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A Closer Look: Acupressure Mats

Restore balance and relieve pain with this acupuncture derivative.

Article by Divina Helene|October 12, 2023

These spiky lotus-laced mats are having a moment, and for good reason. Simulating the effects of acupuncture, an ancient Chinese therapeutic modality in which needles are applied to meridians and pressure points across the body to diffuse a blockage, relieve pain, and restore balance, acupressure mats work similarly, only on a broader spectrum, and offer up many of the same benefits that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

Studies show that acupressure can relieve a variety of pains in different populations, from chronic headaches to low back and menstrual pain. The spiky points of an acupressure mat improve circulation and help oxygenate the tissues and cells, promoting overall well-being, mental clarity, and increased energy levels. The natural release of endorphins help block pain naturally and effectively, almost instantly relieving headaches and other sources of pain and inflammation, leaving you feeling calm and at peace.

Still can’t wrap your mind around all those spikes? Well the good news is that studies show that the pain peaks within 30 seconds, with relaxation and a fuzzy feeling of warmth following shortly afterward. As with anything new, start slow; wear more clothing in the beginning as your skin adjusts, and slowly work on removing layers. Begin with only a few minutes and work your way up to twenty. Practice deep, diaphragmatic breathing as you rest heavy, the pull of gravity against the mat working its magic on your body.

When searching for an acupressure mat, look for one made with 100% cotton or linen, an all-natural, plant-based filler, and non-toxic plastic spikes (I especially love my Prana Mat ECO).

Acupressure is a wonderful, cost-effective alternative to acupuncture for those of us looking to improve our overall well-being, eradicate headaches naturally, reduce aches and pains, improve oxygenation in our tissues and cells, and ease stress. This is a trend that does not disappoint.

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The Benefits of a Morning Routine

How—and why—establishing a morning routine can vastly improve your day.

Article by Krissy Nevero|February 15, 2023

Do you feel like you start your days feeling rushed? Too much to do with too little time? You’re not alone. Our lives and schedules have become packed with activities and to-do lists.

The key to staying on track is creating a routine. Routines play an important role in how well we function. And one of the best places to start is the morning!

Here are a few benefits of implementing a morning routine:

  • Increased positivity. Starting your day with activities that help you feel balanced or accomplished puts you in a more positive mood that can be carried on into the day.
  • Better productivity. Having a routine makes you more efficient. This is crucial for someone with a busy schedule. Starting your day in an organized way allows you to prioritize what is most important and get more done.
  • Reduced stress. A set routine can reduce uncertainty, provide you with more structure and an increased sense of control. This can help reduce anxiety and stress.
  • Improved self-care or physical health. A morning routine that consists of activities like a nourishing meal, a mindfulness activity or exercise can improve your overall well-being.

Think of a morning routine as an opportunity to start your day with activities (or tranquility) that you need to focus for the day ahead. Let’s take a look at steps you can take to create your own personalized morning routine.

To start, create a list of everything you need or want to get done each morning, both in your home life and at work.

Next, group activities in an order that seem the most natural. For example, if exercise, showering and brushing your teeth are on your list, you’ll probably want to exercise before you shower and brush your teeth while you’re already in the bathroom.

Now it’s time to get specific. Take your ordered, grouped activities and get as specific as you want. Allocate how much team each activity takes and consider what time you need to get up in order to accomplish the activities before you’re needed elsewhere.

Finally, try it out and adapt as necessary. Start with a week making tweaks as you go. After a few weeks, assess your morning routine and determine what’s working and what can be improved. Note how this new routine makes you feel. If you find you’re more stressed, then your routine will need some adjusting. The purpose of a morning routine is to make life easier, allow you to be more productive and have the energy you need for the remainder of the day.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few ideas:

  • Hydrate with water
  • Journal or meditate for 10 minutes
  • Get some sunlight
  • Do a few stretches
  • Take a 20 minute walk or lift some weights
  • Enjoy a nourishing breakfast
  • Savor a cup of tea or coffee in a quiet space

Remember, what works for one person may not work for another, so it’s important that your routine is designed to suit you, your lifestyle and goals. Also, be realistic. If this is new to you, set yourself up for success but starting small and build from there.

Creating a morning routine that works for you takes some experimentation, but the benefits are well worth the effort. You’ll start seeing the positive effects in no time!

Krissy Nevero is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach based in Sonoma, California. To learn more about Krissy and her services, please visit her website:

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Winter Skin Care Tips

We tapped Benicia-based skin care expert, Felecia Rincon, of Flourish Beauty to get her tips for flourishing Winter skin.

Article by Verdure Magazine Team|January 15, 2023

As most of us have experienced at some time or another, a change in the weather can bring about changes in the skin, too. In the Winter time, as temperatures drop and humidity decreases, skin becomes more dry and potentially flaky and cracked. We tapped Benicia-based esthetician, Felecia Rincon, of Flourish Beauty for her tips on keeping the skin healthy and glowing all Winter long.

“When I think of Winter, our seasonal skin changes—and preparing for it—a few things come to mind. Hydration, hydration, layering, nurturing and hydration.” she writes.

“I tend to not recommend heavier texture moisturizers as often as I recommend making sure your cleanser is hydrating and layering serums. Peptide serums are a great option. Peptides are amino acids and the building blocks of healthy skin and they’ll help increase firmness and elasticity. Vitamin C serum is another one. Vitamin C is a super-antioxidant and defends the skin against environmental damage and is brightening, too. Hyaluronic and polyglutamic acid are both hydrating and attract water into the skin. These are all very giving and nurturing.” she adds.

“It is true, Winter is an excellent time to treat concerns as people tend to be indoors more and while we may not be out and in the sun as much, it is still important to protect your skin. Whether you are under an esthetician’s care and receiving progressive treatments or not, it is super important to give to your skin before you start treating it with exfoliating and active treatments. If you’re going to use an SPF, I really love one with mineral protection as it provides a physical filter.”

And perhaps most importantly, Felecia shares, “I think it is also crucially important to take a lead from nature. Nature is dormant in Winter; nature slows down. While we don’t hibernate, we can be mindful about slowing down—unwinding when we can. Creating rituals like making yourself a pot of herbal tea or reading a really good book or having a cozy bath. My favorite is an epsom salt bath with a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Epsom salts are mineral rich and the magnesium is beneficial in helping the body to relax. The scent of eucalyptus is so enveloping to me, it feels like a warm hug. After the hustle of the Holidays, a lot of us feel the need to rest. Honor that—you deserve the pause.

Felecia Rincon is a Benicia-based esthetician and skin-care therapist and owner of Flourish Beauty. You can find out more about her and her services by visiting her website and checking out her Instagram, @flourishbeaute.

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Setting Healthy Boundaries

Protect your peace this Holiday season and beyond.

Article by Krissy Nevero|December 6, 2022

You’ve likely heard of the importance of having healthy boundaries, but what does that actually mean? Boundaries can be defined as limits you identify for yourself and apply through action or communication to protect your time and energy.

Another way to think about boundaries is like a property line. You may see a fence or a “NO TRESPASSING” sign, which clearly indicates a boundary or even a consequence. Of course these boundaries are much easier to see and understand whereas personal boundaries require a bit more communication.

Why are boundaries important?

Having set, personal boundaries:

  • is an essential piece of self-care and self-respect
  • allow you to set limits for healthy relationships
  • enable you to communicate your needs in a relationship
  • encourage you to make space for your feelings and emotions
  • facilitates more positive interactions with others

Often, we go beyond our comfortable limits and push boundaries because we feel guilty about something or feel as though we need to live up to a certain expectation that has been set for us. This can lead to feelings of discomfort and resentment.

So while setting boundaries may be uncomfortable at first, it’s essential for your overall well being.

How do you define your boundaries?

When it comes to setting healthy boundaries in your life, the first step is determining where and what those boundaries are. As you go through your day, take note of what actions make you uncomfortable, then decide how much of those actions you can tolerate and accept. As you determine where you choose to draw the line in every situation, consider your physical, emotional, and mental limits.

Here are a few examples to get you thinking:

  • If you consider yourself an introvert and it takes a lot out of you to go out on the town with friends, take some time to think about how that extra energy affects your physical, emotional, and mental health. Are you physically exhausted the day after a night of socializing? If so, do you need to decline certain invitations in the future or is there a way you can plan to recharge the next day and make space for that?
  • When you’re in a situation that you don’t feel great about, check in to see if you’re feeling discomfort or resentment, then ask yourself what could be influencing that feeling. Is it the way an interaction is going? Does the other person have a specific expectation that’s bothering you? Do you feel as though you’re being taken advantage of? Or unappreciated? How can you communicate that or avoid this type of situation in the future?
  • Consider your work environment. Is it normal for your coworkers to work beyond the 8-hour workday? This feeling of wanting to measure up could be wreaking havoc on your physical and mental health. Is this truly a requirement of your job or can you meet the expectations of your employer during standard business hours? Do you need to have a conversation with your boss about it?

Once you define your boundaries, you will need to communicate them.

Tips for communicating boundaries :

When we first start practicing setting boundaries, it can feel challenging. We might feel guilty, afraid, or self-conscious but it’s important to remember that setting limits will help make relationships healthier in the long-run.

  • Start small. Before you tackle important relationships or significant life changes, start with something small that doesn’t seem super threatening to you. This could include scheduling time blocks for work, exercise, a meal or self-care.
  • Get support. Develop a support system of people who respect your right to set boundaries.
  • Communicate clearly. When you identify the need to set a boundary, do it clearly, calmly, firmly, respectfully, and concisely.
  • Take action. If you set a boundary, follow through with it. Stay strong; don’t give in.
  • Learn to say no. If your plate is full, it’s OK to say “no” or “not right now”.
  • Take the emotions out of it. You’re not responsible for the other person’s reaction to the boundary you’re setting. You’re only responsible for communicating your boundary in a respectful manner. If it upsets them, know it is their problem.

Like any new skill, communicating and maintaining boundaries will take practice. You deserve to be comfortable in everyday situations as often as possible. If you have the opportunity to make your day easier or less stressful, why not do it? Remember, boundaries can protect your time and energy and these days that is priceless!

Krissy Nevero is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach based in Sonoma, California. To learn more about Krissy and her services, please visit her website:

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Fall in Love with Giving Thanks

A conscious shift in perspective for long-lasting benefits.

Article by Divina Helene|November 8, 2022

Gratitude is medicine.

If the conscious, intentional practice of gratitude has already weaved it’s way into your daily routine, you can easily attest to its healing, medicinal effects; you likely feel happier, more appreciative, more connected, and more optimistic. You probably sleep better, too, and overall, take better care of yourself than someone who doesn’t regularly practice gratitude.

But in case you’re looking for proof outside of yourself, there are myriad studies that show that practicing gratitude does, in fact, carry long-lasting, positive effects in the body and brain (you can sift through some studies here). Practicing gratitude evokes an immediate release of serotonin and dopamine, those “feel-good, happy hormones”, in the brain that have you feeling uplifted and motivated instantaneously. But here’s the real kick: the more you practice gratitude, the more you’ll prefer it. You’ll organically begin to seek out the positive rather than the negative.

When you’re operating from a positive mindset, you’re likely much more calm, relaxed and at ease, and may therefore notice the physiological benefits a gratitude practice confers like lower blood pressure and increased vagal tone, which indicates how well the vagus nerve is functioning by measuring heart rate variability (HRV), and in essence, the health of the parasympathetic, or “rest and digest”, nervous system as whole. You likely sleep better, too! All of this is vital in a high-pressure society like ours. The ability to remain grounded amidst the constant barrage of bad news, work pressures, and the balancing of family dynamics is rooted in gratitude.

This is the thing: gratitude allows us to connect more meaningfully to each other and to the intricacies of this life; to the highs, the lows, and everything in between. Without gratitude, or a sincere reverence and appreciation for all of that which makes you, YOU, life loses depth and dynamics. When we train ourselves to seek out the positive rather than the negative in any given situation, we learn to become grateful for it all. We realize that this life is not to be taken for granted; that all of it is a gift.

A gratitude practice can look different for everyone. Some like to journal daily, others pause throughout the day to think or say out-loud what they’re grateful for in that moment, and others like to take turns reciting what they’re grateful for at the dinner table. Every November, I hang up a beautiful felt gratitude banner that I purchased from Pottery Barn when the kids were babies that has 30 little pockets for holding a little note of gratitude from each of us. I’m also sharing one thing I am grateful for every day on my Instagram page and I encourage you to follow along. Whatever your preference, integrating a gratitude practice into your daily routine will have myriad positive impacts and better equip you to handle life’s hurdles with a little more ease and grace—and this world could use a little more of both!



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Tame Your Tech

A mindful approach to living in our tech-saturated world.

Article by Divina Helene|December 30, 2021

Airplane mode? Sure, that’s better than nothing, but try as you might, you can’t escape technology’s reach completely, even after you’ve turned everything off for the night. With access to WiFi in some of the most remote, obscure places on Earth these days, it’s pretty safe to say that we are surrounded by a constant barrage of man-made, non-ionizing electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’s) emitted by wireless routers, cell phone towers, SmartMeters, mobile devices and the like, day in and day out. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified non-ionizing EMF’s as category 2B, meaning there is enough evidence to suggest a link between their use and cancer.

I’ve always believed it important to set limits and create boundaries when it comes to technology, EMF’s being only one of those reasons why. While we’re unable to escape technology’s grasp altogether, we can certainly take steps to mitigate our exposure to EMF’s and artificial light emitted by these devices, especially when at home. Below you’ll find some practical tips for taming your tech, creating a balanced and more peaceful home environment.

Unplug your WiFi router when not in use and especially at night. WiFi is certainly convenient but it doesn’t make much sense to keep it on while you sleep. While it may be an extra step in your bedtime routine, unplugging your WiFi router when not in use and especially at night reduces your exposure to EMF’s—it’s worth it.

Opt-out of your SmartMeter. You may not even know it, but most homes were outfitted with a newer technology years ago that sends power usage information to the power supplier wirelessly, eliminating the need for someone to come and read your meter. It sounds good, but these SmartMeters emit very high EMF’s, and are often placed on the back side of homes near the bedrooms. And you may not even know it, but you have the option to opt-out of the SmartMeter program altogether; you may keep or have an old-fashioned analogue meter reinstalled for a small fee. Again—totally worth it, in my opinion.

Invest in an EMF-shielding cell phone case and/or laptop blanket. We can do almost anything from our mobile phones these days, which means that most of us are on them a lot. I purchased a Radi Armor cell phone case that I love. They have many more EMF-shielding products to choose from like headphones, laptop blankets, and bed canopies, that block up to 90% of EMF radiation.

Invest in high-end blue light blocking lenses. Since we can’t avoid technologically-advanced electronic devices completely, you may want to consider investing in blue light blocking lenses. But not just any blue light blocking lenses you find on the internet; you need the real deal. Talk to your local optician about your options, but I highly recommend DuraVision® BlueProtect from ZEISS which protects the eyes from the excess blue light we’re exposed to from modern light sources and display screens. Too much artificial blue light can negatively effect our melatonin production and natural circadian rhythm.

Set boundaries. I don’t turn on my phone until 8:00AM, and I set it to Airplane mode throughout the day, to provide myself with ample undisturbed time; most calls, texts, and emails can wait. I turn my phone off again about an hour before I go to bed. I don’t want to be attached to my digital devices, and I certainly don’t want my kids to think it’s appropriate, either.

Place shungite around the home. Shungite is well-known to absorb impurities and free radicals from drinking water thanks to it’s specialized structure comprised of fullerenes, or hollow molecular carbon-cages, but it is now widely believed that shungite can help to neutralize EMF’s, too. I keep a raw shungite stone in our living room near the TV and WiFi router that I purchased from Sentience Sonoma.

So while technology can be considered a blessing in many ways, we mustn’t forget the opposing elements; that is, the potentially harmful physiological effects, and the time-thief capabilities of too much tech if one isn’t careful. Now, set down your phone and go take a walk.

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Tricia Rose Stone’s 28 Acts of Kindness

Spark joy this February with Tricia Rose Stone's 28 Acts of Kindness.

Article by Divina Helene|February 2, 2021

I came across Tricia Rose Stone’s 28 Acts of Kindness on her uplifting and inspiring lifestyle blog, Rose Colored Glasses. Small acts of kindness are a sure-fire method of sparking joy and cheerfulness within your community and it leaves those giving just as happy as those receiving (hello, oxytocin). February is a time to celebrate the bold expressions of the heart chakra and small, random acts of kindness is a prime example of that. And who knows, perhaps your month-long commitment to an act of kindness a day will transform into something more permanent—the world could use that now more than ever.

1. Pay it Backward: buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
2. Compliment the first three people you talk to today. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could
make someone’s entire day.
3. Send a positive text message to five different people throughout the day.
4. Donate old towels or blankets to your local animal shelter.
5. Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats.
6. Send a friend a helpful or inspiring article that made you think of them.
7. Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for a coworker or connection.
8. Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant
other, or a family member.
9. Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford, along with an encouraging note.
10. Pick up any litter you see around you as you go through your day.
11. Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
12. Run an errand for a family member or friend who could use some extra help.
13. Leave a box of goodies in your mailbox for your mail carrier.
14. Slow down so someone can merge in front of you in traffic.
15. Email or write to someone who has made a difference in your life.
16. Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website, or a friend’s social media account.
17. If you’re an customer, you can donate’s money to your favorite U.S. Nonprofit through Amazon Smile. Once set up, Amazon will contribute to your favorite nonprofit each time you purchase.
18. Write a great online review for a restaurant or local business you love.
19. Reconnect with an old friend you have lost touch with over the years.
20. Let someone cut in front of you in line at the grocery store.
21. Say something encouraging to a parent who struggles with rambunctious kids in a
restaurant or grocery store.
22. Offer to return a stranger’s grocery cart to the front of the store.
23. Write a sweet, encouraging note and put it under your child’s pillow.
24. Call your mom, dad, or siblings to say I love you.
25. Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.
26. Send a care package to a service member.
27. Donate your old cell phone or other electronics to charity.
28. Collect and donate sample-size toiletries to a local homeless shelter.

Visit Tricia’s blog at Rose Colored Glasses and Instagram at @rosecoloredglasses_official.

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When Stress Becomes Chronic

I don’t want to believe that it took a pandemic of global proportions to prove to us that this sub-life is unsustainable. But I guess it did. The subliminal signs weren’t enough to slow down our lives on our own accord. It’s remarkable, in a dark, strange way, just how much stress the body can take before complete and utter exhaustion, and how the mind continues to justify it.

Article by Divina Helene|December 16, 2020

In a habitually flurried modern world, burning the midnight oil has become the new normal rather than the exception to the normal. The high-demand jobs, the late nights and inadequate sleep, the poor and overly-processed diets, the unresolved traumas, the lack of connection—connection to ourselves, to others, and to nature—have led us to a sub-life of heightened stress, fear, and anxiety.

I don’t want to believe that it took a pandemic of global proportions to prove to us that this sub-life is unsustainable. But I guess it did. The subliminal signs weren’t enough to slow down our lives on our own accord. It’s remarkable, in a dark, strange way, just how much stress the body can take before complete and utter exhaustion, and how the mind continues to justify it.

We are designed for stressful situations just not chronic ones. Many of us are so disillusioned or numbed-up with caffeine, alcohol, or drugs that we’re unable to recognize that we’re living in a state of perpetual heightened stress. Only when symptoms like irritability, headaches, digestive issues, insomnia, and depression or withdrawal begin to rear their ugly heads do we finally pause in search of respite.

From purely holistic perspective, the root cause of our habitual chronic stress must be addressed—and this is no small feat. For one, it would require a massive socio-cultural awakening and a collective mindset shift. This won’t happen overnight (although, I think we’re on the way). So, for now, we may have to settle for second best: managing it with mindful awareness and a nurtured brain-body connection.

At the helm of the brain-body connection lies the almighty vagus nerve, a discerning bundle of nerve fibers that govern the parasympathetic—or rest, digest, repair—branch of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Because these expansive pair of nerves connect with all the organs of the visceral body, the vagus nerve is able to continuously relay information to the brain about the body and how well everything is—or isn’t—functioning, via neurotransmitters. The vagus nerve is also comprised of descending fibers that relay information from the brain to the body. These bi-directional interactions between the brain and the body via the vagus nerve are everything.

Chronic stress impairs, or lowers, vagal tone, or the functionality of the vagus nerve, creating an unpleasant ripple effect throughout the body. Low vagal tone has been linked with chronic inflammation, digestive disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, heart conditions, and many other familiar ailments. Similarly, low vagal tone caused by issues in the gastrointestinal tract (the vagus nerve rules the gut-brain axis), alcohol use, excessive dental work, muscular trauma, or even genetics, hinders the ability to handle chronic stress. It’s a two-way street.

To avoid the undesirable side-effects of chronic stress, we must uncover the uncomfortable truth about what’s causing it. This is challenging. Often times, it’s more than just one thing but many things compiled together over time. This kind of deeper housekeeping requires a mental, physical, and spiritual commitment, one that many, ironically, don’t have the time (or desire) for. I do believe that the tides are slowly shifting and that perhaps more people will be ready and willing to do the work. In the meantime, we can learn to better support our body’s ability to rest, digest and repair and learn to manage and cope with our stress effectively.

Managing chronic stress effectively isn’t all that complicated; it just tends to be overlooked. For example, regular movement and a diverse, whole-foods diet is paramount in managing stress yet how often are both placed on the back burner? We must also set boundaries—at home, at work, and in our social lives—and get comfortable saying no. We must keep good company—that is, surround ourselves with people who are positive, supportive, and a good influence. We must get off our screens and out of the fluorescent-lit classrooms and offices and ground in nature daily (also known as earthing). We should spend more time doing the things that bring us true joy and happiness; getting lost in the rhythm of good music, writing or journaling, coffee with a good friend, or volunteering with a favorite nonprofit.  And let’s not forget that the vagus nerve is a key player in stress management. We can mindfully integrate the practice of vagus nerve stimulation, which increases vagal tone—and increases our resilience to stress—into our daily lives.

This can be achieved in many ways but consistency is key. We can practice slow, rhythmic belly-breathing (diaphragmatic breathing), commit to daily movement and mild exercise like walking or yoga, try cold therapy (ice baths or cryotherapy), take a few minutes a day to gargle, sing or hum, utilize sound therapy (listening to calming ocean waves, for example), increase our sun exposure, commit to deep, restorative sleep by turning screens off early, meditate often, book a massage (lymphatic massage, if possible, or gently massage your own neck, abdomen and belly daily), and generally cultivating a deep sense of gratitude, connection, and purpose in life through writing, therapy, soul-work, and meaningful social relationships.

I’ll conclude by saying this: we must stop wearing our chronic stress as if it were a badge of honor. Instead, let’s be cognizant of the many ways that chronic stress manifests in the body, slowly crippling our quality of life. We must purposely and mindfully make the choice to lean in to a slower, more sustainable way of life that supports our health and well-being. We just can’t run ourselves ragged anymore; there’s too much on the line for that now.

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Thoughts on the Times

More emphasis must be placed on educating the masses on other ways to “slow the spread”—more like “slow the spread of the many chronic diseases plaguing Americans and leaving them susceptible to complications from COVID-19 or any other cold or flu."

Article by Divina Helene|November 2, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I believe that more emphasis must be placed on educating the masses on other ways to “slow the spread”—more like “slow the spread of the many chronic diseases plaguing Americans and leaving them susceptible to complications from COVID-19 or any other cold or flu”. No one is immune from catching COVID-19 but let’s be honest—Americans have never been sicker, more obese, more depressed, or more unhappy, and to me, this is the biggest concern of all. Is COVID-19 the straw that will brake the camel’s back? I hate to say it but masks and a pantry stocked to the brim with shelf-stable foods isn’t going to save us from the twisted, dysfunctional food system that’s been wrecking havoc on American health long before COVID-19.

There is so much that we can’t control—like the viruses and bacteria living among (and within) us at any given moment in time—so why not shift the focus to what we actually have a decent shot at?

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