How To Use The Boots Recycling Scheme!

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Hi pals, My first blog post from me in a while. It's something i've been working on for a while, whilst I also tried to get to grips with how to use this scheme before telling you about it and how to use it! The Boots site is honestly very overwhelming and confusing and it isn't very straightforward with how it works, so I'm going to do my best to show you how to use the scheme and make the most of of it!

Top 5 Recommendations from Karl Knight

Image is a green and brown collage theme. Text reads ‘top 5 recommendations’ in bottom right. Above it is a photo of Karl, a white disabled man with short hair and glasses. To the left are three book and zine covers, sick magazine, poetry prize Kin, and sore loser.

Instalment 3 of my guest post series where people I know, and friends of mine, recommend 5 things! Karl has recommended a selection of media and added a couple of honorary mentions as well! If you're into queer crip media, this post is for you!  Karl Knights is a freelance journalist. His poetry and prose has appeared in The Guardian, The Poetry Review, Poetry London and elsewhere. He was a winner of the 2021 New Poets Prize. His debut pamphlet, Kin, is out now with the Poetry Business. He tweets.

Did I Start A Diet In January?

I wanted to talk through some of the gross diet culture of January, how I avoid it, and what I spend January doing instead! Content Warning, this will talk about things like calorie counting, dieting, EDs, and more along those lines.

I spend a lot of my year using a food tracking app and sticking to a rough calorie goal. I've found now that I'm 10 years (ish) into my eating disorder recovery, I don't find calories triggering anymore, and I have a healthier relationship to food and my relationship with it. I've had a lot go on in my life around food that I didn't understand, I talk through that in more detail in my video on my channel The ED Diaries, and a little in my ADHD Journey blog post if you want to know more about that so I don't repeat myself too much. I've had to deal with a lot of triggers like weight gain from life saving medication and restricting certain ingredients/foods for my Crohn's disease as well as re-introducing seafood back into my diet after 10 years vegetarian.

A Collection of Audiobooks on Spotify!

I'm not sure how obvious it is, but I love music a lot and have been a subscriber to Spotify for a few years. I mainly use it for music but also the occasional podcast, and I've been looking into what audiobooks are available on Spotify. Unfortunately, this post is aimed at people who are subscribed, because if you have to shuffle the album, you can't listen in order and I'm not sure how it works with podcasts. They don't have a specific audiobook format so they vary between traditional music album formats or podcasts. But these are the ones I'm thinking about listening to.