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Fall Offerings at Audubon Society

The Connecticut Audubon Society (CAS)—conserving Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and habitats—is always offering programs and events for all ages interested in learning about our natural habitats, notably in local facilities at Pomfret Center and Trail Wood.

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Winter/Spring Workshops with Wilcox Wellness

Erica Wilcox, psychotherapist and wellness coach based in Southington, helps her clients overcome obstacles that are keeping them from living fulfilled, happy and healthy lives. She offers individual and group sessions, including the upcoming six-week workshop, Stress Less, Live Fully, held each Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30pm, beginning November 27.

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Clean Energy Informational Events

The Solar Energy Association of Connecticut will hold a seminar on microgrids, featuring David Ferrante from Eversource Energy, Christopher Bleuher from Schneider Electric, and Bernie Pelletier and Mark Scully from People’s Action for Clean Energy (PACE), at 1:30pm, November 4. The event is free of charge and takes place at the Community Room of the Manchester Police Station.

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The Healing in Harmony Center Holds Holiday Events in New Space

The Healing in Harmony Center has moved to a new expanded location in Glastonbury. The center’s 4,200-square-foot space now houses two classrooms, six treatment rooms, an event center and outdoor event space. The premier spiritual healing, counseling and education center will host two notable holiday events this month and next.

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Spirulina Reduces Weight and Cholesterol

Spirulina platensis, a single-celled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. A new study from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, tested the efficacy of spirulina supplementation on the body mass index (BMI), weight and cholesterol levels of 64 obese adults between the ages of 20 and 50.

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Digital Detox

Connect More Meaningfully with Yourself and Others

by Danielle Sullo

When we hear the word “detox”, images of herbal tea, vegetables, enormous water bottles and green drinks may come to mind. In the traditional sense, these are our associations with the type of detox to which humans have been turning for ages; a detox to cleanse the body and potentially rid ourselves of that which is unwelcome in our lives. Unbeknownst to some, while the detox does result in a removal of sorts, embarking upon the process of detoxification begins a journey within: a journey of self-discovery, creativity and connection.

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A Naturopathic Approach to Metabolic Syndrome

by Nick Edgerton

Metabolism is the summation of active chemical processes in an organism to support life. With lackadaisical metabolism comes onset of disease. Metabolic syndrome, also referred to as metabolic imbalance or Syndrome X, is a group of coinciding biological parameters that increase the risk of developing heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). The diagnosis is formally given when an individual has met three of the following five criteria:

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Balancing Metabolic Syndrome in the Kitchen

Select Foods Eliminate Inflammation, Strengthen Immunity

by Jeanne Tennis

Mindful eating, plant-centered, plant-based, seasonal, holistic eating, whole food, vegan, clean, down-to-earth, back-to-nature, local, fresh focused, unprocessed—no matter how we care to label it, making dietary adjustments that bring more plants into our daily life is a profoundly powerful step in the right direction toward addressing and curbing the effects that lead to metabolic dysfunction.

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Think Beyond Pie!

Pumpkin Offers Health Benefits

by Shana Griffin

At 50 calories, 3 grams of fiber per cup, and chock full of Vitamin A, C and K, there is definitely a place for pumpkin in most diets. If you’re looking for creative ways to cash in on the health benefits of pumpkin in your diet, look no further. Try some of these creative ways to pack in the pumpkin this fall.

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Sacred Silence

Discover the Benefits of Quiet at a Silent Retreat

by April Thompson

Individuals seeking to escape life’s ceaseless distractions, deepen their personal spiritual practice, enhance well-being and gain fresh perspective, are patronizing silent retreats in rising numbers.

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Reimagining One of America’s First Inclusive Playgrounds

After five years of renovations, inclusive playground Jonathan’s Dream has finally opened its grounds to the public again. The original Jonathan’s Dream was built in 1996 in memory of Amy and Peter Barzach’s son Jonathan Peter Barzach. It was the first Boundless Playground to offer an inclusive, accessible play space for families and children of all abilities.

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Experience a Day of Spiritual Immersion

On November 11, compelling conversation, inspirational talks from women healers of the world, holiday shopping, music and food await you in Woodbury, hosted by Salt of the Earth Sanctuary and Inspirit Healing Center. The Soulful Saturday event will take place from 10:30am to 5pm.

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Experiencing Spiritual and Creative Enlightenment

On November 12, the New Age and Craft Expo will be held at the Wyndham Southbury from 10am to 5pm. Intuitive readers will be available. Learn about your past, any obstacles or open doors ahead. Be guided by the angels, spirit guides or loved ones. Bring a picture of a pet and find out what they’d like you to know. Have your aura photo taken, or take a break for a relaxing massage or Reiki session.

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Banning Trans Fats Lowers Heart Attacks

Eleven counties in New York instituted restrictions on trans fatty acids in restaurants in 2007. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine used data from the New York State Department of Health statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System and U.S. Census population estimates to determine the impact of these

 

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Women Live Longer When Surrounded by Greenery

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, followed 108,630 U.S. women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study between 2000 and 2008, comparing their mortality rates with the amount of vegetation around their homes.

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Weight-Loss Saboteurs

Tackling Obesity’s Hidden Causes

by Lisa Marshall

Eat less, move more. These words have been the cornerstone of diet advice for decades, leading millions of Americans to greet the new year with vows to cut calories and hit the gym. In all, one in five U.S. adults are dieting at any given time, according to the international market research firm The NPD Group, and 57 percent would like to lose 20 pounds or more. Yet few will reach that goal.

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Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally

by Linda Sechrist

More health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life, and the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes.

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A Thanksgiving You Don’t Have to Recuperate From

Reduce Stress by Watching Grain, Sugar and Dairy Intake

by Ayelet Connell

The holidays are around the corner again, and that means family, friends and turkey. But for many, the holiday season can induce stress, whether because of more or less time with family, poor choices for food or too many responsibilities. Often we feel like we need to recuperate after the holidays. Here are some strategies that can help to reduce stress during the holidays, while maintaining a healthy balance.

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Managing Holiday Stress in Pets

by Mary Oquendo

Holiday season is about to get started. It is a stressful time for many people, but some may not realize that pets can suffer the same stressful effects, both physically and emotionally.

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Silence as Self-Love

Open Pandora’s Box to Pursue Soul Healing

by Nicole Miale

The word retreat by definition means “an act of moving back or withdrawing.” In a time of hyper-stimulation in the face of technology and ever-pressing demands, a retreat has come to mean time away from the stresses and concerns of everyday life. The term, once exemplified by a fleeing army, now stands for a refresh of the body, mind and spirit. People go on retreat for many reasons and the form varies based on the individual’s specific needs and personal spiritual practice. Whether someone is seeking deeper meaning in their life, needs time for reflection, desires healing or simply wants to get away from the demands of daily life for an hour, the modern definition of a retreat is an act of loving self-care.

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