Beauty + Wellness

Bi-weekly Highlights; Volume 2

by | May 11, 2017

Naturally, we found new books (audio and print) to devour since our first installment, adding to our growing stack of juicy input, expanded our intake of anti-inflammatories, for mood elevation, joint relief and swelling, and indulged in hobbies fit for excellent serotonin bursts and cathartic release!

The book worms get wormier: I finally picked up a book I’ve long since planned to read, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, written by the founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard. Patagonia has existed as THE exemplification of a renegade business, going against the grain and perhaps logic to build a global brand predicated on mitigating our ecological footprint, creating first-class products that are useful, functional and meant to be repaired – not necessarily replaced – and adventure…in myriad forms. I’m halfway through and can absolutely identify how Patagonia’s work has paved the way for an organization like Of The Wolves to exist.

I also began reading something that’s been recommended to me for awhile, based upon my own familial trauma, and woah. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma deals with the physiological, mental and emotional reactions to trauma. The author, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. First and foremost, he’s a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and director of the National Complex Trauma Treatment Network. In this book, he relays stories of working with war veterans, victims of child abuse, alcoholism, incest and so much more and the incredibly similar ways in which the brain and body respond to trauma. If any of this applies to you personally or someone you love, this book is truly a salve and an in-depth explanation of the side effects and the work that can be undertaken to heal the wounds. Throughout every chapter, I heard anecdotes about myself and people I love who have experienced trauma and extreme grief, and that in itself – relating and receiving a mirror from an expert – is incredibly soothing.

Turmeric and ginger habit increases
: I upped the ante this past week on my turmeric and ginger pressing at home, using a relatively inexpensive juicer – about 3-4 pounds a week now! Many health practitioners argue turmeric is the most powerful herb there is, and its active chemical component is actually the curcumin. Turmeric is astounding for – get this – treating arthritis, joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease, liver problems, skin conditions, and the list goes on. Basically it can only improve your life. I’ve used it for years for swelling and arthritic symptoms from ingesting inflammatory substances like caffeine, but my most recent discovery is its potency in treating depression, Alzheimer’s and basically favorably altering moods. It can be pricy in its raw form at the health food store, about $12.99 a pound, but think of all the medications it can spare you from. You can also purchase it in pill form.

Cathartic release:
I box, at this incredible, authentic boxing gym in Eagle Rock, LAKO, near where I lived for awhile. Boxing gloves tend to wear out or just get so gross you deem them worn out, so I began wondering if there are ethically-made, vegan, somehow sustainable boxing gloves out there to replace my weathered pair. I came across this company out of Berlin who make fighting gear made of Battleskin™, a durable, vegan leather. Pretty cool. I also saw A Perfect Circle at the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend, and the lights, screaming those complicated and beautiful lyrics, and the music in the rain was utter catharsis. If you’re not familiar, start with 3 Libras, A Stranger, Brena…and just. keep. going.
– Micha