Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Call Me Monthly | August


I've decided to mix up my monthly round ups a little bit, so obviously I've also given them a jazzy new name (that Nick says sounds like a brand of tampon but never mind). I'll be broadening them out to include what I've been watching, listening to and reading each month because I was getting bored of just telling you what I'd been doing (so goodness knows why you guys stick around but THANKS).

R E A D I N G  |  I don't read half as much as I'd like, but a train journey gave me the much needed excuse to start a new book. I read The Passenger by Lisa Lutz and it was the first book in a long time that I haven't been able to put down. It follows a woman on the run from the law who takes on multiple new identities throughout her life to keep her true identity hidden. It was one of those annoying books that made me wish I'd come up with the plot and written it first (this happens to me a lot).

W A T C H I N G  |  Aside from Love Island Australia which I appear to now be addicted to, I introduced Nick to Alias this month, which I first watched as a teenager and absolutely loved. For anyone who doesn't know, it's a spy/action series featuring Jennifer Garner as a bad-ass CIA agent. Because it's been so long since I first saw it, I've forgotten a lot, which is good because it's exciting all over again, but bad because I'm not sure I really know what's going on any better than the first time round (there's a lot of spy lingo/complicated plot lines).

L I S T E N I N G  |  I've been listening to Coup de Grace, Miles Kane's new album on repeat and have just booked to go and see him in Hull in November. I'm a big fan of The Last Shadow Puppets (Alex Turner and Miles Kane's duo), but I was never that keen on Miles Kane's first album. This one is a right banger though (SORRY for not being literate enough to think of a better word to describe it), I'm fully obsessed and can't wait to have a dance in November. Fun fact: I used to have a hamster named after him. RIP Miles <3

E A T I N G  |  August was the month I finally took the plunge and became fully vegetarian. After taking part in Veganuary I'd cut down massively on meat and dairy, but it got to the point where I actually couldn't justify eating meat to myself anymore. If anyone has any tips on making sure I get enough protein and, more importantly iron, in my diet please hit me up cause this gal is hella anaemic and is currently living off pasta and sweet potatoes.

D O I N G  |  Aaaand just a little section to update you on what I've actually been up to...August has been a bit of an odd month in that I've simultaneously been horribly busy yet feel like I've done nothing at all. My blog and everything that goes with it has taken a bit of a backseat and I've been in a weird mindset. But that's totally OK...I'm coming at September with a renewed motivation (I'd be a millionaire if I had a pound for every time I've said that) and the realisation that it's OK to not do everything - I'm not a machine!

What did you get up to in August?

Amy x


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  1. Love this post, Amy! Green, leafy vegetables are your main allies for keeping your iron levels maintained. My August has been pretty good: Mr P and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary with tapas and cocktails in Nottingham, the new football season began, I caught up with old mates, celebrated my twin nieces' 4th birthday, started being more experimental in the kitchen which, for me, means branching out away from cheese/beans on toast, and started learning Italian with Duolingo x

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    1. Wow that sounds like an exciting and productive August! And you can't really beat beans on toast can you haha! xx

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  2. I am loving Love Island Australia too! It's so good! xx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. Isn't it?! I'm enjoying it so much more than the UK version! xx

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  3. That book sounds SO interesting! Definitely adding that to my ever growing TBR pile!

    Protein is really easy to get enough of, it's a common misconception that you need a LOT of protein to be healthy. Now, obviously you need enough protein but the amount you actually need is definitely not as high as people think, when eating meat for example, you usually intake WAAAY too much protein. If you're veggie (congrats on that btw!!) then by simply eating enough vegetables (just a normal amount, you don't have to be drinking only green smoothies from now on) you intake plenty of protein to be healthy because every single vegetable has all three food groups (carbs, protein and fat). I hope this was helpful :) I'm vegan so 2 and a half years ago I researched everything I needed to know to be a healthy vegan, so I've got this from reliable sources!

    Sarah
    www.sarahaurorax.com

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    1. It was SO good! Someone else said that too, so that makes me feel better! Thank you for the advice :) xx

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  4. Congrats on becoming fully vegetarian! I heading on a retreat next week that serves a strict vegan diet, so I'll be having a crash course on what it's like haha ;) Hope you're having a fabulous week so far!

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. Oooh that'll be interesting! I did veganuary so have tried out veganism a little! xx

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  5. What a lovely round up! I was fully vegan for two years but had to introduce a small amount of animal protein into my diet due to continual anaemia and crazy hormones. For iron I eat lots of seeds, nuts and vegetables as well as plenty of spinach - we get a lot of the nutritional value from spinach when it's cooked however we have to have a certain level of iron in our bodies in order to absorb it. Vitamin c can aid us to better absorb iron so have a think about introducing more vitamin c in too!

    Whilst still an animal product, I find that free range eggs are a brilliant source of protein for me and my body seems to really like them at the moment. I also really like things like hummus made from chickpeas or beans but I tend to limit this as pulses make me bloat awfully. Green peas and rice is a brilliant source of protein which has all the essential amino acids we need - I often make up a pot of this to last a few days and pile onto my plate. Finally, things like oats, seeds and nuts, I tend to make a homemade granola and have them every day.

    I hope this helps Amy, it'll take a little while to find the foods that make you feel good with your preferred way of eating but I'm sure once you do, it will all become much easier.
    Sending lots of love your way,
    Peta x
    www.pe-ta.com

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    1. Thanks so much for all the advice Peta! I'm definitely still eating eggs so they'll be good for protein. I'm thinking of trying to introduce some sort of green juice that has vitamin C in it too! And I love homemade granola so that's good! xx

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  6. Oooh, great roundup and thanks for the book recommendation!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Thanks lovely, hope you have a good weekend too! xx

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  7. Sounds like you had a great although busy month! This is a lovely way to recap and sum it up too! Good luck with the vegetarian diet! I know many vegetarians still manage to get enough iron - maybe you just need to find a supplement until you can get enough from greens and things?

    I hope that you are having a lovely weekend :) We went to a strawberry farm yesterday with the boys which was so fun :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Aw that sounds lovely! I went to London this weekend so had a good one thanks! xx

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