Eating clean – 2014 fix my tummy.

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Food, fucking glorious food. I never used to be one of those people who ‘lives to eat’, more so I was a bit ‘eat to live’, until I got a full time job, a boyfriend who likes eating out and I moved to central London with some of the best places to eat on my doorstep. I guess you could say I got ‘into food’, like one of those annoying people who call themselves ‘foodies’.

For the past year and a half, I have suffered with IBS (I won’t bore you with the gory details), I had been not-quite-right for a while in the tummy department, which then ended up with me ill and in hospital with a kidney infection and a lot of pain. I had all the tests done to check for anything ‘serious’ and I did not have UC or Crohn’s (thanks universe), but something was/is still not right. Hence being told by doctors I am one of the many lucky millions of 20-something girls with IBS.

I cut out bread, and most other things (lol, panic disorder). Jokes about my brain aside, cutting out bread has got rid of a lot of the naughty toilet running behaviour that my body likes to do, but not completely gotten rid of my IBS. I try not to eat wheat at all, but it is hard (it’s in all the fun food, and those drunken walks home with bagels are happening far too often these days..). I also have realized it’s not just wheat, it seems to be yeast, rye, milk & cheese (lactose) and probably lots of other delicious stuff. I have to tell you, these exclusion diets are pretty boring..

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^Sugar free nutella, um yes please?

Out of frustration and annoyance that my stomach is fucked up almost every other day, alongside doctors fobbing off anyone with IBS to experiment with diet themselves, I have been reading quite a lot about the Paleo way of eating lately, and also the FODMAP diet. These both supposedly offer great relief to people with IBS.

I’ve gotta say, this also makes perfect sense to me, as I’ve found through trial and error that plain vegetables, fruit, meat and fish are probably the only foods that don’t make my intestines do a dance and make me feel like napping 4 times a day.

Also I am 100% a sugar addict. I could happily eat a pack of Tunnocks teacakes in one sitting, or for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everyone knows how bad sugar is so I needn’t explain why I want to eat less!

It all has to stop! The sneaky bits of bread, the sneaky bits of cake full of gluten and pizza once a week. It is no good, and you only get one body. Over the next few weeks i’m going to try and eat less grains, less sugar and more vegetables, meat and fish and see how it goes!

I guess I will be posting some experiments in ‘healthy people cooking’ soon. The Nutella up there has cost me about £12 in ingredients (one of which I had to source from amazon as even the giant hipster health food shop in East London didn’t stock it, major LOL @ HEALTH FOOD). That’s a fucking expensive Nutella. I’m too poor for this middle class diet shit.

Tonight I also tried to make a chilli sauce out of the Susan Jane White book above and it made me gag (however, it is a beautiful book with lots of amazing looking recipes..). Lets hope this good luck continues. On the upside I have been told about the best veg shop in North London so will be stocking up this week. Thanks Ava and Rose!

If any of you has advice or words of wisdom.. please do help a sister out. x

Hanging out with the dog pals

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The pals are Poppy and Daisy, my dogs from home! The doglets like to play on York Racecourse for big runs and playing with other dogs/pigeons/balls/treats. Doggy spam commence…
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Gazing off into the distance..sisters
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Shrimpy’s, The King’s Cross Filling Station

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King’s Cross, the place to go when you need to travel North (see: Yorkshire). When hungry, despite a renovation of the station, there’s not much to eat aside from Pret, Starbucks and Giraffe. But fear not! You can be saved if you are hungry for a proper meal before your train ride. As I discovered this week, just around the corner by the canal is this little gem: The Filling Station, and inside is a wonderful little restaurant called Shrimpy’s!

The menu has lots of delicious burgers (including crab burgers if you’re into food as intense as that) and the steak looked AMAZING but at £18 I visited at the wrong end of the month to fork out for that! Next time…

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The drinks were amazing. I had a lemonade with mint, and sugar. And Henry ordered some coffee/tequila/bailieys concoction.
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Inside the place is tiny, and it feels like the building is slightly (for want of a better word).. temporary!? The light is low which gives it such a nice atmosphere, the staff were super friendly and the menu is also designed beautifully.
cheeseBehold the cheeseburger, in the most delicious brioche style bun! God it was good…
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Wanderlust – Summer holiday Santorini

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Santorini has been on my list of dream places for a while, but this year I hope to go.. How amazing does it look? It’s also pretty awesome as it is one of the only islands of it’s kind in the world. Santorini is what remains from an enormous volcanic explosion that happened 3,600 years ago. The eruption is what created the current geography! Also an added major yes = Greek food.

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Photo sources: here.