Hello 2017

So here we are in 2017!!

Hows my year going? Okay, Okay I know we are like on day 2 but still lol I am kicking the new year in as healthy as I can by doing 2 amazing challenges for myself. The first one is Veganuary where you eat a vegan diet for all of January, I did try this least year but I had some difficulty keeping to it, but I’ll keep trying ūüôā You can check veganuary out here: ¬†https://veganuary.com/starter-kit

The second challenge I am doing is a sponsored walk which is: walking a mile a day thought January to raise money for Homestart. Homestart is a UK charity devoted to help families who face difficulties and hardship within their families, they provide support workers and volunteers. You can learn more about homestart here:¬†https://www.home-start.org.uk/about-us¬†Although I am really disappointed that I have only had one donation ūüė¶ I’m doing it with my friend Kat who will be walking 2 miles a day, kat is a lot healthier than me so she is able to walk more. Due to my fibromyalgia and my pain/exhaustion the simple thing of going out and walking a mile a day is a huge thing for me. Learn more about Fibromyalgia here:¬†http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Fibromyalgia/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Sunday 1st: My hip was really bad during the night and I got very little sleep and I was worried that I’d be in pain and wouldn’t be able to walk my mile. But Atlas, I was okay and I powered through, I walked to my friend Kat’s house and spent a couple of hours with her.

I ate an apple for Breakfast after my coffee, I skipped my lunch because I went to the shops to buy something and they were all closed because it was like New years day ha ha and then went to my friend Kats house. For tea I had Quorn sausages (x3) and sweet potato fries. Now I am aware quorn is not Vegan, however I have it in the freezer and I’m happy that it’s vegetarian, so for me that’s 100% better than what I was eating!

Monday 2nd: Today I covered 2 miles walking around town to do a few of chores, in which I could only do a couple because most of the shops are closed as apparently it’s bank holiday Monday ha ha I spent like almost ¬£80 on healthy, vegan food today!

I had my coffee and skipped breakfast, for lunch I tried avocado for the very first time! I had a Mexican rice, quinoa and avocado salad pot from Marks and Spencer with a innocent smoothie drink, It came with a chili and lime dressing. I really liked that salad so I will be eating it again. For tea I had another marks and sparks salad pot, this one was a quinoa and black rice with soya edeme beans and a vinaigrette dressing but I didn’t really like it and then I had a soya vanilla yogurt pot.

I’m going to have a green tea in a moment and tomorrows plans are to take my daughter to the library when I have dropped off my son at nursery and do the remaining ¬†chores I need to do in town. I aim to eat the quorn products I have in my freezer first so I can then continue on the vegan diet.

I am feeling motivated and inspired so far ūüôā

I got a bellabeat for Christmas too, you can find more info about the female tracker here: https://webshop.bellabeat.com

It’s pretty good being able to count my steps more accurately and my sleep although I would like it to count the calories I eat tho, that would be cool!

So this year my main goal is to sort my really unhealthy diet out, to eat a more plant based diet and sort out my sugar addiction. I would like to be committed to do one exercise class, for an hour once a week.

So what are your goals?

Please sponsor me for my walk here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Katrina-Czartowski2

That’s me for now, Torri. x

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House move & Changes

So this is what I have been getting up to recently……

Diet, transitioning to Veggie/Pestecerian:

I have been buying more vegetarian and free from food, here is some of my meals and taste tests:

These were okay, tasted a bit like burgers although a bit dry. I ate them with Root vegetable mash.

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Singapore noodles (Tescos from fridge section) with Tinned mixed beans and mixed with worshire sauce.

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Sweet potato and mixed bean burger with tescos frozen steamed white and wild rice with vegetables microwave pack.

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Spicy Chickpea, Kale and sweet potato pie, this was pretty good although a bit too much pastry but I would buy it again. I ate it with frozen mixed steamed vegetables.

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Past sauce, this was a bit hard but I think I didn’t cook it enough and I didn’t measure the water so It was really runny, so it was more my poor cooking.

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This was okay, it was good to eat leafy green salad as I don’t often.

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What else? 

Fitness: 

I have bought this bad boy for ¬£70, its getting delivered today. This should help keep me fit if I do at least 10 mins a day and work up to 30 mins. It’s both a bike and a cross trainer. So 2 work outs! I’m going to cancel my gym membership since I don’t actually go to it and I am wasting money ūüė¶ So now I have NO escuses!

YOGA!

I have also booked a 1-2-1 yoga instructor to come once a week to my house after my son goes to bed, it will cost me ¬£60 a month. So even though it’s twice the money I am paying for the gym it will be tailored to me and more accessible. I start next Wednesday and I will have 4 sessions before Christmas.

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Lifestyle & Health:

Lush.

So I bought this from Lush hoping it will give me a “milk bath” but it produced bubbles! I was hoping for a milk bath photoshoot for my little one, so it didn’t go to plan. I was hoping it would be a nice alternative to actual Milk.

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I’ve bought these from Tescos for ¬£7 to see if it helps with my muscle ache and help me relax before bed and sleep better. I haven’t tried it out yet.

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Meds

My Dr has switched my anti depressants to these ones, they also help with pain from Fibro, although I am still struggling and my mood is a bit up and down since the transition of weeing off the other ones I have been on for about 3 years.

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My Himalayan salt lamp also broke ūüė¶ So I’m waiting for my partner to have a look at it and hopefully he can fix it.

Moving house

I’ve moved house so I now live almost in the center of town, this makes it so much easier to get out and about to get my son to Nursery and get chores done, shopping and that sort of stuff done especially since I tier so easily. It used to stress me out leaving my house before, I’d have to plan at least 40 mins before I left the house, 10/15 mins to get me and my son ready and then 20-25 min walk into town. Even just the thought of having to plan getting out was mind stealing for me, which I know sounds like a minor thing but when you have Fibro and CFS everyday tasks are hard work.

So lots more little changes, hopefully help to change things.

That’s me for now, Torri.

 

ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia

Coping with your ME in life sucks ass, here is a few things I have found online to help “manage” the symptoms.

Diet: 

Green veggies: fibro has been linked to a Mangenesum deficiency.

Lean protein: Help your body recover faster.

Fermented and cultured foods: Helps fight Candadiasis which flares up amongst those suffering from Fibromyalgia.

Omega fats: Helps reduce inflammation and reduce pain. These fats help promote cell membranes and increases mood.

Antioxidants: To fight off disease such as Vitamins A, C for oxidative stress & E.

Herbs: chamomile, passionflower, and valerian root to help improve mood naturally.

  • Eat ginger and turmeric regularly for their anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Ginseng: increase energy and combat fatigue.

Foods to avoid: 

  • Gluten & Wheat.
  • Sugar (Increases pain and inflation)
  • Processed foods (Chemicals irritate your condition)
  • Food your allergic to.
  • Alcohol & coffee (Causes dyhdration)
  • Dairy and Eggs.
  • Preservatives & additives.
  • Hydrogenated oil.
  • Salt.

Supplements:

#1 Magnesium (500 mg daily) Relaxes nerves & muscles.

#2 Fish Oil (1,000mg daily) Helps reduce pain.

#3 Vitamin D3 (5,000IU daily) Deficiency encourage auto immune disease.  This Vitamin is good for mood, immunity, and the musculoskeletal system.

#4 D-Ribose (5g 3x daily) Improves cellar energy.

#5 Rhodiola and Ashwagandha (500-1000 mg daily) Helps metabolic function and to reduce stress.

#6 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) This is a natural amino acid, which helps your body produce serotonin that is a chemical that helps regulate your mood.

# 7 S-Adenosyl methionine (SAMe) This helps relieve pain, morning stiffness, and fatigue.your body does produce this naturally.

#8 Melatonin: Helps improve quality of sleep and reduce pain.

#9 B-complex vitamins: For energy, immunity, nerve, and brain function

#10 Iodine: For thyroid health.

# 11 Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NADH) NADH is a naturally occurring molecule formed from vitamin B3 (niacin) that plays an essential role in cellular energy production.

# 12 L-Carnitine: Carnitine is found in almsot all body cells, this is responsible for transporting long-chain fatty acids into mitochondria, the energy-producing centers of cells. It allows these fatty acids to be converted into energy.

#13 Coenzyme Q10: Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) is a compound found naturally in the mitochondria, the energy-producing center of our cells. Co Q10 is involved in the production of ATP, the main energy source of body cells. Co Q10 is also an antioxidant.

Home remedies & Lifestyle changes:

Daily light exercise for at least half an hour including: Swimming, yoga, walking, Pilates, ti chi, Cross trainer, Aqua swim classes. Adopt pacing activities alternating with rest. This will help preserve energy, allowing the body to recover naturally. In the surveys, 90 per cent were helped by this.

Counseling: To help wit the depression, try: Emotional Freedom Techniques, the Quadrinity Process, and cognitive behavioral therapy

Meditation: Calm the mind, reduce stress and manage pain. Quietens the nervous system.

Heat packs: Boosts blood flow and eases pain.

Cold packs: Helps with deep muscle pain.

DETOX: your body from toxins:¬†saunas, steam baths, mineral baths, and low-intensity exercise to induce sweat. In addition, you can try to be ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ at home, by reducing the toxins that are in your household.

Rid yourself of any chemical or medicinal poisons, such as fluoride, mercury and antibiotics like Septrin, which have all been linked to ME. Use chelation techniques if necessary.

Prescribed medication: 

APTA machine: For easier breathing whist sleeping.

Prescribed painkillers.

Prescribed anti depressants. 

Massages & oils and lotions: 

Massages: when your muscles get knotted up and tight.

Helichrysum oil: To decrease muscle pain, improve circulation and support healing of nerve tissue which makes it an effective natural treatment for fibromyalgia.

Lavender oil: Reduces the emotional stress and rubbing on your muscles can help reduce pain.

Acupuncture: help improve pain and stiffness.

Manual lymph drainage therapy (MLDT) This massage helps reduce morning tiredness, anxiety and reduces pain and improved quality of life.

Capsaicin lotions: Capsaicin comes from pepper plants and is considered a natural pain reliever.When applied to a painful area of the body, it stimulates the release of a body chemical called substance P. As substance P is depleted, the pain sensation seems to decrease.

Chiropractic Manipulation: This alternative form of treatment that uses spinal manipulation and realignment to relieve pain, improve function, and promote natural healing.

The Feldenkrais Method. To correct poor posture or habits of movement that may contribute to pain.

Other Things to try: 

  • Colonics, Bowel Cleanses and Parasite Cleanses to help clear the gut of canidia.
  • Allergy test: Check if you have an allergy and then eliminate.
  • Hypnotherapy.¬†
  • Get your mercury fillings removed.

Pain is also associated with the following disorders/issues:

Nutrition:

  • Low ferritin
  • Low B12
  • Low folic acid (blood)
  • Low 25-hydroxy vitamin D¬†
  • Low vitamin C, B1, and B2

Metabolism: 

  • Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)
  • Adrenal Dysfunction

Infection: 

  • Lyme Disease or coinfections
  • Hepatitis C
  • Ova and parasites
  • Overgrowth of bacteria in the gut
  • Enteroviruses
  • Other infections not known or not yet understood

Toxic Issues:

  • Heavy metals
  • Pesticides
  • Jet fuel

LEARN about your illness, when you know whats going on and how you can help yourself you can begin managing your condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homecooked Healthy quick meals

So on my quest for the healthy eating thought the year I have been trying new low calorie and fat products and dabbling a bit with quick and simple meals since I am cooking only for myself.

*LONG POST ahead! *

Shops: M&S- Marks and Spencer’s as well as Aldi and Tescos.

S&P – Salt and Pepper.

Quick meals: 

Mexican bean chili soup (Tinned) and I added chia seeds with spelt and muesli flat bread and homemade mango and banana smoothie.

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M&S food- Expensive but they make good stuff!

Super rice and quinoa mix with salmon flakes.

Smoked Haddock with Microwaved mixed steamed veggies and super rice and Quinoa mix (From M&S)

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1 chicken breast with Tesco fresh (Fridge) Hot chili sauce and Pepper stir fry with Tesco frozen microwave steamed rice and vegetables mix. Yummy = 400k

Tonight’s tea was yummy!
Free from Pesto covered chicken with (frozen steamed) mixed rice (wild rice, peas, sweetcorn and peppers) & mixed steamed vegetables (frozen- carrots, peas and sweetcorn) plus worshire sauce and s&p.

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Home made stirfry with rice noodles, turkey, frozen mixed vegetables and sweet and sour sauce.

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Mixed beans (Tinned) on toasted pinini- I added Worshire sauce and slat and peeper (S&P)

Pannini bread has a quite a few calories and isn’t healthy being a white carb, but I wanted to try something different.

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The stirfry sucked coz it has so many onions in which I hate and purple cabbage again I don’t like

Sauce sucked too

Microwavable wild and white rice with vegetables.
Stirfry veg- with Peas, butternut squash, carrot, cabbage, and mixed peppers and Chicken with sweet Soy, garlic and ginger sauce.

Sweet potato mash (M&S) Tender stem broccoli, Carrots and sugar snap beans (M&S) with smoked salmon and super berry smoothie (M&S) Loads of calories in that smoothie!

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Steamed microwaved frozen veg (Carrots, broccoli and sweetcorn) Deli flavored chicken and root vegetable mash (Tescos) with Mexican four bean (Tinned)

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Smoked Haddock and deli style, (M&S) Tenderstem broccoli, Carrots and sugar snap peas vegetables with Moroccan styled cous cous (Aldis) With Vitamin Water.

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Mexican microwaveable rice with Mexican tinned mixed beans and slamoln slices.

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Quinnoa and rice microwave (Uncle Bens) with Frozen steamed microwaveable mixed vegetable and Turkey in Simply cook test box sauce mix.

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Fried turkey mince with Ainsley Harriet chili couscous and frozen steamed microwavable mixed vegetables.

(home made flavoring of worshire sauce, Oxo cube stock, salt and pepper, lemon juice, turmeric and cayenne pepper)

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Home made Sunday dinner.

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New baby potatoes oven baked with Butter and Mince sauce with microwaved steamed mixed frozen vegetables and Cod fishcake (Aldis, fridge section)

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Spiced flavor turkey with microwave steamed mixed vegetables and butternut squash, sweet potatoes and carrots in mixed herbs. Turkey mixed with Simply cook test box sauce mix. 

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Frozen steamed mixed rice and vegetables with pan fried turkey stakes in Simply cook sauce mix (Simply cook test box)

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My regular steamed vegetables with Turkey an fried in the Simply cook sauce mix- I only bought the tester box, wasn’t so keen on paying so much money for sauces, although some of them were tasty. Wasn’t for me though.

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As pictured lol

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Pan fried oven baked new potatoes in oil and rosemary (As pictured above) then dry oil pan fried with haddock and free from pesto (green)

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Today was delicious!!
Aldis spicy Mexican chicken and mango salad with yesterday’s free from green pesto oven baked new potatoes with garlic oil and rosemary and graze mixed berries selection. Yummy!! Plus flavored water!

A graze snack box, I got these for a while but I did’t like most of them so I switched them to the Flapjack ones and they just pilled up so I unsubscribed.

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Free from Basil pesto (2 Teaspoons) mixed with Pan fried Turkey stake and Root vegetable mash.

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Aldis sweet pepper bell cous cous with smoked Cod. Plus Chili infused olive oil, salt and pepper. As you see a lot of this is convenient food, pre prepared salads and microwaved vegetables.

Then I had a cream bar and fizzy water.

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My favorite rice which is Tescos frozen steamed White and whild rice with vegetables with pan fried fresh Green pepper and Turkey stake with a sauce from the Simply cook trial pack.

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Chicken with smokey 4 bean chilly salad (Tinned) and honey roasted butternut squash, sweet potatoes and carrots mix (M&S)

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Four bean salad with smoked haddock and steamed mixed veggies.

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Tescos Sweet potato fries with Cod Fishcake I added s&p and worstchire sauce.

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Edeme bean and carrot salad with tuna and butternut squash, carrots and sweet potato honey roasted veg.

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Home made from scratch soup, with Pasta, Chicken and Bacon, mixed Vegetables (Carrot, Celery and peppers) Oxo Cube stock and added spices.

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Smoked Salmon slices with veggies (M&S Carrots, tenderstem Broccoli and sugar snap peas) I added my s&p and Worstchire sauce served with carrot sticks with hummus.

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So that’s it for now, I shall make another blog entry with other previous meals.

Love and light Torri.