Taking Care of Yourself

Spring is (hopefully) just around the corner, but in a lot of places, the gray and the cold are making it really, really hard for a lot of us to find ways around the winter blues, let alone hold onto those ambitious, healthy New Year’s Resolutions we made not that long ago. So rather than grabbing a bag of chips and popping on Netflix, try something new. Sometimes that’s all you need to get you up and moving.

Purple Carrot

purple carrotWhen it comes to home meal delivery, there are a lot of options out there. But Purple Carrot is the only one that’s 100% plant-based. And, as you’re not doubt aware, eating plant-based meals, even if it’s only once or twice a week, has a positive impact on your health and the environment. Like its competitors, Purple Carrot kits include pre-portioned ingredients and step-by-step instructions for cooking healthy meals at home. The food is very good, but be prepared to spend some time in the kitchen. While not difficult, some of the items took quite a bit of time (like making your own veggie burgers), but if you’re interested in cooking, you’ll learn a few things. The recipes are unique and interesting. Prices vary. https://www.purplecarrot.com/plans

Ghost Tights (Brooks Running)

ghost tightIf you’re having trouble motivating yourself to get moving, maybe what you need is a new look. Really. Sometimes a new pair of leggings or shirt or sneakers can make you feel better. And when you feel better, you move more. Brooks Running’s Ghost Tight is, as the name indicates, tight. But they’re also wildly comfortable. The super form-fitting, ultralight fabric keeps you cool and wicks sweat like magic. Comes in three color options. $120. https://www.brooksrunning.com

Limited Edition City Tins (NIVEA)

nivea creamWinter can be rough on the skin and most of us (yes, men included) need to be moisturizing more often. NIVEA’s new city-themed tins are small enough to fit in your purse, backpack, or pocket, and the cream itself is designed, the brand says, to give you a “protective layer of care that prevents the loss of moisture throughout the day.” You can use it on your face, hands, lips, and body. These limited-edition tins are now available for under $1 in stores near you or at www.NIVEAusa.com


magnareadyFor some Seniors and people with disabilities, buttons can be a nearly insurmountable challenge—and the source of a lot of unnecessary stress. But MagnaReady has a solution. Their stylish and comfortable “adaptive” shirts and pants combine functionality with fashion. They look just like other high-quality clothing items, but cleverly concealed behind the buttons are magnetic closures that make opening and closing a breeze.  We had the chance to try the men’s long-sleeve flannel shirt ($65) and loved it. Other items include short-sleeve shirts (for men and women), pants, and ties. Everything is machine washable and wrinkle free. Prices vary. https://www.magnaready.com