Issue 01 | May 2016

Are you ready to discover how to live life in motion? Kat Tozier offers tips for a healthier workday, Natasha Botkin shares a special moment of a relationship, Lore Raymond lists ways to make traveling a spiritual practice, and C.K. Kochis takes us on her publishing adventure. Get ready to transform your situation, mind, body, and spirit through the exploration of the Elements For A Healthier Life. Health and wellness goes well beyond the food we consume to nourish our precious bodies.

A Welcome Note

On my walk in the woods this morning, I debated what my welcome letter should contain. The possibilities are endless. I could be cute and funny, serious and motherly, or I could simply be me and tell a story. After all that is the purpose of Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine – to share stories.

Being healthy goes beyond the food we fuel our precious bodies with; it is the relationships we maintain, how we earn an income, our spiritual practices, and body movement. When we are over-stressed, feeling deprived, it affects our state of well-being. Being in a state of a forced, or faked, positive attitude is not who we really are. We are who we are, and nothing could be more precious.

The crows cawing above are not comparing bank accounts, the squirrels are not slandering each others work ethic, and the deer really are not concerned with who’s dating who. Yes, I’m being facetious, and yet I am not. It warms my heart, as the publisher and reader, that each story, article and recipe within these pages tell a tale in the writer’s voice. Unique, powerful, authentic voices. The only carbon copy used is on page 17 where I share my story. As you read the words, may you feel encouragement from Kat, the intended reminder from Natasha, inspired to be adventurous with Lore, and enjoy a delicious meal with Tae.

I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, but I am someone’s fifth of top-shelf whiskey. I never set out on this journey to be perfect, nor would I want to be. It took me a long time to love me, for me – the authentic me. This is my wish, and hope for you: May you find love and support, the kind words when you need them and feel in your heart you’re not alone; may you be entertained and learn something new; may your days be blessed and you find the feelings to acknowledge how perfectly beautiful you are in all your glorious authenticity.

Life is an amazing adventure; it was never intended to be lived in gray-scale.

Publisher & Editor
Cynthia (C.K.) Kochis

Editorial Assistant
Christine Harwood

Contributing Writers
Natasha Botkin
C.K. Kochis
Tae Lynne
Lore Raymond
Kat Tozier

Cover Photograph
Sandie Hornak

Contributing Photographers
Joan Harwood
Cindy Kochis
Sandie Hornak
Tae Lynne

“There is power in our words.
Our thoughts become our reality
no matter the perspective.

Like a lighthouse on a stormy night,
when we seek guidance it is there
deep within each of us – a beautiful
white light illuminating the journey chosen.”

-C.K. Kochis, Get A Compass Not A Clock

On the Cover

When I Listened

Our story is our voice. We may not tell the story the same way twice; our emotional attachment changes over time. We forget details, the value of events adjusts, and over-embellish some aspects. It wasn’t until I started to sort out things on a deep level I realize I’ve been walking this journey since my childhood.

I was curious, was I the only member of our Institute For Integrative Nutrition graduating class to feel confused and unclear of…

Professional Insights & Personal Stories of Transformation

Pure Tenderness

“Celebrating our love in the way that suited us best in that moment." -Natasha BotkinBy Natasha Botkin We are faced with moments. The beauty is to 'just be'. Just be in the moment is easier said than done. Even with the best of intentions, a mind can wander and the...

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5 Ways to Make Summer Travel a Spiritual Practice

“If you choose to wear rose-colored glasses, travel’s magic, mystery, and miracles might appear more often and synchronistically!" -Lore RaymondBy Lore Raymond This summer, why not make travel your new spiritual practice? It will cause you, the spiritual sojourner, to...

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Healthy Workday Tips

“We get so screen focused we lose track of time, lose track of good health habits, lose track of ergonomics and the lines blur between work time and non-work time every day until it’s a never-ending stream of always on." -Kat Tozier By Katt Tozier It’s been said that...

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When I Listened

“I took my fear by the hand, eyes closed, head bowed, and I whispered, “I respect you, Fear. You are very powerful, and I honor your presence in my life right now. Walk with me, Fear." -C.K. KochisCover Article By C.K. Kochis Our story is our voice. We may not tell...

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Moment of Zen

Some meditate, and others journal, while outdoor enthusiests find themselves slipping their kayak into the water ten to fifteen minutes before sunrise. Few things sooth the heart, mind, and body, than sipping tea from a thermos as the sun crests the eastern horizon.

Flavoring Your Meals

Container gardens are a great way to bring herbs closer to the cook's domain. Each spring I look forward to my favorite farmer's market re-opening and selecting the plants I will use to flavor meals. Rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, kale and...

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Pickled Asparagus

Asparagus Facts Grows best in Michigan, California, and Washington. First cultivated in Greece 2500 years ago. Listed on the EWG "Clean 15" food list. Harvest season begins May and goes to mid-June. A member of the lily family. A good source of folic acid, potassium,...

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Black Bean & Corn Salad

The Versatility of Beans Beans are easy to store, a great source of protein and soluble fiber. You can purchase them fresh, canned, frozen, dried and in flour form. They make a great addition to soups, main dishes, side dishes, appetizers and snacks....

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Stuffed Portobello Caps

My man loves to cook and experiment with flavors in his creations. The tell-tale sound of the nightly news and chopping signals he's up to something in the kitchen! Knowing I love portobello mushrooms, artichokes and black olives, he created Stuffed Portobello Caps,...

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In Her Words

May 15, 2016
C.K. Kochis is excited to announce her new endeavor – Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine. Join her as shares her story with you on her morning walk through the woods.


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Quotables

“I took my fear by the hand, eyes closed, head bowed, and I whispered, “I respect you, Fear. You are very powerful, and I honor your presence in my life right now. Walk with me, Fear.” -C.K. Kochis

“We get so screen focused we lose track of time, lose track of good health habits, lose track of ergonomics and the lines blur between work time and non-work time every day until it’s a never-ending stream of always on.” -Kat Tozier

“Celebrating our love in the way that suited us best in that moment.“ -Natasha Botkin

“If you choose to wear rose-colored glasses, travel’s magic, mystery, and miracles might appear more often and synchronistically!” -Lore Raymond

In Gratitude

The sun will set tonight and I will know I’ve done my best.

My story doesn’t end on this page. Tomorrow is a new gift for me to explore, and I have June’s issue to plan. I started the leg-work of creating a unique newsletter in March, and was inspired to create a digital magazine. Fear won a couple of months ago; not in May. Tonight I am sitting in a recliner with my laptop between me and the race on television. I am finally taking a break since a week ago Wednesday when I held my breath and hit the enter key to publicly announce I was starting this magazine. Yes, I did this in less than two weeks. I’m curious to see what I can accomplish when I have a full month to work on the next issue. However, on Monday I plan to do the dishes, vacuum the floors, and mow my lawn.

Here’s eight things I learned: one, I cannot do it all; two, it’s important to take the time to go for a walk in the woods; three, the dishes can wait; four, I have one hell of a supportive tribe; five, working on two laptops at the same time equals lots of active internet tabs; six, what my time-wasters are; seven, I can survive without social media for a couple of days (who knew it was possible!); eight, I AM DOING THIS!

At the end of the day, we may perceive life differently, but we all look to the elements for a healthier life.

Life is an amazing adventure; it was never meant to be lived in gray-scale.

Together we are inspiring a supportive community, a tribe of women, with a desire to change the world starting with Self. Generation after generation we learn from each other through our experiences and stories. Elements For A Healthier Life is a life enhancing website encouraging readers to explore ways to balance the work place, relationships, spirituality and body movement – health and wellness goes beyond the food we eat.
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