The Importance of Sleep

 

A comfortable sleeping position...

sleeping like a baby (Jas Poole Photos)

 

 

 

We all know the importance of getting a good nights sleep don’t we. But I wonder how many of us are actually making sure that we do just that. I’ve never been a morning person, always been late to bed and late to rise, left to my own devices I’d be up til 4am and in bed til 12pm – but that’s just not how life works. So for pretty much the whole of my adult life (lets not talk about teenage years!) I’ve been burning the candle at both ends. Determined not to “miss out” on any fun by going to bed early, even when that “fun” may have been watching another episode of Midsomer Murders! And then I’d snooze my alarm til the very last minute the next morning, only just leaving myself enough time to have a shower, get dressed and run out the door. Continue Reading

Auto-immune Protocol Update – Week 8 – Goodbye Almonds

Here you go squirrel - you can have mine too...

Here you go squirrel – you can have mine too…

 

 

Last week was meant to be my week of macadamias. I bought them a few weeks ago in eager anticipation. I had them sitting there, in their brown paper bag in the fridge, counting the days til I could eat one. What I hadn’t anticipated was what a tough nut it would be to crack – literally! So after going nearly the whole week without anything new, I decided yesterday to buy some almonds and give those a go instead. I used to use almond flour quite a lot for baking, in fact it was pretty much the only four I used, so I was looking forward to getting some banana bread in the oven and on my plate – where it belongs! Continue Reading

Auto-immune Protocol Update – Week 7 – Well, Hello Sunshine!

Well hello sunshine!

Well hello sunshine!

The end of week 7 of my auto-immune protocol journey and the end of the weekend – and what a beautiful weekend it has been! Such gorgeous weather and I think I managed to get my vitamin D levels topped up just in time for another whole week of rain!

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Auto-immune Protocol – Week 6 Update

This is how good this lifestyle feels.....

This is how good this lifestyle feels…..

 

 

Wow……I’ve made it! 6 weeks was my initial goal and I’ve got there! We had a couple of hiccups in the first couple of weeks which I spoke about here, but despite that I definitely feel the benefits of cleaning up my diet. Continue Reading

Auto-immune Protocol – Week 5 Update

AIP rosemary and lemon roast lamb chops with roast sweet potato and kale chips

AIP rosemary and lemon roast lamb chops with roast sweet potato and kale chips

 

 

I’m into week 6 of AIP now, who would have thought it? Certainly not me! I remember first reading about AIP a couple of years ago and thinking “oh no, something that restrictive is definitely not for me”. I’d just been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and I was still at the stage of thinking that thyroxine was going to put right everything that had been wrong. Then some more time passed and I experimented with cutting out sugar, cutting out gluten, cutting out processed foods and noticed I was definitely feeling better. Then I started reading about AIP again and the more it started to make sense to me… Continue Reading

Homemade Deodorant – I’ve Finally Gone Full Hippy…

Such a cute little armpit helper....who can resist?!

Such a cute little armpit helper….who can resist?!

 

 

I’m so excited about my newest revelation! Very gradually, over the last couple of years or so, I’ve been moving away from shop-bought household cleaners and toiletries and looking into ways I can make my own. I started with household cleaners because it seemed pretty simple to make my own using the combination of a spray bottle, white vinegar, eucalyptus oil, bicarb soda and lemon juice, in various combinations. And it is pretty simple, and effective, and cheap (always such an important aspect of any project)! Sarah Wilson has a great post with more info about making your own products here. So that takes care of the household side of things, for the main part. Then I started looking at skincare – and there’s more on that here. Continue Reading

Easy Peasy Chemical Free Skin and Haircare

Kitchen or bathroom? Or both!

Kitchen or bathroom? Or both!

 

As I’m trying to make my diet simpler, less processed foods, less chemicals, more cooking from scratch, I am wanting to make other areas in my life simpler too – including skin and haircare. This is an area that I’ve always loved spending money on, seriously, leave me in a chemist or department store and I was happy for hours! But I gave no thought to what chemicals I might be putting onto my body and what effect this might have on me. Continue Reading

AIP Beef and Liver and Sausages

AIP Sausages

Why the long knife?!

 

Liver is one of those things that I “should” eat, but I don’t. I tried to make pate once, didn’t go down well….(I definitely need to tweak that recipe because I’m sure I can make it work – but that’s another story!). Liver is a significant source of the fat vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as various B vitamins (Chris Kresser has more info on this here). It’s also cheap! And for these reasons I really want to make it work for me – whether I’m on the AIP diet or not. Continue Reading

AIP “Spaghetti Bolognaise”!

AIP "Spaghetti Bolognaise"!

The cutest little zoodle maker ever :)

 

Spag bol – my favouritest favourite of all dinners! Takes me back to my childhood and makes me feel like I’m being looked after, even if I’ve made it myself! Continue Reading