#AMonthofFaves 2018 favorites

December 3, 2018

It’s time for #AMonthofFaves! YAY! Many thanks to Tanya Patrice, Kim, Andi, and Tamara for hosting yet again.


Today’s prompt:

#AMonthofFaves [The 2018 Favorites Edition]– e.g. to eat, drink, wear, smell, see, do, enjoy, best purchases, most used gift received, most used purchases, favorite concert, outdoor activity, place visited, most squee worthy moment of the year.

Listen, a lot good happened this year. I went to see Bruno Mars and Patti LaBelle in concert (separately, not together). Boyz II Men opened for Bruno Mars, which I wasn’t expecting, but which made my life. I bought an ottoman for my sectional, so now I can sit anywhere on my couch and put my feet up. My friend Kim invited me to go to Disneyland with her, which was amazing. I visited Santa Fe, New Mexico with my best friend. I saw HAMILTON. My mom was here for spring break so knows where I love now; my daughter was here for the summer and feels semi-comfortable in California now. I went to San Francisco and Sacramento, the Saved By the Bell pop-up restaurant, the Grey’s Anatomy art installation, a writer’s retreat in Palm Springs, and more book events than I can shake a stick at. I also bought a (now slightly banged up) car.

But this year has belonged to the Monash University FODMAP Diet app.

monash fodmap

I have written at length about my food restrictions and the challenges they have caused. But! This app makes it so much easier to manage my diet and triggers. I don’t have to guess at how much or what foods to eat–for the most part. If I’m having difficulties, I can check what I’ve eaten recently against the app and sometimes see that, oops, I ate just a little too much of something I thought was safe because it’s green (yes, I’m talking to you green beans).

I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to navigate my IBS without it. I am so grateful to the researchers at Monash University for making it available, and I am super grateful to live in the time of apps so that I have access to it. What a time to be alive.

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  1. Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf

    Oh my word, I need to give that app a try. I’m in the middle of a gluten challenge right now and feeling all kinds of confused. This sounds super helpful!

    • Akilah

      It’s not for gluten, though. It’s specifically for FODMAPs, so I’m not sure how helpful it would be for your challenge.

  2. natashajk

    Okay, going to Disneyland, seeing Hamilton, going to the Saved By the Bell popup, and the Grey’s Anatomy art installation all sound AMAZING!!! I’m glad the app has really helped you. It’s amazing what technology can do.

  3. Bryan G. Robinson

    Apps can be transformative… To a much (much) lesser degree, the WordPress app has enabled me not to rely on the laptop as much this year.

  4. Silver's Reviews

    Sounds like you had a great year of traveling.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Katherine Nabity

    I love hearing about when technology is helpful. Sounds like you’ve had an awesome year!

  6. Andi

    There is so much great stuff here, I don’t even know where to start! Bruno Mars?! BOYZ II MEN??? OMG! I’m so glad this app is making your life easier. Anything that can do that is aces to me! <3

    • Akilah

      Yes, I’m in California 🙂

  7. Tanya Patrice

    What a year!!!! Sounds like you had some awesome moments :0)

  8. travelingwitht

    BRUNO MARS. Shut up. I bet that was AMAZING.

    • Akilah

      THE BEST.


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