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Green is where the Heart Is for June 27, 2012

“People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.”
~Wendell Berry

Contributing Writer

I met Amy Sawyer while taking a class called, “A New You,” at Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture. 
We were being educated about the properties of foods and what impact different foods have on the body. Although taught the food pyramid in Home Ec many years ago, high school education in the 60’s could not prepare me for the fast paced society of the new millennium. 
Jeremy’s suggestion of 80% fruits and vegetables, 10% proteins and 10% carbs also included how different foods benefit the body (or not.)  We discussed organic foods, the benefits of local foods and the disturbing threat of GMO’s (genetically modified organisms such as Monsanto seed varieties.)
Amy had already begun her journey into the discovery of health for her body on Thanksgiving 2009. “After a sudden onset of abdominal pain that quickly became unbearable, I ended up in emergency surgery to have my appendix and part of my severely infected colon removed. I was in the hospital for a week and on medical leave from work for another month while I recovered and learned how to eat and digest food again.
The doctors indicated that it was not diverticulitis (more common in older adults) and they had no real explanation as to why it happened, other than it was an infection that had been building over a long period of time.
I had no alarming symptoms and had always thought I was in good shape. I had run several 5K and 10K races and three half marathons. I hiked, biked, and did yoga.
I ate my vegetables most days. How did this happen to me? My answer is that it was years of toxic build up from the environment and overly processed foods.
During my recovery, I realized that I needed to be much more conscious of the things that I was willingly putting into my body.
I started reading more books on health and nutrition and thinking more about how short our time on this earth really is, and how important it is to live with purpose and make every moment count. This was the beginning of my journey to true wellness - total health of body, mind, and spirit,” she explains. 
Thus the birth of Island Wellness Market located at 1140-G N. Lake Park blvd., Carolina Beach.  “Our mission is to help our local community redefine their own idea of wellness and discover whole body balance. 
Island Wellness Market is a business that believes that you are what you eat; nutrition impacts health, and health impacts quality of life. 
We provide quality products and services for those seeking a healthier and happier lifestyle.  We are committed to locals and families and to giving back to our community.  We strive to educate our customers so that they can make informed decisions on what is best for their own total wellness.” 
Check them out on Facebook or  That is if you are seeking a healthier, happier lifestyle.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.