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The Wellness Benefits of Weighted Blankets

I confess to being completely unaware of weighted blankets before this season. It’s a bit ironic too, since my ex insisted on sleeping under a heavy blanket — even when we lived in Florida! That meant the air conditioning was always cranked high and the ceiling fan spinning. I still sleep with a ceiling fan on, and I like to be covered, but I’m perfectly comfortable with a sheet or light blanket at night, and I love having the windows open. (That’s much more comfortable in San Diego than it was in Tampa!)

What about you? What’s your sleep style? The doctors I quoted in this latest article say that weighted blankets can help ease insomnia and anxiety. (They also say that other claims are unsubstantiated.) Take a look and let me know what you think. Would you try one? Do you already use and like one?

A weighted blanket can be part of a wellness-focused bedroom design
(Photo Courtesy: Interior Designer Tamara Magel /
Photographer Rikki Snyder)

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BONUS NUGGETS

I get tons of data sent my way every week. If you keep up with design and architectural trends, you might find this Forbes.com piece on the American Institute of Architects’ latest survey interesting.

My latest Trend Spotting for Kitchen & Bath Design News shares what’s happening with storage materials, layouts and finishes around the country.

Shaker is still a leading style trend for kitchens and bathrooms alike.
(Photo: Caroline Sharpnack © Houzz)

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PERSONAL GOLD:  #KILI2020 TO #KILI2021 TO #KILIGOAL

It’s no secret to Gold Notes or Wellness by Design readers that I prefer training to exercising and fueling to dieting. I even made a video on this topic! I set my latest goal two years ago to summit Kilimanjaro for my 60th birthday.

I was training for that when COVID shut down my gym and made traveling to altitude hikes out of the area impossible. I kept at it anyway, knowing I’d be able to achieve the goal at some post-pandemic point. December 2020 and my 60th birthday seemed a long way off in March.

I transitioned from gym workouts to customized home workouts with a trainer friend via Zoom, and then began doing the workouts on my own. I still held out hope for months that I could go last year. But the Fall and Winter 2020 waves were worse than the early ones, the leader of Tanzania, (where Mt. Kilimanjaro is located) was denying the severity of the pandemic in his country, flight schedules were changing daily and travel brought a strong likelihood of infection. Why hold to a fitness goal that could kill me, I asked myself? I sadly posted about the tough decision to postpone my bucket list/fitness goal hike.

The new year brought the hope of vaccines halting the pandemic and I looked forward eagerly to mine last Spring. With millions of Americans getting vaccinated and infection numbers sharply declining, I set my sights on a December 2021 trek. Hiking was saving my sanity, Delta resumed the itinerary I wanted to book and my optimism rose again.

Well… Here we are again with breakthrough infections, long Covid syndrome and disrupted travel. And here I am again weighing my health and fitness goals. Kili will have to wait until the pandemic is largely defeated. #KILI2021, which followed #KILI2020, will become #KILIGOAL. I am not setting a new timeframe. I am looking at new goals “for the duration.”

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SMALL FAVOR — FINAL ASK!

If you’ve read and enjoyed my Wellness by Design book, would you please take a few minutes to write an Amazon review? I’m trying to get my book into a trade show bookstore and this will be hugely helpful in that effort — so thanks in advance!

If the book is accepted, I’m going to do a giveaway drawing for my Book Launch Circle members, so be sure to join after writing your review! Here’s a link. (Your name and email are never shared or sold.)

If you’re a regular Amazon shopper, you can write a review even if you didn’t buy your book there. (It helps to mention in your review whether it was a review copy, gift, library loan, etc.)

PS: Here’s a quick Instagram video I made for this request.

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SOCIAL GOLD

Video Update

My latest FAST FACTS video on small appliances to help you eat healthier is now live on both YouTube and Instagram. Hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think please. (Also, keep an eye out by following me on either platform for a feature video on this topic next month.)

Clubhouse Update

These are all of the past and upcoming WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS events on the Clubhouse app. All are scheduled for 4 PM Eastern/1 PM Pacific the first and third week of the month! Hope you’ll join us for one or more. In case you can’t make it, I’ll be sharing links to the recordings afterward, as you’ll see below.

COMING SOON:

PAST RECORDINGS:

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GOLD DUST

I’m a pretty avid reader on wellness-related topics and decided to share some of the riches I’m finding with my Gold Notes readers. Here are a few links you might find interesting and helpful:

 

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Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC
San Diego, CA

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