day of yoga workshops with some of the best teachers in the area or enjoy a class or two ranging from acro yoga to restorative yoga. Internationally renowned yoga teacher Faith Hunter will present For the Grown Up and Sexy and Spiritually Fly. Namas Day is made possible by My Area Yoga, a website publication for local yoga since 2012. Founder Mary Fetterman says their goal is to offer the greater Philadelphia community an opportunity to enjoy a day of wellness. Admission is free, but registration is required for workshop attendance. Location: 150 N. Sixth St. For more information, visit NamasDay.com, call Mary Fetterman at 484-947-6072 or visit MyAreaYoga.com. See ad, page 15.

Stevenson Helps People Upgrade Their Spiritual Fitness


imitria Stevenson is certified in Emotional Freedom Technique, EFTP (AEFTP), clairvoyant healing (Invision School for Psychic abilities) and holistic health and wellDimitria Stevenson ness (Institute of Integrative Nutrition). After years of doing intuitive readings over the phone, Stevenson, a power executive turned spiritual diva, opened her own practice in the heart of Philadelphia in 2016. She uses her intuitive and healing abilities to help clients increase their overall spiritual fitness, which encompasses the mental, emotional and spiritual side of health, to get back to a place of balance. “My clients reach out to get clarity, validation and answers to the confusion of life when they have an important decision to make and can’t seem to unlock the answer. Sometimes they are struggling to get to the next level in their lives,” says Stevenson. “They are up for a promotion and want to make sure it’s a good match for their lifestyle. Sometimes they just feel stuck. Their health is suddenly floundering. They need healing from a broken heart. I empower them to begin the powerful journey of self-healing.” Location: 1601 Walnut St., Ste. 901, Philadelphia. For appointments, call 267-225-0192 or email Dimitria@UpgradeYourFlow.com. For more information, visit UpgradeYour Flow.com. See ad, page 10.

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Learn About Practices for Brain Health


he Yoga Research Society and Marcus-Brind Center of Integrative Medicine will present The Brain, on April 29, at Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, at Medical Yoga 2018. Vijayendra Pratap, Ph.D., will present the Classical Yoga for Mental Health practical and discussion in the morning, and Mark Mattson, Ph.D., will give his presentation, Intermittent Fasting for Brain Health, in the afternoon.   Swâmî Kuvalayânandaji pioneered a rational, scientific approach to the understanding of yoga beginning in 1924. His work has helped make yoga accessible to sincere students and researchers throughout the world. The Yoga Research Society builds on this tradition. Under the direction of Dr. Pratap, the society has helped to integrate yoga techniques and principles into Western medical theory and practice through research and education.   The Marcus-Brind Center’s physicians have extensive experience in the integration of conventional medicine with complementary approaches such as nutritional, herbal, homeopathic and mind-body therapies. They share the philosophy that illness and healing involve all aspects of ourselves; biological, psychological, social and spiritual. They believe that each person can be empowered to bring greater wellness into his or her own life.   Location: 1020 Locust St. For more information, visit  YogaResearchSociety.com. See ad, page 19.

Don’t Just Clean, Glorify


he Glo With Glory (GWG) cleaning service, founded in 2013, provides janitorial, commercial, office cleaning and residential cleaning in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. They also do carpet cleaning, commercial window cleaning, stripping, waxing, and buffing tile and hardwood floors. GWG also provides clean-outs Antoinette Williams for apartments, post-construction cleanups and cleaning after an event or party. Many people face health problems that affect the respiratory system to limit mobility and decrease energy. Glo with Glory takes into consideration their health when cleaning. Owner Antoinette Williams says the business was inspired through divine power of Jesus Christ and is dedicated to her beloved mother, Gloria. GWG is insured, licensed, registered and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. The GWG mission statement is taken from Matthew 20:27: “Who so ever is the chief among you, Let them be your servant.” Williams says, “The aim is to serve by providing the highest level of cleaning excellence. We provide 10 percent discounts for senior citizens, disabled, teachers, firefighters, police officers and veterans.” Customized packets and seasonal cleaning specials are available. The goal is to have the home or business “glo” through optimum cleanliness and shine. Eco-friendly cleaning products are used when requested for sensitivity of our health and environment.

For more information, call 215-342-7787, email Toni@GloWithGlory.com or visit GloWithGlory.com. See ad, page 8.

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These Teas Uplift and Inspire

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Valley Green Holistic Health Fair


he inaugural Valley Green Holistic Health Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 31, at the Valley Green Inn, in the Wissahickon Valley portion of Fairmount Park, in Philadelphia. It is a great delight to the many walkers, hikers , runners, climbers, bikers, horseback riders and most importantly, the families that come to feed the ducks and just enjoy the beauty and calm of the park. There are many modalities represented; mostly local, with yoga and free classes throughout the day. For more information, call 610 -304 -5315, email MarieCooney@ comcast.net or visit Facebook.com/gvhealthfair.


ising Dawn Teas, a brand-new online business, was launched in January by Alyson and Helena Showell. They say, “We are reclaiming the herbal knowledge and wisdom regarding teas, salves, tinctures and poultices of our West African and U.S. slave ancestors and translating this historical knowledge into modernday form and usage. We decided to focus specifically on the tea aspect of our rich heritage.” They buy organic and fair trade ingredients, as well as wildforaged ingredients from unpolluted locations whenever possible, to make delicious, life-enhancing teas. “We ardently believe in and practice the Golden Rule philosophy: Treat and care for others as we do ourselves,” advise the Showells. Rising Dawn Teas began as a hobby and turned into a vision to help, heal and soothe. Alyson began making teas three years ago for herself and her family, borne of a desire to connect with nature and use what she found to help others. By studying plants, herbs and their healing properties, she realized that she wanted to think bigger and to use her creations to uplift. For more information, call 267-289-2136, email rdteas@gmail.com or visit RisingDawnTeas.com. See ad, page 9.

Receive Important Information About Home Health Care


amaritans at Last, a home health and disability services company, will be participating in the Philadelphia Women’s Expo at the Philadelphia Mills Mall from 9 to 5 p.m., April 28 and 29, providing free information about home healthcare, autism and disability services for themselves or loved ones. Rosa Hernandez, of Samaritans at Last, says, “There are many people who are unaware of the availability of home healthcare services and the benefits it provides for not only for the person needing care, but also for the family member who may be taking care of a loved one. These services may be available to them at no additional cost.”

Admission is free. Location: 1455 Franklin Mills Cir., Philadelphia. For more information, call 610-566-1361 email Rosa.Hernandez@ SamaritansAtLast.org or visit SamaritansAtLast.com. See ad, page 24.


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Dr. Jacquilen Tomas Ali

Getting to the Root Cause of Disease


r. Jacquilen Tomas Ali is a naturopathic physician, certified nutritional counselor, master herbalist, certified BodyTalk practitioner and BodyTalk access trainer. She’s been in practice for more than 10 years and is currently practicing in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. Initially, Ali focused primarily on nutrition and Dr. Jacquilen Tomas Ali made herbal and homeopathic recommendations as needed. But she noticed that that some clients would only improve in the short term, and their symptoms would return. She realized that something was missing. Ali wanted to assists the body’s ability to heal itself more powerfully, and after much research, shifted her focus to the root causes of her patients’ health challenges. Her clients frequently talked about the emotional stresses they were experiencing due to family or work, and Ali was led to a consciousness energy-based The BodyTalk System. Ali uses it as a tool to ask the body’s innate wisdom what’s causing the health challenge. By using Applied Kinesiology, the body’s innate wisdom will reveal the causes, thus assisting the body’s ability to heal and balance itself. There’s no poking, prodding or diagnosing. An average session is 45 minutes to an hour. Location: 3901 Main St., Bldg. B, Ste. 201. For appointments, call 215-360-4110 or email Info@DrAliND.com. For more information, visit MyDrAli.com. See ad, page 31.

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Deepak Chopra Appearing in Philly


eepak Chopra, M.D., the New York Times bestselling author and pioneer in alternative medicine, will appear at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m., March 15, to talk about his new book, The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life. Time magazine recognized Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century, and the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.” Chopra will also explore some of today’s most important questions about science, human development, consciousness, transformation and healing. Kimmel Center CEO Anne Ewers notes, “Deepak Chopra is undoubtedly one of the most influential individuals of our time, backed by an impressive list of medical and scholarly achievements.” As the founder of the Chopra Foundation and co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, He is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism, a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical

Endocrinologists. Chopra is the author of more than 85 books, which have been published in more than 43 languages. His publications have won the Religion and Spirituality Quill Award, the Grand Prize in the 2005 Nautilus Awards and many more. He has also been the recipient of an impressive number of awards for his keynote speaking, including the 2010 GOI Peace Award, 2009 Ellis Island Medal of Honor presented by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Foundation, 2006 Trailblazer Award by the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and 2002 Humanitarian Award through Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in collaboration with the American Journal of Psychotherapy. He wrote the new book in collaboration with Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D, the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy professor of neurology at Harvard University, and director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. “The first part of the book is very practical about issues of nutrition, diet, reducing inflammation in the body, stress,

Deepak Chopra will appear at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m., March 15, to talk about his new book, The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life. aging gracefully and mind-body coordination, but the next two parts are important, as well because they are about conscious evolution and what in many cultures has been called ‘peak experiences’ or the flow—what we call effortless spontaneity, or transcendence, which is what religions talk about. But then the bigger questions, beyond body-mind, like: Is there another reality? What is it? What do spiritual traditions mean by the words ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’? What does it mean to be in grounded awareness and become identified or seek your identity beyond social constructs and beyond perceptual and mental experience?” advises Chopra. “For me, the last part of the book is most important.” He states, “The world has now embarked on collective insanity. With war, terrorism, debt, extinction of species, cyber hacking, climate change, religious fanaticism and basically total unawareness. The first thing is to know that what is normal is now the psychopathology called ‘insanity’. The second is to stop participating in it. Everybody is full of melodrama right now, and the melodrama is about human constructs that have no basis in reality. So the first thing is, since you cannot escape the insane asylum, you might as well pick up the visitor badge and watch the show without getting involved in it. Because if you get involved, it doesn’t matter which side you take. You will be participating in the insanity. So the first step is to recognize that. The second thing is to take the responsibility for your own conscious evolution in the choices you want to make. Most people are asleep, so they don’t know that they are participating in the insanity.” Tickets start at $39. Location: 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For more information, call 215-893-1999 or visit KimmelCenter.org.


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health briefs

Leafy Greens Lower Risk for Heart Disease Leafy greens, which are rich in vitamin K, have again been shown to provide outsized benefits for heart health. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University found that a reduced intake of vitamin K1 leads to more than triple the risk of an enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, which reduces blood pumping volume, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers followed diet records for 766 participants ages 14 to 18 and monitored their vascular structure and functionality. When compared to those with the highest intake of vitamin K1 from foods such as spinach, cabbage and other leafy, green vegetables, those with the lowest intake were more likely to experience vascular enlargement.


Gooseberries are Good for the Gut Researchers from Malaysia’s Islamic Science University tested 30 patients with gastrointestinal issues, dividing them into three groups. One received lactose, a placebo; another group was given omeprazole, an over-the-counter remedy; and the third Phyllanthus emblica Linn, an ayurvedic treatment for gastrointestinal issues also known as Indian gooseberry. The research found the herbal treatment resulted in less pain, vomiting, sleep loss and other issues. Participants’ intestinal walls also showed signs of significant healing. The researchers concluded, “Findings indicate that the ethanolic extract of P. emblica fruits has gastroprotective effects in humans that justify its traditional use.”

Eating Meat Raises Diabetes Risk Research from Duke University Medical School indicates that eating red meat and poultry increases risk for Type 2 diabetes. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 63,257 adults between ages 45 and 74 for an average of 11 years each. It was determined that meat and poultry consumption increased diabetes incidence by 23 and 15 percent, respectively.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DETERS ALZHEIMER’S According to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers discovered the risk of dementia can be halved by engaging in physical activities like walking, dancing and gardening, which significantly improve brain volume in the hippocampus region and the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes. The scientists studied 876 participants for 30 years and completed a longitudinal memory test of the patients, which were 78 years old on average, and followed up with MRI brain scans. They recorded their physical activity and logged caloric output every week. Two other studies found that any exercise that raises our heart rate and produces sweating for a sustained period will benefit cognitive health as we age. One meta-analysis of 36 studies from Australia’s University of Canberra found that exercise improved cognition by an average of 29 percent for those older than 50; another small group study from Germany’s Otto von Guericke University, in Magdeburg, specifically showed that dancing benefits seniors’ cognition. March 2018


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Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

SPICE UP HEALTHY COOKING Six Seasonings with Surprising Payoffs by Amber Lanier Nagle


pices add a punch of extra flavor to our favorite dishes, but they also possess proven health and wellness properties. From regulating blood sugar to reducing inflammation to helping control appetite, behold the magnificent six.

Garlic (Allium sativum)

“There’s a lot of evidence that suggests garlic supports heart health,” says Rosalee de la Forêt, a clinical herbalist and author of Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition tracked the blood pressure of 79 patients with uncontrolled hypertension and found that the mean systolic blood pressure of those consuming two 240-milligram capsules of aged garlic extract a day for 12 weeks significantly decreased compared to those taking one capsule or a placebo. 12

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“Garlic may also reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu when taken at the onset of symptoms and each day afterwards,” says de la Forêt, citing a study published in Clinical Nutrition. “I mince a clove and mix it with honey to make it easier to swallow.”

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Dr. Lipi Roy, a clinical assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine and blogger at SpicesForLifemd.com, considers turmeric the golden spice of life. “In addition to its role in Indian and Asian cuisine, turmeric is used in traditional Indian medicine to treat common ailments like stomach upset, ulcers, flatulence, arthritis, sprains, wounds and skin and eye infections,” she says. A study published in Oncogene concluded that curcumin (the active ingredient

Used in India for 4,000 years, black pepper may be the most popular spice of our era. “Black pepper can increase the amount of nutrients your body absorbs from other food and spices,” says de la Forêt. A study published in Plant Medica concluded that subjects consuming a small amount (20 milligrams) of an extract of black pepper showed an increase of retained curcumin in their bodies. For maximum benefits, grind whole peppercorns directly onto food at mealtime.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum verum)

“One of cinnamon’s super powers is that it may help regulate blood glucose in patients with Type 2 diabetes,” Roy says. In a study published in Diabetic Medicine, subjects taking two grams of cinnamon daily for 12 weeks exhibited much better blood sugar control. Roy suggests sprinkling it on oatmeal, apples, pumpkin pie and brownies. Roast chicken flavored with cinnamon and other spices is another treat.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

“Ginger is a rhizome people have traditionally used medicinally to help with digestive issues, including upset stomachs and nausea,” says Karen Kennedy, of Concord, Ohio, a horticulturist and educator at the Herb Society of America. In a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers concluded that gastric emptying and relief was more rapid after subjects with frequent or severe stomach upsets ingested 1.2 grams of ginger. Ginger is also linked to increased circulation and reduced inflammation. A study published in Phytotherapy Re-


in turmeric) was a more potent anti-inflammatory agent than aspirin or ibuprofen. Try adding a little turmeric and ground black pepper to soups, salads and sauces.

~McCormick Science Institute search noted that this spice also worked in alleviating migraines equal to the pharmaceutical sumatriptan (Imitrex). According to a study in the journal Arthritis, it’s an effective tool in the battle against rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger adds a zing of healthy flavor to hot teas and stir-fried veggies such as broccoli, green beans, carrots or mushrooms.

Paprika (Capsicum annuum)

A common spice added to Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Indian cuisine, paprika is rich in natural carotenoids (the orangey pigment in many plants with antioxidant power) and capsaicin, both of which may decrease mortality from chronic illnesses. Another benefit of this capsaicincontaining spice is its ability to control appetite. In research published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, participants that consumed red pepper spice had a slightly higher core temperature and energy expenditure after a meal than the control group. The study further suggested that those that consumed capsaicin-containing spices like paprika ate fewer calories per day and had less interest in food. “Paprika is a great salt alternative, too,” says Roy. “Too often, people think they are craving salt, but they aren’t. They are craving flavor, and paprika gives a nice kick to chili, salad, grilled cheese and so many other foods.” Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (AmberNagle.com).

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Herbs are not spices although the term spice is sometimes used to encompass them all. An herb is the leaf of a plant when used in cooking. Spices can be buds, bark, roots, erries, seeds or any other part of a plant, and are often dried.

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1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia 215-978-0900 • CosmicFoods.com We believe in offering farm fresh, local and organic foods, wherever possible, because starting with good ingredients ends in a sumptuous meal. We offer breakfast and lunch options all day with indoor and outdoor (seasonal) seating.


331 S 22nd St, Philadelphia 19103 TheGoodKarmaCafe.com Serving fair trade sustainable coffee blends in a relaxed setting.

HOLISTIC HEALTH SUITE & CAFÉ 6802 Old York Rd, Philadelphia 215-995-5150

Our mission at Holistic Health Suite & Café is to encourage people to “Eat, Drink and Think Healthy” and to provide a safe space for that transformation to unfold. Our commitment is to honor you and your choices, and to provide guidance, education and skills to support your goals so that you can experience your optimum health and highest personal potential.


221 Church St, Philadelphia 19106 215-629-9292 • OldCityCoffee.com This locally convenient café serves various roasted coffees and teas to local visitors.


In the heart of historic Fabric Row 719 S 4th St, Philadelphia 215-922-1146 • EsseneMarket.com Philadelphia’s premier natural foods market, Essene specializes in organic, local, veganfriendly selections. Our café’s hot bar features ready-made Korean, vegetarian and gluten-free entrees. Our fresh juice bar is renowned for invigorating smoothies and enlivening elixirs. Be sure to try freshly baked treats prepared in our own vegan bakery. From hard-to-find items to everyday staples, we’re your neighborhood market for healthconscious living. See ad, page 6.

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neighborhood spotlight

Welcome to Philadelphia—

Chestnut Hill by Lauren Davish

The greater Philadelphia area has been an important meeting ground in our country’s history since the days of the Liberty Bell, and is no less so today. Teeming with diversity and multicultural heritage from downtown to the suburbs, there are many neighborhoods, many points of view and many lessons to be shared among us all. We hope that our series of spotlights featuring events and personalities in all corners of our great metropolis will encourage residents to think outside the box and stray from their commute to explore their own city with a new perspective.


hestnut Hill is one of Philadelphia’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Its small-town charm, mixed with a booming downtown area, not to mention incredible architecture, make it a great place to live and visit. Plus, the wellness community of Chestnut Hill is constantly growing, with a multitude of outlets to begin or continue a healthy lifestyle and routine. Here are a few of our favorite wellness-promoting spots to check out in the area.

Green Soul

The easiest way to begin a wellness regimen is to start with what we eat, and that’s where Green Soul can help. Their mission is to bring customers the best of both worlds: menu items that fill both the comfort food and real food categories. This hidden gem is located conveniently inside the Chestnut Hotel, so you can grab some healthy grub on the way in and out.

Remedy Spa & Wellness

Another way to really kick our wellness routine into shape is by giving our body a reboot. At Remedy Spa & Wellness, there are plenty of options. Whether looking for a massage, skin care or yoga and meditation classes, their holistic approach supplies the the mind-body reset we’ve been looking for.

Weavers Way Co-Op

To get all of our local products from one place, check out Weavers Way Co-Op. Their selection of local, organic products will provide a kitchen chock full of healthy ingredients. Load up on dairy products and meats from nearby farms or stock up on grains and nuts in bulk. They also have delicious prepared foods, along with salad and hot bars, so grab something to go any time. These great spots just skim the surface of all that Chestnut Hill has to offer in their wellness community. Be sure to check them out on your next visit.


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The World’s Healthiest Cuisines What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating by Judith Fertig


mericans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish supersized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have their original health benefits,” says Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician in the San Francisco Bay area and author of The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World—Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You. Here are five popular—and healthy— world cuisines, known for their great dishes, star ingredients and health-enhancing practices.

Traditional Japanese

Ingredients. The dietary benefits of green tea, fermented soy and mushrooms like shiitake and maitake are well documented. 16

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Add dried seaweed to this list. Beyond sushi, it’s a delicious ingredient in brothy soups, where it reconstitutes to add a noodle-like quality, slightly smoky flavor and beneficial minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. A study in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked the longevity of Okinawan residents to eating seaweed, a staple of macrobiotic diets. New York City culinary instructor and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo prefers dried wakame seaweed, readily available in the U.S. Practices. Shimbo grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her mother helped her surgeon father’s patients by preparing foods that helped them recover quickly. Shimbo believes wholeheartedly in Ishoku-dogen, a Japanese concept often translated as, “Food is medicine.”

South Indian

Ingredients. South India—including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana—offers many plant-based dishes that feature coconut, rice and spices such as turmeric, known for decreasing inflammation, according to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Varieties of dried split peas called dal [dal is singular and plural] are used in vegetable curries and ground to make the gluten-free savory crepes known as dosa or puffy white idlis for a snack or breakfast. South India native and current Minneapolis resident Raghavan Iyer, teacher, consultant and author of many cookbooks, including 660 Curries, says, “One technique that gives vegetable dishes a lift is dry-frying or toasting whole spices. It adds complexity and nuttiness.” Simply heat a cast iron skillet, add the whole spices and


Shimbo says, “I eat fairly well, treating food as blessings from nature that keep me healthy and energetic. I do not often indulge in expensive, rich foods.” She prefers eating foods in season and small portions, listening to what her body craves. When feeling the need for minerals and vitamins, she makes a brothy soup with just a little dried wakame, which reconstitutes to four times its dried volume. A second practice supporting healthy well-being is hara hachi bu, or “Eat until your stomach is 80 percent full.” It requires self-discipline to eat slowly and decline more food. But this restraint supports a widely accepted fact that “It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to receive the message that the stomach is full. If we eat slowly, we get the message at the right time, even if we want a few more bites. If we eat too quickly, by the time our brain sends the message, we have probably eaten too much,” says Shimbo. One Great Dish: Japanese soups offer nutrition and flavor in a bowl. Shimbo’s Eata-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup in her cookbook The Japanese Kitchen: 250 Recipes in a Traditional Spirit can be made with chicken or vegetable broth. Other healthy ingredients like sesame oil, fresh ginger, scallions and garlic boost its health benefits.


dry fry until spicy aromas arise; then add them to a dish. Practice. South Indian meals usually comprise many small, highly flavored, colorful, plant-based dishes served with rice. They yield a pleasant aroma and sensation of fullness without overdoing it, says Iyer. One Great Dish: A vegetable/legume curry such as tamata chana dal, or smoky yellow split peas is simple to make. Iyer cooks dried, yellow, split peas with potatoes and turmeric, then dry-fries dried chilis and spices, and purées them in a blender for a no-fat, vegan and glutenfree dish. In Iyer’s view, “The epitome of comfort food is a bowl of dal and rice.”

Garden-to-Table Italian

Ingredients. There’s American-Italian, as in pizza with pepperoni and double cheese, and then there’s real Italian dishes dating back to the Etruscans. Healthy Italian starts with the love of growing things. Whatever grows in the garden is best, served simply with extra virgin olive oil; a recent Temple University study found it preserves memory and wards off Alzheimer’s. Eugenia Giobbi Bone, co-author of Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, and Memories of Meals with a Great American Food Family, says, “My palate was formed with the flavors of homegrown foods. Cooking in central Italy is all about bringing out the flavor of a few very fresh, well-grown ingredients. That means primarily seasonal eating, with lots of vegetables and little meat in summer, the opposite in winter. There isn’t a lot of fuss to the culinary style, which instead depends on interesting, but simple combinations of foods and techniques.” Practice. Italian families’ view of healthful garden-to-table includes the exercise attained from gardening. “We have a good work ethic in our family,” remarks Bone, who lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado. “We are of the mentality that physical work is satisfying, even when it is hard.” From her father’s family, Bone has learned to break a meal into small courses and to eat heavier during the day and lighter at night because this helps maintain a healthy weight, according to many studies including one published in the UK journal Diabetologia.

One Great Dish: Dress up pasta with a seasonal vegetable sauce, such as caponata, an eggplant and tomato mixture, or include primavera via spring vegetables and basil, or arrabbiata, featuring tomatoes and red pepper flakes.


Ingredients. “So much about Lebanese cuisine is ‘on trend’ with our tart and sour flavors from lemon, sumac and pomegranate molasses, a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, plus a tradition of pickling, called mouneh, and yogurt and cheesemaking,” says food blogger Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. “Lebanese cuisine is extraordinarily healthy, fitting squarely into the Mediterranean diet.” Abood lives in East Lansing, Michigan, where she loves to use summer cherries and berries in her Lebanese-inspired dishes. According to Abood, another reason why Lebanese food is so popular is that Lebanese immigrants to the U.S. now outnumber the native population of their mother country. Practice. Gathering to share food is a hallmark of Lebanese hospitality. “The Lebanese style of eating includes maza; many small shared plates of remarkable variety,” says Abood. “Food as medicine” is also a Lebanese practice, according to a study in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. One Great Dish: “Many of my favorite Lebanese dishes are plant-based,” says Abood. “We love to stuff everything from cabbage to summer squash to grape leaves with vegetarian fillings, and cook them in a garlic or tomato broth. Every week, we make and eat mujaddara, a lentil and rice or bulgur pilaf with deeply caramelized onions.” Pair with any Lebanese salad, such as one she makes with sweet cherries and walnuts for “a perfectly healthy and crazy-delicious meal.”


Ingredients. Vietnamese cooking emphasizes fresh herbs and leafy greens, green papaya, seafood, rice and condiments. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that green or unripe papaya contains more healthy

carotenoids (lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene) than tomatoes or carrots. Practice. The preferred style of Vietnamese cooking is steaming or simmering, using less fat. It also encourages communal eating, with each diner dipping an ingredient into a cooking pot. Cooked foods are accompanied by fresh salad greens, including herbs served as whole leaves. One Great Dish: Vietnamese hot pot is a favorite of Andrea Nguyen, whose Vietnamese family emigrated to California. Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors, blogs about food at VietWorldKitchen. com and now lives near San Francisco, California. “This is a slow, cook-it-yourself kind of meal. Set it up, relax with some organic wine or beer and enjoy. Flavors develop and the hot pot transforms as you eat,” she says. “At the end, you’ll slurp up the remaining broth and noodles.” See Tinyurl.com/Viet-ChineseHotPotRecipe. French Bonus: While croissants and triple-crème brie might not seem part of an ideal diet, rediscover two healthy practices from the French: Eat less and eat together. Ongoing studies at Cornell University show that we eat less if offered less. When researcher Paul Rozin, Ph.D., a psychology professor with the University of Pennsylvania, compared portions in Paris, France, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philly portions were 25 percent larger. It’s also reflected in the two countries’ cookbook recipes. Rozin further found that French diners spent more time eating those smaller portions—perhaps explaining the French paradox: Most French eat rich foods and drink wine, yet don’t get fat. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com). March 2018


Cook-It-Yourself Ethnic Recipes

Eat-a-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup

Yields: 4 servings

Smoky Yellow Split Peas (Tamatar Chana Dal) This vegan and gluten-free recipe traces its roots to Southeast India, where roasting spices to yield nutty-hot flavors creates a layered experience. Yields: 6 cups 1 cup yellow split peas  1 lb potatoes (Yukon gold or russet), peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes  ¼ tsp ground turmeric  2 to 4 dried red cayenne chiles (like chile de arbol), stems discarded  1 Tbsp coriander seeds  1 tsp cumin seeds  1 medium-size tomato, cored and diced  2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems  1½ tsp coarse kosher or sea salt   Measure the peas into a medium-size saucepan. Cover with water and rinse the grains by rubbing them in-between fingertips. Drain and repeat three to four times until the water, upon rinsing the peas, remains fairly clear. Measure and pour 4 cups of water into the pan and bring it to a boil over mediumhigh heat. When some foam arises, scoop it out and discard it.   Add the potatoes and turmeric to the peas, stirring once or twice. Lower the heat to 18

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medium-low and cover the pan. Stew the mélange, stirring occasionally, until the peas are tender, but still firm-looking and the potatoes are cooked, 20 to 25 minutes. While the peas and potatoes cook, preheat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan feels hot (a palm held close to the bottom usually feels the heat within 2 to 4 minutes), sprinkle in the chiles, coriander and cumin.

1 Tbsp sesame oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp peeled and julienned ginger 3 scallions, both green and white parts, cut into thin disks 4¼ cups chicken or vegetable broth ¼ cup sake 1 Tbsp instant wakame sea vegetable, soaked in cold water for 2 minutes and drained 1 Tbsp white sesame seeds, toasted in a skillet Tamari to taste Ground white pepper to taste In a medium pot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat until it’s hot, but not smoking. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the white part of the scallions, reserving the green part, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Toast the spices, shaking the pan very frequently, until the chiles blacken and smell smoky-hot and the seeds turn reddish brown and smell strongly aromatic (nutty with citrus undertones), 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the chicken broth and sake, then bring the mixture to a boil. Add the wakame and the sesame seeds. Season the soup with a few drops of tamari and ground white pepper, and add the green part of the scallions.

Transfer this spice blend to a blender jar and plunk in the tomato. Purée, scraping the insides of the jar as needed, to make a smooth, reddish brown paste with a smoky aroma. Once the peas are cooked, scrape the spicy, well-seasoned tomato paste into the pan. Stir in the cilantro and salt.   Set the heat to medium-high and vigorously boil the dal, uncovered, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to mingle and the sauce to slightly thicken, 12 to 15 minutes. For a thicker sauce, mash some of the peas and potatoes with the back of a spoon. Serve warm.

After a few strong stirs, serve piping hot in individual bowls.

Recipe courtesy of Raghavan Iyer (RaghavanIyer.com).

Recipe of Hiroko Shimbo from The Japanese Kitchen; permission from Quarto Publishing Group USA.

photos by Stephen Blancett

This soup satisfies a body’s call for a dish rich in minerals and vitamins.

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At least 10 hours a week outdoors in sunshine is crucial for children under 6 for development of healthy eyes. Otherwise, the risk of myopia increases, which in turn lends risk for cataracts and glaucoma in adulthood. ~University of Sydney Adolescent and Eye Study of 2,000 children

Sunshine on Our Shoulders

Makes Us Happy and Healthy


by Kathleen Barnes

ver since skin cancer scares penetrated the national psyche in the mid-1980s, Americans have been conditioned to cover up and slather on sunscreen when we leave the house. Now experts say we haven’t been doing ourselves a favor, even when strictly using all-natural formulas. We’ve been blocking the sun’s life-giving rays, essential for the body’s production of vitamin D, and possibly prompting a host of health problems.

Safe Exposure Update

“Ninety percent of the vitamin D we get comes from the sun, and exposing arms and legs for a few minutes a day is enough for most people with no risk of skin cancer,” says Registered Nurse Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Nursing at Chicago’s Loyola University. She’s the lead researcher for the Sunshine 2 Study, a clinical trial investigating the vitamin’s vital role in relieving depression. “Every tissue and cell of your body requires vitamin D to function properly,” says Michael Holick, Ph.D., a medical doctor who has pioneered vitamin D research at the Boston University Medical Center. A 40-year professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, he’s a fervent advocate of sensible sun exposure. “Vitamin D is actually a hormone, essential for bone and muscle health. It plays a significant role in reducing the risk of infectious diseases, including cardiovascular problems and certain cancers, contributes to brain function and memory, and elevates mood, all while reducing early mortality,” explains Holick, author of The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem. Yet, he says, about half of all Americans are among the 1 billion people worldwide that are vitamin D deficient. Published vitamin D research in the U.S. National Library of Medicine turns up 74,486 studies and citations dating back to 1922, with nearly half done in the past 10 years; 478 of the total were authored or co-authored by Holick or cited his research. His 20

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work confirms that sensible sun exposure and supplementing with natural vitamin D3 brings vitamin D levels to the optimal 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). New research from the University of Surrey, in the UK, found D3 twice as effective in raising vitamin D levels as D2, which is often synthetically produced. While the human body manufactures vitamin D as a response to sun exposure, eating certain foods like fatty fish, egg yolks and cheese can help. Fortifying foods with the vitamin is controversial. “It’s interesting that the right sun exposure will correct D deficiency rapidly, but won’t create an excess. Our bodies stop producing the hormone vitamin D once we have enough,” says Dr. Robert Thompson, an obstetrician, gynecologist and nutrition specialist in Anchorage, Alaska, and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know.

Bare Minimum Holick, who differentiates between unhealthy tanning and healthy sun exposure, recommends exposing arms and legs to noonday sun for five to 10 minutes three times a week for most people. He adds, “Everyone needs 1,500 to 2,000 international units of vitamin D3 [supplements] a day year-round, and obese people need two to three times that much, because their ability to manufacture vitamin D is impaired.” Penckofer’s research confirms that fair-skinned people absorb the sun’s rays easily and quickly, while darker-skinned people have a natural sunblock, so they need much longer sun exposure to absorb the UVB rays that trigger the production of vitamin D. She remarks that inadequate vitamin D is a possible explanation for the greater risk of high blood pressure observed in African-Americans. Holick contends that anyone living north of Atlanta, Georgia, cannot get enough winter sun exposure to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. “While vitamin D can be stored in the body for up to two months, a winter-induced deficiency is a convincing explanation for the seasonal affective disorder that strikes many in northern states in January, just two months after the weather turns too cold to get sufficient sun exposure,” explains Penckofer. “In Alaska, we eat lots of fatty fish and take D supplements in winter. We know there’s no chance we’re getting the D we need from the sun, even when we’re sunbathing in negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures,” quips Thompson. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food Is Medicine: 101Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.


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Hemp Oil Quality Should Not Be Assumed


by Martin Miron

ust as with any health product, the quality, purity and source of ingredients are all of utmost importance. Cannabidiol (CBD), comprising the non-intoxicating cannabinoids found in the hemp plant that have been found to bring myriad heath benefits for dozens of acute and chronic conditions, including chronic pain, mental health, women’s heath and autoimmune issues. Hemp oil comes in many forms, from tinctures and vapes to gummies and pills. The choice is either a full-spectrum product or just CBD alone, known as an isolate. Some CDB is made from agricultural or industrial hemp. Full-spectrum CBD hemp oil is a general term for the extraction of more than 118


cannabinoids, 200 terpenes, flavoids and flavonoids found in this medicinal plant oil. When choosing a full-spectrum product, it needs to be the full aerial extraction of the plant, which means it contains all of the ingredients necessary to achieve the “entourage effect”, which means they are all working together synergistically to fire all the receptors in the mammalian endocannabinoid system (ECS). The entourage effect magnifies the medicinal impact because the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts. Terms such as “aerial plant parts” or “stalk and/or seeds” indicate a very low cannabinoid content and are not as beneficial. Any hemp product imported into the U.S. is made from seeds only. In addition, many CBD products are processed inexpensively with high-grain alcohol. Products processed using a carbon dioxide extraction process are preferred because it is cleaner and allows CBD to be extracted in its purest form. Many companies add thinning agents to the products such as propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin and polyethylene glycol, all of which are unnecessary and may result in exposure to harmful carcinogenic compounds when heated and inhaled. As with any product we purchase, read the ingredient list. If they are not found on the bottle or a website, call the company and ask. Make sure to actually get what is claimed to be in the bottle. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 69 percent of hemp CBD products tested did not contain the amount of cannabidiol indicated on the label. The World Health Organization recently announced that they found CBD to be completely safe. Hemp and Heal is a pioneer in the global CBD hemp market, In addition to having the highest-grade CBD products, they offer excellent educational tools and free telephone consultations with a healthcare professional. They also use third-party testing to ensure purity, safety and consistency. For more information, visit HempAndHeal.com and HempAndHealPets.com. Hemp and Heal is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Health and Wellness Expos USA series of events. See ad, page 23.

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A Holistic Approach to Skin Care by Martin Miron


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erry Christopher, owner of Nu You Well Med and Nu You Skin Care, which offer holistic skin care and waxing, is a Pennsylvania-licensed esthetician, certified in oncology esthetics and holistic esthetics, UK certified in male waxing and a certified laser technician. She states, “When I worked at a medspa as a licensed esthetician and laser tech, I realized that the procedures and treatments we were performing were actually damaging my clients’ skin and not treating their concerns like acne and hyper-pigmentation. I started taking every skin treatment class I could find, including many trips to New York City.” She realized that her mission was to heal skin from the inside-out and use science with nature to get healthy results, not cause damage. “I realized the only way to do that was a blend of holistic philosophy and science. I looked around and realized there wasn’t any other skin care/spa/medspa with that same mission or vision,” notes Christopher. “Yes, some were trying to do organic, but their treatments are either ineffective or fluff with no science. I understood that if I was going to radically change how to treat skin conditions and make the skin healthy, I was going to have to create a business to fit the vision.” Nu You Skin Care created organic, all-natural, professional products that use nature plus science to get real results. The products include hydrating moisturizers, gentle, luxurious cleaners, serums that increase collagen and elasticity and

eliminate/treat scar tissue, acne, hyper-pigmentation and rosacea. The products are also oncology approved and safe for clients currently going through chemo and radiation or have completed their treatments. They have a full line of services to complement their skin care line. These include Organic Facial, Deep Pore, Teen and 24K Gold Facial treatments. Facial infusions deliver a cocktail of powerful nutrients to the dermis level of the skin to help the body create healthy new skin and give the skin the power to heal. Nu You also offers Micro Diamond Dermafile treatments, LED treatments and HydraFacials. Other services include male and female waxing, eyelash lifting, and eyebrow and eyelash tinting. Christopher proudly says, “We’ve been voted Best of Montgomery County for facials and waxing for many years and look forward to bringing that level of dedication to our Rittenhouse Square location. Our biggest challenge is getting the word out that we are different than other skin care medspas/spas and that we actually get long lasting, skin-changing results. We are committed to educate people about skin myths and the truth about skin care and products. We are planning a spring event to get everyone ready for the summer.” Nu You Well Med is located at 1601 Walnut St., Ste. 1523, in Philadelphia. Nu You Skin Care is located at 7 S. Ridge Ave., in Ambler, PA. For appointments, call 215847-5659 or visit NuYouSkinCare.com. See ad, page 7.


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Sprouts for Pets

Crunchy Nutrition Animals Will Love espite their small size, sprouts pack a nutritional wallop with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and protein. Dogs, birds, horses and even cats enjoy the crunch, as well as the health benefits.


Notorious for being picky eaters, cats might balk at sprouts being added to their regular diet. Rather than upsetting the status quo, grow sprouts like alfalfa or barley on a handy windowsill for grazing. “My cats prefer self-serve,” observes veterinarian Carol Osborne, owner of the Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic, in Ohio. “Now they leave my house plants alone.” Both cats and dogs may show improved gastric intestinal health as a result.

Dogs Dogs are more accepting of new content in their food bowl. “Add just a few sprouts so a dog gets used to the slightly bitter taste. Once acclimated, one-eighth to one24

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quarter cup daily per 20 pounds of the pet’s weight is the rule of thumb,” says Osborne. She counsels against serving Fido onion, garlic, corn or mushroom sprouts. Peas, sunflowers, radishes, alfalfa and clover are suggested; they are all tasty and easy to grow.

Birds “We encourage people to make their own sprouts. It’s easy to get quality seeds for legumes or grains from Whole Foods, BobsRedMill.com or Nuts.com,” says Ann Brooks, president of the all-volunteer Phoenix Landing Foundation, in Asheville, North Carolina. They provide educational activities and facilitate adoption of birds, from parakeets to macaws. Sprouts from the store can be risky, because of bacteria, she cautions. “If not growing your own, the only one I recommend is the organic

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crunchy mix from SunnyCreekFarm.com. Be sure to get the freshest date possible.” “One of my favorite sprouts is mung beans, because they appear in two days or less. Birds like the crunch,” says Brooks. “Sprouts are safe to leave in the cage all day because they are live foods.”

Horses When adding sprouts to a horse’s regular diet, it’s important to balance the intake. “A lot of barns feed forage three times a day. I know of a couple that feed one meal of sprouts and the other two of hay,” says Clair Thunes, Ph.D., a consulting equine nutritionist with Summit Equine Nutrition in Sacramento, California. “Several companies sell systems for large-scale growing.” The sprouts grow with matted roots in what is called a biscuit, weighing about 18 pounds. Difficult to mix with other feed, the biscuits are fed separately, roots and all.

Instead of sprouting one kind of seed per jar, consider creating a mix. “Because of sporadic drought conditions, the idea of growing your own fodder became more popular, thinking it might make forage supply more dependable and possibly cheaper after initial startup costs,” Thunes explains. “Owners have a sense of control over what the horse eats, there’s less reliance on a supplier and the seeds are less expensive than hay. Due to moisture and nutritional differences, you can’t swap sprouts and hay pound for pound. It’s best to consult a veterinarian or nutritionist.” Sprouts contain a lot of moisture and have an inverted calcium phosphorus ratio that has to be accounted for she says. Horses enjoy barley, sunflower and flax sprouts for variety. The high moisture content may help reduce the risk of intestinal impaction and resulting colic.

Good for All “Sprouts are a healthy form of nutrition and a hip way for both pets and people to enjoy greens,” says Osborne. “They’re a great go-to powerhouse of nutrition, often more nutritious than the adult plant.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.

Sprouting Tips Always use organic seeds. SproutHouse.com and Rareseeds.com are additional sources. Seeds sprout in water or soil. Avoid direct sunlight. Practice good hygiene to avoid bacteria. Rinse seeds several times a day to prevent mold. Once the sprouts show a bit of green, dry them to remove excess moisture before refrigerating. Refrigerate for up to a week for peak freshness, but no longer. Use a mix of seeds or one kind at a time. Discard any seeds that don’t sprout with the rest. Sunflower seeds produce a particularly high volume of sprouts.

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NOTE: All calendar events must be received by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Review guidelines for submissions at NAPhilly.com or email Publisher@NAPhilly.com for more information.

Cloth Diaper Workshop – 6-8pm. This cloth diaper class is intended to demystify and simplify cloth diapering for parents interested in investigating them as an option for their child. Participants will discuss why it can be an environmentally-sound and cost-effective option for families. The Nesting House, 6501 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia. TheNestingHouse.net.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Advocacy and Action – 7-8pm. Learn how to write an advocacy letter to your editor or congressman with guidance. Bring your laptop/tablet/phone, etc and use Wi-Fi as we write some together and send them on their way. Free. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. 215-297-5880. bcas.org. Imagery 101 for Enhanced Well Being – 7-8:30pm. With Dr Elanah Naftali. Learn about exciting advances in brain research and uses of imagery for pain and symptom relief, improved rest, and physical activity such as walking, balance and coordination. Discover the sensory channels that go beyond the classic five senses. 538 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia. 215-843-2350 ext 118. WeaversWay.coop.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Snow or Shine Hike – 10am-1pm. With Brad Maule. A moderately challenging hike; the use of proper hiking shoes, dressing in layers, and plenty of water and snacks for the journey strongly encouraged. Members/free, $10/nonmembers. 4900 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia. MyPhillyPark.org. Children’s Yoga – 10:30am. Beth Heed, from Oak and Acorn Wellness, will host a program filled with yoga and fun for the young ones. Children will be encouraged to move, play and explore their bodies in creative ways as stories are read out loud. Wear comfy clothing. Roxborough Library, 6245 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia. 215-685-2550. FreeLibrary.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Contemplative Dance Practice – 3-5:30pm. 1st Sun. This personal and group awareness of body-mind includes sitting meditation with self-directed body movement in space. Dress comfortably. $5-$10 donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St. 215-568-6070. RSVP: SilverSpaceDance@gmail.com. Philadelphia.Shambhala.org.

MONDAY, MARCH 5 Family Caregiver Workshop: Understanding and Addressing Challenging Behaviors – 6pm. This workshop for family caregivers provides a forum for individuals to learn new strategies for helping their relatives with dementia. Participants will receive educational materials and resources. Roxborough Library, 6245 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia. Info: 215-503-6791 or Lori.Eckert@Jefferson.edu. Register: FreeLibrary.org.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 Shambhala Open House – 7-8:30pm. Every first Wednesday, The Philadelphia Shambhala Center hosts an evening where newcomers can learn what the center has to offer. The evening includes guided instruction in meditation and a short presentation. Light refreshments will be served. $10/donation. 2030 Sansom St. 215-568-6070. Philadelphia.Shambhala.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 SustainaBall: Annual Fundraiser Gala – The region’s premier event for celebrating the localism

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 Deepak Chopra: The Future of Wellbeing – 7:30pm. Join New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra as he shares new insights from his latest work The Healing Self and explores some of the most important and baffling questions about our place in the world. Merriam Theatre, 250 S Broad St, Philadelphia. Tickets: DeepakChopra.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 movement and impact economy in Greater Philadelphia. Support Sustainable Business Network’s mission to build a just, green, and thriving economy in the region, and demonstrate your commitment to business as a force for good. Enjoy local food and mingle with like-minded community members. Info: Anna@sbnPhiladelphia.org or sbnPhiladelphia.org. Midday Melodies – Noon-2pm. The Reading Terminals Jazz Combo. Reading Terminal Market, 12th St & Arch St, Philadelphia. More info: ReadingTerminalMarket.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Storytime Yoga for Preschoolers – 10:30am. Beth Heed from Oak and Acorn Wellness will host a class filled with stories, yoga and fun for 2- to 5-year-olds. Move, play and explore your body in creative ways as we read stories. Bring a mat, if possible. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia. 215686-5322. Preregister: FreeLibrary.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Cloth Diaper Workshop – 5-7pm. This cloth diaper class is intended to demystify and simplify cloth diapering for parents interested in investigating them as an option for their child. Participants will discuss why it can be an environmentally-sound and cost-effective option for families. The Nesting House, 1605 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia. TheNestingHouse.net.

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Soup Making Series – 6pm. Celebrate the best seasonal  veggies winter has to offer with soupmaking tips and suggestions from Chef Dolores. Create two vegetarian-friendly soups that are sure to warm your soul. Two weeks later reconvene for a good old-fashioned soup swap tasting. Fumo Family Library, 2437 S Broad St, Philadelphia. Register: 215-685-1758. FreeLibrary.org.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 People Eating and Cooking Healthy (PEACH) – 2pm. Empowering adults and youth with the tools and knowledge needed to make healthier eating choices and lead more physically active lifestyles. Through cooking, eating together, sharing recipes and ideas for healthier eating and being physically active, participants change their shopping, preparation methods

Restoration Volunteer Workday – 10am-noon. Help improve the health and biodiversity of their forest. Volunteers will help remove invasive plants, plant native species, and maintain and improve their trails. Long pants, sturdy boots and a sense of fellowship are recommended. Gloves, tools, instruction and snacks provided. BYO water bottle. Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd, Philadelphia. 215-4827300. Preregister: SchuylkillCenter.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 Cloth Diaper Workshop – 5-7pm. This cloth diaper class is intended to demystify and simplify cloth diapering for parents interested in investigating them as an option for their child. Participants will discuss why it can be an environmentally-sound and costeffective option for families. The Nesting House, 606 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia. TheNestingHouse.net.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 Advocacy for a Cleaner Earth Series – 6:308pm. Learn about advocacy regarding different environmental topics such as air, water, gas, etc, from professionals during this season’s lecture series at Delaware Valley University. Free and open to the public. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. 215-297-5880. bcas.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 Yoga Storytime –11am. An integration of yoga, story, songs and games for children ages 4-6.  This approach will help children explore the art of listening, and build a stronger mind-body connection. Dress comfortably and be prepared to move and have fun. Joseph E Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 W Chelten Ave, Philadelphia. 215-685-2150. FreeLibrary.org. Chair Yoga – Noon. Janet Faulls, a classical vinyasa yoga teacher, will lead a simple chair yoga program for adults and seniors. Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S 23rd St, Philadelphia. 215-685-1899. Register: FreeLibrary.org. Beekeeping Demo – 2-4pm. Local beekeeper, Chuck Pressler, will discuss the joy of beekeeping along with how honeybees and other pollinators are important to us. He will also discuss the products that come from honeybees along with the health benefits of raw honey. $5/members, $10/nonmembers. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. bcas.org.

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plan ahead TUESDAY, APRIL 3 Vegan for Non-Vegans: Redux – 6pm. Joy Manning and Marisa McClellan will demo some easy, make-ahead meat-free staples to prepare on the weekend for plant-based meals during the week. Explore the health benefits of recipes both sweet and savory using many fridge and pantry items onhand. $15/person. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia. 215-686-5322. Register: Eventbrite or FreeLibrary.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 Family Health Fair – 4pm. A family-friendly health fair, including snacks and a nutrition lesson with Matthew Whipple, RD. Learn about health resources for your family from local organizations, get a lesson in hands-only CPR from the Mobile CPR Project, and sample some tasty, healthy food. South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S Broad St. 215-685-1866. FreeLibrary.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 SCA Earth Day – 9am-noon. The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is hosting 60 projects in honor of 60 years of SCA. In Philadelphia, volunteers will participate in an annual cleanup of Darby Creek within John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. 8601 Lindbergh Blvd. Info: Briley@thesca.org.

building competition. Naturepalooza is in partnership with the Philadelphia Science Festival. Free. 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd, Philadelphia. 215-482-7300 ext 110.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Earth Day Program – 2pm. Kids will make an environmentally safe craft and snack. Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia. 215-685-0522. Register: FreeLibrary.org.



FRIDAY, APRIL 27SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Empowered Light Holistic Expo – Apr 27-29. Holistic and natural vendors wanted. If you have healthy products, lifestyle choices or healing services, join as a vendor or presenter. The last event attracted over 4000 attendees from PA, NJ, NY, DE and MD, and anticipates even more this spring. The Expo is promoted via billboards, print ads and color program distributed throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks. Application/tickets: EmpoweredLight.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Women’s Health Expo – Apr 28-29. 10am-6pm. A showcase and marketplace for women entrepreneurs: artisans, designers and distributors of products such as jewelry, clothing, fine art, pottery and wood/metal/leather/glassware, children’s items, culturally diverse crafts, fiber art, specialty food items, gift baskets, household accessories, paper products and more. Free. Philadelphia Mills, 1455 Franklin Mills Cir. Eventbrite.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 4 Eighth Annual Sustainability Symposium – 8am4:30pm. Green Building United hosts a full day of educational sessions covering cutting-edge green building and sustainability topics and industry best practices. Hear experts from across the region and beyond discuss their current work, opportunities for social, environmental, and economic impact, and challenges ahead in the sustainability field. Penn State at the Navy Yard, 4960 S 12th St, Philadelphia. GreenBuildingUnited.org.

SUNDAY, MAY 12 Love Your Park Week – May 12-20. Join friends and neighbors to clean, green and celebrate Philly’s parks. LoveYourPark.org.

ongoing events

Earth Day Festival – 11am-4pm. Activities include live wildlife presentations, artisan vendors, native plant sales, creek exploration, bird walks, bug hunts, information tables about local organizations and more. Entrance is free; bring cash/ credit for food vendors and exhibitors. Donations will benefit their high-quality environmental education programming throughout the year. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. bcas.org.

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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings – A 12-step program for those who need help with a drinking problem. Greater Philadelphia. Schedule: aasepia.org.

Earth Day Celebration – 4pm. Join for great stories and games about planet Earth. Blanche A Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, Philadelphia. 215-685-1973. FreeLibrary.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Namas Day Spring Celebration – 8am-5:30pm. Philadelphia’s premiere yoga festival featuring workshops with leading and local regional teachers. More than 30 exhibitors will share their yoga and wellness related products and services in the Marketplace. Enjoy food trucks for lunch. $50-$145. WHYY Building, 150 N 6th St. NamasDay.org. Earth Day Volunteer Day – 10am-noon. Help celebrate nature and protect the environment with diverse volunteers from the community, including individuals, families, scout troops, and youth groups, to work on projects that improve habitat for wildlife, protect important natural resources, and preserve the park’s plant and animal communities. Newlin Grist Mill, 219 S Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills. Preregistration required: 610-459-2359 or Info@NewlinGristMill.org. Naturepalooza: A Family Earth Day Celebration – 10am-2pm. Spend Earth Day celebrating the Schuylkill Center’s Year of Water with science and environmental art activities, hikes and crafts. Also, live animal shows, food trucks, dance, and a fort-


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daily Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Greater Philadelphia. Schedule: aisdv.org.

Escape Rooms – Days/times vary. Transport into one of two fantastical worlds where a series of clues, codes, puzzles, and tasks lead teams to achieve an ultimate goal. The Franklin Institute, 271 North 21st St, Philadelphia. 215-448-1200 or GuestServices@fi.edu. Morning Prayer and Meditation – 6-7am. This service, conducted in Korean and English, includes prayer, chanting and sitting meditation. Free. Won Buddhism, 23 Abington Ave, Glenside. 215-8848443. Philadelphia@WonBuddhism.org. Essene Market and Café – 8am-9pm, Mon-Fri; 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun. Large selection of organically grown produce, natural foods deli, on-site bakery. Located in the heart of historic Fabric Row, 719 S Fourth St, Philadelphia. 215-922-1146. EsseneMarket.com.

sunday Reiki Level I for Beginners – This foundation course is the most important of all levels of training. Seasoned bodyworkers will benefit, as much as beginners with no background in spiritual development

or holistic health. The Reiki School and Clinic, 727 S 4th St, 2nd Flr, Philadelphia. Info: 215-238-0659. Manayunk Group Run – 8:30am. Meet in the shop. Philadelphia Runner Manayunk, 4358 Main St. PhiladelphiaRunner.com. Sunday Morning Sangha – 9:30-11:30am. Practice includes mantra meditation, shamatha (calm abiding) meditation; Vajrayana guided meditations and visualizations, and traditional Buddhist prayers followed by dharma teaching. $10-$15/donation. 954 N Marshall St, Philadelphia. TibetanBuddhist.org. Guided Meditation and Sunday Celebration – 10-11:45am. Weekly meditation followed by a celebration in word, song and spirit. Greater Philadelphia Center for Spiritual Living, Paoli Corporate Center, 16 Industrial Blvd, Ste 112. 610-695-0375. cslPhilly.com. Silent Meditation and Sunday Celebration – 10:10-11:45am. Inspiring words, personal spiritual practice and fellowship. New Thought Philadelphia, CA House, 118 S 37th St (UPenn campus). NewThoughtPhilly.org. Food Addicts Anonymous – 11am. A 12-step program for food addiction. Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave, Rm A (next to cafeteria), Philadelphia. 215-514-6692. Quaker Meeting for Worship – 11am. Participate in this unique, un-programmed service to worship by gathering and silently waiting for Spirit to guide us. Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia. 215-241-7000. FriendsCenterCorp.org. Sunday Service – 11am. Embracing All Souls and Restoring Wholeness. The Unitarian Universalist

Sierra Club Southeastern Pennsylvania Group (SPG) Meeting – 6:15pm. 1st Wed. Focused on environmental issues facing the greater Philadelphia area, members and nonmembers are welcome to join SPG Executive Committee meetings in-person or by phone. City CoHo, 2401 Walnut St, Philadelphia. 866-501-6174 (code: 100 4 100#)

Church of the Restoration, 6900 Stanton Ave, Philadelphia. 215-247-2561. uuRestoration.us. Korean Dharma Service – 11am-1pm. This dharma service, conducted in Korean, includes prayer, chanting, dharma talk and hymn singing. Lunch will be served after the service. $5-$10 donation. Won Buddhism, 23 Abington Ave, Glenside. 215-8848443. Philadelphia@WonBuddhism.org. Monthly Sing – Thru Jun 3. 1pm. 1st Sun. For anyone who wishes to join mindfulness and song with Alexander Devaron. $5/donation. The Philadelphia Shambhala Center, 2030 Sansom St. 215568-6070. Philadelphia.Shambhala.org. Contemplative Dance Practice – 3-5:30pm. 1st Sun. This personal and group awareness of body/mind includes sitting meditation with self-directed body movement in space. Dress comfortably. $5-$10 donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St. 215-568-6070. RSVP: SilverSpaceDance@gmail.com. Philadelphia.Shambhala.org. Teen Group Meeting – 7-8:30pm.1st & 3rd Sun. Helping teenagers 13-18 find personal empowerment through spiritual awakening. Along the way deep connections are made and a lot of fun is had. Greater Philadelphia Center for Spiritual Living, Paoli Corporate Center, 16 Industrial Blvd, Ste 112. 610-695-0375. cslPhilly.com.

monday New Baby Meetup – 12:30-2pm. This informal group is designed for new moms and babies to meet and share with one another about the beautiful, and often times challenging, transition into parenthood. Free. 4501-4503 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia. TheNestingHouse.net. Practice, Study and Sangha: An Informal Gathering – 6-8pm. A social gathering, meditation practice and study/discussion for meditation practitioners of all levels. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St. 215-5686070. Philadelphia.Shambhala.org. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support, encouragement, information and education to parents who choose to breastfeed. Private home. Info: lllOfEasternPA.org.

tuesday Chair Yoga Fellowship – 8:30-9:45am. Ongoing classes for keeping the body youthful through mindful stretching on the mat and chair. Spend time meditating on scripture and practice with gratitude. Reformation Lutheran Church, 1215 Vernon Rd, Philadelphia. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Tue. Providing support, encouragement, information and education to parents who choose to breastfeed. Calvary Presbyterian Church, basement nursery, 217 Fernbrook Ave, Wyncote. Info: lllOfEasternPA.org. La Leche League – 10am. 3rd Tue. Providing support, encouragement, information and education to parents who choose to breastfeed. Germantown. Theresa: 617-650-4436. Info: lllOfEasternPA.org. Healthy Cooking Workshop – 11am.  Join every Tuesday for free healthy cooking workshops that include: low-cost cooking ideas, nutrition tips, food tastings, and giveaways. Lillian Marrero Library, 601 West Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia. 215-

685-9794. Info: Chalise Saunders: 267-685-4148 or cSaunders@thefoodtrust.org. Kirtan Connection – 6pm. Music meditation and vegetarian dinner. $10. Mantra Lounge, 312 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia. 215-834-8043. MantraPhilly.com. Honeygrow Run Club – 6:30-7:30pm. Last Tue. Join for a three-to-five mile out-and-back fun run. Receive 20% off next door at Honeygrow after the run. Philadelphia Runner Center City, 1601 Sansom St. PhiladelphiaRunner.com. Young Involved Philly Run Club – 6:30-7:30pm. 1st Tue. Participants will run two-to-five miles to an interesting place in the city for a brief five-to-10 minute tour or Q&A followed by post-run camaraderie. Philadelphia Runner Center City, 1601 Sansom St. PhiladelphiaRunner.com. Tara Practice and Discussion Group – 6:30-8pm. Open to all. Limited floor cushions, chairs also available. $10/donation. 954 N Marshall St, Philadelphia.  ChenrezigTBC@gmail.com. TibetanBuddhist.org. Yoga for Adults – 7pm. 2nd & 3rd Tue. An inclusive yoga class for people of all skill levels and abilities. Wear something comfortable Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia. 215-6850522. FreeLibrary.org. Group Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Practice sitting, walking and chanting meditation to calm your mind. All levels. $5-$10 donation. Won Buddhism, 23 Abington Ave, Glenside. 215-884-8443. Philadelphia@WonBuddhism.org. Sit n’ Stitch – 7-9pm. Brief periods of sitting will be interspersed with readings from dharma art books and creative time. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St. 215-5686070. Info: SusieAndersonFibers@gmail.com.

wednesday New Baby Meetup – 10-11:30am. Bring babies in arms and meet other new parents, get out of the house, and talk about whatever is going on. 1605 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia. TheNestingHouse.net. University Square Market – 10am-5pm. PennCash and Dining Dollars accepted. 36th St & Walnut St in front of the Penn Bookstore. 215-733-9599. FarmToCity.org. New Baby Support Group – 10:30am-12:30pm. This informal group is designed for new moms and babies to meet and share with one another about the beautiful, and often times challenging, transition into parenthood. Free. Mount Airy Moving Arts, Carpenter St & Greene St, Philadelphia. TheNestingHouse.net. Meditation – Noon-1pm. Reduce stress, learn to remain peaceful in challenging situations, increase clarity of mind and more.  Love offering. Greater Philadelphia Center for Spiritual Living, Paoli Corporate Center, 16 Industrial Blvd, Ste 112. 610695-0375. cslPhilly.com.

The People of Color Group – 6:30-8pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. A meditation, reading and discussion group for folks who identify as people of color who would like to contemplate and have facilitated discussion from that perspective. $5/donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St. 215-568-6070. Info: PeopleOfColorGroup@ gmail.com. Register: Philadelphia.Shambhala.org. Families Anonymous – 7pm. A 12-step program for relatives and friends of those who suffer from substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Saint Francis Xavier Church, Parish Center, 2319 Green St, Philadelphia. FamiliesAnonymous.org. Food Addicts Anonymous – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. Bryn Mawr Hospital, 130 S Bryn Mawr Ave, 2nd Flr, Ladd Conference Rm. 610-659-0667.

thursday Chair Yoga Fellowship – 8:30-9:45am. Ongoing classes for keeping the body youthful through mindful stretching on the mat and chair. Spend time meditating on scripture and practice with gratitude. Reformation Lutheran Church, 1215 Vernon Rd, Philadelphia. New Parent’s Support Group – 12:30-1:30pm. Last Thur. All are welcome. $5/donation/family. Lilypad in South Philly, 1234 S Broad St. BlossomingBelliesBirth.com. Tai Chi – 2pm. Based on Chinese soft-style martial arts, modern tai chi is best known as a gentle slowmotion exercise that improves balance, leg strength, relaxation, deep breathing, calmness, focus and alertness. Wear comfortable clothing. Fumo Family Library, 2437 S Broad St, Philadelphia. Preregister: 215-685-1758 or FreeLibrary.org. Manayunk Group Run – 6:30pm. Meet in the shop. Philadelphia Runner Manayunk, 4358 Main St. PhiladelphiaRunner.com.

friday Bhagavad Gita Wisdom Series – 6pm. Discussion, meditation and vegetarian feast. $10. Mantra Lounge, 312 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia. 215-8348043. MantraPhilly.com. The Basic Goodness of Mental Illness: Support/ Study Group – 6:30-8pm. 4th Fri. For mental health professionals interested in building confidence, deepening compassion and developing supportive connections in their professional lives. Prerequisites and coursework. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St. 215-568-6070.  Philadelphia.Shambhala.org. Scripture Study –7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Fri. This small study group gathers together over a cup of tea to read the scriptures of Won Buddhism and discuss its meaning and how it relates to daily life. $5 donation. 23 Abington Ave, Glenside. 215-8848443. Philadelphia@WonBuddhism.org. Heart of Recovery – 7:30-8:30pm. (Formerly

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Working With Addictions). A weekly support group bringing together Buddhist meditation practice and the wisdom of recovery. Meetings are anonymous and confidential. $2/donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St. 215-568-6070. Mark: phl.hor.coord@gmail. com. Philadelphia.Shambhala.org.

saturday Vinyasa Yoga – 8am. With Chris Czopek. Prana, asana and meditation for all levels. Beginners welcomed. Relax Therapy Spa, 7151 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia. 866-776-3034. Bird Walks – 8-9am. 1st & 3rd Sat. Join our naturalists for a guided bird walk around the property. All ages/levels. Bring a field guide, binoculars or borrow a pair. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. 215-297-5880. Bird Walk – Thru Apr. 9-11am. Last Sat. Join a staff naturalist and Wild Birds Unlimited for a monthly bird walk on the property. Free. Newlin Grist Mill, 219 S Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills. 610-459-2359. Bryn Mawr Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 10am-noon. 1st, 3rd & 5th Sat. The largest farmers’ market on the Main Line. More than 20 local farmers and food artisans during growing season. Lancaster Ave & Bryn Mawr Ave (in the Amtrak Station parking lot), Philadelphia. 215-733-9599. FarmToCity.org. Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 10am-noon. Year-round market featuring local food and products. Winston Rd between Germantown Ave & Mermaid Ln, Philadelphia. 215-733-9599. FarmToCity.org. Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 10am2pm. Year-round market featuring local food and products: seasonal produce, herbs, mushrooms and honey, plus local wine. 18th St & Walnut St , Philadelphia. 215-733-9599. FarmToCity.org. Dharma Service – 10am-noon. Includes sitting meditation, chanting, prayer, dharma talk and discussion on Buddhist philosophy and practice. $5-$10 donation. Won Buddhism, 23 Abington Ave, Glenside. 215-884-8443. Philadelphia@ WonBuddhism.org. Nature Play Exploration – 10:30-11:30am. Grab your hiking shoes for a naturalist-led exploration and storytime with your little ones. Free. Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd, Philadelphia. 215482-7300. SchuylkillCenter.org. A Course in Miracles – 1pm. Members undergo spiritual healing and development by sharing and discussing the great spiritual Tome, A Course in Miracles. The New Leaf Cafe, 1225 Montrose Ave, Bryn Mawr. Meetup.com. Teen Dance Club – 1pm. Ages 12 and up. Learn new steps, play Just Dance or Dance Revolution on the Wii, and get encouraged to get moving. The focus is on positive energy, exercise, and healthy choices. South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S Broad St. FreeLibrary.org. Reclaim Class – 6:30-7:45pm. Relax Therapy Spa, 7151 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia. 866776-3034. Kirtan – 7pm. 1st Fri. Join for monthly kirtan and bhajans and a vegetarian meal afterwards. $10/ donation. Govindas Bhakti Garden, 1408 South St, Philadelphia. Meetup.com.


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6703 Germantown Ave, Ste 200, Philadelphia • 215-844-6021 Info@MTAiryUSA.org Live. Work. Thrive. The mission of Mt. Airy USA is to preserve, empower and advance a vibrant and diverse Mt. Airy by stimulating development responsive to the community’s needs.


Energy Healing Services Dimitria Stevenson 1601 Walnut St, Ste 901, Philadelphia 267-225-0192 Dimitria@UpgradeYourFlow.com UpgradeYourFlow.com My mission is to give people an alternative way of healing themselves from old patterns and emotional blocks so they can simply feel good while living their most authentic, empowered and fabulous life. See ad, page 10.


Antoinette Williams-Murray Cell: 267-207-7787 Office: 215-342-7787 GloWithGlory.com Your home or place of business is in good hands with Glo with Glory. We make great efforts to ensure we leave our clients’ properties spotless. If you decide to hire our team for your cleaning needs, we will discuss the expectations you have for us and agree on a fair price based on the size of your property. See ad, page 8.


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Philadelphia’s premier natural foods market, Essene specializes in organic, local, veganfriendly selections. Our café’s hot bar features ready-made Korean, vegetarian and gluten-free entrees. Our fresh juice bar is renowned for invigorating smoothies and enlivening elixirs. Be sure to try freshly baked treats prepared in our own vegan bakery. From hard-to-find items to everyday staples, we’re your neighborhood market for healthconscious living. See ad, page 6.

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1055 Westlakes Dr, Ste 300, Berwyn 19312 833-SAL-HELP WeCare@SamaritansAtLast.org SamaritansAtLast.com Samaritans At Last concierge and home care services provides personal care programs combined with recovery plans that will provide the care and services needed in a home or home-like setting. Our home care services promote independence, quality of life, preserve dignity, and to help care for your loved ones. See ad, page 24.

RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT SALES – Excellent opportunity for flexible part-time work. Natural Awakenings Philadelphia is seeking a selfmotivated professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills to introduce businesses to the benefits of advertising in print and online. Must be self-motivated, organized, creative and good in sourcing suitable clients and events to target in Philadelphia. Must enjoy conversing on the phone and hosting face-to-face meetings, working from

Tony Moore 5601 N 10th St, Philadelphia 19141 215-549-6151 • NutritionAndHerbsCenter.com


Supporting the healing process through education. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


home and from the road. Need 20 flexible daytime

2401 Walnut St, Ste 206, Philadelphia 215-922-7400, ext 104 • sbnPhiladelphia.org

The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Greater Philadelphia is a nonprofit membership organization striving to build a just, green and thriving local economy. See ad, page 15.


Fee for classifieds is a minimum charge of $20 for the first 20 words and $1 for each additional word. To place an ad, email Publisher@NAPhilly.com.

hours per week to prosper. Occasional weekend and evening time required to attend events and network. Generous commission plus bonuses. Previous relationship-based ad sales experience necessary. Email your name, phone number and a brief description of your experience to Publisher@NAPhilly.com.

Coming Next Month

Climate Health Update plus: Healthy Home Tips April articles include:

Healthier Climate Means Healthier People Eco-Friendly Foods • Going Green at Home

To advertise or participate in our next issue, call 215-902-9137 March 2018


Profile for Natural Awakenings Philadelphia

Natural Awakenings Philadelphia March 2018  

Special Issue with Deepak Chopra

Natural Awakenings Philadelphia March 2018  

Special Issue with Deepak Chopra