Good good links #206

It’s one of those weeks where inspiration is lacking, respectively drowned by worry and anxieties. I haven’t been sharing much about daily life on the blog lately and the reason is that it’s difficult. A lot of change coming up, a lot to face and work through. Again: I’m not sharing any of this to be overly dramatic or ask for sympathies. Rather, I want to explain my lack of activity over the past few months and stress that I will absolutely be back to blogging regularly once I can see clearly again. In hindsight, I should have taken time off of blogging completely a long while ago and focussed on everything going on in life but we only learn looking back, right?

All that being said: here are some more good reads other wonderful writers have been sharing lately. As usual, let me know any great posts you’ve happened upon in the comments. I haven’t been super active in terms of blog reading and would be happy to catch up.

Good good [advice and inspiration]

You Can Pull People Up The Ladder Behind You via yes and yes

Making changes in the world doesn’t have to be about huge things but just offering help to the people around us.

The Most Important Question You’re not Asking Yourself via Becoming Minimalist

It’s ridiculous how a question – if you even want to call it this – as simple as this can help us dig so much deeper, exploring the foundations of who we are and how we act.

Why Emotional Eating Is Not Your Problem by Kara Lydon via Shape Magazine

The real reason you feel out of control around food might not be what you used to believe.

Letting Go of Exercise and Embracing Movement by Connie via The Real Life RD

“the only permission we need is from ourselves” – Establishing a healthy relationship with movement is a struggle for many of us so this is so very important.

What happens if you replace “sorry” with “thank you”? via The Pool

“There’s something so much more generous and positive about acknowledging someone else’s feelings instead of being focused on your own deficiencies all the time.” I like this so much!

4 Small Ways to Be an Even More Wonderful Human, Instantly via Greatist

Making the world [or at least others’ days] a little better really doesn’t take much and doing any of these will make you happier, too? Win-win!

The Nocebo Effect: Are You (Unknowingly) Thinking Your Way to Failure? via Nia Shanks

We all know about the placebo effect but have you ever considered that its opponent might exist, too, and make your life unneccessarily harder?

Pros and cons of drinking almond milk via FitSugar

It’s not just about calories and nutrition. That final one is definitely worth thinking about more [I will].

20 Things To Compliment Someone On Other Than Appearance via Rachael Hartley

Telling somebody how gorgeous they are isn’t wrong but it shouldn’t become the only thing we make them feel is worth complimenting them on.

 

Blogging + work

How Self-Employment Affected My Mental Health (+ 6 Ways I Manage It) via This Renegade Love

Such an important thing to remember and take care of if you’re working from home.

Is Blogging Dead? via The Healthy Maven

A question continuously asked these days and Davida’s answer is so very spot on.

Why I probably won’t reply to your email asking to guest post  via Forever Amber

Yes, guest posting might be a good way to grow your blog but here’s what you should think about and reasons why a blogger might generally say no.

 

Good good [food]

 

Rich Cauliflower Creamed Spinach via Spabettie

Including this not because it’s low fat/low carb but a super easy and few-ingredient way of making this favourite when you don’t have coconut milk/cream/cashews at hand (or time to soak the latter).

Vegan Pizza Margherita via My Nutricounter

Quite a bit more involved but just how good does this look?!

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: My sister calling unexpectedly and talking with her for a good bit of time. We don’t do that nearly as often as we used to anymore these days.

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Good good links #205

Did I say I was going to share these links just a few days after my previous post? Yes.  Did I have every intention to? Also yes. Life? Decided to knock me out of commission for a full week [read: what I thought was just a little cold and optimistically told my doctor would be over on Wednesday already … was so very much not]. My head was mush so neither blog reading nor blogging happened. So once again: sorry! I’m still not feeling 100 % but went back to work today so figured I should definitely make my promise to you come true, too. As always, I’d be happy for you to share links to any great posts you happened upon lately as – I’m sure you can guess – I definitely missed out on many of them. Truly catching up with blog world happenings when you’ve been gone for more than a day or two seems impossible which leads right to the first post lined up here …

Happy Monday!

Good good [food for thought]

It’s Time to Put The Internet Back Into a Box in The Basement via Raptitude

As much as we all use it, hasn’t almost every one of us had these thoughts before in those moments when everything seems too much, too fast? Time for a change …?

The language of wellness  via Lauren Fowler

As in: the terminology and approaches that make you feel very unwell in your skin and bad about your diet.

Wake Up, Weight Watchers via Rachael Hartley

WTF, Weight Watchers?The fact they’re even considering this says a lot [negatively] about our society.

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Can You Lead a Meaningful Life Without Taking Any Risks? via ManRepeller

This one’s for you if you’re anything like me and [think you] prefer living an orderly life without branching out from your routines much.

Reframing Unhealthy Thoughts Into Healthy, Wise Thoughts via The Real Life RD

These ideas for gently nudging negative thoughts into more neutral or positive ones are so great.

What a registered dietitian and pastry chef wants us to know about desserts via Self Magazine

Her perspective on treats is spot on [just don’t get stressed about her comment on the added sugar recommendations; who really counts these meticulously?].

10 Signs You’re Healthy — Regardless of What the Scale Says via FitSugar

It’s nice to see even the major health/fitness websites these days promote looking past your weight to see how healthy you are. Not agreeing with the mindful eating point here, though [it’s not a hunger and fullness “diet” and processed foods need not be avoided at all costs.]

8 Science-Backed Reasons to Cuddle More via Mind Body Green

As if we needed any more reasons, right?! #2 aside [seriously?!], these should make you want to huge somebody else [or yourself] ASAP.

Is Moringa Actually Good For You? via The Guardian

Hint: it might not be worth the splurge.

21 Cooking Charts That’ll Make Any Foodie Say “Excuse Me, What?!” via BuzzFeed

So we can stop calling mum any time we have urgent cooking questions. Really really handy!

 

Good good [food]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fondue [vegan] via Joy Food Sunshine

Yes, your first thought was right: heaven in a [fondue] bowl, essentially.  Sorry not sorry for any cravings sparked here.

Moroccan Lentil Chickpea Stew via Vanilla and Bean

When a stew combines two legumes and contains plenty of fragrant spices, you know you’ve got a winner.

Happiness-inducing today (cheating: they’re from the past few days):  a snowy but sunny walk with my mum yesterday, her stopping by to bring me wakame salad for the first time ever when I was sick.

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Good good links #204

Hi there,

After putting off writing this intro until way late, I’ll keep it short and sweet. There’s just not a lot to talk about here but if you feel like sharing your thoughts on any of the posts included here or want to add one I missed in the comments, I’d be so happy to see that.

Happy Sunday!

Good good [food for thought]

How does clutter affect you? via Every Little Thing

Why do we hold onto so much stuff and add more and more to our lives? The answer might differ slightly for each of us but this gives some great overall insight and inspiration.

How can I make this feel amazing? via Alexandra Franzen

The ability to make this mental shift and turn what feels like the worst case scenario around is a powerful trait to have [or build over time].

Is the Body-Positivity Movement Going Too Far?   via Greatist

This is one I won’t say much about yet because I’d like to get into a conversation with you. So if/once you’ve read it, I’d really like to hear your thoughts in the comments. [Spoiler because Joyce made me notice me sharing this might come across wrong: I don’t agree with this but shared it to hear your experiences and thoughts].

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

How to eat intuitively while traveling via Delish Knowledge

Being removed from our usual environments – at least that’s what I’ve found – can be a good start at letting go of old [food] rules even if only temporarily for a start so we can enjoy other places fully.

17 Unhealthy Habits You’re Probably Ignoring via FitSugar

These are really good reminders. One thing I’d like to add is that for some people [especially those in ED recovery], #2 and 9 – maybe #7, too – can be healthy in reverse.

10 Reasons It’s Okay to Skip Your Workout via The Hungry Caterpillar

Or also: yes, it’s perfectly fine to skip your workout and you don’t owe anybody – yourself included – any excuses.

Things You Might Not Know About Your Reproductive Health & Hormones via The Real Life RD

Many of us ladies experience one or the other issue [aka PMS or amenorrhea] and Robyn’s posts always offer great insight into the hormonal side of things and real talk.

How to turn a bad day around (even if it’s 8 pm) via yes and yes

A great reminder that it’s never too late and simple actionable steps to take.

How to Listen to Your Intuition via PopSugar

Gut instinct and intuition – two different ‘things’ and how to train/sharpen the latter. Definitely an encounter worth while.

Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo—Are They Worth the Hype? via The Everygirl

What I like about this one is that she’s honest about both the pros and cons here and her overall conclusion [yes!].

4 Simple Recycling Best Practices That Make A Difference via Mind Body Green

We all have an impact, responsibilty and chance to change the way we live and this is one small but important one.

Blogging

7 Truths I’ve Learned From Blogging  via This Renegade Love

This is amazing. So very relatable and good reminders for all of us bloggers.

 

Good good [food]

White Bean and Rice Bowl with Kimchi Hack via Parsley Vegan

That hack alone sounds so worth trying [hint: it’s quick and more easily done anywhere in the world or at least my part of it …].

Cheesy Chickpea, Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole via Emilie Eats

Crunchy, cheesy and filled with many of my favourite ingredients – looks like a winner.

 

Happiness-inducing today:  A text from a friend.

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Good good links #202

Oh hello there and – not to late to say it yet, right? – happy New Year!

One thing I can say for a fact already is that technology and me haven’t started out in the best way so far. Read: Firefox’ latest update is driving me crazy. As in: no, it’s certainly no faster than before but instead having my internet connection crash every five minutes or so. No fun. Especially not if you’re trying to compile links for a post.  Sigh. When I noticed it’d take me forever to include all the links I’d meant to today, I decided to call it a wrap at what you’ll see below. There’s always the next episode of good good links to share those [and no, that’s not the same as saying “tomorrow”; see the second post in the first category ;)]. So for now …

Happy Sunday!

Let me know how 2018 has been treating you so far!

Good good [food for thought]

How to Treat Yourself in 2018 via Raptitude

Rethinking our personal defintion of treats – and not necessarlly the edible kind – and finding ways to truly enjoy rather than rush through them is a good goal or any year or day.

Tomorrow is not your friend via Medium

That’s some serious tough love. “We aren’t opposed to doing the right things, but we’ve simply trained ourselves to put them off indefinitely because tomorrow is sexy.”

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

A way to practice self-care without feeling guilty. via Nutrition on a Mission

How good of a parent are you to yourself? Vangie suggests a really good way of staying in touch with yourself and take care of your needs.

10 Non-Overwhelming Ways To Minimize Digital Clutter via Peaceful Dumpling

As in: what to do to prevent yourself arriving where I’m at [slow and crashing laptops are no fun] plus also get more organized in general [always a win].

How to Eat Intuitively in a Relationship via Paige Schmidt

Whether it’s with your partner or anybody else you’re sharing meals with: these are great tips on how to not let others influence your choices and stand in for what you need.

Creating A Non Diet 2018 Bubble For Yourself via The Real Life RD

A good guide to cutting out the diet BS that’s particularly prominent this time of the year and surround yourself with postitive messages instead.

18 Things to do instead of dieting this year va Zen and Spice

More inspiration to say eff you to diet culture and actually enrich your life rather than deprive yourself.

8 Reasons Why Being Single During the Holidays Is Actually Rad via Refinery 29

Yes, I’m aware the holiday season is definitely over but  some of these are very relieving for us single ladies at other times of the year, too.

9 Reasons Your Grocery Bill Is So High, & How To Lower It via The Financial Diet

Not all of these will be true for all of us but I’d venture to guess almost everybody will identify with at least one or two of them. Me? 5 and 9 (occasionally) in particular.

 

Good good [things to make you smile + miscellaneous]

At the heart of every restaurant via The Washington Post

The true stars of restaurants that deserve more appreciation? Take a guess and then go on to read. It’s interesting to understand this reality of the industry.

This podcast episode.

 

Good good [food]

Rich Black Forest Skillet Crisp (vegan) by Hannah Kaminsky via Spabettie

For when you want crumble but don’t feel like turning on your oven.

Creamy Polenta with Smoky Chipotle Mushrooms & Kale via Euphoric Vegan

A little more involved, this look like it’d be perfect to serve guests [especially those who think polenta’s unexciting].

Spiced Carrot Soup with Green Tahini Swirl via Vegetarian Ventures

Soup’s boring? Definitely not when it’s as beauti- and flavourful as this one. Just looking at the pictures makes me hungry.

 

Happiness-inducing today:  A short but uplifting conversation with somebody who knew to say just what I needed to hear.

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Good good links #201

Happy almost-Christmas! Well, since I won’t be posting on the actual holiday that’s my little early greeting. Plus, I’m confused about when to post good holiday wishes. Somebody already wished me a merry Christmas in an e-mail a few days ago and then there’s the fact we’re celebrating on 24th but most of you do on 25th so …

Anyway. That’s neither here nor there and you came here for some leisurely weekend reading, right? So that’s what I’m giving you and wishing you a very

Merry Christmas! May it be as small or big, as loud or silent or a celebration as you wish for. Maybe even a little bit of snow*?

*not around there parts; it’s almost warm and rainy this year

Good good [food for thought]

Change your mind – it’s a sign of strength not weakness  via The Guardian

In the wellness/healthy living blog world, we talk a lot about our bodies changing shape over the course our lives and this is a great argument on why our minds will – should! -, too, and that this actually is a wonderful thing.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

7 Real Talk Holiday Reminders For All Of Us via yes and yes

Behind every shiny Christmas card you’re getting is a person with a life no less messy than your own, gifts list can be ignored (see explanation of what this means in the post) and above all: it’s okay to do things your own way. There’s no standard protocol to follow around Christmas.

How to Enjoy Your Life More, Just As It Is via Greatist

Yes, it’s obviously easier said than done – nothing worth doing comes easily – but it’s definitely possible to come to terms with your life right now rather than wait for some undefined distant future “perfection”.

The Many Mini Ways to Show You Care via Psychology Today

A little more of the science behind why doing good makes us feel good. If reading this doesn’t make you even more eager to go out and help the people around you, I don’t know what would.

Well, I Never via Already Pretty

A poignant post describing pretty well how many of us know but still have a hard time wrapping our head around/convincing ourselves to believe.

What to Do If You Sit All Day  via Shape Magazine

Good advice that I think all of us could benefit from. I actually had a post-it on my screen reminding me of the second to last one here for a while. Whatever works, huh?

The Best Guilt Free Tips to Navigate Holiday Eating via Nourish Nutrition

When food makes us feel anxious, it’s time to listen to expert like these. Because food fears are irrational but these are some relieving reminders and rational tips. Suitable not just for the holiday season but any special meal/event involving more indulgent foods.

Storms don’t last forever via sometimes, always, never

 It can absolutely feel like they’d never end, hard to understand, uncertainty being the one overarching feeling but I think most of us will remember that previous big storm in our lives that did end at some point, too.

This Challenge Will Be The Only Resolution You Actually Keep via Popsugar

Full disclosure: I don’t like all of their proposals but most of them are actually good ones to check off.

Living with Anxiety and Depression – Q&A via Fit Foodie Finds

Lee openly shares her story and replies some of the most commonly asked questions around the issues in this post.

 

Cooking and food

Cookieland via The Kitchn

All things cookies and sweets collected on one adorable map. Oh to travel around here …

 

Good good [things to make you smile]

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, this shop will subcription box might get you very giddy …

Granted, Christmas season is pretty much over now but this gingerbread house is too cute not to share anyways.

The world needs more people like this little guy.

If you’re a parent, this piece will make laugh and feel understood. If you’re not a parent [my perspective, obviously], you’ll still find it funny.

 

Good good [food]

Lemon Chia Meringue Pie [vegan, gluten-free] via Crazy Cucumber

Good thing lemon isn’t a seasonal-only flavour because this little pie would be an eyecatcher on any occasion.

Vegan Chili Cheese Fries via She likes food

… and I still haven’t tried this American classic but really want to because how delicious does this look??

 Veggie Meatballs with Cranberry BBQ Sauce via Catching Seeds

These are the most real-looking vegan meatballs [even texture-wise] I think I’ve ever seen and sauce sounds great, too.

 

Happiness-inducing today: The fact it’s not too cold to go for a walk – heading out in a minute – and that I get to see my loved ones tomorrow. 

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Good good links #200

Oh hi …

This is probably the most unprepared I’ve ever been regarding these posts. The weeks flew by and I found myself with maybe two or three links collected on Thursday. Meaning I did some more intense reading these past few days to come up with enough for a post. Right now, I have many more tabs opened in my browser that I’ve yet to read so I might add those to the next good good links.   As always, share any must-reads you’ve come across in the comments.

Good good [food for thought]

Please Stop Complimenting Me On My Body  via Refinery 29

We do not know another person’s story so even a well-meant compliment can have the reverse effect. Aside from the fact that comments on others’ appearance just need to stop.

Meal Kits Ask You to Pick Your Battle via Observer

They’re [still] widely popular but while it might be nice to have your groceries delivered with no leftovers, there’s a not-so-amazing side to it that needs to get taken into consideration.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

How to Move Past the Fear of Judgment via tiny buddha

Shame feeds on secrecy so the ultimate but also hardest way of breaking through and handling it is in sharing. I actually experienced this very strongly the other week. The shame was hard to bear and I needed to tell somebody in order not to drown in it.

I Can’t Love My Body At This Weight via The Real Life RD

Another truly amazing post by Robyn. Loving the life it allows you to live rather than the shape your body has is – I’ll dare say it – the goal of pretty much every girl/lady in the healthy living/fitness scene of our generation.

4 Ways To Still Feel Like An Adult After Moving Back Home via The Financial Diet

First: there’s no need to feel ashamed if you, too, have to make this move. Second: these tips are golden. It’s easy to slip back into the old parent – child roles for both sides but these will help prevent it.

12 Things You Need to Give Up in 2018 to Be Healthy (and Happy) via FitSugar

While I’m pretty sure they posted this exact [or very similar] list a year ago and  I shared it back then already,  it’s worth repeating the action.

10 Ways to Handle Thanksgiving As An Introvert via The Kitchn

Not just for Thanksgiving but all holidays or even any bigger family gathering because – fellow introverts will relate – those can be very overwhelming and make us feel ‘bad’ for not mingling with the crowd like everybody else.

 

Blogging

Why Authenticity Matters For Your Online Personal Brand (And How to Maintain It)  via This Renegade Love

Agreeing with everything Lauren says and especially sharing both the good and bad days – the epitome of authenticity and bringing more realness into social media. 

 

Food and cooking

Canned coconut milk + coconut cream 101 via Oh, Ladycakes

Aka: the post to end your coconut confusion and frustration when that dang cream won’t show up on top of your can or refuse any whipping efforts.

Loving your food is (surprise!) good for you via Washington Post

We can’t get everything [and every bit of pleasure] out of any food or meal if guilt is sitting at the table with us.

The Truth About Carbs [And Why You Should Be Eating Them] via Greatist

Some good mythbusting here though I’ll add I do not agree with the suggestion in #5. Everybody’s different and you should follow your intuition there.

 

Good good [things to make you smile]

This Instagram account is definitely good for a few laughs.

 

Good good [food]

Vegan Peppermint Patty Slice via Oh She Glows

Such a special festive dessert packed with nutritious ingredients and even some hidden greens.

Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls via The Awesome Green

Yes, despite not being a huge fan of sweet potatoes, I think this sounds really really good.

Brussels Sprouts With Cashew Cream Sauce via Skinny Fitalicious

Super simple to make, this sounds like one of those dishes you’ll want seconds of. Or thirds, if we’re being honest …

Coriander-Carrot Grain Bowls with Cilantro-Honey Dressing via Dishing Out Health

 These bowls pack a lot of flavours and textures, a rarely used grain and are so pretty to look at [always a bonus!].

 

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