I’m excited to share some great things with you this month! I love the month of July. Slower pace, late sunsets (almost 10pm here in Paris), and of course the heat. But back to cool things I want to share. The first is my latest post about how gut health impacts your brain health. It’s information we can all use, with action steps to get you to better gut health. I’m a fan of foodie Mark Bittman and share his spicy no-mayo coleslaw recipe. Then there’s a thought-provoking podcast on letting go of blame from Tara Brach, and so much more (including a TEDex talk from one of my favorite thought leaders, Caroline Myss). I hope you enjoy this month’s roundup. Happy reading!
Oh, by the way, did you know that the month of July was named by the Roman Senate in honor of Julius Caesar?
And now on to our ten things for this month:
1. Gut health Equals Brain Health – When your gut (aka your second brain) is healthy, your brain thrives. Here’s my latest post about this essential relationship, and what you can do to get your gut (microbiome) in good shape.
2. Mark Bittman’s Spicy No-Mayo Coleslaw – And since we’re on the subject of a happy microbiome, Mark Bittman’s recipe for this easy to make cabbage dish is perfect. Cruciferous vegetables help your healthy intestinal bacteria grow. Here’s the recipe.
3. Low Tech Indoor Gardens – Aggressively Organic wants to bring the garden to you with their affordable small kitchen gardens. And, they mean small. Theses smart little kits help you grow your own kale, fresh mint, tomatoes, and more — on your countertop! Here’s how.
4. Three Poses for Computer Neck – This problem is painful, frustrating, and seems pretty unavoidable. Yoga to the rescue! Here are some easy poses to help you get some relief.
5. Resistance Flexibility – A favorite of Oprah’s and many others, Resistance Flexibility, created by Bob Cooley, is a workout that keeps on giving. According to Cooley, “The secret of Resistance Flexibility is to naturally resist and generate tension while stretching.” This causes your body’s accumulated dense fascia and scar tissue to break down. More info here.
6. Inside the Rise of Solo Luxury Adventure Tourism – Research shows that women aged 50-60 are the highest growing segment of solo travelers. Luxury tour operators like Abercrombie & Kent and Black Tomato get it and have added new offerings to accommodate this growing demographic, which shows no sign of stopping. Ready to hike Kilimanjaro or finally book that surf camp? Read more.
7. Books: Kristin Lawless “Formerly Known As Food: How the Industrial Food System is Changing Our Minds, Bodies, and Culture” dives deep into how our current food supply is not only changing how we eat, but also changing us on a cellular level. It’s a great and, yes, sobering read, with helpful tips on what to look out for and what to avoid.
Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders, is an incredible book. Imagine an alternate reality that takes place in a cemetery the night of young Willie Lincoln’s burial and the discussions among the ghosts of the deceased inhabitants, Willie, and even President Lincoln. Beautiful writing. Lincoln in the Bardo
8. Vitamin b-12 Supplement – Vitamin B-12 is key to our vitality. This water-soluble micronutrient helps us maintain good cognitive function, energy levels, balance, metabolism, and mood. Do you need to supplement? Find out more
9. Podcast: Tara Brach “Disarming Our Hearts: Letting Go of Blame I always get something inspiring from a Tara Brach talk. She’s a psychologist and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. In this talk she discusses the righteous anger that is healthy versus the unhealthy anger that we cling to by blaming others, which cuts us off from looking inward.
10. TEDex Talk: Caroline Myss – Choices That Can Change Your Life is a talk worth seeing regardless if you’re new to Myss or know her work well. She lays out 5 areas of choice that can dramatically change our lives for the better. One suggestion is to choose new words you use about yourself.