Life this month

Considering how little we've planned this month, it seems that not only has October flown by, but life has been fairly busy. With the last two weeks being a write off due to illness, I'm finally starting to feel a little normal. What was thought to be the office stomach bug, has since turned into a potential gluten intolerance, and in simple terms - I have become that girl who talks about food a lot. I always used to talk about food before, but this time, it's even more than you could ever think. The cupboards that were once full of bread, biscuits and crisps have been replaced with protein bars, nuts and dried fruit and the fridge that was always brimming with filled pasta, pizzas, sausages and breaded chicken is now a bright array of every vegetable that Asda quite literally stocks. To be fairly honest, it's actually OK so far. I'm not missing all my sweet treats (partly because the gluten free jaffa cakes are delicious!) and have found myself eating more than I used to before, just of the right kind. Little B and I make the conscious effort to cook everything from scratch now, together most nights and even branch out to foods that I wouldn't normally have eaten, which is making for absolutely delicious meals.
Since trialing gluten free, I cannot begin to explain how much better I feel in not only my stomach and toilet habits (yes, I went there) but in myself too. I feel incredibly happier. The last four/five months ago, I wasn't feeling right, but I was in denial.I was constantly tired whether I had five hours sleep or ten hours sleep, I would spend my days at work counting down the hours till I could head home to use the toilet, I would feel dizzy staring at my computer screen all day, my stomach would bloat before I'd even eaten that morning and I'd take myself to bed with stomach cramps. And in reality, I felt down. I guess you could say that maybe the office bug was a blessing in disguise, or just my bodies way of crying for help. It's not a drastic change, not half compared to others. But for me, it feels like a fairly big deal.. I can now enjoy a meal and feel satisfied, not resembling an eight month pregnant stomach, I can go to bed without questioning if I'll be sick, I can make plans without having to plan for toilet breaks and I don't feel half as tired as I used to. But most importantly, I feel like things really don't matter. I don't feel so uptight like I did four months ago, I feel calmer and like my age again. I genuinely feel better.
And so right now, I am embracing this change in my life, and with the help of Google (amen to you!), cook books and spending that little bit longer looking at ingredients in the supermarkets, I'm learning a lot of things I didn't know before about foods and our body. And yes, I did genuinely cry when I realised that my favourite Calzone pizza from Prezzo could be no more. Such is life.

29 comments

  1. I'm so pleased you've found a way to feel healthier and more energetic. Doesn't sound like the past few months have been fun. The boyf and I cut out wheat and sugar a few months ago for his health reasons and like you I never felt better. I couldn't believe what a difference to my energy levels it made. It's almost like the wheat and sugar was poisoning me in a really mild way. Weird, eh?

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  2. Great outfit!

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  3. Being bloated and having stomach problems is the worst. It must've been horrible to have it for so long. Glad to hear that you've found the solution now!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  4. I always find a meal tastes that bit better when you've made it from scratch :) so glad you've found something that works to make you feel better!

    Heather x

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  5. I'm in shock and awe that we're practically in November, haha. So pleased that you're feeling healthier and better Katy - not sure if you remember my similar problems about a year or so ago but I found going gluten free did me the world of good whilst on some medication. Alas I let it slip and have had horrific stomach problems and general health/anxiety/lethargy issues as of late. Totally inspired me to get out my GF diet sheet again.

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  6. on the plus side, Pizza Express now offer gluten free bases so HELLO CALZONE! Gluten free is fine when you're fully used to it. Apart from the bread. GF bread is a crime. Good Luck with it and stick with it! Carrie x
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  7. Glad you are feeling better Katy, and we probably all should make a conscious effort to eat more fruit and veg it would make do us all the world of good. Although sorry to hear you no longer can have your fav Calzone (I think I would cry too). p.s I'm in shock how quickly October and this year in fact is going can you believe it is almost Christmas!! xxx

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  8. Glad you are feeling better Katy. As a gluten free girl myself I do feel your pain re. the food you can no longer eat but there is plenty of alternatives out there. Keep experimenting!

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  9. So glad you're feeling better Katy! I've had problems with gluten and dairy before and ti really is amazing what a lifestyle change can do for you :) xxx

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  10. I'm so glad that you are feeling good and dealed with that big change in your life!
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  11. I'm so glad you managed to work out what was wrong. I know so many people that have had similar issues with gluten or dairy and have felt like a changed person afterwards.


    Katy xx

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  12. Love the polka dot outfit, suits you so well! Sounds like a great change, I'm glad you're happier! Abi :)

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  13. It really does make a difference cutting it out!
    I have spent years with stomach problems & a few months ago I had blood tests & it turns out that I'm coeliac- meaning for the rest of my life I can't eat gluten or wheat. It sucks, but you get used to it & feel 100 times better!
    Get tested because it's better in the long run :)
    xxx

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  14. I just had to cut out gluten and dairy and it was so hard at the beginning but it's slowly getting easier. Would love to stuff my face with a pizza though if I could. Instagram is so helpful for ideas or check out paleo recipes :) xxx

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  15. This happened to me a year ago. I've been through all the motions but I am 100% happy to not eat gluten now, it's just not worth the pain. It sucks in the beginning and you do go through some sort of mourning but now is the right time to develop it as our options are so vast these days. Even supermarkets give us our own little sections ;)
    I've written a little post on my experience if it's of interest :) p.s Pizza Express, Pizza Hut and Domino's do a fairly good GF pizza base x
    http://www.honeygolightly.com/2014/04/becoming-gluten-intolerant.html

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  16. You're so right - it's really not worth the pain anymore! I'm not missing too much at the moment, only pastries ha! I tried Dominos GF actually and it wasn't too bad, although I did wish I could tuck into the doughballs......!

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  17. Ahh really? Seems to be more and more common each day! I love Instagram and Pinterest for ideas too :)

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  18. That's exactly like me - my bloods came back fine, but I'm just keeping it up as I feel so so much better!

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  19. Yeah, it's fairly common now isn't it? I can't express how much better I feel!

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  20. Really is.. Such a better lifestyle change too!

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  21. We always ate a lot of fruit and veg before, but even more so now! ha. Still can't quite part with dairy.. I like my cheese too much! x

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  22. Very true! I'm not too fussed about it at the moment, I only miss a good pastry but alternatives are really good.. and we've been cooking from scratch which has been fun!

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  23. Ha! We do eat so much fruit and veg already, but now it's like crazy amounts lol! I'm over the Calzone, because apparently they do GF - winner!!!!

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  24. AMAZING. MUST HEAD THERE NOW! Ha.x

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  25. It's crazy how it can make you feel right? I can't believe how much better I feel from cutting it out! I actually have energy and don't feel sick/tired/bloated 837283728 times a day! x

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  26. Couldn't agree more Heather!

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  27. Really does make a difference Mimmi :)

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  28. I guess looking back now, I should have done something about it sooner - but you don't know that until you feel much better do you? My energy levels aren't 100% but they're so so much better than they used to be. Very weird indeed though!

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