Wellness Digest #29: Adult Vaccines, Umami Flavor, and The Dalai Lama

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Welcome to this week’s digest. I’m sitting here enjoying some sunshine, writing this message, and sipping some dandelion root tea. This tea is earthy. Yet light. The benefits are mighty. Dandelion root fights inflammation and boosts your immune system. Think twice before getting rid of those weeds next spring! Okay — here’s this week’s list:


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects many people. With shorter days and less sunshine coming our way, it’s important to find resources if you feel that you need support.

Vaccines can be a prickly subject for some. However, it’s important to consider certain vaccines as we age. I recently updated my tetanus shot (how did 10 years go by so fast???) Here are more adult vaccines to consider.


There are five basic flavors: salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami. The latter of which is that deep savory flavor we associate with parmesan cheese, mushrooms, and fish sauces to name a few. One of my favorites is miso paste. A little goes a long way and packs powerful flavor. Here’s how to use miso to put a little umami into your dishes.

And if you want a fast and delicious weeknight (or any night!) dish, try these Korean glass noodles (aka Jap Chae). Nota bene: I am not a lover of overly sweet sauces, so I cut the brown sugar down to a teaspoon and substituted vegetable oil with sesame oil. You can also add any kind of protein or more vegetables. Make it your own!


Take your nighttime skincare routine to the next level with these 10 overnight masks. Personally, I’m always looking for more hydration — and I love the mix of price points in this list.

How often should you wash your pillows? I’ll admit it, this one stumped me. Check out this list that guides you through different guidelines from foam to down feathers. Eye-opening.


Read: Marilynne Robinson (Barack Obama’s favorite author) has a new book out, “Jack,” the fourth in her Gilead series. Her writing is beautiful and searing (there are descriptions of loneliness that I will never forget). Here’s a book review.

Virtual Event: Seems like now more than ever we could all use some words of inspiration and kindness from His Holiness, the Dalai LamaRead more about his upcoming online summit.

Art: Mixed-media collage from Tavares Strachan‘s current show In Plain Sight. The work is inspired by Matthew Henson, the first American to reach the North Pole in 1909. He was also African-American. This is part of an ongoing series, The Encyclopedia of Invisibility.

Thanks so much for reading!


Photo credit: Chelsea Audibert for Unsplash