Health & Wellness News & Info Recap, Week Ending 3/8

Last week, the world honored Dr. Seuss on his birthday. I was talking to a friend about it, who laughed and asked me if green eggs could be considered a healthy choice. Surely the ones I created in elementary school were not, made with dark-green chemical dyes. Though today’s kids may have created scrambled egg whites with spinach and kale. This March, as the world continues to honor “Nutrition Month,” I suspect we will see more stories about the U.S. Dietary Guidelines proposal, as well as the push for uber-healthy, plant-based, wholesome, unpackaged foods. Below are the wellness stories I found compelling this week. Health & Wellness News & Info Recap Week of 3/8

Clean Eating
A Prevention Diet
Last week’s Health & Wellness News & Info recap included U.S. Dietary Guidelines proposal. And given that the proposal was recently announced, a flurry of stories promoting plant-based eating hit the web, including this one about eating for preventative measures.

Raw Cacao vs. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
I’ve often been asked why I use cacao rather than unsweetened cocoa powder. Simply, it’s because cacao is less processed and has a tremendous amount of antioxidants. This week on CureJoy, they dig deeper and make a true case for using cacao.

Active Living
6 Scientific Reasons to Add Music to Your Regimen
The media regularly covers healthy living tips largely focused on better eating habits and exercise. The past few years, a mindfulness component has been included, as well. Recent studies also show that music provides a ton of healthy benefits including stress prevention and positive feelings.

Non-Toxic Living
Natural News – The Truth about Hand Sanitizers & a DIY Recipe for One
Store-bought hand sanitizers are a staple in many homes and schools, but are filled with toxic chemicals. Natural News explains how the chemicals go immediately into our bloodstream and suggests an all-natural chemical-free recipe to make your own.

Concepts that will Revolutionize Western Medicine
As a fairly well-educated patient, I’m really excited about the possibilities in individualistic health care focused on the individual’s biochemistry, data and lifestyle. This post gives me hope that bringing together MDs, PhDs and other medical geniuses will make  feeling well (long-term) possible for the masses.

In honor of National Nutrition Month, tell us what is your favorite healthy food?


  1. I never knew that about hand sanitizer! I want to make one! I love this post each week Caryn…you are my wellness guru and keep me in the know.
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    • Caryn Sullivan

      Awwww…Thanks. This is one of my favorites, too. I’m reading and compiling these articles anyways, so it’s easy and fun.

  2. I am in love with your message. i have ALWAYS wondered why todays children have SO man more allergies, illnesses, attention problems than when I went to school.

    Then I looked at what I ate as a child compared to what I was giving my kids.

    That is when I changed up my shopping habits and cooking habits. Went to WW and lost 50 pounds, and started feeding the family a whole lot healthier.

    Improved moods, lifestyle, weight for me :) and overall goodness.

    We love the taste of home cooked dinners from scratch….

    We eat meat, veggies, and all the other good stuff just with a lot less chemicals…
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    • Caryn Sullivan

      We are very much on the same wave length. I’ve been doing a lot of reading/researching in the past few years about allergies and disease and lifestyle. It is amazing how eating wholesome foods, little processed is healing for our bodies. I laugh because I think my grandmother told me that for years…but I was too in love with diet soda and baked chips. I feel amazing eating clean. It’s more challenging with the rest of my family but I’m working on it.

  3. I get side-eyed when I refuse hand sanitizer for myself and my son at his preschool classroom. It eats his hands up until they are raw and bleeding, and I’m just a big fan of soap and water myself! I don’t know why you’d need perfectly sanitized hands just to walk into preschool…
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    • Caryn Sullivan

      I’ve read a lot about how our bodies especially kids are losing out on building their immunity because of all the “killing of germs” with hand sanitizers, wipes, etc. I get that they have some great preventative measures but we also see a lot more sick children, allergy ridden people likely because of it. I’m so sorry that your son is sensitive to all the sanitizers. I will let you know if I like this recipe for the DIY one.

  4. I love this summary/recap/round-up! I totally want to make that homemade hand sanitizer!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
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    • Caryn Sullivan

      I know. I’m going to make the sanitizer. I also have seen a few homemade/DIY wipes. I’ll check a few recipes out, try them and post soon.

  5. I absolutely LOVE raw cacao powder. I admit in the beginning it was different, but now I think I’m addicted!
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    • I love raw cacao powder, too. I actually think it tastes just like how I remember cocoa powder tasting. I’ve also been using a lot of pumpkin pie spice lately. I got into it around Thanksgiving and someone found myself craving it daily. Thanks for stopping by.

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