Wellness Digest #35: Holiday Gatherings, Intermittent Fasting, and Winter Gear

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Wellness Digest – November 19, 2020

Welcome to this week’s digest. We had our first real temperature dip this week. I love a crisp winter day, but the chill made this heat-lover a little wistful. As we settle into more home-based activities, I’m back to researching fun online workout classes to help get us through the next few months. Stay tuned for more updates! And enjoy the image above of the succulent plants on my kitchen table … if you can’t get to the desert, bring the desert to you. Here’s this week’s list:


The winter holidays are around the corner and they will probably play out a bit different from what many of us had imagined. To shine more light on this the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health shares some strategies for keeping safe during holiday gatherings while hopefully, still having some fun.

And here’s some more information on how exercise helps slow cellular aging/damage. Our telomeres (the structures at the end of chromosomes) lengthen when we exercise regularly. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercise is recommended but always remember to do what feels right for you. For me that means walking, yoga, and light weights. Always do you.


And speaking of ‘cellular housekeeping,’ here are 7 types of intermittent fasting to know about. Intermittent fasting keeps gaining momentum as a way to maximize fat cell metabolism. Now before you have visions of monastic deprivations, one example is restricted eating where you might end your daily food consumption at 6 pm and not eat again until 8 am the next morning. This gives your digestive system 14 hours to rest and recover.  Find out more here.

When you think of sources to get your daily protein, don’t forget your fruits. Here’s a list of fruits that have the most protein. So happy my beloved kiwi made the list!


And with the change in weather, it’s time to get our winter gear sorted out. As a walker, I’m always on the lookout for warm leggings. Fleece-lined leggings are my holy grail and here’s a “Best of” list to choose from.

I’m not sure I’ll ever not be an overthinker, but I came upon this list of three books to help us focus on what we can do and strategies to help us stay in the moment.


Listen: In Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer is an eight-part series that I’m currently listening to. It’s wonderful. Described as uncovering the ‘lives of people of African descent that don’t fit with the accepted history of Western Civilisation,’ Greer takes us on a journey over the course of 300,000 years showing us the richness of our shared history.

Watch: After finishing Lovecraft Country (excellent!), I’m now in deep with The Undoing with Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and the always great, and slightly sinister, Donald Sutherland. Murder, power, seduction, lies … all wrapped up in fabulous NYC real estate.

Thanks so much for reading!


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