Wellness Digest #21: Improve Your Memory, Belt Bags, and Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

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Welcome to this week’s digest. Here’s a quote to ponder:

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” – Ovid.

As we all try to be as ‘productive’ as possible during this time period, don’t forget to take some time for yourself. Especially with the heat! Ready for this week’s list? Here we go:

HEALTH

March seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? We’ve modified our behavior, washed our hands A LOT, and perhaps learned more about living in the now. Here’s a piece from Scientific American about what we’ve collectively learned about the coronavirus.

Looking for ways to boost your memory? These five strategies are a great start. Personally, I’m starting with #4: Don’t Multitask So Much.

FOOD + NUTRITION

Carbs are not the enemy but they are not all created equal. Dr. David Kessler walks us through the difference between fast carbs (sugar and starches) and slow carbs (vegetables, legumes, etc.), how our body absorbs them, and the impact on our blood pressure, heart health, and longevity.

If it’s august it’s time for tomatoes. Here’s a tried and true recipe for slow-roasted tomatoesa favorite summer condiment. Use them in salads, as a side, over fish, or just solo!

SELF-CARE

Although I’m subject to subtle — and sometimes not so subtle! — laughter from my beloved tween at home, I still proudly wear my belt bag every day. (See how I refuse to call it a ‘fanny pack’?) They’re practical and relieve stress as I can find my phone, ear pods, keys, and what-have-you in seconds. Here’s a helpful list if you’re in the market for one.

There’s overwhelm and then there’s OVERWHELM. Are you somewhere in between? Elizabeth Gilbert’s TEDHealthx talk ‘It’s Okay to Feel Overwhelmed. Here’s What to do next’ might be worth a listen. And, no, you don’t have to go to an ashram or move to Bali. (Although both are sounding nice right about now.)

JOIE DE VIVRE

  1. Armchair Travel: I couldn’t resist adding Travel & Leisure’s list of the 25 most beautiful islands.
  2. Watch: As with all ‘Must See’ movie lists, there’s always room for debate, but here’s a pretty decent list (88 titles!) of movies to watch at least once in your life.
  3. Send:  Here’s a site that curates gorgeous postcards by photographers and artists –some famous, some anonymous. A great reminder that you don’t need to travel to send a cool postcard.

Thanks so much for reading!
xos

Photo Credit: Alex Loup