Wellness Digest #12: Summer Superfoods, Natural Nails, and Travel Books

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Welcome to this week’s digest. As each week brings more intensity for many of us, let’s not forget that we need to take care of our health in order to fully show up for ourselves and our communities. Here’s this week’s list:

HEALTH

If you felt confused about the WHO’s conflicting message about asymptomatic coronavirus carriers, you were not alone. Here’s the latest information and some helpful answers.

With the weather getting warmer, the inevitable question comes up: “Can we go to the pool?” Here are some insights from the CDC.

Many cities are opening up. Some of you might need to rebook non-essential procedures that had to be postponed. Personally, I’ve got to rebook a colonoscopy. If you’re in the same camp (and a little nervous like me!) here’s a helpful slideshow that shows you what to expect.

FOOD/NUTRITION

With the warmer weather, we’re eating lighter. Try some of these Summer superfoods to amp up your smoothie and latte recipes.

I was watching this video on how to cook a gourmet campfire meal that featured grilled chicken with eggplant tian followed by a gluten-free apple tarte Tatin. Yes, on a camping stove. Chef Jennifer Scism (renowned former NYC chef) also runs a company called Good-to-Go that sells “emergency meal hacks for self-quarantine.” Just add water(!) to the packets and you’ve got dinner or lunch. Yes, please!

SELF-CARE

Creating a self-care routine might seem overwhelming these days. (Oh, and I’m not talking about facials and shiatsu — though both would be glorious right now). This list gives a blueprint outlining the simple ways we can invest in our health and sanity. Emphasis on simple.

If you’re feeling ZOOM fatigue, this might explain why.

DIY manicures are the norm now, so why not find a natural nail polish that loves your nails back?

JOIE DE VIVRE!

  1. WatchThe Met Museum‘s wonderful The Artist’s Project. The museum invites 12 contemporary artists to select and talk about their favorite work. Videos are 2-3 minutes. A standout is Kehinde Wiley talking about John Singer Sargent.
  2. Read – If you’re looking for a summer read, here are AFAR magazine‘s 13 books travelers should read this summer.
  3. ListenBrené Brown’s Unlocking Us Podcast interview with Ibram X. Kendi discussing his book How to Be Anti-Racist. Provocative, insightful, and so necessary.

Photo Credit: Shelley Huber