I almost forgot to put together my 'Favourites' post this month, this past month has just flown by too quickly! Since I last shared one of these posts, I have officially finished all of my taught MSc modules, have written my last exam, and am getting into the groove of being a researcher conducting a human intervention study. I have also been lucky enough to travel to Bath with my mom, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Marseilles (pictured above), which has been such an amazing blessing in itself. Looking back at where I was a year ago, and I'm just amazed at where the Lord has led my husband and myself to today. It was actually around this time last year that we made the decision to pursue this BIG move to the UK, and although the uncertainty of moving countries can be really scary I am so glad that we just rolled with it. Anyway, I hope that I can encourage you today by just saying don't ever let fear hold you back! Here are some of the cool things that I've been enjoying over the past month.
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I have been talking about this book and the principles of Intuitive Eating on the blog and on my social media channels for a while, but I've been reading this book again in preparation for something that I'll be doing with a few other nutrition professionals in the coming months. All I can say is that if you don't have this book, get your hands on a copy and give it a read, and if you do have this book, why not give it another read?
Guardians of the Galaxy - After watching the new Avengers: Infinity Wars, we ended up re-watching some of the 'older' Marvel films on Netflix. More specifically, The Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1 (my husband is a fan of superhero movies, so I seem to have inherited this from him in the last few years).
Continuing with the Guardians of the Galaxy theme, I've also been enjoying the songs on the mixtape soundtrack from both the 1st and 2nd films recently.
Nutrition-related Research + other great reads
Find a Quiet Place (The Angry Chef) - This piece of writing is an absolute gem, so please do give it a read.
When it comes to the gut microbiome, not all fibre is equal - This systematic review and meta-analysis found that dietary fibre intervention, particularly that involving fructans and galacto-oligosaccharides (FOS + GOS), leads to a higher faecal abundance of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus bacterial species (these are generally considered to be the 'good guys').
My Life as a Public Health Crisis - This is one of the most thought-provoking, beautifully written pieces of writing that focuses on some of the discourses related to obesity and poverty. This is recommended for anyone working or interested in public health, and pretty much all healthcare professionals working with patients.
eating & drinking
I have been meaning to order a box of goodies from Fermented by Lab for a while now, and finally placed my order for a small box of 3 fermented drinks and 3 veggie ferments earlier this week. Not only are the products packaged beautifully, but they’re pretty delicious too. I haven’t tried all of them yet but did enjoy the Golden Beet & Thyme Kraut with my omelette a few days ago and it was sooo good. I'm excited to try all of the other goodies over the next while - the flavour combinations are just amazing.
I remember reading Gather & Feast a few years ago, but somehow this beautiful blog got lost in the midst of things out there on the Internet. Thankfully I came across it once again in the past few weeks (and have made sure to bookmark it!). Ashley's recipes are amazing, and her photography is just beautiful. I mean how amazing does this Blood Orange & Blackberry Vanilla GF Cake with Warm Orange Syrup look? And her Veggie Packed 'Rainbow' Lasagne? You can also get hold of her free ebook here (it is absolutely stunning).
Jamie put together the most amazing prompts for the #ditchthedietchallenge on Instagram that I've been part of over the past week. The idea behind the challenge has been to share some really practical tips and information relating to how we can all step away from overly restrictive eating, reject the diet mentality, and learn to appreciate our unique body.
There has been such amazing engagement with each and every tip that has been shared, and for that, I am so grateful. I think that I will do a round-up here on the blog of all the posts that I shared sometime in the next few weeks, what do you think?
Update on April goals
Sunday social media detox - This hasn't always fallen on a Sunday, but I have managed to 'switch off' for a day most weekends.
Dry brushing - I'm a huge fan. I often forget to spend a few minutes doing this after every shower, but I have loved dry brushing every now and then. It's been great for my skin, helps me be still for a while before a busy day, and helps to relax a bit before bed time.
Photograph at least 3 new recipes - I have found it so difficult to prepare and photograph nice new recipes to share on the blog over the past couple of months, purely because classes and life, in general, has been so busy.
Have a wonderful weekend friends!