Monthly Archives: December 2013

Vegetable roast – Low FODMAP grains

31Dec

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Ingredients 25 g sunflower and pumpkin seeds 25 g red skinned peanuts 4 sprigs of fresh thyme 120 g of buckwheat 80 g oat fibre (gluten free) 1 large red pepper 3 carrots 125 mls water from cooked carrots 1 … Continue reading

  

This time last year I weighed 34st 12.5lbs…

31Dec

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I now weigh 25st 5.5lbs…so I still have a long way to go before I reach my target, but 2013 has been a fantastic year! My mathematics leave a little to be desired, but I believe that this is a … Continue reading

  

What's it Like to Hear Nasty Voices?

30Dec

This blog post is about what it is like to hear nasty voices and may contain triggers. Some people hear voices which aren’t nasty and they can have a positive experience with their voices. This is about the nasty voices … Continue reading

  

Disco Eyes…

30Dec

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What the heck is happening with my poor eyes? The recurring theme of the day is what I have termed ‘Disco Eyes’…like a light show whether my eyes are closed or open. So this may well be a quick post … Continue reading

  

The chair

30Dec

Please don’t sit in her chair, It makes me ache that she is not here. Two Christmasses gone, Her place at the table will never be forgotten. I know you are a nice person, Not wanting to hurt me – … Continue reading

  

That time of year!

29Dec

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It’s that time of year when my blood starts to boil and I get incredibly angry with the weight loss industry. All of the ‘New Year, New You’ bullshit is fine…January is a great time to start that new you…it’s … Continue reading

  

Here’s to another chapter.

29Dec

“All I can is be me- whoever that is”- Bob Dylan. There’s always that saying new year, new me and every year I tend to say it around this time on the hope that things will change. As I’m getting … Continue reading

  

Here’s to another chapter..

29Dec

“All I can is be me- whoever that is”- Bob Dylan. There’s always that saying new year, new me and every year I tend to say it around this time on the hope that things will change. As I’m getting … Continue reading

  

Looking back…

29Dec

I know it wont be the same for everyone, but for us, on the whole 2013 was a good year. This time last year, I was announcing my pregnancy, Ella was just taking her first steps alone and the house … Continue reading

  

Looking back…

29Dec

I know it wont be the same for everyone, but for us, on the whole 2013 was a good year. This time last year, I was announcing my pregnancy, Ella was just taking her first steps alone and the house … Continue reading

  

What a journey – part 2!

28Dec

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Today saw us driving from Carrbridge across to Kilmalieu – via the Harris Tweed shop in Newtonmore! We had such a good sleep last night…Mr WLB decided that he fancied sleeping on the top bunk of the bed in the … Continue reading

  

Toasted quinoa and buckwheat salad – Low FODMAP, gluten free, dairy free, vegan

28Dec

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It is a little more of a challenge to follow the Low FODMAP diet if you are vegan and rely on pulses in your diet – I am going to attempt to produce more recipes to facilitate a good variety … Continue reading

  

What a journey!

27Dec

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My morning started at 3.30am…which was quite late actually, as I woke at 12.30am and thought that was as good a time as any to get up, but didn’t think that Mr WLB would feel the same way! We woke, … Continue reading

  

Boxing Day

26Dec

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Now, don’t laugh at me here – but I have never known the reason why Boxing Day is called Boxing Day! As a girl who grew up watching Eubank fights on TV with my Dad, my first assumption was that … Continue reading

  

Let it be Christmas.

26Dec

“Christmas my child is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give it’s Christmas”- Dale Evans Rogers. Morning everyone and a very merry Christmas to you all. By now Christmas will have come and gone with Boxing … Continue reading

  

Merry Christmas!

25Dec

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Well, what can I say about today?! It has been fabulous and I was obviously on Santa’s ‘Very Good’ list! I have to admit that Mr WLB and I were rather naughty…we were so excited that we couldn’t wait and … Continue reading

  

Cookie Glitter-Balls

24Dec

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Apparently, Cookie Glitter-Balls is my elf name…and, in honour of the festive period, this is what I shall be known as for the next couple of days! Mr WLB has now been christened Speedy Festive-Fingers…which I think sounds rather ominous…like … Continue reading

  

To wish you a Merry Christmas – Gluten Free, low Lactose, chestnut and chocolate Yule log!

24Dec

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Buche de Noel – or chocolate log, this is the last treat recipe of the holidays – yule log, chocolate & chestnut flavour. It uses chestnut spread a really tasty alternative to cream. The sponge is a fat-free one – … Continue reading

  

Season’s Greetings

23Dec

Christmas is nearly upon us! I have one more day left in work then it’s feet fully up for the festive period – as much as three children will allow anyway! We really look forward to this valuable family time … Continue reading

  

A healthy holidays: the essentials

23Dec

The media being what it is, at this time of year there are a fair few stories about health and the various hazards that can abound – from the risks of being to cold to the risks of eating too … Continue reading

  

The Red Cross offers a pocket-sized companion that could save you a trip to hospital this Christmas

23Dec

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Take the British Red Cross’ advice and download its innovative free mobile first aid apps – it could save you a trip to hospital this Christmas. Burns are the most common type of injury at this time of year, according … Continue reading

  

I’ve lost 18st with Slimming World

23Dec

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Yep – that’s right…I have lost 18st now with Slimming World! My book now looks like this… Apparently, my consultant has just put in an order for stickers for me…she has up to 20st but isn’t sure what happens next! … Continue reading

  

Health Update on TPN

22Dec

I haven’t been writing much lately because I don’t really have anything to write.   I’ve been on TPN for almost 3 weeks and haven’t seen any significant improvements.  In fact in some ways I seem to be getting worse. … Continue reading

  

He might have big muscles…but he’s got no balls!

22Dec

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So it seems that the big man who threw insults my way and bragged about having £800 in his pocket after his time-wasting eBay escapades has massive muscles but minuscule balls…and only £100 left in his spacious pockets! It was … Continue reading

  

Got Leftovers? A Christmas rice salad Low FODMAP and Gluten Free

22Dec

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I have a hobby – I collect vintage Christmas decorations. The one in the picture, the watering can, was part of my granddad’s Christmas decorations and I remember it when we used to visit his house. It does look a … Continue reading

  

Clutter & Epilepsy? Do they need to be in the same sentence?

21Dec

“Out of clutter, find simplicity”- Albert Einstein. Clutter, schmutter! The more I say that the more I think is it as simple as that? Clutter to me is what I would call the bain of all evils as I have … Continue reading

  

Feel so bad…

21Dec

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What an awful day! To cut a very long story short, an old lady who lives a few doors down from me took an awfully hard tumble outside my house this morning. I was loading Terry Treadmill onto the back … Continue reading

  

The magic of Christmas

20Dec

They say that having children re-kindles the magic and innocence of Christmas.  And this year, Ella’s 4th Christmas, I have had my first glimpses of that ‘magic’ in action. On Tuesday there was a special Christmas visitor to the opportunity … Continue reading

  

Christmas Challenge…and excuses!

20Dec

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Back in late September, or early October it might have been, my consultant set a little challenge. We had a card with a Christmas tree, on which there were 14 baubles, which we were to colour in each time we … Continue reading

  

I am a Ninja

19Dec

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I do not want your sympathy.  I can’t speak for others with Irritable Bowel Disease, but I know personally, that I do not want sympathy.  Even worse than sympathy is pity.   Why would I want you to pity me, … Continue reading

  

Poor handbag! :-(

19Dec

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Not an amusing situation for my poor Mum, but I have just watched my potty training nephew wee in her handbag! I was laughing so hard – which I tried to do silently, as praise for weeing in a handbag … Continue reading

  

Ten top tips for a Genius gluten free Christmas

19Dec

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Listen up all you coeliacs, wheat allergics or grain intolerant types. You might be thinking Christmas is going be tough, avoiding wheat and breadcrumbs in stuffing, sausages, gravy, canapes etc. etc. Fear not because here are ten top tips to … Continue reading

  

A sticky end for Varicose Veins

19Dec

Treatments for varicose veins have changed beyond recognition over the last ten years. Up until 1998, the only real option for the treatment of varicose veins and associated conditions (such as venous leg ulcers) was the infamous tying and stripping … Continue reading

  

“You don’t talk about mad cravings anymore”

18Dec

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This was the statement that Mr WLB made a couple of hours ago. It got me thinking, as I was also asked this morning if I ever give in and go off plan. There was a point in time, well … Continue reading

  

Food allergies at Christmas – 5 ways to trip up

18Dec

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Christmas is a great time of year for kids.  Fact. Christmas is a bit trickier for kids with allergies.  Fact. Here are my top five obstacles to be tackled in the run up to Christmas for MyItchyBoy: 1. Advent calendar … Continue reading

  

How to dodge the Christmas weight gain

17Dec

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Christmas is traditionally a time of indulgence. The average person puts on 2lb (just over 1 kg) over the Christmas period that they never lose afterwards. Some people will put on a whopping 5lb! It’s well known that people often … Continue reading

  

Stayed the fecking same!

17Dec

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That’s all really…my weight stayed the fecking same this week! My week of Extra Easy didn’t produce the longed for miracle…but miracles rarely happen – you have to work your ass off to get what you want…so I will follow … Continue reading

  

Your guide to a dentally friendly Christmas stocking

17Dec

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For many people, particularly children, the perfect Christmas stocking is one consisting of chocolate, sweets and other magnificent sugary treats. But while it may be tempting to cram in the selection boxes, it’s a ploy that could give their teeth … Continue reading

  

Bookworm(ish!)

16Dec

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Books, books, lovely books! I absolutely adore reading. My bookshelves are full to bursting. I have Jeffrey Deaver, Harlan Coben, Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Martina Cole…right through to some of the classics. I have the Harry Potter collection – which … Continue reading

  

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

16Dec

This is a visual lecture by Dr Mike Evans called 23 1/2 hours. If you have a spare 9 minutes and 18 seconds please watch it. The post 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can … Continue reading

  

Home-made gluten, wheat and dairy free mince pie recipe

16Dec

My gluten, dairy free mince pies

You don’t need to miss out the Christmas festive goodies, most supermarkets stock gluten free mince pies now. If you also need to avoid dairy and nuts, you might like to try making your own. I think they’re better than … Continue reading

  

Psych Wards and the Police

15Dec

In all three of my psych ward stays, I’ve encountered the banter between patients about our situations. Patients, or rather ‘inmates’, discussing the ‘jailers’ (nurses and HCAs) and the ‘prison’ (the ward) in a jokey manner. But underneath the jokes, … Continue reading

  

Girlie Gathering!

15Dec

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It finally arrived – the day I got the girlies together for some fun and frolics! An early start bought car-loading, table-shifting, and a blow up Santa and snowman! I headed to the venue early to get set up and … Continue reading

  

My Final Psych Ward Update

15Dec

As you may have guessed from the title, I am being discharged from the psych ward soon. In fact, I’m being discharged this Tuesday (17th). It was a bit of a shock to be told last Tuesday (10th) that I … Continue reading

  

Amazing gluten and dairy free blinis

15Dec

Gluten and dairy free blinis and boozy Bloody Mary tomato canapes

If you’ve ever trawled through recipe books looking for interesting ideas for a special meal or dinner party or for inspiration for allergen friendly canapes, this brilliant recipe is well worth considering. It was a complete success on the first … Continue reading

  

No one can teach you how to be you.

15Dec

“There are no classes in life for beginners; right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult” Rainer Maria Rilke. A question for you? What is life really all about? To me life is a word … Continue reading

  

Boxes, Sellotape and headaches!

14Dec

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Wowzers…today has been a hectic one. My Dad was moving house and so I got up extra early to help!My other half’s twin stayed over last night, and we were up later than usual last night and up earlier than … Continue reading

  

Sweat, headphones and gym smugness!

13Dec

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I do often wonder how much sweat is normal in a gym setting. I think that if you still look cute at the end of a workout, then you haven’t worked hard enough! This is obviously because I definitely do … Continue reading

  

Menopause and Angel Wings

13Dec

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Angels. Who wouldn’t want to be one? (Someday, that is.) Robes that hide stomachs and veiny legs. Wings that take you wherever you want to go, with no security line hassles. And you can sing!  (I didn’t make the chorus … Continue reading

  

Do you know what you are giving your partner for Christmas this year?

13Dec

Everyone likes to get into the festive spirit at Christmas but our friends over at The STI Clinic have put together this video called “Christmas Surprises” to remind us it’s not always all fun and games. Have a watch and … Continue reading

  

Sisters #3

12Dec

Ella often asks to *cuddle Lucy… *(replace cuddle with ‘hold in a headlock and generally manhandle’ which is actually a more accurate description).  Lucy has always tolerated this interaction with her big sister really well – she really seems to … Continue reading

  

Sisters #3

12Dec

Ella often asks to *cuddle Lucy… *(replace cuddle with ‘hold in a headlock and generally manhandle’ which is actually a more accurate description).  Lucy has always tolerated this interaction with her big sister really well – she really seems to … Continue reading

  

Last chicken in Sainsbury’s…

12Dec

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The Urban Dictionary refers to this act as “the action of pulling your penis downwards, whilst pushing your scrotum forwards with your legs, so your balls get pushed either side of your penis. A successful procedure should resemble the most … Continue reading

  

Twenty tips to boost your immune system

12Dec

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It’s that time of year again when colds, cold sores and flu can catch you out. You struggle on at work and as soon as you stop at the weekend it hits you. You rush around so much in these … Continue reading

  

Good Nutrition for Breastfeeding mums

11Dec

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You’ve done an amazing thing – you’ve had a baby and now you’ve decided to give your baby the best start in life by breastfeeding. I get lots of requests for information from mums who are breastfeeding and are not … Continue reading

  

Letting go

11Dec

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be”- Lao Tzu. It’s safe to say that this post could be perceived as being a continuation from the last post I wrote on Sunday relating to … Continue reading

  

David and Goliath

11Dec

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David and Goliath…you’ve probably heard the story of the little dude winning the battle over the big dude. I was reminded of it recently – one, because I picked up a new book by Malcolm Gladwell (which I am yet … Continue reading

  

I’ve lost 17st 8.5lbs with Slimming World…

10Dec

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…can you tell that my other half came up with that title…he says that people wanting to lose that amount of weight will see it and get some ideas from my blog! I think it’s a bit naff…but as he’s … Continue reading

  

Choose Life

10Dec

Someone asked me the other day whether cancer was ultimately a positive, transformative experience. Gosh, what a question! Thinking positively about cancer didn’t come easily to me at all, and I can’t imagine it comes easily to anyone. I experienced … Continue reading

  

How can managers support working carers who look after someone with cancer?

10Dec

Peter’s manager had been trying to get hold of me urgently. I left a routine meeting I had been chairing to call him back. One of the longer term members of his team had recently become a dad (for the … Continue reading

  

The Hidden Impact of Cancer – Dealing with the Psychological Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis

10Dec

  A few days ago I took part in two events concerning cancer and mental health. You might well ask – what has that got to do with cancer and returning to work?  My response to that is that it … Continue reading

  

Six health problems linked to bad oral hygiene

10Dec

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Are you one of those people that fall victim to laziness when it comes to oral hygiene? Maybe you’ve had a long, hard day and just don’t feel like brushing your teeth before going to bed. Or perhaps you don’t … Continue reading

  

Do you carry a Jext adrenaline auto-injector? If so please read this important alert

9Dec

New Jext auto injector

The new Jext auto injector Important safety information for patients using Jext® solution for injection in pre-filled pen. Routine testing conducted by ALK-Abelló has revealed that during the production process in some batches the needle may have become bent, causing … Continue reading

  

Eating an advert?

9Dec

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“Why are you eating an advert?”, said Mr WLB. It was the new Morrison’s advert with all of the meat on it…and I have to admit that I found myself drooling. Apparently my mouth was making funny movements too…oh the … Continue reading

  

Now I am 3!

9Dec

So, now she’s 3… How did that happen?!  She has achieved so much this last year and shows no signs of stopping.  She’s gone from taking one or two solo steps just after her 2nd birthday to now running round … Continue reading

  

A deadly cocktail – tobacco and alcohol

9Dec

Through many years of publicity and awareness-raising, we all know that smoking and drinking are bad for us. Yet, despite the known dangers, both practices continue to hold high popularity. Over the last six weeks, national campaigns such as Stoptober, … Continue reading

  

Grinning and Winning!

8Dec

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Today has mostly been spent in my pyjamas! Unfortunately my Sunday morning sleep-in was buggered…eejit-face here forgot to cancel the 7.30am alarm call…oops! We dozed for a while, chatted about random stuff…as you do on a Sunday morning, and eventually … Continue reading

  

Preparing vs regretting.

8Dec

“It is better to look ahead than to look back and regret”- Jackie Joyner-Kersee. This morning I have chosen a quote that I feel I have done for many years and something that I tend to go back to particularly … Continue reading

  

Boundary Pushing!

7Dec

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Just a quick one tonight as I am not feeling well – feels like the start of norovirus which I ended up with three times last year during December and the New Year…hoping it’s not that! Add to this the … Continue reading

  

Blooming blinis this should be a good holiday!

7Dec

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This recipe is really easy to make and is low fodmap, gluten-free and low lactose. You shouldn’t need to buy these, the recipe makes about 30. A great treat for Christmas eve parties to have with a glass of wine … Continue reading

  

Christmas Eve special supper – spicy saffron red pepper and courgette/zucchini quiche

7Dec

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Low Fodmap, low lactose, wheat free + gluten-free. Ingredients 200g of gluten free wheat free flour mix. 90g of milk free margarine Pinch of salt (or 1 packet pastry mix for gluten free, wheat free pastry – this can contain … Continue reading

  

My favourite wholegrain gluten-free flours and how to use them

6Dec

Reblogged from Gluten Free Rosie: Cooking, or more specifically, baking without gluten can be pretty tricky. This is because gluten provides important properties such as elasticity. Wheat flour for example helps to bind, thicken, add flavour and create an airy structure within food. Although there is … Continue reading

  

Cutting out processed foods to help eczema week three

6Dec

Just a quick update on the processed food free experiment. It’s going well. Really well. My skin is pretty amazing. I would share a photo but I have a massive zit on my cheek! I never get spots! This is … Continue reading

  

Bikers…books and covers…

6Dec

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Judgement – we have all experienced it at some point, and we all do it at some point…make judgements on what we see. I have mentioned that lady at my Slimming World group before – the one who looked me … Continue reading

  

Pass me a cracker!

5Dec

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For any GoggleBox watchers, I had a bit of a Leon moment last night and ended up eating a cheese cracker for 1 syn that hadn’t appeared in last nights blog! My other half had bought some Carr’s cheese melts. … Continue reading

  

Dementia biggest global health challenge facing our generation

5Dec

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In a policy brief launched today, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has announced that the number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2013 is now estimated at 44 million (estimated at 35 million in 2010) reaching 76 million in 2030 … Continue reading

  

Highest risk group for cardivascular disease was the metabolically unhealthy but normal weight participants

5Dec

As you may know there is  new research out which has caused the following headlines… “Being fit is no help if you’re fat as well: Scientists say healthy obesity does not exist”   Daily Mail, December 3 2013 “‘Healthy and overweight’ … Continue reading

  

Free Fallin'

5Dec

Those of you that have followed the blog from the start will know how much Rosie loves the Tom Petty tune ‘Freefallin’ (see The Tom Petty Effect). It has become a firm favourite of hers since we discovered at about 11 … Continue reading

  

The child in me.

4Dec

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once that child grows up” Pablo Picasso. Today has felt like a funny old day where nothing seems to be going right and the repercussions of yesterday’s … Continue reading

  

Delighted to hear that food allergy death is less likely than murder

4Dec

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We really can’t thank Dr Robert Boyle enough for sharing the amazing news that we, the allergic community, are far more likely to die at the hands of a murderer than from a fatal anaphylactic attack. Allergy death less likely … Continue reading

  

That sucks – day 2!

4Dec

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What is it with eBay arseholes? Why would you put in a ‘Best Offer’ only to have it accepted but yet ignore the seller until they threaten to report you? Poor old Terry Treadmill is still without a home! I … Continue reading

  

“Well that sucks big hairy balls”

3Dec

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This was the message that made me chuckle after posting my dismal result at weigh in today! 0.5lbs…not the 1.5lbs I have been hating, which actually now seems like a decent loss…but a measly 0.5lbs. Without creating too graphic a … Continue reading

  

Homemade spiced apple and cranberry chutney

2Dec

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When I was last in Asda, I picked up the Asda Magazine – Christmas 2013 edition. I found a recipe for spiced apple and cranberry chutney which looked very nice. As I still had a stash of cooking apples to … Continue reading

  

An Insight..

2Dec

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My other half surprised me this morning. He told me that he wanted to write today’s blog for me! I suppose you could look at it as an insight…so here goes… “Hello everyone, I’m WLB’s other half! WLB has invited … Continue reading

  

The first noel – carol singing with warm Low FODMAP sweet pies

1Dec

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It’s the first of December today – and so the countdown begins. I hope you have had a nice surprise this morning when opening your advent calendar for the first time. The evenings are dark early and it is a … Continue reading

  

Fat Shaming

1Dec

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So then…Fat Shaming Week was something that I noticed a good few weeks ago on Twitter…it had a hashtag too! I didn’t really talk about it at the time, as I didn’t want to get into the debate. However, I … Continue reading

  

It all starts with W..

1Dec

“The six W’s: Work will win when wishing won’t”- Todd Blackledge. I’ve chosen today’s quote for one reason and one reason only. It’s the work you put in that provides you with that essence of satisfaction. Work isn’t necessarily about … Continue reading

  

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