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New Year, New You with RESTART

Colleen Flynn, NTP, RWS, and owner at Nutritional Zest, LLC, presents RESTART, a 5-week program that aims to teach participants how to cleanse their bodies with real food and mindfulness. The program starts on January 10 and runs weekly on Thursday nights at 6:45pm via a Zoom video call.

“The 5-week RESTART program is a simple, powerful program that gives your body a vacation from having to process toxins like sugar,” Flynn says. “With a 3-week cleanse built right in, the program focuses on how to use real food to boost your energy and cut sugar and carb cravings.”

The program consists of a facilitated weekly Zoom call for support, plus guidance, materials and recipes. Participants can expect to experience weight loss, increased energy, better and more restful sleep, boosted immune system, mental clarity and improved mood and decreased anxiety. A bonus for women may be a reduction in PMS/menopause symptoms.

Colleen Flynn has received certifications from Nutritional Therapy Association, Nutrition Therapy Institute, BioIndividual Nutrition Institute and Restorative Wellness Solutions.

Cost: $235. For more information, call 512-649-1733, email [email protected] or visit

Something for Everyone at the Holistic and Metaphysical Life Expo

Spiritual Life Productions presents the Austin Metaphysical & Holistic Life Expo on January 5 and 6 at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, located at 6000 Middlefiskville Rd. Included in the weekend’s events is a free Predictions Panel on Friday, January 4 at 7 pm.

Attendees will be able to explore and interact with many different practitioners such as psychics, readers, astrologers, energy workers, crystal and jewelry vendors, gifts and metaphysical products under one roof.

“All of the exhibiting professionals offer paid services or merchandise,” says Marilyn Waggonner, long-time organizer of the quarterly events. “However each one of them are more than willing to answer your questions about the work they do, the services they provide or the products they offer.”

All independent practitioners and vendors are selected from the best of the best both locally and from around the country.

Educational lectures presented cover advanced, intermediate and basic topics, giving the attendees an opportunity to interact directly with many of the experts and practitioners in a one-on-one group learning experience.

Cost: $8. Hourly door prizes. Saturday 10am-6:30pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. For more information, please visit or on Facebook at /SpiritualLifeProductions.

Rethink/ App Helps Austinites Track Green Habits

As part of Climate Change Awareness Month, Austin’s Office of Sustainability challenged the community to reach a carbon reduction goal of 50,000 pounds of CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions—roughly the volume of Barton Springs Pool––within a seven-day period, October 23 through 30. Using the rethink/ app, a social app that encourages teams and friends to compete to earn points, the challenge surpassed its goal for the week and is continuing with monthly challenges.

The app tracks behaviors that contribute to a smaller carbon footprint; behaviors such as turning out lights when leaving a room, recycling, using a water bottle, taking shorter showers or skipping showers, composting, taking alternative transportation and more. Users can see how changing habits adds up towards a lesser carbon footprint overall and their yearly savings in dollars.

The free app is powered by Joulebug and can be downloaded through the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information, visit

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