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Stories I loved this week.

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Want a more innovative company? Hire more women. (TED)

 

I loved reading this history of the chopped salad. (Bon Appetit)

 

Broccoli helps promote a healthy gut. (Science Daily)

 

Stop telling women their pain is normal. It should be treated. (The Guardian)

 

It’s true what your grandmother said: don’t go to the grocery store hungry. (Futurity)

 

New concerns about a widely used test to measure fertility. (New York Times)

 

This writer tried the top self-care tips on the internet. (Refinery29)

Stories I loved this week.

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How has your week been? I’ve been in training most of the week and all of Saturday, so I’m looking forward to some down time on Sunday. Here are some of the interesting health and wellness stories I’ve found this week.

 

Are you an oily person? This is a fascinating piece on the backstory of the two powerhouse essential oil companies, Young Living and DoTerra and how they’ve moved into the mainstream. (The New Yorker)

 

Middle age can fatten you up if you don’t increase your physical activity. (Science Daily)

 

Do you have a cast-iron pan? I have a few and I absolutely love them. They need a lot of love and attention, like a little pet. (Bon Appetit)

 

Women aren’t nags, we’re just fed up. (Harper’s Bazaar)

 

Why most diets fail. A first hint: diets are short term, lifestyle changes are for life. (goop).

 

Have you been following the vaginal mesh scandal? (The Guardian)

Stories I loved this week.

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After a long hiatus, I’m bringing back this weekly round up of things I’ve loved around the internet. There’s so much good stuff out there right now that I’m itching to share.

Do you put together a weekly budget for your family? I love this food budget diary series, mainly because it’s a great sneak peek into what people eat. (The Kitchn)

How to jazz up your scrambled eggs. Yum. (Bon Appétit)

Chromium is an incredible, underrated mineral. If you have big sugar cravings (especially in the late afternoon!), this is one to check out. (Well+Good)

I talk a lot about serotonin – it’s such a powerful happy hormone that we can boost through food and lifestyles. These are some great tips to keep your serotonin levels up. (Mark’s Daily Apple)

Have you been watching ‘Doctor in the House’ on the BBC? Personally, I love the approach on this show – a GP with a functional medicine approach spends two months working with individual patients to get to the root cause of what’s ailing them. The cases so far have been fascinating – definitely worth a watch. (BBC iPlayer)

And speaking of Dr. Chatterjee, the GP featured on Doctor in the House, he’s written a fantastic blog post about how diet can improve symptoms of depression. He says: “the nutrients you put in your mouth have a severe impact on your brain.” Wise words.

How to raise a feminist son. (New York Times)

Mindful eating can help weight loss. (The Guardian)

Stories I loved this week.

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How’s your week been? We’re planning a fun weekend, mainly geared towards pre-birthday celebrations for J.

He’s turning three (3!) and I think we’re more excited than he is. We’ve got a trip to Whipsnade planned for Saturday and then a trip to see a working Thomas The Tank Engine train on Sunday. J is going to love it and I can’t wait to see his reaction.

WINONA FOREVER. (NY Mag)

Have you gotten into the Olympics yet? It’s taken me awhile, but I’m there. I’ve been devouring articles and think pieces about the athletes and events. Something that consistently irritates me is the intertwining of female athleticism and femininity. Why do we need to be reassured about their femininity? (The Atlantic)

We’re currently in throes of tackling a very specific fear of monsters with little J and we’re focused on not amplifying the fear – tricky when it’s 3am and you have a crying child on your hands. (The Cut)

I love the sound of this summer gazpacho, especially on these hot August days in London. (Bon Appetit)

Could you cut out all food with added sugar? (Self)

And what about all the sugar in fruit. Wrongly demonised, the sugar spike from whole fruit is modulated by the fibre and phytonutrients in the fruit. (Nutrition Facts)

I love this so much. Reminds you that the way your loved ones (especially your children!) is so different from the way you see yourself. (Cup of Jo)

 

Stories I loved this week.

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I love this photo. We just bought a Chemex (the wooden and glass urn) and it’s seriously revolutionised our coffee making. We can make much smaller amounts and the flavour is just unbelievable. Try it!

One of the saddest things I’ve read in a while. The emotional cost that Filipino nannies pay for moving abroad to earn money. (The New Yorker)

I want to check out UBiome, a service that sequences your microbiome.

The case against skimmed milk is stronger than ever. (Time)

The power of “I don’t know”. (The Pool)

A fascinating long read on how one of the first scientists who raised the alarm on the harm of sugar was discredited by the scientific community. How times have changed! (The Guardian)

Have you heard of trypophobia? (The Conversation)

Sourdough starters – some people think that this is the only way to make bread. Have you tried it? My husband is obsessed. (New York Times)

Speaking of sourdough, Michael Pollan talks about it quite a lot in the Air episode of his new Netflix series, Cooked. Worth watching.

The most recent version of the Good Fish Guide has been released and I’ll be browsing this to figure out which wild fish and seafood are the best to eat.

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And just like that, the summer’s over, autumn is here and I’m back to the books for year 2 of my Nutrition studies. I can’t wait to dive deeper into vitamins, minerals and micronutrients amongst many, many other topics as I build up the knowledge and expertise to start my own practice. 

Feminism is for little boys too. Great points about the early conditioning of boys: “as the parent of young children I see the small ways the conditioning of boys starts. The sludge-coloured clothes in rough fabrics (WTF is the deal with baby denim and those tiny “occasion” suits??) or t-shirts covered in aggressive slogans and imagery.” (The Pool)

Given the increased danger of growing microbial resistance to antibiotics, this is a fascinating article on using fecal transplants to rebuild gut flora. (New York Times)

35 meatless Paleo recipes. (Well + Good)

Loved Jennifer Lawrence’s essay on her experiences with Hollywood wage gap. (Lenny)

Great interview with Rhian, the inspiring CEO of Psycle. (Psycle)

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Photo by Jazmin Quaynor

O Canada! We’re here! Everyone is so polite and it surprises me every time I visit. Not just polite in an obligatory sense, but in a genuinely interested way. I miss that. We’re here in Toronto for the week and it’s been great to show little J where I grew up and get him to try some Canadian delicacies like poutine!

Stop Googling. Let’s talk. And what kids feel when their parents are constantly looking at screens.  (New York TImes)

Don’t pull out a screen at every idle moment.Boredom is the last privilege of a free mind. (Guardian)

11 foods that help reduce bloating. (Well + Good)

Great point in this article: “These female bosses probably aren’t any worse than their male counterparts. It’s just that the ‘ruthless ambition’ that’s so normal, even admired in men is distorted into an unattractive ‘bossy aggression’ for women – either by the media or societal norms.” (The Telegraph)

I like this part of the Danish parenting approach – no ultimatums. “The cycle of what you give will come back to you. Good begets good, bad begets bad, out of control begets out of control, and calm begets calm.” And it’s interesting that the concept of the ‘terrible twos’ doesn’t exist for Danes. They call it ‘the boundary age’. (Mother)

A great overview on perimenopause. (goop)

Mother of a boy.

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Photo by Linh Nguyen

My son recently turned two. It’s a lovely age. He’s constantly on the move and has something to say about everything he does or sees. I get such joy from being his mother.

With this joy comes worry. I worry a lot about the world he’s going to grow up in. These days, it’s difficult to be a man. With the lad / bro culture, the ‘stiff upper lip’ and the negative images that are painted about men and their ability, I worry about his emotional development and about giving him the tools to take on the world’s perception of him as a young man.

I worry that as he grows up, the young women around him will be constantly exposed to messages of empowerment, and he will be seen as just another one of the ‘patriarchy’.

Yesterday, there was a fantastic article in the Sunday Times about this.

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The Sunday Times writer Katie Glass writes in the context of an increase in suicide amongst young men in the US and UK, that “while young women grow in confidence as feminism has evolved from dry academic discussions to being featured in Vogue…nobody [is giving] the same gleefully empowering message to young men… girls are told #thisgirlcan – who says that to boys?”.

Instead, we hear anger about men or even worse, apology. Boys will be boys. I can’t wait until this expression dies out from the English language.

As a woman working in media, making my way in the world, I have undeniably benefited from the push towards gender equality. More and more, as the mother of a boy, it strikes me that this equality should not be at the expense of men and indeed, boys. I worry that when my son goes to school, he won’t get the support he needs, because the education system seems to be so focused on giving support to girls to the detriment of boys – a terrible zero-sum game.

Some of this is natural maternal worry, I know. However, to quote Katie Glass, I want him to feel as excited about his future and his ability to make his place in the world as I do. I want him to feel as empowered as a man as I do as a woman. I want him to feel that all avenues are open to him and that if he works hard enough, that he can achieve whatever he puts his mind to.

Stories I loved this week.

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Photo by Denin Williams

I cannot believe it’s September already. The summer officially started for me at the end of June when I finished by my last exam, and with all the travel and family activities I’ve been doing, these past two months have really flown by. I was in Abu Dhabi this week for work and we’re off on a much needed family holiday to Formentera tomorrow. I really can’t wait. I’ll be trying not to overpost all of our lovely meals and beach trips on Instagram.

Like many, I’ve been trying to find ways to help the refugees coming in from Africa and the Middle East. (Elle)

Have you heard of ‘tone-policing’? I hadn’t until I read this defense of Nicki Minaj. (The Atlantic)

An argument-free marriage? Not something I’ll be signing up for any time soon. I completely believe in the cathartic qualities of a good argument. (The Pool)

How to eat carbs like a sane person. Otherwise known as listening to your body and eating real food in a way that works for YOU. (Summer Tomato)

Reading about the American battle against GMOs makes me really glad that I live in the UK, where they are banned. (goop)

Such a great piece about going through cancer treatment deliberately and with faith. (New York Times)

Stories I loved this week.

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Photo by Florian Klauer

It’s the end of another week and I’m inching closer to my holiday in Formentera. I really can’t wait. I’ve been devouring everything I can about this island (these Conde Nast guides are quite good) and I’m so looking forward to swimming in the clear waters and walking along the white sands. Apparently, it’s very much like the Caribbean and the sunsets are supposed to be magical.

An eye-opening look into Amazon’s working culture. (New York Times)

Sweet. A complete oral history of Bring It On. (MTV)

I loved this opinion piece from a woman who made a conscious decision to run the London Marathon with no tampon. Honest and brave. (Grazia)

Seems obvious, but very true. You don’t need a gym membership to get fit. (Guardian)

Fascinating piece that posits that Americans are effectively giving up their right to walk. (Aeon)

Totally relate this to this article about eating out with kids. “Above all else, we want everything immediately – table, menu, food, bill. We’re here for a good time, not a long time, and if we’re all done and dusted within the hour, it’s better for everyone since it can all go wrong on the fling of a chip.” (Guardian)

Enjoyed this piece by one of the founders of Facebook talking about the importance of both working hard and living a great life. (Medium)

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