Good good links #103

Okay, this week definitely passed by too far. Not only in terms of blogging but also life in general. Think: my to-do list kept growing with the time left to conquer fading away in a heartbeat. Blogging-wise I somehow have this inkling I’ve missed out on a lot [because a growing to-do list = less time for reading] so let me know your must-reads in the comments! No worries, though, because I still found some really good posts worth your time so …

Happy Sunday and happy reading!

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

Does your past define your present? via Hungry for Balance

Such a good question to ask ourselves. It can be so hard to let go off old memories but we have the power to decide what defines us.

Stop waiting to love your body via The Domestikated Life

We might never love the way we look  100 % but “total adoration and love for my appearance isn’t essential to living a full, active life.” Just go and read this post.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

11 Tricks To Get A Job You Actually Love via Mind Body Green

Given you’ll spend a large chunk of your lifetime at work it’s worth making the effort. Some really good tips!

12 Things Only Overthinkers Understand via Huffington Post

The struggle [especially regarding choices] is real. If we ever meet: don’t make me choose the location ;).

One Woman’s Perfect Response to a Man Who Yelled Fat Jokes While She Ran via PopSugar

“I am not ashamed of my body. It has never stopped me from doing anything I want.”

Here Are 19 Things The Scale Should Actually Say via BuzzFeed

… and I’m sure you could come up with many more.

15 Simple, Affordable, and Protein Rich Combinations of Plant Foods via Choosing Raw

 These dream teams are the answer to the ever-annoying  protein question.

 

 

Blogging

This is Why I Unfollowed You on Twitter via Forever Amber

Twitter is a great way to promote your posts and connect with others – unless you overdo it.

What Really Is The Ideal Blog Post Length? via CoSchedule Blog

A constant question for about every blogger potentially unexpected answer.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile]

So You Want To Write A Food Blog via The New Yorker

Probably one of the most shared articles this week but I wouldn’t want anybody to miss out.

 

Try and Tell Us the Treadmill Is Boring After Watching This Video via Greatist

Now who’s up for trying that at their gym?!

 

Good good [food]

34 Quick and Easy Veggie-Packed Breakfast Ideas via Greatist

I especially like the bowl section of this post. But there are also pasta, tacos or hashes for breakfast if that’s what you fancy.

3 Ingredient Fruit Roll-Ups via Live Eat Learn

A slightly more time-intense but simple and perfectly portable healthy snack.

Eggplant Lasagna Rolls via Dietitian Debbie Dishes

Too much eggplant on hand? This is a great alternative way to use it if you’re a little fed up with ratatouille already.

 

 

 

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Date your diet

If you’ve been reading healthy living blogs for a while you’ll have noticed something. Not actually what I’d call a ‘trend’ but a phenomenon: vegan or vegetarian bloggers quitting their diets and reintroducing dairy, eggs and/or meat. Usually voicing their decision very carefully with an air of expected accusations about to rain down on them. I won’t point out any bloggers in particular here because I wouldn’t want to increase the pressure on them. What I can say, though, is that I could easily name more than half a dozen – both in the German blog world and overseas – who have made this decision in the past year.

To say it caused some attention would be a mild understatement.

Uproar. Rage. Bullies.

Why?? Why do people feel compelled to shun somebody, leave hurtful comments or even more serious threats? What is the crime those bloggers committed? They changed their diets. Neither did they:

Imply everybody had to follow their lead and stop eating a certain way.

Intend to hurt anybody’s feelings [or at least I don’t assume they did].

Shame their previous diets as disordered or out of the norm. They simply found those very diets weren’t their match anymore and that’s where we’re getting to the thoughts my mind spurred out …

The parallel between dating and diets

What I’m applauding them for is not for giving up on veganism or vegetarianism. Clearly not because it’s still the diet I follow myself and – in my dreams – the majority of people all over the world should adopt [you know I’m exaggerating]. Rather, I think anybody who can rationally see when it’s time to make changes in their lives even if they’re uncomfortable and against their beliefs deserves respect. Not public shaming in the blog world and on Instagram. Wouldn’t we even encourage our best friends to leave a guy that hurts more than he benfits them? And just like with dating  some of the points can be translated to diets.

Date Your Diet

We get blind-sided really wanting to love that one guy/diet – at the worst overlooking the fact he’s not benefitting us at all anymore.

I can see how this was true for me personally. Veganism and its principles seemed [actually still seem] so right for me and made a lot of sense. It was hard to admit – even to myself – that it wasn’t the right diet for me at this point in life.

People compliment us for what a great match we make.

On the diet side this could be praise for our vegan/raw/paleo recipes or the ‘glow’ we perspire while eating a certain way. The tons of energy we have.

We make plans for the future.

Probably more so with dating on first glance [“We’ll buy a house, then get two children, spend all holidays in our beach house …”] but in a way it’s true for diets, too. We might think about how this will influence our families, write cookbooks or build a brand around our diet. Until a potential break-up throws us into a medium life crisis.

That’s why I suggest you to consider your diet a date. No commitment, no promises to anybody. And isn’t the beauty of dating that you don’t have to settle just yet – or anytime? You can flirt with a hot guy for an evening, a month, a few years – and in the end tie the knot with a wholly different one or never commit for eternity.

Diet dating can and should be like that: accepted – normal. So go out there, date around and never feel bad for cheating on your current diet –  be it for health or any other reasons. How you eat does not define you as a person. Life’s too short to fully commit in this part of it.

Your turn: Tell me your ‘dating history’ or whichever thoughts you have on the topic.

Happiness-inducing today: Harvesting the first kabocha of the season in our garden. All mine!

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Good good links #102

Does anybody else feel like summer weeks pass way faster than weeks in winter? Just me? Okay. I guess I will have to accept that we’re over a week into August already meaning one week closer to the beginning of fall. But yes, pumpkin, wool socks, coloured leaves and all that … and you didn’t want to hear me go on about the future yet. Rather, let’s take a look into what the past week  brought along in terms of good posts. So without further ado:

Happy Sunday and happy reading!

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

Let’s Talk About Being a Vegetarian Who Doesn’t Talk About Being a Vegetarian  via Hummusapien

This. That’s the kind of vegetarian I try to be and I wish it was the same for any follower of any diet. Live and let others live their way.

In Defense Of Doing What You Love via The PB Lover

“If you wake up one day and realize that you spent a life never doing what you love, it will kill you. Don’t let this happen.” – Just read this post.
Good good [advice and inspiration]

Learning Messy Lessons the Hard Way via In It 4 The Long Run

Something many introverts will be able to relate to and a good reminder of willingly stepping out of our comfort zones.

The A List: 7 Reasons To Ban The Term ‘Beach Body’ via espnW

Agreed! Why that term should really have no room in our vocabulary anymore [if it ever did].

 

50 Essential Tips For First-Time Travelers via World of Wanderlust

Headed out into the world? There’s so much to plan and take care of ahead – even some things you might not think of.

Rubber-Band Life Hacks Will Stretch Your Know-How via Huffington Post

Yes, you will want to watch this video. Who knew what all simple cheap rubber bands could do?? Boom!

 

Blogging

6 Ways To Overcome Mental Blogging Blocks via i Can Build A Blog

Finding my right time to write and starting drafts left and right has been especially helpful for me.

23 Ways To Get Even More Traffic From Your Most Popular Content via CoSchedule Blog

Never forget your oldies but goldies! What we’ve written some time ago shouldn’t get lost in [cyber]space.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile]

How to actually get into disputes over your diet via Elephantastic Vegan

Especially funny if you read #1 in the first category here before. “According to science, people like being told that they’re wrong. “

26 Questions For Body Shamers via BuzzFeed

These might not only make you laugh but are pretty poignant, too.

 

Good good [food]

5-Ingredient Flourless Dark Chocolare Cake via Feasting on Fruit

With no sweet potato, chickpeas or anything else you [or your non-blogging family 😉 ] wouldn’t usually add to cake this is just downright drool-worthy. Yes, please!

Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles via Delish Knowledge

With a huge zucchini bounty from our garden this dish packed with delicious ingredients like olives and sundried tomatoes sounds great.

Chopped Kale Salad with Smashed Chickpeas & Avocado via She Likes Food

Can’t it be kale season already??? [answer: not in Germany]! This looks deceptively simple yet so good.

How to Make A Macro Bowl via Dietitian Debbie

A great tutorial leading to endless variations on filling and satisfying vegetarian meal.

Vegan Aquafaba Butter via Plant Pusherne

If you’re vegan, like a buttery spread but not what goes into those available at stores: this one’s for you!

Contentedness Bowl via Contentedness Cooking

Quinoa, sundried tomatoes, lots of fresh vegetables and a savoury-sweet dressing: there’s so much going on in this bowl!

Mexican Polenta via The Organic Dietitian

Mexican flavours, beans and polenta – it doesn’t get much better than this.

75 Zucchini Recipes That Aren’t Zucchini Bread via Kitchen Treaty

Did I mention the zucchini overload in my mum’s garden?!

 

 

 

 

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Gingery Broccoli Stir-Fry [vegan]

Bring on the broccoli! Using minmal ingredients and packed with nutrients this vegan stir-fry is the perfect quick weekday lunch or dinner.

How simple is too simple to call a dish a recipe? Judging from my own experience I’m a lot more likely to try a recipe the simpler it is. Running to the store for two or three ingredients some of which I might not use again soon [don’t tell me you didn’t have those age-old spices sitting around in your cupboard!].

Cravings are good ways to create new recipes. This dish was inspired by a sudden craving for broccoli which I’d actually consider a constant one along with this current obsession. With just a few more basic ingrdients this simple lunch came about. Pre-cooking grains is a serious timesaver, dried spices [while fresh are preferable] are always great to keep on hand and cannd legumes add some vegan protein in no time. The preparation here is almost too simple …

Broccoli stir-fry_bulgur_2

What’s in a recipe, really? In my opinion – and I’m not just saying this to make myself feel better  [you, too ;)] – every time you prepare food at home it’s a potential recipe. Unless you’re just opening a can and heating it up or mixing PB2 with water and selling it as your own original creation – really?! But you get my gist.  The reason I decided to share this particular dish is that while decidedly simpler than some of my other recent lunches it was all the more satisfying.

A grain, a green, a bean – the perfect vegan meal once again. I’m intuitively going for a different take on this basic formula pretty much every day. And why not? It’s covering all the bases and simple enough to stir up with whatever you happen to have on hand. I used bulgur as my side but if you and/or your stomach prefer gluten-free options go for those – this is a dish for everyone.

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Gingery Broccoli Stir-Fry

1 small red onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced

2 cups of broccoli, chopped into small florets, stalks sliced thinly
1/2 tbsp soy sauce [sub gluten-free kind if necessary]
1/4-1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp chili flakes
Pepper to taste
A handful of mushrooms, sliced

1/3 cup of chickpeas

Grain of choice to serve* [I used bulgur cooked with some coconut milk]

  1. Start by sautéing the onion until lightly browned. Add the garlic and fry for another minute.
  2. Add the broccoli, stir well to combine, add a few tablespoons of water and cover the pot. Let cook for around five minutes or until desired level of ‘softness’.
  3. Add the ginger, soy sauce, chili flakes and pepper to taste.
  4. Stir in the chickpeas and bulgur to heat through.**

*Use your favourite gluten-free side to make this suitable for your diet.

** I did this after taking the pictures.

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I’m joining  Meatless Mondays, Savouring Saturdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Recipe of the Week, Tasty Tuesdays, Healthy Vegan Friday and Real Food Friday.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Talking to my brother on the phone for the first time in weeks and finding out about all the good news in his life.

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Let’s talk about Instagram.

Something has been making me sad in the world of Social Media again*. Jumping right in: I’ve been dabbling around with Instagram lately and noticed something … If it was just the occasional person I wouldn’t give it much thought. Yet: I see it happening left and right all of the time. Literally every time somebody posts a picture of themselves – aside from ab shots or body builders/fitness IGs – it comes with a semi-joking caption like ‘okay, ready to loose a few more followers again’. Or in the case of several people even – and this made me sad – the excuse of ‘hope it’s okay to post this.’ Am I the only one who gets thinking about our focus and priorities here?

Here’s what I noticed. And yes, I double-checked. Triple-checked. In short: I kept an eye on this during the past few weeks to make sure it wasn’t a mere coincidence within a few profiles. Let’s take the example of a random profile. What goes on in your mind if you see that a package of storebought pasta gets [decidedly] more likes than the pictures of the [subjective but yes] sympathetic couple behind the account?

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* Please note that I’m not generally a sad person :).

Are we really more interested in seeing food picture after food picture than the people behind them?? Their interests? Their hobbies? Quirks? Random things that made them smile?

Along those lines is the issue of people asking their followers what they’d like to see more of. Sorry but really? If I asked and the most popular answer would be ‘monogram-styled bowls of oatmeal and selfies’: would you change your feed and stop posting pictures of your garden/family/whatever else you like to share? Just to please others? Win followers? Loose yourself [allow me to be a little drastic here] ?

No. If somebody enjoys my pictures and captions I will happily welcome them among my followers and check out  their profile in turn – that’s the way to build community. The ‘mission’ shouldn’t be to post for others but yourself.

my Instagram feed
Blog for yourself. Post on Instagram for yourself. Share what’s on your mind or important to you. Like minded people will follow. The remainder? So what. As you might have already guessed I’m not somebody you can ask for ‘S4S’ or ‘f4f’. Nope. If that’s your goal than au revoir, mon ami. We won’t be #instafriends anytime soon. Actually,  about that term friends… you know my take on this.

Don’t get me wrong. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want anybody to follow me. But like I mentioned some time ago in regards to blogging I value quality over quantity. The most important and best part of both blogging and Instagram to me still is the community.Even if a picture didn’t get many likes yet a few people commented sharing their thoughts and opinions that would matter so. much. more to me.

On a last note I’m not judging people who treat Instagram differently than me. To each their own. All I’m hoping to do is remind whoever is sad about a small following or unsure why their pictures don’t get as many likes as others: it’s not about you. You are great the way you are as is your Instagram account.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Starting a great new book and reading outside in the sunshine.
Tell me whatever comes to your mind: Do you agree? Disagree? What are your experiences?

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Good good links #101

Summer is back! Okay, yes, I’m probably a little too excited about something as simple as the return of nicer temperatures but after a week of dreary days I’m more than happy to see the sun back in action.

Back in action after a week, too, are my good good links. Something to think about, something good advice and some appetite-inducing food – hopefully a mix for everyone!

Happy Suday! I’ll talk to you again soon.

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

MY Version of Healthy via Lord Still Loves Me

‘Healthy’ isn’t a one-size-fit-all but it also isn’t neccessarily the same for a single person all throughout their life.

Is there More to Life Than Food and Fitness? via Life with Niki

A great thought-provoking post on discovering passions beyond these two to get back to a ‘normal’ life [especially after ED recovery].

 

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

A Stroll in Nature Improves Mental Health via Psychology Today

Just in case you needed any more convicing to lace up your shoes and go for a walk.

19 Ways to Beat The Monday Blues via Healthy.Happy.Life

A little daydreaming, dancing and some good food can make a not-so-awesome day a little better.

How I Finally Ditched Insecurity via Mind Body Green

Something a lot of us struggle with. Great ideas for promises to make to yourself to gain confidence.

 

 

Blogging

The Biggest 2 Lessons I Learned From Two Years of Blogging via In It 4 The Long Run

So. much. truth.  This is what everybody who enters the [blogging] game and sticks with it will experience.

 

Health and Fitness

5 reasons why I advise clients to eat carbs at night via Khushboo’s Blog

Carbs after dark [or any time of the day, really] are good for you. Here’s the science behind this.

HA: When Nobody Gets It via Better with Sprinkles

A condition a lot of people struggle with in or after recovery yet Sam’s example shows medical support and understanding by others is often lacking.

Confessions of an Amateur Raw Vegan via Huffington Post

Interesting observations everybody can implement in their lives even if not committing to a fully raw lifestyle.

 

 

Good good [posts to make you smile]

Pitch Imperfect: In which I Waste Everyone’s Time Answering Spam Emails. AGAIN. via The Everywhereist

Now who else is tempted to do the same??!

 

Good good [food]

Chocolate Cherry Almond Snack Bars via Sally’s Baking Addiction

Triple almond action, little more than a handful of ingredients: these look like they’ll definitely beat any storebought bar.

25 Vegan Cheeses That Will Knock Your Socks Off via One Green Planet

Vegan or not: making your own dairy-free cheese without any nasty ingredients is an accomplished feeling. And so many delicious-looking options!

Quick Tomato Salsa via Seitan is My Motor

Homemade salsa is still on my to-try list and this looks like another great recipe.

Roasted Broccoli and Rice Bowl with Chipotle Red Pepper Sauce via The Vegan 8

Everything you want from a meal assembled in one bowl and covered with a creamy

 

 

Happiness-inducing today:  Welll … did I mention the sun is back?!

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