Hi friends, and a belated Happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians! I hope your day was filled with all the poutine and Nanaimo bars your little liberal hearts desire!
We spent Canada day in the Spanish Pyrenees this year. Niko and I celebrated by splashing in a refreshing pool with killer mountain views, and Paul did what makes him happy; spent 8.5 hours running through the mountains in 29°C heat. Whatever works, right?!
I feel like I start most of these monthly roundups by saying the same thing - where did the month go? But for real you guys, holy crap, what happened to June?!
June was a month filled with visitors, some quality time with friends, a particularly busy period with work as projects wrap up before the summer break, and end of year celebrations at daycare.
In general, June is one of my favourite months of the year. The weather is generally pretty good, local produce is coming into season, and there's the potential of the entire summer still ahead of us. While I find late summer beautiful it's also kind of melancholy, and June is so fresh-faced and vibrant.
But now July is here, and I'm ready for it with an open heart and a lot of hope about some of the wrongs in the world getting righted. Which leads me to...
When in doubt, donate
My donation for June is going once again to Together Rising in support of the separated families at the US border. I think there are many worthy charities working in support of this cause, and I've chosen Together Rising because they're distributing funds amongst other charities and practical uses. A portion is going to RAICES, a portion is going to hiring lawyers and paralegals to work directly with these families. You can read more about exactly how they're distributing every penny they receive on their website.
Why this charity two months in a row? Listen, I know there's a lot of horrific stuff happening all around the world, and normally I do move around from local to international charities. But this situation is particularly horrifying to me as a mother, an immigrant, and as someone who grew up along the US / Canadian border.
We, as human people, need to do better than this. To think of having my child taken away unimaginable to me. The cruelty of this situation, both for the parents and the children, is just beyond. So I will continue to throw my money at this situation until those families have been reunited.
Nutrition Lady, in other places
Over on Hello Veggie I shared some thoughts about raising vegetarian kids. Full disclosure: my own kid is not vegetarian. We did a baby-led feeding approach with him, and it didn't seem fair to tell him he couldn't eat the things his dad and other family members are eating. A lot of our meals are vegetarian by default, but when there is meat on offer he'll often give it a try and seems to like it.
On Hello Glow I gave a glimpse into what a typical day of eating looks like for this Nutrition Lady... if you wanna snoop my routine, give it a look! I also shared some guidance for those who are looking to transition towards a more plant-based diet, with some easy, practical tips to help get started.
What's trending on HNL right now
These are the five most popular posts on Hey Nutrition Lady over the last 30 days!
1. Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Smoothie. Have you tried this one yet? It's friggen delicious!
2. Mung Bean and Coconut Curry. This is perhaps the most popular recipe of all time on HNL. It's So Good!
3. Berry Cream Pie Overnight Oats. Aka, my breakfast on repeat for the past couple of months ????
4. Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps. An oldie but a goodie. I really need to take better photos of this one!
5. Tempeh Bolognese. I'm glad to see this recipe is getting some traction. It's totally delicious!
Last but not least, the links!
1. Is salt bad? A prison study may hold the answer.
3. Have you heard about this trend of throwing the whole avocado pit into your smoothie? How safe is it to eat avocado pits, really?
The next five articles all come from Self Magazine's weight issue. I think the entire issue is worthy of your time, but I've cherry picked my top five to share here today.
6. The way we talk about bodies has changed. What we do about it comes next. (by Lindy West, whose book Shrill (<-- affiliate link!) is one of my favourite reads of this year so far and should be required reading for all human people.)
8. The Science on Weight and Health. A long and worthy read that breaks down what we know and what we don't know when it comes to weight and health.