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This Week in Wellness: Whole Foods boots Bethenny, Deepak Chopra’s video game, and more


Bethenny Frankel skinnygirl margarita
Bethenny and her Skinnygirl Margarita (Photo: Shefinds.com)

Welcome to our weekly roundup of wellness tidbits, healthy hints, and new places and products that caught our eye.

Happy Friday!

Margarita wars. The New York Post reported that Whole Foods yanked Bethenny Frankel’s line of Skinnygirl Margaritas from their shelves this week, claiming the product is not as natural as the former Real Housewife claimed because it contains sodium benzoate, a potentially toxic preservative. Frankel responded by saying it was actually her company’s decision to pull the product.

Health food for hipsters. Speaking of Whole Foods, the final nail in the gentrification coffin is falling on Williamsburg, with the rumor reported in the New York Observer that the store will be opening on the waterfront. We’re all about the fresh, healthy foods Whole Foods is so good at stocking. But hopefully the local farmers and artisan food purveyors that swarm this uber-hip zip will not be put out by big-box organic.

Deepak Chopra Leela
A screenshot from Deepak Chopra's new video game, Leela.

Meditative gaming? Deepak Chopra’s trippy video game, Leela is set to hit stores this November. Designed for Kinect, it involves little more than swaying awkwardly in front of spacy, floating graphics (quite possibly created by Studio of Timothy Leary) that are meant to be meditative. Possibly it’s only saving grace is that the voice behind the tie-dyed technological curtain is superstar yogi Elena Brower. Let’s hope yogis play video games?

Sexy (sort of) sportswear. At the end of last week, Victoria’s Secret announced the launch of their first workout line, VSX Sexy Sport. A few of the sports bras and yoga pants look appealing in photos. But if the quality is anything like their bras and panties, we’re not sure we’ll be grabbing our credit cards just yet. And please tell us why the models need to be suggestively biting the weight bar (ouch!) to sell workout gear?

Bare your hair. Think you need a basket of chemical-packed products to cleanse, condition, and style your unmanageable locks into a presentable ‘do? We often do too, but here’s some good news. NoMoreDirtyLooks.com posted the results of their Summer Hair Challenge, in which they asked their readers to wash with natural products only, and skip all post-shower products and styling. 131 fabulous photos later, you may be inspired to go au natural.