Wellness Digest #44: Walking Tips, Longevity Noodles, and Face Massage Tools

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Wellness Digest – February 11, 2021

Welcome to this week’s digest. I came across this inspiring list about internal shifts from a wise person approaching their 80th birthday. It’s about self-compassion, kindness, and living more in the moment. This list is for any age or life stage. My favorite is about the impulse to always correct people and how “…peace is more precious than perfection.” #truth! Here’s this week’s list:


We know the benefits of daily walking, but with a few minor tweaks to your form, you can take your workout to peak levels of fitness. One easy adjustment: activate your abs when you walk. Find out other ways to optimize your daily stroll.

Upper back pain creeps up on everyone. Many of us are constantly hunched over laptops or looking down at our phones scrolling and scrolling. One quick fix is to clasp your hands in front of you and gently round your upper back as your arms move away from you. Check out two more tips here.


Chinese New Year is tomorrow. 2021 is the year of the ox. Celebrate the Lunar feast with Danielle Chang‘s Longevity Noodles with Oyster, Shitake, and Enoki Mushrooms. The producer of PBS’s Lucky Chow advises us to not cut the noodles “…because cutting is a metaphor for shortening a life, so twirl the long strands to serve and eat.”

Fast-food restaurants are continuing to increase their plant-based food options. Are they really healthier? Find out more here.


It took me a while to understand the hype about face massage tools, but now they are part of my daily routine. Great for overall circulation (especially the under-eye area) and to define your jawline. A nice ritual to wind down with at the end of the day. Choose from jade rollers, Gua Sha tools, and more.


Director Paul Greengrass’s new movie “News of the World” stars Tom Hanks as a former civil war captain who agrees to escort a 10-year old girl, who was taken by the Kiowa people, back to her relatives. It’s a harsh journey across Texas filled with serious villains and authentic saviors. 12-year old actor Helena Zengel is breathtaking. Bring tissues.

John Derian is a decoupage artist known for paperweights, trays, and other objects. I’m a big fan of his imagery — and his sense of humor. Check out his new collection for Valentine’s Day.

Thanks so much for reading!


Photo Credit:  Face Roller by Content-Pixie