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TrendWatch September 2017

In my spare time I read about all sorts of topics. The number of browsers open at any one time on my computer is unsettling to some! But I love it. I love learning about things that are completely removed from what I would normally see every day. Things that other people are working on, benefiting from, or learning from. Things that make a difference, help us achieve our objectives and improve our lives. Ideas that can be potentially applied to other industries and give us insights into changing business models. The topics range from physics to health products, environment to aerospace.

Today I am sharing a new passion project called TrendWatch. It’s bi-monthly news on technology, trends, hot topics, communication, creativity and innovation.

It’s designed to encourage ideas that go beyond the focus of our day-to-day work, and by asking relevant questions, being better prepared for the future. I hope you enjoy and take something useful from it, and I welcome your feedback.

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List: Favourite food blogs

Finally got around to putting all my favourite ‘go-to’ food blogs in one place. The list below is predominantly health-focused, but there are a few naughty treats in there, too. Enjoy!

Whole Food, Real Food
The Stonesoup
Notable recipe: Paleo Brownies

Sprouted Kitchen
Notable recipe: Pear and Buckwheat Pancakes

My Wholefood Life
Notable recipe: Chocolate & Chia Seed Pudding 

Eating Beauty
Notable recipe: Zucchini Pasta with Pepita Pesto and Garlicky Tomatoes

Kris Carr – Crazy Sexy Wellness
Notable recipe: Epic Raw Citrus Cake

My New Roots
Notable recipe: Enoki, Broccoli and Kimchi, two ways

Lola Berry
Notable recipe: Green Tea Soba Noodles + Tempeh

Chocolate & Zucchini
Notable recipe: Red Quinoa Salad with Red Peppers and Pine Nuts

The Healthy Chef
Notable recipe: Quinoa with Roasted Pumpkin, Zucchini and Basil Pesto

Petit Kitchen
Notable recipe: Banana Breakfast Cookies

Deliciously Ella
Notable recipe: Nutritious Nutella

Homegrown Kitchen
Notable recipe: Cauliflower Crust Pizza

The Mindful Foodie
Notable recipe: Adzuki Bean and Brown Rice Bowl with Carrot Tahini Dressing

Julia and Libby
Notable recipe: Chocolate Espresso Truffles

Path to Wellness – Melissa Ambrosini
Notable recipe: Rhubarb and Berry Crumble

Foodbabe
Notable recipe: Anti-inflammatory Smoothie

Supercharged Food
Notable recipe: Maharajah Indian Stuffed Peppers

Wholehearted Eats
Notable recipe: Caramel Chocolate Bars

Wild Health Food
Notable recipe: Almond Banana Cake

Paleo
Civilized Caveman Cooking
Notable recipe: Apple Cinnamon Scones

The Merrymaker Sisters
Notable recipes: Paleo Chocolate Brownies

The Paleo Network
Notable recipe: Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Balanced Bites
Notable recipe: Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

Paleo Jess
Notable recipe: Chicken Bone Broth

Paleo OMG
Notable recipe: Shredded Pork over Caramalised Mashed Plantains

What Would John Mack Eat?
Notable recipe: Breakfast of Champs

Gluten-Free
The Gluten Free Scallywag
Notable recipe: Afternoon Apricot & Almond Tea Slice

Elena’s Pantry
Notable recipe: Chipotle Orange Chicken

My Darling Lemon Thyme (also vegetarian)
Notable recipe: Red Cabbage Slaw with Sesame and Feta

GF and Me
Notable recipe: Rustic Apple Tarts

Raw Food
Better Raw
Notable recipes: Pesto Courgette Noodles and Red Velvet and Caramel Cream Icing

This Rawsome Vegan Life
Notable recipe: Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Cups

Golubka (mostly raw)

Ascension Kitchen
Notable recipe: Raw Chocolate Caramel Slice

Rawified
Notable recipe: Raw Oreos

Raw on $10 a Day (Or Less)

We Like It Raw

The Raw Project

Inphyusion
Notable recipe: Kettled Kale Chips

The Best of Raw Food
Notable recipe: Cucumber Sandwich

The Wellness Warrior
Notable recipes: A few raw desserts

Vegetarian
Veggie Wedgie
Notable recipe: Sour Kick Quinoa

Quiche-A-Week 
Notable recipe: Carrot Ginger Dressing

Vegie Head
Notable recipe: Potato and Sauerkraut Pierogi

Salad Pride
Notable recipe: Roasted Aubergine, Roasted Butternut Squash and Peas

Meat Free Mondays
Notable recipe: Beetroot Gnocchi with Smoked Almond Pesto

Vegan
The Vegan Food Diary
Notable recipes: Chocoloco Soft Serve (raw) and Creamy Straciatella Coconut Chia Pudding with Grated Raw Chocolate

Christine Salus
Notable recipe: Vegan Caramel Apples

Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes
Notable recipe: Crispy Matsutake Spring Rolls

Food for Food Allergies
Eating 4 Balance
Notable recipes: Grain-Free Apple Crumbly Bread

Sugar-Free
Sarah Wilson & I Quit Sugar
– Notable recipes: Mushroom, Walnut Quinoa with Fried Egg and Watercress Salad and Grainless, Sugar-free Breakfast Ideas

Food / Drink Delivery Blogs
Eat Fit Food
Notable recipe: Gluten Free Chia and Goji Bircher Muesli with Coconut Yoghurt and Passionfruit

Skinny Limits
Notable recipe: Raw Chocolate Cake Recipe

Protein
The Fit Baldman
Notable recipe: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Pancakes

Protein Pow
Notable recipe: A Fig, Goats Cheese and Prosciutto Sweet Potato Pizza

Fitocracy
Notable recipe: Vegan Banana Protein Cookie

Other Blogs
My Food Challenge
Notable recipe: Avocado and Chocolate Mousse (the healthy way)

101 Recipes
Notable recipe: Ginger Coconut Milk Soup

Oh Bite It!
Notable recipe: Cherry Cheesecake Bites

Simply Recipes
Notable recipe: Slow Cooked Mexican Pulled Pork

Rachel Schultz
Notable recipe: Fried Honey Bananas

Little Bird Organics
Notable recipe: Cacao Super Smoothie with a Clustery Twist

Dinner with Julie
Notable recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Gingerbread

Conscious Choice
Notable recipe: Almond Mylk

Craving Chronicles
Notable recipes: Chocolate Espresso Tart (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

Food52
Notable recipe: Avocado Chocolate Mousse

The Cultureist
Notable recipe: 10 Cleansing Smoothies

Reclaiming Provincial
Notable recipe: Homemade Nutella

Gourmet Traveller
Notable recipes: Slow cooking recipes

Taste and Tell Blog
Notable recipe: Double Stuffed Butternut Squash

The Greatist
Notable recipes: Healthy Egg Recipes

From Buenos Aires to Paris
Notable recipes: Osso Buco, Orange Gremolata, Carrot / Citrus Puree

Mindfood
Notable recipe: Five Spice Crispy Roast Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potato

David Bitton
Notable recipe: Mushroom and Vanilla Capuccino Soup

Integrative Nutrition

Authority Nutrition
Notable recipes: 101 Low-Carb Recipes

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Top 10: GIF resources, obstacle racing, home-cooked food and more

I’ve been doing a bunch of ‘Top 5’ posts recently to practice more gratitude and appreciation of cool/exciting/nice things. I’ve not posted in July so I’ve now acquired TEN awesome things that I want to share.

1) GIF Search and Reaction GIFs
Are you looking for that perfect GIF to express yourself? Check out the Giphy search site and the Reaction GIFs site for ideas!
Happy Dance
GIF taken from Reaction GIFs

2) The Futility of Comparing Yourself to Others
Just an all-round, excellent post by Leo Babauta. He gives the example of running in a park, and comparing yourself to another, obviously better, runner. BUT, when we compare ourselves to others, we don’t have all the information, so making comparisons is useless.

3) Sunrise clouds
If you aren’t a fan of clouds and you don’t follow me on Instagram, consider yourself lucky. Coz I adore ’em.
Sunrise clouds

4) Warrior Dash & Urbanathlon
If a year ago you’d told me that in a year I’d be doing things like the Warrior Dash or running for 12kms without stopping, I would have said, “YES, DAMMIT I WILL BE!”

It’s an incredible feeling to achieve goals that once seemed unattainable or scary. I was nervous putting myself up for a 5km trawl through mud and obstacles, but it was fine. I was nervous about 12kms and 10 obstacles through the city, but with some focus, training and team support, I can tick it off the list.

Shoes after Warrior Dash
There are many others to add to the ‘to-do’ list, including:

Or check out the Obstacle Racers calendar for a list of upcoming events.

5) Quinoa porridge
Quinoa Porridge
This is a bit of a treat breakfast, but healthy enough to not be too naughty! Perfect for Winter and tastes like it should be sinful. I make mine in coconut milk and a bit of water, by bringing the quinoa to the boil then simmering gently. I add raw cacao and some honey and serve with banana and cinnamon. Variations: cooking in almond milk, serving with berries. Delicious.

6) Rarotonga
In early June I visited Rarotonga for the third time. The first time was in November 2008, the second time was November last year, and this time was for a dear friend’s 30th with a great bunch of friends.
Rarotonga is in my Top 5 favourite places in the world. Check out my November post to get a better idea of why this is.
Rarotonga

7) There are so many paradises, you just have to pick one
I really enjoyed this lovely little post by Paola Parsons. Beautiful in its simplicity, it address the fact that life is never perfect, and often things can be in a state of disarray. But amongst the chaos, there is calm.

Paradise and happiness are what we make it. I choose my current paradise, it’s quite nice.

8) Sydney home-cooked food companies
I’ve already harped on about Hungry Mondays, but they’re not the only ones providing delicious, home-cooked goodness to Sydneysiders. Check out Arthur Street Kitchen and The Soup Stone for more!

Honourable mention: Auckland’s Jess’ Underground Kitchen
The Soup Stone
Harriet from The Soup Stone

9) The Ricky Gervais Guide to a Successful Career
Ricky Gervais – funny, opinionated and now, career advisor (not that he knows it!). In this post by Louise Fletcher we’re alerted to Ricky’s career/life tips, including:

  • Be true to yourself in order to achieve great work
  • You can’t please everyone, so please the right people
  • Worrying about how you’re perceived doesn’t get you anywhere, but worrying about how much value you add does

Check out the post for the full article.

10) Mark Grist on Girls Who Read
A man who speaks admirably about girls who read. In prose. #saynomore

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