Natural Awakenings Dallas Metro Magazine May 2013 issue

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feel good • live simply • laugh more

Go Lean and Green

Special Edition: Women’s Wellness

Aging Gracefully Redefine Your Best Years Yet


On a Bike Dallas Bike Trails

5 Instincts to Heed Trust Your Gut

Find Your Soulmate Online Marc Evan Katz

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elcome to May—the month that delightfully brings to mind our appreciation for mothers and, as my Sierra Club friends remind me, for Mother Earth. What a blessing that God has so perfectly created the world that both are divinely designed to provide His children with the nurturing sustenance that’s required for us to survive and thrive. As a mother of an adult daughter, I have reveled in my share of joyous moments as nurturer-in- chief and most recently as the mother of a local elected official. I have relished my role as the one who kissed the boo-boos, cheered on the sidelines and pressed the pretend-brake during those first driving lessons. I am equally privileged and blessed to be among those that still have a beloved mother present to voice her wisdom (and unsolicited opinions), give generous hugs and provide the heart-warming, unequivocal support children bask in. Life is made of such rich relationships. It’s not surprising that May is Women’s Wellness month at Natural Awakenings and I must say that I love being a woman! For sure, there can downsides if we’re not naturally careful, like high heels, body-shaping lingerie, cellulite, stretch marks and PMS. Yet all-in-all, it’s a pretty good gig. We are treasured mothers, daughters, lovers, sisters, aunts, nieces and best friends, plus so much more. It’s impossible to imagine what our world would be like without the special women in our lives. There are a thousand reasons why it is vital we take care of ourselves and our larger sisterhood. Thus, I love to issue the following challenge to awesome women everywhere. Commit to giving up something that is not in your best interest. It might be soda, cigarettes, trans-fats, toxic people or a love affair with the TV remote. Have you shunned daily exercise in favor of couch potato ways so long that you are growing sprouts? If you’re not sure where to start, just ask yourself the question: What am I doing that is not in my best interest? At least one answer will come to mind. I’m also encouraged by April Thompson’s “Clutter-Taming Tips,” which is enough to inspire us all to dig into clearing out drawers, closets, attics and basements. The Dallas Metroplex has many organizations that accept donations and will even make pickups. After taking the “Organizing Self-Test”, developed by Dallas’ Living Well Health & Wellness Center Co- founder Jenny Bair, on page 21, I am now implementing the “one bag a day” technique. Each night I take a bag and hit one overflowing space to quickly bag for donation, set aside a few for consignment and toss the rest. I recommend keeping at it, one day at a time, until you are satisfied or run out of bags. Deep appreciation also goes to our readers, advertisers, distributors and contributors for making this free magazine possible as together we celebrate our third anniversary issue. Thanks to you, our community’s go-to resource for green, healthy and sustainable living continues to grow. We always welcome your input and feedback; let us know what you want to read in these pages. Serving the Dallas Metro plex and North Texas Commun  ities, including North Dallas, Highland Blessings to all, Park, University Park, Presto  n Hollow, Richardson, Coppell, Irving , Colleyville, Cedar Hill, Lewisville, Ca rrollton, Addison, Southlake and Farmers Branch

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newsbriefs Race for the Cure Supports Local Breast Health Services


he 23rd annual Susan G. Komen North Texas Plano Race for the Cure will be held June 8, at the campuses of local sponsor HP and The Campus at Legacy. The event includes a one-mile Family Fun Run/Walk, competitive 5K, casual 5K run/walk, Kids for the Cure activity area and 50-yard dash, the Elizabeth’s Garden tribute area, grantee health fair, survivor ceremony and sponsor expo. The Plano Race for the Cure allows funding for local breast health services like education, mammography, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment and patient navigation. Komen North Texas invests 75 percent back into the eight-county North Texas service area. This year, Komen North Texas was able to grant $700,000 to five local breast health programs: Asian Breast Health Outreach Project, Bridge Breast Network, Denton County Health Department, Grayson County Health Department and the Moncrief Cancer Institute. Online registration is open until 5 p.m., June 7, at Walk-up registration will also be available from 6 to 8:15 a.m. the day of the event.

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ust minutes south of I-30, in the heart of the Metroplex, locally grown and produced fruits, vegetables, plants, tamales, breakfast burritos, breads, eggs and honey are available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays, at Grand Prairie’s Green Farmers’ Market, 120 West Main Street, at the corner of NW Second Street, in Dallas It’s close to Lone Star Park, Verizon Theatre and QuikTrip Ballpark, and driving to the Green Grand Prairie Farmers Market is convenient: from Interstate 30, take the Belt Line exit and head south to Main Street (one mile); from State Highway 161, take the Jefferson exit and head east to downtown, and then Main Street (one mile); and from State Highway 360, take the Division exit and head east (two miles). The Market is housed in a barn with a corrugated tin roof, with shaded benches, plenty of space for vendors, a paved walkways and room for outdoor entertainment. Frequent chef demonstrations feature innovative methods for cooking fresh items available at the market. For more information, visit

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DART Offers New Family Pass


he new DART regional Family Fun Pass will now transport a family of up to two adults and four children from Fort Worth to Dallas to Denton for $10 on Saturdays. Customers that have monthly or annual regional passes can also take advantage of the Saturday savings, making the passes an even better value. The special promotion connects families to all the great Saturday destinations served by the Trinity Railway Express, DART, DCTA and The T, starting with the popular Main Street Arts Festival, in Fort Worth. Then there’s the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, which continues each Saturday through August 17. Families can also save money going to new places too, like the Perot Museum or Summer Adventures in Fair Park. For more information, visit SpecialEvents.


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newsbriefs Dallas Ultimate Women’s Expo in Fort Worth


he Fort Worth Convention Center will host the Dallas Ultimate Women’s Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 18 and 19, offering an all-inclusive day of fun, inspiration, free goodies, pampering, shopping and celebrity speakers. Respected experts in finance, healthcare, career development, personal growth, style, beauty and home design and décor will educate and inspire participants and top achievers in television, film and music will share insights and reveal the struggles that propelled them to the top of their fields. Shop at more than 550 boutiques. Meet keynote speakers and receive signed copies of best-selling books. Speed mentoring offers one-on-one business assistance. Enjoy a vibrant, high-fashion runway show. Receive a complimentary haircut, makeover, manicure or facial, plus tips and trends and free samples of the best cosmetics, skin care, makeup and beauty products. Taste delicacies form Dallas’ most talented chefs. Learn about wine vintages and create the most innovative and tasty summer cocktails. Try the Do-It-Herself lounge that teaches new skills. Then relax and experience a complimentary massage inside the Rejuvenation Tea Garden. Advance tickets are only $5 online at with VIP red carpet entry. Includes all makeovers, tastings, shows, seminars and more. For more information, call 866-618-3434.

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system and therefore, our longevity. This is perhaps the first longevity conference that speaks about the dormant energy hidden within our nervous system. Qigong practitioner Jeff Primack and 25 other instructors will lead a massive group to practice together. The Qi Activation seminar has a medical lineup that includes qigong foot reflexology for on-the-spot pain relief and endocrine boosting effects. There is also a big qigong/energy component to the experience.

he semiannual Cottonwood Art Festival, featuring museum-quality works from the nation’s top visual artists, will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 4 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 5, in Cottonwood Park, in Richardson. The show has been a part of Richardson life for more than 40 years. Jurors select more than 240 artists to exhibit at the festival in 14 categories: 2-D mixed media, 3-D mixed media, ceramics, digital, drawings/pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metalwork, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.

he Qi Activation Wellness and Longevity Conference, formerly Qi Revolution, will take place from July 20 through 23, at the Houston Convention Center. Qi Activation focuses on food-healing protocols and spends an hour each on protocols for cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Qi Activation is a biological process and part of enlightenment. The root chakra point, when activated, releases dormant energy (kundalini) up the spine, boosting the endocrine

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County Farmers’ Market at Fairview Farms, in Plano, is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays at 3314 North Central Expressway. Founded by Kari Gates, of Spring Creek Organic Farm, and former Frisco Market manager Scott Merner, the Collin County Farmers’ Market mission is to provide the community with local farm products while helping to support the farmers in a family-friendly atmosphere. More than 30 vendors offer local meats, eggs, produce and artisan products. There is also a bounce house, pony rides and a bungee jump. A community garden maintained by local Scout troops and volunteers is planned, and all produce harvested will be donated to local food banks. For more information, call 970-209-4694 or visit


eliciously prepared, local food al fresco from the farmers, ranchers and artisan producers of the Coppell Farmers’ Market will be showcased at the magical Coppell Farm to Table Dinner on June 8, in the natural setting of Grapevine Springs Park. Guests will enjoy appetizers and a tour of the lush Coppell Community Garden at 6 p.m., and a formal, six-course seated meal, with wine and ale pairings, at 7 p.m. Dishes are prepared by the chefs and students of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Dallas. The meal will be accompanied by light jazz from Coppell pianist Roland Elbert. The dinner spotlights our local food system by honoring producers, preparers and diners. Student participants learn firsthand about the benefits of farm-direct produce. The event supports local food access for all by funding acceptance of the Lone Star Card at the market and promoting the Coppell Farmers’ Market. Purchase tickets via email at CoppellProduce@ or at the Coppell Farmers’ Market at the main tent behind the free coffee. For more information call 972-304-7043. natural awakenings

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Electric Cars Have Their Day in Film


screening of the film Revenge of the Electric Car will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m., May 6, at the University of Texas at Arlington Nedderman Hall Auditorium. In 2006, thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed by the companies that built them. Now the electric car is back with a vengeance. In Revenge of the Electric Car, director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM and the Silicon Valley startup Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. After the film, panelists Dr. Ross Baldick, EV-TEC center director, Jason Buckland, of EVGO, Steve Hanson, of Frito Lay/Pepsi Co., Lanny Shivers, of Earth Day Dallas, Tom Anthony, of Oncor, and Lori Clark, of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, will conduct a discussion, followed by a reception. Refreshments will be served.

healthbriefs More Sleep Helps Shed Pounds


njoying more zzz’s is not usually associated with weight loss, but a growing number of epidemiological studies suggest that insufficient sleep may be linked to a greater risk of weight gain. The latest results from a study presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior points out that sleep behavior influences body weight by affecting not only how many calories we consume, but also how much energy we expend. When researchers at Tübingen and Lübeck universities, in Germany, and Uppsala University, in Sweden, investigated the effect of short-term sleep deprivation on hunger, physical activity and energy levels, they discovered that insufficient sleep increased the participants’ sensations of hunger by raising the level of the “hunger hormone”, ghrelin. The less sleep a person had, the hungrier they felt. After only one night of disrupted sleep, the volunteers moved around less and burned off fewer calories in their resting state than their counterparts that enjoyed a good night’s sleep.

Working Out Hot Flashes


ne of the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of menopause may respond positively to a simple, no-cost measure. Health researchers at Penn State report that menopausal women that exercise may experience fewer hot flashes in the 24 hours following physical activity. In this first-time study of objective versus subjective, or self-reported, hot flashes, the Pennsylvania researchers studied 92 menopausal women for 15 days.

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May is Asparagus Month


ometimes referred to as the aristocrat of vegetables, asparagus has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. It was prized by ancient Greeks and Romans for its taste and reputed medicinal qualities, and 19th-century French bridegrooms, believing it was an aphrodisiac, frequently ate several helpings on the eve of their nuptials. The crop reaches its peak during April and May. Packing a fiber-filled punch of vitamins A and C, this princely veggie also delivers significant helpings of folate and rutin, which help to strengthen blood vessels. Its delicate flavor is best preserved by stir-frying or light steaming.


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hile screening for breast cancer is important, women should avoid unnecessary medical imaging, according to a recent report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) which identified two factors that increased the risk for the disease: post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy and radiation exposure from medical imaging. Physician Rebecca Smith-Bindman, a professor of radiology and biomedical imaging, epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California-San Francisco, who contributed to the IOM report, notes that CT scans and other forms of medical imaging have revolutionized medicine and can be lifesaving. However, she recommends that women engage their doctors in the decision-making process and discuss the necessity and safety of all potential radiological scans. To understand the risks and benefits, it’s suggested women ask their doctor: “Is this scan absolutely essential? Is it necessary to do it now? Are there other, alternative tests [such as thermography]? How can I be sure the test will be done in the safest way possible? Will having the scan information change the management of my disease? Can I wait until after seeing a specialist before getting the scan?”

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Better Care through Meditation


esearchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, in New York, suggest that primary care practitioners can improve their communications skills and quality of care via training in mindfulness meditation. A majority of the doctors participating in a recent study reported experiencing an improved capacity to listen more attentively and respond more effectively to others, and do it in a more non-judgmental frame of mind. The scientists found that both doctors and their patients believed the quality of care improved following the training. Source: Academic Medicine

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Aging Gracefully It’s No Mystery: We Now Know How by Kathleen Barnes


ost of us like to think that we’ll be vibrant, energetic, smart and yes, gorgeous, until the end of our lives. This isn’t an unattainable fantasy— even if past poor lifestyle choices may have tarnished some much-anticipated Golden Years. Fortunately, it’s never too late (or too early) to make key small changes that will immediately and profoundly influence our ability to live long and healthy lives. Experts recommend that a handful of simple, scientifically validated health strategies will help us age gracefully and beautifully. “Most of us are living longer, but not necessarily better,” advises Dr. Arlene Noodleman, medical co-director of Age Defy Dermatology and Wellness, in Campbell, California. “Many people face decades of chronic debilitating disease, but you can minimize or even eliminate that period of life and maximize health. It’s all about your lifestyle.”

Rules to Live By

Whether the goal is disease prevention, retaining a sharp mind, weight control, balancing hormones, maintaining good posture or supporting glowing skin, all the experts Natural Awakenings asked agree on a core strategy that can extend life and improve its quality in later years: Take a walk. Or, undertake another enjoyable form of outdoor exercise for about 30 minutes a day. Greet the sun. Exposing bare skin to sunlight for 15 minutes three 16

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times a week allows natural production of vitamin D. Researchers at Boston University, Harvard University and others attest that sufficient doses of the vitamin help prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, obesity, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, relieve menopausal symptoms and support longevity. Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key to cell health and overall proper body functions. Aim for consuming one ounce of water every day for every two pounds of body weight. Eat a healthy diet. This means lots of vegetables and fish, some lean meats and poultry and moderate amounts of fruits and grains for weight control; abundant antioxidants to prevent deterioration that leads to chronic disease; and vital nutrients to support and extend life. Avoid sugars in all forms, simple carbohydrates, processed foods and for many, wheat and wheat gluten, especially for those with excess abdominal fat. Get a good night’s sleep. Eight hours is more than beauty sleep. Studies consistently report that it’s essential for energy and the prevention of a host of diseases, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer (Nurses’ Health Study; plus UK research in Diabetes Care, the European Heart Journal and British Journal of Cancer). Regular turning in and waking times, plus sleeping in a dark room, are important to optimize melatonin production; it is not true that we need less sleep as we age. Use the right supplements. Take a high-quality multivitamin every day, preferably an organic product based on whole foods for optimum nutrition. Fish oil is also essential for nearly everyone for heart, brain and joint health. Vitamin D is critical, especially in the winter months and for darker-skinned people that need greater sun exposure to manufacture it. Also add curcumin; according to numerous clinical studies, including those from Baylor University and the University of California-Los Angeles, it can help prevent and even reverse cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoarthritis, skin diseases and digestive disorders.

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Caregivers for parents or other relatives with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are often concerned about

experiencing such regression themselves. “There is some evidence that a tendency to memory loss can be inherited, but in any case, there are things you can do to prevent and even possibly reverse memory loss,” counsels Noodleman. Reducing stress is the best way to keep a sharp mind, she says. “Chronic stress inhibits the cerebral cortex (the brain’s gray matter, responsible for higher mind function, including memory), resulting in a lack of judgment and other impaired brain function. So, manage stress and memory function will improve.” Deep breathing and increased oxygenation of the blood helps relieve stress and deliver nutrients to brain cells. Practicing yoga postures like the shoulder stand and headstand, or exercises using an inversion table, for just a few minutes a day can improve circulation to the brain and may help keep brain cells intact. “It’s important to keep brain cells healthy and alive by keeping blood sugars and blood pressure under control,” urges Doctor of Osteopathy Lisa Ganghu, an internal medicine specialist and clinical assistant professor at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, in New York City. High blood pressure and diabetes are risk factors for strokes and mini-strokes that result in brain cell impairment, she says, adding, “Some research even suggests that caffeine may improve memory and focus.” “Use it or lose it,” concludes Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, an integrative medical authority from Kona, Hawaii, and author of Real Cause, Real Cure. Extensive research shows that challenging the brain with puzzles and language courses, having an active social life and getting regular exercise are all related to maintaining optimum brain health. “People who age gracefully are physically and mentally active,” adds Noodleman.

Prevent Disease

A proper diet is a good place to start to take control. Ganghu recommends largely plant-based diets, like the Mediterranean, to keep common repercussions of aging at bay. Teitelbaum contravenes traditional medicine’s stance and says that most people don’t need to worry about salt intake, even if they suffer from high blood

pressure, noting, “Research shows that people that follow the national guidelines for salt intake tend to die younger. Instead, it’s important to keep magnesium and potassium levels up by adding 200 milligrams of magnesium and 500 milligrams of potassium to your supplement regimen every day.” To prevent and control diabetes, Teitelbaum emphasizes, “Avoid sugar; it causes premature cell aging that affects all body systems.” He explains that excess sugar and its byproducts age and stiffen cells. Dozens of studies directly link sugar and aging, including a PLoS

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A large body of research from institutions such as the National Institute on Aging and the International Longevity Center shows that avoiding obesity and managing weight is paramount for longevity, as well as for preventing many of the diseases associated with aging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 are at an 18 percent higher risk of earlier death from all causes than those that maintain a normal body weight (BMI of 25 or under). Hormones can be a factor in weight gain for perimenopausal and menopausal women, says Ganghu, so it is important to be tested. She also notes, “A loss of muscle mass due to aging can affect weight because muscle tissue is metabolically more active than fat tissue, creating a vicious circle.” She recommends strength training to improve muscle strength and mass. Typically, two 20-minute sessions a week with moderate weights are enough to create “Michelle Obama arms,” says Kathy Smith of Park City, Utah, a DVD fitness entrepreneur and a spokesperson for the International Council on Active Aging.

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“We spend a lot of time driving, working on computers and other activities with our arms in front of us. This causes chest muscles to contract and become tight as we age, drawing the head forward and rounding the spine, which produces a pronounced slouch,” says Smith, author of Feed Muscle, Shrink Fat Diet. Bending, stretching and strength

training strengthens the shoulder and back muscles that help us stay upright. Smith recommends a “walking desk”, essentially a treadmill with a board across the arms where a laptop can rest, and the user walks at only one to two miles per hour. “You’re moving, not sitting, and that is really important,” says Smith. Yoga postures like the cobra and the bow are also helpful, as are visits to a chiropractor or other structural therapist.

Healthy Skin

“Your skin is a roadmap of your overall health,” says Dr. Rick Noodleman, a dermatologist who practices anti-aging medicine in California’s Silicon Valley with his wife. He explains that skin aging is caused by the three D’s: deflation, descent and deterioration. All of them can be reversed. Deflation is the loss of volume and moisture, which can be offset by proper internal hydration, healthy nutrition and good moisturizers. “People can make new collagen well into their 80s and even 90s,” he says. Deterioration is the loss of skin tone and elasticity that can accompany stress, poor diet and lack of exercise. Noodleman recommends regular exfoliation of skin on the face (an economical home facial with baking soda and water or eggs is high on his list) and dry brushing the whole body. He also notes that new laser treatments, acupressure facelifts and other spa treatments can help temporarily minimize wrinkles and bring back a youthful glow. It’s not hard to be vibrant, healthy and energetic at any age if one is living a healthy lifestyle. “I feel like I am 30. I expect to feel that way for the rest of my life,” says the 60-something Teitelbaum. “Of course, I’m not at the beach in a Speedo,” he quips. “Who wants to look 20? There is also a certain beauty in age.” Kathleen Barnes is a freelance writer, book author and blogger. Her most recent title is 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress. Learn more at

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I know I have too much stuff, but it all has sentimental value. Morgenstern recommends using tools to manage memories, such as photographing an object that represents a person, and then using that photo as a contact icon on your phone. She suggests considering, “Is this the best representation of that person or time of my life, or just another example?”

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Save Time, Money and Sanity by April Thompson

Labels abound: pack rat, clutter bug and hoarder. Just the thought of confessing that our clutter needs conquering can inspire shame, anxiety and dread. It helps to remember that it’s human to accumulate, divine to purge.


e’re hardwired to be hunters and gatherers and feather our nests, but you have to consider the life energy you spend maintaining all those things. The trade-off is often huge,” says home organizing expert Barbara Tako, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, author of Clutter Clearing Choices. Seventy percent of Americans feel buried under their clutter and can’t decide what to give up, according to an online poll by award-winning organizer Julie Morgenstern, of New York City. She has found that while the clutter may be physical, the process of shedding it is 80 percent mental. “Decluttering is identifying what is obsolete in your life and releasing it to make room to move forward,” advises the author of Shed your Stuff, Change your Life. “Ask yourself, what am I clearing space for—more family time, a social


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life or inner peace?” That higher goal is a touchstone for what to keep and what to pitch. Following are common clutterbased roadblocks and tips from professional organizers on how to get around them.

I’m so overwhelmed I don’t know where to start. Tako encourages clients to start with the visible clutter, such as junk accumulated in an entryway, and take 10 to 15 minutes to tackle the area. “People are always surprised by how much they can accomplish in a short time,” she comments. Morgenstern recommends making a checklist, starting with the areas with the most obsolete stuff and the least sentimental attachments. “The first one is the hardest, but you’ll probably find a lot of opened space if you can get through a

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Tako encourages people to enlist a clutter buddy, “an objective set of eyes who will set you straight when you hold up a skirt that’s out of style.” Morgenstern suggests asking, “What is more important to me… this object I don’t have any immediate need for or the space I’ll have by getting rid of it?”

I don’t have time to declutter now. Morgenstern acknowledges most

people are “time-starved”, and cleaning out their closets is the last thing they want to do with precious free time. Yet clutter costs us time and money because, “You end up losing things, wasting valuable real estate and replacing things you forgot you had,” she notes. It also hinders our ability to focus and process information, because visual clutter divides and competes for a person’s limited attention span, according to a recent study by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute. For more motivation, imagine the joy of finding buried treasure. Morgenstern reports that nearly all of her clients find some form of funds, whether uncashed checks, objects with resale value or cash.

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geles organizer and blogger John Trosko encourages people to be upfront with loved ones about holidays and special occasions, asking that they curtail gifts and instead give non-tangible forgetme-nots like gift certificates or favorite services. Trosko also suggests making a list before shopping and steering clear of megastores to keep impulse spending in check.

Tako and Trosko both discourage purchasing “unitaskers” such as a salad spinner that takes up significant space but rarely get used. Another good rule of thumb is, “one in, one out,” discarding something every time we purchase a new item. Even armed with the best decluttering tips, the process can seem daunting. Morgenstern encourages us to suspend self-judgment while weeding through possessions and keep remembering our higher goals. “Your stuff is a reflection of who you are and what you aspire to,” she notes. “It’s a challenge to get it all in alignment, but an incredible opportunity, too.” To find a nearby professional organizer, contact the National Association of Professional Organizers at Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

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Trading in the car keys for more two-wheeled time could curb many of society’s woes, from spiraling healthcare costs to deepening carbon footprints. Yet, the main reason many bicyclists love going for a spin is that it yields a greater sense of well-being and contributes to a healthier, more rewarding life.


know it sounds crazy to say that bicycling is a silver bullet for all of these things, but I think it is,” says Elly Blue, 34, author of the recently released book, Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation. Blue’s life was transformed when she made a bicycle part of her daily world; so much so that she now dedicates her writing career largely to the subject.

“Bicycling is just so much more rewarding than driving,” remarks Tammy Strobel, 34, who gained national attention with her husband when they simplified their lives by building a 128-square-foot house. Cycling to work and to run errands was “a huge” piece of their transformation, even after the couple hauled their tiny abode from Portland, Oregon, (where Blue also resides) to a cattle ranch in California. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans that generally bike to work grew by 43 percent between 2000 and 2008, a statistic

that doesn’t surprise Blue. She first tried bike commuting after growing weary of relying on the bus system. “I got hooked on just how good it felt. It’s like flying.” Blue soon found that cycling was also a faster way to commute, restoring control of her schedule, reducing stress and boosting her happiness. Strobel, who adds that enjoying nature and increasing daily exercise are also cycling benefits, says it’s bolstered her happiness and quality of life. “I don’t have to spend time going to the gym,” explains the freelance writer and photographer. “I’m getting my exercise on my bike. I feel healthier and in better shape now.” Several studies show dramatic health benefits for bike commuters. The Archives of Internal Medicine reported that when University of Copenhagen researchers analyzed mortality from all causes in 13,445 women and 17,441 men, they found that non-bike com-

muters, even those otherwise physically active, had a 39 percent higher mortality rate during the 14-year study period than those that biked to work. In another study, researchers followed 67,143 women in Shanghai (of whom more than 75 percent cycled) and found those that used bikes had a 20 to 50 percent lower risk of earlier mortality than their non-regularly exercising counterparts. They also boasted reduced rates of diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease (American Journal of Epidemiology). Studies published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health further found that countries with higher numbers of biking or walking commuters have lower obesity rates. Cycling boons transcend health benefits, expanding social circles for example, Blue and Strobel agree. “I was introduced to a whole new community,” Strobel recalls of her time in Portland with new cycling friends that she joined for group rides and camping trips. Blue suggests finding fellow cyclists by seeking riding groups online or participating in charity rides. She observes that cycling can instill a greater sense of community, because it’s easier to stop and interact with others. Cycling also makes people greener and leaner. It reduces gas and car maintenance costs, while keeping polluting vehicles off the road, observes Strobel, who cleared college and other debt by making her life transformation. “There are just so many benefits to bicycling, and they are all really big things that contribute to the quality of life,” advises Strobel. “It feels so good to be on my bike and just slow down. In my old life, I was moving at such a fast pace that I didn’t even notice the change of seasons. With cycling, you notice everything.” For biking and other life-simplifying tips, follow both women on their blogs: Blue at and Strobel at archives. Find equipment specifically designed for women by industry pioneer Georgena Terry at Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra or

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ternoon snack. Watson’s favorite green cleansing recipe consists of liquefying one-and-a-half cucumbers, two stalks of celery, half a Granny Smith apple, a handful of spinach or any other type of green vegetable, a few sprigs of parsley and a tiny piece of lemon. Then, an hour after breakfast and lunch, sip a cup of herbal tea, take two or three capsules of spirulina and two capsules of omega-3. For dinner, liquefy one teaspoon of red

miso paste in eight ounces of hot water and add five sprigs of wakame seaweed. “To fight hunger during the day, drink more water with lemon or ginger, warm herbal tea or green juices,” advises Watson. To increase fiber intake, Berry suggests placing ingredients in a VitaMix or the more affordable NutriBullet, which pulverizes everything added, even whole flax seeds. Juicers, which are harder to clean after using, separate the liquid from the fibrous pulp, which human intestines need to create at least two daily bowel movements. Add oat or rice bran, citrus pectin or other national fibers as a bulk agent. A natural, non-chlorinated water enema using simple home apparatus available at local stores can also be incorporated into the regimen, as necessary, “An enema [initially] affects only the intestine’s lower third, so hold in the room-temperature water for five to 15 minutes, if possible,” suggests Berry.

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Safe, over-the-counter solutions for colon cleansing generally promote colon health and can nicely supplement a fast. Avoid products that contain senna leaf and cascara sagrada, which are potent laxatives. Watson and Berry don’t recommend rigid “crash and burn” cleanses, such as those consisting solely of protein drinks or raw juices or lemon juice and water with maple syrup and cayenne pepper. “It’s better to cleanse gently with fresh green juices with meals consisting of brown rice and either raw, lightly steamed or roasted vegetables,” counsels Watson. “Any detox program, if followed by eating whatever you want, not only doesn’t work, it has consequences,” adds Berry, who strongly advises easing back into a sensible diet after a cleanse. She notes that one client became ill from breaking her detox with a meal of barbeque ribs and beer. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. She writes on why we are better together at 26

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Seeking Soulmates Online Coach Evan Marc Katz’s Advice for Internet Dating


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atural Awakenings recently launched its own online dating site, which got us wondering… what does it take to find that ideal someone? We decided to call on dating coach Evan Marc Katz, author of I Can’t Believe I’m Buying This Book: A Commonsense Guide to Successful Internet Dating, for advice. Katz, who calls himself a personal trainer for love, coaches successful women in the art of successful dating. He says that while online dating simply makes sense in today’s world, it’s important to do it wisely.

Online dating is nearly the norm these days. What has changed? It’s a perfect marriage of technology and opportunity. There are about 100 million singles in the United States, and everyone has a personal computer and a phone, which allows us to connect immediately with people we’d never meet in the course of our day-to-day life. Think about a woman in her 40s that wants to date and lives in a suburb with kids, has a full-time job and whose friends are all married; it can be hard for someone like that to meet men. On-

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What are some best practices once you commit to the process? Don’t write an online profile that’s full of adjectives, activities and clichés. Telling a story that illustrates who you are is much more enticing. Post a picture taken within the past year, have a clever user name and write initial emails that are funny and confident. I like the idea of flirting with a potentially special someone online, moving from email to the phone and making plans for a real-life date over the course of about a week. That’s a good, organic process. My preference is to meet for drinks on a Saturday night, but it doesn’t have to be cocktails if that’s not your scene. I just like the romantic atmosphere of meeting for drinks because dinner dates tend to be too static and coffee dates are too casual. The goal is not to meet tons of people as quickly as possible. The goal is to build up trust and rapport via email and phone communications, so that when you do go on a first date, it’s comfortable and actually feels like a second date. I encourage my clients to go on real dates, not interviews.

Many people make a list of qualities they desire in a partner. What do you think should top that list? The things that sustain a marriage are kindness, consistency, compromise, laughter, shared values and trust. Those should be at the top of your list, instead of height, weight, age or income. The problem is that such qualities may not appear in someone’s online profile or even on the first date. Too many couples make decisions based on chemistry, and that can be a terrible predictor of success for a lasting romantic relationship. Connect with a health conscious, environmentally aware, spiritually evolved friend and mate at NaturalAwakenings Reach Evan Marc Katz at Kim Childs is a writer and creativity coach in Boston. Visit


ed to overthink something we know how to do, try a little therapeutic distraction, such as saying the alphabet backwards when a yoga teacher leads the class into a dreaded handstand. Briefly engaging the mind with something other than the task at hand can leave our instincts free to do their job and enjoy the fulfillment that diligent practice has made possible.

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“This is it!” Most people have a great “I just knew it was right” story. It might be about the time they first spotted their sweetheart or crossed the threshold of their new house. When intuition signals that we’ve found something or someone truly right for us, the choice often becomes easy. It feels healthy and good, without resistance or conflict. Using our instincts helps lead us to smart choices that improve our quality of life.

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Judith Orloff, M.D., is the author of the international bestseller Second Sight, upon which these tips are based. An assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California-Los Angeles, Orloff synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting-edge knowledge of intuition and energy medicine. For more inspiration, visit

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istening to our instincts can help us stay safe and deal better with life-or-death decisions. Making the most of the wisdom of this inner voice also enables us to live a more satisfying life in the moment. How do we choose which gut feelings to trust? Here are five messages we’ll be glad we paid attention to.

“Something feels wrong in my body.” Listening to our body’s subtle signals is a critical part of exercising an intuitive sense. The body is a powerful intuitive communicator, delivering early warning signs when anything feels off, weak or just not right, so that we can address it sooner, rather than later.

“I’m in danger.” Social conditioning

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that can cause flawed first impressions and ill-advised snap decisions; it’s vital that we check our subjective feelings against mental rationalizations. If some person or situation feels untrustworthy, pause to pay attention, even if the feeling might later be proved inaccurate. ently enabled us to quickly “read” faces and other emotional signals. For example, the sympathy instinct nudges us to change the subject when wedding talk makes a newly divorced colleague cringe or general conversation about past rough landings makes an airplane seatmate nervous—subtle gestures that can make a big difference in another’s day.

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Edible Hormones Health Support for Women by Sayer Ji and Tania Melkonian


n addition to relieving symptoms of menopause and andropause and helping maintain a normal, balanced hormone system, healthy eating can yield many other benefits. According to U.S. National Library of Medicine research reports, these include weight management, bone health and fertility and natural defenses against breast and prostate cancers and osteoarthritis symptoms. Despite drugfree approaches to hormone health that predate synthesized 20th-century hormone replacement therapy, the pharmaceutical industry has all but vanquished eat-

ing appropriately nutritious foods as a means to balancing hormones. Why do people embrace external sourcing when natural internal functioning is the better, less costly and more permanent solution? Even the current bio-identical upgrade of hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) may lead to some biological dependency on these substances. Appropriate BHRT should include an analysis of how the individual uniquely metabolizes hormones and functional foods that can help. An edible approach to hormone health provides deep nourishment for glands, enabling increased production of

what they lack due to changes associated with age or illness. Healthy eating likewise reduces the activity of excess hormones already in the body, beneficially mimicking their previous function without the unwanted side effects. Here are some leading food aids to get us there.


The resemblance of the inner topography of a pomegranate to an ovary is more than poetic homage. Pre-Renaissance Western herbalists commonly held that a plant food’s visual similarity to a human organ indicated a positive health correlation. Research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology on pomegranates by Japanese scientists revealed that the seeds and fleshy capsules within which they are suspended, called arils, contain estrogens structurally similar to those found in mammals. Preclinical results published in Phytochemistry may explain why extracts of these plant-derived bioidentical hormones mimicking estradiol, estriol and estrone are capable of replacing the function of an ovary. A Japanese study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology reported that female mice whose ovaries had been removed and were later fed pomegranate juice and pomegranate seed extract for two weeks showed reversals in bone loss, uterine weight loss and anxiety.


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Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, collard and mustard greens and the root vegetables kohlrabi and rutabaga contain glucosinolates, which help protect DNA from damage, according to a study published in Current Science. Also, ever-increasing preclinical and clinical evidence shows that consuming cruciferous vegetables reduces the risk of more than 100 health problems,

including a wide range of cancers, like those affecting the bladder and breasts.


Unwelcome symptoms of perimenopause (which can last years before the completion of menopause) can be offset through daily ingestion of ground flax, which can be added to cereals, salads and other foods. Ground flaxseed mixed with dried berries is particularly palatable. As the ovarian reserve of naturally manufactured hormones exhausts itself and prompts an imbalance, flaxseed is particularly effective in rebalancing levels of desirable estrogen metabolites, such as breast-friendly 2-hydroxyestrone. It contains a fiber, lignan, that upon digestion produces two important phytoestrogens capable of stimulating the body’s natural estrogen receptors in cases of estrogen deficiency and blocking both synthetic and natural estrogen when there is excess

(as with estrogen-dominant conditions from puberty to menopause). These properties have been confirmed in human clinical studies performed at the University of Toronto’s Department of Nutritional Sciences and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Thus, flaxseed may be considered a source of plant “estrogen” capable of prompting regression of estrogen-sensitive cancers, including those of the breast and prostate. Extremely versatile in culinary applications, combining flaxseed with ground cumin provides a medicinally potent homemade seasoning supporting women’s hormonal health.


Cumin—actually a fruit disguised as a spice—has tremendous hormonemodulating properties recently confirmed by findings in Experimental Biology and Medicine. Japanese scientists demonstrated that cumin seeds can inhibit loss of bone density and strength


as effectively as estrogen in a female rat model of age-associated osteoporosis. They further found that the cumin seeds did not have estrogen’s weight-promoting and possible carcinogenic effects on the uterus. Imagine the potent hormonebalancing properties of a dinner of steamed rutabaga dressed with ground flaxseeds and cumin with a side of mustard greens with olive oil and pomegranate dressing. It beats a serving of Premarin with a serving of unwanted side effects any day. Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMed and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator. Learn more at

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THURSDAY, MAY 2 Native American Symbols – 6-7pm. Share your observations and discover new insights about Marsden Hartley’s painting American Indian Symbols (1914). Free. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. 817-738-1933. Jazz in the Atrium– 6-8pm. John Adams Quintet performs. Free admission. Food, cocktails available for purchase. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1803. Food Waste Composting – 7-9pm. Learn bokashi - a traditional Japanese fermentation practice that will allow you to compost even meat and dairy leftovers indoors. $5/residents, $9/nonresidents. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano.

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SATURDAY, MAY 11 Buffalo Boogie – 7am-12pm. 1 mile/5K walk and fun-run for individuals and pets plus a 5K competitive run, benefiting the Fort Worth Nature Center. The route is shady, quiet and baby-stroller friendly. In addition, participants can enjoy live music, entertaining and educational games, face-painting, clowns, balloon artists, exhibits and food. $5-$25. Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth. All About Composting – 8-11am. Learn the basics of composting. $5/residents, $9/nonresidents. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Parkway, Plano. White Rock Lake Cleanup – 8:15am. Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club’s adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Area is a prairie restoration area, so there are always birds and wildflowers. Gloves, trash bags, etc. provided. Brunch after. Meet at Love of the Lake office, NE corner Garland Rd and Buckner Blvd, Dallas. Look for people drinking free juice and coffee. Carol Nash: 214-824-0244. Denton County Master Gardener Spring Garden Tour – 9 am-4pm. The Denton County Master Gardener Association hosts a garden tour with seven sites. Tickets available at Calloway’s Nursery in Denton, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Southlake and online. $10/in advance, $12/day of tour. Ages 14 and under are free. Kindness of Mothers – 10am-4pm. Learn to appreciate the kindness of our mother and how to practice these teachings so that we can feel closer to our mother, all those who have nurtured us, and finally all living beings. $40, includes vegetarian lunch. Bring your mother for free. Kadampa Meditation Center Texas, 609 Truman St, Arlington. 817-303-2700. Camp Tonkawa’s Mother’s Day Festival and Chili Cookoff – 12pm-3pm. Festival features horseback riding, facials, face painting, hair adornment, hay rides, archery, card making, wood crafts, nature walks, tree planting and yoga. Food includes chili, bake sale and snow cones. Free. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. 940-440-8382. Registrations@CampTonkawaTexas. com.

SUNDAY, MAY 12 The Well – 10:30-11:30am. A contemporary worship experience featuring a visually engaging high-tech sensory experience to articulate the gospel. $10 love offering. St Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Mother’s Day Concert and Butterfly Release – 3-5pm. Third annual Mother’s Day Concert with the Women’s Chorus of Dallas. The hour-long concert concludes with live butterfly release in the conservatory. $25. Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas.


Prairie Ethnobotany – 6:30-8:30pm. Dr. Kelly Kindscher, from the University of Kansas, will speak on Prairie Ethnobotany: Honoring traditional knowl-

edge for uses of native plants today. Free. Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University, Fort Worth.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Learn about the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a model of successful community based conservation in Africa, and home to more than 70 different animals and 440 species of birds. A speaker will also share opportunities at the Cedar Ridge Preserve, formerly the Dallas Nature Center. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 LBJ Frwy, Dallas. 972-699-1687. KirkMiller@DallasSierraClub. org.

THURSDAY, MAY 16 Blue Highways: A Journey into America – 6-7pm. Prior to the program, read William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways: A Journey into America. Readers and museum educators will gather in the galleries and discuss the connections between the book and the exhibition Photographs from the Collection. Refreshments will be provided after the discussion. First 20 registrants receive a free copy of the book. Free. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. Registration required: 817-989-5030. Jazz in the Atrium– 6-8pm. Jazz flautist Holly Hofmann performs. Free admission. Food, cocktails available for purchase. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1803.

SATURDAY, MAY 18 Greater Fort Worth Herb Society Herb Festival – 9am-3pm. 26th annual fest hosted by the Greater Fort Worth Herb Society featuring workshops, speakers, plants, accessories, yard art, kitchen goods, specialty food, herbal products, pottery. $3. Additional $2 for both workshops. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth. North Texas Electric Auto Association Meeting – 10am-12pm. Monthly meetings are open to the public. Free. Location TBA. Edible Wild Plants – 10am-1pm. Learn which local plants – including many common weeds – are tasty and extremely nutritious. Sample some of the native fare at the end of the workshop. $20. Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas. Sealing Your Home for Energy Savings – 10:30am12pm. Class will cover window and door sealing methods, insulation and radiant barriers, windows and tinting and shading. Free. Fire Station 3, 133 Parkway Blvd, Coppell. Homeopathy Open House – 12-5pm. Dr Alex Bekker will speak on the topic of homeopathy and first aid in the summer. Food and drinks provided. Free. 4933 Creighton Dr, Dallas. 214-821-3133.


Hidden Gardens of Fort Worth Tour – 12-6pm. Tour hosted by Historic Fort Worth, featuring four gardens in the historic Ridglea neighborhood. $20/in advance, $25/day of tour. Ticket locations: Archie’s Gardenland, Calloway’s, Into the Garden and the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House in Fort Worth and online.


Grand Prairie Garden Lunch Tour – 11:30am-1pm. Women in the Environment will tour the education and community gardens and have a picnic lunch provided by the city. Free/members, $10/non-members. Natural Science Education Center, 3303 Corn Valley, Grand Prairie.


Jazz in the Atrium– 6-8pm. Jazz singer Glennda Hill performs. Free admission. Food, cocktails available for purchase. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1803.


Spring Night Hikes – 8-10pm. Guided moonlit hike down the Redbud Trail. Coyotes howling, owls hooting and other nocturnal sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. No flashlights necessary. Recommended for ages 5 years and up. $7. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E. Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-219-3930 or IAS.UNT. edu.LLELA.


The Well – 10:30-11:30am. A contemporary worship experience featuring a visually engaging high-tech sensory experience to articulate the gospel. $10 love offering. St Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W Plano Pkwy, Plano.


Jazz in the Atrium– 6-8pm. Carolyn Lee Jones Quintet performs Broadway, jazz, and contemporary retro pop. Free admission. Food, cocktails available for purchase. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1803.


Rear Window – 8-10pm. Pack a picnic and watch Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense film Rear Window on the Amon Carter Museum’s lawn. Come early and enjoy a tour of the museum before the film. Free. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. 817-738-1933. Visitors@


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Energy Blast – Exhibit tells the dynamic story of energy and alternative energy resources in North Texas, the Barnett Shale, and the innovative pioneers who continue to make energy a leading industry in the region. Ages 11 & up. Included in $14/adult, $10/ child admission. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St, Ft Worth. 817-255-9300.

Sunday Service/Meditation and Purification – 9-11:15am. Spend a Sunday morning with likeminded people for meditation, chanting, an inspirational talk, readings from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita, and the uplifting Festival of Light. 9-9:45am, Meditation and Purification; 10-11:15am, Service. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126.

Live Animals of the World: A Conservation Exhibit – Museum houses 12 types of non-native animals, encouraging visitors to take a proactive role in conserving wild spaces. $9/adults, $6/children 3-12 & seniors, free/members & children ages 2 & under. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566. The IMAX Experience: Ft Worth – Showtimes online. Features include Africa, the Serengeti, Flight of the Butterflies, The Hobbit, The Living Sea, Space Junk, Titanica and Tornado Alley, Under the Sea. $7/adults, $6/children 2-12 & seniors. Ft Worth Museum of Science & History, Omni Theater, 1600 Gendy St, Ft Worth. 817-255-9300. Happy Hour at Bar Alto – 5-7pm, weekdays. Take $1 off selections of wine by the glass. Sit back at the bar or in the cafe and relax while you eat a bite or take it with you while you make your shopping selections. Whole Foods Market, 4100 Lomo Alto Dr, Highland Park. 214-520-7993. WholeFoodsMarket. com/Stores/HighlandPark.

Dynamic Meditation – 10-11am. One of the active meditations compiled by Osho. Breath, jump, scream and shout, let it all go, then be in the bliss of silence and stillness; finish with dance of celebration and “be” different. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. Krafty Kids – 12pm. Seasonal crafts each week. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas. 214-671-1381. NorthPark@

Family Events – 1-3:30pm. Discover a new artmaking activity each month. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1200. Kundalini Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Includes chakra sounds and breathing techniques. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157.

Top Ten Wine Selections – 5-7pm, weekdays; 126pm, weekends. Wine tastings and, as always, you can pick up your favorite cheese pairings from a amazing selection of delicious cheeses from around the world. Whole Foods Market, 4100 Lomo Alto Dr, Highland Park. 214-520-7993.

Yoga – 6:15-7:15pm, Tues & Thurs; 12-1pm, Wed & Fri. Drop-in Hatha Yoga Postures classes are offered four times per week. Experience dynamic relaxation through practice of the postures. Suitable for all levels of fitness. $10. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126.

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Meditation Class – 6:45-7:45pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Clear the mind to gain clarity of personal goals and improve health. $5. Institute for Total Wellness, 1700 Commerce St, Ste 1400, Dallas. RSVP: 214-717-6300. Laughing Yoga – 7-8pm. Healthy and playful experience that helps the body to move easily, freely, and genuinely laugh. Free, donations accepted. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157.

Cosmic Dance – 7:30-9pm. Dance and disappear into deep stillness. Take your energy to a new height, be a child, reactivate your senses. Donation $5. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Dr, Dallas. 214521-6157. Sufi/Zen Poetry – 8pm. Readings from the esoteric masters at the Community Table. All dimensions welcome. Free. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Dr, Dallas. 214-521-6157.

tuesday Zumba – 9-9:30am. Latin dance inspired exercise in a fun 30-min class. $5. Curves, 11909 Preston Rd, Ste 1486, Dallas. 213-866-0399.

Aquacise – 9:30-10:15am. Low impact water aerobics for all levels. Participants must be members of the Coppell Senior and Community Center. Free. Aquatic Center & Recreation Center, 234 E Pkwy, Coppell. Lynn Dorn: 972-462-5136.

Zen Lemon – 6-7pm. Yoga class for all levels. Bring a towel and water. Free. Lululemon-Galleria, 13350 Dallas Pkwy, 3080, Dallas. 972-385-2316. Lululemon. com/Dallas/DallasGalleria.

Awakening Heart Meditation – 5-7pm. Interfaith mindfulness meditation, music and message based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing and friends. Childcare provided. Donation accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-432-7871.

monday Dance Exercise Class – 9:15-10:15am. Mon-Thurs. Easy-to-follow routines featuring Jacki Sorensen’s creative choreography and a variety of music and artists. Start anytime. 3-wk sample: $25. Cimmaron Park Rec Center in Valley Ranch, 201 Red River Tl, Irving. 972-281-3075. Additional locations: Gentle Yoga – 5-6pm. Learn a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support will be offered. Wear fitness shoes with good support. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.

Community Acupuncture – 6:30-7:45pm. Auricular (ear point) acupuncture is provided in group setting for relaxation, reduction of cravings and cleansing. $20/advance, $25/at door. White Rock Holistic Wellness Center, 718 N Buckner Blvd, Ste 416-103, Dallas. Jade: 214-642-0002. Walz.Jennifer@gmail. com. PUBlic Knowledge – 7pm. 1st Tues. Adult gathering celebrating brains and brew, featuring science, history, and guests from diverse fields, presented at a local bar or restaurant. Location: 817-255-9300. COH Donation Yoga Class – 7-8pm. Yoga flow class for all levels. Bring own yoga mat. Free. Dona-

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tions accepted benefit local missions. Community of Hope UMC, 1800 E Debbie Ln, Mansfield. 817453-2328. Tai Chi Class – Thru June. 7-8:30pm. Learn the 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi. Adults: $40/month; full-time students: $30/month; seniors: $25/month. Central Congregational Church, 5600 Royal Ln, Dallas. 214-752-1661. Guided Meditation Class: Beginner Friendly – 7-9pm. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing. For beginners and more advanced practitioners who want to supplement their silent practice with guided meditations. Each month has a theme. $10-$25 donation. Limited to 12. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-432-7871. Gong/Sound Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Tues. Gong and drum provide energetic and sonic backdrop to group meditation. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157.

Branch, 8687 N Ctrl Expy, Dallas. 214-671-1381. Chair Massage –3-6 pm. Sign up for an appointment in advance or walk in. 10-minute minimum. $1/minute. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. Circuit Training – 5-6pm. The class will work on the cardiovascular system and all major muscle groups in a fun format. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.

thursday Audubon Center Third Thursday – 9am-9pm. Free admission 3rd Thurs each month. Guided hikes throughout the day; riverbend picnic site overlooking the river. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 S Loop 12, Dallas. 214-398-8722.

wednesday Dallas Greendrinks – 2nd Wed. Meet for happy hour with other eco-conscious people. No cover, buy own drinks. Location TBD. DallasGreendrinks@ Read and Learn – 10:30-11:30am. Features musicians, storytellers and puppets performing for newborns to 6 yr olds. Reading activity is followed by a guest performer. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks

Baby Bounce Basics – 12:30-1pm. Activities for moms/caregivers and infants up to 24 months old with interactive music, nursery rhymes and stories. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Central Exp, Ste, Dallas. 214-671-1381. Gentle Yoga – 5-6pm. Learn a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support will be offered. Wear fitness shoes with good support. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.

CPR Training – 6-8pm. American Heart Training Center with over 125 highly trained instructors. Texas CPR Training, 4013 Carrizo, Plano. 214-7706872. Health Orientation Class – 6:15pm. Class on the benefits of proper spinal alignment for good health and preventing sickness. Free. Aspire Health Clinic, 10440 N Ctrl Expy, Ste 124, Dallas. 214-234-0000. Dallas Organic Garden Club – 6:30pm. 4th Thurs. Monthly meeting. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas.

Group Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Meditate with like-minded friends to access inner peace, calmness and joy. Free. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126. Country and Western Dance Lessons – 7:30-9pm. 3-week, 2-step series, then 3-week waltz series. Sandunga Dance Studio, 2155 Marsh Ln, Carrollton. Info, cost: 972-418-1600.

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Tai Chi – 9:30-10:30am. Tai Chi is gentle on the muscles and effective in increasing mobility, flexibility, coordination and bone density without causing fatigue. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. FDerita@ Line Dancing – Thru Feb 21. 10:45am. Learn this very basic easy dance step. Space is limited. Sign up in advance. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. FDerita@ Tarrant County Greenweavers – 11:30am12:30pm. 3rd Thurs. Networking for professionals and companies who are green-minded, eco-friendly or wishing to become more so. $1. Prudential World-

Chill Yoga 101 – 6:45-7:45pm. No heat vinyasa flow, come and chill. Yoga is significant to everyone in a personal and unique way. To breathe, feel and let go for a moment, is the beauty of Yoga. Beginners, post-natal, all levels welcome. $12 suggested donation. Dynamic Yoga 4 Love Studio, 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak.

Vegetarian Cooking Class – 7-9pm. Gourmet Indian vegetarian cooking with master chef Manjuali Devi. $25, includes dinner. Kalachandji’s Community Hall, 5430 Gurlay Ave, Dallas. 214-662-6889.

Chanting HU – 7:30pm. 2nd Thurs. Try chanting HU and find out how 20 min can change your life. HU means happiness, balance, harmony, peace and the loss of fear. It has been used by many different spiritual groups including Eckankar as a sacred name for God. Lotus Yoga, 6337 Prospect Ave, Dallas. 214-425-5343.


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friday Aquacise – 9:30-10:15am. Low impact water aerobics for all levels. Participants must be members of the Coppell Senior and Community Center. Free. Aquatic Center & Recreation Center, 234 E Pkwy, Coppell. Lynn Dorn: 972-462-5136. MoMe Yoga – 10:30am. Mother-child yoga and nursery rhymes, specifically for moms of infants and toddlers. Bring a mat. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Ctrl Expy, Dallas. 214671-1381.

Health Orientation Class – 12:30pm. See Thurs listing. Aspire Health Clinic, 10440 N Ctrl Expy, Ste 124, Dallas. 214-234-0000.

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saturday Coppell Farmer’s Market – Thru Thanksgiving. 8am-12pm. Seasonal produce for the North Texas area, natural meats and eggs, seafood, organic dairy products, honey, teas, breads, mixes, flowers, plants, and more. Coppell Farmer’s Market, 793 S Coppell Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5165.

Chair Massage –3-6 pm. Sign up for an appointment in advance or walk in. 10-minute minimum. $1/minute. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.

Urban Yoga Charity Class – 4:30-6pm. Karma flow class with all proceeds going to a local cause and/or charity. Urban Yoga, 1706 8th Ave, Ft Worth. 817-908-FLOW. ‘Til Midnight at the Nasher – 6pm-12am. 3rd Fri. All ages. Outdoor evening series featuring local bands and movies, alfresco dining, gallery tours and more. $10/adults, $7/seniors, $5/students, free/12 & under, members. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St, Dallas. 214-242-5100.

Friday Night Bike Ride – 7-9pm. Twelve-mile social bicycle ride around White Rock Lake with 5 stops to keep the group together. All skill levels

Target First Saturdays – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Family activities including art scavenger hunts, family tours, yoga, story time and live performances. Free. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St, Dallas. 214242-5100. Family Events – 1-3:30pm. Discover a new artmaking activity each month. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1200. Family Bird Watching – 2-4pm. 1st Sat. Beginners and families with children ages 5-13. Learn basic skills in outdoor fun like camping, birding, nature journaling and more. $20/adult, $10/child. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 S Loop 12, Dallas. 214-398-8722.

Shoreline Spruceup – 9am. 2nd Sat. Help keep White Rock Lake clean. Enjoy the company, visit with friends, paddle some kayaks, receive thanks form other lake users and collect lots of trash. Meet in the parking lot of Jackson Point on the west side of the park. Jackson Point, 4200 W Lawther Dr, Dallas. 214-669-1663. Om in the Park – 9-10am. Yoga classes for all levels. Bring a towel and water. Free. Lululemon Athletica – Northpark, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas. 214-234-0305.

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Andrea Heikkinen, D.C Paul Heikkinen, D.C. Marsha Heikkinen, D.C., 820 E. Cartwright Rd, Suite 133, Mesquite, TX 972-285-3232 Our office is a family owned and operated business dedicated to helping our patients realize their natural healing abilities. We utilize chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and nutrition to effectively and gently treat the whole person. At Heikkinen Chiropractic we live to give you Back your Life. See us for Neck & back pain, Wellness care, Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage, Pediatric Chiropractic, Headache, Decompression Traction, Nutritional consultation Athletic physicals. See ad on page 10.

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Dr. Ray Nannis 1600 Plano Rd, Richardson 972-671-2225 Nannis Chiropractic Family Health Center is a professional but comfortable atmosphere with family style treatment rooms. Our emphasis is on patient education including workshops and demonstrations. With our high tech computer nervous system scanning we provide Subluxation Station Bio Analysis and we offer you the benefit of our advanced training in acupuncture techniques as well as post graduate training in neurology, orthopedics, headaches, TMJ, rehabilitation, sports injuries, and whiplash. Special Services offered include Spinal Decompression, BioVeda Allergy Relief Center and Free Reports. We encourage you to make preventative health and wellness a personal priority while partnering with you on your road to optimal health. We pride ourselves on discovering the cause of your health concern rather than only managing symptoms.


Dr. Cecilia Yu, D.C. 12740 Hillcrest rd, Suite 138, Dallas, TX 972-387-4700 The only National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association practitioner (NUCCA) in Dallas-Ft Worth. This Chiropractic specialty provides a “gentle” approach with no cracking or popping. It restores optimal balance to the entire spine – thus solving issues such as low back pain, allergies, Asthma, constipation, digestive problems, neck pain, Scoliosis, herniated disc and hyperactivity. Dr Yu “guarantees” to tell you upfront whether or not you can be helped by NUCCA. Free consultation. Call for appointment. See ad on page 27.

Crying is cleansing. There’s a reason for tears, happiness or sadness. ~Dionne Warwick


Jill Allison Bryan P.O. Box 180913, Dallas, TX 214-232-8656 Do you wish you had time in your busy life to pursue your creative passions? Do you long to feel energized, inspired and fulfilled by creativity? As a certified creativity coach, Jill will help you: Stop procrastinating • Move past perfectionism, fear and overwhelm • Enjoy focus and follow-through • Replace time-consuming habits with creative satisfaction • Move past blocks and live a more joyous, fulfilling life E-mail to schedule a free 30-min. coaching session today.

COUNSELING eCubed Counseling & Consulting Shannon Alexander 1513 Potomac, Richardson, TX 214-796-9624

Are you living the life you’ve always imagined? Life is limited. Do the unexpected. Dare to become the person you are intended to be – today. We are on a mission to equip clients with resources needed to reach peak performance and success. We Educate, Empower and Encourage you to become all you are intended to be. Through a solution-focused approach in coaching: personal, career, business, leadership and Special Needs, life independence, we restore balance, focus, direction, self- development and growth. Collaboratively we identify goals, overcome limiting beliefs, create a POWER plan, and establish ownership and accountability for reaching the desired outcome. Sessions are uniquely tailored and can be virtual or on-site. If you are ready to make a change, taking your personal and professional life to new heights, contact us today to schedule a free 30 minute consultation.


11600 Welch Road, Dallas 214- 363-6311 Established almost 100 years ago, The Hockaday School provides a college preparatory education for girl; from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, including Boarding school for grades 8-12. With an enrollment of approximately 1000 students and a 10:1 student teacher ratio, Hockaday students enjoy a 100% acceptance rate to college. Notable Hockaday alumni include Barbara and Jenna Bush, Dixie Carter, and Pamela Willeford.


12345 Inwood Rd, Dallas 972-387-8700 Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, founded in 1942 is a private Catholic institution for young men under the direction of the Society of Jesus. It’s located on a 27-acre campus in North Dallas and provides a student-centered Catholic Jesuit education to approximately 1,000 students in grades 9-12 with an 11:1 student-teacher ratio. Jesuit Dallas students’ average SAT scores exceed the national average by more than 200 points.





Locations: 3520 S. Marvin D. Love Frwy, Dallas 888-880-4276 2901 W Airport Frwy, Irving 866-807-3216 4225 W. Plano Pkwy, Plano 888-868-9915 Don Herring Mitsubishi located in Dallas, Irving, and Plano takes pride in offering the best selection of new and used vehicles to the Dallas and DFW Metroplex areas. The new Mitsubishi, all Electric Vehicle, i-MIEV is ready for immediate delivery. No money down financing is available on most new Mitsubishi’s. Visit Don Herring online or come by and see why Don Herring is the #1Mitsubishi Dealer in North Texas. We recognize your time is valuable, and strive to make your shopping experience easy and to offer you the lowest price available online. We pledge to beat any advertised offer in the Metroplex. See ad on back page.

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801 State Hwy 114 East, Grapevine 877-858-0831 Toyota of Grapevine is currently offering a $500 Military Rebate and a $1,000 College Graduate Rebate. See website for additional information and requirements. Experience peace of mind with every new Toyota with TOYOTACARE. Toyota is devoted to safety and dependability, and proper vehicle maintenance to both. That’s why we’re including a complimentary worry=free maintenance plan and roadside assistance with the purchase or lease of every new Toyota. For 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, you and your new vehicle will be covered. It’s complimentary peace of mind, and we’re the first full-line brand to offer anything like it. See ad on page 5.


Royal Lane, Dallas 214-739-3668 Foot Solutions can help you achieve the comfort you desire with a careful foot evaluation by experts and customized recommendations for stylish top quality footwear and inserts that cradle and support your feet and a variety of helpful accessories. Whether you’re on your feet all day at work, experiencing painful foot problems like bunions and heel pain, living with diabetes or arthritis, or simply looking for more comfort, Foot Solutions can help. Call 214-739-3668 for your first step to better foot health and comfort. See ad on page 18.

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Mobile windshield chip repair at no cost to most customers with Full Coverage Insurance. Most Insurance Companies encourage repair over replacements. Most repairs completed in about 15 minutes. Repairs guaranteed not to spread and usually 80 to 90% better looking. Windshield chip repair is Environmentally friendly, saving your original windshield and keeps glass out of landfills. Retains the factory seal, preventing air and water leakage, stress cracks and weakening of the overall structure of your vehicle. Call 972-7048291 for immediate response and estimate.


835 W. Davis, Dallas, TX 214-942-1030 From the Ends of the Earth is a FAIR TRADE WORLD IMPORTS store located in the exciting new Oak Cliff Arts District. We carry a large variety of items from around the world, and can’t wait to meet you when you stop in to shop. Our offerings include clothing and accessories, home décor, writing tablets and pens, music and instruments, and handmade cards. To see a sampling of our offerings go to


Cleanliness is not next to Godliness, but it sure makes you feel better to come home to a clean and orderly house. I have over 10 years experience in house and office cleaning and use ALL GREEN PRODUCTS- without harmful fumes. I am a Christ For The Nations graduate and former elementary school teacher. I clean your home like I want my own home to be cleaned. Please call 469953-0244 for an interview and appointment.

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Leslie Duong 5917 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 214-887-8325 AC Herbs and Vitamins specialLeslie Duong is a licensed Herbalist, BS Biology, and Health Nutritionist, with 14 years of experience in Chinese Natural Herbs, Leslie will sit down with you to conduct a private and personal evaluation of your health. You can assured that her many years of experience will start to help you feel better in no time. She can help with Prostate, Cancer, Hepatitis A,B,C, Detoxing, Cholesterol, Fertility, Impotency, Lupus, Thyroid, Menopause, Diabetes, Depression, Drug Detox, Skin Problems, Sexually Transmitted Disease, and Weight Loss. Free Consultation Available. Call to schedule you appointment. See ad on page 14.


Dr. Latonia Smith 2701 Osler, Suite 10, Grand Prairie 972-641-2400 A different kind of dentistry where the focus is on health not disease. Our goal is to provide dentistry that enhances your overall health and improves the quality of your life. Have the smile you have always wanted with straight, white teeth. We use Invisalign instead of metal brackets and offer other services using simple and effective methods that are less invasive. We offer the most bio-compatible treatments available. Call 972-641-2400 to schedule your initial consultation. C=40 M=0 Y=0 K=0

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Dr. Alex Bekker

4933 Creighton, Dallas, TX 214-821-3133 Dr. Bekker is a physician specializing in homeopathy, which is a medicinal therapy which uses natural substances that stimulate the person’s own vitality to overcome illness, and restore health. Some of the conditions treated are Childhood Illness, Autism, Asthma, Allergies, Auto-Immune Disorders, Anxiety, Depression and many other conditions. The result of homeopathic treatment is the permanent cure of the individual and the restoration of health. See ad on page 30.

A goal is a dream with a deadline. ~Napoleon Hill


Keith Clark, LMT 11311 North Central Expressway, Suite 211, Dallas, TX 214- 315-2959

Keith Clark is a licensed massage therapist in private practice utilizing many massage modalities during sessions to promote the importance of body maintenance. Whether you need a massage to relax and reduce stress, to recharge your fatigued muscles, or to assist in alleviating chronic pain, you’ll find the style of massage, you need here. Massage can help address a number of health issues including: Low-back pain, Improve range of motion, Ease medication dependence, Enhance immunity by stimulating the body’s natural defense system, Exercise and stretch muscles, Help athletes prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts, Improve the condition of the skin, Increase joint flexibility and lessen depression and anxiety. Call or go online for an appointment. REVIVIFY.

MEDICAL DR. KAREN ASBURY, MD INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Dr. Karen Asbury, MD 2313 LaVida Place, Plano 972- 867-7790

The practice of Dr. Asbury is on the cutting-edge of Integrative Medicine. We specialize in a combination of Internal Medicine and Alternative Care, using the best of both. We believe the body is a wonderfully functioning system that was designed to be self healing, if given what it needs. Are you tired of drugs and conventional medicine? Do you want to address the cause of disease and not just the symptoms? Do you want natural solutions to chronic diseases? Dr. Asbury provides all aspects of adult care including full preventive evaluations and comprehensive treatment of chronic diseases. Call 972-867-7790 for an appointment or a free Consult. See ad on page 12.


Constantine A. Kotsanis, MD 2260 Pool Road, Grapevine, TX 817-756-1896

Dr. Constantine A. Kotsanis is an unconventional medical doctor who travels the globe in search of answers to today’s health problems. His approach is to blend modern conventional medicine with the time-tested wisdom of older disciplines, creating unique treatments for each person. Having taken the time to become a certified nutritionist himself, Dr. Kotsanis believes the foundation of any treatment is proper nutrition. He applies this belief to treating conditions ranging from autism spectrum to chronic diseases including cancer and diabetes. Come Have Lunch with the Family - The public is invited to our FREE monthly Lunch & Learns. It’s a great way to meet the staff and doctor while learning more about health. We provide a gluten-free recipe from the Kotsanis Institute’s own cookbook “Food for Thought” (available on Each month is a different topic. Find the schedule on our website www. See ad on inside front cover and page 25.


Norm Forbes 337-353-796 PureBox provides eco-friendly, easy to use moving boxes for residential, commercial & special event needs. Rent our reusable boxes instead of buying cardboard and we will deliver to your home or office. PureBoxes are lightweight, stackable, nest-able and perfectly designed to keep your belongings organized and secure. Don’t miss the opportunity to make your next move faster, cheaper, greener & less stressful. Stop wasting your time & money on Earth-polluting cardboard. See ad on page 21.


Dr Stephanie Golder & Mindy Fritz 10000 North Central Expressway #400, Dallas, TX 214-642-3976 Specializing in the reduction or elimination of disorders, including anxiety, depression, migraine, ADD (AD/HD), behavioral disorders, learning disability, and many others, utilizing neurofeedback and Christian counseling. Our goal is to help our clients achieve improved physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Neurofeedback is a proven, effective treatment that is non-invasive and does not involve medication. Call 214-642-3976 for a consultation.

NUTRITION Living Well Health and Wellness Center

Betty Murray, CN, HHC, Ryt 14330 Midway Rd, Suite 121, Dallas, TX 972-930-0260 Betty Murray, CN, HHC, RYT is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. Betty has a knack for making the science of nutrition easy to understand and implement. Betty specializes in metabolic and digestive disorders and weight loss resistance. A master of the bio-chemistry of the body, Betty teaches clients how to utilize nutritional interventions to improve their health. Call 972-9300260 today to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation to see if nutrition counseling is right for you.

Natural Health Shop

400 North Coit Rd, Suite 1902, Richardson 972-664-1990 Everyday low prices on over 9,000 health and wellness products Natural and supplements. We specialize in special orders. Groceries, suppleHealth ments, sports nutrition, beauty special needs nutrition, Shop products, massage, detox. Located at the intersection of Coit and Roundrock. Open 7 days a week. See ad on page 22.

ORGANIC FOODS TEXAS DAILY HARVEST Fisher Lane, Yantis, TX 903-335-1758

We are a Certified Organic Farm producing milk, cheese, yogurt, beef, pork, eggs and produce in East Texas. Our products area available in many stores in the Metroplex and in Austin, and we are now offering Neighborhood Delivery and a CSA. Please call or see our website at to sign up for Neighborhood Delivery.


CR 45, Earth, TX 214-908-2569 Providing other families with clean and great tasting dairy products made from our sustainable, organic certified, West Texas native grass pastures of contented, happy, and humanely treated cows is the mission of Three Happy Cows. Our products are free of any added hormones, antibiotics, toxic chemical pesticides or herbicides. Due to the nature of the nutritional diet of our cows, our products have a wonderful fresh taste and maintains their flavor. Three Happy Cows products can be found at Central Market, Natural Grocers, Rosemeade Market, Cupboard, and Local Yocal.





877-604-8208 ext. 702 Organic mattresses – safe, allergy-free, temperaturecontrolled sleeping system. Experience your best night’s sleep ever with revolutionary composition of lavender, swiss herbs, hi-tech materials. Our Swiss made Aven02 mattresses are 40% more durable than most existing products on the market. Organic Bedroom Inc is exclusive US retail distributor of Aven02 organic mattresses. Call for appointment. Get 2 coupon offers for November purchase.


5207 Bonita, Dallas 972-587-7835 Certified Organic Salon located in Uptown Dallas in the Knox-Henderson District. Glitz is Dallas’ premiere certified vegan Salon, using animal-cruelty-free products that have none of the toxic chemicals found in most professional color lines. Offering a full suite of organic products and services, our services include Hair Cuts, Hair Color, Hair Straightening and Real Hair Extensions. Glitz salon is unique and personable and provides a warm and welcoming environment in a beautifully renovated house in one of the Dallas’ hippest new neighborhoods. Stop by today and see what the buzz is about for yourself. Walk-ins accepted.


Jon & Laura Petersen Anna, TX 972-924-2722 Alfresco Living designs and installs outdoor improvements that make your outdoor rooms nicer. We take the time to design your Landscape Lighting to fit your lifestyle. Water Features, Mosquito Misting, Cool Fogging, Rain Water Harvesting and Christmas Lighting to take your outdoor living environment to the next level of pure enjoyment and a place where you can relax and enjoy the sound of a waterfall in a mosquito free evening while your landscape lights highlight the focal points of your yard.

Dr. Nancy Bozeman 621 N. Little School Rd, Kennedale 817-572-2400 As an alternative medicine specialist, Dr. Nancy Bozeman emphasizes your pet’s entire well-being by taking a holistic approach to veterinary medicine. Offering a full range of conventional and complementary modalities including Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Laser Therapy, NAET, Nutrition Counseling and we offer Vaccination titers. Come visit our comfortable, pet-friendly, homey office environment. See ad on page 28.


Dallas, TX 214-810-1785 Energy efficient, attractive and durable Dog Doors professionally installed. Let your dogs and cats live large with the freedom they deserve by getting a professionally installed Wall pet door in any type of wall, Door dog door, Screen pet door, Dog door right in the glass, or Pet door panel insert for a sliding glass patio door. Don’t be trapped into thinking that your dog door must be installed in a door. With Lone Star Dog Doors you will benefit from our many years of remodeling experience plus we use Hale Pet Door products, representing the highest quality in the industry. Call 214-810-1785 today so we can install “Your Pet’s Doorway to Living Large” in the Dallas area.


Stephanie Ebbesen-Stuer 214-563-5769 Green Home Residential is the first green residential real estate brokerage in North Texas to specializing in healthy, sustainable high performing real estate. Return on your green home investment can show up in increased energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality and health, decrease in waste, and reduced water consumption, among other things. Get the professionals at Green home Residential to find the shade of green that fits our real estate needs. We will customize services based on your requests and show you how to take advantage of government programs and incentives. Green living is healthy and healthy living is green. Call us for a complimentary consultation.

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Stephanie Ebbesen-Stuer 214-563-5769 Green Home Residential is the first green residential real estate brokerage in North Texas to specializing in healthy, sustainable high performing real estate. Return on your green home investment can show up in increased energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality and health, decrease in waste, and reduced water consumption, among other things. Get the professionals at Green home Residential to find the shade of green that fits our real estate needs. We will customize services based on your requests and show you how to take advantage of government programs and incentives. Green living is healthy and healthy living is green. Call us for a complimentary consultation.


6808 Pastor Bailey Dr, Dallas 214-331-8522 Church that Grows people. Services are Sundays at 7:30am, 9:15am, 11:00am, 12:45am, and online at Streamingfaith. com. Mid-week service is Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Reverend Bryan L. Carter, Senior Pastor.


Nance Woods 330 Market St, Baird, TX Stress? Illness? Injury? Biofeedback could be the answer. Distance sessions available. Quantum Zen also offers Human BioAcoustic Vocal Profiling and Nance is a highly sought after Reiki Master/ Teacher. Trying to sell your house but it just won’t sell? Keep getting an “unfriendly” feeling around your property? Property clearing is available. Quantum Zen is a holistic wellness center specializing in stress management located west of the metroplex on Interstate 20.


Dr. Genie Fields 5220 Spring Valley Rd, Suite 405 Dallas, Tx 214-352-8758 Offering full body Regulation Thermography, including the breast. It can detect abnormalities in the very earliest of stages, many times finding the underlying causes of disease. Regulation Thermography looks at the entire body’s BEHAVIOR after being stressed giving a ‘living dynamic view.’ Consultations, further evaluation and follow up care are offered as well. See ad on page 13.


Jon & Christi Hurley 615-653-5228 Drink coffee and burn fat. Join thousands of other coffee and tea drinkers who have lost those unwanted pounds. Try the Bfit challenge today! Call Christi at 615653-5228 and get ready for a fitter, healthier you! See ad on page 28.

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Jennifer Trejo, Naturopath 3345 Western Center Blvd, Suite 140 Ft Worth, TX 817-847-0900 Services include: BioSET, which locates and corrects imbalances in the body through detoxification, enzyme therapy, homeopathy, nutrition and lifestyle recommendations; breast thermography which can detect cancer forming up to 8 years before other detection devices, with no radiation exposure or compression; saliva hormone testing and correction using homeopathic hormones; thyroid testing and balancing; metabolism testing; weight loss; IonCleanse foot Detox and oxygen steam sauna. See ad on page 34.


1651 Wall Street, Garland 972- 864-1934 Rohde’s helps you get and maintain beautiful Yards and Gardens in a chemical-free environment. We know organics better than anyone else. Organic yards and gardens require less water, have fewer insects and diseases and result in better health for you, your family and the environment. We will give you the guidance you need either in our store or at your home. Products and services include Landscaping and maintenance, natural fertilizer, natural insect control, unique garden gift items, pet food for dogs and cats, and a large selection of native and drought-tolerant plants. Call the experts today at 972-864-1934. See ad on page 26.

YOGA SYNAMIC YOGA 4 LOVE STUDIO + DRAGONFLY SPA Lisa Ware 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak, TX 469-437-1334

Dynamic Yoga and Fitness Studio by Yoga 4 Love was born from a long and fruitful yoga practice and whirlwind of a yoga teaching career from the owner and founder Lisa Ware, Registered Yoga Teacher. She and her Dynamic Team Staff along with her husband and co owner Richard Ware, decided that Red Oak was ready for something totally fresh and new. Most of our yoga classes are HOT yoga, and if you have yet to experience this wonderful practice you are in for a treat. Certified instructors will motivate you and help you set your sights high to achieve your goals, both in and out of the studio. We are Mind, Body Spirit based to nurture the whole you. We are not a gym. We are unique studio where you can commune with like- minded individuals.

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1. Preston 214-360-7569 6100 Luther Ln, Dallas 75225 214-613-2841 2. Royal 5960 Royal Ln, Dallas 75230 3.SMU 214-520-6878 6403 Hillcrest, Dallas 75205 4. Lemmon 214-780-0602 4015 Lemmon Ave, Dallas 75219

5. Flowermound 972-899-3548 2550 Crosstimbers Rd, Flowermound 75028 214-436-4410 6. Frisco 3580 Preston Rd, Suite 107, Frisco 75034 7. Southlake 214-436-4410 2600 E. Southlake Blvd, #160, Southlake 76092 8. Mockingbird & Greenville 214-515-9113 5706 E. Mockingbird Ln, Highland Park 75205



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