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 because 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!
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!! 😂
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! ❤️❤️
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.
In case you haven’t heard (do you live under a rock) there is a new delicacy in town. Chicken Shasimi – Thinly sliced chicken breast blanched or boiled for 10 seconds and served. yes. RAW CHICKEN!
It started in Japan, In the coolest hubs of Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo but has now spread its way around California and New York.. are we next?
I can hear it now – “Did people not think the same thing when Sushi appeared”
Perhaps, who knows! Im open minded about food and I love trying new things.. BUT.. i like those things to be safe. Is it? Can we actually buy, sell and eat raw chicken? What about Salmonella? and Camplyobacter?
Do we not remember that creepy christmas advert with the turkey that beat everyone up with food poisoning? Pretty sure that applies to all raw poultry…
I wanna know if anyone has tried it? Or would try it?
Im coming to the end of week three Gluten free.. Its been tough but i have held my own, no cheating and no giving in to temptation! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Yeah right!!
I am lying. I have given in to the glory of gluten on 3 separate occasions!
Naan Bread and Poppadoms – Im sorry but i couldn’t handle it any longer. A curry is a treat and i was feeling ill, i needed comfort food! No regrets!
Party food – It’s a Scorching hot, bank holiday Monday, you’re at a 4 yr olds birthday party and the goodies are in full force; cake, sandwiches, pizza, sausage rolls, donuts.. Just thinking about it is making me hungry!!! No regrets.
A Beef Brisket Burrito.. It was from Craftworks street-food Kitchen in Truro and it was worth it!! Have a look on my Instagram and tell me you would have said no!! ( you would be lying!) NO REGRETS!
The fact is that since i have given up gluten, i have had a healthier gut, less bloating and stomach cramps and i have lost 3 pound. I am happy about that and i continue on my journey. There will be people who tell me that i have ruined it, i should be beating myself up and kicking myself. I haven’t achieved anything and i should give up… because that what we do normally right?
We set ourselves standards, goals which are hard, sometimes unbelievable and then we beat ourselves up and feel worse than we did before we started!! I could listen to that part of my brain that loves to hate myself. I could give up, get depressed and eat. Gain more weight, hate myself more and feel even more like a failure. But why should I? The fact that i am even trying to make a step toward a healthier lifestyle is a good thing! I am acheiving exactly what i set out to do.
Stop beating yourselves up. Your beautiful. You got this!
Lets get real about something that I love very dearly. Bacon.
Or just pork in general..
We are now starting to see a rise in prices due to the brexit negotiations (Im not getting political, but i told you so!) many supermarkets have started removing certain items off their shelves and hiking up the prices of others! Meat is one of those things being hiked up, why? because so much of the supermarket meat being sold by the likes of Tesco, Asda, Salisbury’s, ect is imported from Europe!
This is not on. Bacon is far to precious to be £3 a pack! I will be wasting half of my wages at this rate! Not only is the price increasing but i have seen a distinct increase in horror stories about meat being brought into our supermarkets from other countries. Recently we have seen the ‘cancer stories’ the ‘parasite stories’ and today, I have been sucked into a story about Hepatitis E!! According to a guardian article Here we have been told that imported pork has infected between 150,000 and 200,000 people each year! (between 2014 and 2017) That is an estimate of 600,000 people!
Whats the answer to avoiding cancer increasing, parities, Hep E imported pork? Become a veterinarian? NO! BUY LOCAL!
Shop at Farmers markets and shops who support local farmers. English meat. Our Farmers suffer from the importing trade and our food and health are clearly being effected. We have some wonderful local suppliers of meat in Cornwall. We are lucky to live in this awesome agricultural county with very passionate farmers!
Have a look at these places in Truro as a starting point! Thank me later!