The Fave Files #3

The Fave Files #3 A cobbled mountain path.

Lifestyle | 21st January 2018 | By

Hey friends, and happy a-third-of-the-way-through-January! I hope you’re having a great 2018 so far.
 
This week is all about the LINKS! I didn’t get around to writing a Fave Files post last week, but I still read a lot of great articles, so I’ve popped all of my favourites from the last two weeks into this one post. I hope you find them as interesting as I did.
 
The last couple of weeks have been a bit stressful, to be honest. I’ve been rushing around all over the place, visiting family, catching up with friends, commuting a lot, catching flights, and (slightly manically) squirrelling away on work deadlines. Alas, I’ve lived to tell the tale. I’ve even managed to read, listen to, watch and eat some things, too.
 
Here’s the Fave Files #3. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

Links I’m loving

19 Books to Read Before the Movie Comes Out in 2018 // Buzzfeed
To be honest, with a list of non-fiction books to read the length of my arm, these days I tend to feel a bit guilty when I read fiction. That being said, some of these books (and the film adaptations) look great! I don’t think there’s been anything I’ve wanted to see at the cinema for almost a year, but I’m intrigued by “Annihilation” (from the director of Ex Machina, which I loved), “The Hate U Give”, “Boy Erased” and “Between Shades of Grey”. You?
 
18 Fitness Tips These Trainers Always Give Their Beginner Clients // Self
1, 3, 9, 13 and 16 have been game changers for me. Focusing on the way working out makes me feel as opposed to how it makes me look has caused my motivation and enjoyment levels to soar – and this is why I have managed to be so consistent at the gym. All of my workout based goals this year are athletic in focus – meaning that they are about performing better e.g. wanting to do 25 proper push ups in a row and 5 pull ups with good form.
 
How Actual Smart People Talk About Themselves // The Atlantic
Very interesting read. From my own experience of meeting really smart people, I would agree with all of these things. I was interested to read about the Duning Kruger effect. Although I didn’t realise that it was an actual, scientifically proven phenomenon, I have often considered it.
 
An Open Letter to Women Who Aren’t Putting Their Needs First // Self
A timely read for me, and no doubt for many others, too. It’s difficult to ask for help, but such a relief when you do.
 
Five Small Ways to Protect the Planet // Inthefrow
It’s great to see such a prolific blogger writing about such an important matter. The information isn’t wooly, either – Victoria goes into a good amount of detail on each point. Give it a read!
 
The Truth About Trans Fats // Cytoplan
This article does what it says on the tin. It doesn’t talk a great deal about the chemical structure of fats, making it an easy to understand read regardless of your science background. For a more in depth read on the matter, I’d really recommend Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill by Udo Erasmus. It’s a little heavy going in parts, but extremely interesting.
 
A Guide to Trump’s “Shitholes” // Wanderlust Magazine
DEFINITELY article of the week. Oh my gosh, so funny. How… how is Trump president??
 
Immune Boosting Winter Citrus Smoothie // Half Baked Harvest
Ahhhhh… as usual, Tieghan’s photography is beautiful, and the recipe itself sounds delightful. Citrus fruits are in season in January, so it’s a great one to make while they’re at their zesty best!
 
9 Women on What They Bought When They Were Feeling Lonely // Self
I love reading things like this. It’s a little bit like Post Secret, if you’ve ever heard of that. Reading about people’s different psychologies and the actions they give rise to is so interesting to me.
 
12 Questions That Will Change Your Life // Thrive Global
I’m willing to guess that this article contains some much needed questions for all of us.
 
5 Steps for Getting What You Want Out of Life // Career Girl Daily
“Eradicate blame from your life, it won’t get things done or you where you want to be. Rather channel that energy into more fruitful uses of your time, evaluate your choices and decide whether to change them or not. Be willing to take risks in order to create the life you want and take ownership of them.”

Listening to

Eric Prydz – Opus
A friend at work shared this with me and at first I wasn’t sure what to think, but now I’m loving it. Great for the gym.
 
GIX – Wild
Another great song for the gym! I really like this. It’s very unusual.
 
Nick Murphy – Drop the Game
An oldie but a goody. I absolute adore Nick Murphy’s (formerly known as “Chet Faker”) voice. It’s gorgeous.
 
The Slow Home Podcast
I am just loving this! The hosts cover so many interesting topics and offer some great insights into big issues. I talk a bit more about this podcast in one of this weeks upcoming blog posts, where I’m covering my top podcast recommendations.

Watching

Random TV?!
 
I know, who am I? How did this happen? Honestly, I hardly ever watch tv. For me, there are just so many other things I could/would rather be doing. Or to put that more truthfully – so many other things I could be achieving. Over-achievement victim here – hi. So why have I been watching the darn thing?
 
Well, two reasons. This week I realised that we have paid for a tv license that we never use. Secondly, as a doctor, my boyfriend works an erratic shift schedule that means we often miss out on eating meals together or spending proper time together in the evenings. This week though, he’s worked a rare 9-5. We’ve both had a pretty exhausting week so curling up on the sofa and watching some crap tv has been a nice way to spend some time together, without having to go to a special effort.
 
Now, if I do watch tv, there’s at least a 95% chance that it’s going to be something cooking related. In fact, when I was in university halls my flatmates used to joke that they knew I was the last person to watch the tv based on whether it was on the Food Network channel the next time they turned it on. True to size, this week we watched Rick Stein’s new show, which saw him travelling through Mexico to try all of the local delicacies. It was… fun! I enjoyed it.
 
We also watched about half an hour of Taken 3. I have to admit, I have a guilty pleasure for the “Taken” films.
 
Don’t judge me.

Reading

Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat // Phillip Lymberry & Isabel Oakeshott.
 
…Yes, still! Honestly, I think the days where I could power through a book in 24 hours are long gone. Anyway, this book just keeps on getting better. Mind you, perhaps “better” isn’t the right word. The contents are jarring. More than once, I have had to put the book down and really think about the meaning of what the author has written, because it involves such a shocking fact/statistic/state of events. But please don’t let that put you off. Not wanting to find out the truth about the industry, or any industry, won’t make things better. Being a conscious consumer is so important. I wholeheartedly recommend this book as a starting point.
 
The EasyJet Travel Magazine
 
Am I the only one who loves the airport magazines? In my experience, they’re usually such an unexpectedly great source of travel tips. I fly with EasyJet fairly regularly when flying back to my hometown or travelling to Europe for a city break, so I always make sure to pick up the latest copy of their travel magazine from the seat pocket. #notsponsored
 
Stylist Magazine
 
Like the EasyJet travel magazine, I always make sure to pick up a copy of the latest Stylist when I’m flying. It’s such a great little magazine packed with interesting features!

Eating/Drinking

Oat Milk Flat Whites
 
One of my new years goals was to go for a walk every day. This might not sound like a big deal to some, but as someone who works from home, it can be very easy to find yourself spending the whole day indoors. To honour this goal, I’ve been carving out 30 minutes every day to walk up the hill to my local coffee shop, grab an oat flat white and walk a few laps around the block while listening to a podcast. I already feel so much better. Even though I walk to the gym at least three or four times a week, going for a walk for the sole purpose of walking -not trying to get anywhere- is a wonderful feeling.
 
Black Bean Spaghetti
 
I love black bean spaghetti! It’s super high protein, so I tend not to worry about having an additional protein source with it as I would with other types of pasta. This week I’ve been having it with a homemade spicy tomato and paprika sauce, spring greens, sweetcorn and black beans.
 
Toast with Peanut Butter and Banana
 
Truly one of life’s greatest pleasures.
 
Protein Smoothies
 
For an afternoon snack, I’ll often whizz up a protein shake with a generous dollop of nut butter – perfect for stabilising blood sugar levels. The flavour of the week this week has been mixed frozen forest fruits, frozen spinach, Misfits nutrition vanilla protein powder (For a vanilla flavoured vegan protein powder, I was really impressed with this!), natural almond or peanut butter (top tip – the own brand almond butter from Sainsbury’s is 100% natural and tastes insane, as does the 100% natural peanut butter from Morrisons), and oat milk.
 
A work colleague asked me what was in my smoothie this week, and to my reply, I was asked whether it is normal to combine fruits and vegetables together in a smoothie. Yes – why on earth not?! In the case of spinach, you can’t taste it all. It’s a great way to sneak more veggies into your diet. Trust me – and try it! If you need some inspiration, check out the recipe for my Pina Colada Protein Smoothie and Raspberry and Nectarine Protein Smoothie.
 
Spring Greens
 
Spring greens, full of vitamins C and K, are probably my favourite leafy green vegetable. They’re delicious with a drizzle of tahini.
 
…Then again, most things are.

I’d love to know what you’ve been loving this week, too! Let me know in the comments!

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