Grab a cup of tea and sit down for some good reads. It’s the Wholesome Weekend Roundup featuring my top health and wellness links from around the web this week.


Social Media Use Associated with Depression in Young Adults – Thank goodness social media did not exist when I was a teen! I think my teen years would have been a lot more traumatic if it did.

Bridging the Benzo Divide – As someone who has been prescribed a benzodiazepine drug for anxiety, this frightens me! Luckily I only took it short term and non consistently…much to the dismay of my pill-pushing doctor.

Why the DARK Act’s Defeat was a Big Victory for Vermont – This is a big victory for all states as well as all consumers.

U.S. Adults Get Failing Grade in Healthy Lifestyle Behavior – A big fat F!

13 Facts About Cancer You May Not Know – Please pour the red wine!

8 Healthy Ways to Detox – These are all really great suggestions.

Why Target is Fast-Tracking Food Innovation – As if we need another reason to love Target. And good for them for doing this because it needs to be done.

ConAgra and Kellogg’s Join General Mills and Mars to Label GMOs – 9/10 Americans want their food labeled. The other 1/10 work for Monsanto or some other big agra-business. This should have happened long ago, but better late than never.

Burning More Calories Linked With Greater Grey Matter Volume, Reduced Alzheimer’s Risk – Just one more reason to sweat every day.

Your Anxiety Isn’t An Excuse to be an Asshole – This is so eloquently stated. As someone who has gone through a lot of the same stuff, it’s so important to realize that anxiety cannot be used as an excuse to mistreat people.

New Study Explores Carb-loading’s Effect on Heart – Just the phrase “carb-loading” makes me nauseous. It’s more detrimental than we thought. Well…I always knew it was no good because it makes me feel sick. Maybe you should read this and then reconsider your pre-race meals.

Cocoa Keeps You Young at Heart – Here’s to hoping the Easter Bunny puts a lot of dark chocolate in our Easter baskets.

Happy Easter!


Aloha! It’s Wednesday again and I am back from Salt Lake City. It snowed the day before I got there and the day after I left so I still have yet to see snow fall from the sky. My friend who I stayed with in SLC just sent me a video of the snow in her backyard. I tried to get a screen shot of the chairs I sat in the day before when I ate lunch outside in 70 degree weather with no shoes on. It’s crazy how quickly the weather can change in this climate.


If you follow me on Instagram then you might have noticed that I wasn’t in Salt Lake the entire time I was away from Southern California. I rented a car and decided to drive up to Boise Thursday-Saturday. It’s actually the city to which I am thinking about relocating. If you know anything about Boise, please enlighten me. I loved it there! But I’m not 100% convinced yet. I still have some other places in mind. Boise is amazing though. It’s a smaller city with friendly people and sweater weather. Just what I crave…

Speaking of cravings, this Rebbl elixir was breakfast.


Followed by this tiny sample bag of Enjoy Life chocolate chips.


And also this KeVita kombucha. Whole Foods was having a 2 for $5 sale on all KeVita drinks.


I walked around Boise around noon. It’s such a peaceful city compared to Los Angeles. There’s a greenbelt along the river. My hotel backed up to it so I walked from my hotel all the way down to the Boise State campus. It was about 4 miles round-trip.


Then I headed to the downtown area to explore the shops and find something to eat for a late lunch. I ended up buying a rooibos masala chai tea at Snake River Tea because it was cold outside.


There’s a Mexican restaurant called Costa Vida next to the tea house that looked promising. It’s no Cafe Rio but it’s similar. I got a grilled chicken Baja bowl.


Dinner was from the salad bar at Boise Co-op.


I have this thing about checking out markets in cities that I visit. Maybe it’s because I used to work at one part-time for most of my 20’s.

I woke up early the next morning just so I could drive back down to Salt Lake City and hang out with these pretty girls. We had plans to go see a newborn lamb at Wheeler’s Farm. But my friend’s “threenager” wasn’t feeling well so we hung out close to home instead while we enjoyed the amazing weather.


It was a great trip and a fun thing to do while I wait for my car to make it across the Pacific ocean. It’s not scheduled to get to Los Angeles until Tuesday so I’m still without a car for 6 more days. I’m contemplating other destinations but don’t have any plans yet. I cannot be trapped in LA without a car for almost another week and it’s sort of pointless to rent one right now since my mom lets me borrow her car when she’s not using it. But that’s on her terms.

I hope you’re having an amazing week. Keep eating yummy things and we’ll catch up next Wednesday when I will (hopefully) have my car back. In the meantime, you can check out my Saturday posts which are called “Wholesome Weekend Roundups” where I link up to health and wellness articles that are of relevance and interest to me.


Grab a cup of tea and sit down for some good reads. It’s the Wholesome Weekend Roundup featuring my top health and wellness links from around the web this week.


What Doctors Need to Know About Fat – I wish my doctor would read this.

Mark Sisson is the Pied Piper of Paleo – Do you know how to live long and drop dead?

You Are What Your Parents Ate – Are our parents to blame for the rising diabetes rate?

Neanderthals Diet: 80% Meat, 20% Vegetables – Here’s some science you can use to counter-argue vegans.

Is Weight Gain Dictated by Genes? – The field of epigenetics is so fascinating!

Starving Eye Cells Contribute to Blindness in Elders – Diabetes of the eye? Say what!??! This is of huge interest to me because I did genetic testing through 23andMe and found that I am super susceptible to both age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and type 2 diabetes.

CDC Asks Doctors to Cut Back on Prescriptions for Painkillers – Please let Statins be next. Or is that too much to ask?

Surprising Facts About What Bread Does to your Brain – These are show notes from one of my favorite podcasters Ben Greenfield. He interviewed Max Lugavere about his upcoming documentary Bread Head. Check out the notes and listen to the podcast by clicking on the above link.

Senate Rejects the DARK Act – The Senate says we have a right to know. This is a HUGE victory for consumers!

Teen Cannabis Users Have Poor Long-Term Memory in Adulthood – I’m not sure why one would want to do this to themselves…

And that’s a wrap on this week’s wholesome links.