New Year Tips

Be accountable to a workout group
A very common new year’s resolution is to lose weight or to start exercising again. Make life easier on yourself by tackling this resolution with a friend or a workout group. Chiropractic Wellness Center starts new workout and weight loss challenge groups almost monthly. These groups keep each other accountable through facebook and are open to the public. We primarily use the Beach Body programs since they can be tailored to fit most body types and can easily be done from the comfort of your own home.
For more information please contact 636-825-0038 or visit our website at www.cwcchiropractic.com.

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

Tips for a Pets Body, Mind and Soul
Nurture the body. Feed grain free diets and less processed (dry) foods. Look to dehydrated formulas, especially for allergies. Vary the type of proteins offered so all amino acids are available. Research shows that 94% of dogs are calcium and magnesium deficient and 97% have inflammation, needing zinc to resolve symptoms. Adding these minerals can be beneficial for weak ligaments, mental nervousness or excitability. A gentle stretching ear massage can go a long way to calm the “beast” within. Slow traction starting at the head moving out to ear tips.
Oh, and never eat yellow snow!
Dr. Ava Frick, DVM, Pet Rehab & Pain Clinic,
100 Chesterfield Commons E. Rd., 636.489.5350.

Focusing on Positive Goals for the New Year
Well, its that time of year again when people all over the world start setting their new years resolutions. And, that’s always a good thing! By far, the most popular of all resolutions is losing weight and getting healthy. In 2015, Focus on Positive Goals with your diet, rather than deprivation. All too many people focus on “I’m not eating this”, “I’m giving up that”, “No more of this”, etc. when they start changing their dietary habits. Instead, focus your dietary goals around eating more of what your body needs: Lots of Lean proteins, Fruits, Vegetables, and Water! Focus on getting good stuff in, not so much on “keeping the bad stuff out.”
Dr. Adam Hughes
Kingen Chiropractic Wellness Center

Reshape your well being
Whether weight loss is an issue and/ or you have a list of symptoms that are plaguing you or a loved one, regain your vitality and maintain the victory of your health with newly adopted eating strategies, hormone balancing, detoxification and immune enhancement all in one Dr. assisted program. Start the New Year off with guidance in the area of eating real food, with no chemicals or products to buy, while integrating very gentle exercise. We will profoundly reshape your well being, together, which is a gift to you for the New Year and forever.
Dr Sharon Fitelson; InMotion Health Center,

Get Rid Of That Cellulite
Women have been concerned with cellulite and inch loss since the beginning of time. And, women have been using various body wrap solutions to treat these conditions forever. But did you know that not all body wraps are the same? The only way to address this condition is by internal detoxification, regular internal cleansing body wraps, eating cleansing foods, daily exercise and massage. In other words, following a healthy lifestyle.
Call for your free consultation today! 314-803-0784 Linda Hoff, owner and master esthetician at Healthy Beauty Solutions, 8780 Big Bend Blvd., Suite B, Webster Groves, MO 63119. 314-803-0784. email: linda@healthybeautysolutions.com.

Learn to relax and improve your moods with essential oils.
Essential oils are very powerful and can be used with wonderful results. Aromatherapy can change your mood, lift your spirits or totally relax you. Depending on the type of stress you are experiencing, you may want to try one of the following blends: For tension, lavender and orange are good choices. For anxiety, you may want to try cedar and ylang-ylang. For irritability or anger, try bergamot and chamomile. For relaxation or sleeplessness, lavender is the best.There are a variety of ways to use the oils, either by diffusing, in a bath, a sachet or just simply sniffing. With the exception of lavender oil, never put these oils directly on your skin without diluting in a carrier oil.
Cathy Schram, Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester,

Grow sprouts indoors
Start your gardening bug by growing greens and sprouts indoors this winter! So easy to do using the Botanical Interest seed sprouter or the aeroponic Tower Garden. Please Visit www.sandimcdonald.towergarden.com to see short videos about this new way of growing fruits, veggies and herbs without planting in the ground or containers. Start your healthy eating off right! Nothing beats the taste of fresh greens and kids love watching the garden grow. So get your resolution off to a good start, eat fresher today.
Sandi Hillermann McDonald
Hillermann Nursery & Florist
2601 E. 5th Street, PO Box 1160
Washington, MO 63090
636-239-6729, www.hillermann.com

Successful resolutions
Why is it hard for most of us to maintain our new- year resolutions? Most resolutions require us to make lifestyle changes – and this requires effort. Last week I saw a movie called AWAKE. It was based on an autobiographical life of a yogi. I was impressed when he said,” To make any change, we have to exercise willpower.” To exercise willpower, one simple strategy is to start your goal slowly and gradually, increase as you experience consistency with adherence to your plan. Your will and determination are absolutely necessary in order to succeed – so choose your resolutions wisely.
Varsha Rathod M.D.

We need synergy, cooperation and empathy
Let’s consider the most prevalent and debilitating disease in St. Louis. It is most often an under or undiagnosed condition which when untreated, is left to grow like cancer. There are no specific labs nor advanced radiological modalities to order. There is no known surgical procedure that cures. It is often diagnosed empirically; by observing symptomatic behavior, or by getting a good history on the patient. This disease is RACISM. There is no way to heal this city through perpetual denial. It is here. It lives here. Well what can we do about it? What happens to our ailing heartland depends on all of us. We need all of our vital organs working together. We need synergy, cooperation and empathy for each other. Please take notice that the ENTIRE world is watching what is happening here in St. Louis.
Rosa Kincaid, M.D.
Kincaid Wellness and Anti-Aging Center
3016 Locust Street Suite 104
Saint Louis, MO 63103 314-531-0008

A good night’s sleep
Did you know we spend 1/3 or our life in bed? $20 Billion: The annual revenue of the U.S. weight-loss industry, including diet books, diet drugs and weight-loss surgeries. 1 Hour: The amount of time spent on daily exercise by people who lost and kept off at least 30 pounds of excess weight for five years. Source ABC. Is there anything you can do with less expense and less effort that can have such a positive affect your overall health and well-being than getting 7-8 hours of sleep a day? Let STL Beds help you choose just the right mattress.

“We Delivery Dreams”

Enjoy a Green Fling: Flirt with Dirt!
It’s alive! It’s brown! It’s super-powered to nourish life and sequester tons of excess Carbon! It’s handy, right there underfoot. Let’s grow to love our relatives in the cracks of just about everything: with over 6 billion organisms at home in every teaspoon of soil, we’ve got a lot of new-found friend potential to dig into. As we learn to cherish Biodiversity, let’s value Dirt’s deep gifts of life, with 95% of all Earth’s species able to swell an underground movement toward a truly Healthy Planet. This New Year, let’s transform our fears about crud and cooties, boost our immune systems and Go Bacterial (not just viral) in an eco-logical way. Convert to a love affair with DIRT!
“Green Jean” Ponzi,Green Resources Manager
EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden
4651 Shaw Boulevard. St. Louis MO 63110

Happiness is a choice
Life is so much finer if you choose to focus on the happy! Feeling blue? Do something that makes you feel good! Here are some of my favorite happy things to do: see movies, stroll through one of St. Louis’ awesome parks, eat healthy and delicious food, ride my bike, break bread with uplifting friends – surround yourself with these kinds of folks and you will see a positive difference!, spend quality time with my dog, browse through antique malls enjoying the beauty and craftsmanship of things past, enjoy “zen” time – for me it’s curled up on the couch with the newspaper and coffee, replace negative thoughts with ones that make you happy… What are your favorite things to do?
Karen Klaus, Director of Development
Operation Food Search,
(314) 726-5355 X 23

Heal with Clean Filtered Water
We are exposed to toxins in our air, food, and water every day. Make sure to drink only pure, filtered water to flush toxins away. Depending on your weight, drink 75-150 ounces of water per day. Also, use the power of clean filtered water to help you detoxify through colon hydrotherapy. The process is comfortable, with warm water used at very gentle pressure for 40 minutes. Client draping protects privacy. The procedure also helps with IBS, constipation, parasites, and more.
Holistic Fitness in Shrewsbury, 314-647-3999,

Switch to all-natural body care products
Think baby steps as you work to replace your personal care routine with more natural skincare and body products. Sometimes one is overwhelmed with the thought of throwing out all of one’s toiletries and replacing everything with more natural products. Instead of taking on such an overwhelming task, think in terms of one body area at a time. Maybe you can start with your shower soap or wash, and replace it with a natural castile (olive oil) base bath bar. Once you’ve gotten comfortable with that change, move on to a natural product body scrub or a talc free body powder. If you think in terms of one thing at a time, you’re more likely to make the change and feel better about your New Year’s resolution to go all natural!
126 S. Central Ave., Eureka MO 63025

Make 2015 green!
Reduce water pollution by using less road salt this winter. Make your own liquid brine and use bird seed for traction instead. For healthy eating for the planet try meatless Mondays, buy local fruits and vegetables, eat seasonal and read the St. Louis Regional Food Study at www.moenviron.org. Send a letter to your federally elected officials urging them to reduce carbon pollution and remove radioactive waste in the floodplain in the West Lake Landfill Superfund site in Bridgeton. And become a member of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment!
Heather B. Navarro, Executive Director
Missouri Coalition For The Environment


Breathe, Relax, Smile
You’re not “doing it wrong.” You’ve simply forgotten who you are, and why you are here. Dive into this moment and remember. Breathe. Relax. Smile. How do you know that you are exactly where you need to be? Because this is where you are. Everything You Need Is Right Here.
Kimberly Schneider, M.Ed., J.D., LPC is a transformational coach and speaker and the author of Everything You Need Is Right Here: Five Steps to Manifesting Magic and Miracles. 314-275-8188
Request Kimberly’s free eCourse at www.KimberlySchneider.com and receive the introduction and sample chapter of her book.

Spend time in nature
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 nearby 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: www.CreativityForTheSoul.com/blog or website: www.CreativityForTheSoul.com. 314 504-4266.

The Top Five Reasons Why to Drink Craft Beer
Llywelyn’s Pub would like to share with you our top five reasons why you should drink more craft beer in 2015. Good Food and Good Beer go hand in hand. Come into any of our 6 locations and try some of our tasty Celtic pub fare while sipping on a great beer to cleanse the palette. Health Benefits. Some research says craft beer has the same health benefits as red wine, but then again we’re not doctors, just beer aficionados! Growlers! By purchasing a $5.00 growler at your local Llywelyn’s Pub you can fill and refill as many craft beers as you’d like. Great beer equals great times! Nowhere better than Llywelyn’s Pub with over 40+ draughts. Drink & eat more, earn more. Join our VIP program and start receiving rewards every time you come in! Bonus: More Beer, More Food, More Fun! Shall I say anymore?
Visit our website for a complete list of what we are offering. www.llywelynspub.com.

Essential Oils and signature blends
Be Young Total Health regimen is a comprehensive, whole-body defense system based on a full understanding of environmental contaminants, comprehensive nutrition, and the benefits of cleansing. Our products boast of quality and purity that surpasses any competing product. And because our products have such high concentrations of key ingredients, you will find yourself saving more than time, you’ll save money too! Skilled medical professionals and body practitioners only accept essential oils guaranteed pure. Be Young Total Health is proud to supply essential oils and signature blends renowned for their quality.
Contact Donna Langenbacher,

Resolve to Meditate
Does your list of resolutions for the New Year include reducing stress and anxiety or leading a healthier lifestyle? If so, consider adding one more resolution to your list. Learn to meditate in 2015 and help make this resolution a reality in your life! Thousands of scientific studies have shown that meditation is beneficial for a wide range of health problems. Other benefits include better sleep, reduced blood pressure, and improved relationships. Doctors cite stress as a contributing factor to many illnesses. As stress is greatly reduced through meditation, our minds and bodies function with more effectiveness, creating health, vitality and happiness! Resolve to meditate in 2015!
Shirley Stoll is certified by Dr. Deepak Chopra
to teach Primordial Sound Meditation.
Contact Shirley Stoll to reserve space in a class in 2015. Discounts are available for senior citizens, full time students, and military personnel.
800-796-1144 • shirlstoll@gmail.com

Get back on the healthy eating track
The holidays are over and we all probably indulged in way too many scrumptious sweets and treats. To get back on track with your healthy eating habits, keep things simple and aim to fill at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, a quarter with a lean protein (think grilled salmon or beans), and a quarter with whole grains (brown rice or barley are excellent, fiber-filled options). A glass of skim milk or a serving of reduced-fat cheese completes this meal. Following MyPlate when preparing your meals ensures that you are getting the proper portions of all of the five food groups.”
Kari Hartel, RD, LD Program Coordinator, Cooking Matters, Operation Food Search
Phone: 314.726.5355 ext. 22

Intentional meals
Honor your meals and the digestion process. It’s common to snack all day, never enjoying proper meals. Instead, plan for mindful meals without distractions. Before eating take moments to enjoy the sights and sounds of your meal. Chew your food well as nutrients are better absorbed when properly broken down. Minimize liquids with meals because they can dilute digestive enzymes, demanding more enzyme production and slowing digestion. End meals with naturally sweet fruits and try eating until no longer hungry, instead of until you are stuffed. Practicing intentional meals becomes a healthy ritual and helps you avoid overeating.
Monica Stoutenborough – PuraVegan Cafe & Yoga
307 Belt Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63112

Put a little spice in your life
Spices and seasonings are a great way of making the boredom of some healthy foods more exciting – Most processed or prepared foods are relying on sugar, fat and starch to keep you eating and eating. You can take just a few spices or seasonings and love and look forward to the healthy foods you thought you didn’t like. The more you love seasoned healthy foods the less excess food you will eat and the better you will feel. We are determined to help provide a large selection of spices, seasonings and herbs to help you eat better not more.
Randy Greene
Greene’s Country Store
8621 Hwy N, Lake St Louis Mo.

Buy only what you eat
Approximately 40% of food in the US goes to waste. Let 2015 be the year that you are not contributing to this statistic! Buy only what you will eat. If you do buy extra; compost it! Give it back to the Earth to increase organic matter in the soil. Starting a compost bin is easy, inexpensive and one of the most sustainable things you can do!
Visit any of our 4 local facilities.
St. Louis Composting
39 Old Elam Ave., Valley Park, MO 63088

How to see the best in your teen
1. Whatever the argument, appreciate them for having the courage to question and challenge what does not feel right to them. Celebrate that they are following their truth. 2. Remember they are pushing against the edges of what they know. If you are a part of that edge, smile and don’t take yourself so seriously. That was once your role. 3. No matter how they are showing up, all they want is love. Be that love. Sometimes that means trusting them to learn for themselves.
by Vera Gabliani, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist

Create personally
Whether it’s your home or your workplace, add something of yourself to claim the space as your own. A piece of art that you’ve created yourself can add a personal element to any area. Frame a sketch you’ve done, even if it’s one you did while in school. Take a photo with an artistic angle, print an enlargement and put it on your wall. Try your hand at a craft project and display it. It may not be a masterpiece, but such a piece can give you peace all year long. Let your inner artist out!
Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky

Women’s wellness weekend
Trout Lodge is holding its Women’s Wellness Weekend February 27 – March 1, for women 18+ of all abilities. Classes include dutch oven cooking, various workouts, horseback riding, juicing, paintball, riflery, archery, self-defense, square foot gardening, winery tour and much more – there’s over 65 classes to choose from, or you can kick back and relax. It’s only $265 per person for the whole weekend! That’s lodging, all meals and most activities. At Trout Lodge, every day is a grand adventure and every woman is a goddess!
For further information go to troutlodge.org/womens-wellness-weekend-2015 or 888-FUN-YMCA. Start 2015 feeling inspired and refreshed.

Do things differently for a 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,

As a Career, Massage Therapy Offers a Lot of Flexibility!
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Missouri College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Missouri College cannot guarantee employment or salary. Credits earned are unlikely to transfer. Find employment rates, financial obligations and other disclosures at www.missouricollege.edu/disclosures.

Unstructured play
Unstructured play has been shown to be tremendously beneficial for the developing brain. Even 20-30 minutes of free play can help kids increase focus and concentration, improve language skills and enhance problem-solving skills.
Come visit The Magic House to engage in endless unstructured play. 516 S. Kirkwood Road. www.magichouse.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
314.521.1006, earthdancefarms@gmail.com

Eat Healthier in 2015
If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, Ann Lemcke, owner of The Art of Entertaining, suggests substituting chicken broth for heavy cream in your sauces; this reduces your fat and calorie intake by more than 90%! Stop by The Art of Entertaining for a tasty, healthy, low calorie, low sodium or gluten free dinner that is already prepared for your convenience. Our affordable dinners are made fresh daily! We use fresh herbs, fruit, spices and vegetables in our dinners for great flavor without all the fat and calories!
The Art of Entertaining, 8796 Big Bend Rd., 63119,

Exchange goods & services Instead of cash
For more than 30 years, ITEX Corporation has helped tens of thousands of businesses generate new sales, conserve precious cash flow and increase profits. With our leading payment technology platform for processing transactions and our exclusive distribution channel, member businesses utilize our “ITEX dollars” to exchange goods and services, rather than use cash.Benefits include: • ITEX Trade Directors help generate new customers by advertising your business to other ITEX members • ITEX dollars are used to buy and sell products and services among members instead of spending cash • Record keeping services with 24×7 online account access • ITEX Mobile – Instant access to members, payment processing and account information.

Healthy living begins with healthy food
One positive change all aspiring and seasoned earth stewards can make is to simply shift the way one eats and shops. It focuses more on seasonal eating – supporting the actual farmers throughout the length of their growing season- buying what they have an abundance of. In coastal parts of the country farmers markets are a social event; everyone in town comes out to support the local farmers. The farmers sell out of produce quickly, making the time and effort of the seed to table process sustain itself. St. Louis has amazing farmers markets. The Tower Grove Farmers Market on Saturday mornings is a great place to interact with like minded individuals and a great time for kids. The Schlafly Farmers Market on Wednesday evenings is always a good time. The farmers need the support of the community in order to sustain their existence. Avid Locavores join a CSA and shop at the farmers market for sustainable meats, eggs, and supplemental veggies for canning and preserving.
La Vista CSA Farm is now accepting members for the 2015 season. We deliver every Saturday morning to Garden Heights Nursery on 1605 S. Big Bend Blvd.
Visit www.lavistacsa.org for more info.

Help The Animals
May 2015 be the year the plight of animals is eased because of YOU…because you choose to make life better for them. Volunteer! 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 reap the rewards of your gift. May you always know the joy of giving and receiving.
Suzanne K. Gassner, Director of Education
Humane Society of Missouri
1201 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110

Be Proactive!
I like the word proactive because it is very positive. I thought about titling this” How to avoid procrastination,” but even the word seems mired in guilt, accusatory. The root word crastinus( Latin) literally means “belonging to tomorrow.” So what are the benefits of becomingproactive, the art of initiating change and being prepared for tomorrow, today? Peace of mind, a feeling of strength and purpose, and a healthy feeling. Delaying the inevitable might feel like an easy choice, however it makes you feel weak, useless, and helpless. Making a plan results in feeling competent, capable, in charge. Experience personal freedom! Happy New Year!
Jackie Fokkens (CH), Certified Hypnotherapist
11457 Olde Cabin Road Ste. 345
Creve Coeur, MO. 63141 • 314-691-2125

A spot of organic tea
January is National Hot Tea Month. What better way to celebrate than by enjoying a cup of quality loose-leaf tea. It only takes a moment or two more to brew from loose-leaf vs. teabag, and you get so much more flavor and vitality. I’m often asked: “Which tea is the healthiest?” Response: The one you Will Drink. We focus on offering high quality organic teas, paying our employees a decent wage, and supporting other local businesses. For Your health and that of your community, GoLocal STL in 2015
Kateri Meyer, Traveling Tea 2707 Sutton Blvd Maplewood, MO 63143


The MORE FAT we add, the more TOXIC we become. Being overweight puts you at risk for serious diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Start today! • Drink plenty of water • Reduce refined flours, sugars and processed foods• Eat more vegetables – leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower• Remove caffeine • Add protein with meals• Eat Organic• Get enough sleep. EXPECT – ENERGY, CLARITY, and WEIGHT LOSS. Need more help? How about SHAPE ReClaimed which is a safe, affordable, sustainable lifestyle that supports healthy weight.
Amy K Davis MD

Quit taking things so personally
Stop giving away your energy to other people in unconstructive ways. You’ll make more progress in relationships by paying attention to your own issues, than by trying to fix others. The only person you can “manage” is yourself, so put your energy to good use in this way. Take some time to look inside yourself and get to know yourself better, and understand what has shaped you into the person you are today. Not only will you benefit from this self-exploration, but so will all the other people that you have attracted in your life.
Kate Schroeder, M.Ed., LPC, NCC Transformation Counseling, LLC
8084 Watson Rd, Ste 226, St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 761-5310

Repurpose Reuse and Reclaim
At The Green Shag Market we would like to encourage all of you to continue to Re purpose Reuse and Reclaim in the New Year of 2015 by finding new homes and uses for unused furniture, vintage clothing, artwork, lighting, home décor and many other items. Finding a new purpose is our specialty. Start by Reusing an item in another room. Paint it (can’t paint? we know someone who can do it for you). Take an old dresser and use it for a T.V. stand, buffet or even use it in a kitchen for extra storage and workspace.
Come and visit us at 5733 Manchester Ave. and let us help you Reclaim some great stuff! Be sure to Like us on facebook.

Try a biomat or far infrared portable sauna
To be healthier, sit on a Biomat or in a Far Infrared Portable Sauna for 30 minutes a day, or every other day, while watching TV or while relaxing. Far 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 $62 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 for a Free Biomat or Far Infrared Portable Sauna demo use for 7 days, delivered to you…
Call Clint at (314) 562-0844

Your sleeping position
Waking up with lots of pain? Your sleeping position may be to blame. Sleeping on your back is best and puts the least amount of pressure on your lower back. Side sleeper? Place a pillow between your legs And keep your kneecaps aligned. This prevents over rotating your hips, which leads to pelvic imbalance. If one leg is longer than the other while lying on your back, chances are your pelvis is misaligned. Sorry stomach sleepers, but it’s the worst position for low back sufferers and adds almost seven times the amount of pressure to your lumbar spine, compared to back sleeping.
Dr. Cam Myers, Align Health and Wellness
10733 Big Bend Blvd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
(314) 691-0066

Plan an Empowering and Safe Birth Experience with a Midwife
If you are pregnant, or considering becoming pregnant, promote your health and well being by hiring a midwife for your maternity care. A midwife is a specialist in normal, low-risk pregnancy and childbirth; she honors women and families with individualized, holistic care. Midwives and out-of-hospital birth (homebirth or birth center) are evidence-based ways to minimize medical intervention and promote the health and well being of women, babies and families. Midwives incorporate shared decision making so that you can make informed and empowering choices about your health and well-being. A midwife nurtures women through pregnancy, the labor and birth and throughout the post-partum period, promoting breastfeeding, holistic health and nutrition.
Confluence Midwifery Center,

Make an effort to slow down & Reflect
The stress and demands of a fast-paced world allow little time for reflection. Making an effort to slow down and take time to dig deeper into our thoughts and experiences can help to develop a healthier framework with which to experience the world. Whether it is waking up early for quiet meditation, taking a lunch break to walk around the neighborhood, or contemplating a work of art, we can make small but meaningful steps towards becoming more engaged with ourselves and our surroundings.
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Through engaging exhibitions, programs, and partnerships with artists, curators, and innovators, Pulitzer Arts Foundation strives to inspire audiences to think differently about creativity in daily life.

New year resolutions
Most New Year’s resolutions deal with weight loss or working out to get healthy. Begun with good intentions, yet soon forgotten. How can we break this cycle? Set a New Year’s goal instead of a resolution. Make it attainable and determine a proper reward for meeting this goal. For weight loss a proper goal could be dropping 2 pant or dress sizes. Reward yourself with a nice pair of slacks or a dress, but 2 sizes too small. The reward is fitting into those great new clothes. Keep the clothes out as a reminder of your goal. If losing weight has been difficult for you, consider seeking help. Our office offers a weight loss program called the Shape Reclaimed Diet that is a synthetic version of the HCG diet. Its’ benefits are more than just weight loss.
For more information contact Committed to Health Chiropractic Center at 314-542-2003 or go on our website at www.committedtohealth.us.

Structural Integration and Standing
Why is standing important? You can be relaxed and keep strains off of your body with good posture. Some of us have challenges with our necks and backs, much of this is related to how we stand. To improve your posture start with your knees at ease. They should be straight but not locked. Then check-in where the weight is in your feet. It should be balanced front to back and side to side. With this as your starting point, practice it and see what what your changes are throughout your day. Changing the alignment of the feet is part of this process and relates to walking and running.. To change the position of the feet can take time as the patterns that are holding them need to be changed slowly otherwise the body will compensate and a new pattern is created that overpowers the older. That expends a lot of extra energy.
Sally@RolfSTL.com or 314-771-8730 Alan@RolfSTL.com

Think about setting a new type of resolution
Far too many people adopt resolutions around the same stale goals (weight loss, money and exercise), year after year, only to end up feeling like a failure yet again. This year make a resolution to shed yourself of the limiting labels that are responsible for your seeming inability to move forward and accomplish your goals. “I’m too fat…I’m no good with money…I’m unlovable…I’m not a good enough parent…I can’t pick good partners….I have depression, etc.” Soon you believe the labels, begin to feel limited in what you can actually accomplish and there the evolution of the self-fulfilling prophecy begins. This New Year make a decision to end your self-defeating narrative, so you can remove the self-imposed roadblocks and see just how far you can go.
Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Tips for weight loss
Many of my clients use a food log, Fitness Pal or some other method of tracking their actual activity. Some clients discover that just parking farther from the door, taking the steps instead of the elevator and walking at their breaks allows them to burn the necessary calories to reduce weight. Others discover that using a smaller plate, splitting the meal at a restaurant and eating slowly can result in several pounds of weight loss.
William Mitchell M. Div., BCH, CI
Founder/Managing Director
Personal Motivation Hypnosis Clinic
www.hypnoprogram.com ; www.wmpmhc.info 

2015 is a year of balance
Learning how to balance your life allows for healing to flow freely. Be kind to yourself, so when you make a choice that is not the best, you may then feel empowered to make a different choice. There is a power in choosing. If you decide to go off your meal plan, nutrients, exercise plan or meditations; please know that this is a part of your natural ebb and flow of living. When you are done with that choice, you may now move into a space of health and healing. Healing is a constant and the only constant in life is change.
Yours in Healing,
Jamila Owens-Todd, Naturopathic Doctor