Friday Five

It’s a very happy Friday, friends. Guess why. My mom is visiting this weekend!!!!! She arrives in a few hours, and is staying all the way through Monday! I am super-duper excited because my mom is the best and because I could really use a mom hug after the tumult of the past month and a half.

I hope you have something to look forward to this weekend too. And if you don’t, now you do, because here is the Friday Five!

(First, here is a neat “fortune” I got from a hippie, organic food restaurant in Cambridge. So great, right?)

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Dirty Chai Mini Bundt Cakes

This recipe for (vegan! gluten-free! refined sugar-free!) chai bundt cakes was brought to my attention by a friend who suggested we make them for a Halloween-themed afternoon, whilst watching Hocus Pocus. Delicious fall-flavored sweet treats + witchy babes? Yes please.

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Re-Defining Eating Disorders

This article in the NYTimes is about how now that binge-eating has been added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) that eating-disorder clinics and treatment programs are trying to simultaneously treat “the fat and the thin.” My instant reaction is skepticism about anything that upholds the DSM as legit (as it has a history of violencing and pathologizing people of color, trans people, intersex people, etc. etc.), but I’m interested in the fact that the last paragraph of the article motions towards politics: Dr. Brownell believes that the two communities could work together as a powerful political force, sharing a goal of better food- and health-related messages and policies. “Better access to healthy, locally grown foods might be such an example,” he said. “The extreme presence in our society of unhealthy, highly processed foods are a problem for both of these camps. Some people respond by eating too much, and others respond by extreme control so it becomes an eating disorder. A healthy food environment would be a benefit in both worlds.” Thoughts?

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Kale and Apple Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing

This salad sounds delicious. I love the sound of cilantro-lime dressing, and I still have apples from an apple-picking adventure a couple weekends ago. Must make!

The Science of Happiness

This past Monday I told my friend I had “a case of the Mondays.” As a remedy, he sent my this video. I cried and smiled and cried and felt all the warm and fuzzies. It got rid of my Mondays. It’s really sweet. You should probably watch it and maybe smile and cry and feel all the warm and fuzzies too.

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Stuff From My Week That Made Me Happy

Teaching my first Yoga Sculpt class! (More on this soon)

More bike rides through my neighborhood/surrounding neighborhoods.

Phone calls with long-distance friends. So good for the soul.

Emails from long-distance friends (that I am still in the process of writing back to! coming soon, friends!)

Brunch with not-long-distance friends.

Affirming words from my yoga studio manager.

That Science of Happiness video. (Did you watch it yet? Srsly, watch it!)

The changing of the leaves.

Bangerz. (#cantstopwontstop)

Planning for momma’s visit!

What do you think about that eating disorder article? Do you love Hocus Pocus? What made you happy this week?

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5 thoughts on “Friday Five

  1. Jess says:

    Um, yeah, I totally teared up not even halfway through that video! I mean, I did come home early from work to make soup and cry, but this video had me happy-warm-fuzzy crying! Thank you for sharing. Have an awesome time with your mom this weekend : )

  2. FoodFeud says:

    mom visits right all wrongs. Hope it goes smoothly!!
    Happy to hear you are biking yr surrounding areas, was never sure how bike-friendly Boston was/is. Luckily they have a decent public transportation system too. Stay safe!
    In re: DIY self care skin regime, I do baking soda scrub once a week (anything more is too harsh, as I have sort of sensitive skin), along with a green tea-apple cider vinegar-tea tree oil toner daily. Every so often I use a Queen Helene clay mask too, when I’m feeling fancy :)

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