Wellness Digest #31: Flu Season 2020, Why Apples Are So Healthy, and David Byrne

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(Pinault Collection Museum, Paris. Designed by Tadao Ando)

Welcome to this week’s digest. The 2020 flu season is here. Let’s get the facts and keep up our Covid protocols. Sadly, I don’t have a crystal ball (yet) but I do think that if we mask up, wash our hands, and social distance, we’re ahead of the game. Lastly, I hope everyone is registered to vote and clear on their voting plan. Let’s make it count! Here’s this week’s list:


Take a deep breath. The 2020 flu season is here. Let’s not panic but try to understand as much as we can about new strains and how it’s impacting other parts of the world.

As expected, there are new products hitting the market to help with the spread of Covid-19. Here’s a Harvard-designed nasal spray that’s getting some press and positive feedback. As always, wearing a mask, washing our hands, and social distancing are still our proven first lines of defense, but it’s interesting to see new developments on this front.


There’s a reason apples are one of the top three fruits: they’re readily available, easily portable, and so healthy. Their health clout comes from quercetin, a flavonoid that is both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and pectin, a type of soluble fiber that helps aid constipation and certain bowel disorders. And, they can last in your fridge for 1-2 months.

Enjoy this list of best healthy apple recipes featuring everything from simple apple sauce to apple chai oatmeal cups.


Winter is coming. And along with the coziness might come weather roadblocks to our outdoor exercise plans. I love walking and found these mini/foldable treadmills that might be a great solution.

The TEDHealth podcast re-launched earlier this month (with shorter formats) and one of its first shows is with sleep scientist Matt Walker. In Sleep is Your Superpower, he shares insights as to why we need good sleep and proven tips on how to make it happen.


Watch: The film version of David Byrne’s American Utopia, is now out on HBO. Directed by Spike Lee no less. What a team. The minimalist set, costumes (sleek grey suits worn with no shoes), Byrne, and his teams of outstanding musicians and performers are truly amazing to watch. Here’s the trailerAnd a review if you’re still curious.

Read: Food&Wine magazine’s list of notable Fall 2020 cookbooks. I’m a huge fan of David Chang’s deep flavors and his Eat a Peach: a Memoir made the list.

Architecture: The Pinault Collection museum, designed by architect Tadao Ando (my personal favorite) will finally open in Paris in January 2021It will feature the private contemporary art collection of Francois Pinault, Chairman of luxury goods company Kering. Luxurious minimalism at its best. Here’s a peek.

Thanks so much for reading!


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