Let’s get randoMay!

Did you catch my seriously [not] inventive take on a May joke [because I missed the ‘It’s gonna be May’ chance at the beginning of the month. Yes, I’m a broken record here but how in the world is it almost June already??? Time for the last Thinking  out loud in May with Amanda. My head is filled with lots of more serious thoughts but I decided to counteract it by not posting about any of those but a collection of randomness instead. Fake it till you make it, right?

Thinking-Out-Loud

1. Did you catch my last link post? I’ve been resorting to Mondays instead of Sundays lately but hope I’ll be able to change that again soon. Either way, there have been lots of great posts worth reading again.

2. We might be this close to the start of summer but the weather isn’t giving it away in the least at the moment. 16 °C and rain? Hurry up, summer! At least the rain had its positives, though, because wandering through my parents’ garden is offering the most beautiful sights. Instead of spamming you with 384775856 pictures [right now] I’ll just feature these beautiful flowers: Bleeding Heart. They’ve been a favourite of mine since childhood.

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3. Green smoothies have been happening in this house! No, my opinion on them hasn’t changed. However, my dad visited a lecture a few weeks ago that was all about healthy living – note: he wouldn’t usually attend any of those so this one was business-related – and he immediately decided to incorporate a few healthier habits into his life. And that led to a scandalous crossing of lines/invading my territory. Given I’m usually the only one eating bananas daily I buy them myself and obviously store them in my apartment.

Bananas

As my dad insisted on having a smoothie and hadn’t wanted to listen to me when I told him he’d better stock up on bananas then my mum just grabbed one of my last ones Sunday night. Not cool. And isn’t it meant to be me mooching off food from my parents and not the other way around? !

4. Thinking about it I actually do. All the time. Don’t say you didnt! Here’s to hoping all that green smoothie business won’t result in my parents ditching their snacking habits anytime soon. I’d dearly miss the bags of Erdnussflips in their snack aisle. Luckily, we’re keeping things balanced around here with flips and greens.

Flips

5. Help a girl out! I’ve been meaning to paint my nails for weeks but can’t settle on a colour. That’s pretty unusual for me because previously I wasn’t able to go without colouring my nails for more than a few days. Maybe not the healthiest choice but the current weather just calls for bright colours to bring in some fun. So …These are the runner-ups. Any votes?

Essie nail polish

6. Do you ever buy yourself random gifts? I hardly ever do so I’d been holding out forever but caved last week and bought the Gilore Girls DVD collection. Oh my. I completely forgot what it’s like to watch a show and look forward to every new episode. I can’t even remember the last time I regularily watched any kind of show – likely because I haven’t owned a TV for the past ~ 5 years  and still don’t – but it’s amazing. The current weather is an excuse to start watching a little earlier than I usually would. And would you believe I actually never watched all seasons of Gilmore Girls before? We didn’t have cable when the first seasons were aired and I only caught random episodes until the final season but was hooked either way. Now I have a major catch-up and I can’t say I was hating it.

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… and with that I’m off to a hopefully sunny day. Happy Thursday!

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Good good links #91

Hello, hello. Did you miss me? Okay, let’s try this again: did you miss the linkes again? Great: here they are! Once more a day later than usual but you know what it’s like around here by now. You’ll notice the recipe section is pretty empty still but that’s because I had a little trouble with my laptop and lost those I’d bookmarked. Read: I’ll edit this post later on – we can’t miss out on some good food inspiration here.

Let me know if you happened upon any great reads last week!

Happy Monday!

 

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

Who Is The Right Person To Ask For The Change You Want? via Sharing Healthiness

A very insightful post on who we should best consult with questions regarding any part of our lives [hint: you know that person very well].

The “Healthier” I Ate, the Worse I Felt via Brittany Lesser

A ‘healthy’ diet doesn’t neccessarily equate a healthy mindset – being too strict will do more harm than good.

Just like balance moderation isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Find what works for you and most importantly: trust yourself.

Are you recognizing any of these in yourself, too?

Is Metabolic Damage A Real Thing? via Girls Gone Strong

It sure as heck is and here’s a thorough explanation on what’s going on when you try to diet.

Good good [advice and inspiration]

A great reminder to accept and love your life and yourself for what it is today because: “Don’t wait until tomorrow. Life doesn’t start 5 pounds from now. “

5 Years via Erin’s Inside Job

A huge inspiration to face your life with all its struggles even when you want to close your eyes and hide. There’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Healthy eating is neither black and white thinking nor the same for everybody. Eat what you crave and find your own balance.

Let’s face it: we all have those days. Luckily, there are ways to release some negative energy in a pinch.

 

Recovery
Giving Up Exercise: The Science via Lord Still Loves me

Overcoming exercise obsession is one of the hardest parts of recovery and one of the most important ones.

 

Miscellaneous

5 Surprising Reasons Why You Should Smile More :-) via Danielle Dowling

Are you smiling yet? If not you’d better start right now.

Hot or Cold? The Benefits of Both Kinds of Showers via Popsugar

Whichever team you’r e on [spoiler: I like it hot ;)]: you’re doing it right.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile]
Um … yes, you can. How are they doing it?
Good good [food]
Macarons: The holy grail of French baking – the vegan way.
Chocolate Pinata Mini Cakes via Fork and Beans
How cute is that idea? A fun little idea not just for c birthday party.
Anything cheesy is right up my alley and this vegan and gluten-free twist on cauliflower rice looks amazing.
Tomato Mint Gazpacho via The Yummy Beet
I’ve been all about fresh mint lately so this spin on the classic sounds amazing – and I like the story going along with it.
Spinach Artichoke Enchiladas via Cookie and Kate
Cheesy and vegetable-packed enchiladas perfect for  any fan of Mexican food [who isn’t?].

 

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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.

Macros_food

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.

Vapiano

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.

Thinking-Out-Loud

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.

Thinking-Out-Loud

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.

Telephone booth_Bonn

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!

 

 

 Happiness-inducing today: Little bright moments during a time that feels somewhat like a funk.

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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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