This Week in Wellness (Links!)

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I spent yesterday celebrating the recent conversion of one of my good friends (she’s now Jewish!). And today, I biked to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see the cherry blossoms there. It was my first time visiting, and I was so impressed that I bought a membership on the spot! Here are some photos from my trip:

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Hopefully, I’ll get to spend even more time outside in the coming week; beautiful weather is such a mood booster! I also start my 21-day intuitive eating challenge tomorrow. I’m nervous about it but also excited to see how it helps me reshape my relationship with food. Here are some other things I have on my health and wellness radar for the next few days:

  • Download Russel Simmons’ Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple. I found this article from Well+Good NYC about the different ways Simmons says medtation has benefited his career pretty compelling.
  • Make these flourless banana bread muffins from Running with Spoons. Nom nom.
  • Keep these tips about sun protection in mind when I spend time outdoors (for those of you who don’t know me, I am obsessed with wearing sunscreen).
  • While you won’t see me jumping on the no-sugar bandwagon anytime soon, researching and writing this article on common mistakes people make when avoiding added sugar has inspired me to look for more whole foods (and minimally processed ones) that can help satisfy my sweet tooth.
  • Remind myself that working out isn’t about being the best or achieving some arbitrary fitness accomplishment—it’s about doing something that will help make me happier and healthier. It’s an important lesson that was brought to my attention while I read this writer’s account of how she benefited from being the worst yogi in the room.
  • Remember that I don’t have to stress about eating “perfectly” all the time. This recent article from The New York Times touches on how there’s not really a ton of evidence that fruits and vegetables help prevent cancer (or that fat-filled foods increase your odds of getting the disease). That’s not to say that fruits and vegetables aren’t healthful, of course, but sometimes we can get into the trap of stressing out over every little food decision—and this is just one piece of evidence supporting the fact that it’s not worth beating yourself up over.
  • Start following these nutrition experts on Instagram—their food photos look gorgeous!
  • Buy this Etsy printable and frame it for my mom so I can send it to her for Mother’s Day next week. She’s notoriously difficult to find a good gift for, but she always used to read me Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever when I was little—so I think this may be a winner!

Have a well-intentioned week!

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