Good good links #190

Dear Summer,

I miss you. Please come back and bring some sun, okay?

Yours,

Sun-hungry girl

Okay, fair enough: it’s still kind of summery around these parts but only if you focus on the temperatures, disregarding the heavy endless downpours that have been a little too common these days. However, that gave me some more reading time to gather posts. If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have hardly had anything to share. So if today’s a rainy one in your neck of the woods, too: here are some fabulous posts to bridge over the time until the sun returns.

 

Good good [food for thought]

Hunger Shaming via The Real Life RD

The ability to feel – and satisfy! – hunger is a beautiful thing, not something to feel ashamed of/shame others for. You’re not better than others if you can suppress your hunger – it might be for your worse, actually.

The irrelevance of being a people pleaser via Fit Swiss Chick

Truth. At some point, we all need to stop caring [so much, at least] about other people’s opinions.

The Greatest Public Health Crisis of Our Time via The Hungry Caterpillar

Not what you might expect but a topic we need to talk about more – before it’s too late.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Life gets awesome when you opt out via Yes and Yes

Just because everybody else seems to be doing [insert activity] doesn’t me you have to, too, Living life according to our own preferences is so much more fun.

On letting your stomach pooch out as much as it needs to. via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Our stomaches deserve us giving them the right to take up as much room as they need to and just rest.

3 Simple Ways to Tune Out the Noise and Enjoy a Body-Positive Summer via Verily Mag

It might take some time to get to #3 but implementing the first two tips already pave the way to getting there.

How to Practice Intuitive Eating As A Vegan via Emilie Eats

A lot of these tips apply to anybody but if you choose to follow a certain diet, they might be particularly helpful on your journey to food freedom.

 

10 Little Secrets I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self via The Financial Diet

These kind of posts are some of my favourites and while I’m still learning some of these things myself, I still agree with them as a whole.

Even Your Favourite Stuff Is Just Stuff via Be more with less

Something at least I definitely need to remind myself off when declutting [or attempting to do so].

 

Cooking and food

How to Eat Seasonally (and Why It’s So Important) via The Everygirl

Yes, this can be boring [in winter] but it’s so much better for you, the environment and – cha-ching! – your grocery bill.

 

Blogging

Blogging through the bad times via Forever Amber

Sometimes, life gets in between you and blogging. If you’re a full-time blogger, you can’t just take time off to restructure so these tips on how to prepare for the [un]expected come in helpfully.

 

Health and fitness

The Sneakiest Strength Exercises to Do at Your Desk via hello healthy

Sitting for hours is neither enjoyable nor amazing for our physique.  Here’s how to engage not “only” your brain but muscles, too.

 

Good good [food]

S’mores in a jar with vegan chocolate mousse via The Fitnessista

Can you say decadent?! The clou: it’s actually packed with nutritious ingredients.

Simple and Sassy White Bean Tomato Basil Salad Recipe via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

Not just a delicious salad but the sweetest sexiest – probably rated R 😉 – ode to summer’s bountiful produce in here.

8 Minute Pantry Dhal: Two Ways via Oh She Glows

Faster than fast? I’m in! Especially if we’re talking deliciously spiced healthy comfort food.

3-Ingredient Plantain Tortillas via Minimalist Baker

Living in a country where non-icky-ingredient-filled tortillas don’t exist, I was even more excited to see this recipe. Now to find plantains …

 

Happiness-inducing today [or actually the whole week already]: Getting to help my sister with a little ‘project’ we started together. It’s nice to pay her back for all the times she’s helped me before.

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Why competitive eating challenges are so wrong

It’s been a while since I joined Amanda’s Thinking out loud Thursdays with a big old rant, getting some thoughts on a sad phenomenon in today’s society off my chest.

Thinking-Out-Loud

Sometimes I think I should start an entire series on here called “Why [insert topic] is making me sad.” That’s not to say I felt sad 24/7 but I do think there are quite a few unfortunate trends, topics and happenings in the world. The one I’m addressing today being a very popular YouTube phenomenon. Let’s face it: we all like to eat, right? And as bloggers we also don’t hide our curiosity about what others eat. All fine and well because everybody has to eat and food can be fun. Until it’s not anymore. Which is the case with the phenomenon gaining popularity all over social media, especially Youtube: Massive cheat days. 10k calorie food challenges. If you’re unfamiliar with those: they’re people – usually muscular athletes or tiny ‘fit girls’ shoveling massive amounts of [junk] food into themselves within a 24h time span.

And yes, it’s totally normal and part of intuitive eating to occasionally eat past the point of fullness. Just because we want to or the food is too delicious. Nothing to criticize here. But: 10,000 calories. Let that sink in. That’s a lot of food. More than just having seconds and thirds at Thanksgiving. 10,000 calories: A lot of food that could – depending on their needs – feed many people. People who actually need it.

It’s disrespectful behavior towards food and those in need of it

Food is meant to be enjoyable. Quickly skipping through a few of those challenge videos I didn’t get that impression it was for the people doing it. So you say you’re stuffing yourself to the point of near-vomiting [who knows what happens after the camera is turned off] only to say …What, really? That you did it? That you’re one particularly awesome person? Or: “Look how much I can eat and not gain”? It is not an accomplishment. It’s not worthy of praise or admiration. In my opinion it’s disgusting. A disgusting disrespect towards the value of food as nourishment. And while, yes, I find this particularly horrible when meat and as such disrespect for living beings is involved, I do not approve of vegans doing these eating competitions, either.

It is different if somebody struggles with bulimia or is experiencing extreme hunger in recovery from any kind of eating disorder. In a way, these people do need the calories. Making up for months or even years of restriction. Explaining the background on this would take too long here so if you haven’t heard about this find a good explanation. I just want to differentiate between needed versus wasted food. Speaking of eating disorders:

It’s triggering for people with eating disorders

Now you might think that gee, everybody’s responsible for the content they consume. However, if you’ve ever spent time on YouTube, you know that videos like these, especially considering they gather lots of views, appear on the front page and high up in the suggested videos. Add curiosity to the mix and people will watch these videos.

While I personally have no experiences with binge eating, I can see how ashamed somebody struggling with it might find these videos. Extremely toned people shoveling thousands of calories’ worth of food into their mouths and not gaining an ounce from it yet talking about how they’re going to ‘clean up’ their diet afterwards. Perfectly in control while you’re continuing to struggle. Those on the opposite end of the spectrum, having to eat past fullness to gain weight might feel gross for the amounts their eating; wrong even.

[Note: I personally am not triggered by these kind of videos but everybody has different triggers and this might just be one for some people]

It glorifies food waste

What I find concerning about food challenges is that they show on a small scale what is true in the world as a whole: when something becomes too cheap, we devalue it. Food is too cheap these days. Fact. Yet: just because a loaf of bread is available for next to nothing [obviously exaggerating here] doesn’t make it any less nutritious. We as a society need to regain appreciation for food. 10,000 calorie challenges and ‘mega cheat days’ encourage the opposite.

If it was just one person doing these challenges: still sad but oh well, there are some idiots in the world and it could be worse. However, this is a major trend that doesn’t seem to stop. If not 10,000 calories, then “major cheat days” or eating contests. It’s a disrespect of food. Glorification of it even. And I really cannot see anything worth celebrating about these challenges.

We won’t get into what competitive eating does to people’s intestines though if you’re interested, here’s a quick explanation on that.

If you agree but think that oh well, It’s just what it is and there’s nothing we can do about it, I beg to differ. We have more influence than we give ourselves credit for. We can choose to not watch and as such support these kind of videos. Supply and demand, friends.

This has gotten lenghty but if you read all of it: Tell me your thoughts!

Happiness-inducing today: An amazing summer day before the massive downpour that’s predicted to last all throughout today set in.

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Currently … July 2017

Diving deep into the archives of the blog would tell me my previous Currently post happened a long time ago. In terms of the blog/online world: forever. About time to change that, don’t you think so?!

One more note: This is my fourth or so attempt at uploading this post as my laptop and/or the internet connection fluked out on me so I’m hoping every part of what I wrote was saved.  Now let’s get chatting!

Current book/reading material:

Where do I even start? It’s a wild mix. Kristy was ‘shocked’ to find I’m double-, even triple-dating here, depending on how you’d count. The reason for reading multiple books simultaneously is – as I explained before – my probably quirky habit of savouring literature. Also, I reserve certain books to certain times. I.e. right now I have one I only read in the mornings and change things up regarding what I read after work. The logic is that I as the absolute non-morning person need at least something to lure me out of bed early in the day [and I don’t drink coffee so there’s that ;)].

Nevertheless, I’m actually short on new books right now and have none I fancy re-reading already again. I’m doing the latter until I can decide on new ones again. Long story short: I am reading books but no English ones at the moment so none to mention here. However, one I read a while ago and can recommend is Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods wherein he – one of the funniest authors around – shares his experience of hiking the Appalachian Trail. With a good dose of humor but also focusing on the impact mankind had on nature over the past centuries.

Current quote:

Because the world needs more kindness. Always.

Listening to:

Podcasts! It’s only taken me about a million years to jump on that train but now it’s safe to say I’m hooked and understand everybody’s fascination with them. Truth is, podcasts don’t seem by far not as popular around here than they are for those of you on the other side of the pond. My current favourite [new discovery] is Talia’s Party in my Plants Podcast. As the name gives away, it’s all about having more fun with plants [get your head out of the gutter;)] but not in a preachy vegan way [Talia’s not vegan herself]. I’d actually heard of it/her way back already but wasn’t into podcasts at that time. All her puns, anecdotes and not taking things too seriously make this feel like having a conversation with a friend.

A side note: If you’re in recovery from an ED (not necessarily just but maybe particularly so orthorexia), this one might not be for you. This isn’t to take from my recommendation but if you’re easily shaken from your path to true health, some of the conversations might make you feel “unhealthy” or not good enough [i.e. the use of the term ‘crap’ for processed/fun foods or lengthy discussions of superfoods and exercise].

Current foods:

Call me weird but: carrots. Like crazy. I don’t know what it is but shredded carrots + almond milk + puffed spelt + coconut flour? Yessss. It’s like an upgraded cereal bowl. Don’t worry, I’m not subsisting on that – peanut butter and chocolate cravings are just a constant hardly worthy repeating anymore.

Also, anything tomato-y. My salsa kick is going strong and I plan on trying to make my own using this recipe  once I can steal harvest some tomatoes in my mum’s garden. Because while you lucky ducks in the US have a wide variety of salsa available, we’re seriously lacking here. By that I mean that – and this is if the store offers any at all – you’re limited to mild, medium and hot salsa or just two of those. All of which contain a good bit of sugar. Meh.

Current needs:

Good news. It’s been a rough time lately and I’m not seeing an upward trend yet. Still counting those silver linings –  I just don’t like pretending life was all sunshine and rainbows when it’s not.

Also: a new laptop. When I think my current one has hit its low, things are getting even worse. Just getting a blog post uploaded is a serious struggle.

Currently watching:

Fun fact that I may or may not have mentioned before: I do neither own a TV nor do I have a Netflix account. Sounds sad? Well, the latter is a little unfortunate. What this leaves me with is Youtube which is hit or miss. One of my favourite channels is this German one [Mr Wissen2Go; explaining important current (political) issues and general knowledge in a non-snoozefest-y way] and Jen Brett. I only found her channel recently and recommend it for anybody struggling in recovery, feeling like they ate too much/too unhealthy, like they needed to exercise 24/7 to be in shape or . On the first look, Jen appears to be your typical ‘fit girl’ but once again, first impressions can be misleading. She’s super sweet and encouraging so if you struggle with the above issues, definitely check her channel out.

This post is getting too long already so I’ll cut it off here, wish you a wonderful Thursday and am curious to hear about your current …

  • Book
  • Food
  • Needs
  • Accomplisments
  • Favourite YouTube channels?

Happiness-inducing today: Heading out to town by bike despite returning soaked wet thanks to the consistent downpour we experienced – getting  outside is a daily necessity for my happiness.

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Good good links #189

Would it be very wrong to start this post saying how much I despise [finicky] technology at times? Because a) I really do and b) it’s the main reason you haven’t seen any new posts on here lately. Two drafts ready to publish, plans nixed by either the internet or my laptop crashing on me. [Insert as many swearwords as you can think of here].

Today, however, is not the day to complain about but cherish the amazing ability of the internet in allowing us to find great posts by many wonderfully creative people all over the world. Without further ado, here are some of my recent favourites for your [Sunday or whenever you see this] reading pleasure.

Good good [food for thought]

This Is Me, Existing via Authentically Emmie

Reducing somebody to their size and shaming them to core of their very existence is the most horrible part o the body shaming that sadly is part of our society these days.  There are way too many quote-worthy and important statements in this post that I highly encourage you to read it yourself.

Are the Health Benefits Worth It? via The Real Life RD

Another amazing one by Robyn. The one question all people considering to implement a dietary change or elimination diet should ask themselves.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

5 Things To Say In Awkward Situations Instead Of ‘I’m Sorry’ via Huffington Post

Raise your hand if you, too, are apologizing too often. Her ideas might take some time to remember putting into practice all the time but they’re great.

Don’t check every box via The Happiness Project

Such a good reminder especially for the perfectionists among us [myself very much included].

15 Easy Ways to Go Plastic-Free in the Kitchen via Just to Claireify

Truth: I have a long way to go here but little efforts here and there are totally doable and Claire is an expert on those.

 

Food and recovery

Not every meal has to be a gourmet experience: A conversation on (sometimes) eating boring and unexciting food. Via Yeah … Imma Eat That

A great post on something I admittedly still struggle with a lot myself. Sometimes, food really has to serve the sole purpose of filling you up, giving you fuel or the experience of a shared meal.

Healthy Eating on A Budget via Running On Real Food

An incredibly thorough guide on how to make the most of your money, avoid food waste [storage, meal planning an organizing tips] and still eat super delicious + nutritious meals.

 

Blogging

5 Popular Pinterest Tips You Should Just Ignore via blog clarity

Busting the myths behind some tips you’ll likely have heard many times before. As usual: what worked for others might not for you and vice versa.

How To Find Hashtags via Bonjour, Blogger

A nifty tool to help you discover hashtags related to those you already use and see whether the latter are actually effective in the first place.

 

Good good [others worthy mentioning]

6 Reasons Pulling Out of the Paris Climate Agreement Was Totally, Definitely the Right Move

Very fitting with the G20 summit happening this weekend, this post is spot on. Whether or not you like the brand, they broke down the reasons why ignoring the facts of global warming was oh so smart.

 

Good good [food]

Black & white cold brew coffee cream pops + white chocolate magic shell via Oh, Ladycakes

Definitely one from the ‘I can’t believe they’re homemade!’ category. Made from simple nutritious ingredients with no refined sugar, too,

Vegan Strawberry Beet Gummies via Blissful Basil

Reading this post is worth it for the wonderful announcement alone but these maple-sweetened real fruit gummies sound pretty amazing, too.

Pumpkinseed Caramel ‘Twix’ Bars via Golubka Kitchen

Sorry but after seeing these: what even are Twix?! Not only are these packed with nutritious ingredients but so pretty to look at, too.

15 Healthy Frozen Desserts Made in a Popsicle Mold (Paleo, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free) via Beaming Baker

Honestly? The worst part of this post is that I want one of every ‘sicle right now.

Vegan Almond Milk Yogurt via Full of Plants

Dare I say this is revolutionary? A vegan yogurt without soy, icky additives or lots of sugar.

Vegan Cheesy Mexican Tortilla Bake via The Vegan 8

Do not (!) click this link if you’re just remotely hungry because trust me you’ll crave this instantly.

 

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