Good good links #194

Oh hello there, it’s me again. My posting schedule has been a little erratic lately – some weeks going by, then two in one again. The previous post’s title might have scared some of you away. Politics, eh? But in a funny way, promise – it’s all about the differences between Germany and the US. As in: did you know we actually have a president, too, but you wouldn’t really be aware of it in everyday life? Well, what I also have are many great posts from all around the web for your Sunday reading pleasure. Let me know any thought-provoking or elsewise insightful you’ve stumbled upon in the comments, too.

Happy Sunday!

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

I’m tired of apologising for my (non-controversial) opinions via Forever Amber

The blog world should be a place to openly share whichever opinions we have and – as readers – keep an open mind towards others’.

On Growing Up In Front Of The TFD Comments Section via The Financial Diet

Not just an individual case but something that’s happening all around the internet and has to change.

You Can Have Hard Days via The Lean Green Bean

A must-read because we all have those days [occasionally stretching over longer periods, too]. Also this: “Me struggling with stuff in my life does not trivialize what is going on in the lives of others.”

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Why You Crave Carbohydrates via Bucket List Tummy

A scientific [but still easily understandable] explanation for our cravings and why we should stop working against them.

Learning Your Body With Fertility Awareness Methods via The Real Life RD

While probably not the topic you’d bring up over dinner with friends, Robyn is right in knowledge about it being empowering for us women in being the experts of our own health. Even if you don’t decide to use it as a contraception method.

 

How to Be a Better Listener To Your Friends via The Everygirl

Having that one friend who you know will listen to you with actual interest and empathy is so very important – just as much as being that one to others.

Why “Eat Only When You’re Hungry” Is Terrible Diet Advice via Summer Tomato

So much yes to this! Eating isn’t just a biological response but so much more and even if not all of these are ‘brilliant’ reasons for eating, they are –okay- .

Do Calories Actually Matter? If So, For What? via Mind Body Green

Yes, I know, I know, the terrible ‘c’ word. But this article was surprisingly differentiated in showing a variety of opinions and coming to an overall – in my mind – good conclusion.

What You Need To Know About Food Sensitivity Tests via Hungry Hobby

With many different kinds out there, this is a handy guide to understand the limitations of each test method and determine the one that will give you the best results [should you ever need to get tested, that is].

 

Food

Is Sugar Vegan? via Fitsugar

While old news – hello, oxymoron 😉 – to me [plus, all German sugar is vegan in anyway], I thought this might be an good heads-up if you hadn’t heard about it.

Is Diet Ice Cream Bad For You? via Fitsugar

Want to know how good your Halo Top, Artic Zero and the likes are? Read on [or go with ignorance is bliss; no judgement].

We Asked Health Experts to Share the Worst Nutrition Advice They’ve Ever Heard via Greatist

Now the question is: To laugh about these or to be shocked by the BS some people recommend?

 

Good good [food]

Healthy Vegan Cookie Dough – 3 Ways via Veggiekins

Because let’s face it: cookie dough > baked cookies. And cookie dough so nutritious even mom would approve of you eating it for breakfast? Sign me up.

19 Dairy-Free Ice Creams You Don’t Have to Churn via Greatist

Ice cream season is over? Well, I’m afraid I don’t care because I – and I bet you, too – still want a scoop each of these.

Black Lentil Enchiladas with Zucchini via Naturally Ella

If you asked me what drew me in here: where to start? Lentils, flavourful sauce, cheese – what’s not to like?!

Vegan Pizza Burgers with Mozzarella Cheese Sauce via Catching Seeds

Just reading the ingredient list, I can imagine how good these are. Plus how could they not be with a description ala “like a pepperoni cheese pizza in burger form”?!

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: My morning walk and trying a new recipe for lunch.

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Talking politics and why that involves traffic lights

Don’t click away again! Yes, I’ll talk politics for a bit but I will not even once use the name of a certain person currently gving many of you in the US headaches and causing outsbursts of frustration. Instead, I’m back with another episode of my little series hightlighting differences between Germany and the US. Given we’re about to elect a new Bundestag [the political institution deciding pretty much everything in our country], I thought it’d be interesting to give you a little glimpse into how we do things over here. Plus a few more fun little bits and bobs.

Thinking out loud again here.

Thinking-Out-Loud

President who?

Unlike in the US, the president is barely present in most Germans minds on a daily basis. Actually, I’m tempted to guess the majority of us wouldn’t be able to tell you the current president’s name – Frank-Walter Steinmeier if you’re curious and no, I didn’t have to look that up; proud moment? 😉 – or his functions. Yet ask for the cancellor’s name and hey, sure thing, Merkel! Angela Merkel has been the German chancellor for what feels like forever now and is very likely to be re-elected once again on September 24th (our “Bundestagswahl”/ elections for the German Bundestag that take place once every four years). Elections themselves – there are multiple; this ‘big’ one for the Bundestag all Germans vote for on the same day and individual ones for each Bundesland [federal state] – are a huge topic in themselves. For now, I’ll just list a few interesting facts and won’t go into the details about the actual voting system – think Überhangmandate (“overhang mandates”), the “five per cent hurdle” etc. – since not even all Germans understand it. It’d take some more time to explain but let me know if you’re interested.

Stay however long you please! 

The above is true for the Chancellor. As I said, Angela Merkel has been ours for a long time – twelve years or three voting periods – and is very likely to win again in this election. Rumor has it she won’t candidate again yet if she wanted would be free to do so.

Reichstag Berlin at night

The ‘Kuppel’ of the German Reichstag, meeting place of the Bundestag. // Source

Small but mighty

While in the US, either Democrats or Conservatives end up winning elections and as such filling the seats in parliament, Germany is more divided. Yes, here, too, the ‘main’ players are two big parties – the SPD (Social Democratic Party) and CDU (Christian Democratic Union) – but them aside, the field is much more varied. Among the very small ones on the sidelines are – to name just a few – Die Piratenpartei (Pirate’s Party; no joke!), Die Violetten (The Violets), the Feminist Party and even a vegetarian party.  Why these small ones are still important? Because they create a larger spectrum of opinions presented in the Bundestag. Plus, the more established ones who get a certain amount of votes force the big ones into coalitions.

What Jamaica and traffic lights have in common

Answer: They’re names of German coalition types. Because multiple small parties get a right to seats in the Bundestag, too, the ‘big’ parties can’t play the policits game alone (no majority of votes). The coalition names stem from the colours associated with the various parties (i.e. green for Die Grünen, the environmental-focused party, red for the SPD, black for the CDU, …). Meaning that the Ampel-Koalition (traffic light coalition) would be the SPD (red), FDP (yellow) and Die Grünen (green) forming the government.

So once the election is over, the big party who won the majority of votes – sssh: this is going to be the CDU once again this time around – gets together with the smaller parties who managed the five percent hurdle. Eventually, those long discussions result in who gets which ministry and the new government is complete. As I’m sure you’re fed up with talking about politics now so let’s move on to a different topic.

 

Bring back, bring back oh bring back my baby cart to me, to me

Disregard the unfortunate rhyming above. The hidden statement here: German groceries want you to bring your shopping carts back. Orderly. That’s right: no just randomly leaving yours somewhere in the parking lot or around the store. Their tactic? Money. Want a cart? Bring a coin. Outside stores, carts are strung together and you can fetch one by inserting a coin – usually 1 € – into a slot on the car, by this untying it. No worries: if you’re a good customer 😉 and bring your cart back to where you got it, you’ll get your money back. No losses for the store = no losses for you. We’re fair players here. And because we want our every penny back we also …

Return bottles to the store

Yes, that’s right. Stores don’t stop at the carts there. Thirsty? Grab a bottle of your favourite beverage from the shelves but be aware that the price noted there isn’t what you’ll actually have to pay. At the check-out, the store system automatically adds a so-called ‘Pfand’ – typically 0.15-0,25 € per bottle depending on its size – to the price stated on the shelf. Don’t worry, though: you get your Pfand back when you return your empty bottles to the store. And if you’re anything like me you feel just that little bit feisty in getting a – actually only mental – discount on your next purchase that way. Imagined benefits are still benefits, right ;)?

… and that’s it for another post on those small but significant differences in everyday life in Germany vs. the US.

Happy Thursday!

Happiness-inducing today: Many little things from the past few days like a conversation with one of my colleagues, another long-ish one with a – rare exception here! – friendly cashier and sunshine amidst a stormy and rain-heavy day.

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Share your random thoughts with me!

What’s are some differences you’ve noticed between your homecountry and other ones you’ve visitied in the past?

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Good good links #193

… and just like that it’s officially fall! Rather than be all boring like “how did that happen??”* Instead, I’ll tell you while I’m not ready for the colder days yet, I’m definitely not opposed to breaking out the scented candles [which one’s your favourite??]. And wearing my new warmer jacket that I bought months ago when it was still way too hot to wear it. [Almost] Everything has a good side to it, too.

Another good thing about this season? Being inside and reading sounds more intriguing again – I’ve been having a harder time compiling these posts in summer because I just wanted to be outside – and as such maybe these links do, too? As usual, let me know any great posts you’ve come across lately in the comments.

Happy Sunday!

 

 

 

* honestly, though, how did that happen??

 

Good good [food for thought]

Sorry, I Don’t Know the Calorie/Fat/Carb Content of My Recipe via Emilie Eats

Many bloggers choose not to include nutritional information with their recipes and Emilies reasons for it are so very good.

Mindful Eating via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Much like intuitive eating, mindfulness often falsely gets promoted as another set of ‘rules’ to follow [i.e. no distractions while eating, slowing down etc.]. In reality, mindfulness looks different for each of us and might change in various seasons of life.

How NOT to o Self-Care via Rachael Hartley Nutrition

When self-care starts to feel like work, it’s time to rethink you routine. Just like mindfulness and intuitive eating, self-care doesn’t look the same for all of us.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Advice for Dietetic Interns: 4 Nuggets of Advice from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist via Nourish Nutrition

While intended for RDs-to-be, some of these are good reminders for everybody.

Health Is Mind and Body, Not Weight and Appearance via Zen & Spice

Just because somebody looks healthy/fit/happy doesn’t mean they actually are okay underneath.

15 Ways to be Nice to Yourself Today via A Cup of Catherine

Just in case you needed a little reminder to incorporate some little self-care breaks into your day – even if you feel like you had no time at all.

A Body Image Reminder: Your Body is Incredible via Psych Central

A very short but on-point article about why we should appreciate the miracle our body is instead of only seeing its [perceived] flaws.

 

Food and cooking

What Makes Apples Shiny? via FitSugar

Fellow vegetarians will definitely want to read this and everybody else might not be too stoked to find the apples’ shininess is actually quite the dirty secret, either.

Blogging

Insta Reality via Lisa Dawson

We all know Instagram isn’t a portray of real life but actually hearing the ‘hidden’ from huge accounts is relieving time and time again.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile]

Google’s most-searched “how-to” questions capture all the magic and struggle of being human

Funny but some of these contain a grain of truth. The author’s answer to the very last item on the list is perfect and what Google should really tell us.

 

Good good [food]

Apple Pie Bars {Paleo, Vegan} via Paleo Running Momma

Another good thing about autumn? It’s apple season! These bars look the best way to ring it in.

20 Vegan Recipes That Will Wow Non-Vegans! via The Vegan 8

Just as the title suggests, this is a compilation of Brandi’s recipes that will show anybody that vegan food is far from bland and boring.

Chocolate Monkey Bread [vegan, grain-free] via Feasting on Fruit

It’s sticky, chocolatey and gets most of its sweetness from dates which essentially means it’s #healthy, right?!

Simple Homemade Tortillas plus Five Ways to Boost Them via 101 Cookbooks

Storebought tortillas [at least over here] tend to contain a lot of sketchy ingredients. These call for two –and come in a variety of flavours and colours.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Walking past the house of a neighbour blasting music reminiscent of good old movies on my walk today. It made me smile – much needed as today wasn’t the best.

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