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Five Tips for Starting a Gluten-Free Diet

In 2022, consumers have a large selection of gluten-free options, improving their quality of life. For individuals diagnosed with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivities (NCGS) in past decades, their dietary selection was minimal. Whether you live in a region with a vast selection of gluten-free options or a limited variety, you may utilize these five tips to effectively start your diet.

Many individuals struggle to maintain a celiac-friendly diet because of limited awareness and education. When consumers increase their recognition of gluten-free labels and naturally allergy-safe foods, they can achieve a healthy diet without stress. Before evaluating the five tips, individuals may benefit from exploring gluten allergies and their physical impacts.

What Are Gluten Allergies?

Celiac disease results in an immune reaction when one’s intestines come in contact with gluten. The physical response damages the small intestine over time, causing malabsorption. Intestinal degradation causes anemia, weight loss, bloating, fatigue, and diarrhea.

The disease may also cause osteoporosis, skin rashes, mouth ulcers, migraines, and fatigue. Other individuals with the condition experience numbness of the feet, legs, and hands, as well as joint pain. People effectively reduce their symptoms over time by consuming a strict gluten-free diet.

Individuals also treat NCGS with gluten-free diets. The illness is similar to celiac disease, except the condition is non-detectable by certain testing. People with NCGS experience brain fog, abdominal pain, migraines, chronic fatigue, bloating, joint pain, diarrhea, and constipation.

A team of researchers at Columbia University identified the effects of gluten on the intestinal health of individuals with NCGS. They discovered similar immune responses and stomach cell destruction associated with consumption. Researchers believe the reaction may relate to a different component in gluten that causes its lack of appearance on celiac tests.

Scientists look at individuals’ reactions to amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs) and fructans when assessing the cause of NCGS symptoms. Understanding the severity of gluten allergies and their probable causes can support informed dietary choices. The first step to starting a successful gluten-free diet is deepening your understanding of the allergen.

1. Expand Your Gluten Education

Gluten is a protein found in various grains like wheat and rye. It is a naturally occurring part of many plants, and researchers discovered a way to extract the protein. Many processed foods contain gluten as a binding agent, holding them together and adding texture.

The protein is present in bread and pasta because it comes from barley, wheat, spelt, rye, durum, emmer, farro, triticale, and other grains. Some naturally gluten-free grains include rice, quinoa, and oats. It is important to look out for specifically gluten-free oats at the store because some products experience cross-contamination.

If oats grow in a field with wheat or rye, they may receive a coating of gluten, decreasing the safety of their consumption by individuals with allergies. When oats are processed in the same facilities as gluten-containing grains, they also may experience cross-contamination. Remaining aware of the naturally celiac-friendly foods and the risk of contamination supports a successful diet.

2. Identify Sneaky Sources of Gluten

Another beneficial tip for starting your gluten-free diet is remaining aware of the sneaky sources of allergens. Medications and supplements often use gluten as an external coating or filler. Before consuming a new pill, it is important to contact your doctor to evaluate its dietary safety.

Processed meat, poultry, and fish often contain wheat as a filler or bast. Most deli meats, hot dogs, and sausages contain gluten, making them not suitable for consumption by individuals with celiac disease or NCGS. Some meat substitutes also use the protein as a filler, creating dietary challenges.

Imitation seafood, like the crab inside sushi rolls, and seitan, always contain gluten. Some veggie burgers also use wheat and other grains to bind the other ingredients. Many sauces additionally utilize wheat as a thickening agent.

Soy sauce is a common culprit of accidental gluten exposure. Restaurants also regularly add barley to miso, making it not suitable for gluten-free consumers. Fortunately, there are many safe alternatives to wheat-containing foods, like tamari or coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.

3. Plan Ahead When Eating Out

The worst feeling is showing up to a dinner out with friends only to realize you cannot eat anything on the menu. Researching a menu before attending a restaurant is the best way to avoid dietary mishaps. Some eateries have designated gluten-free menus whereas others may have zero options.

Calling a restaurant ahead of time is the best way to ensure your ability to safely eat there. Some chefs may even encourage individuals to bring their own gluten-free bread, flour, or pasta to accommodate their dietary restrictions. Individuals can also plan ahead when eating at a friend’s house by bringing a celiac-friendly option.

4. Convert Your Favorite Home-Cooked Meals to Gluten-Free Options

While traditional Italian dishes often contain gluten, individuals can substitute wheat components with chickpea, almond, or rice flour. Consumers with celiac disease and NCGS may make their favorite dishes like pizza using gluten-free substitutes. One pizza recipe uses rice and tapioca flour instead of wheat to create the crust.

It also utilizes xanthan gum to keep the dough together, binding it as gluten would. The crust is also dairy-free and egg-free, making it a suitable option for vegans and lactose-intolerant individuals as well. When making celiac-friendly pizza, it is important to prepare the dough away from wheat-containing dishes to limit cross-contamination.

5. Beware of Cross-Contamination

The final tip for starting a gluten-free diet revolves around cross-contamination. When individuals cook celiac-friendly foods in a wheat-containing kitchen, the meal may come in contact with gluten. Sharing cooking surfaces, utensils, and containers with wheat-containing items can create unsafe dishes for consumers with celiac disease and NCGS.

Flour containing wheat can remain airborne in bakeries for hours, increasing the rate of cross-contamination. Before ordering food from a restaurant or eating at a friend’s house, ensure they have a celiac-friendly kitchen. Many Individuals designate a section of their kitchens to gluten-free meal prep to decrease the risk of cross-contamination.

The Benefits of Eating Gluten-Free

Many individuals benefit from eating a gluten-free diet, especially consumers with celiac disease and NCGS. When you eliminate gluten from your diet, you preserve your small intestinal lining. The diet also decreases abdominal discomfort, migraines, brain fog, and rashes, helping individuals live a normal life without adverse symptoms.

How to Learn to Embrace Change

The past two years have ushered unprecedented changes to daily life, no matter how much media pundits try to pretend everything is normal. The pandemic upended the economy, but the more dramatic shift continues behind the scenes in everyday people’s attitudes.

People now realize the old narrative no longer works. Spending every waking hour away from their family slaving for a company that would replace them tomorrow if they died at their desk is a waste of this one divine life they have been given. They are demanding a radical new direction in the usual order of business.

Some are downsizing, moving off the grid or into vehicles to escape the relentless grind of a societal wheel that demands cash payment for everything but the air they breathe. Others are starting over in other ways, taking new jobs or refusing to return to substandard working conditions, contenting themselves with less.

However, all this chaos amid a pandemic blended with widespread economic uncertainty causes understandable unease. If you feel like the bottom has been pulled out from under you, you are not alone. Here are three principles to guide you through learning how to embrace change — because it is the one thing in life that remains constant.

1.   Establish Your Core Values

Who are you, and what matters to you the most? These questions aren’t ones you can ignore after you declare your college major and settle into your chosen path. They should guide your daily decisions, helping you resolve conflicts by calling upon your core values to make the right choice in how to behave.

Internal conflicts arise when your chosen lifestyle no longer aligns with your core values. It influences everything from your choice of a life partner to your selection of jobs. For example, people who cherish human relationships probably won’t thrive in a role that requires them to deliver eviction notices. Those who crave nothing more than quiet family life in the country could find themselves endlessly frustrated if they chose a loft-dwelling city slicker as their mate.

Establishing your core values isn’t about feeling superior to anyone else. It’s simply defining who you are in the world and what you represent. You don’t have to exclude others from your circle if they have different beliefs — on the contrary, having a firm sense of who you are can give you a greater appreciation of the beauty in diversity.

However, your core values help define what role various other people and organizations play in your life. For example, if you cherish positivity, you’ll limit your contact with those who complain for complaining’s sake. If you don’t like how a certain store treats its employees, you can take your business elsewhere.

2.   Embrace Radical Acceptance

If the events of the past two years taught people one thing, it’s that life isn’t always fair. Some people lost loved ones amid the pandemic, while others lost work and homes. It can seem like lightning strikes with no rhyme or reason, destroying even those who work hard, follow the rules and try to do everything right.

Embracing radical acceptance doesn’t mean taking a dismal view of events, assuming the worst will inevitably occur. It simply means stopping your behavior from turning temporarily negative circumstances into lifelong spirals of despair. It requires you to step back from your emotional reactions and take a neutral view of circumstances, focusing on what you can control and letting go of what you can’t.

Radical acceptance helps you embrace change by breaking the rumination cycle. Think about the mental energy you expend on thoughts like, “what did I do to deserve this” and “why is this happening to me?” While these may be valid questions, you know you’ll never get an answer in this lifetime. All musing on such ideas can do is reinforce your negative emotions, in turn amplifying your mind’s dark whisperings, on and on until you spiral into depression, substance abuse or both.

Achieving a state of emotional detachment helps prevent these dark feelings from becoming behaviors that further deteriorate your situation. If you lost your job, staying in bed in a depressed stupor instead of looking for a replacement can mean falling short on rent. If you turn to the bottle, you could lose your relationship, career or both.

All change requires some hardship. Some circumstances are tougher to navigate than others. Embracing radical acceptance prevents you from letting impulsive emotions make a bad situation worse. It helps you focus on the possibility of a positive outcome — which is at least equally as likely as a tragedy.

3.   Create Meaning Amid the Chaos

If you’ve endured emotional or physical trauma — or both — toxic positivity is an instant turn-off. Words like “everything happens for a reason” ring hollow when you are mourning the loss of a loved one or waving goodbye to most of your worldly belongings, courtesy of an eviction notice.

However, you might do better at embracing change by finding comfort in the works of Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor who went on to become a psychologist and neurologist. He endured unimaginable shifts in his life — and yet, he helped humanity.

In his book “Man’s Search for Meaning,” he discusses how it’s perfectly normal to behave abnormally under abnormal circumstances. What that means is that you should treat yourself gently, the way you would a beloved friend, when you’re going through a radical life change. Instead of beating yourself up for mistakes, understand that you are doing the best you can.

If you’re changing jobs or homes, forgive yourself if you sometimes run short of patience or skip a healthy meal in favor of a fast-food treat. Leave the dishes in the sink if you can’t manage one more thing at the end of a trying day.

Frankl’s main point is that achieving a healthy mindset regardless of horrific circumstances creates a sense of purpose. Think of yourself as the main character in a movie about your life. What would they choose to do in your place? What is their motivation?

Your objectives need not be anything earth-shattering. You might find your purpose in treating everyone you encounter with kindness, putting a smile on one face per day. Imagine if everyone in the world adopted such a goal!

How to Learn to Embrace Change

The past two years’ events have led to unprecedented shifts for many. You aren’t alone if you’re feeling adrift. Ultimately, it’s up to you to create your anchor in life by establishing your core values, embracing radical acceptance, and moving forward with purpose. Following these steps will help you learn how to embrace change.

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Soneva Jani Unveils New Spa Unlimited Offering

Soneva Jani, the award-winning luxury resort in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll, has unveiled a brand-new Spa Unlimited offer for guests staying in one of its original “Chapter One” overwater or island villas.

Priced at US$500 per day, the new Spa Unlimited offer includes limitless massage therapies from around the globe, healing Ayurvedic rituals, all-natural Sodashi facial treatments and targeted wellness programs, as well as private yoga and meditation sessions, personal training and consultations with the resident Ayurvedic doctor.

With expansive pool terraces, light-filled living spaces and uninterrupted ocean views, Soneva Jani’s Chapter One villas have set the standard for overwater luxury. Ranging from a 4,425-square-foot One Bedroom Water Retreat to a palatial 13,200-square-foot Four Bedroom Water Retreat, each is designed in harmony with the natural surroundings. Known for its impeccable service, Soneva Jani’s villas come with dedicated Barefoot Butlers, while guests also have unlimited complimentary access to the resort’s chocolate, cheese and ice cream parlors and the kids’ club at The Den.

For the ultimate indulgence, guests staying in any Chapter Two Water Reserve or Island Reserve will experience Soneva Unlimited – an exceptional offering that enables guests to enjoy everything at the resort, with no limits. This includes unlimited dining across all Soneva Jani restaurants (including with visiting chefs), unlimited wellness therapies, massages and spa treatments, unlimited experiences (including diving) and complimentary shared seaplane transfers between Soneva Jani and Malé.

Stays at Soneva Jani are priced from US$1,840 per night in a Chapter One villa, and from US$3,550 per night in a Chapter Two villa, excluding fees and taxes.

For more information about Soneva, visit here. Please see link for the Soneva Jani Spa Menu.

About Soneva

Soneva is a pioneering family of award-winning resorts in outstanding natural locations. At Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva in Aqua in the Maldives, and Soneva Kiri in Thailand, true ‘luxury’ is defined by peace, time and space. Each day, guests are encouraged to discover the SLOW LIFE, reconnecting with themselves and the natural world through rare experiences that inspire and enthrall. Soneva has led the way for responsible tourism, combining a conscientious, proactive approach to sustainability with exquisite luxury and intuitive personalized service.

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Brain Tumor Infocon

By: Skyler Johnson

The Brain Tumor Infocon was an event that took place this past week, via Zoom because of the pandemic. The event was not for cancer patients themselves but for those that cared for them. They gave four talks on four separate days, each regarding a different topic. I attended the workshop focusing on children and young adults. All different types of people attended, from parents caring for children to friends caring for friends. But they came for the same reason, to try and gain advice towards dealing with cancer patients. And hopefully they left gaining more information then they had entered with. Here’s what I learned from the event:

Brain Cancer Changes Who a Person is

This must be terrifying to go through, but it does make sense. After all, the brain is where a person’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions are stored, and cancer destroys that. When a person has cancer you have to see them change. There’s not much anyone can do about it, there’s no way to prevent it, but it is something that happens nonetheless. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Say “Cancer”

For a person with cancer, it can be incredibly isolating when their caregiver doesn’t use the actual word. For children, it can be hard to understand what’s wrong with them if they don’t know what they’re going through if they don’t have the actual term to define it. It’s the same with emotions. Caregivers shouldn’t be afraid to show emotions just because they don’t want to upset those they’re caring for. It’s another thing that can make people feel very alone. 

The Question Jar

The presenter recommended a question jar for child patients who may be shy about asking questions regarding their cancer. The caregiver, a parent, would leave the jar in a heavily trafficked part of the house, like a kitchen or living room, and the child can put questions in the jar whenever they’d like. The caregiver would answer their questions periodically, not directly after the child put the concern in. You wouldn’t want them to know you’re keeping track. 

Feel Free to Take Time for Yourself

Having to take care of a cancer patient can be a daunting task, and one thing that was heavily encouraged was having caregivers taking time for themselves. They can’t be there for another person if they can’t be there for themselves. Exercise. Watch TV. Walk the dog. Anything that’ll help calm.

Everyone has a Different Definition of Caring

This is the first lesson I learned, and the most important. The presenter asked the group how they defined caring, which is not something I’d thought about previously. Several of the attendees answered, each in different ways. To some people, caring meant what caring means to most people: helping someone else through their day, making sure they’re content. If I answered the question I might’ve used an anecdote. But for one person it meant “loving and hurting,” which is, I can imagine, the most accurate. Caring can be painful. Caring can be suffering. Because you have to watch them fall apart, and get emotional in front of them, and despite all the advice people may give you, while caregiving will always be loving, it will also be hurting.

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elrow’s Psyrowdelic Trip

Here’s just a few reasons why you should join all the cool cats as #1 global party purveyors, elrow make their triumphant return with their freewheeling Psyrowdelic Trip at Brooklyn Mirage.   Both Indoors and outdoors, this 10 hour musical, visual, and experiential extravaganza will be anything but normal. The far out flower power themed experience will last from sunset to nearly sunrise.  

Let us know please before our list closes – we’re nearly SOLD OUT!

WHEN: Saturday July 24, from 6:30 PM to 6:00 AM

WHAT: elrow will take you on a magical Psyrowdelic Trip through music, space, and time at their biggest indoor/outdoor immersive, experiential fiesta that launches their post-pandemic 2021 NY residency. This grooveadelic party is NYC’s first festival back!  Get retro, expand your mind, trip out to peace, spread the love and happiness. Did we mention the biggest confetti guns in the world?  

WHERE: One of the world’s most stunning venues, The Brooklyn Mirage, expands its indoor and outdoor capacity, transforming the space for this night only into a psychedelic world in which to lose yourself, body and soul. Elrow‘s famed artisans will convert Brooklyn Mirage into a psychedelic playground with outrageous props and scenarios where revelers are encouraged to dance in harmony until they drop! 

WHO: YOU + hundreds of Psyrowdelic characters, fellow dancers, and over a dozen world-class DJs supplying the soundtrack that transports you into your next psychedelic adventure. elrow is a magic space where you are free to join the best and most diverse, friendliest of crowds, everyone is welcome!

WHY: It’s been a year of missing friends or making new friends on the dancefloor. Now, it’s time to get back out there and get down! Shake off all the bad vibes from the past year and put some positive energy into the universe.

We’ll be waiting for you! 

  “art and music extravaganza … a roaming celebration that is part Cirque du Soleil, part Alice In Wonderland.”  

The New York Times

“the leading adult clubbing brand”

NPR

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Why Do I Feel Tired Throughout the Day?

Why Do I Feel Tired Throughout the Day?

Do you often feel like you are overly tired throughout the day? There could be several reasons for this, and you need to make sure that you address them so you can get the rest that you need. While it is natural to get a little tired towards the end of the day, it is not natural to feel tired throughout the entire day. Here are some of the reasons why you might feel a little too tired throughout the day.

Lack of Sleep

The most obvious reason as to why you might feel a little too tired throughout the day is that you had a bad night’s sleep the night before. Fatigue and sleep deprivation can hit us harder than we might imagine. You might think that you have managed to get enough sleep, but the reality is that you are not getting a good quality of rest, and this will contribute to your overall exhaustion.

We need to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. The recommendation of 8 hours is a good starting point but some people need a little more, others a little less. It is better to work out how much you need and go from there.

You should also look at the quality of your sleep. If you feel like you toss and turn all night, or that you can lie for hours awake in the dark, you are going to feel the effects later. Taking steps to improve your sleep, possibly with the help of a sleep science app or some changes to your evening routine, could make all the difference in how tired you feel throughout the day. Get a better night’s sleep overall, and you should wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the new day.

Not Enough Food

We need food to power our days. If you feel like you are overly tired, it might be because you are not consuming enough calories to keep moving forward. After all, a calorie is a unit of energy. You need to make sure that you are eating enough to have the energy to do whatever your day needs from you.

Different people will require different amounts of food. As a rule, men usually need to eat more calories than women to feel full and able to take on their goals. However, there are some who might need a little more still. If you have a particularly physical job, such as if you are in the emergency services or an athlete of some sort, you will often find that you need to eat more so you have the energy to be able to complete the tasks that you might have to undertake each day. Starting the day with a good breakfast and then continuing with other meals and snacks should provide you with the energy that you need to get through your day.

The Right Quality of Food

Eating enough food is only half the equation here – you also need to make sure that you are eating the right quality of food too. There are certain foods that will be better for you nutritionally, and will help to deliver energy to your body in just the right way.

Let’s go back to the idea of a good breakfast to start your day with. You need to pick something that is packed with energy that will release slowly throughout the morning, especially if you know that you are not going to be able to eat again until much later in the day. For this reason, oats are a great option. You could have a good bowl of porridge, or you could try making overnight oats. Both are fantastic options that will break your fast and should provide you with energy throughout the day.

Try to avoid junk food and anything with too much sugar. Sugary foods are good in a pinch if you need something that is going to pick you up and get you through the next little bit. However, too much sugar could cause a crash a little while later and could leave you feeling worse than before. Try to stick to food that is of a good nutritional value – it will be much better for you throughout the day.

Too Much Time with Screens

You might spend all of your time at work glued to a computer monitor, only to browse social media for your entire commute home, then to sit down in front of the TV all evening. This will result in too much time on your screens, and could lead to eye strain and other issues.

If your eyes are a little bit strained, you could very well feel like you are tired because of it. It might be a good idea to invest in some eyedrops and practice a few little exercises to help your eyes refocus and calm a little if you can’t step back from the screens.

You should also try to cut down on your screen usage as much as you can. If you stare at your phone during a commute on public transport, consider swapping this out for a podcast or audiobook. You won’t be severing your connection to your phone entirely, but you won’t be looking at the screen. These patterns can also be extended at home. Instead of watching your favorite TV show all evening, think about reading a book or trying some other activity that does not involve a screen.

An Underlying Medical Issue

Of course, it is worth mentioning that you might have a yet undiagnosed medical condition that could be causing your fatigue. While there are many different ones, one of the most common is anaemia, usually caused by a lack of iron.

If you feel like you have tried some of the points above and still feel like you are overly tired and fatigued throughout the day, you should think about speaking to your doctor. They might be able to give you a blood test to find out if you do have some sort of underlying medical condition that could be affecting your energy levels. Even if you are sleeping poorly, they might be able to refer you on to a sleep clinic or some other trial where you could get the help you need.

Take Steps to Improve Your Days Now

While it is normal to wake up feeling a little groggy and disorientated, it is not normal for that feeling to continue throughout the day. You need to make sure that you address any issue that might stopping you from enjoying your days to the fullest. Make sure that you get the rest you need so you can push forward and take on whatever your day has in store for you to the best of your abilities.

It could be a really simple fix, like the need for a higher quality of food, or it could be something that needs a little more work on your part. However, you should take the time to address any concerns you might have. Before you know it, you could be getting out of bed fully energized and ready to take on the day!

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How to Treat Keratosis Pilaris at Home

Tips from board-certified dermatologists to help clear tiny, rough-feeling bumps on the arms and thighs

The start of summer means more tank tops and shorts, and for some people, a pesky new skin condition they may not have noticed before. Keratosis pilaris causes tiny, rough feeling bumps to appear on the skin, most often on the upper arms and thighs. According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, this common and harmless skin condition affects people of all ages and races and occurs when dead skin cells clog the pores. 

“Some people say the bumps look like goosebumps, chicken skin or strawberry skin, while others mistake the bumps for acne,” says board-certified dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, FAAD. “While treatment isn’t necessary for keratosis pilaris, if the itch, dryness or appearance is bothersome, there are things you can do at home to help.”

To ease the symptoms and help you see clearer skin, Dr. Gohara recommends the following tips:

Keep baths and showers short. Spending too much time in the water can dry your skin and cause keratosis pilaris to flare. Limit baths and showers to five to 10 minutes and use lukewarm water.

Use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser. This will help avoid irritation when washing your skin.

Gently exfoliate skin with keratosis pilaris once a week. You can exfoliate using a skin care product called a keratolytic — a type of chemical exfoliator. Look for one that contains one of the following ingredients: alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, a retinoid, salicylic acid, or urea. Take care to use the exfoliator exactly as described in the directions, as applying too much or using it more often than indicated can cause raw, irritated skin. In addition, avoid scrubbing your skin, which can make keratosis pilaris worse.

Moisturize your skin. Apply a thick, oil-free moisturizing cream or ointment immediately after bathing — when your skin is still damp — or whenever your skin feels dry. Look for one that contains urea or lactic acid. You can also use a humidifier to prevent dry skin. However, make sure to clean and disinfect your humidifier weekly to prevent the growth of harmful mold and bacteria.

Avoid shaving or waxing skin with keratosis pilaris. This can cause more bumps to appear. However, if you must shave the area, use a single-blade razor instead of a multi-blade razor.

“For many people, keratosis pilaris goes away with time,” says Dr. Gohara. “However, clearing tends to happen gradually over many years. If the bumps still bother you after trying these tips, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist for a treatment plan that addresses your concerns.”

These tips are demonstrated in “How to Treat Keratosis Pilaris at Home,” a video posted to the AAD website and YouTube channel. This video is part of the AAD’s “Video of the Month” series, which offers tips people can use to properly care for their skin, hair and nails.

To find a board-certified dermatologist in your area, visit the American Academy of Dermatology’s website here.

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Elle × FKA Twigs

KO MÉDIA REVEALS AN INSPIRING
MAY ISSUE OF ELLE CANADA

KO Média is proud to unveil the May issue of ELLE Canada featuring FKA twigs. The British singer, dancer and actor shares the story of her ongoing lawsuit against ex-boyfriend Shia LaBoeuf for psychological, verbal and physical abuse, which culminated in a terrifying high-speed car ride. “It’s a miracle I came out alive,” she says in the candid piece, adding that abuse can happen to anyone. “It’s pure luck that I’m not in that situation anymore.” Now she’s speaking out for women who aren’t so lucky. “I hope if I can take little steps and people can see me taking my life back, it will inspire them.“

Other inspiring women in this issue include Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan on Marvel, UNICEF and her upcoming psychological thriller with director Olivia WildeHunter Schafer (the LGBTQ2S+ activist, trans star of HBO hit Euphoria and the new face of Shiseido) on beauty products and designers she’s loving right now; and the rise, fall and reincarnation of high-low fashion emissary Jenna Lyons, the former creative director of J.Crew who helped the company go from rugby shirts and cardigans to designs worn by Oprah, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. She also inspired ELLE publisher Sophie Banford: “Lyons’ infallible magic recipe was imprinted on my mind with every page of the J.Crew catalogue, which I devoured season after season.” 

And it’s official! The days of pandemic leisurewear are over. Make way for elegant simplicity with mesh sweaters and boustiers; emerald, green statement pieces; and tennis-friendly knits and silk shirts.

This spring edition also dives into seasonal self-care, with fitness tips that’ll have you thinking outside of the gym. Plus: An haute shopping bag you’ll covet along with the rest of us; an upcoming maximalist Bulgari collab; and redefining “nude” in a beauty industry where Black shoppers spend more than half a billion dollars a year.

The May issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands on April 12th, 2021. The digital issue is available here.

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Advice For My Pre-Pandemic Self

“I’d Dance Alone In Public And Not Give A Damn”: Advice I’d Give My Pre-Pandemic Self

By: Laura J. Wellington

If I had the opportunity to go back in time and give myself one piece of advice pre-pandemic, I just couldn’t do it. I simply couldn’t choose between all the tidbits of wisdom that I’ve gained during this time. Each is monumental and will play a role in shaping my future. Never one to be confined, I won’t do so to my words or my desire to help others through them. You are getting all ten:

1. Dance alone in public and don’t give a damn what others think

“Feeling self-conscious” and robbing yourself of a good time will make you wish you had taken the opportunities presented to you. Don’t give into fear. GO FOR IT!

2. Walk up to the adorable guy and hand him your number

You won’t lose anything by doing this, besides losing the feeling of not knowing what could have been. Go find out what could be!

3. Remove the timer from family time

Lingering around the table with loved ones without worrying about what needs to get done next should become a priority, not a luxury. You surely will miss it when it’s gone.

4. Skip the “run” and play “sooner”

It’s important to be responsible, but its alsp important to “self-joy” and create memories. No one remembers doing laundry, but they do remember beach time with the kids.

5. Make the trip

Allowing distance or laziness to deter you from something you want or need to do equates with stealing from your personal welfare. It can also land you in a rut. Push yourself out the door and have that lunch in the new spot you’ve always wanted to try. You will be happy you did, and it may even help stop depression.

6. Close your friend circle

Devote more time to the friends who truly matter, and less time to casual friends. The former will be the ones who stick around during life’s difficult moments and will make them more bearable. Quality over quantity, always.

7. Enjoy the 10am Margarita

Not everyday, but while on vacation. Too many of us take vacations only to never truly let go of the reins while away. Don’t squander this valuable leisure time.

8. Work harder to mend broken fences

Because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed to anyone and you will regret not trying.

9. Take life less seriously

Humor is power, internally and externally. Learn to laugh and you will give life someone to reckon with.

10. Stop fixing yourself

Obsessing over “perfection” is such a time suck and mental drain. Yes, self-improvement is important, but so is accepting yourself as you are. Strike a reasonable balance for yourself, and then move on.

Now do you understand why I couldn’t leave my advice to just one tip? Frankly, I could add plenty of more points to this list but perhaps, another post, another time. For now, I suggest you ponder these. Consider how you will factor them into your own life, today and when we all finally move beyond the pandemic. In the immortal words of the famed group “Disturbed” in their song “The Light” (one of my personal favorites): “Sometimes darkness, can show you the light.

So very true…and on that note, I feel inspired to dance. No partner required.

Laura J. Wellington is the founder of THREAD MB, the author of “Be Careful What You Wish For”, a TEDx speaker, an award-winning children’s television creator and a mother of five.

Laura J. Wellington’s book, “Be Careful What You Wish For” can be ordered here.

“I am an avid reader. By that I mean I love books and cannot be without one. A good book can take you to places you have never been or teach a new skill. A great book can change your life. This is a great book! After suffering a tragic, life altering loss I wasn’t sure I could finish Laura Wellington’s book. “Be Careful What You Wish For” – How many times have I heard this in different contexts? Too many times–but not like this. From the first page I was swept into a world that was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I couldn’t help questioning the ideas of fate and destiny and what part they played in my own life. The ending (or is it just the beginning?) will leave you breathless and wondering, is it worth the pain to open oneself to such vulnerability? As one who was and is experiencing this same pain and vulnerability, I would answer YES. The alternative would be to miss “The Dance”. Thank you Laura for this well written, heart wrenching but life affirming story. I highly recommend it!” – Life Affirming (Amazon 5 stars)

Lexus Retreats In Motion image by Lexus for use by 360 Magazine

 Lexus’ Wellness Travel “Retreats in Motion”

Automaker offering self-guided retreats to recharge travelers. 

Lexus is elevating the American road trip. To meet the growing need for deeper, meaningful experiences that promote wellbeing, Lexus is putting travelers behind the wheel in its first-ever “Retreats in Motion” program. These five-day, four-night driving retreats allow guests to take a scenic, restorative drive in a new 2021 Lexus IS between two of the brand’s luxury hotel partners, with curated self-care activities along the way.

“These days, the desire to escape on the open road to rejuvenate mind and spirit has never been more enticing,” says Vinay Shahani, Lexus vice president of marketing. “The ‘Retreats in Motion’ program not only provides perfectly planned, luxurious getaways in a Lexus vehicle, but they also elevate the classic road trip with much-needed recuperative experiences.”

The Lexus partner hotels selected for the “Retreats in Motion” program have been hand-picked for their exceptional service, beautiful design and culinary offerings. Guests will spend two nights at each resort – with an average three-hour drive between each property – before returning to the originating hotel. Participating hotels in the three California-based retreats include:

In spring 2021, those visiting the East Coast will be able to travel between XV Beacon and Chatham Bars Inn in Massachusetts.

Travelers will be paired with the new 2021 Lexus IS sport sedan at their originating hotel before embarking on a customized route featuring suggested stops and wellness activities to enjoy throughout their drive. They’ll feast their eyes on beautiful views, relax with aromatherapy or guided breathwork, and have the option to indulge their taste buds with healthy gourmet meals at the end of each day.

Unlike typical getaways, the “Retreats in Motion” program incorporates the vehicle as an integral part of the wellness experience. More than just transporting travelers from each partner hotel, the Lexus vehicle is a destination and sanctuary in and of itself and is equipped with a mobile wellness kit to help travelers get the most out of their journey.

In creating the program, the automaker has partnered with mindbodygreen, a health and well-being lifestyle media brand, to create custom content featuring some of the world’s most-loved wellness experts for each retreat. Highlights include podcasts on sustainability with best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer and a guided walking meditation with teacher Mary Beth LaRue, along with content covering topics from mindful eating to movement for longevity. Additionally, an immersive in-car sound bath with expert Sara Auster – designed to be played through the signature Mark Levinson sound system – helps clear energy blockages and deliver a sense of calm.  

“Mindbodygreen has enjoyed being a trusted destination and resource for well-being for over eleven years, bringing together experts across all facets of health and wellness for our collective audience,” says Colleen Wachob, mindbodygreen co-founder and co-CEO. “Our team is so excited to work with an innovative, forward-thinking brand like Lexus on this partnership. Together, we’re creating something really unique and so vital to people’s well-being.”

Guests are responsible for the “Retreats in Motion” registration costs and travel expenses. Fees start at $2,700 for two guests, and include:

  • Five-day, four-night stay at each property
  • Loan of a new 2021 Lexus IS vehicle
  • Intimate access to curated wellness content, including self-care discussions, in-vehicle sound bath, meditation, guided breathwork and more
  • Complimentary welcome wellness kit

Lexus and its hotel partners deeply value the health and well-being of their guests. Comprehensive health and sanitization procedures have been put in place for each Lexus vehicle and the hotels have implemented their own measures. Please refer to each partner hotel website for more details on their COVID protocols.

For more information or to book a Lexus “Retreats in Motion,” visit mindbodygreen’s website.

About mindbodygreen

mindbodygreen is a full-service wellness company offering content, supplements, classes and trainings. With a mission to help people find the tools, routines, and products they need to live their best life, mindbodygreen is committed to delivering science and research-backed advice and products that stand the test of time. At mindbodygreen, the mental, physical, spiritual, emotional and environmental are interconnected in a 360-degree approach to well-being.

About Lexus 

Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its guests. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 243 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.