Artist Feature – Anita Bondi and Louise Bowman – co-directors Wellspring Holistic Center

Many of you already know this but occasionally we get someone new in the office that says, “there is something similar about the two of you.” “Your mannerisms or I just can’t put my finger on it.”

So for those of you who don’t know – we are sisters and are thrilled to be at Wellspring together!

We are also lovers of craft, art, and making things. Blame our parents who never seem to sit still and always have a project going!

One week from today we will be welcoming you at the center for our 7th Annual Open House and Art Sale!

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1. what is your name and please give us three words to describe your creations?

Anita Bondi – inspirational, healing, fun to wear!

Louise Bowman, Living Well – Naturally – smelly, organic, fun.

2. what can we expect to find at your “booth?”

Anita-necklaces, earrings, bracelets, InterPlay Inspiration Decks, and NEW candles with charms (made with Louise).

Louise-lots of fun products for beauty care such as organic soaps, lotion bars, lip balms, sugar and salt scrubs, fun bath items for kids, hand knit wash cloths, fingerless gloves, and knit hats all made with natural fibers

3. what about this art/craft makes you feel passionate and excited?

Anita-I love the way that metal and stones come together and play off of one another. I am thrilled when I sketch out an idea and then am able to bring it to life at the jewelry bench. There is such a thrill and a rush when I show up somewhere and people are wearing my art! (at a conference last year there were 75 -100 people in a circle and as I looked around at least half had on one of my necklaces! way cool!)

Louise-I decided to make soaps last year on a whim and have expanded my beauty care line this year to include the lip balms and lotion bars.  I am so excited that you can make these products with very few ingredients, no preservatives and essential oils for scent.  I feel like I can be creative in the kitchen when I start to think about what scent I want to use next.

4. when you are not making art, where can we expect you to be?

Anita-At Wellspring Holistic Center seeing private clients or on Main St. teaching Pilates and Improvisation. You might also find me curled up on my couch with my best buddy, Scout, out on the river paddle boarding, riding my bike, hiking, and most likely somewhere dancing!

Louise-Well, it depends on the weather.  You may find me out on the river with my sister on my stand-up paddleboard, on the tennis court, or in my kitchen creating something delicious to eat. Of course, there is also my acupuncture practice to keep me out of trouble!

5. do you have 3-5 things on your bucket list that you could share with us?

Anita- a house on the water – discovering a cure for chronic inflammation – having a dog that actually listens – expanded family

Louise-Up until a few years ago I never even heard of a bucket list.  If I am able to travel and see more places in this beautiful world I will be happy.  If I can spend more time on the water, I will be happy.

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Bacteria, and more bacteria!

Did anyone hear the report on NPR earlier this week about bacteria?  It was great!  It was an update on an earlier report about bacteria and the immune system.  The first report talked about children and pacifiers and how the children whose parents picked up the pacifier when it dropped on the ground and put it in their mouth before giving it back to the child developed fewer allergies. I thought that it was a great report.  A few days ago they did a follow up about the important role of bacteria in the body and how they continue to learn more everyday about the role that bacteria actually plays inside of us. It was saying how years ago they thought all bacteria was bad. Now they realize that there is bacteria on every square inch of our body inside and out.  They think that some bacteria even may produce their own versions of antibiotics.  So why am I telling you this? When I was listening to the report, it made me think about the good bacteria that is found in the gut and how for many years there has been talk about overall health being linked to the health of the gut. It made me think about the ALCAT testing and the dietary plan that we are following and how glad I am that I am working on my health through my intestinal tract.

I have been mentioning ALCAT on and off in this blog and thought it was appropriate to mention it again.  The test that we did was looking at foods and their link to inflammation in the body.  There has been speculation for years about “leaky” gut syndrome and it’s role in allergies and other digestive issues. However, since using this testing for myself, my family, and clients, I have seen the direct link between food and all sorts of inflammatory reactions.  Joint pain anyone? Insomnia? Chronic sinus congestion? Knee pain? Fatigue? Constipation? Chronic stomach distress? Frequent urination? Depression?  All of these symptoms and more have been helped by changing our diet according to the results of the test.  Foods that you would think are supposed to decrease inflammation were found to increase inflammation in multiple clients.  How often have you been told to use ginger, turmeric, or garlic and to eat lots of leafy green vegetables?  As a nutritionist I feel it almost a disservice now to give advice that is not individualized for each person. We are all unique and what works for one person does not always work for another. I am learning and growing so much this year and am enjoying being challenged and pushed out of my comfort zone. (Okay, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration but it is certainly making me a better practitioner.)

No, insurance does not cover this test and yes, there are plenty of people who can’t afford to take it.  Is it going to cure all of your ailments? No!  Is it going to help heal your gut so that your body can function like it should? I am seeing the results now, so I am voting Yes!

Inflammation – Musings from Anita

Inflammation is the hot topic in my world right now. I cannot seem to open an email or a newsletter without being bombarded with the latest research and ideas about how to combat it in our bodies, minds, and hearts. How it is the major cause of almost all disease and illness.

We can easily find the 10 worst foods for inflammation (gluten, sugar, alcohol, etc). We can read about too much time in front of the computers, TV, and negative news contributing to our stress which is a major component of increased inflammation in our bodies. We can also find evidence that harboring negative feelings, engaging in angry outbursts, and chronic worrying
are also causing inflammatory conditions inside and out.

Personally, I have been watching an interesting finding in myself and I dare say, my clients: we seem to be addicted to inflammation! We continue to engage in all of the behaviors that cause it and have a ton of excuses about why we just can’t seem to change or how we are “trying” to change. As chronic as our inflammation is, so is our complaining about our aching joints, problems sleeping, troubles in our relationships with friends and family, and our dissatisfaction with our work and lives.

What does it take to change? I am beginning to take this question seriously as if my life depended on it because, guess what? IT DOES! I am carefully and consciously making choices that I know are good for me. Not easy choices, not quick choices, but good choices. We all know what those are when it comes to food, work, family, and friends. No one needs to tell us and we don’t need to spend countless hours researching it. If we are really honest with ourselves, we know exactly what to do. I hope you will join me.

Make the good choices, even though they are hard. I really do understand. It is much easier to take the quick and easy road as I did it for years. Looking back though, there have been a lot of casualties and standing in the present there is a lot of pain. So looking forward I choose “the road less traveled” and trust that will make all of the difference. Stay tuned.