Whole Life Magazine

October/November 2014

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I t is with some trepidation that I welcome you to our annual Food issue. Wait, wait, is that a good way to start? It's real, be- cause some of the subjects in this issue are controversial. This is not a typical Food issue with exotic photos of complicated delicacies positioned perfectly amidst china and crystal place settings. It is more a tiny provocative window—tiny because a community magazine is not able to do in-depth investigative journalism—into the sources of our food. To really understand food, we need to follow it back—how it got to our tables, and before that, to the place where we purchased it; its total impact on our ecosystem and other life forms; and ramifica- tions for those living in the place where it was produced. This is com- plicated stuff that most of us don't focus on very often, even at Thanks- giving, when we tend to bypass all those other considerations and ex- press our appreciation directly to a Higher Power. Nothing wrong with gratitude, of course, but it's not entirely a cosmic event that makes food appear before us. We're questioning some of those other aspects in this issue, so please continue at your own risk, keeping in mind that nothing in life is all positive or all negative. One of our challenges on the material plane is to navigate a path of balance. So read on, but get ready to think about some difficult questions: If you eat dairy, how does the farmer treat his/her animals (pg. 22)? If you eat quinoa, how is the economy where it is grown, and what is the carbon impact of shipping it to your local market (pg. 24)? If you enjoy prepared foods, how much do you know about the flavorings used in making them (pg. 26)? Plus yes, recipes, as well as a great new restaurant you'll definitely want to try, and supplement recommendations… We've even got suggestions for getaways where you can work with a chef and learn how to prepare your own delicious dishes (pg. 28). You also need to feed your soul. Do you have a nurturing yoga practice (pg. 13)? Are you aware of the healing powers of chanting? Personally I enjoy kirtan in moderate amounts, though I'm more inclined to listen to jazz, but I sometimes have sleep challenges, so last night, Inspired by our story about kir- tan for PTSD (pg. 14), I turned on my favorite Deva Premal CD (Password) and did a little yoga before bed. I slept like a baby. Whether you grow your food or buy it, it requires an invest- ment, and if you're reading this magazine, chances are you're committed to high quality. Let's face it, organic costs more, so it's going to require a bigger budget. Is it time for you to think about a second revenue stream? Get inspired about creating additional income while also continuing what you already have going (pg. 20). There are so many options: coaching, selling nutritional products, creating your own line of homemade body care products, teaching, or simply adding another tool to work you're already doing. Whatever you do, life is short so enjoy what you eat and what you do with your time. To adapt a timeworn expression, nobody ever said on his/her deathbed, "I should have eaten more junk food." from the editor Dear Readers, A non-surgical treatment which promotes the body's own natural healing ability to stabilize and strengthen weak ligaments, tendons and joints. G. Megan Shields, M.D. and J. Keller Wortham, M.D., are experts in the delivery of this breakthrough pain relief procedure. To learn more go to www.doctorprolotherapy.com Optimum Wellness Medical Group, Inc. 1030 S. Glendale Ave., Suite 503, Glendale | 818-547-5400 photo: Paul Andrews 6 wholelifetimesmagazine.com

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