Monthly Archives: April 2014

Calling all adults with peanut allergies !

30Apr

TRACE peanut study

This week I went to the Royal Brompton Hospital in London for an initial consultation to assess my eligibility for the TRACE peanut study. The study aims to pinpoint the level of peanut protein small enough to cause no reaction … Continue reading

  

Doing what’s right.

30Apr

“Do what is right, not what is easy”- Anon. Today’s blog post is a one of reflection. A one of choice and a one of chance. The quote above symbolises to me the changes we all make during our lifetime … Continue reading

  

More mindfulness!

30Apr

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Mindfulness…I do go on about it quite a lot! So imagine my delight when upon arrival at uni today, the headline acts were ‘Mindfulness’ and ‘Gestalt coaching’…it certainly renewed my waning enthusiasm! Now, when it comes to the Gestalt stuff, … Continue reading

  

Always on my mind

30Apr

I’m not used to people telling me things I didn’t know about my Mother. In the weeks leading up to her death from lung cancer, we talked a lot. She told me many personal things, and we shared the most … Continue reading

  

Apricot Coconut & linseed flapjacks

29Apr

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Today, I wanted to make a healthier version of traditional flapjacks, and I had some milled linseeds in the cupboard that I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I found my milled linseeds in Lidl. They also contain 7% sesame, and … Continue reading

  

Spring into action!

29Apr

It’s been a busy but brilliant couple of weeks since I last posted an update on here. The long Easter weekend was spent with Uncle’s, Aunts, Cousins and grandparents as we descended on the London branch of the family. On … Continue reading

  

Your ICD and the DVLA

29Apr

Driving restrictions / Contacting the DVLA You can find the DVLA ‘At a glance’ guide here. One of our members has spent many hours attempting to determine the most straightforward and simple way to inform the DVLA following your device … Continue reading

  

I have lost 20st with Slimming World

29Apr

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Can you tell that this is another blog title decided by Mr WLB…something to do with SEO?! We argue over this kind of thing…it’s his day job, but promotion of my ramblings is not for me – if you like … Continue reading

  

An Anniversary

29Apr

Today and this week marks a rather special milestone for me: I am officially 2 years binge free. 2 years! I am, as you would no doubt expect, delighted. To celebrate this, I would like to share with you the … Continue reading

  

Allergy & FreeFrom show 2014 – coming soon

28Apr

Allergy Show 2014 - Olympia Earls Court

Because it’s National Allergy Awareness Week I’m going to do a blog every day and the first is about The Allergy & FreeFrom Show. If you have allergies, coeliac disease of food intolerances this is THE must attend event of … Continue reading

  

Success

28Apr

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What does the word ‘success’ mean to you? The definition of success is, the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. For me though that definition is so bloody broad…success means different things to different people…defining it can be a nightmare! … Continue reading

  

Back on Meds…

28Apr

Those who have read my blog or Twitter recently will know that I came off my medication a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, things headed south quite quickly and as a result, I am now taking risperidone. I’m still gutted by … Continue reading

  

Judgement…

27Apr

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This isn’t one of my usual rants about judgement – please don’t worry! We all judge and we all get judged…deal with it; it’s life. I have talked a great deal before about the lives of our ancestors having a … Continue reading

  

It’s National Allergy Awarness Week 2014

27Apr

28th April to 4th May is Allergy Awareness Week #AllergyWeek

This week I will be mostly making a big fuss and talking even more than I normally do about living with multiple allergies to help spread awareness because it’s Allergy Awareness Week from Monday 28th April to Sunday 4th May … Continue reading

  

Good times!

26Apr

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Compliments – some of them are lovely, some of them are a little back-handed – and I used to struggle to accept them…still do at times I guess. Why is this…why is is so hard to graciously accept a compliment? … Continue reading

  

My imPORTant Tanning Problem

26Apr

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So since it’s spring break, and I can’t actually go any where near the water because of my port, I decided I was going to tan at home.   Simple enough for the most part, but for starters, I was … Continue reading

  

My imPORTant Tanning Problem

26Apr

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So since it’s spring break, and I can’t actually go any where near the water because of my port, I decided I was going to tan at home.   Simple enough for the most part, but for starters, I was … Continue reading

  

Moody Cow! ;-)

25Apr

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Actually I am a happy-mood cow today! It’s been a good day for no particular reason…which is always nice! Being happy…it was once something that I dreamt about. There were little moments of happiness and things that made me smile … Continue reading

  

Ten things you can do with coconut oil for eczema and allergies

24Apr

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I just love coconut oil. I only really discovered it over the last few years and now my cupboard is never without a jar. It has so many amazing uses that I just had to share with you what I … Continue reading

  

Superfree…or Jenga?!

24Apr

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Last year, I set myself some challenges to keep me on track with Slimming World. I am not going to dwell too much on the first element of my challenge as many hardcore Slimming Worlders may disagree with this bit, … Continue reading

  

Word of Mouth, Issue 18 – April 2014

24Apr

Word Of Mouth, Issue 18 - April 2014 Front Cover

Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Word of Mouth – April 2014. Now that the clocks have gone forward there is certainly a spring in the air. National Smile Month is now only a matter of weeks away, and … Continue reading

  

Conceal don’t Feel

24Apr

It’s been a long time since I’ve written.   It’s been a long time since I’ve really thought or let myself feel about being sick. When things get too much for me to handle, I do this thing called “survival … Continue reading

  

Conceal don’t Feel

24Apr

It’s been a long time since I’ve written.   It’s been a long time since I’ve really thought or let myself feel about being sick. When things get too much for me to handle, I do this thing called “survival … Continue reading

  

Eggs…variety!

23Apr

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Eggs. I love eggs. They are bloody marvellous – a source of complete protein and full of vitamins and minerals! As I was eating my eggs for breakfast, I remembered a discussion we had in group. Actually, this discussion took … Continue reading

  

Moan less, live more.

23Apr

“Live more, complain less. More smiles, less stress. Less hate, more blessed”- Anon. Have I hit a raw nerve? I hope not however when I read this I thought to myself that my trait like many others out there is … Continue reading

  

2 Dresses

22Apr

This time of year seems to make me reflect more than usual on my past. Certain personal troubles and landmarks are approaching which are at the forefront of my mind and I am sifting through them one by one. Although … Continue reading

  

Dairy, wheat and gluten free nettle pesto recipe

22Apr

Dairy free, gluten free nettle pesto

Since my garden is groaning with beautiful fresh green nettles, before I dig them all up and bung them on the compost heap, I’m making as much tea, pesto and soup as I can, because nettles are positively bursting with … Continue reading

  

FODMAPS explained – foods to avoid with IBS

22Apr

Now you probably know quite a lot about food, allergens and healthy eating, like me, but sometimes people mention something I should look into and I’m completely stumped. More than one person has mentioned this weird acronyn to me too … Continue reading

  

A loss is a loss…

22Apr

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Which is quite true…I cannot dispute that! However the simple fact that ‘a loss is a loss’ does not mean that I am not pissed off though! 1lb was shifted today at weigh-in. Given that I put 0.5lbs on last … Continue reading

  

A Third Interview on BBC Radio 5 Live

21Apr

On Friday, I did another interview on Radio 5 Live about the effects bullying had on me. It was quite last minute and I was again quite nervous about doing it but once I got on air, my nerves eased. … Continue reading

  

Panic!

21Apr

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What a bloody nightmare. I had one of those moments where I thought that I had lost my completed university assignment! The panic was immense! The focus of my writing has been negative self-talk and how powerful it can be. … Continue reading

  

talkhealth visit the Natural & Organic Product Show

21Apr

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          Last week talkhealth went to the very busy Natural & Organic Product Show up in Olympia.  We were so pleased to see so many friendly faces including Pravera, silicolgel and Salcura to name but a … Continue reading

  

What to do…

20Apr

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Goodness me…I have been having a few sleepless nights over my future! I am going through the process – again! – of wondering what I should do with myself. My old life involved all sorts – recruitment, resourcing, assessment, leadership … Continue reading

  

Happy Easter – alternative treat to easter eggs

20Apr

Totally freefrom Easter egg treat with raspberries and Nairns oat cakes

Happy Easter to you all from What Allergy? There are lots of companies making freefrom dairy and nut free Easter eggs out there including Kinnerton, Plamin, D&D and Celtic chocolates but for those of you who failed to get hold … Continue reading

  

Who said you can’t have a fun free from Easter?

19Apr

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These are dairy free, wheat free, gluten-free easter nests just the job if you have to avoid dairy and want to have at least a small amount of chocolate. Ingredients 100g milk free chocolate 60g of gluten-free corn flakes 30g … Continue reading

  

Struggling…

19Apr

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Not least because of this… …my poorly fingers…but because of these feckers… …Easter food…it’s killing me – ironically though this type of food really was killing me! I know that I have had a good old moan about Easter food … Continue reading

  

Will my son make a great pharmacist one day?

18Apr

MyItchyBoy’s arms and legs are itchy and sore and it seems nothing we are doing is helping. Our last appointment with the dermatologist, lots of scary-sounding solutions were brought up.  Since then, he’s been on a two month course of steroids.  … Continue reading

  

Do your own thing!

18Apr

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A comment was made last night about a food choice of mine…and it got me thinking. Now, I wasn’t bothered in the slightest by this comment…you can ask what you want to ask – as long as you are not … Continue reading

  

Saffron Simnel Cake

18Apr

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Saffron Simnel Cake This recipe can also be downloaded from the IBS Network website http://www.theibsnetwork.org/what-we-offer/recipes/ It is a different take on the traditional simnel cake – without marzipan as this might provoke symptoms if you have IBS. A small slice … Continue reading

  

It pays off!

17Apr

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They say – whoever ‘they’ are – that sweat is fat crying. I guess ‘they’ are sweaty people in gyms…I prefer to think of it as my liquid awesome! I am proud to be a sweaty gym person…especially following my … Continue reading

  

Easter Hot Cross Buns

17Apr

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Hot cross buns are an integral part of the Easter festivities – being on a wheat free diet shouldn’t exclude you from enjoying them. Ingredients 350g Brown Wheat/Gluten Free bread flour 2¼ Teaspoons xanthan gum 4½ Tablespoons castor sugar 1½ … Continue reading

  

Ponies, sunshine, and family!

16Apr

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I have had a great afternoon – full of fun! Mr WLB stayed at home today whilst I went to the gym. So off I went to try my new ‘leg day’ workouts with a high intensity session on the … Continue reading

  

Bugger, bugger, and poo!

15Apr

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Tonight’s title was inspired by Liz…it was part of her response to my weigh-in day news! I put on 0.5lbs! Now 0.5lbs in the grand scheme of things is nothing…I would like to lose 907 little 0.5lbs in total…so one … Continue reading

  

Mind power!

14Apr

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Wowzers! Today has been a tough old day in terms of food cravings. It has taken every ounce of my mind power to stay on track and not overeat. Now I know that some would say that I can eat … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 15/52 –

13Apr

The time, place, family and story behind the picture may be different. But if you look back through many a baby photo album there are certain scenes that get re-enacted time and time again.  A brand new, pink baby in … Continue reading

  

Attentive Eating…

13Apr

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One of the TV shows that I quite like watching is Secret Eaters. Most weight loss TV shows are bloody awful. I used to be a fan of the Biggest Loser until I read some behind the scenes interviews with … Continue reading

  

Taking charge.

13Apr

“I was only really able to take charge of my life once I realised that my thoughts were creating my reality. It was such a revelation to discover that I could change my life by changing the way I think”- … Continue reading

  

Inner Games…

12Apr

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Inner games…I refer to both the voice in our head that plays games with us…and also the books by W. Timothy Gallwey. I have read two of his books so far – The Inner Game of Tennis, and The Inner … Continue reading

  

Lamb and butternut squash lasagne

11Apr

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I made this lamb and butternut squash lasagne for dinner tonight. My husband and kids loved it, and I was asked for the recipe by one of my Twitter followers. I don’t tend to use recipes, particularly for main meals … Continue reading

  

A bit rubbish…

11Apr

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Today has been a bit rubbish…all of my own doing really! Nothing catastrophic has happened or anything…and that is the point – it has been a very unproductive day. I had a lazy morning…a really lazy morning. Surprisingly for a … Continue reading

  

Gluten, dairy, nut free fruity fridge flapjacks

11Apr

Gluten, dairy, nut, soya free no-bake fridge flapjacks

I love flapjacks. They’re healthy, easy to make and delicious and this week I have had a kind of flapjack epiphany. I made the River Cottage no-bake fridge flapjacks which are gluten, dairy, nut and soya free. Yes you heard … Continue reading

  

500 Days of Red Skin Syndrome: Photo Update

11Apr

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Are Food Intolerance Tests Reliable?

10Apr

York Test - Food Intolerance vs Allergy Infographic

About ten years ago, I took a YorkTest test on the advice of my then nutritionist. I wasn’t getting any help from my doctor at the time who told me I couldn’t possibly have other allergies! We were struggling to … Continue reading

  

Not much to say…

10Apr

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Surprisingly, I don’t really have much to say today for a change! The past few weeks have involved a lot of thinking – about food, about movement, about the mind. This past week has involved a lot of talking too…five … Continue reading

  

Testing Herstat propolis on cold sores – it works

9Apr

Herstat Propolis cold sore care ointment

Recently I have been testing propolis cold sore ointment from Herstat on a cold sore that crept up on me in the night. Herstat Propolis cold sore care ointment I have been using their LipCare Stick as a preventative measure … Continue reading

  

Ponderings!

9Apr

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What do I make of my 4lb loss this week then? Obviously I am happy…but just a little confused. I am confused because I have done less than usual, eaten the same amount, drank six litres of water the day … Continue reading

  

European study reveals new causes of mouth and throat cancer

9Apr

Poor oral health and failure to have regular dental checks could increase the risk of mouth and throat cancer, according to a pan-European study. The research also suggests – based on a small number of tumour patients – that excessive … Continue reading

  

Blog hop – my writing process by Ruth Holroyd

8Apr

My writing process - Ruth Holroyd of what allergy

A friend from my local writers’ group, Susie Kearsley, who writes about health, food and gardens, amongst other things, suggested I might like to participate in a ‘blog hop’, entitled ‘My Writing Process’. I’ve never done a blog hop before … Continue reading

  

“Don’t diet – just eat what your body wants.”

8Apr

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When an old doctor of mine uttered these words, I thought that they were crazy. Seriously! How could a professional sit there and tell someone who was morbidly obese – I may have even been super morbidly obese at that … Continue reading

  

The writing on the wall.

8Apr

“Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it’s addressed to someone else”- Ivern Ball. This quote hit me like a bag of hammers and got me thinking. Is this me or do we all … Continue reading

  

Music Video Meltdown

7Apr

This is my first blog post in 2 weeks! My apologies for the unexpected absence but I am definitely back now and alongside my return comes a little rant and rage – the culprit this time being certain departments of … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 14/52 – snuggles

7Apr

Today was mostly wet and miserable. This afternoon while Lucy napped, Ella and I cuddled on the chair and watched some TV.  It’s very rare these days that it’s only Ella and I – makes every little snuggle more important … Continue reading

  

Go Social for National Smile Month!

7Apr

Go Social for National Smile Month 2014 6½ Great Tips To Make Us Smile Online

6½ Great Tips To Make Us Smile Online. 1. Get Online. Whether you’re on a computer, mobile phone or table, social media is only a click away. Get started with the two most popular sites – Twitter and Facebook. It’s so simple. You … Continue reading

  

Clothes!

7Apr

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This is a subject that I have written about before… My love of fashion – Vivienne Westwood in particular – has been a sort of secret for some time. When you are wearing XXXXXXXXL t-shirts and jogging bottoms from a … Continue reading

  

Round-up on talkhealth…

6Apr

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We know that lots of you are very interested in taking part in our trials and surveys, and with this in mind talkhealth purely in the interest of research (of course!) attended The Research Club evening at the London Carbon Bar.   … Continue reading

  

My week…

6Apr

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It’s been a bit of a mixed week really…aren’t they all?! I have had some thinking to do regarding my weight loss, but have just taken the view that I am doing what I need to do and my body … Continue reading

  

Healthy…?

5Apr

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I did warn earlier on today that tonight’s post may contain a few swear words – so please don’t read if you are likely to get offended…as I won’t deal well with any arsehole-ish private messages from concerned blog readers … Continue reading

  

The future. Do we have to go at full speed?

5Apr

“The best thing about the future is it comes one day at a time”- Anon. Too true. But it’s not that simple right? Since writing Sazzle’s blog two of the questions raised are: “When you suffer from Epilepsy where does … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 13/52 – my little artist

5Apr

Ella just loves drawing. She often asks for ‘paper’ and will sit and draw at her little table for ages. It seems to be the one activity that holds her attention and calms her inner whirlwind for a time. Her … Continue reading

  

STOP!

4Apr

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So yesterday I shared a picture of my little motivational jars… They are a great visual motivator for some…for others they add too much pressure. I shared the picture as, for me, seeing the ‘lost’ jar getting fuller makes me … Continue reading

  

Ellen’s Video: A Mother and Son Production

4Apr

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4TMJ7xyeaE&w=560&h=315] Check out the way cool video in the link above. Three cheers for sons! And a thousand cheers for a son who helps his mom, Ellen Dolgen, spread honest and up-to-date information about perimenopause and menopause. Jack Dolgen … Continue reading

  

‘There aren’t even 7 types of fruit and veg!’

3Apr

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Goodness me – what a comment – this was a face in palm moment if I have ever had one! The second face in palm moment happened when I read the articles relating to the claims that we need to … Continue reading

  

A Day of Improvements

2Apr

Today has been a good day. This morning, I was finally able to drive for the first time in around three months and while I was a little bit rusty to start with, I soon started gaining confidence. I’ve probably … Continue reading

  

Every little step…

2Apr

Well I’m happy to say we’ve survived March again – without doubt THE most chaotic month of the year in our house. Thankfully all birthdays passed off without too much trouble other than the obvious dent in the the monthly … Continue reading

  

Big Girl Pants!

2Apr

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Today I decided to grab a little perspective and pull on my big girl pants. Here are the big girl pants…just in case you thought I was being metaphorical! So I had a bit of a moan yesterday – I … Continue reading

  

How many portions of fruit and veg should I really be eating? 5-a-day or 7-a-day?

1Apr

In the wake of today’s headlines saying we should all be eating a 7 a day to ‘keep death at bay’, how many portions should you really be having? We all know that eating fruit and vegetables is good for … Continue reading

  

No pudding until you have eaten your fruit and veg.

1Apr

Happy fruit and veg

The news today is full of the study that showed that the current government recommendation of 5 portions of fruit and vegetables may not be sufficient and that we should be aiming for 7+ (preferably made up of 5 vegetable … Continue reading

  

Seriously?!

1Apr

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Weigh-in day today…and one of those days for me! I lost 1lb. I got my 19.5st award… …but I am not feeling the love today. There is not really much that anyone can say. I am fed up and whilst … Continue reading

  

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