Health & Fitness
Mother Earth Living

Mother Earth Living November - December 2019

Mother Earth Living will bring you all the best and latest information you need to choose natural remedies and practice preventive medicine; cook with a nutritious and whole-food focus; create a nontoxic home; and garden for food, wellness and enjoyment. In every issue, you will find recipes for healthful foods suitable for a wide range of special diets; tips to avoid dangerous toxins in cosmetics and personal care items; hands-on gardening tips to help you grow earth-friendly gardens; and detailed information on the traditional medicinal uses of plants.

United States
Ogden Publications, Inc.
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
when needs and desires collide

DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, desires and needs become conflated as I rush to meet the expectations of the season. Desires and needs, in fact, collide for me. I can’t seem to gauge when I’ve baked enough cookies or crafted enough goodies to give away. Despite the fact that I carefully budget and shop for loved ones, I’m left dissatisfied — or at least anxious — even as the last preparations pile up in the fridge. While my stomach lets me know that I’ve sated my need for food, the conviviality of the season leaves me desirous, wanting just one more homemade dessert, one more drink. I experience different feelings when I’m sated and when I’m satisfied. Determining what I need versus what I think I want helps me satiate the…

2 min.
industry news

ECO-FRIENDLY SEARCH ENGINE What if, while you hunted online for holiday gifts, you could also give back to the planet without any extra time, effort, or money? Ecosia (www.Ecosia.org) is a search engine much like Google, but it uses ad revenue to plant trees around the world. Not only does it publish monthly financial reports, it also stays true to its goal when it comes to operations: Its servers are run with renewable energy. With 60 million trees planted and counting, Ecosia is already helping the environment. All we have to do is search. PLANT-BASED FOOD In 2017, Packaged Facts estimated the total retail sales of the meat industry would be just under $100 billion by 2021, with plant-based meat alternatives accounting for less than $2 billion. So who could have predicted that…

1 min.

www.Soles4Souls.org WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Most of us own a different pair of shoes for every occasion. But imagine if you didn’t own even one pair, and that walking was your primary mode of transportation. Consider the potential harm to your feet after years spent walking barefoot. Founded as a disaster relief organization, Soles4Souls now distributes shoes and clothing to 127 in-need countries around the world. WHAT IT DOES: • Provides relief to children who have been prevented from attending school, adults prevented from working, and the millions exposed to pain from not owning shoes.• Works with more than 1,200 other nonprofits to distribute its donations.• Manages an international micro-enterprise operation to help transport, sell, and distribute shoes, creating sustainable businesses in nations where steady incomes are hard to come by.…

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grounded in the garden

Jean’s July/August 2019 column “Attention, Perception, Awareness” really spoke to me, because this year I’ve realized how much of my self-care comes from gardening. It sounds cliche, but a day in the garden allows me to escape from reality and the stresses of life. My work involves long hours, a terrible sleep schedule, an unbalanced work and family life, difficult people, and intense micromanagement, rendering me a spent wife and mother. So, while sometimes garden projects seem daunting, after a full day of weeding, hoeing, raking, and planting, my tension and bound-up energy is released when I see the progress I’ve made. I feel much more like myself, grounded and content. While I might not be sure what choice to make, or what change I should pursue in my hectic life,…

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could-do list

NOVEMBER ▪ Clean, refill, and put out your bird feeders for those critters that overwinter in your yard. ▪ Create your own potpourri to refresh your home, or to give as a gift. ▪ Put your canned summer vegetables and cool-weather greens to use in hearty winter soups. ▪ November 28 is Thanksgiving, a day to step back, slow down, and remind yourself of what you’ve been blessed with. ▪ On November 29, instead of Black Friday, enjoy Buy Nothing Day by relaxing with friends and family and enjoying everything you already own. DECEMBER ▪ Poinsettia Day on December 12 marks the passing of botanist Joel Roberts Poinsett, who brought the blooming plant from Mexico to the U.S. (Learn more on Page 53.) ▪ Host a wreath-making party to use up the green of the season and spend…

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mother earth living book club

JOIN US NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH DECEMBER 31 as we read Mark Nepo’s More Together Than Alone (Atria Books, 2018) and discover the meaning of community and the nature of the human need for connection. Nepo’s award-winning prose about spiritual practice and spiritual presence has been lauded by many, and his books help readers establish hope. This timely collection of meditations and reflections is organized in digestible bits that yield meaningful conversation. SEARCH “MOTHER EARTH LIVING BOOK CLUB” ON FACEBOOK TO JOIN!…