I think it’s the paranoid ‘what if I lose all my memory’ in me, that makes me so determined on recording these ‘Current Obsession’ posts. It’s kind of like have a time capsule in blog-form.
This month I’ve been feeling a little more experimental (may be it’s the sea breeze… or just Brighton in general!) but I’ve been keen to try new things – food, work, play and so on.
I’ve also admitted to myself that I’m not 100% happy with how my digestion has been behaving. I consider my GI tract to be pretty resilient; dairy (whey, specifically) being the only thing that consistently bothers me.
But for whatever reason, I’ve been dealing with a fair amount of bloating and gas that just doesn’t seem right… The only reason I’ve been avoiding seeking out the answer is that I love my current diet!
Anyway, I’m working with a local nutritionist, and geeking out on all things food with her! I wonder if all her clients get this excited by blood sugar levels and the endocrine system…
Will keep you posted on any discoveries made there. But for now – my 7 current obsessions!
1) Early morning mandala doodling
This is an odd one, but who knows – it might be the next ‘5 minute journal’…
After my yoga, my meditation, my list of 10 random ideas, I’ve been sticking on either a podcast or Youtube video that discusses spirituality or mindset or some other woo-woo self-improvement stuff, and just doodling while making the odd note.
It just feels amazing. I found myself drawing these mandalas because it becomes kind of autonomic: as in, I don’t really think about what I’m doing and I basically get into a jammy little flow state.
Plus, the result can be quite pretty.
Give it a go! No serious drawing skills required 😉
Hah! OK, I promise no more woo after this one.
You might have come across affirmations before, and as much as I like the idea… I sometimes find myself thinking ‘yeah, Cat… I don’t fully believe you’
Which kind of ruins the effect. With incantations (this is a Tony Robbins thing by the way, and yes you should absolutely watch I Am Not Your Guru – with tissues at the ready) you’re engaging your whole body; your nervous system to really drill the mantra or whatever it is, into your head.
So this might be pacing around like a crazy person and really trying to feel an emotion, attached to your incantation. Just like exercise releases endorphins, I can totally see why changing our physiology can have a powerful effect on our thoughts.
3) Ginger beer
There we go – a food/drink related obsession!
Yes, this is a total guilty pleasure, but I was in M&S the other day and got drawn to a bottle o’ ginger beer. It just hit the spot, on a surprisingly warm day.
4) Infused water
Another thing I’ve been doing to get some liquid in me is adding lemon or cucumber or mint to my plain old water, and chilling it.
I know – not exactly cutting edge. But WHY wasn’t I doing this before??
I stopped drinking tap water, and basically only drank sparkling water for the last couple of years to the point I was seriously considering getting a soda stream.
Then, I recently found out that it probably wasn’t the best for my gut (apparently it makes it too acidic?) and that I should start balancing it out with some still stuff.
Lemon in particular is great to add because it makes the water more alkaline – just what my belly needs!
5) The sea
Not helpful for you if you live super inland, but I’m sure the majority of us tries to get to some large area of water on the occasion – especially at this time of year.
Being by the sea, I think, has had a huge impact on my overall happiness baseline. It’s hard to be stressed out or bummed when you wake up to this beautiful sight.
Brighton can certainly get busy and bustling, and the seagulls don’t let you forget they’re there, but on my early morning strolls it just feels like heaven.
6) My sleep mask
I’m giggling because of how difficult this photo was to take.
TRY IT. Try taking a selfie with a sleeping mask on.
What was I thinking??
ANYWAY: this thing is a life saver. I didn’t want to invest in (or be bothered putting up) blackout blinds in my new place, so I figured I’d give this a blow.
For anyone new to sleeping masks, and think they’d be distracting, you’re right. They CAN be. I did buy one before this, for a few quid, and it was totally useless.
Uncomfortable and STILL let the light in!
This one has been perfect though. It’s moulded so you don’t notice it on your eyelids, and it really does keep the light out.
7) Oat fibre
This is a new one to me – I came across it on the co-founder of Quest bar’s Instagram, and started googling.
It’s basically some bastardised form of oatmeal that has pretty much all the digestible carbs removed, and is crazy good for baking with if you’re watching them carbs.
I think it’s fairly easy to buy in the US, but if you’re struggling to find it in the UK, I bought it from here. (No affiliate link – I just dig it.)
When I’ve baked up something that is both delicious AND photogenic – you’ll be the first to know about it 😉
That’s all for now folks! I’d love to read about some of YOUR current obsessions – let me know in the comments below, or hit me up on Twitter @catfoodisgood4u