New year, new you?

Health trends expected to grow in 2023 and a winter wonderland of Tahoe-area breweries

By: Vanessa Labi 

Depending on your social media algorithm, you may have noticed people rebelling, perhaps more than ever, against the pomp and circumstance surrounding New Year’s resolutions. The subset of folks who find the new year to be an arbitrary time to reassess your whole life, or who think the dreary days of January are the worst possible time to pressure yourself into a huge change, are pushing back more vocally against any idea of a new you. But that still leaves many pro-New Year’s people who enjoy using the fresh energy of the new year and all its shiny promise to their advantage. 

If you fall into the latter category (or even if you’re New Year’s-resistant but still love wellness), Jeff Wilser’s health trend report is sure to interest you. He runs down a list of health trends expected to grow in 2023 — both new and novel approaches as well as science-backed, tried-and-true lifestyles that have stood the test of time. Read his health forecast “New Year, New You” to see what local experts have to say about these trends, from pickleball to plant-based diets. 

Here’s the rest of the Capital Region Rundown: 

Check out a video accompaniment to the story “New Year, New You” on our TikTok and Instagram pages; Lake Tahoe’s alpine allure includes a whole host of craft breweries, each with its own style of frosty brews and wintry charm; and a Truckee brewery finds international success as it aims to lift up its fellow local breweries. 

Recommendations from our editors:

In this section we editors share what we’re reading, listening to, watching or even eating. Here’s what we’re consuming this week:

Judy: I can’t ignore the winter storms that have been pounding our region. Many of us were aghast Saturday night into early Sunday when wind gusts reached up to 70 mph in the Capital Region. Very rare. In an email to Comstock’s, SMUD reported that it was the most damaging string of storms in its 100-year history. SMUD reported more than 300 power poles down, more than 650 trees down and 100 crews working 24/7 to repair power and the damage. SMUD says you should report any outage on their website. That’s the fastest way they can get to it. I’m sure you’re like me; any break in the weather, we’re out cleaning up the mess the storms left behind. 

Jennifer: I watched Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion take on Pinocchio last night and enjoyed it, though I was a little disappointed to see that it’s more like the Disney movie than the original, extremely chaotic book from 1883. The 1913 illustrated English translation is in the public domain and available on Project Gutenberg for free. Check it out to read nonsensical scenes like Pinocchio defeating a snake by falling on his head and making the snake laugh so much it bursts an artery, or a gorilla judge sending Pinocchio to jail for the crime of foolishness.  

Vanessa: Our February issue will include a fantastic feature on some of our area’s more experimental and cutting-edge marketing agencies, including one that created a campaign for TikTok in the platform’s early days. If you’re still fuzzy on how the heck TikTok works (we won’t tell anyone!), The L.A. Times’ TikTok breakdown, “TikTok’s Addictive Anti-Aesthetic Has Already Conquered Culture,” is as enlightening as it is entertaining.

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