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In Goop Health’s best highlights, tips, and tricks

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I spent last Saturday at “In Goop Health,” the wellness conference hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop empire.

This was the third year I’ve attended the Los Angeles event, and it was the best yet. The conference seems to be moving away from woo-woo wellness-Coachella and toward a useful series of seminars and workshops. Sure, there were still ladies pulling down their leggings for B12 shots and I attended two sessions with intuitive mediums—it’s Goop, after all—but I got some practical takeaways too.

I’m a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert now. I am better at distilling an argument. I received the nicest compliment I’ve ever gotten from a stranger. I rolled around in a tent awash in blue light, and ate a grain salad with surprise citrus sections and a single bite of a raw vegan donut. (Sufficient!) I drank a revelatory date shake and sat at an outdoor table texting my husband while trying to place the familiar face of the “Millionaire Matchmaker” Patti Stanger. He identified her based on my short description alone, proving that he is indeed my ideal match.

Was all this worth the price of a free press pass? Absolutely! I learned a lot and had a great day. But an actual ticket to this extravaganza costs $1,000. So here today, I’ll share some highlights and tips to help you reap the benefits and DIY your very own GoopFest 2019 for almost free. All you need is an open mind, a friend (or just another open-minded person), a blender and six ingredients, a foam roller, and anyone’s Netflix login. If you want to throw in a face mask, do it!

Let’s get vulnerable.

Watch Brené Brown’s new Netflix special The Call to Courage

Brown—researcher, storyteller, super-famous TED Talker, New York Times bestselling author, and, as of last month, Netflix motivational speaker—was not actually at GoopFest, but she was like the spirit guide of the entire day. It was all about setting aside fear so we could really connect with ourselves, each other, our creativity, the divine, or even a voice from the beyond.

GP (that’s Gwyneth) quoted Brown within seconds of taking the stage and it was obvious that to get Goopy in 2019, you need to be familiar with Brown’s research about how shame holds us back from facing our fears and self-actualizing. The Call to Courage is a great primer. (Also, you will more deeply appreciate Brown’s cameo in the new Amy Poehler comedy, Wine Country, if you watch.)

Handle your fear like Elizabeth Gilbert

For Quartz, I wrote about how keynote speaker Elizabeth Gilbert learned to live with the perpetual fear that comes with creativity. TLDR: Talk to your fear with patience and compassion, like you would a toddler.

The Eat, Pray, Love author has found a path to peaceful co-existence with fear by understanding it first as a rudimentary, reptilian brain function:

“That’s why if you try to sit down and write a poem, it literally feels like you’re going to die,” Gilbert said. “Your fear only has one job and that is: No, don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, death, murder, mayhem, back it up, shut down, stay on the couch, be safe, don’t die. And so the relationship that I’ve established over the years is just a very loving conversation with that—a very maternal way that I speak to that, because I know that it’s just not that smart.

“I just talk to it like it’s my dumb cousin who played hockey and just isn’t that bright, and I’m like, ‘I know. I know it’s scary, but you know what? Mommy’s got this.’ … As soon as I say, ‘It’s okay for you to be here, and you can stay with me and we’re going to do this together,’ it just relaxes and it goes to sleep like a toddler in a car-seat.”

Argue effectively by finding your “true north”

I sat in a “confident communication” workshop with two trial lawyers, Courtney Rowley and Teresa Bowen Hatch. Rowley opened the session by saying, “we sue the shit out of insurance companies all the time” and adding that they only get paid if they win. (She was wearing a gold Rolex.) Here is an exercise that left me feeling empowered and another woman crying behind her sunglasses—I think in a good way.

First, buddy up. (This will work best if you only read/do one of the three steps at a time. I can’t stop you from cheating and looking ahead; just know I’d be disappointed.) Now think of a tough conversation that you’ve been avoiding or struggling with—maybe it’s with your partner, a boss, or a loved one:

1. Have your buddy set a timer for one minute and 20 seconds, and describe the situation.
2. Have your buddy set a timer for 30 seconds, and describe the situation.
3. Describe the situation in a single word.

Bam! I found this to be very profound, and like I said, at least one person cried. Afterward, Hatch said that distilling a situation down to a single word can give you a “true north” when it comes to a tough conversation. It leaves room for discussion, spontaneity, even tears, but you know where you’re headed and the single thing that you need to communicate. (My one word was “unrecognized,” but we can unpack that another day.)

Use your intuition to really connect

I sat in two sessions with mediums and, admittedly, I can’t articulate much of what happened there. But I can tell you that your intuition is probably stronger than you give yourself credit for. Here is another exercise we did with strangers (!) for you to try with your DIY GoopFestTM partner.

Ask if you can touch them, and if they say yes, then touch them somewhere non-offensive and make eye contact. (My partner and I touched arms.) Then, tell them something nice that you sense to be true about them. My partner told me—no shit—that she thought I was “genuinely curious, and that comes from a place of compassion and caring about other people. You’re an empath.”

If a stranger can do this for me, imagine what you can do for a pal.

Foam-roll into the weekend

I signed up for a session with Lauren Roxburgh (or “Lo Rox”), who wears white leggings like it’s no big deal and endorses using a foam-roller to perform miracles: beating jet-lag, having better sex, ending “tech neck,” and recovering from a hangover. Her new thing is rolling around with other tools, so we used a “body sphere” at In Goop Health—but you’re likelier to have ready access to a foam roller so let’s start there.

Lo Rox’s YouTube videos are many—there’s a veritable library of them on Goop—but here’s a five-minute sequence of exercises to get you started. If you’ve been sitting all week, I might suggest the “rolling figure four.”

Make a date shake that’s bananas

The best thing I ate or drank in Goop land was something called a “wolverine superfood shake” that contained banana, raw almond butter, medjool dates, maca, raw cacao nibs, raw coconut butter, and almond milk.

If you want to buy all that stuff, great. But the DIY GoopFest way is to approximate the results with this Food52 recipe—if you’ve got it, add almond butter for some protein and heft.

May your GoopFest be a great success. Let the words of the 24-year-old who ended the day on a sofa with me and an intuitive medium be your guide: “My insides felt vulnerable the entire time, but I felt free.”

Have a great weekend!

PS: Or, we could just go to the movies

Olivia Wilde was on In Goop Health’s final all-star panel, where she too talked about shame—the shame, oddly, that comes with the wildly positive reviews of her directorial debut, Booksmart, which is out in theaters today. “Why am I ashamed?” she asked. “Why am I feeling this tickle of ‘I’m sorry?’” But Wilde quickly turned it around, took a deep breath, and said the things she knew she should say, and feel, when her work was well-received: “Yep, worked really hard, worked really hard—fought really hard for the things people like about it. Thank you, and you’re welcome.” Everyone applauded.

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Pet Expert Kristen Levine Lends Tips to Ensure Pet Health During ‘National Pet Month’ With TipsonTV Blog

ATLANTA, May 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – May is National Pet Month, which is a great way to acknowledge the many benefits pets have on the lives of humans. Best known as the Wizard of Paws, pet living expert Kristen Levine offers timely tips and products to ensure pets receive the most optimal care possible. Kristen is also the founder and publisher of the ‘Pet Living Blog.’


Kristen Levine gives her best tips for pets during National Pet Month.

Kristen Levine gives her best tips for pets during National Pet Month.

Most enjoy giving pets treats; however, it is crucial to make sure they are healthy. A healthy pet starts with quality foods. This is where ACANA Singles Dog Treats come in handy. They are perfect for all dogs – including choosy eaters or dogs with food sensitivities. ACANA Singles Dog Treats are Limited Ingredient and Biologically Appropriate. They are made with quality animal ingredients that get delivered raw to their own kitchen, and then they gently freeze-dry them using state-of-the-art techniques. They are loaded with goodness and full of natural flavor that every dog will love. For more information visit


Grooming not only keeps furry friends looking their best, but it is also essential for the health of their coat and skin. The Waterpik Pet Wand PRO allows for simple and quick grooming. It is known for the contoured shape of its high pressure WaterComb Spray that penetrates even the thickest of fur, rinsing away dirt and shampoo that other methods miss. The WaterComb Spray is great for deep cleaning of the back and legs, and the narrow spray allows for gentle cleaning of hard to reach spots and sensitive areas like the ears and eyes.  The shower can be used both indoors and outdoors; just install the diverter to your existing showerhead or the adapter to a garden hose for easy outdoor bathing. It costs less than $40 and is available at Walmart. For more information visit


It is important to take pets to the vet for regular checkups. Like people, pets age and can get arthritis. There is an amazing new product that can help. ElleVet Sciences hemp CBD chews and oils are the only CBD products to have gone through a clinical trial at Cornell Vet School on dogs with arthritis and endorsed by some of the best vets across the U.S. Over 85% of dogs on ElleVet show significant or dramatic improvement. No other CBD company has done a clinical trial, safety study, and metabolic testing so every dog is ensured to get the right dose and the best possible CBD product. Dogs trust owners, and vets trust ElleVet. For more information visit


It is important to make sure pets are comfortable. Purple mattresses are known for the superior comfort they provide humans for the best night’s rest. Fortunately, they have translated that technology into sizes that work perfectly for furry family members who can now rest easily, too. Purple’s very own Smart Comfort Grid allows airflow, so dogs stay cool during the hot summer months. It is gentle on dogs’ joints while also supporting the body. Dogs can chase squirrels in dreams happily, and still wake up well-rested.  The Purple pet bed is also odor and accident resistant thanks to its ultra-durable, machine-washable protector, which means it will last without making homes smell like a doghouse. For more information visit


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NC Dept. of Health offers tips to avoid heat-related illnesses on Memorial Day weekend

N.C. Dept. of Health offers tips to avoid heat-related illnesses on Memorial Day weekendCopyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – With sweltering temperatures expected statewide this Memorial Day weekend, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is sharing advice on how to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses.


State Health Director and DHHS Chief Medical Officer Elizabeth Tilson, M.D., MPH urges people spending time outdoors for work or recreation to protect themselves from the sun and to drink plenty of fluids to minimize the risk of heat-related illness. High temperatures, along with high humidity levels can be dangerous, she said.

Symptoms of heat-related illness include muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, fainting, headaches, nausea and vomiting. Heat-related illness is preventable with proper precautions. However, every summer there are about 3,000 heat-related illness emergency department visits. Children, older individuals, outdoor workers and those with chronic health conditions are most vulnerable.

To reduce risk of heat-related illness: 

Increase fluid intake.

Take frequent breaks in cool or air-conditioned places if spending extended time outside.

Reduce normal activity levels.

Speak with your physician about how to stay safe if you take medicines that make you more vulnerable to heat, such as drugs for high blood pressure, migraines, allergies, muscle spasms, mental illness and tranquilizers.

Check on neighbors, and if working outdoors, check on your co-workers.

Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles, especially during warm or hot weather, as temperature levels inside a car can reach a lethal level in a few minutes.

High heat days may also be poor air quality days, which can pose an additional threat to those living with chronic health conditions, older adults and children. Air quality information may be found:

For more information on how to prevent heat-related health issues and to learn about heat-related illness in North Carolina, visit

Individuals and families experiencing a heating or cooling crisis are also encouraged to check with their county department of social services about the availability of and their eligibility for Crisis Intervention Program funds.


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Tips to maintain healthy lifestyle – Dr. Dominguez’s medical May update from HealthTexas

SAN ANTONIO – Cardiovascular disease and heart health will always be important topics. 

Dr. Michael Dominguez, MD FAAFP, is board-certified in family medicine at HealthTexas Medical Group and provided some tips on how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle:

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Be more physically active.
  • Manage your diabetes well.
  • Stop smoking or never start to smoke.

Dominguez’s office is located at HealthTexas Medical Group, 590 N. General McMullen.

For more information about HealthTexas, visit or call 210-731-HTMG.

Sponsored article by HealthTexas Medical Group.

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Health tips: Coping with heavy sweating

By Sola Ogundipe

There are simple steps to help reduce heavy sweating and boost your comfort level, whether at the gym, on the job, anywhere you go.

The right clothes can make a big difference if you tend to sweat a lot. Look for clothing with a high cotton content. For instance, white will show more sweat, but it won’t be very visible in other colours or on prints or patterns.

For men, wearing an undershirt can help soak up some of the sweat. Women could wear an absorbent camisole top or dress shields.

Choose clothes with a loose weave, such as linens. Avoid silk because it makes you feel hotter.

Pocket a handkerchief. If you keep one in your pocket or purse, you can wipe off excess sweat quickly before you need to shake hands.

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Buy ‘’breathable” shoes that will reduce sweat, and it’s important, especially if your feet are generally sweaty.

Eating certain foods, such as hot peppers, can affect the amount of sweat you produce. Eating other foods, including onions and garlic, can make your sweat smell worse.

Switch to higher-strength deodorants and antiperspirants. Some are prescription only, but you can also get higher strength products over the counter.

Apply deodorants at the best time, although most will work best at night. The active ingredient has to go down into the sweat duct and clog it. If you apply it in the morning, when sweat volume is typically higher, it washes off.

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Applying deodorant at night also reduces the chance of skin irritations and will keep you using it more regularly.

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5 tips for good mental health

SAN ANTONIO – Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, Methodist Healthcare Ministries has some information and tips for good mental health. 

Methodist Healthcare Ministries is a nonprofit faith-based organization and owns and operates two primary care clinics at two locations – Wesley Health Wellness Center and Dixon Health Wellness Center in San Antonio.

“Here at our clinics, we have mental health services in addition to medical and dental,” said Leslie Allison, LMFT, behavioral health manager at Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.

The clinics at Methodist Healthcare Ministries address the medical, dental and behavioral health needs of people who cannot afford health insurance.

Tips for good mental health:

  • Take a breath
  • Go outside
  • Be social
  • Take time for yourself
  • Find your peace

For more information, visit or call 210-922-6922.



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Kareena Kapoor Reveals Her Diet And Discusses Healthy Eating With Rujuta And Saif; More Tips On Weight Loss

Do you know what Kareena Kapoor Khan eats on a daily basis? No, it is not foods like oats, quinoa, low-fat dairy, avocado, broccoli or asparagus. In fact, what Kareena eats regularly are very desi and natural foods that are not only weight loss friendly, but are also a powerhouse of nutrition. Kareena, along with husband Saif Ali Khan and nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar, revealed more of such secrets for her daily diet, and we cannot be more inspired! During a 45-minutes live session on Facebook and Instagram, the three shed light on how people should focus on being fit and healthy instead of being thin or skinny.

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In her post, Rujuta writes how important it is to be in harmony with yourself and your surroundings in order to achieve good health.

So, with the onset of summer season, Kareena is not loading up on salads and green juices for maintaining her weight and shape. Her diet includes all things seasonal and natural like mango, jamun, karwand, dahi rice, papad, jowar, nachni bhakri, fresh sabzis cooked in traditional style, kokum sherbet, lemon grass tea and nimbu pani to name a few.

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“Your food has to be home-grown. Eating local food and portion control is something that I follow,” says Kareena during the live session, while referring to the fact that she consumes food which is local to the city or place where she is for a holiday or a shoot. Eating local food can assure good health and prevent weight gain even when you’re travelling. All you need to do is eat the same foods, in the same eating pattern as the locals of that city or locality. Make sure you follow portion control at all times.

Being rigid with your diet, and not being in compliance with the season and foods that are in season can make you feel bored and prevent your body from being in sync with the season. “A good diet is a timeless concept, it isn’t something that starves you and then lets you feast as a reward for showing the will power to deprive yourself of food. Instead, it teaches you to eat the traditional delicacies, encourages you to chew slowly and makes you feel content just before you feel full,” writes Rujuta in her post.

Also read: Here’s Why Kareena Swears By Planks And Why You Should Do Them Too

Furthermore, it is also important to aim for consistency with your exercise regime, for staying fit and healthy. According to Rujuta, being consistence is more important than improving your intensity. On days when you don’t feel like exercising, avoid skipping exercise entirely. Instead, train at 50% of your usual intensity. This make you feel good about yourself for the rest of the day, and will prevent all the unnecessary guilt of skipping a workout.

But, all of the aforementioned suggestions can be followed with discipline. Taking less stress, sleeping well, eating good food and exercising regularly can all be achieved by being disciplined in your life.

“As Saif said, there is nothing boring about being healthy and nothing sexy about having an heart attack. Broccoli is not going to magically save you from the excesses of last night, nor are green smoothies or soups in the name of detox going to undo the gluttony committed during a holiday, party, etc.” explains Rujuta.

The key to feeling light and happy through the day and a restful sleep in night is exercise and a good diet.

Also read: Here’s Why Kareena Swears By Her Cup Of Masala Chai: Health Benefits Of Masala Chai You Never Knew

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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