It’s been awhile since I last posted on here. It’s been a bit of an intentional break. The second half of last year was pretty tough, and blogging was the last thing I could deal with. So, I took a bit of a break and things have changed a bit for me since then.
My mental health has always been pretty good, but last year stress and anxiety reared it’s ugly head into my life (not cool). It ended up with me being signed off work for three weeks in October, and having to take some serious steps of self-care to deal with it. Mindfulness, yoga and resting have really helped me. I still feel anxious at times, but I no longer feel like I’m on the verge of being diagnosed with a heart condition. Mental health is one of those issues that we don’t always talk about, but I feel like it is so important that we do – everyone has mental health, sometimes it is good and sometimes it isn’t and it’s not something to be ashamed of.
I’ve talked on here a few times about my digestive issues, and different things I’ve tried to help it, all with limited success. I had vaguely heard about the Low Fodmap Diet, but as part of my self-care regime I felt it was time to take charge of my tummy and try and get on top of it. I started eating ‘Low Fodmap’ at the beginning of December, pretty much immediately I felt improvements. It’s not been plain sailing, and I’ve still got a LONG way to go to work out what foods I can and can’t tolerate, but I’m hoping it’ll help me in the long term. But, being vegan and following this diet has proved too tough for me. It’s all become a bit too restrictive and I’ve decided I need to step back from following a vegan diet at the moment. This isn’t something I’ve decided overnight and hasn’t been an easy decision for me. Veganism has come a long way over the last four and a half years, and it’s really exciting to see plants taking centre stage at the moment. There are a few things that weird me out about the whole vegan movement, but that’s another subject for another day.
I’m planning on a new look on these pages, and have been thinking about what I want to share over here, whether I just want to keep creating recipes or share other things too. I’m still deliberating on that. Any recipes I create will always be focused on eating plants, because I really do believe following a plant filled (not necessarily vegan) diet is the best for you, but there will be no labels over here just food that tastes good and hopefully food that doesn’t hurt my belly.