Here are my December Favourites:
Since reading “My Sister’s Keeper” a number of years ago, I think I have read and enjoyed all of Jodi Picoult’s book. They normally focus on a crime that addresses a particular moral issue with this one being no different. The book centres around a black nurse who is assigned to treat a newborn baby, parented by two white supremacists. When the baby dies after a routine medical procedure, the parents are very quick to blame the nurse and of course the main question is whether she was guilty or being targeted by the parents due to her race. Some of the early chapters detailing the death of the baby are very upsetting, I don’t normally shed a tear when reading a book but obviously this is not good bedtime reading for a pregnant woman! I really enjoyed this book and particularly the relatable and down to earth but tough character of the nurse’s lawyer who certainly learnt some tough lessons about racism from her client.
I actually read this book a couple of months ago but it has greatly influenced my current mindset and the information that I’m consuming so thought I would include it. Megan is a writer who has dealt with eating disorders in the past and is now at a stage where she is eating intuitively and is comfortable and in love with her body despite being considered “overweight” by medical standards and society. In the book Megan talks about her own experiences with eating disorders and diet culture and provides a history of diet culture over time while always keeping a humorous tone. I can honestly say this book single-handedly changed how I view nutrition and has encouraged me to adopt a more intuitive lifestyle with food and exercise. It has also made me realise that being “fit” does not necessarily mean being healthy, just as being “overweight” does not necessarily mean being unhealthy which is a common misconception. This one really does get you thinking and I would encourage anyone who is obsessed with diets or who recognises or suspects they have an unhealthy relationship with food to read this book…now!!
Nicky and I saw this for the first time a few months back when it was on at the cinema and rented it when it came out this month. This film is right up my street! It stars and was written by Kumail Nanjiani who fans of the brilliant “Silicon Valley” may recognise. He plays a comedian who comes from a very strict Pakistani family who would greatly disapprove of his interracial relationship with his girlfriend Emily. When Emily becomes ill and is placed into a coma, despite being broken up at the time, Kumail spends all of his time at the hospital with Emily’s parents (played by the amazing Ray Romano & Holly Hunter) and has to fight with his feelings for Emily and how to explain to his family that he does not want to live the traditional life they want for him. This is such a sweet and funny film and I particularly loved the dynamic between Kumail and Emily’s parents. Bit of a tearjerker at times but also a good laugh!
This episode of Don’t Salt My Game, a podcast focusing on non-diet nutrition and intuitive eating, discusses how to ensure children don’t grow up to become slaves to diet culture and can maintain the intuitive eating habits that we are born with. As a parent to be, I found this episode extremely interesting. The main points to take from this podcast were that we should be careful not to label foods as “good” or “bad” around kids, we should encourage kids to make their own decisions when it comes to food choices and encourage variety and listening to hunger cues and that restriction of certain foods could lead to over-consumption in the long term. Some of the ideas expressed in this episode would likely be too difficult for some parents to implement as they would be scared their child would become “unhealthy” although that contradicts the points made by the guest but there was definitely some good takeaways from this episode, some of which I would love to implement myself when the time comes.
As a nut butter addict, I’ve always been dying to try this stuff which some have proclaimed “the best peanut butter in the world” but I was always put off by the price. However, when I spotted the smooth variety on offer in Tesco I took full advantage. Made in New Zealand, it has no added sugar, no added preservatives, all that good stuff. Not sure if it is the best in the world but is certainly one of the smoothest and creamiest I have had and I’ve been loving it slathered on rice cakes, my current fave pre-gym snack. I would almost go as far to say that I would pay full price for this stuff.
Since cutting back on caffeine during my pregnancy, I’ve been drinking a lot more herbal teas recently and this one is definitely my favourite. It is described as being “a mint and vanilla flavour peppermint infusion.” To me it just tastes like a humbug sweetie and therefore gets my approval – a yummy winter warmer.
I don’t buy much in the way of clothes right now, since I’m pregnant I find shopping quite difficult knowing I potentially won’t fit into something in a few weeks time so I have to buy things that are going to still look good when I’m huge. This jumper from H&M fits this category perfectly, it’s oversized and baggy but not in all the wrong places so it doesn’t look like I’m drowning in it and it will still be an appropriate choice over the next few months as my bump gets bigger and bigger. Plus it’s the cosiest thing ever!!