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New Year Tips For Health, Wellness & Sustainable Living

Reflect and Plan Your Future
2020 a new year is here or is it? I know that if you do not purposefully intend to welcome new opportunities or open your mind to new ways of looking at the world around you; your 2020 will look much like your 2019. You won’t have a new year at all. Do you want a replay of last year? It’s important to spend some moments reflecting on your past year in order to know what you’d like to see for your upcoming future. The question is how do you plan for peace, reflection, down time? It is in this space that we access what our soul yearns for and what our humanity has repeated like a broken record and nearly worn ourselves out. We invite you to The Blu Room Wellness Center in Historic Washington MO. We offer Blu Room Therapy, Massage, Reiki, and Yoga all providing you with nurturing care and the space to reflect. 6 East Front Street, Suite 100, Washington, MO 63090. 636-432-1731. BluRoomWellnessCenter.com.

Think About Setting a New Type of Resolution
I would like to encourage everyone to consider adopting a different type of goal this year. This is the goal of shedding the “limiting labels” that you place on yourself. “I’m not thin enough… I’m not pretty enough… I’m not successful enough… I’m not smart enough”, are some that are most commonly adopted. As someone who used to talk this way to myself as well, I also understand that the thought of shedding these internal labels can seem nearly impossible. However, some simple behavioral therapy techniques are all that is needed. Then, as the limiting labels begin to melt away and you begin to remove your self-imposed roadblocks, inertia will take over in many areas and you can achieve your self-designed life. Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW
314-374-8396 • www.christinekniffen.com

Take Action for the Animals
Will 2020 be the year the plight of animals is eased because of YOU? Volunteer at an animal shelter! Whether you are motivated because of sadness regarding conditions animals face, an inspiring story of a rescue or anger resulting from an abuse case, take action. Some shrug the stories off, some say “what a shame” and some shed a tear for the suffering but YOU stepped forward and decided to ACT, to HELP, to MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The animals will benefit because you gave your time, your most precious commodity. May you always know the joy of caring and sharing!

Humane Society of Missouri, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110, 314-951-1578.

Spend Time in Nature & Be Creative
A prescription for health and happiness is to spend time in nature, in the garden and creative pursuits. Absorb the healing and enlivening energy of nature by walking, working or spending quiet time surrounded by the beauty of growing things. A walk in a city or state park can be done year round. We are blessed with wonderful parks and gardens all nearly or a short drive away. Learn to know them and love them in all seasons. Find your inner truth and creative spirit with journaling and creating simple art. Mandala making and journaling is a perfect way. Linda Wiggen Kraft is a landscape designer who creates holistic and sustainable gardens, a mandala artist and workshop leader. Visit her blog: CreativityForTheSoul.com/blog or website: CreativityForTheSoul.com or call: 314 504-4266.

Do Things Differently For Change To Happen
Do you desire change in your life? What actions are you setting your intention to make? If we want different results, we have to do things differently! I would like to suggest that you look inward. We cannot change other people, only ourselves. We need to Be the change we desire. Maybe you are not sick, but are you enjoying “optimum” health? Why not schedule a thermography screening to monitor your health from a Holistic, Preventive perspective? Learn the self help tools of meditation, self hypnosis and imagery to be your emotional best and enjoy life the way you really desire. Linda Weber Spradling, Medical Thermography of Metro St. Louis, medicalthermography-stl.com and Hypnosis of Metro St. Louis, www.hypnotherapymetrostl.com.

Shop at Thrift Stores
One in six people are shopping in thrift stores for desire rather than need. So take time to browse purposefully and discover that lamp shade that can have a scarf added as an accent or those vintage jeans that can be dissected and turned into a hand bag. You can turn old broken jewelry into new statement items with a glue gun and a little wire. You can be the talk of the town for a fraction of the cost. It pays to be Thrifty.

The Thrifty Hanger at Feed My People Thrift Stores
171 Kingston Drive, St. Louis 63125
3295 Ottomeyer Road, High Ridge 63049
www.feed-my-people.org

Plant Perennials
Perennials cost more up front, but yield more over time, and don’t disturb the soil structure year after year like annuals, storing more carbon and lessening your labor! At EarthDance Organic Farm School in Ferguson, we grow over 37 varieties of edible perennials including gooseberries, Nanking cherries, paw paws, pears, Asian pears, and rhubarb.
Molly Rockamann, Founding Director, EarthDance
www.earthdancefarms.org
314.521.1006, earthdancefarms@gmail.com.

Rejection is Redirection
Stay Open So That The New Opportunities Can Flow.
Jamila Owens-Todd, Naturopathic Doctor
The Meridian Institute for Naturopathic Therapies, 8748 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves, Missouri 63119, (314) 677-4041 • www.minthealth.org

2020 Can Be Your Year
You have complete responsibility for your health. If you are unhealthy, you have 2 choices. You can choose to stay unhealthy, or you can choose to do something about it. Sadly, most of you will choose to stay unhealthy. For the few of you who will do something about it, you will likely have to step outside of the conventional medicine insurance model of care. Do not let that stop you. Find a functional medicine doctor that will address the root cause of your condition. Your 2021 self will thank you.
T.J. Williams, DC, PhD
The Institute of Natural Health
1034 S. Brentwood Blvd., Suite 415 
St. Louis, MO 63117
314-293-8123
www.inhstl.com

Feed Your Friends and Family
Feed your friends and family at The Art of Entertaining with our Care Package! Choose any FIVE single-serve casseroles and TWO 16-ounce soups for only $40! Stop by The Art of Entertaining Monday through Saturday for a tasty, healthy, low calorie, low sodium or gluten free dinner that is already prepared for your convenience. We use fresh herbs, fruit, spices and vegetables for great flavor without all the fat and calories! Our affordable lunches, dinners, soups and appetizers are made fresh daily! The Art of Entertaining, 8796 Big Bend Rd., 63119, 314-963-9899, TheAofE.com.

Recycle Schlafly Products
Did you know that you can recycle every aspect of your Schlafly 6-pack from bottle, to cap and carrier? With almost every aspect of our packaging coming from local suppliers, we always encourage you to recycle them, just be sure to rinse out that bottle. The Saint Louis Brewery, The Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street, St. Louis, 63103, Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave.
St. Louis, 63143, www.schlafly.com.

Increase Physical Activity 
To help burn off stress and improve overall health. Get the muscles working! Get the heart rate up! Just get moving! Keep it simple. Being on your feet and moving stimulates bone density. Getting the heart rate up strengthens the heart and lungs, along with helping burn off excess calories. Let it evolve into something that you can do as a means to blow off steam in a healthy way. Keep moving! Keep moving! Keep moving! A healthy life depends on it. Dr. Paul Hyland, Committed to Health Chiropractic Center, www.committedtohealth.us

Tips For Self-Growth 
With so much outer stimuli in our world there is a great need for a sense of peace. One of the best ways I know to find our inner peace is through meditation. Carving out even 10 to 20 minutes a day to access a quiet place inside is a great way to begin. As it is said, sometimes we just have to begin. As we find a greater sense of acceptance and peace inside, it transfers to those around us. To learn more about meditation and ways to access your inner awareness, contact Gail Cloud, D.C.; 314-995-9755, gail@bodypresencing.com. Schedule an appointment today and learn about the sessions and classes she offers.
bodypresencing.com

Create Micro-Challenges
Want to grow resilience to help carry you through the new year? Create micro-challenges that give you a positive stretch – physical, emotional and mental – into something new and slightly uncomfortable. Perhaps you explore a new creative outlet like painting, guitar or metalwork; choose to speak publicly even though the thought of doing so frightens you; or ramp up your workout with full-out 45-second bursts that really push you to persevere (safely, of course!). Then give yourself a pat on the back, and resolve to stretch your limits again tomorrow. Every time you guide yourself through these small victories, you become a little bit stronger and build resilience. We welcome you to try something new within our positive, supportive community of fellow learners, creators and movers. STLCC’s Continuing Education classes span a variety of personal and professional topics and goals for all ages and stages of life. Learn more at stlcc.edu/CE

6 Food Allergy Tips for the New Year

  1. Read Labels! Unfortunately, your allergen may now be included.
  2. Cook with Care! Be extra vigilant this year that there is no possible cross-contamination.
  3. Defensive Dining! Don’t be shy to ask for the restaurant manager. If you don’t feel comfortable, get up and leave.
  4. 4Carry Your Meds and Supplements! Medications and supplements don’t work if you don’t have them with you.
  5. Get a Medical ID Bracelet or Necklace! They’re not just fashion statements if you have strong reactions to foods.
  6. 6Make an Action Plan! Write down the steps to take if you have a reaction and keep it with you in case someone not familiar with your condition needs to help you. These tips will make 2020 a safer and more enjoyable year. 

Ian Wahl, St. Louis Allergy Relief Center. 
Chesterfield, MO. 314-384-9304, 
www.StLouisAllergyRelief.com 
www.facebook.com/StLouisAllergyRelief

Connect With Plants
My work with the plant is a lifelong process and has been key to my personal welfare. Plants are incredible tools for self-transformation. Making wreaths and remedies from the wild native plants living on our land has furnished me with the tools to heal my body, mind and spirit. The intelligence within the plant can deeply influence your life and aid your journey. Plants are not innate objects but living, growing green beings that react to your presence, your energy and your thoughts. Plants are wise teachers and faithful friends. It is a rewarding and sacred relationship. Pat Tuholske, nature guide, wildcrafter, wreath artist. 
WillowRainHerbalGoods.com. PatTuholske.com

Sharing Good Tea – Buy Local in 2020
A cup of tea is something different to everyone, bringing a measure of comfort – physical or emotional. Your local source for quality loose-leaf tea was founded in 2009, and growing from only 12 flavors/varieties then, to 100+ now, has happened thanks to loyal patronage of repeat customers “shopping local”. Buying from local businesses supports an infrastructure that sustains your neighborhoods. Take a moment this year to thank and encourage your local business owners. They need to know they are appreciated for the efforts they put in, often as a labor of love and commitment to community.
Kateri Meyer, Traveling Tea, 2707 Sutton Blvd.
Maplewood, MO 63143. 314-647-8832.

Experience The Sound of Soul
HU is the Sound of Soul. Singing HU can expand your awareness; Help you experience divine love; Enhance your spiritual self-discovery and growth; Heal a broken heart; Bring peace and calm. Singing HU draws one closer to God. With eyes open or closed, take a few deep breaths to relax. Then begin to sing HU (pronounced like the word hue) in a long, drawn-out sound: HU-U-U-U. Take another breath, and sing HU again. Continue for up to twenty minutes. Sing HU with a feeling of love, and it will gradually open your heart to God. For more info about HU, the Sound of Soul and the teachings of ECKANKAR, visit www.TheSoundofSoul.org, or call 1-800-LOVE God.

Don’t Stress Over Resolutions
As 2020 begins, people are making resolutions to be a healthier “You”. However, it’s okay to make resolutions; but, try not to stress out about it. Getting healthy by changing your current habits takes time and is a slow process. So…. take your time, keep the stress down, slowly remove ‘bad’ health habits, replace with better ones and you will eventually get there. Let’s enjoy this Journey to Good Health. Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year. From the staff of Kim’s Herbs & Detox Center. 314-395-3767. www.herbshopstl.com.

Relax… 
It is the first and most important principle of our t’ai chi practice. A person who is relaxed is more able to approach life with an open mind and attitude. A relaxed body allows for better posture and improved balance which in turn results in less back and joint issues. The simple act of learning to relax your breathing has a calming effect on your whole body. The St. Louis T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association, taichistlouis.org 314-961-1355.

Women’s Wellness Weekend Will Rock YMCA Trout lodge Again in 2020
For you, who does everything for everyone else – now it’s your turn. Start 2020 feeling inspired and refreshed by joining YMCA Trout Lodge at its very popular annual Women’s Wellness Weekend from February 28 to March 1, enjoying classes YOU get to choose, along with fun group activities, multiple vendors and many laughs. There’s dutch oven cooking, various workouts, horseback riding, crafts, riflery, archery, self-defense, gardening, winery tour and much more – with over 60+ activities from which to choose. Or, you can kick back and relax – the choice is yours. Rate includes lodging, meals and the activities you choose. At Trout Lodge every day is a grand adventure and every woman is a goddess! Grab the girls (18+) and spend a ladies weekend having a blast – you’re worth it. For more Information and registration visit troutlodge.org/event/womens-wellness-weekend.

Past Life Regression is a great way to start off your new year as it taps into your inner wisdom and creativity, and leads to the healing of old dysfunctional patters. It has the power to open up your inner world to guidance from your higher self. Quantum healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT) is an amazing journey of your consciousnesses and truly is a way of finding that all answers lie within. Take the first step and call Peggy at 314.644.3339 for a free fifteen minute phone consultation. Peggy Levinson LCSW, 
peggy@claytontherapy.com, www.claytontherapy.com

What Kind of Moisture Are You Adding to Your Pet’s Diet?
A dog’s body weight is made up of approximately 60% water and a well-hydrated body is a good thing. Of course, intracellular moisture is the key to hydration and getting moisture from a fresh food supplement is so important. Think about how much more refreshed you are after eating an orange rather than just drinking a glass of water. That’s the benefit of intracellular moisture. One of the great ways to add in intracellular moisture is through a fresh, whole food diet like feeding raw. Another easy way is to add in some Raw Goat Milk into your pet’s diet. This whole food supplement is a probiotic powerhouse offering fast and easy nutritional absorption to get the GI system running smoothly. Raw Goat Milk provides relief from allergies, respiratory disease, asthma and can relieve skin dermatitis and so much more. It’s excellent for picky eaters. So make a fresh food resolution this year to add a whole food supplement to your pet’s bowl. They’re going to love it! Four Muddy Paws – The Healthy Pet Market. Jeff Jensen – Matt Brazelton. www.fourmuddypaws.com Lafayette Square and Edwardsville. 

Explore STL’s Beer Community
Sample rare, unique, and experimental beers at Urban Chestnut’s 9th anniversary event Jan. 26, 1 to 5pm, featuring 45+ craft breweries from the STL area. The festival also features live music and food for purchase. General admission tickets include a commemorative festival glass and unlimited beer samples, on sale now! Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, 4465 Manchester 63110, 314-222-0143.
www.urbanchestnut.com/wolpertinger

Bring a Little Bit of Spring Into Your Home by forcing branches to bloom. Simply place fresh cut stems of Crabapple, Forsythia, Pussy Willow, Quince, Pear, or flowering Cherry in a vase of water. Change water every 4 days. Ann Lapides. Sugar Creek Gardens. 314-965-3070.

Think Outside, No box Needed! Adventures in the Shawnee
Hike more, worry less! Get the family back outside and take time to reconnect with nature and one another. The fresh air is good for your mind, body and soul. There’s no better place to do that than with an adventure to the Shawnee National Forest in Southernmost Illinois, only a few hours from St. Louis. Take time to enjoy one of the many beautiful hikes in the forest which range in difficulty to accommodate hikers of all ages and experience. Hiking isn’t the only way to enjoy the Shawnee Forest. Families can also enjoy canoeing and kayaking on many of the 11 lakes in the forest, enjoy the miles of equestrian trails, with horse and pony rental at Giant City Stables or Lake Glendale Stables. See southernmostillinois.com or call 1-800-C-IT-HERE.

Set New Years Goals 
in alignment with your natural interests, not what you think society wants you to do. This is a great way to de-stress and practice self care at the same time. Do one per month. Examples: • walk 3 miles a week; • find a new hobby; 

  • plan an outdoors hike two times this month;
  • find 2 ways to celebrate life without alcohol;
  • plan a small day trip just for yourself;
  • take a short course in something you enjoy;
  • meditate on the beauty of the fall 3 times;
  • give small thank you gifts to 3 of your favorite people.

Acupuncture on Main, 201 N. Main St., Suite 210, St. Charles, MO 63301. www.acupunctureonmain.com, 618-207-8869.

Achieve Optimal Health
Experience the difference of a local, family owned pharmacy and wellness center. As a full service pharmacy in business for 86 years, Neels Pharmacy offers a variety of products and services including clinical nutrition and supplements, herbal and homeopathic remedies and personalized consultations that are conducted by our in-house clinical nutritionist/pharmacist. We also offer individualized human and veterinary compounding, which we will be expanding on in 2020. Plus free delivery of prescription medications and over the counter products. Our goal is to help you and your family achieve optimal health, wellness and vitality and provide a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere in which you will receive the highest level of customer service from our knowledgeable staff and pharmacists. 
www.neelspharmacy.com

Fresh Start for 2020 
Clear old patterns of fear, limitation, depression, as well as replacing old soul contracts that no longer serve. Cut cords to relationships that drain you, energies & emotions you have been carrying for others that cause you dis-ease. Invite connection to your highest state of health, most authentic self and open more fully to your purpose. For assistance in these transitions & more, please call Holly Schmitt: Shamanic Energy Medicinal Practitioner for an appointment: 636-239-1117. 
Office located in Washington, MO. 
WashingtonHealingArtsCenter.com.
Mention “New Year Special” and get $25 off first session. 

Manage Pet Waste Without Single-Use Plastic Bags
Go beyond using reusable bags at the grocery store! You can eliminate single-use plastic from your pet waste pick-up process in many simple ways! If you have a cat, use paper lunch sacks, biodegradable bags, or old bread, snack or newspaper bags to clean out their litter box. If you have a dog, you have a few additional options. You can flush dog waste using flushable bags, or use a scoop to deposit the waste directly into the trash. Learn more about conservation practices at stlzoo.org/conservation/byetobags.
From the #byetobags program at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Switch to LED Light Bulbs
As your incandescent bulbs burn out, now is the right time to switch to LED. Some LED bulbs have an impressive lifespan of 20+ years. The light quality of LEDs vastly improved and are now very cost effective. Because there are so many different types of LEDs, choosing the correct LED is entirely different from picking up an old incandescent. You can do your own research before you head to the store, or trust seven time award winning ENERGY STAR Partner Metro Lighting to teach you what you need to know about choosing the correct LED bulb for each application! Metroelectricsupply.com

Use Vitamin C
Pat Bauer, Nurse Practitioner, recommends using Vitamin C to heal yourself. Whether it’s taking tablets orally, 1.000 – 10,000 mg daily; or liposomal Vitamin C, 1,000 – 5,000 mg daily; or through IV if you need a higher dose, Vitamin C aids in the prevention and treatment of many different ailments. For more information contact Pat Bauer at Wildwood Integrative Healthcare, 16111 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011, 636-489-2000. 
www.wildwoodintegrativehealthcare.com

Get Out, Have Some Fun, Food, & Drinks with FRIENDS/FAMILY in the New Year.
Stop by Llywelyns for great Celtic food and libations. We have great meeting rooms, catering, live entertainment and all your party needs. Five locations to serve you. 
Visit www.llywelynspub.com for more information.

Shop At Local Markets
Shop Local markets that carry fresh local products and provide the best personal service. Freddie’s Market stocks USDA Choice, aged, hand-cut meats, grass-fed beef, fresh seafood, natural chicken and pork, honey-glazed boneless baked hams and Amish Turkeys. All of which can be prepared for customers in Freddie’s oven or smoker. Farm-fresh produce is hand selected and they carry pasture-raised, natural, antibiotic-free feed, farm fresh eggs from local farmers. Freddie’s stocks over 100 local products and has an outstanding selection of wines, liquors, beers and Stringbean Coffee. Freddie’s carries a wide selection of KETO Friendly products and LOCAL Elderflower Honey, Elderflower Honey with CBD, and Elderberry Syrup from Elder Farms. Homemade breads, gooey butter cake, pies, bagels and cookies are baked fresh daily. Delivery is also available. 314-968-1914 www.freddiesmarket.com

See The Forest & The Trees
A “treemendous” year starts with getting outdoors and enjoying the wealth of benefits trees provide. Trees work for our well-being as much as they work for wildlife and the environment. Studies show that people who spend time around trees concentrate better. Contact with nature helps children improve their creativity, intellectual development and social relationships. Whether it’s a walk in the park, playtime in the backyard, or a hike through the woods, get outdoors and see how trees work for you and your family. Discover all the ways trees and forests are working for you at treeswork.org. From the Trees Work program at the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Make a Vision Board
A Vision Board is a visual representation of what you want to achieve. It works by shifting the energy you are sending out around your intentions. To make the board, you will need a poster board, pictures and glue. Go through magazines and pull lots of pictures. Select the ones you intuitively want and lay them on the board, then glue them on. Some people hang their boards, so they can see them often; others put them away and pull them out a year later to see what manifested. The intentions on the board are strong; this is a great way to manifest change. Deborah Zorensky, RD, LD, CCN, , The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit 7649 Delmar, 314.725.6767 
www.centerformindbodyspirit.com

Wellness in the New Year: A Practical Approach 
As the new year approaches, most of us make resolutions to live better. For many, that usually includes eating better, exercising, and adopting other healthy habits. Here is a tip to help in your quest for wellness: Improve Your Intake. H2Whoa! Simply increasing your water intake will help detoxify your body and motivate you to be more conscientious of what else you’re ingesting. Try adding tasty essential oils to your water make it more interesting. Lemon, Lime, and Tangerine are all favorites, but don’t forget Grapefruit, Lavender, and Peppermint! In fact, try making your own Grapefruit-Mint Spritzer to enjoy a great blend of flavors that may make sweets and sugary drinks a little less appealing. (Young Living Vitality oils are FDA approved as supplements.) 
Sandy Rausch, 618-304-2466
www.facebook.com/sandy.rauschyl

Pivot to Prosperity for All
Don’t like where things are headed? Try pivoting to a new narrative. Some say there is not enough to go around, and the only way to deal with a problem is with more and faster growth, more stuff and more income disparity. What if this is the source of most of our challenges, not the solution? Pivot to a new narrative: “We are working together to solve societal and economic problems.” This brings life and brings it more abundantly. PIVOT: Prioritize Implementation of this Vision On Time, happening now at Arizmendi Drawdown Ecovillage. Come cause the big PIVOT to prosperity for all.
Tom Braford, www.ArizmendiEcovillage.com

Green Home Challenge
We challenge everyone to better manage your home energy use to start saving money and reducing your carbon footprint! Start by tracking your energy use with ENERGY STAR’s Home Energy Yard Stick to see how you compare to other homes. And then consider an energy audit to learn more about ways to save energy. Actions can be as simple as changing your heating and cooling system air filter, choosing efficient appliances, and air sealing around windows and doors. Green Buildings are Better for your pocketbook and the planet! Go to www.usgbc-mogateway.org/green-home/. Johanna Schweiss, LEED AP:O+M | U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter.
usgbc-mogateway.org

Gotta Work Green Together, We Humans on Earth 
Individual Green action remains important, but it’s now frankly not enough. Gotta connect with others doing similar Green to amplify the effects. Gotta tell others about our Green to inspire them too. Gotta take good NATURE breaks from the Info Onslaught to recharge & stay connected to the more-than-human REAL. Gotta work for societal, systemic changes from our bases of kindred action, in whatever form we work; Green is great, other forms of focus are too. It’s GROW-UP TIME for human-kind! We can, we GOTTA be both: Human, KIND.“Green Jean” Ponzi.

Dental is Key to Detox & Holistic Health!
On behalf of my patients, I urge you to work with a biological dentist for screening, biocompatibility testing, removing toxins and infections, and use of dental materials “right for you” to remove barriers to health. Do the most important step first – removing amalgams and infected teeth – that won’t break the budget. You can plan restorations as your budget allows, there are many options. For more information, see my new book, AcciDental Blow Up in Medicine: Battle Plan for Your Life. Free Monthly Seminar: January 14th, 7:30 pm. Dr. Simon Yu, MD. 
www.preventionandhealing.com. 314-432-7802.

Practice Mindfulness Every Day
Ninety five percent of the mind is on autopilot filled with patterns and beliefs you are not even aware of. These patterns create dysfunction and they negatively impact your health. Practice staying in the present moment. Worrying about the future, which you can’t control, keeps you from enjoying today. Regrets about the past are a waste of energy. Start each day with time for you to reset your mind. Breathe, create positive feelings, imagine how you want your life to look and feel. Practice daily and you will transform your life! Have a Healthy New Year! Dr. Amy Davis M.D. Crossing Back To Health, 636-778-9158.

Trust Your Gut with Aging Parents 
Getting together over the holidays with family is one of the year’s top events. With our aging parents, sometimes these gatherings expose another side of life that you can’t always see over the phone. If things have changed and you notice that your loved ones are struggling to keep up, please know that your parents will be the last ones to ever ask for help. If your gut is telling you something is not quite right with your aging parents, don’t wait for a crisis to occur! Learn how home care can help honor your loved one’s wishes to remain at home and provide you with the “Peace of Mind” you deserve! Allen Serfas Assistance Home Care. AssistanceAtHome.com. 314-466-3227 St. Louis; South County; West County; St. Charles

Try A Biomat or Portable Sauna
To be healthier, sit on a Biomat or in a Infrared Portable Sauna for 30 minutes each day, or every other day, while watching TV or while relaxing. Infrared helps 1,800 medical symptoms and issues, relieves pain, increases energy, detoxes, helps weight loss, and improves your health. Is your optimal health worth 23 cents a day to you for the next 15 years? Invest $65 a month in your health this year with our payment plan, for a biomat or portable sauna that lasts 15 years. You and your family deserve the best health. You are worth it !! Call Clint (314) 562-0844.
clint@biomatmedical.com, BiomatHealthSolutions.com 

Treat Your Mouth Right in 2020
With the New Year approaching, you may have already begun to think about your New Year’s resolutions. Why not make your New Year’s resolution to improve your dental health? Brushing and flossing protect your mouth from tooth decay and gum disease, which is caused by your teeth’s most persistent enemy, plaque. Both brushing and flossing are equally important for good oral health. For this new year, resolve to treat your mouth right: improve your diet, quit smoking and improve your oral hygiene habits – your teeth and your body will thank you for it! Joseph S Grimaud, DDS. Watson Pointe Dental, 8537 Watson Rd, Webster Groves, MO 63119, 314-963-2000. Visit me at www.mywatsonpointedental.com
New patients are always welcome!

Reduce Waste With The Use of Reusable Items
At the Green Dining Alliance, we are always trying to figure out ways for our member restaurants to reduce their waste by replacing common disposables with reusable items. For our New Year Tip, we invite you to do the same! Pay attention to the non-recyclable common plastic items you toss and try to substitute your trash with reusable items or items made from renewable resources. Common single-use items like coffee cups, straws, plastic cutlery, and shopping bags can easily be replaced by resuable options. Visit stlouisearthday.org/shop/ to get started with reusable bamboo cutlery and folding reusable bags!

Begin the New Year with Kindness
Kindness is a virtue, value and character trait. It is something that we can give and receive for free. Being kind to ourselves, others, all living creatures and the planet brings positive energy to the world. Maintaining a plant-based diet and/or vegan lifestyle allows one to be kind to all living creatures. Through my plant-based journey, I have learned the importance of taking time to reflect on the kind things in my life. Allow 5 minutes each day for self-reflection and self-care. Sam’s Vegan Kitchen, 314-365-6421, samsvegankitchen@gmail.com.

Enjoy Beauty In All Four Seasons 
Beauty in all four seasons. That’s what you’ll find at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, and Shaw Nature Reserve. But there’s something else. We are working around the world and close to home to conserve plant diversity and preserve the pollinators they rely on. Every visit to one of our three sites not only provides a wonderful, welcoming experience for you and your family, from a quiet stroll through the Japanese Garden to the delightful sights and sounds of our signature events like Garden Glow and Best of Missouri Market. Your visit also helps support plant research and conservation, creating a better world for us all. Come be our guest, and know that you are making a difference. www.MOBOT.org.

Be Star Dust
Joni Mitchel had it right: we are billion year old carbon—and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden! Proof of this reality exploded in the 21st century. Nature is not outside us. We are Nature. We are Star Dust. We all are created of the same magical and mundane materials that form all of existence, from galaxies to brain cells. Time to treat yourself with the same kindness and respect that the miracle of creation merits. Don’t take our word for it: put on CSN’s “Woodstock” and dive into Iris and Karel Schrijver’s new book Living With the Stars. Let this amazing and truly awe-some realization impact how you live and touch everything on Earth. Our hope for 2020 is that we all cultivate a deepening sense that we are truly all the same —merely Star Dust. Terry Winkelmann, Founding Director, The Sustainable Backyard Network, 
www.sustainablebackyard.org

Staying Healthy in this Day & Age is as Simple as Becoming More Natural. 
Try being most active during daylight. Scale your diet and activity to the seasons. Move every joint in your body every day. Eat food in its natural form (avoid jars, cans, boxes and packages). Eat at least 5 colors of produce daily. Avoid toxins and artificial substances. Take time to be still each day. Be connected with family and/or friends regularly. Notice that you can not control much except your reaction to what happens. Treat stress as a toxin. Brian Harasha, Advanced Laser Therapay and Wellness. 
Advancedlastertherapyandwellness.com

Improve Your “Vision” for Health in 2020, by attending an absolutely FREE CREATION Health seminar January 27. This FREE offering shows you how simple changes to your lifestyle can help you add many years of better quality living to your life. Register online to reserve your seat: BetterHealthEvents.org/StLouis or call 855-931-1987.

Make it a Goal This Year to be Kind to You! 
I invite to you experience 2020 as a fresh decade and new perspective for yourself. I find that it is becoming easier to let negative self-talk and doubt creep into our lives and prevent us from achieving our best selves and what we truly desire. A simple tip to start your new shift is first begin with awareness of when negative self-talk appears and why. Does it happen at work, at home, at the gym or during your commute? What was the exact situation and what were your thoughts? Take notes along the way and notice any patterns and challenges that appear. When you have awareness of a challenge, you are empowered to make the essential first step of shifting to being kinder to you.

If you are looking for support and accountability with shifting negative self-talk and doubt please connect with me by visiting www.livelifefullcircle.com or call 314-660-9236 today! Stephanie Albanito, Full Circle Health Coaching Systems.

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