Consume Media wisely

Seek out entertainment and information that makes your life better. Choose not to watch, read or listen to stuff that demoralizes or immobilizes you, incites craziness, or insults your intelligence.


They say, "You are what you eat." But it turns out you are also what you watch, read, and listen to.

Researchers are discovering that the information we consume through radio, TV, movies, books, magazines, and the Internet can have a significant impact on our health. That's why informed consumers are paying closer attention to their media-consumption habits.

Here are some tips to help you parse through the noise so you can make the most of media.


 Notice when you're being played. If you find yourself getting riled up, consider which emotions are being triggered, by whom, and with what likely purpose.

 Don't feed the trolls.Watch for and be wary of commenters who hurl slurs and threats — especially around high-stakes health issues. 

 Take advantage of tech features. Learn to utilize available options such as privacy settings and those that allow you to hide, unfollow, or unfriend people whose comments trigger feelings of stress or anxiety. 

 Power down. Unplugging altogether lets you slow down from the fast pace that technology enables.


Change is brewing at Starbucks...

Are you waiting in line for your first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season?

After last fall’s public outcry, the company announces its popular Pumpkin Spice Latte will now include real pumpkin.

On August 17, Starbucks announced it had woken up and smelled the coffee. Beginning this fall, their popular Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) will be made with real pumpkin and without caramel coloring.

In a company news release, Starbucks’ director of espresso and brewed coffee, Peter Dukes, said: “After hearing from customers and partners about ingredients, we took another look at this beverage and why we created it so many years ago. It was simple — espresso, perfectly steamed milk, warm fall spices with delicious flavor of pumpkin pie that reminds you of the cool, crisp days of autumn. So, with that great taste you know and love, the PSL returns this fall, and this time it will be made with real pumpkin and without caramel coloring.”

While the revised ingredient list still contains plenty of sugar, Starbucks joins a growing group of companies, like Panera, changing their product formulations to meet consumer demands.

Don’t feel like waiting in line for a PSL? Check out this recipe for a homemade, dairy-free alternative.