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elcome to the March issue of Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine and our sixth anniversary issue! It’s always a joy to mark the anniversary of when this magazine began serving the Greater Seattle community and took its place in my personal ongoing health and wellness education. This is our Conscious Eating issue, packed with great articles and ideas focused on food, one of the areas where I have learned so much from reading Seattle Natural Awakenings myself over the years. When I was younger, my family spent hours in front of the TV, eating processed, lifeless food and on top of that, we had little physical activity in our lives. As a teenager, I stumbled across Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a book about being authentic to yourself, and combined with my first visits to health food stores and eventually getting my personal training certificate, it caused me to embark on a lifelong journey of health and personal growth that continues to this day. Rather than a single life event that set me on a course to better health, it was many small moments and insights that added up. There isn’t a single pill, one particular diet or one guru that will do it all. I have taken vitamins that I could tell made a difference in my overall get-up-and-go. I have eaten more green vegetables which have made me feel lighter, and have attended some great retreats with teachers who have helped me gain more peace of mind. Yet, it wasn’t just one thing, or even all three, it was the combination of so many small things that have helped me travel a path of happiness and health. One of the reasons I love reading and being the director of operations for Seattle Natural Awakenings is the chance to learn these small tips and insights that add up over time to a healthier, happier life. There are no quick fixes and definitely no one person that has all the answers. You could wake up to the sound of classical music, eat fresh organic fruit for breakfast, take a walk at lunch, make dinner with your kids while talking about their day, indulge in a bubble bath before bed and then count your blessings before you drift off to sleep … and then tomorrow … but wait, there is no tomorrow. There is only today! Start small and build over time, because every little bit counts. There’s a lot of great events happening this month to support your learning and growth. The Food Is Medicine Symposium takes place at Bastyr University on March 4 and will feature top local experts on nutrition. Also, mark your calendars for Vegfest, taking place at the Seattle Center on April 1 and 2, an event that is jam-packed with opportunities to try delicious new healthy foods. Do one thing today to lift your spirits. Live, laugh, love and journey on!

contact us Publisher Ann Dorn Publisher@SeattleAwakenings.com Director of Operations Dena Marie 425-350-5448 Dena@SeattleAwakenings.com National Editor S. Alison Chabonais Franchise Sales 239-530-1377 To Advertise: 425-350-5448

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March 2017  

Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine

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