Porridge love

Somewhere under there is a bowl of (chocolate) porridge. All my life I had thought porridge was oats cooked in milk and then you could sprinkle a little sugar on top, maybe some banana and that was about it. Plus you'd get to the bottom and your topping was all gone and it was extremely bland.

That is until I discovered Deliciously Ella and her plethora of porridge recipes! She adds such things as coconut, chocolate, peanut butter, fruit, nuts to name a few. I've been experimenting and have come to realise that the possibilities are not only endless, but that I LOVE porridge when I previously never even liked it all that much.

Currently in my bowl is chocolate porridge, (add cocoa or cacao and coconut sugar as it cooks) then I topped it with chocolate chips (I didn't have an cacao nibs), coconut yogurt, frozen raspberries and peanut butter. Literally heaven in a bowl! ❤️



Why I'm so angry

On social media I have been trying quite a lot to spread the word about certain things. Personally that's how I learn and I find it interesting to read things I don't know much about. I don't necessarily agree with everything I see, but sometimes I can simply learn why other people hold their own point of view etc.

I have recently been sharing posts about breastfeeding after watching a TV program highlighted the low rates in the UK and that mostly being due to a lack of support or sometimes knowledge. How will we ever learn though if we don't read about these things? How will we receive support if we don't support each other?

Unfortunately these supportive posts often seem to have to opposite effect than how they are intended and are actually offending people rather than helping anyone. When I say I'm not judging you that's no lie. Both of my kids have drank formula milk at some point. Sometimes I couldn't be there when they needed feeding and pumping is HARD work. I don't feel any guilt about that! I made that choice, nobody made that decision for me and it's my body and my baby. I really do not have anything against formula or mums who choose that for their babies.

I genuinely understand if you don't want to breastfeed and you read 'Breast is best' that could be interpreted that you are not doing the best. Remember who is saying that though! It is not me. It is the poster on the wall in the hospital or doctors. It's on the formula adverts. I have never once spread that message. I also do not believe it is always the best option for every family as there is far more to take into consideration than the basic points. What if you are on medication you cannot stop taking? What if your mental health would be negatively affected? What if you are actually an adoptive parent? You are doing your best and that *is* the best.

Mostly it is women not who have failed themselves, but who have been failed. By the system. Women who wanted, but couldn't continue or even begin for whatever reason. Those are the women who should come forward. You need to stand up and spread the word about how you wanted to, but didn't receive the support, information, encouragement. You should never feel like you have failed, because I promise that you didn't. Your journey may have ended, but nobody is judging you for trying your best.

The women that have tried and hated it or found it too much hard work or too painful. You have not failed either. That is your decision to make for you and your baby.

The women who do not like the idea of breastfeeding and have no interest in it. You have not failed because that is your choice to make and nobody else's business.

The women who ARE judging people: you are the ones failing, but not for how you fed or feed your baby- for not supporting fellow mothers in their choices. This is where the failure lies. How others do things is none of your business and the only thing you should ever offer is support, never ever any negativity or judgement.

Anyway why am I so angry? Well I just read an article about how women are using #worldbreastfeedingweek to promote formula, judge people for breastfeeding, spread negativity, sell products not relating to breastfeeding and just generally abusing the whole concept.

The whole aim is to show our support to each other, educate people who are interested to learn, highlight the lack of support, find solutions, spread love, talk about these issues. Women supporting women. If you formula feed why are you so offended by people who primarily breastfeed?! All we are trying to do is help people who want help. We are not judging you. So next time you see a post sharing some breastfeeding love, why not show some support?! Spread the love not the hate. Maybe it isn't for you, but I promise it's not breastfeeding mothers judging you.



Modified recipes, blood type diet

I do meal plans for every day usually but it often gets to the end of the week and things changed over the week, I fancied something else or one of my ingredients needed using up sooner. Or maybe it's been over a week and I'm stretching out the food shopping to make it last longer, or maybe I have stuff to use up where it came as a large pack than I needed.

Well today was several of those rolled into one. What I had planned to cook included potato so that was off the cards. I had loads of veg to use up, I had no idea what to cook and I'm due to get shopping in. So I decided to use up a load of veg and chuck it all a Thai green curry. Which also means delicious leftovers for the next day or two as well which is always a bonus!

I have taken a photo it looks so green and healthy too, which is just what I need. I felt so blocked to this morning I'm determined to fight off this cold before it even has a chance.

I ordered the Blood type diet book called 'Eat right 4 your type' and the corresponding cookbook. I'm kind of finding it difficult to know best to eat right now so hopefully that will leave me inspired! Well that's a lie what I'm finding difficult is quick stuff and snacks, but I really did need some inspiration. Especially as I keep dreaming of a big Mac and fries ugghh. This is hard.



Tomato free, gluten free, vegan chilli

Yes that's a lot of stuff it's free from, but I am trying to figure out if anything improves my skin so it's kind of a battle which I'm currently losing but I won't give up fighting.

I actually read somewhere that some scientists now think eczema is auto-immune which is what I've been saying all along. I know my body is reacting to something.

Anyway last night I made chilli without tomatoes which wasn't the easiest task. It was a little dry, but all in all the flavour was amazing.
However my hands were so itchy in the night so I think it must be something else in my dinner meal.

According to the blood type diet potatoes are a big no go so I am going to try that next. Again it won't be easy as most gluten free stuff has potato of some type in it. I keep thinking how worth all of this it will be once my skin is healed though and that's what spurs me on. If it's not potatoes I'm going to try corn which I attempted before but it's in literally everything so I gave up in the end it was really stressful.

Pictured is my tomato free chilli. Also gluten free and vegan. I enjoyed some nice grated violife on top and it was delicious! Today I'm having the leftovers in hard tacos :)



Bad eczema, allergies and blood type diet

So my eczema has REALLY flared up this week. I have been using all the same things like creams etc. I have no idea what it is, it is really making me miserable though.

My hands felt dry after I washed my makeup brushes so I put my usual moisturiser on and it made my hands crazy itchy I hate it when that happens. It doesn't always, but occasionally. I think I need to do another bleach bath.

Anyway onto the diet. I'm really struggling still with cutting so much out. I was obviously still drinking milk in my coffee. I put some honey in a cup of tea as well and I accidentally bought something that has honey in it. I'm not going to stress over it, because as much as I try I know I will have more moments like that.

My skin got pretty bad last weekend after I had chips from the chip shop. I can only assume they had been contaminated with gluten from being fried in the same oil as other battered items. So that's my own mistake really. Its just frustrating because I basically can't eat a single takeaway which is a bit depressing.

Anyway over the week it has just got gradually worse, but that is normally how it happens.
I started reading about the blood type diet. Which for mine it basically suggests cutting out meat, eggs, dairy, wheat which I already am. So not too hard. It suggested goat instead of cow's milk though so I'm going to switch to that. Plus there's other foods so again I'm going to add those to what feels like a never ending list of stuff I'm trying not to eat. Tomatoes are definitely one of my suspicious ones so I'm going to cut those out this week too. I think one thing at a time for now, it is hard enough as it is! Coconut is on there which I was worried about but I have that every day no matter what my skin is doing so I really doubt that is a trigger. Tomatoes came up on another allergen list too. Fingers crossed I get a result!

I think that is enough boring information for now anyway. Hopefully I'll have something more interesting to report on next time!

Look at my poor pinky, that is the worst bit. Hopefully next week it will look normal again!



Dairy free coffee

So I have been looking for alternatives for milk to go in my coffee. Unfortunately I love a creamy very milky coffee so I'm really finding it hard.

I have tried several milk alternatives, but it just gives the coffee a weird taste or is too watery. Yesterday I tried hemp and found instead of embracing it I just wasn't drinking. By the evening I was so dehydrated!

So I think for now I am going to admit defeat and go back to regular milk until I find one I am happy with. I can't give up my favourite drink and I don't want to make myself dehydrated. I did say it was a journey after all!



Gluten free and vegan

I have allergies and i am fed up with them. I have been on a mission to suss them out for a while and it's been slow progress. I get skin rashes, itchy, dry eczema etc. Mostly on my hands at the moment. I can't wear my wedding rings, I hate drawing any attention to them.
I already know I react to gluten getting an itchy rash on my legs.

I have been keeping a food diary since January to see what might be a trigger. I'm pretty sure cheese is! Which is odd as usually it's dairy not cheese alone. I have cut out dairy before and it made no difference, but now I'm thinking it could be several things. Possibly egg??

Anyway I am going to try cutting out all animal products. I have pretty much switched to vegetarian since my husband has been away anyway. I have been cutting more out slowly while I find alternatives to my favourite foods. Its not always easy and the alternatives are often expensive, but I decided I was finally ready.

I know my husband is going to think I'm being pretentious, but for now my main aim is really to see if I can fix my allergies. Anyway my food shopping came. I am excited! I just have some gluten free bread to finish that has honey in. I'm not about to throw it away as it is expensive and I also hate waste.

Being gluten free and vegan isn't going to be easy so I figured I would document it along the way in case people are interested! So here is the start of my journey :)

I'm excited for my giant peanut butter haha.


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