Wellness Digest #40: Inflammation Facts, #DryJanuary, Egyptian Magic

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Welcome to this week’s digest! Here’s a quote from zen master Thich Nhat Hanh that I’m thinking about: “Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.” 2020 was a bit muddy. 2021 will have its challenges as well, but let’s meet them with resilience, clarity, and (my word for the year) fearlessness — words I would use to describe Dr. Martin Luther King who we celebrate this weekend. Okay, here’s this week’s list:

WELLNESS

Whenever I think of inflammation, I think of heat. Fire. The good news is that inflammation fights infections and helps with healing. Unfortunately, excessive inflammation can wreak havoc on your health, contributing to chronic diseases like arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, and more.

Big contributors to inflammation are chronic stress, excessive alcohol consumption, unhealthy diets, lack of exercise, and other habits that might have slowly crept into your routine.

So what can you do to feel better? I’ve written before about the benefits of dandelion root tea and here’s a list of other solutions to help, and a guide to inflammation causes, symptoms, and other resources.

FOOD +NUTRITION

To ring in the new year, I made this one-pot golden curry lentil soup that I found on the Minimalist Baker site. I wanted something flavorful, healthy, and hearty. And to also push myself to go beyond the usual suspects in my spice department. And for those who love lentils but not curry, I’ve also made it without the curry and it’s just as delicious. I also swap the carrots for sweet potato. Amazing!

We’re doing #DryJanuary in our house. This time of year is always great to detox and start fresh. Typically water, teas, and coconut water are my go-to’s but after reading about so many non-alcoholic spirits I gave the brand Lyre’s a try. Specifically, their Dry London Spirit beverage with juniper, citrus, and pepper berry. Great taste! (I added some tonic water and a lemon twist.) Next on my list is Seedlip. (Beautiful packaging!)  

SELF-CARE

Keeping the detox theme going, here are 3 Super Relaxing Yoga poses for detoxification. Remember, the emphasis is on relaxing.

As winter kicks in, I’ve gone back to an old favorite: Egyptian Magic Skin Cream. Made from olive oil, beeswax, bee pollen, honey, bee propolis, and royal jelly, it is a minor miracle. Similar to the consistency of petroleum jelly yet not as heavy. I rub on my feet (oh those dry heels) at night, but it’s great for burns, scars, scrapes, or to just smudge a little on your cheeks to get some glow. Yes, magic!

JOIE DE VIVRE!

ARCHITECTURE: Finally! After years of design and construction, NYC Penn Station’s Moynihan Hall is officially open. Designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, the new AMTRAK hall is the first step in properly welcoming visitors to such a great city. Can’t wait to see it in person.

FASHION: Have you started the ‘new year purge’ yet? If so, be firm but perhaps not too hasty to throw out everything in your closet. From WhoWhatWear here are 5 classic pieces you should never purge from your wardrobe.

Thanks so much for reading!

xos

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