Do you mind your macros [too much]?

Macros, hm? A topic that is constantly present in my life yet not. Not in that I don’t care about my macro split in the least yet present still because macro talk is an everyday given in the media and on all social media platforms, particularly blogs and Instagram.

The other day, I saw a girl, no, woman state her insecurity about eating at work. Knowing her colleagues might comment on her choices [plenty of grain-based meals aka ‘carbs’] like they had in the past. So for fear of comments this grown-up woman and mum of a little one went through her work day not eating a single bite until she got home in the afternoon. Luckily, in her post she was opening up about these struggles and making the resolution to start bringing food to work again – a small success . What is making me very sad, though, is knowing she’s no exception.

Just a short time browsing blogs, not only WIAW posts, is enough to spy a lot of macronutrient-embracing language or ‘excuses’ for cosuming ‘too much’ of a particular macros..

“I love carbs!”

“Give me alllll the carbs!” vs. “Give me allll the fats!”

and on the guilty side

“Wow, I ate a lot of carbs today. Not enough protein in there.”

“Carbs on carbs on carbs – at least I had some vegetables on the side!”

*Protein never seems to require any further explanations because it’s the one ‘good guy’ everyone seems to agree on. Which is funny as it’s the one macronutrient that – when consumed in excess – may potentially lead to kidney diseases of some individuals so it’s not  a one-fits-all recommendation.

Onto the first category: Macro-embracing so: what’s wrong with that you ask? Nothing in general and I want to stress that I am not judging you or anybody who’s using this language. What I’m curious about is the reasoning behind these statements. Why do we feel the need to enthusiastically show our fondness of certain macronutrients? What I assume is that we – collectively as a generation; our grandparents sure didn’t count macros  – want to shout from the rooftops how unafraid of the ‘big bad’ carbs/fat we are. In some cases there’s what seems to be an added justification  [“eating all the carbs because: leg day!”].  Actually a sad fact. We should not be afraid because for heaven’s sake it’s all just food. Carbohydrates. Fats. Protein. Food. We do not need to earn food or explain our choices to anybody. Period.

Yes, by now the example is way overused but: look at the way children eat. Have you ever seen a toddler call for ‘more protein, hold the bread, please!”? Carefully shove aside the rice on his plate, eating only vegetables and protein? We’re not much different from toddlers when it comes to food. Grown-up, yes. Yet our minds have been manipulated by food companies, magazines and the likes to return to an almost infant-like state. Absorbing information that more confuses than empowers us or strengthens our intuitive knowledge of what’s good for us. The more often we’re told protein was key for saturation and carbs made us sluggish, the more likely we are to accept these statements as truths; no matter if they actually are for us personally.

A car isn’t proud to tout the fact it’s slurping up allll the gas. We know the fact of the latter being its prime [or in the machine’s case: only] source of fuel much like ours/our brain’s are carbohydrates [side note: yes, I’ve heard of the keto diet but don’t agree with its idea of ‘forcing’ our organism to use fat as its main fuel]. No need to explain, much less defend a natural inclination to eat these wonderful nutrients and plenty of them.

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The average healthy person should give a flying fudge* about macronutrient amounts. Especially since no day is different – and no, this is not related to whatever kind of workout we do or don’t do – needs for certain macros vary. Trying to preplan and manage macros is a waste of time and revelry against our bodies’ intuitive wisdom.  Whether you are keen on carbs, fancying fat or partial to protein: it doesn’t change my view or opinion of you in the very least. In fact, an inclination to eat more of one macronutrient might very well be genetically predisposed. Trying to modify our genetic preferences a) doesn’t work, no matter how much we try to convince ourselves and b) ultimately leaves us constantly feeling unsatisifed. Athletes altering their macro intake for perfomance are an entirely different topic that would justify a post on its own so I didn’t include it here.

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I’m not saying we shouldn’t talk about food. Please, I’m a blogger after all, too. But I wish we would change the way we talk about food. Not seeing it as its macronutrients but: Colours. Visual appeal. Taste! We as a society are [mostly] in the lucky situation – different from our grandparents’ generation or the populations of other countries – to see food as far more than fuel [aka: macros or energy]. We eat for taste, pleasure, fun and all these require no explanation, no defenses. Just appreciation for good food.

*purty expression borrowed from a British friend of mine

Happiness-inducing today: A client bringing in a little food gift for me specifically in addition to cake for the whole team [which has become a regular whenever she visits]. It wasn’t so much about the food but the thoughtfulness and unexpected appreciation.

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It might not surprise you when I say I could have gone on and on about the topic. Yet this post is long enough as is already and I only spontaneously decided to join Amanda’s Thursday thinking party so I’ll hand the mic over to you. Let me know your thoughts in the comments! If you have talked about macros in similar ways as mentoned here: was there a reason? I might be wrong with my assumptions on the ‘why’ and would happily find out people’s reasons.

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When it rains it pours + seeing the rainbows.

Something tells me it’s been a while since we previously talked life and things, no?

Life – or as I like to think: destiny – has a [insert word I can’t decide on; Funny? Mean? Weird? None of these seem fitting] way of working out. Or: when it rains it pours. It’s been a mixed bag of a week for me and my family. On my side this meant some personal unpleasantries for lack of a better description.Ono of them being an eye infection that’s been bugging me since this past Monday. Essentially, I’m currently the literal equivalent of somebody with a laughing and a crying eye. Sounds more exciting than it is. Fingers crossed I won’t be  this rare phenomenon much longer. It’s getting old pretty fast, you know?  Yet all of that suddenly didn’t matter anymore in the face of some sad news my family found out this weekend. I know vague-blogging sucks but I can neither pretend life was all sunshine and rainbows over here nor – for privacy reasons – share any details. Other than saying that life is fleeting and we need to hug our loved ones tightly whenever we can.

By now you might know I’m constantly refocusing on the good; the silver linings no matter how dark the sky [i.e. life] looks in any certain moment. Only sometimes that’s hard, almost feels wrong. Is living in the moment and re-centering yourself to achieve an at least momentarily positive mood a means of ignorance towards reality? Of self-delusion? A way of avoiding problems and facing emotions until you can’t anymore or things backfire? I do wonder this but have no definite answer. It’s just another case of my mind running wherever it wants so if you have any thoughts on these: feel free to share them.

As I don’t want to get the reputation of “doom and gloom” blogger I’m going to leave it at that and ride the wave of endorphins this lovely Sunday provided me with. Nobody hates positivity. Oh and look at me forgetting what exact day it is  sooo… How was your Easter weekend? Ours ended up very laid back after the previous had been visitor- and stress-filled. Similary to this one a few weeks ago. On a coincidental side note and explaining the title: it was a week where the change of weather mirrored the happenings. Lots of downpours but double (!) rainbows twice in one weekend and lots of sunshine in between.

Not all of the points below are achievements; some are merely notes on life lately. Since Meg has been forgiving towards my changing approaches to the Week in Review in the past I’m hoping she’ll approve once again. Because I had no plans for writing this post and at that didn’t take notes of any achievements. Winging it is my specialty here.

Week in review

In the past week(s) I …

Worked four instead of five days this week. Thank goodness for Good Friday because the piles of paper just keep growing at the moment. Trying not to think of the extra ones coming up after the holidays  …

Spring-cleaned my bathroom and kitchen. Initiated by the  [absolutely amazing] fact of the former’s renovation. Okay, the remodeling of the lighting situation. Because – as I hadn’t told you yet – the latter was a serious joke the past few weeks. Anyway, I dreaded the whole cleaning process but it feels so good in the aftermath. Now when I talk about spring-cleaning or tidying up in general that does not mean I’m the most organized person in the world. Only a slightly more tidied up and less chaotic person – major difference ;). Though I’m proud of myself for having maintained the clutter-free surfaces since.

Did a little pantry purge that felt really good, too. Looks like somebody had a thing for peanuts here. Oops. It also looks like I should get baking again. I’m not complaining about that prospect …

Watched a movie with my mum on Friday night. For the German readers: it was this one which I’d seen before already and highly recommend. Romantic, funny and featuring some of the best German actors of the current time.

Speaking of my mum: she baked her classic ‘Eierlikörtorte’ [egg liquor torte] again – no Easter is complete without it. [Recycled picture with baby P. in the background as the technology issues are yet to be resolved]

Had an unpleasant appointment. At least I didn’t chicken out – that’s my accomplishment here.

Sent out an important email after postponing it for weeks. A big thanks to the two friends helping and encouraging me.

Spontaneously went on a walk with my dad earlier today. If you’ve been reading for a while you know our relationship is difficult so these happenings are rare and not without anxiety on my side. It was good, though. Really good. I’m aware of how quickly the current state here can change, though, but will preserve the memory.

Went for many walks in general, no matter what the weather was like. Lots of things to process require lots of walk-thinking through.

Baked a huge batch of Maple Buckwheat Granola for my colleague. Gluten-free for the first time. As I hadn’t reported back on that: the bread wasn’t a winner – which I admittedly had guessed but am not too sad about; granola-making is way more fun. Yet she said she missed the granola so I got busy in the kitchen after all. It might not become a regular anymore, though, because how insanely expensive are gluten-free oats?!

Blog-wise I wasn’t as active as I’d hoped to – sorry for being way behind on commenting and replying! – but published some really good good links yesterday.

Once again, I’ve been getting wordy so I’ll end this here by wishing you a …

Happy Monday!

Don’t forget to tell me your happenings and accomplishments from the past week!

Happiness-inducing today: Sunshine. The walk with my dad which once again allowed for a good conversation.

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Good good links #183

Hi there!

Did the Easter weekend sneak up on you, too? I know I’m repeating myself here but I can.not.believe how far ahead into the year we’ve already progressed. Wasn’t Christmas just yesterday? Granted, the fact we still had our ‘tree’ up until after my birthday at the end of January might screw my memories here ;).

Anyway, in case your Easter egg hunt wasn’t successful or you – like me – don’t get to have on: here are some good links you don’t even have to search for. Though wasn’t the search almost as good if not better as eating the candy? <- digressing once again; state of my mind late at night so I’d better just wish you …

Happy reading and happy Easter Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

Good good [food for thought]

On Feeding Your Soul via Hummusapien

After multiple unsuccessful attempts at summing this up I’ll just highly recommend you read Alexis’ post. Inlcuding a pledge that we might all consider following.

Mental Health is Health, too via Avocado a Day Nutrition

Are the ‘healthy’ habits you’re engaging in actually healthy for you [mentally]?

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

On Being Authentic And Sharing Our Lives With The World via The Blissful Mind

Something I struggle with, too, and think many introverts will be able to relate to.

Why we need to talk about menstruation and breastfeeding via well and good

No matter where you stand politically [you’ll know what I mean when you click over] I hope you’ll agree we need to take the stigma off these issues.

Happy Weight and Weight Loss via The Real Life RD

While weight loss isn’t my goal I’m sure it’s what keeps some people from trying IE so Robyn’s post might be reassuring.

7 Things You Need to Know Before You Begin Eating Intuitively via Healthy Hits the Spot

For some of us getting back in touch with our intuition can require a little extra guidance and these points are spot on.

Health Benefits of Reading via Verily Mag

Just in case you need a little more motivation to hit up the bookstore or library again.

4 Things You Can Do To Anti-Age Your Brain via Peaceful Dumpling

While I take posts like these with a grain of salt the tips mentioned here seem pretty sound.

The Hidden Side Effects of ‘Food as Medicine’ by Rachael (Avocado a Day) via Kara Lydon

Food can do a lot but not everything works the same way for everybody. Similar to Rachael’s post in the first category this is a good summary:In the end, trying to eat “perfectly” was causing me more anxiety than my anxiety.

 

Blogging

Why I’m over sponsored social media posts via Run, Lift, Yoga

We obviously need to distinguish between different kinds of sponsored posts but in general: so much yes to this! I recommend reading this article – as mentioned in the post – to get the full picture of how crazy things can get.

The Hidden (And Not-So-Hidden) Costs of Being a Blogger via Forever Amber

Especially for those people getting serious about it blogging by far isn’t an inexpensive little hobby anymore.

How I Grew My Instagram Following via Erin’s Inside Job

A great detailed post on the [time-intense] work involved in growing your account.

 

Instagram posts

This post.

The fact the modeling industry isn’t exactly body-positive and healthy is hardly surprising anymore. But this model’s account of her experiences is yet more proof change needs to happen. “Maybe I wasn’t made to be on the covers of magazines and shooting the biggest and best brands, but I was made for a reason”

 

Good good [food]

Polenta Cake [from “The New Vegan] via The Blue Bride

This sounds – and looks! – amazing in that it’s easy to prepare but offers an interesting combination of flavours [blood oranges, maple, almonds, pistachios, cashew frosting].

Vegan Chocolate Cream Eggs via It doesn’t taste like chicken

Cadbury has nothing on these colourful plantbased ‘eggs’.  Bonus: homemade means you can have them all year round!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Avocado Brownies (vegan) via The Almond Eater

No-bake and made from just a few good-for-you ingredients, including peanut butter – how much better could it get?!

Vegan Oil-Free Oat Bran Applesauce Muffins via The Conscientious Eater

Bran muffins hold a special place in my heart and these look plain amazing.

Vanilla Oatmeal Ice Cream via Feasting on Fruit

Dreamily creamy ice cream made from little more than oats, dates and coconut milk?! I’m super intrigued.

Vegan Zucchini Fudgy Brownies via The Vegan 8

A second but completely different brownie recipe in here because you can never have too many of those.

Curried Chickpea Dosas [vegan, gluten-free] via My little tablespoon

Hearty chickpea curry in homemade dosas – pure Indian-inspired comfort food.

Gigantes plaki via Lazy Cat Kitchen

Memories of a holiday in Greece come up right away plus legumes + tomato sauce always hit the spot for me.

Easy Homemade Vegetable Soup (gluten-free & vegan) via Southern In-Law

The weather might be getting warmer for most of us but who’d say no to a comforting soup like this any time of the year?

 

Happiness-inducing today: Going for a walk at just the right time to avoid getting caught in one of the many downpours we’ve been having.

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Letting my mind run wild and free [ToL]

… and then there was no Week in Review. Breaking from my usual blogging schedule felt both weird and very freeing. The decision was not entirely spontaneous but my heart just nudged me into the decision-making on Saturday. The sun was out, my mind telling me I’d better start drafting Monday’s post early and me ultimately neglecting my to-do list for the Moment and heading out for a longer walk instead. One of the sort that clears your head and heart, connects you to nature and makes you feel incredibly light and free. A twinge of guilt found its way into my brain again yesterday night but I reminded myself of my intuitive blogging premise. Instead deciding for less screen time on the weekend and returning with some ramdom thoughts today [a few days early as i might have another post coming later this week].. Ready, set, random!

Thinking-Out-Loud

Can we talk about changing taste buds? Because I’m not sure what happened to mine. If you’d asked me not too long ago I would have told you I had a major sweet tooth. Now? I can’t exactly say that anymore. The majority of my meals and snacks are savoury. Some days, I eat way less chocolate than I used to. Edited to add: the joke’s on me here. The very day I write about craving chocolate less what hits me big time? Yes, you guessed it. The intensity is almost crazy.

When I’m reading a really good book the word ‘read’ is actually inaccurate. Rather, I savour books. Which means I assign a certain time/setting to when I will read in every single one currently on my nightstand [i.e. morning/after work/weekends] and slow myself down a bit. Yes, I’m aware that will seem odd but my overworrying as well as money-saving tendencies are at play here. Worrying about not finding a follow-up book that’s just as amazing and saving-savvy in that we all know my struggle of treating myself to anything outside the necessary things by now, I guess. I’d call the fact I semi-decided on a small monthly book budget starting in March a first step of improvement, though. Because nourishing the mind with words and screen-free time is just as important as buying food, right?!

Absence truly makes the heart grow fonder in every area of life. Proof? You might not even remember me mentioning the first time I didn’t put my ear plugs in on a walk. Well, they hardly made an appearance anymore since. Quiet walks are my most creative time. The other day, though, I felt like listening to some music again and it felt so good. I still took in my environment, not letting the lyrics distract me. If anything, my heightened mood made me appreciate the beauty of nature even more.

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Speaking of music I’m a classic ‘victim’ of the “mere exposure effect”. When I first heard Coldplay’s new song it didn’t feel up my alley. Being exposed to it during my daily commute, though, I’m suddenly a huge fan and added it to my Spotify. Well played, radio stations, well played. Literally.

Not so well [played] are the glitches my electronics have been going through lately. If you’ve been waiting for all the recipes I promised to share in recent posts I owe you an explanation and here’s why. I’ve been experiencing an unlucky juxtaposition of electric devices and platforms letting me down. My laptop has been on its last legs for well over a year already. Now it’s definitely time to say goodbye after about 7 (8?) years as it’s no longer working properly in regards to uploading pictures from my camera and constantly crashing when I’m online. Additionally, WordPress has been kindly reminding me that my data volume is close to used up meaning new pictures are scarce on here. I know that buying a new laptop is inevitable but any ideas on a quick and easy solution for the WordPress issue? I’m scared of [the cost and technological knowledge involved in] going self-hosted.

Something that never lets me down? Opening a fresh jar of white almond butter. Granted, I’m not a fan of the inavoidable oil spillage but the naturally sweet flavour – way different from the dark kind – and creaminess on top of my oat bran all but make up for it. Not that I’d be opposed to having one of these ingenious tools at hand but – you guessed it – they’re not available over here. So I keep getting those nut butter stirring arm workouts in.

Work’s been insane already again today so I’ll end this here and try not to hit the pillow too late. Fingers crossed and happy Tuesday to you!

Happiness-inducing today: My current [afternoon] book as well as – it never gets old – sunshine.

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What’s a song you only got hooked on upo nhearing it multiple times?

Blogging advice?

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Good good links #182

Current state: In utter disbelief about the fact 1/4 of the year is already over again. Hi there, April!

For some reason, this week’s edition of Good good links turned out to be very food and intuitive eating-centric. I’m not entirely pleased with that fact because life absolutely revolves around more than just that. But a) it’s how things organically worked out this time and b) the weather is too gorgeous for me to feel like spending more time in search of non-food/diet posts to create a balance ;). I hope you’ll forgive me or – as they’re good posts still – actually enjoy these links.

Happy reading and happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

Good good [food for thought]

How I’m Winning the Body-after-Baby Battle via Beauty Redefined

Game changer. Initially, I tried to sum this up with a quote here but the whole post is quote-worthy and hence so very well worth your time reading it. “I haven’t been a body – I’ve been so much more than a body.” Must-read! By far not just for new mums but –any- woman who has ever experienced body image struggles.

To The Woman Addicted to Working Out via The Healthy Maven

Powerful and encouraging words that I’m sure many of us can relate to or direly need to read.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

How to Listen to Your Body via The Balanced Berry

Not an easy feat with all the contradictory and confusing advice as well as comparison these days but Les shares some practical ‘exercises’ to get back in touch with your intuition.

the healthiest way to eat via The Real Life RD

Once again, Robyn is spot on and an example of a truly healthy perspective on food and life in general.

What Life Is Like After Weight Loss (Hint: It’s Not What You’d Expect) via Mind Body Green

A great reminder that we have to create the desired afterlife before we start changing our bodies [if at all!]. No matter how many pounds we drop: the real work has to come from within.

If You’re Hungry, Please Eat! via Bucket List Tummy

This! Having hunger signals and all the foods we want available is a huge blessing many people  so denying ourselves nourishment when we need it is so wrong.

Fullness vs satisfaction. via Yeah … Imma Eat That

There’s a huge and important difference between the two of these. Restrictive eating can create only fullness, not satisfaction.

Can Runners Be TOO Healthy? 4 signs that you may not actually be as healthy as you think via Run Whole Nutrition

Constant injuries, no period and others: These are major red flags that shouldn’t be ignored.

 

Rediscovering a Zest for Life via Psychology Today

Taking microadventures to “rediscover who we really are and begin to live our lives more passionately. ”

 

Blogging

Stayng Sane and Balanced While Working From Home via Rachl Mansfield

Not sugarcoating anything Rachel offers great insight into what life as a full-time blogger means and how to make sure you still have a social life.

Why I Broke Up with The Huffington Post To Go Steady with Medium via Beyond Your Blog

Really interesting for any blogger looking for contribution opportunities on bigger platforms.

 

Good good [links to make you laugh]

13 Gifs that Describe You Trying to Eat Healthy

Probably not as relatable for us health nuts anymore but a good laugh nonetheless.

 

Good good [food]

Best Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats. via Half Baked Harvest

Caramel, rice crispy treats and chocolate?! Judging from the pictures only I’ll dare to say the title might just be right [read: de-lisc-ious].

Carrot Cake Paleo Magic Cookie Bars via Food Faith Fitness

Packed with all the good ingredients these do indeed look kind of magical.

30 Vegan Breakfast Recipes – That you’ll Actually Want to Eat! via Vegan Huggs

From [whiskey] pancakes and French Toast Muffins to savoury casseroles and vegan salmon bagels these plantbased recipes will make you want to eat breakfast for every meal [or maybe that’s just me???]

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars [Gluten-Free / Vegan] via Katalyst Health

Salty pretzels, peanut butter and chocolate all in one healthy treat? Sign. Me. Up.

Cheesy Lentil Slice via Amuse Your Bouche

Combine legumes, vegetables and cheese and you’ve got a recipe for success – this one sounds amazing.

4-Ingredent Broccoli Tater Tots via She Likes Food

Regukar tater tots have nothing on these amazing green [and vegan!] ones.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Taking the time for a longer walk rather than getting overwhelmed by my to-do list and truly taking in nature.

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My own Happiness Project

First things first: thank you so much for your comments on my previous post. All of you made me feel so relieved and like less of a crazy person. Monday had me feel the effects of the weekend still in strong discomfort and not wanting to be around other people. ‘Feierabend’ as we call finishing work over here couldn’t come early enough. Introvert issues. Sorry to my colleagues if I seemed distant and reserved. It’s not about you but me. #overusedbuttrue

As you might know by now I’m a huge proponent of finding the little joys in every day, even if it’s not the best one. Worrying a lot about my future and just about everything else this is my way of handling the anxiety. Silver linings are hidden in every day, we just need to actively look for or (!) create them. The latter ties in with the idea proposed in one of the books I’m currently rereading. It’s Gretchen Rubin’s “Happiness Project” – my first time reading it being at least six years ago so I didn’t remember much. I’ve noticed myself subconsciously following a lot of the principles listed already. Still a lot of room for improvement, obviously, but I thought for this Week in Review I’d show you how I incorporate these points in my life. If you feel like it share some of your ways of doing so in the comments! I’m curious to see what they mean to others. Let’s jump into my review of the past seven days. Thanks to Meg for hosting the shenanigans once again!

Week in Review

Act the way you want to feel 

Coming from a weekend of a messed up routine and craving me time I can’t deny I wasn’t feeling like socialising at all. Yet when a question by the bank employee – at that the one question I don’t like to be asked -evoked her to keep asking and talking I decided I was all up for it. In good old “fake it till you make” fashion I engaged in the conversation and it turned out to be really encouraging. I can’t say I’d ever experienced this at a bank before. Also can’t pretend I hated it. Read: faking a good mood can actually make you feel happier.

Tackle a nagging task

Dropped some paperwork off at the bank for my mum because their opening hours are ridiculous and she couldn’t make it working longer that day. Speaking before I could think my brain apparently decided I wanted to cross two of my own bank issues at the same time while I was there already. This was on Monday so definitely not a day I felt like tackling these things but it might have felt all the better getting them crossed off my list that day

Cleaned my electric kettle. Please don’t ask how long it had been since the previous time. Let’s just say: long enough. But hey, it’s spanking clean now so that’s all that counts, no?

Adulted by washing a load of laundry and got to let it dry ioutside n the sunshine for the first time this year.  It was a wonderful weekend after a rainy start to the week.

Prepared a second batch of what I’ll call peanut butter chocolate crispy treats – any better name suggestions? –  for now. You know I’m not one to play favourites but these are high (!) up on top of the list. High.

Took pictures of said treats. Did I ever mention this is my least favourite part of recipe creation? It’s frustrating.

Get in movement and time in nature [my own addition to the list]

Went for morning walks on both Saturday and Sunday. Starting my days first reading for a while, then getting to soak up sunshine and fresh air was blissful.

 Indulge in a modest splurge. 

Treated myself to little ‘extras’ here and there throughout the week. Bad consciousness for free obviously but I’m working on it. The items I bought weren’t even what anybody else would fret about – a nice wooden hairbrush to replace my old one  [long overdue], lots of almond milk [granted, this one was on sale but still a treat] and a magazine. Yet for me spending on anything aside from regular groceries is still an accomplishment. I know Cora can relate.

Obviously worked as usual.

Had some good conversations with my colleagues. If/when – and I’m really hoping it will happen in the not so distant future – I find another job I’m more passionate about these ladies are what I’ll miss the most. They’re the best. And no, not just because one of them – hearing me declare my fondness of After Eight chocolate santas – has already surprised me with an After Eight chocolate bunny for the second time already this past week. Literally the sweetest and I have no idea what I deserved it for.

Give proofs of love

Baked a loaf of gluten-free bread for my newly diagnosed celiac colleague. Granted, this is a  stretch as I woudn’t consider it a true proof of love as she’s “just” a colleague but I’ll keep it here. And before you wonder why in the heck effing world a) she wouldn’t just buy bread from a bakery and b) I baked for her, here’s the low-down. A) She mentioned buying her first loaf of gluten-free bread in a break at work – as well as the fact that it was tiny and crazy expensive. Knowing the blog world I was convinced there -had- to be better and more affordable options. I’m very thankful for not having any true intolerances myself and don’t want anybody to miss out on their favourite foods if they have some so I offered to get baking. She – not a fan of baking – happily accepted the offer. It’s in the oven as we “speak” [or at least as I’m writing this] and I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed it’ll turn out]. This is the recipe I tried and I’ll report back once she has taste-tested it if any of you are curious.

This obviously wasn’t everything that happened but decided to keep things shorter today. So without further ado:

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today: Sunny weather. Spring is definitely here now and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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