Must Reads of the Month (42) + FFF

September 07, 2018

Happy Friday! Trying out this Fab Friday Finds thing again, Cora and Nicole's link-up to share what's been inspiring you lately.

With summer winding down, a fun interactive NYTimes analyzing the oh so catchy songs of the summer.

Another flurry of posts from the Man Repeller site:
FYI, you don't need to look good.
Some words on happiness
As a bad texter myself, this piece defending not replying spoke to me.
"The more I appreciate how much modern life expects of us, the more I believe that showing the people in our lives patience and understanding when they seemingly drop off the radar for a while should be the standard, empathetic practice."
Have you gotten into the podcast buzz? In case you haven't or are in need of more, podcasts to give a try with life lessons that they can bring too. On a side note, I've been digging this one called Love Letters from Boston Globe Media as well as Food52's Burnt Toast for quick listens. 

First saw this next one on Rachel Hartley's blog and gave it a read. The problem with nutrition and health goals: health = value; ≠ goal.

With another big transition coming up in my life (hello working world in t-minus 20 days!), I'm trying to think ahead in the space, the boundaries, the margin I'll need to create for myself to stay mentally and emotionally healthy. Sort of similar to what Naomi is looking to balance right now too.

One of my goals this month is to take myself out more--preferably at least once a week--whether this be for a fancy meal, a middle of the day movie, a coffee and book date. So these tips on on solo date nights (SDNs as the author puts it) came at the right time.

Lastly, I'm currently reading Lauren Graham's--aka Lorelai on Gilmore Girls--memoir, a book that's been on my to-read list for a while and my bookclub's pick for this month.  In one of the chapters, she talks about Hollywood diet secrets and this part really stood out to be. It essentially highlights everything wrong with society's standards of health. It's a pretty lengthy passage but well worth it!
"Over the years, I’ve been told that meat is an important protein; meat is bad for you; the best way to lose weight is to eat a high-protein diet; the best way to lose weight is to eat a vegan diet; juicing is good for you; juice cleanses are pointless; someone with my blood type should eat only lamb, mutton, turkey, and rabbit, and avoid chicken, beef, ham, and pork; bacon is okay; bacon is bad for you; consuming fat helps you lose weight; all fats should be avoided or used minimally; yogurt helps your digestion; yogurt has no impact on your digestion; calcium from dairy is good for you; dairy is bad for you; gluten is no problem for people without celiac disease; everyone should be gluten-free; kale is a superfood; too much kale can actually result in a thyroid condition causing you to gain weight; and using non-natural toothpaste can cause bloating of up to five pounds. Just eating fruits and vegetables? Sure, that sounds like a good plan, as long as you aren’t sensitive to nightshades (eggplant, tomatoes, peppers), like some people are. You could probably be fine if you ate nothing but spinach all day, unless it’s the spinach that was part of the recent salmonella recall. Fruits are okay, but some fruits, like bananas, are so high in natural sugar you might as well eat a piece of cake. What’s that? You’re still eating regular, processed sugar, the kind that’s can block their effectiveness. So enjoy your new diet of berries and water, people—unless you’re allergic to strawberries, that is, as many people are! And don’t forget to also be very very very worried about GMOs! And don’t drink just any water either: tap water is obviously poison, but beware the BPAs in your bottled water too. Also, try to get the type of bottled water that addresses your imbalanced pH levels, because while you may not know it yet, most of us are too acidic and not alkaline enough! Well, there you have it! Make sense? After all, I’ve given you the secret to everything. It’s obvious what you should do now. Could it be any clearer? You’re welcome!"
What was your song of the summer? 
Have you ever taken yourself out for a date night?
What inspired you this month?

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  1. Oh my gosh Lorelai - you are awesome.

    That Cup of Jo article about podcasts is so beautiful!! I've been really looking for some new podcasts that have nothing to do with food/health/nutrition/EDs, and this gave me some wonderful ones to look into.

    Thank you for all of this! And Thanks for linking up! Mwah <3

    1. Thank YOU for the link up! Hope you find ones you enjoy :)

  2. Awww, thanks so much for linking to my post! I loved the post about podcasts. So true. I listened to soooo many podcasts when I was commuting and I actually really enjoyed driving because of that. Thanks for the links!

    1. I'm looking forward to my work commutes for that reason too.

  3. Can totally relate to the bad teting haha. I took myself on a date last week to a coffee shop- doing that is such an act of love for myself. :)