Good good links #39

Catch a falling star a catchy post and put it in your pocket. Save it for a rainy day

Unlike you’re missing out on the sunshine we’re finally experiencing again over here that’s what I suggest doing in terms of blog reading today. As usual there have been many great and inspiring posts again this week. If you don’t want to miss out on neither sunshine nor good reads follow Perry Como’s lead and save the reading for the evening. Whatever you’re doing today, though:

Happy Sunday!

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

Extreme Hunger via Better with Sprinkles

Listening to hunger cues in recovery even if they seem out of the norm is the only right thing to do for proper healing.

An Open Apology to Thin Girls via Alison Leipzig

A seemingly ‘flawless’ appearance doesn’t tell anything about what’s going on inside. – “The fact is: when we our worth is determined by the size and shape of our bodies, we all lose.”

Photoshop – Harmless Fun or Loaded Gun? via Food & nonsense

 How much editing is still okay and where does it mess with reality?

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

How To Be Ok When Other People Are Upset With You via Kenzie Life

You can’t always agree with everybody – but you can learn to feel okay with it.

Overthinking via upbeat uplifts

Realizing that we can’t control everything and mindfully living in the moment: great advice for us overthinkers.

Real Tiny Wins via Healthy Helper

Helping others, waking up to sunshine or taking time to rest: There are millions of little things to celebrate in every day.

 

Are You a Health Blog Junkie? via Cotter Crunch

 Too much of a good thing can be bad. Find the relatable voices that are right for you.

How To Avoid The AFTER-DINNER-MUNCHIES via Jamie Mendell

Scheduling fun ‘me time’ activities an help when using food as a crutch for comfort while being on your own at night

What to do if You Hate Counting Calories via Corinne Dobas

Not just for those wanting to shed some pounds but everybody trying to get rid of a mindset focused on numbers. There are way better indicators to find a balance in your diet.

5 Secrets of Naturally Thin People + How I Became One via Mind Body Green

The right mindset towards food and weight can make us happier – whether we’re trying to lose weight or develop a ‘normal’ relationship with food again.

Guest RD: Healthy and Affordable Pantry Staples via Kath Eats

Proof that healthy living doesn’t have to be expensive when keeping some things in mind while grocery shopping.

How to Go Digital With Your Spring Cleaning via Huffington Post

Dusting off digitally, unfollowing and getting outside: When if not now?

Fitness

10 Minute Workouts You Can Do At Your Desk via Peanut Butter Fingers

 No time or energy for a long workout? Ten minutes are enough.

9 Habits Of People With A Healthy Relationship To Exercise via Huffington Post

Taking rest days, working out to feel good not exercising to eat – it’s about finding the right mindset.

 

Blogging

how to start a blog via Running with Spoons

Whether you’re just starting out or have been blogging and consider self-hosting: here’s how.

 

Good good [things to make you smile]

Do as I say, not as I do via Runner Girl Eats

 Who can’t relate??

 

Good good [food]

15 Perfectly Delicious Chocolate Chip Dessert Recipes via HuffPost Food

Great ideas for when I finally decide to stop eating chocolate chips another way than straight from the bag.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Bars – Gluten Free & Vegan via The Honour System

Just eight ingredients and decadent-looking while actually nutritious. Magical chickpeas once more!

Cookies and Cream Pudding Pops via Chocolate-covered Katie

Everybody likes popsicles and what’s not to like about these cashew-based ones?!

Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Bowls via The Pretty Bee

Creamy bean puree, lots of roasted vegetables and nutty brown rice – my definition of a perfect meal.

The Best Damn Vegan Nachos via Minimalist Baker

How does one say ‘deliciousness overload’ in Mexican? Also note the measurement for tortilla chips in these. Approved.

Cheesy Mexican Macaroni Pasta via Fit Foodie Finds

Notice a theme here? Beans, cheese, Mexican spice and everything nice – especially cayenne pepper.

Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese via The Iron You.

No words. Just no words. Or two: cheese heaven.

Chickpea Lentil Quinoa Spinach Stew via Vegan Richa

Everything you could want from a stew and probably a good use for the remainder of quinoa that’s been sitting in my pantry for… a while.

 

Happiness inducing today: The smile of a stranger.

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BeYOUtiful. [International No Diet Day]

Whether Valentine’s Day, St.Patrick’s or Cinco de Mayo: I’ll confess I didn’t celebrate a single one of these. Likely because I don’t feel a connection to them. Or the fact that they’re not celebrated over here [did I mention Germany’s way behind when it comes to these things?!]. Today, however, will from now on hold a special place in my heart after I found out about this holiday just about a week ago:

It’s International No Diet Day [INDD]*!

In case you’ve never heard of this holiday before: It’s a movement started in 1992 by British author and feminist Mary Evans Young who suffered from anorexia herself. The aim of this day of action is to promote positive body image, health and beauty at every size, body shape acceptance and diversity.

Now what to do to acknowledge the fact it’s INDD? There are  many ways but here are some to inspire more:

  • Tell yourself you’re beautiful. Because you are. No matter how tall or short you are, if you have freckles or not, brown/ blonde/ red/ black hair and big or small ears. Beauty has as many sizes as there are people in the world. Fact.
  • Write a list of what you like about yourself. All the little things you tend to forget in daily life.
  • Dress for success. No, clothes don’t make the [wo]man. But you’re on a mission to show even the last person out there just how amazing you are and you want to feel that way. Not to offend your favourite yoga pants but don’t tell me they made you think that. And if you’re worried: they won’t go out of style until tomorrow if you want to put them on again.
  • Don’t compare what you ate or the way you look like with others. We’re all way too different and – yes, it’s getting old but still rings true – there isn’t a one size fits all.
  • Compliment the next person you meet and try not to make it a statement about her physique. Let your best friend know how much you admire her creativity. Tell your colleague how great her new hair-cut looks [it does!]. Just make others feel good about themselves.
  • Don’t engage in “fat talk”. Where does negative thinking lead us? Does it make us happier? No. Body-shaming might have become a commodity these days – but that doesn’t mean we should keep it up. Fat talk is off-turning and – let’s face it  – a waste of time. Even the worst of fitness magazines has yet to claim that criticizing your thighs or mourning your lack of ab definition suddenly gave you just what you longed for. That’s not to say I was all around happy with the way I look. But it’s the way we chose to
  • Eat delicious food. If you’re tracking your intake or calculating macros: skip it today. Your intuition is much smarter than you might believe so sticking to a certain ratio of macronutrients you deem perfect Try to go with your true cravings. Even if just today.

 

Most importantly: Be yourself and celebrate being you . Not just ‘because everybody else is already taken‘. But because you are pretty awesome and – most importantly: unique.

 

See you tomorrow with hopefully lots of non-diet What I ate Wednesday posts all around!

 

Happiness inducing today: A random chat with a girl at the gym.

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Good good links #35

Hello there and happy Easter!

Even though it’s Easter I’m afraid to say I still don’t come bearing gifts [of the egg-shaped and chocolate variety]  ut you’ll forgive me. Because I still have some good reads to share that we might argue can’t rival chocolate but I think it’s important to have food for the brain and belly. Enjoy your brain food now or save for after you’ve successfully completed the Easter egg hunt [just don’t make me jealous]!

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

How Getting Called Fat Actually Improved My Body Image via Mind Body Green

Don’t let others define your self-worth or keep you from checking in with yourself.

 Envy is Ignorance via Kenzie Life

When comparison keeps us stuck instead of motivating us it’s time to step back and focus on our own journey.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

14 Habits Of People With A Healthy Relationship To Food via HuffPost Food

 Mindful eating, no off-limit foods or making up for meals: the signs of intuitiveness and a relaxed behaviour towards eating.

The Answer to Every Fitness Question via Brittany Lesser

 “It depends”: Just because something works for somebody else doesn’t mean it’ll help you achieve your personal goals, too.

76 Genius Ways to Use Coconut Oil in Your Everyday Life via Greatist

Not just good for cooking!

Focus on the change via The Lyons’ Share

 Stop waiting on the final result and celebrate every baby step towards your goal[s].

Inner Bitch vs. Inner Narcissist via Snack Therapy

” Say nice things to yourself.  Be kind.  Be outrageous.”

Blogging

11 helpful wordpress plugins . via Running with Spoons

Great advice to turn your [self-hosted] blog into an even better and more reader-friendly read by using plugins.

5 Tips To Improve Your SEO via The Healthy Maven

 Finding and being found: key in the online world. Here’s how to make sure others will find your little space in the blog world.

 

Good good [things to make you smile]

 You’ll Be Happy After You Read This Post. via Peanut Butter Lover

If this post doesn’t make you happy then… But it will.

I Hate Hashtags via Long Drive Journey

Can we please agree on hashtag moderation? #thankyouverymuch

 

Good good [food] 

Chipotle Chocolate Chili with Baked Polenta via Coffee & Quinoa

Chocolate in chili is amazing as is and this takes it up a notch.

Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpeas w/ Tahini & Za’atar via The Healthy Maven

A simple but intriguing vegetable dish featuring my favourite legume.

Tunisian Chickpea & Cabbage Shakshouka via the taste space

Traditional shakshouka minus the eggs but plus chickpeas – right up my alley!

Easy Cadbury Creme Eggs (Vegan- & Paleo-friendly) via Detoxinista

Just five [pronouncable!] ingredients and even more tempting than the original.

Dirt Cake with Chia Seed Pudding via Yeah, imma eat that

Not so dirty but actually elegant spin on chia pudding that might even convert a chia pudding skeptic like me.

 Erdbeer-Streusel-Käsekuchen via Eat Up Your Greens [German blog]

A vegan cheesecake even a non-cheesecake person’s dreams are made of.

5 White Vegetables You Should Eat More Of (And Why) via HuffPost Food

And here’s why white food isn’t bad. Reasons to eat even more of our favourite pale vegetable friends.

 

How are your celebrating Easter or – if you don’t celebrate – spending your Sunday?

What were some of your favourite reads from the week?

Good good links #34

Hello!

Okay, so there’s a snazzy way to describe an awesome last day of the week [Sunday funday!] – but where’s the equally as appreciative term for a really good Saturday? Looks like I’ll have to come up with my own because today [writing this Saturday night as usual] shaped up to be a really good one. That being said I hope that whichever day you’re reading this on will be awesome for you, too.

Good good links

As usual here are some great posts I happened upon this week. Let me know your favourites, too!

 

Good good [food for thought]

Gluten? Dairy? Paleo? Vegan? So Confusing! via My Food ‘n’ Fitness Diaries

Whichever diet you choose to follow: there’s no right or wrong. Just do what feels good for you.

‘Year Of No Sugar’: The Schaub Family Went Sugar Free For An Entire Year via Huffington Post

Going sugar-free for a year in a sugar-filled world: a family’s experiences and takeaway.

why 1200 is so, so wrong via the Real Life RD

 Further proof that the ‘magical’ number isn’t magical at all.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

rut the heck? 4 ways to get out of a rut. via Girl meets Life

Great advice on overcoming the dreaded rut everybody finds themselves in every now and then.

dating today via Build your Bliss

Lessons in looking for ‘the one’ – most important: love yourself.

How to embody ease via Sarah Jenks

Little changes that can help us feel happier and more content in every day.

Being social while being healthy and vice versa – 5 tips via Fit Swiss Chick

We don’t have to choose one above the other but can make both work at the same time.

6 Things Shy People Can Teach Us About Success via Huffington Post

Why being a little timid isn’t all negative and how to make good use of our natural traits.

When is the perfect time to get your sweat on? via Mrs. Murphy’s Law of Fitness

 Morning, evening or midday: Find your personal fit. There’s no one perfect time to work out but different benefits to all.

 

Blogging

Office Etiquette: Social Media Savvy via Lauren Conrad

Why we might want to think twice about when and what we’re posting.

Good good [things to make you smile]

How To Order Coffee Like A Local In 26 Countries via Business Insider

For all coffee drinkers out there.

How Badly Do You Suffer From Writer’s Block? via BuzzFeed

Answering this truthfully might be slightly embarrassing…

Good good [food]

Vegan and Flourless Almond Butter Banana Blender Muffins via the sweet {tooth} life

Easy to prepare, minimal clean-up and many delicious ingredients combined.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Cookies via The Almond Eater

Sneaky legumes in good-for-you cookies – win!

Vegan Taiwanese Shaved Ice via The Pancake Princess

An unusual dessert that’s both simple to make and impressive.

The First RAW Vegan Butterfinger Candy Bar via The Vegan 8

Bye, bye, Butterfinger! Dried mulberries are the secret caramel-y ingredient in this mind-blowing spin.

Nut Butter Breakfast Cookie Dough via The Big Man’s World

Have your cake cookie dough and eat it – for breakfast or any time of the day, really.

Homemade orange honey body wash via The Fitnessista

A non-food recipe that lets you feel good about what you’re washing your body with.

 

Happiness inducing today: Meeting a friend I hadn’t seen in a while.

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Good good links #33

Hi and hallo!

Has anybody seen the sunshine? It has been MIA over here the past days and I wouldn’t mind offering a reward for its return right now. Enough of that, though, because you didn’t come to hear me ramble about the weather [or maybe you did and need to get the frustration off your chest, too?!] but for some good reads from the past week. Whatever you’re plans for the day are I hope you’re having a happy Sunday!

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

“Clean Eating”- I’m Tired of Feeling Guilty via Clean Eating Veggie Girl

Don’t let the ‘clean’ label keep you from living life to the fullest – doing what feels right -just- for us.

Growing? Slipping? Or just addicted to dieting? Via Busy Bod

Letting go of control and the diet mentality – the hardest part of recovery.

Are You the Same in “Real Life” as You Are Online? Via Day with KT

Something worth thinking about. Are you?
Good good [advice and inspiration]

Finding Greatness in Every Day  via Hungry Healthy Girl

Great advice for being present and ensuring happiness in everday life.

It’s Not All or Nothing via Delights and Delectables

We’re never going to be perfect but being the best version of ourselves is enough.

 Why You Need More Than One Rest Day a Week via CotterCrunch

“REST is the most underrated exercise.” <- Yes! Give yourself the break you need.

 7 reasons you should hate your body via Peanut Butter & Jenny

Light-hearted and holding a lot of truth at the same time.

Fats are your friends via Sweat like a Pig

A week too late but I’m still featuring this post in case any of you didn’t see it because we really shouldn’t fear the fats.

Why I don’t read the Nutrition Facts via An Avocado A Day

For most of us common sense is a better guide to good food than any label.

Why All Runners Should Strength Train via Greatist

Whether we want to run faster or prevent injuries there’s no way around strenght-training.

Blogging

Finding My Blogging Voice via The Healthy Maven

A single sentence is to short to sum it up so: a must-read!

8 lessons I’ve learned about blogging (& my 4th blog birthday!) via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

Finding your focus, being different and why posting less can be more: Important blog lessons you might not have thought of.
Good good [things to make you smile]

Ellen DeGeneres Deals With Photoshop Controversy In A Hilarious Way via Huffington Post

See, totally not photoshopped!
Good good [food]

Blueberry Truffles by Gina [Health Love Chocolate] via SlimSanity

Blueberries and chocolate – a match made in heaven turned into little chickpea truffles.

Gooey Brownie Fantasy Bars (raw, nut-free) via Oatmeal with a Fork

Rich and decadent chocolately treats with an avocado-based filling.

Vegan Cadbury Egg Bowls via Fork & Beans

Can we talk about decadence? And a possible Easter dessert option sorted out.

Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Gratin via The Iron You

Vegetable goodness topped with an almond meal and cheese crust. Served with a side of PMS talk from a male perspective you don’t want to miss ;).

Chickpea Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Smoky Tomato Sauce via Vegan Richa

There’s just something about stuffed vegetables and when that stuffing contains chickpeas? Perfect.

 

Happiness inducing today: Watching two little boys play hide and seek at the supermarket. To be a child again…

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How are you planning to spend today?

Good good links #32

Can you feel spring already? It’s been making an awesome appearance with lots of sunshine today and I couldn’t be happier about it. Whether or not you’ve been able to soak up an extra boost of Vitamin D, though, here’s some Sunday [or boring-Monday-at-work] reading material to brighten your day.

Good good links

Happy Sunday!

 

Good good [food for thought]

10 years from now… via Healthy Helper

Do you have the right priorities in life right now?

Let’s talk belly fat and why not #tBELLYt via Be Mom Strong

Taking a closer look at some fat facts and why cutting down your intake won’t help you loose it.

My Addiction to Exercise Permanently Damaged My Body. But It Also Taught Me How to Love Myself by Tara Fuller via Greatist

A powerful story about learning self-appreciation and prioritizing yourself the hard way. Long but worth the read.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

 If at first you don’t succeed—quit! via Carla Birnberg

Why quitting isn’t necessarily a bad idea.

Looking At These 6 Things Will Help You Love Your Body More via Huffington Post

Showing that beauty and talent really doesn’t depend on size.

6 Tips To Get Motivated When You’re Feeling Depressed via Mind Body Green

 Not just if you’re depressed but have a hard time getting out of any kind of funk and moving.

 Why Going To Sleep Early Isn’t Just For Grandmas! via The Peanut Butter Lover

Longer life expectancy, desease prevention and more energy are conving reasons to hit the pillows early on.

5 Ways to Use Social Media to Stay Positive via Health.com

Don’t let negativity take over. Used the right way Twitter, Facebook and Co. can make you feel better.

Fitness

ANYtime ANYwhere Workout via My Food & Fitness Diaries

For those days when you don’t actually have time or equipment for a workout but still want to get it in.

How to get the most out of your workout via Keeping Healthy, Getting Stylish

Keep things interesting to benefit maximally.

Blogging/ photography

A No BS Guide to Food Photography via The Healthy Maven

A great guide to taking drool-worthy food pictures. And as far as #4 goes: start stalking Davida herself!

Helpful Blogging Tips via Eat Great, Be Great

Just like the title says a great collection of advice on how to blog even better.

 

Good good [things to make you smile]

23 Useless Facts That You Totally Need to Know via BuzzFeed

Useless, yes, but you know you want to find them out in anyway…

 Mexican graphic artist creates a Barbie without makeup via World Observer

Not just for smiles but making a point that really nobody is perfect.

 

Good good [food]

No-Bake Cinnamon Roll Protein Bars via The Healthy Maven

Ditch the store-bought bars and be on a [cinnamon] roll with these homemade ones.

Twice-Baked, Oatmeal-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes via Keepin’ it kind

Amazed by oatmeal once more in this unusal but delicious-looking recipe.

Enchiladas… like you’ve never known before! via Peachy Palate

A totally different spin on enchiladas – and totally intriguing.

Easy Peasy Freezer Fudge via Nourish by Melissa

Just four ingredients and packed with nutritious power.

Raw Citrus Cream Cakes via Oh, Ladycakes

Sweet, a little tart and almost too pretty to eat.

 12 Healthy Creative Cauliflower Recipes via Daily Burn

Further proof of cauliflower’s amazingness with [vegan] Cauli Mac & Cheese, Cauliflower Bagels and more.

 

 

Happiness inducing today: Meeting a friend to cook lunch.

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How did you spend your weekend so far?

Let me know some of your favourite posts from the week!