Halfway through 2018!
What a month it's been. Phew! Since I shared my last Favourites post I have started my first 'grown-up' job, working in a part-time capacity whilst I finish my MSc dissertation and have officially passed all of my MSc assignments and exams (yay!). I injured my knee a few weeks ago and haven't been able to run, but thankfully I have found joy in moving my body in new and exciting ways in the form of walking to and from work, doing yoga with Adriene and taking time to stretch whilst listening to some of my new favourite music, and trying out Boom Cycle, which I LOVE.
Needless to say, trying to achieve a balance of all of these things has been a struggle, but I am getting there slowly. I am beyond grateful for the opportunities that I have been blessed with, despite having the odd day where I get home and just want to burst into tears because I'm so exhausted. Summer has arrived in all of its glory here in the Northern hemisphere, and my skin is slowly but surely getting a bit more colour to it. Luckily I have also had the chance to have a bit of a break from the craziness of London life whilst we have been travelling in Italy for the past few days, and will hopefully be a bit more rested and ready to tackle these next few months when I get back! Despite the fact that I'm sharing this a bit later than normal, here are a few of my June favourites. Enjoy!
I have been reading a couple of really good, very timely blog posts written and posted by different people on the topics of food, body image and making peace with our beautiful, unique bodies. I highly recommend giving them all a read when you have some time.
Earthly Tent - Kylie Mitchell (Immaeatthat)
When Food Hurts, Not Heals - Cari Turner (Get Well Club)
I'm such a sucker for romance, so I really enjoyed watching The Age of Adaline, which stars the likes of Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, and Michiel Huisman. If you're in the mood for a few tears (I cry easily), romance, and happy endings, I would recommend watching this.
I loved listening to the Dear Sugars podcast episode titled Trust Your Body, which featured the lovely co-owners of Be Nourished, Hilary Kinavey and Dana Sturtevant. The episode includes discussions around a letter signed by 'Body Negative', who explains how she was categorised as overweight from the time she was 5 years old, and as an adult has since cycled between dieting and eating all of the cake and ice cream. This episode includes snippets about the Health At Every Size (HAES) paradigm, the idea of body positivity and unconditional body acceptance, and finding new definitions of health and alternatives to dieting. There have also been a few songs that I've been playing on repeat recently, including:
Intergenerational Transmission of Parent Encouragement to Diet From Adolescence Into Adulthood (Berke et al., 2018)
The potential harmful outcomes associated with parent encouragement to diet in children, teens, and young adults have been revealed by previously conducted cross-sectional studies. This study by Burke et al. (2018) investigated whether associations between exposure to parent encouragement to diet in adolescence and weight-related and emotional health outcomes in adulthood exist, as well as to examine whether intergenerational transmission of encouragement to diet (i.e. whether this is passed onto the next generation) occurs.
This longitudinal, population-based study involved 566 adolescents from socioeconomically and racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds that were followed up into adulthood and/or parenthood. The researchers found that experiencing parent encouragement to diet as an adolescent was significantly associated with a higher risk of overweight or obesity, dieting, binge eating, engaging in unhealthy weight control behaviours, and lower body satisfaction later in life. Adolescents who were encouraged to diet by their own parents were also more likely to become parents who encouraged their children to diet and who had home environments with more weight-focused communication.
The full article is not open access, so if you are able to do so please access it through your academic institution (or through a friend that has access). If you aren't able to do this, here is a wonderful summary of the research that you can read through for a bit more information.
eating & drinking
Far too many 'easy' lunches from Marks & Spencers this month, having started working my first 'proper' job whilst juggling the research component of my MSc degree. Despite my lack of meal prepping and planning before these past few very busy weeks, I have been pleasantly surprised by the selection that the M&S near my work has to offer.
Other than that, I have been loving easy-to-prepare breakfasts like Greek yoghurt with frozen blueberries, sourdough with peanut butter, and the most amazing fresh summer fruit.
Tamzyn and Kaeli are Cape Town-based creatives that create yummy recipes that explore various approaches to conscious, ethical, seasonal eating. This dynamic duo makes and photographs the most beautiful AND delicious recipes. Seriously, #foodphotographygoals! I've tried out a few of them, and they are just amazing (these brownies are a much-loved favourite in our home), so I really really REALLY need to try out a few more this month. Their blog is perfect for when you're feeling a bit uninspired in the kitchen. They're also all plant-based and packed with alllll the veggies!
Pleekō Print Studio's Instagram feed is a feast for the eyes. I have been loving following their account for the past couple of months. Pleekō is a small print studio based in Somerset West that specialises in wide format digital printing and graphic design. You can read more about what they do over on their website.
Update on May goals
Photograph at least 3 new recipes - NOPE, didn't quite happen. But that's ok. I did manage to photograph these Rhubarb & Strawberry Kombucha Fizz and yummy Semolina Porridge recipes to share with all of you, so 2/3 isn't too bad.
Prioritise sleep - With a busier than normal schedule, more hours of daylight (which I'm not complaining about), and lots of things on my mind, I probably haven't been getting as much sleep as I should. Sleep hygiene is important for so many reasons - a lack of sleep is associated with all kinds of negative health consequences including increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. So I'm going to try to start small by:
Putting up a curtain on the one window in our room that we haven't got round to hanging up yet (I definitely wake up with the sun, which doesn't help when it starts getting light at 4am)
Switching off my phone and computer at least 1 hour before bed
Sticking with coffee in the morning
Finding some kind of evening (and morning) routine
Taste & See Blog posts
A revamped Wednesday Wisdom series
One of my new favourite breakfast recipes - Semolina Porridge
The coolest Gamechanger - McKenzie Caldwell
Tips for nutrition students (and those interested in nutrition)
My first Budding Entrepreneur feature - Life Bite
The most delicious Rhubarb & Strawberry Kombucha Fizz - perfect for warm summer days
Have a wonderful week, friends!