Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’


So, what’s the deal now?

April 23, 2014

I’ve had trouble with my digestive system for years. Right back to my early teens in fact. Prior to that, the only things I know of was an allergy to strawberries, which gave me a great case of hives. Oddly enough, that’s no longer an issue. I didn’t really pay any attention to anything underlying though until I ended up referred to the hospital for what turned out to be a bunch of tumours in my intestines, and since then, I’ve noticed the issues – probably mostly because I’ve generally been more aware.

So because of this, I learned that pizza doesn’t like me. Nor does fluffy white bread, or flaky pastry….but other things would be fine. So I know it’s not a full on gluten issue. I have friends who are coeliac and gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant, diabetic, allergic to nuts, and all sorts, so I’m quite used to working around them… but never really bothered with me. I just avoided pizza, and didn’t eat bread except on rare occasions.

It turns out that I am actually probably having issues with the bleach that is used in white flour rather than the actual wheat flour itself, but the crunch came for me last year when I went to Denmark for two weeks. In that time (and when I got back for a week or so) I didn’t have any bread, or anything with bleach in it. By bread, I mean bread as in the UK…. What I did have was Rye bread. Lots of rye bread and I was happy as larry! Things cleared up, and I stopped feeling off. So, I moved to getting bread, when I did get it that was continental in variety, which helped, but I still didn’t feel quite as good, so decided I might need to cut down on the gluten and wheat anyway to see if that made any difference. So, just over a week ago, that happened. The bread I’ve had has been gluten free, I’ve had gluten free meals, and whilst it’s not been a complete and utter zero tolerance thing, it has made a difference already. So I’m sticking with it. I’m also trying to cut the carbs down as well, so potatoes are on the off list.

You know what is actually quite ironic? On Sunday, someone said to me as I started checking a label to see what was in it “I never realised you were so careful with your food!” The truth is, neither had I! I am by no means, a fussy eater, I like lots of things, and there isn’t a whole lot I don’t like, but I *do* like to know what I eat is made of, so I guess it came from there, although I hadn’t seen it as that. But honestly, I don’t mind, and I probably am. I’ve always tried where possible to ensure I eat real food – where I can tell what animal is it, or what vegetables are in it, and when I have the time to make it myself. When I moved into my flat a year ago, the first two and a half months were hellish, as I only had a microwave, and what you can concoct from scratch in a microwave really is quite limited!

So this isn’t really going to be about my adventures with gluten free living, or documenting my allergies. It’s about nutrition generally, and making the most of what you have, even with issues. I’ll probably post charts and things I look up and find out, as well as recipes, substitutes and the like which will help my friends and I,and anyone else who wants to join in! So there I guess is the real introduction and purpose.

Next up will be probably a post on potatoes though. Or lack of them!!


A fresh start

April 23, 2014

I’ve decided to start posting to this blog again.

I stopped because everything got dumped into the one place, which made sense, as it was everything. But Stormvixen has settled into being a bit more stream-of-consciousness, and discussing things which others may shy away from, think are just plain weird, or just not really give a stuff about. All of which are valid reactions.

It does mean however that there is potential for things which might be useful to be missed, especially as I’m in a bit of OCD mode at the moment, which for me generally manifests as cleaning and research. The research is something which could be applied to more than just me though, so I’d rather it be shared.

So why now?

Basically, I’ve taken a couple of steps the last couple of weeks, and I need to monitor and document them. So on here, you’ll find things health and nutrition related. In a way I’m a little loathe to split parts of the whole, but this makes sense. I don’t want to just sit and write though. I want to make this interactive, to discuss ideas and information. That sound OK?