What’s in, what’s out: superfoods, Bible verses for the gym & baby koalas

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Australian Baby Koala. Sylvain Cordier | Hemis.fr

Public service

What’s in:

Donald Trump. In what is being hailed as one of the biggest political upsets in history, the New York real estate tycoon has been named President-elect. Among Catholic voters, Trump came out seven points ahead of his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

What’s out:

Lack of diversity in politics. Not only did a female nominee for president win the popular vote with nearly 60 million, but Congress now has three new female senators of color (for a total of four). The first Latina in the Senate is Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto; the first black senator from California and first Indian-American senator with California’s Kamala Harris; and the first Somali-American legislator with Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar.

Spirit

What’s in:

Inclusivity. Pope Francis urged Catholics to be more like Jesus by showing mercy to the sick, impoverished, and imprisoned. Of going into the community and seeking out those in need, he said, “We can all be instruments of the mercy of God.”

What’s out:

Divisiveness. In the wake of such a polarizing presidential election, religious leaders—including Catholic bishops—have come together to discourage divisiveness and call on Christians to “see the face of Christ in our neighbors.”

Wellness

What’s in:

Scripture to sweat by. Code Black actress Meagan Good garnered attention when she shared the Bible verses that motivate her to work out. Referencing James 2:14–26, Good posted, “You have to #work for what you want … and God will do the rest #FaithWithoutWorkIsDead.”

What’s out:

Vitamin D deficiencies. Think you need to hit the local health food store to stock up on vitamins? Think again. In the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors explained that misunderstandings about the recommended amount of the vitamin D have led to overuse.

 

Toys

What’s in:

Christmas presents for kids. Prison Fellowship, the world’s largest prison ministry, will be handing out a free kid’s Bible this Christmas to over 140,000 families affected by incarceration. The free copy of Adventure Bible will be delivered to kids on behalf of their parents in prison.

What’s out:

Ouija boards. We’re not sure what you classify these creepy playthings as, but Rev. Billy Graham warns they should go away. “The occult—whatever form it takes—will lead you away from God, not toward him,” he responded to a question on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.

All God’s creatures

What’s in:

Comparing a baby belly to zoo animals. In what will possibly be the cutest thing we’ll see all week, a zookeeper at the Columbus Zoo has been tracking her burgeoning baby belly by comparing it at various stages to animals in the zoo’s collection. Right now “Baby Dew” is the size of a skunk!

What’s out:

Stealing baby animals. Welp, if you’re going to try to get away with smuggling something past police, it’s probably best if it isn’t a baby koala. But that’s precisely what police in Australia found when they asked a woman in Brisbane if she had anything to declare.

Food

What’s in:

A new superfood on the block. The Handbook of Marine Microalgae Biotechnology Advance lists spirulina as a prime future food source, leading to its rapid ascension in reputation as the next big “superfood.” An ancient form of life, spirulina is a powerful antioxidant.

What’s out:

Shrimp, sort of. Don’t despair yet, seafood lovers! Just be aware that there is a renewed focus on shrimp, as an AP investigation found that shrimp harvested through slave labor has been finding its way into U.S. grocery stores, food distributors, and restaurants. If you need to get your shrimp fix, make sure you ask if it is locally sourced.

 

Health

What’s in:

Brain wi-fi. While this sounds pretty strange, it’s actually quite brilliant. A team of scientists found a way to implant a chip in the brain that actually reversed low limb paralysis by sending electrical signals straight from the brain.

What’s out:

Sugary sodas. In the latest in a growing collection of ammunition against the consumption of soft drinks, a new epidemiological analysis revealed that the regular intake of these beverages led to an increased risk of prediabetes and insulin resistance.

Nature

What’s in:

Planet Earth II. The second installment of this stunning nature documentary series debuted on Sunday night in the U.K. to the whopping tune of 9.2 million viewers. And for good reason, too—Planet Earth II is so beautiful it nearly seems unreal.

What’s out:

Ignoring the connection between the environment and overburdened communities. U.S. bishops are praising a new action agenda set forth by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Why? Its focus on environmental justice considerations echoes Pope Francis’ theory of “integral ecology,” which underscores that respect for human well-being is directly tied to environmental protection.

Good sports

What’s in:

A wide receiver with a wider heart. Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell could have spent his down week doing nothing at all. Rather, the kind-hearted player spent this week reading to kids in the Chatham County Public School System.

What’s out:

Undiagnosed concussions. Thanks to a brand-new scientific breakthrough, you may no longer have to worry (as much) about your kid on the football field. Scientists from Children’s Health Research Institute have developed a blood test that identifies concussions with more than 90 percent certainty. Now that’s what you call a game changer!

Julie Sprankles
Julie Sprankles
Julie is an entertainment and lifestyle writer living in the coastal mecca of Charleston, SC. When she isn't wordsmithing, she can be found DIY-ing any inanimate object in her reach, watching campy SyFy creature features, and trying to convince the tiny humans residing in her home to clean their rooms.

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