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The Versatile Blogger Award – sharing the love!

I woke up to a lovely message today, telling me I’d been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! How lovely is that!


Huge thanks to Liz at just another day out west for nominating me for the award.  It really made me smile!  I came across the blog by chance when searching through posts tagged ‘gluten free’, and it’s lovely to read about her idyllic lifestyle and beautiful horses!

Rules are rules; now I need to share with you 7 random pieces of information! Here goes…

  1. I’m 23 years old
  2. I have a 4 year old rescue dog named Jeremy, he’s a Lhasa Apso who loves the sound of his own voice!
  3. I live with B, my fiance, who is 6’5″ tall (77 inches)
  4. I am only 5′ tall… (60 inches)
  5. I’ve been gluten free since January 2011
  6. You will often find me in the kitchen with a glass of wine – it gets the creative juices flowing
  7. I’ve not cut my hair since November 2010

On with the show! Below (in no particular order) are the 7 bloggers I’ve chosen to nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award:

If the 7 bloggers above want to share the love, too, here are the VBA rules:

1. In a post on your blog, nominate 7 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.


Intolerance isn’t always bliss…

Yes, I’m contradicting myself, I know.  But I don’t want you all to think that I’m completely at peace with gluten & lactose free living.  I don’t want you to get the wrong idea.  I’m not.  Sometimes I hate living with intolerances.  Every Tuesday I crave Dominos pizza.  Every time I walk past Greggs I yearn for pastry.  Every time I’m in Tesco I drool over the cheese counter. You get the idea.

Learning to manage your intolerances can be bliss, but it is also hard work, and I don’t want to give anyone the impression that it’s not.  Sometimes it’ll drive you crazy. 

Now that I’ve cleared that up, I’ll get on with sharing the good stuff :)

So, you’re intolerant to Stuff?

I won’t bore you with the ins and outs of intolerance vs allergy and food diaries and doctors… but I will say that, once you’ve got over the shock, it really isn’t all bad.

OK so you can’t make a cheese and onion toastie with Braces extra thick white bread… but time is a great healer. You’ll get over it – by discovering new things that you never knew you liked, because you never had to like them.

A year ago I had no time to cook – I was the master of plonking some pasta in some creamy sauce, shoving a garlic baguette in the oven, and patting myself on the back for my culinary skills.   Discovering you have intolerances means that you have to check the labels on everything (why the hell is there wheat in cornflakes??).  It also means that you learn that there are lots of things you can’t have; and lots of over-priced specialist versions of these that you can have. What are you going to do, make everything from scratch?

No, you don’t have to be ripped off. And you don’t have to spend 24/7 in the kitchen.  If you can find a ‘free-from’ item that you’ll use and can’t make yourself, buy it. Don’t waste money buying the things that you either don’t need, or can make easily yourself.   Start putting together simple meals that you never before made the effort to make. Make things for your whole family – my OH loves my gluten and lactose free cooking. It’s addictively satisfying. 

Intolerances often cause fatigue and irritability. That was one of my main reasons for staying out of the kitchen – I didn’t have the energy, and I couldn’t be bothered. But if you’re prepared to put in a bit of effort, you’ll notice how much better your body feels when you fuel it with foods that it can digest properly, and I can honestly tell you there’s no better feeling.

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