Good good links #192

Oh hello there! Yes, it’s been a while since we ‘talked’ again. Now I could come up with a dozen and the some excuses but I don’t think that’s cool so no. Life has been happening. The good, the bad. Blogging didn’t and yes, I missed it. So until I come back with fresh posts of my own, here’s some of what made me think, smile or get hungry from all around the blog world lately. If you’ve read any share-worthy posts lately, too, let me know in the comments.

Happy Sunday!

Good good [food for thought]

What is healthy?  Via Delish Knowledge

 Unsure if you’re making a decision because you want to or feel like you should? Reflect on your intention!

Does Wearing Old Clothes Make You A Bad Influencer? Via work work work

Yes, if caring for the environment, being more relatable for your readers and sharing what you actually like and wear makes you one. As in: not.at. all.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

How Having a Daughter Affected My Self-Esteem Issues via Popsugar

In a world infested by diet culture, this was sweet and encouraging to read.

Disordered or Healthy?–questions to help uncover your motivation. via Naomi: Why Roots?

Similar to the post on Delish Knowledge, this one offers a great toolkit to figure out your motivation for ‘healthy’ choices or where they might cover up disordered behaviour.

What Each SATC Character Taught Me (and It Might Not Be What You Expect) via The Everygirl

No need to be a fan of or even having watched the series: these are great takeaways for everyone.

I Want to Skip Right to the Raw and Real via Elephant Journal

What if we all asked ‘how are you?’ and actually meant it?

Because this is important via A Beautiful Mess

Quoting a commenter here because she summed it up so well: “Love wins. Truth wins. Hate and fear are profitable.” Let’s spread love to trump hate.

Why We Experience Decision Fatigue via Man Repeller

Sounds familiar? Ego depletion is very real but there’s a way to work around it at least most of the time.

How to find rest if you are anxious all the time via Apron Strings and Sticky Fingers

Some simple ways to calm down when your anxiety keeps your mind spinning and hinders you from doing just about anything.

11 People Over 30 Share Their Regrets About Their 20s   via Bustle

Because we can’t go back in time ourselves but learn from others mistakes and experiences.

The 411 on ‘Health Pros’ and How They can Help via hello healthy

RDs, nutritionists and health coaches-  Let’s face it: all those different terms are confusing. Another great post by Sarah outlining the differences between the various health experts plus when to consult which one  [and whom not to consult ;)].

 

Blogging

The 10 Biggest Misconceptions About Bloggers via In the Frow

Full-time bloggers will definitely nod their heads while reading this and want to forward this to anyone ever asking annoying questions.

 

Good good [food]

Sweet Corn Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes and Avocado via Naturally Ella

If you haven’t had fresh polenta before, you’re in for a real treat and this version sound a-mazing.

Summer Roll Bowls via The Fitchen

Why mess around with finicky rice paper when you can have the same delicousness in a less stressful way? Brimming with fresh raw vegetables and drizzled with peanut sauce these look so good.

Date-Sweetened BBQ Sauce via Elephantastic Vegan

Store-bought versions usually contain a hefty amount of sugar so this one sounds a million times better.

Date-sweetened Rice Krispy Treats via Feasting On Fruit

Move over, Kellogs. You can’t compete with these perfectly acceptable-for-breakfast-yet-still-dessert-y  bars.

 

Happiness-inducing today: It’s the weekend! And just having an overall good day when I somehow didn’t expect it [don’t ask me why; moods are weird.]

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Good good links #191

Some thing never really change, no? Like the fact it’s super late around these parts as I’m finishing this post. Or the fact there’s always one mosquito hiding too well when you’re actively looking for it only to suddenly pop up next to your ear when you’re sitting down [not like you could tell what’s happening for me right now …]. Anyway, while I haven’t been online as much as usual lately, I did find some great posts worth your time once again. Tell me about any you’ve been enjoying these past weeks in the comments and:

Happy Sunday!

Good good [food for thought]

The Worst Thing You Can Eat: Part Deux

The one ‘ingredient’ that unfortunately accompanies way too many meals for way too many people these days.

What an Eating Disorder Looks Like via The Hungry Caterpillar

Just like health comes at every size, eating disorders do, too. And just because somebody has gained back to a healthy weight doesn’t mean the struggle inside is over yet, either.

How I Define Health via Bucket List Tummy

A thorough walk through what true health looks like in all areas of life and why it’s not as ‘simple’ as some people might think.

The Problem With Health Food That Nobody’s Talking About via Mind Body Green

This really is such a sad and in a way oxymoronic to the image of health and sustainability we believe we’re investing in.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Pursuing stillness via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Are you able to sit and really get in touch with how you’re feeling, even if uncomfortable? Kylie also shares an interesting metaphor on how the same concept can be applied to recovery.

The Steps to Intuitive Eating via The Real Life RD

Intuitive eating is for everyone [because it’s how we’re naturally wired to eat, duh] but there are a few exceptions when we need to take a few intermediate steps before starting the actual journey.

17 Tiny Changes That Make Life More Interesting via Yes and Yes

Shaking out routine up just a little every now and then can make a huge difference.

When You Stop Caring About What You Eat via The Cookie Chrunicles

The amazing point in life when food and decisions surrounding it are no longer dictating any part of your life.

My Best Break-Up Yet via Hummusapien

So much yes! I’m admitting it can be a scary break-up, possibly with occasional steps back, but so worth doing.

 

Blogging and life in general

10 Times I Did It For The Gram {and what I learned} via Damsel in Dior

Hearing ‘big’ bloggers honesty about the stories we don’t see behind their posts always brings back some of the reality we so often miss online.

10 People On The One Thing They Waste Money On Without Even Realizing It  via The Financial Diet

Wonder why your bills are high? These are a good reminder for how the ‘little’ things we mindlessly spend on can really add up.

 

Good good [food]

Clean Classic Apple Pie via Amy’s Healthy Baking

Yes, I’m aware it’s not apple season yet but I stumbled upon this and couldn’t get it off my mind.  Plus, who doesn’t like apples?!

Snickers Hummus with Cookies via Full of Plants

Sounds decadent but is actually made with natural sweeteners and given there are beans it’s essentially a salad, right ;)?

Spicy Vegan Chickpea Breakfast Bowls  via Yup, It’s Vegan

Being a huge fan of both savoury breakfasts and chickpeas in general, this sounds immensely satisfying.

Green Lentil Salad that’ll have you come back for more via The Healthy Foodie

You know a salad’s looking promising if I – the non-salad vegetarian 😉 – find it enticing and this one definitely fits the bill.

Margherita Pizza Soup via Vintage Kitty

Flavourful and garlicky tomato soup with cheesy breadsticks? Sign me up.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Repeat offender but … having  P. around.  I can never get enough of his cute personality.

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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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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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Good good links #188

… and the flakiest blogger award goes to: me! I know, I know. Rather than go into a lengthy explanation of the why I’ll dive straight into some the best posts I’ve come across lately.  I might also feel extra tired after a day of traveling with more stress-inducing train delays that should be possible on a relatively short distance. Major props to Deutsche Bahn for managing that ;).  But onto those links now!

Good good [food for thought]

How Eating Intuitively Helped Me Live More Intuitively via Hummusapien

This! I might have been sharing a lot of Alexis’ posts lately but this one is a must-read again.

The Metabolic Power of Pleasure via Psychology of Eating

Really fascinating [hence why I put it into this category rather than the seond]. If this doesn’t make you slow down, truly savour your food and stop labeling anything as ‘bad’. Spoiler alert: the latter might even help you absorb nutrients better.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Talking About Money Is A Gift To Everyone Around You via yes and yes

Truth: I’m uncomfortable talking about it, too, but this post has some very strong arguments for opening up the conversation to help each other.

Giving up via Loved and Worthy of Loving

Forgoing the focus on results and changing our motivation to do something – in this case exercise – might make us a lot happier than we would expect.

7 Myths Nutritionists Wish You’d Stop Believing via Popsugar

Some new insight on salt, diet soda, muscles turning into fat (do they?) and others you might not have heard of before.

What Happened When I Quit Exercise via Mind Body Green

Rather than just confirm once again – like many posts have before – that no, we won’t gain endless amounts of weight, the author explores the limiting beliefs she held about herself and at that kept her stuck exercising despite not enjoying it.

The Simple Hack That Prevents Your Ponytail From Sagging During Workouts via FitSugar

Say sayonara to readjusting your hair 294858 times a day.

 

9 Health Documentaries That Are Scary, Uplifting, and Streaming on Netflix via Popsugar

These make me wish I had a Netflix account again. Though as of yet they’re not available over here so if you’re in the US …

 

Blogging

Why SEO is KILLING your blog via Helene in Between

Calm down, you haven’t been studying all the SEO advice for nothing. Just make sure you do this first, then let SEO follow.

9 Common Social Media Mistakes to Avoid via Bloguettes

This one’s especially interesting if you’re trying to market yourself/your blog as a stand-out brand.

The Trouble with Twitter via Forever Amber

Further proof that social media unfortunately brings out the very nasty side in some people. Having a strong opinion on something isn’t an issue, neither voicing it [in a friendly way] online. But shaming others for having a different one or aggressively trying to change theirs isn’t cool.

Income Reports: What we learned and why we’re stopping via Pinch of Yum

Many people have been fans of Bjork’s monthly income reports for ages but I actually like this one so much more. These lessons are truly helpful for pretty much every aspect of life, not just blogging.

 

Good good [food]

Vegan No-Churn Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream via Blissful Basil

Sweetened only by dates and a bit of maple syrup, this sounds perfect for those hot days where you want both the refreshment of a cool treat and the comforting bliss of a cinnamon roll.

Black and White Chocolate Pudding [vegan] via Golubka Kitchen

Such a simple but still elegant [healthier] dessert made from few easy ingredients.

Peanut Butter Sheet Cake [vegan + gluten-free] via Full of Plants

Peanut butter in the cake, more peanut butter in the frosting and topping – yesss, please.

Frozen Gluten Free + Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie via A Saucy Kitchen

More peanut butter because there’s no such thing as too much of it. Especially not if you add chocolate.

Moroccan Spiced Carrots with Chickpeas and Raisins via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

From the two main ingredients – hi, chickpea and carrot fiend – to the spices and the fruity kick of the raisins, everything about this dish speaks to me.

Bean Bake with Greens and Turnips via Naturally Ella

Aside from being pretty to look at, this easy to prepare vegan dish just sound so hearty and satisfying.

Happiness-inducing today: Spending time with my sister and P. [plus my parents and her husband, obviously]. Totally worth the train troubles.

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Good good links #187

Oh hi, yes, I’m still alive. I know I was MIA on here for quite a while and not really active in the remainder of the blog world, either. Can I offer you up a collection of read-worthy posts to  make up for my absence? These are some amazing ones for sure. Once again, I found more than I could include in trying to keep the size of this list manageable and giving every post the chance to shine [aka: be read by at least one person]. Enough rambling here, though. Enjoy your Sunday and these posts!

 

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

Levels of Stimulation: Where Is Your Sweet Spot? via My little tablespoon

Knowing where you fall on this spectrum can help you develop a better understanding of your reaction to certain situations and be kinder towards yourself [and/or others].

On Living Your Unicorn Life via Hummusapien

Alexis’ posts have been a breath of fresh air in the healthy living blog world lately and this one is no different.  Reminding out that life is meant to be fun and embracing the ebb and flow of it the best way to truly thrive.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

How Choosing Not to Drop A Dress Size Improved My Life & My Bank Account via The Financial Diet

Right in time for summer:  strong and practical arguments for not stressing about shedding any pounds like just about every magazine tells you to.

4 Ways You May Be Stressing Your Body Without Knowing It via Bucket List Tummy

Work and family aren’t the only things that can stress you out. In fact, you might do some of these with good intentions, not knowing they’re not working in your favour.

Fitness Pros Have Bad Body Image Days, Too. Here’s How They Cope via hello healthy

A lot of great tips you might not have thought of yourself before. Especially that final line!

Satisfaction vs. Fullness  via Avocado a Day Nutrition

This! Eating a million vegetables might fill us up but won’t ever leave us feeling truly satisfied.

No need to detox via The Muffin Myth

This! Complete with a list o things you should do and eat instead.

 

Culture

Ramadan 101 via wit and delight

Especially in today’s world, trying to get a little more insight into other cultures. Posts like this one help [read the comment section, too].

 

Blogging

FULL GUIDE: How To Land Sponsored Travel as a Blogger via Helene in Between

If getting paid for traveling or even just a meal out sounds like a dream to you: here’s how. Helene did an amazing job at answering all questions you might have.

Why You Can’t Start A Blog In Just Minutes via Coffee with Summer

What the countless posts telling you it was possible forget to mention.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile]

21 Pinterest Cooking Fails You’ve Literally Never Seen Before via Buzzfeed

Once you’ve seen these you’ll never feel bad about your cooking skills again. Ever.

 

Good good [food]

Vegan PBJ Muffins with Peanut Butter Streusel via Elephantastic Vegan

If you’re –so- over sandwiches, this fabulous recipe offers you a both dessert- and breakfast-suitable way to enjoy the classic combination.

Vegan Magic Cookie Bars via Feasting on Fruit

Double the magic in these ingeniously fruit-sweetened bars. Try and guess the secret to refined sugar-free caramel here – it’s not dates!

Baked Alaska-Inspired Tofu Pudding via Healthy. Happy. Life

Chocolate and peanut pudding topped with a toasted marshmallow – could this get any better??

Fattoush Nachos with Crispy Za’atar Roasted Chickpeas via The Full Helping

Definitely not your average nacho platter this sounds like an amazing fusion of different cuisines.

Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Chili [vegan] via Fannetastic Food

Fruit in chili is always a great idea but I’ve never tried berries in it. Consider me intrigued!

Happiness-inducing today: The first strawberries of the season from my mum’s garden.

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