Good good links #125

If you’re a music  lover or Harry Potter fan you’ll look back at this week with a heavy heart. Even if you’re neither you likely didn’t miss the sad news and while my feelings about the media’s reaction to famous people’s death is similar to the one regarding topics expressed in this post: these were reminders of how fleeting life is. Something I – and maybe others? – seem to forget at times. Okay, enough of that heaviness and into [mostly] light-hearted reads I found this past week.

Happy Sunday!

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

A Health Rant via Picky Runner

Aside from a few basic rules – mostly whole foods, not too much sugar – what’s healthy varies for all of us and that’s totally okay. A message that bears repeating time and time again.

Star Wars, Feminism and Body Image via Hot Pink Wellingtons

Not a Star Wars fan myself I hadn’t caught this discussion yet it’s interesting  (in a sad way) how deeply rooted the inequality of men and women is in our minds even in areas like this [where it shouldn’t matter].

 

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other insightful reads]

Protecting My Healthy Body Image During Time Off via Suzlyfe

Time off from exercise – whether due to injury or in ED recovery – can be hard mentally. these are some great tips to prevent you from getting down on yourself.

The Number One Reason Not To Diet via Avocado a Day

The sad “side effect” any and all weight loss diets have in common.

3 Steps That’ll Make Accepting Compliments a Whole Lot Easier via The Muse

For any other people who have a hard time seeing they actually did well and should allow themselves to simply appreciate compliments rather than over-interpreting.

10 Free Apps That Can Help You Make Extra Money via Self Magazine

Not applicable for me or any other Germans but for everybody else some of these don’t sound half bad.

Things We Should All Do More of in 2016 via Yes Girl

With all the cutting out going on this time of the year it’s a good idea to shift the focus to positive habits we can strenghten this year.

 

Blogging

10 things I do every week to grow my online presence via xo Sarah

Social media can be overwhelming but these are the top things to keep in mind for the weekly blog to-do. [Some I still need to work on, too].

113 [more] blog post ideas via Thirteen Thoughts

Who doesn’t dread writer’s block? These will come in handy when you’re struggling to find content.

20 Metaphors That Explain Social Media Perfectly via Buffer Blog

If you knew me you’d know my huge fondness of metaphors and these are really good.

30 Tips For Exceptional Social Media Engagement via Canadian Blog House

Such a lot of good reminders and actionable idas on how to connect with your followers.

 

Good good [food]

17 Raw Desserts You Can Make Without Baking via Mashable

One of my non-goals for this year is to dabble with raw treats a little more and these look amazing. [Overlooking the tautolous title here …]

Broccoli Mac and Cheese via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

Do you like cheese? And broccoli? This recipe has you covered [in cheese].

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Mashed Cauliflower via Kara Lydon

While I didn’t grow up eating the meaty original, I have a certain fondness of vegetarian versions. Especially the more nutrious kind.

Creamy Macadamia Corn Chowder via It doesn’t taste like chicken

Soup-er simple and delicious sounding this calls for allll the toppings.

To Zoodles and Beyond: 20 Spiralizer Recipes That Do Not Disappoint via Popsugar

Did I mention I got myself my mum a spiralizer for Christmas? Time to bring on the veggie noodles again.

 

Happiness-inducing today: A neighbour’s cute not-quite-puppy-anymore recognizing me and getting excited when I passed them by on a walk.

 

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Why adopting a new diet attracts us so much in recovery.

Before continuing please know that I’m not hating on any diet and say this with a certain group of people in mind. Not every follower of the vegan/paleo/raw or a similar diet is necessarily eating disordered.

Recovering from an eating disorder is hard. Very hard. Especially because it means letting go, allowing the life and appearance you had to change.

I’m not making myself an exception here. Letting go of control is the biggest struggle for me. Intuitive eating is scary for the very reason it offers no set rules. Am I eating too much? Just out of boredom or could I actually still be hungry? Does that little occasional itch mean I should cut out [insert food]? Is eating x amount of fat okay?

It’s been said a million times already but bears repeating here:

Extremes are easy, balance is not. But what exactly does that mean in terms of eating and exercise? I’m no epert but here are my thoughts on a phenomenon I’ve noticed on social media for years.

Thinking-Out-Loud

Many people all over Instagram – yes, that one neverending source of post inspiration again – are following lifestyles like vegan, high carb low fat (HCLF), paleo, ‘clean’ eating, raw or keto suddenly feel amazing and shun their previous lifestyles. They could never ever eat [insert food] again. They have so much more energy and . And oh, yes, grains/fat/dairy/insert food not compliant with new diet never worked well for their system or appealed to them. They were the child that hated candy and sugar is the devil in anyway so they’re glad they never crave it.

All nice and well. It’s your freedom to post what you want. Only: I [usually] don’t buy it. While yes, for people with a healthy mindset any lifestyle can work well – recovery is different. Or not only that but anybody who went about exploring and following one of these lifestyles primarily for health reasons.

Bremen_Vengo_stuffed eggplant_March 2015

Any kind of diet comes with a set of rules, occasionally some sort of ‘guru’ or other role models with thousands of followers on social media to look up to and ask for advice. What you’re allowed to eat and what not. The macro balance to strive for. If you’re choosing one like veganism for ethical reasons it’s not should or shouldn’t but a conscious decision to abstain from certain foods for the benefit of animals and yes, potentially your own well-being, too. The problem is that there’s a fine line for anybody recovering from an eating disorder when choosing any kind of diet.

I absolutely believe it’s possible to choose a diet different from the one you grew up on after recovery. And yes, there are always exceptions. People who can change their diet in the midst of recovery and in fact suddenly find it easier to gain, tackle fear foods or eat out again. But I’d venture to guess this is the minority. Yes, I’m lacto-vegetarian and yes, that is what some people would consider restrictive. And also yes, I do second-guess my choices every now and then to make sure they’re not coming from a place of restriction. Though I’d been vegetarian for a few years before my ED set I still consider myself in a learning process as with many things in recovery.

It’s hard to give any final advice on how to determine whether or not somebody’s choice for a certain diet comes from a healthy mindset or not. My best suggestion would be to both ask question yourself and your choices regularly as well as having an outside person – at best an expert like a dietitian – evaluate your recovery journey. Which in itself is hard to judge as a person might be long recovered physically but the mind could take years longer to heal [so the “weight-restored” claim doesn’t say much]. A time when our environment deems us healthy but we might still be easily susceptible to any kind of detox/new diet.

Baked II

We want [food and life] freedom but the idea of letting go simultaneously scares us. Hence why we’re all ears the very second we hear of a new trend: intermittent fasting? Sugar detox? HCLF? LCHF? Tell. Me. more. <- the typical – occasionally unconscious – response [= clicking on the title of a post promising information before you gave a second thought on how beneficial reading it would be for you] of anybody who has dealt with any kind of disordered eating, is recovering from an ED, body image struggles or constantly trying to improve their diet.

Potential questions to ask or let somebody else ask you: Are you still consequently following the path of recovery you did before [i.e. trying higher fat foods, “unhealthy”/less nutritious foods], socializing more instead of using food as an excuse to opt out of invitations? Are you being flexible with trace amounts of, say, dairy if you’re usually eating vegan?

Like I said: I’m not perfect here, either. Hence why I also won’t change anything about my diet in terms of cutting any more foods out. Enough about me and my ramblings, though. I’m dropping the micro and am curious for your take on the issue.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: An overall good day filled with lots of smaller and bigger happiness-inducers.

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Week in review: The Clean[ing] and Fast Edition

Alternative title: the post I promised Meg to write weeks ago already but never got around to because a) Monday’s aren’t a good posting time for me, b) I keep forgetting what I did throughout the week [I know …] and c) I often have a hard time recognizing what I do as accomplishments. Though our list-making and all around fabulous host is right:

Week in review

Without further ado here’s my list: I …

Participated in the Bloggers Gonna Blog Instagram challenge every day of the week. Finally upping my Instagram activity and connecting with new people – win-win! Though I did miss blogging a little a lot. But I’m thankful for what was possible in this week of changes and worries so no further complaints.

Almost finished the book I started last week. I have a loose goal on the number of books I want to read this year as I used to be a huge book worm but somehow haven’t lived up to my reputation in past years. Non-screen reading time is highly beneficial for mind and soul so it’s an endeavor worth tackling.

Book_reading

Did a semi-thorough cleaning spree of my pantry. Semi-thorough because I didn’t have to heart to discard a few items but the overall look is still more organized. I need to leave room for improvement the next times I tackle this, right?

Cleaned my fridge. It took way less time than half a year ago still. Doing it regularly is worth the effort because it makes you overthink your spending habits [= buying less] and fridge organization.

Cleaned the fridge at my parents’ office. Can you tell it was the week of cleaning?

Shoveled snow for two hours on Monday. Okay, so actually one and a half but I took a break to warm up inside in between. Hello, sore arms.

Winter_snow_sun

  • Started a new job that is the main reason I wasn’t as active in the blog world as I’d planned to – and also the only reason I’m mentioning it here. Hoping I won’t sound like a negative Nancy: congratulations are not necessary. It’s neither a job in my field nor one I’m particularly fond of.But helping a relative out at his office as well as having a job to begin with is what matters here. I’ll still keep searching for a more exciting gig
  • Speaking of spending habits: my grocery bills for the week ended up being the lowest they’ve been in – I think – months. This is a huge feat for me as I tend to stop by the shops for just two or three items almost every day which adds up by the end of the week. Here’s to continuing the lucky strike!
  • On the topic of lucky strikes and reminiscing Christmas: I beat my parents in a game of Yathzee. With an all-time highscore of 304 points at that.

Kniffel

  • I made these vegan Snickers bars for my sister and her husband. While not into New Year’s goals, my sister randomly told me she intended to eat less sweets. Being the good sister I am 😉 I obviously needed to come to her rescue – and preparing any kind of treat is never really altruistic, no? Also, this gave me the final push I needed to …
  • Set up my Vitamix again. Only took me … many months. Awful for a blogger, right? My excuses were that a) it uses a lot of energy, b) I’m more often than not too lazy to clean it [don’t pretend I was the only one] and c) I didn’t have enough counter space to set it up permanently. It was mostly for the last reason but I…
  • Cleaned up my spice arrangement at that moving it to a cupboard and – viola! – counter space freed up. Celebrating the Vitamix’ reappearance in my life I made coconut butter.

Coconut butter

  • And date caramel [twice]. They don’t call dates nature’s candy for nothing and I have high hopes of creating a new recipe with it this week. It’s been too long.
  • I ate the remainders of said date caramel straight from the blender.

And that sums up my first Week In Review. A week that started slow and then flew by fast hence the title [the cleaning part should be self-explanatory ;)]. Have a good start to your week!

Happiness-inducing today: Many kind messages – via Instagram, mail and messenger – arriving throughout the day as well as a short chat with an old aquaintance who stopped by for a visit.

 

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Tell me three [or more] achievements from your past week!

When was the last time you cleaned your fridge? No shame if it’s been some time because it’s only become a regular task for me in past months.

Have you tried date caramel before? I’m tempted to steal a spoonful [or two … or three] from the fridge in a second.

 

 

Good good links #124

Hello … can you hear me? Okay, I’m not going all Adele on you here, don’t worry. But it does feel odd to go a whole week without posting or interacting much with other bloggers at all. Explaining why I fell off the face of the blog world would take too long here. Life happened is a probably overused phrase but the best I can use to sum it up very shortly now and spare you a whole post on the details. I’m not sure how much blogging time I’ll get next week yet but I promise I have no intentions on stopping this fun endeavour yet. So: See you soon!

Happy Sunday!

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

How to Be Happy Forever via The Everywhereist

One of the best posts on relationships I’ve read in a long while. If you only have time to read one post: choose this one.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Why You Need to Choose Health For Yourself via Erin’s Inside Job

Only intrinsic motivation keeps us following through with any changes we thrive to make.

5 questions to ask yourself on New Year’s Day… or any day. via Alexandra Franzen

These are so simple yet so good in determining what you want and need in life.

What I Hope to Teach My Son … via Foodiecology

Beautiful and valuable lessons but some of them are just as important reminders for grown-ups, too.

7 Types Of People You Should Unfriend On Facebook via Huffington Post

Do yourself a favour and rid your feed of these – they probably weren’t real friends to begin with in anyway.

 

10 Ways To Make Your Clothes Look More Expensive via Career Girl Daily

It’s no shame to be on a budget [and/or prioritize food over clothes?!]. Little tricks can one-up your wardrobe.

365 Day Money Saving Challenge (FREE Printable) via Oh so Amelia

This is such a clever idea to save cash almost effortlessly throughout the year.

Hacks for cleaning the most commonly used kitchen appliances  via Crystal Starr

Cleaning is unavoidable so why not make it a little easier? I’m going to try that microwave trick soon.

 

Blogging

The 5 Blogging Strategies that Tripled My Pageviews in 1 Year via In It 4 The Long Run

Georgie does it once again sharing great advice on growing your blog. I especially like #2 and 4.

The One Thing You Must Do To Every Image Uploaded To Your Blogvia Gimme some Oven

So true – especially for food bloggers/food posts. One that makes some of my older posts look embarassing …

 

Good good [posts to make you smile + DIYs]

Work out your ab muscles with a little laughter – no need to step into this wilderness anymore for today after watching this video.

If you – or your kids – think bread is boring this recipe could likely get you reconsidering. Plus a [German] written tutorial.

Are you as excited about this as I am?

How on earth was the outcome of this test spot on for me? Take it and tell me your results!

Good good [food]

Vegan Chocolate Mernigue Baubles via Marfigs’ Munchies

A fancy vegan baiser cookie with a sweet filling based on an unusual [but blogger favourite] ingredient.

Raw “Stir-fry” [vegan, paleo, gluten-free] via Simple Fit Foodie

Unlike any stir-fry you’ve seen before and brimming with vitamins and healthy fats.

Chickpea Dumplings in Red Curry Coconut Spinach via Avocado A Day

These remind me of my own chickpea dumplings but look even better. Chickpeas for the win!

Thai Quinoa Casserole via The Healthy Maven

Lots of vegetables, [pseudo] grains and peanut sauce all baked into one delicious dish – what’s not to like?!

 

Happiness-inducing today: A long [two and a half hours!] phone conversation with a new acquaintance [you know my take on the term friend here] made through Instagram. Social media can be a blessing.

 

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Good good links #123

Happy New Year!

Despite the fact I’m not making any resolutions and think New Year’s Eve is overrated I can’t deny the astonishment that another year has passed already. [Where’s the pause button in life???] Whether a new year or not: it’s time for another round-up of good links I happened upon during the past week. Granted, I didn’t spend as much time reading blogs as usual so if you’re reading this on Sunday the good good [food] department will be lacking still. I’m out for today but will add some delicious inspiration come Monday. For now:

Happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

When Wellness Makes You Unwell via Adios Barbie

Are you leading the lifestyle that’s truly making you feel good or living what others preach?

What are you REALLY looking for? via The Fuck It Diet

So simple yet always a good reminder. We don’t need to change our weight to get the life we long for.

 

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Debunking Fitness Myths via Sophie’s Blog

Why six-packs are no sign of health and you don’t have to be the fastest runner.

Improve Your Mind, Body And Heart In 25 Minutes Or Less via Huffington Post

The whole “no time” excuse doesn’t work when it’s this easy to make little changes for the better.

How to deal with jerks, haters, and rude people online via xo, Sarah

Fitting right in with my recent post this offers some great advice on how to handle trolls and other less polite people.

3 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be via Marc and Angel

This one really hit the nail on the head for me as somebody who can’t let go off expectations easily.

What to Do When You’re Not In Control via The Lyons’ Share

Life isn’t always smooth sailing and little unexpected hassles can throw us off. Especially #3 and 4 here are easy to forget.

10 clutter quotes to give new perspective on your “stuff” via Organise My House

If you happen to have a litte too much of this, too much of that lying around, too …

 

 

Blogging

How to Create the Quintessential Editorial Calendar via Elle and Company

In all honesty this is something I still need to work on though it’s the key to a less stressful blogging life.

The Difference Between Growing an Audience and Community (and Why Both Matter!) via Kayla Hollatz

Caring for your readers and building relationships with other bloggers: two of the most important aspects of blogging.

 

 

Good good [food]

Maple Mulberry Brittle via Feasting on Fruit

A nut-free vegan brittle using one of the most magical dried fruits for a sweet and nutritious snack/treat.

Low-Fat Smoky Broccoli Potato Soup via The Vegan 8

Not sure how I missed this one way back but it’s on my definite to-try list for this year. Soon, actually.

 

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Winning  a game of  Yathzee against my parents with a record score of 302. Tooting my own horn only ever so slightly 😉 …

 

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