Health & Wellness News & Info Recap, 4/6

Did you stay connected to the world over the holiday weekend? Or did you enjoy festivities relaxing with friends and family discussing life’s adventures? Either way, in our Health & Wellness News & Info recap, you can catch up on the soft news that you may have missed or dive further into some interesting posts that can improve your overall well-being. This week, a shaved brussels sprouts salad recipe gets the presidential approval, CrossFit classes may go mainstream and publicity ramps up for a documentary about personal products and the environment.

Health & Wellness News & Info Recap 4/6

Clean Eating

President Obama attends a ‘Presidential Pizza Party’ in Boston/ Recipe: Area Four’s Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad
If you’re looking to impress guests for your next dinner party, check out Area Four’s Executive Chef Jeff Pond’s recipe for Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad. He wowed the president with this salad, as well as the Mushroom and Fontina Pizza. Not only is Pond a highly acclaimed chef with exquisite talent, he’s also a smart, kind and thoughtful guy. He and his twin brother, Chris, were the best men in my wedding. Together with their wives, they’ve rallied around my family when I went through cancer treatment…made us laugh and fed us well.

20 Cool Facts You Didn’t Know About Dates
Until last year, I don’t think I ever ate a date. I filed it in my brain as a prune and considered it a natural laxative for old people. Once I started eating plant-based, many vegan cook books and recipe roundups including medjool dates as a substitute for sweeteners. So, I tried them in smoothies and loved it. I used them in baking and found it worked. Now, I even stuff them with sunflower seed butter. With my new found love for dates, I didn’t realize they had such a history.

Active Living

Big Gyms Shoot for a CrossFit Vibe, without CrossFit
Executives in Big Gym circles consider CrossFit one of the biggest successes in the Fitness industry. So it’s not surprising that a handful of them have created CrossFit licensed spaces within their gyms.

Non-Toxic Living

The Human Experiment Movie
The Human Experiment Movie documents personal stories of people who have been affected by chemicals and activism against the big businesses in the chemical industry. Headlined by Sean Penn, this documentary uncovers information about how untested toxins are prevalent in our everyday homes and inside us. The film can be seen in select theaters throughout the country over the next few weeks.

DIY: 3 Non-toxic Cleansing Products
Essential oils are all the rage. They can be used as non-toxic perfumes, medicinal oils or even as scents in cleaning products. Lavender and lemon are my favorites, but also don’t forget herbal spices like thyme and rosemary.


Inspired by Jim Kelly
Whether it’s a parent, friend or significant other, sometimes it takes a larger-than-life athlete or celebrity to infuse a reality check with hope. Sports reporter and writer Kristen Hewitt’s piece on a morning with Jim Kelly reminds us about tragic times, perseverance and staying positive. “Be different…be the one positive light in someone’s life, if only for today.”

Do you have any healthy plans for the week?


  1. LOL – Obama, drunk at a pizza party. That would be quite the sight ;)
    GiGi Eats recently posted…Eggactly What You’re Looking For: Egg Salads

    • I heard he was quite the gentleman. Though the title “pizza party” brings me back to my youth at Shakey’s pizza. They had a big player piano and the kids could watch the employees baking away in the kitchen. If I didn’t know the restaurant, though, I would have imagined Obama sitting at the piano, belting out a song, with a big frosty root beer in one hand.

  2. Do you find it’s difficult to make DIY cleansers? I bought the oils just haven’t gone for it yet…I may try it this week! And thanks for the link to the Jim Kelly piece…he really is the real deal huh? Whta a total inspiration.
    Kristen recently posted…Please Stop Calling Me Supermom

    • I use simple ingredients for my DIY cleaners. I make vinegar and water table top cleaner all the time. I actually sometimes will use lemon on my stove or granite to make it smell a little better. Though, honestly, I should check if the acid of the lemon is bad for it. So far, so good. I also use baking soda to scour various dishes, pots and pans. I plan to use oils, but really haven’t spent a lot of time with them. And re: your posts…they inspire me and so I love to include them in my roundup.

  3. Oooh, so many helpful things here.

    I love dates and I use them in a lot of my recipes. They’re awesome. Medjool dates are my favourite.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom recently posted…The Dances of Parenting

    • Ooooohhhh. I’m glad you like medjool dates, too. My favorite treat is to stuff them with sunflower seed butter. They taste like my own healthy version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup.

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