Every freaking new year, we’re flooded with articles explaining that, statistically, most of us will abandon our healthy resolutions by Valentine’s Day, if not sooner.
But, like many Americans, I’m still going all in on resolution season. Yesterday, I purchased a tub of organic protein shake mix, upped the incline on the treadmill, and did 20 tricep dips. Sure, this laudable behavior may be short-lived, but I look at it like this: There’s a long way to go from “January me,” who sips herbal tea in an armchair while reading Dostoevsky, to “December me,” who drinks a bottle of beer on the toilet, watching Reddit GIFs on my phone. So I say “Cheers!” (with my tea) to a hopefully slow unraveling of my health and willpower in 2018.
Here are this week’s links.
The Most Expensive Drinking Water You Can Buy Is Full Of Puddle Bacteria
Borne out of a distrust of fluoride-treated tap water, a new health trend has hit the wealthiest neighborhoods of the Bay Area: unfiltered and untreated spring water, dubbed “raw water.” This naked H2O is collected from rivers, streams, and natural pools, and, according to its adherents, contains helpful microbes and minerals that tap water lacks. Raw water, which turns green after sitting around too long, costs just as much as you’d imagine the finest specialty water in Silicon Valley would. I’m tempted to argue that most Americans will roll their eyes at raw water, but judging from the successful spread of other wallet-emptying wellness fads (see: yoni eggs), we may very well be reading about a cholera outbreak in, say, Missouri or Mississippi any day now. [The New York Times]
Natural Fixes For Skin Broken By Winter
The past two weeks have been some of the coldest on record across the country. (Here in Milwaukee, I’ve developed a habit of putting on a ski mask to fetch the mail.) Thanks to the fun trifecta of frigid air, wind gusts, and furnace heat, you may have noticed that your skin is extra dry, or even legit peeling off your face. But have no fear: This useful guide highlights products that alleviate winter skin issues — it even offers tips on how to nourish your eyelids, which is … exactly what I’ve been searching for? Regardless, the best part about the guide is that every skin-soothing solution is all-natural. [Glamour]
A Little “Fitspo,” Courtesy Of Science
Last week, the Times looked back at its most important exercise-related stories of 2017, but it seems appropriate to revisit the round-up again, since we’re in the thick of resolution season. From articles on research about changing gene expression through short, quick bursts of exercise to increasing your life span through jogging, last year’s workout news might be inspiration for this year’s healthy habits. Don’t be intimidated though — one story, for instance, looked at the benefits of post-workout Epsom salt soaks. [New York Times]
Happiness Is A Warm Tamale
This piece is in praise of a traditional Mexican holiday staple: the tamale. Speaking from experience, digging into a fat-soaked tamale is as comforting as catching an extra 10 minutes of sleep on a Monday morning. But spicy guiso (stew) sandwiched between masa and folded into a corn husk needn’t be solely an end-of-year indulgence. Every season can be tamale season! So here’s some inspiration to hit up your local tamale vendor, or go create your own tamalada memories, in twenty-eighteen. [New Yorker]
A Rundown Of Hangover “Cures”
Resolutions notwithstanding, some of us, at some point this year, will likely wake up feeling like we capped off a 20-mile hike through the Sahara by banging our heads against a wall. And when that happens, consider consulting this list of hangover remedies. Korean red ginseng is a new one to me; on-demand IV-bag services are something I’ve heard of but still find slightly troubling. The takeaway here: No amount of Pedialyte can truly cure a night of tequila shots. But you might be able to minimize the next-day pain. [Time]
Finally, Some Affordable Workout Clothing
Here’s an excellent roundup of stylish women’s workout clothing, featuring items like mesh-paneled sports bras and high-waisted leggings (that won’t accentuate your love handles, purportedly). And everything is either on sale or cheap to begin with. While a sweat-wicking racerback tank won’t actually power you through a HIIT class, new clothing might give you the extra oomph you need to take that initial step out the door. And if you do make it to that class, I’ll be the one moaning in my chic-cheap mesh spandies. (Also, here’s a great list of winter workout gear for men from Esquire, although I’ll admit that I gawked a bit at the prices.) [The Cut]