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BLISS Vol. 04


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EDITOR’S NOTE “For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” Ralph Waldo Emerson After a holiday of high stress and unshakeable flu and chest-cracking colds, this month’s issue of BLISS really hit home. It was personal, as I labored through a crazy season that saw me take my eyes off what it means to feel love and be happy.

Editor In Chief Rose McInerney

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As we enter 2020, let’s move past distractions, negativity and naysayers holding us back. Stand strong and make self-love and happiness a sacred goal to be shaped each and every day. To help you get there, our team at WomanScape proudly introduces January’s BLISS magazine.

Contributors Denise Benson, Lisa Ann Markuson, Lise Floris, Mona Zhang, Rose McInerney, Tuula Jalasjaa, Yara Zgheib

We think you’ll agree, the people, places, histories and artful exploration of all things joyful will awaken your sense of possibility and desire for greater joy, meaning, love and community.

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This month’s changemakers are exceptional, from the captivating history of Maura O’Halloran, a brilliant Irish mathematician and linguist turned Zen saint to Joan Ball, the first match-making computer-driven love guru. Whiskey-maker Claire Marin shows us how the secret life of bees can re-energize a community, and America’s doctor of happiness, Dr. Jay Kumar, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Maria Marlowe, set us on a renewed journey to happiness.

Art & Creative Director Alex Hilton

For those who have experienced violence, meet Kacey Kells and her healing path. Jewelry-maker Paloma Sanchez weds beauty and happiness with dreamy results, not unlike our travel escape to Costa Rica and artful chocolate confections that add reinforcements. But when you read our special interview with seven-yearold Ava, who defies her body’s refusal to communicate with her brain, this story takes inspiration to a whole new level.

Rose McInerney, WS Founder & CEO

Welcome 2020 with artful stories and joyful experiences. Let bliss be your guide. With love,

Rose McInerney

WomanScape is a living library of inspiring changemakers, whose artfully-told stories build meaningful discussion and a more connected, positive world.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Changemakers Maria Marlowe’s Healthy Real Food for Real Women................................................................................22 Maura O’Halloran, The Zen Saint................................................................................................................................8 Claire Marin’s Secret Life of Bees............................................................................................................................48 Joan Ball Putting LOVE and HAPPINESS in Technology...........................................................................84

The Business of Happiness Dr. Jay Kumar: The Happiness Doctor Is In........................................................................................................38

Entreprenuer Spotlight Asli Musso’s Letters From Bosphorus....................................................................................................................72

Sipping Rooh Afza On a Hill in a Tuscan Village........................................................................................................................................56

Artscape Kacey Kells The Girl Who Spoke Out Against Violence..............................................................................76 Paloma Sanchez: The Birth of “Medusas’ Sting”.............................................................................................30 Poetry by Ars Poetica......................................................................................................................................................18

Travelscape Costa Rica.............................................................................................................................................................................14

An Interview Ava and the Eyes of Love............................................................................................................................................62

WS REEL Talk A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood..................................................................................................................44

WS Explores

An Invitation to Kilimanjaro........................................................................................................................................54

Foodscapes Cacao70.................................................................................................................................................................................66

Financial Happiness Advice from The Womens Collection...................................................................................................................52

Personal Reflection Denise Benson on Everywoman’s Happiness.................................................................................................80

WS Cares Educating Girls in Rural China (EGRC).................................................................................................................90

Contact Us ....................................................................................................................................................................94

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M ar ia Marl owe – He a l t hy Real Food for Rea l Wo me n By: Ya ra Zg he ib

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With unprocessed food and simple habit changes, Maria Marlowe is helping real women get healthy and feel good about themselves.

dermatologist had been able to do.”

Maria Marlowe grew up in New York on a Standard American Diet. She thought she was eating healthy, following the USDA food pyramid guidelines.

“I learned that food affects everything in our body... way beyond just weight or skin.”

That turning point led Maria down the nutrition rabbit hole:

She changed career paths to study nutrition and cooking. She now helps people improve their eating habits and think of food as medicine.

It called for “6-11 servings of bread, cereal, rice, or pasta” a day. She happily obliged. Pizza then, to her, was the perfect food: a serving of bread, one of dairy, and even a one of vegetables!

“There is a connection between what you eat, how you look, and how you feel.

She was overweight, always sick, plagued by acne and digestive problems.

You can look healthy – i.e. be thin but still be incredibly unhealthy and unhappy. You can eat all the healthy foods in the world, but if you have no energy or are miserable - are you really well?”

She hated her body, and spent years waging war against it. Restricting calories, skipping meals, exercising like a maniac, experimenting with fad diets… nothing worked. Her problems persisted for years, until one day, desperate, she tried a radical new approach. Simple: Real. Healthy. “I got rid of processed and refined foods and added whole, real foods. In a matter of months, my skin cleared up- something no cream, cleanser, or

There are many reasons for this broken relationship people have with their bodies:

“We’re taught by the media, society, and heck sometimes even our mothers, that a woman’s body should be a certain way.

I learned that food affects everything in our body... way beyond just weight or skin.

Thanks to airbrushing and photo editing, anyone can add a six-pack, tighten their waist, lengthen their legs… you’d never know. We are shown impossible standards and feel bad when we can’t meet them… then we’re sold products, treatments, and surgeries to help us get there.” In parallel, “We are taught that food only affects our weight. […] For years, the junk food industry has propagated the notion that you can eat whatever you want as long as you exercise in order to be thin and healthy.” This is simply not the case. “Food affects everything from our

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mood, to our energy, sleep, skin, and physical health. Traditional medical systems of the East, such as traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda - acknowledge the significant impact of diet on every aspect of our health, and a physician is just (or more) likely to prescribe a certain eating plan than a pill.” Marlowe believes that is what we need: a different approach to dieting. A real plan involving real food, tailored for real women. “I believe healthy eating should be easy and accessible to every person. In my EatSLIM online nutrition and cooking course, I teach people how to better understand their body so that they can tweak their diet and start feeling better right away. Often it’s small changes - like swapping water in place of soda- that can make a huge difference in how you look and feel.” Her meal plans are designed for busy people who want to eat healthy but do not want to spend hours in the kitchen. “I’m a big fan of fifteen-minute-or-less recipes and meal prepping. And while I recommend cooking as often as possible, I also empower my clients to make the best choices when eating out and traveling, no matter the circumstances.” Good habits, real food. On a regular day, that philosophy looks like this: •

Drinking about 2.5 liters of water

“I recommend keeping a one-liter glass water bottle with you at all times.” •

Eating an extra-large serving of dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, chard, arugula, etc.) Managing stress

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“Yoga, exercise, and other self-care practices are helpful, but the most effective is mastering your mind and how you deal with stressors.” • •

Avoiding processed, refined, fried, and packaged foods as much as possible Eating according to the ideal plate ratio (50% vegetables, 25% healthy protein, 25% more greens, veggies, or beans, and a moderate amount of fat) whenever possible. Fighting sweet cravings with fruit or fruit sweetened desserts instead of snacks made with refined sugar.

(Try Maria’s recipes for banana ice cream and chocolate truffles.) Maria’s approach has helped so many lose weight, clear acne, and address digestive issues. Most importantly, it has helped many feel good about themselves again. “You can’t achieve the body you want by hating the one you have. It will just lead to resentment, excuses, and self-sabotage. When you learn to love and appreciate your body, to thank it for all it does for you, then, and only then, can you start to heal and improve it for the long term.” Read more about Maria’s philosophy and programs, sign up for a class, and check out her latest book, The Real Food Grocery Guide.* *Called “the most practical guide to healthy eating, , The Real Food Grocery Guide walks you through the different sections of the grocery store and to help you make the healthiest choices for you and your family.

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Maria Marlowe’s Healthy Real Food for Real Women  

With unprocessed food and simple habit changes, Maria Marlowe is helping real women get healthy and feel good about themselves. Maria Marlo...

Maria Marlowe’s Healthy Real Food for Real Women  

With unprocessed food and simple habit changes, Maria Marlowe is helping real women get healthy and feel good about themselves. Maria Marlo...