Welcome back to another favorite things post! I hope you enjoy it, and I’d love to hear what makes you happy in the comments or over on Instagram. Let’s get to it…
Listen: My favorite podcasts, music and books from this month.
- Your Words Matter: How You’re Playing Small + Giving Away Your Power from She Thrives Radio. My biggest takeaway from this episode was how much we all say “I’m sorry.” I’ve started paying more attention to the times I say it, and I’m realizing that most of them are entirely unnecessary, and actually self-destructive. This podcast is life-changing.
- Vegetarianism Explained from Wise Traditions, and Kale vs. Cow with Diana Rodgers from Balanced Bites. A different take on sustainability with lots of a-ha moments.
- Balancing Functional Nutrition With Western Medicine, Katie’s Empowering View on Body Image and Finding Sanity and Self-care in Busy Seasons with Katie Lemons from The Chasing Joy Podcast. I’ve been following Katie on Instagram for awhile now, and I love her sense of humor and her focus on intellectual performance over appearance. This podcast was a breath of fresh air from “eat healthy to be fit” and offered more of a holistic view of health, an “eat well and move your body to nourish your brain and learn as much as you can to help the world and yourself” approach. I loved it.
- Music to study with: Brain Food, Calm Vibes, and Ambient Chill playlists on Spotify.
- Harry Potter audiobooks. I listen to them in the car every day and they are a breath of fresh air from all the school stress. A definite high point of my day!
Move: Lower-intensity movement and strengthening exercises are my friends now that I’m taking a break from running.
- Shona Vertue’s Youtube for yoga and strengthening.
- This Pilates-inspired workout from Popsugar Fitness.
- Down Dog yoga app. I treated myself to the pro version for Christmas, and if nothing else it’s inspired me to do more yoga to take advantage of it!
- Still in the basketball season and loving it.
Eat: I’ve been trying to meal-prep a bit more, at least snacks and breakfasts for school days, and I’ve seen lots of benefit, both in eating healthy and in my stress levels. Here are some of the things I’ve tried.
- Golden Chip Bliss Balls from Alison Wu. These are so delicious and satisfying for an afternoon pick-me-up or accompaniment to breakfast.
- My “Oatmeal” Raisin Cookies. I took my own advice and mixed up the ingredients this time (partially because I was out of some of them), using part almond butter and part peanut butter, substituting some almond flour for some of the coconut flakes, and adding a few tablespoons of raw cacao powder. They’re tasty but pretty crumbly! I’ll have to keep tweaking the recipe, but for now they’re a good snack.
- Breakfast frittata. I mixed one up with butternut squash, onions, and goat cheese and kept it on hand for breakfasts all week.
- I’ve also been really into kale lately, sautéeing it up and eating it as much as I can.
- Sandwiches. This past summer I would have looked down on the number of sandwiches I’m eating now, but honestly I am just doing what I can to fuel my brain, like Katie said. It’s not worth it to obsess over food. I’ve been there, and I’m not interested in going back. Life is more than what’s on my plate.
- And of course sauerkraut. When am I not into sauerkraut?!
Live: Random little things that bring me joy.
- Decorating and organizing my room with twinkle lights and plants, including the cutest tiny succulent I’ve ever seen.
- Spending weekends in sweatpants and cozy sweaters. If I need to study I might as well be comfortable doing it!
- Cooking for fun.
- Taking pictures. I really miss the artistic side of food photography that I used to do so much. I even had a little “studio” set up in our guest room! Now that I have my own camera I’m trying to take some pictures every weekend for study breaks and just because I enjoy it.
- Experimental photo editing. While on the bus to a basketball game, I played around with some Snapseed features I hadn’t tried before. It gave me some ideas for things I can do with my food photos!
- Still going strong with my Calm meditations. I’ll leave you with some wisdom from the app. Have a great week everyone!