Check in on your friends with IBS – we are not OK!

Hello lovely readers,

Long time no speak – I know I am the worlds worst blogger. I never write. I apologise.

I was inspired today to write you a small piece as I stand at my desk – unable to sit down because I am so bloated and the pain of sitting is unbearable. Peppermint tea in hand, I ask to check in with your IBS friends.

Yes the awkward ones who are on numerous diets, the ones who are really annoying to go out to dinner/ lunch with. The ones who seem to be intolerant to absolutely bloody everything!

we are not ok.

Just over a year ago I was diagnosed with IBS, older readers will see that this was because I was so ill all of a sudden – constantly in pain and struggling with food and alcohol and anything else that irritated my stomach in anyway. It came on so suddenly. I couldn’t eat diary without being violently ill and don’t get me started on alcohol – wine is a big NO NO. Trust me.

Its taken me a really long time to come to terms with making big lifestyle changes and diet adjustments. Now I have to read packets of everything I buy. I have to annoy staff in restaurants. Ration myself on certain foods and cut out others all together. I love food. all food! and now food hurts me – it is so rubbish! I struggle with my weight, I have to make numerous different types of meals at home to make sure everyone else gets what they want, I have had go through a process of trying awful alternatives and my Christmas eating just isn’t the same! Its hard work and people with IBS have to do it constantly. (with most people thinking IBS is no big deal and just a bit of wind – well tell that to me the day I had the paramedics out becauseΒ  was crippled in pain on the floor over something I had eaten)

But with that comes the silver lining, I am now practising what I preach. I eat as locally and seasonally as possible. Cut out the red meat recently and that has helped. I am more conscious of what I am putting into my body and how to be a better consumer. This is something you can learn from you IBS friends – how to consciously look after your gut.

After all, scientist do believe it is your second brain.

I’m always after tips so if you have IBS and handle it well give me a message and let me know!

 

Big Love, Jade x
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Happy New Year Foodies!!

Just a small one from me to say that my Christmas was crazy busy and my new year ended up being messier than expected but hey Ho!! πŸ˜‚

I hope you all have had a wonderful festive period and have set yourselves up with lots of food related resolutions..

Small tip for anyone doing veganuary.. Co-op donuts are vegan! And so are oreas! So enjoy them in your month of promise. 😘

Lots of people also vow to diet, lose weight, eat healthy and all that January mumbo-jumbo but mostly, we need to remember to be conciencious with our food intake and think about what we are putting in our bodies!

Little and often is good for me and keep it seasonal! The earth knows what to feed you with and when your body needs it!

Have a good one everyone and I promise I’ll be on here again soon! ❀️❀️

Big Love, Jade x
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It’s OK to not be OK.

Morning lovely people.

As you may or may not be aware, it is mental health awareness week and I felt a very strong urge to write a little bit about my mental health. Sometimes it’s not OK. Sometimes it’s a bloody mess and guess what.. That’s OK.

A smile can hide a thousand thoughts and life gets in the way of happiness or stability sometimes.

Work stress, family stress anything can throw a spanner in your mental health and sometimes you don’t need anything at all to set it off, you just wake up one day and feel like that’s it!

I struggled in kitchens with these feelings because unfortunately I feel that (like many other industries) there is this toxic masculine approach to feelings. It’s not OK to show your stressed or upset. If you cry your done! Have you ever seen a man cry in a professional kitchen? I bet not and if you have I bet no one talked about it again. Have you ever seen a women cry? Was she called a emotional girl? I bet.. I’ve seen it and I’ve had it said to me. The fact of the matter is that.. That is bullshit!

Life is messy. High end, stressful, long hour jobs like being a chef.. Are messy. You are doing amazing.

It’s OK to be OK.

Take some time, breathe some fresh air, talk to people about how you feel, no matter how embarrassed or wierd you think it is and if you have no one to talk to you can send me a message and I will listen!!

Take this opportunity to change an industry with openness and love and compassion.

Take this opportunity to change the way we look at mental health. We wouldn’t expect people to run around with broken legs so why expect it from someone with damaged mental health.

Love to everyone inside the hospitality industry suffering in silence and big love to everyone outside of it feeling the same.

Never suffer alone. Its OK to not be OK.

Big love Jade x

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