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Posted by: | Posted on: December 1, 2022

My Favorite Local Holiday Tradition…

We enjoy skating at Ice on Main in
Downtown Greenville.

Rebecca Yeargin, Hydrate Health

We always meet at the Hyatt downtown
and look at the trees decorated by different groups, charities, etc., and then go to dinner somewhere downtown. There’s about 20 of us,
including family from North Carolina.

Kiersten Bell, Coldwell Banker Caine

We enjoy going to Ice on Main and checking out
the Christmas lights around town.
Dr. Mike Robles, Carolina Spine & Health

Looking forward to the Bob Jones
University lighting and hymn singing.
Mike Reekie, Living Healthy Technologies

Wishing everyone health, harmony
and love for the world.
– Dr. Jeanne Petan, Solutions in Healthcare

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Sauce 

by Nourish By Rebecca


Rich, smooth and delicious…this dairy-free sauce is incredibly easy and quick to make..a great recipe to make when you need something extra to serve with a stack of pancakes or waffles.  It’s also delicious as a dip for fresh fruit too.


• 1/2 cup (65g) cacao powder

• 1/2 cup (125ml) dairy-free milk

• 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. (90ml) maple syrup

• 1 tsp. vanilla extract

• Pinch of salt

• 15g dairy-free chocolate chips (optional)


Place all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a saucepan and warm gently while whisking together.

Continue whisking until the sauce is smooth.  As soon as the sauce comes to a simmer, remove from the heat.

Whisk in the chocolate chips, if using, until the sauce is smooth. 

Place in an airtight container and allow to cool fully before storing in the fridge for up to 5 days.

The sauce will thicken in the fridge, to loosen it, gently warm the sauce in a pan before serving.

To keep the sauce dairy-free

To keep this chocolate sauce dairy-free, you could use any dairy-free milk; coconut, almond, oat, etc.

Use Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips; It’s always worth checking the ingredients list when buying chocolate to be sure it contains no dairy ingredients.

How to store the chocolate sauce

This chocolate sauce stores well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.  The sauce will thicken in the fridge.

To make the sauce runnier after it has been in the fridge simply warm it gently in the microwave or pan to loosen it.

Posted by: | Posted on: December 1, 2022

What is EDS

(Electro-Dermal Stress)Testing?

by Liz Liokumovich

This time around I ventured out to learn and experience a new type of modality very unfamiliar to me; this was Electrodermal Stress Testing or simply EDS, a non-invasive biofeedback test. Now let me be honest with you, I have never even heard of this! Prior to my adventure to Eternal Wellness, I was recommended to watch a couple of videos on EDS and its use and get a little familiar with it. At Eternal Wellness, I was introduced to Amber Walczuk who would perform my EDS. Amber is the owner of this brand-new facility and is a wealth of information and an amazing educator. She is a registered nurse and an EDS technician with over a decade of hospital and other medical industry experience. She truly is a gem.  

At the onset of my exam, I was asked questions about my health as this would lay out the basic foundation into the biofeedback results. This is common practice for such a comprehensive exam. As I sat back comfortably, I was given a brass probe to hold onto with my left hand. This is one of two brass probes attached to the biofeedback machine. The other probe was used by Amber on my right hand to touch points along acupuncture meridians. It was explained to me that the purpose of this is to create this biofeedback loop which would measure certain frequencies within the body. I was informed that the machine would use about one volt of electricity, and that I would not even feel it. Well, that was good! At this point, I kept asking myself, “how does this work?” It turns out that the frequencies the EDS machine picks up then gives a complete “picture” of what systems and organs are out of balance. A more in-depth, secondary look shows what is actually creating these illnesses and imbalances. Since everything in our body has measurable frequencies, these numbers are read against the system’s catalogue.

For example, the scoring is from 0-100, a score of 50 would be considered a no issue and a healthy balance. Anything below 50 means the organ/system is not functioning, anything over 50 would mean there is an issue and an imbalance with that part. What was even more amazing to me was that the program took a tertiary look, by finding the solutions! These were recommendations and dosages of certain homeopathic tinctures and supplements that were pinpointed to the imbalances. I can see how this test is very highly individualized. It was very impressive to me as I have never had a biofeedback exam of this sort.  

The average duration of the test is between one to two hours long. With that, the main goal is to determine the right path to detox. Detoxing helps the body to drain toxins and ultimately support the body’s healing process. Honestly, I was very impressed with the results! Just three days after taking the recommended supplements, I noticed a big improvement in my issues. I just felt so much better on multiple levels, and I am grateful for having been introduced to this easy, non-invasive method, and a path to feeling better and healing. 

To learn more about EDS Testing, contact Eternal Wellness at 864-921-9272.

Liz is a wife and homeschooling mom of four by day, and a self-proclaimed “Researcher-Hawk” by night (with hopefully some sleep in-between). She’s looking forward to discovering more natural therapies to keep her life in balance.

Posted by: | Posted on: December 1, 2022

Outside the-Box-Dating

by Kay Lucas

What do you imagine when you hear the phrase “Date Night”? An outing of some sort, like dinner and a movie? Perhaps you hear “Cha-Ching” instead. Romance doesn’t need to be fancy or pricey. Whether you are on a first date or in an established relationship, it’s about making a connection with someone else and finding common interests.

Here are some ideas to help you think outside the box.

A Walk in the Park

Don’t rule out outdoor dates just because it is winter. Take a walk hand-in-hand in one of the area’s beautiful parks. It should be no surprise that you can find lasting love walking along Falls Park in Downtown Greenville; it has happened before. Plan ahead and pack a picnic. Not only is it extra romantic, but it might save you money too!

Afternoon Delight

Looking for a little more adventure? Kick the walking-in-the-park idea up a notch and hit the trails for a day date. There are some fantastic views and waterfalls out there for you to discover! Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville is a nearby option, but if you are up for a drive, try Table Rock, Caesars Head, or Jones Gap (all state parks). You will find trails for all experience levels.

Dance the Night Away

Search for local events, especially with live music. Dancing is a great way to fall in sync. There is just something about the way you connect through music and movement. It’s known to reduce anxiety and release endorphins. You don’t need a natural rhythm to have fun cutting a rug. No one has ever complained about spending an evening laughing, even if it is at themselves.


Escape the city lights to find a dark place to enjoy some star gazing. Start by watching the sunset with a fire pit and a warm beverage, and have plenty of blankets because it is going to get cold. Mother Nature will show off a bit this winter with amazing meteor showers! Although you can still catch sight of a falling star most of December and early January, peak nights are Dec.13-14, Dec. 22-23, and Jan 3-4. Go to for night sky information, including an interactive map.

You don’t need to break the bank to get out of the dating rut. Once you start looking, the possibilities are endless. Get creative, share your passions, and try something new.

Kay Lucas is a local romance novelist, massage therapist, wife, and mother of four. When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, she loves to dance while cooking and tend to her many fur and feathered friends.

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Finding Joy in the Season!

by “Woobie” aka Lyn-Dee Eldridge

Tis the season to get up and go! From the moment you wake up, choose to find joy because it isn’t a gift that someone can give you. You may need to remind yourself that opening your eyes to a new day is a blessing not to be taken for granted. With that in mind, stretch to rejuvenate your muscles while simultaneously flooding your brain with endorphins. This will help elevate your mood and give you feelings of gratitude and joy to set you on your way. Playing music while dressing in your favorite warm weather wear will comfort you and prepare you for everything you‘ll face for the day. 

Baby, it’s cold outside, but don’t let the low temps and short daylight hours bring you down. Embrace the fresh breeze that hits your cheeks while you walk down the sidewalk or out to your car. Breathe in the crisp, delicious air, allowing it to flow in and out of your body, and give thanks for the pure beauty of the season. 

The Upstate doesn’t stop during the winter, and neither should you. There are plenty of events and activities, both indoors and out, for you to delight in. Here are some tips for finding joy in the season:

Venture outside

Join, put in all your likes, hobbies, activities and find like-minded new friends. 

Check out your town’s website and fan pages on what to do in your surrounding area. 

Brighten up your home 

Decorating can be so much fun just by putting out a few things you love and it always makes it a pleasure to be home in a joyful place.

Open those windows. Allow your curtains to flow and let the fresh air in. It makes your home smell fresh and new. Have your favorite blanket close by so you always feel comfy, warm and delicious. Enjoy a cup of warm tea, hot cocoa or your favorite beverage. Take in the gift of the things you have that make you happy.

Enjoy the gift of nature.

Go for a walk or a bike ride on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Take a break and browse the wonderful shops and eateries; don’t forget there is the fabulous Greenville Zoo. 

Park your bike and go for a wonderful stroll around nature and animals. Pack a picnic basket and blanket and sit with the animals.  

Homemade gift giving

Enjoy your hobbies. Make your gifts this year. There is no better time than to pick up a craft and create gifts for the holidays. 

Bake and share. Everyone will enjoy all the deliciousness that comes from your thoughtful kindness, not to mention how it will make you feel.  

 Bottom line, you are not going to find joy until you give yourself permission to spend every day knowing you are more than enough and that your positive attitude, smile and laughter are a blessing to yourself and others.

©copyright 2022 Woobie aka Lyn-Dee Eldridge/Happiness Jungle LLC/Cuddle Me Love LLC

“Woobie” aka Lyn-Dee Eldridge is an Author, Motivational Keynote Speaker, Life Coach Mentor/Company Trainer/Creator of the Cuddle Me Love Body Pillow®. For more information, visit and/or

Posted by: | Posted on: December 1, 2022

A Hidden Gem for Over 50 Years

by Kay Lucas 

Those living in the Upstate know the hecticness of Woodruff Road. But do you know about all of its hidden gems, like Garner’s Natural Life? The go-to store for holistic-minded locals is Garner’s Natural Life. Sadly, many Greenville residents drive past their stores in the rat race of life, unaware of this local, family-owned business that has operated for 53 years.

Easily located with plenty of parking, Garner’s Natural Life is a breath of fresh air on a well-beaten path. Its light and soothing atmosphere will welcome you as you shop or learn about its many clean lifestyle products. Although the Woodruff Road store opened seven years ago, Garner’s was first established in the area in 1969. The store manager, Dan Guthrie, stated, “We are still having people come in saying ‘Oh, we didn’t know you were over here,’ because they are used to the Pleasantburg Drive location.” No matter which branch you choose, all four stores carry the same products. New-to-the-area people are also happily surprised to find an agrarian store in Greenville without needing to drive to a bigger city or buy online. “We are constantly being asked ‘Why don’t you have a store here?’ or ‘Let’s have one here,’ once everyone falls in love with the different options they have here.”

You can shop online or at any of their four South Carolina locations—two in Greenville and two in Columbia. Garner’s stays on top of the hottest trends. Guthrie declared, “Right now, there is a lot of hype about Irish sea moss and bladderwrack herb. The combination gives us all the minerals we need in our diet. Medicinal mushrooms are big right now. There is constant research being done on how they are beneficial to us. They are being used in traditional treatments as well as preventative.” Garner’s tries to keep on the edge of what is new, and Guthrie believes that we will see even more uses for medical mushrooms in the future. “Also, a lot of people are all about CBD right now.”

Riding the newest waves doesn’t mean Garner’s stops their tried-and-true products. Vitamins, supplements, chemical-free beauty products, and bulk herbs remain staples in their stores. When asked what Guthrie’s favorite thing Garner’s has to offer, he replied, “I love the bulk herbs; that’s what drew me here as a shopper before I was working here. I was studying herbalism and needed some herbs, but I didn’t know where I could find them. When I searched, I found Garner’s.”

Many people try to grow their own herbs. Unfortunately, circumstances don’t always turn out in our favor. Garner’s buy-by-the-weight dried herbs are always available, not to mention the variety. “There are over 200-some options in just the bulk herbs—and most all of them are organic.” Buying herbs like this is a great way to get them into your routine, even if it is simply to make them into a tea. Of course, if you are hesitant to make your own combinations, there is a large assortment of pre-packaged teas.

Going into a Garner’s Natural Life store is an experience. If only they could bottle the scent that hits you when you walk into the store. It’s a combination of all the different herbs, soaps, and essential oils they keep stocked on the shelves. The staff is knowledgeable, and their passion is to help people (and pets) with their health. The polite and friendly way they treat you will make you want to come back.

The owner, Candace Garner Newman, loves to decorate the stores to give that homey feel. There is even a corner with books, and oftentimes shoppers will take a seat and read up before purchasing. The staff prides itself on educating you and encourages research behind your decisions. Garner’s Natural Life offers a few fun items, like crystals, SoulKu necklaces, and Himalayan salt lamps. When it comes to Garner’s Natural Life stores, their products are as wholesome as their roots.

Garner’s Natural Life Greenville locations are 1601 Woodruff Rd. and 27 S. Pleasantburg Dr. Their most recent Best in the Upstate awards (2022) are Best Vitamin & Supplement Store, Best Wellness/Alternative Medicine, and Best Place to Buy CBD Oil. Visit See ad, back cover.

Posted by: | Posted on: December 1, 2022

Are You the Cheetahor the Zebra?  

by Kay Lucas

Let’s face it; relationships are filled with all kinds of struggles. We usually have no problem talking about them; sadly, we aren’t always as vocal about intimacy issues. When it comes to lack of libido, painful intercourse, vaginal dryness, inability to reach orgasm, low sensitivity, erectile dysfunction, or even self-image, Renew Health and Wellness is here to help. Yes, right here in the Upstate, there is a wonderful clinic to help with all those uncomfortable topics.

Starting with libido—this is where the cheetah or zebra question comes into play. Are you the one chasing your partner, or is he/she chasing you? Rarely do two people have the same sex drive, especially as we age, and often hormone levels are primarily to blame. Renew Health and Wellness offers Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BRHT), a plant-based solution for anyone suffering from hormonal depletion or imbalance. Renew has licensed medical staff to evaluate and assess where you are and where you need to be.

AnnaMarie Cantrell, Clinic Manager at Renew Health and Wellness, explained, “Bio-identical hormones are chemically identical to the hormones our bodies were making. When we introduce them to our system, our system embraces them instead of putting up a standard.” The clinic will place the grain of rice- sized pellet under your skin every three months. This is a natural, holistic option that very rarely has side effects, unlike what has been used in the past. Cantrell said, “The past few decades, many women’s health studies have focused on hormone replacement, unfortunately creating a negative narrative, as synthetic hormones (such as birth control or other HRT primary care providers would typically prescribe) can increase risk of cancer, blood clots, strokes, and other unpleasant high-risk scenarios.”

As we age, our bodies produce fewer hormones, and this can start in our mid-20s. While there are thousands of hormones, Renew Health and Wellness focuses on three hormones:  estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Getting our hormone levels up and balanced will help your sexual wellness and protect you against cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s/Dementia. So, we get preventative benefits from having these hormones back in our bodies. It’s not only about hormones. Renew Health and Wellness offers sexual wellness procedures too, such as Platelet Rich Placement (PRP) shots—these reinject your own blood into your sexual tissue to create more collagen for elasticity and helps with self- lubrication, Vibra treatments—works from our body’s response to micro- injuries (our body sends new blood cells creating new blood vessels to rejuvenate our sexual organs), and Renew Pulse Therapy sends vibrations to develop new blood vessels and break up plaque and calcification of our arteries as we age. Therefore, men have longer, harder erections without a pharmaceutical solution. Cantrell said, “[We] use your body’s own natural healing process to fix itself.” This means no troublesome side effects that lead to embarrassing ER visits. Treatments vary for each individual, and the professionals at Renew will determine the best plan to fix your symptoms. Some patients notice results after one treatment.

Renew Health and Wellness offers solutions if you struggle with body image, too. They have many skin rejuvenation procedures to help with cellulite, skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, acne, scars, and more. Of course, most of us have body image problems due to weight gain. Renew Health and Wellness provides a 12-week medically monitored weight loss program called Clean Start. This program includes diet, exercise, HCG or Semaglutide and MIC injections—a cocktail of fat burners and vitamins that enhance weight loss in a safe and natural way. The goal is to reset your metabolism and retrain your brain to pull from fat storage to energy while modifying your appetite and tastebuds. “We want to transition you into whatever you want your eating habit to be for the rest of your life,” Cantrell said. “Again, it’s re-healing your body to be that healthier version of yourself.”

Renew Health and Wellness website,, states:  Reaching a healthy weight with a monitored weight loss program helps balance hormone levels and helps improve sexual wellness. Living at an unhealthy weight affects you mentally, emotionally, physically, and sexually. Still, when you reach a healthy weight and nourish your body, you’ll experience benefits in every area of your life. When asked about the feedback Renew Health and Wellness receives, Cantrell replies, “No matter what someone comes in for, they say, ‘We wish we would have found you sooner.’” And she loves that “We change our patients’ lives.” Intimacy dysfunction shouldn’t be a taboo topic and growing older doesn’t mean saying goodbye to your libido.

Renew Health and Wellness of the Upstate is located at 526 Howell Rd., Greenville. To schedule your free consultation, call 864-408-8877 or visit their website at Receive up to $500 off when you mention Locally Grown!

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Your Kidneys are Supporting You. Are You Supporting Them?

by Maya “Amber” Sherer,
Master Herbalist and CBD Specialist
 – Joi Natural Wellness 

Your kidneys are two organs located in your lower back. They play a vital role in maintaining your body’s optimal well-being. They filter your blood, remove toxins and produce urine. You need proper kidney function to stay alive.

The Proper Care of Kidneys

Begin your day with water instead of coffee; it encourages your body to flush out unwanted toxins. Eat low sodium meals; become a cautious label reader. Maintaining glucose and blood sugar levels is the name of the health game. Hemoglobin A1C tests are available through primary doctors. Knowing yourself and your family history is crucial to your wellness journey. Avoid inflammatory pain medication (NSAIDs) and always know what you are allergic to.

Herbal support is God’s medicine cabinet, but with this you need to know the proper dosage. More isn’t always better; follow the recommended amount. Reduce the stress and reuse that energy into maintaining a better relationship with your hormones and cortisol levels so your blood pressure stays balanced. Take deep breaths and find an exercise routine that works with your daily schedule and light stretching in the morning works wonders!

“There’s a Tea for That”

Taking a lot of supplements can be frustrating; that’s why the loose-leaf tea option is an enjoyable way to reap the benefits of plant medicine. Here is a list of kidney-supporting herbs that some can be teas as well:

Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale) is a weed that has diuretic properties. In layman’s terms, it helps move excess fluid out of your body by increasing your urine output.

Chanca Piedra (Phyllanthus niruri) has been known to support kidneys in reducing/dissolving kidney stones.

Juniper Berries aid in boosting fluid removal and purifying the kidneys.

The pairing of Uva Ursi and Marshmallow decreases fluid build-up around the heart.

Cleavers activates the lymphatic system to release toxins from the bloodstream. This weed can be safely ingested as a tea.

Posted by: | Posted on: December 1, 2022

Warm Ups Before You Go Outside

“Winter is coming!” As the colder weather approaches, it is more important now than any other time of the year to WARM UP your muscles and joints before any type of activity. Following are a few quick full body movements that take no more than 4 minutes to loosen up your joints and warm up your muscles.

Note: These movements are meant to be done in a controlled manner over a 2-4 second count per repetition. Do NOT push past the point of comfortable range of motion into pain.

Spinal Hygiene: Start seated. Tuck your chin and then look down as far as you can. Then, leading with your eyes, look up. Repeat 10 times. Then turn your head to the left as far as you can; then to the right. Repeat 10 times. Then bring your left ear towards your left shoulder as far as you can. Then Right ear to right shoulder. Repeat 10 times.

Stand up. Look down, roll your shoulders forward, and bend down to touch your toes with a slight knee bend. Then look up, roll your shoulders back, and extend your back to standing. Repeat 5 times. Next, give yourself a nice big hug, and turn your torso to the left. Then turn to the right. Repeat 10 times. Then bring your hands to your side and bend to the left, then bend to the right. Repeat 10 times.

Now you’re ready to take on the world! Enjoy, be safe, and be merry! – Dr. Ian Barwick, Our Patch Family Chiropractic

Posted by: | Posted on: December 1, 2022

Show Those Kidneys Some Love

When your skin is itchy in the dry winter months, you might consider giving a little love to your kidneys. That’s right, itchy skin, especially on your back and arms, can be a sign of a deeper issue. Stay hydrated and eat blueberries, strawberries and raspberries because they provide antioxidants to help protect them.

To support your kidneys, mix 2-3 drops each of Copaiba, Grapefruit, and Juniper essential oils with a few drops of carrier oil (almond, avocado, etc.) and rub it on the bottom of your feet before bed. – Sandy Teska from Essentially Sandy