Minding my macros [and not]

Counting [solely] calories is so 2010. If there‘s one thing possibly even more popular among bloggers, on Instagram or anywhere else online [I personally haven’t experienced it much offline yet] it’s macros. There’s a whole industry thriving on the concept [food scales that tell you the macro count of an ingredient? In-sa-ni-ty!]. Tracking fat, carbs and protein and ‘balancing’ your diet seems like the next cool thing to do – or not? Just like counting calories can be helpful for some people as long as it doesn’t get out of control and turn into an obsession the same can be said about monitoring macros.

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My take on the issue?

 I like carbs.

I like fat.

I like protein.

What I don’t like is putting any macro on a pedestal or shaming another. All macros are created equal [yes, I know this is scientifically wrong but you get my gist]. I’m all about balance and finding what works for you. That will – if you’ve let media influence you – take some experimentation. Convinced by a million blog posts and articles telling me I should opt for a protein-laden first meal I once (!) tried cottage cheese with nut butter for breakfast. Worst idea ever. For me at least. Everybody is different and that’s the beauty of it all. As long as we can agree almond butter is amazing we can be friends. Kidding. Maybe.

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Back to my original topic, though: macros. Food looses its appeal and the fun it can provide to our lives when a meal isn’t seen as just that but a number. Like a number on a scale doesn’t say anything about your worth the calorie count of an ingredient or a dish can’t measure its taste. Nutrients. The way it makes you feel. The setting you enjoyed it in. Focusing on calories [and I’ll be honest and say this is a habit dying hard and still sticking with me] or macros takes from the experience.

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At the end of the day, I wouldn’t be able to tell you how I’m faring macro-wise – because I have no clue. Was it a day of many carbs? Did I get in enough protein? It doesn’t matter to me because I’m [getting closer to be*] able to trust my intuition leading me where I need to be. A little story time here: During my first night at my cousin’s I wasn’t able to sleep well. Luckily, I’d packed a few snacks and after several unsuccessful trials of falling back asleep I got up and – ate. Not something I usually do or would have felt comfortable doing a year or just a few months ago but I’m not ignoring my body’s cues anymore.

** not because I was trying to monitor my intake but some days in recovery are just plain frustrating with me unable to know what I’m craving or get satisfied.

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Think about it: When you were a child did you claim being ‘low in protein’ when hungry? I’ll dare to say: no. You simply decided on eating what you craved and that meant connecting with your intuition and following suit. No planning. No considering your previous meals’ macro balance. No cutting carbs whenever possible. Eating is so simple if we allow it to be.

 

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Good good links #90

Where did the links go??? <- What I assume some of you might have wondered if you stopped by my blog and saw no new post with my favourite reads from the past week up [disclaimer: this isn’t just me being overly convinced by myself but feedback I got from some people. :) ]. So why did I leave you waiting? Time for some real talk again: My dad [just writing it out at my age feels ridiculous] decided to cut me off the internet completely for a few days and might do this again – it’s a complicated issue and I’m obviously not happy about it but there’s that. I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll be able to blog more or less consistently again sometime soon.

Happy Monday!

 

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

Why How You Feel Is More Important Than What You Weigh via Avocado A Day Nutrition

A number really does’t say a lot about your overall health and well-being.

Competition with yourself: Is enough never enough? via Healthy Helper

The often forgotten kind of comparison that is just as harm- and hurtful as measuring yourself up to others.

Good good [advice and inspiration]
Give Yourself A Flipping Break via Your Trainer Page
Yes! No matter how well-intentioned your health and fitness habits are enjoying life should be top priority.
Consistent small steps via The Lyons’ Share
The way to tackle those big goals that can seem daunting to conquer.

Blogging

A Blogger’s Guide to Building Your Instagram: Part I via In It 4 The Long Run

Managing multiple accounts Georgie’s a true Instagram expert and her advice is golden.

9 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic by Updating Old Blog Posts via The Nectar Collective

Don’t let those oldies but goodies get wrinkly and overlooked in your archives!

Health and Fitness

Stay strong – Osteoporosis and how to avoid it via Vavista

A serious issue that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

 The 6 Best Yoga Poses For Desk Workers via Hello Natural

Sitting for hours, tight hips and slumping in front of the PC: cures for the most common problems of office staff.

 

8 “Healthy” Things I’m Not Going To Do Anymore via Mind Body Green

Some good points you might want to reconsider in your life, too.

Recovery
Lingering Fear Foods via Lord Still Loves Me
Challenging food fears is a huge part of recovery – a mentally hard but rewarding one.

Miscellaneous

My goal in life via Better with Sprinkles

The best kind of goal to strive for.

Good good [food]
Because we all need some brownies in our lives every now and then.
No ice cream maker required?! Ice cream for everybody in a really interesting flavour combination.
… and another impressive one with ingedients you might already have at hand.

27 Low-Carb Versions Of Your Favorite Comfort Food via BuzzFeed

Never will I ever give up carbs but these a) look good in their own right and b) will make cheese lovers’ hearts melt.

 15-Minute Cannelini Bean Stew via Simply Vegan

A super simple but no less delicious-sounding main dish to whip up in no time.

 25 Creative Chickpea Recipes via Hummusapien

Do I really need any more ideas to fit the best legume ever into my diet? No. Absolutely!

4 Plant-Based Mason Jar Meals For A Lighter Lunch via Mind Body Green

Is it just me or do these get anybody else excited about packed lunches, too?

Delicious Vegan Shakshuka via Rebel Recipes

If – like me – you’re intrigued by shakshuka but not eating eggs this version’s for you!

Smoky Tofu Pasta Salad via Kath Eats

Doesn’t pasta salad just scream summer and BBQs to you, too?

Vegan Chipotle Carrot Queso via Cookie and Kate

I might have never had actual queso before but this sounds completely awesome.

 

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Traveling to free the mind and grow

Whenever I’m stuck in a bout of writers’ block I wonder where in the world everybody else [and me when I’m not stuck] gets their endless post ideas from. And the moment I’m getting unstuck [is that a word?] I remember: it’s by just living. Simple as that. I don’t always know where those ideas come from but there’s usually a happening that gets a thought rolling which starts another train of thoughts and … a post starts unfolding. Thursdays are the perfect occasion to let those thoughts flow and think out loud.

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Lately, I’ve developed a love/hate relationship with memories. Yes, like everybody I could go on and on reminiscing all of the blessed and happy moments of the past. Unfortunately, life  isn’t like that all of the time hence why I’m sure every single one of us carries around a backpack of uncomfortable freight. And that’s where traveling comes into play. It has proven to be an opportunity to leave memories and places I’m used to in behind and let my body and mind be free. Free from the luggage I’m carrying around when stuck in the daily grind.

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Travel.

A change of scenery.

Meeting new people [or those we haven’t seen in a while].

Getting new perspectives [yes, blogging is a kind of travel for the mind, too].

New memories to be made and leaving old [negative] ones behind.

We might be taking ourselves with us wherever we go but the change of places can change a lot more than just our environment. And: This all is coming from a girl who has been avoiding traveling anywhere for the past years. Yes, I said it. Traveling meant:

An interruption of my routine.

Unknown places.

Eating different food and/or with other people at every meal.

Do you notice something? Yes. It’s exactly the things I listed as benefits of traveling that I used to be afraid of. Why? Because eating disorders can turn everything that deviates from a planned schedule as scary. Kaila’s post came just in time for me planning my first little venture to an unknown place.

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This is so true for many things in life. We’re scared of them until we actually take the step of saying yes and doing them. You’d laugh if I told you how scared I was of riding a bicycle as a little girl. Until I got the hang of it, that is. Once that happened there was no stopping me anymore.

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If you’d told me I would write a post on the iportance of traveling just a short time ago my answer would have been a short and sad laughter of disbelief. And that’s what I’m hoping to happen with traveling, too. Right now, there’s still the anxiety before heading off every time. But the more we [I] push past our comfort zones the easier it gets to step outside of them. Here’s to making travel a regular thing and seeing where it takes us.

To everybody’s who’s attending Blend – another opportunity for growth, meeting others and making new memories [can you tell I’m jealous?!]: Have a blast!

 

 

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Good good links #89

Another weekend, another few days spent traveling and not catching up on blogs – do we notice a trend here?! This one was more spontaneous so I didn’t plan anything ahead. Like last week I’ll add some more links to this one once I’ve caught up on blogs after my return on Monday. So check back if you need more help procrastinating interesting reads ;).

Happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

My experience: Living Below the Line via Clean Eats Charlotte

A worldwide experiment reminding us of how blessed we are to live the way we do.

Good good [advice and inspiration]
Embrace Your Flaws via Brittany Lesser
We all have them but are no less beautiful inside and out. Our [perceived] imperfections make us unique.
 

Blogging

5 Tipps für produktiveres Bloggen via Mein Feenstaub [German]

Using the flow and scheduling time for blogging: great ideas to take some stress out of it.

The Best Hashtags to Get Your Instagram Noticed + Shared via The Nectar Collective

… though you might only want to add them when they actually apply to your pictures [you know those people who use 394850486 hashtags that don’t all fit and admit it makes you roll your eyes, too].

Avoiding the food comparisons – A WIAW wake-up call via Kelly Runs For Food

Whether you’re a reader or participant: that’s the one What I ate Wednesday disclaimer to keep in mind every week.

Health and Fitness

Natural Headache Remedies via Fannetastic Food

If you’re as averse to pills as me these are some good options to try to feel better again.

Recovery

 

Miscellaneous

Do you want or have to ditch dairy? Here’s how to still keep things creamy and get rich flavour minus cows’ help.
Just a reminder that what appears like reality is more often than not far from it.
Good good [things to make you smile]
10 of Berlin’s Best Instagrammers via World of Wanderlust
Be inspired by great photographers  – it’s my favourite way of improving my own pictures.
May The Fourth via The Modern Musings
A fun survey to steal/borrow for a future post.
It’s all about those damn likes … apparently. But really, why don’t you get as many as xyz??? (:
Good good [food]
Banana Bowls with Almond Butter Caramel via Yeah … Imma Eat That

 Talk about a healthy bowl of decadence … oh my.

 Flourless Sticky Chocolate Plum Cake via An Avocado a Day

A good-for-you snack or treat packed with all kinds of wonderful ingredients.

Dairy-free coffee creamer via Running with Spoons

With only four natural (and delicious!) ingredients this is a recipe even non-coffee drinkers will like … by the spoonful.

30 Healthy Chip Recipes via Hello Natural

The only question left after looking through this amazing round-up: Is there any un-chippable vegetable ;)?

Gluten-Free Grilled Vegan Cheese Sandwich – with vegan cheese that actually melts! via Gourmandelle

Need I say more than the title already does?! Genius.

Green Chickpea Curry with Couscous via Minimalist Baker

Who’d be surprised to see this one here? Chickpeas for the win!

Vegane Bärlauchwürstchen via Genügsam leben [German]

Most vegan sausage recipes call for either gluten or soy/tofu as a base – not this one. Chickpea flour plays its magic again.

Cauliflower Rice and Pinto Bean Burrito Bowl (vegan) via Kalyn’s Kitchen

Chipotle’s Guacamole Recipe via Mind Body Green

Apparently this is the popular chain’s actual recipe so I guess it’s one to get crazy about. Not that this would be  a bad thing …

Baked basil quiche with couscous crumble via Marfigs’ Munchies

I’m a fan of vegan chickpea flour-based quiches and this recipe is packed with all kinds of delicious add-ins.

Black Bean Rice Bowl with Garlic Yogurt Sauce via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

An easy to assemble  meal with many of my go-to favourite ingredients  – and who doesn’t like bowls?

 

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A weekend of traveling in food, rants and recovery rambles

Long time no talk or so it feels. Not to wish any days away but rather, I’d like to rewind to the weekend right now. I already alluded to my plans for it ever so slightly in Sunday’s post but today’s the day to talk about it a little more. Because while I can’t actually turn back time and experience it once more there’s a least the chance to use What I ate Wednesday and Vegan Wednesday to reflect back on the good food eaten.

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As if I wasn’t snack-savy enough already train journeys bring out that side of me even more. Yes, tell me about how boredom eating isn’t healthy but you can’t deny that a journey of ~ six hours can get quite tiring and require some fuel. Even if most of the time is spent sitting and trying to ignore the annoying part of your fellow travellers. Dear parents, I know you think your children are the cutest ever but other people would agree much more if your little ones weren’t throwing fits in what  is a designated ‘silent’ wagoon. Okay, rant over. At least this way the attention was elsewhere and I got to snack on my favourites without any unwanted stares. Not that a stranger igiving me the looks would keep me from eating peanut butter on the train, though … Why, yes, I did. With a clean spoon I brought myself.

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And while I’m not usually into fake meats traveling has always been an exception to rules. Traveling down memory lane for a second here my mum would buy Müller split pots, mini sausages [back then not vegetarian], overly sweetened yogurts and other elsewise deemed unhealthy fare. Oh the joys! These days, I don’t miss  most of these foods. The snack sausages, however, have made a comeback – vegan, obviously. I’m not sure if they actually taste like meat because it’s been more than a decade since my last taste of it but they are a decidedly spicy and savoury snack in their own right.

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Breakfast on the day I travelled was another bowl of savoury oatmeal. It’s still a favourite going strong and I don’t see myself changing it up too soon. Aside from the break while at my cousin’s house. Oatmeal, yes, but savoury? That seemed a little too unsual – yes, I admitted it – for the one full day I spent there, though.

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In case you’re wondering about lunch on Friday: it was the assortment of snacks pictured above plus some oatmeal I’d brought along on the train. Or that part of oatmeal that didn’t spill … fail.

Dinner that night … was the biggest challenge but also proudest [recovery] moment for me. Like I mentioned above I was hungry despite sitting for hours prior to my arrival at my cousin’s house. Originally, I’d expected her to be the classic bread-and-spreads for dinner person but she greeted me saying a hot dinner was waiitng for us when she picked me up at the station. But then I gave myself an inner mini pep talk because: What’s the point in sticking with the dinner you can eat every day if you get the chance of expanding your tastebuds with a dinner … ? Needless to say, I decided to face my fears [and yes, writing it out makes me feel ridiculous] and eat.

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Long story short: my cousin – about 95 % vegan and talented in the kitchen – had prepared a vegan stir-fry made from cauliflower ‘rice’, red cabbage, carrots and other vegetables fried in sesame oil and spiced with a generous amount of fresh ginger – delicious! Sides were brown rice [the best kind], a tahini sauce and fresh mango. Literally one of those dishes you can’t stop eating – and I didn’t. What’s even better is that my cousin used a [new-to-me] blogger’s recipe – so I can have it again at home. A winner for sure.

While I try to keep recovery posts to a minimum here for a few reasons this one was worth mentioning: my cousin – knowing about my ‘issues’ with food – commented saying she was surprised by how much I ate. Anybody in recovery will relate to the fact that’s one of those things not to say to people in recovery but this time I actually took it as a compliment. Traveling and eating food prepared by others are sadly still struggles for me. Yet this little weekend getaway proved all is not lost and I can work my way out and up there again.

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… and I obviously ended the night on some chocolate. [recycled picture, though].  Because that’s another one of those habits I don’t see going anywhere soon.

Now that was one unintentionally wordy post and if you made it until here: thanks for reading. Don’t miss out on everybody else’s delicious creations!

 

 

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Which foods do you pack for long travel journeys/road trips?

The mango lottery: Does you agree it exists? Or any other kind of fruit that has a 50/50 chance of being hit or miss?

 

 

 

 

Good good links #88

We’re doing tbings a little differently this week! By the time you’re reading this I’ll likely be on a train somewhere in Germany after saying today not tomorrow and on my way back home after two days away from the computer. That’s why I’m giving you my preliminary round-up of great posts I read up until Thursday for now but will add to it as I’m catching up on posts. So if you’re curious what else caught [as I’m typing this: is going to catch ;) ] my eye check back on Monday. For now: Enjoy your day that’s hopefully filled with lots of sunshine! More on my mysterious travels to come …

Happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

Why it’s time to stop talking about food via In My Skinny Genes

An honest post on why true recovery only starts once we stop focusing on food and discover life beyond it.

How Sincerity Helped Increase My Readership via Erin’s Inside Job

So much truth. Life isn’t all unicorns and rainbows and by admitting to it we’re becoming more real to our readers and connect with them.

Why I Ditched the Scale via The Almond Eater
Another reminder of everything the scale doesn’t measure and what is a more accurate measure of happiness.
Good good [advice and inspiration]

Blogging

How to Beat Writer’s Block via Erin’s Inside Job
 Great advice on dealing with the unwanted but [almost] unavoidable. #5 is one of my favourites and how a lot of my previous posts came about.
What you don’t want to forget when creating a reader-friendly and impressive blog.
An overview of useful shortcuts for more efficiency when composing your next posts.

Health and Fitness

5 Restoring Post-Workout Snacks via Making Thyme for Health

Great advice on what to snack on to make the most of your workouts after you finished them.

Simple Rules For Healthy Eating via New York Times

No rigid limitations but a focus on eating good food with good company.

How to Plank the Right Way Plus 4 Plank Variations via hello healthy

Planking is one of my favourite core exercises and these variations help to spice up your workouts a little.

Recovery
When I Have A Fat Day via Better with Sprinkles
‘Those’ days happen to all of us but it’s how you deal with them that makes a difference.

Miscellaneous

Ten Things for Single Girls via Sometimes Always Never

Relieving reminders that every single girl needs to hear. We’re all in this together, the right guy will come and we can use our single-dom for opportunities.

There’s so much about food numbers can’t express or measure. Listening to our intuition is the best way to go.
 Because we all know diet soda’s no good but breaking the habit is hard.
Good good [food]
It’s rhubarb season and these tartelettes with a crust made of cornflakes and date filled with vanilla crème look great.
Sachertorte Ice Cream Cones via Marfigs’ Munchies
Ice cream takes the cake with these treats. Spoiler alert: You can even consider them a serving of vegetables.
Honey Orange Cream Ice Cream via My Sweet {Tooth} Life
Only five ingredients, no ice cream maker required and refined sugar-free – who’d say no to this?!
Clean Strawberry Poppy Seed Crumble via Amy’s Healthy Baking
Crumble is one of my favourite non-ice cream desserts and this strawberry version sounds amazing.
Curried Chickpea Salad via Hummusapien
Salad and me? No. Chickpeas and me? Heck to the yes. Bring on this salad!

 

Happiness-inducing today: A good conversation with my mum. With her being a busy bee all week we don’t actually get to have these longer ones regularly.
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