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Bringing People Together... To Make A Sustainable Difference!

Winter Tips for Mom...page 22 Easy Ways to Save Gas...page 30 GMO’s? Just Say No...page 46

The Central Coast Guide to Green & Healthy Living!


I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from the summer sun, and my fruits are refreshing draughts quenching your thirst as you journey on. I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table, the bed on which you lie. and the timber that builds your boat. I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead, the wood of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin. I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty. Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer. Harm me not. ~ Prayer of the Woods


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Small Stuff... Here we are at a turning point in history. Many of us ask: "How can we live our lives to the fullest without harming the planet? Where and how do we start on the path to a "greener" lifestyle?" Today, it matters very much what we think and feel and do. For the majority of us, being "green" doesn't have to be extreme. But, the simple everyday things like utilizing your recycling can, composting, opting for biodegradable, non-toxic cleaners, carrying a reusable shopping bag, choosing glass over plastic when appropriate and requesting environmentally friendly building materials when building or remodeling can make a BIG impact collectively. We CAN make a SMALL shift in thinking. Don't let the idea of being environmentally responsible become a daunting task. With a few SMALL changes to everyday decisions, we're on our way to making a long term difference. Together we CAN make a difference...

Margaret Hennessy Founder/Publisher Some Members of The Solstice Team

Photo by Sarah Twisselman Solstice Green Directory Mission: To provide information on environmental issues and ways to address concerns of residents on the Central Coast. To help educate consumers so that they can make better choices locally by providing visibility of green and healthy products and services. To develop and provide business networking opportunities to encourage relationships that will support a more sustainable community.

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Founder/Publisher Margaret Hennessy

Graphic Designer John Karp

Advertising Sales Madeline Palaszewski, and Dianne Timmerman

Marketing & Community Relations Madeline Palaszewski

Distribution Eddie Rivera

Intern Program

Sean Murphy, Alicia Hawkins, and Aric Sleeper

Special Thanks To Gary Elem, Margaret Camuso, Diane Parnell, and Sarah Twisselman

Tech Support & Graphic Design Jenny Malott and Chris Maloney

Solstice Publishing, LLC

CONTENTS The Solstice Green Directory Winter 2012/2013

Upcoming Events

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directory 5 features Salt... What's the Difference?

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California Elephant Seals... Did You Know?

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Can Friends Help Keep Your Heart Healthy?

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Winter Tips for Mom!

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Got a Case of the Frizzies?

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Water... Simple and Clear Facts

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Easy Ways to Save Gas!

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Tips for Winterizing Your Vehicle

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Pomegranates... Nutritious Winter Treat!

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Detox... Naturally!

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Go Green With Fair Trade Gifts!

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What's the Metabolic Type Diet?

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Paragrine Falcon... A Rare Sight!

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GMO's? Just Say No!

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New Year's Resolution: Eco-Entertaining

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Easy Pumpkin Soup

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Upcoming Events

(All events are open to the public)

Wednesday, December 5th Holiday Green Mixer

Sponsored by SESLOC Federal Credit Union & Back To Herbs, presenting Green Polkadot Box Where: Ventana Grill 2575 Price Street, Pismo Beach www.ventanagrill.com 805.773.0000 When: 5:30 – 7:30 PM Food & refreshments to be served. Live Music: Anthony Roselli $5 donation to benefit Achievement House. Over $1,000 in FREE Giveaways, Meet the GREEN Wizard, & participate FREE in our Mini Soapbox!

Wednesday, March 20th

(2013)

Spring Green Mixer

Where: Sukha Wellness Center 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach www.sukhawellnesscenter.com 805.801.8088 When: 5:30 – 7:30 PM Enjoy Food & Live Music! Beer & Wine available. $5 donation to benefit a local non-profit group. Over $1,000 in FREE Giveaways, Meet the GREEN Wizard, & participate FREE in our Mini Soapbox!

Mini Workshop Series

(TBA) Where: San Luis Business Center 4251 S. Higuera St., SLO When: 6:00 – 7:30 PM FREE Workshop on various Green & Healthy Living Topics PLUS small business tips! Snacks provided! Seating is Limited. Call to reserve your space!

Make new friends... make a difference! Call for sponsorship information:

805.473.5064


directory ACCESSORIES & GIFTS

AROMATHERAPY

Bambu Batu • (805) 788-0806

Carol Dawn’s Reflexology & Massage

The House of Bamboo 1023 Broad St., San Luis Obispo 93401 www.bambubatu.com Organic natural products for your conscious lifestyle

Aromatherapy, too • (805) 546-8660 Serving San Luis Obispo for 26 years 1171 Toro St., Suite B, San Luis Obispo Please see display ad on page 51

ACUPUNCTURE

Ruth’s Herbal Remedies • (805) 481-9205

Clare B. Lowery L.Ac. • (805) 541-6772 Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture & Herbology Licensed over 20 years • ClareLowery.com

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Handcrafted products made w/ certified organic herbs/ essential oils for healing & relief www.ruthsherbalremedies.com Please see display ad on page 41

ARTS

Obispo Hyperbaric • (805) 440-9856 Are you suffering from brain trauma, stress, anxiety, chronic fatigue, injury/surgery? Get relief. Call Now! 805 Aerovista Place, Ste. 102 San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 www.ObispoHyperbaric.com Please see display ad on page 32

ARTS Obispo • (805) 544-9251 Advancing the visual, literary and performing arts in SLO County. www.artsobispo.org Please see display ad on page 13

ASTROLOGY

ARCHITECTS

SLO Astrologers • (805) 546-3420

Liv-In Environments • (805) 481-1066

Call for updated meeting information. sloastrologers.blogspot.com

Gregory D. Soto, Architect Passive Solar Design/Sustainable Design for Residential & Commercial

$109 for a 3 month Directory Listing. Call today! 805.473.5064

AYURVEDA Shirodhara • Organic Herbal Oil Therapy Deeply calms the central nervous system ClareLowery.com • (805) 541-6772

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BABY & CHILDREN

BOOKKEEPING

EcoBambino • (805) 540-7222

BottomLine Bookkeeping

863 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Natural, eco-friendly products for children. www.ShopEcoBambino.com

Affordable! Accurate! Prompt! Diane Parnell • (805) 709-4443 Please see display ad on page 11

BATH & BODY Original Sprout • (888) 805-2229 Natural hair & skin care for the whole family www.OriginalSprout.com Please see display ad on page 23

BREWERY CentralCoastBrewing.com • (805) 783-BREW Local, fresh & delicious beers • 1422 Monterey St, SLO Sustainable business practices, including bike delivery Please see display ad on page 51

Ruth’s Herbal Remedies • (805) 481-9205 Super hydrating/anti-aging facial & massage cremes Made with all certified organic ingredients Please see display ad on page 41

BIODIESEL The American Biodiesel Buyers Club, Corp.

BUILDING RESOURCES Matt Clark Tile & Stone • (805) 543-7600 181 Tank Farm Rd. Ste. 140, SLO www.mattclarktile.com We carry beautiful environmentally friendly products Please see display ad on page 47

Education on how to buy, use and SLO Green Build • (805) 286-0072 store sustainable biodiesel. Non-profit green1bldg7/13/2011 education & support www.AmBioClub.org CHC_Solstice-Directory_Ad_07-2011_mech.pdf 3:50:27 PM www.slogreenbuild.org Please see display ad on page 49

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CHC Arroyo Grande Coastal Medical Center (CMC)

BUS SERVICE Regional Transit Authority (RTA) (805) 541-2228

336 S. Halcyon, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 (805) 270-1600

4581 10th Street, Suite C, Guadalupe CA 93434 (805) 343-5577

Green Goods • (805) 543-9900 Green building supplier, design consultant and construction service • www.slogreengoods.com Please see display ad on page 28

CAFÉ Whole Food Market & Organic Cafe 415 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay • (805) 772-7873 Please see display ad on page 47

Dr. Margaret C. Carman

1981 Cienega Street, Oceano, CA 93445 (805) 489-4236

CHC San Luis Obispo - Pediatrics

CHC San Luis Obispo - Women’s Health

Intuitive and gentle chiropractic 1319 Garden St. SLO • (805) 541-5736

1551 Bishop St., Suite B-240, SLO, CA 93401 (805) 549-0402

CHC San Luis Obispo - Specialty Services

CLEANING Coastline Cleaning Company • (805) 400-5433 Commercial • Residential • Rental Properties • RCFE’s Always Eco-friendly • coastlinecleaning@gmail.com www.coastlinecleaningslo.com Please see display ad on page 21

1551 Bishop St., Suite B-260, SLO CA 93401 (805) 269-1350

CHC San Luis Obispo - Primary Care 77 Casa St, Suite 201, SLO CA (805) 594-1851

CHC Santa Maria - Arbor Medical Group Women’s Health/OB/GYN

CLOTHING & BAMBOO Bambu Batu • (805) 788-0806 The House of Bamboo 1023 Broad St., San Luis Obispo 93401 www.bambubatu.com Organic natural products for your conscious lifestyle

COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

260 Station Way, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 (805) 473-6201

425 W. Central Ave, Lompoc CA 93436 Medical - (805) 737-1169 Dental - (805) 735-2846

77 Casa Street, Suite 202, SLO, CA 93401 (805) 269-1500

CHIROPRACTOR

CHC Arroyo Grande - Primary Care

CHC Lompoc

CHC Oceano

SunShine Health Foods/Shine Café

Corp. HQ: 150 Tejas Place, Nipomo www.chccc.org • (805) 929-3211 Please see display ad on page 6

7512 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422 (805) 792-1400

CHC Guadalupe

CABINETS & CASEWORK

CHC of the Central Coast, Inc.

CHC Atascadero

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RTA buses get you around the county 7 days a week! Talk Green. Live Green. Hop Aboard. www.SLORTA.org Please see display ad on inside back cover

1418 E. Main St, Suite 210, Santa Maria CA 93455 (805) 928-3678

CHC Santa Maria I - Primary Care 2801 Santa Maria Way, Suite A, SM, CA 93455 (805) 934-5400

CHC Santa Maria I Women’s Health/Well Pregnancy Prog. 2801 Santa Maria Way, Suite B, SM, CA 93455 (805) 934-5402

CHC Santa Maria II - Pediatrics Pediatrics/Ped’s Dental 201 W. Mill Street, Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 345-3702

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CHC Santa Maria III - Primary Care 1414 Miller St, Ste 9, SM CA 93454 (805) 346-2753

CHC Santa Maria - Broadway Dental 210 N. Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 347-1171

CHC Santa Maria - SM High School 901 S. Broadway, Santa Maria. CA 93454 (805) 614-9275

CHC Templeton 325 Posada Lane, Templeton, CA 93465 Primary Care - (805) 542-6703 Dental - (805) 542-6702 Women’s Health - (805) 542-6701

CHC Paso Robles 416 Spring Street, Suite 201, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 238-7250

CHC Paso Robles - Pediatrics 500 1st Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 286-3100

CHC Morro Bay 660 Harbor Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442 (805) 772-1055

CHC Cambria 2515 Main Street, Suite B, Cambria, CA 93428 (805) 927-5292

COMMUNITY EVENTS Poetry Out Loud – Wednesday, February 6th Local high school recitation contest in preparation for state/national competition. www.artsobispo.org (805) 544-9251 for more info! Please see display ad on page 13

COMPUTER REPAIR & SERVICE GO! Computer Services • www.go-cc.com More Than a Tech, More Than Tutor, On-Site Help for Your Computer! 704-0833 Repair, Refurbish, Recycle, and More!

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CREDIT UNION SESLOC Federal Credit Union • (805) 543-1816 A not-for-profit, depositor owned, financial institution serving all who live, work, worship or attend school in San Luis Obispo County. 11491 Los Osos Valley Rd., SLO; 1399 Grand Ave., Arroyo Grande; 8380 El Camino Real, Atascadero; 13th & Spring Streets in Paso Robles www.sesloc.org Please see display ad on page 27

CUISINE www.CasaFestiva.com “Exploring the culture of cuisine!” Sustainability • Fun • Food & Wine Please see display ad on page 41

CUSTOM LANDSCAPE DESIGN & INSTALL Ecotones Landscapes • (805) 927-0374 Specializing in site specific plant selection • Geographically based landscapes • Over 13 years on the Central Coast www.ecotoneslandscapes.com Please see display ad on page 33

DENTAL Pacific Dental Excellence • (805) 929-6814 Dentistry using the best of Scientific Technology and Holistic Philosophy in promoting Total Health. www.pacificholisticdental.com Please see display ad on page 39

Scott Taylor DDS • (805) 772-8143 685 Main St., Suite C, Morro Bay, CA 93442 www.puresimpledental.com Please see display ad on page 31

DETOX Cynthia Howard RN, CNC, PhD (866) 300- 6360 www.transformyourself.com www.vibrantradiantdetox.com info@vibrantradianthealth.com Please see display ad on page 35

EAR CONING Nicole Bush, Ear Coning Specialist (805) 234-2994 • earconingbynicole@gmail.com Ear candling is a natural way to remove wax & debris from the ear canal. It is a safe and simple procedure that has many benefits. Please see display ad on page 35


“The GREEN WIZARD” (805) 544-7737 • www.drmagic.biz

EARTH FRIENDLY PRODUCTS Original Sprout • (888) 805-2229

EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES Mia Simmons, ADV, Level 3 • (805) 528-7633 Advanced, Level 3 EFT Practitioner Meridian tapping technique • www.miasimmons.com Please see display ad on page 21

EMPLOYMENT

ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN Liv-In Environments • (805) 481-1066 Gregory D. Soto, Architect Passive Solar Design/Sustainable Design for Residential & Commercial

DIRECTORY

Teaching boys & girls about “GREEN LIVING” now! Supporting family activities to: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse! Sustainable Magic Shows & Biodegradable Balloons. Please see display ad on page 37

Natural hair & skin care for the whole family www.OriginalSprout.com Please see display ad on page 23

EVENT SERVICES

Looking for a Green Job???

MHI Tech Labs • (661) 513-3828

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Web Sites, Internet Media, Event Photography, and Creative Services • www.mhilabs.com Please see display ad on page 10

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ENERGY WORK / ENERGY MEDICINE Amethyst Healing Center

FACIALS Lillie’s Organic Skin Care • (805) 801- 9699 New & Unique to SLO – WAI Hope Organic products Specially designed for damaged & sensitive skin lillie@barefootmomease.com or barefootmomease.com

FLOORING MATERIALS & INSTALLATION

704 Main St., Cambria, CA 93428 (805) 927-1700 Please see display ad on page 35

Green Goods • (805) 543-9900

Mia Simmons, ADV, Level 3 • (805) 528-7633 Advanced, Level 3 EFT Practitioner Meridian tapping technique • www.miasimmons.com Please see display ad on page 21

The Healing Works • Brenda Keeney (805) 478-1223 Shaman, Holistic Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive 405 E. Branch St. #107, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 Please see display ad on page 41

Green building supplier, design consultant and construction service • www.slogreengoods.com Please see display ad on page 28

ProSource Flooring • (805) 781-2657 The Largest Wholesale Flooring Source in North America • www.prosourcefloors.com Please see display ad on page 33

GENERAL CONTRACTORS Green Goods • (805) 543-9900 Green building supplier, design consultant and construction service • www.slogreengoods.com Please see display ad on page 28

ENTERTAINMENT Acoustico A two-piece musical ensemble providing green friendly music for public and private events. www.acoustico.org

GIFTS EcoBambino • (805) 540-7222

DR. MAGIC • (805) 544-7737 www.drmagic.biz Educational, Fun-filled COMEDY MAGIC for All Ages and Colorful, Biodegradable Balloon Animals, Hats, & Heart Flowers/Happy Face Wands! Great Shows for Children to Seniors as DR. MAGIC or “The GREEN WIZARD”! Please see display ad on page 37

863 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Natural, eco-friendly products for children www.ShopEcoBambino.com

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DIRECTORY

Green Polkadot Box www.gpdb.com/discount Natural Foods • Wholesome Prices • Simple Wellness Please see display ad on back cover

GREEN FLOORING Matt Clark Tile & Stone • (805) 543-7600 181 Tank Farm Rd. Ste. 140, SLO www.mattclarktile.com We carry beautiful environmentally friendly products Please see display ad on page 47

ProSource Flooring • (805) 781-2657 The Largest Wholesale Flooring Source in North America • www.prosourcefloors.com Please see display ad on page 33

GREEN-REALTOR Allyson Nakasone, Realtor®, Ecobroker® (805) 234-0809 www.mySLOhome.com Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate 689 Tank Farm Road, Suite 230, SLO Please see display ad on page 39

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C. Green Real Estate Co. 171 N. 13th St. Suite A, Grover Beach 93433 O: 481-7700 F: 481-9338 P: 441-7370 Please see display ad on page 37

HAIR & SKIN PRODUCTS Original Sprout • (888) 805-2229 Natural hair & skin care for the whole family www.OriginalSprout.com Please see display ad on page 23

HEALTH / DETOX Pacific Dental Excellence • (805) 929-6814 Dentistry using the best of Scientific Technology and Holistic Philosophy in promoting Total Health. www.pacificholisticdental.com Please see display ad on page 39

Relished Food - Holistic Nutrition Laureen Wallravin, CNT, FDN Detox your diet and unlock your body’s powerful healing potential! Relishedfood.com • 805.242.3677 Please see display ad on page 47

Scott Taylor DDS • (805) 772-8143 685 Main St., Suite C, Morro Bay, CA 93442 www.puresimpledental.com Please see display ad on page 31

HEALTH / FITNESS Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa (805) 595-7600

web design IT support photography video creative services

Tropical paradise, tennis, ozone pools, classes incl. yoga, cafe & catering, conf. rooms, special events avilabayclub.com Please see display ad on page 41

HEALTH FOOD STORES Sunshine Health Foods/Shine Café Whole Food Market & Organic Cafe 415 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay • (805) 772-7873 Please see display ad on page 47

HEALTH / HEALING CENTERS Amethyst Healing Center 704 Main St., Cambria, CA 93428 (805) 927-1700 Please see display ad on page 35

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Ruth’s Herbal Remedies • (805) 481-9205

HEALTH / WELL BEING Stress Less for Life • (805) 602-2903

HOLISTIC EDUCATION Sukha Wellness Center • (805) 801-8088

HEALTHY COOKING

Training and retreat sanctuary for Yoga, Massage, Meditation, Community Events & Space Rental 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach, CA 93424 www.sukhawellnesscenter.com Please see display ad on page 13

CookWell • (805) 528-8837 Personal whole food preparation guidance. www. cookwell.org/ courtney@cookwell.org Please see display ad on page 51

Raw Food Betsy • (888) 732-3879 Passionate instructor & chef who believes in the healing benefits of raw, plant-based food for great nutrition, vibrant health and longevity. Take a class to discover the benefits of uncooking! www.rawfoodbetsy.com Please see display ad on page 19

DIRECTORY

Classes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an experiential program for working with chronic pain, illness and stress. www.stresslessSLO.com Please see display ad on page 49

Made w/ all certified organic herbs & oils; locally handcrafted healing tinctures & salves for ailments & pain relief • www.ruthsherbalremedies.com Please see display ad on page 41

HOLISTIC STRESS MANAGEMENT Stress Less for Life • (805) 602-2903 Classes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an experiential program for working with chronic pain, illness and stress. www.stresslessSLO.com Please see display ad on page 49

Ruth’s Savory Sauces • (805) 481-9205 Local, organic sauces that add a healthy, spicy zest to pastas, grains, soups, & more; pesto, marinara, tomatillo, Thai curry & marmalade Please see display ad on page 41

HOME IMPROVEMENT LifeSource Whole House Water Systems (805) 641-9361

Tio Alberto’s Mexican Food • (805) 773-5996

Water filtration units for home & commercial. Eco-friendly. Highest rated system in the industry. Please see display ad on page 28

Live Foods Café & Juice Bar All foods prepared to order with the freshest natural ingredients daily 841 Dolliver Street, Pismo Beach, CA Please see display ad on page 50

Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (805) 489-4261

HEALTHY FOODS

HOSPITALS

HERBALISTS / HERBAL REMEDIES Clare B. Lowery L.Ac. • (805) 541-6772 Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture & Herbology Licensed over 20 years • ClareLowery.com

Dignity Health of the Central Coast Recognized for Quality, Safety and Service 345 S. Halcyon Rd. Arroyo Grande arroyograndehospital.org Please see display ad on page 25

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HOSPITALS (CONT.)

KIDS

French Hospital Medical Center (805) 543-5353

Nicole Bush, Ear Coning Specialist (805) 234-2994

Dignity Health of the Central Coast Recognized for Quality, Safety and Service 1911 Johnson Ave. San Luis Obispo frenchmedicalcenter.org Please see display ad on page 25

A beneficial, natural and safe treatment to promote healthy ears for adults and children. earconingbynicole@gmail.com Please see display ad on page 35

Marian Regional Medical Center (805) 739-3000 Dignity Health of the Central Coast Recognized for Quality, Safety and Service 1400 E. Church St, Santa Maria marianmedicalcenter.org Please see display ad on page 25

Twin Cities Community Hospital (805) 434-3500 1100 Las Tablas Rd. • Templeton, Ca. 124-bed acute care, 30 new private rooms for obstetrics, intensive & telemetry care, 23 new ER suites www.twincitieshospital.com Please see display ad on page 23

INVESTMENT SERVICES Virginia Perry Souza • (805) 347-4544 Wealth Advisor • Senior Vice-President Morgan Stanley 800-659-4311 virginia.souza@mssb.com www.morganstanley.com/fa/virginia.souza Please see display ad on page 21

LANDSCAPE DESIGN Sage Ecological Landscapes & Nursery (805) 574-0777 Sustainable gardens & gifts Complete landscape services 1188 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos sagelandscapes.net Please see display ad on page 19

LANDSCAPING Ecotones Landscapes • (805) 927-0374 Specializing in site specific plant selection • Geographically based landscapes • Over 13 years on the Central Coast www.ecotoneslandscapes.com Please see display ad on page 33

LANDSCAPING SUPPLIES Sage Ecological Landscapes & Nursery (805) 574-0777

Coastline Cleaning Company • (805) 400-5433

Sustainable gardens & gifts Complete landscape services 1188 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos sagelandscapes.net Please see display ad on page 19

Commercial • Residential • Rental Properties • RCFE’s Always Eco-friendly • coastlinecleaning@gmail.com www.coastlinecleaningslo.com Please see display ad on page 21

SESLOC Federal Credit Union • (805) 543-1816

JANITORIAL

Enviroclean • (805) 710-4101 Office Cleaning • Window Cleaning • Outside Maintenance Environmentally safe & LEED approved products Fax: 805-619-7189 • envirocleanplus@aol.com www.envirocleanplus.com Please see display ad on page 49

LOANS A not-for-profit, depositor owned, financial institution serving all who live, work, worship or attend school in San Luis Obispo County. 11491 Los Osos Valley Rd., SLO 1399 Grand Ave., Arroyo Grande; 8380 El Camino Real, Atascadero 13th & Spring Streets in Paso Robles www.sesloc.org Please see display ad on page 27

JUICE BAR Tio Alberto’s Mexican Food • (805) 773-5996 Live Foods Café & Juice Bar All foods prepared to order with the freshest natural ingredients daily 841 Dolliver Street, Pismo Beach, CA Please see display ad on page 50

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MASSAGE Amethyst Healing Center 704 Main St., Cambria, CA 93428 (805) 927-1700 Please see display ad on page 35


Barefoot MomEase Wellness Spa (805) 801-9699

METABOLIC DIET

Carol Dawn’s Reflexology & Massage Aromatherapy, too • (805) 546-8660 Serving San Luis Obispo for 26 years 1171 Toro St., Suite B, San Luis Obispo www.caroldawnsreflexology.com Please see display ad on page 51

Relished Food - Holistic Nutrition Laureen Wallravin, NTP, FDN Find out what foods work for your unique body chemistry with non-invasive metabolic testing. www.relishedfood.com • 805.242.3677 Please see display ad on page 47

MUSEUMS The Natural History Museum • (805) 614-0806

DIRECTORY

Specializing in prenatal massage, rated #1 in SLO Lillie customizes each session w/23 years of experience lillie@barefootmomease.com or barefootmomease.com

412 S. McClelland St. Santa Maria Where natural history comes to life. www.naturalhistorysantamaria.com

Hive Natural Beauty Collective (805) 439-2255 Johanna Palt, MT, Reiki 1 Swedish • Fusion • Pre-Natal • Deep Tissue www.hivebeauty.com Please see display ad on page 26

MUSIC Acoustico A two-piece musical ensemble providing green friendly music for public and private events. www.acoustico.org

MEDICAL CENTERS Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (805) 489-4261

NETWORKING Solstice Green Directory • (805) 473-5064

Dignity Health of the Central Coast Recognized for Quality, Safety and Service 345 S. Halcyon Rd. Arroyo Grande arroyograndehospital.org Please see display ad on page 25

Solstice Green Mixers • Mix & meet local green businesses that make a difference! See NEW Website for venues, times and other events. www.slosolstice.com

French Hospital Medical Center (805) 543-5353

Enneagram Relationships Workshop with Michael Naylor, February 9 & 10

Dignity Health of the Central Coast Recognized for Quality, Safety and Service 1911 Johnson Ave. San Luis Obispo frenchmedicalcenter.org Please see display ad on page 25

Save 10% with “Solstice” code when you register online at www.sukhawellnesscenter.com

Marian Regional Medical Center (805) 739-3000

805-801-8088

Dignity Health of the Central Coast Recognized for Quality, Safety and Service 1400 E. Church St, Santa Maria marianmedicalcenter.org Please see display ad on page 25

Twin Cities Community Hospital (805) 434-3500 1100 Las Tablas Rd. • Templeton, Ca. 124-bed acute care, 30 new private rooms for obstetrics, intensive & telemetry care, 23 new ER suites www.twincitieshospital.com Please see display ad on page 23

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NEWCOMERS SERVICES

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Local Welcome Service Since 1972 (805) 773-6418 Free newcomer packet of maps, coupons & local info. www.centralcoastwelcome.com • Liz Hiatt

NON-PROFIT Sierra Club-Santa Lucia Chapter 547-B Marsh St • San Luis Obispo (805) 543-8717 • santalucia.sierraclub.org Please see display ad on page 37

SLO Green Build • (805) 286-0072 Non-profit green bldg education & support www.slogreenbuild.org

NURSERY Bay Laurel Nursery • (805) 466-3449 Fruit Trees/Berries/Grapes/California Natives Deer Resistant Plants/Perennials/Pottery/Garden Art 2500 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA www.baylaurelgardencenter.com Please see display ad on page 31

The Tree Man • (805) 227-6225 Sustainable living starts from the ground up. Our biodynamic products are the foundation of your organic lifestyle. 2630 Ramada Dr., Paso Robles www.thetreemanpr.com Please see display ad on page 47

NUTRITION Raw Food Betsy • (888) 732-3879 Passionate instructor & chef who believes in the healing benefits of raw, plant-based food for great nutrition, vibrant health and longevity. Take a class to discover the benefits of uncooking! www.rawfoodbetsy.com Please see display ad on page 19

Relished Food - Holistic Nutrition Laureen Wallravin, NTP, FDN Find out what foods work for your unique body chemistry with non-invasive metabolic testing. www.relishedfood.com • 805.242.3677 Please see display ad on page 47

The Healing Works • Brenda Keeney (805) 478-1223 Holistic Nutritionist, Shaman, Medical Intuitive 405 E. Branch St. #107, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 Please see display ad on page 41

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OFFICE SPACE San Luis Business Center • (805) 540-5100 Shared resources - sustainable options/office space 4251 South Higuera, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Please see display ad on page 44

ORGANIC CAFE SunShine Health Foods/Shine Café Whole Food Market & Organic Cafe 415 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay • (805) 772-7873 Please see display ad on page 47

ORGANIC GARDENING Bay Laurel Nursery • (805) 466-3449 Fruit Trees/Berries/Grapes/California Natives Deer Resistant Plants/Perennials/Pottery/Garden Art 2500 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA www.baylaurelgardencenter.com Please see display ad on page 31

The Tree Man • (805) 227-6225 Sustainable living starts from the ground up. Our biodynamic products are the foundation of your organic lifestyle. 2630 Ramada Dr., Paso Robles www.thetreemanpr.com Please see display ad on page 47

ORGANIC PRODUCE Green Polkadot Box www.gpdb.com/discount Natural Foods • Wholesome Prices • Simple Wellness Please see display ad on back cover

OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE Kathryn A. Perry, D.O. • (805) 548-8490 777 Pismo Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Please see display ad on page 33

OXYGEN THERAPY Obispo Hyperbaric • (805) 440-9856 Are you suffering from brain trauma, stress, anxiety, chronic fatigue, injury/surgery? Get relief. Call Now! 805 Aerovista Place, Ste. 102 San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 www.ObispoHyperbaric.com Please see display ad on page 32

PHYSICIAN Kathryn A. Perry, D.O. • (805) 548-8490 777 Pismo Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Please see display ad on page 33


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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT San Luis Rental Properties Inc. (805) 544-1234 1304 Santa Rosa Street • San Luis Obispo Property Rental & Management www.SanLuisRentalProperties.com We support sustainability in SLO County & practice it in our office by paperless billing plus recycling paper and minimizing waste.

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San Luis Rental Properties Inc. (805) 544-1234 1304 Santa Rosa Street • San Luis Obispo Property Rental & Management www.SanLuisRentalProperties.com We support sustainability in SLO County & practice it in our office by paperless billing plus recycling paper and minimizing waste.

Hive Natural Beauty Collective (805) 439-2255 Organic hair coloring, haircutting and retexturing Body Work, organic skin care services & Green Gift Shop www.hivebeauty.com Please see display ad on page 26

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REALTOR-GREEN Allyson Nakasone, Realtor®, Ecobroker® (805) 234-0809 www.mySLOhome.com Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate 689 Tank Farm Road, Suite 230, SLO Please see display ad on page 39

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SHAMANISM

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The Healing Works • Brenda Keeney (805) 478-1223 Shaman, Holistic Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive 405 E. Branch St. #107, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 Please see display ad on page 41

SPA SERVICES Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa (805) 595-7600 ex.0 Use of club included on day of service! Full service spa including massage, mani & pedi, organic facials, and more! • 6699 Bay Laurel Plc, Avila Beach avilabayclub.com Please see display ad on page 41

STRESS Cynthia Howard RN, CNC, PhD (866) 300- 6360 www.transformyourself.com www.vibrantradiantdetox.com info@vibrantradianthealth.com Please see display ad on page 35

SUSTAINABLE BIODIESEL

TRANSPORTATION Regional Rideshare • (805) 781-1385 Information on bicycle commuting, ridesharing, transit and telework • www.rideshare.org Please see display ad on page 39

Regional Transit Authority (RTA) (805) 541-2228 RTA buses get you around the county 7 days a week! Talk Green. Live Green. Hop Aboard. www.SLORTA.org Please see display ad on inside back cover

T-SHIRTS Dolphin Shirt Company • (805) 541-2566 Quality Screen Printing Since 1981 757 Buckley Rd • SLO • dolphinshirt.com

VENUE Sage Ecological Landscapes & Nursery (805) 574-0777 Sustainable gardens & gifts • Complete landscape services • 1188 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos sagelandscapes.net Please see display ad on page 19

The American Biodiesel Buyers Club, Corp. Education on how to buy, use and store sustainable biodiesel. www.AmBioClub.org Please see display ad on page 49

SUSTAINABLE FOOD & WINE www.CasaFestiva.com “Exploring the culture of cuisine!” Sustainability • Fun • Food & Wine Please see display ad on page 41

THRIFT STORES Goodwill Industries • (805) 544-0542 Facilitating reuse for over 100 years, with all types of second-hand merchandise • www.scgoodwill.org Please see display ad on page 15

TILE Matt Clark Tile & Stone • (805) 543-7600 181 Tank Farm Rd. Ste. 140, SLO www.mattclarktile.com We carry beautiful environmentally friendly products Please see display ad on page 47

WATER FILTRATION LifeSource Whole House Water Systems (805) 641-9361 Water filtration units for home & commercial. Eco-friendly. Highest rated system in the industry. Please see display ad on page 28

WEBSITE DESIGN MHI Tech Labs • (661) 513-3828 Web Sites, Internet Media, Event Photography, and Creative Services • www.mhilabs.com Please see display ad on page 10

WINDOW CLEANING Enviroclean • (805) 710-4101 Office Cleaning • Window Cleaning • Outside Maintenance Environmentally safe & LEED approved products Fax: 805-619-7189 • envirocleanplus@aol.com www.envirocleanplus.com Please see display ad on page 49

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Salt... what's the difference? 1) Iodized Salt: Many people keep this on their table as common table salt. Iodized salt has iodine added, which is an essential nutrient to the body that is naturally found in seafood. When seafood was less accessible, it was very important for people in landlocked areas to get their iodine in other forms (namely iodized salt). 2) Kosher Salt: Kosher salt has a very fine texture. Use it when you need salt to dissolve evenly and quickly, like for homemade salad dressings, meat rubs and in sauces. 3) Sea Salt: Sea salt adds more than just saltiness to foods. Depending

on where it is from, it can add a hint of flavor, from bitter to sweet (in addition to salty). Ounce for ounce it has virtually the same sodium content as any other salt, but because it is so flavorful, many people find they use less. When you want to add flavor to foods just before serving them, reach for a little sea salt. 4) Flavored Salts: These are usually salts combined with spices or herbs. They add both saltiness and a distinctive flavor to food, so they are great to use to flavor popcorn, roasted potatoes or corn on the cob. Plus, if you use colorful spices like curry powder or paprika, they are a fun colorful garnish for your plate. You can make your own flavored salt by combining one part of your favorite dried herbs or spices with one and a half parts of salt. Remember, whatever type of salt you use, a little goes a long way!

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FEATURES

Is salt by any other name just as salty? There are so many different types of salt to choose from, kosher, sea salt, flavored versions and of course regular table salt. But there are other reasons you may want to choose one salt over the others:

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california

Elephant Seals

...did you know?

FEATURES

by Alicia Hawkins

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Each year thousands of seals migrate to their birthing, breeding, and resting ground at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon off of Highway 1. Thanks to the Friends of the Elephant Seal and their fantastic docent program, visitors can catch a glimpse of these interesting creatures and have their questions answered by knowledgeable volunteers. Here are some fun facts about the elephant seal: Adult elephant seals spend about 90% of their lives in the sea. • They normally dive to

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1,000 or 2,000 feet, but can reach depths up to 5,000 feet. • Seals molt their entire outer layer of skin once a year on the beach instead of in the water to minimize the loss of body heat. • While on land, elephant seals will often stop their breathing and dramatically lower their heart rate to conserve energy, which can often make them appear to be dead. • While on shore, elephant seals flip sand onto their bodies to keep cool and protect their skin from over-exposure to the sun.


Quick Tip:

Buy locally raised humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Keep money in the local economy!

buy

Recycled paper

For every 2000 pounds of paper recycled, we save 7000 gallons of water from chemical contamination. These chemicals include highly toxic and carcinogenic organochlorines that are used to bleach paper to make it white. Buy recycled paper.

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can

Friends help keep your

FEATURES

Heart Healthy? Friends can help you live longer. In a study of nearly 7,000 adults in Alameda County, California, researchers found that people with more social contacts, whether from marriage, close friends, relatives, or church, were two to five times more likely to outlive people with fewer contacts. Further research at the University of Alabama, suggested that people in less developed societies who had close relationships with neighbors had lower blood pressure, fewer symptoms of heart problems and were less depressed than people in societies with fewer social ties.

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One theory suggests that friends tend to give each other emotional comfort, which may have an effect on a cellular level. At Duke University School of Medicine, a study found that people in tense situations have lower levels of “free fatty acids” when a friend is present and available for support. Friends may act as a buffer against stress and modify the impact of stressful events on the body. With all the mounting evidence that friends can help keep you healthy, the new prescription might be, “Make two friends and call us in the morning!”


Styrofoam...

is it recyclable?

Styrofoam is a brand name and is a trademark of the Dow Chemical Company. It is also known as expanded polystyrene (EPS) and takes 500 years to biodegrade. The technology to recycle EPS exists, but most communities do not accept Styrofoam in their curbside recycling programs. As a result, most styrofoam ends up in landfills where, along with other plastics, it can take between 25 and 30 percent of the space. There is also a health concern connected with its use. The

primary chemical component of polystyrene is styrene. Studies have shown that over time, small amounts of styrene can leak into your food and beverage, particularly hot food and beverage. The good news is that there are many perfectly good biodegradable alternatives to Styrofoam packing peanuts and food containers. Many municipalities have banned the use of Styrofoam food containers. For many reasons it is best not to be used in the first place.

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Winter Tips for FEATURES

These simple eco-remedies will help you save money, be less harmful to the environment, and keep your family healthy and happy this winter: Humidifiers: Many home environments become very dry once the heat system is turned on and often causes little ones to have nasal conditions and dry, chapped skin. Eco-friendly humidifiers with very low power consumption are sold by a number of manufacturers. Bath Salts: Children experiencing colds and flu symptoms find great relief when immersed in a warm bath with natural, organic bath salts which encourage the body to release toxins. Baths should be well supervised because saltwater can irritate the eyes and nose.

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mom!

Herbal Teas: A mug of soothing hot tea made with natural herbs like ginger, chamomile, mint and cinnamon can help warm little ones from the inside out while relaxing their muscles after being out in the cold. A mug with a tight-fitting lid with a small sip outlet reduces the risk of spills and burns. Snacks: Good options are fruit dried versions like raisins, banana chips, fruit leather and trail mix. High protein foods can help little bodies handle the cold, so nuts and peanut butter are natural for winter months and are easy to put into warm muffins, cookies and homemade breads. Blankets: Children love snuggling in warm, cozy blankets on cold days and plenty of brands are made of organic materials that are non-toxic.


help your

Quick Tip:

Pets eat

Healthier! Most pet food on the market is filled with toxins and by-products of pesticide-laced ingredients. Instead, buy organic, sustainable, natural pet food to keep your furry friend healthy and the environment happy!

Household ingredients can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap.

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got a case of the

Frizzies?

FEATURES

by Angela Robinson-Platz

Do you want shiny, soft hair? If you suffer from frizzy, split ends that can hardly hold a curl, you may be due for a change. Follow these simple steps and you’ll not only be on your way to healthier hair, but you’ll save money and the environment too! Stay With Your Natural Color. When you color your hair, you are using some of the worst chemicals around. Consider the possibility of becoming a natural beauty or ask for organic products. When you cut out the harsh chemicals, your hair is bound to become less frizzy, have fewer split ends and will eventually become shinier and healthier. Use Liquid Castile Soap. Have you ever wondered what the magic is inside your expensive shampoo bottle? Some of the chemicals in your favorite shampoo may actually dry out your hair, irritate your scalp and form carcinogenic chemicals. Why not try organic products or liquid castile soap? You can find castile soap on most grocery store shelves and it is natural, soothing, and easy on the environment and your wallet! Simply dilute it and use like normal shampoo. Skip a Day. If you are someone who doesn’t wake up with oily hair, consider skipping a day of shampooing and blow drying. If you can’t bear the thought, consider air-drying your hair every other day and wearing it up. With these real-life-tested steps, you are sure to have many good hair days in your future!

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If it’s good for the planet, it’s good for the patient.

FEATURES At Dignity Health of the Central Coast; Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French Hospital Medical Center and Marian Regional Medical Center, we recognize the interdependence and interrelatedness between human health and our environment. We believe in the caring stewardship of a renewable Earth. Our hospitals are recognized at the local, state and national level for leadership in ecology. We continually pursue opportunities to create environmentally-friendly ways of life.

Recognized for Quality, Safety and Service Arroyo Grande Community Hospital 345 South Halcyon Road Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 (805) 489-4261 French Hospital Medical Center 1911 Johnson Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (805) 543-5353 Marian Regional Medical Center 1400 East Church Street Santa Maria, CA (805) 739-3000 Tell them you found them in Solstice! • www.slosolstice.com

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connecting with

FEATURES

Nature...

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A series of studies published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology have found that being outside in nature makes people feel more alive and as one researcher eloquently concludes, “Nature is fuel for the soul.� There are physical benefits associated with getting in touch with nature. Some studies suggest that being surrounded by nature helps to ward off feelings of exhaustion and that 90 percent of people report increased energy when participating in outdoor activities. Energized people arealso more resilient to physical illnesses.


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10 minute

Fresh

Basil Pesto

Recipe: 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed / ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano / ½ cup extra virgin olive oil / ⅓ cup pine nuts / 3 garlic cloves, minced / sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste. Combine basil with pine nuts; pulse a few times in a food processor. Add the garlic; pulse a few times more. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Scrape the sides of the food processor with a spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Serve with pasta, over baked potatoes, or spread over toasted baguette slices.

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Water... Americans use more than 400 billion gallons per day of both surface and ground water, much of it consumed in and around the home. Here are some facts to consider, courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency: The average American uses about 160 gallons of water a day.• Two-thirds of the water used in an average home is used in the bathroom, much of it consumed by the toilet, which requires four to six gallons per flush. • The average person uses 2 gallons of water per day to brush his teeth. • A 10-minute shower uses about 55 gallons of water. • Lawn watering accounts for at least 50 percent of a typical household’s water consumption. • Automatic dishwashers require approximately 9 to 12 gallons of water per load of dishes, compared with the 20 gallons required to do the same dishes by hand. • If every household in America had a faucet that dripped once each second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away.

FEATURES

simple and clear facts


easy ways to

Save Gas! FEATURES

by The “Green” Franciscan Sister, Janet Corcoran, OSF

In our day-to-day life, there are ways that we can reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve the goods of Mother Earth. One such way is to reduce and conserve the usage of gasoline. The Alliance to Save Energy reported that, in 2012, the average household in the United States will spend approximately $3,324 on its vehicles. The following are ways to save or reduce gas usage in one’s vehicle: Maintain your car and keep it tuned up. Poorly running vehicles use more gas. Regular car maintenance will lengthen the life of your vehicle and will minimize emissions and enhance fuel economy. Use the air conditioner sparingly because it lowers your gas mileage by up to 20 percent. On local roads, keep cool by opening the windows, but at speeds 40 miles per hour or faster, roll them up to prevent extra wind resistance, which also uses more gas. Check the air pressure of your tires regularly. Over and under inflated tires can dramatically reduce your fuel efficiency, so always maintain the proper air pressure, according to the guidelines listed on your car manual. In addition, maintain the alignment of the tires. Carpool or vanpool with others to share the cost of commuting if you can. Another suggestion, if you are able, is to bike, walk or take the bus. Lower your speed. Gas usage increases

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about 10 percent between 55 and 65 miles per hour (MPH), and 17 percent between 55 and 70 MPH. The higher the speed the vehicle travels, the more gas guzzling takes place.

Quick Tip:

Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of things cluttering your closet or garage.

Using the cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and in most cases will save gas. However, speeding, rapid acceleration, and rapid braking can decrease your mileage potential. Avoid having heavy items in your cargo or storage areas. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPH by up to 2%. Therefore, the more weight the less gas efficiency for the auto. Someone once said, “Take care of the earth and it will take care of you.” May we continue to work at taking care of the earth by reducing, reusing, recycling, and conserving the goods of our sister, Mother Earth.

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Oxygen is crucial to our body’s healing process. Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT) is a treatment in which a person is exposed to increased atmospheric pressure inside an inflatable chamber. While a person relaxes in the chamber, pressurized oxygen saturates the body and improves natural healing. The increase in pressure allows more oxygen to reach the cells of the body, which studies have shown to have therapeutic benefits. When the body is under pressure, plasma, cerebral fluid, and joint fluid will dissolve more oxygen. The quantity of oxygen carried and transferred to the tissues and cells is increased. Thus, speeding up the body’s healing. Mild Hyperbaric Therapy is a safe treatment. Current research is finding that mHBOT may have benefits for a variety of symptoms because of its ability to infuse the body with oxygen. It is one of the most sought after and used therapies for various neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, autism, migraines and headaches. Call me to find out if mHBOT can help you.

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GMO... do you know?

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are experimental plants or animals that have been genetically engineered in a laboratory with DNA from other plants, animals, bacteria and viruses. GMOs are designed for two main reasons, either to make plants resistant to the seed producer's pesticide or to modify plants in such a way that they produce built-in pesticides. About 80% of all packaged foods in the US contain genetically engineered (GE) crops, often present in processed foods such as oils, sweeteners, soy proteins, high fructose corn syrup, amino acids, aspartame, vitamin C, natural and artificial flavorings, maltodextrin, and more. In the U.S.A., 93% of soy, 93% of cotton, 86% of corn, and 90% of canola are genetically modified. The labeling of GMOs is required in forty countries around the world, many of them banning them outright.

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tips for

Winterizing FEATURES

your

Vehicle

Although the Central Coast doesn't experience extreme winter weather, here are some helpful safety tips to follow this season: Check the pressure: Having the correct tire pressure improves traction on cold wet conditions. A properly inflated tire also will help protect against wheel damage when driving over potholes. Check the battery: Cold temperatures can cut a battery power in half. If your vehicle’s battery is more than three years old, have it tested to ensure it will carry a charge, and that the posts and connections are free of corrosion. Replace worn pads and shoes: Have a professional check the brakes. Maximum stopping power is essential on wet or slippery roads. Keeping your car in tip-top shape for winter will improve fuel economy and vehicle performance while reducing polluting emissions. It will also ensure the safety of you and your passengers. Tune it up: Check all hoses, belts, spark plugs, and electrical wires to make sure they are in good working order. Check the tread: Tires are critical during the winter season. Worn tires perform poorly on slippery roads, making them a potentially severe safety hazard.

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Quick Tip:

Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.

FEATURES

a greener

Wash

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an average American family annually washes nearly 400 loads of laundry. Buy biodegradable laundry detergents made with plant oils and other natural ingredients that are free of phosphates, bleach and surfactants such as petroleum-based nonylphenol ethoxylates, or NPE. They are kinder to the planet and also gentler on the skin.

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Pomegranates

FEATURES

...nutritious winter treat!

The pomegranate has achieved "superfood" status in recent years. It offers a wide array of nutritional benefits and adds a delicious, colorful element to any meal. It was originally native to Iran and Northern India; however, it has been cultivated in the northern hemisphere for centuries. Pomegranates are rich in potassium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B5 and antioxidants called polyphenols. Pomegranates have also been found to possibly have health benefits including: reducing cholesterol, reducing blood pressure,

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reducing inflammation, Improving response to cancer treatment and helping to protect against environmental damage and aging. The seeds and juice are a great addition to any menu: sprinkle the seeds on a salad for a dash of color, flavor, and nutrition; add pomegranate juice to a smoothie for a delicious antioxidant boost; blend pomegranate seeds or juice into a homemade salad dressing; sprinkle pomegranate seeds into oatmeal for a hearty, nutritious breakfast; stir pomegranate seeds into yogurt for an added boost and use pomegranate seeds to decorate desserts in place of sugary sprinkles.


Salmon...

wild or farmed?

Environmental groups such as Seafood Watch and the Environmental Defense Fund, have put nearly all farmed salmon on their “red” or “avoid” list. The reason: many farms use crowded pens where salmon are easily infected with lice, may be treated with antibiotics and can spread disease to wild fish (one reason Alaska has banned salmon farms). In addition, it can take as much as three pounds of wild fish (and fishmeal) to raise one pound of salmon. However, there’s some good news. Salmon farmers are currently in talks with environmental groups to improve practices. There is a proposal before Congress to set standards for aquaculture.

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Detox... naturally! FEATURES

by Cynthia Howard RN, CNC, PhD

Did you know your digestive system is the cornerstone of vibrant health? It is responsible for breaking down and absorbing the nutrients your body needs for fuel. Diet and lifestyle are responsible for most of the digestive challenges. Using a natural detox can be a powerful way to refresh your digestive system. An estimated 1.4 million Americans have Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and about 30,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. *More than one half million people in the United States suffer from Crohn’s Disease. *Each year 130,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, the second most common form of cancer in the United States.*Diverticular disease occurs in 10% of people over age 40 and in 50% of people over age 60 in Western cultures. *About half of all people over age 60 have diverticulosis. *The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that about 7 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from GERD, heart burn or reflux. *H. pylori bacteria are responsible for 75% of stomach ulcers worldwide. A one day vegetable fast with only raw and/or steamed vegetables. One day a week, along with 2 pieces of fruit is suggested (avoiding all grains, sugars, dairy, coffee and processed foods). Start with one day a week. Add in probiotics to naturally support your immune system and protect against h. pylori. Drink plenty of water to encourage your body to flush out toxins.

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what is

Fracking?

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Fracking is a method of extracting natural gas from the ground by injecting water & chemicals into deep wells at high pressure. The process breaks apart the underground rock, releasing the gas so that it can be captured. Some argue that fracking can address the need for a cleaner source of domestic energy by providing an alternative to oil & coal. However, there is mounting evidence of the negative impacts that fracking has on the groundwater, given that the hazardous chemicals used are still exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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go green with fair trade

Gifts! FEATURES

by Katy Budge

Gifts of food are always a hit, especially if they’re from two of the major food groups – chocolate and coffee! However, often these goodies come burdened with a history that’s not very festive. That’s a scenario you can avoid with a little homework and a commitment to buying products labeled “Fair Trade.” For such a sweet treat, chocolate has a seamy underside. Most of the cocoa beans (the fundamental ingredient in chocolate) used the world over are harvested using child slave labor. Yes, you read that right, and we’re talking about kids often as young as eight years old. By buying chocolate labeled as “Fair Trade,” you’re buying a product certified as being produced so as to cause no social harm. When it comes to coffee, Fair Trade certification provides similar social protections. Many coffee farmers can easily end up the victims of unscrupulous middle men who take advantage of growers, essentially holding them hostage to low prices and unfair purchasing agreements. Fair Trade organizations not only guarantee minimum prices for farmers, but also put them in direct contact with purchasers. Such an approach also often benefits the coffee growers’ community at large since more money stays within it. To make giving truly better than receiving, check your labels and give Fair Trade products!

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discover

Eco-Shower power! We all love those long, luxurious showers that seem to wash away all the stress of the day, but how much do we really think about the environmental implications? A 10 minute shower uses up to 42 gallons of water, and that’s only about 10 gallons less than washing your entire car! Scary, huh? Invest in an efficient flow shower. With consumers becoming increasingly environmentally aware and demanding more from the products they buy, it’s never been easier to enjoy a luxurious shower guilt-free. Tip: Put a bucket in the shower to save water for watering plants, washing pets, or various other uses. Be sure it's soap-free!

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what's the Metabolic Type diet?

by Laureen Wallravin CNT, CMTA

According to Metabolic Typing, we are all unique in how we process foods. We are psychologically, physically, structurally, and

emotionally unique as well. Metabolic Typing, takes this diversity, along with 35 years of clinical experience and research, to help discern how nutrients affect your metabolism. You are then given a customized food list (or “road map”) to help find the balance of macronutrients appropriate for your metabolic type and that will create homeostasis throughout the body.

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You may have heard about a “new” diet called the Metabolic Type Diet. But what is it and how can we be sure it’s not just another fad? Well, for one, it’s not a new concept at all. Indeed, ancient cultures understood that “one man’s food is another man’s poison” and recommended individual diets based on this fact. If you’ve ever had a friend lose weight and feel fantastic on the same diet that makes you gain weight and feel terrible, then you understand that one diet does not fit all.

By consulting a Certified Metabolic Typing® Advisor and eating the right foods, you can make all the difference in the world to your health and longevity.

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the central coast

Peregrine

Falcon... a rare sight! by Sean Murphy

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Raptors are beautiful creatures and many species are easily spotted in the wild. For example, the beautiful red tailed hawk can often be seen on a trip out of town from the comfort of your car. The once endangered peregrine falcon however is not so easy to spot. They are small and drab compared to the red tail hawk, but they can dive at over 200 miles per hour, making them the fastest animal on earth! They are usually found near the coast where they feed on small birds and nest on high cliffs. Although sightings are rare, the coastal regions near Morro Bay offer a great place to start. Morro Rock is actually a sanctuary for many birds, the peregrine falcon being one of them. A coastal hike would provide a great opportunity for a sighting. Look for a small raptor, about the size of a crow. If seen up close or with binoculars, an adult can be identified by the black and white zebra pattern on the torso and underside of the wings.

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GMO's?

just say no!

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by Chris Ritchason

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Would you mind being an unwitting experimental test subject? Enroll your kids? How about having your DNA manipulated permanently by what you eat? How about the same effects in you through the use of commercial Genetically Modified (GM) animal feed? Be unable to ever plant, grow, harvest and eat a non-GMO crop? Last month critical science was published out of Australia on the effects of consuming GM wheat and the deleterious effect on health and environment. Data is provided by 2 distinctly opposed sectors. One side is warning the population about the potential devastating hazards of GM crops to human health and to the environment. They are scholars encouraging in-depth and comprehensive studies issuing "red-alert" warnings against GM plants, never before seen in nature. The companies pushing for GM crops have a bottom line concern – your health? Do your homework. Make your voice heard: http://safefoodfoundation.org http://gmwatch.org http://naturalnews.com

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Quick Tip:

If every lawn owner composted grass clippings, we could cut the landfill congestion by over 18% during summer and spring!

eat

Less meat! Eating less meat and dairy is good for your health, your budget, and the planet (raising livestock is responsible for 18% of global greenhouse gases). Cutting back even a little bit helps. Some ideas to get you started: Limit the amount of meat on your plate and enjoy more grains and veggies. Make one day a week meatless!

Even "healthy" food can be unhealthy. Find out your Metabolic Type® and learn to eat what your body thrives on. relishedfood.com | 805-242-3677 www.thetreemanpr.com

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new years resolution:

Eco-Entertaining This year, plan an eco-conscious celebration that will not leave additional waste for the planet. Put out GREEN spread, keep trash to a minimum, and increase feeling good about your party to the maximum! Here are several easy ways to make it happen while inspiring your guests to do the same...

1) Plan a local, organic menu. Buying from local vendors at places such as farmers’ markets cuts back on carbon emissions because fewer miles traveled from farm to table means fewer emissions produced from the vehicle transporting the food. 2) Use cloth napkins instead of paper. 3) Save decorations and favors for the next party. 4) Use edible and compostable centerpieces for the table as well as home decor. 5) Use only reusable glass and table ware as well as compostable products made of corn, potato or other eco-friendly substances. 6) Compost all food scraps and send leftovers home with guests to enjoy in sustainable or reusable containers. 7) Serve local wine, and if choosing beer, be sure that it is brewed locally. Recycle the glass and compost cork stopper. 8) Give consumables, live green plants, tickets to events, or donations to a cause as gifts. 9) Buy live plants to decorate rather than cut flowers. 10) Use e-invitations rather than printed and mailed ones (which creates more waste). 11) Don't dread the cleanup. You can most likely find nontoxic alternatives to clean up. Use clean towels and sponges. This creates less waste and saves you money on supplies. 48

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what is

Deforestation? Deforestation is a global issue that involves clearing of the Earth’s forests on a massive scale. According to the World Resources Institute, more than 80 percent of the Earth’s natural forests have already been destroyed. The biggest driver of deforestation is agriculture. Farmers cut down forests to plant crops or graze livestock. Deforestation degrades the quality of the land, destroys wildlife habitat & drives climate change. At the current rate of deforestation, the world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years.

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Wood Pulp in your cereal?

Wood pulp brings “plant-based diet” to a whole new level. Cellulose is usually made from nontoxic wood pulp or cotton, and the cheap filler is stuffed into shredded cheese, salad dressing, and ice cream to thicken it without adding calories or fat. Cellulose is fibrous, which is why it appears in so many high-fiber “healthy” snacks and breakfast cereals—and it’s even in organic products, according to an investigation by the Wall Street Journal. How to avoid it: Checking your food labels is crucial and steer clear of terms like microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), cellulose gel, and cellulose gum, and carboxymethyl cellulose.

Live Foods Cafe & Juice Bar! Tio Alberto’s Live Foods Cafe & Juice Bar is owned by award winning chef Alberto Hernandez... a favorite of the Central Coast for over twenty years!

Serving Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner - freshly prepared to order using organic fruits and veggies and the freshest ingredients. Vegan dishes available. Delivery available plus full catering for events and parties!. 841 Dolliver St. /Pismo Beach/ 805.773.5996

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how do you dispose of

Paint? According to the EPA, homeowners in the US throw out 64 million gallons of paint per year. Oil-based paints are considered Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) & must be disposed of properly. Many states have special HHW collection days or disposal facilities that accept these types of wastes. You can search for a facility in San Luis Obispo County at www.iwma.com and in Santa Barbara County at www.countyofsb.org. Latex paints are not hazardous waste and may be able to be recycled. The Product Stewardship Initiative has been working with some states to develop legislation that would require paint manufacturers to collect leftover paint for post-consumer use. Ask your local paint retailer to help you repurpose your paint. Turn your latex paint into solid waste by opening the can and letting it sit outside to dry up before throwing it away, if all else fails.

Quick Tip:

A well tuned car uses up to 9% less fuel than a poorly tuned one. That means 9% fewer toxic emissions!

Your Local Brewery since 1998

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Nat Cert. Reflexologist 26 yrs in business locally specializing in aromatherapy

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winter treat... easy

Pumpkin soup Recipe: 2 tablespoons butter / 2 carrots (8 oz. total), peeled and coarsely chopped / 1 stalk celery (4 oz.), rinsed and coarsely chopped / ¾ cup chopped onion / 1 clove garlic peeled and minced / 2 quarts vegetable broth / 4 cups mashed pumpkin / ½ cup apple cider / 1 green apple (8 oz.), peeled, cored, and chopped / 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger / 1½ teaspoons dried sage / ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon / ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice / sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste / 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel. In a 5 to 6 quart pot (over high heat) melt butter. Add carrots, celery, onion, and garlic; stir often until onion is tender, about 8 minutes. Add broth, mashed pumpkin, apple cider, apple, ginger, sage, cinnamon, and allspice; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

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