Articles from: May 2013

From the Ashes of Shame Rises a Firestorm of Transformation

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by Martin Miron

Mark Eisenhart’s inspiring saga of dropping 215 pounds from his six-foot, 455-pound frame is remarkable, but that’s not the end of the story. His total commitment to self-transformation in body, mind and spirit is a work in progress, but the Ohio native has embarked upon a far-reaching campaign to allow others to share in the wisdom he has gained from the experience and reproduce it in their own lives. Eisenhart attributes his childhood obesity to genetics and an eating disorder that was reinforced by the comfort foods his mother so lovingly served. “I was the fat kid on the playground that everybody laughed at and bullied,” he recalls.

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New Venue and Dates for Lightning in a Bottle Festival

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Lightning in a Bottle (LIB), a celebration of art, sustainability, music, performance, and life, is getting a new home and new dates this year. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved the application for Lake Skinner County Park to host The Do LaB’s famed festival, which will run for its eighth year from July 11 to July 15.

According to LIB promoters, Lake Skinner County Park is a hidden gem of Temecula they feel fortunate to have found for their long-term plans. The new site, which sits on a peninsula next to the lake, will expand the capacity of the event to 15,000 participants as well as provide more facilities like full RV hook-ups, while yielding the same natural beauty and open space that made previous festivals so well received.  The new location is also more compact, making the grounds easier to navigate and providing for a more comfortable camping experience.

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Naturally LA Launches Monthly Lunch ‘n Learns

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Naturally LA Marketing Solutions, sister company to Natural Awakenings Los Angeles announces free monthly “Lunch ‘n Learn” events where business people and practitioners can learn how to better promote their businesses. According to Todd Davis, publisher of Natural Awakenings Los Angeles, “You buy your own lunch and we’ll deliver actionable marketing and promotional tools you can leverage to drive new traffic to your business.” 

Edible Hormones Health Support for Women and Men

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In 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 that are freely available at GreenMedInfo.com, these include weight management, bone health and fertility, and natural defenses against breast and prostate cancers and osteoarthritis symptoms.

Despite drug-free approaches to hormone health that predate synthesized 20th-century hormone replacement therapy, the pharmaceutical industry has all but vanquished eating 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 guarantees an eventual biological dependency on these substances, plus possible accumulation of potentially toxic hormone metabolites, according to research published in the journal Maturitas in 2007.

From the Ashes of Shame Rises a Firestorm of Transformation

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by Martin Miron

Mark Eisenhart’s inspiring saga of dropping 215 pounds from his six-foot, 455-pound frame is remarkable, but that’s not the end of the story. His total commitment to self-transformation in body, mind and spirit is a work in progress, but the Ohio native has embarked upon a far-reaching campaign to allow others to share in the wisdom he has gained from the experience and reproduce it in their own lives.

Eisenhart attributes his childhood obesity to genetics and an eating disorder that was reinforced by the comfort foods his mother so lovingly served. “I was the fat kid on the playground that everybody laughed at and bullied,” he recalls.

Listening to Inner Wisdom Five Instincts to Heed

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by Dr. Judith Orloff

Listening 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.
 

More Sleep Helps Shed Pounds

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Enjoying 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.
 

May is Asparagus Month

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Sometimes 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.
 
 

Mystic Journey on the Move

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Venice-based spiritual bookstore Mystic Journey, serving the west side since October 2008, has outgrown its original storefront and recently moved to a new location. “Thanks to our fabulous, wonderful, amazing customers, whose support has fueled our incredible growth and allowed us to expand into our new, beautiful space,” effuses owner Jeffrey Segal. The move will not have a big impact on customers, as they are just three blocks up the street from their prior location.

Helen’s Cycles Sees Growth in Commuter Bike Sales

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Daniel Bomfim, store manager of Helen’s Cycles Manhattan Beach location, reported the first pronounced increase in the number of customers looking for commuter bikes during the spring of 2008. During that time, Los Angeles was seeing record gas prices, bounding well over the $4.00 mark. While current sales of commuter bicycles at the area’s six Helen’s Cycles may not match the peak in 2008, the volume has continued to remain well above pre-2008 levels.

According to Bomfim, the top-selling three commuter bikes at Helen’s are as follows:

  • Trek Verve 1
  • Trek FX
  • Cannondale Bad Boy

Helen’s Cycles has six area locations: Arcadia, Beverly Grove (I.Martin Imports), Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310-829-1836 or visit HelensCycles.com.