The dangerous side effect of the wellness movement, at least for us Baby Boomers, is that the obsession about what not to eat can make us come across as old. After all, not too many hipsters are focused on their food allergies. Also, no one really gives a damn about your gluten intolerance.
Relatively new in the Southwest, I decided to try out a group meeting at one of the many many wellness centers. The median age here is older than on the East Coast. So most members of the group were over-50.
It was an amazing experience. On the one hand, several members stated they wanted to improve their employment situation. Some needed jobs. Others needed better paying jobs. Yet, there was a universal focus on foods which were verboten. Gluten intolerance dominated.
What I got from that experience is that supposed wellness can get in the way of living well. To live well we have to present ourselves as focused and energetic in the marketplace. The preoccupation with food no-nos can undermine that - significantly.
Takeaway: Look for me at the Chamber of Commerce, not a wellness sanctuary.