Wellness Digest #36: Indigenous Recipes, Wellness Sabbatical, Glam Lashes

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Wellness Digest – November 26, 2020

Welcome to this week’s digest. The holiday season has begun. While some of us are subdued others already have their lights up! Wherever you are, I hope you take the time to eat well, sleep well, and definitely get up to some fun. It’s been a long haul this year, but here we are … still standing and still curious. I’m grateful for all of you. And on this day of giving thanks, enjoy this piece about having what you want vs. wanting what you have. Here’s this week’s list!


We have three new vaccines and counting. This is fantastic news. The rollout dates are on the horizon and it feels good. But before we run back to our former routines, there are still many things to consider. Here’s some real talk about what’s next.

Here’s a story that stopped me in my tracks. It’s about the actress Marcia Cross (of Desperate Housewives fame) and her intense journey with anal cancer, which was initially discovered at a routine yearly gynecological exam. Her story shines a light on a form of cancer that is often unnecessarily surrounded by shame, embarrassment, and silence. So great that she shares her story.


Sean Sherman won a 2018 James Beard Award for his cookbook, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen.” A tribal member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux, he’s on a mission to spread awareness of indigenous cooking going back to a time before added sugars, refined flours, and artificial ingredients. Find out more and enjoy his recipes.

And here’s a crowd-pleasing last-minute side dish: Parsley leaf potatoes. So simple and elegant.


Let’s face it: we all need a wellness sabbatical. My wish list includes an Aman resort in the desert or perhaps a hideaway in Bali. (sigh) Some day. For right now, I’m going to try one at home. Who’s with me?

You’ve heard of farm to table, and now we have “farm to tub luffa.” Yes, that’s right. Not all luffa’s (and I used to spell it loofah) are created equal. This one is 100% biodegradable and free of toxic chemicals. I love that it’s responsibly farmed, and cultivated on a small, woman-owned, family farm in Central Coast, CA.


Books: I loved Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend.” It was an emotional rollercoaster in the best possible way. She came up with a list of 40 of her favorite books for bookshop and it’s incredible. On my list is Memoirs of Hadrian about ancient Rome, by Marguerite Yourcenar, the first woman elected to the Academie Française. 

Beauty: Jenna Lyons, the former Creative Director of J. Crew just launched a line of false eyelashes. The lashes are exquisite. The company is LoveSeen and what’s cool is that you take a quiz to find out what works for you. Lyons was born with a genetic condition that left her with sparse eyelashes so she knows of what she speaks. Don’t miss the fun tutorials!

Thanks so much for reading! Happy Thanksgiving


Photo Credit: Annie Spratt