The chef gets healthy

October 1, 2015 § 3 Comments

Other people’s words about … life

Cookbooks are all about food and cooking, right?
But here’s what I found in a cookbook I borrowed from the library recently:

I generally don’t get into the whole ‘life quote’ thing; I pop them in a basket with mason jars and hip-hop yoga. But there’s a snowboarder I follow on Instagram called Kevin Pearce … who listed the non-negotiables in his life and it really stuck with me. I adapted the list to suit my life, but the fundamentals are still the same. When I am disciplined about making time for these rules, I find everything else falls into place easily and I am a better person, inside and out. That’s a good thing, right?
Make space for this:

  • Start the day with exercise.
  • Do yoga or meditate (even just 5 minutes): morning, noon and night.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Prepare food in advance so there’s no excuse to eat crap.
  • Drink lots of water, at least 2 litres a day.
  • Get outside, look around (not down at your screen) and listen.
  • Be present!
  • Take care of hygiene.
  • Read and learn something new every day.
  • Keep in touch with friends and family.
  • Lead with your heart and keep your mind close behind.
  • Remember that conscious breathing will always centre you.
  • Be appreciative and be patient.
  • Surround yourself with awesome, like-minded people.
  • Sleep and rest, as much as you feel you need.

from ‘The Chef Gets Healthy’
by Tobie and Georgia Puttock

I have to confess: the recipes in the cookbook didn’t do much for me. I like my carbs! (Tobie and Georgia have eschewed carbs in the name of health.)
But I loved Tobie’s list.
It’s a recipe for life, not just for food.
And, as with all the best recipes, you can adapt it and make your own.
It’s a starting-point, I think —
a good one, too.


List of tales

November 1, 2016 Comments Off on List of tales

Though this blog has had other guises in the past, it is currently about reading and writing. It’s about my love for words — particularly other people’s words, and how their words speak to me.

Here you will find a list of all the books (and other kinds of reading material) I’ve quoted from over the years, grouped into what I hope are helpful categories, according to what kind of reading material the quotes come from. The links below will take you back to the original post where you can read the words I quoted and find more details about the material itself.

From time to time on this blog, I have quoted from the same material or the same author more than once. The best way to find other quotes from the same author is to use the search function at the top of the page. Type in the author’s name and/or the title of the work, and away you go.

By the way, as an avid blog-lover, there are many blogs I look at regularly from whom I don’t necessarily quote. See Other People’s Tales for a link to my favourite blogs.

Works of fiction and literature

Mona Awad, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
Georgia Blain, Between a Wolf and a Dog
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Cath Crowley, Words in Deep Blue
Pamela Erens, The Virgins
Emily Fridlund, History of Wolves (also here)
Peggy Frew, Hope Farm
Kate Grenville, The Secret River
Paul Harding, Enon
Joanne Horniman, Mahalia
Alex Hourston, In my House
Elizabeth Jane Howard, Odd Girl Out
Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Metta Jakobsen, What the Light Hides
Mireille Juchau, The World without Us (also here)
Sarah Kanake, Sing Fox to Me
Michelle de Kretser, Questions of Travel
Kim Leine, The Prophets of Eternal Fjorde
Margaret Leroy, The Collaborator
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
Nicholas Montemarano, The Book of Why
Yannick Murphy, This is the Water
Maggie O’Farrell, Instructions for a Heatwave
Ruth Park, Swords and Crowns and Rings
Carolyn Parkhurst, The Nobodies Album
Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent
Michèle Roberts, The Walworth Beauty
Marilynne Robinson, Lila
Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends (also here and here)
Anuradha Roy, Sleeping on Jupiter (also here and here)
Michael Sala, The Restorer (also here)
Francesca Segal, The Innocents
Elizabeth Strout, Amy & Isabelle, and My Name is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Taylor, The Soul of Kindness
Hannah Tunnicliffe, Season of Salt & Honey and The Colour of Tea
Thrity Umgar, The Space between Us
Vikki Wakefield, Inbetween Days
Tommy Wallach, Thanks for the Trouble
Ian Weir, Will Starling
Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway
Hannah Yanaghihara, A Little Life

Works of non-fiction

Robyn Arzón, Shut Up and Run
Phil Bagust and Lynda Tout-Smith, The Native Plants of Adelaide
Toni Bernard, How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness
Elisa Black, The Anxiety Book
Kate Cole-Adams, Anaesthesia
Rachel Cusk, Aftermath (also here)
Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to Talk
Norman Doidge, The Brain that Changes Itself
Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive
Alexandra Heminsley, Running Like a Girl
Marya Hornbacher, Wasted
Elizabeth Jane Howard, Slipstream (also here and here)
Belinda Jeffery, The Country Cookbook and Mix and Bake
Caroline Knapp, Appetites
Olivia Laing, To the River (also here)
Valli Little, Feel Good Food
Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams
Tim Low, Where Song Began
Catriona Menzies-Pike, The Long Run
Sy Montogomery, Birdology
Beverly Potter, The Worrywart’s Companion
Tobie and Georgia Puttock, The Chef Gets Healthy
Katie Roiphe, The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End
Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby and Wanderlust (also here)
Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon
Scott Stossel, My Age of Anxiety
William Styron, Darkness Visible
Sarah Wilson, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful (also here)
Esther Woolfson, Corvus: A Life with Birds

Works of poetry

David Campbell, On the Birth of a Son
Frances Darwin Cornford, The Watch
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Some of your Hurts you have Cured
William Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

Magazine/newspaper articles and quotes from other bloggers

Nigel Andrew, In Praise of Blogging
Sophie Cunningham, Staying with the Trouble
Karen Hitchcock, Crazy Pills
Karen Hitchcock, Too Many Pills?
Lisa of Fifteen Acres, Noticing
Stacy Ladenburger of Delightful Crumb blog, Everyday Cake
Y Lee of Lemonpi blog, When Exercise Ruins Your Waistline
Pat McDermott, Tea and Sympathy
Ella Risbridger of Eating with my Fingers blog, Coming Unstuck
Molly Wizel of Orangette blog, All We Ever Really Want to Do

How to live well

July 16, 2017 § 2 Comments

Other people’s words about … health and wellbeing

My Top 10 Tips for Health and Wellbeing

  • Listen to your body
  • Keep moving
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Read the small print
  • Eat out less; cook at home more
  • Reconnect with nature
  • Reduce your stress
  • Appreciate the simple things
  • Share the love
  • Be grateful

from ‘Feel Good Good
by Valli Little

I am fascinated by other people’s tips for living well. I like Valli Little’s suggestions above, which are simple and practical, and come from years of experience.

My own strategies for living well vary, depending on my mood, but here are my current top ten:

1. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. And some cake.

2. Move — however you can, whatever your physical limitations.

3. Step outside.

4. Read books.

5. Spend time with people you love. Let them know you love them.

6. Know that happiness and sadness are like the clouds and the wind. They blow in. They blow out.

7. Practise gratitude for how things are. Don’t fret about how they could be.

8. Enjoy solitude. Know that you can survive loneliness.

9. Cultivate humility.

10. Find things …

… that make your heart sing.

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