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The flaxseed cometh…

In an attempt to reboot my gut health I recently visited a nutritionist, as health wise I have never been the same since having glandular fever back in 2016. Even the nutritionist was surprised at how old I was when I contracted glandular fever!

So for a month no gluten or yeast products and then a pulse test to see if my body/pulse reacts to specific grains being added. I am aiming to write about it as a) keeps a record I won’t hopefully lose and b) open to advice – but not spamming πŸ™‚

One thing that soon becomes apparent are the amount of food stuffs currently in my diet that currently contain gluten. We wave a fond farewell to cakes 😦 pizza 😦 bread – not so bothered by that one, although homemade bread… But the key thing is to approach this positively and look at the benefits which include rather nice gluten free cakes (homemade), salad at lunchtime (much nicer than I expected!) and the odd bit of chocolate.

Whilst we are the subject of chocolate, the Cadbury’s website helpfully tells you which of their products are made in a gluten free environment. So, its a yes to Wispa, Fudge & Creme eggs but sadly no more Boost – boo!

Seriously though, like many I would imagine, think they have been eating vaguely healthily with mostly meals made from scratch and takeaways as an occasional treat, not a weekly fixture.

Along with a few vitamins the joy that is flaxseeds have been added to my daily diet. Two tablespoons (that’s like a digger’s bucket full!) soaked in water for at least an hour. Yummy! No wonder they help you lose weight as a glass of these is enough to put most of their food πŸ˜‰

Who knows, maybe a rebooted gut will help my overall anxiety…

Mmm…tasty flaxseed drink ahoy!

Walk All Over cancer fundraising update

https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/team-aj

Day three of β€˜Walk All Over Cancer’ which you have to aim to do 10,000 steps per day to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The fundraising is up to Β£145 which is really good. A BIG thank you to all our sponsors to date.

It is fun, but tough, doing 10,000 steps per day as I am still recovering from glandular fever Β (GF) which comes back if I do too much. However, these relapses are not as bad as the early days with GF. I still take daily vitamins (including echinacea which I’d recommend), avoid caffeine and drinking plenty of water. I do give in to the odd cake and sugar treat πŸ™‚

Water is good for flushing the Epstein-Barr virus out of your system. General advice is to drink at least eight large glasses of water a day.

GF seems to affect a lot of young athletes like Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock and promising young golfer Amber Ratcliffe. They all go on to full recovery, so if you currently have GF take heart as you will recover it just takes time and a sensible balance of rest and gradually increasing your activity levels.