Good good links #118

Current situation: sitting in my grandparents’ living room, comfortably warmed by their oven and finishing this post while eating chocolate, peanut butter and apples. Life is good. Despite the fact we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving over here there’s always time for gratitude and I’m thankful for all of this. Life isn’t all happiness and sunshine for me at the moment but moments like these are my silver linings. There’s always something good in the world.

Okay,I don’t know where I’m going with this so I will end it here and leave you with some of the great posts I read this week.

Happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

My Unconventional Gratitude List via Erin’s Inside Job

Quite possibly the best Thanksgiving post I read so far and I fully agree. We learn from our struggles, not the happy days.

Why I don’t want to loose weight for my wedding day via sometimes, always, never

Even if – like me – marriage is not in the books for you any time soon this is a wonderful reminder of what it or any relationship should really be about.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

The Best Evidence-Based Food and Nutrition Sites via nutrilicious

With controversy articles everywhere you look it’s good to have a starting point for fact-based advice.

30 Goals to Noiurish Your Mind, Body and Soul via The Blissful Mind

Now these are some goals I can get on board with. None of that flat abs/clean eating/loose five pounds nonesense.

How to be Mindful when you Totally Suck at Meditation via A Spectacular Life

No need to roll out the yoga mat to be mindful throughout the day with these easy ideas.

13 Ways to Feel More Confident via The Sunday Chapter

Some great ways you might not immediately think of – I especially like #1, 2 and 8.

15 Productivity Hacks For Procrastinators via Lifehack

Such a hard habit to break but you have to start somewhere …

 

 

Recovery

Surviving the Holidays with an Eating Disorder via Lord Still Loves Me

Julia came up with mantra that  releases pressure from you on either side of the spectrum [eating ‘too much’ vs. ‘too little’].

 

This Model Lost Thousands Of Instagram Followers After Posting Amazingly Honest Photos via Mind Body Green

Saying a lot about people actually only wanting the perfect ‘facade’ rather than real people.

 

Health

11 Natural Ways to Soothe an Upset Stomach via hello natural

Because everybody’s stomach feels funny at times and having an alternative to pills is grea

 

 

 

Blogging

11 of the Best Props for Food Photography via In It 4 The Long Run

Really good advice on making those tasty dishes look even more amazing in your pictures. Some of these might surprise you (#4!).

 

 

Good good [posts to make you smile + DIYs]

10 People You Will Inevitably Meet In The Wellness World via Mind Body Green

How many of these have you met so far?

I Based All My Decisions For a Week on What Rory Gilmore Would Do via Her Campus

Any Gilmore Girls fans up for a challenge ;)? Start by tackling any problem with endless amounts of coffee and  pro and con list.

 

Good good [food]

Gingerbread Granola via Fit Mitten Kitchen

All of those warming fall spices in one extra crunchy granola with lots of the highly  coveted clusters.

Healthy Cookies and Cream Dip For One via The Big Man’s World

Need I say more?! I’d take this over the cheesecake that inspired it any day [non-cheescake fan right here].

Tofu Edamame Miso Grain Salad via My little tablespoon

This makes me sad I live in no man’s miso’s land because it sounds absolutely amazing.

High Protein Bulgur Black Bean Chili via Veggie and The Beast

It’s no secret I’m somewhat chili-obsessed. This reminds me of a bulgur chili I used to make only packed with even more flavours.

One Pot Minestrone Pot Pie with Whole Wheat Biscuits via pumpkin and peanut butter

The kind of comfort food you want to serve for Sunday night family dinner – and vegan at that.

Vegan Seitan and Mushrooms with Polenta via Dietitian Debbie

Just my kind of dish and with my ongoing polenta obsession this is self-explanatory.

Eat Healthy All Week With These 15-Minute Meals! via Mind Body Green

Mostly vegetarian or vegan these dishes save time but don’t make you miss out on flavour.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: While no Thanksgiving we‘re having a family gathering this weekend – it’s my grandma’s birthday today – and   it’s nice to see everybody again.

 

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When in doubt … take a survey.

First and foremost: Happy Thanksgiving to all American readers! We don’t celebrate it over here but I hope you’ll have a wonderful time with your loved ones, friends or whomever you choose to spend the day with.

Do you know those days where your mind is filled with ideas but you can’t get yourself to follow through with just a single one – rather than jumping back and forth between three or four? If you can: that’s me right now … If you can’t: lucky you! Nevertheless, I felt like posting and when I can’t settle on one topic it’s time to look for some help – rescued by a survey today. These are perfect for inspiring some random thoughts on a Thursday so  there we go!

Thinking-Out-Loud

I’m happiest when…I’m busy and can help others. It’s sounds cheesy but is so true. These past months I’ve been volunteering a lot and sometimes a thanks of simply noticing I’m taking some workload off somebody else’s shoulders is pay enough.

I’ve always wanted to…travel to the US and especially now that I‘ve gotten to I ‘know’ so many wonderful people abroad through blogging.

My family and I… are pretty unconventional [at times to my dismay]. We don’t celebrate Easter, break traditions – just look at our Christmas tree from the past year for proof – and goof around a lot.

I was a terrible…at any of the creative subjects in school. Whether arts or music – I really didn’t enjoy any of those lessons everybody else seemed to find so much find.

My first job was…babysitting. It was so.much.fun. It actually felt wrong being paid for it when I had been playing and reading bedtime stories.

I could probably eat ____ everyday. Apples. If an apple a day keeps the doctor away – what do I get for eating a minimum of four? Eternal health? I’ll take it!

Pink Lady Apple

I was born on the same day asAdam Lambert, Anton Tschechow and Vincent Klink [German chef].

My all-time favorite movie is… impossible to choose. To name a few nonetheless: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Mad Hot Ball Room [a documention I’ve watched a million times and urge you to watch if you haven’t!] and – seasonally fitting – Love … Actually.

I do a pretty mean… plank. Honestly, I didn’t know how to answer this but I’ve been told I’m a little insane for how long I hold my planks so that’s that J..

I’m still mad… about several things that went wrong in the past, missed memories and opportunities. But I’m working on letting go and looking ahead instead of grieving.

I met my best friend… in kindergarten. We stuck together like glue until grade six. These days, I don’t have one best friend anymore but several close ones I can trust.

I always knew I wantedto write. It’s my hugest passion and I remember being eager to go to school to learn how to read and write.

I’m not afraid tobe honest. When I don’t like something even if everybody else does I won’t swim with the current. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I’ve touched on a few topics some people considered taboo but not writing them would have felt disingenuine.

I make the bestcookies from scratch. Sorry, uncreative answer but I couldn’t think of anything right now and who doesn’t like baking? Or – in my case – eating the dough?

What's not to love about freshly baked cookies? Tasting the dough might be my favourite part of baking, though.

What’s not to love about freshly baked cookies? Tasting the dough might be my favourite part of baking, though.

I have almost nopatience. If we ever meet I apologize in advance for interrupting you in a conversation – it’s in my genes so I can’t help it ;).

I always cry when Actually, I don’t cry a lot.

I’m nowa Journalism graduate unsure where my future lies …but I hope to… figure out life step by step.

I wish my folksall the best in their lives every day. Health, love and overall happiness.

I believe if everyone was a little more kind in their daily actions the world would be a slightly better place.

I can’t standtwo-faced people. In fact, I’ve had a post on that drafted for way too long.

Whenever

is on I’ll start dancing.

 

Happiness-inducing today: A good conversation.

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Pick a few of these and answer them yourself. Like: who shares your birthday? That was such an odd one for me because who ever looks that up?

 


Good good links #117

Why are introductions so hard to write? Alternative question: Can I just hit publish on this post filled with lots of wise words and inspiration from others without anybody noticing? Okay, that last one is rhethorical. But seriously, does anybody pay much attention to those intros ;)? Either way, I won’t lament on my troubles of writing intros but rather serve up the great posts I happened upon this week right now. Not before thanking you for your opinions on my last post, though. Like I said I was quite nervous to touch on a topic out of my usual spectrum but sharing my thoughts felt so relieving.

Happy reading and happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

It’s Impossible to Have an Honest Conversation About Weight by Lily Burana via NY Mag

So true when you think about it and sadly conversations arpiund weig a constant part of our lives. “(… ) regardless of where you fall on the weight continuum, your body and your choices surrounding it are up for commentary. No size acts as a mute button.”

When having it all isn’t enough via The Peanut Butter Lover

What looks like the perfect life [situation] from the outside might turn out not to be when you’re living it yourself with all its ups and downs.

 

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Recovery is Real – a letter to my 20-year-old self via In It 4 The Long Run

Something everybody who feels stuck in and doubting the possibility of recovery needs to read.

Things Everyone Needs to Know About Instagram via Healthy Happy Jaime

Be mindful about whom you’re looking and don’t trust a picture you haven’t photoshopped yourself …

Are You Listening To Your Soul? via Life Sprinkles

Not an easy thing to do but in the end we carry around the best source of advice within ourselves.

Saying “Please” & “Thank You” doesn’t take much—does it? via Elephant Journal

The title says it already but can’t we all use those little words that make a difference more often? Please?!

45 Free Online Classes You Can Take (and Finish) by the End of This Year via The Muse

Oh, the possibilites the internet offers us! I will take at least one of these.

 

 

Blogging

The Importance of Your Blogging Tribe and How To Build One via The Blogger Project

Yes to all of this! Connecting with others is the best part of blogging and can be really helpful, too.

 Online etiquette, the Golden Rule, and calling bullshit when you need to via Danielle Laporte

Privacy and kindness rock – online as well as offline. Treat others the way you want them to treat you.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile + DIYs]

Every Celebrity Interview via The Message

Because they really hate to workout and are totally not like other couples, you know?!

 

 

Good good [food]

The 50 Best Oatmeal Recipes on the Planet via Fit Foodie Finds

Show me the person who still claims to hate oatmeal after seeing all of these.

Sesame + Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Brownies (vegan and gluten-free) via Happy-hearted Kitchen

You would never guess how many [or which!] nutritious ingredients these amazing looking brownies pack in!

50+ Copycat Starbucks Recipes via one little project

For those of you addicted to the ‘buck but unwilling to spend too many bucks there.

White Bean Stew with Winter Squash and Kale via Fatfree Vegan Kitchen

Nothing better than a stick-to-your ribs stew with kale and beans to warm you on a cold day.

6 Tips for Flawless Kale Chips + All-Dressed Kale Chips recipe via Oh She Glows

Take that as my official promise to make kale chips this year after failing to do so last.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Some winter baking, a hot hower, walking outside – an all-around cozy Fall day.

 

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Why I didn’t #prayforparis [hint: it’s not lack of empathy]

This might be one of the posts I was most hesitant to post and there’s a knot in my stomach still. Yet it was this very bugger that basically forced me to write this in the first place. Do you ever have a topic stuck on the front of your mind and can’t shove it aside?

I tried to talk myself out of writing this as I’m afraid of coming across as: rude/unempathetic/insert other negative adjective. Which is not my intention and hopefully not what others perceive me as. Rather, it’s a topic on my mind which I see being the point of Amanda’s invitation to think out loud.

What I will talk about is a touchy subject so I want to be clear about a few things first:

1. In case you didn’t see my post on Sunday where I briefly talked about it: I think that what happened in Paris is horrible. And that’s not even expressing my feelings because there are no words for this.

2. I’m solely referring to the hashtag #prayforparis. This isn’t saying my thoughts weren’t with the survivors, victims and families left behind.

2. What I will talk about is my very personal decision and reasoning – not intended to say anybody posting this was wrong or shouldn’t have done so.

3. Prayers and solidarity are very much needed in times like these.

After I heard of the shootings and everybody posted on Instagram, Twitter or changed their Facebook profile I considered joining for a brief moment, too. But then I quickly changed my mind.

#prayforparis

Here’s why I didn’t:

Lack of words. I didn’t want to simply change my profile picture or just post a picture. That didn’t feel enough to me as my personal statement.

Who’s supposed to see this post? I feel that some – again: not all – people joined in using the hashtag and posting because [almost] everybody did and they felt they had to. For all of your real friends and people who know you it should be obvious that you would in no way support the assassination of Paris. No sane person would ever approve of anything as horrible as those shootings or any kind of massacre or violence.

It became like a trend and overused. And this is not what it should be. Yes, I might be an overthinker but I feel this topic is too serious to turn it into a hype and tag even your unrelated pictures #prayforparis. What I did appreciate, however, where people who really took the time to express their feelings.

If I prayed for Paris: what about the rest of the world and the remainder of the year? It’s a fact I think most of us are probably aware of but don’t consciously remind ourselves of every day: there’s terror happening in the world every day. Tragedies. Every minute. Every second. People die. People suffer. Families mourn the loss of loved ones. I’m not better than other people. I would feel weird showing empathy in this one event yet turning a blind eye for the remainder of the year. I’d feel wrong being selective in my empathy [or at least the part publicly displayed].

Can words make a change? As you might know I’m a huge believer in the power of writing. But with this tragedy I was both at a loss for what to say and unsure how much words would help the people affected. Sadly, you cannot send hugs out to the mourning families because I’d send thousands of those <3.

Once again, I’m not judging you for posting your feelings, using #prayforparis or changing your profile picture. If you did I’m genuinely interested in why and as always open to change my mind.

In my opinion, we should be empathetic every day. Starting with the way we treat those around us already. When I’m scrolling through Instagram and see some people’s unnecessarily hurtful and rude comments on others’ posts. People threatening others because they “dared” to change their diets: this isn’t a world I want to live in. If there’s one thing events like this should encourage us to do it’s: to bring more love and less hate into the world. It’s acts of kindness that will make a change.

 

Over to you: Did you join #prayforparis – why or why not? As well as any other  Please be kind and don’t hate. Like I said I do not judge anybody for joining #prayforparis. This is my very personal explanation on why I didn’t and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Being busier than usual and able to help others.

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Good good links #116

Right now, sitting here in my warm and comfortable home I feel lost for words. Should I talk about Paris? My dad and I did for a moment yesterday but there are no words to express the feelings about what happened. Just deep sadness. Life is fleeting and we worry about many things not worth worrying about. Go and hug your loved ones, tell them how much they mean to you. Like I said, I don’t really know what exactly to say.

Going on as every Sunday I hope you’ll enjoy the pots below as much as I did.

Happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

To Share or Not To Share? Social Media, Privacy and What it Means to be Real Online.  via healthy.happy.life

How much of our life do or should we show and share online? It’s a topic constantly on everybody’s mind.

The Addiction That No One is Talking About via Elephant Journal

We all do it even if unintentionally and probably don’t always realize its effect.

 

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Random Acts of Kindness Generator via Shari’s Berries

Because there can never be enough kindness in the world and

30 Challenges for 30 Days of Growth via Marc and Angel

Who’s with me on trying to actually follow through with this list? I’ll try to go with at least some of them.

the best fashion advice i could give (+ 7 tips for more flattering outfits) via girl meets life

I’m by no means a fashionista so these tips are appreciated plus the #1 advice here is spot on.

 

 

5 Reasons Your Kitchen is Still Messy via The Kitchn

Some of these are definitely spot on and offer great solutions for anybody else with a tendency to chaos …

15 Ways To Lower Your Energy Bills This Winter via Oh so Amelia

This might be an unusual one on here but my family has always been pretty savvy when it comes to this and who wouldn’t want to save money?!

 

 

 

Blogging

Five Things I Did That Helped My Blog Grow via Forever Amber

It’s great to learn from those who’ve been in the blogging game for years and are deep-down honest about hits and misses.

Give Me Your Whole Blog Post or I’m Unsubscribing via Nose Graze

So much yes! This is a big pet peeve of mine yet unfortunately the norm from my experience.

 

Fitness

When Should You Replace Your Running or Walking Shoes? via hello healthy

Being prone to foot injuries I pay close attention to my shoes and it’s something everbody should do – no matter which kind of exercise you choose.

 

Good good [food]

Pumpkin chai oatmeal with caramelized banana via love me, feed me

Caramelized bananas are a must in my oats, pumpkin is great in there, too, but this takes things to a wholly different level of deliciousness.

Honeynut Squash Polenta with Crispy Maple Kale via Beetific Beginnings

Polenta has my heart, squash is a must right now plus kale + caramelized pumpkin seeds?!

Ultimate List of Vegan Mexican Recipes! via The Garden Grazer

So many amazing options you won’t know which one to try first.

a lentil bowl: kale, curry, + chickpeas via eat and relish

A creamy bowl of comfort boasting plenty of vegan protein with the double legume action.

Easy Cheesy Chili Mac via Veggie inspired Journey

Dare I say this looks even better than plain mac and cheese?!

Balsamic Sea Salt Roasted Brussels Sprouts via Fit Foodie Finds

I’ve been obsessed with Brussels sprouts lately and these look irresistible [probably even for those weird people claiming to hate the sprouts].

Healthy Green Bean Casserole with Cauliflower Sauce via The Almond Eater

No Thanksgiving over here but this sounds good to me no matter which date or celebration.

Faux Pulled Pork AKA Pulled Cauliflower via Damy Health

Say what?! While I’ve never had the real deal this vegan versions sounds very intriguing.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Realizing that all might not be well but there’s still a lot to feel blessed for. Very vague but I can’t sum it up better.

 

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WIAW: Real food versus protein bars

Hello, hello, hello. Welcome, welcome, welcome. Is it that late already? I always forget about the time.

Are you confused? I know I would be and very much was after the theatre play I saw on Monday. That’s where the above lines come from though they probably were the easiest understandable part of the whole story. No theatre review here, though, but some much easier comprehensive food talk featuring some of Monday’s meals.  Thanks to Jenn and Laura for hosting today’s What I ate Wednesday shenanigans!

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By now you should know I’m not the person for average breakfasts. Most mornings, I don’t like breakfast at all because I hardly ever know what I want to eat. Yet skipping is no option. Luckily, Monday was rushed so I ran a few errands and then quickly packed breakfast/first lunch (?) to-go as I just got note there was a teaching assignment for me that early afternoon. Polenta had been absent from my diet for months – shockingly and not okay – so its quick preparation turned it into my breakfast savior along with Brussels sprouts, tomatoes and chickpeas, all seasoned with my favourite organic curry blend. If you haven’t tried microwaving polenta yet you’re missing out. It’s the most fuss-free/no-second-pot needed/less clean-up prep method ever.

Polenta_breakfast_tupper

 

Lunch was a two-part story as we were heading out in the afternoon shortly after I came home from teaching German. The first part was a repeat of breakfast – did I mention a slight obsession with polenta? – but as I didn’t take a picture again here’s yesterday’s candlelight lunch instead. Yes, lunch and yes, already dark. The weather hasn’t been treating us kindly this week so far. Anyway, polenta with thyme-y mushroom chickpea tomato stew was on the menu. When I like something, I really like it so polenta might very well stick around for a while.

Polenta_mushrooms

So … part two: my first ever whole Quest bar. Not my first ever Quest bar but the first I actually ate as a whole in one day. Here’s what I didn’t mention in my post a while ago. For me, Quest bars or any kind of protein bar actually aren’t safe foods hindering recovery. Eating them as opposed to real treats like chocolate that I have every day is the challenge.

I was glad to get lucky in receiving these Quest bars as it gave me two boxes of challenges. Because you might be wondering: I liked the S’mores flavor. I’ve never had an actual S’more before meaning no expectations could be met or disappointed. The con for me is that the bar overall is very sticky-sweet. Pros are the chocolate pieces [are you surprised in any way?] and what I guess are supposed to mimic graham crackers plus the cinnamony taste. More interesting for me, though, was the saturation factor. Protein is believed to be that super macro filling you up like no other after all. I was doubtful if I bar could deliver this.

Quest bar_protein_s'mores

Verdict? I was positively surprised but not overly impressed in this point. Not overly impressed because I didn’t feel full the same way I do with protein from real food sources. Positively surprised hours later when we returned home and I didn’t crave the Greek yogurt that usually acts as part of my night snack. That’s my interest in macros: I don’t prefer a certain one but will keep experimenting to see how I react to them. Neither carbs, nor fat or protein are inherently good or bad to me. In relearning to trust my intuition. I see them all as equal and try to find my happy balance. At the moment, I tend to need a little extra protein with my meals but I opt for real foods like legues, cottage cheese and above-mentioned Greek yogurt to fill the void.

As we were out and about the remainder of my meals escaped the camera or were eaten before I remembered to get it out. Life > taking pictures. Not like I wasn’t curious about everybody else’s meals, though …

Enjoy your Wednesday and eat some good food!

 

Happiness-inducing today:Editing yet another text. What can I say? It’s my element.

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I’m really curious: Do you find protein or Quest bars in specific  filling?

Have you noticed yourself gping through phases of needing more of a certain macros [even iff – like me – you don’t track them]?