[excerpt] “I had no soft drink, chocolate, ice cream or confectionery,” Gameau told Yahoo. “All the sugars that I was eating were found in perceived healthy foods, so low-fat yogurts, and muesli bars, and cereals, and fruit juices, sports drinks … these kind of things that often parents would give their kids thinking they’re doing the right thing.”
For the 15 million Americans who live with life threatening food allergies, there is no vacation—summer or otherwise—from the vigilance required to stay safe. Every season has its own challenges. During the winter and spring holidays it may be altering favorite family recipes or explaining the dangers of cross contamination to a relative. Often, it can also mean feeling it necessary to cook every single element of a meal personally.
This issue marks both the start of a new year and a milestone in the history of Natural Awakenings. Our 90 publishers in communities around the country (plus Puerto Rico), thousands of advertisers and current monthly readership of nearly 4 million are celebrating the magazine’s 20 years in publication (more on page 16).
As I reflect on the expanding natural health and sustainable living community the magazine represents and serves, I am deeply grateful for every business owner, manager and practitioner with whom I have forged a relationship and who believes in the greater mission of Natural Awakenings.
I am excited about the prospect of meeting many more of you in the coming year. It’s humbling to consider how many readers’ lives might be changed by something they read here. In my travels around town, I have met innumerable strangers that have told me they have learned something in our pages that has helped them or a loved one. Common threads are: “I love your magazine”; “I learn so much from this”; “I always pick it up and read it cover to cover”; “I keep my issues.” I reply that I am happy for their progress because the magazine is for them—for all of you. Continue reading →