Media Mash: Sad desk lunches, flotation therapy & beer-brewing apps


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HellaWella’s Media Mash is a weekly feature listing the latest and most interesting health-and-wellness stories we’ve read in the past week, pulled from the Web and linked for your convenience.



  • Ex Trader Joe's prez wants to turn food waste into cheap meals. Anything nearing or just past its expiration date usually gets tossed but could actually feed the hungry. [Boston Globe]

  • Flotation therapy — where one floats in a tank of body tempered salt water — can put you in a meditative state, as well as help lower blood pressure, ease pain and help you quit smoking. Hey, whatever floats your boat. [Washington Post]

  • Want to brew beer remotely with your smartphone? There's an app for that. The Brewbot "smart" home-brewing kit can be controlled from your iPhone, so you'll never mess up a batch of your favorite lager again. [Fast Company]

  • Before you toss that “expired” food, read this. Expiration dates don’t mean what you think they do. [Time Healthland]

  • Ever quit a diet before the week is up? Here’s why. [Health.com]

  • If you think you’re the only one eating your sad little lunch in front of the computer, you’re in good company. [Sad Desk Lunch]

  • Scientists uncover the reasons for the list of things women are told to avoid ingesting during pregnancy. [NPR]

  • As if you really needed reasons to not pump your children full of sugar, this survey looked at the number of cases of tooth decay among 5-year-olds. [BBC]

  • Check out Mars rover Curiosity's report card so far. [Guardian]

  • Pasta company Barilla made it clear today that it does not want gay people in its ads. More motivation to make your own homemade pasta, we say! [Atlantic]

  • If your significant other demanded you make sandwiches every day in exchange for an engagement ring, would you do it? This woman is making her sandwich-loving husband 300 in the hopes of a marriage proposal. [Slate]

  • A 6-inch Subway sub, a Starbucks coffee drink and a salad from California Pizza Kitchen are just three food and drink items that have more sugar than a Krispy Kreme doughnut. [Mother Jones]