07 Sep August favourites
Over the past year, I have learnt to purchase items with intention and use consciously. So I thought writing up my monthly favourites provides me the opportunity to reflect and review what I invest my time and money in, to consider what I’ve learnt and how I can progress. So really, this blog post is for me!
But also, I know I have many interests, opinions and recommendations that other people have benefitted from, outside of nutrition. I enjoy skincare, books, travel, etc. So this monthly outlet will review a variety of things that have added value to my life and inshaAllah give inspiration for any interested readers 🙂
The Wise Traditions podcast is part of the Weston A. Price Foundation, an organisation based on the work of dentist and nutrition pioneer, Weston A. Price. This podcast has given me a totally unique perspective on nutrition. On social media, we are bombarded with information about the perks of going vegan or plant-based, but as I learn more about nutrition, I find an animal and dairy-free diet is NOT healthy and in fact, based on Price’s travels, there are no completely plant-based communities in the world. It is just not in our ancestry.
The Weston A. Price Foundation emphasises organic, pasture-raised, grass-fed, antibiotic-free, steroid-free, hormone-free and pesticide-free animals, non-toxic agriculture and biodynamic farming. The podcast addresses the benefits of this nutrient-dense diet for all aspects of living: fertility, longevity, climate change, sustainability, children’s health, gut health, skin, the sun, bees, cooking, money, sports and so on.
Whilst with my limited knowledge, I don’t agree with everything the foundation advocates, I do love and appreciate a lifestyle that is based on ancestral wisdom and nurturing traditions, and I have incorporated much of what I have learnt through the podcast in my daily life.
2. Monzo app
I believe in the power of mindful financing as a form of self-sufficiency and well-being. Regrettably, and I don’t think this is uncommon, a chunk of my sense of self-worth is attached to how much money I have and this app has honestly helped me so much, to establish a more caring relationship with money. It has enabled me to save a lot too, by allowing me to create saving ‘pots’ with specific and realistic goals.
Financial wellness is critical to our overall wellness – emotional, physical, spiritual. Connecting openly and honestly with our finances, rather than avoiding it, adds to our wellness. Talking bluntly about money is a taboo subject and it is not necessarily something we are taught at school (or at home in my case). But, it is never too late to teach ourselves.
I am a sucker for any natural treatment that boosts circulation. This green, gooey, jelly-like masque is spicy, stimulating and invigorating. It has a heating, tingling, slightly stinging sensation upon application but in the best way possible. My skin looks rosy and flushed for about 20 minutes (which I personally love) and gives clarity, brightness and smoothness (which I need, with my bumpy texture). Plus, the tiniest amount goes a very long way.
4. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X
There isn’t much to say except READ IT if you haven’t already.
The chapters following Malcolm X’s acceptance of Nation of Islam, and his actions and thoughts after his pilgrimage to Makkah just had me thinking a lot about what he may have thought about the current state of affairs and race relations if he were with us today.
I think Ossie Davis summarised him best: ‘a true man’ – a rarity in my humble opinion.