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.
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.
For the last post on my blog of 2021, I asked around whether people wanted poetry books or graphic novels recommendations. It looked like it was going to be poetry books, but it swung to graphic novels last minute. Here we are. Recent graphic novels, comic and manga I've read and enjoyed. Leave your recommendations in the comments below!
As the year 2021 comes to an end, I wanted to give you another list of short reads to help boost your reading for your GoodReads challenge, either to meet the goal at the end of this year, or to set off 2022 on a high. This post has been separated into different genre/age categories.