Meet the New Sparks!

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I knew that BellaSpark Magazine, and by that I mean the soul of BellaSpark Magazine, wanted to do/be something very special. I am always intrigued by the direction it goes and the people and opportunities that show up. It’s fascinating to see it unfold in a way that I could never have imagined. So when two very accomplished and well-known authors approached me about writing a column for BellaSpark, I was surprised and delighted. Of course, I said yes!

Allow me to introduce two very special individuals who will be sharing their insight and spark with you in BellaSpark Magazine over the next year. I am letting them describe for themselves a little bit about who they are and what inspires them to do what they do.

Meet Alan Roettinger – Inspired Chef “I’ve always loved food. I grew up in Mexico, where the food literally explodes with flavor. Every chance I got, I used to sneak into the kitchen, sit with the maids and the gardener, and scarf down some mole, chiles rellenos, chilaquiles, or whatever they were having. I learned from them how to heat a tortilla on an open flame, flipping it bare-handed as it acquired a slight charring. That was my beginning as a cook. As a private chef for over 25 years serving the rich and famous (including a president and a prime minister), I learned a lot about what we hunger for, and what satisfies. When you get right down to it, we’re all basically the same and we all really want the same things: to feel good, to be complete. The hunger for food is only one facet of our need, but it’s a powerful one. To fulfill that need in a way that surprises the imagination, thrills the senses, entertains the intellect and, yes, even nourishes the heart, is not a bad way to make a living.” Alan is passionate about empowering people to make smart choices in what they eat, and to enjoy eating well at home. His cookbooks, Omega-3 Cuisine, Speed Vegan, and Extraordinary Vegan showcase his ability to bring health and pleasure together in a wide range of dishes that are simultaneously sophisticated and accessible for the home cook.

Meet Ellen Wood – Ageless and Timeless “After retiring from a successful career as a marketing executive, it didn’t take me long to launch myself into something new. My second act began when I decided to grow younger and started researching and then practicing age-reversing techniques: some fresh from the latest scientific studies, some ancient and esoteric. The results were not only amazing in terms of physical strength, stamina and mental acuity – they were the seeds for my vocation as a writer and a speaker.

Our society seems to have adopted the idea that it’s natural to become old and infirm. Now there’s leading edge science in cell biology and epigenetics proving that adding years doesn’t automatically lead to loss of strength and health – and says we can all be Ageless and Timeless! My column will offer techniques for increasing joy and vigor, for living more passionately, for being healthy, looking great and sharing more love, accomplishment and adventure. We can reverse aging and each article will focus on one anti-aging action step we can begin practicing immediately to create a new habit.”

You’ll find Ellen’s column Ageless and Timeless on the back page of BellaSpark Magazine; a perfect finale to each issue.

I hope you enjoy these new additions to the magazine. Our goal has always been to plant seeds of inspiration and encouragement, that you, our readers, may find new meaning and direction in all areas of your life: spiritually, holistically and sustainably, however that may look for each of you. The world is an amazing place and once we let go of our old preconceived ideas about how things should be, we begin to see new options and opportunities we hadn’t seen before. It’s truly an exciting time.



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